desert rat

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  1. Dig a hole. Poor a concrete floor. Bury the dang thing. A quonset is no more bulletproof than a GP medium or camo netting or for that matter a wood frame house!
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    Food prices & packaging?

    I'd noticed a year or so back when I purchased a pork loin that they must soak'em in water before packaging. I put it in the crockpot and lo and behold there was 9 cups of water that cooked outa that sucker. So if you your buying a 5lb pork loin 2lbs of it is water!
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    Hello from the People’s Republic of Massachusetts!

    Welcome Excoastie. Retired RA here.
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    Greetings from Northeast Indiana!!

    Welcome 6. I also began the prepping ordeal just before y2k. Looking forward to your ideas. I also was stationed at Hood for a short time. Early 80's. Welcome to the boards brudda.
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    hi from western wa

    Welcome! Looking forward to your input.
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    shtf music

    Okay,, I'll play! Growing up with Cream, Hendrix Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Styx, Boston, CCR, Rush Foriegner, Seager I've aquired a weird music ear. I remember when my daughter was dating my now son in law she said he said to her;"damn your old man listens to some good music!" At 56 I like and respect all music from classic to Motown, Metal to the Hairbands of the 80s here are some of my favs. If your skidish you'd better not even click on'em. If you like to rock, you may wanna crank it up. My favorite band: Lotsa 5/4 and cut time. These guys are gr8! JMO I had to throw Rush's Neil Pert in here.
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    Prepper loses rights

    Has anyone heard or seen the David Sarti story? This maybe a repeat, sorry if it is but this is quite interesting. There's also a bit of info about hoarding that I found interesting.
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    Prepper loses rights

    I tend to agree with you Wolf. Only one thing of any consolation came of Doomsday Preppers and that is, it does get out the point of "preparing" for a rainy day scenario, whatever it may be. I'd visited this site for almost 6mos. before I took the intiative to ungray myself. I saw a few things that I thought I could add to and hopefully be helpful. I've over stepped my bounds on some of my thoughts, postings and chose to go back and delete some of those things. I ocassionally ramble with useless drivel. There are sooo many people on this site alone who chose to share there ideas and their intuitive input, I jumped in "almost" with both feet. I'm very discrete about some things and I don't mind saying that I'm scared of the guvament. Mispelled for a reason. I think Autonomus or Snake put something up as to where "they" visit this site. Pardon me if my facts are wrong. I think we in general are all preppers here, preparing for an unthinkable event. I've done this before Y2K, and continue to do so because it's my right and my will. A hoarder I'm not, a planner I am. What else would you think of a senior NCO? We are all here, resourceful, intelligent human beings who knows when to create and have a plan, be it A,B,C, or D. I just hope Capt. Bart doesn't have me shot for rambling.....
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    Welcome CCJ... I've been spelling for 56 well, 47 years and still ain't got it right..LOL
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    What have you done today to better your Prep? II

    Well, FYI. They have shipped the stuff I've ordered indiscretly in unmarked boxes.That does keep the Gladys Kravitz of the neighborhood disinterested. I know, there's still that payment record. Can't do nothing about that, but as far as "GRAY" goes, I believe we gave that up when we registered here at survival cache. JMO Nothing against SC! Good luck with your venture, dr
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    What have you done today to better your Prep? II

    Sup MikeE? I've looked at the reviews is all. We did open one of the dried 100% milks and use it. It was pretty good! This stuff ships in #10 cans, so it's open it and use it or loose it. Take the scrambled eggs mix, there's 92 servings in one can. So we don't open anything, it goes in storage in the mancave! I've got alot of the Wise storable foods in pails. It comes in 5 serving bags and I wanted some stuff to be able to do single servings and found the Augasons at Sams online. They had the butter, milk, cheese dehydrated peppers and onions and I figured that would make one heck of an omlet. So I've been collecting their storable #10 cans for about 2yrs now. I've attained quite abit of there long term storables and hope I never have to use it but most of it will keep for 25yrs if unopened. Some, like the milk will only keep for 10yrs sealed. and most needs to be used in one yr after opening. They have a good selection and I figure if anyone gets hungry they'll eat it. Don't forget to get containers of seasoning, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika and such. It'll give bland stuff some pizzaz. Wal-mart has small containers of the seasons in their camping supplies. Myself, I can get away with two meals a day. I worry about the wife, kids and my grandson, if they can make it here "IF" TSHTF. Oh! My bad, the grandson and I did get into the honey coated bananers and they were great! I've also collected a lot of the Mountain House single 1&2 serving pkgs. I've mostly put that in BOBs, GHBs and cached some them with other stuff at two other locations. Generally every trip to Sams consists of me buying something for the prepping issue. However you cannot buy the Augason Farms long term storable food in Sams, you must order it online. That sucks, but it works for me!
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    What have you done today to better your Prep? II

    Just got an order of some more Augason farms (25yr) long term storable items from Sams Online. Also picked up a couple of .50 cal. cans for ammo storage and some more propane and Coleman fuel for the Lanterns and stoves a week or so back. Got another half dozen driveway solar lights from Lowes for extra lighting inside if needed. Just put them down in a gallon jug or 2 liter bottle with some water or sand in them and poof, night light. Stick'em back outside and let'em charge during the day.
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    Computer Virus Alert

