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ANTIFA wants war? They may get more than they want

Well, as of this writing, ANTIFA has been burning, looting, harassing, taking over areas, tearing down statues, and just having a fun old time on the west coast of America for more than like 75 days now? And the weak assed leftist, whiny liberal democrats in charge of cities like Portland, Seattle, etc have been happily letting the cities burn, minority owned businesses burned out and looted, cars burned, cops assaulted, government buildings taken over, burned, etc. And now, with not much left in the cities to disrupt, these clowns are moving out into the suburbs with their cute little show. For now they seem to be just playing the psyche game, making noise, flashing their green lasers into homeowners faces that dare look at them, turning over garbage bins and a little spray paint vandalism. But sooner or later, they will get bold enough to start breaking doors and windows, and even coming into people’s homes. That’s when its going to get interesting. Even in democrat shit-hole states like Washington, Oregon and California, some folks have guns in their homes and if these fools pick one of those homes for a target, they may find the homeowner will not be handing out beers to their uninvited guests, but instead may just dole out a large outbreak of lead poisoning in the ANTIFA mob.

And that intro leads to the point of home defense, breaking in by a mob of doped up radicals on your porch, breaking your windows and maybe trying to get in or throw a firebomb into your home, with your wife and kids in the bedrooms. Sure, call 911 if you think the cops might eventually show up, unless they have been defunded in your fine democrat city in which case you might get a recording advising you that some social worker might show up next week. In my case ( your situation may vary) I will greet them with my Beretta Cx4 carbine and Px4 pistol which share magazines with 17 round capacity (that Creepy Joe doesn’t like),

Back when the ‘pandemic’ started, and the panic buying of toilet paper, of all things, cleared out the stores I realized that I needed at least one more item to cope with all the shortages. An upgrade from an older system, you might say. Since all the toilet paper was gone, other crucial items were also getting hard to find on shelves, namely ammunition in common calibers. 9mm, .38 special, .357 magnum got scarce and spotty in selection, Basically, IF you found any at all, it may be some weird hollow point, or polymer tipped thing that your favorite pistol might be too picky to eat, as my Px4 is. So you would have to either experiment with trying some of this weird stuff, which may cause malfunctions at a very bad time if it feeds wrong or you would just have to pass it up.

Enter a revolver that can feed and properly fire ANY KIND of bullet in 9mm, .38 special and .357 magnum from the same weapon, the Taurus Tracker 692

A quick look:

ARMSLIST - For Sale: Taurus 692 Tracker .357/.38/9MM New ...

My other ‘one size fits all’ Ruger revolver shown in the intro picture is much older and is single action only, but shows a nice selection of what it will shoot, which the 692 handles even better as it has a flip out cylinder that works well with speed loaders for .38 & .357 and moon clips with 9mm.

So, now I can cope with whatever ammo I can find without worrying about brand, bullet type, steel case, nickel case, brass case in three different calibers. And if I can’t find any on the shelf, I’ll just roll my own.

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A useful skill nowadays. There’s a couple articles I’ve written about this idea up in the topic index. Have a look, the info is free.

Also check out my book, “Surviving Urban Crisis” downloadable instantly.

Is a prescription drug safe from 2 years ago?

Looking at everything from a survivalist viewpoint, I like to consider everyday items that may be fairly crucial to one’s survival. That includes medications that so many of us need to keep functioning.

So, I was rummaging around today in my meds locker and found some LISINOPRIL blood pressure prescription that was filled on 09/24/18 that should have been used by 09/24/19. So, that means this stuff has been sitting on the shelf for a year and nine months or so. Vintage stuff, huh?

Going to one of my main sources for medicinal drug information, I find a nice article about this problem, and find that basically because of the liability thing, they really won’t go there and flat tell you that the stuff is still good or not, but if it has been stored properly, dry, cool and dark, it may not be as potent as new stuff, but if you got noting else, it may keep you walking around for another short while yet.

Following information copied directly from “DRUGS.COM”

I have highlighted interesting information in bold text.

Drug Expiration Dates – Are Expired Drugs Still Safe to Take?

Medically reviewed by Leigh Ann Anderson, PharmD Last updated on Jun 11, 2018.

You pull a bottle of medicine from your cabinet, but see it expired a year ago. You may ask:

  • Can I safely take a medication if it has reached the drug expiration date?
  • Are there recommendations about the best way to store my medications?
  • Which drugs should never be used past their expiration date?

For many patients, these questions arise because medications can be expensive and it is costly to frequently replace expired — but unused — medications. But is it safe to use medicines past their expiration date?

What does an expiration date mean?

The expiration date is the final day that the manufacturer guarantees the full potency and safety of a medication. Drug expiration dates exist on most medication labels, including prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) and dietary (herbal) supplements. U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers are required by law to place expiration dates on prescription products prior to marketing.

For legal and liability reasons, manufacturers will not make recommendations about the stability of drugs past the original expiration date.However, for most drugs, it’s just an arbitrary date, usually 2 or 3 years out, that the manufacturer selects to test drug stability. In all actuality, the stability of the drug may be much longer, but no one tests it.

The expiration date of a drug is estimated using stability testing under good manufacturing practices as determined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Drug products marketed in the US typically have an expiration date that extends from 12 to 60 months from the time of manufacturer. Once the original container is opened, either by the patient or the health care provider who will dispense the drug, that original expiration date on the container can no longer be relied upon.2 However, the actual shelf life of the drug may be much longer as stability studies have shown.3

At the pharmacy, “beyond-use” dates are often put on the prescription bottle label given to the patient. These dates often say “do not use after…” or “discard after…” and are required by the Board of Pharmacy in many states. These dates are typically one year from the date of fill. But why would these expiration dates be different?

  • According to the manufacturer, the stability of a drug cannot be guaranteed once the original bottle is opened.
  • Heat, humidity, light, and other storage factors can affect stability.
  • Plus, pharmacies, both retail and hospital, nursing homes, and consumers toss away billions of dollars of medications each year based on stamped expiration dates on stock bottles. In fact, according to a report from Allen9, hospitals alone discard over $800 million in drugs annually.

