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Gov. Scott signs Florida emergency concealed carry bill

Good news for all of you living in Florida who carry….

Here’s a look into what was just stated over on the article

It will now be legal for gun owners in the Sunshine State to temporarily carry concealed handguns without a permit during periods when the sun isn’t shining so bright.

Now law is a measure to allow law-abiding citizens without concealed carry licenses to bear arms during declared mandatory evacuations. A reboot of a failed 2014 bill that was killed in last minute political maneuvering, this session’s effort had an easier go of it after police lobby groups embraced the proposal. It passed the Republican-controlled Senate in an easy 29-10 vote while the House last month approved it by a 86-26 margin.

“As Hurricane Season approaches it’s critical that our rights are protected during natural disasters,” advised Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-Petersburg, in a statement. “With the signing of SB 290, all lawful gun owners will be permitted to carry a concealed weapon if they are complying with a mandatory evacuation during a state of emergency. I’m proud to have sponsored this bipartisan bill ensuring that we have the right to protect our families during these sometimes chaotic times.”


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25 injured in explosion on Chelsea street, inside garbage can

CHELSEA, Manhattan —  The FDNY reports that 25 civilians were injured in an explosion Saturday night in a busy area of Chelsea, Manhattan in New York City.

The explosion took place around 8:30pm in a garbage can in front of 135 23rd St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues. The building, named Selis Manor, is an apartment complex for the blind.


“It was loud. It was very loud,” said Crown Heights resident Fredricke M. Farrell. “I was on 21st street and the blast sounded like it was right next door.”


The FDNY says none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening at this time.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter announced Saturday night that the Nassau County Police Department is on heightened alert following the explosions in New York and New Jersey.


Several people were injured in an explosion in Chelsea Saturday night. (Photo: Adie Kriegstein)

Several people were injured in an explosion in Chelsea Saturday night. (Photo: Adie Kriegstein)

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Several people were injured in an explosion in Chelsea Saturday night. (Photo: Adie Kriegstein)

Several people were injured in an explosion in Chelsea Saturday night. (Photo: Adie Kriegstein)

The victims were taken to area hospitals. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arson and explosives task force is responding to the explosion as well.

People in the area told PIX11 they could feel the vibrations from the outdoor explosion.

“I was eating dinner and felt the vibrations of the blast,” said Yemi Osibogun, a Bronx resident who was seated at a nearby sushi restaurant. “My plate actually shook.”

Facebook activated their safety check feature for the explosion, allowing users nearby to tag their safety.


The explosion comes hours after a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey near the Semper Fi 5K Charity Run Route. The device was also placed in a garbage can.

Photos posted to social media showed hundreds of people standing in the streets trying to figure out where the explosion came from.

People are urged to avoid the area as police search for other explosive devices.

Police have stopped all southbound traffic on Seventh Avenue at 34th Street.

The NYPD Counterterrorism Unit tweeted asking New Yorkers to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings.

Tourist Finds An ATM Skimmer Whilst On Vacation

Security expert Benjamin Tedesco found an illegal cash skimmer on an ATM machine whilst on holiday in Vienna, Austria.

The skimmer was located on the ATM machine near St. Stephen’s Cathedral, based in the Austrian capital.

His video of the incident has already amassed two million views.

Tedesco noticed glue around the skimmer which instantly determines that it’s fake.

To prove it, he pulls off the skimmer and shows us how identical the real and fake machines are.

He then speaks to an ATM user to warn her about the danger of the fake skimmer as soon as she goes to insert her card.

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Tedesco said, ‘While on vacation with my family in Vienna, Austria, I went to grab some cash from an ATM.

‘Being security paranoid, I repeated my typical habit of checking the card reader with my hand as I have 100s of times…; today’s the day when my security awareness paid off’.

‘In addition to the magnetic strip reader, it has a battery (the large silver object on the right), some sort of switch (the small silver object in the middle with the small black tab sticking out of it), and of course the control board with the 4 pin connector (the large green board to the left).’


He added, ‘I have since notified the Vienna Police Department regarding this discovery’.

Tedesco noticed something else suspicious after watching a spoof of his video by Ali Rahmoun. It shows a missing grey slip that could have been a camera.

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The camera was positioned over the keyboard so that PIN codes can be recorded. Whilst it was in Tedesco’s video, it was removed in Rahmoun’s.


So if you’re on a luxurious holiday this year, keep alert for potential threats like this.


Scavenging For Food: Post Apocalypse

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What you need to know to find food in an Urban Survival Situation

Post apocalypse tends to bring to mind a great many images from Hollywood. Perhaps you see Will Smith in “I am Legend” or you see images of “The Walking Dead when you hear the term.

Both of these are, of course, completely unrealistic images of what will occur should we be faced with a catastrophic event.

As you make your disaster preparedness plan and hone your survivalist skills, you should take considerations as to where you will be able to scavenge for food should a manmade urban situation occur.

Do not go to the Grocery Store

You may think that the best place to plan your food survival strategies would be a grocery store. They are packed with food and they are pretty abundant.

Yet, this is a bad strategy.

First, in an event that there is an apocalyptic event and the military seizes control of “order” then the first thing which will happen is that grocery stores and all other major distributors of food will become the “property of the government”.

This means that your chances of getting the food without a fight or paying extraordinary costs for it are bleak.

Your best bet if you need to get some food quickly is to seek out the small mom and pop stores.

Stores which provide food but do not have an abundance of groceries will have a greater probability of being overlooked in the event of mass looting and government seizure.

Go to an apartment complex

Realistically, our foods will not all spoil on the same day and neither will our food supply evaporate into thin air.

It will be true that a great many people will be forced from their homes (either willingly or by necessity) leaving their pantries unattended.

This is the perfect spot in which to find some food.

Apartments are ideal as they will provide you with multiple residences to search out for your food supplies.

Keep in mind that the “higher class” apartments and condos may have the best selections of food, but they will also draw the most people to them (not for the food but for the looting).

Your best bet is to look for medium to low grade apartments.

People will not really be looking to loot the ghetto or break into the average apartment complex.

However, these people have to eat like everyone else. Abandoned apartments here will be a treasure trove of resources.

Go to the outskirts of town

View an apocalyptic event like a ripple in a pond.

The majority of the chaos and looting is going to be in the central location of the urban setting.

The government and most individuals will be focused on the high population areas first, the government buildings second,  the grocery stores and pawnshops third, and then they will start moving outward to the residential buildings.

The last people to be effected will be those on the outskirts.

Look for fields

Generally, if you find a location with a great many fields, you will find livestock somewhere.

Now, I am not saying that you should try to take a cow or any large animal like that (unless of course the site is abandoned and you need the meat), but I am stating that in any place where there is livestock, there is feed, and where you may not want to eat it, you may have to.

Look for feed that is corn based. Also look for seed. If you can find seed then you can grow your own food.

When you look for fields, also look for abandon tractors and farming equipment. If you find these then the field is more than likely a farm like harvest.

Where they may harvest hay, cotton, or other uneatable crops, your chances of finding at least one crop which has a supply of food is probable.

Go to the Dump

If you live in a major urban area (such as New York) then you will know that great deals of usable products are simply discarded because a person does not want them anymore.

If you are starving and having to look for food, one of the easiest places to find it will be the dump.

You should realize that you will have to do a bit of searching.

Most of the food that you find will NOT be able to be eaten without putting yourself at risk for disease.

However, you should look around for things like cereal, grains, canned goods which were discarded because the can was bent (grocery stores usually cannot sell products which are too dinged up), and such.

I would not recommend that you look for any meats here, but you should be able to find something to keep you alive.

Look for houses with closed in garages

If you are in an urban area that has many suburbs, then your food supply may be easier to find then you may think.

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Look for houses which have multi-car sealed in garages.

Typically, these houses are those which have children or who have the need for large storage space (granted there are some that just want it for show). 

Garages that have a great deal of space and show signs of the former residence having children are apt to have a freezer or refrigerator in the garage. Looking into these locations may provide you with a supply of meat.

The point is that in a post-apocalyptic situation, there will be places to find food.

It is not going to be like the movies where all the food just becomes rancid and moldy in a day.

Nor will it be that everyone will eat up their whole supply of food and that there will not be houses which have pantries of untouched food.

