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!Our Annual message to ask for your donations

200x251DonationJarWelcome!  Thanks for being a regular visitor to SurvivalRing and continuing to make our site one of the most useful prep and survival sites on the web. Every year, we are in need of support from our regular, and even new visitors to help cover the cost of keeping SurvivalRing on the web, and always growing. For 2014 we've set a goal of only $750, a 33% increase over last year...and we're counting on you to please help us reach our goal, with a donation of any amount. Use the links below, or the SR Fundraiser donation widget at the top of the page to support us in any way you can. Here's some suggestions...or Donate any amount...and be sure to read the notes directly below.
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  • Updated - As of End of MARCH 2014
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  • Google Page Rank of 4
  • Social Rankngs – 5,000 FB friends,
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  • Klout ranking of 62 (as of 4/12/14)
  • Listed in the TOP 50 Survival Sites  =  #41
  • SurvivalRing has been online for nearly 17 continuous years
  • Interviewed by national and international global mass media over 150 times since 1998.
  • Leading source on the internet of authentic government produced survival information
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< p style="text-align: center;">  With only occasional mentions in several social media sites last year, we sold only 19 sets of our SurvivalCD library in all of 2013. We received 11 donations in last year's fundraiser. Total funds raised did not cover total website funds spent. I cannot tell you how much your support does to keep SurvivalRing alive and online. I know the economy is killing all our abilities to get things done, with choices between rent, groceries, or gas being the hardest decision we ever make each month...and I've been there for years. In fact, last year, my wife and I moved back into town to save on rent, utility, and gasoline costs, because we didn't have any more income to stay at our homestead. We made the decision, and the move cost us nearly a thousand dollars more than we had, meaning I had to sell several large tools, our window a/c units, other equipment, and even things we thought we couldn't live without. We downsized to a place 1/3 the size of the old place. Staying afloat meant giving up a lot of things we never thought we had to.  Just last weekend, I spent a long five days rebuilding the top end of my engine with hand tools, because it was cheaper to do it myself in my own driveway, taking 3 days of vacation, than to take my truck into the shop and pay nearly $1500 in labor...which I could not afford. Talk about self reliance...massive tasks like this engine rebuild are one of those things that just have to get done, and these days, get done completely by myself, since friends are having to work long hours like me, and can't spare their precious time off away from their families, suffering the same thing we all are from this near-depression of a  national economy. In October 2012, we suffered a horrific hacker attack, completely destroying every part of the website.We were back to 90% of full service within three weeks, restored completely by late November, and have since added much new material, schedule full site backups every week (55 gigabyte archive file when done), and watch our back end of the site like a hawk...watching for bad guys weaseling their way in. We did not have a single hack in all of 2013...and that is a first, and I vow to KEEP it that way. Our CD and DVD package known as the  SurvivalCD.comDIGITAL FAMILY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNES LIBRARY is exclusively unique, and ONLY available from SurvivalRing. This vast collection of survival, preparedness, civil defense, and historical prepping materials contains over 24,000 unique titles, 3.2 million printable pages, and nearly 30 gigabytes of readable, classic, useful, and in many cases rare documents, manuals, reports, and more. Wait until you see what's being added this year. Click through for the complete details on our library, as well as more about the future of SurvivalRing Continue reading →
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Source: thereadystore.com
  • By: Brandon Garrett
  • Posted on: November 8, 2013
< p>How would you like to have fresh vegetables and fruit year round? Sounds pretty good right?  Having an underground greenhouse will keep the temperatures hot in the winter and help prevent overheating in the summer; making it possible to grow your garden vegetables through the cold winter months. How it Works
We all learned in school that under the earth’s crust is magma which heats the entire sphere. Surprisingly, if you dig down 4 feet, the heating process becomes apparent. For the vast majority of the planet, 4 feet below the surface will stay between 50° to 60°F even if the weather above the ground is 10°F with a cold wind! This phenomenon is called the thermal constant and it’s what the underground greenhouse thrives on. The original design for an underground greenhouse was invented in Bolivia and was called a walpini, an Aymara Indian word which means “a warm place.” Typically, a walpini is a rectangle shape that is 6-8 feet deep in the ground. The longest area of the rectangle will typically face towards the south (in the Northern Hemisphere) to take advantage of the most sunlight. Since the walpini is taking advantage of the thermal constant, it requires less help from the sun to heat the greenhouse. The design of the underground greenhouse isn’t that complicated. It can be as simple as a hole with plastic sheets laid on top. The roof seals in the heat and insulates the area to keep a warm, moist environment for your fruits and vegetables. Location
