Clothing is an item oft-overlooked when people begin preparing for a survival scenario. But, Jack Spigarelli notes in his Crisis Preparedness Handbook, surviving without the civilized comforts we’ve become accustomed to places a burden on the clothes we wear.
So Spigarelli recommends setting aside enough ready-to-wear clothing, or the fabric and materials to make it, to last at least one year.
He recommends good quality outdoor clothing such as that made by Filson, Pendleton or Woolrich. He writes that tightly woven fabric is more snag and tear resistant and wears longer. However, loosely woven fabrics are warmer.
Natural fabrics like wool and cotton are more absorbent, and wool retains its insulating properties even when wet. But synthetics have greater strength, resist abrasion and mildew better and dry more quickly. Gore-Tex and similar fabrics, which are waterproof but breathable, are essential, and fleece items are important to have, Spigarelli writes.
In his book, Spigarelli has a table of the basic clothing needs for one person for one year. He recommends adapting the list to age, sex, climate and lifestyle, but it is a great reference for a starting point. Here’s what he says you need:
- Eight sets underwear (two long)
- One pajamas or nightgown
- One warm robe
- Two t-shirts
- Two cotton turtle-neck shirts
- One straw hat
- One knit cap or balaclava
- One heavy-duty work belt
- One pair suspenders
- One or two sweaters
- Two pair leather work gloves
- One pair winter gloves, mittens or inserts
- Two pair work shoes or boots
- One pair waterproof boots/overshoes
- Two pair shoelaces per pair of shoes
- 12 pair socks (eight light, four heavy)
- Four pair of jeans, pants, overalls
- One pair heavy wool pants
- Two to four work shirts (chambray, etc.)
- Two cotton flannel shirts (chamois, etc.)
- Two heavy wool shirts
- One water-repellant windbreaker
- One winter work coat
- One heavy-duty parka
For shoes, be sure they are well-fitting and broken it. It won’t do to don a new pair and then set out on a bug-out that requires you to walk many miles. Your feet will be protesting quickly.
And don’t forget to store foot powder. And keep a supply of moleskin in your first-aid kit to help with blisters and other foot sores.
And one final tip; wear a thin pair of socks over a thicker pair to help avoid blisters if you’re going to be on your feet for a long time.
The U.S. Census is beginning to release some figures from the 2010 count and there are some tidbits of interest there.
One is the fact that seven of the nine states that do not have a state income tax grew faster than the national average, as noted by Michael Barone in washingtonexaminer.com. The other two, South Dakota and New Hampshire, had the fastest growth in their regions.
High tax, big government socialist types like to spout the nonsense that the tax structure does not influence business or residency decisions. But 35 percent of the nation’s total population growth — from 281,421,906 in 2000 to 308,745,538 in 2010 — occurred in those nine states. And Texas — the state with the greatest growth — has a diversified economy, is business-friendly and has low taxes.
President Barack Obama and members of Congress bemoan our nation’s dreary economic situation while contemplating increasing taxes and implementing burdensome legislation and standing idly by while government agencies impose oppressive regulation without the Constitutional authority to do so.
The quickest way to kick start the economy — and return to Constitutional governance — is to take an axe to government. I’m not talking about slowing the growth of government, which in legislative doublespeak is called a cut. I’m talking about taking draconian measures like eliminating unConstitutional agencies — the Departments of Education, Energy and Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, the Food and Drug Administration and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for starters — closing down military bases around the world, ending the perpetual wars and bringing all troops home, phasing out social welfare programs and eliminating funding for Leftist boondoggles like the National Endowment for the Arts.
After that, how about we close down the Federal Reserve, return to a gold standard and repeal the 16th Amendment — and end the income tax — and 17th Amendment while we’re at it?
Government types and socialists — is that redundant? — hear suggestions like this and wail. But slashing government and ending its ability to debase the currency would be a giant leap toward Constitutional governance.
Anything less is continued support of tyranny.
The Founders envisioned a nation with a Federal government that had limited authority, weakened by its division into three branches: legislative, executive and judicial. They believed that the weaker and more inefficient Federal government was the greater would be liberty and freedom.
In Federalist No. 45, James Madison wrote:
The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.
Of course, that vision was soon lost in a Supreme Court that was packed with progressives — yes, they existed even in the 18th Century as followers of Jean-Jacques Rousseau — by John Adams and a Congress that followed the natural progression of man. For, as Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton said, “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
For each law that it passed that exceeded its authority and that either went unchallenged or, if challenged, was upheld by the Supreme Court, Rousseau socialists in Congress sought to pass two more.
The result has been a creep of growing socialism — accelerated by President Woodrow Wilson — which finally climaxed with the passage of Obamacare in 2010. Even though a majority of Americans opposed the bill, Rousseau socialists rammed it through anyway; telling Americans it was for their own good and they would like it once they understood it.
Of course, Americans understood it perfectly, and that is why they objected.
As the 111th Congress winds down, its leaders continue to try and force Rousseau socialism upon us. Unfortunately many Republicans, and many Americans for that matter, have fallen into the trap of Rousseau socialism. They seek to make government more efficient and have it care for the needs of all. The result is the loss of liberty under an increasingly strong Federal government and the loss of state sovereignty.
There were some who saw this coming. In AntiFederalist No. 46, an unknown writer who called himself “An Old Whig” warned about where the nation was headed based upon his understanding of the proposed (at that time) Constitution and his experience with and understanding of government. In writing about the last paragraph in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, he said:
My object is to consider that undefined, unbounded and immense power which is comprised in the following clause — "And to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this constitution in the government of the United States; or in any department or offices thereof." Under such a clause as this, can anything be said to be reserved and kept back from Congress? Can it be said that the Congress have no power but what is expressed? "To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper" — or, in other words, to make all such laws which the Congress shall think necessary and proper — for who shalt judge for the legislature what is necessary and proper? Who shall set themselves above the sovereign? What inferior legislature shall set itself above the supreme legislature? To me it appears that no other power on earth can dictate to them, or control them, unless by force; and force, either internal or external, is one of those calamities which every good man would wish his country at all times to be delivered from. This generation in America have seen enough of war, and its usual concomitants, to prevent all of us from wishing to see any more of it — all except those who make a trade of war. But to the question — without force what can restrain the Congress from making such laws as they please? What limits are there to their authority? I fear none at all. For surely it cannot be justly said that they have no power but what is expressly given to them, when by the very terms of their creation they are vested with the powers of making laws in all cases — necessary and proper; when from the nature of their power, they must necessarily be the judges what laws are necessary and proper.
The Old Whig was quite prescient.
Now we know why the Transportation Security Administration has increased its totalitarian search procedures on airline passengers. It’s tired of being embarrassed by its own incompetence.
Last week, ABC News reported that a business traveler named Farid Seif passed through security at Houston International Airport with a loaded .40 caliber Glock handgun in his computer bag. Seif says he forgot it was there and only discovered it after he arrived at his hotel.
The report by ABC News also contained this little tidbit: Since 9/11, “Federal agencies have conducted random covert ‘red team tests,’ where undercover agents try to see just how much they can get past security checks at major United States airports.” While the Department of Homeland Security guards the results of these tests as classified, some have been leaked to the media.
ABC News called the results shocking. But it’s not really, not to anyone who understands how government works.
According to one report, on one day in 2006 TSA screeners failed to detect concealed bombs and guns 20 out of 22 times at a Newark airport terminal. A report from 2007 leaked to USA Today revealed that undercover agents were successful in slipping simulated explosives and bomb parts through Los Angeles’ LAX airport in 50 out of 70 tries, and at Chicago’s O’Hare 45 out of 75 times.
“Despite the results, there is no sign that the numbers have changed as the screeners have been tested year after year,” former Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Clark Kent Ervin told ABC News.
TSA Chief John Pistole told ABC News that the poor performance during the undercover tests helped to convince him that airport screening needed to be much tougher.
Now we understand. TSA agents know there are no real terrorists trying to slip past security. The ones regularly cited as prime examples of what TSA is looking for — shoe bomber Richard Reid and underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab — were allowed by the state security apparatus to board their respective flights. But you never can tell when one of those crafty undercover agents might be using a blue-haired old lady or some 6-year-old kid to slip explosives through screening.
All kidding aside; it’s patently obvious this story by the corporate media is designed to scare the sheeple into submitting to increasingly onerous searches, groping and harmful radiation scans in order to feel more “secure.”
It seems that everywhere you turn these days, someone is coughing or sneezing or dealing with some type of an upper respiratory infection. Here’s a tip to keep you from suffering with a hacking cough and sore throat.
Try slippery elm root to help coat and protect your inflamed, sensitive throat. You can find slippery elm root lozenges at many health food stores.
This herb is also available in powder form, which you can use to make tea. Just mix one teaspoon of the powdered root mixed with one cup of hot water and sip away.
Slippery elm root is one of Mother Nature’s remedies that will help you give sore throats the slip!
