POP Prep Quiz!!!
Think you’re a prepper?
Q: OK, wiseass, what time is the moon highest tonight and what phase is it in?
A: If you had to look something up, you’re a freaking dilitante and not serious about real prepping. Got to be into it or don’t wastte your time.
Sorry to be hard on you, but the end game may be in play…we won’t know for a while. But this is certainly a good time to take prepping for the worst seriously.
Part of this morning’s report is on the free (UrbanSurvival) side and part on the grown-up side (Peoplenomics). But taken as a whole, there’s a ton of stuff to think about in here, if you care to get your head out of your…uh… phone.
The starting point is this: The stock market hit a major low in December 2018. There is a chance it will break sharply lower in coming weeks. Looks like it will make a run at it. If it does, then odds of not only a recession, but also the possibility of a Depression come into view.
Already, some of our readers who share “future-sensing” see that if things go badly, Trump might opt out in 2020 and if Bernie, well….let’s just say any faith in the economy will have long ago left the building. Trade war could spread another “bigly ugly this fall.”
And that means an economic collapse comes into view…and with it, growing odds of social disorder. And with that as a cover operation, why wouldn’t the PTB launch a die-off on the GenPop with EMP and other such nastiness? With no power, we’d be in civil turmoil in a few hours. No cell? No cops? No order….
To “get ahead of such problems”: there’s only one thing to do – we’ll be talking about it more on the PN side in coming weeks.
The short version is do you need a personal Crisis Comm Center?
Ah. . Friday’s column I mentioned the book “The Commanding Heights” which was all about the battle for control of the Global Economy and this is done how? By communications and media.
So, if you’re smart enough to prep, what’s your plan for holding what “information high ground” you can scrab up right now?
A short series of one or two line descriptions of things to be thinking about:
AfterCrash: definition and appearance.
Even before any Economic Crash shows up, there will be plenty of “moving parts” before hand and a sage observer will be able to follow the tides “in the affairs of men” by simply keeping a concept map and seeing where “the drift” in headlines is headed.
Prioritizing survival actions by purpose.
If things get crazy enough (and why not?) you’d best have a whole survival plan (or 3!) which would cover all your contingencies such as shelter-in-place, short-range, short-term hot bunking with friends close-by but out of trouble’s path. And, if TSHTF, then you’ll want to be long out of Dodge before it hits.
Prioritizing comms in order to maximize survival.
In order to keep ahead of things, we are in the process of setting up a complete separate cheap computer dedicated to these “comms functions” alone. There’s a ton of stuff to do, but for under $200 bucks, I picked up a simple 2018 Lenovo Think Center M81 SFF Desktop Computer, Intel Quad Core I5-2400 3.1GHz up to 3.4GHz, 12GB RAM, 240GB SSD, DVD, WIFI, BT 4.0, HDMI, VGA, DP port, W10P64 (Renewed) for under $200. To go with it, a 1920 px hor-rez Samsung 32′ C32F397FWN Curved Full-HD Monitor (Renewed) which was also $200. So, total cost? $400.
Input Rationales “News” and information discussion.
The reason you will need to “eat” a mountain of news sources, most of which aren’t even on your diet right now, is they could shape and alter your personal future. You can’t afford to junk-up your main computer, and that’s why a recent refurb with an SSD and a decent monitor and 16GB and HDMI is a good level at which to begin building your own CIA. (Computer Information/ Analysis) platform.
Passive inputs (download every few minutes)
Let’s line up the inputs to run constanly:
- There’s the market trading app.
- There’s a series of Google feeds as RSS on topics like India-Pakistan, EMP, “Unrest” as a news search and the like. Google news will send ’em to your email on the flyt. Set up sorting to keep your mailbox clean
- Then the “usual suspects” from our “links” page.
- Plus the RSS aggregation from our Computational Future website.
These are streaming and other sources, some of which may sound extreme, but let it all sink in.
