Safecastle | One Shop For All Emergency Essentials: February 2010

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Slow, Gradual Descent into Doomsday

Most of us who have been around the preparedness movement for more than a couple of years have managed to escape the belief trap that TEOTWAWKI is a singular event that is about to befall us.

As an old intelligence-agency Cold Warrior, it's clear to me where that still very common doomsday outlook originated. That all-or-nothing, express-destruction thinking persists in popular culture.

After all, we have become creatures who prefer simple, straightforward soundbytes and executive summaries ... fast food, headline news, and no-sweat lawn care, not to mention telecommuting and all manners of instant gratification. That's life in the 21st century. Shouldn't universal death and incineration also be delivered "next-day, no signature required"?

We are talking of course about the Dr. Strangelove option--buttons being pushed across the globe, nuclear, biological, and chemical judgment uniformly bulldozing across what will become Earth's toxic gray wastelands.

Thing is, although we can't ever remove that bleak possibility from the palette of tomorrows, straight-thinking preppers today know our doom is in fact an ongoing work in progress ... a gradual, numbing process of political and social and economic transition, interspersed with occasional violent punctuation marks, both natural and manmade.

The truth that eventually dawns on you--preparedness quite simply means getting yourself squared away so that you cannot be dictated to by others or by circumstance as to what you must do next to survive. It's about creating options for your future. Its about being smart and not being herded into a box canyon.

The Good News

There is an obvious appeal to the idea that our ultimate doom could come overnight. You know--wake up and all the rules are changed. Or more to the point, all the rules are gone. You get to go "cowboy" or "Rambo" and remake your little corner of the world into whatever you want. Of course--that's a Hollywood imagining, but that's what many new survivalists have bought into.

If they stick with preparedness, eventually, they come around to realizing there's also a strong appeal to having time to adjust to and prepare for the unrelenting changing circumstances developing all around us.

Will there ever be a line in the sand you will cross that will delineate the sudden onset of major crisis? Maybe. But this much is a really good bet--whatever and wherever that line is, if it comes for you, is not going to be what you expect.

Thus, as the years and decades roll by, and you are systematically adjusting and preparing in increasingly generalized ways, you realize that true preparedness is about today's peace of mind. What will be tomorrow is probably not going to be a great deal different from what today is, but over time, you know you're probably going to be making the right moves since you are all the time working to give yourself future options.

Stay safe.
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dr. Doom: "Buy Farmland and Gold"

The world’s most powerful investors have been advised to buy farmland, stock up on gold and prepare for a “dirty war” by Marc Faber, the notoriously bearish market pundit, who predicted the 1987 stock market crash.

The bleak warning of social and financial meltdown, delivered today in Tokyo at a gathering of 700 pension and sovereign wealth fund managers.

Read the entire timely article here.



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Friday, February 19, 2010

Preparedness is Mainstreaming through America

I look at how long it's been since I've posted to the blog here and I am reminded how totally swamped I have been of late.

I'll tell you what ... there was a bit of an ebb in the otherwise strong upward trend of preparedness buying later last year (though not much of an ebb) as the result of the deep economic trough. But at some point lately, it seems either happy times are here again for America or ... well I guess the alternative is the exact opposite, and more and more people are coming to realize it. At Safecastle, we are once again setting new standards for order processing and our buyers club membership rolls.

I've seen numerous sources over the last few months referring to the fact that crisis preparedness and stocking up for dark days is becoming "mainstream." Well--I'll testify to the fact, your honor, that it has been mainstream for quite a while now. The growth trend has been onward and upward since 9/11--goosed by Katrina, the Asian Tsunami, the 2008 election, and the ever-faltering economic fortunes of the West.

Come on--can the media be really so far behind the curve on this? Where else IS there for a thinking person to place available assets than into, well, assets that are real--that have and retain intrinsic value that simply cannot be lost ... things that preserve and sustain life, no matter what happens in Washington or on Wall Street.

Yes--preparedness is one of the hottest trends of 2010, according to Gerald Celente, among others. Safecastle and the enlarging bags under my eyes are visible evidence.

So if you think you are unique in your private pantry pursuits, think again--your next door neighbor, or maybe even half your neighborhood is secreting away storage food and ... gasp ... ammunition.

I guess, in Arlo Guthrie terms, we can now call this a "movement."
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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

MarketWatch: Prepare for an Apocalyptic Anarchy Ending Wall Street's Toxic Capitalism

Wow. Paul Farrell of MarketWatch (published by Dow Jones & Co.) has for quite a while been one of the straighter-shooting realists in the financial press. But in today's column, he has emptied his magazine and undeniably opened many eyes to the cruel fate looming directly ahead.

Read for yourself:

How to invest for a global-debt-bomb explosion
Prepare for an apocalyptic anarchy ending Wall Street's toxic capitalism
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Friday, February 05, 2010

"Surviving Disaster - Nuclear Attack"

Here is a good program with a lot of info to absorb or to be reminded about:

This SPIKE TV series, Season 1, has covered a lot of different scenarios. At this linked page, you can jump to other episodes that are of interest.

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