An Invitation to a Frank Discussion with Yourself

Several people have brought this video to my attention.  First I would like to thank you for keeping me in your thoughts.  Some have asked for my opinion on this video, on its veracity, subject matter etc.

  First, let me say that, while I have only done a cursory look at this as to whether it may be real or not, as I watch it I am reminded of the movie “Cloverfield.”  For those who have seen it, you will understand.  For those who have NOT seen it, the movie is ostensibly a recovered memory card from a group of friends with a camera.  It shows the progression of an evening, shot from the perspective of the camera owner, when suddenly, out of nowhere a giant monster attacks New York.  The rest of the camera work details the further events of the evening as the friends attempt to survive the attack….this video reminds me of that movie.

  Another point AGAINST this video being really a clip from our future from our friend, John Titor, is the apparent fact that the person who uploaded this video used the same name who is a known film maker.  The coincidence is a little damning in this regard. 
  BUT, the John Titor story resembles a book called “Alas Babylon.”  Does this take away from the supposition that the John Titor story is a hoax?  On the surface it might, but the depth of evidence is so overwhelming to combat any coincidental similarity.  (If you are NOT aware of the new evidence found in COATT, I recommend you get up to speed with the latest information).

  So, while withholding judgment on whether this film clip is real or not, the question for us now becomes: so what?  What do we take away from this clip? 

If we reserve judgment on the reality of this video, can we at least start a dialogue with ourselves and take a hard look at how we would react in a similar situation?

Am I prepared?
Were the people in the video prepared?

What have YOU done to help your family to weather a possible interruption in civilization?

Waco – Like Events?

For six months in the years 2000 and 2001, a man calling himself “John Titor,” claimed to be a time traveler from the year 2036.  He posted on online forums and made quite a few statements about our future/his past.

In January, 2001, John made the following statement:
 “The year 2008 was a general date by which time everyone will realize the world they thought they were living in was over. The civil war in the United States will start in 2004. I would describe it as having a Waco type event every month that steadily gets worse. The conflict will consume everyone in the US by 2012 and end in 2015 with a very short WWIII.”

It is important to remember:  “Waco-type events” does not mean an exact replay of the standoff with the Branch Davidians.  

When people talk about the “Waco,” what they referring to?   

What was John referring to?

John Titor was being truthful when he claimed to be a time traveler.  The evidence is in.  Read the evidence in Conviction of a Time Traveler.
Prepare yourself.

Are You Courageous?

  When reading the posts of John Titor, one comes away with an interesting view of what life must be like in 2030’s America.  John described it as much closer-knit, more open and “like a day on the farm.”
  One aspect of 2030’s life that is inescapable to conclude is that individuals are much more self-reliant than they are now (or in the last 30 years).  I believe this is likely a consequence of events and the likely loss of “just in time” logistics that pervade the world we live in now.  Nonetheless, are you as self – reliant as you could be?
  I ran across this article the other day and thought it was an outstanding summation of what the loss of individuality means in a larger sense.  I present it in its entirety.   I admit it’s a little lengthy, but trust me, it’s worth your time; I wouldn’t recommend it otherwise.
 
