November 30: COVID-19 Cases Pull Back in Europe, See Slight Decline in U.S.

After a brutal month of rapid increases, cases of COVID-19 seemed to pause or even pull back slightly. Only time will tell if this represents the peak or just a brief hesitation.

The rate of COVID-19 infections in Europe appears to be slowing, even as Germany rockets past 1 million cases and Poland looks poised to do so today.  Germany says its lockdowns will continue while the Czech Republic will relax some of its restrictions.  Other countries have already projecte that their lockdowns will last for months.

Cases have also peaked in the U.S., but this may be a result of less testing due to the long Thanksgiving weekend, which is not celebrated in Europe, of course.  Testing peaked before Thanksgiving as many families wanted proof that their loved ones were coronavirus-free.  Then it dropped off later in the week as the holiday resulted in slower than normal testing rates.  We’ll know more by mid-week as cases should either rocket upwards or continue to slowly drift downwards.

Hospitalizations in the U.S. have set new records every day for weeks, and now stand at 93,219.  There were 136,313 reported cases yesterday and 818 deaths, both of which are well below the weekly average, likely a result of the lower holiday weekend testing and related activity discussed above.

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Prepper Diary November 29: Truck Travails and Making Moves

Our impending move is made more challenging by the destruction of my pickup truck, but we persevere by renting a Ram 1500.

We have finished the leftover turkey, but there is still stuffing and pie left over, so I really have nothing to complain about. 

My youngest daughter came over and smoked a turkey breast.  With only the three of us for Thanksgiving and us being in the middle of packing, it just didn’t make sense to cook a whole turkey.  We did have most of the standard fixings, including my wife’s excellent stuffing, which include sausage. 

We debated what time to eat, and we kidded my daughter who is usually late.  She said, “I’ll aim to have dinner ready by 3:30, and that way we’ll be sure to eat by 5 p.m.” We all laughed, but sure enough, we sat down to dinner a few minutes before 5 p.m.  She now has a Thanksgiving dinner under her belt, so whenever she is called upon to cook Thanksgiving again, she’ll have a practice run under her belt.

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How to Be More Independent and Why it will Make You a Better Prepper

The path of a prepper is not an easy one. You must be an independent thinking, and able to act on your own when others don’t or won’t.

It’s hard to be a prepper if you are always dependent on someone else.  You need to be able to provide critical prepping supplies for yourself and your loved ones: Food, water, shelter, self-defense, first aid, and communications.  If you don’t have the resources or the ability to do this, then prepping is just an unrealized dream.  But start small and take small steps until you build up some momentum.  Done right, you can make strides towards being more independent and a better prepper.

Look at your preps.  Maybe you can only provide food and water for three days because all your preps are what you own in your bug out bag.  And that’s OK; everyone has to start somewhere.  So you can be independent for three days.  What can you do to extend that time period?

Maybe you can stock up at the grocery store, and soon have three weeks of food.  Maybe you can have a full pantry and then buy some long-term storage food to tuck under your bed.  That might give you the ability to be independent for three months.

But there is more to independence than being able to provide food and shelter.  Let’s take a look at these critical components to becoming independent.

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The Pandemic Will End When We Want it to End

Is COVID-19 as bad as the media and politicians make it sound, or is this just a form of psychological warfare designed to weaken the country, degrade our freedom and take away our liberty?

I read somewhere, probably on Twitter, that some pithy person said the coronavirus pandemic will end when the American people want it to end.  In other words, when they stop worrying about it, stop changing how they live their lives based on the virus, and just go about their normal everyday business, the pandemic will effectively be over.

And it seems to me that we are halfway there. Quite a few people are rebelling against the latest wave of restrictions and shutdowns.  Business in different cities are staying open despite closure orders.  Millions are traveling for Thanksgiving.  The Supreme Court just overturned New York Gov. Cuomo’s restrictions on churches, synagogues, and other places of worship.

“Pandemic fatigue” is becoming a common phrase to describe how people are unwilling to put up with more limitations, more interference, and more job losses.

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This Year, I’m Thankful for Capitalism

Among the many things for which we can be thankful, living in a capitalist society with a mostly free market is an important one.

I am thankful for many things in my life, and most especially for my wife, but this year, I am also thankful to be living in what is still predominantly a capitalist society in which hard work will still result in a better life more often than not. 

Communism and socialism are the source of much hunger, death, and misery.  I am thankful that socialism was largely knocked back down in the past election, even if Joe Biden captured the presidency.

Socialism Leads to Starvation

An oft untold story about the First Thanksgiving has a first-hand example about the problems with socialism.

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Prepper Diary November 25: Now I Gotta Buy a New Truck

In the aftermath of the car crash, Pete heads home and embarks on some truck shopping.

