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The Tyranny Of A Cashless Society Coming?

Editor’s note: It’s becoming more convenient to pay for items without cash. Technology has made some incredible advances. And electronic currencies appear to be with us for some time to come.

But another aspect of a cashless society calls for our attention as preppers. And it may not be what you’d think. The following is food for thought from Capt. William E. Simpson.

He is the author of The Nautical Prepper and Dark Stallions – Legend of the Centaurians, and has been my guest on DestinySurvival Radio. He occasionally contributes articles here for DestinySurvival. – John

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After governments abolish cash in useful denominations, then governments will likely focus upon eliminating personal and commercial commerce through the use of compact high-value commodities such as gold and silver, a natural progression if $100-dollar bills are taken out of circulation in the United States.

People today who are living in the legacy of the Obama economy already need a fist-full of $20-dollar bills just to buy a week’s supply of groceries. And it’s easy to spend $400/week on fresh groceries for two people, especially if you buy premium products and organic.

If we consider the increasing trend, where banks, institutions and big retailers are regularly hacked, combined with I.D. theft, digital commerce and credit cards aren’t all they’re cracked-up to be, and in reality are posing an ever-increasing level of liability on all levels through their use.

Like many people, I am a careful person when it comes to digital commerce, yet nonetheless had two of my credit cards hacked (twice in the last 4 years); one time by a supposedly reliable online retail company, another time when I rented a trailer. And both times, it required an incredible amount of time, police reports, phone calls, etc. just to get back to square one and get my money back. But my own experience was just one of nearly 18-million Americans who suffered from some form of I.D. theft in 2014 alone.

‘Digital commerce’ is very problematic and is not the panacea that companies and government want the public to believe. And the relatively few people who may ultimately control all of the digital wealth of Americans, will virtually have control of all the people in a cashless society. This results in a definite loss of freedom and liberty.

There are many, many other ways for law enforcement to hammer criminals and curtail their enterprises, if that is truly the goal. But any method that inhibits or erodes the freedoms of Americans in any way, including limiting or infringing upon person-to-person commerce and personal privacy in any manner is to be shunned and counter to the intents and spirit of our beloved U.S. Constitution.

Digital currency transactions in lieu of cash, would allow virtually 100% tracking of all Americans, including law-abiding citizens and all that we do. We have already learned over the past 8-years of the Obama led government that governments don’t necessarily work-for or even represent the will of the People. So how can anyone justify giving the government this much power over Americans? There is no such justification.

The vast majority of Americans are not criminals, and therefore any action by government that affects or targets the vast majority of people, in order to deal with a small factional percentage of criminals in the population is manifestly unfair. Politicians simply need to do the jobs they are being paid to do, and come-up with anti-criminal tactics that strictly focus upon the bad actors, not the majority of law-abiding Americans, instead of suggesting that the removal of cash is necessary to deal with criminals. It is just a convenient lie.

If the minds behind a cashless society are allowed to have their way, America would become little more a monumental ant-farm, where the elitist-class studies Americans to a much greater extent than ever before; how we move around, what we do, use, eat, watch, listen-to, and then using this deeply insightful personal information, potentially plot how to control everyone. Things like; if we’re allowed to be born (abortions already control this to some extent), how long we get to live, and what we are allowed to do in between… Orwellian yes, but true nonetheless.

Here’s a video that should be alarming: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38973042

Brazil played-around in past decades on many occasions with re-issuing, devaluing and recalling currency to limit amounts of currency in circulation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_cruzeiro And the Marxists paid close attention to that exercise.

However, India’s currency games are more immediate and could have a sinister effect, since they are already a socialist state and we know how fond socialists and communists are of controlling all aspects of their populations. One might assume that India is merely executing a plan similar to what may soon be in the works for Americans?

http://www.businessinsider.com/india-currency-money-2016-12

I have to say, that it’s looking like living in the countryside on a piece of land that provides sustainable sustenance and provides a firewall from a population that may recoil and strike-out in anger sometime soon is the only viable path to surviving past what may be an ugly and austere potential future. Anyone who cares to look at the news these days will see riots, murders and unrest all around inside the United States, a result of numerous factors, not the least of which is the rise of the ‘Deep State’.

