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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Survival Fishing gear

This is based on the Pathfinder Fishing Kit, but add your own equipment which is applicable to your fishing areas.

Begin with 1" Sched 40 PVC and 2 end caps. The Sharpie is shown to give you an idea of how long it is.

Then wrap 2 30-40ft sections of fishing line around the pipe tying it and then taping it to the tube.

Next drill a hole the whole way through about halfway down the pipe to string through some 550 cord. This is to provide something to wrap around your wrist in case a big fish gets your hook and the kit doesn't jerk out of your hand. This kit isn't for big fish though, it's for smaller panfish. This is, of course, a survival fishing kit and any fish is food, not just the near trophy sized bass.

As you can see, every bit of room in this kit is used. When you shake it, it's so packed that it doesn't make a sound.

On the fishing end, using pill baggies you can get at Walmart, you can bag up sinkers, small hooks, a spoon and 2 flies. I'd hope to use worms I'd find in a true survival situation, but in case I'm unable to or it's too cold, I have alternate ways to fish. The black things hanging out are the ends of the zipties you'll see next.

This end contains 4 zipties, 2 homemade frog gigs, a baggie of cotton & vaseline tinder and a lighter. The homemade frog gigs are made out of coathanger wire. The zipties are used to attach the gigs to stick, and the lighter can not only start a fire to cook up whatever fish or frog you can catch.

So from actually getting a meal of various types of critter to cooking it up, this little kit can do most of it. It's lightweight, fits in a back pocket and is able to supply you with enough material to run multiple lines at once to further increase your odds at getting a meal.

It's small and compact; perfect for the BOB, BOV, or backpack.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Free stuff from American Preppers Network

I am a member and contributor of American Preppers Network.  It is a network of preppers who moderate for their State...and their own blogs.  Here is a note from Tom, the creator and moderator of American Preppers Network.

We have a Brand New Look at American Preppers Network! We are inviting all of our moderators and members of our old forum to check things out. Most of the state networks have a new look as well, plus we are on facebook now! There are random drawings for people to win survival seeds on the forum so be sure to sign up!

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Fast and simple perimeter security system…party poppers

Enough said

Monday, December 28, 2009

You can't wait until UN forces roll into town to find a way out of town!

Picking a route out of town

OVERVIEW: This article covers the basic steps and principles required to prepare a proper course of evacuation (Bug Out). This article is for a specific beginning and end, and primarily deals with the concerns between these points. By nature, bug out plans should not be overly rigid, but flexibility will only come when all the options have been well explored.

STARTING POINT: The starting point of your bug out route should be carefully examined and inspected. More than one means of exiting the site should be available, and every possible avenue of entry or exit should be considered. It is important that this information be well known and up to date: an emergency situation is not the time for reviewing notes. Some possible starting points may be your workplace, your own home, or a relative’s home. Speed is the concern, at this point, and only by knowing as much about your route as possible can this be achieved.

ENDING POINT: Any bug out destination should be carefully chosen to provide safety and protection. As with any location, all avenues of entry or exit should be inspected. If possible, frequent inspections of this site are best, as the highest level of familiarity is desired. If this is not possible, detailed notes are acceptable, for security and caution. While you may have to hurry from your starting point, be slow and deliberate as you near your destination. Some likely destinations may include your home, a retreat, or a prearranged team meeting place. Security is the main concern at this stage; hurry to leave, but be slow to arrive.

DIFFERENT ROUTES (AT LEAST 3): The rule of three should be considered, in this case. The primary route should be the most direct route between start and end. Of course the direct route is the most straightforward and quickest route. The secondary route is a backup route, another passage should the primary route become obstructed. The secondary route should be most direct route still available. The alternative route is nothing more than another option, a route for use when the primary and secondary routes are not usable. Decisive action is necessary. To make the proper decision, you must know your options. It is essential that the routes are well known, in advance, so that modifications to the route can be made. Once committed to a route, complete change of course is not an easy undertaken. Given the specific situation, a detour along the route may be required.

