Secret Messages and Secure Communications Part 2

Secret Messages and Secure Communications (Part 2):

Yet another passport:

Your name itself isn’t enough to identify you, if your name happens to be John Smith there are 50,628 other people in the United States alone with that same name. Read more…

You real identity is a combination of the name you were given at birth by your parents, the place where you were born, your family tree, your citizenship, and where your permanent residence is. You can not change your family tree, the name your parents gave you (given name), or where you were born, and that makes that information more valuable then anything else about you. Never give away your family tree information, or where you were born, it can be used to steal your identity. You can however add too, or change out right everything else, even your name.

 

First, I would like to talk about citizenship. Citizenship comes with benefits, and disadvantages. Some of the benefits of Citizenship include opportunities for business, employment, and can carry with it certain rights that you can not get as the result of citizenship somewhere else like voting. Some of the disadvantages are being drafted into a war you don’t agree with, or paying high taxes. It’s the disadvantages and advantages combined that people consider if they should get a second citizenship, including the types of passports that are available to citizens. (IMPORTANT NOTE: Illegal immigrants are NOT exempt from the draft!)

 

Having a second citizenship might mean you have access to a passport, and there are many reasons to have a second passport. The first and most important reason is to help you avoid problems being identified with a country in conflict with a group of people. This means equally avoid being seen as a target of terrorists, or being labeled one yourself. A second passport should be part of every survivalists BOB .

 

There are what are known as camouflaged passports, their intend purpose is to avoid being kidnapped for more then any other reason. IMHO they are completely useless, although I have heard that they have been used in connection to a pen name to rent a P.O. Box successfully.

 

To get a second real passport there are many ways. The first most important, and easiest is that you might already have a second citizenship without knowing it. It is sometimes called the grandfather clause, but legally the label that makes you a citizen without you knowing is called ‘citizen by naturalization’. Many European countries have this on the books, and by proving you are a direct descendant from a citizen is usually all it takes to get your passport. You will need to get a certified copy of your birth certificate, and related documents to your family tree. Proof of identity will also be required, a criminal record check might also be required to ensure that you are not getting the passport to avoid prosecution.

 

 

Postal Services:

 

There are many ways to get snail mail, and it does not have to be in your resident country. Mail forwarding is the most common, but can get expensiveness. My strongest suggestion is to pick a service that is located in a country with strong privacy laws, countries that are known as ‘tax havens‘ are your best bet along these lines. But take note, laws in offshore countries that protect a persons banking, and business information, do not necessarily include privacy issues with postal services. Normally such strong privacy laws cross over to postal services, but to be sure to check with a lawyer familiar with the jurisdiction.

 

There are also options for travelers that are commonly used that you might consider on a short term basis while you set up your pen name to protect your identity. Th first one is the main post office near you itself. Deliveries can be made “Poste Restante” or “General Deliveries”, there is sometimes a small fee associated with this method, and you will need your certified ‘letter of identification’ from a ‘notary’ and photo identification. Note the standard practice to help protect your identity in Canada is to use the actual mailing address of the Post Office in question rather then it’s Postal Box service address. Persons who rent P.O. Boxes also can include the names of authorized persons that are allowed to receive mail at that unit’s address, this can of course include your pen name, or alternatively your real name, the name of your spouse, or even sometimes anyone with the same last name as yourself (such as all your children).

 

For example, if John Smith had a rented P.O. Box in Vancouver’s main post office the normal mail address would be like this:

 

John Smith
P.O. Box #1234
Station “A”,
Vancouver, BC
V6B 3Z7
Canada

 

However, if he was trying to avoid letting others know that it was a P.O. Box he could address it like this, and it would still show up in his rented box:

 

John Smith
1234-349 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 3Z7
Canada

 

And if for example John Smith was receiving mail at the same building as the above in downtown Vancouver care of the Postmaster the mailing address would look like this.

 

John, SMITH
General Delivery
c/o The Postmaster
349 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 3Z7
Canada

 

Using Cell Phones:

 

There are basically two types of cell phone services, those that require a contract, and ‘pay as you go‘. In my option pay as you go is the better service, and the main reason has to do with privacy. With pay as go cell phones, you can prepay for all services, the phones themselves have to purchased in full in advance. For this reason, no identification papers are required for the purchase as you can buy these as a gift for your children, or friends. The activation cards, or chips can be also purchased separately and can be used on any phone from the same pay as you go service. There is no problem upon hooking up a service with your pay as go cell phone with using your pen name, and your P.O. Box.

