Thursday, December 29, 2011

Breaking News is no longer available.

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For those of you unfamiliar with this site it exposed the raw uncensored Islam for all to see.
P.C. strikes again, or was it da .gov?

Update: 12/30/2012
The site is back online now.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

BOV Considerations

I am pondering the purchase of a new bug-out vehicle, something that I do not have to wrench on all the time. I also do not want any payments so I am price wise going to be in the area of where some wrenching is inevitable.

My current considerations are:
Ford Bronco (78 - 96)
Jeep Grand Cherokee (93 - 2004)
Jeep Cherokee (88 - 2001)
S-10 Blazer (83- 96)
Isuzu Rodeo (83 - 2000)
Honda Passport (same as Isuzu)
Nissan Pathfinder (87 - 2000)

Years are picked for affordability, availability and self wrenching.

I am not interested in the larger Chevy Blazer (K5) as I hate crawling over the top of the truck to do distributor work.

I am leaning toward the Bronco as I suspect it has the largest cargo area of all the candidates.

What would you pick, and why?

93 Bronco
86 Bronco
Another 93 Bronco
I might go with a S-10 Blazer/Rodeo/Pathfinder as a Scout/Point vehicle and the Bronco as a Command/Tow vehicle. I know a truck would be a better hauler but that is not the direction I am going.

This guy thinks he's got a wheeler.
My budget is limited to $3200.00.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I was up late playing some stupid game, so I didn't get this written until late this morning.

I wish all my readers, even the .gov types and especially my military readers, a very merry CHRISTmas!

May God bless you this year abundantly, and bring those of you fighting in foreign lands, home to your loved ones safe and sound!

We miss you!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Oh My!

Hair today...

Forgot what I was going to say!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

90 Days: Part Two

What you have to look forward to in a collapse situation:
Black Friday madness reveals animalistic behavior of modern people
Multiply this x everywhere!

I left off in Part 1 talking about mapping software. I personally use DeLorme TopoUSA (now DeLorme Topo North America 9.0) and a Earthmate GPS PN-20 (also DeLorme). There is other software out there but this is what I use. This software will let me print my maps as well. Use your mapping software to plan the locations of your caches as well as your AO of relocation for the 90 days. I recently found out that the newest version won't work with my GPS, so TopoUSA 8.0 is as new as I can get without buying a new GPS, which isn't happening anytime soon!

Include a good field guide to edible plants, with actual photos rather than drawings. Get one with plants native to your geographical area. Don't leave a path of destruction behind you, leave some to re-populate the area. Outdoor Life has a good book on edible plants titled: Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide.

Learn and practice Bushcraft skills. If you lose your main pack, these can sustain you until you retrieve your next cache. Keep your maps and compass upon your person, as well as your GPS if you use one. Store your map in a Gallon size Ziploc bag. Have a "Survival" kit that never leaves your person except to sleep, and is then kept by or under your pillow (a rolled up M-65 field jacket) and tethered to your belt. Learn to identify at least 10 wild edible plants.

The minimum for your "Survival" kit is the means to: Start a fire - matches, firesteel or butane lighter (3 methods is great), medium folding knife (suggest Buck 110) and small knife sharpener, water purification tablets or Frontier Straw, ziplock bag or soda bottle - to carry water, Mylar space blanket (x2) - shelter and warmth, 20 feet of Duct tape, and bug repellant.

A deck of Wild Edible Plant Playing Cards would be a great addition also. Currently available on Amazon, Camping Survival , US games Systems, Inc.  and others. Do a web search and find even more links at a variety of prices.

Many hikers advocate traveling with a minimalist pack, using ultralight equipment. This would allow you to move quickly if pursued. A light pack also means sacrificing comfort, so there is a need to balance utility with ease. You don't want to make the experience any worse than it is. If you can afford it, get the U.S. Army surplus bivvy cover (or the the complete sleeping setup). They can be purchased for a reasonable price and are made from Gore-Tex (no relation to Al Gore thankfully) a waterproof breathable fabric. I have heard claims that you can sleep in a mud puddle without getting wet using one. This would eliminate the need to carry a tent, just bring a 6'x8' or 8'x10' tarp to cover your gear and make a small shelter when you are not in your bivvy. Don't forget bug repellant and mosquito netting for the warmer months.

When traveling the backwoods, it is prudent to be prepared for an encounter with bears. This means cooking and eating away from where you will be sleeping. There are specific containers that are made for storing your food in when traveling in bear country. Whether you use one or not is your personal choice, but be prepared to suspend your food in a heavy contractors trash bag from a tree limb more than ten feet off the ground. Other pesky critters might make a try for your food so be prepared to trap them and add them to your food supply. Bring several snares or 220 Conibears to catch them.

Encountering a bear on the trail, or worse yet, in your camp can be a very scary and dangerous experience. Purchase at least two canisters of bear spray for each person, hanging one from your pack straps when hiking, and have a holster to hold the canister when you are moving about camp or foraging for food or firewood.

One such supplier of pepper sray and bear spray is Buy Pepper Spray Today. They have other self defense items for sale also, such as stun guns, batons and kubotans.

It would be advisable to have a powerful handgun also if you are traversing known bear territory. The smallest caliber I would personally carry would be a .357 Mag with hot loads. A .40 caliber or larger weapon would be better yet. No handgun? Then a shotgun with slugs and 00 buckshot alternated in the magazine.

A newer development that I have been following is the Mexican drug cartels are moving into the wilderness areas closer to their markets and setting up shop growing weed for the surrounding areas. There have been several record busts in Washington and Oregon of late.

This creates a twofold problem. If you are looking to setup caches, you may run into the cartel operations or the DEA out looking for them. Neither one is a good encounter.

Also consider this:
"I Can See You" -- A Digital View of Your Survival Preparations

Just when you think you can be secure in your possessions, steps in.

