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The Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again: War Spending Will Bankrupt America
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“Why throw money at defense when everything is falling down around us? Do we need to spend more money on our military (about $600 billion this year) than the next seven countries combined?

Do we need 1.4 million active military personnel and 850,000 reserves when the enemy at the moment-ISIS-numbers in the low tens of thousands?

If so, it seems there’s something radically wrong with our strategy.

Should 55% of the federal government’s discretionary spending go to the military and only 3% to transportation when the toll in American lives is far greater from failing infrastructure than from terrorism?

Does California need nearly as many active military bases (31, according to militarybases.com) as it has UC and state university campuses (33)?

And does the state need more active duty military personnel (168,000, according to Governing magazine) than public elementary school teachers (139,000)?”— Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times

Mark my words, America’s war spending will bankrupt the nation.

For that matter, America’s war spending has already bankrupted the nation to the tune of more than $20 trillion dollars.

Now the Trump Administration is pushing for a $4.4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2019 that would add $7 trillion to the already unsustainable federal deficit in order to sustain America’s military empire abroad and dramatically expand the police state here at home.

Trump also wants American taxpayers to cover the cost of building that infamous border wall.

Truly, Trump may turn out to be, as policy analyst Stan Collender warned, “the biggest deficit- and debt-increasing president of all time.”

For those in need of a quick reminder:

“A budget deficit is the difference between what the federal government spends and what it takes in.

The national debt, also known as the public debt, is the result of the federal government borrowing money to cover years and years of budget deficits.”

Right now, the U.S. government is operating in the negative on every front: it’s spending far more than what it makes (and takes from the American taxpayers) and it is borrowing heavily (from foreign governments and Social Security) to keep the government operating and keep funding its endless wars abroad.

This is how military empires fall and fail: by spreading themselves too thin and spending themselves to death.

It happened in Rome.

It’s happening again.

Not content to merely police the globe, in recent decades, America has gradually transformed its homeland into a battlefield with militarized police and weapons better suited to a war zone.

Since taking office, President Trump—much like his predecessors—has marched in lockstep with the military.

Now Trump wants $716 billion to expand America’s military empire abroad and billions more to hire cops, build more prisons and wage more profit-driven war-on-drugs/war-on-terrorism/war-on-crime programs that eat away at the Fourth Amendment while failing to make the country any safer.

Even the funds requested for infrastructure will do little to shore up the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, railways, highways, power grids and dams.

No matter how your break it down, this is not a budget aimed at perfecting the Union, establishing justice, insuring domestic tranquility, providing for the common defense, promoting general welfare, or securing the blessings of liberty for the American people.

No, this is a budget aimed at pandering to the powerful money interests (military, corporate and security) that run the Deep State and hold the government in its clutches.

So much for Trump’s campaign promises to balance the budget and drain the swamps of corruption.

The glaring economic truth is that at the end of the day, it’s the military industrial complex—and not the sick, the elderly or the poor—that is pushing America towards bankruptcy.

As investigative journalist Uri Friedman puts it, for more than 15 years now, the United States has been fighting terrorism with a credit card, “essentially bankrolling the wars with debt, in the form of purchases of U.S. Treasury bonds by U.S.-based entities like pension funds and state and local governments, and by countries like China and Japan.”

The illicit merger of the armaments industry and the Pentagon that President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us against more than 50 years ago has come to represent perhaps the greatest threat to the nation’s fragile infrastructure today.

Having been co-opted by greedy defense contractors, corrupt politicians and incompetent government officials, America’s expanding military empire is bleeding the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour)—and that’s just what the government spends on foreign wars.

That does not include the cost of maintaining and staffing the 1000-plus U.S. military bases spread around the globe.

Incredibly, although the U.S. constitutes only 5% of the world’s population, America boasts almost 50% of the world’s total military expenditure, spending more on the military than the next 19 biggest spending nations combined.

In fact, the Pentagon spends more on war than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety.

War is not cheap.

Although the federal government obscures so much about its defense spending that accurate figures are difficult to procure, we do know that since 2001, the U.S. government has spent more than $1.8 trillion in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (that’s $8.3 million per hour).

That doesn’t include wars and military exercises waged around the globe, which are expected to push the total bill upwards of $12 trillion by 2053.

Mind you, these ongoing wars—riddled by corruption, graft and bumbling incompetence—have done little to keep the country safe while enriching the military industrial complex—and private defense contractors—at taxpayer expense.

