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I have heard it stated somewhere “intent plus capability equals threat”. I believe it is an old formula used by people smarter than me when they are planning how to distribute defensive resources. I actually heard that phrase again recently while listening to the radio and it caused me to consider this formula as a basis for planning your response to different potential threats.

As a prepper, I believe it is vital to have a plan for security.  The world can be an ugly place in times of crisis and depending on the situation, once reasonable, kind and rational people can become killers. Even if they don’t become killers, you could face a threat from incredibly desperate people who while not wanting to hurt you would do anything to protect or provide for their own loved ones. It is times like this that you could have to depend on a firearm to save your life.

On the Prepper Journal I advocate that everyone become prepared to handle the disruptions in life that we see every day on the news. There are earthquakes that disrupt entire communities, hurricanes that destroy the homes of thousands, tsunamis that impact entire regions, nuclear meltdowns that threaten everyone, virus outbreaks that are flown around the globe, chemical spills that poison the water and on and on. These are normal events that happen in our lives. These aren’t crazy conspiracy theories, they are real and my mission has been to wake people up to the potential for events like this coming to your town. Because if you take some simple steps now you can begin to prepare for these “disruptions” in your life. With planning you can become more self-reliant in the face of disaster.

There are some threats though that can’t be avoided by having a good food storage plan. There are some troubles you could face that aren’t washed away with gallons of stored water. Sometimes, you can’t plan for all contingencies or you may be faced with something you haven’t considered before. I believe that there are levels that we need to prepare for and obviously how affected we are by the disasters makes all the difference in the world. It doesn’t matter initially if your town experienced an earthquake if your home, neighborhood and family are fine. If the stores down the street are still working as normal, your preps aren’t going to be needed as much as in other situations. Like I said last week, everything depends on the disaster.

But as I frequently do, lets take a hypothetical disaster for the purposes of discussion. We have used the threat of EMP too much lately so I will use something like an Ebola pandemic. The scenario is an Ebola pandemic has ravaged the country and decimated 50% of the population. Everyone has been ordered into their homes for over two months now and you are still holding out. Your supplies have dwindled but your family is healthy and you can last a few more months. The power is intermittent due to personnel shortages, many have died, so you do face some days without power. The water is still on, but rumors are spreading that it isn’t safe to drink.

OK, so that is our hypothetical and during an event like that I could easily see many situations where your security could be threatened. I say all of this as an introduction to a question a reader sent me a couple of weeks back.

A reader of the Prepper Journal; Jeremy sent me the following:

In reading the book Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected (One I would recommend HIGHLY as a preparation for the realities of everyday life, let alone for what people very well could and would be like following a major disaster/period of civil decay) the author is speaking about determining our capacity for dealing with violence and, in turn, inflicting violence on others to protect ourselves/the ones we love. He speaks of determining, ahead of time, your capability vs. your capacity. The example he uses is that of a person coming at you with a butcher’s knife. They have the intent, means and opportunity to kill you. You have nowhere to retreat, but are armed. This is a shoot/no shoot scenario. The question is do you shoot? Are you OK with shooting the person and killing them?

I have not read this book but the question he posed was interesting. Judging by the question so far, it seems pretty simple doesn’t it? It may not be that cut and dry for everyone, but I would like to think I would be able to pull the trigger to defend my life or the lives of people I love. The person coming at me would be a threat because they would be walking towards me (intent) and they would be holding a butcher knife (capacity) regardless of the specifics of castle doctrine or duty to retreat (he says you have nowhere to retreat) I would feel justified in shooting the person who I viewed in this example as a threat to my life.

But I am no lawyer. I have also never shot and killed anyone so take what I say I would do with a grain of salt.

