Reyes demonstrates various techniques for surviving interesting post-apocalyptic scenarios. In the pilot, Reyes uses a bike pump to siphon diesel fuel to power a hospital’s generator, creates a makeshift grappling-hook to scale over a part-way raised bridge, demonstrates how to create fire with a battery and steel wool, and shows the proper technique to break down a door in a breaching siege. The pilot was filmed in Detroit.
IN NEW NOVEL, SELF-RELIANCE KEY TO SURVIVING
YELLOWSTONE CALDERA SUPER-ERUPTION
In the new apocalyptic novel, Yellowstone, New Hampshire-based author K.R.Nilsen creates a cooperative, self-contained, and highly self-sufficient community by the name of Independency, Minnesota. Populated by little more than 100 techno-agrarian pioneers, they build a new social and economic model that shuns global hyper-consumerism for a mode of living that places high value on self-reliance; hands-on food, goods, and energy production; personal and community-wide thriftiness; zero waste; nonviolence, and hard work for the benefit of all.
The ebook, now available on Amazon.com (free chapters to peruse and free lending service), opens with the buildup of geological forces within the 1,500 mile volcanic caldera that underlies almost the entire length and breadth of Yellowstone National Park, the largest such caldera on earth. The eruption that ensues is based on scientific evidence of a stupendous super-eruption of the caldera 2.1 million years ago, the ashfall from which buried one third of the contiguous United States under tens of millions of tons of volcanic debris and caused global temperatures to plunge precipitously for more than a decade.
In Nilsen’s novel, we join members of the self-reliant Minnesota town as they endure hellish struggles against torrents of ash, against starving citizens who steal and kill for food, against National Guard troops sent to empty bulk grain storage silos and ship corn, wheat and soybeans to desperate Eastern cities, and against record-breaking volcanic-winter cold.
The reader gets to walk in the shoes of these tech-savvy field-crop and greenhouse growers as they forge a new economic paradigm to replace the crippled hyper-consumer society around them. Pre-adapted to the harrowing conditions brought on by the eruption, the citizens of Independency village find they have the only avenues open to surviving the Yellowstone cataclysm.
Implied in these pages is the notion that globalization is a threat to the individual and the community because our global economic mono-system leaves all consumers dependent on people a world away we can’t know, can’t influence, and whose labor we can’t do without but which provides goods we no longer produce ourselves or as a nation. Nilsen calls that dependency untenable, and he uses the Yellowstone eruption as a means of highlighting just how vulnerable populations can be if a major catastrophic event, natural or manmade, were to come calling. Like the name of the town in his book, Nilsen calls for moving away from globalization-economics dependency for “independency”, whereby informed citizens band together to create self-sufficient communities that produce their own goods and services first, and then sell surplus goods and services to the outside world so the community members may thrive and remain independent of the greater society. In Yellowstone, this proves to be the key to survival.
The author is not a Lazy-Boy wordsmith. He is developing an organic and biodynamic farm and farm program in rural New Hampshire, grows food all year round, has built residential homes, designed long-distance hiking trails and all sorts of trail infrastructure, run a nonprofit, owned a natural foods manufacturing business, and is a champion of intentional communities. He has a particular interest in the more than a dozen remarkable self-contained towns that were built and occupied in the U.S. by the highly productive Shakers religious sect for 150 years.
Those who have a keen interest in more sustainable living and lifestyles of self-reliance might find a compelling model for a new social reality within the many pages of Yellowstone. Sample chapters of the ebook are available free online at Amazon.com to peruse.
Nilsen is so committed to self-reliant living that he self-published the novel and painted an original canvas that provides the background image for the cover. He plans an audio book of the novel and hopes to complete a nonfiction version of the ideas put forth in Yellowstone sometime in 2015.
Submitted by K. Robert Nilsen
The coming historic collapse
In the last 100 years the dollar has lost 99% of its purchasing power
against gold. It will reach zero in the coming years because of the Fed’s money creation
Paper currencies always return to their intrinsic value of zero on an average
of 40 years.
42 years ago in 1971, Nixon suspended the convertibility of dollars into gold.
Since the 2008 crisis, the Fed has printed via Quantitative Easing:
QE 1 : $1.25 trillion
QE 2 : $700 billions
QE 3 : $85 billions every single month! The largest QE to date with an estimated
total of $1.6 trillion.
This is a stunning total of $3.55 trillions dollars created out of thin air in just four years!
Money supply is expanding faster and faster.
We are now heading toward the final collapse.
In comparison, sound money, e.g. gold and silver, has been here for 5000 years.
Be ready when SHTF: Protect your savings, buy gold and silver.
How to buy gold and silver?
There are different ways to invest in precious metals.
It depends on how much you want to invest.
First of all, you don’t want to hold your gold in a bank : Do not buy gold
certificates, and do not hold gold in a safe in a bank.
Since 2008, more than 500 banks have gone bankrupt! If your bank is foreclosed, how
can you access your safe!?
