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Live Public Safety Audio Feeds
RadioReference.com Live Audio- RadioReference is the largest broadcaster of public safety live audio communications feeds, hosting thousands of live audio broadcasts of Police, Fire, EMS, and other associated communications. Reviewed here.
National Hurricane Center- Website for the National Hurricane Center, which is part of the National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Discussed here.
TESIS Geomagnetic Activity Forecast- Russian website with forecasts of solar activity and geomagnetic disturbances here on Earth. English site discussed here.
U.S. Tsunami Warning Centers- Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (website) and West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (website), both of which come under the National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Discussed here.
Aviv, Juval. Staying Safe: The Complete Guide to Protecting Yourself, Your Family, and Your Business- Aviv, a former Israeli counterterrorism intelligence officer and international security expert, outlines the essential tools for becoming personally responsible for the security and safety of yourself and your loved ones. Reviewed here.
Boy Scouts of America. Official Boy Scout Handbook, 12th Edition- Still the go-to book for every Scout, but now with more information than ever before. Anniversary-year edition combines the traditional content of years past with modern-day Scouting needs. Reviewed here.
Orlov, Dmitry. Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects- Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) and moved to the United States when he was 12, and was an eyewitness to the collapse of the Soviet Union over several extended visits to his native land between the late eighties and mid-nineties. Drawing from his experience with the disintegration of the U.S.S.R., Orlov predicts an economic and political collapse for its old adversary- the United States- and identifies steps readers can take to lessen the pain from such a catastrophic event. Now on second edition (2011). First edition reviewed here.
Sherwood, Ben. The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life- Sherwood “unlocks the secrets of who lives and who dies and shows how you can improve your chances in virtually any crisis.” Reviewed here.
Wiseman, John. SAS Survival Handbook- Wiseman served in the British Special Air Service (SAS) for twenty-six years. The 576-page survival manual is based on the training techniques of this world-famous elite fighting force. Reviewed here.
Financial Sense® Newshour- Free financial/market broadcast hosted by money manager Jim Puplava on the week’s market action, interviews with financial experts, and Jim’s personal perspective on the markets/economy. Reviewed here.
Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk- The only national radio talk show which covers the world of firearms, personal safety, and gun rights. Hosted by nationally-known firearms expert and television host, Tom Gresham. Reviewed here.
Schiff Report- Peter Schiff’s YouTube video blog. Schiff shares his current economic forecasts, financial analysis, and general predictions.
Global Intelligence Reports
Geopolitical Weekly and Security Weekly- Free weekly intelligence reports compiled by STRATFOR, the “Shadow CIA,” as Barron’s once called Strategic Forecasting, Inc., or STRATFOR, a global intelligence company founded in 1996 in Austin, Texas. Reviewed here.
Peter Schiff’s Gold Report- Free monthly newsletter from Euro Pacific Precious Metals in which CEO Peter Schiff reviews key developments in the gold and silver markets. The report also features analysis and forecasts from Mary Anne and Pamela Aden and members of Casey Research. Reviewed here.
Snapshot Of U.S. Financial Health
Comeback America Initiative’s “Slide Pack”- From former chief accountant of the United States David M. Walker’s Comeback America Initiative, an 84-page publication (.pdf format) packed with easy-to-read charts entitled “Comeback America: The Nation’s Fiscal Challenge and A Way Forward.” Key charts include (in the order they were depicted):
• Growth of Government
• Defense, Social Security, & Medicare Per Capita
• Discretionary Spending Patterns
• Changes in Spending
• Composition of Current & Projected Federal Revenues
• Federal Debt Burdens
• Historical Deficit Levels
• Historical Receipts & Outlays
• Historical CBO Deficit Projections Vs. Actual
• Cash Vs. Accrual Federal Deficits (Fiscal 2000 –2010)
• Historical Debt Burdens
• Federal Debt Per Capita & The Political Party In Power
• Comparative Debt Burdens
• Fiscal Fitness Index
• Our Fiscal Future
• CBO’s Public Debt Projections
• Future Debt Burdens
• CBO Alternative Estimate of Projected Federal Deficits
• Growing Foreign Dependency
• Debt Maturity Trends
• Interest Rate Trends
• Interest Rate Sensitivity
• Federal Health Care Outlays
• Escalating Health Costs
• Historical Consumption Trends
• Health Cost Growth
• Comparative Health Costs
• Social Security Cash Flow
• Impact of Health Reform
• Entitlement Cost Growth
• Entitlement Programs Status
• Relative Defense Spending
• Historical Defense Spending
• Research Spending Trends
• Federal Revenue Composition
• Federal Revenue Trends
• Tax Burden
• Progressive Tax System
• Individual Tax Expenditures
• Effective Tax Rates
• Statutory Corporate Tax Rates
• Household Debt Levels
• Personal Saving Rates
• National Saving Rates
• State and Local Deficits
• State Property Tax Burdens
• State and Local Health Costs
• Pension and Health Obligations
• Pension and Health Funding
• Pension and Health Costs
• Total Liabilities and Unfunded Obligations Per Capita
• State and Local Ratings
• Statutory Debt Ceiling
FreeLunch.com- Moody’s Analytics’ source for free economic data. Users can quickly and easily chart and download economic data. Moody’s Analytics data services teams in Asia, Europe, and the United States update the site’s data as it is released by the primary source.
