Tips for Economic Collapse

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ECONOMIC COLLAPSE SURVIVAL TIPS

  • REDUCE YOUR DEBT: Reducing ones debt to as close to zero as possible is essential. That may involve selling off some of your real estate investment, moving to a smaller home, refinancing your home mortgage to a 15-year loan, and eliminating your credit cards. Stop paying interest. Pay with cash whenever possible instead of charging it.

  • Do not be dependent on the government for your well-being. Try and be as independent and self reliant as possible for your income.

  • Take control of your own finances. Read many alternate sources of information. Do your homework. Be careful to understand what is going on. Avoid states of denial. Become as independent as possible.

  • Make yourself save as much as you can. Most people live above their means. Learn to live below your means. If you save a minimum of 10% per month, you can grow your wealth very safely. Some can save 20%-25%.

  • Diversify your investments; include investing in Swiss money instruments, gold, different currencies. Or ditch investments all together. Purchase tangible gold, silver, precious stones, ammunition, food and supplies.

  • Avoid weak financial institutions. Get out of harm’s way. Many banks, brokerage house, S& Ls and insurance companies are tottering on the brink of disaster or close to it in the event of a market downturn. And in spite of the perception to the contrary, there is no substantive insurance safety net under these institutions. Remember the Great Depression? Banks collapsed and people went broke overnight. Banks cannot be trusted.

  • Avoid popular investment markets. There are few goof opportunities for conservative investors. Stocks are overvalued. If you own stocks have stops in place. Corporate bonds are vulnerable and will drop as U.S. interest rates rise. Be very selective in investment real estate. Commodities are out of favor and at bargain prices. All things are cyclical and go from being undervalued to overvalued.

  • Find investment safe havens. The three best and most conservative investments to put your money into over the next few years are gold and silver, and lead (ammunition). Don’t announce to the world what you are doing; keep a low profile. Keep your mouth shut so others won’t be tempted to raid your supplies.

  • Legally bulletproof your business and personal matters. America is the most litigious country in the world, with 700,000 lawyers and 187 million new civil lawsuits per year. Every doctor, professional business person or business owner has a nightmare about being sued into ruin.

  • Change your mind set about the news, about investments and about your financial security. To survive the coming hard times, you must change the way you do things, the way you think, and the way you save your money. You must read between the lines in today’s news report .and plan for the future.

  • Purchase a least a one-year food supply and have a large water source. Own tangible assets or commodities that can be bartered or traded.

  • Buy real estate in a small town or rural community that can serve as a retreat or place of refuge. Cities may become unsafe once economic collapse happens. Robberies, muggings, rapes, and murders will rise.

  • Buy gold and silver coins for barter, tender, and security. Shop at your local pawn shops. Look into BitCoin and other alternative currencies. Look into bartering and trade.  Purchase Iraqi Dinar (new, not Saddam Hussein Dinar). 

Follow your Emergency Scenario Preparedness Plan and use the above situations as guides during an Economic Collapse

 

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Martial Law- the “law” behind it

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Surviving Martial Law / FEMA Camp Roundup

Originally martial law was imposed during wars or occupations to let the government control population more effectively in spite of heightened unrest. Nowadays it is most commonly used by authoritarian governments to enforce their rule, for example after coup d’état (Thailand 2006), when threatened by popular protests (PRC 1989), or to crack down on the opposition (Poland 1981). Most recents examples of martial law- Boston Marathon Bombing( 2013), in Thailand and the Phillipines (2014).  Martial law can also be declared in cases of major natural disasters, however most countries use a different legal construct like “state of emergency”.

In many countries martial law imposes particular rules, one of which is curfew. Often, under this system, the administration of justice is left to a military tribunal, called a court-martial. The suspension of the writ of habeas corpus is likely to occur.

The President can declare martial law when circumstances warrant it: When the civil authority cannot operate, then martial law is not only constitutional, but would be necessary: “If, in foreign invasion or civil war, the courts are actually closed, and it is impossible to administer criminal justice according to law, then, on the theatre of active military operations, where war really prevails, there is a necessity to furnish a substitute for the civil authority, thus overthrown, to preserve the safety of the army and society; and as no power is left but the military, it is allowed to govern by martial rule until the laws can have their free course. As necessity creates the rule, so it limits its duration; for, if this government is continued after the courts are reinstated, it is a gross usurpation of power. Martial rule can never exist where the courts are open, and in the proper and unobstructed exercise of their jurisdiction. It is also confined to the locality of actual war.”

Examples of Martial Law

During the war of 1812, General Andrew Jackson imposed martial law within his encampment at New Orleans, which he had recently liberated. Martial law was also imposed in a four mile radius around the camp. When word came of the end of the war, Jackson maintained martial law, contending that he had not gotten official word of the peace. A judge demanded habeas corpus for a man arrested for sedition. Rather than comply with the writ, Jackson had the judge arrested. After the civil authority was restored, the judge fined Jackson $1000, which he paid, and for which the Congress later reimbursed Jackson.