Links in this post are provided as a courtesy for my readers. No payment has been made or contracted for this service. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

No Connection

I tried to connect to SurvivalBlog yesterday and last night but I got a connection error. I am getting an error when trying to access some of Fox News headlines. I have tried again this morning to connect to Rawles site, but get the same error. Is anyone else having this same issue?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Guest Post: Dirty Bombs – Future Survival Test

Dirty Bombs – Future Survival Test
By Isabella Woods

With terrorism at the forefront of everyone’s mind it is not surprising that questions about surviving a dirty bomb attack are coming out high on the list of most searched topics. The old Cold War advice on building shelters, or having a three minute warning don’t apply in this scenario of course, since terrorists don’t have any compunction about issuing warnings or minimising civilian casualties. Their aim is to kill and maim as many people as possible, and to spread as much fear as possible. Anything that disrupts the infrastructure or even the home luxuries of a country will serve their purpose, and a dirty bomb has exactly this effect. Two or three suitcase bombs set off around the city of New York for example, could render the stock exchange, and key installations unusable for months if not years.

Rising concern
Whilst it is not at all easy to make a nuclear device, it is theoretically possible to make a basic dirty bomb very simply indeed. An actual nuclear bomb needs highly enriched uranium (HEU) or plutonium as a primary material. Since it does not occur in nature and cannot be manufactured by terrorists, their only recourse is to buy or steal it from current supplies. It’s a dangerous business, fraught with difficulties. A superb book on the subject is The Atomic Bazaar - Dispatches from the Underground World of Nuclear Trafficking, by Vanity Fair journalist William Langewiesche. He highlights how the trade in illegal material is underway right now, but also how tricky it would be to achieve a nuclear explosion.

Dirty Bombs, in contrast, are relatively simple to manufacture. All a terrorist needs is radioactive material, which is widely available in manufacturing and medical devices, such as X Ray machines, a conventional bomb to disperse it, and a suitcase. The danger to the public is far less than with a conventional bomb, of course, but it would be a devastating blow to any country to have a dirty bomb detonated on their home soil. The repercussions would be extensive, both in terms of public feeling, and in economic and military terms. Terrorists know this, and that is why they are actively seeking to materials.

How To Survive A Dirty Bomb Attack
There is no place for timewasting in your family or office survival kit. Read up on this site and others about the best survival kit to have around the home or office in case of an emergency. After any terrorist bomb in a US City it might be sensible not to wait to have it confirmed as a dirty device. Assume there is a possibility and act defensively and proactively. Once the initial blast has occurred, and if you are able to do so, move out of the immediate vicinity and into some form of shelter as quickly as possible. A shelter does not mean a nuclear shelter, any building will do. The immediate danger after a dirty bomb is nuclear fallout. Imagine it as a fine powder that has been blown into the wind and will cover everything it comes in contact with. Your best chance of survival is to get out of the path of this fine powder, by sheltering as quickly as possible. Don’t run away, as you will find out are out in the open for longer than if you stay and shelter. The Department of Homeland Security have issued new guidelines recently, after extensive modelling. They advise citizens to:
  • Go into the nearest building, such as a multi-storey car park, or office block.
  • Stay in your car, if there is no other protection. Cars do offer some protection, but buildings are better. If you can drive, find the nearest multi-storey car park and drive to the lowest level.
  • If you are in a multi-story office block, go to the centre of the building, or to the basement.
  • The more distance you can put between yourself and the radiation the better. Bricks, earth and concrete all provide additional protection, so basements are by far the safest places to shelter.
Just think of it as shielding yourself from that invisible fine powder and act accordingly.

Tips For Dealing with Nuclear Fallout
Stay inside for as long as possible, or until you are given permission to leave your location by the emergency services. If you are at home, make sure anyone entering the house undresses at the door, since their clothes will be carrying a lot of radioactive material.  Get a bin bag and place the contaminated clothing inside it. Throw it as far away from the house as possible, outside, in the street if possible. To decontaminate yourself wash with lots of soap and water, but do not use conditioner in your hair and do not scrub too vigorously at the skin as this may allow radiation to enter the body through abrasions. Using clean tissue each time, blow your nose gently, wipe your eyes, and clean out your ears. Take as long as possible cleaning yourself, and be thorough. When you have finished, repeat the whole process again to make sure you are free from fallout.

Doomsday Scenario
A nuclear strike does not have to be a doomsday scenario. If you follow these simple instructions, then in the unlikely event of a nuclear attack, you will improve your chances of survival considerably. 

Further interesting reading

 Thank you Izzy for taking the time to write this post.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Quick note

I am working on The Cache currently, Chapter 15 - Desperation, and other background info. Just because so many of you have requested (and it is too cold outside to do anything much). ; )

Some links for your edification and pleasure.

A site for the Outdoorsman and Outdoorswoman

Wyoming Forest Reconnaissance, 5 day LRRP

 10 Astonishing Treehouses You’d Love to Live In

 Natural News

 Outdoors Magazine


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Takin a Break

Information overload has taken its toll, so I will not be posting until after Thanksgiving.

I have been playing a free online game to de-stress from the everyday barrage of bad news. It is called World Of Tanks. Pretty fun if you can ignore the Noobs causing your team to lose. I am also playing around with some gear, some different approaches to Bushcraft, Survival and Prepping.

Some of you may have noticed the sidebar titled Featured Blog. I am trying to give exposure to what I consider worthwhile, but under exposed blogs. Please visit these, as they are certainly worth the read.

See ya on the other side!

Monday, November 7, 2011

With hunting season here, 3ohEight and I headed out to sight in our rifles. I had received a sample of some Fiocchi 30-30 150 Grain Ammo with PSP bullets from to try out and review. automatically donates a percentage of your total purchase to your chosen pro-military or pro-2nd amendment organization. They also have a broad selection of ammo, with more on the way.

The box is a little scuffed up from me opening and closing it. It was in pristine condition when it arrived. The ammo is bright and shiny brass cased, and is boxer primed so that it is reloadable.

Muzzle Vel. is 2390fps and 1582fps at 200 yards
Muzzle Energy is 1902fp and 834fp at 200 yards
Bullet Drop at 200 yards is -7.7
Ballistic Coefficient is 0.186
All specs taken from the Fiocchi online catalogue.

I used the data for 200 yards as that is about the longest shot you will ever get in Western Washington

I am sure that there are other perfomance reviews of this ammo out there so I will just review the seller and service. It was a pleasure to work with the representative who contacted me. He was curteous and helpful. I recieved the ammo in a very short time frame, better than expected with UPS ground service. I consider 5 working days to be very good service.

