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Peter’s Attempted Murder


In Jesus’ last miracle before he would be tried and executed, we see an example of how God loves His enemies. This is the story of Malchus, the servant of the High Priest.

 


Luke 22:

47 While He Was Still Speaking A Crowd Came Up, And The Man Who Was Called Judas, One Of The Twelve, Was Leading Them. He Approached Jesus To Kiss Him, 48 But Jesus Asked Him, “Judas, Are You Betraying The Son Of Man With A Kiss?”

49 When Jesus’ Followers Saw What Was Going To Happen, They Said, “Lord, Should We Strike With Our Swords?” 50 And One Of Them Struck The Servant Of The High Priest, Cutting Off His Right Ear.

51 But Jesus Answered, “No More Of This!” And He Touched The Man’s Ear And Healed Him.

52 Then Jesus Said To The Chief Priests, The Officers Of The Temple Guard, And The Elders, Who Had Come For Him, “Am I Leading A Rebellion, That You Have Come With Swords And Clubs? 53 Every Day I Was With You In The Temple Courts, And You Did Not Lay A Hand On Me. But This Is Your Hour—When Darkness Reigns.”

 

 

In this brief encounter we see three fast-moving actions. First Judas’ betrayal of Jesus unfolds. The affectionate and respectful greeting by kiss was weaponized into a horrific betrayal. Judas Iscariot becomes the prototypical traitor, a ‘frenemy’ of God. From his high privilege of being called as a student of Jesus, Judas would abandon the one most capable of revealing God’s love and truth.

 

The second action could be called the ‘knee-jerk prayer’. Here’s a question for God, but we’re too rushed to await a response. The disciples ask Jesus if they should strike with their swords. But before Jesus can respond, Peter jumps into the fray with sword swinging.

 

After three years of intense day and night discipleship, the inner circle still had a lot to learn. Seeing the emotional betrayal of their brother Judas Iscariot and the covert arrest of Jesus rushed them into ‘fight or flight’ mode.

 

We know that it is Peter because of John’s account of the events.


 

John 18:

Jesus, Knowing All That Was Going To Happen To Him, Went Out And Asked Them, “Who Is It You Want?”

“Jesus Of Nazareth,” They Replied.

“I Am He,” Jesus Said. (And Judas The Traitor Was Standing There With Them.) When Jesus Said, “I Am He,” They Drew Back And Fell To The Ground.

Again He Asked Them, “Who Is It You Want?”

“Jesus Of Nazareth,” They Said.

Jesus Answered, “I Told You That I Am He. If You Are Looking For Me, Then Let These Men Go.” This Happened So That The Words He Had Spoken Would Be Fulfilled: “I Have Not Lost One Of Those You Gave Me.”

10 Then Simon Peter, Who Had A Sword, Drew It And Struck The High Priest’s Servant, Cutting Off His Right Ear. (The Servant’s Name Was Malchus.)

 

 

Before we examine Peter’s knee-jerk response, we need to see what John saw. Upon Jesus’ declaration ‘I am he’, the enemies stepped back and fell to the ground. This was a miracle of sorts because people armed for conflict are on high alert and sure-footed.

 

Here the ‘Great I Am’ reveals that ‘I Am He’ and the enemies fall backward. Had they recognized who Jesus really was, they would have fallen forward to the ground and cried ‘Lord have mercy on us.’

 

Even with God’s power demonstrated in this way, Simon Peter was having trouble hearing God’s voice. After all he had heard from Jesus, he was still unable to hear the truth that Jesus would be falsely accused and put to death. In a show of fierce loyalty, he lifts his sword and hacks off the right ear of Malchus, the High Priest’s servant.

 

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When Jesus Shows Up

This is a reprint from "Every Home For Christ," a publication of Francis Frangipane. A Godly man with a love for Jesus.

When Jesus Shows Up

We know the story: the sun has just barely crested the scrubby hills around Jerusalem, but the tomb is already empty when Mary arrives.

Through tears, she sees the gardener. “Please,” she begs, “tell me where you have laid him.”

“Mary,” Jesus replies. (John 20:16)

Jesus stepped into Mary’s pain and confusion. And Mary, history, and the world were never the same. That’s what happens when Jesus enters a story. It’s happening around the world!

Believers go the distance to carry Christ to every person in Myanmar.

Jesus on the Porch

“One day, I was sitting in front of my house,” shares Than Soe, a woman from Myanmar. “A man came to me and shared the gospel with some literature. I took it and read it. I was very interested in these writings about Jesus. So, I asked my sister about Jesus. She took me to her Christian friend. Then he brought me back to the man who had shared literature with me. A pastor named Saw Eh Htoo was also there. He shared the message very clearly with me. At last, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. A few days later, Pastor Saw Eh Htoo baptized me in the river. Now, I am part of a Christ Group fellowship. I have begun to share the gospel with friends. Praise the Lord!”

