Help us make 299 Days: THE MOVIE!!!

by Glen Tate on April 14, 2014

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Yep.  This is the big announcement.

Let’s make a movie.  For real.

Everything you need to know is here, on the Kickstarter page for 299 Days.

Here’s more detail: We have a real Hollywood producer – who is a Patriot and prepper (!) – and we’re going to raise the money to make the first of hopefully three 299 Days movies.  Movie One will be based on Book One and Book Two.  You can listen all about it on this interview of me on the Survival Podcast (which, by the way, is the best interview I’ve ever done.)

We know Hollywood is full of left-wing lunatics so we’re not counting on them to make this movie.  Instead, we – the Patriot and prepper community – are going to do it ourselves.  We’re self-reliant; doing things ourselves is what we do.  A movie is no exception.

We will raise the money in two stages: (1) pre-sales of DVDs and Blu-Rays, and (2) a Kickstarter campaign for the remainder.  (Here is background on how Kickstarter works.)  No one has to pay a dime unless we meet our funding goal and can then make the movie.  Here are the details:

The first stage is from March 20 to April 1 when we will pre-sell DVDs and blu-rays of the movie.  You can pledge to buy them here.  We are not collecting your credit card numbers now; you are merely pledging to buy DVDs and blu-rays.  If we don’t meet the funding goal  We’re doing pre-sales to raise as much money as we can this way so we can ask for less in a Kickstarter campaign.  If we don’t meet your Kickstarter funding goal then we don’t get the Kickstarter money, so we want the Kickstarter goal to be as low as possible.  So please pre-order as many DVDs and Blu-Rays as you can – they make great presents to hand out to people to described why they should be a prepper.  The more you order, the better the chance of the moving being made.

The second stage is from April 2 to May 2 when we launch the Kickstarter campaign.  In that time period, you can go onto the Kickstarter web page for 299 Days and (1) view the magnificent video trailer we did (some of the screen shots are below), and (2) make a pledge.  The great thing about Kickstarter is the rewards.  You get something cool for your pledge.  For example, a $20 pledge gets you a sticker or patch.  A larger pledge gets you a signed movie poster.  An even larger pledge gets you a role as an extra.  A really big pledge gets you all of those things plus a weekend out at the cabin with the Team or a trip to Jack Spirko’s.

No matter what you do, please do two things: (1) watch the Kickstarter video once it’s up on April 2, and (2) share the this blog post and (after April 2) the Kickstarter page on Facebook, Twitter, and by email to your friends – and post about it on forums.  Get the word out about the Kickstarter campaign.

We can do this.  But we need your help.  Think how great you’ll feel if we can actually make the first movie that accurately portrays us – and you had a direct part in making that happen.

Thank you.  Each and every single one of you.

“Glen”

Here are screen shots from the Kickstarter video that will be available starting April 2 on the Kickstarter page for 299 Days (link to be provided on April 2).

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Sign up for the pledge

In an effort to reduce the funding amount we need to ask for on Kickstarter, we are offering a discounted price on the pre-sale of DVDs. In addition to receiving an autographed DVD, you will get email updates on the progress of the production, your name on the “Special Thanks” wall of the 299 Days website, a .pdf of the script, and a “Thank you” post, on your Facebook wall, from Glen himself. This reward on the Kickstarter campaign will go for $65. If you pledge now, you will receive it for only $50 (30% discount).

This form is only a pledge to pre-order. No payment is required until we reach our goal on the Kickstarter campaign. If we do not reach our goal, you will not pay anything.

This pre-order opportunity is available from March 19th through April 1st, 2014. We will then launch the 30 day Kickstarter campaign to raise the balance of the funds needed. Only if we are successful, will you be asked to remit payment for your pre-ordered DVD(s).

The information on this form will be kept 100% confidential. The data will not be shared with anyone.

The pre-sale pledge period has ended.  To obtain a signed DVD or BluRay, please go to the 299 Days Kickstarter page.

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We’ve all seen the video of the people telling the feds to go away and the feds – with snipers and SWAT teams – retreating.  If you haven’t seen it, please watch it.  You can’t appreciate what I’m about to say without watching this short video.

This was a win.  The feds retreated.  But some of you think this is a hollow victory, a temporary win with the feds coming in in the end and snuffing out the Bundys.

You are simultaneously right and wrong.

You’re right that the feds will impose their will on the Bundys.  They’ll wait for the crowds to go down and they’ll arrest them for tax evasion or something.  I get it.  I don’t think the feds are nice people.

