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In Print: Blockade- The Diary Of An Austrian Middle-Class Woman 1914-1924

Slowly but surely, I’ve been bringing back those different series of posts I started running in November 2010. It’s been a while since I published an “In Print” piece (December 2014), but truth be told, I’ve hardly had time to read any books (to completion) for quite some time. Seriously. That’s changing, and a number of titles I have in my possession will be presented and discussed in future “In Print” posts. Some real good material there too.

This week’s “In Print” selection is entitled Blockade- The Diary of an Austrian Middle-Class Woman 1914-1924, which was written in 1932 by Anna Eisenmenger. I’m not sure exactly how I heard about the “diary,” but I’m glad I did- as were others. You see, I had just finished reading it when I posted the following comment on the blog area of the SHTF School website (produced in conjunction with well-known Balkan region war survivor/prepper/survivalist “Selco” and “dedicated to urban survival and preparedness”):

“Suggest someone who is dear to you to read real life experiences.” Selco, I recently read a book (diary actually) from around your part of the world that I found relevant and intriguing- Anna Eisenmenger’s 94-page “Blockade – The Diary of an Austrian Middle-Class Woman 1914-1924,” available for free on archive.org. “Diary of an Austrian woman who lived through World War I and the interwar years in Vienna. She witnessed the devaluation of the currency and the government controls on food, fuel, and travel. Her sons were wounded in the war and one turned to extremist ideals in the wake of the war. Interesting personal view of a sometimes overlooked historical period.” Eisenmenger talked about a range of topics, including asset protection, bartering, civil unrest, food shortages, health issues, urban versus rural when TSHTF, and going to extremes to save one’s family.

In response to a question of how to download the diary in a “readable format,” I added later:

If Selco and gang don’t mind me posting it here, below is the link on archive.org to the page where Mrs. Eisenmenger’s diary can either be read (page top) or downloaded (page right). I opted for the .pdf version, which worked fine in my Acrobat Reader. If the link gets stripped, you can go to archive.org, enter “Blockade The Diary” in the search engine (not that “WayBackMachine” box) and the link to the page where you can read/download it should appear near the top of the search results. Hope this helps. I found the diary insightful and sobering. Hard to believe it was published in 1932 as it reads like a modern manuscript…

https://archive.org/details/Blockade-TheDiaryOfAnAustrianMiddle-classWoman1914-1924

Selco and others were grateful to me for pointing out this free resource, with one blog reader going so far as to write:

Thank you so much for recommending this book. What a great read and if I was part of a prepper group, this book would be recommended reading…

No problem. And now I’m recommending it to Survival And Prosperity readers.

You can use that link to Blockade I shared with the SHTF School folks. I just tested it and it’s still “live.”

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Info/link added to “Resources” page. Tomorrow though as I’m beat from doing chores at the family’s place in Wisconsin earlier today and driving back to Illinois.)

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The Survival Podcast’s Jack Spirko: ‘2016 Is Going To Be A Year That We Officially Are In A Recession’

Plenty of recession talk going around these days.

I recently listened to an episode of The Survival Podcast (named a “Resource Of The Week” back in March 2011) that grabbed my attention. Modern survivalist and host Jack Spirko warned listeners in episode 1711 (January 18, 2016), “Listener Feedback- Political Speculation Edition”:

I think that all the things that we talk about every day are things that you really might need to start considering doing more of. Providing as much as you can of your own food to cut your costs. Because here’s what coming with all this. A recession. A recession. 2016 is going to be a year that we officially are in a recession. The global indicators are such that you can’t really believe it’s not going to happen.

Back in episode 1608 (July 21, 2015), Spirko also talked about a coming economic downturn and advised:

We need to, I think at this point, assess our preps for hard financial times, more than anything else right now. I’m not talking about economic collapse, I’m talking about economic struggle. Everybody’s waiting for economic collapse, no one understands we’re standing in the middle of it. We’re standing in the middle of it…

Buck up your preps guys. Get ready for tougher times ahead…

The United States economy does not have to collapse for your personal economy to collapse. Nine million people found that out the hard way last time. Be prepared this time. Be prepared. Prepare to feed yourself, clothe yourself, take care of yourself, provide for your own security. Start thinking about the efficiencies of your energy usage, and get very, very diverse with your skill set, your knowledge, your ability to earn income. That’s how you prepare for what’s coming.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: A qualified professional should be consulted prior to making a financial decision based on material found in this weblog. If this recommended course of action is not pursued, then it must be understood that the decision is the reader’s and the reader’s alone. The creator/Editor of this blog is not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information contained herein.)

