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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 21st, 2015

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Hope everyone had a great weekend.

I started ModernSurvivalOnline.com several years ago to connect with likeminded people. The tag I have used since its inception has been “Thoughts on Survival and the World Today”. I believe it has been accurate. Every so often I receive an email from someone complaining about talking politics, or even my personal life as they expect me to provide them preparedness information and that’s all. As I have said many

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

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Getting to this late folks. Running out of time.

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Just got word of my bonus at my job and it is very good. A portion of it will go towards preps. Food will be the main addition. Still deciding on the rest. Possibly some extra magazines for couple of my guns, some arrows, and another AR lower for another build.

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Truth……

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

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Capt.Michaels sent in a couple of links that are very interesting and another reason to keep doing what we are doing.

First – Obama is calling on Governors to use their executive action powers to instill higher levels of gun control. This is another way of bypassing Congress to move the anti-gun agenda forward.

Second – another article reports that a Texas sheriff “warns President Barack Obama in a social media video that trying to

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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 14th, 2015

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What a weekend! It was well over 75 degrees Saturday and Sunday. Felt so good took the top off the Jeep. Put some Christmas lights up on the house and grilled out. Steak and shrimp…..awesome.

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Opened a #10 can of whole potatoes over the weekend. Expiration date was back in 2012. No problem at all.

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Read reports over the weekend that indicated 3 Walmarts in

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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 11th, 2015

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My Christmas shopping is about 50% done. Looking for something unique for the wife which is quite a feat as she fails to share ANYTHING she wants. Maybe I should buy me her a new gun!

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End of every year I come up with New Year’s resolutions – or better termed goals and objectives. This year will be no different. Preparedness efforts are seriously being stepped up. Food, medical supplies,

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

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The controversy surrounding Trumps comments about disallowing Muslims into the country continues to spread through the news media, social media, and the office water cooler. Trump is being compared to Hitler – a man who is responsible for the senseless murder of millions of Jews. I think the comparison is more than ridiculous.

When I first heard his comments I was taken aback. I guess I have been socially brainwashed like most people. Then I

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

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I think Trump’s declaration of banning Muslims from entering this country is going to be very good for Ted Cruz. With that said I have heard him say other things I thought would hurt him and I was wrong. Regardless – Hillary Clinton will be elected the next President of the United States. Boy, I hope I am wrong about that as well.

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Iran recently conducted a ballistic missile test

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

New York And New Jersey Continue To Recover From Superstorm Sandy

Great responses to the SHTF Scenario published yesterday.

Each and every person reading the scenario is envisioning their own personal interpretation of circumstances, environment, threat level, and events that have transpired over the past 24 hours. 24 hours into a grid down situation brought on by terrorist attacks a man knocks on my door asking for help as he ran out of gas and has no means to purchase fuel or food. At this moment

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – December 8th, 2015

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

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Hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine went well. Extremely sore from my workouts last week as I started a new bodybuilding/weightlifting routine. I think I went overboard just a bit.

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I watched an interview Sunday morning where Hillary Clinton was asked why in recovered emails to her daughter and friends she called Benghazi a terrorist attack yet she told the families of those killed it was due to a

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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 4th, 2015

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I recently started watching the original Star Trek television series. Although the special effects are certainly dated I am really enjoying it. Watched the show as a kid and it fed my imagination as I traveled the universe “to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before.”

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This video shows the ridiculous fashion which our government is

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

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I guess today’s “From the Desk” is heavily concentrated in politics. C’est la Vie

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The shooting yesterday in San Bernardino, California was terrible and is still developing as I type this. What a waste of lives. As it stands right now a man and a women have been killed by police and a third person is in custody. Although 14 people were killed initially several are in the hospital

Continue reading From the Desk of John Rourke – December 3rd, 2015

From the Desk of John Rourke – December 2nd, 2015

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Mylar packed more rice, pasta and pinto beans. Picked up some heavy duty Mylar bags and like them much better as they will resist cracking during storage much better than than the thinner versions. Food storage is looking much better but still a long ways to go. Need to place an order through the LDS Cannery for more wheat.

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Wife picked up another 19 canning jar of various sizes –

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From the Desk of John Rourke – December 1st, 2015

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Drone technology is getting better and better. I have recently ordered my first drone that has real-time inflight camera viewing. The applications for large area viewing are obvious although it being seen or heard and attracting unwanted attention is certainly a possibility. This is a first step. We’ll see how it goes.

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Dollar Store Tip: Quite often my local Dollar Tree store has CR2032 batteries in stock. Local Walgreens sells

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 30th, 2015

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I sincerely hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!! Mine went very well. As usual I ate too much and the tryptophan in the turkey knocked me out.

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Reader C.D. sent this in – CMP WIll Get 100,000 1911 Pistols

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I have not had cable or satellite for a couple of years. This affords me an opportunity to “tune out” of current events at times. Over

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 25th, 2015

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A lot of special sales going on right now. Some of them offer a great way to save not only on electronics, clothes, etc. but also on preparedness-related products. I just received an email that Earth Easy has their LifeStraw line of products on sale for 2 days only 25% off. Use promo code “READY25” and get a LifeStraw for only $14.96.

Click HERE for more information.

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Another day another

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 24th, 2015

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Over the past few months it has been a struggle in the gym. A real lack of motivation has been plaguing my efforts. Crossfit has been the mainstay of my fitness system however a few injuries have sidelined that type of workout intensity. Shoulder issues and muscle spasms are not real motivational to go out there and lift stuff up and put it down. I have been a member of the YMCA however my partner

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 23rd, 2015

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Here is some interesting information. Ever think about the very first Thanksgiving? Wonder what it may have been like? I have listened to this short podcast from Jason Akers several times. Check it out HERE.

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Recent picture of me and Jake. Bella is too sophisticated to jump up on a recliner. Jakes up to 64 pounds. Bella remains at 50. My Beast!!

They both shed horribly and get hair

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 2nd, 2015

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Hope everyone had a great weekend.

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Reminder: Next week I will be AFK so my daily “From the Desk of….” will likely be absent.

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A few years ago I started a monthly series called “Call to Action“. These served as a reminder to look at particular areas of preparedness, grade your level of readiness, and take action to improve it as necessary. I am

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From the Desk of John Rourke – October 29th, 2015

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I was recently in contact with someone from Germany. This person is very non-political. I asked how Germans felt about the immigration of thousands of people from Syria and other countries. She said that she and many others are concerned and that they are fearful of the Muslims. She points out that Muslims to not assimilate rather they try to change others.

I agree.

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A couple of polls to help

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