Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Families Helping Families


Episode 141: Season 4 ep. 17



Dexter finds himself in the home of his longtime friends as the Battle for the South adventure continues. These families have shared many years of experiences together and formed a new extended family in a post collapse society. In a post collapse society families may rely heavily upon other families for help. It was already common place in the United States before the advancement of technology. Here to discuss these intricate relationships is James Hart author of Urban & Wilderness Emergency Preparedness.

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 Featured Quote:
Family Lessons From James

In the past it was essential for local families to come together to help one another. They could get more done faster. For example, a barn could be raised in a week with family groups providing assistance to their neighbors. Alone it would have taken one family over a year. Many mechanisms would have to be constructed to allow one person to do a job that many people helping one another could easily do together. Another key time for families to come together was at harvest time. One piece of equipment could be rotated to multiple farms decreasing cost. The crop needed to be harvested in a timely manner and many people assisting one another allowed the harvest to be done quickly so no one lost their crops. Food preservation was just as important as collection. A daunting job for one person to do was made into an enjoyable task with many people working together to get it done.

"Self knowledge is great but extra hands always help."

The extended family also had a huge role to play in a family's dynamic. Older people were respected and honored for the knowledge and experiences the had accumulated and could pass on. They knew how to fix and build things. The older folks also cared for the young children who would be a hindrance in a work environment. The grandparents provided care for these young children and passed on important values, ethics, and religious beliefs. If a family did not have elderly to care for the young and they were helping with a community event, the other elders would care for the children of these families while their parents assisted. 

In today's technology crazy society, making friends with other families can seem like a daunting task. However, it is really quite easy. It's as simple as looking out for one another. When someone needs a hand, pitch in, rather than walking away. Get out of your house. Just being outside, introduces you to other folks in the community. Meet new people and stay in touch. Value they friendship they are offering. Learn who lives around you and the patterns their family has so you can help alert them if something is amiss. Each time you meet and interact with someone you will get to know them a little bit better.

It is important to make sure your family has a strong foundation before you start to reach out to others. Solid communication between all family members is key and will extend to others. Be willing to listen and bend, instead of always going against them. Allow other people to have different opinions as long as it does not create a major rift. Try to understand why they have that point of view and meet in the middle. Spend quality time together. It is of the upmost importance to spend time with your family, participate in community gatherings. Set aside time to enjoy one another in a relaxed environment and thank them for their contributions. Working together creates really strong bonds but playing together can make them even stronger. Now-a-days communities are lacking in participants because of individual entertainment involving our electronics. People are not interacting anymore. We are not teaching our children to interact and that could be a huge hindrance to a very social species.

Cultural differences in between families would be insurmountable for some folks. Many people will try different foods but when it comes to welcoming a culturally diverse family into their home, they may hesitate. Others could bridge this gap easily. Hands and knowledge is hands and knowledge no matter what cultural heritage a family stems from. Also, some families may ostracize themselves because of their cultural differences. Survivors must try and bridge these gaps for the sake of the community.

In a post collapse society a family that is doing well will probably not have a problem lending a helping hand to another. However, the helping family must be shown that the family that needs help is willing to pitch in and be a useful part of the community.

  
James Hart

A veteran of 2 tours of duty in Viet Nam, James began his survival training at the age of 7 when he was stranded in the Mojave Desert for 7 hours without food or water during a family move in 1954. Since then he has been through the scouting program where he attained Life scout, served as Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Venture Advisor, and earned the Badden Powell Award. An avid outdoorsman, he has winter camped in Utah and northern Quebec, Canada, snowshoed in upstate New York, Utah and Quebec, and camped in the Mojave Desert of California, the Uintah Mountains of Utah, and the Piney Woods of East Texas, among numerous other locations. James has traveled and been through 42 of the 50 states of the US. Three provinces of Canada, sailed the Pacific Ocean, and crossed the Equator and 35 countries from jungles of South America to the Himalayas of Nepal. Having earned an Associates of Photography Degree from Houston Community College, he has beautifully captured many of his travels with his camera.