Then he says the following –

“Now change an element. The Threat is twelve years old. Do you still shoot? Kill? Are you okay with that? If the Threat were six years old? Four? A woman? A pregnant woman? A mentally disabled person who can’t realize what they are doing? Your own spouse? Your own child? What if the Threat’s toddler children are watching? What if cameras are rolling? The threat is the same—even a four-year-old with a big knife can kill and there are no degrees of dead. Do you feel the same about all of those scenarios? I don’t. Even knowing full well how dangerous a knife is and how many people die from overconfidence I would have a hard time shooting a child. I might feel differently about the other scenarios but would act the same—I would just feel worse about it later. Think about this. Explore it. Listen to your gut feelings before you try to logic it out. When you do try to logic it out, pay special attention to when you are rationalizing—when your logic is serving not to make the best decision but to justify the decision that your gut wants.”

 Miller, Rory (2011-04-01). Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected (Kindle Locations 339-352). YMAA Publication Center. Kindle Edition.

Now, that is an interesting turn of events or elements as the writer states. Have you thought about what you would do? Would you be willing to shoot someone? If the answer is yes to that question I think the writer’s larger point may be that you probably have a vision of who this hypothetical bad guy is. I know I did. In my mind the threat was a menacing looking man in my home and my children and wife were behind me. I can see the knife in his hand right now and can feel my firearm in mine. I don’t have much hesitation when the question becomes do you shoot. In my mind that is.

But, the author does give us a challenge and the first is to change the element to a child. Being the father of children I have to give this one a little extra consideration. Then he says “what if the child is four”. I know I could disarm a four-year old. I could disarm a 6 or 12-year-old while we are at it so I don’t think I would view a child, under some reasonable age as a threat if they were holding a big knife. Is there a chance I would be cut, most likely if I didn’t do something right, but I still wouldn’t shoot someone who I feel I could overpower. In this case I discount that one aspect of the hypothetical, but the overall message is still one that is compelling to consider.

What if the bad guy isn’t your imaginary bad guy?

What if this person were your neighbor who was retired and had always been the best neighbor in the world to you? What if this was his wife? What if it was another neighbor’s child? In this case, not 4 or 6 but 18? Would you shoot him or her? What if it was a pregnant woman? What if it was someone you worked with who knew about your preps because you didn’t practice good OPSEC and had come to your home because her husband was sick and starving to death? What if she was holding a gun and her daughter was right beside her? Would you shoot first or let her shoot you?

I know most of the arguments for charity and setting aside food to give away and all of the rational approaches to dealing with family members before SHTF. I don’t have the answers to all my hypothetical scenarios, but I do think the exercise of thinking about this ahead of time is valid. It may be that none of us can even think about what we would do in a situation like that. Honestly I don’t know what I would do and I can’t even tell you how I would deal with that scenario. Maybe I would freeze?

We deal with topics of security all the time and there are simple baselines I believe in like having the ability, the training and the resolve to defend your home. Admittedly this defense is always from my imaginary bad guy, but reality always gets a vote. Thinking about these unthinkable scenarios could give you some ideas with respect to how you are prepping. If nothing else, it might change how you view security and what you are willing to do.

Have you thought about this before? Would you be willing to shoot?

This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: Do You Shoot: What if Your Imaginary Bad Guy isn’t Who Shows Up?

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making hay while the sun is shining

By   – The Organic Prepper

Over the past couple of weeks, I haven’t been around my computer much.

That’s because we are working hard to live a more agrarian lifestyle. And to do that, you have to “make hay while the sun shines.”

That little proverb was first recorded in 1546, in John Heywood’s “A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue” (This is the updated version.)  Heywood wrote:

Whan the sunne shinth make hay. Whiche is to say.
Take time whan time cometh, lest time steale away.

Back when Heywood wrote down that little pearl of wisdom, every Medieval farmer knew that if the hay was ready, it was time to  cut it down, dry it, and gather it in order to feed their livestock throughout the winter. Not to do so was certain death, for without the livestock, they would potentially starve. (source)

Of course, with the advent of “progress” we now live in a society in which nothing is really that urgent to most folks.

If you need to feed your livestock, you go to the feed store.

If you need a gift for someone, if you put in a little forethought, you can order it online. If you’ve waited until the last minute, you can run to the store on your way to the party.

