Happiness and Health in the Face of Coming Crises
February 4, 2019
Never before have we heard so many alarms raised over the EMP threat. This isn't a new worry, but one that's increasingly more likely to occur. Dr. Gary Smith, then Director of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, addressed Congress 20 years ago. You've likely seen this graphic produced by Dr. Gary Smith in his report, "Electromagnetic Pulse Threats" for his testimony to House National Security Committee. It shows how an EMP strike can affect America nationwide. In short, the higher a nuke is detonated overhead, the broader is 'lights out' for America and Canada basically taking out most things that run life as we know it. Like many sci-fi stories conceived years ago, it is now a pressing reality.
I first wrote about the EMP threat in 2003 in Dare To Prepare when people often tossed this concern into the trash bucket. Subsequently it was addressed in Prudent Places USA and most recently in Prophetic Perils: End Time Events Revealed.
Subsequently, Newt Gingrich did his upmost to get Congress off their backsides, to take preventative action and protect the national power grid. Not much has been accomplished despite his best efforts. They are too busy fighting for their pork barrel interests and staying in power to do what's right and necessary for the country. When the poo hits the whirling blade, their self-serving agenda will be revealed for the inconsequential activities they promoted. Then, it will be too late.
Author William Forstchen wrote several novels on the topic. The books were interesting, as far as they went, but didn't begin to paint just how bad this event might be. However, he likely wanted to keep readers on the lighter side for saleability's sake. He wasn't penning Apocalypse: The Prequel or (John's) Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Here we are 2 decades later, and the grid still hasn't been reinforced. Some 365 million people in the U.S. and Canada are vulnerable to a nightmare worse than anything we've experienced.
Image: Any country with nuclear weapons capabilities and a delivery system could produce an EMP strike. Last month it was revealed that both Russia and China are building super EMP weapons, which is significantly more alarming than what concerned our government decades ago and still they do nothing. For illustration's purpose, this image shows an eerie ball of light overhead when in reality, an EMP would detonate far enough above people wouldn't even know what hit until most things with computers chips failed and all lights went out. Life as we know it would be radically altered.
EMP A LOUDER WARNING
Last year and this, numerous EMP articles have rolled out across the Internet in a steadily increasing drumbeat. Ditto for videos, some well done, others not. We hear through back channels that our government is more worried about an EMP event than any other disaster. It concerns them more than a Richter 10 earthquake hitting California, an Ebola outbreak or a financial collapse. These events, while absolutely awful, are either containable or centered in a specific region while leaving a good deal of the country intact.
This short video presented by Christopher Greene (AMTV) gave a very light outline of what we'd face. Greene stressed the need to prepare, to have food and water stored. He also mentioned about just-in-time inventory and said stores would be cleaned out of food in 2 days. That's very optimistic since the ensuing panic when the full impact of an EMP is realized will have food wiped out within hours. That's providing you have cash and how fast you could hike or bike to the store. Most things that require computer chips to run would be essentially neutered. Feet and tires don't require electronics. Even if stores had back-up generators, checks and credit cards still need the Internet for verification.
JUST-IN-TIME JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH
"During the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, Americans lived a different lifestyle. More than half of the people lived rurally and produced their own food. They had their own water well. They were self-sufficient. By mid-century, only 43% of Americans lived on farms. Today, thanks to mechanized farming and years of young people migrating to cities, this number has shrunk to just 1%. Instead of growing our own food, we depend on grocery stores." Dare To Prepare, p. 584.
Especially in an extensive disaster, "people thinking they can load up at the local grocery store will have a shock, because everyone who hasn't prepared will be thinking the same thing.
"Food stores have changed drastically in the last two decades. They used to have huge on-site warehouses with enough stock to keep stores supplied for several months. With the transition to just-in-time inventories, back-up stock is now limited to 1-1/2 days (not even the 3 days that some people still say). In a mad scramble for last supplies, food and water will be wiped off shelves within minutes. Then what?" Prophetic Perils: End Time Events Revealed, p. 147.
