Well, recently I followed my own advice so I hope telling you about this inspires you too to take control of your own health and not accept everything your doctor says without question.
Last week I went to the dentist. This one would be new to me since I moved to Spain. In spite of the free (I know, nothing is really free but you know what I mean) medical care I have private. The plan that I have is pretty good from a well-known company in Spain. So I go to their hospital in the nicest part of town and after a bit of looking around and a fancy 3D scan of some kind I get told that I need two teeth pulled plus implants and work done on 6 other teeth. I already knew I had one in pretty bad shape that probably needed removed and have an implant but I was sure the other one could be saved and the other stuff, most of it honestly sounded like BS.
An important part of developing modern survival skills is learning to “read” people. Not just listen to what they are saying, but learn to tell read their voice tone, body language, gestures and of course using your own common sense. This is how you avoid scams and con artists, how you get good business deals and how you learn to get an upper hand on all kinds of social interactions. This dentist guy, he just didn’t seem honest. His hurry to quickly get started with the pulling of teeth was pretty disturbing as well. After politely but firmly telling him that no, I was not getting my teeth pulled then and there I made an appointment for next week. This gave me time to get a second opinion. Thank God I got that second opinion.
Turns out I only need one implant as I suspected. There’s no need to pull the other one. This second dentist didn’t mention any of those six other teeth that needed to be fixed, just one that has a small, visible dark spot, a cavity on top. It’s not just that I was going to get charged almost two thousand Euros worth of BS dentist work, I was also going to have this guy pull a teeth unnecessarily and probably mess up five others.
The U.S. Health-Care system wastes $750 Billion annually on unnecessary health-care costs. You should expect your doctor to act accordingly and, pretty likely, either suggest or assure you that you need surgery, treatment or medication you don’t actually need. Accept this is very likely to occur.
People: You know yourself better than your doctor or dentist. Always get a second opinion if you have the slightest of doubts. If you feel worried/confused/not sure of what to do, just do what I did. Say you can’t do it right now and get an appointment for some other time. This gives you time to think things over, get another opinion and cancel if needed.
The terrorist weapon used? A truck, simply crushing and accelerating into the crowd that celebrated Bastille Day. There are reports of gunfire being exchanged between the truck occupants and police. It seems that guns and explosives were also found in the truck. This is ongoing news. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/14/europe/nice-france-truck/index.html
PS- Turns out the weapons and explosives were fake. The weapon used in one of the worst terrorist attacks in Europe after WWII is a truck.
The knife is the quintessential survival tool. For the modern survivalist that doesn’t specifically carry a fixed blade as part of his daily required equipment the folder is the kind of knife he’s more likely to carry. Now pocket knives and folders come in all kinds. Any good knife is a useful tool. Some are particularly well made and designed, making them a pleasure to use and handy in a number of situations.
And then there’s the hard-use folding knife. Yes, it folds. Yes, it fits into your pocket and yes it will open all the mail you get, cut strings and even help you prepare a sandwich. But it will also cut through dry wall. It will chop and stab through a 2×4 and pry open a door if needed or cut through metal to get you out of a car wreck. Yes, it will not break or otherwise fail if ever used in the art of putting two-legged predators down. Many handy, outstanding folders and pocket knives simply aren’t made for that sort of situation. But theZero Tolerance 0550 is. The titanium frame lock holds the blade in place, the thumb stud rests against the frame for additional support. The steel is outstanding S35VN, meaning it will hold an edge considerably longer, take more abuse without chipping, rolling or breaking. At 3.5” the blade isn’t too big but it is big enough. “built like a tank” is read often when researching the ZT0550 although it really is a comfortable, medium size knife. Check out this torture test video of the ZT0550. FerFAL
I have personal knowledge knowing Air Force surgeons and having been an opthamologist that the procedure recommended is not LASIK but thermal keratoplasty.
The difference is that thermal keratoplasty uses the laser to modify the corneal shape without slicing through the cornea like LASIK. The sliced flap can be dislodged rendering the vision in the eye completely blurred.
