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In spite of being one of the most predictable events you could think of, winter season still catches thousands by surprise each year, including more than a few preppers and survivalists. Winter is just around the corner people, and its again time to sort out our preps so as to be ready for it.

1)Get your house in order. Organize your fuel supply, pump septic tanks, clean chimneys, service boilers, clean up gardens, take a good look at larger, nearby trees that may damage your home if they fall. Insulate pipes and exterior faucets. Several layers of plastic can be used. Remember that leaving a faucet dripping a little can avoid freezing. Check your fire and carbon monoxide detectors.

2)Service your vehicle for winter. Check tire pressure and liquid levels. Change your car emergency kit if you have a different loadout for winter.

3)Plan for blizzards and blackouts. Buy a generator before you actually need one. Now is the time, not when people are stealing each other’s generators from their front porches at gunpoint. Yamahas are great but Westinghouse, Champion and Wen do a good job as well while being more affordable. When you buy a generator, but enough generator to cover the initial starting (surge) wattage. Get your generator serviced if you have one already. Check your jerry cans (invest in quality metal ones) and refill those that are empty.

Westinghouse WH7500E Portable Generator, 7500 Running Watts/9000 Starting Watts

4)If you don’t need electricity during blackouts and you can get by with an alternative form of heating, seriously consider getting a kerosene heater. They are more efficient for heating than running a generator, they are affordable, safe and rock solid reliable. People that aren’t comfortable with kero heaters tend to live by Mr. Heaters.
Sengoku CV-23K KeroHeat Convection 23,500-BTU Portable Kerosene Heater
5)Get plenty of batteries, LED flashlights and lanterns. High lumen output flashlights are convenient for carrying around, but for blackouts you want lanterns which flood a room with light. Remember that headlamps are the best way of doing chores around the house when there’s no power. Energyzer headlamps are affordable and they work well. Get a NOAA Weather Radio so as to receive weather warnings and updates. Little Tip: Get a string of Christmas LED lights. The ones that use AA are great for blackouts. They last for days, put out a nice light that floods a room nicely and they even manage to look somewhat cheerful during a blackout.
American Red Cross FRX3 Hand Turbine NOAA AM/FM Weather Alert Radio with Smartphone Charger - Red (ARCFRX3WXR)

6)Check your food supply. You need food that has a long shelf life, requires little fuel and water to cook, and your family (most of all your kids) will eat without much trouble. It is true that even kids will eat pretty much anything when hungry enough, but it can be stressful for everyone to get to that point.

7)Have alternative means of cooking your food. Camping stoves usually work well, but when you don’t need light weight camping equipment the larger models that have a burner and run on small gas bottles are an affordable optionPortable Butane Gas Camp Stove Camping Burner Range

8)Make sure you have enough salt and snow shovels in the areas where they are needed. Remember to take it easy when shoveling snow: Heart attacks while doing so are one of the main causes of death linked to winter hazards every year. Injuries after slipping on black ice are another classic of the season.

9)Don’t forget your water supply. You need to keep at least some of it inside so that it doesn’t freeze. Blackouts and frozen pipes could leave you without water fairly easily and its important to stay hydrated when fighting cold temperatures.

10)Stock up so as to minimize travel or avoid going out entirely if required. Car accidents are one of the main causes of death during winter storms.

FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: September 17, 2014, 7:11 pm
 Reply:Why didnt I move to Estancia Cafayate in the Province of Salta
Anonymous said...
This post is a bit out-dated but still applies to those looking to take advantage of the crumbling Argentinian peso to the dollar and be haggled into buying property at "La Estancia de Cafayate." As a previous resident and employee in the resort, I've concluded that what was marketed as a "Libertarian's Paradise" by the Casey Group has been nothing but a sham and all the blind Casey followers are either kicking themselves for a stupid investment or rationalizing all that wasted money as to "how could good old Douggie ever steer us wrong?" At the last Casey Research Event held in Cafayate, Doug had little to say about anything except for "You're all a bunch of chimpanzees!" And now he really does have the last laugh as all of his shares in LEC have been sold over to the ever corrupt Ramiro family. In just my short time living there, I can't put into words how sick and terrible this family really is -- from the aspiring political artist, marriage breaking, cheating on his American spouse son to the smooth talking politicot of the Salta Province father. This family effectively chased out any new businesses in La Estancia and has tried (but failed multiple times) to monopolize all services within the community.

The town of Cafayate is very charming though and can be a nice place to spend a week on your tour of Argentina. The times be a changin' though in the sleepy town due to all of this gringo-lovin corruption though. All Argentines, from the quiet villager to the newly arrived Portenos, love to say the same thing about the town -- safety. Everyone looks out for one another, including your belongings, and this was something I loved so much in the town. However, petty theft crimes are climbing now that Cafayate is on the map as a destination for rich, polo-watching, wine sipping idiots, the people, or its police, or La Estancia de Cafayate employees itself are beginning to take advantage.

So to all of you who heard the call and saw the wolf dressed as a sheep in the pasture, cheers to you.

A-



Thanks for sharing your experience.

I have absolutely nothing against anyone making an honest buck, or a million of them for that matter but I do have a problem with people being lied to or fooled. Even more so, I have a problem with people being tricked into parting ways with their very hard earned money. An important part of a well-rounded modern survival mentality is to learn to identify scams and con artists. I can sleep at night knowing that I did my best to inform people about what life in Argentina is like and even more so what life in a poor Argentine inner province like Salta is really like.
Argentina has already fallen apart, and these last couple years its been even worse than imaginable with the default, even worse crime and further breakdown of society. Its as if after the building crumbled, someone went on to salt the earth and pour gasoline all over the rubble. Today, moving to Argentina is as smart as relocating to Venezuela.
By now, anyone that bothered to do basic online research about Argentina and this man’s investment would have found my writings, which are based on overwhelming facts about the situation in the country and province. If after reading it all you still “invest” in such a place I just don’t know what to tell you.

But the reason I’m posting this isn’t to warn more people about this man yet again. Google “exposed” and this man’s name and you’ll find even more interesting facts. I’m posting this to warn everyone about the hundreds of people like him, that call themselves “investors”, “international man of mystery ”, “libertarians”, “Christians”. Especially in the survival community, I’ve noticed that with rare exceptions, those that boast about how great Christians they are, with a holier-than-thou attitude and bible-thumping narrative, they tend to be the worst. With “libertarians” something similar happens. Some people are true libertarians while others want to liberate you from your money. Same goes for “international rich big shots”, self-claimed billionaires that will let you into their inner circle for $99.95. Folks, these are people that have only one guiding principle which is to make as much money as possible (no problem with that), anyway they can(here we have a problem). There are self-claimed survival experts and gurus that do the exact same thing in USA, simply to make money out of you buying property or land in a way that suits their own best interest. 

I love Americans. Believe me I do. You’re fantastic, generous people and although there’s bad apples just like in any other society Americans are the nicest, good hearted people out there. But in many cases you also trust too much and tend to be naïve, usually giving people the benefit of the doubt if not just downright trusting complete strangers. Times are getting tough folks. Con artists and charlatans abound and there’s more of them every day.  Before parting with your hard earned money do a LOT of research. Read reviews, google information about the product or person you’re about to trust, may that be buying a 30 dollar knife in Amazon but even more so when buying a $200.000 retreat in Argentina or Idaho.
There’s people right now getting tricked out of their life savings and they don’t even know it. Just make sure you’re not one of them.

FerFAL

Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: September 17, 2014, 12:51 am
(Very good contributing article by Jim V. Thanks Jim for sharing!- FerFAL)

“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill….All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself.”
- Club of Rome, 1993

In 1894, the Times of London estimated that in under 60 years, every street in the city would be buried nine feet deep in horse manure. Similarly, a New York prognosticator in the 1890s predicted by 1930 the citizens of that no-so-fair city would see that selfsame horse excrement rise three stories high if nothing were done. Neither the Times nor the New York diviners had computer models, but undoubtedly, if they had, given their underlying assumptions, the conclusion would have been the same. Garbage in, garbage out, as the programmers say.
Linear predictions such as the above were first formalized by the Rev. Thomas Malthus (1776–1834) who noted that population is not always immediately limited by food and energy, writing in his 1798 An Essay on the Principle of Population, that "The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man" and that “That the superior power of population is repressed, and the actual population kept equal to the means of subsistence, by (the mechanisms of) misery and vice.” Malthus’ writings need much more nuance for the scholar reading this, of course, but in short, the crux of the issue was the well-known quote that human population increases geometrically, while food supply is only able to increase arithmetically. Thus, if population is left unchecked, misery, starvation and death will result. And in large part, much of what you see today in the socio-political realm, is built around this one basic presupposition. To illustrate the point, bear with me as I cite a large number of well-known leaders and groups who parrot the exact philosophy of Malthus, only in more modern garb. Scan or skip the quotes as you need, but my purpose in providing the quantity of citations is to illustrate just how well entrenched this philosophy is throughout our culture.

