It Boils Down To The Allowance Of “Mental Marijuana”

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Recently we have seen an uptick in the amount of “In your face”, blatant attacks on conservatives, whether it be attacks on our beliefs, or actual physical attacks on us, whether a citizen on the street, or someone who we elected to represent us in Congress. Why now? There are a number of reasons I believe the physical stuff is happening, and there is most definitely a reason why there are so many different types of attacks on our beliefs. Simply put, we are breaking them.

Attacks on our beliefs are nothing new, but the ferocity of the rhetoric being espoused has escalated, and the numbers of these attacks has gone through the roof. The desire here is to so overwhelm you senses to fight back, as to make any response from you seem futile simply due to the sheer number of responses you’d have to give. The Soviets were planning on doing this to our intel gathering apparatus back during the cold war, and the present day commies are doing it now. IT IS POLICY!

As to the actual or fantastical attacks on our persons, whether it be “Joe Snuffy” or a State or Federal Rep, the communists (and that’s what every one of those scum sucking leftists are in their hearts) are trying to desensitize your “Give a Damn” to the point where these things are not only common place, but that you think only “Glad it wasn’t me or mine.”. “Calculating” is definitely something that can be attributed to the commies, but here’s something they have not calculated correctly, “GUNS”. I guess to be more specific, “Those not only unwilling to give up their guns, but actually are prepared to use them when they think they are in a ‘do or die’ corner”.

Weapons, specifically in this case “guns”, are tools that can be used to make someone a slave, to keep someone from becoming a slave, or can help set a slave free. Jeff Cooper said this about rifles (the rifle is the most powerful and capable of hand held, personal firearms for protecting someone in a violent encounter). “The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.” Willingness to use a gun to protect your life and freedom is something that separates the men from the boys. Personally, I’m not a”Meme Cowboy”, but I do deal in lead friend.

Ask yourself these questions, “Why are they making actual physical attacks on conservatives now?”, “Why are they making threatening pics and plays depicting the murder of our President?”, “Why are they faking news footage of protests?”, “Why are they chasing accusations of misconduct that have already proven to be dead ends, then trying to perform a re-engineered “2.o” of the same investigation?”. The answer is simple. FEAR! They know President Trump is our last, best hope at turning some things around (I know, scary right?). They know if they do not control the narrative, not only will “narrative control” be lost to them, but they will be held to account for ALL the things we have proof that they did.

I’m not just talking about Hillary Clinton, and her crooked cabal of murdering, sociopathic, communist elites. I’m talking about the whole wreckin’ crew! From the elite scam artists in Congress and the Courts, to the embedded Bush/Clinton/Bush/Obama bureaucrats in all levels of government. I’m talking about the media moguls and their minions that have been instrumental not only in forwarding their agenda but thwarting ours at every turn. I’m talking about the elites in Hollywood who actually believe their opinion about politics is not only valid, but warranted, and haven’t figured out that they are only there for our entertainment. Finally, this extends to the academics that have purposely indoctrinated our children of all ages to believe that communism is good simply to make them even more willing slaves when the time comes.

What “side” am I talking about being the good guys? I’m talking about the side that has and has had an historical precedent that started with the predecessors of the founders of this country. I’m talking about the ideology that was the foundation of the Western world. The Christian beliefs that spawned the establishment of a civilized society which brought about all the advancements we enjoy today. By all means tell me what any of the third world societies have advanced other than Aids, and the “AK around the corner” firing technique. Hell, if you got rid of everything else, just hygiene would be a big step up for all of them.

I’m not talking about “republican” or “democrat” (is there really a difference anymore?). I’m not talking about “Conservative” or “Liberal” (seems to me there’s too much emotion on either side in a lot of the issues). I’m not even talking about “left” or “right” (That’s a side of the aisle, not a belief) . I’M TALKING ABOUT “RIGHT” OR “WRONG”! I’m talking about having convictions that are based on moral guidelines which are well defined in the Bible.

This isn’t a diatribe about why you need to be a Christian to be a good person, but here’s a question, “If you do not believe in a higher power, and you believe there is nothing after your time here on earth, how can you say something is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’? How can you even say you have free will if your decisions are only based on your genetic makeup and the external conditions you exist in?” That’s not free will at all, because you can only make one decision in that case, and it’s already made for you. The video below breaks it down.

Here’s some points brought up in the above video. If there is no God, things like rape, theft, and murder are all subjective concerning whether they are wrong or not. “Not only if there’s no God, is there no objective right and wrong, there’s also no free will. remember if there’s no God, the only reality is material, it’s called “materialism”, that’s the only, you and I are just a bunch of neurons, nerves, and you know, a brain that is a purely physical thing, there’s no such thing as a mind, it is all brain so if we act bad, it’s not because we made a choice, it’s because of either our physiology, our genes or our environment. In either case, I didn’t choose, there’s no “I” in the secular world. “I” is a euphemism for environment and genes, that’s it. That’s the reason, by the way, the folks who believe that don’t really want to punish criminals, because in their heart they don’t believe they are responsible for what they did.” Well that makes understanding a bleeding heart commie a little easier, doesn’t it?