American Airgunner- TV show that airs on the Pursuit Channel which includes hunting and technical segments as well as an air gun challenge in which contestants use both skill and strategy to knock down and explode various targets with a multitude of guns. Discussed here. Old episodes on YouTube here.
Paul Capello’s Airgun Reporter- Air gun-focused videos on Pyramid Air’s website from well-known airgunner and American Airgunner TV show creator/host Paul Capello
Pyramid Air’s Airgun Academy- Educational resources (videos, blog, and podcast) for the aspiring to veteran airgunner. Reviewed here.
Pyramid Air’s Airsoft Blog- Pyramid Air’s airsoft blog
Alternative Economic Data
From John Williams’ Shadow Government Statistics website:
Terror in Mumbai- Award-winning HBO documentary film about November 2008 terror attack on Mumbai, India. Reviewed here.
Mumbai Massacre- Another documentary film about the 2008 Mumbai, India terror attack. Part of the “Secrets of the Dead” series on PBS. Reviewed here.
FDIC Failed Banks page
Bottled Water Comparisons
2011 Bottled Water Scorecard, Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Personal Safety Laws:
Municipal Code of Chicago, Title 8, Chapter 20- Firearms, amended 9/11/13 by SO2013-6015
Municipal Code of Chicago, Title 4, Chapter 144- Ammunition, amended 9/11/13 by SO2013-6015
Municipal Code of Chicago, Title 8, Chapter 24- Knives, Chemicals, Electric, amended 9/11/13 by SO2013-6015
Cook County, Illinois
Personal Safety Laws:
Cook County Code of Ordinances Part I, Chapter 58, Article VI- Chemicals
Doomsday Bunkers TV Series
Season 1 (embedded on Deep Earth Bunker website):
Episode 1, “Bunkers, Bullets and Blast Doors!” Reviewed here.
Episode 2, “Pyramid Pod/Booby-Trapped Bunker” Reviewed here.
Episode 3, “Tsunami Pod/Nuclear Fallout Shelter” Reviewed here.
Doomsday Preppers TV series
(And listed in order of appearance in pilot, series)
Dennis and Danielle McClung
Scott Hunt and David Kobler
Paul and Gloria Range
Scott and Kellene Bishop
Ed and Dianna Peden
“Getting Prepared for an Electromagnetic Pulse Attack or Severe Solar Storm”- By electronics engineer Jerry Emanuelson on the Futurescience LLC website. Discussed here.
Emergency Contact Cards- Produced by American Red Cross. Real nice.
“Safe and Well”- Internet-based tool on American Red Cross website where “people within a disaster-affected area can register themselves as ‘safe and well’ and concerned family and friends who know the person’s phone number or address can search for messages posted by those who self-register.”
Local Emergency Management Offices- Where FEMA says to obtain information about local hazards
Local American Red Cross Offices- Another source of information about local hazards, according to FEMA
Possible Hazards and Emergencies Worksheet- Prepared by FEMA to assist in identifying potential emergencies and disasters
FEMA Map Service Center- Flood maps and more.
