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  Boot lace and PVC pipe nunchucks
Posted by: ghost - 02-21-2018, 02:13 AM - Forum: DIY - Replies (2)

Easy to make weapon.


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Posted by: bmyers - 02-20-2018, 06:28 PM - Forum: Good for a Laugh - Replies (1)

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  Billionaire Preppers
Posted by: mac66 - 02-19-2018, 08:02 PM - Forum: General Discussion - No Replies

Kind of a wanky tabloid story but interesting.

If I was a billionaire I would certainly have more than one remote BOL and more than one means to get there. 


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  Pur Voyager Water filter
Posted by: mac66 - 02-18-2018, 06:08 PM - Forum: Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting & trapping - Replies (3)

Was digging around in my sports closet and ran across my old Pur Voyager water filter.  It is a pump style filter.   This particular one was probably only used a couple times in the the 1990s.    From what I understand it is now made as the Katadyn Hiker and filters and parts are available from Katadyn. 

I was looking to get a filter to take on our backpacking trip to Peru next fall but since I have this one I don't think I am going to buy a new one.  

Now I am debating whether to replace the  internal filter ($41) or just use the one that's in it. I took it out and it not only looks new but still smells of bleach which is used to sanitize it when stored.   The rubber hoses are yellowed and look kind of grotey but otherwise it is in excellent shape.  I will probably replace the hoses but leave the filter.

On the other hand, buying an extra filter couldn't hurt.

What says the hive?  Keep as is or replace the filter?

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  Shots/flues and related matters
Posted by: bdcochran - 02-16-2018, 07:29 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (6)

My older sister is a tenured epidemiologist at a major university.
I don't know how she got interested.  My interest  stems from my grandfather dying of the Spanish flu and leaving a one year old baby.  So I have researched and researched for years and relate what I have learned.

Flues and flu shots.  Normally about 60% effective in a good year.  3-5 of the latest strains contained within the shot.  This year only 40% effective.  25% effective against the worst virus.  Many people will contract a flu and show only minor symptoms.

1918 pandemic.  Only one island was not hit with it.  Older people fared well because there had been a similar epidemic in the 1870s and they now had immunity.  Philadelphia was burying 1000 people a day.

Flu waves - generally over 3 years.  Takes 6 months to develop a shot, absent mutations, should be a good flu shot  with a year after the first strike.

General shots.  Not too much is actually know about long term effectiveness.  When I was a kid, kids were deliberately exposed to all three kinds of measles, the mumps, chicken pox to obtain some immunity.  However, what you know as shingles is actually chicken pox that was kept in the body until older age and then it re-emerges.  So, get the shingles shot.

Pneumonia shots.  A lot of people who are hospitalized are actually killed by what is called pneumonia.  Nearly impossible to eliminate from hospitals.  Two kinds of shots are available.  Get them.

Hepatitis.  There was a time when dentists all got various kinds because hey worked with bare hands.  Get the H A B and C series. 

Lockjaw.  I think it was Emerson's brother who died of it.  Get the shot.

Unfortunately, there aren't effective shots that you can get for the most familiar water borne diseases.

I relate a few other things.  There is some information about the "effectiveness of shots" which is usually ignored in the press.  The routine shots are not always effective.  However, when everyone has received a shot, the potential pool of germ carriers is reduced.  Hence, scientists have not been able to distinguish between that effect and the effectiveness of just one shot or the timing of multiple shots in a series.  Put aside religious opinions, this is fact.  This is why there are outbreaks and some affected people had the recommended shot.  When exemptions are given for kids not to have shots and parents take advantage of it, the pool of potential carriers is increased.

I don't say that scientists are always right.  I remember in the early 1950s that shots were given over and over again in public schools using the same needle, except that they were sterialized using a smoking black pot.  Today, that same practice would put a person in jail. 

You are entitled to have your own religious beliefs/practices.  I stress that.  However, I knew a girl who lived across the street from the UCLA Medical Center who was an enrolled student and very religious.  She was trying to cure venereal disease she had by using a fan.  Needless to say, I moved my girlfriend out of that environment.  She was of a Christian sect that did not believe in medical intervention.

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  Resource collection and storage
Posted by: bdcochran - 02-16-2018, 07:02 PM - Forum: Resources and reviews - Replies (1)

I will relate what I do and hope that people can come up with better suggestions.

I go back in time and I remember the first copy machines.

When I would buy a product, I would make a copy of the manual and put it in a file cabinet.  I wasn't religious in doing so and felt chagrin when I couldn't find the original manual and the company had 1.  gone out of business; 2.  never kept the manual for the sold product; 3. never put a copy of the manual on line.

So, I started making two copies of a manual and storing one with the product and putiting the copy in a file cabinet.

When computers came along, I put a copy into a manuals file.  Big mistake as when I started I did not relabel and start clearly the product and purchase date in the manuals file.  Now it is a jumbled mess.

Along came youtube and I book marked videos and manuals and the book marks became unwieldy. 

