Archive for June, 2010

-G20 Protests: Agent Provocateurs & Police Brutality.
*21st Century Protest Shields.
*Future Protests = Futile Protests. Audio Cannons, Pain Beam’s and Laser Stun Rifles.



Thomas R. King, “Managing Protests on Public Land,” FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, September 2000.

Standards and Procedure for Crowd Control

US Army Field Manual FM 3-19.15, Civil Disturbance Operations

Guide to Police Chemical Agents


Crowd Control Training for BPD

Protest Mobilization, Protest Repression and Their Interaction

MOB SOCIOLOGY AND ESCALATED FORCE: Sociology’s Contribution to

How to Survive a Riot – wikiHow

CS gas – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Public Health : The health impact of crowdcontrol agents

HowStuffWorks “How Riot Control Works”

Policing, Politics, and Civil Rights: Analysis of the Policing of

DHS helps local police buy military-style sonic devices

Legal Observer Training Manual


AFDD 2-5-3 Psychological Operations (PSYOP)

FM 3-19.40 Military Police Internment/Resettlement Operations

MP1004 Civil Disturbance Planning (SSRsi self-extracting ZIP file)

MP1005 Civil Disturbance Operations (SSRsi self-extracting ZIP file)

FM 3-07, Stability Operations and Support Operations

FM 3-06 Chapter 1 — THE URBAN OUTLOOK

The U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual

Homeland Security Increases Law and Order Violence in Our Cities

Conventional Coercion Across the Spectrum of Conventional

Unconventional Warfare in the 21st Century: US Surrogates

Preparing for Civil Unrest in America

Civil Unrest & Rioting

Crowd Psychology & Public Order Policing: An Overview of

Cops dressed as anarchists? Leading the violence? Matching boots? Police tactics? Could it be true?….you decide…..
To accompany NUMEROUS eyewitness accounts of ‘Black Bloc’ anarchists removing their masks then disappearing toward/behind police lines, here is some revealing evidence.

G20 Protesters Being Abducted, Bundled Into Unmarked Vans In Toronto

Old movie studio to become temporary G20 jail

Who runs Barter Town?

Ignorance Is Futile Exclusive:

Considering the US is facing something like a Quadrillion dollar bubble, why not prepare for tomorrows Barter Economy? But why merely prepare to have some extra food in the looming collapse when you can position yourself to become a ‘Mad Max Millionaire’.

Hardly anyone is preparing for anything. Many can’t, but many can yet they don’t… SHTF. Hyperinflation makes the paper money useless. You flee the stomped ant hill population center you live in to your off the grid exit…

With the right preparations you’ll be the epicenter of your surrounding community, therefore planning into your MMM future should include what you would want to best serve such a role. The goal of this post isn’t to teach you to be a master of all trades, instead it’s about helping you realize where the ‘money’ is going to be in such a scenario, and how you might capitalize on it.

So here is a comprehensive outline of your steps to becoming the pillar of the community in the Barter Economy (BE).

Biodiesel (The Key):

Biodiesel is the smartest thing now, and for the BE. Just about any diesel engine made since 1992 can run straight biodiesel that you can make in your garage right now for about $1 per gallon. You can literally make the 3 chemical components needed for biodiesel from scratch. As the epicenter of trade, people can bring you the raw materials for barter, reducing your potential labor load. Tractors can do to a field in a couple hours what it would take a human weeks to do. Therefore, they with biodiesel will be the epicenter of the area. Imagine that today you can literally get 40 miles to the gallon at $1 per gallon with biodiesel, and then consider how useful such a commodity would be under Mad Max. With the right catch, and ingenuity, you can get into biodiesel for even lower than $1000. If you’re not lazy in the hands-on sense, there could hardly be anything smarter to do even if we weren’t on the verge of collapse. Let me repeat that: you can literally get 40 miles to the gallon at $1 per gallon with biodiesel. Lastly, the raw materials used for making biodiesel keep almost indefinitely unlike refined petrofuel.

The more fuel you can produce for your community the less of the rest you’ll have to do.  Fuel such as diesel will be at the top of the ‘food chain’ in BE demand.


A key ingredient for biodiesel, that can even be used for its own fuel purposes. Via a “Wood Gasifier“, you can make your own methanol. There are cars in the world that actually run on straight “Wood Gas” (methanol), with all of the equipment built right into the vehicle. You need this stuff to make biodiesel and for other purposes, but remember you can’t clean wounds with it (better suited for cleaning engines).


Has many uses. Obviously it can be made for consumption (so long as there is no longer an ATF to worry about), but its also important if you intend to be able to supply all energy needs. Biodiesel can’t power everything. You can also have it as an available medical supply, as without isopropyl and iodine, ethanol is where most will turn for cleaning wounds etc. So obviously you’ll want at least one good DIY still for ethanol production (seperate from a still for water).

Solar / Wind:

For comfort, obviously, having surplus solar panels and wind turbines hooked up would be ideal, but here we’re talking about usefulness not comfort. So the bare minimum should be ensuring you have the power needed to run your epicenter activities. One thing that would be good for a number of reasons is a solar / turbine system specifically tuned to maintain a decent sized deep freezer chest. In short, you’ll want to ensure that there is more than enough power in each sub-system to ensure availability of your key epicenter equipment.


You can spend $100 on a good Berkey filter, but this would be for personal scale. If you want to be the prime source of choice water then spend that $100 instead on my DIY design that will provide large amounts of clean water. You’re obviously going to need a good water supply to run it, so you’re going to want to be able to pump water from a well when there’s no rain to catch. If you look around there are some DIY methods for digging wells, but the depth potential using these methods wont always work everywhere. You can pump water by hand with a cheap hand up to about 20′, and there are windmill options. Don’t forget for $100 you can build a nice solar hot water heater.
DIY inexpensive high volume crystal clear Drinking Water Filtration


In terms of epicenter, you’ll want the equipment to be able to make large batches of food. If you have the facilities to make things like breads or maybe cheeses then the morale of your camp and community would be much higher. Trying to store enough rice or related in advance for such a role would require owning a grocery store now, so instead plan in ways of things you could produce then. Have lots of grain seeds on hand, and the ability to process the grain is key. You can always find locals to grow the grain crops for you, but you’ll need manual food processing equipment of all types (browse thrift stores).

Meat Market:

This could be a deep issue, but small scale easy animals for this role that you could pursue now (assuming you don’t want large animals) are quail and rabbits. These are ideal survivalist types of creature anyways. Quail mature faster and eat less per pound of meat harvest than chickens, and rabbits out reproduce and out mature just about anything, and can eat just about anything if it comes down to it. The key is preparedness, so having any creature types in inventory is the key, but you could also save money now while preventing animal torture on your behalf by slaughtering your own meat (you do eat meat don’t you?).


Being able to trap food is better than spending the time and ammo hunting / fishing it. But as the epicenter you’ll want more to be able to make traps to trade. Trying to stockpile masses of mesh wire in advance would be counter-productive to other efforts, but the tools and methods are key to have now. You can get mesh on the way out (hopefully), but you’ll really want to already have ideas in mind of how to make traps without a good source of mesh wire. This is just an outline, but the info is all out there if you look.


The more chemistry you’re able to do the more services you can provide. Therefore knowledge, skills and equipment are all key. Look up a UK show called “Rough Science” to see some cool chemistry examples using rough materials and equipment.


This is important for food, water, chemistry and so on. Not only would you ideally have mason jars, but think of how useful tons of plastic or glass containers of all shapes and sizes would be. You likely currently throw out ‘choice’ containers daily. If you have a garage you could start tossing the cleaned out containers in an empty refrigerator box, instead of whatever bin you put out by the street. Imagine how many sturdy containers you discard per year.


In the old days, wars were actually fought and entire regions were hegemonically dominated over spices. As we now know, not only do spices make food taste better, but most have other notable great values. Many have antioxidants and / or other healthful compounds. A great many have anti-microbial effects, meaning food cooked with lots of the spices will keep longer.


In the BE, people will be growing their own vegetables. Many will have a decent enough set of seed types after not too long, so the key to your preparations on this front will be in having a vast variety of seed types so that you’ll have plenty more to offer while the others have averaged out their seeds with each other. I know for a fact that you can end up with 300 or more types of seeds with a limited budget over the course of a year.


If you want to be the local doctor this can be trickier. Having a supply of ethanol is key, but bandages is another problem. Having a doctor or EMT type in your crew is an obvious plus. Regardless there are some basic tools you’d need that can be done on the cheap. If you get lucky on Craigslist you could end up with some impressive equipment and maybe even the stuff needed for person to person blood transfusions. Beyond that just a get routine of trying to spot medical supplies on clearance and you could have a major health kit by the time the BE occurs. See also the Knowledge section below.


With a reasonable investment not only can you offer an invaluable service to those who come to trade, you can have better dental health now (which you’ll want in the BE reality). For about $150 you can get an ultrasonic “scaler”, which is the ultimate invention in dentistry. This device blasts off plaque and even nicotine stains without even scraping (scraping is unrecommended!). “Drill” type heads can even be attached to some of them, but to go the normal drill route you can get the whole setup with scaler and other items included for something like $500 on ebay.

Library / Book Store:

Knowledge is power, especially if there wasn’t such a nice Internet handy for use. Therefore archiving data from the Internet is key. There are endless webpages that go into great detail in all of the things that would set one ahead, and handy GNU programs can copy entire websites for easy offline use.With the new ‘Internet Kill Switch‘ measure in place these efforts could already be invaluable.

There are many ways to get PDF file e-books at all levels of advancement. Google Books allows you to download PDF’s of old public domain texts from the 1800’s that tell you how they used to do everything. For instance, search for “Yeast” and set the criteria to ‘free’. If you want to be the purveyor of knowledge you’ll need to be able to print, therefore you’ll want a good printer with large external linked in inkwells that are a smart investment anyways if you print often. SHTF, and you add printer paper to your list of desired barter items and they’ll bring the paper to you. Printers would even be ‘worthless’ to most should there not be power anymore.


