Damn, there’s another excuse shot to hell

Study finds running not bad for your knees after all
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A study of 2,683 runners and former runners at Baylor Univeristy found that runners—even elite long-distance ones—actually show less arthritis and pain in their knees than non-runners. The researchers used x-rays to determine the condition of the knee joints. For people who had run at any time in their lives, 22.8 percent had signs of knee OA compared to 29.8 percent of those who were never runners.The study didn’t address the question of whether those with existing knee problems should be jogging.

Survival Skills: What to Do When a Dog Attacks

doggieThe good news is that you are unlikely to be attacked by a stranger’s dog while walking down the street. The bad news is that more than 4 million people are bitten by dogs each year and the majority take place on the pet-owners property.

There’s really no such thing as a mean breed of dog although some are more territorial than others. Generally, dogs attack when they perceive a threat: to their food, their owner or their ground.

The old saying that “A barking dog doesn’t bite” isn’t strictly true but you won’t always get a warning. Often if a dog is unhappy, frightened or about to attack, his ears will be pinned back and his tail quiet.

If you are confronted by a seemingly aggressive dog:

  • Stay calm but claim your space. Dogs sometimes react to what they perceive as fear and running may awaken their predatory instinct. Maintain an upright, rigid posture. Stand sideways in order to present a narrower target. Do not make eye contact, which could be perceived as a direct challenge. Back away slowly without facing the dog directly.

If a dog attacks…

  • Fighting off a dog increases the chances of the animal becoming discouraged, and lessens the odds of you being seriously injured. Dogs have thick skulls, so hitting one there with a stick, bottle or your fists won’t do much harm. Instead aim for the throat, Command the dog to ‘Stay away’ or “Stay down’ in a strong voice.
  • Protect your face, throat and chest. Curl your fists so that your fingers aren’t bitten. If you can, give the dog something other than you chew on, such as your sweater, hat, or a backpack. This can distract the animal while you escape.
  • Keep your feet. If you land on the ground the dog has a big advantage.
  • If possible, put a large object such as a trashcan, chair, or if you’re cycling, your bicycle between yourself and the dog.
  • Bites do less harm on the forearm and shin, which contain fewer large blood vessels. Keep your head down to protect your throat.
  • If the dog is small, grab a rear leg and swing him into a solid object to stun.

 

 

How to Disappear

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Understand who or what you’re hiding from

Always over-estimate the resolve of those seeking to find you, yet keep your estimations reasonable. Greatly over-estimating your opposition can cause you to behave in predictable, patterned ways, however. It is the predictability of your actions that can get you caught.

If your opposition are police authorities, rest assured that they have decades of experience to back them up. To them, you’re nothing more than another faceless fugitive on the run. To them you’re no one special; it’s not usually personal (unless you’ve killed a cop in which case they will get you — and I hope you’ll have an “accident” on the way to the police station.) To you, however, being hunted down is quite personal. They know how you will feel and will use that against you.

If you’ve entered the United States illegally to start a new life, (or are planning to) you must contend with immigration officials which have historically been under-staffed, poorly-managed, and staffed by incompetents who only want to carry a gun but couldn’t make it in the police force. I mention this because you must understand who your opposition is when you go on the run and try to hide. The objective is for you to disappear and start a new, normal life somewhere else. Illegal immigrants face the same problems that those who wish to become anonymous in America face.

Private detective agencies don’t usually operate for free. If your opposition has no financial resources to draw upon, they are limited to a great extent. If you’re a criminal, they’ll still use the police agencies of the country to track you down, of course, at which point it’s simply a matter of time before they find you. If you’re not on the run for a criminal act, police authorities will have no reason to try to find you and, lacking private detective services, your opposition will be working alone.

If you’re running from the IRS, know that your opposition has unlimited resources and, depending upon how much money you owe, a broad spectrum of motivation for finding you. If you’re running from the criminal law, you should in summary, stay motivated and work to reduce both the motivation and the financial avenues of your opposition. Know who your opposition is and what they’ll likely employ to find you. Work to reduce the effectiveness of what your opposition is likely to do to find you.

Throw away yourself and build a new you

Before you go to ground, destroy as much of the old you as possible. You want to go beyond making yourself disappear: You want to make it seem as if you never existed. This means that you should do as much of the following as possible before and after you disappear:

  • Destroy all photographs you have access to before you disappear. This includes family volumes of photographs that family members have. Your family members may or may not be supportive and hand over (to your opposition) all of their photographs of you depending upon your situation. Your family could be forced to support your opposition through threat of law or through physical violence. If you destroy all photographs of you, they can’t be shown around gas stations and quick food stops.

If at all possible, your opposition should be reduced to passing out artist renditions of you. Even if you have police mug shots on file or have a drivers license photograph on file, it’s still a good idea to limit the availability of photographs. Make the opposition use old photographs rather than up-to-date photographs if you can.

  • Discard all your worldly possessions except cash. Most importantly destroy and discard all of your credit cards! The instant you use a credit card or an ATM bank card while on the run is the instant the authorities or private investigators know where you are. Before you run you should empty all bank accounts anyway. Gas debit cards can also be used to find you. Telephone calling cards can be used to find you. In fact, any magnetic card with your name or the name of someone you know can and will be used to find your general area. Destroy them all. If the FBI, DEA, BATF, CIA, or any number of other agencies are involved in searching for you, they can pinpoint your location within minutes of you using a magnetic card.

Don’t even think about hanging onto a credit card or other type of magnetic card for an emergency. You might think about maxing-out your cards then converting what you purchase to quick cash… but don’t take cards with you! What you don’t have can’t tempt you to give your location away. When you’re cold and hungry you will be tempted to use any cards you keep so destroy them before that happens.

  • Purchase clothes you normally wouldn’t consider wearing and put them on in a place where you won’t be observed. Cut your old clothes into pieces and flush them down the toilet — you don’t want your old clothes to be found. (O. J. Simpson probably discarded the shoes and clothes he wore when he probably murdered two people by depositing them into an airport trashcan. Don’t rely on blind luck to save you like he probably did: Destroy your old clothes and flush them!)
  • Abandon your car. Don’t bother driving your car into a lake or an ocean. They can be seen from helicopters or, at minimum, fresh tracks left in the mud surrounding lakes can be spotted from the air easier than by people from the ground. Since you’re giving up an asset, make giving it up work for you.

Abandoning your car in a place where you feel confident it will be stripped and sold by thieves is a good idea yet you’re left with having to walk out of a probably dangerous neighborhood.

Leave the pink slip of the car in the glove box to make it easier for thieves to chop and sell your abandoned car. Leave a door unlocked so they don’t have to break a window. You want the car to be taken in mass rather than picked apart on the street where a cop will spot it so it’s best that you leave the key in the ignition while you’re at it. Before you walk away from your car, leave the engine running, in fact, so that a thief will feel more comfortable stealing it. You could make it look like you’re just running into a store to buy something quickly.

