Happy Saturday everyone. Hope you are all well and your preparedness steps are moving ahead . I think it would be great if we could gather around a table and break bread and share a chat this morning. So many things taking place in the world and our nation.
Thank you for stopping by and sharing your time to check out the Patriot Express News Letter. It's your weekend and we appreciate you sharing some time. I will try to not be so talkative this week. Maybe.
It was truly a great week with lots of time to visit some special fellow Patriots here in our local area. Ms. Lucy and I enjoyed it very much. Festus drove down off the mountain and we got to spend some quality time with him. I think he was a bit shocked at how much society has advanced since his last trip. (wink-kidding) More to follow.
With that said... the world awaits us...let's get moving....
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Thoughts for the Week -
In last week's Patriot Express News Letter Edition #31 I talked about the importance of giving and sharing. Most of you know by now (I hope) we take proceeds above the cost of printing "Hope For Survival" and give to two charities of choice. I wanted to share one specific charitable event that utilized gifts donated from HFS in their monthly food distribution and Thanksgiving efforts. I was so happy to hear feedback from the event. When we are in TN we attend a church that also offers a food bank that feeds and/or donates food to community families in need. The effort takes time and energy from those who collect the food, divide it and then set up the lines to distribute the much needed resources. I know a few of our Patriot readers in other states are also doing important events like this to help others. So, this month includes not only bagged/boxed food for meals it also includes two Thanksgiving meals being prepared and fed to the same families needing help and support. One hungry family is to many. One cold and hungry family is beyond acceptable. But, we can only do our best to try and help as much as possible. I received word the food bank bagged 16 bags holding roughly 460 lbs. of food and distributed same. The Hope For Survival effort purchased $300.00 in $15 grocery gift cards to be included with the bagged food to help each family needs for Thanksgiving preparations at home. I would not normally share this but I owe several folks a big thanks. Your purchase of multiple copies of my book, Hope For Survival, assisted in a larger contribution for gift cards. So, thank you for helping make this possible. I also want to thank two special Patriot families and friends to Ms. Lucy and I for their weekly efforts to keep this great program running and feeding those in need. Be blessed and thank you. Our nation has many families in need daily and we aren't even in a SHTF situation. Imagine how fast this need will escalate if any type of event occurs. Just think, if the hungry figure out you have food stocked in your home, the food line could be on your porch. How will you handle same?
Ms. Lucy and I enjoyed a very nice weekend with a few dear friends and Patriots. We got word about midday Saturday that my mountain brother Festus was headed to our location. Upon arrival Ms. Lucy, Festus and myself headed to dinner and met Taz Lady (HFS Website contributor). It was a very nice evening as we broke bread, caught up on life and talked faith, family, preparedness, and what we believe to be ahead of us. It was like old times again to be together. I'm blessed to have such special people around me. Ya know, sometimes laughing just feels good. Thank you Taz Lady and Festus for coming out to join us for dinner. Festus bunked at our place on Saturday evening then he and I got up at 500 and on the road at 615 to do a quick road trip to another Bama city and then back to drop me off and then on to his mountain location. He has to be home by dark or else.... Actually, it was a great day. We had about six to eight hours to chat and discuss thoughts on things we are reading and where we think things may be headed. We even shot a mobile podcast to join the podcast pool I'm trying to put together to share soon. Thanks Festus for inviting me tag along with you for the day. It was great to get the time, thoughts, laughs, and not feel rushed in doing so. I greatly appreciate your opinion and analysis from your perspective. So, all in all, it was a super weekend. Thanks to everyone.