 

At this point of these posts, you should have a registered pen name, a mailing address and a phone. The total cost of these items depends on where you set these up, and what services you have subscribed to.

 

(….. Continued in Part 3)

 

 

 


Secret Messages and Secure Communications Part 3

Secret Messages and Secure Communications Part 3

All About Being On line:

Welcome to the world wide web. Within this realm of virtual space you can buy anything, sell services and objects of desire. You can pay your bills, while working for a company half way around the world, without even getting out of bed. The Internet provides you with entertainment, information, education and even help you find the love of your life. And it can ruin your life. Read more…

All you need for this modern marvel is a few wires, a power source, some basic equipment, and access.

 

Your Operating System:

 

There are four main operating systems on the internet. The most likely one you are using right now to read this is made by Microsoft. The other most likely one you could be using is made by Macintosh, and finally some of you have the most secure one for free, it’s called Linux. There is also another which is very close to Linux, it’s called Unix, and the service provider you use to get on the internet is likely using it.

 

Now it turns out that you can have two operating systems on the same computer. The people that make a version of Linux called Ubuntu also make what is called a port, called Wubi. Which is a Windows based program. The reason I am plugging Wubi is because a lot of the Linux based programs are security related, and they are free. (Including the OS)

 

Your ISP:

 

The only way to get on the internet is through an Internet Service Provider. Which one you pick is as important as what you do on the internet itself. What you need is not to have any ports blocked, if your ISP blocks ports, you are restricted to accessing, or using some features of the internet. The other thing to look for when trying to find an ISP, is their Terms of Service Agreement, and Privacy Policy. You must absolutely read these before you agree to the service. As I am writing this Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, together with the Honourable Peter Van Loan, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for York-Simcoe, Minister of Public Safety, and Mr. Daniel Petit, M.P. for Charlesbourg-Haute-Saint-Charles, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice today introduced in the House of Commons two separate pieces of legislation that will allow law enforcement access to everything you do online in Canada [source]. The UK, the USA, already have similar statutes in place for the same thing. Basically, they are demanding that ISP’s record, and provide means to log, monitor, and report everything you do online, everything. This is why it is essential that you have access to all ports, without them you may not be able to protect yourself from invasion of privacy, which I will get to later.

 

One other side note. If you have to option between choosing an ISP which provides access to USENET service, and they also allow access to the entire ALT hierarchy, take that service over others. I’ll explain why as well in a bit.

 

Wifi Hot Spots:

 

Now, I’m sure that by now you are making plans to get out of the city, if you haven’t done so already. Many survivalists/preppers have decided that bugging out at the 11th hour is not an option. Just because you are in the country and off the beaten path, does not mean there are no wifi hot spots around. Most truck stops across North America also have wifi, so you should be able to connect to the internet from here, as well as most hotels. Sometimes you have to pay a small fee for these, but most of the time you can find access, anonymously, that will allow you to send and receive data. There are a lot of open wifi links out there, used often by truckers to access the internet, but moving your truck around even a parking lot to find the best signal can be a real pain. I strongly recommend that you put the investment into a wifi detector.

 

Ham Radio Access:

 

Survivalists and Preppers alike prefer to do things themselves, this includes their communication needs, a short wave radio receiver is essential to getting world wide news and information. Beyond the receiving end of things with radio, is the ability to send information, and mere voice isn’t always enough. Enter in packet radio. Packet radio transmissions are a process in which signals are sent representing the entire ASCII code, this code is translated into radio and back into ASCii code using a device called a terminal node controller. The TNC enables the Ham Radio operator to use the radio waves as an open line to the world for their computer by converting the tones into packets of information that a modem can understand. This provides the Ham Radio operator the ability to connect his computer and use it for for electronic mail, message transmission, emergency communications, and linking incoming transmittance to the internet.

 

Ham Radio Gateways to the internet can also be connected to open satellite communications, providing access to the internet for radio operators worldwide.

 

More on Satellites in my next post.

 

( Continued in Inserted Update … )

 

 


Rotating Cypher Encryption

I have a passion for encryption and security culture issues. I’ve been working on a system to to hide encrypted message, as in hide the fact that it’s encrypted to begin with. I call it stegtext after the photo version which is called steghide.

Recently I’ve been messing around with rotating cyphers, and came up with a really simple way to do it in php…. Read more…

 

A simple example of a rotating cypher key encryption program written in php. – wolfe

 

Message:

We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless As wind in dry grass Or rats’ feet over broken glass In our dry cellar Shape without form, shade without colour, Paralysed force, gesture without motion; Those who have crossed With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom Remember us—if at all—not as lost Violent souls, but only As the hollow men The stuffed men.


