Preppers Preparing

Preppers

A very interesting article in the Washington Post on the prepper movement.


People are concerned about the inaction, misdirection, and chaos of where things are going, and they are preparing for a potential post-apocalyptic America and world.


Grave worries seem to be coming from a multitude of concerns whether about an eventual bursting of the bubble of our national debt and the downfall of our economy and associated good jobs, an outbreak of ebola or a deadly influenza, a dirty bomb by Iran or North Korea, a cyber attack or EMP that takes out our critical infrastructure including electricity and anything with computer circuits, or a devastating natural disaster, many of which are considered “overdue.”


The preppers are moving to the American Redoubt (pacific northwest–Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington and Oregon.


They are buying and building defensible homes (bunkers and “fortresses”), stockpiling food, weapons, and ammunition, and preparing for life off the grid with water sources, solar farms, and secure storage.


While survivalists have always existed, the numbers of concerned, disaffected, and generally disgruntled citizens seems be growing exponentially along with prepper network shows, books, blogs, websites, and sales of survival gear.


Many people seem to either feel insecure, fearful, uncertain, or that we are simply going in the wrong direction, and that it is only a matter of time until there is some sort of major earth shattering, society destabilizing disaster, and not everyone will survive.


So from home shelters to luxury underground bunkers, preppers are putting their money and efforts where their mouths are, and are preparing for potentially the worst.


If as all agree that an important part of the government’s job is to ensure the national security of the country, and protect life, liberty, and property, then something seems to be going very wrong that many people are feeling so insecure and unprotected physically and in terms of their human rights.


From corruption to divisiveness, dependency, and dirty dealing, communication and trust between government and the governed is being needlessly undermined.


Why can’t we get some decent leaders with a solid moral compass, and a real plan to bring us back from forever walking the brink to a nation of strength and unity, prosperity and health, and a superpower not only today, but for the future, once again.😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Coupling, The Beauty Of

Couple

So just a couple of birds, right?


Not to me!


There were a number of reminders to me today about how special and fortunate it is for any of us to be with someone we love.


It’s not just that two heads are better than one. 


Pretty much, everything is better with a partner who looks back at us and smiles. 


We magnify the joy and we share the sorrow, together.


What my dad used to call my mom, his “better half!”


What we are lacking in, often our soulmate can fill in the blank. 


And planning and executing is as a team, rather than flying solo. 


There is someone who keeps our lofty ideas in check and at the same time challenges us when it’s time to think bigger. 


We learn from the other person, at the same time that we teach them maybe a little thing or two from our repertoire. 


Strategically, divide and conquer makes everything from routine tasks to complex projects easier to achieve, especially when we agree on the goal and the approach. 


Even the “occasional” disagreements and fights helps us to learn to control our temperament and to work things out or when to take a break and think things through afresh. 


Someone to reach out to.


Someone to hold unto. 


Someone to caress.


Someone to buttress. 

 

Someone who makes us a better person than the one we see in the mirror naked and mortal. 


Like 2 by 2 in Noah’s Ark or in the birds and the bees, we are committed to that special someone. 


The Bat Kol calls out “so and so shall be married to so and so” like only the L-rd in heaven can decree from the rib of man to the flesh of a women.😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Modesty And Privacy Of Body and Information

Modesty.jpeg

So modesty and privacy is very important in terms of propriety and security.


Both are intimately connected. 


Already as children, we learn not to show or talk about our “privates” to others. 


And as adults, we understand that there are certain things about ourselves that we don’t just talk about or divulge to others indiscriminately. 


Not being discrete with these and showing either your private parts or your personal information can get you in a load of trouble by giving others the opportunity to take undue advantage of you. 


Both open you up to be ridiculed or even raped of your person or information identity. 


That which is yours to use with others in propriety is instead disclosed for taking out from your control and for use against you. 


Security demands modesty of body and of information, and if not taken seriously, then no amount of lame covering will keep that which is private from public consumption.😉

Crazy World Of Work

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This was a funny sign. 


“You don’t have to be crazy to work here.
We’ll train you.”


Isn’t that the truth too often. 


Work can frequently be like “Crazy World!” 


This is a place where there is a convergence of dysfunctional organizational culture, poor leadership, a lack of solid processes and sound planning, and plenty of wacky naysayers and obstructionists who together can bring the workplace to a virtual standstill or even a bitter downfall. 


