Jay: Evening all - cold, wet & windy here in SA. Hope you are all well, and Warm!!!
Jul 18, 2017 21:03:43 GMT 10
paranoia: Yeah we've just got the storm you sent yesterday... Don't really need another one, tanks are full. You can keep it mate
Jul 18, 2017 21:49:55 GMT 10
Jay: more coming - all day has been rolling storms, one after another!!!
Jul 18, 2017 22:00:32 GMT 10
Jay: Can't have too many water tanks!!!
Jul 18, 2017 22:50:21 GMT 10
twooldblueshoes: Today was a nice break from all the rain. Is there more coming again Jay?
Jul 19, 2017 21:43:40 GMT 10
Jay: No, thank goodness - cloudy day, cold, but no rain.
Jul 19, 2017 22:55:49 GMT 10
fei: I wish I could get some of your rain and cool weather. We've had 41 degrees today, with 40 forecast every day for the next week. Its almost 9PM now and still 36 degrees.
Jul 21, 2017 22:54:48 GMT 10
Post by Pasta Deefa on Jul 14, 2017 10:42:34 GMT 10
Personally I keep any online activity linked to my real identity sanitised of any content that could cause opsec or infosec issues. I don't want some mate of a mate breaking into my house when I'm on holidays looking for the gun safe.
Post by Pasta Deefa on Jun 29, 2017 13:25:28 GMT 10
If you do use a VPN it might be wise to suck up the latency and use one that has an endpoint out of one of the more liberal northern European countries. If you use an Australian or American end point all your metadata may be logged and even if it isn't you are one warrant away from the provider turning over all your details to the police. I work in a datacenter and we have the federal police here on a fairly regular basis with warrants for access to specific clients gear or trying to resolve an IP address to a client. They never tell us specifics and we are legally obligated to remain silent about their activities, but it's fairly easy to put two and two together and figure out that 99% of the people they are investigating are pedo's or white collar thieves.
Personally I try to maintain a seperate online identity as a matter of principle as much as infosec. Just because I have nothing to hide it it still doesn't mean I should let every corporation and government along the way hoover up the particulars of my life.
Post by Pasta Deefa on Jun 15, 2017 15:02:31 GMT 10
"Ozzie Preppers Season 1 Episode 6: Today we observe as Pasta Deefa cryovac's ten kilo's of white rice, disaster strikes as he realises that he forgot to pickup the oxygen absorbers from the post office box."
The only prepping tv you will realistically see is the idiots who mistake being overly obsessed shooting enthusiasts for disaster preparedness. "Got no torch or Ibuprofen 'cause I spent all my money on tricking up my Remington 7615 to look like the AR15 I wish I owned. Hey!, Who's seen my balaclava?"
Post by Pasta Deefa on Jun 13, 2017 14:43:23 GMT 10
I don't know the terrain, but if the cave is on a waterway I would evaluate the flash flood risk.
Talked to a fellow a while back that wanted to take to the storm water system and live like a subterranean. Apparently he hadn't considered what would happen when his new kingdom filled with the stormwater the name implies.
Post by Pasta Deefa on May 8, 2017 13:35:22 GMT 10
I too bought one of the Aldi garden line chainsaws for $99. I mostly use it for cutting firewood when I'm out west. The old seasoned Mulga is hard as nails and after a couple of days the poor thing is in dire need maintenance. The bar tends to come loose by the end of every tank and the whole unit needs to be stripped and cleaned. It's better than slugging it out with hand tools, but I am looking for an upgrade when finances allow. One thing I have noticed is that it starts much easier with a fresh tank of 98 octane on board. It's a pig to start if it is left to sit or I try feeding it lower octane fuel.
Post by Pasta Deefa on May 2, 2017 11:52:42 GMT 10
On a whim we bought a dehydrator from Aldi and it has proven to be excellent. Nighty nine percent of what we do is drying fruit as we tend to buy apples and whatnot by the bag so there is always excess. Six hours or so and it's done.
