Monday, February 20, 2017

Volume Three: Number Eight



Хоровод
Natalia Goncharova
(1910)

Consequences
As we are seeing, in the classic and new media, folks are attacking the president, his policies, and his supporters. They are using insults, threats, and physical attacks in these attacks.

In the mainstream media, they are (it seems) highlighting every setback handed to the new administration, especially on 'controversial' issues. You can see this in the recent immigration decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In the new media, folks are advocating punching the president's supports, promoting riots to disrupt daily life, and calling for the President's assassination. The new media is also highlighting fake news, such as the Russian spy ships off the east coast. (That has been happening since the 1950s)

Of course, these actions, like any other action, have consequences.

These consequences might be minor. A law will be proposed and probably passed making it illegal to wear a mask during protest marches and demonstrations. Thus, the law will one day be applied to children wearing a mask during Halloween.

So, ... We will have less privacy and less freedom.

Some of these consequences will be major, such as the growing lack of distrust of the national and local classic media.

Long ago, I turned off television news programs. I no longer watch The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, Nightly Business Report, or any of the news programs from ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BBC, CNBC, and their local affiliates. I did this for several reasons.

First, the 'If it bleeds, it leads' attitude of the stations. The first few minutes, it seems, were always about the same area of town and the same group of people.

Second was the bias. Protests during the last administration were characterized, at least by me, as unpatriotic, unamerican, and unhelpful. Protest during the current administration have been highlighted as confronting evil, preventing evil, and battling evil.

Third, the classic media failed to hold our political leaders accountable for their actions, especially if they were members of the former president's party or were appointed by the president.

Lastly, the national and local news programs have, for too long, been pushing gun control freedom control.

Needless to say, these reasons are held by others, so they 'turn-off' the media, driving down profits and forcing major media to shutter their windows and doors. Major media that we will need to inform us about tough times when it arrives in our country, state, and city.

Or, ... The major media, as we are seeing, tilts more to the left, promoting their causes, causing our country to become more divided and unwilling to talk about the problems facing our country, such a peak oil, illegal immigration, corporate control of politics, manufacturing/trade, and, yes, global climate change.

In other words, ... 1850


Doom and Gloom

Air Pollution

Beginnings

Clean Eating

Coup I

Coup II 

Detroit and Many Others

Fake News (Infographic)

Gluten-Free

Health Insurance

Inflation 

Infrastructure

Half-Brother

Premiums

Riots

Softening

TSA


Things You Might Want to Think About

The Great Game
Many years ago, some 19th century diplomat called diplomacy a Great Game. A game that powerful countries play to make the world a better place.

The only problem, ... Some folks, including writers, make mistakes.

Joy Villa
If you haven't heard, a bunch of folks suggested that actors and actresses get political at the Grammys, last week.

Well, ... It seems a young lady created quite a stir that those folks hadn't anticipated.

Obama-O-Care
It seems some Republicans are socialists.

Shaming
Let me see, a reporter calls the First Lady a hooker, and the reporter still has a job with the New York Times.

Double Standard?

Solutions
For me, it's promising that researchers and government officials are thinking outside the box, kind'a, for solutions to on-coming events. The only problem, the solutions have too much complexity.

Friends
You and your family need friends; before, during, and after an event; because they are going to be there to help, just like you will help them.

Remember, you can't do this (survive the tough times ahead) alone.

Wow!!!
I didn't know that!!!


Overheard

"Don’t be fooled by the idiotic exertions of the Red team and the Blue team. They’re just playing a game of “Capture the Flag” on the deck of the Titanic. The ship is the techno-industrial economy. It’s going down because it has taken on too much water (debt), and the bilge pump (the oil industry) is losing its mojo."

"But your targets do."

I’m struggling to think of something funny to say, as all comedians are,” he admits. “I hate liberals who say: ‘I’m leaving the country.’ Oh, like it’s going to matter. You’re not that important, go ahead. But the only thing I can think that’s positive is that a new kind of anarchy is going to happen next.

"The Right's speech is violence, but the Left's violence is speech. That's the Current Narrative."

"The two camps are different peoples. Half of the country seems culturally dominated from the ghetto. The other half embodies standards of behavior that have usually been thought congruent with civil society."

