Archive for October, 2009

5 Creative Ways to Teach Preparedness to Your Child

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

For this post, Tactical Intelligence is honored to have Lisa from The Survival Mom share some creative ways you can use to teach preparedness to your child. I’ve linked to her articles in the past, and if you haven’t had the chance to check out her site, do so!

prepared_kidsAsk any survival-minded adult why they’re into preparedness, and they’ll likely offer at least a half-dozen reasons. Ask a child why there’s a closet filled with cans of tuna and buckets of wheat, and there’s no telling what answer they’ll give. Depending on what they’ve been taught, it may be a constant reminder of a foreboding future, full of threats and uncertainty. On the other hand, stored food, stockpiled ammo, and 55 gallon water containers may be accepted as a natural part of life.

Children fear what they don’t understand. When a difficult concept such as preparedness is presented in a creative way, at their level, it helps them feel reassured and satisfied. Here are five creative ways to teach this concept to your children in ways that will reinforce important concepts and include a lot of fun along the way.

  • When you explain your preparedness efforts, use examples from children’s literature that children of all ages can relate to. The story of Joseph from the Bible is an excellent example of preparing for difficult times and then being able to provide for others in need. The Little House on the Prairie book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder follows a pioneer family through good times and bad. Each book is a great source of information about practical skills from hand-stitching to making homemade butter to smoking wild game as well as great examples of self-sufficiency. If your children are very young, Little House picture books are available at the library and in bookstores.
  • Children naturally love learning about animals and there’s no better source for examples of preparedness than the animals they’re already familiar with. Bears, squirrels and other forest animals get ready for the winter. Geese begin a long trek south when they sense that cold weather is near. Did you know that prairie dogs purposely mound up the earth around the entrances to their homes so rain doesn’t flood their burrows? My own children love The Burgess Book of Animals, which uses entertaining stories to teach facts about dozens of animals.
  • Keep an eye on current events. Don’t focus on details that might terrify your kids, but if the Weather Channel is reporting on an approaching hurricane, for example, talk about the steps families in those areas should be taking. Younger children might not be able to
  • Teach practical skills. Kids should know how to cook, clean, and scrub the kitchen floor! Learning how to mend ripped jeans or doing laundry isn’t child abuse. They’re real life skills that teach independence and instill a healthy work ethic. Older children can be taught target shooting, how to put up a tent and how to start a campfire. I’m all in favor of lots of play time, but children also need to learn skills and knowledge that are truly worth learning.
  • Participate in activities that teach or reinforce preparedness. Scout programs and 4-H are ideal for children to learn some terrific practical skills and socialize with other like-minded kids. You just can’t beat that combination.
  • Everyone loves learning something new, especially when there’s fun involved. Keep your lessons about preparedness casual, creative, and fun. Your kids will discover the future isn’t something to be feared and will figure that everyone in the neighborhood must also have boxes of freeze-dried food under every bed!

The Weekly Tactical Touch-Point: Cattail Hunt Edition

Monday, October 26th, 2009

To prepare for this week’s articles on how to process what I call The Fantastic Four, I took my 2 1/2 year old daughter out with me on a cattail hunt.

As we were hiking through marsh and muck it was a joy to see just how much she loved it. Even though it was rather routine for me, seeing her face I could tell that it was a grand adventure for her. The feel of the mud, the sounds of the running water, the life all around her had her in total awe.

She kept going on about finding the “cat’s tail” and was probably a little dissapointed when I finally showed her that the “cat’s tail” wasn’t exactly what her little mind had envisioned. It was nonetheless just as fascinating to her.

There’s so much to learn from these little ones. They truly live in the moment and we could all take a lesson from that.

Without further ado, here’s what I found online this week that might be of interest you:

  • Bushcraft.se – Michel Blomgren of Sweden is in the process of filming an excellent series of downloadable wilderness survival videos that are completely FREE. The early ones are subtitled but the latest ones are in English. Even though the information is applied to his native cold-weather, forested country of Sweden there are still excellent tips and instruction and the production quality is quite impressive. Go Mike!
  • Residents near landslide stocking up just in case – I thought this was an interesting article. Here the residents live in a “a perennial state of emergency preparedness.” As a side note this is how all of us should be living.
  • Edible Rooftop Gardening – An interesting guide on how to make a rooftop garden in a city based on real-life experience. Now you city folk have no excuse!
  • Backwoods Home Magazine – A great online resource for lessons in self-reliant living.

