Last Saturday Doug Ritters Equipped To Survive site had the following news which might be interest to readers of this site. The attached pics of jonsydney modelling the Victorias Secrets line of survival lingerie have been deleted. Nicholas ETS Survival News Equipped To Survive Issue 1, Volume 4 March 32, 2006 ----------------------------------------------------------- *********************************************************** ETS Survival News is an irregularly published compendium of news related to survival, survival gear and search and rescue. Published with support from the Equipped To Survive Foundation. Please visit us at: http://www.equipped.org *********************************************************** ETS & DISCOVERY ANNOUNCE NEW CABLE CHANNEL In a bid to bring the message of preparedness to a wider audience, Doug Ritter and the Equipped to Survive Foundation have teamed up with the Discovery Channel to launch ETS-TV, a 24-hour channel devoted to emergency preparedness. The new channel will debut in the fall of 2006. Building on the success of the many Discovery Channel offerings dealing with real life survival stories and survival themes, these shows are devoted to making survival and emergency preparedness both exciting and a learning experience. Advertising revenues will be split equally between Discovery Channel and Equipped To Survive. Shows currently in development include: Wings Become Adventure: This aviation oriented survival show is designed to demonstrate after-the-crash survival and use of scavenged parts from the aircraft. Aircraft manufacturer Cirrus has signed on as the primary sponsor. Various model aircraft, singles and twins, will be run out of fuel (to prevent forest fires) and will be crashed into the wilderness using remote control pilots (retired U.S. Army Predator UAV pilots). At least two Cirrus aircraft will be used, their arrival being via their unique built-in CAPS parachute, and they are expected to arrive on site in one piece save for a missing door, perhaps. One major mid- west aircraft manufacturer has threatened to file a suit to stop the show, but producers say they are prepared to fight them in court, "It's not like these things don't fall out of the sky on a regular basis," the spokesperson remarked. Participants will be helicoptered into the site for their week long stay. Injuries will be simulated by binding arms, hands and legs according to a drawing made on site so that the survivors are appropriately handicapped, though they will also have to option to receive a $25,000 bonus and have the actual limbs or appendages broken for greater realism. It is expected that about half of the participants will take advantage of this option. Cirrus participants will not be required to have any such handicaps, unless they really want the $25,000. Daily votes will be conducted by viewers to remove participants who are getting on their nerves. A grand prize of $1,000,000 will be offered with weekly prizes of $50,000. Survivor - New Orleans: Competitors will spend a month trying to survive in the remains of the Super Dome in New Orleans. Contestants will all be selected from actual Katrina refugees. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has welcomed the show, saying that it will tell the real story of his extraordinarily effective emergency preparedness efforts that he oversaw in the real cataclysmic emergency. Nobody on the show's development staff has succeeded in penetrating the Mayor's delusional state of mind and they figure it will make for great TV when he shows up at the Super Dome during the taping. Participants will be well armed for their own protection and, well, it might get very interesting. Pimp My Keychain: Contestants try to make the perfect EDC (Every Day Carry) Survival Keychain in 30 minutes from a vast selection of possibilities provided by sponsoring companies including Home Depot, Sportsman's Warehouse and others. Weight will be limited to 32 ounces and it must fit in a standard blue jeans pocket. Weekly cash prizes of $25,000 will be offered and the grand prize is $2,000,000 and a free trip to the deserted island of your choice with six of your closest friends and nothing but the winning survival keychain with which to survive. Iron Chef Survivor: Produced in cooperation with The Food Network, this Iron Chef Arena will be located in a variety of remote locations. The contestants will be provided with the main meal ingredient and some basic cooking utensils, but must provide all the rest of the meal themselves from the natural environment. There are no stoves, they will have to gather their own firewood and make their own cook fires. The meal will be judged 50% on taste, 25% on their use of natural ingredients and 25% on their cooking and fire making techniques. Judges include celebrity chef Alton Brown, Joy of Cooking author and noted survival knife designer Ethan Becker, the perky princess of the Food Network, Rachael Ray and select survival instructors from around the world. McGyver 2006: Richard Dean Anderson, in an updated version of his youthful role, stops terrorist attacks, rescues maidens in distress and generally saves the world on a weekly basis using Geritol, Preparation-H, toe-nail and nose hair clippers and his AARP card, among other improvised tools. Initial episode titled: "Depends." Survivorball: Les Stroud and the American women's beach volleyball team attempt to spend a week in various remote locales surviving with nothing but camera equipment, a ball, and a net. SURVIVAL SKILLS TECH SUPPORT LAUNCHED Proocom, a leading supplier of equipment, technology and support in the Location and Emergency Services industry has announced a new service being offered via their emergency call centers. With a subscription of only $10 per year, or $100/minute without a subscription, anyone will be able to call toll-free via cellular phone, satellite phone or Proocom's new integrated Satellite Phone, GPS 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon from anywhere in the world and receive answers to their survival questions from knowledgeable individuals who are all former U.S. Air Force Survival Instructors or Special Forces members. Scottie Morgonie, executive vice president of the new Life Support Division, explained that this new service should allow those in dire circumstances to survive long enough to be rescued, even those who are too cheap or too stupid to carry any survival equipment. Operators will be able to instruct survivors in making shelter, starting a fire with primitive materials and how to signal for rescue. Said Morgonie, "these guys can survive, and indeed thrive, if stranded naked in the wilderness, so helping out the survivors who call us will be a piece of cake for them." More information and subscription application can be found at www.savemyreallysorryass.com ETS FORMS NEW STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP As part of ongoing efforts to raise everyday awareness of emergency preparedness, Dour Ritter and the Equipped to Survive Advanced Projects Research Laboratory are proud to announce a strategic partnership with Victoria's Secret, a leading maker of women's intimate apparel. As part of the new "Put on Preparation First!" campaign, Ritter has worked very closely with Victoria's Secret designers and models in developing dual-use everyday garments that can enhance the chances that a woman (or a very adventurous man) has in a survival situation. A portion of all sales will go to support the Equipped To Survive Foundation. Some of the products you can expect to see in the coming year are: The Wonder Filter and Purifier Bra: A brassiere that incorporates padded water filter and purifier elements in the cups. The left cup is designed as a macro-filter, straining out large contaminants such as organic materials, debris and sediment. The right cup is a .01 micron, silver- impregnated filter and purifier that removes 99.99999999999% of harmful bacteria, cysts and protozoa, such as salmonella, cholera, E.coli, Cryptosporidium and Giardia and kills 99.9999999997% of all know viruses. The gravity-fed filters can strain up to 3 liters per day. The Camelfront: A brassiere that is the logical next step for the now famous Water Bra, this creation allows the user to both enhance her figure while carrying a two liter emergency supply of water. A Camelfront Pam Anderson version, with double the water capacity, is under development for use in desert survival situations. The Camelfront Bra incorporates a built in hose and bite valve that is specifically designed to feed equally from both water reservoirs at the same time, in order to maintain symmetry. Plans to provide an anatomically correct bite valve were shelved after it was discovered that it resulted in hyponatremia (water intoxication) as a result of excessive water intake by male testers. Both new bras will be offered in the normal range of sizes from A to DD and a variety of designer colors as well as Olive Drab for the military and the U.S. Marine digital camouflage exclusively for the Marines. The WonderSling Thong: This undergarment is constructed out of a high-stretch synthetic-fiber specially developed for the project by Monsanto and made from 100% recycled materials. This extraordinary fiber, plus the special hidden pocket allow the thong to double as a slingshot. Several ETS researchers have brought down squirrels and other small game with only minimal instruction and a pebble It can also be used as a tourniquet, a sling for injured arms, and as a method of tying together branches for a shelter. It will be available for both male and females, with appropriate anatomically necessary differences in the hidden pocket. Color offering will be the same as for the bras. All of these new undergarments are machine washable. The Emergency Space Chemise: Designed in conjunction with the developers of the Adventure Medical Kits new Polyethylene Heatsheet, this sexy fashion forward chemise is made from the same super-thin polyethylene material. The garment is reversible, with a mirror-reflective silver side that will reflect back 98% of your body heat and a high- visibility side in a variety of bright colors such as orange, purple, red and blue. Illustrated survival and first aid instructions authored by Doug Ritter are printed in black on the colored side. For normal wear the chemise is worn with the reflective side out, presenting a shimmering metallic look which is hot, hot, hot this season. Fishnet Survival Stockings: Finally, fishnet stockings that can actually be used for fishing. Constructed of super strong Spectra line, these have proven very effective in field exercises. ETS testers using these in the streams of Northern Arizona have taken record trout. An attempt to develop parachute cord net stockings to allow a wearer to carry over 75 feet of paracord per leg has not yet proven successful as excessive chafing has proved to be a problem. BLACKFEATHER AND SWITLUCK INFLATE SNOWSHOE SALES BlackFeather Snowshoe Company introduced their unique SurvivaSnoShu snow shoes, developed in cooperation with the Switluk Parachute Company. While few will argue that having a pair of snow shoes is a huge advantage in deep snow, carrying a pair of bulky and relatively heavy snow shoes around in your pack or aircraft in case they are needed in an unexpected emergency is not common. The new SurvivaSnoShu weighs less than 6 ounces a pair and are vacuum-packed into a 3 x 3 x 1-inch package. To use, a lanyard is pulled and the snow show inflates using an attached CO2 cartridge. The technology was developed by Switluk, one of the country's oldest and best known manufacturers of inflatable survival equipment. The Micro-CO2 cartridge is just 2 inches long and less than a 1/2 inch in diameter and is pressurized at 10,000 psi. These cartridges are made in Russia especially for Switluk from the hulls of decommissioned Russian submarines, making them relatively affordable. The inflated SurviaSnoShu is large enough to support up to a 350 lb. person. Unlike many inflatable structures such as life rafts and life vests which are low pressure designs, the SurvivaSnoShu is inflated to 20 PSI, making for a very rigid structure. This is made possible only through the use of a Kevlar/Spectra reinforced silicone/nylon material that was originally developed for lightweight bullet proof clothing used by the Secret Service to protect our nation's leaders. The only down side is the cost, nearly $5,000 per yard, making for a fairly expensive product as a pair of shoes requires about a yard and a half of material. Bindings are made of special conformal tripolynylon material that will conform to almost any shoe or boot. There is no stitching, all the seams are ultrasonically welded. BlackFeather expects retail pricing for the SurvivaSnoShu to be in the $15,000 range and predicts sales of thousands of units the first year.