Saturday, October 17, 2020

Protecting Yourself and Your Family in Cyberspace

By Timothy Gamble

Cyberspace sī′bər-spās noun: 1) The interconnected world of computer networks, digital communications, and the Internet. 2) The interdependent systems of digital information, telecommunications networks, and digital infrastructure. 3) The whole of the Internet, including all devices capable of accessing the Internet, as well as all associated infrastructure.  

Cyberspace. The word has its origins in science fiction, but today it is simply reality. Virtually every human is connected to cyberspace in some way. If you have a smart phone, you are in cyberspace. If you have a computer or use a computer, you are in cyberspace. If you have email, you are in cyberspace. If you have a Facebook account, or are on Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media, you are in cyberspace. If you have GPS in your car, you are in cyberspace. If you buy things from Amazon, or any other online retailer, you are in cyberspace. If you have a bank account, retirement account, or any other financial account, you are in cyberspace. If you are reading this article, you are in cyberspace. And the list goes on... 

Cyberspace has many advantages. It facilitates easy and quick communication. It disseminates  knowledge. It enhances markets. It is even a source of entertainment. But, dangers do lurk in cyberspace. As in the real world, there are bad guys, ranging from bullies and troublemakers to actual criminals and others seeking to do great harm, Being in cyberspace  puts you at risk to viruses, spyware, ransomware and other forms of malware. It puts you at risk of fraud, identity theft, and loss of privacy. It puts your life on display to nosy neighbors, self-righteous activists, intolerant social justice warriors, snooping employers, and petty government bureaucrats. For small businesses, being in cyberspace brings with it potential legal liabilities, as they have an obligation to protect their customers' and clients' personal and financial information. 

In today's world, being in cyberspace is a necessity. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to live a modern life completely separate from cyberspace. That being the case, how do we protect ourselves and our families from the threats found in cyberspace? Here are some suggestions:

1- Use security software and keep it updated. Security software includes antivirus programs, firewalls, anti-spyware, anti-ransomware, and anti-malware programs. Make sure you are updating your security programs on a regular basis (daily is best). Be aware that the "free" software that came with your new computer or laptop was most likely only for a "limited time," during which you had to subscribe (pay money) to the software maker to continue using it. After the limited time period expired, often in 30-days or less, your security software either turned off, in full or in part, or quit doing automatic updates.

2- Update your operating system and other programs on a regular basis. Keeping your computer and smartphone updated is a hassle, but these updates often include security fixes. Not updating your computer and smartphone on a regular basis puts you at risk as new threats emerge daily in cyberspace.

3-  Secure your Wi-Fi.  Your Wi-Fi router is the physical device that controls who can connect to your wireless network. Make sure you are using one with at least WPA2 encryption, and enable encryption on the router. Make sure you are using a strong password, and are keeping that password private. 

4- Use a strong password. And use a different password for each account. This means not using "password" or "12345" or your wife's maiden name, or your favorite sports team, or you kid's birthday, or any other common and easily-guessed password. Don't make it easy for a hacker by using the same password for every account. Use different passwords for your bank, email, social media, Amazon, PayPal, and other accounts. Consider using two-step or multi-factor authentication when available, especially on your bank and other financial accounts. Sure, it is a hassle. But it is much less of a hassle than having some bad guy drain all the money from your bank account.  

5- Don't fall for the phishing bait. Phishing is an attempt by bad guys to trick you into giving away passwords or other private information by pretending to be an official email, text message, or website from a trusted source. Be wary of unsolicited emails and text messages. Be very wary of emails or text messages that insist you must respond immediately, or you'll be locked out of your account. These are almost always scams. 

Make sure the email address or website url is spelled correctly (bad guys often use slight misspellings of the company's url to trick folks who aren't paying close attention). Be wary of websites that contain a lot of misspellings, grammatical mistakes, or pages that won't open. Legitimate companies will be more professional. 

Large companies use email addresses tied to their domain name, not to public email services. For example, your bank uses email addresses similar to employee@BankName.com, but never employee@yahoo.com or employee@gmail.com.

