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Ebola: The Year of Living Dangerously

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By Joe Alton, M.D – Contributing Editor, ModernSurvivalOnline

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When I first wrote about Ebola early this year, I was hoping that it wouldn’t be a news item 6 months later. In my March 2014 article, I mentioned my concern about 86 cases and 59 deaths reported in the country of Guinea. The article you’re reading now counts 7500 cases and 3500 deaths in several countries. Dire projections by some experts predict more than a

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 9th, 2014

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I am hearing from friends that they are finding .22LR more and more frequently. Prices pretty much suck though. Even places like Academy Sports have a hefty premium on what I would call plain-jane lead .22LR 40-grain solid points. $4.99 for 50 rounds is cheaper than is was – but no where near “old” prices. Yeah – I know – supply and demand. Well – Wal-Mart sells pretty much at old prices(when you can find

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Video of the Week: The fastest homemade hammock setup

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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.

Hammocks can be a great alternative to tents for camping, bug out kits, etc. I have used a Grand Trunk Ultralight numerous times and love it.

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Emergency Essentials monthly sale…..

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Emergency Essentials is having another great monthly sale. I am proud to have them as an official sponsor.

This month a wide variety if items are on sale. A couple of items of particular note include their 4-person/72 hour food bucket for $124.99 as well as a Kaito 4 power AM/FM/shortwave radio for only $29.99.

Both these items are representative of numerous other selections including:

Emergency Essentials 1-month Breakfast Bucket Regular:$179.99 SPECIAL: $119.99 Supreme Pizza

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From the desk of John Rourke – October 8th, 2014

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Member of my preparedness group recently sent me a link to some information on making Mylar packed meals providing nutritious sustenance for long term storage – cheap. We are both going to do some experimentation and I will report the results – and recipes.

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I went and saw The Equalizer this past weekend. Fantastic movie – very entertaining. I was a huge fan of the old TV series and the

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Symptoms of Ebola

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From the CDC website:

Symptoms of Ebola include Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F) Severe headache Muscle pain Weakness Diarrhea Vomiting Abdominal (stomach) pain Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.

Recovery from Ebola depends on the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 7th, 2014

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Special Edition of “From the Desk of…….” Here are a few pictures from my recent trip to Camp Harrison – Boomer, NC.

I went on a Men’s Retreat with guys from my church. What an incredible experience!

- – – Rourke

View as I entered Camp Harrison – Boomer, NC

 

Road snakes its way to main living quarters.

 

From the Desk of John Rourke – October 7th, 2014

Panhandle Rancher speaks….Rain Water Harvesting

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Our Texas ranch was blessed by the Ogalalla aquifer. Anywhere we drilled to 400 feet, water was found. Windmills and electric pumps provided ample and cheap water.

 

Those of you who read my scribbles know that my family relocated from Texas recently. One of the places we purchased was on a rural water system. This retreat is in an economically challenged area and shortly after closing, the water coop experienced a pump failure.

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations

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Video’s

Properly Cleaning the AR-15

Rourke Climbing a Rope Using Hands Only

Canik TP9 Review

 

Books

HAM Radio’s for Dummies

Last Stand: Surviving America’s Collapse

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary

 

Stuff

PB2 Peanut Butter Powder – Peanut butter. Second only to bacon.

Kindle Fire HD 6 Tablet – Kindles offer a lot of value and function in one small device.

Yaesu FT-2900R HAM Radio – Powerful HAM radio with a

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 6th, 2014

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My wife and I continue to evaluate when we will get chickens. Looking like a Spring project. My HOA does not allow them however we think we can do it without getting caught. If we do not a big deal we’ll just give them away.

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If you are not aware I have decided to give up SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. Priorities. Life is to busy and I have to prioritize. I am hoping

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OPSEC and you.

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So by now Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out and hopefully you have watched it. It is not only great escapism for a couple of hours it has at it’s core a very significant message. How much protection is too much protection and more importantly, who exactly is providing that protection?

The main premise of the movie is about Project Insight: three Helicarriers linked to

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UN/NIH states Ebola could go airborne

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From ThreatJournal.com:

“Early this week the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Ebola, Anthony Banbury, warned that the longer the Ebola epidemic continues infecting people unabated, the higher the chances it will mutate and become airborne.”

