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Moving Into A New Home

 

Moving into a new home was very destabilizing for me about two decades ago — it was my first time changing homes anyway. My finances were not very buoyant & the move was mandatory. I moved into my new home feeling challenged.

However, my next change of home was planned, and with it came something great. I ensured that I moved to a place that could withstand whatever SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event that may come my way.

Truly, changing homes can be challenging. For most people, it’s a major wedge in their plans. Think about it: you have to work at a new job, your spouse has to establish new connections & the kids have to cope with a new school. Disruptive, but there’s a plus out of all the minuses. 

While changing homes can destabilize your plans for the year & cost you a major setback from a financial perspective, you can make a positive out of it. The main way to do this is to see that you’re moving to a place that’s a lot better than your current location — particularly from a prepping perspective.

Pointers for Choosing Your New Home

 

Whether you’re being coerced out of your new home or you’re making the move yourself, it is only logical (and fair to yourself) that you make an improvement on where you’re moving to. There’s a good chance that your existing home has (or does not have) some things that you’d like to change. 

This means your new home has to have the changes you’ve always wanted. However…

The main focus here is this: which of what you’ve noticed about your old home could affect your ability to survive should SHTF?

The City, a Smaller Town or a Rural Community?

 

While different theories have been introduced to the prepping community, the fact that prepping is easier in a homestead or a small town than it is in the city has not changed. I daresay it will never change. 

The city must have its fair share of distractions that keep you from achieving your prepping goals. No?

This is your chance at doing better. Most times, big cities have smaller towns surrounding them, although you may have to drive about 30 minutes on a trip. Getting a home in any of these subordinate towns will take you out of the city’s toxicity while still giving you access to work & bigger stores. Also, homes in such areas are more affordable & the prices of commodities are typically cheaper. 

If you’d rather purchase in a rural community, it’s an even better win for your prepping skill sets. You’ll get a bigger house for the same amount. That’s sufficient space for stockpiling & keeping your gear. Plus, you’re free of the problems associated with the city. This is the right place to be a homesteader.

Factors to Consider When Selecting Your New Home

 

Buying a new house or even moving into a rented one is a huge decision that you need to make right. For preppers, this can be more challenging as we have needs others ordinarily do not. And it’d be silly to move into a place that doesn’t offer what you’ve always desired. 

Picking the ideal location is usually the biggest of all challenges, particularly when we consider that there’s a limited number of houses to choose from. I believe you may need to compromise on some standards to get an apartment where you want. But ensure not to make compromises that’ll make prepping & survival more difficult.

Here are things to look at:

Land

 

Choosing a home in the country can offer all the opportunities that come with a bigger space, which will typically require you to do more gardening. At this time, finding a property with a sizable backyard may not be a top priority. But what if there comes the time when you’d have to live on the foods you grow? What would you do then?

Water

 

One of the dream features of a new home is having a natural water source inside its yard, but finding a property like that isn’t easy. Keeping that in mind, you need to find a property close to the alternative source of water should the public supply ever go out. Can you easily get water home? You may not bother much about this: you can install artificial sources of water when you move in.

Neighbors

 

True, it can be difficult to find out the truth about a neighborhood before joining, but a little effort can give you a run-in with the jolly good fellow who can’t keep his lips shut. If you can, that will be a major plus, as you can easily find out if those are the kinds of neighbors you want. There may be some facts about your next-door neighbors that you may find disturbing. I think, though, that if a property has every other box ticked, you can disregard this. Your property would need a high fence around it, though.

Defensive Capability

 

Home defense can be a major challenge in a world ridden by catastrophe. And it is important too when you’re moving to a neighborhood you know nothing about. You’re going to have this consideration in mind as you look for a place. Are fences installed? Can attackers pick any spot to attack without you knowing? Is the property set in a manner where mutual defense can be reached between you & your neighbors?

Sunlight

 

Easy to miss, but it shouldn’t. Take some time to assess how the sun reaches the property & the home. A Google resource, Project Sunroof, can help to see how sunlight falls on the property. Sunlight exposure is important because your garden crops need the rays to flourish. Some plants need 7 hours of exposure to sunlight to grow well. Also, you need this to know how a solar panel would fare in the house.

Flooding

 

Buying a property that’s right by the 100-year-floodplain goes against everything you represent as a prepper. Avoid buying a house that’s along the floodplain in a hurricane zone. You don’t want to, regardless of how cheap the property is. 

