Notes for Wednesday – March 29, 2017

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This is the birthday of the gifted electronic and orchestral musician Vangelis. (Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou)

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Today, we present another entry for Round 69 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate that is good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chrome-lined barrel and a hard case to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools and a compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. An infrared sensor/imaging camouflage shelter from Snakebite Tactical in Eureka, Montana (A $350+ value),
  6. Gun Mag Warehouse is providing 20 Magpul PMAG 30-rd Magazines (a value of $300) and a Gun Mag Warehouse T-Shirt; (an equivalent prize will be awarded for residents in states with magazine restrictions),
  7. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  8. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  9. Two cases of meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value).

Second Prize:

  1. A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. This compact starter power system is packaged in a wheeled O.D. green EMP-shielded Pelican hard case (a $2,400 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A gift certificate for any two or three-day class from Max Velocity Tactical (a $600 value),
  4. A transferable certificate for a two-day Ultimate Bug Out Course from Florida Firearms Training (a $400 value),
  5. A Trekker IV™ Four-Person Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $250 value),
  6. A $200 gift certificate good towards any books published by PrepperPress.com,
  7. A pre-selected assortment of military surplus gear from CJL Enterprize (a $300 value),
  8. A selection of canned meats containing a 10 pack of 28oz cans of Premium Beef and a 5 pack of 28oz cans of Premium Pork from Wertz’s Farm Market (a $300 value),
  9. RepackBox is providing a $300 gift certificate to their site, and
  10. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Third Prize:

  1. A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. A custom made Sage Grouse model utility/field knife from custom knife-maker Jon Kelly Designs, of Eureka, Montana,
  4. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  5. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  6. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  7. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances,
  8. Montie Gear is donating a Y-Shot Slingshot and a $125 Montie gear Gift certificate.,
  9. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value), and
  10. Fifteen LifeStraws from SafeCastle (a $300 value).
  11. A $250 gift certificate to Tober’s Traditions, makers of all natural (organic if possible) personal care products, such as soap, tooth powder, deodorant, sunscreen, lotion, and more.

Round 69 ends on March 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.

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Every Day Carry for Today’s World- Part 2, by N.M.

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Do Your Intelligence Work (continued)

In addition to knowing who is out there, there are other things you can do. Listen to local law enforcement with a scanner. I would not rely on the various scanner apps and feeds on certain sites that also list frequencies for a lot of agencies and organizations, such as radioreference.com. The feeds you hear are provided by someone in the area with a scanner that is feeding into the Internet. The problem is, you are reliant on what they are feeding, which is usually their primary dispatch channels. If you have your own scanner, such as the Home Patrol 2, which comes highly recommended as the easiest to use for a non-technical geek, you control what you listen to. Sometimes there is more information on some of the other channels, such as gang or drug unit channels. Sometimes these are encypted, so that the gangs can’t get the same intel you are trying to get. Having a hand-held scanner with you provides you information while you are out and about. There is a hand-held Home Patrol series and Whistler also makes some good scanners. You want to make sure it will “hear” the radio systems in your community; many are, or will soon be, P25 Phase 2. Any with this capability should be backwards compatible to any existing older systems. When things go bad, listen to FRS, GMRS, MURS, and other frequencies that are readily available in off the shelf radios; the bad guys might be using them to coordinate their activities. Of course, they also might be using any number of scanner apps, which are much more difficult to intercept but tend to eat up battery life.

Sign up for news alerts from your local news agencies. They are usually faster at reporting events in your area than national news outlets. Include traffic alerts too, because if demonstrators block roads or roads are blocked off for protests, hopefully you will get this information before you run into it. Know different routes to get out of an area; having a GPS navigation device can help, but personal knowledge is even better. Make sure you know different ways out of your work building and any other building you go into. This is especially important for active shooter scenarios but also if demonstrators block entrances. You don’t want to try and get through a crowd and find yourself getting sprayed in the face with mace, being struck or having urine or other substances thrown at you. At the very least, you will have your picture taken by the agitators. (Look how many of them are taking pictures; you don’t think it’s just for a memento do you?) You can also subscribe to Sam Culper’s weekly intelligence brief’s at https://readfomag.com/subscribe/. They provide information on conflicts between the U.S., China, and Russia, but they are also focusing on domestic instability, including mapping the social networks of violent extremist groups, on both sides of the political spectrum. If you get the chance to take one of his courses, I also highly recommend them.