The location of your walpini will depend on how big you want it to be. You’ll need enough space to grow your plants and have a small area to walk into your greenhouse. The bottom of the greenhouse will need to be at least 5 feet above the water table in your area. The recommended size for an underground greenhouse is 8 x 12 feet. When planning where your greenhouse will be located, remember that your roof will need to be receiving light during the winter too. That means that nearby trees or buildings can’t block your greenhouse during the winter time when the sun will be in the south. Typically, an underground greenhouse will run east to west with the roof slightly facing south to take advantage of the winter sun. This is also an advantage during the summer (more about this later). You’ll obviously need a way to get in and out of the underground greenhouse. Many people will carve a ramp into the ground on a side of the building. You’ll want to take this into consideration when you’re planning the layout and location of your underground greenhouse. Excavation
Once you’ve decided where you’d like your underground greenhouse to be located, you can start digging. Plot out the area above ground to keep track of where you should be digging. While you’re excavating, dig at least 2 feet deeper than your desired depth (more on this in a minute). Be sure to keep the soil you excavate close by too. You’ll be using that to prop up the roof. The walls of your underground greenhouse should also have a minimum 6-inch slope from the roof to the floor. This will greatly reduce the amount of crumbling and caving that will occur with the soil. Many times, people will even layer the walls with a clay to prevent erosion or use bricks to stabilize the walls of the building. Irrigation & Water Management
While you’re digging the hole for your walpini, dig an extra 2 feet below the desired depth. You’ll fill this area with stone or gravel and then 8 inches of soil. Ideally, you’d lay larger stones and gravel on the bottom layer and the gravel would become progressively smaller until you reach the soil. The bottom of the greenhouse should be slightly sloped from the center to the edges. Along the perimeter, you should leave a space of 2-3 feet just filled with gravel. This is designed to help the water drain more easily. Many people have also created open gravel wells in the corners of the greenhouses that allows them to collect the water. This will allow you to draw a bucket into the hole and pull out water if you find you have too much. Installing a Door
Once you’ve filled in the floor with the drainage system and the soil required for growing, you can install the doors. Place the door frame at the base of the ramp and fill in the areas around the door as much as possible with dirt and clay. Filling in these gaps will prevent heat loss in your greenhouse. Many times, people will use 2-inch door frames that have holes drilled into the top middle and bottom of each side. They will then use wooden stakes, dowels or rebar to secure the door frame into the soil wall. Angle of the Roof to the Sun
The angle of the roof will make a big difference on the sun’s ability to heat your greenhouse. Ideally, the roof should be facing directly at the winter solstice at a 90 angle. This angle will maximize the heat during the winter solstice and minimize the heat during the summer solstice. The angle of your roof will depend on your latitude. Find a reliable map and figure out your latitude and then add 23°. This number will be the angle of decline that you will need on your roof. The majority of the United States runs between 30-50° Latitude. That means that the internal angle of your roof will need to be between 53° to 73°. This is where the extra soil that you excavated comes in. Use that soil to create a berm. The berm is basically an extension of the north wall of the greenhouse. This allows you to control the angle of the roof by adding or taking away dirt. Build up the berm continuing the slope that you used on the wall. If you’re using bricks – continue using them on the berm. Building the Roof
Recheck your berm to ensure that the angle of the roof will be between 53° to 73°. Once you’re sure that the angle is right, you can begin laying your roof. The most economical, durable material for your roof is 4-inch PVC pipe. Using PVC elbow pieces, joiners, etc, you can create a flat roof frame that will cover your underground greenhouse. After you’ve created a PVC frame, lay it in place on the top of your hole. Then lay plastic sheeting across the top of the frame and make sure that it extends past the edge of the frame by at least 1 foot. This flap will prevent run off water from the roof from running back into the greenhouse itself. You might even consider installing a rain gutter along the bottom edge of the greenhouse to catch the water that runs off the roof and direct it into a different location that won’t affect your greenhouse. Once you’ve laid the plastic material on top of the roof frame, move inside and tack another layer of plastic wrap along the inside of the roof frame. This internal plastic sheeting will create a 4-inch barrier between the inside and outside of the roof. This will act as an insulator that will keep the heat in more effectively. You’ll want to make sure that you leave a few inches of plastic hanging down on the lower (south) end of your roof. This will force moisture that collects on the roof to drip off above the drainage system or on top of your plants instead of at the base of the roof. If you allow the moisture to run to the base of the roof frame, it may affect the soil at that location and break down your wall, etc. Ventilation
Ventilation is crucial to maintaining the proper environment for your greenhouse. You have several options to solve your ventilation dilemma such as: Installing two doors, one at each end; installing a vent roughly the size of the door at the top of the back wall; or installing a chimney at the center of the back wall. What did you add?
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What you need to know for your personal cyber security life... 

