Saturday, October 11, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Carrying a concealed weapon gives you an edge in any violent encounter you may come across. Just be sure to always observe laws in your area, and use some version of the "deadly force continuum". There is no need to pull a weapon for a verbal altercation, for instance. Doing so can and probably will get you arrested.
When carrying (or even when not carrying) a useful mental tool is the Cooper color code system. The colors and what they stand for are as follows:
White - Oblivious to surroundings, unaware.
Yellow - Attentive, but relaxed.
Orange - Directed focus on potential threat situation.
Red - Direct focus on specific, active threat.
Keep in mind that you still need to be aware of surroundings even while your focus is narrowing in on a potential or direct threat.
Black is sometimes added to this scale. Some experts will use black to mean that you have frozen or blacked out, having become unable to respond effectively to the threat. Others will use black to represent when you actually engage or otherwise respond to the threat effectively. Regardless of what black means to you, or if you even add it to the code, understand that training and alertness will help you respond appropriately to any threat presented to you. Do your best to keep yourself "at yellow".
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Replacement glasses & repair kits
Medications & birth control
Necessary personal medical equipment
CPAP machines, Oxygen tanks and anti-arthritis joint wraps are just a few examples of medical items individuals may need for personal use. Do a thorough check of the items you use on a daily or weekly basis when tailoring this list for your use.
General security will allow you to place barriers between yourself and thieves, looters, rioters or marauders.
Warning triangles or road cones
Empty sandbags can help to create a bulletproof barrier to hide behind or keep flood waters out. The list of things you can do with a sand bag is limitless. Padlocks are obviously useful for keeping robbers out of your storage facilities. Emergency whistles can be used as a makeshift alarm system.
Concertina wire and road signals such as flares can be used to create a roadblock or checkpoint. Any vehicle that attempts to run through "C-Wire" will sustain heavy damage to the wheels, axles and undercarriage. It's also extremely difficult for a person to maneuver through without getting stuck or sustaining bodily injury. Roadblocks can be very effective for blocking access to roads that lead to your property. Be sure not to commit any crimes by blocking roads during times of stability. Only during a time without rule of law (WROL) would it be alright to block roads. Use your own judgment, and remember that no one is responsible for the actions you take besides you!
Hand soap, dish soap, laundry soap
Toothpaste (or baking soda)
Deodorants and antiperspirants
Shampoos and baby shampoos
Dental care is also extremely important. Infection and dental disease can turn deadly if left untreated for long enough. It can be very painful and debilitating. Even when there is no toothpaste, baking soda works well. Without baking soda, even simply using a brush and water is much better than nothing. Dental floss with help keep gums healthy. Obviously, string or thread can be used as a substitute, but be careful not to injure the gum.
The entry today will be based around finding food. Hunting, fishing and trapping is a great way to supplement your food stores. Think of it this way; Every time you hunt, fish or trap a day's worth of food, that's another day your stores will last you.
Compound bow w/arrows & hunting arrowheads
Fishing poles & tackle
Body grip traps
Commercial traps and snares up to deer size
One good tip is to try to make the work on your part as easy as possible. If you can set some snares or yoyos and come back a few hours or even a day later, that's minimal work. Less energy used means more energy for other critical tasks.
One excellent technique for fishing in a small stream or creek is to get a net and set it across the body of water. It will start to collect any fish that come through and as long as you're careful, you could end up with a nice haul of fish. Fish are easy to clean and cook, just watch out for the bones.
If you live near an area where you can crab fish, use a bit of meat (raw chicken works well) in a crab basket to attract them.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The conflict in Ukraine continues to deepen while the US and the UN sit back and ask for a cease-fire. Former SECSTATE Clinton says it's time for "tough rhetoric". Current SECSTATE Kerry says he is "warning" Putin for the last time. President Obama is saying very little. He is obviously reluctant to place the blame for what's happening squarely on Vladimir Putin.
The destruction of a civilian airliner is probably one of the worst things that could happen to Putin's cause, but only if the leaders of the US can be aggressive in their actions against Putin. As of right now, nothing significant has been done by anyone against Russia, and the conflict rages on.
In the Middle East, the conflict between Hamas and Israel has kicked off again. Several weeks ago, Hamas began firing Iranian made rockets into Israel from Gaza. These rockets have become more advanced and are now capable of reaching Tel Aviv. Israel responded with artillery and airstrikes on Hamas targets, resulting in some Palestinian "civilians" being killed. This is not surprising, since Hamas stores it's weapons and houses it's fighters in civilian homes and neighborhoods. Israel has been broadcasting in advance the locations they plan to strike in order to allow civilians time to evacuate. Strategically speaking, that is insane, but Israel is attempting to minimize the success of Hamas efforts to make Israelis appear to be targeting civilians. Unfortunately, many in the mainstream media are all too happy to fall for the tricks of Hamas.
A few days ago, Israel launched a large ground invasion of Gaza. After at least one cease-fire attempt by Israel was ignored by Hamas, and after many attempts at invasion of Israel by Hamas via amphibious landings and underground tunnels, Israeli infantry, armored personnel carriers and tanks rolled into Gaza. Dozens of Israeli soldiers and dozens more Hamas terrorists have been killed in the fighting.
What is the response of the White House? Ambivalence. They continue to make statements calling for a cease-fire and restraint by Israel. Every statement condemning Hamas attacks is tempered by an immediately caveat implying that Israel should exercise restraint. What they should be doing is throwing their full support behind Israel in destroying the Hamas terrorist organization. Unfortunately, firm foreign policy stances are not something that the administration is capable of.
