Before you watch this short 5 minute video, I need to tell you an interesting tale about tech and its growth into our little world of consumer toys. But, for God's sake....DO watch the video. You need to know the capability of TODAY'S technology, and where it is being used...right here in our own backyards.
Back in the 1980's, I worked for Texas Instruments in Dallas. I was production control on several Defense Electronics programs, and several platforms (aircraft and such). I moved and tracked sub assemblies, up to and including complete units of FLIR, TOW, and other technology items, including what was called at the time "common module".
My last year there was as the PC guy for the LASER room. Only a couple of the platforms used the LASER system TI had developed, and I had TS clearance to be able to be working there. I knew what the FLIRs did, and did very well.
I knew what the LASERS did, but never learned the EXACT platform they were used on (need to know, compartmentalized info)...until now. That system with the LASERS was called IRADS. And now, after a short 20 second Google search, I've learned what they went on...a little pointy plane called an F117.
I loved the job there, loved the technology I had a hand in helping produce, and ever since, I've paid close attention to these kinds of systems...and what has now become BIG business, including use in finding, tracking, identifying, and in many cases, terminating bad guys and terrorists.
FLIRs of the 80s used gallium arsenide as part of the system of the common modules to convert the incoming video into infrared signal, allowing viewing of whatever the cameras were looking at in pitch black darkness. The key part of the ComMod conversion was called the DEWAR. The diameter of a beer can but half as tall. A big chunk of change for each one. The resolution was probably the equivalent of 1 megapixel cameras, or a bit more (maybe).
Fast forward 30 years...Drones are big news...and used to kill AQ guys...and lots of NON AQ guys...and now, some Americans in the wrong place in the sandbox.
Now...we come to current day....and DRONES. Those same FLIR systems can be found on drones, police and miltary aircraft, and even a lot of current consumer technology. As a comparison, I have a 16 megapixel digital camera that is the size of a pack of smokes. It shoots video in high definition.
I also have a Canon HD video camera that is maybe the size of a small Red Bull drink can. It has 32 gig of ram on board, is instant on, has 20x optical zoom, and with an additional 32 gig SD ram chip, can record 9 hours of HD video. Cost for both cameras? Just over $400 a couple of years ago.
My old SONY video camera had low light IR capability and could shoot in near complete darkness (albeit only about 15 feet of range). I've had that camera for almost 10 years. The point of this comparison of my hardware to this drone hardware is this....while I might be able to see drones way up in the sky in a random fashion someday in the future, right now, I'd never see the drone that saw me first, as many of us are aware, that have seen video on youtube and other sites that show the effects of drones, or other flying hardware, taking out bad guys setting up IED's along some random sandbox roads or paths...and then...suddenly, they're gone...as in "obliterated". Blown up. Smithereened. I'm not saying that our fearless leaders in DC are going to come get all of us some day, or one day at a time....just that the technology for them to kill us without due process (just as we saw in the news weeks ago) exists. Here. Now.
Now, on to this video below. Using camera technology even more advanced than I've ever seen...ARGUS shows capabilities that I'd only seen "simulated" in the movies, such as the Bourne trilogy or Enemy of the State. The idea for this project was based on simple cell phone camera tech...made into a vast array....and making available unbelievable tracking ability
Watch the video. Learn what may already be in use...over your heads...in larger metro areas.
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=> (1/24/13) North Korea nuclear test plan 'provocative' (via foxnews.com)
Washington, DC - AP --The White House Thursday said North Korea's plan to conduct a third nuclear test is "needlessly provocative" and will only increase Pyongyang's isolation.Spokesman Jay Carney's comments were in response to the North's National Defense Commission, which also made clear Thursday that its long-range rockets are designed to carry warheads aimed at striking the United States. The North has previously said its launches are for a peaceful space program.Pyongyang's statement came two days after the U.N. Security Council condemned its December launch of a satellite atop a long-range rocket for violating a ban on ballistic missile activity. The council, with the support of the North's only major ally, China, also tightened sanctions."North Korea's statement is needlessly provocative and a test would be a significant violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions," Carney told reporters. "Further provocation would only increase Pyongyang's isolation, and its continued focus on its nuclear and missile program is doing nothing to help the North Korean people."
