SurvivalRingEzine: February 2013 – In The News…

The SurvivalRing Ezine

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SurvivalRingEzine: ISSN 1548-7504

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In the News…

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Newtown, CT Sandy Hook Shooting Doomsday Preppers Other Reality Survival shows.  Survival and Preparedness in the news.

=> (1/24/13) North Korea nuclear test plan ‘provocative’   (via

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

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, 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 “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

Click to view video clip on (very short but interesting – Rich)


– Weather

Current storm events Recent storm events Mitigation and recovery

 =>  Northeast in for some chilling weather  (via

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.

 (Click the image to enlarge – Current as of 3:38pm MST 2/2/13)NWS 02-01-13 map and alerts

– Politics

=> (1/22/13) Homeland Security NTARC News (via BKNT – BlackLIST @


Homeland 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

(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.

According to a Russian diplomat, many areas of Damascus are safe, and this is not an evacuation. He said, “We are simply helping people who have gone to the Russian consulate in Damascus requesting assistance.” He continued, however, that these planes would likely not be the last and other officials have attested to contingency plans. Russia has about a dozen naval vessels off the coast of Syria, and they could be used in the event of a large-scale evacuation, according to officials.


=> (1/22/13)   Algerian hostage siege continues after military raid  (via

The hostage siege in Algeria continues as international officials question the efficacy of a unilateral Algerian military raid on Thursday. Algerian troops stormed the living quarters of the Tigantourine gas field in In Amenas where militants have been keeping an undisclosed number of Algerians and foreigners hostage. Reuters estimates 30 hostages and 11 militants were killed in the ensuing firefight, and an estimated 650 hostages have been freed, including 573 Algerians.

According to the Algerian government, the raid by the army has ended, but the British Foreign Office said the “terrorist incident remains ongoing.” Prime Minister David Cameron said that Algerian forces are still looking for some hostages and their captors. There are still many American, European, and Japanese citizens missing. The Algerian government ordered the siege without consulting other governments and has said it was necessary to prevent the militants from leaving the country with those they are holding captive. Japan called the operation “regrettable” and other officials said they wished they had been consulted. A U.S. plane has landed near the facility to evacuate hostages.


– National Defense

Military Concerns, Funding problems, Immediate Threats

=> (1/25/13) Air Force Crashing   (via

Air Force General Wolfenbarger, Via Michael Yon –

Team AFMC,

The budgetary uncertainties currently facing the Department of Defense combined with a projected $1.8 billion shortfall in Air Force funding for overseas contingency operations, require us to take prudent steps to mitigate budget execution risks.

Based on guidance received last week from Headquarters Air Force, my intent is for Air Force Materiel Command to take immediate actions to reduce spending across all appropriations, Working Capital Funds and other reimbursable programs within AFMC’s governance authority.  In line with the Air Force direction, our actions will — to the maximum extent possible — be reversible or recoverable and minimize impacts to core readiness programs.

These actions are necessary in order to support our DOD and our nation. However, we still have a requirement to continue the critical missions that we execute on behalf of the Air Force.  Therefore, mission critical exceptions to these actions can be approved with discretion.

Some of the key near-term actions AFMC will take to handle the uncertain budget environment ahead are outlined below.  The command will:

  • Implement a temporary civilian hiring freeze for permanent, temporary, and term vacancies with exceptions for mission-critical activities and release current temporary and term employees with exceptions for mission-critical activities; there are no current near-term plans to furlough civilians
  • Review overseas contingency operations requirements and identify potential reductions which will not impair wartime operations, such as delaying asset reconstitution and incrementally funding OCO contracts
  • Cancel all temporary duty travel that is not mission critical, such as attendance at or hosting of conferences and symposia, staff assistance visits, and training seminars

o   Within the scope of mission-critical travel, the command will evaluate whether alternative means can be used to complete the mission (such as video teleconference, email, etc.) and will scrub requirements to reduce the number of personnel traveling, vehicles, and lodging expenses

o   If a TDY is considered mission critical, the AFMC Vice Commander or Center Commander is the final approval authority

o   Inspections such as Nuclear Surety Inspections, Nuclear Surety Staff Assistance Visits, Special Security Office management, and Inspector General intelligence deficiency inspections are mission critical and will continue

o   Mission-critical training must meet at least one of the following criteria:

–       Required by federal or state law, regulation, Executive Order, or DOD Directive

–       Meets occupational certification and/or licensing requirements as a condition of continued employment

–       Maintains critical functional or occupational competencies identified by career field managers and/or Air Force policy and instructions

  • Curtail flying not directly related to readiness, such as air shows, flyovers, and familiarization rides
  • Curtail or cancel ongoing and scheduled studies that are not Congressionally-directed or mission critical
  • Limit supply purchases to essential fiscal 2013 consumption and stop minor purchases that are not mission critical, such as furniture, information technology refresh, and unit equipment
  • Defer non-emergency Facility Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization projects
  • Where practical, de-obligate or incrementally fund severable service contracts that cross the fiscal year only to Oct. 31, 2013, and defer the remainder of the contract

We don’t expect these near-term reductions to solve the entire fiscal challenge facing us in the event sequestration is triggered or we receive significant topline reductions.  These near-term actions are only small steps towards absorbing the impact.  Planning is underway for the possibility of larger reductions, and further guidance will be disseminated if that occurs.

Thank you for all you do for AFMC, our Air Force, and our nation.  For this effort, as in all others, I am depending on you to stay focused on your role in executing the mission of our Command as we navigate through these uncertain times.

General Wolfenbarger

(Note from Rich…this is VERY bad…and all due to Obama, and the lack of a national budget, mainly caused by Harry Reid)


– Incidents

Disasters, Accidents, Terror

=> (2/2/13) Osama Bin Laden’s Son-In-Law Arrested In Turkey Day Before Suicide Bombing At U.S. Embassy (via

ANKARA – Milliyet — Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was arrested in Ankara by Turkish security forces after Washington allegedly informed Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (M?T) about his location, daily Milliyet reported today.

Suleyman M., son-in-law of former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, was allegedly staying at a camp in Iran after the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.

He entered Turkey using a fake Saudi Arabian passport. Daily Milliyet claimed that the United States learned Suleyman M. was in Ankara and informed M?T. Turkish security forces captured him at a hotel in Çankaya district of Ankara.


=> (1/28/13) Massive Bomb Detonates Inside of Key Iranian Nuke Manufacturing Facility  (via

By M. Frank Drover  — Unconfirmed reports indicate that a massive explosion has destroyed Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility.  Preliminary investigations indicate that whatever is responsible for the damage occurred deep within the facility, which is known for containing some 2,700 centrifuges for the processing of uranium.

Last week, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, predicted that a nuclear war with Iran may be imminent as the country continues to reject U.S. and U.N. sanctions targeting their nuclear program.  Kissinger was quoted as saying that governments will “come to a determination of how to react, or the consequences of non-reaction… [in] a few years.”

If the reports of a bomb blast rocking Fordow are accurate, then it looks as if Western governments, likely either Israel and/or the United States, have reacted by preemptively striking Iranian nuclear facilities:


=> (1/29/13)  How the US is Preparing for Cyber Warfare (via

By Perluigi Paganini — Every government conscious of strategic importance of cyber security and of the investments of other countries in cyber warfare capability is improving its effort. Last week I wrote about Russian government and the Putin’s request to reinforce the garrison of the fifth domain, the cyber space, through a series of investment to secure national critical infrastructures from cyber attacks, in the previous months we have spoken of Iran, China and North Korea, all those governments are moving the battlefield in the digital world.

The US and Israel are considered in cyber warfare context most advanced countries, according international specialized press they have been involved in the creation of the first worldwide recognized cyber weapon, Stuxnet, and of many other related spy tool kits such as Flame.