How to Make Acorn Flour

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

This post is a follow-up to the The Fantastic Four – 4 Essential Wild Edible Plants that May Just Save Your Life article. In this post, I demonstrate how to process and eat one of the core four essential plants: Acorns.

Turning those bitter tasting nuts that are found all over the place during the fall into something that is not only palatable but rather good tasting is not as difficult as one would think. In this post I’ll be demonstrating how to turn acorns into an awesome food source.

Step 1: Gather the Acorns

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The first step is rather self-explanatory. But for the sake of being thorough I’ll go through it.

While you can collect them directly from the tree, the best place to gather acorns is right under the tree when they fall. Of course, the earlier you can grab these in the fall the better since you’ll be competing with all the other nut-loving creatures (squirrels, chipmunks, deer, acorn weevils, and other survivors besides you ;)).

Step 2: Shell the Acorns

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Similar to other nuts, you’ll need to remove the shell of the acorns before you can consume them. There are different ways to do this: Nutcracker, pounding it with a hammer and removing the nut meat, or my favorite way is a two-step process: first cut them all in half with a large kitchen knife and then work at popping out the nut meat using the sharp point of a smaller knife.
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Step 3: Pulverize the Nut Meat

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Now that you have all the nut meat out of the shells, you’ll want to grind these down as fine as possible. The old way is to use a big flat rock as your surface (acts as a mortar) and a smaller round rock used to crush and grind the nut (the pestle) into a fine consistency. Since I like to train in the old way but still use technology when possible, I like using my Greenstar juicer or a food processor. The nuts are softer than peanuts and will not damage these appliances.

Step 4: Leech the Tannins out of the Acorns

All the acorns that I’ve processed (yes, even white oak) required that I leeched the bitter tannins out of them before gobbling them down.
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To do this, bring a pot of water to a boil and pour the acorn meal in it. Let it boil for 5+ minutes making sure to stir the pot so that some of the acorn meal doesn’t stick and burn at the bottom.
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As an FYI, you could have skipped step 3 and just continued with this step, however I find that it takes way too long to process and wastes too much fuel. By using the ground up meal, it provides a greater surface area and leeches out the tannins much faster.

Step 5: Filter out the Acorn Flour from the Water

After your initial boil, filter out the acorn flour with a cheesecloth or an old t-shirt (even a sock will do in a pinch). I like to place a colander in my sink and then place the t-shirt or cheesecloth over the colander making a bowl-like depression with it.
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After pouring the liquid into the cloth depression, be careful with the hot water. It’s best to pour cold water into the slurry until it cools off and you can then pick up the cloth filter to help strain the remaining water out.
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After filtering, you’ll want to do a taste test. Is it still bitter? If so, repeat steps 4 and 5 until the bitterness is out.

Final Steps

At this point you’re left with essentially a ball of acorn-flour dough. If you want you can use this right away or if you want to save it for later, you can dry it out.
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To dry it out, simply spread it out flat onto a cookie sheet and place it in the oven at the lowest temperature until it is completely dry, or do the same thing but instead place it outside (this takes longer). Placing it in a food dehydrator also works great.
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After it has dried out you’ll probably notice that it has caked together (this is due to the high fat content). You can store it as is or further process it by crushing it into a powder (by hand or food processor). This acorn flour can then be used to make pancakes, bread, or added to cereals or soup.

Acorn Nutrition Information

Acorns are surprisingly nutritious and sustaining. Here’s the general nutrition info for 1 oz of dried acorn meal:
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For more details into the protein quality and nutrient balance of acorns see the following link: http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3083/2

The Fantastic Four – 4 Essential Wild Edible Plants that May Just Save Your Life

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

food Did you realize that knowing just 4 wild edible plants could one day save your life?

