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Forum: Urban Survival 04-03-2018, 11:50 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 13,093
Posted By bdcochran
Bicycle utility in urban environment. I live in...

Bicycle utility in urban environment. I live in a congested urban area. The reality is that I will not be able to leave when shtf. Even if I were given a day's warning and a $1500 bike, there is...
Forum: Urban Survival 10-04-2017, 11:08 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 7,133
Posted By bdcochran
When responses drift, I go back to the original...

When responses drift, I go back to the original question.

You aren't going to "stop" someone in those circumstances. You will take evasive action. As for myself, I do not go to concerts/sporting...
Forum: Urban Survival 10-04-2017, 10:50 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 22,950
Posted By bdcochran
My brain is my weapon. Everything else is a...

My brain is my weapon. Everything else is a tool.

1. situational awareness.
I have lived in some of the "most dangerous" areas of the world. How about walking down a street in Herat,...
Forum: Farming, Gardening & Homesteading 10-04-2017, 03:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,635
Posted By bdcochran
I live in a zip code wherein it is 13,000 souls...

I live in a zip code wherein it is 13,000 souls to the square mile. The weather is semi-tropical and without adequate rainfall to sustain a garden.

Currently, I have 13 fruit trees on a standard...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-04-2017, 03:21 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,708
Posted By bdcochran
I have nothing to add about...

I have nothing to add about scams/misrepresentations. The law changed about transportation of batteries. So, if any thing, the price of properly imported batteries has gone up. And, if a name...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-04-2017, 03:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 902
Posted By bdcochran
Many good answers. I buy my "real tarps" at...

Many good answers. I buy my "real tarps" at Chicago Canvas (on line) because most big box stores do not carry the quality and variety that I desire. I also keep quality grommets/grommet tool. ...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 10-03-2017, 10:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,936
Posted By bdcochran
Thank you for reminding me. I ordered two more. ...

Thank you for reminding me. I ordered two more. What?

I have to do an hour of exercises, every day of the week, outdoors. The pads last at least three years. My exercises are ground exercises,...
Forum: Vehicles & Transportation 10-03-2017, 10:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,941
Posted By bdcochran
Very bad idea. 1. gasoline does not store...

Very bad idea.

1. gasoline does not store indefinitely - it separates.
2. the federal government changed the composition rules a few years ago. I used to get by without using a preservative if...
Forum: Communications 10-03-2017, 10:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,669
Posted By bdcochran
1. I have no one with whom to communicate at...

1. I have no one with whom to communicate at this time;
2. I do not anticipate receiving any supplies from friends/relatives or the government in a shtf emergency.
3. I dumped the old cb...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-17-2017, 06:11 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 104,867
Posted By bdcochran
It is seven years later. I will still apply the...

It is seven years later. I will still apply the restrictions of 10 inches and $120.

The current version of the Ontario US Airforce Survival knife. Cut off the top, vertical , rubberized piece on...
Forum: Food and water 07-30-2017, 03:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,655
Posted By bdcochran
I have made beef jerky. Here is my response: ...

I have made beef jerky. Here is my response: the commercial stuff will not last. The homemade stuff will last, somewhat. However, you should dry it for days under cheesecloth (unless you want to...
Forum: Knives, Swords & Axes 05-07-2017, 09:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,815
Posted By bdcochran
Permit me to make some comments that will save...

Permit me to make some comments that will save you a lot of money:
1. As a matter of human ergonomics, the movements that you would make with a sword are the same as making the movements with a...
Forum: Urban Survival 03-12-2017, 10:02 PM
Replies: 732
Views: 116,540
Posted By bdcochran
In answering your multiple questions: 1. Most...

In answering your multiple questions:
1. Most people do not have more than three days food at home.
2. Most markets do not have more than three days food on the shelves.
3. Most people freak...
Forum: Food and water 03-12-2017, 09:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,026
Posted By bdcochran
You wanted to know where to buy: Option that I...

You wanted to know where to buy: Option that I followed was to go to a pool supply house. You can also buy off amazon. Runs about $7 a pound. I put mine in doubled zip lock bags and put in two...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 10-30-2016, 11:36 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 14,613
Posted By bdcochran
Although it is now years later, the discussion...

Although it is now years later, the discussion remains relevant.
1. I went through the learning curve of a. trying to repair/replace batteries in watches; b. comparing self winding to manual to...
Forum: Urban Survival 12-30-2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,346
Posted By bdcochran
Need solar charger recommendation

I will state the need succinctly. I have multiple communications units and other devices. Most take 4 aa batteries. I would like to purchase solar rechargers that accept 4 AA rechargeable...
Forum: Firearms General Discussion 12-28-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 28,979
Posted By bdcochran
Riches7 hit it on the head

It has been 5 years since the original poster started this thread.

