Thoughts on Fortification

Going with Kerodin’s Citadel concept, we have Zenpundit referencing GG.

First, not sure I can convince Mrs. Matson to go to Idaho. Maybe, but that is about the longest shot I have ever heard of, and believe me, it’s not from lack of trying.

Second, practical fortification for the rest of us who are left behind in the other 49…

Over the years, we have adapted the current Matson Compound to be less friendly to the natives. We have built tribe with our neighbors – even the commies – and done what made sense to increase what the property gives back. I stole this concept from Jack Spirko a long time ago. Our property must stop being a drain and start giving something of use, like food & power, back. Simple concept. Fairly easy real world application, though it does make maintenance a bit more in depth in the longterm.

Highlights from the Zenpundit post:

Privacy architecture: Building design embedded with the idea of  promoting privacy, adjusted to the surrounding environment, which today includes thwarting advocates of a panopticon society. You want a structure that breaks clear fields of vision from the outside to the interior. Overhangs, angled exterior surfaces, material surface to reflect heat and light, ornaments/catwalks/netting and  landscaping to break up spatial fields. Perhaps layered walls of different materials to diffuse or mislead spectral/thermal imaging. This could be incorporated in public spaces in neighborhoods or campuses improving both aesthetics as well as privacy.

Underground: Increasing useful space by building down to sub-basement level gives you more possible points of egress, protection from surveillance technologies, storage and living quarters while concealing the true extent of your property from street level view. Best of all, it usually does not count toward your property tax assessment. Substreet complexes, like the system at Disneyworld, could easily planned into the development stage of residential and commercial construction.

Unobtrusive but Unconventional:  Attracting large amounts of attention is helpful in commerce or branding but generally disadvantageous to security. A home should be designed to frustrate opportunistic predators and delay determined ones with the most interesting elements reserved for the interior and (if possible) the rear with the street view presenting a target that is visually more bland than adjacent structures and also unattractive for forced entry. Windows should be treated to make it more difficult to see in or observe when residents are home vice away.

Defensive Security: This is something to consider individually and cooperatively. I once lived in a house in a town with a modestly high crime rate but never had a problem because the house was in a cul-de-sac with a wide oblong court and a long bottleneck entry. The neighbors knew one another and it was impossible (unlike on a conventional street) to not notice a strange car or pedestrian as every home faced the court.  Aside from alarm systems, simple things like better quality doors and locks buys you time to react. If multilevel, you should have at least two ways to escape from an upper floor (when I designed my second home, there were three) which also increases the interior complexity for an unfamiliar intruder. First floor windows should be out of easy reach from ground level.

Manage your Connectivity: Aside from normal cybersecurity precautions, you might consider managing, blocking or at least being aware of your geolocational activity by being selective about tracking devices (like smart phones) and your exposure to “the internet of things”. Do you really need to hook your fridge up to the internet or pay for everything with a debit card?

Lots of good points there. I will again echo the Spirko bit about the property, structure doing something other than being a financial and maintenance drain. Things like small gardens, and basic permaculture go a long, long way to build tribe and give back needed calories to at the very least, supplement your diet.

Global Moves: Iran and the CW2 Battlespace

This is spot on:

A war with Iran has three drivers:

  • It is building a nuclear weapon.  The Israeli security lobby is going nuts.
  • Iran is sitting on top of the world’s 2nd largest reserves of natural gas (behind Russia).  Given how important natural gas is to future global energy needs and the need to hedge Russia’s control over the global market, this can’t be allowed.
  • The US defense industry needs a new way to drive spending now that bin Laden is dead.  Iran is now at the top of the list (China/Cyberwarfare is next on the list).

With these drivers in place, all that is needed to is to remove barriers to a conflict.

Keep in mind kids, this kind of thing will drive up energy costs way beyond where they are today, and likely cause local retaliation from that special faction of the religion of peace. Not trying to toe the party line here, I’m just saying, if we go step on toes, not only is large scale, global systems disruption on the table, so are localized attacks on soft targets here in CONUS.

This will impact you. That impact will likely be unpleasant. Plan accordingly.

A radical & rapid shift in loyalty?

From John Robb:

IF we keep going in this direction, and there’s no reason to think we won’t, these young men find new groups to care for them and they shift their loyalties to new gangs/mafias/cartels/militias etc. at a pretty amazing clip.  Given the danger this shift in primary loyalties represents for the future, going it alone isn’t an option.  You need a community at your back.

Tough to read. I would think that would be especially tough if you had hung it out there in any of our current war zones and were looking for something interesting to do when you rotated home.

This is not to disparage any of our service men. It is a simple (though hardhearted) calculation on where loyalties will lie when we are running way past 25% unemployment.

