Glenn: The Spirit is the most sophisticated alarm system ever. Use it.

Tonight, I’m going to cover what happened in Ohio and so much more, but we’re going to cover it in a slightly different way than everybody else is, I think. I don’t really know. I’m not really watching the other coverage on it.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading today, and I’m brought back to a gift somebody gave me and asked me to preserve. And I’ll show it to you tonight. I took all of these pieces, and I had them bound in a book called “Forgiveness is Found From Within.” It is a true American treasure. But to get here, I have to show you what we have to forgive.

It started yesterday. Yesterday evening in Ohio, a 911 operator received a panicked caller pleading for help. Here it is.

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Caller: Help me. I’m Amanda Berry.

Dispatcher: You need police, fire, or ambulance?

Caller: I need police.

Dispatcher: Okay, and what’s going on there?

Caller: I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for ten years, and I’m, I’m here, I’m free now.

Dispatcher: Okay, and what’s your address?

Caller: 2207 Seymour Avenue.

Dispatcher: 2207 Seymour. Looks like you’re calling me from 2210.

Caller: Huh?

Dispatcher: Looks like you’re calling me from 2210.

Caller: I can’t hear you.

Dispatcher: It looks like you are calling me from 2210 Seymour.

Caller: Yeah, I’m across the street; I’m using the phone.

Dispatcher: Okay, stay there with those neighbors. Talk to the police when they get there.

Caller: Okay.

Dispatcher: Thank you. Okay, talk to police when they get there.

Caller: Okay. Hello?

Dispatcher: Yeah, talk to the police when they get there.

Caller: Okay, are they on their way right now? I need them now.

Dispatcher: We’re going to send them as soon as we get a car open.

Caller: No, I need them now before he gets back.

Dispatcher: All right; we’re sending them, Okay?

Caller: Okay, I mean like right now.

Dispatcher: Who’s the guy you’re trying – who’s the guy who went out?

Caller: Um, his name is Ariel Castro.

Dispatcher: All right. How old is he?

Caller: He’s like 52.

Dispatcher: All right, and uh –

Caller: I’m Amanda Berry. I’ve been on the news for the last ten years.

Dispatcher: Okay, I got, I got that here. And, you said, what was his name again?

Caller: Uh, Ariel Castro.

Dispatcher: And is he white, black or Hispanic?

Caller: Uh, he’s Hispanic.

Dispatcher: What’s he wearing?

Caller (agitated): I don’t know, ‘cause he’s not here right now. That’s how I got away.

Dispatcher: When he left, what was he wearing?

Caller: Who knows (unintelligible).

Dispatcher: The police are on their way; talk to them when they get there.

This is really – this is just an amazing story, and that’s where the nightmare ended and new nightmares begin. Let me show you where that nightmare really began. It was April 21, 2003. It was 7:00 at night. Sixteen-year-old Amanda Berry was finishing up her shift at work at the Burger King, West 110th Street in Cleveland, Ohio. She was planning to walk three blocks home, but when her sister called, Amanda said, I found a ride home.

She was planning to celebrate her 17th birthday the very next day, but that never happened, because Amanda never came home, not that night, nor the next, nor the day after that. Her mom called police to report her missing, and the community rallied. Vigils were held. Simple searches were conducted. Fliers were handed out.

Almost exactly a year later, somebody else disappeared, this time a 14-year-old, special-needs student. She went missing. This is Gina. She went missing, same neighborhood, only a couple of blocks from where Amanda was missing. Now, the community is in real shock, and they rally again.

Police suspected the cases were connected, but they didn’t know how. But when they noticed that there was an older, less-reported kidnapping in 2000 in the same neighborhood, 20-year-old Michelle Knight, that’s when police said something’s really wrong here. Well, days led into weeks, and months, and all of the leads started to dry up, and many began to fear the worst.

