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Stalin would be green with envy

If he was alive Stalin would be in his element. He would be green with envy at what was made public this week regarding the monitoring of the free worlds citizens. He was ahead of his time in political terms and without the technology available now. Think how much he could have done with what our government has as its disposal now.

Now everyone knows that the KGB, sorry, the intelligence services there to protect us from foreigners, has built up a massive database that records everyone electronic footprints. Although in theory they are legal protections in place we can see from the reports that they are ignored by SJWs who use them illegally but in their eyes for a good cause so it is worth it. The Wikileaks information shows that they have subverted companies and forced them to put backdoors in that bypass any security that is layered on top of the compromised operating systems.

So even those who have denied the fact that we are treated as criminals by our own government have now seen proof that it is so and unsurprisingly many don’t have an issue with it being the sheep they are. Many doesn’t mean all and several people have commented that they are concerned with this overreach of state powers. Hardly overreach when they say what they are doing but nobody raises any issues and ignores any negative feedback but that is life in a democracy.

Now we all know that the bad guys have been aware of this for some time and don’t use the Interweb for any serious work, just to coordinate and recruit with only the thickos being caught as they go about their individual acts of terror without any real support from any key players. That is why the policy of allowing people to be indoctrinated is so dumb. However they need us in fear and therefore accepting of the surveillance.

It shows that you can’t use any computer based system, phones, smart TVs and many basic systems have been compromised. Anything that you can talk to is always listening and sends its data to a central server so it can be analysed. That is why government security protocols require you to leave your smart phone out of the office. It listens to everything and you can’t turn it off. Nokia is producing the old style 6310 for those that don’t need a smart phone but I wonder if they will be forced to put a back door in that. You want an old style one that has no backdoor and you can be sure of that. Although several phones from even a decade ago had the capability of being turned into remote listening devices without the users awareness so you must check and not assume.

Windows 10 licensing actually says that all data in there is scanned and recorded back at Redmond and I have no doubt that there is an element of control in there. Forced upgrades mean that if there is a new requirement they mark it as a mandatory security upgrade and you automatically download and open your system up. No wonder so many computers are bots when backdoors are opened all the time and once the backdoors are shared everyone can use it. That is why I don’t use Windows but even with Ubuntu I rely on the community to keep an eye out for any attempts to compromise it.

Best though if you are careful around any electronic devices. These are now trojan horses for anyone who is using them.

Bottom Line, Don’t put anything on these systems that you don’t want the Stasi to know. Don’t talk about anything compromising near any electronic devices, phones even TVs, and if you must use a computer keep it offline and not connected to the internet, not even for updates.

When you are online or around smart devices watch what you are typing, what you say and what you purchase with cards. They are out to get you.

Quality Clothes

I’m a great believer in purchasing quality kit although I do see benefits of buying cheaper goods where it is practical. The reduced costs has it own obviously benefits and in most cases there is no real difference.

One area that I do believe there is a difference is in clothing. Cheap clothing never seems to last anywhere near as long as good quality clothing. Although you must remember that simply paying a lot for some designer labels doesn’t mean that it is quality clothing. Quality clothing will last as long as it is treated well and looked after.

I’ve this cheap pair of steel toe capped trainer like shoes I bought at ASDA for £20. They are comfortable and go well with my jeans. They don’t look like they have steel toe caps and nobody thinks anything of them. Normally a pair lasts me two years.  I have several in my preps waiting to be called on.

Since I have had the woods I have had to replace them every few months as they keep on wearing out. The seals leak and my feet get wet. So I purchased some proper boots, look similar, cost three times as much and so far have lasted me a year and they don’t look like they are giving up any time soon. In a similar way a jacket bought for me as a present has lasted me longer than I can remember. It has faded slightly but still together and wearable.

At the moment we can just go out and replace our clothes without issue. Buying cheap is an option but after an event that isn’t going to happen. Clothes are going to be required for our lifetimes and they are needed to protect us from the elements as well as the rough and tumble of living. That rough and tumble will be a lot worse after an event and clothes that may seem good now will need to be able to survive a lot more when we are living rougher.

The only problem is that you really need to feel the quality of clothing to gain an understanding of it. Look at the seams, the thickness of the cloth and you can see the difference. It also costs a lot more, usually even more than designer clothing, but be aware that even most of the expensive designer clothing is not made to last. So avoid mail order unless you are buying something you have already decided is quality gear.

