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Month: August 2010

Girl throws puppys into river

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Sometimes you just have to ask yourself, what is wrong with some people. In the video, a young lady that looks like she is in her teens, throws several puppies into a river.

The video has sparked outage on forums and message boards all over the internet.  Members of the popular message board 4chan are trying to figure out who the girl is, and there have already been threats of violence.

Caution the video contains graphic scenes that some people might find disturbing.

The next housing collapse

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Are you ready for the next housing collapse? For several years house flippers and greedy real estate agents have driven up home prices to the point where the average working person can no longer afford to buy. With home sales and prices hitting rock bottom, when sales and prices start to go back up, there are going to be hordes of house flippers itching to get back to “business as usual.”

What I look for – as the home prices start to go back up, house flippers are going to jump in and will try to drive the market up even more. The average wage earner will not be able to afford a house, so prices will have to take a nose dive again.

This cycle will continue until people stop treating homes as a get-rich-quick scheme, and start treating them as a home – a place to raise a family.

Here is an easy test to know if your living in a bloated housing market.
What is the average home price in your area?
What is the average wage of a police officer or a teacher in your area?
If a police officer or teacher were going to buy a house in your area, could they pay the house note with 1 week of their wage? Or will it take the entire monthly wage?

In other words, if a police officer or teacher in your area makes $600 a week, their monthly house note should not be more then $550 – $600.

But instead of using a little logic – like not stretching your finances too thin – people put their financial future at risk by going into massive debt.

For married couples – could one or the other person pay all of the bills? If one person loses their job, will the family be driven into financial ruin?

Lets stop treating houses as a commodity, and start treating them as a home.

10 books written by Presidents

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Last night I received an email from – I subscribe to their emails to keep up-to-date on issues. But after reading their list of 10 books written by presidents – I might have to unsubscribe.

All but 1 – Ulysses S. Grant – are 20th century Presidents. Where are the books written by Monroe, Madison, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington,,,,, people that saw first hand what tyranny was like.

I could really care less about Herbert Hoover – who was President when the great depression started. He really proved his leadership skills when the nation needed him – so “why” would I want to read anything by Hoover?

Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, which shipped jobs to low wage factories in Mexico. I do not care to read a single word written by Clinton.

If that is the best list they can come up with, maybe they need to spend more time in the library.  I’am pretty sure that the Federalist Papers would be a more interesting read then anything on the above list.

The only 2 Presidents that showed any type of leadership skills were Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore Roosevelt. Now their books might be of interest.

Instead of books talking about freedom and fighting tyranny, we have books by presidents that signed free trade agreements, (which shipped millions of jobs overseas) and presidents that have increased our debt to the Federal Reserve.

In other words, we have books by presidents that promote tyranny, instead of how to fight tyranny.

What to take in a bug out situation

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Some missionary goes to the Congo for 6 weeks to preach the salvation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to the natives. As he boards the plane back to the good ole US of A he is not feeling to well. Its just a slight fever, nothing to worry about.

Fast forward 6 weeks, the once unknown airborne virus has wrecked havoc on mankind. With no vaccine and no natural resistance, people are dieing off like the Native Americans did to Small Pox. Which means that entire populations of towns were dieing.

You set your plans into place, but things have not worked out as planned. The daily bicycle ride to the nearest river for water is getting old. The neighbors are running out of food and have turned into beggars. Its time to put your back-up plans into effect; that includes leaving your home, and going to a friends farm.

At the farm there will be seclusion – its miles off the beaten path – there will be water from the well, fresh food out of the garden and fresh meat from the local wildlife. Who knows, there might even be fresh eggs from the chickens. And where there are chickens, there is fried chicken.

Its time to pack up the important things in life and get out of the city. The question is, what do you take?

Some of the stuff is pretty obvious – food, water, clothes, medicine, first aid supplies, sleeping bags, pillows, seeds, can opener, water filters,,,,,,.