You don’t usually survive a kidnapping very long. Odds are against it. But mom had this feeling inside of her. She said Amanda is still alive. Well, that’s what she felt, but then she made the mistake of going on a TV show and talking to a psychic. Well, here’s what the psychic told her, “I just hate this. She’s not alive, honey, and I’ll tell you why…Your daughter was not the type that would not have called you.”

Well, that went against everything that mom was feeling. She was confused. She was grieving, and she trusted the psychic instead of her own self. So she cleaned up Amanda’s things, and she gave away her computer and took down the pictures of her daughter. In an interview, she said, “Please don’t misunderstand me. I still don’t want to believe it. I want to have hope, but after a year and a half, what else is there? It seems like the God-honest truth. My daughter would always call home.”

So now, let’s go back to Amanda. The police are calling her now a hero. She’s a real hero in this case, because she made a daring escape. For ten years, she was in that house – ten. Amanda suffered mental torture, severe physical, sexual abuse. Reports now say police found chains hanging from the ceiling. The fear these girls had to have felt…but she survived.

After all of the fear and the pain, Amanda finally got to experience a little bit of joy regaining freedom. I don’t know how long it lasted, and how she must have ached to be held in her mother’s arms. And then she said, “Where’s mom?” Amanda’s mom never gave up her hope, but after that appearance with the psychic, her spirit was crushed. She died in March of 2006. Those who knew her said she died of a broken heart. She never got to see her daughter alive again.

The things Amanda and these girls, the things they went through, we’ll never understand, and the things they lost, we can’t even fathom – a decade worth of life. Think about where you were ten years ago when this kidnapping happened. Just then, the United States was invading Iraq. Apple launched its new iTunes Music Store, brand new then. It sold a million songs in the first week that she was missing.

We were all going to the Lord of the Rings. It broke box office records. Millions lost power during the Northeast blackout. Do you remember that? And Elizabeth Smart was found alive nine months after she was kidnapped. How much has changed since that period of time? How much have you changed?

I’ve told you before that the light is growing, but so is evil. The evil inside of these kidnappers is profound. A week after Amanda was kidnapped, her mom received a call from Amanda’s cell phone. It was a man. He said he was married to Amanda, and that she would see her in a few days. She asked to speak with Amanda, and he hung up. He never called back.

Ariel Castro attended at least two of the vigils for the missing girls. Now, he’s the guy who kidnapped the girls. He was holding them in his home, and he goes to mourn and hold a candle. His last post on his Facebook page on May 2nd, five days ago, reads this: “miracles really do happen, God is good :)”

Ariel, I don’t think God had anything to do with you, but miracles do happen. God is good. These women survived you. I don’t know about the good part of God, but Ariel, you should pay attention, because vengeance is His alone.

I was struck today, the fact that this is modern-day slavery. And slavery isn’t about race. Slavery is and always has been about control. It’s about power, and that power, that evil, is growing in our country. The reach for power and control, be it the government or in the place you work, it is growing, and it is ancient in nature.

We found out some new news today. On top of being held basically as a slave hostage, a sex-slave hostage, she also birthed a daughter of one of these early truly evil people during captivity. Imagine what birth was like. She didn’t go to a hospital. A new report is coming out this afternoon now alleging that the girls may have gotten pregnant multiple times, and that there is “disturbed dirt in the backyard.”

The evil that we are witnessing in our lifetime is difficult to comprehend. We have to recognize not only the things the girls went through, but we also should recognize they survived. Recognize that there is something in the human spirit that gets you through all of the madness.

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Sandra Ruiz: God works in mysterious ways. You would never – I mean, it’s just unbelievable, unbelievable. These girls, these women are so strong, stronger than I am. I will tell you that much. And they all have a positive attitude. And this is what we need from everyone. We need to still be a family, neighborhood with neighborhood. We need to watch out for all kids. Really, watch who your neighbor is, because you never know.

Watch who your neighbor is, because you never know. Don’t snoop around. Get to know your neighbor. Here’s a novel concept: talk to your neighbor. We’re all so busy zoned into our cell phones and our iPads, we don’t bother making human connections anymore. What do you say we look up from time to time? Look around. We might just see something.

