Good morning!!! It is a great Saturday indeed. As we fly through January it seems several areas continue heating up. Before we consider the world around us, Ms. Lucy and I want to thank you for your time, communicating with us, and efforts to come back each week. Thank you for your time and effort. There's many other things you could be doing right now.
As we settle in to a 2020 and look ahead, we don't want to skip over important things happening now in order to focus on the months ahead. Right? And in the process of trying to include both today and tomorrow we desire to keep it grounded and focused the best that we can. I do try to keep it on target but also include some light heartedness and humor from time to time just to keep us from winding up like a golf ball. It can be hard at times but an eye roll here and there from Ms. Lucy and a reminder from Ol Festus, helps keep things real.
IMPORTANT DATE - January 20, 2020. From The Virginia Citizens Defense League - https://vcdl.org/ - If you are in or near VA and want to consider participating in a peaceful rally, there will be a state rally on the steps of the VA State Capitol. The VCDL is chartering busses from different regions of the state. This is an important date that many eyes of non-Virginians will be monitoring. About the only thing that hasn't changed on this story is the date. I was telling someone yesterday of a concern I have and today I read this quote which sums up my thoughts. Aesop at Raconteur Report said "Why walk into a venue where you control nothing, and risk everything, when the best outcome you can hope for is that it doesn't explode in your faces, to the detriment of your purported cause, and risks injury or even death to your nominal supporters?" I think this says it all.
As noted on Zero Hedge from Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper, 15 Jan 2020 - Gov Northam declares State of Emergency in VA Because "Armed Militia Groups Plan to Storm the Capitol" https://www.zerohedge.com/political/northam-declares-state-emergency-virginia-because-armed-militia-groups-plan-storm-capitol. It is interesting how 2nd Amendment citizens are being referred to as "White Supremacist. Also banned from the 20 January 20 event will be helmets, shields, sticks, and chains. Wow, the same items normally carried by Antifa around the country. The citizens of VA petitioned for signature to receive the required number of signatures, 10%, to remove the governor from office and received the required amount. The state responds by raising the required number of signatures to 25% The people are also collecting the required number of signatures to remove the state delegates. Folks, I believe the citizens are "woke" and fighting back peacefully at this point. To the citizens of Virginia, America is watching.
As noted on VA News Site WHSV, SB 16 has been pulled. VA Senate committee strikes "assault weapons" bill, advances other proposed gun laws. https://www.whsv.com/content/news/Senate-committee-strikes-assault-weapons-bill-advances-other-proposed-gun-laws-566941011.html
You may or may not have caught the excellent article at American Partisan by Matt Bracken titled "Richmond; the mother of all Buffalo jumps - https://www.americanpartisan.org/2020/01/richmond-the-mother-of-all-buffalo-jumps/ In the last Patriot Express News Letter I expressed concern the 2nd Amendment Patriots going to VA could be walking in to a death trap. I often speak about thinking and planning outside the box. It is important to see things before others see them and plan accordingly. Take a look at the attached picture Brackens used in the article about the same point. Take a look at this picture and see if you see what I'm talking about.
Do you see the problem? This is a kill box waiting to happen.
With that said... the world awaits us...let's get moving....
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Thoughts for the Week -
So I was able to figure out a way to get the Podcast videos on to the newsletter and website. For those who didn't figure it out, there is now a video channel located on the website. It is located at the bottom of the main front page. When I send the link to the newsletter the link takes you to the blog page. This is not the main page. To get to the main page you have to look to the top of the page to the tool bar and look to the far left where the main page link is located. Click on it and then scroll to the bottom. Once to the bottom the page picture says "Hope for Survival" and in the center is a link to the videos. Once inside the page you can click on the particular video you want to check out. This is where I will post videos.
There is now a YouTube video page as well titled "Hope for Survival" and it will contain the same videos. Why two different pages? In order to get the videos on the Hope for Survival page, I had to create a YouTube page which allowed me to then feed them back to the HFS website video page and/or newsletter. It all has to do with the video size I do believe.
If you go to my YouTube Hope for Survival Channel, consider subscribing (free) to our HFS channel. This helps us track usage and manage the page. It also helps me determine topics that we believe is preferred. In time, I hope to include a YouTube icon link on the HFS page for you to click and take you straight to the HFS YouTube channel in a direct link. If you have questions please email me to ask them.
