How to Connect a Generator to Your Home Without Rewiring

GenerLink with Generlock - Connect to your home without rewiring
GenerLink with Generlock – Connect a generator without rewiring

There is a new product called GenerLink which allows you to connect a portable generator to your house without rewiring. It’s pretty slick.

Generlink eliminates the use of extension cords and other connections that can be hazardous to customers and utility personnel. It detects when a generator is operating and automatically disconnects from the utility grid, eliminating dangerous feedback.

I have had a backup generator installed at my house for years. When I looked it up, I went the more difficult route and wired an electrical subpanel that the generator fed. This was coupled with a pure sine wave inverter and a battery bank. It is a very nice setup, but if I was thinking about getting a generator today, and was looking for the easy way out, I would consider the GenerLink.

You know emergency preparedness items like this go perfectly with your long term food storage plans.

You should check it out. Here is a link to the GenerLink website:

GenerLink

 

Food Will Never Be This Cheap Again

Wheat Stalks and Bread

It seems like everytime I go to the grocery store, the prices have gone up. Yes, we have inflation of the U.S. Dollar, so that makes prices rise. However, the actual rate of inflation is undoubtedly higher than what the government reports. Still, I think that food will never be as cheap as it is now. Why?

There are are several reasons:

  • Commodity prices will continue to rise in the U.S. in the next two years.
  • As a whole, the world did not produce as much food last year as it consumed.
  • Family farms are on the way out in the U.S. Food will soon be done entirely by big agricultural conglomerates.
  • The wealthy are buying up water rights around the world.
  • Grocery prices are going up, while large grocery corporations are paying less to farmers. In France, dairy farmers are regularly protesting the price of milk. They can’t make it.

These are just some of the reasons. When the corporations have taken complete control of the world’s water and food supply, we will see food prices skyrocket. In additon, the US. will be experiencing hyperinflation in the next two years. We may think food is not that expensive now, but just wait until the U.S. Dollar crashes and the full force of hyperinflation shows itself.

You also need to think about GMO foods (genetically-modified). The world is moving towards GMO foods in a big way. If you want to learn more about this and the danger of vitamin and mineral supplements becoming unavailable, then do a search on the Codex Alimentarius. If we don’t do something, in a few years time, we will not have access to healthy food. When that happens, life expectancy will go down for everyone.

All these things add up to higher food prices in the future. Please think about storing some food and water now. You’ll never be able to provide for your family’s security for so little, ever again. You have several options, Mountain House freeze dried food, dehydrated foods, MREs, bulk staples, canned goods. Get it will you can still afford to purchase it.

 

Food Storage is Not Rocket Science

Mountain House Food Starter Pak - 5 Days for 2 People
Mountain House Food Starter Pak – 5 Days for 2 People

Many people have a hard time getting started with food storage for one simple reason. They don’t know how to start.

Food Storage is not Rocket Science. All you have to do is ask yourself three questions:

  1. How many people do you want to feed?
  2. How long do you want to feed them?
  3. What do you want to feed them?

Let’s look at each of these things individually.

How many people do you want to feed? – This is simple. How many people are in your family? Do you take care of aging parents? Do you have any pets?

You know how many people are in your immediate family. But, if you have aging parents that live with you, you will need to plan for them also. Don’t forget to store reading glasses, hearing aids, and walking canes if necessary.

Babies have special needs, formula, diapers, powdered milk, medications. Diapers aren’t food, but you need to have a supply on had in case you could not get to the store.

Pets usually eat their own food, which is not the same as human food. But, you still need to plan to store some food for them in the event of a disaster.

How long do you want to feed them? – FEMA and DHS both recommend that you should have enough food and water to survive for three days on your own. The Red Cross recommends this as well, but goes on to say that you may want to consider stocking a two-week supply of food and water in your home.

What do you want to feed them? – there are lots of choices here. We can start with freeze dried foods, like Mountain House Foods. Dehydrated Foods such Nitro-Pak. Basic Staples such as wheat, flour, rice, beans, sugar, salt, powdered milk, and spices. You can also can your own home-grown food from your garden, or stock up on store-bought canned goods. Just buy extra each time you go to the grocery store.

