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by raptor
Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: College kids
Replies: 1
Views: 9

Re: College kids

Set up a communication plan with multiple contact points. Social media could be useful in this instance as well as text, voice and email. The actual event obviously should dictate a response but I would certainly suggest agreeing upon Plan A meeting point and a Plan B meeting point in the event of t...
by raptor
Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: pistol caliber carbine feedback
Replies: 15
Views: 156

Re: pistol caliber carbine feedback

The only thing I feel I need is a good hand pump water filter that handles heavy metals for home. (Otherwise I just have my water purification tabs in my camping gear.) Perfect! Sounds like you are ahead of the curve then! BTW a link to a good Hall of Fame post dealing with what to do when the wate...
by raptor
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Where to get a flashlight repaired?
Replies: 10
Views: 63

Re: Where to get a flashlight repaired?

I think the flashlight repair folks went to the same place as TV & VCR repair places. The labor to fix the device is more costly than new alternatives. Not trying to be a downer but that is the world today. +1 on asking on Facebook and by email to fix it. That said if it is a backup light and they w...
by raptor
Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: 22LR in a rifle, ok for defense?
Replies: 10
Views: 73

Re: 22LR in a rifle, ok for defense?

This is an article complete with gel tests by Lucky Gunner with a good discussion of using a .22lr in a short barrel pocket pistol. https://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/why-a-22-lr-pocket-gun-should-not-be-underestimated/ It should provide one perspective on the use of a .22lr. This article discusses ...
by raptor
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: 22LR in a rifle, ok for defense?
Replies: 10
Views: 73

Re: 22LR in a rifle, ok for defense?

Well said SRO1911! I do not think anyone here would chose a .22lr as their most desired self defense firearm. Rimfire ammo is noted for its less than desirable levels of reliability. That said the first rule of self defense is to have a fire arm. So to the extent that you have a fire arm that is lot...
by raptor
Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Communications
Topic: Simple code book for open radio comms?
Replies: 12
Views: 141

Re: Simple code book for open radio comms?

As mentioned above a simple code of a few phrases is more likely to useful and usable than an elaborate code suing say a one time pad or substitutions. You hear these all time on PA systems in stores. "Code blue" or "blue light special" "Mr Armstrong come to the front desk" Code red amber alert Thes...
by raptor
Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4394
Views: 234133

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

This ability to roll a previous auto loan into a new car is a rather recent (last 20 years) trend. This likely also runs up the default rate. https://www.thestreet.com/story/13250167/1/rolling-a-previous-auto-loan-into-a-new-one-results-in-many-consequences.html Subprime auto loan delinquencies are ...
by raptor
Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4394
Views: 234133

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

Buying long lived assets like cars and homes with debt whose life is shorter than the asset life is not a bad thing. As long as the interest rate is reasonable, the asset a necessity and the payments affordable; debt in this case makes sense drom a preservation of caputal viewpoint. Paying cash for ...
by raptor
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4394
Views: 234133

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

World's Ultra-Rich Preparing For Market Crash, UBS Warns https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/worlds-ultra-rich-preparing-major-stock-market-declines-ubs-wealth-says The world's ultra rich have money planners who are always planning for a market crash. It is called a balanced portfolio. :D I guess I m...
by raptor
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4394
Views: 234133

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

Interesting Map at the link showing countries with AAA ratings as well as lower ratings. https://www.thebalance.com/u-s-companies-rated-aaa-higher-than-u-s-government-bonds-417105 only two U.S.-based non-financial companies have higher credit ratings than the country itself: Microsoft and Johnson & ...
by raptor
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: US Naval Institute Proceedings: "A Zombie Fighter's Guide To Strategy"
Replies: 2
Views: 117

Re: US Naval Institute Proceedings: "A Zombie Fighter's Guide To Strategy"

Items 1 & 2 are straight out of Sun Tsu's masterpiece. He said it better. 1. Know yourself...snip... 2. Know the enemy. If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a ...
by raptor
Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Home Defense Choices
Replies: 14
Views: 214

Re: Home Defense Choices

This with a caveat IMO the best home defense gun is the one you can get to in 1.5 seconds or less. And when I say get to, I mean its ready to fire, you don't have to unlock or load or charge first. What is he used to shooting and what does he shoot well both with 2 hands and 1 hand. The other issue ...
by raptor
Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4394
Views: 234133

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

absinthe beginner wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:52 am
World's Ultra-Rich Preparing For Market Crash, UBS Warns

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/world ... ealth-says
The world's ultra rich have money planners who are always planning for a market crash. It is called a balanced portfolio. :D
by raptor
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Mexico becoming a failed state?
Replies: 1226
Views: 72591

Re: Mexico becoming a failed state?

