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Should a massive asteroid be on a trajectory to impact the Earth, there wont necessarily be any warning.
DailyStar reports that asteroid 2017-VL2 zipped past the Earth on November 9th, and NASA didn’t even notice.
While the size of the asteroid seems unintimidating, measured 12-36 meters wide, a direct impact could have annihilated an area the size of New York city.
The space-rock came within 76,000 miles of Earth, a very near miss given the astronomical metrics used to measure space.
And NASA didnt see it coming.
The asteroid dubbed ‘3200 Phaethon‘ is poised to come within 2 million miles of Earth around X-mas time. It is reported that this particular space-rock is about half the size of the asteroid that wiped out Earth’s ecology eons ago.
While the current trajectory of this rock does not pose a high impact risk, it is humbling to acknowledge that the disposition of our existence is one of serendipitous statistical luck. The Earth has been pummeled in the past by cosmic projectiles. It is thereby reasonable to expect our luck will run out given enough time.
I have been a proponent of EDC (every day carry, exigency-/disaster carry) principles and equipment for 5 years now. My equipment preferences are continuously being refined, and though I have yet to use a few items (i.e. firearm, pepper-spray, etc.) I am convinced that those who make a habit of keeping an EDC kit about their person will always be in a better security posture than their unprepared counterparts should an unfortunate situation arise.
I want to share with you a sample of an EDC inventory to facilitate a productive curiosity that could help you compile your own EDC. First, lets cover some basics.
Guidelines to Consider When Preparing for EDC
- EDC should conform to context. The first thing to know about any EDC kit is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to determining what you should carry. While survival essentials (food, water, shelter, clothing, etc.) are the same for all people, EDC equipment beyond these essentials is highly constrained to context and personal dispositions. What a rural farmer carries is bound to be far removed from what an urban dweller in a high-crime neighborhood might carry. Many individuals are afflicted with health ailments that require special medications, corrective lens’s, and the like. Therefore, to determine what tools you should carry, ask yourself what exigent situations are most likely to develop in your area and make reasonable assessments of your health and wellness dispositions. If you are on any medications, you should put a supply of them in your EDC. Likewise with corrective lens’s; if you wear contacts, be sure to carry a back-up pair of glasses.
- EDC inventories should have a core of survival items. I make a point to always carry at least 1 liter of water, a lighter, knife, and some cordage. EDC is not supposed to make you feel comfortable in a situation (though a good kit may), it is supposed to keep you alive. When packing an EDC kit keep the essentials of survival in mind.
- Do not divulge the whole of your EDC to others. While I would enjoy sharing with you the full extent of my EDC posture, it would be unwise. Why? Because the carrying of certain items could make myself a target depending on the emergency situation. I don’t want to be the one fending off hordes of unprepared citizens when the message comes down the line that we have to take care of ourselves. People could very well kill you for your water or first aid kit if they are desperate enough. It is therefore better to keep some things secret.
- Multi-functionality tools are your friends. Do not carry too much.
This bag is conventionally termed a ‘camel-bak’ as it comes with a 1.5 liter reservoir for water, very handy in an emergency given you have filled it. The other features of the bag include a large carrying space, small carrying space, and two plastic buckles attached to the shoulder straps for tightening down the load to your body. The bag material should be rugged and not comprised of some cheap stuff that will not put up well with the elements. Ok now lets get into the bag contents.
The assortment of items seen above include the following (from left to right):
- CRKT Law-Enforcement style knife (we will review the features of this knife later)
- Ear-plugs w/ carrying tube (white)
- Kubotan (homemade) – a large diameter bolt wrapped in 550 paracord
- Pens and Sharpie
- Swiss Army Multi-tool
- Alcohol in glass carrying bottled
- Leatherman Multi-tool w/ various attachments
- Headphones w/ mic.
- Flint and Steel
- Contact Case
- Pair of Work Gloves
- Length of 550 paracord configured in snake-knots
- LED Flashlight w/ extra batteries
- G27 .40 cal. w/ extra magazine
Bottle of Alcohol:
This item is packed specifically as a fire-starter aid. In addition, the alcohol can be used as an anti-septic for disinfection or typical wound care.
The concept of the Kubotan is attributed to Sōke Takayuki Kubota. The item above is merely a nuance of the original concept in that it is primarily used as an impact weapon and not as a joint manipulation tool. It is constructed of 550 paracord and a large diameter bolt. It can be used to break out windows, chisel through ice, demarcations of stone, and of course, as a concealable impact weapon. The paracord from which it is constructed affords more uses.
This item is of no use unless you have attained the requisite skill. Using a tensioner and a single diamond-pick can aid access through many locks and doors.
An all-around useful multi-tool with a wide variety of screw-driver attachments. Intrinsic components include a can-opener, knife, saw, files, scissors, wire-cutters, and pliers. Well-worth the money. It is like carrying a miniature tool-bag.
This model of flashlight is particularly bright, using LED technology with a telescopic neck. The light can be focused so as to blind opponents or hone in on a distant object/person. The light features strobe and S.O.S. flicker settings as well. The light can also be utilized as an impact weapon.
You may have heard the adage that goes something like “the more you train in times of peace, the less you will bleed in times of war”.
This phrase connotes the value of preparedness thinking and preemptive action. It can be related back to the historical samurai principles of the Natori Ryu.