Remember, deals that seem too good to be true, probably are to good to be true. Don't let your greed overtake your commonsense. 

6- If you can't verify, delete. It is best to simply delete SPAM without opening it. Also, delete, without opening any links, suspicious emails and text messages from unknown and unidentifiable sources. 

7- Make back-ups often. Important data can be lost multiple ways, including computer malfunctions, loss or theft of your device, viruses, or ransomware attacks. Backing up your your important data on a regular basis will make your life easier if your data is lost, and will make it less likely you'll have to give in to a ransomware attack.  

Data can be backed-up in multiple ways, including online or cloud storage, portable external hard drives (here's a good one on Amazon: Seagate 2TB for less than $65), or USB flash drives (I use and recommend the GorilaDrive brand). 

8- Stay away from the "red light districts" and bad neighborhoods of cyberspace. Just like in real life, cyberspace has its share of places to avoid. You can become a victim anywhere, but you are much more likely to become one if you hang out in bad places, both in real life and online. Stay away from porn sites, illicit pharmaceutical sites, gambling sites, and other vice-associated sites. Even if those websites are legitimate and safe, they often link to very shady websites that may be infested with phishing attempts, viruses, malware, and ransomware. Deal only with companies and websites that you know and trust. 

9- Don't overshare on social media. Privacy is important, but it is virtually non-existent in cyberspace. Once you put it on the Internet, it is out there forever. Just ask any celebrity or politician who said something stupid, then tried to delete it. Screenshots are forever.  Even if you have your social media account set to "private," your information is still available to the social media company, government and law enforcement, and those people who you allow to follow you. Any of those people can, accidentally or on purpose, leak that information publicly. Think carefully about what you share on social media, and who might see it.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

How to Survive the Emerging Dystopia - Seven Steps

By Timothy Gamble 

Many people talk (justifiably) about how bad the year 2020 is. But 2021 may well be a worse year, no matter who wins the election. The problems of 2020 will not magically disappear once Trump wins the election. Nor will the problems of 2020 magically disappear if the Left manages to steal the election. 

In fact, both scenarios probably mean things will get worse. If Trump wins, our enemies - be they China, George Soros, Western Elites, the Deep State, Big Tech, the Democrats, the Left, the mainstream media, BLM, Antifa, and so forth - will only be enraged, and their behavior will worsen. And don't forget, even if Trump wins, the Left will still control many states and large cities, as well as the news media and Big Tech. 

If Trump loses,  those same enemies will only be emboldened, their behavior having been rewarded. And a Biden administration will let them run havoc against Trump supporters, traditional Christians, conservatives, and whoever else they want to get revenge against. 

And separate from politics, we still have numerous problems, ranging from a massive and quickly growing deficit to the challenges posed by the rise of technology and artificial intelligence changing the world. 

Our future is growing increasing dystopian, and the election will not stop it. The question becomes, how can we survive the emerging Dystopia?

THE Foundation

The single most important thing you can do is to "get right" with God. I won't try to convince you, but I will tell you what I get out of it (in addition to my salvation!). Being in relationship with God gives me peace, calmness, comfort, joy. strength, courage, and it helps focus my priorities. All good things when going through bad times!

Seven Steps to Survive the Emerging Dystopia

1 - Improve your health and fitness. Being sick doesn't just feel bad, it is expensive! In our emerging Dystopian world, healthcare will only get more expensive, more rationed, and more intrusive to our private lives. Don't forget, the Left wanted to use Obamacare to force doctors to ask about and report on the presence of guns in their patients homes. Expect more of this from the Left in the future. 

A top priority for you and your family should be improving and maintaining your good health. The less you need the healthcare system, the better off you will be. 

Stop smoking and abusing drugs or alcohol. Get adequate sleep on a consistent basis. Eat healthy. Eat less sugar (a lot less). Build your strength & endurance. Be physically active every day (walking, hiking, gardening, yard-work, biking, swimming, tennis, yoga, and exercise videos are just a few ideas). Take care of any issues with your health, teeth or vision, sooner rather than later. 

