Monthly Archives: December 2011

Explosives Found On Traveler In Texas Airport

Explosive handlers on the scene at Midland Texas airport earlier today

Explosive handlers on the scene at Midland Texas airport earlier today

Multiple global news sources are reporting that a man was detained shortly after 9 a.m. Central Time today after trying to pass through a TSA security checkpoint at Midland International Airport in Texas with explosives in military-grade wrapping. According to spokespersons from the two agencies, he was taken into custody by the FBI at an airport security checkpoint.

Officials declined to say whether the man was in military uniform or how much explosive material was found in the man’s bag. They also did not comment as to where the man was being held, saying he was at either the airport or at the FBI office in Midland.

Midland police Sgt. Brian Rackow told the Midland Reporter-Telegram and Odessa American that the man identified himself to investigating officials as being active in the military. He was reported to have stated that he and his family had been in the area visiting relatives and were on their way back to his base in North Carolina.

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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.

Images Are Worth A Thousand Words

A Glimpse At Government Living Like Royalty In The U.S. (photo credit:Wikipedia)

A Glimpse At Government Living Like Royalty In The U.S. (photo credit:Wikipedia)

I happened upon this image and remembered just a few days ago I stood behind a young couple at WalMart who’s debt card was rejected and as a result, paid for their goods by digging loose change out of their pockets. Bearing that in mind, this image reminds me of how, as a country, we are failing.

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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.

It’s Glovely

In our home, we use powder-free latex gloves for a variety of projects. Several examples would be wood staining, mixing epoxy glue, and car maintenance. Wearing latex gloves during these activities protects the hands from chemical exposure as well as contributing to keeping the hands clean.

Gloves are an often overlooked preparedness item. During an emergency situation, you, your family, or your community may find it necessary to limit or ration water consumption.  There is also a possibility that water supply lines could be damaged or fresh water may be unavailable, such as from lack of electricity. This would make your normal hand washing routine much more difficult.

To protect yourself and your loved ones from illness, gloves are a necessary precaution. Having gloves on hand will assist in cleanliness and limit the spread of bacteria or germs. In an emergency situation, lack of or access to services may mean the possibility that something as simple as a scratch could become very serious, even resulting in death.

Gloves should always be worn when caring for the sick or the injured. Bacteria or food borne illness may enter the body through miniscule cuts, scrapes, or breaks in the skin. Gloves should also be changed as necessary when soiled. When dealing with multiple cases of illness or injury, gloves worn for caring for one person should be discarded before going on to the next individual. This may help to prevent the spread of disease from one individual to another.

There are several types and sizes of gloves available, such as non-powdered latex, and powdered latex (for ease of putting on.) There are also non latex varieties for those with latex sensitivity such as neoprene, nitrile rubber, and vinyl. Sterile medical gloves are used for medical procedures and are available in a variety of sizes as well as chemical compositions, just as is their non sterile counterparts.

Gloves come in dispenser cardboard containers as well as individual use packets. Exam as well as non sterile gloves may also have the potential use for being a barter type of item in a disaster scenario. This is an added benefit to storing some types of gloves as they could be considered as a form of currency as well as being used to protect the health and well being of you and others.

Gloves are inexpensive, convenient, and easy to store. The use of gloves or alcohol hand sanitizer should never be used as a substitute for good hand washing technique.  However, in an emergency, having a stock of gloves available may be what protects you and your family from a potentially life threatening disease.

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

Prepper Lingo: MAED

Mutually Assured Economic Destruction (MAED) defines the concept of a group of nations whose economies are so interdependent on one another to maintain solvency that the failure of one assures that all nations that are economically tied to it also experience failure.

The purpose of implementing this economic policy is to prevent participating nations from instituting economic or political policy that is designed to directly or indirectly harm the health of any other participating nation’s economy.

In today’s world, economic interactions occur between players from many nations. Decades of forging close economic ties amongst vast numbers of nations has led to financial dependence amongst those involved, which must be sustained in order to keep the hyper-complex global economic system afloat.

The term’s origin can be traced directly to the Cold War concept of Mutually Assured Destruction, or (MAD). MAD refers to the doctrine of military strategy and national security policy in which a use of high-yield weapons of mass destruction by two opposing sides would effectively result in the complete, utter and irrevocable annihilation of both the attacker and the defender, becoming thus a war that has no victory nor any armistice, but only effective reciprocal destruction.

Source: RSOPerator, Wikipedia.

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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.

Prepper Lingo: COMSEC

Communications Security is the discipline of preventing unauthorized individuals from accessing communications in an intelligible form, while still delivering content to the intended recipients.

In the United States Department of Defense culture, Communications Security is often referred to by the abbreviation COMSEC.

In the context of disaster preparedness, COMSEC often refers to the practice of not discussing one’s preparations and preparedness plans with other individuals who, for some reason or another, are not considered to be trustworthy. Also, it is often a reference to the safeguards put into place when communicating with other trusted individuals in such a way as to not allow untrusted third parties to intercept or overhear what is being discussed.

Sources: Wikipedia, RSOPerator.

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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.

Merry Christmas To All & To All A Good Night

There has been an influx of even more terrifying news from the international front in the last week…

Wondering what the next year will bring, and hoping that we get as far as the next Presidential inauguration…

I rarely leave the bathroom these days without wondering when will be the last time I ever actually get to flush the toilet or when the light switch will no longer provide light…

Putting our six year old to bed last night on Christmas Eve brought me to tears…

Her innocence is astounding as it is simple. Far reaching and joyous…complete and without question. She knows very little of the trials of the world in which she resides. My only wish is to protect her, and to keep that innocence intact for as long as I can.

This all serves to remind me that I need to enjoy every day, and never, never take for granted the time that I have with that beautiful six year old. This is a similar concept to having a terminal illness-live each day as if it is your last. Sans the terminal illness, it is a difficult concept to preach to those with their heads in the proverbial sand. But I still hope to live and share by example; therefore these words I share with you:

If you hug them, hug them closer.

If you feed them, feed them more.

If you house them, keep them warmer.

If you love them, invite them in and love them even more than you ever have.

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

AlertSomeone Emergency Notification System Launches

AlertSomeone.com Logo

AlertSomeone.com Logo

From AlertSomeone.com: Going hiking? Just want to get away for a quick overnighter in the mountains and don’t want to be bothered?

What if you fall, break your leg and have no cell phone service? The answer is simple… tell AlertSomeone where you are heading and if you don’t come home on time, we’ll alert your friends and family or the local park ranger or whomever you tell us to!

Using the AlertSomeone system is very easy to do. After creating an account online, and receiving your password via email, you can begin to use the system by navigating to the AlertSomeone.com site and creating an event that is associated with a trip you will be taking away from your home.

The first step in creating an event is to provide AlertSomeone with a list of email recipients, along with a text message detailing key information such as where you will be going, and when you expect to return. The next step is to schedule a date and time for the newly-created message to “fire” should you not make it back home to check in to the website and cancel the sending of the message. If you do fail to check-in to the site, the system will automatically send your email message to alert the person (or people) on your event’s recipient list.

Creating an account and using the AlertSystem system is currently free of charge, but I suspect that could change in the near future due primarily to the fact that the system is really quite useful in terms of adding a preemptive layer of personal security when the user is away from the home.

For those who are technologically “plugged-in” and partake in activities such as internet dating, hiking, camping or fishing, this solution is for you. Also, it is a simple security measure that can be taken that could easily save your life, or the life of someone you care about.

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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.

Russia Test-Fires Bulava Nuke Two Days Before Christmas

Test launch of a Russian Bulava missile.

Test launch of a Russian Bulava missile.

Reuters has reported that, earlier today, Russia successfully tested two new Bulava intercontinental missiles. The weapon which Moscow aims to make the cornerstone of its nuclear arsenal, has experienced several failures in the past leading some to question the design.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the 12-meter-long Bulava, (or Mace) was fired from a submarine below the surface of the Arctic White Sea and hit the target, a designated polygon, on Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s far eastern region. Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov was quoted by state-run RIA news agency as saying. “Its warheads reached the polygon (target) on time.”

The missiles carried inert payloads rather than nuclear warheads as Russia is a signatory of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) which bans all nuclear explosions.

The Bulava had failed half of its previous trials, calling into question the very expensive missile program. However, the previous launch back in June from the same submarine was chalked-up as a success.

A Russian Bulava missile weighs 36.8 tons and can travel a distance of 8,000 km (5,000 miles) while equipped with 6 to10 nuclear warheads, which would deliver an impact of up to 100 times the atomic blast that devastated Hiroshima in 1945.

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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. Army JROTC To Allow Cadets To Wear Muslim Garb With Uniforms

CAIR changes the JROTC rulebook on the behalf of Demin Zawity, pictured here.

CAIR changes the JROTC rulebook on the behalf of Demin Zawity, pictured here.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has announced that the U.S. Department of Defense will now allow Muslim and Sikh students participating in Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) to wear headscarves and turbans while in uniform.

In September, Demin Zawity, a Muslim and member of the Brentwood, Tennessee Junior ROTC program and was told her religious headscarf was inconsistent with Army uniform policy and she would not be permitted to march in Ravenwood High School’s homecoming parade while in uniform.

Three months after the incident, the U.S. Department of Defense has provided a letter to CAIR assuring that changes would be made to its junior ROTC program, allowing some religious items to be worn by cadets, to be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Here is a direct link to the letter written by CAIR to the U.S. Department of Defense . The document is provided in PDF format.

In a December 19 letter sent to CAIR, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Larry Stubblefield wrote:

“I have been asked to respond on behalf of the Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta to your October 13, 2011 letter concerning Miss Demin Zawity’s request to wear a religious head covering (hijab) while participating in an Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) event at Ravenwood High School.

“Based on your concerns, the Army has reviewed its JROTC uniform policy and will develop appropriate procedures to provide Cadets the opportunity to request the wear of religious head dress, such as the turban and hijab. This change will allow Miss Zawity and other students the chance to fully participate in the JROTC program. Additionally, a representative from the U.S. Army Cadet Command will contact Miss Zawity and provide her the opportunity to rejoin the Ravenwood High School JROTC unit.

“The Army prides itself in being a diverse organization, comprised of individuals from many faiths and religions. We appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention.”

In a reply to the U.S. Department of Defense letter, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad stated: “We welcome the fact that Muslim and Sikh students nationwide will now be able to participate fully in JROTC leadership activities while maintaining their religious beliefs and practices.”

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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.

Prepper Lingo: Buy One, Give One (BOGO)

One of the two common meanings of the acronym BOGO

One of the two common meanings of the acronym BOGO

BOGO: Originally BOGO was an acronym that stood for “Buy one, give one”, essentially a commercial transaction with a charitable component. Through commercial television and internet media advertising, the term soon became more widely known to mean “Buy one, get one”, as in “Buy one, get one free”, or “Buy one, get one half-off”.

The acronym started out as the slogan for a charitable campaign instituted by SunNight Solar (http://bogolight.com). The campaign consisted of purchasing two flashlights, one for the purchaser, and the other to be sent to a needy African villager. To this day, BogoLight still runs the BOBO campaign, offering the participating customers the option to send flashlights to survivors of the Haiti earthquake.

In terms of disaster preparedness, BOGO often refers to buying two identical preparedness-related items, one to be used by you or your family, and the second, identical item to be gifted to someone else or another family who may need it.

Sources: SunLight Solar, RSOPerator.

Have you stumbled upon a prepper term that has left you scratching your head over its meaning? If so, let us know about it 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.