Why Stand Alone in a Crisis? Join the P.A.L.A.D.I.N.s
What will happen if a natural disaster or social upheaval comes and government cannot, or will not be able to defend you, your home, or your community? When armed marauders or looters come, will you stand alone, or will you have your own local network of helpers: Paladins?
by H. Michael Sweeney proparanoid.wordpress.com Facebook proparanoid.netcopyright © 2016, 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 link to original posting. Reading this post you will learn… • there are disaster and upheaval threats not even government can always quickly address; • individuals cannot well defend against marauding gangs and other threats in a crisis; • Paladins (modern-day ‘Knights’) may be a simpler, easier, safer solution than Militia; • Paladins can be useful at any time for humanitarian missions of their own devise; • Paladin Units (unite) can protect each other, their communities, and beyond, as needed.
What is a Paladin?
“Paladin” is another word for Knight, a kind of soldier of good moral character who in times of Olde served his fellow knights, community, country, and God. P.A.L.A.D.I.N. members are similar, and yet different. They are somewhat modeled after the Paladins in the popular Fallout computer game series, but THIS IS NO GAME. Fallout takes place in a future post apocalyptic World where there is no government, and everyone is struggling to survive, which literally means at times, kill or be killed, perhaps even eaten by others. Several groups compete for control with lust for power as their agenda, but the Paladins were formed in an attempt to maintain order and protect against such threats — a bit like self-organized Police the people come to rely upon.
Almost no one is truly prepared for disaster or civil upheaval. When it strikes, the impact of the disaster is therefore nearly total. All one has to do is look back on Katrina, or any other major disaster or upheaval around the World where local governments were unable or unwilling to respond — to see the value in not having to stand alone in a crises. FEMA and other government ‘help’ in Katrina was less than ‘useless’ for an extended period of time, actually causing more harm than good in many cases. Local law enforcement was either unavailable or, at times, a serious threat to many a resident’s well being. Likewise for the National Guard.
In such events, local governments at any level collapse and become non existent in domino fashion, while regional and national governments play political waiting games. The following is a quote from From Disaster to Lessons Learned: What Went Wrong in the Response to Hurricane Katrina?The Dissolution of Government
As noted earlier, disaster response in the U.S. is predicated on a system of “cascading failure,” in which successively higher levels of government are called in as lower levels are overwhelmed. However, the system requires some government to be in place. When the storm hit, local government in New Orleans, for all intents and purposes, ceased to exist. Both politicians and administrators had evacuated prior to landfall, and what little structure was in place was immediately rendered ineffective. The severity of the disaster also paralyzed state government and stunned federal government officials. A period of many hours passed before coherent calls for help began to travel up and down the system; even then, they were generally unfocused and nonspecific. Mayor Nagin’s media appeals for the federal government to “send everything” were heartfelt, but were so general they were difficult to act upon.
Meanwhile, at higher levels of government, a political showdown was brewing between the White House and Gov. Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana. Louisiana’s National Guard was heavily deployed to Iraq at the time of the storm, and the governor had activated pre-existing agreements with other states to “borrow” National Guard troops prior to landfall. These troops were quickly moved to the area, but the White House wanted to federalize the troops, while Gov. Blanco wanted to keep them under state control. The White House also disputed the timing of the governor’s request to release active-duty military troops into the area, although later evidence showed that the request had come much earlier than initial White House claims.
Even once on site, FEMA and National Guard, et. al., cannot be everywhere at once, and they cannot solve all the problems and threats people face. In some cases, policy or needs dictates result in harm to individual residents, mostly unintentional, but at times, intentional. In the end, almost everyone needs to fend for themselves for a protracted period of time, and that often means defending themselves from each other, or facing general extreme hardships or death, alone.
