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‘Own The Night’ DVD Preview

Own the Night: Tactical Training for Citizens Vol I

From the back cover:

“People from all over the country are gathering together to combine their vast array of unique talents to prepare for civil unrest. Meet three of them.

First Lieutenant Harry Golden served his country for 12 years. First deployed for nine months in support of Operation Desert Storm. Later he enlisted Army National Guard and attended Officer Candidate School. He was deployed for 20 consecutive months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 3-4 & 5-6. During a six month period while attached to the Second Marine Division, Golden’s 21 troopers of Blackjack Third Platoon 1/104 CAV, 28th ID, earned on Silver Star, three Bronze Stars with Valor, four Bronze Stars and five Purple Hearts for direct combat against al Queda in al Anbar Province, Ramadi, Iraq. Now retired, he lives in the South-West and tends to his flock of chickens.

Dave Womach is a world-class illusionist who has completed multiple world tours, and starred in shows in more than 20 countries.He has headlined on many major cruise lines, and won multiple national and international awards including the Pacific Rim Professional Stage Championship and the Masters of Magic Award. His illusions have been seen on television specials everywhere from the United States to Bangladesh & China. Most recently, he stared in his own show with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey on a two-year tour. Now he combines his knowledge of misdirection, with the dedication of an artist, all while training for the big fight.

Chet Womach dropped out of college and the highly competitive world of division-one baseball, to make his first million from behind a computer and avoid the corporate conundrum. He immediately founded several private LLCs, and hit the ground running to secure his fortune before the economic collapse. His athletic background set the tone for his work-ethic and drive, as he activated a plan to build a permaculture food forest which will soon feed his neighbors and family. Between running his businesses and tending to his farm and family, he still makes time to train in preparation to protect his neighborhood.”

This is an excellent video for those seeking information and visual demonstration of  the correct methods of employing night vision gear during low-light tactical operations. Useful night time training drills that the viewer can replicate are the core of this particular video. The “VOL I” descriptor suggests this is the first of a series of training videos, and more of the series are yet to come.

The DVD is available directly from ThePrepperProject.com for $49.95. Shipping within the US is free.

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About The Author: RSOPerator is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

How Much Land Would It Take To Feed Your Family?

From ThePrepperProject.com | On Thursday, Nov 21st, 2013

“The classic question asked by nearly all newbies to self reliance is: “How much space do I need to feed my family from my own land?”

The problem with the food GURUs is that NONE of them really like to answer this question. They tell you, “It depends on your soil type, climate zone, number of people, tools available, length of growing season, etc.” While this advice is true…”

READ MORE: http://theprepperproject.com/grow-groceries-review-dvd-review/

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About The Author: RSOPerator is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

Tuning a CB Radio Antenna

By CrypticCRICKET | On Feb 24th, 2012

In this video I show you how to tune a CB radio’s whip antenna using an SWR meter. The antenna that I tune up in this video is a RadioShack – 64″ base loaded whip antenna ( pt # 21-988 ). In my experience, this antenna should be mounted on a 4″ spring for best SWR’s. This rugged antenna has provided me with excellent service and it gets very high marks in user reviews.
Why tune an antenna? Well because an out of tune antenna can burn up the circuits inside a CB radio if the antenna is far enough out of tune. In an out of tune antenna, RF energy will not leave the antenna and it will be reflected back down your intenna and into your radios circuitry. Some newer radios have some protections built into them but those protections will lower your radio’s output power in order to protect the radios circuits. That means your radio won’t transmit as far. A good antenna, properly tuned, is the secret to getting the most from your Citizens Band or ham radio.

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About The Author: RSOPerator is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

The World Is About to End? Are You Ready?

By Skip Coryell | From ClashDaily.com | On Sept. 7th, 2013

Some days I feel like Noah. For the past five years I’ve been preparing for something that’s never happened before. The world is about to end. In the beginning people looked at me and laughed, then they went back to the important questions in life such as:

Who has the hottest bikini bod in Hollywood?

How did Carrie Underwood fall on stage and hurt her foot?

What did Khloe Kardashian eat for breakfast?

Is it fair for me to say we live in a shallow country? I dare say if America knew for sure the world was ending at 5PM Eastern Standard Time tomorrow, most people would be saying things like:

“But the world can’t end tomorrow! I have nothing to wear!