Like Mary, Than Soe encountered Jesus and hungered for his truth and love. “Take me to the Lord,” she asked. And Jesus entered her life through his people.

Jesus also enters places that are hemmed in by obstacles and steeped in anxiety. The disciples were cowering in an upper room, after all, when through the locked door, Jesus appeared, saying, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19)

Jesus Amid Our Fears

Mr. R, his wife, and two daughters live in a country where it is risky to share the gospel. Loyal to the traditional beliefs of their ancestors, Mr. R and his family were known to be in strong opposition to the gospel. But their rituals brought them no peace.

Their offerings consumed their savings. And still, life heaped burdens upon them; sickness came to their home. One day, they received a message titled “Why Jesus Died on the Cross.” They called a local believer, and he shared more about Jesus and prayed with them. As he prayed, Mr. R and his family “felt a weight fall from them,” shares our local team. Mr. R’s family turned their hearts toward Jesus and began fellowshipping with a local church the very next day.

When Jesus enters, he brings supernatural peace. He doesn’t demand works or offerings from us. The sacrifice has already been made. He shows up in our homes and lives and opens his hands of mercy to us—just as he stretched out his scarred hands to Thomas (John 20:27)—inviting us to experience his resurrection.

Despite the risks, many people in Creative Access nations are seeking Christ.

Believers in Papua New Guinea carry Christ to their neighbors through hospitality.

Jesus in Our House, Today!

In Papua New Guinea, a group of 30 men and women struggling with drug addiction gathered and invited a local pastor, Emmanuel Kavanamur, and Every Home’s Ministry Director Aaron Nikkie, to tell them more about Jesus. Dorcas, Emmanuel’s wife, and some members of his congregation cooked a big meal to share as Aaron spoke about Jesus’s love.

One of the men present, Robert, and several others responded to the gospel.

“Today,” Robert said, “the Lord Jesus Christ has entered this house and rescued us from the bondage of addiction.”

That’s what we celebrate in the resurrection: today, Jesus has entered our house and rescued us!

Every day, around the world, Jesus enters human lives, bringing resurrection. And often, he touches hearts through believers who faithfully carry his love to their neighbors.

In celebration of the resurrection and Christ’s entrance into your life, will you help equip, empower, and encourage believers around the world as they embody the presence of Christ?

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When Jesus Shows Up

This is a reprint from "Every Home For Christ," a publication of Francis Frangipane. A Godly man with a love for Jesus.

When Jesus Shows Up

We know the story: the sun has just barely crested the scrubby hills around Jerusalem, but the tomb is already empty when Mary arrives.

Through tears, she sees the gardener. “Please,” she begs, “tell me where you have laid him.”

“Mary,” Jesus replies. (John 20:16)

Jesus stepped into Mary’s pain and confusion. And Mary, history, and the world were never the same. That’s what happens when Jesus enters a story. It’s happening around the world!

Believers go the distance to carry Christ to every person in Myanmar.

Jesus on the Porch

“One day, I was sitting in front of my house,” shares Than Soe, a woman from Myanmar. “A man came to me and shared the gospel with some literature. I took it and read it. I was very interested in these writings about Jesus. So, I asked my sister about Jesus. She took me to her Christian friend. Then he brought me back to the man who had shared literature with me. A pastor named Saw Eh Htoo was also there. He shared the message very clearly with me. At last, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. A few days later, Pastor Saw Eh Htoo baptized me in the river. Now, I am part of a Christ Group fellowship. I have begun to share the gospel with friends. Praise the Lord!”

Like Mary, Than Soe encountered Jesus and hungered for his truth and love. “Take me to the Lord,” she asked. And Jesus entered her life through his people.

Jesus also enters places that are hemmed in by obstacles and steeped in anxiety. The disciples were cowering in an upper room, after all, when through the locked door, Jesus appeared, saying, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19)

Jesus Amid Our Fears

Mr. R, his wife, and two daughters live in a country where it is risky to share the gospel. Loyal to the traditional beliefs of their ancestors, Mr. R and his family were known to be in strong opposition to the gospel. But their rituals brought them no peace.

Their offerings consumed their savings. And still, life heaped burdens upon them; sickness came to their home. One day, they received a message titled “Why Jesus Died on the Cross.” They called a local believer, and he shared more about Jesus and prayed with them. As he prayed, Mr. R and his family “felt a weight fall from them,” shares our local team. Mr. R’s family turned their hearts toward Jesus and began fellowshipping with a local church the very next day.

