Posted by Author H. Michael Sweeney
Many victims of stalking are already socially isolated, so in many respects, the current virus-imposed ‘social distancing’ situation can be a benefit to them, as well as a threat. There are ways to tip the balance, to become a survivor of both targeting, and COVID19…
Dateline, Mar, 25, 2020, from the Left Coast of America, socially distant from everyonecopyright © 2020, all rights reserved. Permission to repost hereby granted provided entire post with all links in tact, including this notice and byline, are included. Quote freely, links requested. Please comment any such repost or quote link to original posting.
Stalking victims are no stranger to the topic of conspiracies, and boy, are there a lot of conspiracy theories surrounding the COVID19 virus. Among them are themes portending a Global New World Order takeover, global population reduction, martial law, forced vaccination and disarming of citizens, international intrigues and threats of war, and much, much more. Some of that, unfortunately, is backed up by legitimate fact-based concerns, but the bulk of it is conjecture, at best. I’ve written as much in a blog on that topic, already. While I believe it is good to be wary and keep an eye on such things, I also try to practice what God teaches, which is to live for today, plan for tomorrow, and hope for the future. It is especially important advice for a stalking victim who is severely impacted.
Tricky that, and far too easy to fail in the trying (I must admit to such failure). Trickier even more, perhaps, is putting that advice into practical terms specific to the virus situation we all find ourselves in, today, and its importance in relation to stalking concerns. Clearly, we need to focus on what we know will help us through, TODAY, here and now, and better prepare us for any possible Tomorrow, that we may hope for a better Future, thereby. And our ‘today’ was already in a not-too-great a condition, as targeting survivors.
I like that word, survivors. Use it often, when you speak of yourself.
Practical matters, matter
Being stuck at home in a defensive posture is nothing new to individuals severely impacted by malicious targeting. Their incomes have already been devastated, often by an inability to earn and income because of their stalking, and just as often, by deliberate sabotage of their financial underpinnings in various dirty tricks. So when the government talks about a relief check in the mail, they may be taking hope. But there are caveats not commonly being mentioned in the fake news of the day, who are still focused on pushing virus and political fears ever higher. They are not our friends of bygone days of actual journalism.
For one thing, a simple one sentence mention in passing on one radio interview, casually mentioned that the checks would only be sent to persons who had filed a 2018 tax return, on the basis of that return’s indication of income. Most Tis are on some form of limited fixed income such that they don’t need to file taxes. The radio indicated that persons who were on SS/Dissability, or ‘off the grid’ with respect to taxes, would not be seeing checks. It was suggested that filing a late return, even if no taxes due, might set the stage for relief, if showing an income in need of ‘relief’ due to negative virus impacts upon the nation’s economy.
If any income could be shown at all, above and beyond the fixed, it could make a big difference. Better still, if it was a such that it would have resulted in taxes, but for the deductions. Self-employed incomes, for instance, might have depreciation allowances and business expenses which collectively negate the profits derived (you are taxed only on your net gains). Personal deductions, either the standard or itemized variety, can also offset such income and eliminate actual tax liability. If you have children, the Earned Income Credit may help you to gain actual ‘Tax refunds’ even if you paid no taxes, at all. Keep in mind that I’m no tax consultant; due diligence is advised, which may mean relying upon a professional.
Tactical matters, matter
Stalkers are people, too, and if their efforts involve going out in public in order to harass a stalking victim, they are at increased risk of contracting COVID 19, themselves. That would certainly take them out of the picture for at least awhile, and possibly permanently. But just the fear of such risks may also inhibit at least some of their actions aimed at their victims. How much more likely might they be to keep their distance, if you began exhibiting symptoms, yourself? It’s easy to fake a cough, and complain about a fever, and the like. Some form of public complaint or warning might be in order, even if just a social media mention. Guarantee you, your social media friends include your stalker enemy in disguise, and they read everything you post very carefully…
Stalking is a ‘game’ that two can play. There is a stark difference between being a victim who has only the option of reflexive responses born of victim recoil, and who is doing exactly what their assailants want them to do, and one who elects to take charge of their situation and employ both defensive and offensive tactics, and become a survivor. I have written extensively on this in my books, and in various blog posts. While all situational assessments can vary, and establish different tactical considerations, there is much which remains the same across the board. For those who do not have my books, a less detailed summary of the most useful advice can be found here: https://proparanoid.wordpress.com/2016/10/30/ti-defense-30-tips-to-help-fight-back/
As always, I still remain available for additional advice at proparanoidgroup at gmail com, where I offer a free Helps Kit and can answer simple direct generic questions. I also offer a new Skype-based personal dialog service. That is a for-fee service, 100% of which goes to the Free Will Society to aid stalking victims, as does all sales of my ebooks. More recently, I have created a ‘shopping list‘ of suggested Amazon items which represent various stalking defensive/offensive solutions. While I selected items I would find very good for the purpose, they are not necessarily the perfect choice for everyone, but if taken as generic suggestion, one can compare with alternatives, and choose wisely. Neither is it specifically meant to advise using Amazon to purchase. However, I learned that if you apply for the ‘Amazon card,’ and spend $800 or more with them in a single purchase, you get 12 months same as cash terms. That made a difference, for me, and might for you, if the offer is still valid.