But you’re wrong if you think this wasn’t a win.  That is, if you define a “win” as “the Bundys live happily ever after.”  A win, in my mind, is the Patriots realizing that we CAN make the feds retreat.  It’s called energizing your base. Doing this is critical anytime you’re trying to persuade large numbers of people – gasp! “politics”: how evil, we can’t possible want to persuade people because that’s “unprincipled.”  Listen to me: we need to persuade people to join us and to not help the Loyalists.  We need the general population, or at least a good chunk of them, wanting us to win.  You and I are mad at average Americans for being sheeple.  But get over it.  Quit hating the people you need if you want to change things.

You do want to change things, don’t you?  I mean, you’re not in this Patriot thing just to be stand-off-ish and joyfully be in the minority because you’re better than everyone else, are you?  ’Cause, with a few of you, it kinda seems that way.  Some of you are sitting around ready for a drone to shoot a missile at you instead of actually trying to change things.

Bundy Ranch was the Boston Tea Party of our time.  What did the Boston Tea Party accomplish?  It showed the Patriots that the British weren’t invincible – and it showed the general population that the British were unable to stop the Patriots.  It energized the Patriots and weakened the British in the eyes of the general population.  Now, did the Loyalists ultimately tax the tea (the replacement tea)?  Yes.  Did the British prosecute and harass some of the Patriots as a result of the Boston Tea Party?  Yes.  Was it a “everyone lives happily ever after” outcome?  Nope.

But it showed the masses that the mighty government wasn’t so mighty.  That’s the point.

That’s why Bundy Ranch – no matter what ultimately happens – was a win.

Enjoy it instead of ducking from all the drones.

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We get tons  request for the Team to teach tactical classes and for people to see the real “Joe Tantori” facility.  Now we’re doing both.

We will do a limited number of two-day courses over a weekend with a Saturday night in the bunkhouse with the Team.

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We limit the number of students to 10.  Our classes cover pistol, carbine, and shotgun – and a short legal class on the laws of concealed carry.  We answer gear questions and let students try different weapons and other equipment.  All food is provided.

The dates for the classes are (more to follow):

  • June 14-15, 2014 (pistol)

The cost is $700 for the two-day course.  Students must bring a weapon appropriate for the course (that is, a pistol for the pistol course, carbine for the carbine course, etc.) and 500 rounds of ammunition per weapon per day.  (More details follow at the end of this page).

To contact us and sign up, send an email to defensivefirearms@yahoo.com and cc glentate123@gmail.com.

Here are some pics of trainings in the past:

 

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Here is the flyer for the course on June 14-15:

2 Day Pistol Course

***ONLY 10 SPOTS***
First come First Serve

WHEN:

JUNE 14-15  (Saturday Sunday)

DAY 1

Defensive Handgun

There is a great difference between a gun owner and a trained defensive weapons operator!  A gun owner understands a weapon for what it is.  An operator understands the capability of the weapon and, more importantly, the limitations of the operator manipulating that weapon. This course is designed to teach shooters proper safety, an overview of self-defense law, and an introduction to defensive-style shooting.  We start by establishing confidence and instructing the core fundamentals, which leads to successfully manipulating a handgun and overcoming critical stress.

Day 2

Strategic Handgun

The environment and situation is what changes the operator’s strategies.  From mild distractions to full-on disruption and chaos, all elements of the conflicts must be accounted for. This course is tailored to place the skilled operator in real life scenarios.  You will learn to be quick and maintain accuracy by streamlining your movements.  You will remove excessive movements, exemplify weapon discipline, and reduce liabilities.  Every millisecond counts; failure is not an option.  You will live this and thoroughly understand it after Day 2.

COST: $700
(This includes shared lodging on sight.  Heated bunk house with a full size beds.)

SHOOTERS PLEASE BRING

• Handgun (semi auto or revolvers) (NO rim fire)
• Holster
• Minimum of 4 magazines
• Minimum of 6 speed loaders for revolvers
• Magazine holster
• Eye protection
• Ear protection
• Minimum of 500 rounds
• Additional sets of clothing (2)
• Personal hygiene
• Towel
• Sleeping bag

Ft. Discovery has pro-shop on site (ammo, etc.).  Price list provided upon request.

NuManna freeze dried foods – outstanding!

by Glen Tate on March 13, 2014

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The NuManna Food Storage people are big fans of the books and sent the Team a family pack of freeze-dried food to try.

We loved it!  NuManna will be our long-term food out at the real cabin.  NuManna is legit.

There are a couple of things I really like about NuManna.  First, the food tastes spectacular.  Scotty was skeptical that freeze-dried food could taste like home-cooked; he was pleasantly surprised.

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We loved the Mac n Cheese.  It tasted home cooked.  Oh, and when they say “six servings,” it’s actually six servings.

Second, NuManna is made with good ingredients.  No GMOs, MSG, corn syrup, or Aspartame.  You can tell that someone cooked up a good meal and then preserved it.