Infantilizing Leftist Morality
July 19, 2012 
Among the various ways that modern leftism benefits from its systematic promotion of infantilism is that perpetual children lack the basic courage that is essential to the maintenance of liberty.  A courageous adult will not trade his freedom, let alone that of others, for a “social safety net.”  Thus, leftists are deeply invested in cowardice, although naturally, as clever propagandists, they use alternative names in their promotional materials.
Everyone can recall the following experience from his own early childhood: you are wandering through the market with your mother, feeling quite carefree in dawdling among any items that strike your fancy, until suddenly you look around and realize that your mother is nowhere to be seen.  Instantly, the reckless abandon of the self-indulgent daydreamer is transformed into a near-paralyzing fear: “I can’t face this strange world alone!”
Being gripped by the fear of abandonment in this way is “irrational,” in the sense that it is reasonable to assume that your mother is not far away, and has not really forgotten you.  It is understandable, however, in the sense that as a child, it is actually true that you could not make your way in this unfamiliar terrain alone.
Gradually, with experience, you realize that your mother’s occasional “disappearance” is no cause for alarm, and that a brief search will undoubtedly restore your sense of normalcy.  A few years along, you begin to crave the opportunity to strike out on your own, although always with the comforting knowledge that you are an easy bus ride away from those familiar apron strings. 
For millennia of human history, the next step in the process of emotional development has been regarded as the essence of growing up, i.e., of becoming a mature adult.  This is the stage at which one finally feels ready to step out into the world without the emotional safety net provided by that figurative bus ticket in one’s pocket.  Finally, one is prepared to face the unknown future, with its risks and dangers, without shrinking back to the security of mother’s protective arms.
This moment entails many developments of character and intellect, but none more plainly than the first awakening of the cardinal virtue of courage.  Courage, as it relates to one’s everyday life, is the capacity to face life’s inherent risks and challenges without succumbing to the fear of uncertainty. 
For courage, as Aristotle teaches (Nicomachean Ethics III.6-7), is not merely the absence of fear; fear is a natural passion, and cannot simply be eliminated from the human soul.  We all experience fear.  Courage, on Aristotle’s brilliantly clarifying account, is the ability to stand upright in the face of life’s fearful risks, including and especially its greatest risk, death in battle.  In fact, Aristotle contends that fearing such things as poverty and disease is beneath the spirit of a dignified man, and that being fearless of such ultimately trifling concerns can only be called courage by analogy with the strict meaning of the term.  In other words, fearlessness regarding mere personal comfort and “security” does not even rise to the level of true courage, but is merely the baseline condition of one who is decently mature and rational.
One who falls short of even this baseline confidence in the face of life’s vicissitudes displays the cowardice of a man who simply never grew up.  It is to respond to adult challenges in the manner of the four year old who loses sight of his mother in the market: “I can’t face this strange world alone!”
A free society, as the great political thinkers and statesmen have always contended, depends on the virtue of its citizens.  Nowhere is this more urgently true and evident than in the once-freest of societies, the United States.  Life in a free republic demands that minimum basic confidence  — the individualist’s self-reliance — as a prerequisite for maintaining social order and civility.  The so-called “rugged individualism,” which has fallen into disrepute and parody thanks to generations of collectivist education, is nothing more than the simple willingness to face life’s obstacles, trials, and genuine hardships like a grown-up, relying on one’s own resources, and on what can be earned through one’s own effort and voluntary interaction.  A free society cannot survive the death of such self-reliance.
As this basic, quotidian form of courage wanes, the petulant, self-congratulatory nouveau cowards who have been raised to take over society’s reins fall into doing what the excessively fearful always do.  They overcompensate in the direction of “security.”  They refuse to face even adult humanity’s most unavoidable challenges — supporting yourself, planning for potential misfortunes, taking care of your own — without a “safety net” purchased at the price of their freedom.  They sell their liberty — and their neighbors’ — for a child’s idea of security: that is, security provided by someone else, by a mother surrogate, by “society,” i.e., by government. 
This coward’s quest for a safety net that can only be achieved through coercion is the antithesis of good citizenship.  It means, in principle, that everyone is seeking to sacrifice everyone else to himself.  The mutual respect of the citizens of a free society evaporates into mutual envy and resentment; in short, into an entitlement society.
The gradual expansion of “social assistance” in modern democracies, from its modest beginnings to today’s socialist behemoths, betokens more than merely a quantitative change in government expenditures.  There has been a fundamental shift in the meaning of such assistance.  What used to be called “public charity” is now “entitlement programs.”  The difference is much more than semantics.  The word “charity” carries with it the implication that the intended beneficiary is someone else.  Those who paid taxes to support such programs, approvingly or not, did so in the clear understanding that they were paying to help other people; they neither expected nor desired any personal benefit from the programs.  (As for the debate over the constitutionality of such programs in America, see Walter Williams, here.)