Even as much as most Americans admire and respect President Trump, the Marxist-socialist momentum that has already metastasized in America might be too much for him and his team to overcome? Our new President definitely needs our continued strong support more than ever.

Smile and pray for the best, but adequately prepare for the worst.

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Capt. William E. Simpson II – USMM Ret.
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Homeopathy – Overlooked for Preparedness and Survival Medicine

Many of us as preppers are interested in alternative medicine and health. But how much do you know about homeopathy? It approaches health and wellness in a different way than other forms of alternative medicine.

I think homeopathy has been overlooked for preparedness and survival. Perhaps this week’s DestinySurvival Radio and this post can help remedy that.

OK, bad pun.

On this week’s DestinySurvival Radio I explore homeopathy with Becky Rupert, a traditional naturopath and board certified homeopath.

Why Homeopathy now?

An excellent article by Becky about homeopathy can be found on DoomAndBloom.net, the web site for Joe and Amy Alton, also known as Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. Search their site for homeopathy or click the link below under the Additional Resources heading.)

I applaud Dr. Bones for publishing Becky’s article. It’s in keeping with his attitude of using every tool in the shed when it comes to survival medicine.

I’m familiar with homeopathy because I discovered its benefits for me back in 1995. I’ve been seeing a homeopathic physician for over 20 years. Nonetheless, I can’t claim to be an expert on homeopathy.

But it works. It’s safe for everyone in the family, including babies and even pets.

Remedies aren’t expensive compared to some alternative medicine options. A kit the size of a recipe box can hold an amazing amount of remedies. Becky offers a kit with 40 of them.

And you don’t have to worry about expiration dates.

Upon reading Becky’s article, I realized I hadn’t mentioned homeopathy for preparedness, other than in a casual way. So I contacted her, and she agreed to do an interview for DestinySurvival Radio.

Who is Becky?

 

Becky Rupert

 

Becky Rupert is a Traditional Naturopath and Board Certified Homeopath who has been in practice for 20 years.
She has been a homesteader most of her life and has used homeopathy not only for her family, but also for her garden, bees, and farm animals.

She maintains a full time practice in Northern Ohio, but consults with people all over the united states and abroad.

Get more insight on how she came to pursue homeopathy from our conversation.

What’s So Different About Homeopathy?

In a nutshell, homeopathy calls for a different mindset toward healing.

It uses intensely diluted individual plants and minerals in its remedies. Symptoms of sicknesses and injuries people may have are matched to the symptoms a remedy can cause.

This is different than conventional medicine. If you have a fever, conventional medicine offers you something to suppress the fever.

Homeopathy offers you something that would normally cause a fever. As odd as this may sound, this gives the body a chance to heal itself gently.

Even herbalism seeks to create a result opposite to that which may be happening in your system when you’re ill or injured.

Becky and I talked about the comparison between homeopathy and getting a vaccination. In both cases the body is given something that would normally cause certain symptoms. But there are significant differences.

For example, homeopathy uses one substance as a remedy, not a combination of substances. And there are no additives in homeopathic remedies as there are in vaccines.

Furthermore, it may seem contrary to common sense to dilute substances and expect greater results. But those who understand chemistry will know that dilution can make substances stronger.

So it is with homeopathic remedies. Stronger potencies last longer and work on a deeper level.

Is This for Real?

I know from my own encounters that homeopathy has its share of skeptics.It doesn’t make sense to some, while others consider it nothing more than administration of sugar pills and the placebo effect.

Becky addressed both of those things in our conversation.

Homeopathic remedies can come in various forms, such as pills, pellets or liquid. Becky briefly described how pharmacies make remedies and how various potencies are achieved.

Incidentally, homeopathic remedies are FDA approved.

As for placebo, Becky described giving an ailing horse three different remedies before it got better. If placebo were involved, the horse would have improved with the first remedy, not the third.

This indicates the importance of knowing as much about a given ailment and its causes as possible to choose the right remedy for the situation.

But When Might You Use Homeopathy in a Survival Situation?