Now retired from a career with the Trinity River Authority of Texas, James resides in Dallas, TX, where he lectures on Wilderness and Survival Training. He is the author of SWET Survival & Wilderness Experience Training, Urban & Wilderness Emergency Planning, 35 other booklets on wilderness training, monthly articles for Survival Life Magazine, and a column and articles for The Garland Messenger Newspaper. James also does workshops and speaking engagements.

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James Hart: HartSurvival.com



Sara F. Hathaway

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



 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sniping Basics


Episode 140: Season 4 ep. 16




The journey continues in Battle for the South. Master Sergeant Bennet sends out his sniper team, Dexter and Johnny, to scout a way out of the city. Today, James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, joins us to discuss sniping basics and the realities vs the myths.

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Government Trust Issues from James

Contrary to popular belief, sniping is not about long distance shooting. Sniping is defined as someone who shoots from a point of concealment. Some shots they make are less than 100 yards. The majority are over 100 yards but very few are over 1,000 yards. What makes a sniper truly a sniper is the field craft that is employed. The key to being an effective sniper is about mission planning, concealment, stalking ability, and strategy. In fact, the primary focus of the sniper is often not to shoot at all, but rather to gain information. These men sneak in and report back, shooting is secondary.

When a sniper heads out into the field, often they have to take large amounts of living gear with them. The longer distance they have to travel, the more gear they need. This gear is shed in a safe place where it can be recovered about a mile before the target location. He will retain concealment gear like a ghillie suite. Popular myth would have us believing that snipers eat, drink and sleep in their ghillie suits when in actuality he only puts it on when it is needed. When it is needed is not as often as you might think. They only use this to get really close and most of the time snipers don't want to get really close because they might get spotted.

As a civilian concerned about a SHTF situation, it is important to know your gear. James's book, High Risk Civilian Contracting, has some great information regarding gear essentials. Know the difference between a get home bag and a survival go-bag and pack them accordingly. Don't carry more gear than you need.

The rifles that snipers carry are basically the same ones that are used to hunt deer. A Remington 700 is not that different from an M40 that was originally based upon the Remington 700 specs and is still used today by snipers in the field.
Remington 700
https://www.militaryfactory.com/smallarms/detail.asp?smallarms_id=15

In order to reach the objective of shooting from a point of concealment any quality hunting arm could be suitable. Traditionally when we think of sniper rifles, we think of a huge, heavy barrelled gun with a bi-pod. A sniper has to shoot from multiple positions and may have to use field expedient props. A heavy gun can be cumbersome and adds more weight to the gear load out. Big guns also require large, heavy ammo, adding even more weight.

Scopes help you see better. They don't help you shoot better. A super magnified optical amplifies every movement the sniper makes. James tip is to turn up your magnification, and find your target. Then back it off as much as possible to make the shot. 

When you are just starting out, get a .22 caliper rifle like a Ruger 10/22 with a scope. Practice shooting at 25 yards. When you can fire ten shots and have one .22 caliper hole in the paper with no misses, then you can move on to the next step.

Snipers must be extremely intelligent. Math skills are an absolute must. As far as personality, these guys are usually quiet types, who are comfortable being alone and super smart. When people start firing at you math is much harder to do.

Elevation and wind speeds are constant concerns to a sniper. To account for elevation, whether it us up or down, always shoot low. "One shot, one kill" is a myth. In reality the spotter is the wind equalizer. You will fire a shot, and immediately run the bolt. Your spotter with "call" the next shot. Then you know where to shoot the next one to make the kill. Second shot hit is reality. The spotter is imperative here. James has no preference for MOA or Mills (defined below) but if you have mills on your recticle, you have to have mills on your knobs and mills on your spotting scope. All three must match. This allows for speed and accuracy. You will not be touching a windage knob in between shots! There is not time. 

