You Can’t Eat Gold… But It’s Portable, Easy To Trade and Confiscation-Proof

If you need cooking oil you have to exchange it for gold. If you need soap you have to exchange it for gold. Everything is gold, gold, gold…

For everything they want gold…

Residents, Zimbabwe (2009)
(Watch Video Below)

gold-for-dinnerIf you’ve conducted even a preliminary investigation into the global economic situation you’ve likely concluded that something isn’t right. As noted previously, all of the evidence points to serious economic failure in the very near future as our day of reckoning approaches. The decline itself has been taking place for years and we’ve seen it happen all around us.  Rather than delve into evermore evidence for why a collapse of our way of life is inevitable, the following guide from our friend Daniel Ameduri of Future Money Trends provides actionable advice designed to preserve your wealth during hard times and protect it from a government hellbent on confiscating it at the first chance they get.

What it all boils down to is owning assets of (real) value. Much of this is dependent on our individual means, but the overall strategy should be similar for everyone: diversification. This can mean long-term food stores, bartering supplies, skills development, acquisition of productive land or, in the case outlined by Daniel below, owning mechanisms of exchange that have been tried and tested for centuries across the entire globe.

Whatever your approach, consider the points Daniel highlights below as you build your own collapse insurance stockpiles. Though his article focuses on gold and silver as future currencies in the event of a US dollar crash, your other supplies should have a similar elasticity and desirability in the (underground) marketplace.

Despite our best laid plans, keep in mind that in a collapse scenario we’ll be faced with situations for which it may be impossible to fully prepare for in advance. That being said, whether you are storing gold or stockpiling food, be sure that at least some of your supplies are portable, confiscation-proof, and easy to trade in a worst case scenario.

7 Reasons You Should be Saving in Gold
by Daniel Ameduri

When it comes to saving a portion of your earnings, an error most people make is to save their wealth in man-made currencies. These currencies are controlled by central planners, regularly manipulated, and created out of thin air without regard for the value of the currency you have in your wallet.

In the digital age, accounts holding these currencies can be frozen, easily confiscated, and tracked.

I personally advocate saving in gold or other precious metals like silver, palladium, or platinum. A combination of truths lead me to this simple savings strategy:

7. Lawsuit proof, not technically, but the fact is no one knows how much gold you have, it is a private matter. Gold is “off the books” when it comes to financial accounting.

6. A history of being money, an independent unit of account that is the same no matter where it was mined or how old it is. It is a constant measurement of value, you can take a gold piece anywhere in the world and it will have value. This is much different than a fiat currency, once outside of your nation’s borders, a currency may not be generally accepted. You also have thousands of fiat currencies that no longer have any value, like the U.S. Continental or the Confederate States of America dollar.

5. It can’t go to zero. Zero value for gold isn’t an option, hasn’t ever happened and never will. The process to get a 1 ounce gold coin to you has hundreds of man hours behind it, maybe even thousands if you consider the full operation of gold exploration, production, refinement, and delivery.

This is the entire point of saving your wealth, you save to not lose. I understand that you can measure gold vs. the dollar, or gold vs. oil, and that its price will fluctuate, but the value in gold itself does not change.

4. The currency printers are hoarding it. When the most powerful group of people in the world, the central bankers, desire to have 1 asset, then that alone should get your attention. Central banks who print the currencies that the masses treat as a store of value, those central banks buy and store physical gold, not silver, not houses, not oil, they own gold! If it is good enough for the masters of this world, then it’s good enough for me.

3. Financial insurance. When it all hits the fan…Be that a government or economic collapse, at the end of the day, gold survives. It still has value in the new world. It also makes for a great “start over fund” for the reasons listed above, it won’t go to zero and it’s private money.

2. Portable. I think it’s important that if you need to, you could easily carry or move your wealth to a different region. Just to give you an idea, $ 200,000 in gold is about the size of a VHS tape. Your fiat currencies are typically tied up over the weekend and on bank holidays; in fact, even if you wanted to physically get your cash, you couldn’t unless you gave your bank a 72 hour notice for withdraws over $ 5,000.

1. Legacy wealth. Gold is something you can safely store away knowing that it is something of great value that you can pass on to your children and your children’s children.

It is a safe stash of value that you can tap into when you are in your “golden” years or at anytime throughout your life.

Ultimately when you are saving a portion of your earnings, you want to protect and preserve it. Gold, in my opinion, along with the other precious metals, are the best way to achieve the objective of saving money by preserving both the value of your savings and protecting it from unwanted dangers, like government and civil litigation.

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The argument often put forth regarding gold and silver as collapse insurance  is that “you can’t eat it.”

True.

But even in Zimbabwe, where a loaf of bread cost a trillion Zimbabwe dollars at one point, gold held an important role. Those who had no supplies, or lost them over the many years of currency destruction, eventually resorted to gold panning and trade to acquire food on a daily basis.

The point being that, so long as your asset is desirable somewhere in the world there will be someone willing to trade for it.

Watch the following video and see this concept being applied in the real world:

What’s in your emergency wallet?


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

The Controversial Documentary on ET’s & Free Energy

Sirius – The Documentary

Synopsis Video

View Official Trailer Here

Sirius - The DocumentaryI know what you might be thinking, why is a prepping site hosting a documentary on ET’s and Free Energy.  One reason, image the possibilities of free energy and what it can do for our planet.  Free energy is clean energy as it is portrayed in this film.  For the record, I personally do not believe in Free Energy, you can’t get blood out of a turnip and it takes energy to make energy.  However, I do find it an interesting subject and hope to be proved wrong one day.

The documentary is very controversial and looks to be entertaining.  I’m a big Ancient Aliens Fan and this film follows along those same lines.  I decided to host this film because it’s fun and entertaining.  When you watch the film take it with a grain of salt.  You may or may not be a believer, the point is to have fun.

Synopsis

Steve Greer, an American osteopath and ufologist who founded the Orion Project, said

“Well here’s the vision that can guide the world and inspire us. Once we have these zero point
sums of energy, we can alleviate our planet of the destructive methods of harness resources from
it. Free energy will be the great equalizer.

This notion of poverty will be eliminated, because we will have even the most remote societies powered by this free grid, which will give them water and other resources without having to continue with these destructive extraction methods that are dominating our world today. Universal education can come into play as well, and we can put an end to notions of bigotry, and homophobia and superiority complexes that all stem from of atavistic struggle for a dominance of the zero sum game of resources. So I feel that once the world has woken up, we can end this cannibalism of our planet, we can bring justice to this planet, and with that justice, we can have peace.”

SIRIUS is the largest crowd funded documentary in history. So we’ve had complete public funding and have not turned to any corporations or media conglomerates to aid in the production of the film. And we’ve taken a non-traditional approach to distribution as well. We are releasing SIRIUS through a company called YEKRA in Los Angeles that will allow all of the backers and organizations associated with the film, along with all of the online communities interested in the subject material, to be their own distribution center.

Visit Sirius – The Documentary page above for more info and to watch the full official trailer.

Absolute Proof

The Preppers Universe Guide to 72-Hour Kits

Guide to 72-Hour Kits By Preppers Universe

72-hour-kitWhen a disaster strikes the normal services we take for granted will not be available, such as telephones, running water, and refrigeration to name a few.  Additionally, first responders will most likely will be overwhelmed with the magnitude of the situation.

It is recommended that you have enough supplies to last you’re family (at a minimum) 72 hours.  Basically, you must be self-sufficient until help arrives.  It may be a while – so, having a plan and the necessary supplies to sustain your family is the key to surviving.

A 72-Hour Kit is essential for any short-term emergency or disaster. It very well could mean survival when the need arrives.  There are numerous types of disasters: Floods, Hurricanes, Tsunami’s, Tornadoes and Earthquakes.  And, don’t forget about the man-made disasters such as terror attacks and the looming global financial crisis either.  Being prepared is not an option if you want to protect your family.