When Jesus enters, he brings supernatural peace. He doesn’t demand works or offerings from us. The sacrifice has already been made. He shows up in our homes and lives and opens his hands of mercy to us—just as he stretched out his scarred hands to Thomas (John 20:27)—inviting us to experience his resurrection.

Despite the risks, many people in Creative Access nations are seeking Christ.

Believers in Papua New Guinea carry Christ to their neighbors through hospitality.

Jesus in Our House, Today!

In Papua New Guinea, a group of 30 men and women struggling with drug addiction gathered and invited a local pastor, Emmanuel Kavanamur, and Every Home’s Ministry Director Aaron Nikkie, to tell them more about Jesus. Dorcas, Emmanuel’s wife, and some members of his congregation cooked a big meal to share as Aaron spoke about Jesus’s love.

One of the men present, Robert, and several others responded to the gospel.

“Today,” Robert said, “the Lord Jesus Christ has entered this house and rescued us from the bondage of addiction.”

That’s what we celebrate in the resurrection: today, Jesus has entered our house and rescued us!

Every day, around the world, Jesus enters human lives, bringing resurrection. And often, he touches hearts through believers who faithfully carry his love to their neighbors.

In celebration of the resurrection and Christ’s entrance into your life, will you help equip, empower, and encourage believers around the world as they embody the presence of Christ?

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The Climate Cult Is Destroying International Shipping — and Global Supply Chains Along With It

Reprinted from NOQ report.

The ratio of crude tanker capacity currently on order to crude tanker capacity currently in service has plummeted to an all-time low of just 2.7 percent, this due to pressures from the global warming crowd to “decarbonize” the shipping industry.

Because the writing is on the wall concerning the use of earth-based fuels like oil and gasoline – the climate change brigade wants these made obsolete – the owners of tankers that use such products are holding out on ordering new ships until it becomes clear the direction the “clean” energy industry is going to take.

“To decarbonize shipping, you either need an onboard carbon-capture system (which doesn’t exist yet) or to build new vessels that burn something other than fuel oil,” reported Greg Miller, writing for Freight Waves.

“The regulations on this new fuel haven’t been written yet. So, why would tanker owners in the business of making money accept the residual-value risk of ordering ships that could be prematurely obsolete after the rules are written? … The answer is: They haven’t and they won’t. There is now a historically low number of crude and product tankers on order.”

(Related: Check out our earlier coverage about the dismal state of the American food supply chain due to covid.)

Between climate hysteria and the residual fallout from covid, global shipping and supply chains are screeching to a halt

The situation is almost as severe on the product tanker side, the orderbook-to-fleet ratio of which has cratered to just 6.1 percent. And once again, it is because nobody wants to order new ships that rely on fuel technologies that are slated for tougher regulations.

“We are now seeing what happens when you go several years without investing [in new capacity],” said Jefferies analyst Omar Nokta about the dire situation.

Crude and product tanker owners only just recently started making money again after several dismal years of covid-induced supply chain failures, with 2020 and 2021 being the two worst years for the industry in 30 years.

“There is a two- to three-year lag between when an order is placed and when a new tanker is delivered,” Miller further explained about how the industry typically works. “These assets last 20-25 years. Thus, a newbuild ordered today will likely be in service in 2050.”

“If the world is actually decarbonizing and shifting away from consumption of dirty fossil fuels, what are tankers ordered today going to carry in the latter years of their life spans?”

The answer, of course, is that they will potentially carry nothing, hence why nobody is placing any new orders. In essence, the global shipping industry appears to be screeching to a halt, both due to climate hysteria and covid hysteria, which together have decimated both the tanker industry and global supply chains at large.

According to Bob Burke, CEO of Ridgebury Tankers, the overall lack of tank orders has nothing to do with capital discipline, which does not even exist in a market like this.

“It’s just not in our own best interest to order expensive ships with uncertainty over propulsion systems,” he said.

“For a ship that will be delivered two and a half years from now, at historically high prices, with a capital drag until delivery and when you don’t know whether the propulsion system is going to last very long, it is really hard for a shipowner to go out and take a flier on something like that without a charter from an oil company.”

The only people currently placing orders for new tankers either have some kind of tax incentive to do so or they are receiving backing from a longer-term charter, “typically for a dual-fuel design,” added Maersk Tankers CEO Christian Ingerslev.

“Otherwise, there’s nothing being ordered.”

More related news can be found at GreenTyranny.news.

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“15-Minute Cities” and Penning You in for the Next Lockdown

Reprinted from NOQ report.

International Man: The “15-minute city” is an urban planning concept rapidly spreading in North America and Europe. They aim to make everything—where people work, shop, get their education, healthcare, and leisure activities—just 15 minutes away.

