(Sgt Trainer: Ingenious!)
"The use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs could double your risk of developing diabetes, suggests a study conducted by researchers from the VA North Texas Health System and the University of Texas Southwestern that was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine on April 28. Previous studies have shown a link between statin use and increased diabetes rates, but the new study is the first to show that statins seem to increase diabetes risk even in otherwise healthy people who are not predisposed to the disease."
"When SHTF, you may need to leave quickly. That means that you may need to travel light. You probably won’t be able to carry much more than a couple of days’ worth of water. In that case, you’ll need to find a viable source of drinking water, but you need to know how to test water for pollution agents. For that matter, it’s a good idea to test your own home drinking water periodically just to be on the safe side. If you have well water, pollutants can creep in due to factors outside of your control such as drought, flooding, earthquakes or deep drilling by oil or gas companies. The Earth shifts beneath us on a regular basis and those shifts can cause changes in your water quality. In our previous article, Top Killing Agents Hidden in Your Water, we discussed some of the most dangerous contaminants that are often present in water. We also talked about what they can do to you, so if you read that article, you’ll understand why it’s so important to make sure that your water doesn’t contain any of those pollutants. In this section, we’re going to discuss a few ways that you can find out what’s in your water and even discuss a few signs specific to certain chemicals or minerals. If you have city water, there are many different pollutants in that water."
"For most speeding tickets, the readout of a laser or radar device provides the only evidence of an offense. In Lee County, Florida, officials cannot prove that those readouts are accurate. As a result, Lee County and other jurisdictions throughout the state face the potential for substantial refunds from a federal class action lawsuit filed last week. The suit seeks to force Lee County to pay back all the revenue collected by sheriff’s deputies using the Python II radar system over the past eleven years. Florida law mandates that law enforcement use only devices approved by the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and “Python II” does not appear on the approved equipment list."
(Sgt Trainer: In the military, we were required to ensure all of our radar guns were recalibrated and certified EVERY MONTH! If any of them were not, they were not allowed to be put into service.)
"The long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) redefining the term “waters of the United States”under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) was released on March 25, 2014, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) (collectively referred to as “the agencies”). The proposed rule seeks to clarify which streams, wetlands and other waters are considered “waters of the United States” and, thus, subject to permitting requirements under the CWA. The joint proposed rule will affect project development and operations across the energy, water, construction, building, agricultural and transportation sectors. Supporters of the NOPR have estimated that it would extend the jurisdictional scope of the CWA to an additional “20 million acres of wetlands and more than half our nation’s streams.” The agencies’ proposal expands the types of waters that will be considered jurisdictional and subject to CWA permitting requirements to include:"
"Range estimation is a key skill in the sniper’s toolbox. If you don’t know how far away your target is, you have little chance of hitting it on the first shot. One shot, one kill…right? There are many methods of locating the target’s range. For the purpose of this period of instruction we will be covering range estimation with the mildot reticle and it’s variants. In years past the basic mildot reticle came in two flavors. You could either get round dots or “footballs”. In recent times the footballs have faded from existence. They have been replaced by a myriad of lines and circles and dots. The basic premise that we are going to demonstrate here will work for any milradian based reticle."
"The power grid upon which Americans depend for nearly every aspect of life is attacked once every four days, an investigative report from the nation’s largest newspaper chain revealed. Gannett and USA Today reporters analyzed federal energy records and found that a cyber or physical attack takes place so often – nearly 100 times a year – that government officials and grid experts are growing increasingly concerned that it’s just a matter of time before an attack is successful. The analysis by USA Today and more than 10 Gannett newspapers and TV stations drew from “thousands of pages of government records, federal energy data and a survey of more than 50 electric utilities.”
(Sgt Trainer: You have to make up your own mind whether or not this article is accurate, OR...if the following article is accurate.)
"The Department of Energy (DOE) warns in it's new report titled the "Quadrennial Energy Review" that our electric grid is threatened by 'terrorism'. There's the magic word again, mention 'terror' or 'terrorism' and taxpayer dollars come flooding in, while our civil rights get destroyed. The DOE/DHS suggests that modernization is a must and estimated the cost at updating just the grid of transmission and distribution lines at $900 billion. Add in updating power plants, and the price reaches $2 trillion! As if on cue MSNBC claims our nations' power grid is under physical or cyber attack every 4 days:"
"With all of the varying complexities of food storage and food storage companies, it may be difficult to sort through and prioritize what is important and what is not. I don’t know about you but with the dizzying array of things to take into consideration, you just might want to throw you hands up in dismay and yell “help me!!” I do not claim to be an expert, but over the years I have learned some things about food storage and food storage companies. Setting aside the very real concern of where to store everything, which is a separate topic altogether, today I want to break down what you should look for when shopping for food storage."