Not on that list, is firearms. My books address that topic with some caution, and caution is indeed due. My position for stalking victims is, that the nature of the targeting (methods employed) may or may not warrant a weapon for self defense. There is a fine line between deterrence of physical assault benefits, and creating a risk by virtue of a gun in one’s possession. Without proper care and knowledge, and skill in use (practice), the liability and inherent risks aspect can far outweigh the tactical protection it is supposed to represent, especially because stalking methods may involve a way to make the possession itself a weapon against you. For instance, the new unconstitutional and draconian Red Flag and concealed carry laws could end up getting you in dutch with Police, and see your weapon confiscated based on nothing more than an anonymous complaint of ‘brandishing.’ And, it is absolutely true that someone who is depressed or under tremendous emotional/mental strain due to (anything, including stalking), may not be the best person to have access to a gun; a bad decision or moment could prove a terrible disaster, by inappropriate use.
Big lines at gun shops right now, and for good reason
But the virus situation poses a whole new concern and reason for needing protection. As we have already seen with shortages, the potential for violence is often triggered by things as simple as toilet paper. If the future is a long-term shut down of America and beyond, the risk of civil unrest, military takeover, revolution, or even invasion may not end up being far-fetched ideas. If food supplies or utility systems are shut down and/or rationed, roving gangs of looters and criminals armed to the teeth will come. Would you be ready and able to repel them, or end up just another red stain on the ground and a statistic? I at least advise one to investigate the possibility of gun ownership. Visit a gun store and talk with their staff for suggestions on what might make a good choice, and then find a shooting range which rents guns on premise, and take a firearms safety course which lets you experience the weapon, and overcome any fears of safe handling. Make sure that, in all of that, you have a clear understanding of your gun rights and gun laws in your State. THEN, and only then, will you be armed with the knowledge needed to better decide.
It is important that you act sooner, rather than later. Some local governments are already attempting to completely shut down access to firearms and munitions, and that alone, is a bad sign. When the government tells you you don’t need or can’t have a gun, that is exactly when and why you need one. Talk to your Sheriff’s Department or local Police (non emergency phone number), about shooting ranges and safety programs they may offer, sponsor, or recommend. Most Sheriffs support the 2nd Amendment, and some offer Auxiliary Police/Deputy programs where you are given access to AR weapons and training, and positioned to be available as reserve support in a crisis. Being called does not mean you must report, but if the SHTF, standing together against tyranny or unrest is exactly what will be needed to end the threat.
There are also community ride-along programs. While many TI’s avoid Police for having found them problematic in many unpleasant ways, getting to know as many local Officers as possible is one way to negate or minimize any such concerns. And, it can prepare you for a better response in a bad situation. It is at least something to consider.
Logistical matters, matter
While it is possible that this crises will turn the corner and the threat level be reduced to ‘normal,’ in a matter of a few weeks, the potential for long-term issues is very real. I urge everyone, not just stalking victims, to grow their critical supply reserves to ‘Prepper’ levels. I, for instance, have a two week supply of perishables (things which expire or go stale quickly), which I can do without, if needed, backed up with a 30 day supply of non perishable foods (canned and dry foods, mixes, etc.), itself backed up by a 90 day supply of actual Prepper foods which can be stored for years. I regularly rob from the backup materials at both levels, and replace with fresh in a rotation method so that no supply ever reaches an point where the shelf-life is exceeded. I mean, what is the Prepper movement about, if not survival?