In Katrina, nearly 2,000 died, and many died at the hands of others (including authorities who opened fire on crowds trying to escape across a bridge). There were, in addition to looters and aggressive authorities, at least one known roving gang of vigilante Whites who had set about to kill Blacks they deemed looters, ‘loosely defined.’ The true number of murders is unknown; few records were kept given the mass casualties, but ‘bullet riddled corpses’ were not hard to find. Where there is no law, lawlessness ensues.
Bad things happen
Disasters are all too common, some worse than others. But imagine an outright siege caused by insurgents, racial violence of the sort this country has recently seen, or even military invasion such as foreseen in Operation Lion Dance; where Chinese flood into America via the Canamex rail system, hiding in container cars which can be parked on any rail siding in America from a laptop. Or perhaps it is simple revolution or civil war born of irreconcilable political differences. There are many such threats, none of which are especially likely, but all of which are specifically possible.
P.A.L.A.D.I.N. stands for Post Apocalyptic Local Area Defense Information Network; the core organization. Do not let the gloomy sounding name deter or fool you. While it certainly could be a possibility that doom and gloom awaits us on a regional, national, or global scale (it is after all forecast by virtually every religion and many experts in military, financial, and political circles), any simple disaster or localized upheaval can result in a crisis government is unable or unwilling to address quickly. It is even possible, some believe, that government might become the cause or actual threat themselves, such as in a military coup. But if having Paladins available to help you fend off a crises in a post apocalyptic tragedy, how much better then that they could be available in a lesser threat, such as a killer quake or storm?
Here are just a few such threats — do you have everything in place to survive? Will you, alone, be able to defend them from those who do not? Or will you be waiting for government to get around to attempting to rescue you, not as a soul in need of help, but a mere politically acceptable (expendable) statistic should they fail?• Sudden Poll Shift — a sudden shift could melt the ice caps and cause serious globally felt quakes • Sudden Ice Age or Ice Cap Melt — choose your favorite scientist and worry with them • Super Volcano — doomsday shroud encircles the planet killing all crops, causing ice age • Super Earthquake — hundreds of thousands or even millions could be homeless and helpless • Asteroid Strike — we’ve already had nearly a half-dozen near misses in the last twenty years • EMP Attack — total loss of all things electric, throwing us into pre industrial age • Solar CME Flare — same as EMP attack, but potentially global in impact • Planet X — we know it’s coming soon, its effects upon Earth could be catastrophic • Nuclear or Bio Terrorism — could render an entire region helpless • Pandemic — we keep coming close to having one, it’s only a matter of time • Financial Collapse — what happens when money has no value or is unavailable? • Civil Insurrection — race war, revolution, response to Martial Law, gun seizure • Military Coup — a top U.S. General has forecast it possible • War or Nuclear War — no nation is immune from invasion or sneak attack • Alien Threat — leaders of several nations and scientists have said it possible • Prophetic End Times Tribulation — seven years a mix of the above, or worse
The P.A.L.A.D.I.N. concept is simple, and addresses an important question: is it better to stand alone trying to protect your home and family against armed marauders or other dangers seeking to take what you need to survive from you, even your very lives… or to be prepared? Prepare a go bag and survival supplies, by all means, but to become a Paladin is to pre establish a local mutual defense network which can protect you and yours, your fellow Paladins, your community, and by extension, your country and way of life. P.A.L.A.D.I.N. is a non militia solution that can effectively become functional equivalent of a small and focused militia — on demand. It does not suffer the overhead and commitment of a militia, nor the political tainting.
Paladins may also elect to engage in general humanitarian missions at any time, for any reason or cause; actively active activists. This includes the possibility of providing aid to stalking victims, the homeless, or anyone being unfairly treated by another group in some way which cannot be well addressed by local authorities. It can even mean choosing to side with civilians against authorities in a non violent protest; whatever the Unit deems appropriate. Were I a Paladin near to the tribal protests in the Dakotas over the oil pipelines, I would have urged my Unit to give on-site support, for instance.
Everyone should join!