“Ultimate victory is in avoiding the fight,” Sun Tzu.

Be the Gray Man

Don’t wear anything that identifies who you support, not only the obvious red Trump baseball hat but NRA, III%, Oath Keepers, or other Pro 2A groups. Don’t wear insignia of who you work for or anything else, especially if that organization supports the POTUS. If it is part of your work uniform, then have a change of clothes before you travel home. I am surprised every day by the number of security and TSA personnel I see traveling on public transport to and from their jobs. It is now believed the recent shooting of a transit security officer in Denver was because he was mistaken for a police officer6. When I was in law enforcement (many years ago), we were taught not to do this for a number of reasons but mostly for the safety of ourselves and our families. Always play the “what if…”, and constantly mentally map ways out. Avoid getting in a crowd, stay on the outer edges of any group so you have several options in which way to go. Don’t run, as you will attract attention; instead, walk with purpose.

Social media is a new issue we have to deal with. While it can be a source of a lot of intel, that works both ways. If you want to maintain a social presence, create a fake profile. This takes time, as anyone should be suspicious of a profile that has been created recently, with few pictures and friends. Even if you don’t have listed where you live, et cetera, it is easy to start looking at your friends and see where they live to narrow down where you live. Turn off geotracking in your smart phone, and don’t post where you are having dinner or events you are at or are planning to go to.

Have a “gray” vehicle. What I mean is don’t have stickers or window decals that can provide bad guys with intel, such as the groups you belong to and thus your political persuasion. I always laugh at the “family” decals, as that tells me how many are in your family, possibly if you have a dog, then of course add “my daughter is an honor student at…”, and now I know where your kids go to school. If you have a Ham license, don’t put ham tags on your vehicle; you might as well put your address in big letters on the bumper. Also, get a PO Box for most of your mail. At least you’ve added a layer of obscurity. If you can park in a garage, that’s even better, because then it is less obvious if you are home or not. Develop counter-surveillance skills. Learn to tell if someone is following you, take different routes home. (I love roundabouts; I go around them a couple of times, as these are the easiest way to see if someone if following.) Vary your times you go into or leave work, and vary the times and routes you take your dog for walks. Make it difficult for them. Any time you are out in public, you should always be in at least awareness condition yellow7. When there are protests anywhere in your area, you had better be in condition orange and ready to move to condition red. There are a number of books listed in the references at the end that talk to surveillance and counter-surveillance techniques.

“Being prepared for all circumstances is what ensures certain victory.” Sun Tzu.

Options If You Get Caught In A Protest

If you have done all the above but suddenly find yourself caught in a protest that starts to get ugly, then there are options that you need to consider. Many of those options may depend on what you are carrying. In the winter I keep a bag in my car with extreme cold weather clothing in addition to an extreme cold weather sleeping bag system and other supplies. Being prepared for civil disturbances is no different; keep a bag of supplies handy.

If you are in your vehicle, you will no doubt have a fairly large quantity of resources to defend yourself. First and foremost, try to get out of the area. This is where navigation devices can come in handy. However if you find yourself surrounded by protestors, make sure your doors are locked, but if you feel that your life or those with you is in danger you may be able to drive through any human road block. Having been a paramedic for over 25 years, I’ve seen many accidents. Steel always wins over “bags of mostly water”. If you carry, I suggest that you do not show your firearm unless there is no way out. If you are forced to abandon your vehicle, such as a city being at complete gridlock, a hand held GPS, such as the Garmin 64ST with street view will be useful. I know people who “load heavy”, meaning their vehicle is ready for any “zombie” outbreak and abandoning it is the last thing they want to do. At the least, it’s going to get vandalized or burnt, and even worse you could be giving the protestors firearms, ammunition, body armor, et cetera.