Concluding Lines on Moving Into a New Home

 

Moving into a new home isn’t a piece of cake; take it from who’s been there. This is why I emphasize a lot of research, so you don’t make a poor decision. The factors we’ve considered may be among the changes you’d like to implement. If they are not, outline what they are, and ensure that your new home is better.

 

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Grid Operator Raises Alarm as Power for Millions Threatened

Grid Operator Raises Alarm as Power for Millions Threatened

(ConcernedPatriot.com) – A power grid operator is sounding the alarm over the impending closure of a significant coal plant due to green agenda initiatives.

The coal plant serves millions of Americans in the mid-Atlantic region.

The DC and all or parts of 13 states and the PJM Interconnection, which manages wholesale electricity flow, warn that the scheduled shutdown of a coal-fired power plant will seriously threaten the electricity supply.

The 65 million-customer power grid operator issues a warning, stating that blackouts may happen before the startup of new power sources.

According to PJM Interconnection, the region’s grid dependability will be impacted by the impending closure of the coal-fired Brandon Shores power station, which is situated outside of Baltimore.

As part of an agreement with the left-leaning environmental organization Sierra Club, the plant’s operator, Texas-based Talen Energy, plans to deactivate the facility in June 2025.

“There has been a strong push for quite some time to get coal power out of Maryland,” Christopher Summers, the founder and president of the Maryland Public Policy Institute, said in a statement.

“In this accelerated timeline of exiting from coal-fired power plants in the coming 12 to 24 months, I think it’s going to create a major reliability concern for the state.”

“The loss of power poses a real danger to the well-being and livelihoods of Maryland families and businesses,” Summers said.

“Until these current risks to our grid are fully dealt with, it’s a mistake to close reliable, baseload power plants too soon. That should be a concern to consumers in Maryland and businesses in Maryland that rely on dependable power.”

2020 saw the announcement by Talen Energy that it and Sierra Club had come to a deal to close Brandon Shores and two other significant coal-fired power plants in the area.

The decision was made in return for a commitment by the Sierra Club to forgo further legal action or disagreements over permits about coal at Talen Energy’s “transitioning sites.”

According to Talen Energy’s then-CEO Ralph Alexander, the move was a component of the company’s shift to green energy and its larger future focused on environmental, social, and governance (ESG).

The corporation intends to completely phase out the use of coal in its wholly-owned power facilities by its present far-left ESG commitments.

Prematurely closing down Brandon Shores, which has a capacity of 1,295 megawatts or more than a million homes, would cause an imbalance in the system, according to PJM Interconnection.

The regional grid operator must redirect electricity generated elsewhere to shut down such an essential power source.

Still, Maryland transmission upgrades won’t be completed for another three years, until 2028, following the scheduled shutdown of Brandon Shores.

“The PJM region and the state of Maryland are facing future reliability challenges as a result of the announced retirement of the Brandon Shores units,” said Jeff Shields, a spokesperson for PJM Interconnection.

“Specifically, PJM analyses showed that the deactivation of the Brandon Shores units would cause severe voltage drop and thermal violations across seven PJM zones, which could lead to widespread reliability risks in Baltimore and the immediate surrounding areas.”

“Therefore, there is an urgent need to upgrade the transmission system in order to maintain reliability and the flow of power to the 65 million people we serve,” Shields said.

“The chosen transmission solutions include in-service estimates in the 2027-2028 timeframe.”

Due to the short lead time, PJM has asked that Brandon Shores continue to operate under a “Reliability Must-Run Agreement” through 2028 or until transmission modifications are finished.

Shields pointed out that such an agreement cannot proceed due to Talen Energy’s agreement with Sierra Club.

Furthermore, Talen Energy finally abandoned its plan to convert Brandon Shores to a different, less polluting fuel source. It shut down the facility entirely, which may raise more reliability issues in the future.

PJM and Talen Energy stated they are in talks with the Sierra Club and Maryland state representatives to find a solution.

“Talen is currently in discussions with PJM and others regarding the reliability issue claimed by PJM,” Talen Energy spokesperson Taryne Williams said.

“We are always mindful of regional electric system reliability and how it relates to electricity consumers in Maryland,” stated Maryland Public Service Commission spokesperson Tori Leonard.