Thanksgiving is approaching quickly. Lots of travel, food, and family. Parades and football as well in many households. Today the commercial sales world has invaded the holiday and many are up and out the door shopping the Black Friday sales. Any hoot, Thanksgiving offers many traditions here in America. Having spent several years abroad while serving in the military, it was always interesting to tell other nationalities about Thanksgiving in America. It was like story time in a foreign land. The tradition, food, and celebration often surprised the listener. We are blessed with so much to be proud of and celebrate. Another interesting point is how many Americans believe Thanksgiving is celebrated across the globe. This is not the case of course. No matter my location over Thanksgiving, stateside, Saudi Arabia, Romania, Italy, England, Guam, and Africa, in almost every case the military made great efforts to ensure the troops enjoyed a hot meal of the basic Thanksgiving foods. Even if it was canned turkey, they tried. On several occasions, because of the mission, we couldn't do the traditional meal simply because of the situation. But, we always had the memories of home to carry us through. For me, I love to remember spending Thanksgiving at my grandparent's home watching my grandmother destroy her kitchen while fixing the most amazing meal. Fresh baked rolls, baked apple pies, garden green beans and potatoes, a large turkey and cranberry sauce. Oh, she had these little round green things that tasted mushy, and well, yucky. I really disliked them. They are like baby lettuce. We had to eat at least one. They did not taste any better when smothered in mashed potatoes and gravy. Funny how things change. Today, I love Brussel sprouts and every time we have them, I think of my wonderful grandmother taking time to fix amazing holiday meals. A hard working lovely woman who worked as a nurse and a great cook. We always knew something special was being made when we watched the pots and pans accumulate around the kitchen. In 20 years of the military my grandmother would write to me the most. Often an envelope with a picture of President Reagan stuffed inside with the ghost buster logo, hand drawn, around his picture. She was an old school Democrat who grew up in the coal fields of WV. She and my grandfather lived in a coal camp while raising three children. She knew President Reagan was my hero and had lured me far from home to serve. She probably didn't realize that even though I wasn't with her on holidays, I was some place around the world thinking of her great love for her family and keeping them smiling with her smiles and warm meals. I hope you have a positive memory to hold with you during your holidays.
I would generally include this below in "other worthy news" but I felt it important enough to put here. I first suggest you read this "tweet" posted by a highly educated Philosophy Instructor at UC Berkeley. Dr Jackson Kernion, PhD, posted this to his twitter feed on 5 Nov 19... "The need for people who decide to live in rural America to be subsidized by those who choose a more efficient way of life. Rural healthcare should be expensive! And that expense should be borne by those who choose rural America! Same goes for rural broadband. And gas taxes. It should be uncomfortable to live in rural America. It should be uncomfortable to not move. None of the replies I'm getting even *try* to address the central point I'm making: that we shouldn't make rural life *artificially* cheaper. That's how you know I'm right. I'm generally in favor of crushing rural America through market mechanicms. What generalizations might I (or some other person) not like? I unironically embrace the bashing of rural Americans. they, as a group, are bad people who have made bad life decisions. Some, I assume, are good people. But this nostalgia for some imagined pastoral way of life is stupid, and we should shame people who aren't pro-city." He later deleted the tweet, but it was too late because he received very negative remarks to his post. (Words are as originally posted so typos are part of the highly educated Professors doing).
Another article on Bloomberg written by Craig Torres states a Princeton Univ economist and Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, VA argue: the study says "cognitive non-routine" or CNR workers are more productive when they're clustered in the same place, typically a large metropolis. They're "too valuable" to be distributed across smaller towns, which would amount to a "waste of resources." If you aren't tracking this mindset, basically, if the rural can't be controlled by influence and money, they are worthless to society.
This is an ongoing mindset that is building as time passes. The reason I'm pointing this out is because this thinking and mindset is along the lines of Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030. Last year at Heritage Life Skills most attendees had never heard of Agenda 21 or 2030 when I mentioned it during training classes. One of the agenda goals is to move citizens from the rural locations to the urban cities. Smaller homes, mass public transportation, "save the planet" thinking along with total government control of citizens. This also goes along with technocracy thinking which I mentioned numerous times in earlier newsletters. If we are blessed to be alive over the next five years, we will see massive changes and movements on the global scene that also falls within the Agenda 21 and 2030.
Remember, the US of A is far behind the AI and 5G development and methodology, especially when compared to the Pacific world. A global digital currency is close. The need for bankers, loan officers, and real estate management is not far behind. The new technology will cut out so many middle men/women costing thousands of jobs. The power of government will decrease and the power of corporations will increase. The unanswered question is who will grow the food? If the goal is to relocate rural America, who will do much of the industrial base labor? Yes, it is hard to teach new technology and mindset to senior managers. This movement, technology and how to do it is mostly the middle and younger aged movement. It is coming my Patriot friends. Get ready.