According US officials the government is “is constantly looking to recruit, train and retain world class cyber personnel,”

Both governments, US and Israeli ones, are improving their cyber capabilities in response to high number of cyber attacks they daily suffer, The Pentagon has announced a major expansion of its cyber army to defend national infrastructures, as well as to empower offensive computer operations against hostile states.

The US government has decided an increase of 4000 units for the Defense Department’s Cyber Command, considering that actually the Command is composed by 900 specialists it has been decided to quadruple the resources dedicated to the operations in the cyberspace.


– Health, Illness, Pandemics, Disease…

On World Events, On the USA, On Threats,

– Science

Science news, that you might want to be aware of…

=> (1/9/13) Statewide quake in California may be possible after all  (via

(Los Angeles) By Eryn Brown – For decades, scientists have assumed the central portion of California’s San Andreas fault acts as a barrier that prevents a big quake in the southern part of the state from spreading to the north, and vice versa. As a result, a mega-quake that could be felt from San Diego to San Francisco was widely considered impossible.  But that key fault segment might not serve as a barrier in all cases, researchers wrote Wednesday in the online edition of the journal Nature.

Using a combination of laboratory measurements and computer simulations, the two scientists showed how so-called creeping segments in a fault — long thought to be benign because they slip slowly and steadily along as tectonic plates shift — might behave like locked segments, which build up stress over time and then rupture.

Such a snap caused the 9.0-magnitude Tohoku-Oki earthquake that hit Japan in 2011, triggering a tsunami, killing nearly 16,000 people and destroying the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Forecasters had not believed such a large quake was possible there.


=> (1/18/13) Japan to replace nuclear plant with world’s largest wind farm  (via

(Japan) by Bob Yirka – (—Officials in Japan have announced plans for building the largest wind farm in the world, ten miles off the coast of Fukushima – site of the nuclear disaster that followed the earthquake and tsunami that struck the island nation in 2011. Projections call for developing a wind farm capable of producing 1 gigawatt of power.

In the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese government has turned away from nuclear power and the dangers it possesses and towards other renewable energy resources. The country plans to eventually shut down all of its nuclear plants and replace them with wind and solar plants. To that end, plans for wind farm construction have taken center stage, with this newest the most ambitious yet. Currently, the largest wind farm in the world is off the coast of Suffolk in the U.K. Called the Greater Gabbard farm, it produces 504 megawatts of power using 140 turbines. The new farm planned for Japan is expected to produce 1 gigawatt using just 143 turbines.



(Washington, DC)  — by MIKE FLYNN – In legislation filed yesterday, the House GOP Leadership made an important twist in their plan to pass a short-term increase in the debt ceiling. Rather than increase the debt ceiling by a few hundred billion dollars, buying them time for further talks on the budget, they have opted to “suspend” the debt ceiling. Its a blatant abdication of their constitutional authority. It’s an ominous sign of the talks to come. 

Article 1 of the US Constitution gives Congress the exclusive authority to borrow money to fund the government. Up until World War 1, Congress would approve every bond issuance. The borrowing demands of the war made this impractical, so Congress authorized a “debt ceiling,” where the government could freely borrow up to a statutory limit and then go back to Congress to approve additional borrowing. Think of it as giving your teenager a pre-paid debit card. 

With this measure, the government had more flexibility to manage its affairs while preserving the Constitutional principle that Congress controlled the purse strings. 


US Economy – What’s Wrong

Why does the Obama Economy suck? Fiscal Policy, Laws, Legislation, and more…

=> (2/1/13) Obama Unloads 160 Pages Of School Snack Regulations  (via

The Obama administration proposed regulations Friday that would prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks. 

The 160-page regulation from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would enact nutrition standards for “competitive” foods not included in the official school meal.

In practice, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions and candy with granola. Regular soda is out, though high-schoolers may have access to diet versions.  

