Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Global Dynamic is in Transition ... Are You?

I have precious little time of late for meditation and reflection. Prayer of course is a necessity no matter what the circumstances--though there too I have been under-committed.

Still, every once in a while something happens that forces some level of introspection that results in a needed reorientation. It doesn't have to be anything significant, fearful, or profound that turns me inward and then right-side up. It can be the most innocuous or mundane development at times.

Then again, on rare occasions I am led to mentally limber up and exercise regions of the brain left long-neglected. Most recently, a couple of days ago, I came across a rather challenging essay entitled "Light-travel time: a problem for the big bang" by Jason Lisle, Ph.D. From there I was led to other articles Dr. Lisle has written.

Dr. Lisle is a Creationist Astrophysicist of widening fame and increasing impact. I'd like to suggest you check out what he has to say sometime if you want to jostle your comfortable, indoctrinated view of our existence.

That said, all of this really only brings me to the main point of this post. When as thinking individuals we are able to elevate ourselves over and above our cozy little dimple in the world to get a more far-reaching view of things, THAT is when we are given glimpses of a startling reality ... on a scope that can transcend anything we are accustomed to at ground level.

My Own Glimpse of Today and Tomorrow

After mulling some of the facts as presented by Dr. Lisle, I was logically reflecting on how small and ludicrous our everyday concerns are as we bustle about, scavenging for a few dollars and splitting hairs in the ideological arguments of the day.

How far we have come from the days of Creation and other Biblical times. So too have we not immeasurably distanced ourselves from every other historical period of the past when basic sustenance and shelter were major achievements?

I am really talking about a now homogenized global culture. I am speaking of how we seemingly have no true needs that we as human beings must concern ourselves with today, as multiple big-government safety nets are anchored in place, leaving us little possibility of abject failure in our individual journeys to and fro'.

At least that is what we must believe in if we are to keep pace with the rest of the global hive. Fear nothing. Trust in the system. Loyally contribute to the energies directed for the betterment of all. Hum along to the harmonious buzz orchestrated on our behalf.

In days gone by, self indulgence was not a common fact of life. The truth was clear in that there were always multiple concurrent forces at work resulting in an ebb and flow across the surface of humankind's historical, geographical, and cultural progressions. Survival itself was always a question mark--on micro and macro levels. Good and evil were acknowledged as ever-present counterpoints in a fluid and volatile equilibrium. Daily life always entailed risk and reward--often paid out at the greatest cost. Luxury was a new day and the blessing of an adequate harvest. Quaint, huh?

Today, we are in a period where the sum total of knowledge is said to be an order of magnitude beyond what was known even a few short years ago. Yet we seem to be falling short in the areas of wisdom and common sense. Collective memories are short, personal entitlement is ingrained, safety and system security is assumed.

I do not need to preach to the choir here. Most of us know and feel where this all is leading. The warning signs cannot be more numerous or prominent.

The reality of today is that our existence, our humanity, even our souls are on the precipice. But how many beyond our circle are in denial? I would place a very optimistic wager that at least half of the population still has not come to the realization that danger not only remains at the gates but that those dark forces are quickly gathering in strength.

The clock ticks. The speed of light itself may be wavering. Reality's glow is flickering.

Snug up those slings and ammo belts, troops.
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Battle Hymn of the Republic

I post this here as my 500th blog post in honor of the upcoming Independence Day commemoration. The "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was a key inspiration during the Civil War.


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Friday, June 19, 2009

"Urban Survivalists" - Fox News Investigation

An OK intro piece here for those who have just paddled ashore from their decade-long isolation on the Isle of Shangri-La ...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

War is Likely Following the Outcome of Iranian Elections

You have to give Joel Rosenberg his due for a widely recognized track record of amazing foresight in global politics in the last 10 years. His blog is always an interesting read. Needless to say, his many books are "must-read", especially his latest--"Epicenter."

Here is an excerpt from his June 13 blog entry:

June 13, 2009...9:49 pm

Netanyahu vs. Ahmadinejad: War is the likely outcome of the Iranian "elections"

The Supreme Leader of Iran has spoken. It’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by a “landslide.” Now all eyes in the region shift to Israel, where Prime Minister Netanyahu will deliver a major policy address on Sunday. The battle lines are clear. It’s Netanyahu vs. Ahmadinejad….Bibi vs. Mahmoud. The big question is: Who will strike first?


My Joshua Fund board members and I are just finishing up two days of board meetings. At this point, we see our mandate clearly: Do everything we can to educate, awaken and mobilize the followers of Jesus Christ to pray for peace, and do everything we can prepare for war in case the Lord allows a cataclysmic battle ensue. We are working on building the organizational and financial infrastructure to eventually provide $100 million worth of food, clothing, medical supplies and other relief aid to Israel, and another $20 million to Israel’s neighbors.


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Friday, June 12, 2009

"Survival Special" - Episode of "Bizarre Foods" June 16

I was asked by the Travel Channel to mention their "Survival Special" next week. It is an episode of the popular show Bizarre Foods.

Andrew Zimmern, the host, is dropped into a Mexican jungle for two days and has to forage for food and water. This episode airs Tuesday, June 16, at 10 E/P. Immediately after (11pm ET), Andrew will be doing a live chat with viewers.

In this special episode of Bizarre Foods, Andrew takes a rugged ride to the mountains outside of Puerto Vallarta with his own personal survival expert. He goes through intense wilderness training before heading deep into the jungle on his own. Andrew takes a one hour boat ride away from Puerto Vallarta where he lands in a remote area of land where there are no roads, villages, or hotels nearby. He can only eat what he forages!

So what's on Andrew's survival menu? Here's a sneak peek:

*Live green grasshoppers
*Fresh coconuts (fallen from the tree)
*Opihi (tiny shellfish/limpids that land on rocks)
*Wild Lime
*Pigweed

Check out this 2-minute sneak peek:





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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The Survival Podcast

We just signed Safecastle on as an advertiser for a really cool, fast-growing new media program on survival--The Survival Podcast. Jack Spirko records a surprisingly detailed and insightful program daily during his 50-mile commute to work. His podcasts are interesting, entertaining, and thought-provoking.

Jack's podcasts are archived for the last year. It's grown way beyond that though. Jack's got a full website and a dedicated discussion forum--http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/



Bottom line, this is a brilliant way of multi-tasking your survival intake. Give it a try!
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