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Product Review: Enola Gaye Smoke Grenades, by Pat Cascio

Many years ago, I used to teach SWAT to police and security agencies, and I even co-authored a book SWAT Battle Tactics with my late friend, American Kenpo Karate Grand Master John McSweeney. The book, published by Paladin Press, is in need of a serious re-write, as there was some material added in the manuscript after I approved the galley copy. Still, the basic material is strong and one can build a SWAT team using the basics. When conducting SWAT training, I would often booby trap a house/building or an area where the team would be entering using various types of traps, including smoke grenades, military-grade smoke grenades. They were very expensive back then, and they still are. However, there was no question or debating when someone tripped a smoke grenade booby trap; the high volume of smoke told the story. As many long-time readers will recall, I served an apprenticeship with the late Col. Rex Applegate. I worked for the good colonel for three years, and during that time he taught me all manner of military and law enforcement techniques, as well as handgun firing. In particular, he taught me point shooting, and Paladin Press sells my DVD entitled … Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: Turnip Whip, by G.L.

Ingredients: 4 turnips, peeled and quartered 4 potatoes, peeled and quartered 2 Tbsp minced onion 1 Tbsp salt Water 1/4 cup light cream 2 Tbsp soft butter or margarine 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper Directions: Combine turnips, potatoes, onion, and 1 Tbsp salt in a slow cooking pot. Cover with water; then cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until vegetables are tender. Drain well. Mash; then add cream, butter, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper. Beat until fluffy Makes 6 servings. o o o Do you have a favorite recipe that would be of interest to SurvivalBlog readers? Please send it via e-mail. Thanks!

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Letter: Tor Software Vulnerability

HJL, A recent article detailed the FBI using secret software to exploit vulnerability in the Tor Browser. The government set up a child porn site in the dark web and nabbed some folks that were using Tor. Agents used a “Network Investigative Tool,” or NIT to identify information from people who logged into the porn site. This is found in an article in the Seattle Times paper of Dec. 14th. The government refuses to detail the workings of the secret software. – D.C. JWR Replies: The editors of SurvivalBlog certainly don’t condone child pornography, but the case that you cite provides a good illustrative teaching point. Anyone who believes that anything they do via the Internet is “private” is fooling themselves. Even if someone uses both Tor and VPN, there is still the risk that law enforcement or intelligence agencies could uncover their location and identity. Encrypted e-mail is similarly at risk. This recent case in Washington should be a lesson for preppers. Illegal activities, or even legal activities that might be deemed illegal at some future date, should never be discussed via e-mail. Nothing on the Internet is either safe or secure. There is no such thing as a … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

Six Steps Trump Can Take Toward Better Monetary Policy o o o Ukraine Nationalizes PrivatBank to “Preserve Stability” (Hide Insolvency) o o o The 401k has been a disaster for most Americans: Only 44 percent of private sector workers participate in a defined contribution plan. o o o Prelude To Global Collapse And How Swiss Refiners Just Exposed The Big Lie In The Gold Market o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

Owners of Rawles XL Voyager knives may have already heard about the excellent horizontal and vertical sheaths made by Marek Wilczyński (of Wicek Leather Company), in Poland. Available via mail order through eBay, these sheaths are VERY robust and fairly inexpensive, given their quality. I recently had three more of these made for my family’s use. – JWR o o o Gray Man – Gender Camouflage When The SHTF – Camouflaging Feminine Features In A Collapse o o o At Least 14 US Coalition Military Officers Captured by Syrian Special Forces in East Aleppo Bunker – S.B. o o o Top 3 DIY Survival Projects That Could Save Your Life in the Coming Collapse – T.J. o o o DIY Media Device for personal library – G.P. o o o Faux News and the Value of Truth – B.B.

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Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Well, in the first place an armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. … But gunfighting has a strong biological use. We do not have enough things that kill off the weak and the stupid these days. But to stay alive as an armed citizen a man has to be either quick with his wits or with his hands, preferably both. It’s a good thing.” – Robert Heinlein, Beyond This Horizon, 1948

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