So now, I do the following.  I create a separate usb key for different subjects.  One devoted to archery.  One devoted to food preparation.  One devoted to cameras/trapping.

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  Recent event brings the topic to the forefront
Posted by: bmyers - 02-15-2018, 07:35 PM - Forum: First Aid - Replies (1)

Stop the Bleed is a program put together to teach individuals how to control bleeding. The program was designed by the Federal Government realizing that blood lose is the top killer in mass shootings. If you control the bleeding, you increase the chance of survival.


How to Stop the Bleed

[Image: booklet911.ashx]Call 9-1-1

  • Call 9-1-1 yourself

  • Tell someone to call 9-1-1

Ensure Your Safety
  • Before you offer any help, you must ensure your own safety!

  • If you become injured, you will not be able to help the victim.

  • Provide care to the injured person if the scene is safe for you to do so.

  • If, at any time, your safety is threatened, attempt to remove yourself (and the victim if possible) from danger and find a safe location.

  • Protect yourself from blood-borne infections by wearing gloves, if available.

Look for Life-Threatening Bleeding
  • Find the source of bleeding

  • Open or remove the clothing over the wound so you can clearly see it. By removing clothing, you will be able to see injuries that may have been hidden or covered.

  • Look for and identify “life-threatening” bleeding. Examples include:
    • Blood that is spurting out of the wound.
    • Blood that won’t stop coming out of the wound.
    • Blood that is pooling on the ground.
    • Clothing that is soaked with blood.
    • Bandages that are soaked with blood.
    • Loss of all or part of an arm or leg.
    • Bleeding in a victim who is now confused or unconscious. 

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Compress and Control
Key Point
There are a number of methods that can be used to stop bleeding and they all have one thing in common—compressing a bleeding blood vessel in order to stop the bleeding. 
If you don’t have a trauma first aid kit:
[Image: bookletdirectpressure.ashx]Apply direct pressure on the wound (Cover the wound with a clean cloth and apply pressure by pushing directly on it with both hands)

  1. Take any clean cloth (for example, a shirt) and cover the wound.

  2. If the wound is large and deep, try to “stuff” the cloth down into the wound.

  3. Apply continuous pressure with both hands directly on top of the bleeding wound.

  4. Push down as hard as you can.

  5. Hold pressure to stop bleeding. Continue pressure until relieved by medical responders.

If you do have a trauma first aid kit:
For life-threatening bleeding from an arm or leg and a tourniquet is NOT available OR for bleeding from the neck, shoulder or groin:
  • Pack (stuff) the wound with a bleeding control (also called a hemostatic) gauze, plain gauze, or a clean cloth and then apply pressure with both hands
  1. Open the clothing over the bleeding wound. (A)

  2. Wipe away any pooled blood.

  3. Pack (stuff) the wound with bleeding control gauze (preferred), plain gauze, or clean cloth. (B)

  4. Apply steady pressure with both hands directly on top of the bleeding wound. ©

  5. Push down as hard as you can.

  6. Hold pressure to stop bleeding. Continue pressure until relieved by medical responders.

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For life-threatening bleeding from an arm or leg and a tourniquet is available:
  • Apply the tourniquet
  1. Wrap the tourniquet around the bleeding arm or leg about 2 to 3 inches above the bleeding site (be sure NOT to place the tourniquet onto a joint—go above the joint if necessary).

  2. Pull the free end of the tourniquet to make it as tight as possible and secure the free end. (A)

  3. Twist or wind the windlass until bleeding stops. (B)

  4. Secure the windlass to keep the tourniquet tight. ©

  5. Note the time the tourniquet was applied. (D)

Note: A tourniquet will cause pain but it is necessary to stop life-threatening bleeding.
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Instructions and photos have been taken from the Save a Life booklet. Download the booklet for additional information on how to stop the bleed.
Pons PT, Jacobs L. Save a life: What everyone should know to stop bleeding after an injury. Chicago, IL: American College of Surgeons; 2016.
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Posted by: kirgi08 - 02-15-2018, 05:47 AM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (9)

Any news on the shooting,was it your AO.'08.

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  LCP (mouse gun) mods
Posted by: David - 02-14-2018, 01:14 AM - Forum: Firearm Maintenance, modifications and ballistics - Replies (2)

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  rehydrating beans
Posted by: bdcochran - 02-12-2018, 02:36 PM - Forum: General Discussion - Replies (2)

I read a question in a different forum.  The guy was asking about rehydrating/cooking beans. 

I gave it some thought.  Good question. 

Most bacteria do not live above 120 degrees.  Most viruses die between 165 degrees and 212 degrees.    The UN recommends a two liter pop bottle in full sun for 8 hours to kill germs.  It is also recommended that 1/2 of the exterior of the pop bottle be spray painted black. 

Ok, instead of soaking beans at room temperature overnight, soak them in a pop bottle in the full sun and get the value of some cooking at a low temperature.

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