Survival Spectrum

Practical Preparation and the Survival Spectrum

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There is a spectrum of self-reliance and preparedness examples in our world today. On one hand, there are people who feel it is unnecessary or even foolish to put resources such as time and money into such endeavors. On the other hand, some folks spend tremendous fortunes on building survival retreats, acquiring firearms, and training [...]


First Impression: Condor Summit Softshell Jacket

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Everyone has an opinion when it comes to gear.  I have been looking for the wearable equivalent to a Bug-Out Bag that I could test out.  I was less concerned about fashion and more about function.  Mike R. has an upcoming article about avoiding the Tactical Tuxedo which will cover some of these topics.  I [...]


Driving on Snow and Ice

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Yesterday morning I received a call from a good friend and hopefully future SA contributor, who after seeing the insanity taking place in the southern states suggested an article on driving in the snow and on icy roads. Having grown up in New England, driving in bad weather is a way of life. While we [...]


Nuclear Armageddon Turns 50

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This week we celebrate one of the funniest comedies of all time about an incredibly unfunny topic.  Dr. Strangelove: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb celebrates its 50th birthday. From director Stanley Kubrick who created such classics as A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Yes, I know [...]


The Winter-Pocalypse Arrives in Atlanta

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General Sherman evacuated the civilian population of Atlanta when it surrendered after a five week siege in 1864.  He then destroyed Atlanta by fire.  Nearly 150 years later, we watch as the city is brought to its knees by Mother Nature with ice. The stories coming out of the area are crazy and this article from [...]


In a Survival Situation? Send out an S.O.S.

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The proverbial crap has just hit the fan and the fan is on high.  Whether a gunman opened fire nearby, your car died on an icy back country road in a snowstorm, or you looked outside your bedroom window to discover someone added the Apocalypse to your morning schedule without giving you a courtesy call, [...]

Home Security

Mobile Passive IR Home Security (PIR) for <$100

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I came up with this idea while visiting my uncle in Steamboat Springs, CO.  With the heavy drought that year, the bears had been coming into town for food and were tearing apart hot tub covers and other items outside homes.  I was working for Lutron at the time and had a sample of our [...]


Cold Weather Injuries

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Below please see the powerpoint on cold weather injury prevention and treatment. It’s a powerpoint presentation from the Northern Warfare Training Center (NWTC). This is the same class all new guys took upon arrival to Alaska as part of Arctic Light Individual Training or  ALIT as it was known back then, now called Cold Weather [...]