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The Ultimate Guide to Prepping for a Home Invasion

For sheer terror, there are few emergencies that will be closer to home and statistically more likely to occur for the average prepper than a home invasion.

Home invasions may not have the region-wasting punch of a major natural disaster or some other exotic event, but I can guarantee you they will be more than disastrous enough for you and your family. There’s precious little time to react during a home invasion situation and absolutely no room for error.

Successfully preparing for and defending against a home invasion involves a lot more than having a gun and a flashlight on the nightstand ready to investigate some bump in the night.

A comprehensive, holistic home invasion plan will wrap your home in layers of security like an onion: you want to dissuade, slow down and hopefully stop the bad guys from getting in in the first place.

If you can’t stop them at least funnel them into an area where you can engage them on your terms.

There’s a lot to learn about home invasions in order to craft a good plan. You’ll need to know about interior and exterior defensive strategies, criminal behavior and psychology, and know how to handle yourself in a fight.

And you need to do it all while your family is in the home with you. It won’t be easy, but today we are presenting you with a guide to arm you with the right stuff for surviving the terror and chaos of a home invasion.

Home Invasion Facts, Figures and Statistics

A home invasion is one of those crimes that most people, whether they would admit it publicly or not, think will never happen in their neighborhood.

At least, people that don’t live in high-crime areas think it will never happen to them.

I hate to say it, but the chances are increasing all the time that they may be wrong. Possibly dead wrong.

A home invasion is defined as a criminal entry of a dwelling while the occupants and/or owners of the dwelling are present. This is different from a cat-burglary which occurs when the structure is unoccupied.

We are fortunate that overall crime and violence is going down, but regrettably home invasion is one category of crime that is becoming more popular over time. Some more facts about home invasions in America:

  • Compared to conventional burglary, the rates at which home invasions occur are growing.
  • There are over 1 million reported instances of home invasion in the United States every single year. It is suspected that many more go unreported.
  • Home invasions are not solo acts; you will encounter multiple home invaders as a rule, and they typically number between 2 and 5.
  • Your average home invader will be armed with a knife or a gun. Weapons of opportunity, i.e. tools and other implements that may be used as weapons found on site, are used in nearly half of all home invasions.
  • Most assailants invading your home will use force to get in, kicking in a door, or forcing a window. Unbelievably, over 30% of home invaders will enter through an unlocked door or window.
  • Most home invasions occur in hours of darkness.
  • Homeowners are victimized regularly during a home invasion. More than one in four home invasions sees the occupants of the home wounded by the assailants.

It cannot be overstated how shocking, how fast and how violent a home invasion is. You must be prepared.

And the first step in preparing for a home invasion is understanding the mindset, the tactics and the objective of the criminal scumbags who will be kicking in your front door.

Know the Enemy: Criminal Tactics and Objectives

The prospect of facing a home invasion strikes a nerve with many preppers and with good reason. The notion that you could be so brazenly attacked in your very own home by a posse of criminal scumbags is a bitter prospect.

And unlike most self-defense scenarios that people typically practice, there will be the added pressure to perform with an environment full of the people that are most precious to us.

If you are unfortunate enough to be one of those one million-plus homes that are invaded every year you or your loved ones will then have about a 25% chance of being violently assaulted by the criminals. Ponder that…

We are not going to let that happen to you, though. Unlike the naive, shiftless and cowed masses you are ready, willing and able to do something about.

Your first prerogative is to know when you are most vulnerable. Statistically, most home invasions will occur after sundown with the vast majority taking place between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Compare and contrast that with your typical burglary. Most of those take place in broad daylight. Does that seem strange to you? It shouldn’t; the burglars are counting on the occupants to be gone when they break in, meaning at work, at school or elsewhere.

Home invaders are just the opposite; they are counting on the occupants to be home and they use maximum speed and violence to intercept and then corral them before they can mount an effective resistance or call for help.

That being said, you are never safe, not entirely, from a home invasion and they can and do occur and hours of broad daylight.

The next vital piece of the home invasion puzzle you’ll have to put together is understanding why your house was chosen among all the other houses on your street, in your neighborhood and in your town.

Most criminals do this stuff for a living; many of them are not stupid, and there is a reasoned calculus to their decision-making process.

Typical indicators that home invaders look for when choosing a target house are things like poor lighting, line of sight blocking obstructions between neighboring houses and the target house, signs of inactivity, easy routes of ingress and egress, and so on.

There is far more to the average home invader’s selection process than a simple checklist, however, it will definitely help you to understand how they make their decisions.

Once you start to get inside the criminals’ decision-making process, you can then reverse-engineer defenses and countermeasures for your house and property that will hopefully keep them from considering it at all.

Your typical criminal will plan and execute a home invasion or other crime in six steps, listed below.

Intelligence Gathering

Before they do anything, your average criminal looking to make a score has to take in some information that will direct them to where the loot, or the easy mark, is.

It could be something as innocuous as a social media post revealing that you will be home alone while the rest of the family is out of state at a competition.

It might be the conspicuous pile of valuable electronics boxes you set out for the trash pickup. It might just be a property configured just so that makes them feel really safe breaking in.

Criminals will usually gather intelligence on potential targets, read that as victims, until they have enough to choose from.

Victim Selection

After sorting, sifting and comparing all of their gathered intel, our criminal element will compose a list of potential targets worth their time. Here there are many variables.

The skill, ambition, habits and preferences of the criminal are all factored into this decision-making process and they may filter and sort potential victims for days, months or even longer.

Some may choose a victim within seconds after minimal intelligence gathering. You could get sighted today and robbed tonight in some cases.


Believe it or not most criminals don’t blunder straight into a crime. They will surveil and closely watch the selected victim to gather even more information.

They will look for habits, vulnerabilities and size you up to try and determine if you will fight, run or just give up. Observation will likely continue right up until the point of the attack and all the way through the next phase, planning.

Planning the Deed

The planning phase may occur concurrently with the observation phase, and both could be concluded in as little as a few seconds.

No matter how much time or how little the criminal takes in the planning phase, they will begin to figure out the best way to get close to your house unobserved, make entry to the house and hopefully find you and overpower you so they can get to work extracting a toll from you and in either treasure or blood, or both.

Movement to Victim

Once the planning is wrapped up, the bad guys will move. It is on the approach to the target that the victim has the best possible chance to catalyze the attack, and either repel the attacker or get them to break off.

