Day Zero – The Machine

Daily blog: It’s January 1st, 2021, and the biggest threat to America is its citizens. The majority are unable to take care of themselves.

Many have chosen to live in large cities, machines that feed on money, not skills.

The surrounding areas are not much better, and small farms in the country are disappearing as life can be challenging there. And sadly, most Americans are not up for the task.

We have grown weak, and it shows with the cries for socialism growing stronger each day. Cries of a people willing to sell out their kid’s future for another check from good ole Uncle Sam.

But we can correct our course if we take action now.

Learn how to take care of yourself, for the day will come when the machine breaks.

Day Zero is a daily blog of life between November 7, 2020 and January 6th, 2021.
Dystopia Rising is a a daily blog of life after January 6th, 2021.

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The art of money getting

A goal of all preppers should be to get out of debt. And to get out of debt, you need to manage your finances and personal life accordingly. In his book The Art of Money Getting, P.T. Barnum asserts that there are no shortcuts to affluence; instead, he stresses the importance of virtue as a foundation for wealth.

This book of timeless counsel from a legendary impresario will prove a helpful companion to readers wishing to make the most of their talents and opportunities to prepare.

Listen to it for free.

Sheep in prepper clothing

In my last post, I wrote about wolfs in prepper clothing. So, today I thought I would write about sheep in prepper clothing.

Now you may be wondering how it is possible to be a sheep and a prepper at the same time, but I can assure you it is. But before I get started, I want you to know that I am not talking about preppers who are still working to build up their supplies. I am talking about the ones who claim to be fully prepared to live in a grid-down society but are not.

I will give you an example. Recently I asked a prepper, who claims to be prepared, why they thought others should have to work in order to serve them while they stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Their answer stunned me. They said the essential workers had to work so that they could get the things they needed.

“What?” I said, eyebrows raised.

I went on to say that it was not the grocery store workers’ job to take care of them, and you could imagine their response. It was the same one every one gives. “Well, this virus is different.”

Well, it is not. A disaster is a disaster, and they all have the potential to take away the essential support we have come accustom to. And regardless of what the media tells you. This disaster is nothing as a whole, compared to the ones we have had in the past and the ones we may see in the future. So, if your plan is “I’m prepared to take care of myself as long as I have essential workers’ serve me.” You might want to get a new plan because those workers will disappear if the disaster threatens them at a risk level they are not willing to take.

Wolfs In Prepper Clothing

For years I have watched survivalist and prepper sites tell people that panicking is the worst thing you can do during a disaster. And yet some of these same sites are spewing panic to make money off of you.

Watch out for wolfs in prepper clothing.

There are a lot of good sites out there, but some could care less about your well being. You don’t have to go broke, getting prepared. And you don’t need to take an online class. All the information you need is available for free on the Internet. Use your common sense when viewing any information, including mine, and you will be fine. Preparedness is not complicated. Start with water, shelter, and food. Then branch out from there with medical kits, weapons, and all the other things people like to have. Get the things you need for your family to survive daily life, and you will be fine.

Your number one prep is your knowledge. Learn different skills as you can, don’t stress out, and above all do not panic.

We have survived many extinction level disasters

I have believed from a young age that our civilizations go back further than we know. This does not mean there is a god or no god, I just think there is a lot of history we are unaware of due to time and the great disasters that separate us.

So today, I want to tell you a fictional story about an asteroid hitting the earth in what is now Greenland, destroying civilizations, and most of the people in them.

During this time, some people prepared for disasters due to stories passed down over the ages. Tales of a great catastrophe that destroyed the world in the distant past. Accounts most people of their time believed to be myths; still, they accepted them as fact and prepared underground bunkers and stocked them with everything they would need to survive, including the working knowledge of their civilization.

One night a bright light appeared in the sky, and they realized the cycle was about to repeat itself, so they made their way underground. Others became aware of the bright object too, but it was too late; an asteroid hit, killing most life on earth.

Those who survived above ground were lucky enough to have lived in survivable zones. Each day they struggled between life and death, generation after generation, losing knowledge until they only had the necessary skills to survive.

Underground they struggled as well but managed to pass down their knowledge to the next generations.

Thousands of years later, the underground children began to rebuild their world with the gift given to them by their parents.

The people above ground were much less successful.

