Liberty Thrives?

Via a Zerohedge guest post.

I agree with the concept and the premise, and while the movement is thriving, the takers have won.

Now it’s up to us ants to build something to ride the grasshopper storm out.

Simple as that.

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Good Times, Headed My Way

Issac is headed my way. Good thing I’ll be in ATL for two weeks straight.

This means two things:

  1. All of the crazies around here will buy up all the batteries, milk, bread, & eggs from the local KroPublix.
  2. The good mountain biking trails will be too muddy to have any fun on.

Funny how the smallest things brings out the nutjobs.

<sarcasm> i wonder how bad it will be when a real emergency gets going? </sarcasm>

BTW, got EMCON?

 

Thoughts on Fortification

Going with Kerodin’s Citadel concept, we have Zenpundit referencing GG.

First, not sure I can convince Mrs. Matson to go to Idaho. Maybe, but that is about the longest shot I have ever heard of, and believe me, it’s not from lack of trying.

Second, practical fortification for the rest of us who are left behind in the other 49…

Over the years, we have adapted the current Matson Compound to be less friendly to the natives. We have built tribe with our neighbors – even the commies – and done what made sense to increase what the property gives back. I stole this concept from Jack Spirko a long time ago. Our property must stop being a drain and start giving something of use, like food & power, back. Simple concept. Fairly easy real world application, though it does make maintenance a bit more in depth in the longterm.

Highlights from the Zenpundit post:

Privacy architecture: Building design embedded with the idea of  promoting privacy, adjusted to the surrounding environment, which today includes thwarting advocates of a panopticon society. You want a structure that breaks clear fields of vision from the outside to the interior. Overhangs, angled exterior surfaces, material surface to reflect heat and light, ornaments/catwalks/netting and  landscaping to break up spatial fields. Perhaps layered walls of different materials to diffuse or mislead spectral/thermal imaging. This could be incorporated in public spaces in neighborhoods or campuses improving both aesthetics as well as privacy.

Underground: Increasing useful space by building down to sub-basement level gives you more possible points of egress, protection from surveillance technologies, storage and living quarters while concealing the true extent of your property from street level view. Best of all, it usually does not count toward your property tax assessment. Substreet complexes, like the system at Disneyworld, could easily planned into the development stage of residential and commercial construction.

Unobtrusive but Unconventional:  Attracting large amounts of attention is helpful in commerce or branding but generally disadvantageous to security. A home should be designed to frustrate opportunistic predators and delay determined ones with the most interesting elements reserved for the interior and (if possible) the rear with the street view presenting a target that is visually more bland than adjacent structures and also unattractive for forced entry. Windows should be treated to make it more difficult to see in or observe when residents are home vice away.

Defensive Security: This is something to consider individually and cooperatively. I once lived in a house in a town with a modestly high crime rate but never had a problem because the house was in a cul-de-sac with a wide oblong court and a long bottleneck entry. The neighbors knew one another and it was impossible (unlike on a conventional street) to not notice a strange car or pedestrian as every home faced the court.  Aside from alarm systems, simple things like better quality doors and locks buys you time to react. If multilevel, you should have at least two ways to escape from an upper floor (when I designed my second home, there were three) which also increases the interior complexity for an unfamiliar intruder. First floor windows should be out of easy reach from ground level.

Manage your Connectivity: Aside from normal cybersecurity precautions, you might consider managing, blocking or at least being aware of your geolocational activity by being selective about tracking devices (like smart phones) and your exposure to “the internet of things”. Do you really need to hook your fridge up to the internet or pay for everything with a debit card?

Lots of good points there. I will again echo the Spirko bit about the property, structure doing something other than being a financial and maintenance drain. Things like small gardens, and basic permaculture go a long, long way to build tribe and give back needed calories to at the very least, supplement your diet.

Simplicity

I don’t have a lot of tacticool gear. Never really saw the need. I have always thought it more prudent to just look like my normal self and be real discreet like when it comes to hardware.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a vest, and a chest rig for classes, but it’s not the ultra high end stuff because, like I’ve mentioned before, I’m essentially a glorified network admin in a sports coat.

However, in my recent travels, I picked up this:

About $10. Six AR or AK mags. Can be slung over the shoulder messenger bag style, or worn around your neck with 550 cord keeping it against your midsection like a low rent chest rig.

If you’re counting that’s 150 rounds in a grab bag. Simple, efficient, cheap.

YMMV.

The One Hundred Mile Rule

Before embarking on this, I want to be honest and up front. I did not come up with this, and it is not a Matson original. I read it on a prepper blog about three or four years ago, and despite my GoogleFoo, I am unable to find it. Please, if you find the original author, leave the link in the comments so that I can give proper credit.

The rule itself is simple:

When traveling by vehicle more than one hundred miles from your home AO, you must have a long gun.

It doesn’t matter what that long gun is, just have one. Whether it is a .22lr, a pump 12 gauge, or a SBR AR15 is really unimportant. What is critical is that you have it in your vehicle and have an intimate knowledge of how to properly use it.

Here’s mine:

I have successfully, and repeatedly hit soda cans at 100 to 125 yards with this little Sub2000 in 9mm. While that is not a rifle round at rifle velocities, it is a very long reach and extremely high capacity (notice the eeeevil 30 rounders) weapon in a very, very small package.

Keep this rule in mind the next time you fire up the minivan for a trip to grandmas.

