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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
SOCORRO, Texas —Stereotypes being what they are this is an unexpected story but a cautionary one - it should remind us of the world in which we live and the degenerate danger we face; and this happened in our relatively ordered society complete with laws and police "protection".
Investigators said the 70-year-old was walking Thursday around 6 a.m. at Valle del Sol Park on Valle Rico Road and Valle Fertil when they said four black men got out of a late-'90s Ford or Chevrolet van or minivan and demanded the Mexican-American man to give them money. When he said, "No," they allegedly grabbed him, threw him in the van and raped him.Read More
As a man I am certain the older gentleman attacked never considered himself as a potential victim of a rape - no man save those sent to prison ever imagine such a scenario - yet the story is there to be told. From this sad and sick story there is a reminder for us all.
Being prepared is a full time job - we must always pay attention to the wold around us, remain situationally aware and fully prepared to deal with dangerous situations when they arise.
Arm yourself and remain armed at all times - we cannot pick the time or the place when someone else may decide to do us harm.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
This blog is not about politics and I will not discuss in detail Beck's view that the world is soundly divided between right and left (this is at least what I think he believes). I think fundamentally the divide is more complicated than this and there are other fault lines along which people rally from time to time.
What I find interesting is Beck's increasing fascination with the notion that we are on the cusp of something far worse than what the mainstream media talks about. Perhaps it is his notoriety coupled with his willingness to say things like "you should prepare" that makes the phase "Glenn Beck is a nut" so popularly uttered. After all, "you should prepare" is not a mainstream idea.
Recently on his GBTV program he emotionally laid out a set of things you should be doing now to prepare for the economic hardship and social unrest he sees coming to a corner near you soon. His list was certainly not original nor was it complete - in fact it was essentially much of what the survivalist/prepper community has said for a long time. What is interesting is that this was said by a man that has a considerable audience - certainly considerable when compared to anyone else advocating preparedness. For his efforts to get the word out I salute the man - no matter what else you might think of him politically.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Gun cases are made to protect guns. Guns are tools, fine tools. They deserve to be cared for so they can be expected to perform to their design potential. Guns need regular maintenance, cleaning, repair, and proper storage. Storage implies both during the time of use and afterward. Read More.
Excellent break down. Personally I am most happy with my Pelican cases for both long-term and mobile storage. It also goes without saying, wipe off your fingerprints to remove the salt and oils you leave behind and add a light coat of gun oil before storage.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Although the issue didn’t get much attention, law and order was starting to break down in Western Massachusetts last week. Things never got to the extreme of New Orleans after Katrina, but a state trooper was pointing out that after four days without cell coverage, with bank machines, supermarkets and cell phones down, things were getting a little hairy. Gas stations run on electricity, as does much of sewer and water infrastructure. All of a sudden, those survivalist freaks with their supply of food, water, alternative heating sources, pre-formed lead and the means to propel said lead, didn’t seem so crazy.
As the state trooper pointed out, we no longer live in a society in which we view the difference between law and disorder to be the thin blue line of law enforcement. We live in a society in which the fine line between society and chaos is the thin gray line of electric power transmission. If society starts to break down after three days of power outage, we really need to think about the implications of that. A cyber attack on our power grid could do vastly more damage to our society, it seems, than a terrorist armed with a nuclear device. Read More
Home invasion in Milford, Mass., shakes family; Recent home invasion robbery could be tied to other area cases; Police Investigate Home Invasion Robbery; Police | Man tied up in Conway home invasion
The risk of social unrest is on the rise around much of the world, according to polling data summarized in the International Labour Organization's latest World of Work Report (ht: Tortsen Slok).
The ILO estimates that the risk of unrest has risen the most in advanced economies over the past five years, followed by the Middle East & North Africa and South Asia. Read More
I have had a B.O.B packed for a while and check perishables on a schedule. So there it sits. However over the last few months I thought I should take it for a spin. My B.O.L is a few hours away by vehicle, 1 day at most by bike and 5 days by foot. The 5 days is relative due to things like weather and if its winter. I am able to hike it in 3 days but I threw 2 days in case of unforeseen complications.