TRAVEL CONDITIONS: Road conditions, or any conditions that might affect vehicle travel. Narrow roadways or bridges, damaged or easily damaged roadways, any potential obstruction should be considered. Attention should be paid to any passageway (driveway, path, etc.) capable of handling vehicle travel so that a vehicle can be removed from the road quickly, avoiding undo attention. Traffic patterns are important for the potential obstacle they represent. There is no substitute for firsthand knowledge of your route. Maps should be used for reference, but not as the sole source of information, unless no other means exists. The focus of this condition is speed, making your travel from and to as quick and as easy as possible. Knowing the route can provide you with alternatives; should one way be blocked, another way may be decided upon quickly.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Closely connected to travel conditions, the weather can drastically alter your surroundings. Heavy rain could possibly flood low areas, while strong winds might bring down trees or structures. Earthquakes could affect roadways or bridges, making them unsafe, just as rioting or massed crowds can affect whole cities. Awareness will provide opportunities; by knowing how your options may be affected, you can better prepare for the alternatives.

SECURITY CONDITIONS: Conditions along the road can and will affect security. Look for places that provide cover or concealment, such as wooded areas, hedgerows and structures. Any of these places could possibly provide a hiding spot for yourself or a cache. Keep in mind that others may have already noticed the value such places represent, and may have already taken advantage of them. The same features that provide cover and concealment for you may provide the same to those seeking to harm you or others. Terrain features could aid in map orientation, or could serve as obscure references among a team. Bodies of water could represent alternative routes or a primitive resupply point. Personal safety is important, at all times during your movement. Knowledge of your surroundings can allow you to spot a problem before the situation is out of hand. Should the situation dictate moving from a path of travel, for security reasons, precious time is gained by knowing what options are open to you.

RECORDING THE BUG OUT ROUTE: Unless your escape routes are intimately familiar; a record should be made of each route. Be sure to keep accurate notes with your maps, including all of the above points. The maps and notes should be kept close to hand, so that they are both easily accessible, and secure.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Alternative to buying pre 1965 dimes and nickles

If you want me to purchase some for you, let me know. I will be returning to the State every four months or so and if you want me to get some and bring them home with me, you gotta let me know soon, as I will be returning home to CA in January. Send me an email to wm_lankes@yahoo.com and we can discuss pricing.

US Silver Trade Dollars 1875 - 1885 Found in Afghanistan

Designer: William Barber
Weight: 27.22 grams
Net weight: 0.7874 oz
Composition: 0 .900 silver, 0.100 copper (almost 100% pure Silver content)
Diameter: 38.1 mm
Edge: reeded
inted at: Philadelphia, Carson City, San Francisco
Years Minted: 1873 to 1885
Mint mark: On reverse below eagle and above the 'D' in the word 'dollar.'

Federal officials faced a dilemma in the years after the Civil War. The Comstock Lode and other Western mines were producing large quantities of silver, but the government could use only limited amounts of it in coinage. This seems puzzling in retrospect, for silver coins were few and far between in circulation (a lingering legacy of wartime hoarding), and Americans presumably would have welcomed major infusions of silver coins. But Mint officials feared that new silver coins would be subject to hoarding as well, since the marketplace was awash with paper money, including fractional currency born of wartime need. People would have been only too happy to exchange these notes, which brought less than full face value, for precious-metal coinage.

For a time, the miners found outlets for their silver, often in coinage form, in foreign markets. Canada, Latin America and Europe all absorbed significant quantities during the 1860s. But then, for various reasons these markets became glutted. In Europe, for example, Prussian Chancellor Otto von Bismarck established a gold standard for Germany after unifying the country in 1871 and promptly dumped huge amounts of silver on the international market.