I talked to a police officer today, because I’m going to show you some audio here in a second, and I asked, So if you saw something – I mean, you call the police, I mean, they’d think you’re nuts – I don’t know. Something’s wrong. The police officer told me, he said, “Glenn, I’ve listened to you for years. I think one of the most important things you’ve said in a long time is get to know your sheriff and get to know your local police.”

I thought about that this afternoon in this case. We used to know, I don’t know, Officer O’Malley or whoever it was. We knew the cops. My father, I remember, he got stopped a couple of times for a speeding ticket, and he knew. He was like, Hey, Steve. Bill. What are you doing?

We knew each other. And if you saw something wrong, you could call up and say, Hey Steve, you know me. You know I’m sane. There’s something not right here. And Steve may not have necessarily believed you, but he would’ve watched that house for a while. He might’ve told the other guys on the force, Hey, Bill know something.

When I look at this story, I’m amazed by one thing – the map. Look at how close these houses are together. They are right on top of each other. Ten years? A girl has a baby? Ten years – nothing? Where’s the community?

Incredibly, Child Protective Services, who I don’t count on to do anything, but I just want to point this out, Child Protective Services were sent to this home in 2004 because the suspect, a Cleveland school bus driver – that’s what the guy did – he left a young boy on the bus. So when he locked the bus up, here’s this kid trapped on the bus. Well, not supposed to do that. I wonder if the labor union was involved, because they knocked on his front door , but he didn’t answer the door, so they just left.

They never made contact with him. They never returned to his house. I mean, it’s amazing to me, especially when you remember what we’ve been watching on TV happening in California, when they bust through that door in Sacramento, California, remember? And they say, hey lady, we’re going to take your kid? Really? They didn’t even bother to come back. Now, give them the benefit of the doubt. They’re not looking for kidnapped girls, but what about the neighbors?

Amanda had a child, birthed the child. How in the world did no one notice a baby being born next door, or a baby crying? In a house that wasn’t supposed to have a baby, nobody noticed this?

The interview that is going viral right now is the guy who actually answered Amanda’s plea for help. She was banging on the door, and Charles Ramsey helped her escape. He gave a pretty memorable telling off to the reporters, and it was really amazing some of the things he said in its entirety. Let me just play a little bit of the clip here.

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Charles Ramsey: See, that girl, Amanda, told the police I ain’t just the only one. It’s some more girls up in that house. So they go in up there, you know, 30-40 deep, and when they came out, was just astonishing, because I thought they would come up with nothing. I figured, I mean, whoever she was – and like I said, my neighbor, you’ve got some big testicles to pull this off, bro, because we see this dude every day. I mean every day.

Q: How long have you lived here?

Charles Ramsey: I’ve been here a year. You see where I’m coming from? I barbecue with this dude. We eat ribs and whatnot and listen to salsa music. You see where I’m coming from?

Q: And you had no indication that there was anything going on?

Charles Ramsey: Not a – bro, not a clue that that girl was in that house, or anybody else was in there against their will…I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway.

Q: Charles, thank you very much.

Charles Ramsey: Dead giveaway.

Okay, everybody is looking at that, but you’ll notice he said I knew a year ago. And you have to go back to another interview that he gave. Now, this one isn’t as entertaining as the first, but this is the one that I want you to pay very close attention to what he says, because it affects you. Watch.

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Q: Well, once she said her name, you recognized the name?

Charles Ramsey: Yeah, and then I walked down the street, and I told my neighbor, Anthony. And I said Anthony –me and Anthony talked about this last year, but he told me I was paranoid, because I just moved on this street. And I told him something’s wrong with that house. He told me just leave it alone, Chuck. And you see what happened.

This guy I am trying to get on the show. This guy I want to talk more than – I want to talk to him more than any president or anybody else. I want to talk to him. He said I’m living on the street. This guy has been stripped down to nothing. You want to watch this story and actually get something out of it, because otherwise we’re voyeurs. What are you learning from this story? Ooh, what about the chains?

You want something out of this story, that guy can provide it. He knew something. Something inside of him said there’s something wrong with that house. There’s something wrong with these people, but his friend said, oh, you’re just paranoid. Leave it alone. Leave it alone. So he dropped it.

Words have consequences. We should listen more than we speak, and I don’t mean listen to each other. Maybe listen in here. When the spirit wells up in you, do not push it down. Do not dismiss it. If he would’ve known the local cop, if he would’ve had a friend who said, You know what, I know you man. I know you’re not crazy. What do you think is wrong?

I want to tell you a couple of stories, be cryptic on a couple things here, but – last week a couple of friends came over. And they came over to the house, and they told me – I had only met a friend of theirs and their spouse one time, met them one time, met them quickly. And they came over, and they said, “Dude, how did you know?” I said, “What are you talking about?” “Do you remember when you met this couple?” And I said, “Yeah, just a brief meeting.”

They said, “Do you remember you asked how does everybody feel about this couple?” And I said, “Yeah, why?” He said, “You told us something was wrong.” Well, it turns out the husband is abusing the wife. I didn’t know that, but I knew something was wrong with him, and I knew something was wrong in the relationship. And so, I went to the family. No one else said they saw it. I wonder now how many of them are going, Man, you know what, I did. I just dismissed it. Don’t dismiss these things.

One more story – I was at the NRA convention this weekend. And I occasionally will have decent discernment on people, and usually only – I wish I had it all the time – but usually only in – well there’s the line there – usually only in lines like this, and it happens rapidly. And you’ll see, if you were watching that, you’ll see people are in front of me very fast.

And I don’t like it, because I like to spend time with people. But I look people right in the eye. And I have this bizarre gift that occasionally I can look people in the eye, and I can feel them. And I know kind of – I don’t know anything about them. I don’t know what they’re really going through, but I can feel pain sometimes.

And this guy in line Saturday, he came through, and he was with three people. And he came through the line, and I looked up, and I said, “Hi.” And he looked me right in the eye, and he said, “How are you?” And I said, “Fine,” and I signed his book, and I slid it back. And as I’m sliding it back, and he’s starting to turn, I feel tell him everything’s going to be okay. But he’s smiling. Everything seems to be fine.

And then this woman comes up, and she starts talking to me. And he’s leaving, and I hesitated that long. And he’s walking away. And she says, “Hi, how are you?” I’m signing the book for her, and I’m hearing again, tell him everything’s going to be okay. Well, I look over, and he’s already gone. I said to the woman, “Could you hold just a second?” They stop the line.

I went around the podium, and I had to go out. They keep me in this little box thing now for security. And I went out, and I look out, and he’s already way down. He’s like 50 feet away from me, and he’s way down by the escalators. And I said, “Hang on. I’ll be right back.”

So I went out, and as I’m walking up to him, I see him with some friends. And he’s laughing, and I’m thinking I am so stupid. What am I doing? And I walked up to him, and he turned around, and he went, “Whoa, what’s up?” And I said, “I don’t even know what this means, but I feel like I’m supposed to tell you everything’s going to be okay.” The guy immediately broke down and hugged me and started to cry. I don’t know what was going on in his life, but things like that become stronger when you actually follow through.

If you don’t believe any of the God stuff, read The Gift of Fear. There is a radar in all of us that too many of us ignore. It’s a muscle, and the more you ignore it, the weaker it gets. Exercise it. It will warn you. It will set off alarm bells – listen, listen. I’m sure a lot of people had been around that guy all weekend. A lot of people were around this husband and wife, and they thought something, but they didn’t say anything.

At some point – I have told you for years – at some point, the spirit will say to you stop, turn around, go the other direction. We are here now. I don’t know what the spirit will tell you to do, but it’s time to listen to it. It is the most sophisticated alarm system ever made. Use it. Back in a minute.

