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by mad scientist
Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:01 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Whats your favorite sleeping pad?
Replies: 24
Views: 1691

Re: Whats your favorite sleeping pad?

I have an older version of the Thermarest Trail Pro I've been using for the past few years. The thing has been great. The only downside was the price. I paid over $150 for it at my favorite local store (I see they're less on Amazon right now). So, with that much money invested in what's basically a ...
by mad scientist
Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Food wars 2050?
Replies: 55
Views: 3077

Re: Food wars 2050?

I think one major thing these Malthusian claims always neglect are the negative feedback loops/ incredible amount of waste in our current system. I work in power plants, oil refineries, and chemical plants and I can say with complete certainty that these facilities in the US could reduce their elect...
by mad scientist
Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:43 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Mena
Replies: 258
Views: 24857

Re: Mena

Awesome story!!
by mad scientist
Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: A man and his Moose. (Apocalypse, not zombie related)
Replies: 49
Views: 12733

Re: A man and his Moose. (Apocalypse, not zombie related)

This is not what I was expecting. But it is amazing! Keep up the good work, I'm really enjoying it.
by mad scientist
Tue May 21, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Signs of a return to "normal" prices?
Replies: 254
Views: 19154

Re: Signs of a return to "normal" prices?

The animosity towards "gougers" has never made sense to me. Basic supply and demand shows why prices (temporarily) rise when there's either an increase in demand or a decrease in supply. And an Econ 101 course will tell you why allowing prices to adjust is a good thing: because if prices are held to...
by mad scientist
Fri May 17, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Bug Out Gear Deals (Post 'em when you find 'em) I
Replies: 6533
Views: 984504

Re: Bug Out Gear Deals (Post 'em when you find 'em) I

I've used basic Coleman dome tents for years. I've always found them to be cheap and basic, but incredibly easy to set up and very rugged. Walmart (and most other big box sporting goods stores) carry them.

Something like this: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-Dome-Tent/23374749
by mad scientist
Tue May 14, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Cyber Sabotage Risk to Power Facilities
Replies: 35
Views: 2500

Re: Cyber Sabotage Risk to Power Facilities

I design and install these systems for a living, and I'm conflicted on how much of a problem this could be. On the one hand, there are huge vulnerabilities to cyber attack. This is mostly because all of the crap that the IT security guys want us to do is over the top annoying and would make the plan...
by mad scientist
Fri May 10, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4320
Views: 228510

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

Second Point. Power and wealth has historically been concentrated in few hands. The hands were emperors, kings, clergy and so forth. It is a fallacy that the so called concentration of wealth is new event. It is not new. We simply keep and publish more and better data on it. Never said it wasn't. T...
by mad scientist
Fri May 10, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Fertilizer Plant Explosion Waco Tx
Replies: 81
Views: 6158

Re: Fertilizer Plant Explosion Waco Tx

Newish information on the blast... Possibly. A paramedic that was one of the first responders to the fire/blast in Texas was arrested for having pipe bomb making materials in his apartment. Now that being said officials have not linked the paramedic to the actual blast. Heres a link with basically ...
by mad scientist
Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:10 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Bank Run in Cyprus: Who's Next?
Replies: 447
Views: 15989

Re: Bank Run in Cyprus: Who's Next?

shooterm wrote:...The people of Iceland certainly didnt turn in flesh eating cannibals.
yet.
by mad scientist
Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Signs of a return to "normal" prices?
Replies: 254
Views: 19154

Re: Signs of a return to "normal" prices?

I'm noticing some slight improvement in ammo, magazine, and rifle inventory locally. Hopefully things will get back to decent, if not normal, in short order.
by mad scientist
Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Cost of .22 in your area
Replies: 116
Views: 11308

Re: Cost of .22 in your area

All the Walmarts in my area have 22LR. I picked up a 525 box for $18 earlier today. There were several other boxes in the case.

Maybe supply is starting to catch up?
by mad scientist
Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Fertilizer Plant Explosion Waco Tx
Replies: 81
Views: 6158

Re: Fertilizer Plant Explosion Waco Tx

Wow, thats insane. And tragic.
by mad scientist
Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: Other Weapons
Topic: Separating Oreos Like a Boss
Replies: 22
Views: 1720

Re: Separating Oreos Like a Boss

Dude. That's an awesome contraption. I'm not surprised that its a popular video.
by mad scientist
Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Bank Run in Cyprus: Who's Next?
Replies: 447
Views: 15989

Re: Bank Run in Cyprus: Who's Next?

I agree. Under almost any scenario, its worth getting the maximum matching funds that your company offers. This doesn't mean you should necessarily leave your money in that investment forever (or even long-term), but you should always try to maximize your immediate, guaranteed rate of return!
by mad scientist
Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Advice for Small Dwelling
Replies: 48
Views: 3981

Re: Advice for Small Dwelling

Wow! That's an amazing looking cabin! Moor details plz...
by mad scientist
Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Bank Run in Cyprus: Who's Next?
Replies: 447
Views: 15989

Re: Bank Run in Cyprus: Who's Next?

Taxation, especially large sudden increases in taxation, are very unpopular. That's bad for politicians. So, if given a choice, most leaders will instead print new money to cover their expenses. While this debases the currency and eventually robs savers just like a tax, its not so direct and many pe...
by mad scientist
Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: I want a treadmill, I am ignorant of treadmills
Replies: 46
Views: 1601

Re: I want a treadmill, I am ignorant of treadmills

When I wanted a treadmill, I spent way too much time researching it and eventually settled on the"Smooth Fitness" brand treadmill as the best compromise between performance and price. Ive used it for years now with no problems. I'm a ~200lb dude, but a good friend of mine in the ~300lb range has als...
by mad scientist
Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Peak Jobs?
Replies: 23
Views: 2259

Re: Peak Jobs?

This idea of machines taking the jobs of men, and leading to a permanent underclass with no ability to find employment is really old. And has been consistently proven to be incorrect. The reason, as Raptor said, is that we always want more. We humans will always be willing to pay someone who can per...
by mad scientist
Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:41 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon
Replies: 4320
Views: 228510

Re: Global Debt Time Bomb explodes soon

Anyone find it ironic that a thread called, "Global Debt Bomb explodes soon", was started over 3 years ago ( Original Post #1 Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:03 pm ) and is still popular? I should start a thread about wolves and crying. Someone could make a pretty convincing argument that the"global debt time b...
by mad scientist
Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Building your own magazines
Replies: 83
Views: 5153

Re: Building your own magazines

It's actually quite easy to build factory quality springs if you have the tools and the patience. (I don't, but I've seen it done)
by mad scientist
Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:57 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: Building your own magazines
Replies: 83
Views: 5153

Re: Building your own magazines

So, has anyone built a decent quality steel magazine at home, or have a website showing it being done? If a guy can built an AK out of a shovel, I assume there are plenty of people with the skill to build a magazine. I understand its easier and cheaper to just buy one, but that doesn't stop machinis...
by mad scientist
Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Surplus Concrete Buildings for Sale
Replies: 4
Views: 1773

Re: Surplus Concrete Buildings for Sale

Very interesting idea. Thanks for the link!
by mad scientist
Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Fled Into the Taiga in 1936
Replies: 19
Views: 5612

Re: Fled Into the Taiga in 1936

This is an amazing story. It really put some survival prep items in context for me. For example, this family lugged two large, heavy pieces of gear with them all the way out into the wilderness: a spinning wheel and a loom. These are two preps I've never even considered. Or knew how they worked. Als...

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