Gradually, however, the left inculcated the notion that we are all at risk, due to the nature of “capitalism” (i.e., freedom), and hence that government programs for those in need ought to be seen as a universal necessity.  In other words, such programs were no longer to be viewed as something the vast majority of citizens provide for the benefit of the very few, but rather as something government ought to be providing for each of us as a primary function.
As a corollary to this shift in perspective, whereas the beneficiaries of public charity used to feel a certain kind of shame, such feelings are now regarded as inappropriate, on the grounds that it is “unjust” to regard people as “disgraced” for requiring public assistance.  But contrary to leftist pop-psychology, that old-fashioned sense of shame, far from indicating an unhealthily diminished “self-esteem,” was actually a sign of good character.  People who wish to be self-reliant are loath to confess a need for help.  Their “shame” at receiving it grows from their anger at being temporarily unable to live up to the standards of adult citizenship.  We respect them all the more, and regard them as all the more worthy of our help, for feeling “ashamed” in this way.  Their shame, and the pride it reveals, proves to us that their need is real, and that, with a little help, they will likely elevate themselves again soon.
Taking the shame — and along with it the pride and self-reliance — out of the arena of “public charity” has been a primary means of leftist societal corruption.  Taking advantage of people’s worst inclination to an irrational fear of life’s vicissitudes, the left has gradually persuaded a great proportion of mankind that life without a permanent, ever-present “safety net” is inhumane, primitive, and almost inconceivable.  The basic, quotidian form of courage, which had defined mature adulthood for an entire civilization, has slowly unraveled before the fear of a life without societally guaranteed security. 
Progressivism, in the Marxist and post-Marxist forms that have been swallowing the world for a century, is, in its methodology, nothing but the moral infantilization of mankind.  It seeks the establishment of a population dominated by the childish fear of facing the world alone.  Its pretty slogans are all variations on this theme.  From “Workers of the world unite” to “It takes a village,” the message is always the same: you can’t face this “dog-eat-dog” world without the safety of the herd, which means without material security provided by political force.  An all-powerful mother government must always be there to protect you from the ever-present monster, which is just life itself.  And such security is not “charity”; it is your right.  You are entitled to it, as any child is entitled to his parents’ protection. 
Today’s ever-expanding “entitlement mentality” is literally shamelessness elevated to the status of a moral code.  Progressivism has created an entire euphemistic vocabulary to justify the unabashed demand that others sacrifice their liberty to save me from my childish fear of facing life as an adult.  “Positive rights,” “social justice,” “redistributive justice,” “creative individuality,” and so on, are all part of the leftist lexicon of cowardice. 
You need something?  Don’t be afraid, mother government will make someone give it to you. 
You’re unable to get something?  Don’t be afraid, mother government will find someone who has too much of it, and force him to share it with you. 
You’re not meeting the educational or vocational standards of a meritocracy?  Don’t be afraid, those standards are just forms of elitist/racist/sexist/capitalist oppression; we encourage free thinking and free creating, because merit is an illusion.
The most famous statement of American progressivism on this topic is FDR’s declaration, in his first inaugural address, that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  Too often forgotten is the completion of the sentence, which explains what he meant by “fear itself” — “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”  As FDR makes clear through the rest of his address — and as he states even more bluntly in his second inaugural address — the “needed efforts” in question are sweeping new government employment and social programs, vast new regulations of the free market, and the public’s acquiescence to new, “broad Executive power” needed to allow swift and arbitrary government intervention in the economy.  (Sound familiar?)
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  This sentence stands as a kind of cryptogram of progressive morality, the solution of which can perhaps only be seen clearly now, eighty years after its coinage.  For it is only now, a century into the “forwardization” of the western world, that we can finally see the full fruit of FDR’s pseudo-inspirational sentiment.  The only ultimate source of fear, he assures America, is a nation resistant to a safety net provided by mother government.  If men can overcome their “unjustified terror” of this freedom-smothering embrace, all other fears will be washed away.  Just come home to the state’s protective arms. 
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” is a brilliant example of the manner in which western societies have been undone by leftist doublespeak.  It is a stirring call to remain forever a fearful child, in search of a permanent source of “security” against all of life’s risks and uncertainties.  It is rousing injunction against the personal courage and self-reliance that are prerequisites of citizenship in a free society.
Modern progressivism’s culture of cowardice is now so highly developed that it is sometimes difficult to see how its grip on freedom’s throat can ever be loosened.  One thing is certain.  The revitalization of modern civilization must begin with the renewal of the basic civic courage of the mature citizen, the self-reliant individual whose instinct in the face of life’s challenges is to struggle through them, alone or in voluntary cooperation with others, and never to demand “security” at the expense of other people’s natural rights.
In a recent on-air conversation, radio host Guy Green put it to me this way: “If my father could get out of a landing craft in the English Channel, I can go without my Social Security checks so that my granddaughter can have a life.”  That’s what civilization’s future requires — an end to the left’s progeny of citizen-cowards, and a revival of that adult virtue which has outgrown the childish fear of facing this strange world alone.

