I suppose I’ll speculate. It’s Friday.
I look at several events that this country has survived – Civil War, Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Kent State, various riots (Watts, Newark), etc. I’m optimistic that the country will eventually weather almost anything that doesn’t put us back into the 18th C. or make everything glow with radiation, or both.
Aside from an economic meltdown, the most likely event we could see would be a Snowflake Revolution at the voting booth. If it happens it will be reactionary and based on political spin and the exaggerated consequences of a Trump presidency. It would resemble a Left version of the Tea Party or the Silent Majority of Trump Supporters. But hey, that’s democracy in action.
I feel our education system and news outlets are creating generations of stupid people who aren’t critical thinkers and allow themselves to be manipulated into actions. Thus I’m worried some misguided soul will try to be the next Hinckley, or even worse be successful.
I’m also concerned about a government being knee jerk reactionary to events (violent protests, singular acts) and we end up with the same types of overreach and controls on peoples lives that were feared the past 8 years.
On that last point I’m going to present a Chicago example. What if, in order to reduce the outrageous inner city gang violence, high murder rate, and drug epidemic we see Chicago getting a Boston Bomber like government response or worse? What if the National Guard is brought in, there’s neighborhoods lock-downed and door to door treatment to remove illegal guns, illegal drugs, illegal aliens, and round up anyone with outstanding warrants? What if a confiscation includes guns or other property of law abiding Americans out of expedience? What if services are turned off (Cell coverage, Internet, Electric, Water) to ensure compliance? What if people die in this operation? What if the actions taken are considered overall to be legal? What if the nation decides the ends justifies the means and expands this systematically to other cities, then suburbs, then elsewhere?
This article was an interesting read on Boston.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the … n-bombing/
Here’s an interesting 6 min video of what door to door looks like:
http://jimbovard.com/blog/2013/04/22/bo … ut-window/
Some interesting topics many people may not be aware of when considering the 4th Amendment:
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:41 am
Cast Iron wrote:
NJMike, thank you very much for your input. I really appreciate it.
Based off your critique and observations I clearly did not convey the relationship dynamic as well as I thought I did.
The first draft went more into detail about Claire, her parents, the relationship with Jason and how it all started . . . but it felt like I was going down a rabbit hole and questionable if it was adding to the overall storyline or not.
And to be honest, some of it felt like a cliche: mousey, verbally/emotionally abused young lady, limited options, marries a, to use your most excellent words, bonehead who is nearly carbon copy of her father.
There is a lot of psychology there.
After years and years of continued verbal/emotional abuse, during the SHTF, she snaps.
Again, feels like a cliche.
You have given me something to think about for future posts.
Thank you again.
You’re welcome. I enjoyed the read. I’d say cliches are cliches because they happen often enough to resonate with people and past experiences. That doesn’t mean a cliched character is bad in the story if done properly. If I drew an incorrect cliched conclusion from your intent, that’s based on my life experiences. You still created a character in Claire deep enough in a few short passages to get a reaction out of me.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:29 pm
I’m curious on this:
It should be noted that putting electronics in a Faraday cage for a solar storm is a waste of time.
Is this due to the duration of a massive solar storm and someone taking their electronics out of the box prematurely?
Is this due to construction/materials of the Faraday cage vs. shorter wavelengths’ penetration?
Inducted energy within the Faraday Cage, or something else?
Also, Any difference if the Faraday Cage is non-screen and grounded?
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:07 pm
My prior community’s CERT team were almost all radio licensed and a number of them had been operating for some time. They all had their own equipment at home in addition to what the OEM provided. I was involved with them post-Hurricane Sandy, so not sure if there was some course correction needed in their case, as identified in the OP situation. I did learn that CERT is handled differently at the town and county levels depending.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:26 am
If I may offer my feelings on Claire.
First, I don’t have Jason’s perspective to weigh, but will give him some benefit of doubt. He came across as being stubborn and a bonehead. His shelter in place isolation and stored food may have kept them both alive in the early part of SHTF. His follow up ideas were bad, but he was protective of her by standing watch and having OPSEC concerns for both of their benefits. There’s no mention of him being violent with her, just being ignorant of her ideas and reminding her of her father.
Those traits may make surviving harder, but they are not punishable by death.Thus, I don’t think Claire needed to kill Jason.