Anyone who has much to loose if accosted by armed strangers in a crises should join. Stalking victims and other persons who have experienced unusual targeting should definitely become a Paladin. This will enable you to call upon other Paladins when threats return, and help to document, prosecute, or thwart such targeting. Activists should join Paladin, as it becomes a tool useful in a cause, where you can make good argument to fellow Paladins to engage with you — and enables protection should those opposed to your cause elect illegal harassment campaigns against you (target you). Minorities and others who are consistent victims of gang harassments should also join, as it provides yet one more ally and strengthens your ability to stand against aggression, especially in rioting. Ex military should definitely join as an alternative to a Militia, which often has a bad PR image due to a political or religious bent they may have assumed. All are welcome.
To be a Paladin does not require ownership of a gun, but it is ideal. To own a gun does not require good training or a military background, but it is ideal. Weaponry and combat skills are only important WTSHTF big time, and most gun owners do know how to handle themselves, and they also tend to own more than one weapon, which means that in a pinch, they can share, teach, and lead. The primary requirement is to be of good moral character and to care about your family, your community, and your country. The rest will take care of itself; unity is the key factor.
P.A.L.A.D.I.N. Units of 6 or more Paladins are formed in any given Zip Code once at least half of the members do have arms, and at least one of them has some military or leadership background suitable for acting as Commander. Such leaders are provided with tactical advice on formation and operation of their Unit, and given contact information for any adjacent Units. Paladins can then call upon each other to request aid, or to propose missions to aid others. There are provisions in the formation of Units which allows local Units to join up for improved functionality, and for like hookup with Units in other communities, should regional operations be necessary.
Membership is by default anonymous except between Unit members and adjacent Unit Commanders, but that does not mean members must remain secret. Indeed, public evangelism and recruitment is encouraged (promotional materials will be made available). There is no membership fee to join. However, once a Unit is formed, a small annual membership fee determined by the Unit can be assessed to help fund missions or enhance emergency response capabilities. There can be some small personal expense in order to facilitate Unit functionality, such as the purchase of a Walkie Talkie by each member.
Each Unit is autonomous and stands alone in responsibility; it is not a political body or under the command of a national head, such as myself, even as founder. Therefore, there is no legal liability or risk except for those actions the Unit itself elects to undertake. I am not bound by your actions, nor are yours dictated or bound by mine. You serve only your own Unit member’s best interests and mission goals for public good, and remain subject to all laws in the doing, each member insuring the next does nothing which threatens Unit integrity or viability.
There is no political leaning or bent, nothing which should alarm authorities. In fact, Units should consider making themselves available as volunteers to authorities as emergency helpers or, where law enforcement has such programs, reserve deputies. In such a case, each member is free to participate or abstain, which is generally true in all missions. Units should be prepared to submit to lawful military or law enforcement once order is restored in a crisis, and should maintain records of all actions for use by any needed law enforcement investigations after the fact. That serves both as protection for the Unit and members, as well as a means to prosecute evil doers who may have been confronted by the Unit. Everything is above board and transparent within the Unit, and as private or as public as the Unit itself elects.
TO JOIN: simply email your interest to join to proparanoidgroup at gmail com and provide your City, State, and Zip. This does not obligate you to anything. This will be used to update a database of members maintained anonymously at my Facebook page for the purpose. That page is organized in a way which allows determining if a Unit can yet be formed in a given Zip — your evangelism in recruiting other members is key to that eventuality.
Once a Unit can be formed, members are so advised and connected to one another for the purpose of determining if they should form, and if forming, deciding who will be their Commander. They are also provided with additional support advice on how best to proceed as a functioning unit. Once forming, individual members are then obligated only to commit to the goals established by the Unit for mutual self defense and whatever additional good they may do for community and beyond, in or out of crisis (missions.) Risk and investment are minimal. Rewards can include the possibility of continued life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness — in the face of dire circumstances bent on preventing same.
Other material to consider
The Post Apocalyptic Library is an important collection of life-saving information commonly beyond the average person’s current knowledge base, and which will NOT BE AVAILABLE once disaster strikes. It is a series of links to critical information which can be learned online or downloaded and printed for placement in a go bag or emergency supplies for later use. It is advised that extra copies should be made in advance for handout to others.
