Monday, October 31, 2022

Quick Tip: Personal Security During the Holidays

Moving forward into the holiday season, please take personal security seriously.  Practice Situational Awareness (it is more than just paying attention to your surroundings). Take care while shopping. Shop in groups. Park in well-light, highly visible spots. Let people know where your going and when you plan to return. Keep your phone fully charged. Keep your car doors locked. When leaving coats, bags, packages or pocketbooks in your car, make sure they are not visible from the outside (reducing temptation). Be aware of the Follow Home Robbery and the Package Thief (link is to my article from last year). 

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Musk Buys Twitter, and I Return

According to both tweets and official legal filings by Elon Musk, his deal to buy Twitter will close by Friday of this week. I am hoping that Musk restores some sanity, and respect for Free Speech, to the social media company. Only time will tell.

In anticipation of Musk's ownership, I quietly opened a new Twitter account several weeks ago. I am now back on Twitter as @TimGambleSpeaks <<----- please click the link and follow me there. 

As many of you know, I had two accounts, one of them since 2008, representing approximately 18,000 good followers. Twitter permanently locked me out of my @DystopianSurv account a few days before the 2020 election, and they heavily restricted my @TimGamble account at the same time. I eventually was locked out of @TimGamble in late January of 2021. A few months later, that account was deleted, and the account name was soon after given to someone else (whoever @TimGamble is on Twitter now, it is NOT me). 

If you are on Twitter, or will be rejoining once Musk takes over, please follow me there and help me rebuild my follower base. Again, I am now back on Twitter as @TimGambleSpeaks <<----- please click the link and follow me there. 

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Taming the Family Budget - Two Debt Busting Ideas

By Tim Gamble

Debt puts you, your family and your assets at risk. Pay off your debts now while you are employed and you run less risk of losing your home, car, and other assets if you become unemployed later. Debt can also be very stressful, which is a real detriment to your health, and to your ability to make calm, rational decisions during difficult times. Another reason to pay off debt now is that debt can shackle you to your current job and circumstances, when what is really needed is freedom and flexibility. How many times have we heard people say they would love to relocate or to buy their own land, but they just can't afford it? 

But how can we get out of debt? Here are two debt busting ideas that potentially help you shed thousands of dollars of debt.

Debt Busting Idea #1 - Making payments on your vehicle?  Sell it and buy a more affordable vehicle with cash. Downsizing your vehicle to get out from under the loan is an idea Dave Ramsey often suggests to his listeners. If you can't get enough for your vehicle to pay off the entire loan, you will need to raise some extra cash, perhaps by using this next debt busting idea:

Debt Busting Idea #2 - If you own any "adult toys" such as ATVs, boats, sports cars, RVs, pool tables, dune buggies, hot tubs, motorcycles, or other big ticket items that you use only for recreation and entertainment, consider selling them and dedicating the proceeds to debt repayment. Same goes for any pool tables, home gyms and exercise equipment that you don't really use. Depending on what you have to sell, you may be able to raise anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. That's a lot of debt you can pay off.

There are no "easy" solutions to paying off debt, but you need to find a way to do so. Debt makes you slave to the lender, as we are told in Proverbs 22:7. Stop being a slave.  
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Friday, October 21, 2022

Your Car Is Revealing a HUGE Amount of Personal Data On You and Your Family!

Almost everyone these days is concerned about online privacy and protecting their personal data. Yet, we often forget that there are other ways bad guys and nosy neighbors can learn all about us and our families. This article, adapted from an article I wrote in 2018, reveals one such way. It is presented as "food for thought" as you decide for yourself what to publicly reveal, or not, about yourself and your family.

By Tim Gamble

The vehicle you drive reveals something about your economic status, of course, but it is likely also revealing to the general public a HUGE amount of personal details about yourself and your family, without you even realizing it. 

How do the bad guys get our personal information?  The answer is we give it to them, most often without realizing it. For one example of how we might give away our information, take a look at the back-end of the cars in the next parking lot you visit. Chances are that most are covered with bumper stickers, window decals, family stick figures, parking passes, and car magnets that reveal a lot of information to nosy neighbors and potential bad guys. 

Consider those family stick figures that are so popular today. Folks, justifiably proud of their families, put them on their back windows as representations of their family. But think about what it potentially reveals to bad guys: the  number of family members, their sex and approximate ages, even what pets you have. Many of these stick figures often also show the interests of the family: Dad holding a fishing rod, Mom swinging a tennis racket, a young boy holding a baseball bat, an older girl wearing a cheerleader outfit.  And look, the family has two cats, but no dog. The bad guys now have a real good idea of the make up of that family, including many of their interests. 

