Friday, February 27, 2015

Crime and private patrols

Another wealthier Seattle neighborhood considers private patrols to
combat large increases in crime.

It reminds me of what you've written about Argentina. It just seems to
be happening at a slow but steady pace here in the greater Seattle

Hello A,
More poverty, more crime, and the same solutions that were implemented in the third world are now taking place in America. Even the fee sounds familiar. Around 20USd a month sounds pretty reasonable.
This is yet another great example of this grey area I always make reference to, the difference between fantasy and reality. In the fantasy world WROL spreads after whatever disaster and brave survivors fight for the scarce resources left in some romanticized post-apocalyptic world. The real world is far less melodramatic. No raiders, no looter refuges, just crime, ordinary, daily, slow grinding crime and on the meantime you still have to show up to work to pay the bills and send kids to school. There’s no neighborhood patrols and no final epic battle with the final boss, leader of the raiders and looters. There’s just years of having to deal with constant crime and theft which unfortunately doesn’t end with the slaying of some boss like it happens in movies and videogames.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NanoLite: Smallest flashlight in the World?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Food 15 Years past expiration date still OK

Pulled out a #10 can of Idahoan potato flakes from our year 2000 stocking days, it was dated with an expiration of 1999. Before even looking around the web for the real shelf life of these cans I opened one (seal still good), did the visual test, the smell test even ate a few flakes, they seemed fine. Cooked up a batch and they tasted like fresh bought. Granted they have been stored at a dry, cold and dark 55 deg temp. But one should never assume that is enough. I know there are a lot of potato flake packaged products out there that include an oxygen absorber in the can, they will go 30 plus years. This original Idahoan can had no oxygen absorber included but obviously was prepared and packaged right and is just fine. After reading your comment, “I like this stuff a lot. It stores almost indefinitely as long as it’s kept dry.” I just wish to confirm that good advice. Good luck with this site and the future.

Hey JM, thanks a lot for sharing your experience. Potato flakes are one of the foods that store best. Kept dry and sealed away from bugs they practically last forever. Keep in mind that the ancient Incas would just stomp on them, crush them flat and leave them to dry on the windy Andes mountains for a few days before storing for years. This process is known as Chuño and it is still used today.
Potatoes may not be the most nutritious food but combined with other staples and vitamins it will keep you alive and going. I happen to like mash potatoes and we do eat them somewhat often.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Early Exposure to Nuts reduces Allergies

Eat them when pregnant and expose your kids to them from an early age seems to be the way to go. In doing so, a child is ten times less likely to become allergic to nuts.

The study followed hundreds of children from the time they showed a slight sensitivity to peanuts -- between 6 and 11 months old -- until they were 5 years old. Those who avoided peanuts were more likely to develop full-blown peanut allergies than those who didn't, according to the study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Only 1.9 percent of those who were exposed to peanuts early developed the allergies compared with 13.7 of those who developed allergies after avoiding peanuts, the study showed.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Survival Kit Tip

A couple years ago I put together a few survival kits (no, I don’t have any left). I included a piece of saw with some duct tape wrapped around one end so as to use it as a handle and to keep some tape available in the kit. The hacksaw blade can be used as a firesteel striker and the saw can be used to cut metal. A few days ago I had to cut through an old lock and decided to try using the saw in my kit to see how well it worked in real life conditions. It did take a few minutes but it did cut through the lock.

This is a simple tip for when putting together small survival kits such as altoids and other tin kits. You can also sharpen the other side so as to use it as a knife. A wharncliffe style tip can be grind into it, well suited for detail cutting.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.