Declared Disasters by Year or State- Two tables on the FEMA website in which the number of disaster declarations since 1953 have been broken down by year or state
LDS Preparedness Manual- Unofficial emergency preparedness manual of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (15th anniversary edition, 2012). Tons of information.
Emergency Response Plans
National Response Framework (NRF), Department of Homeland Security, January 2008
Financial Crisis Timelines
Timeline: Global Economy In Crisis
Council on Foreign Relations
The Financial Crisis: A Timeline of Events and Policy Actions
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Financial Crisis Timeline
Sullivan & Worcester
Firearms & Ammunition
“The Armed Citizen”- Detailed accounts of law-abiding Americans using firearms to halt or prevent crime. Published in the NRA’s American Rifleman magazine, but also compiled in The Armed Citizen blog here and on the NRA-ILA “The Armed Citizen” Archives webpage here. Reviewed here.
Chicago-Area Firearms, Ammo, Knife, And Body Armor Laws- Links to Chicago-area laws pertaining to self-defense tools- namely firearms, ammunition, knives, and body armor. Identified here.
Gun Facts Version 6.1- Free 112-page e-book by Guy Smith that debunks common myths about gun control. It is intended as a reference guide for journalists, activists, politicians, and other people interested in restoring honesty to the debate about guns, crime, and the 2nd Amendment. Reviewed here.
The Gun Feed- Drudge Report-style news aggregation website with links to firearm-related-news… with a smidgen of humorous commentary thrown in. “Gun and firearms news headlines… updated all day, everyday.” Discussed here.
Slickguns.com- “Best deals on guns and ammo posted by users.” Index of deals across the Internet on firearms, ammunition, and related items as posted by Slickguns and site visitors throughout the day. Discussed here.
Student of the Gun- Firearms-related TV show, radio show, and blog. “Student of the Gun will always strive to educate and entertain their viewers while offering them an insiders’ look at the worlds of firearms.” Discussed here.
Trigger Time TV- Firearms-related TV show. “Trigger Time is a television show that brings together firearms professionals from across the United States to provide the highest level of firearms training and information to firearms enthusiasts across the country.” Discussed here.
WhereToShoot.org- The web’s most comprehensive directory of shooting ranges. Managed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry’s trade association, this site is updated frequently with range information in every state. Discussed here.
American Red Cross’ Preparing And Getting Trained page- The Red Cross offers a wide selection of CPR/AED, first aid, lifeguarding, swimming and water safety, caregiving, disaster response, and emergency preparedness training. Updated for 2011.
Extreme Bargains Online Marketplace- Independent discount and salvage grocery store directory
LocalHarvest- Website for locating farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably-grown food in your area
PickYourOwn.org- Local listings of pick-your-own (U-pick, PYO) farms in the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries
Earth 2100- ABC production in which experts warn that unless we change course, the “perfect storm” of population growth, dwindling resources, and climate change has the potential to converge in the next century with catastrophic results. Reviewed here.
Prophets Of Doom- History Channel production in which future threats to the United States are discussed by investigative journalist Michael Ruppert, economist Dr. Nathan Hagens, author John Cronin, investigative journalist/author James Howard Kuntsler, computer scientist Dr. Hugo De Garis, and executive editor Robert Gleason. Reviewed here.
James Parsons- U.S. House Prices, U.S. House Prices vs. Owner-Equivalent Rent, Major U.S. Metropolitan Area House Prices
After Armageddon- Docudrama about the Johnsons, a fictitious family from Los Angeles who struggle to survive in the aftermath of a deadly flu pandemic. Portrays what a SHTF (s**t hits the fan) situation might look like. Reviewed here.