I received the ammo on the 3rd of November, having sent information needed for delivery on Oct 27th. The ammo was shipped from Toledo Ohio. It was packaged very well and the box showed little abuse from UPS. Even though the name sounds like it is made in Italy or some other foriegn nation, Fiocchi is made right here in the good ol' USA, in Ozark Missouri. There is more imformation about the company on their website. has a wide variety of ammo available for Centerfire Rifle, Handgun, Shotgun and Rimfire Rifle. Be sure to check out their Specials page for some great deals!

I look forward to doing business with again, and will request the money from my first purchase to go to a Pro-military organization

Got Ammo?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Just For Fun

Ok, some of it was a bit over the top but you have to admit that the scene above is a bit funny!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

All The News That's Fit To Print: Saturday Edition, 10/29/2011

A little something new I may continue to do.

Gun ownership in U.S. soars: Gallup
Gun-ownership levels in the U.S. have risen sharply over the past few years, reaching their highest point since 1993.

CNBC Online Poll, 69% Support Returning to the Gold Standard
In an unscientific but intriguing online poll, CNBC discovers that in over 1,000 votes cast, 69% support a return to the gold standard, only 25% oppose.

Why is George Soros Selling Off His Gold and Silver?
Recently, gold and silver have taken a hit. Gold was down $39 since Monday and “U.S. silver futures have lost 14 percent over the past four sessions, wiping out gains from the previous three weeks that took the price to a 31-year top just below $50 on April 25,

Sell high, buy low. Scare everyone into selling and the price drops. Take your profits and buy it all back when it hits the bottom. Nothing to look at here, just market manipulation. S.S.

Watch out for China’s ‘freak’ economy
The really ominous news right now?
It’s been the juggernaut carrying us all year. But Albert Edwards at SG Securities says the world’s second biggest economy is a “freak” and it’s starting to go berzerk.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Tijuana On The Sky

Tijuana On The Sky, Mexi-Scum Hellhole

City of Monroe, Snohomish County, Washington. (for the DHS, DEA and FBI readers)
I was talking with a work acquaintance the other day and he was telling me how bad it was in this town. He said MS-13 was there, as well as the Mexican Mafia. He also said there was a white gang which painted its faces, but he had no more info than that to share about them. He said that they had not bothered them at all.

He said that the Mafia kids run the school. They are never disciplined for any acts of violence. He knows personally, as a girl that lives with his family was accosted by their leader. Evidently he said something rude to her and she told him to fuck off. He didn't like this "disrespect" and proceeded to slap her. She was pulled from school and the principal and teacher were informed of the incident. Nothing was done or said to the perp. These kids all drive BMW's and hot-rod rice burners to school.

He told me of 2 other boys who were accosted while smoking some weed in one of the parks. One of them is in the hospital from the beating he received when they told him to give them the weed, and he refused. They hit him in the head with a gun butt (handgun?). There were 8 of them.

His son was walking home one evening and 4 Mexi-Scum walking down the street yelled at him. He ran home. He was shaking from fear when he got there. He also said that there was a bad Heroin and Ecstasy problem in town, and that 3 kids had died from an overdose recently.

The police seem to be on the dole, for they do nothing to clean up the slime ridden streets. That means that City Hall must be involved as well. My associate says they plan on moving, soon!

Another acquaintance that has retired from work stopped in and talked with me awhile. His wife, who has recently retired, was working at the local hospital. It seems that the unfunded mandate that all who show up at the emergency room must be treated, will soon force the hospital to close its doors. Illegal immigrants are straining the healthcare system so badly here in WA state that the Governor is having to slash the budget for those programs that help the poor! It was not stated that that was the cause, but you know it is when no matter where you go, you hear a foreign language being spoken and every sign has a second language posted below the English version!

What does it take for Citizens of the US to take back their cities, their home towns? Does it take a home invasion while you are away at work that leaves your family dead or hospitalized? What would push you over the edge? Quit hiding behind keyboard bravado and do what needs to be done.

As long as these Mexi-Scum can walk unafraid down our streets, the legal citizens will be left to cower in fear and scurry away from contact with them.


It's your move!

Clarification: Mexi-Scum is in reference to the gang members and mexican mafia, not the hard working mexican families which are here legally, or those here illegally but not part of the problem referred to above. I work with several mexican guys who followed the rules and are here legally. They are great guys and hard workers. I have no problem with those who follow the rules.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Filling Your Plate: Part IV - Crock Pot Recipes

 I love my crockpots. How else can you reliably toss your ingredients in a pot, turn it on and come back to a fully cooked dinner 8 hours later? Of course if the power goes out you will have some issues. But those issues will most likely encompass items other than just your crockpot and dinner!

 I currently have 3 large ones (4 qt+) and 1 smaller 1 quart that I have had for years. It only has the low setting by design. They are used frequently and and help make dinner easier on me after a long day at work. An idea that I have been toying with is to freeze all the uncooked ingredients together with the seasonings ahead of time to make it even faster to put together a meal. Spend a Sunday afternoon combining stuff and you are good to go for a week or longer.
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Have you noticed that many crock pot recipes use canned condensed soups, purchased soup and salad dressing mixes, and big chunks of meat? All of those ingredients make delicious recipes, of course, but having a good selection of healthy crock pot recipes that are low sodium, nutrient dense, and low fat will make you a better cook.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Breaking News: TOTUS stolen!

Truck With Obama's Teleprompter, Audio Equipment Stolen in Virginia
In an ironic twist, President Obama's Teleprompter had an unscripted moment when it was apparently stolen along with a stash of other audio equipment inside a truck awaiting the president's arrival in Virginia.

The Defense Information System Agency on Tuesday confirmed the theft of the truck, which was later recovered, but said no sensitive information was lost. 

"No classified or sensitive information was in the vehicle," the agency said in a statement. "We take incidents such as this very seriously, and a formal investigation is continuing in coordination with relevant law enforcement agencies."