If there were any four categories of plants that I would recommend all people to know how to use and identify it would be these: Grass, Oak, Pine, and Cattail. For the knowledgeable survivor, knowing just these four plants can make the difference between life and death if stranded in the wilds – for each one is an excellent food source which can sustain you until help arrives.

Throughout this week and part of the next, I’ll be going into details on how you can prepare and eat these plants. For now though, here’s a quick overview into what they have to offer:

Grass

grassSurprising to many is the fact that you can eat grass. Despite there being hundreds of varieties of bladed grass found in the Americas, almost all (99% of them) can be eaten. This ranges from wheat, oats, and bamboo to the wild meadow varieties.

The young shoots up to 6 inches tall can be eaten raw and the starchy base (usually white and at the bottom when you pluck it) can be eaten as a trail nibble. The more mature the grass plant gets, the more fibrous the plant becomes. For older plants the base can be chewed and spit out — extracting the beneficial juices in the process. Or a tea can be made from the fresh or dried leaves.

The best part of the grass plant to eat are the seed heads, which can be gathered to make millet for breads or filler for soups & stews. Of the 99% that can be eaten raw, about 1% have toxic seeds and require that you roast or cook the seeds first. As a word of caution, stay away from blackish or purple colored grass seeds. This is a good indication of toxic fungus. Just make sure they are green or brown. Also use common sense when gathering. Don’t gather where there has been recent sprayings of weed killer.

Oak

oak_acornOak – specifically the acorn – is a great source of food in the fall and early winter time. Like most nuts, acorns contain a good amount of protein and fat which is beneficial in keeping you alive. While White Oak species of acorns can be eaten right after shelling, the remaining oak varieties require processing of the acorns first in order to remove the bitter taste.

I found that many ‘survival guides’ explain you only need to shell the acorns then boil them in a couple changes of water to remove the bitter taste. However, in my experience, it takes far more than a couple of boilings and on top of that it is a waste of fuel. The best way to do this is to crush the acorns into a course flour then immerse this flour into water and boil it. Depending on how much water used, it can take only one boiling (at most two) to remove the bitter taste.

After straining the flour into a t-shirt, the resulting acorn ‘dough’ can be eaten as is, set out to dry to be used as flour at a later time, or added to other flours for a great tasting bread – in fact, every Fall I make a killer ‘acorn bread’ that is a family and friend favorite.

Pine

pine“You can eat pine?!” Yes, pine trees are an awesome food source that I’ve eaten throughout the year. “OK…so how do you eat it” Good question, let me explain.

First of all, if you’ve ever eaten pesto, chances are you’ve eaten pine. ‘Pignoli’ or pine nuts are a common ingredient in pesto and are often served on ice-cream . Every species of pine produces seed (or nuts in this case) and all can be eaten. In the late fall and early winter, the cones can be gathered, opened, and the seeds extracted. The only issue is that most pine don’t produce large seeds like for example the pinion pine does.

In most other species the seeds are quite small and it takes quite a few to make a decent meal. However, if you’re lucky to live in the Great Basin or other arid areas where pinion pines love to grow you’re in luck, if not and if you don’t feel like spending so much time for a meager meal, read on…

In the spring, the male pollen anthers can be eaten and are high in protein. The inner bark of the pine can also be eaten and surprisingly makes quite a tasty meal if prepared right. And with some species – like the white pine – it can be surprisingly sweet.

In addition, pine needles can be gathered year round to make a great tea which contains a ton of Vitamin C (not in the least bit ‘piney’ tasting as you would expect).

Cattail

cattailThis is my favorite wild edible. Not only is it referred to as the wilderness ‘supermarket’ (because of its many edible parts), but it has some great medicinal and utilitarian purposes as well.

Cattail provides something to eat year round. And the amount that you can gather is quite substantial. In fact, a study was conducted at the Cattail Research Center of Syracuse University’s Department of Plant Sciences by Leland Marsh. He reported that he could harvest 140 tons of rhizomes per acre near Wolcott, NY. That equates to more than 10 times the average yield per acre of potatoes!