MOA - ("A Minute of Angle (MOA) is an angular measurement. A MOA is 1/60th of a degree. 1 MOA spreads about 1″ per 100 yards. (actually 1.047″). 1 MOA is a different size at different distances, 8″ at 800 yards is still just 1 MOA." nssf.org

Mills("Mil-dot is an abbreviation for “milliradian” and “dot”, which is from the English word meaning, dot. A milliradian is 1/1000th of a radian. he number of mils equals the amount of bullet drop (measured in yards) times 1000, divided by the distance to target in yards. In our example, we have 36 inches, or one yard of bullet drop and a range of 428 yards." gunsamerica.com)

The situation the sniper is in dictates how many shots he should take before changing position. If they are on over-watch, they may be able to fire for extended periods of time. However, if they are a scouting team they may never fire a shot at all.

The spotter is imperative. He has exactly the same training as the sniper and the two frequently change positions. The sniper can't stay on the rifle, in shooting position, for hours. 

The ideal setup for a sniper will always vary with environment and gear load-out. 
https://www.snowymountainrifles.com/products/30-338-lapua
 The 338 Lapua (featured above) will shoot about a mile away.
https://www.shootlasvegas.com/barrett-50-cal.html








Compared to the 50 Cal Barrett (featured above) that will shoot about 1200 yards

or the Remington 700 .308. It will shoot a max shot of 800-1000 yards.

You don't always want the biggest gun, unless the situation call for it. It's heaver and the ammo is heavier. Get good at what you have. Learn the best gun, scope and ammo combo you have access to. Learn how to shoot it from every position you can. Know what you and the rifle are capable of. You can be taught how to shoot but you can't be taught when not to shoot. You have to know your skills well enough to know when you can't make the shot. Either you have made the shot before or you haven't. Keep practicing! What you have right now is probably what you'll be learning in s survival situation so learn it as best you can.

James recommends a savage scout rifle as a great civilian weapon. It's light, magazine fed and comes in various calibers including the .308. It would be a great rifle in a self defense scenario. It has a 1-4 power scope and can easily make short range sniper shots of 300-400 yards. The new model available has an infinitely adjustable stock and cheek piece, making it user friendly for most body types. 
https://www.savagearms.com/firearms/model/11Scout
Check out James's YouTube video on Scout Rifles: https://youtu.be/7VMtXHcvDPo
To fit a rifle to your body type: Put the stock of the gun in the crook of your arm at your elbow. You should be able to touch the trigger from there.
For those of us with smaller frames, James recommends a bullpup style rifle by Tavor. These weapons carry the bulk of the rifle's weight in the back. The weapon won't "wilt" in the carrier's arms.

https://iwi.us/product-category/firearms/tavor-7/
The sniper must always keep the mindset of 50% hunting and 50% being hunted. They need to learn to walk stealthily. Avoid silhouetting on the tops of hills by choosing to walk around them instead. Snipers must utilize general camo tactics. If night vision is available it should be utilized as moving in the night time is best. Snipers can't hide from thermal imaging. The only way to avoid thermal is behind glass or under water.
James recommends taking his fighting pistol class if you are entering the world of utilizing your weapon for self defense. Moving and shooting is an entirely different thing from going to the shooting range. At the fighting pistol class you will learn valuable skills that you can take home to step up your practice. If you have never trained to use your weapon in the field at the range your just...shooting.


James Yeager

James Yeager, who owns Tactical Response, was a Law Enforcement Officer with a career spanning Undercover, Patrol, K9 and SWAT assignments. He has also been a Security Contractor in Iraq protecting the Iraqi Election commission before, during and after Iraq's first election. He started Tactical Response in 1996 and, in that time, has trained over 66,000 people in North, Central and South America as well as Europe.
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Sara F. Hathaway
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



 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Survival Stories: The Dying Time


Episode 139: Season 4 ep. 15



The journey continues in Battle for the South, as Vince and Erika prepare to leave Texas because of the altercation with Cassidy. We love survival stories here on The Changing Earth Podcast and here today to talk about his fictional survival stories is Raymond Dean White. Ray is the author of The Dying Times and has recently published a non-fiction book, Bugging In.

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"Here we are, fighting amongst one another when the real fight is out there! Our country weakens more and more every day."

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The Dying Time: Impact (The Dying Time Trilogy Part 1) 
http://amzn.to/2FGWfMIPreppers and Fans of apocalyptic fiction novels like The Stand, Lucifer's Hammer, The Postman, Swan Song, Sedulity, Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse and The Perseid Collapse Saga will love The Dying Time: Impact.

When the Impact destroyed civilization and re-sculpted the globe the extinction of humanity began. Fire rained from the sky, megaquakes ruined all infrastructure, tsunamis and Hypercanes devastated coastal areas. And then came plague, Impact Winter with its unending cold, starvation and seemingly endless suffering. But amidst the chaos there were a few Preppers gutsy enough to stand against both Nature and the desperate hordes who would do anything—eat anyone—to survive.

Meanwhile, aboard the International Space Station the hastily expanded crew, humanity's last hope to avoid extinction, view the devastation below with growing horror and despair. The extent of the cataclysm makes them wonder if they will ever get to go home. But their attention is soon diverted by other issues, for they have serious problems of their own. 



After The Dying Time (The Dying Time Trilogy Part 2)
Twelve years ago Fire rained from the sky, Megaquakes, Tsunamis, and Hypercanes destroyed civilized infrastructure and re-sculpted the globe. In the ensuing years Plague, Impact Winter, Starvation and Despair almost completed the extinction of humanity. Now the survivors in the Freeholds, the Tribes and the Mormons in Deseret—those hardy few who endured the unimaginable horrors of The Dying Time have begun to rebuild.

But in California a King has risen—and he wants what they have.

And on the moon, where the crew of the International Space Station relocated to survive, the population is growing, resources are getting scarce and their power supply is failing.


Bugging In: What to do When TSHTF and You Live in Suburbia


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Your electrical power fails due to a storm, terrorist attack, EMP or other catastrophe. Hyperinflation leads to an economic collapse and food and medical supplies stop flowing to the cities. A pandemic spreads death around the globe.

These are not relatively localized disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, wild fires, ice storms or floods, where you know help is on the way and all you have to do is hunker down and tough it out. These are nationwide or perhaps global disasters that will disrupt food, energy and water supplies. Hospitals are overrun and government may well cease to function. The upshot being, no help is coming, at least soon and possibly never.

What will you do to keep yourself and your family relatively secure? I ask you that, using the words “relatively secure” because you will not be able to keep anyone safe in such scenarios. No one living in or near a city will be safe.

This book offers specific advice and instruction, as well as general guidelines you will have to tailor to your unique circumstances, to help you keep your family as relatively secure as possible. You will learn what to stock up on, what skills you should endeavor to acquire, and what actions you must take to give your family a chance at surviving the disaster and chaos that may strike at any time.

If you live out in the country this book may be useful to you, but it is intended for those of us who live in or near cities.

We don’t have wells for water. We don’t even usually have backup electrical power, or a large garden, or chickens.

We are dependent on a centralized utility and food distribution network that can and does fail. To date those failures have been temporary, though some have gone on for weeks or months. Failures have been local or regional and folks living there knew help was coming from “outside.”

But what if help isn’t coming? What if you have nowhere to go that is more safe and secure than your own home? What if bridges are down or highways clogged with stalled vehicles and you are forced to stay home? How would you provide for your family? How would you protect them?

If you have ever entertained those questions, this is the book for you.

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Raymond Dean White

Raymond Dean White was born in a small town in Kansas and lived an adventurous life, hunting, fishing, trapping and tracking, backpacking, spelunking and mountaineering until he got older, wiser, and married. A lifelong avid reader, he writes what he loves to read--fast paced, action-adventure stories complete with intriguing characters, a touch of humor and a bit of information thrown in on how to prepare for emergencies. As a hyperactive ten year old (who still loved to read) he stumbled onto Andre Norton's Star Man's Son and his lifelong love affair with apocalyptic fiction was born. Now retired, he writes terrorist thrillers and apocalyptic action/adventure novels including The Dying Time: Impact and After The Dying Time. He has also written one non-fiction book titled "How I Got Published: Famous Authors Tell How In Their Own Words" which details their (and his) adventures in traditional publishing. That book, co-authored with Duane Lindsay, is currently available here on Amazon.

