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The topic recently came up regarding the security of your records.
RD’s comment about hiding copies on CD, betrayed his age, and got me to thinking. Wouldn’t it be better to hide those records electronically, in plain sight? To wit:
You can pretty much hide an SD or Micro SD card anywhere. Think about it for a minute, You could make multiple copies of your records and hide them inside your remote control, taped inside a magazine, inside the toilet paper roll in your guest bath, under a sticker on the back window of your pickup, or just about anywhere.
Take a look at the shelves in these stores in Atlanta. This is he result of snow. Just snow.
— Muhammad Tipu N (@mrautoclutch20) February 11, 2014
— Kris Muir (@krismuir21) February 11, 2014
What do you think will happen when pandemic flu shuts down interstate trucking coast-to-coast?
Have a plan.
An interesting thing happened to me today in Safeway. I was pushing my cart through the canned vegetable aisle when I came across the store manager bashing a can of corn against the handle of a shopping cart. He said, “We can’t sell dented cans so I am making sure the cans are well dented. Then we can sell them at half price”.
It is broken down by state and gives the name and location of dealers who sell discounted canned goods.
Here is the first in a series of videos from ITS Tactical. The guys there know how to get loose. Looks like it works, too.
These are the ties demonstrated. They are rated for 175 lb. breaking strength.
There are six videos including how to get loose if they put two zip ties on you.
Starvation is a problem most Americans have never faced. A few, though, like the writer of this essay, have experienced it because of physical or emotional difficulties, or a combination of the two. In this case it was because the writer was afflicted with Anorexia Nervosa when younger.
What is important about this article is that it describes the physical and mental changes that occur in a starving person both during and after the incident. There were long-lasting effects in both areas. I recommend that anyone who considers long-term food shortages read this. The writer has planning tips for diet and recovery.
In this article, I plan to describe my physical, mental, and emotional experiences during illness and recovery. I also hope to sketch out some basic treatments and coping mechanisms for staying as healthy as can be possible during starvation. Due to the passage of time, and the memory lapses associated with anorexia, I know I’ll omit some details that could be helpful, and for that I apologize in advance. Moreover, I am not a doctor, and this article is not intended to offer medical advice, to substitute for professional care and consultation, or to guarantee or provide any health outcome.
If I had to narrow down the take-away message about real starvation to just the essentials, they would be these two points:
You cannot think straight when you’re starving.
You cannot recover from starvation alone.“
Read more here
There’s one thing for sure. When something catastrophic happens you don’t want to have to go to the store. It will be cleaned out and people will be fighting over what they have and what little is left.
I have a couple of friends who retired from FEMA. They worked disasters. They say stay out of town. Don’t even go armed. More important that food is clean water.
When it hits the fan America’s population centers will explode in violence, looting, and total breakdown of law and order.
It’s a theory put forth by numerous survival and relocation specialists, and one that makes complete sense if you consider what happens in a truly serious collapse-like scenario.
So, where should you be when it happens?
To find the answer, let’s consider where we shouldn’t be.
Recent U.S. census data indicates that out of the 3000 counties in the United States, fully 50% of the population lives in just 146.
If you want to have any chance of surviving a wide-spread catastrophic event by avoiding the hordes that will be searching for critical resources in its aftermath, then check out the following map to get a visual reference of the areas you want to stay away from.”
One work in progress is our assortment of “Gimme Bags.” They are bags to hand out to people who ask “please gimme something to eat” or to tuck into your backpack! They are snack bags and zip lock bags of a pack of coffee, tea bag, kool aid, hot cocoa mix, and sugar in a bag. Then, in another bag, add protein bar, cup of soup, Raman noodles, pack of tuna or whatever you devise. In another add some dried beans with salt and pepper packets. Make a snack bag with band aids, Q-tips, other first aid items. You can add on and on. Another thing we are adding to some is like a Weight Watchers Protein Drink, 10 gram. Dollar Stores are great, but watch for sales. Packets of salt, pepper, and a bullion cube or two helps too.”
