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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Developing Korea Conflict Could Go Nuclear ... Russia Preparing

Personally, I'm not climbing into the bunker yet. Those North Koreans play a different brand of rock and roll and this just seems to be the same bluster, higher volume.

But I find it interesting that Russia has publicly declared a nuclear warning. Not surprised, I guess though, because it could in the end benefit Russia to ratchet up global fears. One obvious result might be a bit higher oil prices. We won't go into the possibility of certain commisars and siloviki actually hoping for tensions to erupt into an expanding hot war.

Russia fears Korea conflict could go nuclear - Ifax

Wed May 27, 2009 4:48pm IST

By Oleg Shchedrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is taking security measures as a precaution against the possibility tension over North Korea could escalate into nuclear war, news agencies quoted officials as saying on Wednesday.

Interfax quoted an unnamed security source as saying a stand-off triggered by Pyongyang's nuclear test on Monday could affect the security of Russia's far eastern regions, which border North Korea.

"The need has emerged for an appropriate package of precautionary measures," the source said.

"We are not talking about stepping up military efforts but rather about measures in case a military conflict, perhaps with the use of nuclear weapons, flares up on the Korean Peninsula," he added. The official did not elaborate further.


Here's another interesting report on Russia very much worth reading: "The new Cold War is over energy resources"

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Mountain House Freeze Dried Food on Sale with Free Gifts for Members

Our latest news release:

The bestseller "One Second After" by William R. Fortschen, and the HAZARiD Decontamination Kit are among free gifts Safecastle buyers club members are collecting as they make money-saving purchases of Mountain House food before June 5. The freeze-dried food is the preferred emergency storage food of individuals, groups, and organizations around the world, lasting better than 25 years in #10 cans.

(Vocus/PRWEB ) May 24, 2009 -- Safecastle owner Victor Rantala is making a habit of giving away books he sees as important for his customers to learn from and which he knows they will enjoy. Currently, he is giving away the bestseller "One Second After" by William R. Fortschen, an eye-opening fictional account of what life after an EMP attack on the USA might be like.

"One Second After" by William Forstchen
"One Second After" by William Forstchen

Said Rantala, "This book, like many of the others we've given away to our members, emphasizes the importance all of us should place on being prepared for the unexpected. We take an awful lot in life for granted today, leaving us dangerously vulnerable to events that can potentially strip away the niceties and comforts we are dependent upon.

"Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, war, economic calamity, and pandemic disease are just some of the disastrous facts of life that history bears witness to—in fact, emphasizing time and again, that fortune favors the prepared. That's why we at Safecastle do what we do—work to raise awareness of the need for personal or local crisis preparedness and aid those who need to do something for themselves to get it done efficiently."

Mountain House freeze dried food has long been a core ingredient in the preparedness plans of the majority of Safecastle customers. It's widely regarded around the globe as the best quality freeze-dried food anywhere. The fact that it has a shelf life of better than 25 years makes it a natural for those who want to have on hand good, nutritious food for the day when others around them may be forced to depend on the good will and competence of rescuers or charities.

When the opportunity arises to offer customers discounts of 25% on the food, and ship it free to the continental U.S., Safecastle invariably deals with a huge surge in demand that re-energizes Rantala and keeps him hopeful about the future.

Rantala said: "These are tough times. Globally, we are sitting ducks for one more major event out of a grab bag of possibilities that could send our fragile economic system into unreconcilable catastrophe. More people are coming to that conclusion. The world of crisis preparedness is increasingly alive, growing by leaps and bounds. In my view, that is reason for wider optimism. For those who are taking steps to provide for themselves and their loved ones, they are doing the wise thing and at the very least acquiring some measure of peace of mind. We hope and pray that most of us never have to actually rely upon our common-sense preparations. But if it comes to that, our customers will be among those who won't be among the helpless waiting for the cavalry to appear on the horizon."

The current Safecastle Royal Buyers Club Mountain House sale runs through June 5. Members and non-members alike can take advantage of the 25% discounted pricing on the canned foods. Members can earn free gifts based on the amount of food purchased.


