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How America might look after the fan turns brown - SHTF

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The below video was made in April of 2012, and it may be even more relevant today than it was just months ago…

TEOTWAWKI is not a character from a Star Wars movie. TEOTWAWKI is the acronym for “the end of the world as we know it” and not to be confused with the jaunty R.E.M song which originally appeared on the band’s 1987 album titled Document. Indeed, the world as you knew it in the 1980’s, 1990’s and early years of the Twenty-First Century has ended.

The iPhone could become useless when SHTF results in TEOTWAWKI.

iPhone - is your whole life on one?

“Well, not so fast” you say:

The lights still turn on and you can still connect to the internet, so everything must be copacetic, right? 2 Broke Girls, America’s Got Talent, and Pawn Stars are on your flat-screen whenever it’s most convenient for you to watch those programs, so your rebuttal is “yeah, so what’s the problem?” There’s beer in the fridge, so why worry, eh? Your entire life is conveniently stored on an iPhone, so what could be more modern, efficient, and comforting?

What if suddenly, you couldn’t connect to the internet and text with the aforementioned iPhone – or BlackBerry, Android or any similar technological Golden Calf? How about turning on the T.V. and there’s only static or if you’re lucky, some talking face telling you not to panic and where you might go to find help – but saying that the best thing you could do is stay off the streets until further notice?

Imagine your local grocer being looted and all of your beloved Coors Light (let alone foodstuffs) having been absconded by rioters? What if trucks could no longer bring stock to your favorite corporate food store? And even if your store did have product to sell, envision the POS terminal at the checkout not being able to process your credit, debit, or food benefits card because of widespread cyber outages and a dead duck Dollar?

What if a fairly noticeable number of people around the world were suddenly missing? And, who are all those military types parking their vehicles along the street and blocking your driveway?

This is America so the above mentioned scenarios could never happen – or could they?

Not only is it possible in the non-fiction America, but it is likely – and soon.

It’s not the end of the world, but it is TEOTWAWKI and the feces will impact the air-cooling device, otherwise known as SHTF.

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Americans Unprepared For Disaster

Based on a survey of 1,007 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and over, taken by Kelton Research through NationalGeographic.com, 51% of Americans believe a financial collapse is imminent, and 85% say that the U.S. is overwhelmingly under-prepared.

Nuclear symbol or logo - Americans are unprepared for disaster

Americans are unprepared for disaster

What follows are some points that jumped out at this writer, based on the opinions of the 1,007 respondents:

  • 175, which is 17%, believe that the world will experience a major catastrophe in less than a year. This was the highest number and percentage of responses for that question.
  • The second-highest response to that question was 166 respondents, or 16%, saying that the world will never suffer a major catastrophe.
  • If a major catastrophe was to take place in their lifetimes, 712 (71%) believe it would be a natural disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane.
  • 529 (53%) believe that they are about as prepared as the rest of the country should a catastrophic occurrence take place. 234 (23%) believe that they are more prepared, while 244 (24%) believe that they are less prepared.

A significant point of interest is the majority of these Americans said they were willing to share their preparation supplies or food storage, and it broke down this way:

  • 76% of those surveyed said they would share resources with their immediate family.
  • 42% stated they would share with neighbors.
  • 24% said they would share with neighbors that they didn’t know that well.
  • 3% of those surveyed said they would not share their resources with anyone.

Nearly 27% of the respondents believe that a catastrophic event is likely to occur on Dec. 21, 2012. That date is where the Mayan Calender ends and too many misguidedly believe that the world likewise comes to an end. 73% responded that a major event on that date is unlikely.

All in all, we are not fully prepared spiritually, mentally, or physically for TEOTWAWKI, which the end of the world as we know it – but not the end of the world. As international tensions heighten and the world quakes and groans, we are well-advised to stock-up, lock and load, and be prepared to batten-down or to move out on little or no notice.

But ultimately, we must watch at the wall and be prepared for the one who will come like a thief in the night.


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The Religiosity of Politics

2012- it’s the year that some believe will mark the end of the world while others plan to be around to vote in a Presidential election.

Oprah Winfrey with Barack and Michelle Obama

Oprah Winfrey with Barack and Michelle Obama

Presidential candidates are viewed as demigods by far too many Americans. It could be said that the members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives are viewed in a similar light. “When the Republicans sweep in, we’ll shut down Obama and get this country back on track” was the collective corporate mantra mouthed by the multitudes and the radio talkers heading into the Midterm elections of 2010. After the dust was swept up, the Republicans had gained a slight edge and as of this writing in January 2012, the U.S. is even further off track.

