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by Iprotectmine
Wed May 25, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: INACTIVE - ZSC:006
Topic: Quick Bios
Replies: 23
Views: 6574

Re: Quick Bios

I'm moving to Blacksburg in a few weeks. Chris Male 1979 Former Air Force officer. But I was a researcher, so the Air Force didn't really provide me with any zombie-relevant skills. I'm currently a professor at West Point, but in a few weeks I'll be switching to Virginia Tech. None of my education i...
by Iprotectmine
Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:51 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Social Capital and the Gift Economy in the PAW
Replies: 31
Views: 1520

Re: Social Capital and the Gift Economy in the PAW

Two thoughts: 1. My fiancee is South Asian. Her family moved to America when she was in grade school, so her parents are still strongly tied to that culture. She said that her parents actually wrote down the gifts/amounts that she and her brothers received from other families on gifting occasions (s...
by Iprotectmine
Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Reminder of why preppers keep at least a half tank of gas
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Reminder of why preppers keep at least a half tank of gas

I live near West Point, New York. We have over 12 inches of snow right now (maybe 18, I don't know). I just talked to my Colonel, who is currently stuck on a highway with hundreds of other cars (tried to drive back last night from Massachusetts). As of 10:00am, he had been there since midnight. This...
by Iprotectmine
Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:31 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Jobs that have high pay now and would also succeed in ZPAW?
Replies: 58
Views: 2353

Re: Jobs that have high pay now and would also succeed in ZPAW?

For one: "financially comfortable", especially today, is completely subjective criteria; depending on an areas cost of living and an individuals lifestyle which of course is highly variable. Millions of people live quite comfortably on a yearly income a fraction of your 100K qualification of "finan...
by Iprotectmine
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Jobs that have high pay now and would also succeed in ZPAW?
Replies: 58
Views: 2353

Re: Jobs that have high pay now and would also succeed in ZPAW?

pmpmzd6 wrote: There's a quote out there from someone (too lazy to look for it, besides, gotta get ready for work) that says "specialization is for insects".
That's Robert Heinlein, one of my favorite authors. Unless he borrowed it from someone else (possible).
by Iprotectmine
Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Jobs that have high pay now and would also succeed in ZPAW?
Replies: 58
Views: 2353

Re: Jobs that have high pay now and would also succeed in ZPAW?

One thing to consider is that depending upon the circumstances of a PAW certain occupations that are not well compensated today may become much more valuable to the community (also assuming that the PAW has an economy and job market). For instance a precision machinist may not earn your minimum sal...
by Iprotectmine
Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:07 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Jobs that have high pay now and would also succeed in ZPAW?
Replies: 58
Views: 2353

Jobs that have high pay now and would also succeed in ZPAW?

I'm pretty well committed to a job that is great for the current world, but not so great for a ZPAW world. I probably won't be changing that. But it does make me curious for those who may be planning their education and careers, what jobs would be especially high paying in the current world and also...
by Iprotectmine
Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Surviving on vacation during a disaster
Replies: 14
Views: 575

Re: Surviving on vacation during a disaster

Also, a small flashlight has proven VERY useful on two of my trips to foreign countries. Once for a power outage on an overnight sleeper train, and once when the entire city of Rio di Janiero had a power outage.
by Iprotectmine
Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Surviving on vacation during a disaster
Replies: 14
Views: 575

Re: Surviving on vacation during a disaster

I always take a half-full normal-sized backpack with some essentials when going to different countries. Water filter, 550 paracord, first aid kit, water bottle, toilet paper, that sort of thing. It would make a crappy bugout bag, but it still helps. You'll need something to carry water anyway, might...
by Iprotectmine
Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:37 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Traveling at Night
Replies: 29
Views: 1395

Re: Traveling at Night

Two thoughts: 1. I'd rather be out walking at night if I know the territory than if it is unknown territory. Locals know where the ditches are. So it's probably smart to only be out at night if you have home court advantage. 2. If you are out at night, protect your visual night adaptation. It takes ...
by Iprotectmine
Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: The Inconvenience Zombies, and how we fight them:
Replies: 47
Views: 4701

Re: The Inconvenience Zombies, and how we fight them:

Backup your data, then backup your backup. I'm embarrassed to admit how many man-hours of work and irreplaceable personal data I lost before setting up a regular backup to both an external hard drive to protect from hard drive failure, and a "cloud" backup to protect against loss of all hardware. O...
by Iprotectmine
Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: PAW vices?
Replies: 47
Views: 2284

Re: PAW vices?

Any of your "stock up" on these "essentials"? I'm a non-drinker, and so is my fiancee. But I have 3 bottles of Everclear in a cabinet. I figure I can use it for germ-killing purposes, or perhaps barter. 3 bottles may not be stocking up in the traditional sense, but at 190 proof, a little bit goes a...
by Iprotectmine
Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: The Inconvenience Zombies, and how we fight them:
Replies: 47
Views: 4701

Re: The Inconvenience Zombies, and how we fight them:

People have spoken of ways of storing wealth (food, precious metals, cash, barter goods). I think the best way to store wealth is in your head. Pre-PAW, this is mostly about formal education (degree=money, money= preps, therefore degree=preps). Post-PAW, this is more about self-sufficiency knowledge...
by Iprotectmine
Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:25 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: VERY good article about retreat security on survivalblog.com
Replies: 105
Views: 4585

Re: VERY good article about retreat security on survivalblog.com

I just returned from a trip to Peru. Our tour guide shared some of the local history near Cusco. The guide pointed out a large number of houses spread out over a specific area. That land used to be farmland in large lots. Then, during some of the major political strife about 20 years ago, there were...
by Iprotectmine
Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:18 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Car Kits for Teenagers
Replies: 15
Views: 669

Re: Car Kits for Teenagers

An item that I recently picked up for my own car (when my battery crapped out) was a car battery jumper. Mine's about laptop sized, and it's nice to know that I can jumpstart my own battery (insert joke here). My sister lives in Alaska, I'm going to get her one for Christmas. Dead car battery + -40 ...
by Iprotectmine
Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:01 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Preparedness degree
Replies: 18
Views: 1353

Re: Preparedness degree

AMU is not a bad program but it's accreditation is right at the boundary. If you are going to shop that degree around beltway bandits and similar types they should be OK with it but it you are going to try to present it to DHS, FBI or big corporations like Chevron or KPMG won't give it a second loo...
by Iprotectmine
Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:33 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Out prepping the competition...
Replies: 38
Views: 1326

Re: Out prepping the competition...

If you try to "bug out" to a community like mine, if you aren't already connected to the community, you'll have a heck of a time being received pleasantly, I fear. Unless it's tourist season, then the local merchants will happily take your cash :-) Having just watched the movie "Deliverance" last n...
by Iprotectmine
Sat Nov 07, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Preparedness degree
Replies: 18
Views: 1353

Re: Preparedness degree

I'm doing a similar program from American Military University. BA in Emergency and Disaster Management. It includes an EOD program, in addition to Fire Science and Emergency Management. No jobs + G.I. Bill = school time! How are you liking the program? And good idea on using the GI Bill. I used eve...
by Iprotectmine
Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Preparedness degree
Replies: 18
Views: 1353

Preparedness degree

Does anyone know anything about this online Penn State degree public health/disaster preparedness? http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/MasterinHomelandSecurity_HomelandSecurity.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Looks like it is about $21k total in tuition. I have a few others things I'...
by Iprotectmine
Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:01 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: The years ahead......
Replies: 23
Views: 1536

Re: The years ahead......

There is another concern is potential financial crises... family members. I am debt free and could probably ride out financial crises better than most. But my parents are saddled with debt (some variable, some fixed). Right now I am furiously saving to pay off their variable debt. This seems to be t...
by Iprotectmine
Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:33 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: VERY good article about retreat security on survivalblog.com
Replies: 105
Views: 4585

Re: VERY good article about retreat security on survivalblog.com

An overlooked challenge to maintaining the type of security advised by the blog is the human need for sleep. Holding constant the heavy manpower demands of security watches (24 hour watches x n people is a lot of manhours), many of those hours will occur when people have strong biological tendancies...
by Iprotectmine
Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:50 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: VERY good article about retreat security on survivalblog.com
Replies: 105
Views: 4585

Re: VERY good article about retreat security on survivalblog.com

Thinking about the "Todds" of the world and the well-trained raiders depicted on that blog is helpful to the degree that it raises attention about these sorts of topics. However, the downside is that some people may be discouraged, thinking that they can never become Todd-like, so why bother. A prob...
by Iprotectmine
Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Dual bug-out bags......
Replies: 15
Views: 1216

Re: Dual bug-out bags......

A flexible system that I like is having a heavy INCH bag, a semi-heavy bugout bag, a medium-weight bugout bag, and a very light bare-bones bag. That allows for a few different configurations, based on our sizes (I'm 6 feet 175 pounds, my fiancee is 5'6" and weighs much less than me): 1. Leaving home...
by Iprotectmine
Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:10 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: ...
Replies: 57
Views: 3350

Re: Top Ramen or Cup Noodles?

Diversify... no reason to go with just one.

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