Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Will an EMP or Solar Flare Affect My Car?

There is a lot of speculation as to whether an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) event or a solar flare would play havoc on our cars. This is just an opinion, but I just experienced a problem with one of my vehicles that leads me to believe that just about any car with a computer will most likely be toast upon one of these events.

I was driving the car, almost home, and the engine quit. After trying unsuccessfully to get the car running, I called AAA and had the car towed to the dealer. After a few days in the shop, they called me with the bad news. Apparently this is not an isolated problem. A lot of vehicles are doing this. They told me that the spark plugs through its normal wear cycle, began giving off a radio frequency that fried the electronic circuits in the PCM (power control module, or computer). The PCM then fried the coil packs (older cars used to have one coil that supplied spark to all the spark plugs. Some genius decided it was better to give each spark plug its own coil, mounted directly on top of the plug. So, with my six cylinder engine, instead of the computer wiping out just one coil, it wiped out all six!). So, $2,100.00 later, I'm back up and running.

My point is that if the computer in the car is so sensitive that radio frequency from a spark plug can wipe it out, what will a major current spike from an EMP or solar flare do? Bzzzzzzzzzzt!!!

The moral of this story is... If you want any form of transportation after an EMP terrorist attack or  the big solar flare that's expected sometime in the next year, you may want to invest in an old car or truck built before the computer days. Hint, if it has an OBD (onboard diagnostics) connector under the dash, it has a computer. If you have to get your emissions checked, they plug into that connector. It is a trapezoidal connector (top is wider than the bottom).

Good Luck!

Peter Schiff: Avoiding the fiscal cliff means throwing U.S. dollar over currency cliff

Peter Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital and former 2010 Republican presidential candidate, made another appearance on the Fox Business Network (FBN) on Monday where he discussed the real fiscal cliff, which isn’t the one being discussed ad nauseam in the mainstream media and in Washington between President Barack Obama and the Republican leadership.

According to the bestselling author of “Crash Proof,” the real fiscal cliff is the bond crisis that will transpire.

“If it [Federal Reserve] continues to print money, it’s going to be a bigger hell,” explained Schiff in the FBN interview.  “If we avoid the fiscal cliff, we end up throwing the dollar over the currency cliff because we’re sending a message to the world that America will never pay its bills we’re just going to keep borrowing money until our creditors cut us off.  That’s when interest rates skyrocket.”

He added that the United States government is “borrowing” $1 trillion a year, but Schiff noted that he uses the term “borrowing” loosely because it implies paying the sum back, which won’t happen.

The entire interview can be viewed below: This is a must see...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Does the Government really have too much control over our lives???

You betcha!

As of September, there were 47,710,324 people signed up for food stamps. Considering that there are an average of two children per family and the number above represents the parent(s), there are about 95,420,648 total people receiving the benefit. Given the total population of about 300 million, roughly 1/3 of the U.S. population are on food stamps.

There are 4.5 million people currently on welfare.
You can earn up to $12,000 per year and still remain eligible for welfare.
Total Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than an $8 per hour job is 40. ($16,000/year)
Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than a $12 per hour job is 7. ($24,000/year)
Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than the average salary of a U.S. Teacher is 9. ($44,000)

So, in 9 states, you could pull in $44,000 per year from the government and still have a $12,000 per year job. That's a potential $56,000 a year of total income, equivalent to a $28 per hour job. 

There are 21.7 million people under 65 on social security.
There are 40 million people over 65 on social security (and they richly deserve it) with more and more baby boomers retiring over the next 12 years.

More than 123.65 million people rely on medicaid.
More than 140.12 million people rely on medicare.
More than 3.1 million people in section 8 housing.

Then we have Obamacare on it's way, affecting EVERYONE!

Our founding fathers did not envision any of this.

Do YOU think we can continue at this rate and NOT crash the economy???

Monday, December 3, 2012

Home or Retreat Security

A friend and I had a discussion the other day about security protection at a retreat, or your home if you decide to stay where you are.

He felt that his handgun and a couple of boxes of ammo was sufficient to protect himself. Anyone else who chooses to be with him needs to have their own.

He is entitled to his opinion, but I would rather be over prepared than barely prepared.

Firearms are a Force Multiplier. This means that if you have a firearm, your ability to enter into a combat situation and survive is greater than if you only had your fists. There are other force multipliers, like intelligence information about your adversary, night vision, booby traps, video surveillance, more people, etc, and the list goes on and on. Generally, the side with the most force will win.

After the collapse, the bad guys are going to quickly group together to increase their chances at being successful in their endeavors (taking your stuff and then killing you and those with you). The police won't be able to help. They'll have their hands full elsewhere.

The majority of the population will not be prepared for what is to come. So when you and your friends and neighbors group together, it is likely that some or many of them will not bring a force multiplier with them.

If you can afford it, having several weapons to share will greatly increase your odds of survival. The basics of how to operate the weapon can be quickly taught to a novice, and those with experience will be able to help a lot immediately.