Mises Institute: Law, Praxeology, and Unintended Moral Decay

Attorney Robert Zumwalt at the Mises Institute writes about laws as an attempt to control individual choices, morals, and actions in Law, Praxeology, and Unintended Moral Decay. An excerpt is below, but it is worth checking out the article for context.

…Devlin argued, in his 1959 lecture, “The Enforcement of Morals,” that systems of laws are necessary to preserve a society’s “common morality,” which he believed was necessary to prevent the society’s “disintegration.” To him, this concern justified passage of legislation regulating the conduct of individuals’ lives. In his view, societies are justified in enforcing a common morality through legislation because this common morality is necessary for their own preservation.

To be fair, there is something admirable in Devlin’s analysis of the function of a common morality within society:

For society is not something that is kept together physically; it is held by the invisible bonds of common thought. If the bonds were too far relaxed, the members would drift apart. A common morality is part of the bondage. The bondage is part of the price of society; and mankind, which needs society, must pay its price.

However, Devlin did not stop at this basic observation that a natural means by which societies remain bonded is through a shared morality. He proposes that this need for a common morality justifies the imposition of legislation regulating individual conduct:

If society has the right to make a judgement and has it on the basis that a recognized morality is as necessary to society as, say, a recognized government, then society may use the law to preserve morality in the same way as it uses it to safeguard anything else that is essential to its existence. If therefore the first proposition is securely established with all its implications, prima facie society has the right to legislate against immorality as such.

There is an unspoken assumption at work here, however, which is that legislation against immorality does in fact strengthen moral bonds within societies. Unlike purely theoretical legal systems confined to academic literature, actual legal systems are subject to the reality that the societies they govern are composed of individuals who act to satisfy their own chosen ends. Viewed from this praxeological perspective, a strong case can be made that vigorous legislation is at least as likely to degrade social morals as it is to improve them.

Proponents of theories like legal moralism seem to assume as a starting point that men can be made to follow certain moral patterns just because the law directs them to. But laws do not change the ends men wish to achieve, they only impede men from achieving them. Thus, if the law forbids the sale of alcohol on Sundays, the result for some men will not be that they drink less of it, but that they will buy more of it on Saturdays and Mondays.

If hard liquor is outlawed, they will drink more beer or wine. If alcohol is prohibited altogether, some will evade legal enforcement. And those who do end up drinking less will not do so because the law has awakened in them a realization of the immorality of alcohol. They will do so only because they prefer to avoid punishment.

Therefore, the idea that legislation of moral behavior will induce a desired moral character in society ignores that individual men do not act for the purpose of fulfilling the “higher principles” for which the state passes its laws…

This is not an argument against societies pursuing shared moral values, nor necessarily against societies enacting laws that reflect moral values already universally agreed upon. But it is evident that moral values come from the individuals who make up a society, not from the edicts that legislators hand down from above. This brief praxeological exercise suggests that the meticulous legislation of modern regulatory states may in fact engender moral decay, as cynical compliance with bare law comes to replace respect for a shared morality as the overriding characteristic of society.

Medium: US Government Sees Silicon Valley As Part Of Its Propaganda Machine

Caitlin Johnstone at Medium.com writes The US Government Sees Silicon Valley As Part Of Its Propaganda Machine

The Biden administration is reportedly considering opening a national security review of Elon Musk’s business ventures which could see the plutocrat’s purchase of Twitter blocked by the White House, in part because Musk is perceived as having an “increasingly Russia-friendly stance.”

Bloomberg reports:

Biden administration officials are discussing whether the US should subject some of Elon Musk’s ventures to national security reviews, including the deal for Twitter Inc. and SpaceX’s Starlink satellite network, according to people familiar with the matter.

US officials have grown uncomfortable over Musk’s recent threat to stop supplying the Starlink satellite service to Ukraine — he said it had cost him $80 million so far — and what they see as his increasingly Russia-friendly stance following a series of tweets that outlined peace proposals favorable to President Vladimir Putin. They are also concerned by his plans to buy Twitter with a group of foreign investors.

The “group of foreign investors” the Biden administration is reportedly worried about oddly includes Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, who has already been a massive Twitter shareholder for years. The White House certainly never had a problem with foreign investors there before.

“Officials in the US government and intelligence community are weighing what tools, if any, are available that would allow the federal government to review Musk’s ventures,” Bloomberg writes. “One possibility is through the law governing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States [CFIUS] to review Musk’s deals and operations for national security risks, they said.”

“Musk, the world’s richest person, has taken to Twitter in recent weeks to announce proposals to end Russia’s war and threaten to cut financial support for Starlink internet in Ukraine,” says Bloomberg. “His tweets and public comments have frustrated officials in the US and Europe and drawn praise from America’s rivals.”

“If the Twitter acquisition was to be reviewed by CFIUS for national security reasons, the agency could recommend to President Biden that he nix the deal — something Musk himself has tried and failed to do in recent months,” writes Business Insider’s Kate Duffy on the Bloomberg scoop.

Indeed Musk has already indicated that he’d find it funny if the Biden administration blocked his purchase of Twitter, a $44 billion buy that the Tesla executive has made every legal effort to back out of. But how revealing is it that someone could be forbidden by the White House from purchasing a giant social media company on the grounds that they’re not sufficiently hostile toward Moscow?