“Secularism is great for government, but in every other way, it is the termite of society. It eats away at the foundations of society.” Secularism is the gateway drug for socialism then communism. Basically, secularism is “Mental Marijuana”.

“With all of it’s mixed bag history, Christianity has at least given, I mean not at least, has given us Western civilization and, there have been eruptions of evil, but it is the best thing that has been made yet. It is the only place that has established the idea that human rights come from God, that freedom comes from God.” I’ve said many times that I do not need a constitution to advise me of my God given right to own, train with and use weapons for personal or common defense. I don’t need a constitution to tell me I have the God given right to responsibly speak my mind. I do not need a constitution to tell me I have a God given right to personal privacy.

“And this very much goes to the marxist argument that dysfunction, I guess what they would call immorality, but dysfunction arises from a lack of resources, you know Wow, if you grow up poor. They completely ignore the Appalachian mountains which are very poor and have incredibly low crime rates.” Saying poverty causes crime goes back to the “Spoon made Rosie O’Donnell fat” mindset. Bad choices cause crime. Lazy people choose crime. Jealous people choose crime. Hateful people choose crime. I know too many people who grew up in abject squalor and poverty, and in spite of that, made a moral, ethical choice to do the right thing with their life choices and became successful, to even consider that it’s about poverty.

“The smaller the God, the bigger the government, that is the state of the Western world. I’m not talking about the muslim world. In the Judeo-Christian world the bigger the God, the smaller the government.” First off, I believe that Islam is an ideology, not a religious endeavor. In a nutshell, their “higher power” isn’t a God, and to those of that group who are not the “live and let live modern islamic” types (they are out there) it is an excuse to conquer, rape, and steal from those who are not of their group, or group members who are violating the rules. While I am big on treating everyone as an individual, I also realize that it is in the best interest of any nation to think long and hard about allowing this group into their country, because I see what it is doing here (even to the chagrin of the “Live and let live” types), and how the secularist/socialist/communists are manipulating their absorption into every social group.

A good quote they mention in the video from G.K. Chesterton is this, “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing, they believe in everything.”  Why is this? Because nature abhors a vacuum.

A Biblical point that was made was that secularists will never advocate the line, “Those of you who love God, hate evil.” If they did, they’d have to make a stand that appears…..religious, wouldn’t they? Think about a commie calling something “evil”. If the reality of communism wasn’t so tragically sad, that situation would be funny.

There are a number of other things that are talked about in that great video that span from “The Traditional Family”, marriage, taking a stand and sacrifice, to environmentalism as a religion, and “cause and effect” of things like minimum wage. What should those of us that believe in  a standard of objective morals, ethics, and personal/civic responsibility do in the face of all the different types of attacks we are seeing on a daily basis? Below is a brief list I’ve compiled.

  1. Identify the local threats to your personal, family and group well being. Who cares about a play in D.C. if you have local BLM, BAMN, or Antifa’s acting out violently in your area, right? The play isn’t a direct threat, but those local groups are.
  2. Identify those who are funding the threats against those of us that believe in Western values, and the principles that established civil society.
  3. Identify the entities that are advocating violence against those like yourself. An “advocate” today is a probable future member or leader of that group tomorrow.
  4. Determine where your “Line in the sand” is, and what objectives will need to be accomplished once that “line in the sand” has been crossed.
  5. Determine what skills are necessary for your survival and the #4 “objective” accomplishment in all scenarios you think could occur based on your threat assessment.
  6. Determine what logistics are necessary to survive and also accomplish your #4 “objectives”.
  7. Begin gathering those of like mind together to train and prepare for the scenarios you’ve determined are a priority.

I’ve talked about how you can start out in a number of posts, but here and here are good places to begin. Get ready, because it’s just going to get worse, they will see to that. By the way, of all the things listed above, determining your actual (not some fantastical idea about being a tough guy) “Line in the sand” is the most important. Without this being defined, the rest cannot be realistically planned and trained for Continue reading

Brushbeater: Quantity vs. Quality: Putting the Handheld Radio in Context

Here’s some really good info and clarification by Brushbeater on the differences between Survivalist commo and Tactical commo.
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During the Communications presentation at the PatCon I focused primarily upon the common radio equipment among preppers and survivalists- CB radio because of its inherent commonality (and overcoming potential weaknesses) and the Baofeng UV-5R because it’s cheap and everyone owns them ‘BY THE CASE!’ as one gentleman in attendance pointed out. While that’s all good and well to have plenty of units in the field, and there’s a lot that can be done with them for those thinking outside the box, the ubiquitous  chicom handheld is FAR from ideal for any use other than an inexpensive testbed for antennas or running alternative modes going beyond just pressing a button and talking. The prevailing issue is that people want to do what is not easy to accomplish alone without knowledge of limitations- compounded in part by equipment and a larger part by knowledge.

There exists a strong differentiation which must be made; Survivalist or Retreat Communications is a different animal from Tactical Communications.

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I frequently get questions regarding Retreat Communications and have run  classes to address those needs- the backbone of which is Rugged Line of Sight Communications.

The former focuses solely on creating a parallel network to conventional communications, frequently (especially amongbeginners) in the form of local-scale networking around a retreat area. Growing up this was done by CB radio for our hunting club and in my later teen years by the Motorola Talkbout FRS units on foot with a CB in the truck. For localized security or communications with neighbors in a rural area this is relatively easy to do. Analog systems are fine for getting this done provided you understand that a) it’s NOT secure nor private by any means and b) it’s not the same as tactical communications. Tactical needs are different and involve attempting to mitigate the reception of your signal by potential OPFOR (the whole reason you’re being tactical- and the opposite of survivalist focus) so this means limited antennas to reduce the signal your putting out from the radio on your kit,

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Yagis are easily constructed and ‘beam’ a signal along the desired azimuth. Even for an analog signal, it provides at least a bit of security as well as focusing all of your radiated energy in one direction vs. the omni directional antenna you’re used to. Think flashlight vs. lantern.

directional antennas for longer distance transmissions, and creating pre-planned transmission points and times during the planning phase in order to add security to your communications, even if analog and unencrypted. And if you want an actual real-life feedback on the use of the UV-5R in a warzone, read this from fighters in Ukraine.

Once you’re done reading that, you can come back and we’ll work a little harder on squaring you away.

During the lecture I identified three common patterns among those new to preparedness communications:

  1. I want a secure way to talk to people I care about.
  2. I don’t really care about a hobby; I just want this to work.
  3. I want it to be simple and maximize its functionality.

This thought process is entirely understandable, considering the task at hand, but having a bunch of stuff on hand doesn’t exactly satisfy our above identified needs. First, all handhelds are extremely limited in range out of the box. Experienced guys know that the stock antenna is usually just about worthless, even on higher-end units. Antennas, as we talked about, make a world of difference and external purpose-built antennas are like night and day. Second, the common thinking among ex-military guys is that my equipment here works the same as the stuff I used while I was in. And that’s problematic thinking at best. I was an 11B, and in all of the various places I served there was an S6 or communications department that had already identified our needs and the equipment supplied and had it all down to an exact science- using the Line Unit example, Squad A will get XXX range with this PRC-147 or 152 and will get XXX range from this 117G in this area of operation, from which they will not deviate.

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If you look carefully at the illustration, you’ll notice there’s two frequencies (f1) and (f2). The Retransmit vehicle in the center is performing the same function as a repeater would, only mobile.

We’re only working with line of sight equipment in the low VHF band at the unit level and do not expect it to do anything other than what it does. If need be, we can set a re-transmitter (retrans) site as a relay to the rear when we plan our mission. Large scale mechanized maneuvers always utilize retrans sites and the mech guys who wrote or briefed Paragraph 5 of their Operations Orders remember this well. But above all, the S6 shack knows exactly what their gear is capable of with the assigned equipment. For survivalist communications, that retrans site would be the communications center of our retreat.

Building your own infrastructure is not so simple without experienced people to help you. You are your own S6 trying to get all this sorted out before the big dance and the field is broad and confusing on a good day, even more so if you’ve simply taken the ham cram and disappeared without talking to the more seasoned guys grading your exam. It is critical to understand:

  • You are not an Infantry Unit.
  • At best, you’re an irregular group based on voluntary participation and lack any of the supporting assets an Infantry Unit requires for survival.
  • You are your own S6. 
  • You have an unpredictable set of needs to address.

It’s super common to get confused, especially if all that you’re doing is snapping up and stashing kit without working through its bugs or thinking past plug n’ play. In addition, life deployed for contemporary conflicts doesn’t exactly correlate to making one a know-all survivalist (although it puts you FAR ahead of the curve). During the discussion it was brought up that one should strive to pick up Tech and General in the same sitting, with one very experienced gentleman disagreeing, pointing out that you should want to get to Extra for the additional learning it requires. And he’s exactly right. You should force yourself to learn the most even if you’re only doing the ham cram. It’s impossible to do if all you’re doing is waiting for that non-existent time when ‘I don’t need no license!'(if that’s your attitude by the way, stop reading this blog- we both have better stuff to do). Right now some folks are asking ‘If it’s so complicated why bother with it anyway?’ That’s simple. Having even a Technician-class license provides the absolute most options- far beyond anything license-free stuff provides and will make you lightyears smarter about implementing the license-free stuff if you’re still using it (and there’s no reason not to, by the way).

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This is a Yaesu VX-5R, which has been discontinued for a long while but is widely known as not only a rugged and versatile unit but is quite simple to operate. This one was purchased from a local Ham buddy for $25. I bought both of his. It’s been opened up, and in addition to transmitting on 6m, 2m, 220, and 70cm, and everywhere in between, it can also receive everything from Shortwave to Airband and above- capability the Baofengs can’t match. Pictured with an improvised Moxon beam antenna, this system is just about as flexible and capable as it gets- for less than $50 total.

You learn why and how your stuff works. And for those who embrace it, you get plugged into a network of vast resources. One of those resources is the ability to try stuff before you buy it and even in many cases offer lightly used gear at cheap prices.

Which brings us to our kit selection. Most of you out there own the ubiquitous Baofeng in one of its many incarnations, despite the fact that over and over it’s flaws have been well documented. But going back to our three points of mindset noted above, y’all buy them because they’re cheap and they work at least for a while. They shine in one area- an inexpensive learning tool. If you happen to burn one up from building an antenna and not checking the impedance match (the value your SWR indicates…also described as an efficiency rating of your antenna) or going far past the intended duty cycle (the talk-to-standby time ratio…in other words, how hot it can get during use without doing crazy stuff on its own like transmit across the entire spectrum it covers…something the UV-5R is notorious for) you’re not heartbroken. It can be a decent enough testbed for a low power repeater design, an inexpensive Packet transmitting platform (uh what??? Really??? Yes, really- but that requires some knowledge building that we might cover in the future.) or antenna designs without destroying more expensive units. But to be blunt, the Part-90 certification is a joke and these things should never be considered for anything other than standby use or for what I describe in this post from over a year ago. If you’re a survivalist or prepper your focus should be investing in kit that can take abuse for the long haul- stuff you can stake your life on, because the reality is that this is your aim anyway (and if it’s not, and you’re just buying cheap because it’s cheap you’re fooling yourself or playing a game). If you’re a militant of any kind buying cheap crap for the sake of having something equates failure as well. That’s the context of which you should be viewing all of your gear; this is stuff you must be able to rely upon when the chips are down. It should not be a matter of cost-per-unit comparison, as that logic is the same as saying a Hi Point is just as good as a Glock only because you can buy two of those for the cost of one of the other- it’s absurd. And while there absolutely IS a threshold of diminishing returns (such as comparing CZs to Sigs- CZ makes a better gun at a better price) the quality between extremes is night and day; you get what you pay for. And besides, good commo kit doesn’t need a flashlight on it. 

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American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

Survivalists. Militia And Perception, Then And Now

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When I was in my teens, I remember seeing the above video which aired on Brit TV in 1982. With a few exceptions, the basic premise of the video implied that “Survivalists are nuts”. Even as a kid, I never fell for that premise, quite the opposite in fact. I believed that it made good sense to be prepared for hard times, and I thought the “Nuts” were the ones who just wanted to “Eat drink and be merry”, without any thought to planning ahead.

In order of appearance in the video, it showed Bruce Clayton (Life After Doomsday) the majority of the documentary was on the (CSA) Zarephath-Horeb Community Church (James Ellison and the Covenant the Sword and the Arm of the Lord), There was a former SF guy who was an Asst Prof at a Cali Univ., The Survival Store was depicted, they interviewed Kurt Saxon (Poor Man’s James Bond series, The Survivor series), an interview with an L.A. army surplus warehouse owner, you met Fred Kurpsy (mountain top guy), and they topped it off with General Mitch WerBell III (Sionics and Brigade Quartermasters) and his instructors from Sionics.

Bruce Clayton, along with Mel Tappan, Ragnar Benson, Duncan Long, and Kurt Saxon, was one of the more well known Survivalist writers, especially in the ’80’s, and his book, “Life After Doomsday” was one of the best books written on nuclear war survival skills and retreat type living. Although Cresson Kearny’s book “Nuclear War Survival Skills” is right there alongside Clayton’s book on good nuclear war preparedness skills, I would not call Kearny a “Survivalist writer”. Clayton is one of the only ones interviewed in that documentary that gave any semblance of being “right in the head”.

James Ellison of the Z-HC Church (polygamists) is obviously nuttier than a ten year old fruitcake. He’s one of the typical “God told me to do this” leaders (Ammon Bundy anyone?), and at the time of the interview in the winter (Jan/Feb) of ’81, believed “It’s gonna happen” soon (he said, “In the late ’60’s, God began to deal with us about the economic judgement, collapse and upheaval that was comin’ upon all the world, especially on this country.”). One of his guys even made this statement, “I don’t like to set dates, but it’s feelin’ kinda spooky, and it might be tomorrow, and or sometime in ’82, but it could last another ten years, but I don’t think so.”

I believe their (CSA) downfall came from two areas. First, they allowed the interview in the British documentary, which gave them a huge “footprint” with the Feds. Two, they got involved with Christian Identity, and then, “The Order” (whether they were physically involved with the crimes they are tied to and convicted of, I don’t know, but involvement with these groups put them in the crosshairs none the less). These two things made them a huge target for the Feds, and on April 19th, 1985 (imagine that), they got raided by FBI, ATF, and local LE.

That being said, if they had kept out of the spotlight and not become part of groups who were being watched and under scrutiny, they had a pretty good thing going (except for the polygamy thing, that’s nuts LOL). I’ve always said if I had my choice, my survival group and retreat area would be something along the lines of the movie “The Village”, except it would be both well armed and trained.

Not a whole lot to say about the former SF Asst Prof. (Global earthquake guy) other than he seamed more concerned about showing off his toys to his students and the interviewer, than using the time to present a good message. Of course that could and probably was because of how it was edited (remember, the edit is everything to how you are perceived to the public).

Kurt Saxon is a character and a half, and was known for a number of books that had detailed info on anything from poisons and homesteading info, to explosives, and hardening your vehicle. He definitely had an interesting and harsh opinion about his fellow man, but who knows, maybe he had a reason. Regardless of his opinion of society, he put out info that would have been difficult to find anywhere else. He apparently resides in a nursing home now after having a stroke about five years ago.

Ah, “Fred the mountaintop guy”. Although I could see where Fred was coming from, I’m glad he did not have to put his “Mountaintop retreat” theory to the test in the last 36 years. His logistical issues could have been deadly in a real world SHTF scenario.

Gen. Mitch WerBell III, (OSS, Merc….) Video 1, 2, 3. Although a lot of people would look at the General with a jaded eye leaning towards a label of “Nut”. I’d say Mitch III had a better take on the real world than most of the people out there. From what I remember about what I read was covered in the curriculum of the course mention in this documentary, it was pretty well rounded in survivalist skills and more importantly, their practical application. Unfortunately, he died in ’83, but his Sons, Mitch IV and Geoff WerBell  are the guys who ran Brigade Quartermasters (one of the most popular Surplus/Mil Gear outlet’s in the 80’s and 90’s) for 35 years, and Mitch IV is still involved as a Director after it’s sale to Ira Green Inc. in 2010.

So what was gleened from watching this video? My take initially when I was a kid was, “Hey, I’m not alone in thinking it’s smart to do the Survivalist thing.” Now I look at it and think, “This is why prepping should be done in moderation, you should use as many durable, long lasting goods as possible, and have a ‘Rotation of supplies’ plan.”. Think about this. That video was from 36 years ago. Think of all the preps that can go bad within ten years. That five year supply of freeze dried food (EXPENSIVE) is great if you plan on using it within 20 years (I actually ate some of my Backpacker Pantry FD food from 1993 in 2013, and it was OK, but not what it was in the first 5 years), but what is more practical, making the majority of your food stockpile canned goods that you eat every day and will rotate through, or putting back freeze dried food you’ll never eat unless there’s an apocalypse?

Unless you’re spending a buttload of money on the high end batteries (lithium, etc), think of all the money wasted by “Mountaintop Man” if he had bought alkalines for SHTF. Just like the canned goods rotation idea mentioned above, rotating batteries (especially the cheaper ones) is a prerequisite for having your supplies actually serve you well in a crisis.

This is one of the reasons I am not a fan of items that are considered “disposable”. Unless it is a “one time use” item designed for an emergency (emergency survival kit for example), planning on using gear that is not durable will be a problem down the road. How many of you plan of using “100MPH” duct, or black electrical tape to secure items to your gear or your weapon? How many have gear that uses elastic bungee cord to secure items like magazines (Taco pouches anyone?)? What does your extra duct tape, electrical tape, or elastic bungee material supplies look like? Tape and elastic items that will wear out, even if only in storage, and velcro wears out pretty fast under hard use when compared to buckles and snaps. Also the adhesive on velcro is notorious for coming off of the surface it’s attached to within months.

At least in this video from 2011, Survivalists are cast in a good light (a long way from the previous one). I have mentioned a number of times that only morons will put their info out there to the media, and expect anything other than being vilified as a “Crazy”, “paranoid” or a “White Supremacist”. I was recently made aware of a “militia” group in upstate PA that had a two part story done by a NYC NBC affiliate. To my surprise, it actually spun them in a good light. They are the “2014 Pennsylvania State Militia”.

Although my advice to groups is don’t play around on social media, what I saw of their FB page was generally just recruiting announcements (not those dumbass rants from legends in their own minds), and the recruiting is for the two North Eastern counties in PA where they are located, not the whole State of PA. Unlike Christopher Hershman of “Kernal of Korn” fame, the guy who runs this group is prior service, doesn’t say he represents the whole State of PA (probably should have picked a different name huh?), and actually gets out and trains with his guys.

A few things I noted that could be problematic for this group. They are using a uniform that is used by our present military, and saying they are a military force (anyone who uses the term “militia” needs to be aware of that perception), but are not part of the military and this could be an issue, according to 10 USC, Subtitle A, Part II, Chapter 45, Sections 771 and 772 (look it up) the legality is also questionable and one of the reasons I recommend people use older “no longer issued” patterns. From what he told me, they have never operated outside of PA, except for a presence in DC in 2014 (I think it was the “Barrycade” protest), and not going out of the State is as it should be. His desire to go to the border is understandable, but considering their lack of authority from any government entity, it’s probably not a good idea.

One of the things I said to him was “I dont care what a group calls itself as long as they don’t act like they have some form of gov authority, and they don’t act like they are “operators”. Just train Damn it!”. I have gone on ad nauseam concerning my thoughts on why you should call your groups a “Neighborhood Protection Team”, Survivalist group, or Prepper group, so I will not reiterate it all over again. What I will say is this. You are better to call yourself what you are, than what you might aspire to be wh3n it’s something that in reality is just what you’d like it to be, or is your fantasy. Ultimately, like I said in my comment to him, I don’t care what you call yourself, just be about the substance, not the perception.

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by BIRTH

HAM Advice From Warrior Capitalist

Here’s some good HAM advice

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QUICK STEPS TO YOUR AMATEUR RADIO (HAM) LICENSE.
The ham radio license seems one of the bigger preparedness mysteries. Communications will be very important in any event, whether a local event, a regional event (usually weather), or an all out, nationwide event. The previous requirement of knowing Morse Code was enough to scare many away. Fortunately things have changed for the better, at least for Private Defense Network (PDN) purposes.

An amateur radio license is really a license to experiment. This does not concern us, initially. Many of you will get hooked and go on to experiment, and we encourage that. There is much to know about ham radio and best learned on the job.

This article is designed to get you on the air in a week or less, with a radio, for around $100. Usually less.

Since we are taking a different approach attaining your ham radio license, we suggest you first get a radio. You’ve seen this if you’ve been looking: The Baofeng is probably the best beginner’s radio. Well, it’s cheap and it works well enough for a first time user. After you get your license you may find yourself in a spiral of more capable and expensive radios, but the Baofeng will work. Breaking a thirty some dollar radio is much better than breaking one that costs several hundred dollars. (Trust us: We’ve done it.) Buying the Baofeng will give you something tangible to play with while studying for the test. You can program it and listen to radio traffic. Instructions and videos are available on the net. It’s cheap, you’ll outgrow it quickly, but it will make an acceptable start and an adequate backup when you upgrade to an ICOM, Yaesu, Motorola, etc.
How and where to begin

Earning your license requires you to pass a test. There are three different licenses available. This study method works well for the first two, the technician and General license. The third, the Extra Class license, is its own animal. The technician license will get you talking regionally and will be most useful for local communications in a disaster: Getting news in and out of the area or communicating with family members in a bad situation. The General class license opens up regional and worldwide communications, independent of infrastructure.

The tests are structured to help you earn your license without spending months or years understanding the subject. The technician test consists of 35 questions from a pool of 426. Each question has four multiple choice answers. Passing the test requires you to answer 26 of these questions correctly. These tests are administered monthly by Volunteer Examiners from the American Radio and Relay League (ARRL). There is no charge for the license, but the ARRL charges $15 to cover the costs of administering the test. That $15 and the $50 or so dollars you spent on the Baofeng and accessories gets you to the “100 dollars or less”.
Step 1: Finding a testing location

Finding a test in your area is quite simple. Go to ARRL.org, enter your zipcode, and pick a convenient location and time. Some tests require pre-registration. Pick a test that is a week or more out and commit to it. Note that DSI can administer the test at your location.
Step 2: Finding the questions

There is an excellent resource out there that will be the focus of your study: hamstudy.org The site is easy to understand and contains all of the questions on all of the tests. We will focus on the technician exam. Selecting the technician section will yield three choices: study test questions, read test questions, and practice test.
Step 3: Familiarizing yourself with the questions

Some with an electronics background might instantly recognize the answers to the questions. For others, it might seem like gibberish. We’ve personally directed people to this site and all who have committed to the test have passed. For some it took a just a few hours of study, for others it took up to a week, but that was for the general exam. (Note that you must pass the technician exam to take the general, and so on.). Assuming you can dedicate an hour or two a day for a week, spend the first study period using the read question option. You will quickly determine whether this will be easy or require more effort. All of the questions are presented with the answer as well as the incorrect answers. You should be able to read through the all of the questions in your first study period.
Step 4: Flash Cards

After your first study period, move on to the flash card section. The questions presented to you cover the different subject areas of the test. You can click on the answer you think is correct and it is graded, the correct answer shown, and context. Your progress will be shown on the right side of the page.

Many of the questions fall into the common sense category. You will also notice that the questions that directly concern ham radio such as specific regulations, frequencies, and schematics will present an obvious answer with three not so plausible distractors.

On the last two study sessions before the real test you to want to move to the practice test section. These questions are specifically chosen from the pool as they appear on the actual test. You will be presented with 35 questions. Each question is selected from the different subsections, so this is more accurate in predicting your score on the actual test.

Each exam is graded upon completion, with the questions you missed linked to their sub section. You have the option to review the test: Please use it. The question you answered incorrectly will be shown with the correct answer. Remember, you must answer 26 of the 35 answers correctly on the exam. Before grade inflation, we called this a C. For the last two study sessions, take the tests over and over until you can pass 9 out of 10. We haven’t had a person who followed this method fail, yet.
Step 5: The Test

If you’ve diligently put in seven honest days of study, you should recognize the correct answers. You may have found that a few nagging questions you can never seem to get right, but for the most part you can answer the questions by just seeing the first few words of the question. Please read the entire question anyway. It helps with nerves.

Don’t forget to bring your $15 IN CASH with you to your test. When you arrive, you will be greeted by three Volunteer Examiners. These are three fellow amateur radio operators that have taken time to administer your test. You will be handed a booklet containing the questions, and a bubble sheet for answers.

We recommend you take tests, especially multiple choice tests, in this fashion: Sit down, relax, organize your scratch paper and pencil (It helps to jot down any formulas.), and take a look at the first question. If your studying has produced an amateur radio expert, the answer should be readily apparent. If it isn’t, don’t despair: SKIP the question. Move on to question two, same here. Ensure you don’t mark a skipped question inadvertantly. It helps to check every five or so questions. Answer the questions for which you are POSITIVE and SKIP the ones for which you are not sure. Do this all of the way to the end of the exam. When you get to the end, go back and count the number of questions answered. Our observation is most of people answer at least 26. Go back and make you best guess on the remaining questions. Even if you weren’t POSITIVE of at least 26 you are close, and logic will get you over the hump. You may wish to look online for test taking strategies. Our goal is to get you licensed, then trained, not to make you engineers.

Your test will be graded by each of the Volunteer Examiners. If you breezed through the technician exam, you can take your general exam on the same day if you wish. You won’t have to pay an additional $15 (cash) to take it. Many take all three exams in one sitting.

Getting a license isn’t difficult. If you are willing to put in a few hours over the course of a week, you are on the way to a stronger PDN. We realize this article is more about studying and test taking than amateur radio, but the resources listed tell you everything you need and take the mystery out of the process. Becoming a skilled ham is a lifelong process.

Don’t forget to join a local club. This is fun, as well as important, and hams love to help.

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JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

Selco’s Questions And Guidance For SHTF

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In SHTF, will you have this option?

Question #1, Can you survive for a few days with what you have on your person and with what you know?

Question #2. Do you have survival supplies and resources stashed in a place that cannot be accessed by anyone but you and maybe a trusted friend or family member?

Question #3. If you had to, could you take wild game with the concealed carry gun that you carry every day (you do carry it every day…. right)?

Question #4. What defines your ability to survive? Is it your accumulation of gear and supplies, your accumulated skills and training, or a combination of both?

Question #5. How long can you survive in the city or the woods without interacting with others, and where are you better off?

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When SHTF (whatever that may be), which will you more than likely be dressed like?

Here’s some of Selco’s thoughts,

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I wrote my first survival article-comment some 7 years ago, and I still remember why I wrote it, what “pushed” me to sit down and write it so people who read/discuss survival over the internet for years can read my opinion.

I was checking the survival forums to learn something about wilderness survival because I found I missing lot of knowledge there, and then I stumbled upon discussion about what real SHTF looks like and will look like in the future.

And simply there I realize how whole survival movement foundation is messed up, or built on the wrong perception.

It is like digging through a whole bunch of other people good skills and opinions (together with wrong ones of course) but completely misplaced and misguided.

After writing that first article years ago, I am still writing and trying to point out my view of things, and my way is learned through the experience of 4 years of civil war in a destroyed society.

I still do not know lot of things, I do not know how to operate 20 different weapons, I am not ex special forces member, I do not know how to survive in prolonged period in wilderness, and I am still learning lot of things from different kind of people, on internet and forums and in physical courses too.

But I know how I survived SHTF and how real SHTF looks like, and the real problem is that it definitely does not look like majority of preppers imagine it.

Over time, a lot of my articles are telling the story about same thing on different ways, and it might look like I am telling same story over and over, but again, I am writing from real experience and there are good reasons why I am pointing out the same things often.

So please allow me to address again some common misconception about SHTF.

Changing From “Before to Now”

Starting problem about SHTF misconception is that people have problems to imagine something that they are not experienced in, so if you have not experienced collapse of society you will “build” your opinion about it based on many things: other people experiences, books, movies, documentaries…

When you add to this a whole survival industry of selling things for “doomsday” you going to end up forming your opinion about how life in collapse will look like based on some weird things, and as an result your prepping and expectation may be completely wrong.

For example, you have been bombarded with information from internet that if you buy some product you’ll be not only safe when SHTF but also you’ll thrive and you gonna have something like best time of your life in the middle of collapse.

Now when you multiply this with many numbers (products) you end up buying peace of mind for yourself built on fact that someone wants to earn money from your fears.

And it is not biggest problem, real problem waking up one morning in the collapse realizing that you have whole bunch of things that simply do not work for your situation.

I like to use example that I have read long time ago, about transportation in city when SHTF. One guy offer idea of using skateboard in urban SHTF as transport, and lot of other folks commented that is good idea.

On first look it is great idea, no fuel, no cars or buses, so skateboard as a transport means looks good.

Only problem here is that probably man who mentioned it never experienced real urban SHTF so he can not know how useless idea it is.

Or to put it really short:

When SHTF city services will collapse, street are pretty soon simply full of everything, there are other people in the city too, because services are gone there are not enough resources and because of that other people will simply almost always mean possible danger, so point is to avoid people, or to be quiet when moving, so…

You need to stop to think in terms of normal times, you need change your priorities when SHTF, it is a different time.

