The Versatile Item Every Prepper Should Pack

Last week, I was hanging out with my friend, “Above Average” Joe from SurvivalLife.com, when I saw his paracord lanyard. I played dumb and asked him what it was for.

Joe passionately explained a little history of paracord and told me about many of the different ways it can be used.

He said that there were well more than 100 different uses for paracord.

I laughed at him to give him more of a hard time and asked him to list the 100 uses. I said that if he could do so on the spot, I would take him to his favorite steak place and buy him dinner.

He listed something like 50, and I ended up having to buy him dinner.

Later, we had a fun time with all of our readers by putting out this list of uses. I hope you can add to it as well.

There are obviously thousands of uses of paracord, but it’s fun to play these games to keep yourself informed and maybe even learn some new tricks with it.

Below is the list. Let’s see how many we can come up with together.

  • Use it to tie a tarp to trees.
  • Make a lanyard to hold items (knife, keys etc.).
  • Make an emergency paracord wristband.
  • Make an emergency snare from an inner strand.
  • Use it as fishing line (created from the inner strands).
  • Use it to lace your boots.
  • Floss with an inner strand.
  • Use it as a dog lead.
  • Use an inner strand as an emergency suture.
  • Wrap a knife handle.
  • Fashion a bow drill.
  • Use it as a clothesline.
  • Make a place to sit by lashing a long log horizontally to two trees.
  • Repair a sail in an emergency.
  • Use as a belt for your trousers.
  • Hang a kettle or cooking pot over a fire.
  • Use the inner strands as thread for sewing.
  • Make a fishing net from inner strands.
  • Create a net hammock.
  • Make a sling.
  • Hobble your horse.
  • Attach to tin cans or anything to make noise to create a perimeter trip wire.
  • Use it as a watch strap.
  • Rig up a quick bow stringer when you’ve forgotten yours.
  • Carry gear on your back when you don’t have a rucksack.
  • Clean a platypus hose by tying granny knots in it and pulling it through.
  • Tie house keys to forgetful children.
  • Use several strands as an emergency tow rope.
  • Use as a pulley line for dragging big bits of wood up the side of a hill.
  • Use as a standby strop for polishing a razor.
  • Tie a heavy knot in the middle of it to make a jump rope.
  • Hang mesh frames for propagating plants in greenhouse.
  • Create a swing for kids for when they become bored.
  • Rappel down a cliff edge.
  • Use it as a headband or hair tie.
  • Bundle it around firewood for easy carrying.
  • Tie it to a sled so you can drag the sled during the heavy snow.
  • Hang a light over the designated latrine for nighttime.
  • Replace a snapped pull string on older lights.
  • Fashion a fuse.
  • Hang a mirror or other large object.
  • Use it as strap wrench or Spanish windlass.
  • Use it as a bore cleaner to clean a firearm.
  • Make a tire swing.
  • Hang a hammock.
  • Hang an emergency whistle around your neck.
  • Fashion a pull cord for a chain saw, boat engine, lawn mower or trimmer.
  • Use as a tourniquet.
  • Tie down and secure the straps and belts of rucksacks when traveling.
  • Replace a drawstring cord in a rucksack or on gaiters.
  • Use as tent guy lines.
  • Tie your rucksack to something solid.
  • Tie down a rucksack lid if the buckles are broken.
  • Make an improvised stretcher by lashing poles together and making a net.
  • Lash poles together to make a shelter.
  • Lash a blade to a long pole in order to use as a spear for hunting.
  • Wrap a mini flashlight handle for grip.
  • Use to lower equipment and packs down cliff edges.
  • Create a snare.
  • Entertain yourself during stressful times. Tying and untying knots can take your mind off of your current situation.
  • Replace a broken handle on a knife or machete.
  • Create a bow string for a bow and arrow.
  • Hang a kill or your rucksack out of reach of animals at night.
  • Moor your boat to a dock.
  • Replace a broken water ski rope.
  • Teach yourself to tie lifesaving knots.
  • Use it to collect water. (Tie a knot and place it inside a plastic bottle. Hang it from a rock or damp-surface area. The water will collect on the cord and drip into the bottle.)
  • Place around a tree when climbing to add more grip.
  • Use it to make improvised snow shoes.
  • Make a sling for killing small animals.
  • Create a bullwhip for defense or entertainment.
  • Create trot lines for fishing.
  • Create a gill net for fishing.
  • Lash together multiple pieces for a stronger cord.

Leave your comments and ideas below.

Big Brother — I Mean Google — Is Watching You

A few months ago, the Federal Communications Commission fined Google $25,000 for taking its sweet time to give information to the FCC about an interesting project Google had been working on.

Most of you are probably familiar with Google Maps, where you can search for directions to wherever you need to go and even get a street view of the area. Google literally paid for trucks to go around with cameras on them in order to record this information. Not a big deal, right?

Well it wouldn’t be a big deal if those trucks didn’t include technology on them that could swipe all of your personal information off unsecured Wi-Fi connections.

Just in case you don’t know what that means, if you have Wi-Fi in your house and it didn’t have a password on it to protect it, odds are that Google has all of your personal information.

What do I mean by personal information? Everything. Passwords, websites you’ve visited, financial records, absolutely anything that you have ever done on your home computer, Google now has.

Think about it this way: If you can’t live without the Internet, odds are that Google has your life.

The FCC Did Nothing

Apparently, according to the FCC, Google did nothing wrong. That’s right. According to the government (which, by the way, has millions of dollars’ worth of contracts with Google), the company had a right to spy on you.

Actually, that’s not quite right. Google did do something wrong, according to the FCC, it delayed the information it gave to the FCC.

The world’s leading search engine said that searching its own employees’ emails and getting statements from them “would be a time-consuing and burdensome task.”

The company can gather all of your personal information in a nanosecond from the air outside of your house, yet it said it would take too long to get the information about why it did it.

For delaying a Federal investigation, Google, of course, was fined heavily and people were sent to jail, right? Wrong. For all of that, the company was fined $25,000.

What does that “hefty” fine mean to Google?

Take all the money you have out of your pocket. Now take the lint out of the bottom of that pocket. That lint has the same value to you as a $25,000 fine does to Google. It’s not even a slap on the wrist; it’s more like an endorsement.

When contacted, Google’s employees refused to make statements as to why they were recording this information. That sounds like they have something to hide, doesn’t it?

Oh, and don’t think Google has pulled this trick off just in America. It did the exact same thing in 29 other major countries. Google doesn’t just spy on U.S. citizens; it spies on the world.

No one has rights in a Google-run world. And our government (which, let me remind you again, contracts Google to supply it data) is doing nothing to stop it.

It Isn’t Just Google

In 2002, an AT&T employee couldn’t understand why National Security Agency representatives were suddenly visiting his office in San Francisco on a regular basis. He had never seen them in the office before and couldn’t figure out why they would have anything to do with the phone and Internet provider.

His curiosity got the best of him, so he followed a few people around his office building, which led him to discover that the sixth floor of his building was under considerable construction and security.

This made no sense to the man, who kept poking around until he found documents describing what was in the room. What he found should shock you.

The NSA had contracted AT&T to build this secret room and collect all of the data from 16 major phone and Internet companies.

That’s right: all of the data. Every phone call, every Internet site, every password, every financial record. You get the idea.

Basically, any piece of information that came from you, AT&T collected and sent off to the government.