In 1892, at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, rebellious mine workers blew up a mill and shot at strike-breaking workers. The explosion leveled a four-story building and killed one person. Mine owners asked the governor to declare martial law, which he did. At the same time, a request was made for federal troops to back guardsmen. Over 600 people were arrested. The list was whittled down to two dozen ring leaders who were tried in civil court. While in prison, the mine workers formed a new union, the Western Federation of Miners.

In 1914, imposition of martial law climaxed the so-called Coal Field Wars in Colorado. Dating back decades, the conflicts came to a head in Ludlow in 1913. The Colorado National Guard was called in to quell the strikers. For a time, the peace was kept, but it is reported that the make-up of the Guard stationed at the mines began to shift from impartial normal troops to companies of loyal mine guards. Clashes increased and the proclamation of martial law was made by the governor. President Wilson sent in federal troops, eventually ending the violence.

In 1934, California Governor Frank Merriam placed the docks of San Francisco under martial law, citing “riots and tumult” resulting from a dock workers strike. The Governor threatened to place the entire city under martial law. The National Guard was called in to open the docks, and a city-wide institution of martial law was averted when goods began to flow. The guardsmen were empowered to make arrests and to then try detainees or turn them over to the civil courts.

Martial law and San Francisco were no strangers – following the earthquake of 1906, the troops stationed in the Presidio were pressed into service. Guards were posted throughout the city, and all dynamite was confiscated. The dynamite was used to destroy buildings in the path of fires, to prevent the fires from spreading. Troops were ordered to shoot looters. Though there was never an official declaration of martial law, the event is often cited as such. However, at all times it appears the troops took their orders indirectly from the civil authority.

Though not a state at the time, Hawaii was placed under martial law in 1941, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Many of the residents of Hawaii were, and are, of Asian descent, and the loyalty of these people was called into question. After the war, the federal judge for the islands condemned the conduct of martial law, saying, “Gov. Poindexter declared lawfully martial law but the Army went beyond the governor and set up that which was lawful only in conquered enemy territory namely, military government which is not bound by the Constitution. And they … threw the Constitution into the discard and set up a military dictatorship.”

On 8/26/2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was placed under martial law after widespread flooding rendered civil authority ineffective. The state of Louisiana does not have an actual legal construct called “martial law,” but instead something quite like it: a state of public health emergency. The state of emergency allowed the governor can suspend laws, order evacuations, and limit the sales of items such as alcohol and firearms. The governor’s order limited the state of emergency, to end on 9/25/2005, “unless terminated sooner.”

There have been many instances of the use of the military within the borders of the United States, such as during the Whiskey Rebellion and in the South during Reconstruction and then later with the civil rights crises, but these acts are not tantamount to a declaration of martial law. The distinction must be made as clear as that between martial law and military justice: deployment of troops does not necessarily mean that the civil courts cannot function, and that is one of the keys, as the Supreme Court noted, to martial law.

 

INTERESTING FACTS REGARDING MARTIAL LAW AND QUELLING CIVIL UNREST

“Martial law is defined as: military rule or authority imposed on a civilian population when the civil authorities cannot maintain law and order, as in a time of war or during an emergency.

“Hitler turned Germany into a Nazi dictatorship through executive orders.

US Presidential Orders already signed an in place:
“Executive Order 10995: All communications media are to be seized by the Federal Government. Radio, TV, newspapers, CB, Ham, telephones, and the internet will be under federal control. Hence, the First Amendment will be suspended indefinitely.

“Executive Order 10997: All electrical power, fuels, and all minerals well be seized by the federal government.

“Executive Order 10998: All food resources, farms and farm equipment will be seized by the government. You will not be allowed to hoard food since this is regulated.

“Executive Order 10999: All modes of transportation will go into government control. Any vehicle can be seized.

“Executive Order 11000: All civilians can be used for work under federal supervision.

“Executive Order 11490: Establishes presidential control over all US citizens, businesses, and churches in time of “emergency.”

“Executive Order 12919: Directs various Cabinet officials to be constantly ready to take over virtually all aspects of the US economy during a State of National Emergency at the direction of the president.

“Executive Order 13010: Directs FEMA to take control over all government agencies in time of emergency. FEMA is under control of executive branch of the government.

“Executive Order 12656: “ASSIGNMENT OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RESPONSIBILITIES”, “A national emergency is any occurrence, including natural disaster, military attack, technological emergency, or other emergency that seriously degrades or seriously threatens the national security of the United States. Policy for national security emergency preparedness shall be established by the President.”

This order includes federal takeover of all local law enforcement agencies, wage and price controls, prohibits you from moving assets in or out of the United States, creates a draft, controls all travel in and out of the United States, and much more.

“Martial law can be declared due to natural disasters, foreign attack, Stock Market crash, no electricity, riots, biological/chemical/nuclear attack, …. anything leading to the breakdown of law and order.