When it comes to preparedness, most of us will be dealing with acute situations, such as scrapes, bruises, fractures, colds and so on.

There’s a difference when treating acute symptoms vs. chronic (long term) symptoms. Becky explained this further in our conversation, but she says we can do a lot for acute symptoms with a good book and homeopathic kit.

The name of several remedies came up during our conversation. Arnica is one you’ll certainly want to have on hand. Belladonna is another.

If you can’t keep track of the names, or you’re not familiar with them, click on Becky’s article from the Additional Resources section below.

 

Homeopathic Kit

 

Of course, the goal is to achieve healing. Homeopathy is very individualized. The parent, practitioner, or physician must be observant. Patterns must be looked for.

In other words, if someone has a sore throat, there isn’t one single homeopathic remedy for that which will work for everyone. Is the sore throat on the right or left? Is it red?

The remedy that causes the symptoms exhibited is the best remedy. They’re all safe, so if the first attempt doesn’t work, or it works partially, try again.

Is There More?

I’ve attempted to give a brief overview of homeopathy above, especially for those who aren’t familiar with it. Becky did a good job of explaining things better in our chat. I encourage you to listen to the whole thing because we covered other questions like…

  • Does homeopathy conflict with other medications?
  • Can Homeopathy help cut back on conventional medications?
  • Can medications, herbs or essential oils cancel out the benefits of a homeopathic remedy?
  • How many doses of a remedy should be taken to know whether it works?
  • How does one find a reliable homeopathic practitioner?
  • How can someone learn more about homeopathy?

Listen to my conversation with Becky Rupert when you hear DestinySurvival Radio for February 23, 2017. (Right click to download.)

If you have questions for Becky or want to get the OTC homeopathic remedies or kits she offers, call her office at (419)853-3805. E-mail beckyrupert(at)frontier.com. (Replace (at) with @ in the address.) She also does skype appointments all over the US and abroad.

In conclusion, if you’re new to homeopathy, give it a try. Don’t be afraid of it. Have an open mind. It will fill gaps in your survival medicine strategy. And it can help you keep healthy today as well.

 

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Additional Resources

Survival Pantry–Five Simple Tips to Outsmart Your Supermarket

It goes without saying that everybody’s trying to save money these days. But supermarkets are designed to appeal to our human wants, not necessarily our needs. When you go grocery shopping and want to stock up on a few extra things to put by, you don’t want to get ripped off.

Here are five tips to help you save money when you go grocery shopping. This is about as basic as it gets.

  1. Make a list and stick to it. If there’s something you see and think you should have that’s not on your list, check out the label for info on calories and nutrition facts. I’ll bet you decide to keep to your list.
  2. Don’t shop when you’re hungry. Those smells from the bakery or deli can be enticing, but don’t give in. Get what you came for and go.
  3. Shop the perimeter of the store. That’s where you’ll find fresh produce, lean meats, low fat and fat free dairy items.
  4. Shop for what they hope you don’t see. The items the store wants you to buy are at eye level. Sugary cereals for kids are put down at their eye level. If you don’t look up and down hard enough, you could miss generic or less expensive brands.
  5. Shop midway into the aisle. That’s where you’ll find staples. All those appealing items are at or near the ends so you’ll see them first. You may have to look harder for what you want, but it’s worth it.

For more common sense grocery shopping help, check out Groceries On A Dime from Living On A Dime.

Growing Strawberries in Your Survival Garden

Who doesn’t love strawberries?

For a berry sweet success story, and to get guidance for growing strawberries in your survival garden, check out the article excerpt below from “Backwoods Home Magazine,” Issue #162, November/December, 2016.

Growing strawberries

By Patrice Lewis

As you read this, the wind may well be howling and the snow piling deep, and you’re likely curled up next to the woodstove with a mug of tea at your elbow. However, it’s never too soon to plan for next year’s garden.

So let’s talk strawberries. We love strawberries. This past summer, we harvested 160 pounds.


Read the whole article here:
http://www.backwoodshome.com/growing-strawberries/

Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.
http://www.backwoodshome.com (541)247-8900.

Find heirloom seeds and gardening supplies for growing strawberries and more by going to the Survival Gardening Page in the DestinySurvival Prep Mart.

