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LDS Emergency Resources – Awareness to Self Reliability pt2

LDS - Self Reliability

I go back and look at my father’s life – I’d go back and look the year of 1930, 1931 – early thirties and how much life has changed for him in his lifetime. I saw a web seminar called “Life in the next 20 years will look nothing like the last 20 years”. But I expanded it to a man’s lifetime.

In the 1930’s, 22% of the workforce were farmers. In 2000, that number was less than 3%. So in the 1930, about 20% of the people who worked in the workforce, worked on farms. Most of us don’t anymore. In the 1930’s, 58% of the farms had cars. That’s a little over half. Now, all of them have cars. In the 1930’s, 34% of the farms had telephones. In 2005, that number was 98%. In the 1930’s, only 13% had electricity – now almost all of them do. Less that 15% of all the homes had a TV or a radio. Now, almost every home has a TV, multiple TVs, Satellite TVs and TV in the bedroom and the kitchen. Wood, kerosene and coal were the primary fuels. The horse and buggy were the preferred transportation. In the 1930’s, the US population was 123 million. In 2008, the US population was 302 million.

You know what an EMP is? An Electro Magnetic Pulse – have you heard this term before? One of the things that scares the living daylight out of me is, about 3-4 months ago, do you remember – Iran were testing their rockets and they were shooting their rockets into the Golf – you hear about that? Iran was testing their rockets. Except, they weren’t testing land-based rockets. They were putting them on a barge and taking them into the ocean and firing them off and they blew them off at their highest point. Rather than testing them, they had test ranges where they could fire them from land to land or from the ocean to land or from land to the ocean. But they didn’t do that, they fired them from barges and then blew them up at their highest peak. And nobody could figure out why they were doing that.

Well, if you take a small-yield nuclear weapon and put it into a city about the size of Los Angeles, you’re gonna destroy about a half of mile radius. But outside, of that, you won’t have problems. It could be devastating, even more than the twin towers – it would shut down the city for a period of time. But it’s not – it would be devastating, but not wildly so. If you think immediate-yield nuclear weapons, put them on a barge off the coast and fire it up about 40 kilometers up the sky and explode it – it would cause what is called an EMP – Electromagnetic Pulse. An EMP will fry almost every circuit board – your cell phones, your computer board, all of these things – the power grid, will suddenly shut off from an area like from San Diego to Santa Barbara – no power. And not that your computer would just shut off and you’ll just reboot it again, it would not work.

And because of that, there’s a system that they put in place called SCABA – it is a computer-controlled system for controlling pipelines, electricity – we’re all controlled by computers who’s hardware will not fail to work. I think of these things so you don’t have to – in a 106 page government study on EMPs, one of the things I found fascinating is that they had these data controllers that was controlling the natural gas flow into the city of San Diego – they got fried and they couldn’t figure out why. There were some people out trying to fix the valve, get it all back to working. They finally figured out what it was. As the Pacific fleet was coming back into port, they were supposed to turn off their radar, shut it down and they didn’t. And so, 25 off-shore, the radar from one of the naval ships sent out a magnetic pulse big enough to fry this thing 25 miles inland. That was a little disconcerting.

So those kinds of things, having something like that happen could really be devastating to our way of life and really put us in a position – put us back in the horse and buggy days without a horse and buggy. We would instantly be back in the 1800’s but we’d have the 21st century population and feeding and everything else would be really difficult. That’s way beyond an emergency. That’s why we need to be more reliant and worry about self-reliance.

To that end, being self-reliant, I’m gonna do what you should never do as a speaker – that is hand out any written things while you’re talking, you should never do that by the way. Because people will read what you’re talking about, rather than listening to you. I’m gonna give it to you so we can go through this and you can see what I’m talking about as we go through. Two things I want to talk about: one is a direct copy right from the website that I visit every single day called And it’s written by a gentleman by the name of James Wesley Rawles. And you remember, when I talked to you earlier before the camera came up – there’s a lot of websites out there by guys who live in bunkers in Idaho. Well, this is just one step above the bunkers in Idaho, but these are people who are serious about self-reliance and things like that.

Now this guy has been right every single time. It was a big blog in there that talked about the price of tuna that will go up 30-40%, go out and buy some. So I went out and bought some. Guess what, about a month and a half later, the price of tune had gone up by 40%. He said that in January of last year that the price of wheat and rice will go to just about double. So I went out and bought wheat and rice. Guess what? The price of wheat and rice rose, just about doubled. So this guy and the people who write in and send in information to this site are, in my book, very accurate that are happening or have happened or are gonna happen.

So I’m gonna give you a list from him and we’re gonna talk about this. It’s a list of lists. And I wanted to give you something that I’ve put together from a couple of other things called “The 100 things that disappear first in a real emergency”. But this calls this The List of Lists and he starts off by saying in the second paragraph, says “As I often mention at conventions and radio interviews, a great way to create truly common sense preparedness lists is to take a 3-day weekend to TEOTWAWKI – The End Of The World As We Know It”. That does not mean the Earth is going to split in half and all the population dies. If the power would go out, that is the end of the world as you know it, because the lights won’t come on – that’s a problem. Now that doesn’t mean that it’s the end, it just means that it is the end of the world as you know it, at least temporarily.


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