TEOTWAWKI…say what?

If you’re new to the prepping game, you’ve probably come across this term and wondered WTW it mean, right? It’s kind of a calling card for preppers that applies no matter what brings about the apocalypse. That’s right. It doesn’t matter if it’s zombies, aliens, or a President that the women are marching against. It means…

The End of the World as We Know It

If you’re from my age bracket you’re most familiar with this term from the REM song by the same name.

In addition to that little nugget o’ information, here’s some updates for you…

I’m finally getting into HAM radios as an integral part of my end of the world communications. Took the test and now waiting on my numbers from the FCC. I’ll let everyone know once I’m up and on the air (at least legally now).

Shawn Clay, the author of When the Zombie Apocalypse Comes, You’re Toast, and I are collaborating on some new projects. It’s gonna be fun! I’ll tell you more as we launch them.

This app is pitched for remodelers, but could be pretty useful for any of you looking at using the sun more effectively…

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My buddy Seth Weller at P5 Preparedness said something the other day in class that really hit the mark that I wanted to pass on…

“The have nots always want what the haves have.”

And I saved the best for last. This is purely for fun, as it may not mean much for your preps, but, behold…The Camouflage Encyclopedia.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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The End is Nigh…or Is It?

Welcome to a semi-regular compilation of prepper, survivalist, and apocalypse information.

How many of you have bought tactical pens? I’ve tried out a few, with some better than others. The latest I tried was from 5.11, and I wasn’t very pleased with it. As a weapon, it succeeds well, but as a pen it sucks. The barrel slide mechanisms don’t work well. The barrel tears on the fingers if you write for more than five seconds. You can do way better than this. On a good note, it passed through multiple airport checkpoints in my briefcase without ever being taken away.

For me, I’ll be going back to my Fisher Space Pen and use a real knife or a regular pen for my tactical needs.

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Think the Feds or CDC were ready for the Ebola outbreak a couple of years ago?

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Bought me a new inside the pants (ITP) holster for my Glock. Haven’t used it yet, so I’ll let you know if I like it or not in a future post. I tried to get in touch with the maker, but he never bothered to respond to any communications by e-mail or phone. Even if I like, I’m not sure I’ll pass on the company name. I hate to help companies with poor customer service skills. These are hand-made by a firefighter in Horry County SC. He makes a great product, but I’m not so sure how long his business will last.

What’s your favorite ITP holster?

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The Mini Mjolnir drawing is mine. It’s what I call my baby.

With sea levels changing, how long are we going to keep spending tax money to shore up vacation rentals and beach mansions for the rich? Check out this blog to see the flipside when we abandon poor people whose homes fall into the sea.

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What Are You Learning to Make You Harder to Kill?

A stage of life for my family has us living in an apartment for a while. After being in a home for many years, it’s quite a change. It was a strategic move that we made for several reasons. Because of this new locale, our new family study topic is Urban Homesteading. It’s easy to homestead if you own some land in the country, but trying to do it in a city while based out of an apartment is an exercise in flexibility.

And we’re enjoying every bit of it!

The book we’ve been reading lately is The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Homesteading. It’s actually a really good book, especially for beginners.

What about you? What’s your current topic of choice that you’re devoting learning time to? If you say, “Nothing”, then you’re wrong. You better find something new to learn or some skill to get better at. Rust isn’t very becoming.

Alright. Soapbox aside. Here’s your updates…

Ever considering fermenting as something you’d like to try. HERE is a fermenting cheat sheet for you.

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Sure, your underground bunker or stuffy warehouse is really cool, but what if you could grow fresh air in there? HERE is a neat TED Talk on just that.

HERE is a neat article on America’s failing infrastructure and what future plans are. If you think roads are bad now, wait until the apocalypse.

If your ideal view of post-apocalypse living involves living in off-grid Ewok houses, I found a developer for you. Check it out HERE.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers and his team of preppers, scientists, and reliable conspiracy theory wackos. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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September is Almost Over and No Apocalypse So Far

All my friends in the know kept telling me that the world would end in September of this year. We’re 22 days in and it hasn’t happened yet, but it is still a possibility. Even so, if it’s an economic collapse, it could start in September with the full ramifications not felt for a while.

In the meantime, let’s talk about some other stuff, like how we can prepare for adverse conditions, no matter what causes them or when they occur.