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Thursday, February 4th, 2016 Energy, Food, Income, Preparedness, Recession, Security No Comments

Project Prepper, Part 40: 2016 Recap

Tonight I’m reintroducing the “Project Prepper” series of posts on Survival And Prosperity. And since it’s been some time since my last post, I’m going to do a recap this evening about what this series of posts is all about for those who don’t already know. On October 24, 2012, I wrote:

Back in early 2007, I decided to launch a blog that warned anyone who would listen of a coming U.S. financial crash.

By 2010, many Americans had tasted the type of carnage I predicted three years earlier. And it was at this time I decided to take my blogging in a new direction, from simply warning about the coming storm to providing information and possible solutions for coming out on the other side of the maelstrom in decent shape.

For almost two years on Survival And Prosperity, I’ve addressed that information component. As I see it, the writing is on the wall concerning where our economy and larger financial system is headed. As such, it’s time to really focus on potential solutions- those things that might help protect and grow self and wealth in these uncertain times and down the road.

Enter “Project Prepper.”

Once in a while I blog about preppers/survivalists, and as a result, I’m often mistaken for one. The truth is, I’m not a “modern survivalist.” I’m just an independent researcher and blogger currently focusing on economics, finance, investing, and personal safety.

That being said, as a result of my research and this blog, I’m now aware of the myriad of man-made and naturally-occurring threats to my life and lifestyle (and those of my loved ones), and think it’s probably wise to acquaint myself more with “prepping” via a sustained “hands-on” program of learning and doing, which I’ll call “Project Prepper.”

Through a series of posts on this blog which I suspect should last for quite some time (years?), I’ll be able to share my preparedness experiences with you.

By doing this, I’ll also be able to make more progress in providing readers of this blog those possible solutions I talked about earlier in the post.

Will I end up being a “prepper” at the end of it all? Who knows? If anything, I should be able to glean a good deal of useful knowledge from this venture.

Knowledge which I hope to share with you…

More next week as I talk about where “Project Prepper” currently stands after writing the above a little over three years ago.

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2015 Test Vegetable Garden

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 Preparedness, Project Prepper No Comments

Resource Of The Week: Free Amazon Kindle E-Books Related To Prepping, Survival

I don’t have a big budget to spend on prepping/survival-related reading material. And when it comes to purchasing books, particularly ones that will end up as part of my personal reference library, I prefer the print copy to the electronic version (if available) for fast, reliable access under any circumstance.

That being said, I do purchase e-books. Specifically, Kindle editions from Amazon.com. Now, I don’t own a Kindle, but I do have Amazon’s free Kindle Reading App (available for computers, tablets, and smart phones) installed on my laptop. Which Kindle books do I buy? While I don’t really have time to read the genre anymore, survival fiction not deemed reference material.

The thing I love about Kindle e-books is that they generally cost less than the print editions.

And recently, I’ve learned how to acquire a number of them even cheaper. Specifically, free.

The really cool thing is, this applies not only to prepping- or survival-related Kindle books, but works covering many other subjects.

Instructions

Required: Amazon account and Kindle or free Kindle Reading App installed on computer/tablet/smart phone

1. Go to Amazon.com
2. At the top of the page to the left of the search bar, you will see a drop down menu displaying “All.” Left-click on that and select “Kindle Store” from the list of choices.
3. Enter the keyword “prepping” or “survival” for example as your query in the search bar, at which point Amazon will bring up a list of results. Press the “Enter” key or left-click on magnifying glass to right of search bar.
4. Near the top-right area of the page where it says “Sort by,” you will see a drop down menu displaying “Relevance.” Left-click on that and select “Price: Low to High” from the list of choices.
5. The list of results should now be re-ordered. What you’re looking for are those e-books displaying “$0.00 Kindle Edition” or “$0.00 to buy Kindle Edition.” Note that “$0.00 kindleunlimited” is something completely different. When you left-click on “Buy now with 1-Click” for the titles displaying “$0.00 Kindle Edition” or “$0.00 to buy Kindle Edition,” Amazon finalizes the process of delivering the free e-book to your Kindle or computer/tablet/smart phone with the free Kindle Reading App.
6. Perform this query routinely, as titles are removed and new e-books are added to the list over time.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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Good Article On British Preppers

“Damian McBride @ DPMcBride- Aug 24
Advice on the looming crash, No. 1: get hard cash in a safe place now; don’t assume banks and cash points will be open, or bank cards will work”

“Damian McBride @ DPMcBride- Aug 24
“Crash advice No. 2: do you have enough bottled water, tinned goods & other essentials at home to live a month indoors? If not, get shopping.”

