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by Close_enough
Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Getting stopped at border (please try to avoid politics)
Replies: 38
Views: 5245

Re: Getting stopped at border (please try to avoid politics)

First: There's a border search exemption to the 4th(?) amendment the removes the "probable cause or warrant" needed for search and seizure. So, there's no legal recourse to prevent you from being compelled to unlock or surrender your devices. Even if you are a US citizen. IANAL, but wiping a phone a...
by Close_enough
Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Life under siege (Avdiivka, Ukraine)
Replies: 8
Views: 1200

Re: Life under siege (Avdiivka, Ukraine)

War sucks. The more civilized the country the harder the fall. A lot of portable wealth and alt passports are about all you can do to prep for one. I agree. Accounts already set up in other countries, also. I'm sure that there are other things too. There was a Youtube video from somebody who had to...
by Close_enough
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Espirito Santo, Brazil
Replies: 33
Views: 3563

Re: Espirito Santo, Brazil

Those police are going to have a rough time re-entering the community. I imagine that the police could not pay their rent, the propane bill or buy groceries so maybe the community could have picketed the government and help the police to get paid before the strike happened. Is the Brazilian governm...
by Close_enough
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Espirito Santo, Brazil
Replies: 33
Views: 3563

Re: Espirito Santo, Brazil

Loquinho wrote: The speed at which the breakdown of order occurred is amazing.
I concur. I always thought that there would be a couple days of cultural inertia before things went bad. But, I don't know how desperate or tense things were prior to the strike (remember the '92 Los Angeles riots?).
by Close_enough
Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: No Guns here
Replies: 68
Views: 11951

Re: No Guns here

can you just buy a decent bow? A bow is a superior weapon, and we discussed it earlier in the thread with the overall consensus being a modern bow/crossbow made a good alternative to a gun. The main advantage of a slingbow/slingshot is it's smaller, lighter, and a lot cheaper then a bow. It makes f...
by Close_enough
Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Sometimes you can do nothing
Replies: 13
Views: 5011

Re: Sometimes you can do nothing

About the only other thing I can think of is going up to the road and flagging down the ambulance. Aside from that, everything else you did was textbook perfect.
by Close_enough
Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: No Guns here
Replies: 68
Views: 11951

Re: No Guns here

I'm not so sure of the tourniquet made of elastic bands. IME they degrade over time. There must be a better solution. The rubber will degrade over time. You can extend the life of the rubber by putting in a light-proof bag in the bag of the refrigerator, or you can just replace the band stock on a ...
by Close_enough
Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Is Height/Build important for Survival?
Replies: 61
Views: 8524

Re: Is Height/Build important for Survival?

Tall/shot, ecto/endomorph, fair/swarthy is heavily dependent on the local environment. A 6'5" endomorph is probably going to handle the snow better then a 5'2" ectomorph. But switch it out for a hot, resource scarce environment, and calculus flips. Overall, if I had to pick a one for all build, it w...
by Close_enough
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Suggestions for evacuating with cats? Difficulty: no car.
Replies: 49
Views: 17456

Re: Suggestions for evacuating with cats? Difficulty: no car

grennels wrote: Schrödinger's cat
You may consider your shins as having been kicked.....
by Close_enough
Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Turning a briefcase into a suspender pack
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Re: Turning a briefcase into a suspender pack

reppans wrote:Something like this?

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I was thinking about adding strap anchors to the bottom edge instead of the upper outside corners, but yeah.. That's the idea.
by Close_enough
Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Suggestions for evacuating with cats? Difficulty: no car.
Replies: 49
Views: 17456

Re: Suggestions for evacuating with cats? Difficulty: no car

Why not just buy a cheap beater car that you only use on your days off, but can double as your get out of town transport, not just for SHTF, but for day trips, traveling, etc.? I am unfamiliar with urban living, but I understand not having a car if everything you need is in walking distance/public ...
by Close_enough
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:42 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: preppers choice for Antibiotics?
Replies: 51
Views: 9507

Re: preppers choice for Antibiotics?