Visit this link for great advice on Prepper shopping and as a gateway to the wide-world of Prepping, in general
I would normally need to visit the store once a week. I can now easily avoid going at all, for perhaps 120 days. However, one would not wish to attempt achieving or replacing such supply levels in a single shopping effort, because that might be considered as ‘hording,’ and I expect there will in time (already so in some communities) when there will be keen eyes and a harsh responses by government, if reported. So I suggest, and am myself deliberately increasing normal purchase levels and visits before the virus spread is truly pandemic in scope, and and plan on tapering off as I ‘get ahead’ of the consumption rate. You can buy as if for a family of five, even if living alone, and double down even on that, without raising eyebrows. You might even find case lot sales, and there is no reason you can’t hit multiple stores at the same time, or go back every few days. Of course, finances can become part of the equation, which is why that relief check could be important.
Transportation issues can be tricky. I’ve learned that a decent bicycle can be more useful than a car, and far cheaper. I use an electric bike, which helps with my handicap and age concerns. It allows me, a 74 year old who was at risk of his legs being amputated, to peddle 20 miles an hour (and save my legs from that threat, by restoring blood circulation). With a basket, I can haul away as many as 12 bags of groceries. I have a giant bag which fits my basket, which is waterproof, and insulated for both hot and cold items, simultaneously. If you would like to explore such a possibility, let me know (at the above email) and I can turn you onto learning more, with a way to save $50 on one of the best but least expensive (sold direct from factory, cutting out middle men) bikes on the market… with a lot of models to choose from.
Tactically, speaking, once more… a TI is less likely to be stalked by car, if on a bike of some sort; a car cannot go that slow, and if a stalker elects a bike, they will stand out like a sore thumb, easier to spot and deal with. IN FACT, I have an idea which could be managed through the Free Will Society, which would allow almost anyone reading this to earn extra money during the ‘shutdown’ while also performing a needed public service which can help reduce the virus threat. If not too handicapped or aged to use a bike (the electric can be used without peddling, at all — it has a throttle), it has the potential to be as lucrative as, say, a Uber driver opportunity, with like selectivity as to how much and when you choose to work. Better still, it will help fund the Free Will Society at the same time. If that sounds interesting, contact me for exploratory dialog.
Medical matters, matter
There is a lot more information out there on COVID19 than can be assimilated, and worse, most of it is NOT in a useful form. If you have a simple question, finding the answer is a minefield full of background material, political correctness and maneuvering, legally and medically obscure wording, historical data facts and figures, and fear mongering… making it extremely hard to find an answer. When I had symptoms described in MSM, I naturally wanted some more details… but after six of the most logical Web sites left me in a daze, it turned out that the best medical answers were found elsewhere, and revealed my symptoms were not at all a concern. Ironically, it happened to be a stalking victim and follower of the Free Will Society who turned me on to it, and provided a link I find very useful. It is a blog post citing/linking to an actual medical practitioner ale to speak in lay terms and to provide simple graphics for at a glance understanding. Take note, CDC, your slip is showing.
The real problem in a given targeted individual’s situation, is that every symptom of targeting is also a symptom of a possible medical condition or health issue. That’s useful to stalkers, because they know they can inflict such woes upon their victim, any attempt at getting help results in an easy dismissal of concerns: “You should consult a Doctor, about that.” And indeed, you SHOULD, because it might just be truly a medical issue, in which case it can be dealt with… far more easily than trying to solve targeting, we would hope. You need that clean bill of health, before asking anyone for help with stalking related symptoms.
So the same thing is true with COVID19 symptoms. You not only want to make sure that is or is not what it represents… but if it does not, to make certain it is not a symptom resulting from targeting. So a good Doctor relationship, now, more than ever, is important. Unfortunately, many stalking victims talk about reasons they cannot find or work with their Doctor. In my first ‘how-to’ book on personal privacy and security, I talk about how to find a good professional for any need (Doctor, Lawyer, etc.). Pretty simple: I suggest looking for someone who is relatively recent to the trade, with almost brand-new credentials hanging on their wall. They should be of a minority race, such as Hispanic or Asian, perhaps a woman.
Such persons are less likely to be tainted or jaded by the system, and more eager to adhere to high moral/ethical standards. This makes them more resistant to corrupting forces, and they will be hungry for clients, and more willing to cater to their needs, than someone who has more clients than they can handle, and who has been hammered by pressures and problems from all sides for decades on end.
Political matters, don’t matter
At least, they should not. It is up to you and me to insure that is the case, because political division is just another means of targeting for control. Again, I admit failure in that, myself (sigh). While we should all agree to stand firm against the march of the globalist agenda (often behind organized stalking in one way or another), and though that often filters down to national and local politics, party-line politics should never come between a survivor and an otherwise would-be ally, such as another survivor or a possible helpmate. Don’t play that game… your plate is already full with enough battles for a lifetime… and likely, you’ve already had a lifetime’s worth of it. Enough!