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Forum: Religious Discussion Today, 06:07 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 11,130
Posted By merlinfire
Welcome to the blocklist.

Welcome to the blocklist.
Forum: Religious Discussion Yesterday, 08:47 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 11,130
Posted By merlinfire
I'm not sure how other people do it, but when I...

I'm not sure how other people do it, but when I come into a post and make a statement, and someone quotes me to directly disagree with me, that's where that discussion begins. I don't go back and...
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters Yesterday, 04:25 PM
Replies: 1,220
Views: 37,902
Posted By merlinfire
white supremacists have never looked less white ...

white supremacists have never looked less white

truly a miracle has been performed
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters Yesterday, 03:32 PM
Replies: 1,220
Views: 37,902
Posted By merlinfire
surely the bolded part is a joke, i trust?

surely the bolded part is a joke, i trust?
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters Yesterday, 03:17 PM
Replies: 1,220
Views: 37,902
Posted By merlinfire
I think if they were burning your house down...

I think if they were burning your house down you'd feel a little differently.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-29-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,679
Posted By merlinfire
What's the taste like? I tried canned bread...

What's the taste like?

I tried canned bread once, and didn't care for it.
Forum: Religious Discussion 05-29-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 11,130
Posted By merlinfire
In a way it's almost as if modern man is...

In a way it's almost as if modern man is worshiping the machine we call the modern economy - to suggest that it could have weakness, to suggest that it could fail, is almost like a modern heresy. It...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-29-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,679
Posted By merlinfire
on the one hand a lot of those suggestions are...

on the one hand a lot of those suggestions are very meat-heavy

on the other hand, meat is one of the harder components of a diet to replace for most people, whereas vegetables might be more doable...
Forum: Religious Discussion 05-29-2020, 08:24 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 11,130
Posted By merlinfire
If the disaster is not so serious that a lack of...

If the disaster is not so serious that a lack of supplies will result in their death, then I guess there's no need to supply them then. You're moving the goalposts until your criteria are met, and...
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 05-29-2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 1,220
Views: 37,902
Posted By merlinfire
You have a problem with looters getting shot? Or...

You have a problem with looters getting shot? Or are you just mad because the people doing the shooting are wearing a uniform? Or because it's a specific color uniform? I just want to make sure I...
Forum: Religious Discussion 05-29-2020, 08:02 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 11,130
Posted By merlinfire
My point stands. When someone asks for help that...

My point stands. When someone asks for help that will save their life, you get to make a choice. There's nothing "False" about that. Stop taking the minimum amount of people's posts, out of...
Forum: Manmade and Natural Disasters 05-28-2020, 10:59 PM
Replies: 1,220
Views: 37,902
Posted By merlinfire
Well of course this was excessive force, and we...

Well of course this was excessive force, and we all know the best way to deal with police misconduct is to loot and burn your neighborhood.

Racism has been officially defeated. You can all go...
Forum: Religious Discussion 05-28-2020, 08:24 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 11,130
Posted By merlinfire
You can really only eat so much food, though. If...

You can really only eat so much food, though. If you don't think you have enough to survive, that's definitely a situation where you have to turn people away. But it's like I've said before: the...
Forum: Religious Discussion 05-28-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 11,130
Posted By merlinfire
I am not looking at it that way. I'm not doing...

I am not looking at it that way. I'm not doing it because it's required of me, so much as I'm doing it so that I will be able to help. God does not require you to deprive your own household, as it...
Forum: Religious Discussion 05-27-2020, 07:17 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 11,130
Posted By merlinfire
"Any of ya'll want some 10 year old rice and...

"Any of ya'll want some 10 year old rice and beans? I'm trying to rotate my stock!"
Forum: Religious Discussion 05-27-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 11,130
Posted By merlinfire
It's hard to say. I've had hunches before, a lot...

It's hard to say. I've had hunches before, a lot of them, that turned out to be wrong. But each one pushed me towards a higher level of preparation and awareness. So that, even if I was wrong...
Forum: Food and water 05-27-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 220
Posted By merlinfire
Using Tri-Chlor instead of Cal-Hypo?

The forums have well-covered the merits and caution regarding Cal-Hypo for bleach production and using said bleach to make water safe to drink.