She had options. She could have left with her own stuff, as she did the first time on the bike. She had gardening skills to offer for room and board. She could have approached the situation with Jason using different conflict management methods, such as demonstrating new options and reward. The meal she cooked was an example, but she didn’t put any further effort into turning their dynamic around positively in a subtle fashion. Her switch had already gone off.
The murder was a disproportionate response. Her motivation was better tasting food? More social interaction? Being a character from one of her books? Escape from someone? She cast Jason as worthless and he should have been easy to escape from. She saw other people, other options and in her calculus his company was now no longer necessary. She internalized their arguments and that’s on her holding onto past demons. She was projecting past anger of her father issues onto her partner, and making him out to be more of a villain with herself as a blameless victim, all in order to rationalize a greater crime. As I noted before, very much a realistic possibility. It happens without SHTF.
With that said, I think her character reads as selfish, an opportunist, perhaps bipolar or otherwise cray cray. She lacks a moral compass and represents a future danger to the community, more so if she encounters conflict with her world view. I wouldn’t trust her.
I think the community, if intent on law and order, would and should hold her accountable for murder.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:14 am
let’s start discussion with the well-known mushroom ..
Russian “lisickka” (маленькая лиса) “small fox”…
English – Cantharellus (I wonder: Americans uses only Latin? I have not seen the English … )[/b]
That mushroom is called Chanterelle in restaurants.
Mushroom foraging is something I’d like to learn. Thank you for the other forum link. A coworker is very involved with collecting Morel mushrooms. Unfortunately he lives on the other side of the country (West Coast), so I’m unable to forage with him. I’m going to find a local group here.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:04 pm
I’m a fan of physical books. I go to a rummage sale twice a year and always come home with at least one bag of books. I have 2 full bookcases worth of books related to survival, prepping, gardening, first aid, etc. Plus maps. Have to have maps. And I’m sure others here on APN have more than what I have…lol.
Even with all the physical books, I don’t dismiss the idea of electronic media as a backup and as a source of information when evacuating. My books would have to remain behind in some scenarios.
My current electronic backup is use of PDF and other files stored on thumb drives. I find myself downloading maps and articles (farming, gardening, etc.) from a computer and straight to thumb drives. The thumb drive sticks are more portable than a tablet, can be more easily protected from shock/the elements, and will work across many more devices. They are also concealable. I have one that’s really small, about the size of a quarter. And they are cheap. I just picked up a 32G for under $10 at a KMart store closing sale. They had more so I might be going back. For $50 one could duplicate information or records across 5 of these, encrypt the files, and keep them in 5 separate locations (e.g.- home, work, vehicle, person, and out of state at family or friend’s place). That’s more pricey to do with 5 Kindles.
That said, I do have a Kindle Fire HD 16GB that I picked up during Black Friday sales for $60. I also have a solar panel that I’ll be working into a kit to be able to keep the Kindle charged. So I’m not far off from eventually having something similar to what DR1VEN suggests.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:27 am
This is in part the fault of the Nixon administration and his Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz. There are many articles on this. Here’s one focusing on some of the policies:
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/27 … n-20120627
And that article’s excerpt of a passage from The Guardian:
The story begins in 1971. Richard Nixon was facing re-election. The Vietnam war was threatening his popularity at home, but just as big an issue with voters was the soaring cost of food. If Nixon was to survive, he needed food prices to go down, and that required getting a very powerful lobby on board — the farmers. Nixon appointed Earl Butz, an academic from the farming heartland of Indiana, to broker a compromise. Butz, an agriculture expert, had a radical plan that would transform the food we eat, and in doing so, the shape of the human race.
Butz pushed farmers into a new, industrial scale of production, and into farming one crop in particular: corn. U.S. cattle were fattened by the immense increases in corn production. Burgers became bigger. Fries, fried in corn oil, became fattier. Corn became the engine for the massive surge in the quantities of cheaper food being supplied to American supermarkets: everything from cereals, to biscuits and flour found new uses for corn. […]
By the mid-70s, there was a surplus of corn. Butz flew to Japan to look into a scientific innovation that would change everything: the mass development of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), or glucose-fructose syrup as it’s often referred to in the UK, a highly sweet, gloppy syrup, produced from surplus corn, that was also incredibly cheap. HFCS had been discovered in the 50s, but it was only in the 70s that a process had been found to harness it for mass production. HFCS was soon pumped into every conceivable food: pizzas, coleslaw, meat. It provided that “just baked” sheen on bread and cakes, made everything sweeter, and extended shelf life from days to years.