I had a week of vacation coming up, so I took it camping. I made some subtractions in removing the handgun and 4 clips. I added the weight back with a new takedown fishing rod and reel. Plus I was looking to do some fishing with it.....
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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Some in the Northeast are getting an early lesson in the fragile link between comfort and safety and pain and agony.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Services being bartered include anything from language classes and babysitting to hand cooked meals and daily labor. (read more)
Sunday, October 30, 2011
First, medicine and antibiotics – in any scenario where you are dirty, active, outdoors and in danger there is a distinct possibility that you will get cut scrapped and eventually have one or more open wounds. In our relatively clean environment we get cuts and scrapes all the time. That same cut just might kill you in a less sanitary world. Every bug-out bag, 72 hour kit, throw bag, backpack and pocket kit I put together has three very important things – Neosporin, hand sanitizer and bandages and tape. With those three items alone you can prevent almost all minor/medium cuts and scrapes from becoming something more serious. I am continually surprised as I watch TWD by the absolute lack of hand sanitizer – perhaps cleaning one’s hands does not make for exciting television.
Of course in the event the cut is deeper or dirt/debris/muck enters the wound it is highly likely an infection that can and will end your life might develop. In the rare occasion such a circumstance develops (you could not clean it, had dirty hand or it was just too deep) antibiotics are required. Here is a good run down of prevention and use.
I fill every prescription that any doctor writes for me for an antibiotic. I seldom actually take the medicine – instead I store it in the refrigerator. Of course a simple search on the net will reveal that there are other options, there are companies that will sell you antibiotics without a prescription. You can also procure Penicillin at many farm supply stores – not something I would use unless I was turning green and foaming at the mouth but perhaps worth having on hand just in cast.
The second issue that this episode brings up: “know the crowd you run with”. We tell our kids this but in a life and death situation the notion of accepting help from others in the same circumstance may seem necessary and indeed it may be. However, you have to consider and realize that stress, particularly extreme stress can and do cause people to act in ways we did not predict. Trust is a precious commodity, something that should not be easily given. Be giving, kind, generous and open-minded but be careful with your complete trust.
Armed citizen militia group US Border Guard is making its presence felt at the Occupy Phoenix demonstration to protect free speech rights, arguing that the second amendment prevents the state from abusing the first amendment. (read more)While I agree entirely that the 2nd Amendment is a guard against the government taking our other God given rights this is concerning.
The fusion of far left, far right at these events disturbs me greatly. The Nazis and Communist could agree in 1933 that the German Republic should fall and as soon as one of them gained the power to make that happen they both then could agree that the other must die.
We must redouble our efforts to prepare to take care of our families, communities and loved ones. Now is not the time to dabble in politics or demonstrations, the changes that will come cannot be controlled. This entire thing has the potential to cause great disruption and chaos.
Prepare my friends, prepare.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Here are three of the ways to protect your home that you probably haven’t considered:All good stuff but there is more we can add:
1. Use your yard’s natural defenses. Does your house sit at a slightly elevated position from street level? Use that to your advantage. Make sure there’s a clear line of sight from the road. Do you enjoy gardening? Choose thorny rose bushes over broad-leafed hedges that could conceal a burglar. View your home security from the outside in, and put the natural features of your yard to work for you.
2. Secure your power and communications. Your home security system may have a battery backup, but when is the last time you checked to make sure it worked? A burglar may only need to cut the power to your home to disable that expensive system. How about your wireless network? Are you using wireless security, or is your home network wide open? Clever criminals can access that network and steal more from you than they ever would by physically breaking into the house.
3. Let home intruders know you mean business. You’ve probably been told that you can put an empty dog bowl and leash outside your doorstep to deter criminals. Better yet, put an NRA sticker on the back of your car, or leave a used target from the gun range somewhere in plain sight. Home invaders can easily distract a dog, but they’re usually much less willing to stare down the barrel of a gun.
4. Know when you’re at risk. Most home invasions are committed by someone you’ve had contact with. It might be a plumber, or it might be your wife’s cousin. Learn to observe people’s behavior in your home. If they wander around a room from one window to the next, or if they seem to always be looking around, it should send up a warning flag.