Keep in mind, I'm not a wiz banger high tech super IT guru or up and coming star. I'm like the guy on the corner banging the used hubcaps to make noise. To some ears it's music and other ears its noise. Just like the hubcap man didn't really practice, I don't yet have tons of time to invest in the editing and beautification of the podcast. Ms. Lucy can tell you I would love nothing more than to own a corner shack to call the "Chat Shack" where you could all stop by as time allowed to have a coffee or a soda pop and chat about preparedness or whatever is on your mind. Doing the webpage, writing articles, and doing podcast is about the closest way I can do this and then get your emails and answer them back.
I got to have a nice long chat with Festus since the last Patriot Express News Letter. If I didn't know any better I would think he is a closet scientist doing a secret project on the brain because he makes me use areas of my brain that I didn't know existed. It's all good. We chat and communicate a lot but it is rare that time allows us to chat more than one hour. Not like the old days before be "bugged out." The conversation started and centered around "what is my short and long term intent with the website." Because of the time invested already and time it takes seven days per week, and cost, where do I want to go with it. Great question, huh? We briefly discussed this with the group in North Carolina the previous Saturday. I hope to give you an update by the end of February about some things we want to do with the site and HFS efforts in 2020. The bottom line is I want to do as much as I can, for and with each of you to build confidence, preparedness, and hope to each person as needed and/or desired.
We are all different indeed. We all operate at different levels and come here each week for different reasons and with different levels of preparedness. Some of our fellow Patriots here are working through their beginning levels of preparedness, while others are mid-level and others advanced. If you read the articles from different writers you will understand we have folks who started with zero to mild confidence levels. Some who had never fired a weapon. Some who feared writing and sharing their story with others. And, on the other hand we have folks who are retired military and maintain high proficiency levels in certain skills. In ways it is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together with numerous skills and mind-sets. Right? Different levels will see the same thing but from different perspectives because of their past and current skills.
How we approach things can be different in many ways but we know the outcome will be the same, prepared to some degree. So, the starting point and path is the question. Because we have so many levels of preparers here, it can be a difficult balancing act to feed different levels of information to everyone desiring information. In the years past, I, like many others, focused on all the worldly events around us. From Planet X, Agenda 21/2030, and Chemical trails to the Deep State, the Ring of Fire, and the Conspiracy to bring down the current President. I still watch and monitor these things. They are exciting, frustrating and exhausting. After much researching, reading and talking, and prayer, I decided the best way I could help others and myself was to focus on the impact of all these events on us, the people who would bear the brunt of the end state.
What do I mean.
I could tie up hours and hours of your time talking about Q or the Deep State. And in the end I am simply occupying your time like a movie and you have no more food or water set aside to help you survive any type of event, right? I'm not saying listening and being in tune is a bad thing. Not at all. About every person I communicate with believes the same, this is not going to end well. Many believe the election will be the culmination of many things brewing. Maybe and likely. But in the mean time we continue having disaster after disaster in regions around the world. America specifically. If you are in the impacted area, what will you do for food and water since you delayed preparing awaiting the results of this trial or that investigation? Do you see my point? I base my personal preparedness efforts and choices off experience and things I witnessed in my past. All I can do is share the information with others and their choice to prepare or not prepare is up to them. It is like rolling the dice with one's life. Pretty simple. (Swirling my hands and fingers like Uncle Bernie as he campaigns about Global Warming)
Google and you. I wanted to share this story with you. First, let me ask you, did you get a personal email from Google sharing all the locations you visited over the past year? As in, the library, this burger joint and that donut shop? As in each and every location you drove through, by and stopped at? The parking lot you stopped in while on vacation to load a new address to find your destination. How about your doctor visits? In the end, it provided you a grand total mileage reading of your travel for 2019? You get the picture.
A professional friend received an email from Google sharing with him the information I shared above, and more. He printed out the email (pages) and showed it to us. It was beyond intrusive to one's life. He is not anti-technology on any account but was totally blown away by the amount of information collected on him. Even if you use a non-Google browser, if your phone uses a Google platform, your location tracker has eyes on you. Even when the phone is in the off status.