The shelf life issues, off-gassing, and hazards...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-25-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,929
Posted By merlinfire
I guess my earlier post was more a statement that...

I guess my earlier post was more a statement that I think the political face and public life of society will be radically altered by a fully mechanized, non-human military.

I don't think that...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-24-2020, 08:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,442
Posted By merlinfire
nothing really groundbreaking i don't think ...

nothing really groundbreaking i don't think

-expanding my water storage
-implementing a backup water gathering solution in case well fails
-increasing my kerosene storage capacity
-increasing...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-24-2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,442
Posted By merlinfire
I think the biggest thing it did was ease my...

I think the biggest thing it did was ease my immediate family into the idea of basic prepping, and will make them more pliable and amenable to future overtures to that effect.

At the height of the...
Forum: Urban Survival 05-20-2020, 12:44 AM
Replies: 765
Views: 124,817
Posted By merlinfire
What's the best source for lightly used,...

What's the best source for lightly used, safe-to-put-food-in-without-contaminating-it 55 gallon barrels? Do I need to have the right friends?
Forum: Urban Survival 05-19-2020, 10:36 PM
Replies: 765
Views: 124,817
Posted By merlinfire
The part that surprises me about the whole affair...

The part that surprises me about the whole affair is how expensive the barrels themselves can be.
Forum: Urban Survival 05-19-2020, 12:34 PM
Replies: 765
Views: 124,817
Posted By merlinfire
you'd be surprised how little gap mice need ...

you'd be surprised how little gap mice need

trash cans are proof against raccoons and such (if you tie down/lock the handles over the lid so they can't remove it) but to be proof against mice you...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-19-2020, 12:10 PM
Replies: 40,696
Views: 5,857,797
Posted By merlinfire
That seems about right. Gets you roughly in the...

That seems about right. Gets you roughly in the realm of 1700-1800 calories per day, and throwing a little sugar and spices in that will kick it up a little further. I like my cornbread just a...
Forum: Polls and Surveys 05-19-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,782
Posted By merlinfire
when you say lost 2, do you mean due to damage or...

when you say lost 2, do you mean due to damage or theft?
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-19-2020, 11:09 AM
Replies: 40,696
Views: 5,857,797
Posted By merlinfire
That's valuable info to have. Would you be...

That's valuable info to have. Would you be willing to share your findings?
Forum: Polls and Surveys 05-19-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,782
Posted By merlinfire
Right now my "Camp solo for 7 days" backpack...

Right now my "Camp solo for 7 days" backpack weighs around 30lbs, which includes food and an initial load of water.

This does not include a firearm or ammunition.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-19-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,603
Posted By merlinfire
Definitely wasn't as bad as all that, and I'm...

Definitely wasn't as bad as all that, and I'm glad it wasn't. I'm not as prepared for SHTF as I will be a year from now, though more prepared than I was 1 year ago.

But again, let's be clear: ...
Forum: Wilderness Survival, Hiking and Camping Forum 05-19-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,520
Posted By merlinfire
honestly it would be a lot easier for me to pay...

honestly it would be a lot easier for me to pay $70 than to convince my entire extended family to study and pass the ham license exam
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-18-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 40,696
Views: 5,857,797
Posted By merlinfire
The Fed is going to QE as much as it has to in...

The Fed is going to QE as much as it has to in order to keep the blood pumping, which is sure to support the price of gold to new heights. Probably a smart play to wait, if you don't need the money...
Forum: Urban Survival 05-18-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 765
Views: 124,817
Posted By merlinfire
30 gal plastic barrels should be relatively...

30 gal plastic barrels should be relatively mouseproof. someone else with more experience can chime in there. but the metal ones certainly are.

i guess my point is that people really...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-18-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,603
Posted By merlinfire
At minimum I think it was a nudge or wakeup call...

At minimum I think it was a nudge or wakeup call for some of the less prepared. Most will be happy to forget it ever happened. But some will ask: "What if it had been far worse? What if it *had*...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-18-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 28,087
Posted By merlinfire
But I will say, fear that you or a family member...

But I will say, fear that you or a family member would have to resort to such is a pretty good motivational factor for prepping food. How much money would you be willing to pay to avoid having to...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-18-2020, 08:55 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 28,087
Posted By merlinfire
The bible does pronounce cannibalism as a sort of...