“Although nutrition standards for foods sold at school alone may not be a determining factor in children’s overall diets, they are critical to providing children with healthy food options throughout the entire school day,” the proposed rule states.


– US News

US news and events Gun Control, Major incidents, Threat Matrix, Trends

=> (1/24/13) Combat Roles for Women   (via

BY JOSHUA E. KEATING –Women have been fighting and dying in America’s wars for years. Here are eight who were killed in action last year.  

This week’s decision by the U.S. Department of Defense to open up combat positions to women was certainly a historic day for the U.S. Armed Forces, but American women have actually been seeing combat for some time now. In wars without a defined front line, where anywhere can quickly become a combat zone, the difference between “combat” and “non-combat” roles often breaks down. One hundred fifty-two women have been killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Eight lost their lives last year. These are their stories.


=> (1/11/13)  Can data combat gun violence?   (via

By Alis Wang — Originally Published By Praescient Analytics – 

Gun violence has been a vexing problem for law enforcement and policy makers for decades. This is partially because of the difficulty of predicting which individuals will perpetrate the next mass shooting. Big data, however, could give us a way to objectively analyze this issue and find ways to reduce the number of mass shootings. Currently, the US lacks a national recordkeeping database of gun owners or firearm and ammunition purchases. Data science, however, could be used to build one to track and analyze gun and ammunition sales. This could provide law enforcement agents with better data and tools to flag potential violent perpetrators. For example,predictive models could be built with the gathered data to analyze trends in gun purchasers’ activities to distinguish non-offenders from those with a higher probability of committing gun violence in the future. Because of the historical data available on past perpetrators’ purchases, data analysts could build useful predictive models. This would improve our ability to flag suspicious behavior before potential killers commit an atrocity. 

For example, James Holmes, the suspect in the Aurora movie theater shooting, displayed suspicious behavior prior to his violent attack. He went to three geographically spread out stores to purchase four different guns. Holmes then ordered assault gear and thousands of rounds of ammunition online; UPS subsequently delivered about 90 packages to his address within a short period of time. If data like this—in addition to background information on Holmes’ mental health issues—were available to law enforcement officials and data analysts, Holmes’ rapid buildup of arms and ammo would likely have popped onto their radar, potentially leading to action before he committed the tragic mass shooting.


– International News

Terror, incidents, War, Global Security – Federal Government News Fiscal Issues, New Laws, People in the News

2/1/2013 From Global Security News…

U.S. Nuclear Marketers Visited Saudi Arabia, As Trade Talks Under Way

By Elaine M. Grossman Global Security Newswire

WASHINGTON — A U.S. nuclear industry delegation traveled to Saudi Arabia in November, as Washington and Riyadh launched negotiations toward sealing a controversial atomic trade agreement, according to government and business officials.

Aging Technology Endangers Pantex Nuclear Plant Security, Auditors Warn

By Diane Barnes Global Security Newswire

WASHINGTON — A deteriorating nuclear-weapon security system at the Pantex Plant in Texas could malfunction if it does not receive maintenance, the U.S. Energy Department inspector general warned in a report made public on Friday.

N. Korea Shields Nuke Test Tunnel From Satellites

North Korea has stretched a large canopy over the opening to the underground chamber that is expected to house a looming nuclear test device, likely for the purposes of making it difficult for international satellites to detect signs of an imminent detonation, the New York Times reported on Friday.

– Terrorism News

What’s going on right now…

=> (date)  Turkey: US Embassy bomber had terror conviction   (via

by SUZAN FRASER, AP —  ANKARA, Turkey — The suicide bomber who struck the U.S. Embassy in Ankara spent several years in prison on terrorism charges but was released on probation after being diagnosed with a hunger strike-related brain disorder, officials said Saturday.