The NSA says it doesn’t read through information that has been given to it. It says that a computer sorts through this information and that it is never really looked at by human eyes unless it’s linked to a terrorist organization. If the data weren’t linked to anything criminal like that, it was deleted; or so the NSA says.

Fast-forward to a directive from President Barack Obama in 2012. As was reported a few weeks ago on Absolute Rights, the President signed an executive order that allowed the NSA to keep non-terror linked information for up to five years.

That’s an interesting number, isn’t it?

The data that has been stored from AT&T since that mysterious room was built has most likely been sitting on a shelf all that time.

But who needs that old data anyway when Google is updating it daily?

What Can You Do?

You need to protect your privacy. Sure, that’s easy to say; but there are things that can be done to help secure your data.

First, know your rights or the lack thereof.

Know that people are out there ripping off your information. So protect your Internet with a password. Don’t keep connections open. Clearly, the government isn’t going to stop companies from spying on you; what makes you think it doesn’t already do the same thing?

You should know that you have little to no privacy over everything transmitted over the Internet. That means emails, data and even phone calls.

Yes, phone calls on the Internet on what is called Voice Over Internet Protocol, or VOIP, are up for grabs to whomever would like to listen to them.

The only phone calls protected now are those on land lines and some cellphones.

The next thing you can do is to not put personal information on the Internet. If you don’t need to bank online, don’t.

Sure, things seem convenient when you are sitting at home ordering whatever you need off of the Internet; but how convenient is it when you’re being tracked by everyone and everything who has the technology to do so?

Finally, base your life in the real world and not online.

That may sound silly; but if you can’t live without the Internet, you’re in trouble.

Make sure that you can really function without the Internet. Don’t rely on it for everything. It should be common sense that if a luxury like electricity goes away, so do things like the Internet. If you can’t make it without the Web, not only will you not survive a major disaster, but you may not be able to survive even a minor thunderstorm.

It’s important to know that your information is out there. With the recent discoveries about how Google and AT&T operate, odds are that all of your information is already out there. Make sure you take the proper precautions to protect yourself from all of the eyes that may be looking over you.

It isn’t a safe world out there, and knowing that your private lives have been spied on by Google and other companies doesn’t feel good; but it is good to know.

If you know what is going on around you in the world, you can prepare for it.

Be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young

Point/Counterpoint: Your 2nd Amendment Rights

The other day, I received an opinion piece from one of our writers, Bailey O’Malia, that discussed the 2nd Amendment. In it, she made many of the same mistakes made by a lot of liberals, “progressives” or whatever they call themselves today to not sound bad.

I thought about how I wanted to post it and then realized I couldn’t let it go without weighing in on the issue.

Frankly, she was wrong. So I posted my response and created a point/counterpoint article. I want you to read her piece and mine and then get in on this argument. If you think she’s wrong, tell her.  If you think I’m wrong, tell me. We begin with O’Malia’s argument.

Point: The Right to Bear Arms — Within Reason

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, Americans and politicians have spent time reflecting on gun control.

We often hear that our Founding Fathers wrote our right to bear arms into the Constitution as a way to protect ourselves from harm — that they wanted us to have that right, even today.

But that’s not something I’m so sure about.

When the Founding Fathers wrote our Constitution, their idea of a weapon was a musket — not an automatic weapon. The gun they had in mind would be used for safety or for hunting.

With this in mind, I wonder what the fathers of our Nation would have said about civilians owning military-grade weapons that can shoot 100 rounds in a minute.

Surely, there is no need for a civilian to hold that kind of power in his hand. In fact, why should anyone have that much power over another human being? Do we really trust each other’s judgment?

I’ve been thinking about this for days, and I can’t come up with one good reason that a person would need anything more than a handgun or rifle for “safety.”

So when the discussion of changing the gun laws is brought up, I think: “What a perfectly simple solution; ban all automatic weapons.” This appeases Democrats because they will have made steps toward gun reform, and it appeases Republicans because they won’t be fully losing their right to bear arms. Do you consider shooting an automatic weapon a fun hobby? They could still be available to rent at a gun range.

But this is a compromise — a concept politicians and Americans are unfamiliar with these days.

If you’re pro-guns, at this point you’re probably saying: “But it’s my right, and they’re taking away all of our rights.”

But it’s also your right to feel safe in this country. And despite the theorists who say, “Arm every person in the country; that’ll scare ’em,” the lunatics who are shooting up movie theaters and schools don’t seem to place much value on their lives or the lives of others.

Before you start spouting your Founding Fathers crap, take a second to think about the core principle that this country was supposedly built on: freedom. I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel very “free” knowing that my neighbor could be housing an AK-47 in his garage.

–Bailey O’Malia

Counterpoint: The Reason for the Right to Bear Arms

As intelligent as I think Bailey is, she’s dead wrong here. I do feel safer knowing that my neighbor could be housing an AK-47 in his garage. Why? Because I know most of my neighbors are honest, hardworking people who aren’t nutcases looking to shoot up schoolchildren.

See, what happens when these terrible tragedies occur is the media blow things out of proportion to spread their leftist views. I generally don’t yell and point fingers about how biased they are; but this time, they really have showed their hand. Somewhere in the middle of all the hype about how access to guns was the issue here, we forget what the 2nd Amendment was really about.

When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution and Bill of Rights, they wanted to ensure that all people were equal — equal with each other and equal with the government. Yes, when this was all written, people had only muskets. But do you know who else had only muskets? The government.

We had just finished overthrowing a tyrannical government in order to become a free nation; and the Founders, who literally helped fight in that war, wanted the American people to have equal footing with whatever government took over, in order to prevent tyranny if necessary once again. These guys were smart; they weren’t thinking inside the box of their time. They were completely aware that technology would change, but they wanted Americans to be able to stand up for themselves. How does one do that? By having the same level of weaponry as the government!

The Constitution was written with revolution in mind, not the peace that we have internally had for about 150 years now. I say 150 years, because we fought ourselves with our armed militias in the Civil War; we have been lucky to have had internal peace since then. But you can’t closed-mindedly say that the 2nd Amendment was for limited weapons. It just wasn’t. It was meant to keep people on the same level as the government so that they could fight for their rights if necessary.

Sure, if my neighbors had rocket launchers, I think I’d be scared just because they could blow up my house. But if the Founders were still around, I think they’d be all right with it.

–Tim Young

Your Privacy Is Gone

Have you been paying attention to the news lately? Have you seen where your rights are being flushed down the toilet on a daily basis? I feel like we were safe for a few moments after 9/11. The government started to look into conversations and into computers where they had never poked their noses before.

Don’t get me wrong. As you read on, you’ll see that I don’t like people snooping on me because, in the end, I want my privacy respected. But at the beginning of all of this, I thought it was OK.

Like many of you, I wanted terrorists caught by any means possible.

I wanted those punks who wanted to destroy America to be found. If that meant wiretapping and all sorts of other ways of spying on our people, then so be it.

The problem is that something went wrong — very wrong.

See, it turns out that the government really liked looking into our lives. Who doesn’t like spying or snooping on someone else, right? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten a better deal when negotiating by having “insider information.”

But the government doing it en masse was a bit of a switch for me.

I think we all saw it coming, the snooping and the lack of privacy; but we chose to ignore it because, for a bit, we all thought it made us safer. Now, it’s gone too far.