2- Pay attention to the world around you. Be alert. Practice Situational Awareness. Also, go beyond just paying attention to you immediate surroundings, and to the larger context in which we live out lives (Sociopolitical Awareness). Pay attention to the news - locally, nationally, and internationally. Watch for developing trends, and for possible unexpected/unintended consequences. Get a good AM/FM/NOAA weather radio (here is a good one available on Amazon) with multiple power options so you can listen even when the power is out.

3- Pay off debt and establish an emergency fund. Personal finances is one of the most overlooked areas of preparedness, in my opinion. Probably because it is so difficult to do. And it often involves sacrifice on our part, which modern folks don't like to do.  Please read my article, Foundational Advice: Eliminate Debt and Build Savings, for more information on the importance of doing this, and for suggestions on how to do accomplish this difficult task. 

4- Take Personal and Home Security very seriously. As anger and violence grows, and police departments get defunded, our dystopian world will become very dangerous. And justice will be decided by political correctness, not traditional notions of right and wrong. 

Harden your home by installing security doors and deadbolt locks, improving outdoor lighting, using security cameras (here's a good four-camera system with DVR recorder for under $200 on Amazon), and so forth. Take a self-defense course. Have your family take a self-defense course. Buy a gun and learn how to use it safely and effectively. New to guns? Check out The Gun Guide for People Who Know Nothing About Firearms or The Total Gun Manual.

Talk over with your family ideas about staying safe when away from home, including shopping in groups, parking in well-light, highly-visible locations, avoiding dangerous areas of town, letting people know where you are going and when to expect you back, and paying attention to your surroundings. 


5 - Be employable in the new economy.  Technology is already disrupting the traditional job market. Its not just blue-collar jobs falling to robots. It is also white-collar jobs falling to artificial intelligence. Even if your job doesn't get eliminated, it will most likely change radically in the next five years. Adaptability, networking, and skills will be the way to survive.  Computer skills, coding, and electronics will be extremely important, but so will other skills. 

Take some classes at a local community college. Improve your computer skills. Learn coding. Take a marketing and/or public relations class (surprisingly useful to most jobs/careers). Learn to sell (read the book SPIN Selling by Neil Rackham - considered a business classic). Learn bookkeeping & accounting. Learn Spanish for the workplace. Consider learning a trade (electrician, plumber, welder, HVAC repair, small engine repair, etc.). Electronics repair will be a career in demand. The more you know, the more employable you will be. 

6 - Take basic precautions.  Have a good first aid kit at home (and one in the car). Take a first aid & CPR course. Have smoke & CO2 detectors in your home (check the batteries). Have (and learn to use) a fire extinguisher. Do a home safety inspection (if you know a boy or girl scout, they have to learn to do these for various merit badges). Have a good flashlight (or several) at home. Keep your cell phone fully charged at all times.

Stock up on food, water, cleaning & hygiene supplies, first aid supplies, medicine & medical supplies, batteries, ammunition, sturdy clothes & shoes, and other supplies. Don't get overwhelmed by trying to do it all at once. Aim for two weeks worth of food and water. Then build it up to a month's worth. Then two months worth, and so forth.

In your car, have a first aid kit, flashlight, and jumper cables. Make sure your spare is in good condition, and that all drivers in your family know how to change a tire. Keep your gas tank full. Keep up with basic maintenance, such as oil changes, brake jobs, tires in good shapes, headlights and taillights working. In winter, keep a blanket or extra jacket and gloves in your vehicle, just in case.

For my basic recommendations on preparedness, see my articles 
A quick, no frills, down & dirty guide to preparing for the End and My NEW Recommendations for Preparedness and Survival

7 - Build Long Term Self-Reliance. In the long-term you need to get out of the worldly system of dependence and learn how to do things for yourself - car and home repairs, sewing, gardening, home canning, and so-forth. Develop your DIY skills. Learn how to raise food. Develop homesteading skills. Accumulate a good tool kit. But, mostly, it means to develop an attitude of taking care of yourself and your family, instead of waiting around for others or the government to take care of you.