 

 

E&E – Getting to the Truck

The objective here is not to do a gear rating and bashing. I’m complete gear whore, I freely admit to that, but the purpose of this post is to share with my three readers how a glorified tech guy plans on surviving and thriving during adverse conditions.

Depending on what day it is – client meetings, executive playbook, interaction with my betters – will determine my dress. Most of the time this will be some kind of executype business dress – meaning: sport coat, shirt, pants, sans tie. I hate ties. They are a noose of mediocrity. I digress…

Below are my usual pocket contents, though being a knife person, the EDC blade does tend to change. It is one of many and they are similar. Notice the light, Exotac firestarter, and lip balm. Also notice how the lip balm is petroleum jelly and is a rather nice compliment to the Exotac. Get it?

I mentioned in an earlier post that I carry this in my backpack.

Here’s a shot of the thing. It’s a tank, built to take unbelievable amounts abuse:

A note about the carabiners. They are almost as useful as paracord. Besides, chicks dig ’em.

Here’s a content shot:

Notice the fixed blade and embassy pen. I am never without a fixed blade, no matter how small. This is a Bark River Bravo Necker. This is the one I stuck in my hand. Also contained in the bag are:

  • Medkit stocked with first aid gear, BOK, and OTC meds for travel.
  • Q-Tips (ever been on the road, needed one, and didn’t have one? that is a new level of hell.)
  • Accessory kit (yellow flag) containing the detritus of a information worker.
  • Paleo Trail Mix
  • The EDC kit from a few posts ago.
  • A pair of smartwool socks (thought i rarely wear boots and hikers anymore, having a clean pair of socks and drawers is a good thing).
  • Raingear.
  • Stainless water bottle or vacuum bottle – not pictured.

With this kit, I can survive for a couple of days given I can find shelter. Considering that I will be in an urban or suburban environment 99% of the time, that would be a true statement. Though, as I mentioned before, the goal here is not to be Bear Grylls and drink my own urine. The goal is to get to my truck, and in turn, get home.

One last thing not pictured is my sidearm.

Moving on, the truck. 4×4 (is there any other kind), reliable, and paid for. Debt is cancer BTW. Also, not new, trendy, and flashy. Nothing wrong with that, and I would again heartily agree that the concept of the gray man is ludicrous at best. I do however maintain that to be less of a target, you need to not stand out so much.

I have posted a few times on comms. See below:

This radio offers a lot for the investment. Digital for talking around the world and country. Analog for everything else. Lots of features.

Now that we are at the truck, the components for a longer term scenario, plus defense come into play.

Backpack, boots, range bag, toolkit, all on top of a genuine wool blanket.

A word on the redness of the pack. If you as an individual, during a time of crisis, strap on your AR, combat vest, milspec pack with molle attachments, you will not only attract the attention of those around you who are suffering and without, you will also attract the attention of the ones you really have to worry about – dotgov, dotmil, only ones, and their minions.

Contained in the above pack:

  • poncho
  • woobie (poncho liner)
  • 550 cord
  • firekit
  • several MRE’s
  • a really good fixed blade – ESEE6
  • hike stove & isopro
  • change of clothes (cargos, long and short sleeve poly shirts, drawers, socks)

Range bag hold what you think it would. I keep it in here because I never have it when I need it.

One thing you might notice is the ‘toolkit’. See below:

Kel-tec Sub2000 that uses Glock mags. You know, the same kind that feed my daily sidearm.

I’m pretty sure I can hear your inner ninja going, “Pfft, kel-tec. If you were a real tier 1 operator, you would have an SBR AR with an ACOG.”.

See, here’s the thing. I’m not a tier 1 operator. I’m a glorified network administrator who wants to get home to his wife and kids. This setup allows me to do so while still retaining the ability to lay down suppressive fire. Again, while interdiction and engagement are always something to prepare for, it is not the primary objective. The primary objective is to get to the truck and get home to the family and all the preps I have put in place over the years that we have lived there.

Look for the home load out version of this post in a few more days.

Survival: Backup Comms

Read Part I, Part II, Part III, & then come back.

Cellular networks are robust. They are essentially radio networks with different backend connectivity via IP & digital voice. Cell sites are usually backed up with batteries and natural gas generators making them extremely fault tolerant.

That being said, they have a tendency to be overwhelmed during times of crisis. Bad weather in here in Atlanta will overload the mobile voice and data networks for even the three largest carriers making calls and data usage all but impossible until the congestion clears.

So, what do you do when you need to communicate with an individual or group when this happens?

Analog or digital radio.

I’ll talk more about digital in future post, though it needs to be taken into consideration as a means of communication.

Using the venerable and shockingly flexible Wouxon, my wife knows that she can reach me on a certain emergency 2 meter frequency in lieu of reliable cellular comms.

We have established an EMCOM protocol as a household. This includes frequencies, call signs, procedures based upon circumstances.

Natural Disaster Scenario Example:

  • Emergency declared by the Matson household based on established protocol
  • Radio’s tuned to specific EMCON channels
  • Charger linked to specific generator for this purpose for EMCON gear
  • Contact attempts made until contact established

Simple, cheap, effective.

Mrs. Matson holds an amateur radio call. Depending upon which protocol is engaged will determine if we decide to stay out in the public space or go with a more stealthy means of communicating. When going for cover, we stay off the major amateur thoroughfares and public safety space. Our goal is not to interrupt but to sidestep these heavily trod frequencies. This is illegal, but hey, I gotta be honest. If dotgov wants to stop me and my family from communicating, they are welcome to try.