Part 1 of this series described a range of natural and man-caused threats to the electric grid and communications infrastructure. Here we begin our discussion of preparatory steps and strategies for your enterprise or community in the event of a protracted crisis of this type.
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Communications in a Grid-Down Scenario
Part 1: The Threat
On those days when life disappoints by its boring predictability, one can always spice things up by clicking over to ZeroHedge. Most recently, we saw a warning about the suspicious convergence of the much ballyhooed November 4 “Antifa Apocalypse” with a DoD training exercise simulating a collapse of the national electric grid due to a solar storm.
Random attacks. Distributed threats. What’s the answer?
Regarding the recent attack at Inner Harbor (see the video here http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2017/10/30/teen-attack-inner-harbor/) I decided to dissect some of the comments surrounding the incident.
We are now witnessing the aftermath of yet another mass killing. Although information is limited, preliminary analysis and experience suggests that many of the people who died could have been saved, had someone had Bleeding Control (B-CON) skills. As is often the case with a violent threat, law enforcement are minutes away when seconds mean the difference between life and death. The same can be said for the victims of violence.
Kurt Schlichter and Glen Reynolds and coup d’etat in the age of Trump…
John McCain is not a maverick.
At best he is an attention whore. At worst he is a traitor.
For a man who styles himself as the ultimate patriot he should have acknowledged the simple concepts of loyalty and honor many years ago by leaving the Republican party and becoming an Independent.
But there are no spotlights for Independents.
And the adoring liberal press will disappear if he did the honorably thing.
McCain is no maverick. He may have been a hero 50 years ago. But no more.
The grand irony is that Trump may well be the ultimate hero by taking on the forces that McCain marshaled throughout his career.
Trump is gross, ill-spoken, temperamental and self-absorbed, but he is fearlessly taking on forces that are much greater and more powerful than he is.
Trump is smart enough to understand that he is in the ultimate grudge match up against adversaries that will use any means possible to eliminate him. He is risking his life, the lives of his family and his wealth.
Yet he persists.
Who is the real maverick? Who is the real hero?
Sure as hell ain’t the Senator from Arizona.
We discussed The Resistance and its form in our previous installment and asked the question
“To whom does The Resistance answer?”
Doctrinally, it answers either to the Government In Exile (GIE) (Free Poles/Dutch in WWII.) or the Shadow Government (VietCong). With former President Obama’s continuing interference against President Trump and his administration, beginning with “Russian collusion” and continuing with pronouncements on, and interference in, ongoing programs, we are seeing the rise of a GIE.
The abiding enigma of this tormented era remains: why has the thinking class of America abandoned thinking? The answer is: it’s the reaction to their own failure. Failure to do what? To produce the Utopia that Gnostic [mystical foresight] liberalism promised — a perfect world based on
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. After 30-years of more guns in the hands of more citizens, we know that most of those who carry do so responsibly and can and do make a difference in lethal threat scenarios.
Furthermore, those who carry break far fewer laws than those that don’t (even fewer than the police) http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/report-finds-these-gun-owners-are-least-likely-criminals-17355.
“COEUR D’ALENE – Exactly one year after it went into effect, an Idaho gun law that allows people to carry concealed firearms without a permit has had little effect on crime rates, state law enforcement officials said.
A ‘very credible’ new study on Seattle’s $15 minimum wage has bad news for liberals – The Washington Post
When Seattle officials voted three years ago to incrementally boost the city’s minimum wage up to $15 an hour, they’d hoped to improve the lives of low-income workers. Yet according to a major new study that could force economists to reassess past research on the issue, the hike has had the opposite effect.
The city is gradually increasing the hourly minimum to $15 over several years. Already, though, some employers have not been able to afford the increased minimums. They’ve cut their payrolls, putting off new hiring, reducing hours or letting their workers go, the study found.
The costs to low-wage workers in Seattle outweighed the benefits by a ratio of three to one, according to the study, conducted by a group of economists at the University of Washington who were commissioned by the city.
Source: The Washington Post
The Alexandria Attack
After the shooting incident by an unhinged socialist in Alexandria, Senator Rand Paul (who was present) thanked the two Capitol Police officers who were there only because the House leadership position of Rep. Scalise merited a security detail.
“Rand said, ‘I can tell you, that I think with absolute certainty, nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill Police. They saved everybody’s life. Incredibly brave and deserve everyone’s praise, because, with this guy, who knows what his — how heavily armed he was, but nobody else had a weapon. So, he was just killing everyone — he would have. … They deserve our gratitude for saving — it would have been a massacre without them.’” (Article)
John Lott understands distributed security and the decentralized threat, help others to do the same.
John Lott discusses the importance of concealed carry permits for citizens to make terrorist attacks more difficult.
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Source: Play Ball! – Kunstler
Really? “Showed no sighs of violence or malice toward others”?
What exactly would you call enforcing your shitty ideas on the public via the credible threat of lethal force?
Mr Orear said Mr Hodgkinson was “a passionate progressive” and showed no signs of violence or malice toward others, the newspaper said.
The Increasingly Hysterical And Irrational Response To Orlando, Manchester, London, Paris, San Bernardino, Etc.
(Bill Tallen, Executive Vice President Tactical Operations at Distributed Security, Inc. offers a response to recent terror and workplace violence tragedies.)
James Alan Fox at USA Today gave us on Tuesday (June 6, 2017) an opinion piece that is spiteful, petty, misleading, and politicized – just what we’d expect from a professor at Northeastern University in these debased times. See his column at https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/06/06/imagine-if-london-terrorists-had-guns-james-alan-fox-column/102558812/
He asks rhetorically what would have happened, “if the London terrorists had guns and [the] Orlando shooter had only knives?” The line is catchy but the logic is tortuous. He wants us to believe that the Orlando workplace killing would not have happened if the disgruntled worker had shown up only with knives – despite the long deadly rampage of the London terrorists with their knives – as though stricter gun control might have prevented the man from using a handgun (although there are conservatively speaking, over 120 million of these already in private hands in the US). And he clearly admires the UK’s draconian gun control regime, which ensured that none of the terrorists’ victims had a chance to defend themselves against murderous fanatics with knives. Even to defend themselves with a knife, which will see you off to prison in the UK.
QUICK STEPS TO YOUR AMATEUR RADIO (HAM) LICENSE.
The ham radio license seems one of the bigger preparedness mysteries. Communications will be very important in any event, whether a local event, a regional event (usually weather), or an all out, nationwide event. The previous requirement of knowing Morse Code was enough to scare many away. Fortunately things have changed for the better, at least for Private Defense Network (PDN) purposes.
An amateur radio license is really a license to experiment. This does not concern us, initially. Many of you will get hooked and go on to experiment, and we encourage that. There is much to know about ham radio and best learned on the job.
It was December 12, 2015, when headlines in the world’s leading newspapers, in implausibly bold type, celebrated the “historic” agreement in Paris between all nations of the world to curb carbon emissions and thereby stop climate change: or so they said, as if elites get to say what is and is not historic.