Going In Debt For Preps; Adobe Flash; In An Instant: Shootout

19 Jul

 

“I think many people are in denial about being debt, just as they are in denial about the need to prepare.” http://apartmentprepper.com

There is a great article and discussion over at Apartment Prepper about whether to pay off debt or buy preps.

It sucks when the only thing you’re stockpiling is debt!

My advice: Have two weeks of food on hand. If you live in a bad neighborhood, purchase a firearm for defense and a few boxes of ammo. Install good deadbolts. Have a fire extinguisher, smoke detector, and CO detector. Once you have this, pay off the credit card debt. The interest on credit card debt can eat you alive. Every $1,000 in interest you save down the road can be used to purchase preps.

It’s a cliché, but being in debt is like being a slave. You need to free yourself first.

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If you have Adobe Flash, update it ASAP. Better yet, delete it.

A company specializing in computer hacking into other companies was hacked. They were selling spyware to governments, police agencies, and anybody else who wanted to infiltrate your computer and spy on you.
Here’s a look into the strange world of computer hacking.

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In An Instant. This is a TV show about survival situations. This episode is about surviving a shootout.

This officer showed incredible composure and presence of mind.

Good lessons:

1) Lock your reinforced doors. The older gentleman wouldn’t have been murdered if he had a door that couldn’t have been easily kicked in.

2) Forget the BS about a handgun being something to fight your way to a rifle. Real shootouts aren’t Doom. The officer had an AR-15 in his trunk. He was behind his trunk. He had his keys. The shootout lasted for minutes. He couldn’t get to his AR-15. The weapon you start a shootout with is the weapon you’ll end the shootout with.

3) Pay attention to your instincts. Why was the guy adjusting his mirror? Why was the guy parked in this spot overlooking the store? When the officer had a bad feeling, he should have listened to his inner voice. Stop and don’t continue on as usual. Let the inner voice register.

4) Shoot and Move: Remembering that saved the officers life. If you’re under fire, get to cover immediately.

5) If you carry a gun professionally, learn to shoot with your weak hand. Luckily bad guy don’t practice this. His fire became ineffective.

6) If you take a prisoner or detain someone, don’t allow them back into an unsecured environment where they could have a weapon. Taken by surprise, the bad guy put his hands up and got out of his car. He had an open container of alcohol. That’s enough reason to cuff him and have him sit down outside. The officer instead let his guard down, because he thought the guy was just sitting in his car drinking. He wanted to let the guy be more comfortable. The officer let him back into the car where he had a gun.

It’s another cliché, but in horror movies, a young guy hears a noise, investigates, and after a bit of tension sees a cat. He relaxes his guard and gets an axe in the head. Just because somebody puts their hands up and appears to comply doesn’t mean the situation is over. Don’t lower your guard prematurely.

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A good guide to doing a one handed pushup.

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Modern Day Economic Collapse In Greece (& The Bankruptcy of Colt)

7 Jul

Greece is in deep debt. Other countries sharing the Euro are no longer willing to bail it out. Hard working Germans are tired of supporting Greece’s overspending government: “For Germans, economics is still part of moral philosophy

Preppers know all along that cash is king. Stocked up supplies and no personal debt is even better. In Greece, the ATMs are running out of cash and people are limited in how much they can withdraw.

As economies crumble, so does the viability of the digital infrastructure that so much of the world has come to take for granted as the way money moves. The harder an economy is hit, the more valuable cash becomes. But as Greek citizens coming away from ATMs empty-handed can attest, it turns out that money and currency aren’t the same thing.

A poster to this blog says it all:
“There is nothing to love when you cannot access your bank account and your survival depends on the cash you have. Right now it is only about survival.”

There’s not much to say. Readers of this blog and preppers know we can’t always rely on modern banking systems. Stock supplies. Food in particular. Keep cash on hand.

It’s not much more than political theater, but as citizens of Greece vote “yes” or “no” to adopting more “austerity measures,” reality votes you can’t spend what you don’t have and you can’t live above your means.

The vote was no.

The Greek economy is in free fall and the banks – without further liquidity assistance from the ECB – will collapse.

 

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Colt is bankrupt.

Not surprising. When was the last time you purchased a Colt firearm? Colt 1911s are great, but so are Springfield Armory 45 automatics. Colt AR-15s are nice, but so are Armalite ones. As nice as the 45 Colt Single Action Army is, if you’re in the market for a single action revolver to actually shoot, Rugers are a better choice.

The 357 Python and 22 LR Diamondback revolvers are the best in the world. Count yourself lucky if you own one. If you’re like most shooters, money doesn’t grow on trees (and isn’t handed out by Germans). We go with Smith & Wessons or even the Taurus.

As Colt’s best became more and more expensive, they moved them to “special” status and charged even more. I passed on SSAs at $400. Three times that? Forget about it.

What about the classic Woodsman 22? Not even available, but still inferior to a simple Ruger standard pistol for less money. The stub nose Detective 38 special? People with CCWs carry autoloaders today.

If it hadn’t been for government contracts, Colt would have been bankrupt years ago. Don’t worry though. I’m sure a Chinese company can buy them out and re-introduce a new line of Colts with MIM parts.

Do you have any Colts in your collection? I don’t anymore. If you could only own one Colt firearm, what would they be? The three I’d like the most: a 22 LR Diamondback, a Colt Combat Commander in 45 ACP, and a Detective Special. Those were my favorite Colts back in the day.

How To Survive The Robot Apocalypse

21 Jun

What’s your favorite “Doomsday Preppers” scenario? Plague? Nuclear War? A “Doomsday Preppers” scenario is something worthy of the show “Doomsday Preppers.” Something to throw civilization into chaos and end our modern way of life.

Hardcore preppers now have one more seemingly far-fetched scenario that could actually happen: The Robot Apocalypse. Terminator movie meets reality.

Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant men of our time, says artificial intelligence (AI) represents an “existential threat” to humans.

Could artificial intelligence combined with robotics create a machine that could out think the best humans in any contest? What happens if these “devices” decide they want to control the world? Dispensing with humans or enslaving us wouldn’t be hard.

AI isn’t about a computer executing a fixed program. It’s about a computer teaching itself how to do something it hasn’t experienced. These are machines that learn. Meet Brett, A robot learning to fold clothing.

http://betanews.com/2015/05/26/berkeley-robot-brett-uses-deep-learning-to-complete-tasks-on-its-own/

http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/05/19/407736307/robots-are-really-bad-at-folding-towels

Brett’s cute now, but what happens when he’s morphed into a killer autonomous drone?

“The killer robots are coming, and they’re coming soon. Whether it’s self-piloted drones or Big Dog-style walkers, self-piloted crafts are already here, and adding autonomous weapons is a natural next step.” http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/29/8687229/lethal-killer-robots-military-drones

Jumping over barriers:
http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/mit-robot-cheetah-can-now-see-and-jump-over-obstacles-autonomously/

Cute robot jumping over foam blocks in the lab. Chasing us through the fields to maul us to death, not so much.

Swordsmanship. Is this really a good thing to teach a robot?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3XyDLbaUmU

Robots will learn how to heal themselves.

What if the Robot Apocalypse happens? What will happen? How to survive? Here’s my opinion:

1. We’re screwed. These robots could take over nuclear weaponry and launch an attack to kill off most of humanity in the blink of an eye. Yes. That’s the theme directly from the Terminator. If the AI creature doesn’t want to use nuclear weapons, it could create biological agents which would exterminate most of mankind. Guess 90% or more of the population dead.

2. Lucky for us, the robots would keep some humans around as slaves. We’re useful. They’d find some uses for humans. On the positive side: The human race isn’t entirely exterminated. That’s something.

3. Some people could live free in very isolated areas. The robots wouldn’t spend much effort dealing with wild humans. We wouldn’t be a threat. Living in remote areas and living as a nomad would be best.

4. Don’t f with the robots. Seriously. Knock one off with your 50 cal BMG and you’ve just become like a cougar in California that attacked a jogger. You’re dead meat. They’ll hunt you down and terminate you. The robots would label you a problemed human.

5. If you really must f with one of the robots, use the most powerful rifle you have. In my book, The Prepper Next Door, I half-jokingly write about how a shotgun isn’t a good weapon against a cyborg from the movie the Terminator. It wouldn’t work like you see in the movie. 00 buck only penetrates about 4″ of pine. That’s a spitball to an armored cyborg!

While I was writing about the effectiveness of body armor against shotguns, lightly-armored human hunting robots would be immune to shotguns and most handguns and most SMGs. Grab your 7.62 NATO or 50 BMG or your 338 Winchester Magnum.

6. Even if AI robots don’t take control of the world, they will change the economy and displace many workers. A poster on reddit sums it up nicely, “The work force is so screwed.”
http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/375o39/brett_the_robot_learns_to_put_things_together_on/

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Speaking of powerful rifles, here’s an article about the US Marines and their need to upgrade sniper rifles.

Colt is bankrupt. I’m not surprised. When was the last time you purchased a Colt? For 1911s and AR-15s we have many alternatives.

If robots go ballistic on humans, I bet it’s because of the crappy Chinese parts they’re forced to endure. Here’s an article about counterfeit parts in American weapon systems. It raises the question: Why should American weapons depend upon Chinese parts at all? Am I the only one who sees something wrong with that?

Because of Bird Flu, egg prices are up 300% in the USA.

 

The Aging Urban Prepper

21 Feb

I did some shadow boxing today. It’s been a while since I did that last. Now I remember why. I was comically slow. I’d never do it in a gym for fear of some idiot with a camera and a Youtube account.

Hand speed is lost as we age. I wish I had a hundred dollars for every time an aging boxer wants to make a come back and says, “I’m in the best shape of my life.”

It’s true he can run as many miles as he did when younger. He can bench press as much as he once did. He can still do a ton of pushups. When he gets in the ring, he gets his ass handed to him. Why? A lack of hand speed. He throws a punch. His opponent throws a punch. His opponent’s lands first. That makes all the difference.

Many blogging younger preppers love to write about what they did this week to prepare. When you reach a certain age you realize your absolute survivability will decline with each passing year. There’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

Eyesight can be a big issue when pistol shooting. As you age you lose the ability to focus at closer distances. Your sights will be more blurry.

Worn out body parts are a big issue. I loved doing pushups when younger. One year I did 200 pushups a day every day, 73,000 for the year. If you’re younger and reading this: DON’T DO THIS. You’ll miss your shoulders when they’re gone. Do maybe 80 a set 2-3 times a week and call it a day. I can still do pushups but everyone hurts like a pin in my shoulder.

Younger urban preppers will plan their zombie apocalypse bugout route from the city. Older gents will plan their bug out route to the restrooms during half time.

It would be easy to be jealous of the young because of the extra years they have ahead of them. I’m not though. With each passing year, I know I’ve had my life. That’s all we can get in the end.

With each passing year, the world becomes more dangerous. More countries get nuclear weapons. More conflicts erupt which could spill over into WWIII. If we believe there is a doomsday clock ticking away for the world, the more years we get in before it happens, the better.

Many people want to believe societies are too intelligent to fight another world war. “They” wouldn’t be that stupid. People aren’t any smarter than they were in the 1940s. We haven’t changed. Only our weapons are much more deadly and more widespread.

Editorial On New Protests & Police Use of Choke Holds

8 Dec

In my last editorial I said I’m not a fan of protestors supporting Mike Brown. The fact is this: Brown was charging a police officer and was shot because of it. He was a tall dude and was shot in the top of the head. If he had been standing peacefully with his hands up, the officer would have had to climb a tree to shoot him like that. The facts all support the officer.

A new wave of protests erupted because of another incident where an officer applied a choke hold to a citizen, killing him. This incident was recorded on video. More police officers today in the US are being equipped with body cameras to document encounters. If you’re in a city, many events are captured by security cameras or by people with cell phones. This is a positive thing because it helps people see what really happened.

In cases where racism or abuse of power exists, I fully agree an officer should be dismissed from his job. If a crime has been committed, the officer should be prosecuted. When there is a question of appropriateness, I give the benefit of doubt to the officer. It’s a difficult job.

In the case of the choke, my opinion is the officer didn’t follow acceptable procedure. The guy was standing there and the officer jumped up and applied a chokehold. There were several other officers present. They should have been able to restrain this guy without using a chokehold. Grab his arm first and see what happens if he resists arrest. The officers should have been able to take him to the ground and handcuff him without using a choke hold.

This guy wasn’t a large muscular guy just an overweight guy. There’s a big difference. Anyone who exercises can spot the difference.

The use of choke holds as police techniques is a bad idea. Massad Ayoob in his book The Truth About Self Protection writes

“In 1976, I became the first in the police sector to speak out against the chokeout in the pages of the police professional journal Sentinel. I had studied the technique and discussed it with numerous physicians, all of whom pointed out potentially lethal problems.” (page 267).

The many risks of using choke holds is well known from decades ago.

The rise of the UFC and MMA has brought a little known technique called the rear strangulation choke or the rear naked choke to public awareness. I learned this technique when just a child. It was pretty rare. People who studied Gracie Jiu Jitsu or Judo knew it. It appeared from time to time on the TV.

A famous Minnesota wrestler in the 1970s was known for his use of the “sleeper” hold. No comment about wrestling being real or fake. It appeared in a few movies and TV shows from time to time in the 70s. I remember James Gardner applying it to a mobster in the TV series The Rockford Files.

The technique was taught in hand-to-hand combat and appears in Army training manuals from the 1950s. There are two versions of this choke. One known as a blood choke which is designed to reduce blood flow to the brain. The other version is a direct attack on the windpipe. Each has advantages and disadvantages as a combat technique. In the 70s, few people knew this technique.

Too many guys today want to be “tough guys.” They think it’s cool to “choke out” somebody. I was in a Wal-Mart and saw a child no taller than two feet running around and pretending to apply a rear choke hold to his little sister. The kid wasn’t a student of judo. He was mimicking what he saw on TV.

Even legendary martial artist Chuck Norris got into the act with the popularity of MMA. In an episode of Walker Texas Ranger, he applied a rear choke to a huge guy, who promptly went to sleep. Norris looked so awkward I felt sorry for him. The two foot kid had a smoother technique!

If you want to be a macho stud and practice BJJ choke techniques, the police force isn’t the place for it.

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Bonus Editorial. What crime was this guy committing? He was selling cigarettes on a street corner. Not drugs. Smokes. It’s a crime for individuals to sell cigarettes in New York and many other states. The states want the sales tax revenue from the sales. Smokers are a small group and are easily taxed. They don’t have the political clout to defend themselves from excessive taxation. Politicians can raise taxes on them at will.

Through taxation, the government artificially drives up the cost of cigarettes by a massive amount, creating an incentive for people to purchase them on the black market. Not paying the hefty cigarette tax is criminalized. This says a lot about how a government really feels towards its citizens.

Another Editorial About This:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7jtXXf4tMM