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From the Desk of John Rourke – April 13th, 2015

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From arstechnica.com: A federal appeals court is asking the Obama administration to explain why the government should be allowed to keep secret its plan to shutter mobile phone service during “critical emergencies.”

The Department of Homeland Security came up with the plan—known as Standing Operating Procedure 303—after cellular phones were used to detonate explosives targeting a London public transportation system.

SOP 303 is a powerful tool in the digital age, and it spells out a

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The use of drones as a force multiplier in an emergency or disaster

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By Brad M

Last 4th of July, my family helped set up thousands of flags on a lawn by our City Hall to honor Veterans from our state who had given their last full measure for their country. While doing that I heard a buzzing sound and found it to be coming from a quad copter flying down the field with a camera under it, and found the pilot to be from the local

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ClassicFirearms.com now an official sponsor

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I am pleased to announce that Classic Firearms out of Monroe, NC is now an official sponsor of ModernSurvivalOnline.com. I became familiar with Classic Firearms after ordering a Bear Creek Arsenal upper to complete an AR build. Their customer service was excellent and the upper arrived with no issues.

Just recently I placed another order getting a Canik TP9 SA 9mm pistol. I talked on the phone with Janet who coordinated the firearms transfer to

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Site problems….

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Had some significant problems on Saturday with the website. For a period of time I was actually locked out. Once I was able to gain access many pages disappeared. I was able to retrieve them but some had changed – pictures disappeared and some text was gone. This is primarily on older pages in the download section.

Hopefully everything is back to normal. If you see anything out of the ordinary please send

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Retreat Security and Small Unit Tactics: The Book

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We all have a responsibility to protect ourselves, our families and our property. Police are at best minutes away and in a disaster or WROL situation they may not be coming at all. This book provides valuable information on securing your home(retreat) as well as small group security tactics.

Just to give you an idea what is covered in this book – here are a few chapters:

Common Sense Ways

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From the Desk of John Rourke – April 10th, 2015

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I mentioned recently that I have been listening to 299 Days by Glen Tate. Almost done with Book One – really enjoying it.

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I want to mention again about the story from yesterday about the US military moving its strategic communications equipment back into Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. Specifically the reason was natural or artificial EMP and the need to prepare in case of such an event. Begs the question

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Are you saving seeds?

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We spend tons of money on guns, ammunition, knives, backpacks and all kinds of things labeled “tactical” – but what about seeds? Many of us that prepare for “bad times” ahead consider gardening an integral part of our systems. Seeds are ultra-inexpensive and readily available most anywhere.

I am not going to get into the whole Heirloom versus Hybrid debate. Why? It’s pointless. Why again? Because most of the vegetables seeds that are available locally

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Video: Three steps to quick fitness

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Summer is coming and getting in shape is on many peoples minds. Beyond the reason of fitting in a bathing suit there are many preparedness reasons to get in shape and be fit.

Check out this video from Viking Preparedness:

 

 

 

From the Desk of John Rourke – April 9th, 2015

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China has deployed 3 submarines with the capability of targeting the United States with nuclear missiles. To be honest I figured they already had subs capable of this. Regardless – not good news.

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The US military is moving its strategic communications equipment back into Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. Why? Protection from EMP.

Interesting.

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“I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It

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Gault on……Preserving The Harvest

This post was previously published HERE on MSO.

 

Home canning has been around since the mid 1800s. That’s when a tinsmith named John L. Mason invented the Mason Jar. For most of its existence canning was done by the “open kettle method”, but with the advent of the “pressure canner” canning became more useful and more broadly used. With the spread of supermarkets and the industrialization of food production, but for a few

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Shooting the Kel-Tec Sub-2000 9mm carbine

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This post was originally published HERE on MSO.

So many guns, not enough money. A couple weeks ago I had the chance to borrow a friends Kel-Tec Sub-2000 9mm Carbine. I have been interested in owning one of these for the past few years but it just never happened.