At what point do we realize we no longer have the basic freedom to keep our private life private?

Let me give you an example: drones.

A couple of my friends got speeding tickets because of these pieces of metal that fly through the air. They literally patrol most major highways now with the planes and place a couple of cops in one spot a few miles down the road from them to pull you over when you get to them.

I bet people were shocked when they get nabbed for speeding. Were they wrong for speeding? Yes. But is it right for the government to be flying remote-controlled planes over your head to determine where you are and what you’re doing at all times? Hell, no.

These things are patrolling neighborhoods now; they’re not only watching you when you drive, but also when you sleep and, heck, even when you wake up.

Do law enforcement agencies have a right to do this? Sure. They’re the authorities and, according to the authorities, they can say and do whatever they want to do.

I’m sure the conversation goes something like this:

Leader 1: Hey, do you think it’s OK for us to take away citizens’ privacy so that we can feel safer?

Leader 2: Of course!

Leader 1: Good thing. I was about to worry that we were doing something wrong.

Leader 2: No, no. It’s OK to take away people’s rights because we’re in charge and what we say goes.

And then they increase the level of monitoring on you and your family.

If you live in San Antonio, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Students at John Jay High School have been asked to carry ID cards that have an radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip in them so that the administration can track them. Can someone please explain to me the purpose of tracking students inside a school? Why in the world would the principle need to know where every student is at all times?

And where does the tracking end? Does it end after school or do they follow the students’ positioning at the movies or the mall or when they go to sleep as well?

Is there someone in a control room saying, “Oh, look. Billy is at the soda machine. Now, where’s he going? The bathroom. Well, dispatch hall monitors after him to herd him in to his chemistry class. It looks like he’s taking too much time out there and messing around”?

The best part about all of this is what happens when the students refuse to get one of these chips stuck to them? Do they lose their right to vote for homecoming queen?

Now, I know what you’re saying: So what? It’s just homecoming voting. But think about this (and before I say this, I’m no conspiracy guy; I base my opinions off facts, not fiction): Doesn’t that sound like something that could happen to our Nation?

Look where America is going with voting. You are now required by law in many States to have a government-issued identification card in order to vote. That seems fair. I don’t want someone elected by dead people and animals like they generally are in the city of Chicago. But think about it: What if the government suddenly added RFID tracking chips to your identification cards (by the way, they’re already in your passports) and required you to carry them with you at all times?

If you didn’t want to carry the cards, guess what? You lose your right to choose the leaders who are making the rules to extinguish your privacy.

It’s happening, folks. Your rights are being taken away right in front of your eyes. You can’t stop it, either.

Your government-issued identification cards will allow the authorities to see where you are at all times. Then, what’s next?

The authorities in America are turning into Santa Claus. (They give lots of presents to their friends and to people who don’t deserve them, but that’s an entirely different piece.) Just like Santa:

They see you when you’re sleeping.
They know when you’re awake.
They know if you’ve been bad or good.
So be good, for goodness’ sake.

Friends, this is no holiday jingle. Your privacy is gone. And now is the time to do something about it.

Protect yourself now, before you lose what little you have left.

–Tim Young

What You Can Expect In This Election

I am always excited to be able to contribute to Personal Liberty. I received an article last week from my friend Wallace Streete and I felt that I should share it with you, because I don’t think I could have put it any better. Here is what Streete had to say:

I’m really shocked that we haven’t seen more garbage along with this election, and I can’t help but think that we’re going to see it all at once.

I remember Tim Young having covered it in the past, because he seemed to think that the Occupy people were set up to scare folks in order to get people. I’m not going to lie to you; I thought they would, too. Let me tell you why.

There are some real bad people in this world. Now, I know what you’re saying, “They’re here in America, too.” You’re right.

People who run socialist parties and organizations will do anything to create dictatorships and keep their guys in office.

We have definitely seen this in Iran, and I have witnessed it personally in Russia and South America.

Do you think people actually like Hugo Chavez? Do you think that presidents can keep extending their legal terms of office without it bothering the people in their nations?

All of this is set up. I’m not saying that’s what is going on in America, because I’m not a conspiracy guy; I’m a fact guy. But I will say that you should pay close attention to everything that’s about to go down in the next few weeks.

If ever there was a time for you to be prepared, it would be now.

What happens if Mitt Romney wins? What happens if Barack Obama wins? Are you ready for everything?

Let’s take a look at what has happened around the world. Think about the Arab Spring. What happened there? Do you think organizations randomly ended up with enough weapons and support to overthrow the governments there?

If you haven’t already, get prepared and be prepared for that first full week of November.

You’re running out of time, and you need to act now.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but something will more than likely happen.

Have you seen pictures of the riots in Spain? Those people suddenly hate their government. Out of the blue, they got up and stormed the streets demanding that all government officials step down.

The same things happen all the time in South America. I have been through too many to count. They all revolve around elections.

Sometimes, they fizzle out. (I’m shocked that Occupy Wall Street fizzled the way it did.) Sometimes, they pick up pace like they did in the Mideast. But after each and every one, there is damage and gridlock and there could always end up being a police state.

Look at how everything is being charged up in this American election.

There’s the classic race card that is being played.

I don’t understand why you can automatically be called a racist if you didn’t support the President (other than for the purpose of making people angry and hateful toward one another). See how that is taking one small thing and turning it into something huge? Do you think that’s done for a reason? I do.

In the Mideast, issues of religion were brought up to anger masses of people. In the United States, people don’t care about religion as much, but they do care about race. See how that works?

Remember the Rodney King riots? They were race-related.

I can’t conclusively say something will happen. But from my experience, I just think a major storm is brewing, and we need to be ready for it.

Also, look at places around this Nation where gun-control laws are up and running. They have been tightened more and more over the past four years. Why? What would be the purpose of that? Crime is on the rise in major cities as more and more laws about owning guns go into effect. It just doesn’t make sense. Or does it?

Like I said, I don’t want to scare you. I just want to bring to your attention the things that could happen here.

You’ve seen the news, and you’ve probably even seen things with your own two eyes. And what you have been presented as bad is probably only the very tip of the iceberg of things that could go wrong.

So what are you going to do about it?

First, I say if you believe in it, you should go vote for the candidate you think should be President. You need to stand up in the face of all of this potential opposition and make a difference in this country. Not everyone in the world has the right to vote in elections, so take advantage of it.

Second, you need to be ready to be on the move just in case. As I have said many times before, you just never know when crisis can strike, but you can have a reasonable idea of situations when it is more likely. Election Day is one of them.

I have already voted early in my home State, and am going to be out of the country for the actual election on Tuesday. I’ll be on a beach in Morocco working out a couple of deals that I have with some international businesses I work with, so I’ll be clear of everything. But for some of you who can’t get out that far, you might want to make sure you have a plan to maybe even take a small drive to the countryside. You know — just in case.

I know that you all are ready for anything, so I’m sure your families will be safe. I just want to make sure you’ve got your head in the game.

Again, I’m no conspiracy guy; I just have a lot of life experience: a lot of government experience and a lot of “world crumbling around me in elections” experience.

Always Be Learning

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for a crisis is to always be learning. I knew that sounds like a tough thing to do, but in reality, you can learn new tricks and tips every day.

This sounds like something very elementary, but in reality, it isn’t.

