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Gear Review: The Pocket Socket

You are out in the woods and you need to call home to let your family know that you are well. You grab your cell phone and the battery level indicator says you have 30 percent battery left. You forgot you used it to take pictures of the captivating views you saw during your hike. So what do you do? There are a few options as having a spare battery (if your phone has a removable one), or a case which contains an external battery. The other option would be a solar powered charger, which could be very costly in some cases and not as dependable as the...

A Massive Electromagnetic Pulse Could Collapse The Economy In A Single Moment

What would you do if all the lights went out and they never came back on? That is a question that the new NBC series “Revolution” asks, but most people have no idea that a similar thing could happen in real life at any moment. A single gigantic electromagnetic pulse over the central United States could potentially fry most of the electronics from coast to coast if it was powerful enough.

Silent Circle Smartphone App Encrypts Voice and Text for Private Communication

A group of software developers with a history in military intelligence have created a smartphone app that promises to encrypt voice and text messages for private communication.  There are already many encryption options in existence  but they are unfortunately difficult to use, which is a barrier for those without the skills, patience, or time to learn. Silent Circle promises to make encryption much easier for the average person.  After two years in development this revolutionary product has finally hit the market.

How To Communicate If The Government Obliterates The Internet

SCENARIO Your government is displeased with the communication going on in your location and pulls the plug on your internet access, most likely by telling the major ISPs to turn off service. This is what happened in Egypt Jan. 25, 2012 prompted by citizen protests, with sources estimating that the Egyptian government cut off approximately 88 percent of the country’s internet access. What do you do without internet? Step 1: Stop crying in the corner. Then start taking steps to reconnect with your network. Here’s a list of things you can do to...

Thanks to The Genius of Nikola Tesla – A Perfect Antenna for the Survivalist

I’m sure if you are familiar with the name Nicola Tesla you have read enough articles extolling the genius that he was.  He was the inventor of Alternating Current (AC), the radio (Marconi used Tesla’s plans and experiment notes), florescent lighting, radar, radio controlled boats to name a few of the inventions of this man’s genius. What we are going to talk about today is one of the master’s little noticed inventions, “The Tesla Ground Wave Antenna”, the perfect antenna for the survivalist on a tight budget (and who...

5 Million Volt Cattle Prod Developed For “Crowd Control”

DefenseReview.com (DR) owner/editor-in-chief David Crane interviews Donovan Hunter of Stunning Developments Inc. on the Stunning Developments BattleProd (or Battle-Prod) weapon-mounted/handheld less-lethal combat/tactical stun baton that will emit approximately 3-5 million volts into the target, according to Mr. Hunter.

Communication Items You’ll Want Before TSHTF – Part 3

We had no idea when we wrote the past two parts of this article on radio gear for when TSHTF, that they were going to be so very popular.  Most peoples’ concerns are based in the fear that they will loose all contact with loved ones, as well as how to get first hand, unfiltered news.  Having good communication equipment – and knowing how to use it – can put those fears to rest.  Let’s continue to learn how to communicate after chaos has hit, the Internet (and maybe the entire power grid) is down and you want to know what’s...