Just recently, for example, a leading accounting firm concluded that one of the Pentagon’s largest agencies “can’t account for hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of spending.”

Just consider the fact that it costs American taxpayers $2.1 million per year for each soldier deployed in Afghanistan.

Imagine what you could do with that money if it were spent on domestic needs here at home.

Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen anytime soon, not as long as the money interests in Washington keep calling the shots and profiting from the spoils of war.

War has become a huge money-making venture, and America, with its vast military empire, is one of its best buyers and sellers.

Not only does the U.S. have the largest defense budget, it also ranks highest as the world’s largest arms exporter.

The American military-industrial complex has erected an empire unsurpassed in history in its breadth and scope, one dedicated to conducting perpetual warfare throughout the earth.

For example, while erecting a security surveillance state in the U.S., the military-industrial complex has perpetuated a worldwide military empire with American troops stationed in 177 countries (over 70% of the countries worldwide).

In the process, billions have been spent erecting luxury military installations throughout the world.

For example, the U.S. Embassy built in Iraq, dubbed “Fortress Baghdad,” covers 104 acres and boasts a “city within a city” that includes six apartment buildings, a Marine barracks, swimming pool, shops and 15-foot-thick walls.

Camp Anaconda in Iraq, like many U.S. military bases scattered across the globe, was structured to resemble a mini-city with pools, fast food restaurants, miniature golf courses and movie theaters.

While most Americans can scarcely afford the cost of heating and cooling their own homes, the American government spends $20 billion annually just to provide air conditioning for military installations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In essence, what we’re doing is “we’re air conditioning the desert over there in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other places,” noted retired brigadier general Steven Anderson, a former chief logistician for Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq.

Think about that for a minute.

There’s a good reason why “bloated,” “corrupt” and “inefficient” are among the words most commonly applied to the government, especially the Department of Defense and its contractors.

For instance, a study by the Government Accountability Office found that $70 billion worth of cost overruns by the Pentagon were caused by management failures.

To put that in perspective, that equates to one and a half times the State Department’s entire $47 billion annual budget.

Fraud is rampant.

A government audit, for example, found that defense contractor Boeing has been massively overcharging taxpayers for mundane parts, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in overspending. As the report noted, the American taxpayer paid:

$71 for a metal pin that should cost just 4 cents;

$644.75 for a small gear smaller than a dime that sells for $12.51: more than a 5,100 percent increase in price.

$1,678.61 for another tiny part, also smaller than a dime, that could have been bought within DoD for $7.71: a 21,000 percent increase.

$71.01 for a straight, thin metal pin that DoD had on hand, unused by the tens of thousands, for 4 cents: an increase of over 177,000 percent.

Price gouging has become an accepted form of corruption within the American military empire.

And if you think gas prices at home can get high, just consider what the American taxpayer is being forced to shell out overseas: once all the expenses of delivering gas to troops in the field are factored in, we’re paying between $18-30 per gallon for gas in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Incredibly, despite reports of corruption, abuse and waste, the mega-corporations behind much of this ineptitude and corruption continue to be awarded military contracts worth billions of dollars.

The rationale may keep changing for why American military forces are in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, but the one that remains constant is that those who run the government are feeding the appetite of the military industrial complex.

What began in 2001 as part of an alleged effort to root out al Qaeda has turned into a goldmine for the military industrial complex and its army of private contractors.

Just consider: the Pentagon in 2008 spent more money every five seconds in Iraq than the average American earned in a year.

Yet Congress and the White House want taxpayers to accept that the only way to reduce the nation’s ballooning deficit is by cutting “entitlement” programs such as Social Security and Medicare?

As Martin Luther King Jr. recognized, under a military empire, war and its profiteering will always take precedence over the people’s basic human needs.

Simply put, we cannot afford to maintain our over-extended military empire.

“Money is the new 800-pound gorilla,” remarked a senior administration official involved in Afghanistan.

“It shifts the debate from ‘Is the strategy working?’ to ‘Can we afford this?’

And when you view it that way, the scope of the mission that we have now is far, far less defensible.”

Or as one commentator noted, “Foreclosing the future of our country should not be confused with defending it.”

Inevitably, military empires collapse.

As Cullen Murphy, author of Are We Rome? and editor-at-large of Vanity Fair writes:

A millennium hence America will be hard to recognize.

