Friday, January 22, 2010

Blissfully unaware...or properly prepared?

Ignorance is bliss, or so the saying goes.
What if a crisis looms right before your nose?
Will you choose to act in time and get over your surprise?
Or wait too long and let it smack you right between your eyes?

Welcome to this week's "kick-butt" issue of the Prepper Upper!

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The Prepper Shaker: This could be it!

This really could be it, folks. This is THE CRISIS. The one that could make all doomsday scenarios come true. The government bailouts and central bank interventions, which have held the financial world together during the last two years, will be powerless to prevent this one, which started in 2009 and is now looming right in front of our collective noses. And it's just a few months away.

There has been tumultuous weather killing crops not just in our own nation, but in the world. The same USDA that is predicting record harvests is also declaring disaster areas across half the Midwest because of catastrophic crop losses. And just last week Florida suffered at least a 30 percent crop loss due to freezing temperatures, the worst in over two decades. And this at a time when U.S. food reserves have completely dried up, and may be gone for a long time.

So what does it mean? It means there is overwhelming, undeniable evidence that the world could, and probably will, run out of food this year.

But wait! There's more! And it isn't pretty. If you've got at least a 3 month supply of food on hand and a place to grow a garden and maybe even raise a few chickens, it's probably all right if you skip this week's offering and move on to the humor section.

But for the rest of you, it's preparedness kick-butt time! Read on if you care:

2010 Food Crisis for Dummies

or for a kinder version of the same story, go here:

Top Ten Predictions for 2010

A final caution: Please remember that our job as preppers is to be doom-SLAYERS--not doomsayers. We're sharing this information to help you become better aware of what COULD happen in the very near future so you can prepare wisely.

From the Funny Farm: Hammin' it Up!

A ham (radio operator) is driving up a steep, narrow mountain road, his antennas flapping in the breeze and flopping into the other lane. A YL (young lady) is driving down the same road.

As they pass each other, the YL narrowly misses him and leans out of the window and yells "PIG!!"

The ham immediately leans out of his window and replies, "WITCH!!"

They each continue on their way, and as the man rounds the next corner, he crashes into a pig in the middle of the road.

If men would only listen!!!. Rolling on the floor laughing!

Prep Talk: Expect the Unexpected

Babies! Don't 'ya just love em? So innocent. So cute. So special. And so...unpredictable!

Suppose you and your spouse decide to go to a movie one evening. You'll only be gone 3 hours at most. The baby has been fed, changed, and is already asleep when the babysitter arrives. Should be a piece of cake for even the most inexperienced babysitter, right?


I remember all too well what happened to me, the nervous novice, on my first real babysitting assignment.

"The baby's already asleep so he shouldn't be any problem at all. He'll probably sleep the whole time we're gone. If his diaper needs changing before we get back, just use one of those Pampers (disposable diapers) over there. Don't worry. Everything will be all right. We'll be back by 10PM."


You can probably guess what happened next. Less than 5 minutes after the parents walked out the door, the baby woke up and started crying ... and crying ... and crying ...! Nothing I tried would quiet that baby. Nothing! He cried for almost the entire 3 hours, finally falling asleep (from exhaustion, no doubt) just a few minutes before they returned home. This nervous novice quickly turned into a nervous wreck!

Oh well ... at least the diaper change went OK, or so I thought. No one told me that disposable diapers have two sides: an absorbent one and a non-absorbent one. Guess which side I put next to the baby??...

Fortunately for me, I made that infamous diaper change around 9:30 PM. When the parents walked in the door at 10PM, I proudly reported that the baby was asleep, his diaper changed, and of course, he was *no* problem while they were gone.

Did those parents ever ask me to babysit for them again? Nope. It took them months before they could even tell me with a straight face what I had done with the diaper change.

Ah...we live and learn. So what's the moral of this story?

Always look at both sides of a situation before you act. If you don't, you could have a real mess (literally) on your hands!

Best Regards,
Sharon Iezzi
Your Hoppy-Go-Lucky Editor

Parting Shot: Baby Diapering for Baseball Fans

"Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again."

--Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby, 1968

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