If you are amongst the millions of people who have existed in a bubble, refusing to admit that “it could happen here”, and have not put away a little food for a rainy day/month/year – I have a quick, cheap, easy way for you to get prepared and give yourself some peace-of-mind.
Close approximations are used here, to offer guidance. If you’re in a very active situation where you’re burning through tons of calories a day, you will need to make adjustments. A normal adult needs 1200 calories a day as an absolute minimum. For my baseline, I am assuming that you are one person, attempting to eat for survival, for one year… and you’re shopping at Sam’s.
250lbs – Enriched Long Grain Rice – $84 @ Sam’s
419 servings (1.5 cups dry / 3 cups cooked – a lot of rice)
960 calories / 18 grams protein / 210g carbs
- Pancake Mix (bread source)
40lbs (4ea 10lbs resealable bags – Krusteaz) – $7ea / $28
420 servings (1/3 cup dry / 3 pancakes)
150 calories / 4g protein / 31g carbs
- Lard (creamy liquid shortening)
35lbs – emulsifier / pan lubricant – $28
3tbsp servings – 404 calories/day
Seasonings ($30 worth) be sure to get dehydrated onions/mixes/bouillon to change up flavors. Don’t forget salt. Your body needs it. Look at the Sam’s website for ideas. I’m not holding your hand here.
10ea jugs – 64 oz Mrs Butterworth’s Syrup – $3.50ea / $35
1/4 cup serving – 220 calories / 56g carbs
All totaled you’re looking at 1760 calories/day for MORE THAN one year, at a total cost of a whopping $205.
There is no reason that any of you can’t be prepared for a full year in the next month. If money is too tight, mow some lawns.
I promise you’d rather have it & not need it – than need it & not have it!
Are you preparing for rough times? Do you have plans to bug out when they happen? Or will you stay in place? The big unanswered question no one, until now, has tried to answer is, “How do you know when it’s time to act?”
The Survival Mom asked several knowledgeable people just that question. Their answers are interesting… and surprisingly similar.
1. Empty shelves in grocery & hardware stores
2. Unexpected bank holidays/Run on ATM’s
3. Large groups of looters
4. Loss of life due to the police and emergency services being overloaded
The signs are:
Level 1 – No danger – utilities are out – people are getting along
OPSEC is low – neighbors working together.
Level 2- Some danger – utilities are out – people are getting very worried.
OPSEC is medium, should try to band with neighbors to block off your street.
Level 3 – Dangerous – utilities are out – people are desperate and looking for supplies.
OPSEC is high – You should bug out or hide in place
Symptom 1: More violence in your area
Symptom 2: Group behavior changes, survival brings people closer and makes others less human
Symptom 3: Dead streets
Symptom 4: New leaders emerge
Symptom 5: Nobody to trust anymore
There are more.
These are pretty stark and powerful indicators. There’s one thing about them; they all refer to populated areas. Whether you choose to bug out or to hide in place may be largely influenced by where you live. If you live in a city or large town you may think more about bugging out.
Some friends worked with FEMA on many natural disasters. They are full of stories. Their point is that you don not want to have to go the store when everyone else is stripping the shelves. People in those conditions are desperate and dangerous.
Here is a good way to preserve eggs for storage – up to nine months. Without refrigeration. Most Americans believe that eggs require refrigeration. Not true. They last as long without it as with it. Most people in other countries, including Mexico, don’t refrigerate eggs.
This method for extending the storage life includes sealing the porous shell with oil. Other sealers can be used. I have heard of people sealing them with wax.
Read the article. If you like eggs, and keep chickens, this stuff is worth knowing.
Mix Betadine solution and table sugar for serious wound care.
From a letter at Survival Blog comes this information:
I’m sure you’ve heard of this–but on the off chance you haven’t, you definitely need to: The miraculous wound-healing benefits of a goop made from sugar and betadine (povidone iodine–available cheaply everywhere). You mix together and make a paste, which can be packed into deep wounds and gouges. Some people refer to it as “sugardine.”
Not everyone knows that sugar alone has been used for hundreds of years as an effective gunshot wound treatment. The high osmotic gradient it promotes attracts and traps bacteria–and animal cells are better able to withstand high osmotic conditions than bacterial cells. The addition of the povidone iodine makes it even more effective.
There are countless stories of near miraculous saves of horses with bad wounds that wouldn’t heal, using this paste. I’ve used it to great effect on myself and on my dogs–sometimes with deep canine puncture wounds.
Ideally, it should be packed in and covered, and rinsed out and replaced everyday. But any application, under any circumstances, is a lot better than nothing. Granulated (or powdered) sugar and lots of povidone iodine are very valuable additions to prepper medical stores, in my opinion.”
Here is a little write-up on the use of sugar, honey, and sugardine on serious wounds.
ATF Notice Re Binary Exploding Target Compounds
ATF has recently received inquiries about the applicability of the Federal explosives law to binary exploding targets.
The components of these binary targets (typically an oxidizer like ammonium nitrate and a fuel such as aluminum or another metal-based powder) are not separately listed on the List of Explosive Materials and do not meet the definition of “Explosives” in 27 CFR 555.11. Therefore, ATF does not regulate the sale and distribution of these component chemicals, even when sold together in binary target “kits.”
However, when the binary components are combined, the resulting mixture is an explosive material subject to all requirements of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 40 and 27 CFR Part 555. Accordingly, all such exploding targets must be stored in an explosives storage magazine as prescribed in the regulations found in 27 CFR, Part 555, Subpart K — Storage, unless they are in the process of being used.
Further, mixing the binary components together constitutes manufacturing explosives. Persons manufacturing explosives for their own personal, non-business use only (e.g., personal target practice) are not required to have a Federal explosives license or permit. However, individuals or companies must obtain a Federal explosives manufacturing license if they intend to engage in the business of manufacturing explosives for sale or distribution, or for their own business use. Such business uses include manufacturing binary targets for demonstration or product testing purposes.
Licensed manufacturers of exploding targets are subject to Federal recordkeeping requirements and must comply with regulations concerning records of manufacture or acquisition, distribution, exportation, use, inventory and daily summaries of magazine transactions found in 27 CFR, Part 555, Subpart G—Records and Reports.
In addition, a Federal explosives license or permit is required for the transport of explosive materials. Therefore, a person must obtain a Federal explosives license or permit if they mix binary exploding targets and subsequently transport them to a shooting range or to any other location. For further information, please contact the Explosives Industry Programs Branch at eipb [at] atf.gov or (202) 648-7120.
Could be useful for target practice in a zombie pockeylipse scenario. Just saying.
This show is 5 segments. Each is around 20 minutes. It is a very well done program. It seems to be a very realistic portrayal of how things would break down after the fall of modern society, to an influenza pandemic. It’s set around one urban family’s journey from Day 1 out to 25 years. The dramatic portion is interspersed with commentary from experts.
I was very impressed. I really enjoyed this show. It combines the post-apocalyptic drama I enjoy with useful information and commentary to keep the viewer engaged on more than just a passive-observer level. Well done, History Channel.
Rudy Reyes is a Force Recon Marine and veteran of Iraq & Afghanistan. He uses his special operations training & experience in this survival show, Apocalypse Man. I like it. You might, too.
You might think the library would be one of the first places looted, but in New Orleans, after Katrina, the library system reported not one library being looted.
Sgt Reyes portayed himself in HBO’s Generation Kill series about a Force Recon unit in Iraq. He is also a Kung Fu master. Your results may vary.
I was at Dunham’s Sports today, getting softball cleats and gear for the brats when, of course, I accidentally stepped into the guns and outdoor gear section. I don’t know how I got turned around, but I did…
Coincidentally, I found two more magazines for MP5-22. Sweet! Then I noticed and entire rack of various heaters on sale. I have been in the market for years, so I took a gander. I found this one for half off and decided to get it:
When I got home, loaded up my new magazines, and decided to check out my new toy, it had all kinds of warnings against using the product indoors (inside the effing box!). Damn it. That was my intent. I have a 500 gallon propane tank and keep about 30 little green bottles at all times. I wanted this to heat one small room (10×12) in an emergency. That won’t do my family any good if we’re all dead from depleted oxygen and elevated levels of CO2 and CO. Poop.
So, I started digging to find out the difference between this type of heater and the “indoor friendly” propane heaters. It turns out that catalytic heaters (you know, the one I compared this one to and opted against because this one put out more BTU’s…), catalytic heaters use a platinum tip to create the heat, versus reburning the propane, which seems to be what happens with this one. So, now I’m still in the market for a usable indoor heater, which can “safely” heat one small room in the dead of winter during an emergency, using propane cans I already have.
For those who have a propane pig in their yard or a 20 lb can or two, you may want to look into getting one of these, in case the zombie pockeylipse happens.
Always make sure to follow the laws governing the manufacture of firearms in your state & country.
Have you ever wanted to build your own rifle? You can find most of the information and parts right here. You can even buy the dies for bending your own receiver. You’re welcome.
Hat-tip to my dear friend DesertRat.
Our very-own Greg B has printed The Real Revo’s first ever “high-magazine clips”! These are pictures and notes on the rough draft, as presented to me:
But still need to do some tweaking in the interior dimensions of the mag itself.
Just a hair too small for the rounds to feed smoothly.
The curved lips are a bit too thick as well.
I may try printing them without the lips, leaving a narrow channel to install metal ones.
Also playing with the idea of totally re doing the computer model & adding some features that will let the mag be used either in an AR or a Mini 14.
I’ve got an old Ram magazine that work with both platforms, so it should be easy to reverse engineer.
Anyone who has ever spent any time training as a Sniper, Designated Marksman, Competition Shooter, or just a long range shooter can tell you that finding a firing solution with a slide rule (Mil-Dot Master) is a pain-in-the butt, not to mention, you have to take your eyes off your scope and thus, your target.
I believe I have just been introduced to a better way of doing things, in a medium range sniping situation. To wit: I present Victor Aguilar’s Sniper Flash Cards. Instructions can be found HERE. What these cards provide is the ability to quickly (mentally) “dope” your shot, for those who don’t have years of practice at the range or in the field.
I am intimately familiar with the performance characteristics of my chosen medium range shooting platform (Rem 700 ADL w/ 3-12x40mm Cabela’s GuidePro scope w/bullet drop compensator, chambered n 30-06). I shoot 180 grain bonded-core rounds.
I plan to purchase these flash cards as soon as I’m gainfully employed. These cards help the shooter to memorize holdover & windage to quickly estimate (dope) their shot (with a mil-dot scope), using standard sizes one would find in a typical American battlefield, should the need ever arise.
Where we are the markets package bones for dogs. We buy prepackaged treats for our two dogs but an interesting thing has shown itself. If we buy them treats they eat them and forget them. If we buy beef bones for them they get the dogs’ complete attention. They work at them, getting the marrow out of them, until it’s all gone. Then they kind of chew on the remaining bones when they have nothing else to do – kind of like watching TV or eating chips.
After a little of this it occurred to me that there may be something special about the marrow in the bones. So, I started looking into marrow and found that it not only does it contain high levels of calories and fat, but there are numerous traditions, from areas where starvation was a problem, of people eating the marrow out of bones in order to survive. As a matter of fact many of the descendents of those people have passed along recipes that are delicious.
A little internet searching found that a lot of groups consider marrow a wonder food. Live Strong, originally part of the Lance Armstrong successes, has this: Beef bone marrow is a traditional ingredient in certain cuisines, such as Vietnamese or French. Beef bone marrow is the fatty and gelatinous matter inside large beef bones. The marrow becomes soft when roasted, and you can spread it on toast, use it in sauces or use it as a garnish. Beef bone marrow is high in certain nutrients, but it is also high in fat, so regular consumption can be dangerous for your health.
A 1/2-ounce serving of beef bone marrow contains 125.59 calories. Because beef bone marrow is so rich and high in fat, a serving is smaller than a serving of other common protein items such as steak or fish.
