The Last Wizards

Editor’s note: What are our prospects for the future in a “dumbed down” society? Who among us will have what it takes to survive when the grid goes down?

Capt. William E. Simpson sheds light on these questions in the following article.

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


If we traveled into the city, any city In fact, and tested the knowledge and skills of average people on the street who grew-up with the Internet, it would be shocking to learn that the majority of these people don’t have even the simplest knowledge or skills needed to survive for a couple weeks in the wilderness, let alone for months or years. Or for that matter, survive for a week without any technology off-grid in the wilderness.

Today, we find that most of the people who grew-up with the Internet believe that all they need or want to know about almost anything can be found on the Internet using a handy electrically powered device, such as a smart-phone. And they have become largely dependent upon the Internet for their knowledge base, as opposed to memorizing key information, as was the paradigm of the past. The result is that many people of the Internet generation have a very limited understanding of science, and have little to no applicable skills related to the sciences. This also applies to the world around them and is evidence by the fact that most cannot correctly answer even the simplest questions as seen in some of the on-street interviews that have been conducted by Mark Dice. The foregoing isn’t about berating anyone; it’s to showcase how ill prepared these people are for any kind of life without the Internet and the support of the government and business in order to just stay alive in the cities of today.

On the other hand, people who lead rural lifestyles far from the cities are by necessity able to provide for their own needs on a normal day-to-day basis. They have the skills and knowledge that give them the unique ability to live in a sustainable manner in remote rural areas. But these people only make-up about 10% of the total population. The other 90% of Americans live in the cities and urban areas.

Prior to the advent of the Internet (pre-1990), people had to learn skills and memorize knowledge. For instance, how many people do you know personally that can rebuild the engine or the transmission from your car, other than a professional mechanic? How many people can milk a cow or a goat, make fire with just the things found in nature, identify any of the stars in the sky overhead or navigate through the wilderness without a compass or GPS? Not many I would guess. Of course there are many other skills that would be necessary for survival without technology during a long-term national crises, such as during the aftermath of a collapse of the national energy grid. And cities will be the most hostile of places to attempt any sort of survival, even on a short-term bases.

Few people realize that if the national energy grid collapses (aka: ‘grid-down event’), the odds of ever re-energizing the grid are small at best and would result in a pre-industrial revolution (‘dark age’) in America for decades. Adding to complexities of attempting to repair and re-energizing the grid are some critical facts that are easily overlooked.

The key power transformers that would be damaged on the national grid, for which there are no spares laying around, take months to custom-build and are made overseas. Under ideal circumstances (with power) these building-sized transformers require months to install if you have the highly-skilled people and supporting logistics available at each of the dozens of damaged sites. But many of these people would likely succumb to all of the chaos and carnage post-collapse, resulting in the loss of the relatively very few technical personnel who had all the intrinsic know-how to re-energize the grid.

It wasn’t too long ago when many people had a host of practical personal skills accompanied by a wealth of memorized knowledge that was available to them without the need for a device to access the Internet to ‘look stuff up’, a crutch that is heavily relied upon by most millennials today. Other than the local library, the human brain was the storehouse of knowledge, and numerous practical skills were taught from 7th grade through high-school.

For instance, classes in gardening, first aid, electronics, metal and wood shop, drafting, welding and auto-shop were common classes provided up through the 12th grade prior to 1990. The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts actually provided hands-on training in all the woodsman skills, which are hard to find today. The 4-H and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) taught American youth critical agricultural and animal production skills. These skills are now rarities in today’s American technocratic society, where at least 81% of Americans live in cities.

If we envision the predicted post-disaster America as a place where there is no electrical grid then the ramifications of that are grim at best. Without power society loses almost everything is has come to depend upon and in the process, the thin veneer of civility peels away revealing the savageries of the human survival instinct. Without power, there is obviously no light or ventilation in any building, there is no fresh water coming out of the pipes, no functional sewage systems, no functioning hospitals, no refrigeration, no fuel, no transportation systems, no Internet or cell phones, and only very limited short-wave radio communications. How would the masses of people survive? The simple answer by the people who have studied this issue in great deal is that, most people will die.

The sad fact is that, according to a commission appointed by Congress, about 90% of Americans would perish within 12-months of an EMP attack, solar event or computer-hack on the national energy grid. The result of which is that nothing powered by the grid would continue working. And the damage can also extend into many devices that are connected to the grid when it fails, so even if temporary alternate energy sources are available, these devices are also useless. Furthermore, according to the same blue-ribbon commission, the odds of bringing the grid back online after such an event are slim to none, even after two years. So the question arises, who would be surviving after two years?