Yeah, we will train you to do what?


– Follow some dusty and archaic, nonsensical policies that haven’t been updated in 20 years.


– Force you into a mold of robotic groupthinkers who have abandoned any notion of exploration, discovery, innovation, and constructive change. 


– Do the minimum to get their paychecks, while staying off the grid and out of trouble, rather than satisfy in serving the mission and delighting their customers. 


This is perhaps why leaders frequently tout their credentials in transforming organizations, yet we still see endless legacies mired in status quo and a lack of any real results and progress. 


Lots of people talk the talk, but very few walk the walk, and that’s because we’ve trained them so well to work here.😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Antisocial Social Club

Anti-Social

 

This guy was hilarious.


Pink hat.


Big round white sunglasses.


And a shirt that says:


“Antisocial Social Club”


Truly, if he was anymore antagonistic to the norms of society, he’d probably be unloading an AK47 into an unsuspecting innocent crowd somewhere.


Okay, maybe that’s a little extreme, then again not really in this day and age of global terrorism where beheadings, suicide bombers, burning and stoning people alive, and child abductions and sex slaves are now the norms in certain outrageous societies. 


And if those are the norms in certain places, what in the world would be considered antisocial behavior there???


So a pink hat, big sunglasses, and an antisocial t-shirt in free America–that ain’t nothing anymore.


Antisocial with a big “Anti” now means death and apocalyptic destruction and global disorder.  


As to our weak politicians who can’t can stomach calling a mass phenomenon of psychotic antisocial personality disorder, antisocial–well you can judge what’s wrong with them for yourself. 


Why does it matter?


It matters only to those of you who have a moral compass to live by and who care about what normal even is–too bad our political elite are missing the substance of this.😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Why Are We So Unconfident

Strong

So I took this photo today at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. 

“We are strong!

We are positive!

We will survive!” 


Does someone who says these things sound like they really believe it or far more likely, it is that they need to tell themselves these things, because they are really not feeling so confident after all?


What’s the unfortunate message behind these words?  


– We spend $610 billion on defense–more than the next 8 super nations combined–yet somehow we feel vulnerable and weak, especially with terrorism and a resurgent Russia and China


– We are so fortunate to live in freedom, democracy, seeming prosperity, and have everything to be positive and thankful about–yet 80% are dissatisfied and think we are heading in the wrong direction. 


– We are the world’s superpower of nations–with wealth, armaments, a seat on the UN security council, and more than 800 bases around 80 countries in the world–“more than any other people, nation, or empire in history,” yet most Americans think we’re faring poorly and that their children will be worse off than themselves!


How can so much security result in so much insecurity?  


The answer should be obvious.


When people don’t believe in the wisdom of their leaders, then no matter what they have or spend or where they are coming from, they are at risk of losing it all.


Poor leadership means corruption, fraud, waste, abuse, and absolute bad decision-making for this nation. 


We don’t believe we are strong, because we see other nations spending less on their defense, yet getting more in terms of security for the people.


People don’t feel positive, because they don’t see good decisions being made, progress toward a better future, and confidence in the future being shaped. 


Questions about our very survival are surfacing because:


– We have seen millions of jobs disappear to our competitors overseas


– Our national debt balloon to near catastrophic levels (and with no tangible benefit to average Joe citizen as everything from our education system to our roads and bridges are falling apart)


– Bankruptcy to the critical entitlement pillars of Social Security and Medicare are being regularly forewarned. 


– Corrupt politicians who are supposed to be looking after us and effectively governing us are instead doing terrible wrongs, yet they are endlessly allowed to be above the law. 


– There is non-stop global terrorism and a reluctance to even call it what it is let alone truly fight to win. 


– We face out of control proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and yet remove sanction and release hundreds of billions of dollar to the largest state sponsor of terrorism and human rights abuses. 


– Openly hostility to the U.S. is present as nations are doing what they want whether it terms of nuclear and ballistic missile development and testing in Iran and North Korea, using chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, annexing Crimea, buzzing U.S. planes and ships and conducting cyber war by Russia, and orchestrating a vast military build up in the South China Sea–and all without meaningful consequences.


So everyone repeat after me: 

“We are strong!

We are positive!

We will survive!” 

If you say it enough, you may actually start to believe it. 


Then again, if you start listening to your true inner feelings, you may start to see the vast political gimmickry being played out on you.😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)