Eye protection is a must! I have sunglasses, clear glasses as well as a mirrored/in-between glasses for cloudy days that are all safety glasses made by Nemises. Not only do they protect you from the sun, but also dust, wind, and will prevent pepper spray or other fluids getting directly into your eyes. You may still experience some of the effects of pepper spray, but you will give yourself some vital time before your vision is impacted. I never go outside without protecting my eyes. Blind fold yourself one time, and try and navigate around your house quickly. After you’ve smashed your toes a few times, you will understand how important your vision is. An N95 mask will reduce pepper spray, and again other liquids, from directly entering your mouth, again buying you vital seconds. A bandana can be used and is less obvious, but beware then you could look very much like the protestors. This could be good for blending in but be bad because police could think you are one. Carrying water will help wash the spray or liquid out of your eyes and off your skin. Milk is best for pepper spray, but a it’s a little more difficult to carry 24/7. Liquid antacid (such as Maalox) is also said to work; carrying some diluted antacid is easier. Drink it if sprayed in the mouth, and wash your face and eyes with it. Clothing that covers most of your body is highly recommended; keep pants, long sleeve shirt, walking boots, et cetera in your “protest bag”. The less mace you get on your skin, the better you will be.

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Letter Re: Camo Pattern Clothing

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Gentlemen:

An inexpensive and non-standard substitute can be made from off-the-shelf khaki and light gray trousers and oversize long sleeve shirts and some clothing dye.

I’d suggest one size larger than one normally wears, to hide body outline, permit freedom of movement, and allow for an insulating layer. Thrift stores are good sources, and faded colors are a plus.

If one is a purist, it’s advisable to take along a UV light source when shopping; once clothing is washed in detergent with brighteners, it’s UV reflective pretty much for the life of the garment. (Editors addition: Or if they have been starched.) There’s debate about animals’ ability to see UV, but none about the ability of modern night vision equipment to see it; a small UV source will make one glow in the dark to anyone equipped with NV goggles.

If one is fortunate enough to locate clothing that hasn’t been washed with brighteners– a difficult task– always wash it separately with detergent that does not contain brighteners, and it’s best to first “flush” the washing machine with a plain hot water cycle to ensure all brightener-enhanced detergent has been flushed.

Lay the clothing out on a clean flat surface that’s protected from dye penetration (brown kraft paper on top of plastic sheeting works), mix the clothing dye a little thinner than the directions call for, and brush on lightly in random patterns, slightly overlapping the colors (medium brown, forest green, and charcoal gray are good for khaki, tan is achieved by allowing some of the khaki to remain untinted; for medium gray clothing, substitute a medium tan dye for the charcoal gray and allow some of the gray material to remain untinted). If the thinned dye doesn’t produce the desired result, it’s easier to add a second application than remove what’s been applied.

The goal is a non-sharp edged completely random pattern of light-to-medium density colors. When done, there should be no part of the clothing that stands out from any other part. (BTW, ironing is verboten; creases stand out, while small wrinkles create shadows and help with blending in.)

Needless to say, such camouflaged clothing is usually incompatible with urban environments. For those areas, gently faded grays and medium browns with a few slightly darker random areas works better, and a mix of faded colors is best (gray pants and shirt together, or the same combination in any shade of brown, even if “home camouflaged” will resemble a uniform, and that’s best avoided); the goal here is to present as non-descript and random an image as possible. – N.K.

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Economics and Investing:

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We are now experiencing net withdrawals from the 401K market. This is bad news: WARNING: U.S. Ponzi Retirement Market In Big Trouble, Protect With Precious Metals

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Oil Majors Lower Risk: Favor Shale Over Offshore. Big oil has changed its strategy radically, investing much more in short cycle projects with high short-term yield.

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$540,701,000,000: U.S. Property Taxes Hit Record in 2016

JWR’s Comment: Here is a puzzler: When is private property not private? When you have to pay a yearly rent to your government. Do you think that you really “own” your land, even when there is no mortgage? Just stop paying your property taxes and find out who is in possession of it, three years later. High property taxes are particularly troubling to those of us who home school our children—since the “key service” funded by property taxes are public schools.

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The pundits claim: The US Dollar is Forecast to Rise Again

JWR’s Comment: Back in November as the U.S. Dollar (USD) was reaching a 10-year high, I advised SurvivalBlog readers to hedge into Swiss Francs. (CHF is the acronym for “Confederatio Helvetica” Franc.) More recently, the USD has lost ground to the CHF, confirming my expectations. I now expect a rebound in the USD for the next few months, and then a continuation of that slide, when the Dollar enters Summer Doldrums. If you haven’t done so already, it is wise to take a small hedge position in CHF. If you have a Paypal account with a positive balance, that is as simple as adding the Swiss Franc to your list of currencies, and making a balance transfer. Watch the Forex market closely and make the switch on an “up” day for the USD.