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP), the body that sets the standards for pharmaceutical quality in the U.S., recommends using “beyond use” dates. The “beyond use” date would never be later than the expiration date on the manufacturer’s bottle.4 

Do expired medications lose their potency?

The American Medical Association (AMA) concluded in 2001 that the actual shelf life of some products is longer than the labeled expiration date. The AMA stated the best evidence resides in the Shelf Life Extension Program (SLEP) undertaken by the FDA for the Department of Defense.2,7

The original purpose of the SLEP program was twofold: to determine the actual shelf life of stockpiled military medications for future use, and to save government dollars.5

  • Over 3000 lots, representing 122 different drug products, were assessed in the SLEP program.
  • Based on stability data, expiration dates on 88% of the lots were extended beyond their original expiration date for an average of 66 months. Of these 2652 lots, only 18% were terminated due to failure.
  • Examples of common drug products that were tested with no failures included amoxicillinciprofloxacindiphenhydramine, and morphine sulfate injection. Drug expiration extension dates on these products ranged from 12 months to 184 months (over 15 years).8 Biologics are not included in the SLEP program.

These results suggest that many drug products may have extended shelf lives beyond their expiration date. However, it is difficult for any one consumer or health care provider to know which product could have an extended shelf life.

The ability for a drug to have an extended shelf life would be dependent upon the actual drug ingredients, presence of preservatives, temperature fluctuations, light, humidity, and other storage conditions. Additionally, the drug lots tested in the SLEP program were kept in their original packaging. Once a drug is repackaged into another container, as often happens in the pharmacy, the shelf-life could decline due to environmental variations.3

Is it safe to take expired medications?

Studies and case reports are lacking on this topic. In 1963, a report was published that tied degraded tetracycline use with a form of renal tubular (kidney) damage known as “Fanconi Syndrome”; however, that formulation of tetracycline in no longer marketed in the U.S.1, and many medical experts question the results of this case report.

Solid dosage forms, such as tablets and capsules, appear to be most stable past their expiration date. Drugs that exist in solution or as a reconstituted suspension, and that require refrigeration (such as amoxicillin suspension), may not have the required potency if used when outdated. Loss of potency can be a major health concern, especially when treating an infection with an antibiotic. Additionally, antibiotic resistance may occur with sub-potent medications. Drugs that exist in solution, especially injectable drugs, should be discarded if the product forms a precipitant or looks cloudy or discolored.1

Expired medications that contain preservatives, such as ophthalmic (eye) drops, may be unsafe past their expiration date.1 Outdated preservatives may allow bacterial growth in the solution.

Can you use an expired EpiPen?

The manufacturer states EpiPen autoinjectors should not be used after the expiration date as the epinephrine has been shown to lose its potency.1 Epipens are used in life-threatening situations like anaphylaxis, so there can be a major health threat with an expired EpiPen.

However, 2017 research on expired EpiPens has been published. A small evaluation of almost 40 expired, unused EpiPens gathered from patients showed that the pens retained 80% of their initial dose of epinephrine, some for up to four years past the expiration date on the device. The lowest level of epinephrine was found in an EpiPen Jr. thirty months past its expiration date. It retain over 80% of its original epinephrine dose. About 65% of the EpiPens and 56% of the EpiPen Jr. pens contained at least 90% of their initial dose.

In a life-threatening allergic situation, if there is no other option, use of an expired EpiPen should be considered if it is the only auto-injector available and there are no discoloration or precipitates seen in the solution. In this case, the potential benefit of saving a life is greater than the potential risk of death by not using it all.6,11

Which medications are unsafe after their expiration date?

There’s really no way to know unless drugs are tested, but here are some common sense measures:

  • Insulin is used to control blood sugar in diabetes and may be susceptible to degradation after its expiration date.
  • Oral nitroglycerin (NTG), a medication used for angina (chest pain), may lose its potency quickly once the medication bottle is opened.
  • Vaccinesbiologicals or blood products could also be subject to quick degradation once the expiration date is reached.
  • Tetracycline may produce a toxic metabolite, but this controversial among reseachers.8
  • Medicines that looks old: powdery or crumbling medicine, drugs with a strong smell, or dried up medicine (as in the case of or ointments or creams) should always be discarded, expired or not.

Proper storage of medications may help to extend their potency. The bathroom and medicine cabinet are not ideal places to store medications due to heat and humidity. Similarly, medications should not be left in a hot car or glovebox, or in freezing weather. Medications remain most stable in dry, cool spaces away from light. Keep the prescription bottle caps tightly closed and always keep medications out of reach of children and pets.

Another important point, especially considering the national opioid epidemic. Discard unused or expired controlled substances like hydrocodone and acetaminophen (Vicodin, Lotab, Norco) or oxycodone (Oxycontin) as soon as possible due to the risk for overdose, theft, or diversion of the medication. Plus, learn about the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day held twice per year in your city as a safe way to dispose of these prescription medications.

Can I take an expired medication?

Should patients use expired medications or not? It’s always best to use medications that are NOT expired; it’s just the safest route. If a medication is essential for a chronic and potentially life-threatening disease, for example, a heart condition, cancer treatment, seizure, or life-threatening allergy, it is probably wise to get a new prescription before it expires and keep up with refills as needed.

However, if a medication is needed, and the patient is not able to replace the expired medication, there is no evidence that it is unsafe to take the medication in most cases.1 Get a new prescription as soon as possible. The patient should be aware that expired drugs may not produce the desired therapeutic effect. If this is the case, a new prescription is needed.

If an expired medication is for a minor health problem, for example, for a headache, hayfever, or mild pain, it may also be safe to take it, although drug potency might not be 100% and it may not work as well.

For example, if using ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) that’s outdated does not relieve your headache, it may have lost its potency. Research has shown many military stockpile medications retained 90% of their potency in their original stock bottle.3,8 However, storage conditions of these medications were optimized for temperature and humidity, and probably do not mimic the typical storage conditions of the average household prescription bottle.

If an expired medication is taken, and the patient notices the drug has no effect, the medication should be replaced. Some drugs are probably less likely to be safe if they’re expired:

  • a biologic product
  • insulin
  • a refrigerated liquid
  • eye drops
  • injectable
  • a specially compounded medication
  • if it looks like it is degraded or cloudy, or has a noxious smell, it should be discarded and replaced immediately; do NOT use.