Neither Bloomberg nor any other mainstream members of the imperial commentariat appear to take any interest in the jarring notion that the US government could end up banning the purchase of an online platform because it views the purchaser as having an unacceptably “Russia-friendly stance.” Not only is it uncritically accepted that the US government mustn’t allow the purchase of a social media company if the would-be buyer isn’t deemed adequately hostile to US enemies, many mainstream liberals are actively cheering for this outcome:

This just says so much about how the US government views the function of Silicon Valley megacorporations, and why it has been exerting more and more pressure on them to collaborate with the empire to greater and greater degrees of intimacy. As far as the US empire is concerned, Silicon Valley is just an arm of the imperial propaganda machine. And empire apologists believe that’s as it should be.

None of this will come as a surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention to things like the drastic escalations in online censorship since the war in Ukraine began, including on Twitter, or the ongoing expansion of internet censorship protocols that were already well underway before this war started. It will also come as no surprise to people whose ears pricked up when the White House summoned top social media influencers to a briefing in which they were instructed how to talk about the Ukraine war. It will also come as no surprise to those who paid attention to the public outcry when it was discovered that the Biden administration was assembling a “disinformation governance board” to function as an official Ministry of Truth for online content, or when the White House admitted to flagging “problematic posts” for Facebook to take down, or when Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop October surprise in the last presidential race was done in conjunction with the FBI.

It is abundantly clear to anyone paying attention that Silicon Valley tech companies are a major part of the imperial narrative control system. The US empire has invested in soft power to an exponentially greater degree than any other empire in history, and has refined the science of mass-scale psychological manipulation to produce the mightiest propaganda machine since the dawn of civilization. Silicon Valley is being used to manipulate the way people think about world events via algorithm manipulation, censorship, and sophisticated information ops like Wikipedia in an entirely unprecedented way that is becoming more and more important to imperial control as the old media give way to the new.

Narrative control centers like Silicon Valley, the news media and Hollywood are just as crucial for US imperial domination as the military. That the US government is weighing intervention to stop the purchase of an online platform, because it lacks confidence that the would-be owner would reliably advance US information interests, is just the latest glimpse behind the veil at the imperial agenda to control human understanding and perception.

Decentralized Legal System: War on Crypto Privacy Intensifies

The Decentralized Legal System recently wrote an article titled: The War on Crypto Privacy Intensifies. Automatic Reporting of All Trades and Transactions Soon Mandatory.

Massive overreach of international regulators to force all service providers in the industry to:

  • Record ALL crypto trades on exchanges, DEFI and DEXs;
  • Record (large) purchases from private wallets;
  • Record all transfers to cold storage and make lists with private wallet addresses;
  • Send all this info annually to the (tax) authorities;
  • And finally, force governments to pass these rules into domestic law.

The war on privacy continues. The aim: to tackle anonymous spending and exchanging of crypto.

As you’ll discover, these new regulations force upon us a system of complete surveillance and control.

This report explains exactly what to expect from the latest developments launched in October 2022…

What is Going On?

​ Last year, the crypto world was shaken to its core when the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), acting in behalf of the G20, released their guidance on virtual assets.1)

This document laid out a set of rules regarding stablecoins, distinctions between private and hosted wallets, extensive KYC requirements, the tackling of privacy tools, and more.2) FATF has also provided a final definition of the type of service provider tasked with reporting on crypto: the Virtual Asset Service Provider.

Fast forward to today, and these rules are quickly being implemented across the world.3) But as usual, it didn’t stop there. Another international regulator, the OECD, is already building on this framework in an attempt to massively increase the grip of authorities on crypo.

What is the OECD?

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a Paris-based international organisation that works to “build better policies for better lives.” Its goal is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all.4)

Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, the OECD works on finding solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs, to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion. The organisation provides a unique forum and knowledge hub within which to discuss and develop public policies and international standard setting.5)

This “international standard” setting is what we will look at next.

Automated Exchange of Financial Information with Authorities Since 2014

In 2014, the OECD published the Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters.6) This publication created a “Common Reporting Standard” (CRS), which forces financial institutions to automatically exchange account information with the authorities of the country of residence of their account holders. The goal: to prevent persons from holding financial accounts in offshore jurisdictions and not reporting them back home.

This is why all financial service providers request utility bills: they prove where you live, and hence where they have to report to.

All financial institutions that are subjected to these regulations are forced to automatically report to the authorities the name, address, Tax Identification Number(s), date and place of birth, the account number, and the account value as of the end of the relevant calendar year (or other appropriate reporting period).7)

Now, there is no more hiding of accounts held with a foreign financial institutions. The authorities enlisted all financial institutions as involuntary (but powerful) assistants in collecting facts and evidence needed for tax compliance.

The Panama Papers; Just in Time to Boost Worldwide Implementation of Automated Reporting…

After publishing their standards in 2014, the OECD needed to get countries and their financial institutions in line. By August 2015, the OECD had released the first version of a CRS Implementation Handbook.8) It provided practical guidance to assist government officials and financial institutions in implementing CRS.

But while the standards set by the OECD came into force in 2016 in early-adopting states, by March of that year these standards were still far from being fully integrated into the global financial system.9) This was especially true in the offshore jurisdictions that were the main target. What was needed was a shift in conscience…

On April 3rd, 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published a giant leak of offshore financial records, better known as the Panama Papers.10) These revelations caused public outrage.

The G5, the five largest Western European countries, were quick to jump on the bandwagon and call for more international cooperation to tackle “tax dodging and illicit finance.”11) The message did not fall on deaf ears; the next day, on April 15th, G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors met in Washington and issued the following Communiqué:

“…we call on all relevant countries including all financial centers and jurisdictions, which have not committed to implement the standard on automatic exchange of information by 2017 or 2018 to do so without delay and to sign the Multilateral Convention. We expect that by the 2017 G20 Summit all countries and jurisdictions will upgrade their Global Forum rating to a satisfactory level. We mandate the OECD working with G20 countries to establish objective criteria by our July meeting to identify non-cooperative jurisdictions with respect to tax transparency. Defensive measures will be considered by G20 members against non-cooperative jurisdictions if progress as assessed by the Global Forum is not made.”12)

Thus, within 12 days of the publication of the Panama Papers, the world’s 20 most powerful governments had collectively agreed to start pushing CRS reporting requirements aggressively, and to punish non-cooperative (offshore) jurisdictions—regardless of their local laws.

