Friday, July 30, 2010

OPSEC Refresher

By Flea - Be A Survivor

I have written about OPSEC in the past but some people are truly dim when it comes to protecting their shit. What I am talking about isn’t necessarily goods like food, guns, and gear. I am talking about your identity.

People will sign up for the stupidest stuff to get a free tee shirt, coupon, or some other worthless piece of hermit crab crap. If someone wants information from you in return for some trinket, tell them to hit the highway. Nothing is worth giving up information about yourself that could possibly be used for nefarious purposes. Keep your information close to the cuff and only use it when absolutely necessary.

The less information out there in out there in the wild about you, the better it is for you. A fun exercise is to go to Umbrella Corp…err uh I mean Google and type in your full name and see what interesting tidbits pop up. Hopefully not a whole hell of a lot because once the genie is out of the bottle there ain’t much you can do about it.

One of the first things you need to do is if you have a Facebook page keep that set to private and “Friends Only” don’t allow those bastards to publicly index your page. God I hate Facebook but how the else I am supposed to see pictures of the people I love doing stupid stuff. Not to mention the family arguments and knock down drag out fights I get to witness played out for all your friends to see…those are priceless. Better yet don’t have a Facebook page under your real name…or at all for that matter.

Eliminate as much physical mail as possible from being delivered to your address. There are even organizations out there that can help get you off marketer’s lists, just make sure you use the reputable ones (it should be FREE). Those pesky meth heads love driving around and stealing mail from mailboxes, especially outgoing mail so they can wash your checks (look it up) and fund their Dexter’s Laboratory of horrors. They are like roaches, in fact there will probably only be roaches and meth heads left after the big one hits.

Speaking of paying your bills online (well how the hell else you gonna protect yourself from the aforementioned meth heads?) Get yourself 3 programs for your computer: antivirus software, a firewall, and a good spyware program, all can be had for free “just Google it” (GOD I hate the F’in phrase). The main thing is to stay away from the porn sites….yeah I know none of you do that but in case we get a new person here I have to say it. They are a cesspool of malware, viruses, and other stuff that even a shot of penicillin won’t cure.

Don’t pay for shit online with your debit card. The big difference between a credit card and a debit card is the money comes right out of the bank with a debit card. If there is an issue and you get charged $2,000 instead of $20.00 because some dipshit missed a decimal then guess what?...your screwed. SURE you’ll eventually get your money back but do you really have an extra $1820 lying around??? So between the meth heads cashing your checks and the porn site charging you $2000 instead of $20.00 you can see how this can quickly spiral out of control.

And for crying out loud do not sign up for those bullshit services like LifeLock. Todd Davis, yeah the dumbass with his SSN# on the side of the truck…well what they don’t tell you is his identity has been stolen at least 13 times already (Google it). All the stuff “they do” for you, you can do yourself (namely place a freeze on your credit by calling the credit reporting agencies).

The main thing people is to just be careful, don’t do anything stupid and if something seems too good to be true than it most likely is, period.

This discussion is to be continued…I could tell you when but then I would have to kill you.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Quote Of The Day

By Flea - Be A Survivor

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on."

- Robert Frost

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Positive Mental Outlook

By Flea - Be A Survivor

I laugh everytime I see the Geico commercial below. The reason being we have become a nation of fat and depressed losers. I laugh at the commercial because what R. Lee screams at the guy, that is what I want to scream at people sometimes.



Sure there are people out there with true medical issues and my heart goes out to all of you, but let's face it folks...there ain't THAT many people out there that need to be medicated. The pharma companies and doctors are doping us up faster than a crack head who just hit the lottery. They can't wait to give you a pill to help you handle all that stress that is going to make your brain explode.

Me? I call stress having to go out and find your next meal or figure out how not to get eaten by things higher on the food chain than you. Not getting into the school I want, being able to go on vacation, or having to actually work for a living...that is nothing (ask the people looking for jobs, they know...and I mean REALLY looking, not that half hearted bullshit to keep the wife off your back and the unemployment office happy).