You will indeed need community at your back. How do you (right now) make that community successful and attractive to those out there with these skills? Might want to figure that out.


The Bottomless Pit of Patriot Opinion

It’s akin to the Bottomless Pit of Statist Opinion. The two are close cousins, if not inbred brother and sister incest.

What is it exactly that we are doing? If we are doing something, what is the impact? Based upon the last twelve months, very little.

Are we the silent majority? Playing to our tribes under the radar, getting ready for the inevitable? Does that legendary silent majority even exist anymore? Was it ever a reality? I am inclined to say no. 53% of your fellow Americans willingly placed Barry into the executive seat. Voter fraud and eligibility aside, that’s a clear mandate from over half of the people in traffic with you this morning who consciously decided to move in the direction of tyranny – to thunderous applause I might add.

Again: What to do? What are we doing? Where are the solutions? Where are the disruptions? When are we going to get inside OPFOR’s decision cycle and make them react to us?

I think I have an answer. You aren’t going to like it, but here goes:

When it is too late…

Until we, as a loose connection of like minded people begin to act rather than yell still louder on the Internet, our cause will be the shadowy figure in the corner of the room. The crazy uncle that talks about UFO’s and how the mob shot Kennedy. Literally, that’s who and what we are.

It starts with talk and intent. It becomes real when you are taking steps to prepare yourself, and those around you. It’s not enough to mention over beers to your pals about how “shit’s about to get real yo”. It’s about acquiring skills, gear, training, then leading by example and passing it all along. It’s about serving others and affecting change. It’ about instilling culture and community that is resilient.

What are you doing to move the needle?

America is Broken

From John Robb.

The US is broken.  In the years after WW2 the US made tangible the American dream.  It did so through by connecting incomes to improvements in productivity.  Simply:  If you do more work per hour, your income should go up (see chart).

The result was a decentralization of economic decision making on a scale never seen before in the history of the world.

It was AMAZING.  Tens of millions of financially prosperous households making decisions on what they should buy and invest in.   Most of what America still is today was built during that period.

The violent colonial era comes to a close through WWI & WWII. International industrial production was defunct with America as the last one left standing. The era of the economic empire moved forward. Apparently, it was a relatively short one.

More To Support The Road Ahead

And I’m not talking about the Bill Gates book either. How about that for a throwback?

Anyway, I digress…

See Mr. Denninger’s latest.

Here’s the real money quote:

Well, fine.  Just be aware of one thing: The next big collapse in the markets leaves The Fed and government with no ammunition to counteract it – rates are at zero and QE didn’t work except to crank up the price of food and energy.

How do you prepare to weather the first bits of this storm? What does your local support system look like when the price of diesel is at $10 a gallon on a long timeline? How do you support and feed your family (& tribe) when the local Publix/Kroger/Albertsons isn’t getting regular shipments of Little Debbies?

They don’t call the Big Die Off for nothing.

You must weather the storm first and come out the other side with a plan for yourself and your tribe.

Your energy costs are going up. Your food costs are going up. Your standard of living is going to change radically – more so than in the last century. Your freedoms will be curtailed even further.

Think! Think about how you survive and then later on, after things have shifted, THRIVE.

More On Resiliance

Comments on this post are pretty good. I like the idea of AUS or France, but family ties would not allow the Matson house to do something that drastic.

And while this is true:

A six month stockpile of canned/freeze dried goods and two dozen boxes of ammo won’t get you through it.  You need a real game plan.

Being prepared enough to thrive during and post the initial system shock will go a long way. Not being hungry or completely defenseless will help you think clearly. I propose that you have 12 months + worth of supplies. It is cheap, an excellent investment against all kinds of systemic vulnerabilities, and will give you the ability to render direct aid to those around you, further building your tribe in times of crisis.

The ability to defend the above seems only logical.

Your Lesson for Today

John Robb on being a resilient individual…

Resilient individuals don’t just survive, they thrive.   They do well during good times and bad.  It doesn’t matter what life throws at them.

Becoming resilient should be the goal of any sane person in this increasingly crazy world.

Unfortunately, it isn’t easy.  Resilience isn’t found in a location.  It isn’t contained in a product or package that you can buy.

It’s a state of mind.  A way of thinking only achieved through hard work.  It’s something you assemble one step at a time.

Steps like getting trained in a new skill.  Mastering a body of knowledge.  Attaining a level of physical fitness.  Completing an ambitious do-it-yourself project.  Bonding with other people that are on their own quest for resilience.  Starting a new venture or company.

Making the choice to become resilient is the first step.

John Robb is a smart guy.