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    OK, guys. New thread to post in. Prep II will be closed from now on. If you're tracking the thread make sure to track the new thread.
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    The other day I helped a friend design, tool and sew up an old school Black Jack slap. It got me to thinking about some of the simple weapons that have mostly been forgotten or over looked by most folks these days. Because of the many years my wife worked in prison I've heard of their various “homemade” weaponry. The most common and deadly is the old lock in a sock or whatever you have that is heavy stuck in a cloth that will hold it so you can swing it like a mace. In the centuries past they even made these up ahead of time and used them like a sling and threw the entire thing. With a two pound rock you can do unbelievable damage when thrown from near distance. Inmates regularly kill with something in a sock. If you just want to beat the hell out of someone a bar of soap in painful with only minimal chance of killing someone. You can sharpen the edge of a credit card or and high density plastic and slice tomatoes with it...or cut someones throat if needed. Plastic is a deadly tool. They used to let the inmated have regular toothbrushes and dental floss. To many of them ended up stuck in someone and the floss braided and used as a garrote. Now they get flossers and little tooth brushes that slip on the end of your finger. I've actually done the credit card thing and believe me it is SHARP! I have an older Lansky Letter Opener it is just a plastic double edges dagger that you can drive through a piece of ½” plywood. Paper can be rolled up like a long slender cone and with starch turned into a danm spear!!! It won't pierce a flack jacket but it will go through a regular shirt and a light coat or pants! You wouldn't believe the stuff inmates can make out of paper!! If you don't have pepper spry...use pickled jalapeno peppers! In my youth I carried a jar of them in my candy apple red 56 Chevy. Put one in each hand and just slap the hell out of a couple of guys and then throw what is left at anyone left standing. If you get it in their face the fight is OVER!! WARNING, do NOT think that washing your hands with soap will get this off your hands and then go to the bathroom!!!! BAAAD VERY VERY BAD!!! An old Green Beret that I used to hang out and fish with. He was part of the first batch that JFK was responsible for when the green benies were first designated as the OFFICIAL wear of the 10th Special Forces group at Fort Brag on October 12th 1961 and made official in April 11 1962. Anyway he told me that one mistake that people make is defining dangerous people by the weapons that they possess. There Are no dangerous weapons out there; JUST dangerous men and they are dangerous even if they are butt naked. The mind is your arsenal if you keep it stocked you can never be unarmed.
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    Ok, this could fit into "Firearms" but I selfishly wanted it here. The last few years, I've realized that with the huge amount of different pistols and revolvers now being offered during the Obammafuerher's Reign, Inpersonally, needed to/wanted to look at less expensive, more concealable pistols that I could press into service, should that need arise. While I don't want my NICE more expensive (traditional) means of self defense to wind up in an evidence locker forever,I don't mind parting with a logistically attractive less expensive alternative, that can serve the "exigency need role" for immediate self defense. Since I am heavily invested in the 9mm caliber, I restricted MY research for MY subjective needs, to that caliber. I like being logistically attractive, makes storage a LOT more conducive to conduct. There are a bunch of choices to choose from, and I set an artificial ceiling of $350.00 per pistol TOTAL, to see What my subjective/personal choices would be. Yes, I am retired law enforcement from the Republic's most populous state, I can afford whatever I want (at present), but that is NOT the point. I selected after my personal research, the SCCY CPX-2 9mm. It fits my peasant hands, ammo is plentiful in my personal supply, and it is accurate enough and reliable enough for it's intended purposes. YOUR mileage may varying this is subjective, ergo about MY needs. For less than my limit, I got a nice, accurAte double action only 11 shot revolver (re:pistol). I started out shooting revolvers, and with the long trigger pull, think of the SCCY as a self loading revolver, and you will do just fine. It is too big for ME, to "pocket carry", and I don't pocket carry anything but keys and my folding bladed knife. I don't care to have a loaded firearm pointed at my"boys", for convenience of carry, or by someone else. I use a holster, and since I'm now officially a newly minted "almost senior", I can do what I want. I choose belt carry, because that is where I'm used to carrying my hand guns, on my belt. Yes, you CAN conceal about any handgun on your person, just dress around the gun, even in Texas, Florida, or Snake's "hell-on-Earth" patch O'heaven. The majority of the Sheeple in this country are too stupid to look to see IF, YOU are carrying, a firearm, even the cops are way too lax in that regard in most of the jurisdictions in this country, metro areas or rural areas. I liked the SCCY so much, I got myself a back-up SCCY set up in the manner I found I like to use them. If one gets into an evidence locker, I'll bring it's brother into immediate use, with no worries. For a folding knife, I decided to go with Gerber brand. Yeah, I know there are "better" brands, but I wanted to go for price, and for what I use them for. I got hooked on the "Gator" folding knives from Gerber, kinda big for the pocket, but nice non slip handles and mine hold an edge well! I have more than one, for redundancy. I don't feel "undercut" by my Benchmades, I just don't use them every day like I do the Gerbers. I enjoy the simplicity they give me for MY subjective uses, and they meet MY subjective needs in my real world use. I don't like knife fights and never have been in one, well, when I was in law enforcement there was one time an idiot pulled a knife when I was pointing a firearm at him....he lost the knife quickly, and he was the only one injured., it was HIS choice. So, just thought I would toss this out there to the group, I think we can use less expensive gear for most things, and have extra prep funds for the more serious aspects of preparations, like food and water. Just something to also consider IF, you and you alone choose to do so. In the end, each of us is responsible for our own salvation.
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    i was reminded this morning of an incident that happened thirty years ago when i was fishing with my younger brother and my fishing rod disintegrated and i was left without means to catch any fish,,then i spotted a piece of broken glass and an idea formed.. my brother, well he said i was crazy to even try it, but i took that sliver of glass and a sapling and cut a spear and in moments I had a three pound bass on my fishing spear. and got five more fish before he'd caught his first fish... "You're still crazy" he said admiring my stringer of bass shad and bream.. sometimes old timey things work the best, especially when you lack the more modern resources to get the job finished.. i added a frog gig/fishing spear to my fishing gear and have never been disappointed by them or my ability to put food in the pan .. i guess its also in my genes, being one eighth native american (sac fox) , even though you could never tell it by looking at me,, guess its what you make of it...
