I found this photo of the Ukraine riots. One of the protestors is attacking the police with an old special forces shovel, the one that inspired the one made by Cold Steel which is an exact copy, made of better steel.
I have one of these original Russian shovels, its a neat collectable piece. The one made by Cold Steel is very well made, solid little shovel for doing some limited digging, but also as a hatchet/hammer/pike axe and general smashing and prying tool!
First of all I just want to say your book was an eye opener and got me away from the fantasy of Patriots.I have been revamping my EDC and came across this product:I was wondering if you had heard of it, effectively it is a universal key to handcuffs, I was curious if you thought this would be a valuable edition to an edc.You talked about kidnaps in Argentina and you also mentioned criminals getting body armor. I was wondering if they got other equipment such as handcuffs, was it more common for them to tie their captive or use a form of handcuffs?Again thank you for sharing your experiences in Argentina, it has really helped me instead of relying upon things such as Patriots and lights out for my source of prepping.Thank you for your time,-Chris
Hi Chirs, thanks for your email.
Actually, I used to keep a small polymer cuff key and scalpel blade on the inside of my riggers belt, held in place by a bit of gorilla tape. The idea was to have something to open cuffs or cut cord used to tie me up during a robbery or kidnap. Given how common express kidnappings are in Argentina it does make sense.
A polymer cuff key and a small blade can be easily taped to the inside of a thick belt, it doesn’t bother you at all and should you ever need it, it will be there. I haven’t used this cuff key in particular but I would be afraid of losing it if it was just clipped somewhere being so small and all.
Somewhere else along the belt you could put a small ziplock bag with another piece of duct tape, holding a couple quarters and a couple 20 USD bills.
This was posted just a few hours ago in the New York Times. The situation in Argentina is of course pretty bad, and the article does a good job explaining many of the problems (and its main problem, Peronism) . Keep in mind, Argentina is not alone in this mess. The problem is global by now, although as always some countries are better off than others.
USHUAIA, Argentina — A bon mot doing the rounds in post-commodities-boom South America is that Brazil is in the process of becoming Argentina, and Argentina is in the process of becoming Venezuela, and Venezuela is in the process of becoming Zimbabwe. That is a little harsh on Brazil and VeArgentina, however, is a perverse case of its own. It is a nation still drugged by that quixotic political concoction called Peronism; engaged in all-out war on reliable economic data; tinkering with its multilevel exchange rate; shut out from global capital markets; trampling on property rights when it wishes; obsessed with a lost little war in the Falklands (Malvinas) more than three decades ago; and persuaded that the cause of all this failure lies with speculative powers seeking to force a proud nation — in the words of its leader — “to eat soup again, but this time with a fork.”
A century ago, Argentina was richer than Sweden, France, Austria and Italy. It was far richer than Japan. It held poor Brazil in contempt. Vast and empty, with the world’s richest top soil in the Pampas, it seemed to the European immigrants who flooded here to have all the potential of the United States (per capita income is now a third or less of the United States level). They did not know that a colonel called Juan Domingo Perón and his wife Eva (“Evita”) would shape an ethos of singular delusional power.
“Argentina is a unique case of a country that has completed the transition to underdevelopment,” said Javier Corrales, a political scientist at Amherst College.
In psychological terms — and Buenos Aires is packed with folks on couches pouring out their anguish to psychotherapists — Argentina is the child among nations that never grew up. Responsibility was not its thing. Why should it be? There was so much to be plundered, such riches in grain and livestock, that solid institutions and the rule of law — let alone a functioning tax system — seemed a waste of time.
Immigrants camped here with foreign passports rather than go through the nation-forming absorption that characterize Brazil or the United States. Argentina was far away at the bottom of the world, a beckoning fertile land mass distant enough from power centers to live its own peripheral fantasies or drown its sorrow in what is probably the world’s saddest (and most haunting) dance. Then, to give expression to its uniqueness, Argentina invented its own political philosophy: a strange mishmash of nationalism, romanticism, fascism, socialism, backwardness, progressiveness, militarism, eroticism, fantasy, musical, mournfulness, irresponsibility and repression. The name it gave all this was Peronism. It has proved impossible to shake.nezuela.