The idea is for bureaucrats to restrict—and eventually prohibit—car use because everything is within walking or biking distance. Phasing out hydrocarbons, in general, and cars with internal combustion engines, in particular, is a primary goal of the carbon hysterics.

Critics also argue that 15-minute cities will eventually allow for total surveillance and control of people’s lives, as governments will inevitably pair them with an ESG social credit system and central bank digital currencies. What is your take on the 15-minute city concept?

Doug Casey: It’s social engineering taken to a new level—trying to reform the way humans act and live. In fact, it’s social engineering that’s expressed in the form of civil engineering, putting people in the kind of houses, environments, and locales that the elites—strike that, I mean parasites—prefer.

It’s as if the whole human race is taking a role in the Jim Carrey movie The Truman Show. But that’s way too benign. The way they’re trying to reform the cities and force people to stay in place in certain areas, it’s more like the panopticon, which was a type of prison where all people could be observed easily by the guards at all times.

Of course, keeping everybody within a 15-minute radius of their home sounds convenient, homey, and small town-like. But it just makes things much more convenient for artificial intelligence to monitor where everybody is. Not just in their vehicles, either, because the next step along this path will be to make it desirable for everybody to have a chip implanted so individual bodies can be monitored. The 15-minute city concept is just a step on the way to something much more dystopian.

International Man: 15-minute cities received a big boost from the Covid hysteria as many city councils and mayors sought to redesign city spaces amid the lockdowns.

The concept has spread to many areas in North America and Europe, with plans to transform parts of the biggest cities into numerous 15-minute city zones. We have already seen this happen in Ottawa, Oxford, and other large cities. What is really going on here?

Doug Casey: It’s all about control, but it won’t be sold as a military “you must do this” type of control. It will be a soft, “do it for your own good” type of control. And, of course, it’s part of the general climate insanity for the supposed good of Mother Earth. The idea is to get people to stay out of their cars and, for that matter, stay off of planes and even public transportation.

It’ll be sold as a great way to get to know your neighbors, walk, and maybe bicycle. They’re trying to return the world to medieval times where nobody went more than 15 minutes from their house. Because not only weren’t they supposed to but there might be dragons over the next hill.

International Man: The global elite don’t want the plebs to be as mobile as they used to be.

In recent years, we’ve seen more and more travel restrictions. The Covid hysteria set a precedent for using lockdowns as official policy and introduced many confusing travel restrictions. The carbon hysteria also serves as a pretext for all sorts of proposals to limit and restrict travel. The trend now in motion is gaining momentum. How do you see 15-minute cities within the context of this trend?

Doug Casey: People are far easier to control if you know where they are at all times. And the elite—again, they’re parasites that don’t produce anything or serve a useful purpose—want the plebs to stay in place, not just physically, but psychologically, economically, and politically.

They’d prefer to live in a world where places like St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Machu Picchu, and the Grand Canyon aren’t overwhelmed with the hoi polloi because they’re back observing their 15-minute travel zones and adhering to requirements that allow them to expend only so many pounds of carbon.

It’ll be much more convenient for the parasites from a personal living point of view, in addition to affording them vastly more control.

International Man: The World Economic Forum (WEF) has promoted 15-minute cities. Why are they interested in this topic?

Doug Casey: In the past, the United Nations provided the premier forum for governments to get together and palaver about how to restructure the world. But the UN—fortunately—is fading into obscurity. It’s now really no more than an expensive club for mid-level government officials to vacation in New York while playing big shot and connecting with other ambitious bureaucrats.

The World Economic Forum is for the real power people.

The WEF, however, needs a reason for existing. These people are into power and money. They naturally like to socialize with each other, scratching each other’s backs and seeing themselves as masters of the universe. Now that they’ve gotten to know each other at the WEF and have clearly taken the reigns over at least the Western world, they’re no longer there just to socialize. They have lots of big plans for the plebs.

The concept of the 15-minute city is one of the many prongs of attack that they’ve launched to essentially take over the world, as outrageous as that sounds.

International Man: Given everything we have discussed, what can the average person do to safeguard his sovereignty in general and his freedom to travel in particular?

Doug Casey: First of all, try to relocate to a rural area where you’re much more in control of your own life, and you’re not surrounded by thousands of people who might rat you out as a non-conformist and could easily turn hysterical.

The second thing is to get as rich as you can because having assets helps insulate you from both the parasitic elites and the capite censi.

And third thing you can do is to resist any way you can. Speaking out and letting other people know that they aren’t alone in thinking what’s going on is actually evil. But recognize the risks of doing so.

