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It’s summer shorts time. In this short, we discuss my favorite post-apocalyptic fiction. And we’ll get into something very wrong some readers do with their prepper fiction.

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It’s summer shorts time once again. In this short we discuss the hidden mechanism of modern society putting people at risk.

Weird summer short for you today. I say weird because almost no-one really talks about this. But it is a major weak point in our society today. Weak because of fragility.

I have to warn you. This might be a little boring at first. We’re going to talk about an inventory strategy. Or this will be exciting if operations and efficiency blows your skirt up.

This inventory strategy has produced a large benefit for developed nations. It lowers costs of the things you buy every day. And its meant shelves in stores are rarely empty.

The strategy is called Just-in-time inventory.

Breaking Down Just-in-Time Doom:
  • The model explained simply
  • Why business use this strategy
  • How the strategy works
  • What rubber dog doo has to do with just-in-time inventory
  • How supply interruptions impact human behavior
  • How JIT influences human behavior in the long-term
  • What you should do to make sure you do not fall victim to JIT

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We discuss the seven best survival book every prepper should read in this ITRH Summer Shorts episode. We’ll cover six nonfiction and one fiction book that influenced most modern prepper fiction.

I’m often asked this question,”What’s your favorite book on survival?” There isn’t one singular book.

But there are a collection of survival books I love. And I’ll share each of them with you here.

Note: If you’re new to ITRH, this is a summer short episode. As the name suggests, summer shorts are short episodes intended to tide you over till the full seasons starts back up in the fall. They come out about every two weeks.
Best Survival Books Discussed:
  1. Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life by Neil Strauss
  2. Survival Guns by Mel Tappan
  3. The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide by Lauren Wilson
  4. Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival by Mors Kochanski
  5. On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Dave Grossman
  6. On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and in Peace by Dave Grossman
  7. Alas Babylon by Pat Frank

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We look back on the season, share a personal update, look to the future, and answer some listener questions. It’s the season 7 finale. Don’t miss.

Topics Discussed:
  • How season 8 will differ from past episodes
  • The two “big things” that influenced the season to end early
  • What keeps me in prepped
  • Social Welfare Programs
  • The erosion of liberty in a time of  progress
  • The Alfie Evans implications for the US
  • China’s Social Credit System
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Gary Collins joins us to discuss the how to simplify your life. What it does it take to simplify your life and what does author and former Federal Agent Gary know about it? He shares lessons from the Simple Life series this episode.

Simplify Your Life with Optimal Health Topics Discussed:
  • Aaron shares his favor simple life quote from The Unit TV show
  • What Gary has been up to lately
  • The latest updates on his Off-grid Home Build
  • Why you should simplify your life and why life simplification is a big deal
  • Publicly misleading health information
  • Misleading health information the government promotes
  • The cholesterol myth and danger of statins
  • The calory mth and how not all calories are created equal
  • The case for eating healthy as a way of saving huge amounts of money per month
  • The case for eating healthy being a time saver
  • The future of the simplified life series and Gary
Episode Resources: Special Note:

Before we close out, May 7th, 2018, will be the last full episode until September 10th, 2018. That’s right ITRH is going on Summer break. But fear not, those of you new to the roving horde, there will be lots of summer short episodes. During the episode, we release short episodes every couple of weeks to tide you over. Then we return to a full season September 10th. 

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In this episode, we riff on guns, YouTube, and Facebook. And we’ll sit down with Justin Carroll. He’ll us understand Cambridge Analytics and your intimate secrets.

Episode Topics:
  • What happened to the ITRH Facebook page and group
  • Why this is a short episode
  • Cambridge Alanalitica data scrape
  • How much of your intimates were scooped up
  • The current attack on the Second Amendment
  • Thoughts on the YouTube “Gun Ban”
Episode Resources:

This episode shares a point that YouTube isn’t just pissing off firearms channels. Here’s an example from one of the biggest YouTube creators discussing the broader problem with YouTube:

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In The Rabbit Hole by Aaron Frankel - 2M ago

I’ve had enough, and I just can’t take anymore. So last week ITRH joined the #DeleteFacebook groundswell.

We’re refocusing our energy on Twitter now and YouTube this fall.

Killing off Facebook was a tough choice, at first. And there was internal resistance.

The platform used to be a great way to connect with listeners of the show. We could post episodes, memes, thoughts, related news, and discuss them all with followers.

Most people are on Facebook and check it incessantly. This made it a lot easier for ITRH listeners to comment on episodes and share their thoughts more so than the site.

And it was an excellent way for the ITRH Roving Horde Armada members to connect easily with one another. We even used the events feature heavily for scheduling and organizing all the monthly member events.

But Facebook always creeped me out. My day job as a marketing consultant put me in touch with a taste of how invasive Facebook could be.

What most people don’t know is how their actions and connects can be used to target them. And they’re not aware of how much tracking happens by Facebook by users even when they’re on other websites.

This is the tip of the iceberg.

Then we come to issues of audience reach…

You put a lot of effort into social media to build and nurture a following. In return, you’re rewarded with an ever-growing group of like-minded people who want to hear your message and share your passion.

And there’s a lot in it for the social media platform too. The more entities like ITRH working to nurturing and grow their audience, the more sticky they become.

Someone recently said to me how hard it was going to be for them to leave Facebook. They’d built up a collection of amazing homesteading, gardening, and other interest groups. When they exist Facebook they’d be cut off from those groups – Facebook had become very “sticky” for this person.

Along comes throttling: Our posts are only shown to a percentage of followers. That is unless we post something viral or pay to promote our post to our social media followers.

So we’re left with two problems.

First, a growing concern over invasive and shady data collection.

Second, an ever decreasing ROI for us to invest in Facebook. This was more of an annoyance but did play a role in the decision.

For these reasons, ITRH decided to #DeleteFacebook and move on. This included eliminating the public page and private Armada member’s group.

The members are now happily chatting it up and connecting with our new snazzy Slack App workspace. Things are a tad awkward as we learn to use the app, but we’re getting used to the new digs quickly.

As for public interaction, we’re now focused on Twitter now and YouTube this fall, as previously mentioned. Be sure to connect with us on both platforms and let’s start some tremendous new conversations.

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An EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) attack is one of the top three most feared catastrophes by preppers. It is reported that there will be a 90% population die off in the first year after one occurs. And that’s just the start.

But do we know the truth about EMPs?


Arthur Bradley Ph.D., a NASA Scientist, Electrical Engineer, and Certified EMI expert drops by to tell us the truth and destroy the myths.

An episode dedicated to discussing an EMP is one of the most requested topics In The Rabbit Hole gets. But we held off on doing it all these years. The reason was this: We wanted someone who had the credentials and background to speak on the topic expertly. That required a very special person who understood the physics, math, preppers, and prepper fiction.

Note: This episode is technical. We do our best to make the EMP topic approachable for everyone. But somethings just are what they are. With that…

Let’s. Discuss. EMPs!

EMP Topics Covered and Myths Dispelled:
  • Are EMPs a real threat or a Prepper fiction fantasy?
  • How much of what is spread around the community about EMPs is false?
  • The low-frequency high-destruction problem
  • Where do EMPs and CMEs overlap and where do they differ?
  • What are the conditions needed for an EMP to be generated and most effective?
  • Are there nuclear bombs optimized to maximize an EMP?
  • Are there any immediate physical dangers to people by an EMP?
  • What are the ways a bad actor can effectively use an EMP?
  • Can an EMP be used from an Airplane effectively?
  • Does tinfoil really work as shielding or is best left to headwater to keep out the alien mind control waves?
  • What will just stop working and what is a myth?
    • Will all cars die after an EMP?
    • Are batteries susceptible?
    • Will it fry Solar Systems?
    • Does the entry electric grid go down?
  • Will a gun safe protect your electronic gun optics?
  • Can you use a metal trashcan to protect electronics?
  • What products and DIY projects are available to protect electronics?
Episode Resources: Announcement Made:

ITRH is getting rid of Facebook. There are two reasons for this.

For some time now Armada members asked for something more private and a solution that wasn’t Facebook. One member even told me she was only keeping her FB account active because she loved the private group so much. So we set up a Workspace using the Slack App and moved the ITRH Armada members a few days ago.

Why kill the public Facebook page?

There are a lot of moving parts to this. Chief among the reasons, they is selling your data. And the data collected is so Orwellian I just can’t take it anymore. There’s a lot in the news about this right now and a pretty big viral #DeleteFacebook groundswell.

The next reason, the platform doesn’t do anything for ITRH except suck time and money. ON a good day a post on the page reaches half of the people connected. Unless we pay to boost the post. So we do a lot of work to attract you to the page, tries to build a community, you voluntarily say you want to connect and they say pay up.

We’re all for paying an advertising platform to reach new people but paying for access to people already connected just burns me up.

It’s their business. They can do whatever they want. And you can do whatever you want. I’m just done with it and the ROI for the bunny just doesn’t add up.

In the rabbit hole will be spending its social media energy on Twitter. You can connect via @itrhsurvival.

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Together, we wrap up the series on lessons from the past. I’ll share the final 5 lessons I’ve learned from 15-years in preparedness.

Lessons Covered:
  1. Shooting isn’t the only prepper skill to learn
  2. Your NO list is as important as your To Do list
  3. It really would take 3-years of supplies
  4. There will always be a looming threat
  5. Live every day like it MIGHT be your last and find some joy
Episode Resouces:
  1. Part One of 15 Lessons from 15 Years in Survival
  2. Part two of 15 Lessons from 15 Years in Survival

 

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