To ensure your best operational capabilities you’ll need to be able to weld (and cut steel). Like most of the rest herein, Craigslist is your ticket to finding a good deal on a suitable welder unit. I suggest getting one over 200 amps as 90 amp units can’t weld very thick steel. The problem is in powering it. This feature (welding) will add significantly to your project estimate having nothing going in. If you already have a good diesel generator then you’re set, but otherwise you could go the woodgas route that has other advantages. One setup has a 10kW twin engine generator, but such a nice all in one combined system like that could be pricey.…


Every town needs a good blacksmith, and its possible to cheaply get a forge setup going that burns old automotive oil to power the forge (needs a blower fan). With no more gas stations there wont be much of a shortage of old spent oil for a good while.

Fresnel Lenses:

Using the screen from an old rear projection TV you can literally vaporize aluminum cans or melt glass! The usefulness of such a device are profound when energy and ability is an issue. If I managed to get about 90 screens for free in 2 months using Craigslist, then anyone can get some of these (especially since I stopped chasing the free TV’s over a year ago). Imagine if if they were worth their weight in silver or better. I weighed a big lens from the middle of my stack and it clocked in at 6 lbs. 6 lbs. x $18 per ounce is $1728. And there are other useful things you get when you scrap out a whole TV, especially if you know anything about working with electronics. Get enough, and you also end up with many perfectly good TV’s (it’s true). Lastly you also get 3 high quality (glass) magnifying glasses perfect for starting fires. For getting lots of TV’s at once, call around to TV repair shops. That is the best way actually.


In the barter Economy, where supply chains may be cut off via marauders, bugs will be the scourge of existence. When you cant buy “Off” at the store you will run out eventually. Therefore you need renewable sources of insect repellents, to help people overcome this menace.

There are not too hard to find lists of seeds for such plants to be found online, and many herbs that have repellent properties of varying degrees, but one easy thing you can do is visit Asian markets to purchase live stalks of Lemon Grass.

Lemon Grass contains Citronella, and you can even cook with it like many Asians do. You can stick the stalk into dirt, or water to get them to start regrowing. I did this with root hormone and without, using both potted dirt and jars of water. There was a slight edge of root and plant growth with root hormone in water. In the potted soil tests there seemed to be a slight edge for the stalks that didn’t have hormone. But honestly the edge of difference was marginal regardless of how I did it, except that the potted specimens were slightly slower overall than the jar subjects. In any case, eventually you’ll end up with seeds.

So that is one clear example of such a useful resource, and there are many others for combating different pests. The real issue is that seeking out seeds (or trees) of this nature is key to providing the best possible service to your area.

Sugar Daddy:

The ability to ‘grow’ sugar is a crucial role in the BE. Sugar is needed not only for food but for the production of ethanol for fuel or drink. What many might not know is that Sugar Beet is how the non-tropical world generates sugar, and molasses. Therefore having a stock of sugar beet seeds will help ensure your MMM future.


Weaponry in the BE will be crucial for hunting and defense, therefore a local gunsmith will serve a special role. While you clearly will need plenty of firepower to defend your position as the epicenter, the focus in this context is usefulness to others. Therefore skills, tools, documentation and other related equipment to the role of gunsmithing (and bladesmithing) is needed.

Ammo in general will be an excellent item of barter, but while trying to outfit yourself as the epicenter trying to stockpile more than you intend for yourself could be self-defeating. For your own ammo stockpiles, seek out as much brass casing ammo as possible. You might even score a huge stockpile of empty brass casings of all different sorts on your next trip to an outdoor gun range, especially if you find one on state park property that isn’t attended.

In the BE, being able to reload ammo will be the only real long term solution to the ammo crisis. So basic reloading equipment is a good idea in general, but in particular there will be a need for gunpower, primer caps and bullets (slugs). Its not hard to find info on making gunpower from things like manure, or re-prime caps using even strike tip matches, but having little casts for making your own slugs is the real tool to have in advance.

From there the weapons themselves are the issue. It might be hard to budget a kit of spare parts for your weapons, just for yourself. So trying to have such for other weapons types borders on ludicrous. However, with the right tools and knowledge you can function as a gunsmith even without. The main things are any special tools that various weapons need, and a good array of tools in general. Shotgun News is a good marketplace publication where you can browse most of the usually inexpensive weapon specific tools you might want. You’ll also want a good array of cleansing devices, cloths, and large amounts of gun worthy oil.

For knowledge the Internet in general, the torrent networks and even Google Books have plently of resources on gunsmithing and bladesmithing.

For gun oil, don’t waste wads of cash investing in overpriced specialty gun oil. You’d be able to harvest it from automobiles. While any ideally only slightly used motor oil will do the trick, the best stuff you’re looking for is synthetic oil blends, or ATF transmission fluid.

“Ironically, the product that scores at or very near the top of just about everyone’s testing is also the most available, and the cheapest. It also has good migration, a good boundary lubrication package, is the right weight (thickness) for general firearms use, doesn’t oxidize over long periods of storage, and is compatible with a wide range of metals and plastics. In addition, it is recommended by at least one real degreed firearms engineer! Just what is this miracle elixir??…Dexron-type Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF). That’s right, plain ol’ ATF.”

“Motor oils: Generally good boundary lubrication (particularly the Havoline formulations), but very poor corrosion resistance and poor resistance to open-air oxidation. In addition, their pour-point additives often contain benzene compounds, which aren’t a good thing to have next to your skin on a regular basis! ATF is better on every count, even if it is a tad more expensive. (ATF is still 1/10 to 1/100th the cost of a specialty “gun oil”!)”…

This thread is a choice place to read about alternative oils. A commenter there stated:

Been using ATF on my guns for years, even on my CCW that frequently rides in my pocket. No rust, things move like they should, and ATF is cheap.
…I used RemOil, Militec, and a variety of other gun specific lubes prior. I see no functional difference between them and plain old ATF except for price.


Motor oils can have additives that aren’t particularly good for you and are missing useful additives that most decent gun oils will have. Other than that they obviously do a good job of lubrication. The main disadvantage of motor oils compared to a good quality gun oil is that motor oils are typically do a very poor job of corrosion prevention.

If you like Mobil 1, the “L” in Breakfree CLP is the same synthetic oil that was used in the original formulation of Mobil 1 (Mobil 1 was reformulated when the supply of the original synthetic oil dropped). What Breakfree CLP gives you that Mobil 1 doesn’t is that the “P” provides some of the best corrosion protection on the market. In the tests I’ve seen, Breakfree CLP scores near the top while Mobil 1 scores near the bottom.

If corrosion protection isn’t an issue and you know that the motor oil in question doesn’t have additives that would make it a poor choice for an item handled & worn (for example, at least one formulation of Mobil 1, i.e. EP 15W-50, contains zinc dithiophosphate which the MSDS says has a low order of toxicity and may result in eye, skin, or respiratory irritation, also the aforementioned benzene found in some motor oils) then motor oil isn’t a bad choice.

On the other hand, there are choices available (such as ATF) that provide the same level of economy that motor oil does but that are a much better overall match for the application than motor oil is.

A gun oil elixer:

CONTENTS: Ed’s Red Bore Cleaner

1 part Dexron II, IIe or III ATF, GM Spec. D-20265 or later.
1 part Kerosene – deodorized, K1
1 part Aliphatic Mineral Spirits, Fed. Spec. TT-T-2981F, CAS
#64741-49-9, or may substitute “Stoddard Solvent”, CAS #8052-41-3, or equivalent, (aka “Varsol”)
1 part Acetone, CAS #67-64-1.
(Optional: Up to 1 lb. of Lanolin, Anhydrous, USP per gallon, OK to substitute Lanolin, Modified, Topical Lubricant, from the drug store)…

This page is a must see. They did corrosion trials with different oils in different ways and you can see photo test results. This page is similar, but without photos. Neither test tested ATF fluid though.

Tactical Landscaping, Inc.:

With all you’ll be doing in your new job, the last thing you’ll want to be doing is visiting others locations to try and install Mad Max ‘security systems’ for them, but you might be able to provide them the right equipment.

Black Berries: Black berries are the ultimate perimeter defense barrier, that also provide a nice source of food. Once they get established, its like having nets of barbed wire as your fortress walls. You can get a good several hundred seeds from a little basket of berries. To do this crush the berries up into a sludge, add the sludgeand a little water into a deep jar, and allow it to sit for several days until the slime will wash off with water while clean seeds drop to the bottom. Next dry them out and (very important) freeze them for a month or more so that they’ll germinate. Next plant as many in pots as you can maintain, and / or visit your assumed exit property and plant them around the entire perimeter of the property. [The next big category in thise guide will tell you where to get pots should you intend to be a major supplier.]

True Mad Max: Then theres the more extreme true to the sense of Mad Max style ‘landscaping’. Barbed (or razor) wire is surely something of desire in perimiter defense, but why stop there when you can build massive walls using cheap and plentiful used automotive tires? The logistics of being in advance able to have enough tires to build your walls while also being a supplier of such resources could be a challenge, but one solution could be to buy the local auto junk yard in your desired exit region. Besides, this is Mad Max era we’re talking about afterall… Imagine all those spare parts and raw steel.

Garden Supply:

Gardening will be the new way of life in the BE, so having supplies to trade is another important area of concern. Attempting to invest currency into this facet, in advance, could be fiscally daunting, but there are some things you can do.

Pots: If you know a landscaper, you might just have your ticket to thousands of free planting containers of all sizes. Any landscaper with a decent operation goes thru a thousand or more of these per year. There exists no deposits on containers, therefore you might be doing them a favor taking these endless leftovers.

