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One Second After

I was watching Brooke Whipple on the Girl in the Woods YouTube channel where she recommended the book One Second After by William R Forstchen. When ever anyone says to me this book will change your life. I at-least have to look it up. The Glass Bead Game and The Celestine Prophecy were two other such books.

One Second After arrived yesterday so I wanted to write this down and see if in fact it altered my perceptions in some way when I started reading it.

In 2009, Forstchen’s latest work, One Second After, was released. Based upon several years of intensive research and interviews, it examines what might happen in a “typical” American town in the wake of an attack on the United States with “electro-magnetic pulse” (EMP) weapons. Similar in plotting to books such as On the Beach and Alas Babylon, One Second After, is set in a small college town in western North Carolina and is a cautionary tale of the collapse of social order in the wake of an EMP strike.

Postscript 03/AUG
It took me three days to finish the book and it was indeed a life changer. If I mention specific parts of the book it will ruin it for others. You realize just how fragile our system is and without an ongoing supply of meds most of the population wouldnt last two months. Ive lived in some pretty feral area and i still predict more than ever that the middle class would turn within a week being optimistic more like three days without food. In all honesty I really wonder how many people would actually work together anymore after what I saw at the beginning of covid. Disease on top of food and you saw how peoples attitudes changed and paranoia reigned. I probably wont read the next two novels, they go more into the military side but A Good Read.

As I was reading this book I am reliant on 25 meds a day. I had one day left of dog food before I can get it delivered at the end of the week not counting dry food. I always try and stay ahead with my own and my staffys meds. A book like this brings home a lot of realities. If an EMP hit today Im in a walking frame and brace with atleast another 3 months of rehab to stretch and strengthen the knee.

An EMP wont do damage, you dont have to invade, or you have to do is sit back and let the targeted populace destroy itself.

Mental Health

When I first tore my quad tendon I txted a few instructors to let them know I would have to put off training for a few months. That has become till after summer now. First day at rehab and I couldnt bend the knee as far as I would have liked.

I had arranged to do a few days of primitive fire lighting with Rick J Peterson and the first thing he said to me was look after your mental health first. I thought a few months in a brace and walking frame peace of piss Ive been through worse but after a while or the amount of pain trying to hobble around and just not getting anything done eats at you.

I talked to a doctor once after some other surgery and was asked how do you deal with stress? Beer! How do you deal with pain? Beer! How do you deal with depression? Beer! but the thing is i dont like drinking anymore.

I came across something on my youtube feed I kept going past and finally in a moment of boredom clicked on and wanted to share by Shawn Boland. The fucking bluff Creek Chronicles, however under that link youll find some great stuff on mental health. Enjoy.

Rick J Peterson

https://rickjpetersen.com/

Bluff Creek Chronicles

Mental Health

Kamana Independent Study program

I was put onto another online training course, Im currently looking into this and thought Id share.

The Kamana Independent Study program is an experiential four-level home study course that will guide you down a path to becoming a skilled and knowledgeable naturalist. Kamana provides all the tools you need to connect with nature at your own pace, at your own place.

Wilderness Awareness School founder and original Kamana author Jon Young named this self-study course for a word meaning “apprentice” in the language of the Akamba people, natives of Kenya known for their holistic tracking skills and refined cultural mentoring practices. Unlike any other naturalist studies course you’ll find, Kamana is designed to initiate you into a way of seeing into natural mystery, a way of recognizing patterns that will entice you to follow them up into greater mastery. We pull you outdoors and get you to quiet down. We show you how to alert your senses – five and more of them. We show you how to use the field guides so that they act like living mentors as you wander through your studies. We focus your eyes and widen them to mystery at the same time.

The Nature Awareness Trail focuses on developing your awareness in an expansive way. It is about using your eyes and ears and other senses in ways not often challenged in academic training. Specific field exercises are presented and build on each other throughout the four levels of Kamana. If you work on them every day, the result will be new patterns in your awareness, an increase in your “mind’s eye” ability to visualize, a strengthening of your gut feelings, and an ability to be in the right place at the right time. In short, this trail invites you down the rabbit hole of natural mystery.

