o some, the term "survivalist" conjures
images of camouflage-clad men
stockpiling freeze-dried food in a
mountain cabin, but in the current
economic crisis, the people quietly
preparing to survive catastrophe may
just be your next-door neighbors.
In his column in last
month's Financial Times,
and technology expert Ade McCormack
writes, "The world is in crisis and with
it the world of business. Many of us
have two plans. Plan A involves
President Barack Obama performing some
economic magic. Plan B involves a
revolver, a vegetable patch and a
subscription to Survivalist Monthly."
And while McCormack
was writing with a hint of jest, dissent
over the president's trillion-dollar
spending approach to the economy has
left many average, everyday Americans
considering something looking
suspiciously like plan B.
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Bill Heid of
Survival Seeds, a company that sells
"banks" of high-yielding vegetable seeds
sealed for long-term storage and
awaiting a family's need to grow its own
food, says business is skyrocketing.
"It's been dramatic,
nothing short of dramatic," Heid told
WND. "The survivalist mentality used to
be considered a fringe element, but now
that economic times are such as they
are, many more average, regular folks
are adopting the same set of
Heid told WND what's
most notable is that his boom in sales
isn't coming from just the usual
up for a Y2K-like event.
"Ninety percent of
our increase in business is new
business," Heid said, "people who have
never thought about surviving in case of
The Christian Science
reports that Lehman's, an Ohio retailer
of home self-sufficiency equipment, has
recorded huge sales increases from
across the preparedness spectrum, from
curious buyers to the stereotypical
die-hards, according to Glenda Ervin,
the company's vice president of
Vic Rantala, founder
of Minnesota-based Safecastle, which
markets home shelters for protection
against disasters such as hurricanes and
chemical attacks, told the Monitor his
company's revenues have more than
doubled since 2007.
"If most people think
of a survivalist as an armed loner with
extreme views – there are folks like
that out there, but there are many more
in America who are simply involved in
preparing for down times, lean times or
disaster," Rantala, a former U.S.
intelligence analyst, told the Monitor.
"It's logical. It's common sense."
Columnist Danny Westneat interviewed
Claire Anderson, a 68-year-old woman who
was prompted by Obama's call for
community organization to host a
of neighbors in her apartment. Their
discussion of the slumping economy and
fears of what lies ahead harkened back
to the leaner days of her World War II
"I think we're headed
back to the days of the victory
Anderson said. "We have to figure out
how to help ourselves. We can't be
isolated. We can't sit around and wait
for the government."
New York Times article from last
summer suggests last year's elevated
and food prices sparked a surge of
interest in gardening that hasn't slowed
"Seed companies and
garden shops say that not since the
rampant inflation of the 1970s has there
been such an uptick in interest in
growing food at home," writes Times
reporter Marian Burros. "Space in
community gardens across the country has
been sold out for several months. In
Austin, Texas, some of the gardens have
a three-year waiting list."
George C. Ball Jr.,
owner of the major seed and plant
supplier W. Atlee Burpee Company, told
the Times sales shot up by 40 percent
last year, double the annual growth for
the last five years.
Ball said of the
surge in business, "You don't see this
kind of thing but once in a career."
Anxiety over the
economy has generated a spike in other
areas of the survival and emergency
preparedness industry, too.
Harry Weyandt is
president of Nitro-Pak, a company that
sells freeze-dried food,
fuel, camping gear and a variety of
emergency preparedness products.
"Since the middle of
last September, the demand for our
long-storing foods and supplies has been
very high," Weyandt writes in a column
on his company's
"We are shipping orders as fast as
possible, but the demand for
preparedness supplies and long storing
foods is gaining steam again."
an ABC News report said "there are
worrying signs appearing in the United
States where some … locals are beginning
to hoard supplies." The report said some
suppliers were concerned the U.S.
government may be competing with
consumers for stocks of storable food.
Hopkins of Best Prices Storable Foods
told WND his company was having trouble
obtaining No. 10 cans and other storable
foodstuffs, in part, because the federal
government was purchasing such large
"We don't know why,"
Hopkins said. "The feds then went to
freeze dried companies and bought most
of their canned stock."
A statement from one
of the world's larger suppliers of food
stores, Oregon Freeze Dry, also
confirmed that sales of No. 10 cans had
increased so significantly, the company
couldn't keep up and had to remove the
products from their online catalog.
WND also reported a spike in gun
sales in the wake of Obama's election
that was even more intense than in the
days following Y2K and the Sept. 11
And since November,
the sale of weapons and ammunition
The Orlando Sentinel
reports months of steady, heavy buying
have left gun dealers in Florida facing
shortages on ammunition.
"The survivalist in
all of us comes out," John Ritz, manager
of a Florida shooting range, told the
Sentinel. "It's more about protecting
what you have."
"People are just
stockpiling," said a spokeswoman for
Georgia arms, which has seen bullet
sales jump 100 percent since the
election. "A gun is just like a
If you can't get gas, you can't use it."
around the world reported last month on
people facing the economic crisis with
increased preparations for catastrophe.
The Sydney Morning
Herald reports the story of Tony, a
44-year-old stockbroker who lives in a
Sydney suburb with his wife and three
children. Tony has been stockpiling
supplies including rice, multivitamins,
peanut butter, honey, soap and toilet
Simon Beer, who
operates a survivalist website in
Australia, told the newspaper he has
seen a surge in interest lately.
"Climate change, peak
oil, the economic situation," Beer told
the Herald, "people are seeing we're
headed for catastrophic changes."
The Toronto Star
reports the story of Paul, a man in his
mid-50s who only three years ago became
alarmed over the possibility of fuel
shortage and began a plan to prepare for
survival should the worst happen.
"When cars stop
running? And grocery stores go bare?
What do you think is going to happen?"
Paul asked the Star. "It's mind boggling
once you grasp it."
And while the
newspaper did depict Paul as the more
kooky kind of survivalist, labeling him
"a conspiracy-minded fellow," the
reporter nonetheless was surprised to
find him "disarmingly self-aware and
As for Paul, he
laughed at the reporter for assuming a
man who prepares for catastrophe
necessarily fits some "survivalist"
"What did you
expect?" he asked the Star reporter with
a smile. "Head-to-toe camouflage?"
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The word Illuminati means 1.
People claiming to be unusually
enlightened with regard to a subject. 2.
Illuminati: Any of various groups
claiming special religious
enlightenment. Latin illmint,
from pl. of illmintus,
past participle of illminre,
to light up. See
These definitions are taken from "The
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language".
definitions say, any group which considers itself "enlightened"
could rightfully call itself the Illuminati. So is also the case. If
you google "The Illuminati", you will find quite a few groups
claiming this name.
can be confusing, so before we continue,
I want to make very clear that the
Illuminati we are discussing here is NOT
a benevolent secret society who wants to
create peace and harmony in this world
by helping to bring freedom to the
people. Such a benevolent group DOES
exist and happens to call themselves
"The Illuminati", and is actually the
original group using this name.
They have been working behind
the scenes for a very long time to help humanity free themselves
from the chains we have been stuck in for thousands of years.
Unfortunately, the Powers That Be, the evil puppet masters running
this show on war and destruction, infiltrated the truth movement
already in an early stage by adopting the term Illuminati to
describe themselves, thus using the same name as the original
benevolent group. This to further confuse the matter.
Now, almost all researchers
(including myself) have adopted the term "Illuminati" to describe
the Dark Side, and by doing so, we have to a certain degree
unwittingly helped discrediting the benevolent group with this
original name and made it harder for them to get the job done.
Therefore, I will let this
definition follow each and every article posted on this website from
now on in an effort to try to clear up the confusion. I apologize
that so many people now have mixed up the groups, and I have partly,
but ignorant to this fact until recently, been responsible for that.
The point is that the Illuminati I am
exposing here is the super-rich Power Elite with an ambition to
maintain the slave society they have been working so hard to
accomplish over the millennia!
The malevolent group that wants to enslave us call themselves "The
Priesthood of AMEN" and their outer circle they call "Lucifer's
Web", and their most important secret societies are '"The
Thule Gesellschaft" and "The VRIL Society".
term "New World Order", just like the term "Illuminati", has been
used by at least two different groups, meaning basically two
1) A goal to put an end to the current Order (called "The
Old World Order" - OWO),
which is considered evil and anti-survival, and therefore the
current power elite needs to be overthrown and their Old World Order
to be destroyed and replaced with a benevolent "New World Order".
The goal is a humanity-friendly One World Government. The
means putting an end to the current Old World Order with violence, if
Personally, I don't agree with using violence to stop the Old World
Order, as I am more into a spiritual solution (see elsewhere on my
website), but I want to make my
readers aware of that there IS a group calling themselves "The
Illuminati", who want to replace the current Old World Order (the
Rothschilds, Rockefellers etc.) with a benevolent New World Order,
where people are no longer slaves to this Power Elite.
2) A goal to create a micro-chipped society, so that they more
easily can maintain the current Order that they have created
throughout the millennia. This is the
"New World Order" the Bush's, the Rockefellers, the Rothschilds,
Gordon Brown, Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski and others are
supporting and working on maintaining. This is also the "New World Order"
I am fighting against via this website.
Just like in the case with the term "Illuminati", this second group
has confused researchers and truth seekers by using the basically
benevolent term "New World Order" for their negative and malevolent
goals. This has made it harder for the Resistance to operate,
because both "The Illuminati" and the "New World Order" have been
used as a propaganda for the Dark Side and everything connected to
these two terms now are perceived as negative.
If we really look at it, it's nothing
"new" with what this Power Elite officially calls the "New World Order",
more than an effort to hold on to the Old World Order they have
I hope this to some degree makes things clearer.