For the miners and their powerful allies in Washington these developments were doubly disturbing: Not only was it hard to sell their silver, but the market price was steadily declining. Initially, coinage did offer one escape valve: Under a long- standing law, silver could be deposited with the Mint for conversion into silver coins, for which it could then be exchanged. Having no other ready outlet, miners took advantage of this one. Invariably, they chose silver dollars, the one denomination that hadn't been changed when silver coins were reduced in weight (and precious-metal content) in 1853. As a direct result, silver dollar mintages soared above one million in both 1871 and 1872.

But with the Coinage Act of 1873, Congress closed this loophole by suspending further production of silver dollars. And that's where the trade dollar came in: Flexing their muscle, the mining interests won approval for this new silver coin-one that would, in theory at least, not only provide an outlet for the metal, but also open a whole new market for it in an area that was already receiving Congressional attention.

The market in question was Asia, particularly China. Some U.S. silver had found its way to that region previously, but now a full-fledged offensive was planned. The Chinese had shown a decided preference for silver coins, and up to then the bulk of American trade with China had been carried out with Spanish and Mexican dollars. The trade dollar's architects set out to supplant those rivals by giving the new coin a higher silver content. They even had it inscribed on the coin: "420 GRAINS, 900 FINE."

At first glance, the trade dollar looks much like a regular silver dollar. It's the same diameter and about the same weight as its predecessor, the Seated Liberty dollar, and its portraiture is similar: a seated female figure representing Liberty on the obverse and a naturalistic eagle on the reverse-designs prepared by Mint Chief Engraver William Barber.

In contrast to the new trade dollar, the regular U.S. silver dollar weighed just 412.5 grains, and the Mexican dollar weighed only 416. But the architects had miscalculated; though it weighed slightly less, the Mexican coin had a higher fineness and therefore contained slightly more pure silver. The astute Chinese recognized this and, in many provinces, gave the U.S. coin short shrift, favoring the Mexican coin.

That's not to say the trade dollar wasn't used. On the contrary, over 27 million went overseas and found their way into Asian commerce, many later being sent on to India in trade for opium. Numerous pieces show chop marks-distinctive Chinese symbols-placed on them by merchants to attest to their authenticity. But usage of the coins never approached Americans' expectations.

The trade dollar's biggest problems occurred not in China but at home. In a last-minute deal, Congress had made the coin a legal tender for domestic payments up to five dollars. In 1876, millions were dumped into circulation in the United States when silver prices plummeted, making them worth substantially more as money than as metal.

Congress quickly revoked their legal-tender status (the only time this has been done with any U.S. coin), but the seeds of serious trouble had been sown. In the late 1870s, employers bought up huge numbers of the coins at slightly more than bullion value (80 to 83 cents apiece) and then put them in pay envelopes at face value. Merchants and banks accepted them only at bullion value or rejected them altogether, so the workers effectively lost one-sixth to one-fifth of their pay at a time when that pay often amounted to less than $10 a week.

Spurned abroad and despised by many at home, the trade dollar soon faded into oblivion. After 1878, production was suspended except for proofs-and even those dwindled to just ten in 1884 and five in 1885.

Like many other "fantasy" coins before them, the 1884 and 1885 pieces were clandestinely struck for Mint crony William Idler and were unknown to the numismatic community until six pieces from Idler's estate were sold by dealer John Haseltine in 1908. Notwithstanding their questionable origin, these two dates are viewed as great rarities today.

In all, fewer than 36 million trade dollars were struck during the coin's 13-year lifespan, including about 11,000 proofs. Production took place at Philadelphia, Carson City and San Francisco. The rarest business strike is the 1878-CC with a mintage of 97,000, many of which appear to have been melted. All high-grade business strikes of the trade dollar are rare to non-existent, leaving proofs to fill most of the demand from type collectors.

The extraordinary beauty of originally-toned proofs entices many collectors to attempt complete proof runs (excluding the virtually unavailable 1884 and 1885, of course). Indeed, any trade dollar is highly prized and sought in pristine condition. Points to check for wear include Liberty's ear, left knee and breast and the eagle's head and left wing.