Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Home Security


Episode 150: Season 4 ep. 26




In the Battle for the South adventure, Bennet returns to Albuquerque with Vince and Erika. The defenses at the camp have been increased. Today, Brian Duff from Mind 4 Survival joins us to discuss home security in a pre and post collapse setting.

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Home Security Lessons from Brian

When making a home security checklist, you should know the lay of the land around you. Knowing the physical geography is a great start, but you also need to know the environment you are a part of. What are people's attitudes? What political trends may affect you? In a post collapse situation will there be hoards of hungry people headed your way? Are there groups in the area that could present a threat to your home?

While considering all these factors, you need to perform a risk assessment. This assessment should be done on each family member, on yourself, and on your home. You need to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The strengths and weaknesses are internal threats that may affect you. For example, your physical condition, home's construction method, your mother's medical condition. The opportunities and threats are external factors that could alter your plans. For example, hoards of people leaving a city headed your way, weather conditions that make it impossible to garden, a political system that is making it difficult to financially afford your current living conditions.
 
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Use the information gathered from the assessment to formulate a game plan. As prepared individuals, we think about the worst of problems that may come down the pipeline but we tend to give it a best case survival outcome. Be careful of overconfidence. Murphy's law will get you, and even the best laid plans will be challenged. You need to have contingencies to handle problems as they arise. The military often says that no plan survives initial contact. You need to expect the unexpected and plan for the impossible. Try to identify any threats no matter how far fetched they seem, and decide how you are going to deal with that contingency. Plan an attack on yourself, and try to think outside the box. Use any idea no matter how crazy it may seem.

In our current society, securing your home is not too difficult. You can install security systems and cameras to ensure that the home is monitored 24/7. However if there is a collapse of society these systems may not work any more. You can not count on their protective bubble at that point. Use your risk assessment to define: What do you have to protect? What do you have to protect it with? What do you need to protect it from? You may have a family, a home, food, water etc. You can protect it with yourself (if trained), a dog, obstacles, a gun, etc. You need to protect it from bad guys, animals, pests, weather, etc.

Follow the five D's of security: Deter, Detect, Deny, Delay, and Defend. Deter people by making your home look less desirable to infiltrate than your neighbor's. In today's society that may be as simple as putting up a fence and cameras. In a post collapse society you will want to think of any way you can hide the fact that you have supplies they may need. The threat of getting to those supplies needs to be intense enough that the effort is not worth the investment. Detection is important because you need to know that someone has entered your space and where they are. You can detect people breaching your perimeter with a camera or a motion sensor. In a long term society that may not work. Get creative. Dogs are great noise makers. You can use infrared technology to see them in the dark. Then you need to Deny the trespassers entry. Funnel the perpetrator where you want them to go with landscaping and easy access that is firmly secured at the end of the tunnel. You can plant thorny bushes under accessible windows. In a post collapse society you will want to have plywood or chicken wire on hand for your windows. Delay a trespassor's entry with the thorn bushes, plywood, chicken wire, obstacles, etc. Time is your friend. If you increase time and distance you increase your chances of survival. Also, all these delay elements they have to face, tire the perpetrator out which will hopefully give you more of an advantage, if you have to physically defend yourself. Defend! Once the trespasser is through, you will have to determine how to defend yourself. Currently, you may be able to retreat to a safe, locked space and call 9-1-1. However in a post collapse society that will not be possible. You need to have your body physically prepared and owning firearms is a great idea for this purpose.

All of human activity is dictated by return on investment. If you are going to invest time and energy into an activity, you want it to pay off somehow for yourself. An untrained force with a normal mindset is going to be looking for the same return on investment. Every challenge you present them decreases their belief that the payouts are going to be worth the effort. This makes them wonder if the resources are really worth the threat of injury or loss of life. The more difficult you make it for them the less likely that they will want to participate in the activity.

In a post collapse society everything we take for granted now will fail. You need to be ready to detect threats without the use of modern equipment. Your creativity is your key to survival. You can get a device for a trip wire that pops a .22 round and makes a loud noise. You can use glow stick traps. Look at the glow stick because some of them expire. They also make infrared glow sticks that stay dark and can only be seen with night vision. You can hang a bullet casing or metal noise maker in a soda can and hang it so if it is disturbed it will rattle. Make it as painful as possible to come through your property and attackers may be heard moaning, groaning, and cursing. If you leave ground debris in your property, you will be able to hear them coming through it. Use spikes in doorways or car access points. If you can imagine it do it! If you want to know if someone is coming and going on your property put a log out. People will generally move the log to get in or out, and they won't move it back. It is a sure fire way to find out.

