Episode 20 – Inside Venezuela Today

In this episode I play some interviews I got from three people who currently live in Venezuela and speak fairly good English. I asked them to answer these questions:

Question 1: What are things really like in Venezuela today?

Question 2: What were Venezuelans told to get them to vote for Hugo Chavez in the late 1990’s?

Question 3: What would you stockpile if you could go back to Venezuela before things got bad that would allow you to better survive Venezuela today?

Question 4: What are your immediate plans?

In my opinion, these people were not nearly as nervous about the situation in Venezuela as I would be if I lived there.  Let’s face it, Venezuela is on its way to becoming a failed state, like Syria, Somalia or Libya.  Anyone who currently lives in Venezuela should just leave.

Also, I believe that what is happening in Venezuela today could someday happen in the United States.

My main takeaway was the common answer to the “stockpile” question.  Most of these Venezuelans said that if they could go back to Venezuela many years ago, they would stockpile dollars.  For American preppers, that translates to the importance of stockpiling “junk silver.”  “Junk silver” is loosely defined as dimes and quarters with the year 1964 or older.  In those coins, it is acknowledged that the silver content of the coin is at least 90%, and it is believed that these coins will be the currency of choice in a post-SHTF United States.  You can buy junk silver coins at a local coin shop or online here or here.

Earlier in the podcast, I read from the end of chapter 1 of my book on survival retreats, Dirt Cheap Valuable Survival Retreat. As I wrote in this book, setting up a survival retreat in the country is easier and cheaper than you might suspect.  But it would also be a good idea to have a “Plan B,” meaning that if society doesn’t collapse as expected, then you can still sell your survival retreat for a profit several years down the road.  My inspiration for this idea is comedian Bob Hope, who made a lot of money with his real estate investments back in the day.

I also recommend another book that also discusses survival retreats, Going Off The Grid by Gary Collins.

Here are some movies that I referred to as giving a good introduction of what life is like in a failed state, like what I believe Venezuela will soon be:

Mad Max

Road Warrior

Book of Eli

Titanic (not that it has anything to do with what I was talking about, but it is a good metaphor for Venezuela today)

 

If you are interested in donating money to charities to help either people inside Venezuela or those who have left, I found some worthwhile charities:

Matthew 25 Ministries

Catholic Relief Services

International Rescue Committee

American Refugee Committee

 

Here are some charities that look interesting but are not rated by Charity Navigator:

Cuatro Por Venezuela

Salto Project — Helping Venezuelans Leave

 

Before donating to any charity, it is a good idea to first check out the charity at Charity Navigator.

 

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Episode 19 – Doctor And Dystopian Author Walt Browning

This was a great conversation I had with doctor and dystopian author, Walt Browning.  Browning has been a doctor in Florida for over 30 years, and has authored several post-apocalyptic books entitled the Charlie’s Requiem series, and a military adventure book, entitled The Book of Frank.  In this conversation, Browning and I discuss many topics, including antibiotics, ways to stop bleeding, dehydration, PTSD, Islamic terror, diseases, first aid kits, dogs, and guns.  We even discuss medical and dental tourism.

Check out Browning’s books on Amazon here, along with the books of his occasional co-authors and collaborators, Angery American and Nicholas Sansbury Smith.

During this interview, Browning and I refer to the following items / websites / books:

The Best Years Of Our Lives DVD.  This is one of Hollywood’s earlier attempts at discussing “shell shock,” now known as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

Books for dog lovers: Racing In The Rain, and A Dog’s Purpose books

EMP: The End Of The Grid As We Know It book

Dirt Cheap Valuable Prepping book

Amazon 300-Piece First Aid Kit with cool carrying case for only $25!

Compression Bandages

Gauze With Clotting Agent

Trauma Kits: basic / intermediate / maybe too much but if you are totally serious about this stuff

Tourniquet With Holster

Facing Darkness DVD.  This is a gripping documentary about the Franklin Graham Ministry’s attempt to take on the Ebola outbreak in west Africa in 2014

Skinny Medic website (skinnymedic.com).  This looks great.  The website has useful medical stuff for sale and has links to some very helpful YouTube videos

The 15:17 To Paris DVD: this is a great movie, not only because it shows a terrorist getting his butt kicked, but the movie also shows how USAF Airman Spencer Stone stops the bleeding of someone on the Paris-bound train who had been shot in the neck.  This disc also shows actual news footage of Spencer and his friends being awarded medals during their vacation to France.

Where There Is No Doctor book (updated in 2015)

Watch for Browning’s new book releases, and the re-release of “Lost Valley” book, which was an Amazon Kindle World book until Amazon discontinued the Kindle World program.

 

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Episode 14 – How To Begin Homeschooling

Many parents are concerned about the quality, safety, politics and other issues of schools nowadays, so homeschooling might be a great option for your family.  But where to start?  In this episode I try to answer that question.

Joining me is prepper author Katy Owen, who has written a couple of great prepping books, one of which has a chapter on homeschooling.  The link for the box set of her books, collectively entitled Prepping On A Budget, can be found here.

Here are some helpful links for this episode:

Homeschool Legal Defense Association (membership is $130/year)

Homeschool Reporting Online (homeschoolreporting.com), costs $20/year

Here is the link to that scary article about pills in schools.  It will blow your mind that schoolkids are living with such a pill culture nowadays

Some Helpful YouTube channels:

Teacher Mom

Grace and Grit

Homeschool Hangout

A great YouTube video on homeschooling:

Reasons We Like Homeschooling

Blogs:

The Homeschool Village

Pioneer Woman

Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Cathy Duffy Reviews

Great Websites:

The Homeschool Mom

Confessions Of A Homeschooler

Homeschooling Podcasts:

Cultivating Grace

Talking Mom 2 Mom

Some Great Books on Homeschooling:

The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on Homeschooling, by Durenda Wilson and Melinda Martin (less than $7!)

Homeschooling 101: A Guide To Getting Started, by Erica Arndt

The Homeschooling Housewife: Juggling it ALL, One Priority at a Time, by Amber J Fox

Check out this amazing article:

It is possible to be a homeschooling parent and a trucker at the same time

This trucker-homeschooled child actually went on to get a full scholarship at Harvard University

Some great clothing that has little or nothing to do with homeschooling:

Serenity’s Scarves And Stuff

 

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