Abbas thanks Ahmadinejad for Iran’s help, but tensions resurface between Palestinians and Tehran.

Abbas and Ahmadinejad talk during Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Cairo. Photo by AFP

Abbas and Ahmadinejad talk during Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Cairo. Photo by AFP

Serious friction exists between Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the leadership of Iran. It’s been there for years, but it’s on display again this week in Cairo.

Abbas met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Islamic summit in Cairo. He thanked the Islamic Republic for its help and support in creating a Palestinian state. However, behind closed doors, an Egyptian source says Abbas told Ahmadinejad to stop talking about annihilating Israel and talk more about creating an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 lines. I hope Mr. Abbas isn’t holding his breath. Ahmadinejad is expected to leave office this summer. The real power in Iran in the Ayatollah Khamenei, who continues to call for Israel’s annihilation and just flatly ruled out direct talks with the U.S over the nuclear issue.

“The source, who has knowledge of the details of the meeting between Abbas and Ahmadinejad in Cairo on Wednesday, told Haaretz that Abbas demanded the Iranian president talk more about the importance of establishing a Palestinian state and less about ‘wiping Israel off the map of the Middle East,’” reports Haaretz, the Israeli daily newspaper. “According to the source, Abbas made it clear to his Iranian counterpart, at the meeting on the margins of the summit of Islamic states, that Israel has been taking advantage of his comments and using them against the Palestinians. Therefore, Abbas said, it is important for a state like Iran to talk more about the rights of the Palestinians, the need for an end to the occupation and the struggle for the establishment of a state within the 1967 borders in accordance with principles outlined by the international community.”

“Contrary to reports that relations between Abbas and Ahmadinejad were warming,” notes Haarez, “Dr. Samir Ghattas, a Palestinian commentator who directs a research center in Cairo, told a Nazareth radio station on Thursday that the Palestinian president’s remarks about the conflict remain unchanged: ‘[Abbas] doesn’t change his stance vis-a-vis one leader or another and his stance vis-a-vis the president of Iran hasn’t changed since the two met in August on the sidelines of the Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement [in Tehran].’”

Abbas and his PLO colleagues have long resented the enormous financial and military support Iran provides to Hamas, which is after all the rival Palestinian faction that crushed the PLO presence in Gaza several years ago, took over control of Gaza and has launched thousands of rockets, mortars and missiles at Israeli civilians. Abbas wants Tehran to be more supportive (financially, diplomatically and otherwise) of Abbas’s PLO faction known as Fatah. It is Fatah, under Abbas’s direction, that controls the West Bank. Abbas feels that Iran’s bellicose statements about destroying Israel make it more difficult for the Palestinians to create an independent state, an analysis that I believe is correct.

“Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday that Iran ‘is ready to annihilate Israel if it attacks one of the Islamic countries,’” reports Ynet News. “He was quoted by Egypt’s official news agency as saying that ‘the Iranian people are ready to ride on to Israel to destroy it. The Zionists hope to attack Iran but they’re afraid of the consequences. Our forces can deter any aggressor and make them pay.’ The Iranian president, who is currently visiting Cairo, met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit. In an interview with Iran’s Al Alam TV Abbas thanked Ahmadinejad for his country’s support of the Palestinian bid for UN membership. The two last met six months ago in Tehran on the sidelines of the Non Aligned Movement conference.

“It should be noted that the relationship between the Palestinian Authority and Iran has generally been tense, especially in recent years,” Haaretz reports. “Abbas and Fatah have accused Iran of supporting Hamas and Islamic Jihad and of contributing to the failure of reconciliation between the Palestinian rivals. At the meeting in Tehran, Abbas even made a crack about Ahmadinejad, who spoke about his love for the Palestinians; Abbas told him publicly that he expects him to ‘fall in love with all the Palestinians and not just some of them.’ Palestinian media did not feature the meeting yesterday prominently. Palestinian news agency Wafa released a short statement to the effect that the two leaders met for a brief conversation, in which they discussed the UN General Assembly decision to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state, the crisis in Syria and other issues raised at the Cairo summit.”

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The Prepper Filter – 11 Questions That Will Help You Be A Better Prepper

I was recently asked by someone in a conversation “What is a Prepper”?  I started to answer the question with a knee jerk reaction being that a prepper is someone with a cache of bullets, band aids and beans stored away in the event that the world shows signs of coming to an end via economic collapse, EMP events, Madrid earthquakes or other major disasters.  After a long pause, my definition came out of my mouth and it was that a prepper is simply one who prepares.