We can’t change the trends of history. The atmosphere in today’s world is like that of the early days of the US Civil War or the early days of World War I or World War II. The boobs become stupidly hysterical, enthusiastic to ” join up” to fight some real or imagined foe, and marching together in lockstep. A giant mind virus is well on its way to capturing most people.

We live in really dangerous times.

Editor’s Note: The months and years ahead will be politically, economically, and socially volatile. What you do to prepare could mean the difference between suffering crippling losses and coming out ahead.

That’s precisely why, legendary investor and NY Times best-selling author Doug Casey just released this urgent report on how to survive and thrive.

Article cross-posted from International Man.

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Healing For Enemies


Recently I saw a social media post where a former classmate from Bible College was asking other graduates about miracles. He posted, Would love to hear from the members about a verifiable miracle that cannot in any way be construed as a coincidence.”

 

There were several comments that showed a range of responses. There were those that were skeptical of such things and wanted more evidence. There were others that re-posted YouTube videos of people that were allegedly healed. And then there were a handful of people like myself that gave examples from my own life and of people that I am in close relationship to.

 

Wherever you stand on miracles and healing it would be easy to develop formulas to understand and apprehend these gifts of God. Some will say that you must have faith to believe, or nothing will happen. Others will say that the examples from the New Testament ended with the age of the first apostles and that any modern claims are delusional or have some physical explanation. Others will ask why only some get healed and not others.

 

Our prayer requests and prayer meetings often are filled with requests that God would bring healing to family members and friends that are suffering with some disease or are needing a miraculous intervention.

 

But what about praying for the healing of your enemies? When someone who betrays you or has hurt you deeply is in distress, do you come to the Lord with a loving prayer for your enemy? Do you love your enemies in their suffering, or do you love to see your enemies suffer? Who was it that abused you in some way?

 

 

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Top Three Food Priorities BEFORE Your Start Truly Prepping

Reprinted from NOQ report.

Will there be massive, widespread food shortages in America and the rest of the world? Will there be an economic collapse? Is war on the horizon? Will that asteroid they recently started warning us about actually hit the Earth?

It’s easy to get worked up over all the existential threats we face today. Modern society has never faced so many potential collapses and disasters at the same time, and whether that’s by design or just bad luck is for some of us to debate on a different Substack. In this article we’re talking about prepping so let’s stick with that.

First and foremost, don’t panic. Sure, things look awful for many of us but that doesn’t mean we have to curl up in a ball and wait for the apocalypse to whisk us away. As Daisy Luther noted, we’re probably going to be okay. Then, there’s the perspective of my fellow Bible-believing Christians that even if things go very much south in this life, we have something far better waiting for us. Whatever you need to do to stay calm while remaining motivated to act, now’s the time for it.

One of the biggest mistakes I see new preppers making is they go straight for the long-term storage food. I visited a relative who proudly showed me her family’s many food buckets. Some of them they had bought. Others she had made herself. I noticed one of them opened in the kitchen a little while later. Sensing my confusion, she said, “Oh, we ran out of rice so I went ahead and busted open one of my buckets.”

The fallacy here, of course, is that she had two closets full of buckets, #10 cans, and mylar bags while keeping a pantry that was half-empty. I’ll discuss more about that in the list below, but this is why our new Whole Cows beef company offers both frozen steaks and other beef products for consumption in the near future as well as freeze-dried beef cubes in mylar bags for long-term storage. Eat well today. Eat well tomorrow. (And if any of my readers want to take advantage of our launch specials, they can use the “late prepper” promo code at checkout for 15% off).

For experienced preppers, the list below is probably unnecessary. But for those of us who are relatively new to the preparedness world, this hierarchy of food priorities should help you form your plan.

#1: Today and Tomorrow Foods

There are some foods among our basics that are generally only good for the near future unless you process them specifically for preservation. Milk, eggs, bread, fresh produce, and the like can all be made to last in the long-term but generally they’re perishable at first.

Then, there are the long-term storage foods that include freeze-dried meals, powdered products, certain canned goods, and others that are best to keep stored away until you need them.

The first thing people starting to get prepared should stock up on are the everyday “flex” foods. These are food items that you’ll use today but that can also be stored away for the long term. You keep a stock for now and you build a stock for later. These are foods that, when properly stored, can last a decade or two. Or three.

As I noted with my niece in the story above, she had one source of rice. It was all in buckets. What she should be doing is keeping enough rice to use now and in the near future while also storing away rice for the long-term. There is no reason to make a 25-lb bucket of rice that you’re going to break open anytime soon.

We keep a rotation of two 10-lb containers. When one empties, we open the other and note that we need to refill the empty one during the next available purchase.

While that daily-use rotation happens, we’re also building new buckets. I’m not a fan of buying buckets of rice because you generally pay two- to three-times as much as you would if you just bought in bulk and put them in food buckets with oxygen absorbers yourself.