- “The present vast overpopulation, now far beyond the world carrying capacity, cannot be answered by future reductions in the birth rate due to contraception, sterilization and abortion, but must be met in the present by the reduction of numbers presently existing. This must be done by whatever means necessary.” Initiative for the United Nations ECO-92 Earth Charter (of course the authors of this are excepted, presumably)

- “A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people. Treating only the symptoms of cancer may make the victim more comfortable at first, but eventually he dies—often horribly. A similar fate awaits a world with a population explosion if only the symptoms are treated. We must shift our efforts from treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions. The pain may be intense. But the disease is so far advanced that only with radical surgery does the patient have a chance of survival.” Stanford Professor Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb. Ehrlich is a former 1970s global cooling fanatic, which demanded development and population restrictions, who a few decades later converted to global warming fanatic, which also requires population restrictions. Ehrlich predicted the world would come to a catastrophic denouement from global cooling in the 1970s – but of course he has now converted the mechanism for our destruction to global warming. Whatever fits the narrative.
- “We have to take away from humans in the long run their reproductive autonomy as the only way to guarantee the advancement of mankind.” Francis Crick, discoverer of the double-helix structure of DNA
- “One America burdens the earth much more than twenty Bangladeshes. This is a terrible thing to say in order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it’s just as bad not to say it.” Jacques Cousteau, UNESCO Courier (Jacques, of course, with all his globe-trotting, was equivalent a zillion Bangladeshes –though only half as bad as Obama’s regular vacations - but as Orwell warned us, in the socialist paradise, some of us will be “more equal” than the others.)

- “A reasonable estimate for an industrialized world society at the present North American material standard of living would be 1 billion. At the more frugal European standard of living, 2 to 3 billion would be possible.” United Nations, Global Biodiversity Assessment

- “A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline would be ideal.” Ted Turner, founder of CNN and major United Nations contributor. (Ted…. are you volunteering to “check out” first?)

- Noted professor Eric Pianka declared that the Earth would be better off if nine out of 10 people were to die. “The Earth’s population is growing,” said Eric Pianka of the University of Texas, who was named the 2006 Distinguished Texas Scientist by the Texas Academy of Science. “We will see a point when we reach the carrying capacity – there aren’t enough resources.” Pianka believes the planet’s current population of 6.5 billion is much too high, and 700 million would be the ideal number. He says people are turning the Earth into “fat, human biomass” and leaving the planet “parched,” as the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons quoted him as saying. According to Pianka, the most likely instrument for killing 90 percent of the Earth’s human population is the Ebola virus, after it evolves the capacity for airborne transmission: “War and famine would not do. Instead, disease offered the most efficient and fastest way to kill the billions that must soon die if the population crisis is to be solved. AIDS is not an efficient killer because it is too slow. My favorite candidate for eliminating 90 percent of the world’s population is airborne Ebola (Ebola Reston), because it is both highly lethal and it kills in days, instead of years. We’ve got airborne diseases with 90 percent mortality in humans. Killing humans. Think about that. You know, the bird flu’s good, too. For everyone who survives, he will have to bury nine.” As with Mr. Turner, there are no reports that Dr. Pianka is volunteering to help out the situation by going first.

- Finnish writer Pentti Linkola is the classic uber-greenie, who wants to reduce Earth’s population to 500 million and abandon modern technology (presumably he is getting his message out via smoke signals) who wrote: “What to do, when a ship carrying a hundred passengers suddenly capsizes and there is only one lifeboat? When the lifeboat is full, those who hate life will try to load it with more people and sink the lot. Those who love and respect life will take the ship’s axe and sever the extra hands that cling to the sides.” And of course, America is the core of the problem: “The United States symbolises the worst ideologies in the world: growth and freedom” Adds Linkola, and “Any dictatorship would be better than modern democracy. There cannot be so incompetent a dictator that he would show more stupidity than a majority of the people. The best dictatorship would be one where lots of heads would roll and where government would prevent any economic growth. We will have to learn from the history of revolutionary movements — the national socialists (Nazis), the Finnish Stalinists, from the many stages of the Russian revolution, from the methods of the Red Brigades — and forget our narcissistic selves.” Linkola has also publicly called for climate change deniers be “re-educated” in eco-gulags and that the vast majority of humans be killed, with the rest enslaved and controlled by a green police state, with people forcibly sterilized, cars confiscated and travel restricted to members of the elite (what? You expected the leftist elite to eat their own cooking?) No word from Linkola as to who will control the controllers, of course. A fellow Finnish environmentalist writer, Martin Kreiggeist, hails Linkola’s call for eco-gulags and oppression as “a solution,” calling for people to “take up the axes” in pursuit of killing off the third world. Kreiggeist wants fellow eco-fascists to “act on” Linkola’s call for mass murder in order to solve overpopulation. Linkola and Kreiggeist come from a long line of those that would just that! The Black Book of Communism, by Courtois, et al, says various flavor of the left murdered 100 million last century, while Dr. RJ Rummel, Univ. of Hawaii, puts the number as high as 160 million (the vast majority murdered by the left). See his web site at http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/PERSONAL.HTM or take the time to review his magnum opus, Death by Government, which provides details on how he came up with his numbers.

- “If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.” Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Leader of the World Wildlife Fund
“Malthus has been vindicated; reality is finally catching up with Malthus. The Third World is overpopulated, it’s an economic mess, and there’s no way they could get out of it with this fast-growing population. Our philosophy is: back to the village.” Dr. Arne Schiotz, World Wildlife Fund Director of Conservation.
- “There is a single theme behind all our work–we must reduce population levels. Either governments do it our way, through nice clean methods, or they will get the kinds of mess that we have in El Salvador, or in Iran or in Beirut. Population is a political problem. Once population is out of control, it requires authoritarian government, even fascism, to reduce it….” and “Our program in El Salvador didn’t work. The infrastructure was not there to support it. There were just too goddamned many people…. To really reduce population, quickly, you have to pull all the males into the fighting and you have to kill significant numbers of fertile age females….” The quickest way to reduce population is through famine, like in Africa, or through disease like the Black Death….” Thomas Ferguson, State Department Office of Population Affairs. “Too many goddamed people.” I think that expresses your sentiments perfectly, Mr. Ferguson. (“Godammed people” pretty much sums up the whole issue, but again, Mr. Ferguson probably doesn’t consider himself “people” – he is undoubtedly special.)
- “Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world, because the US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries”. Dr. Henry Kissinger. Kissinger also noted “The world’s population needs to be reduced by 50%,” and “The elderly are useless eaters” Kissinger is 91 – but no word yet if he plans to “check out” early. Y’know… just to do his part and all
- “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.”
-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Nope, no word from the leftist media on this racist comment. And never will be, either.
“The Planetary Regime might be given responsibility for determining the optimum population for the world and for each region and for arbitrating various countries’ shares within their regional limits. Control of population size might remain the responsibility of each government, but the Regime would have some power to enforce the agreed limits.” Obama’s science czar John P. Holdren, cited from Ecoscience. Holdren is a current global warmer cult leader – while in the 1970s, he joined Ehrlich as a fanatic global cooling alarmist. Any mechanism to control the population, you know!
- “It is easier to kill a million people rather than trying to control a million people… people are fighting back…our capacity to impose control over humanity is at an historical low…”
Zbignew Brzezinsi

- As just one final example of hundreds of quotes I could have included, the Club of Rome in 1993 stated in their The First Global Revolution, downloadable at http://www.scribd.com/doc/2297152/Alexander-King-Bertrand-Schneider-The-First-Global-Revolution-Club-of-Rome-1993-Edition that “In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill….All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is mankind.” “Came up with the idea”… as opposed to “the facts led us to the conclusion.”

The fact of the matter is, as Robert Zubrin observed, to the today’s Malthusians, “… each new life is unwelcome, each unregulated thought or act is menace, every person is fundamentally the enemy of every other person, and each race or nation is the enemy of every other race or nation.” Yes, we are back to the disproved socialist assumption that life and economics are a zero sum game, but this assumption is not up for debate – at least among the powers that be (and for those of you who think of Thomas Kuhn’s famed book The Structure of Scientific Revolution, which deals with how intellectuals become victims of group think just as easily as your local “Yes we can” chanters, you are exactly right). And it is not just your life that is unwelcome, but your financial status as well, until you not-so-mercifully decide - or it is decided for you- to put off this mortal coil. The economic side of the matter is put most clearly by the World Wildlife Fund Living Plant Report of 2012, which Lewis Page summarizes in the May 16, 2012 edition of the Register that “economic growth should be abandoned, (and) citizens of the world’s wealthy nations should prepare for poverty.” Individual rights are verboten, of course, given the Malthusian threat to the earth. As Harvey Ruvin, Vice-chair of International Committee for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI), a group that wants to impose the green agenda on everyone has noted, “Individual rights must take a back seat to the collective.” Pol Pot, move over… but please do not concern yourself that Obama and his cronies might have their tee times or uber-luxe vacations impacted.

