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How to survive in a city; articles on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime, rioting, how to survive terrorist attacks and more related to what happen in cities and towns.

Urban Survival Tips And Advice: Don´t Be Gullible - It is indeed important to help and avoid making things worse during any sort of emergency or catastrophe; but it is equally important, for your own sake and survival, not to trust political leaders.

Urban Survival Tips And Advice: Know Your Urban Transport - It is important and very advisable to get familiar with all emergency procedures for the event of some problem happening while you commute around your city.

Urban Survival In Today´s Society - Who said that disasters will affect you differently depending on where you live? Is it really safer to live in the developed world than in the third one?

Survival Tips And Advice: Have A Way To Reload Batteries - Among the great variety of things that we can take on our adventure trips or outdoor activities in general, battery chargers are among the most functional; today it is possible to purchase solar battery chargers of all sizes and for all purposes.

Urban Survival And The Lottery - Despite that it might appear unlikely at first, our daily life and our long term survival seem like a lottery.

Personal Attention In The Emergency Ward? Not Anymore! - The more you apply force with your hands, the more things will escape thorough your fingers; this is a metaphor of modern medicine indeed.

Tactical Rescue - What makes a tactical rescue different from other sorts of emergency operations?

Gun Ownership Is A Natural Right - Stating that people should not have guns goes against human nature and turns those who accept that principle into cattle, it goes against nature and is a principle that will never succeed.

In The Realm Of Survival, Guns, Money And Plans... - There are times when surviving may mean to hide some things even from official scrutiny.

The Survival Of Tyre - Tyre is an ancient city in southern Lebanon that can teach us a lot about the survival of its inhabitants as well as the town itself.

Would It Be Right To Disarm Civilians? - In recent times and in many countries, the notion of disarming civilians has been growing in a way parallel to the growth of criminal violence, but would that be right?

Primitive Comfort And Privacy - In order to maintain health and hygiene to minimum standards: overcrowding is not good for the health of a whole group, especially while undergoing extenuating situations such as combat, isolation after some natural disaster, while hiding, awaiting rescue and so on.

How Religious People Learned To Gamble And Avoid Taxation - One of the ways in which commoners sought to acquire fortune bypassing the economic system of late medieval times, taxation and other kinds of fines, bribes and so on was by gambling.

Survival tips and advice: Watch out for boobytraps, (I) - If you want to travel to some parts of our world you should watch out for boobytraps, landmines and other dangers.

The Survival Of Tyre - As the history of Phoenician cities like Tyre prove, with a little ingenuity even sand can be used as a weapon for survival.

The Contradictions Of Hamas-Like Groups - Are the Palestinians and people like them well served by such entities or these are the source of most of their troubles?

How To Use Wood To Improve A Shelter Or Cabin - There are unconventional ways to improve any cabin, house or even survival shelter without much expense, and here we give you some examples.

How To Survive Tax Payments - Governments around the world love to tax people as much as possible; the voracity of bureaucracy is remarkable and today any common citizen pays nearly half his income, which is more than what serfs used to pay during feudal times in the middle ages.

How To Speak In Code Simply And Effectively - Have you ever wondered how you could communicate with someone else to pass very sensitive information without calling the attention of others but right in front of them? Well... Here we have a technique for you.

Expedient Survival Weapons That Are Not Firearms - Firearms are excellent as survival weapons for those moments in which a last-ditch effort is required in dire danger, but there are other ways to defend oneself and to hunt when food is required.

When An Airplane Falls Upon Our Heads: How We React In Emergencies - It is amazing to see how people react when confronted with a sudden accident or survival situation; many times calmness in the face of absolute disaster seems to be the rule, but is it true calmness or something else?

Tips For Storing Food Reserves In Urban Areas For Survival Purposes - Being in a city doesn't guarantee that survival will be easier for anyone, if compared to what has to be done in the wilderness: on the contrary, cities and urban areas present their own problems and oddly enough, their inhabitants are often very ill prepared to deal with emergencies.

The Black Market - One of the consequences of the prolongation of any sort of state of exception or survival is the apparition and development of the black market; survivors and survivalists should know what it is and how to operate because having to participate in it may be a probable scenario.

Some Stories Of Bootleggers, Smugglers And Entrepreneurs Of The Black Market - Why study and learn what an assortment of crooks id in the past? Certainly, not to applaud their crimes but knowing a little bit more may help us learn a little bit more about urban survival techniques, what works, what doesn't work and why.

