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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.

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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.

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Drying, Dehydrating, & Smoking • Re: Help with long term food storage.

August 28, 2017 NJMike 0

Eggs…

If you have chickens, you have a sustainable source. I did up, up until recently.

Eggs from your own last longer when they are not washed. For a short while they don’t require refrigeration if kept in a cool dark spot, but hard to say how long that is. I used the old floating method to gauge, but you can easily tell when they go really bad.

There are freeze dried and dehydrated eggs and egg crystal options in pouches and cans. I have several options, but they’re for a rainy day. I might get around to trying them out in the near future. Expiration dates vary (3-10 years, iirc), and are not as long as some other LT food.

One egg substitute for baking is apple sauce. If you look up Vegan alternatives to eggs you’ll find some others with longer shelf lives. One source:
https://plenteousveg.com/vegan-egg-substitutes-baking/

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Drying, Dehydrating, & Smoking • Re: Help with long term food storage.

August 28, 2017 NJMike 0

Eggs…

If you have chickens, you have a sustainable source. I did up, up until recently.

Eggs from your own last longer when they are not washed. For a short while they don’t require refrigeration if kept in a cool dark spot, but hard to say how long that is. I used the old floating method to gauge, but you can easily tell when they go really bad.

There are freeze dried and dehydrated eggs and egg crystal options in pouches and cans. I have several options, but they’re for a rainy day. I might get around to trying them out in the near future. Expiration dates vary (3-10 years, iirc), and are not as long as some other LT food.

One egg substitute for baking is apple sauce. If you look up Vegan alternatives to eggs you’ll find some others with longer shelf lives. One source:
https://plenteousveg.com/vegan-egg-substitutes-baking/

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Washington Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Augason Farms products (mistakes)

August 28, 2017 NJMike 0

Yes, I wouldn’t start off with the celery in my long term food storage, if that was the point. However, I personally wouldn’t consider it a waste to buy the celery or green peppers when further along. As Genevieve mentions there are applicable uses for these. I keep such items on hand for stock or soup to add some ingredient complexity to a meal. I also prefer my gardening space be used for items other than celery, so I’m good with keeping something like that in #10 cans. It’s just a small part of my other food storage.

Completely agree with the rest of the OP. It’s certainly a good idea to stock more difficult to grow or obtain items.

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Washington Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Augason Farms products (mistakes)

August 28, 2017 NJMike 0

Yes, I wouldn’t start off with the celery in my long term food storage, if that was the point. However, I personally wouldn’t consider it a waste to buy the celery or green peppers when further along. As Genevieve mentions there are applicable uses for these. I keep such items on hand for stock or soup to add some ingredient complexity to a meal. I also prefer my gardening space be used for items other than celery, so I’m good with keeping something like that in #10 cans. It’s just a small part of my other food storage.

Completely agree with the rest of the OP. It’s certainly a good idea to stock more difficult to grow or obtain items.

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Washington Discussion, News and Weather • Re: Augason Farms products (mistakes)

August 28, 2017 NJMike 0

Yes, I wouldn’t start off with the celery in my long term food storage, if that was the point. However, I personally wouldn’t consider it a waste to buy the celery or green peppers when further along. As Genevieve mentions there are applicable uses for these. I keep such items on hand for stock or soup to add some ingredient complexity to a meal. I also prefer my gardening space be used for items other than celery, so I’m good with keeping something like that in #10 cans. It’s just a small part of my other food storage.

Completely agree with the rest of the OP. It’s certainly a good idea to stock more difficult to grow or obtain items.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 22, 2017 NJMike 0

Been picking the peppers and tomatoes. It’s been a very good yield in the container garden, and perhaps even better than when I had plants in the ground. Hmm…going to chalk that up to fresh “organic” soil and more frequent watering. :lol:

Picked up a few items for the mountain bike like a small pump/repair kit and rear tire rack.

Found a 2nd hand lockable truck box at a low price of $75. I thought that was a good deal and I can now place more items in the truck without them getting in the way.

In the medical arena, I’ve added more supplies and began learning about starting an IV.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 22, 2017 NJMike 0

Been picking the peppers and tomatoes. It’s been a very good yield in the container garden, and perhaps even better than when I had plants in the ground. Hmm…going to chalk that up to fresh “organic” soil and more frequent watering. :lol:

Picked up a few items for the mountain bike like a small pump/repair kit and rear tire rack.

Found a 2nd hand lockable truck box at a low price of $75. I thought that was a good deal and I can now place more items in the truck without them getting in the way.