Perhaps the best known antecedent of the ideas quoted above comes from the National Socialist (Nazi) T4 euthanasia programme, run by Hitler’s doctor, Karl Brandt. As early as 1929 Hitler proposed 700,000 of the weakest Germans be “removed” per year. By Aug. 1939, every doctor and midwife was notified they must register all children born with genetic defects, retroactive to 1936. The doomed were to “give their lives for the greater cause.” Nazis used injections; then later - being the ever-efficient National Socialists they were - used carbon monoxide. They would then send a letter to the parents, telling them that their child was dead (hey, it depends on what the definition of “was” was, right?) from pneumonia, and already cremated.
As you know, those responsible for the T4 programme were condemned and punished at the Nuremburg Trials after World War II. Importantly, ignorance or “just following orders” was not an excuse during these court proceedings. Most interestingly, individuals like Kissinger were with the Allied army as they fought Germany during this time, and should have zero excuse. Yet today, the Nazi wannabes are back at. For example, Drs. Francesca Minerva and Alberto Giubilini just published an article in a respected, academic journal about “after birth abortion” (sic) in the Journal of Medical Ethics (see http://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2012/03/01/medethics-2011-100411.short ), while Dr. Peter Singer of Yale believes that children should be able to be killed up to two years old (yet all the while he refuses to euthanize his elderly mother, who is horribly incapacitated with Alzheimers). It is, as the philosopher/theologian Os Guinness once noted, that “while all philosophies are arguable; not all are livable.”
You are now aware of the impact of Malthusian philosophy on population and resources, and have a general idea of who and what is behind it – which is pretty much the bulk of Hollywood, academia, the lamestream media, Al Gore and his acolytes, Agenda 21 types, and your Hilary-esque political, social and economic betters. You may have also surmised, correctly, that this Malthusian presupposition is going to directly impact you, your health, your wealth, your family, and your now nasty, short and brutish life.
Here we come to the crux of this article. Is the Malthusian assumption actually valid? Or is it just one of those faux truisms accepted by a culture for generations, such as the thinking that Chinese girls’ feet should always be bound, or the Boston Red Sox could never win the World Series after they traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees. Has anyone actually conducted a real life, boots-on-the-ground examination of the Malthusian assumptions?
As a matter of fact, someone has. But before we go there, a few preliminaries. Were you aware that between 30 and 50 percent of all food produced globally, equivalent to two billion tons, is thrown away each year according to a recent report written by the UK-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME), titled ‘Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not’, found at http://www.imeche.org/Libraries/Reports/IMechE_Global_Food_Report.sflb.ashx? The problem is not with production, it is with distribution. Might I suggest that before we ponder throwing away human lives, as per Dr. Pianka above, we start by making sure food isn’t thrown away? Similarly, were you aware that three times the current population of the world could fit in the state of Oklahoma, which has an area of 69,903 square miles? In this case, one square mile will accommodate 278,784 people if each person were allowed 100 square feet. At that rate the state of Oklahoma could accommodate a 19.49 billion people— almost three times the earth’s current population of 6.4 billion – with the entire acreage of the US left over to farm, hike, populate with office buildings, put solar panels on, etc. The highly quoted scientist, and author of The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming, Bjorn Lomborg, takes the issue of trash under the same microscope, noting that the entire waste produced by the United States in the 21st century could fit into a square 100 feet thick and 28 km along each side, or 0.009% of the total surface of the United States
Lomborg also considers pollution from different angles. He notes that air pollution in wealthy nations has steadily decreased in recent decades, and finds that air pollution levels are highly linked to economic development, with the less developed countries polluting most. Again, Lomborg argues that faster growth in emerging countries would help them reduce their air pollution levels, and suggests that devoting resources to reduce the levels of specific air pollutants would provide the greatest health benefits and save the largest number of lives (per amount of money spent), continuing an already decades-long improvement in air quality in most developed countries. Similarly concerning water pollution, Lomborg notes again that this is connected with economic progress – not bumping off people, as the ignorant Georgia Guidestones imply (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Guidestones)
Some will erroneously conflate being profligate, ignorant, wasteful with those who disagree with the Malthusians. That is an utterly gross misunderstanding of the issue. The point is that human life brings with it not just resource consumption, but intelligence, which is the key point in the whole debate. Going back to the horse manure issue in London, human intelligence brought about the invention of the automobile, which solved the manure issue. If the mad doctor Pianka had been around then, perhaps Henry Ford would have been intentionally bumped off by the Spanish flu before he got his auto industry in gear. Ah, but the car has created problems the Malthusian will say. And of course, the simple rejoinder is that the next step to resolve the issues brought about by the car are under way. The catalytic converter has already solved a certain percentage of the smog problem, though obviously more needs to be done. In fact, that “more to be done” is already under way. The very day this article began to be composed, a new paper in Science, reported at www.phys.org, how University of Glasgow scientists have taken a major step forward in the production of hydrogen from water, using solar powered electrolysis to break the bonds between hydrogen and oxygen, the constituents of water (see article at http://phys.org/news/2014-09-hydrogen-production-breakthrough-herald-cheap.html ). Dr. Dan Nocera of MIT has a similar new product, marketed by SunCatalytix, which he explains at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTtmU2lD97o. The issue is, the Univ. of Glasgow scientists and Dr. Nocera may never have come into existence were it for the Malthusians, and in fact, if the Malthusians had their way, horse poop might well actually be 9 feet high in London now – though of course, they presumably would have killed off much of the population to prevent the problem. The real problem is not the number of people, but rather the corruption of law, politics (yes, Harry Reid, we are looking at you!), distribution processes (which are most efficiently left to Adam Smith-style private initiative, not USSR-style central planning), the slowing of patent granting (of which I have personal experience), socialism-caused poverty, and more. The problem is not population, per se.
We now come to the piece de resistance about the Malthusian misunderstanding, which it is found in the famed Julian Simon/Paul Ehrlich wager - essentially a wager between whether Malthus was right, or if the ingenuity of man is more significant. Simon’s point was that “The most important benefit of population size and growth is the increase it brings to the stock of useful knowledge. Minds matter economically as much as, or more than, hands or mouths.” Simon bet the then catastrophic global coolers – who are now catastrophic global warmers - Paul Ehrlich and John Holdren in 1980 that the price of chromium, copper, nickel, tin, and tungsten would go down, not up, by Sept. 29, 1990. In fact, all five commodities – which Ehrlich selected - went down by the targeted date. In Oct. 1990, Ehrlich mailed Julian Simon a cheque for $576.07 to settle the wager. No word if current unelected Obama science czar Holdren chipped in any dough or not. But – as the last refuge of scientific (or economic) scoundrels – of course they trot out the old “this time will be different,” and the Malthusians, in the form of Agenda 21ers, etc. still remain in their cult-like trance. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon%E2%80%93Ehrlich_wager for the Wikipedia summary of the Simon/Ehrlich wager.
The key point of this paper, which the Malthusians who deign to run your life based on their faulty assumptions miss, is that scarcity is mitigated by human intelligence and creativity. Horse poop doesn’t grow up to the trees in downtown NY or London, without some brainiac coming up with a novel solution. I will admit, however that horse apples do, apparently, grow up to the trees and beyond in the halls of academia or some bought-and-paid-for politician in Washington or Brussels.
It is true, as Orwell once noted, that “There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.” Malthusianism is one that is at the top of the list.

Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: September 16, 2014, 1:09 am


ID and data theft keeps increasing around the world. A person with a scanner hidden in a bag standing next to you can steal your passport or credit card info. Best case scenario you get a call from your bank or credit card company asking about unusual purchases you’ve been making. Worst case scenario you get your entire persona stolen and you end up having to explain that the pile of debt in your name was not accumulated by you!
You can buy commercial models, but making an RFID blocking wallet is not that difficult. Its actually pretty simple and the same principle can be applied to lining bags, purses or pouches.
You’ll need a few items which you probably have already around the house 1)Extra Heavy Duty aluminum foil, it must be at least 27 microns thick 2)wide sealing or packaging tape 3)piece of paper 4) scissors 5) wallet.

First, make a paper template of the RFID blocking shield you’ll be needing, it may go inside your wallet were your cash would go, either loose or taped to the inside. It can also go in the zipper compartment for cash if your wallet has one as shown in the video bellow.
Using the template, cut a piece of aluminum foil and place tape along both sides, sandwiching the aluminum between two layers of tape. This double layer of tape protects the fragile aluminum foil, making it much more durable to the frequent bending and movement inside the wallet. Cut so as to fit into your wallet. Voila’! Your wallet contents are now protected from unwanted RFID scanning.
Before you fully trust it, take it out and actually try out if the wallet is blocking correctly. The shield should be large enough to cover and surround the cards as much as possible for better effect and this may vary depending on the wallet model.

FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: September 14, 2014, 8:41 pm

Here in Ireland the aurora borealis is a sight worth seeing. Last year when I first noticed it I was captivated by the mystical green color in the night sky and today I’ll probably stay up until midnight in hope of catching another glimpse.
The aurora borealis also has a less attractive side to it. It’s basically the consequence of a solar storm or coronal mass ejection. These can disrupt radio transmissions and cause damage to satellites and electrical transmission line facilities. In a worst case scenario, these can result in massive and long-lasting power outages in some areas.
CNN’s main page is dedicated to solar storms and how it may affect the power grids, GPS, radios and satellites.


In the case of Fox News, the main article is about Ebola and how mutations may end up in an even worse epidemic. If the virus becomes airborne we are suddenly talking about a much greater threat than it already is. With such high mortality rate and no vaccine on the horizon the consequences of such a global pandemic could be disastrous.
As always, I recommend caution and common sense, but these are the headlines today and it would be unwise to not acknowledge ongoing events and potential threats.

What can you do?

Prepare, as always.
By now most of you should be well prepared regarding essential supplies, which would come into play in both events mentioned. I’m talking about plenty of long shelf life food, plenty of stored water, means of cooking, lanterns and flashlights, batteries, first aid kit and medical supplies and a firearm for self-defense.
In the case of a disruptive coronal mass ejection we are looking at sensitive electronics getting fried and having to be ready to bug in and deal with power outages.

In the case of Ebola, it would also be advised to bug in, stay put and avoid contact with people until the risk of contagion is significantly reduced. In a worst case scenario this could mean bugging in for months at a time, so long term food supplies are essential as well as hygiene and medical supplies.

FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: September 12, 2014, 11:48 pm
Interior of Quicksilver Wallet:
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: September 12, 2014, 7:54 pm
In the words of Crocodile Dundee, “That’s not a knife, THIS is a knife!” C02 delivery system in a knife.  Only problem with sharks is if they attack, you generally don’t know it until after a bite has been taken out


J-
 
 
Hi J,
I've heard about the WASP knife before. I believe it was intended as an anti-shark divers knife. The idea was that once you stabbed the shark, by pressing a button on the handle you release a CO2 charge that injects through the blade, causing severe damage to the animal. You'd need a pretty clean stab, and that shark would have to stay awfully still while you press the button... There's some videos floating around in YouTube, I guess I wouldn't want to be stabbed with that thing and injected with CO2, but then again getting stabbed with anything is a bad idea in general.
The WASP costs 500 USd, and other than injecting CO2 its not a particularly good blade from an utility perspective nor is it that good a defensive blade either (other than the shark killing injection concept).
Let me know what you guys think in the comments below, but I think there's lots of better things in which you can spend that kind of money (unless you need to blow up sharks, of course)
FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: September 11, 2014, 9:20 pm



What could happen if Scotland becomes an independent country? These could well be historic moments in which a new country, and potentially one of the richest ones in the world, may be formed. I believe that a free, independent Scotland would be better for Scotland, but also for England and Ireland as well. In the end, the choice will be for the Scottish to make and it is very interesting to see the different opinions.

Below is an excellent video explanation of media bias and public opinion manipulation.
I have noticed it before of course many times. You can hardly find an independent media outlet these days, but the following video explains and dissects several of the media tactics used against the Scotland Independence campaign by the “Better Together” campaign, privately called “Project Fear” among campaigners.

These media tactics are used daily and watching the following video will help you identify them better. You’ll see them being used in most TV channels in most countries depending on the agenda they have.



Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: September 10, 2014, 8:22 pm

It is surprising that this isn’t being mentioned by the media.
China is building a “moon exploration” station in Bajada del Agrio, Neuquén, Argentina. The agreement so far is that the Argentine national space agency (Conae) will be able to use the installations 10% of the time, about 2 hours a day.
More intriguing though is the several shady aspects of the agreement in which it isn’t specified the intended use of the installations. Many of the clauses in the agreement have been kept secret and not discussed when approved by Congress.
According to the Argentine press the signed agreement doesn’t say that there CAN’T be military applications. The concern is that the station could be use as well as a missile launching base.
The growing links between China, Russia and Latin America are a clear indication that the influence of these countries is becoming stronger in the region.
On July 12, 2014, it was announced that Russia Today (Russian TV agency) in Spanish, was to start airing their channel 24 hs in Argentina through the free public digital TV service. This was the first time that a foreign signal made it into the public state TV signal.
http://satcesc.com/web/2014/07/15/russia-today-en-espanol-llega-la-television-de-argentina/



FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: September 9, 2014, 9:34 pm


Given current world events people are becoming increasingly interested in survival in war zones.

I did a lot of research about this topic for my latest book, learning from various events and accounts of what people did to stay alive so I’ll save you a lot of time: Surviving in a war zone is like surviving or living in a burning house or surviving in a sinking boat. There’s no “surviving” inside a burning building, there’s “getting out of there ASAP” to be done. Sure, there are resources that clearly become precious during war such as food, water and medical supplies but it all comes as a far distant second best proposition to actually escaping such disaster unless you want to be reduced to living like an animal and constantly risking getting shot or blown to pieces. Once you are surrounded by an overwhelming number of hostiles, there’s no amount of supplies, no amount of guns and ammo that will make a significant difference. You will either get killed, or reduced to surviving like a caged beast.

The following is an excerpt from my book, “Bugging Out and Relocating”, which illustrates this point with a recent real-world account of survival in Syria:
Have the plans in place so as to bug out locally or abroad if needed. If nothing else, at least think about it and imagine where you would go if you simply had to leave right this moment. You wouldn’t have wanted to be the one that stayed a minute too late when the Nazis came to power in Germany or the one that got stuck in Syria when the civil war started and didn’t leave because he convinced himself things weren’t that bad.
Zeinat Akhras, a 65-year-old pharmacist, she stayed in the ancient quarters of the central Syrian city of Homs when the government sieged the city. Akhras and her two brothers did not escape like most other residents because they wanted to protect their two story home and two shops, a pharmacy and clothing store. They had plenty of food, fuel and other supplies, but the starving rebel fighters ended up looting their home and shop on several occasions. She still managed to survive scrounging for food and firewood, eating wild plants (dandelion, chicory and mallow) her brother Ayman picked in the local cemetery. Akhras refused to look in the mirror, afraid that her withered state might break her spirit. By the time the siege ended and the government took control of the city 700 days had past. Akhras had withered from about 127 pounds (58 kilos) when the blockade began to 75 pounds (34 kilos).
Syria, Gaza, northern Iraq or Eastern Ukraine, you just get the hell out of there when the moment comes.


The Three Key Points to Prepare

The way you prepare for such an event is:

a)Have a plan of where to go and how to get there. Plan an evacuation route heading to the airport, marina or border with another country. Know how to get there and have a place to go to when bugging out abroad. A fully stocked bunker in Uruguay sounds nice for WWII, but a good friend or relative in Australia with guest room and willing to take you in works just as well.

b)Having the resources, gear and assets to do so. At the very least, you’ll need a basic bug out bag and money for plane tickets and getting settled. You’ll need passports, which is a key tool that many still haven’t taken care of. DO get you passport even if you’re not planning on going anywhere. I cannot emphasize this enough.

c) Having the information, intel and protocol to know when its time to leave. You want to stay informed so as to know when its time to leave and make a decision. As times get tougher you want to check the news on daily basis, maybe several times a day even so as to know when the tipping point is reached and you make the decision to evacuate.



FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: September 8, 2014, 7:19 am



Whenever able to do so, carrying a firearm is one of the most important steps a person can take towards self-reliance. It is no surprise that in the United States, a country historically appreciative of freedom and personal liberty, it is fairly simple in most States to get a concealed carry weapon license.
The problem is that while many Americans understand the privilege of living in a country with such rights, few have had the need to actually defend themselves on the streets of their towns. Outside of former military, few have been on the wrong side of a gun let alone experience first-hand violent organized crime. For most people in USA, this kind of violence is the kind of stuff they see on tv or read about online but they don’t get to live with it. While that is no doubt a wonderful way to live, its also a way in which we can get complacent, and complacency among firearm owners and concealed weapon carriers is very common. We’re talking here about people wanting to carry a gun, but to do so as comfortably as possible, often compromising and going for guns that aren’t as capable.
When you make up your mind about being an armed citizen, I don’t believe you should compromise. Back in Argentina, those that did carry, they didn’t go for mini subcompact guns. Glock 19 was the smallest gun serious gunmen would carry. Most American friends of mine who’s opinion regarding firearms and armed self defense I respect, they also carry full size or slightly smaller “compact” guns such as the Glock 19, capable of a full grip and respectable magazine capacity.

Carrying a full size Glock Pistol

The trick to carrying a weapon isnt so much about the gun, as it is about having the right holster, a good belt and dressing appropriately.
A good riggers belt or instructors belt, like the Spec-Ops Brand Rigger's Belt, firm and stiff to hold the weight of the firearm, combined with a good inside the waistband holster and appropriate clothing (not too tight fitting, dark colors) will help carry your weapon concealed well.
Regarding holsters, I’ve had good luck with Bladetech’s Phantom holster. Its comfortable and practical for concealed carry and I’ve taken it to most of my shooting classes, drawing the gun concealed under a tshirt.