 Brian Duff

Brian Duff is the go to resource for concerned people who want to improve their safety, security and preparedness. He is a proud former Army Ranger, Paramedic, Firefighter, High Threat Security Specialist and International Security Director who has served and protected people around the globe for decades.
When he’s not working to help others, he can be found in the garage, tinkering away, out on the hiking trail, or meeting up with friends and occasionally trying to find the end of the Internet.  Make the choice, take a look at Brian’s virtual home, Mind4Survival.com and set yourself up to overcome and survive any difficult situation.



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Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster, Without Land, The Walls of Freedom and Battle for the South. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com





 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Interrogation Methods


Episode 149: Season 4 ep.25




The journey continues in Battle for the South, as First Sergeant Bennet pulls into Albuquerque, NM, in search of Erika. He learns of her capture and begins seeking information. Here today to discuss interrogation methods and ways we can learn the information we need to know is James Rosone. James is the author of multiple fiction stories as well as a veteran of the Army and Airforce.

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Interrogation Advice from James

James worked in the Air-force as a Human Intelligence Collector, basically a fancy name for an interrogator. He completed six and a half months of training in a joint operation with the Army about how to acquire information from hostile folks who don't want to talk with you. He has logged over two thousand hours of interrogation time with Al-Quada members many of whom have escaped imprisonment and are not top ISIS members. 

James explains that there are many types of interrogation techniques. They range from police and law enforcement activities to military combatant interrogation to finding out what your teenager is thinking. Interrogation is sitting and talking with people, asking the right types of questions, and reading the person's responses: facial expressions, tone, demeanor, etc. Then making an appropriate judgement call about the truthfulness of that answer. You have to be able to discern if there are signs or tells, indicating the accurateness of the response. Interrogation can be aggressive or passive. 

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No matter how good you get at reading people or the study of Kinesis, you must not be over-confident in your abilities. Informants can be misleading. Pathological liars can be truthful in small areas but very hard to read on the whole. Some folks are just naturally shifty because of the circumstances they grew up in or the environment they are forced to survive in. That doesn't mean they are always untruthful. Situations can cause you to be deceptive and hide emotions. 

Interrogation methods are important to learn because we use them everyday. Your ability to ascertain information from someone else can improve your skills at interacting with people. This can help you achieve whatever goal in your personal life or career you are looking to achieve. Learning human interaction tendencies and traits can make help you complete more sales or be a better leader. You will learn to better understand people and have the skills to manipulate them. This doesn't have to be a bad thing. How many times do we pass by someone on the street and ask them, "how's it going?" Do you perceive what is really going on with them or are you satisified with the, "fine," that is commonly given as a response? Finding out what is under the surface of someone's responses can help you to help them.

In a long term survival scenario information will be a valuable commodity after food, water, shelter, etc. are established. Knowing what is going on around you and how to react will be absolutely essential. Rumors will spread rapidly and take on a life of their own that evolves every time the story is told. Knowing how to ask pointed questions, direct questions, and close ended questions to find out essential information will determine your fight or flight reactions.

You also have to learn to ascertain information without becoming overbearing or obvious. When people think that you are being too forward you invoke emotions and raise their defenses. This will be essential if you encounter a new community and have to determine if they are a friend or foe. You can actually find out very quickly. However, without an understanding of basic human concepts and how to ask the right types of questions and the ability to discern the answers properly liars can take advantage of you. 

If you are approached by a vulnerable individual there are a few questions you want to ask to judge their truthfulness. Where is the individual from? How long has she been on her own? How did he get to where he currently is in life? What drew her in to talk to you? How did he find you?
What did she do prior to the event? You need to find out if people possess skills you can use. 