I have not written this article to scare people; what’s the point in that? I have written this article to help Americans to wake-up to the fact that if they fail to prepare properly now while it’s possible, then they will be facing the ugly situation that has been presented in a candy-coated manner. Make no mistake, things would be far worse than can be cited herein.

The government is pathetic in its approach to taking effective actions against this very real probability, and have failed in every respect to properly inform and educate the People of the United States so they at least have the option of doing something for themselves.

In the aftermath of such a grid-down national disaster and after it has taken its full toll upon the population, there will be very few people left alive who have a deep-well of knowledge and complex skill sets. And because of their knowledge of many things unknown to others, it may very well be that these individuals will become the last Wizards.

All of that said, I’m not one to just showcase the risks without offering a solution, or in this case, a survival strategy. Here is an article that provides both some strategy and tactics that would allow some people to vastly increase their odds of surviving such upheaval.

Bliss is not derived through ignorance, it comes from being aware and prepared.


Capt. William E. Simpson II – USMM Ret.
Member: Authors Guild


What Are Your Prepping and Survival Goals for the New Year?

Setting prepping and survival goals sounds noble and good, doesn’t it? Perhaps you’ve resolved to set some.

But new year’s resolutions have become a laughing matter. Many of us say vague things like we’ll eat less and lose weight.

The problem is we make generalized statements and don’t set definable, reachable goals. It’s easier to do than you might think.

But the holidays always throw off our normal routine, so we’re not always thinking as clearly as we might. And if you carry that mindset through the year, you’ll be caught off guard by events that could develop unnecessarily into crisis situations.

Start today and take 15 minutes to dream and plan your prepping goals for the coming year. Keep them small and reachable. Start with just three things, and you may find yourself adding a couple more when you begin to think about it.

Do you need more than 15 minutes? Perhaps you’ll want to take 15 minutes each day for a week to figure out your goals.

Suppose you decide to add a month’s worth of storage food to your survival pantry. How much is a month’s supply for your family? Do you want to buy it from the supermarket, long term food storage companies, or a combination of those?

Take the 15 minutes mentioned above to write your answers down and follow a plan. Will you add X number of canned items when you go grocery shopping? Will you set aside X dollars each month for long term food storage purchases?

This may seem complicated or overwhelming at first, but you’ll think of practical questions and ways to work things out once you put your mind to it.

Before long you will have achieved your goal. It may surprise you to find you’ve accomplished it sooner in the year than you expected. Can you do it again? If it’s April, you’ve got until the end of December to start adding another month’s supply of storage food.

If finances are a problem, there are plenty of books and Web sites to give you guidance, such as those at Living On A Dime. But the simplest way to start digging out of a debt hole is to pay down small bills first. When you knock each one out of the way, you can go to the next one and chip away at it, and keep moving forward.

You’ve heard the old sayings. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Or a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

But then something comes along and scuttles your plans. Life happens. Still, where would you be if you didn’t have goals to start with? Can you get back on track?

The ironic thing is prepping itself means planning for disruption. If you and I didn’t anticipate trouble, why would we bother prepping for survival in the first place?

But what if The Big One comes along? What if you have to leave home for several days or weeks to get out of the path of a hurricane? What if you want to escape days of erupting violence where you live?

Why not take your 15 minute daydreaming time to think of possible disastrous scenarios and how you and your family would face them? Is that too scary to contemplate? It’s best to be scared now if it means you’re taking steps toward preparedness.

Does every member of your family have a bug out bag or go-kit? If not, one of your goals should be to see that everyone is equipped with one.

Remember, when setting goals, be specific. Make sure your goals are definable and reachable. If you look back this time next year and you haven’t met them all, don’t worry. Take satisfaction in the progress you did make and keep moving forward with goals for the next year.

For now, just get started.


A Few Thoughts on Giving Thanks, No Matter What

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18, King James Version

I’m not big on holidays, but I do enjoy Thanksgiving. Not just because of the food, but because it’s a time to take a breather and simply give thanks to God for the many blessings we have.

The past few years haven’t been easy for many of us. And it looks like things aren’t getting any better for some time to come. Our country didn’t get in the mess it’s in overnight. Any attempts to turn things around won’t happen overnight either.

I’m not going to suggest we sugar coat things and say things are better than what they are.

We get needed perspective on thankfulness from the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in the Scriptures. Notice that the verse says, “In everything give thanks.” It doesn’t say “For everything give thanks.”

Nonetheless, no matter what the situation, it’s possible to find something for which we can indeed be thankful. If nothing else, take time to be thankful for the basics–shelter, clothing, food and water.