Number thirty in a series of semi-regular daily current and topical computer threats that may affect your online, or even offline, digital and real life. Why cyber-security on SurvivalRing? Because EVERYTHING you do in your life everyday is a part of the cyber world...even your offline plans. So, be aware, and pay attention. The bad guys WILL eventually get around to YOU...personally...so be prepared for it, by staying in the informational loop.  And, just so you know, I've got 31 years of IT experience, and my day job is for the State of Wyoming as an Information Specialist. I believe an informed prepper is a BETTER prepper. Information is the life blood of being prepared. Learn more with every article in this continuing series. Please ask questions if you want to learn more...I'm here to help. evil inside

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HEADLINES...for this issue...10 articles
  • Hackers attack Spokeo, UN Civil Aviation Org in nine-site crime spree
  • Police Grapple With Cybercrime
  • AOL email hacked: Several users complain about compromised accounts
  • SEC seeks data on cyber security policies at Wall Street firms
  • SQL Injection Cleanup Takes Two Months or More
  • How Heartbleed transformed HTTPS security into the stuff of absurdist theater
  • Michaels Confirms Data Breach
  • Mission-critical satellite communications wide open to malicious hacking
  • Cyber warfare research institute to open at West Point
  • Heartbleed Means HealthCare.gov Users Must Reset Passwords

Hackers attack Spokeo, UN Civil Aviation Org in nine-site crime spree

http://www.zdnet.com/hackers-attack-spokeo-un-civil-aviation-org-in-nine-site-crime-spree-7000028594/
  • By Violet Blue
  • Zero Day
  • ZDNet News
  • April 21, 2014
Adding to a list of high profile targets that includes Comcast, NullCrew released on Sunday evidence it added a major "people finder" data broker, the UN's aviation regulation and security arm, the University of Virginia, Telco Systems and others to its growing catalog of those it has hacked and humiliated.

The hackers of NullCrew claim in its Pastebin (e-zine) called "FTS Zine 5" that it also broke into Ukraine's science center, where they claim to have discovered a database relating to individuals somehow working in "weapon code" production.

NullCrew announced on Twitter that it published the evidence of hacking into nine sites Easter Sunday. As with its previous conquests NullCrew mocked its targets while explaining the attacks -- which could have been avoided with updated security practices.

The hackers have added data dealer Spokeo, the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization, the University of Virginia, the Science and Technology Center of Ukraine, and others to its tally of victims.

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Police Grapple With Cybercrime

http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304626304579508212978109316-lMyQjAxMTA0MDIwMTEyNDEyWj
  • By DANNY YADRON
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • April 20, 2014
When cybercriminals stole $2.5 million from the state of Utah in 2009, authorities got most of the money back—but never could find their man.

The money was wired to a bank account in Texas, officials said, as a step before an attempt to move it overseas. Utah authorities managed to freeze much of the funding in the U.S., but couldn't figure out how the state agency got hacked and by whom, officials said. At one point, state investigators sought a man with a false name at a nonexistent address.

"It was just, for us, kind of a helpless feeling," Utah Commissioner of Public Safety Keith Squires said of the incident.

As crime is increasingly moving online, state and local police—who have spent decades refining how to track down murderers, thieves and drug dealers—are having a hard time keeping up.

"It probably is one of the most perplexing questions right now in terms of state and local policing: How do they handle this stuff?" said Richard McFeely, who recently stepped down as the top cybersecurity official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "We're not generally working these cases. We need to get out ahead of this."

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AOL email hacked: Several users complain about compromised accounts

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-aol-hacked-email-phishing-twitter-20140421,0,6586634.story
  • By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Chicago Tribune
  • April 21, 2014
You've got (spam) mail.

Several AOL users are complaining on Twitter that their email accounts have been hacked and are being used to send out spam to others.

Multiple users have said that their accounts have been affected despite not being used in a long time. Among them is Los Angeles Times Food Editor Russ Parsons.

"I've gotten a couple of emails from friends telling me that my AOL account had been hacked and that they were getting spammed by it. The thing is, that account has been closed for at least two years," Parsons said in an email.

It's unclear how widespread the problem is or what is causing it. Users are complaining that changing their accounts' passwords is not resolving the problem, as is usually the case when an email account has been hacked.

AOL has not addressed the situation and could not be reached for comment.