Locals: If you’re lucky, you can work out some potentially sweet deals with locals to dump truckloads of woodchips and even manure out at your exit location to have it all there in advance.

Center for Disease Control:

Should there be a pandemic, people will need somewhere to turn. Just stockpiling gas masks and filter cartridges wont be good enough, and trying to budget more than you’ll need isn’t wise unless you’re today wealthy, but there are natural solutions.

Elder Berries.

Elder Berries, garlic, onions (grow both Yellow Onions & Shallots), oregano, allspice, echinacea, capsicum (peppers), cinnamon, ginger, tumeric and others are all natural defenses to flu viruses. Elder berry, allspice and cinnamon come from trees. Elder berries are the most effective defense for flus, and luckily its the tree people from most climates will actually be able to grow. If you find seeds you’ll need to freeze them for them to germinate, and like most perennial trees they take years to reach high production so this in one thing you dont want to wait around to do. The rest you can grow yourself.

Beyond what you would grow, other things of importance are ethanol & vinegar for cleansing. [search Google Books for “vinegar”] The best method of administering ‘sambucol’ (elder berry extract) is via alcohol tincture made from vodka grade ethanol.


Stocking up on TONS of footgear (for economic purposes) would be a problem. Knowing how you might utilize available materials for this purpose is the solution.

Rubber: You can consider cutting up automotive tires to make sandals out of them. Although without electric power tools it could be massively difficult to cut the tires. I get the feeling a sawzall could make quick work of it. Lets see…

This site here is very descriptive and says to not use tires that have steel reinforcements. Then you just use utility knives. has some pages dealing with this. This one talks about using steel radials:

I used an angle grinder to cut the tire. It was messy, noisy, and stunk, but I couldn’t face the struggle with a saw. It didn’t take long at all once I got the hang of it. It IS tough to find tires w/o steel nowadays. Once you are done cutting them out, go over the edges with a pair of cutters and clean up any wires poking out. Instant pain/blood on any part of the body touched with the edge otherwise. I think the steel is essential to the sandal’s success when it comes to the straps.

The smell of that burning rubber would be like instant migraine for me personally. Sawzall might be able to do it. But another comment in that page says to go to ATV shops to get used ATV tires which don’t use steel.

One way or another all of this is doable, but the important thing would be to actually build a pair or so now, so that you’ll know what you’ll need to be able to do it. Then you’ll need to ensure having the enablers in place in the BE.

Leather: Leather working tools will be a must, and luckily they are rather simple.. Sharp knife, cardboard & poster board for making patterns, round pointed needle, stitch spacer, ice pick / nails. Also look into water and wax hardening techniques.


Nothing says civilized like a good hair cut, and shave. Inherently in such a situation you’ll want to have a straight razor, and razor strap sharpener setup. But why not stock up on a few extra blades? There’s no telling what people would trade for a good clean shave. Then of course you’ll want some good scissors, and an electric shaver assuming you’re to have electricity to power it.

Blades & Bows:

Eventually ammo will run out, and reloading will become more and more scarce and futile. It will still be around, but people will cling to it for ‘special occasions’ of desperation. For everyday action blades and bows will eventually triumph.The specifics of mastery of these two categories go beyond the scope of this entry, but here are some thoughts.

Blades: Use the web, and archive data. There’s tons of sites out there providing all levels of detail for blade smithing. This category is on the same page as black smithing. You might also find some videos worth your while using the torrent networks, perhaps. Some sites I’ve seen have highly recommended automobile leaf springs for making knives and short swords.

Bows: For making high quality bows from wood you’re going to have to do some research. But a more heavy duty and semi-easy crossbows again automotive leaf springs are of particular interest:

Other Thoughts:

I say if you have money just sitting in the bank then be smart and buy large quantities of all the things you know you’re going to use regardless. With inflation and everything else the price of everything is constantly going up, while the value of the dollar sitting in the bank is going down. In light of this reality the best investments you can make are into preserving the value of the dollars you possess. And it turns out that a great many of these sorts of things have great barter / quality of life value just in case.

Freecycle is how I got my first few rear projection big screen TV’s. But shortly thereafter I realized it has a more limited audience. I’m not even knocking it, except I was going for massive quantity of TV’s (for the Fresnel Lenses, etc). That’s when I found my way towards Craigslist’s Free section.

I say use both!! Freecycle’s only limitation was my absurd ambition. Going all out, I ended up with 90 big screens in about 2 months. In terms of big screens, I went on to figure out that TV repair shops are the best way to pull up and fill a whole 20′ truck in one stop: people take their old RP TV’s in for repair, and after getting a quote for as much or more than the TV is worth they leave it for dead. Dumps charge to dispose of them, so it becomes a loss for repair men who don’t have time to totally strip them down.

One thing about Freecycle is you have to maintain an about 1:1 request/offer ratio. That’s another key reason you want to use both services in unison. CL is so useful. I got 400lbs. of baking soda loaded into my truck for free one of the last times I was ‘on it’, about a year ago. Even having warehouse access, I still got so full of MM wealth in a matter of months that I don’t too often even get around to checking the free page ever. And that’s just free stuff. You could actually get real lucky and pick up a hardly used $2500 biodiesel processor system for $450.

Steganography is the practice of hiding messages within media. The picture below is a form of physical steganography, but don’t worry, you don’t have to be both an artist and an expert in exotic ciphers to be able to encode messages. Modern digital steganography tools make this process a snap.

Steganart example. Within this picture, the letter positions of a hidden message are represented by increasing numbers (1 to 20), and a letter value is given by its intersection position in the grid. For instance, the first letter of the hidden message is at the intersection of 1 and 4. So, after a few tries, the first letter of the message seems to be the 14th letter of the alphabet; the last one (number 20) is the 5th letter of the alphabet.

With online photo encrypters such as Mozaiq, you simply upload your image, type in the message, and select a password that the recipient will need to know to be able to decrypt the hidden message.

Here are some more resources:

  • Antiy Labs – Info Stego software is used for embedding files within other files and encrypting them with a 128 bit secure algorithm.
  • BitCrypt – Stego-encryption for text hiding or unseen communication.
  • Concealogram – Steganographic tool for encrypting data in images. Product information, profiles of directors and contact details.
  • CryptoBola – Supports hiding data files in JPEG image files. FAQ, downloadable trial version and user tutorial.
  • Hermetic Stego – Supports hiding data files in one or more BMP image files. Usage instructions, pricing and downloadable evaluation copy. [Windows]
  • Mail++ – Email service for hiding confidential text messages, file attachments, web pages or Windows applications in images. Has a limited-functionality free version.
  • OutGuess – Freeware steganographic tools for hiding and detecting hidden data in PNM and JPEG image formats.
  • Reasonably Adequate Privacy – Steganography technique which uses the tendency of dried vegetable juices to become colored when heated as its base technology.
  • Safe Soft Corporation – CHAOS Universal tool allows the hiding of encrypted data in sound, image, and text files.
  • Steganography and Digital Watermarking – Collection of papers on data hiding and digital watermarking, including countermeasures.
  • Steganography explained. – Digital Steganography and basic Steganalysis explained. Interactive examples, along with a Python based framework to develop your own Steganography tools.
  • Xidie – Offers multiple file steganography and encryption and secure file deletion. Product technical details and ordering information.
  • ACM Queue – Article discussing steganographic techniques and methods for detecting data hidden by them. (December 1, 2004)
  • Securityfocus – Article covering what Steganography is, its applications, tools available and possible approaches to detecting where it is being used. (April 9, 2003)

Business Insider:

Since 2006, thousands of people have been killed in the ongoing drug war between Mexican cartels and government forces.

A new must-read article in the August issue of Bloomberg Markets smashes open the world of shadow banking between large banks in the United States and their role in the funding of Mexican drug operations.

Back in March, Wachovia struck a deal with Federal prosecutors under which the bank admitted it didn’t do enough to prevent money-laundering between criminal organizations, in which illicit funds transferred flew past the $300 billion mark. Now Wachovia faces charges from the Department of Justice over violating the Bank Secrecy Act – a first for the bulge bracket of large U.S. banks.

Similarly, traffickers used accounts at Bank of America to purchase three planes that ended up smuggling 10 tons of cocaine. “Federal agents caught people who work for Mexican cartels depositing illicit funds in Bank of America accounts in Atlanta, Chicago and Brownsville, Texas, from 2002 to 2009,” says the article.

mexican drug gang infographic

Image: Bloomberg Markets

HSBC and Banco Santander are also involved.

The situation has spun out of control, with people like investigator Martin Woods quitting his job at Wachovia because no one would listen to his warnings. Mexican Senator Felipe Gonzalez now carries a .38 pistol with him for protection but even he acknowledges just how bad the violence has become.

I know this [gun] won’t stop the narcos when they come through that door with machine guns, but at least I’ll take one with me.”

And while cross-border smuggling of cash and drugs won’t be stopped effectively anytime soon, one place authorities can hit is the bank. Specifically, Wachovia is first in line for a slap on the wrist as the bank has repeatedly ignored warnings by regulators and authorities:

“By 2004, many U.S. banks had closed their accounts with these companies, which are known as casas de cambio. Wachovia ignored warnings by regulators and police, according to the deferred-prosecution agreement. ‘As early as 2004, Wachovia understood the risk,’ the bank admitted in court. ‘Despite these warnings, Wachovia remained in the business.”



You’ve heard of Smart Cars. Believe us, they get smarter.

No, we’re not talking about Kit, the wryly soft-spoken roadster from the ’80s TV show Knight Rider. Fully sentient robots like Kit are still a ways off, but computer programmers are starting to make serious progress in the horrendously complex art of artificial intelligence.

Sensible Machines, headquartered in Pittsburgh, makes hardware and software that turn machines into autonomous workhorses with their own sense of positioning, safety and situational awareness. One of its utility vehicles can carry 1,200 pounds and be taught to pick up, carry and unload heavy cargo. The vehicle has a built-in safety system that uses lasers and three-dimensional models of its surroundings to navigate obstacle-strewn warehouses.