You need to keep in mind that when crisis strikes, you won’t know what exactly is going to happen or, even worse, how it’s going to happen.

Crisis can come at you from any angle and in many different ways.

What if the food ran out? What if there was a plague or disease that spread quickly? How about a violent government takeover or war?

The point is that you just never know what will happen or when, so it’s important that you keep up to date on technology and even the lack thereof.

Think about earthquakes, for instance. Are you prepared for one?

I know from experience that I wasn’t when I was living in Washington, D.C.; neither was anyone else that I had been working with at the time.

I was taking a break in a coffee shop down the street from my office when the quake hit. 

I can tell you the first thing that happens is a moment of shock. You don’t know quite what is going on when it strikes. Not many people had experienced an earthquake before. I was one of them, but I knew exactly what was going on.

The building shook — and it was an old building. The first thing that I did was look around to see if someone was shaking my chair; because for all I know, it could have been a friend messing with me. When I realized it wasn’t, I looked around the room and noticed that everyone else who was there was frozen. That isn’t any kind of exaggeration; they were actually frozen in place. 

They knew something was happening, but they weren’t doing anything about it. Without thinking, I grabbed my bag and ran out of the building to my car. 

Once in my car, I took off and got out of the city. On my way out, the traffic around me was no different than any other day.

As I tried to call friends and family to see where they were, I realized that phones were down. The cellphone system had been shut down because of an overuse. This would remain this way for almost three hours.

I was able to get out, because I had studied what to do in a crisis. The other people were standing around waiting for the building to collapse on them.

Luckily, it didn’t. But at the end of the day, I was more comfortable knowing that I was prepared to get out before the gridlock.

I had studied a lot of potential scenarios and was ready for a lot of different things to happen. This time, it was a simple earthquake. There were jokes later about how little damage actually occurred because of it. But think about what could have happened.

Knowing the different things that can happen in an emergency and the different types of things you can face are just the tip of the iceberg of knowledge that one can have.

You also need to pay attention to the climate changes — not only in temperature, but in social and governmental attitudes.

And you need to learn tips and tricks necessary to keep you going when the world stops.

As I mentioned above, we also regained cell signal after a few hours. That was a lucky strike. The next time, cellphones or communications may not return. I was prepared for that to happen.

Always look for new information on the Internet (while you have it) and at the library (while you have it).

Take notes and make physical copies of things for yourself. I can’t stress that enough. Don’t rely on the Internet and cellphones when you’re going to be in a jam. I know a lot of you are prepared to work without them, but you haven’t actually experienced it yet.

Make sure you take time to study and learn a couple of times a week, if not every day. You may even want to take time to practice how to get out of cities in case something bad were to happen. I knew multiple routes out of where I was just in case, but how many do normal people know?

I want you and your family to be as safe as possible in case crisis hits. So study, learn, practice and, as always, be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young

Election Riots

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were an easy way out of elections?

Why bother running a billion-dollar campaign to have people actually vote on your policy positions when you can scare people both mentally and physically into keeping you in power?

Many tyrannies have done this throughout the years. If we look around the world today in countries like Iran, North Korea, Venezuela and Russia, we can see plenty of “questionable” elections.

One of the things I used to say a lot was “It’ll never happen here,” because I’m a patriot. I believe in America and the principles that this country was built on. But on top of being a patriot, I’m also a political scientist. Yes, I sat through a decade of college education to learn theories behind multiple forms of government and how people can be manipulated.

And when I see what has been going on in America over the past two years, my eyebrow more than raises. There have been many more efforts to thwart elections and manipulate the way we think than ever before.

Take Wisconsin, for instance. “How dare a Governor and legislature stand up against unions!” is what we heard for months. Even though Scott Walker and his Republican compatriots were elected properly by the people and had laid out their plans ahead of time, they were called every evil term in the book.

Traditionally, when a party loses an election, its members stew for a bit, comment negatively on the people who won and run against them in the next election.

But this was not to be the case in Wisconsin. It was time to change the system for the easier and more immediate way to win. This was accomplished in a very simple two-step process.

  • Step 1: Protest, protest, protest.
  • Step 2: Scare people enough to sign a petition to hold an election as soon as possible.

Mission accomplished. Or was it?

Once the protesting stopped and the elections were held, Republicans won again, which was not the plan.

Sadly for unions, it turned out that the people who voted the first time voted again the second time, allowing the same people to keep making the same decisions.

Wisconsin was only the testing ground for this year’s strategy to keep the White House.

Once those protests ended in 2011, we saw the uprising of the Occupy movement.

This movement — which was loosely called a “movement,” because most of the protesters sat on their butts in tents all day long — was designed to stir up anger and emotions from the general population and disregard the fact that the Democrats on the national level weren’t accomplishing anything.

Mission not accomplished.

Near the end of the “American Fall,” or whatever it was that they were calling it, the disorganized chaos started to get loud and nasty. We saw attacks in Seattle, but also traffic-stopping protests in major thoroughfares in New York and Washington, D.C. At the end of the day, the general population had no idea why this was happening. But that’s OK, because most of the protesters had no idea either.

Similar protests are occurring in Mexico as you read this. It’s almost too convenient that countries around the world are having similar protests with similar groups of people isn’t it?

Someone or some organization is trying to change the way the world thinks. You can believe that even though it’s quiet now, we will hear from them again when the weather gets a bit cooler.

We’ve had major protests off and on all year long, so why is it quiet now? One of the reasons may be because the people involved are training for something much bigger than before.

The Service Employees International Union on its website offered protester training and meet-ups throughout the country. I can only imagine that this is being done so that the SEIU can influence the national election in November. After all, why have people vote logically when you can scare them?

As we get closer to November and the President has less and less to stand on as far as his accomplishments go, we will need to be distracted in order to re-elect him. That is where the protests come in.

If there are riots in every major city where the majority of people vote, then there will be less of a chance that people will: A) Vote for the guy the mobs don’t like, or B) Vote at all.

See how that works? So if in November you have a couple thousand people in the streets of your hometown screaming how much they hate Mitt Romney, what are the odds that a normal person will stand his ground, make his way through the protests and vote for Romney? Slim to none.

I know from working for Republican presidential campaigns in the past that unions will stop at nothing to influence voting the day of the election. There were at least 10 people representing unions standing outside each election place — that’s right, 10 — the year that I was working in Philadelphia, to “help people vote.”

What does “help people vote” mean? Well, I like to say it’s like helping someone buy me birthday presents. You’re not going to have a choice as to what you buy me if you let me “help” you.

So you can see what’s going to happen in America the closer we get to Election Day.

There will be distracters and folks trying to stop you from thinking freely so that the people in charge can stay in charge.

Whether you believe in our system or not, you need to believe that you should vote and that every vote counts (I get tired of hearing that line myself, but I still believe it). So, if you don’t vote, you really are letting your country go in the wrong direction.

–Tim Young

What Will Crisis Be Like?

I recently had a chance to sit down with my friend, survival expert Wallace Streete, to speak about what a crisis would be like.

Streete has traveled the world many times over and has had an awful lot of “unpleasant experiences,” to say the least. He has been everywhere from the Congo to North Korea to not so wild and crazy places like Iowa. Well, maybe they are wild and crazy, but not in a survival type of way.

Streete warned me that what could potentially happen to America is something that none of us is truly ready for. I wanted to share with you what he told me.