I think it was Josey Wales (great movie BTW) who said "Dying's easy for men like you and me; it's living that's hard..." Living is tough, suck it up and get on with it and don't make excuses for your inadequacies and you'll do fine. Work hard and most of all always keep a positive mental outlook. It could always be worse trust me; just when you think you are down, the old man upstairs plants one square in the wedding tackle to show you who is in charge. The only thing you can do is roll with it and say it will get better to yourself.

I know, you think I am full of crap, it is a proven fact that people fighting things like cancer can increase their odds by maintaining a positive outlook and a fighting attitude. I mean if you call it quits you might as well jump in the hole and throw the first shovel full of dirt on yourself to save everyone the trouble.

Letting crap roll off your back is a skill I have mastered, ask my wife. I don't let shit bother me, I keep it real and tell people to go scratch when it is called for, otherwise I mind my own damn business and get on with my life.

That is part of the problem, we get way too involved in everyone else's business. Worry about yourself and when you are in a ZEN like state (never gonna happen), then you can stick that thing between your eyes and mouth in other folks affairs. And for cryin out loud stop giving advice to people who never listen to it anyway...another pet peeve. If they don't do what you suggest and they screw themselves so be it (you would think they would listen to after that but they never do).

Maintain a positive outlook and you will be rewarded. You will find you are happier, healthier, and ready to face new challenges with renewed vigor.

You don't have to listen to me though, I am sure your doctor can prescribe something to you to take that edge off...ya jackwagon ;)

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Money, Money, Money....MONEY.

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Hell, I wish we had more, we all do. The sad fact is that people, even in these uncertain economic times, haven't fully learned the lesson they need to just yet. Sure personal savings has gone up but people just don't get it...I see stores packed with people buying all kinds of useless shit to fill up their McMansions with (those that haven't been kicked out on their rears that is).

My wife are I financially in a good place, thank the Lord, but we are because we save money religiously (wow two references to religion in one sentence, not bad).

Sure we have a boat and some luxuries but we saved money and paid CASH for them. If you took the two incomes my wife and I make and called them 100%, we put 30% of that right into retirement savings (doesn't have to be the stock market). So say for arguments sake (and easy math) we made $100,000 total as a couple per year, we are putting $30,000 away right off the top every year.

That doesn't include the emergency fund or the normal savings account into which we probably put another 30% of our income. This is the money we use to pay for new brakes on the car, buy our little boat, etc.

We put even more away after we pay the bills (of which there are few). We have the utilities which come in every month and the mortgage...that is it. How do we do this? We don't buy shit unless we can pay for it!

My wife decided to go back to school and get her MBA (Master's of Business Administration), no sweat we have the money to pay the tuition in savings. You can make decisions like that much easier when you take the financial uncertainty out of them.

The problem lies with people who maintain a lifestyle that keeps them on the brink. Sure your friend makes $120,000 a year but those two Mercedes, a huge house, designer clothes, eating out every night, 120" Plasma TV that massages you while whispering how good looking you are in your ear cost MONEY. So your friend who could be living a VERY NICE debt free life...chooses (YES CHOOSES) to live paycheck to paycheck. Then cries when Umbrella Corp lays him off and he has to figure out how to pay for all this shit on the 99 weeks of unemployment our dear leader has made sure we all get. In case you don't know max unemployment in SC is around $380 bucks a week.

People need to stop with the bullshit excuses and take responsibility for the fact that they can't balance a checkbook, make prudent financial decisions, or manage money to save their lives.

There is hope, there are several good books out there. Read them and learn how to get your life back under control. You'll be much happier and probably live longer as well.

Some books I recommend:
Debt-Proof Living: The Complete Guide to Living Financially Free (Debt-Proof Living (Paperback))

Smart Couples Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Creating a Rich Future for You and Your Partner

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

SHTF Fiction

By Flea - Be A Survivor

Received an interesting email and thought I would share...

Hi there dear webmaster!

I wrote a story on my blog and I thought it might be something you or your readers would be interested in taking a look at. It's my first ever SHTF story, so I'm kind of excited and trying to get the word out. I have dropped by your site for survival info, so I thought I'd drop you a link so you could see what you think!

http://www.shteconomy.com/2010/05/14/work-of-fiction-eu-trip-part-1/

Thanks,
CSM

Flea - Check it out and let me know if it's any good!

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