In the early spring the young shoots and stalks can be eaten raw or cooked. The flower heads in late spring can be husked like corn and boiled — in fact it has an almost corn-like taste. Very yummy. 🙂 In summer, the brown-orangish pollen heads can be eaten raw or dried into flour. Fall is the best time to gather the horn-shaped corms (the sproutings of next years’ plants) which are eaten raw or roasted. And in winter, the root stalk is full of starch which can be broken up into water, dissolved, strained and dried into flour as good as wheat flour.

Conclusion

Even if you can only identify the previous four categories of plants, knowing how to use them can give you enough nutrients to stay alive. Supplement that with some additional plant knowledge and some hunting/trapping skills and you can forget surviving, you’ll be well on your way to thriving out in the wilds!

For the next week, I’ll be going into detail on how you can process and use each of the above groups of plants for life-sustaining food. Stay tuned!!

The Weekly Tactical Touch-Point: Backup Bug-Out Bag Edition

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Last week I posted a quick alert that www.NewEmergencyPreparedness.com was going out of business and was having a 70% off of everything sale. Well I had purchased a bunch of items, among which were two ready-made 72-hour kits (bug out bags). And they arrived today!

Since we already have 72-hour kits at home which are highly customized to what I prefer to have in a bug-out situation, I figured my wife and I could also have these as back-up options in each of our automobiles in case we couldn’t get home before needing to evac (I’ll probably still end up customizing these as well).

In any case, it’s not a bad idea to have redundancy when it comes to emergency preparedness. For example if you have food storage think about also having a garden, as well as some livestock (chickens, goats, and larger animals if possible). If you store water, also have a rain cache system. For water purification have not only a good filter but have Iodine crystals(Polar Pure), purification tablets, and bleach.

This also applies with regards to skills. Learn to make fire not only with matches, but with flint and steel, as well as friction fire (bowdrill, handdrill). Learn basic first aid, as well as natural and herbal methods of healing. The list goes on and on…

Since it was a very busy week (as you can probably tell by my limited posting) I didn’t get much of a chance to get online and read a bunch of articles related to preparedness. However, here are a couple that I did find interesting:

The 10-Day Experiment

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Being prepared is more about a lifestyle change than one glorious shopping spree.

10-days I believe the most overlooked part of being a prepper or ‘survivalist’ is improving and developing yourself. You may have a years supply of food storage but you have never practiced using it. You may have your bug-out bag waiting to go in case of an emergency but you can’t walk a mile without being out of breath (let alone carrying a 65 lb. backpack on top of that). Or you may have the latest assault weapon with all the accompanying gizmos but you couldn’t hit the broad-side of a barn at 50 yards.

Being prepared is more than just accumulating stuff. A huge part of it is developing yourself as a person and to do that you need to develop routines and good habits. For most people, developing good habits is not easy. It requires a lot of effort and previous failed attempts often leads to a lack of confidence or motivation to try again. However, here’s a simple experiment that, if followed, will bring motivation, confidence and action into your life. I call it the 10-Day Experiment.

The 10-Day Experiment is exactly what it sounds like…an experiment. Nothing more, nothing less. I based it off of my experience with the Master Cleanse, a 10-day fast which aims at ridding the body of all the toxins it has built up over the years. Although initially difficult, I noticed that after the 10 days, it would have been fairly simple to continue with the fast if I wanted to. Since then, I’ve applied this same 10-day pattern to many different aspects of my life. For example, I’ve used it to regularly get up at 5AM every morning, in doing daily exercise, to changing the foods I eat. Each of these ‘experiments’ ended up becoming solidified habits.

How it Works

In a nutshell, you take something that you have wanted to try, improve, or change in your life, and for the next 10 days, you try it out. For example, if you have always wanted to be an early riser (say 5AM), you would over the course of 10 days get up at 5AM. It’s really that simple. You make the decision that no matter what, you’ll stick to that decision for at least 10 days. It helps to think of it less as a commitment or lifestyle change and more like a trial run.

The best part about this, is that it only lasts for 10 days. If after the 10 days, it doesn’t seem to fit in your life or you don’t find it beneficial, you can stop. This relieves the added pressure of ‘a commitment’. Even if you don’t decide to continue, at least you stuck with a goal that you made to yourself. That in itself builds personal trust and confidence. By sticking to something for 10 days straight, you will have the ability to make major improvements in your life. You will gain more confidence, personal trust, discipline and willpower to apply in all your life endeavors.