If you need to feed yourself, you go to the grocery store or to one of dozens of restaurants. If you don’t want to get out of your pajamas, you can even have a hot meal delivered to your door in most places.

If food in your fridge goes bad, you simply toss it out.

If you need to stay warm, turn up the thermostat.

All of these things are more recent developments, of course. In days gone by…

If you needed to feed your livestock, you made hay when it was ready, because if you left it, it would mold in the fields, rendering it inedible.

If you needed a gift for someone, you thought about it in advance, and spent evenings by the fire carefully crafting that gift, savoring the secret and anticipating their delight.

If you needed to feed yourself, you planted, you nurtured, you harvested, and you preserved, for in the cold winter months, the food would not be as close as the garden.

If your food spoiled, you knew there would be lean days ahead, so you made great effort not to let that happen.

If you lived in a climate with cold winters, you spent weeks each fall felling trees and chopping the wood into fireplace sized chunks. And that was for the following year, after it had seasoned.  The year before you had chopped and stacked the firewood for this winter.

Meeting needs on demand is great, but is it really progress?

It means that everyone enjoys the same access to food whether they work hard or are lazy and unmotivated. Add in the EBT system, and some people don’t even have to earn money to buy the food. It means that heat is as simple as turning a dial and it’s against the law in many places to turn off the heat even when you haven’t paid your bill. While I’m not advocating that people go hungry or cold, and I realize that there are circumstances in which all of us need a hand up now and then, the end result is that we have created a society with a poor work ethic because there is no sense of urgency about…anything.

High quality food for the winter at a budget price

In my family, we are returning, by choice, to an old-fashioned lifestyle. Not only is is satisfying and healthy, it’s also friendly to the budget.  My garden is not the best this year, so I’m reaping the rewards of other people’s gardens.  Every week, I’m loading up on at least one thing and I’m preserving it for the months ahead. I’m trying to use every single bit of the food I’m acquiring.  We aren’t much above our normal grocery budget of $100 a week, and my cupboards have never been this full going into the cooler months.

Part of the reason for this is that the farmers know about that whole “making hay” theory mentioned above. They know the produce is only at its peak for a short period of time, so it is sold inexpensively when it is at its most abundant.

For the consumer, it’s like any other type of investment – you want to buy when the commodity is at the lower end of the price spectrum. Later, when everyone else is paying $3.99 a pound for peaches, we’ll be eating our $1 a pound peaches. That’s a savings of $3 per pound. If you were to apply that across the board, imagine the savings you’ll realize while still consuming high quality, local, sustainably grown food. If each family member ate the equivalent of a pound of produce per day (a low estimate) and the savings was an average of $3 per pound, that is $21 PER PERSON that you would save each week on  the price of your grocery bill throughout the year. Multiply that by your number of family members and you will see how much your budget could potentially drop.

Many people have become slaves to the rather absurd food system that provides us with “fresh” blueberries and asparagus at Christmas.  Unfortunately for our grocery bills, that means we are also slaves to the high prices charged for luxury produce outside of its normal season.

Tis the season for food preservation.

August is a busy month, because all sorts of goodies are ripe. At the end of July and the first week of August, my daughter and I were out early every morning, busily picking blueberries at a U-pick place just a half mile down the road from us before the blazing sun made it too hot outside.  But the work wasn’t over with the picking.  Once we got home, they had to be washed, picked through, and processed. Of course, our version of processed food is not like Big Food’s version. We pureed, strained, dried, and canned.  We made jam, syrup, and dried berries. All in all, we went through 55 pounds of blueberries, and yummy blueberry pancakes and muffins will be ours this winter, at the low price of $1 a pound.

At the tail-end of blueberry season was peach season.  We have processed 100 pounds of peaches, also at $1 a pound.  (Here are 10 Awesome Ways to Preserve the WHOLE Peach.) We have canned peach slices, peach jam, Peach pancake syrup, and spicy peach jam. We’ve made peach peel candy (which is delicious chopped up in a bowl of oatmeal, by the way), peach tea, and currently in a cool dark place lurks peach infused vodka and whiskey, just waiting to be turned into liqueurs and decanted into pretty bottles for Christmas.