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JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

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Books:

The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: 76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the … Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture

The Complete Guide to Sharpening

@WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex, by Shane Harris

Movies:

The Road (starring Viggo Mortensen. It is a favorite with both preppers and survivalists.)

Captain Fantastic (also starring Viggo Mortensen). This movie is marred by copious foul language, brief nudity, and absurd politics. But it makes a compelling case for home schooling and self-sufficiency. It is rated R, and is definitely NOT for kids! (It is now available through Amazon Prime)

BTW, here is a sad addendum: Viggo’s father, V. Peter Mortensen, passed way in early March. Our condolences to the family.

Instructional Videos:

From “Russian Daycare”: AMAZING CAMPING HACKS #2

Max Velocity Tactical: Anatomy of a Peel (JWR’s Comment: Max’s training is very highly regarded and recommended. It appears that for quite rational live fire safety reasons they set this up as a 90-degree offset engagement and withdrawal. Normally, in a meeting engagement with a superior force, a “withdraw by fire” takes a 180-degree exit route.

Box Van Stealth Tiny House Tour & Interview

Element Van Life: One Year Living in a Van What I’ve Learned

Also see this from the same young man: Tour of Honda Element Camper

JWR adds these safety notes: DO NOT depend on spring–loaded battery terminal clamps! Any arcing can spark fires. Use proper bolt-on terminals. It is also important to vent the battery compartment of any un-sealed batteries!

Online Sermon Videos:

ReformedSermons.org

Pastor Bob Boone (Mt. Hall Community Church, Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho)

Pastor Don Bergstrom (Grace Baptist Church, Columbia Falls, Montana)

Podcasts:

The Shrugging Out Podcast

Stuff You Should Know Podcast

Blogs:

Zero Hedge

The Appalachian Messenger

Gear:

A must for every well-prepared home: Knife Block Set

Philips 60 Watt Equivalent Soft White A19 LED Light Bulb, 16-Pack

AA Performance Alkaline Batteries (48-Pack)

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Odds ‘n Sods:

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Paul Joseph Watson: The Truth About Sweden (Video)

JWR’s Comment: It is noteworthy that YouTube has attempted to censor Watson, simply for reporting the truth—when that truth exposed the lies of leftist apologists for radical Islam.

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My friend Commander Zero just posted a very useful link: Glock Pistols- What Breaks and How to Fix It – JWR

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Thousands Of Americans Are Fleeing The Big Cities . Why are so many people suddenly moving away from major U.S. cities?

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Health Ranger awarded U.S. patent for breakthrough anti-radiation formula that eliminates Cesium-137 from your body

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SurvivalBlog reader J.S. sent in this link showing how the CIA uses standard commercial products to indicate tampering with their USPS mail. If you still use the USPS, this is definitely worth knowing.

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Hugh’s Quote of the Day:

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“Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship. We should replace it by a more modest and more realistic principle – the principle that the fight against avoidable misery should be a recognized aim of public policy, while the increase of happiness should be left, in the main, to private initiative.” – Karl Popper

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Notes for Tuesday – March 28, 2017

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This is the birthday of Marlin Perkins, Carthage Missouri, television host (Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom). He was born in 1905.

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Today, we present another entry for Round 69 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  2. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate that is good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value),
  3. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  4. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chrome-lined barrel and a hard case to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools and a compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  5. An infrared sensor/imaging camouflage shelter from Snakebite Tactical in Eureka, Montana (A $350+ value),
  6. Gun Mag Warehouse is providing 20 Magpul PMAG 30-rd Magazines (a value of $300) and a Gun Mag Warehouse T-Shirt; (an equivalent prize will be awarded for residents in states with magazine restrictions),
  7. Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
  8. A $250 gift certificate good for any product from Sunflower Ammo,
  9. Two cases of meals, Ready to Eat (MREs), courtesy of CampingSurvival.com (a $180 value).