When it comes to water, most emergency agencies recommend storing one gallon per day per person. However, when you consider that water is needed for cooking and hygiene purposes, you will probably want to store more. Remember that your cats and dogs need water to, so plan for them.

If you have livestock, then your food and water needs will be greater. Plan accordingly.

It may be said that there is a fourth question to consider. “How much do you want to spend?” However, that partly enters into the “what kind of food do you want to store” category. Remember to store what your family eats. Store what they are familiar with. Do not just store basic staples and think you will be fine. You’ll have a rude awakening.

Freeze Dried Foods are a safe bet because they are ready-made meals, already prepared. You just need to add hot water. Your family will enjoy any of the fine selection of Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods. They will be pleased.

Dehydrated Foods by Nitro-Pak are another option. If you like to cook and prepare meals for your family, then you might want to consider dehydrated foods. These foods require more water than freeze dried foods because water is needed for preparation and cleanup.

Basic Staples require more preparation than dehydrated foods and will also require more time as well. Staples are great for people who cook on a daily basis. Don’t forget to store spices.

These things are just suggestions. The main reason for this post was to show you that there are only three questions you need to ask yourself in order to get started with long term food storage. Ask yourself these questions and you’ll be fine.

 

Obama Declares Swine Flu to be a National Emergency

The CDC is saying that Swine Flu infections have already peaked, and the pandemic is on its way out. However on Saturday, President Obama declared the Swine Flu to be a national emergency. Why would he have done this?

Emergency Powers enable the President to effectively bypass the Constitution and activate sweeping powers for himself and that of federal authorities. Your rights as an American are no longer recognized under a national emergency. Whether these emergency powers will be used remains to be seen. At least it is useful to be aware of them.

Here is a link to the original article:

Obama declares swine flu a national emerency

 

U.S. Set to Become the Next Weimar Republic

Graph Showing the Period of Hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic
Graph Showing the Period of Hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic

I have been following geopolitical events for 21 years. I’ve been involved in food storage and emergency preparedness for 20 years. I’ve read books, read position papers, listened to speeches, and have come to the following conclusion. The U.S. is set to become the next Weimar Republic. Or rather, the U.S. is set to have the type of hyperinflation that the Weimar Republic experienced. So, why do I think this?

There are several reasons:

  1. The Federal Reserve keeps printing money because the U.S. Government keeps borrowing. Yes, the National Debt is important, but most important is the interest owed on the national debt. For decades, other nations have bought U.S. Treasuries and that allows the U.S. to pay the interest on the national debt. Countries are now stopping that practice, so the Federal Reserve is having to buy U.S. Treasuries. This practice can not go on forever. As more printed money is put into the money supply without a corresponding increase in productivity, the result is runaway inflation.
  2. The spending of state and local governments is out of control. No matter how much taxes that are put on you, it’s never enough.
  3. According to Bloomberg News and other sources, the current commitment to the Banker Bailout is $23.7 Trillion Dollars, and that figure is a couple of months old. In 2008, the GDP of the U.S. was around $13 Trillion Dollars. How can any country survive this type of activity? They are even talking about another bailout.
  4. The jobs that have been lost are gone for good. You just might as well get used to it. The U.S. has been de-industrialized over the past three decades, as practially all manufacturing has been moved offshore.
  5. Countries are stopping the use of the U.S. Dollar as their reserve currency. When the U.S. loses its reserve currency status in the majority of countries around the world, the Dollar will crash.
  6. World leaders and heads of Central Banks around the world are badmouthing the U.S. Dollar on a daily basis. There is a concerted campaign by leaders in and out of this country to devalue the dollar.
  7. The stock market is not really going up. The price of gold is not really going up. The Dollar is being devalued. You need to get used to seeing things that way.
  8. The Carbon Taxes and Green laws that are being enacted, and will be enacted, will drive the rest of the U.S. manufacturing offshore. Yes, I believe there is actually a problem with the Earth, but taxing us into oblivion is not going to solve the problem.
  9. There will be no recovery of the U.S. economy. There is no way that it can recover. It’s not supposed to.