Odd that he would give you prescrption antibiotics when no symptoms were present to warrant their use. As I understand it, carrying your own antibiotics, syringes, and other medical paraphernalia is not uncommon for people who will be visiting developing countries or areas with suspect medical stan...
by Close_enough
Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Turning a briefcase into a suspender pack
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Turning a briefcase into a suspender pack

I'm just throwing out an idea to see if it's realistic. The "Business appropriate EDC/GHB bag" thread got me started thinking about it. What about sewing attachment points onto a business style messenger bag, briefcase, or portfolio to allow it to be worn as a suspender pack? Four D-rings around the...
by Close_enough
Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: 50 years later in the Zpaw what will you choose
Replies: 45
Views: 3622

Re: 50 years later in the Zpaw what will you choose

I'd would grab ammo for the guns I already have, that I know are 100% functional vs guns that would mostly be 100years old or older and in questionable condition, the powder may be in pretty poor shape as well after that long. The condition of the powder the reasons I avoided the last category. Bla...
by Close_enough
Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: 50 years later in the Zpaw what will you choose
Replies: 45
Views: 3622

Re: 50 years later in the Zpaw what will you choose

Bolt rifle. Most bang per expended cartridge, and longest standoff distance.
by Close_enough
Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: No Guns here
Replies: 68
Views: 11951

Re: No Guns here

If an actual gun is not allowed could what about a paintball gun and marbles or metal balls or a nail gun. I can't imagine the authorities looking too kindly on weaponized recreational items or tools. If you're that desperate, most adult slingshots (i.e. pocket predator, rambone, etc), and almost a...
by Close_enough
Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: 5 dead, 8 injured in shooting at Ft Lauderdale Airport
Replies: 6
Views: 1231

Re: 5 dead, 8 injured in shooting at Ft Lauderdale Airport

CNN is reporting 5 dead and 13 wounded now. NBC news has a witness account. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/gunman-opens-fire-fort-lauderdale-airport-killing-1-n704001 "At first we thought it was firecrackers," said witness Mark Lea, 53. "Everyone started screaming and running." Lea said the sho...
by Close_enough
Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Observing your surroundings
Replies: 11
Views: 4918

Re: Observing your surroundings

That sounds grim. Living in the third world gives you a special kind of situation awareness that soem may describe as paranoia. Some sounds and situations, well, your gut just starts to sense them. Seen too many shootings and robberies already. Nevertheles, you still see stupid people on their cell...
by Close_enough
Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Urban Skillz
Topic: Millennials lack basic survival skills
Replies: 23
Views: 5267

Re: Millennials lack basic survival skills

Just like the silly Heinlein quote that won't die, the bias towards generalization (of skills) puts you at a pretty big disadvantage in todays world, if you want to be on the cutting edge of nearly any industry there isn't a ton of room for a bunch of wilderness specific hobbies that you may or may...
by Close_enough
Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: Observing your surroundings
Replies: 11
Views: 4918

Re: Observing your surroundings

Yeah having to draw down on someone in a very busy parking lot is no fun. Luckily they didn't want to chance it and we didn't get squirrelly and do something stupid. I can very close to ending up in the middle of one. I walked out of the Food4Less store to notice 8 or 9 officers hugging cover with ...
by Close_enough
Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:31 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Looking for a business appropriate EDC/GHB bag.
Replies: 16
Views: 2631

Re: Looking for a business appropriate EDC/GHB bag.

Laptop backpacks are almost as ubiquitous as laptop portfolios . About 20-30 liters seems to be the most common size. Tumi, Briggs and Riley, or Victorinox if you're fashion conscious. Swiss Gear, Samsonite, Targus, or Case Logic for function that won't stand out.
by Close_enough
Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Tying up nutso passenger on flight
Replies: 25
Views: 3178

Re: Tying up nutso passenger on flight

A couple of things to bear in mind. A seat belt is a great restrain. Airline seat belts can be secured closed by using a small cord to the tie down the latch which has to lift up to open. Tie that down and honk the belt tight and he/she is not going anywhere. That said they can spit and flail their...
by Close_enough
Thu Dec 22, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Tying up nutso passenger on flight
Replies: 25
Views: 3178

Re: Tying up nutso passenger on flight

A derp moment: I forgot about my copy of Fairbairn's "Get Tough". Illustrations 94-105 detail how to tie up a prisoner using a modified highwayman's hitch . Hands behind the back. Tie the hitch around one wrist and throw the second bight over the opposite wrist. Pull tight and double half hitch (cl...
by Close_enough
Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:01 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: Tying up nutso passenger on flight
Replies: 25
Views: 3178

Re: Tying up nutso passenger on flight

I can knock out boatswain's cuffs pretty quick with para-cord, and they work MUCH better then than Handcuff knot from ABoK. Its my understanding that one (ABoK 1134) was used more for dragging someone unconscious than actual restraint. Boatswains cuffs employ prusik knot(s) to tighten and hold. If ...

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