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Friday, May 22, 2009

Dr. Margaret Chan: "Expect more cases of severe and fatal infections" of H1N1

WHO chief says world should prepare for severe flu
22 May 2009 11:42:03 GMT
Source: Reuters

GENEVA, May 22 (Reuters) - Countries should be ready for more serious H1N1 infections, and more deaths from the newly-discovered virus, World Health Organisation chief Dr. Margaret Chan said on Friday.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Solar Cycle Decline ... Navy Physicist Warns of Decades-Long Ice and Famine

The science and history behind this seem solid.

US Navy physicist warns of possibly 'several decades of crushing cold temperatures and global famine'
by Retired U.S. Navy Physicist and Engineer James A. Maruse

2 Apr 09 – Excerpts: “The sun has gone very quiet as it transitions to Solar Cycle 24.

“Since the current transition now exceeds 568 spotless days, it is becoming clear that sun has undergone a state change. It is now evident that the Grand Maxima state that has persisted during most of the 20th century has come to an abrupt end.

“(The sun) might (1) revert to the old solar cycles or (2) the sun might go even quieter into a 'Dalton Minimum' or a Grand Minima such as the 'Maunder Minimum.' It is still a little early to predict which way it will swing. Each of these two possibilities holds a great threat to our nation.

“We are now at a crossroad. Two paths lie before us. Both are marked with a signpost that reads 'Danger!' Down one path lies monstrous solar storms. Down the other path lies several decades of crushing cold temperatures and global famine.

Read more:
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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Swine Flu in More than 100,000 in US Already?

Half-a dozen American deaths at least now, but perhaps many many more than that not diagnosed.

Either way--it is this autumn and winter for us when temperatures are cool again that is the real danger.

This H1N1 flu will circulate in the Southern Hemisphere for the next few months. It WILL encounter H5N1 at some point. The question is, will it morph into a more lethal virus?

Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans
By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

SUNDAY, May 17 (HealthDay News) -- While the official tally of confirmed U.S. swine flu cases topped 4,700 on Friday, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate the true number of infections at more than 100,000 nationwide.

Also on Friday, health officials announced two new deaths linked to the H1N1 virus, bringing the nationwide total to five. (Death #6 was reported this evening in NY.)

"Today we had our fourth death reported from Maricopa County in Arizona," Dr. Daniel Jernigan, from CDC's Influenza Division, said during an afternoon teleconference Friday. "There are more deaths and hospitalizations that we are monitoring," he said.

Read more.
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How Bad is the Economy Getting Where You Live?

Interesting interactive map here. The higher the economic stress, the higher the index number.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Gen. Chilton: Nuclear Response to Cyber Attack is On the Table

Infrastructure networks, not to mention defense and command and control networks are vulnerable to taking a serious licking that may not leave the U.S. still ticking. You bet, we should be prepared to retaliate in any way deemed appropriate at the time.

U.S.. General Reserves Right to Use Force, Even Nuclear, in Response to Cyber Attack

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

by Elaine M. Grossman, Global Security Newswire

WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. commander for strategic combat said last week that the White House retains the option to respond with physical force -- potentially even using nuclear weapons -- if a foreign entity conducts a disabling cyber attack against U.S. computer networks (see GSN, Nov. 7, 2008).

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

A Time for New Gardens

There are more new vegetable gardens going in this year than there have been for decades, I would wager. The spiraling economy has guaranteed that those with eyes and ears (and good backs) are returning to the soil in some small fashion.

It's at least a gesture that whispers, "We will take back control."

It's been over 25 years since I last had a garden. So I've been reacquainting myself with the earthy knowledge required to nurture and harvest nutritional treasures.

MANY others in our neighborhood are also putting in new gardens. It's a movement, I tell you.

Friday, May 01, 2009

"One Second After" - FREE Hardcopy with Purchase of 4 Cases of Mountain House

Free Book Offer Good Immediately;
Next 25%-Off Mountain House Sale is May 23 - June 5

I just finished reading the new doomer bestseller, "One Second After" by William Forstchen. It's a very good book--kind of a "second cousin" if you will, to the famed "Patriots" novel by our friend James Wesley, Rawles.

When I find a book that I think others should read, I've gotten into the habit of giving it away. That is indeed the case with this novel.

To Get the Free Book ...

Any buyers club member who purchases 4 or more cases of Mountain House cans will get the bestselling hardcover novel for free.

Simple as that. The offer is effective immediately. This offer is good only while supplies last. We've purchased 100 copies, but FYI, we expect them to go fast--perhaps depleting our supply before the end of May.