The peaches have tapered off, and we have begun working with pears.  We canned pears in a mulling spice mix and pears in merlot wine.  We boiled down the cores to make “pear cider”.  We used the peels to make pear honey. We’re awaiting more pears for pear sauce.  Hopefully, we’ll also manage to get our hands on some plums because I want to try my hand at some homemade plum sauce.

As fruit begins to wane, we are also working on preserving vegetables. I’ve pressure canned green beans and corn. I’ve dehydrated grated  carrots and zucchini. I made dill relish from zucchini (don’t tell my kids, who think they hate zucchini!).  I’ve also canned shredded zucchini for use in future muffins.

And tomatoes…glorious tomatoes. My favorite thing on the planet to add to my cupboards is my homemade tomato goodies.  The lovely red orbs are just starting to come in, and I’m mixing the ones from my garden with heirloom varieties purchased from friends nearby. Our pantry shelves will include: tomato sauce with onions and garlic (no herbs – this is just for soup bases, etc), tomato juice, marinara sauce, pizza sauce, ketchup, tomato and basil soup, enchilada sauce, salsa, and dehydrated tomatoes preserved in oil. Not one tomato product throughout the year will need to be bought with this wonderful harvest I am putting away.

Soon, apple season will arrive and we’ll be busy making applesauce, pie filling. and apple butter. After that, pumpkins will be cubed and put in jars. We’ll be filling our freezer with meat, and some of it will go into jars in the form of chili, soup, and stew.

The season is short.

The thing is, this season is finite. In another two months, it will be slim pickings in the garden. I won’t be able to go to a nearby farm and pick up things inexpensively in bushels. I may not be able to find some foods at all if I stick to my goal of purchasing outside of the traditional grocery store. Furthermore, we can only eat so much of this fresh produce before it goes bad. There is a limited time during which it can be preserved for later. There’s no point in purchasing items by the bushel if you’re going to let half a bushel go to waste.

This means that if I’m not feeling well, if something comes up, or if I’m just not in the mood to can, I still have to can.  We don’t live in a society where people push themselves to complete tasks anymore. It isn’t that they “can’t” complete a task in an allotted period of time – they have just gotten used to someone else completing those time-sensitive things, and they go on their merry ways and plan to get things as needed at the grocery store. They don’t intend to heat with firewood, so they don’t have a huge pile of it in their driveway, requiring immediate stacking and covering to keep it dry and ready to warm their homes. It was actually heating exclusively with wood that made me so incredibly aware of the seasons and the jobs that are necessary during each of them. It was a matter of “stack wood now or freeze to death later.”

Fortunately, not everyone relies on the ‘just in time” system.  Those of us who live by the seasons are aware that there is a time for work and a time for rest. We are fortunate to have back-up if our seals fail or our garden is unsuccessful, but we know those things may not always be around. We know that we have to make hay while the sun is shining, because tomorrow it may rain.

I’ll finish with some more ancient words of wisdom.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 3, King James version

Resources

How to Can Food in a Boiling Water Bath

Here’s what you need to get started water bath canning

How to Pressure Can Food

Here’s what you need to get started pressure canning

Canning and Preserving Your Own Harvest: An Encyclopedia of Country Living Guide

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

This article first appeared at The Organic Prepper: The Austerity Diaries: Making Hay While the Sun Shines

About the author:

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

How To Store All The Water You’ll Ever Need

By Nicholas O.Off The Grid News

You can be loaded to the max with all the gear and equipment in the world, but without water, you won’t survive three days.

Water is often the most overlooked survival item, despite being the most vital.

Stocking up on water may not be considered “fun,” but it should still be at the top of your list.  First, let’s discuss what your priorities should be. How many people are in your group? Maybe you’re alone, or you have a family of six. As a general rule of thumb, you should have enough water set aside for each person to have one gallon per day.

If you can make it past the first three days of a crisis, then your chances of survival increase dramatically. Therefore, you should store or have reliable access to a minimum of three gallons of water per person.

