Thursday, September 15, 2011

Failure to plan is planning to fail

Something I had been thinking about since I heard the Michale Bane podcast which, in part, discussed looting in the area surrounding the WTC. How could it have started right after they fell? When he and a friend returned to a loft apartment several days after the event, the entire building had been looted.

That started me thinking that street gangs and organized crime groups were best suited for life after a disaster (SHTF, WROL) where social order breaks down. They already have a structure and defined positions of authority and responsibility. They work together to acquire what the "group" needs and they are already predisposed to rationalizing that "its not wrong, if that's what it takes to get by".

Today's podcast from Bob Mayne was a real eye opener. The article referenced is worth the read.

Some people are making plans to take advantage of your misfortune; the tome to address that issue is before its too late.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lessons learned

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 just passed this weekend. It went fairly smooth in spite of the dire predictions. What did you do to prepare in the event that something bad happened?

 The fact that nothing happened is provides a great opportunity to review your preparations. Some of the things we did as a family were: fill all the cars with gas, have a week’s worth of food and bottled water in the house, checked and inspected B-O-B’s, backed up all computers, and staged the hurricane supplies around the house.
If you can’t rattle off a list of several things you did to anticipate the possibility of some type of disruption, then you missed the lessons of that horrible day.

For those who had chosen to be the protectors of life and liberty were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the events. In spite of all their preparations, skills and tools the rolling tide of disaster consumed them. Had they not been as well trained, the scope of the tragedy could, and would have been much worse.
If you knew that today was the day that it all went south, would you prepare?  You are the First Responder in any emergency involving you. The likelihood of assistance being immediately available when misfortune strikes you is infinitesimally small and should not be relied on to be the primary method of survival.

Nobody wakes up in the morning expecting to have an accident, but they happen every day. Today could be when it happens to you.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Today in American History

1953: Senator John F. Kennedy, 36, marries Jacqueline Bouvier, 24

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Possibly the saddest story of the day

If you can't imagine a time when we return to a Pre-9/11 relationship with the government, then the battle is already lost.

Regardless of the reason: freedoms relinquished can never be regained.

Today; my heart is heavy, for too many reasons

Today in American History

1961: The most wonderful woman on the planet is born.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Today in American History

1963 :President John F. Kennedy federalizes Alabama's National Guard to prevent Governor George C. Wallace from using guardsmen to stop public-school desegregation.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Today in American History

1776: The term "United States" is adopted by the Continental Congress to be used instead of the "United Colonies."

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Today in American History

1906: Robert Turner invents the automatic typewriter return carriage

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Today in American History

1965: Hurricane Betsy, kills 74 in Florida, Miss and La

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Keystone Kops

DHS & FBI say " there is no specific or credible terrorist threat for the 10-year anniversary"

We don't know where, when, or if something may or may not happen but prepare for it and be subject to increased scrutiny...


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Today in American History

1901: President William McKinley is shot while attending a reception at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, by 28-year-old anarchist Leon Czolgosz. McKinley dies eight days later, the third American president assassinated

Monday, September 5, 2011

Today in American History

1885: 1st gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer (Ft. Wayne, Ind)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Today in American History

1881: The Edison electric lighting system goes into operation as a generator serving 85 paying customers is switched on.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Today in American History

1895: The first professional American football game is played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania between the Latrobe Young Men's Christian Association and the Jeannette Athletic Club. Latrobe wins 12-0.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Today in America History

1901: Vice President Theodore Roosevelt advises, "Speak softly and carry a big stick

Cameras: a false sense of security

The lesson to be learned from the London riots is: No matter how many cameras you have watching an area, they will not prevent crime.

Currently, London has more cameras per square mile than any other city in the world.  The list of American cities racing to follow in those footsteps is growing every day. It is important to remember that cameras did not stop the transit bombings, the riots, nor reduce petty street crimes.

At best they will document what happened; when it is already too late to help.

Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase: when seconds count, the police are just minutes away!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Today in American History

1821: William Becknell leads a group of traders from Independence, Mo., toward Santa Fe on what would become the Santa Fe Trail.

The sky is falling...or is it?

It appears that Hurricanes are all the rage in the national news. Not really the ‘canes themselves, but the ratings driven hysteria gamesmanship that dominates the coverage. The goal is to ramp up the drama until people are wound so tight that you could mistake them for a pretzel.
Facts trump opinion! Yes, the weather man has more expertise than you, but you have the ability to observe the information and reach some conclusions that more directly affect you. When our local weatherman covers a storm of this size he is speaking to an audience that includes everyone from Key West to about Orlando. What is a concern for one of those locations may not even raise an eyebrow in the other.

Look at the following weather sites. My personal favorite is Weather Undergrounds tropical page It has the best maps and also provides easy to understand graphics showing path, wind and the models they us to predict direction. No hype, just easy to read pictures with the latest information.
The other two are the National Hurricane Center and the Weather Channel They both have good information, the Hurricane Center is the “Horses Mouth” for storms, but the site seems geared more for weather nerds and what can you say about the Weather Channel other than it has to be all things to all people for weather.

When you have a chance, take a look at these sites. Find the one that you like and works for your likely situations and learn how to read & use it to your advantage.
The next time a weather event threatens your area be forewarned and forearmed with these easy to use sites.