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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 11th, 2014

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Just got finished watching the movie “Dragon’s Day”. Low budget and so-so acting but pretty interesting. The premise is the United States is attacked by China as most all electronics stop working due to an internal “virus” that is included as part of the manufacturing process. China is able to activate the virus through the use of a top-secret radio frequency. The story covers a family who had gone to a mountain cabin and finds

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 10th, 2014

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A Liberal friend of mine recently showed me a graphic that someone made up that promoted an opinion related to the voters who gave Republicans control of both the House and Senate. The graphic suggests that the Obama Administration has been a tremendous positive for this country and provides “facts” as supportive evidence. So frustrating to come across smart people that believe the propaganda and fail to educate themselves.

Here is the graphic itself:

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Russian malware attack on power plants?

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Via abcnews.go.com – A destructive “Trojan Horse” malware program has penetrated the software that runs much of the nation’s critical infrastructure and is poised to cause an economic catastrophe, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

National Security sources told ABC News there is evidence that the malware was inserted by hackers believed to be sponsored by the Russian government, and is a very serious threat.

The hacked software is used to control complex industrial

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got Baofeng?

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HAM radio is one of those mysterious phenomenon that most people ignore because they just don’t understand it. I totally identify with that as I was in that same boat for years. Reality smacked me in the face when my efforts with line-of-sight communications just failed to fulfill my requirements. I am still learning and would barely consider myself knowledgeable. What I do know is I am able to communicate with most every member of

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

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Am I the only one that imagines myself as the lead character in every action movie I have ever watched?

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A Father in India tortured and killed the man that raped and impregnated his 14 year old daughter. And what is the problem?

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I was kind of surprised I did not get more comments on my homemade repeater post. I got s few but I

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America’s most incurable disease is spending

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Rourke: The following post was originally published over at WashingtonTimes.com.

Taking prudent steps now will improve health down the road

By Ben S. Carson

I have had a fulfilling career as a pediatric neurosurgeon, which unfortunately included numerous instances where worst-case scenarios played out in the operating room. Good surgeons plan ahead for these possible events so that bad outcomes are minimized. But of course, few treatment plans will succeed if the doctor

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

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Just found out I am going to have to travel to Buffalo New York in December. Crap.

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If I had to choose between a big knife and a small knife I would go with the big knife every time. Luckily that is not a real world choice that has to be made.

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Football season is over for Jonathan – my 15 year old. This means

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Can America As We Know It Survive Two More Years of President Obama?

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BY FRANK DOWD, IV The morning after the 2012 presidential election, I jotted down 10 things we could expect in a second term from President Obama—some positive in a hopeful sense, and others quite negative. A year later I looked back on my predictions and found that I had been far too optimistic; the record of the Obama administration was abysmal, and the state of our Country reflected it. The Charlotte Observer published my

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Video of the Week: Without Rule of Law – “Don’t Hasten the Day” by Nutnfancy

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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.

The following video discusses a serious topic – WROL (Without Rule of Law). The video is on the long side (20+ minutes) compared to most I

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 5th, 2014

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I do most of the grocery shopping in my home. This past weekend I took my wife with me and she was constantly complaining about the prices. Since it had been quite a while that she had been in a grocery store the increase in prices were shocking to her. In particular bacon, beef, milk, and some fruit especially noticeable. I have said it before and I will say it again – food storage is

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Feed a family of 4 for 1 year, for less than $300

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Note from Rourke: What follows should be considered a “starting point” or a supplemental addition to other food storage efforts. It was originally published over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com.

 

Feed a family of 4 for 1 year, for less than $300

By MsKYprepper, Editor-At-Large

You are out of excuses!

This plan is THE fastest, cheapest and easiest way to start a food storage program. You are done in a weekend.

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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!!!

 

- – 1st Place – -

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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