Let’s look at your options:

Bottled Water

Having clean water to drink and cook with is vitally important. For short-term storage, simply buying plastic water bottles and gallon containers from the store is certainly one way to stock up on large quantities of it. The water within the bottles have an indefinite shelf life, but the plastic containers certainly do not (after all, they have an expiration date as required by law). The shelf life of plastic water bottles is generally between one to two years, but it will be increased if you can keep all of the bottles in a dry, cool and dark location away from light and heat.

One obvious way to deal with the shelf life of plastic water bottles is to rotate all of your plastic bottles out every few years, but a more economical and simpler option may be to invest in containers that are designed specifically for storing water. These containers vary in size from 50-gallon immobile containers to small containers that you can carry with you. Having a variety of different sized water containers will come in handy.

Remember, for short-term survival you will need a minimum of three gallons of water per person, plus extra water for cooking and personal hygiene. But for the long term, you’ll have to increase your timescale from three days to several months. Yes, that’s a lot of water. Even if a natural disaster only lasts a day, the power grid can be out for weeks or even months. You’ll be glad you had all of this water stored properly if the need ever arises.

There are, of course, other options: natural water sources…Continue Reading this article here at Off The Grid News: How To Store All The Water You’ll Ever Need

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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

More than 90% of Americans throw out food prematurely, and 40% of the U.S. food supply is tossed out unused every year because of food dating.

Most people do not understand what ‘Use-by’, ‘Best-by’, and ‘Sell-by’ (so called ‘expiration’) dates really mean on their foods.

The fact that so much food is thrown out is stunning, and unbelievably wasteful…

(Updated)

The following information sourced from TIME.com is important for the prepper, and anyone who is confused about what these ‘Use-by’, ‘Best-by’, and ‘Sell-by’ dates really mean…
Use-by dates are contributing to millions of pounds of wasted food each year.

A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic says Americans are prematurely throwing out food, largely because of confusion over what expiration dates actually mean.

Most consumers mistakenly believe that expiration dates on food indicate how safe the food is to consume, when these dates actually are NOT related to the risk of food poisoning or foodborne illness.

The dates solely indicate freshness, and are used by manufacturers to convey when the product is at its peak. That means the food does not expire in the sense of becoming inedible.

For un-refrigerated foods, there may be no difference in taste or quality, and expired foods won’t necessarily make people sick.

But according to the report’s analysis, words like “Use-by” and “Sell-by” are used so…Continue reading this article at Modern Survival Blog: Use-by, Best-by, and Sell-by Food Expiration Dates

 

By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse

Wall Street banks are getting hit by cyber attacks every single minute of every single day.  It is a massive onslaught that is not highly publicized because the bankers do not want to alarm the public.  But as you will see below, one big Wall Street bank is spending 250 million dollars a year just by themselves to combat this growing problem.  The truth is that our financial system is not nearly as stable as most Americans think that it is.  We have become more dependent on technology than ever before, and that comes with a potentially huge downside.  An electromagnetic pulse weapon or an incredibly massive cyberattack could conceivably take down part or all of our banking system at any time.

This week, the mainstream news is reporting on an attack on our major banks that was so massive that the FBI and the Secret Service have decided to get involved.  The following is how Forbes described what is going on…

The FBI and the Secret Service are investigating a huge wave of cyber attacks on Wall Street banks, reportedly including JP Morgan Chase, that took place in recent weeks.

The attacks may have involved the theft of multiple gigabytes of sensitive data, according to reports. Joshua Campbell, supervisory special agent at the FBI, tells Forbes: “We are working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several American financial institutions.”

When most people think of “cyber attacks”, they think of a handful of hackers working out of lonely apartments or the basements of their parents.  But that is not primarily what we are dealing with anymore.  Today, big banks are dealing with cyberattackers that are extremely organized and that are incredibly sophisticated.