Some things are not so obvious – family pictures, letters, bible, books, playing cards, board games, wills and property titles,,,,.

Family pictures – if there is one thing that can not be replaced, its family pictures. Your kids will never be young again, your grandparents will never come back from the grave.

Letters – any hand written letters that retain you family history. Maybe even printed emails from friends and family members.

Bible or any other religious book – for spiritual support.

Books – for education and preservation of knowledge. College grammar books are a good option, as they contain works from a wide variety of authors. Regardless of the situation, the education of children must continue.

Playing cards and board games – helps keep the mind busy and acts as a distraction.

Wills – to make sure that your property gets passed down to who you want it to, its important that everyone have a will. And if you have a will, make sure its signed by a witness upon your signature.

Property titles – ensures that you retain legal ownership of your property. Even during outbreaks of the Black Death in the middle ages, some kind of law and order was maintained.

Post your comments in this forum thread about Forgotten Items.

Trip to the deer lease August 29

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Even though deer season does not start for another 2 months, my daughter and I made a trip to the lease to take a look at the feeders and stands.

The good news, all of the stands were still up. If we get some strong winds – like from a hurricane – sometimes the box stands will blow over. To get them back up, you need either 3 or 4 men, or a tractor with a boom pole on it. The last time I had to stand one of the box stands up, we had 4 men with us.

The bad news, one of the feeders had been knocked over – I guess by wild hogs – and damaged pretty bad. The motor housing has been broke off, and the plastic drum was bent. This feeder will be brought back to the camp and replaced. The legs will be taken off and put on another drum, and the motor replaced.

What happens – the hogs get tired of waiting on the feeder to throw the corn out, or the battery will go dead,,, but either way, the hogs will hit the legs of the feeder until they knock it over.  When the feeder hits the ground, the lid comes off and the corn spills out.  The hogs then feast on the spilled corn.

Another one of the feeders – the motor would not test. Meaning that I held the test button in for a few seconds, let go, and the motor would not spin up.

The last feeder had a bent leg, so it was not filled up with corn. The timber company had been in there cutting some trees and the leg looks like it had been bumped by a machine. Next weekend my kids and I will go back out to the lease and bring 3 pipes with us to replace the legs.

One of the stands had 2 legs pull off of it last deer season. While my daughter and I were out there, we measured the legs. Next weekend we will bring the 2 replacement legs with us. This time, instead of using just nails, I’am going to use some drywall screws as well.

This is not the first time hogs have damaged one of our feeders. Back in August of 2008 hogs knocked one of the feeders over and broke the housing where the leg attached. When the leg broke off, there was a hole in the drum 4 – 5 inches across, which ruined the drum.

Post your comments in this forum thread about feeders damaged by wild hogs.

Looking forward to deer season

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With the summer heat starting to break just a little bit – the past couple of days have been around 91, 92 or 93 degrees, a couple of weeks ago day time temps were in the 97, 98 and 99 range – its time to start looking for deer season.

My daughter and I just got finished eating breakfast, and I’am getting the truck loaded up. Over the past few days I charged 5 or 6 – 6 volt batteries for the feeders. When we leave home, we are going to go by Tractor supply in Jasper, Texas and pick up something like 12 bags of deer corn. We have 6 feeders to check on, and I’am figuring 2 – 50 pound bags just to get the feeders started.

Besides the regular deer stands and feeders, there is a certain creek bottom that I want to setup a ladder stand on. Every year a buck goes through the creek bottom marking its territory. The nearest box stand is about 100 yards away on top of a hill. Instead of moving the box stand, I’am going to setup a ladder stand.

I have an old climbing stand that I could move to the creek, but over the past few years I have been using my climbing stand less and less. In my younger years using the climbing stand was fun to use, and it provided a degree of flexibility that box stands did not. If I wanted to move the climbing stand over 75 yards, it was a 15 minute job. If I wanted to move a box stand – it would take half a day.

One of the nice things about hunting in a big box stand, it provides plenty of room for you to take someone. If you want to take you son, daughter, grandkids,,, having enough room for 2 people is nice.

There does not seem to be enough young people getting into hunting. As more and more of our nations population moves into the urban jungle, fewer and fewer people want to make the drive to the woods. Combine that to more and more hunting land is being sold off to developers. Land that has used to belong to the timber companies and has been hunted for over 100 years, is being enveloped by urban sprawl.

But anyway, its time to load up the truck, and my daughter and I head out to the woods.

Recent survival gear additions

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The summer of 2010 was not only a great summer that will never be forgotten (at least by me anyway), it was also the summer that a lot of new survival gear was added to my inventory.

1. Large MOLLE pack – after much debate, I figured it was time to jump on the MOLLE pack bandwagon. Instead of hauling my large ALICE pack around on camping trips, I have switched to a 4,000 cubic inch Large MOLLE. I miss the outside pockets of the ALICE pack, but that has been fixed by adding a Maxpedition clam pouch and a couple of sustainment pouches. The only thing I need now is an internal radio pouch, and everything will be good to go.

I have a lot of backpacks, but only 3 in the 4,000 cubic range – a Kelty, large ALICE pack and now the new large MOLLE pack.

2. Magellan sleeping pad – after sleeping on the ground for almost 30 years, its about time that I got a sleeping pad. The Magellan sleeping pad I got folds in half, and then rolls up about the size of a cantaloupe.

Back around 1995 or 1996 I bought a rather cheap sleeping pad, but it was big and bulky. Even though I have owned it for 14 – 15 years, its only been on maybe 6 camping trips. I wanted something that was small enough to fit inside my pack folded in half, or outside my pack not folded in half.

3. Eureka solitaire one man tent – my previous one man tent had been a Wenzel starlight biker tent. After using the biker tent for about 15 years, I figured it was time for a new tent – something that is a little more open across the top and breathable in hot weather.

The only problem I have with the Eureka solitaire, its so compact its difficult to move around in, and impossible to sit up in. Even to get a drink of water you have to twist your head around.


Summer is almost over

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As Labor Day approaches, this marks a good time to reflect over the past summer. Overall, the summer of 2010 was a great summer – my dad gave me a boat a few months ago, so a lot of time was spent on the river fishing and camping. My wife and I got to go fishing a couple of times. Being sick for the first 2 weeks in August was no fun, but I’am felling a lot better now – except for a slight residual headache. With all Texas summers, the heat has terrible.

Labor day plans include a bar-b-q with a brisket, maybe some ribs, chicken, sausage, ranch style beans and whatever else I can fit on the grill.

After Labor Day focus is going to shift a little more towards hunting. My kids and I might head out to the deer lease to check the stands and feeders out.

This hunting season there is a certain creek bottom that I want to put a ladder stand up. Every year a buck goes through the creek bottom marking his territory. The stand is on the top of a hill, so I never get to see him. This year is going to be different, I’am planning on setting up at least 1 ladder stand 50 – 75 feet from where that buck makes his marks every year.

There is always “something” that is skipped over during summer, and this year it was taking my son to Lake Sam Rayburn to go fishing. Fishing on the river is nice, but I wanted to launch the boat at Mill Creek Park and go across the lake to Bear Creek and do some bass fishing over there. Maybe we can do that before the cold fronts start moving through and the bad weather sets in?

Some of my new favorite pieces of gear include a large MOLLE pack, and a Vargo Hexagon wood stove from

After some debate, I decided it was time to move away from the medium and large ALICE pack and get with the times. I have seen people on youtube talking about the MOLLE packs, so I decided it was time to get one.

I even made a video comparing 2 different MOLLE packs and a medium ALICE pack.  For the full review, check out this link – MOLLE pack VS ALICE pack.

Overall, I like my new large MOLLE pack, I just wish it had more outside pockets and the internal radio pouch.

