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Sunday, March 29, 2015

OPSEC matters


24 comments:

  1. You guys treat this very differently to the UK. I guess we're such a smaller country it would be impossible to hide it in some situations

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  2. Kev, it's really concerned with being careful about who you tell what. That's why most American bloggers use pseudonyms and exercise some caution about putting anything on their blogs that might help unfriendly types pinpoint your actual identity or location. I have some serious sociopaths dogging my blog right now, which amuses me no end. But I wouldn't care to have them driving up to my place. The soil here is all roots, clay and flint and digging a deep enough hole to keep the wild hogs from rooting them up would be a hard task.


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    1. That's why I have a digger....

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    2. You should move here Kev. I will lend you an AR-15, and you can let me use your digger. We can augment each others skills and equipment! I could damn sure use some help with growing food. ;-)

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  3. Dilbert is always a hoot, but it's a serious point being made and one of the reasons I hate that we aren't more secluded.

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    1. Well, you do live among rural people and unless you are located near a highway you'd probably be alright. There are serious survivalists who think concern about the Golden Horde is overblown. I'm not one of them, but I admit I could be wrong.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I don't have anything except a box of twinkies and a roll of toilet paper.

    As per the 'Serious Sociopaths dogging this blog right now'

    All I gotta say is they are Nazi's, pure and simple.

    National Socialist Party (Nazi Party) Yeah' people don't realize they were a form of socialism. When society is geared towards groupthink and social change of whatever form and its citizens are forced to comply then its control freak, Nazism pure and simple.

    Over on Wirecutters blog Knuckledraggin.com (I spend a lot of time on that one like this blog) He's (Wirecutter) is more libratarian like I am.

    Basically do whatever you want, just leave me alone. As long as anything you do does not affect me, my property or my health and safety. I really don't care what you do, just leave me alone.

    When you try to change me, tell me I'm politically incorrect. Call me anti-immigrant, anti-gay, pro-gun, anti-trade or whatever. Then your a damn Nazi pure and simple.
    When you tell me my hair is too long, my truck is old and I need a new environmentally friendly battery powered piece of shit, your a damn Nazi.

    When you tell me that Israel took Palistinian lands and Isreal needs to give the land back or Israel needs to be 'wiped off the map' Then you really are a Damn, Piece of Shit, Nazi (sorry for the bad word 'Harry)

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    1. Ironically, "fascist" is one label these guys (and girl) have been throwing around. It's really interesting because they all appear to be Europeans. There's one who just spouts obscenties and filth, and he's neither intelligent nor interesting.

      But the girl is different. She picks legitimate topics and puts forward some interesting thoughts. I have been really tempted to post some of her comments, even though we have nothing at all in common. It would sure generate some conversation on the blog! The problem is, every once in awhile she goes high and right (drugs, I am guessing) and just spews invective, most of it personal. I was warned about that by someone else who had experience of these particular individuals. So I am just deleting everything they try to post. At some point, they'll realize they are just enlivening my day and reaffirming my opinions of the leftists, and they'll go away. I think I will almost miss them.

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  5. This is a pretty big concern of mine. Living in a small apartment, it is difficult to hide two seven-foot tall shelves loaded with home canned goods. My landlord is not a problem, for he is of the same mindset as I am. But occasionally there have been workmen who have seen my store of food and recently it has been necessary for a parade of home healthcare workers to visit my home, most of whom have remarked on my shelves full of food. One even said that she knew where to go in an emergency, to which I replied that I hoped she was talking about the closest grocery store and not about my home. The only solution I have found so far is to make sure I have the ability to defend my door.

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    1. Can you cover the shelves with an indian blanket or something decorative? That really is a problem, not so much because the people in your apartment might steal, but because they will find it interesting and different, and that means they will talk about it.

      There's only so much you can. When I had the wood stove chimney fire, the fire department had to come up here and several firemen saw the main store room on the first level, because the chimney went through the wall there. Nothing I can do about it. If they talked, they talked. However, I've lived here long enough that I'm pretty sure most casual problem children wouldn't come near my property on a bet. I have a reputation for not playing well with others, and I'm too old to change it.

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    2. Hey Harry

      (captaincrunch)

      I got a whole mess of those indian blankets from New Mexico. I got Hopi, Navaho, and several others. Pots too, and some baskets. I even have a third phase chiefs blanket.
      My parents collected this stuff from the 1960's through the early 90's right before all the Hollywood trash took over Santa Fe. Most of the items are from the 70's back when Santa Fe was a quaint little town that just happened to be the capitol of New Mexico. I also spent time in Albuquerque. I remember being on the College Campus in Albuquerque in the 70's and I believe we may have been as close as several miles to each other way back then.
      My father was an Archeologist and Anthropologist. I remember going to many sacred Indian dances and ceremonies as a little kid as well as many pueblo's and reservations that are now off limits too white people.