[Updated 3:50 p.m. PDT April 21: AOL said it is working on resolving the issue. The company said users can go to AOL's help website to check on the latest updates and said that users should contact AOL if they believe their account was hacked.

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SEC seeks data on cyber security policies at Wall Street firms

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247802/SEC_seeks_data_on_cyber_security_policies_at_Wall_Street_firms
  • By Jaikumar Vijayan
  • Computerworld
  • April 21, 2014
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plans to review the cyber defenses of 50 Wall Street broker-dealers and investment advisers to determine whether they are prepared for potential cyber threats.

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) will review each company's tools and policies regarding governance, risk identification and assessment, network and data security controls, remote access and third party cyber risks.

In a security alert released last week, the SEC said the effort was launched after participants at an SEC-sponsored roundtable discussion in March stressed the importance of strong cybersecurity controls at Wall Street firms.

During the roundtable, SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar recommended that the Commission collect information from broker-dealers and other financial firms about their cyber readiness. The SEC will follow-up with information on how it can can help the financial industry bolster security.

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SQL Injection Cleanup Takes Two Months or More

http://www.darkreading.com/author.asp?section_id=331&doc_id=1204560
  • By Kelly Jackson Higgins
  • Dark Reading
  • 4/17/2014
A new report highlights the prevalence and persistence of SQL injection attacks.

In the past 12 months, 65% of organizations have suffered a SQL injection attack, and it took them close to 140 days to realize they had been hit.

According to a report by the Ponemon Institute published yesterday, it took an average of 68 days for victim organizations to recover and clean up after discovering they had suffered a SQL injection attack.

SQL injection is a hacking technique where an attacker exploits a vulnerability in the targeted application to send malicious SQL statements to the database. The attacker inserts malicious SQL statements into an entry field.

"SQL injection has been around for ages," says Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. It just won't go away. "You're lucky if you discover it [quickly], and it takes a long time to remediate: 140 days for an organization to even detect a SQL injection attack" has occurred. "And 40% of them say it takes six months or longer to detect it... It's nine months on average from start to finish."

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How Heartbleed transformed HTTPS security into the stuff of absurdist theater

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/how-heartbleed-transformed-https-security-into-the-stuff-of-absurdist-theater/
  • By Dan Goodin
  • Ars Technica
  • April 21, 2014
If you want to protect yourself against the 500,000 or so HTTPS certificates that may have been compromised by the catastrophic Heartbleed bug, don't count on the revocation mechanism built-in to your browser. It doesn't do what its creators designed it to do, and switching it on makes you no more secure than leaving it off, one of the Internet's most respected cryptography engineers said over the weekend.

For years, people have characterized the ineffectiveness of the online certificate status protocol (OCSP) as Exhibit A in the case that the Internet's secure sockets layer and transport layer security (TLS) protocols are hopelessly broken. Until now, no one paid much attention. The disclosure two weeks ago of the so-called Heartbleed bug in the widely-used OpenSSL cryptography library has since transformed the critical shortcoming into a major problem, the stuff of absurdist theater. Security experts admonish administrators of all previously vulnerable websites to revoke and reissue TLS certificates, even as they warn that revocation checks in browsers do little to make end users safer and could indeed weaken the security and reliability of the Internet if they were made more effective.

Certificate revocation is the process of a browser or other application performing an online lookup to confirm that a TLS certificate hasn't been revoked. The futility of certificate revocation was most recently discussed in a blog post published Saturday by Adam Langley, an engineer who was writing on his own behalf but who also handles important cryptography and security issues at Google. In the post, Langley recites a litany of technical considerations that have long prevented real-time online certificate revocations from thwarting attackers armed with compromised certificates, even when the digital credentials have been recalled. Some of the considerations include:

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Michaels Confirms Data Breach

http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/michaels-confirms-data-breach-a-6763
  • By Jeffrey Roman
  • Bank Info Security
  • April 17, 2014
Arts and crafts retailer Michaels has now confirmed its stores were hit by a data breach that potentially compromised account information for 3 million payment cards.

The breach, which involved "criminals using highly sophisticated malware," potentially affected about 2.6 million cards used at Michaels stores from May 8, 2013, through Jan. 27, 2014. The malware attack also affected Michaels' Aaron Brothers stores, where approximately 400,000 cards were potentially affected from June 26, 2013, through Feb. 27, 2014, the company said in an April 17 statement.

Michaels says breached systems contained certain payment card information, such as payment card numbers and expiration dates, for its customers. There is no evidence that other customer personal information, such as name, address or PIN, was at risk, the company says.

The company provided a list of affected U.S. Michaels stores and a list of affected Aaron Brothers stores.

