How the Times Change

When the United States was founded, 90% of the population was in agriculture.

When Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States, 50% of our population were farmers, and almost everyone was close to fresh farm sources.

Today, less than 1% of the population raises our food.

See the problem?

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

This Week’s News Headlines

Plunging prices could force a third of U.S. oil firms into bankruptcy

(MarketWatch.com) “…The current downturn is now deeper and longer than each of the five oil price crashes since 1970, said Martijn Rats, an analyst at the bank (Morgan Stanley)…”

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Another Great Recession threatens world financial markets

(MarketWatch.com) “…Mr. Global Economy has spent much of the past seven years in an induced coma, with only a modest recovery from the Great Recession. The root causes of the life-threatening 2008-09 financial crisis remain unaddressed. Debt levels are higher now, and imbalances remain…”

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OPEC considering emergency action on oil prices

(Money.CNN.com) “…After watching the price of crude oil collapse by more than 65% to a 12-year low, there are signs that OPEC may have had enough…”

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Suicide bomber kills 10 people, mainly Germans, in Istanbul

(Reuters.com) “…A suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed at least 10 people, most of them German tourists, in Istanbul’s historic heart on Tuesday, in an attack Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed on Islamic State…”

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FDA approves OxyContin for kids 11 to 16

(USA Today) “…Among adolescents who are prescribed OxyContin, a small but significant number are going to become addicted…”

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Make a Simple Intercom From a Pair of Old Corded Phones

From Makezine.com | By Jason Poel Smith

In a SHTF situation, this may work as an alternative to purchasing a military field phone set and is much more affordable. All you need is some very basic electronic and soldering skills to complete the set-up and make it fully functional. Scaling it up to utilize on your property should then be fairly easy.

“An intercom can be a useful tool or a fun toy. In this project, I am going to show you how to make a simple intercom using a pair of old corded telephones. This is an easy electronics project that is great for beginners and fun to do with children…”

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Spelling Out the Phonetic Alphabet

“The NATO phonetic alphabet, more accurately known as the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet and also called the ICAO phonetic or ICAO spelling alphabet, as well as the ITU phonetic alphabet, is the most widely used spelling alphabet. Although often called “phonetic alphabets”, spelling alphabets are not associated with phonetic transcription systems such as the International Phonetic Alphabet. Instead, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) alphabet assigned code words acrophonically to the letters of the English alphabet so that critical combinations of letters and numbers can be pronounced and understood by those who transmit and receive voice messages by radio or telephone regardless of language barriers or the presence of transmission static.” – Wikipedia

The 26 code words in the NATO phonetic alphabet are assigned to the 26 letters of the English alphabet based on a match to each code word’s first letter.

Letter    NATO Phonetic Code Word
A    Alpha
B    Bravo
C    Charlie
D    Delta
E    Echo
F    Foxtrot
G    Golf
H    Hotel
I    India
J    Juliet
K    Kilo
L    Lima
M    Mike
N    November
O    Oscar
P    Papa
Q    Quebec
R    Romeo
S    Sierra
T    Tango
U    Uniform
V    Victor
W    Whiskey
X    X-ray
Y    Yankee
Z    Zulu

This may come in very handy in a WROL situation where electronic communication goes primitive.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Will the FDA Finally Crack Down on Homeopathy?

From Bloomberg Business | On April 20th, 2015 | By John Tozzi

“On a recent afternoon in midtown Manhattan, I popped into a chain drug store and picked up some $12 sleep tablets whose label promises both “courage and peace of mind” and “focus when ungrounded.” I also got a $17 tube of cream offering “rapid, soothing relief of pain” from conditions as varied as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bug bites. Both products sat on shelves alongside familiar drugs such as Tylenol and Claritin, which regulators have carefully scrutinized for safety and effectiveness. The half- dozen products I bought—labelled as “homeopathic”—aren’t vetted for either…”

Remember folks, if you control the peoples’ food and healthcare, you essentially control the people…

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Video: Explaining the Squad or Group Attack During WROL

Army veteran and co-owner of Practical Preppers LLC David Kobler explains how to conduct a squad attack on an enemy position.

“How to defend your patrol from a attack. Can be used to protect your retreat or community during a WROL situation.”

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Monday Quote of the Day

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of The United States of America.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

The Truth About US Militias: HBO’s VICE Gets an Inside Look

HBO sent correspondent Gianna Toboni from their news documentary series titled “VICE” to go in-depth with a Texas militia group to find out the truth about who they are and why they do what they do.

“Gianna Toboni explored the growing number of Americans joining patriot groups, training and taking up arms along the border. This is her Debrief from Season 3 Episode 3 of VICE on HBO.”


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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Attracting Swarms to Get Free Bees

“We have told the story before about how we stumbled into beekeeping. Our first year as beekeepers we were able to attract a swarm directly into a hive without much effort. Last season we got 4 the same way (although one entered the owl box) and even caught one on video. So this year we have our method pretty much figured out and are hoping last year wasn’t a fluke. Here’s what we do…”

READ MORE: http://blog.corujas.net/attracting-swarms-to-get-free-bees

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Wednesday’s Words Of Wisdom

“Over the years, Americans in particular have been all too willing to squander their hard-earned independence and freedom for the illusion of feeling safe under someone else’s authority. The concept of self-sufficiency has been undermined in value over a scant few generations. The vast majority of the population seems to look down their noses upon self-reliance as some quaint dusty relic, entertained only by the hyperparanoid or those hopelessly incapable of fitting into mainstream society.” ― Cody Lundin, When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes via SurvivalBlog.com

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.