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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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    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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    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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    A BOB (bug out bag) or GHB (get home bag) is a cornerstone of preparedness, because when an emergency occurs there is little warning. I am not or claim to be a medically trained person doctor or Indian chief, I advise a first aid to a EMT level group of classes and to inform yourself online, remembering your legally responsible in some cases and should send a cold chill only a doctor or Nurse practitioner (specific) can give/ administer/ / prescribe medications EMERGENCY means a world of incalculable extremes that even the best equipped fire and emergency agencies must use other means to extract a injured person, remember that. Recent mudslides,earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes or how about an accident on the road ? in an instant your a on scene first responder or need to sustain life of your own family members even yourself until a emergency response can be on site. The misnomer that the world is going to end is not just a recent event, BUT the world for some ends everyday and sometimes because they or a on site responder did not have the basic first aid knowledge or first aid kit enhanced with some very basic cheap items. Water is number 1, A stainless steel bottle/s of at least one quart, remembering never give water to unconscious or injured just dampen lips pat face it they are hot. an easy way to cool is to take towel wet and whip in a swinging motion in the air will cool a great deal. Stem bleeding #2 Stem is not stop and sometimes all you can do is slow it to a trickle, never remove a dressing add over retain pressure with a wide strap like a luggage strap with a cinch for smaller areas gauze, athletic tape and box of kotex a few Ace bandages in addition to a basic first aid kit and a Swiss army knife not a Chinese knockoff because this last a lifetime Warmth or shade of a blanket is 3 always have a real blanket like a fleece throw and a couple of space / emergency blankets remember not to move a person although they may look fine internal or unseen injuries may cripple or kill in dire emergencies / fire etc. you may have no choice splinting / immobilizing Paint stir sticks are about as cheap and easy to carry and use as anything I could imagine other than simple newspaper or magazine.try not to move the injured limb, splint or secure to the body in place, 550 paracord is useful as well. Other purposes of our "bag" is also personal comfort and that includes food drink to suit the climate you can buy MRE heaters you can also have cold packs that when the pouch within the bag is broken it turns almost to ice key areas to cool someone from a raging fever or heatstroke is to lower the bodies temp as fast as you can placing a cold pack under the armpits neck at the carotid area and even the crotch. wetting the body with alcohol is quick but water and fanning is good in summer shade is needed o keep from reheating. Weather appropriate clothing in winter your swimming trunks ain't going to make it. a full Tyvek suit from Homedepot is cheap wind and waterproof tiny when folded and disposable get it in a larger size to cover all of you with your winter clothing consider snow shoes or ice cleats/ crampons as falling or slipping is going to wear you out time and distance has killed more people from not being able to get to safety. snow chains ? if you need them only once they are well worth it. If you live where there are mountains hills and gullies a rope like Kernmantle 9MM or 10MM climbing rope 3 or 4 "real" weight bearing caribiners look for used on EBAY as this is pricey new and you may never need it but it makes a good tow rope in fact a few tow straps connected with Caribiners could work. even if you can't another person on site might be able to use the equipment and if that is all we can do is be to help we have done more than 10 people goggling although calling 911 is the very first thing to do. My BOB or GHB may have other items specific to my experience needs or training / knowledge as should yours not all of this need to be expensive, rummage through garage sales thrift and resale shops a back pack and all the items won't cost that much. THE END OF THE WORLD, Ask anyone that has survived any catastrophic weather or natural disaster event fire or bridge collapse ? bridge failures 2000 to present Bridges connect water isolated or impassable areas to livable drivable land imagine a winter like this and or a heatwave and your stuck in traffic for a plain accident I have been for many hours do you have enough fuel to run your precious AC or heat do you have a gas can so if there is a station you can go get some ? do you have cash in case the ATM's don't work ? do you have spare key hidden in case you lock yourself out of your vehicle in a crisis as can happen when your preoccupied ? only stupid people think they will never die or get injured or sick of for that matter get in a jam. People with their feet on the ground and w/ common sense choose to mitigate and be prepared mentally and with the basic items. Why a BOB or GHB because it is being physically responsible for yourself family and unfortunate souls in mortal danger who may be too stupid to have thought for anyone else including themselves
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    Fish do pee in water, as do I every single time I’m in the ocean or any body of fresh water....including swimming pools. So do all of you, ya just don’t have the testicular fortitude to admit it!!!