Encoded Message:

467 399 465 483 471 403 488 477 475 407 480 488 486 487 491 500 414 492 485 495 396 474 489 421 487 505 493 425 510 499 497 429 513 515 517 503 504 504 504 437 515 508 518 419 486 512 509 523 519 525 519 449 534 530 523 522 538 527 525 539 436 499 529 526 530 543 537 534 533 536 468 539 543 547 548 542 542 475 563 550 562 551 480 564 566 565 549 572 500 487 521 565 555 574 493 471 541 580 578 497 566 581 573 570 570 503 590 584 579 574 577 592 522 511 599 585 583 593 494 572 587 519 607 593 595 606 604 594 608 527 612 608 601 600 616 605 603 617 514 570 620 608 540 622 627 616 613 629 546 612 626 617 550 628 621 618 632 628 634 628 634 628 643 644 540 596 647 565 653 640 646 637 570 644 650 573 642 657 665 577 649 661 645 664 665 561 631 667 586 669 653 673 673 785 688 714 594 665 665 666 682 599 679 687 671 685 604 671 688 686 683 678 688 611 683 689 679 698 699 595 659 697 620 700 707 705 624 693 708 716 628 696 699 707 708 698 716 613 614 688 710 704 720 710 642 730 717 729 718 726 733 733 650 721 731 735 731 667 656 740 730 724 728 730 662 750 737 749 738 746 753 753 670 738 751 749 753 760 758 689 656 727 745 763 747 759 773 768 755 755 688 759 769 773 759 762 706 695 767 766 781 783 785 783 771 703 791 778 790 779 787 794 794 711 789 792 798 788 795 795 745 697 698 773 794 802 807 794 726 814 800 808 730 803 797 819 803 735 803 819 817 822 823 810 810 721 799 818 830 819 748 817 823 833 821 820 838 755 825 846 827 842 772 761 846 842 764 833 835 832 852 841 964 867 893 856 774 854 860 849 847 861 780 824 855 861 855 853 865 864 766 839 859 868 861 870 860 864 878 797 883 882 994 897 918 876 874 805 871 891 808 874 886 887 1006 909 930 893 895 901 818 884 903 821 898 902 907 909 804 881 901 908 906 900 910 917 834 918 915 922 914 922 852 841 908 928 928 845 925 925 924 938 828 884 935 853 938 927 925 857 930 938 936 937 941 950 864 942 935 945 846 921 942 940 872 956 958 960 946 947 947 947 880 958 951 961 898 863 854 855


Message:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was [a] formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. 6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.


Encoded Message:

751 674 759 748 746 678 745 749 752 755 761 762 758 764 758 688 728 769 759 692 760 776 764 761 781 767 767 700 785 774 772 704 777 775 772 794 778 788 794 712 778 792 783 716 801 790 788 720 790 787 805 808 797 740 705 706 729 748 731 778 812 821 735 820 809 807 739 809 806 824 827 816 745 833 812 831 749 809 816 813 753 824 834 838 834 834 828 843 844 762 828 842 833 766 836 845 849 854 860 784 773 842 840 858 852 856 848 863 864 782 870 849 868 786 866 874 858 872 791 876 865 863 795 879 882 880 869 865 868 871 803 883 875 806 891 880 878 810 879 881 882 894 827 816 882 896 887 820 905 894 892 824 876 906 900 910 902 914 831 911 903 834 874 915 905 838 926 905 924 842 915 923 931 915 929 921 927 921 851 931 939 923 937 856 941 930 928 860 948 927 947 933 947 949 881 846 847 870 890 872 906 952 943 876 916 957 947 880 964 947 956 952 897 886 889 932 958 974 891 976 965 963 977 965 897 964 968 900 977 975 974 976 989 918 909 908 974 988 979 912 997 986 984 998 986 918 1006 985 1004 922 999 997 996 998 1011 942 929 950 931 971 1012 1002 935 1019 1002 1025 939 1024 1013 1007 1027 944 1029 1018 1016 948 1025 1023 1022 1024 1037 954 1042 1021 1040 958 1030 1039 1040 1030 975 964 1030 1044 1035 968 1009 1039 971 1055 1042 1054 1040 1058 1042 1062 1048 1048 981 1066 1055 1053 985 1062 1060 1059 1061 1074 991 1062 1075 1073 1072 996 1081 1070 1068 1000 1069 1067 1085 1079 1083 1075 1090 1091 1023 1010 1032 1012 1052 1093 1083 1016 1084 1083 1095 1096 1090 1090 1023 1108 1097 1095 1027 1104 1102 1101 1103 1116 1033 1036 1103 1101 1126 1050 1041 1040 1106 1120 1111 1044 1129 1118 1116 1048 1117 1115 1133 1127 1131 1123 1138 1139 1057 1130 1128 1060 1128 1127 1139 1140 1134 1134 1067 1070 1147 1143 1142 1144 1157 1088 1077 1076 1110 1156 1147 1080 1165 1154 1152 1166 1154 1086 1174 1153 1172 1090 1160 1178 1162 1172 1168 1174 1168 1110 1099 1165 1179 1170 1103 1188 1177 1175 1189 1177 1109 1197 1176 1195 1113 1191 1194 1198 1195 1191 1197 1191 1315 1218 1239 1208 1197 1195 1127 1198 1202 1212 1214 1216 1133 1202 1200 1225 1151 1116 1117 1140 1163 1142 1176 1222 1213 1146 1186 1227 1217 1150 1234 1217 1226 1222 1167 1156 1159 1202 1228 1244 1161 1246 1235 1233 1247 1235 1167 1234 1238 1170 1236 1250 1173 1243 1263 1256 1242 1256 1262 1249 1181 1248 1252 1268 1272 1255 1256 1266 1189 1274 1263 1261 1193 1281 1260 1280 1266 1280 1282 1200 1285 1281 1203 1287 1274 1286 1272 1290 1274 1294 1280 1212 1300 1279 1299 1285 1299 1218 1289 1302 1300 1299 1223 1311 1290 1310 1296 1310 1243 1232 1231 1255 1233 1285 1314 1236 1276 1317 1307 1240 1318 1307 1311 1313 1245 1330 1319 1317 1249 1319 1339 1332 1318 1332 1338 1325 1257 1323 1337 1328 1261 1345 1332 1344 1330 1348 1332 1352 1338 1338 1271 1356 1345 1343 1275 1363 1342 1362 1348 1362 1281 1367 1361 1352 1354 1368 1287 1372 1361 1359 1291 1361 1381 1374 1360 1374 1380 1367 1299 1370 1383 1381 1380 1304 1389 1378 1376 1308 1396 1375 1395 1381 1395 1314 1380 1382 1396 1404 1388 1320 1394 1406 1337 1324 1358 1404 1395 1328 1402 1414 1331 1419 1398 1417 1335 1419 1416 1352 1339 1364 1341 1381 1422 1412 1345 1413 1412 1424 1425 1419 1419 1352 1437 1426 1424 1356 1426 1446 1439 1425 1439 1445 1432 1364 1367 1449 1442 1457 1383 1372 1371 1405 1451 1442 1375 1460 1449 1447 1461 1449 1381 1469 1448 1467 1385 1455 1473 1457 1467 1463 1469 1463 1405 1394 1460 1474 1465 1398 1483 1472 1470 1484 1472 1404 1492 1471 1490 1408 1486 1489 1493 1490 1486 1492 1486 1610 1513 1534 1503 1492 1490 1422 1506 1493 1492 1505 1505 1496 1429 1498 1496 1521 1447 1434 1413 1404 1405


Given the examples above can you crack the following message?


Encoded Message:

3252 3275 3276 3277 3278 3279 3280 3281 3282 3283 3284 3285 3286 3287 3288 3289 3290 3291 3292 3293 3294 3295 3296 3297 3298 3299 3300 3353 3302 3350 3304 3350 3306 3307 3308 3360 3310 3344 3312 3368 3314 3372 3316 3354 3318 3369 3298 3299 3300 3301 3359 3365 3359 3375 3380 3366 3380 3331 3373 3311 3312 3342 3388 3384 3383 3340 3347 3319 3320 3389 3423 3345 3411 3425 3431 3436 3419 3433 3366 3331 3332 3362 3408 3404 3403 3360 3367 3339 3340 3409 3443 3365 3431 3445 3451 3456 3439 3453 3386 3351 3352 3382 3431 3449 3443 3463 3444 3464 3382 3454 3463 3463 3455 3387 3475 3462 3474 3463 3392 3477 3466 3460 3480 3397 3464 3478 3489 3413 3402 3403 3445 3405 3493 3486 3486 3477 3479 3493 3443 3413 3471 3494 3501 3417 3470 3466 3465 3422 3429 3401 3402 3471 3505 3427 3493 3507 3513 3518 3501 3515 3448 3413 3414 3489 3510 3508 3440 3520 3518 3511 3444 3521 3511 3515 3537 3449 3530 3536 3528 3529 3523 3523 3456 3529 3527 3541 3460 3544 3542 3532 3531 3549 3531 3534 3544 3538 3553 3471 3540 3552 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Property Rights and Taxes

So how does one person make the world just a little better?