Remember New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina? Remember all those people standing around in knee-deep water waiting for the government or someone else to help them? That is called "learned helplessness." Don't be like them.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

The Family Budget - Tips for Reducing Entertainment and Telecommunications Expenses

Money on the Twos is a regular feature on Dystopian Survival. Every 2nd, 12th, and 22nd of the month will feature a new article on  Financial Preparedness, one of the most import aspects of modern dystopian survival. 

The Family Budget - Tips for Reducing Entertainment and Telecommunications Expenses

By Timothy Gamble 

We all have busy schedules, and eating out, getting take-out, and ordering in, is quicker and more convenient than making a meal at home. But it can be expensive, and it really adds up over time. Eating out is a huge piece of most people's budget. A piece that can be easily reduced.

Taking a bag lunch of leftovers to work with you instead of buying lunch at the local fast food eatery will save you big bucks over the course of a year. How much? If you spend five dollars a day for lunch, that is over $1,200 a year. If you are a two-income family with both of you eating out at lunch, this doubles to over $2,400 a year. And we haven't even talked about family dinners out, yet.

Entertainment is a purely optional budget expense. Eliminate it. You can be entertained without spending much, or even any, money. Learn (or re-learn) how to have a good time for free or nearly free. Take a walk with your spouse or with a friend. Start a family game night. Play with your kids in the backyard. Invite friends over for a weekend cook-out, or a movie night (with a DVD checked out from your local library for free). Next week they can invite you over.

Read a book (checked out from the library for free, of course) instead of going to a movie. Libraries are a wonderful source of free entertainment. In addition to books and magazines, many libraries today also offer audio books, movies on DVD, music CDs, and even board games that you can check out. Many have story times for young children and lecture series for adults you can attend for free (at least they did before the Left shut down the world in response to coronavirus) .

Exercise is free. You don't need a gym membership. Go for a walk or a run. Go hiking on a local greenway, or at a nearby park or national forest. Do your yardwork yourself. Check out a workout video from the library, or find one of You Tube. A set of dumbbells or exercise bands are inexpensive compared to a gym membership, and can give you a great workout 

Telecommunications is THE Modern Budget-Buster

When I was a child (the 1970s and early 80s)) the only telecommunications expense my family, most families, had was the telephone, and that was a land line, of course. TV programs were free over-the-air, and there was no Internet. Today, many families pay for a land line, multiple smart cell phones, cable or satellite TV subscriptions, extra movie channels, Internet connections, gaming and movie subscriptions (Netflix, Hulu, etc.), $500 (or a lot more) smart phones, even satellite radio subscriptions. For most families major savings can be found in this budget category.

Do you really need a smart phone? In today's world, probably. But, do you really need the absolute latest (and most expensive) version of your smart phone? I have a Samsung, but not the very newest model. Mine cost me less than $100 on sale, and I didn't have to commit to a plan. It does everything I need it to do, runs all my apps that I use, and even has a high-quality camera. A smart phone may be a necessity for many today, but all the expensive bells and whistles of the absolute latest versions are luxuries you probably can do without. 

We have allowed them to make us addicted to our smart phones and other electronic devices. Maybe its time to overcome our addictions and spend our money on getting ready for the future instead of funding those million-dollar bonuses of telecom executives.  

The same thing goes for cable or satellite TV. Do you really need to have all the movie channels? Do you really need all the HD channels? Do you really need the expanded package with all the sports channels and all the music channels? Or can you get by just fine with the much less expensive basic package?

Or better yet, do away with TV altogether. Radical idea, but somehow humanity survived for thousands of years before TV, so technically it is possible. 

Drop the Vacation

Vacations can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Staycations are a hot new trend. Instead of heading for the beach, or Disneyland, or wherever, stay home. Spend a week visiting local museums, zoos, botanical gardens, historical sites, parks, or wildlife refuges. Go on a picnic or nature hike. Go fishing at a local lake. Play frisbee with your kids in the backyard. Or just relax at home, thinking of all the money you are saving.