What Do You Miss?

Below is an article I ran across some days ago.  It is written by a woman named Stella Paul.  Her article speaks about how much our country has changed in so few years.

Please have a look below and tell me what you think:

What I Miss About America

July 12, 2012
 Stella Paul

 Here are just a few of the things I miss since America entered the golden age of Hope and Change in January 2009.

 o Optimism
 o Going for minutes, hours, even days, without worrying about what weird insanity the government is dreaming up next
 o Having money
 o The Border Patrol
 o Looking up at the moon and thinking, “America – we own space!”
 o Having a president whose background isn’t more closely guarded than the formula for Coke
 o Going on vacation without the TSA auditioning me for “Stella Does Dallas”
 o Jobs
 o Not feeling like I have to whisper, if I say something that’s not completely, 100% complimentary about our president
 o Listening to the latest rant against Israel at the UN, without wondering if it’s coming from the American Ambassador
 o Feeling protected
 o Having a president who doesn’t want to fundamentally transform me
 o Getting a doctor’s appointment right away and not thinking, “That was nice while it lasted.”
 o Having a president who would never, ever bow to the Saudi king, the Chinese premier, the Japanese prime minister and the mayor of Tampa
 o Gazing up at the sky and not wondering if that’s a bird or a drone
 o Snacking on whatever I want, while the First Lady remains calm and indifferent
 o Having a president who thinks it would be unimaginably crazy to bring the 9/11 conspirators to New York for a civil trial
 o Privacy
 o Separation of State and Media
 o College graduates with a future in America, not China or Hong Kong
 o Having a president who inspires us to feel that Americans are all in this game together
 o A dollar that’s worth 100 cents and isn’t signed by a tax cheat
 o America’s Triple-A rating
 o Having a president who doesn’t seem needier for attention than Paris Hilton
 o Strolling through the mall without worrying about racially-motivated flash mobs
 o Looking at maps without trying to figure out where I can run
 o Reading 1984 as an interesting work of fiction
 o Dignity
 o Pride
What do you miss?

   As I read through Ms. Paul’s list above, it caused me to become a bit introspective.  I can’t help but wonder:  After the event happens, what parts of American life will we miss?  What parts of our day to day lives will we no longer have and wax nostalgic for?  What won’t we miss?

   Considering where I currently reside, I would have to say Air Conditioning would be at the top of my list of creature comforts that I will immediately feel is absence.  Maybe the ability to cross town in a matter of minutes in my own vehicle?

   But what won’t we miss might be a much more interesting question to pose in light of Titor’s statements that American life is going to fundamentally change in the coming years.  Titor defended his way of life as “better” on the whole.  But what was he referring to?  Undoubtedly his time lacks a great many of the things that we take for granted, and yet he claims he prefers his time to ours.  

  I can understand a certain bias on his part, but it does beg the question, doesn’t it?  What do we have available to us now, that John doesn’t when he goes home, and yet he doesn’t miss it?  If I were to answer flippantly, I’d have to say incessant and inane commercials on television!  This is even partially supported by John’s own statements in 2000.

Did Titor Predict Damage to the Pyramids?

As I watch the news from the world, it becomes impossible to not compare what I see to what Titor predicted for our times.

  In January of this year, after the Muslim Brotherhood took over in Egypt I speculated that soon afterward, the islamic extremist leaders there would soon call for the dismantling or destruction of the pyramids on the Giza Plateau.  Why?  Because there is precedent for this.  When the Taliban took over in Afghanistan, they immediately began destroying anything that was “unislamic.”  The Taliban even went so far as to ban radio.  For a quick recent-history lesson, let me remind you of the Taliban’s destruction of the Buddhist statue in Afghanistan

  So when the Muslim Brotherhood took over in Egypt, I was immediately reminded of the statements of a man from our future:
  In 2000, a time traveler named John Titor claimed one of the pyramids was damaged in his time.  This of course begs the question, how was it damaged?  Warfare would seem the obvious option, but warfare against whom?  The Israelis would seem a logical but unlikely option.  Similarly, would NATO purposefully target the Pyramids?  Again, this is not likely, especially considering the pains NATO (and Israeli, for that matter) takes in selecting their targets for airstrikes to avoid civilian casualties.  So who then?  That was when I remembered the Taliban’s actions in Afghanistan against the Buddhist statue.   
  So when the Muslim Brotherhood took over in Egypt, it appeared the last piece had fallen into place for the ultimate damaging of the pyramid, by Muslims themselves.  
 