Years later, seven leaders from the prepared nation set out on boats to spread their knowledge. Teaching others how to build and grow food.

Over time, stories were told about “The Seven” until eventually, they were said to be supernatural. And many rituals formed around them.

Thousands of years later, these stories were said to be myths by the rulers of nations. Today we can read their accounts and can see with our own eyes the impact crater left by the asteroid.

Luckily for humanity, some people today prepare for disasters due to stories passed down over the ages. Tales of a great catastrophe that destroyed the world in the distant past. Accounts most people of our time believe to be myths; still, they accept them as fact and prepare underground bunkers and stock them with everything they will need to survive, including the working knowledge of our civilization.

If they survive, our story continues; if not, it’s…


The coming bad years

The coming bad years, economic collapse, and the end of the world as we know it.

Now that got your attention, didn’t it?

Sensational headlines sell, and that’s why people use them, but reader beware, people have been predicting “The end of the world as we know it” for a long time and it’s a moneymaker for a lot of them.

Bad days do come and go, so you should get prepared, but you don’t need to buy a lot of sensationalized “How To” books to do it.

Let’s take a look at the last 78 years of doomsday

The 1930 and 50s

The Cold War Civil Defense Programs promoted public atomic bomb shelters, personal fallout shelters, and training for children, such as the Duck and Cover films.

Survivalists cite the Great Depression that followed the Wall Street Crash of 1929 as an example of the need to be prepared.

The 1960s

Increasing vulnerability of urban centers to supply shortages and other systems failures caused many people to promote individual preparations.

Harry Browne began offering seminars on how to survive a monetary collapse in 1967, with Don Stephens providing input on how to build and equip a remote survival retreat.

Cuban Missile Crisis caused many people like my parents to build bomb shelters.

Robert D. Kephart began publishing his Inflation Survival Letter (later renamed Personal Finance). For several years the newsletter included a continuing section on personal preparedness. It promoted expensive seminars around the US on similar cautionary topics.

Don Stephens,  preparedness consultant, and survival bookseller popularized the term retreater to describe those in the movement, referring to preparations to leave cities for remote havens or survival retreats should society break down.

The 1970s

Howard Ruff warned about a socio-economic collapse in his 1974 book Famine and Survival in America. It was published during a period of rampant inflation in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis. And championed the claim that precious metals, such as gold and silver, have an intrinsic worth that makes them more usable in the event of a socioeconomic collapse than fiat currency. Ruff later published milder variations of the same themes, such as How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years, a best-seller in 1979.

Colonel Jeff Cooper wrote on hardening retreats against small arms fire. Corners with this simplified implementation of a Vauban Star are now called “Cooper Corners” by James Wesley Rawles, in honor of Jeff Cooper.

In both, his book Rawles on Retreats and Relocation and in his survivalist novel, Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse, Rawles describes in great detail retreat groups.

In 1975, Kurt Saxon began publishing a monthly tabloid-size newsletter called The Survivor, which combined Saxon’s editorials with reprints of the 19th century and early 20th century writings on various pioneer skills and old technologies. Kurt Saxon used the term survivalist to describe the movement, and he claims to have coined the term.

For a time in the 1970s, the terms survivalist and retreater were used interchangeably. While the term retreater eventually fell into disuse, many who subscribed to it saw retreating as the more rational approach to conflict-avoidance and remote “invisibility.” Survivalism, on the other hand, tended to take on a more media-sensationalized, combative, “shoot-it-out-with-the-looters” image.

The Personal Survival Letter, published by Mel Tappan, was deemed by some to be one of the most important on survivalism and survivalist retreats in the 1970s. The majority of the newsletter revolved around selecting, constructing, and equipping survival retreats. Following Tappan’s death in 1980, Karl Hess took over publishing the newsletter, eventually renaming it Survival Tomorrow.

The 70s also saw survivalists established their first online presence with BBS and Usenet forums dedicated to survivalism and survival retreats.

The 1980s

In 1980, John Pugsley published the book The Alpha Strategy. After 28 years in circulation, The Alpha Strategy remains popular with survivalists. It is considered a standard reference on stocking food and household supplies as a hedge against inflation and future shortages.

Howard Ruff’s published his book How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years.

