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Bug-out backpack recommendations, vacuum sealers

In the comments section on bug-out bag contents, several posters insisted that a backpack — not a suitcase or a rolling cart or a plastic tub — was absolutely essential equipment. While I’m not 1000 percent persuaded that absolutely everybody must have a backpack (and I don’t think anybody should allow lack of a backpack to stop them from assembling a kit), I can definitely see the point. Commenter Adam Selene posed a question: “For those of you who advocate for backpacks, can you suggest any actual brands and models?” I think it’s worth bringing that question up more visibly.…

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The trouble with advice, pink guns, thank you, and other stuff

The trouble with advice … is that when you ask for it, people give it! I mean, that’s the good thing about advice, too. But it goes both ways. On Tuesday when I asked for tips on what to add to my reconstituted grab-and-go kit (which sounds so much more respectable than a bug-out bag), you were your usual generous and informative selves. You helped me and potentially helped hundreds or thousands of strangers who might google upon that blog entry one day. Of course, you also twisted my brain into a pretzel and will probably scare the heck out…

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Rethinking a bug-out bag

Yesterday I wrote about why I’m re-creating my bug-out bag. it needs to be renewed for a scenario I’ve never faced before. Today I promised I’d list the “ingredients” in the bag and welcome your suggestions. You’ve already made some good ones in the comments to yesterday’s blog. While putting together the new kit, I poked around online to refine my ideas. One thing that struck me immediately is that there is no “right” bug-out bag or grab-and-go kit. Some are geared toward hardcore outdoor survival. Others seem more geared to getting you adjusted to conditions in a shelter. Yet…

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Monday miscellany

I was always skeptical about Liberty Dollars. But counterfeiting? Terrorism? That’s insane. Kent McManigal has a fervent rant on the guilty verdict against Bernard von Nothaus. (Tip o’ hat to Rational Review News.) OMG. All the embarrassing coincidences! As with nearly everything else, attitude turns out to be more important than tools when it comes to saving energy. Obama is a war monger as well as a war mongering criminal. And a liar. But you knew that. Nothing new here. But if the Nobel Peace Prize committee had any shame (which they don’t and never have), they’d be voting on…

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Rethinking a bug-out

I spent most of this weekend updating my emergency preparations, with an eye especially to earthquake and tsunami preparedness. Like most of you, I’ve always had a bug-out bag — a grab-and-go kit — around the house. But I realized as I worked yesterday that I never took those kits completely seriously. Thing is, I didn’t believe I’d need to bug out. Until now, I’ve mostly lived in the sort of places other people would bug out to. Cabin Sweet Cabin was high on a hill outside of a small town (and was probably the most earthquake-safe structure in the…

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Faux tiling — all done

A couple weekends ago I blogged about starting a faux tiling job on the sun porch of my new-old house. All done now. 🙂 Here’s the room with the finished floor: Here’s the photo my friend took before I bought the house. Nice difference, eh? The sellers, who kept tropical birds, left that bird cage, so I “funkified” it a bit and used it. Now I’m on a thrift-store hunt for a large stuffed parrot or cockatoo to live inside. Except for the rug in the foreground and the peacock feathers (which came from the local farmers’ market), everything in…

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Okay, Chicken Little. But …

It would take most readers of this blog about 10 seconds to spot 10 egregious problems with this so-called news item. It’s unthinking, uncritical, hysterical newscasting at its worst. But once we’ve gotten that out of the way … However irresponsible it may be to report without fact-checking that “supermoons” and fish kills mean an earthquake is going to hit the West Coast in the next week, why not use this moment to our benefit? If we live on the West Coast we know we’re going to get an earthquake — a giant one — sometime. Some people are betting…

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Close enough to bucolic

I might not live in the backwoods any more. But close enough: I took this photo yesterday morning through my sun porch window. Horses walking down the street isn’t exactly an everyday sight here. But the critter in front lives on a muddy half acre about six blocks away. He’s a friendly old guy. Always comes over to the gate to say howdy, so the dogs and I are well-acquainted with him from our walks. I wasn’t the only one who grabbed a camera. A few minutes later, a neighbor mom came running out with her toddler and snapped a…

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Friday miscellany

Wow. Have you seen that video of the kid finally striking back against a tormentor? here and here are a couple of follow-ups. Apparently there was no injury, though you’d swear the little bully would have gotten a broken leg out of it. Sucks that the victim got the same punishment as his tormentor. Washington wrecks your washing machine. SecurID. You may have one. Careful. Turns out not to be so secure. Via The Agitator: Resilent Japan. But as the author, Jesse Walker, is quick to say, it’s not just the Japanese who respond well in the midst of catastrophe.…

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