Post by Pasta Deefa on Apr 21, 2017 10:52:23 GMT 10
Tanks have always been hard to deploy effectively in urban areas. Look at the way the Russians were shot to pieces attacking Grozny in the '94 invasion of Chechnya. Tanks are still a highly effective piece of kit, but as someone else pointed out, they absolutely need to be used as properly integrated part of combined operations.
On the topic of relative armour protection it is worth pointing out that the Iraqi's do indeed have the less well protected export model and, more importantly, most of the videos of Abrams being knocked out feature the vehicles being struck from dead behind or a quartering shot from the rear like this one. No tank is going to take a shot up the arse like that. The infantry screen *should* be preventing anti tank units from getting into positions where they can make a shot like that. Having said that the journalist does make a valid point as to why the vehicles aren't fitted with reactive armour. It's cheap and effective. I can't recall seeing any American vehicles fitted with it ever. Maybe it's because it is a danger to the supporting infantry?
Drones have their place, but to hold ground you need boots, and tracks firmly placed on it.
Post by Pasta Deefa on Apr 19, 2017 12:47:40 GMT 10
2-4 weeks based on my current food supply. I think it is a pretty realistic appraisal. Up until recently I have only stockpiled food, water, fuel, etc based on a 7 day natural disaster with the option to pack up and move to an alternant location.
Post by Pasta Deefa on Apr 14, 2017 17:46:40 GMT 10
Trump has apparently removed a lot of the checks and balances from his military brass so they are taking full advantage. Recently they killed over 200 civilians in air strikes on Mosul supporting the Iraqi operation there.
This sort of thing isn't aimed at rogue nations or anything like that. It is about playing to the hawkish segment of the American population who's support Trump relies upon. It's the same as his policy of cutting social welfare, environmental spending and so forth to further bolster military spending. They already spend pretty much more than the rest of the world combined. There is little tangible point. It's basic populist grandstanding.
The downside is that it makes the peace ever more the harder to win in these countries as turns the civilian population against them. Old mate isn't going to be chanting USA USA USA when they just vaporised his entire village.
Post by Pasta Deefa on Apr 12, 2017 14:09:17 GMT 10
Interestingly, a lot of analysts believe that 90% of North Korean sabre rattling is actually the government sending a message to internal rivals. These people are more concerned with hanging on to their own little crap pile than being aggressively expansionist as their leadership understands M.A.D as well as they next guy. I agree with Grumble; this more sounds like Iraq'esq hyperbole from the Yanks to justify tidying up unfinished business by raining "democracy" from the skies.
All my reading lead me to believe that it's worth dropping the $20k on a proper bunker unless you are absolutely positive that you can engineer something air tight so the fire doesn't suffocate you. $20k seems like a lot, but it's better than being dead.
Post by Pasta Deefa on Apr 11, 2017 17:53:09 GMT 10
I'd go with vaulted steel beams like this old mate.
Steel is cheap, easy to work with, and I imagine it would give you better load carrying than wooden telephone poles and such. The curve will transfer the weight into the walls and is reminiscent of the Blitz era Anderson Shelters.
Personally, I live in an area where flooding could be an issue so I'm going to build a Boer war era pepper pot block house with an upgraded, cyclone proof, roof structure. They are cheap, easy, and will give you plenty of protection against most threats.
There is a strong opsec / anti surveillance / anti personal commoditisation movement in the left that goes back to the 50's and 60's and beyond. Cash is king. Visa can't sell my personal information if they don't have it. I can't fall into a debt cycle if I don't borrow, and when the internet goes off for whatever reason I can still get home or buy food.
I have down loaded 6 post apocalyptic fiction novels to read. Should keep me busy for a while.
You're game. We have a rule in our house about anyone watching reruns of "Air Crash Investigators" 72hr before anyone is due to take a flight. I imagine reading apocalyptic fiction during a natural disaster may fall into that same category.