You can do little things, such as giving your time to help a friend. Try helping people out of poverty. Donating to the local food bank. Protest war, fight for human rights… the list goes on and on. Read more…

One thing we hardly ever see is, is a call to change laws. Now I’m not talking about removing the illegal status of pot, although i believe that should be done too. What I am referring to is our blind view that if a law seems to be “ok”, we leave it at that instead of improving it.

Take “property tax” for example.

Property Tax is suppose to be used for local essential services, such as funding the local schools, hospitals, roads, libraries, emergency and rescue services. But the money is also used to fund the municipal debts, increase the mayors pay check, and sometimes is ear marked for federal issues rather then local.

In addition to all these issues, some would claim that we should not pay property tax at all. If the land is yours, why should you pay more for it each year? I agree to a point. And the line I draw to say whether or not we should pay property tax, is at the edge of the property line of our homes.

If I “own” a house on a piece of property that I live in, raise a family in, perhaps even grow a garden on, even run a small business from to support myself from, then I believe I should not have to keep paying for this HOME that I own every year.

If however, I own two pieces of property or more, and only live on one as my “primary residential property” the other properties I own should be subject to property tax to help support local services.

This will result in higher rents for the poor, it is true, but it isn’t the end all of the idea. For one thing, “property Rights” should not only include protection from property tax for primary residential land, but also protection from prevention from owning the land in the first place.

The poor are prevented from saving for their first home, by aid services, because if they have “assets” they are cut off. Aided income is also something that can’t be used to claim you can pay a mortgage, even thou a mortgage itself is often lower then paying rent!

Property Rights should not only include protection from tax, and protection from prevention, but also exemptions from credit. Your primary home should never be used to clear your credit, you shouldn’t be allowed to screw yourself IMHO. ( Make better laws to deal with interest rates! … What, you like “renting” money? )

Just a thought.

Wolfe


Secret Messages and Secure Communications Inserted Update

Secret Messages and Secure Communications (Inserted Update)

Important Additions, Updates, and Notes:

Using Cash and Credit Cards:

It is important to mention something here that I should have mentioned at the beginning. Cash is King. Cash is untraceable, and should be used when making purchases of any kind, including those that are for other things like your BOB. Read more…

Even when using the internet to make a purchases it is good to use cash to get the means to. For those in British Columbia I strongly recommend the VANCITY VISA gift cards, although any store bought visa or master card gift card will do the same thing such as those bought at 7-11 convenience stores.

 

NOTE: Money Mart Pre-Paid Master Cards are not safe to protect your identity, or credit! They require that you show government issued ID cards to get them.

 

Never, never use your real credit card online! Even if you are not concerned with protecting your real name, your credit card is never 100% safe online. Use one of these gift cards instead.

 

Concerning Cell Phone:

 

There are three things that identify your cell phone to the service provider. The first set of information are obvious. They have to with what you have provide to the service yourself, such as the billing address, the name of the phone owner, and the physical location of the phone.

 

The only one you should be concerned with by this point in my posts is the physical location. When you phone is not in use it can be placed in a Faraday Cage, this will effectively block all signals coming from and going to the cell phone. The additional advantage of this is that it will also help to strongly protect the electronic device from EMP pulses in the event that the TEOTWAWKI is caused by an air burst nuclear strike.

 

The second set of identifiable data with your cell phone are packets of data sent out by the phone itself. One of these is from the SIM card, this is a small plastic chip usually popped out of a larger plastic card to be placed in your pay as you go phone. For FIDO users, it costs about $25 on average, and can easily be tossed out and replaced, or used in another phone. Some pay as you go cell phone providers do not use this system or removable SIM cards, instead they lock the phone so that the phone is question can only be used with their service. A quick search on your local craiglist however, will help you find someone to unlock the phone so that you can switch providers.

