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A.N.T.S. • Re: NuClear Preparedness

October 24, 2017 NJMike 0

Yes, those meetings are good examples of active diplomacy with our allies and others. To answer the question, Un is both a threat and a loud mouth. I’ve been a Trump supporter, but from the flip perspective, parallels can be drawn in that characteriz…

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle • Re: Coffee Grounds Fire Logs

October 24, 2017 NJMike 0

Thanks for sharing. This reuse of coffee grinds is interesting, and it’s great to see fresh approaches like this. Personally, I’d be keeping what could be a limited supply of molasses for food use, and I currently have a use for recycling coffee grind…

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A.N.T.S. • Re: NuClear Preparedness

October 24, 2017 NJMike 0

If you asked me this a year or two ago I would have said a nuclear scenario was far less probable vs. say a market collapse or pandemic. Now we are marching more rapidly to a showdown with NK, so it’s a far more probable scenario.Aside from saber ratt…

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A.N.T.S. • Re: SHTF – Training and Pratice

October 24, 2017 NJMike 0

Practice is a good idea. Where I used to live, the local HAM club/CERT team (same people) would run their lower power rigs off battery for the June ARRL Field Day. They also volunteered for scheduled town events such as parades to provide communicatio…

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General Food Topics • Re: Comparing dried food companies

October 24, 2017 NJMike 0

Good discussion. I’m not married to any one dried food company and typically buy on deep discounted sales. Given I’m able to can, ferment, or dehydrate food myself, it’s really only the price that sells me, or a need to fill a gap in stored SHTF ingre…

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Type II Diabetes

October 15, 2017 NJMike 0

Great topic. I have someone close to me with Diabetes and shared a link to this.Back in 2012 I lost 70 lbs. Basically did something similar to Cin by counting calories. I used a calorie counting website to log my meals and made it a goal to eat more b…

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Type II Diabetes

October 15, 2017 NJMike 0

Great topic. I have someone close to me with Diabetes and shared a link to this.Back in 2012 I lost 70 lbs. Basically did something similar to Cin by counting calories. I used a calorie counting website to log my meals and made it a goal to eat more b…

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Introduce Yourself • Re: Hello from NJ

October 10, 2017 NJMike 0

Welcome to the forum!There are some local groups in NJ or nearby that meet from time to time. Not sure of what part of NJ you’re in, but depending on where, I can provide a few recommendations. A group I’ve helped co-organize is possibly starting up m…

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Introduce Yourself • Re: Hello from NJ

October 10, 2017 NJMike 0

Welcome to the forum!There are some local groups in NJ or nearby that meet from time to time. Not sure of what part of NJ you’re in, but depending on where, I can provide a few recommendations. A group I’ve helped co-organize is possibly starting up m…

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Guns • Re: Why You Shouldn’t Get Into Guns

October 5, 2017 NJMike 0

That was funny. I can relate only a little bit to this, for example wanting to have a model in all its possible calibers. The cost of accessorizing I’ve really tried to be frugal with. I’m a less is more type. So I laughed at the Kardashifying comment…

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Las Vegas attack

October 4, 2017 NJMike 0

That kind of kit is a good idea.

I do have an IFAK, plus additional first aid items, all within a backpack kept in my vehicle. It includes items like quick clot, gauze, etc. plus the more mundane items like band-aids. I have been thinking about a smaller pack of just the first aid trauma items, basically something to go in my laptop bag for work for within the office. It can be more difficult for a guy given social norms. Women are almost always allowed purses in a venue, but a man carrying a backpack everywhere doesn’t really work for some places. I wonder if the concert in Vegas allowed bags to be brought in…anyone know?

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Las Vegas attack

October 3, 2017 NJMike 0

First, my thoughts and prayers to all affected by this. I hope none of our friends here on APN were affected directly. This is very sad. I was looking at an initial list of the victims and their short life stories and felt and still feel horrible beyond words.

Some comments on what’s been discussed here and a few additional thoughts:

1) On the two windows, it’s been reported that the shooter had booked a suite. Many hotels have corner room or hall end suites with windows in 2 or more directions. A google images search of “Mandalay Bay hotel rooms” has several views that could be of such a room type. Here’s a hall map of a different floor:
https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPho … evada.html

2) I’ve read that it took over an hour for the Police/SWAT to get to the shooter in his room. FNC reported 72 minutes from the first 911 call. It sounds like a long time, but includes communications/arrival/locating/safe approach/room breach. Given that long time, and even if it were in reality half the time or shorter, the shooter would have had ample opportunity to switch between two firing positions within the same suite, perhaps even several times, and more so if the path was cleared by moving furniture and positions pre-set with weaponry and extra magazines.

3) Rationale/Motive? Who knows at this point. We can’t rule out that this guy, regardless of background, was influenced by the early stages of dementia, Alzheimer’s, or otherwise developed an undiagnosed paranoid and psychopathic personality that was triggered by something innocuous to the rest of us.

4) Regardless of motive, I’d have preferred the government label this a terror attack from the onset, and prioritize getting the shooter’s GF in custody for questioning ASAP, even if she had fled the country. Something is fishy there.. she may have had prior knowledge and should be investigated fully and prosecuted if that’s the case.

5) Those poor people in a tight cluster with limited situational awareness (and perhaps normalcy bias in not quickly recognizing the gun fire) had no chance and it came down to where they were standing. One could generally say the better way to prepare for this is not to be on the X. However, in this case, there wasn’t any warning or foreshadowing, and in the absence of that, we still have to live our lives.

6) I have a concert I’m attending on Saturday. I’ll be observing for changes in security, and changes in how my fellow concert goers are acting. It will be loud and it may be difficult to discern stage effects from something dire beginning. I generally like to sit or stand near an entrance or wall to be able to get out. However, I also feel an entrance is where an attack could start given the layout of most venues I attend.

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Natural Disasters • Re: Cash demand soars in Puerto Rico

September 28, 2017 NJMike 0

I think the question in the OP is an interesting one. We had a previous discussion on PMs and their value short to long term.

I suspect that with the primary source of food and supplies in the short term being from outside > in, that the folks with PMs might also be the few with a food supply and may not need to trade. My opinion fwiw.

If we have members from PR here, I’d love to hear their take when they’re able.

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Washington Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Its a mistake….

September 27, 2017 NJMike 0

I’ve been outed before. One situation was another Prepper, that I ran into in public, outing me in front of relatives who weren’t clued in. I’ve also had my Ex-wife clue in some folks I wouldn’t have.

Don’t live where I used to now, so some of that is taken care of. The new neighbors are not aware. If SHTF in my current spot, I’m temporarily an island and I doubt those who do know I prep will get to my location, and they do not know entirely what I have.

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Construction Cornerstone • Re: Iron doors?

September 27, 2017 NJMike 0

The search term “security door” is a bit better in finding items from the OP.

That said, agree with the other advice given and the conclusion.

My opinion on security is it needs to be concealed, as anything that looks different from the local norm, provides some extra reason for a home to be a target as it may contain more valuables. My thinking on this goes beyond metal doors and would extend to aerial masts, solar panels, etc. unless they are common for the surroundings.

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Guns • Re: Need advice on storing ammo

September 19, 2017 NJMike 0

A lot of ammunition sits in small cardboard boxes on shelves for a long time before being sold. Just saying.

Beyond that, if you have a humid environment, your ideas sound good to me. I’m sure you’ll get plenty of other input on this topic. I’d say you can also use a Food Saver to bag small boxes to prevent potential for humidity issues. This is a homemade version of the battle packs (don’t know if that’s the technical term) of 7.62 I’ve seen at shows.

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Medical Experts • Re: POTASSIUM IODIDE TABLETS

September 18, 2017 NJMike 0

My tablets are the IOSAT as well.

Since you mentioned tablets issued to residents, something else I can add anecdotally. I know of at least one NJ shore town near a reactor where the schools have the Potassium Iodide. At the start of the school year, the parents have to fill out a permission slip for the school to dispense this to the students.

Tablets are not provided to the parents or issued to residents otherwise. It is an assumption that the school actually has the tablets stored. It’s also possible that they are getting permission in advance of a lock down scenario and would instead get supplied by first responders.