TOTUS -- Teleprompter of the United States

It is reported that Obama was Left speechless!
Updates as they appear!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Filling Your Plate: Part III - Meal Planning

Meal Planning

Meal planning can be intimidating for beginning cooks. Take a few minutes to organize your recipes and read through this article to help you begin, and soon meal planning will be second nature.

On January 12, 2005, the FDA released a New Food Pyramid, with some changes. The changes aren't significant, except for stressing exercise and increasing the number of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that you should eat every day.

Plan meals to meet your family's nutrition needs. The old way of planning meals was the Basic Four: Meats, Vegetables and Fruit, Grains, and Dairy. After many nutrition studies, the USDA has created an updated Food Pyramid that should be used as a guideline. This graphic is courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The range helps the Pyramid fit into anyone's caloric needs. For serving sizes, see Thrifty Living.
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Filling Your Plate: Part II - The Pantry

Organizing Your Pantry:

Step 1: The Pantry
Your Personal Mise en Place
(meese on ploss, "a place for everything")

Here’s another term for your vocabulary list: mise en place. (It rhymes with "peas on floss") Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? It’s a French phrase that describes having a place for everything before you begin cooking. For restaurant chefs, mise en place means having sauces simmering, cheeses shredded, herbs chopped, and the salt cellar exactly within arm’s reach. For the home cook, it means being organized and knowing what ingredients you have on hand so you can make many recipes with ease in a moment's notice.

Step 2: Fill Your Freezer

Step 3: Refrigerator Basics

Step 4: Put It All Together
Pantry Meals
Simple Meals From Your Pantry

During the winter, I try to keep my pantry well stocked with staple ingredients so even if I can't get to the store, I can still pull together a hot and hearty meal. And I fall back on old favorites, including one I used to make a lot when I was just married and money was tight: Mac and cheese revved up with some sauteed onion and garlic, and a bit of Dijon mustard. Try it - it's really good!
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Filling Your Plate: Part I - Getting Started

Are you all thumbs in the kitchen?
When it comes time for meals, are you at a loss what to make?
Does grocery shopping for meals leave you dazed and confused?
What about stocking a pantry if you don't have one. Where do you start?
New to Prepping and not sure what foods to stock up on?
Newly divorced and not used to cooking for yourself?
Save money by not eating out at fast food joints and restaurants.

As a single parent I struggle at times trying to make appetizing foods for my family, as well as being tired out at the end of the day. I am always on the lookout for a good recipe, especially if it can be made from the foods I have chosen to store.

Getting a recipe list also shows me holes in my storage program. Having a good selection of recipes will help reduce appetite fatigue and keep everyone happy!

Here are some helpful articles gleaned from
Make Your Own Mixes
Recipes and Tips

Have you ever made your own mixes? There are many recipes available, from Hearty Bean Soup Mix to Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk to Dukka. Make a flavored coffee creamer or your own hot roll mix. With a little organization, some tightly sealed jars and labeling equipment you can have a pantry full of fabulous mixes in no time. It's also wonderful to have recipes for seasoning and herbs blends that may be difficult to find in some parts of the world, like Beau Monde seasoning or Herbs de Provence.
How to Grocery Shop

How do you shop for groceries? Do you run to the store every few days to buy things you ran out of, or do you shop once a week with a list, making meals according to a plan? Are you an impulse shopper, or do you always carry a list with organized coupons? Here are the basics you need to save money and time, and make your life easier in the hunt for food.
Fruits and Vegetables Preparation Guide: Fruits A-Z, Veggies A-Z

It's my ardent belief, backed up by lots of scientific research, that the more fruits and vegetables you eat the healthier you will be. Did you know that there are compounds called phytochemicals and antioxidants in fresh fruits and vegetables that help reduce your risk of disease? Taking supplements with these nutrients doesn't work as well as eating fresh produce. There are so many micronutrients, phytochemicals, and compounds in fruits and vegetables that food scientists are discovering every day.
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Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are a wonderful choice for easy weeknight meals. They are tender and juicy, and as an extra bonus, kids love them too! Try these wonderful recipes for dinner tonight.

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These quick and easy fast recipes will help you cut your time in the kitchen. Easiest and fastest recipes.

Well! That should be a good start on gathering recipes to help build your food storage. Store what you eat, eat what you store!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Complete Randomness

My mind has gone on vacation.


Fall has moved in today, with a vegeance! The wind is blowing and a thunderstorm is roaming about in the mountains nearby. It is cold today. yesterday I roamed about the house in a pair of shorts and my slippers, no shirt required. Today, it is raining, the temperature requiring a shirt and soon a pair of jeans. It seems as though the seasons have shifted by about two weeks.

The wind is battering the maples in my yard, as if in practice for the powerful winds of late Fall and Winter. The leaves are not quite ready to give up their purchase upon the tree limbs, and so the struggle seems more animated than usual.

Attempting to stand as an individual quickly earns one the swift knocks intended to beat you back into the mold of the submissive serf - Selous Scout

A quote from somewhere:
Turkey wants Israel to apologize for killing 9 of its thugs.
Whats good for one is good for all.
Turkey must apologize for the:
2 million (some historians put that number to 2.75 million) butchered Armenians,
1 million butchered Albanians,
759,000 butchered Greeks,
500,000 butchered Hungarians,
750,000 butchered Assyrians,
1 250,000 butchered Eastern Europeans,
40,000 butchered Kurds,
30,000 butchered Cypriots...
As a former Turkish Prime Minister Erbakan said: "The whole of Europe will be Muslim. We take Rome.

To answer a question from "Smack", about how I finally fastened my bipod to my Marlin Model 60:
"How did you get the bipod mounted? I have an ATG bipod with the same ATI stock you have but the swivel studs that came on the stock are way smaller than the one for the bipod. Did you just drill and tap a bigger hole?"
Here is a photo.

Just 2 black nylon wire ties cinched down real tight!
Low tech, but works well. Easy to carry a few spares as they take up no space and weigh next to nothing.

When the last christian leaves california, I hope it falls off the map.

Received this from my friend Vlad Strelok (
Government Officials Fleeing DC Link Rats Off A Sinking Ship, This Could Be The Big One
Take it for what it's worth.
Made a readiness check lately? This makes a good excuse.