For now, the conflict moves forward with Israel seeking out and destroying Hamas strongpoints. Meanwhile, Obama continues with his fundraising parties.
Gasoline powered generator
Magnesium fire starter
Black garbage bags
Blankets & space blankets
Wire in various gauges
Hand sewing supplies
Crochet & knitting supplies
Yarns & threads
Galvanized steel washtub
Clean bathroom plunger
Propane or white gas lanterns w/ canisters
Batteries & extras for each item
5 gallon buckets & lids
Solar yard lights
Playing cards, books, toys & games
Obviously there are many items associated with cleanliness on this list. Keeping clothing, items and areas clean is key to improving morale in a post-SHTF situation and can increase the functionality and life of equipment. The hygiene list will go more in depth with, well, hygiene items.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
Victor Yanukovich, the former president of the Ukraine, is in exile in Moscow after being ousted by the Ukrainian citizenry. In one of the bloodier revolts we have seen in recent years, the Ukrainian people rose up in rage after Yanukovich turned down an economic deal with the European Union in favor of a large financial bailout by Russia. The Ukrainian people never supported siding with Moscow, instead favoring closer ties with the European Union. The people revolted when faced with the possibility of coming under the sphere of Russian influence.
Thus far, President Obama has done nothing and said little, reluctant to use tough rhetoric against an opponent that has already made him look like an incompetent fool in the last couple of years.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking this opportunity to flex his muscle in the Ukrainian unrest while he knows the US government is too weak and timid to stand up to him. He is using this as an example to the world that the American super-power status is no more. He is attempting to rebuild a semblance of the Soviet Union in the absence of strong American leadership.
Obama's statements on this development remind me of his "red line" he drew against the Syrian government's attacks on the Syrian people. We all saw as Putin took control of the Syrian conflict away from Obama and managed it to his own satisfaction while the US President was unable to achieve a single objective of his own. The conflict in Syria rages on, Assad is still firmly in power and he still possesses most of his chemical weapons stockpile despite the passing of early disposal deadlines.
We now see an obvious military provocation by Putin. Russian military transport aircraft have begun bringing troops and equipment into the Ukrainian region of Crimea. Russian Mi-24 "Hind" attack helicopters have been conducting flights over Crimea. The troops have seized several airports in the region and have waved off customs officials, stating they have no need of their services. A day prior to this larger invasion, a dozen or so armed men seized control of local government offices in Crimea and raised the Russian flag over them. The men wore no uniforms, but it is my professional opinion that these men are either Spetznaz or GRU operatives. There are also approximately 150,000 Russian soldiers that have been quickly mobilized near the Ukrainian border for what Russia has referred to as "military exercises". These so called "exercises" also involved hundreds of tanks and aircraft and at least 80 naval vessels.
As Russia invades sovereign, industrialized nations the US leadership has announced that we are cutting the size of our military to it's smallest numbers since WWII. Recently, US Secretary of State John Kerry stated that "climate change" is one of the largest threats to global stability. President Obama has shifted his focus this year to climate change, minimum wage changes and "equality".
This invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces may very well lead to a major rearmament by major European Union powers who believe that they can no longer depend on the ability of the US to stand up to aggression from Russia. We have already observed a major military buildup in the most influential of the EU nations, Germany.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
- Gasoline stabilized with Stabil in gas cans or non-corrosive metal drums
- Lighter fluid
As mentioned above, it's advisable to rotate your gasoline storage. If you have many gas cans filled in your shed or garage, put it in your car's gas tank occasionally. Then fill that can again and put it at the back of the rotation line. Try to ensure that moisture doesn't infiltrate the fuel you have stored.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
- Peanut butter
- Roasted coffee beans
- Complete set of canning supplies
- Aluminum foil
- Iodized salt
- Non-iodized salt
- Hot sauce
- Various spices
- Powdered eggs
- Powdered milk
- Powdered butter
- Canned beans, fruits, vegetables, meats & soups
- White sugar
- Brown sugar
- Jams, jellies & preserves
- Salad dressings
- Barbecue sauce
- Soy sauce
- Baking soda
- Cooking oils
- Ramen noodles
Obviously, certain items on this list can't be stored in large amounts for long periods of time. For instance, potatoes will go bad. However, always having a bag of potatoes on hand will allow you to easily begin growing them yourself, so long as the potatoes have "eyes" on them. Some of the items on the list aren't necessarily there for nutrition, but can store for a long time and are extremely quick and easy to prepare when you simply need to get something in your stomach. One example is the Ramen noodles.
It's important to learn about gardening, as the food in your storage supply is finite.
- Food dehydrator
- Cast iron skillet
- Pressure cooker
- Cast iron Dutch oven
- Big stew pot
- Large & small kettles
- Manual can openers
- Large spoons & ladels
- Knives (large & small, butcher)
- Bacon press
- Propane camping cook stove
- Small charcoal grill
- Camp coffee percolator
- Coffee grinder
- Grain grinder
- Oat roller
Being able to prepare food in a way that tastes great will go a long way toward improving the morale of your group during hard times. Preparing food in a way the resembles the way you did it before the SHTF brings about a sense of normalcy that few other things can. A propane cooking stove allows you to cook with no problem when the power grid goes down. Cast iron holds heat extremely well and doesn't need to be thoroughly washed every time you use it. A big stew pot will allow you to make any kind of stew or soup in large quantities.
The items on the list are often overlooked but they will make life a lot easier in a survival scenario. It's good to practice using these items during camping trips.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
"It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf."
Thomas Paine in "The American Crisis, No. 1", December 19, 1776