By the way--the book is a fictional tale about the aftermath of an EMP strike on the U.S.A. It is based on scientific fact. The forward is written by Newt Gingrich.

Other Mountain House purchase incentives exclusively for buyers club members--we continue to offer gift voucher rebates based on the number of cases purchased. For every eight cases of cans bought, members receive a $120 rebate voucher back by email to use in a subsequent purchase in our store (good toward anything we sell except Mountain House cans). Purchase 35 cases, and you receive a rebate voucher of $500!

Not to mention that we always ship free to the lower 48.

Best news of all ...

Our next Mountain House sale is right around the corner. Our Mountain House cans will all be on sale at a 25% discount from May 23 - June 5. Note that this is our last sale before the next MH sale increase--about a third of the can prices will go up 3% on July 1.

Oh--we have just negotiated one other new members' volume incentive for this sale. Purchase 28 can cases or more and in addition to the free book and the applicable rebate vouchers, we are going to send you a FREE HAZARiD decontamination kit! Talk about timely, huh?

Yes, "doom" is now in vogue. We're busier than we've ever been as more and more people are seeing the dark at the end of the tunnel.

The economy is now and will continue to be dismal for quite some time here on Main Street. A flu pandemic may leave a mark. The smell of war is also in the air if you catch the wind just right. No one is making fun of preparedness anymore.

Stay safe.
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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Who Will Stand By You?

Preparedness is great. With everything bearing down on us about now--it's going to save lives. No further debate required.

BUT ... where there remains differences of opinion is in how much cooperation with neighbors, friends, family should be in the master plan. For me--there is NO question. In a true emergency, America will stand or fall based on its ability to pull together into communities, large and small.

Most any emergency can in some way be compared to war. Contrary to what is portrayed on the big screen, Rambos do not last long going solo in a war zone. When the chips are down, we all need a little help from our friends.

In that spirit, enjoy this musical mash-up ...

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Personal Pandemic Protection

You've seen the headlines about the burgeoning pandemic threat coming out of Mexico. The CDC says it's too late to contain it.

What do you do?

I'll tell you how I'm ready ... with a product that makes hospital-grade sense, that's how. I don't know if we're looking at quarantines in this outbreak or if this is the big one we've been warned about. But I know that if I need to disinfect any surface or area quickly and effectively--the HAZARiD Decontamination kit is going to get it done.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fuses are Short

A coming "summer of rage" has been forecast in various quarters as being almost inevitable. Europe especially is seen as being vulnerable to the conditions on the street brought about by the global economic crisis.

Governments around the world are closing ranks and throwing unprecedented volumes of taxpayer monies into what many see as institutional sinkholes.

Most acutely, jobs are being vaporized by the millions. No one anywhere is feeling secure today.

Mental stability across social strata is crumbling where personal stresses reach criticality. Outbursts of tragic violence and brutality are beginning already to dominate headlines. The most heart-rending stories are of course those where the young and innocent are victims.

Social crises such as what are materializing today are historically the periods when governments enact permanent measures that would never otherwise be broadly considered. That is not to say that there are not strong pockets of opposition.

Patience, compassion, and the will to coexist among competing interests vanish when urgency is motivating decision-makers. Frustration and anger erupt easily among those feeling wronged.

Expectations for discord are clearly high elsewhere, but in America we too are seeing conditions mushroom that are conducive to widespread protest actions. Homeland Security and other law enforcement agencies are on the alert and they say they are prepared to deal with it.

How it all plays out is anyone's guess. But it is safe to say that 2009 will not go down in the books as a summer of love. Be smart ... get ready seriously.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

I Am an Extremist

by Oliver North

WASHINGTON -- According to the U.S. government, I am an extremist. I am a Christian and meet regularly with other Christians to study God's word. My faith convinces me the prophecies in the Holy Bible are true. I believe in the sanctity of human life, oppose abortion, and want to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman. I am a veteran with skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. I own several firearms, and I frequently shoot them, buy ammunition, and consider efforts to infringe on my Second Amendment rights to be wrong and unconstitutional. I fervently support the sovereignty of the United States, and I am deeply concerned about our economy, increasingly higher taxes, illegal immigration, soaring unemployment, and actions by our government that will bury my children beneath a mountain of debt.