Top FIVE public figures calling out woke mob

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As Glenn says, there is balance in all things. The further the pendulum swings one way, the stronger the counter-force grows.

For the past decade, the pendulum has been swinging left so fast that it has been hard to keep up with. What's considered progressive and woke one day is suddenly old-fashioned and intolerant the next. Fortunately, many people (such as yourself) have seen the writing on the wall and have taken a stand against the woke mob that drags us closer and closer to tyranny, despite personal risk.

Some of these people have taken a stand despite being in the public eye, at the height of their careers, and having everything to lose. For these people, it would have been easier (not to mention more profitable) to stay quiet, keep their heads down, and do what they're told. But they didn't. Instead, they risked it all to make a stand against wokism. This is where we see the tide turning, the pendulum slowing, and perhaps starting to swing the other way. This is where we begin to take America back.

These are the top five public figures who have recently made a stand against the woke mob:

Harrison Butker

In his now famous commencement address to the graduating class of 2024 at Benedictine College, Kansas City Chief Kicker, Harrison Butker stood up for his religious values (and assumingly, the values of the students at this Catholic College). Butker criticized the president and media for perpetuating "degenerate values" and promoted traditional family values. For this, he was vilified by the media.

Jerry Seinfeld

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has come under fire for defending his values several times over the last several months. During his commencement speech at Duke University that made the rounds on the internet a few weeks ago, Seinfeld was met with protests and walkouts by the pro-Palestine crowd due to his public support of Israel. Seinfeld has also received criticism for an interview with the New Yorker during which he blamed "the extreme left and P.C. crap" for the absence of quality comedy on television.

Joe Mazzulla

The NBA finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Boston Celtics are the hot sporting event at the moment. The head coach of the Celtics, Joe Mazzulla, is an outspoken Catholic and speaks frequently about his faith. In a recent interview, Mazzulla was asked if he felt that it was significant that the head coaches for both teams were black, to which he responded "I wonder how many of those have been Christian coaches?"

Aaron Rodgers

NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers caught flack in 2021 for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine and going on air to defend his decision. He also criticized "woke culture" for being so easily offended. Rodgers has admitted that he lost money, friends, and media allies on a podcast with Joe Rogan since becoming outspoken about his beliefs. Rogers has continued to be vocal over issues concerning the vaccine and has championed other athletes who have spoken against vaccination.

Russell Brand

UK actor and comedian Russell Brand has faced recent criticism from the mainstream media for speaking his mind on several controversial issues. Brand started during the pandemic when he began posting videos on his YouTube channel that were critical of the way governments across the world were handling the crisis. Since then, Brand has defended his stance on COVID-19, called out woke corporations, and even converted to Christianity.

10 lessons on prepping from around the world

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Prepping is a human condition practiced across the globe for thousands of years. Customs are influenced by geography, culture, politics, and threat. Here are ten applicable observations on preparedness from around the world.

1. Argentina: Get hard.

Fernando “Ferfal” Aguirre’s The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse is required reading for preppers, and it’s chock-full of real-life lessons from his experiences during Argentina's 2001 economic crisis. But the very first thing he starts with is preparing your body and your mind so you’re not a soft target. Stop being soft. Do difficult things to develop your body and your mind. Go camping. Hit the gym. Get in shape! It’ll do wonders for your health, survivability, and confidence.

Take home point: here’sa simple weightlifting plan that most able-bodied adults can perform. Learn to stand up straight and act confident. Get your dental and health problems fixed while you can—don’t put it off for after stuff hits the fan.

2. Netherlands: Involve the kids!

The motto of the Boy Scouts of America is “Be Prepared” and the organization has taught boys wilderness and practical skills for over 100 years. The Dutch have their own version of inculcating confidence in their children via a cultural tradition known as Dutch Dropping. Kids, starting around the age of 11-12, are dropped off in the forest alone or in small groups at night with minimal gear and instructed to find their way home or to the campsite with ZERO adult assistance. Some nights are tough and miserable, but overall, the practice instills independence, decision-making skills, and is widely practiced.

Take home point: instill grit and self-confidence in your children early.

3. Israel: Always be prepared.

Entire books could be dedicated to the 10/7 attack, but the key takeaway is this: no one saw it coming. The folks attending the Supernova music festival expected a fun party, and what they got instead was hell. Israel is a bit of a special case, but the reality is you never know when a mass shooter or other disaster will strike. Never get too intoxicated, never let your guard down too much, because you never know when your life will change forever.

Take home point: you don’t have to live on hyper-alert (that is grossly unhealthy) but keep your wits about you and have a plan if things go south.

4.Taiwan: Grassroots communities are the best.

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Post-COVID and especially after the start of the Russia-Ukraine War, prepping has exploded in Taiwan. Fearing an imminent blockade and invasion, the Taiwanese have recognized their precarious position. Prepper groups have sprung up across the island and vary in their focus from all-hazards to gear geeks to weaponized resistance forces training with airsoft guns. Skills taught are varied; examples include building an emergency kit, learning first aid, and basic survival proficiencies.

However, some groups go much further and provide instruction on military simulations. Participants run the political gamut and are highly varied in their professions, reflecting a massive cross-section of the island. One common theme that appears across these groups is the adage that disaster can happen at any moment and can consist of assorted hazards. The April 2024 severe earthquake is proof positive of this understanding.

Take home point: community resilience is vital!

5. Bosnia: Get your ham radio license.

During the Bosnian War of the early 1990s, ham radio operators like Himzo Devedzija helped separated families stay in touch via radio. These days, the ubiquity of the internet and smartphones has made ham radio seem obsolete, but radio has a key advantage over more modern and user-friendly tech: it requires practically no infrastructure. Hook a radio up to a battery connected to a solar panel, throw a wire over a tree, and you’re in business. Master digital modes like Winlink and you can even send email over the air. The downside is the equipment is expensive, and you need to take tests with the FCC to obtain the necessary licenses. Your best bet is to contact yournearest ham radio club, who can help prepare you for the tests and recommend the best equipment for your area. But you can do a lot of interesting things even without a license, like listen to worldwide HF transmissions and learn how to track down radio transmitters through foxhunting.

Take home point: pick up a hobby, even if it’s not ham and make it FUN!

6. Russia: Plant a garden.

While the leadership of Russia is commonly maligned, the Russian people are damn tough. They’ve survived Genghis Khan, famines, a communist revolution, and total government collapse. One secret to Russian resiliency? Dacha gardens, which the Russian people have maintained for over 1,000 years. These small backyard gardens account for 3% of Russia’s land but provide over 50% of the country’s food, including 92% of potatoes, 77% of vegetables, 87% of fruit, 59% of meat, and 49% of milk. You don’t have to grow everything overnight, but simply starting with a single raised bed of lettuce and maybe a handful of chickens will give you invaluable real-world experience you can scale when the chips are down.

Take home point: build your resilience in bite-sized (pun intended) chunks.

7. Cyprus: Diversification saves.

During the 2013 financial crisis in Cyprus, Germany agreed to bail out the island, but with some characteristic German austerity: a tax of 6.75 percent from insured deposits up to €100,000 and a 9.9 percent from uninsured amounts over €100,000. People panicked, and Cyprus had to shut down banks for two weeks to avoid a run. Ultimately, depositors lost nearlyhalf of their savings. The crisis in Cyprussparked Bitcoin’s meteoric rise from obscure nerd money to a financial titan as the savvy rich realized that they couldn’t trust the banks. Of course, there are alternative places to store wealth other than a bank, but as for your liquid capital, it pays to diversify. Keep some in cash, Bitcoin, and precious metals.

Take home point: your mother was right, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

8.Japan: Government CAN be helpful.

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Japan overall, and Tokyo specifically, take disaster preparedness quite seriously. The 2024 New Years Day earthquake hammered that point home, yet again. At the national level, the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force is habitually prepared to respond to calamity; everything from earthquakes to typhoons to tsunamis.

As a country, September 1st is nationally designated as Disaster Prevention Day, commemorating the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake which claimed 140,000 lives. School children, businesses, theme parks, and members of the national government participate annually. At the municipal level, Tokyo publishes a very thorough and thoughtful pamphlet on preparedness for its residents (English link here:https://www.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/english/guide/bosai/index.html). Tokyo also boasts the massive Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, near downtown, that is used both as a tourist attraction and an actual disaster response site.

Take home point: remembrance, codified in national action and tribute, contributes to a culture of preparedness.

9. Finland, Switzerland, Israel: Bunkers aren't mainstream, but the concept is widespread.

You would really have to be a tinfoil hat wearing loon to invest in a bunker, right? Wrong. Switzerland mandates either a personal bunker or a tax for a space in a public bunker. In 2023, Finland ascertained it had over 50,000 bunkers, enough to shelter nearly 90% of its population. For these countries, the shelters are due to nuclear fears. Israeli law stipulates residential homes should possess a Merkhav Mugan (translation: protected space) to protect from conventional rocket and mortar attacks. Some countries and some areas are at higher risk for conventional or nuclear attack. It is folly to ignore this.

Take home point: the need for a nuclear bunker at home should not be a top prepping priority, but many areas of the US could greatly benefit from a reinforced room (e.g. panic room, tornado, or hurricane shelter) to mitigate threats.

10. United Kingdom, Canada, Australia: International preparedness is growing.

Although the tide is turning (slowly), one negative export from America on prepping, especially to the Western World, is that prepping is fringe and even anti-social, if not downright dangerous. Fortunately, things are changing for the better. The United Kingdom is, at least anecdotally, seeing an uptick in interest. The reality series Alone Australia, a spin-off of the American show where survivalists test their wits in nature, is a hit. A December 2023 survey of Canadians found 7% considered themselves preppers with British Columbia reporting the highest levels. Given wildfires, home prices, and general angst regarding a host of potential crises, it’s not hard to see why many are changing their views regarding preparedness.

Take home point: prepping has been a human staple for millennia; the world is rediscovering this and taking action.

About the authors:

Josh Centers has no masters degrees, but he does own four chickens along with some meat rabbits on his Tennessee compound. He runs unprepared.life, the best-selling Substack newsletter on preparedness, where he discusses subjects like food storage, nuclear war preparations, homeschooling, and the importance of cleaning your dryer vents. His views absolutely do not reflect the views of the Department of Defense or the Army.

Dr. Chris Ellis has four masters degrees and earned his PhD at Cornell University. He is a Colonel in the Army who specializes in a variety of disaster and homeland defense initiatives. His views are from his studies and experience and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Defense, the Army, or his current command. Sadly, Chris does not own any chickens.

5 Christian denominations that have EMBRACED LGBTQ+

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The United Methodist Church (UMC) just lost one million members overnight, and they're on their way to losing another 1.5 million in the coming weeks.

Early this May, the UMC, which has been succumbing to the pressures of the progressive mob for years, made one of its biggest concessions to date. At the UMC's general conference meeting in Charlotte, they voted to allow LGBTQ-practicing clergy and reversed their ban on same-sex marriage. For the leaders of the United Methodist Church of Ivory Coast (EMCUI), this was the straw that broke the camel's back, and they voted to withdraw from the United Methodist Church. This was a massive blow to the Church, which has been losing U.S. congregations over the last few years.

The EMCUI's decision to stand up against pressures from the progressive wing of the Church and defend its core values is being reflected in other churches within the UMC. The 1.5 million-member-strong Korean Methodist Church may soon be on its way out of the UMC before long. The controversy stemming from the general conference meeting provoked the following response from the conservative faction within the Korean Methodist Church: "Homosexuality cannot be accepted until the Lord returns. This is not an emotional issue but a matter of unchangeable truth. Homosexuality is clearly a sin."

But the UMC is not alone. There has been a continuing trend of denominations across America changing their stance on LGBTQ matters and condoning gay clergy and gay marriages.

Here are FIVE examples of Christian denominations that have embraced the pride movement:

United Methodist Church (UMC)

The chargeable offenses for clergy being found to be "self-avowed practicing homosexual" or for presiding at a same-sex marriage or union ceremony are deleted.

Rev. Burton Edwards

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

The [Presbyterian Church U.S.A] apologizes for the church’s previous unwelcoming stance on LGBTQ parishioners, celebrates LGBTQ church pioneers, and states the church will welcome, lift up, and fight for the human rights of all people created in the eyes of God.

Overture 11-13: "On Celebrating the Gifts of People of Diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities in the Life of the Church"

The Episcopal Church

Ordination and the offices of bishop, priest, and deacon are open to all without discrimination. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

The Episcopal Church's statement on "LGBTQ+ in the Church"

United Church of Christ (UCC)

LGBTQIA+ siblings know intimately the nature of being deemed an outcast. The clarion call for LGBTQIA+ advocacy is reverberating from state capitol rotundas, family dinner tables, city streets, and church pews.

The UCC's Love is Louder Campaign

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

We give thanks for the gifts, wisdom, leadership and faith of our LGBTQIA+ neighbors and siblings in Christ. We ask the Spirit to embolden us in advocating for social, institutional and legislative change that reflects justice, total inclusion and God’s boundless love for humanity in all its diversity.

The ELCA's prayer ventures; June 4, 2024

Trump's conviction: Press on for the sake of the republic

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Editor's note: This article was originally published on TheBlaze.com.

In today's world, everyone seems to get a trophy, which makes the trophy absolutely worthless. Unless it’s fought for, unless it’s earned and struggled for, the trophy doesn’t belong to you. The same goes for freedom. I’ve never earned the freedom we enjoy in America. I fear I spent too much of my life squandering it. And for what? Ease? Money? Just to go along to get along? A trophy that everybody gets but was never earned?

We must not accept defeat. If we do, we are not worthy of the freedom that is worth fighting for.

I do not accept, nor do I want that trophy. I want one that means something, and that means standing up for something.

Defeat is not an outcome. Defeat is a choice.

We were given an opportunity on Thursday to stand for something: our republic. The weaponization of our government to snuff out Donald Trump’s campaign represents a greater attack against the foundational freedoms that forged our republic: the right to a fair and impartial trial, the right to free and fair elections, the right to defend yourselves against your accusers. Will you stand for it?

Now is the time to decide, and our decision may very well determine whether our republic is heading toward victory or defeat.

I will never say we are finished. I will never utter the words, “We have lost!” Because defeat is not an outcome. Defeat is a choice. It is the choice of the person who is pushed down and refuses to get back up. It is the choice of the person who backs down when pitted against seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The posture of defeat is the one who backs down when things get hard. Will you take that posture? Or will you stand for freedom and rise to the occasion that our republic demands?

It always sucks before you get to the summit. The question is: As you're driving your wagon train over the Rocky Mountains, do you press on? Do you actually have an unwavering belief in our republic? Do you really even know the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, or the Constitution? Do you know why we fight? Because if you don't know, you will lose.

Will enough of us call upon that unyielding spirit that has always been inside us? Will you stand for those values that we’ve been told our whole lives are self-evident? Apparently, they are not self-evident any more, according to our ruling elites.

Our country forged the greatest mission statement the world has ever witnessed, that all people are "endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," where justice and freedom can be had by all.

That is the summit of the mountain we now face, and it is a summit worth pressing forward to reach. We are still on the side of the mountain. We have a long way to go, and last Thursday, they tried to knock us back down. We must ask ourselves today: Do we just go back down? Is this as far as we go? Or do we just say, "Press on, America."

We must press on. We must not accept defeat. If we do, we are not worthy of the freedom that is worth fighting for.