Natori Masazumi, the legendary shinobi who passed on the scrolls of Natori Ryu, echoes to the present a principle of samurai conduct that he says is of primary importance for all samurai: Nichiyo Kokorogake.
What is this?
Nichiyo Kokorogake parallels the preparedness adage above. It means to make use of states of ‘order’ by preparing to address inchoate and even flagrant states of ‘disorder’, and when ‘disorder’ or war arises, one should work to swiftly reinstate ‘order’ or peace . The central point here is to not waste one’s time. Prepare so that once an adverse event occurs, you may be better equipped to deal with it quickly.
So how can you apply Nichiyo Kokorogake to everyday life?
Here are a few examples:
– Consume a Good Diet and Exercise! Realizing that your body is literally the means by which you interact with this earth, it behooves you to take care of it so that you can use it well in states of emergency or even war.
– Make a list of potential sources of ‘disorder’ in your own world (i.e. problems at work, earthquakes, floods, terrorism, violent thugs, etc.), then devise a strategy for dealing with the disorder to retain. For example, if you are going on an extensive road-trip, be sure you have a carjack, roadside flares, and other essential equipment for car problems. A less mundane example might be getting kidnapped (if you think this is a possibility) and being able to escape because you learned in advance how to escape restraints, signal for help, etc.
Continue to ponder and apply this principle, and you might not bleed when the going gets tough.
Recreational climbing with the grappling hook is something I like to do.
Hand-restraint Knot, Snake Knot, Haunda Knot, Sheet’s Bend, Bowline, Square Bend, Butterfly Knot, Figure 8 Knot, Constrictor Knot
I was caught out in the rain and decided to take advantage of it by using my EDC (everyday carry) bag equipment to collect rainwater, make a “pancho”, and build a small rain-shelter.
In May of 2017 a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act Request) filed by Governmentattic.com yielded the release of a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) internal document which posits notions of a dark future. The 67 page report titled ‘Mitigation strategies for FEMA command, control,and communications during and after a solar superstorm’ provides the agency’s rational basis for its assertion that a major disruption in the power grid, caused by a geomagnetic storm, could cause a black-out expected to last a minimum of 4 years.
The report was published in 2010 and is now circulating the internet, imbuing anxiety, disbelief, and indifference: ‘But we have back-up generators right? Everything will be fine.’
This shallow perception is shattered as the report reads:
“Most critical infrastructure and operations centers can operate for approximately 3-7days on generator backup without refueling, with larger centers averaging 7 days. Government and private sector emergency managers operate on the assumption that fuel contracts and pre-arranged fuel deliveries will be available after7 days. This may not be a safe assumption in an extreme solar weather event.”
The report justifies pro-active measures in preparing for geo-magnetic storms by delving into their historical context, citing the Carrington event of 1859 which was powerful enough to start fires, burn up telegraph lines, and send scintillating fingerprints of the aurora borealis to latitudes as far south as Sub-Saharan Africa. It was reported back then that those in the North Eastern United States could read their newspapers by the tremulous glow in the skies. The storm caused minor social upset however, people then were quite self-sufficient and went on with their lives into the electric maze of the 20th century. But if a storm of similar magnitude impacted the earth in this technotronic era, the results would be absolutely apocalyptic.
In the event of another major solar storm geo-magnetically induced currents, the report says, “will exceed” the capacities of transformers, thus posing the “risk of irreparable damage, ‘collapsing large portions of the power grid.” How long does it take to replace a transformer? According to the report, about 12 months.
But what is more, the FEMA report cites the National Academy of Sciences’ conclusion that such a scenario could last 4-10 years!
Imagine that……4-10 years without power. Millions would die.
As a matter of fact, a 2008 publication of the Committee on Armed Services, titled “Threat Posed by Electromagnetic (EMP) Attack” contains a stupendous dialogue between Maryland congressman Roscoe Bartlett and a Dr. William Graham which evinces an affirmation that the aforementioned deaths of millions is a potential reality.
Congressman Bartlett relates in the dialogue that he had the privilege of reading a pre-publication copy of a book called One Second After which presents the plot of an EMP strike on the U.S., wherein 90% of the population dies within a year after the attack. He then asks Dr. Graham if such a casualty rate is realistic, to which Graham replies:
“We think that is in the correct range. We don’t have experience with losing the infrastructure in a country with 300 million people, most of whom don’t live in a way that provides for their own food and other needs. We can go back to an era when people did live like that. That would be—10 percent would be 30 million people, and that is probably the range where we could survive as a basically rural economy.”
Here is a vid. of Newt Gingrich mentioning the book One Second After and giving a spiel on EMP attacks:
So the grid is highly vulnerable to geomagnetic storms and enemy EMP attacks. This is certain. What is not certain is how soon, if at all, we could expect one of these disastrous scenarios to manifest.
The FEMA document cites that the frequency of major geomagnetic storms can cycle in 100 year intervals, so we are overdue on that front.
As for an EMP? We must factor how many countries possess nuclear weapons, the number of terrorist organizations seeking access to such weapons, how likely we are to witness open confrontation with other countries, and a whole slew of other items in order to calculate the probability of witnessing an EMP-like attack in the near future.
That being said, what should you take away from all of this?
1. The power-grid is highly vulnerable to solar storms and EMP attacks
2. The government cannot save everyone
3. The world is becoming more complex, which means more things can go wrong
4. Most people are without basic preparedness supplies or skills
Therefore…exercise prudential intelligence and prepare during this peace.