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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

There are many uses for a night vision device (NVD) including that of the military, law enforcement, security, surveillance, hunting, wildlife observation, navigation, hidden-object detection, entertainment, and more.

Although a night vision device can be an expensive addition to one’s preparedness ‘toolkit’, it could prove itself invaluable under some circumstances.

Here’s information on how night vision devices work, the differences in technology of the various generations (GEN-0,1,2,3,4…), and a good resource for getting yourself one…

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: Night Vision Device

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SheepdogConcept

By Pat Henry – The Prepper Journal

The Sheepdog concept has been around in its modern form since 2002 from Dave Grossman’s book, On Killing. He later expanded on this concept in his follow-up book, On Combat. I own and still am working through both of these books and highly recommend them as sources of training material for those of us who have never killed or seen combat, but can anticipate the value in some knowledge and lessons from a man who trains our military, police and special forces.

Many of us identify with the term Sheepdog and there are many different interest groups who proudly consider themselves members of this affiliation. The groups range from proponents of self-defense, preparedness, military, law enforcement and defenders of the 2nd Amendment. All will proudly ascribe to Mr. Grossman’s philosophy and picture ourselves standing in the breach whenever we are called.

To give you a concise explanation of this concept, here is an excerpt from the man himself. This is taken from Mr. Grossman’s site, Killogy Research Group.

One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me: “Most of the people in our society are sheep. They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident.” This is true. Remember, the murder rate is six per 100,000 per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1,000 per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another.

Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime. But there are almost 300 million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million.

Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare. This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep.

I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin’s egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell. Police officers, soldiers and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful. For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.

“Then there are the wolves,” the old war veteran said, “and the wolves feed on the sheep without mercy.” Do you believe there are wolves out there who will feed on the flock without mercy? You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.

“Then there are sheepdogs,” he went on, “and I’m a sheepdog. I live to protect the flock and confront the wolf.” Or, as a sign in one California law enforcement agency put it, “We intimidate those who intimidate others.”

If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath–a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.

Excellent source of information on the mental, physiological and psychological factors in combat.

Do you believe you are a sheepdog?

Like I mentioned above, many of us identify with that symbolism. We have normal day-to-day lives but feel in our bones that if called upon, we would act in defense of our fellow citizens. We would come to protect the “sheep” that are the rest of the citizens who either would not or could not come to their own aid or rise to the aid of others. We can rationalize, at least outwardly the use of violence to defend someone in dire circumstances and use that rationalization to form our opinions on not only day-to-day interactions we may witness, but our overall guiding philosophy. This is one reason why so many of us carry concealed firearms.

This act of helping in that way is comforting to me on many levels. I feel on a gut level that type of behavior, of shared responsibility to our fellow-man, is what we are all called to do if we have that capacity in us. It is this concept of protecting people, in some measure that shaped my decision to join the Army as a young man. I signed up for the express purpose of defending my country even though I was never afforded the ability to do so in an overt way. My desire was not to be considered some type of hero for my service. I didn’t want any credit or special treatment for my choice, but I was ready if needed. Apparently, God had other plans for me.

The internet is filled with images and memes describing Sheepdogs and almost always these are reserved for the most outwardly obvious examples in our society. The soldiers we send to foreign countries and the law enforcement officers that protect our streets back home but these men and women only make up a small percentage of the total number who consider themselves sheepdogs. Millions more average every day citizens will say they are ready to do what is necessary and I wonder if this Sheepdog term isn’t misunderstood or is becoming trivialized to those whose job is not dealing with crime or war every day.

What happens if the sheep decide to gang up on the Sheepdogs?

It is very easy for me to say I am a sheepdog and envision how I will honorably try to defend someone when a wolf comes down the street. That is the easy part of calling yourself a sheepdog. If you are never called to action, who could argue with you? But what happens when the sheep decide they want to take the teeth away from those who would be their protectors at least in our minds? We sit here in front of our computers and in online forums railing at the politicians who seem intent on taking our means of defense away, but what about all of the people, not elected? What do you say to them?

I think that the traits and actions of a true sheepdog go much deeper than simply stating that you would defend someone from a wolf. Yes, it is true that real sheepdogs protect the sheep entrusted to their care, but they also have to guide them, to get them safely to the right location. A sheepdog doesn’t just sit on the outside of the flock, enjoying the sun while they can, staring at all those fat fluffy butts waiting on the wolf. A real sheepdog has to use skill and their instincts to corral the sheep and guide them to where the shepherd wants them to be moved.

What am I trying to say?

I think it is not enough to sit back and quietly plan, train and envision situations where we could be called into action. If we wait for the wolf to show up it might be too late if the sheep have already decided that it is the Sheepdogs who are the problem instead of the wolves. Think about it, do you believe the sheep want the sheepdogs telling them where to go if there is no wolf around? Do you ever hear any “sheep” say they expect a sheepdog (like you, not a cop) to defend them? If you consider yourself a sheepdog in the sense of what Mr. Grossman related above, are you getting out there? Are you making yourself known? Are you talking to the sheep and guiding them where you want them to go?

