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04 March 2019


Over the years, I've taught students who've had different reasons for coming to class, based on what scenarios they believed would unfold in the future. With that said, my earliest prediction put a total collapse of the United States at six years with the shit hitting the fan in 1996. At the time, I wasn't alone in that prediction either. Several of us in the movement agreed with that assessment. That was over twenty years ago, and we are amazed the powers that be are able to keep kicking the can down the road this long. Funny, however that the early global warming predictions were similarly pessimistic and also wrong. That's not to say that everything has been great, but it has been more like what Ayn Rand wrote about in Atlas Shrugged than in any recent prepper fiction.  That's why I say that if you were looking for a piece of fiction to base your preps on, your best bet would be When Autumn Leaves Fall. Beyond that, your next two reads should be One Acre and Security, and Live Off the Land in the City and Country.

These three reads are just an example of the type of material that's applicable to you no matter what scenario you envision now or in the future, because general self-reliance and preparedness is always a good first step.

When it comes to radio stuff, the same concept applies. There are things that you can (and should) do no matter what scenario you envision or what your situation is. The big one is communications monitoring.

Where I live, and in many other places (especially rural), an inexpensive 1970s-1980s vintage multiband radio is still perfectly adequate for listening to the local fire dispatch channel. I find these for under $20 at hamfests. As a bonus, they'll also tune international shortwave broadcasts so you can get a different perspective on news and current events than what the domestic establishment mass media machine puts out. Just by having the capability to receive those two sources, you've greatly increased your ability to know what's going on around you no matter what you think might happen in the future.

As I'm writing this, a winter storm had just passed thorough the region, and I'm listening to recovery efforts within a 20 mile or so radius on a common police scanner. Lots of public works/highway department traffic involving snow removal, and police/EMS responses to weather-related traffic accidents. In most areas of the US, you are be able to monitor local public safety and business land mobile radio traffic which will give you a very detailed picture of what's happening right now in your area.

Also programmed into this scanner is a bank of channels known as indicators. They are generally quiet unless something big is happening. Last night, I picked up a multi-agency response a few towns over. Further monitoring told me it was a large structure fire at a supermarket and nothing of concern for my area of interest. If the incident was something closer, industrial, and upwind from me then the matter would have been more concerning.

So regardless of what you think the future may hold, doing a little communications monitoring to know what's going on around you is always a good idea. Sparks31 Technology, Intelligence, and Communications Classes are being held across the country this year, and will help you get up to speed.

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