Another Swine Flu Comic

Yeah, so I was bored while I was going to the next job site, and posted to twitter "The most viral thing about #swineflu is it's marketing" and got several retweets as a result, nice. So because I've been working my butt off trying to raise enough money to move to Ontario by the end of next month I haven't had time to update this blog much, but with swine flu still on my mind I did find this for Saturday... Read more [...]
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A really late Mondays Lessons Learned Sept 14th 2009

I sit here tired as a dog, every muscle in my body hurts even those little ones in my fingers. Well maybe it isn't that bad, but I am feeling the effects of not working out every set of body muscles evenly for the last few years. How did this happen? In every majority city of the world there is a an intersection called commonly “Cash Corner”. It is used by illegal immigrants looking for work, or other that want to stay under the radar from big brother. The reason this continues, and has Read more [...]
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Back to Sunday Must Reads

Sorry I missed last week, here’s one to make you think. After you read this short article on the common fruit we find in our baskets, think about all the others we take for granted on our kitchen tables.

Wolfe

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A Late Monday Lessons Learned eating through Preps

Well, as we try to decide what to get rid of, one thing was easy. We are eating our food preps, and there are many things that come to mind that we did wrong. First off, you should be always eating through your preps, rotating the food supply is the best way to make sure you have food stored that you like to eat, and that it doesn't get stored for so long that it spoils. The other that only occurred to me as a result of having almost all the cookbooks packed already was to keep your favorite recipes Read more [...]
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BOB/GOOD/GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 10 – A real world test of urban preparedness

NOTE: The following has been “fictionalized” to protect the guilty. The essence is true, but details have been purposefully changed to prevent identifying the city. While continuing to work on the mental exercise that prompted this series of articles, I had an unplanned opportunity to test some of my presumptions and preparations. As a world traveler, I sometimes end up in cities that may not be the first world's image of an ultra-urban megalopolis, but are densely packed, urban environments Read more [...]
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BOB/GOOD/GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 9 – Fire Extinguishers

This might be a bit of a tangent as I am not advocating carrying a fire extinguisher in the BOB/GOOD/GO bag. Much better to get oneself safely out of harm's way. But I'm such a big proponent of extinguishers being available in all habitable spaces that I'd like to underscore this tangible, insurance policy. And since it is appropriate to put them in your BOV, it does, sort of, make sense to explore the topic here. I have seen too many unnecessary calamities from fire. A fire bottle is no guarantee Read more [...]
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BOB-GOOD-GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment Part 2 – Modular Design

The potential emergencies for the skyscraper dweller includes what most other preppers have listed – hail storms, fire, radioactive release, blackouts, civil unrest, etcetera – just with some twists. Specifically, the impact of the density of human beings, the height of the structures people work, sleep, and play in, and the lack of space to store all the “stuff”. This is what makes survival in the downtown core a little different than in the rural to wild environments. First and foremost, Read more [...]
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Primary Services

As I said before, there is more then one way to improve the world. But it occurs to me, that it might have to be done a little at a time. The problem with that is, some of my ideas depend on the others. And I am sure this is the same for anyone else that has come up with ideas to improve the world. If you want to remove property tax, you have to include a way for primary services to be met. Take schools for example... My wife and I home schooled our kids while we were caravaning on the road Read more [...]
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BOB/GOOD/GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 7 – Cash on Hand; How Much is Enough

When the lights go out, so do the ATM/ABM, credit card point-of-sale, and debit systems. Cash becomes not just king, but the only ticket. How much cash do you keep on you day to day? Enough to get you out of trouble, but also to survive for the days (weeks, months?) that it will take for the infrastructure to return to normal? How much is enough? For the purposes of this series of articles I am going to assert that if she can get to her home, grandparents, or lover's home she will be able to draw Read more [...]
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BOB/GOOD/GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 6 – EDC Lanyard

In the modern, urban world, humans are actually in an unnatural environment. At any moment a person could be plunged into total darkness in a windowless room, or locked into a similar room without convenient means of escape. A human voice can fade into the background of the city noise and quickly loose strength and volume if trying to cry for help. I think it very important to extend the capabilities of the human animal to make up for the lack of night vision, a loud and piercing scream, or strong Read more [...]
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BOB-GOOD-GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 5 – PPE Footwear, Gloves, Goggles, and Headgear

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gear is never a single item. The Flame Retardant (FR) coveralls and Smoke/Fire Escape Hood are a great foundation. But additional PPE is required for success. I am thinking that the minimum, additional PPE would include: Footwear – Unless you are ready to pull a John McClane and walk barefoot over broken glass without stopping (yipee-ki-yea), footwear can easily make or break survival. Especially since most modern, professional women wear heels or sandals Read more [...]
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BOB-GOOD-GO Bag for the Ultra-Urban Environment – Part 4 – Smoke/Fire Escape Hood

If you accept the assertion that the primary or secondary danger most likely to affect the ultra-urbanite is fire, then smoke/fire escape hoods can be worth the investment. With all the modern plastics and other man-made materials and finishes, the primary killer in a structure fire is not the flame itself, but the toxic smoke. Many autopsies show the victims were dead from the smoke (or lack of oxygen) long before the body burned. Smoke/fire hoods can be expensive. At least the ones that have Read more [...]
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