That being said, if your saving are under 20K$, I would suggest you buy gold
and silver coins.
Hold them at home in a safe, or hide them well. There are many ways to smartly hide your gold in your home.
Don’t tell anybody you have gold at home.
If you plan to invest more than 20K$, it might be more of a risk to keep it at
home or more complicated to organise the trade and the transportation, etc…
In that case I would suggest you use the services of a specialised company such as GoldBroker.com
They can manage all the trades (buy, sell) and transport and store your
gold and silver in Switzerland in a highly-secured vault.
We have seen government’s gold confiscation in the past… but this will not happen in Switzerland, a very safe country.
The Bunker Business is Booming!
Quite simply put, it does not matter where you go these days. The “survivalist” mentality is here, and here to stay. As life becomes easier, it frees up our time to actually worry about the future instead of worrying about the here-and-now as most folks did less than a century ago. Rapidly-advancing nuclear technology, out-of-control gun laws, and dangerous leaps in science—among other things—could all spell disaster for the world as we know it. For some though, getting caught with their pants down simply is not an option; which is also why the so-called “bunker business” is booming.
Remember back in 2012, when the Mayan prophecy was supposed to be carried out, essentially ending the world as we know it? That would have been a superb time to be in the bunker business. In fact, one company in the industry said that increased anxiety about the world ending in 2012 was the catalyst directly responsible for approximately a quarter of their business. Not only that, but created a widespread increase in awareness for events that could literally end humanity here on Earth. Whether they believe the world is going to end soon or not, many entrepreneurs are capitalizing on the idea by endeavoring into the bunker-building business.
With 2012 in our rearview, it is safe to say that the prophecy predicted by the Mayans was off a bit. Even though the end of the world did not come as predicted by the Mayans, it got people across the globe contemplating other life-ending, world-altering events. Global warming, decreased water supply, nuclear warfare, massive tsunamis, or even the Christian philosophy called the Rapture; there are many things that could destroy our planet or even cause the human race to go extinct all together.
In the end, we are all going to die—at some point that is. Whether we are wiped off the face of the Earth by a giant tsunami, or simply drown because of a simple leg cramp, rest assured nobody is immune to death. However, as we have seen over the past decade or so, some are definitely better prepared to face the apocalyptic events that could become a very real part of our future, building underground bunkers—or should I say fortresses—that can withstand just about any threat thrown at it. Literally!
For those with no budget limitations, having a professionally-built bunker is the way to go. Reinforced steel, contemporary design, and specific amenities at request, some companies can pretty much build you an impenetrable house underground. Once built, these bunkers can be loaded with enough food, water, toiletries, and entertainment to provide sustenance for those who occupy it; in some cases, several months or more. Most bunkers are outfitted with heavy reinforced doors, designed so that once closed, nobody gets in. This is important when you have an entire community outside forcefully trying to gain entry into the bunker.
Unfortunately though, professionally-build bunkers do not come cheap for everybody. Some bunkers can carry a price tag of more than a half-million dollars. Even the cheapest bunkers can run well beyond $50,000. For those operating on a tighter budget, the idea of a do-it-yourself bunker can be quite appealing since it allows one to take the ultimate preparation tactic without breaking the bank so to speak. For those with a bit of construction experience, building a bunker won’t pose too much of a problem.
However, for those with no building experience, a little research on www.rockanddirt.com might be necessary to get a feel for what might be involved. Since bunkers generally lie beneath the surface of the ground, heavy machinery is likely involved as chunks of Earth will need to be excavated and hauled out. Depending on how the bunker is built, a crane will also be necessary to lift the structure and drop it into place.
Aside from heavy machinery, a DIY bunker will likely require permits to build also depending on which state you live in. Ultimately, the ramifications associated with bunker building are not to be taken lightly; it is going to take much more than a few hand tools. After all, the overall goal of a bunker is to protect one’s self and family in the event of a catastrophic occurrence, so it literally needs to be virtually impenetrable in order to retain its integrity.
As folks become more aware of the world around them, the “prepper” mentality will pursue. An underground bunker is a concept that provides safety and sanctity in the event of disaster. Who is to say what the future holds? One thing we can all be assured of is that the future brings with it a sense of uncertainty; and for some, uncertainty is unacceptable for some as it means they are not in control of their own fates. So whether we’re talking about professionally-built bunkers, or a do-it-yourself bunker, the demand is there and isn’t going anywhere soon.
This video demonstrates how to build a great cold weather shelter with custom beds and fireplace.
This video will demonstrate how you can easily cut down larger trees with a knife.
Lonnie shows here a quick and easy survival food that is available year round that could easily make the difference between life and death. It is easily prepared with no cooking (eat it raw). All that is needed is a knife but even that is not necessary. This food could be gathered using a sharp edged rock. This food is also one of the easiest foods to identify.
Guide to making a light weight DIY backpacking stove for boiling water or cooking.