Several times, people either in jest (and some seriously) will ask if I am paranoid because I take prepping so seriously.

The answer, near as I can figure, is no, not paranoid. But I have an extremely good sense of inquiry and I like to see how pieces fit together. So should you if you’re planning to navigate the coming 10 years and do so in a “Survive and Prosper” mode.

A couple of headlines from the morning news flow should be a good starting point: Anything on North Korea and the present still-warming nuclear brinksmanship between India and Pakistan.

People forget that the Kashmir region is still some of the most contentious real estate in the world. Right up there with eastern Ukraine (which the EU wants desperately because of the energy reserves of the Denepier Basin), Gaza because of location, location, location, The DMZ between the Koreas, anywhere on the border of the “civilized world” and the NGC (new global caliphate) that now spans from West Africa to at least Pakistan and on out through Indonesia with northern territory in places like Syria and Turkey – and in fairness, Germany), and of course there are others.

Now you would think at first blush that such wars over land mass would not be much of a prepping item, but it is in three important ways.

1. Many of these places have the potential to escalate to a) wide conventional or b) theater nuclear. Recall the US and Russia had the time buffer of 20 minutes in the Cold War. In the India-Pakistan case, there is just 5-minutes. You can loose 100-million people pretty easily with a misstep. More important from a Prepping standpoint, do you have any clue what the winds aloft from that part of the world are? In other words, have you gamed out where a 50-nuke exchange over Kashmir would make landfall in the USA?

2.A second consideration, once you get past direct fallout, is to look at immediate government response. How do you game that? There are some scenarios, such as a terror attack on American nuclear plants here on the homeland, that would have roads shutting down all over the place. This would be done (ostensibly) to “contain” the suspects. As a practical matter, we know that is like blocking off one haystack and then looking for 1 to 20 needles. Caught in such restrictive movement scenarios, what is your plan to get to your “safety spot” if the roads are closed by officialdom? Where you are right now may be your bug-out place.

3.Last there is the “ripple.” I mean assuming the global economic doesn’t melt down in the next couple of weeks thanks to Deutsche Bank customers being the actual cause now of the pending financial crisis. Even if the bank had a muddle-through course at one point, they don’t have one now as customers are reported yanking funds. Bank runs are perilous things. Once they amp up, it’s hard to turn them off. Imagine a stampede just getting underway. Any number of apples held out to the herd will mere see the apples (and the person holding it) trampled. Which is where the DB mess is this morning.

Against the daily headlines, then, we have several Reality Check questions to be asking.

Do we have enough resource right now, right here, to face 5-years of uncertain future?

I know we don’t.

The Reality is that no one, except a few dozen of the Richie Rich types have laid out that kind of plan. And they won’t be sharing.

All any of us can do is look at the headlines and seek answers to questions most Americans never ask – which is why America is so horrifically unprepared.

Do the odds of a nuke exchange seem higher now?

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists maintains the Nuclear Doomsday Clock over here. As of this morning, it is “three minutes to midnight.” I would not be surprised, though, to see the clock moved up to the 2-minute warning area as global craziness propagates.

From where you are right now, is your safest move from a fallout perspective to move north, or south, from your present position if North Korea attacks the South using nukes?

Well, then, how long do you have to make that north or south decision in the event that Pakistan lobs a few into India and that triggers massive retaliation.

Bonus points: How many minutes, days, hours do you have?

Triple-Feature Bonus: Does that trigger an EMP event over a) Europe (ergo war over Ukraine as long as distractions are rolling), b) EMP to hobble the USA, or c) None of the above, it will be chemical and biological next…

This is not to say prepping can ameliorate all risks. It can’t.

But you can partially offset the risk by considering environmentals and other items like knee-jerk reactions to anticipate.

Get it right and you will sleep well. Get it wrong and you too can be a “World Leader.”

And dumber you should run for public office.

Last Days of Summer

I made some of the best chicken on the barbie last night in a long time. With the hellish days of summer about gone, I did the slow-cook routine. Took an hour and fifteen minutes, but the result was melt in your mouth chicken hindquarters.

One of these days I need to sit down and write The Carnivore’s Bible: The art of tender meat.

I LOVE protein snacks but the way you get there is using a couple of the simple rules I’ve found over time.

Some meats like to be seared like hell, then slow cooked but only until medium – anymore and they go shoe leather.

Others like to be slow roasted (or braised) long enough for connective tissue to break down. Pot roast is a great can’t make a good one from scratch in an hour no matter what kind of pressure cooker you use. It’s all a matter of time and heat, both gently applied with a good order of persistence.

The secret to any poultry, which everyone know (or should) is to soak in a good brine of saltwater for at least overnight in the fridge.

Then cook on a very slow BBQ until the last half-hour and then slather sauces on top, continuing to cook slowly until the sauce stops being runny, and then flip and do your final “saucing” on the un-basted side.

Saucing yourself a bit is acceptable, too.

Last days of summer, by weather not calendar, are coming, so it’s time to really focus on top quality BBQ’ing so the joys of good taste will drive you to next season’s first lighting.

OK, enough… go have a great weekend and remember: Weekends are when we get to
“work for our own account” – not The Man, so don’t waste it!

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