Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Surviving at sea

Surviving at Sea
By : Armand Reneu
If your ship is sinking, you need to act fast. Gather as much food and water as you can and get your life raft ready. If you have time, you should grab these additional items:
  • Flashlight and Batteries
  • Two-way radio
  • Mirror
  • Flares
  • sunscreen
  • Matches
  • First aid kit
The good news is that life rafts have come a long way since the small rubber crafts of days gone by. Modern life rafts have tall walls, covers, paddles, insulated flooring, bailing buckets, ladders and a variety of emergency items -- flares, water pouches, signaling mirrors, reflective tape and fishing kits. A good life raft isn't cheap, with a deluxe four-person model costing about $4,000 in today's market.
Life rafts are packed by the manufacturer and require regular servicing to ensure their usability. Unfortunately, even the most expensive life rafts aren't always leak-proof. The ocean is tough on a small vessel, and you may end up with water coming into your safe haven. All modern rafts come with pumps and repair kits for this reason. You'll also make good use of your bailer to help empty your raft of water.
Shipwreck Survival Stories
The Robertsons
In 1972, 18 months into an around-the-world voyage, a Scottish family of six found themselves sinking fast after killer whales slammed into their boat. The family and one crew member boarded a life raft and dinghy and spent the next five-and-a-half weeks drifting at sea.
With minimal food, they lived off flying fish, sea turtles and rainwater. Once the raft disintegrated, they boarded the dinghy and used the raft as shelter from the elements. The dinghy had a series of leaks, and the group had to bail water constantly to keep from sinking. To pass the time, they talked about opening a café when they were rescued and even planned the menu.
After 40 days adrift, they spotted a Japanese fishing boat and used their final flare to signal for rescue. The 1992 TV movie "Survive the Savage S­ea" tells their story.
One of the most challenging aspects of being lost at sea is the psychological toll it takes. To look around and see nothing but open water can cause a great deal of mental distress. Additional anguish comes when you see passing boats and planes, or come close to land before drifting away. If you're with someone else, occupy yourself by playing word games or talking about future plans.Heatstroke is another cause for concern. If your raft has a cover, stay under it during the day. Some symptoms of heatstroke are:
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Confused mental state
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shallow breathing
  • Headache and nausea
If you're suffering from heatstroke, try the following:
  • Get in the shade
  • Blot your skin with a damp cloth
  • Fan yourself
  • Drink cool fresh water

Drifting is your only hope for finding dry land, so the more you drift, the better your chances. Most life rafts are equipped with sea anchors that help stabilize the vessel. While a stable raft is a good thing, the anchor will slow your drifting rate. Try pulling up the anchor during periods of calm weather and drop it back in when the winds pick up. At a rate of two knots, you can drift as far as 50 miles per day -- in calm weather you can bob in place for hours.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Who are the Basques

                                           Who are the Basques
                                                     By: Armand Reneu

The Basques are a group of people living in the area of northern Spain and southern France. The Basques are a distinct ethnic group, although they have genetic similarities to many Portuguese, Britons, French, Irish, and Spaniards.
The modern-day Basques are thought to be holdouts of the early people of Western Europe, most of whom were exterminated or enveloped by early conquerors. Various Basque tribes, notably the Aquitani and Vascones, were mentioned by Roman writers. The Basque region was known as Vasconia during the Middle Ages, and was eventually divided during the time of Charlemagne into two distinct kingdoms, the Kingdom of Pamplona and the Kingdom of Castille. The Kingdom of Castille annexed a great deal of the Basque territory from the 11th to 16th centuries, and this land eventually became a part of Spain. The rest of the Basque territory would become part of France.
The Basques are fiercely self-deterministic, and many are part of a movement claiming sovereignty throughout the Basque region. The Basques speak their own language, have their own radio and newspapers, have their own educational system, and continue to embrace a culture spanning thousands of years.
During the Spanish Civil War, the Basques joined in with the Separatist movements, hoping to at last have total autonomy. When Franco defeated the Separatists, however, the Basques were reassimilated into the Spanish government. Since then, however, a number of reforms have taken place, granting the Basques steadily more and more autonomy, even while they remain a part of Spain and France. The Basques have been granted the right to speak Euskara, to run their own schools, and to practice their own culture.
At the same time, many Basques see the perceived continued occupation of their homeland as a great injustice. The ETA, a Basque separatist group, or terrorist group according to the US State Department and other governmental bodies, continues to fight for complete autonomy. The Basques convene their own Parliament, and in both 2002 and 2006 this Parliament reasserted their right to self-determination.
Ancient Basques are thought to have worshiped the goddess Mari, and ancient Basque culture was thought to be largely matriarchal. The old Basque religion also included a number of mythical figures, including nymphs, giants, genies, and supernatural beings that supposedly built the stone circles that dot the landscape. Since the advent of Christianity, the Basques have historically been almost entirely Roman Catholic, and a number of prominent saints, including Francis Xavier, have been of Basque origin. In fact, the founder of the Society of Jesus, Ignatius Loyola, was a Basque. In recent years, however, religious attendance has fallen off dramatically, echoing similar shifts in the larger region.
The Basques are well-known for their close ties to their land and their families. Many Basque surnames are derived from the names for traditional Basque farms, giving an immediate tie to the land the people hail from. Inheritance in Basque culture traditionally places a premium on keeping land together, passing it all on to the oldest son. This is one reason why so many Basques, mostly younger men, made their way out into the larger world to seek their fortunes.

Ordo Ines de lupus (Order of the wolf)

                                                   ORDO INIS DE LUPUS
                                        (ORDER OF THE WOLF)

It is believed that the Order of the wolf started as early as the 15th century mainly in Spain, France, Helvetia , England and spreading roots to Japan in the late 15th century. According to my research on secret societies “Ordo Inis de Lupus” remains to be one of the best kept secrets in society today together with other societies like the Templars, Free masons, illuminati and the skulls. Having the same organizational structure as many of the other secret societies they have been rumored to have been linked with the Free Masons and have closely worked together and even merged with similar idealogical backgrounds both societies have been closely linked for centuries. The Order has believed in the idealogy that life and the world have to maintain a balance in order for a harmonious relationship to work both in nature and in society, They have sworn to maintain this balance with whatever is necessary.
The  wolf being they’re primary symbol was chosen due to the way they operate as an organization as they believe like a pack of wolves there is strength in numbers and as the wolf has been identified as the wisest of all mammals in the animal kingdom with they’re grace and respect for heiarchy they are considered the closest to man and his society.
The Order has been hunted and discriminated by many religious and dictatorial regimes for interfering with the hand of power in many countries world wide resulting in involvements with revolutions and uprisings against Dictatorial or Imperial Governments causing them to go underground during the renaissance era. The Order survived due to its well rooted foundations and wide spread connections and members from government to the military all the way to the private sector. Although much is not known about prominent members of these societies it is known that they belong to a group of “Gifted people” described by old documented journals tracing back to the Yamato shogunate who were rumored members of the order who were recruited and converted by a young Spanish nobleman seeking discovery and adventure in the asian continent in the late 15th century. It was believed that Akashi Yamato was intrigued with his idealogy and quickly absorbed it to the shogunates idealogy which later became part of the ancient scriptures of Bushido but was later on opposed by the emperors industrial government which believed That using modern firepower was the future and he who had the firepower would be the victor.
At present the Order still is believed to be strong and surviving with a multibillion dollar foundation in equities and investments all over the world  with members in Prominent societies that have been passed on from generation to generation they have been mentioned by other societies as the eyes of the world waiting for a country or a government to abuse or exceed its limit of power so that the wolves may once again join in the hunt to preserve the balance that they believe should create the harmony that this world was meant to have.

