Saturday, October 13, 2012

Welding weeks 1-7


Welding is going rather well and we are nearing midterms rather quickly. I have mastered Arc Welding in the flat position and have finished with the vertical. I am now struggling with the overhead position and will eventually go to a bend test.  I will have pictures of my projects up in a few days as my phone is charging (stupid battery life).

 
Welding test one consisted of this attached image:

 

It has 2 triangles and one base plate. The main issue that I had on this one was the staggered welds on the inner side of the first triangle. Staggered welds are measured from the middle of the first run to the middle of the second. Another way to look at it is that you weld 2 inches skip 2 inches and weld 2 inches. The main issue is that using any oxyacetylene torch to hand cut materials is not for those who have shaky hands. I spent forever on the grinding wheel to get my parts to resemble a triangle again.

Our second test was even more insidious with hidden lines and upside down triangles. Some people misread the blue print and welded on the wrong side due to the drawing design. Which tipped me off to look at the drawing again as some people were carbon arcing their plates to remove their welds.

Our last test was to build a 6"x 6" box out of 1/4 inch steel. This threw everyone off as we had to account for the thickness of the material to achieve the 6 inches on both sides. Tacking the plates was also an issue as evertime you tacked a side you had to square it as well. My box turned out fairly well but was a little off square.


 
I have some blueprints at school and will bring them home as the opportunity presents itself. I am having a lot of fun welding regardless of the cursing at welding in a overhead position.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

RECOIL Magazine

Seems like the folks over at Recoil have stepped in it big time;

"Like we mentioned before, the MP7A1 is unavailable to civilians and for good reason. We all know that’s technology no civvies should ever get to lay their hands on. This is a purpose-built weapon with no sporting applications to speak of. It is made to put down scumbags, and that’s it. Mike Cabrera of Heckler & Koch Law Enforcement Sales and veteran law enforcement officer with SWAT unit experience points out that this is a gun that you do not want in the wrong, slimy hands. It comes with semi-automatic and full-auto firing modes only. Its overall size places it between a handgun and submachine gun. Its assault rifle capabilities and small size make this a serious weapon that should not be taken lightly"

See the rest of this over at subguns

 ***It appears as if the post was modified or removed here is another link to the developing story ***

Looks like one advertiser has pulled their advert here

Their Facebook page is also showing that fans are not amused

Monday, August 20, 2012

School

Just a short update as I am very tired. I was accepted into the welding course and I have begun the path to a welding career.

Two things I have noticed are: Everything in the shop came with the death and dismemberment speech and textbooks for college have gone up 200% since I have gone last. The math book alone was $182.00 which is a drastic increase since the 1990's when I could get one for $80.00. I did manage to "rent" it for $55 for the semester.

On the positive side we are welding starting tomorrow; which means I had to come up with $500 dollars worth of gear. But I am glad to get started quickly as I am more of a hands on person anyways. The instructor seems like the decent sort and he is quick to point out the things he does not want to see happen.

I will not be visiting as many of your sites as much as I have in the past. But I will endeavor to visit as many as I can in the months ahead.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Back to School

Looks like I have been accepted for the new VRAP(Veterans Retraining Assistance Program): in which yours truly will go back to college. Which is excellent since I can get another degree that has nothing to do with the one I currently hold.

I am entering the field of welding. Why welding you ask? We have a federal facility that is always is begging for new buildings and other projects that need welders. Plus if this economy ever picks up there is another Department of Energy partner that will need at least 4 years of building work out here. Lastly should the worst come to worst I will be able to modify vehicles with armor.

So I have requested transcripts from my former alma mater and my high school (which I am still scratching my head over) and I am studying to retake the math portion of the ACT test. I will say this; I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer. I am not the guy who you ask to calculate trajectories to launch missiles into space. While I can do algebra, I have to work twice as hard to get it to "click" to something I understand. I did find a good learning resource for either; parents who have children, or those are needing a math "refresher" please do yourself a favor and go to this website: http://www.khanacademy.org/ they have a ton of useful classes that any prepper could use.

To say I am apprehensive is an understatement. This plan can go sideways at any point since there is only one slot left, pending a math test, transcripts do not make it in time, etc., etc.. I am cautiously excited for this new opportunity and it goes to show you that God always has a plan for you.




Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Camping trip part-2 Meadow Lake

Behind the intriguing town of Gilmore resides the campground of Meadow Lake. I had first heard about this from Cal-Ranch's website as one of the best kept secrets for this area. Judging from the amount of traffic it has through there the secret is out. Meadow Lake is basically a bowl formed on all sides by massive mountains. The snow and runoff water goes into the middle of this bowl to form Meadow Lake. The lake is then stocked by our f(r)iends from fish and game from time to time. Plenty of hiking trails to take through the draws of the mountain and for the more adventurous folk, mountain climbing as well.

My only complaint about the whole adventure is that the camping sites were built too closely to another. Which, if you have decent neighbors is not an issue, but it our case it was a big issue. Camping in Idaho for a number of years lends a certain respect of the wilderness and its inhabitants. Bears are a major concern for our area, as well as any wildlife creature and with bear signs posted everywhere it reminds you; you are the intruder. So here is my example of how not to camp:

These people have left all their food out in the open; campfire is still burning and they spent the whole day at lake with no one at their site. They left this fire going since 12:00 am at night when they were chopping wood with an axe. My wife had quite enough of the wood cutting in the am and yelled at their general direction to stop (or something similiar). They then proceeded to let their children run wild through the whole campsite during the day without supervision. Despite this we managed to have a good time, despite any lack of camp etiquette on our neighbor’s behalf.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Camping trip part-1 Gilmore Ghost town

This was a camping weekend for us as a family and seeing how I have never been to a good ol' fashioned ghost town I decided to change that. The story of Gilmore can be read here and they do justice to the story of Gilmore. Here are some of the pictures I was able to take out hiking.





You can see the rest of my album here as I am getting errors for trying to upload to many pictures.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lions and Tigers and Mitt; Oh My!

Migraine headache last night so I am working on about two hours of sleep right now.

Since we are now stuck with Romney, one has to wonder why he is not coming down on the Obama campaign harder than he is now. Clearly it is not for lack of his abysmal performance in the White House. ~PSA time~; I have some advice for those who are considering a career in politics. If someone slams you in an advert and it is not true, please, please do not demand an apology for it. It makes you look childish and ineffectual as a candidate.

I have been thinking about SHTF events and honestly they all scare me. More to the point, the aftermath scenario is going to be a lot worse than what most people think. The short range disasters are not the issue I am talking about any event that would last three or more years. If you live in/near any major population center and cannot move in the first month or so survival is close to impossible for you. Disregard gangs, cannibals, and wild animals from the zoos that are running wild, the diseases are what are going to kill most people. Typhoid, Cholera, Rabies (animals are hungry), Dysentery, Giardiasis, Hepatitis, Plague, Tuberculosis and a few more that I am forgetting.

