Nothing, nil, nada, zip, squat, naught.
Today, Tuesday, I’ve been reading (don’t groan) yahoo and Google news, the other newspapers, and listening to the radio, yet not one solitary good bit of news is shining through.
Our illustrious prime minister took a selfie of him and his minions for his Facebook page whilst attending Mandela’s send off (at our expense). Does that qualify as good news or just a snub for those left here?
The economy in the UK is on the up apparently except there must be a bit of confusion where this place “UK” is.
It’s not near me that’s for sure.
With 13 million struggling to eat and heat you’ll find it ain’t near them either. Sure they are building houses like mad again BUT if you listen carefully you can hear the sounds of that particular bubble getting ready to burst.
The feel good factor was a new low-cost charity food store has opened to feed the poor and may be expanded across the country.
That really sums up the UK I know. Food banks are the only growth industry that actually serves the public.
Until tomorrow then.
Night Night, don’t let the bed bugs bite.
I read a good article on a2zprep on the dark side of human nature.
It’s worth a read guys and girls.
In it was said that you can never talk about security too much.
I agree BUT all the guns, crossbows, bows, and machetes, in the world won’t save you unless you are prepared to pull the trigger. I’d like to share my own take on this subject. This is primarily aimed (no pun intended) at non military folk.
Someone once said the hardest kill is the first.
They were right AND they were wrong.
Today on Sky news [here] they report that 13 million people in the UK are living in poverty.
Out of the 64 million people that’s 20% of the population.
Does anyone find that even remotely funny because I don’t.
Then our Lords and masters (members of parliament) give themselves a 11% pay rise.
Only good manners stops me filling this post with profanity.
The UK is broken.
Every year it’s the same, preparing months in advance for winter we’ve “peaked” a bit too soon.
Well sorted out, house maintenance finished, winter fuel laid in, vegetable patch dug over ready for next year and thanks to the high winds, no more leaves to worry about! So there is a lull in our winter preparations.
Time to reflect on what has been done and future plans.
I’ve noticed that a few “once prolific” bloggers have slowed down if not disappeared. I wonder if that is a sign of our times i.e. economic problems OR have they have moved on to pastures new.
Shame if they have but a check on the “follower” list has found that their last posts were literally months ago. Out of the 11 UK sites that I followed or was being followed by, there are only three active ones (posts within the last 3 months) left. I find myself wondering is it always like this at this time of year?
Comparing the stats of last year it would appear not so what’s going on? It didn’t help with all the outages from WordPress. I’m finding old blogs all over the place in new providers. Same content, different name.
Within the UK the economic crisis has grown stale. A feature of the UK population where they take whatever for so long and eventually it becomes the norm. The UK sheeple are so apathetic when it comes to long-term problems. No “passion” about anything. The next thing they will get all excited about is in January when the next load of migrant workers hits the UK. As usual WAY TOO LATE to put pressure on the government BUT that’s sheeple for you.
Internationally I’m watching Iran and Japan carefully.
Iran because I’m expecting trouble there which will spread over the Middle East and thus affect the price I have to pay for my petrol. I’m not worried who does what or for what justification, all I know is the price of my fuel will rocket.
I am watching Japan because of the fun and games they are having with China. If push comes to shove, I’m wondering what will be the outcome. I’m not worried about Fukushima, too far away I suppose BUT IMO you Americans should be. Rad levels increasing there, and they are considering dumping more highly irradiated material into the seas. How long has it been now? 2011 and the conditions are getting worse not better.
Personally I’d get the Russians in. After all they have experience with Chernobyl. OK they got it wrong, and people are still suffering BUT at least they did something and quickly(ish). Sort of sobering thought about what Japan is looking forward to. As for tuna? Well off our provision list for the next 1000 years.
Regarding finance I’m waiting for China to totally blow the international money markets minds by some means to become the number one currency of the world. I keep on saying to the boss (wife) that we should open an account with them. That (in my unlearned opinion) will just about finish off the Euro and if the US do get into bed with Europe, may just cause the almighty money collapse the experts are forecasting.
Great! World power changes overnight to China Number one, Russia number 2, and the Western powers sat there totally impotent to stop it.
