An insider at Cyalume just let me know that because of pressure from the US State Department, infrared chemical light sticks have been reclassified and will no longer be produced for the civilian market in the US. (When activated, these light sticks are barely detectable with the naked eye, but shine with high intensity when seen through "Starlight" light amplification technology night vision goggles or weapons sights. I strongly recommend that you stock up now, while there are still some of these light sticks on the civilian market. You should buy a five year supply for your retreat, and store them in your refrigerator. (They have about a five to seven year shelf life, so there is no pint in buying more than a five year supply.) Remember the small Freon canister production ban? And the more recent iodine crystal ("Polar Pure") ban? Based on those experiences, prices are likely to escalate considerably. (The law of supply and demand is inescapable.) Let's just hope that the folks at Ready Made Resources still have some left--plus a few "Surface Trip Flare" trip wire activators. Be sure to order by phone, since quantities are limited. They can be reached at: 1(800) 627-3809.
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Ben L. suggested this video clip: A professor of anthropology at a Utah university is doubling as a concealed weapons instructor.
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Jeff K. noted this article from GATA.org: New Treasury documents reveal loans, swaps of U.S. gold
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