Most of us in America live quite well compared to many people in poorer countries. We have a more comfortable lifestyle than our ancestors who lived 150 years ago or more.

Granted, it may not always be this way. As a prepper you know that.

But this isn’t just about material things. Be thankful you’re alive to read this right now. Each new day is a gift. In fact, as long as you’re breathing from minute to minute, you’re surviving, and there’s hope.

So remember, in everything give thanks.

Prepare for…Disruption

Why do we set aside storage food and make provisions to have clean water? Why do we stock up on ammunition for our firearms?

Because we’re preparing for some kind of disruption. That after all is what’s at the heart of why we prepare. If we didn’t anticipate any change to “normal” life, why would we do any of this?

The big question is what form that disruption will take.

But I have a bigger question for you.

How well do you personally handle disruption?

As I write this, I’ve recently come through an eye operation on my right eye to relieve glaucoma pressure. It involved implanting a small tube or valve. This wasn’t a simple in-office laser procedure. The surgeon did quite a bit of knocking around inside my eye.

Recovery has meant…

  • Doing a few things differently.
  • Taking things at a slower, deliberate pace.
  • Recalling past experiences and lessons learned from previous eye surgeries.
  • Reprioritizing.
  • Adapting to a new normal, which changes from one day to the next.

I remember going through something similar when I broke my left ankle back in 2007. Circumstances are different, but the mentality of adaptability called for is the same.

And that’s where we fail or succeed at survival.

Any number of events can be disruptive. It may be a hurricane or flood that disrupts your life in a major way. Or it may be something as small as losing battery power in your smart phone for a few hours. It’s the scale of the disruption that varies.

If we’re to have a survival mindset, we need to know there are a lot of things that can’t be dealt with well, no matter how much storage food we have put by.

And it makes a huge difference if you’ve got a support group or community to support, encourage or help in some way.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised and uplifted by the number of people who have prayed for me and expressed well wishes as I’ve gone through my eye surgery and recovery. I’m thinking of people in my family, at church, my blog readers and subscribers to the DestinySurvival Dispatch, and members of a writers’ group I belong to with members spread all over the country.

Support, whether direct or indirect, is a blessing. And it provides incentive to return kindness to others in their time of need.

I’m reminded of ANTS (Americans Networking to Survive), the group founded by Timothy French. See what I wrote about one of his visits to DestinySurvival Radio here. It’s not merely about passing along needed survival supplies. It’s ultimately about caring for one another.

But before you tune me out for getting too sentimental, let me return to the question of how well you handle disruption.

Once there’s been an incident, no matter what the scale, who says life must return to the way it was before? Maybe it never will. Are you ready for that?

Or maybe you’ll be able to do a few things that are “normal” while things are being set right.

How ready are you for making compromises? How ready are you to accept the “new normal” and keep moving?

If you can do those things, you have a shot at survival, come what may.


A Dire Warning for America

A Dire Warning for America

Editor’s note: Now and then we need to remind ourselves of the potential threats that face us. No one can predict the future, so no one knows what will happen for certain. That’s why we must be situationally aware in our present world, face any fears with resolution and prepare.

Capt. William E. Simpson II presents the following article for your consideration.

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


FBI Director James Comey Has Dire Warning For America

By: Capt. William E. Simpson

Preppers need to pay close attention!

Stuffed in-between the distracting RNC Convention and the DNC Convention-Kabuki show of political corruption, intrigue and flag burning, which has been dominating the media almost 24/7 for the past two weeks, the situation in the middle-east has become more unstable than ever before. The coup in Turkey has left that NATO country on the verge of becoming an autocratically run Islamic state. Not a good thing given that we have a strategic air-base located at Incirlik Turkey, especially now that angry demonstrations are being conducted by Muslims just outside that NATO base, which is alleged to house tactical nuclear weapons in an underground bunker.

And now comes FBI Director James Comey with a dire warning for America:

“Hundreds of terrorists will fan out to infiltrate western Europe and the U.S. to carry out attacks on a wider scale as Islamic State is defeated in Syria, FBI Director James Comey warned.” ~ Bloomberg

In regard to the current news cycle and debates swirling around thousands of Muslim immigrants being allowed into America from Syria and other Islamic hot-spots, past and future, a question was posed to me by a reader:

“It would be interesting to see how these locations [Muslim immigrant relocation areas in America] would overlay our key electrical grid stations.”

The EMP Commission Report to Congress reported that America’s critical infrastructure, which is supplied by the aging and over-burdened U.S. electrical grid is the real soft target in America today.