This is how offshore finance was brought into the fold, and financial privacy died.

Why Can the OECD Regulate Financial Institutions Around the World? Isn’t this a Task of Democracy?

The OECD isn’t a government agency of any individual country. As such, it cannot create law. It issues what is known as “soft laws,” or “recommendations” and “guidance.” Only when this guidance is transposed into the laws of individual countries does it becomes “hard” law, with real world power.

In theory, this process is subjected to the formal (democratic) law-making processes of the implementing countries. However, countries that don’t participate face restricted access to the financial system and ostracism from the international community. For this reason, almost all nations are compelled to implement these recommendations.

It must also be said that national governments, especially in the Western world, highly value this kind of international cooperation, and the control it gives them without the need to deal with the “inconveniences” of democracy. They simply hide behind the fact that these are “international standards” which they have to follow because “everybody” does.

Neither does it help that few of our representatives, journalists and fellow citizens seem to understand the impact of these treaties. Those in the legal industry who do understand the implications just look at it as “business as usual” and a new way to generate income. As such, most standards are passed into domestic law with little opposition or delay.

International Standards Aim to Supersede National Law

Once these treaties are accepted, they become part of a body of law called “international law,” which in many cases supersedes national laws. Unknown to the general public, international law is increasingly being used as a backdoor for passing invasive regulations such as those we are discussing here, and establishing a global bureaucracy with real power over our (financial) lives.

It is also worth noting that the people working for this Paris-based institution have not been elected, their procedures and budget are not subjected to democratic oversight, and they are almost impossible to remove from power.

Like most international organizations, their operations fall under the Vienna Conference on Diplomatic Intercourse and Immunities.13) As such, they enjoy immunity for their actions taken whilst in office, are exempt from administrative burdens (such as taxes and fines), and enjoy less stringent (COVID) travel restrictions.

AUTOMATIC Exchange of Transaction Info For Crypto

Last October 10th, the OECD published the “Crypto-Asset Reporting Framework and Amendments to the Common Reporting Standard.”14) This applies the tax reporting guidance of the existing CRS to crypto―and makes it FAR more invasive…

The OECD first published a public consultation version of the document on 22nd March 2022.15) The deadline for feedback from the public was 29th April 2022. This gave the public just over a month to analyze a 101-page document, figure out what it meant for them and their clients in multiple jurisdictions, and formulate a public statement on company letterhead.

This is not a sign that the OECD takes public input seriously. When comparing the two documents, there is no material difference between the public consultation and the final version in the section that matters most, the actual rules…16)

Public consultations give these recommendations the appearance of being widely supported by “stakeholders.” It creates the illusion that the public has a say in the matter. It doesn’t. When you read the questions carefully, they only seek feedback on details, such as which intermediaries are to be included or excluded, which type of NFTs are to be in scope, what reporting thresholds there should be, and how much time should be reserved for implementation.17)

Furthermore, if you read the commentaries submitted, which can be downloaded here, most respondents just talk their own book, trying to elicit amendments that perhaps exempt them from a specific reporting requirement, or trying to get a longer time-frame for implementation. In all fairness, there were also a number of industry insiders who highlighted the double standards created for the crypto industry, and how much of a burden the regulations would represent. In the end, none of this mattered. The regulations have been published and are now the new worldwide standard…(article continues, click here)

Doom and Bloom: Tetanus

The Altons at Doom and Bloom Medical have an article up about tetanus and its causes and treatment. More photos in their original article. Go there and read more about emergency and off-grid medical care.

The destruction caused by hurricane Ian in Florida recently was widespread and devastating. Flood waters teeming with contaminants and debris posed a hazard to all who ventured out after the storm. You can bet that there was a run on tetanus shots after citizens had a painful encounter with the proverbial “rusty nail” and other objects. In off-grid settings, tetanus is an ever-present risk. The family medic should have knowledge of risks, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

What is Tetanus?

Tetanus (from the Greek word tetanos, meaning tight)  is an infection caused by the bacteria Clostridium tetani.  The bacteria produces spores (inactive bacteria-to-be) that primarily live in soil or the feces of animals. These spores are capable of laying dormant for years and are resistant to extremes in temperature.

Tetanus is relatively rare in the United States, with about 50 reported cases a year.  Worldwide, however, there are more than 500,000 cases a year. Most are seen in developing countries in Africa and Asia.  Still, we should realize that developed countries may be thrown into third world status in the aftermath of a mega-catastrophe.  There’ll be many more cases that could be your responsibility as medic to identify and treat.

Causes of Tetanus

Most tetanus infections occur when a person has experienced a break in the skin.  The skin is the most important barrier to infection, and any breach in the armor leaves a person open to infection. The most common cause is some type of puncture wound, such as an insect or animal bite, a splinter, or even that rusty nail.  This is because the bacteria is anaerobic (doesn’t like oxygen); deep, narrow wounds are exposed to less O2, providing a favorable environment for C. tetani. Any injury that compromises the skin, however, is eligible: Burns, crush injuries, and lacerations can also be entryways for tetanus bacteria.

Tetanus spores

When a wound becomes contaminated with Tetanus spores, the spores become full-fledged bacterium and reproduce rapidly.  Damage to the victim comes as a result of a strong toxin excreted by the organism known as tetanospasmin.  This toxin specifically targets nerves that serve muscle tissue.