When the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) happens, none of us will be ready. There is no amount of preparedness, storage or training that we can have that will have us ready in the blink of an eye for something that can literally happen just as fast.

Think about that.

You can be only so prepared for what can come down the pike at you. Sure, you’ll have a heads-up if it’s a weather occurrence. But what happens if it’s an earthquake, a tornado or even a flash flood? The point is that you won’t see it coming. Unless you are the only person in the world who is completely emotionless, you will be taken off guard and be in fear.

There’s nothing wrong with being afraid — for a bit, that is. It’s the people who can pull themselves together who will be able to make it out. The people who can’t pull themselves together won’t quite cut it, according to Streete.

I just mentioned simple (that’s right, I said simple) weather events. Can you imagine if martial law took over or there were an attack on the United States?

Recently, I discussed how an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack could happen and we wouldn’t see it coming. Imagine what else could happen.

So you’re left sitting there, well after something hits, and you have to pull it together to make it out. Are you actually ready for that? The answer is that you aren’t.

Odds are that you are ready for the long haul, things like being able to cook your stored food or hunt if necessary. But that immediate blast of crisis: You just aren’t set up for it.

So what will a crisis be like?

Streete said it will be like when you are in a car accident and kind of see it coming. It’s almost as if your world slows down so that your body and mind can mentally react — even though you can do nothing to change your circumstances.

I know from being in a few car accidents that you see or even sometimes feel them coming. I was t-boned a few years ago when I was living in Baltimore. I actually saw the car slowly hit me on the side.

I saw the glass fly so slowly through the air that it was almost as if I were in a Hollywood action movie during an exploding fight sequence. Things were surreal. That’s what Streete said the immediate crisis situation will be like.

The best way to be prepared for that is simply knowing what you have to do. Program yourself to know that when it’s time to leave, you leave.

It’s like learning another language, playing an instrument or driving a car. When you work at each enough, what you need to do becomes second nature.

In essence, you need to become fluent in your ability to survive.

The last thing you want to do is be stuck figuring things out at the last minute.

I have talked about it before (and I hate to keep referencing it): You can see what this is like by watching the Hollywood hit “The Hunger Games.”

The children were put into an arena where they had to fight for their survival, and each had a different tactic to survive.

Those who didn’t move fast enough to begin with were killed immediately; those who moved too fast became targets as well.

The people who were prepared and calm and knew what they needed to do made it out alive — or at least lasted for longer than a few days.

I’m not saying that a crisis will be like “The Hunger Games” where we will all be killing each other and fighting in multiple levels of combat to survive. However, I am saying that it’s a good example about preparedness.

When that whistle goes off or when that storm or human event hits and our world changes, you need to be that prepared and resolute person.

You can’t just up and run or stay put without having a solid plan, but you also can’t allow yourself to be stunned or so taken off guard that you become a target.

According to Streete, you should practice survival tactics with your family. Have a few general plans lined up so that you can make it out of different situations. One should be for weather; another should be for an attack. We should also be ready for when all of our electronics could stop working at once.

It’s so important that your plan is ingrained in your head so that you can act on it calmly and quickly, without having to think about it.

The old adage goes something like “time is money.” In this situation, time is survival.

Be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young

Exploiting A Tragedy To Take Your Rights

I think the shootings that happened in Aurora, Colo., were tragic. It is always inexcusable to take the lives of innocent people.

What’s also inexcusable is to use those lost lives for political gain, which is what we’re probably going to see over the next few weeks.

Big Brother likes to use these instances as an “example” of why they should take away our guns.

I happen to think that if someone in that audience had a concealed carry license and chose to carry that evening, perhaps more lives could have been saved.

The media have been dying to get even with guns rights advocates and, tragically, they were given that opportunity.

You may recall just before the Batman tragedy, a 71-year-old man saved about a dozen lives in an Internet cafe by using his legally carried weapon to fire at gun-wielding criminals.

He was heralded as a hero. Not only was this man brave, but he showed us all why it’s important to have the right to bear arms.

Now, we have the criminal use of a weapon, and it’s getting even more media coverage. But why would we not give as much attention to a hero with a gun as we do when a villain has a gun?

The media just aren’t fans of guns. And, ever since I can remember, we have been brainwashed to think that guns are evil and wrong and terrible things.

Had it not been for our right to bear arms, our country would have never developed into the successful and free land that it is today.

Guns and weapons are what brought us freedom, and they are what will allow us to protect ourselves if ever that freedom is threatened again.

Gun owners are some of the more responsible citizens in this Nation. They own the weapons for collecting, hunting and self-defense; why shouldn’t I feel safe?

One of the main missions of the National Rifle Association is to promote safe gun use, which means its members are considerably different than some nutcase who opens fire in a movie.

I find it interesting that almost everyone has been trained to have negative feelings toward guns and gun ownership and that those negative feelings have really come from media bias.

People stereotype gun owners as idiots and rednecks. They say that they have no idea what they’re doing with their weapons and that they cause more harm than good by simply owning something with which to protect themselves.

This is an example of the media “brainwashing” us.

Do you think not?

Then try to name one single television character who isn’t a police officer or a “bad guy” who openly carries a gun. Don’t let this take up more of your time then necessary. You can’t.

I remember when I was younger watching a “Simpsons” episode during which Homer decided to buy a gun. He used that gun for everything from opening a beer to changing the channel on the television. He was shooting it everywhere and at everything, destroying his house and neighborhood until we were all taught the lesson that guns are bad.

I hate to admit it, but I also watched “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” as a kid. I expressly remember being confused as to why they wouldn’t use their guns in defense when monsters were attacking them. I know that sounds silly, but think about it: They openly carried guns and were shot at by crazy monsters, but they rarely — if ever — used their guns. I asked my parents why this was; they never had an answer for me.

Why do I bring up those examples? Because they’re great examples of how we are being trained by the media to be afraid of and not want to use guns.

Think about what Americans are presented on television and in movies. Guns are never used in a positive way unless it’s a rare hunting show or law enforcement is handling them. Even then, we see officers shy away from guns or get admonished if their guns are fired.

Some of you may even be familiar with the television show “Flashpoint,” about a tactical team that takes out criminals via sniper rifle and other methods of gun use. On its face, the show appears to shed positive light on gun ownership, but that is not the case.

“Flashpoint” cast member David Paetkau said the show “tries to capture the human element involved in policing and discusses how some officers end up with emotional baggage and suffering with mental illnesses like post traumatic stress disorder.”

See? Show business tells us yet again that if you use a gun, you are going to be mentally ill or have some sort of issue.

We need to realize that guns aren’t bad. They make a positive difference in our society. Sure, criminals use them to rob stores and commit murder; but police and military personnel use them to save and protect lives.

Our families use guns to hunt for the food that we eat and even protect our homes when necessary.

How soon we are forced to forget what good guns can do for us after one disgusting individual uses them for wrong.

I want you to pay attention to all the negativity that is going to be surrounding guns up until the election. Don’t be influenced by people who want to take your rights away by any means necessary — even exploiting tragedy.

And, as always, be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young

How Easy Is It To Begin Living Off The Grid?

Having been managing editor of Absolute Rights now for more than a few months, I have learned many things about the realities of the world and survival that I had never gotten before in my casual, East Coast existence.