Third, the packages come in a really cool bucket.  It has a latch so you can easily get the packets out.  The buckets stack, which is key for filling up your bug out location with food that lasts at least 25 years.

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Fourth, there is a great variety.  Here’s what’s in the Family Pack:

  • Pasta Primavera
  • Cheesy Potato Soup
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Sweet Habanero Chili
  • Cheddar Broccoli Soup
  • Pasta Alfredo
  • Chili Mac
  • Mac -n- Cheese
  • Hearty Chicken Soup
  • Enchilada Beans and Rice
  • Italian Pasta with Marinara
  • Mulitgrain Cereal
  • Oatmeal w/ Brown Sugar
  • Pancake Mix – you know how I love pancake mix!

Six, NuManna is a family business operated by Patriots.  These guys are one of us.

Here’s a final reason to love NuManna: they’ll send you a free sample so you can try it and decide if NuManna should be your longterm food.  Just click here and they’ll send you a free sample.

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Give NuManna a try.

Help us pick the audio book narrator

by Glen Tate on March 9, 2014

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We have received several inquiries from audio book narrators.  We want to hear what you think about which one to pick.  We’ll end up picking up the one that works the best overall (voice, can meet deadlines, etc.) but we really want to hear what you think about each of them.

Below is a link to the work of each narrator who has contacted us.  I put them in order of them contacting us.

Go onto the Facebook post (click here for it) we have for narrator suggestions and let us know in the comments who you like and why.

Be sure and come back to this page periodically and listen to any new narrators who popped up here since the last time you visited the page.  We put the date they first appeared on here to help you know which ones you’ve already listened to.

Thanks, you guys.  We appreciate the help.  (Oh, and if you haven’t done an Amazon review yet of all seven books, please do.  Thanks.)

Here are the narrators:

SEE THE TEAM’S REAL FACES!!!

by Glen Tate on March 9, 2014

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Yes, this is us.  And, yes, a Hollywood dude (also a Patriot) is filming us.  And, yes, something big will be announced on March 20.  Stay tuned.

From left to right: “Scotty,” “Grant,” “Pow,” “Bobby,” and “Donnie.”  Not shown: “Wes.”

Share TheTeamVideo with everyone you can.  It’s OK.  Pow won’t shoot you in the face or anything.  Probably.

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Do you ever wonder if you’re insane to be prepping?  I sure do.  I mean, I know the Collapse is coming but sometimes I think about the money and time I spend getting ready and I wonder.  Am I over reacting?  Am I over analytical.  Am I crazy?

Nope.

Today I felt validated.  I got to see that the time and money I spend is worth it.  I got a preview of what’s coming: being prepared when others aren’t.

It was just a little thing, but the principle is the same.  As soon as the Ukrainian president fled the country, I knew the Russians would invade.  I knew it wouldn’t be on a large scale, just something mild (but effective) like having Spetsnaz take over a Ukrainian provincial parliament building and then maybe some cyber attacks on the Ukrainian computer system.  Seriously, that’s what I thought would happen.

And it did. I knew that as soon as the Russians started doing this that one of the sanctions the US could impose would be banning imports of Russian ammunition.  This happened in 2008 when Russia invaded Georgia (the country not the state! – I don’t want to be accused of false rumors!).  5.45×39 ammunition, which is manufactured in Russia and comes in green “spam cans,” dried up in days.  I actually don’t know if Russian ammo imports were suspended in 2008, but I knew that the possibility of it would empty the shelves of 5.45.  And it happened back then.

So I knew 5.45 would dry up now given the Ukrainian situation.  I got a bunch of 5.45 last week.  Today I found out that the shelves are empty of spam cans of 5.45.  And this is at Surplus Ammo and Arms, the largest ammo retailer on the West Coast.

I felt validated.  I saw a threat, it played out exactly like my over reacting, over analytical, and crazy self thought it would.  I took action, and now I have stuff I need and others don’t.

This isn’t a “neener neener” story, this is saying that it feels great to be that “crazy” prepper, take action, and have stuff you need when others don’t.

I suspect I’ll be having this same feeling about all that food, those water barrels, all the radios, that generator, and all those medical supplies…

Audio Book! Auditions for narrators

by Glen Tate on March 6, 2014

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We have put up Book One and Book Two on ACX for narrators to audition.  Here is the audition information.  We will select a really, really good narrator.  No second-rate stuff for 299ers!

 

Coolest contest ever!  Here are the real beer coozies we use on the Team. They’re made by SOE Tactical, which makes some of the finest tactical gear on the planet.