Bruce D. Clayton publishes a book called Life After Doomsday, which coinciding with a renewed arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union, marking a shift away from economic collapse, famine, and energy shortages—which were concerns in the 1970s—to nuclear war. In the early 1980s

The 1990s

Interest in the survivalist movement picked up during the Clinton administration due in part to the debate surrounding the Federal Assault Weapons Ban and the ban’s subsequent passage in 1994. 

The interest peaked again in 1999 triggered by fears of the Y2K computer bug. Many books warned of widespread power outages, food and gasoline shortages, and other emergencies such as planes falling from the sky.

The 2000s

Another wave of survivalism began after the September 11, 2001 attacks and subsequent bombings in Bali, Madrid, and London.

The fear of war, avian influenza, energy shortages, environmental disasters, global climate change, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina, also increased interest in survivalism topics.

During The Great Recession of 2008, many books were sold, offering survival advice for various potential disasters.

Online survival websites and blogs became popular discussing survival vehicles, survival retreats, emerging threats, and survivalist groups.

Economic troubles emerging from the credit collapse triggered by the 2007 US subprime mortgage lending crisis and global grain shortages prompted a broader cross-section of the populace to prepare.

The advent of H1N1 Swine Flu in 2009 piqued interest in survivalism, significantly boosting sales of preparedness books and making survivalism more mainstream.

Gerald Celente, the founder of the Trends Research Institute, identifies a trend he calls “neo-survivalism.” Average people were now making smart moves in intelligent directions to prepare for the worst.

The 2010s to Present

National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Preppers emerged recently to capitalize on the growing Prepper movent and, in the process, made a lot of preppers look like idiots in the minds of the viewer.

The 2012 doomsday phenomenon was a cash cow for booksellers that warned of a range of cataclysmic or otherwise transformative events that would occur on or around December 21, 2012.

The years following have seen many doomsday predictions come and go just as they have throughout history. The latest one said the end of the world as we know it would happen on December, 21, 2019. And it did not happen. Author Davis Montaigne predicted:

“On December 21, 2019, survivors will experience the first day of a pole shift – when the entire surface of the planet will shift out of position and move over the more fluid layers beneath the crust. Over the next few days, this will cause earthquakes and tidal waves and volcanic activity, which will almost completely destroy what is left of our civilization,” Montaigne predicts“There is a mountain of evidence in historical, geological, and biological records showing such pole shifts have happened before. Even the Bible describes them repeatedly. I think that we will experience another pole shift for the week following December 21, 2019, getting worse each day until the natural disasters culminate on December 28 – Judgment Day.”

Oh well, better luck next time, Davis.

Bad days will come, they always do, and one of them very well may end it all, but don’t live in fear. Be prepared and enjoy your life on this amazing planet we call earth.

Here is a long list of other predictions if you are interested.

Most of the information above was referenced from

Fish antibiotics, would I take them in an emergency

Would I take fish antibiotics in an emergency? Yes.

If you buy fish antibiotics in pill form. And they have the same coloring and imprint codes printed on them as human antibiotics, you are getting the same product.

Amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin, penicillin and more, are repackaged and sold as fish antibiotics, sometimes in equal doses.

But there is some risk you should know about

Number 1 – The pills do not have to meet the same handling standards for medication, and may not get stored properly.

Number 2 – You need to know which ones to use and why. I would not use them without first reading the book The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way, which covers this topic thoroughly.

And finally, check to see if you have the same pills by matching them up with this pill identifier tool.

In the end, it’s up for you to decide if the risk outweighs not having anything to take in a grid down situation.

All prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the U.S. are required by the FDA to have an imprint code. If your pill has no imprint code, it could be a vitamin, diet, herbal, or energy pill, or an illicit or foreign drug. It is not possible to accurately identify a pill online without an imprint code.

20 uses for that cool survival bracelet you’re wearing.

Number 1 – It can be woven into an EDC survival bracelet containing a minimal toolset.

Number 2 – It can be used to set up a tarp or used as tent guy lines.

Number 3 – You can make a lanyard.

Number 4 – Traps can be made to catch small animals.

Number 5 – It can be broken down into a fishing line or used to make a fishing net.

Number 6 – You can use it to replace a broken shoelace.

Number 7 – Turn it into sewing thread.

Number 8 – Floss

Number 9 – Emergency pet leash

Number 10 – Bowstring for a fire drill or DIY hunting bow.

Number 11 – Use it to lash items together.

