Procrastination or Deliberate Stalling Strategy?

Want to stall someone? Invite them to a meeting.Have you ever noticed people, employers, and governments seem to procrastinate instead of act?  For instance, Iran is still far away from coming to an agreement about nuclear weapons, but they keep entering into negotiations.  North Korea has, for sixty years, threatened to attack, continues to make a bit of noise, but still is attempting to negotiate for a unified Korea.  Saddam Hussein stalled and procrastinated for 10 years before something was done about it.

Regardless of what you think about the three situations, one thing is clear.  They all employed stalling measures so they could find a way to get what they wanted.  For Iran, it is to hurry up and come up with a nuclear weapon.  For North Korea, it makes the noise so the South Koreans don’t forget about the North and to promote fear in the south.  For Saddam, it was about gaining control of a larger region.

What do all of these things have in common?   What appears to be procrastination may well be strategic stalling.  Stalling buys time.  Time is an asset everyone wants on his side.   Both Iran and North Korea think time is on their side.  They both believe no one is going to attack them.  No one will, as long as they don’t attack anyone else.  But, the stalling provides time to gather resources, make plans, and prepare for the aftermath of what ever evil deed they plan.

The normal person would not think stalling strategies would not be used much outside the international political arena.  They would be wrong.  Employers use it to avoid paying higher wages and benefits or to decrease number of employees and assets.   A case in point:  Some years ago Starbucks announced that due to the recession and serious economic losses they were closing some of its stores and laying off those employees.  They did this at the same time they opened new stores and hired new employees in other cities.

They waited for the cover of a recession to implement their plan.  No one questioned them about it.  Heck, many other companies were engaging in this same practice.  Simply put, in our opinion, Starbuck’s used the stalling strategy to wait for a time to close less profitable stores.  Large companies which lay off employees take a hit in the public eye.  If their only motive is to make more money when the company as a whole is doing fine, that doesn’t sit well.  The fact that they opened a new store just down the road immediately after closing the other stores speaks volumes.

Everyday people employ the stalling strategy too.  You see it in every day interpersonal relationships.  The boyfriend who procrastinates about getting married.  The woman who stalls getting pregnant.  The high school student who goes to school but does not do his work, thereby stalling his graduation.

Tomorrow:  Interacting with people who use stalling strategies and how it effects preppers.

Preppers, are You Paying Attention?

While many people think preppers are wasting valuable resources when they could buy fancy cars and big screen T.V. sets, Consider the most recent CNN.com headlines:

North Korea sparks crisis over workers from South

How North Korea could trigger war

44 killed in 9-hour firefight at Afghan government buildings

More rockets from Gaza irk Israel

All of them are warning us of impending crises.  Whether it be from Korea, Afghanistan or Gaza, something is about to happen.  Some where.  But, guess what?  That’s par for the course.  Nothing new there.

There has always been war and rumors of war, as so aptly phrased in the Bible.  The question then becomes, “Why do we pay more attention now?”  The answer is simple.  There has never been more likelihood of disaster in the U. S. than now.  We are more likely than ever, according to the U.S. government, to have a dirty bomb placed in one of our metropolitan areas.

As if that weren’t enough, there is a whole barrage of biological and chemical weapons that can be deployed just as easily as nuclear weapons.  Truth be told, not everyone is convinced the West Nile Virus got here by accident.  People have often raised an eyebrow about how some things have entered the U. S. and how they migrate across the country.

The speed in which an epidemic can now spread is astounding.  In centuries past, those things would stop when they reached the limits of human Could the Canterbury Tales be an example of Medieval preppers putting distance between them and disease hot spots?interaction and so the major epidemics remained within cities.  For instance, when the great plague, The Black Death, swept through Europe, people figured out it was carried by the air.  Those who remained in isolated areas and did not interact with travelers were spared.  This is the premise of the Canterbury Tales.

The idea that being separated from society will provide some protection from contact and airborne pathogens has persisted since the 1300’s.  Realistically, it is still true, if it were possible.  Even in remote communities people send their children to public schools and travel to the “big town” down the road for supplies.  The two acts combine to negate the effectiveness of being remote as a method of protection from diseases.

When disaster comes, usually so does disease and suffering.  Cholera is one of the first diseases that strikes.  In Haiti, after the earthquake, 250 people were killed and at least 3,000 infected.  This can be attributed to the loss of fresh water supplies and normal cleanliness.  All sorts of nasties make themselves known in such conditions.  It won’t be any different here if people are not prepared for such natural or man made disasters.

As a prepper, it is your responsibility to provide protection from disease for you and your family.  That means sharing your cleaning products with those you come in contact with after a disaster.  Stop shaking hands with people.  No hugging of people whose habits are not known.  That means pay attention.

Pay attention to people around you.  See what they do.  Do they use hand sanitizer or wash their hands well?  What’s the big deal?  Consider why cosmetic companies put preservatives in their lotions, creams, and powders.  While they are called preservatives, they are really anti-bacterial, anti-fungal agents that kill off the nasty stuff that would otherwise be growing in the containers.

Learning to pay attention now to these little actions of people is a skill that will become more important should a disaster strike and diseases start popping up around you.  Don’t become a germ0phobe.  Just learn to pay attention.

 

North Korea Thinks U.S. is a Boiled Pumpkin?