The media frenzy began early, and as the nation is being dragged toward the 2012 Presidential election, the mantras are much the same as in 2010; to stack and paraphrase: “when we get a Republican back in the White House, we’ll get this country turned around and people will get back to work and the economy will be good again and we’ll be respected by the world and our best days are yet to come!” And so it goes on, ad infintum, ad nauseum, blah blah blah.

Politicians – whether they are presidents, senators, or village mayors – are human beings. They are not deities that will hear our laments and then through programs and policies restore peace, prosperity and the virtual utopia that the human animal craves and believes that he or she deserves. And yet, it seems that many Americans have turned politics and politicians into a religion. We have 24/7 news coverage where strategists, campaign directors, and all manner of flamboyant talking faces spin facts, figures, truths and lies into a veritable comedic drama cum pristinely-polished freak show.

In the 2008 Presidential election, the liberal left raised up and anointed a messiah, and they did not call him Jesus – they called him Obama. Oprah Winfrey referred to him as “The One” and a disconnected, pacified, soft, self-absorbed, and politically-corrected populace agreed that this “One” would bring “Hope and Change” and save us from uh…um…yeah, whatever those people on T.V. said.

It has been said by some that America got what it deserved, but this writer is not here to judge; as I am not He who has the power to judge. Still, I must point out that we have turned politicians and the political process into a false religion. We vote for fraudulent saviors that we hope will create social and economic conditions to allow us to continue to indulge ourselves, our greed, our lust, and our fantasies. In truth, that hackneyed cliche’ still rings true: freedom isn’t free. In everything there is a cost, and perhaps we ourselves are no longer willing to pay it.

There is one savior and He is Jesus; not Obama, Romney, Pelosi, Reid, or insert your favorite political flavor here. There is not one elected – or should I say selected – career public official who is going to provide more than temporal hope, change, prosperity, or most importantly of all – security; except for themselves.

America, as is the entire world, is radically changing and will continue to do so. If I were permitted to offer advice as the hour grows late, it would be to go humbly and pursue the real “One” – the one who did what no politician would do for you, and that’s die for you.


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Why You Should Read The Wayfarers Trilogy

The Wayfarers Trilogy by Jim Yackel

The Wayfarers Trilogy by Jim Yackel


WALKING DREAMS

Can’t anything go right!?

He’s a bright, industrious, and creative man whose world is falling down around him as his very life has become imperiled. As he teeters on the precipice of total breakdown; an automobile’s mechanical failure forces this man without an address to begin a walk that was intended to take him to his place of lodging – but would he ever make it there? What colorful and potentially impactful individuals would he meet while on his unplanned walk?

While life is tough for our friend; there are others who have it tougher. The suffering individuals that he meets along the way will bless him, enlighten him, and help to prepare him for an epic journey where he will be called upon to play a role of leadership to others as the Unites States of America is inflicted with severe trauma.

FIVE FEET FROM THE CABIN DOOR

The world has been flipped on its head as a distressed young woman is rapidly spinning toward rock-bottom and feels compelled to take a walk to try to clear her mind and relieve her burdens. Little does she know that she does not walk alone; but who or what is walking with her? Does it mean her harm or will it ultimately save her? What on earth drove her to come down to this desolate path? Where does this path lead?

That same day, a spirit-led man is compelled to take a walk because there is a calling he must answer. There is no time to ask questions, and he too finds that he is not walking alone. Time is of the essence as the landscape and the world as a whole may be changing; albeit suddenly and not for the best. Are these individuals running from trouble, or are they running to a sanctuary that will bring them safety and security? The stage has been set for the culmination of preparations years in the making…

JACOB’S TROUBLE

The final book of the Wayfarers trilogy…

Six months after America’s worst day – that being a wave of terror attacks on the east coast – the nation has fallen to its knees. The Christian church has been raptured home – or were the UFO’s in the sky an indicator of a massive alien abduction instead? The U.S. Dollar is on the verge of collapse as rioting and looting mar the streets of the country’s population centers and Martial Law is still in effect – but there are some new sheriffs in town and they are bent on taking over the traditional means of enforcement. Television and radio are being controlled and only one network is left to report the news of the world. It seems that even the weather forecasts are being massaged!

A young man and his brother are being watched by the “new sheriffs” and he is led to head out back in an effort to stay on the “down-low.” But, how far out back or how far away will he and his brother have to go in an effort to stay safe? Will they end up going it alone, or will they meet others along the way to make whatever journey they take a safe one? Will a new man on the world scene have any influence on the events that transpire in the lives of the young man, his brother, or the world?

This could be a journey where the end is the beginning at a time when the world is seeing the beginning of the end…


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