Latest Threat to Millionaire Survivalists: Middle-Class Survivalists?

Latest Threat to Millionaire Survivalists: Middle-Class Survivalists?

When we think of the EOTWAWKI calamity of social unrest bound to result from a collapse of the social order, we imagine retreating to our well-protected, fully stocked, self-sustaining bunkers before being mobbed by hordes of feral masses. After all, there’s not enough room to house them, not enough food to feed them, and so forth. As a result, we can expect them to try to take what we’ve so carefully amassed for ourselves. Who can blame them? We’d do the same. Nonetheless, we’re on our own sides. But what happens when a group of survivalists with fewer resources bands together?

Today on Rob Raskins’ Millionaire Survivalist, we’ll consider opportunities available to groups who may not be as well-heeled as us but are no less eager to prepare to protect their families when the SHTF. They owe their opportunity to a retired Air Force colonel.

Take Me to Your Leader

Retired Air Force colonel Drew Miller, Harvard grad, has spent much of his career identifying scenarios that could trigger the collapse of society. Most notably, a terrorist group using biological warfare to take down the global transportation infrastructure and nukes at the poles where the atmosphere is the thinnest, which would take down spy planes and the electrical grid. His attitude is that the survival of America is contingent on more than just our leaders being secured in underground bunkers under the White House and in West Virginia. He believes America’s core is still self-reliant and prepared to DWIT to carry on, even without the money to do it for themselves.

His Solution

As the CEO of Fortitude Ranch, Miller has created a survival mentality real estate model very similar to our own but aimed at the middle-class market. The fifth property is under construction in Texas, and it’s the first operational proof-of-concept facility that offers year-round lodging designed to provide a “lock-down mode” feature when all hell breaks loose. It charges an $1850 down payment and annual dues of $1050. In addition, it offers country club amenities and a vacation arrangement that resembles the timeshare model: two weeks a year at any of the facilities as a vacation.

Other facilities are being designed and built, all within 500 miles of major cities in physical proximity to each other. While it fills an apparent void in the market of survival preppers eager to plan a way out of the chaos, there seems to be a lack of definitive security in place to do much more than collect money in exchange for vacations and the idea of safety. No doubt, someone will benefit from all this when the time comes, but wouldn’t someone, anyone, just take it over for themselves?

You betcha! This is why the facility is a threat. The passive individuals who lack the resources of the wealthy or the hardcore survivalism of the off-the-grid folks are paying into something that could likely be overpowered by a few street gangs, especially once the police are out of the picture. So, like the Navy would sooner burn its ship than see it become taken over by pirates, society needs to become concerned about public survivalist camps that could become concentration camps in a heartbeat.

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Review of article by The Onion – Survivalist’s Edition

Review of article by The Onion – Survivalist’s Edition

As they say, there’s truth in comedy because it uses fiction to tell the “truth about people.” Very often, this “truth” won’t be expressed any other way and can come in many forms, but none so revealing of an entire society as satire. When it comes to hard-hitting satire that holds a mirror up to the modern world, even Saturday Night Live is often outshined by the simple blurbs in The Onion.

Today on Rob Raskins’ Millionaire Survivalist, we’ll break down the components of an article mocking billionaires’ attitudes about what they feel will bring about the EOTWAWKI scenario we’re always discussing. This should shed some light on how society views these people and this subject.

Billionaires Predict the Biggest Threats to Humanity by The Onion

The article shows pictures of famous billionaires in popular culture and media, including Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and so on. For the purposes of this article, I’ll focus on jokes in common with the topics of this blog.

Remember: each joke is a fictitious response to the article’s premise: a prediction of the biggest threat to humanity.

Joke # 1: Elon Musk – “Once the robots realize they can leverage their collective labor and unionize, mankind is as good as doomed.”

Joke # 2: Warren Buffet – “Have you heard about the supervolcano under Yellowstone? It’s fuckin’ wild, dude! Like, basically all of Yellowstone is this big ass volcano, and it could blow at literally any time. That shit is fucking scary.”


 Clearly, joke # 1 joyfully reduces Musk, his accomplishments, and his “what if?” attitude to a caricature of a classic robber-baron capitalist with top hat and mustache.

Joke # 2 puts the words of a young hipster hiker into the mouth of a guy famous for business, not science.


