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Communications / Re: portable SW/AM/FM mini-review roundup
« Last post by armymars on Yesterday at 06:45:36 PM »
leadeye,
  You can plug in your Ham or SW antenna into the GP5 where you plug in the AM bar antenna. All is good.
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Emergency Preparations / Re: Security Protocol in a Now Unsafe Area
« Last post by iam4liberty on Yesterday at 04:39:28 PM »
Ugh, sorry you are having to deal with this.  IMO, this is too far to be tolerated.  Wreckless driving needs to be reined in before some kid gets run over.  If not police, multiple neighbors need to notify the owners so they know if they don't do something they are exposed to negligence.
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Emergency Preparations / Re: Security Protocol in a Now Unsafe Area
« Last post by Morning Sunshine on Yesterday at 03:27:27 PM »
I suspect the mail lady reported this one for you.

and if not, have a chat with her tomorrow.... let her know that you reported it, and ask her to do the same so that it is coming from two separate persons, even if it is just one incident.  There will be two reports.
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Emergency Preparations / Re: Security Protocol in a Now Unsafe Area
« Last post by CharlesH on Yesterday at 03:24:22 PM »
I suspect the mail lady reported this one for you.
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Emergency Preparations / Re: Security Protocol in a Now Unsafe Area
« Last post by David in MN on Yesterday at 03:17:25 PM »
And today I get jolted up from Lite Brite because of the sound of screeching tires. Now he's peeling out in a van going 60 on our dead end and she jumps in her Dodge and quite literally gives chase at about the same speed. Almost hit the mail lady.

We're now preventing the kid from walking in the road. I hate to admit it but I've been looking at the police phone number. We had a high speed chase on a dead end road that's 1/4 mile long.

I swear I wouldn't believe this stuff if someone told me. Why would you drive like that in a suburban cul-de-sac?
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Yep.  If two sticks and a piece of rope are now fully incorporated, protected arms, than any purpose built weapon is.
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Not in America but gays have played major military roles in history such as in Rome, ancient Greece, in various cultures of the ancient Middle East and at times in Europe. I know of some definite accounts and in others such as Greece I would have to assume

David made an interesting post a few days back if you missed it: http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=63650.msg755926#msg755926


So too with guns. Imagine not growing up with guns and nobody you know owning one. It's just not in your world. Imagine how hard it is to learn shooting from no experience. How do you get a permit to buy? Why are there 100 kinds of .22? .45 Colt, GAP, ACP? What's the difference between Luger and Parabellum? We're a really hard clique to break into. Not because we're jerks but because there is so much you need to learn in order to be safe with a tool you've been told is inherently dangerous. And how does a rookie know what is safe and if there are warning signs of malfunction?

Dont have to imagine, I lived it.  It wasnt until college that I was introduced by some physics friends.  It is a major reason I am an instructor, to help new shooters get over the bumps.  You don't know what you don't know.  And worse is all the misinfo out there.
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It reminds of a podcast years ago where Lew Rockwell had on Naomi Wolf(?) maybe. She is a journalist from the left and her response to running headlong into a libertarian was hilarious.

But what stuck out to me is that they discussed economic theory and she was very open that on "the left" you just don't discuss economics. Where as "the right" and libertarians shout about the Chicago school and the Austrians she felt like a fish out of water talking economics. It's not that there's a strong opinion; it's just not formalized.

So too with guns. Imagine not growing up with guns and nobody you know owning one. It's just not in your world. Imagine how hard it is to learn shooting from no experience. How do you get a permit to buy? Why are there 100 kinds of .22? .45 Colt, GAP, ACP? What's the difference between Luger and Parabellum? We're a really hard clique to break into. Not because we're jerks but because there is so much you need to learn in order to be safe with a tool you've been told is inherently dangerous. And how does a rookie know what is safe and if there are warning signs of malfunction?

We all know that it's fun to hit a target or turn a clay to dust. Probably something in our caveman DNA from tossing spears for dinner. It's the same itch of throwing darts or playing pool. Something primal in us. Helping others find that by being an ambassador is awesome.




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I heard a "knife rights" advocate talk at the NRA convention a while back. It's an interesting legal battle because "arms" was intentionally vague. I was interested because I juggle and one of the things I love is butterfly knives. Practical? No. EDC? No. But I can throw one and open it in the air and do all the goofy tricks. I've done it on stage and people are shocked (don't we all know juggling knives are usually blunted?).

It's a weird situation when you think there might be a 2nd protection of walking around with a katana. And Americans have (as I've said before) a bizarre thing that a guy with an axe is doing work but a guy with a machete is a psychopath. So much is formed around what plays in the movies. You might not be able to buy a switchblade, nunchuks, or brass knuckles but you can buy a hunting knife, ASP baton, and gloves with hardened knuckles. ANd as every American knows when we want to go to town on someone we bring axe handles and baseball bats.

You see this at the renfairs. I dress as a Templar with full maille and carry an axe and 2 throwing axes. They're pretty mellow as long as it's all scabbarded (blades covered) and they zip strip them in so you couldn't draw them. But we're just a bunch of dorky nerds who shake hands and talk what we're wearing. Kinda like the kid twirling nunchuks at a martial arts show (I know because my nephews do it).

Put it this way. You could walk around town all day with a Cold Steel cane that's basically a baseball bat. I *think* you can even bring it on a plane as a "medical device". These laws make no sense.

https://www.coldsteel.com/products/walking-canes-by-cold-steel.html
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Permaculture, Land Management and Foraging / Re: Wood Chips
« Last post by T Kehl on Yesterday at 10:11:13 AM »
I think trying to compost mulch to soil in 4 months is unrealistic without massive nitrogen input.  This could be commercial 30-0-5 or organic stuff grass, butchering leftovers, etc. 

Even so, I don’t think you will be happy with the result as you will the resulting mix will hold water VERY well and have limited structure.  IE you’ll sink past your ankles walking in it.  Learned that one the hard way.

Things you might consider:

1.    Woodmulch the whole yard.  No more grass!  Plant into containers or straw bales on top.  In successive years, keep stacking straw bales as they break down until you are satisfied.
2.   Same as above but in strips or a smaller patch to see if you like it. 
3.   Bring in some topsoil (dump truck load or 2, it’s a LOT cheaper in bulk) to spread where you want a garden.  Raised bed style or not, your choice.  Doesn’t even have to be good dirt.  Cover this with LOTS of wood mulch.  3-6” deep.  Go ahead and plant in it the first year pulling the mulch away for transplants and spot fertilize.  In 1-2 years, that soil will be ROCKIN’. 
4.   If you use and mix the horse manure with wood chips my gut is you will need 3x the amount of manure per chips to get the ratios close.  Though if they are leafed out branches instead of bark/sawdust, that ratio would be a little lower as you would get some N from the leaves.  Not sure I could recommend this unless manure is well aged (won’t leach), but if you go this way I’d want to top with at least a couple inches of wood mulch again.  Going this route, I would plant in straw bales year 1 and maybe 2

I’ve got clayey-rocky depleted topsoil, and my best stuff where my tiller actually hits the depth stops is where I had a truck dump a load of chipper mulch and didn’t get it all spread.  Was probably 2 feet tall in spots and 10’ around after the kids played in it.  3 years later, that spot has AMAZING soil.  As such, I will be sheet mulching when we move to the new house.
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