So, we already know all of your financial expenditures are mostly digital. All of your medical appointments and information is now digital. Most of your life is now digital. Now, as they tie it all together in to a single file, imagine a person having their medical insurance cancelled over two consecutive doctor ordered blood tests to monitor pre-diabetes. The medical records are monitored by the medical insurance company who can see your digital credit card purchases that shows all the donuts you purchased. You are a medical risk that does not follow doctor's orders.
Now folks are acting surprised and upset over these events. Fellow Patriots, we had warning early on these measures and steps would be coming to our door steps a few years ago. They are now here and have been here in many ways.....5G....AI...Virtual Reality....Global Brain....it will eventually be one operating system, in one. Buy your tickets and popcorn and grab a seat, it won't be long.
I wanted to share this story with you that was told to me shortly after the holidays. Not that you would know the individual or people involved, I will not use titles or positions in this story.
A close friend of mine and Patriot sister shared a story to me just after the holidays. Another acquaintance of ours had a family member traveling over the holidays by car and encountered a life threatening situation worthy of discussion. A few members of the family had traveled by air to their destination while a loan male individual would drive in order to transport the family dog. This trip would cross several state lines to reach the destination. This would probably be about a 12 to 15 hour drive. The driver was in a high dollar automobile affording comfort and luxury for the trip.
Along the path and in the last quarter of the trip, the driver decided to pull off the interstate to walk the dog and stretch. This was during daylight hours. The driver first pulled in to a location that was crowded and it appeared there was no place to walk the dog so he departed and went up to the next exit. He entered an official rest area that appeared fairly empty and offering plenty of room to walk the dog. Being in a hurry to complete the trip, the driver exited the vehicle with the dog on a leash. He stopped and reached back inside to grab his legally owned firearm. Normally he would leave it in the car to avoid any issues. He walked away from the car and in to the grass area to allow the dog to walk and do the business at hand.
While waiting on the dog, the driver checked his phone for messages and answered a text or two. When finished he started walking back towards his car when he noticed two cars had pulled in to the Rest Area and placed their vehicles in such a way to block the driver's car. As he approached his car, several males exited and started yacking worthless words to the driver who immediately knew he was in a tough position and most likely this would not end well. As the unknown males approach the driver, he realizes the time has arrived to put up his strong defense since his words had previously failed. He slowly reached under his jacket and slowly removed his voice of reason, his firearm. He allowed the approaching males to see the firearm and he then stated, "I don't want any problems or trouble, however if you continue to threaten me and block my car, this is not going to end well. And, you may beat me or kill me, but I will take out several of you in the process." The males placed their arms in the air and started back pedaling and eventually reentered their vehicles and departed quickly. The male quickly got his dog back in the car and quickly departed. What appeared to be a quick escalation and apparent outcome not favorable to the driver, it was deescalated and ended because the driver handled the situation using a degree of verbal judo before going to his next resort, his personal firearm.
This could have been any one of us. At any point in our day or evening at any location, we never know who is scoping us or our property out for personal gain. It is so important and actually critical to get outside the box and learn to recognize what is going on around you at all times. Make yourself a hard target. Most likely this situation was initiated because of the type automobile he was driving. Nothing wrong with that, right? A personal choice. It's not us, it's the mindset of those around us. Because of this, we have to stay on our best game and be focused to changing scenarios 24 x 7. I rest my point. Get trained and licensed, know your state laws and your rights. If you travel by car, know the laws of the surrounding states equally. Like Jager said in a recent article on the website, "practice, practice, practice." Be safe, my Patriot Sisters and Brothers.
WARNING - Remember, I'm not responsible for the feelings of the reader.
Sometimes we just have to say something. Yep, we do indeed. How about you? Do you ever feel this way? I'm in the middle of my weekly reading and review of different news clips, articles, and research and that dreaded word appears from the depths of the nastiest sewer pond. I try pretty hard to stay away from politics (for the time being) for a lot of reasons. One being it takes away from the focus of our goal of getting prepared. It is a cause and not the impact of the event. The "C" word. I had to indirectly deal with the "C" word for the past 30 plus years. There was a time or two I had to directly deal with the "C" word and yes, it was degrading and I felt very disrespected and dirty afterwards.