Of the 311,800,000 people that inhabit the US how many are actually prepared past the event horizon of a black swan event? A million, maybe, so that leaves a population which has not been able to take care itself for at least 70 years or more. Farming will most likely come to a halt as the supplies of fuel are run out. Judging from how most people use their vehicles, they will not have a chance to escape because keeping their vehicle topped off is not a concern for them.

People in rural areas are not immune to this either. Some diseases will make it out to the country side whether it is from a person or an animal. I was reading an article on states that allow exotic animals. Only 13 of them ban people from having exotic animals and seven states only have a partial ban. According to one website the number of large cats possessed by private individuals number in the 7,000 range. Those are just the cats people; now imagine how many bear and wolves are out there.

How many of us have the adequate medical knowledge to treat these diseases and have the medications on had to deal with them? What about the large game that is now tracking you as you travel across the countryside to your bug out locale? Did you pack a large rifle with you to travel with? This is what has been occupying my thoughts of late.

Sorry for the disjointedness, my lack of sleep is catching up with me.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

After 9/11 NSA had secret deal with White House

A little long but a good watch, especially with all the DHS (yes I know its NSA) shenanigans going on.



Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Return

So I am back from my prolonged absence and none to soon if you ask me. I took a few personal trips this summer and I am glad to be back. One of the trips was to help my Mom get prepped for her exodus from Kaliforniastan. In my travels I have never seen a more backwards state in my entire life. For instance; To get rid of a feral cat in Southern California you have to trap it and then wait on hold for 30 minutes to schedule a pick up which may or may not show up in 3 hours. Thats right folks, you have to catch your own animals which means that Cali is paying its animal control sixteen per hour to drive around and make pick ups only.

To make matters worse one of her neighbors called the Department of Health for the mess the feral cats made. So here I am trying to trap the cats, animal control is useless, and a very unfriendly neighbor is waging war with my mother. I will be so happy when she moves out of out there and is back in the U.S. proper.

It's weird that after I lost my job that all these other issues cropped up. Had I been employed I would be unable to devote much time to deal with them. I am not usually to preachy, but, God does have a plan for all of us and it is humbling to see it in action.

Speaking about plans; I plan to reduce the amount of posts from three times a week down to one. I have a number of family obligations coming up and that will keep me busy for most of the summer. I know I have a reloading article that I need to make good on and I have some thoughts on SHTF bunkering that might fly in the face of what others have preached as gospel.

Yes I am back but I might be busy here and there. I expect that in the coming months that it will be a busy time for most of the prepping community as well.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Temporarily Absent

Dear readers I am going to stop posting for a month or so to recharge the batteries. I find myself being more busy with the kids and life in general to continue posting on this blog right now. This is not goodbye it is merely a break in broadcasting at the moment.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

DHS Preparing for Massive Civil War

“We are Preparing for Massive Civil War,” Says DHS Informant

In a riveting interview on TruNews Radio, Wednesday, private investigator Doug Hagmann said high-level, reliable sources told him the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing for “massive civil war” in America.

“Folks, we’re getting ready for one massive economic collapse,” Hagmann told TruNews host Rick Wiles. Sign-up for my 100% FREE Alerts
“We have problems . . . The federal government is preparing for civil uprising,” he added, “so every time you hear about troop movements, every time you hear about movements of military equipment, the militarization of the police, the buying of the ammunition, all of this is . . . they (DHS) are preparing for a massive uprising.”

Hagmann goes on to say that his sources tell him the concerns of the DHS stem from a collapse of the U.S. dollar and the hyperinflation a collapse in the value of the world’s primary reserve currency implies to a nation of 311 million Americans, who, for the significant portion of the population, is armed.

Uprisings in Greece is, indeed, a problem, but an uprising of armed Americans becomes a matter of serious national security, a point addressed in a recent report by the Pentagon and highlighted as a vulnerability and threat to the U.S. during war-game exercises at the Department of Defense last year, according to one of the DoD’s war-game participants, Jim Rickards, author of Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis.

More here at the Beacon

Friday, May 4, 2012

Watches

Since this topic is making the rounds right now I thought I would post the watch I wear on a day to day basis:

This watch is a TX 730 series and it has served me well these past two years. It has a digital compass with magnetic declination, water resistant, and has a 4 year battery span.  More on it here.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Citizens Police Academy 7

Special Weapons and Tactics and K-9 were today’s training topics. As our class got split in half we went to the K-9 part of the class first. All of the dogs our police use are Belgian Malinois. These dogs are raised over in the Netherlands and brought into the US on defense grants for police dogs. In the Netherlands they are trained as herders and entered into huge dog shows. The top 4 are kept for breeding and the rest are sold to outside interests.

 

Idaho canines by state law have to be able to indentify 16 substances to be used as drug dogs. Our drug dogs have 18 in their repertory. One dog has been trained to sit and bark for suspects that have surrendered and the other dog is a bite dog. Meaning that if the dog is deployed you are going to be bit. The officers stated that it would cost the state 14k if they had not been funded through grants. The vehicles that house the dogs are fully modified for their furry friends. If the AC goes out in the car and it hits a certain temperature the fans in the window kick on, windows roll down and the officer gets an alert on their pager. We saw the dogs take down a perpetrator, and search for drugs. The malamutes are very aggressive animals and I would never own this breed because of my children.

Next we went into a briefing on clearing rooms as part of a team like SWAT would during a hostage situation. We were briefed on team member positioning and how to clear a room and the priority of people was also discussed 1. Hostages 2. Civilians 3. Officers 4. Suspects, which I took as the priority of saving in a room clearing situation. So the number 1 person has to clear 2 walls, the number 2 person has to clear one wall and 3,4 pop around the door frame and clear the center of the room. This is all supposed to be in one fluid movement. At this time we were all issued airsoft weapons and facemasks. Positions as they are supposed to happen as below.


Our group did not do so well on the first go around. I was the number 4 guy on the team and I was supposed to announce the "go" command. So I yelled go loudly and the number 2 person nearly jumped out of her skin. Number 1 goes inside the door sees the hostage and the suspect and does a Charlie's Angel pose with one knee down and aiming his weapon at the suspect before clearing his walls,  3 goes through and I follow aiming at the suspects head. In hind sight I should have shot at that point but with the innocent moving back and forth I was hesitant to risk the shot. So there we all are sitting there looking at the helpless hostage and the suspect when they start backing into another room. Still no one is moving and they are going deeper into the other room. I start yelling to drop the weapon and moving closer to the suspect. Still no one moves, I then tell one and two to start moving in the other room. At which point we here a shot, the suspect was shot (he even yells he has been shot). I want to rush in and start to move and then the safety officer calls stop. I should have taken that shot and ordering people in by their numbers was not effective either but I had to get them moving. The safety officer basically told us what a cluster it was and gave us one more chance.

The second scenario was that a lone gunman was suicidal. Same order we go inside see that he is alone. I call the team to back out the door. To which we did. The safety officer calls stop and asks me why we exited the room. Short answer is that suicidal people who hold themselves hostage are not a risk to anyone but themselves. Pulling out the team ensures that no one else gets hurt. We did much better this time.

I think for the saftey of my  family I will be attending an advanced pistol course for room clearing. This has shown that there is a huge gap in my training, one I am grateful to have time to fix.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday blehs


So yes I did take my ride along and it was.... uneventful. We had a total of 2 calls for the 4 hours I was with the officer. On the plus side the weapons subject did come up and he is a bit of a gun nut too. So I have a new person to go shooting with. I did drop one or two hints that I was a prepper but no acknowledgement from him that he was also a prepper. The talk we had was interesting but nothing I would call particularly insightful.
 
The communications display in the car was really the high point of the whole trip. The officers lap top lit up every time he had a call with the description of the call and the address. He then showed me the light bar controls and the digital recording device that records any traffic stops he might make. The cool part was he could close out a call with the laptop and not tie up airtime on the radio. This lets the officer clear his cases and not tie up airtime for another officer.

So the two calls; one was some frustrated parents whose daughter kept arguing with mom and running away. The officer (with permission/insistence from the parents) talked with her tersely and played the “bad guy”. He threatened to take her down to juvy if she did not get her act together. Even though there were tears he admitted that she would probably do this again. Call number two was for a medical assist for a retirement home. Thankfully she finally responded to attempts to wake her up. I have worked that type of job before and I get the willies every time I am near an above ground corpse (it’s not that I am grossed out it just runs shivers down my back).

I am starting out this week in a bad way; nearly chopped off my pinky toe, tendinitis for both my knee and my wrist is acting up, and the wife is largely absent while writing medical articles to get published. So bear(hah) with me if I seem a bit punchy lately.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Citizens Police Academy 6

This week was all about use of force, whether it is the use of weapons or that of verbal commands it all comes down to use of force. We were told even by showing up in uniform is a form of force by the police department. This makes sense because everyone focuses their attention on the person in uniform in most situations.
 
Our training officer then went into what composes his duty belt. What was shown to us is mostly standard for all police department: baton, flashlight, 2 pairs of cuffs, radio, and the duty weapon. The weapon is a matter of choice for our department. Officers may have their choice of duty weapons as long as it is chambered for 9mm or .45 calibers. It would explain why some officers are carrying 1911s. One of the officers even brought in his AR from his vehicle which was really interesting. Aimpoint had supplied most of the optics for our Police Department and Magpul supplied the iron sights as their backup sights. Other than that they are plain jane AR's and they don't even get to take them out but once a year for qualifications.

The rest of the class (60% of it really) was devoted to Tasers. The officers gave some statistics that after implementing the device that it reduced officer and suspects numerous injuries and that it reduced sick days for officers after using the device (compared to all out brawling with the suspect). It was named after Thomas A. Swift Electric Rifle and was designed by a engineer for NASA (surprising how many cool things come from NASA). The propulsion system is compressed nitrogen and when the trigger is pulled the electricity bursts the nitrogen chamber and send the two harpoons (yes harpoons) on their way. The second thing that happens is that it releases many small pieces of paper containing the serial number of the Taser device called AFIDS(anti-felon identification system). Mostly they look like confetti with numbers on them. This is to help the officers identify which taser was used and assists with the apprehension paperwork later down the line. The officer yells taser three times before deploying the device so that other officers can get clear of the device. Getting tangled up in the leads is a very bad idea as that person will likely be the one getting the shock.

So without futher ado I present the aftermath of our tasering as it were:


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Preview

I thought I would share this with all of you as a sort of preview for a post some time next week.  This is all dependent on another shipment of reloading dies that I have ordered as well. So here it is....


Tired

This weekend has been a very busy one for me. The sun is out the birds are chirping and my wife is harping at me to get things done. We had bought this kids play set which I called our "divorce kit" about 4 years ago. I would caution anyone who is going to put together one of these to get it done by another person. None of the pieces were labeled and we spent a whole day figuring which part was what.

The second issue I had was some of the holes did not line up where they were supposed to. This in turn lead to more trips to home depot for more wood so that I could fabricate new pieces that actually worked. So now 3-4 years later there are more boards splitting and the whole structure is now unstable. Off to home depot again to get some buttresses to shore up the wobbly side. I sunk them in the ground and poured post hole concrete in them. I predict in a few more years there is going to be a bonfire in the backyard as the china made play set disintegrates. I said as much to my wife who did not appreciate that sentiment.

Home depot had a few visits from me as I went around the yard replacing sprinkler heads. I stopped there once and bought the wrong type. Second trip (Third really) turned out better and I begun the arduous task of replacing and adjusting the height of my sprinklers. Which then leads into using whatever tool they give you to adjust the head and spending 20 minutes getting it just right. In the meantime having to dodge the other sprinklers and responding to the cackles of children who are thrilled to see you soaked. All this while trying to avoid spraying the windows, because our hard water calcifies anything glass within seconds.

So I will say this now and get it over with, I sure do miss winter (as mild as it was).

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Citizen's Police Academy Part 4b and 5


As promised the last bit of last week’s class and I will combine it with this week. I still have not received the presentation I was promised, so I fired up the ol' memory for it and here we go.

So the gangs of our area are as follows; Black Gangster Disciples, Brown Pride Surenos 13 and a few other local gangs to boot. Most of the issues with our gangs relates to tagging territory. With the Surenos gang the number 13 is the thirteenth letter in the alphabet (M). This pays homage to the Mexican Mafia to whom many Surenos gangs owe their founding to. Some of the gangs in our area are a little confused as to what color they are supposed to be tagging with. We have some "crypt" gangs tagging in red and "Blood" gangs tagging in blue. Officer J attributes this to wanna be's trying to impress their peers.

The main point of his briefing was to address the tagging going on. He stated that the more we reported tagging and the quicker the city can get the graffiti covered the better off the whole town is. The only troubling issue I noted from this is that Ogden Utah gangs are slowly migrating up here because of that cities law regarding two gang members withing 5 feet of each other (felony). Ogden Trece is a different gang entirely and because of Ogden's new meeting rules they are slowly migrating up here to Idaho.

This week’s meeting was on DUI and accident investigation. We had some of the same officers from traffic show up and show us some of their most violent crashes, including one of a mother who was not wearing her seatbelt. She was partially ejected from her van and was decapitated from the top of her teeth on up. Her baby, that was in a child seat, made it out without a scratch. More crashes were viewed after that one but it had left its mark with the class. There was another about a pair of 17 year old kids doing fish tails in dirt. One had a seatbelt and the other didn't. The one who did not was ejected, had a car roll on top of her and was dragged a few feet.

After a break we went into the DUI part of the class. Officer M went into the standardized DUI test which consists with Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Walk-and-Turn and the One-Leg Stand.

Horizontal gaze nystagmus is an involuntary jerking movement of the eyeball that occurs naturally as an individual's eye gazes to the side. Normally, nystagmus (jerking movement) occurs when the eyes are rotated at high peripheral angles. When an individual is impaired by the effects of alcohol, this jerking is exaggerated and can occur at lesser angles. Additionally, an individual Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) will have greater difficulty tracking a moving object. As the test is administered, law enforcement personnel look for three indicators of impairment. The indicators are: If the eye cannot follow a moving object smoothly.
If jerking is distinctly noticeable when the eye is looking as far to the side as it can (maximum deviation).If the jerking begins when the eye is within 45 degrees of center. The officer tests each eye. If, between both eyes, four or more of the indicators are observed, research indicates that approximately 77 percent of suspects will likely have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .10 or higher.

The rest are pretty standard tests that we are all familiar with. The other point that the officers mentioned was that drug interactions with alcohol. Even if someone blows a .3 they could still be impaired with drugs. The last part of the class they busted out the "drunk goggles". These things gave me a headache and I could only wear them for a short time. They basically simulated the effect of alcohol which the distortion and the shifting perception of the lenses is supposed to simulate. Like I said I could only keep mine on for a few minutes before I needed to take them off.

I have a ride along  scheduled for next Thursday from 6pm to 10pm so hopefully next week should be a busy posting week for me.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mice, Taxes and Other Things

Working my way up to the present time we had to go sign our tax paperwork Monday. Normally this would be a 10 minute jaunt downtown. This however was changed recently since our former tax person was convicted last year for groping a teenage girl. Having found that out we immediately took our business elsewhere. The closest person that we got a friend reference for is 40 minutes out of our way. Add in two kids to the mix and that makes it a half day affair.

Tuesday I woke up to take my daughter to school and what do you know, a mouse had made a nest in my drivers seat. This set the stage to a few hushed cuss words and a trip to Cal-Ranch. With the advice from a local pest eliminator friend I bought the larger poison "chunks" and a few electric traps. The problem with the smaller pellet poisons is that they haul it off to where ever they nest. The larger chunks they have to eat in place. The electric traps are well, lets just say I hate vermin and after chewing bits of my beloved vehicle I have no problem with frying the suckers (sorry kymber).

I know that I promised an update with the gangs but that might have to wait until tomorrow's class as I am still waiting for those power point slides. On an unrelated note; I have ordered some reloading equipment and hope to show it off here in the future.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Counterpoint

Posted with permission from Warlock Sundance as a response to my article Citizen's Police Academy Part 4.

I wish you would not fall for such tripe guys.
I ride with the Warlocks MC in South Carolina.
http://warlocksmccolumbia.net
The hell of it is.....I am not and my brothers are not the bad guys you are looking out for. Yes, one percenters we are, but the meaning of that is not what you posted or are being told.
I will just put it out here for ya.
I am a born again believer in Jesus Christ.....
and I ride in an outlaw motorcycle club.
I am a husband, father, grandfather,friend, property owner, homeowner, business owner, and taxpayer.....but I live outside the norms of regular folks. I have long hair, I am sleeved both arm tattoos. I do not drink. I do not do drugs.
I own four Harley Davidson's, and ride them regularly, rain or shine, hot or cold....it is who and what I am......and guess what.....I am a prepper too.
My business???? I own and operate a CNC machinery service company. I service and repair Laser's, pressbrakes, turret punch presses, shears, plasma cutters.....etc. I also have a full time job because the economy is killing my business here lately. I an electro/mechanical engineer.
Look guys, I have worked hard and all my life for what I have. I know the value of it. Contrary to popular belief, as espoused by L.E. training seminars and such.....damn near every biker I know will stand side by side with YOU to protect YOU in your time of need, come what may in the future.
Never forget....A helluva lot of us miserable outlaw bikers are VETERANS who served this country as well.
We are not the enemy.

Citizen's Police Academy Part 4


A wealth of information at this week’s meeting, so much so I might break this into 2 parts since I will be getting the officers power point presentation next week. This week's topic was on gangs and drugs. Since I am also a prepper this is of immediate concern to me and any person who considers themselves a prepper. If you do not know who your local bad guys are in your area do the research now (the results may surprise you). Better to identify potential threats now than waiting for the balloon to go up. Officer A and Officer J split the gangs into two types: motorcycle clubs (MCs) and street gangs.  

Motorcycle clubs also have different subgroups within its group. You have the associations which are only interested in riding and motorcycles and then you have the outlaw gangs. Not all motorcycle clubs are outlaws and not all the members of the outlaws groups are criminals. Since I will be glossing over some of the history of outlaw gangs you can read more here.  

The outlaw gangs are recognizable by their colors or three piece patch as shown. Since most motorcycle clubs are hierarchal there is a process of earning your colors. Most people who join are probates and will wear a vest that has probate on the back with the color emblem only. Once they have served the gang for a year or two they go before the top officers of that gang and interview for full membership. Another patch you need to be aware of is the 1% patch. This is typically displayed on the front of the vest. These are the
One percent patch
people who have committed sanctioned crimes within the club.

The MCs in our area are: Brother Speed, Banditos, Vagos, PH its, and a few others that I cannot recall now (mostly minor). Brother Speed is the major bike gang for the Idaho area as it was created in Boise. They have charters in Idaho, Oregon, and Utah. Officer A listed their membership as 200+ strong. The next gang Banditos has a token charter in Idaho but they are the most rowdy of the bunch. They are listed with charters all over the US and include some in Canada, Europe, Australia, and even Southern Asia. They are said to have 2400+ members in its ranks. All the sudden the Golden Horde theory is not looking so farfetched.

More information was covered on the other gangs (again minor in comparison) in the area. The officers noted that should you want to start your own chapter you had to go to Brother Speed and seek permission since they are the head gang for the area. The only other thing that I would add here is that females in the MC's will not receive full membership due to most of the bylaws of their groups.

I will cover the street gangs in a later post since this one is getting too long.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Time Off

Taking a few days off this week. Wife returned from her trip and she is not feeling well. So I am taking a few days off for blogging, might only post once this week.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Citizen's Police Academy Part 3

It has been a long time since I received a speeding ticket. So with that in mind I went to the class with some apprehension. Luckily I have never been pulled by either of the officers. This week's topic was traffic and the two officers (Officer K and Officer M) seemed rather personable despite their assignment to the most hated outfit in Idaho Falls.

They went into the type of surveillance in there cars and what type of speed measuring equipment they have. One of the devices was a LIDAR speed gun to which I was unfamiliar with but I guess technology has a way of creeping up on you. Both of them brought in "chase" videos which are HD videos that get recorded straight to a hard drive in their vehicle. The video system appends the first 3 minutes of the patrol car to the point where the officer triggers the light bars on his vehicles. They also mentioned that of the 6 officers assigned to traffic they hand out 80% of the speeding tickets for our town.

They officers answered questions on speed limit "forgiveness", valid excuses for speeding, trunk checks and the issue with concealed weapons. Believe it or not I was not the one who asked about notifying the officer about a concealed weapon. But the general consensus it was appreciated if you inform the officer when you are stopped. They even acknowledged that it was not mandatory for Idaho but politeness counts when dealing with the police.

We were also shown the differences about the two types of stops that traffic deals with; felony and misdemeanor. Misdemeanor is the less dynamic of the two and it usually consists of one officer walking up to the vehicle and checking the back and front seats for threats. The Felony stop is where multiple officers are used to "funnel" the person back to the police cars. This was later demonstrated by the police officers in the parking lot. Ideally this is done by 4 officers in this scenario. Three to cover the suspects and one who is doing the handcuffing. (A few students were asked to participate as the officers were short handed).




Monday, April 2, 2012

When the Cat's Away


I love it when my wife goes on vacations. These are the times that I can clean house with any objections to why or what I am throwing away. Last trip enabled me to throw away several broken objects that she said that she was going to fix (they had been broken for over a year). This time was clothes. I live by a fairly simple rule; If it has been stored for over a year without being touched it needs to go. I place some exceptions on materials for prepping, spare parts for this and that but as a general rule it works just fine.

This is a different matter when it comes to the stuff that she keeps in the basement. Old lamps that will never be fixed, 3 tables that have not seen the light of day for a few years, bar stool chairs and her multitude of clothing bins. We have clothes down there from the 80's, baby clothes and clothes from college. So I went to work stuffing as many clothes as I can into garbage bags and I donated 8 garbage bags to our clothing donation store. So guiltily I complete another task and plan dogeza-gaikĊ for when she comes home.








Friday, March 30, 2012

Automatic Airsoft Turret with free source code

The owner of this magnificent device has posted the design specs and the source code for the targeting apparatus. I will let your imagination fill in the rest.


Busy Day

Tons of committments today so I will leave you with this video of a trike flight in Idaho. This is the same guy who retraced the steps of the Patriots novel in his trike here.




Thursday, March 29, 2012

Citizen Police Academy Part 2


Last night we were introduced to our CSI officer K. She is one of the few "civilians" working with the police department in a official capacity. She is a recent addition to the police department as they found more and more officers being tied up at crime scenes to collect evidence. So her role is to enable those officers to go back into the street while she collects the evidence.

Unlike the TV series her job involves months of work instead of hours. She does not talk to witnesses and she does not carry a weapon. Collecting and reporting is basically what she is mainly concerned with. The class was introduced to several methods of collecting. First was the traditional dust method which is extremely messy and got everywhere on the table. The second is the magnetic dust which I found to be more manageable and less wasteful. She also demonstrated a two part epoxy that will pull fingerprints off of uneven surfaces. The last is the superglue method which actually does work if you put the item in a container and then put a few drops of superglue in the container and close it.

The last half of the class was interpreting a crime scene. The CSI arranged a spare room to make it look like a crime had happen. We were briefed that 3-4 shots where fired and two men were seen leaving the scene. She described that this information is typical in her job and its up to her to put the pieces together. So we found 2 9mm shells and 1 .40 shell. Powder was spread over a desk and a chair was overturned. Later we found 3 bullet holes and another shell under a chair. It was concluded that one suspect was shot, and had left via the backdoor. The other suspects had left after being shot at.

The thing that had left an impression is the lousy return time for fingerprint matches and DNA. She was saying that only one place handles all these. It takes up to 3-5 months to verify fingerprints, 5-8 months for DNA and 5 months for ballistic checks. You would think that with all our advancements we would have a better reporting process.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Odds & Ends

Cleaning was the word of the day today. From toilets to the downstairs storage area. I had just finished with some of the shelving when I noticed ants. None of them were alive but they were there nonetheless. Turns out they might be carpenter ants from some of the indicators of the mess they made. More money down the drain we go.

Earlier I was treated to a movie by my wife as a midday break. I made the classic book to movie mistake, I read the book first. Hunger Games was a decent sort of movie by itself. However after you have read the book you will notice that certain major plot points have been left out of the movie. This is all I will say about the movie since some people have not seen/read it yet.

There is a lot of speculation on the whole Trayvon Martin issue. I have bowed out of that whole argument when debate turned into a frothing frenzy of speculation. I will say this though; The speed that the left picked up on this issue has been nothing but staggering. It took 2 days for this thing to blow up and hit national media.

The main issue being the "Loughner Effect" where the media matters sunk their teeth into facts that were not there. The main issue was the whole "he was a white shooter" statement. Then the pickup by Obama was nothing short of astounding. If you think your second amendment is safe think again. They will manufacture and create events to drive a wedge between those who don't have against those who do. Look at the Fast and Furious case. Has anyone been held accountable? Where are the impeachment calls? How long ago has this happened? Who were they going to blame had they not been caught? Oh, and why did they release the suspect back into the wild? He has already abandoned most of our longest standing allies; why should the American people be any different?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Citizen Police Academy Part 1

As I had discussed earlier I have signed up for my areas Citizens Police Academy. Since this class runs on Wednesdays I will update on Thursday to tell you of my experiences with that class. Most of last nights meeting was a overview of the course and what it could lead into.

We were introduced to Officer A who had an extensive career as a police office. She had attended POST (Police Officers Standards and Training) three times. Once as a jailor, once as a patrol officer and the last time to become an instructor for POST. She was involved in a nasty car accident which severed her left foot and now was on light duty after multiple surgeries until her future was decided by our police department. Pretty hardcore right there if you ask me. The police chief came up next introduced himself and described how the program works (I will cover that later on). He then gave us his work cell and asked us to call him if we have any questions/issues with the training.

We go through a few videos; Paul Harvey and what is like to be a police officer. Another one about how many officers has been killed on duty in the past four months. Then we get to the waivers of indemnity because certain arrests are still pending in court (makes sense), and the liability waivers. This is for the four hour ride along with a patrol vehicle that is required for the course. Which is one of the main things I am looking forward to. We were reminded not to talk in the police cars while the officers are "on tape" because apparently the microphones pick up everything and they had a young lady on tape making fun of a field sobriety test-e.

Looking at the syllabus we have CSI, Traffic Enforcement, Domestic Violence, Drugs and Gangs, Patrol Procedures, K-9, Bomb Team (insert red wire jokes here), SWAT Team and then we get a nice certificate.

So the program is geared for the Citizens Patrol which goes out on patrol with the support of the Police Department. They are a volunteer organization which secures crime scenes, does perimeter enforcement, tags abandoned vehicles and traffic control. They require a 10 hour monthly commitment and 2 training meetings a month. This is not for me however. I do not see me up at all hours of the night and dealing with family commitments in the morning. I am mainly interested in the different departments and how they function. So if you have any questions that you would like answered let me know here or email me at djinnter at gmail dot com and I will make it a point to get them answered during my classes.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Marines vs Obama and Ammo

Looks like even more Marines are coming out against Obama. The Marine Times cite that they can not keep up with the amount of online traffic out there. It's a bad sign for the Commandant when your armed forces are openly disparaging their CIC. However, it should speak volumes about how not to handle your armed forces IE cutting health care, don't ask don't tell, neverending combat deployments, ect ect.


I was reading in a few blogs (here and here) that ammo is once again going up. I then see the prices for several of my online sites reflecting this. I have several local shooting matches I would like to attend and I will not be a victim to this season's election fraud as it relates to ammunition prices. So I will be looking at purchasing a reloader with the wife's approval of course (she probably pictured me moping around the house this summer). My first purchase was to get the ABC's of reloading from Amazon. Hopefully this will give me the information I need to purchase reloading gear without getting robbed in the process. Carteach0 has also mentioned he will post advice on reloading later as well.

Monday, March 19, 2012

History of gun grabs

Bit of a long post but relevant to gun control issues. This has happened in the past, usually to commit genocide of a peoples and with Holder's newly released videos of gun propaganda on Brietbart I felt it was timely.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Odd's and Ends

The missus brought home an order sheet last night. I sighed heavily when she bought the page to my attention fearing some sort of cosmetic/fancy underwear wish list for my approval. This was a list of storage goods, however. Strange, why she would be handing me this (to spend money on) list. It was for a class on food preparation that the LDS Church is hosting. The kids pack them up and receive school credit while the church get the money for the consumables. The prices are pretty reasonable too $15 for 27 lbs of flour, $17 for sugar? All this and they are packed in containers for storage. Needless to say I had to backtrack on that sigh pretty quickly. Onions, beans, wheat, flour, sugar, apple slices and a few more for very reasonable prices to which I spent more than I should have. But heck, a deal is a deal and you have to grab them when they come.

Second bit o' new comes from my police department. I have been extolling the virtues of our local PD for a while, they do a herculean job for the size town we have and they do it well. No weapon rights controversies, no out of control cop on you-tube videos either. So an opening came open with the Citizens Academy and I went for it. More out of curiosity if nothing else as I have never had any police training or background (military and some security). I will start on the 21st and will try to keep you updated with the training as it happens.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sushi

Sorry kymber it is sushi but it kind of related to pot-stickers. Wife got me a kit to make home made sushi and we have put it to good use.
Although I have to admit I cheat when I make sushi. I used a tool called the sushezi. This is ten times easier than using the "traditional" method of rolling it on a bamboo mat. The wife tried the bamboo mat and it came out looking square.
The only other thing is that you need a very very sharp knife to make the cuts in the sushi. So with that said I will not show you the aftermath of trying to cut them with a dull knife.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Union Teachers pushing for Marxism

Here is your tax dollars at work. Any teacher found pushing any ideology other than learning should be stripped of teaching credentials and flogged.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Range Day

With Saturday's weather turning out to quite nice I decided it was time to dust off the AR I had built over this winter. I pieced together a lower from Spikes, some Stag Arms parts, through in a good amount of Magpul furniture and I was finished with the lower half. The upper I have to admit that I kind of chickened out on. I felt comfortable with all the spring work. but the gas tubes intimidated me. So I bought the complete upper from Bravo Company with a slight tinge of regret.



That regret is now gone. The picture you are about to see is nothing short of amazing. What makes it even more so is that I have not zeroed it in other than a barrel sight check months prior. I missed a few shots here and there but over all its a very decent platform. I am sure a few of you are better at running and gunning but hopefully more training on my behalf will fix the errant shots.



The target below was for a newly acquired weapon which might need to go the gunsmith. More on that at a later time.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Marine's Facebook page tests military rules

Found this while slogging through the news sites:

"SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marine Sgt. Gary Stein first started a Facebook page called Armed Forces Tea Party Patriots to encourage service members to exercise their free speech rights. Then he declared that he wouldn't follow orders from the commander in chief, President Barack Obama.
While Stein softened his statement to say he wouldn't follow "unlawful orders," military observers say he may have gone too far.
The Marine Corps is now looking into whether he violated the military's rules prohibiting political statements by those in uniform and broke its guidelines on what troops can and cannot say on social media. Stein said his views are constitutionally protected.
While troops have always expressed their views in private, Stein's case highlights the potential for their opinions to go global as tech-savvy service members post personal details, videos and pictures that can hurt the military's image at home and abroad." You can read the rest here.

I know what my views are on this but I am curious to see what my audience thinks. Please feel free to sound off below.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

An Interesting Topic


Duke posted an excellent article on his blog here, since my answer would be to long I decided to make a separate post about it.
Perhaps this topic hits near and dear to our hearts because of history. During the revolutionary war it became common for the locals to hide their weaponry from the British because of confiscation fears. It could be said that the attempt to forcibly take these weapons actually led to the American Revolution.

"On April 18, 1775, British General Thomas Gage sent 700 trained troops to Concord, Massachusetts. On the dawn of the 19th, 70 men — farmers, clerks, storekeepers — stood fast and faced the British advance guard at Lexington Green" (taken from here)

The troops sent would undoubtedly have confiscated their weapons and possibly took their food stores as well. So this topic that Duke has presented us with is not a new one. We do not even have to look at other countries to see the effects of gun control in other hemispheres.

Another incident to take a look at is the Gunpowder Incident which had the same kind of outcome. Locals banded together and repelled the British invaders.

That is why every weapon owner feels that owning a weapon is a fundamental right. It has been ingrained with us since the founding of our country. Our founding fathers knew that firearms were essential for maintaining a stable and representative government. The problem with all this is some groups tend to forget how we forged this great country and they are doomed to repeat history.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sinus Infection

Still under the weather this week and developed into the dreaded sinus infection. I am going to try to tough this out without antibiotics or other medication except for aspirin. My wife advised me that I am to quick to use antibiotics in this situation and its better if I just let it run its course. So if I am sort of out there forgive me.

I will take this time to advise everyone who still is using Google to install this application: http://www.ghostery.com/ Its a free product that will help hide your Internet usage from data mining (to an extent) and removes nasty tracking cookies. I have used this for a few months and use it extensively.

For your viewing pleasure:

Friday, March 2, 2012

Mail Issues and other stuff


I have had it with my mail carrier. In the past 3-4 months I have hand delivered at least 8 pieces of mail to my neighbors. I can understand once a month but this is getting ridiculous. I have contacted the 1-800 numbers at least 3 times. Yesterday invoked a last straw for me. I took a picture noted it on my calendar and drove to the post office that is 40 minutes away. I spoke to whatever manager was on duty and informed him of the mail carrier’s habits.

You have to really tick me off to make me go on a special trip to talk to your supervisor. That being said if this does not work I will document each piece of mail and ask this be escalated to the district supervisor with photo evidence. The real concern here is how many pieces of my mail that do not get delivered.

In other news my daughter has brought home a new illness and was kind enough to share. If the US ever looses their chemical facilities they can quickly recoup those losses by visiting the local schools to get those viruses back. So with stuffy head and dripping nose I bid you adieu for today.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Free North Carolina: Get a Load of This Slightly Threatening Email From the Obama Re-Election Campaign

If you follow his link to the main article there is another link to a White House survey on why you have not donated. I took it as an open mike and expressed my displeasure on Holder's Fast and Furious, Federal funds for defunct solar companies, and TSA to name a few. Please feel free to do the same.

Free North Carolina: Get a Load of This Slightly Threatening Email From the Obama Re-Election Campaign

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fox News

Is it just me or has the news specifically the web site has gone silent in open opposition of Obama. Is this the settlement Rupert reached with the US agencies in regards to the wire taps? For the past week or so there has been plenty of news out there for the Obama's miscreants yet Fox news corp. is silent. Even some of the shows have toned down the rhetoric in regards to the current administration.

A few out there are still fighting the good fight but it looks to me Fox news has now bowed out. If I were Rupert I would sell Fox news to a trusted friend for a dollar so they might continue the real news and just not fluff pieces.

Born in the USA

I really wonder about the credentials of Obama's czars and administration staffers. Why would Geithner say that being an American is a priviledge? Is it ignorance, calousness? Or is it the power that he holds corrupting an entire administration so completely that they hold sway over Congress and the legal system. This has really pissed me off as an American who volunteered 8 years of my life for this country. I am an American and it is my BIRTHRIGHT that I call myself such. Priviledge just means America and its values are for sale. Something everyone should clue into right now, your country is being sold out from beneath you right now.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

As seen on Facebook

Had to repeat this, reminded me of my first shirt. Sorry for the language but with the military its almost an art form.

"Awesome Shit My First Sergeant Said It's not the Acid attacks. Honor killings. Beheadings. School bombings. Hostage taking. Corrupt checkpoints. Religious violence between factions. Institutionalized corruption. Corporal punishment. Slavery of women. Or even the widely practiced recreational homosexuality. You all can hold hands while you skip down Chaos Lane for all I f*cking care. But when your civilization sucker punches my civilization, I aint gonna leave nothin left of your way of life but a cloud of dust... Ask the Japanese."

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Milk

Having been raised near a dairy farm I can say without a doubt that their is no harm in drinking unpasteurized milk. The CDC however is drinking the big business/farm stance that it is 150 more times dangerous. So are we to trust big business whose lots are breeding grounds for E-coli and other diseases or the local dairy farmer who is trying just to make ends meet. This article explains it more in depth.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Oops

Some how my previous post was overwritten with a correction that I had made recently. So to recap I will be posting light this week due to this weeks errends I have to run. Unless something gets under my skin and I decide to invoke nerd rage.

One of these days I will get this blogging javascript to cooperate.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Age of Oppression

This song really speaks to me on multiple levels...


Odds and Ends

As I have mentioned before I am having a terrible time sorting out my followers. Please do not get offended if I do/did not welcome you. I keep getting different numbers each time I log in. So if you are following me and I am not following you back please post to that effect and I will remedy that immediately.

Days of our Trailers has a good article up on the shenanigans of the DHS. Pretty much any weapon enthusiast and rocket/plane hobbyist will have to watch out for plumbing trucks.

Which brings me to my next link here. Property has become so costly we have revert back renting to fulfill housing needs. People are reporting their neighbors for weird/strange behavior and the DHS are monitoring people who like to recreate with weapons and backpacks.

If all this sounds strangely foreign here is another article posted by View from the Porch. Here is a hint; Its not the passwords they are worrying about, they are trying to track movement across the interwebs. Which with a single person identity would require less resources than it does now.

Throw in the attack on Catholicism and a state run media and the results are modeling an old school Soviet Russia. Just some of the thoughts running through my mind this morning. Please feel free to disagree with me below.

Monday, February 13, 2012

V-Day Ramblings

I had intended this to be a review of some of the equipment that I have purchased recently, but OpSec reared its ugly head and advised me otherwise.

This brings me to my other post on Valentines Day. I hate Valentines day, I hate the commercialization of any holiday really but Valentines is one that really gets my goat. This could trace back to my childhood days in which I was coerced to make Valentines for people whom, I didn't not know, and those of who I severely disliked. Even way back then I realized that you did not reward bad behavior with treats of sugar. Perhaps it was the time I received a particularly hard heart candy and chipped a tooth. Nothing says love like a emergency trip to the dentist for some excruciating pain.

It wasn't till later in life that I learned most holidays were based on pagan ceremonies/holidays. Saint Valentine is actually two people. It honors a Priest in Rome and the other a bishop of Interamna, one of which was beaten, stoned and then beheaded for marrying people against Roman wishes. Throw this in with a Graeco-Roman fertility holiday and you have the basis of what is now Valentines day. Some time later between there and here we get to a romance holiday; which started with a stoning and beating ironically enough.

I will give my wife a necklace for Valentines day and my children will also get a "non-candy" treat. This is because I know V-day means something to them. I will cross the ends of the world for them while on fire to make them happy. I will not do this for a commercialized holiday whose original purpose was to honor a Saint(s) whose ultimate sacrifice for the human race was death.