                                         Blade-Tech Phantom Series IWB Holster


                                           Spec-Ops Brand Rigger's Belt
When it comes to carrying a weapon concealed, keep the following in mind: Don’t be too self-conscious, people usually go about their business and practically no one will notice if your gun is slightly “printing”. An open shirt, vest or light jacket will help whenever you need added concealment.
Train as you expect to fight so as to fight as you’ve trained if that day ever comes. Never compromise on your weapon of choice and focus on mastering your sidearm, striving to reach your full potential as a shooter.

FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: September 4, 2014, 7:20 pm
Two interviews with Dan from TheDailyPrep
Unfortunately you can only see me on the video but it was still nice talking with Dan and I think you will enjoy the two chats we had. I really like Dan's relaxed and  down to Earth approach to preparedness.

Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: September 3, 2014, 8:34 pm


Fernando
Thank you for the excellent website and videos. I find your
information more useful and realistic than any survival sites out
there.
You and others have convinced me about glocks. Maybe you could
recommend
Model no/ details for personal defense.
I would also be intrerested in comparison of US states to relocate.
Thanks for all your excellent work

Manny


 File:Glock 17 MOD 45154998.jpg
          Own several guns but master one: The Glock 17



Hi Manny!
Regarding your question about American States, I will write a post about that but I did cover it to some extent in my book “Bugging Out and Relocating”. I go through some of the USA States I like the most, explain why and include charts ranking some of the most important categories. Throughout the book I explain the methodology and criteria to be used to relocate anywhere, within USA or abroad. 
Regarding your first question…
As a Licensed Firearms Collector and firearms instructor telling people to own just one gun may sound crazy but if you keep reading you’ll see I have some valid points. Before continuing I’d like to lay down some ground rules. I’m not talking here about collecting firearms. For gun collectors the sky is the limit. Gun collectors can have literally hundreds of guns and still be honestly sure they are still missing a few. Something similar will happen for people that want to hunt different kind of animals and simply can’t do it all with one gun. While a 22LR works well for a great variety of small game animals, it is not suited for hog hunting and the same goes the other way around: You can kill pretty much anything that walks on planet Earth with a 458 Win. Mag. rifle but you can’t go bird hunting with the thing.
In this case though, I’m talking about the needs of a modern survivalist strictly interested in personal defense. The gun will be carried concealed for defense, taken to shooting classes, maybe used for pistol action shooting sports. While carbines sit in the safe, the handgun will be the only gun available when you need it the most so you should strive to master it. Here we aren’t talking of course about a comprehensive gun battery but the basic sidearm for personal defense, which is likely all the gun you’ll ever need in your life for defensive purposes.
After years of shooting, training for defense and collecting firearms these are the points I think you should keep in mind:

1)Gun Advertising and Marketing
Just like with any other industry, the firearms industry has marketing teams and they spend millions each year on advertising. This isn’t the “evil gun lobby” liberals try to scare the masses with, but the sales branch of a firm, just like any other firm, trying to place products in the market. A gun that is 1mm  shorter or 1/100 ounce lighter, anything at all may be used to convince you that you just need whatever gun just made it to the cover Guns&Ammo. 99.9% of the new guns you see aren’t innovations but the product of marketing and it is important for you to understand that. Pepsi, Coke, countless sports drinks and energy drinks, billions spent in publicity yet at the end of the day you still know that by a WIDE margin the best most healthy thing to drink is pure water. You should have the same attitude towards the weapon you’ll spent the rest of your life mastering.

2)Time and Money
That’s right. I said the rest of your life. You see, we all have limited resources when it comes to time and money. How much money can you spend trying different guns, shooting different calibers and taking each new gun you want to try out to a new class? People will usually start with some cheaper gun, because they are just getting started right? no need for a fancy Glock. Then they realize the Taurus they just bought isnt that good so they finally buy a Glock and like it much better. Then they read the latest Guns&Ammo and realize spec ops operators use HK Mark 23 45ACP (SOCOM) so they go and buy that. Now we’re talking. After having a custom IWB holster made for the thing, they carry it for two days before leaving it behind and start saving money for the compact version of that same gun, better suited for concealed carry. So now our gun guy has a HK 45 Compact Tactical. Awesome firearm. Too bad he has to sell a kidney to buy a spare magazine (careful about dropping those!) and finding a good IWB holster is pretty much impossible. Its “tactical” but it breaks more often and is more prone to failure than the Glock the guy next to him is using… and shooting better than him. Maybe our gun enthusiast need more trigger time… but 45 is expensive, let alone buys 5 spare $100 magazines… and it still fails more often than the Glock… and the guy with the stock Glock 17 next to our gun enthusiast is shooting circles around him by now.
Focus on what’s practical, what has proven to work and what most professional shooters seem to be happy with. 

3)To truly master your weapon
So as to achieve the level of proficiency you should strive for with a handgun you don’t need to buy five $1000 guns. You need to buy a $600 one and spend the rest on ammo and training. You need to get to know that weapon intimately, know exactly where it hits, perfectly control the trigger, reload without thinking an d draw in the blink of an eye. You don’t achieve that by having a gun you take for tactical classes + an action shooting race gun+ your cowboy shooting revolver +your subcompact pistol for real conceal carry. You do that by having a gun for carry, training and competition. One for all until you know it as well as you know yourself.  Own several guns if you wish, but master one.
One night a few years ago I was taking my firearms instructors class. We were doing precision shooting, trying to shoot as accurately as possible, some having a better night than others and overall having a good time while learning. This guy dropped by to visit, he was an instructor from Venezuela who also worked as a bodyguard. He picked up a Glock 17 from one of the students and put one shot over the other at 7 yard. It wasn’t just a ragged hole, it was a SMALL hole, just a tad larger than the 9mm projectile that made it. This was a man that shot, worked and competed with the same Glock. As the saying goes, be careful of the man with only one gun.

4)Commonality/Availability
Glocks have the advantage of being as common as they get. Any accessory, any spare magazine, any holster it all revolves around the Glock 17. It’s the most common handgun for military and law enforcement around the world. Hi Powers are still very common.  Berettas still float around, so do some 1911s but for anything that isnt half a century old surplus the new standard is the Glock pistol. Anywhere in the world, walk into any range or armed force and chances are you will be handed over a Glock, most likely a Glock 17. 

5)The best gun
So why is the Glock so common to being with? Because it works. Because at the end of the day, its the gun that has been copied by all other manufacturers for the last two decades. Its simple, light, accurate, takes a beating like no other and is easy to repair. You can learn to disassemble and replace anything broken in a Glock in a couple hours. For all the mumbo jumbo about special forces and hardcore operators using this or that gun, no other handgun is used as much by experienced shooters as the Glock.

If you want to become a proficient handgun shooter, just avoid the path taken by most and go straight for a Glock 17. With cheap 9mm you’ll be able to shoot as much as needed to get to know the platform well. Even if you never buy another handgun, that same G17 loaded with good 9mm ammo will perform very well in defense use roles. If you want to go the extra step and go for a bit more power, the Glock 31 in 357 SIG provides that, while basically being a Glock 22 , the only thing different being the 357 SIG barrel rather than the .40 barrel. Change barrels and you can shoot either round, without having to change anything else.

FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: September 2, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Emergencies have a tendency to happen when least expected. If we had more of a warning we would of course be able to prepare for them better, but in general what you have on you is all you have to deal with whatever life throws your way.

This is why every day carry items (EDC) are so important. More often than not, whatever you bothered to carry that day will be all you'll have at your disposal to deal with problems.
There are three main characteristics that define an effective EDC setup:
Regularity: Occurring with normal or healthy frequency. Your EDC must be carried, and carried every day. The day you don’t carry it with you will be the day you need it the most.
Capability:The capacity to be used, treated, or developed for a specific purpose. Within reason, you must have the basic tools to cover some of the most likely and most crucial scenarios. A phone will be carried and likely used every day, but you may also need it for making a life-saving emergency call. A gun may be carried for years and never using it on the streets, but the day you do use it, it wil most likely save your life. A flashlight can be used for searching under a desk, walking in a dark parking lot or finding your way through a dark building after a disaster.
Adequacy: Your ED should besufficient to satisfy your requirements and meet your needs. The tools you carry should be capable enough. A 22LR derringer is better than no gun, but I’d rather carry a Glock 357SIG. A $1 button cell LED light is better than no light, but a +200 lumen torch with different modes can perform better in more demanding scenarios. A Victorinox Classic can be used for opening mail, but a larger multitool can be used for prying doors open, cutting wire and various other tasks beyond the limits of a smaller tool.
So as to cover a broad specturm of possible scenarios, both everyday use and emergencies, you should carry the following items with you:
1)Cellphone
If you don’t have comms, then you have nothing. Its as true in the military world as it is in the civilian one. A working cellphone alone is a valuable enough asset as it is, but smartphones basically give you a mini computer with various other tools such as the ability to use wifi signals where available, go online, make bank transfers, hotel reservations, buy plane tickets, and carry important data just to mention a few. The latest Samsung Galaxy S5 is both water and dust proof, IP67 certified. The Moto G 4G LTE is a fantastic option if you're on a tighter budget and also has some water resistance.
Recommended: Samsung Galaxy S5- Moto G 4G LTE