Apparently, all this makes me a "rightwing extremist." At least, that's what it says in the April 7 "Assessment" issued by the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security. The nine-page report, titled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," is full of warnings about American citizens who share any part of my background or subscribe to the beliefs above. It is one of the most alarming documents produced by our government that I ever have read.

Evidently, neither you nor I ever was supposed to read this "Assessment." At the bottom of the cover page is a warning that it is "not to be released to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not have a valid need-to-know." We're Americans. We have a need to know what's going on in our government, especially in an administration that promised to be "transparent." A full copy of the report is posted at

The "Assessment" purports to alert law enforcement officials that "rightwing extremists" -- the term is used more than 35 times -- are intent on exploiting Americans who have strongly held beliefs on everything from Christian faith to rising unemployment, U.S. sovereignty and the Second Amendment. It vilifies those of us in these categories by references to neo-Nazis, racists, militias, white supremacists and other "hate groups." Notably, the report includes a warning that right-wing extremism "may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."

Though the report proffers a passing reference to the First Amendment, it is replete with bias against conservative thought, writing and communications. On Page 3, law enforcement authorities are warned, "Rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the economy, the perceived (emphasis added) loss of U.S. jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures."

That is a frightening acknowledgment that political speech is being monitored in America. It is also wrong. It's not "perception." It is fact. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing and construction sectors have lost 161,000 jobs and 126,000 jobs, respectively, last month alone.

In its "Key Findings," the DHS manuscript boldly charges that "rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues" and offers this warning: "The possible passage of new restrictions on firearms and the return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks."

Under the heading "Disgruntled Military Veterans," the report alleges: "Rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat. These skills and knowledge have the potential to boost the capabilities of extremists -- including lone wolves or small terrorist cells -- to carry out violence." These unsubstantiated claims are followed by reminders that Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, was a military veteran. Omitted is any reference to the fact that McVeigh was simply one of more than 40 million veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

Thirteen lines after this egregious, unconscionable slander against those of us who are military combat veterans, DHS makes the stunning charge that "lone wolves and small terrorist cells embracing violent rightwing extremist ideology are the most dangerous domestic terrorism threat in the United States."

According to this DHS "Assessment," the most dangerous threat we face here at home isn't from radical imams preaching violence in U.S. mosques and madrassas, Islamists recruiting in our prisons, Somali terrorists enticing young immigrants to become suicide bombers, or Hamas, Hezbollah or al-Qaida operatives plotting mass murder. No, according to DHS, the real threat comes from what our government labels "rightwing extremist ideology."

Mr. Obama should disavow this report publicly and fire the officials responsible for issuing it. Those who prepare his remarks for the occasion should insert in the teleprompter former Sen. Barry Goldwater's words on the subject: "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice."



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Friday, April 10, 2009

Safecastle Selected by Green Duck Energy to Distribute Groundbreaking Portable Backup Solar Systems

Robust, self-contained, portable solar backup systems have been designed and introduced into the consumer marketplace by Green Duck Energy Solutions. The Viking solar backup product line is distributed by Safecastle LLC.

MINNEAPOLIS – At a time when the U.S. power grid is shown to be increasingly vulnerable, Safecastle LLC and Green Duck Energy Solutions, Inc. are pleased to be introducing a new line of portable, self-contained, solar backup power systems, sized and priced to accommodate most consumer budgets.

The Viking Backup product line has been designed specifically with the crisis preparedness and outdoor adventure marketplaces in mind. Robust hard cases contain complete, ready-to-deploy solar backup systems that include foldable solar panels, charge controllers, inverters, AC and DC outlets, cabling, and sealed lead acid batteries.

Safecastle President Victor Rantala said, “Viking solar backup systems are engineered to be impressively rugged and utilitarian in their capabilities. At a time when almost nothing in the world can be taken for granted, we are very happy to be able to offer consumers a new, affordable level of self-reliance and mobility.”

Safecastle LLC is an established crisis preparedness provider specializing in steel-plate shelters and safe rooms, emergency storage food, supplies, and gear of the highest quality and standards. The company offers a buyers club for those interested in an economical, reliable approach to emergency readiness.

Green Duck Energy Solutions is a leader in the design and implementation of energy solutions using thin film solar and wind turbine technologies.