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Medical Experts • Re: POTASSIUM IODIDE TABLETS

September 18, 2017 NJMike 0

My tablets are the IOSAT as well.

Since you mentioned tablets issued to residents, something else I can add anecdotally. I know of at least one NJ shore town near a reactor where the schools have the Potassium Iodide. At the start of the school year, the parents have to fill out a permission slip for the school to dispense this to the students.

Tablets are not provided to the parents or issued to residents otherwise. It is an assumption that the school actually has the tablets stored. It’s also possible that they are getting permission in advance of a lock down scenario and would instead get supplied by first responders.

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Medical Experts • Re: POTASSIUM IODIDE TABLETS

September 18, 2017 NJMike 0

My tablets are the IOSAT as well.

Since you mentioned tablets issued to residents, something else I can add anecdotally. I know of at least one NJ shore town near a reactor where the schools have the Potassium Iodide. At the start of the school year, the parents have to fill out a permission slip for the school to dispense this to the students.

Tablets are not provided to the parents or issued to residents otherwise. It is an assumption that the school actually has the tablets stored. It’s also possible that they are getting permission in advance of a lock down scenario and would instead get supplied by first responders.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 18, 2017 NJMike 0

Just got back from the Mother Earth News Fair last night. It was my first time attending and I had a great time the entire weekend. Attended talks, met up with some like-minded folks, learned a bit, and picked up a few things.

The classes were a mix of very informative and stuff I already knew. I took workshops or seminars on herbal salves, kombucha, kimchi, and other fermentation, inspecting for varroa mites in bee colonies, history of axes, sharpening, DIY storage batteries, and animal processing. I also walked the many booths, looked and listened in for ideas on many other topics.

I didn’t do a whole lot of shopping. I picked up two books on fermentation, a maple wood mason jar tamper, wire strippers, Bad Dog Tools HDII and drill bits, lye for soap making, a sprouting jar lid, some seeds, some ME themed T-shirts and a few blocks of farm cheese to enjoy back home. I also returned with a mason jar each of kombucha and kimchi from the workshops and a free knife from the sharpening demo.

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Medical Experts • Re: POTASSIUM IODIDE TABLETS

September 15, 2017 NJMike 0

My non-expert opinion on when to begin popping KI and there’s no announcement specific to KI:

1. If you live within 50 miles of a nuclear facility incident and they tell you to evacuate and you can’t.

2. Grid down, within 50 miles or downwind of nuclear plant, after X days.

For both scenarios a Geiger counter, dosimeter, or exposure rad stickers might be something you want to explore; with any radiation uptick a trigger to begin the KI.

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Pennsylvania Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Workshop in Seven Springs on Sept. 15-17

September 15, 2017 NJMike 0
Photon Guy wrote:
I thought you were going to the prepper camp in NC that happens on the same days. I remember reading a thread about that camp awhile back. I was trying to decide to go there or to the workshop in Seven Springs but now that the NC event is sold out Im going to Seven Springs. If you’re going to Seven Springs it would be great to see you there.

I still have your # and will text you when it’s a more reasonable hour.

The confusion on where I was going- I was inquiring about the NC event on that topic. Then found out it was opposite this, unfortunately. I was already set on the fair since I’d been wanting to get out here for about 4 years now. I’ll try for NC next year if they’re not opposite each other.

@Rickdun, if you’re also interested in putting faces to names, you can PM here and we can exchange info or agree to meet somewhere at the fair. I’m attending all 3 days.

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Natural Disasters • Re: Atlantic (Hurricane Irma)

September 9, 2017 NJMike 0

It’s classic normalcy bias. Some people just can’t wrap their heads around disaster or think the stuff they see on the news applies to them.

Some family of the GF live near Tampa and were planning to weather things out in their concrete block garage. Geez. What dummies. The roof will be blown off and the storm surge could easily be over the garage.

I was originally supposed to be flying into Orlando tomorrow for work. Glad that had got cancelled by Wednesday.

I have family on the East Coast and coworkers in the Miami area. Haven’t been in contact but hope they’re alright and doing the right thing.

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Natural Disasters • Re: Atlantic (Hurricane Irma)

September 9, 2017 NJMike 0

It’s classic normalcy bias. Some people just can’t wrap their heads around disaster or think the stuff they see on the news applies to them.

Some family of the GF live near Tampa and were planning to weather things out in their concrete block garage. Geez. What dummies. The roof will be blown off and the storm surge could easily be over the garage.

I was originally supposed to be flying into Orlando tomorrow for work. Glad that had got cancelled by Wednesday.

I have family on the East Coast and coworkers in the Miami area. Haven’t been in contact but hope they’re alright and doing the right thing.

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Completely Un-Scientific Study…

September 8, 2017 NJMike 0

In NJ and I’ve been fine. Didn’t take my BP, but had a Normal pulse (had a pulse oximeter on earlier while checking out my medical preps), plus no symptoms of nausea or headaches.

GF has been ok too. However her dogs have been a bit off, but in opposite ways. Also, several people she knows down the NJ shore area who are already prone to headaches/migraine have been laid up last day or two. Anecdotal data at best.

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Completely Un-Scientific Study…

September 8, 2017 NJMike 0

In NJ and I’ve been fine. Didn’t take my BP, but had a Normal pulse (had a pulse oximeter on earlier while checking out my medical preps), plus no symptoms of nausea or headaches.

GF has been ok too. However her dogs have been a bit off, but in opposite ways. Also, several people she knows down the NJ shore area who are already prone to headaches/migraine have been laid up last day or two. Anecdotal data at best.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 7, 2017 NJMike 0

@Illini Warrior-

In NJ a firearm ID card is typically issued by the municipality or by the State Police in more rural areas with no town police, and per State Police rules.

If you move you have to get a new card issued. In my case even though I had an old card they still require 2 references to mail in a questionnaire and I have to schedule at an independent facility new fingerprints. After that it might be another 4 weeks.

You need a firearm ID card to buy ammunition and long arms.

To buy a handgun you need to buy a purchase permit per gun in advance and the permit expires if you don’t finish your purchase.

^that, taxes, traffic, and too many other laws and regs is why I’m eventually fleeing NJ to PA or somewhere else.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 7, 2017 NJMike 0

I was off this week and wanted to get a bit more done, but had family in the hospital which came first.

I did take the time in the waiting room to read up on roasting coffee. It was a more mainstream book than some of my other titles. ;)

I did some more inventory and consolidation of supplies with my incremental purchases. That involved getting batteries in the battery tote, medical supplies checked for exp. dates and sorted into the appropriate totes.

Ordered a few books from Chelsea Publishing which is/was having a sale. Those were on butchering and forest permaculture.

Today I’m going for a new firearm ID card since I’ve moved…and I’m still in the Peoples Republic of NJ

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: 2017 SEPTEMBER – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month

September 7, 2017 NJMike 0

I was off this week and wanted to get a bit more done, but had family in the hospital which came first.

I did take the time in the waiting room to read up on roasting coffee. It was a more mainstream book than some of my other titles. ;)

I did some more inventory and consolidation of supplies with my incremental purchases. That involved getting batteries in the battery tote, medical supplies checked for exp. dates and sorted into the appropriate totes.

Ordered a few books from Chelsea Publishing which is/was having a sale. Those were on butchering and forest permaculture.

Today I’m going for a new firearm ID card since I’ve moved…and I’m still in the Peoples Republic of NJ

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Washington Discussion, News and Weather • Re: What is the first thing a beginning needs to do ?

August 28, 2017 NJMike 0

I see this topic has new life.

unventedanger wrote:
There all good answers, but I think understanding what your prepping for should top the list. At least for me.

I totally agree with this.

If someone is not preparing for the most likely plausible scenario(s) for their environment, they may be wasting energy and resources on other aspects of prepping.

There was another topic here on scenarios, and I recall mentioning some rather mundane situations- fire, illness, divorce, job loss, etc. One thought on that would be that if one prepares for the most obvious things first, it sets them down the path and mindset to expand into other areas without ignoring those more likely life events.

Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:42 pm