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by Qasim
Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:50 am
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Swords Sticking in Bone?
Replies: 60
Views: 2108

Re: Swords Sticking in Bone?

I feel like I must have heard about this somewhere (bone stick) but in my historical reading (which is varied, but spotty) I can't recall a vignette. I am inspired to pick up Titus Livius again and see how the Romans handled this. One related problem the Romans did encounter was soldiers refusing to...
by Qasim
Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:53 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Irene
Replies: 515
Views: 15288

Re: Irene

Wash Post this morning "A cursory look around Virginia Beach suggested that the worst damage might have been suffered by meteorologists, emergency officials and media who overhyped Hurricane Irene’s likely devastation." Indicators that DC suburbs are in the same boat (professional reputations suffer...
by Qasim
Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Irene
Replies: 515
Views: 15288

Re: Irene

Fairfax County VA, time now. Goose Egg going on. Not even really raining. Still people out jogging and biking as of 30 minutes ago. No clue what the stores look like (we did not panic buying) but I did stop by a second hand store to pick up a crock pot at the request of Mrs. Qasim. They were doing a...
by Qasim
Fri May 13, 2011 7:20 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Advice On Wrist Watch Please - Also what do you have?
Replies: 36
Views: 3672

Re: Advice On Wrist Watch Please - Also what do you have?

Big fan of G-shocks until they got too big. Why do they do this? It interferes with sweaters/sleeves etc. Last year I treated myself to a Casio Pathfinder. Solar powered (battery will last approx six months in the dark) Atomic clock update several times a day, with all the stop watches, etc, world t...
by Qasim
Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Mod my House (Sustainability Edition)
Replies: 27
Views: 2570

Re: Mod my House (Sustainability Edition)

Well, I don't know what you've already thought of, and I probably got this link from somewhere on ZS, but this is what I was thinking of. http://www.lopistoves.com/ Selection and make looked good, but no first-hand experience. Because my primary heat will probably be natural gas related for a few re...
by Qasim
Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Sorry it took so long to introduce myself.
Replies: 5
Views: 247

Re: Sorry it took so long to introduce myself.

Oh, you live in Jersey? Which exit? :D

Seriously, welcome to ZS

-Qasim
by Qasim
Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Collecting ridiculously tiny pieces of kit
Replies: 17
Views: 2095

Re: Collecting ridiculously tiny pieces of kit

1. a pico pen or Fisher Space Pen (various venders/styles) 2. a Bison's Designs Key Caddy h[url]ttp://www.rei.com/webservices/rei/DisplayStyle/685312?source=gpla&cm_mmc=cse_froogle-_-datafeed-_-product-_-685312&mr:trackingCode=20A815C2-B849-E011-AFD7-001517384908&mr:referralID=NA[/url] or a Lucky Ke...
by Qasim
Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: EDC Bag
Replies: 16
Views: 3174

Re: EDC Bag

Timbuk2's Q or HAL backpack (if you need to hold a laptop)

Kelty Redwing comes in a variety of sizes and colors, good size for a day pack/fits in overhead compartments. Decent organization
by Qasim
Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:46 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Another where would you go
Replies: 26
Views: 885

Re: Another where would you go

+1 for seeing the sites of Europe, even though I've seen a bunch before. Add to that, climb Kilimanjaro before the glacier there melts, and then establish a residence in Hawaii (probably need a few, one per island) and one here.

http://www.guide-to-castles-of-europe.c ... astle.html
by Qasim
Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:18 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Is This a Good Idea?
Replies: 18
Views: 1097

Re: Is This a Good Idea?

Interesting thinking. This is a significant outlay, so unless $2k is not a big deal for you, I think you are right to think it through. I think your theory that first 72 hours post SHTF is a good window to have an increase in heart attack fatalities due to slow EMS response. I mean, that could happe...
by Qasim
Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:09 pm
Forum: Zombie Combat Tactics
Topic: Thoughts on Restrepo and zombie squad setup
Replies: 13
Views: 1435

Re: Thoughts on Restrepo and zombie squad setup

It has also been suggested that this is responsible for the high rates of PTSD now among combat vets. I'm not sure how true that is (I'm sure PTSD was underdiagnosed during WWI/WWII/Korea) but I'm relatively certain that: 1) Not everyone is psychologically able to kill another human 2) You won't kn...
by Qasim
Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:59 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Emergency Cell Phone Recharger: Which One?
Replies: 8
Views: 773

Emergency Cell Phone Recharger: Which One?