Defensive measures that will slow, halt or confuse the attacker work best while they’re in this phase. Anything that costs them time or injects uncertainty into their decision-making process increases the likelihood that they will break off.

Contact and Attack

It is now that the criminals actually break into your home, if they are not stopped. Keep in mind that the bad guy always gets to choose the duration of the attack unless you stop him!

If he has no incentive to halt his attack he will keep going until he has achieved his objective.

Break Contact and Escape

No matter if the criminals succeeded or not they will move to escape and do so, hopefully, without getting shot, shanked or beaten up.

Of special importance to your average criminal is the desire to escape without attracting any attention from potential witnesses or being pursued by police.

Here is a small homework assignment for you before we move on to the next section.

Glancing over the above steps in the criminal’s decision making process, at what point in that process do you think you would have the best chances to stop him from victimizing you and picking your house?

The answer is during the intelligence-gathering or victim selection phase. If there is ever a chance to avoid being victimized, to avoid a fight, you must take it.

No matter how good you are, no matter how skilled, no matter how heavily-armed there’s always a chance that the fight can go against you, and that may see you or your loved ones be grievously wounded or killed during a home invasion.

In the following sections we will move on to the practical elements of getting ready to defend against a home invasion, including making your home a hard target and preparing yourself to deal with the difficult task of repelling invaders.

Protect Your Home From the Outside In

Defending your home from a home invasion is a full-time gig, but luckily there are some techniques and procedures you can employ it will be on duty 24/7 without you lifting a finger once you have implemented them.

I’m specifically talking about hardening your home via some choice upgrades, careful landscape revisions and, potentially, the installation of some new vegetation.

You’re not going to have to build an 8-foot wall topped with broken glass bottles around your home to protect it. You won’t even necessarily have to put in a fence.

All you’re going to do is alter view landscape features, upgrade some door and window hardware there and before you know it criminals will take one short glance at your home before saying ‘nah’ and moving on to what is potentially on easier score.

If the criminals skip your house for someone else’s, that is a win right out of the gate.

There are four areas of consideration on your property that will need your attention:

  • Curtilage
  • Home Exterior
  • Home Entry Points
  • Home Interior

Before you do anything, take the time to go outside and stand in front of your house. Now look at it, observe it as if you were the bad guy.

If you were the bad guy, where is the safest approach to get close to this house and hopefully get into it without being seen by the occupants or someone else? This is called a clue.

Now repeat this exercise from various angles, up and down the street and even potentially from your property line with your neighbors.

Carefully assess everything you can see. Look at all the windows, look at all the doors. Which one looks most likely to let you in easily? Are there any nearby tall trees they could be climbed to reach a second-story window?

Repeat this exercise from the backyard. Is a concealed approach to a big, juicy, easy-to-break sliding glass door available from the rear of the house?

If you are like most homeowners, no matter what kind of home you have and no matter where you live if you take this exercise seriously you will see plenty of ways to get inside the house.

That’s okay; we are going to take what you have gleaned from your observations and implement that into a troubleshooting plan to eliminate those shortcuts and “easy ins”.


Curtilage is just a fancy word for the grounds of your house that are part of your property. Your curtilage extends from the exterior of your house all the way to the sidewalk, the road or the property line depending on what borders your property on that side.

Consider the curtilage to be the sort of outer perimeter for your house.

Assess your curtilage by looking at the terrain features inside it. Look at the rocks, the shrubs, the trees. Look at any large decorative features like fountains, rock gardens and the like.

Do you have any large children’s playground equipment they could offer concealment for someone? How about a shed or outbuilding?

Of particular importance is your perimeter is fencing. People love privacy fencing because it makes for good neighbors, and good neighbors are nice but being safe from home invasion is better and fences make your home more likely to be targeted for home invasion.

Why? As soon as the criminals cross the line of your fencing on approach to your house they get more concealment on your property. If your neighbors can’t see what you are doing, they cannot see any scumbags sneaking up on the back door.

Also, don’t assume that a fence is a real deterrent to illegal trespass or entry on your property: the vast majority of privacy fences are way too short to be anything but a mild inconvenience.

Yes, you could crown the fence with barbed or razor wire and in a SHTF emergency to shore up the old home protection factor a little bit, but doing this in normal times is not going to make you any friends.

Dense, surrounding privacy hedges works similarly to fences but are practically even worse from a defensive standpoint. Hedges will block line of sight on your property, but are easily crossed compare defenses.

If you are fortunate, or unfortunate enough to have a wall around your property, you can take comfort knowing that they do afford you a little bit of ballistic protection from gunfire and may stop vehicles cold, but they have all the other vulnerabilities and shortcomings of fences and hedges.

Make it a point to trim back all plants and hedges that could afford bad guys a hiding place or a concealed approach to your house.

Make sure you do one more assessment of your curtilage at night. Assess the lighting.

Any predator wants to work in the dark if they have the choice, and that includes home invaders. Ideally, we went to deny them the use of the darkness by installing bright security lighting.

But you must be cautious: light that is placed or aimed carelessly can create even deeper, inky pools of shadow that can completely conceal someone.

A combination of bright spot and flood security lighting combined with softer wide-angle landscape lighting can keep your yard attractively lit, and also make it hell for home invaders to sneak through.

dark alley home

Home Exterior

It is the rare homeowner who does not want some attractive plants to enhance the beauty and value of their property.

Many preppers will surely want the same thing, but preppers will also want their plants to serve double-duty as defensive countermeasures to a home invasion.

No matter where you live, no matter what the environment or the weather, there is some variety of plant that will grow there that will feature thorns, spines or some other ripping, snagging and tearing organic apparatus.

You can cultivate these plants beneath your windows, and potentially on either side of exterior doors leading into your home. This will certainly disincentivize home invaders from attempting to enter via the window, or lurking in ambush near a door.

Even if the spines themselves are not vicious enough to completely deter someone from moving over them, many of these plants will often raise enough racket to help give you a little bit of early warning if someone is trying to traverse them.

No matter which ones you choose, make sure they grow tall and wide enough they cannot be easily bypassed.

You have two choices when it comes to planting these prickly defensive plants: you can grow them from small, potted cultivars, or transplant mature plants. The latter is risky as it stresses the plants significantly, and might kill them.

The former is much easier, safer and less expensive, but you need to get a jump on that as soon as you can since plants take time to grow.

