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
After over 2 weeks of living hell, the SurvivalRing website is back to most of what it was before the hack of Monday, October 15th, in the wee hours of the morning. There are still going to be quite a few odds and ends MIA...(that is, "Missing In Action") while we work on so many little things. So, what is back, and what remains to be fixed?
Where we are...
The SurvivalRing Community Center ( at http://www.survivalring.org/SR_forums ) is back online. Thesoftware is installed but all previous posts lost...downloads that were in the Forums are backed up, and will be re-uploaded in the coming weeks.
The main SurvivalRing website, with all the categories, pages, links, page content and post content, have been recovered, and are now back online and available. What will be missing (for the short term) are mostly page or post images that were originally uploaded on the day that post or page was created. Some images are lost...most can be found or replaced...sorry.
Most of the download file sets (thousands of PDF files in a multitude of areas) have been re-uploaded. Some will still need some coding (yet to be done) to bring them back to life in the download page location where they formerly were. This will get done in the near term future.
The website (before the attack) used a variety of programs to offer the posts, pages, downloads, feeds and other offerings that SurvivalRing ran on to offer the full set of useful information it has become known for. This programs will be re-uploaded and reinstalled over the coming week.
After a full review of every single table in every single database, I've found that we lost precious few main site features in this hack, specifically the SRCC Forums posts that existed prior to 10/15/12, and one of my original blogs, started back in 2004...known as Cosmic Echoes (formerly located at http://www.survivalring.org/WordPress ). Both of these databases were wiped. SRCC is already reinstalled, updated, and ready to reboot. Cosmic Echoes will come back, most likely. I shared "edgier" content on that blog.
A lot of "little things" still need to be found, repaired, fixed, or replaced. As I go through every page of every site on this server, I'll fix these as I find them. I'll just call this "job security".
Updates and additions...
You'll notice a few things here or there on the SurvivalRing site that were not there before this terrible turn of events. For example, the old look of the site has been updated to a slightly different, slightly wider website layout. This offers opportunities for me to fix little bitty things much easier.
Security is updated as well. The SurvivalRing has been moved to a more secure server, and an SSL (secure socket layers) certificate purchased so that any and all browsing of the website can be done with encryption to any visitor. This will also help lock out the bad guys as well.
One click backups of the ENTIRE SurvivalRing website are now set up, and will be done on a regular basis. Backups of the website on other servers across the country will also be set up in the coming weeks. Cloud access is in the works as well...especially for the bigger downloads. Stay tuned for more on this.
What's to come...
Membership sections will also be coming soon, with free, and paid levels. Register an account and you'll have access to all the free downloads. Don't register, and you won't see very many downloads at all. Paid accounts will get access to the digital specialty files I have created, the online versions of all my CD and DVD multimedia disks, and downloads of CD and DVD images (so you can burn your own copies). More bonus items will be added to the site as time allows, after SurvivalRing is fully operational again (all missing files fixed or repaired).
Why member levels? To help support the actual cost of running this website, purchasing new content, updating or replacing hardware or software, and all the infinitesimally small myriad needs of running a huge, content and techno heavy website year after year.
Membership areas also keep the bad guys at bay, and offer some protection for the honest users, while keeping the leeches and script kiddies at bay.
So...that's where we stand.
You'll notice the new SurvivalRing theme has a somewhat patriotic slant. A couple of reasons for that...this election cycle defines where we, as a nation, are headed...and we need, more than ever, to remember our roots.
Also since the asshole hackers were tracked back to Islamo-facist foundations, I wanted to rub the "Americans will always stand back up after getting knocked down" meme in their infantile, hate laden faces. In other word, you hacker/cracker morons "hit like a girl"...and always will.
Bottom line? We're back....and when finished, we will be better...faster...and much stronger. Keep hitting me, and I'll keep getting right back up.
Finally, a message to the particular hacker that claimed responsibility for the destruction of my work...by deleting nearly everything I've worked on for so many years now...over 15 years now.
"Fuck you, tr0jan32...and the camel you rode in on..."
Nothing in this world is permanent...including YOUR HACKS.
SurvivalRing Doomsday – Hack Attack - October 15th, 2012
First Things First…Repair has started
The Attack – Information on who and why…proof.
Status Report and Action Plan for Repair and future maintenance issues
Repair and reupload plans and schedule
Planned changes to the overall structure of the SurvivalRing website
Factors to consider to avoid a repeat of this disastrous event
First Things First…Repair has started.
I have started the rebuild of the entire SurvivalRing website. A new temporary front page has been setup, which you are of course now viewing, and which will be used to update all visitors to the site during this time of turmoil, to bring all up to date of what is happening.
Development and implementation of the hardened SurvivalRing main site has also begun. All data from the original main site has been dumped from the database, and is currently being uploaded to a new database. This will take a few days…430 megs of SQL code was downloaded, and it will take a while, and probably several tries to get it all re-uploaded.