After testing the Vargo hexagon wood stove in my yard, I took it on a few camping trips – and it did a great job. Instead of using wood like the stove was designed to use, I used a can of sterno. In about 10 minutes I was able to cook noodles.

Here is a video about the Vargo Hexagon wood stove while I was testing it in my yard.

Labor Day is fast approaching, which means we only have about 1 more month of warm weather to go fishing and camping.

My wife and I have been wanting to go camping at Martin Dies State Park, which is at Dam B, but the weather has been so hot, we would have been miserable. So we are going to wait until the weather cools off just a little bit – maybe until the night time temps drop into the 60s.

We also want to take the kids camping before the weather gets too cold. But here in East Texas, sometimes its still hot all the way into early November.

So summer is not fully over yet, nor is Labor Day the “official” end to my summer plans. Its more like a mile marker saying “whatever you want to do, you better go ahead and get it done.”

As I look back over the summer of 2010, it was a good summer. It was one that will not be forgotten very soon.

What is life

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Its a pretty simple question, what is life? Is it as simple as a heart beat? As long as the heart is beating we have life? Surely there is more to it then that.

Where does love and relationships fall into the picture of life? Without love, friends, family and relationships, is life worth living? Would you “really” want to be stuck on a desert island all by yourself forever? Some people might say “sure, why not?” But after awhile your going to start missing other people.

People are social animals, we like to mix, mingle and herd up into groups. Just look at sports events where 100,000 people might be in a stadium. Look at music concerts where people share a similar interest.

Back in June (2010) my 14 year old daughter called and told me she wanted to spend the summer at her mothers house. Knowing that kids need their room and space, I said ok and acted like nothing was wrong. Regardless of what I showed on the outside, I was heart broken on the inside. To get ready for summer vacation, I had built my daughter a new computer – dual core AMD 245, 2 gigs of pc800 memory, 160 gig SATA drive. It was not exactly top of the line, but it was a lot better then the single core Pentium 4 she was using. I had laid a book on my daughters bed for her to read – “The Raven: a Biography of Sam Houston”. My daughter has always shown interest in our families history, and a little interest in Texas history. And then she had a brand new game on her computer desk to play on her new system. Everything had been laid out of her, and she did not come of the summer. After getting the news she wanted to stay at her moms house, I walked into her bed room, looked around, and felt like crying. The tears were held back, but only for a little while.

My 16 year old son came to my house for the summer – and we had a great time. A few months ago my dad gave me his old aluminum boat. My son were out on the Angelina river fishing, camping, swimming. My nephew, my son and I went on a camping trip in July – the heat was terrible, but the fishing was good. On another fishing trip my son and I spotted some gators, it was the first time my son and seen gators in the wild like that. Having grown up in Bridge City Texas and spending a lot of time on Cow Bayou swimming and hyrdo-sliding, seeing gators was no big deal to me.

So what is life? Its an odd mix of love, heartbreak, relationships, friends, family,,,, and everything else we go through in our daily lives.

Top survival gear items

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Out of all your survival gear items, which 10 are the most important? This list is going to change on your geographical location and any special needs. So consider this food for thought.

1. Home based water filter – an example of this is the Berkey Light or the Royal Berkey. Why is a water filter the first item? Because water is used so much in our daily lives. You do not need to be brushing your teeth with water contaminated with E. Coli, shigella or cryptosporidium.

2. Peanut butter and honey – High calorie food (peanut butter) mixed with honey – which has trace minerals – makes a meal that is difficult to beat. Unlike dried foods, no water is required to cook peanut butter or the honey. After opening, neither one needs to be kept cold. Honey can be stored for years without fear of spoiling and it makes for a good topical anti-biotic.

3. First aid kit – for taking care of wounds and injuries.

4. Way to cook without electricity – Propane is a good option, but its going to run out sooner or later. Solar ovens are a good choice, if you live an area that gets plenty of sun light. Wood burning pits are a good option. Firewood might go into short supply as people run out of ways to cook, but its always going to be around.