Second Prize:

  1. A Tactical Self-Contained 2-Series Solar Power Generator system from Always Empowered. This compact starter power system is packaged in a wheeled O.D. green EMP-shielded Pelican hard case (a $2,400 value),
  2. A Glock form factor SIRT laser training pistol and a SIRT AR-15/M4 Laser Training Bolt, courtesy of Next Level Training, which have a combined retail value of $589,
  3. A gift certificate for any two or three-day class from Max Velocity Tactical (a $600 value),
  4. A transferable certificate for a two-day Ultimate Bug Out Course from Florida Firearms Training (a $400 value),
  5. A Trekker IV™ Four-Person Emergency Kit from Emergency Essentials (a $250 value),
  6. A $200 gift certificate good towards any books published by PrepperPress.com,
  7. A pre-selected assortment of military surplus gear from CJL Enterprize (a $300 value),
  8. A selection of canned meats containing a 10 pack of 28oz cans of Premium Beef and a 5 pack of 28oz cans of Premium Pork from Wertz’s Farm Market (a $300 value),
  9. RepackBox is providing a $300 gift certificate to their site, and
  10. American Gunsmithing Institute (AGI) is providing a $300 certificate good towards any of their DVD training courses.

Third Prize:

  1. A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
  2. A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
  3. A custom made Sage Grouse model utility/field knife from custom knife-maker Jon Kelly Designs, of Eureka, Montana,
  4. A large handmade clothes drying rack, a washboard, and a Homesteading for Beginners DVD, all courtesy of The Homestead Store, with a combined value of $206,
  5. Expanded sets of both washable feminine pads and liners, donated by Naturally Cozy (a $185 retail value),
  6. Two Super Survival Pack seed collections, a $150 value, courtesy of Seed for Security, LLC,
  7. Mayflower Trading is donating a $200 gift certificate for homesteading appliances,
  8. Montie Gear is donating a Y-Shot Slingshot and a $125 Montie gear Gift certificate.,
  9. Two 1,000-foot spools of full mil-spec U.S.-made 750 paracord (in-stock colors only) from www.TOUGHGRID.com (a $240 value), and
  10. Fifteen LifeStraws from SafeCastle (a $300 value).
  11. A $250 gift certificate to Tober’s Traditions, makers of all natural (organic if possible) personal care products, such as soap, tooth powder, deodorant, sunscreen, lotion, and more.

Round 69 ends on March 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.

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Every Day Carry for Today’s World- Part 1, by N.M.

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Let me premise this article with a few points you need to consider: First, you must research local laws for yourself as some items or actions discussed may be illegal in your location. Additionally, while carrying some items may be generally legal, there may be places that prohibit these items from their building, et cetera, such as airports or government buildings. Again, know your local laws. Discussion of specific items does not constitute an endorsement; I may mention them because I have them, may have used them, or may know people who have. Again, do your own research before buying or carrying anything.

We Have Increasing Organized Unrest and Violent Protests

If you have been paying attention, you can’t have failed to notice that there is increasing unrest, protests are becoming more violent and more frequent, and it will continue. Read the article ”Operation HYPO After Action Report: Infiltrating Violent Protest Organizations”, and you will understand some of the thoughts and planning of these groups. People are calling for the assassination of POTUS or hostile overthrow, including some who are high profile. Assassination of LEO’s and attacks on anyone who appears to support POTUS are commonplace. If you search out video that is being posted of the disorder and riots, some posted by the protesters themselves, you may notice some things. They are getting more violent, and they are more organized. They are wearing the same type of clothing, all black with no insignia, and scarfs over their faces to make it much harder to identify them. They are carrying items to use for assaults and for causing damage, such as road flares so it is easier to light a fire; they burn hotter and longer than matches.

“A general who attacks with fire is demonstrating his intelligence” Sun Tzu.

They are carrying crowbars to smash windows and sticks or baseball bats to attack people. They are carrying mace to spray counter protesters and police. They are prepared with shields and not just improvised ones from trash can lids. They are using smoke grenades improvised from smoke distress flares, as well as fireworks. They are throwing liquids to include urine, and there is reason to think that they will escalate to gasoline, caustic chemicals such as acids, et cetera. They have improved their methods for communicating and coordinating their activities at each successive event, and their levels of violence have increased with each successive event. Their activities are right out of the playbooks for guerrilla warfare and insurgency and The Rules of Radicals.[1] Someone is funding them; if you track the various groups back many lead back to George Soros.[2] Someone is also training them. In addition to these activities there are large groups of government employees who are so outraged, scared, or for whatever other reason anti-POTUS who are conducting activities to counter the agenda or instructions of the government, some overtly and some covertly. Add to all this that the mainstream media is either misreporting or under-reporting what is really occurring. All this we are seeing in the first couple of weeks of a POTUS who is against the globalists and who completely upset their plans by winning the election.