Our grid is highly vulnerable to attack from any radical with a very minimal of military gear (let alone an EMP weapon) at any key node on the grid, potentially resulting in a ‘cascading failure of the entire grid’. A ‘cascading failure’ of the entire grid could also be triggered during a major earthquake if too many main transformers are affected causing an uncontrollable power fluctuation across the grid, damaging additional transformers down the transmission line. Added to which, any top-end hack on the computers running the grid could bring it down as well.

Finally, a solar event (AKA: Carrington Event) or nuclear EMP attack would also take down the grid resulting in catastrophic events across America. Damage to the grid is a very grave problem.

This video pretty-much summarizes the magnitude of the risk as discussed in the EMP Report.

Even with the EMP Commission Report (2004) out and available to read by the public, and with many videos and books on this serious risk, it seems that 90% of Americans remain living in the worst possible situations (geographically) should the critical infrastructure in America fail for one reason or another.

As it stands and was reported to the members of the U.S. Congress, about 90% of Americans will be dead in about a year after the loss of our critical infrastructure. This also holds true in the event of a bio-weapons attack using infected (jihadist) human carriers onboard trans-oceanic airline flights into America. We see that Islamists have no problem strapping-on a C-4 death vest, so we can assume that acting as a host for a deadly virus is no problem.

The bottom line is that, unless people are living exactly in the right spot when disaster happens, the odds of positively mitigating survival rates during any such events are very low. Being in a position to survive requires a comprehensive risk analysis and the subsequent implementation of a realistic personal-family solution.

Ranchers/farmers with lands suitable for sustainable-living (50 acres or more with on-site water source) located 200-300 miles away from large cities, have the highest chances to survive past two-years post-event; by then the population in the U.S. will have been decimated as a result of casualties according to the Report (full report; 207 pages).

A Muslim jihadist that has been exposed to weaponized smallpox could potentially board a transatlantic flight to New York, using the restrooms on the plane and in the airport, which would spawn thousands of newly infected carriers (variola virus is extremely contagious; transfers like a cold). It would only be a matter of a week before the disease with be widespread across America, and this would make the Flu Pandemic of 1917 look like a picnic at the park.

Today, too many people are mesmerized by the media and distracted from the most important question in their own lives: Can they survive past a year when the inevitable happens?

“Beware the fervent brew that bubbles up with hypnotic effect” ~ Capt. William E. Simpson


Capt. William E. Simpson II – USMM Ret.
Member: Authors Guild


A Few Thoughts on Fireworks and Surviving Tyranny

One early July evening my son was flipping through TV channels and came across a fireworks display on one of the PBS channels. That’s as much as I care to see of any Fourth of July fireworks.

In recent years I’ve had to wear ear protection at public fireworks displays. The sudden loud noises bother my ears, and the bright light bothers my eyes. Call it a consequence of growing older I suppose.

Besides that, Fourth of July fireworks displays are virtually meaningless. We presumably commemorate our country’s Revolutionary War and the resulting independence from England, but it’s pointless when you consider the ever increasing tyranny we’re living under these days.

Fireworks are nothing more than an expensive light show. Therefore, it makes no difference to me that, due to the state of the economy, some towns have decided paying the expense for a fireworks display isn’t something they can do any longer.

On the Fourth of July I appreciate National Public radio’s annual reading of the Declaration of Independence. Few people talk about this momentous document. They’ll talk a lot about the Constitution, which some call a “living” document. I don’t think they want the Declaration of Independence to live—at least not the spirit behind it.

Take a few minutes and click here to read the Declaration of Independence. You may see striking parallels to today. Namely, we’re living under a government that’s not responsive to the people it claims to serve.

Those who claim we should hold our representatives in Washington accountable don’t get it. The talk that says our government is there to serve us and that they are our employees is “feel good” rhetoric. Where is that really getting us?

If you think we can still turn America around, even a little bit, then consider a couple of questions.

When is the last time you wrote your Congressman and knew it did any good? As for voting the rascals out, when is the last time we held a trustworthy election in this country?

What’s the solution? I don’t think there is a good one. If you’re focusing on survival and prepping, you’re thinking more individualistically and less collectively than the masses. I’d simply say keep prepping and be ready to survive whatever comes our way.

Keep thinking about your own survival, regardless of whether the country survives or not. For centuries throughout history people have survived political oppression and upheaval, not to mention various natural disasters. Will you be one of them?

If pondering these things makes you hot under the collar, check out Don’t Worry About Government and Dash for the Timber. Both present a uniquely Christian viewpoint on a response to tyranny.

You may also want to view Survival and the Necessity of Independence.