The reason I tell people to start with this is because it begins the habit of buying for now and later. Technically, the top priority is to fill the refrigerator and pantry with food to get you through for weeks or months that you properly rotate, but I moved that recommendation down to second on the list because we want to start thinking about preparedness. Telling people to buy more of what they’re already buying doesn’t establish a new habit.

Other examples of “flex” foods are beans, pastas, honey, and certain canning items. I’ll discuss cans and canning in more detail in a future article.

#1A: Stock Up Regular Food

As I mentioned before, it’s silly to start buying food buckets or a freeze drier before you have weeks or months worth of food that you eat normally. Filling your refrigerator, pantry, cupboards, and freezer so you could survive a months-long catastrophe is so close to being the top priority that I’d recommend for those with the means to do this and the previous step simultaneously.

Before you just go out and buy a bunch of stuff, it’s important to make a plan. Know what you need to purchase. Prepare to rotate properly. It’s a serious shame when we buy food and it goes bad before we can use it. My mother, who grew up poor in the Philippines, considered it a true sin when food was ever wasted.

The average American household had less than two weeks worth of food on hand. That was a statistic from several years ago and considering the state of the economy it may be less than that. It makes sense to raise your short-term storage supplies as high as possible without risking waste. It doesn’t take a full-blown societal collapse for us to need to be able to “bug in” for weeks at a time. Another pandemic lockdown, for example, could be around the corner. If whatever disease gets rolled out is far worse than Covid, it seems very likely that even “essential” movement will be limited or even forbidden.

One pro-tip is to consider the possibility of grid challenges. If the power goes out, will you be able to keep your refrigerator going? Your freezer? We have solar generators but I cannot recommend either because I couldn’t afford the “good” ones at the time. I desperately need to replace them but at least I have something for now. Be sure to have power available in case of sustained grid outages. And remember, the more full a refrigerator or freezer is, the less power it needs to stay cool.

#3: Move Up Based on Budget

The first two recommendations are fairly universal. The third recommendation, which is to establish mid-term food supplies, all depends on your current and future situation. For those of us who are not loaded with extra cash, a decent mid-term food strategy is to build up a large supply of canned foods.

It’s not ideal. Canned foods are lower quality, generally have lower nutritional value, and are usually loaded with preservatives. But as long as cans of raviolis and creamed corn are still relatively affordable, it makes sense for many of us to lean on them as the semi-cheap way to get months of emergency food stored up.

There are challenges to this strategy. They can last for years, but sometimes they do not. Sometimes you can tell by inspecting a can that the food has gone bad but other times you might think you’re in good shape only to open the cans and find out they’re spoiled. They come with “Best By” dates, but these are not expiration dates. I’ve opened cans of food around the “Best By” dates and found they had been compromised. I’ve also opened up cans of food that are multiple years beyond their “Best By” date and the food was fine. It’s hit or miss.

Then, there’s the need to eat them. If things don’t go south, you may find in a couple of years you have canned food that you’ll need to either eat or discard. This is why it’s important to get food that you like. Yes, getting as much nutritional value as possible from canned foods is a consideration but if you don’t like it then it can become more of a burden than a blessing.

For those who have the means, canning your own food is better. It can last longer. It generally tastes better as long as you like your family’s cooking. It takes time and effort but many who can their own food find it to be a relaxing and rewarding hobby.

There are also Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) that some love. Others hate them. They can last 5-7 years from production date, so it’s important to know when they were made. Buying them at a discount on Amazon can often result in MRE boxes that are already several years old when you get the,

They’re much more expensive than canned foods and if you get the full packs they take up much more space, but they’re complete meals. You won’t get the variety that you can get from store-bought cans or self-canned foods, but the quality is generally decent. There’s also the added benefit of not needing to build a fire to heat them in a grid-down situation. Most MREs have flameless heating packs.

Most flours properly stored can last a couple of years. If you store them better, they can arguably last a decade (I say arguably because I’ve never tested 10-year-old flour myself and the various experienced preppers are torn on the topic). We have wheat berries and a grinder that we’ll be using if the crap hits the fan.

There are literally dozens of other forms of mid-term storable foods. Be creative. Do your research. Build the mid-term food storage plan that fits your needs and situation.

Once you have your short- and mid-term food supply rocking and rolling, THEN it’s time to get into long-term preparedness. Don’t skip these steps and go straight to hoarding food buckets.

BONUS Move: Produce Your Own Food

On a previous version of this list I released last year, I put producing our own food as the top item. Those who have the means, the space, and the skills should have as big of a garden as they can grow. They should keep chickens and other livestock if possible.