This type of mockery is good-natured and meant to provide a softened attitude about people who, compared to the “common man,” possess an unfair advantage over the “rest of us.” It’s the old “us vs. them” bit, which has a way of making strangers bond over a common difference, which provides a type of social catharsis.

In the end, everyone benefits, which is why it is often the mocked who pay for this be done. As they say, there;’s no such thing as bad press. Just remember that when Armageddon comes, it’s the billionaires and millionaires that the masses are coming for. This is why survivalism is so essential.

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Millionaire Celebrity Survivalists?

Millionaire Celebrity Survivalists?

These blogs are often centered on survivalists who are also millionaires or millionaires who are also survivalists. However, we also like to review other aspects of the subject, such as how famous characters in cinema reflect the very worldview and mindset associated with this particular breed of person. Then there’s the far-less mentioned subject of the celebrity. Why? Perhaps it’s because celebrities aren’t in the business world and are often not in the survivalist world either. Come to think of it, they don’t seem to be in the same world as non-celebrities. This might explain the divide in the public consciousness between everyone with their feet on the ground and the young and inexperienced who believe anything a celebrity tells them.

Today on Rob Raskins’ Millionaire Survivalist, we’ll review the only celebrity to publicly speak in favor of survivalism by way of not trusting the government, moving out of cities, and buying guys and bunkers. His name is Post Malone, and he’s a rapper.

Cultural Enigma or New Breed of American?

When I think of a rapper, I literally expect to see someone who looks, dresses, and acts like they’re in a gang. Why? Because of the success of gangster rap. Rap itself goes back to the Sugar Hill Gang in the 1970s and merely suggests that the goal is to talk during a song instead of sing. The artist acts more as a narrator than an actor portraying the character in the story. As the art form took off, it most notably blended singing, dancing, acrobatics, and urban issues, which reflected the artists’ lives.

Thanks to the success of the Beastie Boys in the 80s, the art form crossed over to white suburban audiences who appreciated the self-referential and pop culture references to the social commentary and gang violence. While many rap/rock acts have since come and gone, I can think of only one that also fuses country elements- Post Malone.

Post Malone plays a rock guitar and tells stories with themes that lend themselves to country music despite his rap vocalization style. Ow that he’s rich and famous, the 26-year-old has had a chance to show the world who he really is.

The result:

 He moved out of his $26M Beverly Hills rental and bought a $3M luxury compound in Utah.


The 13K sq foot mansion sits on seven acres of land in Salt Lake City, Utah’s capital. Post Malone’s message to everyone is to move out of the city and prepare yourself to defend against Martial Law, which would require the US government to override the Constitution to wage war against its own people. The point of this: to disarm them. For his many fans, I’m confident this rhetoric fits like a glove, but his move out of L.A. and into this new home seems to be a visible step in the direction of his ideology.

While this place is far from an underground bunker, the artist has claimed to have intentions of turning the home into an apocalypse-proof shelter with underground quarters with 30 bunk beds. He’s also publicly praised Utah for its open carry laws and legal purchase of silencers.

While it’s not uncommon for the rap artist to brag about their guns, they’re usually not white guys singing country. While his core fans are likely in lockstep a bit with his culture, politics, and worldview, we all know that naïve, confused white kids in the suburbs who are spoon-fed their morals by the media aren’t likely to buy a gun, even if they listen to gangster rap that glorifies cop killing.

This sociopolitical paradox is as old as the music’s success, which goes back to the 80s. Meanwhile, the kids growing up in the deep south are still wearing cut-off jeans and heading to the bayous, creeks, lakes, and beaches for Spring Break and Summer vacation with their automatic weapons, cases of beer, and footballs. They’re likely doing donuts in the sand with a jeep while blasting Post Malone. For them, this might be the only thing on the radio that speaks to their country sentiments about life, family, love, responsibility, and heartache while continuing to praise the American dream of patriotism, guns, freedom, and getting rowdy with beer and firecrackers.

This crop of kids like the energy of rap but aren’t interested in the anti-establishment lyrics and hatred of White America. They also don’t like sappy Country songs about crying in a bar drunk after losing a job and a girl, which is basically the blue-eyed blues.