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Preparing For Persecution In America

By Timothy Gamble

Persecution of Christians is epidemic around the world, and it is starting to happen more frequently in the USA. Over the last several years we have seen a number of churches in America vandalized and even set on fire. There have been a number of mass shootings at churches. Several clergy members have been physically attacked. Other believers have been targeted on their jobs or at school because of their faith. 

Fortunately, these instances are relatively uncommon, and the level of persecution American Christians face is no where near as high as in certain other parts of the world. But there is a definite upward trend here in America. And it is moving into the mainstream. Christians have long been mocked in pop culture, and political correctness and the madness of the mob is pushing that hatred of Christianity into the mainstream media, academia, and even politics. Certain politicians, leftist activists, and talking heads in the media are openly hostile to Christianity, and want to use the courts and so-called hate speech laws (defined as anything they disagree with) to control Christians.  

Future crackdowns on churches and individual Christians by the government and other activists are very likely in the coming years. The excuse will be stopping "hate speech," which, of course, is whatever government decides is "hate speech." 


Churches will also come under increasing attack by leftist activists, social justice warriors, and other "triggered" individuals offended by traditional Christian teachings and values. These attacks will range from simple harassment to the life-threatening and even fatal. 

Here are some ideas on how Christians can prepare for persecution:

1 - Don't let persecution frighten you away from Church, and don't be intimidated into changing your views to fit in with modern society. Christians are to live in the world, not be be of the world. We should never compromise on Biblical truths and the long-held teachings of the Church. Hold fast to those truths and teachings. Don't feel pressured to hold "acceptable" modern beliefs, or to reject those truths deemed "outdated" by the modern world. Whenever the views of the modern world conflict with the Bible and the teachings of the early Church, it is the modern world which is wrong, even if they don't realize it. 

2 - Get right with God and know what you believe. Pray often, read the Bible daily, attend regular worship services, and study apologetics. The more you know, and the more mature you are in your relationship with God, then the stronger you will be when facing persecution. 

Understanding why you believe what you believe as a Christian is vital. I am convinced this is why so many young people leave the Church when they become adults. Parents teach them what to believe, but do a poor job of explaining **why** they should believe. (By the way parents, "you should believe it because I believe it" is a horrible reason to believe anything.)  Thus, their faith is rooted in shallow soil, and is easily washed away as they are exposed to other viewpoints.  

Is your faith, and that of your family, rooted in shallow soil, or in deep, rich soil?  See my article Spiritual Preparedness for more on this topic. 

3 - Consider forming or joining a home church, even as you continue to participate in your larger church.  Alternately, having a small group Bible study that meets in private homes that could become a worship group (home church) may be very useful should the Church in America ever be forced underground. Your current church could & should work on such a "break up into smaller private house churches" plan that would be implemented under certain circumstances.

4 - Activists and others may infiltrate our churches to both spy on the "hate speech" and other disapproved activities within the church, as well as to sow discord among members. I suggest your church plan now for how to spot and deal with (remove) such individuals. This is actually a Biblical mandate:


"Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning, knowing that such a person is perverted and sins, being self-condemned." -- Titus 3:10-11 

We want people, even non-believers, to feel welcome by the Church, but NEVER at the expensive of our relationship with God or other Christians. 
 
5 - Be prepared especially for attempts by LGBT activists to force your Church to accept modern views on marriage, sexuality, and gender. Imagine this: An openly gay couple starts attending your Church, and asks to join, but are unwilling to change their homosexual relationship. Perhaps they even demand 
that your pastor/priest performs their gay marriage at your church. How do you deal with their requests without violating their  "civil rights" and running afoul of laws that are growing progressively liberal.  How do you deal with the bad press if they choose to challenge your Church in court, especially given that most modern media outlets will be decisively on their side? 

What happens if your Church is ultimately ordered by a court to perform a gay marriage?  At that point, you may be forced to dissolve your church as a legal entity, going underground and implementing your house church plan. Figure out the details of how to dissolve the church now. Talk to a Christian lawyer about this.