- An AverMedia video capture card will move FTA satellite capture from the Big Box computer here onto the CIA platform.
- A trunking radio SDR (dual receiver) will keep tabs on law enforcement with scanning tools for fire, police & sheriffs, plus other agencies. Water department, power company…
- Active weather acquisition from 137 MHz satellite direct (the polar orbit series).
On this latter, I just picked up a lightly used right-hand circular polarization WESAT antenna off a Chilean fishing boat which will plug into another SDR that will pipe the sat signal into software from https://wxtoimgrestored.xyz/ I know, setting up your own weather satellite system (and HF WeatrherFax, on its own long wire antenna and SDR may sound crazy, but I have this vision in my head of having a spot where I can plunk down at a desk, not mess with the work CPU, and get a SITREP on demand. “Weps and Mets” are very high on my list, as is intel, threat analysis, and so on…
If a person has a small network of USB or WiFi web cams (OK, with NV capability and remote target illumination) that would fit into this category. Don’t forget to integrate with your voice command alarm system. “Alex turn on IR Lights…” so your cameras can see better.
Ah, there it is….
Modeling the Survival Space.
You know how when you call the fire department, they know just what to send? (An Engine company and an aid unit for a discrete small house, on up to 5 engines, 3 ladder trucks, 2 aid units and a medic unit plus battalion chief for a midrise residential building…)? Well, the same thinking runs in serious prepping circles.
Are you staying put or is it time to bust down 2 computers and grab the Go Bags and small arms and toss the jerry cans of gas in the car to ensure you have a 600-mile bib-stop escape range? I know people who have diesel Rabbits (the ones with 25 MPG tanks) that keep a cheapo trailer (1 drum of diesel) have >2,000 mile bug-out range.
Thing is, you need to know in advance what’s going on both enroute and once you land in your SHTF LZ.
You need to have all this thinking done in advance so when time comes, you will have carefully (not under pressure) cool-headed decisions made well ahead of time.
Gearing Up Comms
USB hubs are cheap. 7-port Amazon hubs will be fine. A computer with 7 USB ports is a good start, but I added an additional USB 3.0 SFF card for the CPU which will support a second Amazon 7 port…so SDR heaven. Sure, go ahead and plug in FLDIGI, too.
Somewhere in your plan you need a good uninterruptible power supply (the “other” UPS). Figure something big enough for one, but better 2-3 hours of operation without mains power. Big UPS, but why not? (*Don’t forget you need to put your internet onramps (which for us includes the sitcom link) on there, too.) If you work from home, isn’t this a business expense your employer would appreciate?
Becoming a DDH – Digital-Direct Human
And then there’s the matter of being a “direct digital human.” As a 30 WPM ham radio operator, you can carry around global comms the size of a shoe box because you can make up with brains what other people have to do with hardware. Not for everyone, but with blinking lights and night for msg’ing, you have a leg up on everyone. I know…n o one pounds brass any more…old stuff, out of fashion. Learn Morse code? Never too late…
So’s Navajo Code Talking. But given a choice between a couple of Morse operators and two Code Talkers, versus 20-cell phones which have an EMP useful lifespan of less than a 10th of a second…gee, are we really talking prepping today, or have you swallowed the Kool-Aid and think there’ll be a soft landing on the far side?
We harbor no such delusions…and every time a “red flag law” gets proposed, you can almost see the clockwork gears moving us in that direction.
Come on back Monday and we’ll see how the market looks. But just remember, if the goal of the PTB is to neuter Trump prior to 2020 to get their own stooges back on top, the market’s gotta dump and when that happens, the cascading effects of a kindling effect failure could be catastrophic.
Oh, Be Generous!
Might put a 6-pack of FRS or GMR radios on your shopping list, too Spread them out when the crap hits to the people around your home. Nothing like a well-patrolled perimeter, is there? Tell your neighbors we’re all in this together. A radio and a charger to the guy on the corner (*with twice the view of someone in the middle of block) could be a life saver…
Write when you get rich,