Monthly Archives: April 2011

New Sponsor LPC Survival Ltd.

We are very pleased to announce our new sponsor LPC Survival Ltd. , distributor of Berkey Water Systems.

LPC Survival Ltd. Helping you prepare when time is on your side.

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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.

Delays Announced For Emergency Food Supplier

Shelf Reliance has announced that current ship times for its Thrive line of freeze-dried food products are being delayed between 2 and 3 weeks. The delay is due to “unprecedented demand and because of natural disasters and other global events”.

This comes just weeks after the largest U.S. Mountain House distributor announced that new orders for #10 cans of their popular food products would be delayed up to 160 days for similar reasons.

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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.

Al Qaida Issues Nuclear Threat

According to new top secret files made public by the internet website WikiLeaks, Al Qaida terrorists have threatened to unleash a “nuclear hellstorm” on the West if their leader Osama bin Laden, is ever captured or assassinated.  A senior Al Qaida commander asserted that the terror group is in possession of a nuclear weapon that is currently hidden somewhere in Europe.

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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.

Everything You Need To Know About Nerve Gas

By RSOPerator

Nerve agents are weaponized chemicals engineered to interfere with the nervous system causing the death of the intoxicated individual. They are readily absorbed into the body by inhalation, ingestion, and/or dermal contact and exert their biological effects by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase (pronounced (ə-sēt’l-kō’lə-nĕs’tə-rās’, -rāz’)) enzymes. Nerve agents are the most toxic of all currently known chemical warfare agents.

The majority of nerve agents belong to a class of compounds called organophosphates (OP). Organophosphates are the basis of many insecticides, herbicides, and are widely used as solvents, plasticizers, and extreme pressure (EP) additives.

G-type nerve agents (GA, GB, and GD) are clear, colorless liquids that are volatile at ambient temperatures. VX is an amber-colored, oily liquid with low volatility unless ambient temperatures are high.

A variety of odors have been reported as an indication of exposure to nerve agents, but this appears to be highly subjective and dependent on the presence of chemical impurities. Therefore odor should not be considered in an attempt to identify the presence of specific nerve agents.

Detection

Chemical agent detectors sensitive to nerve agents (CAM, M18A2, M256, etc.) and papers (M8, M9) are utilized for detection.

Detection of nerve agents may also be confirmed by observing key medical symptoms in individuals associated with nerve agent intoxication.

Symptoms & Effects

Depending on the degree of intoxication, symptoms may include:

  • • Nervousness and/or restlessness
  • • Miosis (contraction of the pupil)
  • • Rhinorrhea (runny nose)
  • • Excessive salivation
  • • Dyspnea (difficulty in breathing due to bronchoconstriction/secretions)
  • • Sweating
  • • Bradycardia (slow heartbeat)
  • • Tachycardia (fast heartbeat)
  • • Loss of consciousness
  • • Convulsions
  • • Flaccid paralysis
  • • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • • Apnea (breathing stopped)

The onset of rhinorrhea and difficulty breathing is usually very rapid, occurring within seconds to minutes of exposure to nerve agent vapors, and within half an hour of exposure to liquid agents.

Miosis is a very characteristic symptom of nerve agent intoxication. Victims will often report difficulty in seeing (blurred & dimmed vision).

Medical Treatment

Atropine sulfate: The immediate treatment for nerve agent intoxication is intravenous injection of 2 mg atropine sulfate (pediatric dose calculate based on 0.02 mg/kg with a minimum dose of 0.1 mg) (intramuscular injection should be considered if the patient is hypoxic and ventilation can not be initiated, as there is a risk of ventricular fibrillation). An initial dose of 5 mg atropine sulfate (pediatric dose calculate based on 0.05 mg/kg) should be used for severe intoxication This should be followed by additional injections of atropine at 10-15 minute intervals, continuing until bronchoconstriction has been eliminated and secretions dried. (At this point in the treatment, bradycardia, if it was present, should also have been reversed; miosis will not be reversed by systemic atropine) If breathing has stopped, a mechanical respirator should be used to ventilate the patient. If possible, oxygen or oxygen-enriched air should be used for ventilation. Also if possible, cardiac activity should be monitored. Do NOT attempt mouth-to-mouth resuscitation under any circumstances.

Oximes: Oximes (pralidoxime salts, obidoxime) can help to restore acetylcholinesterase activity, though their effectiveness varies with the agent involved in the intoxication. Obidoxime is the most generally useful oxime, however, it has been known to cause liver damage. In general, absent specific information on the agent, use of pralidoxime salts should be considered, with a slow intravenous infusion of pralidoxime chloride of 500 mg to 2 g (pediatric dose calculate based on 15-25 mg/kg) being given initially. An intramuscular injection of 1 mg in 3 mL sterile saline may be used if an IV cannot be established. Repeat doses at hourly intervals should be considered if the clinical condition does not change or if it worsens.

Diazepam: Diazepam should be administered to control convulsions. It also has value in controlling fear on the part of the patient. An initial dose of 5 mg may be followed by additional doses at 15 minute intervals up to a maximum of 15 mg.

Rescuer Safety & Precautions

Initial care should include terminating patient exposure to the agent by removal of the patient from the contaminated area followed by thorough decontamination. Only rescuers provided with a full ensemble of LEVEL A chemical protective gear should enter a contaminated area in an attempt to rescue individuals unable to assist themselves.

Supportive care involves ensuring an airway, and early intubation (placement of a flexible plastic breathing tube into the trachea) for victims with significant exposures. The use of succinylcholine to assist intubation is contraindicated due to possible interactions with nerve agents.

Individuals treating casualties should avoid any direct skin-to skin contact. LEVEL A chemical protective gear MUST be used. Latex gloves are NOT adequate protection. Patients should be removed from exposure and decontaminated as rapidly as possible (see the section on decontamination below). Patients must not be moved into clean treatment areas where unmasked/ungloved personnel are working until decontamination is complete.

The combustion products produced by the burning of nerve agents are generally less toxic than the agents. If nerve agents are burning and other considerations permit it, the fire should not be extinguished.

Agents absorbed by cloth may be released as a vapor by the cloth for a significant period after exposure. Therefore the handling of discarded cloth items that has been contaminated by agents should only be carried out by personnel wearing LEVEL A chemical protective gear.

Decontamination

Victims

  • • Remove victim from contaminated zone
  • • Remove contaminated clothing, personal jewelry, etc.
  • • Wash with copious amounts of water at a comfortable (tepid) temperature
  • • Wash with 0.5% hypochlorite solution (mixture of 1 part household bleach with 9 parts water) or, alternately, soap and water
  • • Rinse with copious amounts of tepid water

In general, you will encounter only small amounts of residual liquid contamination among survivors, since exposure to large amounts of liquid nerve agent is rapidly fatal.

Property

Surface decontamination is accomplished using hypochlorite bleach slurries, dilute alkalis, or DS2 decontaminating solution. Note that some agents will generate toxic reaction products when treated with decontaminants. If possible, decontamination of facilities and equipment should be deferred until the specific agent that is the source of contamination has been identified.

Adsorbent powders (talc, flour, etc.) can be utilized to contain liquid agents.

Disclaimer: Responsible use of the information provided here lies with the reader, not with us. Radical Survivalism and the author shall not be held liable for the use or misuse of this information. As always, please be safe and act responsibly.

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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.

Override The Law And Get-er-done

By: MOTH

You may think that Card Check is the answer for workers rights. In this video, circumventing the law is the way to get-er-done. Personally, I prefer to live in a world where using the law is the way to get things accomplished. The bottom line is that in the U.S. we live with the right to get the law changed if we do not agree with it, or vote for or against it.

If we suddenly live in a world where the way to get-er-done is to go around or ignore the law, do you really think this ‘circumvention’ will be limited to Card Check? I always ask the question, what is the stopping point? What will be next on the list? You may want to ask yourself those same questions when you consider the way to get-er-done.

We have three things guaranteed in life…birth, death, and taxes in between. It may be time to plug in one more guarantee…if we suddenly subscribe to the radical get-er-done theology of overriding the law, then the next guarantee will be just as simple as the first three: Override one right, and you can be assured they will come gunning for the next right. It may be Happy Meal toys, or it may be your right to vote.

