It's not good enough that they basically have control of everything. They have long had their eyes on the Internet. Imagine a world where information is TOTALLY GOVERNMENT APPROVED. Yeah...it would be like that...really terrible.
Two candy bars, melted snow, NO heavy winter clothing or a blanket...and a lot of luck.
See, this really illustrates something very important about surviving various types of incidents. Her life was really in jeopardy because of the temperatures and she survived it...but imagine how much more of a simple inconvenience this would have been had she had a good survival kit in the trunk of her vehicle.
A lot of people will inevitably look at this and they will say, "Well, that's why I don't need a coat or a blanket or sleeping bag and a bunch of other stuff. She made it on two candy bars and melted snow. That's why I think all this survival stuff is paranoid and stupid."
And I'm sure a lot of people do think that way. I think a lot of them become the "tragic" news stories, too.
So, this might sound sort of odd...but in order to set up some type of advertising on this blog, they have to be able to automatically verify my blog. So, I have to place the next sentence in this post. This is rather strange... 8-)
So, Verizon Wireless sends out a text message to all of its customers in New Jersey alerting and alarming them that there was a civil emergency and that they should take shelter now. They signed it US Govern
But they didn't say that it was a TEST they were running...
it was my Wife though...she just turned 40. I'm 43...I guess some people would say this is stupid or childish behavior...we love each other and we have enough in life that we have to be serious about. When we get a chance to act like we're two little kids and our teenage son is not around...we do. You don't like it? Fine! Get out of my blog-house! 8-)
After I took her for a tour trying to find a copy of Aerosmith's stupendous 1970s release, "Get Your Wings," and being totally unsuccessful at Target...I always check out the flashlights and outdoors stuff...
I was SHOCKED!
Gerber's line of Bear Gryll's approved survival gear was there! Yes, the guy that will climb a greased aluminum lightpole to escape a stampede of scorpions high on crank, he stares back at you from the blister carded Gerber tools and doo-dads, dirty faced...
I've never watched an entire episode of the guy's show. Every time I see a glimpse of it he is doing something so incredibly stupid, I go back to VH-1 Classics or something...I mean, well...you know what I mean.
Gerber makes quality gear. Is it "high" quality...why...I don't rightly know anymore! I know they used to, I don't know about now and I don't know about the Gryll's line of gear. He is just funny to me...and the people that think that show is like a training program amuse me as well.
Just because there is carpet and, in this case, beat-up drywall, it doesn't mean you shouldn't watch where you put your hands. Me and a friend of mine at work got pictures of her at about 9:50 this morning before sending her off to the next life.
Who hasn't heard of "Hobo Stew?" I mean, is there anyone in The United States that has not, at one time or another, at least heard about this legendary dish? Hobo Stew is a very tasty and incredibly easy stew to make. It's not even a stew really...
According to the amount of people that will be eating this delight, take a chunk of ground beef and throw it into a glass casserole dish, disposable aluminum pan or perhaps a Dutch Oven. With that chunk of ground up goodness, you add potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, fresh garlic and black pepper. Bake it covered at 375 degrees for about 90 minutes. At the end of this adventure, you will have an incredibly tasty dish.
If you are not accustomed to eating this type of food, you will be in the bathroom for quite some time! The hamburger grease will run through you like a laxative and what follows will be a freight train of misery.
The older I get, the less I can tolerate greasy food. It makes me feel terrible immediately afterwards and later on, when the squirts begin...I would just rather avoid all of that.
So, I pre-cook the meat and then I drain it. I use just a little bit of butter to keep the taters, carrots, onions and celery soft and tasty and it's better for you! You don't hover over the commode for a while this way.
Now, you can substitute and instead of using ground beef, you can use beef chunks that people generally use for beef stew, chili, etc. This works out great, too. Just cook them up with a liberal amount of black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder in a skillet and then add them to your pile of vegetable goodness with a smidge of butter and you are ready to go.
If you want to Cajunize, add Cayenne red pepper and some Chili Powder.
If you want to Italianize, add a smidge more garlic and some Oregano if you want HOT Italiano, add red pepper flakes...it's easy to make good food.
Another thing...before you seal up this masterpiece and bake it, add three ounces of water and a couple tablespoons of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce. If you want some kick, add in a couple tablespoons of Tabasco, Crystal or Texas Pete - Tejas Pedro for you people down South. 8-)
Another favorite of mine is Pick-a-Peppa Sauce - LOVE IT!
Three ounces of water, have some class, use a shot glass. This, along with the butter and additional sauces steams the vegetables very, very nicely!
Here are some preparation pictures from the other night. We were so hungry, I forgot to take pictures of the cooked dish! Use your imagination!
Wal-Mart and its Ozark Trails brand of camping and outdoor
merchandise are the skidmarks in the underwear of survivalist gear and disaster
The aisles are littered with the most low-quality, Chinese junk and
when you run into something from Coghlan's or Coleman, you breathe a sigh of
relief...and that's not saying much at all because there is very little gear
from either one of those companies I would trust my life to. Coleman sure as
hell isn't the Coleman brand of the 1970s and early 1980s, I can tell you
I cannot for the life of me begin to understand why someone with
any outdoors experience whatsoever would choose a lensatic compass from
(And, NO, I don't like that company and I don't appreciate what
they have done to my country so, yeah, when I get a chance to bust their ass and
be honest about it, I'm going to do it!)
Worse yet are the rocket scientists on various survival-based
forums who think that a "fish-eye" compass like you can find at China-Mart is
"serious survival gear." And they get their ass up on their
back if you inform them otherwise, too.
You know, if there was a massive strike against the United States
involving dozens, or perhaps hundreds, of thermonuclear weapons and the only
thing I had was a fish-eye compass or a piece of shit lensatic compass made by
some slave named Wan Hung Lo that I found lying in the street, so be it!
But I would not choose to go into a survival situation with
that type of low-quality, shitty gear.
It's just me...
..and I hope you, too, or I might be wasting my time talking about
this sort of thing. Why even have a blog at that point? To tell people how great
garbage gear is and how overrated real gear is?
I am NOT the kind of guy that has to have a Busse survival knife
because ESEE Cutlery and Beckers are not good enough, that's just goofy to me.
The increase in quality is nowhere near the increase in cost. Yet, I see people
who have these "Bug Out Bags" and they just have them packed with trash because it's easier to go to China-Mart and drop less than $200.00 to buy a bunch of stuff than it is to spend a few hundred over the course of months or a few years purchasing real gear.
