"Pepper spray is also known as “oleoresin capsicum” or OC. The spray is made from the same chemical that naturally occurs in chili peppers. Capsicum makes them hot, and anyone that has rubbed their eyes or nose after handling hot peppers knows what the chemical can do to mucus membranes and even to skin. Pepper spray has a higher concentration of the chemical, so imagine the effect at more concentrated levels. Its effects include temporary blindness, coughing and skin irritation. Typically, the chemical is combined with glycol and water, and some type of propellant. It can come in concentrations ranging from one to 10 percent, which is equal to two and 15 million Scoville heat units respectively, making it a very potent deterrent."
"In a recent letter to investors, billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Singer warned that an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, is “the most significant threat” to the U.S. and our allies in the world. He’s right. Our food and water supplies, communications, banking, hospitals, law enforcement, etc., all depend on the electric grid. Yet until recently little attention has been paid to the ease of generating EMPs by detonating a nuclear weapon in orbit above the U.S., and thus bringing our civilization to a cold, dark halt."
"When it comes to self-defense ammunition, there are many different types and brands to choose from. Some are legitimate while others are passed off as gimmicks or even novelty. We’re going to take a look at the Top 10 Most Popular Rounds for Self-Defense and Concealed Carry. The 10 rounds listed are in no particular order. Keep in mind that every line of self-defense ammunition is likely to cover numerous calibers. Each caliber has it’s own strengths and weaknesses with the different rounds, as well as by themselves. The best thing to do is to research your specific caliber that you are searching for to see which self-defense rounds would be best suited for your needs."
"A bipartisan group of congressional leaders reached a deal Tuesday evening that would for the first time allow the benefits of current retirees to be severely cut, part of an effort to save some of the nation’s most distressed pension plans. The measure, attached to a massive $1.01 trillion spending bill, would alter 40 years of federal law and could affect millions of workers, many of them part of a shrinking corps of middle-income employees in businesses such as trucking, construction and supermarkets. “We have to do something to allow these plans to make the corrections and adjustments they need to keep these plans viable,” said Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), who along with Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) led efforts to hammer out a deal."
"President Obama’s recent immigration orders encourage transnational cartels to bring their violent activities closer to the border and even into the country, a group of sheriffs told reporters and lawmakers at the Capitol Wednesday. “It’s on the border now and it’s spreading into Texas and across the nation,” A.J.Louderback, sheriff of Jackson County, Texas, told National Review Online after a press conference in which he described a four-hour gun battle involving cartels just across the border on Sunday that left at least 50 people dead."
"The Department of Treasury is spending $200,000 on survival kits for all of its employees who oversee the federal banking system, according to a new solicitation. As FreeBeacon reports, survival kits will be delivered to every major bank in the United States and includes a solar blanket, food bar, water-purification tablets, and dust mask (among other things). The question, obviously, is just what do they know that the rest of us don’t?"
"Real trading will be based On ‘long term’ items. Seeds, not food. Arrows, not ammo. Tools, not filters. See, once the ‘short duration expendables’ are consumed, you won’t be re-supplying, you’ll be making your own or doing without. From turning your own arrow shafts, to cutting arrowheads from old license plates; from building filtration weirs to filter water, to needing copper tubing to make ‘wood-fired-water-heaters’. Knowledge and durable supplies (axes, hammers, spoke shaves, saw blades, etc.) will be the real money. He who has stocked dozens of saw blades will be king. He who sits on a case of toilet paper will be sad he didn’t learn how to replace it with what they used 200 years ago, instead (FYI, toilet paper is only about a 100-year old concept – ask yourself, what did they use before then, and get a real clue – because THAT is VERY valuable in the long term!)"
"Active shooter situations are usually over within 10 to 15 minutes, so this means you will have to deal with the situation on your own for what feels like an eternity until police arrive. Even when the police arrive however, the situation may continue for hours, because in some cases, the shooter barricades themselves in the building with hostages. Assume you will not have a firearm in your possession, so your objective is cover from rounds and concealment from the shooter until you can evacuate the area. Unfortunately, in most cases you will not know there is a shooter until shots ring out and this usually means there is a victim, a first casualty that alerts you."