“While the message is being broadly trumpeted that Ebola can only be contracted by direct contact with infected individuals or their bodily fluids, according to Dr. Barbara Knust of the CDC, there is risk of exposure through casual contact,

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I have heard from a few subscribers that asked if I could send out my daily posts once per week, rather than every day. They felt that their inbox is clogged up and they would rather get an email with all the posts listed weekly.

I also had a few email me and ask if I could arrange the subscription service so that they would receive an email once 5-6 posts were published, again rather

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Top doc: ‘Several people were exposed,’ more will be infected by Dallas Ebola case

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As more information is brought froward regarding the person and their travels who has been diagnosed in Dallas, Texas it is becoming more concerning. It appears that this person visited the hospital at least once and was provided some antibiotics and sent home. Let’s hope that is where it ends but it does not look good. Time to panic? No – but as always awareness is valuable as well as preparations.

– – – Rourke

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From the desk of John Rourke – October 2nd, 2014

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Pretty cool the “cloaking” technology recently revealed by scientists at the University of Rochester. It uses multiple glass lenses to bend light around objects thus making them appear invisible.

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Been working on trying to make a homemade repeater out of a couple of Baofeng UV-5R HAM radio’s. There are several video’s on YouTube showing how to do it plus devices on eBay. So far – no luck.

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Ebola Arrives in the U.S.

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The following post was originally published over at DoomandBloom.net. It can be see HERE in its original format. – – Rourke

 

With the announcement of the official diagnosis of Ebola in a person named Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas, the U.S. can no longer assume that it is invulnerable to the threat of this deadly virus. I had predicted that this would happen a number of times, but don’t consider me a gifted fortune-teller;

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 1st, 2014

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It recently came out that the man that ran across the White House lawn and entered via an unlock door got much further than what was previously reported. Seems like everything associated with this Administration is an embarrassment.

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Muslim tries to convert co-workers to Islam, discusses that women should be covered and how stoning is OK, posts numerous anti-American things on Facebook, and cuts an ex coworkers head off. Hmmmm….terrorist

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: How to Make a Tourniquet

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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 on necessary “how to” skill from SkinnyMedic.

 

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1st case of Ebola diagnosed in Dallas….

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Many of us predicted it and now it has happened. Hopefully it will be the one and only – but I would not count on it. Experts continue to say that Ebola can ONLY be transferred via bodily fluids and you could sit next to an infected person on a plane for hours and be just fine.

This news is just breaking so here are a few links to get more information:

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140929-dallas-ebola-case-confirmed-by-cdc-first-diagnosis-in-u.s..ece

http://news.yahoo.com/cdc-director-says-u-able-contain-ebola-spread-221131000.html

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/30/after-first-ebola-case-fears-turn-us-pandemic-prep/

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

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Watched the movie Outbreak and Contagion again over the past couple days. Great movies. Yeah – you can nitpick the actions of people in each movie – especially Contagion – but both serve as a reminder what is possible.

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Why is it that I still think that .50 cent coins and $1.00 coins are really cool – along with $2 bills? When I was a kid it was the most

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations

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Knives & Tools

Cold Steel GI Tanto

Gerber Suspension Multi-Pliers with Sheath

Mora Companion Outdoor Knife

 

Movies/TV/Documentaries

Contagion DVD

Outbreak DVD

SURVIVORS TV Series Season 1 & 2 DVD

 

Online Video’s

Getting Started in HAM Radio

How to Grow Potatoes – Wranglestar

How to Laser Bore Sight a Rifle

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

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For the past couple months I have been trying to follow a diet that involves Intermittent Fasting. Basically I eat between 1:00pm and 7:00pm daily. I work out at noon time on an empty stomach. The first week I followed it I lost 8 pounds. Since then? Struggling with willpower. I have no problem with the eating schedule but tending not to eat very clean. I will get back on track once I decide to.

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A bit of trouble….

I was away all weekend and arrived back Sunday afternoon. Having problems with Internet access. Due t this limited publishing today.

Stay tuned for tomorrow.

Take care all – Rourke