SD Sniffing Dogs in Argentine Borders

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Drugs, explosives?  No, its US dollars what dogs in Argentina border controls are trained tosniff for.
This has been going on for some time, since the unofficial ban on foreign currencies was imposed. The main focus of attention was the check points between Argentina and Uruguay, mostly the popular ferry services between Buenos Aires and the neighboring country. This time it was the border with Chile, where a man was arrested for trying to get into the country with 98.000 USD in cash hidden under his clothes.
Now if you want to brutally attack a senior Americantourist in downtown Buenos Aires, that you can do without a problem and even if doing so in front of a police officer the worse that will happen is that you’ll have to lose 6 hours of your day making a statement, then its back to mugging people for you. Murdering, robbing or raping people is not the kind of thing the Argentine government is worried about stopping, but those rich pigs with USD, now those they quickly throw behind bars. If they are not politicians, that is.
That’s the ironic thing about the rule of law and the WROL myth. The fact is, during periods of tyranny, the law wont be there to protect you but it will be enforced when new rules to take away your freedom are created.
FerFAL

The Evil Business of Scaring People

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I’ve been involved in modern survival and disaster preparedness for some time now and I’ve learned a thing or two. One of the things I’ve learned is 10 years. Ten years seem to be the standard to go by according to fear mongers. Happens today, happened 200 years ago.
Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University and president of Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology says in his book, The Population Bomb,  that 1/5 of humanity will starve to death due to overpopulation in 10 years. Fortunately for us, Mr. Ehrlich claims were made in 1968 and the end of the world was supposed to take place by the end of the 70’s. You’d think that making such blatant claims and using fear tactics that turned out to be completely false would at least put a dent on someone’s academic reputation. You’d think so, but you’d be wrong.  Ehrlich won many prestigious prizes and awards for his (wrong) overpopulation research and continues to spread the word on the dangers of overpopulation and by default the wisdom behind population, resource control and exterminating the less productive members of society. 50 years later Ehrlich keeps ranting about overpopulation, topic in which he’s considered an expert, and was on the board of advisers of the Federation for American Immigration Reform until 2003.
Before him in 1798, Anglican Reverend Thomas Robert Malthuspublished the Principle of Population. Now Malthus was a visionary fear monger for his time, and added another 0 to the 10 year “end of the world” cycle, claiming the world population would be starving to death by 1890. Hey, if the world was supposed to end in 100 years at least he wouldn’t be around when his theory proved to be utter nonsense. Reverend Malthus was upset about the low infant mortality rates among the poor and interesting enough for a self-claimed Christian and a reverent at that, he recommended the murder of poor people, which like Ehrlich he considered the least productive members of society so as to solve the overpopulation problem. According to Malthus population had to be controlled through what he called “positive checks”, starvation and war, and “preventive checks”, abortion, birth control, prostitution (nice for a so called Reverend) and banning the poor from having children.
As we see, experts, scientists and royalty publishing academic papers which explain why we should live in fear and surrender our liberty so as to ensure the survival of the human race isn’t anything new. From reality TV hosts to self-claimed experts and prestigious university professors with an agenda we’ve been hearing the same old story time and again. Limited resources exist, that much is true. But it is also true that there are such things as renewable resources, and that industrial and agricultural processes are constantly being upgraded and improved so as to both recycle non-renewable ones and use them more efficiently. Technology has always been key to the survival of the human race and it constantly keeps surpassing our imagination. Technology is the reason why the human race will not only not become extinct, but keep improving its life quality. In spite of the ever growing population, in spite of the stream of fatalism coming from experts, there’s never been more wealth and more food produced. We’ve reached the point where there’s so much food being produced, we could end world hunger today. We just choose to throw half the food we produce, and we choose to throw 10 pounds of grain into an animal to produce 1 pound of meat only to then process that meat in such a way that it causes illnesses that would have been avoided had we eaten just 1 pound of those vegetable foods in the first place. Wars and large scale social disasters such as poverty aren’t accidental, they are deliberately perpetrated by people such as our friend reverend Thomas Robert Malthus that seek to control populations through fear and economic oppression. 
There’s always something out there that can be used to scare us. For all we know a meteor can destroy the city you live in right now given that 10% of the near-Earth objects larger than 1 km go undetected. How about dropping dead this very second due to a stroke or heart failure? Happens by the thousands every hour. If we want to live in fear (or depressed) there’s plenty of excuses for both. I learned not to waste my life that way, and I recommend you do the same.
If its not a meteor or overpopulation its some other thing. Some may be more probable than others but you clearly get the idea going on: Obsessing over dramatic stuff, some so unlikely that its laughable, often fully overlooking the real problems that should be addressed rather urgently. 
I love modern survival studies. I find it fascinating, all the different aspects of it, from the skills to be learned to the new gear that comes out, shooting, being outdoors, being indoors and doing research or studying history and social behavior. If I worked in an architecture firm all day long, this would still be what I would be doing with my free time. But that’s me. If you on the other hand cant avoid feeling depressed or paranoid then just don’t do it. Stop right now because it simply isn’t worth it. Pick up golf or something.
 Every day you and I have is a precious blessing and I at least won’t waste my time being paranoid and living in fear. Instead of worrying like crazy all day, do something about the things that are more likely to happen and you can prepare for but even more important than that, enjoy whatever it is that you do with your life.
Modern survivalism and preparing for emergencies does not mean you stop living, hiding from society, even from your own family. Becoming a paranoid doomsday kind of prepper ruins people’s lives, ruins families and leaves people broke. Enjoying life, having a clear understanding of your priorities, the real issues that you should address for sane, sensible preparedness, now that’s something that will both give you joy and leave you much better prepared for whatever life throws your way.
Have a great weekend people.
FerFAL

