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emonkies

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#21 13 years ago

I dont have a BOB but I keep stuff in my car. I have always wanted to get a Dodge or Ford 4X4 van that was furnished like a small apartment and it would would be my BOV (Bug Out Vehicle). I have almost 2x now bought one of the filters that allows you to stick one end in a pond or lake and extract clean water through a ceramic filter. For personal use they now have the ceramic straws that do the same thing.

Also after watching a full season of Bear Grylls on Man Vs Wild I feel i can survive anything. :D




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#22 13 years ago

We had this huge storm a few weeks ago, basically a tenth of New Zealand was cut off from power. Admittedly, they were mostly flooded as well, but it was really bad having the power cuts, inconvenient at best, disastrous at worst.




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#23 13 years ago

Damn. I really think people need to make more exercise bikes that can generate power for your home. Think of how many people are obese. Think of how many people are poor. Think of how many people love watching TV. Now imagine telling people that they can sit on a device that, as long as they keep pedaling, they can watch their TV, burn fat, and make money. Who would not buy this bicycle generator, or make one of their own? Granted, exercise bikes go unused all the time, but an exercise bike that can make you money while you are using it? I think not!

Anlushac, I'd advise against using Bear Grylls as your only source of information, his knowledge seems best suited for time spent being less than a week. The SAS survival book by Lofty Wiseman(I think thats his name...) is good for the longer time-span stuff.




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#24 13 years ago

Well to see how it might go, get some sci fi books.

A world energy failure was in a very good book from ondrej neff.

The book is called darkness and I consider it very good to say the least.

It plays mostly around middle europe, though the appendix says a lot about other countries or cultures.

Simply both europe and inland america suffered the worst.

Most Larger cities had a survival rate of 1/10, since water as well as sanitations fails, soon bodies begin to pile up, chaos etc ensues.

Governments stopped functioning, or of they continued to, they manage to control only areas around their own vicinity, since states stopped working. Since cars didn't work anymore, you get middle ages times. Further a lot of gangs rose to promince and there were many pogroms.

Simply put, our civilisation almost ceased to exist. Yet the people that did survive the diseases as well as famines were able to function.

Sure there were many things that were done, like the towing of all the death into certain houses and burning the house then down - there were enough empty ones. As well as the rise of brutality and much more.

Actually to say the truth, the book alked mainly about two things.

A) apathy of most humans -- oh they're lazy, they're gonna repair it on monday. The fact that cars don't work either means nothing. Or their concern of petty problems, like water clogging and such and not seeing the bigger picture.

B) the rise of brutality in the face of loosing the comforts of out civilisation.

So yes I would say that we are quite dependent on it.




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#25 13 years ago

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A) Or their concern of petty problems, like water clogging and such and not seeing the bigger picture.

having personally experienced this is not such a petty thing at the receiving end. Its a psychological thing. When people are placed in a situation beyond their control they cope well with the massive sweeping changes that occur and work through it. Its when the little things occur that people get angry and frustrated. Example? my 1st week at SERE had us pretty much beaten, tired and demoralized up the a-hole. But everybody was fairly confident in their ability to surmount it. It was only when it rained on day 8 and flooded out my little fire tent pit that i became pissed and angry at God. Lack of food? whatever. Cold nights? i can cope. instructors hassling you? its their job. but the second my little fire tent got pissed on by nature i wanted to kill something. Physically, i should have been more concerned about my rapidly declining health state and falling temps, but instead i was livid that the little hole in the ground and pile of smoldering sticks i spent 3 hours on was gone. you havent seen a man pissed off till youve taken away his fire.




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#26 13 years ago

Quite. But sometimes its the little problems that is the last straw, and everything just collapses from there on in.

Well to see how it might go, get some sci fi books. A world energy failure was in a very good book from ondrej neff. The book is called darkness and I consider it very good to say the least.

There's another good book, I can't remember the name or author, and it basically predicts what happens if human society, for some reason, vanished off the face of the earth.




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#27 13 years ago
Roaming East;3821803having personally experienced this is not such a petty thing at the receiving end. Its a psychological thing. When people are placed in a situation beyond their control they cope well with the massive sweeping changes that occur and work through it. Its when the little things occur that people get angry and frustrated. Example? my 1st week at SERE had us pretty much beaten, tired and demoralized up the a-hole. But everybody was fairly confident in their ability to surmount it. It was only when it rained on day 8 and flooded out my little fire tent pit that i became pissed and angry at God. Lack of food? whatever. Cold nights? i can cope. instructors hassling you? its their job. but the second my little fire tent got pissed on by nature i wanted to kill something. Physically, i should have been more concerned about my rapidly declining health state and falling temps, but instead i was livid that the little hole in the ground and pile of smoldering sticks i spent 3 hours on was gone. you havent seen a man pissed off till youve taken away his fire.

I know what you're talking about, when you get down to the bare minimums, taking away the tiny little luxuries(or, in this case, necessities) becomes absolutely infuriating. Well, now you know to make a roof for your fire and dig a moat around it, so, uh, hooray that mistake not being one that killed you?




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#28 13 years ago

my advice get the Giant Swiss army knife (or a regular one) that would help




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#29 13 years ago

One thing about the Swiss Army Knife: As great a tool as it is, you really don't want it to be your primary knife. Get a sturdy, reliable knife or handaxe for your primary cutting or chopping tool. For an area that has had more interaction with humans, as much as I love Victorinox, I'd recommend a Leatherman Wave or something, those wire cutters come in handy sometimes... I've got a Leatherman Wave, my Victornix Swiss Army Knife is missing, I've got a really crappy Chinese Rambo knife, a small Gerber hand ax, and a Gerber knife coming in the mail soon. A blade, rope, and waterproof cloth are the best things for survival, ever.




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#30 13 years ago

Get whatever knife Bear Grylls uses. He was chopping down bamboo and small trees with that thing.

Reminds me of Futurama

"Strangers come!" "Protect the fire!"