"... don't focus on retiring comfortably; focus on working comfortably"

"We need to start hiring police that will do the job right, and also fire and hold personally liable cops who cross the line. It's a hard job.. but the best and brightest can be found."


What Others Wrote

Defense One: The D Brief, 17 February, 2017

Shall Not Be Questioned: Weekly Gun News, Edition 55

The View from Chaos Manor: 16 February, 2017

WeaponsMan: Friday Tour d’Horizon, 2017 Week 7

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 465


That's Just the Way it Was: Prince George's County, Maryland (ca 1935)


Noon day call.



Progress of the Berwyn project.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff, on a Saturday (Evacuation Kits)


Dear Preppers and Survivalist,







photograph by
Private First Class Pfc. Ali Hargis

Asking the Right Questions
Instead of asking what to pack, ask what do we (you and your family) need to survive the situation?

First, shelter and fire.

This could be a simple as a a neighbor's home across the street or a blue nylon tarp and some cordage (rope) to make an improvised shelter with a Bic lighter to start a camp fire for warmth.

But, ... What do you really need?

If you're heading home from work and the Underground (subway) stops, you don't need any shelter because the train car is your shelter, for now.

The same goes for the interstate turning into a parking lot, in the middle of winter. You sit tight and monitor your fuel gauge, as your run the car's heater to keep warm.

O.K., one last scenario, the New Madrid fault finally goes and wipes out every building for 100 miles around Dryer county, Tennessee then you will need a backyard shed, travel trailer parked in the driveway, or some other improvised shelter with a propane heater as the nation tries to save the millions of people affected by the earthquake.

Second, you and your family are going to need water.

For some families, making an emergency evacuation, they are going to need an empty water bottle, so they can fill the bottles, after they have passed through airport security. For other families, it's going to be one or two full bottles of water, as they ride the bus to a refugee camp. For other families, they are going to need a map, with water sources marked on the map, as they push a shopping cart down the interstate. Add a few canteens with one or two water filters and water purification tablets, this family is set for water.

Third, ... Food.

What can I say, but most citizens of these United States could stand to lose a few pounds (including me) so having food isn't that big of a priority, unless you have young children, pregnant women, and elderly people in your group.

But, ... What to have?

Protein bars, trail mix, snack bars, snap-top fruit cans, and any of the other convenience foods that your family would find at the grocery store. You might even consider having a few bills ($5, $10, and $20s) in your bag, to buy food from a food vendor.


The Reality
Once again, what's the situation. Are you staying in a Red Cross shelter, after the hurricane has destroyed your family's home? How about rushing home, after your son or daughter's little league game went into overtime? Your family is fleeing across national borders, illegally? The power has been out for a few hours, and it's lunch time?

Ooops, that last one isn't an emergency evacuation, but you get my point.


Think
By now, you are seeing that packing your family's emergency evacuation kit takes some thought and knowledge about the types of situations your family will face.

So, ... Read the Archives for more ideas to help your family get ready for the tough times ahead, and feel free to ask any questions in the comments or send me a note at my contact e-mail.


Link:
Wikipedia - Portable Water Purification
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_water_purification

Note:
The above link provides general information about several techniques. Needless to say, it is a starting point for your research.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Evacuation Kits)


Dear Preppers and Survivalists,



source
U.S. Army Photo Album 1941 - 1945

Last week, I wrote about some of the items; you and your family will need in an emergency evacuation kit; shelter, water, food, medical supplies, protection, and ...


The Basics
Before we begin, you need to pull out your family's threat analysis and look at the events your family faces during tough times.

Why?

'Cause you need to know how long you're going to be gone.


Hours
Let us say, you need to get out of the office, real quick, for some reason or another (fire, earthquake, or ...).

First, what do you need to get out of the building. Some of y'all work in a secure building with electronic locks that require a key card to open.

So, ... Key Card. Check, but do you carry your key card with you all the time, or does it sit in your purse, by your desk, as you walk around the building? The same goes for folks that have a set of keys to get in and out of the building.

Ooooh, do the doors lock open or closed when the power goes out? How do you open them? That's important, too.

Next, what's the weather like, outside. Do you need a coat, gloves, hat, scarf, and ... How about a rain jacket and pants because it's raining? Is there a place to hangout to stay warm and dry until the 'All Clear' signal, such as a coffee shop, restaurant, shopping mall, or other public place?