“A protracted campaign depletes the state’s resources,” Sun Tzu.

What is their end game? It is to create a divide, a very large divide. The continued attacks on LEO’s may cause some to question if they want to continue in that line of work. Attacks may escalate to other responders. We have seen firefighters being attacked when they respond to put fires out during riots, and we have also see firefighters attacked presumably because their uniforms resemble police. They are trying to push a conflict, trying to get law enforcement to become more heavy-handed in dealing with them, to draw the National Guard in, to create a martial law so they can create a “bad government versus we the people”, trying to get the citizens enraged enough to draw them into direct conflicts. I hope I’m wrong, but with snowflakes looking at four years of “a new Sheriff in town”, how far are they going to go?

In discussing these events with people far more knowledgeable than me, these are the same tactics and sequence of events that led up to the civil war in the Bosnian war as well as a number of other civil “Dirty War[3]” conflicts in various parts of the world. Who wins in these wars? The people banking them, the people who own the companies who manufacture weapons, and the international banks behind them. Add this to the number of these groups who support Islamic migration and what their end goal is. Look what is happening in Europe; they are doing all they can to grind countries to a halt so they give in to their demands of Sharia law, including trying to stop commerce by blocking the movement of goods along highways. It’s only going to get worse.

“A general who recklessly underestimates the enemy is sure to be captured.” Sun Tzu.

So what should you be doing? Many people thought that once Trump was President they could relax a bit on the preparedness and training activities. Wrong! If anything, your activities need to increase. The purpose of this article isn’t to go into what you should be doing for those activities, although that could be another article at a later date. This article is about what you need to be doing so you can go about your everyday activities with confidence that you are prepared in case you find yourself caught up in a protest.

“Foreknowledge cannot be found by consulting the spirits,” Sun Tzu.

Do Your Intelligence Work

First, you should be doing your intelligence work. You should know what is going on in your community that could impact you. To get advanced notice, monitor such things as who is applying for permits to hold protest. Most towns/cities require some kind of permitting process, whether you agree or disagree with paying to exercise your First Amendment right. For our purposes right now it helps, because many agencies post these applications on web sites. Search their web pages and social media sites; they usually post/advertise their rallies, et cetera. Know exactly what the First Amendment rights are and the actions these groups are going to deny you of your rights. These activities will give you some advanced warning, and you can plan your activities to avoid those areas. However, there is now a new twist, as a group in Denver are filing a lawsuit against the City because the permit notice requires a seven day advance application[4]. Know who these groups are and those that are in your area. For example, in Colorado we have Rocky Mountain Antifa, Four Corners Antifa, Denver Anarchist Black Cross, Denver Autonomous, 5280 BLM, Denver Justice League, La Raza, and Occupy Denver Anarchists; all these groups are active in our universities and probably yours. In addition, you have the Anti-Antifa group, which are neo-Nazi, and Sovereign Citizen and hard core biker gangs, such as the Outlaws. Of course do not forget the Mexican Mafia and cartels, who have influence in most major cities, especially those close to our southern border, and all the other gangs who may align or make allegiances with some more radials groups. MS13 is known to use other gangs to do most of their “front line” activities. If you have a group of like-minded folks formed into a group someone should be your intel person– someone who knows how to find, track, and keep intel on the groups in your area.

“The ultimate achievement is to defeat the enemy without even coming to battle.” Sun Tzu.

