Thursday, December 29, 2011

Breaking News is no longer available.

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For those of you unfamiliar with this site it exposed the raw uncensored Islam for all to see.
P.C. strikes again, or was it da .gov?

Update: 12/30/2012
The site is back online now.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

BOV Considerations

I am pondering the purchase of a new bug-out vehicle, something that I do not have to wrench on all the time. I also do not want any payments so I am price wise going to be in the area of where some wrenching is inevitable.

My current considerations are:
Ford Bronco (78 - 96)
Jeep Grand Cherokee (93 - 2004)
Jeep Cherokee (88 - 2001)
S-10 Blazer (83- 96)
Isuzu Rodeo (83 - 2000)
Honda Passport (same as Isuzu)
Nissan Pathfinder (87 - 2000)

Years are picked for affordability, availability and self wrenching.

I am not interested in the larger Chevy Blazer (K5) as I hate crawling over the top of the truck to do distributor work.

I am leaning toward the Bronco as I suspect it has the largest cargo area of all the candidates.

What would you pick, and why?

93 Bronco
86 Bronco
Another 93 Bronco
I might go with a S-10 Blazer/Rodeo/Pathfinder as a Scout/Point vehicle and the Bronco as a Command/Tow vehicle. I know a truck would be a better hauler but that is not the direction I am going.

This guy thinks he's got a wheeler.
My budget is limited to $3200.00.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I was up late playing some stupid game, so I didn't get this written until late this morning.

I wish all my readers, even the .gov types and especially my military readers, a very merry CHRISTmas!

May God bless you this year abundantly, and bring those of you fighting in foreign lands, home to your loved ones safe and sound!

We miss you!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Oh My!

Hair today...

Forgot what I was going to say!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

90 Days: Part Two

What you have to look forward to in a collapse situation:
Black Friday madness reveals animalistic behavior of modern people
Multiply this x everywhere!

I left off in Part 1 talking about mapping software. I personally use DeLorme TopoUSA (now DeLorme Topo North America 9.0) and a Earthmate GPS PN-20 (also DeLorme). There is other software out there but this is what I use. This software will let me print my maps as well. Use your mapping software to plan the locations of your caches as well as your AO of relocation for the 90 days. I recently found out that the newest version won't work with my GPS, so TopoUSA 8.0 is as new as I can get without buying a new GPS, which isn't happening anytime soon!

Include a good field guide to edible plants, with actual photos rather than drawings. Get one with plants native to your geographical area. Don't leave a path of destruction behind you, leave some to re-populate the area. Outdoor Life has a good book on edible plants titled: Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide.

Learn and practice Bushcraft skills. If you lose your main pack, these can sustain you until you retrieve your next cache. Keep your maps and compass upon your person, as well as your GPS if you use one. Store your map in a Gallon size Ziploc bag. Have a "Survival" kit that never leaves your person except to sleep, and is then kept by or under your pillow (a rolled up M-65 field jacket) and tethered to your belt. Learn to identify at least 10 wild edible plants.

The minimum for your "Survival" kit is the means to: Start a fire - matches, firesteel or butane lighter (3 methods is great), medium folding knife (suggest Buck 110) and small knife sharpener, water purification tablets or Frontier Straw, ziplock bag or soda bottle - to carry water, Mylar space blanket (x2) - shelter and warmth, 20 feet of Duct tape, and bug repellant.

A deck of Wild Edible Plant Playing Cards would be a great addition also. Currently available on Amazon, Camping Survival , US games Systems, Inc.  and others. Do a web search and find even more links at a variety of prices.

Many hikers advocate traveling with a minimalist pack, using ultralight equipment. This would allow you to move quickly if pursued. A light pack also means sacrificing comfort, so there is a need to balance utility with ease. You don't want to make the experience any worse than it is. If you can afford it, get the U.S. Army surplus bivvy cover (or the the complete sleeping setup). They can be purchased for a reasonable price and are made from Gore-Tex (no relation to Al Gore thankfully) a waterproof breathable fabric. I have heard claims that you can sleep in a mud puddle without getting wet using one. This would eliminate the need to carry a tent, just bring a 6'x8' or 8'x10' tarp to cover your gear and make a small shelter when you are not in your bivvy. Don't forget bug repellant and mosquito netting for the warmer months.

When traveling the backwoods, it is prudent to be prepared for an encounter with bears. This means cooking and eating away from where you will be sleeping. There are specific containers that are made for storing your food in when traveling in bear country. Whether you use one or not is your personal choice, but be prepared to suspend your food in a heavy contractors trash bag from a tree limb more than ten feet off the ground. Other pesky critters might make a try for your food so be prepared to trap them and add them to your food supply. Bring several snares or 220 Conibears to catch them.

Encountering a bear on the trail, or worse yet, in your camp can be a very scary and dangerous experience. Purchase at least two canisters of bear spray for each person, hanging one from your pack straps when hiking, and have a holster to hold the canister when you are moving about camp or foraging for food or firewood.

One such supplier of pepper sray and bear spray is Buy Pepper Spray Today. They have other self defense items for sale also, such as stun guns, batons and kubotans.

It would be advisable to have a powerful handgun also if you are traversing known bear territory. The smallest caliber I would personally carry would be a .357 Mag with hot loads. A .40 caliber or larger weapon would be better yet. No handgun? Then a shotgun with slugs and 00 buckshot alternated in the magazine.

A newer development that I have been following is the Mexican drug cartels are moving into the wilderness areas closer to their markets and setting up shop growing weed for the surrounding areas. There have been several record busts in Washington and Oregon of late.

This creates a twofold problem. If you are looking to setup caches, you may run into the cartel operations or the DEA out looking for them. Neither one is a good encounter.

Also consider this:
"I Can See You" -- A Digital View of Your Survival Preparations

Just when you think you can be secure in your possessions, steps in.

Links in this post are provided as a courtesy for my readers. No payment has been made or contracted for this service. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

No Connection

I tried to connect to SurvivalBlog yesterday and last night but I got a connection error. I am getting an error when trying to access some of Fox News headlines. I have tried again this morning to connect to Rawles site, but get the same error. Is anyone else having this same issue?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Guest Post: Dirty Bombs – Future Survival Test

Dirty Bombs – Future Survival Test
By Isabella Woods

With terrorism at the forefront of everyone’s mind it is not surprising that questions about surviving a dirty bomb attack are coming out high on the list of most searched topics. The old Cold War advice on building shelters, or having a three minute warning don’t apply in this scenario of course, since terrorists don’t have any compunction about issuing warnings or minimising civilian casualties. Their aim is to kill and maim as many people as possible, and to spread as much fear as possible. Anything that disrupts the infrastructure or even the home luxuries of a country will serve their purpose, and a dirty bomb has exactly this effect. Two or three suitcase bombs set off around the city of New York for example, could render the stock exchange, and key installations unusable for months if not years.

Rising concern
Whilst it is not at all easy to make a nuclear device, it is theoretically possible to make a basic dirty bomb very simply indeed. An actual nuclear bomb needs highly enriched uranium (HEU) or plutonium as a primary material. Since it does not occur in nature and cannot be manufactured by terrorists, their only recourse is to buy or steal it from current supplies. It’s a dangerous business, fraught with difficulties. A superb book on the subject is The Atomic Bazaar - Dispatches from the Underground World of Nuclear Trafficking, by Vanity Fair journalist William Langewiesche. He highlights how the trade in illegal material is underway right now, but also how tricky it would be to achieve a nuclear explosion.

Dirty Bombs, in contrast, are relatively simple to manufacture. All a terrorist needs is radioactive material, which is widely available in manufacturing and medical devices, such as X Ray machines, a conventional bomb to disperse it, and a suitcase. The danger to the public is far less than with a conventional bomb, of course, but it would be a devastating blow to any country to have a dirty bomb detonated on their home soil. The repercussions would be extensive, both in terms of public feeling, and in economic and military terms. Terrorists know this, and that is why they are actively seeking to materials.

How To Survive A Dirty Bomb Attack
There is no place for timewasting in your family or office survival kit. Read up on this site and others about the best survival kit to have around the home or office in case of an emergency. After any terrorist bomb in a US City it might be sensible not to wait to have it confirmed as a dirty device. Assume there is a possibility and act defensively and proactively. Once the initial blast has occurred, and if you are able to do so, move out of the immediate vicinity and into some form of shelter as quickly as possible. A shelter does not mean a nuclear shelter, any building will do. The immediate danger after a dirty bomb is nuclear fallout. Imagine it as a fine powder that has been blown into the wind and will cover everything it comes in contact with. Your best chance of survival is to get out of the path of this fine powder, by sheltering as quickly as possible. Don’t run away, as you will find out are out in the open for longer than if you stay and shelter. The Department of Homeland Security have issued new guidelines recently, after extensive modelling. They advise citizens to:
  • Go into the nearest building, such as a multi-storey car park, or office block.
  • Stay in your car, if there is no other protection. Cars do offer some protection, but buildings are better. If you can drive, find the nearest multi-storey car park and drive to the lowest level.
  • If you are in a multi-story office block, go to the centre of the building, or to the basement.
  • The more distance you can put between yourself and the radiation the better. Bricks, earth and concrete all provide additional protection, so basements are by far the safest places to shelter.
Just think of it as shielding yourself from that invisible fine powder and act accordingly.

Tips For Dealing with Nuclear Fallout
Stay inside for as long as possible, or until you are given permission to leave your location by the emergency services. If you are at home, make sure anyone entering the house undresses at the door, since their clothes will be carrying a lot of radioactive material.  Get a bin bag and place the contaminated clothing inside it. Throw it as far away from the house as possible, outside, in the street if possible. To decontaminate yourself wash with lots of soap and water, but do not use conditioner in your hair and do not scrub too vigorously at the skin as this may allow radiation to enter the body through abrasions. Using clean tissue each time, blow your nose gently, wipe your eyes, and clean out your ears. Take as long as possible cleaning yourself, and be thorough. When you have finished, repeat the whole process again to make sure you are free from fallout.

Doomsday Scenario
A nuclear strike does not have to be a doomsday scenario. If you follow these simple instructions, then in the unlikely event of a nuclear attack, you will improve your chances of survival considerably. 

Further interesting reading

 Thank you Izzy for taking the time to write this post.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Quick note

I am working on The Cache currently, Chapter 15 - Desperation, and other background info. Just because so many of you have requested (and it is too cold outside to do anything much). ; )

Some links for your edification and pleasure.

A site for the Outdoorsman and Outdoorswoman

Wyoming Forest Reconnaissance, 5 day LRRP

 10 Astonishing Treehouses You’d Love to Live In

 Natural News

 Outdoors Magazine