Bottom line: ask your pharmacist or doctor questions about expired medications who can offer the best information and advice specific to your situation.

End of article.

So, it seems my pharmacy’s habit of filling my prescriptions way faster than I can use them is sort of a ‘good thing’. So, if the end of the world happens next week, I have enough RX to last a good ways into the middle of it.




On April 1, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that all over the counter and prescription ranitidine (Zantac ®) drugs be removed from the market immediately due to investigations into N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), the containment that was found in the medication.

The primary ingredient of Zantac, ranitidine, was contaminated in ALL forms, branded or generic with above suspected carcinogen.

Trustwell Law* is now accepting cases on behalf of persons who have been diagnosed with certain cancers after having taken the popular antacid Zantac (generic name: ranitidine) for at least 30 days 

I personally qualify for this cancer possibility because I took ranitidine (300mg daily) for many months. And, it really didn’t do much of anything for the stomach issues: reflux, acid indigestion, etc. Prescriptions started in October of 2018 through March of 2019 ending after public notification of said contaminate through general dissemination over the internet, I.E.

I have no proof nor intend to attempt to prove that my prescribing doctor had any knowledge of this contamination. As soon as this information of the contaminate was published, I was off this medication.

Trustwell Law* is now accepting cases on behalf of persons who have been diagnosed with certain cancers after having taken valsartan for at least a year beginning in 2015 or later.

The valsartan lawsuits are based on evidence that many batches of valsartan were contaminated with one or more of the cancer-causing chemicals N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) or N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA).

It is suspect in the following types of cancers, per litigation websites for Zantac cancer

And valsaltan blood pressure medication:

Breast cancer

Prostate cancer

Pancreatic cancer

Stomach cancer

Liver cancer

Bladder cancer

Colorectal cancer

Small intestine cancer

Esophageal cancer

Kidney cancer

Ovarian cancer

Testicular cancer

Thyroid cancer

What is this stuff?

Organs that may potentially be affected by NDMA include:







NDMA is especially harmful to the liver. Possible symptoms of overexposure to NDMA include:






Abdominal (stomach) cramps

High levels of exposure can also cause reduced function of the lungs and kidneys as well as severe liver damage and internal bleeding.

More info:

* References to these law firms are in no way an endorsement of their firms, and were used strictly for their informational content. If you think you have a case worth pursuing, such as having ANY of these types of cancers AND have taken either of these medications, I suggest you locate a local lawyer and discuss your personal details with them. I sure every town of any size in America has ‘injury lawyers’ who would be happy to take the major portion of your settlement (as they always seem to do) for handling your case. As for me, should this happen, I would not settle for less than a million AFTER the lawyer’s cut.

Just how bad is the Wuhan virus anyway?

Way back in the first days of our current national ‘crisis’, there were people saying radical stuff (according to the fake news industry) like this:

Coronavirus May Have Lower Death Rate Than Seasonal Influenza, Dr John Ioannidis Analysis

Didn’t hear much about that, now did we? Why not? Did it not fit the panic narrative being pushed by the leftist democrats and their lapdog media pundits? The renowned doctor of research in the above video questions the sketchy data that this whole pandemic premise is built on. That data was, as history shows, total bull Shiff. The pundits were screaming “two million people gonna die”! Um, well maybe one million! Two hundred thousand? Maybe 75 thousand? What’s the number going to be this week or at the end of this thing? Again, the regular old flu season is pretty rough, like in 2017: CDC: 80,000 people died of flu last winter in U.S., highest death toll in 40 years  That was pretty tough, a lot of people gone. But did it create a world wide crisis? Shut down the biggest economy on the planet? Even with an ‘effective vaccine’ against the flu, that many people still died because the flu is a live thing. Live things evolve, adapt and continue on. This Wuhan virus is no different, just a variation on the theme of virus adaptation. It may be with us forever, like regular flu changing a little every season, or it may be a here then gone thing like other strains before it.

The media loves scary charts and maps, seemingly the world is coming to an end from all the blood red blobs of death covering the USA, like this one: cases

Shows the latest ‘confirmed cases‘ of Wuhan flu around the world. Big numbers, lots of scary red blobs all over the USA, Europe. Pretty much anywhere you can find a city of any size, with the denser populations having the biggest hits. Just like the flu.

But what if we step back and compare these numbers with the actual populations of these nations? What does that look like as data for infections versus population?

USA: Infections: 825,306   Population:  330,631,744 Percentage of infection; 00.24% That’s one quarter of one percent. 45,075 deaths in USA. That’s 00.02%

China: Infections (admitted) 83,868 but there’s data out there that says 21,000,000 fewer smart phones are in use, as of late. Chinese are just as addicted to their phones as Americans, so why would they put them down?     Population: 1,438,267,837   Percentage of infection: 00.0058% per their obviously fake numbers.

Spain, the hardest hit nation in the EU: Infections: 208,389  Population: 46,750,000 Percentage of  infection: 0.44%    Deaths: 21,717 makes 0.05% fatalities.

Sweden, where they shut NOTHING down, went on with their lives, economy, etc. Infections: 16,004.   Population: 10,121,686.   Percentage of infection:  0.016%.   Deaths: 1,937 making 00.02%, so pretty much the same death ratio as the USA, but without the massive disruption of economy, lives and society.

Testing. Oh, the media is making such a big deal of the testing. Trump’s handling of getting the industries involved with this now has the USA doing the most testing on the planet, which makes the ‘confirmed cases’ appear to be so much bigger than anywhere else. Massive testing equals massive confirmed cases. But what about the death rate ratio? About the same as Sweden. But about that death rate, certain questions are creeping out. Dr. Scott Jensen, a Minnesota family physician who is also a Republican state senator, told “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for doctors to certify whether a patient has died of coronavirus are “ridiculous” and could be misleading the public. Seems they might be wanting to pad the numbers by lumping other causes of death that “might be” attributed to the virus. The guidelines, which say: “In cases where a definite diagnosis of COVID cannot be made but is suspected or likely (e.g. the circumstances are compelling with a reasonable degree of certainty) it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate as ‘probable’ or ‘presumed.'” Could this padding of the cause of death, this nudging the figures artificially into the ‘virus’ numbers have a purpose? Are they propping up the figures for political purposes, that is, to get Trump for all these deaths? Oh, you KNOW they’re going for that!

More advanced and detailed testing, basically the step up to individual antibody presence for covid 19 may very well show that this thing has far more spread, without the hyped up fatality numbers the media has been pushing. They’re running an antibody test in Santa Clara county in CA which is trending towards seriously large number of people who had no idea they had such a ‘deadly disease’, thinking they have a cold or the flu. The results indicated that between 48,000 and 81,000 people could have been infected with Covid-19 in Santa Clara County. So, again, more similarities to just another flu season.

This isn’t to dismiss as trivial issues that this thing really goes after certain segments of the population, namely older folks, those with other health issues that compound the attack on their systems, such as obesity, diabetes, asthma, etc, but the flu causes the same kind of complications when these same folks catch the flu.

The ‘blame Trump media’ conveniently forgets that they were criticizing Trump for banning travel to and from China, as ‘racist’, as they now blame him for ‘not doing enough’. They’ll never give him any credit, no matter what. And as far as a disease crisis, when the H1N1 virus came through the USA, Obama played golf until there were over 60 million cases of H1N1, 274,304 hospitalizations, and 12,469 deaths between April 12, 2009 and April 10, 2010. As of March 17, 2020, the CDC reports there are 4,226 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States and 75 deaths. When you compare these numbers, it makes no sense that the media is criticizing Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic while covering up the failures of Barack Obama during the H1N1 pandemic. But that’s just what they do.

Final speculations: Wonder if the director of WHO being pals with the Chinese dictator Xi has anything to do with the spread, the initial information, the wildly inaccurate data the panic inducing media spread everywhere? Did Drs Fauci and Birx base their recommendations on this faulty / fake data with all those millions going to die without scientific corroboration to absolutely confirm this was good, factual data? Both their government histories lead way back to the Clinton days and Fauci was a fawning pet of Obama’s administration. The “intelligence committee” was busy with trying to impeach Trump, and IF they saw this virus threat on their radar, did they deliberately ignore it? Did they actually decide to weaponize it against Trump when it was pretty clear to them that the impeachment scam was a bust? Why is it that 99% of all democrats from DC, to governors, to mayors are so keen to keep America shut down, 22,000,000+ now without a job, untold thousands of small businesses up in smoke, never to come back, major businesses taking hits they might never fully recover from like the airlines. Also there are thousands of HOSPITALS on the brink of bankruptcy because they were instructed to gear up for MASSIVE numbers of virus patients, which have NOT showed up, which has caused their main thrust of business, the normal hospital trade of medical services, operations, etc are GONE all this time. People are dying because they’re too damn scared to go to the ER for critical things! The democrats are totally entrenched with this virus thing, many clamoring for the ‘opening of America’ to be constantly pushed forwards, all the way to JUNE now, spouting more ‘data numbers’ that are as out of whack as the first numbers were. You can bet they want this to be pushed and pushed and pushed until the dates are near Christmas so they can screw with the November elections.

As just an ordinary guy, I can’t prove it (yet) that this really is the most massive, devastating to a nation plot to unseat a hated by the leftist democrats and media president in the history of the world, but if you consider the past three plus years, from the day of the ‘Golden Escalator Ride’, all the way up to this morning’s news, the left and media have done NOTHING but ATTACK TRUMP, fabricate total Bull Schiff, obstruct, hamper, hinder, sabotage and two dozen more variations of word against him. You have no clue to the depths of evil, the desperation, the hate for Trump these vile people have that consumes their every waking thought. They hate him as an outsider of the political order. They hate him because he won’t play by their rules. They hate him because he’s daring to investigate THEM and their many decades of playing the corrupt games of DC. He MUST be STOPPED at ANY COST.    ANY.     COST.   They sit safe in their ivory towers while America crashes and burns from this shut down. They have plenty of ice cream to tide them over. But they forget one thing. America can still vote them out.

After all this abuse, the power grabbing, the over reach, the rights trampling, using Chinese drones the US military BANNED to spy on citizens that may be standing too close together in their own yards, breaking up Christian (only Christians, mind you) church services with people IN THEIR CARS doing a drive in thing, trying to ban guns (again), democrat governors trying to pass all kinds of BS legislation while NOBODY is in the capitals to properly vote on it, if you still vote democrat after all this, you are a sheep with an IQ in single digits begging for socialism to come rule and ruin your life.


Just how many companies, technologies and drugs does China own or control in USA?

As the Chinese Whuan virus continues to rip apart the world, how many of you are curious as to just how many companies, technologies and pharmaceuticals are owned or controlled by the mortal enemy of the USA, which is China?

Just doing a brief search, here’s a list of 10

This list (so far) includes trivia such as online gaming, hotels and resorts, movie theaters, Forbes magazine, the Chicago Stock Exchange (surprise), G E appliances, Smithfield foods (did you see that they’re shutting down Sioux Falls for an indefinite period?). How many Americans paid attention to the news that the world’s largest pork producer, American company Smithfield Foods, was acquired by a Chinese corporation in 2013? Shareholders approved the sale of the company to Shuanghui International Holdings Limited, the biggest meat processor in China. Now that the Chinese own it, surprise, you can’t see their financial information. The Chinese also own Ingram Micro’s, the name may be a bit less familiar to consumers, but the company distributes everything from Apple’s iPhone to Cisco’s network equipment. Last year China’s HNA Group (the same group bidding on Forbes) bought the company for $6 billion. And your Motorola smart phone company. They also have control of a very large life insurance company, Genworth Financial.

I’ll bet most of the apps on your smartphone originate or are controlled from China. Data mining, anyone?

What is enabling Chinese companies to go on a buying spree of American assets? Trade deficits – our ever-increasing trade deficit with China over the past 20 years is transferring America’s wealth to China and making millionaires out of many Chinese. Thanks a lot, Clinton, Bush and Obama. Strategically and economically, China is at war with the USA. They constantly play games with ‘shell companies’ to try and get into or own outright many corporations that deal with military technologies.