“Damian McBride @ DPMcBride- Aug 24
“Crash advice No. 3: agree a rally point with your loved ones in case transport and communications get cut off; somewhere you can all head to.”

“Damian McBride @ DPMcBride- Aug 24
I’m presuming the Central Banks will intervene to stop this market slide but that will just make the eventual, inescapable crash even worse.”

-Tweets from Damian McBride, former special adviser to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, as global stock markets continue to plunge this week

Earlier this evening I came across a good article about British preppers on the website of the Mirror (UK).

One of the reasons I call the piece “good” is that the author, Jeff Parsons, reported on prepping without the typical bias and ridicule found in most other mainstream media works on this subject.

The Mirror Online met with a “survival expert that tells it like it is”- Steve Hart of the British prepping website ukpreppersguide.co.uk- who proceeded to explain the activity as:

Prepping itself is just another form of insurance. People have life, car or pet insurance for the “what ifs” – this is just looking at a “what if” from a slightly different perspective.

What if a serious earthquake hits? Or a tsunami or a volcano or even a bio-terrorism attack?

Funny. That’s pretty much how I’ve come to describe prepping as.

The article is an interesting look at preppers “across the pond”- with some basic prepping tips thrown in.

You can read the entire piece over on the Mirror website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Chicago Magazine Article On Area Preppers

This morning I read an article on the Chicago Magazine website that focused on Chicago-area preppers- particularly those in the suburbs. Rod O’Connor spoke to preppers residing in Downers Grove, Glenview, and on the North Side for his piece, in which he observed:

The prepper movement has climbed out of the bunker and established itself, quietly, along affluent streets in Chicago, its suburbs, and beyond…

The article is a pretty good read. Finding it difficult to get a suburban prepper to interview, O’Connor wrote:

Preppers are, not surprisingly, a paranoid bunch. Locating people willing to speak with me about their habits was more challenging than finding vegans at a gun range…

Obviously, a little bit of discretion with such matters goes a long way in protecting preppers and their loved ones in a SHTF scenario. But O’Connor also needs to realize that preppers are only too familiar with the numerous hack-jobs perpetrated by the mainstream media at their expense.

From my experience, it’s rare that these individuals are given a fair shake by the press. Instead, ignorance, inherent bias, and sensationalism often shine through in the various MSM articles/segments.

By the way, if you do read the piece on the Chicago Magazine website, I penned the following comment in response to a blanket claim by another commenter that preppers are “selfish” and “paranoid”:

A popular misconception. As a regular observer of the prepping “movement,” there’s no shortage of preppers who have adopted a “give until it hurts” mindset when it comes to helping out neighbors/strangers in a poop hits the fan scenario. It’s discussed often in various prepper forums (“What should I be stocking up for my neighbors/others?” and “What’s the best way to get my neighbors/others food and supplies without putting myself and loved ones in danger?” are pretty common questions). In addition, those in public safety might disagree with the notion that preppers as a whole are “selfish.” In a neighborhood-wide or larger emergency, police, fire, and other public safety agencies might not have to aid citizens (preppers) that had the foresight and follow-through to prepare for such an incident, thereby freeing up responders to help others in the community who for some reason or another weren’t prepared. Selfish? How about carrying out their civic duty? Like “L O” points out, Ready.gov and other emergency preparedness-related government initiatives implore Americans to sock away at least 72 hours of emergency food, water, and other supplies. When it comes to prepping, plenty of practitioners look at it this way. Americans insure their health, their vehicles, their residences, etcetera. Why not insure one’s standard of living, at least as best one can in a significant emergency/disaster? Not such a “paranoid mindset” if you ask me.

Like I said, the Chicago Magazine article is a decent read- particularly if you’re from the Chicagoland area. You can view the entire article on the publication’s website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Camp Independence 2015 To Take Place On May 16 In Winamac, Indiana

Last night, I informed Chicago-area readers that I knew about two preparedness/survival-related shows planned for May next door in Indiana. The first of these is the Indiana Prepper & Survival Expo (May 2-3, Valparaiso), which I blogged about late Tuesday. Today, I’m going to talk about the second gathering. From the Live Free USA, South Town Chapter, Meetup.com page for the event:

CAMP INDEPENDENCE 2015

Americas Oldest And Best Preparedness Gathering!