Hacker found... some ass hat named "tr0jan32"
This has been positively identified as an Islamo-facist attack...something I HAVE seen before in many previous attacks, hacks, and site defacements during the past 15 years. This is the same kind of defacement that previous hackers have done to SurvivalRing in past years.
Proof of who compromised the SurvivalRing website can be found at
Look for the fourth entry down on 10/15/2012.
Here is a screen capture taken last night, at about 8pm MST.
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Well, hello again!
Yet another resource has been added to the SurvivalRing network. The PrepGeek daily news is a creation of Rich, using the Paper.li network. It's an automated process, using the best of cutting edge technology, and targeted information, in a concise, fast, and automatic publishing system. Check it out. Subscribe! It's good stuff.
Read below...and click through.
Today is the 13th anniversary of an event that changed my life. We came TOO close to an F5 tornado on April 8th, 1998. Because of that, my SuvivalRing website changed direction, and I shifted my research into overdrive on preparedness and survival tools.
Read my report of this deadly and wide ranging disaster...here...
My old stomping grounds, the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, where I was born and raised, were hit 5 days ago with massive tornadic storms. Some of the most amazing tornado footage ever taken, of multiple semi trucks and trailers being lifted hundreds of feet in the air, made the international news.
Over a year ago, the worst tornado storms in decades struck the southeast, in what is now called the 2011 Super Outbreak . The largest tornado outbreak ever recorded passed over country where I spent almost 9 years in Alabama as a federal employee.
Today, on this Easter Sunday, so many years later, I give thanks to the Lord for keeping us safe. Granted, we've been through a lot more than this tornado, before, and after, but we're all still here.
I want to remind all of you that are reading this that as this spring continues, we can expect more and more deadly and unexpected storms at all times of the day or night. If you're in the areas of this country that have been threatened by tornadoes at any time in the past, NOW is the best time to prepare for how to deal with them, be safe around them, and have protection from them. As mentioned in a post from May 25th last year,
Thankfully, this website, online for 14 years, provides shelter information and actual plans that can be used SPECIFICALLY for storm shelter. Yes, fallout shelters work GREAT for shelter from tornadoes, high wind events, and can also be used for backup shelter for when a home becomes unlivable because of storm damage.
...ANY protective shelter is better than NONE.
When the winds blow, the sky gets dark, and things you don't normally see flying, are passing by your windows...well, it might be too late. Have a plan, get together 72 hour kits for everyone in the family, and know what to do, if you can't get out of the way. My family and I have seen more than our share of tornadic storms in our life, enough that we moved across the country to get away from them. Still, not everyone can do this. Do the next best thing. Develop a plan to move to a shelter in your yard, in your basement, or in your neighborhood...when tornadoes are forecast, or actually moving on the ground...in your direction.
Study Yesterday...Prepare Today...Live Tomorrow.
It's in your BEST interest to get ready NOW for the inevitable. See what the rest of the country is doing to deal with what has already happened with this vicious storms in our nation, here... http://www.survivalring.org/feeds/tornado-news-google/
Til next time,
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Fleetwood Family. To all my friends, family, coworkers, and compradres...thank you for your friendship, fun, laughter, tears, and smiles. I hope the holidays bring you joy, laughter, and peace. Remember those who aren't here anymore, those who can be here but won't, those who may be away fighting for our right to exist, or those who don't know they are missed. Remember yourself as well...YOU are important to more people than you know.
Pray for justice, righteousness, and strength to persevere. Lift those who need it to a higher place. Remind those in higher places that they need to lift *us* up. Never give up, never surrender, never waver in a fight for the good. Lead those who will listen to that place where we all can succeed and support one another in good times and bad.
It's never been about being the last man standing...it's always been about getting to the finish line together. REMEMBER THAT.
The year of 2011 has been one of major global natural disasters...economic distress...world political upheaval...and personal tragedy for many people. Quakes and tsunamis in Japan, massive quakes around the world, record tornadic outbursts across the southeast USA, record flooding in several states, only a couple of hurricanes of note, record Santa Ana winds, record droughts in Texas and Oklahoma, "Arab Spring" killing thousands, and injuring tens of thousands, in riots across the Middle East, war ending in Iraq, continuing in Afghanistan, and brewing around Iran. I won't mention Obama, his "destruction" of America, or the evil he brings.
That's a lot to be going on...all at once. Just ONE event is catastrophic to the affected populace having to deal with the resultant destruction, death, and disease.
Reality TV continues to spread into all areas of awareness, survival, upheaval, potentials, and fears. Dual Survival, Survivorman, Bear Grylls, the Survivor series, end of the world history, 2012 mumbo jumbo , science, pseudo-science, and other documentaries on The History Channel, National Geographic, H2, Discovery Channel, and so many other television infotainment series bring to the masses the Real World of staying alive...or not...when the wind blows, the prairie rolls, or the sun boils.