=> (1/25/13) Police in Iowa city to buy their own semi-automatic AR-15s(via foxnews.com)
By Joshua Rhett Miller -- Police in one Iowa city could soon be buying their own assault rifles to carry in squad cars to ensure they aren't outgunned by criminals in the wake of several high-profile shootings involving semi-automatic AR-15s, FoxNews.com has learned.Half of the 50-member force in Marion, Iowa, will take part in the upgrade, paying for the $2,000 guns in installments deducted from their paychecks, according to Police Chief Harry Daugherty. He said the proposal, expected to be approved by the city’s seven-member City Council late Thursday, will mean initial responders will have enough firepower to deal with heavily armed suspects. Currently, only members of Marion’s 12-member SWAT team carry AR-15s.“We can’t wait for SWAT to get there,” Daugherty told FoxNews.com. “We have to do something and, at this point, the chances of the assailant having more firepower [than responding officers] is greater than vice versa. I want them to at least be on the same playing field when we’re going into these types of situations.”
=> (1/24/13) Solar Eruption Headed for Earth(via weather.com)
Click to view video clip on Weather.com (very short but interesting - Rich)
Current storm eventsRecent storm eventsMitigation and recovery=> Northeast in for some chilling weather(via weather.gov)Most of the nation experiences some milder temperatures, while the northeast braces for some more winter weather. North Dakota gets in on the act as well. Following Tuesday and Wednesday's severe weather outbreak, the atmosphere will revert to a more typical January pattern, eliminating the threat of severe weather over the next several days.
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=> (1/22/13) Homeland Security NTARC News (via BKNT - BlackLIST @ LinkedIn.com)
BKNT - FLASH - BP-OMBUNDSMAN - INSIDE JOB - Algeria AQIM TANGOS - FLASHHomeland Security NTARC News | 1/20/2013 |Algeria Al Qaeda terrorists had been working for BP and were able to plan attack with lethal precision ... Some of the terrorists involved in the Algeria hostage crisis in which up to five Britons died had been working at the BP plant where the atrocity took place, it was claimed today. They had been given short-term contracts by the oil and gas giant...
=> (1/22/13) Moscow Is Sending Planes to Lebanon for 100 Russians Leaving Syria(via nytimes.com)
(Syria) - Russia has sent two airplanes to Lebanon to evacuate about 100 Russian citizens from warring Syria. It is unclear if the effort signals the beginning of a large scale-evacuation. There are an estimated 30,000 Russians living and working in Syria. Russia has remained an ally to Syria throughout the conflict sparked in March 2011, and has maintained support for President Bashar al-Assad and blocked two U.N. Security Council Resolutions on Syria.Continue reading →
I want you to WATCH this. I want you to LISTEN to what this man SAYS. I want you to SHARE it with ALL your friends.
In this day...in this age...with this current administration...these words should become YOUR words.
WRITE THEM DOWN.
When the day comes, that our own government is knocking down OUR doors, you need to be able to reply WORD FOR WORD from the Constitution, the full and entire Second Amendment. But, what ARE those words?
There are several versions of the text of the Second Amendment, each with slight capitalization and punctuation differences, found in the official documents surrounding the adoption of the Bill of Rights. One version was passed by the Congress, while another is found in the copies distributed to the States and then ratified by them.
As passed by the Congress:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
The original hand-written copy of the Bill of Rights, approved by the House and Senate, was prepared by scribe William Lambert and resides in the National Archives.
The Second Amendment is the only amendment to the Constitution which states a purpose.
I’ve been aware of Duncan Long’s writings for many, many years. I found a couple of his books way back in the 90′s, at used book stores I used to frequent. These found tomes, on survival and related topics, were some of the first I came across when I started to build my own personal hard copy survival and preparedness library. In the succeeding years, my library spread to hundreds and hundreds of books, with dozens on those basic and most feared worries, such as Hoag’s ‘No Such Thing as Doomsday’ or Dr. Clayton’s ‘Life After Doomsday‘ books.
With this new book (or ebook…I read it on my Kindle), Long has set a very high standard for information on every aspect of staying safe and alive, and much needed collections of pure survival data…for those who actually study, and worry, about the Big Threats in the realm of the possible (you know, nuclear terrorism, real pandemics, traumatic injuries, etc., etc.).
This book is packed with succinct, concise, and applicable solutions . Things as simple as being able to make drinking water, and how to maintain, gather, and prepare, are so apparent and become so vivid, that it will have you thinking about things in a very diligent and responsible manner. The topics cover the entire spectrum of survival, preparedness, wilderness living, terrorist threats, NBC preparedness, every natural disaster, first aid, food storage, sheltering, dealing with crime, medical needs, and so many more areas you truly need to consider in your life. And yes, there is even a full chapter on nuclear blast survival. Guns and self defense, fallout, riots, legal issues, insurance and the like are also on the platter of cogent and solid background research.
