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by namaarie
Fri Oct 26, 2007 3:59 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: An interesting and important perspective on the BOB
Replies: 22
Views: 1954

An interesting and important perspective on the BOB

First of all, I've not posted here much, so if this is in any poorly-researched, mis-filed, etc., please feel free to correct me and move it as you all see fit! That aside, this article on CNN.com (connects to Times) really caught my eye. Basically playing on the real-life scenario of a Sheriff's de...
by namaarie
Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:15 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Decapitation...not as easy as you'd think (livestock test)
Replies: 26
Views: 4326

What kind (brand and style) of Khukuri did you use for this test?

I know that manufacturers build khukuris very differently, and I'd be interested to see which you used so I can compare that against other, similar cutlery. Maybe get some answers...

Thanks,

Chris
by namaarie
Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:24 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: The importance of bringing tobacco - if you're a smoker, etc
Replies: 23
Views: 2724

Not a smoker, but I have buddies who do. Plus, it would likely make a great trade item that would be easily lost for me and be very valuable to somebody else. Additionally, I am open to the occasional de-stress cigarette. I imagine stress would be the word of the day when TSHTF.

Chris
by namaarie
Tue Jul 03, 2007 12:04 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Places to avoid after TSHTF
Replies: 40
Views: 3478

It would depend entirely on the situation, but most of this stuff seems good. I'd consider the emergency first. Then, if it's an infectious disease, I'd isolate myself and those whom I love. If it were something else, I'd avoid what I would consider prudent.

Here's to vague answers!

Chris
by namaarie
Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:05 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Pack Suggestions (and First BOB help)
Replies: 27
Views: 4729

I love Arc'Teryx packs. They are unbelievably comfortable, state-of-the-art, and make big loads feel much lighter and much more secure. You certainly have to pay for what you get, but you get by far the best packs I've ever used. Backpacker Magazine recently declared that they made the toughest pack...
by namaarie
Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:34 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Czech first aid kit from CTD
Replies: 112
Views: 24756

Wow. That looks like a pretty awesome deal.

Chris
by namaarie
Mon Jan 22, 2007 5:18 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: When is it ok for a public servant to quit??
Replies: 169
Views: 21751

Thanks, Ben and Jeriah. Ok, I see what you're saying. I'm sure there's some element of truth to that. That said, I doubt that any single theory can completely account for our actions. I might have to pick up a copy; that does sound interesting.

Chris
by namaarie
Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:55 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: When is it ok for a public servant to quit??
Replies: 169
Views: 21751

I suppose it depends on the individual and the importance that they see in their position. Is it as important that my local recycling guy show up after a major disaster as the first responders? Maybe not. And if there's just you, then that adds another degree of importance to your position. Jeriah, ...
by namaarie
Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:22 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: China's new Toy
Replies: 62
Views: 6076

I agree. I don't think we'd go to war with China over Taiwan. And nobody's going to ruin anybody's economy. China and America are both dependent on each other economically. To cripple the other would be to cripple one's self. That said, this does give them an important strategic bargaining chip. You...
by namaarie
Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:31 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Hangover cures....
Replies: 43
Views: 6096

I'm more a fan of prevention. If I know it's going to be an, um, eventful night, I will leave a quart of gatorade and a quart of water by my bed. When I get home, drink the gatorade before I sleep and drink the water whenever I wake up in the night. Tends to keep the hangovers at bay. Beyond that, w...
by namaarie
Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:21 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: BOB Testing
Replies: 15
Views: 1865

I suppose, in reply to the initial question, that the best way to test a BOB (once you're pretty confident in the loadout and have left your position with friends!) would be to "bug out," if that would be possible. I mean, leave your home according to your bug out plans and camp overnight where you ...
by namaarie
Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:14 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Just the Fun parts of my BOB(guns,knives,pack,lights)
Replies: 13
Views: 2334

Like the choice of firearms!

Chris
by namaarie
Wed Dec 13, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: "I can't believe I forgot the..."
Replies: 78
Views: 11004

Not necessarily forgotten, but forgotten to maintain: if you have water packed in bottles or a bladder that you filled yourself, it will go bad. Remember to drain and clean those babies regularly unless you want to be drinking from a bacteria snow-globe. :?

Chris
by namaarie
Wed Dec 13, 2006 11:19 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Nalgene Heat! (warming your sleeping bag)
Replies: 97
Views: 19148

Point is, it works, it's safe (aside from the whole it being really hot thing--wrap it in fleece), and physics-wise, it works. Nalgenes rock. Actually, I was just reading the new winter edition of Backpacker (midwest), and they talked about how to keep your sleeping bag warm in friggin' cold conditi...
by namaarie
Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:24 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: I thought it was a joke...
Replies: 31
Views: 2712

What, no bipod?
by namaarie
Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:13 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Winter Tent Recommendations?
Replies: 23
Views: 4399

Anybody here have a Golite Hut? I'm getting a Golite Hut 2 for Christmas. Same material as the Hex, but a little different setup. Looks very well-made, is lightweight, and should pack down well. I'm just starting to get into ultralight, so this should be a good start. I even made an alcohol stove to...
by namaarie
Fri Dec 08, 2006 3:20 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Obvious way to get free stuff...
Replies: 21
Views: 3266

I see what you're saying. Fair enough. :)

Chris
by namaarie
Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:02 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Obvious way to get free stuff...
Replies: 21
Views: 3266

Yeah, Gana, I do see your point. You're right--there are more than plenty dumbasses in the world. Don't worry, though, about me being one of them. I'd never overstep my training. I know plenty who would, though, so point well-taken. Just curious, though: would you thus discount hypo's as useful item...
by namaarie
Thu Dec 07, 2006 10:24 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Never Underestimate the Cold. Kim found dead.
Replies: 26
Views: 2905

Man, this is the argument for survival knowledge in a nutshell. People wonder why I spend my free time learning how to build fires, debris huts, and all the other stuff we pursue. This is why. You never know when you'll be in trouble, and when you need this kind of preparation and knowledge, you'll ...
by namaarie
Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:37 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Obvious way to get free stuff...
Replies: 21
Views: 3266

Yeah, that was my purpose for the needles. Not for injecting stuff--I wouldn't know how to use IV meds even if I had them. They're great at picking splinters and are downright handy for treating a number of other outdoor-related injuries that my first aid kit should cover. She never did get me the s...
by namaarie
Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:13 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Contagious Shooting
Replies: 24
Views: 2369

I think this is primarily an issue of that guy who fired 31 shots. I mean that goes a long way towards explaining the number of shots fired. But I also have to note that only 21 rounds even found the car and a couple officers were injured by broken glass after a stray police bullet found a window. T...
by namaarie
Wed Nov 22, 2006 8:48 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Obvious way to get free stuff...
Replies: 21
Views: 3266

Obvious way to get free stuff...

If you're either undergoing medical care or you know a nurse or a Doc, I've discovered that it's really not a problem most of the time for them to get you some free medical supplies. You name it, gauze, prep pads, whatever. Yesterday, I scored 4 18-ga. needles and 2 22-ga. hypodermic needles from my...
by namaarie
Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:52 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: College preparation.
Replies: 19
Views: 1746

Are you asking how to fortify an apartment in a bug-in, or are you asking how to conduct preparations in the meantime?

Chris
by namaarie
Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:42 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: On the go water filtering
Replies: 37
Views: 3806

I guide outdoor trips - canoeing mostly - with my college, and we own the MSR Miniworks EX. Good stuff. Pretty reliable, IMO. It's a good idea to have extra o-rings and stuff in the field, but they clean pretty easy and don't break down too much. I've seen failures, but everything like that breaks s...

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