You just need to know where to look.

Your emergency plan should focus on the areas which are more apt to have food while at the same time having very minimal risks of running into someone securing that food source. (1)

The Top 7 Urban Foraging Skills Everyone Who Lives In a City Should Know

Foraging Fields of City Streets

Many people believe that in order to live off the land one must own a lot of property with gardens and chicken coops at the minimum. Not true.
To eat well from the earth does not require a rural habitat. It does, however, require some skill and a bit of education.
There are two types of urban forager.
1) The first is the herbal urban forager who seeks out edible and useful plants in city parks and gardens.
2) The second is the “dumpster diving” forager who seeks out food and useful items from the discards of others.
A well-studied herbal forager knows not only which plants can be eaten but also which are poisonous, which can heal, which can be touched and which can be mixed together.
While an educated second-hand seeker can differentiate between what is edible or reusable and what is junk.
There are, however, a few essential basics every forager needs to know about urban plant life, wild foods and the regulations for foraging.

The Many Benefits to Foraging

Food foraging can be a wonderful hobby, a great way to commune with nature or get to know the neighborhood, and a sublime skill set to have.

In today’s society, we ingest more processed and packaged foods than we do fresh from the earth.
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For many people, finding fresh foods, especially in large cities, is usually limited to visiting a farmer’s market or taking a drive out of town.
However, people with a strong knowledge of edible wild plants can find fresh food almost anywhere. Learning about edible plant life opens up a whole new world of flavors and recipes for many people.
Other forms of urban foraging can be exciting as well. Many foragers have made lucrative discoveries as well as nutritious ones.
1. Know Your Rights; Know Their Rules
Foraging for plants on public property is perfectly legal most of the time and in most places. As a matter of fact, many public parks, gardens and nature trails are happy to have the more invasive species’ foraged out.
There are exceptions, however. Always check local and city ordinances before the picking begins.Urban foraging of neighborhood garbage receptacles is prohibited in many cities and towns. Again, check the local laws.2. Study Up
It is essential that any forager do their homework in order to avoid a meal of rancid meat and poison oak.
Knowing what is poisonous, the fresh life of any edible as well as how to harvest, store and prepare them is obviously important. It is also beneficial to know the approximate value of anything found.
3. Cycle Savvy
Everything in life has cycles. Being aware of these cycles gives any forager an advantage.
Those who forage the streets and alleyways need to be keenly aware of human cycles and schedules on which the city runs.
Herbal foragers must know the cycles of nature that are specific to their climate as well as when and where pesticides and herbicides are regularly used.
4. Quantity Control
Some plants or items will appear in abundance throughout each foraging trek. For the herbal forager, dandelions or violets may be the title holder.
Whatever it is, if there’s plenty of it or it’s considered invasive or non-organic, take as much as desired.
5. Seek Out Variety
No matter what the intention of the hunt, i.e. to gather a meal or snack or to resell, it is always better to have too much variety or too many options that not enough.
The Top 7 Urban Foraging Skills Everyone Who Lives In a City Should Know
A salad of just greens will leave any diner unsatisfied. Look for nuts to go in the salad. Mushrooms are a good addition as well but can be highly poisonous, so take caution and do research first.
6. Balancing Things Out
Currently, most Americans have the great fortune of not needing to provide ourselves with entire meals from our back yard or local park or neighborhood dumpster.
People participate in urban foraging for a number of reasons but the main theme seems to be future preparedness.
Having a foraging skill-set is very useful in long-term emergency situations. Integrating foraged foods into meals now will make any future transitions all the easier.
7. Healthy Habits
No matter what fashion of foraging a person is akin to, there are health and safety precautions that must be taken. First, and foremost, is to wash everything!
In the city, especially, it is essential to thoroughly clean anything that will be ingested.
Second, be able to recognize signs and symptoms of disease and steer clear.
Third, watch for allergic reactions to anything found. Finally, wear gloves and other protective gear when gathering treasures and tea ingredients.Urban foraging can be a great hobby, a good skill, a money saver and a grand adventure all in one.
Many folks who begin foraging for economical or health purposes continue due to the sense of peace and community that can come from the activity of foraging itself.