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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

From ...

Counter Battery Fire from the Enemies' Perspective

This video was captured from an insurgent. It shows how we fire artillery on a rockets nest they used to attack an army base.

(The first segment shows the insurgent attack. Then comes payback.)

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Changing Public Perceptions about Preparedness a Critical Issue for 2009

Recurrent natural disasters, man-made catastrophies, and economic turmoil across the globe make the need for personal preparedness an absolute necessity today. Government, relief agencies, and the very system that the global economy depends on are all at risk of failure. Safecastle LLC is committed, along with others, to improving the readiness of Americans in the face of developing economic and geopolitical chaos.


Minneapolis (Vocus/PRWEB ) April 2, 2009 -- For many, emergency preparedness is a way of life. It’s a logical approach to having insurance set aside, just in case the worst comes to pass. Yet in recent years, “survivalism” came to be portrayed as a fringe, even dangerous avocation. The label “survivalist” became a slur of sorts. If there was one thing that was certain in the late 20th century, it was that you didn’t want to find yourself living next door to a bunch of survivalists.

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Dangerous realities continue to surface in the 21st century. Clearly, our world has not been tamed. Natural threats to personal safety are ever-present and often unpredictable. But man-made danger to our comfortable way of life is growing fast and obviously bearing down on us.
Today, we are afforded the perspective of watching the unfolding global economic catastrophe in our choice of real-time media,’ said Rantala.
In 2009, although the logic behind crisis preparedness is unchanged, perceptions are turning.

Victor Rantala, president of Safecastle LLC, said, “Dangerous realities continue to surface in the 21st century. Clearly, our world has not been tamed. Natural threats to personal safety are ever-present and often unpredictable. But man-made danger to our comfortable way of life is growing fast and obviously bearing down on us.”

Dependency on modern systems, governments, and bureaucracies created false security for many people. But large disaster-relief failures such as what occurred following Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami pulled down the fa├žade. Similarly, fiscal implosions of the sort that simply were not supposed to have happened in our carefully orchestrated society have blindsided those who trusted that others had their best interests at heart.

“Today, we are afforded the perspective of watching the unfolding global economic catastrophe in our choice of real-time media,’ said Rantala. “We each customize our high-definition exposure to the political slant and script that best suit us, but the ultimate impact of the pending train wreck for Americans and citizens around the world is proving to be uncontrollable … even with every available resource on the planet devoted to the effort.”

Natural disasters, economic catastrophe, personal misfortune, and more … these are the things that life offers up at random, and sometimes in wide-screen. “No longer does it benefit anyone to follow the 'Don’t Worry, Be Happy' roadmap,” Rantala said.

Indeed, preparedness is taking off. Latest trends show people everywhere are investing time and resources in long-term food storage, backyard gardening, personal self-defense and security, and time-proven wealth preservation strategies.

Even the U.S. government is focusing on the need to change any remaining misconceptions about the necessity for personal preparedness. This year, the Department of Homeland Security is aiming at those who still don’t get it. An email sent to National Preparedness Coalition members April 1 states: “This September, National Preparedness Month 2009 will focus on changing perceptions about emergency preparedness and will help Americans understand what it truly means to be 'Ready.' We will illustrate how preparedness goes beyond fire alarms, smoke detectors, dead-bolt locks and extra food in the pantry, and help you communicate important preparedness messages to your family, your business and your community …”

Rantala stated: “At Safecastle, all of our preparedness-related businesses are at full capacity, responding to the demands of those who are just now coming to the table. We fear time may be short to adequately prepare America for what is coming, but we remain committed to doing everything we can.”


Safecastle LLC is an established crisis preparedness provider specializing in steel-plate shelters and safe rooms, as well as emergency storage food, supplies, and gear of the highest quality and standards. The company offers a buyers club for those interested in an economical, reliable approach to emergency readiness.


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Public Political-Contributions Search

I was wondering about GM CEO Rick Wagoner's political contributions record and whether that might have somehow been a factor in his ouster at GM by our new, more "invested" administration.

Upon locating this site, I found that he very meticulously played both sides of the fence. Weasel.

But as I said, I stumbled upon What a site. Still think privacy is possible in America? Check it out. This site not only lists celebrity donations, but you just may find your neighbor there (or yourself).
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