For those interested in the concept of Card Check, click here.

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About The Author: MOTH (Mother Of The House) is the Co-founder and Editor-In-Chief of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

Trouble Is Coming: UAW / AFL-CIO: “Forget The Law”

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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.

Hezbollah Attack ‘Imminent’ on Israeli Targets Abroad

TheBlaze is reporting that the Lebanese Hezbollah guerrilla group is planning to attack Israeli targets abroad, according to Israel’s Channel 2 Television News. The planned attack is said to  ‘already be in motion.’ No specific target was mentioned, but Hezbollah has asserted this plan is meant to avenge the assassination of its chief of operations, Imad Mughniyeh.

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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.

Up Goes the Debt Limit…Again

By: MOTH

I frequently hear ‘important’ people like Michael Moore say that the country is not broke. Then I have one question for Mr. Moore and those who believe in this heresy: if we are not broke, then why the need to raise the debt ceiling? Once again, the country’s credit card is maxed out. Our interest rate is so large on that debt, that I cannot find that many zeroes on this keyboard.

According to Senator Mark Warner, Virginia “…you get close to that debt limit and you could actually scare the bond markets…” To see the interview, click here. Well, I don’t know what “that close” means, but as of yesterday (April 16) we are scarcely a month away from reaching the limit.

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About The Author: MOTH (Mother Of The House) is the Co-founder and Editor-In-Chief of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

Ammunition Acronyms

Below is a table of common acronyms associated with modern firearm ammunition.

If there is anything missing, please contact RSOP@radicalsurvivalism.com to suggest additional acronyms.

Modern Ammunition Acronyms:

+P          Higher powder charge than normal, 10-15% overpressure
+P+         Significantly higher powder charge than normal, 20-25% overpressure
ACP         Auto Colt Pistol
A-MAX       Polymer tipped long range target bullet - Hornady
AP          Armor Piercing
API         Armor Piercing Incendiary
APT         Armor Piercing Tracer
APTI        Armor Piercing Tracer Incendiary
AT-BT       AccuTip Boat Tail - Remington
BBWC        Bevel Base Wad Cutter
BEB         Brass Enclosed Base
BJHP        Brass Jacketed Hollow Point
BP          Bronze Point
BT          Boat Tail
BTBT        Ballistic Tip BoatTail by Nosler
BTHP        Boat Tail Hollow Point
BTM         Boat Tail Match
BTSP        Boat Tail Soft Point
CB          Cast Bullet
CL          Core-Lokt - Remington
CLU         Core-Lokt Ultra by Remington
CMJ         Complete Metal Jacket
CNL         Conical Nose Lead
CP          Cone Point
EFMJ        Expanding Full Metal Jacket - Federal
EP          Expanding Point
FEB         Fully Encased Bullet
FMC         Full Metal Case
FMJ         Full Metal Jacket
FN          Flat Nose
FNEB        Flat Nose Enclosed Base
FNSP        Flat Nose Soft Point
FP          Flat Point
FS          Partition bullet (lead cores wrapped in steel bands) - Winchester
FST         Fail Safe Talon
GAP         Glock Auto Pistol
GC          Gas Check
GD          Gold Dot - Speer
GDHP        Gold Dot Hollow Point
GS          Golden Saber - Remington
GS          Grand Slam - CCI
HBWC        Hollow Base Wad Cutter
HC          Hard Cast
HE          High Energy
HM          Heavy Magnum
HMR         Hornady Magnum Rimfire
HP          Hollow Point
HPBT        Hollow Point Boat Tail
HPJ         High Performance Jacketed
HPWC        Hollow Point Wad Cutter
HS          Hydra Shok - Federal
HS          Hi Shok - Federal
HS2         Hi Shok 2 - Federal
HSP         Hollow Soft Point
I           Interlock - Hornady
IB          Interbond - Hornady
IRT         Indoor Range Training - Federal
J           Jacketed
JFP         Jacketed Flat Point
JHC         Jacketed Hollow Cavity
JHP         Jacketed Hollow Point
JHPBT       Jacketed Hollow Point Boat Tail
JSP         Jacketed Soft Point
JSPF        Jacketed Soft Point Flat
JSZ         Jacketed Stranded Zinc - Federal
LBT         Lead Bullet Technology
LF          Lead Free
LFN         Long Flat Nose
LFN         Lead Flat Nose
LFP         Lead Flat Point
LGC         Lead Gas Check
LHP         Lead Hollow Point
LM          Light Magnum
LRN         Lead Round Nose
LTC         Lead Truncated Cone
LWC         Lead Wad Cutter
MB          Multi Ball / Shot
MC          Metal Cased
MJ          Metal Jacket
MK-BTHP     MatchKing Boat Tail Hollow Point - Remington
MON         Monolithic Solid
MRWC        Mid-Range Wadcutter
MR-X        Improved Triple-Shock - Barnes
NBT         Nosler Ballistic Tip
NOS         Nosler
NOSBT       Nosler Ballistic Tip
NP          Nosler Partition
P           Plated
PB          Parabellum
PG          Partition Gold - Winchester
PL          Power-Lokt
PP          Power Point
PSP         Pointed Soft Point
PSPCL       Pointed Soft Point Core-Lokt - Remington
RN          Round Nose
RNFP        Round Nose Flat Point
RNL         Round Nosed Lead
RNSP        Round Nose Soft Point
RHT         Reduced Hazard Training - Federal/CCI/Speer
SBBT        Soft Point Boat Tail
SCHP        Solid Copper Hollow Point
SFHP        Starfire Hollow Point - PMC
SHP         Speer Hollow Point
SJ          Semi Jacketed, also Short Jacket - Hornady
SJHP        Semi Jacketed Hollow Point
SJHP        Soft Jacket Hollow Point
SJSP        Soft Jacket Soft Point
SLAP        Saboted Light Armor Penetrating
SOL         Solid
SP          Soft Point
SP          Spire Point
SP          Spotter-Tracer - Military
SPSX        Spire Point Super Explosive - Hornady
SPTZ        Spitzer
SSB         Swift Scirocco Bonded - Remington
SSP         Single-Shot Pistol - Hornady
SST         Super Shock Tip - Hornady
ST          Silver Tip HP - Winchester
STHP        SilverTip Hollow Point - Winchester
Sub         Subsonic
SWC         Semi Wad Cutter
SX          Super Explosive
SXT         Supreme Expansion Technology - Winchester
TAP         Tactical Ammunition Police - Hornady
TB          Trophy Bonded
TBS         Trophy Bonded Solid
TC          Truncated Cone
TCMJ        Truncated Cone Metal Jacket
TCSP        Truncated Cone Soft Point
THP         Tubular Hollow Point
TMJ         Total Metal Jacket
TRI         Triad Group - A Square
TRU         Tactical Rifle Urban - Federal
TS          Triple-Shock - Barnes
UHC         Ultra High Coefficient - Hornady
VLD         Very Low Drag
V-MAX       V-Max Polymer Tip Varmint Hunting Bullet - Hornady
V-MAX       BTV-Max Boat Tail - Hornady
WLN         Wide Long Nose - LBT design
WMR         Winchester Magnum Rimfire
WSM         Winchester Short Magnum
WSSM        Winchester Super Short Magnum
XP3         FS without the steel bands - Winchester
XTP         Extreme Terminal Performance - Hornady

Again, if there is anything missing, please contact RSOP@radicalsurvivalism.com to suggest additional acronyms.

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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.

Six More Failed U.S. Banks Closed

U.S. Federal Regulators closed six failing U.S. banks on Friday, bringing the year’s total so far to 34.

The banks closed today were:

  • Bartow County Bank of Cartersville, GA
  • New Horizons Bank of East Ellijay, GA
  • Nexity Bank of Birmingham, AL
  • Superior Bank of Birmingham, AL
  • Rosemount National Bank of Rosemount, MN
  • Heritage Banking Group of Carthage, MS

These six closures on Friday will cost the FDIC’s deposit-insurance fund a combined $588.1 million.

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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.