Before we get entangled in the doublespeak of the Internal Revenue Service Code and rulings, we need to consider that the whole Orwellian nightmare is a sham imposed by the police power of the State on a gullible people.
Actually the income tax has a dual purpose, and neither is to pay taxes to the government. Its first purpose is to control and redistribute the volume of money. James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States said, “Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.”
The second reason the income tax system exists is to keep a dossier on all citizens. The 1040 tax return is your personal profile.
So-called income taxes, as defined and used by the Socialist State, lead the people into a swamp of confusion as it is designed to do. Socialism attracts corruption and corruption attracts Socialism.
Income tax systems go hand-in-hand with fiat paper money systems. The money creators cannot create wealth but they can transfer wealth with depreciating (inflating) paper money.
Governments make war on their own citizens by depreciating the currency. As the currency is depreciated (inflated) the people are impoverished. There is no way to protect financial assets with a fiat paper money system except as paper money is converted to gold and silver.
Depreciating paper money is not a store of wealth. Gold and silver are. One can bury paper money and the money creators and tax collectors do not know where it is. Yet the State can steal the purchasing power of paper money by creating more paper money and diluting the buried paper money.
The transfer of wealth from the producers and savers to the government is a simple process of increasing the quantity of money. This fact eliminates the need for income taxes.
Using words spoken by Beardsley Ruml, chairman of the New York Federal Reserve from 1941 to 1946, we can dispel the widely believed myth that income taxes are needed for government income. Income taxes have nothing to do with providing income to the government.
In a famous speech he read before the American Bar Association during the last year of World War II, titled Taxes for Revenue Are Obsolete, Ruml said, “The necessity for a government to tax in order to maintain both its independence and its solvency is true for state and local governments, but it is not true for a national government.”
The speech was originally printed in American Affairs in the January, 1946 issue. The editor of American Affairs wrote: “His (Ruml’s) thesis is that given (1) control of a central banking system and (2)an inconvertible currency, a sovereign national government is finally free of money worries and need no longer levy taxes for the purpose of providing itself with revenue. All taxation, therefore,should be regarded from the point of view of social and economic consequences.”
To read the entire speech, go here. It is very valuable information to reveal the fraud of income taxes as Americans understand it.
The U.S. Army private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks sits in solitary confinement in a military brig at Quantico, Va., isolated for 23 hours of every day. He’s been there for five months, and he was held in similar conditions for two months in a military jail in Kuwait.
Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald writes that Bradley Manning, despite being a model detainee without any episodes of violence or other disciplinary problems, has been declared a Maximum Custody Detainee, is isolated from human contact for all but one hour a day, is barred from exercising and is under constant surveillance to enforce the restrictions. And now the brig’s medical personnel administer regular doses of anti-depressants to Manning to prevent his brain from snapping from the effects of the isolation.
“In sum,” Greenwald writes, “Manning has been subjected for many months without pause to inhumane, personality-erasing, soul-destroying, insanity-inducing conditions of isolation similar to those perfected at America’s Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado: all without so much as having been convicted of anything.”
There is no word to describe this sort of the treatment other than torture.
Despite what you think of Manning and his actions — and it’s evident from some of the responses to A War On The Truth that many believe there is no punishment sufficiently cruel for Manning and Julian Assange — his treatment at the hands of the U.S. Government is barbaric and extreme. In many nations — including our own, according to court rulings from the 19th and 20th centuries — extended confinement in extreme isolation is considered a form of torture.
This treatment is especially egregious when one considers that Manning is merely accused of a crime. He has not yet been convicted. In America, in theory at least, everyone is to be considered innocent until the state proves them guilty.
This is what happens when the camel’s nose gets in the tent, as it did when our government sanctioned the torture of enemy combatants at Abu Ghraib, at Guantanamo Bay and in secret facilities around the world. The camel’s nose was allowing the torture of foreigners. This expanded to torture of Americans — first Jose Padilla and now Manning — who are, in their own ways, considered terrorists by U.S. authorities.
Next, authorities will come for those who dare to stand up to oppressive government — Tea Party members, Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, returning military veterans, those who fear coming martial law and are stockpiling food and gold. Some in government already consider these people to be terrorists.
Don’t believe that can happen? Ask Padilla and Manning.
Or, if you could, it would be a wonderful exercise to query those German, Russian and Chinese citizens who were roused out of bed in the dark of night, only to disappear into some dank gulag, concentration camp or salt mine without benefit of trial, merely for being different or daring to speak the truth.
Is this the America you want to see?