The news still leads the tops stories of the day with these same kinds of "human interest" topics. We've seen 2011 through the eyes of the few...affecting the lives of millions...almost every day.
Just so you know...there are some major updates coming to the SurvivalRing project after the first of the year. New downloads, daily blogging, sharper focus, and family & community involvement. We're entering our 15th year on the World Wide Web. We're not the oldest survival website, the best, or the most famous...but we're doing something right...to still be here. We're very social, too. We're on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and LinkedIn. We offer live feeds on nearly every potential threat, directly from the news. We have feeds from some of our favorite sites, and offer feeds of our own site.
We don't make the news...but we do watch it, study it, and think on it every single day. We connect...we consider...and we plan. We prepare for what always happens. Change...hoping for the good...dealing with the bad...but always change. We offer the tools and real information to lead you up or down different paths...from where you are...to where you can be...on high ground. We're literally offering over a million printable pages of documentation, in thousands and thousands of downloadable PDF files.
We haven't created many new PDF downloads over the last few years, but we still have bookshelves of never before digitized public domain data in books, manuals, flyers, and training material to get online. We have, however, increased the number of CD or DVD titles that SurvivalRing/SurvivalCD offers to 11 disks, as of 2011. I foresee (meaning they're getting ready to be finished) as least 6 more disks in 2012. I'm also producing special CD/DVD products for others, most notably James Talmage Stevens of Making The Best Of Basics, and Shane Connor of Ki4u.com.
This website...the key to it all. We're still here, and still expanding. We educate. We endure. We persevere. And, we're looking for guest authors, bloggers, and individuals to share with our readers. Why? Search Google for SURVIVAL WEBSITE. Out of 249,000,000 websites...we're number TWO (as of 12/16/11). 8 hours later this evening, we're number FOUR of 253,000,000. Our traffic fluctuates with the news some days, and our search engine page listing fluctuates as well, but hitting the front page of Google out of that many hits, with regularity, means we're a leader in content, tools, and resources for learning how to prepare...for anything.
We've got great SEO, web longevity, and more downloadable content than ANY other known personal survival/preparedness website. We'd like you to take an active part in making a difference. Join us in helping our friends and neighbors learn new skills, find new solutions and survive all those regular disasters we all deal with every year.
I've got new equipment to put to good use this coming year. My Canon HD video camera, my 16 megapixel Panasonic Lumix digital camera, my new Snowball USB microphone, and other gadgetry that I will USE to create content like you've never seen. Unlike some preparedness fashionistas, I do like to get my hands dirty. Not just in simple survival techniques, but home repairs and upgrades, vehicle maintenance and repair, frugal living and recycling, emergency and accident response. I get recertified in certain skills each year...to help others, including CPR (adult, child, infant), and AED use.
Thankfully, I haven't had to use them specifically lately...but in September, I was one of the first on site of a motorcycle/pickup truck collision on the highway on my way home, seeing the collision and cloud of dust from a quarter mile away. I helped keep a man alive who was laying in the middle of the road broken and bleeding. I've not been able to find any more info about him since that day, other than he was life-flighted from our local hospital to Casper, Wyoming, and then Denver...still alive two days later. His name is Kenneth Babb, from Alberta, Canada...and I won't forget him. I'll keep trying to learn more about his recovery as possible. The pickup driver? Drunk. Reminds me of September 15th, 1975, when it was me laying in the road, for the same reason.
Another passion...spreading awareness of DUIs and DWI, and how to identify, report them , and get them off the road. This truly is a daily life and death struggle which I feel strongly about...for that very obvious reason of nearly being a fatality because of it 37 years ago.
I've got other skills as well, besides the obvious geeky web stuff you see here. I swap engines, I weld, I even do paint and body work. I tear down and rebuild laptops. I adopt pets. I even build furniture. In all these things, are opportunities to learn a skill that can be applied to some life saving, life extending, or life renewing area. And, in each of these, I can show you how, why, and where to do these yourself, and so many other things. It's just good common sense...something that took me a little longer to get right (according to my dear wife Annie).
Like everybody else, we're broke. Like everybody else, we often do without. This website makes me a little bit of money, but never enough to live on. It just covers the cost of hosting, domains, hardware, and the like. I work a real full time job, in the middle of nowhere, and live in an extremely rural area. All this facts just add to the need to plan, to prep, to keep plugging along. After eleven years in the least populated state of the USA, 150 miles from the nearest interstate, I've got a lot of good, workable thoughts, facts, and how-t0's to share. It's a life style...a choice...a passion...for living.
Finally, thanks to ALL of you for your long time support of my passion for making a difference. It's why I keep doing it, year after year. Please get involved in taking care of yourself, in planning for your preparedness needs, and in having the basics to survive a weekend without power, and flat tire in the middle of nowhere, or a severe storm that damages your home. Have alternatives, tools, and solutions...before you need them. THAT is common sense.
Founder / Director of SurvivalRing
“I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win — if you don’t you won’t.” — Bruce Jenner