Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Level 1 Survival Kit - Re-visited

The Level 1 Kit pictured serves as a primer for setting up your survival kit the way you want it.
We love the idea of having consolidated and compartmentalized kit organization.  The level 1 kit below, is right there on the knife! 
Of course this kit is not complete.  There are some pocket items that you would want to have, such as a compact water purifier, compass, 4 mil plastic sheet, etc.  However, it is set up in a way that you could meet immediate wilderness survival needs. 
With a figure 4 para cord lace pattern, it's very easy to attach a Molle type pouch to your favorite knife sheath and have almost all your level 1 survival items right on your knife.
Here we show an Ek Model 5 Bowie.  You can see the sheath has had a snap added to the Velcro closure.  (Just a little extra insurance against losing one of my favorite survival knives.)

In a normal Molle pistol pouch, we were able to add a fire steel and scraper, fishing line, fishing hooks, cotton balls with Vaseline as tinder, water purification tabs, and a miniature leather hone for sharpening.

This post is just food for thought.  Really the para cord lacing on the sheath makes this all possible.  I'm sure there's a million and one ways to add a utility pouch to your knife sheath, this is just one.

It sure is easy to grab one knife, strap it on the belt and have a way to get food, build fire, and construct shelter, all in one package.

Providing some more food for thought,

Thanks for reading,

- The Great Lake Survival Team

Dedication to Service

This Post Came from SFMedic's Blog This Morning
While we're enjoying our hot cup of coffee this morning . . . here's some perspective on dedication to service.  This one hit me right between the eyes.

Arlington Cemetery October 29th 2012

This photo was taken this morning at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington , DC, our
US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC
evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the
hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a service person. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7.

"The 3rd Infantry Regiment posted these pictures to their Facebook page showing the guards hard at work on Monday. Along with the pictures, they posted this message: 'The Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier maintain their vigil even as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Eastern Seaboard. The Old Guard has guarded the tomb every minute of every day since April 6, 1948. Today will be no exception.' "

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Milk Confiscation? Part Two . . .

If there is one thing that needs to be taught a bit better in the education system . . .

It's called  J U R Y  -  N U L L I F I C A T I O N .  That's right people, you have the power as a juror to acquit citizens brought to trial by unconstitutional laws.  Simple as that.  Your one vote as a juror has power.  It's a heck of a responsibility.

Raw Milk Co-Op Farmer Acquitted Through Jury Nullification

By JG Vibes
September 29, 2012

Last week a Minnesota man charged with violating the state’s restrictions on raw milk sales was acquitted in what he and his supporters called a victory for consumer freedom.
Alvin Schlangen is a peaceful farmer who connects people with the food sources that meet their high standards for health by providing private access under lawful ownership of farm animals.
The member owners pay the Amish farm family for labor to milk the leased 100% grass-fed cows, manage the pasture, store the feed, etc.

This co op is a sustainable farming effort where the value of food supports the cost incurred, without government subsidies or harm to the environment. The balance of food options are purchased by the club, for the members.

The group has multiple farm sources providing real food to member families- very efficiently, with lots of volunteer effort.

Over the past two years, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has illegally raided Alvin’s van, warehouse, and farm resulting in the multiple charges that were decided upon in court last week.

Technically, Alvin was guilty of breaking the laws in question, even though the laws are totally ridiculous and unjust. Luckily this jury was informed about the process of jury nullification, and their legal right to rule in favor of the accused for breaking unjust laws.

According to Iloilo Jones, director of the Fully Informed Jury Association “Minnesota has long had highly visible FIJA Activists volunteering their time and efforts to educate every potential juror in Minnesota about the right of the people to veto bad laws through the use of the Juror Veto, or, as it is commonly called, Jury Nullification.

As laws become more and more invasive, punitive, and draconian, prison populations become more and more peopled by harmless, productive people, who have harmed no other person.

Jurors can stop the enforcement of bad laws. Jurors have stopped bad laws since freedom of religion was defended by jurors, and by later jurors who refused to enforce slavery.

We, the owners of all government, retain the peaceful, lawful right to refuse to enforce bad laws made by some judge or politician. Courageous jurors have always stood firm—for the human rights of their families and neighbors—by refusing to sanction bad laws.

The right of the People to drink the milk of their choice, and to feed their children healthy foods, is a human right.”

This news comes just weeks after a jury in New Hampshire dropped felony marijuana cultivation charges against a Rastafarian man because they believed that punishing him for the offense would be unjust.

Hopefully what we are seeing is a trend, and as more people become informed about jury nullification there will be less nonviolent people put in cages for breaking unjust laws.

On a side note, the article mentioned that little thing called "human right".  It's not defined enough what exactly human rights are . . .
We like to call them what the American Founding Fathers called them: Unalienable Rights.  Meaning . . . you as a human are born with these rights and no one can legislate them away from you so as long as you are not interfering with another's Unalienable Rights.  Easily defined as the right to Life, Liberty and Property.  (Sarcasm On: Apparently, drinking milk processed however you like, doesn't seem to fall into that category. Sarcasm Off)
Jury Nullification was an important check and balance placed on the government by the founders of our government, so that even if the Executive, Judiciary or Legislative branches of government failed to properly check and balance each other, individuals brought to trail by unjust laws, could still be acquitted by their fellow citizens.
Just something to think about . . .
Thanks for reading,
- The GLSC Team