Monthly Archives: October 2015

Essential Skills: Breaking Contact When Not Engaged

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NPT members are not Rangers (but their training regimen in patrolling is worth emulating).  When you look at the above photo of an Army Ranger circa 1980 – 90, you can see that a NPT will be equipped similarly (except, of course, for the recoilless rifle!).  Lightly armed, primarily set up for reconnaissance with no contact.  Information gathering without engaging in a firefight is paramount to being able to plan and mount effective defenses.  Reconnaissance teams also have calculated risks by trading personal protection with plate carriers and/or other body armor for the ability to move fast and quiet to increase the team’s effectiveness when outside your perimeter.

When training your NPT for security patrolling outside your perimeter, or ‘wire’ your ‘battle drills’ also known as ‘immediate action drills’ must be down pat and practiced until they’re second nature.  When it comes to adapting these drills to your NPT during training, you must take into account that your NPT isn’t most likely going to be very large.  You may only have 4 people; 6 at the most, maybe as few as 2 or 3, outside your perimeter to perform various security patrol missions because the rest are on perimeter or internal security duty, especially at the outset of any significant SHTF/WROL situation.  At first, any team outside the wire will be performing reconnaissance to get a realistic picture of what your NPA might be faced with and then can plan and/or act accordingly. Your patrol’s objective then, is information gathering; not ‘mixing it up’ with any ‘mutant zombie bikers’ you find.  Sure, there’s the possibility that you may not have a choice, and that’s what some of the battle drills will help you do.

That said, the battle drills practiced should consist of ‘React to Contact’, ‘Break Contact,’ ‘Hasty Ambush,’ and ‘Hasty Attack.’ They’re fairly simple and very effective drills.  Mastering them takes practice; a lot of practice, and you should take every opportunity to do so when training your NPT.   The foundation drill is ‘React to Contact,’ which is arguably the most important, especially for a small, lightly armed NPT perspective.  React to Contact responses can be developed for the following situations balanced against your primary objective:

  • The MZB’s don’t see you, but you see them.
  • The MZB’s and you see each other simultaneously and they or you or both open fire.
  • The MZB’s see you first and open fire.
  • The MZB’s set a hasty ambush and you walk into it.
  • The MZB’s have a prepared position and you walk into a sector of fire.

An entire series of posts can be written to cover the above categories (and may be, depending on interest and inclination), but for now let’s examine the first:

The MZB’s don’t see you, but you see them AND your primary objective is reconnaissance. 

You’re lightly armed and equipped.  5 magazines per man, 2 days rations, and no known friendly patrols operating in the area.  You’ve got a good point man.  In any patrol, your point man (until your NPT is squad size or better, a single man can perform point duties; once squad size is attained,  2 men on point is ideal) is your eyes and ears.  This position is responsible to make sure you know what’s in front of you.  If you have a good one and you’re movement techniques are effective, chances are your NPT will see the MZB’s before they see you.  Hopefully at a distance that gives you a few seconds to determine the best Course Of Action (COA).  Because you’ve seen them first, you have the advantage.

First things first:  The point will be able to tell if you’ve been observed or not based upon the way the MZB patrol is behaving.  He should give you the ‘freeze’ or ‘enemy in sight’ hand/arm signal.  If he uses the ‘enemy in sight’ hand/arm signal, the natural reaction of your team should be to ‘freeze.’  Remember, you’re not that far apart, depending on terrain, so there’s no need for radio communication that could be subjected to Radio Direction Finding (DF).  This is silent, because you have not been discovered.