In the medical arena, I’ve added more supplies and began learning about starting an IV.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 22, 2017 NJMike 0

Been picking the peppers and tomatoes. It’s been a very good yield in the container garden, and perhaps even better than when I had plants in the ground. Hmm…going to chalk that up to fresh “organic” soil and more frequent watering. :lol:

Picked up a few items for the mountain bike like a small pump/repair kit and rear tire rack.

Found a 2nd hand lockable truck box at a low price of $75. I thought that was a good deal and I can now place more items in the truck without them getting in the way.

In the medical arena, I’ve added more supplies and began learning about starting an IV.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 22, 2017 NJMike 0

Been picking the peppers and tomatoes. It’s been a very good yield in the container garden, and perhaps even better than when I had plants in the ground. Hmm…going to chalk that up to fresh “organic” soil and more frequent watering. :lol:

Picked up a few items for the mountain bike like a small pump/repair kit and rear tire rack.

Found a 2nd hand lockable truck box at a low price of $75. I thought that was a good deal and I can now place more items in the truck without them getting in the way.

In the medical arena, I’ve added more supplies and began learning about starting an IV.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 12, 2017 NJMike 0

The house is listed and hoping that sells soon. <fingers crossed>

Did just some small stuff this weekend at my interim place.

Repaired my old bike with new tubes and tires. It’s ready to ride now if I need it.

Took advantage of a battery sale to buy more AAA and AA (thanks Ready Mom for the heads up!).

Pulled some 5 gallon food buckets (mostly rice) out of storage to add to what’s on hand. I’ve got plenty of food, but for others I want more on hand.

Went through my storage bins to get some of my incremental purchases put in their proper place. The bins are separated by category (first aid, PPE, camping, fuel, etc.). I identified a few CBRN protective items I could use a few more of. Going to go price shopping for deals.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 12, 2017 NJMike 0

The house is listed and hoping that sells soon. <fingers crossed>

Did just some small stuff this weekend at my interim place.

Repaired my old bike with new tubes and tires. It’s ready to ride now if I need it.

Took advantage of a battery sale to buy more AAA and AA (thanks Ready Mom for the heads up!).

Pulled some 5 gallon food buckets (mostly rice) out of storage to add to what’s on hand. I’ve got plenty of food, but for others I want more on hand.

Went through my storage bins to get some of my incremental purchases put in their proper place. The bins are separated by category (first aid, PPE, camping, fuel, etc.). I identified a few CBRN protective items I could use a few more of. Going to go price shopping for deals.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 12, 2017 NJMike 0

The house is listed and hoping that sells soon. <fingers crossed>

Did just some small stuff this weekend at my interim place.

Repaired my old bike with new tubes and tires. It’s ready to ride now if I need it.

Took advantage of a battery sale to buy more AAA and AA (thanks Ready Mom for the heads up!).

Pulled some 5 gallon food buckets (mostly rice) out of storage to add to what’s on hand. I’ve got plenty of food, but for others I want more on hand.

Went through my storage bins to get some of my incremental purchases put in their proper place. The bins are separated by category (first aid, PPE, camping, fuel, etc.). I identified a few CBRN protective items I could use a few more of. Going to go price shopping for deals.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: NK- Tuning In, and Situational Awareness

August 10, 2017 NJMike 0

Thanks for the replies.

ReadyMom wrote:
My phone is set to send me alerts from our South Central Penna Emergency Task Force, so hoping that an alert would come from them.

Yes, I forgot to mention that. I’m signed up for Nixle alerts locally.
http://www.nixle.com/

Also, I’ve been subscribed to DoD news briefings since 2009, but recently changed emails. Here’s the link to setup an account to receive announcements and you can sign up through this portal for news from many other governmental agencies (FEMA and others)
https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts … =true#tab1

I get those on my phone, so it’s as real time as radio for some items. It’s also more detail than the evening news.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: The Fun Stuff

August 10, 2017 NJMike 0

I’ve got more books than I’ve had time to read. Many recipes I’ve never cooked. Many ideas on things I’ve never had time to build. I’ve also got a number of games to play when interacting with others. No worries if I had the downtime. Lots to keep me occupied.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • NK- Tuning In, and Situational Awareness

August 9, 2017 NJMike 0

Curious as to how other folks are getting their real time information given the brink of war that we may find ourselves with North Korea?

In terms of situational awareness, I was impressed upon by a prior prepper group lecture on the topic. A key point was having the radio on, rather than music streaming or playing a CD, such as when traveling in your car. If there’s an announcement of any disaster, you lose precious minutes not being aware by being tuned out to radio broadcasted warnings. You might be driving into danger instead of away from it.

Other than keeping the radio on, I’m curious to how people get their news outside of TV. I do look at Fox, CNN, BBC, and the AP websites. Any good news websites out there worth sharing?

What other means are people using to stay aware?

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • NK- Tuning In, and Situational Awareness

August 9, 2017 NJMike 0

Curious as to how other folks are getting their real time information given the brink of war that we may find ourselves with North Korea?

In terms of situational awareness, I was impressed upon by a prior prepper group lecture on the topic. A key point was having the radio on, rather than music streaming or playing a CD, such as when traveling in your car. If there’s an announcement of any disaster, you lose precious minutes not being aware by being tuned out to radio broadcasted warnings. You might be driving into danger instead of away from it.

Other than keeping the radio on, I’m curious to how people get their news outside of TV. I do look at Fox, CNN, BBC, and the AP websites. Any good news websites out there worth sharing?

What other means are people using to stay aware?

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • NK- Tuning In, and Situational Awareness

August 9, 2017 NJMike 0

Curious as to how other folks are getting their real time information given the brink of war that we may find ourselves with North Korea?

In terms of situational awareness, I was impressed upon by a prior prepper group lecture on the topic. A key point was having the radio on, rather than music streaming or playing a CD, such as when traveling in your car. If there’s an announcement of any disaster, you lose precious minutes not being aware by being tuned out to radio broadcasted warnings. You might be driving into danger instead of away from it.

Other than keeping the radio on, I’m curious to how people get their news outside of TV. I do look at Fox, CNN, BBC, and the AP websites. Any good news websites out there worth sharing?

What other means are people using to stay aware?

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 9, 2017 NJMike 0
Blondie wrote:
So is anyone changing their Preps/doing anything different because of the NK rhetoric?

Zerohedge is reporting things are heating up and I’m more concerned.

Thoughts?

Keeping my eyes and ears open mostly.

I do hope the war holds off until after my house is sold and the closing. It’s supposed to be listed this week.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 9, 2017 NJMike 0
Blondie wrote:
So is anyone changing their Preps/doing anything different because of the NK rhetoric?

Zerohedge is reporting things are heating up and I’m more concerned.

Thoughts?

Keeping my eyes and ears open mostly.

I do hope the war holds off until after my house is sold and the closing. It’s supposed to be listed this week.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Evac Vehicle

August 7, 2017 NJMike 0
Cadit wrote:
So I ask; when does friendship/Brotherhood negate Survival, or does it?

You are best served asking that in your own heart. However, I hope your buddy doesn’t read this forum!

My general opinion is people will have good and bad days. I only wouldn’t want someone around who is a net negative. Example negatives to outweigh positives would include being a total mooch, disrupting the group dynamic, immediately causing a direct threat to a group member’s life via their actions, or one who dangerously violates opsec for a group. Your buddy doesn’t sound like that to me.

My thoughts on working with any that are short term unprepared, but long term assets would be to carry them in the short term if it’s feasible. There’s no guarantee that anyone prepared won’t have to deal with Murphy at some point themselves and then need a hand too. If these are good people they’ll remember what was done for them and ideally reciprocate in turn.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Evac Vehicle

August 7, 2017 NJMike 0
Cadit wrote:
So I ask; when does friendship/Brotherhood negate Survival, or does it?

You are best served asking that in your own heart. However, I hope your buddy doesn’t read this forum!

My general opinion is people will have good and bad days. I only wouldn’t want someone around who is a net negative. Example negatives to outweigh positives would include being a total mooch, disrupting the group dynamic, immediately causing a direct threat to a group member’s life via their actions, or one who dangerously violates opsec for a group. Your buddy doesn’t sound like that to me.

My thoughts on working with any that are short term unprepared, but long term assets would be to carry them in the short term if it’s feasible. There’s no guarantee that anyone prepared won’t have to deal with Murphy at some point themselves and then need a hand too. If these are good people they’ll remember what was done for them and ideally reciprocate in turn.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Evac Vehicle

August 7, 2017 NJMike 0
Cadit wrote:
So I ask; when does friendship/Brotherhood negate Survival, or does it?

You are best served asking that in your own heart. However, I hope your buddy doesn’t read this forum!

My general opinion is people will have good and bad days. I only wouldn’t want someone around who is a net negative. Example negatives to outweigh positives would include being a total mooch, disrupting the group dynamic, immediately causing a direct threat to a group member’s life via their actions, or one who dangerously violates opsec for a group. Your buddy doesn’t sound like that to me.

My thoughts on working with any that are short term unprepared, but long term assets would be to carry them in the short term if it’s feasible. There’s no guarantee that anyone prepared won’t have to deal with Murphy at some point themselves and then need a hand too. If these are good people they’ll remember what was done for them and ideally reciprocate in turn.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Evac Vehicle

August 7, 2017 NJMike 0

I’m inferring that what you’re saying is- If someone is planning to have a vehicle for a specific function, then it’s best to plan and purchase around that. I’d agree.

I’d guess your friend’s purpose for the vehicle, based on description only, is perhaps as much recreation/fun as evac minded. That jeep still sounds more suitable for evac than some of the street cars with spoilers I see in my area. Those can barely navigate a speed hump and create a traffic jam when there’s local storm flooding, because they are just too low to the ground to deal with a foot of water.

I’ll be in the market for a new vehicle soon. My requirements are another crew cab pickup like I currently have, one that can seat 6 plus gear in the bed, or with less people then more gear. It’s 4×4 and has a ball hitch. For my next purchase, no snorkel kit or anything fancy for extreme off-roading. I would like to add a CB and/or HAM rig, maybe a roof rack basket, a winch kit and a bike rack*.

*An evac vehicle can be a bicycle and the pack on your back if need be. Without a bike, if the way out is impassable to a car or truck, it’s two feet and a need for comfortable footwear.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Evac Vehicle

August 7, 2017 NJMike 0

I’m inferring that what you’re saying is- If someone is planning to have a vehicle for a specific function, then it’s best to plan and purchase around that. I’d agree.

I’d guess your friend’s purpose for the vehicle, based on description only, is perhaps as much recreation/fun as evac minded. That jeep still sounds more suitable for evac than some of the street cars with spoilers I see in my area. Those can barely navigate a speed hump and create a traffic jam when there’s local storm flooding, because they are just too low to the ground to deal with a foot of water.

I’ll be in the market for a new vehicle soon. My requirements are another crew cab pickup like I currently have, one that can seat 6 plus gear in the bed, or with less people then more gear. It’s 4×4 and has a ball hitch. For my next purchase, no snorkel kit or anything fancy for extreme off-roading. I would like to add a CB and/or HAM rig, maybe a roof rack basket, a winch kit and a bike rack*.

*An evac vehicle can be a bicycle and the pack on your back if need be. Without a bike, if the way out is impassable to a car or truck, it’s two feet and a need for comfortable footwear.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 7, 2017 NJMike 0

Ran around a lot this weekend, but managed to pick up a few items at a flea market, a moving sale, and a thrift shop. Nothing fancy- a WWII era E-Tool, a candle making kit with supplies, tackle box, compact ground pad for hiking, a scope suitable for a .22, a tarp, and a guide book for canoeing NJ rivers.

Harvested more tomatoes and peppers. Tomatoes are all given away. I only had a few plants this year. However, I’ve got enough jalapeno peppers now to think about canning. I just haven’t decided the recipe to use, or whether to ferment or use a hot pack/water bath.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 7, 2017 NJMike 0

Ran around a lot this weekend, but managed to pick up a few items at a flea market, a moving sale, and a thrift shop. Nothing fancy- a WWII era E-Tool, a candle making kit with supplies, tackle box, compact ground pad for hiking, a scope suitable for a .22, a tarp, and a guide book for canoeing NJ rivers.

Harvested more tomatoes and peppers. Tomatoes are all given away. I only had a few plants this year. However, I’ve got enough jalapeno peppers now to think about canning. I just haven’t decided the recipe to use, or whether to ferment or use a hot pack/water bath.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 3, 2017 NJMike 0

Yes, I agree. In terms of process, generally it comes down to how many minutes of processing time and head space in the jars. If there’s ever a discrepancy I would defer to the newer edition’s guidance.

I collect the different issue years because like any cookbook there’s going to be some issue to issue changes in the recipe varieties in order to justify a printing. For my purposes it’s just an opportunity to collect a wider variety of canning recipes. :)

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 3, 2017 NJMike 0

Yes, I agree. In terms of process, generally it comes down to how many minutes of processing time and head space in the jars. If there’s ever a discrepancy I would defer to the newer edition’s guidance.

I collect the different issue years because like any cookbook there’s going to be some issue to issue changes in the recipe varieties in order to justify a printing. For my purposes it’s just an opportunity to collect a wider variety of canning recipes. :)

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

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Bit early in the week/month for much progress here.

Found in house cleaning yet another copy of Ball Book of Preserving to add to my collection. I must have a dozen versions of that book.

Two AGM batteries arrived yesterday for my small solar test project. I already had a panel, charge controller and inverter. I have to get some battery cables now for connecting them in parallel. This is just for charging radio batteries and similar small electronics.

Picking up a crossbow hard case tonight for a good price. Might get me motivated to get in some range time before the summer is over.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: August 2017 – What Did YOU Do To Prep this Week/Month?

August 3, 2017 NJMike 0

Bit early in the week/month for much progress here.

Found in house cleaning yet another copy of Ball Book of Preserving to add to my collection. I must have a dozen versions of that book.

Two AGM batteries arrived yesterday for my small solar test project. I already had a panel, charge controller and inverter. I have to get some battery cables now for connecting them in parallel. This is just for charging radio batteries and similar small electronics.

Picking up a crossbow hard case tonight for a good price. Might get me motivated to get in some range time before the summer is over.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

August 2, 2017 NJMike 0
“What are your thoughts about this?

Do you believe North Korea is a real threat or that this is all a Machiavellian, media-assisted plot to start a war?

Can’t it be both?

“Are you concerned about the potential of a nuclear strike? I want to hear what you have to say in the comments below”

No more than normal. With regard to NK specifically nuking me, not so much based on what coast I’m on.

More worried about a cyber attack bringing down the power grid in the middle of winter.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMP-Korea Concerns & Discussions #5 (Aug 2017)

August 2, 2017 NJMike 0
“What are your thoughts about this?

Do you believe North Korea is a real threat or that this is all a Machiavellian, media-assisted plot to start a war?

Can’t it be both?

“Are you concerned about the potential of a nuclear strike? I want to hear what you have to say in the comments below”

No more than normal. With regard to NK specifically nuking me, not so much based on what coast I’m on.

More worried about a cyber attack bringing down the power grid in the middle of winter.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Reserve Currency

August 2, 2017 NJMike 0

Just to play devil’s advocate on PMs. :evil:

So, you (the generic you) have your PMs, and it’s after SHTF, or things have settled down, and you think you’re going to buy up all kind of things with off the books PMs. Or on the flip side you took advantage of less prepared people with gold trading them water, medicine, whatever and then amassed gold during SHTF.

So things settle down, and the old/new government steps in, says where are your records on this wealth, and perhaps they take it or put you in jail because you’ve avoided their taxes with your black market bartering transactions.

That sound crazy? See recently some activity in India on what that might look like (obviously some of these websites have agendas, but was an interesting read for me):
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles … -more-harm
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/demo … 14439.html
https://www.marketslant.com/articles/in … ly-illegal
http://www.thedailyeconomist.com/2017/0 … sh-is.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles … n-succeeds

The gist of all this is efforts by a government trying to force wealth into the banking system so it can be taxed and controlled. It’s not a new thing.

Without a SHTF, I fully expect that in a decade paper money will be phased out in many if not most developed nations. And use of gold for private trade in that setting will be highly discouraged, limited or made illegal for such private transactions. Imagine all those people that bought PMs or kept their cash out of the banks in large bill denominations getting swindled or squeezed like those in India now.

Just some things to consider. :whistling:

I’m not against PMs by the way. Personally my approach is to put first things first in terms of prioritizing survival items, self-defense items, then self-sustainability items, before PMs.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Reserve Currency

August 2, 2017 NJMike 0

Just to play devil’s advocate on PMs. :evil:

So, you (the generic you) have your PMs, and it’s after SHTF, or things have settled down, and you think you’re going to buy up all kind of things with off the books PMs. Or on the flip side you took advantage of less prepared people with gold trading them water, medicine, whatever and then amassed gold during SHTF.

So things settle down, and the old/new government steps in, says where are your records on this wealth, and perhaps they take it or put you in jail because you’ve avoided their taxes with your black market bartering transactions.

That sound crazy? See recently some activity in India on what that might look like (obviously some of these websites have agendas, but was an interesting read for me):
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles … -more-harm
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/demo … 14439.html
https://www.marketslant.com/articles/in … ly-illegal
http://www.thedailyeconomist.com/2017/0 … sh-is.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles … n-succeeds

The gist of all this is efforts by a government trying to force wealth into the banking system so it can be taxed and controlled. It’s not a new thing.

Without a SHTF, I fully expect that in a decade paper money will be phased out in many if not most developed nations. And use of gold for private trade in that setting will be highly discouraged, limited or made illegal for such private transactions. Imagine all those people that bought PMs or kept their cash out of the banks in large bill denominations getting swindled or squeezed like those in India now.

Just some things to consider. :whistling:

I’m not against PMs by the way. Personally my approach is to put first things first in terms of prioritizing survival items, self-defense items, then self-sustainability items, before PMs.

Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:52 pm