Economic Collapse Survival Training

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So today I had a training session with my wife, getting ready for the unavoidable economic collapse which will start in USA and drag the rest of the world to a new dark age. For this training session we… you know what? I cant even joke about it. There’s so many people that would have believed I was being serious with the first line, its not even funny.
Today was a nice day and my wife and I went for a walk in a beautiful forest we have nearby. We go about three times a week walking for an hour and a half, sometimes two.  I did take a 12 pound backpack with me as I would usually do. Maybe for running a few errands I sometimes go for a lighter satchel or messenger bag instead but I always have with me the basics I constantly nag everyone about. Other than that, really, there’s not much training or practice you can do for when your country’s economy down the drain. Trust me, I’ve been through one, and if my word isn’t good enough fly to Argentina, or maybe even Greece or Spain, and ask the millions of citizens in either country if being experienced backpackers helped them in any way when their salaries had devaluated  throwing them below the poverty line.
The Path less traveled.
CAT Boots and backpack.
Backpacking guys. Hiking and camping, building shelters in the forest or knowing how to start a fire with a chocolate bar will do you no good when banks close, you suddenly become poor and basically everything you knew so far goes to hell. Don’t get me wrong. Learning wilderness survival skills is a good idea, but do understand what scenario it applies to, and which ones it hasn’t got a thing in common.
The idea that when the economy collapses or the currency devaluates your first reaction  should be to “bug out” across the woods with a backpack full of camping gear, oh, and a gun with another eight pounds of ammo,  is ludicrous.
I can tell you that there was very little (make that none) camping and backing for me after 2001 in Argentina. As crime became more of a problem in was harder to find places where it would even be safe to do so. In fact, we get to do a lot of outdoors activities now because we are in a much safer, stable place.
Rather than training for the end of the world as some may want you to believe, hiking is something we do because we simply enjoy it and it have other real-world benefits:
       1)Working out. Walking in a forest, more so when you go off the beaten path and get into some muddy and uneven terrain with a few fallen trees and streams in your way to navigate through turns out to be good exercise. You stretch a bit, work in your cardio and it sure beats staring at a wall in a stationary bike.  Staying healthy and fit is the best thing you can do for yourself, end of the world around the corner or not.
          2)We find that along with the exercise, it’s a good way of relaxing and clearing our head, get some fresh air and enjoy nature.
       3)We get to spend some quality time as a couple which is always good.
       4)Sure, if you ever have to walk back home or hurry away from danger its better if you are used to walking a few miles.
FerFAL
PS- Oh, and this is my dog Spike winking.

 


Being Smart About Spending Money on Preps

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    The paklite is a great idea but hugely overpriced. Ten bucks (and up to THIRTY for “upgraded” modules) for a piece of hardware that probably costs a few cents to make.  Pass.

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You Bring up an excellent point. Look, I make money out of everything that is sold through my website on Amazon and I’m ok with that. That doesn’t mean readers shouldn’t be careless about spending every single hard-earned buck. Do tons of research before buying anything! I do plenty of reviews, check the ones on my youtube channel for a closer look when researching. If I do recommend something, it is mostly gear I feel more than confident about, with plenty of good reviews and usually years of using it myself.

You don’t need to go crazy. A well put EDC kit will go a long way. A well rounded set of supplies at home will get you through most likely events.

Just remember the following: 1) know the basics which are common to everyone. You need to stay warm, you need water, food, means of cooking, means of purifying more water, means of self-defense. You need both a first aid kit and knowledge of how to use it.  2)Know your own personal circumstances for which you need to prepare. If you live in areas where extreme cold temperatures are a potential problem then you need means of heating as well as cooking food. Maybe you are good to go with a good kerosene heater and you don’t need to spend more money on a big generator and electric setup for blackouts. Maybe you have a medical condition yourself or a family member for which you need to make extra preparations.

Learn to differentiate between the must-haves, and nice to haves or just silly toys. For things such as food and water, you just can’t have too much of it because you are still going to use them no matter what. Redundancy is also important for essential supplies such as flashlights, water purifiers and first aid kits, and to a lesser degree firearms and other tools. Still, learn to be honest with yourself. If you have over 20 guns and over 50 “survival knives”, chances are you’re well past “need” and deep into “hobby/collector” territory. There is nothing wrong with that as long as you are at least honest with yourself.

Finally, keep in mind that while certain supplies and gear are simply must-haves, many of the most important steps towards modern survival have nothing to do with “stuff”. Things such as staying fit and healthy so as to avoid getting sick as often or be capable of doing physical labor, fighting and running away from danger, having savings to deal with life’s little or large financial problems, having health and life insurance in that rare case of you getting sick, or the even rarer case of you actually dying some day. Last but not least, learning and teaching your kids valuable life skills, enjoying yourself while doing so and making the most of the time we have.

FerFAL


Why Some People Wont Last 24 hs. when SHTF

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5 Politically Incorrect Christmas gifts for Kids

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Oh, Christmas. That magical time of the year, Santa, Christmas trees, presents and sanitized “Happy Holidays” signs that make you throw up in your mouth a little.

As Christmas eve approaches, we hurry to buy something for our little ones.  Nothing beats busting our brains thinking of neat gifts, only for our kids to leave them all over the living room and the small parts going straight into the vacuum cleaner not 24hs after they opened them.

But you know you’re going to buy them anyway so for this Black Friday week I made a short list of politically incorrect toys that will at least counteract some of the garbage out kids are exposed to on daily basis, maybe even teach them a thing or two about life.

5-Playmobil Nativity Manger with Stable

Playmobil Nativity Manger with Stable $29.99

Christmas may be banned in New York schools and various government buildings but not all hope is lost. While most toy companies play along, others like Playmobil actually have nativity toys. There’s even a little baby Jesus.

4-Playmobil Advent Calendar Police with Cool Additional Surprises

Playmobil Advent Calendar Police Cool Additional Surprises $23.49

In case you didn’t notice, Lego “cops” don’t have guns any more (no Nativity toys either). They run around with handcuffs instead.  God forbid, should a child play imagining that a toy cop shoots a toy bad guy. Well, Playmboil thankfully isn’t like that. In this set both cops and the bad guy have plenty of guns, both handguns and long arms as well as holsters that actually fit the tiny sidearms. Go Playmobil! I got this set for my son a few weeks ago and he loved it. It comes with a small motion detector alarm (not loud, safe for small children) and they can set it up so that it goes off when someone moves or approaches the museum treasure.

3-Daisy Outdoor Products 693 Pistol Kit

Daisy Outdoor Products 693 Pistol Kit $49.99

This was the first CO2 pistol I ever owned and man did I have fun with it. Mine was a Daisy just like this one but the color was black with brown grips. The construction is plastic but it doesn’t really matter, it has plenty of metal where needed, its tough and packs a punch. Careful though, the price is pretty low but it does not reflect how powerful this thing is.

The one I had was accurate for a gun that fires round pellets and has fixed sights. It is powerful, punched holes into thin wood and cans.Decades later after forgetting about this gun I found it in a drawer. Some CO2 and a few pellets later and it was working again.

This is not a toy and should be treated like a firearm. Pay special attention to eye protection which is the most common type of injury with air guns. The rule is very simple and this is what I do with my oldest son: You put on your eye protection before picking it up, you take it off after you  put away the gun. Break that rule and you lose your air gun for a month, or until you are old enough to handle it responsibly. 

2-Daisy Outdoor Products Red Ryder Gun

Daisy Outdoor Products Red Ryder Gun $46.20

I never had one of these but everyone seems to remember them fondly and it seems to be a great choice as a kids first gun. Comes in pink too for girls.

I see how the Red Ryder can be lots of fun, but its more of a plinking kind of air gun,a true “fun gun”. If the intention is to use it for shooting pests too, within the same budget you have better, more powerful guns such as the Crosman 2100 or Daisy 880 which is better suited for it.

1-Crosman Remington Vantage Hardwood Stock Break (.177)

Crosman Remington Vantage Hardwood Stock Break (.177) $109.99

Here’s where things get interesting. I got a similar air rifle for my 15th birthday, brand Mahely. It wasn’t as nice as the Crossman Remington Vantage but my Mahely was also a break barrel action that generated nice power and had good accuracy.  If you want to go all the way there’s the Gamo Silent Stalker. The .22 version is a serious small game hunting air gun. It has a Shock Wave Absorber and noise dampener reducing noise up to 52%.

Gamo Silent Stalker Whisper IGT Air Rifle air rifle  $203.68 

 

 


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