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    Adapting The biggest challenge for a modern person suddenly thrown into a primitive survival situation is the mental changes. The thing that makes it all sooooo hard for us is going to be throwing out the ideas and training of the culture we were raised in. Many, maybe most at first will die because of an inability to adapt quickly enough. A quick list of a few non-valid ideas that we have that aren't true in a primitive world. Bigger is better. Get it done in a hurry. Food is for fun and entertainment...every meal! You only eat the RIGHT things with right being based on what you ate before. HURRY!!!! Farming is HARD Brutal work. It is hard to find catch and kill wild game. A person is innocent until proven guilty. Big is most often a total waste of time. A small shelter isn't as good as a bigger shelter is the first thing you have to dump. The shelter is only there for you to sleep in, get out of the rain, and dry store a few things. You will not usually live in it. The world is your living room. The only exception is in the winters in the COLD Snow Country and there, smaller is a LOT better because it will be easier to keep warm. A big gun is nice if you are in Bear country but most of the time a 22lr is better. If you think that you need a little more power think about maybe a carbine in a pistol caliber. My Winchester Trapper 357 mag will drop anything in the area where I live and the same in 44mag will drop a Moose! Lighter ammo, easy reloading with a simple loading system. Less lead used. Hunting and fishing is hard only when you are hunting and fishing using the rules of legal and sportsman like styles. You just don't actually hunt anything much more than a little bird. I will shoot those with a BB gun for little one pot stews if I'm on the move. You do not roast them over an open fire if you need the food. The juice that you see dripping out is the fat and the important fluids that have most of the true value in things you catch for a quick meal. A pot keeps it all and with a few roots, herbs and such can be very tasty! Instead of hunting and fishing you make and use traps. For deer aircraft cable snares over the trails then have a drive to rush the deer into these traps. Carry a LOOONG spear to cut their throats with. It is quieter and saves the bullet. Fish are easy to trap. Hoop nets and box traps are so effective that they are illegal in most places. If it is against the law you need to learn about it!! Spotlighting makes a lot of wary critters easy pickings. I had an old time telephone generator for many years and they work well for “calling “ the fish up. Crushed black walnuts work well too. Put them in a sack, crush them and throw them into a pool of still water. The fish will come up in a half hour or so. A lot of things that we think of as quick fixes or nearly instant gratification cease to be so when you can't go to Walmart and just buy one. Clothes are a good example. There are LOTS of similar things. Making and sewing cloth is a massively time consuming thing when you don't have machines doing most of the boring repetitive work! Digging a well is NOT a one day job even if you know how to do it. Lots of things that we do in minutes will become long boing exercises in manual labor. Food, farming and gardening are one of the few places where it is actually easier than people think...ONCE they learn that growing food for you and your family to eat is a lot easier than farming for profit. Can you possibly imagine how much corn you have to grow and sell to pay for a tractor or a house or a car???? Most gardens are a joke in the survival sense. Sorry people but radishes, lettuce, peppers, greens, cabbage and tomatoes are mostly a waste of time if you want to feed your family. Lots of work for VERY few calories. You want to grow corn, beans, peas, squash, potatoes, yams and such are what you need to spend most of your efforts on. The rest is for spice and taste like onions, peppers, garlic, tomatoes, and such is called a kitchen garden. Fruit and nut trees are also good but you just don't need 40 acres to feed your family. You will need to eat to live and give up the live to eat mentality that we have now. Feasts where you eat all you can or could ever want are SPECIAL occasions. You will need to learn the difference between hunger and appetite. We are trained to “feel like we need to eat at least three times a day at certain times. At those times we “feel” something but it really isn't hunger. Very few Americans have EVER actually felt hunger. Charity is a wonderful thing...IF you can afford it. If you can't then you could be killing your family with your kindness. Unfortunately in a world of survival of the fittest, the nice don't get extra credit. You will have to get a lot better at judging the good from the bad and the worthwhile from the worthless. Honor will become a serious thing again. Understand, if someone steals from you they will probably kill you if you have something that they think they need or maybe even just want. If I catch you stealing my food from my garden patch you will be fertilizing it tomorrow. If you ask for it and I have it to give I will give it but if you steal you are a waste of the food you stole. Primitive people lived a very quiet and subtle life. They wasted very little and probably didn't average 4 hours a day doing what we see as hard work. BUT when they were not working in the garden, hunting, fishing or things like that they WERE nonetheless doing things that were important. They would sit in the shade together in the heat of the day and chat while they made little things that were not hard work but were time consuming. What you need to understand is that for them this was not work. They didn't have TV, Radios or outside based entertainment. While their hands were busy the were also bonding and having a pretty good time. When I was a kid I used to love this sort of thing. Example...Before you can can you have to prepare the stuff. Beans and peas have to be shelled. Corn needs to be shucked and silked, Tomatoes may need to be blanched and pealed...things like that. We did this sort of thing as a group. We would sit under the live oaks and spend most of the day talking and listening to the older folks tell stories. The stories are what you might call our clan heritage. These people were raised and lived in a world that was totally different from now. If you wanted to go to town you walked, rode a horse or went in a wagon/buggy. You hunted for food NOT sport. I learned so much of what I know about life, honor and how to be self sufficient at the feet of my elders. These times were a combination of entertainment, education, bonding into the clan, play (water wars could happen at any moment!) with just a little nimble fingered work thrown in. The hardest part for people raise in our current culture will be the slow down that is necessary. How often have you heard primitive people perceived as lazy or at least not very ambitious? I know now days it isn't politically correct but that is still the way people that live in primitive conditions are perceived. They go slow for several reasons. First when all you need is enough food to eat for a few days, a few basic clothes, some sort of roof over your head and maybe a little water how much time does it take to provide that in normal times? A day has 24 hours. You need to do 4 hours of work at the MOST to provide these on average...What do you do with the rest of the day?? Gathering and storing more food is a waste. With the limited available ways to preserve food why store more than you can eat before it spoils. Without modern medicine any and every injury no matter how small could kill you! Survival sometimes means doing less and not more. You will need to learn a new way to perceive your life cost/risk versus profit decisions. Boredom KILLS. All work and no play does more than just make Jack a dull boy. You will have to learn new ways to protect yourself from boredom. You will have to MAKE your own entertainment. Kids are going to suffer the worst at first. Kids don't play the way that they used to. You will need to teach them how to play. It doesn't take much imagination to watch a machine do things. Look at how complex toys are today. Is a Barbie doll with a house, car, more clothes than most people really “better” than a rag doll that a child had filled with feelings and that can talk to them about important things and play the things that the child wants to play? Toys these days are bossy! I assure you, My Teddy Bear was more than just a toy. He was my very best friend. He was the one that was there when I was afraid, lonely and was always on MY side when my parents and other friends were mean. When was the last time you saw a kid with an imaginary friend. My daughter had two and for several years you had to be careful where you sat. We also learned that you had to make sure that they didn't come with us when we went out. They were bad little kids and would get my daughter in trouble. Their not at home manners just were NOT up to public places! Life is led between your ears. When the outside changes the inside HAS to adapt or else. Start thinking about it now and offering your kids a little help at learning to make their own toys and how to invest those toys with life and personalities