Festus and I have been listening and monitoring this for nearly five years and it not only has gained steam, many of the facets of the concept are being delivered today. A recent tweet by President Vladimir Putin says "The Dollar Enjoyed Great Trust Around The World. But For Some Reason It Is Being Used As A Political Weapon, Imposing Restrictions. Many Countries Are Now Turning Away From The Dollar As A Reserve Currency. US Dollar Will Collapse Soon." One can take this as lip flapping contamination to the air we breathe, but if you didn't catch it this week, the BRICS. nations who have been pushing to get off the US Petro Dollar system are making a move towards a digital currency that drops the Petro dollar. If you have not heard of the BRICS nations they are: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. BRICS is a group of emerging economies Headquartered in Shanghai, China. Its main objectives are to cooperate between the member nations for development, provide financial assistance, support various projects, infrastructure etc. Hence, conduct direct trade between the BRICS nations and stop being milked by the Petro Dollar of the US of A. You may wish to add this to your things to get up to speed about if you currently are not. The world is changing fast.
I mentioned in a previous newsletter that the Hope For Survival - How Food, Water, Shelter, and Security Could Save Your Life would make a great holiday gift for someone you are helping to prepare or someone who is on the fence about preparedness, or a family member. The book walks you through the basic steps of the most important things one should consider doing to be prepared daily, from my opinion. We formatted the book in such a way it can be read like a manual and folks can mark it up and take notes. Several readers of the book shared they had read the book multiple times and marked it up in their steps as they completed suggested task. If you are interested, you can purchase the book on our website or contact me via email or message. We did not go through Amazon to sale the book because their suggested price was $42.00 per copy and we believed it defeated the purpose of trying to provide information to help others. Thanks to the readers who are purchasing multiple copies of the book. Your purchase goes to help others in need. It is a win-win for everyone.
Okay, let's move ahead...
Preparedness News -
1. From David A. Brown - Preppers Will - https://prepperswill.com/small-unit-tactics-for-preppers/#more-10870 - This is a good read and breaks the often witnessed plan by many in the preparedness field. Tactics. It is not described by those will grab a weapon and start shooting out the window at anything that moves. It is not completed by one person. Tactics includes, a team, plan, training, and clear understanding of the plan used. Just like you should have and use a Family Communication Plan when your family is spread out when feces hits the rotating steel, tactics should be used by a team when deploying to combat an approaching threat. You must communicate verbally or nonverbally to make the plan work and maintain status during the plan.
2. From Avalanche Lily - Survival Blog - https://survivalblog.com/winter-indoor-greenhouse-room-avalanche-lily/ - This is very good information for anyone trying indoor greenhouse growth. I know one of our newer Preparedness pro's is testing some different set-ups to grow vegetables through the winter. This may be something to consider.
3. From Pat Cascio - Survival Blog - https://survivalblog.com/emp-shield-pat-cascio/ - Here is another perspective on EMP protection. I personally try to stay along the parameters of Dr Arthur Bradley on the EMP topic. I've posted several of his YouTube videos that demonstrates his test.
4. From Outdoor Life - https://www.outdoorlife.com/six-best-survival-rifles-under-600/ - These are good tips and suggestions. I would include one important note. Before buying any short or long gun, one should determine the purpose of the weapon, talk to a respected gun store owner and then try out a few of your recommended choices for size, manageability, durability, cost, your ability to maintain the weapon, ability to utilize the weapon and do you plan to use the weapon as an offensive and/or defensive weapon. Do you understand the capabilities the weapon offers you such as range and maximum effective range? Based on your purpose for use, will the weapon offer the offensive and defensive measures you need? So, these are just some things to consider.
5. From Mac Slavo - The SHTF Plan - https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/5-pieces-of-prepping-advice-i-wish-id-known-when-i-started-prepping_11192019 - Good points but I would bet most of you already check marked this one off as completed.