  • Don’t use a taxi service any time you’re fleeing. Taxi drivers and their dispatcher will take records of everyone picked up and dropped off and often taxi drivers will be able to recall your description to match you to your destination. If you look like you’re running from something, their memory of you will be even sharper.
  • Purchase another car. In America one can slap down $300 and buy a pile of junk with no questions asked and no identification needed. If the seller has the pink slip and a key, you buy it if it’s cheap and doesn’t have anything a cop might consider stopping you for a safety violation.

Make sure that the back license plate has a current registration and that the exhaust doesn’t visibly smoke. Make sure the turn indicators are working and that you have headlights. Make sure the windshield has no cracks. Broken or missing break lights are often used as an excuse by police officers to pull over suspicious cars so make sure that the break lights are working.

Don’t do something stupid and buy a stolen car! If there’s no pink slip and no ignition key, don’t buy it. Match the VID number on the pink slip to the VID number on the metal plate usually mounted on the dash board under the windshield wipers. Match the license plate number. If one or both don’t match, don’t buy the car: the license plate could be stolen or the car could be stolen, or both.

Don’t borrow a friend’s car. Don’t even think about borrowing a family member’s car. There are cameras situated along America’s highways and, while I don’t know their resolving capabilities, I think it’s likely that the make and model of cars streaming past them can be made. Even if they can’t resolve your car, a borrowed car is a known avenue of your escape so avoid it.

You might consider a street motorcycle; in fact, they’re as mobile as one can get without using a horse. Motorcycles, however, draw more police attention to them if they look chopped and fast. Your personal appearance on a motorcycle can help deduct from any suspicion that is a normal part of riding a motorcycle in America. A suit and tie might be a good idea: “Mr. Business Man” or “Ms. Business Woman” clothes and appearance might help.

  • Don’t fill up your newly-acquired car with any of your personal belongings. If you get stopped by a cop or a cop drives by you, you don’t want it to look like you’re packed up to the ceiling with all your worldly possessions. You need to discard everything you own and don’t let it show that you’re doing anything other than commuting to or from work. Even if the cop doesn’t stop you, if word gets around that you’ve gone missing, the cop is more likely to remember a stuffed car than all the countless cars simply commuting. They’ll match your profile against your description and may recall the general — if not the exact — type of car you may be driving. If you want to escape notice of the cops, you need to blend in.

Cops work off of profiles: They are trained to spot the unusual as well as how to spot individuals fitting a variety of profiles. Someone on the run fits several profiles. You want to “fall out of the net” and slip through the typical police profiles.

A cup of coffee on the dashboard in front of a guy or gal wearing work clothes arouses no suspicions. You’re on your way to work, not running from someone.

Don’t studiously avoid catching a cop’s eye, by the way. Lean back in your seat, left arm on the window sill, right hand on the steering wheel at the 6:00 o’olock position. Take a sip of your coffee, water, or Diet Coke every now and then, and try to act like you’re a mindless commuter getting from point A to point B with the rest of the lemmings.

You’re not frightened that you’ll get stopped. You’re not anxious of what will happen when your wife or boyfriend discovers you’ve left. You’ll need to adopt a carefree attitude and outward composure. If you’re an illegal alien, you should be thinking about joining the work force and becoming a productive member of your new society, not thinking about the friends and family you might have left behind. Cops, immigration, and everyday people can smell your anxiety and fear so you’ll want to focus on the positive aspects of why you’re on the run.

  • Don’t run from the cops in a car or motorcycle! If you’re in a car or on a motorcycle, pull over, stop, turn the engine off, and show your hands. The worse thing you can do is try to run with your car. Not only could you kill someone, the police will be very motivated to do what it takes to stop you before you do kill someone. In America that includes a cop pulling along side you and popping you with Mr. Shotgun. If you’re driving 120mph through the streets of Los Angeles, you become a fatal threat and will be handled with fatal force. Don’t think that you and your car can get away! You can’t. These days nobody can. Believe it. You can’t outrun radio or helicopters and the police aren’t just going to go away. Spike strips will puncture your tires and slow you down even more. (Eventually there will be devices deployed which will destroy an engine’s ignition system, operated through a remote-control radio link.) These days nobody gets away and you are a dangerous fool to try it in America. Believe it.
  • Don’t tell anyone where you’re planning to go or what you’re planning to do. For as long as possible, don’t ask friends for help or shelter — most of all never ask family members! Don’t telephone anyone to say “good bye.” Don’t have any contact with friends or family! Police authorities will monitor their residential lines and private investigators can easily tap residential lines with not much more than two pieces of equipment costing all of $200 each.
  • Leave town. Don’t go to any place you’ve talked about or stated a desire to visit. Don’t run to any place predictable. Don’t hide in a city or town you’ve ever been to or contains known family members. Don’t do something obviously stupid like running to Las Vegas or Hollywood. If you’re taking children out of an abusive family, leave town and go immediately to a shelter in another State — preferably a State which has laws which help to protect battered men or women from their ex-spouses or live-ins.

Alter your buying habits. When you throw your old self away, you need to discard as many predictable patterns as possible. One of the most common mistakes when hiding is maintaining old habits. If you’re a smoker, stop. If you don’t smoke, start. If you enjoy hot and spicy foods, stop purchasing those items and change to mild foods. If you frequent bars, stop. This may seem an unusual step but you’re working toward disappearing, right? Patterns are predictable. Break them.

There is the possibility that in the future people may be identifiable by their purchasing habits. Granted the point-of-sale data collected by computers would need to be immense yet eventually pattern-recognition software may some day be able to provide authorities with perhaps 100 of the best possible “hits” on people matching your known buying habits. When — if ever — that becomes a reality, you can be sure you won’t know about it until it’s shown on cable television. By that time the technology will have been in use for years and you may end up on a list possibly matching a purchase profile.

It’s best to avoid going to McDonald’s or other fast food places if you have a habit of doing so. When spotted in a city, authorities will divide and eliminate sections of the city. If you like certain fast food places and they know this, they will keep an eye out for you in those areas. These places also have been installing cameras which watch over the counter and the eating areas — cameras you can’t see and cameras you can see. This is also true of many drive-through areas as well with the camera angle usually covered up by a one-way concave mirrored surface.

Keep from depositing traces of yourself

Every place you go, you inadvertently leave pieces of yourself. Every article of clothing, every doorknob, every carpet, every telephone, every toilet seat you use will contain pieces of you. Your skin is flaking off all the time. You need to decide whether there is a risk of the authorities or private investigators looking for you tracking you through your blood type or DNA (which can be worked-up by using pieces of your hair.) After you weigh the risks, take the precautions you deem are needed.

Wear a hat indoors. Wearing a hat in a hotel room won’t remove the probability of you leaving hair follicles in the room yet it will reduce the number of such particles, which makes finding evidence difficult. Cutting your hair until it’s real short will also help. And that’s what you want to do: Limit the amount of physical evidence which can be used to track you.

Never lick an envelope or a stamp for obvious reasons! If it is known you’re in a particular city your general location can be inferred by the physical location of your correspondence in a stack collected by the postal authority. You shouldn’t mail anyone anything unless it’s done so anonymously (wear gloves when handling paper) yet if you feel the need, remember that if you lick something and it leaves your control, you may as well take out an advertisement in the newspapers broadcasting your general location.