North Korea hurls insults at the U.S. including this rather colorful one:

“It compared the U.S. mainland with a “boiled pumpkin,” unable to endure an attack from a foreign foe, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.”  — CNN.com

Also included in the report is North Korea’s claim to be ready for any and all attacks because it has built bunkers just for such purposes.  They have claimed that they will survive any such attacks.

Considering that about half the households in the United States maintain firearms, North Korea is not going to be attacking us on our shore.  Those who have guns will immediately share them with those who don’t have them.  North Koreans won’t stand a chance.  Americans are prepared for anything.  North Korean soldiers caught and thrown in prison for attacking our country will be better off than those left at home, if there is a home to go to.  At least in the U. S. those same invading North Korean soldiers will have food, clothing, shelter, medical care and freedom to choose their religion.  That is much better than what North Korean citizens are currently allowed.

The people of North Korea live in abject poverty, face starvation, and suffer hideous maltreatment.   The fact that people are trying to leave North Korea at great risk is no small surprise.  The risk of getting caught is just as bad as living in North Korea, but they are willing to risk even death to escape.  It is said that Kim Il Sung once said there will not be another generation of Christians born in North Korea as he sent soldiers to kill babies of Christian mothers or give the mother’s a chance to kill them humanly.   One fact is certain, Kim Il Sung did unspeakable things to persons who would not swear to his new religion, “Juche” also called “Kimilsungism” in which he is the only god.

Is it any wonder the people of South Korea wish delay reuniting with North Korea until a more reasonable agreement can be made?  Who would want to Kim Jong Un builds war bunkers.give up their freedoms and rights so they may be forced to worship a self-made god and then his son?  South Korean’s want to keep what they have worked hard to build.  The United States respects South Korea for its accomplishments and won’t allow anyone to destroy it.

The whole world is watching to see what you will do, Kim Jong Un.  The world is watching you fall into your father’s footsteps.  We are watching you spiral down the same disastrous path as he.  We aren’t the boiled pumpkins.  You are.  We have been prepared since 1776.  You have a choice.  Make it a reasonable one.

 

 

References:

CNN.com

North Korean Christians

The International

Get Your Dental Treatment Before the Prices Go Up

Dental Costs Under Obamacare will increase.It is a surprise a minute as Obama-care becomes implemented. Nancy Pelosi said we wouldn’t find out what was in the bill until it was passed, and she was right.

Obamacare’s medical device’s tax will cover dentistry. Many Physicians are considering retiring early due the intrusive hand of the government. The Senate passed Budget allows for treatment of illegal aliens under Obamacare, so take charge of your health now. Proper treatment will be hard to get.

I just had to get that off my chest. Now back to being a wise prepper. The only good advice that I can give to you is about my specialty, Periodontics (gum disease). You need to have no disease in your mouth to avoid untreatable toothaches after the lights go out. The only person who can help you before that happens is a Dentist..save your money by going ASAP!!! The prices are going up for many reasons.

After you get your mouth healthy, keep it healthy as mentioned in previous articles. If you can afford the very expensive implants, my opinion is that the Periodontist does the best job. Not only has he or she been trained to be a General Dentist first, he or she has been trained for three extra years to be a Periodontist to place implants and save teeth that have periodontal disease. Other specialties have extra training, too. The Oral Surgeon and the Prosthodontist have extra years of training in implants. However, only a Periodontist will do the best job of evaluating your remaining teeth and help you keep them through proper treatment. My many years as a Periodontist have taught me that many dentists misdiagnose or mistreat periodontal disease. Later they send patients with hopeless teeth to the Periodontist. Sometimes miracles occur, but usually many teeth have to be extracted. Implants or dentures are needed then.

Dental Implants Covered by Obamacare

Implants can fail, just like teeth, from the same inflammatory reaction to plaque that causes periodontitis. Only the implant does not have a periodontal membrane between the tooth and the jaw bone. Thus, we call the disease perioimplantitis. The result is the same, loss of bone and loss of the implant and the expensive attached crown. A periodontist can help you keep your implants and teeth healthy. See www.perio.org for locating a Periodontist near you. (I’m retired!)

Start stockpiling now. Iran and North Korea say they are aiming at destroying us with nuclear weapons. One overhead explosion could wipe out all electric power for months!! One of my friends says he will take poison if that happens. I’ll be prepared to support my family to survive. Do the same for yours.

Are South Koreans Preppers?

Jagalchi Market, Busan, South KoreaConsidering the turn of events between the world and North Korea, you have to wonder, are South Koreans what we would consider preppers?  Think about it.  Probably they are.  They have lived with the saber rattling of North Korea ever since the truce was announced.

Every so often the North Koreans lob some kind of explosive at South Korea.  They make no excuses.

Many of my friends have served in the military and were stationed in South Korea.  U. S.  Military personnel all had them issued as part of their standard gear.  There was the constant threat, even under the truce, that North Korea would lob some sort of biological or chemical weapon over the border.

Part of the South Korean preparations for war is continuing to welcome the United States military presence.  Not only does our military provide protection from would be invaders, but the economic benefits to South Korea have proven to be useful.  South Korea businesses flourished during the past decades.  By contrast, North Korea didn’t want any part of free enterprise and has been among the most poverty stricken countries in the world.

If anyone has a reason to prepare, certainly South Korean citizens should be considering how real the words from North Korea might be.  While the thoughts of what could happen next are frightening, South Koreans will not be acting out of fear emotions but out of deliberate long term planning.  Could they may be the ultimate preppers?