The threat grows with each passing day, and that is why JPMorgan Chase says that “not every battle will be won” even though it is spending 250 million dollars a year in a relentless fight against cyberattacks…

JPMorgan Chase this year will spend $250 million and dedicate 1,000 people to protecting itself from cybercrime — and it still might not be completely successful, CEO Jamie Dimon warned in April.

Cyberattacks are growing every day in strength and velocity across the globe. It is going to be continual and likely never-ending battle to stay ahead of it — and, unfortunately, not every battle will be won,” Dimon said in his annual letter to shareholders.

Other big Wall Street banks have a similar perspective.  Just consider the following two quotes from a recent USA Today article

Bank of America: “Although to date we have not experienced any material losses relating to cyber attacks or other information security breaches, there can be no assurance that we will not suffer such losses in the future.”

Citigroup: “Citi has been subject to intentional cyber incidents from external sources, including (i) denial of service attacks, which attempted to interrupt service to clients and customers; (ii) data breaches, which aimed to obtain unauthorized access to customer account data; and (iii) malicious software attacks on client systems, which attempted to allow unauthorized entrance to Citi’s systems under the guise of a client and the extraction of client data. For example, in 2013 Citi and other U.S. financial institutions experienced distributed denial of service attacks which were intended to disrupt consumer online banking services. …

“… because the methods used to cause cyber attacks change frequently or, in some cases, are not recognized until launched, Citi may be unable to implement effective preventive measures or proactively address these methods.”

I don’t know about you, but those quotes do not exactly fill me with confidence.

Another potential threat that banking executives lose sleep over is the threat of electromagnetic pulse weapons.  The technology of these weapons has advanced so much that they can fit inside a briefcase now.  Just consider the following excerpt from an article that was posted on an engineering website entitled “Electromagnetic Warfare Is Here“…

The problem is growing because the technology available to attackers has improved even as the technology being attacked has become more vulnerable. Our infrastructure increasingly depends on closely integrated, high-speed electronic systems operating at low internal voltages. That means they can be laid low by short, sharp pulses high in voltage but low in energy—output that can now be generated by a machine the size of a suitcase, batteries included.

Electromagnetic (EM) attacks are not only possible—they are happening. One may be under way as you read this. Even so, you would probably never hear of it: These stories are typically hushed up, for the sake of security or the victims’ reputation.

That same article described how an attack might possibly happen…

An attack might be staged as follows. A larger electromagnetic weapon could be hidden in a small van with side panels made of fiberglass, which is transparent to EM radiation. If the van is parked about 5 to 10 meters away from the target, the EM fields propagating to the wall of the building can be very high. If, as is usually the case, the walls are mere masonry, without metal shielding, the fields will attenuate only slightly. You can tell just how well shielded a building is by a simple test: If your cellphone works well when you’re inside, then you are probably wide open to attack.

And with electromagnetic pulse weapons, terrorists or cyberattackers can try again and again until they finally get it right

And, unlike other means of attack, EM weapons can be used without much risk. A terrorist gang can be caught at the gates, and a hacker may raise alarms while attempting to slip through the firewalls, but an EM attacker can try and try again, and no one will notice until computer systems begin to fail (and even then the victims may still not know why).

Never before have our financial institutions faced potential threats on this scale.

According to the Telegraph, our banks are under assault from cyberattacks “every minute of every day”, and these attacks are continually growing in size and scope…

Every minute, of every hour, of every day, a major financial institution is under attack.

Threats range from teenagers in their bedrooms engaging in adolescent “hacktivism”, to sophisticated criminal gangs and state-sponsored terrorists attempting everything from extortion to industrial espionage. Though the details of these crimes remain scant, cyber security experts are clear that behind-the-scenes online attacks have already had far reaching consequences for banks and the financial markets.

In the end, it is probably only a matter of time until we experience a technological 9/11.

When that day arrives, will your money be safe?

This article first appeared at The Economic Collapse: Wall Street Admits That A Cyberattack Could Crash Our Banking System At Any Time

About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

Read his new book The Beginning of the End

 

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By Melissa MeltonThe Daily Sheeple

Another 9/11 anniversary is right around the corner, and just in time for everyone everywhere to be threatened by a terrorism threat ‘like nothing the Pentagon has ever seen’.