Number 12 – Create a perimeter tripwire.

Number 13 – Use it to string up a food bag to keep the critters and bears out of it.

Number 14 – Create a zipper pull for your pack.

Number 15 – Make a clothesline.

Number 16 – Replace a drawstring.

Number 17 – Tie up an intruder.

Number 18 – Use it to make a spear for hunting or defense.

Number 19 – Replace a broken generator pull cord.

Number 20 – Use it as a sling or splint broken bones.

Parachute cord, also known as paracord or 550 cord

Parachute cord, also known as paracord or 550 cord, refers to type-III paracord, a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes.

A kernmantle rope is constructed with its interior core protected by a woven exterior sheath designed to optimize strength, durability, and flexibility. Its relatively smooth texture comes from the braided sheath, which has a high number of interwoven strands for its size, making it reasonably elastic.

The US military MIL-C-5040H standard required the material to be nylon. Still, there are products on the market today labeled as paracord that do not correspond to a specific military type and can differ in construction, quality, color, or strength.

The type III 550 cord is commonly found in use. It is nominally rated with a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds, thus the nickname “550 cord,” and has a minimum elongation of 30%.

Military-specification type III cord may be slightly thicker than commercial grade due to it often requiring three nylon fibers per inner core as opposed to two fibers per core in the retail version.

The military cord will be closer to 4 millimeters (5⁄32 in) thickness, whereas commercial versions are closer to 3 millimeters (1⁄8 in) thickness.

Most people today are familiar with the cord due to the popularity of prepping and its use in survival bracelets that are meant to be unraveled when one needs to use it for a specific purpose.

Crafters also weave it into lanyards, belts, dog leashes, rosaries, key chains, and more.

Paracord can be used in survival situations to make bowstrings for hunting or fire drills. It can also be used to make traps and fishing line. The list of uses for this cord is endless and should be a part of your EDC (Everyday Carry) kit.

Many disaster stories have been passed down through history.

Many disaster stories have been passed down through history. In this post, we look at some Australian Aborigine stories.

The Luritja people, native to the remote deserts of central Australia, once told a story about an impact disaster:

“A fire devil coming down from the Sun, crashing into Earth and killing everything in the vicinity.”

The Gunditjmara people describe a tsunami:

“A gigantic wave coming very far inland and killing everybody except those who were upon the mountaintops.”

In The Legend of The Great Flood, a drought is described in the time before the flood:

“In the dream-time, a terrible drought swept across the land. The leaves of the trees turned brown and fell from the branches, the flowers drooped their heads and died, and the green grass withered as though the spirit from the barren mountain had breathed upon it with a breath of fire. When the hot wind blew, the dead reeds rattled in the river bed, and the burning sands shimmered like a silver lagoon.

All the water had left the rippling creeks, and deep, still water holes. In the clear blue sky, the sun was a mass of molten gold; the clouds no longer drifted across the hills, and the only darkness that fell across the land was the shadow of night and death.”

In a story about Lake Euramoo, an earthquake is described:

“The broken taboo angered the rainbow serpent Yamany, the dominant spirit of the area … As a result, ‘the camping-place began to change, the earth under the camp roaring like thunder. The wind started to blow down as if a cyclone were coming. The camping-place began to twist and crack. While this was happening, there was in the sky a red cloud, of a hue never seen before. The people tried to run from side to side but were swallowed by a crack which opened in the ground’…”

The Gugu Badhun Aboriginal people tell a story of an enormous volcanic eruption.

“Once upon a time, a huge explosion rocked the land, and a massive crater appeared in the ground. A cloud of malicious dust filled the air, and when people wandered into it, they disappeared forever. The air was so hot that along the waterfronts, the ground appeared to be on fire.”

And finally, this Aboriginal story tells of a time when the sea was lower.

“In the beginning, as far back as we remember, our home islands were not islands at all as they are today. They were part of a peninsula that jutted out from the mainland, and we roamed freely throughout the land without having to get in a boat like we do today. Then Garnguur, the seagull woman, took her raft and dragged it back and forth across the neck of the peninsula, letting the sea pour in and making our homes into islands.”

These stories were once thought to be myths, but science is proving them to be true. Humans have been living with disasters since the beginning of time, and we will continue to live with them.

Learn to live with nature, and you will survive; fight it, and you will lose.