Many of these kids like the alternative rock of bands like Nirvana but have zero interest in living in Portland or Seattle and reading poetry at coffee houses, bragging about the liberal agenda’s science-based approach to disarming a country in debt to the history’s most threatening superpowers.

So, if Post Malone can succeed and not sell out while calling the government liars, then maybe there’s still some meat left on the bone after all for the rest of us. Freedom of Speech is the first to go when freedom goes. Post Malone’s message of standing up for oneself, one’s beliefs, and heading out to the country with guns and bunkers makes this a free America afterall, regardless of one’s POV.

It also means that many millionaire survivalists aren’t alone in their worldview, even if most people will never afford the same options.

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Little Orphan Annie – Survivalist Edition

Little Orphan Annie – Survivalist Edition

While most of us are generally familiar with Little Orphan Annie from comic strips, Broadway, and film, she’s a bit of an afterthought in today’s world. However, she’s an orphan with no one to protect her. Thus she’s scrappy and knows how to handle herself. This makes her a bit of a role model for a young generation in a post-apocalyptic world. As a result, I believe this story bears a deeper consideration.

Today on Rob Raskins’ Millionaire Survivalist, we’ll take a deeper dive into the story world of Little Orphan Annie, including the underlying philosophy and social messages inherent in the themes and plots of the classic comic strip.

Meet Harold Gray

Though the story began as an 1885 poem called “Little Orphan Annie” by James Whitcomb Riley, the story we know today is the brainchild of comic strip artist Harold Gray (pictured above), who began the strip in 1924. The New York Daily Tribune was reluctant to run the strip at first since Harold Gray’s conservative, even Libertarian politics were diametrically opposed to the left-leaning Tribune Media, the newspaper’s parent company. Finally, the comic was printed in the August 5th edition when a test run proved popular with readers.

What began as a weekly comic strip soon became a daily strip as his fanbase grew, a fact Tribune Media could not contest. Gray’s fame and subsequent fortune grew during the Great Depression, as economic struggles increased and took center stage in the households of millions. Gray’s success became contentious by critics of the strip’s stance against communism, organized labor, and FDR’s New Deal. However, the core fanbase remained fiercely loyal, as did Tribune Media to its own sales. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

According to Gray, it all began when he walked down the streets of downtown Chicago looking for story ideas. He met a little ragamuffin girl named Annie. She had common sense and knew how to take care of herself, which Gray respected. At the time, a fraction of the comic strips focused on a female character, none of which had Annie’s wits and street smarts. Gray’s idea to center his stories on Annie as an orphan makes her struggles against the world a never-ending source of storylines.

Enter Daddy Warbucks

Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks was something of a rags-to-riches story. The large, tough, streetwise machine shop owner seized an opportunity as a munitions producer for the WWI war effort. Later, he married a woman of modest means, and they never produced any children. While he was always away on business, she focused entirely on social climbing.

When Warbucks met Annie, she won him over with her chutzpah and self-reliance, along with her uncompromising morality in the face of danger. This compelled him to protect her and treat her as his own child. This is why he tells her to call him “Daddy.” This didn’t sit well with his socially conscious wife, who took every opportunity to throw her out of their house.

With Warbucks and Annie as the central figures of the classic story formula and plot, you can be assured that every story would give Annie an opportunity to struggle and Daddy Warbucks an opportunity to elevate her from her suffering.


Despite the large fanbase dating all the way back to the 1920s, the concept of a popular media comic strip promoting the rights of people and children to suffer through life without government support made Gray a bit of a controversial figure. Using storylines to promote the war effort by creating Annie’s Junior Commandos to recycle scrap metal for the war effort certainly benefitted our society and led to social praise of children in real life who participated. Still, the media constantly criticized him for promoting the supremacy of an unregulated, winner-take-all society with no social justice, labor laws, or interference with the wealthy.


Regardless of anyone’s political philosophy, the message of self-reliance, struggle, and morality at any age and income level may seem old-fashioned, but it’s real life. I think this story and these characters deserve to be seen as something other than yet another Broadway child star looking for fame and fortune. If the SHTF and society collapses, the orphans and opportunists will be all that remains. This makes them the heroes to the common man, which is all they were ever meant to be.

