As a followup to to my previous post on why you need to be self sufficient here’s absolute proof of why one should never, ever, for any reason trust the government.

Government is like fire. It’s great and a wonderful tool as long as YOU stay in control of it. The moment it gets out of your control it kills and destroys leaving ashes and devastation in its path.

You read daily of the government wasting millions and someone times billions of dollars on truly mind-bogglingly, stupid projects, studies and programs. We see them loan half a billion dollars to scam “renewable energy” companies that pay their executives tens of millions of dollars in bonuses then go bankrupt and the government eats the loss.

Now we have soldiers, Citizens, who stepped up and against their better judgement re-upped to go fight our wars in exchange for bonuses because the government was so desperate for trained experienced soldiers. They made that sacrifice in many cases to provide a financial stake for their families, to undertake an education, to pay for their kids educations and many other goals. (That the government was unwilling to actually fight the war to win it and simply let it drag on year after year after year is another story but it explains why they started running out of people.)

Then AFTER the fighting is all done, after they come home, in many cases AFTER they have to deal with a corrupt VA in order to receive the medical care they were promised and are owed by the nation they defended…

AFTER all the sacrifice the government comes back them and says:

“Ooops. WE made an error. WE made a mistake in offering you those bonuses. WE made an accounting error and now YOU have to pay the money that WE mistakenly gave you.”

And if they don’t pay it back their wages will be taken, their homes lost, their credit ratings ruined because they trusted the government and the government made a mistake for which our Veterans have to pay.

Scam the government for hundreds of millions by spouting “renewable energy” slogans and everyone in government shrugs. When someone in the government makes a mistake in offering bonuses to military personnel the Veterans have to pay the price.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been this utterly disgusted and bitter about the bureaucratic corruption and malfeasance that goes on in D.C. I wonder how many people are going to go to jail over this?

Actually… no I don’t wonder. No one will. When you and I do something like that we get fired and likely go to jail. When the government does it it’s simply a clerical error and they recoup the money from the people who aren’t responsible while the ones responsible probably get promotions.

So a lesson for anyone smart enough to learn it. If you’re counting on the government to save you when things get bad… read the story to learn how far they can be trusted.

The Librarian



New commentary out on the Obama Executive Order dealing with the threat of an EMP event.

It’s clear from this article and actually reading the text of the Executive Order that nothing is actually going to done. It’s all political posturing. We’ve known for a long time now what’s involved, what the threat is and how to take precautions to ameliorate the worst effects of it as well as dramatically increase the chances of survival  for the People and drastically decrease the recovery time.

Harden the power grid. Start stockpiling backups of the most vulnerable components of the grid that are most susceptible to EMP damage such as transformers. Return to Tempest shielding for military and vital civilian communications equipment.

Those actions alone would make the difference between a recovery taking years and a recovery taking generations.

But they won’t be taken. The government can spend millions studying the drinking habits of transsexual prostitutes in Brazil or studying the mating habits of monkeys while on crack but protecting 80%-90% of the population from death by starvation, dehydration, disease and violence…. not so much.

The actions of the government are a sad and sorry joke but they are so insulated from the real world that are probably not even aware of how absurd their actions appear to the real world.

In the end you can only rely on yourself. If you want to survive and for your family to survive then take action. Make plans, look at the area in which you live, decide where and how it’s safest to store food and materials and supplies to survive the chaos after an event such as an EMP on the scale of the Carrington event. It goes without saying to make sure your family knows how to shoot and that you have the weapons and ammunition to protect yourself and your family. Anyone naive enough to believe they will survive without them is… well… irrelevant because they won’t be there to offer their opinion afterwards.

Think what it will take once the chaos has subsided to move to a subsistence level agricultural lifestyle. What knowledge and skills will be required to sustain it in the long term and to eventually move beyond it to a community system. What will be required for a community to start building food surpluses to provide the manpower to start rebuilding infrastructure and start providing other services to rebuild the technological and industrial infrastructure.

No one can do it for you. There is only one thing that is an absolute certainty…

Waiting for the government to do it for you is an absolute guaranteed path to death.

The Librarian


I’ve started doing some concentrated work on a new Category that will be ready sometime soon.

It’s Radio Manuals.

I have my old Zenith Trans Oceanic stored away and shielded but just recently got a more modern Shortwave Receiver to play around with and see what’s still going on in the Shortwave world. I used to follow shortwave many years ago well before the age of computer BBS and later the Internet.

For those born since the Web fully emerged shortwave it was the radio equivalent of the Web in a sense. Countries all over the world operated radio stations that broadcast in the Shortwave bands which could often be received pretty much anywhere in the world though most often between sunset and sunrise due to the way shortwave operates.

Obviously each country presented news and information from their own national perspective. Depending on which country was your homeland and which were your country’s “enemies” what was being presented was often categorized as Truth or Propaganda.

In World War II soldiers on both sides listened to the broadcasts of the enemy and even knowing they were propaganda could enjoy the other aspects of the broadcasts such as music and cultural shows. Even at the height of the Cold War many Westerners and Easterners listened to BBC World Service, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, Radio Moscow, Radio Peking or the ever popular Radio Albania for the long entertaining harangues about Capitalist Running Dogs interspersed with some excellent music. Radio Havana always had some great music even if the price was the all too often Fidel Castro Speech. Once a Fidel speech started you knew that was the end of music on that station for the evening.

At the same time, especially in the 60s and 70s, as people became more and more cynical about their own governments in both the eastern and the western world shortwave often became a source of news that you could NOT get in your own country and on your own media. Most people born since the internet came of age have no conception of the impact shortwave radio had on the world in the second half of the 20th century.

In a world trying to rebuild after an EMP or other disaster that cripples the technical and industrial infrastructure the internet is not going to be rebuilt for a long, long time. If it’s as bad as some of us envision where industry has to essentially be bootstrapped it could be generations before the re-emergence of something like the internet.

For a long time in that world radio will be the primary form of long distance communication. Shortwave will re-emerge quickly as well to provide information to people too remote for direct point to point communication. A lot of the transmitters and receivers for such communications will have to be built from scratch but for many years, perhaps decades many existing radio transmitters and receivers will still be salvageable and usable. Shortwave transmitters tend to be simple, large, robust and would probably survive most potential EMP events. Surprisingly many shortwave stations still use the transmitters and equipment built back in the 1950s with vacuum tubes and discrete point to point wiring. The damage that even a massive EMP event caused to such equipment could be fairly easily repaired by a competent radio technician.

The likelihood is that shortwave radio would re-emerge fairly quickly as a method to disseminate information of a large area and even to help re-establish communications between extremely distant regions.

Shortwave manuals seemed like they would be a worthwhile addition to the Library. While looking for them I’ve run across other radio manuals including Users manuals, Service manuals and even complete Schematics for many types of both civilian and surplus military equipment. A lot of this older equipment is robust enough that with even minimal shielding they would likely either survive a significant EMP event or be repairable, especially if a schematic and service manual was available.

Rather than try to limit the list to strictly shortwave or any other narrow category I’m going to compile all of the manuals I’m finding and include them since they aren’t that large. With luck I’ll have them all collected, checked out and cataloged in a week or two.

And as and aside to those experienced shortwave listeners I have to admit I’m a bit surprised that the numbers stations are still in operation. Haven’t these people heard of the internet??

The Librarian


There is a fascinating article in the British Daily mail describing a map developed by scientists that shows which areas are at the greatest risk of EMP damage during a solar flare.

Apparently it is related to the accumulation of minerals in the ground which heightens the effects of an EMP in geographical areas making the effects stronger in some areas than in others.

According to these scientists Minnesota is the worst possible place to be during an EMP event. Who would have thought…

In the event of the Earth experiencing something on the scale of a Carrington Event I suspect it’s kind of a moot point. I mean it’s like the difference between being shot in the head with a 12 gauge 3 times or 6 times. The difference may be of academic interest but the effect is pretty much the same either way.

Though I suppose if after such an event some of the survivors want to try to find and salvage any working electronics they have a better chance of finding some in places other than Minnesota.