The FEMA, Martial Law, and Revolution Database is a collection of materials which seek to educate the public about individual risks and likelihood of events beyond their control, and/or give advice on how best to survive or react. It is an eye opening review of little known facts which may prove quite sobering. Don’t be yet another Sheeple caught totally unaware.
Dropping off the Grid: abandon the Control Matrix. This author has done so for the last three years, and though living a rather spartan life by comparison to what came before, the freedom is enhanced, and the quality of life (happiness) with it. Living simply has proven to be more satisfying — and should be much safer in the event of major troubles. Here is a snapshot of possibilities. I will soon be offering a Seminar or other promotional venue (i.e., video) on the topic.
An Intentional Community is one way to live off the Grid. Here is one example, a low-cost, self-sufficient community based on tiny homes, a project of the Free Will Society I founded to helped stalking victims: it is called Free Will Haven. It has a gofundme. Such a community is by default more or less the functional equivalent of Paladins.
Preppers Are Not Stupid; Dissonant Non Preppers Are Doomed
Even our own government, normally blind to problems until too late, has been warning us for years to be prepared for ‘something scary,’ and the list of concerns is very scary. The stakes couldn’t be higher: if even just one thing on the list takes place, being ill prepared can perish whole families and, in short order, whole communities. Here is something that can make a difference, and its free. Its called knowledge.
by H. Michael Sweeney proparanoid.wordpress.com proparanoidpress.com proparanoid.net
copyright © 2016, all rights reserved. Permission to repost hereby granted provided entire post with all links in tact, including this notice and byline, are included. Please comment any such repost to original posting.
In this post you will learn…
• What Preppers are and why they exist;
• Why YOU should become a Prepper, and HOW to proceed;
• There are 2 NEW and FREE resources to simplify the effort usefully
Note: I usually well footnote my posts so you can verify what I say for yourself. In this case, the two Facebook pages mentioned at article end, themselves, offer ample proofs for those items not otherwise footnoted.
The wise live for Today, but plan for Tomorrow: uncertainty is the only certainty
The Bible is the oldest source of Wisdom modern Man relies upon, and it clearly echoes that thought; there are no less than 25 places in the Bible which so admonish. A good number of these directly talk about the kind of preparedness this post addresses, while the remainder speak to being prepared for entry into the Kingdom of Heaven. But, if one is not prepared for things which can take one’s life, is not the later concern all the more important to prepare for, as well?
Perhaps the strongest and simplest of these are found in Proverbs (natch):
22:3 “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it;”
27:1 “Do not be confident about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”
If we hold onto any one thing in this country, it is the wisdom of our Founding Fathers, and they were almost to a Man God Fearing and, therefore, they heeded such words. But they themselves also spoke plainly and logically about such things, and framed them in terms of the Nation, as well as the Individual and those we each love, to whom we are responsible for their well being:
John Adams, on the risk of overconfidence and reliance upon government: “I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate;”
Benjamin Franklin: “By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail;”
Alexander Hamilton: “If fortune should smile upon us, it will do us no harm to have been prepared for adversity; if she frowns upon us, by being prepared, we shall encounter it without the chagrin of disappointment. Your future rank in life is a perfect lottery;”
Thomas Jefferson: “Instead of considering what is past, however, we are to look forward and prepare for the future.”
George Washington, on wise use of funds, such that: “timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it.”
Thomas Pain, on being fugitive from tyranny: “O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.”
The Modern Prepper and Dr. Strangelove
That last quote brings us to the advent of the modern Prepper, a phenomenon brought about by the Cold War and fear of the Bomb. President Eisenhower spoke frequently about the need for Civil Defense Preparedness, and founded what ultimately became FEMA, the ‘Grandaddy Prepper.’ For the rest of us, we were encouraged to prepare for nuclear war in our thinking, and our behavior.