Should We Allow the Chinese to Buy Any US Company They Want? Short answer: Hell no!

 Would you guess that many US politicians might be involved with China? Here’s a few. That also includes Hunter BidenStephanie Murphy Dianne Feinstein , then you get into the ‘big names’ Romney, Kerry, Biden, McCain, Pelosi, Schiff, Mueller, Soros, Brennan, Obama and Clinton I can’t begin to guess why these bastards have been at it hot and heavy to impeach Trump for daring to look into Ukraine shady deals and the Russia, Russia, Russia impeachment bullshit.

Thanks to Democrats, the United States is now 100% dependent on 19 strategic rare metals and minerals that are outside our borders. Obama regulations contributed largely to this process. 

80 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used to make drugs in the United States are said to come from China and other countries like India, which is doubly stupid, because China can not only bring us to our knees on a whim, but also frequently supply total shit for quality in pharmaceuticals.

So, bottom line is it seems that the ‘business as usual’ corruption in DC, along with asinine policies from several presidents, have pretty much put us in one hell of a spot.

Something fishy this way comes, smelling like a plague. But is it?

“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”
― George Orwell, 1984

You know, if you look at other ‘news sources’ other than the leftist mantra spewing MSM and sometimes even Fox news, you find things that pretty much contradict a LOT of what the MSM is pushing on the Corona Virus thing.

Such as the advertised ‘mortality rate’ of the Virus:

EXCLUSIVE: Evidence Shows Director General of World Health Organization Severely Overstated the Fatality Rate of the Coronavirus Leading to the Greatest Global Panic in History


And as far as this clown goes, seems he hangs with some interesting people who would REALLY like for America to crash and burn:

REVEALED: WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Reportedly Ranking Member of Known Terrorist Organization and China Puppet


Where are all the ‘normal’ patients these hospital ships were prepped for?

The CDC Doctors Screwed Up Bigly! USNS Comfort in NY Harbor Sits Idle with 3 Patients — USNS Mercy in LA has Only 15 Patients


Could this have been PLANNED?

Dr. Fauci in 2017: President Trump Will Be Challenged By a “Surprise Global Disease Outbreak” (VIDEO)


Then the two top ‘advisers’ to President Trump for this game show just happen to be Clinton Fans and 0bama democrat loyalists.

Dr. Birx & Dr. Fauci Connections with the Clinton Foundation and Obama Unfortunately Indicate Conflicted Loyalties


Are they ‘tweaking’ the fatality numbers to prop up the plot?

HUGE! From CDC Website: Hospitals to List COVID-19 as Cause of Death Even if It’s “Assumed to Have Caused Or Contributed to Death” – Lab Tests Not Required


And then there’s the plain and simple man on the street kind of video evidence that ‘somebody is lying about something’.

Citizen reporters go & do what the media won’t!

Then some ‘legwork’ on the death rates vs population of other nations:

As of today:

Sweden, with population of 10,099,265, has shut down NOTHING of their people or economy. They have 6,830 cases of virus, 401 deaths which is .0069% as of today, 4-5-2020.

Italy population 60,481,431.  The total of confirmed cases is 128,948, with 15,887 deaths, and 21,815 recoveries or dismissals. So deaths are .026% of the population.

New York state population 19,440,469. Total confirmed cases is 122,000. Total dead from virus 4,159. So deaths are about .021% for the state per latest figures.

California state population 38,802,500. Total confirmed cases is 13,438. Total dead from virus is 319. So deaths are about .0008% for the state so far.

Now if we were talking some serious figures, like a 10% fatality rate, this ‘might’ be worth all the economic chaos, the shut downs and all that. And right in the middle of all this crap, guess who’s planning yet more ‘investigation committees?’

As a parting shot, here’s the stats from the flu.


United States population 331,000,000. Maximum flu deaths 62,000 making death toll .018%

So is something up or not?

Links to other posts:

Essential Oils and health

A little late on prepping, right?

Maximizing ammunition versatility for survival

So, the democrat socialists are going to do “emergency” act to get our guns?




A little late on prepping, right?

Well. Here we are smack in the middle of the first(?) 2020 national crisis. A viral epidemic, very similar to the usual flu bug that goes around every year. It seems pretty serious, the way the media has hyped it all up. And it may turn out that way, in the long run. But for as of today, again today, it’s far less deadly than the last known flu season numbers.


No kidding this flu is pretty bad. But as of today about 2pm US time, there were less than 650,000 TOTAL cases of Wuhan flu / Corona-whatever the politically correct label is, in the WORLD.

Now of course if we did nothing to stem in inflow of potentially diseased people from the original hot spots around the world, then it would be exponentially more severe than it stands as of today. If Hillary or Sleepy Joe were in the White House, would they have acted swiftly to keep potentially ill people from these places from entering America? If we go by their public statements, they would have not done a damn thing. During the H1N1 thing, before 0bama moved on it, there were 1,000 people dead and 60,000,000 were infected

Mainstream media doesn’t seem to notice that the USA was more prepared for this kind of thing than any other country.

Also appears that hyper-sensationalism seems to be the norm for the Trump vs. media era, where the ‘experts in the UK were panicking the public with way out of whack figures.

“Imperial College Coronavirus Study Backtracks”

It seems that in today’s ‘hate Trump media’, that any crisis, real or imagined, must be blown up, stretched to incredulity, attacked on every point of minutia, to use as political ammunition against Trump. (Speaking of ammunition, there’s a whole other line of articles about that here) No matter that this over reaction and hysteria have 3.3 MILLION people lined up at the unemployment office on Friday.

OK, having worked thru all that, here we are to the meat of the article.

How ya doing with your groceries? Did you just buy your usual stuff a couple weeks ago, like most of America? Well, you find yourself like most of America then, maybe doing a bit of panic buying as you scan the frequently cleaned out shelves this week? Last time I went into Publix, the only thing left in the canned veggie aisle was a handful of canned turnips. What kind of panic mode would the USA be in if the gooberment had ‘mandated’ a 90 day stay at home order? Our grandparents out in the hills, farmers from way back, having seen lean times before, had stashed provisions as standard operating procedures for their whole lives. We modern Americans mostly don’t seem to grasp that kind of idea, until we’re in the middle of something like we have in our faces today. Being prepared.