The bible does pronounce cannibalism as a sort of punishment upon Israel in several places, in Deuteronomy, Lamentations, and I believe Jeremiah.

But most scholars believe it's talking about...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-17-2020, 06:56 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 28,087
Posted By merlinfire
Because America's fast food consumption has...

Because America's fast food consumption has dropped back from morbidly obese to just seriously obese, for about 2 months
Forum: Urban Survival 05-17-2020, 04:46 PM
Replies: 765
Views: 124,817
Posted By merlinfire
That's why you have to give them no reason to...

That's why you have to give them no reason to believe you have any more than they do.

As to the arsonists and the sniper, in the theoretical something can always be imagined that could kill you,...
Forum: Urban Survival 05-17-2020, 04:12 PM
Replies: 765
Views: 124,817
Posted By merlinfire
i think it would be hard to follow your advice if...

i think it would be hard to follow your advice if a person lived in a densely populated suburb or city....the amount of food necessary to feed your family and all the neighbors would be immense,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-17-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 40,696
Views: 5,857,797
Posted By merlinfire
decided to do some more work on the "Doomsday...

decided to do some more work on the "Doomsday Book" that I started a few years back.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-15-2020, 11:53 PM
Replies: 40,696
Views: 5,857,797
Posted By merlinfire
it's not as important as voltage requirements...

it's not as important as voltage requirements that's true

but it can impact the charging and discharge characteristics as well as the voltage curve, which depending on the device, will make any...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-15-2020, 02:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,421
Posted By merlinfire
i suspect you are right about that. i hadn't...

i suspect you are right about that. i hadn't considered coal.

when you say LP are we talking propane or something else? i know propane tanks will leak over time.

kerosene is probably good...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-15-2020, 11:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,421
Posted By merlinfire
Buying all the things you'll ever need for the...

Buying all the things you'll ever need for the rest of your life is the best hedge against inflation.

Unfortunately, not all things have a shelf life that can support that strategy. In addition,...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-15-2020, 11:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 14,074
Posted By merlinfire
Imagine how the pig felt ;)

Imagine how the pig felt ;)
Forum: Political News and Discussion 05-15-2020, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 635
Posted By merlinfire
Ok. Release them all in SFC, and let Pelosi's...

Ok. Release them all in SFC, and let Pelosi's electorate reap what they've sown.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-15-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 40,696
Views: 5,857,797
Posted By merlinfire
i'm not an expert but i would assume that if you...

i'm not an expert but i would assume that if you open up the box, the core of this battery is just literally a battery pack that puts out a certain voltage and connects to internal leads built into...
Forum: Food and water 05-13-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 719
Posted By merlinfire
BB, i believe it....i've talked to at least one...

BB, i believe it....i've talked to at least one restaurant owner in my area that echoes that...business is good but costs for raw foods have risen....

I still believe it's a temporary supply chain...
Forum: Food and water 05-13-2020, 09:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 719
Posted By merlinfire
is there a "shelf life megathread" somewhere? ...

is there a "shelf life megathread" somewhere? anecdotal experiences like this, compiled in a huge thread, might end up being useful somewhere down the line
Forum: Food and water 05-12-2020, 09:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 719
Posted By merlinfire
cajun, tell us a little more about the shelves...

cajun, tell us a little more about the shelves you put these on. were they covered/shuttered/curtained at all? could light from windows hit them certain parts of the day?

do you think that, if...
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-12-2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 40,696
Views: 5,857,797
Posted By merlinfire
i know the earth is gonna melt with fervent heat...

i know the earth is gonna melt with fervent heat but, i expected it to be a bit hotter than that
Forum: Primitive Weapons, Bows and Crossbows 05-12-2020, 05:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 762
Posted By merlinfire
still thinking it through. i have time, and...

still thinking it through. i have time, and given the...near-term uncertainties in finances, i've temporarily suspended any big purchases.
Forum: Disaster Preparedness General Discussion 05-12-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 40,696
Views: 5,857,797
Posted By merlinfire
bought 10 of these, they were cheap and i figure...

bought 10 of these, they were cheap and i figure i can slide them in bags or stash them around.

italian milsurp sewing kit. "like new", but who really knows. they're in stock.
...
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