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Mission-critical satellite communications wide open to malicious hacking

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/04/mission-critical-satellite-communications-wide-open-to-malicious-hacking/
  • By Dan Goodin
  • Ars Technica
  • April 17, 2014
Mission-critical satellite communications relied on by Western militaries and international aeronautics and maritime systems are susceptible to interception, tampering, or blocking by attackers who exploit easy-to-find backdoors, software bugs, and similar high-risk vulnerabilities, a researcher warned Thursday.

Ground-, sea-, and air-based satellite terminals from a broad spectrum of manufacturers—including Iridium, Cobham, Hughes, Harris, and Thuraya—can be hijacked by adversaries who send them booby-trapped SMS text messages and use other techniques, according to a 25-page white paper published by penetration testing firm IOActive. Once a malicious hacker has remotely gained control of the devices, which are used to communicate with satellites orbiting in space, the adversary can completely disrupt mission-critical satellite communications (SATCOM). Other malicious actions include reporting false emergencies or misleading geographic locations of ships, planes, or ground crews; suppressing reports of actual emergencies; or obtaining the coordinates of devices and other potentially confidential information.

"If one of these affected devices can be compromised, the entire SATCOM infrastructure could be at risk," Ruben Santamarta, IOActive's principal security consultant, wrote. "Ships, aircraft, military personnel, emergency services, media services, and industrial facilities (oil rigs, gas pipelines, water treatment plants, wind turbines, substations, etc.) could all be impacted by these vulnerabilities."

Santamarta said that every single one of the terminals he audited contained one or more weaknesses that hackers could exploit to gain remote access. When he completed his review in December, he worked with the CERT Coordination Center to alert each manufacturer to the security holes he discovered and suggested improvements to close them. To date, Santamarta said, the only company to respond was Iridium. To his knowledge, the remainder have not yet addressed the weaknesses. He called on the manufacturers to immediately remove all publicly accessible copies of device firmware from their websites to prevent malicious hackers from reverse engineering the code and uncovering the same vulnerabilities he did.

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Cyber warfare research institute to open at West Point

http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140407/NEWS04/304070052/Cyber-warfare-research-institute-open-West-Point
  • By Joe Gould
  • Staff writer
  • Army Times
  • April 7, 2014
The Army’s academy has established a cyber warfare research institute to groom elite cyber troops and solve thorny problems for the Army and the nation in this new warfighting domain.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., plans to build a cyber brain trust unprecedented within the service academies, filling 75 positions over the next three years — including scholars in technology, psychology, history and law, among other fields.

The chairman of the organization, called the Army Cyber Institute, will be retired Lt. Gen. Rhett Hernandez, the first chief of Army Cyber Command, according to Col. Greg Conti, the organization’s director.

The institution, which aims to take on national policy questions and develop a bench of top-tier experts for the Pentagon, will be defining how cyber warfare is waged, to steer and inform the direction of the Army.

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Heartbleed Means HealthCare.gov Users Must Reset Passwords

http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/04/heartbleed-means-healthcaregov-users-must-reset-passwords/82852/
  • By Aliya Sternstein
  • Nextgov.com
  • April 19, 2014
Federal officials are telling Obamacare website account holders to reset their passwords, following revelations of a bug that could allow hackers to steal data.

Officials earlier in the month said the government's main public sites, including HealthCare.gov, were safe from the risks surrounding Heartbleed -- faulty code recently found in a widely-used encryption tool.

But, this weekend, the online marketplace's homepage directs users to change their login information.

"While there’s no indication that any personal information has ever been at risk, we have taken steps to address Heartbleed issues and reset consumers’ passwords out of an abundance of caution," HealthCare.gov states.

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Source: foxnews.com
  • By: Josh Peterson
  • Posted on: April 21, 2014
  • Website: watchdog.org/

The catastrophic effects of an electromagnetic pulse-caused blackout could be preventable, but experts warn the civilian world is still not ready. 

Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both congressional advisory boards, said the technology to avoid disaster from electromagnetic pulses exists, and upgrading the nation's electrical grid is financially viable. 

"The problem is not the technology," Pry said. "We know how to protect against it. It's not the money, it doesn't cost that much. The problem is the politics. It always seems to be the politics that gets in the way." 

He said the more officials plan, the lower the estimated cost gets. 

"If you do a smart plan - the Congressional EMP Commission estimated that you could protect the whole country for about $2 billion," Pry told Watchdog.org. "That's what we give away in foreign aid to Pakistan every year." 

