Monthly Archives: May 2011

What are we going to tell the kids?

To better prepare your children for future economic challenges, watch this video. Learn how to communicate what is on the horizon so they know what to expect. Preparedness is not just about stocking the pantry or the ammo can, it is also about mentally preparing your loved ones.

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

Can The U.S. Enconomy Be Saved From Collapse?

Gerald Celente, publisher of Trends Journal, and adviser and consultant to many U.S. corporations,  is forecasting that a return to the gold standard will not be enough to save the US economy from collapsing.

Here’s the full article: http://www.helium.com/items/2163631-gerald-celente-predicts-gold-standard-wont-save-us-economy

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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.

Missouri Hit By Devastating Tornado

City of Joplin, Mo. is reeling after a tornado killed at least 116 on Sunday evening. This was the nation’s deadliest tornado since 1953.

Here is the full story.

At the time of this writing, Doppler radar from Weather.com shows the area is currently experiencing another round of storms.

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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.

10 Items Often Overlooked in Preparing For a Disaster

By RSOPerator

There are a number of things I’ve often found were missing when perusing through our friends’ 72 hour kits. While some of these may seem a little obscure, in all reality every item I’ll be discussing here would be quite useful in the right circumstance.

1. Dental floss: It’s important to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible especially when you don’t have immediate access to a dental professional. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

2. Batteries: What are you going to resort to when the batteries die in your flashlight or your handheld radio? You will want to have a supply of back-up batteries in your 72 hour kit to be sure you can keep your most useful electronic gadgets, survival tools and digital optics up and running.

3. Tarpaulin: One of the most sought after item that was in very short supply during the Haitian earthquake was a basic polymer tarp. A tarp is shelter from both the sun and precipitation, and can be utilized as a tool to catch rain water for consumption. They can also be used to cover a hole in a roof or as a makeshift fix for a broken window. With the widespread destruction that occurred in Haiti, these quickly became a form of emergency currency and were extremely hard to come by.

4. Pain Reliever: There is truly one thing worse than dealing with a disaster situation, and that is dealing with it while enduring the effects of a screaming head or back ache. Be sure to pack some of your favorite over-the-counter pain medication.

5. Underwear: Pack a few extra pair of clean underwear for each family member in a plastic press-and-seal bag and drop it into your 72 hour kit. When you find yourself separated from your bedroom closet for whatever reason, at some point, you are likely going to be very glad you had access to one or more pair of clean and dry underwear.

6. Toilet paper: Sure, you can just use leaves, but even a partial roll of TP is very light to carry, takes up little space even in a press-and-seal plastic bag, and it sure beats old dirty leaves.

7.  Pen & Paper: This is an all too often forgotten addition to your 72 hour kit. You never know when you will need to jot down an address, phone number, a list of instructions, or who knows what else. Be sure you have your paper packed into something waterproof and the pen you choose is reliable.

8. Local maps: Fancy GPS devices are all the rage, but what if the unit becomes damaged, or the batteries die and you forgot to back extra (see above)? It’s wise to have a few maps of the local area packed into your 72 hour kit so you can navigate the land around you in old-school style. Also, it’s of great importance you know how to read a map and correctly navigate using a map and compass. To learn more about this particular skill set, you can read and study U.S. Army Field Manual 3-25.26 – Map Reading and Land Navigation.

9. Antiperspirant: It’s not just for arm pit stink; another handy use for antiperspirant is to help prevent your feet from becoming overly damp with perspiration. Simply covering your feet in product will help to keep your socks dry even in heavy boots.

10.  Razor: Body and facial hair allow bacteria and resulting odors to stay on your person. Generally, the more effort you put into keeping yourself neat and clean, the less chances you have to acquire bacteria related skin conditions and to carry and transmit parasites.

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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.

Four Australian Banks’ Ratings Downgraded

Moody’s downgrades the long-term senior unsecured debt ratings of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corp AU, National Australia Bank Ltd., and Australia & New Zealand Bank Ltd. to Aa2 from Aa1.

Patrick Winsbury, Moody’s senior vice president based in Sydney commented, “The downgrade reflects our view of the Australian banking system’s structural sensitivity to conditions in wholesale funding markets.”

You can read the entire article from MarketWatch.com here.

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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.

Taliban UBL Revenge Attack Kills 80 In Pakistan

Today, at least 80 have been killed at a paramilitary training center in Pakistan. The Taliban has taken responsibility and claims the attack is the ‘first revenge’ for the U.S. raid that resulted in the death of Usama bin Laden.

Source: http://FoxNews.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.

Recipe: Black Bean & Rice Salad

This is a Shelf Reliance video demonstrating how to make a tasty black bean & rice salad using their Thrive line of freeze-dried & dehydrated foods.

I’ve had the opportunity to taste test some of the Thrive food products including the black beans, TVP taco meat, sour cream powder, and the shredded cheddar cheese. I must say I am very impressed with the taste. I give Shelf Reliance a big thumbs up.

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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.

U.S. Handgun Purchases To Set New Record…Again.

According to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), background-check applications for handgun purchases are on a record-setting pace so far in 2011.

Bloomberg News reports “In this year’s first quarter, the FBI’s Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 4.25 million requests on prospective gun buyers – up 16% from a year earlier.” If this pace continues, the number of firearm background checks would hit a record for a seventh straight year.

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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.

Higher Food Prices Are Here to Stay

GainsPainsCapital.com has posted an article discussing the sobering realities of long-term, high food prices here in the U.S. The article includes a warning of a food crisis coming soon.

The full text of that article can be found here.

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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.

Art Of the Tactical Carbine vol I

This is the trailer for the Art Of The Tactical Carbine vol I DVD by Magpul Dynamics. This is the fastest way I know of to become familiar with the tactical AR-15 and I highly recommend this video to anyone thinking of purchasing an AR-15 rifle.

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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.