According to Google there are restaurants that serve marrow. People have asked Google about the advisability of eating it. Their answer includes useful links to other studies. Some of their comments:
Historically, native American hunters would pass up a thin bison carcass, rather than eat lean muscle… or just eat the fatty bits. This is also one reason why BONE MARROW is a very popular food among foragers — a great source of lipids & kcal.
Subsequent analysis shows that hominids may have been collecting ones for their marrow and brain tissue rather than for any meat still
remaining on the surface of the bone (Binford 1987). Marrow and brain are high in fat and protein, but few carnivores have the morphology necessary to break open large long bones.”
Try entering ‘bone marrow recipes’ into your browser and you will find sites like these:
The dogs love it. There is a reason they do.
Here is an interesting thing to try: Next time you have a pork chop or a steak with a bone in it try the marrow if it’s still in the bone. I have. I expect you will find the same thing: The marrow is almost too rich and fatty. If you were in a survival situation a food like that would be a valuable thing.
On a budget? Buy one of these. I started with one almost fifty years ago. They work. $26.49 at Midway USA. You’ll also need powder, primers, and bullets. The hammer doesn’t come with it.
Here is how to use one. They are a bit slow but the video shows that they aren’t that slow.
Okay, folks. I realize that I’m probably looking like Dr McGillicuddy’s Miracle Tincture & Snakeoil Salesman of The Year with that claim, but I’m willing to back it up. Download this reference manual (by clicking the link above) and try to prove me wrong. Just click on the link (the link & document are on The Revo server), & when it opens,click on the save (disk) button on the page.
Our LDS friend Christopher Parrett at LDS AVOW has compiled resources from all over the vast world wide web of tubes and wires to bring you this, the 8th Edition of the LDS Preparedness Manual: Provident Living. It is 509 pages long, so you may want to print it out or just order it in book format from the man who put it together. He charges exactly the cost of production. He offers this service as a service to mankind and thus, isn’t making money off it.
See the 5 levels of preparation below the fold.
Before I catch any shit about this video, let me say that I see a bit of this coming down the pike. Sure, this video uses the latest footage to scare folks. You know what? Folks should be scared.
Our global economy is not what it seems (or maybe it is… depending upon your perspective).
I’m quick to denounce conspiracy theories around here, because they just don’t seem to be very likely. They are too hard to keep secret. Too many variables.
There is a nasty storm coming from our global economy. I’d suggest that you and your family be prepared. What’s the worst that can happen? You buy some stuff you don’t need. That beats needing some stuff you didn’t buy.
This video is posted for informational and entertainment purposes only. Manufacturing explosive gas projectile launching implements without proper training and blessing from your master is a dangerous felony.
More thinking outside the box entertainment can be found here:
As an aside, I have a can opener that opens cans by cutting the side of the can lid, rather than the top. If one were clever, they could use normal cans from their pantry to secure any number of items they don’t want seized or stolen. The lid can be easily glued back into place – and the can placed back in the stack of foodstuffs. (You can put an awful lot of .22LR rounds into a stewed tomato can. Just saying.)
There are a couple of concerns I have about this but they are possible to overcome. First the video concept:
Here are my concerns:
First, he has put a copper coil around the stovepipe. The idea is to circulate water through the tubing to heat it. You probably won’t need a pump either because the hot water would rise to the top of the storage tank, automatically forcing cooler water from the bottom of the tank to replace the water leaving the coil. It all sounds good but the problem is the possibility of the water boiling, turning to steam, and causing an explosion. A pressure release could prevent this but the steam would have to be routed outdoors or somewhere so no one would get burned.
Second, the chimney gasses would naturally be cooled. Cool wood stove gasses will adhere to the walls of the chimney and eventually will catch fire. This is called a chimney fire and it’s a dangerous situation. The solution would be to run the stove in the bypass setting for a half-hour or so every day or two with the draft open to provide an extra hot fire. This could burn the solids off the inside of the chimney before they accumulate to a dangerous level.
Otherwise it looks like a good concept. Does anyone else have any thoughts?