Ooooh, will your so-called retreat be open and safe during a larger event, like an earthquake?

Third, do you take any medications, during the work day? You'll need them, too.

Lastly, what happens "If" you can't go back into the building?


Reality Check
As you can see, leaving your work place for a few hours can be a headache with lots of potential hazards.

So, ...


The Coat
One way to organize you emergency evacuation kit is to put everything in a warm coat, with lots of pockets. In the pockets go a stocking cap (watch cap or wool beanie), a pair of gloves, a few 50-gallon size plastic bags (for improvised rain gear); a few bills for a few hot drinks and a meal or two (Trust me, you're probably going to end up buying a cute guy, your co-worker, or other person a drink), fare for a bus, cab, or other public transportation ride home; a pill bottle with appropriate labels for your daily medications (if any), and anything else you think you need.

Of course, the coat is placed over your office chair or other easily reached place, so you can 'grab and go' with it.


Historical
During the various World Trade Center terrorists attacks (Bombing in 1993 and Crashes in 2001) some folks needed dust masks and a flashlight to get out of the Twin Towers, so you might want to add those to your kit.


A Few Days
For most families, you're getting prepared for longer events that may require you and your family to leave the house for a few days.

So, ... You need to ...


Prepare a Bag
This isn't going to be a big bag, say about the size of a high school or college student's book bag or, as preppers call it, a three-day pack.


A College Student’s Book Bag
or
A Prepper’s Three-Day Pack

The three-day pack can be elaborate or simple, your choice. I just know the more bells and whistles, the more expensive the bag.

The one in the above picture is a charity store purchase. It has several small pockets, on the outside, to carry water bottles, pencils and paper, one or two larger pockets for a thin rain jacket, and a divided main pocket for books and notebook binders.


Lots and Lots of Pockets

Of course, these pockets will help you organize the bags contents.

There are better bags out there, but they run anywhere from $30 (L.A. Police Gear) to hundreds of dollars (Back Packs)


Reality Check
I don't know about you, but I don't have $500+ to buy everyone in my family a three-day pack from a name brand tactical equipment manufacturer, much less $100 for three-day packs from L.A. Police Gear. Plus, so-called tactical packs, look tactical. Something you and your family may not want during an event.

Lastly, a three-day day can be improvised from a pillow case and some cordage. Of course for handy people, a pack can be hand-made from canvas and denim.


Packing Lists
You can search the internet for various packing lists to tell you all the equipment you and your family should carry in your three-day packs.

According to these lists, you will need three ways to make a fire, three ways to construct a shelter, three ways to have water, three ways to have food, three way to patch yourself up after an accident, three ways to protect yourselves, and ... ad nauseum.

In other words, you and your family are going to have to think about what you're going to carry in your bag because ...


Every Family is Different, with Different Needs
Let me explain.

A young family with two small children is going to need equipment to easily move the babies, like a stroller. The stroller will be able to be used to carry everything the family will need to make sure the children survive an emergency evacuation. Add two three-day packs for Mommy and Daddy and this family is ready to evacuate.

A family with several teenagers will need packs for everyone, plus contents to suit the needs of each family member, while; a lone person will only need one pack and supplies.

By now, you are asking ... What Do I Pack?


See Ya
I have to go to work, so ... come back tomorrow


Ha, Ha, Ha
Lastly, with our affluent society, you and your family can probably improvise or gather all of your family's gear from ... the hardware store. (The last link)


Link:
YouTube: ITS Tactical - Gear Tasting 53: New LBT Packs, Footwear and One Year Anniversary Giveaway!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luvbpXMik6c

WikiHow - How to Make a Drawstring Backpack
http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Drawstring-Backpack

YouTube: Sailrite - How to Make a Drawstring Backpack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFl9hUpR3hU

YouTube: Crafty Amy - DIY RuckSack Tutorial: Back to School (with jeans and canvas)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=404JLxke2q4

YouTube: Mr. Midshipman - Russian Military backpack and Winter Assault Uniform
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2tgb7KgTAI

YouTube: Black Scout Survival - How to Build a Survival Kit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkJeYA6OadA

YouTube: Arizona Bushman - Web Gear Setup and quite a few other things.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd__KfjvacM

YouTube: Hyouka - Watch Dirty Rotten Survival S01E01 Get Hardware
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoB6ypso0Vc