"Congress has agreed to use federal deposit insurance, which was designed to protect the savings accounts of consumers, to cover risky trading by the nation’s biggest banks. In a small provision in the budget bill, Congress agreed to allow banks to house their trading of swaps and derivatives alongside customer deposits, which are insured by the federal government against losses. The budget move repeals a portion of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act and, some say, lays the groundwork for future bailouts of banks who make irresponsibly risky trades. “It’s both a stealth move and indefensible,” said Dennis Kelleher, the head of Better Markets, a group that argues for great oversight of banks. In a note to clients, he later called it “a sneaky, midnight repeal”."
"In this week’s analysis behind the news video, JBS CEO Art Thompson discusses how duplicitous the Obama administration has been regarding its trade policy; how its proposed trade agreements would destroy the United States; how we’ve been led to believe that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the American plan (think good plan) and the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) is the Chinese plan (think bad plan), when actually the Obama administration has posted on whitehouse.gov a 2010 statement of the APEC leaders, which includes the U.S., strongly endorsing the FTAAP plan; and therefore, the TPP (the so-called American plan) is only a salami slice transition step on the way to an FTAAP regional government (the so-called Chinese plan, but also backed by the American government) as part of the New World Order."
"More than 150 cattle valued at about $350,000 have been reported missing in southeastern Idaho, and authorities suspect modern-day cattle rustling as beef prices have soared. “Right now it’s just insane what those things are worth — it scares me to death,” Idaho State Brand Inspector Larry Hayhurst said. “Which means the incentive is there.” Three ranchers say roundup searches in recent weeks in the hills and gulches on the remote summer range where the cattle graze have come up empty in two counties. The losses include a herd of 50 Black Angus consisting of 25 cows and 25 calves valued at $150,000. Another herd of 41 cow-calf pairs, meaning 82 animals total, plus 10 cow-calf pairs, or 20 animals, from another rancher are also reported missing. Those missing cattle are valued at about $200,000. Authorities say other ranchers in the region have reported smaller losses, but note that typically one or two cow-calf pairs go missing almost every year. An entire herd disappearing is something else."
"In the same week that President Obama issued his administrative amnesty sparing millions from deportation, the feds busted a criminal ring of illegal immigrants that used stolen identities to defraud the U.S. government out of $7.2 million in tax refunds."
"New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer. EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI)—the FBI’s massive biometric database that may hold records on as much as one third of the U.S. population. The facial recognition component of this database poses real threats to privacy for all Americans."
"A few days ago Mr. Creekmore asked me to do a write-up on how-to make a manufactured home more secure. As Mr. Creekmore pointed out this is the type of housing that many of his readers live in but is also generally the least secure. And yes, I know that modern manufactured homes are made much better than they were a decade ago, they are still not up to the standards of a specifically designed survival retreat. The main advantage with choosing a manufactured home is that you can literally have a large 1500 + square feet home set-up and ready to move into in under two days. And with a few modifications you can have a suitable home / survival retreat at far less the cash outlay, of a specifically designed and built secure home. Most manufactures homes are put in without a basement underneath, the rock layer under a lot of areas is going to make it difficult and costly to put in a true basement shelter anyway, this is a common issue along the Cumberland Plateau of Eastern Tennessee – which is my highest recommended area east of the Mississippi but you can apply these ideas to other homes in other areas as well."
"If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time you’ve probably picked up on the fact that my family is not rich. (Not monetarily, anyways.) We’re not even in the “middle class” category, financially speaking. To put it simply, we’re flat broke. Don’t get me wrong. God has been so good to us. We always have enough to get us by. But most months, it’s just enough. Which is all we really need, but it can make homesteading projects tricky to afford. Why is it that we feel we have to spend so much money on projects anyways? I always wonder how they did it back in the old days, when everything was made from raw materials. Is it that we have lost the skills to build as they did, or are we too good for primitive structures nowadays? Perhaps for some of us it’s a little of both. I’m sure a lot of you are in the same boat, and you feel trapped. You want to homestead. You want to have a piece of land and grow a garden or raise livestock. But you don’t have any extra income to get started. And you wonder how other people do it. I’m here to tell you, you don’t have to be rich to get started homesteading. You don’t even have to have two incomes."