Has he paid a professional trainer for any training. Most people will not.

One day, I was at the range and spoke to a friend...
Forum: Reviews and questions 12-20-2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 13,107
Posted By bdcochran
different answer

1. a photon on every set of car keys
2. a handful on switch on photons or inexpensive lights for shtf. I explain.
a. a small light on a chain around your neck is superior to a handheld...
Forum: Health, Fitness and First Aid 12-20-2015, 01:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,121
Posted By bdcochran
I do an hour of a combination of...

I do an hour of a combination of Pilates/yoga/physical therapy every day. Sometimes, I have to spread it out. It is done prone, face down and face up.

Yes, I have equipment as well. That...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-20-2015, 01:13 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,934
Posted By bdcochran
A different slant

About 10 years ago, I sat in a traffic school class. Can't remember my grievous offense. For some reason, the instructor went around the room asking people what items were carried in their cars. ...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-19-2015, 11:36 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 17,456
Posted By bdcochran
Although the first posting is 5 years old, the...

Although the first posting is 5 years old, the recommendation is spot on. Spam has an indefinite shelf life. The initial acquisition cost is low.

Any tools would be "great", except that they...
Forum: Vehicles & Transportation 12-19-2015, 11:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,924
Posted By bdcochran
There are two kinds of shtf. 1. the immediate...

There are two kinds of shtf.
1. the immediate bug out scenario which probably has middle aged men dreaming that they are as physically fit as they were at age 20; and,
2. the real shtf when you...
Forum: Communications 12-19-2015, 10:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,882
Posted By bdcochran
Decent question. Unfortunately, there is no...

Decent question. Unfortunately, there is no right answer and sometimes there are only bad options.

Here are the limitations, first:

1. communications unit may require a power source;
2. ...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-07-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,544
Posted By bdcochran
An old thread

The drug trade is controlled on the westside of LA by the V13 gang. I live 8 blocks from the nearest concentration of the gang and about 3/4 mile from the restricted shoreline crips controlled area....
Forum: Urban Survival 11-25-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 17,196
Posted By bdcochran
Best binos under $100

1. You sit down and think. You don't know anything about binoculars when the question is asked. This is like the guy who doesn't know guns and who asks what is the best hunting rifle for under...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-23-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,353
Posted By bdcochran
I think that ours are adequately contained. ...

I think that ours are adequately contained.

Would be interested in evidence to the contrary.
Reply With Quote

Ok. Look at the Hanford Plant. Nuclear waste approaching the Columbia River. ...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 09-22-2015, 11:50 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 18,950
Posted By bdcochran
game cart and alternatives

I live near the coast in Los Angeles. For years, I watched the north-south coastal bicyclists (yes, one guy even hauled two carts behind him! and saw him every year) and the local "homeless". One...
Forum: Controversial News and Alternative Politics 09-22-2015, 11:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,280
Posted By bdcochran
really!

"In the article I read, he did yell but was ignored".

Darn! There goes the poster's theory that the kid deliberately kept quiet for 5 days without food and water as part of his plan to extort...
Forum: Health, Fitness and First Aid 04-11-2015, 02:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,339
Posted By bdcochran
Citation

I will cite 2 books.

Backache,Stress and Tension. Hans Kraus, MD. Skyhorse Publishing. 2012 reprint. Former Head of President's Physical Fitness Council. 80% show improvement. 7 simple...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 12-08-2014, 11:14 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 74,761
Posted By bdcochran
The following is not a criticism. It is a series...

The following is not a criticism. It is a series of observations.
The following assumptions are implicitly in the excellent breakdown of costs, calories, and quantities:
1. There is no wastage;...
Forum: Urban Survival 11-20-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,944
Posted By bdcochran
Rather than playing the Red Dawn scenario, think...

Rather than playing the Red Dawn scenario, think about the immediate, practical, course of action.

If you commute in your own personal vehicle to work, you are near the same (within 100 yards)...
Forum: Urban Survival 10-26-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 11,242
Posted By bdcochran
I read some nitpicking comments and shrug my...

I read some nitpicking comments and shrug my shoulders. Go back and read what FERFEL and Purdy Bear wrote. Spot on. Have had to walk the walk.

If you disagree, that is fine for you. Stay in...
Forum: Financial Forum 03-26-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 13,649
Posted By bdcochran
1. There are many "developed" countries that...