Leonard pointed out that PJM is in charge of running the regional transmission grid dependably.

To thwart the Brandon Shores shutdown, PJM proposed an emergency plan for transmission enhancements worth up to $800 million, which was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) earlier this month.

On November 8, FERC Commissioner Mark Christie stated that the shutdown might result in “severe voltage collapse in Baltimore and the surrounding zones, including Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, Delaware, and southeastern Pennsylvania” and that this would be “potentially catastrophic” if proper upgrades were not made.

“Closing an efficient, low-cost energy-producing plant like Brandon Shores is just one more way America is surrendering our energy advantage to China and Russia,” Rep. Andy Harris, the sole Republican member of Maryland’s congressional delegation, said in a statement.

“It is foolish to think that anything will come of this short-sighted energy policy, cooked up by the out-of-touch liberals who run Maryland, other than even more expensive electricity bills for hard-working, over-taxed Maryland families,” he said.

Maryland has pursued some of the country’s most ambitious sustainable energy goals.

The Climate Solutions Now Act, passed by the state last year, is a component of that plan and mandates that Maryland attain a “net zero” carbon emissions standard by 2045.

Governor Wes Moore, a Democrat who took office in January, has demanded that by 2035, the state’s electrical grid run entirely on renewable energy.

He says this may be accomplished by reducing energy use and “supercharging investments” in solar and wind energy technologies.

“Governor Moore remains committed to a vision for Maryland’s future that includes 100 percent clean energy — a commitment that will bring countless jobs and hundreds of millions in economic investment across the state,” Moore’s spokesperson Carter Elliott said.

“Earlier this year, the governor was proud to sign the POWER Act and partner with Orsted to announce Maryland’s First Offshore Wind Turbine Component Center at Tradepoint Atlantic.”

“Orsted’s projects will support the creation of thousands of jobs in Maryland, power nearly 300,000 homes with renewable energy, and help the state achieve its goals of 8.5 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2031.

“At every opportunity, the governor has worked aggressively to help Maryland meet its energy goals, and he will continue to lead the state with that goal at the top of mind while maintaining grid reliability and protecting ratepayers.”

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ALERT! Black Friday, Cyber Monday Scams to Watch Out For

ALERT! Black Friday, Cyber Monday Scams to Watch For

(ConcernedPatriot.com) – It’s time for the yearly Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales when consumers scramble to get the most incredible bargains before the hectic holiday shopping season begins.

However, Concerned Patriot cautions that cybercriminals have excellent opportunities during significant sales events.

“Fraudsters are becoming increasingly clever as technology evolves, and during this busy shopping period, it provides the perfect opportunities to exploit the increased volume of transactions and potentially catch shoppers off guard.”

These are a few of the most prevalent frauds to be aware of throughout the holiday shopping season.

Immediately needed requests for updated billing data

Sometimes, to trick customers into entering their bank information into a phony website, scammers will email them stating that their billing information has to be updated immediately.

Instead, we suggest that customers contact the retailer directly to ensure they are getting accurate information.

Phony websites offering discounts on well-known goods

Fake websites occasionally advertise deals on products that are ultimately bogus, deceiving customers into paying for stuff they will never receive and disclosing their payment information.

This occurs when buyers look for popular items on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Concerned Patriot advises customers to use the Better Business Bureau to verify the genuineness of goods and dealers.

Email phishing

Like the rest of the year, bargain hunters should be on the lookout for phishing emails this weekend. These emails attempt to deceive recipients into clicking on dangerous links and divulging personal information.

Phony alerts for package tracking

Scammers sometimes send phony shipment tracking notifications using an email attachment or link. This can be used to trick customers into visiting phishing websites or downloading malware onto their devices.

Concerned Patriot advises customers to verify tracking information via a seller’s website, as reputable vendors will not provide tracking numbers via an email attachment.

Instant messages containing links to ostensibly amazing offers

Concerned Patriot advises customers to be wary of direct messages that offer links to purportedly fantastic Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

Fraudsters frequently use fake URLs to direct customers to retailer websites, where they can click on links that infect their devices with malware.

Customers should instead go straight to a retailer’s website to make sure they are, in fact, giving a deal.

False charitable organizations

Many Americans also participate in Giving Tuesday after the famous shopping weekend. Scammers do, however, occasionally try to trick well-intentioned donors by using phony charity.