Dr. Axe, one of those health guru guys, has a pretty useful article about ‘long term’ non perishable foods here for the whole article.

First thing he suggested was Canned Tuna, Salmon and Sardines. I’ll go along with that and add ‘SPAM’ and various other canned meats, stews, etc. Most canned goods, made to today’s USA standards (make sure your ‘Dollar Tree’ canned goods are ACTUALLY made in the USA!) have a generous shelf life. But did you know that it’s totally safe to eat a can of beans that’s ‘considerably’ out of date? You see, in the USA, that date on the can bottom is the ‘freshness sell by date’, meaning if you wanted the best taste from that can of bean, you should eat it before that date. No, it does NOT mean throw it out if you see a can that’s 6 months past that freshness date.

From see the chart:


And loads more food data here:

You know, the easiest way I find to stock up is to keep an eye out for those ‘BOGO’ deals where you buy one and get the second as ‘free’. Except during insanity like as of late, you can get ’em in nearly every grocery, big chain or local guys. See one on your favorite beans? Grab a couple pairs, put the ‘free’ ones into a designated closet / pantry, start your stash slow and easy, a few things every week, first thing you know, you might be able to last a month, maybe three if you got serious with it. You will have to make yourself a system to rotate your stock so that stuff doesn’t sit there and go two or three years past it’s ‘sell by’ date. In other words, set it up so that when need something for dinner, “shop” your own little store first, replenish items next shopping trip to the big store.

Another item that lasts way longer than expected is the ‘boxed’ milk products. For an item that seems to spoil if you look at it cross eyed, a box of milk can sit on the shelf for 6 months.

Boxed Milk

Doc Axe gets into many other items such as dried beans, nuts, protein bars, jerky, dried berries (many tasty freeze dried varieties out there). If you have a vacuum bagger / sealing machine (a FoodSaver) you can save even more items and more money by buying bulk dry rice, beans, etc in 20 pound bags (or bigger) and putting them into vac bags, then putting those into plastic storage bins. The more barriers to mice, the better for dry goods. We generally add a small sheet of paper into the vac bag with the basic cooking directions on whatever dry goods we store this way. Even though it’s pretty easy to cook oatmeal, for instance, if you have a little sheet of instructions in the vacuum bagged oatmeal, it helps to reaffirm your memory on how to do it right. No waste from ‘oops’ wrong way. Additionally, these vac bags are great to store leftovers (if they’re not too juicy) in a LIGHTLY vacuumed or just sealed bag and toss them into the freezer. When you want the stuff to eat, toss the bag into a pot of boiling water or trim the corner off and put the bag of goodies into the microwave.

If you’re old and feeble (I’m familiar with that) or need medications even if you’re NOT old and feeble, you’ll want to add a backup supply of your meds and needs to your survival pantry. I’ve found that being a Walgreen’s customer, it was easy to get that done, because these guys will LOAD YOU UP on your meds, keeping way ahead of your supplies running out. I just put all the extras aside, using them up as the dates are filled using the oldest first, naturally. So, I for sure have maybe six months worth of meds at hand.

And, being good Americans, if we have plenty of our own stuff, we will be more likely to be able to help a neighbor out in crazy times like these. The very decent young man living next to me, I would help out in a flash to keep his beautiful 3 young girls and wife safe if they were in dire need.

Be safe out there in this crazy world.

S. L.




Maximizing ammunition versatility for survival

All right, it’s been too long since the last posting. I’ll admit that I get seriously distracted by all the political BS flying around since Trump was elected and the deep state started working on bringing him down before his palm print on the swearing in Bible got cold. Their relentless pursuit of undoing a legitimate election, foiling the will of 63,000,000 American citizens will not end well for them, for by the ballot box or otherwise they will NOT retain their positions.

In any case, while all this monkey business has been dragging by the liars in MSM every day, I have, like most preppers in the USA have been working along the lines of the usual worst case scenario, which naturally revolves around the slim possibility of having to deal with the aftermath of the left actually removing our President from office. Go to the index above this article and search for ammunition making (reloading) which is leading into today’s topic:


And that will be limited to revolvers, as they are the only platform that easily deal with more than one bullet cartridge design, size or power going down the same barrel.

I’ll start with a definite ‘old school’ revolver, the Ruger Blackhawk 308 and 318 single action revolver Ruger Blackhawk multi cal 308,318

The list prices can be beat just about anywhere you can find these available. Part of the trade off in these old style single action revolvers is that they’re very slow to unload and reload as each new cartridge has to be fed through the side gate until the cylinder is full, and the same with unloading, each spent cartridge has to be ejected individually with the pushrod out the loading gate. To go from .38 Special and .357 magnum cylinder to the 9MM cylinder, there is a spring loaded pin you push and the cylinder pivot rod slides forward, releasing the cylinder so that the 9MM cylinder that you see by itself above, can be put in place. This 9MM cylinder holds the cartridges in place by being machined so that there is a shoulder that places the cartridge where it needs to be so that we get fire when we pull the trigger. I’ve fired many rounds of all these calibers of factory loads, handloads, etc with no problems whatever.

Ruger Blackhawk 318 (1)

All righty then, now we leap forward about three decades and we find our current version of this idea, the Taurus Tracker 692

This modern unit has all the versatility of the old school Blackhawk built into the ruggedness and dependability of Taurus’ latest engineering as we see here: Taurus 692 Picture from

It comes with either a 3 inch or six and one half inch ported barrel in flat black as above or buff stainless steel.

First question is of course, will it work without the ‘moon clips’ for the 9MM ammo? Yep, but less efficiently than if they were used, because with a flip out style modern revolver, the ejector works by pushing on the rims of the spent casings when you’re using .38 Special or .357 Magnum ammo, but when using the 9MM cylinder if you don’t have the moon clips, you have to pick out the spent cases with your fingers. The moon clip keeps everything all tied together, ejecting everything in one shot. Uses the same kind of machined shoulder inside the cylinder to hold the fresh 9MM ammo in place. When I add this gem to my revolver collection, I’ll for sure be getting at least a couple dozen 9MM moon clips for it to be sure I have sufficient numbers for spares. Downside of moon clips is that the thinner type bend pretty easily, so spares are a must.