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    Today was raking and burning leaves cleaning the garden beds for winter garden and general yard cleanup. Yesterday I pulled 60 bullets from unknown origin ammo looked good so I will reload them with a known powder and charge I know is safe. one day I intend to tackle my desk well I have 2 both get a bit cluttered but that is for a rainy day.
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    well another 300 shells trimmed chamfered mil crimp removed polished 200 tomorrow toss them in and take the others out of the tumbler, so I can star priming. I wanted to try a Lee perfect powder measure and a friend sent me one, so now I can try this out. I have the auto disk from Lee but it does not dispense large volumes unless you stack the disks and sometimes you have to double so I will relegate this to powder through the expander die for pistol only. I also have a Ideal model 55 but it does cut extruded powder grains so I want to try the The perfect powder measure I can clamp to my table and be able to move it to wherever it is comfortable. I also love the fact that a twist of the hopper shuts off the powder and you can remove it. I may make a step for y digital scale one I got from Ballistic products fits in a pocket and works like a champ for much less than other powder scales I think it cost about 30 bucks.
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    Hi, not new but have been away for years. I have a new life now, and am looking at prepping now for my new lifestyle. This time around, i will be joined by Mrs. Brick and the Brick Family Animals. Glad to be here again!
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    I would like to add to my post the following comment, While I have been the lead investigator on more than a few well known politically sensitive cases, none were as big and as catastrophic as the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Group Cluster. personally, I am strongly of the opinion, given the strange behavior of security officer Campos, taking a powder from his Union’s office last night, set of televised interviews, that Campos is also criminally involved in this matter, some how. I have long held suspicions about how he “happened”to be on the 32d floor when the shooting started, and managed a m8nor leg wound. There are NO “coincidences”in life. They are scientifically implausible explanations, when arm-chair experts speculate, like I’m doing now. Yeah, I do think he’s involved in this up to his eyeballs, which would explain Mandalay Bay’s coming out with a totally different timeline... they (MB) are also pretty sure their employee is/was involved or at least co-opted by Paddock. This would put them squarely in the personal injury cross-hairs of Plaintiffs Counsel, and billions in losses.
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    Sorry, I know because of my run on sentences punctuation in not helped by my frustration with my keyboard. I go through them regularly. I have tried all the name brands and they die just the same. One problem is I have some nerve damage in my right hand last 2 fingers a bit twitchy and my left hand is more like a club I can beat things with it and not feel it too much. that is why I figure I do not get in my "S" I don't really feel it so I am not tapping the key hard enough when I check my post I notice I have to insert them. I compensate by striking the keys hard enough to hear them so I know they should be "down" . Then are e-mails and calls and other things going on checking up etc. I have 2 computers w/ 3 monitors going when I am in, and I have projects I build / tinker with if I get a hot idea I either write it down or act on it and as of now I am filling Christmas presents to friends and sadly that list is getting shorter every year. During my computer time cut paste & print to keep up my notebook some of which I post portions here, therefore my mind gets distracted and once I start typing punctuation is an obstruction to my thought processes
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    Snake, I believe that the absolute APATHY, of the electorate is the single biggest reason why we have out of control thugs and law enforcement. I spent 27 years in law enforcement, and saw a steady devolution , if yountill, from being a "WE, work for the public,...", to an US vs. them culture. I am far too personally familiar with the officer who tried to arrest the nurse situation, and the disgusting hospital police and security officers stood and did nothing to come to her aid. ,fortunately,her attorney is going to make sure the nurse in question get a very large check from the hospital and from the city in that case. while the SCOTUS has ruled decades ago, that law enforcement cannot be held liable for your losses, severe trauma injuries and/or death at the hands of predators, I believe that we, the taxpayers need to hold our employees accountable for their actions, and they ARE OUR EMPLOYEES. Their sole revenue source is a confiscatory based revenue generation from our property and sales taxes in all fifty states, so, we do pay them, however, indirectly. So, it is our responsibility and moral agency, to speak out when we see the bad and inefficient, as well as speak out to recognize and visible support the good. Blaming it on our frustration to drain the swamp we ourselves allowed to fester and petrify is ridiculous. We the people, created that damn swamp, by allowing ourselves to "trust" thenpoliticians. HUGE mistake on our part, the world's oldest professionals are far more trustworthy in my experience. (No actual professional contact other than having to arrest a few). The political elite as they call themselves are a societal cancer and nothing else. That cancer has almost destroyed this Republic. Im not going to see it die from that kind of rot from within, if I can do anything at all about it, no matter how small or insignificant my elected cancers think I am. I am not going easy...screw 'em!
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    I am a bit troubled by the "law" as all the actors involved seem to try confuse the issue between a law abiding citizen and a CREEP THUG or CRIMINAL in fact they have the ability to make everyone a criminal people have been arrested for having their medication on them without the bottle and a hundred other things I just watched a youtube video where a policeman asked / demanded for a blood sample where he had no right and the hospital policy also did not allow for the nurse to gather a sample and he arrested her all the while other officers just watched as well as hospital police and anyone witnessing would know he was out of line yet no one tried to stop him another time a state patrol stopped a man speeding and held him as his wife died.......... and a hundred other misguided incidents one that especially that I recall was the killing of a man & wife because of a mistake in the address on a warrant man tried to stop what he thought was a break in and he was shot because he had a gun that excuse could not be used for the naked shot dead wife though. Problem is because the entity that oversees the police backs them because of lawsuits not always because they are right and many times they are and get stuck because of political pressure social justice warriors and loons. If the only people that have a right to defend themselves are CHL holders the criminals are laughing their azzes off because that is a fraction of the considerable population and that does not include aliens or people that have recently moves from another state or travelers makes the criminal just look for easier victims or profile them for every distinct crime that is made difficult they shift gears and look for alternative crimes that pay with less exposure to lethal force like kidnapping blackmail extortion prostitution child pornography and other tactics that I will not get into but believe me when I say that the police are the largest impediment to stopping crime and most seem to resent 'amateurs" as they see it and even when the victim is in the right try their best to implicate them as well the D.A.'s political leanings also play into this if they are progressives / left leaning politically you can bet they will press every charge they can come up with that is why people need to have to buy concealed carry insurance in my state you can get it if you have a CHL or not -- think about that .is it better to be carried by 6 or tried by 12 with a good lawyer at your elbow. I do not like to lump all officers in the same bunch BUT when your not sure who can you trust ? and anything you say can be used against you regardless if your right or wrong and you still needed to defend yourself in some cases if you step off your property your liable if you chase even if to recover stolen property or if you or your family was injured or dead from the encounter consider that now make it a public space or you have to go pick your child from school go into a bank hospital or federal building ???????? your rights are sh*t the constitution is wall paper and you just lost all your rights forever ! this is why the criminal is not a vanishing breed because all the powers that be either cannot tell the difference are apathetic or do not want crime to decline or are part of it.
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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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    We are about to have a training session here in the area Hurricane Harvey Katrina Rita were fun power was out flooding and this one looks like it could go either way from 4 inches of rain to 22 inches in a few days. Today I got fresh gas tested the generator collected all the extension cords splitters and I have got just about anything walmart does in smaller portions. freezing bottled water gel packs got 4 ice chest 40 pound of ice plenty of water prepared food and chips add water etc etc etc. enough medical supplies to cover a excursion into the Amazon. plenty of wood for my BAR-B-Q pit plenty of propane. --- I pray our structure remains in tact as these storms whip up tornadoes that is out of our control but are very devastating none the less.
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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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    I always, ALWAYS SNIFF, the toothpaste tube to make sure Innever repeat such a mistake. Yeah, I've made that one a few times before.