I was in Budapest, Hungary getting ready to depart back to the United Kingdom. About two hours before departure, I was pulled aside and told that my team mate and I would need to remain behind our group to get on another flight to escort a VIP who would be arriving shortly. I had no clue who the person was and as always, it was part of my job so I would do it. Just before the flight landed to reveal the VIP, my team was instructed we would board the flight and have to remain out of site to the VIP because the person didn't want to see those of us in uniform. Really. The briefer was from the US Embassy in Hungary and he said we would have to be separated from our weapons. This was a no go. Wrong answer, Tonto. A few minutes later we agreed to place our weapons on the floor by our feet, but still in our reach and control. The VIP landed, boarded our airframe. The VIP was brash and rude with each word spewing from the mouth. Everyone was beneath and second class. This trip couldn't end soon enough. It was apparent who the VIP was simply by the echo of the annoying voice. Bossy, disrespectful, ruthless, and classless. I had heard stories of the VIP from other military members over the years. Never anything positive was said or revealed about the person.
So now, after years of the same display of personality and a time when we really wish the person would go away, the VIP name appears again. It's like the relative's dog that always pees on your carpet every time it visits. It is never wrong or bad and always forgiven. Never a reprimand or scolding. Just an excuse each and every time. Never an offer to fix the carpet or to leave the dog outside or at home. The rules apply to everyone except this particular VIP dog. I AM being nice. I give consideration to all the titles and thrones this special dog once held. Queen of this and champion of that. It doesn't hold water with me because I witnessed how this VIP views and treats other people who have nothing this dog needs. I had served around elitist before and this VIP rated worse.
Current day, I am reviewing the headlines of websites and this headline smacks me square in the chops. It reads "Justice Dept. winds down Clinton-related inquiry once championed by Trump. It found nothing of consequence." So even though I felt long ago this would be the outcome, there was still some remaining hope the good guys would win. Republican or Democrat, didn't matter. Justice should prevail.
I don't know what kind of magic tricks someone holds secretly in their bag but one would believe the bag would eventually empty out.
Silly me, tricks are for kids. I rest my case.
That my friends is about the extent of my thoughts for the week. The mountain is never as high looking from the top as it appears looking up from the bottom. Think positive. Just sayin...
Okay, let's move ahead...
Preparedness News -
1. From Travis Fedschun - Fox News -https://www.foxnews.com/us/alaska-man-wilderness-rescue-cabin-burn-down-sos-snow - You may have caught this on Fox News. This is a great story of survival based on minimal information. A lesson learned on the importance of "one is none and two is one." I don't think the survivor knew of this concept, but he did survive.
2. From Steve Nubie - Urban Survival Site - https://urbansurvivalsite.com/pandemic-coming/ - This is a topic often glossed over but this is probably the third time in a week I have noticed the topic being posted on internet preparedness pages.
3. From Mike Adams - Natural News - https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-01-08-natural-news-investigation-finds-amazon-shipping-long-expired-superfoods.html - Think about it. Aside from the label, how would one know their food ingredients expired previously? This is worth the time to read.
4. From Bob Rodgers - Preppers Will - https://prepperswill.com/top-tips-for-camping-in-winter/ - Good article and advice. These are planned winter camping trips. What if the trip is not planned but you end up having to camp to survive? I could list numerous reasons it could happen.
5. From Pat Cascio - Survival Blog - https://survivalblog.com/blackhawk-6-inch-trident-ultralite-boots-pat-cascio/ - This is a great article discussing a very important piece of equipment that we all should have a primary and secondary set of....that being boots. I can tell you, and I'm sure Ms. Lucy would also be happy to tell you, it is very important to have proper foot wear early on and later on. If your feet fail you, you are doomed. We talk about EMPs taking out our vehicles and leaving us immobile, well, if you have bad feet you are up the creek. This can be caused by many things. Just don't let your choice of foot wear and feet be a part of the problem that grounds you. Good read.
6. From Bob Rodgers - Surviopedia - https://www.survivopedia.com/whats-the-deal-with-the-domestic-refugees/ - Excellent read. We all need continued thought on this topic because it will most likely impact each of us at some point.
Other worthy news from the week ...
1. Jeff Thomas - International Man - https://internationalman.com/articles/an-empire-self-
destructs/ - Very good read. Amazing how much the United States and Roman Empire history sounds alike. Both the rise and maybe the fall. Time will tell.