 

The other data sent directly by your cell phone is called a IMEI, this can be used by the provider to kill the phone, or trace it even when the SIM card is changed. You can find the number by looking inside the phones casing, it is usually printed near the battery. The IMEI is connect directly to the cell phone itself, rather then to you the user of it. However, if you keep using the same phone, and change your pen name, and SIM card frequently it could lead to problems. Selling it may also allow the person you are selling it to to remember what you look like, my suggestion is to mail it to a charity in a distance country. It is possible for some models of cell phones to change the IMEI, I would strongly suggest however that unless you do this yourself, to not get someone else to do if you want 100% security. (Further Reading on this can be found here.)

 

(Continued in Part 4)


AIRTIME PRO HACK

So Prepper Broadcasting finally got it’s airtime pro dashboard for the radio station! Everything works extremely well, and we are fairly pleased with what we have seen so far.

One little problem (which gman never actually knew about) was setting up shows to only play once.

Within Airtime Pro’s smartblocks you can choose to have something added that is “LAST PLAYED”  with “is in the range” of two dates. But you can not choose to “is NOT in the range”… sorta.

Airtime sets up it’s list of things to do in SQL database style, which gave me an idea. Read more…

smartblock-example-1

I created a smartblock which searches for media by title (metadate title) which is altered on our other server before it is uploaded via a shell script.

 smartblock-example-2

Then start by adding another criteria …

smartblock-example-3

I use the “Last Played” as it is normally suppose to be used first, and save.  Setting the date range between the start of this year and the end of it. You end up with something like this …

smartblock-example-4

Which, if left as is, would result in exactly the opposite of what we want. So we force an error on it like this…

smartblock-example-5

By trying to use the start date “foobar”, the widget chokes and coughes up an error. We then change “is in the range” to “is not” like so and save WITHOUT fixing “foobar” ….

smartblock-example-6

Which results after saving to almost what we want …

smartblock-example-7

Then all we have to do is change “foobar” to the correct date format and we are off and running.

smartblock-example-8

And there we have it, “is not in the range”.

- Wolfe


What it means to be a Libertarian-Prepper

FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

PURE SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. You have to take care of all of the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need. Read more…

BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and put them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs as the regulations say you need.

FASCISM: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them and sells you the milk.

PURE COMMUNISM: You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.

RUSSIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.

CAMBODIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and shoots you.

DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.

PURE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.

PURE ANARCHY: You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.

LIBERTARIAN-PREPPER: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. End up selling cows, milk, cheese, yogurt, leather, steaks, hamburgers, ribs, all beef hotdogs and compost.


Yes It’s WordPress …

Yeah, I know. Generally speaking I hate wordpress.

But I had a major set of crashes on Joomla, and wanted to try something new, so I switched my blog over to wordpress.  The reason all the old posts are slowly coming over here is because I am compiling some scripts for two projects I am working on. And in between setting up and importing on those projects I figured I’d just copy and paste the old posts over to here.

Which means when I finally finish those projects to my liking, this post will disappear and the old posts will be finished importing here.

- wolfe


The Invisible Killer

Carbonic acid anhydride is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills uncounted thousands of people every year. 

Most of these deaths are caused by accidental inhalation of CAA, but the dangers of carbonic acid anhydride do not  end there.

Read more…

Prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage.

Symptoms of CAA exposure include flushed skin, full pulse, tachypnea,

dyspnea, extrasystoles, muscle twitches, hand flaps, reduced neural activity,

and possibly a raised blood pressure. According to other sources, symptoms of mild

Carbonic acid anhydride exposure might include headache, confusion and lethargy.

CAA can induce increased cardiac output, an elevation in arterial blood pressure, and a propensity

toward arrhythmias. In severe exposure (greater than 10 kPa or 75 mmHg),

symptomatology progresses to disorientation, panic, hyperventilation, convulsions,

unconsciousness, and eventually death.

For those who have become exposed in an enclosed area with Carbonic acid anhydride,

CAA means certain death, CAA has been linked to sudden infant death syndrome.

Carbonic acid anhydride:

is also known as Carbonic anhydride, and is a major component of acid rain.

contributes to the “greenhouse effect.”

even when cold may cause severe burns.

contributes to climate change.

Carbonic acid anhydride reacts with magnesium in the human body (magnesium is the eleventh-most-abundant element by mass in the human body.).

CAA is a food additive, mostly found in soda pop, and sometimes used in making wine.

it is used to create decaffeinated coffee!

Contamination Is Reaching Epidemic Proportions!