I would have to say the most intriguing thing I have had the pleasure of learning is how easy it could be to live off the grid. I had the opportunity to learn from one of the best, Johnny Mueller, the other day when we sat down to discuss his Five Flags program. It shocked me how common living without a true home country had become.

Did you know that British stars and rockers were the first to really live without a country? That doesn’t sound right, does it? I thought the same thing. But in the 60s, the British government began over-taxing their rich. In bad cases it was more than 100 percent of what they earned; in good cases, it was only 95 percent of what they earned.

The stars and rockers didn’t take long to vote with their feet, which means they just walked away from their country — and who could blame them? Why should you be taxed everything that you earn?

When I heard about this taxing, I thought to myself that it sounds awfully familiar. Isn’t this the way that the United States is starting to go? It just seems that every single day I hear something about the top 1 percent or whatever they want to label it as and how they should pay so that people who don’t want to work get free handouts.

As much as you or I would love to get free things, I think more than enough of us believe in earning our living and have worked hard to get to where we are, even if it isn’t in the millions of dollars. I think we also believe that this government could begin to take more things from us at any time — whether it be money or guns or liberty in general.

How else will the powers that be balance their budget and maintain order?

Mueller has been living abroad for years. He left the United States a long time ago and began small businesses in Guatemala. Ever since, he has lived free and clear of the garbage and repression that we have here.

The best part of everything is how easy this can be accomplished.

He taught me a few tips that I wanted to share with you here about getting passports and citizenship in other countries.

He said that most Third World South American countries want American business there — not millionaires’ business, but normal-salaried people’s business. You can get paperwork to live in most South American countries if you can show the equivalent amount of making a pension, or $1,000 a month. It’s seriously that little of an amount.

When you become a part- or full-time citizen of those countries, you can then obtain a passport from them which is much more acceptable around the world than, say, a U.S. passport.

Trust me on that one. Have you ever gone to China? They aren’t big fans of you after they see that gold eagle on your documentation. On the other hand, having documentation from another country be met with, let’s just say, a few more smiling faces. Mueller, being much more well-traveled than I, absolutely agrees with this notion.

You can also get paperwork from most other countries if you can show that your family lineage is from there. Just by simply showing that your grandmother was from a certain country, you have a right to claim citizenship and the rights of that country. That’s really easy to do, especially with modern data and records keeping.

The best part about beginning to live off the grid and in other countries is that you get a tax credit for living outside the United States for more than 180 days. And it’s not just a couple of dollars. This credit is more than $90,000. Isn’t that incredible? It almost makes me feel like I should write my columns from afar.

Mueller truly taught me that living outside of the country, or having multiple countries of residence, has many more benefits than you might think.

And the magic part of all of this is how seriously easy it is to do.

–Tim Young

The Many Uses Of Survival Knives

Let’s face the facts: When you pack your bug-out bag, you don’t want to be bogged down with multiple items when one will do the trick.

One of the most valuable and variable tools that you can use in the wild is the survival knife.

Some people call it a hunting knife; but when you are in the wild or in a crisis situation, it takes on the much greater role of helping you survive. It would also be inappropriate to call it a hunting knife, as its uses are considerably more diverse than just hunting.

There are seven major ways to use a knife. Some of them may seem obvious to you; but, surprisingly, not many people know every use for a knife. Even in writing this, my eyes were opened to how important having a knife can be.

Hunting

Hunting is the most rudimentary reason for owning a knife. It is so easy for us in the modern world to take firearms for granted. There are many scenarios wherein eventually we may not have guns and we will need to survive. In that case, hunting may be accomplished with a knife.

You can use a knife to snare a trap as well as stab your prey. This would take some time to learn how to do, but it works. A knife can also be used to skin the animals that you have killed.

Self-Defense

If you need to defend yourself or family against an oncoming attacker, it’s better to have a weapon than not. Knives are one of the lightest and easiest weapons to use against any attacker, whether it be man or beast.

Cutting Wood

Knives are great for whittling and cutting wood. Most survival knives are strong enough to cut through moderately sized logs. You can actually saw fairly well with them. You can also use the knives to shave off pieces of wood that would be good for kindling, which leads us to No. 4.

Starting Fires

Knives are great to start fires with. Making kindling with a knife is just a start. Striking a knife on flint or similar rock creates sparks that can start a fire.

Making Other Weapons

In every war movie or film about fighting in the thick of things when you are “out of options,” the hero almost always makes weapons out of the materials around him using a knife. This would be no different for you in the wild. One of the first things that you can do is make spears, arrows and other simple and sharp weapons using a knife and nature.

Think about hunting in this environment. You are going to want to avoid having to get close to animals; that is an extremely difficult to do. It’s only smart to make other weapons that are more long-range, like spears and arrows. You could also fashion a bow to shoot the arrows with by using your knife.

Slicing Softer Materials

Knives are great for cutting rope, bandages and other materials that you will need to bind things with. It’s easier to have a knife on you than a pair of scissors and a knife.

Knives are also great if you need to cut your own skin to remove something from it. We hope that type of situation doesn’t ever happen, but you never know.

Cutting A Path

You just never know where you’re going to end up when you are in the wild. You may be in the woods or in the thick of things and need to get through in a hurry. Again, it sounds like something from movies like “Rambo,” but knives really can be used for this. After all, you want to see where you’re going and not have to drag through the unknown.

Knives are a must-have for any preparing that you are doing. As you can see from this list, there are many uses for the small, lightweight piece of metal that you can carry with you.

Be safe, be prepared and, as always, be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights

Preparing A Bug-Out Bag For Kids

I think that it’s so easy to overlook the needs of children in potential crisis situations. We focus so much on what we adults need in our bug-out bags for us, but we overlook the obvious things like what our children could use in an emergency.

As an adult, you can pack just about any kind of ration to eat. After all, we know that even though it tastes terrible, it will keep us alive and kicking. If you have kids, you know that this concept won’t go over too well with them.

Sure, there are packaged, efficient rations that your kids could get familiar with after a couple of days and a lot of hunger. But, as a parent, you need to realize that it is also your job to make your kids as comfortable as possible when times get rough.

I think the easiest thing to do when packing for your child is to focus on familiar flavors that your children have already gotten used to. Dried fruit, peanuts and chocolate are great for kids. They are rich with vitamins, protein and carbohydrates that children need to stay healthy, but they are still considered comfortable to them.

Mixing these items together for trail mix is a good concept to play around with. Having a healthy combo mix of snacks is a great idea.

You can also add in protein or energy supplements that taste like chocolate for your kids, making sure that they’re safe for them.

As an avid health nut, I personally know that a lot of protein bars taste and are set up like candy bars to make them more tolerable. Using these to help fuel your children could be a great thing in a crisis. I can’t stress enough though that you make sure they are safe for them to consume first.

Other great foods to pack for kids are dried soups and noodles. Again, these are good foods for them because they are rich in vitamins and literally the stuff kids need, but they are also familiar flavors.

I loved picking out freeze-dried corn from Cup Noodles® as a kid. Food like that is not only good for your kids, but fun to eat. I know that a lot of you have stocked up on freeze-dried things because of their ability to last for years in storage. Your kids will love that kind of stuff.

A good trick to prepare them for the long haul is to familiarize them with the food now. If you think about it, the freeze-dried items in Cup Noodles® are a great introduction to stored foods. If you get them to like it now, they’ll have no problems with it on the road.