First, Judicial Watch has released a statement earlier today that an Imminent Terrorist Attack Warning By Feds on US Border has been released:

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued.  Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Apparently the MENSA candidates in our government know enough to officially confirm that ISIS is operating out of Juarez, Mexico (just across the border from El Paso, Texas), but they somehow don’t know enough to know how to stop them or when the impending terrorist attack ISIS has planned on the U.S.-Mexico border — which has purposefully been left WIDE OPEN and unprotected in recent months — will occur.

They just know a terror attack on the border is imminent and where the terrorists who are going to carry out that threat are; but somehow all that prepping, planning, all those terror drills, the billions in funding etc. since 9/11 and they can’t do anything to stop it, sorry folks.

On the other side of the pond, it came out today that David Cameron is also telling his citizens now that ISIS is much more dangerous than Al Qaeda, to be “vigilant,” and sending more armed police into the streets, all while raising the nation’s terror threat to “severe” for the first time in three years, which is the second highest level Britain has (via Daily Mail):

The Home Secretary said the intelligence services now believe a terror attack in Britain is ‘highly likely’, although she stressed there was no information about any specific plot.

‘The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West,’ Mrs. May said. ‘Some of those plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have travelled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts.’

British intelligence officers believe at least 500 British citizens have travelled to Syria and Iraq to wage jihad, of which about half have returned to this country. Some experts believe the true figure may be far higher.

Again, neither the Obama administration nor the Cameron ministry has discussed why their foreign policies apparently involve funding and creating their own enemies to begin with.

Now we’re all supposed to sit here and “be vigilant” without even questioning why we are suddenly under this threat in the first place…

And no, it isn’t because “the terrorists hate our freedom.”

 

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By  – AccuWeather

As a storm system moves out of the northern Rockies this weekend, it will trigger an outbreak of severe weather on Sunday that includes the risk of a few tornadoes in portions of the northern and central Plains to the Upper Midwest.

People will want to stay informed on the situation, especially if they will be attending picnics, fishing trips and other outings.

In addition to the potential for a few tornadoes, many of the storms will bring the full spectrum risk of severe weather, including damaging wind gusts, large hail, frequent lightning strikes and flash flooding.

During the afternoon hours on Sunday, the risk of storms will extend from north-central Kansas to central and northeastern Nebraska to eastern South Dakota and western and central Minnesota.

On Sunday night, the risk of storms will shift farther east and south and will extend from central and eastern Kansas to eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Major cities that can be affected by the storms include Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; La Crosse, Wisconsin; and Minneapolis.

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The tornado threat will be greatest as the severe weather outbreak commences Sunday afternoon, according to AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions Expert Senior Meteorologist Scott Breit.

“That would be primarily from eastern Nebraska and western Iowa northward into Minnesota.”

The tornado danger will evolve into more of a straight-line wind threat overnight Sunday, Breit added.

During Labor Day, the risk of locally heavy, gusty thunderstorms could reach farther east and may impact portions of central Missouri, Illinois, Michigan and Indiana.

According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, “The outbreak of severe weather could rival that of earlier this year, on June 16.”

On June 16, there were more than 500 reported incidents of severe weather, including several dozen tornadoes.

“The severe weather will center on the same general area, and we may have a similar count of severe weather incidents, when compared to June 16,” Margusity said.

The June 16 outbreak produced locally strong tornadoes, including the deadly twin tornadoes that struck Pilger, Nebraska.

While the setup could yield isolated strong tornadoes, twin tornadoes of the strength that hit Pilger are very rare and are not likely to be repeated during the potential outbreak this weekend.

Prior to Sunday’s severe weather outbreak, the front will ignite severe thunderstorms with hail and damaging winds in the vicinity of western North Dakota Saturday afternoon and evening. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out on Saturday as well.

AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski made contributions to this article

More continued coverage at AccuWeather: Central US Faces Labor Day Weekend Severe Weather