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Staying Prepared for Terrorist Threats

There’s no denying the fact that terrorist incidents are on the rise. While people debate on social media over whether the government should use the term ‘Radical Islam’, the truth of the matter is that many people are dying from terrorist attacks that have become a very real possibility due to globalization, influx of refugees and many other factors.

As a survivalist, one doesn’t have the luxury of debating how things should be. Instead, you should be looking at how things currently are and staying prepared for them.

There have been stabbings, shootings, bombings and even people driving vans into crowds hoping to do as much damage to innocent lives as possible. The goal is always to strike terror and fear in the hearts of people.

So, what do you do? Follow the tips below and stay prepared.

 

Be alert and aware… but don’t be fearful

While a certain degree of fear is to be expected, you shouldn’t let it paralyze you. During the 9/11 terror attacks, millions of people were scared and glued to their TV screens as they watched the same scenes of the Twin Towers repeatedly.

This is pointless and only serves to frighten you further. The first thing you should do is to be aware of your current situation.

There are a few factors that will determine if the area you live in could be a potential target for terrorists. Are you living near a transportation hub or an airport? Do you work in an embassy? Do you live or work close to prominent people?

All these factors will raise the risks of attacks that may affect you. Terrorists always want to cause as much damage as possible. They’ll not travel all the way to a farm in Idaho to bomb a house with two seniors sitting in it. Terrorists want to inflict maximum damage. Asses the threat level in your area.

 

Be calm

Terrorists have a few ways to do as much damage as possible. One method is to have a primary bomb that detonates and kills. Following that, they will have a secondary bomb that is only detonated when the first responders such as the police and medical teams arrive. So, this causes even more damage and panic.

When a bomb goes off, the first instinct for most people is to run away. The second instinct is to rush back in and help those affected within the blast radius. Do NOT make this mistake.

Let the professionals clear the area first. Once it is deemed safe, there will be ways you can volunteer your help.

Also note that if you’re in a high-rise building, do not go to your window to see what’s taking place outside. The force of the second blast may shatter your windows and send glass flying into your face. Always hunker down and plan your next course of action.

 

Expect higher security

Whenever terrorist incidents occur, security in the area tightens and gets very rigorous. Make sure you have your ID and important documents with you.

 

Carry a firearm

If you live in the US where you’re allowed to have a firearm, you always want to have one. During a church service in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Spring, Texas – an armed civilian was able to stop the fleeing shooter who had just shot and killed 26 people in cold blood.

During situations like these, a firearm will save your life and the lives of others. A gun control debate won’t.

So, stay armed if you can and if you’re faced with a terrorist threat which could happen anywhere, you’ll be prepared.

Besides these tips, you want to be generally aware of the people living around you, the people you work with, etc. Watch what they do, what countries they are from, what their views are, etc.

The more observant you are, the more signs you will pick up, and if something is amiss, you can always contact the authorities. Stay alert always.

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Supreme Court Declines Appeal: Minnesota Woman Denied Unemployment Benefits Over COVID-19 Vaccine Refusal

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In a significant development highlighting the intersection of religious freedoms, COVID-19 vaccine mandates, and employment law, the Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a Minnesota woman who was denied unemployment benefits after refusing to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The case, involving Tina Goede, sheds light on the ongoing debate surrounding vaccine mandates and religious exemptions in the wake of the pandemic.

The crux of the issue revolves around Goede’s termination from her position as an account sales manager at Astra Zeneca in 2022. Her refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine stemmed from religious beliefs that prohibit the injection of foreign substances into her body, which she considers to be a “temple of the Holy Spirit.” Additionally, Goede expressed objections to the vaccine on the grounds that it was either manufactured or tested using aborted fetal cell lines, despite the fact that not all available vaccines were produced using this method.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development denied Goede’s request for unemployment benefits, arguing that her refusal to get vaccinated was based more on skepticism about the vaccine’s efficacy rather than purely on religious grounds. A judge concurred with this assessment, noting that Goede was willing to receive other vaccines but refused the COVID-19 vaccine due to her distrust of its effectiveness.

Despite Goede’s attorneys arguing that her religious beliefs were unfairly questioned and discounted, both the initial denial of benefits and the subsequent decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals to uphold the ruling remained unchanged. The rejection of Goede’s appeal by the Supreme Court indicates that there may not be a clear legal precedent or overarching question to address in this specific case.

However, the broader implications of this decision are significant. The case raises important questions about how religious objections to employer policies are evaluated, particularly when those objections coincide with secular concerns. It also underscores the complexity of balancing religious freedoms with public health measures, especially in the context of vaccine mandates aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

Moreover, Goede’s case is just one example of the ongoing debate surrounding vaccine mandates and religious exemptions. As the pandemic continues and vaccine mandates remain a contentious issue, similar cases are likely to arise, prompting further examination of how religious beliefs are considered in the context of employment law.