While the article and the study is interesting in an academic sense the last sentence is a bit chilling in it’s ramifications;

“The massive electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from solar flares could wipe out power grids, bringing an end to modern civilization as we know it…”

I guess the consequences of that happening i.e. the death of 80% to 90% of the population of the industrialized world are of minor interest to those studying the concentration of ground minerals. Or perhaps it’s simply that they, like me and everyone else, have a hard time actually wrapping the mind around the concept.

The Librarian



We can all breathe a sigh of relief over the danger of a Solar Storm devastating the the power grid, most electronics and the industrial and technological infrastructure throwing us back into the 1800s and killing probably 90% of the population of the industrialized world.

President Obama has issued an Executive Order to deal with the threat.

Granted that the primary goal of the order is to ensure the continuity of government.

Granted that the process is to spend more money studying the problem despite it having been studied quite thoroughly and the danger being well documented as well as the steps required to mitigate the danger.

And granted that the solution to the danger is to Homeland Security the responsibility of alerting us to potential threats and preparing emergency measures and supplies for dealing with such an emergency.

Of course those people who store emergency supplies and take prudent precautions against threat such as solar storms are classified by Homeland Security as “potential terrorists”. So if Homeland Security starts stockpiling food and emergency supplies does that mean they are supporting and sponsoring “terrorism”?

So we can all breathe easy now and relax back into complacence as recommended by so many government agencies. The Federal government is on the case and will handle the potential danger. No need for anyone to fret. Trust the government. They know what’s best.

Most of us and our neighbors will likely die in the aftermath of a solar storm strong enough to destroy the power grid but we can all rest (in peace) easier knowing that the Government will survive and prosper and remain in control.

The Librarian


The world has entered a phase that I can’t remember seeing in history except during the Lysenko Genetics craze in the Soviet Union back in the first half of the last century.

The basic idea behind what came to be known as Lysenkoism was that science (and by extension Reality) was required to conform to Ideological principles. Mendelian Genetics and Darwinism was rejected as Capitalist and genetics was required to conform to Socialist/Communist Ideology.

Needless to say Nature refused to cooperate and the result was famine and starvation throughout much of the Soviet Union until they started buying food from decadent Capitalist countries.

You can see the same thing happening in the U.S. and much of the Western World today for instance with the issue of “Islamic” Terrorism where everyone (except the Islamic Terrorist) rejects the idea that Islam and Terrorism are in any way connected. Thus when someone screams “Allah Akbar” while beheading someone the authorities are baffled as to the motive.

When the sun warms for a few years and then cools slightly due to the normal sun spot cycle and we have warmer and then cooler summers and winters the Anthropomorphic Global Warmists admit they are baffled as to why their models do not properly explain why the ice caps have not all melted and everyone has not died from heat stroke. But never fear… they will find the answer. In the meantime no one should be allowed to drive a car or have air conditioning but them since their work is so vital to our survival.

When “renewable” energy projects repeatedly go bankrupt, increase the cost of power, repeatedly and consistently fail to meet even the most limited performance requirements and end up being rejected completely by more and more countries, when every attempt fails embarrassingly you would think that decades of accumulated evidence that the whole concept was a badly conceived idea would eventually penetrate even the most committed brains. Yet the adherents are just as strident today as they were on day one and reject any and all evidence to the contrary… such as Reality.

If a woman announces she is male or a man announces he is a woman we are all required to nod our heads and agree. If a young child (too young to make any significant decisions for themselves in any other area) announces they are actually a different sex even their parents and physicians are supposed to truly and sincerely accept it as Truth. This despite the Doctors and Scientists at John Hopkins saying it is balderdash, rubbish, patently untrue and that treating children that way amounts to Child Abuse. I expect any day now to hear that some Physician has discovered the first case of Female Prostate cancer or Male Cervial Cancer and be hailed as a true pioneer of medical science worthy of the special Nobel Prize. Congress will then immediately pass a bill mandating publicly funded prostate exams for all women and pap smears for all men.

Politicians, as we are seeing every day on the news right now, are the worst purveyors of Lysenkoism. They daily make pronouncements that even they know to be completely untrue but repeat the lies because the lies are more consistent with the ideologies they are trying to sell than the truth. In many cases the Truth and their Ideologies are mutually exclusive so the Truth must be denied at all costs.

