Monday, January 30, 2017

Volume Three: Number Five

La Torre Rossa
Giorgio de Chirico

We (you and your family) need to be organized; to what extent, I don't know.

But, ... I do know; everyone in the family needs to know where the first-aid kit is located, in your home and vehicles. Every adult or competent shooter needs to know where the spare ammunition is located for your family's defensive handgun and rifle, just in case. Every cook needs to know where the family's cook book, with recipes that you family likes, is located to prepare healthy meals using medium and long-term food storage, and sooo much more.

I also know, you, your immediate family, extended family, and close friends that are preparing for tough times need to be organized.

Yes, this means the group has common firearms (I suggest the SKS rifle and the .357 magnum revolver), common medical training (proper hand washing, CPR, first-aid, and other medical skills), a common meet up site (retreat), common radios for communications, and other group specific training.

But, ... Have you thought about the local, state, national, and, even, international organizations; you and your family should join?

In our local area, the community has a radio club, volunteer firefighters and ambulance crews, 4-H (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health), business groups, various book clubs, photography club, school science clubs, the high school band, and many others.

The state has political groups, business groups, civil rights groups, agricultural groups, and many others while nationally our country has organizations such as the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Businesses), Rotary International, Kiwanis, Odd Fellows, Eastern Star, and many, many others. Plus, let us not forget the religious organizations, locally, state-wide, nationally, and internationally.

"Why?' you ask.

First, you and your family may learn skills that are unaffordable, anywhere else.

Second, you and your family have a chance to met like-minded individuals and groups.

Third, you and your family may learn skill that are unavailable, anywhere else.

Fourth, you and your family have a chance to met other people that may expand your knowledge about current and past events.

Fifth, probably the most important, you and your family have a chance for your voice to be heard, on important local, state, national, and international events.

Doom and Gloom



Forest Fire



Things You Might Want to Think About

Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) is one of my literary heroes. His books like Animal Farm, 1984, and others, to me, illuminated the evil in men's and women's minds that try to control our countries when I was younger. Now that I am older; I suggest everyone read them, at least Animal Farm and 1984.

With that said, the recent resurgence of 1984 tells me that, once again, Democrats, Millennials, and others haven't been paying attention for the last eight years, maybe 16 years.

1984 (movie ca 1984) with John Hurt

1984 (movie ca 1956)

1984 (audio book)

1984 (pdf)

Everyone has an agenda, even me. Some people want you to get prepared, while other people want to highlight their cause.

Either way, we must never forget, over 10,000,000 people were murdered by Nazi (National Socialists) Germany that killed homosexuals, Gypsies, people with disabilities, the Romani, Jehovah's Witnesses, Slavs, Catholic, and ... Jews

Banning Firearms
It's not about keeping people safe, lowering rates of gun violence, or increasing the safety of a community.

In other words, ... It is about control.

A dictator is killing people because of their religious beliefs and their desire for 'freedom.' You say to your friends and family 'That's not right, and we need to do something' so your representatives listen to you and start supporting people to change the repressive government.

Well, ... These actions create an opening for some folks that want more 'freedom,' for their beliefs, such as stoning a women to death for adultery, prohibiting a women from leaving the house without completely covering her body, beheading non-believers, raping boys, and other 'freedoms.'

All the while, another government recognizes the danger of supporting 'moderate' groups against the dictator because there are no moderates. They are all dead, killed by both sides.

Then, ... Throw in the possibility that factions within our government recognizes the dangers of all these groups and has decided to get them to kill each other, so we can come in and more easily pick up the pieces, to our advantage.

I agree, sort of.

The Generals
As y'all know, I am former military, so 'I see nothing; I know Nothing!!!' ; - )

With that said, having a bunch of current and former generals and admirals running various powerful government organizations, almost, guarantees that the current president's policies would continue, during a coup attempt.

The Media
I would like to make a prediction: The majority of people, highlighted by the project, will have problems with the recently sworn-in administration and will be frustrated with the new administration's policies.

