Oct 062010

Many people think it’s prudent to have long term food supplies. The Mormons are well-known for this with lots of information provided on the web.

Costco has come out with a year’s worth of food for $799. It’s all freeze dried and packed in gallon cans supposedly providing a balanced diet. It’s all vegetarian with lots of textured vegetable protein (TVP).

TVP and soy both have their own problems. On the other hand, having something around to eat in event of a long term disaster might supercede concerns about eating GMO on at least a temporary basis.

This blog thinks it might be a good idea.

This one thinks it’s disgusting.

I don’t intend to buy this because I’ve got some vacuumed packed food on hand. I did buy a couple of the five gallon buckets Costco was selling last year (275 meals for around $80). Haven’t tried them. Will wait until TSHTF because that’s what it might taste like. However, if you have no long term food storage this is a quick solution.

(Thanks to Dave A. for the link).

Oct 032010

James Wesley Rawles, founder of http://www.survivalblog.com, is the go to guy for survivalists. His popular blog has much traffic and lots of interesting information and essays on personal experiences of the readers. With survivalism according to Rawles, the ideal is a retreat in the wilds of Idaho or Montana possibly shared with another family to help with the work and watching. Much of his bestselling book How To Survive The End Of The World As We Know It deals with finding a retreat, getting it equipped, and planning the “bug out” to the retreat when TSHTF.

LIving on an island I assume I’m already at my retreat. Islanders can skip that part of Rawles and focus on the excellent reference information he provides about stocking your larder, water, fuel and home power, communications, gardens, medical supplies and other subjects we don’t normally think about or even want to think about (home security and self-defense).

There are lots of great lists and many ideas about preparedness for emergencies big and small. One doesn’t have to be a survivalist to get value from Rawles book and blog. However, since many of not most people are working from short supplies and dependent on their next trip to town, exposure to Rawles thinking will stimulate you to action or complete rejection. You won’t be neutral.

This is the book for hard core survivalists. Chances are that even if we have economic and political collapse the situation won’t be as bad as survivalists almost seem to look forward to. People are resilient. Society will continue. However, preparing for the worst makes some sense. We all can’t find a refuge in Idaho. But we can’t take some time to think about how to deal with disaster for the short or long term.

Oct 012010

The following are 15 shocking poverty statistics that are skyrocketing as the American middle class continues to be slowly wiped out….

#1 Approximately 45 million Americans  were living in poverty in 2009.

#2 According to the Associated Press, experts believe that 2009 saw the largest single year increase  in the U.S. poverty rate since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959.

#3 The U.S. poverty rate is now the third worst http://thetruthwins.com/ among the developed nations tracked by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

#4 According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, on a year-over-year basis, household participation in the food stamp program has increased 20.28%.

#5 The number of Americans on food stamps surpassed 41 million for the first time ever in June.

#6 As of June, the number of Americans on food stamps had set a new all-time record for 19 consecutive months.

#7 One out of every six Americans  is now being served by at least one government anti-poverty program.

#8 More than 50 million Americans  are now on Medicaid, the U.S. government health care program designed principally to help the poor.

#9 One out of every seven mortgages in the United States was either delinquent or in foreclosure during the first quarter of 2010.

#10 Nearly 10 million Americans now receive unemployment insurance, which is almost four times  as many as were receiving it in 2007.

#11 The number of Americans receiving long-term unemployment benefits has risen over 60 percent in just the past year.

#12 According to one recent survey, 28% of all U.S. households  have at least one member that is looking for a full-time job.

#13 Nationwide, bankruptcy filings rose 20 percent in the 12 month period ending June 30th.

#14 More than 25 percent of all Americans now have a credit score below 599.

#15 One out of every five children  in the United States is now living in poverty.