Jeff Randall of ESEE Cutlery (formerly RAT) fame wrote something about these over a year ago or so. I don't know if I have that stuff saved or not. However, I have been looking into this sort of thing more and more for emergency gear, disaster preparedness, etc.
A couple of these cheap, disposable wireless phones along with a couple Pre-Paid Calling Cards and some Pre-loaded Visa cards - all of which can be purchased at various little shops generally where checks are cashed, lottery is played and Western Union and MoneyGram and Money Orders can be had. In short, shady little places in strip malls that smell like criminality. 8-)
I really can't believe it's been ten years...a decade. That's a long time. My son was five years old when it happened. I have friends in their early, almost mid-20s now, they were about the age my son is now when it happened back then. September 11, 2001 has taken on the kind of power that only certain tragic incidents in our history develop.
Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, murdered November 22, 1963.
There are more. Some of them not tragic but triumphant as well.
From a different angle...
"Lonely, ten second journeys..."
That second, horrible piece of video reminds me of part of "Have You Forgotten?" by Darryl
"They took all the footage off my T.V., said it's too disturbing
for you and me, it'll just breed anger that's what the experts say, if it
was up to me I'd show it everyday, some say this country's just out looking
for a fight, after 9/11 man I'd have to say that's right...
you forgotten how it felt that day? To see your homeland under fire, and
her people blown away, have you forgotten when those towers fell? we had
neighbors still inside going thru a living hell, and you say we shouldn't
worry 'bout bin Laden... have you forgotten?"
Yeah, all of our "betters" have decided that we don't need to see two people, facing being burned alive, deciding to hold hands and take that final step towards eternity...we don't need to see that.
On the other hand, a lot of the stuff that has been going on with so-called, "security" in this country is the sort of thing that you read about in a George Orwell novel. As the modern saying goes, "It was supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual." Referring to Orwell's novel, "1984."
A lot of my countrymen have confused jingoism with patriotism. They're not the same...but to many people...they are.
While I was watching Hurricane Katia, I never really considered that Lee would be a repeat of a legend - Hurricane Agnes.
Throughout all of my childhood, storms were judged by the destruction of "Hurricane Agnes" or simply, "Agnes." My mother and father were always telling me stories about how Mr. Such and Such was going to buy groceries in his flat bottom boat. How my Dad drove a Mack dump truck with water up to the running boards through the flood waters.
Every summer we went to a small, privately owned campground on a creek off of the Susquehanna River. I can't quite recall how far below the Conowingo Dam it was, but it was a ways. I almost got killed on more than one occasion, due to my own stupidity, on that portion of the river.
So, tonight, thirty-nine years and a few months later, what is being referred to as, "The Remnants of Tropical Storm/Depression Lee" is threatening to repeat the devastation of "Agnes."
Please take the time to read the links on Hurricane Agnes and The Conowingo Dam in this entry. They are simply fascinating.
The area is saturated, before the arrival of "Lee," we were pretty well soaked. If you read the history of Agnes, you will see that this is basically a repeat of the event so far. The only thing left is for everything to max-out and then to observe the aftermath of it all. Who knows what is going to happen tonight or over the next 100 hours or so.
It's been really interesting watching Hurricane Katia. At one point the other night, she dropped to a Tropical Storm and when I checked her the next morning, she was a Category Two Hurricane again. Up and down and all around.
In this neat graphic I have altered slightly, you will clearly see that if it were not for the incredible stench emanating from the Washington, D.C. - Baltimore Corridor, Hurricane Katia would not have been so easily repulsed. It's as if the cesspit stench were acting like a protective force-field for the Delmarva Peninsula causing her to almost do a U-Turn.
9.1% Unemployment rate. No jobs created in August.
This whole unemployment rate thing just gets me. I can't believe they are still lying about this. I guess as long as the American People are buying the lies, the government is going to be selling them. It's between double and triple the 9.1% they are citing. When people no longer qualify for unemployment or they don't sign up for it, they are not considered "unemployed." How convenient!
"Katia?" Seriously? You can't make this kind of stuff up. Good grief.
Hurricane, dropped down to a Tropical Storm, now she is a Hurricane again.
The dreadful phrase, "...poses no threat to the United States..." has been used.
Some of you might not remember this and I'm sure that some will say it's misogynistic or something, but hurricanes, for years, only had female names. Why? Well, because they were unpredictable, that's why!
So, at a straight shot, looks like the border between North and South Carolina but who knows if she will continue to be a storm at all or where she will go? She could continue to strengthen and take the same path as Hurricane Irene.
In Maryland? As of 3:00 P.M. Friday afternoon, 28,000 homes were still without electric, six days after Irene passed.
Some people are fond of saying that a certain piece of gear is "bombproof." The USGI Lensatic Compass is such a piece of gear. Mine is dated 12-59 and it's still going strong. I have had mine for approximately 25 years. I don't even think anymore to calculate how long it has been, I stopped at 25 years. But the compass is older than I am!
The one thing you should probably steer clear from is the Tritium version of the USGI Lensatic Compass. You know, the type that "glows on its own" without an additional light source. They are definitely awesome pieces of gear and function the same as the regular USGI Lensatic but they go for two times the cost of the standard model, sometimes 125% or 150% more, depending on who you are dealing with. Most of the people on E-bay and forums are not listing the date of manufacture so you are probably just wasting your money as the Tritium has a life expectancy of 10-12 years.
While these are excellent compasses, top-notch gear, if you don't get resupply from the great helicopter in the sky, you might want to stick with the standard, rugged and accurate USGI Lensatic Compass and purchase a Petzl Headlamp, battery caddy and extra Energizers for it with the spare loot you save.
USGI Lensatic Compass with Tritium and manufactured one year or less from time of sale = good deal if you can justify the additional cost for the ability to see the compass in darkness without a flashlight.
USGI Lensatic Compass with Tritium and no date of manufacture available or over a year old = if the individual or dealer still wants top dollar, avoid them.
Looks like this will be an event for me and "Blackthorn."
The only way it will get worse for me is every bit it drifts more to the west from this point and if it goes west of Baltimore, I will get the east wall, as with Isabel(le)...which was one hell of a night.
Well, I survived my first real earthquake. I can remember three very minor tremors in years past, the latest was last year, that were more of a novelty than anything else.
This one was shaking! I was at a 7-11, sitting in a vehicle and I thought one of the motor mounts broke and something was wrong and then as soon as I had that thought, it got quite a bit stronger. So, this was around 1:45 - 1:50 P.M. EST. It was first recorded as a 5.8 and then they reported 6.1 and it has apparently settled into the 5.9 range.
Man, people were everywhere!
What lesson learned?
Verizon Wireless was down for the count in less than two minutes, yes, 120 seconds and I tried to call my wife at work, my son at home and two different friends and a client as well, "Call failed, please try again." I think out of a dozen tries I got through once and that was to my son, at home on a landline.
If there is a real disaster, wireless phones are not going to be much good at all. Better look into three GMRS Radios, home, work, mobile.
As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
and the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.
We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn,
that water would certainly wet us, as fire would certainly burn.
But we found them lacking in uplift, vision and breadth of mind,
so we left them to teach the gorillas while we followed the march of mankind.
We moved as the spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place.
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come,
that a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.
With the hopes that our world is built on they were utterly out of touch,
they denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
they denied that wishes were horses; they denied that a pig had wings;
so we worshipped the Gods of the Market who promised these beautiful things.
When the Cambrian measures were forming, they promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed they sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."
On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the fuller life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The wages of sin is death."
In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
by robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
but, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
and the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."
Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew,
and the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true.
That all is not gold that glitters, and two and two make four,
and the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.
As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man,
there are only four things certain since social progress began.
That the dog returns to his vomit and the sow returns to her mire,
and the burnt fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the fire.
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins,
when all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
as surely as water will wet us, as surely as fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return! - Rudyard Kipling
"Depression was not accidental. It was a carefully contrived occurrence... The international bankers sought to bring about a condition of despair here so that they might emerge as rulers of us all." ~ Louis T. McFadden, Chairman of the House Banking and Currency Committee, 1932
Everyone uses the term "conspiracy theory" to demonize and silence their opposition. It's pretty easy to look at that quote above and discount it as "conspiracy theory" unless you are actually paying attention to what has been going on in this country over the last few years. Then, all of the sudden, it doesn't seem so far-fetched, does it?
"Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes her laws." ~ Mayer Amschel Rothschild
Should we pay attention to this man who has been dead for nearly two centuries?
In the eyes of The Federal Reserve, Public Enemy Number One is Congressman Ron Paul.
Who is going to be overseeing The Federal Reserve when the new Congress is seated in 2011?
"Some scientists say that the major building block of the universe is hydrogen because it's the most plentiful element. But my theory is the universe is made out of stupidity because it is more plentiful than hydrogen. And since it's more plentiful, then why shouldn't we talk about it?" - Frank Zappa
Yeah...to the people that are supposed to be educating our kids, a cigarette lighter is an "explosive device."
Zero Tolerance = Zero Intelligence
Have to protect the children! Give them criminal records before they even graduate over three tools in their equipment bags to fix Lacrosse Sticks.
I think that we should call in the profilers, anyone that is not an absolute SLAVE should be considered a risk and incarcerated for life. That's what they want. Anyone that is not an absolute SLAVE and will serve as a BITCH to authority is definitely a threat to society.
What a joke this system is. My Dad started paying into the system in 1943, assuming that he paid in starting with his first "employment" beyond being on a farm, joining the Marine Corps in 1943. If not that year, then when he was discharged in 1946.
He died in May of 1982.
Let's say it was 1946 that he started paying in.
So, he basically paid into the system for approximately 34 years until he was incapacitated by cancer in 1980.
He died just shy of his 57th birthday, he never got to retire.
Being his son, my mother received a Social Security check for me, from his account, which in 1982 was about $480.00 per month or so. A couple years later it went up to about $511.00 and then I was off of it after approximately four years and three months.
Now they want to raise the age to 70 because "Americans are living longer."
WOW. It's not only a Ponzi/Pyramid Scheme run by government that they make you participate in by force, but now it's "bait and switch," too.
I'm supposed to work for 52 years before I get my lousy Social Security benefits because people who sit behind a desk for a living are living longer now.
What about all of the people that paid in for decades and never received ANY of it? Never had any kids or a spouse, etc.? I guess all of that money just got heisted.
I've had a fairly hard life and I am betting I don't see a dollar of that money.
Not a single cent of it.
What's the difference between Bernie Madoff and Social Security? Well, the government passed laws against individuals creating Ponzis and Pyramids while reserving the right to do it for government. The other difference is one of scale.
There is no real difference between the two.
Government passing a law saying that they can steal doesn't make it moral or even ethical, just "legal."
And at that point, what good is the word "legal" anymore?
If the rules change, again, why should I have to participate in this nonsense?
So, anyone that wants to receive some interesting PDFs and other E-mail exchanges, you have to shoot me an E-mail so I can establish the list. I have T.T., Joe. S., Joe E., K.C., Grizz, T.J., AC and I think it would be best for the rest of you folks not mentioned to shoot me that E-mail, please.
Look in the links section, to the right, on this blog. Go to my website and shoot me an E-mail through the website. In the subject line, just put "SURVIVAL LAB LIST." Tell me what your name is as a Associate/Follower on the blog and what your name is and I'll shoot you a mail back.
I have to say this because of the world we live in and the nature of the Internet. I don't know many of you. Some of you, I have known for years. So, please try to put yourself in my shoes and what I am doing combined with human nature and please try to understand the following and don't be offended by it.
I'm not doing this, "going private" in a way, because I'm a "closet racist" or "domestic terrorist" or trying to establish "contacts with like-minded" people who are racists, bigots, terrorists or wannabe badasses and other bullshit of that nature.
I am not a member of any organization, legal, illegal, whatever. I don't want to be a member of any organization or "movement" or ANYTHING of that nature. I am a registered republican but that is basically meaningless at this point in my life. I'm not a member of The Tea Party and I don't want to be, I'm not a member of the Constitution Party or anything like that. Not interested in any of it, either.
If you are a republican, democrat, libertarian, that's fine with me. Tea Party? Whatever, I don't care.
What I don't like and don't appreciate are authoritarian control freaks - public sector or private sector - I don't care which. Please, move on. I don't like all of the klan/neo-nazi bullshit and, I don't like those who see a neo-nazi, a skinhead or a klansman behind every tree (or politically incorrect or unpopular statement), either. Those people are WORSE than the people they "investigate." They all need to get a life.
So, the idea is to put forth good survival information. It's nothing that would be earth-shattering, per se. But I have had a lot of stuff lifted and I'm just sick of it. It's also easier to do it this way.
If you're in, you're in. If not, it was good knowing you. 8-)
I kept them concealed because of a couple things I had to say that and I didn't want to get into the whole mess again with some people online.
The Eden Tree was all about the forbidden fruit, right? I just sent out links to these simple pages to friends, most of these friends knew I got doinked on a couple designs by other people. I figured I would put it up here and see if anyone finds any value in them.
They were also sort of the death knell of me writing about self-defense issues. If people want to believe that whatever they are into is going to save them above and beyond anything else, that's fine.
There was a time when I was a lot more altruistic. Most people thought I was just on a powertrip. There was some ego involved but I really did care about people taking some goofy or stupid martial arts class and learning something that would get them killed on the street.
I care about smart people who reject dogma, popular opinion, trends, fashions and conventional wisdom.
Once again, we see "democrat start war, war good..." But the other side of that is..."Hmm...republican start war, war bad..."
Why isn't Cindy Sheehan all over the nightly news now? Hmmm...I wonder... Could it be that the media...no...it couldn't possibly be that the media is actually in cahoots with the democrats!!! No, that would be paranoia, wouldn't it? Perish the thought.
And people eat up the rhetoric and the promises of "change" and the rest of that B.S., like candy to a child on Easter morning.
Everything is settling down...the warning has gone out that residents of Tokyo who have infants should not give their infants tap water. Tokyo is, if I remember correctly, over 100 miles from Fukushima. Not good. There is also bottled water rationing going on now.
I don't think regular people will ever know the full scope of this disaster, all we can hope is to get bits and pieces of valuable information.
is a good thing. I will put up entries from time to time on some of the DVDs listed but not all of them. All of them have value or they would not be there. The order is a rough order, depending on what your focus is.
I had a person E-mail me through my website and asked me why I don't have a link to Coast to Coast AM, the old Art Bell Show, and Alex Jones' websites "InfoWars" and "Prison Planet" on my website and my blog. (Not the first E-mail about this, either!) Especially since I have cited elsewhere that this is where I discovered Gerald Celente and Frosty Wooldridge, among other people that I pay attention to. (To clarify, I heard of both of them on Coast to Coast AM when I used to work midnight shift...)
The reason I don't have links to them is simple: there is so much negative baggage associated with Coast to Coast AM because of all of the UFO - Alien Abduction shows that I don't want to link to it because the first thing people think is, "He believes all of that stuff..."
I don't know if there are aliens but I know I went to see "Battle L.A." the weekend before last because it looked like it was going to be a good movie. It was and it's entertainment.
When I know someone interesting is going to be on Coast to Coast AM, I listen to the show. Otherwise, I don't. It's really that simple. I have better things to do with my time than listen to some lunatic rambling on and on with these fantastically stupid tales. Hour upon hour of audio dementia about various species of aliens and which President really knew about it all and entered into secret deals with the aliens so they could check our innards with telescoping ass probes like some demonic proctologist.
Or, babbling incoherently about numerology for over an hour.
Alex Jones and InfoWars and Prison Planet?
Where do I start?
About the time that Alex Jones was finishing up High School, I was already hearing about mobile guillotines on tractor trailers traveling through Montana to some secret location. Ostensibly so United Nations troops could round up all the Christians and behead any of them that would not deny their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. All you had to do to hear such stories was go to a gun show.
You could read the fliers about VHS videotapes that had all of the "proof" of these things.
When I was a Cub Scout, I remember going to a church one evening and they showed us a movie. It was called, "A Thief in the Night." That was probably about thirty-three years ago, so I might be mistaken, it might be one of the sequels to "A Thief in the Night."
Nonetheless, it was one of the three movies in that series. I guess this is where the whole "guillotine" propaganda originated. Ah, the good old days, back around 1977 or so.
By the way, I'm not kidding about this guillotine stuff. I actually saw that movie in the Cub Scouts and actually remember reading the handouts at gun shows in the early 1990s.
There are actually places on the internet, wonder of wonders that it is, where you can actually read where people think they suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from watching "A Thief in the Night" as a young child. This country is so obsessed with mental illness, most people cannot wait to be diagnosed as being crazy. I mean, this is pretty sad really. It's becoming like a status symbol.
Anyway, when I hear the latest twist on hidden U.N. troops or mobile head-choppers or FEMA internment camps or the long laundry list of secret government projects and nefarious plans, I really don't get riddled with anxiety. I'm sorry. This has been going on for years, the talk and the rumors.
There are plans in place, and they have been in place for decades, for "continuity of government" in case of nuclear attack or something on that level. Or whatever they deem to be a "National Emergency" on such a level that they should initiate these plans.
If they will take a Citizen's home and give the property to Pfizer (Kelo Decision) by using Eminent Domain and The Supreme Court of The United States agrees with it, it's pretty safe to say if there is a major disaster in this country they will do just about anything they want to in order to preserve their way of life. I know some people will be wondering how I talk about "continuity of government" and end up talking about the Kelo Decision, it's very simple. It's about government power.
The government serves itself. It doesn't serve the people and has not served the people in decades...maybe a lot longer than that.
Another thing that a lot of people on forums are not discussing is the fact that the government, in the case of some massive disaster, can basically show up with refugees from whatever area and relocate them. To your small town or perhaps the field in your backyard. I'm just mentioning this because it's on the periphery of the whole "FEMA internment camp" issue that people talk about.
Alex Jones is right about a lot of things. In fact, a frightening amount of things. I just don't want to be linked to all of the stuff that is being ranted about that is on the fringe...sometimes the lunatic fringe.
If people want to judge me by what I write, well, that seems fair enough. If they want to judge me by what I believe, well...also fair. Although I don't always communicate as well as I think I am at the time of expressing views and opinions and upon reflection tend to wish I would have said something different or differently, I don't want to be judged via guilt by association. Of course guilt by association is unfair but that never stops people.
I do believe that so many laws are being passed for two main reasons:
1. So the every day common person will find it very difficult to navigate them without running afoul of them somehow. The more people that have a criminal record, the more people they can exert even greater control over.
2. Money. Even if #1 is "nonsense," #2 cannot be denied. I think it's both of them actually, a great two-fer for them. Money-money-money, increased fines for everything.
When Red Light Cameras became all the rage so every jurisdiction could rake in the cash, they set the yellow light for a shorter duration to catch more "Red Light Runners." More fines.
The companies that made the cameras and serviced them, along with the jurisdictions that passed the laws and had them, they laughed all the way to the bank. They did it for our own good, don't you know? Because as you might have already guessed, someone running a red light does pose a great danger to everyone. Someone gets T-boned by someone flying through a red light and crippling injury or fatality is oftentimes the result. Unfortunately, by shortening the duration of the yellow light, they created "The Dilemma Zone."
They sold their money making scheme, otherwise known as "Red Light Scameras," to "save lives." They created more accidents that were rear-end collisions because people were being nailed and fined because of the shorter yellow so the people started slamming on the brakes when the light turned yellow and the car behind them would plow into them.
Now we have "Speed Cameras" and laws being passed. And laws about using a cellphone or texting on a cellphone, which really is a problem. But like mandatory seatbelt laws, the concept that one of these politicians really "cares" about you or your family is a sick joke. It's all about the money, these people are not altruistic.
So, I look at everything, the continued militarization of police departments, the over-use of Tasers, even on kids, law enforcement and their cheerleaders saying, "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" when it comes to every new intrusion on our private lives. You name it and they're doing it.
And, law enforcement is also not fond of the camera being aimed at them. Apparently their own rhetoric about, "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" is lost on them.
So, I'm incredibly pessimistic about the future of our country and what freedoms we are going to have in just another decade. It appears as though they have out-Orwelled - George Orwell. Evey year it is something else. Another law, another rule, another regulation. Another fine, another fee, another toll, they're non-stop. It just keeps coming and coming and there doesn't seem to be any end in sight for all of this, the vise, the pressure cooker. And you, the regular, every day person, are the target of their efforts.
Even the Department of Transportation has expressed a positive attitude towards tracking you via GPS and taxing you, per mile driven. That is something else Alex Jones was talking about six years ago and everyone thought he was nuts. LPRs - "License Plate Readers." Jones spoke of them around the same time and, again, people thought he was either making it up or was being an "alarmist" about something that law enforcement was never going to use. Well, they're using it now. He also spoke at great length about our highways being whored out to the private sector...toll roads. It's not enough that you get charged all of these fees and taxes every step of the way for owning a vehicle, not enough that you pay tax on the fuel, not enough that you get taxed for your labor...they just keep finding new ways to squeeze and liberate more and more of your money from your possession.
If Alex Jones would just turn his Nonsense Discriminator on the maximum level, I would link to him. But for now, too much stuff that is being thrown around all the time is too much for me. Same with Coast to Coast AM, but the content I don't want to be associated with is different when it comes to that show.
Coast to Coast AM can do great things when it comes to informing people about survival kits and, from time to time, they will have a show on about that.
Unfortunately, the subject matter experts they usually have on are more well known for other subjects on the show...like UFOs...aliens...alien abduction...giants.
"Giants," you ask?
I would like to hear, for once, someone on that show for hours telling people why they need a good knife and the ability to start a fire under adverse conditions and a host of other real survival topics instead of the generic lists for survival kits. What is your first line shelter? The clothes on your back. Things of that nature.
Todd Pitman reporting from Japan, this is a great read and much too short. Oftentimes on forum threads, you will see these lists of survival items, especially for urban and suburban disaster scenarios. Being a journalist, he has a few other concerns as well. I have one of the power inverters he is talking about, very important item to have.
I was reading more about nuclear power plants in general and The Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in particular. Since this would be the one that could cause me to have to evacuate if something goes wrong.
There was mention in that article that The Chesapeake Bay acts as a heat sink for the power plant. So, this might be why Fukushima was built near the ocean and why so many of these types of plants are built near water.
I am 100% Pro - Nuclear Power. I think we should be building more of these power plants but I think only having one backup pump for the cooling system is almost ludicrous. The same goes for generators that would be so critical to run the pumps to begin with.
As far as I'm concerned, electric power and natural gas in this country should be nationalized and take the profit out of all of it. Is that a "great" idea? No, it's not, but it sure beats being held hostage out of the mad profit monsters in this game. Ditto for all of the speculators in oil causing prices to climb.
Sorry, I'm not much of a "conservative" anymore on a lot of issues. But it's pretty hard to take the hits I have taken while watching companies that have been doing the hitting continue to pay their executives all of these high salaries and bonuses while lobbying local government for more corporate welfare and to allow them to screw consumers.
I had boosted it up to 50 posts per page so people didn't miss anything. I just knocked it back down to 30 posts per page. So, don't forget to hit the older posts button at the bottom of each page if you are visiting for the first time.
I'm not an engineer or nuclear physicist. That should be obvious, right? Still, I am saddled with this quandary when it comes to nuclear power plants. I have about as much faith in the media as I do in government. Basically, none. I guess when either one of those entities does something that makes them trustworthy, I'll have a little bit more faith in them. That having been said, I can only go by what I have watched, listened and read about Toshiba's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
They have the main (primary) water coolant pump and then the emergency (secondary) coolant pump - for each reactor.
Since the impact to the environment and the populace from meltdowns and partial meltdowns can be so horrific, why did all of these great scientific minds only decide to have one backup coolant pump? I mean, even if this is per reactor, that is still woefully deficient when you consider what can happen when your emergency pump fails.
It's sort of like parachuting. You have your main and your emergency reserve, right? Well, anyone that skydives realizes that if their main fails and the reserve fails, they are a dirt torpedo - they're going to die. A person, the skydiver die, singular. Nuclear reactor emergency plan fails, many die, plural. Dozens, hundreds, thousands, perhaps tens of thousands. Maybe more.
Why did they build this power plant in such a low-lying area in the first place? Japanese engineers did not realize that the word "Tsunami" is a Japanese word?
The 51st anniversary is coming up on us fast. Some of the local Tsunami waves from this earthquake were 82 feet high. Think about that for a moment. The Tsunamis from this quake destroyed Hilo, Hawaii. Six-thousand miles from the epicenter, the waves from the Tsunamis were 35 feet high. Japan also received Tsunamis from this earthquake.
The Japanese engineers are to be praised for the earthquake resistance of the design at Fukushima. It actually withstood an earthquake much more powerful than it was designed to withstand.
Unfortunately, that doesn't quite make up for the short-sightedness and lack of study when it comes to Tsunamis. The Fukushima plant was commissioned in 1971, just eleven years after the aforementioned Chilean earthquake which locally created Tsunamis up to 82 feet high.
So, it's no great leap of logic to think that this could happen in Japan or am I mistaken?
If you cannot use salt water to cool the reactors without damaging them, what is the rationale for building such a sensitive power plant basically at sea level? This just doesn't make any sense at all. Sure, if there is a desalination plant adjacent to the power plant to convert sea (salt) water to fresh water, that would make some sense but not enough to trump the fact that this is a Tsunami-prone area and one where 30-85 feet high Tsunami waves could be anticipated because it did happen before elsewhere.
So, we all look at the footage with awe and horror, at these waves over 30 feet high, smashing through everything. Imagine 82 feet high waves, would there have been anyone left to fight these reactor fires for the last week had that happened?
It would seem that all nuclear power plants that only have single emergency coolant pumps and single emergency generators for those pumps, that this should be increased dramatically. Why not have multiple emergency pumps and generators?
Of course it would increase the cost of the plant. You know why equipment like that is so expensive? Because it's worth it, that's why.
You cannot plan for every possible combination of terrible things a disaster could bring, but it seems you could lessen the damage by not building these plants in low-lying areas and whenever one is built in the future, it should be built on higher ground or far enough inland that only the most incredible disasters could touch it. I mean, we couldn't really prevent an asteroid from striking whatever ocean and sending a massive Tsunami into whatever area, but we can plan for what we have already experienced.
Another thing is planning for disruption in water flow to the pumps. All of the emergency pumps in the world and generators to run them won't make any difference if there is no water to pump. I don't know about other countries, but The United States is littered with water tank towers. Communities have excellent water supply and pressure thanks to these. A few of these ringing the area to supply the emergency pumps might be a good idea. If they could not be earthquake-proofed due to their height, then build them lower and let the pumps do the work, at least the water would be on tap for the plant.
I know that you cannot possibly plan for every contingency and as I said before, the Japanese really need to be congratulated for the earthquake-resistance the power plant had. However, it seems to me that when these types of power plants are planned and then built, very little thought...no, let me strike that out, not enough thought is put into what has happened in the past and what might happen in the future.
We have a lot of faith in science, including medicine. I have read many debates on forums - the religious folks battling it out with the atheists. There is a funny thing about atheists. A lot of the time, they bring in science and medicine as some type of ultimate tool of winning debate. Let me tell you something, absolute blind faith in science and medicine will enslave and kill all of us just as absolute blind faith in religion could enslave and kill all of us. Science and medicine have become new religions to many people. Faith in things that are still created and controlled by easily corrupted people.
Not to get too far off track...my Wife suffers from ovarian cysts from time to time. One time she had such a terrible flare-up they though that she had appendicitis and they actually removed her appendix...only to discover that her appendix was fine and that it was her ovarian cysts flaring up.
A couple years later, she had a return of the pain and went to see her primary care physician. Indian lady, seemed nice enough at the time. This "doctor" ignored every, single thing that my Wife had to say about her lower abdominal pain and then went on to sing the praises of Lipitor. She wanted to push Lipitor on my Wife without so much as a blood test to check for cholesterol issues, etc.
A few weeks later, my Wife collapsed at home and started vomiting and I called her primary care physician and got her on the phone and we then got into an argument about my Wife EVER having ovarian cysts! This is what I was told on the phone, "I did not diagnose her with these..."
This "doctor" was obviously getting some type of kickback "rewards" program for pushing Lipitor and even when it came to the health of her patient a few weeks later, it was as if she didn't even know her. If it wasn't about putting her on a drug so she could get a cash reward or a free trip to the Bahamas, she wasn't interested. So, we fired her ass. But you know what? This sort of corruption is everywhere. Not all Doctors, but enough of them that you should not have faith in them anymore. When you look at the hospital or a doctor's office, you should see a fast food restaraunt. It's just a business.
And today's entry has been about "faith."
At this point in the development of our species, I have about as much faith in science and medicine as I do in religion. Not much at all.
 By the way, representatives from pharmaceutical companies do have bennies they give out to doctors for prescribing their medications. Just in case you didn't know. So, doctors can be rewarded for writing more prescriptions for certain medications. Oh, yeah, by the way, police do have ticket writing quotas to meet as well. Maybe not in all departments, but in most of them. Yes they do. When your job performance is measured in how much paper you produce and you don't produce much paper, that's called, "poor job performance."
I knew they were lying about it. Governments lie over things they don't even have to lie about, over trivial matters. So, when something really bad happens, it's not a great leap of pessimism to expect them to lie about that, too.
Just a word about pessimism. The pessimist is basically looked down on. Our country, our society, as well as others, is based on a constant level of positivity. Big used yacht salesmen smiles, sunshine and puppydogs. Not a rainy day or a three-legged, one-eyed dog in sight. We can't even refer to as a used car as a used car anymore! We're so entirely full of shit - they're referring to used cars as "pre-owned cars." Yeah, no shit, Sherlock, ya think? What did the prior owner do with it? He drove it, didn't he? Sort of makes it a used car since the prior owner used it. But used car sounds so low-rent, so negative, so pessimistic, doesn't it?
Pessimism, to me, is simply expecting the worst and preparing for the worst while hoping for the best. That's it. When something goes wrong, I already figured it would so it's less of a pain in the ass or a shock to the system in any event. But if it doesn't go wrong and everything is OK, great! That's a win I didn't expect.
I didn't sit here for a week and believe all of the used yacht salesmen with the reassuring statements.
Like I wrote days ago, the moment they said it would not be a Chernobyl level event, that is precisely what I figured it would be. A little less or much more, same ballpark. It's not going to be "Chernobyl" because these disasters are very unique.
And this is not some concealed liberal versus conservative or republican versus democrat statement, either. They all lie. Apparently it's their job because it's all they're really good at if you look at the performance of governments over the years.
Life is a struggle. And the further we get from the struggle of finding food and making shelter and creating warmth, the further we get from reality and the closer we get to being so dumbed-down and stupid that we can't survive whenever there is a belch in our life-support systems.
I admit it, I love the fact that we have the medical science that saves newborn children with severe medical problems who would have died just two decades ago. What is not to love about that? It's wonderful!
I like movies and music and books. I don't just "like" these things, I do love them.
I know, "survivalist types" are not supposed to like things like movies and music. They're supposed to shun things like MP3 Players and Ipods, etc. I like my MP3 Player.
I love the fact that I can flip a switch and have light in the middle of the night or turn a knob and fire magically appears and I can have a can of safe and nourishing chicken noodle soup whenever I want it. But I always keep in mind that these things are supported by very fragile systems. Our systems are not robust. We have been very lucky...very fortunate.
Then we have manmade disasters. Sometimes they are coupled with a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina followed by the failure of the Levee System in New Orleans which turned the natural bowl that is New Orleans into what some people referred to as a "toxic bowl of soup."
The Blackout of 2003. When this happened everyone wondered how one substation could take down such a massive portion of "The Grid."
Survival in Urban and Suburban areas is basically snubbed by most people writing about "survival" on forums and websites. Sure, there are a few, but at the core of most of those pages you see the hawking of gold and silver or seeds...which is the real focus of the writing.
Not all, but most people who are writing about "survival" are writing about "wilderness survival." Again, this is fine, I'm interested in that as well. Or, they are writing about primitive living skills and holding that up as the answer to the problem of surviving. The large flaw, perhaps the fatal flaw for some of these folks is, you would have to put yourself into a situation like that. It won't naturally occur unless you hunt, fish, hike, camp or do some combination of all of them, in a remote area.
You are much more likely to encounter some other type of disaster and then...to be caught up in that disaster or some other event on the periphery of it and it won't be by choice. It will just happen. But these problems are, as I said earlier, basically snubbed by the survival folks. Some of them like to make fun of the whole Urban and Suburban element to survival.
So, what I wanted to try to do with this blog is write about that. That doesn't mean that I won't talk about surviving in the wilder areas, but I wanted to talk about surviving in a wide range of areas. Years ago I put up this article that this guy wrote, The Joys of Being Homeless. I don't know what happened to Jerry Leonard, but he is the guy that assembled all of that information and I just wanted to save it for as long as I have a website.
Seven years ago, that's the date at the bottom of that article. A long time. I've been beating the drum for a very long time. So, this is nothing new but a lot of people think it is something new for me. 8-)
So, what is your own threat assessment for the area you live in?
I left non-hurricane and non-tsunami flooding out of the hyperlinks up above! Should I bore you and include some of them as well?
Flood-prone areas, a large concern as well. There are so many things you have to look at and then adjust your preparations accordingly.
Do you live near a nuclear power plant? What would you do if the unthinkable happened at that plant? How about a Hydroelectric Power Plant...a Dam?
Do you live near a major interstate or railroad tracks? Do you have any idea what flies down the roads and rails on a daily basis? One goofball does something in traffic around a tractor-trailer tanker full of chemical nastiness and you might have to evacuate...a train derailment with multiple tankers of chemical nastiness...have you thought about this?
Societal collapse...tyranny in infancy...so many possibilities.
I am not even going to address the handgun fighting aspects of this video. Kelly McCann's background, who he is and what he created in The United States Marine Corps is enough of an accomplishment.
What this video is, beyond the handgun material presented, is a look into prison and street knife attacks. McCann and The Late, Great Bob Kasper boiled down some of the most nasty knife attacks and then Kelly McCann created a close-quarter handgun system based on that.
In the video, he demonstrates the use of the knife to show the crossover to the handgun.
That is very, very valuable to anyone wanting to learn how to defend against edged weapons or how to use a knife under the most dire circumstances. This video is a perfect compliment to the aforementioned videos and I highly suggest you purchase it and study it.
That entire statement is a hyperlink to the story.
It's so predictable nowadays. From the very start with the reactor's emergency pumps failing and the remarks about this situation not being another Chernobyl made me wince. It's getting to the point where if you are told by the media not to worry about something specific, that is precisely what you should be worrying about.
I hate to be so pessimistic, I know people like to say that statements like that are the thing of "tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorists," but what do you say, or do, when the negative side of things is the reality? Just shut your mouth and listen and do as you're told?
I think we should be building more nuclear power plants, not shutting the ones that we have down. But we certainly need to be smarter instead of building them on coastlines or fault lines and the other madness that we have been doing for years.
"We" meaning "mankind" and not just The United States of America, or Japan or the former Soviet Union, etc.
2,000 bodies wash up on the coast yesterday. Three explosions in as many days and then, this morning, BOOM-BOOM-BOOM, three of them, I don't know how far apart.
Aftershock earthquakes that are quite powerful have been going on all along, impressive from a scientific point of view, terrible for the people trying to survive this and those on-scene helping them. All with the specter of breathing in radiation.
Now, here is the most important part to remember - because governments lie constantly so people don't panic, including on the West Coast of The United States, and because anti-nuke activists are used as scientific experts on all of this as it unfolds, even on FOX News, YOU CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT ANYONE HAS TO SAY ABOUT ANY OF THIS.
They were very quick to say that Fukushima would not become the next Chernobyl. A little too quick to be believed.
Will Tokyo become the next Prypiat? Only time will tell now, but nothing looks very good or hopeful at the moment.
With the meltdown of multiple reactors looming, everyone is playing the threat down so no one panics. Which is typical. The West Coast of The United States is now threatened by whatever radiation released.
Japan has over 10,000 dead and counting and over a half million people are homeless.
I need to give you two warnings about the following information.
I don't know about longevity and safety issues of do-it-yourself (DIY), made-at-home recipes of anything involving dried milk products. So, if you decide to make a batch of home-made, "Poor Man's" "Plumpy'nut", I would not keep the finished product outside of a refrigerator. I also don't know how long it will last inside the refrigerator but to be on the safe side, I would treat it like leftovers (three (3) days) if you have added dried milk to it.
If you end up in the hospital with some type of food poisoning because you did not heed the warnings given, you accept full responsibility for your own actions. I also cannot control the cleanliness or lack of same with your mixing utensils, etc.
The other warning I would like to give you is this, this is a very powerful concoction and if you eat a lot of it, you might have to butter your hips to get your quickly-widening ass through your front door. This stuff is a very powerful emergency ration. It's not something that you sit around and eat while watching television.
"Plumpy'nut" was developed by a French Pediatrician as a food for use in famine-stricken countries.
While I don't have the formula for actual "Plumpy'nut", I can tell you what I have tried at home. It is tasty and it's no wonder it turns around severely malnourished children on death's door in a matter of a couple or a few weeks.
That's it! Isn't it great? Purchase some Dried Milk, Peanut Butter and some Honey and whip up a small batch in your kitchen and try it out. You can mix it just about any way you want to, it's very versatile. Start out with a cup of dried (powdered) milk and a cup of Peanut Butter and about a quarter cup of Honey. Add more Honey as required. Just start mixing it up until it is mixed well and you should have a very, very thick goop and, VOILA! You have Poor Man's "Plumpy'nut"!
You can also use Nutella, Ovaltine or Nestle's Milo added to the ingredients or in just about any combination that your taste buds find appealing.
All of these ingredients with the exception of the powdered milk don't have to be refrigerated. These are all basically dry goods that you can use and then put back in the pantry, right? Honey, Peanut Butter, Ovaltine, Milo and Nutella don't have to be refrigerated once opened.
I'm also not a chemist or some type of food safety specialist so I don't know the long-term ramifications of combining these foodstuffs together and leaving them together for long periods of time.
I do know that if used carefully, this is a very valuable list of ingredients to have in your pantry in case of emergency. It could save your life. In the future I want to run some experiments with a Rival or Tilia Brand Food (Bag) Sealing appliance and see how everything turns out. I'd also like to contact powdered milk manufacturers and find out about the safety of that material once the foil envelope is opened and the product is added to these other ingredients and re-sealed in another air-tight bag.
My entry on Honey from over a year ago is a must-read for survival food information as well.
You can spread peanut butter with it. You can slice the sandwich in half with it on the diagonal when you are done...with it. You can open a box with it. You can cut the tape when you are sealing up a box...with it.
We are being dumbed down. We are being turned into a more primitive people because of childish fear and hateful bigotry and stupidity.
Yes, former pro-football "stars" can kill their ex-wives and the friend of the ex-wife with it. Violent, hardcore felons can use it to settle scores or impose their will on their fellow inmates with it. And, yes, as unpopular as it might be in some areas of the Internet to discuss it, it can be used to save your life in a self-defense situation.
I cannot understand the myopia that some people suffer from when it comes to this stuff. Whatever you have available to you, you should be able to utilize for self-preservation. I cannot understand how people can be interested in "survivalism" and not want this capability. Yet, I see it all the time on forums and on websites.
Some of it is simple protectionism. They value knives highly for survival purposes and anything that casts a dark shadow on knives, real or perceived, giving them a bad reputation, is viewed as negative and not only something to be avoided...but attacked. They don't understand that the best way to protect the right to own, carry and use the knives of their choice is to legitimize their other uses as well instead of trying to appease the control freaks who want to ban everything. Because you're never going to sate the control freak's appetite for power.
As Winston Churchill so brilliantly explained the dynamic - “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last."
That's why so many duck hunting NRA Members wrote in to The National Rifleman, the NRA's monthly magazine, during the debate over "assault weapons" back in the 1990s, saying that they were going to cancel their membership to the NRA if the NRA continued to protect politically incorrect firearms like "assault weapons."
And, yes, some of them don't like handguns, either. It was "protectionism." Nothing more and nothing less. They hoped to save their precious shotguns that they use to hunt fowl with by throwing the rest of the gun owners to the political wolfpack that is always waiting in the wings to ban another class of firearm until they are all ultimately gone from the hands of the Citizenry.
And this is why you should also not flee in terror from the words "survivalism" and "survivalist." The root word of both is "survival." So, when you acquiesce to the demands of the control freaks and you bend to their philosophy of demonizing the people they wish to control, you give them even more power.
Legitimize survival. We have become so politically correct that we have to defend variants of the word "survival." Don't you find that rather disturbing?
The control freaks will never stop thinking the way they do. You can call yourself a "prepper" or whatever cute term you can think up, it is what you are doing that they find so offensive. Things like "self-defense" and "self-reliance" are anathema to the authoritarian control freak.
Back in December, I wrote this blog entry on Jeff Snyder's incredible essay, A Nation of Cowards." You can find it here.
In that entry, I quoted a website which quoted former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and I shall do so again right now:
"Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark calls gun ownership an insult to America: 'A state in which a citizen needs a gun to protect himself from crime has failed to perform its first purpose.' Clark denounces this kind of society as a return to barbarism, and anarchy, 'a jungle where each relies on himself for survival.'"
Can you believe it? What about survival kits? The same thing could be said. It's an insult to governmental control freaks that you should have the capability of surviving without their help. They want you helpless and totally dependent on them for your every need. That's power.
And so it goes with knives and especially talking about using them for self-defense. There are some people that simply collect knives and they might use them once in a while but by and large, they are nothing more than Lionel toy trains or Barbie Dolls to them. They are some of the most nasty people on forums when it comes to discussing these things. The other main group of people use knives as tools, in their work or out in the woods. Using them for hunting, fishing, hiking and camping. Some of them are vehemently opposed to discussing knives as weapons. While they are a more respectable lot than the pure collectors, they are still getting it wrong.
Of course, there are those that think it's just stupid to use a knife for self-defense. Which, of course, is a stupid opinion to have.
I'm not saying knives are "better" self-defense weapons than firearms. I'm saying they are viable and there are some situations where they are the only realistic alternative to a firearm. Or, if you have it with you because you spend a lot of time in the woods, why not learn to use it for self-defense? Why carry something around that has the potential to do so much more and then just decide not to do it? It doesn't make any sense to me at all.
To be cold and calculating about self-defense, taking firearms out of the self-defense lineup for a moment, it is better to knock someone unconscious quickly than it is to use a knife. A cane or a walking/hiking staff is an excellent self-defense weapon because it has the ability to simply knock an attacker out. You can do the following:
Strike them to dissuade them.
Systematically disable them, up to and including breaking bones.
Render them unconscious.
Choke them out.
The simple cane or hiking/walking stick has all of the utility in the woods that these tools are known for plus they have this incredible capability as a self-defense weapon. The stick also possesses a precious commodity in self-defense: the ability to keep someone at a distance. If you get skilled with the cane/stick, you can do that with all but the most skilled of attackers.
I would much rather face law enforcement, be it a regular police officer or a park ranger, after a self-defense situation and have to explain that I had to thump someone (or multiple attackers) with a hiking stick than use a knife.
This is pragmatic and realistic with all of the fantasy eliminated. Logical and reasonable. But that does not mean that I would not use a knife if I had to. It really doesn't do you any good to be the most politically correct dead person, does it?
So, if you are really interested in surviving whatever life may throw at you, I think you should be able to use anything you can get your hands on in a self-defense situation. Even if you have a firearm on you, even if you have a carry permit, it doesn't matter. Learn to use knives and sticks as well. It only makes sense.