A basic 72-hour kit should include the following items:

  • Food & Water (Include Pets as well)
  • Shelter
  • First Aid
  • Tools & Cookware
  • Hygiene Clothing & Medicine Items
  • Important Documents & Cash
  • Personal Protection
  • Entertainment (Most people forget about this one)
  • Bug Out Bag (Backpack or Plastic Bin)

Most people have enough food in their pantries to last three days in case of emergencies.  However, if there is a major disaster such as an earthquake, you may not be able to get to that food easily.  This is why a 72-hour kit is ideal in these situations.  You will want store your kit in a safe area that would be easily accessible during a disaster.  I personally store my kits in a cabinet in the garage near the roll up door.  It would be fairly easy to get to even if the house is inaccessible.

 Food & Water

Preppers Universe - Mountain House 72-Hour Kit

I personally use the Mountain House 72-Hour Emergency Meal Kit.  I recommend buying one of these for each member of the household.  In reality, one of these could support two people if you wanted to skimp by and not spend too much money building your kit.  Each of these kits cost roughly $55.00.  For more info read this article on Survival Emergency Food Packages.

 

pers Universe - Reliance Lifeguard 7

Sport Berkey Portable Water Purifier

For water storage, I highly recommend at least a gallon or more of water per day per person.  I personally use the Reliance Lifeguard – 7 Gallon Water Container with built-in Filter.  I store at least one of these for each family member in my kit.  The cost is about $35.00 for the Reliance.  Additionally, each family member should use a Sport Berkey Portable Water Purifier Water Bottle or something similar.  The cost is about $22.00 for the Berkey.

 

Shelter

Let’s face it, if there is a disaster – you’re home may not be safe to live in.  Where do you stay?  When things go south, I don’t want to leave my house unattended, I plan on putting up shelter (Good Size Tent) in my backyard.  I personally have a Wenzel Klondike 16 X 11′ Eight Person Family Tent.   Wenzel Klondike 16 X 11-Feet Eight-Person Family Cabin Dome Tent (Light Grey/Taupe/Red)I additionally have a couple zero-degree weather sleeping bags and blankets for the tent as well.  I also have spare crates for my pets.

You need to make sure you’re back yard is big enough for the tent you use.  I have a huge backyard and I know that this tent will work just fine.  The price of this tent is around $212.00.

Other options are available:  Tent Options

First Aid

American Red Cross Disaster & Emergency Kit by First Aid OnlyAny medium sized first aid kit will work well.  Don’t buy any kit that says it will meet any emergency situation.  Do you’re homework when shopping for first aid kits.

The reason is simple, during a disaster (god forbid) you may be treating broken limbs, large gashes from falls or even gun shot wounds.

You will want a decent quality kit, the ones I like are from the American Red Cross.  A decent first aid kit will cost around $50.00.  Don’t forget bug repellent and sun screen for your kit as well.

Tools & Cookware

Denali 115-Piece Home Repair Tool KitWhen a disaster happens you will need a decent tool kit that is easy to pack up and take with you.  I personally like the Denali 115-piece Home Repair Tool Kit.  It comes with a decent carry bag and you can add other small items into it like a sewing kit, mini-flashlights, candles, multipurpose tool, paracord and a decent knife etc…

Another important item to Ambient Weather WR-111B Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Digital Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger with NOAA Certified Weather Alert & Cableshave in your tool kit is a decent radio.  I recommend one that is solar or hand-cranked and battery operated.  I highly recommend the Ambient Weather WR-111B Solar Hand Crank Radio.  It even has the ability to charge you’re cell phone and has a built in flashlight.  This will keep you informed with what is happening in you’re area.  When the power goes out you’re TV will not work unless you have a generator.

Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove Burner with Piezo Ignition 3.9oz

Having a small camp stove is a must to eat and boil water.  Coleman Speckled Enamelware Dining Kit (Red)

I highly recommend a Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove as they are small, compact and easy to pack away. 

Additionally, I would recommend getting a small camping kit that includes Spoons, Forks, Knifes, Cups and a small pot.  If you don’t mind the extra weight in your kit, I highly Wenzel Deluxe Mess Kitrecommend the Coleman Speckled Enamelware Dining Kit. Additionally, you will need a decent mess kit (Pots/Pans).  I recommend the Wenzel Deluxe Mess Kit.

Hygiene, Clothing & Medicine Items

There will not have running water in your house during a disaster.  Even if you do you may not want to use it or bath in it.  An important fact most people don’t know about, you’re local water plant needs electricity to filter the water and if there is no power then you’re water supply is contaminated.  You may not be able to take a shower but you can take a sponge bath and at the very least brush you’re teeth using the emergency water you stored above.  You will want to pack away Razors, Toothbrushes, Feminine items etc.

If you take prescription items you need at least a week supply (at a minimum) stored in you’re kit.  I would put Aspirin, Motrin, Sinus Medication or anything else you may occasionally use in the kit as well.  It is extremely important to store prescription items in you’re kit as the drug stores will most likely be shut down and looted after a disaster.

A change of clothes is highly important.  Most people think they can just grab something on the way out.  No, you will not have the time during an emergency to get extra clothing.  The trick is to have the items stored away in your kit.  Make sure you pack items for the climate you live.  If you live in cold areas pack accordingly.

Documents, Cash & Entertainment

It goes without saying that you need to store important documents such as your wedding license, birth certificates, Photos, Mortgage/Title/Deed, Bank information, Insurance papers, passports, etc. in a fire safe lock box near or in you’re 72-hour kit.  Most people forget about this and these items are very important.  Additionally, I would put a couple of survival books and manuals for reference in the kit as well.

Don’t forget about entertainment during disaster relief.  It may be days before things get back to normal.  I personally have a few board games, a couple deck of cards and my favorite game Yahtzee in my kit.

Personal Protection

A lot of people are afraid or don’t like Guns/Knives or any other weapons and believe they can survive without them.  I’m definitely not one of those people. When the SHTF (S@#$ hits the fan) you will need personal protection.  A decent firearm and survival knife is a must in any disaster situation. 

When a man cannot feed his family, he will do anything to get to you’re food supply.  The social norms are out the window in times of disaster.  Just look at the recent disaster such as Hurricane Katrina.  People were looting, raping, and pillaging.  It was not pretty, and if you are relying on the government to protect you.  You are in for a world of hurt…

The active survivalistI highly recommend either having a shotgun, rifle, and/or a pistol.  I’m not going to recommend a particular brand or model.  You will have to do some research and find out what works best for you.  I also highly recommend you take a firearm safety class before purchasing a firearm.  Most gun ranges have gun rentals for you to try before you buy.Firearms are not for everyone.  There are other options available if you are not comfortable shooting a weapon.

Frontiersman Bear Attack Deterrent with Hip Holster

 

The absolute best NON-LETHAL form of personal protection is Bear Repellent Pepper Spray.  Bear Repellent has a greater range than most pepper spray and is more potent.  If it can stop a bear in it’s tracks then it can stop any human instantly.  The best part, it has a 30-foot deploy range keeping you’re attackers at a distance.  I highly recommend Frontiersman Bear Attack Deterrent with holster.

KA-BAR  Fighting/Utility Serrated Edge Knife with Hard Sheath, Black

A really good survival knife is important for personal protection and for general survival needs.  such as cutting down tree limbs for firewood, skin/clean wild game, cut para-cord and a thousand other uses.  My absolute favorite Survival Knife is the KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Serrated Edge Knife.

Ka-Bar Black Kukri MacheteAnother item to throw into you’re arsenal is a really good machete for chopping weeds or clearing campsites.  I personally like the KA-BAR Black Kukri Machete.