So, what do you do?  Set an ambush?  Commence a hasty attack?  Remember, in this scenario, you are a lightly armed and small NPT.  You should only fight at a time and place of your choosing where the risk of casualties is outweighed by the benefit of the action itself, or when they absolutely have no choice, and then, only as long as is necessary to fade away.  So…once frozen, the PL should automatically give the ‘cover’ hand and arm signal so the rest of the patrol quietly goes to ground.  The NPT leader crawls up to the Point to assess the situation.  From there, he chooses a course of action.  In this case, as you’re a small team and are lightly armed, you have two logical options:

  • Stay Concealed in PlaceIF the MZB patrol is not moving toward the NPT and shows no sign of being alerted to the NPT’s presence, and IF the NPT is concealed well enough to allow the MZB’s to pass by and not compromise the NPT patrol, and IF there’s not enough time to Break Contact without discovery, the NPT leader could choose to have everyone stay down, keep the MZB’s in their sights, and let them pass.  Should the MZB’s pass by either flank of the NPT’s position, the team could easily transition into a hasty ambush if necessary.  Lots of ‘ifs’ here, admittedly.
  • Break Contact Without Firing– In this scenario, the NPT leader determines he’s facing a numerically superior force and decides to break contact without alerting the MZB’s to his team’s presence. COA would include not firing on the MZB’s and moving quietly away from the MZB patrol keeping terrain features between the NPT and MZB’s to help minimize the chance of getting engaged by the MZB patrol.  The movement can be comprised of bounding in reverse or a peel or whichever tactic your team has practiced, but in this case, remember, you’re not firing.  A single negligent discharge and the game is up.  The move could go something like the drawing below:

Break Contact 1

  • The Point, Patrol Leader, and one Rifleman get into position to provide cover for the remaining team members to silently fall back to the next available covered and concealed position using appropriate individual movement techniques and set up overwatch.
  • The Point, PL and R fall back beyond the new position of the other team members and set up a covered and concealed position against the possibility of engagement by the MZB’s so the 2nd element can then move into a Rally Point.  Once established, the Point, PL and R join the the RP.

A prudent following move would be to sit tight and listen for 10 to 15 minutes, and then move out on your patrol route for 100 or 200 meters, button hook, and set up a hasty ambush for a half hour or so before presuming all danger has passed.

Remember, this is an option to use when you’re not seen by the bad guys and you’re not equipped or in a position to be successful with an ambush or other attack.

Next time, we’ll look at the Hasty Ambush.

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Brushbeater’s blog, here.

Personally, I found his use of the ‘Veteran Exempts’ flag quite appropriate and inspiring.  On a personal note, I’ve been wearing a shirt with this flag for a couple years on various occassions.  Here’s a quick version of its history from this site:

Little information is available on the activities of the Veterans Exempts for the remainder of the War of 1812. Only once are they mentioned by name. In a letter from Major General Benjamin Mooers of the N.Y. Militia to his friend Colonel Melancton Smith, U.S. Army, he describes a British raid on Plattsburgh during the summer of 1813. Mooers states that Capt. Woolsey of the “Veterans Exempts” received the flag of truce that the British sent on shore before the main landing. Most likely the Veteran Exempts turned out for other alarms and participated in the Battle of Plattsburgh in September of 1814. The Veteran Exempts, composed of the “socially prominent and politically powerful,” were undoubtedly motivated by a feeling of patriotism, but the fear of being left out of the war must have also been a motive for many of the members. Like the Home Guard in Britain during the Second World War they did provide a valuable reserve in a time of crisis.
Jack Barrette, 7 Aug 2008

I found the reference cited by Jack, but there is more to the story than what has previously been told. The flag design was a suggestion, probably not acted upon as there is no further mention of the Veteran Exempts. I did find an earlier article titled the “Veteran Exempts” (note the singular nature of the first word) in the Plattsburgh (N.Y.) Republican, 17 July 1812, p. 2-3, that included the proposed Articles of Enlistment for the unit.

Apparently they had met their organizational threshold of 50 men and so held elections for officers. The Captain was General Mel. L. Woolsey, who is not Commodore Melancton T. Woolsey who was a great hero of the War. I cannot find the letter in question and the local newspapers do not mention Woolsey’s part in the raid on Plattsburgh in the summer of 1813. Note the misspelling of the organization’s name in the reference to the letter of General Mooers, which could just be a transcription error.