The Team’s SOE coozies are like a membership card; when you’re asked onto the Team, you get a coozie.  If you show up at a Team function without your coozie (Bobby!) you have to buy the Team a case of beer.
Well, the amazing people at SOE Tactical, who have been supporting 299 Days since day one, are giving away 10 of their fabulous coozies - and they come with your name and “THE TEAM” on them just like the coozies we use.
Here’s how the contest works:
(1) Do a review on Amazon of each of the seven books.  A short review like “Awesome” works just fine.
(2) Do a “share” of  www.299Days.com on your Facebook page.
(3) Send an email to me at glentate123@gmail.com and let me know your Amazon user name so we can check and make sure you did the reviews. If you’ve done extra stuff to help the book, like told your friends to read it, let me know that too.
(4) We’ll randomly draw 10 names.  If you win, we’ll contact you and get the name you’d like on your coozie’s name tape.
(5) We will mail you kick-ass Team coozie with your name and the Team on the name tapes.
(6) You will enjoy a totally cool Team coozie.
Boom!  It’s that easy.

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I’ve always been a huge fan of Solidarity, the freedom movement in Poland in the 1980s that led to the overthrow of an oppressive Communist regime. (This photo is of me.) How the Polish freedom fighters did it is, in my view, a dress rehearsal for how we can fix things in America.

So I am thrilled to share with you a fabulous interview of Leszek, a man who escaped from Communist Poland, conducted by John Jacob Schmidt on Radio Free Redoubt.  (Leszek’s interview starts at 33:17). Leszek and John Jacob are both friends of mine.

Leszek describes the everyday-life conditions of Communism. While the US isn’t quite there yet, you will be stunned by the similarities. He describes what martial law is like from firsthand experience. You should listen to this interview.

Many of the themes in 299 Days about life in the Loyalist-held areas like Olympia comes from descriptions of what life is like under a Communist regime, especially the part about how the privileged few get more from the government than the masses. You will see similarities between what life was like in Poland in the past and how I describe life in America in the future.

Parallels between the 1929 stock crash and now

by Glen Tate on February 12, 2014

I put up this article on Facebook and more than 70 of you shared it in a few hours. That tells me this is s topic people care about.

The article talks about this graph, which shows parallels between 1929 and now:

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We all know the stock market will crash. The record high stock prices today are all artificial: the fake corporate earnings, the Fed pumping $1 trillion a year into the economy (mostly into the stock market, at least indirectly), the fundamental weakness of the economy, and the fact that a significant portion of the money in the stock market is just from people blindly throwing their money into 401(k)s instead of people investing in companies that will actually make an honest profit.  That is, the current high numbers in the stock market are not because the companies are worth it; it’s due to the above-mentioned phony bologna.

There are some big differences between 1929 and now, and they relate to how much more devastating a crash would be now. In 1929, we had a fundamentally strong economy.  It was largely unregulated. There was no Obamacare, no ridiculous taxes, no EPA, etc. In 1929 the Federal Reserve was not pumping any money into the stock market; now it’s a trillion dollars a year.  Another huge difference is that in 1929, very few people were actually in the stock market.  Investors in 1929 were almost exclusively the rich.  Now most of the country has a 401(k).  The destruction of a crash would hit most Americans now, not just a handful of rich people.  In 1929, America was far, far different socially. There was no welfare and people were about a 1,000 times more self-sufficient than now.  Most people in 1929 lived on farms and could grow their own food and there was entitlement mentality.  Now there is violence when EBT cards don’t work for a few hours in a few areas.

Things are different now so I’m not saying things will be exactly the same as in 1929. I note that the scale of the numbers on the graph is different.  The numbers on the left of the graph start at 12,400 and go to 17,200, while the numbers on the left start at 200 and go to 400.  So the graph for the current stock market is only looking at the movements of stock prices in the upper end of the market (12,400 and above); there are lines going up and down for the prices under 12,400 that aren’t on this graph.  Also, the numbers are not adjusted for inflation.  That would change the curves of the graphs.

I am not a stock trader trying to predict when the market will crash.  I focus on the consequences of a crash. What all this means, at least to me, is that the current stock market is much more fake, and the consequences for a crash are much more dire. In 1929, it would have been absurd to think there would be massive riots after a crash.  Now, it is widely accepted.  In fact, the federal government is actively planning for these riots.  Think about that: the government is not only acknowledging rioting after a crash, but is planning on how to deal with it.

I think the graph is important to think about.  If nothing else, it should kick people into gear when it comes to getting ready for the crash that is coming.

 

Football and prepping (not what you’re thinking)

by Glen Tate on February 3, 2014

Some of my prepper friends think football is a giant waste of time.  They ask, “Wouldn’t it be great if people spent as much time and engergy on prepping and liberty as they do on some stupid game.”  My friends are right.  But…

I think it’s too easy for us preppers to become entirely detached from the rest of society.  Don’t get me wrong: I want to be mostly detached from the goofiness, dependence, and excessiveness that is modern America society.