For all the above reasons, the U.S. is practically finished as a country.

So, what is the Weimar Republic? If you aren’t familiar with it, here is an explanation from Wikipedia. I have paraphrased the explanation so as to give you the gist of the information:

Inflation in the Weimar Republic was a period of hyperinflation in Germany (the Weimar Republic) during 1921-1923.

The hyperinflation episode in the Weimar Republic in the 1920s was the most prominent case of hyperinflation following the emergence of economics as a science, and it drew interest in a way that previous instances had not. Many of the dramatic and unusual economic behaviors now associated with hyperinflation were first documented systematically in Germany.

John Maynard Keynes described the situation in The Economic Consequences of the Peace: “The inflationism of the currency systems of Europe has proceeded to extraordinary lengths. The various belligerent Governments, unable, or too timid or too short-sighted to secure from loans or taxes the resources they required, have printed notes for the balance.”

During the first half of 1922, the mark stabilized at about 320 Marks per Dollar accompanied by international reparations conferences including one in June 1922 organized by U.S. investment banker J. P. Morgan, Jr. When these meetings produced no workable solution, the inflation changed to hyperinflation and the Mark fell to 8000 Marks per Dollar by December 1922. The cost of living index was 41 in June 1922 and 685 in December, an increase of more than 16 times.

The inflation reached its peak by November 1923, but ended when a new currency (the Rentenmark) was introduced. The government stated that this new currency had a fixed value, secured by real estate, and this was accepted.

Although the inflation ended with the introduction of the Rentenmark, and the Weimar Republic continued for a decade afterwards, hyperinflation is widely believed to have contributed to the Nazi takeover of Germany.

A 50 Million Mark Bank Note from the Weimar Republic
A 50 Million Mark Note from the Weimar Republic

This is a 50 Million Mark Note from the hyperinflationary period in the Weimar Rebublic.

A 1 Billion Mark Bank Note from the Weimar Republic
A 1 Billion Mark Note from the Weimar Republic

This is a 1 Billion Mark Note from the hyperinflationary period in the Weimar Rebublic. Notice that it says 1000. It started life as a 1000 Mark note. Evidentally when the printed notes couldn’t keep pace with the soaring inflation, they had to stamp 1 billion in red on this one to denote the new value.

A Medal Commemorating the High Prices during the Hyperinflationary Period of the Weimar Republic
A Medal Commemorating the High Prices during the Hyperinflationary Period of the Weimar Republic

The inscription on the above medal reads as follows:

“On 1st November 1923, 1 pound of Bread cost 3 Billion, 1 pound of Meat 36 Billion, 1 Glass of Beer 4 Billion.”

So, how much time do we have? I am not an economist, and I don’t have inside information, but I think we have one to two years before hyperinflation in the U.S. will reach it’s peak. Probably closer to two years.

This is my thinking. You don’t have to believe or accept it. Just do your own research. No government in the world has ever survived a fiat money system, which is what we have in the United States. I don’t think the U.S. will survive either.

Since you are on this website and reading this blog, I assume that you have looked around and think something is wrong, and you are considering how to make preparations for your own family. I encourage you to make them. You can only rely on yourself when it comes to taking care of your family in this unique, sometimes strange, but worrisome time in American and world history.

Store food and water, because there may come a time when you won’t be able to afford it. Store freeze dried food, dehydrated food, bulk staples, store-bought canned goods and do some home canning. Store water in your home or property. Also, look around to find alternate sources of water close to your home. Decide if these sources will be available when disaster strikes.

I encourage you to talk to people outside of the U.S. and get their opinion. You will likely find that everyone outside the U.S. can plainly see what is happening here. It’s the American public who can’t.

Finally, if you think a loaf of bread in the U.S. will never cost 3 Billion Dollars, like it did in the Weimar Republic, you are wrong. We are headed for a disaster.

Here is a link to the Wikipedia entry I mentioned above:

Inflation in the Weimar Republic