Tetanospasmin binds to motor nerves, causing “misfires” that lead to involuntary contraction of the affected areas.  This neural damage could be localized or can affect the entire body. You would possibly see the classical symptom of “lockjaw”, where the jaw muscle is taut; any muscle group, however, is susceptible to the contractions if affected by the toxin.  This includes the respiratory musculature, which can inhibit normal breathing and become life-threatening.

The most severe cases seem to occur at extremes of age, with newborns and those over 65 most likely to succumb to the disease. Death rates from generalized Tetanus hover around 25-50%, higher in newborns.

You will be on the lookout for the following early symptoms:

  • Sore muscles (especially near the site of injury)
  • Weakness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Lockjaw (also called “trismus”; facial muscles are often the first affected)

Initial symptoms may not present themselves for one to two weeks. As the disease progresses, you may see:

  • Progressively worsening muscle spasms (may start locally and become generalized over time)
  • Involuntary arching of the back (sometimes so strong that bones may break or dislocations may occur!)
  • Fever
  • Respiratory distress
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeats

Complications of untreated tetanus can lead to a fatal outcome in one out of four people. The death rate for newborns is even higher. 

Treating Tetanus

The first thing that the survival medic should understand is that, although an infectious disease, tetanus is not contagious. You can feel confident treating a tetanus victim safely, as long as you wear gloves and observe standard clean technique.  Begin by washing your hands and putting on your gloves.  Then, wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water, using an irrigation syringe with 3% hydrogen peroxide to repeatedly flush out any debris.  This will, hopefully, limit growth of the bacteria and, as a result, decrease toxin production.

You will want to administer antibiotics to kill off the rest of the tetanus bacteria in the system.  Although not used as prevention, antibiotics will decrease the toxin load and speed recovery. Metronidazole (Aqua-zole, Flagyl) 500mg 4 times a day or Penicillin 500 mg 4 times a day are among some of the drugs known to be effective.  Muscle relaxants like tizanidine and cyclobenzaprine are used to treat spasms, but are unlikely to be available to the off-grid caregiver.

Additional strategies include IV hydration, if available, and keeping the patient as comfortable as possible in a quiet and dimly-lit environment.

Late stage Tetanus is difficult to treat without modern technology. For this reason, it’s important for the survival medic to monitor anyone who has sustained a wound for the early symptoms mentioned earlier.

As medic, you must obtain a detailed medical history from anyone that you might be responsible for in times of trouble.  This includes immunization histories where possible.  Has the injured individual been immunized against tetanus? Most people born in the U.S. will have gone through a series of immunizations against diptheria, tetanus, and whooping cough early in their childhood. Booster injections for tetanus are usually given every 10 years (or if 5 years have passed in a person with a fresh wound, sometimes along with tetanus Immunoglobulin antitoxin).

Tetanus vaccine is not without its risks; severe complications such as seizures or brain damage occur in rare cases (less than one in a million).  Milder side effects such as fatigue, fever, nausea and vomiting, headache, and inflammation in the injection site are more common.

Given the life-threatening nature of the disease, though, this is one vaccine that you should encourage your people to receive, regardless of your feelings about vaccines in general. If not caught early, there may be little you, the off-grid medic, can do to treat your patient without all the bells and whistles of modern medicine.

Joe Alton MD

Survivalist Prepper: Prepping Groups & Large Scale SHTF

Survivalist Prepper talks with Titan Preparedness about Prepping Groups and Large Scale SHTF.

Survivalist Prepper Ep. 349: Prepping Groups & Large Scale SHTF with Titan Preparedness

Joining or forming a prepping group has always been a challenge when it comes to putting together our preparedness plans. There are a number of factors that go into this, and today Titan Preparedness and I dig into the subject. 

We also went over the different levels of disaster, and what we might expect from them. While the smaller and most likely events are easily overcome, the larger SHTF-type scenarios become more complicated.

Anarchists Publish SecOps Guidelines

According to info sharing and analysis centers, anarchists published a new handbook focused on developing secure communications infrastructure on 6 October 2022.

According to Welund, anarchists produced a new handbook focused on developing secure communications infrastructure in early October 2022 [1]. In this publication, called The P.E.T. Guide: New Communication Infrastructure for Anarchists [2], fundamental methods and structures for protecting digital communications are established:

  1. Peer-to-peer: messages are not routed through a centralized server as with Signal and other common communication interfaces, effectively discarding the ability to collect most relevant metadata.
  2. Encrypted: intercepting messages become useless because it is data is only readable by sender and receiver.
  3. Tor: uses anonymous networks with multiple hubs to communicate data, thereby anonymizing the sender.

Given that digital communication is essential for “coordinating, collaborating, and staying connected” [2], anarchists are calling for continuous scrutiny and review of existing digital communication platforms and practices in an aim to strengthen group resilience, security, and enhance effectiveness. This text identifies “adversarial capabilities” [2]—i.e. capabilities of local and federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies–related to monitoring and/or intercepting digital communications, dissects vulnerabilities in Signal (app) security, and proposes the use of two alternative digital communication applications; Briar and Cwtch, which mostly mitigate the vulnerabilities addressed.


According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), “anarchists remain a persistent problem in the United States, though they pose a low-level threat—both in terms of lethality and rate of attacks—in comparison to other extremist movements” [3]. However, 92% percent of U.S. militant anarchist attacks and plots recorded since 1994 have been directed at property and infrastructure [3]. As such, for security operators and analysts concerned with detecting and analyzing threats to the bulk electric power system, changes in the communications infrastructure used by domestic extremist groups provide relevant inputs and may help define strategic changes to the intelligence collection process moving forward.

