I can’t even read this BS all the way through. It assumes so many wrong presuppositions. First, I would argue that we are not on the heels of an economic “expansion.” I think unemployment rates are so low because people are not reporting… They stop getting benefits after so many months of filing, so once they are done, they fall off the list, and suddenly when lots of people are unemployed, things look perfect. There should actually be a certain amount of turnover. This means when things are good, unemployment will be artificially higher as people enter and leave the job market faster.
As things seem to be right now, I see more help-wanted signs everywhere. I think it is how long I have seen the help wanted to stay in the same place. What does it mean when there are several job openings, but no one is filling them?
I would touch on more than this, but I would rather spend some time thinking about what to do about the situation. In this case, it seems obvious to make yourself very indispensable at your job if you have one already. It would also, in my mind, be prudent to start working on alternative streams of income. During the last economic downturn, I would say I did pretty well by pursuing alternative means of generating income. A.K.A. I didn’t have a “job.”
I started on a post on how to make money on the side to work on prepping and improving the security of your family and their future. As soon as that is finished, I will link it here.
I have just learned that the Tactical Response YouTube channel was taken down. The messages on the channel said it was removed for violating the terms of service. I have no idea what happened. But we can not show you their videos any longer once they are gone from YouTube.
The channel has been restored! I don’t know the drama that surrounded the takedown and all that happened between the original post and now, but I will post an update if I find out I will post an update.
All Primitive Bow-Drill Fire (Start to Finish-no modern materials)
Your good friend, elitemember, wrote the following section. I learned these things by watching the video.
Start your journey by looking for a softer wood. A hardwood is going to make things hard to get the friction fire started. If you can avoid picking up your materials from the ground, you should do that because the natural moister that the ground will contain passes to the items sitting on it, such as sticks and wood.
The trick to making this easy is to make our own tools from the surrounding items such as rocks. In this case, we can grab a rock and, using flint knapping, produce a sharp blade to work the wood into the needed shape. You will start by making the drill part of the bow.
Get you dry ‘soft’ wood and break it down to around the length of your forearm. One end, you will make pointy, kind of like a pencil (but this stick should be much thicker than a pencil, at least as big as your thumb, but I often like to go as big as 3 or4 thumbs in size.
On the opposite end, you want to round off and make it a little smoother, almost like an eraser. Counter-intuitive to you, what you might think is not the pointy end that will go into the hearth of our bow, sometimes called the fire gourd. Instead, you will put the eraser end into the hearth to produce maximum friction and, therefore, heat. You will put the pointy end up where you will place your socket, although I always knew this as the fire knot.
You will also want to make sure your drill is straight, and the sides are cleaned. Next, we will start by making the bow, and to do this, we will need cordage.
Bow and cordage
I could write several articles on making wild cordage. The surprise many find when they are first learning about survival and prepping is how strong things like bark and some grasses can be. But I like what Tom does here. He shows us how to pick a good tree and swiftly use the bark. The trick is to pay attention to it!
Tom starts by breaking twigs and branches off different trees and then further breaking them to see which ones are strong and resist breaking easily. Once he finds a tree with nice strong twigs, he is going to harvest the bark. Not shown in the video, the easy way to harvest bark is to cut a line high on your tree you plan to use. I like to do it just above my head, so my arms are not stretching out too far, but I can still get a very long piece. Because we are making a fire bow, in this case, we actually don’t need one quite that long, but in a situation, you should use good judgment and try to conserve resources when you can. So take only what you need.
Next, you need to break the bark down so that it can become cordage. To do this, strip the inside of the bark out by rolling the bark and separating things. As you do this, fibers will start to appear, and you will be able to grab a large enough chunk to pull out your own cordage. The outside of the bark will be brittle, and the inside will be very fibrous and strong. One thing you will learn if you actually try this out is how it ‘feels.’ It is a strange thing to say, but it matters, and it is always a shock to someone that has never realized all of older rope and even some hemp rope are all made from plant fibers. They can be powerful.
Now that you have your bark, you will pick a piece that is about as long as your bow maybe just a tad longer. Tom, in this video, wraps his cord after attaching it to one end of the bow, and this is a great way to save time, but I often elect to do this beforehand because the fiber needs to be broken down a lot so that it is flexible enough not to break. If you elect for this, you can attach it to two sticks then twist the sticks to make your rope.
For the bow, you want a stick that is a little flexible. You want to stretch the bow and bend it so that it looks like a traditional bow. Attach the string to both ends. To make this easy, cut a notch in each end and tie overhand knots in the ends of the rope.
Hearth aka fire gourd and socket
The hearth is significant in function and design. Maybe I missed where Tom talks about it in this video, but I have seen two methods that seem to work each time. The first involves cutting a smaller hole all the way through the hearth. When I say smaller, I mean smaller than the bow. The idea is to have a pit for the bow end to sit in while we rotate it. Then the smaller hole lets the hot coals fall through below the hearth. With this design, you want to put your kindling under the hearth and make sure enough air is getting there. I typically dig a small hole and put the kindling in there.
The second method is to cut your hole next to where we will put the bow and pile your kindling next to where the bow will rub. This method allows for easier airflow and little more control over where the coals end up. You can also see better what is happening so that you can start tending to it and grow it as soon as you have a little spark of fire. Growing a fire is almost its own skill.
For your socket (knot), you will want a rock or hardwood that is about the size of your hand. You have made the pointy end up for two reasons.
The pointy end will reduce friction
The pointy end is more likely to dig in just enough not to slip from the knot
But be very careful here. You don’t want to slip and stab your hand or something else. In a survival situation, nothing can set you back more than injury and all the worse if the injury is something that could have easily been avoided by taking some care.
Putting it all together and making fire
Put your drill inside your bow by twisting the drill into the bowstring for 1 loop. The idea is to have the bowstring wrap around the drill. Then you place your hearth on the ground with the eraser end of the drill into the hole you made. Next, grab your socket, placing it on top of your drill to hold it down, and straight as you pull the bow back and forth, it will cause the drill to rotate and create the friction needed to start the life giving fire.
Once you have some small coals started, you can start to grow your fire. However, this part really is something that I will cover in another article.
They Want to act worse than the worst Despots of history
Paying attention to Scotland right now has never been more important. The government is ignoring the higher courts and the people.
What is happening? The Named Person
Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon MSP is taking from the playbook of Nazis, Communists, and even fictional 1984 dystopian government. The Named Person is a program in which the government will appoint a teacher or healthcare worker to look out for each child’s welfare in the state.
The controversial proposals would appoint a single person – usually a teacher or health visitor – to look out for every child’s welfare.
While that may sound good, let us look at how that has gone down in the past.
Nazi Germany and Pre-Nazi Germany
The Hitler Youth was the youth organization of the Nazi Party and was partially a paramilitary organization; it included Hitlerjugend proper for male youth aged 14 to 18, the Deutsches Jungvolk (German Youth) for younger boys, and the League of German Girls. And while this is not very similar to the Named Youth, it is more about where the proceeding programs lead to eventually being interested in; Jugendbund and NSRL. Programs started for a “greater good.” Check out this video I found while researching.
One major difference, in Nazi Germany you had a choice!
One of its main tasks was spying on the population, mainly through a vast network of citizens turned informants, and fighting any opposition by overt and covert measures, including hidden psychological destruction of dissidents.
Nicolae Ceaușescu and the Communists
According to communist archives, Ceaușescu recruited thousands of children to spy on friends, parents, and teachers. They were expected to report on their friends and family’s opinions, tell if they had been listening to western radio, or if they made jokes about the government.
Even in Oceania
Grab them while they are young. Make them think you care, and then pump them full of propaganda. If you have ever read the book or seen the movie, you will know what I am talking about. In 1984 the children were used as spies. And what good spies they make.
Why We in The US Should Care
In a lot of ways, the world is getting smaller. We are all getting closer together. And the closer we get, the more our governments start to emulate each other. And guess what? Nicola Sturgeon has decided it is okay to ignore the higher courts. Not only against the courts but against public opinion as well.
We see this happen more and more each day. I recently saw that our government has new required questions for healthcare workers to ask patients. These very personal questions are about sexual identity and orientation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law, but for the country’s many churches, the signature sparked a demand for prayer and fasting.
The bill toughens punishment for acts deemed to be terrorism and for the organization of “mass unrest,” according to the Los Angeles Times. It would also introduce prison sentences of up to a year for those who fail to report such crimes.
Furthermore, Great Commission Ministries Chairman Hanny Haukka tells Charisma News the law entails:
Foreign guests are not permitted to speak in churches unless they have a “work permit” from Russian authorities
If a friend or relative from outside Russia wishes to share his/her faith in your home, the guest will be fined and expelled from Russia.
Any discussion of God with non-believers is considered missionary activity and will be punishable.
Missionary activity will be permitted by special government permission. Example: If one traveling on a train shares his faith without written permission the offender will be taken into police custody for the duration of the journey and will be fined 50,000 rubles ($1000).
Offenders from the age of 14 will be subject to prosecution
Religious activity is no longer permitted in private homes. Most churches in Russia meet in homes.
Every citizen is obligated to report religious activity (of neighbors) to the authorities. Failure to be an informant is punishable by law.
One may pray, read the Bible at home but not in the presence of a non-believing person. You will be breaking the law and be punished.
If the church has purchased property it cannot be converted into a place of worship.
In church buildings it is not permitted to invite people to turn to God. Worship services are permitted but making a non-believer a follower of Christ is against the law.
In response, thousands of churches across the country have come together to cry out to God.
“The church is appalled at the news of the new law. About 7,000 evangelical/protestant churches are in fasting and prayer at the moment over the news,” Haukka tells Charisma News via email.
Churches aren’t the only residents enraged by the law.
American refugee Edward Snowden tweeted: “#Putin has signed a repressive new law that violates not only human rights, but common sense. Dark day for #Russia.”
What’s more, critics are now declaring the Yarovaya laws, aka the “Big Brother,” laws as a sign of the end times: If these amendments come into force, prison sentences for certain non-violent “extremist” crimes will potentially be twice as long as, for example, murder committed in the heat of passion, which carries a maximum sentence of three years. Despite receiving nearly unanimous support in parliament, the Yarovaya laws have triggered a flood of apocalyptic commentary. Many wonder why Russia’s already excessively harsh criminal laws are being made harsher. The only official criticism of the legislation, however, has come from the Presidential Human Rights Council, which has highlighted ways in which the proposed amendments directly contradict the Constitution and existing laws. This criticism has been almost entirely ignored. The Duma has already passed a number of laws that have harshened Russian law in the name of fighting terrorism and extremism. It criminalized “public calls for the violation of territorial integrity” and “rehabilitation of Nazism,” a direct affront to the freedom of speech. In 2013, it passed a law that allowed the state to confiscate property from individuals affiliated with terrorists, including their relatives.
The government has long used the “fight against terrorism and extremism” to justify repressive laws, no matter how obviously senseless they may be. As a result, Russia’s statutory framework can now be effectively used to target not only credible extremist threats, but also political opponents of the state. A large group of prominent Russian lawyers decried this problem in an open letter in 2013, saying that the “parliament’s legislative work has acquired a distinctly prohibitive and repressive character.”
In response, Haukka pleads with believers around the world to join with Russian churches in prayer and fasting.
“Russia is closing down in an awful way. The new law is in total conflict with the purpose and the task given to the church by the Lord. The law will send the church back into Soviet-era Communist persecution,” he says.