Learn to move safely and with confidence outdoors

Get to know the flora and fauna of your own backyard

Understand the language of the forest and see more wildlife

Discover the medicinal and edible plants of your area

Develop a deep connection to one place in nature

Gain perspective and find peace in grounding core routines

Wandering – A State of Mind


“Have you ever found yourself wandering, truly lost in the moment, seeing everything as if for the first time? Or coming across a discovery that you never would have found, had you stuck to the beaten track?
Wandering, as opposed to destination based walking, is a lost art form in modern culture. Dropping agendas and plans, slowing down, we become like a moving ‘sit spot’, following instincts and curiosity, open to the cues presented by the wild other. Wandering allows us to become porous to the landscape, to enter into a conversation with the land through the weaving path we take, to enquire, to wonder in awe, to discover what’s right there beyond the usual tunnel vision of the modern walker.”
Clare Dunn


Last night as I was going to bed I wrote a great article in my head on my experiences of wandering by not actually moving. By dismorning I had forgotten most of it, even the name of the article and I was thinking that no one was going to be interested in reading it anyway and must have started it three times before closing the computer. It wasn’t till I mentioned my idea to the girls on the Wandering and Holistic Tracking course in the break room chat that i decided to give it another go. I don’t usually like writing about myself unless Ive had several pain killers of which I did have last night.


In the early 2000’s my first transplant started to fail and I ended up back on an oxygen bottle with 25% lung capacity and 2 litres of 02. At this point you can still get around and drive etc but everything takes longer and wears you out faster.
Theres still the ability to take the dog down to the local park on a mobility scooter for a walk for example. However as you start to decline and end up on 4 litres of oxygen that all stops. You cant risk loosing battery power to the 02 conserver. Even on the lower amount you start shaking with lack of oxygen trying to swap bottles.


On 4 litres it takes all your time to simply walk out the front door and sit on the couch on the decking to look at the garden. Walking 8 meters to the letter box becomes an impossibility.


It was at this time I developed what they’re calling in the above course as a Wandering Mind. When your body declines that much its like loosing one of your senses that another becomes more dominant. Pain and meds make you present in the moment.


I would manage to make a coffee which was a signal to the cat and dog to run outside and I would sit with the cat on one side and the dog on the other and spend the day watching everything in the garden from the smallest bug to birds feeding, to the wind moving the plants. I like the term used in today’s course session of Dynamic Meditation.


I now find myself in a similar situation of being limited in my movements. I found out yesterday that after two months in a leg brace and walking frame that it would be another month before i could even think of removing the brace and the day before that they made a second attempt at removing a chunk of meat the size of my thumb from my shoulder to hopefully get all the cancer this time. I’m now taking lots of pain killers once again.


So I’m back to finding myself wandering without traveling or movement to do so. It has become more of a State of Mind. My wandering this week consists of;
I sit with the door of my caravan open and am chastised by a butcher bird sitting in my doorway for not feeding her bread as I wait for the Eastern Rosella Parrots to arrive. It sounds like the inside a hamsters cage with the chattering they make.I sit there with my staffy and we watch and listen to every noise and movement they make.


I’m awake at 630am. I refuse to give up the discipline of an early morning, even though i no longer work.To walk the staffy and try and have a glimpse of the morning light to see what colours Im brought today to try and silhouette them against the tree line.


“Not all those who wander are lost” J.R.R Tolkien

DISCLAIMER


This is the mentality of what modern society has receded to.Needing warnings on everything. “Dont lick the hot surface”, I thought would be obvious. So to all the Crayon Eaters and Window lickers.