Thermal keratoplasty is more uncomfortable than LASIK but has equally good results and less risk.
That being said you’re better off with LASIK than glasses for your purposes.
Thanks for all your insights.
Robert McBratney retired Ophthalmologist
Thanks for your email Robert. You are right. Keratoplasty is the recommended procedure when possible for patients that are likely to suffer trauma, such as military personnel and of course survivalists as well. At the time I wrote that it wasn’t as common as it is today and LASIK had become a procedure accepted by the Air Force for their pilots.
LASIK involves the cutting of a small flap while keratoplasty shapes the eye surface itself, without the cutting of a flap. The flap may be completely cut off during surgery by accident or become detached by trauma. Keeping things in perspective, its very unlikely to suffer accidental flap detachment during surgery and even in thousands of cases of very strong trauma flap loss is a very rare incident. Having said that, indeed, if I was doing it today I’d go for Keratoplasty. Its cheaper, safer, and there’s no flap to mess up in the first place. FerFAL
Food prices are very likely to go up steadily in the future. Failed crops, climate change (man-made or otherwise) and disasters are likely to send food prices up almost 400% in the not so distant future.
There really is no reason not to stock up. When it comes to food, you want to stock it deep,
One day you may be happy you put a lot of it aside.
I have family in London and friends in other parts of UK and yes, since Brexit they are worried and they feel they have become second class citizens. In many ways they have. It is true that discrimination towards immigrants has been happening for a long time though. In fact, the American Army veteran that was recently discriminated, it’s the second time something like this has happened to him.
Here’s the clip in case you havent seen it.
There was also the story of a German woman that had been living in UK for 40 years. Her neighbours are now telling her to go home. She probably thought she WAS home already.
These aren’t isolated incidents. Five minutes of google search with minimum intellectual honesty will prove that to anyone.
Keep in mind that the Brexit campaign started from the moment they joined the EU. What people don’t know is why this happened and who REALLY orchestrated it. This was mostly a plan by the City elite, a lobby called “City for Britain,” hedge fund owners and Rupert Murdock who owns the main media groups in UK and many around the world. The list? Fox news, Fox Broadcasting Company, Twentieth Century Fox, News UK (The Sun, The Times), The New York Post, just to mention a few. If you watch Fox news, chances are you’re been fed a strong anti EU bias. That wasn’t accidental. The City elite also includes other media corporations the ones owned by Richard Clive Desmond.
So as to achieve their objective, The “City” and the British government started a long campaign to fuel the nationalist, anti EU sentiment. Basically the BBC and Rupert Murdoch and other media moguls like Richard Clive Desmond started a negative campaign against the rest of Europe (most British forget that they ARE European themselves) Immigrants taking up their jobs, immigrants killing/raping /stealing from white Brits, The British government would drive around vans “inviting” immigrants to “go home”.
It was a non-stop campaign for years before the official Brexit campaign even started and it was pretty successful. Of course that when someone that was NOT an immigrant committed a crime (which is most often the case) it didn’t get the same media attention. And of course they never mentioned that it was within the EU that the UK saw its greatest growth ever in standards of living for its people. Objectively speaking, the EU has a)some corruption, like everywhere else and in my opinion far less than the City elite b)regulations. Many of them are nonsense, most of the DO in fact make sense and go a long way into improving peoples quality of life, ensuring workers and customers rights. The problem is that some of these regulations also go against the interest of people that want maximum profit and zero accountability.
How can you tell that the government was in favor of leaving the EU? Simple:
1)Just read the BBC headlines. For years they have been either subtly or not so subtly anti EU.
2) Notice how the referendum was pushed ahead of schedule to match the worst moment in terms of the immigration crisis. These things are supposed to take years, instead it was speed up to a matter of months. Why the rush all of a sudden?