No matter which option you choose, give your defensive flora the care and feeding it deserves so it will stay healthy and keep on defending your castle for as long as they live.

Another option worth considering is the installation of security cameras on the outside of your house. The ability to remotely check the exterior of your home and additional parts of your property is surely handy and can increase your safety.

But this is a double-edged sword: the visible presence of security cameras may tip-off potential home Invaders that you are protecting something valuable inside.

The counter to this, of course, is to install cameras that have very little or no physical footprint. You should carefully consider the cost-benefit ratio of security cameras before committing to a system.

Home Entry Points

No matter how fastidiously you prep the grounds of your property in order to dissuade home invaders there is a chance your number will just come up. Maybe they have decided your house is worth the risk. Maybe there’s someone personally known to you that has a grudge.

Whatever the reason, the attackers have decided that they are coming on and are now going to attempt entry into your home.

The next phase of home fortification involves the entry portals into your home itself. I said portal in this case, not just doors, because we must consider every possible way into the home.

Windows, doors, exterior attic access, everything. Hardening these entryways will go a long way towards keeping the bad guys out or at least held at bay until you can mount an effective defense.

I mentioned it up above and I’m going to say it again here: roughly a third of home invasions begin with the invaders entering through an unlocked door or window!

Don’t be one of these poor, unfortunate homeowners! Keep all doors and windows closed and locked at all times.

If a window must be open for ventilation, make sure it can lock in the partially open position so it will at least slow someone down or force them to break it if they want to get in.

The most common way that home invaders will break in is simply kicking an exterior door right off its hinges or busting a sliding glass door or large bay window. We protect and fortify doors and windows in slightly different ways.

Let’s start with the physical makeup of the doors themselves. Absolutely every exterior door that could yield access into your home must be made from solid core hardwood or metal, no exceptions.

But the sturdiest door does no good if it is mounted with cheap, flimsy screws and other hardware. You might be surprised to know that it is the screw set itself, not the door proper, which absorbs most of the force when a door is rammed or kicked.

If you cannot afford to upgrade the doors themselves with thick, sturdy versions, at the very minimum you should upgrade all the hinges, all the locksets, and the screws themselves.

Adding additional hinges will increase the strength of the door as a system.

Just as important, actually more important, is upgrading screws to high-grade fasteners which go into the door frame at least 6 in. long and preferably more.

Stronger, longer screws likewise mean more strength is needed to breach the door, and will buy you time. If you are lucky, your home invaders may give up after a few failed kicks.

One of the best and lowest profile options for preventing a door Ram or kick is the cleverly named anti-kick device, typified and made famous by a company called Door Devil.

An anti-kick device is a low profile frame that will install between the edges of the door itself and the door jamb.

When activated, the metal framing of the anti-kick device transfers all of the shock and force into the structural frame of the door and surrounding wall, not the vulnerable screws or lockset.

They are very affordable and easily DIY installed on most doors. Definitely look into these for all exterior doors!

Now we move on to windows. Windows are somewhat harder to fortify compared to doors because of their vulnerable nature. They are made of glass, after all!

If you live in an older home with worn-out, drafty windows you should consider having them replaced with modern ones if at all possible.

This will obviously take time, and not an insignificant amount of money, but replacing windows is actually pretty simple and can be done yourself if you are reasonably handy. That can help keep costs down.

Window bars and security gates or shutters other good options, but almost always conspicuous in the way the security cameras are conspicuous. It might tip-off potential home invaders that your house is worth invading.

Also, bars and shutters that are not quick releasable are a major liability in case you need to evacuate the house rapidly through the window, say in case of fire.

A clever, low-profile option for fortifying a window is the application of a protective or ballistic-grade window film.

Mylar is one common application among several others, and is commonly encountered on homes near coastlines or in the Great Plains since they will make windows resistant or even partially invulnerable to airborne debris blown by powerful winds from hurricanes and tornadoes.

Thicker, stronger varieties of these window films can even afford you some protection against bullets, blunt impacts from tools and even cutting forces.

As with doors above, you must always, always keep windows locked and preferably shut.

Home Interior

The most obvious defensive upgrade for the interior of the home is an alarm system.

Do-it-yourself installed or traditional monitored systems can alert you when anyone busts a window or a door, and monitored systems can even summon help if you are too busy to get on the phone and call the cavalry yourself, say because you are repelling four masked bad guys with your trusty shotgun.

Alarm systems with a loud klaxon or siren also have a psychological effect on most criminals. Once the alarm starts howling, they know the clock is truly ticking and that reinforcements will likely be on their way.

No matter which alarm system you choose you must make sure every single door and window that could be a potential entry point into your house is rigged with a sensor that will activate the alarm whenever tampered with.

Ensure that your alarm system is more sensitive, not less, and not particularly forgiving of wrong key codes being entered.

You don’t want a 15 or 20 second warning countdown before the alarm actually goes off. Set that thing to 5 seconds, tops.

You also might consider an ancient primitive alarm system, or as most preppers know them, dogs!

You can get a big dog, or a small dog, it doesn’t really matter so long as the dog goes completely ballistic whenever it detects anything near or around the house.

The keen senses of canines far exceed the puny ones of humans, and so long as your dog is alert and sounding off when it detects something, you can be assured that your faithful pooch will hear the bad guys coming along before you do.

Larger dogs have additional advantages. Big dogs can deliver powerful bites, and many people are instinctively terrified of an aggressive dog.

Note that you must not delude yourself into thinking your faithful canine friend will go to attack mode just because he perceives someone in the home or threatening the family.

Yes, many dogs will but just as many will either do nothing except bark, or run away to save their own skins. If you are serious about using a dog in a truly defensive role, you will need to embark on protection training for you and the dog.

Oh, and one more thing about the alarm systems, if you choose to install one of the now popular over-the-counter wireless camera and alarm system combos you should keep in mind that the criminals of today are not the criminals of yesteryear.

They are increasingly technologically savvy and the installation of one of these systems means you’ll need to now become versed in and apply home network security procedures and other information system defenses to prevent your system from being breached remotely, turned against you or just disarmed.

Repel Boarders!

Dealing with attackers inside your own home has a lot in common with dealing with them out in a public space, but also has some important differences. Let’s get into them.

First, the most obvious restriction: If you live at home with your family or just loved ones, in all probability simply trying to escape your own home and flee from home invaders will not be an option.

Chances are you will not be able to round up everybody inside and ensure they get out with you in time.

During a real home invasion, you must keep in mind that your attackers are trying to find you in your master bedroom, likely, as quickly as possible in order to overwhelm and subdue you.

They won’t be creeping around looking in the silverware drawer in your kitchen affording you the time to tiptoe across the hall, upstairs, back downstairs and then out.

This means you will have to make a stand and fight. If you are lucky, or just very good, you might be able to consolidate everybody in one room or one wing of the house, and then lock it down with lethal cover with no ensuing fight.

But the chances are good you will have to fight. That means you need to start training and learning how to fight now, and not making it up as you go along on that fateful day at 3 a.m. in the morning.

This is where you will have the principal advantage over the bad guys: They will only have one live trial run of going through your home on that day.

You have every day up until that day to prepare yourself and prepare your home for the fight ahead. Don’t squander it.

They have to get everything right and do it very quickly in order to win. If you can get into the fight quickly enough, stopping them, catalyzing the attack, you will very likely drive them off.

Weapons – Firearms

No matter how fit, furious and talented you are when it comes to hand-to-hand fighting, you don’t want to be bringing fists and feet to what is an all probability going to be a gun or knife fight.

You will want to obtain a weapon, preferably a gun, and learn how to use it. There has been an ocean of ink and countless bazillions of electrons spent on going over which gun is best for home-defense and under what circumstances.

I and other authors have done plenty of just that on this very site. I will go over briefly here a few factors to consider when choosing a home defense gun.

Since the turn of this millennium, rifles have become a surprisingly popular choice for home defense, dethroning shotguns in many areas.

The preponderance of over-the-counter legal short barreled rifles in the form of “large format pistols” has seen this type of firearm skyrocket as a self-defense choice.

Rifles afford a home defender immense stopping power, typically large magazine capacities and often excellent handling, but depending on the caliber one must be concerned about overpenetration.

Larger rifles and some carbines may also be difficult to maneuver in the cramped quarters of a home.

Handguns are in many ways the ideal home defense weapon since this is likely the weapon you are already the most comfortable and proficient with if you concealed carry on a regular basis.

Handguns have the advantage of being extremely easy to maneuver, are able to effectively be used with only one hand and are easy to protect from takeaway attempts, a legit concern if you should bump into a home invader at bad breath distance.

The disadvantages of handguns include limited effectiveness and being very difficult to shoot well, especially under stress.

For many preppers the shotgun remains the king absolute of home-defense weapons.

A classic and steadfast choice, typical defensive loads for shotguns have absolutely devastating effectiveness on human bodies, have the added bonus of being very easy to hit with if shot is employed and also allow you the flexibility of changing shell types for different circumstances or home living situations.

Some disadvantages include ferocious recoil, limited capacity and typically heavy weight.

You must consider a great many factors before choosing a home defense firearm. The layout of your home, location of bedrooms in the home, proximity of neighbors and other factors will all play a part alongside your own capability, proficiency and confidence with a given type of firearm.

Weapons – Other

Alternate lethal weapons include things like clubs or bladed weapons. You can use anything from a sturdy piece of lumber, a common hatchet or felling axe, a baseball bat or even a spear for home defense.

No matter what you choose, you need to practice with it if you want to be effective with it. Long handled weapons have the advantage of affording you some standoff distance from the attacker if they are armed with only a knife, but this will obviously do no good at all if they have a gun.

Shorter weapons like knives can certainly be lethal, but you must necessarily be within range of the attacker for you to bring your weapon to bear.

One often overlooked option for home-defense is pepper spray.

High quality, hot pepper spray is immensely effective when it comes time to take the fight out of someone and even if they choose to continue fighting it will seriously degrade both their vision and their breathing, giving you an advantage.

The obvious, major disadvantage of pepper spray is that cross-contamination is a thing; you may very well be affected by your own spray.

Additionally, pepper spray is obviously, purposefully not lethal, and if you don’t have a lethal force answer to a lethal threat against you, you might have a serious problem.

If you’re going to choose pepper spray for home defense make sure you get one of the extra large riot size cans that will yield advantages of more range, more solution going towards the target, and greater capacity for an extended defensive scenario.

Safe Rooms for Home Invasion Protection

If there is one scenario where a safe room would truly shine it would be a home invasion. A properly built and properly equipped safe room would be completely proof from even a team of bad guys trying to force their way in or shoot their way through.

Ideally, you and your family can hustle into the safe room, close and lock the door, and be all but assured that you’ll be safe as soon as the bad guys leave when the cops show up.

A properly equipped safe room will have redundant, independent communication systems to allow you to summon help no matter what has happened to the phone lines or the electricity. Keeping weapons, medical gear and other supplies inside is always a great idea.

One often overlooked element of safe room construction is the inclusion of a hidden and secured emergency exit that can allow you to bail out of your safe room and home in such a way that will evade notice and detection.

This may be the only thing that saves your life if someone decides to burn your house down around you while you are cowering in the safe room. Never leave yourself without a way out!

Safe room construction is an entirely separate topic, but suffice it to say it is often easiest to do while you are doing a major remodel or scratch build of a house.

If you aren’t, you can still install a safe room or convert an existing room into one, but this may involve extensive work and modification.

That being said, you should seriously consider a safe room for home invasion protection. Many preppers choose to make the master bedroom the safe room, since all they will have to do is gather the family members there and then close and lock the door.

Tim’s Home Invasion Protection Pro-Tips

For the truly serious preppers there are a few additional measures you can take to help minimize the chances that your house will be chosen for home invasion.

Some of these may seem fairly extreme, but they will contribute to your overall chances of living your life peacefully without having a team of scumbags kick in your door at zero dark thirty.

Bar Entry to All Strangers

If you are not expecting company that is known to you, be that family or friends, don’t let them into your freaking home.

Traveling salesman, friend of a friend of a friend, “neighbor” that lives down the street, around the corner and across the glen, service and maintenance personnel, anybody and I mean freaking anybody.

Don’t let them into your home. You don’t know these people from Judas, and you don’t know their friends.

It is entirely possible that they may moonlight as a criminal scum bag, and are taking copious notes on their daily rounds…

Keep Doors and Windows Locked at All Times! No Exceptions!

You would be disgusted, astounded and horrified to learn how many home invasions that end with the death, dismemberment or maiming all the occupants begin with the attackers simply turning a knob and letting themselves in.

We are talking almost a full third of home invasions occur under exactly that scenario.

