Wolfe's Blog

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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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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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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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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As far as I can tell, the number one threat facing the modern megalopolis, skyscraper dweller (either primarily or as a secondary concern) is fire. Train derailment sparking a conflagration. Civil unrest (or professional football/baseball/hockey game fan rejoicing) is often highlighted with fires. An underground power station transformer blows setting the cooling oil on fire. A jack-knifed, suicide jockey pulling a tandem for the downtown gas station gets punctured and goes up in flames. A meteorite Read more [...]
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Many can't/won't live in a small village or isolated retreat. The overwhelming majority of modern, first world nations, live in cities with buildings taller than any fire truck ladder. How about a BOB/GOOD/GO bag for the modern office worker and downtown megalopolis, skyscrape dweller? Just as there are different considerations when living out on the edge of the wild, there are unique concerns in the big city. It is a trade off. I don't think I need to worry about a grizzly roaming around the Read more [...]
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I recently read a book by Shane Claiborne titled “The Irresistible Revolution”, and I must admit that the type of Christianity that Shane describes in his book is the type I was desperately searching for in my youth. Christmas is a special time of traditions in our house, it is a time to invite friends, and family over for dinner, to enjoy each others company and reflect on the past year. We often hook up some kind of video over the internet to connect to family back east, and spend the day Read more [...]
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What ever the amount of cash on hand, it is probably a good thing to have smaller denominations instead of large ones. I'd rather have a wallet with 100 five dollar bills than five 100 dollar bills. During a time of crises when banks may be temporarily shuttered, those stores that are still open may not be able to make change. I'd rather pay $5 for a bottle of water instead of $100 because no one has change. This can be taken to extremes. I would not like to carry all the cash in pennies, from Read more [...]
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My Book Wish List – Fiction Books (EOTW)
Fiction Books: (EOTW)Like I mentioned before I am seeking some fiction books, recommendation are welcome, however the scope of fiction that I am looking for is rather narrow. I would be interested in fiction that is a possible scenario for the end of the world, end of civilization, and the fall of our ‘modern’ way of life. Not books which have as it’s main plot as something which cannot be are less interesting to me. Examples would include “Farnham’s freehold” by Robert A. Heinlein, Read more [...]
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No good deed goes unpunished
So I went down to the bookstore today to find myself a copy of “On the beach” by Nevil Shute, but Robert didn’t have any left, so I picked up a copy of “The Rest of The Robots” by Asimov instead. Robert added the other to my growing list. Stopped to have a coffee on the way back home at the local coffee shop, and read the newspaper. The bad coffee was my first mistake, reading my horror scope was my second. It said … “No good deed goes unpunished”. I should have know Read more [...]
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The best encryption code is a 'one time pad'. It simply cannot be cracked. The practical problem of it is passing of the pad. It has to be done in complete secrecy or it is useless. That is the primary reason that public key based systems like PGP and GPG are so common, there are two keys, one public and the other private. The level of encryption is high enough to meet almost everyone's need. . There is one flaw that is never talked about with encryption methods currently being used on the Read more [...]
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