Sunday, November 29, 2015

Argentina has a new President: Mauricio Macri.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Black Friday Deal: Champion Generator

Amazon is having a good Black Friday deal on the Champion Power Equipment Model 46596, 4,000 Watt Portable Gas Generator, currently going for $335.77, down 35% from their list price of $520.

I’ll check tomorrow again and let you know if something else interesting comes up for Black Friday.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What To Do During a Terrorist Attack?

The UK government has a pretty basic but overall correct guideline for terrorist threats which consists of RUN, HIDE, TELL. It can of course be complemented with defensive skills, a carry weapon and a well selected EDC kit, which could be life saving. Still, sound advice:
  • Escape if you can
  • Consider the safest options
  • Is there a safe route? RUN. If not, HIDE
  • Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
  • Insist others leave with you
  • Leave belongings behind
  • If you can't RUN, HIDE
  • If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you
  • Find cover from gunfire such as substantial brickwork or heavy reinforced walls
  • Be aware of your exits
  • Try not to get trapped
  • Be quiet, silence your phone
  • Lock and barricade yourself in
  • Move away from the door
  • Call 911: What do the police need to know?
  • Location: Where are the suspects?
  • Direction: Where did you last see the suspects?
  • Descriptions: Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons
  • Provide further information: Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages
  • And stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so
This is the kind of advice you give in general to people, especially children, in places where shootings occur with certain frequency. When we lived in Argentina, my wife and oldest son knew that the first thing to do if shooting started was to move away from it! Understanding the difference between cover and concealment can be very useful but it may be harder to tell for those that aren’t knowledgeable regarding firearms and ballistics.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Monday, November 23, 2015

There's Hope for Argentina!

President Mauricio Macri and Governor of Buenos Aires, Maria Eugenia Vidal
I barely dared to hope. Just barely. I had seen so many times my beloved country go down the toilet during elections, consumed by corruption, ignorance and populist ideology.
Yesterday something changed in Argentina. Mauricio Macri is now president of Argentina. Macri is the product of the 2001 crisis, starting his political party in 2003 and winning the mayoral elections of the City of Buenos Aires in 2007 where he did a great job. He ran the government of the city of Buenos Aires with professionalism, free of favouritism and corruption with clear goals for the city which he mostly achieved. Mauricio Macri can be described as a center-right conservative, known for building skilled teams around him and solving problems in a methodical way, probably due to his background in civil engineering.
As great as this is, the damage done to Argentina is still considerable an years, maybe a decade or more will pass before it becomes a nation with standards of living similar to the ones found in developed nations. The horrible crime problem, even the corruption and economic instability, you don’t get rid of those overnight. Macri knows a thing or two about being a victim of crime. He spent 13 days in a hole, kidnapped himself.
Still, its great news. There’s hope, and now there’s a president that will work towards fixing things rather than filling his own pockets. A president we can finally be proud of...that is, until he starts dancing…

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Terrorism and Gun vs Knives

Three men who stopped a terrorist attack in a train in France
This BBC report gives the details where a couple of Frenchmen and three Americans stopped a shooter on a train in France.
According to the BBC at :
A couple of Frenchmen first encountered the shooter and tried to stop the guy, and one of them was shot, this being just before the Americans became involved. In addition to the shooter having an AK-47: “Mr Molins said the man was also in possession of an automatic pistol, nine cartridge clips, a bottle of petrol and a box-cutter.”
When the Americans reacted, Spencer Stone was the first one to get to the shooter: “"Spencer makes first contact, he tackles the guy, Alek wrestles the gun away from him, and the gunman pulls out a box cutter and slices Spencer a few times.
“Mr. Stone was slashed in the neck and eyebrow with the box-cutter and had a thumb almost sliced off.”
I am sure there are some lessons in this, perhaps one being that just trying to wrestle and choke a bad guy who cannot use his gun is dangerous (including the possibility that they will use some kind of explosive) and that they need to be disabled promptly and not just controlled.
Of course, it was reported that the shooter said he had “found” the guns in a park where he slept, and “He was there just to rob the train.” Wonder why he needed multiple weapons, including the infamous box cutter, if all he wanted to do was rob people?