5. Water bottles – some way to transport water from a nearby stream to your water filter.

6. Good quality bicycle – after gasoline runs out, you have an way to get around.

7. Good quality boots – if your feet hurt, your not going anywhere.

8. Solar charger – whether its for charging a cell phone or a flashlight, the sun offers unlimited energy, you just have to have a way harness that power.

9. Fishing supplies – give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man how to fish and you feed him for life. If you live close to a lake, stream, pond or river, fishing gear must not be overlooked.

10. Physical and Mental conditioning – Stay sharp and stay fit.

11.  Seed stockpile – a stockpile of seeds to be able to grow a long term survival garden.

12.  Flashlights – stockpile some LED flashlights along with some hand crank flashlights and lanterns.

Post your comments in this forum thread about must have survival gear items.

Maintaining a remote camp

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survivalist camp bug out locationBack around 1980 my parents inherited some land from my grandmother (my dads mom). Shortly after my parents got the land, they moved a 2 bedroom 1 bath trailer house behind my grandmothers house – which had been built around the turn of the 20th century. Mom and dad put a septic system down, setup a water well,,, all the comforts of home, except a home phone. Back in the early 1980 cell phones had not been invented yet. So for maybe 10 years, every time we went to the camp, we lost all contact with the outside world.

I would like to share my past 30 years experience with dealing with camps, and remote locations.

Rodents – This includes mice, rats and squirrels. Not only do they chew holes in the eves of the house, in floors, in the walls, and get into your food stocks, they build nest, piss, and poop everywhere. When you start talking about feces, there is always the chance of diseases.

Squirrels are not too bad about staying in the house, its mostly the mice and rats that like to make themselves at home. What is the difference between a mouse and a rat? About a pound.

If you put rat poison out – sometimes they will get in the walls, die, and start stinking. But for a camp that people do not go to everyday, nobody will be around to smell the stench.

There have been times when I have gone to the camp, and found mice in the toilet – dead.  I’am going to guess they jumped into the toilet to get a drink of water, and could not get back out.

When those mice get hungry, they will start chewing into everything they can.  This includes peanut butter jars made out of plastic, snacks, chips,,,, anything with a plastic container.

Something of interest, I have kept cases of MREs at the camp and rodents have never gotten into them.  Why is it that rodents will chew into a jar of peanut butter, but not an MRE?  Maybe because the MREs are double sealed? Maybe because the MREs do not have the smell of food on them from being handled? I dont know exactly, maybe its a combination of several factors?

Food Stockpile -Sometimes my family and I will go to the camp, bring some chili, canned beans, spam,,,,, with plans to either it that weekend, or eat  it later on.  Well, the canned goods get put in the pantry, forgotten, and expire.  We may keep a couple of weeks worth of food up there, and its rarely rotated out.  So when we go looking for something to eat, a lot of the cans are expired.   This is one of the problems with keeping food stocks at a remote location.  If people only go there a few times a year, the canned goods do not get rotated out.

At least one thing with the rodents, they force us to rotate out some of our food stocks.  Its like the mouse is saying – “this is going to expire soon, so why not eat it before it expires?”  A big chew hole in the side of a plastic jar of peanut butter is a lot more noticeable then a small printed date on the top of the lid.

Every bug out location should have some kind of food stocks, but the problem is keeping the food rotated out.  When you have a remote location that may not be visited but a few times a year, food rotation becomes an issue.  Its not like the dates can be checked every few weeks.

No frozen foods (or very little) are kept at the camp.  There have been times when the freezer stopped working, or the power was out for several days and all of the meat in the freezer spoiled.


Teaching someone to fish

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There is an old saying “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and you will feed him for life.” I think that applies to more then just fishing.

If you give someone a pay check and a grocery store, you will feed hm for a few days.

If you give a man some land, and some seeds, you may feed him for a few weeks or even months.