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The Millionaire Survivalist Extraordinaire

The Millionaire Survivalist Extraordinaire

Victor Vescovo, the radical multimillionaire, has made reaching new depths of the ocean’s floor his magnum opus. His wild blend of courage, skill, and deep pockets have enabled him to accomplish more than most could do in a thousand lifetimes. This cowboy explorer from Dallas, TX, is the ultimate millionaire survivalist driven more by inspiration than desperation.

Today on Rob Raskins’ Millionaire Survivalist, we’ll review the accomplishments of a guy with the money to live his wildest dreams and break world records while paying out of pocket to achieve them.


As a member of team Five Deeps Expedition, Victor Vescovo reached his goal of being the first to reach the bottom of each of the world’s five seas: the Atlantic, Southern, Indian, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans. This includes being the first to reach the bottom of the Marianas Trench’s infamous Challenger Deep at 10,925 meters, which is just under 36,000 feet. That’s a depth of nearly 6.8 miles!

While each member of the Five Deeps played a crucial part in the entire operation, Victor put up the money. Why? Because he had it. Also, he wanted to be the first to explore the deepest parts of the world’s oceans.

$30M Triton Submersible

The name of the submersible? The Limiting Factor, after an artificial intelligence entity in a science fiction novel. At 12 feet tall and 12.5 tons, The Limiting Factor was designed differently than previous submersibles. Aside from needing to handle pressure equivalent to nearly 300 fueled and fully loaded 747 Jumbo jets stacked on top of it, the Triton submersible would also be designed to allow two passengers to make repeat visits to these depths.

As Victor put it, mankind has done more to explore space than its own oceans, stating that less than 18% of the ocean had been mapped with any significant detail. While I’m certain gravity played a role in this decision, Victor adds that NASA’s 2018 budget was $4B, while the NOAA received $36.5M for ocean exploration and research. Victor’s solution? Put his money where his mouth is, naturally. But, where’d he get the money?

Victor Vescovo co-owns Insight Equity and sits on the board of 10 companies. Before that, he was an investment banker and management consultant. Where he made his millions was in reinventing industrial processes. This is where he raised the investment capital to invest in private equity in the first place. Consequently, this gives a guy like Victor the money to carefully pick his battles and his teams.

Victor is not just a lucky guy who’s smart with money. He pilots his own Embraer Phantom Jet and Eurocopter 120 helicopter. He also speaks seven languages and spent 20 years as a US Navy Reserve intelligence officer with top-secret clearance, including during 9/11.

Before Victor’s deep-sea dive challenge, he’d just achieved the “Explorer’s Grand Slam” by reaching the highest points on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest. He’d also skied about 62 miles to each of the North and South poles.

Victor Vescovo’s rare combination of big brains and brass cojones to match makes him a true millionaire survivalist, far more worthy of the public’s attention and admiration than pretty much anyone I can think of. But unfortunately, this only adds to the ever-widening chasm between the absolute worldviews of those with the capacity to do the extraordinary and pretty much everyone else.

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$5.9M Luxury Bunker for Sale in Vegas

$5.9M Luxury Bunker for Sale in Vegas

If you’re a millionaire survivalist or a real estate investor, there’s no better way to spice up your portfolio while hedging your bet for doomsday than this. It’s an old-school bomb shelter converted into a full-on subterranean home 26 feet beneath Spencer St. For the non-locals, this is approximately 2.5 miles east of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. This place is the perfect retreat for anyone coming back from EDC because of its amusement park-style décor.

Today on Rob Raskins’ Millionaire Survivalist, we’ll look into the latest bit of luxury real estate to hit the market, which offers an engaging time-capsule experience to anyone who enters while also offering additional survivalist options for anyone in Vegas.

Life Underground

This 15,000 square foot bomb shelter was converted into a luxury home in 1978 by Jerry Henderson, owner of Underground World Homes. Jerry was a self-described subterranean living enthusiast and investor with multiple underground houses in numerous real estate markets. At $5.9M, this particular location comes furnished with a pool, a jacuzzi, a casita, a putting green, and a 500-foot-long mural of an outdoor landscape to give the illusion of being outside. Add to this programmed time-of-day lighting, and you’ll enjoy an anxiety-free luxury living experience.

