Saturday, May 28, 2022

Elements of a Security System – Part 5


by J.M., Survival Blog:


As I mentioned earlier, direct observation of an intruder approaching is another form of detection, but I’m focusing on situations where you may not be able to have eyes everywhere 24×7. However, if an alarm does go off you’ll need some way to get ‘eyes on’ to determine what caused the alarm without unnecessarily exposing yourself to potential danger. There are a number of possible options to enhance your ability to observe a potential intruder.

Change of Season? 6 Healthy Ways To Change Your Activities to Adjust!


by Jeremiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

Ready Nutrition Guys and Gals, this article presents some of the differences you need to be aware of that will directly affect you in your everyday life with the change of season. One of the problems with our modern society (definitely post-agrarian, and really post hunter-gatherer lifestyle!) is the inability to remember that natural laws still govern us in our lives.

Our circadian “pacemakers” are the suprachiasmatic nuclei. These are located in the brain (within the hypothalamus, to be precise), and these are synchronized with the amount of light in the day and the times of the day. To be sure: it is not identical for all people…this is due to genetic differences based upon your heredity and where your ancestors originated. These suprachiasmatic nuclei receive input from light-sensitive cells in your retinas that give you an almost-exactly 24-hour rhythm within your body.

360 Billion Locusts And Growing – A Plague Of ‘Biblical Proportions’ Is Destroying Crops Across The Middle East And Africa

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

What we are witnessing in east Africa and across much of the Middle East right now is hard to believe.  360 billion locusts are eating everything in sight, and UN officials are warning that this plague of “Biblical proportions” could get many times worse over the next several months.  Desert locusts can travel up to 93 miles a day, and each adult can consume the equivalent of its own weight in food every 24 hours.  These voracious little creatures are traveling in absolutely colossal swarms that are up to 40 miles wide, and they continue to push into new areas.  If urgent action is not taken on a massive scale, millions upon millions of people could soon have next to nothing to eat.

Here’s What People Are Running Out of First During the Lockdowns


by Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper:

Here in the United States, many of us are in this strange kind of limbo called “lockdown.” Other states call it “social distancing,” and still others call it “sheltering in place.”

California, New York, and Illinois started the ball rolling last Friday, and since then, nearly half of the United States has joined in, to some degree or another. There are varying degrees of lockdown – nobody in any state is forced to stay inside their home at all times (barring quarantine due to infection or exposure.) You can still go to the grocery store or take a walk, but many businesses not deemed “essential” are closed.

After Freezing Temperatures Subside, American Homeless Are Still Left Out In The Cold


by Elizabeth Vos, Disobedient Media:

While the recent cold snap that hit large portions of the United States has finally eased, the pressing issue of American homelessness shows no sign of abating. The sudden drop in temperature revealed the troubling inability, especially in southern States, to help homeless populations in extreme temperatures. It also shed light on the widespread epidemic of homelessness in America, with a shockingly large porting of this population unable to afford housing despite working long hours. Disobedient Media spoke with a volunteer who works with homeless populations, who explained the demeaning contradiction they are forced to live.

Reuters wrote of the recent freeze’s deadly effects: “The cold snap has been blamed for the death of at least three homeless men, in Texas and North Carolina, according to officials and local news media. It has provided a vivid illustration of a nationwide problem, as homelessness in the United States rose in 2017 for the first time in seven years.” Reuters went on to add that, according to federal survey data released last month, 553,742 people in the US lacked homes on a given night in 2017, while several metropolitan centers including New York City have seen even more dramatic spikes in homeless numbers.

Local press in states affected by the unusually frigid conditions, including Alabama, reported that homelessness advocates criticized the shortfalls of local government and church responses to the sudden drop in temperature: “Meg Tilden said more Huntsville churches should have “stepped up” and opened warming centers. “They should not have to have a contract (with the city) to do that,” said Tilden. “Jesus did not have a contract.”

A Chicago resident who provided overnight cots to the homeless in his basement during the cold snap was threatened with condemnation of his home, for alleged violation of ‘sleeping regulations.’ NBC reported that during the subzero conditions, the Chicago man had the idea to host overnight “slumber parties” for the homeless, but that but officials said there are “sleeping regulations” for basements and Schiller’s basement doesn’t meet those requirements.

Homelessness is an escalating problem in the US regardless of weather conditions, including an increasing number of Americans who cannot afford housing despite working full-time jobs. Outlets like the New York Post relate that hundreds of full-time New York City workers are homeless, while a report by NBC documented the general issue of homelessness among the employed:

“The Kennard family of five from Johnson City, Tenn., is homeless. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Kennards is that despite their homelessness, they are still a working family.  For the last seven years, Patrick Kennard has worked a full-time job with benefits at a bank call center and until recently, Cindy Kennard worked as a director of a daycare facility.”

NBC’s report continued: “It’s hard sometimes for people to appreciate.  They’re so used to the stereotyped homeless populations, the visible homeless, if you will, who live outdoors in public locations and they’re not aware that there are literally hundreds of thousands of people, many of them working, who are homeless as well,” said Dennis Culhane, a University of Pennsylvania social policy professor whose research focuses on homelessness.”