The unit was to be made up of veterans of the American Revolution (who were otherwise exempt from military service), because many of the settlers in upstate New York (and Ohio) were veterans of the Revolutionary War who had been paid by the grants of lands on the frontiers of the country, and by forming the Veteran Exempts they enabled the younger militia men to go off to war while the older men stayed to protect the local settlements. However, they were hardly “socially prominent and politically powerful,” with the exception maybe of the four officers. (as stated, Gen. MEL. L. WOOLSEY, Captain; Judge KINNER NEWCOMB, 1st Lieut.; Capt. JOHN STEVENSON, 2nd Lieut.; Col. MARINUS F. DURAND, Ensign. Note a General as Captain, a Judge as 1st Lieutenant, a Captain as 2nd Lieutenant, and a Colonel as Ensign; with the exception of the judge, these were all probably Revolutionary War ranks.)

I searched through 1813 but there was no further mention of the Veteran Exempts in this newspaper. Interestingly, the 31 July 1812 newspaper article is signed with the pseudonym “Miles Veteranus” and is not a description of any real flag, but a suggestion for what the flag of this organization might look like. The entire description and explanation of the flag proposal follows:
It is proposed that it be a black ground with 13 stars for the Union of White, wrought in silver. That in the centre of the Flag there he a Death’s Head, with cross bones under, intimating what must soon, according to the course of nature, be their promiscuous fate, and the immediate one of any enemy who shall venture to contend with them. Under these an open wreath, with this motto, ´Thy will he done.´ Over the Death’s Head, surmounted as a crest, a rattlesnake with Thirteen rattles, coiled, ready to strike, with this motto in a similar wreath inverted over it, ´Dont tread on me.´”

It is a rule in Heraldry that the worthy properties of the crest borne shall be considered, and the base ones cannot be intended. The ancients accounted a Snake or Serpent an emblem of Wisdom, and in certain attitudes, of endless duration. – The rattlesnake is properly a representative of America, as this animal is found in no other part of the world. The eye exceeds in brightness any other animal – so it indicates penetration. It has no eyelids, and is therefore an emblem of vigilance. It never begins an attack nor ever surrenders – proofs of magnanimity and courage. When injured, it never wounds without giving its enemy notice of its danger. When in undisturbed peace, it does not appear to be furnished with any kind of weapons, they are hidden in it’s mouth, appearing, even when extended for defence to those who are not acquainted with them to be weak and contemptible, yet its wounds are decisize [sic] and fatal, certain destruction to its enemies.

The power of fascination attributed to the rattlesnake, by a generous construction, resembles America. Those who look steadily on her are delighted and almost involuntarily advance towards her, and having once approached her never leave her.

This Snake is often found with thirteen rattles, and they are said to increase yearly. – It is beautiful in youth, and its beauty increases with its age. The exhibition of one with Nineteen Rattles, two thousand Miles long and its Head in the middle will astonish the Old World.
Dave Martucci, 12 September 2010


Where Should You Train?

You might be expecting a long justification that you should train here, at DTG.  Well, before going any further, you must understand that DTG means this:  We don’t care where you train.  Truly.

Train here, train elsewhere, so long as you are satisfied with the training you receive and you are getting yourself ready to protect your, ‘precious cargo.’

It is entirely your choice and decision because you will pay the consequences or enjoy the rewards when you fail to meet or meet and overcome, the life threatening challenges the crisis many believe is coming in the foreseeable future will present  What’s more, DTG supports your decision whether you engage us to train you or not.

One might ask, ‘where do these guys get this mindset?’

Simply, from our study of various martial arts spanning a good length of time.

Oral tradition states that Dojos of old sometimes hung a rather esoteric sign outside that passersby could clearly see before they entered. This sign was not hung at ‘money belt’ or ‘faint hearted’ schools whose primary objective was increasing revenue.  It was hung only outside of Dojos where the training was very demanding physically, intellectually, and required the utmost dedication from attendees. The student had the responsibility to earn the knowledge he would gain through dedicated training.  The sign contained no words. In place of words, it simply depicted three symbols: a sickle (Kama), a rice bowl (wan) and the phonetic symbol for the sound “nu” as you can see from the image above.