For example moving fastest (or most comfortable) stops to be priority, new priority is to move safest (or quiet) or you need to stop to think about having coolest things but new priority is to have things that will work for your situation best.

Value Of The Things

Again it is about thinking in new terms, in the terms when SHTF, and those terms are completely different then in normal times.

I have kind of survival philosophy where my goal is to be ready to survive with as least things as possible, and it is like everything else based on my experienced SHTF.

What that means?

By developing and learning skills and techniques I am trying to be less depended on physical things.

In reality that does not mean that when SHTF I will immediately  bug out to the wilderness with knife only, no, I too have preps and things, stashes and plans, weapons, meds etc.

It means when times come I am READY  to leave all of that, EVERYTHING – all my possessions, and move away in split second if that means I will save my life.

Are you ready for that?

Are you gonna be able to leave all your preps that you were buying for years, all your fancy weapons, stashes of cans etc and run with what you have on you?

Or you gonna die in “blaze of glory” defending simple physical things?

Survival is about resilience, to move on and on, to overcome difficult situations and come back again.

Do not get attached on physical things, no matter how expensive they are, or how fancy they are, or even if people promised that you’ll “survive and thrive” if you own that things when SHTF.

Life is precious, things are just things.

Problem here is that survival movement today is built on the way that preppers are “forced” to believe that they can not survive if the do not own particular survival product, so as an result there is gonna be bunch of preppers get shot because they defending physical things that someone told them they really need to have when SHTF.

I was refugee more then once, I still remember the moment when all my possessions were an old Browning pistol with three rounds, T- shirt, boots (with wet socks inside) and pants that could stand on its own because of how dirty they were…

I have lost all my other physical possessions, everything was torched or taken away, If I stayed my life would be taken away too in a very painful way.

I run, and survived, and fought again for survival.

And you know what? I bought all the things again.

Things can be obtained again, life can not.

Sometimes you just have to move on and forget on physical things that are dear to you.

Faith

One of the topics that I’m most reluctant to discuss about because I find it really personal, but it is there, it is important, so some things need to be considered.

And I’ll be short here, because it is personal for me, and every one of you should think about it for itself.

Yes, there were times when I simply had to reach deep in myself and connect to something higher, to find some sense, to have faith in order to not lost my mind or kill myself because everything was falling apart around me.

So faith is important, or spirituality, or some kind of moral values-call it as you like.

You need to have something!

But problem here is that people often think if they are good folks by the nature, everybody else is good by default (until proven otherwise?).

Through my experience I adopt opinion that everybody is bad until proven different (even if I am good guy)

Or let me put it like this, in really bad times, when everything going to s…t you ll see more bad folks then good folks, so be prepared for that…

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Will you be fortunate enough to have some basic gear, and maybe even a dog who can help with camp security?

Selco mentions his experience of having everything taken from him, and only surviving with what he had on his person (pistol, t-shirt, pants, wet socks, boots). The reason for not having all your eggs in one basket is clearly illustrated here. This is an obvious reason for having a multiple “bucket cache” system in place in a number of areas that will be accessible in a time of need. A smock kit like the one illustrated in this post would also be awesome to have in a pinch.

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While a Kel Tec P3AT .380ACP pistol is a great little lightweight carry pistol, it’s abilities don’t really extend beyond self defense. Not much bigger, but definitely better than the P3AT for small game is the Kel Tec PF-9 9mm on the right.

The reason I asked about your ability with your concealed carry pistol is simple. Although a .32ACP or a .380 is as convenient as it gets in the concealed carry category, accuracy and range are two things they are not known for (the .380 PPK is the exception in my experience in the accuracy department). Except for my Kel Tec .380, I know all the pistols I carry will accurately take small game because I have done just that with them. While having an understanding that what you carry for self defense will take game is good, the primary purpose of your concealed carry pistol is to defend ones self, and the model and caliber you select should be picked primarily for that attribute.

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Great, you’ve got a battery of weapons for SHTF, but what if you can’t get back to them. If you have to take off, one long gun and two handguns is about the limit you’ll be able to carry.

What would be some of the bucket cache items you would want to secret away? Three things I can think of right off the bat would be traps some fishing gear, and a compact survival rifle like an AR-7. Those items along with a few types of fire starters, some freeze dried meals, a stainless steel canteen and cup set for collecting and purifying water, a few first aid supplies, and a good poncho and space/casualty blanket with some 550 cord and your bucket cache would make a huge difference in your survival if you only had the clothes on your back when you recovered it. Below is shown the Henry AR-7 .22LR Survival Rifle in it’s stored form on the left, and ready for use on the right.

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The traps talked about in this post

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Yo-Yo “set and forget” fishing reel

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You can’t just have theoretical knowledge of survival skills and expect to survive in the wilds. You have to get out and practice them.

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There is no excuse to not get out and start learning and practicing some basic survival skills. The hunting and butchering of big and small game is a good place to start.

These are just some thoughts on what Selco had to say. Practice and preparation is what Survivalists do. If you don’t, you definitely can’t call yourself a Survivalist.

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE