Monday, February 28, 2011

Let's Have A Nuclear War!

Small Nuclear War Could Reverse Global Warming for Years

What. The. F---.?

This is a bizarre article. Even for the once vaunted National Geographic, which has been reduced to a "groupthink" collective and a shameless propaganda outlet, this is absolutely over the top.

In my reading of the article, and maybe it is just me, I sensed a certain duality.

On one hand, Global Warming "bad". On the other hand, reversing Global Warming "good".

On one hand "Nuclear Winter" bad. On the other hand "Nuclear Fall" (less severe climate modification as a result of regional, limited, small nuclear exchanges) " not so bad.

Mass starvation "bad". Limited starvation "good".

It seemed to me that the author, through the choice of words - including the provocative title, is putting forth the idea that a limited nuclear exchange might, in the long term, be a good idea.

I just have to wonder exactly who is being influenced by these types of articles. Are these coded messages to certain people in the loop?

Just so strange given that the screwballs in North Korea and Iran don't seem to be going away, and insist on spoiling the average person's idea of a good time.

North Korea threatens to attack South Korea, US

Good ol' Dear Leader Kim is threatening use of nukes. Again.

Signs of serious trouble at Iran's nuclear reactor


Iran fully prepared, monitoring threats

Of course, we present "no threat to neighboring countries". Wanna buy a bridge?

Iraq PM sets 100 day deadline for gov after protests

Shape up or ship out. 100 days will give the connected cronies to loot whatever is left and go live on the French Riviera for the rest of their days. I wonder if they'll create a club for deposed despots? Maybe something like Club Med, with torture chambers.

Iran can have whatever is left. I'm sure that's what Iran means by "monitoring threats". I'm sure they don't want a bunch of angry illegal aliens, excuse me - "refugees", flooding across their border.

How About Adding a North Korea Crisis to the Mix?

Read the above article and you might spend the night tossing and turning wondering exactly how FUBARed our "Intelligence Services" are, not to mention people occupying key posts and even the Oval Office.

Demonstrations in Saudi Arabia have started, as well as bombings of key oil installations in the region.

There's even rumors going around that Obama may stick his foot into another mess.

Is Barack Obama About To Order The U.S. Military To Invade Libya?

Of course not. Why would he want to open the doors to a bunch of angry illegal aliens, excuse me - "refugees" who don't like our way of life. Why flood our country with even more economically displaced people? Nothing like building a block of voters when your poll numbers keep sinking.

I need a drink. I'm too cynical for my own good.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Do The Math

Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff under Obama, is now mayor of Chicago.

I'm sure this was purely coincidental, but as Rahm wins the Chicago vote, Obama awards a $35 billion dollar contract to Chicago based Boeing.

If the other company bidding on a refueling tanker project, EADS, had won the company would have been building the planes in Mobile, Alabama.

Working for a large multi-national company, I have to take courses every damn year on "ethics". Sometimes its more than once a year when some exec gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar or up some gal's skirt. Figure that out. Some high paid executive screws the pooch, not the guys pounding nails and turning screws, but some tasseled loafer wearing, mint sucking jerk, and we have to take courses on "ethics".

One of the keystones that gets beaten into our heads is that we have to avoid even the "appearance of impropriety".

Guess that just applies to us low guys on the totem pole. Once you get to the top, you can damn well do what you please and everyone else can go to hell.

Click the pic to go to the download site for the book. Click the link below to learn more about the book.

The edged weapons training video set has been broken into smaller chunks. You will need to download all parts in order to reassemble and view it.

International Poisonous Plants Checklist: An Evidence-Based Reference

part01 part02 part03 part04 part05 part06 part07 part08 part09 part10 part11 part12 part13 part14 part15 part16 part17 part18 part19 part20 part21 part22 part23 part24 part25 part26 part27 part28 part29

Thursday, February 24, 2011

More Demonization

Anti-government extremist groups on rise in US: study -AFP

As the country continues to simmer, the propaganda organs continue to trumpet their skewed research, coupling it with biased reporting from their willing accomplices in the corporate/government media complex.

This "report" was lifted directly from the Southern Poverty Law Center's website and it's 02/23/11 dated article "U.S. Hate Groups Top 1,000"

In the article, attempts are made to try and link Republican, Tea Party, and patriot group members as well as those who advocate enforcement of immigration regulations with Socialist groups, neo-Nazi's and White Supremacists.

The report laments the fact that some active, engaged pro-America people have been elected to public office and have sought to restore some common sense to the landscape of American life by banning Sharia Law, restoring the original intent of Section One of the 14th Amendment, restoring State's Rights, and allowing people to establish alternative currencies (which was affirmed in the Coinage Act, 1965).

The report then continues to try and link the attack on Gabrielle Giffords by a former campaign worker ( and conveniently leaves out all the others - including a Federal Judge who had ruled against Obama), the so far (as far as I know) unsolved "bomb" supposedly planting along a Martin Luther King Day parade route, a man with firecrackers outside a Mosque, and another case where an individual was recruited by an "informant" and put into action along the southern border with people who are just plain fed up with all of the crap coming out of Washington DC and various state governments.

No mention is made of Extremist Muslim groups in the news article or in the SPLC article.

You can go to their "Hate Map" and see by state the "hate" groups active in your area. I was surprised that they actually listed "Voz de Aztlan" (Voice Of Aztlan). It is a "general hate" group, according the SPLC, and not one specifically directed at the over throw of legitimate US and state governments, and the expulsion of non-Mexicans from their mythical homeland of Aztlan. SPLC apparently doesn't consider any of the other anti-white, anti-American pro illegal alien, pro Mexican groups as hate groups.

Of course not, it doesn't fit their agenda.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What We Have Become

Denny's Pancake Brawl - story at The Republican via

Last night, I expressed to the wife that I don't feel anything anymore. I have been watching the footage of the aftermath of the earthquake in New Zealand. I've watched the video of people being shot down in the streets of Tripoli. I used to have empathy for victims of any type of tragedy, or injustice.

I don't anymore. I don't feel anything. No anger. No sadness. Not even a "well, you asked for it". Nothing. I feel more for roadkill than I do my fellow human beings right now.

This fight was over the fact that someone didn't have maple syrup at their table. What are you willing to fight over? What are you potentially willing to lose your life over?

A word to the guy in the booth being pummeled, there are knives and forks on the table.... use them.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Wisconsin: It is already at your door

This past week in Wisconsin, people ran around in circles demanding more of Nothing.

Nothing. That's right, NOTHING.

Unions took to the streets to protest the prospect of their members having to shoulder more of the burden of their retirement and health care. Even with the proposed increases, the union membership would still have a relatively (compared to many Americans) well compensated position, and the prospect of a stable position.

But no, that's not good enough. They want to keep everything they have, even though what they have was gained often through strong arm tactics that held populations hostage. Even though the rank and file made modest gains once their demands were satisfied, the people who really benefited were never even acknowledged.

Graft, corruption, payoffs and "quid pro quo " deals are the hallmarks of big business. Make no mistake, Unions are big business.

Big business, which includes banks, government, NGOs, IGOs (including The Federal Reserve as a participant in the IMF) have systematically looted the wealth from every nation, every people on the face of the Earth. If you happened to click on the Federal Reserve link, did you notice that it had a .gov address? It isn't part of the United States' Government. It is a private entity.

Check out The Creature From Jekyll Island.

Parts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

If you're still not entirely sure of exactly what the Federal Reserve System is, listen to the above lecture from the author of the book, G. Edward Griffin. While you do so, remember that his work has never been, to my knowledge, challenged, nor has any legal action been taken to attempt to hold Griffin accountable for what some may consider slander or libel.

You seriously have to wonder why. If it isn't true.....

Still don't believe it? Look here and watch the prices soar over the decades. Remember, paper is paper, and ink is ink, and the printing presses do not magically give currency a greater value over time. In fact, it tends to do exactly the opposite.

So, why do I say the unions are fighting over nothing?

What do you think a paper dollar is worth? Now you understand why they want more of them. Because they are worth nearly nothing when compared to the commodities that people need to live.

It is at your door. Right now. Community after community, state after state, and nation after nation are going bankrupt. They can't play today and pay tomorrow like they have for decades. The keg is empty, and the party is over.

So, what are you going to do?

Waste your time running around in the streets shouting angry slogans, or have you finally awakened to the fact that Aesop's Ant was right, and now you better get what you can while you can.

Before that angry mob awakens to the fact that they've been used as tools and have been distracted from the real threat.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

New York Disaster Manual + Stuxnet

If you didn't get a chance to read about Litterbox Links, check out the post from Wednesday.

On Tuesday it was New York publishing an app for free condoms.

Today, they're publishing a "Doomsday Manual" according to the folks over at The Blaze.

I haven't had a chance to read through it (available for download here), but according to The Blaze, "How should judges, lawyers, and public health officials respond to a chemical weapon attack? What happens if a mass terrorist attack forces a quarantine, large-scale evacuations, or the slaughter of private animals? Those are the questions that a new doomsday manual put out by the New York state court system and the state bar association hopes to answer."

Personally, I'm all for people being prepared, but .... well, I won't tell any lawyer jokes.

There is a more serious side to this issue. For literally decades, people have laughed at and derided survivalists and preppers. And to an extent, much of the mainstream media still does look at us like a bunch of crazies. The government labels us extremists and even terrorists at times.

Yet, quietly, almost stealthily those same organizations that have heaped scorn upon those people being proactive in preparing for any eventuality, have been doing the same.

They've built huge underground installations (check out Project Camelot's photos), squirreled away seeds in a massive arctic vault, established a defacto national militarized police force known as FEMA, established by Executive Order 12127 . FEMA has had its powers consistently widened by subsequent EOs.

If you want a good idea of what FEMA has been granted the power to do, check out the article FEMA Executive Orders.

You have to ask yourself, "Why"? If we're all crazy.....

Now they're expanding it down to the lowest levels of the government, even though we know none of these people will ever be allowed into Mount Weather.

If you hadn't heard, the Stuxnet Worm has been stolen. Read more here: Anonymous Hackers Release Stuxnet Worm Online.

This is going to be really fun if someone decides to be Tyler Durden and create a real life "Project Mayhem" and targets banks, credit card companies, trading companies and exchanges, and government systems.

It isn't outside the realm of possibility. I know many people have taken to keeping the bare minimum in their bank accounts and have moved to hard assets, but if you haven't or can't, watch for any oddities when you use your credit or ATM cards, in your statements, and in general when you interface with computer systems.

If you hear about places suddenly being unable to process transactions, it may be time to get what you can. The economy is a bunch of linked computers with nothing but 1's and 0's saying this money goes here or there, and you have this much, and they have that much. Most people don't even have an up to date passbook anymore.

If they go down....

Of course, this may be the perfect ruse for those in power to shut down the Internet. Or they may just blame the shutdown on Stuxnet.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Litterbox Links

Down on the left side. Way down near the bottom. You'll see an M2 under the caption "Litterbox Links".

Clicking on the link will take you to a new site where I am currently uploading links to many wondrous and useful files. Once at Litterbox Links, on the right side, you will see two boxes. One allows you to search the site using keywords, and the other is a list of quicklinks which will take you directly to what you're looking for.

Eventually, I will divide them up into individual categories, but for now it should keep you busy. I'll be adding links as I can (hopefully at least several a day). I have many links archived.

Hope you enjoy!

PS, if you want to, feel free to link directly to the site for your own readers if you run a website or blog!

More Rumors Of Seizures

Head on over to fellow blogger Sherrie's site, Sherrie Questioning All, to view this posting:

RED ALERT email between Metal Experts - about Confiscation of Gold and Silver by the U.S. Government - Potentially this year for a NewWorld Currency - from Multiple High Inside Sources.

Rumors of precious metals seizures are nothing new, but given the severe situation with budget, the debt, and rumors of "Red Money" resurfacing in conversations I've been party to, it can't hurt to keep an ear to the ground.

TSA comes under fire again as employees admit to repeatedly stealing money from passengers

Oh look. I haven't seen this in the American media, but the British have no qualms about skewering the TSA. Thanks all you American media types out there schilling for Totalitarians!

I wish it was just cash. They stole all my Klein hand tools out of checked luggage when I had to fly to L.A. to do a job couple of years back. Broke my O-scope too.

*&%$ers. Phone calls to them and the airline were useless. Fel laughs because every single time I fly, the "random" luggage search seems to land on me. My bags are always rifled through with that ever friendly note left behind about how they're doing it for our safety.

Chances up for federal shutdown

Praise the Lord! Some good news! Now if only they would stop paying themselves, maybe the debt would start heading in the right direction.

The subject of this book, A Renegade History Of The United States, came up over at Mayberry's place. Thought maybe you'd like to check out an interview with the author. I looked for an e-book version to link to, but sadly could not find one.

However, I did find these. Click the cover to go to the download site. Click the titles below the covers to learn more about the book.

Locksmithing 2nd Edition

Clinical Aromatherapy

Video: Thunder Ranch Defensive Handgun - Logical Solutions For The Real World

Parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It's OUR money!

New York City launches app for free condoms

New York City has a $2.4 Billion Dollar deficit.

This is what they do in New York when they can't pay the bills. Look for more people to screw. Safely. Now there's an app for that.

Government debt to exceed U.S. economy

From the Washington Times:

"Mr. Obama's budget projects that 2011 will see the biggest one-year debt jump in history, or nearly $2 trillion, to reach $15.476 trillion by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. That would be 102.6 percent of GDP..."


What happens when your financial liabilities exceed your income? Well, our nation's debt increases by $4 BILLION dollars each day, so your guess is as good as mine since no one has turned of the government's credit cards and seized assets for creditors....yet.


Police layoffs make crime-plagued Camden all the worse

Cut Fire Departments

The kid is right, they mostly come at night...mostly.

All the while....

Legislative leaders approve raises for some staff

Some City Workers Get Big Raises

And the crying never stops from our "leadership"...

California Faces Massive Cuts If Taxes Fail

Screw 'em all. I'm not falling for the shakedown. Neither should you.

Few residents signing petitions to keep street lights on

These folks aren't.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Blog Changes

The ol' Litterbox was in need of a makeover. Please bear with me as changes are in the works as far as appearance and some content is concerned.

There's much more room on this new blog layout and I'll be adding stuff. When I do, I'll point it out just in case it is something that interests you.

Below each post, there are some check boxes for you if you're not in the mood to comment but want to leave some kind of feedback.

Also there's a handy button to allow you to e-mail posts to your closest enemies.

You can also use the buttons to post updates to Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz, and even post the content to your own blog if you need something but just don't have time to write yourself.

Also, some of our fellow bloggers have ceased writing as you can see from some of the links. I will be updating those as well. If you blog, and want your link here, drop me a note. The e-mail address is down there on the left or in my profile. Those of you who did so recently, I'll get them up during this next week.

I ran across these books out there and thought they might interest some of you. The first one is for you to read just in case you ever meet me in person. Ha! Just kidding!

The other two might help in planning for and understanding some of the dynamics at play in global society, as well as helping you plan for your own personal protection.

Click on the cover to be taken to the download site. Click on the title below the cover to learn more about the book.

Find Out Who's Normal and Who's Not

Global Threats, Global Futures: Living with Declining Living Standards

Targeted Violence: A Statistical and Tactical Analysis of Assassinations, Contract Killings, and Kidnappings

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Food: It is that bad.

The food situation in the world is rapidly becoming worse. In spite of the developed world's decades long effort to alleviate hunger around the globe, it is estimated that someone starves to death every 3.6 seconds.

Rising food prices and scarcity have already played a part in the overthrow of the governments in Tunisia, and Egypt. Other Middle East nations' governments are also feeling the pressure of unrest among their citizenry as prices push past a family's means.

Business Insider has published The Top 25 Countries Whose Governments Could Get Crushed By Food Inflation. Just as an aside, while you're over there, check this out: Photos Of What People Keep In Their Fridge. I swear one has what looks like laundry in it, and another has a frozen rattlesnake. Just weird.

Back to the subject at hand, look at what some people in some countries have to spend to feed themselves. In the Ukraine, people spend over 60% of what they earn to feed themselves. Many others are pushing 50%.

Those of you here in the United States, imagine that. If you had to set aside fifty cents out of every dollar you took home just to feed your family. How would you manage everything else? Fuel? Shelter? Clothing? Medical care? It boggles the mind, especially considering that some families struggle to meet every one's minimum needs.

Then on top of it all, compare what the average family in those countries earn per year. Food isn't cheaper in those countries because people earn less. Often it is more expensive because many of these countries have to import food.

Maybe some residents in Canada will be able to identify with this situation, as it was recently reported that people are spending $29.00 for Cheez Wiz and $38.00 for Cranberry Cocktail.

One must consider that we may have already pushed past the precipice when it comes to food availability and price stability. The continuing unstable weather patterns and extreme weather events that have devastated crops around the world are likely to persist in the foreseeable future.

So what does this mean?

How about counterfeit food? Think I'm kidding?

How To Make Fake Eggs

While fake eggs have plagued the Chinese consumer for about ten years now, as scarcity and rising prices continue, the effort to produce and market these bogus items will likely escalate. Unconfirmed news reports say that these fake eggs have also been found in other Asian nations.

Watch the video below and watch fake eggs, grapes, and intestines being made from chemicals.

Fake rice made from plastic?

There have been reports of bottled olive oil being cut with other "oils". There hasn't been a definitive list issued as to what adulterates the olive oil, but one report said that it was "synthetic". When someone says "synthetic", I think motor oil.

Click on the links below the covers to read more about the book. Click on the covers to be taken to the download site.

How to Grow More Vegetables: And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine

Pocket Guide to Herbal Medicine

The 5-Minute Pediatric Consult

Saturday, February 12, 2011

التهاني وأطيب التمنيات لشعب مصر!
Congratulations and best wishes to the people of Egypt!

لا تسقط سلاسل العبودية القديم ارتداء سلاسل جديدة من العبودية

Do not exchange the chains of one master for those of another.

لا ننسى أن شعب الولايات المتحدة ليسوا أعداءكم. أنها ليست سوى حكومتنا أن عدوك.

Do not forget that the people of the United States are not your enemy. It is only our government that is your enemy.

حكومتنا هو عدونا. فهي تريد أن تهيمن واستعبادنا. تماما كما تم المستعبدين لديك لمدة ثلاثين عاما.

Our government is our enemy. It wants to dominate and enslave us. Just as you have been enslaved for thirty years.

نصلي من اجل اطلاق سراحنا من عبودية حتى يتسنى لنا أيضا قد تنفس هواء الحرية حلوة مرة أخرى.

Pray for our release from bondage so that we too may breathe the sweet air of freedom once again.

السلام عليكم.

Peace be upon you.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Nuke Devices or something else found In San Diego??!!

Watch the video with better sound quality at the website:

Something is really very wrong here. Watch the video in its entirety. Listen to the off camera PAO shouting to redirect the questions and answers being given.

This guy isn't lying. He's uncomfortable with the truth, and he is uncomfortable with hiding the truth. If any of you have been trained in interview techniques, I think you will agree that there's something more here that isn't being said.

More here:

More video here:

Interview with third party security expert.

Just copy and paste the links into your own blogs, Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter. Something is going on, and it is being hidden from us.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Training Videos!

Wow. Found some really cool training stuff online today. Hope you enjoy!

First is:

Part One

Part Two

From Cold Steel, a training video on fighting using a tomahawk. Preview on YouTube above. Entire video can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. You will need to get all parts in order to reassemble and view the video.

Parts: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Parts: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Robbed! Not me......sort of

I told y'all last night I had to work. A fellow coworker and I were busy unpacking new gear that had to be installed last night at that wonderful store often referred to by Mayberry as "Chinamart".

It was a few minutes before closing time, and the calls were going out across the store's PA system for people to make their final selections etc. etc. etc.

A couple of guys walk in and head to the back of the store. In a few moments there's all this commotion over these guys trying to steal a TV. They hadn't actually left the store with it, but everyone gets all excited because they're acting suspiciously.

Meanwhile a woman quietly walks in, and while everyone is preoccupied with these two TV non-thieves, helps herself to $26,000.

Then walks out.

It was nearly 10 minutes before anyone realized what had happened.

The two guys left without the TV. I'm sure they got a cut of the 26K payday.

Meanwhile, I was busy tearing out the old and installing the new.

Gerald Celente is famous for saying, "When people lose everything, and have nothing left to lose, they lose it!" Gerald predicted crime waves as a trend for 2011.

And it seems he was right.

Polite Robber: 'I'm Robbing You, Sir'

Durham seniors warned against opening doors to polite thief

These two examples do not really seem to fit our common conception of most criminals.

There's more robberies, home invasions, burglaries, and all manner of petty crimes than I can ever recall seeing in the news.

Our little town's police blotter has expanded over the past five years from maybe 4 inch column, mostly noise complaints and traffic stops, to a third to half a page full of assaults, beatings, thefts, drunk and disorderly, and people prowling around at 1 am. The troubling thing is, most of the people listed for the more serious issues are not residents.

Hope things are staying calm in your neck of the woods. It seems pretty clear that it is just going to get worse.

Oh yeah, someone stole a hubcap off my truck today.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

News and Permaculture

I have to work tonight, so a short post.

By now, I'm sure all of you have heard of the recall of some 260 ambassadors from embassies and consulates in 180 countries. Kind of odd.

On top of it all, Obama Launches Total Takeover of Media System

More here, FCC Action Paves Way for First-Ever Presidential Alert to Be Aired across U.S. on Nation's Emergency Alert System.

And then, FCC Announces First Meeting of the Emergency Response Interoperability Center Public Safety Advisory Committee Scheduled for March 15, 2011, at FCC Headquarters.

A good article on Obama and the FCC are doing, First National Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test Ordered. If you believe it.

So what's going on?

Take your pick. Dead birds. Dead Fish. Dead Cows. Dead Bees. Everything seems to be dying. Crops ruined by extreme weather. Food prices climbing. Unemployment climbing. DHS wants to seize bank accounts without a warrant.

Revolution in the air.

I'm seriously thinking about traveling with more than just edged weapons. I know many of you do, but here in Kalifornia, it is bad if you get caught. Now I'm seriously re-evaluating the risks involved.

Hope you're saving your bottles and rags.

Click the book cover to be taken to the hosting site. Click the title below the cover to learn more about the book.

PERMACULTURE: A Designers' Manual

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands (Vol. 1)

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands (Vol. 2)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Toilet Causes Bomb Scare and other stuff

Toilet placed outside Towson courthouse causes bomb scare

Do you ever get to the point when you look at the antics and stupidity of some of your fellow countrymen that you want to maybe look into becoming a French citizen by joining the Foreign Legion?

Seriously....sending a robot to inspect an abandoned toilet.

Oh, and here we go....evil American Survivalist Cult.....

Survivalist couple killed in police shoot-out

Something for you to practice if you're snowbound. Lock picking. Fun for the whole family!

Modifying a SouthOrd 8-Pin Tubular Pick to a 7-Pin

Tubular Lockpicking Diagram

MIT Guide To Lockpicking

Bumping Locks

CIA Field Expedient Key Casting Manual

Impressioning Manual For Amateur Locksmiths

Improvised Lockpicks

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Pale Rider

Look into the lower right quadrant of the image beginning at 1:23 into the video.

Revelation 6:7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living being say, “Come!” I looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale green. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave. These two were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals.

Some say it is a lens flare. Others a reflection of the fire in the background captured by the camera. As proof of the flare theory, people also point to the small companion balls of light that follow the rider and disappear as the rider does when the camera pans.

In some translations of the Bible, the Greek word Hades is often translated into Hell. Some question the accuracy of that translation, and think it more accurately can be translated into "grave".

How many of you have seen or heard of spook lights in a graveyard?

So many much strangeness....

Saturday, February 5, 2011

It Happened. So now what?

The world as we know it ended. Now what?

Yesterday, I posted about a survival site that gave a "how to" on looting. Last night, I went to bed ruminating on this subject and drifted off to sleep wondering when "looting" becomes "scavenging" or "salvaging".

This morning, I awoke without any definite answer. Wandering around the web looking at various websites dealing with laws concerning lost, mislaid, and abandoned property also left me without a definitive answer. It seems that the government has managed to lay claim through "escheat" to anything of real value, and to have perverted Common Law to its own benefit.

If the property is abandoned, the government gets it, and if there is no government, or effective government in place, then one could suppose that is when it becomes salvage and suitable for scavenging.

This isn't in any way to be considered legal advice. It is just this author's ruminations on the subject. If anyone out there is an attorney and has dealt with this area, I'm sure everyone would love to read anything you might have to say on the subject. Please leave a comment, or send me an e-mail and I will post it.

Personally, I find it odd that I would still find myself constrained by the concept of right and wrong in such a situation. The videos posted last night showing the wanton looting taking place in the 1992 LA Riots showed that many others seem to be only constrained by the threat of force.

I'm seriously wondering if this will place me at a disadvantage if everything comes apart.

Depending on the type of collapse we experience, there may be many places that will be left untouched by looters. In these instances, scavenging and salvaging any useable commodities will be extremely easy.

However, once the easily accessible locations have been exploited, finding needed commodities may become more challenging.

Having spent much of my adult life working in securing buildings, industrial sites, military depots and the like, there are some things one should remember when conducting salvage operations in more secure locations.

Some of these places require two people to access certain rooms, and buildings. Some doors can only be opened from the outside. Once you're in, and the door shuts, you are stuck until someone opens the door and lets you out.

Some doors can only be opened from the inside, or by use of a card key, biometric scanner, RFID reader or other electronic means.

Some doors don't have the type of hardware that most people are used to, that is, some are electro-mechanical and others have more than just a simple door latch and strike or deadbolt. Some are even more like vault doors and have multiple active and passive bolts and relocking devices. Some doors auto-lock when they close.

Many doors that are electronically operated may not be easily opened if the power is out.

Be prepared to deal with doors. The best way is to ensure the door can not be closed behind you is to take it off its hinges. If you can't, once it is open, disable its latching and bolting mechanisms and by taping over the strike with duct tape and cardboard. Alternately, use a length of rope, chain, cable or heavy duty nylon cable ties to tie the door open. You can also construct door wedges and use these.

These wedges aren't the type that people are normally familiar with. They aren't the rubber or wood wedge that you jam between the bottom of the door and the floor. These are U-shaped pieces of metal that get dropped over a door hinge. They keep the door from fully swinging shut.

You can simply bend a piece of copper tube or rod over a mandrel, or you can make something that looks more like this. The U-shaped piece of metal is also useful for overhead roll up style doors in that it can be dropped through the holes in the track to keep the door from falling shut. Make sure you use tubing or rod that is large enough in diameter that the door can not be forced shut. In other words, coat hanger wire is not appropriate for this purpose.

If you are unsure if there are others about, and are worried that someone may come behind you and close doors and seal you in, Kryptonite Locks can also be used as door wedges. They can only be removed by the person with the key. You can also use padlocks with a length of stout chain.

The least safe way to hold the door open is by propping it open with a handy garbage can or chair.

Conduct a full reconnaissance before entering the site. If you're there, chances are that other people know about it as well. Look for telltale signs of recent activity, entry or even occupancy. Such things would be trampled grass, disturbed soil, clean and unweathered locks or chains on gates, clean spots on otherwise dirty windows, "fresh" refuse, uncharacteristic scents for the area (smoke, cooking, etc.), vehicles that do not look like they belong there, and signs of the presence of domestic animals.

Listen for man made sounds.

Remember, sometimes the door is not always the best method of entry. I've been places where there's bullet proof glass, reinforced concrete and steel walls, and dead man doors (problem with the design on this page. The doors should both open inward, so only one door may be open at a time). Often, I have found that if you go above the ceiling, you find that you can drop behind these imposing fortifications because the designers believe that no one would use the ceiling space as a means of access.

In one stunning case of a jewelry manufacturer, in the case of their high security diamond room, the ceiling was a suspended ceiling (drop tile). An 8ft ladder and you were into the ceiling and over the bullet proof glass and reinforced masonry wall in under 30 seconds.

It also stunned me to learn that some secure rooms were surrounded by nothing more than sheet rock and steel studs. You could kick your way through the wall, and have a much easier time rather than trying to defeat the high security doors.

So remember, it sometimes is easier to go through a ceiling space or through a wall rather than trying to open a secure door.

The world ended. What can happen? A vandalism charge?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Survival Website Advocates Looting

No Bullshit Survival

Some of you may be aware of this site. Some of you, maybe not. I just came across it yesterday.

It seems to cover some of the topics of The American Preppers Network, and affiliated state sites. However, it does go beyond advocating people be proactive in preparation for SHTF scenarios. It advocates people develop looting skills and to have a "looting kit" and a "looting team".

Let us be quite frank about something. Looting is a bad idea. It is the last resort. The last act of desperation. If looting begins, don't stick around.

It may just result in this:

Not enough for you?

Read the interview and watch the video:

We Shot 38 Looters.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

What More Evidence Do You Need?

Ah, the joys of schadenfreunde.

Well, its not really schadenfreunde. People were told over and over what was coming, but for whatever reason, decided to be like Lindsay Lohan and ignore some very sound advice. These folks aren't really suffering from misfortune, or even simple ignorance.

It is outright stupidity.

Aesop was a slave, yet told fables with central themes that can only be described as truth. Sometimes it would seem that "truth", especially today, tends to be malleable depending on who is telling the tale. But then, is it really truth, an opinion, or worse.... an outright lie? Examine the central truths within Aesop's fables and see if they are malleable, or rigid. Have they survived millennia essentially unchanged?

Or are they like the pronouncements of the learned and esteemed men and women of today? The pronouncements they label as truth. Global Warming is now Climate Change. Obama's promise of "change" and yet, we're still embroiled in two wars and how many police actions? Unemployment is shrinking, yet the numbers of new applicants for benefits grow each day. Even as people drop off the roles because their benefits have been exhasuted. The Patriot Act, ostensibly a tool to protect Americans from terrorism, but in fact the very structure to leave Americans vulnerable to the predations of the uniformed, gun wielding terrorists at home.

Two of Aesop's most famous fables concerned a tortoise and a hare, and an ant and a grasshopper. To a prepper, these are central to our core philosophy. Slow and steady wins the race, and to prepare for days of necessity.

The days of necessity are upon many around the globe. Those of you who have yet to prepare still have time, but you best get at it now. Before the panic sets in.

World Food Prices Hit Record High

Banana Crop, Sugarcane suffer total devastation

Rain Too Late To Save Corn and Soy Crops

Cold Could Damage Texas Citrus and Onions

Cotton Crop Short By 1.65 MILLION BALES

As the weather continues to be ugly, and the chance of severe spring flooding here in the United States increases, prospects for making up for the disastrous early part of 2011 shrink.

Slow and steady, people. But pick up the pace just a wee bit.

Files For Today:

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Canning And Preserving For Dummies

Complementary And Alternative Medicine Sourcebook

Eco House 3rd Edition

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Harbinger -noun

anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign: Frost is a harbinger of winter.

Been putting off adding to your stocks of food? As we look at the world today, you might say we're at 1:30 in the morning and the "last call for alcohol" is going out. 2:00 AM will soon be here, and you're about to be put out into the cold, dark night.

Authoritarian governments start stockpiling food to fight public anger

Egypt and Tunisia usher in the new era of global food revolutions

US winter wheat faces make or break week

Food-cost shocks ripple worldwide from Iowa

Russian Grain Stocks Down 24.1 Percent

EU Eyes Sugar Sales, Imports To Curb Shortage

DAVOS Leaders Rap Food Inflation Amid Mideast Unrest

End Of Cheap Food Era As Grain Prices Stay High

US Retailers To Be Tested By High Commodity Costs
-remember, the cost is always passed along to you, the consumer.

China Faces More Difficulty Meeting Food Demand, Official Says

China Buys Near Record Levels Of American Corn

KFC Raises Prices In China

There's more, but I think you get the picture. Fortunately, we're heading into spring here in the northern hemisphere. Grow all you can. Put up all you can.

Next winter may be a very bad one.

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Growing Your Own Fruit And Vegetables For Dummies

Ball Complete Book Of Home Preserving

READ THIS! Don't let this happen to you. Plan NOW!

Frightened Australian Cyclone Evacuees Turned Away
"There are so many of us here. Surely they have to do something, find somewhere safer to move us to before it arrives," Hughes said, squatting on a pink suitcase with his five children, aged two to 13.

The family's only possessions were a small box of food, including a tin of powdered milk, and clothes and a pram for two-year-old daughter Minoota.