Category: War

How To Survive Chemical Warfare – Part I

Australian infantry small box respirators Ypres 1917

Although chemical weapons have actually been used since ancient times (for example the Chinese used Arsenic Smokes in around 1000 BC), the era of chemical warfare arguably began with WWI – almost exactly 100 years ago.

It is important to note that the rules of war are ultimately written by the perpetrators: Despite the fact that the Hague Declaration of 1899 and the Hague Convention of 1907 forbade the use of “poison or poisoned weapons” in warfare, more than 124,000 tons of poison gas were produced by the end of World War I. The French were the first to use chemical weapons during the First World War, using the tear gases ethyl bromoacetate and chloroacetone. This was followed rapidly by the development and use of chlorine and other gases by all sides and WWI even became known as “The Chemists’ War” as a result. [1]

A total 50,965 tons of pulmonary, lachrymatory, and vesicant agents were deployed by both sides in WWI, including chlorine, phosgene, and mustard gas. Official figures declare about 1.3 million casualties directly caused by chemical warfare agents during the course of the war. Of these, an estimated 100,000-260,000 casualties were civilians. [1]

The effects of chemical agents can be persistent: They’re still clearly visible in Vietnam, 40 years after the USA sprayed the deadly Agent Orange that had such hideous effects on millions of people.

Are things really different now? It’s questionable that we are any more civilized. There are more stringent legal measures in place and great steps have been made to prevent the use of chemical agents. But since when did you ever come across a terrorist who played by the rules?

I think the risks of this happening to you are pretty small overall. So it’s best not to freak out. But also, don’t think that this is just a thing of the past. Sarin was used in an attack in the Ghouta region of the Rif Dimashq Governorate of Syria during the Syrian civil war in 2013. Varying sources gave a death toll of 322 to 1,729. [1]

It makes sense simply to learn a little about it and be prepared.

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The first thing you need to know is how to detect a chemical attack, so you can prevent contamination or decontaminate in time.

Wilderness Survival says “the best method for detecting chemical agents is the use of a chemical agent detector. If you have one, use it. However, in a survival situation, you will most likely have to rely solely on the use of all of your physical senses. You must be alert and able to detect any clues indicating the use of chemical warfare. General indicators of the presence of chemical agents are tears, difficulty breathing, choking, itching, coughing, and dizziness.”

Also, they advise us to use our sense of smell to detect chemical agents. Chlorine is obvious – it smells like bleach. Phosgene smells like freshly cut hay or grass. Mustard gas has an odor resembling mustard plants, garlic, or horseradish. However note that Sarin is odorless.

Some agents are similar to mist or have specific colors like yellow, green or even red.

Mustard gas leaves oily patches on cars and buildings and Yellow Rain is noticeable in the form of small yellow drops on the ground, on cars or trees.

young victims
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Beware of rashes, irritations, and burns on the skin. If you feel like scratching parts of your skin repeatedly and the feeling does not get away, or if you see an unusual color or spots on it, wash with soap and water immediately. If the symptoms are severe, get to the nearest hospital right away.

However, some agents are very hard to detect. In this case, your smell won’t help you in any way. But you can observe your surroundings, to see if there’s something unusual going on.

We’re also still at risk of chemical agents washing ashore from 20th-century dumping, a shocking practice. This really happened. For one example – after WWI, most of the unused German chemical warfare agents were dumped into the Baltic Sea, a common disposal method among all the participants in several bodies of water. Over time, the salt water causes the shell casings to corrode, and mustard gas occasionally leaks from these containers and washes onto shore as a wax-like solid resembling ambergris. [1]

ki4u.com, Nuke Prep Expertise & Solutions, make a list of the things we should watch out for:

• Dead animals/birds/fish: Numerous animals dead in the same area.

• Blisters/rashes: Many individuals experiencing unexplained rashes, bee-sting like blisters, and/or watery blisters.

• Mass casualties: Many persons exhibiting unexplained serious health problems ranging from disorientation and nausea to breathing difficulty, convulsions, and death.

• Unusual metal debris: Unexplained munitions like material, especially if the liquid is contained. (No rain recently.)

• Unexplained chemical odors: Smells may range from fruity to flowery to pungent/sharp, to horseradish/garlic-like to peach kernels/bitter almonds to new-mown hay. It should be noted, that the smell would likely be completely out of sync with its surroundings. (I.E. The smell of hay in an urban area.)

• Low-lying clouds: Low-lying fog/cloud-like condition not explained by surroundings.

• Definite pattern of casualties: Casualties distributed in a pattern that may be associated with possible agent dissemination methods.

• Illness associated with a confined geographic area: Lower rates of illness for people working outdoors versus indoors or indoors versus outdoors.

• Lack of insect life: Normal insect activity is missing. Check ground/shoreline/water surface for dead insects. Also look for dead animals/birds/fish.

• Unusual liquid droplets: Many surfaces exhibit oily droplets or film. (No rain recently.)

• Unusual spraying: Unexplained spraying of an aerosol or liquid by vehicles, persons, or aircraft.

The Horrors Of War – Now And Then

the horrors of warphoto source:alexmasi.photoshelter.com

Today we are witnesses of what “horrors of war” truly means. Besides the bloodbath that accompanies every battle, besides the loss of human lives and the destruction of entire cities… there are effects that no reconstruction can mend. Effects that linger for decades and destroy, little by little, millions of innocent lives, from the moment they were born to their very last breath.

And US is not the only one using chemicals to destroy entire nations. Communists did the same during the Cold War when they poisoned an entire region in Southeast Asia with a substance they released from the sky.

People call it “The Yellow Rain” and this is where the mystery of the story lies. You see, soviets didn’t want to be accused of using chem weapons, so they released them in the air exactly when bees stopped hibernating and created this special effect of “Yellow Rain”. Practically, when they dropped processed pollen all over the ground when they started flying after a long period of hibernation.

So the commies got away with this one, as no one could prove they were the ones poisoning the population, and not the “killer pollen”. But people who have lived to tell the story say otherwise. Every time there was a “Yellow Rain”, people would see planes in the sky, overflying the region.

Right afterwards, people would get severely ill or simply die. It was pretty clear the mysterious deaths were linked to the appearance of those planes. However, no one could ever prove it.

The same mysterious “Yellow Rain” fell in Tokyo, too, in March 2011. Curious to know what the authorities said it was? Pollen.

History repeating. Simple as that. Now it’s been decades since the effects of lead, mercury and uranium have been well known for their monstrous effects. However, none of the culprits of this horror will not admit their blame… and will not stop the use of these chemical weapons.

More to that, they claim it’s actually for the benefit of the victims. As uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.ro very well puts it, “the USA’s illegal invasion of Iraq will continue to kill Iraqis for decades to come yet they still argue that the invasion was for the benefit of Iraqis”.

But what comes around goes around and lately the US has been the target of collective hate all throughout the Arab world and even in Europe. We’re talking about countries that repeatedly threatened to use chemical and biological weapons. Countries that are just waiting for a sign to start poisoning our air, our water and our lands. People that dream of the day when they destroy the whole American nation, to get back on our irresponsible leaders.

That makes me wonder… do our leaders really understand the danger they’re exposing the whole country to? Do they care about the future of our children and grandchildren, the ones that will experience the real horrors of the war firsthand? Do they fully comprehend they could break down an entire nation just by taking one wrong decision?

If they don’t… then what can we, citizens, do about it? How can we make a difference and save our children from becoming the Children of War. Because that’s a thought I, personally, cannot live with. I hope neither can you.

5 Ways To Keep Looters Away From YOUR Home – Part 2 of 2 –

I’m back with more super strategies to protect your family from looters and thieves. Last time, we covered the first 2 Home Defense Golden Rules, so today we’re going to talk about 3 more simple ways to keep your home secure, even if riots are right outside your window.

Here they are:

3. Keep your goodies away from curious eyes

I already mentioned keeping your valuables away from your windows, where passersby can see them (including expensive furniture, TV sets, DVD players, an audio system or other gadgets). But looters aren’t always the enemies coming from the outside.

In times of crisis, even your best neighbors can turn into looters. In a dog eat dog society, there’s not much room for friendly neighbors. So if you’re stockpiling, make sure you keep your supplies in a hidden place, where visitors can’t see them.

If you’ve got a storage room ( a pantry, a garage or an actual room you use to store your stockpile), keep it locked at all times and don’t leave the key in an obvious place. You can put the key in a top drawer or hide it behind a cupboard.

Ideally, you should also hide generators, bug-out bags, survival kits, weapons and the rest of your emergency “tools”. Looters don’t only steal food. They look for anything they can use or sell to buy what they need.

4. Don’t let people know you’re not home

If you go away for the weekend or on a holiday, make sure your home looks like you’re there 24/7. You don’t want people to sniff an unwatched bag of goodies in your house!

So here’ s what you need to do: first of all, light up your house. Invest in a motion-sensor lighting system. They won’t be able to get in your house without getting in the spotlight as well. You can use this type of lighting inside and outside your house if you want to scare looters off before they even get to the front door.

If you leave home for more than three days, don’t leave mail piled up in your mailbox. It practically screams “I’m not home, so come on and break into my house!”Ask a friend or a neighbor you trust to pick it up for you while you’re gone. It’s the safest option you’ve got.

If you’ve got a telephone, plug it out before you leave. If someone wants to know if you’re home, they’ll search for your phone number in Yellow Pages or on the Internet and call you to see if you answer or not.

And here’s the last Golden Rule to protect your home against looters and burglars:

5. If they do get inside, give them hell!

Let’s say you’re facing some really ambitious looters who really want to break into your home and your home only…

Can you imagine the hungry smirks on their faces when they get inside YOUR house? Well, this image should be motivating enough to give them the worst Skavenger’s hunt they’ve ever see in their life! Usually, looters only stick around for a few minutes, to avoid getting caught. So the longer it takes for them to find the goodies, the faster they decide to flee the place with whatever they find on hand.

So as a general rule, never keep your valuables on display. However, there are some things you can’t hide, so just etch your name and phone number on them. This will give them a hard time to sell your stuff.

Another thing: Keep your stockpile in a hidden place, perhaps covered by a curtain or behind a closet (or maybe IN a step-in closet!) Your stockpile is crucial to you and your family during a crisis, so protect it as well as you can. Put a big bolt lock on it and keep it undercover. As long as you’ve got food, water and a heating source, you’re good.

That’s about everything you should know about home defense during the crisis. If you follow these 5 Golden Rules, you can rest assured your home will be more secure than any other in your neighborhood. So have fun with the preparations and stay safe!

Read First Article HERE