"There are lots of snappy sayings to help you remember lightning safety: When the thunder roars, get indoors! If you can see it, flee it! But what do you do when you’re caught outdoors with almost nowhere to hide? The National Outdoor Leadership Schools, or NOLS, and other experts, recommend the following."
"If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while you’re probably familiar with the fact that I don’t recommend people prepare with the TEOTWAWKI events in mind. Instead, I believe the best option it a general approach to preparedness, taking into consideration the events that are most likely to happen in your area. However, with the exception of weather events, we should not rule out scenarios taking place in our area, simply because of where we live. For example, one would think that if Mexican drug cartel violence was to take place in America, it would happen in a border town. However, this happened in St. Paul Minnesota; from the StarTribune.com"
"The next day, we talked about my article topic for about 30 minutes. This man was the Incident Commander in charge of all immediate medical response efforts during the 48 hours immediately following a major Natural Disaster in the Midwest a few years ago. He saw devastation, destruction and death far beyond what our eyes should ever see. In his presentation, he shared lessons they learned while responding to this disaster. I had to consciously keep myself from letting my jaw hit the floor when, in the course of our conversation he stated, “You know, I don’t really feel the need to store any food, there’s enough stores in our area and the surrounding areas that it isn’t a problem.” I asked how much he had on hand for his family and his answer is what stunned me. “Oh, we’ve got 2-3 days worth.” A man with a front row seat to one of the decade’s major natural disasters says he doesn’t see the need to store more than 2-3 days worth of food in his home. This floored me. I expect that people who have regular, non-emergency-services jobs might feel this way until they are taught why they should care about food storage, but this sentiment coming from him surprised me. If he can’t answer the following question, how can we convince other people who haven’t seen disasters first-hand?"
"One of our favorite foods to “set back” are meals in a jar or meals in a Mylar bag. I just opened a pint of our “Chicken/Rice Soup” and it’s delicious…even though it’s nearly a year old. I’m not sure there’s any specific recipe to follow other than one you’d normally use if you were making traditional chicken & rice soup."
"The evidence continues to mount regarding the harmful health effects of triclosan, an antimicrobial agent found in many consumer care products, including toothpaste. Despite industry claims that the chemical is totally safe, the results of a new study performed by UC Davis scientists beg to differ. A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in 2012 revealed that Colgate-Palmolive Co. conspired with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to deliberately withhold research on the safety of triclosan in the 1990s. Some of the information withheld included studies that showed issues in bone formation of fetal rats and mice exposed to the chemical."
"The fundamentals remain the same: Shoot, Move, and Communicate. In order to perform those 3 tasks proficiently, a working knowledge of patrolling, react to contact and incoming, ambushes, defensive positions, and the application of first aid needs to be perfected. The biggest difference between the old and the modern military is the soldiers reliance on technology for navigation, communications, and the fact most troops are shuttled around in up-armored, air conditioned vehicles. There isn’t going to be any of that for you – the Resistance. Physical fitness, sharpened skills, and “killer instinct” will be the deciding factor in most instances of equal force confrontations."
"The Alexandria police department has its officers going business to business, providing a flyer with **misinformation** on Virginia’s gun laws, targeting mostly open carry. Unfortunately for the police, a Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) member was present when they came into a restaurant this morning, handed a flyer to the owner, and chatted with the owner for a few minutes. Afterward, the restaurant owner showed the Virginia Citizens Defense League member the flyer and said that the police told him that he didn’t have to allow open carry and if he saw somebody doing so, he could call the police! While true - a business owner can call the police to enforce a trespass charge - it is certainly out of the ordinary for the police come into a business out of the blue and encourage a business owner to infringe on his customer’s civil liberties. The flyer particularly endangers 18 to 20 year olds as it incorrectly tells a store owner that if they see someone under 21-years-old with a handgun on their hip, that is illegal! That is NOT true and having the police show up on a bogus “man with a gun” call endangers everyone unnecessarily."