But it doesn't stop there. That parking sticker reveals where you work. This bumper sticker reveals where you attend church (which, in turn, reveals your religious beliefs). Another bumper sticker reveals where your honor student attends school (which, in turn, reveals the general location of where you live). That Bass Masters window decal (along with the stick figure of Dad holding the fishing rod) shows that Dad is really into fishing.
 Favorite sports teams, causes we support, what groups we belong to, and other interests can also be revealed. Quite a database of private information to put on public display without a second thought. 

Bumper stickers and window decals can also reveal political affiliation and ideology, even who we voted for in the last election. Or who we plan to vote for in the next. Pro-life? Pro-Gun? Pro-Trump?  Liberals are getting triggered just reading your car in the parking lot. And, thanks to those bumper stickers and parking permits, they now know exactly where you work and where your kids go to school. Think about that. 

I'm as guilty of this as anyone. A quick glance at the back of my vehicle reveals a NRA sticker and a GOA sticker, broadcasting to the world that I support the Second Amendment, and am most likely a gun owner and a conservative. The "Freedom From Government" bumper sticker pretty much confirms me as very conservative politically. I even have a "Survival Resources" sticker, revealing the fact that I am a survivalist. And the Alumni Association decal reveals my education level, and from what college I graduated. Quite a profile can be built on me by glancing at my vehicle's back end. 

What do your vehicles say about you and your family? Is it really safe to reveal that information, especially considering today's wokeness, cancel culture, and how angry and hateful much of our society has become? 

Tim, are you really saying we shouldn't have any stickers or decals on our cars? Nope. I'm not saying that at all. What I am saying is that we need to be mindful of what information we are giving away without realizing it. Bad guys notice what you reveal, as do nosy neighbors. It is up to you to decide how much is too much too reveal for you and your family.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Taming the Family Budget - 10 Ways to Avoid Impulse Purchases

By Tim Gamble

Need help taming the family budget? We tend to dismiss small purchases as being insignificant - its only a couple of bucks, after all - but when we make a lot of small purchases, those couple of bucks add up to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, over time. A good way to tame the family budget is to avoid all those small impulse purchases that add up a lot faster than we realize

10 Ways to Avoid Impulse Purchases:

  1. Plan ahead. Bring a snack from home instead of hitting the vending machine.
  2. Shop only with lists, and stick to them.
  3. Don't pay attention to TV, radio, or print ads. Hit the mute button. or simply don't watch or read the ads.
  4. Don't watch infomercials or home shopping channels. Marketing is a multi-billion dollar science designed to separate you and your money. 
  5. Leave junk mail unopened. Recycle catalogs, fliers, and leaflets unread.
  6. Don't use shopping as a form of entertainment or a means to relax. Don't go to the mall or shopping center just to have something to do.
  7. Avoid social shopping with friends. People tend to talk each other into things, not out of them.
  8.  Don't browse Amazon, eBay, or other Internet sites. Shop them the same way you would a physical store - with a list.
  9. Shop with cash only (while you can) at brick-and-mortar stores. Spending cash feels more real than using checks or credit cards, so you are apt to spend less.
  10. If you do find an item not on your list that you think you can't do without, wait at least 24 hours before buying it. Chances are the impulse will pass.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Security From the Bad Guys Point of View!

By Tim Gamble

Crime is a top concern in the upcoming elections, according to almost all of the polls. Not surprising considering all the anti-police rhetoric, no-bail laws, weak-on-crime DAs, no border enforcement, and moves to defund the police in cities around the country. Crime was bound to skyrocket under such circumstances. Add to that the high inflation and recession we are currently experiencing, which will only make matters worse. Naturally. we are concerned with our own personal safety and security, as well as that of our families and homes. So, what do we do?

A Thought Experiment

Think like a bad guy for a minute. You are a thug looking for his next victim. What are you looking for? First and foremost you want an easy mark. Sure, you'd like a target with a lot of value, so that is on your mind too, but only secondarily. You don't want to get caught, hurt, or killed. So you will happily take the easy $20 from the apparent pushover instead of the $200 from the tough dude that looks like he can easily handle himself in a fight. Of course, your dream victim is the easy prey that also looks rich. You live for those targets.

Based on this thought experiment, your quest to NOT become a victim of crime has two main tactics. First, you must avoid looking like an easy target to the bad guy. Second, you must avoid looking like a rich (high value) target to the bad guy.