For EDC, BOB (72 hours) or disasters in which cell phones will work (that is, NOT TEOTWAKI). On Amazon, I am looking at the Tekkeon Tekcharge http://www.amazon.com/Tekkeon-TekCharge-Mobile-Battery-Charger/dp/B0014KLX9C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1300413178&sr=8-1 and the Energizer XP 2000 http://www.ama...
by Qasim
Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:35 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: J-Quake
Replies: 801
Views: 40494

Re: J-Quake

When the earthquake/tsunami occurred, I knew it would be bad, but I really, REALLY thought that the Japanese government would be able to snap their fingers and solve most of the immediate suffering (of the type that we have BOBs and such for). This is a very organized and capable country ...so much...
by Qasim
Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:28 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Potassium Iodide
Replies: 16
Views: 896

Re: Potassium Iodide

WRT to the risk to Ocean life, my cubicle mate happens to be a former nuclear propulsion engineer for the Navy (worked refueling and reactor safety for boomers). I asked if he was concerned with radioactivity leaking into the ocean, his answer was "Dilution is the solution." I followed up with askin...
by Qasim
Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Zombie Combat Tactics
Topic: Thoughts on Restrepo and zombie squad setup
Replies: 13
Views: 1435

Re: Thoughts on Restrepo and zombie squad setup

Ah, I understand your point on the aces now.

I enjoyed the piece in RUSI as well. A good counterpoint to Ehrhart
by Qasim
Tue Mar 15, 2011 8:24 pm
Forum: Zombie Combat Tactics
Topic: Thoughts on Restrepo and zombie squad setup
Replies: 13
Views: 1435

Re: Thoughts on Restrepo and zombie squad setup

Ever try clearing a room with a MMG or a HMG? Let me know how it works. There is a good reason that modern infantry units carry a mix of weapons. Is the mix always perfect to suit them? No. The US Army is constantly tinkering with their mix; shortly after OIF-1, the M-14 started coming back in great...
by Qasim
Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:10 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Dangers of Open Carry? or something else
Replies: 9
Views: 1205

Re: Dangers of Open Carry? or something else

Good catch, my reference was for National Guard executing a support to civil authority role (Title 32) as opposed to Title 10 responsibilities (full-fledged war/civil war) I am not taking a stand on civilians supporting law enforcement, deputized or not, but I am interested in the comments.
by Qasim
Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Dangers of Open Carry? or something else
Replies: 9
Views: 1205

Dangers of Open Carry? or something else

From the New York Times, sad article about a Nassau County LEO killed in the line of duty. Officer Geoffrey J. Breitkopf responded in plain clothes and carrying an M4 to the scene of a shooting in Nassau County. Several police officers were already on scene, including at least one from the Metropoli...
by Qasim
Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:11 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: J-Quake
Replies: 801
Views: 40494

Re: J-Quake

WRT an earlier comment: I believe that the overwhelming majority of insurance policies (at least in the US) exclude flood and earthquake damage. Is this true in Japan? Could the reinsurance market be spared as a result? It is estimated more than 50% of households have building insurance and 40% of ...
by Qasim
Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:50 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: J-Quake
Replies: 801
Views: 40494

Re: J-Quake

Thank you everyone that has contributed to this thread; it is quite a resource. TacAir, I'd like to thank you in particular for your good citation of nuclear-related information. Could you offer some source URLs for the very good material you have cited? While we know that the "cloud of death" downw...
by Qasim
Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: J-Quake
Replies: 801
Views: 40494

Re: J-Quake

by Qasim
Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: J-Quake
Replies: 801
Views: 40494

Re: J-Quake

Home video of the quake. Since my AO is not prone to them, I am not up on the latest tradecraft for quake survival, but I am pretty sure it does not include running outside and turning the video camera on the gas tanks from two meters away. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-569437?hpt=C2 Thankfully th...
by Qasim
Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:28 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: You're on Vacation and the Tsunami Siren Goes Off
Replies: 13
Views: 778

Re: You're on Vacation and the Tsunami Siren Goes Off

Apparently, the hotels in Hawaii are designed for this: if you've been there you'll notice the 1st floors of every hotel is open to allow the water to flow through. Vertical evacuation is recommended, unless it is 2012 or a meteor, the buildings should be over engineered enough to stand it. If you h...
by Qasim
Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: A last drink...
Replies: 259
Views: 18051

Re: A last drink...

a nice, big, jammy, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Preferably with a steak. Cakebread or Stag's Leap Artemis would do nicely.

One drink only though. I am assuming if we are going to die, that we will die valiantly.

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