By Daisy Luther
Survival Saturday is a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared.
This Week in the News
This week, everyone’s talking about North Korea and nuclear war.
While there is a debate in many circles about whether there is actually a threat, it’s important to keep abreast of what’s going on. The following headlines will give you a variety of resources to consider.
1) Some people are asking if the whole thing even real or if it’s propaganda.
Is the rhetoric allegedly coming out of North Korea genuine, or is it propaganda designed to inflame Americans to the point that they welcome pre-emptive action? There are strong opinions as well as some interesting and persuasive cases that say this is the situation. Here are a few of those cases.
- Only Morons Believe What The US Government Says About North Korea
- CALM DOWN: We’re not even close to nuclear war with North Korea
- Remembering the Gulf of Tonkin, and the Consequences of Wanting to Believe
However, even if you think we’re being set up for a potential false flag in order to kick off a war, that still means it’s possible that a nuclear bomb will go off in the United States. So, you still need to be prepared for the potential of a nuclear event.
2) The rhetoric keeps escalating.
Here are the latest articles about the smack-talk between the US and North Korea:
- North Korea Issues “Emergency Standby Orders” To Civil Defense Units: Report
- Pentagon says ready to ‘fight tonight,’ as Trump shows bomber pics
- North Korea Threatens to Surround Guam with an”Enveloping Fire”
- “Don’t Look At The Flash Or Fireball” Guam Issues Survival Guide For Nuclear War As Trump’s Military Locked And Loaded
- North Korea Threatens US with More “Unexpected Gift Packages”
- China Will Defend North Korea Against America if the US Attacks First
- Trump Doubles Down on Fire and Fury Threat Against North Korea
3) There’s endless speculation on how things might go down.
Although none of us has a crystal ball, people are trying to analyze the situation in order to be better prepared for it.
- Avoiding Nuclear War: Why Kim Jong-un’s Strategy Makes Sense
- How did the US get to this point in the long-running conflict with North Korea?
- This Is How America Would Wage a Nuclear War Against North Korea
- This Is the Closest the US Has Been to Nuclear War Since the Cuban Missile Crisis
- North Korea just might be able to win a war, if it begins with an EMP in Tokyo
4) Opinions differ on most likely nuclear targets in the United States
In June, Business Insider provided a map with what they felt would be the most likely nuclear targets in the US.
In 2015, Modern Survival Blog posted several maps of potential targets, including this one, which was credited to FEMA. These are not specific to North Korea, but areas of strategic value.
5) People want to know how to survive if a nuclear attack happens
People are feeling panicked about what could be coming down the pipe, and there’s a simple answer to that panic. Get prepared. Educate yourself. The more you know, the easier it is to calmly put the necessary safeguards into place to protect yourself and your family.
Here are some important resources to help you get prepared.
- Nuclear Preparedness Intensive (a 90-minute interview with a military nuclear expert, hundreds of pages of downloads, and an action plan)
- How to Prepare for a Nuclear Attack (FREE – article with lots of links)
- Get Non-GMO Emergency Food in bulk HERE
- Nuclear War Survival Skills, (FREE – book by Cresson Kearney, the inventor of the Kearney Fallout Meter)
- How to Use Potassium Iodide After a Nuclear Emergency ( FREE – article with PDF download)
- US Armed Forces Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Survival Manual (book)
- Should You, Could You, Prepare For World War 3? (FREE – article)
Are you concerned about North Korea and nuclear war?
What are your thoughts on the topics above? Are you concerned about the potential of a nuclear threat or do you feel it’s all overblown propaganda? Are you taking some extra precautions? Are you near any of the potential targets on the maps above?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.
BTW, Ms Daisy, how many of us are aware of this: http://www.globalresearch.ca/geography-101-get-trump-an-atlas-trump-wants-to-bomb-north-korea-with-nuclear-weapons-where-is-the-target-country/5603462
Geography 101: “Get Trump an Atlas”. Trump Wants to Bomb North Korea With Nuclear Weapons. Where is the Target Country?
A War on North Korea Will Inevitably Engulf South Korea and the entire Northeast Asian Region…
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North Korea versus the United States:
Who are the Demons? North Korea Lost 30% of Its Population as a Result of US Bombings in the 1950s…The American people should, in the words of Vietnam War Veteran Brian Willson “place themselves in the position of people living in targeted countries. That North Korea, a nation of 24 million people, i.e., one-twentieth the population of the U.S., many of them poor, a land slightly larger in area than the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, continues to be one of the most demonized nations and least understood, totally perplexes the Korean people.”