Bill Drake, author of The Cultivator’s Handbook of Natural Tobacco and the “Cultural Dimensions”  series has made available for free a new ebook that he has written titled "Post-Apocalyptic Personal and Family Security". the  ebook can be found at Ranger Man's site, SHTFblog.

The strange thing is that he sent me the same document, only with the title "Personal & Family Security In Chaotic Times". Oh well, the content is the same so go get it at Ranger Man's site and tell him Selous sent ya'. (if you want to, that is).

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Solicitation

I got this a while back:

Michelle Reindal []


I am a producer working with a major network, and I’m casting for a television show about survivalists. You’ve most likely been contacted by other producers as well, as a lot of companies are clamoring for this kind of show.

I realize that the ideas at the core of survivalism don’t really coincide with appearing on national television, however, I think it’s an opportunity to get your voice heard. For people to hear what you believe, why you believe it, and why other people should be preparing. There are a lot of misconceptions about survivalists, and it’s going to take one person to make a difference and go on national television and get other people to take part in your cause.

This show will be 30 minutes, and will feature two survivalists. We will talk to you and get a look at your preparations/bunker/guns/cave/etc, and then we will bring in a survivalist expert to evaluate what you’ve done so far, to see how long you’ll really survive if a catastrophe hit.

If you’re interested, or know someone who may be, please reply and let me know. I’ve attached a questionnaire and some video instructions, for if you want to apply to be on the show.

Thank you for your time,

Michelle | producer | screaming flea productions

I went to their website (did a web search for it) I didn't find any mention of this person being on staff. Perhaps an oversight on their webmasters part.

I didn't bother to reply.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

swissRoomBox Portable Camper

I came across this and thought it was kind of cool. I am not sure what the price is, but I bet it is expensive.

swissRoomBox "Home on Board" World Innovation

Something like this would be very convienient in a small-space, hidden, Hideout/Camp, built into a eating area and gear cache, with sleeping accomodations for 2 persons.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Supercomputer predicts revolution

I can predict shit too, does that make me a supercomputer?

Supercomputer predicts revolution
Feeding a supercomputer with news stories could help predict major world events, according to US research.

A study, based on millions of articles, charted deteriorating national sentiment ahead of the recent revolutions in Libya and Egypt.

While the analysis was carried out retrospectively, scientists say the same processes could be used to anticipate upcoming conflict.

The system also picked up early clues about Osama Bin Laden's location.
Kalev Leetaru, from the University of Illinois' Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts and Social Science, presented his findings in the journal First Monday. 

Mood and location
 The study's information was taken from a range of sources including the US government-run Open Source Centre and BBC Monitoring, both of which monitor local media output around the world.
News outlets which published online versions were also analysed, as was the New York Times' archive, going back to 1945.

In total, Mr Leetaru gathered more than 100 million articles.
Reports were analysed for two main types of information: mood - whether the article represented good news or bad news, and location - where events were happening and the location of other participants in the story.

Mood detection, or "automated sentiment mining" searched for words such as "terrible", "horrific" or "nice".

Location, or "geocoding" took mentions of specific places, such as "Cairo" and converted them in to coordinates that could be plotted on a map.

Analysis of story elements was used to create an interconnected web of 100 trillion relationships.
Read The Article Here:

This sounds like what Clif High and the web bots are doing, somewhat.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

West Coast Thuggery

Obama's Minions at work here on the West coast.

LONGVIEW, Wash. -- Hundreds of Longshore workers stormed the Port of Longview early Thursday, overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha.

Six guards were detained for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said.

No one was hurt, and nobody has been arrested. Most of the protesters returned to their union hall after cutting brake lines and spilling grain from car at the EGT terminal, Duscha said.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union believes it has the right to work at the facility, but the company has hired a contractor that's staffing a workforce of other union laborers.

Meanwhile, the international union is investigating reports of a wildcat strike at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

"It appears the members have taken action on their own," said ILWU spokesman Craig Merrilees from union headquarters in San Francisco. "We're trying to understand how many are involved and to what extent this apparent wildcat action has spread."

Thursday's violence at Longview was first reported by Kelso radio station KLOG.

Police from several agencies in southwest Washington, the Washington State Patrol and Burlington Northern Santa Fe responded to the violence to secure the scene that followed a demonstration Wednesday.

"We're not surprised," Duscha said. "A lot of the protesters were telling us this in only the start."

One sergeant was threatened with baseball bats and retreated, Duscha said. "One officer with hundreds of Longshoremen? He used the better part of discretion."

The train was the first grain shipment to arrive at Longview. It arrived Wednesday night after police arrested 19 demonstrators who tried to block the tracks. They were led by ILWU International President Robert McEllrath, who said they would return.

The blockade appeared to defy a federal restraining order issued last week against the union after it was accused of assaults and death threats.

EGT chief executive Larry Clarke said it was unfortunate that law enforcement needed to make arrests.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Uncle Big Sis Comes to Visit

A couple of weeks ago Uncle Big Sis stopped by for a visit. I noticed it when I examined my stats counter.

It seems SHe/IT was interested in my post on the Survival Bible and Chapter 14 of The Cache.

Why only those 2 posts?

Quick, vigilant readers! What is the connection?

That's right!

Both posts mention DHS. It seems they are scouring the web to see what their popularity rating is, so that they can improve their image with the white, middle aged, middle income clingers to of Bible, Religion and Guns!

And if SHe/IT can make the disaffected veterans of unjust wars returning to our soil feel warm and fuzzy, so much the better!

I have only one question! (no really, just one)

Does this mean I am now (in)Famous?

Sunday, August 14, 2011


OPSEC is going to become more important as this society unravels. Do you really want Uncle Big Sis snooping in on your family reunion plans that you just emailed out, just so that they can do a SWAT on cousin Jimmy for that weed he smoked back in '93?
Then you need some protection.

No not that kind!
Sheesh, get serious here for a moment, Okay?

Pretty Good Privacy/Protection is an encrytion program that can be used to secure your files and email from prying eyes. Granted, it probably won't stop the JBT's forever from gaining access to your files, but it could slow them down some! Protect your Family Reunion!!