Quantities of carbonic acid anhydride have been found in both the Pasific and Atlantic Ocean, and it is believed that

it has increased the ocean water pH. But the pollution is global, and the contaminant has even been found

in Antarctic ice. CAA has been known to be a major bomb making ingredint.

Despite the danger, carbonic acid anhydride is often used:

as an industrial coolant.

Medicine: Mixes metabolic.

in the production of Foamed Plastics.

as a fire retardant.

Metal fabrication applications.

Industrial deburring and grinding.

as an additive in certain “soft drinks” and other food products.

Companies discard waste CAA the air, and nothing can be done to stop them because this practice is still legal.

The impact on our forests is extreme, and we cannot afford to ignore it any longer!

The Horror Must Be Stopped!

The American government has refused to ban the production, distribution, or use of this damaging chemical

due to its “importance to the economic health of this nation.”

In fact, the navy and other military organizations are conducting experiments with CAA,

and designing multi-billion dollar devices to control and utilize it during warfare situations.

Hundreds of military research facilities receive tons of it through a highly sophisticated logistics network.

Many store large quantities for later use.

It’s Not Too Late!

Act NOW to prevent further contamination.

Find out more about this dangerous chemical.

What you don’t know can hurt you and others throughout the world.

Send an email via this page.

Ban Carbonic Acid Anhydride!

Further Reading:

Donald Simanek’s page which insired me to do this
History of the original protest
The other page which inspired me
The wikipedia page on this subject
- wolfe


The Bug Out Bag Part 3

Continued from The Bug Out Bag (Part Two) First Aid Kits come in all shapes and sizes for differing reasons. Industrial First Aid Kits contain eyes washes as a standard, and the ones for homes sometimes contain an Epipen for injecting epinephrine when needed in an emergency. A first response kit, which is what first aid kits really are, are meant to provide preventative medicine until further help arrives. It’s primary reason for being in a home, or on a job site is to prevent blood loss, and prevent infections, while emergency service attempt to reach the victims of accidents and crime. None of the above applies to a Bug Out Bag. Read more…