In the first few minutes of an EMP, nearly half a million people would die. That's the worst-case scenario that author William R. Forstchen estimated in 2011 would be the result of an EMP on the electric grid - whether by an act of God, or a nuclear missile detonating in Earth's upper atmosphere. 

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Source: greatnorthernprepper.com In this article I will identify what I feel are the 3 biggest mistakes that people make in survival situations.  Before you read on realize that the term “Survival Situation” does not mean a Collapse scenario, it means a Collapse scenario, lost in the woods, a gunman in your building or even a burglar in your home. 

STAY WHERE YOU ARE OR RUN AWAY

This can also be phrased as “Wait for help or not wait for help”, I also realize that this seems like not the greatest advice since I am telling you two opposite things; let me elaborate. Every situation will dictate your reaction to it, so there is NO real silver bullet for every survival situation. Take for instance a Shooter in your building.  Say you work in a large office building selling insurance, there was a big set of layoffs 3 weeks ago and many people left with chips on their shoulder.  You start the day as you normally do, but a few hours after you get there you head 4 loud bangs on your floor, people start to scream in the hallway and your coworkers begin to freak out.  Months back your company had passed out a paper for what to do during emergencies, they recommended that in the case of a gunmen in the building that all workers were to shelter in place, that is to stay where they were get under their desks and hide.  The closest worker to the door was to lock it and then go to their shelter in place area. In this scenario someone does lock the door to your area of cubicles, the gun shots get closer and then the door handle jiggles, then the door hand is shot out and the door swings wide open and you hear the shots begin to ring out every few seconds as the steps go from one cubicle to the next…. Now we saw how Shelter in Place did not work during the Navy Yard Shooting, as people made themselves non moving targets, the one thing you dont want to be when someone has a gun. Anyone who has ever been trained to deal with being shot at knows that the best defense against a gunmen is having a gun yourself, the second best thing to do (and sometimes in conjunction with the first) is to make yourself a moving target away from them, zig zagging in different directions to complicate their ability to use accurate fire upon you.  Sheltering in place is not a good idea.  In reality shelter in place is more for the Cops than for you in my opinion, in a mass shooting scenario if everyone is sitting still then whoever is up and moving is more likely the target, and this way cops can more easily engage the target without having to pick them out of a crowd, this is fine for the cops and makes their job easier, but not for you as you hear the gunmen moving towards you as (s)he shoots everyone in the cubicles as he moves your way. You need to identify exits wherever you are at all times, especially in places you spend a lot of time like work, have exit strategies.  However on the flip side, say you were traveling in a small commuter plane going fishing in the back country, the plan loses power and you crash land, you survive the crash however you are 100 miles from the nearest town.  Now many people would instinctively think they should get up and start walking to find someone to get help.  In this case however your best chance of being rescued will be to stay with the wreckage; search planes will be dispatched once family and friends and the pilots company realizes you never came back, never checked in, etc.  Search planes will more easily see the wreckage than you walking through the woods.  As I mentioned in the beginning every scenario will give you this decision to make, stay or go, and each will have a different correct decision to make. There is no silver bullet decision, one size fits all, however the silver bullet to make that decision is available and it is simple. “What will increase my survival” once you figure this out your decision can be made. 

