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Global Skywatch

getting lost in the woods

I share this article, following with my comments. California couple who vanished for nearly a week found alive from commanderzero.com You know, stereotypes are not always accurate…but…they save time and the exist for a reason. Part of me wants to say that this is a case of ‘academics’ who know their way around a college campus but have a total disconnect from the real world and it’s real world consequences. INVERNESS, Calif. (AP) — An academic couple who got lost during a Valentine’s Day hike in the woods of Northern California was found Saturday by rescuers who spent almost a week looking for them and had given up hopes of finding them alive. Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian Irwin, 72, […]

story from Seattle

You likely heard about the discovery of the famed Corona Virus in the northwest’s greatest port. Even lamestream media cannot help but notice that slows deliveries down at the very least. My shirtsleve relative just reported that the first three stores she hit up for toilet paper were sold out – bare shelves in the TP department. Oh sh__! She calls to tell the tale. “Darn preppers”, she says – (or something much like that). Oh heck no, sweetie. The preppers already have July’s toilet paper in their pantry. You just joined the crowd of Almost Too Late To The Party. You probably ought to take this warning to heart and consider what else you might miss when the shelves […]

two-way radios

can be indispensable in emergencies and other times normal communications tools are not working. For my current amateur radio Technician Class students, I just bought 7 of the make/model I feel gives the best cost/benefit for ham radio operators. The TYT MD-UV390 operates on both the ultra-high-frequencies (UHF) of the FCC’s family radio service (FRS) and general mobile radio service (GMRS), it also transmits and receives on the very high frequencies (VHF) commonly used by hams, public and private agencies for regional communications. Their MD-UV380 is the lower cost version of the same radio without the water-proofing. TYT, also known as Tyterra builds well-reviewed radios in relatively affordable price ranges. The transmitters, receivers, speakers, microphones, displays, controls and antennas all […]

black swan

Presumably you too are hearing, reading and learning that regarding China, it is not business as usual. Whether it is natural, man-made, under-reported, over-reported, engineered, hyped-up, or any other combination, the second and third order effects are very real and will very soon be felt HARD! Black Swan Events The term was popularized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a finance professor, writer, and former Wall Street trader. Taleb wrote about the idea of a black swan event in a 2007 book prior to the events of the 2008 financial crisis. Taleb argued that because black swan events are impossible to predict due to their extreme rarity yet have catastrophic consequences, it is important for people to always assume a black swan […]

final day of registration for ham class is Friday

This a repeat of my previous announcement. There is one more day of online registration for Darby Adult Ed classes. We stand ONE STUDENT SHORT of having enough to make it happen. I am bringing another amateur radio operator licensing class to Darby, Montana via the Darby Adult Education program in its Spring 2020 schedule. I have not keept track, but think I have personally assisted 40 or 50 people to earning their FCC licenses through my study groups in the Darby library. The snide saying goes, “Those who CAN, DO. Those who cannot, TEACH”. I’m okay wearing that. Good instructors are as rare as good anything else. I did not choose this calling, blessing or curse. It chose me. […]

becoming Boogaloo ready

This is not how good guys dress and actOne of my most popular posts in the couple months has been the December 1st one titled “modern slang definition: The Boogaloo“. You also have shown very strong interest in my updates on the escalation in Virginia of the war against us from our wanna-be tyrannical rulers. Today I combine both of those features into recommending an audio podcast from NC Scout (see his Brushbeater site for more information). He brought his RTO course to my neck of the woods where I was fortunate enough to meet him and learn from him. IF you ever get the chance, take it. Hmmm… well, here you go, you can learn from his podcast below. […]

Ham license class begins February 1st

I am bringing another amateur radio operator licensing class to Darby, Montana via the Darby Adult Education program in its Spring 2020 schedule. I have not keept track, but think I have personally assisted 40 or 50 people to earning their FCC licenses through my study groups in the Darby library. The snide saying goes, “Those who CAN, DO. Those who cannot, TEACH”. I’m okay wearing that. Good instructors are as rare as good anything else. I did not choose this calling, blessing or curse. It chose me. Run with your talents. Every person who has come to all of the class sessions and studied two or more hours between sessions passed the FCC Technician License Exam at the end. […]

information vs intelligence

Once again Samuel Culper lays it out in simple terms. How can we take any intelligent action, with any hope of success, if we do not have a decent picture of what is going on? The video here is just one sample of what he is trying to teach us… and what we MUST learn.

make it local

Bringing Production and Work Back Into The Urban and Rural Home Backdoor Survival » Preparedness » Bringing Production and Work Back Into The Urban and Rural Home Samantha Biggers | Nov 20, 2019   We live in a world where we outsource many things that used to be done in the home. After all, if people are working jobs away from home and commuting great distances, who has the time, let alone the skills and the equipment to do a lot of those things. This article is going to focus on how to “insource”. This is my word for taking care of some things at home and saving some money rather than paying others high rates to do it for you. […]

Bitterroot threat analysis

With a little help from my friends, we developed a current list of threats we could imagine to the world as we know it – specifically, our little corner of the world. The process, and threats are applicable to much of our country. Developing a useful list is a four step process. It is best to have several minds involved. I doubt the results change significantly from four participants to fourteen or more, but there is a minimum number to have the synergy of ideas from one triggering thoughts from another. 1) Brainstorm a list Hewlett Packard taught this for working in groups. It had to be fast, fun and friendly. Ideas came out and were scribed onto the board […]

TEOTWAWKI supply list

Below is an excellent compilation that we all could use as a preparation foundation. The End Of The World As We Know It has become a standard phrase covering any natural or man-made disruption to the easy life we take for granted. By easy, I mean the amazingly well-stocked store shelves, the ability to drive many miles any time we wish for whatever purposes tickle our fancy, and to live in relative comfort, safety and security. Nearly all of us succumb to the assumed continuation of this situation in spite of the myriad precarious factors that must all remain unchanged. In a matter of seconds we could go from the life we had taken for granted to one scrambling […]

household & prepping link collection

I have been saving various bookmarked pages for future reference. Today I share my handy-around-the-house collection with links and brief introductions. I am not promising there is any sense or unity to this collection beyond what is in my title. I want them for reference and thought you might also. – Ted – Easy Camping Meals For Fun and Survival There are so many great meals that you can make while camping while not using a lot of different pots and pans or complicated ingredients. Before we get into specific meals, let’s go over a few campfire meal basics that will make your life easier when out in the bush. Top 10 Best Undersink Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Systems in […]

slapping the left coast eco-warriors

PG&E’s power shutoffs Wednesday in Northern California Shutdowns expected in the Bay Area around noon PG&E’s Oakland K substation is silhouetted at sunset in the hills of Oakland, Calif. Power was supposed to go out at noon in Montclair, but the PG&E shutoff was delayed until later in the evening. We are providing free access to this article. Please consider supporting local journalism like this by purchasing a subscription. Click here for our 99-cent, 1-month trial offer. Pacific Gas & Electric began shutting off power in 34 California counties early Wednesday Oct. 9. The shutdowns started in Northern California and Marin County shortly after midnight, and were expected to begin in the rest of the Bay Area around noon […]

Area Study

You can have food, water, guns and ammo, medical supplies, water filtration systems, a $20,000 solar panel array, and lots of other “stuff”… But if you lack the ability to maintain situational awareness, you are sabotaging all your efforts at being prepared. You will be at the mercy of the unknown. You will experience a major “fog of war” that will slow down your decision-making. A lack of information — and the inability to produce intelligence — is likely to lead to a poor outcome. Because you’re not really prepared to operate in the environment that you’re going to inherit. It’s time for some self-reflection: What’s your plan to gather intelligence information in real-time during a disaster? How, specifically, are […]