Tippecanoe River State Park, Winamac Indiana
Tepicon Hall

Survival, preparedness and self-reliance classes, workshops and outdoor programs for the whole family conducted by some of America’s best instructors in this beautiful state park.

Set up camp and stay for the weekend with us!

You will find many people arrive Friday evening, and stay through Sunday morning. The group campfire is a great way to socialize and network with the many other members of Live Free USA chapters.

Tent sites are available through the DNR website. Look for sites near Tepicon Hall, if possible, for easiest access. Cabins are available on a first come basis. Lunch is available at reasonable prices. Reserve your spot NOW, before the sites fill up! The last 2 years of this event we have completely filled the park!

Advanced Registration Before May 5th: Individual $20.00*, Family $25.00.
Registration after May 5th or at the site: Individual $25.00*, Family $35.00*

LIVE FREE MEMBERS RATE: $10.00 Individual, $15.00 Family (for Live Free Member Rate, you must be a PAYING MEMBER of Live Free USA. Memberships are at a nominal cost (see below), with many benefits available for the small annual fee.

See us, or visit Live Free USA

Mail checks directly to: Live Free USA, P.O. Box 3295, Munster Indiana, 46321…

Reading that Meetup page, this year’s Camp Independence- which started in 1968- is scheduled to take place from 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday, May 16. Tippecanoe River State Park is located 58 miles south/southwest of South Bend.

For more information about the event, head on over to that Meetup.com page here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Indiana Prepper & Survival Expo To Be Held May 2-3 In Valparaiso

Chicago-area blog readers- I know of two preparedness/survival-related shows planned for May next door in Indiana. The first of these is the Indiana Prepper & Survival Expo, billed as the “largest preparedness and sustainable living event in Indiana.” From the Prepper Shows USA website:

INDIANA PREPPER & SURVIVAL EXPO
Porter County Expo Center
Valparaiso, Indiana
May 02 – May 03

Live Free USA is proud to announce the first major preparedness expo in NW Indiana since the 1980s. This event affords the opportunity for regional vendors to display and sell their products and services. Preparedness and self-reliance practitioners will be able to purchase a wide variety of equipment while building their skills and networking with like-mined families. A full schedule of speakers on disaster preparedness, emergency response, and sustainable living will be available.

A “Meet up Tent” will afford great ways to network or join regional groups. A farmers market will also be on-site.

Live Free USA has worked hard to bring this event to NW Indiana. We will have major exhibits and speakers there and opportunities to join and attended additional events and training.

For full information go to: WWW.Wisconsinpreppersexpo.com
or call 920-573-5903

There’s a typo in that website address. The expo website is actually located here.

The event also has a Facebook page, where I learned admission is free.

I’ll talk about that second Indiana prepper show tomorrow…

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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RK Shows Prepper Show At Indiana State Fairgrounds On April 18-19

Monday afternoon I got the chance to poke around Prepper Shows USA some more and spotted an event three hours away in Indiana in a little less than three weeks from now. From the website:

RK Shows Prepper Show
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Indianapolis, Indiana
Apr 18 – Apr 19

100’s of tables of survival and preparedness gear. Seminars held daily by experts.

$2.00 admission discount to PrepperShowsUSA members. 10% space discount to PrepperShowsUSA members.

Time
Saturday 9-6 Sunday 9-4

PHONE: 563-917-8176
WEBSITE: www.rkshows.com

Address
1202 E 38th St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46205

Contact
RK Shows
Phone: 563-917-8176
Email: rkshows@yousq.net

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

For more information about the expo, you can visit the R.K. Shows, Inc. website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 Preparedness, Training 2 Comments

Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo To Be Held In Birch Run, Michigan, On April 11

This week, I plan to get a jump on blogging about April survival-related training in the Chicago area. But before I begin, here’s an educational opportunity two weekends from now some local readers might decide is worth the road trip. From the Prepper Shows USA website:

The Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo is back again! The show will be on April 11, 2015 at the Birch Run Expo Center in Birch Run, MI. This show is full of survival gear, options for living off the grid, self-sustainability, farming, alternative energy, literature and much more! Our exhibitors will have many products for sale and there will be speakers who are experts in their field there to share their knowledge. The show is FREE to the public and a must-attend for anybody looking for ways to keep their home and family safe, from those new to preparedness to hardcore prepping enthusiasts…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

I understand a second Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo is planned for Erie, Pennsylvania, on May 9. For more information about either event, you can visit their website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Monday, March 30th, 2015 Energy, Farming, Gear, Preparedness, Training No Comments
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