  In 2000, someone asked: 
Are the Great Pyramids standing in 2036?”
Yes, although one of them was severely damaged.”
 

So you can imagine my thinking when I saw this today:

 Calls to Destroy Egypt’s Great Pyramids Begin
Posted By Raymond Ibrahim On July 10, 2012 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage 
According to several reports in the Arabic media, prominent Muslim clerics have begun to call for the demolition of Egypt’s Great Pyramids—or, in the words of Saudi Sheikh Ali bin Said al-Rabi‘i, those “symbols of paganism,” which Egypt’s Salafi party has long planned to cover with wax.    Most recently, Bahrain’s “Sheikh of Sunni Sheikhs” and President of National Unity, Abd al-Latif al-Mahmoud, called on Egypt’s new president, Muhammad Morsi, to “destroy the Pyramids and accomplish what the Sahabi Amr bin al-As could not.” 
This is a reference to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad’s companion, Amr bin al-As and his Arabian tribesmen, who invaded and conquered Egypt circa 641.  Under al-As and subsequent Muslim rule, many Egyptian antiquities were destroyed as relics of infidelity.  While most Western academics argue otherwise, according to early Muslim writers, the great Library of Alexandria itself—deemed a repository of pagan knowledge contradicting the Koran—was destroyed under bin al-As’s reign and in compliance with Caliph Omar’s command.

read the rest of the article here

  No, I am not attempting to turn every last little tidbit of news into a “John Titor predicted it!” statement.  Nonetheless, the potential does exist now where before it did not.  As I watch current events unfold, it becomes a little eery to see it happen, as expected. 
I must imagine that, as we watch these things happen, we have some small insight into what a time traveler must experience and feel as he watches events unfold that he may have only read about in history books.  Likewise, it is entirely probable that he (our friend the time traveler) is watching these events unfold and has watched it happen several times already.  
By remaining vigilant, we get to share in that experience in some small measure.  

What Would You Ask?

   John mentioned that he lived with his family and his 2 year old self while he was posting in 2000.  If we take this portion of the Titor story as true, what must that have been like?  To actually interact with your younger self?  To know exactly the pain or joy that your younger self was experiencing and to be able to counsel or console him would be an incredible experience for the time traveler.  Of course, your younger self wouldn’t probably realize who he was talking to.  Funnily, John mentioned this was actually part of training: to go back in time and to convince your younger self to do something.  He mentioned that it was incredibly frustrating when you wouldn’t listen to yourself, thinking you knew better. 
…Confused yet?

    Anyway, I learned of this video today and thought I would share it.  As it turns out, the man (and young boy) who made this video were inspired by the idea of time travel and the potentials it held. 

   As you watch it, be mindful and ask yourself:  What would you ask your future self if given the chance?

Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?

A Lansing-based civil rights attorney who has held positions with the Michigan Republican Party and Department of Corrections, questioned in a widely distributed email today whether armed rebellion was justified over the Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare.
His email is reproduced in its entirety here:
Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?
Implicit in Benjamin Franklin’s fabled response at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention was a dire warning: That the Republic would one day devolve into tyranny unless we the people prevented it.

In 2008, we the people elected Barack Obama as president, and the 100-year progressive trek to tyranny begun in 1912 with Woodrow Wilson’s election was complete. It cannot be said too many times — for the purposes of emphasis and clarity — that the Constitution was possible ONLY AFTER the American Revolution; and that the war itself would not have been possible without the collective agreement, as so eloquently articulated in the Declaration of Independence, that the course of human events will sometimes justify one group of people to sever themselves from their oppressors.

In other words, America itself was possible only after its people summoned the will to risk their lives and their futures — as well as those of their children — for a freedom they did not enjoy but knew was their gift from God. Along with their desire to be free came their willingness to engaged in armed rebellion for their freedom.
If government can mandate that I pay for something I don’t want, then what is beyond its power? If the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday paves the way for unprecedented intrusion into personal decisions, then has the Republic all but ceased to exist? If so, then is armed rebellion today justified?
God willing, this oppression will be lifted and America free again before the first shot is fired.