I have made the trip back home safe and sound, which is a relief after my last excursion!  Passing through the intersection where the accident happened, even though I am driving the opposite direction, is a bit of a weird feeling.

In any case, I made it back to the tow lot on Sunday and picked up my garage door openers.  I also found a phone headset I had left in the vehicle.  No idea how I missed that the first time.

Thanks to all for your patience when I missed a day or two of posting.  It was a rough week!

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November 23: COVID Crackdown Continues as Holiday Travel Builds

With Thanksgiving arriving this week, Hanukkah in two weeks, followed by Christmas and New Year’s Eve, holiday travel could result in increased spread.

The past week was a record-setting one for COVID 19 with the U.S. surpassing 12 million cases, India topping 9 million, Brazil exceeding 6 million and both France and Russia passing 2 million.  Six other countries have more than 1 million cases.  Globally, the total approaches 60 million, with north of 600,000 cases reported daily multiple times in the past week.

Across the U.S. and Europe, governments are locking down their citizens, implementing curfews, and limiting the number of people you are allowed to visit.  In parts of Australia, you aren’t even allowed outside to walk your dog – a ridiculous rule that fails to take into account how less likely the disease is to spread in an outdoor environment.

While many businesses remain open, the number of customers or guests they are allowed to have at one time is limited, often to 25 percent of normal.  For many small businesses, that’s just drawing out the lingering death knell of the shutdowns, lockdowns and cutbacks.  Recent research showed that the shutdowns this spring saved 29,000 lives, but cost the economy $169 billion, or $6 million per death.  Politicians have to ask themselves if this is a price they are willing to pay?

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Prepper Diary November 21: The Car Crash Aftermath

Left on the side of the highway after my car crash, I have to figure out what to do next.

I know absolutely no one in this town.  So I fire up Uber, put in my destination, get a price of about $25 and wait. And wait.  They have no drivers, or at least no driver willing to go 18 miles up the Interstate. So I upgrade to the expensive vehicle, the XL, which is $45.  Still no luck.  I consider Lyft, but I don’t have the app on my phone, and I expect they share drivers out there in a small town.

I consider hitching a ride with a trucker. Corporate haulers don’t allow passengers.  It’s also not the safest option, but I do have a .38 in one pocket and a damn big folding knife in the other.  I’m not too worried about being robbed or kidnapped.  I decide that hitching – something I haven’t done since college – will be my fallback plan.

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Prepper Diary November 20: Pete’s Favorite Truck gets Totaled

I was in a head-on collision with another vehicle and both my airbags deployed. I survived largely uninjured, and a learned an important lesson or two.

As I was on the way to our prepper property with a pickup-truck load of stuff when a young woman made a left turn in front of me at a major intersection and I plowed right into her.  I had time to think “Oh sh*t!” and be angry that the other driver who would make a dumb move like that.  I jammed on the brakes, but it was too late for that to make much difference.

The next thing I knew, I was seeing white, and after a second of confusion I realized the air bag had deployed.  I had heard a bang, and even now, I don’t know if it was the sound of the impact, the sound of the airbags deploying, or some combination of both.  It was a very surreal moment as many of the items I had packed in the back seat had flown into the front of the car due to the impact and they were falling back down, some of them bumping into me.  This included a table lamp that was in an open box and my Shockwave in its scabbard, which thankfully missed me but ended up in the front passenger seat.  I tossed it back into the backseat.

I opened my door and stumbled out.  My phone was in the cup holder and I had the presence of mind to turn back around and grab it.  I was admittedly shaken up.  I was also pissed because I had been cut off and it was clear that my beloved truck, which I had owned for almost 20 years, was totaled. 

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Why the Great Reset is Anything But Great, Part 2

The Great Reset means more government, more regulation, and more sustainability and socially acceptable investment by governments. But that’s not whats best for the people.

Yesterday, we wrote about the World Economic Forum (WEF) using COVID-19 to push through their agenda for a Great Reset, which when you dig below the surface is double-talk for a plan to implement socialism.  If you have not yet read it, we discuss why they want things to be “fair.” The WEF’s idea of “fair” is similar to that of communism, meaning everyone is equal, even if they are equally poor, equally hungry, and equally powerless.

Today, we’ll look at the second pillar of the great reset which the WEF says will “Ensure that investments advance shared goals, such as equality and sustainability.…to create a new (system) that is more resilient, equitable, and sustainable in the long run. This means, for example, building “green” urban infrastructure and creating incentives for industries to improve their track record on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics.”

This is simply a fancy way of saying that governments should make investments not in roads and bridges, military and defense spending, or courts and justice, but in environmentally-friendly, politically correct, socially acceptable causes.  (Acceptable to whom, you may ask?  Acceptable to the socialists and the elite.)  They want to build a “better society.”  Better for whom? 

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