Even more interesting is the means of entrance. At street level, you enter a building structure at 3970 Spencer St. and take the elevator 26 feet down. When you get there, you see a surreal, almost cartoony version of the standard American home from the late 70s.

Of course, it’s still decorated with Vegas in mind, which is why it has a disco dancefloor instead of a concrete patio. But, despite these superficial differences, the whole place has been designed to survive underground for long periods without losing one’s nerves. As a result, it’s a perfect example of post-modern thinking as the classic cold war bomb shelter is repurposed way before the prepper’s ruled the world and before the millionaires were among them.

Given the current state of things at the national level, it’s no wonder the owners of this property felt the timing was right to reveal it to the public, especially given that the original occupants are now deceased. This is a one-of-a-kind offering in Vegas and a chance to be a part of history AND the future.

As a local, I can tell you that the options are limitless as all the heavy lifting has been done. The amount of effort and expense to create this bomb shelter must’ve been a fortune, given that the caliche rock beneath the topsoil here requires the use of explosives and/or a diamond-headed drill bit. The extra effort and expense to convert this into a livable, habitable space that can be legally considered housing must’ve been another fortune.

The next occupant could keep it with only superficial updates or consider taking it to the next level. Considering where it is, this could even mean a nightclub or hotel. The options are literally limitless. One thing’s for sure, someone will snatch this up if they haven’t already. And that someone is likely to be primed to showcase their vision for the next big thing in Vegas.

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The Future of Jetpacks for Today’s Millionaire Survivalist

The Future of Jetpacks for Today’s Millionaire Survivalist

Once again, the subject of the future inevitably returns to jetpacks, especially for those of us who grew up in the second half of the 20th century. We thought for sure we’d all be using them as of a decade ago, but alas, every step forward sees a reduction in the value of the dollar and a loss of nerve by a “brave new world.” This is why it’s up to the strongest and wealthiest of those among us to invest in a technology before that dread EOFTWAWKI scenario hits.

Today on Rob Raskins’ Millionaire Survivalist, we’ll consider how modern advancements in jetpack tech has prepared today’s elites for an impending apocalypse. When the SHTF, I know I want to fly away from the people, calamities, and possible loss of ground under me.


According to retired helicopter pilot Leigh Coates, “You really do feel as if you can fly.” Need I say more? We all dreamed of flying through the air, literally and figuratively, as kids do at night when they dream and in the day when they imagine having superpowers.

Jetpacks have come a long way since the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball (pictured above), where Sean Connery flies off the roof of a French chateau to escape a gunman. As the hero narrowly escaped with his life, a new day dawned before the eyes of the Boomer generation.

As of 2015, California-based JetPack Aviation(JPA) is spearheading the private and commercial market development with their JB series jetpacks. Aside from working with the military and emergency services to develop the technology, they’ve also opened up the public market with the FAA approval of the JB 10 twin-turbojet engine jetpack.

Founder/chief executive David Mayman (pictured above right) says they’re not difficult to fly and are surprisingly intuitive. Thrust and speed are controlled by the pilot’s right hand, and directional movement is controlled by the left. A computer screen shows the fuel level, exhaust gas temperature, battery status, and other relevant engine information.

Since they run on kerosene or diesel, which is not too expensive or hard to come by, they’re relatively cheap to operate. Also, no special skills in aviation are needed, so anyone with average health and fitness is welcome to sign up. Despite a cost of $4,950 for a 2-day training session, demand is surprisingly overwhelming. JPA has new technologies on the horizon as well.

In addition to the traditional backpack style jetpack, development is underway for a flying motorcycle called the Recreational Speeder (pictured above). It’s the first turbine-powered personal aircraft ever built and offers a fully stabilized vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL). With air speeds up to 150 MPH and altitudes up to 15,000 feet, preorders are currently accepted.

Also, stay tuned for the Ultralight Version (UVS) and Experimental Version (EVS), which will offer additional advancements, some of which may require a pilot’s license.

Meanwhile, the military and commercial version of the Speeder (pictured above) is also being developed for the military and emergency vehicle market.


So, regardless of your specific needs, the onus is upon you to get on this now before the masses make you look weak in front of your inner circle. Armed with disposable income and an uncompromising dedication to your own survival in an unpredictable world, you can still make this seemingly impossible fantasy an exclusive reality.

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Millionaire Survivalists in Film  – Part 3

Millionaire Survivalists in Film  – Part 3

When it comes to film, nothing portrays the elegance and sophistication of the millionaire lifestyle combined with the extreme skill and preparedness of a classic survivalist like James Bond. The class and charisma in a room full of royal dignitaries nicely offsets fighting a henchman on a collapsing bridge. While 007 never discussed his wealth, he was a notable high roller with ties to the British Crown. For this reason, along with his cool gadgetry, it’s no wonder James Bond is still the epitome of the classic modern proto-European alpha male ideal.

Today on Rob Raskins’ Millionaire Survivalist, we’ll review the most high-tech 007 gadgets that really do exist, or at least use existing technology. While such toys of mass destruction are typically the territory of the Dept. of Defense, for the right price, anything’s possible.

Enter Q….

In every classic Bond film, 007 enters a secret weapons room where Q, the brain responsible for designing all the gadgets, introduces Bond to the surprises ready to prepare him for his next mission. I always imagine Sean Connery’s gun barrel car headlights or Roger Moore’s cufflinks with a tiny camera. But the list below should prove to be much more practical.


Palm-print gun activation – 2012’s Skyfall saw Daniel Craig at gunpoint by his enemy’s henchman holding the classic 007 Walther PPK. A hairy situation for our hero. Thank Q that the biometric systems locked it when the henchman pulled the trigger. No shots were fired, and Bond narrowly escaped death’s door once again. While the palm-print-activated gun itself is not known to have been created, the biometrics tech exists. It’s most notably usable in modern laptops and cell phones, banks, and other industries, making excellent use of this technology for sensitive situations involving sizeable transactions.

Fake Fingerprints – in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever, Sean Connery used fake fingerprints to trick his co-star, Tiffany, by lifting prints from the drinking glass of another person. While it may seem farfetched by today’s standards, this was cutting edge by early 70s standards, thus reaffirming Bond films’ early introduction of sci-fi gadgetry to new generations.

Smartphone – 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies sees Pierce Brosnan with a cellular phone equipped with a stun gun, an antenna-shaped lock pick, and a fingerprint scanner. The idea of this during a time before smartphones, before the average person had any cell phone, was spellbinding. Meanwhile, the 2013 iPhone featured biometric authentication, completely dominating the smartphone market.

Microchip Vital Signs Telemetry

 In Casino Royale (2006), Daniel Craig’s debut appearance as 007 sees him get microchipped by M, the director of the British Secret Service. Later, when 007’s martini is poisoned at the big poker game in Montenegro, his vitals are broadcast to headquarters. Modern telemedical devices are using this technology more often in devices such as pacemakers and orthopedic implants.

The Smart Car

 Since 1964, the iconic Aston Martin DB5 has been “modded” repeatedly across multiple films so 007 could use it as a plot pay-off to save the day. While it must’ve seemed like a pipe dream in the early days, later models of the DB5 actually include bullet-proof windows, tire slashers, oil slick ejectors, and the ejector seat. Other modern smart cars now feature eSIMs technology for voice assistance and emergency calls.

In conclusion, we have James Bond to thank for inspiring us to always be ready, armed with courage, survival skills, and futuristic gadgets to save the day, do the impossible, bag the win, and the girl whenever possible. In preparing for an SHTF moment, it’s not always necessary for an actual apocalypse. Modern tech for advanced problem-solving has many applications, all of which can provide everyday convenience and improved quality of life.

Bulletproof Suit, anyone?

Bulletproof Suit, anyone?

In the third installment of the John Wick franchise, audiences were wowed at the prospect of the hero wearing a bulletproof suit to his epic shoot-out. While adults know such things are flights of fancy that make for a good story, the need to identify with someone prepared to go to extreme lengths to save the day is hardwired in all of us. This is why we wore superhero costumes as kids.

Anyway, who couldn’t use a bulletproof suit? But, more importantly, who’s to say it can’t be done?

Today on Rob Raskins’ Millionaire Survivalist, we’ll consider the value of the bulletproof suit to your average, garden variety millionaire whose life is potentially in jeopardy due to the nature of money and power. But, even if they don’t consider themselves the classic, rugged survivalist type, or even an urbane and sophisticated James Bond type, there are times when we need all the help we can get.