PANIC

< p>The vast majority of folks have never been faced with a true survival situation, never been shot at, never seen death, never been truly tested.  It is a normal human reaction to feel revulsion at these things that clash with what they consider “normal” and have experienced their whole lives. We see this even in those who have been trained to fight wars, spent years or even decades readying themselves to perform in combat, the first time they see a dead body they freeze, or the first time they have to pull the trigger they do not.  Now military/Police Training severely cuts down these numbers through training and desensitizing that individual to the horrible things they will have to do and see.  However if this can still happen to people with this level of training, don’t think it could happen to you in any situation. The key to this is to recognize that you what you may see is not normal and your initial reaction may be to freeze or panic, recognize this and you will not be in this state for very long, dont deny it through machismo or bravado ideals of yourself. The Greatest thing that you can do is to prepared yourself. Clear thinking is the greatest weapon you can have in your arsenal of survival tools, Recognize the horror you see and move one If we are not talking about a situation where there is a imminent threat to your life at that exact moment like a shooter or a fire that will surround you, take a moment and a couple deep breaths and think “what do i need to do next”.  Think back to the mental training that you have been giving yourself off these months and years since you decided to embrace preparedness instead of sticking your head in the sand, you WILL come up with the solution and you WILL survive.  Tell yourself “I WILL SURVIVE”. NOT RECOGNIZE WHAT IS NEEDED TO SURVIVE Most people are inherently good (in my opinion), only a small percentage of folks are inherently evil (or bad if you prefer) and the others that are bad are so because of the situations they have been placed in and then become ingrained into that lifestyle. As Good people we are often not ready to do what is needed to survive, and you need to ready yourself to be able to make those decisions. I am not talking about looting or killing people for their food, I would never advocate becoming some immoral thief. What I am talking about is making the decision to survive, for an example in the scenario i posted above about a shooter in your building, is not do what the “good” people do and follow directions, get up and run to the nearest exit, get out of there.  If you cannot grab the nearest object you can use as a weapon and take down that threat.  This is not something “good” people do, it is also not something “bad” people do, it is something that someone who has a will to survive does. Within this category we can talk about being a prepper in a generalized sense, however more than likely you have already made this decision and have some food socked away, etc.  In this way you have the mindset in partial of what is needed to survive, but this is not enough. However many of us focus on the bigger things, the bigger disasters and yet we disregard the smaller things that can happen to us, in this way we are not recognizing what is needed to survive.  That is to embrace the full spectrum of survival, to recognize that the smaller things are more likely to happen and more likely to happen NOW vs the bigger crisis that MAY happen later. Do you have what is needed to survive a few days in your car if it broke down on a back country road? Or In a Snowstorm?  could you fix a busted tire, refill with gas?  Do you have what is needed to keep yourself warm? Do you have a small go bag available at work with a method to use a defense weapon (whatever is legal in your area or office place)?  Do you have maps? Recognize that you are not prepared in all areas, I know I am not, And then refocus yourself on what is needed to cover your deficiencies in those areas, instead of making the less likely more redundant. I am not saying STOP stocking up food, I am saying that you are not really “ready” to survive if you have 3 years of food in your garage but a disaster strikes while you are visiting family hundreds of miles away and you don’t know how to read maps or find your way back. Read the rest of this article and find other worthy stories by visiting greatnorthernprepper.com Fair Use Statement
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Source: thedailysheeple.com
  • By: Mac Slavo 
  • Posted on: September 6th, 2013
When it hits the fan America’s population centers will explode in violence, looting, and total breakdown of law and order. It’s a theory put forth by numerous survival and relocation specialists, and one that makes complete sense if you consider what happens in a truly serious collapse-like scenario. Survival Blog founder James Rawles calls them the golden horde:

Because of the urbanization of the U.S. population, if the entire eastern or western power grid goes down for more than a week, the cities will rapidly become unlivable. I foresee that there will be an almost unstoppable chain of events: Power -> water -> food distribution -> law and order -> arson fires -> full scale looting

In his recent documentary Strategic Relocation, retreat expert Joel Skousen echoes Rawles’ warnings:

The number one threat that I concentrate on. It’s not terrorism, it’s not natural disaster, it’s not even government or war. The major threat is population density. Because every crisis that threatens, even a local crisis, can turn exponential because of close proximity to people who cannot help themselves. Even good people panic in a crisis…

So, where should you be when it happens? To find the answer, let’s consider where we shouldn’t be. Recent U.S. census data indicates that out of the 3000 counties in the United States, fully 50% of the population lives in just 146. If you want to have any chance of surviving a wide-spread catastrophic event by avoiding the hordes that will be searching for critical resources in its aftermath, then check out the following map to get a visual reference of the areas you want to stay away from. (Click here for larger image) US-population-map (For a complete list of the counties highlighted on this map click here) When considering your retreat locations or emergency evacuation routes, be familiar with the population densities of the area you’re headed to, as well as those counties in your immediate vicinity. In his book Patriots, James Rawles specifically points out that Highway 80, running through California, will be one of the busiest evacuation routes in the country as millions of people pour out of major cities to flee disaster or in search of  food. So, no matter where you are located, consider your proximity to high traffic thoroughfares going in and out of the city. During Hurricane Rita, which hit Houston several years ago, every major pipeline out of the city was jammed for hundreds of miles. Interstate 45 from Houston to Dallas was bumper to bumper traffic. Normally a 4 hour trip, those who didn’t evacuate in time were stuck on the highway without food, gas, sanitation, or potable water for upwards of 15 hours. This is why Joel Skousen suggests that those looking for strategic retreat locations or homes outside of major cities consider highway proximity. Be at least 5 – 7 miles away from any major thoroughfare, which is generally outside the range people want to venture off familiar roads, and far enough away to make any ‘walkers’ too tired to attempt the trip without ample clean water and food. If you have no choice but to be in a major metro area during a serious emergency situation, consider strategies that can help you remain sustainable in the city even in the midst of panic. Hat tip Satori

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< p style="color: #000000;">When it hits the fan, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Mac Slavo is the editor of SHTFplan.com, a resource hub for alternative news, contrarian commentary and strategies that you can take to protect yourself from the coming global paradigm shift. Read the rest of this article and find other worthy stories by visiting thedailysheeple.com Fair Use Statement
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What you need to know for your personal cyber security life... 

Number thirty in a series of semi-regular daily current and topical computer threats that may affect your online, or even offline, digital and real life. Why cyber-security on SurvivalRing? Because EVERYTHING you do in your life everyday is a part of the cyber world...even your offline plans. So, be aware, and pay attention. The bad guys WILL eventually get around to YOU...personally...so be prepared for it, by staying in the informational loop.  And, just so you know, I've got 31 years of IT experience, and my day job is for the State of Wyoming as an Information Specialist. I believe an informed prepper is a BETTER prepper. Information is the life blood of being prepared. Learn more with every article in this continuing series. Please ask questions if you want to learn more...I'm here to help. evil inside

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HEADLINES...for this issue...19 articles
  • Which Federal Agency Controls Cybersecurity? The Answer May Surprise You
  • U.S. Agent Lures Romanian Hackers in Subway Data Heist
  • Top Chinese hacking team reveals members' identities
  • Confirmed: Nasty Heartbleed bug exposes OpenVPN private keys, too
  • White House Details Zero-Day Bug Policy
  • BAE Shifts Cyber Software Development to Malaysia
  • Hardware Giant LaCie Acknowledges Year-Long Credit Card Breach
  • Hackers from China waste little time in exploiting Heartbleed
  • Korea - hackers' safe haven
  • Heartbleed bug exploited to steal taxpayer data
  • Cosmetic surgeons targeted by hackers as personal details of 500, 000 people who made enquiries at top clinic are stolen
  • Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA
  • Qualifying Cyber Command Staff Is Harder Than You Think
  • HIPAA security risk assessment tool: Small provider needs
  • Banksy art work showing government agents spying on a phone box appears on side of Cheltenham house near to GCHQ
  • Private crypto keys are accessible to Heartbleed hackers, new data shows
  • Israeli Hackers Expose 'Amateurs' Behind Anti-Israel Attack
  • Appeals Court Overturns Conviction of AT&T Hacker 'Weev'
  • Here's why it took 2 years for anyone to notice the Heartbleed bug

Which Federal Agency Controls Cybersecurity? The Answer May Surprise You

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117389/ftc-gains-control-cybersecurity-measures-after-wyndham-hotels-case
  • By Paul Rosenzweig
  • Security States
  • The New Republic
  • April 16, 2014
< p>One of the most hotly contested questions in the cyber domain (at least domestically) is whether or not the federal government should have a role in setting universal cybersecurity standards for critical American infrastructure. That was the ground for debate much of 2011 and 2012 in Congress.

The debate gave rise to a subsidiary question: If the federal government is going to set standards, which part of the government should be responsible? Some (the "hawks") favored the National Security Agency. (This was before Edward Snowden became a household name.) Others (the "doves") thought that civilian control through the Department of Homeland Security was the better course of conduct. But everyone seemed to agree that one of the federal government security agencies should be in charge of setting cybersecurity standards. Continue reading →
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  • By: Tia Ghose, Staff Writer
  • Posted on: April 01, 2014
< p>trilobite-extinction (1)A microbial feeding frenzy may have fueled the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history, new research suggests. The findings suggest that bacteria, with a little help from massive volcanism, produced large quantities of methane, thereby killing 90 percent of life on the planet. Mass extinction About 252 million years ago, more than 96 percent of ocean life and 70 percent of land-based life forms died in an event known as the end-Permian extinction. The mass die-off happened in a geologic flash of just 60,000 years. Scientists have proposed everything from massive meteor impacts to coal explosions to rifting super-continents to explain this cataclysmic extinction.  Rocks from that time period in locations such as Meishan, China, show that atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels skyrocketed right around the time of the extinction. Sediments also show that during this time, the largest set of volcanic eruptions in recorded geologic history called the Siberian Traps spewed enough lava to cover the entire landmass of the United States, said study co-author Gregory Fournier, a biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Therefore, many researchers have theorized that the Siberian Traps could have belched out the extra carbon dioxide, choking life on the planet. Deadly microbes? But if volcanic eruptions caused the great dying, shifts in carbon should occur as big bursts followed by gradual decays. Instead, the carbon-dioxide (CO2) levels rose at faster-than-exponential rates, which points to a biological cause of the shift, the researchers said. [...] Read the rest of this article and find other worthy stories by visiting foxnews.com Fair Use Statement
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