In my travels, I have also seen freeze-dried yogurt, which I loved. It tastes like astronaut ice cream, if you ever had that as a kid. It’s delicious, and it melts in your mouth. It also gives you much-needed calcium for your bones and vitamins that you wouldn’t necessarily get from other freeze-dried products. I eat this as a snack now, and I’m willing to bet that your kids would love it.

It’s also critical that you keep children’s chewable vitamins in their bags. Kids will generally have trouble swallowing the pills that we do, and the last thing that you want is to have the children sick because of a lack of nutrients.

Children’s vitamins come in gummy forms now and have been so popular that the companies who make them have decided to create a version for adults. Why not pack these types of vitamins for kids; it only makes sense.

I can’t say it enough: Your goal as a parent is to make sure that your child is as comfortable as possible in the face of a crisis. No matter how much you can prepare them for the worst, they’re still children. They still want to have fun, play and eat fun things. Knowing that, you should never pack for them like you would yourself.

Keep in mind that you want to make a bad situation better for them. So, when you pack their bug-out bag, make sure they have some comforts, rather than all utility.

Be smarter than they think you are,

–Tim Young
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights

Are You Ready To Barter?

With Greece in a perpetual economic collapse over the past month, the serious concern and timing of our own economic failure has come into play.

When you think about it, economies could very well be like dominoes. Once you push one over, the rest will subsequently fall. With one Western country falling, more will be on the way. It’s only a matter of time until we see something hit us here in the United States.

When the dollar begins to drop, what will we do? I know that you probably have storage of your own already and you are prepared for at least a short amount of time, but what happens when that runs out?

Sure, you can hunt for food and you can filter your own water. But at some point, we will need to build back the communities that we once had and function together. The economy will grow again, but in a different way: by bartering.

When you think about bartering, you think about the olden days: walking into a general store with some sort of good or service and coming out with a product or going to a neighbor’s rickety wood house on the prairie and negotiating your ability to fix a roof for a good meal.

These situations aren’t that far-fetched even now. Did you know that a town in Greece has been functioning off of a barter system now for a few months? And that it’s been successful?

The town of Volos stopped operating on the crappy economy that was happening around it in Greece and began to function on its own. More than 800 businesses and the townspeople work on a barter system. They have monetized their economies by creating what they call the TEM.

The TEM is a currency that was basically created to make negotiating easy; it’s not really money. For example, one person will offer a chicken worth 2 TEM for yard work also worth 2 TEM. It’s nearly exactly what happened hundreds of years ago, and it’s happening now.

There are even luxuries in this barter system. Need to take yoga classes? They are offered in this system. And the magic of it all, the town of Volos is fully functional in its own economic system.

We currently use bartering systems and don’t realize it. Think about it, have you ever used Craigslist or an online system like it?

Craigslist has become the new town center, uniting thousands of people in a region in order to barter for services and goods. It has replaced the markets of old with the same type of trading, just on the Internet.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not saying we will have computers, electricity or the Internet to play with in certain scenarios. But if we did, you could barter for almost everything you would need right there, in your own home.

Are you ready to barter and bargain for what you need to survive? These are skills that you may not think to acquire and work on, or even teach your children about, but they may be necessary to survive.

One of the ways that you can teach your children about the bartering system and even survival in a collapsed economy is by using popular culture. If you had a chance to see the movie The Hunger Games, the film entails a desolate future wherein communities must work together to survive with basics such as food.

The movie and book series portray a future where there are tradesmen and markets and a limited supply of food. The people in the film are forced to barter, just like the olden days, in order to survive. This could be a great opportunity for you to start the conversation about a barter economy with your kids. Don’t get me wrong here either, I certainly am no fan of using Hollywood to teach children. But if it opens the window to their mind and they can picture the reality of it, you may have a great teachable moment.

It is my goal for you to be as prepared as possible in case the worst were to occur. I know that if you’re already reading this, you’re probably in better shape than most. But we can always prepare more and be better ready for the oncoming storm.

I wrote a report that goes into more depth about how to trade and barter in last month’s Lamp Lighter Report. I encourage you to access and read it if you have a chance. Our parents weren’t kidding when they told us to remember that knowledge is power.

Be smarter than they think you are,

–Tim Young
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights

Say Goodbye To Your Personal Liberty And Money

If you haven’t thought your rights were under attack lately, think again.

Have you heard of the “Ex-PATRIOT Act” (“Expatriation Prevention by Abolishing Tax-Related Incentives for Offshore Tenancy Act”)? No, this has nothing to do with monitoring your phone calls or Internet. The government already does that through the Patriot Act.

The Ex-PATRIOT Act is the brainchild of Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.). The concept of the act is to completely restrict your freedom — not as an American, but as a human being — to live wherever you would like and keep your money out of the U.S. government’s hands.

A press release on Schumer’s website states: “Under the proposal, any expatriate with either a net worth of $2 million or an average income tax liability of at least $148,000 over the last five years will be presumed to have renounced their citizenship for tax avoidance purposes.”

Does this law seem to you like a restriction of your rights? If it doesn’t, maybe you should already be living in a prison camp.

I can personally understand the outrage that has led to this law’s creation. As you may already be aware, Eduardo Saverin, one of the guys behind Facebook, decided to hit the road and leave America just before the initial public offering of the company. He is expected to save some $67 million since he renounced his citizenship.

It doesn’t seem right to me. After all, I pay my taxes whether or not I like the concept. But for as many of our rights as we are losing in America, I’m proud to be in a place that at least for the moment gives me the right to write about the problems I see occurring.

If a law like this passes, we are a giant leap closer to having no rights whatsoever in this country.

What would we do if we had no ability to control even our money? Think about that. I know that when we prepare for a crisis, we pack items that are necessary for survival, but we assume that we will still have some sort of currency to trade with.

If the U.S. government now says that you can’t freely leave the country without having your money tethered to it, we are basically told that everything that we have worked for over the years doesn’t belong to us, but to the Federal government.

What does this mean for you? I recently wrote an article for the Lamplighter Report wherein I discussed the loss of money and the rise of the barter system in the world. People around the globe are learning to function without paper currency, not because they want to, but because they have to — and America may be next.

Look at Greece, where they are literally running out of cash. There are now towns that function solely on trading services and items. Sure, that sounds far-fetched for our mighty economy, but where would we be if we have no rights to own our own money?

The Ex-PATRIOT Act ensures that if you are going off the grid, this country will keep an eye — and a hand — on your money.

According to this law, if the Internal Revenue Service assumes that someone gave up his passport for tax purposes, the IRS will impose a tax on that person’s investments no matter where he resides.

This law is a dangerous, slippery slope and an obvious attack on your rights. What will happen next with this? We don’t know yet.

The Ex-PATRIOT Act is just now being proposed. It could take months before it’s passed — although we have seen things move a lot quicker in certain situations.

Either way, you should know that the team at Absolute Rights is working hard to ensure that you maintain as much of your liberty as possible.

In fact, even though we hadn’t expected something like this law to pop up as soon as it did, we at Absolute Rights were already working on strategic plans to protect and diversify your assets to counter such attacks on your wealth. Stay tuned; we’ll be rolling that out in the near future.

Every day, I am shocked that we’re even in an America where you are threatened in such ways.

Remember to keep an eye out for threats to your rights and as always, be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights

Don’t Drink The Water (Without Taking Precautions)

A lot of folks believe that finding water in the wild is an easy thing to do, and it is in most of America’s climates.