If you do nothing else but habitually, obsessively keep your doors and windows locked at all times, and you triple-check every single one of them before you go to bed at night, you will go a long way toward preventing a home invasion, or at least making it easy on your attackers.


PERSEC is a military acronym that is short for “personal security”.

Maintaining personal security means keeping personal details- things about your life, job, purchases, travel, habits, schedule, etc.- private and out of the ears, off the lips and off the airwaves of anyone who is not within your circle of trust.

Criminals constantly troll open sources of intelligence, read that as social media, to build their list of potential targets.

Aside from keeping the entirety of your life except your love of dank memes off of social media, stop blabbing to people you barely know about the comings and goings of your life.


The stereotypical idea of defending against a home invasion is often thought to be bolting awake, jumping out of bed in your jammies and grabbing your favorite flavor of gun before racing off to confront the bad guys.

Doing the job well involves an awful lot more than that, including defensive adaptation of your property and your house, careful planning of your defensive strategy and honing your skills for the fight ahead.

Use the information in this guide to get yourself pointed in the right direction and start preparing now. Pray that day never comes, but if it does, you’ll be ready.

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Bringing Production and Work Back Into The Urban and Rural Home

We live in a world where we outsource many things that used to be done in the home. After all, if people are working jobs away from home and commuting great distances, who has the time, let alone the skills … Continued

What is the Shelf Life of Bottled Water?

Water is an absolutely essential survival provision, typically to be used for both drinking and cooking, since you cannot go more than just a few days without it before dying of dehydration, and you will be in bad shape significantly before then.

While some may rely on large storage barrels or tanks, most of us buy water by the bottle or the jug and stack it deep on shelves and in pantries. Most of us are meticulous about our food shelf life but never spare a moment to consider if our water expires.

Perhaps you haven’t either. But now that I have mentioned it, you probably question whether it will or not. Does it?!

Bottled water that is factory sealed does not really expire, even if it loses volume to evaporation over time. What is commonly called the expiration date on bottled water is really a “best if consumed by” date. You may though notice bottled water that is sealed will over time develop an unpleasant taste as chemicals leach from its container into the water. Also any sealed bottle or jug of water that has it seal broken or otherwise compromised may be contaminated by microbes or algae.

We will dig a little deeper into this occasionally confusing issue below.

It Sure Looks Like an Expiration Date…

It is understandable that you and other consumers might think that, and in certain locales it may actually be an expiration date as required by law. But that is all! That does not mean that the water really expires as do other perishable foods and drinks.

Because of this, manufacturers who sell their product at a regional or national level will probably look to keep costs to a minimum by standardizing any and all packaging in any way that they can.

This means that if any bottles must be embossed, engraved, inked or otherwise marked with this expiration or best-by date, then all bottles will likely be even if they are not heading for a market in a state that requires such dating.

While the savings per unit of making their bottled water this way is likely only fractions of a cent, when you look at the economy of scale over many tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of bottles of water, that adds up.

Nonetheless, any printed date on a bottle of water is only a recommendation, and one that might not even have a basis in reality. Your water might taste just fine way beyond that prescribed date or it might start to taste off well before it.

The only way to know for sure is to conduct experiments using your chosen brand under the actual storage conditions you keep it in.

Is There Any Way to Tell My Bottled Water Is Bad?

Unfortunately, not really, not without opening it and tasting or testing it.

Even though your bottled water is good practically forever, with “good” in this case meaning “safe to drink”, it is not immune to evaporation and certainly not immune to a change in taste over time due to the leaching of chemical compounds from its container into the water itself.

This does not necessarily make the water unsafe to drink; not by any stretch, as the compounds may not be present in the water in any quantity that causes harm.

Before you listen to the prattling of the crunchy granola, Birkenstock-wearing types who would tell you that chemicals X, Y, or Z are going to make all your hair fall out, or make you go blind…

…remind yourself that the clearest and freshest tasting water taken from the remotest natural source could be contaminated with all-natural pathogens that could pose a far greater health risk.

The reason why your water develops this nasty taste over time is because water is a powerful, if slow-acting, solvent. Given enough time, it will start to dissolve and degrade almost anything on Earth.

Assuming that the bottle was not already contaminated when the water was poured into it at the factory, the compounds that make it taste funny (oftentimes described as a slightly burnt or metallic taste) simply come from the plastic packaging itself.

These same compounds are actually present in the water from the very moment it enters the bottle.

Modern scientists at major universities have assured us time and time again that these chemicals are not harmful in any amount that is typically to be expected in a bottle of commercial water, even if the water has been sitting for a long time.

Effects of Broken or Suspect Seals

All of the above information is only good and applicable if you are dealing with water that is factory sealed with a high degree of quality control.

If you are dealing with bottled water that was not sealed or has a compromised seal, or even worse has been drunk from before being put away, you can count on the eventual blooming of bacteria and other microorganisms in that water.

As a general rule, if you open a sealed bottle of water you will want to use it within two weeks at the most, else the risk of microorganisms multiplying dangerously becomes too high.

Bottled water that has its seal broken and has been contaminated before being put away can see microorganisms start reproducing extremely quickly if the conditions are just right for their life cycles.

Everything from bacteria to viruses, parasites to prions can make you terribly ill or even be fatal in rare circumstances. If you are ever in doubt about water’s quality or safety make sure you run it through a filter or boil it before consuming it.

One quick note about algae… Algae multiply fast and furious when exposed to sunlight, and will coat the surface of water as well as the inside of the container holding it in a way that is liable to turn your stomach just from looking at it.

But, perhaps surprisingly, most species are harmless, and can even be eaten right along with your drink of water with no ill effects! You can, of course, always filter water that has a colony of algae in it to improve its flavor and appearance.


You don’t have to worry about your bottled water expiring, though if you leave it sitting for a very long time it might start to pick up a bad taste from its container in addition to losing some of its volume to evaporation.

This nasty taste has been judged by scientists to be non-harmful, as it only affects the palatability of your water.

Any bottled water that you purchase that has its seals broken or otherwise compromised will likely eventually become contaminated by microorganisms and made unsafe to drink.

It is still best to treat any suspect container or bottle of water if you fear its seals have been broken. Aside from that, you can completely ignore the expiration date printed for embossed on your bottle of water when storing long-term.