Here’s a link to a short video that shows it in action: Taurus Tracker 692 Multi-Caliber Range Review (NEW 2019) – TheFirearmGuy

So, this kind of ammo versatility would be quite useful in a SHTF situation, because you could use ANY kind of .38 Special, including the hot loaded Plus P stuff, ANY kind of .357 Magnum, and ANY kind of 9MM that you happened to run across. As far as using reloaded (hand loaded) ammunition, no problems there either IF you use proper 9MM reloading procedures for over all cartridge length and proper crimping so that the round contacts that machined shoulder correctly.

See you down the road, or in the range.

Updated 4-4-2020  Here’s a link to a detailed review

To make a modular workbench / ammo loading bench

Welcome to another addition to the Surviving Urban Crisis Blog.

Today I’m going to lead you through how I took a commercially made, pretty decent (and kind of pricey) steel framed work bench and customized it to fit my specific needs as a mechanic, tinkerer and ammo reloader.

Like any home mechanic, or professional as I was, for that matter, I’ve tried a number of home constructed workbench projects, some that worked, some didn’t do so well. So for this version I decided to go with a commercially made unit that looked like it could do the job right out of the box. Checking around our local stores I found a suitable looking unit that was on sale at the time, which of course tilts the choice in that direction! This was the ‘Kobalt’ brand sold by Lowe’s, their Kobalt 45-in Wide x 36-in High, 3-Drawer Hardwood Work Bench, Item # 651253 Model # WB253


Lowe’s workbench link

One of the very first things I liked was the work height of 36 inches, way more comfortable for me than a typical table or whatever. The drawers have good slide mechanisms, pretty good depth and good capacity. The pegboard in back is stamped sheet metal, the top storage bin is handy, along with the fluorescent light that’s part of the package, which includes the built in power strip you see on the end, right above the tool hooks. The bottom shelf is also sheet metal supported by a perimeter frame. Once it’s all assembled, it’s quite stable.

So, on to the ‘mods’, and the reasoning behind the ideas.

First thing, I added another layer of workbench top material, that same fiberboard stuff that they used for the single layer top, because as a pro mechanic, I know how rough the treatment of the workbench top can be, so I thought doubling that up would be a good idea. Used the original top piece as a template to cut the extra layer, then glued and screwed it to the original, then fastened to the bench frame as instructed in the assembly instructions. Then a layer of free paint (sample) from the paint department to give a white-ish surface to the top to help find small parts that tend to hide in plain sight.

I discovered that the nice fluorescent light they provide shines right in my face as good as it shines on the bench top, so I ran a strip of aluminum ‘duct tape’ along the edge of the top storage bin to direct more light onto the top and less into my eyes. tape

While talking about the top bin, and the ‘pegboard’ sheet metal surface, I’ll mention that when you get several turret assemblies and other stuff in the bin, and tools hanging on the pegboard, it seems to overload the rather flimsy vertical supports that all that attaches to. So to fix that, I took 1 x 6 boards and made legs to go from the base of the top bin to the workbench top. Now, we’re rock steady and can really load up all that area. The kit comes with a pretty nice selection of pegboard hooks, shelf brackets, etc.

Now to the interchangeable device ideas. How is your vice mounted to your workbench if you have one? Permanently bolted down right? All my previous situations were just that same old permanent placement. How many times have you wished that vise wasn’t there for a project you needed lots of space on the bench top? Solution? “Tee nuts” to the rescue!

tee nut

Grabbed several bags of 1/4-20 tee nuts and a number of 2 and 3 inch long 1/4-20 screws and 1 inch diameter washers and we’re ready to go. You can of course use larger sized hardware if you feel you need it. 3/8″ seems to be the biggest the day I bought my stuff.

Now, the vice I use is a ‘lightweight’ job that doesn’t break your back to lift and carry around much, so keep that in mind if you consider this idea. Also the arbor press that shares that position is manageable. So, you just sit your device where you would like it to be and trace out the base, mark the holes on your bench top and drill through using a drill that’s just a bit bigger than the barrel of the tee nut so that would slide up into the hole you drill. Once you have all that positioned and drilled you just access underneath the work top by leaving out the top drawers (or remove them), run one of your long 1/4-20 screws with a washer on it through a drilled hole and use your handy battery operated drill / impact tool to run the tee nut up flush with the bottom of the wood surface and STOP at that point. The tee nut will stay in the wood unless it gets punched out by pounding on a screw that’s not threaded into it. Proceed to do the same for all the mounting holes in everything you intend to use on that end of the bench.

vise  press

The vise was modified with that steel plate to give me more space to do metal working, etc. The usual size surface is marked with the screws holding down the plate. With these two items off the bench, I added the holes for my ammo loading hardware so I could use both ends of the bench for that purpose at the same time. Also on this end, I just drilled a hole for and dropped into it a magnifying work lamp, for the small stuff projects.

mag lamp

On the other end of the bench, we’re usually working with some type of loading equipment most of the time. I took each item and permanently mounted it to a piece of 5/8″ plywood that was cut the same size for most of the equipment, then drilled 3 holes for the 1/4-20 mounting screws through all the boards at once so the holes are consistent, then used a mounted item sitting on the bench top to position for the tee nuts holes to be drilled and installed the tee nuts the same way as before. So, now it takes only a couple minutes to swap machines / items especially using a drill screwdriver.


Lee single stage with sizing die


Lee 3 hole turret press set for 9MM.  The sizing die is on a larger board (same bolt pattern) because I may add other items to this board later on, such as a powder measure device.


Lyman lube sizer.  The lube sizer is an older model I bought on Ebay. It leaked like a sieve out the bottom, which is why the guy sold it cheap. I fixed that with a load of epoxy all over the bottom. It’s sitting on a hot plate kind of thing to help the lube flow when in use.