The reason I moved this off this new list and included it as a “bonus” is because I was flooded with feedback about how most people simply can’t grow big gardens or raise chickens based on their circumstance. I get it as I’m not in a position to grow more than a few tomato plants. So I moved this down to a bonus rather than a general piece of advice.

With that said, this should be the top priority of those who DO have the means, the space, and the skills. No matter how big your food supply is, it won’t be perpetual. Producing your own food can be as close to perpetual as we can get in America. There are always risks and challenges, especially in a societal collapse scenario, but being able to sustain ourselves without society’s help is a worthy endeavor.

Hopefully, this can get more people heading in the right direction. We don’t know what’s coming, but we do know our trajectories as a nation and a planet are not good.  Like the Boy Scouts used to say, “Be prepared.”

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Banking Crisis Is How It Starts, Recession Is How It Ends

Reprinted from NOQ report.

As the Fed tightens monetary policy, a banking crisis is historically the first evidence that something is breaking. As noted recently in “Not QE,”

Last week, amid a rash of bank insolvencies, government agencies took action to stem a potential banking crisis. The FDIC, the Treasury, and the Fed issued a Bank Term Lending Program with a $25 billion loan backstop to protect uninsured depositors from the Silicon Valley Bank failure. An orchestrated $30 billion uninsured deposit by eleven major banks into First Republic Bank followed. I suggest those deposits would not occur without Federal Reserve and Treasury assurances.

Banks quickly tapped the program, as shown by the $152 billion surge in borrowings from the Federal Reserve. It is the most significant borrowing in one week since the depths of the Financial Crisis.”

Since last week, that number has surged to almost $300 billion.

RealInvestmentAdvice.com (St. Louis Federal Reserve/Refinitiv)

Since then, UBS entered into a “shotgun marriage” with Credit Suisse, and the Federal Reserve reopened its dollar swap lines to provide liquidity to foreign banks.

The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, and the Swiss National Bank announced on March 19 “a coordinated action to enhance the provision of liquidity via the standing U.S. dollar liquidity swap line arrangements.”

To improve the swap lines’ effectiveness in providing U.S. dollar funding, the central banks currently offering U.S. dollar operations have agreed to increase the frequency of 7-day maturity operations from weekly to daily. These daily operations began on March 20 and will continue at least through the end of April.

Historically, once the Fed opens dollar swap lines, further monetary accommodations follow from rate cuts to “quantitative easing” and other liquidity operations. Of course, such is always in response to a banking crisis, credit-related event, recession, or a combination.

RealInvestmentAdvice.com (St. Louis Federal Reserve/Refinitiv)

While the “pavlovian response” to a reversal of monetary tightening is to buy risk assets, investors may want to take some caution as recessions tend to follow a banking crisis.

Banking Crisis Cause Recessions

An obvious consequence of a banking crisis is a tightening of lending standards. Given the “lifeblood” of the economy is credit, both consumer and business, the tightening of lending standards reduces that economic flow.

Not surprisingly, when banks tighten lending standards on loans to small, medium, and large firms, liquidity constriction ultimately results in a recessionary drag. Many businesses rely on lines of credit or other facilities to bridge the gap between manufacturing a product or service and collecting revenue.

RealInvestmentAdvice.com (St. Louis Federal Reserve/Refinitiv)

For example, my investment advisory business provides services to clients for a fee of which we collect one-fourth of the annual fee during each quarterly billing cycle. However, we must meet payroll, rent, and all other expenses daily or weekly. When unexpected expenses arise, we may need to tap a line of credit until the next billing cycle. Such is the case for many firms where there is a delay between the sale of a product or service and the billing cycle and collection.

If lines of credit are withdrawn, businesses must lay off workers, cut expenses, and take other necessary actions. The economic drag intensifies as consumers cut spending, further impacting businesses due to reduced demand. This cycle repeats until the economy slips into a recession.

Currently, liquidity is getting extracted across all forms of credit, from mortgages to auto loans to consumer credit. The current banking crisis is likely the first warning sign of a worsening economic situation.

RealInvestmentAdvice.com (St. Louis Federal Reserve/Refinitiv)

The last time we saw lending standards contract this much was during the pandemic-driven economic shutdown.

Many investors hope a Fed “pivot” to loosen monetary policy to combat recession risks will be bullish for equities.

Those hopes may be disappointed as recessions initially cause “repricing risk.”

Recessions Cause Repricing Risk

As noted, the bullish expectation is that when the Fed makes a “policy pivot,” such will end the bear market. While that expectation is not wrong, it may not occur as quickly as the bulls expect. When the Fed historically cuts interest rates, such is not the end of equity “bear markets,” but rather the beginning.