Don’t leave blood, semen, or menstrual discharge behind you as you run. If you happen to spill your blood on something, there’s not a damn thing you can do to get it cleaned-up so you may as well not expend the effort to try. Even if you were to clean it up entirely and then wash everything down with gasoline, there are substances which can spot minute traces of blood and technologies which can type extremely minute traces. Even burning the building down to the ground is pointless: Spill your blood and you’ve left a clue you can’t retract at any cost. Don’t even try as you make it worse by spending time trying.

Wipe every surface in your hotel before you leave. For good measure, wipe every surface in any bathroom you may use along the road. Keep in mind that you need to use soap and water when you wipe away your fingerprints and skin tissue otherwise you’ll only leave a bunch of smudges which can be reconstructed using contemporary computer imaging technologies.

Be sure to wipe everything including things you didn’t touch! Scientifically-controlled testing shows that people touch objects without realizing it or being able to recall having touched them. The only way to be absolutely certain you remove fingerprints from everything you touch is to clean everything within reach.

Rubbing alcohol is pretty good at cleaning the natural oils which comprise the majority of your fingerprints so before you run you should acquire a bottle and keep it with you.

Before you leave your hotel room, hang the “please make-up this room as soon as possible” sign on the door handle, taking care not to leave your prints on the sign. You want the room vacuumed, cleaned, and touched by hotel employees as soon as possible.

Don’t wear gloves where you can be seen yet do wear gloves when you won’t be seen.

Don’t eat in restaurants. Your drinking glasses and eating utensils will contain pieces of you. Fast-food places without cameras are okay provided you be sure to take the food with you and can flush paper down a toilet. If you eat at a fast-food place and discard your trash in the trash bin, you’re leaving a trail behind you. (It’s a difficult trail to follow, granted, yet still a trail.)

Don’t forget that most fast-food places and mini-markets these days have surveillance cameras. Even the smallest stores usually run continual tape of everyone who enters, leaves, and stands in the check-out line.

Don’t look for the cameras; notice where they are not and then focus on that spot. Turning your head up to look at a camera changes the shadow and contrast attributes of the video shots of you drastically so, as you enter a shop, keep you face down and look at spots where you off-handedly know cameras are not mounted. (In fact, practice becoming aware of where visible cameras are. Lately cameras are becoming invisible so eventually you’ll never know where they are. You can learn where cameras are usually located, however. Learning the location of cameras you can see will tell you a lot about the possible locations of cameras you won’t see.)

Contemporary computer imaging software can take multiple video shots of you from different camera angles and combine them in extraordinary ways. Poor quality video shots of differing contrasts, brightness, and angles can be processed on a computer to yield good quality photographs of you. Your job is to limit the number and attributes of raw video shots taken of you. This is a damn difficult thing to do, of course.

Keeping yourself hidden

Running is the easiest part. Hiding is a bit harder. Staying hidden is the difficult part. The difficulties are determined by the resolve and resources of those hunting you. If the government wants to find you, they will unless you are willing to sacrifice everything.

If you run to the hills, satellites can see you and identify the type and color of the automobile you’re driving. If you’ve hidden yourself in a cabin, your thermal signature will be seen from satellites. Even if you drive to a road and abandon your vehicle and walk to a cabin 30 miles away, a body heat source in a cabin in the desert or in the woods with no corresponding automobile heat source can signal where you are. It’s suspicious.

Incidentally: Some of the higher technology law enforcement agencies (FBI, CIA, lately BATF) employ “adaptive mirrors” for some of their optical law enforcement efforts. A signal is bounced off of an object which contains marking and timing information. The return bounce tells the computer system a great deal about the atmospheric conditions, temperatures of the air and surfaces, and a host of other attributes about the environment (such as humidity.) The computer system evaluates conditions and then adapts mirrored surfaces to remove distortion, providing amazingly clean audio surveillance from orbit upon unsuspecting suspects. As you can imagine, it’s expensive and law enforcement doesn’t apply the technology to every fugitive. It’s used against law breakers only in extreme cases.

If a satellite must be re-missioned or maneuvered, obviously the cost goes up — but then if they do that, they’ve launched a man hunt against you which you probably won’t escape anyway. Cloud cover won’t help. Smog won’t help. Tree coverage will help a little but don’t rely on it.

The eyes track motion. If there are helicopters looking for you, it is always best to hide in a bush or up in a tree rather than running it out on foot. Your body heat will probably give you away any way. If you have a helicopter looking for you, bury yourself in mud and leaves and you stand a chance of not being detected by your body heat. A river, lake, or stream can mask your body heat of course, yet those would be obvious places to look for you.

I might add that helicopter pilots are trained to follow the driver of automobiles when they bail out and leave any other occupants of the car to the ground officers. If you’re driving a car and bail out (which is the safe, smart move rather than trying to make a run for it with the car) with a helicopter watching over you, climb over to the rear right hand seat and bail out from there, never from the driver’s seat. If they don’t know you’re alone, they may mistakenly wait for the driver. It might even help to kick open the driver’s door before climbing out the back door. If you do that, though, you could be identified as the driver by your clothes so consider the problem.

If you’re walking or running through hills or wooded areas, the eyes of your opposition will track your motion. If you’re motionless, picking you out of the visual clutter will be difficult. Even dogs have trouble picking up a stationary object.

Speaking of dogs, I’ve yet to see a human capable of outrunning a healthy dog. You can confuse them by running around objects a few times and — always traditional — running downstream swiftly moving water.

Running upstream should be avoided. Your scent will be carried downstream and you’ll leave a long tail of scent behind you.

Dogs will go for your feet or hands when you’re running then for your hands when you’re down. They’re trained not to go for the throat (though I’ve heard that some police trained dogs will if given specific instructions to.) Since they are trained not to bark until they are close to you, you will probably not hear the dog getting closer.

Dogs usually work with one officer. Putting more than one dog on an individual’s trail is very rarely done. The officer usually holds onto the dog’s leash which slows the dog down considerably. Dogs that have had their voices removed are rarely released for long-distance track downs.

Dogs are trained to expect their targets to scream and yell such amusing phrases as ” Get him off me! Get him off me!” That makes the dog immune to the emotional pleas of its victims. They’re trained to ignore all commands except those of its master and in some cases they are trained to understand commands given in different languages.

When running from ground forces, it’s expected that you’ll run directly away from the opposition. You’ll want to put as much distance between yourself and your opposition as possible. That may be a bad decision since escape could be to your left or your right. You don’t want to be driven into a trap by running directly away from the ground forces. If they can see you, running directly away could lead you into a trap — they have radios and you probably don’t. They have helicopters. If they can’t see you, take an unexpected tangent to their pursuit. It won’t put as much distance between you at first but if they walk past you at a distance, you win for a while.

They will expect you to: Seek the high ground. There is the idea that if one puts a mountain between you and your pursers, you’re home free. From the top of a mountain or high hills you can better see possible avenues of escape. Your opposition will expect you to climb. Ravines and passes are going to be easier, allowing you to move faster though perhaps not as far away from the opposition as you would like. Going around a mountain could take more time than going over — you decide how you want to do it. If you go over the top, you stand a chance of being seen and you also have more of a helicopter treat.