Lee bottom pour lead melting pot. You can see my 1×6 support legs in the background of these four shots. If you’re curious about that contraption above the lead melting pot, it’s a free (thrown out by others) bathroom vent that just needed a bit of cleaning, with some home made clips to hold it to the rim of the top bin, attached to some scrap flexible ducting going outside. You don’t want to deal with molten lead without proper ventilation indoors, or do it outside if you don’t have ventilation. Since I’m a ‘fair weather’ loader because of humidity concerns, I cast bullets on rainy days and load ammo on nice sunny, low humidity days, so casting outside doesn’t work. Also it’s a hassle to drag out table, chair, lead pot, bullet molds, etc and sit outside and do that.

So here’s a shot of the whole thing.


One more thing, that lower sheet metal surface with all that stuff on it (at least a couple hundred pounds, for a guess) has a fifth leg added to the center underneath to hold that weight. I discovered very quickly that it was too flimsy by itself to hold much of that stuff without help. The picture may make it appear to be sagging now, but it’s actually just the wide angle lens warping the picture a bit. I’m standing in very little space to get these shots.

Here’s a few links to my reloading information. Use at your own risk as all ‘hobbies’ of this nature deal with hazardous stuff.

Reloading by the book, but…

How I do reloading 9MM ammo

Don’t Blow Up Your Glock!

Making the gas checks for your cast lead bullets.

Gas checking cast lead bullets.

Getting up to the next step in reloading.



So, the democrat socialists are going to do “emergency” act to get our guns?


Well, ain’t that just peachy? Nutty Nancy Pelosi, several of the nutcase newbie congressmen like Eric Swalwell (Mr Nuk’em), all virulent anti-gun rights morons, have hatched this little scheme as a possible scare tactic about President Trump doing his national emergency act powers to address the insanity at our southern border. She says that the next democrat socialist president (if ever elected) could / may / would declare that the next school shooting or whatever other excuse is a ‘national emergency’ and for all law abiding citizens to turn in their guns, or be forcefully disarmed is implied. Right. All gun owners in the USA will just cheerfully show up at the nearest Nazi style collection point and collect 10% or less of what the retail value of all these evil assault weapons are worth for the brownie points of being a good little socialist sheep and obey the nice mister president? I don’t fegging think so, bub. In fact, not a chance in hell are all gun owners obeying such bullshit.

First beyond the illegality of such orders, the unconstitutional BS of such orders, and the utter flimsiness of such an ’emergency declaration’, the point is that are democrat socialists really that damn stupid? Do they think that even 10% of citizens would comply?  This is the kind of BS third world shithole country, tin horn dictators try to do in such places as Venezuela, the shining icon of socialist morons like Alexandria Occasionally Cognizant, the darling of NY new congress member.

Let’s pick one of the 32 democrat socialist morons that may be running in 2020 against President Trump. Spartacus Booker? We’ll pretend that somehow this moron was & hook

Doesn’t really matter which of these fools we pick for this scenario, the motive and pursuit of the firearms of America would be the same. Spartacus decides at the prodding of all the nice socialist nitwits now in congress that were added to the ranks when he was elected, that that armed robbery of the liquor store on 5th street in Chicago was the trigger. Now he can declare that national emergency Nutty Nancy has been humping for doing for the last two years. With gushing adoration of the leftist, gun hating media, he gets on CNN for the big announcement, and says ‘America, we’re coming for your guns!’ And America says:  fingerScrew you, Spartacus, come get ’em.

So, the fact that almost nobody complies with his generous offer of token value paid for  people’s weapons, like Duke Nukem Swalwell’s plan would be, kind of pisses him off. Goes back on CNN and gets all puffed up and threatens to send in the army to take the weapons from us, one on one. That may scare a few more timid types into compliance, but still the vast majority of gun owners are still giving Sparky the single digit salute. That really, really threatens his inflated ego, that non-compliance, that defiance of his blustering, threatening and posturing, so he does in fact “order” the US Army to begin door to door searches and seizures of all those evil old ‘assault weapons’ the left has been harping on for decades. Oh, now this is where the wicket really gets sticky.

See, up until Spartacus was elected (there were some noise about harvested ballots in California that threw him the election win), each state in the USA is sovereign unto itself, generally meaning that the governor of each state could tell Sparky to go pound sand, IF said governors had the balls to do so. Presuming when Sparky was elected, the majority of states still had republican governors, other than of course the no ID states where voter fraud keeps democrats in power, then the National Guard for each of those states could stand and say, Nope, you’re not pulling that BS in MY state.

OK, suppose that the blue states where democrat socialists ‘elected’ Spartacus through voter fraud, like the state of California where about 21% of all of California’s voter registrations, or more than one in five, are designated as inactive, meaning that in a no voter ID law state those votes can be fraudulently used by democrats busing around thousands of homeless or illegals to ‘vote’ as one of these inactive voters. These governors, grubbing for more federal tax money for their sanctuary cites, say, ‘well, come on down, Spartacus, we welcome you to our socialist state to take the evil assault weapons from these dangerous conservative MAGA types who hate us and our wonderful socialist government!’ Many of these places already have oppressive anti-gun rights laws, so these would be easy pickings for the round up operation. But in a few rural areas, they may have to deal with rebellious sheriffs.

Sheriffs, being elected officials, have a surprising amount of power they can wield, including interpreting the Constitutionality of federal / state orders and whether they should be enforced within their jurisdictions. This, not surprisingly, falls along party lines where corrupt political slugs like democrat sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County Florida would no doubt cheerfully help the feds with their game plan. Sheriff pals

On the other hand, you have REAL sheriffs such as Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County who would refuse to comply with unconstitutional federal or state BS political orders. There are many more ‘Oath Keepers’ out there who would do the same. clarke

And as the thing went on, we can take into consideration that the entire American armed forces, about 2.5 million people, are outnumbered more than two to one just by the membership of the NRA, nearing 6 million members now. There are about 10 million military veterans in the USA who may still be in shape for a little scrapping around and those ‘too old’ to fight can train others. Throw in the hundreds of millions of gun owners, about 43% of all households have at least one gun, who are independent of the NRA that will NOT surrender their second amendment rights….Spartacus will go down in flames in the end, even if he called in NATO.

This conflict if it ever started would be as bloody, nasty and devastating as the first civil war, with the winning side purging the government of all socialist influence to keep this BS from trying such again for another 150 years or so. All in all, the democrat socialists better think long and hard about that kind of ’emergency action’ idea.