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by Evan the Diplomat
Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:59 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Help with BOV/Daily Driver plans
Replies: 15
Views: 1088

Re: Help with BOV/Daily Driver plans

I vote for the Subaru as well. As far as a Jeep goes, avoid the soft top, in the event of any form of civil insurrection they are coming right throught. If you want to look at SUVs here are some links to top used SUV lists http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/reader_rides/4283360.html?page=1" ...
by Evan the Diplomat
Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:55 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Preparedness degree
Replies: 18
Views: 1523

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 look...
by Evan the Diplomat
Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:22 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: buying a sword what to look for?
Replies: 87
Views: 7215

Re: buying a sword what to look for?

When I was getting commissioned in the Navy, my Dad offered to buy my sword for me. Not one of those popcorn ones from Toledo buy a guaranteed to hold up in a fight Wilkinson Sword from England. I remember their U.S. rep was someplace out of Richmond VA. In addition to USN, USMC and British Commissi...
by Evan the Diplomat
Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: buying a sword what to look for?
Replies: 87
Views: 7215

Re: buying a sword what to look for?

Alright, guys, this has been bothering me for a while...why is it that a sword is considered a ridiculous mall ninja toy, but a machete is considered a legitimate defensive weapon? This is a recurrent theme here in Other Weapons, not just in this thread. I can't help but feel like it's unwarranted ...
by Evan the Diplomat
Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:05 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Chavez threatining war?
Replies: 29
Views: 1556

Re: Chavez threatining war?

Sorry but I really don't know.
by Evan the Diplomat
Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:28 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Chavez threatining war?
Replies: 29
Views: 1556

Re: Chavez threatining war?

Family members fly out first. Then non-essential personnel. Core or essential personnel fly out last. That is what happened in Iraq in 1990. Forget your personal effects that you can't stuff into two suit cases. That is why it is important to have a good household inventory and a very comprehensive ...
by Evan the Diplomat
Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Table Topping Exercise - How will people 'evac' your area?
Replies: 26
Views: 1281

Re: Table Topping Exercise - How will people 'evac' your area?

When I was in high school I used to ride a bike trail south to Mt. Vernon from Old Towne Alexandria. I think it goes up to the Arlington Memorial Bridge. You make an interesting case for prepping a BOV and supplies in Lessburg (pedal out and drive from there) but since I've go a pretty mobile life s...
by Evan the Diplomat
Mon Nov 09, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Table Topping Exercise - How will people 'evac' your area?
Replies: 26
Views: 1281

Re: Table Topping Exercise - Evac from Washington D.C.

This is something that I've been thinking about for quite some time. I am not in Washington D.C. yet but I will be by summer so I want to be prepared. When the Pentagon got hit in 9-11 they evacuated all the Federal Buildings, because people didn't know where the next attack was coming from roads we...
by Evan the Diplomat
Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: making your BOV bullet resistant?
Replies: 26
Views: 2851

Re: making your BOV bullet resistant?

Hey! I drive an armored vehicle. It's dangerous here, 136 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 12.4 in Los Angeles or 7.3 in the Big Apple. But seriously, armoring a vehicle is not a job for home handymen. Handypersons. Where will you add armor. Windows? Doors? Passenger compartment? Did y...
by Evan the Diplomat
Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:47 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: What I did this afternoon/evening.
Replies: 5
Views: 562

Re: What I did this afternoon/evening.

Here is a tip I saw on the Ray Mears' survival show on the BBC. Tie 6-12 feet of paracord to one end of the ladders. When you get stuck and have to use the ladders, tie the other end to your vehicle. When you get unstuck, the ladders will drag behind you to solid ground. That saves you the trouble o...
by Evan the Diplomat
Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:46 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Best budget real-world family BOV?
Replies: 61
Views: 3720

Re: Best budget real-world family BOV?

This thread may be dead by now but I have it a little worse. We are a family of six, the four kids are ages 7, 5 and twins almost 4. Our BOV will be the family minivan a Honda Odyssey. If you can find them, (try E-may motors) the Toyota LandCruiser troop carrier or troopie is a great find. Depending...
by Evan the Diplomat
Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:27 pm
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: I ate an old MRE today!
Replies: 44
Views: 2538

Re: I ate an old MRE today!

Viet Nam and Korea would have been C-rations or K-rations. C-rats came in cans with the oh so cool P-38 can opener. I never came across K-rats.
by Evan the Diplomat
Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:58 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: I'm new here and thought I would post my BOV...
Replies: 23
Views: 3682

Re: I'm new here and thought I would post my BOV...

The Isuzu Trooper is sold here in Venezuela as the Caribe and they are very popular. It is not uncommon to see 20 or 30 year old cars still on the road. SUVs are huge here for three reasons: 8 cents a gallon gasoline, lousy paved roads (in addition to potholes and broken water lines, last November C...
by Evan the Diplomat
Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:56 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Construction, Remodeling, and Design Tips
Replies: 22
Views: 1504

Re: Construction, Remodeling, and Design Tips

Back in my Navy days I paid a port call to Sydney, Australia. There I visited the "Chippendale House" a sustainable terrace Home (that's what they call a town house in Oz) in the Chippendale district of Sydney. Even though the owners were no longer giving tours that year, they took pity on a visitin...
by Evan the Diplomat
Sat Nov 07, 2009 10:56 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings From Venezuela
Replies: 9
Views: 444

Re: Greetings From Venezuela

I'm happy to share my point of view, with the disclaimer that it's just that, my POV, not policy.

Keeps me from getting in trouble.

What kind of work did you do for them?
by Evan the Diplomat
Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Doomsday and the availability of canning jars.
Replies: 68
Views: 6278

Big Mason Jar Sale

Government Liquidators, an e-bay like contract firm that sells of excess inventory for the USG, has a huge lot (500+) new Ball brand Mason Jars for sale.
Here is the link.

http://www.govliquidation.com/auction/v ... vertTo=USD" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Evan the Diplomat
Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:21 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: I'm new here and thought I would post my BOV...
Replies: 23
Views: 3682

Re: I'm new here and thought I would post my BOV...

I like you previous rig too. Looks like it was a Toyota Landcruiser, did you find a buyer for it or is it your second BOV?

As far as buying the CUCV, did you have to drive down and pick it up from the lot?
by Evan the Diplomat
Fri Nov 06, 2009 10:50 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Flashlights?
Replies: 22
Views: 1174

Re: Flashlights?

If you are going to read a book in the dark, I imagine shaking every 15 minutes would become tiresome. If you are going to need your hands free to do a task, you should use a battery powered one instead. If you need one for 15 minutes until you find another source of light, then a shaker light is OK...
by Evan the Diplomat
Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:11 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: I'm new here and thought I would post my BOV...
Replies: 23
Views: 3682

Re: I'm new here and thought I would post my BOV...

Sweet looking ride. If you don't mind I have some questions that might benefit the group. Where did you find the listing for this auction? Did you get to test drive the car or at least start the engine or look under the hood? What was the final price at auction? Did you have to come with cash or a c...
by Evan the Diplomat
Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:37 pm
Forum: Ask ZS
Topic: What does ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ mean??
Replies: 26
Views: 3630

Re: What does ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ mean??

Do not waste your time watching "The 300" Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie but if you really want to learn about how the Laconians (AKA Spartans) lived, trained, fought and died you would be MUCH better off reading the historical novel Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield. That book is to class...
by Evan the Diplomat
Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:05 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Help me prepare under my circumstances!
Replies: 28
Views: 2035

Re: Help me prepare under my circumstances!

Some great advice so far, big plus to Istvan for his systematic approach. Start with the grandparents, they just might be old enough to remember planting a victory garden in or collecting aluminum in WW 2. They might remember their parent's or grandparents stories about the Great Depression. The Whi...
by Evan the Diplomat
Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:33 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: City vs. Country Home
Replies: 21
Views: 941

Re: City vs. Country Home

18 miles is a reasonable distance to bike to work a few days a week. It would help keep you in shape. Bonus, in the future you could subdivide the 10 acres sell them off and fund a more isolated retreat.
by Evan the Diplomat
Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Bicycle Wind Turbine idea
Replies: 23
Views: 3212

Re: Bicycle Wind Turbine idea

If a 13 year old boy in Malawi can do it, so can you. You can learn more about his incredible story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8257153.stm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; You have received some great feedback. Stop thinking about it and start doing it. The journey will be...
by Evan the Diplomat
Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:03 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Living Sustainably, Downtown
Replies: 2
Views: 737

Re: Living Sustainably, Downtown

Yes, I've heard of riots. Yes, they do occur in the country. There were numerous agrarian riots in the U.S. during the mid to late 1800's. Back then rich people lived in the cities and poor folks outside of the urban center. Just last year Argentine farmers rioted in the countryside in response to a...

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