I can’t help wondering if that’s why our government is allowing China to set up a financial base in the UK. I also wonder if it is using a bit of foresight and the hope of staving off their own collapse, or is it just GREED. I’m thinking 99.9% greed.
Back over the puddle, the US is pulling out all the stops to keep us UK preppers amused. Obamacare, your gun problems, TSA, DHS, and the other alphabet agencies all trying to outdo the others with their stupidity. As for the “retirement” of your senior brass in favor of what some of you call “Obama friendly leadership?” Wow. At least here they just chuck out ALL their best most experienced servicemen regardless of rank.
Short of moving away from the UK before it sinks under the weight of immigrants, turns Muslim, or financially collapses, I’ve been looking at the future of the blog.
In the new year I’m starting again. Boring I know BUT if you are like me you tend to forget about 2/3 of what you learn if not refreshed every 3 minutes. (Think goldfish memory retention time)
From the basic triangle i.e. Shelter, fire, water and my new filler SLEEP to a new emphasis on SCAVENGING.
Ooooh, suns out, no frost last night, and the dog is trying it’s best to herd us to the door. So that’s it for now. Another day, another squirrel to chase.
Have a good one.
I’m not generally a paranoid type (just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you) yet the dog was REALLY hesitant in letting me walk along an unlit path.
I tend to carry a torch the whole year round but don’t like using it, after all why advertise your presence? So I “pushed” the dog forward and soon enough the hesitation turned to growling.
On went the torch. A little 6 watt Cree LED torch (my must have!) and WAP! everything lit up.
No, it can’t be.
Out we went into the garden to CUT THE GRASS!
YEP, it’s official we’ve cracked, brain malfunction, “TILT” light illuminates.
Yet the UK newspapers are reporting arctic conditions, freezing blasts, Noah type floods, and hurricane force winds.
They got that one right though, 87 knot gusts. Lasted for all of 4 hours.
Did a brilliant job of stacking the fallen leaves against our fencing.
So easy to scoop up into the bin today.
So much sensationalist media B.S.
and so little time till Christmas.
Imminent danger, you’re armed, and you say to your loved ones “Stay behind me , you’ll be safe there”. Right or Wrong?
IMO you are
Two questions for you?
What does the average person shoot at? That would be the target!
Where does the average person return fire? That would be the person shooting at them!
So you putting yourself between your loved ones and the bad guy, carefully stacking all your little ducks in line behind you, even if the bad guy hits or just misses you, he’s going to happily rack up a bit of collateral damage i.e. the very people you want to defend.
Remember most slime can’t shoot for sh#t. Their idea of accuracy is to throw the maximum amount of lead in the minimum amount of time without messing their pants.
So may I offer a bit of
personal advice here.
If it’s you against an armed assailant, AND YOU HAVE TIME, stash your loved ones WAY OFF to one side and under cover BEFORE you move to a position where you can engage with the aggressor. Shoot and move with that in mind. You need to be moving AWAY from them drawing fire your way not theirs.
Try to think 30 degrees left and right of you as a bullet contaminated area so NEVER put your family in that zone.
Note the “If you have time” bit. If you can’t do that at least get them on the ground flat and move to open the angle. In the 50′s there was a mantra taught at schools DUCK AND COVER. Funny how the old ways are still best. It only needs a little “tweak” in my mind.
FALL FLAT, KEEP DOWN, SEEK COVER, and STAY THERE!
For those with a young family, train as a game BUT YOU MUST REINFORCE once they are down TO STAY DOWN until you “release them”. This Israeli lady was caught in the open BUT HER SURVIVAL INSTINCTS WERE CORRECT. GET FLAT.
You need to think about your assailants untrained reaction.
You shoot, he ducks, holds his weapon out (normally on its side as that is what all the gangster movies show), and empties the clip.
Mostly scum are looking for an exit if shooting starts anyway as most don’t like it when you shoot back.
Take some time and watch the attacks caught on YouTube. It’s VERY educational. In the main the shooters are ducking behind cover and BLINDLY firing at where they think the target is.
Probably the main reason why so many shots are fired with little gain.