I recently had a talk with Wallace Streete, Absolute Rights’ resident survival expert, about my trip to Cambodia a few years ago. He just got back from the same area and had a good laugh at me when I told him what I had done. I don’t think I’ve ever had a conversation with Streete in which I didn’t learn something. This time was no different. After we finished talking, I wrote down what I learned because I knew I had to share it with you.

Where most people make mistakes is by both underestimating their environment and the way they purify what they need to drink. I certainly did, and I hope that you can learn from what I did.

As you know, water is one of the most critical things that we need for survival. The human body needs only 2 quarts a day to survive. That number might seem low, because we consume a lot of water and liquids in general all day long, but that is the baseline that we need to stay alive.

I personally suffered from dehydration and almost had heat stroke at one point in my life. On a trip to Cambodia just a few years ago, I was suffering through 110 degree weather and 100 percent humidity. I’m from Washington, D.C. We don’t get heat like that, and we have air conditioning to get relief on hot days.

But in Cambodia? Shocker! There wasn’t regular A/C.

I was drinking water at what I thought was a regular pace until I came down with flu-like symptoms. I was cold — that’s right, freezing cold in the middle of a 99-degree evening — and then I started to get dizzy.

Before I passed out, I chugged as much water as I could get my hands on, which I was told later saved me from heat stroke.

What I didn’t think about in the middle of that chugging — because, frankly, I wasn’t thinking — were all the bacteria and bugs in the water. I woke up in the morning feeling groggy from the dehydration, followed by an immediate sharp pain in my stomach.

Over the remaining two weeks of my trip, I ran to the bathroom constantly. You can go ahead and assume what was going through my body at that point; it wasn’t pretty. All in all, I lost about 12 pounds from the runs over the remainder of my trip. I wasn’t cured until I returned to the United States and took a very basic, and free, antibiotic that my doctor gave me.

I wanted to share that story with you to make three very important points:

  1. Always be prepared. I was not. I wasn’t drinking enough water to begin with, and I didn’t have a very basic antibiotic that cured what could have easily killed me. The kicker was that it was such a common antibiotic that it was literally free. If things head south, you may not have access to antibiotics like the one I was given. They certainly didn’t have them in Cambodia.
  2. Pay attention to your environment.I certainly didn’t. As Americans, we take a lot of things for granted, including air conditioning, a decent climate and clean water. I stupidly assumed that I was going to have these luxuries when I went to Cambodia. Yes, now I realize how stupid I was. It is critical that you know what you are getting into and where you are going to need to go in the case of an emergency. If you don’t, you’ll be in trouble like I was.
  3. Always make sure the water you drink is purified. I don’t want to recount the stern lecture I got from my doctor after my trip. I also don’t want to recount what I suffered through throughout my time in Southeast Asia. I literally would have died had I not had that basic prescription. I was losing 6 pounds a week. Now granted, it gave me that swimsuit body that I wanted, but I was on the way to the grave.

What’s the bottom line? If you drink bad water, you can die very quickly. You really can’t trust any of the sources of water in the wild that you’ll have. It is critical that you purify whatever water you put into your body. And it’s easy. There are kits for that. Even if you don’t have a kit, you can boil your water to quickly kill any bacteria and bugs that may be in it.

Did I say boil? You don’t even have to do that. In actuality, most bacteria in water are killed off at lower-than-boiling temperatures. But I’ll tell you right now, after what I went through, I will always boil water before I drink it in those conditions again.

The take-away here is simple: Be safe and in the best condition you can be if a crisis occurs, even if it’s self-inflicted. Don’t be unprepared like I was in Cambodia. Know what the conditions are where you are headed; get your supplies in hand and your protocol in order. And be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights

 

The 5 Things You’d Better Have in Your Bug Out Bag, But Probably Don’t

When you are preparing for the worst, it becomes very easy to overlook simple items that you’ll need to survive. Sure, you’ll have your basic first aid kits and rations of food, but there are a few items that you should always remember to have with you — items that might be so commonsense that they can be easily overlooked.

I wanted to share with you five items that you should definitely have in your bug out bag that most people won’t. And if you think that you have an upper hand being prepared now, then ensuring that you have these will solidify your survival when the stuff hits the fan.

1. Energy: What are you going to need most in an emergency? What’s the thing that’s going to pull you through? Energy. I know what you’re thinking: I can’t pack energy. Yes, you can. Some good items to pack for this would be NoDoz® pills or 5-hour ENERGY® shots.

You’re going to need to hustle to get to a safe place, whether that is away from a natural disaster or a stampeding human herd. You will have to keep yourself going in those crucial first 24 hours; you will need all the edge you can get. It would be great to say that you could have a fresh start in the morning after eight full hours of sleep, but we all know that’s probably not going to happen. You’ll need to wake up quickly and maintain that energy. The way to do that is by literally packing energy.

2. A flask of whiskey or alcohol: As much as I’d like to say that this is to make an emergency more entertaining, it isn’t. You won’t be partying when a crisis hits. A flask of alcohol can be used for a lot of things, whether it be cleaning wounds or relaxing you if you need some type of medical treatment.

Throughout history, when troops have been hurt on the battlefield, alcohol has been used for just about every surgical procedure. Having whiskey in your bug out bag can make your life so much more comfortable when you’re in a world of pain.

3. A weapon: Common sense, right? Well, it may not be for a lot of people. If a crisis hits, you as well as I know that it’s going to be every man for himself and his family. You want to be able to protect yourself and what you have. A small, concealable weapon can accomplish this.

Don’t pack something that can be found in nature. A rock is not a weapon. A baseball bat could be good, but you can find sticks and branches and make that yourself later on.

You’re going to want to pack a quality knife or a small gun. Both will fit in your bag and both will protect and provide for you. A knife, as you know, has multiple functions and can be used for surgery, starting fires, hunting and defense — just to name a few uses. A gun can be used for protection, hunting and signaling. Protection will be paramount in a crisis.

The choice is yours as to what to pack, maybe even both items. But if you can choose only one weapon, a good knife is best.

4. Vitamin supplements: You know what your mother used to say, “Eat your vegetables.” Why is that? She wasn’t working for the Department of Agriculture, so it wasn’t to promote the sales of vegetables or a government function — it was to keep you healthy.

Vegetables and fruits have vitamins in them that keep your body’s defenses up and keep you healthier for longer periods of time. When you’re out on your own, you may not have a lot of options for food. Taking a good vitamin supplement will keep you kicking longer. It will prevent you from catching colds and allow your body to heal faster if you get hurt.

Vitamins are critical to your survival, especially when you don’t know what kind of attack you may be avoiding. They will also provide you the long-term energy that you need that can’t be provided by the energy resources above.

5. Duct tape:  I mentioned your mom, so let’s talk about your Dad. Remember how he could fix anything with duct tape? Guess what? So can you.

Think about the functionality of Duct Tape. You can hold things together, whether it’s a splint for a broken bone, torn skin or the bumper of your truck. You can fix holes in tents and shoes, and hang things in trees if need be. Duct tape fixes literally anything. In a worst-case scenario, you can even make a belt out of it.

These five items will make a major difference in your life if you remember to pack them in your bug out bag. Sadly, not many people will know to pack them, but you will, and that may make the ultimate difference in your life in a crisis situation.

Be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights