2008 was the apex of our last boom economy, where the financial and private sectors, including personal wealth building by individuals, created record wealth through myriad leverage schemes. A lot of this was invisible to giddy investors in the market and housing industries. When that bubble began to leak air at a dizzying rate, the truth was still lost on people. (No wonder they fell for the “Stimulus” B.S..)
Since then, the worry warts have multiplied like rats. I generally ignore a lot of what they say. “The market just plunged 350 points!” “Yeah? So what. It’ll gain that back in a day or two, or even grow faster.”
And it does….
Here’s where the “but” comes in. A ZeroHedge article (I know, I know….) pub’d some interesting graphs. They come from different sources, and tell the same story. The title of the article says it all. “The Economy is Imploding” I won’t bother you with quotes. Best to read the whole thing in context. The crux of it is that major economic measurements from around the world are all pointed down, and currently sit below 2008 levels. Yes, they have done this before, but I can’t remember a report that has them ALL down there.
Does it mean something bad is happening, or about to? I dunno.
But it has my attention…..
When I see news about “official” law enforcement or agency incorporation of spy tech into their routines, I get a bit uneasy. Not because I have “anything to hide”, but because I have “everything to hide.”
“Huh? What do you mean?”
Here’s what I mean. If I have property that I’d rather not show the world, it’s MY RIGHT to keep it to myself – from everyone. I owe no one any knowledge of my life behind my walls. I
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A Couple of Thoughts on Outside Movement
Full-on outside equipment for moving through populated and contaminated areas….
You might find the need to move through a heavily infected area. Going down the rabbit hole of serious breakdowns in society, here are some thoughts on outside movement.
Full body cover PPE with spares CBRN cartridges for the Peltor 5400 Non-lethal stand-off self-defense items such as bright flashlights, pepper spray and stun guns Personal firearms, if allowed Walkie talkie and a way
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If you happen to like running heavy iron such as the G3 and its relatives, you probably know about RTG Parts. If you don’t know of them, then you need to pay a visit. Things like take down pins, firing pins and springs, roller, etc.. are all over there. Good prices, great service. Look through the offerings, and if you don’t buy something today, you’re likely to create a mental list of things to snatch up soon.
RTG Parts –
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What the heck. Might as well give out a link that absolutely rocks. Not like it’s all going to go away and leave me unsupported. If you are one who prefers 7.62 NATOto 7.63 COM-BLOC or even, hehe, 5.56….. Here is a link to current prices and locations. It is absolutely the BEST link to 7.62 NATO that you will find – ANYWHERE.
If you use other stuff…. keep using other stuff. Leaves REAL AMMO for guys like me.
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Your Personal Pandemic PPE Kit
In the first part of this series, I mentioned how I came to dislike the majority of Ebola PPE Kit offerings. I decided that building your own kit seems more reasonable. Below is a list of items you should have on hand, and some links to examples on Amazon. Study the items, read reviews, compare prices. After the list are some thoughts on why certain items are on it.
Quantities reflect possible usage rates per
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A Little Perspective
Viral Pandemics are rare and of little threat. “What?! How can you SAY that!” Well, it’s true. Depending on sources, the Ebola deaths in Africa number between 4,000 and 10,000 from March to October of this year. Keep in mind, the response to the outbreak was slowed for the first three months, giving the bug free reign to kill at will. This year, in the US alone, 90,000+ people will die just from mistakes made by medical
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Just a quick note. A LOT of “prepping” sites are saying part of your Ebola kit (or more rightly named, you Pandemic Kit) is the N-95 mask. Well, NIOSH has changed the rules determining the makeup of the N-95, which has rendered most of them sub-standard. But more than that, the characteristics of the N-95 are NOT OPTIMAL.
There is a better mask commonly available, though a touch pricier. The P-100. P rated masks will handle dry dust-borne contaminants, but
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FLIR, the big time thermal imaging folks that bring the invisible to your eyes has introduced a new line of imagers that start around $499. This line includes infrared and thermal cameras so I’m not sure at what price point the good stuff starts. They have not answered me back, yet. It has promise, though.
Image from http://www.flirsecurity.com/showcase/
A retreat that houses a small number of people may need some assistance in watching over things, especially in off shift.
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First off – I must share that I am not a medical professional, and certainly not a bio-warfare expert. That said, I do draw from personal relationships with current and past war-fighters, medical professionals, historians, and other individuals with their hands in related areas of study. From these, and my own war-gaming and study, I think I might at least approximate some of the thinking or planning going on in the fevered heads of our jihadi enemies. What I want
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