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    it is ironic that everyone ive talked to has an idea what they need to have in stock for long term survival, and some people dont have a clue ...so here id like to put together a list of absolutely must have items you store in your cache, before all else. food water and bob gear... power generator large garbage cans, plastic 50 gallon with lid for food storage 5 of them ten gallons of clorox bleach... sixteen drops to purify a gallon of water,,, air mask for contaminant air smoke and chemical .. coffee filters for filtration of water activated charcoal for water filtering, fishing line 16 lb test and up..several spools..spiderwire tough stuff... archery equipment.. bows and arrows , field tips and razor broadheads, blunt tips and cedar shafts backup rechargeable batteries fuel for machines, spare spark plugs and repair manuals, lubricant oils boyscout field book for reference pre 1970s version.. specific books. , you know which ones you rely on to survive folding field shovels.. i have a couple of these to dig trench latrines for sanitation so there is just a few listed add your own must haves
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    Hi All, We are low on ground space, so we've been reading up on vertical gardening and came across a book about growing potatoes in wooden towers. Anyone have experience with this? The idea is that as the potato plant grows, you hill the soil up around the stem and the plant produces more and more spuds in the root system. As you add soil to the top, you also add higher sides to your potato box, so your plant elongates in the soil and the wooden sides move up with it and the soil level. I know that having the soil properly aerated is key and that you also have to grow a late season potato variety to be successful. In theory you're supposed to be able to get many pounds of potatoes from one wooden tower. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos of people harvesting their vertical potato crops and all were busts and only got around 8 spuds total. Pretty disappointing for all the work to buy or build a wooden tower/container. Some people realize they had too compacted soil and also not the late season varieties. Have any of you had success growing potatoes in wooden towers using correct soil and potato varieties?
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    Survival has a lot of meanings to all sort of different people. I would like to offer you a different thought about it. Here, we are normally talking about personal survival. The survival of the individual and that persons family and near associates is about threat assessment and how to respond to the various threats that could arise. To most average people, and all sheeple, the entire thing is actually pretty depressing. It means the death of many, the breakdown of our system and most likely a period of unknown length of chaos and loss of our much loved creature comforts. You know, it is a troubling thought BUT... There is also cultural survival. When you look at societal breakdown I look at it sort of like an infection. If a little finger gets an infection that you can't cure or stop sometimes it has to be removed or the entire body will die. The infection isn't just hurting your pinky finger. It is poisoning your entire body and slowly dragging you down. While losing your finger is sad and depressing, the thought of your body healing and your strength coming back is far from depressing. It will even be painful to lose a finger BUT for the good of all it has to go. I think that our culture has reached that sort of point. The small corruptions are slowly poisoning the entire thing. Let's face it; when it is even questionable whether or not a cop has the right to defend himself or herself from bodily attack or armed attack if the attacker is black we are in SERIOUS trouble!!! The problem is NOT black people!!! The problem is that our government is using the lowest elements of their race as a distraction to keep us divided. There are bad, ignorant and stupid people of ALL races out there. I was raised in KKK Kuntry and believe my trash is trash no matter what the color of the skin! What is happening is that the Government through their controlled media is making it SEEM as if we, the white majority are under attack and helpless because if you defend yourself in most places North of the Mason/Dixon line and now days almost anyplace except Texas you may be prosecuted. If your state won't do it the feds will hit you with a civil rights suit! At the same time the black folks are being told that the cops and most white folks are out to kill them and are killing their poor unarmed kids left and right. The media CREATES these stories just like they created the problem in Ferguson. They ONLY interviewed the people that were wailing that the thug had his hands up and was shot in the back. The FACT was he was charging the cop and the cop was either going to shoot him or DIE. That was one BIG strong jacked up crazy who had already tried to pull him out of his car window by his throat. The cop KNEW that he couldn't take him on just with his bare hands. After the fact...LONG after the fact, on the back pages of the print media it came out t hat NONE of the people telling the cops and media all about him being shot in the back with his hands over his head were even THERE at the time. The people, mostly black people that were there told a different story that was fully backed up by the forensic evidence...NO holes in the back...NONE. The entire thing was a fabricated tale created by the media. The terrible racial motivated killing in Baltimore...of the five cops the prosecutor is after, three are black and the Sargent in charge was a black lady officer. Now how in the hell is THAT racial?? Obummer is trying to tear this country apart and the Republican party is right in there with him cheering it on and helping all they can. They problem is not the people of this country. The government in Washington is an infected corruption on the butt of America. The entire establishment, both Democrats and Republicans no longer consider themselves as Americans first. They are parasites that FEED on America and that is where their entire allegiance lays...to their party first and the system second! They are near the terminal point and are preparing to dump the farcical crud and just declare the constitution invalid and divvy the country up into fiefdoms. The United STATES of America died at the end of the civil war. The REPUBLIC of America is in ICU and sinking fast. Presidents now openly flaunt their ability to RULE above and outside of the constitution. The constitutional reality is that the President actually was meant to have almost NO individual authority. He can't introduce a bill and only has an active roll when both the House and Senate have passed it. Then he can either sign or veto it. The closest the Pres gets is when he PROPOSES a budget. Now Obama and even a non-president Hillary are moving into MAKING laws by Presidential decree. I'm sorry but I look at some form of total disaster as the only hope that America has left. The great experiment of Democracy is a failure and capitalism has run wild. The founding Fathers NEVER intended for people that couldn't support themselves to have a vote. The opinion of even twenty idiots on welfare is NOT as good as the opinion of ONE successful wise person!!! In the beginning you had to own property to vote... now you don't even need to have an ID or a birth certificate!!!! Capitalism worked until the wealth became personal instead of corporate. It used to be a rich person made a gizillion dollars and then RE-invested it back into the corporation because the personal tax rates were 75% and UP!!!! Sam Walton became the richest man in the world paying 75% + income tax. Romney, when he was running for office paid a lower total percentage tax rate than I did! Asset based wealth means JOBS for Americans while personal wealth means trillionaires and unemployment for working people. Why NOT dump your American workers and move your factories to China?? Over there you pay a $1.24 an hour, no retirement, no matching Social security and a factory is a big building with a bucket in each corner and a roll of toilet paper for “facilities. You dump the poison out in the river or into the air, there is no OSHA, no EPA and no labor laws to worry about. Without the manufacturing base we HAD, WW2 would have been a SHORT and very bad ending war and we would all be speaking German but not on this. Without a working rail system we can't even move enough stuff from coast to coast to fight a real war. America now has lots and lots of billionaires and some say one trillionaire. What we don't have is the ability to fight and win a war of any true size short of turning the world into a glow in the dark ornament with no advanced life forms. Our only hope is some sort of world wide disaster that will again make survival a matter of intelligence and judgment and not only for fast breeders that won't or can't work so just sit back and breed like rats. It also has to happen before someone else decides to come here and TAKE what we have away from us or our own government does it too us. Too me TEOTWAWKI is about the only chance or hope our culture has left... I'm sorry, I'm not Mary Poppins I see ugly and just call it ugly...
