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


I have been planning on writing about the modern underground economy. Just a few words in the meantime. More and more people are conducting business via barter. Service for material things. Services for services. Material for material. Of course this has been going on for hundreds of years however the modern economy is dictating a higher need and frequency.

Simple online Facebook groups are a major player in the underground economy. People post items of

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Rourke: This post was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.


Author: Matthew D. Goebel, Disabled Veteran, Retired US Marshal, Patriot & Survivor.


I believe the most important necessity needed to survive any disaster or breakdown in the WILL to survive. I know this because I’ve faced death and the total destruction of what I understood as ‘my life’ and lived to talk about it. Bullets, Food, Fire, Shelter, Income, Safety and Security,

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


Two federal agents operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are claiming that eight Syrian illegal aliens attempted to enter Texas from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. The federal agents spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity, however, a local president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) confirmed that Laredo Border Patrol agents have been officially contacting the organization with concerns over reports from other federal agents about

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SHTF/WROL scenario video’s – thoughts?


YouTube’s SouthernPrepper1 has many, many helpful and educational videos to watch. Something unique he has done is create a series of fictional scenario videos which take place AFTER an event which left the country in a WROL situation.

In case you are unaware what WROL stands for – Without Rule of Law.

Below is a compiled list of all SP1 video’s. Others on YouTube jumped in and joined him in his

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 18th, 2015


Everyone bought their turkey? Picked up a 23 pounder last Friday. Going to take advantage of the sales and buy 2-3 more – smaller ones.

Looking forward to Gobble Day. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, homemade bread, corn – and FRUIT SALAD. “Fruit salad?” you ask. A recipe that my family has always used on Thanksgiving and usually at Christmas. Basically drained fruit cocktail and whip cream. Will have to ask the wife if there is

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A Prepper’s Nightmare


Rourke: This Blast From The Past was originally published HERE on


Any prepper worth their weight will scenario plan. Mental rehearsal is important. As an educator, I have studied brain-based research as it pertains to education. In my studies, I have learned that the brain doesn’t distinguish between reality and imagination. If you doubt this, recall the last time you had a nightmare. You most likely woke up sweating and your heart beating

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 17th, 2015



Capt. Michaels posted a link to a press release whereby Texas Governor sent a letter to President Obama stating that he refuses to accept any refugees from Syria.

Here is an excerpt:

“Given the tragic attacks in Paris and the threats we have already seen, Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees – any one of whom could be connected to terrorism – being resettled in Texas,”

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Purifying water with bleach

How to Purifying Water with Bleach (2)

Survival and preparedness is not all about zombies and being all “tacticool”. Often it is as simple as having water that is safe to drink. A well known method for disinfecting water is with common household bleach. Bleach is inexpensive and readily available at any grocery store.

Why bleach? Most municipalities use chlorine as part of their system to sanitize water for human consumption. Sodium hypochlorite is the active ingredient in bleach and is

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This purchase costs absolutely no more – zero – zilch – nada – than if you went to Amazon directly rather

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 16th, 2015


Just released a new article in Patriots Members Area. Members – check it out HERE.

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Interested in fighting ISIS. TrackingPoint is offering up 10 of their rifles to those willing to go and get the job done.

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Did some shooting in Georgia this past weekend. Seemed fitting after the attacks in Paris to send some rounds down range. I wonder how many millions of American’s

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Review: Olight S1 LED Baton Flashlight


I have dozens of flashlights ranging from very small and just a couple of lumens to larger super bright models. Ever since I was a kid and had an old silver flashlight that had an ultra-cool button on the switch that allowed me to do morse code with it I have been hooked. Flashlights today are lighters, smaller, and much brighter than just a decade ago.

The Olight S1 Baton represents modern flashlight technology at

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Butter, Knives, and Videos…..oh my!


MSO sponsor is an industry leader offering a huge assortment of survival and preparedness products at great prices. Owner Tom Sciacca has released a couple of video’s highlighting new product lines recently added.

The first is for clarified butter. Clarified butter has a very long shelf life – 15 years or more. It can be used in recipes in place of regular butter however it is only used at 1/4 – 1/3 the amount

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My prayers go out to the people of France. I pray that they come together in solidarity to fight the evil which exists not only there but around the world. I hope the french government will step up to the plate and take the appropriate action to protect their citizens and to hold accountable those responsible.

I also hope the world learns from this tragedy.

France recently took in 30,000 refugees from Syria. The

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Amazon Prime and Audible books



With the holiday season well underway figured I would share a couple of resources I highly recommend. I use both of these quite frequently.

Amazon Prime is the first. I have been a member for the last several years. What I like about Amazon Prime is for most any item I purchase I get free 2-day shipping. Combined with the great prices I really like this. Prime members also have access to thousands of

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 12th, 2015


Hope everyone’s weeks is going well. Had a few minutes so wanted to touch base.

Yesterday was really touching to see the outpouring support for Veterans. I have mentioned this before but I did not serve. It is a regret I consider often. I have always appreciated what men and women of the armed forces have done for this country. My father was a Vet and I loved hearing stories of his time in basic

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Five Things Larry Winget Is Doing Personally In Challenging Times


This post orginally appeared on Larry Winget’s site –

by Larry Winget

I get a lot of questions and am interviewed on radio and television about what people should do in these troubling times. I decided this time to tell you what I am doing instead of just telling you what you should be doing. Maybe you will find something in what I am doing that can help you when making decisions

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A Survivalist Mindset Amongst Apathy


Rourke: The following was originally published HERE on


Apathy is described as a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation, and passion. Over the course of these last couple of years I’ve found myself more inclined, empowered by a sense of urgency and righteousness in my beliefs, to speak with others, sometimes at great length, about my views concerning preparedness and the necessity of possessing a survivalist

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Need a gun? On a budget? Here are 3 possibilities…..



Regardless of what the government figures and mainstream media reports the economy has left many families struggling. Those on a tight budget may find themselves overwhelmed and disappointed during a trip to the gun shop. With just a few hundred dollars it is absolutely possible to secure a very capable means to defend the homestead.

Here are a few examples:

1. Stevens 350 Security Pump Action 12 gauge Shotgun – The Stevens comes equipped

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations


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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Video: EoTech & AR15 Carbine POV Shooting



I realize this will not be the most exciting video ever watched but for those that do not understand the benefit of a holographic optic it is very telling.

I waited a long time before spending the money on a high-dollar EoTech 552 and have never looked back. For close-to-medium ranges it is phenomenal. It offers super fast target acquisition and super rugged. There are other similar optics out there some costing more –

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


Received word from loyal reader JM that there is an approaching solar disturbance that will impact the planet sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. This is a continuation from an earlier flare that appears to have damaged some power plant systems and grounded airlines in Sweden.

I have some additional EMP Emergency Kits that I have been wanting to work on. As soon as I get done with this post I am going to

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Giant World Seed Bank



A few hundred miles from the North Pole and above Norway a set of islands called “Svalbard” exist. They are controlled by Norway and are hosting something that is quite unique – a Doomsday Seed Vault. This Global Seed vault holds over 1.5 billion seeds. This is an incredible amount and within those seeds a tremendous variety exists. Wheat alone is represented by over 50,000 collections from all over the world.

The intended purpose

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Peak Preparedness: What Safety Measures Your Home Should Have



Emergencies can happen at any time. By preparing your home for some worst-case scenarios, you can prevent damage or serious injury. Keep your family safe and make sure everyone knows the rules and safety measures you have in place. Here are some good ideas to check out as you prepare.

Smoke DetectorAll homes should have smoke detectors on every level. The best detectors are photoelectric, and can quickly

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