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    3. I lived in the dorm 1971-1975 so if you were on campus we missed it each by feet.

      I envy you your collection of Indian blankets. I have a few , used as wall hangers. I loved SouthWestern art and still , after all the moves over the years, I have a bit of it that wasn't lost or destroyed. I tried to move back to New Mexico when I got out, but couldn't find the land I wanted. Beautiful as it is out there, water sources are hard to find on remote land.

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    1. You know, I'm my own worst enemy here. I've posted pictures that I shouldn't have (license plate showing, etc). Fortunately for me, Commander Zero, Matt, and a few other people have always contacted me shortly after and warned me about a problem connected with a post, so I could fix it.

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    2. One should always be careful what they put out there on the internet.

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    3. Absolutely. I just get careless sometimes. If you ever see me doing that, I'd appreciate a heads up. Usually, it's a picture I've posted that would help someone identify my location, but sometimes I just talk too much.

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  7. why try? this is the time of the hunger gap. let the hogs have them and pray the hogs don't become seriously ill from the contamination.

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    1. Well, that would draw the hogs down on me even more though, because they would be expecting a free feed all the time. Hogs are good for getting rid of the bodies though. Do you remember when that old guy in Oregon went to feed his hogs, leaned over the fence, and the top rail broke. He fell in and all the coroner could find was his dental plates.

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  8. Harry, It's really too bad about our servicemen's addresses were recently posted online. This happened because these guys got caught up in the facebook craze. So the islamofascists started data mining and voila'. Now they have to worry about their wives and kids if they are away on deployment. Goes without saying...Stay away from facebook.

    BTW...do you think your trolls may be European Islamists? --Troy

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    1. I've been following that story. I have a face book account so I can go to business sites I buy from, like AIM. But there's nothing on it about me. My kids have face book accounts but they are careful about OPSEC, as well they should be. Lots of service people are very young, and they forget that there are bad people out there who would be glad to steal from them, or in the most extreme cases, hurt or harass their families.

      No, I don't think so. I am down to only one person sending nasty grams now, the others lost interest when they realized I wasn't going to provide a forum for them to "paint" on. But this last one, the girl, is just a left winger of the garden variety you find in Europe. When I was stationed in Europe they were a really common type. Usually from privileged households, well educated, upper or middle class. Like our "Weathermen" in the 1960's, they were alienated from society and turned to radical socialism, communism, or were outright Bakunin anarchists. Like the Red Brigade types who kidnapped General Dozier, Deputy Chief of Staff at AFSOUTH Verona. As for their pro-Islamist proclivity, it's just "cool" in the world today to cast the Palestinians as the downtrodden masses and the Israelis as the evil oppressors. That's a ridiculous assessment. I wish all the bleeding hearts could go spend a month living under Hamas or Hezbollah, and a lot of the sympathy for the "displaced" would evaporate in short order.

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    2. Even if Israel was an evil oppressor, it'd be nothing more than that Bitch we call payback. Its a known historical fact that the leader of the Palestinians, the Mufti, thus the country, was a supporter and ally of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

      So in either case I say tough stuff.

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    3. Amin al-Husseini was a kind of cross between Rasputin and Groucho Marx. The amazing thing is that the British put up with his antics as long as they did. I always found the story of Husseini and his visit to Hitler amusing. Apparently Hitler's protocol office told him that there should be coffee and little cakes, and small talk before the meeting. Hitler spazzed out and left the room. When he calmed down, he allowed some lemon barley water and cookies to be offered to the Mufti. That must have been a jolly gathering!

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  9. I've had people at work jokingly (half-jokingly) state that come bad times, they're heading out to my place. My response is always to the effect of "That's probably not such a good idea unless you come out with a serious haul of groceries."

    In all seriousness, there is a select few friends of mine who will be welcome at my pace even if they just show up. These are the people who have already been invited to my place. If you've been invited here before or if I've given you my address, you'll be welcome when things get rough. If I haven't extended that courtesy before though, don't show up asking what's for dinner.

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    1. I have a group of individuals who will be joining us up here if the circumstances dictate. They are all reliable, and all have skills that would be of value in that scenario. I originally planned for a larger group, but as the years passed, people died, or moved away, so it isn't that big anymore.

      I don't think it would be possible to go it alone in a collapse scenario. I already have trouble keeping the place up on my own with my kids gone. I think it would get very lonesome, being up here with just the wife and I in that type of environment.

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