But I also want to persuade people to prep and to embrace liberty.  (That’s why I wrote the books.)  So I often think about prepping and liberty in terms of whether I am persauding people to join us, or whether I’m turning them off and reinforcing in their minds that “preppers are weirdos.”  We need as many liberty-minded preppers as possible around us when the Collapse hits.

Telling people what dumbasses they are for liking football won’t persuade them to join us.  Talking to them about football and then being around the water cooler when they finally ask, “So what would happen to my family if the electricity went out” is what I’m trying to accomplish.

I also note that my family’s Superbowl tradition is a healthy one.  For the past 15 years or so, we’ve had a party with the same families.  We eat amazing food and have a couple of beers.  Our kids play together.  We catch up on the year’s events.  It’s just good old fashioned fellowship.  In fact, this year was the first year we had a grandchild at our Superbowl party.  I remember a few years ago when our kids started having boyfriends and girlfriends showing up as guests.

So I guess what I’m saying is that we preppers cannot be dwelling on the end of the world all the time.  We need to mix with the rest of society and enjoy a football game – and grandkids.

Oh, and by the way, my Seahawks freakin’ rule.

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Something really, really big is coming in March

by Glen Tate on January 25, 2014

March will be a very big month.  (No, I don’t have inside knowledge that the Collapse is happening then.)

Let me put it this way: the number of people who will receive the 299 Days message might get much, much bigger.  You won’t believe what it is.

Stunningly, you will be able to be a part of it.  Sounds weird, but it won’t be when you see in March what it is.

This little book I secretly wrote for two years – and never expected anyone to read – is getting bigger and bigger.  And I don’t just mean the number of people reading it.  The 299 Days message is reaching more and more people.

Buckle up and get ready for a thrilling ride.  March will be amazing – and you can be part of it.

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Ahead of my time – and so are you

by Glen Tate on January 21, 2014

I am ahead of my time.  If you’re reading this, you are too.

We can see what’s coming; others can’t or won’t.  We are ahead of our time.

And it sucks.  You’d think it’d be cool to see a glimpse into the future and be able to prepare somewhat for it.  It’s good that we are preparing, but it’s frustrating when we look around and no one else sees this.  Worse yet, they make fun of us for being “doomsdayers.”

But I thought about it and I say “screw you” to the rest of the world who doesn’t see this.

I am ahead of my time – and I’m damned proud of it.  It’s a gift we’ve been given and it’s a good thing.  Enjoy it.  Celebrate it.

And to do that, here’s a great song about being ahead of your time.  Savor it.  Listen to it twice.  And when you’re listening to it, think about how much better you off you are – despite the frustration – for being ahead of your time.

Ahead of My Time by the Teddybears

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2013 Was a Big Year for 299 Days; 2014 Will Be Bigger

by Glen Tate on December 23, 2013

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At the end of the year, it’s natural to think about the past year.  You know, all the “Year in Review” things that come out this time of year.  It gets you thinking.

2013 was a break-out year for the 299 Days book series and all it represents.  Books One through Four came out in 2012, but the series really took off in 2013 with the release of Books Five through Seven.  Book Six, released in June, was particularly big.  With its amazing cover art and cliff-hanger last chapter, Book Six was the one that got many people into the series. 

Did the books do this on their own?  Nope.  You guys did it.  You told friends about the book.  You wrote a review of each book on Amazon.  You got on Facebook, Twitter, and your forums and told people about this unusual prepper novel series – unusual because it’s real.  It’s about real people, it’s about real events, and it’s written by a real person.  An imperfect person who shares his imperfections with you.  That’s so rare in today’s plastic culture.  This isn’t a story about a “cool guy” action hero.  Because that’s not real.

Real resonates.  People understand real.  They can relate to Grant Matson, Lisa Matson, and a six-foot Korean gunfighter who sells insurance – even though they’ve never met one (and perhaps only one exists on the planet).  People wanted to hear more about these real people.

I appeared on almost 60 podcasts and Youtube interviews in 2013.  Some were funny, many were informative and thought-provoking, and all of them were real conversations with an interviewer that you got to listen in on.

Another big event in 2013, but one that’s behind the scenes and you probably didn’t know about, is that I was lucky enough to have Autumn “PR Girl” Torres come on board as my publicist.  She is tremendous and many of the cool things that magically happen with getting the word out about the book are because of her efforts and spectacular contacts in the Patriot community. 

In 2013, we came out with an extensive line of stickers, patches, hats, and shirts.  “I Miss America” gear flew off the shelves.  That phrase says everything.  People want to tell people they miss America and the “I Miss America” items do that.  They start conversations with total strangers who, like you, thought they were all alone.  There is nothing better than wearing an “I Miss America” shirt and getting a thumbs-up from a stranger.  Many of you know this feeling first hand.