The handbook was posted on October 6, 2022, by the site It’s Going Down,[1] and later shared by sites such as the EarthFirst! Journal,[2] and Anarchist News[3].

Sources:

[1]Welund, “New anarchist secure communications handbook,” 9 October 2022.
[2]Anonymous, “The P.E.T. Guide: New Communication Infrastructure for Anarchists,” [online], 2022.
[3]G. Hwang, “Examining Extremism: U.S. Militant Anarchists,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., 2021.

[1] hxxps://itsgoingdown[.]org/the-guide-to-peer-to-peer-encryption-and-tor-new-communication-infrastructure-for-anarchists/ (defanged)

[2] hxxps://earthfirstjournal[.]news/2022/10/08/the-guide-to-peer-to-peer-encryption-and-tor-new-communication-infrastructure-for-anarchists/ (defanged)

[3] hxxps://anarchistnews[.]org/content/new-communication-infrastructure-anarchists (defanged)

ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, Thurs. Oct 20, 2022

Thursday, October 20th, 2022 is the day for ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill. The information below comes from Shakeout.org.

It’s almost time for this year’s International #ShakeOut Day, on Thursday, October 20, though as always you can hold your drill on any other day.  Already 16 million people across the U.S. are registered to participate in 2022, as part of more than 40 million people total worldwide! 

Do you have everything you need for a successful ShakeOut drill? Check out the tools and tips below, including for how to motivate others to participate!

Register for the 2022 ShakeOut

Looking to take part in some fun events leading up to ShakeOut day? The Washington ShakeOut team has you covered! 

At 11 a.m., Oct. 19, the Washington Emergency Management Division will team with scientists and other preparedness experts for an Ask Me Anything event on Reddit.

At 10 a.m. on Oct. 20, the Washington Emergency Management Division will field your earthquake-related questions on their Facebook page as they prep for ShakeOut Day in the state Emergency Operations Center. You can also email questions to public.education@mil.wa.gov.

At 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, a test alert of the ShakeAlert earthquake warning system will be sent to mobile devices with the MyShake App installed.  See #4 below for more details! 

At 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, all Tsunami Sirens will also go off at 10:20 a.m., so you know what they will sound like in an actual emergency. The ShakeOut is also a perfect  time to practice your tsunami evacuation routes after you Drop, Cover, and Hold On!”

The above video is one of several public service announcements (in multiple languages and lengths), which can be viewed on Youtube or downloaded for your own use (including audio versions).

FLASH’s Buyer’s Guide to Resilient Homes has the information you need to identify homes that will still be standing after the disaster.

Retrofitting structures is one way we can ensure that our buildings and homes can withstand natural hazards. Download FEMA’s toolkit.

Top Tools for a Successful #ShakeOut
1. ShakeOut Drill Broadcast Recordings (audio and video), and Drill Leader Presentations

2. ShakeOut Drill Manuals and Other Drill Preparation Documents

3. ShakeOut Messaging, Graphics, and Videos for Promotion

4. NEW! Include Earthquake Early Warning as part of your organization’s ShakeOut this year1. ShakeOut Drill Broadcast Recordings (audio and video), and Drill Leader Presentations

1. ShakeOut Drill Broadcast Recordings (audio and video), and Drill Leader Presentations

Play a ShakeOut drill broadcast to help guide participants in their Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill, available on YouTube at YouTube.com/greatshakeout to stream or at ShakeOut.org/drill/broadcast to download ahead of time.

You can also use the ShakeOut Drill Leader Presentations for a more comprehensive approach to virtual and/or in-person drills, which include earthquake hazard information, ways to protect yourself in other situations, embedded drill broadcast recordings, and much more.

2. Drill Manuals and Other Planning Documents

Download drill manuals to help your organization plan the most successful ShakeOut! We have guides for a variety of sectors. You can also see ShakeOut.org/howtoparticipate and ShakeOut.org/resources for more information.

– Schools
– Higher Education
– Healthcare
– Businesses
– Non Profits and Other Organizations
– Government Agencies
– Options for Government Agency Participation and Outreach
– Many other sectors

“ShakeOut Activity Pages” from Rocket Rules can help younger students learn about ShakeOut: 
RocketRules.org/earthquake-activity-books-videos.

3. ShakeOut Messaging, Graphics, and Videos for Promotion

Promote ShakeOut to your participants and those around you with all the messaging templates, graphics, and videos available at ShakeOut.org/messaging! This includes resources for social media, news media templates, videos and graphics, guidance in multiple languages, and more, such as in the examples below:Sample tweet and optimized Twitter graphic (Join Us):

“#ShakeOut, the world’s largest earthquake drill, is 10/20! 
Join us: ShakeOut.org/register.
Animated GIFs such as these are great for promoting ShakeOut across social media! See ShakeOut.org/messaging to download them, or access them in the Giphy library on Twitter or Instagram (search on #ShakeOut).

Discover the Earthquake Safety Video Series, downloadable from ShakeOut.org/messaging and streaming on YouTube at YouTube.com/greatshakeout

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4. NEW! Include Earthquake Early Warning as part of your organization’s ShakeOut this year

Add a new element to your ShakeOut drill this year by including the planned test of the USGS ShakeAlert®-powered earthquake early warning system in California, Oregon, and Washington, to be distributed through the MyShake App! To receive the test alert at 10:20am on 10/20, be sure to have downloaded MyShake from the Apple or Google app store, and set it up on your mobile device.Then check out a excellent new guide from the USGS and many partners for how to include earthquake early warning within tests, drills, and exercises, including of course ShakeOut!

