Michael Bazzel drops in to discuss Open Source Intelligence. He shares with some extremely creepy things people can find out about you from the internet. And we’ll discuss how to cleans them.
Open Source Intelligence, or OSINT as it is often referred to, is anything information openly obtainable. Now, this doesn’t sound very sexy. But this might be because you haven’t heard just how much personal information about you can be pulled off the internet.
It’s downright creepy and terrifying in some cases!
Imagine using deadly force to defend your life. Then, after, by the time you get home, the media is camped out on your lawn and won’t go away.
And image someone wanted to track you, your spouse, or even your children down. Everything they need to know to plan and execute something bad may be already floating in cyberspace without you knowing. Are you so sure you’re safe?
We’ll cover what’s out there and what you can do about it in this episode…
Open Source Intelligence Topics Discussed:
What is Open Source Intelligence?
How is it different than say a general searching on the internet?
Why should us normal people care?
When we say sensitive details, how sensitive are we talking?
Why do the upfront work and not just take care of cleansing the web if something comes up?
What can we do to protect ourselves from people using OSINT offensively on us?
Can you remove all personal information from the internet?
What skills are required and how hard is this for the everyday person with a job, kids, dog, and zombie platypus apocalypse to plan for?
Can you use this vulnerability of personal information to an advantage and say do offensive research?
Rhodes of Iron Edison drops back in. He shares with us the fundamentals of an off-grid solar system. You’ll get the basics of what you need to know to start planning solar power for your bug out location or “vacation cabin”.
Retrofitting or building an off-grid home can be very confusing, especially when it comes to how to get electricity. (And don’t we have enough to fool with preparing for whatever comes next?)
There’s so much to consider preppers often threw up their hands in frustration. And they then put the entire topic off for another day. This then holds them back from they’re goal of getting a bug out location or bug out vacation home.
And done incorrectly, whether to large or too small, can be a budget killer. Building a battery-powered home with solar or other alternative energies is already a big expense. The project requires care and careful planning.
But the fundaments of an off-grid solar system are relatively easy to grasp. It just takes someone with in-depth knowledge to break it down into bite-sized easy to understand parts. And they need to be someone who can keep us out of the necessary weeks.
Fortunately, we know a guy.
So Rhodes is back to give us just that: An easy to understand fundamentals episode.
Off-Grid Solar System Fundamentals Topics Covered:
Building a bug out location or viewing this as a vacation cabin, which is the best way to think about this
Breaking off-grid solar systems down into it’s three major parts
The one major mindset that will change the way you understand off-grid homes
The process of determining loads
How to size batteries
The upside down lease with bad math
Lead Acid Batteries
Lithium Iron Batteries
Nickel Iron Batteries
Determining how big of a solar system is right for you
Jill Powell of Remanent Canine 360 drops back by to share with how to take care of your SHTF Dog should the world go mad. You learn all about seldom discussed food storage and medicine for dogs.
Your SHTF dog could be one of your top assets in a world gone off the rails. Their senses are way better than ours for finding and warning you about a danger. Many will fight to the death to protect you and your family. And, let’s face it, they’re more loyal than anyone in your prepper group.
Preppers spend endless hours and dollars putting things away for themselves. And we’ve discussed training your prepper SHTF Dog to be an asset in the past.
But what about storing food and medicine for them?
Our lack of preparation for them could turn an asset into a liability. So let’s dive into our companion’s needs a bit more to ensure they’re survival too.
Storing Food and Medicine for SHTF Dog Topics:
The crazy truth about storing dog food in the original bag
How long does dog food stay good for when properly put way
The best way to store dog food for short and long-term use
Their three most common first-aid needs
Basic medical supplies to pack away for your best friend and personal protection dog
Alternative medicine and first aid items for your SHTF dog
Other items to consider for your dog’s BOB
Top 10 Items Preparing for an Emergency and Plan for Your Pet
Proof of Ownership
Proof of Vaccinations
Emergency Help List
ID Tags (Microchipped and Collars)
Dog First Aid Kit
Creature Comforts (Blankets, Pet Bed, Toy)
Pet Inside Sticker for Emergencies within your home such as a fire, etc.
Jonathan Hollerman stops back by to discuss his book series Equipping Modern Patriots. We cover everything from him as an author to his biggest prepper fiction pet peeve.
From the episode 237, you know Jonathan as the former Air-force SERE instructor turned survival retreat consultant. He takes a hard look at preparedness and judges strategies and techniques against his experience seeing some of the worse human traits in action.
And he’s made it his personal mission to teach others how to prepare for the worst-case scenarios. As we covered previously, he’s written a nonfiction manual.
But he’s also written a fiction series titled Equipping Modern Patriots. In his book series, he takes you on a journey in order to teach readers survival lessons. These are the aspects of survival he feels are most important and overlooked. Most notably is human desperation and how good people can do horrible atrocities.
Equipping Modern Patriots Topics Covered:
How he came to writing
Illustrating the hard choices people must make in a collapse
Lessons learned as a SERE instructor and woven into his fiction books
Hollerman’s thoughts on what’s wrong with most prepper fiction
What one piece of equipment
The biggest thing he believes most preppers get wrong
Aspects of his preparedness that changed after writing this series
Justin Carrol drops by to discuss several tinfoil hat ways to protect your identity and make you safer for 2018. We cover buying and setting up anonymous phones, cars, mailboxes, and land. And that’s just the start.
We often speak of becoming a hard target. There are past episodes on guns, martial arts, mindsets, physical security, homes, and bug out locations.
In addition, we’ve also spoken a length about hardening your life against the black swan events. These include everything from your financial life to life after a societal collapse.
But what about marking your data a hard target to protect your identity?
Did you know you’re leaving a trail everywhere you go?
Identity protection isn’t just for the paranoid. But remember the old expression: Just because your paranoid doesn’t mean no one is watching you.
If you’re new, Justin is a privacy and security expert with a long history of government service. As a result, he’s made it his life’s mission to become, as he says, impenetrable and anonymous.
Some of these will seem right out of a Jason Bourne movie. And they will all be just as much fun. So it’s time to dig in and erase yourself from the system.
Crazy Ways to Protect Your Identity Topics Discussed:
Securing your cell phone to protect your identity
Getting an anonymous phone
Using Faraday bags to protect your smartphone
Using “burner” phone numbers
Getting nomad status
The only states you can get nomad status in
Using mail forwarding services – PMB (Personal Mailbox) Services
Making your driver’s license safe
Buying property anonymously and without your name being tied to it
Using a land trust
Buying a vehicle anonymously and without your name being associated with it
Rhodes Carter of Iron Edison stops by to discuss the basics of solar power. We cover everything you need to know to start your journey and one big scam you should avoid.
Alternative energy is all the rage these days. Buring the liquified or charred remains of dead dinosaurs is so last century.
Preppers have wished upon a star to give them energy production for a long time now. The reason was simple: We want energy independence and self-sufficiency! And it’s just about the only way we’re going to power our BOL when the zombies march, right? (OK… there’s that cold fusion reactor, but that’s not happening tomorrow.)
Solar power simply wasn’t realistically a viable option for the last few decades, sadly. The equipment to build a system to juice up our power hungry lives was too expensive. The efficiency didn’t make sense. And it didn’t produce enough electricity to meet the demands of most people.
However, things are rapidly changing in the world of solar power. And we may be at the point where this type of alternative energy production verges on what most people hoped it would grow into.
But figuring out the different types of systems and what you need is as confusing as a football bat. You’ll need to figure out your loads, wire sizes, volts, watts, amp hours, batteries, battery chemistry, panel sizes, and on, and on.
The worst part is most of the information reads like drunk engineers hastily wrote it. (English may also be a second language just to make things more exciting.)
Fortunately, Rhodes joins us to give us a primer and promise to take us all the way…
Basics of Solar Power Topics Covered:
Are we there yet with solar
Where do the real costs come in
Grid-tied Solar Systems
Off-grid Solar Systems
Hybrid Solar Power Systems
Are batteries getting cheaper?
Use in remote Bug Out Locations
The upside down lease with bad math
Lead Acid Batteries
Lithium Iron Batteries
Nickle Iron Batteries
Solar Power Fundamentals Episode Resources:
Connect with Iron Edison and give Rhodes Your Challenge
James Price drops by the studio to whip you into shape for the new year. We discuss what the habits that the best shooters and professional chefs both share.
Many people watch in awe and wonder as the best shooters in the world work. These top performers seem to glide through courses of fire with ease. Long time listeners will often hear us refer to this as tactical ballet.
And if you ever watch the best chefs in the world, you’ll notice they seem to dance around a kitchen. All their movements are fluid, efficient, and purposeful.
But there’s more than a surface-deep correlation between the best shooters ‘dumping mags in fools’ and chefs baking a perfect soufflé.
The commonality is this: They attain unconscious competence by turning skills into habits. And it all starts with a mastery of the basics.
James explains in more depth with some great takeaways for you in this episode…
Habits of The Best Shooters and Chefs Topics Discussed:
The surprising origins of the CIA (Culinary Institute of America)
The only way to reach skill perfection
Innovation through refinement
Weird trivia about the movie To Catch a Thief
The stupidity of muscle memory and what unconscious competence really is
Why the basics of any field are crucial to learn and commit to the point where they are a habit
Being able to pull out the best parts and adopt new skill from trainers
Cooking fish while running and gunning
Mise en place – everything in its place in cooking and tactical applications
The finite ability to think while in a stressful situation
How cleaning up saves lives
Always ending a day and training correctly
Lessons from that time a co-worker of James’ yawned during a shootout
Making and using tactical recipes
How back briefs – repeating information back – saves lives
Learning the value of showing respect and keeping an open mind in order to learn
Taking responsibility to the extreme
The key difference between people who live in a gunfight and the people who die, they’re able to think because the gunfighting skills are unconscious.
In this episode, we sit down with voice-over artist Kevin Pierce aka the “Voice of the Apocalypse.” He shares with us how he got started in the business of book narration and eventually became the voice reading most of our favorite post-apocalyptic prepper fiction books to use.
Hiding deep in the bowls of dystopian fiction is something special, terrifying, titling, and even insightful: Prepper fiction. Some say this all started with the book Alas, Babylon. Others say it goes further back to the book Earth Abides. Then the genre slumbered for nearly 60-years only stirring occasionally as the decades rolled on.
But then the money vanished, and the hordes roved in Patriots in 1998. Next, the lights went out, and the hordes roved once more in the book One Second After on March 17th, 2009.
And finally, the match was lit; prepper fiction exploded. Rather than waiting for a decade or two between great stories, we’re now on to the next book as soon as we finish the last.
Sometimes we’re attacked by Zombies. Other times we’re stricken with a sweeping pandemic. Often, we’re taken back to the stone age by an EMP.
Whatever your prepper jam, there seems to be one voice tickling your eardrums in most of the audiobook versions of these books. Its a voice so ubiquitous in the genre your mind is immediately transported as though you’ve just heard some deeply embedded NLP command.
You might know this voice by the name Kevin Pierce, or you might know him as the Voice of the Apocalypse. You know the sound of his voice well, either way.
But most of us do not know the man behind the voice. Who is he? How did he get his start? And how did he come to be the Voice of the Apocalypse?
Let’s find out…
Kevin Pierce on Being the Voice of the Apocalypse:
How he got his start in TV and Radio
His transition to book narration
Is he strictly a narrator of prepper fiction?
What it takes to be the narrator of more than 330 books
How long does it take to produce a typical audiobook?
Does he ever turn down books because they’re just not good?
That time Kevin played a 13-year-old Vietnamese girl
His favorite non-prepper books
Does he consider himself a prepper?
That time reading all those prepper books paid off
How does reading all these dystopian fiction books impact his state of mind
How he prepares for reading the books to you
The most influential and pivotal moment in his career as a voice-over artist
In this episode, we’re joined by Jonathan Hollerman of Grid Down Consulting. We discuss the basics of survival retreats and bug out locations that may save your life in TEOTWAWKI.
Bug Out Locations (aka BOLs) is a tough subject to tackle. And for this reason, it’s not something we’ve covered too often.
First, there’s the expense. Researching, planning, purchasing, and stocking a survival retreat adds up quickly. Very quickly!
Then there are areas most preppers just can’t be sure of about their survival retreats. The how far away from a major city question comes up constantly.
And the amount of research to come up with answers is staggering. It’s easy to spend months reading about all the topics that go into building a remote place to take yourself and your family when the unthinkable happens.
But there are a few professionals in the industry who commit themselves to helping others plan, find, and develop a bug out location for the worst case scenarios. And today, we sit down with one to answer many, if not most, of your questions.
Survival Retreats and Bug Out Locations Topics Discussed:
Who is Jonathan Hollerman
What it’s like to become an Airforce S.E.R.E. instructor
How he translates what he learned as an S.E.R.E. instructor into what civilians need to know about survival
The darkness of human desperation
Going long periods without food and the impact on society
Hollerman’s thoughts on North Korea and EMPs
The thing he believes will happen and cause the need for a bug out location
The surprising types of people he has as clients
Mental exercises and stories Hollerman shares with people to impress upon them the importance of bug out locations
Understanding how far your BOL needs to be from major cities and small towns
Selecting a property that isn’t too far away from your primary residence
The biggest mistakes people make with BOLs
How to determine when it’s time to bug out
Dealing with security at your BOL
What to do when you can’t afford a BOL of your own
Mutual Aid Groups (aka MAGs)
Convincing reluctant spouses of the need for a BOL
We sit down with Jill from Remnant Canine 360 to discuss how to train a dog to be a survival asset.
Training a dog to be a valuable component of your survival tools doesn’t get enough attention by most preppers. In fact, man’s best friend gets very little attention in the community. And that’s odd.
Mans’ best friend has a long and storied history. Some say our friendship goes back 30,000 years.
And estimates place K9 ownership in the United States at 78 million. And it’s estimated 36.5% of US homes have at least one dog. So you think the topic of how to train a dog would be a more frequent topic amongst preppers.
But only a small fraction of survival podcast episodes and blog posts are dedicated to our furry buddies. (We’re culprits of this oversight too, to be fair.)
Perhaps the problem is thinking we need to turn them into full blow military working dogs. This is a long process with heaps of specialized knowledge needed and is time-consuming.
The reality is this: Most of us just want something between Cujo and Mr. Buttons the spoiled pet.
In this episode, we discuss making this happen.
How to Train a Dog And Turn Them Into a Survival Asset Topics Discussed:
How Jill became a prepper
When she realized how valuable a dog could be in a survival situation
What patrol training is
Training a dog for scent detection and alert
Teaching your furry friend appropriate levels of aggression
The best dog breeds for survivalists
The worst dog breeds for survivalists
When small dogs can be an unexpected survival hero
How long does dog training take for the animal to become useful
Appropriate ages for different times of training
Where obedience training fits in
The time investment needed
How online dog training classes differ from in-person classes