 

Survival & Your Money–How’s Your Emergency Fund?

An emergency fund is a cushion you can fall back on when something serious comes up that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to pay for. Maybe the car breaks down, your refrigerator died, or you lost your job.

We’re talking about financial emergencies, not a slush fund for things you simply want.

If you’re like many people, you’re likely to put emergencies on a credit card or borrow it from a high interest financial services place. Believe me, I know what it is to be in that position. All you do is sink deeper into debt.

Many financial gurus say to pay down those high interest loans and cards as fast as you can. After all, why get 1-2% on a savings account when you can whack down that card that’s charging 12%, 19% or even 30%?

That’s a good idea in theory, but when you’re making payments and the financial emergency hits, what do you do when you have no savings set aside? It’s the debt trap all over again.

That’s why it’s crucial to have an emergency fund. It’s not for investments, so you don’t want it tied up in a CD or something else you can’t get at.

Your emergency fund needs to be liquid, such as a basic savings account, cash, or a combination. You need it when you need it, and you must resist the temptation to “need” it for anything but emergencies.

How much should you have in your emergency fund? I’ve heard varying amounts. A minimum would be $500. A thousand dollars is better. Some say to have three, six, or even eight months worth of income at your disposal.

If that last one sounds like too big of a bite, at least start somewhere. Set aside a little money each week or month as you can.

Even if you have $150 this month in savings and have to use it for a $300 expense, it’s $150 you didn’t have a short time ago. What would you have done without it being there?

Replenish your emergency fund before it’s totally depleted. Keep it going or you’ll wind up in the debt trap you’ve been trying to avoid.

Yes, the credit card interest rates will continue on as usual, and you have to keep paying down your bill. However, if something comes up and you have no emergency fund, you may miss at least one credit card payment, and that can only lead to more trouble.

It’s a balancing act, but do what you can to pay down bills while setting aside funds for an emergency. As with any survival strategy, start small if you can’t do anything else, but do something. You won’t regret it.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. – Proverbs 22:7, from the Holy Bible, King James Version.

Click here for more money saving strategies from Living on a Dime.

 

Surviving a Fire in a Burning Building

How often do you factor in fire when preparing for trouble? It’s worth consideration.

Buildings can be set on fire by rioters, lightning strikes, electrical shortages, or accidents. Situational awareness on your part could be the key which saves your life in a building that’s on fire.

Joe Alton, MD of DoomAndBloom.net has produced a video discussing some tragic building fires, especially in public venues. He examines what happens in a fire, how fire behaves, and what you can do to increase your chances of surviving the conflagration.

You won’t be dazzled by fancy graphics in this video, but in about 8 minutes, you’ll know what you need to know to stay alive when a fire breaks out.

 

 

Find out more about house fires, wildfires, burns, and much more in Joe and Amy Alton’s Third Edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way.

 

The Savage Darkness – Another Glimpse Into a Post-EMP World

Is it my imagination, or are we hearing from a growing number of public mouthpieces about the possible dangers of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse)?

Certainly it has caught the attention of a handful of authors in the past few years who have written novels about how we would survive the aftermath of such a widespread, devastating event.

One such author is Scott B. Williams who has two series of novels about living in a post-EMP world. One began with The Pulse, and the other began with The Darkness After.

The fourth novel in The Darkness After series is The Savage Darkness. As with Scott’s other novels, I enjoyed it.

Though intended for a young adult audience, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, too, no matter your age. Scott has a way of blending suspense and action to keep you turning the pages.

This week’s DestinySurvival Radio features my conversation with Scott about the book–and plenty more. Below are my thoughts on the book and our conversation.

The Writer

Scott B. Williams has been my DestinySurvival Radio guest several times. Perhaps you’ve heard one of our past exchanges. However, if you don’t know who he is, here’s some background.

Scott B. Williams has been writing about his adventures for more than twenty-five years. His published work includes dozens of magazine articles and more than a dozen books. His interest in sea kayaking and sailing small boats to remote places led him to pursue the wilderness survival skills that he has written about in his popular survival nonfiction books and travel narratives such as On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean, an account of his two-year solo kayaking journey through the islands.