Americans as Refugees in Their Own Country

Refugees
American Refugees in the aftemath of Hurricane Katrina
This blog post isn’t necessarily about “proving” that John Titor was a real time traveler.  No, it’s about the other side of the equation:  “SO WHAT?”
We now find ourselves 12 years later and armed with real research and real information (not speculation, but fact-supported evidence) that I present in Conviction of a Time Traveler.  We can now make a reasonably informed decision that Titor was telling at least one thing truthfully:  Time Travel is real, it’s happening now and John and his team were making use of that technology.
  Given that we have solid information that shows that John was a real time traveler, now we can turn our attention to the overt message John gave us in 2000; and this is the actual reason for writing Conviction of a Time Traveler and this blog.
   In 2001, John gave us warnings about our future.  Rather than getting all caught up in the details of those warnings, we can look at the overarching reason for those warnings.  At its core, what did John want us to do with this information he gave us?  The answer is:   
Prepare
 And this was the core reason for writing the book:  To counteract the uninformed and bad information by debunkers trying to convince people to ignore John’s statements and warnings.  I have to wonder:  When the time comes, how many people will die or find themselves in dire straits that they otherwise would have avoided if the debunkers had not convinced them to not get ready?  Will the debunkers out there feel any guilt?  All I can hope is that the information I provide will give people a reason to get ready; put some food aside, store water, just some simple charcoal or propane to boil water.  Preparation can be a simple thing, it doesn’t have to be hard or costly.
  Personally, I have taken this message to heart and, since I realized I was reading the words of an actual real time traveler, have been preparing for what’s coming. 
  And finally, we get to the topic of this post.  A good example of what we can expect from the event that’s coming might be seen in what is happening in the northeast of the United States right now.  For those who might not know, a series of extremely serious storms has just gone through leaving destruction in its wake. 

Current Drudge Headline:  DC To Be Dark For Days
  On a personal level, what this has meant for the people living in the area is that, currently there are over3 million people without electricity.  On a larger scale, the fact that individual households don’t have electricity is not the end of the effects of no electricity.  Remember:  gas pumps run on electricity.  No electricity means no fuel.  No fuel means no trucks restocking grocery stores.  No restocked grocery stores mean people going without food.  Likewise, no electricity puts a municipal water supply in danger as well.  No electricity means no pumping stations.  No pumping stations means no water coming out of the tap.  Can your household honestly withstand an interruption of electricity longer than 5 days?  Would you rather turn this catastrophe into an annoyance?
  I would recommend reading the news stories coming out of the northeast right now and pay particular attention to the personal stories of people coping with this temporary interruption in civilization.  Look to see what, in a practical sense, no electricity for longer than 3 days really means.
  One story I heard was how after the storms had cleared, there were over 200 in line at a Starbucks Kiosk at a grocery store hoping to get something to eat and something to drink.  200!  The question you should ask yourself is:  How long are you willing to wait in line in the hot sun for a bottle of water?  What about your family?
Lack of Electricity means no working fuel pumps

  In another story, which you can read here, a man attempted to drive to find food and water only to run out of gas because none of the gas stations could pump gas without electricity!  On a personal note, it is for THIS REASON (based on John’s own posts, no less) that I  carry a full gas container in my trunk.  We don’t know (generally speaking) when the event will hit us.  Preparing beforehand is KEY.

Let’s be honest with ourselves, residents of DC: We’re kind of jerks to one another when the power’s out in our homes and we have to go to coffee shops just to charge our laptops and cell phones. (It’s understandable, just sort of weirdly cutthroat.) I’ve personally seen this dynamic at half a dozen places today, including a Barnes & Noble full of people laying on the floor trying to keep their laptops charged while their power was out. It doesn’t have to be like this though. Want to make friends today? Bring a power strip with you to Panera. (photo by edkohler) — Ernie @ SFB  An interesting after effect of going without electricity is how people cope.  Nice to see even in the midst of a temporary (for now) breakdown in civilization, humor can still be found.

  When I decided to finally start preparing for what John predicted for us, my initial goal was to withstand the initial shock of an interruption in civilization.  This meant storing up water and food in the form of water bottles and MRE’s.  With only a small amount of time and money, I was prepared to withstand most any interruption for two weeks.  I then slowly built on this foundation and now find myself fairly well situated.  It would now be highly unlikely to ever see me in a line with other refugees (as those in DC at the Starbucks kiosk!) waiting for water and food handed out by the military.

  My goal was to be able to weather the initial shock of the event.  I am now well on my way in turning a catastrophe into an annoyance.  In the coming weeks, I will share with you strategies that I use to get ready.  Please feel free to comment and ask questions.