Bunkering: Stealing And Smuggling Oil In Nigeria - Why study and learn what an assortment of crooks id in the past? Certainly, not to applaud their crimes but knowing a little bit more may help us learn a little bit more about urban survival techniques, what works, what doesn't work and why.

Conflict Diamonds... Bloody Diamonds - In some regions of the world, under extreme conditions for survival, thousands of people work in slavery and infrahuman conditions to satisfy the hedonism of some and the lust for war of others.

The Black Market Cannot Be Dominated - People buy and sell anything on the black market either for profit or survival; these are two motives so powerful that to authority could reasonably expect to eliminate all actors in such a scenario.

Rationing And The Black Market - Rationing is a technique used to distribute food and goods for survival needs when normal distribution chains are broken; rationing cards are a classic of urban survival scenarios, as well as authoritarian and inept regimes.

A Losing Bet: Price Controls In Urban Survival Scenarios - People that have to survive in ill-managed economies often find themselves suffering the consequences of the very stupid idea that consists in thinking that you can control by law and decree what follows trends established by natural forces within any society.

A possibility that should not be overlooked in the framework of study of urban survival: Governments may turn against their own people. - It might seem inappropriate, subversive, exaggerated or apocalyptic, but even democratic governments sometimes turn against their own citizens and act in order to persecute them; thus, if you study urban survival techniques you have to at least account for this possibility.

Is patriotism good for survival? - In this regard we will have to become a little Macchiavellian because when the topic of patriotism is usually considered, it is done from an emotional perspective; but in order to find out if patriotism helps or doesn't do so for your survival, particularly in urban or combat scenarios, we will have to get rid for a moment of our feelings to try to see the matter objectively.

Survival Tips For Economic Disasters - The dawn of civilisation meant the apparition of urban survival scenarios: today's world requires learning also how to survive in the middle of financial disasters both at a national as well as a global level. Here you have some advice.

Urban Survival: A State Will Tend To Save Itself Even If That Means Charging Against Its Own Citizens - History confirms many times that any state forced to chose to survive as a political entity or to leave its citizens survive, will almost always elect the first option; thus, this behaviour can be considered as the rule.

People Will Tend To Save Themselves Despite Their Nation And The State That Runs It - Normally, for a human being there is no prima facie differentiation between the survival of an individual and the survival of the group to which that individual belongs; we tend to help each other but to what extent? Is there a limit to this?

Capital and Brain Drainage: Phenomena That Goverments Usually Try To cut By Limiting Freedom - When the situation in a country is bad, people tend to remove their money or remove themselves, sending their capital abroad or emigrating; this can leave any government in the verge of collapse so, from then on there are two alternatives: Improve the situation or start cutting individual rights and freedom.

Urban Survival: Is Your Government On Your Side? - The belief in the democratic system along with patriotism give strength to this supposition; however, the way un which the international financial crisis is being managed seems to prove that sometimes there are exceptions.

Urban Survival: Institutions May Not Tell You Always The Truth - If we remember cases like those of ENRON or Mr. Maddoff, and if we think that both private and public institutions should have audited their activities and accounting books, it becomes immediately apparent that government and non government institutions may not tell the truth when it is not in their interest; there is no need to believe in any conspiracy theory because proof is there.

Urban Survival: Reduce The Number Of Credit Cards That You Have - Credit cards are practical tools but in times of economic crisis they could easily become two-edged swords because the temptation to use them usually generate debts that while difficult to pay under normal circumstances, become terrible if the economy suffers.

Urban Survival: Reduce The Number Of Bank Accounts That You Have - Why pay more if you can get the same results for less? But there are more reasons to have less bank accounts, starting with the fact that simplicity helps our finances survive.

Saving Is Surviving And Prospering - What does it mean that so many people are falling into bankruptcy due to their mortgages and loans? Simply put, they owe far more than what they have and that's anti natural.

Gold And Jewels To Guarantee Your Financial Survival - When someone open an ancient Egyptian tomb or finds some sort of treasure, things of great archaeological and historical value are usually found, but there is something else there, a lesson for anyone trying to find out the safest investments that are possible, because such pieces, aside from their uniqueness, are still valuable for the intrinsic material of what they are made of.

Urban Survival Starts With Modest Home Repairs - Knowing how to repair things at home, like vacuum cleaners, your car, walls, the roof, electrical circuits and such stuff helps a lot to prepare yourself as an urban survivalist.

You Have To Invest Wisely If You Want Your Savings To Survive - The most valuable things that a regular, average person has is his car and his home but investments in both areas are usually not very useful; if you want to have money for emergencies, save it and eventually pass it to the next generation of your family, you have to think out of the box.

Urban Survival: Your Money Is Not Safe In a Bank And Your Government Cannot Be Trusted To Oversee The Financial Industry - Historic evidence show that save some very few exceptions like Switzerland, no country offers true safety guarantees for people who want to keep their savings in a safe place; crooks, financial agents and even governments seize and expropriate that money from time to time.

Urban Survival: The Second Problem Of National Emergencies - Any emergency of a nationwide scale generates a terrible situation for the people touched by it and this frequently evolves into true survival situations in which people begins to feel keen on choosing leaders that are perceived to be strong even at the expense of their own rights. This generates a second problem, often worse than the original one.

Tips For Surviving Queues And Long Waiting Periods - Queues and long waiting times may appear when there is a product of service in very high demand for which there is a very low processing capacity; this happens in the case of artistic and sports events, bureaucratic tasks or duties, the collapse of banking and financial institutions, badly managed electoral events, etc.

The Elastic Moral Principles Of Survivors - People living under authoritarian regimes or states of exception know all too well that moral, political and legal principles are elastic truths, flexible, used by the government to justify actions against its citizens; but this state of flexibility can be advantageous for surviving too.

The Tunnels of Gaza: Smuggling And Survival - During the recent Israeli offensive on the Gaza strip as retaliation for the rocket attacks against cities in Israel perpetrated by the Hamas terrorist organisation, a surprising number of tunnels were destroyed and a series of agreements between Israel, Egypt and the United States were set in place to fight smuggling into the strip, one of the ways in which people inside the region under blockade get both goods and weapons; however, historic experience dictates that processes against smuggling can be only partially successful at best and the activity cannot be eradicated.

Robbery and Restitution - Delaying the restitution of properties stolen by the Nazis or Communists results in the perpetuation of a status quo which goes against the respect for private property and freedom that emerged from crimes against humanity; hence, anyone not giving back properties stolen during that period or even thinking that they shouldn't be delivered to their original owners is simply a Nazi or Communist collaborator, even decades after WWII an the fall of communism.

Dimitri and Dimitri, the Survivalist Counterfeiters - Usually, saying that your father and grandfather were counterfeiters would not be a wise idea, but if they were PhD – level counterfeiters, and the job was a matter of survival, the tale becomes interesting.

How Wojciek's Stamp Collection Began - My uncle Wojciek has a large, valuable collection of stamps from Poland; he has been at this for more than seventy years, but the whole thing started with a matchbox filled with stamps and a dollar bill that saved his life, that of my mother, and my grandmother as well.

Afghanistan's Kabul basin faces major water challenges - In the next 50 years, it is estimated that drinking water needs in the Kabul Basin of Afghanistan may increase sixfold due to population increases resulting from returning refugees. It is also likely that future water resources in the Kabul Basin will be reduced as a result of increasing air temperatures associated with global climate change. These are the findings of a new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Health / First aid, wilderness emergencies - Outdoor activities always entail some risks to your physical integrity. Learn about the techniques and suitable behaviour for surviving emergencies and disasters.

Survival / Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Survival - Practical articles on the characteristics of nuclear, biological and chemical mass-destruction weapons, how they work and how to avoid their deadly effects. Their relationship to terrorism and pollution.

Survival / Survival Tales - Articles telling histories and tales about real survival experiences.

Outdoor Activities / Survival / Shelters and Bivouacs - How to build simple ones or full-sized, lodges, cabins and stone houses, useful for lengthy stays in isolated areas.

Survival / Combustibles and Fire - How to improvise combustibles outdoors. How to survive in a fire. Tips and techniques for making camp fires.

Survival / Personal Defence and Martial Arts - Articles related to self-defence and martial arts with or without weapons: paintball, combat survival, courses, etc.

Survival / Combat Survival - How to stay alive and survive in a war or armed conflict. Being a civilian does not preclude you from knowing how battles are fought and won, for in this way you may save your own life.

Survival / Combat Survival / Guns and Weapons - Advice and recommendations on choosing and handling weapons.

Geography and Outdoors / Navigation and Maps - Learn how to navigate using maps, a compass, gps systems or simply by observing natural formations. Find your way whenever you get lost in the wilderness.

Aeronautical Survival: Aircraft Emergencies - Survival techniques can be applied to almost any kind of environment; in the case of aviation, the use of them begins whenever an aircraft suffers some serious trouble and enters an emergency state.

A brief reflection on the meaning of extreme situations - Something to think about the meaning and lessons that arise from extreme situations.

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