Bug out Bags & Survival Bins

Maxpedition Doppelduffel Adventure Bag, Black You need a really good bag or survival bin to store all the items for your 72-hour kit.  There are many options available.  I personally like the Maxpedition Doppelduffel Adventure Bag.  It is large enough to hold most of you’re gear and it can be worn as a back pack if the need arrives.

Maxpedition Condor-Il Backpack

Additionally, you may want a smaller back pack to go along with the Doppelduffel.  Something you’re children or a spouse can carry easily.  I really like the Maxpedition Condor II Backpack.  These bags are durable and very well made.  In my opinion they are the best bags for survival needs.

I plan on Bugging “IN” not “OUT” in a disaster.  My back yard is big enough to setup camp if needed.  Because of this I have a really big tent that will not fit in my 72-hour kit or Bug Out Bag.  I store these big items in plastic storage bins available almost anywhere.  Wal-Mart, Target, and Amazon.com have them available at decent prices.

Conclusion

In this violent and unpredictable world we live in – being prepared is no longer an option.  Being prepared can reduce anxiety, fear and panic should you find yourself in a precarious situation.  Most disasters either man-made or natural doesn’t allow time for people to assemble even the most basic needs for our society.  This is why preparedness planning is so important.  Having a 72-hour kit on hand and ready to use at a moments notice could me the difference between life and death.

If you have any suggestions please leave a comment on this post.  The article will provide you with the absolute minimum supply of gear you should have for you’re 72-hour kit.  Like I said, this is a bare minimum from my point of view.  You should adjust the recommendations to meet you’re needs.  This is a great starting point for newbie preppers.

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Portable Solar Powered Generator

A solar powered generator is a machine that converts solar energy into usable electrical power for running various kinds of gadgets in your homes or offices. These generators actually come in different sizes and power wattages, and a portable solar powered generator is said to be one of the smallest of its kind.

These solar powered generators are a great thing to have at home for a variety of reasons. First off, since they harvest energy directly from the sun, which can help you cut back on electricity cost at a considerable amount. There are even some houses that have been become entirely dependent on solar powered generators that they have no electricity bills to pay at all.

A portable solar powered generator can help you reduce your carbon footprints as well. Using the usual coal-generated electricity produces harmful greenhouse gases that are released out into the environment. So the less you use coal-generated electricity, the less carbon emissions you emit out to the environment.

Having a solar generator can give you independence from the power lines at a certain degree. Because of this, you can afford to power up your lights and run your electrical gadgets even when there are power outages in your area.

When choosing a solar powered generator, a very important factor that you need to consider is the machine’s power wattage. The number of wattage that the system can produce can be directly related to the size and the cost of your generator. A portable solar powered generator can vary in size – from a few inches to 20 feet in length. Because of its portable size, they are considered to be the best model that you can bring along for camping and outdoor use.

As mentioned before, the size of the generator can be directly related to the amount of power that it can produce.

Because of this, portable generators may not be able to power huge electrical equipments for long periods of time. The smallest portable solar generator can power up laptops, recharge mobile devices and run smaller appliances at a limited period of time.

For those of you who have already invested on a portable solar powered generator, the very first thing that you need to do is to harvest energy by exposing the solar panel to sunlight. Remember, the more sunlight you harvest, the greater the power you can store up. So make sure that your panels are thoroughly exposed to the sun the whole day through. Once solar power is harvested, this will be transformed into electrical energy and stored up inside your batteries for future use.

Most of the portable solar powered generator kits already come with the complete package – from the solar panels, the batteries, the wirings and so on. This way, you no longer have to invest in any additional accessories to make it run. Today, a portable solar generator can cost you from $ 750-2,000. Quite an investment yes, but in the long run, this will definitely help you save up on money by cutting back on your electricity cost, month after month, for years to come.

ValuedGenerators.com is your source for portable solar powered generator.