In Pictures: 11 Leaders In Artificial Intelligence

Look around and you’ll find A.I. applications popping up in a rash of industries, making once labor-intensive tasks–everything from matching hungry shoppers with targeted advertisements to discharging patients from hospitals–far faster and cheaper. As the cost of computing power continues to fall, A.I. will play an ever larger role in society’s collective decision making. Here are just a few examples …

Cheap Charters

FlyRuby, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is bent on connecting all private charter flights within one computer network to fill open seats more efficiently and slash the price of private flying by half. FlyRuby’s A.I. technology came from an Air Force research initiative that produced a set of computer algorithms that can schedule more than 5,000 missions in less than 10 seconds, depending on the vagaries of weather and war.

Private Investigation

Workstreamer, in Austin, Texas, harnessed the power of A.I. to monitor every last bit and byte of media on people and companies–from newspaper stories and blog posts to tweets, LinkedIn updates and data. The software finds, sorts and scores data based on relevance. Higher scores mean the information is more important and it goes to the top of a readers’ virtual pile.


San Francisco’s Klout measures the influence of websites and individuals on the Internet. Its algorithms adjust to changing circumstances to analyze content and social patterns. Users can track their own Klout scores and determine what moves them up and down by what they do on the Web.

Personal Assisting

Siri is the brainchild of CALO, a $150 million artificial-intelligence project in Menlo Park, Calif., focused on building cognitive software systems that can follow orders, reason, learn, react, explain and reflect. Apple bought Siri (for an undisclosed sum) to let iPhone users make simple verbal commands–“Get a taxi to my house” or “Make a reservation at the best Italian restaurant in town”–and get results quickly. Siri interacts with existing programs on the Web and prompts users for additional input as needed, such as “Would you like to dine at Rosetti’s or The Olive Branch?”

Second Opinions

Medical imaging helps doctors diagnose everything from breast cancer to brain tumors. Now comes A.I. The University of Chicago’s Department of Radiology is testing a method, called Computer Aided Diagnosis (CAD), where a computer corroborates or challenges a radiologist’s initial diagnosis. The computer combs images for suspicious regions and lesions while estimating the probability of each spot’s malignancy. “Image interpretation by humans can be limited by incomplete visual search patterns, the potential for fatigue and distractions and the presence of structure noise in the image,” says Chicago’s Dr. Maryellen L. Giger.

Study Aid

Knewton, a Manhattan test-prepatory outfit, has built the first adaptive-learning engine that can customize a series of practice tests aimed at the user’s weaknesses. The program first tracks every question and answer, then prioritizes concepts for study each day–all without a human tutor.

Targeted Ad-Delivery Systems

A shopper walks into Macy’s. As she heads down an aisle, she is bombarded with ads on screens eerily relevant to her demographic. Chalk up this accuracy to Northeastern University Professor W. Russell Penn’s facial-recognition technology. By scanning a person’s face, the software determines gender and age; the system can also detect if your shoppers wear glasses, if they’re smiling and what kind of fashion sense and hairstyle they have–all useful information to advertisers.

Virtual Nursing

Timothy Bickmore, a computer science professor at Northeastern University, has created a virtual nurse named Louise who talks patients through the discharge process and can tell if they are correctly absorbing medical instructions. Louise is the work of Bickmore, MIT and the Boston Medical Center. Her skill in reading faces for clues is a huge breakthrough, says Dr. Brian Jack of the Boston Medical Center. Jack says that 20% of discharged patients show up at the hospital within a month because they misunderstood the directions.


At Carnegie Mellon University, Professor Alex Waibel launched a company called Jibbigo, maker of an iPhone app that provides real-time speech translation in Spanish, Japanese and Iraqi Arabic (important to the military), among others. (Translations can be done from these languages into English or the other way around.) Such highly intelligent speech-recognition technology promises to make the world a much smaller place.

(Really) Smart Cars

Pittsburgh’s Sensible Machines makes hardware and software that turn machines into autonomous workhorses with their own sense of positioning, safety and situational awareness. One of its utility vehicles can carry 1,200 pounds and be taught to pick up, carry and unload heavy cargo. The vehicle has a built-in safety system that uses lasers and three-dimensional models of its surroundings to navigate obstacle-strewn warehouses.

Ergonomic Measurement

Ford Motor Company is building artificial intelligence into its interior design program using technology developed for the Department of Defense and the University of Iowa’s Virtual Soldier Program. The software simulates motion and provides feedback on forces against the human body. Ford engineers use it to confirm that drivers can comfortably reach most controls while maintaining a proper driving position. An avatar named Santos acts as the passenger; if Santos is comfortable with the design, so are Ford’s engineers.

IIF Exclusive:

Either Obama and his entire crew are a bunch of bluddering morons, or he just proved there is an agenda that has almost nothing to do with helping the environment.

The speech:…
Yadda fix well, yadda alternative energy… get off oil. Alternative energy doesn’t actually get us off crude oil as we’ll see.

One could argue that all of the other products we get from oil are the byproducts from going after the fuel, while another could argue it’s the other way around.

Just finding a replacement for gasoline, natural gas etc doesn’t do too much to stop our NEED for oil. Oil is used to make virtually every consumer product in the modern world. From carpet, to roads. Paints to adhesives. Epoxies, that are even used to connect road sections of bridges. Plastics, vinyls, tubing, shoes, clothes, nylon, polyester (poly-anything actually), teflon. Electronics, TV’s, computers, etc.

I hate to say it but its hopeless. Even if we found a viable solution to the energy needs of oil we cannot go without its products. It would be like proposing that humans give up computers. The computers we use can’t exist without oil, and not even because of the energy we get from it.

As long as this is the reality there will be spills, but the real kicker is that crude oil is nowhere near as bad for the environment as the products we make from it. Oil isn’t going away, because even if we replaced the energy needs we’d still need the oil roughly as much anyways. That means that replacing the energy completely would equate to wasting that energy extracted while reaching for its other components.

So before you go trying to scream about oil spills consider that the PC you’re using to do it with was made with oil. The radio or TV you first heard about the spill with was ‘… … …’. When TIME magazine puts out a grocery store checkout isle photo journal (and overcharges for it) the glossy inks they used to make it wouldn’t be possible without oil. After debating online, the bed you will sleep in was made with oil. If you go and protest oil and get hurt, pretty much everything at the hospital was made with oil. Modern life wouldn’t be possible without oil.

The list goes on and on and on:

Ammonia, Anesthetics, Antihistamines, Artificial limbs, Artificial Turf, Antiseptics, Aspirin, Auto Parts, Awnings, Balloons, Ballpoint pens, Bandages, Beach Umbrellas, Boats, Cameras, Candles, Car Battery Cases, Carpets, Caulking, Combs, Cortisones, Cosmetics, Crayons, Credit Cards, Curtains, Deodorants, Detergents, Dice, Disposable Diapers, Dolls, Dyes, Eye Glasses, Electrical Wiring Insulation, Faucet Washers, Fishing Rods, Fishing Line, Fishing Lures, Food Preservatives, Food Packaging, Garden Hose, Glue, Hair Coloring, Hair Curlers, Hand Lotion, Hearing Aids, Heart Valves, Ink, Insect Repellant, Insecticides, Linoleum, Lip Stick, Milk Jugs, Nail Polish, Oil Filters, Panty Hose, Perfume, Petroleum Jelly, Rubber Cement, Rubbing Alcohol, Shampoo, Shaving Cream, Shoes, Toothpaste, Trash Bags, Upholstery, Vitamin Capsules, Water Pipes, Yarn…

You can’t even make a score of “green” products without it, or at least it’s currently used to make them. LED lights, those curly power compact bulbs Al Gore wants us all to buy, the jugs we buy Simple Green in, solar panels, air filters, water filters, hand crank flashlights & radios, “Smart” cars, biofuel processors, wire & cable insulation used to hook up wind turbines, caulk used to seal cracks to increase energy efficiency, and so on.

And worst of all, many of the products made from oil are far worse for the environment than the crude that gets spilled is, and is thousands of times longer lasting in the environment, than crude oil which is eaten by bacteria.

How can he talk about us needing to break our addiction to oil and not mention a peep about this reality?

If he really cared about the environment, and the nation for that matter, he’d be grandstanding on a cross country speaking tour, which he’s really good at, trying to convince everyone to stop buying garbage products from China. Virtually everything made in China is literally garbage, and literally all of it is destined for the landfill, sooner than later. You can buy used 30 year old USA products from a thrift store that would outlast the China junk you find at Walmart.

He should be telling people to buy long lasting Made in the USA products. With Chinese garbage they even have to use fuel to ship it across the globe. Some of the Chinese mega-tankers are the worst sources of pollution in the world. Even if he didn’t decide to go for China’s jugular, for etc reasons, he could still be grandstanding about how USA products are environmentally smart. Even if you have to pay more initially, it will last longer and pay off. Less garbage at the land fill, less ‘need’ for more oil extracts, less fuel getting it to your door, and so on.

He should be telling everyone to wash out and reuse all of the vast array of plastic containers we get doing everyday grocery shopping. This goes far beyond plastic grocery bags.

If he cared about the environment he’d be inciting cheerleaders to do backflips to convince people that we need a Hemp Economy. Hemp actually can solve some challenges in the lists above of oil produced products. It isn’t a total solution. Nothing is. We are stuck with oil, or forget about modern life. Period. But we can make a difference. Things can be better. And hemp, tied with conservation is the sinlge most best hope for making a deep impact.

Nice try, Mr. ‘president of the world’.

This man doesn’t care about you or the environment, and his speech is proof of that.

This being the case, it’s time people take a moment to think of what the real agenda is here.