OH8STN: Portable Power Manpack Off Grid Comms

Justin, OH8STN, talks about putting together an entire radio communication system that can be carried in a small pack.

Hello Operators.

Thanks for watching this next episode of How to solar power your portable radio.When talking about manpacks, we normally mean ham or military-style manpack HF VHF or UHF radios. Well, we have taken the military manpack radio concept and applied it to a man-portable manpack portable power system, for civilian communications off-grid. The system includes the battery, dual charge controllers, fused leads, power distribution, and a shooter style manpack pouch to keep things simple and organized. The system was designed in simplifying the build, stopping any unnecessary wire mess, and has an active focus on rapid deployment and portability off-grid. The system can be used to power one or more high-power radios for instant power and comms off grid.

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Bayou Renaissance Man: Is World War 3 an Inevitable Outcome of the Current Financial System?

The Bayou Renaissance Man has a few words about current events in Is World War 3 an inevitable outcome of the current financial system? Below is an excerpt:

…Eric goes on to note, concerning the Ukraine war:

“[Putin is] gearing up for NATO and the USA.  And, given his early mobilization, their war-economy footing already, and rigid discipline with which they’ve fought to this point, there is no other logical conclusion.  In contrast, the American military is fat, woke, undertrained, and running out of ammo.  And we haven’t even started WW3, yet. 

“So much for Putin being “desperate.”

There’s more at the link.

I don’t know enough about what’s going on behind the scenes to offer an opinion.  I only note that there are as many pro-Russian commentators as anti-Russian out there, and none of them really know what’s going on either.  They’re analyzing the situation through their own sets of filters, their own preconceived ideas, and coming up with what they believe are plausible perspectives.  I don’t pretend to have a plausible perspective, because so much about the Ukraine war is hidden behind ulterior motives, massive corruption in both Ukraine and Russia as well as most of the First World nations supporting either side, and the malign influence of globalist partisans who want to use the Ukraine war as a lever to accomplish their overarching objectives.  It’s a toxic stew of motivations, means and ends out there, and – as usual – the people suffering for it all are mostly innocent civilians and citizens, in the war zone and also across Western Europe.  The rest of the world will join them in that as the current famine and energy crises take hold more firmly and shake the foundations of modern geopolitics.

There’s a very real danger that NATO could be drawn into the conflict with Russia (some would say that’s already happened).  The consequences for Europe could be devastating – and I’m not talking about nuclear war, just the economic and sociopolitical fallout of such an event.  It could spread worldwide.

Michael Yon thinks that’s the plan.  He calls it “global sabotage – we are witnessing Gigacide“.

When waging methodical, professional sabotage campaigns, professionals will use something like a CARVER matrix to identify and prioritize targets. This was something Green Berets learned and trained on. You always have limited resources and so prioritizing bang for buck is essential.

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A global CARVER is unfolding on energy and food supplies. We are witnessing Gigacide … On a global CARVER matrix, all energy flows into Europe are ripe and most are easily harvested. Refineries everywhere are ripe and are being hit all over. Something is happening. Possibly the most massive coincidence ever, or applying Occam’s Razor the world is being de-industrialized. Global Sabotage.

Suez and Panama Canals are high value targets. Massive bang for buck.

PanFaWar.

Again, more at the link.

As individuals and small groups, we can’t affect events on so large a scale.  All we can do is prepare ourselves, our families, our loved ones and our friends to face whatever’s coming as best we can…(article continues. click here to read the article at Bayou Renaissance Man)

October Meeting Moved to Oct. 20th

The October meeting, which would normally be held on the 13th, has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 20th. The meeting will still be held at 6:30 pm in the Patriot Barn.

Brad Klippert will be on hand to talk about the candidates for secretary of state. School board member Jason Ranier will give an update on school issues. And more.

AmRRON: Nuclear War Situational Awareness and Survivability

With all the saber rattling recently, tensions are high. AmRRON has published an article with links to various nuclear survival articles as well as some short blurbs about current events. It also links to a Radio Free Redoubt podcast which covers the same.

The following resources are from Episode 22-35 of the Radio Free Redoubt weekly podcast, covering the growing nuclear war threat (Segment 2), and tools and resources for your situational awareness and increased survivability.  Nuclear attacks are VERY survivable for the majority of Americans, if you are informed.

Radio Free Redoubt Episode 22-35 The Nuclear Threat IS Survivable, Plus Resources

Segment 2 (Current events and Indicators) begins at approx. 18:00 minute mark

Segment 3 (Effects and Survivability resources) begins at 31:00

Current events | Indicators of increased geopolitical instability and probability of nuclear weapons use

From the Koenig World Watch Report

OCTOBER 8, 2022
Video: Russia says truck bomb caused Crimea bridge explosion; limited traffic resumes
The speaker of Crimea’s Kremlin-backed regional parliament immediately accused Ukraine of being behind the explosion, though Moscow didn’t apportion blame. Ukrainian officials have repeatedly threatened to strike the bridge and some lauded the destruction. Kyiv stopped short of claiming responsibility, though officials heavily hinted they were behind the attack.

OCTOBER 9, 2022
Putin ‘in a corner’ with options narrowing

US President Joe Biden admitted this week that American diplomats still did not know how Russian President Vladimir Putin could bring an end to his faltering war in Ukraine and save face. Western analysts see no good options.

OCTOBER 7, 2022
Biden: Nuclear ‘Armageddon’ risk highest since ’62 crisis (Is he trying to provoke?)

President Joe Biden said Thursday that the risk of nuclear “Armageddon” is at the highest level since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, as Russian officials speak of the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons after suffering massive setbacks in the eight-month invasion of Ukraine.

Speaking at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin was “a guy I know fairly well” and the Russian leader was “not joking when he talks about the use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons.”
OCTOBER 9, 2022
Pompeo rips Biden’s ‘reckless’ Armageddon remark: ‘One of the greatest foreign policy failures’

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Amir Tsarfati
FOLLOWING TODAY’S EXPLOSION ON THE BRIDGE BETWEEN THE MAINLAND AND CRIMEA, PUTIN IS CONSIDERING A DECLARATION OF WAR ON UKRAINE WHICH WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR THE USE OF UNCONVENTIONAL WEAPON[S]!

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IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS:
– Two Russian and four Chinese warships were seen just 86 miles from Alaska (Navy Times)

– Russian Navy nuclear submarine ‘Belgorod’ disappears in the Barents Sea, armed with one to six “Gigaton-class Poseidon nuclear torpedos” designed to create massive tsunamis of radiated water.  (DefenceView.in)

  • New Images Reveal Russia’s ‘Missing’ Submarine Belgorod In Arctic (NavalNews.com) ran a piece downplaying the disappearance as “media hype”

 Russian Military Train Operated By ‘Secretive Nuclear Division’ Is On Its Way To Ukraine (DailyWire)
5 days ago the train, which was pictured on a Russian propaganda Telegram account, was reportedly on its way to Ukraine from central Russia. Military defense analyst Konrad Muzyka said that the 12th directorate operates a dozen facilities for storing Russia’s nuclear weapons, according to The Telegraph.

– North Korea launches missiles over Japan; splashes into the ocean (FoxNews.com)
North Korea’s missile launch prompted Japan to issue an alert to residents in northeastern regions to evacuate buildings nearby in what was the first such alert in five years.

WHO HAS WHAT?

ICAN
Source – The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?  HERE ARE THE RESOURCES I DISCUSSED IN THE PODCAST:

What To Do if a Nuclear Disaster is imminent  |  KI4U Guide  

The Good News About Nuclear Destruction  |  KI4U Good News

The ‘Good News About Nuclear Destruction’ is that if all Americans were
trained again in the Civil Defense basics of what to do and not do if nuclear weapons
were ever unleashed again, we could instantly make all nukes 90% less lethal. Ideally,
while I’d like to see a world free of nuclear weapons someday, in the meantime we should
all embrace rejuvenating public Civil Defense to greatly minimize their lethality.”

Survivalblog | Radiation Issues: Nuclear Blasts Part-1 by Dr. Bones of Doom and Bloom

Survivalblog | Radiation Issues: Nuclear Blasts Part-2 by Dr. Bones of Doom and Bloom

It can be fatal if you don’t do anything.  See the effects from ‘Nuclear  Blasts Part-2′ of Dr. Bones’ article:

Effects On Humans Of Various Amounts of Absorbed Radiation
An acute radiation dose (one received over a short period of time) is the most likely to cause damage. Below is a list of the effects on humans corresponding to the amount of radiation absorbed. For comparison, assume that you absorb about 0.6 RADs per year from natural or household sources. These are the effects of different degrees of acute radiation exposure on humans:
– 30-70 RADS: Mild headache or nausea within several hours of exposure. Full recovery is expected.
– 70-150 RADS: Mild nausea and vomiting in a third of patients. Decreased wound healing and increased susceptibility to infection. Full recovery is expected.
– 150-300 RADS: Moderate nausea and vomiting in a majority of patients. Fatigue and weakness in half of victims. Infection and/or spontaneous bleeding may occur due to a weakened immune system. Medical care will be required for many, especially those with burns or wounds. Occasional deaths at 300 RADS exposure may occur.
– 300-500 RADS: Moderate nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and weakness in most patients. Diarrheal stools, dehydration, loss of appetite, skin breakdown, and infection will be common. Hair loss is visible in most over time. At the high end of exposure, expect a 50% death rate.
– Over 500 RADS: Spontaneous bleeding, fever, stomach and intestinal ulcers, bloody diarrhea, dehydration, low blood pressure, infections, and hair loss is anticipated in almost all patients. Death rates approach 100%. The effects related to exposure may occur over time, even if the dose was received in a very short time. Hair loss, for example, will become apparent at 10-14 days. Deaths may occur weeks after the exposure.

See how rapidly the radiation decays!  If you can hunker down and shelter for 48 to 72 hours, nuclear fallout can be VERY survivable. 

From Page 12 (Page 18 of the PDF document) in the Nuclear War Survival Skills

From DareToPrepare  |  Here is a similar chart detailing dosage effects expected in a group of people as condensed from a 1967 Defense Department shelter management textbook:

And from the backside of the Nukalert key fob.  100R exposure is when some people begin showing signs of radiation sickness.  

Highly recommended Nuclear War Survival Skills by Kearny

Also, free to download

The Effects of Nuclear Weapons by Glasstone

Also from Radio Free Redoubt.  Visit the posting from March of 2022, ‘Radiological Considerations: Monitoring and Reporting’ for links to resources for monitoring radiation levels.

Contains links to radiation detection equipment that we have and use, as well as what others use and recommend.

TACDA: Cold Weather Survival Online, Oct. 13

The American Civil Defense Association will present Cold Weather Survival in a Zoom meeting format on Thursday, Oct. 13th, 2022 at 5pm Pacific time. The presentation will be 45 minutes long plus 15 minutes for questions. Click here to launch Zoom meeting.

Cold Weather Survival

Presented by: Jim Phillips

Jim Phillips is a nationally known speaker and teacher who has taught thousands of classes all across the U.S. and Canada for over 45 years. For years prior to this career, his avocation was teaching cold weather safety & survival, and this is still a major part of his instruction.