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Cabins, the New American Dream. I found this article interesting. We all love cabins for their usefulness and simplicity in rugged environments, but apparently the hipsters are now seeing them as the new American Dream. Imagine that. Cabins are cool again.

How to Prepare Canned Tomatoes– I always recommend Dummies Guides as the go to source for learning about pretty much anything. They also have a pretty robust website that has a lot of info also. Click on that other link to check out the article on their site. If you want a paper copy for when the grid goes down, click here for the Canning and Preserving for Dummies hard copy.

Five Questions to Ask When Choosing Solar Panels– This article comes from Builder magazine and is meant for non-apocalypse situations, although the questions do apply. I almost laughed when I got to the one about aesthetics. I know that in the apocalypse many of you will simply revert to trailer trash looking homes with fewer people and no HOAs to bother you. But here’s the thing, think tactically above all. Many of you will be creating tactical and sanitation nightmares with junked cars, old appliances, and piles of garbage in your perimeter.

This week’s question…how would you label your prepper philosophy? Here’s a few choices, but feel free to add your own. Homesteader, Rugged and Self-Sufficient, Tactical/Military, Tinfoil Hat, etc.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers and his team of preppers, scientists, and reliable conspiracy theory wackos. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Would a Dome Protect You in the Apocalypse?

I’m a fan of the television show Under the Dome, although I’ve not read Stephen King’s book of the same title. It’s great because the installation of the dome was a great way to study the slow to rapid collapse from civilized society to chaos. It didn’t take long for the inner self to come out to rape, murder, and pillage the small town of Chester’s Hill, Maine.

Being in the dome wouldn’t be so bad though if they apocalypse were outside and you were in. Even so, at some point you can expect apocalyptic behavior to find its way inside.

But, apocalypse aside, what are the socioeconomic ramifications if people and governments start constructing domes. I just read an interesting article by Blaine Brownell in Architect magazine. I posted portions of it below and you can click HERE for the source article.

Consider this carefully if you decide to build your own dome. But does it have to be a dome to follow the lesson? In an apocalyptic event, everything becomes a struggle between the haves and have-nots. You don’t need a dome for that to happen.

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WHY URBAN DOMES ARE BAD FOR SOCIETY

In 1960, architect Buckminster Fuller proposed one of the most ambitious designs of his career: a dome to cover Midtown Manhattan. Made of ultralight, wire-reinforced glass, the 3 km (1.86 mile) wide, 1.6 km (0.99 mile) tall dome could supposedly be constructed by a fleet of 16 helicopters in three months. The overall structure would be as light as the air it contained, and would require cable-tethering in order to prevent uplift during the summer. Why the dome? Fuller and collaborating architect Shoji Sadao, AIA, promoted its capacity to protect inhabitants from air pollution, as well as its climate-conditioning ability. Fuller also anticipated additional economic benefits, writing that “the cost of snow removal in New York City would pay for the dome in 10 years.”

With respect to the architects, city dome schemes are socially cynical and environmentally defeatist. As last-ditch measures to ensure a suitable climate for a pragmatically select few, city domes project architectural visions of socioecological acquiescence. There are two implicit messages: one, that the social divide is intractable, and two, that humanity has failed to be a proper steward for the natural environment, so we must sequester ourselves further from it (and each other), expanding the technology of the hermetically sealed glass envelope to an urban scale.

The city dome idea may be viewed as an obvious (or extreme) end to one type of technological trajectory, and the sheer audacity of this vision is indeed impressive. Interestingly, however, what is laudable as an approach to building becomes troublesome as an urban application. Although the architects most certainly did not intend this outcome (and to Orproject’s credit, they do not specifically mention applying Bubbles at an urban scale), these schemes undermine the very notion of public space. Unless such an idea can be applied on a geographic scale, such projects will inherently reinforce the socioeconomic divide, protecting the health of privileged insiders while allowing contaminated exiles and what is left of the natural world to languish.

City dome proposals reveal the trouble with the ambitious yet naive architectural vision: these schemes exhibit technical bravado, yet they are cowardly with regard to social and environmental justice. In this way, a utopian vision becomes inherently dystopian.

As architects are sought out for their increased leadership in an increasingly uncertain climate, we must advocate ideas that are courageous not only concerning design and technology, but also in terms of their sensitivity to broader social needs. Without this multifaceted advocacy, the notion of a selective sanctuary—and the social ills that accompany it—could proliferate with far-reaching consequences.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!