                                                                            Samsung Galaxy S5
2)Wallet
Cards, cash, ID. These alone should be reason enough. Small survival kits can be included as well, just make sure you don’t end up with a wallet that is too bulky.
Recommended: Spec-Ops Brand T.H.E. Wallet - Columbia Men's RFID Security Shield
3)Keys
House keys, car keys, work keys, you pretty much wont leave your home without them if you want to open your front door when you come back. Keychains can also be the core around which you can build and lightweight EDC system, covering the basics with minimalist tools. I use Lobster Clasps clips for quick access to my keychain tools.
4)Multitool
This is the first item most people don’t usually carry even though they should. It can be something as simple as a Victorinox Hiker to a more full size mulittool such as a Leatherman Wave. Most quality multitools will include a folding blade of some sort, so it can double as a pocket knife as well. The multitool is perhaps the most useful tool you can carry outside the first three basic staples no adult is ever without.
Recommended: Leatherman Charge Tti-Leatherman Wave-Leatherman Sidekick

                                                                   Leatherman Charge Multi-Tool TTi
5)Flashlight
In average, you need artificial light to see 12 hours out of the 24 hs per day. Still, so few people carry a flashlight. Utility use, emergency signaling, lighting after disasters, tactical use, you simply should carry one. With lights becoming more efficient, more powerful and more compact there’s no excuse  left to not carry one.
Recommended: Surefire Defender E1D -Eagletac D25C

                                                                     SureFire E1D Defender
6)Knife
Although multitools will usually include a blade of some sort (in some cases very good ones) you should also carry a dedicated folding knife. A larger more solid folder will be suited for tougher tasks, maybe even prying and defense use if called upon. The knife is the quintessential survival tool, so it makes sense to have two of them.
Recommended: ZT Zero Tolerance 0561 - Cold Steel Vaquero  - Spyderco Endura 4

                                                          ZT Zero Tolerance 0561 Hinderer
7)Lighter
Maybe one of the least carried items among non-smoking modern survivalists, the ability to make fire is generally more associated to wilderness survival. I still believe that it does have an important place in your EDC setup. Like the knife, the ability to make fire has always been one of our greatest achievements and every once in a while I find it very useful, one of those things you take for granted and don’t really appreciate it until you need it.
Recommended: Clover Zippo with thunderbird insert
8)Gun
Hopefully you will never have to use it, but in an increasingly unstable world, it makes sense to be armed. My advice is to carry a Glock and spare magazine, either 9mm or other bigger caliber you’re capable of controlling well. When firearms are not an option, OC spray can be very effective for controlling violent confrontations.
Although these are the basics you should strive to cover, everyone being different and having difference personal requirements and limitations there can be variations within each tool to have, but these should be the basics you should look to address.
FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: August 31, 2014, 11:39 am


The purpose of this article is not to criticize the man that died in this extremely unfortunate event but to learn about it so as to try to avoid similar tragedies. I write this from the perspective of a firearms instructor and a father that taught his son to shoot at a very early age.

The wrong idea in the first place

The anti-gun groups are out for blood and it’s sad to see gun owners also attacking SSG Charles Vacca. Although some mistakes were made in this tragedy, the problem starts with the kind of establishment in the first place. “Burgers and Bullets” was intended as a fun gun range, kind of like a theme park with guns. That’s the problem right there. You can teach children safe gun handling, but that doesn’t mean gun ranges can be turned into theme parks. Shooting firearms is serious business, and when you try to make it a careless fun activity for all the family you have problems. A child should be VERY well instructed along a long process that will eventually allow him to handle a firearm. You start with airguns, then you instruct on the use of firearms, mostly rifles. After extensive instruction and dry fire practice only then you use some small caliber live ammunition. Handing over a 9mm sub-machinegun to an inexperienced 9 year old is complete madness and a recipe for disaster. You can’t have everything in life, and one of the things you can’t have is a Disneyland with guns. It’s as insane and as incompatible as a Disney hospital where kids operate on people for the very first time… and eat great burgers. You might as well go for a Biological warfare lab theme park. 

Using the right gun

Shooters should start with proper instruction, dry fire and then live ammo shooting. Once you start with live ammo, you are better suited using a bolt action or single shot long arm, in a small bore caliber such as 22LR. Only after a good amount of practice should you move to handguns and big bore calibers. A full auto Uzi is probably the most dangerous weapon you could hand over to a child. Not because it’s particularly deadly, there are plenty of bigger calibers, but because of the size (smaller being more dangerous and harder to control) and the difficulty of handling full auto bursts, even for experts.
In this case, the folding stock seems to have disengaged and folded to the right as the girl fired the burst, losing control of the weapon.

Dealing with inexperienced shooters

An instructor has to be all over his student, even more so very young ones like this little girl. In this case the instructor should have stood to the right and not to the left, behind the 180º angle in front of the shooter, with his left hand over the girl’s right shoulder, his right hand ready to control the weapon if needed. New shooters make mistakes. It just happens. They move around, get distracted, move the muzzle of the gun all over the place and the risk of an accidental discharge is significant. Inexperienced shooters may even get scared and drop the gun after firing the first time. That happens a lot. Even experienced shooters may try to grab the gun as it falls or slips from their hands, accidentally discharging it. This is why you are taught to let the gun fall if it ever slips out of your hand during more advanced firearms training that involves movement and single handed shooting. 

Not all Instructors are alike

Before trusting an instructor with your life, and the life of your loved ones, know who you’re dealing with. Not all instructors are alike so its important to learn about their reputation, talk with them and ultimately decide yourself it this is  a person you can trust. I’ve sat there in class with my best poker face while a certified NRA firearms instructor explained to me how Glock pistols have hidden, internal hammers that strike the firing pin and that the first trigger pull of a Glock is in double action while the ones that follow are fired in lighter single action. I asked again because I couldn’t believe such incompetence, but didn’t bother to correct the instructor in front of the class when I was reassured such facts about Gaston Glock design. Not all instructors are good. You can be an Olympic medal winning shooter or a Navy SEAL operator and still lack the pedagogical skills to be a good firearms instructor.

Guns can be fun to shoot folks, but toys they are not and shooting firearms is serious business.

Dead serious. 

FerFAL

Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: August 28, 2014, 5:47 pm



Pets are an important part of our lives. Maybe I’m a bit too old school, but to me a kid growing up without a dog isnt having the full childhood experience.
They can fulfill some important roles when it comes to preparedness as well. Dogs can hunt and protect the family from predators. They can be excellent warning systems, even deterrents in some cases, but  above all, they are loyal partners, part of our family.
The following steps will help you prepare keeping in mind our furry pals:

1)Pet Supplies
Pets will have the same basic needs you have. They need shelter, food, water and medical supplies. Just like you store food for emergency use in your home, do the same for your pet. Dog food is cheap enough as it is. You can buy a big bag of dry dog food that will store well, rotate as you use it up, and always keep a good supply for emergencies. Don’t forget to keep your pet in mind when planning how much water you will be needing during an emergency. Some of the first aid kit supplies for humans can be used in animals as well, but talk with your vet and stock up on any medication your pet may need. A supply of flea drops for example makes sense. Apply this same logic to all your kits. Keep food for your pet in any kits you keep in your vehicle (3 day supply) or caches that you have in other places like potential bug out locations. Don’t forget to also include dog poop bags and kitty litter supplies. 

2)Pet Identification
Your pet cant communicate so its important to make identification as easy and as reliable as possible. A collar with a tag and your phone number is the first line of defense when it comes to lost pets. The problem is that tags can be accidentally or intentionally removed. An implanted chip stays with the pet and anyone scanning the animal will be able to return it to the rightful owner. This doesn’t apply just to pets lost during disasters. Thousands of pets get lost or stolen every day.

3)Pet Control
You need a way of controlling your pet when there’s an emergency. Dogs sense when people around them are nervous and excited. Screaming, shouting, confusion, a dog can easily run away, fail to obay command, even bite someone during a crisis. You need a fast way of controlling the animal. A sturdy collar and leash will do the job. The retractable walking leashes are usually flimsy, a short sturdy one should be kept handy for emergencies. A crate or pet carrier is excellent for quickly controlling the animal and transportation. With a crate it will be much easier to carry your nervous pet in your car during evacuation. In some emergency centers and for boarding some evacuation vehicles, having a suitable crate may be mandatory if you expect to bring your pet along with you. It is understandable that rescue services may not want to risk bringing in a loose nervous animal when there’s other priorities such as saving human lives.
 Midwest Life Stages Double-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate, 36 Inches by 24 Inches by 27 Inches
 


 4)Pet Plan

Make your pet part of your bug out plan. Can you bring your pet to your bug out location? Can you bring it to your family or friend’s house during an emergency?
Talk with your vet about vaccinations and stay on schedule. Ask him about shelters where your pet may end up if lost. Add these numbers to your contact list just in case. Have a buddy system by which one of your friends or neighbors can watch over your pet for some time if needed. You probably have someone doing so already when on holidays. 

