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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 4th, 2014

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Folks – it’s important to get out there and vote today. I will be standing in line at 7:00am.

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Never ceases to amaze me how it seems that every time there is a scandal with the current administration something happens to distract the populace. Illegal immigration and thousands of illegals streaming across the border is not heard of nearly to the level it was. Ebola took care of that. The

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations

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Books

Outdoor Life Ultimate Survival Manual

Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide

Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag

 

Food Storage

Emergency Essentials Peanut Butter Powder

Mountain House Freeze Dried Food Essentials Bucket

Survival Seed Vault Heirloom Seed Bank

 

Video’s

Ammo Carry for Tactical Shotguns

Steve Watts’ Classic Camping Setup

PVC Truck Tent

“Solvent Trap Cleaning System” Silencer Mod

 

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My efforts to build a homemade HAM repeater

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Alright – here is what I have been trying to do. If reading through this you get confused – well, now you know how I feel.

The video below describes exactly what I have done to my four Baofeng UV-5R 2 meter Ham radio’s. I have followed the instructions exactly but to no avail it is not working. The entire purpose of my efforts is to create one or two back up repeaters as a

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 3rd, 2014

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Last night I watched The Grey on Netflix for about the 10th time. Great movie. Now – I am not talking about it being great because of its story of survival and the characters doing all the right things. No, in fact the story has the characters do some pretty stupid things when faced with a terrible survival situation. Pure entertainment. Highly recommended.

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So – the CDC admits that it

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ANNOUNCEMENT: ModernSurvivalOnline Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest

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Warm up those keyboards folks! The next ModernSurvivalOnline Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest will start November 9th and continue through December 31st.. Have a guest post you want to enter? Send in to emergencycd(at)gmail.com.

Some great prizes are lined up!!!

 

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OnPoint Tactical has donated one of their Urban Escape & Evasion classes. Value: $795

Class Summary: While on an international business trip,

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Review: Aegis Hybrid Holster

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Rourke: The following was previously published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com. UPDATE: The Aegis Hybrid Holster continues to perform very well.

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As someone that carries concealed on a regular basis this past summer was challenging. Currently my carry sidearm is a Smith & Wesson M&P9

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Infographic: How Rainwater Tanks Help Save Water

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4 Foot Gardening Guide……worth the money

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Rourke: I have posted about this before – consider it a reminder.

Hello all –

Like me you have probably come across one of those “video advertisements” that try to scare the crap out of you and then sell you something. The vast majority of times I click out of these types of ads and move on to something else. Recently I came across one of these ads on small area gardening and

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Recent fitness gains….

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Over the last several weeks I have made some strides working out. Fitness is an aspect of preparedness not often discussed – unless you are a frequent visitor to Ryan’s site.

Started getting up and running in the morning. Not long distance – about a mile. Really gets the metabolism going. I continue to do Crossfit and I coach a Cardio HIIT class on Tuesday nights. I have been feeling like lifting heavy so that’s

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 31st, 2014

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! If you are looking for a scary movie to watch tonight – or over the weekend – check out Incidious: Chapter 2. It is on Netflix and can be rented at a local Redbox. No need to see the first one – it stands alone just fine. I saw it in the theater – very scary and well done. The Conjuring is another good one if you haven’t seen it.

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Tractor Supply LED Emergency Light

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Went to my local Tractor Supply to get my dogs favorite treats. While walking around looking at all the goodies I came across this multi-LED flashlight priced at $4.99. It came with batteries and had a spring-loaded clip point on it. It also had a magnet on the backside so it could be stuck on a fridge – or wherever. It also had a second flashlight on one end which provided a pretty decent concentrated

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 30th, 2014

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HAM radio update: I will be taking classes from my local HAM club in December then testing for my licence once the class is over. Looking forward to it so I can actually do some talking on air. My efforts to build a small homemade repeater so as not to rely on the area’s local one are not going so well. I will write up something to describe what I am doing and see if

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Building a Fire Tube Storage Device

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From Rourke – – > This post originally appeared over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be seen HERE in its original format.

By Methane Creator

Seems, since I don’t carry everything I need to start a fire in my pocket, I always have to dig around to find where I put my dry tinder, matches, lighter, etc. Now, using 1” PVC pipe with caps has really simplified my access. I currently have made 6” in length

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 29th, 2014

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I am about done reading Day by Day Armageddon. Next up is The Remaining – a sorta “zombie” book recommended by longtime reader “Fred”. After reading the more than 1,900 positive reviews I am really looking forward to get my hands on it.

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A friend of a friend of my wife’s posted on Facebook about how she is mad at one of the local grocery stores. Why? Glad you asked.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: DIY 5,000 gallon water filter for $50

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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.

Water purification is often either overlooked or undervalued. This system as described is simple, easy, and inexpensive. Most importantly – it’s effective. I have built one

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From dental kits, trauma bags, survival bags, DVD’s,

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 28th, 2014

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The “lone wolf” attacks that ISIS is calling for – and it appears to be getting – is another solid reason to carry a firearm at all times. Exercise your 2nd Amendment Rights if local laws allow. If local laws do not allow – well then, you have a decision to make.

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Work on my homemade HAM radio repeater is progressing. Once I have started testing I will write up

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Photo slideshow……Enjoy!

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Hey all –

Every so often I throw together a few pictures I gather from my travels across the Internet. Last time it was all guns – this time a combination of things. Hope you see something you like.

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Another one bites the dust…..

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The following is a chain email getting sent around the Internet. I am always suspicious of these emails and research them out before I believe them fully. The follow is no different but I did look into it and it can be verified.

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Lt. Col Matthew Dooley, a West Point graduate and highly decorated combat veteran, was an instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University.

 

He

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 27th, 2014

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Getting ready to get back to my Filipino Stickfighting class. They are Thursday nights at 8:00pm but the last couple months I have missed them due to my son’s football games. Have been taking Balintawak for 10 years. This is a single stick art and it has improved my hand speed tremendously.

Yeah – I can punch an ISIS terrorist three times in the chest and then reach in….pull his heart out…and show it to

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The Panhandle Rancher speaks……THE FRANCHISE

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THE FRANCHISE

Upon the Ballot Box hangs our future well being and prosperity.

I write this in the aftermath of the recent brave action by the Sergeant of Arms of the Canadian Parliament, whom having heard the sound of gunfire, charged valiantly into battle – and prevailed; and here in the United States, following yet another tragic school shooting. I fear either or both of

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Press Release and Excerpt – EBOLA: Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak

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EBOLA:

Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak

The 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak has spread into Europe and the United States.

The WHO admits that this crisis will get much worse before it gets better.

Are you prepared for an outbreak?

What should you do to prepare?

 

Ebola: Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak, addresses these, and many more

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Gault on…..Terry Blount’s Prepping for Less

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Rourke: The following is in response to Terry Blount’s article “Prepping for Less”.

 

I’ve been saying it for some time now, all to many should expect and prepare for diminished returns on their investment in the American dream. It’s unfortunate and “WAS” wholly avoidable, but it’s pointless to relive in words what got us here. It appears to me that for a growing number life gets harder, more challenging. We now function in

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Vote – and Vote Wisely

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Rourke: The following post was originally published over at JamesRobison.net. It can be seen HERE in its original format.

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Many in national leadership have proven without a doubt to be incompetent. On November 4, they must be replaced by principled, qualified leaders in the House, Senate, and many local elections. It is the responsibility and privilege of every American to vote.

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