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    This interview is chilling

    The scary thing is how much they "know" us already. Face scanning technology is just icing on the cake for them. The know all about me; where I live, where I work, what I buy... My brother in law is in the Air Force with secret security clearances and they monitor everybody in his family, Because of that my wife and I have heard "the CIA chirp" on the television many times. They know us already. I think it would be safe to say that if you frequent this site, not to mention the many others sites out there just like this one, then you are on some sort of anti-government list DR
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    Time to invest in a multitool. Help?

    Hey everybody it is good to be back. It has been quite a few months since I have been around here. In the multi-tool debate, if you can call it that, I would not leave out a ranchers fencing tool. I have said it before I have used it more than a leatherman, although I wouldn't bug out or even leave the house without a good leatherman. I keep a fencing tool in my truck and in the bug out gear. It is worth a look to see if you would need one. check the link. It is good to be back friends. DR.
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    Prepping with an infant in mind

    We are four months from being parents and I think it would be nice to have an article or something along the lines of how to prep with an infant. I realize that baby's needs change quickly as they progress through the months, but we are first time parents, and any information from someone who has prepped and been a new parent would be very helpful. Some of my questions include: How to stock up on baby food, when diets change from puree to solids, without having a lot of unnessecary stuff? To cut to the point; if I was going to restock and prepare our BOBs for a new baby what do we need? What is essential and what can you get by without? Thanks in advance. DesertRat
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    Hello from Albuquerque

    Welcome to the less BS forums. That is the same reason I joined up. See you around. DesertRat
  5. This is a great thread. I love hatchet and Brian's winter (somewhat of a sequel). I am planing on doing a small group reading with it next school year. Personally, I enjoy last man on Earth books. So, my list is: I am legend, The Road, The Earth Abides, After London, The last Man on Earth, Lucifer's Hammer. DesertRat
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    preppers physical conditioning.

    This is absolutly true. Running helps runners. I add pull-ups, push-ups, burpees, and many other functional body weight exercises in my training, but running does take up the bulk of it though. I will end by saying whatever routine you chose make sure your exercises use the most muscle groups possible for each move. The human body works togther like the perfect machine that God made it (until we blew it), no muscles ever work in isolation in real world work. DesertRat
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    preppers physical conditioning.

    I know there is a big to do about crossfit, but it has very big flaws. 1; it is not for everyone. If you can't do one pullup scaling down doesn't matter, not too mention a deadlift or overhead squats. 2; If you can't get to a offical gym your body mechanics may be off and that is a recipe for pain and maybe serious injury. 3; How can you ever get good at something if the last time you were perscribed to run it was a year ago. I just checked the crossfit site and the last time todays workout was done was in 2010. I have been a runner for pretty much my whole life. I suggest running, that is scalable,... runner's world has a great routine called iron strong, or iron ...something (I forgot) but it is one of the best calesthenic workouts I have seen. And that style is perfect for survival. I might not be able to lift 300 lbs but I can run for 12 miles. which is better in a survival situation? I go for distance. Anyway, whatever you do make sure it is functional. DesertRat
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    Back to Basics

    I have the 1981 edition and just like the title suggests it covers the basic, but the basics of just about everything. This is a keeper and one to take if I have to leave town. Pick it up. DesertRat
  9. (Spoiler Alert) IMHO I thought the book was a commentary on how you decide to live. The world is screwed up and it is a dog eat dog world, right now, in reality. You can decied to work over your fellow man to get ahead or decide to "keep the fire". The man is keeping the fire and teacing his son to do the same, but as the story progresses we see him resort to more unethical treatment of people, it is his son who draws him back to "the fire"; reminding his dad to pray for thankfulness, treating other people right, not leaving a man naked in the world, ect... When the man dies the son asks the other family if they are keeping the fire too and will not go with them until, or give up the gun, till they say yes. Almost to say; If you don't do the right thing when called upon, it doesn't matter how you can help me I will not go with you. Maybe I read too much into the book, but it is one of the most positive books I have read in a long time. The hypothetical situation mirrors our reality...without the ash. DesertRat.
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    Mountains, or Plains?

    This is a tough one. I lived in the mountains while going to college and I remember the growing seasons to be real short, and we often had hard freezes in early or late summer. If I lost my entire survival garden to frost... its a tough pill to swallow. You would have better concellment in the mountains and hunting would be better, I think. And this is a personal opinon, but I hate the cold. I haven't spent much time in the plains, only trips through them and one extended stay in OK. I know that the desert is usually off peoples bug out radar but if you know how to save rainwater and live (research how the Navajo people have lived and still live) the desert is an option as well. There maybe the possibliity of going south. Really, I suppose it depends on where the trouble is and go the opposite direction. I know I wasnt much help, but it is my two cents. DesertRat
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    Where Do They Get The Money

    My wife and I are public school teachers, therefore we make peanuts compared to our education and work hours. This is how we do it: slow going. We do not have stores for years, a bug out location, tons of firearms, etc... We set a little aside for prepping (food, water, gear) each month, if we can, and do what we can. We also have a baby on the way so our ear marked funds will go down even further. Do what you can a let God be God. DesertRat.
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    Hand Tools for SHTF

    My favorite "multi tool" is the rancher fencing pliers. It comes with a hammer head, pry hook, plier teeth, and wire cutters. DesertRat
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    Cast Nets?

    I thought about using cast nets at one time, so I called a friend of mine who works with the forest service and his answer was that they are against the law in our state. I would check with the forest service and wildlife office in your state to make sure that you can use them. If the a wildlife officer catches you with them and they are illegal they have the authority to take everything you have with you, including your truck. DesertRat.
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    This is why I love this forum. I have been prepping for years and I have never thought of a watch. I have just been using the clock on my cell phone. Thank you for showing where I am falling short. A good watch has just been bumped up the list to number one purchase.
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    On the Subject of Religion.

    My Christianity effects my TEOTWAWKI planning, becuase in my mind an end of the world situation involves me leaving the Earth anyway, in the way that I don't prepare for the "end", unless you concider my faith as preperation. What it does effect is the way I think about others who might need help. I do not talk about my preps, but if some needed help I would help them. Also, I take a religious view on world events, and I see a one world government coming, I see I.D. tags already going into peoples bodies, and many others. DesertRat. p.s. This is the only thread to post this without sounding like a thumper. No matter how many "sins" you have commited, will commit, Jesus loves you more than you can ever know and wants you to know Him too.
  16. This may seem like a silly question, but does anybody know where I can buy just the screw top lids to a widemouth nalgene bottle? I have a few without lids, and I just can't seem to find them for sale anywhere. DesertRat
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    Where can I find nalgene lids for sale

    LOL. I was way overthinking it. Thanks.
  18. Last week we, my wife and I, picked up another case of canned soups. Today I bought three more quarts of extra motor oil for the truck, and read survival cache.
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    Prepping with an infant in mind

    Thank you to all. All the posts have given me quite a bit to think about. I think the bugging in option is really the only viable option unless something really bad goes down and we have to run for it. Now I have another question about security (goes with the topic on the main site) A colicly infant is sure to give away a position. Of course I am not going to ditch the baby, but what methods of quieting a baby actually work?
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    Survival Game

    Yeah, here is the link for the simulation. There are four parts to it, they should link to each other.
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    Survival Game

    There is a guy from Canada who did just this thing, but for five days during the work week. He documented the whole thing on You Tube. It comes in a three or four part series. It is pretty interesting to see how he and his wife deal with the whole thing. It is worth checking out. DesertRat.
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    Help for a novice.

    There are a million lists on the the top ten things to have in a BOB, and they are usually the same. In fact, the list on the main Survival Cache site is excellent. One thing that I carry in my bag is my Bible. Whatever faith you have, if you subscribe to a faith, you should embrace it and keep the "book" in your bag. I keep a pocket size Bible, that ways a few ounces at best, in my bag. Faith is one thing that can keep you going as much as anyting else.
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    Hello from New Mexico

    Hello everyone. Greetings from New Mexico. I have been reading the Cache for about a year now and decided it would be a good thing to communicate through the forms; I figure it is safer than facebook. I am a public school teacher on the Navajo Reservation. It is good to meet all of you. Have a good one. DesertRat.
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    E-Book or Hardcopy

    There is a website that has a lot of military field manuals in PDF. I think it is US joint service manuals put out by I am not sure about what is after the backslash but that is is the home link. I have downloaded quite a few of the manuals. Some of them are not really nessecary, but I really liked the mountaineering manuals. Have a good one. DesertRat