What most people in America do not know –and which is particularly relevant when assessing the “threats” of the DPRK to World peace– is that North Korea lost thirty percent of its population as a result of US led bombings in the 1950s. US military sources confirm that 20 percent of North Korea’s population was killed off over a three period of intensive bombings:
“After destroying North Korea’s 78 cities and thousands of her villages, and killing countless numbers of her civilians, [General] LeMay remarked, “Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.” It is now believed that the population north of the imposed 38th Parallel lost nearly a third its population of 8 – 9 million people during the 37-month long “hot” war, 1950 – 1953, perhaps an unprecedented percentage of mortality suffered by one nation due to the belligerance of another.” (quoted in Richard Rhodes, “The General and World War III,” The New Yorker, June 19, 1995, p. 53.)
In comparison, during the Second World War the United Kingdom lost 0.94% of its population, France lost 1.35%, China lost 1.89% and the US lost 0.32%. During the Korean war, North Korea lost 30 % of its population, which means that every single family in North korea lost a loved one in the course of the Korean War…
I lived through the “Cuban Missile Crisis”era of the 1950s and after, as a child in central Florida. We had Civil Defense evacuation drills often and had to wear color name cards. We left our classrooms and went to the playground with each color name card in certain areas – much like a fire drill (but those drills were different in what we did once on the playground). People were building their own fallout shelters – which was interesting as there was a high water table in Florida at that time, thus few basements.
I grew up with the currently so-called “Prepper” mentality but back then, it was just common sense to get ready for hurricane season along with knowing where the nearest fallout shelter was and the quickest way to get there when the town’s alarm system went off – which it did on occasion when they were testing the system.
As a nation, we (I) have become lazy and complacent about readiness. By now we have heard so much hype about what we “need” to fear that, often we end up like the people who were listening to the child who had cried”Wolf!” too many times. Trying to WAKE UP and SEE what is going on around us has become a challenge that we are having a hard time meeting.
THANK YOU, Daisy for all you do in trying to make people (me!) aware and awake to what likely lies in our near future!
Blessings to you and yours!
Kill each other. Kill each other. Kill each other. He He He…
No matter what anyone thinks of the men who are endangering the world or whether it’s rhetoric. The practical matter is to prepare for the worst. I grew up near Hanford Atomic Works. I well remember the drills and instructions. I’m even included in the group now called ‘Dayglow Babies’; I don’t plan on those pills which are mentioned. I’ve been told they wouldn’t do me or my family any good. I’ve been looking to see what survivors of massive radiation exposure have done to live.
First, though I can’t remember whether it was Hiroshima or Nagasaki, but when that bomb was dropped, there was a group who did survive even though they were burned. You see, in one ward of the hospital, a doctor was doing an experiment using rice miso soup to see how it affected his patients. All the patients who had been given miso survived; those who did not, was the control group therefore hadn’t eaten miso.
You may be thinking, “yes, but that’s just one group of people. Anyone remember Chernobyl? There was a small village within the area of greatest exposure…most of the town survived because they regularly ate a barley version of miso. There appears to be something about the ingredients – though different – which allows people to survive. My guess is it’s in the fermentation of these soups. So….within my food stores are the ingredients and I’ve learned how to do the fermentation process.
I’ve also created a few “lead aprons” similar to what the xray techs use, as backup for the miso soup.
So many things we can’t control but some we can. I’ve given you my thoughts and actions Daisy. Thanks for the post and allowing me to share.
Thanks for that great information, Dee!
I often wonder if this NK thing is at least partially being used to take our minds off the coming financial armageddon which gets a bit closer every day.
That being said, whichever way it goes we still need to do what we can to prepare for whatever comes.
I suspect IF and I think it’s a big IF, N Korea nukes us it will be an EMP attack at high altitude. That’s IF they have one or more high pulse EMP weapons.
The good news is there is basically no fallout from such a burst because it will explode above our atmosphere.
The bad news is, prepare to live without electricity, which means being totally self-sufficient as no food will be delivered to your local stores by anything but military/government vehicles (most military vehicles are hardened against EMP attacks and I’m sure FEMA has some–few civilian vehicles are). Projections by our own government are that up to 90% of us would be dead within a year.
Think about it. Anything with a transistor that isn’t in a Faraday Cage will fail instantly. That means, among other things, anyone with a heart pacemaker is instantly dead, any vehicle built after 1974 that has computerized anything won’t run–and even they would probably need new points, condenser and alternators, no Internet, no grid power, your backup generators won’t work, no computers, no phones, no TV, no Radio–except maybe HAM sets or other two-way radios kept in a Faraday Cage by Preppers, no banking, no food, pharmaceutical or fuel deliveries. And that’s just for starters. What happens when your unprepared neighbor comes at you with a gun because his children are starving?
We would certainly annihilate them in response but we would be stuck learning how to live without power. Let’s hope and pray this never happens, because even those who think they are prepared, or who, like the Amish, live without electrical power already will be hard pressed to survive the desperate hordes fleeing disintegrating cities.
Very interesting and thought provoking.