Doomsday Prepper Arrested

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that past participant in the hit TV show Doomsday Preppers, Tyler Smith was recently arrested.  As it turns out, Mr. Smith has previous convictions which prevent him from owning or having possession of firearms.  Looks like the folks at NatGeo slipped up on their vetting process…or did they?

After watching some of these episodes I have to wonder if the show has a requirement that they highlight the strange among us.  This guy, would have definitely qualified.

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Get Home Bag or GHB

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What is a Get Home Bag or GHB?  A GHB is a bag that contains supplies to help you get home.  The contents vary based primarily on the distance you will cover and the obstacles you may encounter on your travels.

On the Subject of Distance
Distance should not be measured “as the crow flies,” nor should it be measured using only one particular route home.  In fact, as part of your preparation, you should have alternate routes to return home plotted out and mapped when traveling.  Otherwise, you’ll be SOL if the emergency that is the catalyst for your use of a GHB is a storm or other hazard that has rendered your previous route impassible.  Additionally, there may be factors other than a physical barrier that will make it safer to traverse a less-traveled, longer way home.

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NRA ‘Takedown Project’ in the Works

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In a recent interview on Howard Stern’s radio show, movie producer and Obama supporter Harvey Weinstein showed his cards.  In the works, a movie designed as an NRA takedown.  In fact, Mr. Weinstein indicated that his movie after his movie, supporters of the basic human, civil right to defend themselves are “gonna wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”

Firearm ownership is a key tenet of emergency preparedness.  There is simply no tool better to defend yourself, your loved ones, or your property.  Furthermore, there is no tool better at securing wild meat in time of crisis than a firearm.  Make no mistake, firearm ownership is a civil right.

Nonetheless, it is clear that this Hollywood mogul doesn’t want to see firearms in the hands of civilians.  And, when you look at some of the movies this guy made, it is also clear that he has no problem making money by the portrayal of firearm violence.

This hypocrisy is, unfortunately, the norm for the modern left-wing progressives against firearm ownership.

Is there any gold in Fort Knox?

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Apparently, there is some gold in Fort Knox. Though, there will be less over time.

Last year, Reuters reported that Germany would begin repatriating its gold reserves. It had, during the cold war, split its gold reserves among the Central Banks in London, Paris, and New York. This was done as a protective measure. With the dissipation of the cold war, they no longer believed it necessary to divide their resources like that and began the process of returning their holdings to Frankfurt.

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Everyday Carry or EDC

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Everyday Carry or EDC is, well, what you carry with you every day, at all time.  This kit is the essential stuff you really couldn’t, or wouldn’t leave the house without.  There are websites dedicated to just photographing “pocket dumps” of various EDC Kits.

Before we go any further into this, assemble your kit in a manner that is consistent with current law.  If you are unsure of what is legal, check with the appropriate authorities.

So, given that your EDC must be able to be on you at all times, what should you include?  As with anything, it depends.  My kit includes:

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Operations Security (OPSEC)

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What is Operational Security (OPSEC)? First and foremost, OPSEC is a protective process engaged to defend critical information from being revealed or otherwise available to an adversary.  In short, keeping your information safe from the bad guys.

As stated, OPSEC is a process.

The first step in the process is identifying the critical information that should be protected or, if revealed (even innocently), could be used to harm you.  A good place to start would be the information identified in a previous post on identity protection.  Once you have covered that ground, expand to other areas.

The second step is analyzing possible threats.  Again, the spirit of the previous post on threat assessments is helpful here.  Identify who might attempt to disrupt you.

Third is assessing vulnerability.  Meaning, what areas of your activity are exposed that could reveal operational information to someone that would do you harm.  In short, where are you weak?

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Get in Shape!

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How many push-ups can you do in two minutes?  Sit-ups in two minutes?  And how fast can you run two miles or swim 800 yards?

These questions are some of the most basic measures of strength, endurance, and overall fitness that the U.S. Military uses to assess its soldiers.  It’s a good place to start for your own evaluation.

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Reading Room 4 January 2014

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