Save cousin Jimmy from the NSA/DEA/FBI/ATF/DHS/SWAT raid!

PGP 8.02 Freeware

This was the last version of PGP offered as freeware (for personal use, for sale commercially) before it was acquired by another commercial venture.

Better grab a copy while you can get one. This one is hosted on an ftp site in Russia.

I found a later version but it was trialware and had a 30 day limitation.

Symantec owns it now.

An alternative is:
Gpg4win - a secure solution...
... for file and email encryption. Gpg4win (GNU Privacy Guard for Windows) is Free Software and can be installed with just a few mouse clicks.

Some other links of interest:

The Enigmail Project
Enigmail is a security extension to Mozilla Thunderbird and Seamonkey. It enables you to write and receive email messages signed and/or encrypted with the OpenPGP standard.

PGP for Absolute Beginners

Tom McCune's PGP Questions & Answers

Ixquick Search Engine

Act Now!
Save cousin Jimmy!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Run on Local Bank

There was a run on a local bank last Friday.
Ok, maybe it wasn't much of a run.
It was actually just one person that I am aware off retrieving their deposits.

Yeah, it was me. I cleaned out my meager savings after reading this the night before on The Market Ticker: "Caution: This HadBetter Not Be True"

The conclusions I arrived at led me to believe it prudent to retrieve and control my own funds. I bank at Bank Of America. You may or may not take action of your own. I would rather have control of my money than have the banks take it when they go on holiday.

If things start to crash here in the US, I will be buying last minute preps such as gasoline,  food and more ammo.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Cache - Part 14 – Tables Turned

He slowly gained awareness of his surroundings, plagued by a throbbing pain that seemed to emanate from a spot on his right shoulder and permeated his whole being. His body felt constricted as if held in the coils of a giant python, and no amount of will power could force his limbs to move. "What the hell?" he thought to himself. His eyes fluttered open, fighting to focus, slowly taking in his surroundings. His head was free to move but all his limbs were securely bound with what appeared to be para-cord. He let out a string of curses and painfully redoubled his efforts to free himself.

All he succeeded in doing was tiring himself out and aggravating the pain in his shoulder. "Think damn you! what is happening here?" With his mouth covered with duct tape, Agent Cobb was having difficulty in breathing when exerting himself, so he stopped his struggles and settled in to wait out his situation. He was quite unsettled from being trussed up in this manner and wished that something would happen to resolve this mess.

Looking around he determined he was in a campsite, hidden amongst the evergreen trees growing between the river and the railroad right of way. There was a small tent between several of the trees with a brown tarp stretched over to add some protection from the frequent northwest rains. In the area near where he was immobilized, there was a fire pit with glowing coals winking and occasionally popping, a pot of what might be coffee was heating near the edge of the coals.

He heard something approaching and tried to turn his head to see what or who it was when he was smacked up the backside of his head with someone’s open palm.

"So, you're awake are you?-- asshole!"
"Feel like talking? Think you are a tough guy, hiding and shooting unarmed people?  Let me show you what kind of a person you have messed with this time!"

Sudden fear shot through Cobb's mind as he looked over the man seated before him. The man appeared to be in his late fifties, early sixties -- maybe. It was hard to tell. Years of outdoor living had tanned him deep and weathered him like an old cedar fence post. His short cropped hair had a military cut about it, high and tight. Cold blue eyes burned in a gaze that pierced its target like spears of ice.

"What does he mean by 'show you' " he thought uneasily. Cobb was not afraid of much, having faced death many times. But he had always been in control then, not trussed like a pig for slaughter as he was now. The man was digging through a bag on the ground and set some items out that made Cobb's hair stand on end. He knew what was coming and fear was gripping him, hard!

The man grasped his free hand and drove the first of the cedar splinters under the fingernail of his trigger finger. Cobb screamed through the duct tape and nearly passed out from the pain. He felt a wave of nausea wash over him. "Don't puke, don't puke!" he pleaded with himself, for the duct tape would trap it in his mouth where he would have to hold it or swallow it again. He glanced up into eyes hardened into steel, no mercy or remorse evident in them. The man reached down and picked up the second splinter as Cobb's eye grew wide with horror. Tears of pain rolled down his cheeks as the man drove the second splinter deep under his middle finger. Cobb was feeling faint now, the pain was only just bearable. His body shook with the pain and he let out a deep moan of agony.

"Man up!" Cobb thought desperately to himself. "Look for an opening and gain the upper hand. He will be wanting to talk soon."

"You are going to pay dearly for murdering my friend" said the man as he lit the cedar splinter with a stick from the fire.

The pain from the burning splinters was too much for Cobb' as he screamed and tried to talk at the same time. "Holy crap does that hurt!" thought Cobb as the throbbing in his finger's subsided a little. The man leaned forward an tore the tape off Cobb's mouth with a violent jerk.

“Who are you? Who do you work for?”

Sudden hate welled up in Cobb as he took his first deep breath.

"You just screwed up big time you stupid son of a bitch!" The words spewed from Cobb’s mouth like a stream of venom. "I am Agent Cobb of ATF Predator Team One! My team will be looking for me shortly when I don't check in and when they find you they will have no mercy."

The man threw back his head and laughed long and hard at his outburst. After he finished laughing he reached over and gave Cobb several stinging slaps across the face. His eyes glittered icily as he leaned closer to Cobb. "Nobody is going to find you, COBB!" he said through tight clenched teeth.

An icy chill ran up Cobb’s back. He knew now that life was about to become very difficult. Cobb didn’t like to feel afraid. His method of dealing with fear was to mentally seize upon a target and focus his inner hatred onto it.

"Bring it on" he hissed in a voice dripping with hatred.

The man replaced the duct tape over Cobb’s mouth and began to practice his terrible skill.

Cobb had never felt such pain before. He had always been the one giving, not receiving pain! It was amazing what the human body could endure he thought detachedly to himself. The man had worked him over good. He seemed to be an expert in the art of interrogation.

“Got anything to say now, smartass?” asked his tormentor, ripping the tape from Cobb’s damaged lips. 

“Kiss My Ass!” Cobb spit out of a bruised and tortured mouth.