Why Prep?

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Why Prep?

Have you ever wondered how you would take care of yourself and your family if you lost your job? How about if there was a bad hurricane? Tornado? Rioting? Civil Unrest? Economic Collapse? Martial Law? Pandemic? Even Zombies?

If these thoughts have crossed your mind or haunted your dreams lately, then you might be considering becoming a Prepper.

Have you already started stocking up on extra canned goods, bottles of water, pet food, first aid supplies and self-defense weapons? Then you are already a Prepper.

Have you looked into solar and wind options for heating/cooling/powering your home and appliances? Have you considered buying land and keeping livestock and a garden? Want to live off-grid?  Then you are a Homestead Prepper.

Have you taken survival classes, learned the arts of bushcraft, fire making, escape & evasion? Are you comfortable living in the woods for a long period of time, living off the land, and using Mother Nature for all your provisions, protection, shelter, and camouflage? Then you are a Survivalist.

All and any of these labels means you are Self-Reliant or want to become Self-Reliant.

Many folks enter into prepping because they have this unexplainable feeling in their gut that something is not “right” with the world. That things are slowly getting more restrictive, less-free, more expensive and more intrusive in our private lives. That unsettling feeling is your 6th sense telling you to prepare.

For others, prepping and being self-reliant is comforting because it is a return to a simpler life much like what our grandparents and great-grandparents experienced (and we remember being told through family-handed down stories). It is a way to exit the “Rat Race” and ensure all their basic needs are met without all the hustle and bustle of big city life.  It is a way of reducing stress and anxiety in their lives, because they are providing for themselves and their families by means of a garden, food & water storage, re-learning basic DIY skills, and saving money by not spending it frivolously.  It is also a sense of accomplishing something with purpose .  It has its rewards and self-gratification.

Whatever your reasons for prepping, rest easy in the fact that your time, money and efforts have not been wasted.  Whether its a natural disaster, extended unemployment, or a true SHTF scenario, you will probably use your preps and skills at some point in your life, or at least be able to pass them down to your children for their future security.

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OPSEC- Rule of 4 & 7

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OPERATION SECURITY:

RULE OF 4 AND RULE OF 7

RULE OF 4:

In an emergency when the lights are out, when there is no food and almost no clean water, when there is no cop on the corner, when there is no 9-1-1 to call for help, when there is no information about what is going on, when there is no light at the end of the tunnel- IN 4 DAYS YOUR NEIGHBORS BECOME DANGEROUS AND SO DOES EVERYONE ELSE YOU ENCOUNTER.

RULE OF 7:

By Day 7 of an emergency scenario, with all the conditions of the Rule of 4, YOUR NEIGHBORS BECOME KILLERS!!! 

THIS IS AS SERIOUS AS A HEART ATTACK, IF YOU HAD NO FRESH WATER, NO FOOD, NO POWER; IF YOUR CHILDREN WERE CRYING AND THERE WAS NO WATER TO GIVE THEM, EXCEPT FOR THE WATER OUT OF YOUR TOILET BOWL, WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO GIVE THEM WATER?   ANSWER- ANYTHING!  HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO TO SUPPLY YOUR LOVED ONES WITH FOOD, WATER, MEDICAL CARE, ETC? YOUR NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS, STRANGERS- ARE NO DIFFERENT.  THEY WILL KILL, LOOT, OR STEAL TO SUPPLY THEIR NEEDS AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR LIFE, JUST TO SAVE THEIR OWN LIFE. OR THE LIVES OF THEIR FAMILY!

IGNORE THIS AT YOUR OWN PERIL- YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!

REMEMBER THE RULE OF 4 AND THE RULE OF 7!!!!

People often say that they would never resort to violence, looting or shooting in an emergency because they think they are somehow “better than that” or have been “raised better” or they are morally superior somehow. We call B/S on this because no matter what you or anybody thinks right now- how you will behave, react, and respond to stress, violence, threats, starvation and dehydration in a true SHTF emergency scenario is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT than how you think you will.  Unless you are a combat veteran, a police officer, fire fighter, or EMT/Paramedic who have encountered high-stress situations with blood & guts galore and the threat of death imminent, then you cannot know how you or your family or even your neighbors will react when presented with a scenario where their lives may end due to violence, no food, no water, or no medical treatment.

If you want to overcome some of the initial shock that occurs, you and your family must prepare now and practice what you prepare!  Everyone should be involved in storing food and water, learning first aid skills, learning self-defense and use of weapons properly, and learn what to do when a threat occurs. Practice, practice, practice. The age-old adage even applies to Preppers & Survivalists.

WE DON’T ADVOCATE VIOLENCE (EXCEPT IN SELF-DEFENSE), BUT THIS POST IS TO REMIND YOU THAT OTHERS MAY WISH TO USE VIOLENCE AGAINST YOU OR YOUR FAMILY IN A SHTF SCENARIO.  KEEP THAT IN MIND AT ALL TIMES.