More proof that the policy "Hugs not bullets" policy might not be as effective as desired in regards to containing the violence. The message sent by this attack is a pretty clear to me: "plata o plomo". Note the video is pretty graphic and NWS. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/cop-who-arr...
by raptor
Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: raising rats and/or rabbits for dog food in SHTF?
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: raising rats and/or rabbits for dog food in SHTF?

Welcome to the forum. Please do go to the introduction page and introduce yourself.

As for your question there are many resources on rabbits for food for human consumption. There is no reason they could not be used for dog food.
by raptor
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Dogan's car replacement quest, or, talk me out of a hybrid Escape.
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Re: Dogan's car replacement quest, or, talk me out of a hybrid Escape.

One of the key issues with a used Hybrid is that the battery condition dictates the value. The batteries have a finite life and their condition my not be diagnosed accurately by most shops. YMmv. You may want to go look for a used VW diesel Jetta wagon. It is not quite as large as the Escape but it ...
by raptor
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Mexico becoming a failed state?
Replies: 1226
Views: 72591

Re: Mexico becoming a failed state?

More proof of the fact that narcos are low lifes; not that much proof was needed. BABIES were reportedly burned alive and kids shot in the back after ruthless cartel killers slaughtered nine US Mormons in a "targeted" hit in Mexico. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7650129/Relatives-say-5-US...
by raptor
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: An AR-15 does not Legally have a Receiver & ATF Cannot Regulate It?!
Replies: 14
Views: 535

Re: An AR-15 does not Legally have a Receiver & ATF Cannot Regulate It?!

Langenator wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:01 am
I can't find it anywhere that will let me embed the image, but always remember the Oxford comma.

https://imgur.com/fycHx
Gaaa! It burns..the image at the link burns...
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by raptor
Sat Nov 02, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: The Coming Civil War - (Warning: No Politics)
Replies: 758
Views: 48042

Re: The Coming Civil War - (Warning: No Politics)

Interesting terminology clarification. One key point. In a civil war or any war for that matter. Anyone in a conflict zone regardless of wehether or not they are a civilian, survivaliat or partizan can be a target. The fact that you do not consider yourself a part of the conflict is irrelevant. Just...
by raptor
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Mass Blackouts in California
Replies: 99
Views: 2819

Re: Mass Blackouts in California

Please don't shoot the linemen.... CNN - PG&E is asking customers frustrated by power shutoffs not to target its employees As California utility Pacific Gas and Electric continues to face criticism for multiple planned power shutoffs that left thousands of customers in the dark last month, the comp...
by raptor
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Mass Blackouts in California
Replies: 99
Views: 2819

Re: Mass Blackouts in California

For instance my house in town is elevated and the lowest sewer cleanout is near the street. My plan to deal with this is to simply remove the cover and allow the sewerage to drain there if there is a lift pump failure and problem. That was certainly the solution in Iraq. That and Cholera. Yep. But ...
by raptor
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Mass Blackouts in California
Replies: 99
Views: 2819

Re: Mass Blackouts in California

@Raptor My concern is the city sewage system backing up into the house.. It won't - I check w/ the sanitation Dept, but in many areas, if the lift station goes off-line, sewage floods follow. That is actually a whole other discussion. Since everyone's house even connected to the city sewer has diff...
by raptor
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Mass Blackouts in California
Replies: 99
Views: 2819

Re: Mass Blackouts in California

I was referring to MPMalloy particularly. Anyone living in a Walmart parking lot has serious issues with planning and preparing. If it happens to me I figure everyone will be living in a Walmart parking lot. Ahh Ok sorry my mistake. I assume every ZS'er has a plan a & b as well as likely a decent p...
by raptor
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4394
Views: 234133

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

From CNBC : A ‘growing club’ of ‘very powerful countries’ is steering away from using the dollar This IMO will be one reason for a significant rise in currencies other than the U$D. I deal with a lot of foreign citizens and expats. But one factor curbing countries’ enthusiasm for the greenback is t...

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