It may not exist as a nation-state in the form it does now—or even exist at all.

Will the transitions ahead be gradual and peaceful or abrupt and catastrophic?

Will our descendants be living productive lives in a society better than the one we inhabit now?

Whatever happens, will valuable aspects of America’s legacy weave through the fabric of civilizations to come?

Will historians someday have reason to ask, Did America really fall?

The problem we wrestle with is none other than a distorted American empire, complete with mega-corporations, security-industrial complexes and a burgeoning military.

And it has its sights set on absolute domination.

Eventually, however, all military empires fail.

At the height of its power, even the mighty Roman Empire could not stare down a collapsing economy and a burgeoning military.

Prolonged periods of war and false economic prosperity largely led to its demise.

As historian Chalmers Johnson predicts:

The fate of previous democratic empires suggests that such a conflict is unsustainable and will be resolved in one of two ways.

Rome attempted to keep its empire and lost its democracy.

Britain chose to remain democratic and in the process let go its empire.

Intentionally or not, the people of the United States already are well embarked upon the course of non-democratic empire.

I would suggest that what we have is a confluence of factors and influences that go beyond mere comparisons to Rome.

It is a union of Orwell’s 1984 with its shadowy, totalitarian government—i.e., fascism, the union of government and corporate powers—and a total surveillance state with a military empire extended throughout the world.

As we have seen with the militarizing of the police, the growth of and reliance on militarism as the solution for our problems both domestically and abroad affects the basic principles upon which American society should operate.

We must keep in mind that a military empire will be ruled not by lofty ideals of equality and justice but by the power of the sword.

Those in the military are primarily trained to conduct warfare, not preserve the peace.

Here’s the kicker, though: if the American empire falls and the American economy collapses—and with it the last vestiges of our constitutional republic—it will be the government and its trillion-dollar war budgets that are to blame.

Of course, the government has already anticipated this breakdown.

That’s why the government has transformed America into a war zone, turned the nation into a surveillance state, and labelled “we the people” as enemy combatants.

For years now, the government has worked with the military to prepare for widespread civil unrest brought about by “economic collapse, loss of functioning political and legal order, purposeful domestic resistance or insurgency, pervasive public health emergencies, and catastrophic natural and human disasters.”

Having spent more than half a century exporting war to foreign lands, profiting from war, and creating a national economy seemingly dependent on the spoils of war, the war hawks long ago turned their profit-driven appetites on us, bringing home the spoils of war—the military tanks, grenade launchers, Kevlar helmets, assault rifles, gas masks, ammunition, battering rams, night vision binoculars, etc.—and handing them over to local police, thereby turning America into a battlefield.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America:

The War on the American People, this is how the police state wins and “we the people” lose.

More than 50 years ago, President Dwight Eisenhower warned us not to let the profit-driven war machine endanger our liberties or democratic processes.

We failed to heed his warning.

As Eisenhower recognized in a speech given to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, on Apr. 16, 1953, the consequences of allowing the military-industrial complex to wage war, exhaust our resources and dictate our national priorities are beyond grave:

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

This world in arms is not spending money alone.

It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.

It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.

It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals.

It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement.

We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.

We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people…

This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense.

Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”

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EMP Attack On America – Preppers Vs Non-Preppers 

The First 72 Hours – Who Will Live, Who Will Die?

By Susan Duclos – Aug 7, 2015

ANP would like to thank SQ for his help on this article!

In May of 2014, experts testified before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, on what the “catastrophic” effects of an “Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)” would be for Americans.

According to Dr. Peter Pry, a member of the Congressional EMP Commission and executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an EMP event could wipe out 90 percent of America’s population.

In the article below we are going to take a look at the the first 72 hours after an EMP attack on America and the difference between the 90 percent that could be wiped out and the ten percent that will survive, and why.

WHAT IS AN EMP?

The Heritage Foundation explains “an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack represents one of the greatest threats imaginable—to the United States and the world.

An EMP occurs when a nuclear device is detonated high in the atmosphere—a phenomenon of which America’s enemies are well aware. 

The electromagnetic discharge can permanently disable the electrical systems that run nearly all civilian and military infrastructures.

A massive EMP attack on the United States would produce almost unimaginable devastation.

Communications would collapse, transportation would halt, and electrical power would simply be non-existent.

Not even a global humanitarian effort would be enough to keep hundreds of millions of Americans from death by starvation, exposure, or lack of medicine.”