The highest form of warfare is to out-think the enemy; next is to break his alliances. They are conducting a psychological war right now, as well as small battles each time they “win” by blocking access to places where people are speaking– blocking people from exercising their First Amendment rights. We need to be conducting our own psychological warfare. The Secret Art of War, The Thirty-Six Strategies, is a collection of ancient Chinese proverbs (from around AD 489-537) that describe some of the most cunning strategies devised. There isn’t a definite text, as it appears they were handed down verbally. The earliest book that lists them was found in a stall in 1941. There are a couple of source books listed in the references at the end of this article, and I did find this listing of them all on the web5. They are utilizing some of these strategies: “When the enemy is too strong to attack directly, then attack something he holds dear. Know that in all things he cannot be superior. Somewhere there is a gap in the armor, a weakness that can be attacked instead.” In other words: You may try to attack the relatives or dear ones of the enemy to weaken him psychologically. Threats have been made to the children of reporters and others who are outspoken and reporting the truth of what these activists are doing and planning to do, and who is behind them.

References


[1]Rules For Radicals : A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals, Saul D Alinsky


[2]https://www.oathkeepers.org/former-nazi-george-soros-now-connected-every-major-protest-since-november-election/


[3]https://mountainguerrilla.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/skull-stomping-sacred-cows-reality-isnt-nice-its-a-2×4-to-the-teeth/


[4]http://kdvr.com/2017/02/06/trump-protesters-file-civil-rights-lawsuit-against-denver-2-police-officers/

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Letter Re: Survival Prospects for Gun-Toting Liberal Protestors

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These people may not know how to fight. Lots of right-wingers don’t know how, either, including those who have been to a lot of spray-and-pray classes. The point is, when the fighting starts, you either learn how to fight or die, or find a way to escape from the front line.

The thing to remember is that none other than Karl Marx called for the “universal armament of the proletariat.” The point being, that once the “proletariat” do the job of massacring the right-wingers, they can easily be disarmed. Europe has demonstrated that.

Remember that the leftists are most decidedly of the “gimme” persuasion, and the Marxists are happy to “give them” the guns and ammo they need to wreak havoc. That is why reports keep drifting in of semi-loads of AK’s going to the street gangs and similar conveyances.

On the right-wing side, the real strength is in the geographic distribution and in industrial and agricultural power. Pull the power grid or the financial grid, and the leftists will starve. Everybody will starve, but they will starve better.

I wish I could boast of the moral power of the right-wing, but I can’t. It is probably a modicum better than the left but still absolutely pathetic. May God have mercy on His children. – cf

HJL’s Comment: It is also very revealing to note that many, if not most, of those in this video were wearing some sort of identity protection, such as masks or scarfs. Hmmm…a public show of force with a protected identity. Who do we know that regularly uses such tactics? They group together in packs, carry (and often use) lethal force, and hide their identities just like the radical Muslims. I think that they are very dangerous, especially when running in packs.

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News From The American Redoubt:

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I heard about a company in Boise, Idaho that makes some innovative AR family rifle parts: 2A Armament. – JWR

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Idaho company approved to fly with night vision goggles

JWR’s Comment: If this goes well, this may become a trend for use in landings at other remote airfields. Later generation NVGs that use two light amplification tubes can overcome the depth perception problems that are inherent with single tube designs.

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Rural Idaho: Population Decline to Reduce Available Labor Source in Next Decade

JWR’s Comment: The good news for Idaho-bound preppers is that this demographic shift means there will be less demand for rural real estate, keeping it affordable for retirees and folks who are self employed. I still strongly recommend developing a home-based business or working your way into a telecommute position before moving to The American Redoubt.

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Landslide risk across Inland Northwest increases with warm temps, rain in forecast

JWR’s Comment: Even though the natural disaster risk in the American Redoubt is relatively low, some risk is unavoidable anywhere on the planet.

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Pistol and sheath knife owners should check out these two companies: ArmoryPlastics.com (in Idaho) and Dale Fricke Holsters (in Montana) and one of my consulting clients recommended this real estate agency: Northwest Montana Real Estate – JWR

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Nine additional air refueling tankers to be based at Fairchild AFB

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Muslims Furious After What Americans Just Did to Them in Montana – D.S.

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Economics and Investing:

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Mexico Sees Its First International Offshore Drilling Success. Eni has drilled the first well by an international oil company in Mexican waters, finding a meaningful volume of oil.

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Podcast: Urban Agriculture (Peak Prosperity). Those living in cities/suburbs may find this podcast on urban agriculture of particular interest.

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Warning: Three Major Bellwethers Are On Red Alert. I’m not much for charts in these turbulent economic times, but this is interesting.

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It’s time to start believing in the Impossible (Article but includes a podcast.)

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