2. From B.H. - Survival Blog - https://survivalblog.com/clash-cultures-b-h/ - Good read. Very good follow on comments also. Interesting to read mindsets of those around us.
3. From James Quillian - Fantasy Free Economics - http://quillian.net/blog/a-nations-of-fools/ - Step outside the political jacket and read JQ comments. Interesting. I think article to article we already know what it will say. It is just a matter of when we are willing to accept the reality of the true meaning of the song that has been playing to us the past years.
4. From Tyler Durden - Zero Hedge - https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/navy-releasing-ufo-files-would-cause-exceptionally-grave-damage-us-national-security - For those of you who use electric toothbrushes while wearing tin foil hat's, this topic continues to gain ground with past information on UFOs surfacing. You probably didn't see this because it didn't gain any traction. Joshua Bote from USA Today published this article stating the First British astronaut Helen Sharman says "alien exist and may be here right now. " https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/01/06/first-british-astronaut-helen-sharman-aliens-exist-live-among-us/2822777001/ - As I have always said..."there is another world out there and we aren't part of it."
5. From Jim Rickards - Daily Reckoning - https://dailyreckoning.com/a-new-gold-standard-orderly-or-chaotic/ - Over the past six months, the topic of investing in gold and silver is a hot topic I hear. Who, what, when, and why, seems to surface in the conversation Thank goodness I'm not an economist or investment advisor. Most research I have conducted and feel comfortable offering is one should consider investing 15% to 25% in this area. Do your homework and always remember, if you can't touch it, do you really own it? I will leave it at that.
6. From Deborah Franklin - American Thinker - https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/01/an_introduction_to_q.html#.Xh5gMSjDfms.email - Q. Did you catch that symbol? No, not the Q. The one the President flashed during the press conference. Or, the one when he winked with a certain eye while speaking on the tarmac before his flight. Or when he pointed out the baby in the audience with the Q symbol on the babies shirt. So, why am I pointing out the Q topic. Over the holidays in several settings, I had folks ask me who this Q character is and what does it mean. Some may think or believe I am anti-Q and I am not. I just don't put all my eggs in a single basket and many have placed their trust and faith in something that isn't hard or concrete. If it works for some that is fine, but I was always taught in the military to go on hard intelligence. What do I mean. If we are searching for Johnny Bag of Donuts because he is a threat and a report says Johnny Bag of Donuts just knocked on the door, then one would believe Johnny Bag of Donuts knocked on the door. So compare it with a report that says "a guy who looks like Johnny Bag of Donuts is believed to have knocked on the door." See the difference?
So, if this is how I believe, then couldn't the argument be made I'm basing my preparedness off the same type of intelligence? I'm planning on something that may never happen? Maybe, but when I started increasing my preparedness efforts it was based on a compilation of things. National and global debt. The government's inability to govern. Societal collapse based on immorality, crime, hate between races, attacks on religion, socio-economic classes, the people vs the government, history and cycles through history, .... All of these things point to negatives that will impact life and how we live. I don't know any more than the next person but these indicators along with my past experience around the world tells me it won't turn out well. The difference is I have taken steps and measures to put aside resources needed in the event it happens.
Many Q followers I know are banking on the unknown of Q and the outcome Q is leading them to believe will happen. And I hope it happens the way Q says and the bad guys will be caught and prosecuted. Victory for the good guys. Right? Who believes the left will step back and watch this happen and then applaud the efforts of the Right? So my point is, all indicators suggest no matter how it turns out, strife will occur and those who can't provide and prevail will be those who failed to prepare in some way. I know some really smart people who used to prepare to some degree but have stopped completely because they have placed their trust and faith in Q. Personal choice and I hope it works out for them and everyone. My personal evaluation of the insurance policy I needed said to prepare resources. Oh, BTW, the article is a good read. Especially for anyone who is not familiar with Q. Nuff said.
Okay, let's close this thing out and get moving on this day. Thanks for stopping by and taking in some news.
Please continue to pray for our country, our leaders, and our fellow Patriots. We have folks in need of uplifting, heeling, blessings, and strength.
Thanks for your prayers to all.
Keep charging and have a great weekend.
Bravo Echo Out