We often forget that truckers move 70-80% of all food. If trucks don't roll, stores aren't restocked.
MAKE IT FRESH
No matter how much freeze-dried, dehydrated and canned goods you have stored, after months of it, even the whiff of a fresh tomato, onion, jalapeño or carrot would be wonderful! About mid-winter, Stan and I are beyond tired of store bought, cardboard-tasting tomatoes.
Earlier by a full month, seed catalogs have jammed the mailbox. The first ones arrived at the end of December and haven't stopped. Pages of bright red tomatoes, rich green lettuces, colorful sweet bell peppers and squash tease the tastebuds. It's February and not too early to plan this year's garden and that starts with seeds.
Instead of searching for hours on the Internet for what you need, Garden Gold: Grow Maximum Veggies With Minimum Effort, gives you over over 500 suppliers with their contact information and websites, including 100s of companies that sell open-pollinated, organic and heirloom varieties. You'll spend less time hunting for seeds and supplies, which leaves you more time to get your plants going. It's more important than ever to use open-pollinated and heirloom seeds so you need never buy them again especially when times get really tough and they may not be available.
PLANTING AT A GLANCE
One of Garden Gold's features Stan and I use every year is the Master Planting Chart, which lists over 60 fruits and veggies. A single easy-to-read chart gives you their growing essentials, so saving and digging out every single seed packet is a thing of the past. There's also a separate convenient Planting Chart for 36 herbs.
DEATH OF NUTRITIOUS FOOD?
We grow everything organically in specially designed Super Soil, which gives your plants extra nutrients. Soils are extremely depleted now compared to a century ago. In the early 1800s, crops grew abundantly without commercial fertilizers because dirt was still mineral-rich. Land was plentiful then and farmers let fields lie fallow to regain some of what they’d lost. They also planted other crops like beans, peas, alfalfa and clover, and buried dead fish in their fields to help restore precious minerals.
Remember hearing old-timers talk about their land being “played out”? They were referring to the lost richness that naturally nourished crops. Without putting back what plants consume, crops have to grow in a wasteland. Enter, chemical fertilizers. While they help plants in the short term, chemicals can ultimately damage the land not to mention our own health. Since 1910, due to poor soil some fruits and vegetables have lost 80% of their mineral content. Stating the obvious: food can’t give our bodies what it never had in the first place.
For example, to get the same nutrition now, you’d have to eat 6 carrots compared to munching just 1 carrot a hundred years ago. Garden Gold has an easy remedy for this. Besides making your fruits and veggies nutritious, this magic ingredient helps them resist drought and withstand weather extremes.
Many reasons spur people to have gardens, whether it's on a small piece of dirt for raised beds or traditional gardens that require a lot more 'elbow room.'
Pros of your own garden
- They save BIG money
- Garden-grown produce is the freshest, most nutritious you can get
- Lets you avoid poisonous chemical additives and GMO foods
- Gives back seeds so you never have to buy them again
- Heirloom seeds allow you to start and grow veggies indoors any time of the year
- Gardening gets you off the couch and outside in fresh air. That is a HUGE factor in fighting the 'blues' and sunshine gives you the BEST source of vitamin D that performs all sorts of health miracles
- Gardening teaches kids that food doesn't magically appear in grocery stores
- Gives a sense of accomplishment that you grew it yourself!
- For cents on the dollar, you can home-can (FREE USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2015 revision) any extra produce or give it to homeless shelters. (Beside taking veggies to the city homeless shelter, one year we gave away bunches of carrots to horses.) They loved it!
So consider a veggie garden this year if you haven't tried it. One 4x4 raised bed gives a person all the veggies and salads they can eat. For every other family member, add another 4x4 raised bed. Instructions are in Garden Gold: Grow Maximum Veggies With Minimum Effort.
You can do this! Not only is it fun and relaxing, it's health rewarding and $$-saving! Get growing!
© Holly Deyo, 2019