1. There are many "developed" countries that devote a higher percentage.

2. I don't doubt that the easiest course followed by a government, any government, is deliberate inflation and/or higher...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 03-19-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,592
Posted By bdcochran
Reminded of the Sizzler ad with three shop girls...

Reminded of the Sizzler ad with three shop girls going out for lunch and commenting:

1. I don't have a lot of time;
2. I want a lot of choice;
3. I don't want to spend much money.

Of...
Forum: Urban Survival 03-05-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 14,513
Posted By bdcochran
relax

You are already knowledgeable about when different foods are in season, shelf lives, when the annual sales of specific food items take place, when people insist on eating specific foods (like...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 02-26-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 22,763
Posted By bdcochran
You won't like the answer - and you won't have a better one

1. Number one fantasy - bugging out and living off the land.
If you can drive a pickup truck to or near your property, so can a bunch of yahoos with a pick up truck.
If you think that...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 02-13-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,194
Posted By bdcochran
I represented a water company. 1. 2 liter...

I represented a water company.

1. 2 liter soda bottles are not designed to last more than a few months on a grocer's shelf. I don't care that some guy wants to post that he has had them more...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 02-04-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 11,072
Posted By bdcochran
my 2 cents

My 2 cents.

I have had a lifetime of observing home preparation and storage of foods - ranging from dealing with deer to making preserves to even making ketsup.

The best way to learn is to...
Forum: DIY - Do It Yourself 12-11-2013, 09:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,168
Posted By bdcochran
One day you are moving to Florida. Another day...

One day you are moving to Florida. Another day out west. Still another day to Louisiana.

1. Move before considering what shelter to buy or construct.
2. Instead of buying gear, focus on...
Forum: General Discussion 12-11-2013, 08:26 AM
Replies: 1,891
Views: 154,373
Posted By bdcochran
Everyone experiences shtf moments. They range...

Everyone experiences shtf moments. They range from a flat tire to a final illness.

Sometimes, there are good alternatives. Other times ... well the alternatives aren't good.

Shtf isn't a...
Forum: Financial Forum 12-10-2013, 09:10 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 10,957
Posted By bdcochran
I read the negative and vociferous responses. ...

I read the negative and vociferous responses.

Now, I will give you some alternatives.

A Kapo was a prisoner, usually a common criminal, who was given privileges in a concentration camp for...
Forum: Fitness Blogs 06-18-2013, 09:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,046
Posted By bdcochran
fitness with some humor

Groucho Marx once said that if so many people thought that they were going to heaven why did he see so few practicing the harp. Same applies to people exercising - they don't.

I have been going...
Forum: General Discussion 06-18-2013, 06:30 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,378
Posted By bdcochran
I make mini French baguettes every morning. ...

I make mini French baguettes every morning. Bread flour (King Arthur flour), bread yeast, salt and a dab of olive oil. No sweeteners. Of course, the bread is good for 1/2 a day unless you put it...
Forum: General Discussion 06-04-2013, 08:11 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,326
Posted By bdcochran
Nothing new here

I was a military brat. This meant going to a large number of public schools in different parts of the US.

It seemed that every year there was at least one reported serious assault, rape or even...
Forum: Controversial News and Alternative Politics 06-04-2013, 08:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,432
Posted By bdcochran
too true

Some people posting on the internet also resemble the living dead.:confused:
Forum: General Discussion 06-04-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,403
Posted By bdcochran
Let's be as precise as possible. If you do...

Let's be as precise as possible.

If you do not have evidence of insurance for your household, there will be a fine that increases every year, assuming that you are not retired or already on a...
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 05-28-2013, 06:42 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,185
Posted By bdcochran
good question

Your response would be interesting.

I would probably respond that the "MacDonald's have already made prior arrangements and are in the shelter. There is only remaining room for me.

I just...
Forum: Food and water 05-28-2013, 06:29 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 75,390
Posted By bdcochran
different response

I want you imagine an America where people don't read the label on canned foods or processed meats like hot dogs, ham in a can, chicken in a can, tuna fish in a can. I want you to imagine an America...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-07-2013, 08:07 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 23,263
Posted By bdcochran
All that a rational, non rural person needs to do...

All that a rational, non rural person needs to do is to store enough meat products and other foods to survive the first 90 days. By the end of 90 days, there will have been a huge die off of people....
Forum: Hunting and Trapping General Discussion 05-07-2013, 06:40 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 25,433
Posted By bdcochran
A recurrent fantasy is that some dude will bugout...

A recurrent fantasy is that some dude will bugout and live off the land. Well, ok, have you heard about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Financed by the federal government. Now, here is what the...
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