The man laughed once more and then lashed out with his fist, shattering Cobb’s nose and then knocking out some of his teeth in the most savage beating Cobb had ever received, or given!

“Ok, ok. I’ll talk. What is it you want to know?” spluttered Cobb from his damaged mouth.

“Why did you shoot my friend?” said the man.

“If you mean the man on the bridge, it was a mistake”

“I’ll say it was!” the man roared as he delivered an uppercut to Cobb’s jaw.

Cobb moaned and shook his head dazedly. “No more!” he pleaded, “I‘m doing as you asked!”

“Who are you hunting?” the man asked.

“A nobody… he works at the plant west of here. He reportedly escaped being picked up and it was thought that he might pass this way.” Said Cobb.

“Well you are right, he did pass this way, and I helped him get around you!” said the man. “Why are you looking for him?”

“That’s classified info, I wasn’t told. I was just to terminate the asshole!” said Cobb.

The man lashed out again, rocking Cobb’s head back and forth until Cobb passed out. The man then got up and poured himself a cup of coffee. It was going to be a long day.


Cobb returned to consciousness slowly, wading through a fog of pain.  It appeared to be late afternoon, as the shadows had switched places from their former haunts. The man was not within the scope of his vision, seemingly on some other errand. Cobb knew that his life was soon to end and he began to struggle against his bonds.

The man returned to his former place without a sound, surprising Cobb as he struggled.

“No one has ever gotten loose when I have tied them up.” The man said calmly. He sat there upon his haunches, sipping at his cup of coffee. He finished his cup and placed it upon the ground.

“It looks as if we are done here.” the man said and leaned forward towards Cobb.

As the man leaned forward, something cold and hard flashed briefly in the sunlight. Cobb felt the searing agony of parting flesh as the keen blade sliced through the soft tissue of his throat.

Cobb's eyesight begin to fade to black as the blood gurgled in his throat. Panic filled him and he struggled weakly against his bonds. Words tried to form in his throat, bubbling against the flow of his blood. The last thing he saw before death took him was the smile on the man's face.


Dusty leaned back and stared at the limp sack of human refuse that had been named Cobb. What to do with the body was the choice he now had to make. If he left the body as it was, there would be a manhunt mounted right away and he might be caught if he moved too slowly. Burying the body was too dignified an end for the Agent. He decided to dump it in the river instead. That would delay any pursuit for a while as the search went on for a living man, rather than a bloated body.

Dusty knelt in front of the slumping body and cut the bonds that held it immobile. He carefully covered the body’s head and torso with a black plastic garbage bag and secured it with some twine. He did not want to get blood all over his clothes as he disposed of the body. He then lifted it to his shoulder with a grunt and began walking down the trail to the river bank.

It was a five foot drop from the top of the bank to the river’s edge, so Dusty heaved the body off his shoulder and watched it drop with a undignified thud to the ground below. He descended the drop off and rolled the body down into the water instead of lifting it again. The water deepened fast in this area of the river so he didn't have to wade out into it to get the body into the faster moving water. He took a branch from a pile washed up during high water and pushed the body out into the current, watching as it slowly spun around and moved off downstream.

He grunted in satisfaction and climbed back up the bank whereupon he returned to camp. Once there, he began to dismantle it and got it ready for transport. He was going to go retrieve Cobb's gear and then move to a deep woods location he and Eddie had been to before. No one else had been there before, evidenced by the lack of a trail and the inevitable trash that man left behind wherever he went.

He donned his Ghillie suit and headed up the trail to the right of way. He stopped and crouched low in the brush on the edge of the tracks. Dusty listened for a few minutes, and hearing nothing, moved further out into the right of way. He looked both ways and seeing nothing, crossed into the brush on the other side, moving swiftly to a place of concealment far away from where he entered.

Once more he waited motionlessly, listening intently for any sign of discovery and pursuit. Hearing nothing, he headed up the hill to the spot where Cobb had performed his act of murder, gliding silently through the brush with practiced ease. Up ahead was the small depression in which Cobb had made his camp, a camouflage netting covering the hide and a shooting mat laid out on the edge of the depression, just back from the crest.

There was Cobb’s rifle, just as he left it.  Next to it lie several boxes of cartridges, which upon investigation, turned out to be 7.62x51 NATO subsonic ammo. Checking the rifle, he saw that it had a full magazine. The rifle was a nice one, an FN A1a SPR with silencer
He set it back down on its bipod and turned to examining the contents of Cobb’s pack. Opening up the pack, this was what he found:

1 pair Night Vision Goggles with spare batteries
5 MREs
Marpat poncho with liner
Original Becker BK-7 combat knife
Color screen GPS with spare batteries
G.I. Tritium Compass
2 quart Canteen with cover
Water purifier with spare filter element
50 rounds of .308, match grade
40 rounds of .308, subsonic
Browning Hipower 9mm auto pistol with drop-leg holster
4 loaded magazines for the Browning
1 picture showing the "mark", taken from a surveillance vehicle
1 Motorola tactical radio with ear piece and throat mic, agency issue
1 Multi caliber cleaning kit
1 pint flask brandy
1 pair binoculars
2 packs of cigarettes, 1 of which was half empty
2 butane lighters
1 Firesteel
Mess kit
Trioxane stove and a box of fuel bars

8' x 10' camouflage netting
Under a small Sil-Nylon tarp:
A Sleeping bag in a USGI Camouflage Bivvy sack

Dusty grunted his pleasure with his new gear. Cobb had outfitted himself well, and all of the equipment appeared new or lightly used. Everything except the cigarettes had immediate value to him, and he could use the cigs for trading stock. He carefully replaced everything except one of the MRE’s and the binoculars back into the pack and closed it up. He took down the netting and rolled it into a tight bundle which he was able to stuff into the pack. He then rolled up the tarp, sleeping bag and bivvy cover, stowing the bag in its dedicated pocket in the pack, and then stuffing the bivvy and the tarp inside the main pocket.

He also had kept out the radio, which was fitted with an earbud and a throat mic. He donned the radio and fitted the bud and mic in comfortable positions. He then turned it on. There was no traffic at all so he turned it down and turned his attention to the MRE.