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    I share with my dogs it's not like I have a choice they can hear a cheese slice wrapper from the far fence with the door closed.
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    Very interesting post, Snake. For a few years as well as many months, I have been "feeling" prompted to ensure that my spiritual salvation as well as our temporal salvation were in "balance" with each other. I have been having interesting dreams in regards to both balance parts, that are meaningful to me and me alone. I have begun looking at one "seeing" things from a different "perspective", still the same cynical pessimistic me, but with a different perspective is all I can describe it as. I do believe we are being sent messages individually as well as for all of us, that the "time is a LOT closer than WE think it is". I have never believed in what most people call or refer to, as "coincidence". That simply does not fit into the order of the universe and the created Earth as we know it. I do believe that for every Disciple of Christ, we have disciples of doom (Satan), that are just as active or evangelical in thier prosyleting as Christians are to be in theirs. Evil does e it's, and a refusal to acknowledge or believe that it exists, perpetuates those evangelical missives from, "the other side". That side, is one I choose to be as far estranged from as I can physically be, because it is not correct for me, as a personal belief, for my family, and those loved ones I call my family. Things are changing rapidly.
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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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    I would get some physical silver, how much should one get. Depends how deep are your pockets. Average in a SHTF 20 ounces per person, should be fine. Cash per person short term, couple hundred in small bills, 1,5 & 10's . What I think would be most valuable is water filteration system, food, seeds Medications & something you can use for self defence.
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    Comradary on Internet forums fountain soda cold beer flushing toilets hot showers....without time limits... karaoke bars Carry out pizza the kids going to school 8 hrs a day Sports Illustrated swim suit edition cold chocolate milk Rallys fries
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    honesty Yup, some people can’t handle the truth! My Favorite Animal Our teacher asked what my favorite animal was, and I said, "Fried chicken." She said I wasn't funny, but she couldn't have been right, because everyone else laughed. My parents told me to always tell the truth. I did. Fried chicken is my favorite animal. I told my dad what happened and he said my teacher was probably a member of PETA He said they love animals very much. I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, my teacher sent me to the principal's office. I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. Then he told me not to do it again. The next day in class my teacher asked me what my favorite live animal was. I told her it was chicken. She asked me why, so I told her it was because you could make them into fried chicken. She sent me back to the principal's office. He laughed, and told me not to do it again. I don't understand. My parents taught me to be honest, but my teacher doesn’t like it when I am. Today, my teacher asked me to tell her what famous military person I admired most. I told her, "Colonel Sanders." Guess where the heck I am now…
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    I hear what you're saying. I do not buy into the argument, though, of "I'm not going to vaccinate because big-pharma makes money if I do." Fact is, every company who makes a profit makes money off of us Americans in some way (that's the very nature of commerce). How about Apple? I am not going to buy an iPhone because Apple makes money off me? I don't get that argument. Or, I am not going to use electricity because "big oil, coal, and power companies" make money off me? That argument holds no water logically for a reason NOT to vaccinate. The stats over decades since the advent of major vaccinations hit the citizenry of the U.S. depict that instances of these major childhood diseases have gone way down to nearly being eradicated. Now, we can always argue that stats can be skewed and often are. But, "big pharma" really has only become a thing in the past two decades or so, which makes up not even half of the statistical data collected on diseases. So, while "big pharma" may be pushing vaccines to make money, how do we STILL account for the decline of these diseases in the decades before "big pharma?" The fact is, everything we do is poisoning us...our carpeting and the plastics in our cars are emitting toxins that we breathe. Our homes are radiating us with electro-magnetic radiation. Even outlets not in use give off a charge. Then there is cell phone use. Any of these things, or others, like our foods or beverages could be the culprits behind our health issues and disabilities. Regarding autism, specifically...I often wonder if the correlation between the severe increase in autism cases comes from the significant and prolific use of hormonal birth control in young women. Without exception, every single woman I know who has used hormonal birth control has had at least one miscarriage. I know miscarriage can occur anytime, to anyone. However, it's interesting that miscarriage is so wide-spread amongst my generation (I'm in my mid-30s) and younger. What I have also seen is that women I know who have used barrier methods or natural family planning, across the board, have suffered fewer miscarriages. We also know NOW that hormonal birth control makes significant changes to a woman's body. Come on! It fools women's bodies into thinking they are pregnant! Women can skip periods! It's NOT natural. Yet, young women pop these pills, use the implants, and rings like crazy! These fake hormones are cycling in the body and mess with a woman's ability to conceive. So it is also likely women who do become pregnant may have messed up hormones and those biological components mess up the new life (resulting in miscarriage OR resulting in neurological troubles such as autism). For me it comes down to "do unto others..." Eating foods, using cell phones, and what I drink only affects my family. Each family is free to do as they choose with their time, money, and child-raising. Sadly, vaccinating is the ONLY decision which can potentially affect another parent's child. Several weeks ago, a local family here, exposed my infant to pertussis. Every member of their family got the disease. Their young daughter had to go to the ER twice! My daughter is not fully vaccinated yet. The disease itself isn't terribly serious, but the coughing displayed from it is what ends up killing people...it tires them out and they die from not getting enough oxygen. Thankfully, my little girl never got it, but we had her doctor on alert. Their decision to not vaccinate, had potential and harmful ramifications for my child. I no longer spend time with them - also due to the fact that the mother told me I don't trust God enough if I vaccinate my kids (total side issue, but worth noting because there is a lot of uninformed self-righteousness associated with the anti-vaxer crowd). Lastly, like I said in my previous post, if the grid goes down. Good-bye medical technology. Hello diseases. It is medical technology keeping these diseases at bay. I see vaccines as a part of EASY prepping. CAVEAT: IMHO, vaccines can be broken into 2 categories: 1. Lifestyle diseases. 2. Out-in-public diseases. IF a person chooses not to get vaccinated for #1, that's fine with me...Hep B...HPV. The types that you get from needles and sexual activity. Like, why does a baby need a Hep B shot?? Is my 6-month-old gonna shoot up behind a dumpster? For #2 "out-in-public" that's the Pertussis, measles, polio, etc., the ones you can contract from walking around just breathing at the mall or on a plane. Don't skip those!
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    We're meeting May 1st with a solar company for a site assessment, and free quote. Based on the current research I have done, the cost of a solar panel today is around $3 per watt, and the extra cost of installation brings costs up to $5- $6 per watt. There is a federal tax credit of 30% for solar (and wind) systems set-up by Dec. 31, 2019. After this time, the credit decreases to 26% and is further reduced every year thereafter. If you don't use the full tax credit amount in that tax year, then it can be rolled into the next year. Also, each state has its own credits or benefits. For example, where I live, there is no sales tax on any materials purchased related to alternative energy. Another cost thing to consider is whether or not your property is feeding energy back into the grid. If so, the power company has to pay you for your energy you generate. The down side to this, is if they don't need your power, they don't buy it from you and no extra money comes your way. At this time, they aren't storing it! Dumb...but that's another issue. So that could be an income stream once your solar (or wind) system is paid off. Based on my calculations...IF we ran every single thing in our home including the AC... on an off-grid system, we'd be looking at a $30k up-front cost for labor and materials (if we paid someone to do it for us). However, based on the tax credits, and reduced electrical bills...we would make that back in 9ish years. This would be everything though, I realize in a SHTF situation, we'd want power for the septic, well, fridge, stove, and maybe a few lights. We have a generator. The house has LP. But all that runs out eventually. Solar and wind are forever. Also, I would only do this if it were our "forever home." We plan on being here until we die and the hubby is turning 40 this summer. I am younger than him. So, if we are here for decades, then spending that much seems feasible, especially since it goes way further and is more helpful to the home and family's well-being than a kitchen or bath remodel. I don't actually see the cost of solar as a burden...the costs have come way down in the past decade. In fact, for me, I think the biggest burden would be the up-keep of the system and the longevity of the system and its panels and batteries (run $350-$650 each depending on size). They will need replacing - these store generated energy for use during night or cloudy days. As for the panels: "Most solar panels used in home solar arrays come with a warranty for some 25 or 30 years, which means that the solar panels are guaranteed for decades, unlike many of the other goods we buy. And again unlike many other consumer goods, they don’t ‘give up the ghost’ at the end of their warranty period and need to be replaced, but continue to still produce clean electricity, although at a slightly less efficiency each year. In fact, some decidedly old-school solar cells have been producing electricity daily for about 40 years or so, and are expected to continue to power homes and businesses for decades more. According to a study undertaken by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) a few years ago, which looked at the ‘photovoltaic degradation’ rates of some 2000 solar installations, the average solar panel loses about half of a percentage point (0.5%) of efficiency per year, which means that a panel at the end of its 25-year warranty period should still be operating at about 88% of its original capacity. However, not every panel will see degradation rates as high as 0.5%, as shown by this 30+ year old solar panel, which outperforms its original specs, even after decades in the sun." There is a learning curve with that. Not impossible, but just something ELSE to know. Another option we're considering is wind since we have a lot of it rolling over the fields. The drawback there is the maintenance of something 80+ feet in the air...however, it may be less expensive to install than solar. A hybrid system is another option. Solar is becoming more and more common. Our local hospital has a solar garden nearby. Churches and schools are using it. As this occurs, costs are decreasing. The question becomes...how long does one wait...because how long do we have? Of all I found, I thought this site was the best and most comprehensive for info gathering. It even has free energy calculators. It's a wholesale site, so yes, they are into sales, but for the research phase, it is very helpful. https://www.wholesalesolar.com/
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    I got a scope mounted on my M1A. Now to get it zeroed BF
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    Ruger Mini-14 in a folding stock in .223 caliber, comes with 4 mags Rifle is in excellent plus condition, near mint. $1,200 in Canadian funds. SOLD
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    ....." You the bomb...no,no...you the bomb!" A friendly conversation in the West....but a deadly arguement in the Middle East....
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    I have some round butt K-Frame Smith and Wesson revolvers. I love them, and wouldn't sell nor trade them for anything. A .45 Long Colt Smith, has been singing her siren songs to me of late...I think I'm in love.
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    WHAT THE FRONT OF THE BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TURN IT OVER AND READ THE BACK---CAREFULLY! With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read label at the grocery store and especially Walmart when buying food products. Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located. It is important to read the bar code to track it's origin. How to read Bar Codes .... interesting! This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it's a concern to you. GREAT WAY TO "BUY USA & CANADA " AND NOT FROMCHINA!! The whole world is concerned about China-made "black hearted goods". Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ? If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA. 471 is Made in Taiwan . This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves. Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products "MADE IN CHINA ", so they don't show from which country it is made. However, you may now refer to the barcode - remember if the first 3 digits are: 690-692 ... then it is MADE IN CHINA 00 - 09 ... USA & CANADA 30 - 37 FRANCE 40 - 44 GERMANY 471 ... Taiwan 49 ... JAPAN 50 ... UK BUY USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching for "0" at the beginning of the number. We need every boost we can get! Pass this on to everybody on your E-Mail Contact List!! If the government won't help us, we MUST help ourselves.
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    Oh, you want to do Smith & Wesson revolvers? Game on! I see your two K-frames, and raise you three of my N-frames: a Mag-Na-Ported 4" 629, a 4-screw 3 1/2" Model 27, and a 4" Model of 1989 .45ACP - my steel plate gun.
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    Well it was taught to "them" by "our People LOL but they have taken it to a mass level. Here is why offering CDL licenses to non Americans is a very very bad idea. If anyone questions my analysis ask Rodger Stone this is the textbook elimination method accident (T-bone) suicide drug overdose, complications from surgery, heart attack and robbery gone bad. I have railed against this and NO repeat NO conversation on this the narrative is being managed by the alphabet agencies and the networks including the ONE you think it fair and balanced. there is a ratio of immigrants to terrorists / mathematical pure and reliable and OUR LEADERS IGNORE IT they do not care about U.S. they are bought and paid for by one of 3 groups all not understanding that they are working for the ONE being played by the master of disaster the conductor / grand master of evil and he is coming the world will fall in on itself because they choose to follow their heart and it is filled with EVIL of lust greed hate power sexual perversion etc. etc etc. Anything can be used as a tool against a free society I will not elucidate in a public forum but mooslim apologists are poison Americans of any group do not understand we are oil and water I can love everyone does not mean for a moment I trust them ! If you think your safe your a complete moron stupid does not even come close and mentally retarded is being to kind if you think bringing over any people from the middle east your the terrorist your bring in a boa constrictor into a aviary full of doves or wolves into a pen of lambs. OH HOW I WISH I COULD EXPLAIN but in that is information that can be translated into MORE than just words. I know what I intend to do --- NOTHING I was told under BUSH JR. they had it handled not to do anything, in the years since nothing has been expressed to change that and because any good district attorney could rip me a new one my sight hearing and witness is my personal opinion and not relevant in a court of law I would be portrayed as a bigot Islamaphobe and any other label would be layered on in the media to taint the opinion of any pool a jury could be chosen from COUNT ON IT. So unless it is incontrovertibly can be proven I am defending my own life I AIN'T DOING SH*T. Anyone that noticed that our President did not win the popular vote and that fact has been rubbed in our face daily so that means that over half of any jury will crucify you on the alter of political correctness in a heart beat. since I am not filthy rich I cannot afford a lawyer to manage my media releases and be my spokes person nor can I afford bodyguards and private travel like Salmon Rushdie who had a death penalty because of his opinion from his book "Satanic Verses" I'll take my chances dodging flack and vehicles thank you. Bridget Gabriel
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    That's nothing I have seen a Vietnamese 100 pound woman barley able to see over the steering wheel do a similar stunt after she passed the Galleria mall in Houston in 5 O-clock traffic guess they had a sale at Sakowitz from my rear view I think she made it back to her exit up the wrong side of the freeway.
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    made seafood cocktail sauce for cod my favorite other than crappie or sun perch 1 cup ketchup 1 tablespoon grated horseradish more if you like 1 tablespoon Worcester sauce more if you like
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    Nothing to be sorry for snake. I had been looking for a used Rock Island just to play with and learn how to smith them. My neighbor has a gun & pawn shop, called one Sunday afternoon and told me he had found one. It had a red cast to the exterior but the insides looked pretty good so I brought it home. Took it apart, cleaned it and put it back together. The gun cleaned up really well, obviously low round count just not the best taken care of. I replaced all of the springs and put an arched mainspring housing on it. Next was to break out my old and falling apart "HALLOCK'S .45 AUTO HANDBOOK" and tore it down again and followed through the book. After this trip through it, it has a 3 1/2~4 pound trigger that breaks cleanly. It makes nice piles of expended brass 3' at my 4 o'clock. With my home rolled 250g wide meplat cast bullet @ +800 fps, will stack'em in the black at 25 yards just as long as I am willing to reload magazines. I've only got a couple thousand rounds though it but it has had (so far) zero malfunctions. I have come to believe that a 1911 doesn't need bells and whistles, just someone willing to take the time and do the work to make the individual parts do what John Moses designed them to do. BF
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    My EDC doesn't change much through the years, pocket knife, Bic lighter and Streamlite Microstream in the left front pocket. After I had the Microstream for a couple of years, I was so impressed with it that when I found them on sale, I bought 4 more. I like to experiment with guns, knives and flashlights and it isn't often that I run across something that does everything I want it to do. The Microstream meets that criteria, just enough light, perfect size and unbelievable battery life. You obviously have found that out for yourself. BF
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    The carbine conversion kit pictured above has a 16" barrel, fixed stock, and no venereal diseases. Good to go!
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    I had a shallow well next to my house that I used to water my lawn, the pump quit working last summer and I've yet to replace it. I was thinking that if SHTF happens and we are without power, it would be nice to have an old time hand pump like we had on the farm to access the water. I've checked with Harbor Freight and other sites but nothing resembling the old manual pump that we had to prime has shown up. Any ideas on this?????