This led to a short conversation spurred on by the person asking what they are preparing for.  We talked for a little bit and ended the conversation both a bit confused because they didn’t understand why someone would can meat when they can freeze it and I couldn’t understand how they haven’t heard about a power outage lasting for more than a week.  It was not surprising to see our conversation go in that direction and end the way it did given that upwards of 95% or more of the population just don’t see that there is any reason to think that society can break down, but what was surprising was the thought process I had that followed our conversation.

Make no mistake about it; there will be a crash of some sort and depending on how far we fall will determine how bad it is.  We are a hand to mouth society far removed from the habits of our ancestry who stored food in their cellars, produced food in fields and gardens and had food producing animals out in the back 40 to sustain them.  Today procurement of food is completed via going continually to the grocery store, eating out and ordering in.  Virtually no one is paying attention to how long a person’s family will last if that supply chain is disrupted for any reason.

So, what is a prepper?  That is an excellent question with limitless answers and in hindsight, although my initial definition is correct because although we as preppers are preparing for something, we are also preparing for the worst.  People with auto insurance are preparing for a car crash or accident.  People with life insurance are preparing for death.  People with crop insurance are preparing for a devastating hail storm.  People with house insurance are preparing for a fire.  While all of these things are bad situations, these people wouldn’t fit in the category as a prepper.  With proper insurance the majority can weather the storm and life goes on.

I think what separates the prepper from the average Joe who buys insurance is the lifestyle of a prepper.  Preppers just think differently than most people.  Preppers are independent thinkers who instead of wanting to be taken care of, we want to produce and provide and sacrifice the now for the future.

With the dollar continuing to be devalued through QEinfinity, people losing gainful employment or becoming underemployed and underpaid just to make ends meet and put food on the table, many are finding that there is too much month left over at the end of the money.  Choices have to be made by preppers yearly, monthly, weekly and even hourly on what to do with the limited resources we have at our disposal.

I suggest to all preppers that they implement a prepper filter into their decision making.  Think of it as a hopper where all of our hearts wants and desires are dropped into the top of the filter including bills, food expenses all the way up to the new Harley.  There are stops along the way for each item where it either passes the test or it gets spit out the side.  For each item, decisions need to be made.  Whatever you want, put it through your personalized prepper filter to see if you really should do or purchase it.

Create your own filter questions, but before you do, I encourage you to write down what your goals are.  Everything should be judged with the #1 question being “Is this going to help me accomplish my goals?”

After food, water and shelter are taken care of; here are some examples of questions to ask before you make a purchase.

  1. Is this necessary?  Don’t fool yourself when asking this question.  Some things seem necessary, but life would go on without them.  Cable TV, smart phone…etc.  A vehicle is a necessity, but a beater will get you from point A to point B and settling for a lesser car can put thousands in your pockets that can be used for prepping.
  2. Can I get it cheaper?  Before you purchase a new pair of jeans for $ 30 to $ 50 (or more!) have you looked at garage sales and thrift stores?  Buying a pair of $ 5 jeans at a thrift store just saved you $ 25 that can be used to purchase over 30 cans of food marked down to 80 cents in the weekly sale.
  3. Will this be able to be used prior to a SHTF scenario AND afterwards?  Purchasing something that can be of use now and will still remain useful afterwards is the key here.
  4. Are there cheaper options available?  Sure, the shiny new decked out shotgun is sweet, but could I find a used one that I could pick up for less?
  5. Will this purchase take up useful time and replace it with useless time that cannot be replaced?  For example, to some, gaming systems are fun, but they take up hours and hours of your time and in the end, you haven’t gained a skill or accomplished anything, you’ve just grown older.  Avoid time sucking activities that have no meaningful return on your time investment.
  6. Can I learn something from this?  Buy a canner and learn the skill of canning.  This is a lesson that will save you money, will grow a yearning for learning how to garden and become more self sufficient and will save you a lot of money by being able to save food that might be thrown away before it becomes spoiled.  Buy a book on woodworking utilizing hand tools instead of the latest science fiction novel.  Prepping skills learned are an investment.
  7. If it is necessary and I find it at a good price, can I purchase more?  This can help with preps as well as save money in the future.
  8. If I need this item, but can’t afford it right now, what am I willing to give up to be able to put myself in a position in the near future to be able to afford it?
  9. Who says I need this?  Too many decisions are made to “Keep up with the Joneses”.  Children are excellent at playing the emotional strings because “Everyone in my class is going to the concert”.  No decision should be made because someone else is doing it.  If you have plenty of disposable income and extra, by all means, get $ 2,000 front row tickets!  But if it means you will have a great time and an empty pantry, get the artist’s CD and call it good.  Unless someone is actually paying your bills, their opinion on what you do or spend money on doesn’t matter.
  10. Can this hobby be used in a practical application?  Scrapbooking may be fun, but what does it teach you that will be useful some day?  I’m not a scrapbooker myself so maybe there is something I’m missing, but I know of people who spend hundreds of dollars doing this activity.
  11. Does this person identify with my goals, beliefs and will be an asset?  Let’s face it, you end up like who you hang around.  If being prepared is your goal, you need to guard the gates of your association and limit it to people who don’t take every chance they can to take verbal pokes at your prepping.  Find people who are encouraging to your goals.  People who have skills they can teach or are hungry to learn from your knowledge.

