December 19th is the birthday of physicist Albert A. Michelson (born 1852, died May 9, 1931), who was the first American to be awarded a Nobel Prize in science, for measuring the speed of light.
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.
- 4 turnips, peeled and quartered
- 4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 2 Tbsp minced onion
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1/4 cup light cream
- 2 Tbsp soft butter or margarine
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
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.
Mash; then add cream, butter, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper.
Beat until fluffy
Makes 6 servings.
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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. … Continue reading
“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