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Raymond Dean White: http://www.raymonddeanwhite.com



Sara F. Hathaway

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



 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lost Confidence in the Government


Episode 137: Season 4 ep. 13




The journey continues in Battle for the South, as Master Sergeant Bennet flees the Federal Forces in Dallas. He needs to keep his team safe and figure out a way out of the city. His trust in the Federal Government has been obliterated. Today, James Rosone is with us to discuss what happens to a country when the people lost their trust in their government. James is the author of multiple fiction stories as well as a veteran of the Army and Airforce.

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Government Trust Issues from James

How trust is earned by the government is an issue that sometime eludes many representatives of the government. People would be more apt to put trust into the government if they listened and took forward movements to honor the people who elected them. The government has to be attentive to the needs of the people and then determine if it within their constitutional bounds to fulfill those requests. The government representatives should not pander to fringe groups or lobbyists that do not reflect the needs of the many. The government representatives' focus should be on doing what they told the people they were going to do. The ability to stay true to the promises made while maintaining the funding needs of the government is critical to gaining trust of the individuals they represent. 

In the United States of America there has been a shift from local and State government in favor of a Federal governing system. Sometimes the State and Federal Governments are in harmony but many times they are not. The Federal Government should not be able to pick and choose the issues they decide to interfere with. For example the decision over marijuana legalization was left to the states but the decision over gay marriage was decided by the Federal Government. 

Trust is critical to the United States Government. Without it the country will fall into shambles. This shift to a reliance upon the federal government has taken the voices away from the local communities. The founding fathers set up the country as a republic to be able to respect the many voices composing the country. The belief that we are a democracy is not true and if this were the case every citizen would be ruled by the mob. Even with the use of the electoral system, the votes of smaller states can be lost in the mass voting abilities of larger ones. This is why there is a debate over whether the vote should be decided by popular vote or by land mass representation. For example, in California most of the geographical representation of the State sides with more conservative views. However, because of the huge populations of the coastal cities the votes of the rural dwellers, occupying most of the land are lost. 

Our forefathers saw the potential for this problem to arise and made sure to minimize the problem with the creation of a republic but they never saw the importance of technology that has taken over. in the 2012 election technology didn't play a significant role but in 2016 social media played an integral role. Voters can be targeted on a much more individualized way sending a different message to each geographical area. 

As the division in America grows so does foreign incentive to encourage further division. The Russians, for example, are trying hard to perpetuate the arguments amongst American citizens, even though there is no evidence to support the evidence that main stream media is feeding the citizens. Thus, creating another dividing factor among the people. Ratings and click bate is the top priority of this over sensationalized media and it is over-saturating the citizens. Many of the American citizens have lost faith in their government's ability to lead them and their media's ability to truthfully report what is going on. The citizens are tuning out.

This lack of trust is detrimental to the stability of the United States of America on multiple levels. With the amount of debt that the government has accumulated it is essential to maintain solid relationships with countries that we are allied with. However if the people of the country the American government rules does not trust them why should these foreign countries. In addition, the duality that has swept over America leaves them wondering what foreign policy the American Government will be operating under next. This has to be stabilized in order to maintain these working relationships.

Gaining trust back is never an easy thing to do but it can be done. Government representatives need to be honest and transparent. The democratic party needs to abandon the super delegate process and unite into a one voice/one vote system. Even if the party does not respect the candidate, they should at least respect the process. The two party system has forced candidates to pick a side and they should have the same potential to be elected as anyone else.

Another thing the government can do to regain trust is admit when they are wrong and finding a way to fix the problem. However, representative have been hesitant to do this so the problem never gets fixed and change is never implemented. These representatives are often elected with the hope that they will make changes but it rarely happens. 

The problem does not lie solely with the government. The people need to take responsibility for their part in the loss of trust. Many citizens make themselves into victims and spend their time thinking boo hoo poor pitiful me. That needs to end. We need a purpose, a national cause that can unite all of the citizens of the United States of America into one purpose. Space travel and reaching Mars could be that goal.


James Rosone

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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James Rosone: https://www.author-james-rosone.com/


Sara F. Hathaway
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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