I have heard the excuse many times from people that they cannot afford to prep, yet they have a satellite dish, the most expensive smart phone with data package, an X Box, drink coffee from Fourbucks every morning and I could go on and on.  I truly believe that everyone has within their capacity the ability to prep.

Where we are today is a result of a series of choices we have made in the past.  The great part is that today is the first day of the rest of our lives and where we end up in the future will be the result of choices that we make between now and then.  Everyone makes mistakes, especially yours truly, but moving forward, setting goals and filtering lifestyle and financial decisions through a personalized filter will give us the best chance to be as prepared as we can be.

I have said in the past that prepping is not a destination, it is a journey.  Everyone is at a different point on their journey, but we are all on the same path either learning from those ahead of us or encouraging those behind.  Don’t forget to have fun along the way and enjoy these days of plenty, but don’t lose sight of your goals in the process.

As always,
God Bless
Norse Prepper


SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

HELL ON EARTH: New York Neighborhoods “Descend Into Chaos” as Sixth Day Passes Without Power or Help

In Brooklyn, Queen’s and Staten Island, beleaguered residents prepared for a seventh day without power. And many have been forced to “scavenge for food like animals“:

…residents of the Rockaways in Queens continued struggling without power, heat or food for a sixth day as their neighborhood slowly descended into chaos.

With little police presence on the storm-ravaged streets, many residents of the peninsula have been forced to take their protection into their own hands, arming themselves with guns, baseball bats and even bows and arrows to ward off thugs seeking to loot their homes.

It has been reported that crooks have been disguising themselves as Long Island Power Authority workers and coming by homes on the peninsula in the middle of the night while real utility workers were nowhere to be found.

…’We booby-trapped our door and keep a baseball bat beside our bed,’ Danielle Harris, 34, told the New York Daily News… The woman added that she has been hearing gunshots likely fired in the nearby housing project for three nights in a row… Meanwhile, local surfer Keone Singlehurst said that he stockpiled knives, a machete and a bow and arrow…

Most of the grocery stores in the area have not reopened since the storm, and the neighborhood has been left cut off from the rest of the city, with no trains or even shuttle buses servicing the residents… the Red Cross and FEMA were still nowhere in sight… The Borough President of Staten Island called the reaction of Red Cross – or lack thereof – to the devastation caused by Sandy an ‘absolute disgrace’…

‘My advice to the people of Staten Island is do not donate to the American Red Cross,’ said Mr Molinaro. ‘Let them get their money elsewhere… It’s an absolute disgrace in a county that has always responded to disasters all over the world… Katrina – we sent them down four trailer loads of food, water and one trailer load of generators. No one’s responding to us… Of the 22 people across New York City that have perished, 15 of them died in Staten Island. The borough is still underwater.’

…In a Coney Island apartment block, where tenants huddle together in one room and human waste spills out of the toilet, tenant Jeffery Francis despairs that help is not getting to Brooklyn faster.

In what has become a ritual, the president did not deign to answer questions about the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Northeast.

Answering questions is for mere mortals, it would seem, not an iconic cult figure bent on retaining his white-knuckled grip on power.


Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: Ambassador Chris Stevens Called for Help in the Midst of the Bengahzi Attack

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