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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 28th, 2015

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Get a load of this: A new law was just passed making it illegal to throw food away in the trash in the City of Seattle. These Progressives just never cease to amaze me.

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I can’t get that damn Taylor Swift song “Shake It Off” out of my head.

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Last couple weeks have been hitting the gym pretty hard. I continue to go to Crossfit,

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Fixed Blade Or Folding Survival Knives: Which Is Better?

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For a skilled outdoorsman or an expert prepper, nothing can be as important as having a good survival knife. It’s a basic item that should always be included in any survival gear and not one of these guys would ever go out without having this gear on their side. Survival knives come in many forms and are molded from different materials. And most common types of survival knives are the fixed blade type

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 27th, 2015

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Reader “CH” recently suggested a good hiding place for money and ammunition is the inside of a vacuum cleaner. Good idea especially if it is a model with a bag. Would hate to forget about the funds and throw away a few hundred dollars by mistake changing a bag. Possibly a vacuum cleaner stuck in a closet that doesn’t even work but is meant just as a cache or hiding place? Maybe even out back

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Equipment Review: Gerber Multi-Plier “Suspension”

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Rourke: This review was previously published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.

 

I have owned several Gerber multi-pliers over the last 10 years. All have served me well. Whether it be for a survival kit, car glove box, or for everyday carry – these multi-tools are just fantastic.

The latest pair that I have purchased is the Gerber “Suspension” . I have now owned it for over 6 months [NOTE: This was originally written back in December,

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations

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Every week I throw out a few recommendations on things such as movies, books, knives, flashlights – all kinds of stuff. Some of these are not related to preparedness whatsoever – rather, just stuff I like. Most are available on Amazon but not all. I have a particular fondness for movies as one of my favorite things to do is to sit back and watch a good one.

So – for this week……here is my

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 26th, 2015

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Good luck and stay safe to all those in New England about to get hammered by this massive winter storm. Be smart: Stay in place, don’t travel, stay warm – and ask others for help if you need it. More information can be found HERE.

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I have a new AR arriving today. Review in a few weeks after I get a chance to test is out. Time to have some

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Food Storage for 30 Days

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Rourke: The following was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com.

by Harry

I’m an Engineer and really like solving problems. Especially, when there are lots of variables leading to a number of potential solutions. That allows me to put some of my personal preferences into the mix and develop what I believe is the best solution.

One of my sons asked me to put together a food plan for him out

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MSOnline Contest: Your SHTF “Go To” Knife photo contest

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Here is a simple contest……..send me a picture of your SHTF “Go To” knife and the best one will win a Gerber Machete Pro.

I am not looking for a picture of your knife laying on the kitchen counter – somehow make it unique and interesting. Set your entry apart from the rest.

Send your contest entries to emergencycd(at)gmail.com. Make sure to include the picture and tell me a little about why you have chosen

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And the winners are…….

Winners

As usual judging for this most recent writing contest was extremely difficult. I wish I could offer something to all those that participated as so many quality posts were sent in. Well – it had to be done. I placed a premium on the level of “How To” information as well as overall knowledge derived from each post. Honestly there were several articles that could have placed in the top 3 positions. It’s all perspective.

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Thank you contest sponsors…..

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Just wanted to give a big “shout out” to all of the sponsors to my last Survival & Preparedness Guest Post Writing Contest. I appreciate there willing to participate. If any of you are looking for survival & preparedness products/training – please consider these fine folks.

 

Here they are along with a list of what they donated:

1st Place – – OnPoint Tactical has donated one of their Urban Escape &

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In Food Storage, Attention To The Details May Literally Save Your Life

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Long term food storage requires great attention to details in order to ensure that your food will have its true intended shelf life, and that it will taste good while being nutritionally satisfying when you do eat it. Don’t always believe the marketing when you see “25 year shelf life,” make sure you actually understand what is in your food and what it takes to make it shelf stable for a long term period.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 23rd, 2015

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I am thinking that the most important thing going on in the world right now has nothing to do with Tom Brady’s balls.

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Just found out that President Obama will not be meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits the United States to address Congress in March. Wonderful.

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Why is it that no other company can make crayons as good as Crayola?

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Pistol carry for dangerous 4 legged animals

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What pistol would you want to carry when hunting/hiking/backpacking in areas where dangerous animals roam?