Ordo Ines de Lupus special forces (Full Eclipse)

Ordo Ines de Lupus Special action unit (Full Eclipse)
                                                       By : Armand Reneu

Full Eclipse is a relatively small and parochial organization. Numbering only 172,000, it is the smallest of the Ordo ines de lupus’s special operations. It also epitomizes the warrior ethic, much to the consternation of the socialists present in our society today.
Full eclipse is, and has been throughout its existence, an expeditionary force. Consequently it is task organized to land its forward deployed units worldwide. Because they are an infantry force, the primary method of force projection is infiltration and reconaissance, and the forcible entry option into a non-permissive environment is powerful and decisive.
Within the Full Eclipse unit exists a small group of highly trained and superbly competent special forces; those assigned to the Ordo Ines de lupus community. Relatively unknown outside any political or government department, they neither seek nor suffer the publicity of others in this business.
I'll attempt to provide a small look into the world of Full Eclipse. The amount of information will require three separate articles. This first installment will be a brief overview of the history and organization of Full Eclipse and how it fits into the Special operations mission. The second will be concerned with selection and training, and finally the third will cover weapons and equipment used by these silent warriors. There is a fair amount of jargon and acronyms involved, which I have hopefully softened and explained without gentrifying the story.
Currently, the only stand alone Full Eclipse in Ordo Ines de Lupus is 1st Force. The 2nd Unit . (Eastern Europe) and 3rd Unit  (South East Asia) have a Force capability imbedded in their respective Infiltration units. This may change (again) in the near future, but as of this time only 1st Force is capable of independent operations. Because of the different command relations that exist, this article is concerned primarily with 1st Force.
Full Eclipse  Reserve have 3rd Force units in Mobile, and 4th Force in central Europe, with a detachment in Spain and Germany.
The Reconnaissance Units supports the Order, and it provides tactical reconnaissance in the Distant Battle.
Full eclipse supports the other forces, a Corps equivalent, and conducts Operational Level reconnaissance in the Deep infiltration.
Full Eclipse had its genesis in San Sebastian Spain and hamburg Germany in 1915 when a test unit was formed to evaluate methods of insertion for infiltration teams in World War I . These two platoons, (a Rapid tactical infiltration and a Pathfinder Unit) were eventually combined with an existing Infantry Reconnaissance Unit to form 1st Force Full Eclipse unit in 1915.
In 1920, one half of Unit was transferred to the eastern Europe to form the fledgling 2nd Force unit.. 1st Force was then a part of Force Troops, Infantry units and intelligence) and supported both the 1st and 3rd Units of Full Eclipse. 2nd Force was assigned to Force Troops, and was redirected in France, Spain and Switzerland.
The early years were spent developing the doctrine and skills that bore fruit in the crucible of South East Asia.1 1st Unit and 3rd Unit went into the former Republic of the Philippines in 1945, supporting the Grand order of Ordo ines de Lupus, 1st Full Eclipse units did around 1,500 infiltration units from that time towards the 1970’s.
The Units was deactivated in 1974, as part of a reevaluation of Ordo ines’s De lupus Paramilitary upgrade and Planning. The 1st Full Eclipse unit was integrated with the 3rd and focused on the asian region for rescue and Anti-communist infiltration.
The mixing of Forces has never been entirely satisfactory, and the Company again stood up in 1986. 1st Force operated in Southwest Asia during that time, and has since deployed to multiple hot spots including East Timor last year.
The Company has two Mission Profiles- Deep Infiltration and Direct Action.
On the conventional, or "Green" side, the mission is to conduct Intelligence, Rescue, Deep Ground training, Battlespace Shaping, and surveillance to observe, identify and report enemy activity.
They conduct specialized terrain infiltration that includes hydrography, beaches, roads, bridges, routes, urban areas, helicopter landing zones and aircraft forward operating sites.
When task organized with other forces, equipment or personnel, they can assist in special engineer, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC), Radio, mobile or other operations
Additionally, they can implant or recover sensors and beacons, conduct Initial Terminal Guidance for helicopters, landing craft and parachutists. As directed, they can designate and engage selected targets with Force fires.
They can conduct post strike reconnaissance to determine and report damage to a specific target or area, or perform other operations as directed by the Order, they have close relations with many allied governments around the globe.