(Sgt Trainer: Make SURE you are FULLY cognizant of what the laws are in your state with regard to this!)
"As of the first week of December, the Hunters for the Hungry (HFTH)program finds itself at a 17 year low in the number of pounds of venison it has been able to make available to those who are hungry in our state. Gary Arrington, HFTH Special Projects Coordinator noted that , ”Due to the extremely low number of deer donations, we have been unable to provide any meat to about 33% of the agencies we would normally give meat to, with the remaining groups who depend on our program receiving significantly less meat than in years past.” “This means many children and elderly are not getting the high protein resource of venison in their meals. This is a great opportunity for all hunters to “give back” to their community and to promote the hunting heritage in the most positive of ways!” During this season of giving, HFTH is asking every hunter, hunting group or club, to commit to harvesting a deer, or two, or more if so blessed and to donate those deer to the HFTH program."
"The eruption of Icelandic volcano Bardarbunga will have sweeping repercussions for western civilisation and has been penciled in as an "outrageous" risk for 2015 by Saxo Bank in Denmark. It is literally on our door step and is a constant threat but for some reason it is almost never mentioned in the media. The volcano was assigned a "red" warning last summer. The Icelandic Met Office description states that this signified an imminent risk of eruption, with a significant emission of ash into the atmosphere likely. After a large earthquake in August, Bardarbunga has now been continually erupting for more than three months. The current "period of seismic unrest is one of the largest ever recorded in a volcano globally". Iceland’s own Civil Protection and Emergency Management has said. Imagine a winter plunged into darkness, unbearable cold, massive storms, constant flooding, raging winds and none stop rain and snow. Throw in travel disruption, flood and wind damage to houses and infrastructure, livestock deaths, the demand on the grid system and the emergency services and you have a very plausible possibility for the western civilisation in the coming months, how do we know? Because it has already happened, in 1816, which is known as "The Year Without a Summer!"
"Obama has let our enemies, in Russia, isolate America, erode and destroy the petrodollar, form military alliances with our neighbors in Latin America and Obama is allowing the fragmentation of our alliances within NATO (e.g. Turkey and Germany). From a national security standpoint, America has never been more vulnerable. There have been plenty of leaks that have told us that the military has tried to engineer a military coup (i.e. Benghazi), but has been blocked. The military is in survival mode, it is hard to believe that they will not try again. This begs the question, what will happen first, a military coup or impeachment coming from the House of Representatives? A military coup frightens me because things can go sideways very quickly and we could end up with absolutely no Constitution."
"Did you know that 65 percent of all children in the United States live in a home that receives aid from the federal government? We live at a time when child poverty in America is exploding. Yes, the U.S. economy is experiencing a temporary bubble of false stability for the moment, but even during this period of false stability the gap between the wealthy and the poor continues to rapidly expand and the middle class is being systematically destroyed. And sadly, this is having a disproportionate impact on children. This is happening for a couple of reasons. First of all, poorer households tend to have more children than wealthier households. Secondly, most people tend to have children when they are in their young adult years, and right now young adults are being absolutely hammered by this economy."
"Last Thursday, a town hall meeting at Harvey Government Center in Key West drew a large crowd that erupted in opposition to a proposal to release genetically modified mosquitoes this coming Spring. It's a proposal from a seemingly strange choice - the United Kingdom. British company Oxitec is petitioning the U.S. Government for permission to release male GE Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that contain a gene whereby they die unless receiving an antidote in the form of antibiotic tetracycline. The males released will live long enough to mate, but the offspring will die before maturation. The proposal that is now gaining ground has been in preparation for three years, with significant involvement by Wellcome Trust. In 2012, the plan to go through was thwarted when a resolution didn't pass. Of course the company insists that the technology is totally safe."