"Environmental modification techniques (ENMOD) for military use constitute, in the present context of global warfare, the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. Rarely acknowledged in the debate on global climate change, the world’s weather can now be modified as part of a new generation of sophisticated electromagnetic weapons. Both the US and Russia have developed capabilities to manipulate the climate for military use. Environmental modification techniques have been applied by the US military for more than half a century. US mathematician John von Neumann, in liaison with the US Department of Defense, started his research on weather modification in the late 1940s at the height of the Cold War and foresaw ‘forms of climatic warfare as yet unimagined’. During the Vietnam war, cloud-seeding techniques were used, starting in 1967 under Project Popeye, the objective of which was to prolong the monsoon season and block enemy supply routes along the Ho Chi Minh Trail."
"The only place you will be able to buy ammunition would be from a store if two Democrats in the US House of Representatives get their way. A new bill, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, essentially would ban the purchase of ammunition online. Under the bill, a person could buy ammo online, but they’d need to pick it up at federally licensed gun dealer with a photo ID. The Act also will require vendors to report anyone who purchases more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition within five days to the US Attorney General – essentially creating a list of those who stockpile ammo. “Our bill to limit the online sale of ammunition is a long-overdue common sense reform that I am hopeful will spark Congress to put aside party difference and come together to help prevent such senseless tragedies,” US Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D-New Jersey) told The Hill. The Act was introduced by Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-New Jersey) and cosponsored by Pallone and US Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-New Jersey)."
"Did you ever wish that you could relocate to a fortress in which you could wait out the Zombie Apocalypse? Well, for the mere price of $649,000, a fortress can be yours. The 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is on 4 wooded acres. On the market in Yelm, Washington, is a prepper castle waiting for a family of survival-minded people. Sadly, there’s no moat, but there is a little pond in the back."
"(Admin Note: For those new to the blog, I’ve espoused these ideas for a long time based on my professional experience as an Intelligence Analyst and a student of guerrilla and insurgent movements. When we begin breaking down what another American revolution would look like and approach the topic from a military intelligence point of view, we see a lot of problems that are difficult to overcome, which have ultimately led me to believe that the likelihood of success is quite low right now. The good news is that there’s a way forward if you want to restore Liberty. I hope you’ll consider what I have to offer.) There have been myriad plans to restore Liberty floated around in the Freedom Forces (FREEFOR) and Patriot communities. They’ve ranged from making war on police officers to more traditional resistance operations against countervalue targets, to passive resistance and civil disobedience, and simply voting our way out. I think some of these plans have some merit… some have more than others, while at least two have no merit. I’ve never liked the idea of shooting police officers ‘just to get our point across’ and I think it’s a dumb idea. A similarly dumb idea is that we can just vote in a new, better president to fix everything. I don’t mean any personal offense to anyone who supports these plans; I just wish that you would think through the process of what they entail, the likelihood of success, and the end result if you fail. There are, of course, several striking negative second- and third-order effects that are detrimental to what you’re actually trying to accomplish. I’ve covered those in detail in previous posts."
"A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction saying the District of Columbia’s new concealed carry law is unconstitutional. The order, issued Monday by Judge Frederick J. Scullin, was the second decision in less than a year declaring the Washington, D.C., gun carry laws to be unconstitutional. In October of 2014, the same judge ruled that the district’s complete ban on gun carry was also in violation of the Constitution. Scullin barred DC Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier from enforcing the city’s requirement that a person applying for a concealed carry permit must prove they have a “good reason” to need one. This requirement created a system where only those with police reports detailing violent threats against them could obtain a permit. Critics said the requirement was the reason few permits had been issued thus far, and argued that it violates the Second Amendment. The “good reason” clause was used to deny three men who wished to carry weapons in the District permits. The men—Joshua Akery, Tyler Whidby, and Brian Wrenn—joined with the Second Amendment Foundation to file suit against the city. In Monday’s order, the court sided with the plaintiffs."
"By the illusive R&D guy. (And yes, I realize who that is in the featured image. I’m in a fairly good mood and wanted to make myself chuckle today). Why write about unarmed knife defense? Aren’t there so many more important things to cover in regard to NPT / Community preps? Yes there are. In SHTF do I see myself needing unarmed knife defense skills as much as I may need them today? Not as much as I do today. However, we are not currently in SHTF, (it may come, it may not). DTG’s job as a company is to help individuals, families and communities defend themselves against criminals in both SHTF AND normal society though. So with that said, there are places that we just cannot go with our personal protection firearm. As well, edged weapons do not always become apparent in an attack until after victim is being stabbed. Despite what’s taught in most CPL courses, there is a very real possibility that you are going to have to stop the bad guy from continuing to use you as a pin-cushion before you can access your firearm."