6 - Be diligent about Church security. Direct attacks on churches are already starting to happen (shootings in SC, TX; fire bombs in WA, NY; attacks on clergy in NC,WA; multiple instances of vandalism and arson of churches across the country) and likely will increase in the future. Consider installing security cameras, which are not that expensive. A
multi-camera CCTV system with DVR recorder can be had for under $200 (here's one such system on Amazon). Other ideas include creating an active shooter plan, installing physical barriers, training for ushers to spot and stop potential problems, and designing certain rooms to be bulletproof and lockable 
(perhaps the Sunday School rooms), in order to act as "safe rooms" or "panic rooms" in an emergency.  Every church should have well-stocked first aid station, and people who know how to use it. Perhaps your church could even offer first aid classes to its members several times a year. 

Some churches are also deciding to have armed security present during services. This can be as simple as having one or two trained church members carry during the service (a good option if you have police officers or military veterans in your congregation), or as formal as hiring professional security. Be sure to find out and follow your local gun laws, if you pursue this option. 

Of course, we want our churches to be open and welcoming to the general public. But, we also want our churches to be safe. Finding the right balance in times of persecution is difficult, and require thought and planning. Whatever you do, just don't avoid the issue.  

7 - Know and aggressively protect your First Amendment rights. If you don't know the important difference between Freedom of Religion (a broad Freedom guaranteed by the Constitution) and Freedom of Worship (a much weaker concept), please read my 2015 article on the subject for an eye-opening experience. 

The short version is this: Freedom of Religion is the right to worship,or not, as you please, AND it is the right to live your life according to the dictates of your religion. Freedom of Religion means you have the right to pray and worship in any style you wish. It also means that you have the right to live your entire life, in private and in public, according to the beliefs, principles, and teachings of your religion, and to pass on those ideas to your children. 

On the other hand, Freedom of Worship is a much watered-down concept, applying to only your worship and not to any other aspect of your life. It is limited to acts of worship only, and even then is further limited to the four corners of the church building and maybe the privacy of your home. And it does not guarantee you the right to pass on your beliefs to your children. 

This conflict between Freedom of Religion (which is what is actually in the Constitution) and Freedom of Worship (which is being pushed in some legal and political circles) is one of the greatest, and least reported, threats to the Church in America today. Again, please read my 2015 article for more details. 

There are a number of Christian law organizations specializing in providing legal services in defense of Freedom of Religion. 

Legal Help with Freedom of Religion Issues

American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)
Legal helpline: 1-757-226-2489
Website: http://aclj.org/

Christian Law Association (ALC)
Telephone: 1-888-252-1969
Website: http://www.christianlaw.org/

Liberty Counsel
Telephone: 1-407-875-1776
Website: http://www.lc.org/

Liberty Institute
Telephone: 1-972-941-4444
Website: https://www.libertyinstitute.org

Alliance Defending Freedom
Toll Free: 1-800-835-5233
Website: http://www.adflegal.org

 

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Legal Notice on Trademark

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Prepper Food Storage and the Type 2 Diabetic

By Timothy Gamble

Food storage is a major part of most preppers' plan for survival. Even the government thinks a certain amount of food storage is a good thing. But for those of us with chronic health conditions, or even those preppers just wanting to eat healthy, face a dilemma. Many of the foods that store well over the long-term are foods we have to avoid. 

I am a Type 2 diabetic. Having been diagnosed with diabetes in 2015 with a A1C level of 10.1 (extremely high), I have worked hard to get my diabetes under control through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes. My most recent A1C was 5.7, achieved and maintained without the use of insulin or other drugs. That's right, I am not on insulin, metformin or any other prescription medication. 

However, that doesn't mean I'm cured. I'm not. If I ever return to my old ways of eating and doing things, my blood sugar will quickly spike up to dangerous levels once again. The fact is I cannot eat a lot of carbs, particularly those with a high glycemic load, or GL, (a measure of how fast and efficiently carbs are turned into sugar in the body). I simply cannot eat things like white potatoes (in all its many forms - baked, mashed, chips, fries, tots, etc.), bread, cereal, pasta, white rice, corn and other grains, even whole grains. I cannot eat anything made with sugar, wheat flour, or cornmeal.  I can eat beans in small amounts without blowing up my blood sugar, but they cannot be the bulk of my meal. 

Now, go back and read that list of what I call my no-no foods. Notice how many of them are on the typical prepper "foods to stockpile" lists. I'm a prepper who cannot eat rice, corn, or other grains. I cannot eat dried pasta or instant potatoes. Ramen noodles are out of the question. I cannot eat breads or anything else made from wheat and other grains. I can't even eat oatmeal (I've tested oatmeal several times, and my blood sugar spikes too high even from this healthy grain often recommended to diabetics). I even cannot eat large amounts of beans, only small portions. So, what is a prepper to do?

The fact is, my diabetes forces me to eat a diet different from the typical diet, therefore my food storage as a prepper is different from that of a typical prepper. Here is how I eat (its similar to the Atkin's diet or the Keto diet, but not exactly the same): 

Fatty foods make up the biggest portion of my daily diet. This includes eggs and fatty fish (salmon, tuna, trout, herring, mackerel, and shrimp, among others), as well as avocados, avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, milk, cheese, butter, and most types of nuts and seeds (I love pumpkin seeds, which are also especially good for men in terms of prostate health and sexual function). 

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Many preppers and homesteaaders already have chickens, so have a great source of fresh eggs. Canned fish is readily available for food storage. I dislike sardines, but have stocked up on cans of salmon, mackerel, herring, and tuna. I also have been adding cans of shrimp to my food storage, which are great to add to salads or stir-fry dishes. Canned fish should be safe to consume as long as the can remains completely sealed and there is no swelling or bulging of the can. I have eaten canned fish that was more than four years old without any ill effects. 

Side Note: I eat a lot of eggs, typically 18 - 24 a week. They are a staple of my healthy diet. I've been eating this way for over five years now.  Despite this, both my blood pressure and cholesterol levels are well within the normal range. Worries over the cholesterol in eggs is based on old science from the 1970s and before. Modern medical studies have shown that cholesterol levels are primarily determined by a combination of genetics, physical activity, sleep habits, weight, and overall diet, rather than by the cholesterol content of individual foods. 

Protein makes up a moderate amount of my diet. Chicken, turkey, beef, sheep, goat, pork, game, and lean fish (such as bass, perch, flounder, and bluefish among others) are examples of protein. In my food storage, you will find lots of cans of chicken and SPAM, as well as canned hams. Same as with canned fish, canned meats can safely last five years or more, provided the can remains completely sealed and there is no swelling or bulging of the can. 

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Some people can meats, such as hamburger and sausage, in a pressure cooker. I have never done this, but perhaps it is something you might want to look into doing. 

Beans can be considered a protein, although one that also has a lot of carbs. I can eat beans in moderation, so I limit myself to one normal size serving when I have them. Glycemic load varies according to variety, so I try to stick with those with a smaller GL. Lentils are relatively low on the GL scale, as are green peas, green beans, chick peas, black beans and red beans, all of which you'll find in my food storage, both canned and dried.

Carbs make up the smallest portion of calories in my diet. The best, both in terms of nutrition and glycemic load, are salad greens and leafy greens, including cabbage. as well as other cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower. I eat a lot of slaws and salads (be careful of the sugars in most salad dressings - some have as much as a candy bar). The good news for preppers and diabetics is that these can easily be grown in gardens. Spinach, mustard, turnip, and other greens can also readily be found in cans, although some brands have added sugar, so read the labels. Sauerkraut (made of cabbage) is another great canned food that I've added to my food storage. Again, read the labels as some brands add sugar.  These things are so low in calories and on the GL scale, that it would be very difficult to eat enough to cause a serious spike in my blood sugar, so I basically can eat as much as I want.

Squash, zucchini, onions, peppers, garlic, and cucumbers are also good carbs with a lower blood sugar impact. All are excellent crops for the garden, and are easily pickled or canned. When buying them canned, beware of the added sugars of some brands.

Tomatoes and carrots have more natural sugars and a higher GL than the foods I've already mentioned, but I can still eat both in moderation. Both are excellent garden vegetables. When buying them canned, I look for brands without added sugar.  

Fruits are nutritious, but high in sugars and have a high impact on blood sugar. Be careful to eat fruit in moderation if you are diabetic. Many brands of canned fruits also have added sugars on top of their natural sugars, making them little more than fruit flavored candies. I eat very little fruit, and when I do, its either a small serving of berries, or a small apple, pear, or citrus fruit.

Carbs I don't eat include white potatoes in any form, flour, sugar, bread, cereal, pasta, corn, rice, and other grains, so there is no need to stock up on those for myself. However, other members of my family can eat those things, so I do include some of those items in my food storage. 

Some good news: Today, many brands now have low-sugar, no-sugar, or no added-sugar varieties. I have found these options in ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressings, and even tomato sauces. Del Monte also has a line of low-sugar canned fruits. Go to the grocery store, do some hunting through their stock, read labels, and find the low-sugar and low carb products. The effort is worth it to your health.

Diabetes, Carbs, and Sugar: Please remember that sugar is a carbohydrate, and one that acts fairly fast on your blood glucose levels. I include this reminder because I've run into a few folks who seem to mistakenly take the advice that diabetics need to watch their carbs to mean that they no longer have to be concerned about sugar. This is a false understanding. Diabetics need to be aware of all carbohydrates that they consume, including sugars.

The Bottom Line: If you are diabetic, you'll have to adjust your food storage to fit what is and isn't a healthy diet for you. The first step is to figure out for yourself what, and how much, you can eat, and what you can't eat. Then adjust your food storage accordingly. Read labels, and be aware of the added sugars and hidden carbs in many brands. It isn't easy, especially if you don't like change, but you can adjust your diet and your food storage for healthy eating.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Buy firearms now for your children and grandchildren, before it is too late.

 By Timothy Gamble

The gun-grabbers are never giving up, and with the election fast approaching, we may get a President very hostile to the Second Amendment. And a Biden victory will probably also mean the Senate goes Democrat, opening the way for a packing of the Supreme Court with Liberals. Even without adding brand new Justices, the next President may get to replace two Conservative Justices, as both Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito are in their 70s. Even if Amy Barrett gets confirmed, the Court could quickly swing Far Left. The next four years could mean the final end to the Second Amendment and gun rights in America, if the Left gets there way.

"But Trump will win the election," you say. Maybe, but there is no guarantee. Remember, Trump not only has to win an honest election, but he also has to prevent the Dems, the Deep State, Big Tech, and the Mainstream Media from stealing the election. And they seem determined to do so. 

My suggestion: If you can, buy firearms now for your children and grandchildren. 

When I was a kid, my grandfather gave me my first shotgun, a .410, for Christmas. A few years later, he gave me my first rifle, a .22, as a birthday gift. I have many fond memories of going hunting as a kid with both of my grandfathers.  

If you are thinking of doing something similar for your children or grandchildren, go ahead and do so now while you still can. The Elites haven't given up on gun control, and are getting sneakier by the day in how they are trying to get our guns. And, as I've already spoken of, a lot hinges on this election, which could go either way.

Even if your kids or grand kids are too young, go ahead and buy the guns now, so that you can give the guns to them when they are old enough. Of course, obey all guns laws, and make sure you instruct them in gun safety!  (Check out the book "Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules: A Children's Book About Gun Safety" by Julie Golob, for young kids. For older kids, their are NRA programs and various safety courses. Ask at your local gun store.)

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Available on AmazonAd:  The Gun Guide For People Who Know Nothing About Firearms, by Steven Gregersen. This book is a short, easy read for folks completely new to guns. It covers most of the basics in an understandable way. The graphics aren't flashy, but the many diagrams and illustrations get the point across. Solid information, but not advanced. Experienced gun owners probably already know most of this stuff. Newbies shouldn't expect to become an expert after reading this book, but it is a great starting point for their education.




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