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    If I was limited to one 22 rifle if would be a Ruger 10-22. It is a fairly short rifle and extremely adaptable with all sorts of after market accessories. All Rifles are required to have barrels over 16" If the barrel is shorter than 16" it can't have a stock because it is a pistol. A semiautomatic rifle can fill more roles than a bolt action. My Ruger 10-22 is more accurate than I am capable of using except over sand bags. With a scope head shots on squirrels is right there for you if you do your part. There are also a lot of youth sized rifles out there these days and for smaller folks these might be right for you. Another 22 LR that is a lot of fun is the little Henry 22 lever action carbine. I love mine and the kids like it a lot as well so smaller size works well for them.
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    ive found if you load up a standard size egg carton made of cardboard, not plastic, with charcoal briquets you have enough to get a good fire going and its a great way to optimize cooking a meal, boil water for coffee and burn off disposable trash ... also you can cook breakfast very quickly using a half carton and it produces less smoke than a larger fire.. and it weighs less than hauling around a ten pound bag of briquettes ..i also add a little parrifin in the bottom of one of the little compartments to ensure a nice hot fire.. in rain ,snow sleet or other foul weather situations...it can be a life saver..hot food, hot coffee... bring on some eggs or mushrooms
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    if you have mormons in the area they surely have a "bishops pantry" near by you can go there and get some good info...
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    Tactical is a word I do not like....it's like " organic" it is very often just a reason to charge more and results in a product that isn't the best it could be. For instance the "tactical" hawk, the title results in a high cost and features that often interfere with it usefulness in a Hawks number one function, cutting wood. The word also implies "military" "combat" and other things that the preaparedness crowd likes to avoid being labeled with. There are a number of very useful and even "cool" items that are "tactical" but often the better option is a more tradional item. Think about it.... If trying to get yourself or your family out of town do you think looking like a SOF operator will help you blend in the crowd or get you shoot first, arrested, or robbed. The first tactical item needed is the training, knowledge, and skills and with these anything becomes "tactical".
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    I would even wager a guess while they may lose some nutritional value past expiration, they are likely safe to eat past that date and would give some calories to stave off hunger, though they make lack in terms of power packed vitamins and minerals.
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    Hi. Just another thing to consider is what type of precious metal to hold. Bullion can't be broken down/divided or carried easily. So coins are better. DH and I cashed in a whole life insurance policy I had that a grandpa started for me as a baby. We went online to APMEX and bought "junk" silver. Basically we have old quarters from days passed (before worthless money), that are all silver. They were once all in circulation. Some are dirtier than others. Some date back to the turn of the century. You can get nickels or dimes too. The face value of the coins now has no bearing. It's the weight. So you buy by weight. That's the extent of our physical precious metals. I do hold "paper" gold (ETFs) in a retirement portfolio. I'm leaving that alone due to taxation right now to withdraw. Meh. Not the best. As for cash, we have about $2k in smaller bills. Cash is good in the short term for when card readers are off (no debit or credit). The rest of our value is in "stuff" and supplies.
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    MisterSnake, however, lucid and filled with common sense your comments are, trying to apply common sense and political "will", and heaven forbid "diplomacy", is always ill-advised. For my selfish interest or at least in consideration of MY blood pressure, please refrain from posting such comments in the future! All kidding aside, the longer I live, the more I have come to realize that ALL politicians, have far less moral courage, than the most diseased suppurating street walker on earth. I despise all politicians as useless. So in spite of my protestations to the contrary, ReverendSnake, please keep the sermons coming, this choir member as always, is all ears.
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    I go on other forums occasionally, and I always love it when they have the "Gun Porn" threads... so whenever you see something sexy, post it up! It doesn't have to be survival related, just awesome. Starting things off with the Remington 725 in .270 Winchester I just picked up last night. MAN, was she crusty! Dust, debris, surface rust, and a bore that was pretty, well, gross. I spent two hours disassembling and cleaning the old girl...cleaned up pretty nice!
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    While I will admit that Elmer was a puffed up blowhard and braggart, I also have to admit that he is one of my heroes in spite of it. I have 4 of his books and have read each of them more than once. I truly believe that Smith & Wesson would have gone the way of the Dodo if it had not been for the collaboration with Keith. BF
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    Some other treasures from the Elmer Kieth Collection. The finish-worn 4" N-frame with the ivory grips was Elmer's personal carry piece that he usually wore. The double rifle is the famous .450-400 W.J. Jeffrey & Co. boxlock that Col. Jim Corbett used to great effect hunting man-eating tigers in India. A snippet from the auction house about the rifle: http://jamesdjulia.com/item/1038-373/ https://frontierpartisans.com/3666/jim-corbetts-rifle/ There were also many Rigby bolt guns, and Elmer's famous original .333 OKH. One particular .404 Rigby bolt gun had be almost in tears, it was so finely made. I would have bought it on the spot, but nobody in the area needed a kidney. Some very cool stuff, and I was blessed to be able to head up there and don the white gloves to handle a lot of staggeringly beautiful history.