2013 also saw the birth of the Cool Friends Project.  This is a collection of … well, cool friends.  They’re people I’ve met this year while doing the books.  They are gear makers, podcasters, and others who are people I was a fan of before the books and now they’re fans of mine.

One of the most satisfying things for me in 2013 was how many of you sent me emails and Facebook messages about your own struggles and triumphs.  I answered every single one – because I’m thrilled you contacted me and trust my opinion.  Talking to you guys never gets old.  Never. 

2013 was also the year that the 299 community came together on Facebook.  You guys sent in dozens of Patriot of the Week pictures.  Your pictures of little kids reading the books melt my heart.  You should take a few minutes and just look through all the photos from this year on the Facebook page.  It’s an amazing collection of memories of an unbelievable year.  The numbers show that you guys love the Facebook page.  We went from about 300 “likes” to 3,000.  Ten-fold.  In one year.

2014 will be big.  Ten more fold?  It’s entirely possible.  I can’t tell you everything that we’re planning, but rest assured that I’m not slowing down with 299 Days.  Books Eight and Nine will come out in the Spring and Summer, and Book Ten – the 43 Colonels book – will be out by Thanksgiving.  You will love all the remaining books.  If you think the adventures at Pierce Point have been interesting so far, wait until the big battle happens and see what happens to the various characters. 

I’m trying to decide if I can tell you some of the things in store for 2014.  I better not, in case they don’t happen and people get disappointed.  I’ll just say this: the printed word is just one of many mediums through which the 299 Days story can – and hopefully will – be presented.  I’ll leave it at that.  But you guys are pretty smart and probably know what I’m getting at.

Finally, let me thank each and every one of you.  You have no idea what an honor it is telling the 299 Days story to tens of thousands of people.  I never thought anyone would read these books.  I mean it.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening to me tell the deepest thoughts in my heart.  What an honor.  I think I’ll have many more humbling honors and amazing moments in 2014. 

Happy New Year.  I mean it.

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People always ask me what they can do spread the word about the books. With Book Seven coming out in mid December, you can do some little things to really help. So, much like a David Letterman Top 10 list, here are some things you can do:
 
10. Do an Amazon review of Book Seven – heck, do one for each of the first six books. You have no idea how spectacularly helpful Amazon reviews are. The Amazon computers pay huge attention to them to decide if a book is legit and whether Amazon should suggest it to readers who have purchased similar ones.
 
9. Post something about the books on the forums you’re on. If there is already a 299 Days thread, comment on it. If there isn’t a thread on Book Seven, you can start one.  You can start one now, before the book is out, and speculate about what happens in Book Seven.
 
8. Get some bookmarks from me and hand them out if you have a booth at a gun show or something similar.
 
7. Similarly, you could ask your local gun store if they would put out the bookmarks at the front counter (I will send you the bookmarks to give them).
 
6. Facebook is an amazing tool. You can invite your friends to “like” the 299 Days (the book) page.
 
5. You can “share” 299 Days (the book) Facebook posts with your Facebook friends.
 
4. Sign up for the emails with links to the free bonus chapters on the home page of www.299Days.com. (There is some good stuff in those bonus chapters!) These emails also tell you when the latest book is out and give you links to them. You can also resend these emails to your friends.
 
3. Make a list of people you know who would like the books – especially people who need to think about the topic of prepping – and think about how to get the books to them.
 
2. Use your list to send out an email or Facebook personal message with a link to the book’s web site (www.299Days.com) Maybe you loan them out (warning! Your friends will hold onto the books) or give the books as gifts. Maybe you start them off with Book One and let them get the remaining ones on their own.
 
1. Tell people about the books. “Hey, you might be interested in this” – that kind of thing. Lots of people will nod and say, “Sure” but you need to follow up with them.

Being thankful for being used

by Glen Tate on November 28, 2013

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Thanksgiving is a really important day for me. Most holidays are “whatever” days where I go through the motions and wonder what all the hype is about. I feel like most of the secular ones are made up and commercialized. Not Thanksgiving, though. Oh, sure, there’s a commercial aspect to it, but I can somehow ignore it and concentrate on the real meaning of the holiday.

Being thankful – and openly saying so on a day like Thanksgiving – is more than just acknowledging that God has done amazingly good things for you. I don’t get preachy, so I’ll try not to dwell on that aspect of it.

So, instead of talking about God, I’ll talk about you.  Here’s what’s in it for you: being thankful is good for you. It makes you more appreciative. It makes you think about what’s good in your life, instead of reacting to all the little things that are bad. Looking at all the things you’re thankful for puts things in perspective, and you need that.