RealInvestmentAdvice.com (St. Louis Federal Reserve/Refinitiv)

Notably, most “bear markets” occur AFTER the Fed’s “policy pivot.”

The reason is that the policy pivot comes with the recognition that something has broken either economically (aka “recession”) or financially (aka “credit event”). When that event occurs, and the Fed initially takes action, the market reprices for lower economic and earnings growth rates.

Forward estimates for earnings remain elevated well above the long-term growth trend. During recessions or other financial or economic events, earnings regularly revert below the long-term growth trend.

RealInvestmentAdvice.com (St. Louis Federal Reserve/Refinitiv)

A better way to understand this is by looking at the long-term exponential growth trend of earnings. Historically, earnings grow roughly 6 percent from one peak earnings cycle to the next. Deviations above the long-term exponential growth trend are corrected during the economic downturn. That 6 percent peak-to-peak growth rate is derived from the roughly 6 percent annual economic growth. As we showed just recently, and of no surprise, the yearly earnings change is highly correlated to economic growth.

RealInvestmentAdvice.com (St. Louis Federal Reserve/Refinitiv)

Given that earnings are a function of economic activity, current estimates into year-end are unsustainable if the economy contracts. That deviation above the long-term growth trend is unsustainable in a recessionary environment.

RealInvestmentAdvice.com (St. Louis Federal Reserve/Refinitiv)

Therefore, given that earnings are a function of economic activity, valuations are an assumption of future earnings. Therefore, asset prices must reprice lower for earnings risk, particularly during a banking crisis.

RealInvestmentAdvice.com (St. Louis Federal Reserve/Refinitiv)

There are two certainties facing investors.

  1. The Fed’s rate hikes started a banking crisis that will end in a recession as lending contracts.
  2. Such will force the Fed to eventually cut rates and restart the next “Quantitative Easing” program.

As noted, the first cut in rates will be the recognition of the recession.

The last rate cut will be the one to buy.

Article cross-posted from The Epoch Times.

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Democrat Protection of Violent Criminals Must End

Reprinted from NOQ report.

Criminal justice reform has been on the Democrats’ agenda for decades. But until recently there was still an understanding that violent criminals need to be locked up. That’s no longer the case as even “mainstream” Democrat politicians embrace ludicrous laws that give more protections to criminals than their victims. Unfortunately, feckless Republicans are allowing it to happen because they think it’ll help them win their next election.

The disturbing murders of Meshay Melendez and her 8-year-old daughter Layla Stewart highlights this point. And while murder charges have not been filed against Melendez’s boyfriend, Kirkland Warren, a representative for the victims is pointing fingers at the court.

Here’s the timeline of events, according to KATU in Washington:

  • Court documents show Warren was arrested on March 2 for shooting at Melendez’s home in December.
  • On March 3, he was released on bail and ordered to have no contact with Melendez.
  • On March 6, he was arrested again for violating the protection order by calling Melendez from jail.
  • On March 8, he was released from jail.
  • On March 12, Melendez and her daughter were seen for the last time with Warren in his car by a witness.
  • On March 18, Melendez and her daughter were reported missing.
  • On March 20, Warren was arrested and charged with tampering with a witness, violating a protection order, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
  • On March 21, Warren was named a person of interest in the disappearance of Melendez and her daughter, and a judge ordered that bail be increased to $1 million and ankle monitoring.
  • On March 22, the bodies of Melendez and her daughter were found.

A man with a violent criminal history was arrested this month for shooting at the home of his victims. He was released. He violated the protection order. He was released again.

The bodies of the people he was victimizing were found two weeks later.

This is becoming far too common in cities and states that embrace modern Democrat policies.

“She was so beautiful, so outgoing,” said Jean Booth, who was Meshay’s godmother when she was little. “She was a great mom, and Layla was just gorgeous. She probably would have been a super model given the chance to grow up. God, it breaks my heart.”

My initial commentary against Democrats embracing so many laws that are weak on criminals and the Republicans who do nothing to stop them was nearly 1100-words. After rereading it, I have deleted it. This topic doesn’t need commentary. Anybody who is incapable of seeing the insanity inherent in this case will not be convinced by a thousand words, ten thousand words, or pretty much anything else. You either see it prima facie or you’re willfully blind.

Far too many in this nation are bowing down to the wokeness that wants minimal or no bail, light sentencing, and defunded police. When did the desire for self-preservation get replaced by suicidal virtue-signaling?

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Should You Eat Bugs?

We are being told that current farming practices are “unsustainable” and we need to stop consuming all traditional animal products

Principia Scientifica is an interesting site with some good finds. It generally passes Cogny's "smell test." Read more here: https://thecognitiveman.com/fd-pr-sci/should-you-eat-bugs/

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