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  1. thought the forum could use a diversion from the Southern Invasion and talk of the mailed devices >>> article from a prepper that thought he knew the game well and had his "questions" down pat .... https://survivalblog.com/longer-lesson-d-d/ My Longer Lesson, by D.D. SURVIVALBLOG CONTRIBUTOR OCTOBER 25, 2018 This is the sequel to my submission published 9/11/15. I am temped to follow in the steps of Larry Niven’s unfinished short story in which he said, “There are some things man was not meant to know.”, and simply write “I should’ve learned.” However, that won’t help you. So, let me expound. Those You Think Most Likely To Become Prep Allies Probably Won’t My piece of three years ago basically concluded, with some level of frustration, that the people you think are most likely to become your prep allies probably won’t. So save yourself the disappointment and stop trying to farm your way to a resilient team. (Kit Perez explains this with greater eloquence in her piece over at American Partisan1.) Here is my sad, unlearned version. New Neighbors Met in New Town About 18 months ago my wife and I moved to a new town and began to meet new neighbors. Some were met through the local Oath Keepers chapter, some at church, and some while walking our dog. Our neighborhood is fairly remote, somewhat off-grid and adjacent to a national forest. As chit-chat usually goes, the “Where did you come from?” and “What are your politics?” questions quickly down-selected those we were willing to have over for dinner. We’re not ones to talk about the Kardashians over a meal (or over anything else), so the topics hovered around politics, economics, and eventually settled on the lack of resiliency in our current way of life. I brought up books like One Second After and A Failure of Civility to illustrate both our dependence on electricity and the thin veneer of politeness in society. Here’s where the story goes bad. The 90% Likely Reply As I then usually suggest when given the opportunity, “You should really put up some water and food to ride through a disruption. It will give you peace of mind.” Within one or two sigmas, the reply is 90% likely to be “Oh, we don’t know what to do.” Right here is where I always make the mistake of offering to help with suggestions. If I were working off a telemarketing flowchart at a desk in Mumbai, there would be a fat arrow at this point to a box containing the words “Hang up now!” But, like I said before, I never seem to learn my lesson. The following back and forth then consists of me offering practical suggestions with their replies best categorized as inane things like “I need to clean the garage first”, ”Company is coming”, ”The dogs need a bath”, et cetera. Now, that’s fine. When faced with this, I have learned to shake the dust off my boots and move on down the road. In This One Case, My Blood Went Cold However, in this one case, my non-believing neighbors started pretending as though they were somehow prepared and chose to blab to other neighbors about their non-existent supplies. Furthermore, they did all of this while implicating me as the Architect of Neighborhood Preparedness. They supposedly made me out like Joseph, being willing to open Pharaoh’s warehouses of grain should things go pear shaped. I discovered this one evening while chatting with a new neighbor who had just moved in and told me, “So I hear you have a lot of water and food put up. That’s interesting.” Yes, at that moment, my blood went cold. Complete Destruction of Our OPSEC My wife and I are now faced with a complete destruction of our OPSEC and the inevitable choices on the horizon, some of which involve pointing the business end of a firearm at people to protect our own provisions when they come around. Our current thinking is that we will just move to a new, undisclosed location to escape our own well intended but foolish failure of keeping our lips zipped. What Should You Learn? What should you learn from our mistake? First, be obtuse when discussing your own preparedness position. You may even want to toss out a straw man like “Have you heard of those people who store up water and food? What a bunch of maroons!”, just to see what the response is. Second, let friendships slowly develop before you reveal your secrets. Measure that time in jars of mustard not sticks of butter. Third, and most important, keep reminding yourself that you cannot help anyone that doesn’t outright ask you for advice. Skin In the Game The people around you have to realize they have skin in the game or they will be lining up to take some of your skin. Don’t screw up like we did. It is better to not even be openly part of the game.
  2. the last season of The Last Ship premieres tonite at 8PM (CST) on the TNT channel - re-run follows immediately ....
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    History Channels new show "Alone"

    that's one of the more legit contestants that made the call - they are limited by what they can bring as tools - doubt that anyone wastes a tool choice on a small knife or multi-tool - even if she got the hook out the whole infection question comes into play - the health & welfare gurus have the final say about stuff like that ... http://prepperhandbook.blogspot.com/2018/06/alone-season-5-pack-list.html checked the list - 4 of the contestants choose a multi-tool ....
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    History Channels new show "Alone"

    I wish the show's producers would toss the Survivor show contestant format and actually choose people that have a chance of actually winning >>>> seems like they have a selection process that they know will eliminate contestants down to a few rock solid types ....
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    Emergency Personal First Aid Kit

    where are you seeing pharm grade available? - I only see "non sterile" available and it wouldn't get close to any injection I'd use or even topical spread .... https://www.travmed.com/collections/top-sellers/products/suture-syringe-medic
  6. Farmlands - 2018 documentary on the South African white farmer murders .. 1 1/2 hour long - coverage is everything the South African gooberment doesn't want the world to know & see ...
  7. Selco blogs on the subject that's often talked about on the prepper sites - Some relative says "I'm coming to your house" >>>> and then they actually show up .... https://www.theorganicprepper.com/ if you read it carefully - Selco tells it like it is - and probably will hear about it ....
  8. two things - can and will be considered a "burglary tool" if the coppers are looking for reasons .... secondly - don't have anything in the vehicle for a weapon that shouldn't be there for an everyday event in your life >>>> if there's questions about why a confrontation occurred - having a weapon weapon at arms reach can be considered premeditated .... in regard to a pry bar - I keep a modified 18" Stanley flat bar with my GHB - will be carrying that in hand until the situation dictates for more lethal influence ... overall handy for multi purposes and shouldn't really bring "anxiety"to anyone seeing it being carried ... what they always recommend - if you have a baseball bat in the car - make sure there's a mitt & ball to go with it ....
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    Shelter In Place Kit with pictures!

    up north in the frozen climes we have the additional effect of colder cold temps on the poly sheeting - the cheaper stuff manufactured for drop clothes and temp jobs basically "shatters" into small pieces >>>> for long term window/home openings check that temp rating for the poly you are using - they have good stuff rated down to -20 to -30 degreesF below 0 degreesF ....
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    Shelter In Place Kit with pictures!

    good deal guy on that 6 mil - more importantly is that it's actual window covering sheeting that is UV resistant >>>> always a good chance that we'll have busted windows in alot of the various SHTFs - could go long term with no glass manufacture and/or delivery - what goes up up could be up there for awhile .... not a bad idea to have a roll or two of the better reinforced window replacement sheetings - comes with a lattice of impregnated webbing >>>>> http://www.warpbros.com/category.asp?section=windows
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    New List of Long Term Storage Items

    the same business advice today - know your clientele - will still prevail in a SHTF barter/trade dealings >>>> as a well prepared prepper - what exactly would you be trading FOR & IN EXCHANGE with the sheeple? - they'll be looking for everything & virtually anything - trouble is again what's there for you? no trouble laying in extra low key items that'll always be useful - but what you'll need to get premium items & services a prepper might need to acquire will be "like in kind" premium goods >>> stockpiled items you might have for your own purposes - but enough for trading and still handle your needs? .... instead of a $100 worth of $1 items - 4 or 5 bottles of mid range $$ booze might be a wiser choice ....
  12. #29 >>> shut the hell up period - not only to the coppers but on the scene to bystanders - and even more importantly POST SHOOTING - no freaking newspaper interviews or dumbazz Twittering or Facebook postings .... if you followed the Zimmerman Case down in Florida - watch your call into 911 - no matter what the 911 operator tells you - cut the 911 recording call immediately >>>> don't be giving the hanging DA any ammo he doesn't need or deserve ....
  13. most of the preps for a nuke/rad SHTF have double duty usages >>>> many going toward a pandemic situation ... unless you're a confirmed 72 Hour FEMA prepper - might as well read up on prepping for a possible radiation/fallout protection event and bite the bullet ... if your literature cache is shy on the subject the prepper world has a guru that has compiled it ALL >>>> https://www.survivalring.org/
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    BOB -oddball items

    binder clips - you know the spring loaded deally for holding a wad of paper together - clip a few to the edge of your pack - keep a couple clipped to the inside pocket of your coat >>>> besides closing a folded over bag securely - with a piece of plastic you have a quiky improvised shelter ....
  15. here's an article that's probably one of the better that I've seen in a year or two - 100% on target - and it just happens to preach my mantra .... your preps are just a stop gap - a hedge - until your self sufficiency plan can kick in and then help fill gaps on those lean months .... when a SHTF hits - no matter how minor or serious - don't take it at face value - it can and most likely will get worse by other SHTFs adjoining and compounding together ... an initial 1 month predicted longevity suddenly is more like 6 months or longer ... https://www.theorganicprepper.com/when- ... nt-enough/
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