In other words, ... Never talk to the media, even the local media.


"It doesn’t seem unreasonable to believe that a shared American value should include that even when you’re passionate about an issue, trespass and vandalism of private property is inappropriate."

"The choice pushed by our betters is a world run by Black Lives Matters and women dressed as vaginas. If the other option is white pride, white nationalism and white supremacy, it is not hard to see how this is going to go."

Cash allows us to remain anonymous during day-to-day transactions. In a constitutional democracy, that is a freedom that has to be defended,” tweeted the Green MP Konstantin von Notz."

"I think the CIA needs more oversight. Our intelligence community has very little oversight. There are only eight members of Congress that truly know what is going on in the CIA."

What Others Wrote

Defense One: The D Brief, 27 January, 2017

Shall Not Be Questioned: Weekly Gun News, Edition 53

The View from Chaos Manor: 25 January, 2017

WeaponsMan: Friday Tour d’Horizon, 2017 Week 4

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 462

That's Just the Way it Was: New York, New York (ca 1940 and 1942)

Newsroom of the New York Times newspaper. Copy readers at the telegraph desk which handles all dispatches from the U.S. outside New York City. Man wears hat because of a draught.

"Morgue" of the New York Times newspaper. Clippings on every conceivable subject are filed here for a reference. Editors and writers phone in for information. In center background is a photograph of Adolph Ochs, founder of the paper

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff, on a Saturday

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

illustration by
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

They're Out There
Katniss and I are away from home learning about a new, potential, for us, business opportunity. It is ... (Ha, ha, ha, you thought I was going to tell you ; - )

Well, ... We met another couple named Ruth and Mickey. Needless to say, we got to talking, and Katniss outed me as a prepper. Bad news, since I try to keep a low profile about prepping.

You know, OPSEC, right (More about that in a few weeks)

It seems, they are preppers with a unique situation. They live near one of these United States' nuclear power plants. Needless to say, Ruth is concerned about an event involving the nuclear power station.

So, ... She and her husband store Potassium Iodide (KI)

Taking potassium iodide will protect a person from getting thyroid cancer after a nuclear event, like a nuclear plant accident, nuclear bomb explosion, or terrorist 'dirty' bomb.

Now, ... There are limits to using potassium iodide. It will only allow you, your partner, and your children to protect your thyroids from radiation. Potassium iodide does this be saturating the thyroid with iodine, preventing radioactive iodine from getting into the thyroid.

Potassium Iodide
Now, KI can be purchased several different ways.

You and your family can purchase pre-made potassium iodide tablets from several sources. These tablets 'if' taken properly will protect a family. Of course, they have a shelf life, so they have to be replaced every few years. Needless to say, like all shelf lives, they can be ignored, a little bit.

Another way is to purchase potassium iodide in powder form.

ACS, Reagent, USP, Pure, and ???
Chemicals are manufactured in different grades, some are a higher quality then other grades. To keep it simple, you and your family are looking for ACS, Reagent, or USP grade Potassium Iodide (KI).

ACS and Reagent grade are the same; the highest quality possible. USP grade is a lower grade, so it is only usable in foods and drugs.You and your family will want to avoid lab, pure, or technical grade Potassium Iodide (KI) because these grades may have impurities.

Please understand, using potassium iodide in powder form is an expedient method for protecting your family's thyroids from radioactive iodine.

To use this method, you need a two ounce dark glass bottle with a solid, non-metallic (plastic) lid. Fill the bottle 60% full (about two ounces) with powder or granular potassium iodide then pour safe, room-temperature water into the bottle until it is about 90% full. Lastly, cap the bottle and shake, shake, shake.

Of course, using pre-made potassium iodide tablets will require you and your family to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

To use the potassium iodide solution, that we just made, you need to follow the instructions from Nuclear War Survival Skills, which are ...