The difference in the 2 above comparisons, most people pick their lifestyles. Given the choice between feeding themselves, or having someone provide their food for them, most people will pick the easy way out and have someone provide their food. This makes us variable and weak. This makes us sub-servant to others.

For a true survivalist, the idea of being sub-servant (or dependent) is repugnant. We want to stand on our own feet, we want to be independent from grocery stores, we want to know where our next meal is coming from.

When you say to yourself “I need some cucumbers for that salad” – do you think about going to the store and buying your cucumbers, or do you think about growing your own cucumbers?

There is nothing wrong with buying your food. But always keep in the back of your head, that you can stand on your own feet and grow your own food.

Lets say that a disaster happens – whether its some kind of disease outbreak, nuclear war, meteor impact,,, and there were no grocery stores, what would you and your family do for food? I like to call that situation “The Dog Bowl Theory.” This is where people line up at the grocery store, looking at the empty shelves, and wondering how they are going to eat.

People along the Gulf Coast and Atlantic seaboard have seen examples of this kind of situation. When a hurricane is expected to make landfall, wherever the strike zone is located at, people will make a run on the stores – cleaning out the shelves. And its not just in the impact zone, people traveling along the evacuation routes will clean stores out.

Lets take the town that I live in for example – we have 2 grocery stores, a super Wal-mart and a Brookshire Brothers. With a population of 8,000+ people, it would not take long to clean those 2 stores out if the public went into panic buying mode.

Once the food is gone, what then? How many people will be looking for a hand out? How many people will be calling their friends and family asking for food? And how many people will go fishing?

Drinking water in an urban survival situation

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If the water went off tonight, what kind of plans do you have in place? As with everything else in my survival plans, water is broken down into 3 phases – short term, medium term, and long term solution.

Short Term – this is your bottled water. Most people have a couple of cases of bottled water laying around somewhere. On a trip to the grocery store most people might grab a case or two of bottled water to have around for guest or parties.

Some survivalist stockpile water in 35 or 55 gallon drums.

When the water goes out, the bottled and stockpiled water will go first. Its convenient, you just un-screw the top of the bottle and the water is ready to drink. Most people like to take the easy way out, and bottled water is about as easy as it gets.

Medium Term – this is your water filters. This may include your Berkey water filters or some kind of backpacking, lightweight water filter.

Sooner or later, the filter is going to reach its lifespan, and that is it.

Long term – private water well that is safe to drink. This could include water wells on farms, or rural water wells where people do not get city water.

Now that we are past the three layers of water preps, lets move forward.  “Where” exactly do you get water in an urban survival situation?  Lets see, there are – local ponds, streams, creeks, rivers, lakes, rain fall, ditches, bayous,,,,,.

For an example, in the middle of Jasper, Texas (where I live), there is a park with a small pond and creek.  Using my bicycle  I could cycle to the park, use some water bottles to retrieve the water, bring it back home and run it through my Berkey water filter.  Its about 8 miles round trip from my home to the park.

River water – Another example, the Angelina River is just a few miles from my house.  Once again, using my bicycle I could cycle to the river, bring several 32 ounce water bottles, collect the water from the river, cycle back home and then run the water through my Berkey water filter.

Rain water – once those 55 gallon drums run out of water, they could be positioned under the down spout of a rain gutter.  But this only works if you live in an area that gets rain fall.  If you do not have any 55 gallon drums, some 5 gallon buckets should work just as good.  If nothing else, refill those water bottles that were used when the event first started.

Waterborne diseases – As sewers fill up and start to back up, people will start doing their “business” outside.  The problem here, is when an area receives rain fall, the sewage can be washed off the soil and into the local rivers, steams, ponds,,,, any kind of surface water.  If water can stand around the pipe going into a well, there is a chance that contaminated water can get into the well.  That is why its recommended that a cement step be built around the pipe of a well.

Possible diseases include:
E. Coli
Legionellosis – Legionnaires disease and Pontiac fever
Salmonellosis – Salmonella (mostly foodborne)
Typhoid fever
Hepatitis A – food and waterborne
only to name a few.