These symbols form the phrase, “Kamawanu.” While there is no direct translation, the phrase is interpreted variously as “It doesn’t matter” and “I (we) don’t care.” Martial arts oral tradition has a more figurative interpretation: When displayed outside a hard-core Dojo, the phrase, “Kamawanu,” was to be interpreted as:

“We don’t care if you enter or not, we don’t care if you challenge us or not.”

Entry and challenge of the students at such a dojo, let alone challenging the ‘master,’ could be a life altering exercise, to say the least! An even more modern interpretation that might fit any school that is concerned with imparting the skills necessary to stay alive could be:

“We don’t care whether you train or not.”

Interpreted in this manner, Kamawanu can be used to issue a challenge to the reader as a means of motivating self-improvement in knowledge and skills and thereby rising above the level one is at, where ever that may be.   It also means that your existence is your responsibility.  There is no free lunch, as the old axiom admonishes all of us.  To accept a challenge such as this, the person must have the inner strength and confidence to willingly and without reservation negotiate the hardships that are inherent in learning the skills we, and other schools offer physically, mentally, emotionally, and philosophically.



If you accept that challenge and learn to meet the requirements, you may culminate your training by achieving a mindset where you no longer care if you’re challenged or not because you know you can meet whatever comes your way so long as you breathe.




Survival Fishing Kits

Don’t forget to put one in your Get Home, Bug Out, or long term NPT Ruck.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate, either.  Some hooks, about 75 feet of 6 to 10 # test line, a small bobber or two, a few split shot weights, and, if you really want to get fancy, add 3 or 4 ‘Yo-Yo’ reels which let you fish a lot more efficiently.  If you’ve got the room, a trot line might be worth it, depending on the area you live in.

Here’s what a ‘Yo Yo’ reel looks like.  I carry at least 4 in my ruck.

yoyo reel

Here’s a couple, ‘off the shelf’ examples of a kit we like.  It can be replicated, certainly, but for an “off the shelf” model availabe on Amazon, eBay, and at the manufacturer’s site (here), it’s a time saver, compact, and easy to pack.


fishing kit 1

Now, some folks might say they want a ‘mini pole and reel’ in their rucks.  All fine and good….if you’ve got the room and something else doesn’t have a higher priority.  As light as they are (I have a nice Diawa set up), it’s not in my ruck because I can use a stick to wind my line.  I can also put extra socks or another ration or even another magazine or two in the area the case for the rod/reel set up would take.  When you combine the capabilities of the Yo-Yo with the Uncle Flint’s kit, there’s actually no need for a min-rod/reel set up, anyway.

A good trot line example is this one by South Bend:

fishing kit 2

Under $7 with free shipping at Amazon.  Good price, good capability, and weighs in at less than 2 ounces shipping weight.  It’s not going to add to your load in a noticeable way, at all.

Remember the most important thing about these kits:  You should practice using them on occassion, especially the ‘Yo-Yo.’  You should also only use the bait you’d use in a SHTF situation as well.  You might not have earth worms available in a quick dispenser for a couple bucks like we find today.  You will need to learn to find grubs worms, grasshoppers, etc, and then when you catch a very small fish, to use it as bait.

The time you spend now learning to increase your protein/caloric intake will pay off 10 fold should you find yourself in a position where you need to feed yourself and you’re near a body of water that holds fish.

Why Some Believe Time is Rapidly Running Out

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What America Will Look Like Following The Collapse: Five Things You Can Count On Happening

Dave Hodges
October 13th, 2015
The Common Sense Show

This article was originally published by Dave Hodges at The Common Sense Show

Read in entirety, here.  Key Grafs:

“So, you better grab all the food, water, guns and ammunition that you can and run for the hills, if you are able”!  But as long we see people driving in cars and living in houses, most Americans are gong to deny the truth.

Yet, I feel compelled to speak the truth because I might be able to get one more person to take the steps necessary to help increase the odds of their survival in response to what is coming. History shows that one can count on six things occurring following the collapse of the dollar.”


“….The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that when you put money into the bank, you have transferred ownership of that money to the bank. This ruling represents government sponsored theft in the highest order, yet most of us are unaware that this happened.”


