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.

Final Report?

Editor’s Note: When I first started DestinySurvival in late 2007, I wrote a number of posts as creative fiction with the aim of making thought provoking points to nudge readers toward preparedness. Below is one such piece, slightly revised and brought forward for your consideration. – John

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It was a Saturday afternoon at a local fast food joint where Survival Sam, Duane and I were having lunch.

“I saw a headline that made me laugh,” said Duane. “It said ‘Experts to Complete Final Climate Report.’ Now, in my humble, but usually correct opinion, it should have read ‘Experts to Complete Final Draft of Report on Climate.’”

“What was it about,” I asked.

“Oh, some committee was working on a U.N. report about global warming,” Duane said.

“What made you laugh,” Sam asked.

“Well, guys, think about it. I mean, really! Final report? Are they serious? Did the author of that headline know what he or she was saying? Then it dawned on me. What if he does, and it really is the final climate report.”

Duane’s voice was going up in volume and pitch as he waved his burger around. “I mean the very last one ever? It just made me laugh, that’s all. The absurdity of it all..”

“But nobody could really know that the report they were writing was absolutely the last one, unless they knew for sure when the world would end,” I said.

“That’s what I mean,” said Duane. “Nobody but God knows that, in spite of the claims of some to the contrary over the years.”

“That’s just the problem, isn’t it?” asked Sam, setting down his cup of coffee. “We live in uncertain times.”

“Yeah, but people have been saying that for decades, even centuries, Sam,” Duane said. “Still, things go on.”

“These days though it’s truer than ever,” Sam said. Nothing is final. So many things go unresolved. Take former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon, for example. Remember him? Look how many years he lay in a coma before he was officially declared dead.”

Duane and I both just shrugged.

“Here’s another one. Will the U.S. ever attack Iran? They’ve contrived excuses to do so for years, deals notwithstanding. Nothing is conclusive.”

“I see what you mean,” I said. “It makes me think of how it is that scientists and economists always need more data.”

“You’re right on, guys,” said duane. “But where is this going?”

“It goes even further,” Sam continued. “Political correctness rules these days. So many people are afraid to take a stand for fear of being labeled extremists, so they prefer the extreme center.” He smiled at his own joke.

“You’re painting yourself in a corner here, Sam,” said Duane. “You talk like there will never be certainty. What do we do to prepare for anything if everything’s so uncertain?”

“None of us knows what’s going to happen from day to day,” Sam said. “The older we each get, the more we should grow to appreciate what it means to live one day at a time.”

“Now there’s an old cliche I’ve heard since I was knee high to a grasshopper.” Duane shoved a French fry into his mouth.

“But it’s true,” Sam continued. “If we’re wise at all, we operate on a certain set of assumptions about our daily lives. For instance, we buy a certain amount of groceries to last a week or a month. We put money in savings or retirement accounts. We fill up the gas tank of whatever vehicle we drive. We make doctor’s appointments. On and on it goes. We take certain action in the midst of uncertainty.”

“Yeah, so?” said Duane. “That’s just life.”

“That’s exactly my point. When it comes to preparedness, all I’m urging you to do is to start developing skills and buying the goods geared toward survival for you and your loved ones. There is a future, regardless of what it may hold. Face that future, and take certain meaningful action in the midst of today’s uncertainty. Your tomorrow may depend on it. And that’s for certain.”

Not Enough Jobs to Survive On?

Perhaps you’ve mulled over the notion that globalization and cut-throat corporatism has led to loss of jobs, and those jobs aren’t coming back. Whether you agree with it or not, get used to it because this is the new norm.

No amount of promises from politicians can undo what’s been done for decades to America’s job prospects.

As if this isn’t pessimistic enough, maybe you’ve also heard the idea that there aren’t enough jobs to go around.

Who says? Are jobs a finite quantity? Only so many, and that’s it?

To overuse a worn out cliché, can’t we think outside the box? Why can’t we create our own jobs? Am I being idealistic or naive?

If I worked at it, I could write an analytical article describing how we’re being enslaved, forced into serfdom, etc., but what good would it do?

Why complain about the state of our sick world? If you’re prepping, you’re already at some level of awareness and are taking steps to improve your own situation.

It could be you want to get prepared, but you don’t have money to get the storage food or other survival supplies you’d really like to have. Maybe you’re struggling to make ends meet. Maybe you’re out of a job already.

Don’t give up. Tiptoe toward preparedness.

Many people have started their own businesses. Perhaps you’re among them.

More and more sites have popped up about living a more frugal and self reliant lifestyle. Swapping and bartering are on the rise. I suspect the underground economy is growing. Those in power know that, too, and are pushing us toward a cashless society to keep better control over us.

Some communities are doing innovative things, such as creating local money and putting their own value on goods and services. Ithaca Hours is one example. If you’re curious, search online for info about time banks.

I applaud these efforts. Wisely, we’re rethinking the work we do and what is of value. Let’s keep at it.

How can we pave the way for survival in the new norm? Why should we believe there aren’t enough jobs to go around?