5)Its just a Pet
People often get very much attached to their pets. They end up becoming part of our families. Some people even consider their pets the closest creatures to them, their children. While this is common we should never lose perspective of our priorities. Pets are precious to us but they are not people and if the moment ever comes you must not hesitate to put your safety and the safety of your family first. Only once your family is taken care should you worry about pets. Don’t risk getting caught by a fire, a flood or other disaster because of a pet.
In my case I had to leave our dog behind when leaving Argentina. A 40 day quarantine was needed, as well as tons of paperwork that we just couldn’t do in time. As mentioned in point 4, I did have someone that could take our dog in. He had a large farm with several dogs of the same breed and was happy to accommodate mine as well. If we had waited until we sorted out our dog’s paperwork plus the 40 day quarantine, there’s a good chance we wouldn’t have been able to leave Argentina. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions, accept the responsibility for your actions and do what’s best for your family.
 

Bonus Tips:
 

1)Treat your pet like a pet
A dog or cat isn’t a person, nor does it wish to be treated like one. If the owner fails to perform its role as leader of the pack, your pet will feel unhappy, not the other way around.  When a dog feels the owner isn’t in control of the pack (the family) the dog may try to take the alpha role. This can be dangerous with some of the larger, more dominant breeds.
2)No excuse for fat pets
Each time I visit the vet, it blows my mind to see so many fat dogs and cats. Last time I checked, neither one has opposable thumbs. Your Pit Bull wont be opening the fridge at 1AM to grab a piece of chocolate cake, its always the owner the one that overfeeds it, projecting his own feelings of pleasure and indulgence towards the animal under the following mechanism: “My pet is happy when it eats, I want my pet to be happy so I’ll feed it a lot”. In my case, my dog would eat five pounds of food beyond its healthy ration if I let it. He eats plants, plastic and metal toys as well if you let him. A lean pet is a healthy, happy pet that will enjoy a better life and statistically live 10% to 20% more than an overfed pet.
3)Get the right Pet
Stay away from exotic animals unless you really know what you are doing and when getting a dog, get one of the right size and breed to fit your needs. Don’t get an animal that needs lots of exercise if you don’t plan on walking it. Don’t get a known dominant or large breed if you have no experience with that kind of dog. 


FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: August 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
Hey Fernando,
Read your book and have been following your blog ever since. My question relates to certain hardware that would be prudent to accumulate. I currently work for a company that will give me 75 to 90% off on many items. They carry hundreds of thousands of items and the employee discount is their cost plus 5%. Although some items would simply be nice to have for around the house, I could see how a bag of screws, nuts, or bolts made in China that once cost a few bucks could become substantially more expensive in the event of a currency collapse or embargo.
Which items became hard to get in Argentina post collapse, and what would you suggest stocking up on?
Regards,
Brian



Hi!
When it comes to stocking up gear I suggest to take it easy, even more so when thinking about items “that would be prudent to accumulate”. Remember that a nice amount of savings is probably your most useful tool when things go wrong. Money is more likely to come in handy for the most common problems people have to deal with in today’s world.
When first getting started focus on the basics. You need food and water. Go for food that has a long shelf life, requires no refrigeration and requires little or no cooking (plenty of canned food and pasta). Saving up some water is as simple as it gets but you’d be surprised by how many people haven’t got a single extra bottle stored for emergency use. Don’t forget to have means of cooking that food and means of purifying more water. You want to have a gun for defense too, a good first aid kit, a few flashlights and plenty of batteries.
I don’t believe in stocking up on supplies for bartering after the end of the world, but if you have a nice discount like you seem to have these would be my suggestions:

1)Get a good set of quality hand tools  (hammer, saw, wrench and screwdrivers set), power tools (drill, saw, grinder). Disaster or not, you’ll still use these. In the case of Argentina, after the economic collapse good tools became very expensive because of the devaluation. When it comes to tools, pay once, cry once. I’ve bought enough “junk” brands to know better by now.

                           DEWALT 18-Volt XRP 6 Tool Combo Kit with Impact Driver




2)Buy a generator and a kerosene heater. If its just for staying warm, kero heaters are far more fuel efficient for keeping you warm than running a generator, well suited for blackouts and storms in cold locations. If possible, get some jerry cans for fuel storage and food grade containers for storing water.
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3)Get assorted nails, screws and washers. These should be cheap enough and you use them anyway. Plastic sheets and duct tape have a number of uses, from closing windows when the glass was damaged to tarps for damaged roofs. 

4) Cleaning supplies. Stock up on things like soap, laundry detergent and bleach. Powder detergent is usually cheaper and more concentrated than liquid ones. In the case of bleach, stock up on bleach tablets for long term storage. Liquid bleach loses potency quickly. 

5)I would buy some respirators, face masks, disposable plastic coveralls, gloves and more duct tape. These could be used in case of a pandemic, NBC attack or when repainting the house or sanding the garden furniture. A good face mask to get is the fold flat respirator. For respirators, get those that use 40mm canisters.

FerFAL

Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: August 26, 2014, 1:12 am


Venezuelan troops bid
No, its not some tin foil hat conspiracy rumor, its happening right now in Venezuela.

The food shortage in Venezuela is so bad the country is mandating that people scan their fingerprints at grocery stores in order to keep people from buying too much of a single item. I have written several times before about shortages of food in Venezuela, and how people were being marked and tattooed in their hands to stop people from buying more than permitted.

Several people see Argentina as a window to the future of America. Footage like the Ferguson rioting does little to dispel that claim. While militarily and economically still powerful, American society and standards of living have decayed noticeably in recent years.

While some Americans look at events such as the ones that took place in Argentina as something that may be heading their way, for people in Argentina Venezuela is our window into the authoritarian future ahead of us, so much that the painful term Argenzuela was coined.
Fortunately I’m not stuck in Venezuela, and I hope we never see such madness in any civilized country, but the fact that fingerprints will be scanned anywhere in the world to buy food sends chills down my spine.

FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: August 23, 2014, 5:58 pm
In this photo taken with a fisheye lens, people protest Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


It’s a crazy world out there and it keeps getting more bizarre each day. We are seeing increased levels of social tension world wide, with cameras recording your every move, social media companies knowing you better than you know yourself and passing along that information to the government. As if that wasn’t enough, we have people becoming more radicalized, more distrustful and more violent. Online fraud costs people millions each year. Unfortunately this is the world we live in today and its more important than ever to go unnoticed.


1)Dressing to become invisible
Avoid wearing clothes with bright colors, unusual designs or large, memorable logos or designs. Typical clothes, the kind most people around you would be wearing, and going for mostly darker, better blending colors is a good idea. Jeans and tshirt, black, dark gray and blue are just some of the possible colors to go for, but avoid wearing loud colored clothes or accessories whenever possible.
Jason Borune’s movie comes to mind here. “You! Red Bag, Red Bag, stop right there!”
Many times criminals asses the socioeconomic level of their target by the brand of clothes he or she is wearing. Avoid clothes that are too expensive, same goes for shoes, bags, jewelry and cellphones. 


2)Avoiding noticeable features
Avoid the noticeable features that can be used to quickly to identify you. Try not to be the guy with the big skull tattoo in his forearm, or the girl with a pound of piercing in her face or the one with blue hair.  Not only are these already saying way too much about you to everyone around you, you are also making it much eaiser to detect you or find you when asking around.

3)Watch your body language
While you want to look alert and aware, you don’t want to seem too cocky so that others may sense it as a challenge, and you sure don’t want cops showing up at your door. Sometimes guys that have been in the military can´t avoid behaving and moving a certain way, and its not that hard to tell if someone is military based on body language alone. Also what you do will impact people around you, even the police. They may feel threatened, or that you are out looking for trouble. You want to be firm, but also polite to everyone and your body language should project just that.

4)Careful with what you say
The last thing you want is everyone in your block or your social circle knowing how big of a “survivalist” you are, or how much money you made with the recent car/house sale or that you got a big bonus from work. Most kidnappings and many robberies take place because someone couldnt keep thier mouth shut. Avoid voicing your opinions on politics and religion, if you do, be as conservative as possible until you know who you're dealing with and who's listening.


5)Careful what you post online
Nothing goes away. Everything you ever wrote online has been recorded and kept in some database.
Be very careful about posting personal information in Facebook, Twitter and in forums. All of it, everything you ever posted or even just wrote and then erased, its all stored. Facebook has been used many times to see who’s on holydays, when you can break into their home and what  kind of stuff you can expect to find once there.
Online profiles have been used to scam and steal from people. ID theft can be a nightmare that takes years to get rid of and it happens every day.  I’m not even mentioning the loss of liberty, the intrusion of the government and how they have incredibly accurate profiles on everyone’s online history. You're not nearly as anonymous as you probably think you are.

FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: August 22, 2014, 1:07 am





Smartphones are powerful technological tools for the modern world but they aren’t exactly cheap.
For roughly 200 USd, (+a bit more for the 4G LTE version) you can get a solid unlocked smartphone that comes very close to the performance to be expected from phones costing three times more.  The display is 4.5 HD scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. The processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 A7 1.2GHz quad-core processor with built-in 4G LTE,  2070 mAh battery and it runs Android 4.4 (KitKat). Front and back camera and LED flash (which can work as a flashlight) Built-in FM radio and GPS (with GLONASS support).
The 4G LTE model not only has the faster connection, it also has a slot for expanding memory up to 32GB with a micro SD card.
The phone also has a water repelling internal coating, so a bit of rain or a quick dunk wont kill your phone.






Combining the Moto G with a 6.99 USD case makes for a surprisingly nice setup.
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Urban Survival Application

Comms alone make a phone a must have, but smartphones are more like small personal computers these days.
Staying updated on current local and world events so as to stay ahead of the crowd, checking the price of precious metals and other currencies, using the GPS and maps to navigate around the city. Using the phone, texting, emailing or otherwise scrounging WIFI to communicate with people or using the built-in FM radio to listen to the news if everything else fails. Storing important data, booking last minute flights, online banking and making transfers, checking the weather, using the LED light or using the camera to record events and evidence if ever needed for insurance or other legal purposes. These are just some of the many possible uses for a smart phone, and the Moto G also happens to be pretty water resistant as well. Adding a case makes it impact resistance, making it even more resilient during emergencies. 


FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: August 20, 2014, 8:33 pm



I’ve changed tires, used signaling triangles and vests before when having car problems like I suppose most of us have done before.
I’ve used the first aid kit in the car to patch up my oldest son’s hand not that long ago when doing outdoors activities. I’ve also used the water kept in my car before several times, both for drinking and refilling a friend’s car radiator (not ideal, but better than nothing).
Yesterday we were at a restaurant with my parents and I took my youngest son to the bathroom. Juggling with my son, the toilet, the paper and trying to keep him from touching anything while taking him to the toilet I ended up holding him in a weird position. It was only after he was done that I noticed that part of his pants had stayed up too high and he ended up with peed pants and underwear. What to do?
I quickly carried him to the parking lot, used the back of the SUV as an improvised dressing room. We keep a spare set of clothes in our car for each family member. I cleaned up the little guy with some wipes, changes his underwear and jeans and we were back to the restaurant in minutes and enjoyed the rest of the day.
I learned to appreciate having a spare set of clothes during a shooting course that took place one stormy day. The class wasn’t canceled in spite of the pouring rain which made it all more interesting, but driving back home soaking wet was not fun.
You may get caught in rain, someone may spill coffee over you, a child may throw up over you, you might get sick yourself and need to change you underwear or full set of clothes. If caught in a disaster, there’s a good chance you may end up wet, dirty, bloody and with torn clothes. A clean set of clothes can be a big bonus in such a situation.
FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: August 20, 2014, 7:35 pm
                                               FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: August 19, 2014, 1:48 am


 leadferguson

Regarding the recent riots, looting, demonstrations, and now State of
Emergency in Ferguson Missouri:
1. Do you think this is a sign of more to come in the USA over the
next few years?
to prepare for growing incidents like this in America? (or in my case,
Gray Lady!). I personally prefer not to own a gun and I would adopt
the Gray philosophy as my best day-to-day routine. Any other
suggestions?
Thanks,
Jo

                                                                                                                                                                                                              
         Hello Jo,

        1) Yes, no doubt about that. A more divided, more hateful and more unequal society. By unequal I don’t mean it in the way bees (or communists) mean equality, but unequal regarding rights. I’ll write a dedicated article about this topic soon.  It seems to me that the erosion of rights and liberties along with the militarization of police is abundantly clear and causes significant damage to a free society. It is hard to say how bad it may get, but the path heading in a clear direction.

        2)Yes, absolutely. A gun is what you end up using when everything else fails. Most of all, it’s what you end up using when you failed at avoiding dangerous places and dangerous people.  I still believe you should own a firearm for self-defense, but I do understand that some people may chose not to own one. At the very least, have pepper spray so as to level your odds some in a violent confrontation. If you wont carry a gun at least carry the most powerful spray you can get, Fox Labs.

Fox Labs 2 Ounce 2% OC 5.3-mm Flip Top Medium Cone Fog Pepper Spray
.




Improving your home security will be crucial in the next few years. I recently wrote about good alarm systems to install. There a reason why houses with alarms get an insurance discount: You are less likely to get robbed if you have one installed. Good locks, a solid door and an alarm will make you far less appealing as a potential target and criminals will usually go looking elsewhere.

Finally, on often ignored, the importance of keeping a low profile, and our mouths shut. House sales, car sales, big job bonus, inheritance, I learned from Argentina that mentioning an of these may end up getting you kidnapped or robbed at home. Be careful with what you say! Once it leaves your lips, you don’t know who may have eavesdropped or who may be telling other about your situation. Simply saying “please don’t tell anyone”, makes no difference, people just like to talk.

FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: August 18, 2014, 12:55 am
Hey folks,
I did two video reviews of my new book "Bugging Out & Relocating". I first did a longer video, going into more detail. I believe it turned out well and I made some points you may find interesting but then again its a 40 minute video so I did a shorter version as well.
Take care and enjoy your weekened!
FerFAL

Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: August 15, 2014, 9:54 pm


Goodbye World is not a very good movie (IMDb rating 5.5/10) but if you can catch it on Netflix or elsewhere its not that awful either. Dont expect much action or shooting in spite of the epic looking cover, there's practically none of it.
While there’s lots to be desired in terms of movie quality, most of all the script and bland story development, there are a few points worth noticing about how the group fares after the world seems to officially end :

1)People are all different and there’s some friction between the different character, given their personal views.  Even in a hand-picked survivalist group you would see far worse conflict and clashes of personalities, some of it violent even. Keep in mind that most homicides are perpetrated by family or friends.

2)Other than the little girl, we're looking at a group of young, fit, healthy and overall smart people. If you pick ten random people from society, from any country, you wont be that lucky. In spite of the overall liberal/hippie mentality of the group, you have a "prepper/self reliant type", a tech guy, a gov. official with insiders knowledge who also happens to be an eagle scout.

3)The bearded character has a house with plenty of supplies, solar, well, etc. The weak spot being his anti-gun mentality, other than that he's got a nice amount of supplies. Granted, safety is a key priority, but he’s still better prepared than most. Benjamin (conspiracy guy) actually carries around as EDC a Leatherman Wave.That alone makes him better prepared than 99% of people out there.

4)The “no one will bother us so far up the hill” mentality proves to be wrong, as it would in reality, and the same lady that sells items at pre-SHTF prices to her neighbor because she says she wouldn’t take advantage of the situation, a few days later she’s along with the group that is willing to steal medicines and supplies from that same neighbor. That’s a good message right there. You may think everyone will play nice because they do so now, but when desperate enough even your long time good neighbors will come after you.

5)The self-reliant, salt of the earth country guy living down the road is actually all about cooking meth. Again, feel-good idea about all country people being good and everyone from the city being evil and lazy just isn’t true. You’ve got all sorts of people in different places. Meth labs and pot farms are more often than not found in the country.

6) While some may frown at the use drugs and heavy drinking, it is part of society and a lot of people do so or worse. There’s plenty of people out there that are just as addicted to prescription drugs. Drug abuse of legal or illegal drugs will become a problem for a lot of people after SHTF.

7)There’s some promiscuous behavior in the movie, again, much worse happens in the real world. At least the girl sleeping around was clearly more than twenty years old. Plenty of girls do much worse and aren’t even old enough to drive. With social collapse, expect moral collapse as well.

8)Safety concerns are greatly underestimated and in the movie, it was very much PG-13 safe. In reality what would have happened during the first encounter with “hostiles” would have been far worse than that. Its very naïve to think that quoting the constitution magically stops a couple sociopaths with ARs. 

9)At the end the message that we all have to work together is a positive one, and I agree that no man (or group) is an island. Reality shows us time and again that a man alone or even survivalist groups, no matter how tactical they think they are, have 0 chance of long term success when surrounded by a hostiles. You can win a fight or two, but shooting raiders and living to fight another day is no long (or medium) term solution.

10)The eco-friendly prepper/self-reliant guy suffers the lack of defensive preparations, as it would happen in the real world (again, watered down compared to how it would happen in reality)

Overall an average movie that shows a few interesting aspects about group survival, even if it’s a PG-13 version of what would happen for real, where violence would have been worse than rated R. 

FerFAL
Author: TheModernSurvivalist
Posted: August 15, 2014, 1:12 am




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