I really need a bah humbug statement for Valentines day

Friday, February 10, 2012

Book Review

I had purchased "Without Rule of Law" on a recommendation on another blog site so I decided to give it a read. I was intrigued with the warning "This book may tick some people off...how to do things that some might find immoral...interesting stuff, things I hadn't thought of before. How to hide. How to evade. How to infiltrate. How to scavenge... if all of your preps have been expended or destroyed, there are skills you can deploy to increase your chances of living. - SHTFBLOG.com"

I found it to be quite the opposite really, it did not go far enough for me. Perhaps that it was written for the average "Joe" is why I came away from the book disappointed. I am fully away for instance that should the SHTF chances are everyone will have to scavenge. The author gives examples on the types of door breaches but he does not touch in great detail on the lock picking side. He goes into the basics of the camouflage systems but he does not cover on how to place/secure the Jute on the survival netting. It is the inconsistencies like this that drive me nuts. I mean if your audience is the general public why just glance on a topic?

The book is organized well and very easy to read but the obvious missing parts to it keep me from enjoying it altogether. Perhaps it is my military background that spoiled it but I doubt it. It did have a few revelations for me, like having a survival net or the disguise section was fairly ingenious. I also had not considered the roof  as a point of entry to any domicile. To often I think we focus on doors and windows as ingress routes. The train as you fight is also a good point, don't wait till the flag goes up to see your equipment is junk.

All in all its a decent book but if you are looking for an instruction manual this is not it. There are other manuals for breaching, lock picking, and camouflage out there. It makes a good coffee table book but other than that I count on other sources for a "how to" style book.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Your fear brings them their power: Counterpoint

American Preppers Network had this to say in their blog today:

"Is there really a danger by being public about prepping? There is a level of danger in everything we do in our everyday lives. I would argue that skydiving is far more dangerous than publicly sharing the message of prepping with others, but what gain does society have each time you jump out of an airplane? Yet we do not criticize the skydiver. Even the figherfighter who is in a much greater position of danger will save but only a handful of lives. However, by publicly sharing the message preparedness, a prepper has the ability to save possibly thousands if not millions."

American Preppers Network: Your fear brings them their power.

To which I would respond that a good OpSec has its place among those who would call themselves preppers. As someone who has been in ComSec for most of my military career I have been exposed to OpSec for a good portion of my life. If the US military and the government consider it to be a key principal to run their operations why shouldn't the average prepper? Take Katrina for instance where the citizenry were disarmed from their legally owned weapons. Some of those disarmaments came from local citizenry telling the police so and so has a weapon.

I am in no way saying we should not be talking about how we prep or what your storage of these preps are. Like any good conversation there is a right way and a wrong way to do this. Human beings are by their nature curious and that curiosity, while it may seem genuine, will  come back to bite you if the SHTF. To many times I have seen posts like I am going to XYZ's house if something happens. Now you have invited half your block to your house how are you going to afford all the extra rations? Human beings, lately, are also another thing lazy. Why stock up on things when you have a neighbor that is doing it for you.

There are some excellent Youtube videos explaining how to prep without divulging any information on who they are and where they are located at and they are very level headed about it. Conversely, there is the National Geographic version which from its promo's seems to have clung on to a fringe element to improve its ratings. Not to mention they do an aerial shot over the land of a prepper's safe-house (Google Maps anyone?). Do I want the Kardashians representing a lifestyle choice that I take seriously? How about MTV do a reality show of 3 people in a bunker having fights all the time?

OpSec is important to me. Its important because my life depends on it and so does my family. If I can spread the word to save millions I will do it up to a point. Information that would compromise my family or myself, however, is strictly verboten.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Its a Radio!

Well not yet but I have successfully obtained a radio through the vast expanse that is ebay. I was able to get my hands on a Hammarlund HQ 100A. This lovely boat anchor has been loving refurbished by another who knows a heck of a lot more than I do about tube radios. My next task will be purchasing 100 feet of 12 gauge wire to make a dipole antenna. This will be placed and camouflaged on my roof which is considerable higher than that of the other houses in the area. The pattern I will be aiming for will be an inverted "V". Supremely happy that I finally got my hands on a restored Hammarlund.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Google's new privacy policy

Coming soon to a mail account near you:


As a side note I will be changing my email address shortly due to Google's need to read my email.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Social Network Mining

The news is rife of posts of people who are getting in trouble on Facebook and twitter for posting images/stories that in a pre 9/11 mindset would have not have same consequences. But as some people are finding out Big Brother is watching and data mining sites like Facebook, twitter, MySpace and blogs (here, here and here). In some cases people are being reported as this person was.



I would caution anyone about posting questionable material on social networking sites, to include blogs, as they are putting themselves at risk for a visit from men in cheap suits. I am seriously considering divorcing myself from all social media sites as Rural Revolution did due to their tracking issues.

OpSec is a key component on what preppers do, please do not let yours be compromised by a joke or a post in anger. They do not have a sense of humor.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Passwords

Pursuing through the many news topics today I came across this one. Symantec has lost code for PC anywhere and offers a few tidbits of helpful information to keep your PC safe. I would say they needed to go farther with this.

As a someone who as been in the IT field for a long time nothing is more time consuming than passwords. You have to change them at least every 6 months and monitor access to critical systems to make sure they are not being used when you are not there. I however discovered that having a layer of passwords is much less painful, time consuming, and ultimately more secure since a compromised password would only get access to one layer.

Layer 1 are simple passwords (such as qwerty01) to sites that I have little or no worries of any personal information being compromised. Fire arm blogs, news sites, computer sites ect ect.

Layer 2 get a slightly more complicated password one that uses the 8 charater minimum with Upper and lower case and a special character (H0t@0N3!). This is for more personal sites like job sites or web applications that require SSN# or mailing addresses.

Layer 3 is for financial sites; Those that have any bank information and credit card information. In fact if you have more than 4 credit cards I would say that you split them on a different layer like Layer 3a and Layer 3b. This is the type of information that if hacked would keep you up at nights worrying.  I would go to a full 16 character random password on these if at all possible. (Kt6#l0sdT4$l1f&)

Layer 4 is the last layer typical assigned to email accounts and admin passwords. Also called you are going to have to write this one down password. I go to the 32 character range on this one. You can also make this your login, but really windows logins (for home anyways) are to prevent someone to remotely log into you machine. You can use a level 2 for a windows login.

So if any area is compromised/hacked you only have to change one level and not the whole structure. You are going to have a compromised password period. It is only a matter of time unless you don't use anything online (if you are reading this you are). Typical caveats apply here do not give any passwords to anyone, even if they "claim" to be of that particular institution/organization. System administrators know what your passwords are, or they can find out really fast. They have no need to ask you what they are. Also keep your passwords fresh; change then at least once every six months. This will ensure that even an old password has been stored they can not use it later on.

Online presence has become even more important in the digital age make sure that yours continues to belong to the right person.