Unlike nearly every other survival resource book on the market, this one has only one picture (the cover), no charts, no forms, not much of anything, except the Full Monty of text based information. You’ll have to actually read this book. Preferably, before you need to apply the information within. And here’s the thing. Currently, the book is only available for the Kindle. However, Amazon makes available readers for just about any electronic device out there. I can read this book, and keep it handy, on my Kindle, my laptop, my desktop, and even my 8 gigabyte 2nd generation iPod Touch. Why? This book is a fantastic reference for all the things I’d want to know before a desperate situation arises, or, when something bad has just happened. Having it on my iPod, means it’ll fit in my pocket, and be accessible in mere seconds. According to Duncan, a real book version should be available in the first half of 2013.
Overall, a good and solid resource. Long’s style of writing is easy to digest, and his personal experiences on several of the topics help provide clarity and ambiance to what most people might consider at times the equivalent of pulp fiction. You should be concerned about our current society, fiscal issues, political foibles, and everyday recession problems. At the same time, you need to be aware of factual, usable, and applicable survival skills and content on a vast array of normal, everyday threats. This book is that resource. I highly recommend you take a few moments and grab yourself your very own copy. At less than $3 on Amazon, it just might be the best money you’ve ever spent.
My rating on this title? 5 stars….a home run!
Reviewed by Rich Fleetwood (Founder/Director of SurvivalRing.org)
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Current storm eventsRecent storm eventsMitigation and recovery=> On Ravaged Coastline, It’s Rebuild Deliberately vs. Rebuild Now (via) nytimes.comWhile officials debate whether communities battered by Hurricane Sandy should be rebuilt and to what standards, some homeowners are forging ahead. Read More Here...
=> 2012 was warmest and second most extreme year on record for the contiguous U.S.(via ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/)2012 was a historic year for extreme weather that included drought, wildfires, hurricanes and storms; however, tornado activity was below average. 2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States with the year consisting of a record warm spring, second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter and a warmer-than-average autumn. The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3°F, 3.2°F above the 20th century average, and 1.0°F above 1998, the previous warmest year.The average precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. for 2012 was 26.57 inches, 2.57 inches below average, making it the 15th driest year on record for the nation. At its peak in July, the drought of 2012 engulfed 61 percent of the nation with the Mountain West, Great Plains, and Midwest experiencing the most intense drought conditions. The dry conditions proved ideal for wildfires in the West, charring 9.2 million acres — the third highest on record. Read More Here...
=> Hazardous Weather Conditions Expected on Thursday from the Northern Rockies to the Desert Southwest (via weather.gov)
Storms this weekend (1/12/12 and later)
A storm system in the Pacific Northwest will migrate into the Intermountain West on Thursday, bringing a plethora of weather hazards. Widespread heavy snow is expected from central Montana into northeast Nevada and western Utah with strong winds in southern Nevada/California and northwest Arizona. Meanwhile, high surf and minor coastal flooding are possible for portions of southern California. Read More Here...
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Why is it when one points out an evil in this world, or a truckload of minions out to do the bidding of the true selfish henchman behind them...that there are SO MANY human beings who are blinded to the fact that the evil that exists right in front of their faces...just will not see it all for the horror that it is.
They'll say, "oh, that's not whats going on at all. They have a plan to fix the bad things in our lives, and they will take care of us."
Obama phones, anyone? Gun control? Murder by Drone? Innocent people being SWATTED? Children murdered in their classrooms? Innocents being victimized and held up as the REASON for this evil?
Ignorance...selfishness... thoughtlessness...apathy...laziness...and sheer, absolute cynicism and total disregard to the fact...that no human being can be so psychologically damaged and depraved as to kill or maim or destroy the good that is still in the world...yet these drones utter the phrases the minions and the demons in control, and still regurgitate the fowl stench of demonic feces fed them in a global electronic cacophony of around-the-clock mush and code words and brainwashing...in instantaneous global transmission via smartphones, main stream media, worthless glossy magazines, and diets of poisoned food genetically designed to weaken the human body, mind, and soul.
These "drones" (and that's the only real word for them), simply....exist. Bounce from one mini-disaster to another...using one another, or another's things, as a Godless, soulless progression of one's ego and psyche of heartless depravity...not caring who they damage in the process, during their journey towards their own worthless, imagined, and infinitely selfish goals.
There ARE good men and woman out there. Human beings that recognize the mind control, info manipulation, the theft of life savings, of liberty, of freedom. They understand AND remember the basis of the founding of the American nation. They care. And, like myself, they don't like what they see.
Evil reigns supreme. It appears unstoppable. It is overbearing, despicable, ever-increasing. It is pulling out ALL stops to become the new defacto standard of what we used to call "The American Way".
Yet, there are these people...these patriots...these Americans....who also know enough history (both recent and America's founding principles) to know that if nothing is done, that those few...those precious few...the American's of the America that the world used to respect...that REAL Americans dreamed of, fought for, died for, and lived fully for...may truly be lost, following the same downward spiraling path that EVERY socialist, communist, and fascist regime in the last 112 years passed onto the oppressed, ignorant MASSES...killing 200 million humans who would not go along with their expectations...nothing more.
Education...not the mass education of liberal tripe and lies that liberal agenda has placed in our local schools for our children and grandchildren...but the education of singular awareness of freedom and liberty, is what should be on every plate in America.
If you're not well voiced in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, you're part of the problem. If you're not acting on your rights of free speech and the 2nd amendment as codified by our founding fathers, you deserve what you're getting, because you did NOT fight hard enough to keep away.
Something must be done. Something HAS to be done. By you...by me...by the utter strength of every fiber of each of our beings...to stop this hellish hole of lost rights, secret police, and immediate tyranny standing right in front of us...breathing stinking rancid air into our faces, cigar smoke blown up our nasal passages, and being controlled and threatened by government goons with guns held to our foreheads, pointed at our children, our neighbors...who didn't care enough to say "Stop. Enough already. Go fuck yourself, you commie bastard."
Oath keepers have a good idea, but will they have the backbone and wherewithal to stand up for those rights, when facing down IRS, FBI, NSA, UN, and foreign troops, or that new secret civilian army that Obama is now building?
Our own military may be used to forcefully go door to door confiscating our weapons, our food, and our children, to make sure WE comply? Not nearly enough of our soldiers have denied that they would never do that.
It comes down to the individual. You. Me. Everyone we know.
Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright, that God may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless and do no wrong; that is your oath. (slap yourself hard) And that is so you remember it. Rise a knight.
You are not what you were born, but what you have it in yourself to be. It is up to you. Starting now
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Here we are on Day 5 of Mission Xmas 2012. It's three days past Doomsday, and we're safe and sound in the far southeast quadrant of Colorado. No cable tv, no home internet, no close
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours. Blessings to all of you. From Rich, Annie, my kids, and these special grand-kids.
neighbors...just my family, son in law, two ugly outside dogs, and my youngest grandson enjoying each others company...making up for a year of being busy with everything else.
This moment is the first extended time on the internet since we left Wyoming. Using DSL at son-in-laws plumbing shop, while he's out on a christmas eve call, and cleaning up over 600 emails, checking my sites, downloading backups, and generally seeing if the rest of the world is still around, or a smoking heap of debris. Good news on the site, while backing things up I found two hidden backdoor files in places they shouldn't be...now they're gone...the work on this will never end. Sigh.
Tonight, our decades long christmas tradition of home made pizza for all, followed by another holiday movie (we watched "Scrooged" last night). Thinking "White Christmas".
Tomorrow, a quiet humble day, few gifts this year (very few...the economy hit us extra hard), so we'll enjoy planning for the new year.
Musician son Kenny had BIG news...and I mean GLOBAL big. Can't and won't say...just that It Is The Big Time. When (and hoping not if) it goes, I'll tell ya then. Suffice to say, HAPPY as hell for him...he has worked his ass off to get where he is.
For now, got to get a few more things down, and downloaded to the laptop from the site. Lots of new posts, uploads, pages, and features coming to SurvivalRing in 2013. (lol...typed in 2012 first...my first year error...). Weatherman says we'll have a white christmas here tomorrow (2 to 4 inches, coming this way from Denver). Fun...been a while since we've had one of those...
Until then, everyone stay safe, enjoy your holiday cheer, make as many people smile as you can that cross your path in the coming days, and say a prayer for all those friends and family members we've lost this year, and those taken away from us in so many horrible ways so recently.
It's those of us who keep going on, keep climbing over and detouring around the rubble and chaff in our lives, that never give up...that will make the future better in every possible way, no matter how much evil, misery, or decay gets thrown in our faces.
We continue...we persevere...we rise back up...we go on. Always....ALWAYS keep moving. We will win...THEY will lose.
Never forget that.
Cheers to all,
Rich & Family