In my opinion, the ideal situation would be to have a water well with some kind of solar water pump on it, or at least a hand operated water pump.  In a worse case situation, having a well and a hand powered pump is better then nothing.

One of the big differences between urban and rural water plans, would probably be that a lot of people in rural areas already have some kind of water well in place. Whether its to water the cows, horses or other livestock, or as their main water source, a lot of people who live in rural areas have access to some kind of water well. From there, its just a matter of getting the water out of the well with no electricity.

I would like to hear some input on this topic. What are your safe drinking water plans in some kind of long term survival situation? Do you have a water well already in place? Do you have a rain water collection system already in place? Do you have any creeks, streams, ponds or lakes nearby that your planning on filtering the water from?

Post your comments in this thread about drinking water in an long term urban survival situation.

2 Weeks in Hell on the Discovery Channel

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Yesterday afternoon after my wife and I got from from a trip to Beaumont Texas, I turned on the Discovery Channel and there was a show on called “2 Weeks in Hell.” The program documents a 2 week test for candidates trying to get into the Special Forces school.

I would like to state that not joining the military is one of the big regrets of my life. Instead of joining the Army, I got married, went to work and had some kids. If I could do it all over again, I would probably serve my nation first, and my own interest second.

At the start of the program, the men the men were put into “The Pit” – where they worked together in teams to lift a log that weighed close to 1,000 pounds. After a few hours of physical training (PT), the candidates were vomiting, suffering injuries, and dropping out right and left – and this is just the first morning of the first day.

After watching the first 15 – 30 minutes, I had to question my own physical fitness. Staying in physical shape while sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day is not impossible, its just going to be difficult.

One of the mental test was a nighttime navigation course. Candidates had to navigate through the woods at night – with no light – and they could not follow roads. For people who were raised in the city, and never been in the woods at night, this must have been a pretty bad situation. Every sound in the woods at night brings up a primal fear that “something” might be out there. For people that have spent a lot of time in the woods at night, they probably would have been more at home.

The teamwork projects show how well people can work together under stress. Do they come together like a jigsaw puzzle, or do they look like a map that has been run through a shredder.

After watching 2 Weeks in Hell, you have to question everything about your lifestyle – everything from your level of physical fitness, to your metal conditioning.

Top 6 diseases post STHF

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There is a thread going on over at the forum – Post-Disaster Disease Management. During the discussion, the thread was kinda derailed into a discussion on Tuberculosis (TB), Whooping Cough, and other diseases. While looking for some information on the most common diseases, I found a page on the World Health Organization website – Six diseases cause 90% of infectious disease deaths.

From the WHO site:

Diarrhoea (Diarrhea)
Tuberculosis (TB)

Some of the diseases that I expected to see were not listed, such as Whooping Cough, Small Pox, Plague, and water borne diseases. After all, the Plague has killed more then its fair share of the human population over the past 1,000 years. Instead of listing all of the water borne diseases separately, I’am going to guess they were grouped together and listed as Diarrhoea.

On the topic of Tuberculosis (TB) – the WHO says that “nearly two billion people – one-third of the world’s population – have latent TB infection.” When the person becomes sick, and their immune system becomes weak, the TB infection can break out.

The question is, have you reviewed your infection control plans? Do you have N95 facemask (or something similar), do you have non-sterile surgical gloves, do you have hand sanitizer.

For you metal workers out there – the face shield you use for grinding can also be used as s face shield for taking care of infected patients. The face shield provides full face protection from cough droplets and vomit projectiles – be sure to wear safety glasses and an N95 behind the face shield.

Diarrhoea (Diarrhea) – according to the WHO website, Diarrhoea kills around two million children every year.

With the topic of Diarrhea in mind, have you reviewed your water filtration and water purification plans?

Post your thoughts on this topic in the forum thread about Post-Disaster Disease Management.

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