Adjunct professors have also faced increased difficulty in affording housing. The Guardian reported that some adjunct professors in the US chosen to engage in prostitution to make ends meet. They wrote: The Guardian illustrated the extreme lengths many adjuncts are forced to endure, writing that: “Sex work is one of the more unusual ways that adjuncts have avoided living in poverty, and perhaps even homelessness… They resort to food banks and Goodwill, and there is even an adjuncts’ cookbook that shows how to turn items like beef scraps, chicken bones and orange peel into meals…”

The Guardian continued: “Homelessness is a genuine prospect for adjuncts. When Ellen Tara James-Penney finishes work, teaching English composition and critical thinking at San Jose State University in Silicon Valley, her husband, Jim, picks her up. They have dinner and drive to a local church, where Jim pitches a tent by the car and sleeps there with one of their rescue dogs. In the car, James-Penney puts the car seats down and sleeps with another dog. She grades papers using a headlamp.”

Other outlets, including PBS and Salon, have also reported on the appalling conditions in which adjuncts are forced to survive. PBS noted that adjuncts made up half of all college and university faculties, while Salon cited the Chronicle of Higher Education’s description of professors with PhD.’s sleeping in homeless shelters.

Poverty and homelessness have become such an endemic issue in the US that a United Nations represented recently visited Los Angeles to monitor the appalling conditions in locations including Los Angeles’ infamous Skid Row. The Los Angeles Times reported that the trip was part of a national tour investigating human rights conditions for the poorest U.S. citizens. The article further related that the event included witnessing a “shirtless man who lay groaning across a wheelchair, a colostomy bag showing below his shorts hem.” The monitor, Alston stated:  “I think it’s on a scale I hadn’t anticipated, block after block of people… When you see how concentrated it is, it’s more shocking.”

The gut-wrenching scene in skid-row is not the only horror faced by the homeless cross the United States. Disobedient Media recently spoke with a volunteer who has worked with homeless shelters and related activities over a long period. They told us of the demeaning rules faced by the homeless who frequent these shelters, in addition to the huge prevalence of health and dental problems. The volunteer told Disobedient Media that many homeless individuals had such severe dental problems that the volunteers were forced to make a concerted effort to fit menus around food that would be ‘easily gummed.’

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Are You Financially Prepared? 8 Common Emergencies and What They Cost


by Dagny Taggart, The Organic Prepper:

Are you financially prepared for a major emergency?

Most Americans aren’t, according to a new report.

Personal finance site GOBankingRates estimated the costs to recover from eight of the most common disasters, as well as how much you should have saved in an emergency fund to deal with each one.

Here are 8 financial emergencies that really aren’t that uncommon that could cause you financial hardship.

3 Places Preppers Would Never Think to Scrounge For Survival Supplies


by Jerimiah Johnson, Ready Nutrition:

This is a segment that you can take for ideas and build off of for yourself. Survival is all about improvisation, and adaptability: those who adapt to the situation have a better chance at making it through the tough times. This is a different kind of segment, though. The information here is how to make it on what you can scrounge in the wintertime. Sounds simple, right? It isn’t.

We Live in an Imperfect World That is Not Prepper-Friendly

The reason is the “perfect” world we live in does not present you with many opportunities to train. For that matter, there isn’t a lot of encouragement either. Certainly, no one will encourage you: not your family members, your neighbors, or community in general, let alone the government…local, state, or federal. That’s not “life.”

Beretta APX 9mm Handgun, by Pat Cascio

by Pat Cascio, Survival Blog:

The new Beretta APX 9mm handgun is a hot seller, and it’s the subject of our review in this article. No other handgun has fit my hand better than the grand old Browning Hi-Power 9mm pistol, and I’m not alone in this feeling, either. I’ve heard the same thing over and over again from folks who own a Hi-Power. Well, all of that changed the moment I picked-up the new Beretta APX 9mm handgun. I have never, and I mean never, had a handgun feel so good in my hand, no exceptions! I just had to get that out of the way at the onset of this review.

SurvivalBlog First to Review U.S. Military Adopted SIG Sauer P320 9mm

As many readers know, the U.S. Army, and now all the other military services, have adopted the SIG Sauer P320 9mm handgun. SurvivalBlog was the first to review this outstanding handgun. We often get the jump on others with new product reviews. I own the SIG P320 Compact model and love it. The competition for a new U.S. military service handgun had many competitors. However, in the end, the SIG was the winner. Needless to say, there were sour grapes from some other competitors, and the usual lawsuits were filed, though they have been dismissed. Beretta modified their outstanding current military issue handgun and called it the Model 93A3. I don’t understand Beretta’s thinking. It really wasn’t a “modular” handgun, and that is what the U.S. Army was looking for. Though there’s nothing wrong with the new Model 93A3.

Beretta’s APX Might Have Beat SIG Sauer P320

Now, if Beretta had entered the APX in the competition, it may have well beat out the SIG Sauer P320. I kid you not. It is “that” good of a 9mm handgun. However, the APX wasn’t manufactured in time to enter the testing, which is too bad. It would have been an outstanding contender against all comers. I’m sure of it. BTW, the APX is also available in .40 S&W. However, since the FBI switched from the .40 caliber and back to 9mm because of improved bullet designs and stopping power, numerous law enforcement agencies are doing the same and dumping the .40 S&W. Now everyone is looking at the APX in 9mm over the .40 S&W.

Beretta APX Barrel and Frame

The APX has a 4.25-inch barrel, which is a nice length for duty carry. There is the polymer black frame, and the slide is also black with slide grasping grooves from the front to the back of the frame on both sides. This is another outstanding feature that I love. The magazines (and you get two) hold 17 rounds, and this is my only source of contention. The magazines are extremely difficult to fully load with 17 rounds, even with the outstanding Butler Creek ASAP magazine loader. That last round is a bear to get into the magazine. The slide has the three dot system, and the front white dot is a little bit larger than the two white dots on the rear sight. The system is very fast to pick up under stress. Of course, as is the trend, the APX is striker-fired. The unloaded gun weighs in a 28.24 ounces, which is about par compared to other polymer framed handguns.

APX Disassembly

There is a button you can press with a pointed object or tool on the right side of the frame that deactivates the striker, so you can safely disassemble the APX without pulling the trigger. However, it is a little bit of pain to do this. So, I simply racked the slide to make sure the chamber is empty and then pull the trigger to deactivate the striker. Then, I press the slide release button, which is stout, on the right side of the frame and turn the take-down lever on the opposite of the frame. The slide then comes off. It’s easier done than said but very Beretta Model 92 in design.

APX Grip and Backstraps

The grip frame can be replaced. You can do that by removing the serialized chassis from inside the frame, very much like that of the SIG Sauer P320. So, the chassis is actually the “firearm”, because it carries the serial number. There is an ambidextrous slide release/stop on either side of the frame. Also, there is a trigger stop lever built into the trigger itself, so there is no trigger over-travel when the gun is fired, in theory, making the gun a bit more accurate. You can also change out the backstraps. Several backstraps come with the gun, however it is tedious to change them out, and I don’t see people swapping out the backstraps on a regular basis.

The backstrap on my sample, which I purchased out of my own funds, fit my hand perfectly. The magazine release is switchable from side to side, so it’s not ambidextrous, but it’s easy to change from one side to the other. The frame has the Picatinny-style rail for installing lights and/or lasers, too. The texturing on the frame is also perfect. It grips you but isn’t overly aggressive, which is another outstanding feature I like on the APX. The front of the trigger guard is squared off without serrations on it; they’re not needed. No one wraps the finger of their off-hand around the trigger guard these days. (It was very popular at one time, for some reason.)

Seventeen-Round Mags

The above is quite a lot of features on the new Beretta APX 9mm handgun, and there isn’t anything I would do away with. However, I would sure love it if the 17-rd mags were a little easier to load. I rarely have to use a magazine loader, as I have been loading hi-cap mags for many years with just my hands. But the last round is difficult to get into the APX mags. Even after I loaded them and let them sit for several weeks and emptied the mags. Then, during target practice when I went to reload them, nope, I still found it hard to get that last round into the mag. Yet, the mags easily seat when loading them into the APX.

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The Truth About That Expiration Date on Your Vitamins and Medications


by Michael Dees, The Organic Prepper:

Do you have vitamins, supplements, and prescription medications stored up to help you stay healthy during a worst case scenario? One thing you may have been concerned about was the expiration date on those bottles.

Placing a vitamin or medication in a cool and dry place will help it remain potent for many years. It is important for us to know this and have good supplements on hand in the case of emergencies. Read on, because you will be surprised how long they last.

“The Flood is Coming” 5/23/18


from Quite Frankly:

Dunagun Kaiser – Prepare Like Your Life Depends On It!


by Kerry Lutz, Financial Survival Network:

Prepping doesn’t have to be extreme to be effective. Dunagun Kaiser explains to us how he got involved. It was the realization reinforced by a friendly police office that when disaster struck, he would be on his own. That gave birth to a highly successful YouTube channel and website. Having some emergency food on hand, a water filter, some self-defense tools and some precious metals is just a start. There’s a lot more to it than that. It’s a process and a life long study.

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The Coming Global Food Shortage (Part Two: A Perfect Storm)

from Vernon Coleman:

How to Protect Yourself from Chemtrails

from Humans Are Free:

If you don’t already know, chemtrails are the toxic-laden trails you see coming out of the hundreds of airplanes constantly crisscrossing the sky. Technically they’re called contrails, and FAKE science will claim it’s nothing but water vapor and ice crystals due to the difference in atmospheric temperature.

While this has some truth, it’s nowhere near the whole truth.

What they’re not telling you is that in addition to crystals, these lofty contrails also contain byproducts of engine exhaust like nitrogen oxides, sulfate particles and deadly carbon dioxide. What’s worse is that they may also be carrying chemical substances being used for unknown government experiments.