"The recommended expedient daily doses of a saturated solution (approximately 130 mg for adults and children older than one year, and 65 mg for babies younger than one year) are as follows:

     * For adults and children older than one year, 4 drops of a saturated solution of potassium iodide each 24 hours.

     * For babies younger than one year, 2 drops of a saturated solution of potassium iodide each 24 hours.

Potassium iodide has a painfully bad taste, so bad that a single crystal or 1 drop of the saturated solution in a small child's mouth would make him cry. (A small child would be screaming in pain before he could eat enough granular or crystalline KI to make him sick. Some KI tablets are coated and tasteless.) Since many persons will not take a bad tasting medication, especially if no short-term health hazards are likely to result from not taking it, the following two methods of taking a saturated solution are recommended:

     * Put 4 drops of the solution into a glass of milk or other beverage, stir, and drink quickly. Then drink some of the beverage with nothing added. If only water is available, use it in the same manner.

     * If bread is available, place 4 drops of the solution on a small piece of it; dampen and mold it into a firm ball the size of a large pea, about 3A inch in diameter. There is almost no taste if this "pill" is swallowed quickly with water. (If the pill is coated with margarine, there is no taste.)

As stated before, 4 drops of the saturated solution provide a dose approximately equal to 130 mg of potassium iodide.

The 'Test'
A few years ago, when I bought potassium iodide powder for my family's preps, I taste tested the Potassium Iodide (KI). To say it was terrible tasting is an understatement, so I tried the bread method. It wasn't too bad.

Remember, potassium iodide only protects a family's thyroids and nothing else.

To protect your family from radiation, like an accident, nuclear explosion, or terrorist's 'dirty' bomb, you need to have distance or mass.

But, ... That's another article.

Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead
Of course, once Katniss outed me, she plugged the book, to make me feel better.

But, ... You know me. If you can't afford the e-book, you can always read '16 Weeks' for free ; - )

CDC - Potassium Iodide (KI)

FDA - Frequently Asked Questions on Potassium Iodide (KI)

Wikipedia - Thyroid

Carolina  - Chemical Grade Definitions from Highest to Lowest Purity

OISM - Nuclear War Survival Skills

OISM: NWSS - Chapter 13: Surviving Without Doctors

USA Blue Book - Potassium Iodide‚ ACS Grade‚ 100 g

GSiEP - 16 Weeks

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Threat Analysis Thoughts)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

painting by
Karl Briullov

I am trying to convey a logical sequence for your family to get prepared, so you and your family don't waste money and time on unneeded preps, but there are limitations to this method.

So, ... diverging from last week, here are various thoughts about your family's threat analysis.

Your family's threat analysis will be a so-called living document. This means the threat analysis is updated periodically and under certain circumstances, such as when one of your children goes off to school or your family moves to a different part of town.

Your children have been indoctrinated educated on many different subject, including disastrous events. Heck, sixth graders, I think, have a whole year of cataclysmic events for science. They study supervolcaneos, global warming (should be global climatic change), earthquakes, and other similar types of events. Plus, they have been taught Brainstorming!

So, ... They are probably more educated on some subject than you or your partner.

So, ... Your children should be included in your family's prep discussions. Plus, they will be there when 'it' happens.

F.E.M.A. and S.E.M.A.
Like any group, the federal, state, and local emergency management offices and their staffs may not be there for you and your family, after an event. That's right, the government won't be there to help save your family.

So, ... You might be on your own, for weeks or months.

The Heritage Foundation - The Truth About FEMA: Analysis and Proposals

Yeah, you should read this because even conservatives get it right, every once in a while ; - )

It's Easy
Surviving an event is easy, just remember the priorities, get out, get shelter, get water, get food, and ... get started ; - )

You'll Live
During most disastrous events, most people live.

Yeah, you and your family might be stuck in the Super Dome with backed up toilets, no food, and little water, but you'll survive.

Just remember, ... There have been events where only the prepared survived, and some of them died, too.

Already There
Lastly, you and your family already have many items that can be used for your family's survival. All you have to do is ... that's next week