Going Beyond the 10 Days

It seems (at least for me and others with whom I’ve talked with) that the first 10 days are the most difficult. From there, I’ve noticed a definite progression that happens over 10-day increments, until the action becomes a habit. Let me explain this progression in terms of “levels”.

Level 0 – The Launch

You have entered this level when you begin to apply action to a decision. Just like a rocket being launched, 90% of the fuel is used in overcoming earth’s gravitational pull, while the remaining 10% will keep it going. So it is with your “launch”. You will be using much of your energy in overcoming the inertia of your previous way of life.

Level 1 – The Tipping Point

Now that you’ve made it to the 10-day point, you may have noticed something. What was previously a struggle, seems now to be a lot more bearable. At level 1, you have just begun to overcome the inertia that held you bound to your old way of living. This is the level I like to call The Tipping Point. Although you’re up and running, it still hasn’t begun to be automatic for you. You now have an idea of what it’s like and it’s here that you can determine whether to turn the experiment into something you’d like to do for life, or to quit altogether.

Level 2 – Momentum

After 20 days, you’ve reached level 2. Here is where you’re picking up speed and have gained momentum. You no longer struggle to keep your commitment, however it still requires a conscious decision. You now know exactly how it will fit in your overall life. You’re well on your way at establishing a habit.

Level 3 – The Habit

At the 30-day mark, you’ve arrived at the final level. Level 3 is the realm of habit. Your daily commitment is well established and you realize a sense of freedom because it has now become automatic. At this point, it is actually more difficult to stop doing what you’ve been doing then to keep doing it. Now it’s time to send this into autopilot and try a new 10-day experiment!

Life Applications

Here are some applications in your life that you can apply this to:

Addictions

Trying to overcome addictions like coffee, soda, cigarettes or even video games or television, can all be helped with the 10-day Experiment. Just try and see what it’s like to go without your favorite addiction for 10 days (the first 3-4 days always seems the worst for me).

Health

Getting involved in a health and fitness program is a perfect candidate for the 10-day Experiment. After 10 days, you’ve overcome the initial inertia and if you like how it makes you feel you can stick with it.

Focusing on what you eat is also a great candidate. For example, try going without all that processed crap for 10 days. Eat more fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

Productivity

Focus on being absolutely productive for 10 days. For example, instead of lying around watching the boob tube, work on those preparedness tasks that you’ve wanted to get to but “haven’t had the time”. Well, now you do slacker…so get to work. 😉

Time Management

For the next 10 days, work on planning your day each evening and sticking to that plan the next day. During those planning sessions, it’s a good idea to review the day and see where you can make improvements the next day.

Develop a New Skill

Skills like making fire without matches, learning to can foods, learning to shoot, learning martial arts and so on are all excellent choices for the 10-day experiment. In the case of martial arts, many clubs offer a one to two-week free trial.

Relationships

In trying times, your relationship with your loved ones is most important. A good experiment is to work on being completely unselfish towards your partner. For 10 days, work on their needs and go above and beyond your normal actions. You’ll be amazed at how much comes back to you in return that you’ll never want to stop!

Finances

Work on sticking to a budget for 10 days. Or for 10 days, see if you can save 10 dollars a day that you can put towards debts, savings, or precious metals.

Random Acts of Kindness

During trying times, they’ll be plenty of opportunities to help and serve those who are less fortunate. Get over your selfishness now by finding ways to serve and help other people for the next 10 days. Randomly show acts of kindness to complete strangers.

Conclusion

One of my favorite things to do is carry out personal experiments. I love trying new things. Whether it’s living in a leaf hut out in the woods for a month straight to seeing if I can clean my insides drinking nothing but lemonade for 10 days, if I feel I can benefit from it, I’ll try it. Sure, many of the things I’ve tried have not benefited me directly, but at least I’ve always learned something from it. And if nothing else, when I’m 100, wearing Depends, and confined to my rocking chair, at least I’ll have some cool stories I can tell my grandkids one day. 🙂

Experimentation is what all great discoverers have done. Edison ended up experimenting with thousands of filaments before he found the right one which would light up the world. In our personal development, it is no different. By applying the 10-Day Experiment to different facets of your life on a regular basis, you’ll be forced into action which will eventually light up your own world!

The Weekly Tactical Touch-Point: LDS Storehouse Edition

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

This morning I’m meeting up with my dad at the LDS Storehouse so that he can get some more long-term food storage (wheat, powdered milk, etc). For those not familiar with the storehouse, it is run by the LDS church (Mormons) of which I am a member. They have bulk staples such as wheat, legumes, powdered milk, rice and so on at great prices. Not only that, you can set up a meeting with them and they’ll show you how to can and properly store your items. And best of all, you don’t have to be LDS to go there, it is open to the public (at least the one in my area).

To find out where your local storehouse is, call the nearest LDS church and ask the person who answers. They’ll tell you where the closest one is. If you’d rather order some online (they only come pre-canned) you can go to the LDS.org catalog here.

Here are some interesting things I discovered and read on the web this week:

  • New Emergency Preparedness 70% Off Sale – For those who missed my earlier post this week, New Emergency Preparedness an online emergency essentials store, is going out of business and have some great deals. I just checked this morning and there are still some good items available.
  • Survivalist Boards – This forum has a lot of knowledgeable people willing to give good advice about all things survival related.
  • Ravenlore Bushcraft and Wilderness Skills – Wayland got a great site with some amazing photographs. It’s light on the content but heavy on style. Check it out!
  • The Big List – A huge collection of ‘lists’ compiled by David Lee related to survival and taken from “the best survival books on the market.”

How to Stop an Attack Before it Happens

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Part of preventing a physical confrontation is understanding the signs that proceed one. This article shows you what to look for.

attackI recently posted an article about The Color Code of Awareness which when followed, heightens your awareness and allows you to see potential threats to your safety ahead of time. This provides a window of opportunity to prepare for or prevent potential conflict.

In any conflict situation, the more knowledge you have in reading the other person the greater your chances are of threat detection and avoidance, which makes the awareness color code all the more effective. For example, law enforcement officers are trained to look for specific physical cues that indicate when a person is in an aggressive state of mind. These cues serve as early warning signals that indicate that an attack is imminent.

As a civilian, being able to identify these “pre-assault indicators” can give you just enough time to, at best, leave the scene, or if necessary give you the edge in preempting any physical attack with a defensive response of your own.

Pre-Assault Indicators

Before a physical attack occurs, the aggressor typically threatens an attack by displaying what is known as “pre-assualt indicators”. These are involuntary physiological “tells” that project from a person when they are in fight or flight mode. While the following list is not all-inclusive it includes the primary indicators you should be aware of.

  • Blading: Body ‘blading’ happens when the aggressor puts his strong foot slightly behind him so that his torso is facing around 45 degrees to the right or left of you. It is an indication that he is settling his stance in preparation for an attack.
  • Fist Clenching or Pumping: One of the side-effects of the fight-or-flight response is that blood is pulled from the extremities into the large muscle groups and major organs. Due to vasoconstriction in the hands and fingers, a natural response is to pump or clench them.
  • Trembling: Due to adrenaline, you may notice trembling of the hands or knees. It’s just another indicator that the aggressor is in an agitated state.
  • Rapid Shallow Breathing: Again, this is another indication of agitation and stress.
  • Avoiding Eye Contact: This could mean a few different things or a combination of them. When a person is trying to mentally process the situation in an agitated state, it is difficult to multitask (hold your attention and think of a plan and psyche himself up). It could also be an attempt to lull you into a sucker punch.
  • Posturing: Surprisingly enough this in many cases is also an involuntary act. It is common among many animal species as well as us humans and indicates a display of dominance and threat of attack. One of the main indicators is puffing up the chest to make one appear larger or lowering the head as if ready to charge.
  • Bobbing and Rocking: This is similar to trembling and fist clenching above. With the combination of adrenaline and oxygen getting pumped into their systems, the aggressor may display odd movements. He may bounce up and down, rock back and forth, or start pacing. This provides a release of extra oxygen and indicates a subconscious preparation for action.
  • Hiding the Face: An aggressor on the verge of attacking may attempt to conceal their stress and excitement by turning their head or hiding their faces. This may also be seen when an aggressor wipes his face, slicks back his hair, scratches his nose, etc.
  • Focused Attention: When you’ve recognized many of the previous indicators and you begin to see focused attention on you they are essentially made a lock on their target. This also includes focused attention on a particular body part such as the chin or groin showing where they will probably strike.
  • Thousand Yard Stare: This is the opposite of focused attention. Here the person isn’t so much focusing on you but looking through you. What this tells you is that he is mentally shutting down and is ready to go on aggressive autopilot. Gain some distance, fast.

The whole point of the above list is not to get freaked out just because you see someone slick back their hair or look away from you. What you need to do is look at the entire situation and try to find groupings or ‘clusters’ of the above behaviors. If you see these indicators it’s time to act! The best option is to run away if possible, but if you can’t ‘beat feet’ then you better get ready.

Some Examples

Check out the following video. This gives a great overview of what some of these pre-assault indicators may look like:

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This next video is a real life example. Try to see if you can notice the following: Blading, Avoiding Eye Contact, Posturing, Bobbing and Rocking, Facial Wipes and Hiding the Face. Be aware that this contains graphic footage and strong language:

Emergency Preparedness Supplies – 70% Off!

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

new_emergency_prepI just wanted to quickly send out the word that New Emergency Preparedness, an online emergency preparedness store, is going out of business and having a huge 70% off of everything sale. I just picked up a bunch of stuff to add to my storage.

Many people that I talk to claim that they can’t get any emergency supplies because it’s too expensive. Well, now you have no excuse. If you’re just beginning with emergency supplies or you need to stock up on stuff, here’s a perfect opportunity to get it cheap while they last. So act now!

The Tactical Intelligence News Brief – October 6, 2009

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

What Happened

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The Independent, a well-known UK newspaper, today broke a story indicating that the Arab states will be dumping the dollar over the next 9 years. Their goal is by 2018 they will be pricing oil no longer in dollars but moving to currencies such as the Japanese yen and the Chinese yuan, the euro as well as gold. The Independent claims that the Arabs have held secret meetings with China, Russia, France, and Japan about this. It seems that everyone involved (which also includes Brazil and India) is completely for it.

What this Means

If this really happens and the Chinese and Gulf Arabs get their way in that oil is no longer priced in dollars then you can kiss our currency goodbye. The world will soon follow suite and dump as much dollars as possible.

How Does it Effect You?

Well first of all — before I go into the affects — I don’t feel the dollar is going to make it the entire 9 years. You can’t deficit spend $1 trillion on a health care plan and hundreds of billions of bailout money and expect the world to have confidence in our dollar. The dollar is doomed to fail, that is the nature of all fiat currencies.

But as far as how it effects you is, I believe, two-fold:

  1. Gold Price is Going Up: Since converting currencies from the dollar to other options will be difficult for the Arabs to do right away it looks like the only recourse is to get rid of their dollar reserves and buy gold. This in combination with China urging its citizens to buy gold will drive the price of gold up.
  2. Hyperinflation is Coming: If the world markets drop the dollar on a global scale, all our money will come flooding back in and we’ll see some major hyperinflation. I’m talking huge. Zimbabwe, Argentina, Wiemar-Republic-Germany huge.

The fact is, this is eventually going to happen. If you haven’t started yet, it’s time to get out of dollar-based assets and see about trading a good chunk of your savings for some precious metals like gold or silver. In the near future I’ll be covering quite a bit about how to get yourself financially prepared for the coming hard times but in the meantime, see about getting your hands on some physical gold and silver bullion. One of my main sources is through APMEX (American Precious Metal Exchange). They provide great service and have been 100% reliable.

Resources

Here are links to the Independent article (one covered by Business Week):

Business Week: Oil Not Priced in Dollars by 2018?
The Independent: The Demise of the Dollar