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Bug In During COVID-19 Update: Day 80

Some of you read my article on our bug in when we were at day 19. Well that has been awhile. I wanted to share with you how we are doing and what we have been up to since then. … Continued

Use This Time To Get Ready For The Coming Second Wave Of This Virus

Come this Fall and Winter you might be looking back on this period as “good times”. Use the present day to prepare for what may come.

Original source: Use This Time To Get Ready For The Coming Second Wave Of This Virus

Seeing the Future by Looking Into Our Past

It’s times like these that people worry about the future. What will happen? When will this end? When can we come out, when will things ease up, when will things get better? What will things be like on the other side? It is a quirk of humanity that we always think we are the ones living in singular times. It is all too easy to forget the wisdom that tells us “there is nothing new under the sun”. How very right that is. This is not to say that circumstances or a confluence of events is not unique in its composition, timing, speed or severity, but no matter what kind of perceived paradigm shift you think you are facing you can rest assured and indeed take a little comfort from the fact that it has all happened before in another time, in another place. But it happened, and it happened to people who wondered the exact same thing that you wonder now. Ultimately, in the grand scheme of things, life went on as it always has. Nothing is over, and I mean “Over” with a capital ‘O’, until it is. Life comes to an end for an awful lot of people every single day resulting from all kinds of events, accidents, choices and omission of choice. The point of all this is to reassure you that whatever might happen, life will go on for your successors and survivors, but just as importantly you can ensure that your life goes on through whatever you’re facing if only you will take the time to read the instructions that the past, our shared history, has left for us. Learn From People and Events Who Came Before Any prepper should take the time to learn from the people that came before us. From our parents, from our grandparents, from our great-grandparents, our forefathers and all the great men and women throughout history whose toil, whose blood, sweat and tears brought us to where we are. Their sacrifices gave us the accumulated store of knowledge that provides us such a huge head start on life while we hurtle through space on this big blue marble. It is absolutely possible to glean life-saving wisdom from their struggles, trials and tribulations. Answers, or at least parts of them, can be found if we care to study in detail the events that surrounded their lives and how they navigated, or failed to navigate them. I know this isn’t anything new to many of you. You have probably spent countless hours studying the books of the great survival instructors, Outdoorsmen, explorers, soldiers, sailors and statesmen. Good on you. But if that doesn’t sound like you, ask yourself “why not?” Do you really think that what you were experiencing, going through or worried about has never happened before, anywhere on earth, in the sum total of human history and experience? Is the problem you are staring down the barrel of completely unique, or has merely the technology, culture and trappings of the society experiencing it different? Singular Times. Or Are They? It is funny how fast things can change. Or rather it would be funny if it wasn’t so shocking and so frightening for so many people. One minute you are moseying along through your weekly and monthly routine, getting up early, brushing your teeth to get ready for work, plodding through the work day, and then coming home to take care of a few chores, reset and re-cock for the next day before doing it all again. Then all of a sudden, things are different. Not just a little different. Way different. Everybody needs to go home and stay there. Really stay there. Leave only for essential tasks, and if you aren’t essential then you aren’t working. Damn the torpedoes, it is for your own good and the good of all! This drags on for some time. Days turn into weeks. Gun shops and grocery stores emptied. Weeks turn into a month. Unemployment skyrockets, serious and dolorous questions about the economy and the future grow louder. With no end in sight people start to question. Some of them question pretty hard. Protests start. Typical political lines of division have been forgotten. Now our politicians attack each other on a new front: who screwed things up the worst and the earliest in handling the crisis. Progressives and conservatives no longer fight over typical cultural battlefields, instead drawing party lines based on who doesn’t follow instructions on remaining in place and being socially distant, dooming the obedient to die, or who is following the party mandate hook, line and sinker like a good little sheep prancing merrily into the slaughterhouse and obliteration. Even a cursory glance at the news on the television or on the internet shows the situation is pretty much the same all over the entire world. The whole world is going through what you’re going through! An invisible and silent killer stalks the cities of mankind, slaying at random. They say it is really bad, certainly the worst pandemic of our time. But is it really? Some people don’t think so, some people think it is all a grand scheme or scam, or completely overblown if it is natural at all. No matter how you might feel about the prevalent pathogenic threat in this not-so-theoretical scenario, the fear one might feel, the uncertainty, the gut-wrenching knowing that the times are a-changing has a profound and oftentimes deleterious effect on one’s mental state. It can feel overwhelming. Only the insane or the sociopathic would not worry for themselves, their loved ones, their communities and their countries. It is easy to get taken with the idea that this great thing we are all going through is really it; it is really the end of all things. Just one flaw in that theory: This is not where it ends. You should stop worrying and learn to lean into these paradigm shifts. They have always happened and will happen again, probably once or twice more in your lifetime. As a prepper, you need to ask yourself if it is really in your best interest to allow yourself to think that there is anything the world has not already faced before. The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same It is true that things can change so much that the wisdom that was valid however long ago is completely irrelevant or even harmful today. But an awful, awful lot of things still apply! Especially concerning the principles of survival and of the rhythm, or trajectory, of human civilizations and cultures is as fresh and relevant and inseparable from our natures today as it was tens, hundreds or even thousands of years ago. In the sections below you’ll find just a few examples of what I am talking about. Use this information to inform your own assessments of situations today as well as your own planning. Also, it is my sincere hope you take comfort from what our forbearers and our ancestors had to go through; if they did it, we surely can, too. Political Conflict and Division The prevailing opinion about the political division and conflict we are facing in our era seems to be that it is the worst it has ever been, the most vicious, the cruelest, the nastiest. The president isn’t acting presidential, candidate X, Y, or Z would have been better and statelier! My party is trying to get things done, your party is holding things up! No, your party is the party that’s the problem, mine are the good guys trying to fix things! As if we truly have different parties in America anymore; we have one party that wears two different jerseys… It is easy to believe that in some far away version of America, and this probably holds true for most countries in the rest of the world, it was a sort of real-life Leave It to Beaver universe where everyone, politicians included, always play by the rules, had good manners and spoke the truth. Well, I have bitter news for you, friends, if you believe that: Our country was never, ever that wholesome and clean-cut when it came to politics, and neither were the constituents to their respective parties. It has always been a battle of conservatism versus progressivism, of one ideology against another. One religion against another, or this one, or that one. This region against this one. Wars were fought over less. Wars are fought still. People are tribal. We care about who is in and who is out, persecute according to how bitter the enmity, and how certain the chances are we will attract the sledgehammer of federal force. Every, single era in American politics, every presidency, is marked by a certain amount of scandal, strife and standard issue, cloak-and-dagger political “wet work”. Politics is an ugly business. It will never fail to attract a disproportionately ugly type of people who want power at all costs, even if it is only power over their fellow man. Usually, this ends with nothing more harmful than higher taxes, the rich getting ever richer and steadily creeping inflation along with a sense that things just aren’t right. Periodically the people at or near the bottom, now so far from the elites and kingmakers in their ivory towers that they cannot even see the glint of the spires, decide enough is enough and revolution erupts in a paroxysm of bloodshed before the cycle starts anew with fresh, truer promises paid for in blood. A promise is nothing but a debt unpaid. Every once in a blue moon, you might get a real gunslinger, a true believer who wants to make a difference in office, but chances are they will be drummed out of the business on their head if they are not corrupted first. Any politicians who talked a big game about helping the common man either fail or are lying; such has been the refrain of the common people for millennia. Ultimately, there are two kinds of people in the world- big people and little people. Chances are you are a little person, just like I am, and that means there will be no bailouts, no one coming to save you, no golden parachutes. It is just you, your wits and whatever you can scratch or build out of the bosom of the earth and society. All you will ever truly have is yourself and the people inside your circle of trust. Act accordingly. The decline of empire is a scary thing to consider, but people all over the world have been surviving it for ages and if you roll poorly on the great craps table of civilization you might have to weather it. Diseases, Pathogens and Pestilence It would appear that we have become so hopelessly inured by our prosperity, including our incredible medical technology which has made diseases that plagued mankind for decades or even centuries little more than trivialities, that we have as a First World society completely forgotten what it is like to face the fabulous and terrible unknown threat of disease. At the first sign that a particular viral outbreak was even slightly more lethal than seasonal flu and other diseases that we somehow can’t quite seem to get rid of, virtually the entire world went into lockdown. But far worse than any microscopic pathogen is the germ of panic. A virus, a real one, can hardly be said to live at all. It is a packet of protein or fat containing a bundle of genetic material that will hijack our cells into reproducing in its image. The germ of panic is a phantom that travels at the speed of darkness and infests every thought and action, corroding reason as the walls close in, and the shadows whisper of conspiracy. In a nonstop assault lasting for weeks on all major media outlets we have been told in breathless, shivering detail about how the golden years are over and that things going forward, no matter how bad the current outbreak gets, will be different. Things will just never be the same. We will never get back to normal. This new virus, so very different from the ones that came before in all their countless multitude, is different. What a load of crap. Tell that to anyone who was alive at the time the Spanish Flu ravaged the entirety of the globe, and when I say ravaged I mean tens upon tens of millions of people killed, including with shocking regularity the young and healthy in the prime of their lives. Recall if you will that the particularly deadly pathogen was gently eradicating Humanity during one of the largest conflicts of the 20th century, World War I. Even well before that there were other famous epidemics and pandemics that did their best to scour the landscape of human life. One of the most infamous and certainly one of the nastiest was the bubonic plague, colloquially and grimly known as the Black Death. This bacterial menace killed an estimated 200 million people across much of Europe and Asia during its reign in years 1346 to 1353. It took a long time, and the cultural scars of that event did not heal for decades, if a century, but we adapted. Through trial, error and- Eureka! – innovation we developed countermeasures. Or, even though we died in droves, we simply grew tougher; if not immune then resistant. In the end, humanity adapted in one way or another and we went on as individuals and as a species. We will do the same with this current and “novel” virus, and after it is all but a memory and reduced to a punchline in a stand-up comedian’s joke, some new and dawning viral or bacterial terror will be, through accident, deliberate malfeasance or just a twist of fate, unleashed on humanity to repeat the cycle again. This is nothing new. Where you have an advantage that your ancestors perhaps did not, is for all the ways that we don’t know germs can kill us, we do generally know how they infect us, and you can use this knowledge to keep yourself and your family safe, or at least safer. Life will and indeed must go on. War and the Shadow of War If you listen to the news today, we are always on the brink of war. Wars, or what pass for wars today, are more like up-gunned police actions with all the trappings and set dressings of war. The last, great slam-bang, roll-the-tanks war for the U.S. was in Korea. Of course, war is not defined by its tools, is it? Is war something you make, or something you do? The fact is that the face of War has changed, once again. We are entering an era of warfare that experts are dubbing 4th generation warfare. It is warfare marked not by formations of troops supported by tanks and bombers on a set field of battle, but it is instead war 24/7, everywhere and anywhere, on demand. It is not war that takes place around civilians, it is war that takes place within civilian populations and carried out by civilians who have bones to pick with government powers. It is war of information, tiny strikes aimed at high-value targets with the objective of shifting perception and placing the blame on someone else. It is now war on a microscopic level for the most part, but war all the same. It almost seems quaint that a formation of tanks manned by crews would roll out to a field in order to shoot at another formation of tanks with the objective of breaking the enemy’s war-making capability before they broke ours, and nothing more. The agreed-upon Rules of War today, that are increasingly falling out of use and relevance, prevent standing military powers from deploying their full might against civilian populations. If one is to stop and think about it, that is exactly what you should do if you want to get a war over with quickly and with a minimum of fuss. You must break the backs of your foe in the most intimate way possible, ruining them utterly, body and spirit, so that the survivors will only whisper about what happened and shiver for hundreds of years. In the past, war was more or less done for precisely that reason. If you went to war, you meant it. You wanted to wipe out your enemies, with capturing them and integrating the useful, pliable and compliant survivors into your society only a possibility in certain cultures at certain times. War was fought over many things, but always, ultimately, about resources: land, commodities, food, water, or the fear that your foes would taint them or take them from you. Sometimes, wars were fought because people were afraid their neighbors would do the same to them first. Unfortunately, it looks like 4th generation warfare is it least keen to that idea. Terror attacks bring entire countries to their knees, at least temporarily; a level of effectiveness that is geometrically out of proportion with the men and material involved. Using the modern vernacular terrorism, and the terrorists who perpetrate it, are the new front line: “single cell” fighters that are the best equipped for perpetrating this type of warfare. Think terrorism is a 20th and 21st century conceit? Think again. Terror tactics have been employed throughout human history, with the basic notion (though not the modern definition) that you could terrify or horrify your enemy enough that he would give up or leave you alone, or barring that that he would be so shaken he could not fight back effectively. Today, our nation’s modern militaries are ill-equipped for fighting and persecuting the type of warfare that will become the new standard way of doing business. But it has ever been this way, an arms race of men, materiel and tactics. The plate mail that stayed an enemy’s swords and arrows was little more than a shiny target for a musket. Today, the battlefield is all around you, and if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, you may see yourself involved in the war whether you want to be or not. Economic Plight Undoubtedly there is no nation on earth more out of touch, at large, with serious poverty and economic woes than the United States of America. We live in a nation where poverty, the actual poverty level, still includes an air-conditioned and heated home, a motor vehicle, flat-screen TV and smartphone. If that does not tell you something about being a victim of our own success, then I don’t know what will. Only in America could what is described as abject poverty be a standard of living that is utter luxury in so many other places spanning the globe. But, economies too are cyclical, as is prosperity. They rise and peak only to fall again and sometimes they fall pretty far and pretty hard. That turns into a rollercoaster ride that some people just cannot cotton too, and they take their own life. Chances are that our grandparents, for some of you, or our great grandparents, for the rest of us, would have laughed off our fears and concerns about the economy in our modern era, so high is the lofty summit we have attained. Those older folks came through the Great Depression, an era of unparalleled lack. Before the Great Depression (and after in some smaller, localized areas,) there existed a level of economic desperation that is nothing short of soul crushing in some places. Places where people today still kill each other over decent shoes. Places where people eat dirt or the bark off of trees for something, anything to fill their bellies and stave off death. Places where families may be split up, with parents heading off in the desperate, mad hope they can procure food, or work, anything to send resources back to their family and keep them alive. Places where your next meal might come from a garbage can, if you are lucky. But the internal and unseen cogs and mechanisms that drive markets, the laws of economics that are so interwoven and so inviolable are incredibly complex, and even the best minds in that sector of study do well to get a handle on some of the variables. What you should take away from this revelation is this: as prosperous as we are, as prosperous as the rest of the world is happily becoming (even if some are slower than others) there will always be rough air ahead. You will never be able to predict when an intersection of events will crash an economy. When a major terrorist attack, natural cataclysm, or domino-effect failure from the rest of the world stock markets will have a terrible effect on the economy in your country. Are you ready for it? Are you still holding out for that 25-year pension, gold watch and send-off retirement cake? I hope not. It is a pipe dream. You have to have a plan for sorting out your own financial health, the entire way around. While the world of work, investing and retirement is so different from your great-grandparents’ it might as well be in a different solar system, the old timers did know one thing… When times get tough, cash is king, and cashy money is not necessarily the fiat currency that most major economies employ. Things like precious metals will get you favors and goods where all other methods fail. And if things get really bad, and I do mean really, really nightmarishly bad, remind yourself that you cannot eat gold or silver. The ability to provide shelter, supper and security for you and yours is the only thing that will make a difference in the most personal of economies, your family economy. Survival is Survival in any Era For all of our wondrous achievements, for however far we have come as a country, as a people and as a species, the fundamentals of survival have not changed over the years. Nope. Not one single iota. Each and every single one of us can live without the internet. We can live without electricity. We can certainly live without a car, a smartphone, the latest video game system, workout machine or any other artifact of modern technology. There are just a few things, elemental things, that you cannot live without. From the beginning of time to this very day, every single one of us needs to clean air to breathe. Without air, we die in minutes. All of us must have shelter in order to regulate our core body temperature. A few degrees too high or too low, and we can die in as little as hours. Each of us must have water, for without it there is no life, and we dehydrate, die and desiccate. All of us must have food, calories, that are the fuel to drive our bodily processes and sustain life. Without enough calorie intake we will surely die, but slowly and agonizingly over weeks or even months. Lastly, we must have a certain amount of security, from both man and beast, for the world at large is full of dangers, and if history has shown us anything it is that nature does not reward trust. One thing you might notice looking back in history, is that the farther back you go (even in our modern era, as near gone as the early 20th century), day-to-day life saw average people much closer to the providing of those survival necessities themselves, you might say. People grew a lot more of their own food. Ensuring that a well was both productive and safe to drink was a perennial concern. Building community with your neighbors and your neighbors across the way was serious business, because there was no cavalry coming outside of your family and your neighbors if you got in a jam. An awful lot of people built their own homes, either from scratch or from kits. They kept them warmed with wood that they chopped, processed and seasoned for firewood. There was no air conditioning beyond what breezes people could take advantage of, or for the very lucky who had access to ice, perhaps something like a primitive swamp cooler. If you didn’t have a breeze you had to generate one using muscle power. For generation upon generation, meat was only had as the result of a successful hunt. If you couldn’t hunt, you had better sure as hell hope you could gather or grow what you needed, or else you didn’t eat. There was no butcher shop or grocery store you could run down to and ensure easy access to any and every kind of animal meat or product you could dream up. The point of this is not to pine for less technologically advanced days gone by, those of pastoral, subsistence living. It is only to remind you that for the vast majority of human history the skills we call today primitive survival skills, prepper skills or austere living were called, all through history, just… Life. You might consider that the standard of living we enjoy today with all of our technological wonders and conveniences of modern life is in fact an extremely new and immensely precarious thing. It can vanish in the blink of an eye, and if that happens there are an awful lot of people who will not survive the winter. It is definitely in your best interest now, today, as it has ever been to become intimately acquainted with the most fundamental skills needed to provide the survival necessities that you and your family must have no matter the situation and no matter the year. Instead of scaring you, I hope it comforts you that history has furnished, time and time again, a thousand lessons how your ancestors, all the way down to your progenitors, pulled it off. How they had the grit, the tenacity and the skill to get done what they needed to get done to ensure they could pass on their genes to carry on their lineage. And on and on down the years, forever, this trial repeated until we get to… You. However you might feel about your chances and however confident or not you are know that you are a product of immense refinement in the business of survival. Act like it! Do not throw away idly the lessons of the past; they are the codex to your future. Conclusion Allowing yourself to think that the trials, travails and problems we deal with today are in any way unique challenges facing humanity at large is patently false and is indeed the height of hubris. There is nothing new under the sun, there are no new problems. We only confront our problems wrapped in the garb of our era. As our ancestors and forefathers had to face down and overcome, so must we, and we would be wise to take and implement their wisdom since it can inform so much of our own responses to our current and future survival problems.

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