"This is a two part series which deals with critical issues associated with planned round-ups of potential resistance leaders and how to recognize when the extractions will happen. This is very valuable information as it will be important to not be where one is expected to be when the extractions commence. The second part of this series will discuss the technology that will be employed to hunt down key resistance figures along with counter-intelligence techniques designed TO evade capture. There are some universal principles that will be applied when key people are hunted down when the NSA/DHS decides that your Threat Matrix Score is too high and you must be extracted from society so that you cannot do any more damage to the emerging power structure that has hijacked our government."
"As people continue to digest breaking news out of Greece and around the world, the Godfather of newsletter writers, 90-year-old Richard Russell, warned that the elite are panicking out of fiat money and into hard assets as central banks are now on the verge of losing the Gold War."
"The following is a study I've done proving that the active militarization of police dramatically increased after the financial crisis of 2008. The U.S. military's nationwide Civil Disturbance Operations, Jade Helm and ARSOF Operating Concept are all a cohesive preparation for a forthcoming nationwide economic collapse, civil unrest and martial law due to widespread food shortages and lack of emergency services. It's all connected, ladies and gentlemen, and I'll show you how."
"The call to federalize law enforcement departments and offices around the country was made more than once after Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. Following that incident, President Obama asked a group of individuals to prepare a study on 21st Century Policing that includes measures by which law enforcement could be federalized. Not surprisingly, many of the study’s findings and suggestions have nothing to do with the details or evidence surrounding Officer Wilson and Michael Brown but read like a social justice wish list for minorities, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and protesters who riot in response to half-truths propagated by race-hucksters stirring the pot in Ferguson, New York City, and Baltimore."
"When it comes to preparedness, there are a lot of misconceptions and myths out there. Unfortunately, the mainstream media likes to focus on the fringe, instead of looking at the very real need to be prepared. Here are some of the top preparedness misconceptions I come across; sadly a lot of these prevent people from becoming more self-sufficient and prepared."
"Imagine you’re relaxing on the couch with your phone or tablet–perhaps reading an article on Urban Survival Site–when lightning flashes against the windows followed by a deafening crack of thunder. An instant later the lights go out and your home becomes dark and eerily quiet. What is the first thing you would do in this situation? Hopefully you have an easily accessible flashlight in each room so you don’t have to go digging through drawers and cabinets in the dark. But if it’s a long power outage, you don’t want to use flashlights the entire time. At some point most people get out the candles, but there are many other options. In this article I’m going to cover all the most common ways to light your home when the power goes out."
"One of the most commonly accepted misconceptions in the survival and preparedness community is that “once SHTF”, you “gotta get out of Dodge!” It seems that not many people ask why and just accept this as an unquestionable fact, but those that do usually get a reply about cities being where most people are and therefore where problems will be worse. The logic here would be that more people=more problems. While this may be the case in some specific scenarios, those of us that have dedicated years of our lives to seriously study real disasters tend to have a different opinion, and the answer is: Its not that simple."
(Sgt Trainer: IMHO, this applies ONLY if you don't know how to survive in the country.)
"Most of us can’t grow sugar in our back yard, but growing stevia is a completely different story. Even in areas where it’s too cold to grow it outside, you can grow it inside with a little bit of help. Now using stevia leaves on their own is good (Try crushed leaves at the bottom of a glass of water or tea) in order to use it as a full on sweetener you need to make stevia extract. Which is rather tough to do. Well, not really. It’s actually pretty darn easy. You need three things. Dried stevia leaves, a glass canning jar, and some vodka. Rudy’s Note: Yes, I said Vodka. While you can use water instead if you want, by using vodka you end up with a much sweeter result without the alcohol. Stay tuned for more…"
"The Gray Man concept has been around for some time and is frequently discussed on prepper boards. But exactly what is it we are talking about here? There is a lot of good information on the web for people preparing to survive life’s disasters, but there is a lot that leaves me scratching my head in wonder. Lets see how to keep your gray man from turning orange. I’m not sure who exactly coined the term ‘Gray Man”, but it has been used by the intelligence community for some time. In the prepper community it tends to describe the prepper who is able to survive by not bringing attention to themselves. Sounds like a simple concept right? Maybe. Depends on you."
"550 Paracord…it’s one of my favorite survival tools. It’s strong, it won’t deteriorate over time and doesn’t absorb water. In my opinion, it’s a survival tool that should be in every serious survivalist’s bug out bag. So I want to share 17 paracord projects that are useful for survival. These projects are not for “show” or “fashion”, they are paracord projects that are highly useful for survival. Each one of these projects creates a profoundly useful survival tool and puts lots of paracord at your disposal should you find yourself in a dire survival situation. Here’s the entire list of survival paracord projects that I’m going to cover."