Over a weekend I was able to take a look at the Kel-Tec, handle it, shoot it, and get an

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From the Desk of John Rourke – April 8th, 2015

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Fukushima radiation has reached the coast of North America and has been detected in sea water along the West Coast. Levels are reported to be very low and to not effect humans.

Wonderful.

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In Arizona prairie dogs were found to be carrying fleas that were infected with the plague. Officials are currently taking action to “clean” the prairie dog of fleas and warning residents about the situation. The plague –

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Survival Gardening: Squash and Zucchini

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This post was previously published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.

Spring is fast approaching and many will start gardens for the very first time. Wanna have guaranteed (well…..almost) success? Over the years I have found it incredibly easy to grow both zucchini and crookneck summer squash. I have grown these in containers, raised beds, as well as in the ground.

Provided there is decent soil, water and sunlight – throw the seeds in

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Video of the Week: Solar Powered Rototiller

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.

This is an excellent repurposing of a broken tiller and a car starter. What a great grid-down efficiency tool and at a very low cost.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – April 7th, 2015

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I have not discussed the “Jade Helm” situation at all up to this point although several readers have sent me links and information concerned with what is going on. If you are not aware of what Jade Helm is – it basically is a large, multi-state military training exercise being conducted from July 15th through September 15th.

Here is my take:

“Move along folks. Nothing to see here.”

There are theorists out there proclaiming that

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GARDENING AND SURVIVAL

The following post was published a little over 2 years ago over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com and I thought it was deserving of another look here. Gardening is one of the most underrated skills as well as preps in most preppers/survivalists systems. If you do not garden – start now. I learn something every year and mistakes need to be made now – not when it really counts. – Rourke

 

By Pam

The ultimate in self-sufficiency

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Pull them suckers from the crotch….

If you thought the title had anything to do with anything other than pruning tomatoes then your mind must be in the gutter. 😉 Removing “suckers from the crotch” is a pruning technique for tomato plants that can help grow more fruit and less plant.

First off – What is a “sucker“? A sucker is a growth that occurs in the crotch (area between the stem and branch). Why remove the sucker from the crotch?

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From the Desk of John Rourke – April 6th, 2015

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This is “Gardening Week” here on MSO. Hope you find something useful.

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This past weekend started planting. A few mounds of cucumbers, zucchini, and crookneck yellow squash. Also started some yellow onions which I should have started a bit earlier. Lastly – threw some seed potatoes in the ground.

I made a PVC gate for the entrance of my main garden to keep the dogs out.

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VIDEO: Gardening and Survival

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Sootch does a great job explaining the necessity of gardening as a preparedness skill and activity.If you do not garden on a regular basis this is the perfect time to get started.

 

 

Grow your own food with the 4 Foot Gardening Blueprint!!

 

Gardening is a passion of mine and I have made plenty of mistakes and learned from them. No survival & preparedness system would be complete

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Getting Started in Gardening

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This post was previously published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.

By John Rourke

 

There are many reasons to have your own garden. Growing and eating vegetables that you grew from scratch by preparing soil, planting seeds, weeding, watering and picking all yourself is incredibly rewarding. Money can be saved as seeds are much less expensive than the corresponding produce. Fresh produce harvested straight from the garden taste better and is

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He is risen!

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Hope everyone has a Happy Easter!

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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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TechEyes.com – special limited time pricing for MSO readers

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TechEyes.com is a new sponnsor here on ModernSurvivalOnline.com and they are offerring some very special EOTech pricing for MSO readers. This is a limited time, unadvertised offer.

 

Here are the specials:

 

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From the Desk of John Rourke – April 3rd, 2015

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Shot a Ruger All American rifle in .30-06 this past Wednesday. Great rifle and super accurate. It had a Nikon scope mounted. I believe I have made my choice as to which bolt action rifle I am going to purchase.

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Plan to travel with a firearms outside the US? Read this first as rules are changing.

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9mm ammunition at Wal-Mart has dropped tremendously in price.

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