They will expect you to: Go to ground (or “hole up.”) If you’re hurt or just tired, hungry, and desperate, you will probably want to go to ground. It is expected that as your pursers get closer to you, you’ll find a hole to climb into, a tree to climb, or something equally disastrous. In the cities, the criminals are often found under a bush, in a tree, under a car, in someone’s shed on a roof. At some point it’s expected that you’ll stop running and try to hide. With today’s technology, that’s a bad idea. Keep going until you’re unable to. You can catch up on your sleep when they catch you or when they put a few rounds into your back.

They will expect you to: Take the easiest route to escape capture. You may want to do things which are totally unexpected by doing things the hard way. If you’re tramping through the forest along a trail walking at high speed, making good time toward freedom, you may want to break from the trail, climb the ridge if there is one, and crash through the bush for ten miles. They’ll expect you to walk in the shade and along waterways if it’s a hot day. Decide whether taking the easy way and being predictable is acceptable.

They will expect you to: Double back on yourself. If you can work your way around a hill free from the eyes of your opposition, and double back on yourself, you have increased the chances of escape. Your opposition will be looking for signs that you’ve double backed on yourself. You’re leaving a scent trail for every dog in the area to follow so that should be of some consideration when you double back. You need to try to create a break in your trail at the point you change direction. This could mean walking backwards a bit, climbing a tree, working your way through the branches to other trees, climbing down, and then working your way back the way you came. Even if you don’t suspect that you’re being trailed, it is probably a good idea to break your trail from time to time if you can. You could start being followed again hours later, after all.

They will expect you to: Work your way to your right. You might be tempted not to keep an eye on landmarks and set yourself goals to acquire in the distance. If you’re worried about and focused upon getting away, your natural behavior will be to circle to your right if you’re right handed, to the left if you’re left handed. If it’s at night, pick out the North Star and set your course by it rather than rely upon your internal direction sense to travel.

People and Organizations Which Can Assist You

It’s getting harder and harder to hide in America. There used to be a loose defacto “underground” of “freedom loving” people — hippies, if you will — who would provide aid, shelter, and comfort to those on the run.

These days, however, in our increasingly paranoid and dangerous society, offering assistance to strangers is a bad idea: It gets people killed. One must rely upon professional organizations which assist people who need to hide from abusive people. Professional organizations, however, will want you to have a virtuous reason for running and hiding and will want to help you by reporting you to the authorities if they feel they should. None that I know of assist you if you’re running from a law enforcement agency.

The anti-establishment and socially disassociated populace has always existed and has always been an asset to those on the run. Your job is to find them if you need them. Be honest with such people since they know the score and will shine you on if you’re a lying jerk.

Motorcycle Hangouts.

Buy people drinks, talk politics, express your viewpoints, and get to know the people in motorcycle hangouts.

Express an honest interest in learning how to ride safely. Find out what it’s like to drop everything and ride to feel free.

Eventually, let a few you think you can trust know that you’re looking for a place to hang out “out of the way” for a couple of days. Don’t press the issue and don’t ask outright for shelter. Ask around about where a good spot to sleep is out in the hills where the cops won’t find you. Someone may offer you a tent in his backyard.

Ask where a good place is to find something to eat or get day labor. Someone may offer you a fiver or yard work.

Honestly make friends with some of the people. Your best bet is not to lead people on and take advantage of them but to actually befriend people who can help you hide and then — hopefully — start a new life with a new identity.

Motorcycle riders have reputations they must defend and domination games they must play. If you’re on the run or need a place to hide, understand that you are Beta Male among Alpha Males. Understand that these are usually good people worthy of your friendship who can and will help you. Understand that you must fit into their society of Alpha and Beta males and accept their domination games. Many gangs are only minor criminals with codes of honor and ethics, existing only to drink, fuck, and ride with their buddies — bikers who have regular jobs during the week and hang out and ride when they can. Not all motorcycle gangs are druggie murderers and thieves. These days in America, bikers like that are few in number.

Punk Rock or New Age dance studios.

This group of people tend to be younger than the motorcycle crowd. Your best bet for assistance will be among the younger kids but, being young, they’ll probably be living with their parents and have no resources to help you with. They probably know where you can sleep safely, however, and will know who might have jobs available.

With punkers it will be okay to let it be known outright that you’re looking to find a place to hide from the cops for awhile. The punkers with the proper punk attitude will “know someone who might know someone” who can help you find a place to cool off for awhile.

Homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and churches. Most moderate or large cities will have shelters and soup kitchens operated by either the State government or religious organizations. Questions are usually never asked though such places usually like to make sure you’re not holding dope or weapons before they’ll let you stay. If possible, try to see if there’s any work in the kitchen or dorms you could do to repay their kindness. Such people who exhibit a willingness to work will be afforded assistance finding a paying job — which is something you’ll want to do since you’re trying to build a new life.

Employment: Food, Shelter While on the Run, While Underground

The idea is to run and hide only as long as you have to and then start rebuilding your life under a new identity. Homeless shelters, job placement services, and day labor can give you hope and help while you’re struggling to make your new life. You’re using a computer so I assume that you have food and shelter now and possibly employment. Save up your money before you run and you’ll give yourself a chance.

If you’re in a city or town, you stand a better chance of feeding yourself and keeping yourself from freezing to death. There are often shelters run by Christian, Muslim, or Jewish organizations which will feed you and put you up. It may be dangerous to do so simply because such places are usually — nearly always — in dangerous neighborhoods. If you’re wearing the wrong color face, you have to compare the possibility of violence and abuse against hunger. If you look like you’re on the run, you could be victimized in the city. Those who would victimize you know you won’t go to the cops. You’re on your own in an area where punks band together out of boredom.

Finding work is your best bet. You’re using a computer right now so it is assumed that you have a job (or are married without a paying job) and as such have some marketable skills. Even without marketable skills, you can find employment if you’re willing to work hard.

Hopefully you’ve managed to save aside some cash but that won’t last long. There are jobs that you can do:

Day Labor: Normally day labor is back-breaking, hot and sweaty work and is given to men. Women can get day labor cleaning — houses, hotels, dishes… it’s hard work but it is out there. You may be paid cash for day labor and no one will ask you questions. If you have a skill (such as sewing, tree trimming, or painting) your pay will be higher than if you’re just moving dirt or laying down bricks.

Without other expenses, day labor should be enough to feed yourself and maybe save some cash aside against the day you find a serious job and rent an apartment with friends.

By the way: Most day labor consists of men who speak Spanish with only a few words of English (at least this is the case in the United States.) Most will be Mexican workers with families to support. Nearly all will be extremely hard working individuals who know that when the day is over and they get their pay, tomorrow the work bosses will be out picking up day laborers again and they’ll pick faces they recognize as hard workers. Competition for work is heavy so joining a group of day laborers could be difficult. No one asks questions, any way, which you would find embarrassing.

If you attempt to perform day labor by hanging out with other day labor crew, if you’re wearing a white face you stand a better chance of being looked over carefully by police and private individuals than if you’re wearing a brown face.