Or are you laying in the grass waiting for wolves?

I do think there is some risk we face of having the rug pulled out from under our feet by sheer complacency. Without dramatic action or overt crisis, we fail to raise our hackles at the small offenses happening daily. We simply ignore the danger if we can’t see it on TV. When we don’t see the wolf attacking with teeth and claw we think everything is good, but the sheep are still huddled together, talking and listening. Maybe they are really annoyed by these sheepdogs. I think the wolf is in the middle of them, whispering words, trying to turn the sheep. To make them believe the sheepdogs are the threat and to completely ignore the wolf.

You may forget that there are many more sheep than sheepdogs. We are outnumbered and we could find ourselves at the mercy of the fears of the sheep. If this happens, to a logical extent, we would all be rendered ineffective at doing much about it if we aren’t careful. If you do consider yourself a sheepdog, I think we need to be more intentional with our role. It isn’t enough to sit back and wait for an attack. You can’t just put up a nice graphic on your Facebook page. You have to get out there and try to move some sheep. What will you do?

This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: What Happens When the Sheep Turn on the Sheepdogs

Jade Helm 15

By  – SurvivoPedia

The alternative media, or at least the conservative alternative media, has been ablaze with reports of Jade Helm 15 lately. In case you hadn’t heard, Jade Helm is an upcoming military exercise to run from July to September. That in and of itself isn’t anything remarkable, as the military is always running training exercises of one sort or another. Unless they are engaged in fighting, they need those exercises to keep the edge.

But there are a number of things about Jade Help that are remarkable. First of all, it’s probably the biggest military exercise ever run on U.S. soil. Federal law limits what the military can do on U.S. soil and so most military training exercises are held on military bases. Yet this seems to be almost exclusively being run in civilian areas.

This exercise is being run by the Special Forces community, through the various branches of service and is ostentatiously an exercise in tracking and capturing terrorists who have crossed the border from Mexico into the United States. While a worthy training exercise, there are many who are questioning if that is the true aim of the exercise. Specifically, it has been mentioned by a number of people as a potential prelude to martial law.

Why Do We Doubt?

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: Jade Helm 15… Military Exercise Or Martial Law Prelude?

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By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com

While the media has been busy trying to reassure the public over the frightening tone and scope of the Jade Helm 15 military exercises, it is clear that many Americans are not buying it.

Establishment outlets everywhere are scrambling to declare with authority that there is nothing to see here.

A cursory news search reveals a clear meme being circulated that all is quiet on the front and that Jade Helm is most certainly not martial law training:

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But are these media tactics working?

A recent poll conducted by Rasmussen, the country is indeed quite alarmed over the exercise, with a near majority concerned about federal intrusion and apparent preparations to use martial law during crises – perhaps not too much different than what is going on in Baltimore, or previously in Ferguson.

Eight weeks of U.S. military exercises this summer in several southwestern states – dubbed Jade Helm 15 – have some wondering if the government is preparing for martial law. Most voters don’t oppose such exercises, but a surprising number worry about what the federal government is up to.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the U.S. military conducting training exercises in their state. Just 16% are opposed, but slightly more (19%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Only 21% believe the government’s decision to conduct military training exercises in some states is an infringement on the rights of the citizens in those states. Sixty-two percent (62%) disagree. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.

But 45% of voters are concerned that the government will use U.S. military training operations to impose greater control over some states, with 19% who are Very Concerned. Just over half (52%) are not concerned that the government has an ulterior motive for the training exercises, including 26% who are Not At All Concerned.

Among voters who oppose military exercises in their state, 82% are concerned that the federal government has greater control in mind. Just 34% of those who favor the exercises share that concern.

This poll gives documented reasons to think that many are waking up to the abuses of power, not just of police in urban areas, but of the larger system of government using scare tactics to demand more power for all of its agencies.

There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about Jade Helm, but the powers that be are doing everything they can to deflect attention from the merits of this issue – and denial and ridicule, as usual, are the first tools at hand to dismiss public concerns. The Dallas Morning News wrote :

Several websites have spread fear along the Internet that the 8-week exercise this summer in seven states is a ruse to impose martial law and confiscate guns in hostile states.

The conspiracy theory was bolstered when Gov. Greg Abbott this month wrote a letter to the Texas State Guard, ordering them to monitor the exercises to ensure civil rights were maintained.

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Rasmussen pollsters said the reaction of those polled to the exercises reflects a heightened feeling of distrust for the federal government among voters.

Almost half of those polled – 47 percent – believe the federal government has too much influence over state governments, but that number has dropped from 56 percent five years ago.