The bottom line is that Earth would most likely recede into the “new” Dark Ages.

Related – Elite Are In A Panic About What’s Coming To America Insider Warns – Is This Video Another Sign Of The Coming ‘End Game’?

Video: https://youtu.be/daxuBBMRl8g

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH AFTER AN EMP ATTACK

The difference between life and death after an EMP attack on America can be summed up in one word – Preparedness.

We are talking no power, no food, no banking, no transportation, no radio, television and no Internet…. people completely cut off from the very basics they depend on to survive in the technologically advanced world we live in, and cut off from each other.

Lets look at a conversation between a couple preparing for either an EMP, economic collapse, a natural disaster or any other event that would force them to survive without the basics, who we will call Mary and John in comparison to a non-prepping couple who think people like Mary and John are paranoid, so they haven’t prepared,  who we will call Beth and Tim.

DAY ONE – THE FIRST 24 HOURS – ALL SYSTEMS DOWN

In the first 24 hours directly after an EMP attack, people would find they have no power.  

No transportation because their vehicles electronics were fried.

No phone service.

No Internet.

No access to cash because even if they walked to their bank they would find the systems down and wouldn’t be able to withdraw any cash.

Even grocery stores depend on computers to run their cash registers, so getting food would be difficult.

DIALOGUE  BETWEEN PREPPERS VS NON-PREPPERS  IN THE FIRST DAY

Now imagine the difference in the conversation between a couple who have prepared for the worst in comparison to a couple that didn’t…..

Lights Out

Preppers, Mary and John – Mary:

I have been listening on the short wave, it isn’t local, power is out all across the country.

Cars won’t start, landlines are out, cells phones are down  … they say it is an EMP attack and grids are down all over.

John: I’ll get the portable generator hooked up, keep the food in the fridge good.

Mary: I’ll grab the flashlights and some extra batteries and a couple cans of Sterno and some extra blankets.

John: Then we’ll sit down and list what we need to do, don’t worry, this is what we have been preparing for.

Non-Preppers, Beth and Tim – Beth:

We lost electric and the phone isn’t working to report it.

Tim: Use the cell.

Beth: Cell isn’t working either?!?

Tim: I’ll check outside see if it is just us or if the whole street is down [….] Looks like the whole street, I am going to drive up to the store and see if I can use their phone to report it. […] Car won’t start, phones are down, no power…. something is going on.

Beth: How do we find out what is happening??

Tim: I don’t know, let me think!

Hours Later – Day One

Preppers –

John: Ok, survival food is separated and we should have enough for at least a year probably longer the way we have been stocking up, got the wood stove set up for heat, brought a few gallons of water in… whats the word on the short wave?

Mary: EMP.. reports of an explosion in the air and boom, everything died. 

They are talking of setting up barter and trade locations for people short on some items and that have extra of others.

John: We’ll check tomorrow and see if anything is close enough to get to. I’m going to get the weapons cleaned, loaded, some extra ammo… won’t take long for people to start panicking when they realize nothing is coming back online.

Mary: Ok, I’ll go get some dinner ready.

Non-Preppers –

Tim: Beth I am back… the people down the block are saying it was a terror attack, an electromagnetic pulse which shut down the power grids and fried all electronics.

There are no cars on the streets, people are freaking out.

Beth: How would they know it was an attack?

Tim: Some have short wave radios and are saying people saw an explosion.

Beth: Well when are authorities coming to fix everything?

Tim: I don’t know…. I don’t know if they are, if they can.

Beth: What are we going to do?

Tim: We can walk to the store tomorrow, grab whatever we can to hold us over. We’ll leave early, people are saying stores are going to be emptied and won’t be able to get deliveries. They are expecting an increase in crime, food riots, looting.

Beth: I’m scared….

Communication – Mary and John prepared by purchasing a shortwave radio so they are able to hear what is going on around the country and now know that all systems are down, while Beth and Tim are limited to being aware of only what is happening in their own neighborhood or are dependent on people like Mary and John to keep them in the loop.

Awareness – Mary and John know that all systems are down because they were prepared, while Beth and Tim discover their phones do not work when they try to call the power company to report an outage, and their car doesn’t work when they decide to drive somewhere to notify the power company because their engines are fried.

Power – Mary and John prepared by purchasing portable manual generators, kept them unplugged until needed, so chances are they would still be able to keep their stock of perishables from going bad.

They stocked up on batteries, flashlights so they don’t waste generator fuel or solar capacity.

Beth and Tim are stuck in the dark, literally, until they learn from others that did prepare that their power isn’t coming back on….. perhaps for a couple of years at least, as is explained below.

Grid Facts: Via WSJ 2014:

When FirstEnergy Corp. added a new substation in Pennsylvania a couple of years ago, a South Korean factory took about a year to make one of the big transformers, which then traveled by ship for 26 days to Newark, N.J.

There, a crane lifted the 400,000-pound box onto a train to Pennsylvania. At the end of its 7,000-mile journey in 2012, the equipment traveled on a centipede-like contraption with 192 wheels called a crawler, used to keep the heavy transformer from cracking axles or the road.

Total elapsed time from purchase order to delivery: about two years.

Now imagine that on a larger scale with the majority of the nation’s grids being down and needing replacement transformers.

DAY TWO – 48 HOURS ALL SYSTEMS DOWN

While many people are “nine meals from anarchy” meaning they probably have enough in their pantry to survive for three days, with the amount of poverty in the US right now, many will not have food and will be attempting to make their way to the store to begin the process of spending whatever cash they have on them to acquire basic necessities to feed their families.

This also includes dealing with long lines as cash registers that are computerized don’t work (half those running them can barely make change without the computer telling how much!)

DIALOGUE  BETWEEN PREPPERS VS NON-PREPPERS  IN THE SECOND DAY

Preppers – 
Mary: What are they reporting?

John: Reports are coming in from all over, looting has started in some areas all across the country as word is filtering through that it was an EMP attack and that there is no way to know how long it will be before anyone has power again. They say a number of cops just went home and stayed there to protect their families. They are expecting riots to start in some areas as soon as tonight.

Mary: We have that extra wood, should we start boarding up the windows?

John: Yeah, good idea, this is going to get ugly.

Non-Preppers –

Beth: The shelves are almost empty!

Tim: Grab whatever you can, whatever you see that won’t go bad.

Beth: Look at the lines!

Tim: Hurry! Tempers are rising, people are already yelling outside and I want to get home fast. (Walking home)

Beth: People are staring our bags.

Tim: Don’t make eye contact, just keep walking.

Beth: Did you see how many were involved in the fight on the corner back by the street? How can this be happening????

Tim: I saw… and if it is this bad, this soon, I have a bad feeling things are going to get much worse, very fast.

Hours Later – Day Two

Preppers –

Mary: Dinner is ready, I cooked up all the meat in the freezer in the wood stove, figured it would stay good longer in the cooler and this way we wouldn’t have to waste the generator capacity by keeping food cold, we can finish this then start using our survival foods.

John: Good idea, save the generator for emergency use. Ham operators are reporting rioting has increased all over the country and grocery stores have nothing left.  They did mention a few locations where people are going to meet to barter and trade, one of them isn’t far from here, but they are waiting until the worst is over before setting a date. Better to stay in  and wait this out.

Mary: Yeah, good idea, safer here where we can defend ourselves.

Non-Preppers –

Tim: Not a lot of gas left for the grill, then again, not a lot of food in the house to cook on the grill.

Beth: Can we use the fireplace to cook what we do have?

Tim: Yeah but we have to figure out a way to get more food, the grocery store didn’t have all that much… we definitely don’t have enough here to last more than a week or so.  

Beth: How did this get so bad, so fast Tim?

Supplies – While our prepared couple Mary and John are going through their supplies and using their short wave radios to find out where other preppers are meeting to barter and trade items, our unprepared couple Beth and Tim walk to the store to begin to prepare for what could possibly be a long wait until they get power back.

Finding empty shelves should have been expected, but they never paid attention to those warning to be prepared for anything.

Depending on the neighborhood, looting may have already begun as people start to panic when they do not know if they can feed their families.

Beth and Tim find that the shelves for necessities are bare, because most grocery stores have only 72 hours of food on the shelf with ZERO back stock, so they grab what they can carry from what is left by way of non-perishables (which isn’t much at that point), and head home to take stock of what it is they don’t have and might not be able to get at all.

Cooking And Eating – Our prepared couple will have sterno or some other heat source to cook with, will be cooking up their frozen foods and using their perishables, separating out there survival food stock into freeze dried meats, vegetables, entrees and fruits, planning their meals in a manner that makes sure they utilize everything, waste nothing.