Most cities will have job placement services run by governmental workers. They’ll want a home address and identification so be ready with a real residential address even though it may not be your real one (because you may not have one.) When asked for identification, state that you’ve been on the street “for a long, long time” and, if they would help, you would like to get a State identification card and a Social Security number and “start living like a normal human being.” Since you might want to be difficult to contact, you should be the one to check with governmental job placement services every day to see if they have something for you. The address of local shelters will often work for contact addresses for you.

It is a crime to defraud your State or Federal government so you must be clear on this: Your intention is to build yourself a better life. A Social Security card issued to you under a false identity MUST be considered by you to be absolutely honest and real. That Social Security number is issued to someone you have wholly become. You will pay taxes to that account and you will file income reports with that account number. That’s you now, not a fake. Because you’re paying your taxes and working at an honest living, if your real identity is found out, people may be reasonable about the fact that you’ve been working hard to be a productive, tax-paying member of society. (

Note: Food coupons could be issued to you if you qualify though you may need a valid mailing address. Check with your local social services office to find out whether this could help you.

If you’re clean and neat, you could get minimum wage at a fast-food place and be allotted a lower price for your meals. Cut your hair short — but not too short, regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman. Remove facial hair if you’ve got it. Look neat and clean. Consider shaving your arms if you’re a man — seriously. Women usually do in the United States and it’s perfectly acceptable for men to do likewise. Lacking skills, you must work to make yourself look more acceptable, better capable of filling a fast-food job than the rest standing behind you also wanting that job.

This might not be a good job for you since you’ll be working with the public and you may not want your face to be seen so much. (And don’t forget that nearly all fast-food places have cameras these days watching everything that goes on.)

Restaurants, like fast-food places, are another place to check out. Even though kitchens have automatic dish washers these days (there are regulations about water temperature) someone still must load the washers, sort the dishes, and move them about. Someone also has to keep the floors clean. Working a restaurants is hard work and low-pay but, like fast-food places, one’s meals will be discounted in cost or provided by the establishment as part of one’s wages. These places are often trade-unionized so you might have trouble with being forced to join the union. If at all possible, don’t. (Some States have a “Right To Work” law which makes enforced payment to union organizations (that is to say, to organized crime) illegal. Check to see if the State you’re working in has a “Right To Work” law.) Every dollar you don’t have to pay out of pocket translates to food and freedom. Unions are a fraud and don’t provide anything you can use.

If you can type, data entry is a job that’s very much in demand. It’s long hours and low pay but it’ll keep you from starving to death. Data entry (and card keypunch operating) often require taking numbers and text off of printed forms and, for nine or ten hours a day, typing them into a computer. That work often gets printed to paper and then audited line-by-line against the form data to make sure there were no mistakes. This is mentally challenging work better suited for women than for men, I will add, and employers know this. They usually hire women for data entry and card keypunch.

Telephone solicitation. You don’t need too many skills to dial a telephone number and read from a script when your “victim” answers. The script that you would work off of will lead toward getting information from the person you reach. The information is usually typed into a database. The required abilities here are wearing a headset, working a desktop telephone display set, and keying in information into a form on a screen as you read from a script and get information. These places can be either boiler-plate sweat shops or nicely air-conditioned buildings, either selling crap nobody needs else selling goods and services some will find useful. Your pay will be determined by either the number of hours you put in or the number of calls you make or the number of subscriptions (or units of merchandise) you sell.

You could get a job in a warehouse or distribution center. Men usually can find work in either a warehouse or a distribution center yet women stand a better chance of getting work in a distribution center. The reason is because in a distribution center, clothes, food, books, video tapes, shoes et al. are shipped by the manufacturer to the distribution center which sorts them for shipment to the stores. This type of work is usually given to women.

correct problems with customers and suppliers. Eventually warehouse management skills are acquired and such skills are in demand. Learning to work with customers to solve problems with filling orders and billing is a very good skill to cultivate.

 

either.

Farm work, picking nuts, oranges, vegetables, grapes and such can be found in parts of Central and Northern California however once again there is a glut of available illegal Mexican labor out there that you would be competing with.

If you’re out in the desert or the woods, either running or holed up somewhere, you should face up to the fact that you’re going to lose weight. The idea that with a rifle and a box of ammunition and a book of matches you can survive for a long period of time is wishful thinking. There are a lot of “survivalists” in the United States who, like their self-professed “militia” intellectual colleagues honestly believe they could survive in the woods if they had to.

That’s nonsense. There was a time when it was possible but those days are long over. Biodiversity in the major Westernized societies has been decimated, often with pollution and introduced pests. Disease among the plants and animals you would eat must be taken into consideration. The deer you eat, the fish you eat, and the rabbits you eat will sustain you only for so long (if not make you violently ill) and then your body is going to need other foodstuffs. You can delay the eventuality of malnutrition with multi-vitamins but eventually you’ll need to forage wider and wider for fruits, nuts, and vegetables — not to mention fresh water which is often in very short supply. (Campgrounds, don’t forget.)

 

If it was easy or reasonably possible to survive in the woods, everyone who hates their jobs would be doing it. Don’t kid yourself: If you’re on the run, you must remain in contact with human habitation and either work for or steal food or get food from a shelter in the city. If you’re holed up some where (in a tent in the hills overlooking a city, perhaps) stock up on canned goods if you can. Don’t rely on what you can pick up from the land. You run the risk of drawing attention to yourself as you visit the city (assuming you’ve got a hide out in the woods or desert) but you should consider adopting the risk since the alternative — malnutrition — is worse.

I mention this because the idea is to hide until you can rebuild your life and start living a normal life. If you eat nothing but fish for three months, malnutrition is going to reduce your chances of getting a job or having enough energy for working day labor — or having the energy to run again if your hiding place is discovered. Keep yourself as healthy as possible by taking the risks needed to obtain processed foods.

Farms are a good place to find food but they’re also a good place to run into dogs and farmers on horseback with rifles who also have access to telephones to report you. Orange groves, walnut trees, strawberry patches et al. often run along highways and they could be raided successfully and safely every now and then. You could work on a farm as “stoop labor” picking lettuce, oranges, grapes, and nuts in many States of the United States.

 

If such an operation sees the suspect make and model car pass under a bridge, mobile officers from outlying stations are redirected to intercept the car. It’s rare for cops on bridges to leave their stations unless the wanted scumbag is confirmed so they’ll use a number of roving police cars on outlying picket to chase down suspect vehicles, leaving the net in place.

There’s really no defense for this operation other than to bail and run on foot. You’ve probably bought it, though. On California freeways you’ll not have much of a chance. In places like New Jersey, you may have a chance if there’s no helicopter watching you due to the high population density along freeways. California freeways tend to have trees and bush growing along side but the areas are wide open to visual eye contact from one bridge to the next. If there’s no trees and bushes, the highways in California tend to have high walls walling in the freeway.

    • Forced exits. More often than the above method, police will put up cones and construction vehicles to close all lanes of a freeway, making all cars take an exit, a surface road, and then an on-ramp. The idea is to make the person they’re looking for think that an accident or emergency road maintenance is being worked rather than a man hunt.

As cars approach the exit, police cars by the dozen will be observing everyone in line. More police will be watching for several miles down the freeway for anyone bailing at previous exists (depending upon the length of freeway traffic backup.) Police will be watching for anyone pulling to the break-down lane and trying to avoid them.

Like the other method, there’s really no defense for this other than to try to bail and run. It’s probably hopeless, though.

As previously mentioned, however, traffic stops and check points are going to be the biggest problem. They can happen at random without any notice. Agricultural check points — such as one can find on highway 15 between Las Vegas and Southern California and the one on Interstate 5 near Grapevine — are stationary and usually run 24 hours a day. The officers don’t have authority among themselves to arrest or detain you if your picture has been circulated among them. The most they can do is request that you pull over and stop and, failing to do so, they press a button and the police cruisers on station at the facility will hunt you down and stop you.

There’s really nothing you can do about stationary check points except either avoid them entirely or comply with the check point’s attendant and smile your way through and just hope your face isn’t in their book.

Roving check points and random sampling is something you have no control over. You may try to fall out of the set of profiles that cops are trained to look for to reduce the chances of getting randomly stopped and searched. Profiles cops learn to focus on are different from city to city, town to town, but you can bet that most of the profiles consists of:

  • Drug dealers or buyers. Drug dealers have a range of profiles they match. Drug buyers — being from all walks of life — have a much broader spectrum of profiles they match. Traveling in known drug traffiking areas is a bad idea. It gets worse if you’re traveling slowly. You may have no choice if you’re looking to purchase false identification papers in such areas, of course, but drug profiles are well ingrained in today’s American police force. The druggie profiles are something cops “feel” and they’re usually right. If you’re on the run and you’re in a drug dealing area, you may just smell suspicious and could get pulled over and asked what you’re doing in the area.
  • Prostitution Johns. You may find yourself driving along a street that’s heavy with prostitution. Though you’ll probably not draw attention just for driving down the street, the density of cops along such streets will be higher than elsewhere so you’ll want to avoid the area. Like with druggie areas, since you’re on the run you may just give the cop a gut feeling something’s wrong with you and get yourself pulled over. Such areas gives officers a courtroom-friendly excuse for pulling you over and searching you.
  • So-called “gang banger.” You don’t want to drive a car that’s had its suspension fucked up, it’s identification stickers removed (such as the Toyota logos the manufacturers put on) and mud on its license plates. You don’t want to be driving a car that’s missing its license plates. There shouldn’t be a lot of clothing in the back seat which such a profile often contains since such people often change their clothes after a drive-by shooting or other crimes.
  • Cruiser. In many cities there is a major street which has become a defacto cruising scene for High School or college kids. It’s usually a street that has restaurants or bars and coffee shops that are open until midnight or so. Cruising or joy riding is getting “cracked down upon” in most cities and you could be stopped if you match the profile of a cruiser.

A cruiser will be driving at night in a clean car that’s either a fairly new car, a restored classic, or any kind of car with a bunch of kids stuffed into it. If you’re driving a clean 1972 Ford Pinto with the windows rolled down at 11:00 p.m. down Sunset Blvd. in Southern California, cops in the area will register your car the first time they see it. The second time they see you driving the street will convince them you’re cruising and they may decide to pull you over. Even though you’re minding your own business, you may want to avoid streets where cruising takes place if you’re driving something that matches the profile.

The idea is to travel along America’s highways without drawing attention to yourself and ending up getting pulled out of a check point queue or getting stopped by a cop. You should think about what kind of car and what kind of “look and feel” cops are likely to pull over and work to defeat the expected image. Get a couple of books and put them on your dash board. Something from Ann Rand and Albert Einstein, maybe, or something containing intellectual material. Criminals don’t read — they’re stupid: That’s why they’re criminals. You want to look like you’re Mr. or Ms. Citizen going about your lawful business and not a wanted fugitive or a missing house wife who’s husband wants you back to further abuse you.

 

  • Find gainful employment.
  • Pay your taxes.
  • Get medical, life, and automotive insurance.
  • Get a credit card — and keep it paid up.
  • Perhaps take college courses to learn a new marketable skill.
  • Acquire and maintain respectability in your community.
  • Find a wife or husband: Make a new family.
  • Don’t drink heavily, don’t use any illegal drugs, don’t do any crimes.
  • Die with dignity.

What you want to do is make your new life to the point where if you’re ever caught, your employer, friends, and neighbors will express disbelief when the cops haul you away. While getting caught shouldn’t be part of your goals, you should consider the possibility and plan accordingly.

This is very important if you build a new family: Your wife or husband should be told who you really are before you get married. Since you’re working to become a respectable, productive member of society, your prospective spouse should know your past before you get married!

Finding out your real name isn’t Michael Johnson after five years of marriage won’t help your wife maintain support for you when the cops come to haul you away. Letting her know you’re on the run and for why you’re on the run before hand means that you’ll have support if they ever do find you.

 

Checkpoints on America’s Highways — People Looking for you

Road blocks, police check points, sobriety checks, immigration check points, agricultural check points: You may be stopped and searched, your identification examined, and possibly compromised in America for these reasons while traveling on America’s highways. Even if “they” don’t have the check point up specifically looking for you, accidental catches happen frequently. (Ask any Highway Patrol Officer stopping a vehicle for a broken tail light. The California HP has the largest felony arrest record of any police agency anywhere in the world.)

If there’s a road block up looking specifically for you, you’ll probably not have much of a chance anyway and you probably deserve to get caught. Usually, however, a road block is up looking for someone else or, as is common during holidays, sobriety checks can get you examined by the police. You’ll want to avoid that.

Try not to travel during the holidays. Police are out in force due to drunk drivers and — though it’s considered unconstitutional — pulling vehicles over and conducting searches without probable cause is more common during the holidays than outside of the holidays.

You might consider using public transportation since bus and taxi drivers are not usually pulled over and, for no reason, checked. They’re usually waved past most check points though such vehicles draw extra focus at police check points. (Note: Some States have made unconstitutional laws which allows their police officers to stop and search public transportation without probable cause. This latest unconstitutional series of laws is part of the government’s insane “war on drugs” nonsense.)

Try to stay out of areas which have only one or a few roads leading in and out of it. Such places as you would probably consider your best place to lay low would be camping grounds and areas surrounding lakes. Such places are most often accessed by only one winding road which is very easy for the authorities to block and sift for you. Also, camp grounds provide sources of food and water — which should be acquired, of course, at night.

In remote areas such as forests, your opposition will be setting up a command post some where in your suspected location from which foot searches for you will radiate. Such command centers usually are selected for the availability of electricity, radios, telephones, and sanitation facilities. If you know the area you’re in, you can bet that the command post is a fire station, ranger station, or perhaps a camp ground or gas station.

The road blocks will be in communication via radio with the command post and, since they’re probably line-of-site radios, expect road blocks to be within five or ten miles of the command post. That’ll be a guess and there’s no guarantee that everyone in the effort is talking to each other but it’s a good bet they’ll want to. You have to decide what the most probable size of the parameter around you is and make a guess as to where road blocks might be.

Don’t forget that radio doesn’t have to be line-of-sight if the authorities are utilizing radio repeaters

You need to abandon your vehicle before you come into eye contact with your opposition. If they see you and you try to turn around and get away, there’s no point: you’re just risking the lives of innocent people and you should stop your engine and show your hands else you should bail and run on foot. But if you hear on the radio that there’s police activity in your area and you suspect a road block, taking off on foot might be your best bet. Your car is a lot easier to spot than just yourself — and yo can dig in somewhere and walk over nearly everything whereas you can’t drive a car in most places.

Listen to traffic reports! You may be informed by your local news traffic reports that there is “police activity” in an area. That activity could be in your honor.

One idea that seems to have some success is to drive down the road and abandoning the car thereafter you walk back the way you came for several miles before taking a tangent. They’ll be expecting you to either continue working your way in the direction you were driving or they expect you to take off on a tangent from where you left the car. When they find your car it becomes the center of operations and a new perimeter will be set up around it.

Another idea someone suggested was if someone must abandon one’s car, to let the air out of one tire before doubling back on foot. This will make the authorities suspect that you’ve had a flat and abandoned your car unintentionally. Unintentionally abandoning the car might mean that you didn’t twigg to the road block and bailed. That would mean that you left the car and headed for the nearest telephone to call for help. The nearest residence or town then becomes one of the center of operations and the road block further down the road becomes another center of operations. It would be considered that you had a flat, headed down the road for assistance, and then saw the road block and either turned around or headed into the hills on a tangent. By making the opposition think your plans were thwarted by a hardware failure, you force them to behave in ways you want them to and kind of gets even for what they’re making you do.

  • Freeway sifting. It happens on rare occasions yet it’s becoming more and more popular: Police will try to sift you on the freeways of America if you’re suspected to be in a general location.

This is currently done two different ways.

The first is manpower intensive yet has some successful results. Police officers are stationed along freeway overpasses if they’re looking for a particular make and model of a car. A circle is set up on a map and every overpass along the freeways and intersections in an operations grid is staffed with cops with radios.

If such an operation sees the suspect make and model car pass under a bridge, mobile officers from outlying stations are redirected to intercept the car. It’s rare for cops on bridges to leave their stations unless the wanted scumbag is confirmed so they’ll use a number of roving police cars on outlying picket to chase down suspect vehicles, leaving the net in place.

There’s really no defense for this operation other than to bail and run on foot. You’ve probably bought it, though. On California freeways you’ll not have much of a chance. In places like New Jersey, you may have a chance if there’s no helicopter watching you due to the high population density along freeways. California freeways tend to have trees and bush growing along side but the areas are wide open to visual eye contact from one bridge to the next. If there’s no trees and bushes, the highways in California tend to have high walls walling in the freeway.

Forced exits. More often than the above method, police will put up cones and construction vehicles to close all lanes of a freeway, making all cars take an exit, a surface road, and then an on-ramp. The idea is to make the person they’re looking for think that an accident or emergency road maintenance is being worked rather than a man hunt.

As cars approach the exit, police cars by the dozen will be observing everyone in line. More police will be watching for several miles down the freeway for anyone bailing at previous exists (depending upon the length of freeway traffic backup.) Police will be watching for anyone pulling to the breakdown lane and trying to avoid them.

Like the other method, there’s really no defense for this other than to try to bail and run. It’s probably hopeless, though.

As previously mentioned, however, traffic stops and check points are going to be the biggest problem. They can happen at random without any notice. Agricultural check points — such as one can find on highway 15 between Las Vegas and Southern California and the one on Interstate 5 near Grapevine — are stationary and usually run 24 hours a day. The officers don’t have authority among themselves to arrest or detain you if your picture has been circulated among them. The most they can do is request that you pull over and stop and, failing to do so, they press a button and the police cruisers on station at the facility will hunt you down and stop you.

There’s really nothing you can do about stationary check points except either avoid them entirely or comply with the check point’s attendant and smile your way through and just hope your face isn’t in their book.

Roving check points and random sampling is something you have no control over. You may try to fall out of the set of profiles that cops are trained to look for to reduce the chances of getting randomly stopped and searched. Profiles cops learn to focus on are different from city to city, town to town, but you can bet that most of the profiles consists of:

  • Drug dealers or buyers. Drug dealers have a range of profiles they match. Drug buyers — being from all walks of life — have a much broader spectrum of profiles they match. Traveling in known drug trafficking areas is a bad idea. It gets worse if you’re traveling slowly. You may have no choice if you’re looking to purchase false identification papers in such areas, of course, but drug profiles are well ingrained in today’s American police force. The druggie profiles are something cops “feel” and they’re usually right. If you’re on the run and you’re in a drug dealing area, you may just smell suspicious and could get pulled over and asked what you’re doing in the area.
  • Prostitution Johns. You may find yourself driving along a street that’s heavy with prostitution. Though you’ll probably not draw attention just for driving down the street, the density of cops along such streets will be higher than elsewhere so you’ll want to avoid the area. Like with druggie areas, since you’re on the run you may just give the cop a gut feeling something’s wrong with you and get yourself pulled over. Such areas gives officers a courtroom-friendly excuse for pulling you over and searching you.
  • Cruiser. In many cities there is a major street which has become a defacto cruising scene for High School or college kids. It’s usually a street that has restaurants or bars and coffee shops that are open until midnight or so. Cruising or joy riding is getting “cracked down upon” in most cities and you could be stopped if you match the profile of a cruiser.

A cruiser will be driving at night in a clean car that’s either a fairly new car, a restored classic, or any kind of car with a bunch of kids stuffed into it. If you’re driving a clean 1972 Ford Pinto with the windows rolled down at 11:00 p.m. down Sunset Blvd. in Southern California, cops in the area will register your car the first time they see it. The second time they see you driving the street will convince them you’re cruising and they may decide to pull you over. Even though you’re minding your own business, you may want to avoid streets where cruising takes place if you’re driving something that matches the profile.

The idea is to travel along America’s highways without drawing attention to yourself and ending up getting pulled out of a check point queue or getting stopped by a cop. You should think about what kind of car and what kind of “look and feel” cops are likely to pull over and work to defeat the expected image. Get a couple of books and put them on your dash board. Something from Ann Rand and Albert Einstein, maybe, or something containing intellectual material. Criminals don’t read — they’re stupid: That’s why they’re criminals. You want to look like you’re Mr. or Ms. Citizen going about your lawful business and not a wanted fugitive or a missing house wife who’s husband wants you back to further abuse you.

 

Summary

Your goals are to manufacture a new life under a new identity complete with legal recognition under your new identity. To acquire that goal, you must be ready and willing to do what it takes — without compounding any criminal activities you might be wanted for. As mentioned before, that means discarding all your friends, your family, and your way of life in favor for new friends, a new way of life and possibly a new marriage with a loving wife or husband to create a new family.

The steps you take along the way toward acquiring that new life can be boiled down to these salient points:

Discard your old life.

  • Limit the resolve and resources of your opposition.
  • Run from your opposition (and your old life.)
  • Hide from your opposition.
  • Make new friends.
  • Acquire a new identity. (Legal papers: Birth record, Social Security #)
  • Find gainful employment.
  • Pay your taxes.
  • Get medical, life, and automotive insurance.
  • Get a credit card — and keep it paid up.
  • Perhaps take college courses to learn a new marketable skill.
  • Acquire and maintain respectability in your community.
  • Find a wife or husband: Make a new family.
  • Don’t drink heavily, don’t use any illegal drugs, don’t do any crimes.
  • Die with dignity.