Once you find something you like them make sure it fits correctly. No point in paying for good quality if it doesn’t fit as you won’t get the benefit from it if you don’t wear it.

So buy the best you can afford. You won’t have a second chance and your very survival may depend on your choice of clothes.

Moving into Spring

The daylight time in the days are getting longer. The weather is warmer but still a bit erratic, global warming you know and things are starting to move.

Firms are moving over to their summer ranges, sales are on for the winter stuff, garden center’s are selling the latest plans and seeds for your garden.

It is time for my annual seed buy. I buy all my seeds, plus a contingency set which I wrap up and put away. Not throwing away the previous sets because although they reduce viability you never know if that one seed may make the difference and they don’t take up much space. I have quite a few older sets now.

I’m also starting to get more work done on the land as the ground is easier to work on and with more daylight you can get more done. I always seem to be busy and don’t have time for everything I want to do.

Had an interesting time over the weekend. Brought home some collapsible crates from the woods and put them in the utility room to wash. next morning noticed this lethargic wasp at the window. Went over and killed it. Wondering how it got in. Ten minutes later noticed another and then got suspicious. Opened and checked the crates and there were about 100+ wasps in various stages of waking up in them. Killed them all but made me think that if I hadn’t been there by the time I had arrived there could have been 100+ active wasps in the kitchen. They kids might have been the ones to find them. That may not have been good. As it was there are 100+ big wasps now providing their input to the composting life cycle and no harm done to the kids. Dead wasps I see as a positive thing. I thought they were into nests but these were finding spaces in plastic to hibernate. You learn something every day.

Bees did not do well last year as I mentioned previously. One hive has survived through the winter although there is still time for it to fail. Big disappointment and this year I’m moving their base to a less sheltered area. Seems I protected them too much and they were not happy. Didn’t get any complaints so thought I was doing well.

Now sitting down and finalising my plans for the next three months. Basically expanding the chickens, getting some ducks, replacing the bees and building two sheds.

With that and the work I am doing at home I will be busy when I am not doing work to earn cash.

Grandma’s Cures

I’ve always been interested in Grandma’s cures from a prepping perspective. They have been handed down from a time where medicines were not available and people had to create their own medicines and cures using only what was available around them.

Modern medicine took that and expanded it significantly to make the medicines we have today due to technological advances that allowed refinement of the active ingredients and the capability of testing them under controlled situations. This advance allows us to live significantly longer than we used to and increased the survival rate for any injuries or illnesses we suffer from.

These advances continue to be made and it seems like every week there is some new discovery and hope for treating illnesses we are not yet able to cure. The progress being made increases our life span and cures more ills than ever before.

All that means nothing if we have an event. Most of our medicines are restricted by the government and will not last very long after the suppliers stocks are depleted. Even if you shot off the mark and raided a chemists the shelf life of some items are short even if you store them correctly. Insulin is one such medicine that needs careful storage and when medicines go off they do not perform their expected function and in some cases can even become poisonous. Not good. Not good at all.

So we will be forced to go back to our old cures. These did not have very good success rates compared to modern medicines and so you can expect our recovery rate for even minor injuries to plummet and our life span to do the same. People born after an event will have much shorter life spans than us with infant mortality rates shooting through the roof and what is not an issue today so that we don’t even think about it like a broken tooth or rib may very well become fatal injuries. We will need to be very careful even opening cans, building or even everyday jobs will have a new danger.

So we should be stocking up on what medicines we can and making sure they are stored correctly as well as knowing how long they will last and their actions on expiry.  This, like all prepping, is a stop gap measure to allow you to transition as no matter how much you store it will eventually run out or expire.

Which means we must also learn about how people treated injuries and disease before the age of modern medicines. Sure the survival rate may have been 2% or 3% and with Grandma’s tried and tested cures it may have gone up to 5% or 6% but that is still an improvement. These tales are passed down because every success was a victory against death and disease and through a lot of deaths these cures were discovered and passed on. Unfortunately, some are just rubbish and not worth the paper you will write them down on but there are quite a few that are recognised and used by modern medicine even now.

Nowadays of course we use modern medicines because they are available and only those who know what they are doing use home remedies for anything and certainly not for anything serious. Just look at Steve Jobs and his attempt at home treatments. However after an event all bets are off and instead of a 80% cure you are facing a 2% or 3% survival rate then that extra 2% or 3% is not to be ignored.

Start stocking up on meds and learning what you can about cures you would laugh at if someone suggested them now.