The problem, as the Soviets discovered, is that Lysenkoism in any form is a non-survival trait. Survival requires a complete acceptance or and recognition of Reality vs Fantasy. Trying to rebuild a society from scratch requires observing Reality and responding to it in an appropriate fashion. Not dong so, trying to require Reality to conform to your fantasies and ideologies produce failure and in many cases Death as the Soviets discovered last century.

The Human ability to reject Reality in favor of Ideology led the Soviets to maintain Lysenkoism for over 40 years before finally officially abandoning it in the 60s.

You would think that people would have learned form the millions of  deaths in the Soviet Union that Reality trumps Ideology every time… that Reality is not going to bow to your fantasies no matter how sincere you are in believing them.

Adam Savage of MythBusters fame often used a saying that provoked laughter:

“I reject your reality and substitute my own.”

Adam’s point was actually that often our “common’ beliefs about how Reality functions is simply wrong and we need to take a fresh look at what we believe. That sometimes a fresh look can bring new understanding that actually corresponds more closely to objective reality. The Myth Busters show was ultimately about showing just how often Reality actually trumps fantasy and “common” belief.

Unfortunately there are many people who truly and sincerely believe that they can reject Reality and substitute their own simply by demanding that everyone nod their heads and speak words affirming their belief. Even worse is that many of these people are in charge and making decisions, creating regulations and passing laws that affect all of us.

Ultimately Reality always wins. An individual’s (and a society’s) survival depends on just how far from Reality you choose to stray.

The Librarian



One of the major advantages of being a “prepper’ as a lot of people call those who like to be prepared for emergencies and potential catastrophic events is when a real emergency does come along like a hurricane.

We’re in South Eastern North Carolina and pretty much in the direct path of the incoming hurricane according to most of the path models as of today. Probably only be a Cat 2 or Cat 3 by the time it gets here but that’s still a significant blow that has the potential to do some serious damage, cause a lot of flooding and knock out power in some areas for an extended period of time.

I went to the hardware store yesterday to pick up a gasket for something I’m working on and probably shouldn’t have been shocked but was by the mass of people in there buying everything in sight. There was a line of perhaps 3 dozen generators on the floor and I listened to one woman who had a bit of a look of panic in her eyes when she was told that all of them were already sold and were just awaiting pickup. But that they would put her name on the list and call her if/when they got more in this week.

We went over our own preparations yesterday and last night at home. My wife went to the store and picked up a few fresh items we were out of but it was otherwise a fairly routine grocery store trip. I filled up a couple of gas cans that were empty and did a quick check on the generator to be sure the oil was topped of and that it started with a single rope pull. Those two gas cans plus the ones already stored should provide power for at least a week for the frig and freezer and a few lights, fans and other sundries.

Went to the storage room and pulled out a few extra 5 gal water carriers to add to the ones already in the house and on hand.

Rather than tap into the stored supply of batteries for flashlights and radios I ordered a few more from Amazon and an extra roll of paracord to be delivered tomorrow. Plenty of rope and tape and plastic and other emergency supplies tucked away.

I’m not particularly worried about food since we have an emergency supply in addition to what’s in the kitchen and we usually keep at least 1-2 weeks of food in the kitchen. Not worried about power since we have the generator and enough fuel for at least a week and three cars full of gas if more is needed and we can’t get to some place to refill the gas cans. Not worried about water since we have enough storage containers to hold a weeks worth and if push came to shove I could run a temporary 220 line from the generator to the well pump to refill them all. Several methods of filtering water if needed.

There are a few things I still need to do like possibly put some straps over the bee hives if it looks like we’re going to get a Cat 3 or above. Some yard items that need to be put in the shed, a temporary roof and cover for the generator by the house and a few branches to be lopped off that could hit the power line.

But all in all we don’t have to hit the crowded stores. There aren’t any supplies that we need but won’t be able to find in the stores.

When a potential catastrophic event threatens, like a serious hurricane, it’s a relief to know that you’ve already done all the preparations and are in as good a shape as you can be to weather it just fine.

I hope all of you in the threatened areas are either prepared and safe or evacuated.

The Librarian



The linked story is a tragedy and says a lot about socialized medicine. It also provides an important lesson.

Even in the “modern” industrialized world where we have made significant and sometimes astounding progress in the medical field, where we have eliminated most of the communicable diseases that plagued mankind throughout most of our history we are still living in a walled city.

The doctors and drug researchers are the guards who stand on the walls and man the gates to keep disease outside our walls and let us live lives relatively free from the epidemics that ravaged human populations just a hundred years ago.

98 years ago the Spanish Flu killed somewhere between 50-100 million people, 3%-5% of the world’s population. We’ve come a long ways since then.

But in the linked story a woman in the U.K. died of sepsis from a simple scratch she acquired while gardening. She died because a physician failed to take the injury serious and by the time it was recognized as dangerous it was too late to save her.

Gardening… you know… that which most of us would be engaged in much of the time in the event of a collapse or major catastrophe which left us to provide for ourselves.

It reinforces the dangers of infections and minor injuries in a world where there is little or no medical care other than that which we could provide for ourselves.

If such a simple, minor injury could have this result in a modern world with an advanced medical infrastructure what about a world where the infrastructure no longer exists?

The Librarian



For off of you who try to imagine what an economic collapse would actually look like Venezuela stands as a primary example. No food, no medicine, few jobs, little power, a government arresting people for standing in grocery lines, worthless currency.

What is a little surprising to a lot of people is the lack of violence. Perhaps it’s because the government long ago disarmed the people of the country.

Perhaps it’s because the government is still able to pay large numbers of police and military so there is still at least a semblance of law and order on the streets.

Or perhaps it’s simply not being reported.

I suspect there is still a ways to go before it ends. Eventually there will come a point where the government no longer has the means to even feed it’s own police and they too will desert in droves. People are already dying of starvation and hospitals are reporting an increasing number of infant deaths from starvation.

At some point the people, out of sheer desperation, will move to oust the government.

There’s an old Chinese joke that goes:

Two soldiers are returning from leave and on the road the first soldier asks “What’s the penalty for being late reporting back from leave?”

“Death.” the second soldier replies

After a moment the first soldier asks “What’s the penalty for overthrowing the government?”

“Death.” the second soldier replies.

The first soldier stops and says “Well I hate to tell you but we’re going to be late.”

It’s getting late in Venezuela…

The Librarian


Between warnings of solar storms and the threat of economic collapse due to massive centralization of economic power you have to wonder just how sane the world has become in the last 50 years.

We went through the near collapse of the U.S. and potentially the world financial system and economy back in 2008 when we allowed banks and other financial institutions to become so large and centralized that their failures had the potential to destabilize the entire worlds financial system and economy.

As rational human beings we of course learned the lesson of allowing such clearly reckless and insane behavior and put a stop to it to prevent such a potential catastrophe from occurring anytime in the immediate future.

Well no… of course we didn’t. Too much money flowing into too many hands for that to ever happen.

So here we are again, a mere 8 years down the road, and we have another Lehman Brothers sitting in front of us teetering on the brink of collapse after years of mismanagement and corruption and everyone is Shocked.. Shocked that such a thing could be taking place.

Deutsche Bank, sitting in German, has assets that equal half of the Germany GDP. It’s embroiled in litigation withe the U.S. government over the 2008 mortgage insanity. They’re potentially a much bigger bomb than Lehman ever was.

It’s pretty common knowledge that Germany is the economic spring which feeds the EU, keeps its life support functioning and Deutsche Bank is the well spring of the German financial system.

There is no denying that the  U.S. government is strongly pro-EU and is very aware of the near collapse of the would financial markets back in 2008. That makes it even more ironic that they are the ones pushing the litigation against Deutsche Bank which is rapidly pushing them into collapse.

But then if you believe, as many do, that a significant number of the officials of the U.S. government are advocates of the Cloward-Piven strategy to collapse the old order and bring about a new world government then perhaps it does make sense in a sick, twisted sort of way.

In either event it’s just another reminder that in the end the only one you can count on in this world is yourself so be prepared and never be surprised at the insane behavior of the human race, especially of those with any power.

The Librarian