With the release of The Pulse in 2012, Scott began writing fiction and has since written multiple novels in The Pulse Series and The Darkness After Series, with more sequels in the works to each, as well as a new series coming later.

To learn more about his upcoming books or to sign up for his new-release mailing list, visit Scott’s website at: www.scottbwilliams.com.

 

The Savage Darkness

 

The Story

Here’s the series in a nutshell. After a massive solar EMP, a group of young people find themselves struggling to survive under primitive conditions of life in rural, southern Mississippi.

Things were bleak at the end of The Forge of Darkness, the previous installment of this series. Marauders had burned Mitch and his friends out of Mitch’s dad’s home where they were staying.

I like how this novel begins. We’re introduced to Doug Henley, Mitch’s dad, who had returned home from Texas after what must have been a difficult trip. Rather than coming back to a hero’s welcome, devastation and bewildering questions greeted him.

Then we’re taken back a little while in time where we meet Mitch, Lisa, April, and the others we’ve become acquainted with in this series. Events progress, and Doug Henley enters the scene late in the book. But he doesn’t stay long, leaving us wanting to know more.

Mitch and his group were fortunate to have supplies and skills among them so they could build a shelter and keep themselves fed. Benny, an older gentleman, helped when he wasn’t sick.

And that brings us to an important element in this tale–the need for antibiotics and other medicine to conquer colds and coughs. Not only was Benny sick, but so was April’s infant daughter.

Mitch reluctantly left his little group to find the needed medicines in a nearby town. Fortunately, he met a friend, though their meeting was tense at first. You’ll have to read the book for the suspenseful details.

Unfortunately, Mitch didn’t find adequate medicine. Nonetheless, shared similar experiences strengthened the bonds between Mitch and the man known as Mr. Holloway.

We’re shown a glimpse of the brutality of the aftermath from the EMP when a little later Mitch and his sister Lisa traveled to a town where they’d heard of a trading post. Little had been left untouched by vandalism.

Purvis, the trading post town, gave Mitch a decidedly unfriendly welcome. Fortunately, the sheriff knew his dad from past law enforcement experience and came to his aid.

Later Mitch’s sister Lisa found herself in a frightening predicament as well. And at one point, when it looked like she would be rescued, things only got worse. But she made it through the roughest of her situation, as one would hope for in a good thriller.

Mitch is known for his superb archery skills in earlier books in this series. We don’t see them put to use until late in this one, but he’s as effective as ever.

The book ends on a hopeful note. However, it does so in such a way as to leave us wondering if there’s more to come.

The Bigger Ideas

Sickness–Can you imagine being in a grid-down situation without any medicine? You wouldn’t want to take the common cold for granted.

What if it turned into pneumonia? You or your loved ones could die. And that may not be an exaggeration.

Lawlessness–In our conversation Scott and I discussed how small towns could become like towns of the Old West. They would take the law into their own hands, like Purvis in the story.

In the wake of widespread catastrophe, towns could become defensive and militaristic. What will cities and towns do when there’s no state or federal help available to enforce the law or provide the other services we’re accustomed to?

Scarcity–Consider this. After months without help on the way, what will become of emergency centers? They’ll use up what supplies they have on hand. Then what?

Connections–In this novel, Mitch found himself in a bad spot in purvis. Having connections paid off. The fact that the sheriff of Purvis knew his dad worked to his advantage.

The lesson for us seems clear to me. Develop and use your connections with reputable people if you have them. And hope for the best when the chips are down.

The darkness–The word “darkness” in the title of this series and in this fourth volume could have more than one meaning.

In our conversation Scott and I touched on the subject of human nature. How will people behave in the stages of a disaster? Will they pull together at first? What will they act like after a prolonged period of time?

Venturing Beyond

Hear my conversation with Scott B. Williams by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for January 26, 2017. (Right click to download.)

Get your copy of
The Savage Darkness by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post.

Fiction can help us escape our present world while nudging us to think about things we might not have considered otherwise. Venture into the savage darkness in your mind and see how far it takes you toward survival.