My experience hunting/hiking in areas where big, dangerous animals prowled has been limited to the State of New Hampshire. New Hampshire has a few animals which could be considered dangerous including bear, moose, coyote and rumoured wolves. Of course wild dogs exist and other animals such a fisher cats could be dangerous however these are not common.

When

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REMINDER: “The Minuteman” News at ModernSurvivalOnline

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“The Minuteman” news is now available here on ModernSurvivalOnline 24/7. The Minuteman is a custom news source made specifically for the readers of ModernSurvivalOnline. It is available here within the pages of MSO (HERE) or as a stand alone website – available HERE.

I created The Minuteman to provide a “one stop shop” for getting news – as well as provide a service to all of you – MSO readers. News categories include HEADLINES, World,

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 22nd, 2015

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I have been a little slack on responding to comments and emails lately. Jonathan is giving me problems and it is keeping me AFK(away from keyboard). If not aware – Jonathan is my 16 year old son. Got me behind on judging the most recent Guest Post Writing Contest. I apologize…..

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Botach Tactical is having a great sale on Fobus holsters. Huge variety available at some of the best prices

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The “Knaw”

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By The Coach, Contributing Editor

I carry a small pocket survival kit that I put together, in a “Tobacco” tin, when I go into the woods for any reason. I always carry a quality sheath knife with me in addition to my pocket survival kit. However, knives have been known to become lost or misplaced while in the woods. I wanted to add some type of cutting edge that was very flat and

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 21st, 2015

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If you have never checked out BestPreparednessDeals.com – head over there now. Daily deals on survival and preparedness products.

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Michael Moore is an assclown for his negative comments on Twitter regarding snipers. It was an obvious jab at Chris Kyle and American Sniper.

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Favorite superhero – – – > Batman.

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Just started watching Season 3 of Dual Survival. I like

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Video of the Week: King of Saudi Arabia Warns ISIS Could Reach U.S. in 2 Months

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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

Good video with William Forstchen discussing the extreme evil and radical nature of ISIS.

 

 

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations

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Every week I throw out a few recommendations on things such as movies, books, knives, flashlights – all kinds of stuff. Some of these are not related to preparedness whatsoever – rather, just stuff I like. Most are available on Amazon but not all. I have a particular fondness for movies as one of my favorite things to do is to sit back and watch a good one.

So – for this week……here is my

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 20th, 2015

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I am a big believer in a national, Federal flat tax. Everyone pays the same percentage. 10% seems like a fair number. Get a paycheck for $1,000 – pay $100 in taxes. Get a paycheck for $1 million – pay $100,000. There is no reason why someone should pay more just because they make more.

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Hope everyone will join me tonight while watching the State of the Union. See HERE

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LIVE!!!! State of the Union Address Commentary

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This is going to be different. The State of the Union address come on tonight at 9:00pm EST. Come back tonight to this post and I will be writing my thoughts as the address progresses.

In order to view my updated commentary you will have to refresh your browser. To do this reload the page by clicking on the button below:

Please feel free to add your own comments as we go along. Hopefully this

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Small Business Administration is big government

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by Keeleigh S. Utt – originally published at TheHill.com

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been rather scandal-ridden since it’s creation in June 1953. It’s goal was to use taxpayer dollars to fund small businesses that otherwise would not have other means of supporting themselves. Eisenhower’s budget group called it “uncontrollable” and even then understood that this agency was a gamble. In 2011, The CATO Institute found that in 2008 alone 1 in every 4

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From the Desk of John Rourke – January 19th, 2015

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At any given moment I could eat an entire box of Kellogg’s Blueberry Pop Tarts – and have……several times.

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I went and saw “American Sniper” Saturday night. Fantastic movie and very emotional. If you haven’t gone to see it – go ahead. You won’t regret it.

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After I get my Kel-Tec PMR30 off layaway next purchase will be a Remington 700 SPS .308 Winchester. Have

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Metal Gear XL-M Extreme 618 Lumen LED Flashlight Review

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By John Rourke

I make no effort to hide the fact that I have a huge infatuation with flashlights. Ever since my youth flashlights have represented safety and security. Something goes “bump” in the night? Well, grab the handy dandy flashlight and scare it away.

My most recent flashlight acquisition comes from a company called Dorcy. Specifically – the model is called the “Metal Gear XL-M Extreme“. It is promoted as a high performance “next

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