Bottom line- the changes put in by Butz created bigger butz in the end.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:33 am
I’ve not been as industrious as everyone else. A week of travel out of state and the week after with sinusitis will do that. On the bright side, I managed to get through the sickness without having to take the AB that was prescribed. Guess I’ll save that for a rainy day.
Harvested my first fresnel lens out of a huge 50″ projection TV someone left by a dumpster. It was surprising easy to remove. I’ve left it in the plastic TV bezel for now, and will try it out on another weekend. Removed a few other items to find a use for as well (3 sets of magnifying lenses, speakers, and a large trapezoidal mirror).
I also started some seeds indoors. I skipped doing a garden last year. I’m doing containers this year until I move again.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:10 pm
I’ve been enjoying your storyline. I have to admit you almost lost me in the paragraph of the above with all the tacti-cool brand placement…lol. I liked the direction it ultimately went in though.
Thanks for posting!
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:02 am
My truck would be up the sidewalk and backed up to the front door ASAP. With an hour’s notice I’d have time to make a sandwich for the road, but I’d aim to be out in far less time.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:45 am
I’m no more concerned currently than I was previously. I can’t trust what’s communicated to the populace vs. reality. It’s still likely in my mind that Russia, China, or someone else could EMP the U.S. just as much as N. Korea could or would. I also doubt the WH, our military, or intelligence agencies would even know of an impending attack. We won’t have warnings.
That said, the Grim Reaper is waiting in the shadows every day. Think I’m more likely to die in my commute to work and home than some of the things we discuss here. Of course that doesn’t stop me from preparing to deal with any type of plausibly survivable scenario. When something happens, and if I’m left standing in the opening minutes, I’ll definitely take a quick mental calculus of how optimistic or dead I’ll be. Happy Friday
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:03 am
I’ve got one box of tattler lids. Haven’t used them yet. Sorry to hear about the spoilage.
I do as the others with regard to ring tightness (or lack of…). I also inspect the rings well for distortions as I’ve had a few leave indents in the lids during processing.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:54 pm
1st- If SHTF in December, I’ve hopefully relocated below the snow line well before February, or I’ve become a mole person crouched around a small heat source. Anyway…
3 miles in thick snow will be slow slow going. My local group had someone volunteer their own experience hiking a trail in snow. Itwas eye opening that an experienced hiker with top of the line winter gear was not able to make his daily travel rates and abandoned his hike after a few days in. He dealt with fire/stove failures, thick drifts to hike and being stuck in a sleeping bag with frozen zippers. So ideally I don’t go out for a 3mile hike in thick snow and consider this a very risky endeavor and not a walk in the park.
What I might bring in general terms-
Warm Clothing, hand, foot, face protection. Including sunglasses to avoid snow blindness
A compass and map with routes marked. Ideally I know the area I’m traveling in already. I doubt the 3 miles will be a straight line, so perhaps a longer hike.
A makeshift sled with some shelter in place supplies, some gifts for my visit (probably food), plus second change of clothing in dry bag
Frame backpack with first aid, insulated propane tank & stove (because butane is not as cold weather friendly), solid fuel stove as backup, fire starting x3 methods (assuming difficulty in cold weather), emergency blankets, hand warmers, some food/water filter, and a portable shovel to make shelter in the snow. Essentials are on the frame pack and not on the sled in case I have to ditch or decide to stash the sled somewhere along the route.
Personal protection would be something I can use with gloves that operates well in the cold. and of course a knife and/or small hatchet
White sheets or similar as makeshift winter camouflage on both sled and self.
Hand radio because I assume I’ve established communications with my destination via radio to be trekking 3 miles in snow to them during SHTF.
Walking sticks, also useful to test snow depth of drifts
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:26 pm
In ’99 I was content with a lot of champagne if the world went to hell. Perhaps…that was more Zen.
Actually I was in IT and didn’t buy into the Y2K panic.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:42 pm
I don’t have any sound powered phones. I do have 4 German Field Telephones. I believe the Germans may have been among the last in NATO to use them. They use very common D batteries and can be useful for point to point communications if you have the cabling handy. You can also make your own cheap field phone-Lite with an old corded handset, a 9V battery and a resistor (around 300ohm). Google how to make your own intercom.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:37 pm
Ah…1999. I wasn’t a full on prepper then. I was only hoarding champagne for an anticipated shortage. I didn’t have the red wheat issue. All bottles were drank.