We were taught to ‘Duck and Cover,’ and to plan to flee the cities, or take to bomb shelters. The whole basis of our modern Interstate Highway System was to that end, and so that the military and other aid could quickly flow to any wound in need of dressing. Cold War tensions culminated in the dire climactic confrontation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and firmly established the era of the Bomb and Fallout Shelters. There were, in fact, enough shelters built to save 100,000,000 Americans, millions being built by citizens in their own homes or back yards: Dig a hole, drop in a pipe and add a floor, and fill it in and stock it.
Why prep today? Darker times > starker threats > greater fears
For a time, I managed a gas station while investigating the Oil Industry. That led me to a face-to-face confrontation with terrorism which rendered the investigation superfluous. For those who do not appreciate or understand the Prepper, or why they do what they do, or for the matter, who do not understand Conspiracy Theorists, Truthers, or Targeted Individuals claiming mind control, I highly recommend working for at least 30 days in a gas station. Why? Because that is an excellent place to talk with a large number and a variety of people in the course of doing business, and elicit from them things they would never otherwise admit in open conversation.
I could ask almost anything, and if well proposed, obtain a deeply personal and meaningful reply. And I did, regularly, on on a wide range of topics. What I learned is that there are more people afraid of more things than the mere threat of global extinction from The Bomb and the ‘Red Menace.’ Terrorism, yes, and for more of a seriously right reason than the obvious, a reason unexpected even by them.
It is to me even scarier than the fact that terrorism exists. Few are aware, but the top ranking U.S. Military General, Tommy Franks (who brought the flame throwing tank to Waco), has warned in a public statement that if there is another 9-11 level terror attack in the United States, the Military will take over the government in nation-wide Martial Law. I, for one, do not want flame throwing tanks on my streets.
And, we are still threatened by nuclear war: China’s top military leader has stated that war with the U.S. is inevitable, the only thing remaining being to decide when and how to be the first to strike. And, we have recently learned, they have stealth subs we cannot detect; one surfaced unexpectedly in the middle of a U.S. Carrier Fleet in the middle of an exercise looking for subs. North Korea is constantly making threats, and Obama and Hillary Clinton have assured terroism-minded Iran has access to the Bomb. We have several times in the last year, alone, come close to trading blows with Russian forces which could easily have escalate to a nuclear exchange. And we supposedly like each other, now.
Moreover, as recently played out in the Press, we have learned that a single well placed nuke high in the atmosphere could cause an EMP wave sending us back into the stone age by wiping out all electronics, including the entire power grid. Just as bad, spurious energy waves from the Sun could achieve the same ends, globally, or for the matter, doomsday rocks from space could effect similar damage, or worse. Movie theaters are awash these kinds of with (Extenction Level Event) scenarios. But there are other fears, and each one seems, in turn, to begat another, often wilder and seemingly more far fetched… which unfortunately, do not seem all that far fetched if daring to explore the facts which are their basis.
Every few months there seems to be another new exotic biological threat, either a weaponized or natural pathogen or virus on the verge of pandemic capability. Each such threat additionally threatens to be incurable and impossible to stop in time because it takes such a long time to come up with defensive medicines. Then there is the risk of financial collapse, which could trigger a global replay of the Great Depression on an unimaginable scale. Civil unrest levels are at the greatest and most dramatic in all of history; the Occupy/99% movement spontaneously fielded many millions of people around the World in the space of days. Our government’s liberal policies and some unfortunate events have fomented racism issues to the point that Blacks are shooting Cops as if at war, and threatening worse.