He settled in and tore open the MRE. It had been a long time since he had eaten one of these and he was looking forward to a taste of civilization, such as it was. Spaghetti, with Meatballs the container declared. He dug in to the cold meal and looked down the hill towards the bridge, then up the tracks while he ate.

As he finished the meal, he noticed movement coming from the East. Taking up the binoculars, he saw a group of what appeared to be troops, apparently a oversized squad, walking down the tracks in patrol formation. As they drew nearer, he could hear them talking.

“Not very professional!” he thought to himself. Watching their movements and demeanor, he determined that the squad leader, a Sergeant, appeared to be the professional amongst them. The rest were just rookies by their actions. The Sergeant halted the squad and looked around for a few moments and then quietly issued some orders.

Dusty watched the troop fan out in an ambush formation into the brush on both sides of the tracks. They were sloppy, leaving evidence of their presence to the trained eye. Wondering whom they were waiting for, Dusty settled in on the mat and begin plotting the ballistics of targeting the squad for something to do while he waited.

About half an hour passed with nothing happening. Then there came the sound of movement from the brush about 100 feet from where the squad had disbursed into the brush. More crashing some snaps and then a doe and a yearling stepped out onto the tracks and made their way into the brush on the other side. Dusty smiled to himself and wondered if the deer would be around later in the Fall. The homeless along the river did not observe hunting season as did those among the homed. Hunger did not wait for a “season” to need satisfied. About twenty minutes later he heard a scuffling sound, muted by distance coming towards the bridge he was overlooking.

Some scruffy looking people were stepping onto the bridge now.
It was Shifty Pete and his bunch!

Shifty Pete and his gang of miscreants were crossing the bridge from the west. None of the homeless that lived along the river cared much for Pete and his bunch. It seemed whenever they showed up at a encampment, things started to disappear. Fighting and bickering were also a trademark of Pete’s gang. Once they moved on or were run out of a camp, things pretty much settled down and went back to a normal routine. Most of the homeless were trustworthy, and you did not have to secure your goods when absent for a while. They watched out for each other.

Dusty glassed Pete and his crew. “Typhoid” Mary, “Sleazy” Sally, Jack “Flash”, “Moby” Dick and “Brown Nosed” Phil were all with him. All the worst of the homeless peoples of the valley, or so he had heard. Dusty had never had a problem with them, he had only heard the stories that circulated the camps when he and Eddie had visited. Wondering what would happen next, he continued to watch the scene unfolding below. What would happen when they reached the semi-hidden squad to the East?

Five minutes later he had his answer. The Sergeant called out to his squad and they all rose up and opened fire on Pete and the gang. They never stood a chance as they were traveling down the center of the tracks and had no time to jump into cover or concealment. Mary tried to turn and run, but was nearly cut in half when three of the troops concentrated their fire on her torso. Sally dropped where she was, her head tore off by a burst of fire from the squad auto. Pete had gone down first, a massive hole in his chest from concentrated fire. Jack made it to within 5 feet of cover before being brought down. Phil, bringing up the rear, had dropped down at the initial burst of fire and tried crawling off the tracks into the brush. He never made it.

Dusty dropped the binoculars in shock. The scene before him was the sort that had been obscured and buried by the passage of Years! He had not seen such havoc and horror unleashed on civilians since leaving the ‘Nam! Pete and his group may have had no redeeming value to speak of, but they were not deserving of this!

The sick feeling in the pit of his stomach was quickly replaced by a burning desire for vengeance. The troops had not even had a chance to emerge from their concealment before Dusty acted.

"All right you bastards!" muttered Dusty. "Time to pay!" And then the tables were turned upon them as they left their hiding places. Dusty had fired twice before the troops realized that they were under attack. They were all gathering in the center of the tracks to converse as they began to die. The first to go was the radio operator with a shot through the radio, severing his spine and silencing all communication with anyone else. Not hearing, or knowing where the shots were coming from, they spent precious seconds looking for the source of the attack, seconds that Dusty used to get off two more shots, dropping two more troops. Four of the twelve were down without them having fired a shot! In a panic, they deployed back into the brush on either side of the tracks and began firing at random, having no idea where to aim.

Dusty slowly reloaded and looked for his next target of opportunity. Scanning the brush he detected a troop that would pop up from the same spot and fire a burst wildly. He shifted his point of aim to that spot and waited for the next occurrence. Up popped the troop, and before he could fire a burst, Dusty put a round through his forehead. There were now only seven very panicked troopers, crapping their pants as they desperately tried to find a target to focus on!

The Sergeant peeked out from behind the gnarled old maple from which he had sought cover, only to be greeted by a round through his right eye. That was enough for the rest of them. They sprang up from where they had been hiding and began to run eastward up the tracks, shedding any gear that might slow them down as they fled certain doom. Dusty dropped three more as they fled, the rest escaping as they ran around a curve in the tracks.

Dusty again reloaded and gathered up his expended shells and other gear. He then moved down to the troops and began to collect all the gear that he could. He knew he had about a half hour to an hour before reinforcements descended on this position looking for him in force. He examined the unknown patch on one of the troopers sleeve and read: DHS. WTF? he thought. What are they doing here? He stashed all but one of the weapons in a protected area he knew of, all except a silenced MP-5 and six full magazines, then hid the other collected gear in another cache point nearby. Times up! he thought to himself. He gathered his stuff together and then disappeared off the right-of-way into the woods, headed for his camp along the riverbank.

The radio crackled to life and a voice called out for Cobb.

“Cobb, you jackass, are you there?"
"Is that you shooting up DHS?"
"They are reporting an attack with a silenced weapon. It sounds like something you would pull."
"Cobb are you listening?"
"Your ass is going to be in a sling when we recover you."

Dusty chuckled to himself, forgetting about the throat mic.

“Cobb you shithead!"
"You think this is funny?"
"You just wait until the Old Man hears about this!”

Dusty reached around and shut the radio off. It was time to disappear.

Once back in his camp, Dusty gathered up the gear he had left there and began humping off to another remote and hidden location, known only to himself and the wildlife in the vicinity. It was time to say goodbye to this area as it would be too hot for a long, long time.