If you have moved somewhere new in the past few years, then you know that the locals come out of the woodwork trying to see who the new resident is. Some will come by and introduce themselves and others will just ride by with a bewildered look; mouth open like they are trying to catch flies; almost crashing because they aren’t watching the road and are taking mental pictures of your estate. For privacy seekers, this is not a good thing. As we know here at Privacy Living, what follows the new friendly neighbor is trouble. They get a little too familiar and then the tests start. Power companies show up, Code Enforcement shows up, and even Law Enforcement shows up sometimes just to flex and see what kind of taxes they can get from the new guy on the block.
These are example of the nightmares faced by a privacy seeker. But now a new popular trend is taking hold in the main stream and it is ripe to be taken advantage of. The Barndominium is a self-explanatory name: It is simply a barn that can be used as a dwelling. Many trendies are now building houses that look like barns and calling them barndominiums. That is fine, and I’m not here to debate what qualifies as a house or a barn. What I am talking about is the opportunity to buy a property with a sturdy barn and then secretly renovating it into a nice place on the inside while maintaining the appearance of a barn on the outside.
This is a brilliant idea if you can keep it under wraps. Here are a few things to keep in mind so you don’t get noticed.
- Starting from scratch is a sure sign of being noticed. Lookie-Loo’s and government spy planes along with private drones are going to see a structure pop-up where a hole in the ground once was. Using an existing structure is best for privacy.
- Electricity is a consideration: Solar and wind power is always the best way to stay private if you can afford them. For a normal person without electrical knowledge, you will want to start with a place that already has electricity. Getting electricians on the site will always blow your cover because they have to pull permits.
- How about Water? – Water is more of a necessity than electricity. This is something you definitely need to have planned before you plan anything else. Water will have to be provided by a sophisticated rain catching system or a municipal water supply. If the ladder is the case, it is best to have your water meter near the road and far from your barndominium. This should keep the prying eyes of the meter man away from your home.
- Consider Parking: You need to make space in your barn for parking. A barn with a car parked out front looks like someone lives there.
- Do you have a barnyard? All nice hobby farms have a barnyard, so you should have a barnyard around your barndominium to make it authentic looking and provide extra security. I always recommend fence as a good burglar deterrent. This time it just needs to look like a farm fence. It should be designed to be just as difficult as any other fence for a burglar.
Finally, if you are having a little trouble convincing your better half that creating your own private barndomenium is a good idea, consider some of the beautiful creations that have already been made by many great designers. Here’s a great barndominium facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Bardominium/?fref=ts
You can also check out the barndominiums on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”. Here is one near Waco Texas that is now renting for $1200 a night: http://www.mysanantonio.com/lifestyle/travel-outdoors/article/Barndominium-HGTV-Fixer-Upper-for-rent-8327576.php
An Ivy League College Girl who is from a good home and is an “A” student suddenly decides she wants off the grid. She stops talking to friends, cleans out her bank account, sells all her possessions and checks out of society. But why? There’s a growing group of individuals who have begun to realize that the western society we’ve created with it’s complicated nature of corporate jobs, traffic, bills, social media, illness and other factors may be more harmful than good.
Unfortunately it appears that our society has become so filled with everyday stress, expectation and now spying (such as phone, drone and social media) that people are deciding not to participate in the dystopian, Matrix-like future we’ve created for ourselves. People are tired of being spied upon, tired of tolerating micro-managers and corporate policies, tired of fighting for less and less money, tired of owing the bankers, tired of having less and less privacy in their home and tired of conforming to the wills of the tyrants who run our governments.
Will you take the red pill or the blue one? Morpheus is waiting…
Also, if you haven’t checked out our book called Disappear in 24 Hours, you should check it out!
Despite the fact that the FBI and DHS in the United States have downplayed concerns over terrorists potentially targeting the electrical grid, a terrorist scenario that has been greatly underestimated by most, a nationwide campaign of briefings and webinars “warning” power industry players of potential threats has been undertaken.
“It is only a matter of the ‘when,’ not the ‘if’—we’re going to see a nation-state, group, or actor engage in destructive behavior against critical infrastructure in the United States,” Rogers, who is also director of the National Security Agency, said in a speech March 2. – The Washington Free Beacon
While you may have considered the possibility for terrorism through our electric grid, the fact that our leaders are actively discussing this possibility with industry professionals is shocking. Essentially, terrorism against the electric grid means a power shutdown. If these shutdowns happen in short increments, they are only considered an inconvenience or annoyance. But if the grid goes down for days or weeks, pandemonium can set in and lives can be threatened, dependent upon how long the black out happens. Don’t think it can happen? Do a google search for “Hurricane Sandy blackout”. When the power goes out for days, bad things happen!
Blog about what happens from first hour to 7 days after the breakdown of the electrical grid. http://www.realworldsurvivor.com/2015/08/25/power-outages-blackouts-how-the-world-could-change-in-7-days/#lights-off-how-the-world-could-change-in-7-days-18
Another blog on power outage by Privacyliving.com: https://privacyliving.com/tag/hurricane-sandy/
One of my favorite websites to visit and favorite newsletters is one written by Sovereign Man. He always has lots of great information about living abroad and politics in the United States. I wanted to share this post from Sovereign Man I received today by email. If you haven’t checked out their website or signed up for the newsletter, I highly recommend both. Enjoy..
I don’t necessarily recommend just packing up and bailing out of your own home country, but for some it is not an option. Sometimes things just happen and you need to move along. So if you are country shopping you might find it interesting that Ireland has the fastest growing economy in Europe. Last year Ireland’s economy grew 7.8% which is greater than China and the US.
The factors that caused this are mostly sound common sense principals but the two that I find most notable are #1: Ireland has a low corporate tax rate (12.5%) that is dwarfed by the Unites States 39% corporate tax rate (This is what attracts business). #2: Ireland is prosecuting the bankers that crashed their economy in 2008. Ireland recently extradited David Drumm, former chief executive of Irish Anglo Bank, back from his hide out in Boston Massachusetts on 33 charges, including forgery and fraud. (This restores public trust)
Now, how does this help you? Keep your eye on Ireland. If they continue to grow I will recommend them as a place to expatriate to. My only word of warning is that unemployment in Ireland is still at 8.6% so don’t expect to hop off a boat and be flooded with job opportunities. However, this is a European country and if you land a job it will pay way better than a job in most Latin American or African countries. It is important when planning a move to consider how easily you can get work as an immigrant as well as what it will pay and how you will be treated. At this time, for those very reasons, I have Ireland on my watch list and you should too.
In my book “Disappear in 24 Hours” available at http://howto.disappear24.com/ I mentioned the Grab and Go bag that you should always have on your person. To eliminate any confusion, this is not a bugout bag. This needs to be something you can run with and won’t look crazy when you carry it around during your daily life.
We now live in times where the collapse should have happened a long time ago. My inspiration for writing this came 2 days ago when a family member decided to get bent out of shape and tell me they are tired of hearing about gloom and doom that was supposed to happen 5 years ago. I happen to agree…we are 5 years overdue for the quickening in the United States. So continue with your life however you want but keep your grab and go bag with you at all times. This may be all you have when things go wrong. If you can’t get back to your home base for 48 hours you should be able to survive. I have listed what I have in my grab and go bag below. You can add or subtract as you feel but remember rule #1 with a grab and go bag is be able to run a mile with it.
- Bottle of water
- Multi-tool with a knife on it
- Cigarette lighter
- Granola bar
- Thin Poncho with Hood
- I have a gun when it is legal
If I was short on time and had to pick the top 3 it would be water bottle, Poncho, and cigarette lighter. The water bottle is an absolute. Even if you don’t prepare yourself after reading this I will just advise you to grab some type of container on your way out the door. You will need hydration after making a quick escape and the adrenaline wears off.