We see paranoia rampant in our government, who treats us all as if terrorists in the wings, spying on us and taking away our rights, and leading to fears of Martial Law, and/or efforts to take away our guns. DARPA, on the other hand, has ordered billions of rounds of ammo, enough to kill every living soul in North America several times over. FEMA seems to be building large facilities some fear are closer to concentration and even death camps than to shelters. It is at least concretely true that several special inciner-ators have been built, each strategically located, and capable of efficiently destroying hundreds of millions of tons of contaminated materials — which could include human bodies. The fear of Fascism and the comparison of our government to Nazi Germany is commonplace, which brings me back to the dialogs at the gas pump, where these things were said. The most common phrase heard in response to such things was, “When the revolution comes…”
Then there is the dramatic increase in UFO sightings, and much more than that, a growing body of evidence of actual combat taking place. If chemtrails were not already their own perceived threat, consider the latest theory as to their purpose; to weaponize the atmosphere against alien aggression. There is actually some scientific basis for such wild theories, and some to additionally suggest there is an off-world secret space program with Buck Rogers-like Space marines using captured Alien technology. I don’t know about any of that, but the fact that the government is becoming more secretive about the UFO question than ever, before, does not allow me to discount the notion. Presidents Roosevelt, Regan, Bush, Clinton, and Obama, and even Putin, have all alluded to these possibilities, as well as have high ranking military. The recent discovery of a constructed mega-structure orbiting a distant Sun amplifies the possibility: we are not alone. And those at the gas pump agree. More people have seen UFOs or otherwise have reason to believe in Aliens, than not. Don’t take my word for anything in this paragraph; just tune into Ground Zero and scan the archives of shows with Clyde Lewis’ expert guests.
Dare we mention a credible Planet X, super volcanos, global warming and melting ice caps, mega earthquakes, the shifting of our magnetic poles, and any number of scientifically plausible threats and natural disasters capable of inflicting significant regional, national, or global destruction of cataclysmic proportion… or dare we say… Biblical? After all, the other common comment at the gas pump is, “We are living in the End Times.” Indeed, the Illuminati conspiracies, AKA The New World Order, are not difficult to validate with a barrage of demonstrable facts which defy coincidence. This author has made a case in several of his books that the ultimate goal of the New World Order is to form a One-World Government — in order for the Antichrist to have a seat of power, and usher in the End of Ages, the ultimate End Game. It IS prophesied, after all, and many of us fear that as much as anything else.
That brings us full circle, back to the Bible’s admonishments. Being prepared ought rightly be not only for bad tidings, but for salvation. The government agrees, at least with the first part. The last ten years have seen an unprecedented effort by the government to urge us to be prepared for disaster. They have even reinstated and updated the old Cold War emergency radio alert system, and are stockpiling huge quantities of everything from food and medicine, and other supplies, to coffins. And ammo. All they ask you to do, is to have emergency plans and a ‘go bag,’ or store of emergency foods and critical supplies.
It’s simply good common sense. Preppers have been doing this for decades. What’s your excuse? That they are crazy? Better look in the mirror, if you believe that.
Here are two simple and free tools to help you get started
Both are easy to use Facebook pages. One is a kind of compendium of information regarding the possible breakdown in civil society due to the inability of government to respond, or even perhaps government itself has gone terribly awry. It is called the FEMA, Martial Law, Revolution Database (kind of covers all possibilities). It has no subversive intent, despite the scary title. It is very informative, and can help push anyone teetering on the notion of being prepared into taking action. One way it does this, is by telling you what to expect, and what a good action plan/go bag might look like for a given scenario.
The other also has a scary title, but it implies nothing but what it is; a library. In this case, it is a series of links to critical information one might need to survive for long periods without outside help in a serious catastrophe. It is a collection of how-to survival tricks, and how to quickly and easily make common critical items such as water purification systems, emergency generators, and so forth. It is called the Post Apocalyptic Library. The idea is simple: visit the links, download or copy the information, print it out, and put it into your go bag. Instant expert on a moment’s notice! Many of the links will deserve further exploration of their sites, for other good information. There is always more than one way to solve a problem.
Have you ever wanted a certain soft drink? Well, I’m a Prepper, he’s a Prepper, she’s a Prepper, we’re a Prepper; shouldn’t you be a Prepper, too?
Great. Drink deep for best result.