  1. All statements made on my blog, or any other medium, represents only my personal opinion on the particular issue, unless I specify a different source. I assumed that this would be obvious considering that this is just my personal blog, but I guess in this day and age even the obvious has to be stated.
  2. I am not an expert on any issue concerning bushcraft, survival, camping, or any other outdoor pursuit. This is a hobby for me. Again, I have assumed that would be obvious. Ive done a lot of training courses and wanted to share some of what I have learnt.
  3. I do not make any income in any way from anything related to my blog, or anything else related to bushcraft or other outdoor activities. I sell off a few of my own blades Ive collected, or th odd item I make. survival Supplies Australia has given me a affiliate link which I have stated previously. I dont have a large enough reader base to make any money.
  4. If you decide to do anything that I show you, do it at our own risk. Again, something that should be obvious.

Holistic Tracking

This was my first course with Claire Dunn from Natures Apprentice and Jon Young. I didn’t actually read the description of the course correctly. I thought it was more about a physical tracking course.. Being stuck in a caravan for two months with a leg injury and heavy pain meds I really needed something to do. I was starting to go stir crazy. However I’m glad I participated.

I learned a lot about myself. What Ive been doing naturally for many years had been put into words. After doing a lot of mind-fullness training in martial arts and becoming aware of the environment around you from numerous security courses in situational awareness it all combined eventually into what Claire was describing as a wandering mind.. A wandering mind is being taught to have presence in the moment and to pay attention to the relationships that occur around you.

Although I’m not sure if I like that description as it sounds like your not paying attention but its exactly the opposite. If I understand correctly its applying the theory of mind-fullness from martial arts to being outside the dojo. In the moment and engaging with the landscape.

Jon said something interesting that Ill be working on for the next week until the second session.

“What senses am I using and what question am I working on” in other words am I using all of my senses to work on the question/problem im facing in front of me. Bringing in a wider awareness and expanded mindset and applying this to relationships in nature. Point A to pint B exercise. Instead of going directly from point A to point B. Go towards point B.

I spent 12 years of my life connected to a 9 meter oxygen hose. It took all my time and effort to make it outside onto a lounge to sit there with my cat on one side and dog on the other. Being in the moment. Absorbing everything around me, aware of every little movement. Almost like meditation. I have that same feeling every-time I’m in the bush taking photographs and looking at different angles and being aware of the lighting and shadows around me.

http://coyotesguide.com/

https://www.naturesapprentice.com.au/

Rule of Puppets

Looks like were being ruled by puppets, all owned by Klaus Schwab after seeing the same retoric by Prime Ministers in New Zealand the Nederlands, Canada Im waiting for the same to happen here with albo.

I had a conversation with someone that said they were no longer sheep because they have started paying attention.My response was. They were still sheep they just didnt have the glazed look in their eyes anymore.

People say that things have changed . Well no they havent its always been the same its just that people are paying attention now.

Freedom is slowly being replaced with something else. Many people will willingly give up their freedom for the feeling of safety, but that feeling is an illusion.

Try paying attention People.

Reporters without borders ranks the US press as being the 53rd freest press along with Botswanna and Crotia.

Terrorism is being used to break the economy.

“Governments – Create fear to remain docile”

Signs of a restrictive regime

Sealed Borders

Banned Press

Forbidding off shore accounts

Restrictions on gun laws

Restrictions on passports

Bank seizures of personal funds

Nothing has Changed its much easier to find laws in the US than whats going on in Australia but this shows that the same BS has been going on for three hundred years not many people pay attention.

1798

John Adams

Alien and Sedition acts

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_and_Sedition_Acts

Civil War

Abraham lincoln

Suspended Habeus Corpus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habeas_corpus

WW1

Woodrow Wilson

arrested 10,000 radicals and deported non residents

F.D Rosevelt

120,000 Jap-American residents arrested in internment camps

WW2

Eisonhower 10,000 comunists blacklisted and imprisoned

New Laws US still trying to locate virtualy the same AU laws.

2001

US Patriot Act

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_PATRIOT_Act

2002

Homeland Security Act

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeland_Security_Act

Military Commisions Act

Which allows the US Government to declare citizens as enemy combatants and imprison them without trial

John Warner Defense Authorization Act

Which declares the president with the power to declare a public emergency and station troops in any city within America without permission from local government

Swiss banks wont deal with US citizens

Banks have to designate the US government as a intermediary which which means they have to report information on US clients and withhold a percentage of interest, file tax forms with the IRS, register with secuties exchange commission.