“Dramatic Food Shortages


Because of “Just In Time” deliveries, the American food industry operates on quick and multiple deliveries and survives only as the result of the rapid payment of invoices. As the failing economy reaches to service industry, most of these business will fail in very large numbers. Who then, will be delivering the food? Only a fool is not storing food and water.”


“Food Riots


Because of the food shortages, riots and organized gang violence will occur. The military is trained to isolate these areas, but will not intervene. If you call 911, nobody will be answering. This will be the time that you wished you had listened to many in the alternative media because this is the time that America will begin to see a large loss of life.”


Martial Law Will Be Declared

(Editor’s note: War will comprise a 6th element that will accompany the coming events. Because of the enormity of the subject, this development will be covered separately).

DHS and the military has already practiced for this development. Travel will be limited and it will stopped all together in areas where the civil unrest is at its worst.
The  2012 and 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), will allow government officials to “disappear” anyone they want to and for any reason, or no reason at all.  The NDAA suspends habeas corpus, provides for indefinite detention and this is done on the premise that certain kinds of Americans are threats (e.g. Second Amendment supporters, Bible-believing Christians). This is where the present harassment of Christians will turn into the outright persecution of Christians.”


“Government Control Over All Fuel and Transportation

These are some of the things that government can do to you courtesy of several executive orders.

Executive Order 10990

Allows the government to take control over all modes of transportation, highways, and seaports.

Executive Order 11003

Allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

Executive Order 11005

Allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways, and public storage facilities.

Executive Order 10997

Allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels, and minerals.

Government Control Over All Food and Water

Executive Order 10998

Allows the government to take over all food resources and farms

The Ability to Enslave the American People

Executive Order 11000

Allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

Executive Order 11001

Allows the government to take over all health, education, and welfare functions.

Executive Order 11002

Designates the Postmaster General to operate national registration of all persons.

Executive Order 11004

Allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.

Ability to Grant the President Total Dictatorial Control

Executive Order 11051

Specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.

Executive Order 11310

Grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.

Executive Order 11049

Assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.

There are more examples, but I think you get the idea. Your government has practiced to subjugate and even murder you in times such as these.”

Makes me think of the old Black Sabbath song, “War Pigs”…..if you would like more information on how to prep your family, build a NPT, gain skills in the area of defensive weapons and tactics, primitive adaptation skills (survival), old school land navigation (map, compass, and terrain association), send a note of inquiry to:  Depending on where you live, we can come to you, or you can come to us.  Either way, all the evidence indicates that the window for training and preparations is going to close very, very soon, to include the ability to reach out and ask for training (internet censorship and control).

Your call.


Addendum:  Yet another indicator:

In Chattanooga’s Wake, DHS Wants to Revive Terrorism Alert System

Against ‘domestic threats.’  Give you 2 guesses as to whom they’re referring….”home grown violent extremists” is mentioned….but that’s a very, very subjective term.



Customizing Surplus N1-B Mukluks for Dry and Semi-Wet Cold Use


The above picture shows a pair of USGI N1-B mukluks in new, unused condition.  I’ve been using this type of dry cold foot wear since 1981, when I was assigned to a base in upstate New York.  We didn’t use them straight, ‘out of the box’, though.  We used a ‘Kaizen’ approach, even though we didn’t know what the term was or meant at the time.  The guys just knew we needed to make them better because our particular section was outside one hell of a lot in deep, dry cold, and warm feet was a primary objective, in fact, having warm feet and hands added many hours to operational capability. There is a proportionate relationship to how long one can operate in extreme cold to how warm one’s hands and feet remain while doing so.

These things come with a wool booty, which is pictured below, and which we immediately discarded.


We’d go beg, borrow, scrounge, trade, or, if we had to, buy a pair of pac boot felt liners and another felt insole pad.

muks4A quick note on the boot liners:  Get a pair with at least a 10 inch shaft so your ankles and lower calf are insulated as well.  Makes a huge difference in dry cold conditions.