- Add something like EZ Armor to your exterior doors.
- Add a piece of 1/4 inch plywood behind the drywall to beside interior doors leading to bedrooms, and replace those doors with real doors (i.e. exterior doors with the EZ Armor hardware attached). Locking these doors at night for each bedroom will give you space and time to react if someone does get in.
- Add bars to your window if you are allowed (women hate them) or pin your windows - Using a mid-sized drill bit, drill two holes, approximately 2 inches deep, into the window frame, approximately 2 inches above where the window will open. Insert one 3-1/2" nails into each hole, make sure that the nails are big enough so that they will not fall out but that the hole is loose enough so that the nails can be easily removed.
This technique will insure that if someone attempts to come in through your window, they will need to do a lot of work if they want to get in.
Among my gripes with season one was our cast of survivors seemed oblivious to tools, weapons and opportunities all around them. Abandoned cars in interstate gridlock, weapons laying on the ground (heck M2 .50 cal machine guns with ammo belts attached) did not spark any interest from our little group. Within those cars was invariably all the things someone thought to grab and pack as they attempted to flee the infection.
This pales however in comparison to my most significant issue - the adherence to the notion that the government somehow can and will solve the problem. The group goes to Atlanta - which to me looks a lot like Atlanta today - in the hope that the gummit somehow has a handle on things. Perhaps in season two our heroes will come to the realization that government cannot solve most problems and people rising from the dead and attempting to eat other people is certainly one too big for them.
No matter the situation, you should never go to a FEMA camp or a government safe area - if you are not prepared to leave your area and take care of yourself in some way you have already fated yourself to disaster.
I will comment more on this series as the episodes in season two roll out. It is simply good fun but on a deeper level I believe it highlights many of the fallacies many in the population hold as truths - dangerous assumptions indeed.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
We all know the stories about Daniel Boone, Davy Crocket, Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and many more too numerous to list; but how many have studied the skills and everyday chores that these men used to establish the United States as we know it today? HT SurvivalCacheA good read filled with additional pointers to resources to help you learn those forgotten skills.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
The danger of looking at a video like this is that we all come to this with preconceived perspectives. Some may believe that governments generally always do “good” and that in times of dire crisis the government will find a way, others may be more skeptical but I think we can agree on the following:
1) In a collapse governments will try to fix things
2) Their “fix” if effective at all will not be effective everywhere at once, there will be pockets of problems, shortages.
Having said that, this video is a good thought piece.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Things have changed, they have been changing for some time but now, for the first time these changes are perhaps evident to many that before did not see or did not want to see.
Many people have been tuned off to the idea of preparing for bad times because the chance that the potential bad things one might prepare for were always pretty slim; asteroid hitting the Earth, pandemic, nuclear war etc. etc. Many people do in some way prepare for the more ordinary emergencies; hurricanes, storms etc. I think the time is right for a larger percentage of the population to begin listening to the real need to prepare for an economic emergency.
We sense it, we know something is amiss, many of us know intuitively that governments cannot long sustain the absolute mess we have created. We sense that hard times are ahead. Many will begin to search for ways to ease the pain to come for their families and loved ones. It is not too late. However, it is probably an overwhelming thing to ponder for those that come to the game now. If one visits most sites related to survival or preparedness there is distinct possibility that you could feel overwhelmed, feel that you waited too late and that there is no point in preparing because you simply cannot attain that mountaintop retreat, fully stocked with 5 years of supplies. I think you can prepare without that degree of investment, it is not too late.
I will write more about the vision of the future I see for us. If you have come here recently as someone worried about the world you see unfolding I say to you, have faith, be strong and prepare now in small ways. This will not be the end of the world, it will just be very hard but you and your family can get through it. You must, however, take steps now.
The next two years may result in "economic endgame" (depression, stagflation, hyperinflation - depends on scenario) and honestly we should hope not. But the collaspe is coming, the bubble must burst and equalibrium will be reached and it will be painful. Use the next two years to get your family ready, even as the economy gets slowly worse take the time and spend the money to prepare yourself.