California planning on taking DNA samples of everyone arrested within its borders

Customs have the authority to confiscate, copy, analyze any laptop or data storage device brought across the border

Ahead of Schedule collapse of society

Canada Travel Bans

Do they really think were not watching

World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab

Nederlands dictatorship

Noam Chomsky Crimes of US presidents

Social Engineering to remove vehicle ownership

Banks to seize funds in the event of a collapse

Who really made money in the Afghanistan War

Canadians Fleeing

Everything that has happened in the last three years and Id say much longer than that has been nothing more than an exercise in Social Engineering to gain control. This is whats going on around us. I like studying history and the more I look back on pivitel events in the last 30 years in Australian history the more Ive come to believe they have been false flag events leading up to what has happened and what will be happening in the near future. I have always wondered why the Jews didnt leave Nazi Germany when they had the chance. I now have the answer to that question. The big question is now even if you could leave where would you go. Every single western country that was once believed to be safe are now WHAT EXACTLY? Boil little frogs boil.

The boiling frog is an apologue describing a frog being slowly boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is put suddenly into boiling water, it will jump out, but if the frog is put in tepid water which is then brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of sinister threats that arise gradually rather than suddenly.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiling_frog

Facebook

Have a new Facebook page. The blog is big enough now I thought Id try and advertise it a little more. Still trying to figure out how to use FB its been four years since I was on social media.

https://www.facebook.com/Serat-Bushcraft-110426881716869/

(Well that lasted about a week, social media isnt for me)

YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa0e-VX8ssvwL2VhyWR813A

Dont hold your breath for YouTube content I have another month in a leg brace before beginning two months of rehab.

Motivational

Other than going to doctors appointments, between bad weather and the leg brace Ive been stuck in my caravan. I wake up first thing. Take the dog for a walk (or should I say hobble)and see how many caravan sites I can make it around. Then start on doing push ups off the counter top, dips and leg raise.. Building up reps every day.No way Id make it back up off the ground. Ive lost 12 kilo. I phoned my Systema instructor for some advice of exercises and breathing. I hadnt realized I had never told him I was still using a walking frame when I had first started training with him. I was feeling like i had gone back to square one. He said I was the most resilient person he had ever met. I think I needed to hear something like that. Pushing myself more today after that conversation.

Going to make a point of watching the sunrise every morning. Ive been neglecting this.

There was loud music cranked up till 9pm I drifted off to sleep shortly afterword. Found the below youtube clip just before nodding off. I was determined to watch it dis-morning. Im glad I returned to watching it. When your stuck inside all day, something like this reminds you what your missing and stops you from thinking about the pain and the meds. Hope it does the same for someone else.

Blog Update 3

Had a few new products arrive to test out for my get home Bag. A MSR Pocket Rocket Stove, A Helikon Tex Taigaia Green Poncho and a All Weather Survival Blanket.Im sitting here in my old caravan after being let out of hospital hobbling around with a leg brace for the next 4 weeks doped up on endone. So I dont know how much posting Ill be doing. Maybe ushering people over to the van to test out the poncho with the wet weather ? Id like to say thx to Bazza for helping me set up the van and looking after my staffy for the last two weeks. Without his help I would be in a lot worse situation. Looks like the throat biopsy is benign but still waiting on results but they said it didnt look bad!Still have another chunk of meat to be removed from my shoulder so that will make life on a waking frame that much more interesting.Will be grabbing some gorilla tape to try out Dave Canterburys reinforcing video for a project to do. Concentration isnt the best and not eating well from the pain in the throat. Just had a handfull of pills so off to sleepy bo bo’s. Goodies reference.

looks sturdy

https://www.survivalsuppliesaustralia.com.au/SSA-All-Weather-Survival-Blanket-OD-Green?b7=z1

https://www.survivalsuppliesaustralia.com.au/Helikon-Tex-Poncho-US-Model?b7=z1

https://www.snowys.com.au/pocket-rocket-2-hiking-stove

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