A banker, a tailor, and a fashion designer walk into a bar…

While this seems to be the ideal outfit for a hitman, most customers are high-profile bankers and businessmen who need a little extra protection when traveling out of town on business. So while they may seem like your average, everyday dapper gentleman getting in and out of limousines, helicopters, and private jets, their nice but normal-looking suit is bulletproof.

The fabric is made from carbon nanotubes and is thinner, more flexible, and 50% lighter than Kevlar. While the material is sourced from US Special Forces in Iraq, the company tailoring these fashionable suits is based in Canada. International competition has emerged due to the success of the suits’ proven ability to “catch” a bullet in a live demonstration, and again from the first inauguration of President Obama, who claims to have worn one for the occasion.

Additionally, a clothing designer in Colombia styled as the Armani of bulletproof clothing is a force in the market for apparel made of this fabric. As such, it seems one’s entire wardrobe could be bulletproof without broadcasting this or the fact that there’s a reason for this level of concern. But hey, anyone who frequents the big nightclubs in a bulletproof Escalade might just as well be a candidate.

Given that the suits can go as high as $20K, it’ll be interesting to see how well this trend takes off and becomes the next standard practice of today’s elite. Who knows? Maybe they’ll make hats, umbrellas, curtains, etc. But, of course, the more products made and sold, the more the price comes down, and the more data can influence the next wave of products to appeal first to the high-end luxury market.

One thing’s for sure, in an EOTWAWKI scenario, the run from the office to the chopper could be the 30 seconds of vulnerability where this suit really pays for itself.

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Solar Powered Jets and the Millionaire Survivalist

Solar Powered Jets and the Millionaire Survivalist

Sure, it sounds cool, but how practical is it? Is this yet another attempt by the tree huggers to take down big oil so they can help their hidden masters corner the market on future tech? I haven’t the foggiest, but I know this: anyone familiar with the prospect of a post-apocalyptic future knows that whoever controls the few remaining sources of energy, transportation, self-protection, etc., will have the power to rule the world.

Today on Rob Raskins’ Millionaire Survivalist, we’ll review the advancements in solar-powered aircraft and the direction experts believe it will go in the future.

Current State of the Art

The Swiss long-range experimental solar-powered aircraft project includes two operational aircraft. The prototype, Solar Impulse 1, is a fixed-wing, single-seated monoplane powered by photovoltaic cells. It takes off with its own power and is designed to remain airborne for 36 hours without a single drop of fuel. Impulse 1 flew a successful test flight in 2009, and in 2010 flew a 26-hour flight from Switzerland to Spain and then Morocco.

In 2014, the second aircraft, Solar Impulse 2, was outfitted with more solar cells and more powerful motors, and in 2015 circumnavigated the globe. That’s a 25,000-mile flight worldwide, covering four continents, two oceans, and three seas without a single drop of fuel. It has a wingspan wider than a B-747 jumbo jet but only weighs 5,000 pounds, which is close to a typical family car. It has over 17,000 photovoltaic solar cells, each the thickness of a human hair. It charges the plane’s four lithium batteries for night flights.

Unfortunately, with the extreme size relative to the low weight, the plane’s aerodynamics are a bit unwieldy. A wing dip of more than five degrees or strong winds from bad weather can cause it to spin out of control. So, for now, solo flights are not practical. It also has to fly at 30,000 feet during the day, which requires onboard oxygen, and 5,000 feet at night to avoid depleting the batteries during steep climbs.

Meanwhile, the US Navy has been working on a solar-powered aircraft that can fly continuously for 90 days. The Skydweller is a modification of the Solar Impulse 2 and includes new software and upgraded hardware. This is a significant leap forward in our ability to man flights not previously possible and to continue to fly if fuels become too scarce or impractical. In addition, it could be used as a communications relay platform or monitor of escort ships.


While I doubt most pilots are eager to change what has always worked for them, time will tell if this becomes a viable option on the commercial market. If it does, this solar-powered option can assist future millionaire survivalists in operating aircraft long after the technology and money for supplying fuel have collapsed, provided a nuclear winter, volcanic ash, or other calamity doesn’t block out the sun.

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