“Where is it happening? I need to film this and get it on YouTube.”

And, of course, our fearless and clueless leaders would all join hands in a circle around the Washington Monument and sing all known verses of Kumbaya while Barack Obama fiddled in their midst as America burned.

Okay, so that’s a worst-case scenario. Or is it? Syria and the Middle East is about to burst into flames. Russia and China are reconsidering the US dollar as the world reserve currency. The planet’s climate is warming to apocalyptic levels. No, I mean cooling. Wait, it’s warming again – or something like that. (Let’s just agree that it’s changing.)

And then there’s global pandemic, jihadi’s trying to bring down western civilization, seventeen trillion dollars of debt, power-grid failure, rampant immorality of Sodom-like proportions, global famine, super volcanoes, asteroid impact, giant solar flares, nuclear annihilation, reversal of the earth’s magnetic field, alien invasion, plants self-actualizing en masse and taking over the world, the Stay-Puft marshmallow man cloning himself three times and riding into town as the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Hey, don’t make fun of me. It could happen! Or not.

Perhaps I’m getting carried away now, but it is fun to speculate as we await global disaster. Truth be told, fewer people make fun of me now than ever before. In fact, more and more people are asking me how to get started in preparing for the coming of doomsday. I always refer them to James Wesley Rawles classic book How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It. There’s just no sense re-inventing the wheel.

This is harvest time for me, so I’m exhausted by definition as I stay up to all hours of the early morning canning, drying and freezing food. Just last week someone gave me apples and grapes, so I pulled out my trusty Power Juicer Ten Thousand (who says you can’t put a Corvette engine in a juice machine?) and went to work. I had those bad boys juiced and canned in no time flat. Okay, so the dog got too close and was sucked into the vortex. Around my house we call that protein. Besides, she shouldn’t have been standing so close to the blades. I’ll buy a new dog down at the Korean market next week.

Next week we’ll slice and dry turnips and can beets. In a few weeks it’ll be the early doe season, so I’ll go out and play whack-a-deer with my shotgun. The freezer is almost full so I’ll pressure cook Bambi into a fall-off-the-bones mixture and pack him in quart jars with some salt, pepper and garlic. In short, if it’s not nailed down it gets juiced. If it doesn’t move, I can it in quart jars. I pressure-cook the vertebrates and dehydrate all plant life. (I just love it when a “plant” comes together.)

Now, where was I? Oh yes, the world is about to end and you need to prepare for it. Over the next few weeks I’ll be writing about prepping. In particular I’ll be answering the question: What are the mistakes and weaknesses in your prepping plan and how do you fix them? Let’s face it, it’s impossible to be completely prepared for global disaster because there are just way too many apocalyptic scenarios out there. Never before in the history of the world have there been this many ways to destroy civilization as we know it.

I have to be honest with you. I find preparing for the end of the world as we know it to be a very exciting exercise. I love it! The way I see it we’re all going to die anyway, so we might as well go out with a bang, or a whimper (TS Elliot).

Perhaps that’s why I write apocalyptic novels. It gives me a way to experience and prepare for the pending disasters. It’s just good, clean fun for the whole family! While you’re waiting for next week’s first installment on how to find the mistakes and weaknesses in your prepping plan, do your homework. Go to Amazon and check out the apocalyptic novel The God Virus. I don’t recall the author’s name right now. Who was it? Oh! That’s right. His name is Skip Coryell. (Insert shameless act of self-promotion here.) In this novel I chose total power grid failure as my apocalypse. I’m sorry, but it’s just fun to destroy the world on paper, I mean eBook. Some people prefer to write the world the way it is. I choose to write the world the way it should be.

See you next week. (Unless the world ends.)

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About The Author: RSOPerator is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

Google Breaks Silence RE: Mystery Barges

From TechCrunch.com | On Wed., Nov 6th, 2013

“Google has issued a statement (finally?) about its months’-long mystery barge project. The barges, which are anchored in both Portland, Maine and San Francisco, have been the topic of intense interest since multiple reports surfaced last month…”

READ MORE: http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/06/google-says-its-using-mystery-barges-as-interactive-space-where-people-can-learn-about-its-technology/

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About The Author: RSOPerator is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

Obama’s Ex-Bodyguard: Scandals ‘Worse Than You Know’

Published on Nov 1st, 2013 | From TheBlaze.com

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino – “It’s to the point where these (Obama) scandals in and of themselves would be huge, backbreaking scandals are just lost in the ‘scandal fog’ of this administration,” he said in disbelief. “It’s worse than people know; I’m not trying to scare you either.”

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About The Author: RSOPerator is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

Concealed Carry for the Petite Woman

From ThePrepperJournal.com | By Falia Leigh | On Saturday, Nov 2nd, 2013

“Numerous factors must be just right in order for concealed carry to work well, and concealment can change daily depending on our clothes and activities. Gun size, on-body carry position, holster angle, and ride height are all things to consider, and just one problematic factor can be frustrating enough to discourage us from carrying. Since our bodies and gun preferences are all different, the CC method that works best for one person may not work for another; therefore, the more perspectives we can get from individuals similar to ourselves, the better…”

READ MORE: http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2013/11/02/concealed-carry-petite-woman/

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About The Author: RSOPerator is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

Prepper Planning

Many times, as preppers, we tend to focus on long-term food storage, bug out bags and survival equipment, and all the stuff associated with prepping- which is important- but we don’t always spend as much time and consideration into planning and creating multiple contingency plans for whatever situation may occur. All the canned food and stockpiled ammo in the world will do very little good without a plan on what to do when they become essential to survival.

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

This may seem elementary in the extreme (of course we’re preparing for the worst, we’re preppers, right?) but it isn’t quite as obvious as it seems. For instance, if your plan is to bug-in, and hunker down to weather out whatever troubles go on from the safety of your fortified home, what would you do if you were forced to leave? At what point would you make the decision to leave? Would you go before the roads became impassable and the streets filled with roaming gangs of thugs or government troops forcing you to evacuate, or would you wait it out until there was no option but to leave, forcing you to fight your way out? When you do leave, where will you go, and how will you get there?

If you are planning on bugging-out, do you have multiple routes planned out to get there in case one, or several roads or highways are cut off or impassable? Do you have enough fuel to get to your destination if there is no gas available to purchase? Are you prepared to walk out, and how long would it take you to reach your BOL by foot?

Know your Surroundings

An important component of your Plan should be to get to know your surroundings as well as possible, and assessing them for both threats and opportunities. In a grid-down situation, a nearby prison could become a leaking sieve of escaping prisoners taking advantage of the resulting chaos to escape and prey on nearby residents for resources for food, equipment, and weapons. Likewise, local stores, warehouses, orchards, or junkyards provide excellent places for foraging for food and supplies- but be aware – there is a very thin line between “foraging” in a survival situation and looting, and usually law enforcement and local vigilantes make no distinction between the two.

Every prepper should know their local area like the back of their hand, able to get from point A to point B by any number of back roads or side streets. In a SHTF situation, it will be imperative to stay off the main roads while martial law is imposed, as well as avoiding getting caught in roadblocks and ambushes. Knowledge of local rivers and having the ability to navigate by boat would also be extremely useful – any means of travel that circumvents the major traffic areas and population centers.

A good way to start doing this is to simply take a weekend drive around town and the surrounding areas, going down the little roads you normally pass by on your way to the store, and see where they lead. You can also usually obtain local and county maps from the chamber of commerce or visitors’ center for free, as well as state road maps from your local state government or department of transportation via their website. Often there are hunting maps and state and federal park land maps freely available too, which give topographical information. These maps could be invaluable tools in a survival situation, and should be included in your bug-out bag.

Have multiple plans ready

Asses the threats specific to your region – natural disasters, locations of nuclear power plants or weapons depots, potential terrorist targets, high density population centers, etc. – and make plans with contingencies specific to each possibility. For instance, in a region like Southern California, a prepper should have plans in place for earthquakes, fires, water scarcity, and anything else which may be specific to their location, as well as general threats like civil unrest and terrorist attacks. You should plan multiple routes of escape, and know where there are safe places to shelter, both at home and also if something happens when you are at work or shopping at the store.

Include your family in the planning process

Make sure every member of your family knows what to do in an emergency situation, and have a communication system in place to be able to reach each of them when a situation develops. Time how long it takes for you to pick up the kids from school and get home, or get from your job to your house. Set up a secondary rally point in a central location if for any reason a family member is not able to make it home, or if communication is cut off. Set up a safe word or phrase which can be used to alert family members that it is not safe to come home if you are being held hostage but can communicate. Most importantly, know each other’s schedules and routes and be sure to communicate any changes in your daily routine quickly to every person in your family. In a SHTF situation, survival will depend on your family working together, functioning and communicating as a unit, rather than being separate and disjointed.

Be flexible

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” No plan can completely predict every contingency and take into account every variable. Be prepared to think on your feet and change your plans if the one you’re following does not work out. Sometimes bugging out might be far more dangerous than sheltering in place. Be prepared to be flexible, and exercise situational awareness to best determine your course of action. Historically, the species that have survived are the ones which have learned to adapt to their environment, and have evolved to changing circumstances. We must be ready to do the same if we are to survive as individuals, and as a species.

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Peter Schiff Warns Yellen’s Nomination Means Any QE Taper Expectations Are “Delusional”

By Peter Schiff via EuroPac.net | On October 9th, 2013

Janet Yellen

Now that Janet Yellen has been named to lead the Federal Reserve the global financial markets should factor out any possibility that the Fed will diminish their Quantitative easing program anytime during her tenure. In fact, financial forecasts should assume that not only is a taper off the table, but that the QE program is now more likely to be perpetuated and expanded.

Unlike her predecessors, Janet Yellen has never had a youthful dalliance with hawkish monetary ideas. Before taking charge of the Fed both Alan Greenspan, and to a lesser extent Ben Bernanke, had advocated for the benefits of a strong currency and low inflation and had warned of the dangers of overly accommodative policy and unnecessary stimulus. (Both largely abandoned these ideals once they took the reins of power, but their urge to stimulate may have been restrained by a vestigial bias against the excesses of Keynesianism). Janet Yellen, who has been on the liberal/dovish end of the monetary spectrum for her entire professional career, has no such baggage. As a result, we can expect her to never waver in her belief that stimulus is the answer to every economic question.

The Federal Reserve was originally charged with the single mandate of maintaining price stability. In recent decades that mission evolved into a dual mandate of seeking price stability and full employment. I believe that a Yellen led Fed will return once again to a single mandate, but now it will focus only on employment. Based on her clear beliefs in the ability of dovish monetary policy to relive human suffering she will be inclined to dig in her heels into the ongoing QE program more than anyone else President Obama may have appointed. This is terrible news for the U.S. dollar and the U.S. economy.

For now at least the crisis in Washington has squelched any immediate discussion of a taper in the remaining months of 2013. Any predictions that a Yellen-led Fed will somehow show more resolve towards responsibility in 2014 or 2015 should be looked at as delusional.

Peter David Schiff (born March 23, 1963) is an American businessman, investment broker, author and financial commentator. Schiff is CEO and chief global strategist[1] of Euro Pacific Capital Inc., a broker-dealer based in Westport, Connecticut, CEO of Euro Pacific Precious Metals, LLC, a gold and silver dealer based in New York City, and CEO of Euro Pacific Bank Ltd., a full service bank based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Schiff has appeared as a guest on financial television shows and been quoted in major print publications. He is host of The Peter Schiff Show, an audio show broadcast on terrestrial and internet radio[5] and was formerly host of an internet podcast called Wall Street Unspun now archived as podcasts. In 2010, Schiff ran in the Republican primary for the United States Senate seat in Connecticut, but lost to Linda McMahon.

Schiff is known for his bearish views on the US economy and US dollar, and his bullish views on commodities, foreign stocks and foreign currencies. Schiff also voices strong support for the Austrian School of economic thought, first introduced to him by his father.

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About The Author: RSOPerator is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine.

Walmart Shelves Cleared During Weekend Food Stamp Panic

From Mansfield, LA (KSLA) | On Sunday, Oct 13, 2013

Photo taken of nerly empty Walmart coolers over the weekend

Photo taken of nearly empty Walmart coolers over the weekend.

Shelves in Walmart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, LA were reportedly cleared Saturday night, when the stores allowed purchases on EBT cards even though they were not showing limits.

The chaos that followed ultimately required intervention from local police, and left behind numerous carts filled to overflowing, apparently abandoned when the glitch-spurred shopping frenzy ended…

READ MORE: http://www.ksla.com/story/23679489/walmart-shelves-in-springhill-mansfield-cleared-in-ebt-glitch

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About The Author: RSOPerator is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine.