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British Gun Control – One Shot, Six Kills

A British sniper killed six enemy combatants in Afghanistan with a single shot when he hit the trigger switch of a suicide bomber, causing the device to explode. via British sniper kills 6 Taliban soldiers with 1 bullet | Fox News Andrew’s Note:  One shot, six kills…now that’s gun control!  I trust that there’s a particularly nasty circle of hell reserved for those that recruit, arm and perpetrate suicide bombings. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

The 10 Commandments of North Korea’s Camp 14

I’ve previously mentioned Blaine Harden’s article,  Born in the Gulag: Why a North Korean Boy Sent His Own Mother to Her Death on the the account of Shin Dong-hyuk, the only child born into a North Korean gulag to escape.  Harden has now released a book on Shin’s amazing story called Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom inthe West.  In it Shin recounts the 10 Commandments of North Korea’s Camp 14. Those drawn to socialism and communism should take the time to learn what happens when you take collectivism to it’s natural conclusion and human beings cease being valued as individuals and only have value relating to their utility to the collective. The 10 Commandments of North Korea’s Camp 14 Escape Anyone who tries to escape will be shot immediately. Anyone who witnesses an escape or doesn’t report it will be shot immediately. Gatherings Anyone who enters another zone without permission from the responsible national security officer will be shot immediately. Gatherings outside of work are forbidden, unless expressly permitted. During the night not more than 3 persons are allowed to move together. Outside of work not more then 3 persons are allowed to meet and talk. Theft Anyone who possesses or steals a weapon will be shot immediately. Anyone who steals or hides any kind of food in the work camp will be shot immediately. Those who willingly destroys machinery or tools will be shot immediately. Obedience Anyone who disobeys an order will be shot immediately. Anyone who assaults or rebels against a member of national security will be shot immediately. Nobody is allowed to contradict a member of national security. Everybody has to greet a member of national security. Outsiders Whoever hides or protects an outsider will be shot immediately. Possessing or hiding any kind of object from outside is forbidden and the person will...

The Real North Korean Threat

Frequent Prepography contributor Roger Reality wrote in to ask that I remind our readers that the 27 year old Leader of North Korea, Kim Jung-un just scrapped the 1953 Armistice that ended…really just hit the ‘pause button’ on the Korean War.  His declaration technically returns us to state of open warfare with the Stalinist state. This puts us in a state of war with another nuclear armed nation…the first time this has ever happened.  I should also mention that this nuclear armed nation has also successfully launched a satellite into orbit demonstrating what is essentially an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability.  Put together ICBM and nuclear capabilities and we’ve got a whole new kind of threat to worry about…and it likely isn’t the one you’re thinking about right now. “The Intelligence community has long assessed that, in Pyongyang’s view, its nuclear capabilities are intended for deterrence, international prestige and coercive diplomacy. We do not know Pyongyang’s nuclear doctrine or employment concepts,” [Director of National Intelligence James R.] Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee. “Although we assess with low confidence that the North would only attempt to use nuclear weapons against U.S. forces or allies to preserve the Kim regime, we do not know what would constitute, from the North’s perspective, crossing that threshold.” North Korea, led by its young leader Kim Jong Un, has defied the international community in the last three months, testing an intercontinental ballistic missile and a third nuclear bomb. Pressed on North Korea, Clapper said he was “very concerned about the actions of the new young leader.” He described the talk emanating from Pyongyang as “very belligerent.” “The rhetoric, while propaganda-laced, is an indicator of their attitude,” Clapper said. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the general in charge of U.S. Strategic Command said he is “satisfied” that existing U.S. missile defenses can defend...

A Nuclear Axis of Evil

As I listened to the President’s State of the Union address last night I couldn’t help but remember the same speech eleven years ago when another President described the ‘Axis of Evil.’  If you’ll recall the Axis included Iraq, Iran and North Korea.  The only thing worse than an Axis of Evil is a Nuclear Axis of Evil. In case you’ve been on a low information diet this week… North Korea apparently detonated another nuclear weapon amid a blitz of anti-U.S. rhetoric. North Korea appeared to have conducted its third underground nuclear bomb test Tuesday, as the U.S. Geological Survey reported a seismic disturbance centered near the site of the secretive regime’s two previous nuclear tests. The area around the reported epicenter of the magnitude 4.9 disturbance has little or no history of earthquakes or natural seismic hazards, according to U.S. Geological Survey maps. The disturbance took place at a depth of about 1 kilometer, the USGS said. There were no initial reports concerning the activity on the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday. “It’s a nuclear test,” said Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. “That magnitude and that location — it’s awfully unlikely it’s anything else.” via Seismic activity reported in area of previous North Korea nuclear tests – CNN.com. North Korea is currently run by 27 year old Kim Jong Un, the third generation of the Kim family to run the Stalinist state (can you be a totalitarian, Stalinist regime and also be a monarchy?).  North Korea also has an established military trade relationship with another card carrying member of the Axis of Evil…Iran.  Iran makes no secret that it badly wants a nuclear capability to marry up with it’s established missile technology.  Nukes, the axis of...

Cannibalism and Centralized Planning

As any serious student of history knows, centralized planning leads to inefficient logistic and economic systems.  It seems like a smart person or group of people would make better decisions than the creative chaos of the free market…but it’s just not the case.  No one is smart enough to direct an economy and as anyone who’s ever served on a committee knows…committees tend to make worse decisions than any single person could make individually.  My rule of thumb is the bigger the committee the worse the decision…but it takes the world’s longest running Stalinist regime to bring us cannibalism and centralized planning.  How bad can centralized planning screw up a country… Hungry parents in North Korea have been caught eating their children to avoid starvation. via Starving North Korean parents ‘eating their children’ | The Sun I know hunger changes brain chemistry but how hungry do you have to be to become this insane! The article mentions a long running drought…but what’s really at work is called famine.  Famine is a frequent companion when centralized planning meets farming decisions.  If one farmer makes a bad farming decision…his family goes hungry…if a centralized planner makes a bad farming decision it starves the entire country.  North Korea’s on it’s third generation of bad decisions. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Today’s Top 10 Prepping Motivators

September is Preparedness Month.  Here are 10 headlines from the past few days on diverse topics to help keep you focused on your prepping: Yosemite doubles scope of hantavirus warning to 22,000; third death confirmed:  Many diseases including hantavirus can be prevented through proper pest control and sanitation (personal and environmental).  Stock what you need and know what to do.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information on preventing hantavirus can be found here. Drug shortages down overall, but some linger longer:  Stocking the medicines your family needs to stay healthy is important for both mundane ‘drug shortages’ as well as societal upsets that could potentially break down the medical or drug distribution systems.  Make sure you stockpile legally by talking with your doctor or hiring a new one like Dr. Bob Olson.  Until recently Dr. Olson conducted his consultations by telephone to help preppers safely and knowledgeably stockpile critical medications.  The State of Missouri actually changed its law to close down Dr. Olson’s tele-practice.  You can still visit him in person or find a like-minded medical provider in your area. Rescuers told to keep at it after China quake kills 80:  Nature’s fury can strike anywhere at any time.  Keep on prepping and if you want to see a map showing 2.5 Magnitude or greater quakes for the last week…check out this map at the U.S. Geological Survey (as of this writing the earthquake map looks a lot like the Pacific’s Ring of Fire…it usually does). Yet another pig flu virus infects people:  Zoonotic diseases (capable of cross species transmission) aren’t just creepy…they’re also scary because of their ability to mutate.  We wrote about this particular flu strain earlier this summer in Beware the Fair. America’s 10 Disappearing Jobs:  Don’t let yourself become obsolete.  Keep your skills up to date and have a backup plan.  Set up...