One suggestion about lots of small mylar bags in a large container is to think about what’s inside the bags and how they’re packed in that larger container. If contents are coarse and/or many bags stacked, by rubbing together one could end up with a few bags tearing or getting pinholes.
I store a variety of things, but mostly in 5gal buckets or #10 can cases, as they are portable enough with a hand truck. I recently moved and had to relocate my food stores. I was able to do this in one truckload, however…that was just the food. If I had to bug out with all my food and gear, my vehicle would look like one of those overladen 3rd world trucks.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:02 am
I hope and pray the people in the affected area are all safely evacuated and that they’ll be able to stop a dam failure from washing away people’s homes and businesses. I hope none of our CA APN friends are in the threat area.
I’m monitoring this and thinking about how I’d evacuate. One vehicle, limited notice, and the possibility that anything left behind is gone forever. Do you give yourself 2 minutes, 20 minutes, 2 hours to pack up a vehicle?
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:36 am
Some additional thoughts on airports/travel.
I figure I’ve got a 50% chance of being at my home airport. In that case I can eventually get to my vehicle, since as a practice I always long term park the vehicle rather than get dropped off. My GHB is available if I can leave the building and access the lot.
Otherwise, I have no desire to lose tool items or get in trouble over bringing extra things on the plane. However, I also do bring a little food in my carry on like protein bars, as well as charging items. I keep a flint/starter with blade and some paracord in my checked bag, but may not have access to it.
I’m working on carrying additional electronic versions of important documents. That’s in case I’m traveling to one part of the country and things go bad suddenly in any extreme but localized event back home.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:46 am
Do any of you have several “prep bags” in certain places?
Yes. For a majority of where I’m located at any given point in time, there’s a bag or bags nearby in home, office, and vehicle. The size, weight, and contents vary by location and purpose.
Only exception is air travel, but that is what it is.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:33 am
Racked the 3rd batch of this winter’s mead from the plastic pail into a glass carboy. Found another case and a half of mead from 2010, while going through my cases of empty bottles. I didn’t care for this batch when I bottled it. Perhaps the years have mellowed it out.
Returned to the KMart that’s closing. Picked up some sale items- butane fuel cylinders, battery clips to a 12V charger/adapter, and a Peak 1 backpacking stove. Waiting for deeper discounts there and then I’m back for first aid items and a few other things. I know why they couldn’t stay in business. Their retail pricing was not competitive at all. I’m not buying anything unless it’s 25% or ideally a better discount, the lower discounted items I can get cheaper at Walmart or on Amazon.
Also thinking of starting some seeds indoors. I’ve moved temporarily and the large garden I had at the old place isn’t doable here. I can do containers, but have to deer proof really well with woods out behind. I think I’m going with leafy greens, herbs, and peppers ultimately. Maybe cucumbers too.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:15 pm
Welcome Nico and thanks for sharing that very personal experience.
I’ve only been to Colorado once. You’ve got a very beautiful state. I hope to get back there again sometime.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:06 am
I’m doing my part to further support the 2A. I agreed to be a background check reference for a friend whose politics differ than mine. I agree with all who have said that preparedness is, or should be, an apolitical activity.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:03 am
I love this. More people being prepared is a bonus.
More people who choose to educate themselves is a bonus.
More people who decide to responsibly exercise their 2A Rights is a bonus.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:30 pm
This weekend I took advantage of a KMart store closing sale. Picked up a portable butane stove, some batteries, first aid and bicycle repair items. I was also looking there for a deep cycle battery for my 2017 solar project, but no luck.
Also attended a natural cordage workshop and learned a bit more than I knew beforehand about natural fibers and braiding them into rope.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:58 am
I’m nearly halfway in between Philly and NYC. I’d expect protests in those cities. Perhaps even in Jersey City or Trenton. I’m at least 30 miles away from the closest of those 4. Where I actually live, commute, and work is not going to see any of that. I also don’t wear my politics on my sleeve. Thus, I’m not likely to get my tires slashed or truck windows broken by some anonymous POS in the middle of the night because of a bumper sticker they don’t like. No political affiliations are advertised.
If there’s a week of escalating protests, I’ll just have something to watch with popcorn as things clamp down on those potential pockets of unrest. Safe to say most police departments have plans for this, and of course there’s the National Guard. My only concern would be if there’s some actual disruption to the continuance of government with our newly elected. That would be bad. In that event… I’d work from home, bug in, and stay tuned into developments.
Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:48 am