Consumers can usually identify fraudulent organizations by payment methods, as they frequently exclusively take cryptocurrency, gift cards, and wire transfers.

Phony social media profiles

Sometimes, con artists use social media personas to fool customers into divulging personal information or purchasing phony products.

Concerned Patriot advises customers to look for verified social media accounts with more significant followings before clicking on a profile.

Deceptive evaluations obtained via “review exchange” clubs

Sellers occasionally participate in “review exchange” organizations, trading things for kind and frequently deceptive product ratings on websites like Amazon.

Customers should examine reviews from various official shops to obtain more accurate reviews.

Unlicensed vendors

Shoppers should be cautious of unlicensed vendors during the weekend discounts as they might not appropriately display, package, handle, or ship products, which could make returns or exchanges more challenging.

Lost or stolen gift cards

Because gift cards are so popular during the holidays, con artists occasionally dupe customers into buying phony or stolen gift cards.

Only official retailers’ storefronts or websites should be used to purchase gift cards.

Enjoy the holidays, and always remember to stay vigilant. Happy Holidays!

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Citizens OUTRAGED as Town Officials Approve Flying Palestinian Flag

Citizens OUTRAGED as Town Officials Approve Flying Palestinian Flag

(ConcernedPatriot.com) – North Andover, Massachusetts, officials obtained a permit on Monday that permits the flying of the Palestinian flag on the town common.

The black, white, red, and green flag was hoisted Tuesday morning and will stay there until December 7, according to Boston 25 News.

Monday night’s board meeting, postponed due to “threats of litigation as well as public safety concerns,” drew attendance from supporters and opponents of the flag’s display on town land.

Salma Boulal, a local, attended the meeting and told the news station that Palestinians should have the same rights if Israel is allowed to fly its flag on North Andover Common.

Numerous police officers were present at the conference to maintain order.

According to town manager Melissa Rodrigues, an application to fly the flag was apparently filed in the town on October 16, just six hours before town authorities changed their flying flag regulation.

Before the regulation change, a town citizen could apply to fly a flag on the town flagpole.

Although the subject of a flag cannot be considered when assessing an application given under the previous regulation, Rodrigues stated that the application led to the flagpole being evaluated for a public forum.

By a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Shurtleff v. Boston, the new regulation restricts the usage of the flagpole to declarations of official speech.

It prohibits the flying of any other flags associated with any particular culture.

“According to the decision in the Shurtleff case, the Town may not prohibit a flag from being flown based on its content, its meaning, or its message,” concluded Rodrigues.

“This limitation on the Select Board’s discretion indicates that denial of a resident’s flag application under the prior policy places the Town in jeopardy of legal action,” she added.

Additionally, the TV channel stated that since Hamas began attacking Israel in early October, the town has permitted the Israeli flag to fly in the Town Common.

Congregation Ahavat Olam, which translates to “everlasting love” in English, is led by Marc Freedman, who told Fox News Digital that he was appalled and appalled by the town’s choice to fly the Palestinian flag.

He added that doing the right thing is more essential than paying the price, citing the possibility of legal action if the town had refused to allow the flag to be raised.

“The town was a coward,” according to Freedman. “I don’t believe the flag should have been raised because today it is a symbol of hatred and antisemitism.”

Although the 57-year-old has lived in North Andover for 25 years, he has never attended a Town Select Board meeting before Monday night.

He said there were perhaps 600 individuals in the room on Monday, and the select board had allowed three minutes for everybody wishing to speak. However, he said that the public comment period would have to end after sixty minutes.

According to Freedman, two microphones were put up, with supporters flying the Palestinian flag positioned at one and opponents at the other.

He remarked that some people should be kicked out of the room because they occasionally chanted phrases like “from the river to the sea.”

In the end, the board decided to raise the Palestinian flag. At the same time, several members acknowledged—according to Freedman—that they might disagree with the decision but had to approve it based on legal opinion.

Not all towns in Massachusetts have approved raising the Palestinian flag in the town square, like North Andover.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported last week that Worcester, the second-largest city in the state, flew the flag in front of City Hall.

Similar to North Andover, last month, following the terrorist assaults in Israel on October 7 by Hamas, the Israeli flag was flown for a week in Worcester.

The only flag representing a country in the United States should be the American flag. Do you agree?

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