3)Notice how it was matched perfectly with the European Football Tournament. Laugh all you want but these are EXACTLY the strategies analysts use. Football (soccer for you Americans) is huge in UK. In fact it was perfectly timed. If I had been the one in charge of the Brexit side I would have matched it right in the begging of the tournament, when everyone is waving the flag, feeling nationalistic. Yet I would have made sure it was right in the begging of it and not in the middle or end of the tournament when England was most likely to lose. That’s exactly what happened.
4)It was also done at the time university students are out on holidays. Most where registered to vote in the wrong place. Students are known to be by a very wide margin pro EU.
5)Age 16 and 17 were not allowed to have a say in spite of these having to live with the consequences of the referendum far more than say their 80 year old grandparents that were far more likely to vote to leave the EU. Why were 16 to 17 year olds allowed to Vote in the Scotland independence referendum yet not allowed to vote in the EU referendum? I’ll tell you why. Because +70% of them vote to stay and believe in integration. They were likely to vote to stay in the UK union just during the Scottish referendum just like they would have voted to stay in the EU if they had the chance to vote. Get rid of those votes and you just got rid of a few million votes that would have voted against your interests.
6)Officially the public funding for both Stay and Leave was 50/50. Unofficially though, the government favoured Brexit. Cameron sure did in spite of claiming otherwise just based on his actions which clearly undermined the Stay campaign. Not only did the government clearly favour and anti EU agenda, even the monarchy made their anti EU position clear as well, maybe feeling its own position eventually threatened by a young, more democratic and not as favourable towards status quo rule.
7)They even allowed the Brexit campaign to choose the referendum question. Yes or No being is perceived as more negative and NO is less likely to be chosen. Stay or Leave was considered less drastic and more favourable for the Brexit side.
8)British people living out of the country for more than 15 years did not have the right to vote. A million British expats in Spain alone explains why this was important. How does this work? You lose your rights as a citizen because you lived elsewhere for a period of time? At the same time, EU citizens of other countries that have been legally living, working and contributing in UK had no say, no matter how long they had been living there.
Some points may seem less obvious than others, some may look a bit more like coincidences. There are no coincidences here, just a carefully executed plan.
The campaign was successful and now UK left the EU. I am grateful for that to be honest because it means there’s no longer an enemy plotting against the EU from within and I especially like the idea of detaching ourselves form the populist and nationalistic sentiment that fueled in Britain to win the referendum. It will be hard though for the people in UK, both locals and immigrants.
And there is also the concern that the “City” will try to destroy the EU, which has ensured peace and prosperity for its nations in spite of its many imperfections.
I know all too well what nationalism and populism does to a country. After all, Cristina and Nestor Kirchner’s motto was, and they repeated it ad nauseam, “national and popular”. Patriotism shouldn’t be confused with nationalism. It’s most definitely not the same thing, and believe me when I say the people are the ones to suffer the most under a populist and nationalistic government.
I just got banned from ar15.com forums for not agreeing with the majority there regarding Brexit and expressing such an opinion. It happened in the GD forum of all places. I suppose it goes to show how when presented with facts that don’t correspond with the lies they’ve been fed, some people just snap.
We are entering complicated political waters everywhere around the world. The rise of nationalism, populism and in general the polarisation of ideology both left and right provide fertile ground for intolerance. That’s pretty dangerous because intolerance (even verbal, even political) always leads to violence. It’s one thing to debate and it’s another to insult or censor those we don’t agree with. Verbal violence in politics is pretty dangerous. We shouldn’t cheer when we find a politician who says outload things we once didn’t dare say ourselves, especially when we didn’t dare say them out of shame. Maybe instead of cheering a bit of self-criticism is in order. We should be able to talk and we should be able to express different ideas and debate them without getting angry at one another.
Again folks, careful with political intolerance. No matter what extreme of the spectrum it comes from, it tends to be equally dangerous.
Intolerance leads to divisions in society and a society that is divided and fighting among themselves is much easier to control… and exploit.
The Glocks are very nice guns and have lots of performance features to commend them.
The only thing I disagree with is the lack of a positive mechanical safety.
I know that devotees of the non-safety pistols get defensive when anyone takes exception to this design feature.
But–anyone trained to a level of competent pistol shooter can train to take the safety into account when they do need to deliberately fire the weapon.
And–when they don’t need to have the weapon fire, or heaven forbid not have it fire when somebody who should not have their hands on the gun (but somehow got hold of it)–then that is when the manual safety earns its plaudits!
We see too many cases with the non-safety pistols where gun owners (including experts) somehow shoot themselves or others, kids get hold of a gun and shoot themselves or others–where a mechanical safety properly employed would have likely saved people from harm.
I realize that everyone who has not had such an incident happen in their own lives will poo-poo and object to suggestions along these lines, but consider how many tragedies might have been prevented happening to others like themselves who did have things go bad for themselves or their loved ones.
Best wishes, Larry
I cant say I agree with you on this one and I believe I have a good foundations for the point I’ll try to make.
No, I don’t think the Glock needs a safety.
1)Revolvers don’t have safeties, and no one ever thought of bothering putting one in them other than some oddity here and there. Nearly all firearms experts agree revolvers don’t need safeties. Revolvers do have longer and stiffer trigger pulls in double action, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are perfectly ok without a manual safety and the double action only trigger pull in a standard Glock is stiff enough to avoid the kind of accidental discharges that sometimes happen with hair triggers and single action only firearms like the venerable 1911.
2)Talking about the 1911, that was my first handgun. I spent years training with it, so much that when I went to the dark side and got my Glock, I spent years disengaging a safety that wasn’t there anymore whenever I drew the gun. No problem there since its just a reflex thumb flick on the side of the Glock.
3)In terms of legal problems and accidental/negligent discharges due to lack of manual safety, notice that most police departments seem to be ok with Glocks anyway, in spite of the complicated legal situation they often find themselves in.
4)The British army recently adopted the Glock 17, no problem with the lack of safety there. SEAL did so too, as have other special forces around the world. The truth is that as long as the shooter does its part and carries the gun in a holster Glocks are perfectly safe. The accidental/negligent discharges can still happen with guns with safeties, all they have to do is disengage it and pull the trigger. They key part of the problem being pulling the trigger when you don’t really intend to do so. I think there a good reason why firearms instructors, shooting experts and specialists overwhelming favour Glock both for themselves and for arming others.
5) I will concede that in a fight, at night, and after losing control of your weapon, an attack may grab your weapon and fail to disengage a safety while trying to shoot you. Then again I believe that the advantage of having a Glock, the best handgun for combat and defence. Greatly out weights the chances of what has to be admitted as a rare, unlikely scenario compared to much more probable ones. As for kids, I believe that if a child has a loaded gun that’s already a disaster. I believe also that most kids will easily figure out a safety. They are simple enough to figure out for a kid that ever played videogames or even owned a toy gun. If a child has hold of a loaded gun and is playing around with it trying to figure out how to operate it you have messed up bad as a parent already and chances are that with any loaded firearm you’re looking at a tragedy about to happen. If anything, keep your gun in a quick access safe or use a trigger lock. They are cheap enough and much better insurance than praying a child doesn’t figure out the use of the safety which he most likely will.
Right here. Glock 17. When you do the equation factoring concealability, reliability, durability, availability, commonality, weight, accuracy, ammo capacity, ergonomics and simplicity no other fighting gun comes close. You dont agree? Tell me why and I’ll explain why you are wrong.
The Glock 17 is today what back in the day was a 1911 or maybe more popular world wide the Browning Hi-Power. Anywhere you go, you are likely to find a few rounds of 9mm and a Glock to fire them.
For all survivalists and preppers, this is the gun to own and master. Maybe you like its smaller brother the Glock 19 or maybe you like a different caliber, I understand that too. But with a Glock 9mm you will always be well armed, you will always find some rounds to feed your gun given 9mm’s popularity and you’ll always find parts and magazines if you ever need them.
The only thing I recommend changing is the sights. Get good metal nightsights like these.