The bomber, identified as 40-year-old leftist militant Ecevit Sanli, killed himself and a Turkish security guard on Friday, in what U.S. officials said was a terrorist attack. Sanli was armed with enough TNT to blow up a two-story building and also detonated a hand grenade, officials said.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that police believe the bomber was connected his nation’s outlawed leftist militant group Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP-C. And on Saturday DHKP-C claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on a website linked to the group. It said Sanli carried out the act of “self-sacrifice” on behalf of the group.

The group called itself “immortal” and said, “Down with imperialism and the collaborating oligarchy.” But it gave no reason for attacking the U.S. Embassy. The authenticity of the website was confirmed by a government terrorism expert who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with rules that bar government employees from speaking to reporters without prior authorization.


=> (2/2/13)  US prepares intelligence assessment on scope of cyberthreat from China  (via

AP Washington DC —  The Obama administration is considering more assertive action against Beijing to combat a persistent cyberespionage campaign it believes Chinese hackers are waging against US companies and government agencies.

This comes as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal reported that their computer systems had been infiltrated by China-based hackers.

Two former US officials said the administration was preparing a new national intelligence estimate that, when complete, was expected to detail the cyberthreat, particularly from China, as a growing economic problem.

One of the former officials said the NIE, an assessment prepared by the National Intelligence Council, would also cite more directly a role by the Chinese government in such espionage. The former official said the NIE would underscore the administration’s concerns about the threat and consider more aggressive action against the Chinese government.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in an interview with reporters as she wound up her tenure, said the US needed to send a strong message that it would respond to such incidents.



Topics of Human Survival

=> (1/31/13)  Five Survival Skills the Movies Taught You Wrong  (via

By Thorin Klosowski — CPR will save someone’s life in a matter of seconds. Tilt your head back and look at the clouds to stop a nosebleed. If an animal spots you in the woods it will chase you relentlessly and maul you. Movies are great at telling stories, but they’re horrible at teaching basic survival skills. Here are five of the ways they’ve taught us horribly wrong.

Movies and TV shows are meant as entertainment. As such, they tend to take shortcuts so they get to the point as quick as possible. Occasionally the survival methods they “teach” carry over into the real world, and our understanding of things like CPR, getting punched in the head, or even the best way to deal with a snake bite get skewed. Here are the correct ways to handle those situations.



News of Interest to Preppers and Prepping

– Technology

What’s Hot, Backing up Your World, Info Access

=> (1/31/13)  The Doomsday Preppers of New York – Building a Bug-Out Bag  (via
Published on Jan 31, 2013

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a growing number of New Yorkers are getting themselves prepared for when disaster might strike. The top tool: a so-called bug-out bag.


=> HOW-TO and Do It Yourself Corner

=> (01/21/2013) Prepper’s List of New Year Resolutions for 2013 Released (via

Los Angeles, CA  —, a Prepper and Survival website has released a Prepper’s List of 6 New Year Resolutions for 2013. Life altering disasters, whether manmade or natural seem to be occurring at a more frequent rate on this planet. And whether your idea of disaster is an apocalyptic asteroid, hurricane or job loss, odds are something is headed your way. The question is, will you be prepared?

To help you get into a Preparation mindset, we have compiled six Prepper Resolutions for 2013:

1. A Commitment to Preparedness: Deciding to change your everyday lifestyle to one of preparedness requires time, money and critical thinking. You must educate yourself, create a plan and execute it. There will be a learning curve but there are excellent resources to be found online and in books. Remember that any sacrifices made in the name of prepping will pay dividends if and when disaster strikes.

2. Create a Disaster Plan: Disaster plans are as individual as those who prepare them. You must decide what type of adversity you’ll most likely face and plan accordingly. Is your area prone to earthquake or are you more worried about an economic and social collapse? Each contingency will require an emergency preparedness plan that covers evacuations, family communication and meeting places, emergency supplies and considerations for special needs.


– Action

=> (Oct 11, 2012) Incredible F-111 Dump & Burn Flyover (via

THIS is how you have a celebration!!!



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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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