Other worthy news from the week ...
1. From Tyler Durden - Zero Hedge - https://www.zerohedge.com/political/baltimore-states-attorney-over-militarization-police-departments-biggest-threat-civil - East Coast, West Coast, and In between, the demise of the American city continues. Lawless cultures will only deteriorate when the system expected to maintain order is equally corrupt. I believe we fail when our officials start dividing law and order in to classes vs the laws of America. Here is another link to a homicide article about Baltimore. https://www.zerohedge.com/political/baltimore-city-hits-300-homicides-5th-consecutive-year-amid-murder-crisis
2. From Richard Miller - Urban Survival Site - I included Parts 1 and 2 in last week's newsletter. Part 3 was posted after the newsletter went out. Part 1 - https://urbansurvivalsite.com/civil-war-preparedness-food-water/ Part 2 - https://urbansurvivalsite.com/civil-war-preparedness-finding-shelter/ Part 3 - https://urbansurvivalsite.com/civil-war-preparedness-protecting-yourself/
3. From Kelley Vlahos - The American Conservative - https://www.theamericanconservative.com/state-of-the-union/veterans-cancer-rates-are-spiking/ - This is continued terrible news for our veterans who served in Afghan or Iraq. Think along the lines of post 911 and all the emergency responders who died or has since died of cancer after breathing all the leaking fluids in and around the downed structures. Well, many of the US troops worked duties involving burn pits. Well before I retired from the military and back in the mid 1990's, several of my coworkers
4. From Martin Armstrong - Armstrong Economics - https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/banking-crisis/understanding-the-repo-crisis/ - "The crisis in liquidity is that American bankers will NOT lend to Europe. Because of the European Banking Crisis, banks just do not trust banks. Nobody knows who will be standing after a failure at Deutsche Bank. The Fed has had to step in to be the neutral lender NOT because of a crisis in the USA, but because of the collapse in confidence in Europe's banking system as a whole. Stay alert - this is just getting started." Here is an unrelated article on the same bank with big problems. https://moneymaven.io/mishtalk/economics/deutsche-bank-to-replace-18-000-workers-with-robots-1r-sv7lmpke6dMnObyJCYA/ This also reflects on other comments I made above in regards to the future global movements will replace many employees, banks, and related institutions. Who needs banks when the global monetary system is digital?
5. From Big League Politics - Richard Moorhead - https://bigleaguepolitics.com/us-catholic-bishops-endorse-gun-control-manifesto/ - One would think their plate is running over with previous cases of wrong doing and now biting off a Constitutional Privilege to our citizens.
6. From Eileen Connelly - New York Post - https://nypost.com/2019/11/16/nra-gives-chief-wayne-lapierre-57-pay-raise-amid-calls-to-step-down/ - This simply reassures my decision to cancel my membership to the NRA two years ago. My reward? Several phone calls per week begging for money and telling me of the battle the NRA is up against with the attacking left. They never tell me about the pay raises or the home the NRA tried to purchase for Mr LaPierre in Texas. Good decision, Charlie Brown.
7. From Mark Harris - Technology Review - https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614689/ghost-ships-crop-circles-and-soft-gold-a-gps-mystery-in-shanghai/ - This caught my attention because to pull off a hacking of GPS at this level goes beyond the some hacker on the water bank having fun. Think big my friends.
Okay my Patriot friends, I could go on with more but I think you are probably read out for now.
Stay safe this week. Check your bags and ensure you have your winter gear rotated in to the bag. It is important to check your vehicle as well. Tires, belts, fluids, and overall condition, Mylar blankets and other needed items in the glove box. Just like your back pack, personalize your vehicle in the event you must spend unexpected time in it. It could become your shelter in some unforeseen scenario.
Please keep our fellow brothers and sisters in your prayers. Several folks are battling health issues or dealing with a spouse or family member with major health issues. The holidays are approaching and can be additional stress on top of existing issues. Prayers are powerful and I know these folks would appreciate them much. Thanks!!!
Keep charging and have a great weekend.
Ms. Lucy and I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. We have many things to be thankful for
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