In conclusion, while the Supreme Court’s rejection of Goede’s appeal may not have established a new legal precedent, it has brought attention to the nuanced challenges surrounding vaccine mandates and religious freedoms in the post-pandemic era. As such cases continue to emerge, they will undoubtedly shape the ongoing discourse on individual rights, public health, and the role of government intervention in safeguarding both.

Did the Supreme Court make the right decision? Why or why not? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Escalating Russian Attacks on Ukraine’s Energy Infrastructure

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The recent wave of Russian drone and missile attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure represents a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict between the two nations. These attacks have caused extensive damage to power plants, substations, and natural gas storage facilities, posing serious challenges to Ukraine’s ability to provide electricity and heat to its citizens.

Russian airstrikes have targeted virtually every thermal power plant in Ukraine, rendering some plants inoperable for several years. Additionally, attacks on substations and the Dnipro Hydroelectric Dam have raised concerns about ecological disasters and threatened the stability of Ukraine’s power grid. The loss of grid connectivity at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant has heightened fears of a potential nuclear incident, highlighting the grave consequences of the attacks.

Impact on Ukraine’s Gas Infrastructure

In a further escalation, Russia has targeted Ukraine’s natural gas storage facilities, which play a crucial role in supplying gas to European customers. Although the storage facilities themselves are underground, the attacks on pumping stations have necessitated repairs and raised concerns about gas supply disruptions. Despite assurances from Ukrainian officials, the attacks underscore the vulnerability of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure and the potential for broader consequences on regional energy markets.

Geopolitical Implications

The timing of the attacks coincides with reports of pressure from the White House on Ukraine to halt its drone strikes on Russian oil refineries, citing concerns about oil prices ahead of the US presidential election. This has led to outrage in Kyiv and highlighted the complex dynamics surrounding energy security and geopolitical interests. As Ukraine’s recovery efforts face mounting challenges and Western capitals navigate competing priorities, the path forward remains uncertain.

Amidst the destruction of its energy infrastructure, Ukraine urgently requires adequate air defense systems to protect against future Russian attacks. Without crucial military aid and faced with pressure to restrain its actions, Kyiv’s ability to defend its sovereignty and infrastructure is increasingly constrained. The resilience of Ukrainians working to restore their country’s energy systems is commendable, but the road to recovery remains arduous in the face of ongoing aggression.

The situation in Ukraine is important for American preppers because it showcases just how crucial a working electrical grid is for basic survival. While America might not be under threat of attack from Russian bombs, our electrical grid is very fragile and creaky. American families must be prepared for the worst when it comes to our grid.

How are you and your family preparing for a “grid down” scenario? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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The MISO Power Grid Bottleneck and Its Implications

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The Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) manages a vast portion of the North American electric grid, serving 45 million people across 15 states. However, a critical bottleneck exists where the northern and southern regions meet, limiting the flow of power between them and creating inefficiencies in the system.

Understanding the Bottleneck

The bottleneck arises from limited connectivity between MISO’s northern and southern regions and a contractual agreement known as the regional directional transfer limit (RDT). This agreement restricts the amount of power that can flow between the regions, partly to protect neighboring grid operators like the Southwest Power Pool and the Tennessee Valley Authority. However, this constraint stifles the efficient exchange of electricity and contributes to disparities in pricing between regions.

An analysis by Catherine Hausman of the University of Michigan suggests that major utility companies in MISO’s southern region, such as Entergy, may have financial incentives to resist improvements to transmission connections. Entergy’s subsidiaries in Louisiana and Arkansas stand to lose significant profits if market integration is achieved, according to Hausman’s research. Despite accusations of hindering transmission upgrades, Entergy maintains that its profits are not contingent on power generation frequency.

Challenges and Stakeholder Perspectives

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The persistence of the bottleneck poses challenges for utility regulators, industry stakeholders, and consumers. High-demand areas, known as load pockets, struggle to access cheaper electricity from other regions, leading to reliability issues and price disparities during severe weather events. Efforts to address the bottleneck face hurdles related to cost allocation, regulatory approval, and competing interests among stakeholders.

MISO plans to address the bottleneck as part of its long-range transmission planning process, but progress remains slow due to disagreements over cost sharing and project prioritization. Achieving grid integration between MISO’s northern and southern regions is essential for improving reliability, lowering costs, and maximizing the benefits of a regional energy market.

The MISO grid bottleneck underscores the complexities of managing a vast and interconnected electric grid. Addressing this challenge requires collaboration among utilities, regulators, and policymakers to prioritize investments in transmission infrastructure, overcome financial incentives that may impede progress, and ensure equitable access to affordable and reliable electricity for all consumers across the MISO footprint.

American prepper families should be aware of bottlenecks in the American grid. These bottlenecks can quickly turn into life-or-death disasters for the American public.

How are you and your family preparing for the dire consequences of a grid bottleneck?

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