Real Life Examples

It is extremely important to not appear weak, vulnerable, or distracted to the bad guys. On a trip to a large indoor mall, I took the opportunity to look around at all the people there from the point-of-view of a bad guy looking for his next victim. Doing so, I noticed a lot of people who would make an easy target.

One older lady in particular stood out as especially vulnerable. She must have been pushing 80, and was walking alone at a very slow and unsteady pace, just shuffling along really, carrying a handbag with one hand. She would have been a very easy mark for a purse snatcher or mugger. Suggestion: Shop in groups, and stay together while shopping. 

One very well dressed middle-aged woman was wearing what I can only call platform high-heels. I sure they have a name, but I don't know enough about female footwear to know what to call them. Here's the problem: she would not be able to run in those shoes at all, and it would be ridiculously easy for a bad guy to knock her down.  Those shoes, though quite fashionable I'm sure, mark her as an easy victim from a bad guys point of view. Suggestion: Go for practical footwear instead of high-fashion.

I was also surprised by the number of grown men in their 40s, 50s, and even 60s who were wearing flip-flops, crocs, or various types of man-sandals. I am sure they are comfortable, but they offer no real protection, and are difficult to run in. Suggestion: Go for practical footwear instead of comfort.

At different times, I saw two moms each with a gaggle of young kids in tow. In both cases it was just the one adult plus multiple young kids. This immediately struck me as a potentially confusing and chaotic situation for the mother. Easy pickings for a bad guy: it would be simple to walk off with one of her shopping bags when she was dealing with one of the kids, or even to snatch her purse. Suggestion: Shop with other adults. More eyes to help watch out for the kids, and watch out for potential danger. 

A lot of folks simply were not paying any attention to their surroundings, mostly with their eyes glued to their phones, even while walking. And this was NOT just young folks, but many adults in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. This eliminates any situational awareness, and marks the distracted person as an easy target. Suggestion: Put away the phone. There is no real reason to be constantly on your phone the way so many people are these days. 

Here are a few general suggestions when out in public:
  • Learn and practice situational awareness (read this article please, situational awareness is more than just paying attention)
  • Don't get distracted by your phone or anything else (pay attention folks!)
  • Walk confidently, head up, and make it obvious you are looking at your surroundings
  • Take a self-defense course (it will improve your self-confidence, which the bad guys will notice)
  • Improve your health & fitness
  • Wear practical shoes and clothes
  • Travel, walk, shop in groups
  • Park in a highly visible, well-light location near the entrance

Bad guys prefer easy targets. Don't be one. 
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Monday, October 17, 2022

Preparedness vs. Survival: What's the Difference, and is it important?

By Tim Gamble

Are you a prepper or a survivalist? Are you into preparedness or survivalism? Don't these words mean basically the same thing? Is the difference really important?

In my opinion, there is a major difference between these words, and that difference is important. Let me explain:

Prepper / Prepping / Preparedness - These words describe an attempt to get ready (be prepared) for short-term disasters that take place within a larger societal context of stability and normalcy. Examples include house fires, wild fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, a job loss, or an unexpected death in the family. Even most recessions fall into this category, since according to economic historians past recessions lasted an average of only 11 months. 

The real key to the preparations for these disasters, though potentially catastrophic for the individuals involved, is the underlying assumption that eventually things will return to normal. Homes and businesses will be rebuilt. The unemployed will find new jobs. Insurance will pay out. Government will step in. Law and order will be restored. Families will grieve for lost loved ones, then move on with their lives. And civilization as we have known it will continue onwards.

Survival / Survivalism / Survivalist - These words describe an attitude, backed up by actions, of resilience in the face of any adversity or event, regardless of length or severity. Most importantly, it does not include any underlying assumption that things will eventually return to normal. In fact, it is often assumed that civilization, as we have known it, will not carry on, but rather will collapse or morph into something currently unrecognizable. 

Therefore. survivalists do not look to government to eventually save the day. Nor do they count on the stability of current civilization. They understand the fragility of our infrastructure, supply chains, power grid, monetary system, legal system, and so forth. Those of us of a religious bent also see the intentional degradation of traditional values, and even basic concepts such as the family.

I am a survivalist, although I do include preparedness for the shorter term events that happen in life. But my long-term goal is to survive, and help family and friends survive, what I think is going to be a civilization-ending time period, which could last decades. 

Stockpiling food and other supplies will help in the short and mid term, but what is needed in the long term is self-reliance as individuals, families, communities, and tribes. Having a well-stocked pantry is great for a prepper, but a survivalist must also consider how replace all that food when it runs out and the store shelves are still not restocked. 