What you want to do is make your new life to the point where if you’re ever caught, your employer, friends, and neighbors will express disbelief when the cops haul you away. While getting caught shouldn’t be part of your goals, you should consider the possibility and plan accordingly.

This is very important if you build a new family: Your wife or husband should be told who you really are before you get married. Since you’re working to become a respectable, productive member of society, your prospective spouse should know your past before you get married!

Finding out your real name isn’t Michael Johnson after five years of marriage won’t help your wife maintain support for you when the cops come to haul you away. Letting her know you’re on the run and for why you’re on the run before hand means that you’ll have support if they ever do find you.

You can buy a copy of Rice’s book “Vanishing Point: How to disappear in America without a trace: here:

http://www.amazon.com/Vanishing-Point-Disappear-America-Without/dp/3865883028

 

To Lose Fat, Breathe More

BreatheYou don’t burn fat when you exercise, you exhale it, according to a just published report in the British Medical Journal. Fat acquired from food is stored in a compound called triglyceride, which is made up of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen atoms. You lose fat by unlocking those atoms into water and carbon dioxide through a process known as oxidation. When 5 pounds of fat is oxidized about 4 pounds leaves your body via breathing. The more you breathe, the more fat you lose.
“Every time you’re doing some exercise and your breathing rate goes up, you’re losing more weight than when you’re sitting down and not breathing as rapidly ,” says lead study author Ruben Meerman. “Keeping the weight off simply requires that you put less back in by eating than you’ve exhaled by breathing.”

Sitting in your chair and breathing more will only cause you to hyperventilate. But any physical activity will cause you to breath more and lose fat. However, nobody can expect to breathe away 5 pounds of fat in a day.

“There is a limit to the amount of weight we can lose per day because there’s a limit to how much carbon dioxide we can actually breathe out in a day,” says Meerman. “The weight loss industry makes ridiculous claims about outrageous amounts of weight loss, which just aren’t possible for most people.”

Best Diabetes News of 2014

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Stem cells may provide a cure. Researchers developed a 30-day process that transforms embryonic stem cells into pancreatic beta cells, the same sugar-regulating cells that are destroyed by the immune system of people with type 1 diabetes. Other researchers have encouraging news from harvesting beta cells from cadavers and transplanting them into people with diabetes. In experiments with mice, the stems cells were able to cure diabetes in 10 days.

An implantable insulin delivery service. A two-week supply of insulin can be delivered with a refillable device that is implanted under the skin in the abdomen, say researchers at Harvard. Eventually the device could free patients from frequent injections.

Tattoos that tell tales. Researchers at MIT recently created a tattoo that measures blood sugar levels. The nanoparticle ink seeks out glucose and emits an infrared glow that can be read by a wristwatch-like device to help monitor changes. The tattoo ink disappears after about six months so you don’t even have to worry about getting stuck with an ex-girlfriend’s name on your butt.

A pill instead of a prick. The FDA approved, Xigduo XR, a once-daily tablet that, in combination with the popular metformin, suppresses glucose absorption in the kidneys, so it is released in urine. The drug was earlier approved to treat type 2 diabetes in Australia and Europe.

Non-invasive glucose monitoring. Echo Therapeutics has developed a non-invasive, hand-held wireless continuous glucose-monitoring system. The Symphony System patch transmits glucose levels to an external monitor on a minute-by-minute basis.

Symphony Monitor

 

An insulin nasal spray approved. The FDA also approved Oral-lyn, the first nasal spray for Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes.  It is sprayed into the mouth using a device similar to an asthma inhaler. The insulin is absorbed through the mucous membranes lining and begins lowering blood  sugar in 5 minutes. One application is effective for about 2 hours. So far it can only be used on a limited basis in the US but is already in wider use in other countries.

A glass of wine and some chocolate-dipped strawberries can help. The three are rich in flavonoids and according to a recent study they can help regulate blood sugar and can help prevent Type-2 diabetes.. Blueberries, tea, red grapes, celery and raspberries are also high in flavonoids. You could also take a flavonoid supplement, but where’s the fun in that?

A painkiller warning. The prescription painkiller tramadol (sold under the brand-names Ultram, ConZip, and Ultram ER) has been linked to an increased risk of hospitalization for low blood sugar in people both with and without diabetes, found by McGill University in Montreal.

And one about vitamin D.  Another study found that low levels of vitamin D can double the risk of heart disease and stroke in people with diabetes. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine discovered that diabetics with low levels of vitamin D can’t process cholesterol efficiently, leading to build up of plaque in blood vessels.

A cheap medicine works well. The generic blood pressure medicine, verapamil, which costs less than $5 per month, is being studied as a possible treatment for both types of diabetes. Preliminary research in mice has shown the drug to “eradicate” the disease.

Cashews may lower blood sugar. Scientists in Montreal tested extracts of various plants, including cashew nuts and their tree leaves and bark, and apples. They found that cashew seed extract increased the absorption of blood sugar by the cells. Extracts of other plant parts had no effect.

Low-carb diets work. A four-month study found that when overweight diabetes patients were put on a low-carbohydrate diet their showed a significant improvement. However, they point out that such diets are notoriously hard to stick to over the long term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Researchers Discover Drug That Combats Brain-Cell Loss in Heavy Drinkers

“How come if alcohol kills millions of brain cells, it never killed the ones that made me want to drink?”
~Author Unknown
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While this isn’t a license to go out and get drunk as a rat, scientists in England and Belgium have discovered that a compound called ethane-beta-sultam can reduce the negative brain effects of binge drinking. Their 10 year study showed that the chemical caused a significant reduction in brain inflammation, disorientation and brain cell loss from heavy drinking. While the research was conducted on rats it is thought to have important implications for humans and may also be useful in treating Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurological diseases.

A Simple Contraceptive You Can’t Have

There’s a male contraceptive injection that lasts for 10 years (but you can’t have it)

Pregnant Guy
A scientist in India has developed a simple contraception injection that’s nearly 100% effective and last for 10 years. It’s called RISUG, (“reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance.”) A non-toxic polymer is injected through the scrotum to the epididymis, the tubes that carry sperm. As the sperm, which carry a negative electrical charge, pass by the negatively charged polymer they are killed. The injection doesn’t impair semen or ejaculation and the whole process takes about 15 minutes and can be reversed at any time by an injection of baking soda and water.

The reason you can’t have it is that drug makers aren’t interested in a product that costs pennies and lasts for 10 years. So far the only funding for the project is a $100,000 donations from the Gates Foundation.

Here’s How to Properly Shuffle a Deck of Cards

Card Shuffle1. Hold approximately half the deck in each hand with the thumbs facing inward. Use your thumbs to release the cards causing them to intertwine. No need to bend them back; just let them fall in place.

2. Since the top card will still be on top after this riffling, a proper shuffle should also include “stripping:” small sections of cards should be moved from the top or bottom of the deck and placed on the oppose side (top-to-bottom and bottom-to-top)

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