    Anyone getting this? What do you think? B.S.? I also got this to see if your computer is infected....You must click the detect button. Then scroll down to the http and click it.
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    Computer Virus Alert

    I'm surely going to try it Snake. Shut this big computer down for a while till some of this stuff settles. Check this out. Sorry, I couldn't get a link. I got it in an e-mail in a PDF. It'll be making news before long. • 9:00 am• Categories: Cybersecurity, DuQu, Stuxnet Meet 'Flame,' The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian ComputersA massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems in Iran and elsewhere and is believed to be part of a well-coordinated, ongoing, state-run cyberespionage operation. The malware, discovered by Russia-based antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab, is an espionage toolkit that has been infecting targeted systems in Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, the Israeli Occupied Territories and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa for at least two years. Dubbed “Flame” by Kaspersky, the malicious code dwarfs Stuxnet in size — the groundbreaking infrastructure-sabotaging malware that is believed to have wreaked havoc on Iran’s nuclear program in 2009 and 2010. Although Flame has both a different purpose and composition than Stuxnet, and appears to have been written by different programmers, its complexity, the geographic scope of its infections and its behavior indicate strongly that a nation-state is behind Flame, rather than common cyber-criminals — marking it as yet another tool in the growing arsenal of cyberweaponry. “Stuxnet and Duqu belonged to a single chain of attacks, which raised cyberwar-related concerns worldwide,” said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO and co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, in a statement. “The Flame malware looks to be another phase in this war, and it’s important to understand that such cyber weapons can easily be used against any country.” Early analysis of Flame by the Lab indicates that it’s designed primarily to spy on the users of infected computers and steal data from them, including documents, recorded conversations and keystrokes. It also opens a backdoor to infected systems to allow the attackers to tweak the toolkit and add new functionality. The malware, which is 20 megabytes when all of its modules are installed, contains multiple libraries, SQLite3 databases, various levels of encryption — some strong, some weak — and 20 plug-ins that can be swapped in and out to provide various functionality for the attackers. It even contains some code that is written in the LUA programming language — an uncommon choice for malware. Kaspersky Lab is calling it “one of the most complex threats ever discovered.” “It’s pretty fantastic and incredible in complexity,” said Alexander Gostev, chief security expert at Kaspersky Lab. Gostev says that because of its size and complexity, complete analysis of the code may take years. “It took us half a year to analyze Stuxnet,” he said. “This is 20 times more complicated. It will take us 10 years to fully understand everything.” Kaspersky discovered the malware about two weeks ago after the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union asked the Lab to look into reports in April that computers belonging to the Iranian Oil Ministry and the Iranian National Oil Company had been hit with malware that was stealing and deleting information from the systems. The malware was named alternatively in news articles as “Wiper” and “Viper,” a discrepancy that may be due to a translation mixup. Meet 'Flame,' The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian Computers | T... Page 2 of 29 One of these is an interesting export function in both Stuxnet and Flame, which may turn out to link the two pieces of malware upon further analysis, Gostev said. The export function allows the malware to be executed on the system. Also, like Stuxnet, Flame has the ability to spread by infecting USB sticks using the autorun and .lnk vulnerabilities that Stuxnet used. It also uses the same print spooler vulnerability that Stuxnet used to spread to computers on a local network. This suggests that the authors of Flame may have had access to the same menu of exploits that the creators of Stuxnet used. Unlike Stuxnet, however, Flame does not replicate automatically. Kaspersky estimates that Flame has infected about 1,000 machines. The researchers arrived at this figure by calculating the number of its own customers who have been infected and extrapolating that to estimate the number of infected machines belonging to customers of other antivirus firms. All of the infections of Kaspersky customers appear to have been targeted and show no indication that a specific industry, such as the energy industry, or specific systems, such as industrial control systems, were singled out. Instead, the researchers believe Flame was designed to be an all-purpose tool that so far has infected a wide variety of victims. Among those hit have been individuals, private companies, educational institutions and governmentrun organizations. Symantec, which has also begun analyzing Flame (which it calls “Flamer”), says the majority of its customers who have been hit by the malware reside in the Palestinian West Bank, Hungary, Iran and Lebanon. They have received additional reports from customer machines in Austria, Russia, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates. Researchers say the compilation date of modules in Flame appear to have been manipulated by the attackers, perhaps in an attempt to thwart researchers from determining when they were created. “Whoever created it was careful to mess up the compilation dates in every single module,” Gostev said. “The modules appear to have been compiled in 1994 and 1995, but they’re using code that was only released in 2010.” The malware has no kill date, though the operators have the ability to send a kill module to it if needed. The kill module, named browse32, searches for every trace of the malware on the system, including stored files full of screenshots and data stolen by the malware, and eliminates them, picking up any breadcrumbs that might be left behind. “When the kill module is activated, there’s nothing left whatsoever,” Gostev said. UPDATE 9 a.m. PDT: Iran’s Computer Emergency Response Team announced on Monday that it had developed a detector to uncover what it calls the “Flamer” malware on infected machines and delivered it to select organizations at the beginning of May. It has also developed a removal tool for the malware. Kaspersky believes the “Flamer” malware is the same as the Flame malware its researchers analyzed.
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    Computer Virus Alert

    Well, now you got my curiosity up. I've an old laptop about 10 yrs old. I don't use it hardly at all. I turn it on occasionally to update the virus and spyware definitions. I just might give this a whirl on it. I'm no IT dude and generally cause myself more trouble than I'm worth. You might want to clean out you inbox cause I'm sure I'll be contacting you. LOL Guess I might as well print off your direction comment. I'll be needing it. Now if I can find that old Toshiba. I believe I stashed it in a Mylar bag inside a big rubber lined 9 drawer metal toolbox. Ya know, just in case. It's bout time for the morning run, well it's more like like a jog.
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    Computer Virus Alert

    Well I only put this up for the people who would like to check their PC's Snake. I don't understand how you can get virus and spyware updates on a CD. But I guess it works. So for those who run Winders they can check their PC's if they'd like.
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    Computer Virus Alert

    Okay Mr. funny bone,,,,,If you're running a mac I don't have a clue as to what the heck you're talking about but for one thing, no mouse! Reminds me of DOS, sucks. Anyway, mine is registered on a yearly premium, guess I rent it. LMAO As a matter of fact, I ain't gotta clue what you said anyway. Just call me The Silver Surfer Snake, I'm to old to learn a new system. I do try'n educate myself on such. I did find this: Linux is, in simplest terms, an operating system. It is the software on a computer that enables applications and the computer operator to access the devices on the computer to perform desired functions. The operating system (OS) relays instructions from an application to, for instance, the computer's processor. The processor performs the instructed task, then sends the results back to the application via the operating system. Explained in these terms, Linux is very similar to other operating systems, such as Windows and OS X.
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    Computer Virus Alert

    Yup, I went through it NV-77. Simple process. Said mine was clean. I wondered why all the updates lately from my anti-virus, anti-spyware. Of course there is nothing cyber safe or at least I don't think. JMO I probably just clicked a link to give access to the watchers......
  19. Hehehehe, After reading all this I believe I need some of those paint chips that dude was eating! I think I would certainly be concerened about where my potable H2o was going to come from. Desal process is long, requires lots of equipment. Evaporation/condensation doesn't. Carbon nano desal isn't far away and a thermal process was just released by Sylvan. Unless you're a billionaire, I'd just move close to one of those artisian rivers somewhere in the alps.
  20. Doing well Wolf, your good I see. Gotta luv a good sense of humor. I appreciate one anyway!

    ASSteroids is what I'm refering too.

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    Newbie from Florida

    Sup dude? Welcome! Bags- I personally have a couple of T.H.E. Spec Ops bags. There is also a battleship bag that's huge! No, I'm not a battleship bag type of guy. As for adding things to the bag. I would be adding a water purification system of some sort. For my bags I've MSRs mini works EX's. You can't carry much water(to heavy) but you can clean it if you need. Also a stove of some sort, I carry a Jetboil to boil water and about 4-6 freeze dried packs of Mountain House food. Easy to prepare, no clean up other than licking the eating utensils clean. LOL Also carry an Esbit stove and fuel cubes in a get home bag. You also need means of starting a fire if needed. Magnesium firestarters works well. Bic lighter, waterproof matches to light stuff with. Me, I'd go without a fire unless absolutly nessecary. No need to attract unwanted attention. Magnifing glass, first-aid, flashlight. Also add a tube shelters, paracord and emergency blankets. I carry compact Bino's, Leatherman tool. What the heck am I doing? Check out the BOB and Get Home Bag and Every Day Carry threads. That'll get you where you wanna be.... I'll put this here FYI: I carry some of these things. They're small lightweight.
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    Close call or what. " ASTEROIDS ".

    Whooaahahaha...You sir, are not right! LOL
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    what would you do?

    My God King. If you resorted to force in a 3 to 1 confrontation, you got some nads dude. I'd done my best to walked away before the gang got close enough to have even began talking. I've never been in a situation like that and hope I am never! Liquor=10' tall and bulletproof...
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    Hopeless/Helpless neighbours.

    LOL, at least he'll have firewood.....Great wood also for the smoker, I just wouldn't want to be around when he started a fire!
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    Questions from a noob :-)

    First, let me say WELCOME! As for your questions, they can be answered. There're some most knowlegable people on this site. Reasearch on this topic"survival" will as with any computer give you tons of information. You must take in to consideration what it takes to survive during an "event". A body must have 1) water, 2) food, 3) shelter from elements. Also having a means of starting a fire to cook will be needed. Stoves, fuel, sanitation. If any in your family has medical issues that requires medicine that also must be taken into consideration. Long term food storage and water purification is a place to start. Look at the needs first, and then what could/will be comforts on the latter. Look around at the topics, if you have questions, by all means ask. If you discover something that will help others please enlighten the ones who don't know. Some websites of interest to you maybe: I could continue, but there's alot of information to digest here and from others. dr