Quick conspiracy theory: Could the identification of Texas as “hostile” in the Jade Helm exercise – conducted to “master the human domain” – be linked to its fierce political attitude towards federal government meddling? Did Texas win the role of ‘hostile’ in the military exercise because of:

a) the previous governor’s history of branding succession from the union as a political rally point, b) Texas’ refusal to give “dual command status” over Texas National Guard to the Fed’s emergency relief powers after Hurricane Rita, c) conspiracy talk and “radio-show driven” fears about martial law, d) its status as a pro-gun, pro-Constitution hold out for a staunch conservative base and a swelling libertarian-minded demographic, or the general attempts to turn the state blue for electioneering purposes, or e) all of the above and more.

Hmm…

This article first appeared at SHTFplan.com: Nearly Half of Americans Concerned Jade Helm Will “Impose Greater Control Over States”

By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com

There’s been a lot of concern over the upcoming Jade Helm exercises taking place in several U.S. states this summer. The operation to “master the human domain,” as the military refers to it, is such a significant event that Governor Greg Abbott promised Texans he’d have the State Guard on stand-by to ensure the Federal government wouldn’t use the purported training operation to implement a state of martial law. His actions, though attacked by some, show just how far Federal law enforcement overreach in America has come since September 11th, 2001.

There are a great deal of Americans who are scared of where operations like Jade Helm and economic collapse simulations are going. Military, law enforcement and government officials say these types of exercises are just business as usual and there’s no imminent crisis approaching. It’s a typical response from a bureaucracy that has been labeled the most secretive in history, and since very little substantive information is being released to the public by traditional information pipelines like the corporate media, many have turned to alternative sources to gather information they can’t find anywhere else.

Last week, for example, a Texas Ranger made the claim that shackles have been spotted on train cars moving through the state, a report that laid further credence to the notion the government is preparing for a crisis situation where they may have to subdue, detain and incarcerate large groups of people. Given that the focus is on states the government has dubbed “hostile” (such as Texas and Utah) it wouldn’t be outside of the realm of possibility that a widespread crisis, complete with civil unrest that will require swaths of armed personnel, is exactly what the government is preparing for.

The Texas Ranger’s claims were dismissed by some as fabrications, especially since he chose to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions given the stance the government has recently taken with whistle blowers.

But despite the marginalization of whistle blowers and news outlets like Infowars.com,  The Common Sense show, and scores of others, the government is obviously preparing plans for dissident roundups in the future. The facts on this are clear and the President even signed a Doomsday Executive Order in 2012 giving himself the authority to seize everything from water and food resources to power plants and skilled laborers should he ever have to declare a national emergency.

Perhaps a federal takeover through a martial law declaration is not imminent over coming months, but how else can we explain the absolutely massive exercises now being positioned across the continental United States?

And what are we to tell our children when they see the war machine in full swing on the streets of America?

Here’s a small selection of what people around the country have been able to record and broadcast as the government gets ready for this summer.

Captured in Slayton, Texas within the last 24 hours:

(Mickey Sprous via Tess Pennington)

And if they’re not preparing to deal with civil unrest and large, unruly and potentially violent crowds of people, then what do they need all of these microwave weapons for?

Spotted on I-80 near Reno, Nevada:

(All News Pipeline via Steve Quayle)

Along I-5 in Southern California: “Those trains are full of equipment…”

Helicopters all over the country:

And of course, no “Mastering the Human Domain” military exercises would be complete without dissident arrests. This may explain why the Texas Ranger mentioned above reported shackles in train cars. And, once arrested, they’ll have to transport these people. It’s been suggested that FEMA camps are already prepared to handle large populations of prisoners.

Does this look like a typical training exercise to you, and one that is supposedly designed for foreign theaters of war as claimed by military officials? Or do you think maybe someone, somewhere is planning for a major domestic crisis event in the near future?

This article first appeared at SHTFplan.com: Domestic War Machine: Look At All This Armor The Government Is Moving For Jade Helm Military Exercises

By Nicholas O.Off The grid News

Many people carry a concealed carry handgun as part of their everyday carry (EDC), but too few carry a backup handgun.

A backup handgun is defined as a second handgun that is usually carried concealed and can be used to supplement another gun whenever needed. Law enforcement and civilians alike have a long history of carrying a backup handgun in addition to their primary sidearm, regardless of whether their primary sidearm is also carried concealed or openly.

While you likely will never need to use your backup gun, there are still five very important reasons why you need to consider adding a backup handgun to your EDC:

1. Your Primary Gun Could Fail.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re packing something as reliable as a Glock or a revolver. There is always the chance that your primary carry gun could fail. What if you find yourself in the middle of a robbery or are being mugged, and your gun malfunctions after the first shot and you face multiple attackers? There have been countless reports over the years of civilians and law enforcement officers who were in that same kind of a situation, and their backup handgun saved their life.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: 5 Reasons One Concealed Gun Isn’t Enough