The whole point of a BOB is to get you to where you can help yourself, a first aid kit within a BOB should be meant for much of the same thing. It is still there to provide protection from infections, and help prevent blood loss, but the approach is different because your not expecting some one to come to take you to a hospital, your going to have to get there yourself, or worse, depend wholly on yourself for care. First Aid Kits With that in mind, I approach the item list of a First Aid Kit within a BOB on the assumption of the worse case scenario, and a few things change as to what you would include in it. And with that we have to look at the types of injuries one can encounter while trying to reach your destination. The first and most likely cause of a need for aid is blood loss, either as a result of coming under the line of fire, accident, disaster, or a direct attack of an assailant. You need to have in your kit a simple tort, although a leather strap might be of use, I recommend a length of rubber tubing like those used in modern slingshots to use as a means to cut off blood flow to an arm or leg, and pressure bandages for body wounds made of sterile cotton. Fabric based duct tape can be used as the ultimate bandage with cotton pads to prevent dirt and foreign matter from entering the wound area. This immediately brings a secondary issue to light, and that is of infection. Using alcohol, bleach, lye, and vinegar in a crunch maybe your only way to disinfect a wound, and the instruments you use to patch together yourself WSHTF, however I strongly recommend purchasing a supply of liquid hospital grade disinfectant like AMPHYL which has a pH level of 10.5 in use (when distilled). The liquid you purchase must be able to kill Sporicidal, Tuberculocidal, Virucidal, Fungicidal, and Bactericidal types of infection. I would discourage purchasing multiple liquids to cover these as you are not likely to know in advance of possible interactions which might not be in your best interest, stick with a single cover all. A higher concentration can be used on knives, scissors, and other objects to clean them as compared to direct skin contact, do not get any in the wounds directly, even using alcohol by washing a wound entirely is a Hollywood myth, and should not be practiced. To clean the inside of wounds, for the purpose of removing dirt and other material, use a sterile saline solution. The more a wound moves, the slower it heals. Whether it is a broken bone, dislocated shoulder, a bruise, or a cut. Immobilizing an injury is the next step in helping yourself recover. Again, fabric based duct tape can of use here, splints made fabricated with nearby scraps of wood, tree branches, and even metal pipe. But ultimately direct repair maybe needed. There are two things you must remember when applying external aid to the body, first the body is ten times better at then you, after you have cleaned a wound, and prevented it from getting further dirt in it, it is likely best to leave it alone. Second, the body has a budget system running the show, if you are using energy to escape the city while you are wounded, the body will use resources to help you in your escape that might be needed to do repairs. You need to take a step back, and think calmly of your current circumstances, and what it is going to tax your internal system. If your feet are wounded, always seek shelter first, and wait till they are mended. If your wounds are the result of the environment such as sunburn, heat stroke, frost bite, thick dust/smoke, hail, etc. seek safe shelter until the cause is gone. Second Aid Sometimes you will have no choice but further intervention. This is where knowledge, and skill are mandatory. Writing about it here in this blog will only likely confuse, and compound the problem, I do have some recommendations however for supplies and further reading. First Aid for Soldiers Medical Textbooks Online Survival Times Collection A Bug Out Bag is meant for speed; light weight, small, and concealment are the measures by which you should judge what goes into it. When ever possible choose items that have more then one use, and be willing to spend money on quality items. Anything you have in your kit takes up space, and weight. When at all possible use items that have multiple uses, specialization is for insects. First Aid Kit Supplies: Adhesive bandages should be made of fabric, avoid the plastic types. These can be bought in a roll fashion, you just cut off what you need. Tweezers stainless steal, although the type found on Swiss Army Knives are good enough, (Ex-Champ) Disposable gloves are often found in modern first-aid kits, latex. MAKE SURE THEY ARE MANUFACTURED IN NORTH AMERICA! Dressings (sterile, applied directly to wound) cotton preferred because they are bio-degradable, and the little pieces that might be left embedded in the wound will be absorbed by the immune system, unlike synthetic materials. Gauze Roll, used also for cleaning wounds like the ABD pads Liquid Vitamin E, Aloe , Tea Tree Oil, and Polysporin Cotton Fabric Sheet – used as slings, tourniquets, to tie splints, and many other uses Duct Tape 20-cc syringe with catheter tip for wound irrigation with sterile saline solution or the type used to give babies medicine Flashlight Sterile saline (used for cleaning wounds where clean tap water is not available, but note that even clean tap water should be converted to normal saline by adding salt) Space blanket (lightweight plastic foil blanket, also known as “emergency blanket”) Alcohol rub (hand sanitizer) or antiseptic hand wipes Thermometer Medication Antiseptics/antimicrobial Iodine Benzalkonium Chloride Alcohol pads – used to prep unbroken skin for injections etc. or to disinfect equipment such as thermometers. Antibiotic pills – WARNING CHECK THE HALF LIFE Antibiotic ointment – single, double, or triple antibiotic ointment in petroleum jelly base Antiseptic/anesthetic ointment, fluid or spray, for example Lidocaine Anti-fungal cream Anti-itch ointment Hydrocortisone cream Calamine lotion Painkillers / fever reducers Acetaminophen Ibuprofen – anti-inflammatory, often more effective than acetaminophen. Aspirin or ASA Anti diarrhea medication such as Loperamide Immodium Oral rehydration salt Antihistamine diphenhydramine (brand name Benadryl) Epinephrine auto-injector (brand name Epipen) – often included in kits for wilderness use and in places such as summer camps, to treat anaphylactic shock. Poison treatments Activated charcoal Syrup of ipecac QuikClot is a hemostatic agent sometimes included in first aid kits, especially military kits, to control severe bleeding. Tincture of benzoin— improves tape adhesion to skin, toughens cracked skin Fire Starters One of the essential skills needed to survival is starting a fire. And two of the coolest ways to do it is either the use of a Fire Piston, or a Swiss Match. The link above to the Fire Piston will bring you to a site that makes them hand-made, (Hat tip to the Primitive Skills Group), and they are always looking for those that can hand crave wood if your looking for a cool job. A fire piston compresses air which heats it enough to ignite tinder. Even if you plan on using a Zippo, get one of these! I always have a Swiss Match in my Bug Out Bag, and a little leather pouch which I have stuffed dryer lint into. Using a Swiss Match, which is a rod of forged flint and a piece of metal, and the lint has been easier to start a fire then using wooden matches some times. It takes a bit of getting use to, but all that you need to do is to place the lint under your tinder in a pile of small bits of wood, and make sure that the lint isn’t to compressed, gets enough air, and make your sparks. Puff on it when you see smoke, and it will ignite starting the fire. You can waterproof wooden matches by dipping them in melted candle wax, and having a good quality magnifying glass in your kit doesn’t hurt during the summer, but by far the Fire Piston, and the Swiss Match are must haves. Continued in Bug Out Bag Part 4 – Wolfe