Jim’s educational background is in engineering, science, and technology, with his first years of teaching in the 1970s as a certified nuclear reactor operator instructor.

Jim is a strong advocate of self-reliant living and family preparedness. He encourages people to develop a powerful positive purpose and mission to focus on which will carry them through very serious or life-threatening events.

To learn more, see Jim’s website at https://www.jimsway.com/

October 13, 2022 | 6:00 pm MDT

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Doom and Bloom: Noroviruses

In this article, Dr. Alton at Doom and Bloom Medical talks about Norovirus symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

Many of us have heard of the “stomach flu” but not the actual virus that causes it: Norovirus. Norovirus has been in the news lately when a long-term outbreak occurred among more than 220 rafters and hikers in the Grand Canyon National Park from April to mid-June of this year. Less well known is 448 norovirus cases reported in the U.S. from Aug 2021 to March of this year. That was six times the number of cases reported during the same time the year before.

We personally an experience with the virus a few years ago when my wife sampled “The World’s Best Hot Dog” at a street stand in New York City while visiting our daughter. Believe me, it’s no fun, and considering that norovirus can be found everywhere from the Big Apple to the Grand Canyon, the family medic should know about it.

ABOUT NOROVIRUSES

The National Foundation for infectious diseases reports that noroviruses are the most common cause of acute stomach and intestinal infections in the United States, The U.S. reports 19 million to 21 million cases a year. Humans are, apparently,  the only hosts of the virus. It affects people of all ages, but it’s particularly dangerous in the elderly, the very young, and those with weakened immune systems. Except for this year, winter is the most common time for outbreaks.

The virus was formerly known as the Norwalk virus because the first known outbreak took place at an elementary school in Norwalk, Ohio. Scientists identified the virus in 1972 from stool samples and renamed it “norovirus.” Since then, it’s been identified everywhere from cruise ships to nursing homes.

Norovirus is very contagious (just 5-20 viral particles can cause illness) and is easily transmitted through contaminated food or water, close personal contact, and even by air droplets from vomit, contaminated kitchen counters, and even toilet flushes. Infection can be passed from person to person for a time even after apparent recovery.

Here’s how contagious the norovirus is: In one outbreak reported in 1998, 126 people were dining at a restaurant when one person vomited onto the floor. Despite a rapid cleanup, 52 customers fell ill within three days. More than 90% of the people who later dined at the same table reported symptoms. More than 70% of the diners at a nearby table got sick; at a table on the other side of the restaurant, the rate was still 25%.

Norovirus is a hardy microbe, and is known to survive for long periods outside a human host. It can live for weeks on countertops and up to twelve days on clothes. It can survive for months in still water. Disinfectants containing chlorine, however, like bleach will quickly eliminate it, as will sufficient heat.

SYMPTOMS OF “STOMACH FLU”

The symptoms of the stomach flu include nausea and vomiting, watery diarrhea, and (sometimes severe) abdominal pain, usually within 12 to 48 hours of exposure. Along with this, muscle aches, headache, and fever may be seen. Luckily, life-threatening illness is rare, with dehydration being the main danger in those infected with the virus. Symptoms may last several days before eventually subsiding.

Unlike some viruses, immunity to norovirus is only temporary. Antibodies against the virus at thought to last up to six months after recovery. Also, there are various types of noroviruses, getting one doesn’t protect you against others.

Outbreaks of norovirus infection often occur in closed spaces such as cruise ships, nursing homes, schools, camps, and prisons. Shellfish, such as oysters, and salad ingredients are the foods most often implicated in norovirus outbreaks (except, of course, “the World’s Best Hot Dog”).

TREATING NOROVIRUS

As is the case with most viruses, there is no known cure for norovirus infection. Antibiotics will not be effective, as they are meant to kill bacteria, not viruses. Treatment involves staying well-hydrated. Suspect dehydration if you see these signs and symptoms:

·        Dry mouth

·        Decrease in quantity or dark color of urine

·        Dizziness when standing up

·        Decreased elasticity of skin (it “tents” when pulled)

·        No tears when crying or unusual irritability in infants

Using antidiarrheal meds like loperamide (Imodium) and anti-vomiting drugs like Ondansetron (Zofran) may also help.

PREVENTING NOROVIRUS

A cure may not be available but prevention is another issue. To decrease the chance of norovirus infection:

·        Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (norovirus is relatively resistant to alcohol), especially after using the restroom or handling food. Be especially sure to do this for 2 weeks after becoming infected (yes, you can be contagious for that long).

·        Wash food before cooking; cook shellfish thoroughly.

·        Frequently disinfect contaminated surfaces with a bleach solution (the EPA recommends 5-25 drops of bleach per gallon).

·        Keep sick individuals away from food preparation areas.

·        Avoid close contact with others when you are sick, and don’t share utensils or other items.

·        Wear disposable gloves while handling soiled items.

·        Immediately remove and wash clothes that may be contaminated with vomit or feces. Machine dry if possible.

It may be difficult to completely eliminate the risk of norovirus infection, but careful attention to hand and food hygiene will go a long way towards avoiding the stomach flu.

Joe Alton MD

Radio Contra Ep. 191 Nuclear Archduke Ferdinand Moment? With Bob Griswold

In Episode 191 of Radio Contra, NC Scout is joined by Bob Griswold of Ready Made Resources to discuss what may have been the 21st Century’s Archduke Ferdinand moment with the sabotage of the Nordstream pipelines and the unfolding aftermath.

Radio Contra Ep. 191: The Nuclear Archduke Ferdinand Moment? With Bob Griswold