Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Available Now!

Soon you will have the opportunity to be the first on your block to own a copy of Survivalist Family. [Edit: it is available now]

Survivalist Family
by Joe Fox
Are you and yours prepared for what is coming down the pike?

How well would you do as a family if there was an electro-magnectic pulse that knocked out power over the entire country?

Would you be able to provide for your family in times of chaos caused by war, nature, or economic turmoil?

Are you prepared for a future pandemic?

Survivalist Family will show you how to ensure you and your loved ones come through to the other side of what waits.

You simply must have this book.

Written by Joe Fox of Viking Services LLC and www.vikingpreparedness.com.

Joe has been living the preparedness lifestyle since he was a child, and now teaches men, women and children all over the country to prepare and survive. A former Special Forces officer and SERE instructor, Joe will impart knowledge you just cannot get anywhere else.

Buy this book and Survive!

Stay tuned for more information on where to buy this upcoming book.
[Edit: it is available now Survivalist Family and at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc]
Excerpt from the recently released Survivalist Family by Joe Fox:

Just what IS a "survivalist family"?

I suppose some people shudder at the very thought! Watch enough television and you'll see that the media's version of a survivalist family is a dirty, ignorant clan living in a remote ramshackle log cabin. It will consist of a fat, bearded, camouflage-wearing, tobacco chewing, over domineering misogynist running roughshod over his cowering mouse of a wife who is trying to raise filthy little barefoot ragamuffins who run around spouting racist right-wing propaganda they picked up from "Pa".

Well, who would want to read about THAT? Certainly not you. Instead of "survivalist family" we could say "prepared family" or talk about "family preparedness" but that is just so politically correct it makes me gag. Just because the media don't like survivalists and therefore vilify them does not mean we have to change our language. For our purposes, the Survivalist Family is defined as, "A multi-generational group of people living in one house (usually consisting of a father, mother and their offspring) who take positive steps as a cohesive group to prepare for possible future negative situations and circumstances beyond their control."

We say "multi-generational" because if it's a man and a woman they are really a couple - not a family in the truest sense of the word. It's actually easier for a couple to prepare than a family. Just because a family in our definition usually consists of a father, mother and children does not mean that a single mom with two boys is not a family - they are. I said "usually". So do not get hung up on people - focus on what they do. They take positive steps to prepare as a group for future bad times.

Where do Survivalist Families live? Everywhere - in city apartments, in suburban split-levels, in country farm houses and yes, even in remote log cabins surrounded by deep, dark woods.

What kinds of jobs do Mom and Dad have? Every kind imaginable - Dad could be senior geologist for the Department of Agriculture, a grocer, a mechanic, or a computer programmer. Mom could be a nuclear scientist, a secretary or a stay-at-home-mom.

In a nutshell - they are average, every-day American families who have taken the decision to prepare for emergencies. The level to which they prepare varies greatly and is not always obvious. You probably have some Survivalist Families in your neighborhood and do not even realize it.

Most are not very forthcoming about their preparations. One reason is fear of being labeled a "survivalist" and having friends and neighbors think them kooky. Some fear that when bad times come, their family could be at risk if others knew of their preparations. Someone who failed to prepare may try to take what they have or the government may requisition their supplies or any of a myriad of other reasons.
©2009 Joe Fox

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Should I, or shouldn't I? PMs

“Buy Gold!”
“Buy Silver!”

The reason (so the argument goes) that we are to buy gold and silver is that the dollar will soon “be worthless" and precious metals (PMs) will "hold their value".

So if or when you Buy Gold! and Buy Silver! you are trading one medium of exchange (soon to be worthless paper dollars) for another (PMs).

When the "dollar becomes worthless" along with that will come hyper inflation.
Prices will skyrocket. Stuff will cost a lot more.
Stuff like shovels.
Stuff like clothing.
Stuff like food.

Your mortgage however will be suhweeeeet!.
Unless you lose your job.
And of course in times of economic turmoil that is a distinct possibility.

My advice is to sink some your EXTRA money into PMs
Extra after what?
Extra after taking care of you and yours.