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    If anyone is interested here is a great site, tells of my favorite gun writer Elmer Keith guns and personal loads some are kinda stiff LOL THE SIXGUNS AND LOADS OF ELMER KEITH I am a stainless steel fan I love Rugers because I load them tall to make them fall and I factory crimp so there is no bullet setback or jump both in full house loads is concerning. I noticed on some load data that certain loads were only for rifle or a Ruger pistol. Marlin are my favorite I only owed a couple Winchesters and did not care for top eject and I have had good luck with microgrove rifling / accuracy I have seen where some bemoan the microgroove as inferior to ballard cut bores but I can shoot 5 in one ragged hole not that anything is wrong with ballard rifled barrels and not that they are not accurate as it is what it is a rifle or pistol is accurate or not I was lucky that my combo could shoot the same load for both and put them where aimed.
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    Went to a gun show today & managed to get a few excellent deals. Got 1 lb of universal & 1 lb of Nunber 9 powder for $25 total. Average price for powder is $40-45 per pound plus taxes in my area. Got Allen vanes for arrows 5 pkgs for $5 Each pkg contains 12 vanes. Got a NcStar mini 14 side scope mount new for $5 Got 2 Lee lube sizing kits new 308 & 311 for $20 each. Retail average $45 plus taxes. It was a great day at the show, with bargains. Blessings indeed.
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    Another 18-24 inches of snow forecasted today for my neck of the woods. I soldiered in the 15 miles to work in my trusty 4WD Tacoma, but MAN do other people suck driving in the snow. Makes me wonder how many of them are actually prepared in case they end up heading for the tooleys! No actual info here, just a rant. Cabin fever and winter to fatigue is starting to set in. That is all.
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    I've some aside if needed. Sling shots & ball bearings. Throwing knives. Bows & arrows. A 22 pellet gun that's 760 FPS. Any firearm that uses ammo that brakes the sound barrier, is a big NO! In my area we can't own silent sirs. for firearms, do to by-laws. So what do you have to not attract attention.
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    metal repairs require strength here are a few things that will be a good thing to have on hand. these will also solder together dissimilar metals like brass and cast iron steel and brass etc. some example would be a broken front pistol or rifle sight broken triggers that would need hi tensile strength solder. broken handle of a cast iron pot permanent connection of electronic or electric wires or spliced steel cable {making eyes on a wire cable} or making it longer by splicing 2 short pieces together. 80 pa Homogenized solder can be found at brownells.com First this solder is LOW TEMP Homogenized sloder 16,000 psi bond taking a mere 425 degrees to bond. as far as I can see this is perfect to repair broken metal parts Hi force 44 solder takes more practice to use and you need to use COMET flux. Homogenized solder has the flux premixed. TIX solder it is a great loer temp solder operating at 275 degrees but it only has 4,000 PSI use TIX flux with it. Other components that may be very helpful would be heat control past Metals need to both be the melting point of the solder or you wont get a bond small parts are easier to get to temp. using a pencil and scribing a line around the area you do not want solder to creep to also heat control paste the area needs to be clean use trichloroethane or alcohol to remove oils hand or machine oil. A hot piece of metal formed into a IRON to transfer heat there are also miniature propane torches I would use a or have a pencil torch they use cigarette lighter propane and are refillable. a simple disposable bottle type torch using propane can be used as a room heater its heat can be enhanced by heating a piece of steel plate stand the torch and move the plate to the flame you can use bricks to hold the plate. remember heat rises so it takes more heat to solder the top of a barrel pipe etc. this can also be used to solder handles on tools like a cross handle on a shovel you need of course to notch them to a perfect fit as possible so as not to waste solder and the joint will be stronger. with a few tools re-purposing electronic scrap many solar cells for yard lights are low Ma. output as well as low voltage figuring to recharge a dry cell or rechargeable battery you need to charge at a rate < 10% of it's rated Ma. and equal to the voltage a blocking diode prevents reverse discharge when the sun is not powering the solar cell. Right now is the time to invest time in research do some home projects with the kids or learn something different cruising the net for garbage will not serve you in times of trouble keep a notebook I like to use the bound composition type. it is hard to remember all of the information that can be used in survival and prepping canning cooking etc. I have these note books in different colors and have rewritten and transcribed duplicate information if it is useful in another topic. Today science make a case that people need to exercise their brain but instead of using an app on a phone that are worthless new hobbies completely different than your used to start small do not try to build a shortwave radio before you have practiced soldering a switch leg circuit on a very simple LED project. And you can thieve solder from PCB boards and soldered wire it ain't easy but survival never is. These are the things you need to be researching using the Internet not looking at PoRn http://dangerousprototypes.com/2012/06/14/workshop-video-how-to-make-a-simple-soldering-flux/
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    Ok, onetime. What you are saying is that a police officer can't tell the difference between his fully loaded side arm and his taser? The issue is not the speed of the draw...this is not the wild west. The issues is conflict resolution and descalation, which, apparently isn't taught to police officers anymore....
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    There is a group out of San Antonio Texas called The Human Path that does online and on-site Survival Workshops. Thought I would share this in case anyone was interested. http://thehumanpath.net/course/staying-alive-eco-construction-workshop-day/ http://thehumanpath.net
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    Watch the video footage. A lot of truth said with reality. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7ByClFPm_9w
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    I am highly considering getting my CCW. But, I feel relatively unprepared. I'm not scared. And, I have a great ability to learn. It's just a matter of me crossing my "t's" and dotting my "i's." I stumbled upon Concealed Carry University (by Patrick Kilchermann from Delta Defense and the Conceal Carry Association) and ordered their 7 DVDs for 20+ hours of at-home study. This will not replace range time or the state mandated class I would have to take to get my permit. Anyway, it covers their 3 premises to CC which is Mindset, Skills, and then after the other two are built on, Tools (armory). I just completed the 2 DVDs in the Mindset category and while I have to watch them again to get more retention, I learned A LOT (types of criminals, knowing when to shoot, what it is like to get shot, how the body reacts to a violent situation (tunnel vision, etc.), what to say to police, what to say to the 911 dispatcher, crime and incarceration stats, combat breathing, legal terms, etc.). Anyway, my own biggest question, which another poster on here mentioned regarding not attending a Christmas party since CCW holders were asked not to carry to the event, is this. If there's a sign posted outside a building that reads "Guns banned on these premises," what exactly does that mean (maybe it varies by state?)? Does that ban the guns of police and CCW people? How can a business ban or limit the 2nd Amendment for citizens to carry? If you intend to go to such a building for a meeting, meal, or appointment, or shopping and you get there and see the sign, what do you do with your gun? Leave in car? Bring into building and hope no one notices - ignore the sign? Thanks.
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    Generally speaking AfterGood Friday - Easter is the best time to start your garden. As the weather is always different that needs to be tempered with common sense. I have got a load of new dirt and will mix it with rabbit manure and top it off with a bag of good black soil inside old tractor trailer tires. This has a 3 fold usage first 2 tires places the garden at a level so you can use hand garden tools while sitting in a chari. Second you can use small re-bar and use on on each bent into a horse shoe shape and stick them just below the tread and it also make a garden frame to cover with clear plastic or bird netting to protect from freezing or critters. Third the are almost bullet proof should the day come where you need that sort of thing. out in front of windows covering every thing below the window sill or without dirt like a football training trial to keep people from having a straight run across open ground add in rebar spikes blocks of wood with nails loos rolled barbed wire staked each end and it's fun for the whole family. As far as gardening best to get some 4 foot or higher fencing and make your own tomato cages as tomatoes can grow quite tall and only need support and will give you tomatoes until next frost raied bed gardens give good drainage if you need less drainage put in a 55 gallon plastic bag a few minor holes poor soil for anchoring the first tire and better or enhanced soil in the second potatoes can be started in the second tire once the plant has grown above the 2nd tire lever add the tire and good fluffy dirt not something that can compact to a hard soil and strangle it's growth things like pole beans or strawberries can be done in stacked buckets (vertical gardening) one bucket 4 bricks stacked on end in center fill around with good loose soil top with pine straw and stack a bucket on top of the bricks fill around with dirt more bricks in center and repeat up to 3 tall or you will have to have a way to keep the wind from knocking it over use a drill and cut 2 inch holes or cut a slit and use a heat gun to push in the top to make a recess for your plants. to keep weeds out you can use cloroplast or plastic cardboard after elections the ads are suppose to be removed if not grab them up and layer around to make a weed proof base for your tires. every year take out the top tire dirt enhance with some fertilizer and fresh black dirt and replant you can use a 3 stack for a mulch pit tear down a restack and re-fill every couple of months. no meats or grease just vegetable scrap coffee grounds egg shells etc. if you need or want more planting space a hole saw to cut holes in the sidewall of the top tire. this same principle can be done with garbage cans fiber glass rings cut from old / bad tanks concrete blocks etc. but stack in bricks to hold them from being knocked over and to conserve soil / hold water. a warning chicken manure is too HOT as is fresh cow and horse also they contain weed seeds that are not killed in the animals gut during digestion old manure that has been piled from the previous year has aged enough to use mixed with soil. never mix or irrigate with teas made from animal manure after a plant blooms / buds the manure can enter or dry on leaves and cause e-coli and other problems so don't do it. at the start of each year you can use a balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10 sparingly around plants once they bloom a bit more water ever few DAYS too much water is as bad as too little plants like people need to struggle to become strong. gallon milk jugs w/ the bottom cut off can be used to protect plants from night chills until they are tempered enough to survive cool NOT FROSTY nights some vegetables can handle snow but not freezing wind read and understand that you may not be successful at growing all plants but the ones you can put your energy into those as you can always trade for those you want / need. Spices are a good small garden project basil tyme peppers onions garlic celantro dill etc can be dried or pickled canned beets and greens etc mixed make a good salad mix and also cooked in a large pot with a lid then add bacon grease for flavor ead and your in southern heaven. Greens and root vegetables are innocuous when grown in the middle of a grass field. Mixed thought for mixed greens..................
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    Today as I normally do, I was taking my dog for a walk through the park about 5:30 am , I noticed about 2 dozen birds laying on the park walkway. All were dead, I approached one of them to see what happened. Their was no gunshot wound nothing at all. I find this very strange & somthing must be going on. Another thing is that for the past few months, I haven't heard any birds singing in the morning as they normally do. Strange things are a happening in my area as of late.
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    Baked Pork chops with Cajun seasoning dirty rice and blue lake green beans I figure there are plenty of dirty rice recipes on the internet this is so easy that even one of "RHE WORST COOKS" Could crank this one out. Rice is a time thing as well as having a pot large enough to keep it from boiling over 2 X the amount of water over rice once the rice a table spoon of butter & water starts boiling put it to low or simmer cover the pot and wait 20 minutes see if there is any water in the bottom if so let it cook until it is gone then turn off and leave the lid on in about 5 minutes then fluff and serve Plain rice cooked with butter like this can be eaten as a cold breakfast cereal with honey or sugar and milk Well, it the best knows, but waste not, want not Cornbread is great as breakfast split butter, heat and pour on syrup or molasses. Molasses has many trace minerals as well as a tinge of sulfur Honey is great stuff, but most everyone knows that already.
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    zen811 WELL THERE'S YOUR PROBLEM! LOL Attempt at humor toward 20 years in government Our only problem is we can not speak of our solutions can we, as they themselves are problematic in a civilized world. And my mother always said if I did not have anything nice to say SHUT UP! A little knowledge is a dangerous thing and a dangerous thing is a little knowledge.
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    I have watched most if not all his videos and I've never heard the sound of his voice, after some of the others out there this alone is priceless...
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    I'm new to keeping bees...we just got our hive in September. We bought 2 at that time but one was infected with wax moth larva so we returned it. Other than that they have been very little problem and a lot of fun to learn about. I will say they are not cheap. We got a good deal on the hive its self but after buying all the gear to go with it we spent around $500. Now that we have all the gear and can split our hive the cost is me t to nothing...and with local honey costing $9 a pint we should have paid for its self by next year. I had use of a backhoe today so I prepped a new area for our garden. First I sprinkled our 2nd year compost pile over the area (50ft ×50ft). Then I covered that with 4 inches of sand I had stock piled. Lastly I saturated the hole area in 300 gallons of rabbit "poo tea" from our rabbit pellet catchment system. For the next few months ill dump 20 or 30 wheelbarrow full of rabbit pellets on top of that and till it in. With that area our garden has grown to nearly 1/4 acre...not bad for having to haul in every bit of quality dirt ..our natural soil is terrible.
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    I recently bought 10 5 gallon buckets of freeze dried meals and 20 #10 cans of various kinds at an estate sale. They were produced in 2012 and had been kept in a 72 degree environment. I figure I've got 10 more years before they spoil. The 2012 end of days stuff has been turning up a bit lately.....I see those $20 Wind up flashlights at every yard sale for $1....I bet I've got 20 so for. Lol
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    Thinking about the flooding mess Texas is having, a worthy prep one should consider is a canoe or a inflatable boat, like a Zodiac. I was fortunate enough to get a used Zodic from a friend last summer for free. Im supprised there's no incident about alligators or shark attacks , since the flooding in the inner city's of Texas.
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    0 % coverage up here in Ontario Canada. I was casting slugs all day outside, no eclipse, zero, nada, zilch.
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    Awareness is first, surprise is due to ignorance of your surroundings. people and events cannot surprise you if you keep your head on a swivel. I do not let people crowd me in a line where I use my bank card I keep my eyes open and do not let people come up behind me I use glass shadows and try to keep and an oblique angle to doors windows or openings I do not answer a door or phone that is not mine or I know whats on the other side before. Mindset is controlled paranoia or condition yellow no one with a hoodie is allowed in my space without a good eyeballin' carrying of objects or bags news papers at night especially so. Face demeanor means nothing smiling or feigned preoccupation with a phone counting change reading a map or letter before I exit or enter a vehicle or door I try to be watchful of what is going on around me. A door is not just an exit sometimes it's a trap many fires have many people stacked up on the door that opened inward. Do not believe what you hear unless you can validate it by human sources, more than one is best, sometimes it is just by observation. If you look at everyone around you as dead a potential hostage, witness or stupid you have a better chance than if you think you have a rescue nearby,In fact look at all of them to run like blind rats. or just stand there like a cigar store Indian IE Waco Texas luby's mass shooting. If you have never been in a life or death struggle with beasts, mechanical catastrophe, man or nature chances are your at a severe disadvantage mindset is partially experience and just because people have experience does not mean they have not gained a phobia to the point of panic or Iron will. Doubt is a killer Fukashima the tsunami warnings blared and people did not increase their pace or look to the sea or jumped out of vehicles that could have outrun (possibly) the waves and ran. Numerous situations where people had time heard or saw a warning sign and ignored it and never forget playing possum is not outside the rules nor is fainting women fight when being taken and depending on distance or time dead weight is hard to move so fall down play dead grab your left chest and hope to win an Oscar. Running an be an option small fires cause explosions Bear attacks running is not advised go for the eyes is always a plan. your never under gunned just not behind a sufficient barrier or best tactical position. If you can maintain calm while all about you are loosing theirs you obviously do not perceive the problem.....YET, Now can you devise a plan of action fast enough to survive. Sometimes reacting is better than thinking. The problem is you will not know until the situation has been resolved. Willingness are you willing to make a leap of faith take a chance that is less than one in a hundred and face certain death for it and do it again and again because that is the unknown factor the breaking point when the will or confidence fails you. and death is 100% there are NO survivors in this world no one lives forever records are always being broken death takes the innocent guilty fast slow old and young it has 0 failure rate eventually it will get you. I know people that sh*t in a colostomy bag piss through a catheter missing limbs eyes in nut wards drunkards junkies or old and so feeble can barley walk but the days of their youth or before their incident even the devil stepped aside some and all will be held down by a gravestone eventually. some calamities lasted hundreds of years bad leaders revolt nature civil war you can survive and live in hell till you die, death is not the worst thing that can happen to you - you could out live your whole family children and all your friends. Last you can make all the right decisions and die anyway because the outcome had already been calculated by God chance physics or pure bad Juju. and can you live with your decisions ?
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    Gotta love the shotgun handling in this one. Great movie if you haven't seen it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypyI2U72LVM
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    A scavenger hunt is a game in which the organizers prepare a list defining specific items, using which the participants — individuals or teams — seek to gather all items on the list — usually without purchasing them — or perform tasks or take photographs of the items, as specified.[1] The goal is usually to be the first to complete the list, although in a variation on the game players can also be challenged to complete the tasks on the list in the most creative manner. I have always LOVED this game..Trying to find things and thinking "Where could you get it "if need be"??? I was at a summer camp when the bug bit me/quest was to get a moth/answer a car radiator..ok so we lifted 5 car hoods to get one... In a SHTF scenario you may be forced to do just this..Find the things you need... Because there are so many different scenarios we can Never prepare for them all..Thats just the Facts..and than you adjust to it.. I propose that you MAKE a LIST of what you need.. #1..water, and so on and than for a week look around and Photo or WRITE DOWN its location and what you would have to do to get it and transport it.. It Is the Basic Survival Training thats FREE and can be done/Must be done if you are ever caught with out what you need... So give it a try..i would like you to Post some Ideas and results..Its about Planing!! JMO..
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    How often do you train with your BOB. I always ask this question to like minded people that I know. Most say never & answer, it's there when I need it. Some say that they have it at home or that it's in their car/truck. I'm quite surprised that they don't walk with it to any distance at all, in most cases. Me thinking most will fail in short order, without training/testing their BOB. I my self, I've walked mainly at night with my dog in tow. 3 to 5 Km. pending how I feel. No firearms in the bag do to Canadian by-laws, but I do carry a couple of knives. I also do 5 reps of 30 push up's & pull up's with my bag strapped on at home. Weight of my BOB is about 80 to 120 lbs. Yes I'm a pack mule. LOL . I like pushing my body to get in physical shape. I've also fired handguns & rifles with my bob on at the shooting range standing, just to see if I can hit my targets. I get weird looks sometimes, Don't care what they think. I train with the knowledge knowing what I'm capable off doing. What say you, have you trained with your BOB lately ?
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    I have a sub 2000 in .40 S&W and it is and has always been a dependable firearm. My reason for the purchase is because I carry a Glock model 22 gen 4 and the advantage of one ammo and one magazine is too good to ignore. I don't know what was wrong with the other gentlemans gun but I purchased mine new and I have never had so much as a misfire. I guess no matter what firearm anyone ask about there is always a 1 off and someone is going to be the unfortunate person to get a lemon. Good luck with your decision.
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    I thought that I might have a go at a simple cooking post Dried beans in this case I am using Pinto beans First how much a fair rule of thumb is a half cup per person dried makes about just over double. pour out the beans on a table spread them out look for stones mud balls and any beans that are broken off color or looks grossly deformed toss them out. take the beans you have sorted and now re evaluate them by transferring one hand to the other and putting in a bowl after you have double checked them rinse them as your swishing your fingers through them do this 3 times. using a gallon pot with a good lid put in 3 to 6 times moire water than beans I like a lot of water as I do not like them to burn and this is easy as it takes a long time to cook dried beans and a person can get side tracked. you can start them on high as the water comes to a boil turn it down to medium low not to add some ingredients first some salt not to heavy handed as you use less when you salt cooked foods but about a teaspoon black pepper about a half teaspoon garlic powder about 1/4 to 1/2 depends on your taste now some powdered comino or cumin about a 1/4 teaspoon and a half teaspoon of chilli powder. all of these can be altered later on look at them every 15 minutes stir them so check they are not sticking. after about an hour to a hour lower the fire to low and a half put some bacon ham hock ham pork scrap even if you just have some bacon fat as it adds to the flavor. after about an hour to hour and a half they should be done and the water should be like a thin gravy you can cook this down further and squash some of the cooked beans to make a thicker more hearty gravy if you have left overs you can empty the pot add bacon grease and cook your eggs for breakfast after you re-fry the beans into almost a paste bread for this is either corn tortillas or flour. any meat and even the eggs are a blessing life on the trail without a refrigerator. Jerky can be cut up into the beans while they are cooking and if you like corn bread but corn bread takes milk and egg as well as self rising flour regular flour {cake or baking} requires baking soda and baking powder and some salt. it can bee cooked in a pan that does not allow the bread to be too thin less than 1 and 1/2 inch thick and no more than 2 and 1/2 inches thick the batter will triple in size if you have enough baking powder and baking soda.. Now this should get you thinking do I have enough corn meal flour and leavening {baking soda and baking ppowder and salt spices to create this recipe 100 times ? using powdered milk of course you need the powdered milk eggs can be replaced with 1 ½ tablespoon water 1 ½ tablespoon oil and 1 teaspoon baking powder Or 1 table spoon beer not too flat and a 1/4 cup water the last and not my favorite is 1 teaspoon. baking powder, 1 Tablespoon liquid, 1 tablespoon vinegar. So just how many cans of powdered eggs you got? salt drying meat for jerky you need salt so a hundred pounds is not much it may sound like it but it is NOT. smoke is a preservative but salt has been a traded commodity probably traded as the first money to the oldest profession for services rendered. there is salt even in candy it makes flavors POP without salt and sugar life would be very very bland it is only our abuse of this that is the problem.
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    Dear Sir: I am writing to thank you for bouncing my check with which I endeavored to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the check and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honor it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my entire pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years. You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account $30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank. My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways. I noticed that whereas I personally answer your telephone calls and letters, — when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, pre-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become. From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person. My mortgage and loan repayments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank, by check, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate. Be aware that it is an OFFENSE under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope. Please find attached an Application Contact which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative. Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Notary Public, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof. In due course, at MY convenience, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modeled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Let me level the playing field even further. When you call me, press buttons as follows: IMMEDIATELY AFTER DIALING, PRESS THE STAR (*) BUTTON FOR ENGLISH #1. To make an appointment to see me #2. To query a missing payment. #3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there. #4 To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping. #5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature. #6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home. #7. To leave a message on my computer, a password to access my computer is required. Password will be communicated to you at a later date to that Authorized Contact mentioned earlier. #8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through #9. To make a general complaint or inquiry. The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service. #10. This is a second reminder to press* for English. While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call. Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement. May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous New Year? Your Humble Client And remember: Don't make old people mad. We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to p**s us off.
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    I carry 6 dice and a deck of plastic playing cards in all of my various go bags. In my big pack I added several dice games, a small chess/checker/backgammon game and some small dominoes along with a couple of fiction books, a Bible and a Pocket Reference book. To survive you need shelter, water, food, fire, tools and defensive items (gun). To LIVE you need pleasure and relaxation. ESPECIALLY if you have kids you need to make sure that they have some fun time or they will suffer in ways that you can't really see until they are grown.
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    Mommy: At this point in my life, I'm going to respond to you, as IF, you were one of my adult children.(Yeah, I'm THAT old) so take it for what it's worth. The only way to get even with these disgusting politicians, is to ensure YOU and your family are NOT subject to their will upon YOUR family. Screw these bastards! Yeah, it IS a huge pain in the butt to prep, and yes it gets me down all the time and I'm naturally a cynical pessimist! So, I'm gangs of fun in political discussions arounf the dinner table!. Don't try to do it all at once. That's nuts. Do what you can, when you can. If you are a person of faith, pray always and be believing,. Prayers are indeed answered. I'm not Donald TrumpHimself, so I do not worship Myself, I believe in a loving unconditional God the Father. he loves you like he loves me, so that PROVES he does exist and is unconditional. Plus, He even loves Snake. So, there you go, proof He does exist and answer prayers! Now, those prayers may not be answered as quickly as we would like them to be, it's kinds like trying to pray for a pony when we were little. That's NOT how it actually works, now is it? Nope. However, hang in there, you are an intelligent woman, which means you are far ahead of your peers by an immeasureable amount. yeah, that's true to. You can "See" what is coming and WANT you and your family to be prepared to meet it head on. How many of our peers are even WILLING to do that? (hold up a couple of fingers...), Yeah, that's all. Hang in there. There is light before the darkness and WE are the light at then end of the tunnel. Winston Churchill(a particular favorite of mine) said: "Never give ine, never give up, never, never, never!" during the darkest days of the Battle of Britain when the UK Airforce was down to less than 50 serviceable fighters. They still won. You will too. Thank you choir, we can now all sing a hearty Amen!