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RADSticker: A Prepper Must Have

Today’s recommended prepper purchase: RADSticker

The RADSticker is a peel & stick, postage stamp sized, instant color developing dosimeter, is always ready and with you 24/7, attached to the back of your drivers license or anything you keep close, for any radiation emergency. RADSticker, a stockpile-able personal casualty dosimeter provides wearers (public, medical personnel and law enforcement personnel) timely personal radiation exposure information in an event of an accident at a nuclear power plant or a nuclear or dirty bomb explosion.

The objective of this low cost RADSticker is to quickly determine need for medical treatment and minimize the panic. RADSticker has a sensor (a rectangle strip between the color bars) with 25, 50 and 100 rad bars on its bottom and 200, 400 and 1,000 rad bars on its top for triaging information and medical treatment in emergencies. When exposed to radiation, the sensor of RADSticker develops color instantly. The color changes are permanent, cumulative and proportional to dose. RADSticker is made under U.S. Patents #7,227,158; 7,476,874 and others. The technology was developed with multimillion dollar funding from several U.S. agencies, such as DHS, DOD, DOJ, DOS, DHHS and TSWG and was field tested by the DHS with 800 first responders in the states of NJ, NY and IL.

Each order includes an instruction sheet showing how to use RADStickers.

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

Fukushima Reactor 4 Poses Massive Global Risk

By Andy Johnson | From CTVNews.ca | On Saturday May 19, 2012

Cranes stand around tsunami-crippled four reactors, from left, Unit 1 to Unit 4, at Fukushima Dadi-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP /Kyodo News)

Cranes stand around tsunami-crippled four reactors, from left, Unit 1 to Unit 4, at Fukushima Dadi-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP /Kyodo News)

More than a year after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a massive nuclear disaster, experts are warning that Japan isn’t out of the woods yet and the worst nuclear storm the world has ever seen could be just one earthquake away from reality.

The troubled Reactor 4 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is at the centre of this potential catastrophe.

Reactor 4 — and to a lesser extent Reactor 3 — still hold large quantities of cooling waters surrounding spent nuclear fuel, all bound by a fragile concrete pool located 30 metres above the ground, and exposed to the elements.

A magnitude 7 or 7.5 earthquake would likely fracture that pool, and disaster would ensue, says Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer with Fairewinds Energy Education who has visited the site.

The 1,535 spent fuel rods would become exposed to the air and would likely catch fire, with the most-recently added fuel rods igniting first.

The incredible heat generated from that blaze, Gundersen said, could then ignite the older fuel in the cooling pool, causing a massive oxygen-eating radiological fire that could not be extinguished with water.

“So the fear is the newest fuel could begin to burn and then we’d have a conflagration of the whole pool because it would become hotter and hotter. The health consequences of that are beyond where science has ever gone before,” Gundersen told CTVNews.ca in an interview from his home in Vermont.

Worst-case scenario

“There are a couple of possible outcomes”, Gundersen said.

Highly radioactive cesium and strontium isotopes would likely go airborne and “volatilize” — turning into a vapour that could move with the wind, potentially travelling thousands of kilometres from the source.

The size of those particles would determine whether they remained in Japan, or made their way to the rest of Asia and other continents.

“And here’s where there’s no science because no one’s ever dared to attempt the experiment,” Gundersen said. “If it flies far enough it goes around the world, if the particles stay a little bigger, they settle in Japan. Either is awful.”

Essentially, he said, Japan is sitting on a ticking time bomb.

The damaged Reactor 4 cooling pool was reinforced by workers who went in and “jury-rigged” it after the tsunami, but the structure still contains a massive amount of fuel, Gundersen said.

Reactor 3 has less fuel inside its cooling pool, but it has not been strengthened since the disaster and poses a greater risk of failing.

“Reactor 3 has a little less consequences but a little more risk, and Reactor 4 has more consequences but…a little less risk,” he said.

Finding a fix

The solution, Gundersen said, is for the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to immediately begin the process of transferring the fuel rods from the cooling pools to dry cask storage — a massive and costly endeavour, but one he said is absolutely essential.

To even begin the removal process at Reactor 4, TEPCO would first have to construct a crane capable of lifting the 100-tonne fuel rod canister, since the original crane was destroyed in the disaster last year.

In order to do that, they would have to build a massive structure around the existing pool to support the new crane, which would then be used to lift the fuel rod canister from the water, down to the ground and into a steel and concrete dry-cask.

All this of course, has to be done in a highly contaminated area where workers must wear protective suits and limit their radiation exposure each day, adding time and expense to the process.

Still, with the consequences so high, Gundersen said there’s no time to lose.

“This is a ‘now’ problem, this is not a ‘let’s-wait-until-we-get-the-cash-flow-from-the-Japanese-government’ problem. The consequences of a 7 or 7.5 earthquake don’t happen every day, but we know it happened last year so you have to anticipate that it will happen,” Gundersen said.

‘Fate of the world’ depends on Reactor 4

He’s not alone in pressing the Japanese government to adopt a sense of urgency about the Reactor 4 dilemma.

Robert Alvarez, a former top adviser at the U.S. Department of Energy, also expressed concern in a letter to Akio Matsumura, a Japanese diplomat who has turned his focus to the nuclear calamity.

Matsumura had asked Alvarez about the risk associated with Reactor 4.

“The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements,” Alvarez said in his response. “If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cesium-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.”

Mitsuhei Murata, Japan’s former ambassador to Switzerland and Senegal, has also made it his mission to convince the UN and the world that urgent action is needed.

“It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on No. 4 reactor,” Murata said in a recent letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in which he urged him to back efforts to address the problem.

Last week, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said most major threats have been eliminated and “cold shutdown” status had been achieved in December.

But Noda declined to comment directly on the risk posed by Reactor 4, only telling The Wall Street Journal’s Asia edition that it was important to “remain vigilant.”

“We have passed a situation where people have to run far away or evacuate,” he said. “Ahead of us are time-consuming tasks like decontamination and decommissioning (of the plants). We will proceed with the utmost care.”

Gundersen said the remaining challenges at the Fukushima Da-Ichi site are not technological. Everyone knows what needs to be done and how to do it, he said. The challenge lies, rather, in convincing Japan that action must be taken now.

That will require international pressure, as well as international investment, on a grand scale, he said.

“We’re all in a situation of having to pray there’s not an earthquake. And there’s the other half of that, which is pray to God but row toward shore. And Tokyo’s not really rowing toward shore right now,” Gundersen said.

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

Is Evacuation of Japan Imminent?

Photo credit: citypictures.org

Photo credit: citypictures.org

March 11, 2011: A massive earthquake strikes off the coast of Japan. Thousands die in the chaos that ensues after the quake and resultant 33 foot high tsunami that follows.  The reactors located at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant sustain significant damage and has been hailed as the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

March 13, 2011: The NRC states that they do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the US:  http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1107/ML110720002.pdf

March 15, 2011: MSNBC.com- “Scientists and nuclear experts say they can’t stress enough that no contamination is expected to reach the U.S. and precautions such as stockpiling potassium iodide are not necessary.” According to this article and many others like it, it isn’t necessary for US and North American residents to acquire the radiation tablets. However, one should take note how the US government has handled past precautionary measures.  A significant amount of radiation pills were purchased for US troops in 2001 and again for US postal workers in 2002 to prepare for the possibility of dirty bombs being set off in the US or attacks on North American nuclear power plants.

March 16, 2011: Regarding skyrocketing sales of radiation pills…from The Huffington Post the California EMA and the California Department of Public health issue a statement:

We urge Californians to not take potassium iodide as a precautionary measure. It is not necessary given the current circumstances in Japan, it can present a danger to people with allergies to iodine, shellfish or who have thyroid problems, and taken inappropriately it can have serious side effects including abnormal heart rhythms, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte abnormalities and bleeding.

This same article from HuffPo states that “There’s been no indication so far that measurable amounts will reach the U.S. Pacific coast. More than 5,000 miles of open ocean separate Tokyo and Los Angeles, and scientists say there is little current risk of increased radiation even in Japan, outside of a narrow swath of land within a few miles of the damaged plant.”

March 21, 2011: Bloomberg News reported  that some radiation monitors in California, Oregon, and Washington State may not be working properly, as abnormal readings are being reported from some of the units. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-21/some-radiation-tracking-air-monitors-may-not-be-working-properly-epa-says.html

April, 1, 2011: From NPR.org: Japanese officials forced to admit radiation levels from the damaged nuclear reactors reported were misstated.

On April 28, 2011: here at Radical Survivalism, we reported on food shortages from popular suppliers of long term, freeze dried food as consumers stocked up in case of nuclear disaster in Japan.  http://radicalsurvivalism.com/web/2011/04/28/delays-announced-for-emergency-food-supplier/

December 2011: Radiation.org reports increased mortality in the US, citing correlations to the disaster in Japan in March of that year. http://www.radiation.org/reading/pubs/HS42_1F.pdf What is notable regarding this investigation is that this report appeared on MarketWatch.com, but the report seems to have been scrubbed from the Market Watch web site.

January 25, 2012: Popular blog EXSKF  relays the chilling comments from city assemblyman Yoshiyuki  Motoyama “…share the pain of Tohoku.”  Motoyama was apparently displaying his displeasure at parents who wished to have their children dropped from the school lunch program so as to bring food from home. Parents were concerned that food provided in the school lunches may have been exposed to radiation. http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/01/city-assemblyman-in-tokyo-to-school.html

February 3, 2012: Japanese government employees take part in an evacuation drill in Tokyo.  According to Military.com, “The exercise gave the U.S. military’s ships a chance to plan for an evacuation under various circumstances, including a situation where mooring at the otherwise intact pier might prove unwise.” http://www.military.com/news/article/army-navy-ships-take-part-in-tokyo-evacuation-drill.html

March 28, 2012: Real Economics-Fukushima is still a big problem.

Question: Is the nuclear power plant safe now?
Yukitero Naka, Nuclear Engineer: Well, that’s what TEPCO and the government says, but the people in there don’t believe it. There is still a great danger. My personal concern is the fourth reactor block.

March 30, 2012: The Guardian reports the 12 mile evacuation perimeter around Fukushima “largely intact” while some towns are being reclassified: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/30/japan-fukushima-evacuation-zone

In the wake of supply of potassium iodide in the US being depleted by a huge uptick in purchases by consumers after the earthquake in Japan, this next report illustrates our government’s ability to commandeer a huge supply of product at any given time. http://www.wnd.com/2011/04/285721/ Shortly after the disaster at Fukushima, vendors posted on their websites that Rad Stickers were not available for purchase, as all supply had been purchased by the US government to be sent to Japan. A Rad Sticker is small sticker (produced in the US) that can detect radiation exposure and were given to first responders, civilians as well as reporters that were sent to Japan to cover the tragedy.

The story that 40 million are to be evacuated from Japan (according to the EUTimes.com) appears to originate from Sorcha Faal. Is important to note that Sorcha Faal (whatdoesitmean.com) is reported to be an alias of David Booth, a noted conspiracy theorist. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Sorcha_Faal

In spite of the dubious origins of this report, it may be of great interest to you, the reader, that there are reports that 9,000 of the 19,000 US troops are to be removed from Okinawa. Japan has pledged 3.1 billion dollars to subsidize a portion of the 8.6 billion cost of the relocation. Some of these troops will be sent to Hawaii, to Guam, or to start a new rotational process in of all places, Australia.

A deal forged by the US in 2006 to move Futenma Air Force Base to date has never been implemented. The failed contract resulted in political suicide on the part of Yukio Hatoyama of Japan in 2009. Hatoyama was unable to fulfill his campaign promises of putting the deal into action and was forced to resign.

From the MarineCorpstimes.com April 27, 2012:

Citing an “increasingly uncertain security environment” in the Asia-Pacific region, they said their agreement was intended to maintain a robust U.S. military presence to ensure the defense of Japan.

Which raises the question, defense from what?

Whispers on the internet suggest that some Japanese could be evacuated to the “Ghost Cities” of China, while other articles suggest that Japan needs to be protected from China’s rise. This conflict of reporting may incite some conspiracists to claim that the quiet movement of troops off of Okinawa is being implemented without fanfare as to avoid global panic.

From Akio Matsumura, regarding the situation at Fukushima…we are told that “The current Japanese government has not yet mentioned the looming disaster, ostensibly to not incite panic in the public. Nevertheless, action must be taken quickly.”

On April 2, 2012, Takao Yamada of The Mainichi writes:

The worse-case scenario drawn up by the government includes not only the collapse of the No. 4 reactor pool, but the disintegration of spent fuel rods from all the plant’s other reactors. If this were to happen, residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area would be forced to evacuate.

April 9, 2012. The L.A. Times informs us that radiation from Japan has been detected in kelp beds off the coast of California.  Kelp is present in many food and pharmaceuticals and is commonly referred to as carageenan in ingredients. Giant kelp beds are also home to thousands of species of fish and sea life.

The Japan Times online reveals in an interview September 19, 2011 with the former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan that the president of TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) wanted to evacuate their staff from the Fukushima facility on March 15, 2011. Prime Minister Kan’s response was he was “outraged.” Kan resigned earlier in the month of September, 2011.

As early as March 15, 2011, following the crisis in Japan, the invitation had been extended from Russia to Japan to receive Japanese nationals. http://www.eutimes.net/2011/03/russias-zhirinovsky-calls-on-japanese-to-move-to-russia/

This week the “Chair of the Japanese Democratic Party’s Political Council Seiji Maehara is set to visit Moscow from April 29 to May 4 to discuss a range of territorial issues with Russia’s Foreign Ministry and the Federal Assembly.  Coming ahead of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as President, this visit can initiate a new round of talks on the disputed sovereignty of the Kuril Islands.” http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_04_13/71656029/

Since the end of World War II, discussions have gone on between Russia and Japan over the Kuril Islands without making any forward progress. Currently, it would appear that the two countries may be attempting to come to an agreement on settling the old grievances generated when Russia seized the islands from Japan during the war. Could the Kuril Islands potentially be a safety net for millions of displaced Japanese citizens?

Meanwhile, back in the States…Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan visits with President Obama at the White House 4/29/12 and is to be treated to a gala dinner and Samurai exhibition by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The two following articles are of great interest to those in the online preparedness community. From RT April 4, 2012:  DHS Won’t Explain its Order of 450 million Hollow Point Bullets. http://rt.com/usa/news/dhs-million-point-government-179/ And from Fed Biz Opps: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=19f566deeffa645babd1e3731b7326c6&tab=core&_cview=1 Behind the scenes, once again the US government is purchasing great quantities of radiation pills.

April 16, 2012: Reuters. US Senator Ron Wyden (OR) “…the damage was much worse than he expected.”  Senator Wyden, who is a senior senator on the Senate Energy committee, toured the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant on April 6 this month.

April 30, 2012: ENE News-In an anonymous interview April 29, 2012 with a PhD student from Tokyo, we are told that Medical doctors working in Fukushima say lots of people are dying — “Bleeding, losing hair, and having a bad health condition.” http://enenews.com/interview-medical-doctors-working-fukushima-lots-people-dying-bleeding-losing-hair-having-bad-health-condition-video

Today, as of this writing, an “urgent” request has been sent to the UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon regarding the seriousness of the situation at Fukushima.  Green Action Japan states:

We Japanese civil organizations express our deepest concern that our government does not inform its citizens about the extent of risk of the Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool. Given the fact that collapse of this pool could potentially lead to catastrophic consequences with worldwide implications, what the Japanese government should be doing as a responsible member of the international community is to avoid any further disaster by mobilizing all the wisdom and the means available in order to stabilize this spent nuclear fuel. It is clearly evident that Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel pool is no longer a Japanese issue but an international issue with potentially serious consequences. Therefore, it is imperative for the Japanese government and the international community to work together on this crisis before it becomes too late. We are appealing to the United Nations to help Japan and the planet in order to prevent the irreversible consequences of a catastrophe that could affect generations to come.

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Potassium Iodide Sales Surge on Heels of Large Government Order

MOORESVILLE, N.C., April 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A recent solicitation by the Defense Logistics Agency for 1,050,000 doses of Iosat Potassium Iodide has created a deluge of orders for emergency radiation products supplier Nukepills.com. Slated for troop support, the 130mg tablets provide protection against radioactive iodine in the event of a nuclear crisis. International concerns about the development of nuclear weaponry in Asia and the Middle East have also helped boost sales of the radiation drug to levels not seen in the past decade, except for last year’s Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster in Japan. “We’ve been in business 13 years and have never seen such continued levels of stockpiling of potassium iodide,” stated Troy Jones, President of Nukepills.com. “Last year during the Japan crisis we sold our normal 6-month supply of stock within 4 days with most of those orders going to U.S. west coast residents. Now we are trying to keep up with this sustained demand because of North Korea and Iran. Our wholesale orders to other websites, nuclear facilities and medical centers are starting to surpass our retail sales.” Many wholesale orders of Iosat are the result of this week’s viral news of the U.S. government’s request for potassium iodide for its medical chain supply.

Nukepills.com also has a new 65mg Iosat Potassium Iodide tablet to add to its growing arsenal of radiation emergency products. The FDA-approved, half-strength tablet was developed as a safe and effective regimen for children. Though the current 130mg tab is scored and can be easily split for administration to children, the new Iosat-65 tab was created for ease of single unit dosing. Iosat-65 is currently restricted to overseas sales. Nukepills.com is actively seeking international distributors for this newly FDA-approved radiation drug.

Stockpiling of potassium iodide is recommended by health officials worldwide to prevent thyroid cancer of those exposed to radioactive iodine in the event of a nuclear reactor accident or detonation of a nuclear bomb. FDA-approved in 1982, Potassium Iodide is available without a prescription. More information about FDA-approved potassium iodide can be found online at http://www.nukepills.com.

Nukepills.com, celebrating its 13th year in business, is an Internet-based supplier and wholesaler of radiation emergency preparedness products that protect against dirty bomb radiation, nuclear reactor accidents and nuclear weapon fallout, and are used for radiation therapy/decontamination in hospitals. In early 2009, Nukepills.com sold 5.4 million doses of FDA-approved ThyroShield™ Liquid Potassium Iodide to Kuwait’s Ministry of Health and expects Government Emergency Preparedness grants and civilian orders to continue to drive sales of all its products well into 2012.

Contact: Troy Jones, President, Nukepills.com
Ph: 866-283-3986
info@nukepills.com
631 Brawley School Rd. STE 407
Mooresville, NC 28117
http://www.nukepills.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nukepills

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

Video: RADIOACTIVE Los Angeles AIR 11-16-11

Youtube user EnviroReporter has posted a 15-minute video documenting high levels of alpha and beta radiation present in Los Angeles, California air during the months of October and November of 2011.

The text description accompanying the video states: “Disturbing readings from one of Radiation Station Central’s HEPA filters after just 30 days of use: 308% of normal background higher. Alpha and beta radiation captured by the filter can be attributed to the triple Fukushima Japan meltdowns, melt-throughs and melt-outs and the decision to begin burning 550,000 tons of radioactive debris in Tokyo from October to March, sending a double dose of radioactive fallout on the Jet Stream over the Pacific to land on America, Canada and beyond. Finding this high a level of radiation is considered dangerous by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Ingested alpha particles can be up to 1,000 times more dangerous than their beta and gamma counterparts.”

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

Fort Calhoun NE Nuclear Plant On Level 4 Alert

On June 6th, a fire in an electrical switch room at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant briefly knocked out cooling for a pool holding spent nuclear fuel prompting a Level 4 Emergency to be declared by the NRC, and a 2 nautical mile flight ban imposed over the facility by the FAA. This spring, massive rains throughout the Midwest and Plains have created additional complications. The nuclear plant is now reportedly completely surrounded by flood waters with only sandbags and earthen berms to protect it from the rising flood waters.

The Fort Calhoun dykes are reportedly designed to sustain a few weeks of flood waters, but flooding in the area is now expected to last3 to 4 months, with a 5+ foot rise above flood stage.

The nuclear facility was taken offline to refuel earlier this year, so the plant’s reactors are not currently active. While a reactor meltdown is not a risk, an interruption in the cooling to the supply of spent fuel on the site is worrisome.

The plant’s officials are insisting that despite the Level 4 Emergency, there have been no radiation leaks as of yet and none are expected.

Oddly, at the writing of this, there have been no known reports of this story by national news media.

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

New Radiation Concerns From Second Japan Nuclear Plant

Kyodonews reports that radioactive substances from nuclear fuel rods are suspected to have leaked at the Japanese Tsuruga nuclear plant. The local Fukui prefecture government denies radiation levels could threaten the nearby environment.

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

Fukushima Disaster Soon To Be Level 7

Japanese nuclear regulators plan to raise the severity of the Fukushima nuclear disaster from the current 6 to the highest level 7. The disaster will then officially be on par with the Chernobyl disaster back in 1986.

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

EPA Press Release On U.S. Radiation Contamination

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a statement regarding results from radiation testing being carried out here in the U.S. that is connected to the Japanese Fukushima nuclear disaster.

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/f118f3b38ec3748d8525786900020035!OpenDocument

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

Radioactive Fukushima Water To Be Dumped Into The Ocean

The Japanese operator of the devastated Fukushima nuclear power facility plans to dump 11,500 tons of “weakly” radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean as a “safety measure”. Preparations are currently under way despite wide-spread criticism that officials have been less that forthcoming about the true severity of the disaster.

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