Last thing we’d do is go get a couple of cans of ‘Scotch Guard’, which at the time, was the only waterproofing substance we could find on the civilian market for canvas.  Today, I use ‘Camp Dry’, but there are other brands, so whatever your favorite one is will suffice nicely.

camp dry

Once we had all the components together, we’d do a test fit.  Put the additional felt insole into the muk, then put the boot liner in.  The fit should be such that it completely fills out the mukluk, and when you put it on (I’ve only had to wear one pair of winter socks with this set up…ever), it should fit snugly, but not uncomfortably snug.  I wear a 9 wide shoe; I use a size Medium mukluk, and with the above parts in it, my foot is comfortably snug inside the muk when I’ve got it laced up (which should be done very snugly).

If the test wasn’t successful, as in there was too much room, and yet another insole, or if it was too tight,  remove an insole.  The muks come with one thin one; 2 of them make a huge difference in how much insulation you have in the rubber bottom and side sole.  Your boot liners should be thick enough to take up for the insole if you have to remove one.  The other thing that could be done if you wanted to keep the 2nd or 3rd insole is to move up a size in your muk, but remember, these things run huge and your mileage will definitely vary.

If the test was successful, meaning that fit and feel were good, we’d strip out the muk and take our water proofing agent and use an entire can (remember, back then it was ‘Scotch Guard’) on one mukluk.  Overkill?  Sure it was.  Better too much than not enough.  Especially if the weather could change from dry to wet cold.  Same consideration for any northern tier AO with a blend of dry and wet cold.  Today, with ‘Camp Dry’, I use about a 1/4 can on each boot, concentrating on the top of the ankle down and the toe, with a complete covering of the rest of the muk.  It’s still wet, just not dripping like we used to do it.  (‘Old Schooler Tip’:  Those of you who wear M-65 (old school field jackets) jackets, you can do the same thing to them and increase their water resistance.  Concentrate on the shoulders, top chest, top back, and sleeves, with complete coverage of the rest of the jacket.  I’ve been in the rain for hours with a treated field jacket and was completely dry inside.  Just sayin’….)



After the muks cure (about a week), meaning you can’t smell the ‘Camp Dry’ or other waterproofing agent anymore, assemble the mukluks and you’re good to go.  If you’re out doing an overnight in the winter, and you’re getting in your bag, make sure you either drive some sticks into the ground/snow (if possible) and turn your muks upside down on them, or at least, inside your lean to (you should not be using a tent if you’re practicing NPT winter operations) upside down.  Doing so keeps any moisture (snow, frost, frozen condensation, whatever) from settling into the felt.  In extreme conditions, you can remove your felt liners and put them in the bag with you over night next to your body.  They’ll be nice and warm in the morning.

Note on the above:  Assumes you are not in a ‘potential danger’ situation and can take off your boots while you sleep.

Explains the Lack of PT and Volunteers for Physically Demanding Training….

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“The United States is home to the most obese population in the Americas, Asia and Europe, has the fattest kids by a wide margin and is tops in poor health for teenagers, according to the latest measure of well-being from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

In its “How’s Life 2015?” report released Tuesday, the United States is also among the nations with underperforming students and second in murders and assaults.

But the U.S. shines when it comes to personal wealth and even the number of rooms in our homes, said the organization that charts the personal and economic health of countries.”

Yup…sure does.  Here’s a few examples found when running a query on, “fat tactical.”  Think these guys could ruck their way out of a bad situation?  Pull a NPT security patrol?  Run 100 meters….or two hundred??  Even if any one of the morbidly obese ‘tactical’ guys assumed a prone position (wondering how long it would take to get down on the ground), imagine a ‘low crawl’….imagine one trying to ‘rush’…or, God forbid, ‘roll’….a pretty easy target, I’d think.  Just sayin’….and yes, the top pic was obviously shopped, except for his ‘physique’….

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For those fitting this profile, just step away from the cake and ice cream.  Start some PT.  For those who fit this profile and are butt hurt…..sorry, the ‘give a shit’ meter is broke.  We are running out of time and what we are witnessing is a nation of fat people who mistakenly believe they can survive in SHTF.

With All The Clear Warnings Available, You’re Not (or Worse, Have Slacked Off) Preparing Or Training Because?

head in the sand

Or is it….

pleasure addict

or even…..


or simply….


Or any combination of the above?

Remember, there’s a difference between these examples and that of a brave man or woman:


If you’re not already doing so, take a step back and evaluate what you need to do, what you need to learn, and what you need to equip yourself and your ‘precious cargo’ for the ever-closing harsh and dark times; for a time will come when it’s too late.  If you’ve just come upon this blog and you don’t know, ask.  We’re more than happy to help.  If you’re a regular reader, spread the word, get your network aware of what needs to be done.  There are a lot of good training sites available, no matter what part of the country you’re in.  Start, or increase the intensity, of your learning.  God forbid, when the time comes, you’ll need everything you’ve learned in both skill and knowledge.


Some recent warnings on various sites are below for your edification.  The First and Second Amendment are truly all that stands in the way right now of those who would bring about SHTF and WROL scenarios.  If we lose the guarantee to speak our minds, such as is done on this and other sites, we also lose the right to petition for redress of grievances and will no longer be able to protest the nullification of our inherent right to self-defense and preservation.  If we lose that, we no longer can control how much or for how long our lives, liberty, and property will remain our own.


“The U.S. trade deficit just had its biggest drop since 2007, and it looks like the total deficit for 2015 will be well over $700 billion.  This will reduce the real U.S. GDP figure.  Debt will be what kills the world economy — both sovereign and private debt.

Most banks are massively exposed today.  Just look at Deutsche Bank’s $6 billion loss, and Credit Suisse needs at least $5 billion Swiss francs of additional capital in order to prop up its balance sheet.  If bad loans don’t kill these banks, derivatives certainly will.

Before banks collapse, there will be bail-ins everywhere.  Another example of a disaster waiting to happen is Japan.  Japan’s economy is 6 percent of world GDP, but its debt is 23 percent of world GDP.  And Japan’s debt to its own GDP is a staggering and unsustainable 230 percent.”


[How long do you think you’ll be able to log on to your web browser and pick up training tid bits and other useful information as the noose tightens?]

“Groups such as CAIR, SPLC and both major political parties are all interested in trying to find a way to criminalize speech they don’t like.  In places like Germany there are already laws that make certain types of speech — like mere speech that challenges accepted facts — illegal.”

“Just as occurred during the onset of the Great Depression, the lies will be legion the closer we come to zero hour. Here are some of the lies you will likely hear as the collapse accelerates…

The Crisis Was Caused By Chinese Contagion

The hypocrisy inherent in this lie is truly astounding, to say the least, considering it is now being uttered by the same mainstream dirtbags who only months ago were claiming that China’s financial turmoil and stock market upset were inconsequential and would have “little to no effect” on Western markets.

I specifically recall these hilarious quotes from Barbara Rockefeller in July:

Something else that doesn’t matter much is the Chinese equity meltdown—again. China may be big and powerful, but it lacks a retail base and fund managers experienced in price variations, never mind a true rout…”

Doom-and-gloom types have been saying for a long time that we will get a stock market rout when the Fed finally does move to raise rates. But as we wrote last week, history doesn’t bear out the thesis, not that you can really count on history when the sample size is one or two data points…”


It’s Not A Crash, It’s Just The End Of A “Market Cycle”

This is the most ignorant non-explanation I think I have ever heard. There is no such thing as a “market cycle” when your markets are supported partially or fully by fiat manipulation. Our market is in no way a free market, thus, it cannot behave like a free market, and thus, it is a stunted market with no identifiable cycles.

Swings in markets of up to 5%-6% to the downside or upside (sometimes both in a single day) are not part of a normal cycle. They are a sign of cancerous volatility that comes from an economy on the brink of disaster.

The last few years have been seemingly endless market bliss in which any idiot day trader could not go wrong as long as he “bought the dip” while Fed monetary intervention stayed the course. This is also not normal, even in the so-called “new normal”. Yes, the current equities turmoil is an inevitable result of manipulated markets, false statistics, and misplaced hopes, but it is indeed a tangible crash in the making. It is in no way an example of a predictable and non-threatening “market cycle”, and the fact that mainstream talking heads and the people who parrot them had absolutely no clue it was coming is only further evidence of this.

The Fed Will Never Raise Rates

Don’t count on it. Public statements by globalist entities like the IMF on China, for example, have argued that their current crisis is merely part of the “new normal”; a future in which stagnant growth and reduced living standards is the way things are supposed to be. I expect the Fed will use the same exact argument to support the end of zero interest rates in the U.S., claiming that the decline of American wealth and living standards is a natural part of the new economic world order we are entering.

That’s right, mark my words, one day soon the Fed, the IMF, the BIS and others will attempt to convince the American people that the erosion of the economy and the loss of world reserve status is actually a “good thing”. They will claim that a strong dollar is the cause of all our economic pain and that a loss in value is necessary. In the meantime they will, of course, downplay the tragedies that will result as the shift toward dollar devaluation smashes down on the heads of the populace.

The regulations range from new restrictions on high-powered pistols to gun storage requirements. Chief among them is a renewed effort to keep guns out of the hands of people who are mentally unstable or have been convicted of domestic abuse.

Gun safety advocates have been calling for such reforms since the Sandy Hook school shooting nearly three years ago in Newtown, Conn. They say keeping guns away from dangerous people is of primary importance.

The Justice Department plans to issue new rules expanding criteria for people who do not qualify for gun ownership, according to the recently released Unified Agenda, which is a list of rules that federal agencies are developing.

Some of the rules come in response to President Obama’s call to reduce gun violence in the wake of Sandy Hook. He issued 23 executive actions shortly after the shooting aimed at keeping guns away from dangerous people, and some of those items remain incomplete. 

That’s not all. Gun Owners of America‘s Michael Hammond warned that the above reference to “criteria” could bar someone from owning a gun “who spanked his kid, or yelled at his wife, or slapped her husband.”

The first principle of “science” is that you publish not only your results but also your data and methodology; others then validate that set of results by replicating your experiment.

Publication without replication is not evidence of being correct, peer reviewed or not.

In short only replicated results count.

This is where the so-called climate screamers have been caught; their results could not be replicated and often the reason is that they refused to release the raw data and methodology (formulas and such), and when that was purloined in the latter case and examined the outright dishonest nature of the methodology was laid bare upon the table.

Now we have the same thing happened in economics:

A new economics paper is making the rounds this week, and it has some pretty damning conclusions for the state of the whole subject.

Federal Reserve economists Andrew Chang and Phillip Li set about researching how many of the results published in top economics journals could be replicated — repeating the study and finding the same results.

They looked at 67 papers in 13 reputable academic journals.

The result is shocking: Without the help of the authors, only a third of the results could be independently replicated by the researchers. Even with their help, only about half, or 49%, could.

Got that?

Even with the help of the original writers, who have an incentive to distort, only half of the claimed results could be replicated.  Without their help, that is, standing alone as presented, only a third could.

The rest could not which means they’re worthless at best and misleading at worst.

Now about Bernanke’s thesis…… (which sure looks to be on fire about now…..)

While It’s Still Fairly Warm & Dry….

You might consider getting a few cans of ‘Camp Dry’ (or whatever brand/type you prefer) and treating all your load bearing equipment.  The ability to repel the water will make a difference in both comfort and weight, depending on what you’re packing.

camp dry

Yes, it’s a pain to strip everything out, but it’s also a good time to inspect for rips, tears, abrasions, dirt (warm, soapy water BEFORE the Camp Dry, and let completely air dry…) to ensure it doesn’t fail when you need it.  While you’re at it, check out your field clothing, too.  All that wonderful lightweight goretex foul weather gear…and your boots…don’t forget them!



If you’ve not done this before, your gear is going to smell badly for about a week while it cures.  Hang it in the garage at night, and leave it in the sun/wind if possible during the day.  It’ll cure more quickly (or at least it seems to).  When the smell is gone, it’s ready to re-pack and use.