Although it may seem like a contradiction, survival means both building long term self-reliance AND budling self-reliant communities and tribes of like-minded people. Preparedness is easy - take a bunch of money, go to the store and buy a lot of stuff (yes, I am oversimplifying, but please bear with me). Becoming self-reliant is much more difficult because it takes learning, effort, and time, not just money. And building community and tribe is much more difficult still, because it also takes trust and suppressing ego. But those are topics for future articles.
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Sunday, October 16, 2022

My Personal "Boots on the Ground" Observations

By Tim Gamble  10-16-2022

As SouthernPrepper1 continues his "Boots on the Ground" series on his You Tube channel (link: https://www.youtube.com/user/southernprepper1), I will occasionally post on this website my own personal observations of what I am seeing and experiencing in my area (small town in western North Carolina).

React To Overall Trends, Not Isolated Incidences. 

In reading my reports, watching SP1's reports, or making your own observations, what you are trying to identify are overall trends, not isolated incidences. For example, there are probably 101 legitimate reasons why a particular store may be out of a particular item. But if all the stores in your area are out of that same item, and you hear of other stores around the country being out of that item, than you have identified a trend. React to trends, not incidences. 

Gasoline

When I filled up my gas tank on Friday, I paid $3.49 a gallon at the station which is typically the cheapest in my area. Gas in my area is usually less than the national average.

Sam's Club Trip

Last week I went to a Sam's Club. My first impression was the store was well stocked, especially the clothing section. The tables were stacked higher with clothing than I have ever seen before. They had also added a couple of additional tables of clothing since my last visit there. Also, toilet tissue and paper towels seemed well stocked at the moment (but expect this to possibly change in the next couple of months). 

Most of my shopping was in the food aisles, where I found a lot of items on my shopping list to be out of stock. Duke's mayonnaise, frozen salmon patties, dried black beans, dried pinto beans, green tea, and vinegar, all items I normally buy at Sam's Club, were completely out of stock. Peanut butter was almost completely gone, with less than a dozen 2-packs left on the shelf. The only bags of rice that they had in stock was Jasmine rice, with maybe a dozen bags left on the pallet. 

Checking out was a nightmare. The store was extremely busy, but they had only two cashiers working, and 4 (four!) of the self check out lanes were closed with "out of order" signs on them. This meant very long lines. 

My Aldi's Trip

I've already posted about the price cut on mushrooms at my local Aldi's (click here). Now I want to report on what was low or out of stock. Sugar was completely out stock, and cereal, canned meats, and canned beans were all extremely low, with lots of gaps on those shelves.

Walmart Superstore

I was at a Walmart Superstore last week. The fresh produce, frozen foods, canned meats, and boxed pastas sections were all half-full at best. They have even removed a couple of the produce tables to make that area look fuller than what it really is. Other food sections seemed mostly well-stocked. 

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Friday, October 14, 2022

New Bird Flu Reports in Alaska, South Dakota, and Utah

By Tim Gamble  10-14-2022

The are new reports of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), commonly known as bird flu, in Alaska, South Dakota, and Utah. 

In South Dakota and Utah, these latest outbreaks have occurred on commercial turkey farms, leading to the culling of approximately 118,600 turkeys. In Alaska, bird flu was recently detected in a flock of backyard chickens, and at another nearby mixed poultry flock. 

Although these numbers are much better than the over 25 million birds that were culled earlier this year due to the bird flu, it is an indication that the bird flu pandemic is not yet fully over. 

According the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the symptoms of bird flu are “Sudden death of multiple birds in the flock, nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing, or respiratory distress are very concerning and should be reported. Other signs of HPAI include a significant drop in water consumption, diarrhea, lethargy, abnormal behavior or difficulty walking, blue discoloration of the comb and wattles, or swollen comb, wattles, legs, or head.
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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Price Drop on Mushrooms at Aldi's (and why mushrooms are great for the survival pantry)

By Tim Gamble  10-13-2022

I was at an Aldi's in a nearby town earlier today, and noticed that the canned mushrooms have actually dropped in price to 85¢ a can. For the last couple of months they were priced at $1.08 a can at that Aldi's. That is a savings of 23¢ a can. It is still a lot higher than the 35¢ a can it was selling at back before inflation really kicked in. Canned mushrooms are still over $1 at Walmart, so relatively speaking this is a good deal. I picked up a tray (24 cans) to add to my stockpile.

Why Mushrooms Make a Great Survival Pantry Food:
  • Very Healthy - a good source of protein, fiber, and several important minerals, including copper, selenium, and magnesium
  • Long Shelf Life  - as long as the can isn't swollen, leaking, or otherwise damaged, canned mushrooms will likely be edible for years past their "best by" date 
  • Easy To Store - mushrooms are quite compact, and the cans stack well, meaning you can store a lot of servings in a small space.
  • A Great Food Extender - mushrooms make a great addition to rice dishes, beans, soups, stews, and chili, meaning they will help you get additional servings out of those dishes
  • A Meat Substitute - mushrooms provide some protein and have a texture similar to meat, meaning that they can be used as a meat substitute in many dishes when you are running low on the real thing
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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Troubling Reports: Stock Up On These Two Specific Items Now

By Tim Gamble  10-12-2022

There are a couple of bits of very troubling news that may soon affect the prices and even availability of products that most of us use on a regular basis. I topped off my stockpile of these items over the last couple of days, and suggest you consider doing the same.

Category: Paper Goods - toilet tissue, paper towels, paper napkins, facial tissue, paper plates, paper cups, envelopes, printer and copier paper, etc.  Small businesses may want to stock up on enough paper and envelopes to carry you through the next six months or so. 

Why Paper Goods? According to multiple reports, all paper manufacturing in Europe has shut down due to the lack of natural gas (blame the Russia-Ukraine War and the blowing up of Russia's Nord Stream gas pipelines). America's paper industry is already running at capacity, but is now expected to divert a sizable chunk of our production to Europe. This will almost certainly lead to higher prices in the US, and possible shortages on store shelves.

Category: Tomato Products - Tomato sauce, tomato paste, pasta sauce, pizza sauce, diced tomatoes, salsa, tomato juice, V8 juice, tomato soup, and other products containing tomatoes.

Why Tomato Products? The drought in California has devastated the tomato harvest. California is by far the biggest tomato producer in the US, growing about 95% of the tomatoes in the US, and about 33% of all tomatoes in the world. Expect higher prices (perhaps much higher) and possible shortages over the course of this winter.

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Monday, October 10, 2022

Scam Alert: Gold Jewelry For Gas Money

On today's edition of "Boots on the Ground", SouthernPrepper1 mentioned a scam that has been going around for awhile. It reminded me that I encountered this scam back in the summer. Let's call it the "Gold Jewelry For Gas Money" scam. Here is how I encountered it:

I was walking back to my vehicle in a Lowe's parking lot. A blue van pulled up next to me and the driver rolled down his window to talk to me. I initially thought he was going to ask for directions, as he started off by saying that they (the man and his family) were from out of state. Instead, he proceeded to tell me they were almost out of gas, and that his credit card wasn't working for some reason. If I would give him cash to buy gas with for him and his family, he would give me his gold ring, which he pulled of his finger to show me. He told me the ring was worth at least $200, but they were desperate for gas money, so he would sell it to me for only $50. 

I told him I didn't have any cash on me, and I pointed out that there was a pawn shop just up the road about a quarter-mile from where we were, if he wanted to sell the ring. He tried to plead with me to buy the ring, pointing out that his wife and kids were in the van with him (he pointed out his family several times to me hoping to build sympathy). I refused, and he drove off. When he pulled out of the parking lot, I noticed he did not go in the direction of the pawn shop I mentioned to him. 

The incident SP1 reported on was almost identical to what I encountered. A family in a van from "out of state" is desperate for cash to buy gas, since their credit card isn't working for some reason. They offer to sell "gold" jewelry for a lot less than they claim it is worth. The only difference between the two incidents is that the family in the van that approached me was clearly Mexican, while the family SP1 reported on was said to be middle-eastern.  

Folks, don't fall for this scam. The "gold" ring or other jewelry the scammers are offering you isn't gold, and might be worth a couple of bucks at the very most. They are playing on your sympathy and your greed to sell you fake jewelry. As the economy continues to deteriorate, expect scams like this one to only become more common. 

Stay smart. Stay safe.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Quick Tip: Dental Issues

Take care of any dental issues you may have as soon as possible. In your stockpiling of supplies, don't forget to include plenty of dental care items such as toothbrushes, dental floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Consider adding a couple of dental first aid kits to your supplies (here's one by DenTek and one by Adventure Medical). And be sure to floss daily! 

Dental health is extremely important, and not just to avoid the pain of a cavity. Doctors have long-known of the link between dental health and overall health, as poor dental health can contribute to cardiovascular disease, strokes, a weakened immune system, dementia, and even some types of cancer. 
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