Note – Many survival foods, such as the ones we have purchased, have a shelf life of between 20-30 years unopened.

Once opened, the shelf life is 1 year, but each packet is four servings so it is guaranteed each packet will be used.

The unprepared couple are eating out of cans or cooking on a grill which: 
1) Will run out of gas or charcoal shortly and 
2) Will be attracting those beginning to get desperate at the thought of a future with no food.

DAY THREE – 72 HOURS ALL SYSTEMS DOWN

By the third day food in the fridge will be going or will have already gone bad, people will be running out of water, and the reality of the situation will be make them increasingly desperate, more violent towards others.

With the stores empty some will turn their eyes towards their neighbors, gangs will form to start raiding houses to scavenge for food and water.

Riots will be happening in almost all neighborhoods.

DIALOGUE BETWEEN PREPPERS VS NON-PREPPERS IN THE THIRD DAY

Preppers – 
John: All hell is breaking loose, everywhere. Reports are coming in that bodies are laying in the streets, cops are nowhere to be found, probably home protecting their own families. Fires are out of control…. they say this is happening all across the country. Whole cities are burning.

Mary: We expected this could happen, we saw the warnings that civilization would break down fast if this ever happened.

John: From this point on we must both have our pistols with a couple extra magazines at the ready.  We aren’t leaving the house for any reason and we are not letting anyone in.

Non-Preppers – 
Beth: Tim, milks gone bad, all the meat in the freezer too.

Tim: Throw it out, I am more worried about the smoke smell outside, something is on fire. I made it half way down the street before hearing people fighting, someone screaming and came right back.

Beth: Where are the cops? The authorities? The government? They can’t just let this continue! When will they get here? This is a big city, they have to do something!!!!!

Tim: I don’t think anyone is coming…….

Hours Later – Day Three

Preppers – 
Mary: They say downtown is basically gone, burned down. Gangs are going neighborhood to neighborhood, ransacking houses, stealing supplies, raping the women, killing the men.

John: We’ll deal with it when they come here, we are ready.

Non-Preppers – 
Beth: I see strange people on the street going house to house, breaking down the doors, people are screaming Tim!!!  What are we going do???

Tim: Hide…………………………………………………………

Home Protection And Defense – While again this is dependent on location, someone prepared will already have home defense capabilities in place to protect themselves, their family, their food, water and supplies, and while many will remain civil and attempt to help those less prepared, there comes a moment when reality sinks in and people that are not starving yet but are in no way prepared for long term survival, understand they will be soon and start to get desperate.

Our prepared couple are ready and understood the need for both the husband and the wife to have firearm training prior to it all going down, are loading their weapons, manually shuttering their windows, strong locks on their doors, and listening closely on their short wave radios to which areas are already seeing a breakdown in civilization as people begin to panic when they realize life as they knew it is over.

Our unprepared couple will have limited weapons to protect themselves and probably very little ammunition if any, and a home most likely so easy to break into a child could do it because of course their home security system no longer functions and there wouldn’t be anyone able to respond if it did.

By day four our preppers have defended their home, their food, their lives…. they were ready, prepared for the worst even while hoping it never came to pass.

By day four our non-preppers were dead.

After day four,  preppers planned to band together to begin a mutual defense community as they had previously been in contact with like-minded individuals across town with pre-determined locations set up within walking or biking distance when things simmered down.

BOTTOM LINE

In 2013, Frank Gaffney, the president of the Center for Security Policy, discussing what a single EMP blast could do, stated ““Within a year of that attack, nine out of 10 Americans would be dead, because we can’t support a population of the present size in urban centers and the like without electricity.”

Preparation is important-not just because of an EMP threat, but a number of catastrophic events are in the realm of possibility and even likely to happen where being prepared could mean the difference between life and death.

At WHATEVER Level YOU can prepare, BETTER to be READY and not NEED to be, than NEED TO Be and NOT BE PREPARED!

Steve Quayle has a new link on his Dreams and Visions page from a reader that warns of phones being disabled, money being worthless and how panic could ensue from events other than an EMP.

(Authors Note –  The timing of the linked dream/vision being sent to and put up on Quayle’s site, while I was in the midst of writing this article, seemed like a sign that it just had to be included.)

http://allnewspipeline.com/EMP_Attack_Difference_Between_Life_And_Death.php