Some of the things I’m thankful for that 299 Days readers will relate to are, first, this amazing community we’ve built up. What a stunning array of human beings you guys are. I could write for pages and pages about all the people who have emailed, PM’d, and met me in person and their stories. The books have profoundly affected thousands of people in extremely positive, life-changing ways. Which brings me to my primary thing to be thankful for: God using me to reach thousands of people and really, really helping them. I said I won’t get preachy, so I’ll leave it at that, except to say: what an honor, the honor of a lifetime (eternity, really) to be used like I have been.

 

(This post is something you can send to your friends or print out and hand to them when SHTF.)

Dear Friend:

I love my friends, but I will shoot you if I have to.  I’m serious.  Here’s why.

I tried to persuade you to prepare for what’s coming and, in the process, revealed that to you that I’m preparing.  You realized that I have food, guns, etc., and ended up saying, half kidding but half serious, “I’ll come to your place when SHTF.”

No you won’t.  I will shoot you.  If you threaten me and my family, I will use force to defend against any threat.  And showing up at my place hungry and unprepared is a threat to me.  You will eat my food and use up my medical supplies, generator, firewood, etc.  That’s less of these life-saving things for me and my family.  That’s a threat.

Is this greed on my part?  No.  I will take care of the truly needy – those who cannot take care of themselves.  But you are different.  Very different.  You had plenty of chances to prepare for yourself.

But what did you do?  You spent the weekends watching football, went on expensive vacations, and never made your spouse mad at you with your “crazy” ideas that something bad was happening.  You didn’t do shit because… you would just come to my place.  Problem solved, right?  You didn’t need to spend time, money, and create domestic strife because I did that all for you.

Not.  Why should I spend my time, money, and stress just so you can waltz into my place and live happily ever after?  I’m a nice guy, but – really? – I’m going to spend my (very limited) free time, disposable income, and domestic tranquility just so you can have a leisurely life and more material comforts pre-Collapse while I don’t?

Why do you think I will sacrifice enormous amounts of my time and money so you can enjoy yourself while I’m slaving away?  Would you assume you could come over and leave your broken car at my house?  That I would just spend thousands of dollars on parts and several weekends fixing it and then hand it over to you with a smile – just because I’m a “good guy”?  Would anyone expect that?

You do, apparently.  You actually expect to waltz over to my cabin and receive – with a smile – thousands of dollars of food and other supplies that took me all my weekends to acquire and store.

So, my grasshopper friend (as in the story of the grasshopper and the ant), here is your official warning: if your “plan” for your and your family’s safety is to come to my place, you’re wrong.  When you show up, I’ll ask you to leave.  When you don’t, I’ll point a gun in your face.  If you refuse to leave, I will shoot you.  You are a threat to me.

You had years of time and very clear warnings to get ready.  But you didn’t.  Hey, I love football but haven’t been able to watch a game in a few years; I’ve been fixing up the cabin, buying supplies, and training with the Team.  I spent a lot of money doing all these things so I haven’t gone on a long vacation in… forever.  I have had several difficult times with my wife because of all the prepping I’m doing; I could have easily done what you did, which is just say “Yes, dear” and not prepare because she didn’t want you to.

I hope this message jolted you.  There’s still some time.  Go prep.  Please understand that your plan cannot be “I’ll come to your place.”  I don’t want to shoot you.

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Juggernaut Media, which does some really cool gun and gear video production, is filming some interviews with me and putting them up on their Youtube channel.  They’ll be released a few at a time.   Each video is pretty short (about 15 minutes) so check them out.

PS: I look like Hank Jr. with my fake beard and sunglasses.  Maybe Kid Rock will drop by my house thinking I’m Hank Jr.  I wonder if Dr. Foxy and Kid Rock would get along.  Guess I’ll have to wait and see.

 

Get your head in the game: SHTF scenario videos

by Glen Tate on August 27, 2013

SouthernPrepper1 has an awesome Youtube channel.  He put out several short videos of SHTF scenarios.  I think they’re great for getting you mentally prepared – getting your head in the game – for what’s coming.

They’re short and interesting, and you’ll really benefit from watching them.

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299 Days Glock end plates are now available!

by Glen Tate on August 8, 2013

 The super cool guys at Lone Wolf Distributors, who are members of the Cool Friends Project, are making 299 Days end plates for Glocks.  Trick out your Glock and show the world you’re a 299er with an end plate.
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 Go to this page on the Lone Wolf web page and order a “Custom” end plate (or lots of them).  In the comments field, put in “299 Days” and then the name of the individual end plate(s) you’d like.  They are called:
  • “I miss America”
  • 17th Irregulars
  • 299 Days logo
(Admit it: You want all three.  They make great gifts for your team.  Who shoot Glocks… of course.)
Then put them on your Glock, take a picture, and send it in to me and I’ll put it up on Facebook.
Rock out with your Glock out, as Wes always says.

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James Yeager video review of 299days

by Glen Tate on August 6, 2013

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James Yeager – yes, THE James Yeager – does a short but awesome review of the 299 Days book series.  Hint: He really likes it.  And you’ll find out what his favorite flavor of PopTarts is.  For real.

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John Jacobs of Radio Free Redoubt interviewed Stewart Rhodes and I together at the Oath Keepers rally in Athol, ID this last weekend. What an honor to be interviewed with Stewart Rhodes. It was a fabulous weekend getting to meet so many great patriots.

*First EVER video interview*

by Glen Tate on August 2, 2013

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My first ever video interview by USNERDOC . Check it out and please share.

Here’s a sneak peak – a very long-range sneak peak – at how the book series ends.  Well, what the series means at the end (not the details of what happens).

At the end of the book, you see how each and every one of the characters – the strong, the weak, the cool people, and especially the “losers” – were a blessing to the people at Pierce Point.  Each and every one of them.  The point is that everyone has an important role because God never made an insignificant person.

The ending is summarized in this song, which is “Blessed” by Lucinda Williams.  I heard this song and crafted the story line around it.  It’s a powerful, powerful song.  All the people mentioned in the song are characters – some are obvious, some are not.

This is what 299 Days is all about.  It’s not just about guns and prepping, although that’s important.  It’s about each and every person having a role in something huge.  It’s about you.

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I’m happy to sign your copy of 299 Days!

by Glen Tate on July 20, 2013

I love signing books – it still amazes me that the books have taken off like they have.

I don’t charge for signing the book (that would be obnoxious) but I do ask to recoup the postage costs I have for mailing the signed copies back to you.

So if you’d like me to sign your book(s), please mail them to:

Eakin
PO Box 4278
Olympia, WA

(You must address it to “Eakin” (not my name).  Trust me; it’s how PO boxes work.)

Put in a note with your return address and the name(s) you’d like me to sign the books for.

Please put in $5 for return postage.  That covers postage costs for about two books.  If you send me a bunch of books, please adjust accordingly.

I never thought anyone would want my autograph…

I love the Youtube channel Prepper Recon; it discusses the economic issue about the coming Collapse without getting all wonky or complicated.  Here is my second interview on Prepper Recon.  In it, we talk about lots of things – like buying a precious metal for investment.  Gold? Silver? Nope, although those are good to own.  No, the precious metal we discuss as an investment is “GlenTate-ium,” a term coined by the host, Mark.  GlenTate-ium is copper-jacketed lead in a brass casing.  It’s a precious metal and sure as heck is an investment that will yield big dividends shortly.
You’ll like this interview.

Charles Carroll Society: Catholic Patriots

by Glen Tate on July 18, 2013

I wanted to let everyone know about a great web site and podcast out there, the Charles Carroll Society.  (Charles Carroll was a Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.)  The web site and podcast is about prepping and liberty from a Catholic Patriot perspective.   

I’m a protestant but we need to work together.  Give the Charles Carroll Society a look/listen.

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Catholic Priest is a 299er

by Glen Tate on July 17, 2013

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This is so cool. Father Shaun sends in this picture. Kinda shatters your view of priests as liberals and pacifists, huh?

In Book Seven or Book Eight (still not sure yet), you will read about Pastor Pete, the protestant chaplain of the 17th Irregulars, doing his best to perform a service close to a Catholic Mass for the many Catholics in the 17th. That was my way of reminding everyone that people of all faiths are Patriots. You’ve read about the Spencers and Folsoms who are Mormon, and Andrew Berkowitz who is Jewish – all of them Patriots.

Everyone – regardless of religious beliefs – is welcome at Pierce Point. There are already way too many things dividing us Patriots. We don’t need additional things.

 

Gun Show Affiliate program!

by Glen Tate on July 16, 2013

If you have a table at a gun show, I’d like to ask a favor.  Could you put out some really nice 299 Days bookmarks on your table?  They don’t take up much space (about 4″ x 1″).  You don’t need to do anything other than set them out. 

Gun show shoppers are very likely to be interested in a book like 299 Days.  So they’ll take a bookmark home and (hopefully) order the books.  The bookmarks are also great conversation starters with potential buyers of the products you’re selling at the gun show.

I will mail you out the bookmarks.  You can take a picture of your gun show table with the bookmarks and I’ll put it up on my Facebook page.

If you’re interested in being a 299 Days Gun Show Affiliate, just send me an email at glentate123@gmail.com and I’ll get you fixed up.

Thanks.

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