Bureaucracy Generates World’s Biggest Power Failure

A population nearly twice the size of the U.S. suffering from a bureaucratically ‘generated’ power outage…and they expect it to happen again in the coming days… The world’s largest outage brought 500 trains to a halt, trapped 200 miners for hours, shut down shops and left hospitals in the dark. …Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde blamed the outage on states taking more than their allotted share of electricity. “Everyone overdraws from the grid,” he said. Experts disagreed.”Underinvestment at both the state level and national level has been building as power demand increases,” said Charles Ebinger, director of the Energy Security Initiative at the Brookings Institution. “This is just a colossal case where everything has come home to roost after years of neglect.” India’s power situation is made worse by government actions, such as giving of subsidized or free electricity to favored constituencies that has left power operators in debt and unable to improve the grid. Also, some plants run below capacity because politicians have acceded to pressure from environmentalists not to use coal for fuel. via Second day of India’s electricity outage hits 620 million – USATODAY.com. The biggest power failure in the history of the world…no storm, no mechanical breakdown, just the tragedy of central government planing and half of India’s population is in the dark. Maybe some good will come of it though, Prime Minister Manmahan Singh has pledged to fast track energy projects and introduce free market reforms.  A chief executive who intends to reduce centralized planning and encourage the free market…let’s hope it’s contagious.     FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Why Prep, Part 2 Historical & Current Examples

Note from Andrew: The complete Why Prep Series has now been consolidated HERE. Last week in Why Prep, the Introduction we briefly discussed the fragility of the status quo and clarified that preparedness is not about getting ready for the ‘end of the world’… it’s about building the skills, resources and resilience to endure the transition periods following dramatic financial, environmental, societal or individual life changes.  If you haven’t read the introduction yet, I recommend that you read it before continuing by clicking on the hyperlink near the start of this paragraph.. Today we’re going to take a look at some current and historical situations and events that are/were much more survivable (financial and otherwise) for those that took the time to prepare.  For brevity’s sake I have chosen a small sampling of the historical examples available and have chosen not to include many areas of perpetual warfare (Cyprus, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Palestine/Israel, Northern Ireland, etc.). Note:  The links included go to articles or preselected internet searches (to make results more timely) in case you’re interested in doing additional reading on that subject.  For convenience, these examples are listed by continent although many of the events/situations spanned multiple continents. Europe: 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia Rapid fall of the Soviet Empire and post-Soviet Russian Anarchy and Corruption The breakup of Yugoslavia Recent European Rioting France, England, Italy, Russia, Greece, Germany, Ireland Weimar Republic – economic collapse that led to the rise of the National Socialist German’s Worker Party (NAZI) Chernobyl Nuclear Accident Ireland’s 19th century potato famine Fall of the Roman Empire due to internal rot and external ‘Barbarian’ pressure Fall of the Italian City States Anti-Monarchy wars or movements (French Revolution, War of the Roses, etc.) Spanish Civil War Napoleonic Wars World Wars Recent economic collapse of Greece Ottoman Invasion Moorish Invasion of Spain...

The Real Hunger Games

If you’ve read The Hunger Games book or seen the movie you’ll recognize some common themes in the article excerpted below.  For those of you who’ve served in Korea this will be a heartwarming story from one who escaped. Make no mistake, evil isn’t just something you see in book/movie villains. As to the Hunger Games movie…one of the first movies I ever saw (after reading the book) that didn’t disappoint me…the only thing wrong with it is that it’s way too short at 2 Hours and 22 minutes. International – Blaine Harden – Born in the Gulag: Why a North Korean Boy Sent His Own Mother to Her Death – The Atlantic Shin was born a slave and raised behind a high-voltage barbed-wire fence. His mother beat him, and he viewed her as a competitor for food. His father, who was allowed by guards to sleep with his mother just five nights a year, ignored him. His older brother was a stranger. Children in the camp were untrustworthy and abusive. Before he learned anything else, Shin learned to survive by snitching on all of them. Love and mercy and family were words without meaning. In Camp 14, Shin did not know literature existed. He saw only one book in the camp, a Korean grammar, in the hands of a teacher who wore a guard’s uniform, carried a revolver on his hip, and beat one of his primary school classmates to death with a chalkboard pointer. via International – Blaine Harden – Born in the Gulag: Why a North Korean Boy Sent His Own Mother to Her Death – The Atlantic.   FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

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