When you are asking the questions mentioned above use the Circle Questioning Technique. Using this will help you develop a baseline of truth. First ask a "money" question. Then ask 2-3 benign questions. Then ask a "money" question and repeat. For example ask, "Where are you from" and listen to the response. Then ask "What did you do before?" and listen to the answer. Then ask what happened here, and what happened there. Then return to the question of where are you from and what did you do. Employing this technique makes they think on various avenues and areas. If the money questions don't match each time you ask them then you know it's not true. Use this when meeting new people or communities.

Each time you encounter someone you have an opportunity for an informational exchange. Do you know something they should know? If so ask a question that they should already know the answer to. They should respond with a correct answer, if not, you know something is off.

If you are being interrogated try to figure out exactly what they want to know. Then determine how detrimental giving up that information is to you and your group. For example, if they only want to know how big your group is give them the answer. They don't need to know about how much food or ammo you have. The interrogators won't find out as long as you don't give them a reason to be suspicious and probe deeper and introduce more tools. If the answer you give is not detrimental to your group or yourself be truthful. If you are going to lie make your lie as similar as possible to reality. If you give a close answer you will be more inclined to recall the answer you provided. If you are caught lying it is likely that their interrogation tools will increase and that would be a bad thing in a long term survival situation. The tools are likely to be very mid-evil as most people won't have access to a lot of the pharmaceutical options deployed today.

Pharmaceuticals are used often in interrogation proceedings. Drugs like Ativan or a derivative reduce your inhibitions. They make the interviewee very relaxed and carefree. They talk a lot in this euphoric state. On the flip side there are drugs that induce pain and can make a person's nervous system feel like it is on fire. However, pain is not as effective as Hollywood producers make it out to be. Pleasure crates a more open environment. When you first encounter a new individual it may not be a bad idea to intoxicate them to judge the truthfulness of their statements.

Torture is effective but only in certain situations. In a long term interrogation process it is useless. Plus every time you receive an answer you will have to wonder about its validity. Many people will say whatever you want them to as long as the pain stops. Remember, you want people to willingly or unwittingly give up the information. The problem with retrieving information this way is it is really hard to master and takes a long time to learn and perform. Torture, while not as effective, has its uses. For example, in a quick tactical environment. 

Determining if torture is ethically acceptable comes down to your individual definition of what torture is. James does not consider water boarding torture because it is not physically harming the interviewee. You are not burning, breaking, cutting, scarring or hurting their body physically in any way. Water boarding makes the individual believe they are being drowned. It is a physiological tool and mental tools are very effective. Physically harming an individual usually does not produce effective results and therefor there is no reason to choose it over physiological options.

There are lots of types of interrogation methods that can cause people to give false confessions. For the most part people are weak minded and impatient. They will say anything to get out of an uncomfortable situation and move on. Long term tactics are more often employed by police or law enforcement with a false hope of being released. The military operates much different. They are not concerned with an individual's guilt level. They are looking for additional information so they can capture and kill the people that the individual is working for or with. The military interrogators are not after confessions they are looking to capture and/or kill individuals comprising the "food chain" of the operation. 

People being threatened by dictatorial leaders often give up a lot of information as long as they know that whatever the dictator and his followers were threatening is safe. Usually the leaders will be the will be the most difficult to get information from. Sometimes they will make a deal and give up a piece of the pie but rarely to they give you the whole thing.

There are many ways you can learn interrogation tactics and put the techniques into practice. James's book Interview with a Terrorist is a great place to start. Beyond that there are training classes available and case studies available for study as well. This is a great way to see what to employ in everyday approaches. You can find out what worked and what didn't and first hand accounts is the only way to obtain that knowledge. Investigate civilian and military perspectives to gain a complete understanding.


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Amazon Best Selling Author James Rosone started a military career in the Army National Guard as a communications specialist and forward observer for a self-propelled artillery unit. He later joined the U.S. Air Force, becoming an interrogator during 2007 Iraq War troop surge. After 10 years of service in the armed forces, James spent several additional years in Iraq as a contractor for the Department of Defense and the Department of State. During all of this time in the sand box, books and writing became an escape.

Later, James worked as a military adviser in the area of identity intelligence for U.S. Central Command during General David Petraeus’ leadership and U.S. European Command under Admiral James Stavridis and General Philip Breedlove. This experience led him to travel and work in countries all across the globe, giving him a unique global perspective. During this time he also completed a Master of Science degree at the University of Oxford.
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Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Controlling Pain Naturally


Episode 148: Season 4 ep. 24




Erika and Vince find a moment of down time in the Battle for the South adventure. Their bodies are sore and tired from the southern wall battle. Here today to talk about pain management both today and in a long-term survival situation is Nicole Apelian. Nicole has been featured on the hit TV series Alone in season two and five. She is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist, traditional skills instructor and all around awesome person.

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Pain Control Lessons from Nicole Apelian

Nicole grew up very much in tune with nature. Along her adventures, she was diagnosed with MS (Multiple sclerosis) and was bed bound for two years because of the sickness. She began blindly following the directions of her doctors but little about her condition changed. Taking charge of her own health, she began researching natural ways to heal herself. Her diet, lifestyle and stress levels needed some serious management. 

Nicole spent twenty three years working with the Kalahari bushmen in Botswana. She went out with the women and collected the native plants. She started wondering what was available at home to accomplish the same things these people still practiced. She became an herbal wellness coach, researching herbs to treat the medical issues of individuals with specialized holistic wellness plans. It has been eighteen years now since she was diagnosed with MS and her holistic plan has managed her condition, allowing her to return to her passions.


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Pain can be extremely debilitating! Chronic pain over a long term period takes a tole on the body and spirit. Stress levels, anxiety and depression often accompany long term pain issues. Many times, western medical treatments do more to mask the pain than to heal it. You need to find the source of the pain and heal yourself. 

Pain can create a viscous cycle. When you are in pain, you will probably begin to decrease your daily activities. When your activities decrease, you get less exercise. When you get less exercise, your body may hurt even more and you will begin to add additional weight. The weight gain and increased pain often leads to depression which causes more pain. 

It's a horrible loop in today's society but if you were in a long term survival situation, the increased stress and anxiety levels would only amplify the affects of the pain loop. Even in today's society this pain loop can lead to loss of work, money and maybe even your home. Chronic pain has some serious consequences in any society.


Diet

To get control of the pain, dietary changes are the first place to start. Making dietary changes can be a challenge but once you get started, your cravings for the garbage you used to put into your body will decrease. This doesn't mean you can never treat yourself. Maintaining an eight percent healthy choices with twenty percent guilty pleasures will put your pain level in a much better place. Taking charge of your diet puts you in control of your pain. 

There are two major factors in your diet that contribute to pain levels: things the increase inflammation and foods that contribute to "leaky gut." Leaky gut is caused by foods with specific proteins that go through the gut and cause additional inflammation. Since pain is usually caused by inflammation eliminating these two things is a great place to start. 

You should get a IgG food sensitivity test you can get an at home test or have it performed at your doctor's office. This test can show you what your body is reacting too. There are three common food products that affect your body: grains/gluten, dairy (lactose), and sugar. You may or may not have issues with these common foods but eliminating them can make a big difference in overall health. Gluten is found in most processed foods. Sugar is found in almost everything so you have to be very careful about where your daily sugar intake is coming from. Sugar is horrible for your gut flora and minimizing your intake is essential. Dairy is one that if it doesn't affect you, that's great, but if it does, you need to eliminate it to reduce inflammation levels. 

A rainbow diet will provide you with the widest variety of nutrients. You should eat fruits and veggies of multiple colors. You should eat a fair amount of them raw, as cooking can substantially reduce the amount of nutrients your body can collect. In addition to a wide variety of fruits and veggies, you can add some supplements to help boost your body's ability to reduce inflammation. You need a good source of Omega 3. Fish or fish oil can provide the needed nutrient. Also turmeric, ginger and garlic will help reduce inflammation and joint pain.

Your gut flora is very important. When purchasing dairy, meat and eggs it is essential to buy organic and local if possible. When you buy local you can see exactly where your food comes from. If it is not certified organic, the milk or meat will be full of antibiotics that can seriously mess with your gut. Wild foraging or natural organic is always best. If you are dealing with a leaky gut, organic bone broth can help repair it. 

An individual has to be willing to make a dietary change in lifestyle in order for health to improve. If you are not ready to make a change then it won't happen. It is sad to watch some people struggling with a painful sickness suffer when they could be living a healthier lifestyle that could potentially cure their illness and definitely reduce their pain levels. We are all responsible for our own health and happiness!

Diet In a Long Term Survival Scenario

Initially, I believed it would be hard to maintain these dietary changes in a long term survival situation. However, Nicole indicates otherwise. In a long-term survival situation there will be less access to processed foods. When you have to live off the land, as Nicole did on the show Alone and in Botswana, your body feels better. You don't have sugar, dairy or gluten. Evolution has provided your body the ability to digest and collect nutrients from natural foods more efficiently than processed foods. It is true that when you have to rely on nature to provide your food, you may have a much more difficult time accumulating the calories your body needs. You can supplement these caloric necessities with your preparation activities. Choose foods for your long term food supply that store well and are healthy: rice, beans, dehydrated veggies and fruit and a couple bags of sugar. 

In a long term survival situation, most people will eat the processed foods they have stored first. Then they will have to rely upon their garden, fruit trees, and nature.  Make certain you have your garden and orchard established ahead of time. Know what kind of plants grow naturally in your area and what their medicinal properties are. Grow your medicines in your garden if possible. This will ensure they come back year after year and are available to keep you healthy. Make certain you stock your food, and medication ahead of time but another prepping activity must be to have them growing well ahead of time! Garlic and ginger are a couple of very easy to grow, great "go-to's" for pain. There is a wild ginger that is even easier to grow than the kind we typically see in the grocery store.

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There are many anti-inflammatory options. We talked about some of them in the diet section including garlic and ginger. Willow bark is a natural source of salicin, the active ingredient in Asprin. You can clip off the top of a young shoot and there is your pain relief. Willows grow around most river and water sources. Be very careful when administering Willow if someone is bleeding heavily as it is a blood thinner and will make things worse. 

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Clove Oil - Great for toothaches
Arnica - Found in Nicole's Sore Muscle Salve. Arnica is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory that can be applied externally for sore muscles and joint pain.
 

Galangal grows easily in your garden. It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal immunostimulant that helps regrow collagen. It can also be used in a face cream with almond oil and calendula oil to reduce wrinkles and age spots. Follow this link for more information on this fascinating plant.
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CBD is a powerful pain reliever that you may be able to legally grow at your own home. It's oil can be extracted and stored for long periods of time

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a plant from Thailand. You can buy it in a powder form and you may be able to grow it in a green house or in the south. It is a great pain killer and lasts a long time in the powder form. Do your research on the supplier. Make sure you are getting a pure form.

Do not use alcohol as a pain killer! It can be used as an antiseptic or blood thinner but not a pain killer. Stockpile vodka to use for herbal extraction. Infusions prepared this way will last well over ten years.

CBD and even kratom are not legal in all states. However, they are accessible in a lot of places in the United States. Neither Nicole or I would ever advice breaking the law but it can be very challenging to stockpile western medicines. Obtaining extra supplies of western painkilling drugs can put yourself and the prescribing doctor at risk of breaking laws. However, morphine would be a great drug to have on hand for severe situations in a long term survival scenario.

Nicole Apelian

Dr. Nicole Apelian is a scientist, mother, educator, researcher, expeditionary leader, safari guide, herbalist and traditional skills instructor. A leader in the field of transformative nature education, Nicole is excited to share her knowledge and expertise of nature connection, indigenous knowledge, natural wellness and survival skills with the world.

Growing up in Massachusetts, Nicole connected with nature at an early age. Her stepfather was an enormous influence, offering constant support, teaching her to play guitar, and mentoring her through outdoor activities.
Nicole’s first exposure to true wilderness living began while working as a field biologist in Botswana. Following a job as a game warden with the US Peace Corps, she began tracking and researching lions in southern Africa. Nicole immediately fell in love with the African landscapes and the San Bushmen’s way of life, and later, while working with the San Bushmen, Nicole completed her doctorate, focused in Cultural Anthropology within the field of Sustainability Education. Years of visiting the San Bushmen and developing strong relationships within the tribe allowed Nicole to learn many of the primitive skills and ways she practices and teaches today.
A passionate educator for many years, Nicole has worked as an adjunct professor at Prescott College, an adult educator for the Audubon Society of Portland, and as an instructor at various schools, universities and leading conservation education programs.
Nicole was also a challenger on the second season of History Channel’s TV series “Alone”. She thrived in the wilderness totally solo for 57 days with little more than her knife and her wits!

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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