Survival Database Downloads, hosted by ModernSurvivalOnline.com. Categories include:
• First Aid/Medical
• Civil Defense
• Evacuation/Bugging Out
• Food/Water Storage
• General Survival
• Movies/TV Shows (Survival/Doomsday related)
• Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) Warfare
• Off-Grid Power
• Survival Tools
Survive a Suicide Bombing- R.P. Eddy, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, “Be Prepared for Terrorism: How to Survive a Suicide Bombing”
Surviving Disaster, SPIKE TV’s personal safety television series:
Survive an Avalanche
Survive an Earthquake
Survive a Fire
Survive a Hijacking
Survive a Home Invasion
Survive a Hurricane
Survive being Lost At Sea
Survive a Mall Shooting
Survive a Nuclear Attack
Survive a Pandemic
“Don’t Be A Victim,” SPIKE TV’s personal safety television series (episodes listed most recent to oldest):
Self-Defense Weapons Training
Civilian Crime Fighters
How To Clear A House
Home Invasion, Personal Safety & Pipe Bombs
Martial Arts For Close Combat
Home Security Inspection
Taking Down Active Shooters
Bank Robbery Survival
Home Intrusion Defense Plans
Edge Of Disaster
Because Lives Depend On It
Better Safe Than Sorry
Concealment and Cover
Accessories and Options
Training vs. Real Life
Speed and Accuracy
Up Close & Far Away
Multiple Target Acquisition
Inside Your Home
Low Light Tactics
9 MM vs. .45CAL
Close Quarters Combat
The Good Guys Hostage Crisis
The Dartmouth Murders
The San Ysidro McDonalds Massacre
The Westroads Mall Shootings
The North Hollywood Shootout
The Mexican Drug War
The Edmond, Oklahoma Post Office Shooting
The Holocaust Museum Shootout
The Laura Black Stalking
New Life Church
Columbine High School
Conceal & Carry School
The Girl Next Door
Prime Of Life
Terror On The High Seas
SAC- Sisters Part 1
Practice Makes Perfect
Father Knows Best
Leap Of Faith
Don’t Fear The Gun
National Hurricane Preparedness Week- Information on how to prepare for a hurricane event, brought to you by the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center
Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) factsheet, Citizen Corps
Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation, June 2010, U.S. Government
Bank Star Ratings by BauerFinancial
Safe & Sound® by Bankrate.com
Weiss Ratings on TheStreet.com
Weiss Ratings’ “Strongest & Weakest Lists” for annuity insurers, auto insurers, banks and thrifts, business insurers, credit unions, health insurers, homeowner insurers, life insurers, long-term care insurers, and medigap insurers. Reviewed here.
Real Estate Tools
Country Reports on Terrorism- Annual terrorism reports produced by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Counterterrorism
Threats To Mankind
Last Days on Earth- The world’s top scientists discuss the seven deadliest threats to humanity in this 20/20 (ABC television newsmagazine) science special that originally aired back in August 2006. Reviewed here.
Other Blogs/Websites I Read/Am A Fan Of
41st Ward Citizen’s Blog- Blog for residents of Chicago’s 41st Ward
Borderland Beat- Blog about the Mexican cartel drug war
Chicago News Report- Alternative Chicago news blog
ClubOrlov- Blog of Dmitry Orlov, author of Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Example and American Prospects (see “The Library” section above)
Crime in Chicago- Local blog with a self-explanatory title
Comeback America Initiative- Former Comptroller General of the United States David M. Walker’s latest project which seeks to “promote fiscal responsibility and sustainability by engaging the public and assisting key policymakers on a non-partisan basis in order to achieve solutions to America’s fiscal imbalances.”
Deep Earth Bunker Blog- Blog belonging to Scott Bales and Deep Earth Bunker LLC, stars of the Discovery Channel TV series Doomsday Bunkers.
Doomsday Preppers Blog- Official blog on National Geographic Channel website for the Doomsday Preppers TV series.
Investment Adventures In Emerging Markets- Blog of legendary emerging markets investor Mark Mobius on the Franklin Templeton Investments website
Jim Sinclair’s MineSet- A “service orientated teaching forum that uses the daily market as its text and blackboard.” Good gold commentary blog.
Massad Ayoob on Guns- Blog of law enforcement officer and internationally-known firearms and self-defense instructor Massad Ayoob on the Backwoods Home Magazine website
Peter Schiff’s Official Gold Blog- Blog focusing on gold and silver from “crash prophet” Peter Schiff
Second City Cop- “Sarcasm and Silliness from a Windy City Cop”
SurvivalistBoards.com- Popular prepper/survivalist forum
Surviving In Argentina- Survival blog written by Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre in which he shares lessons learned from living through a financial crash in Argentina
The Modern Survivalist- Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre’s new blog which mirrors “Surviving In Argentina”
Warrior Talk News- Blog of former decorated law enforcement officer and professional personal combat consultant Gabe Suarez
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