Do you have a Big Berkey water filter? It costs the equivalent of about 3/10ths of an ounce of gold - now.
Do you have your pantry squared away? Do you have all the food you need?
A hungry man will not trade you a can of beans for your shiny PMs. Food will likely be UNavailable for awhile.
Does everyone in your family have THREE brand new pairs of boots socked away? What about good socks? If they don't, you need to spend your "soon to be worthless dollars" on them rather than PMs.
Whether or not you garden now - you will later if the bottom drops out. People will be converting their precious suburban lawns into veggie patches. Do you have the tools?
In multiples?
Does everyone in the family have a bicycle? And spare tires? And air pumps?

If the "dollar becomes worthless" we will certainly be living in dangerous times. Have you ensured you and yours have received the training you will likely need during bad times? Training is expensive - current rates are $150 - $250 a day per person. It doesn't matter if you are taking a Basic Handgun class, an intensive Beekeeping Seminar, or learning Evasive Driving.

...ahem....which makes VikingFest 2010 such an awesome deal ....ahem

So yeah - if you have spare cash laying around (and you should) you may want to convert some of it to PMs - in the smallest pieces you can find (1/10th ounce gold is getting more and more difficult to find and demands a premium because of this) but really - you should be squaring yourself away for what comes WITH a "worthless dollar".

Get ready.
I’ll see ya out there.

And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold. – Exodus 20:22 - 23


If you have any comments I’d love to hear them.
If they really interest me, I may even post them.
You can reach me at Joe

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Websites Down

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No Fear! We are aware of it and the best webmaster in the world is working the issue.

Time to exercise patience.

Or perhaps take a little nap...

Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. - 1 Timothy 1:16

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Got Salt?

Some time ago, I read a book titled, “Salt – A World History” by Mark Kurlansky. This is not a review of that excellent book (but you can buy if for less than $10 delivered here: SALT but the book spurred me to action. It nicely laid out the history and importance of salt throughout time ended and after reading it, I ended up salting away a lot of salt.

Then today I read a Washington Post article, “FDA plans to limit amount of salt allowed in processed foods for health reasons” that lays out how the Nanny State is going to try and protect me from the salt shaker. I could go off on a tangent about .gov attempting to “protect me from myself” (actually it has little to do with protecting and a whole lot to do with controlling me...and you) but this blog entry is not about CONTROL – it’s about salt.

Right now people think in terms of limiting salt – not stocking it up. We have too much salt – why store it? Well the reason is this – you NEED it. Not only do we need salt to make our bodies work – we will also need it to preserve foods when things go south in a big way. And most of you cannot find a ready source of it should the Just In Time system fail. Think about it – where would you find natural salt? If you live on the coast you can get it from the sea. If you live near the Salt Flats you have a source there. Maybe you live in Jericho with a salt mine just outside of town. But most of us do not have easy access to natural salt. And that’s why the history of the stuff is so fascinating – caravans transported it for vast distances, battles were fought over control of salt sources, and so on.

You could drink the blood of critters you kill – if you can continue to obtain critters and if you could stomach it. There is, however, a better option – store it now.

Salt is cheap and you should buy a lot of it. You do not need a lot – but it makes an excellent barter item. It won’t “go bad”. If for some reason you fail to keep it dry and it forms a big rock – you can break it up with a hammer or grinder or brick…

I like buying the round cardboard cylinders of salt. I think they are in a readily barterable form. I get iodized and uniodized (which is used for canning and such)and store them in plastic buckets. They do not store efficiently that way and I may eventually move to something like a Tote bin with desiccant packs and a duct taped lid. Those containers are cheap but you can get even cheaper salt.

If you carefully read the contents of bags of rock salt used for salting sidewalks you can find rock salt that is pure salt. Sure, there may be some “impurities” in there but trust me – you won’t care later. Make sure though that your sidewalk melt doesn’t have weird chemicals in it. Sodium chloride (NaCl) is salt. Sometimes around this time of year you can find great deals at grocery and hardware stores where they are trying to clean out inventory. I found it in 25-pound bags for $2.50 each. A hundred pounds of salt for 10 bucks - pretty cool.

I know salt is used in water softeners but I don’t have one and so am not sure if that is a good type of salt to buy or not. You may want to investigate that option as well. But whatever you do - do not just read this and think, "hmm, good idea" and then continue on as if no action is necessary. Go and Do.

So…Got Salt?

Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
– Mark 9:50


If you have any comments I’d love to hear them.
If they really interest me, I may even post them.
You can reach me at Joe

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