Originally posted by The Blade Runner...with the war on iraq looming and me being a pesimist, i have started to put a survival kit
Actually, being pessimistic will help you plan better for worst-case scenarios you may face...If the situation *does* get that bad, at least you're
ready for it...If not, then survival will still be that much easier to manage.
Originally posted by The Blade Runner...12 ltrs of water...
Carrying actual water may sound like a good idea, but in reality it's a pain to have to haul around with you...Having *some* water onhand is a good
idea, but you'll also need to locate an area that has freshwater available (river, stream, whatever...Not seawater, though) & have the equipment to
be able to *filter* it. Also, there are pills that chemically "scrub" water to make it potable as well, to take care of impurites that can get
through conventional filters. Not only that, it's *much* easier & more practical to carry around filters & scrubbers than it would be to carry a
*useful* amount of water.
Originally posted by The Blade Runner
glow sticks incase the bulb in the torch breaks and i need to change the bulb and need alternative light without being power dependant,
There are "crank-powered" flashlights available...Basically, they generate their power by the user constantly squeezing a lever built into the
handle. A pain in the arse to maintain the light for any length of time, but quite useful...There's probably not going to be a lot of circumstances
where you can't get by with letting your own eyes adjust to ambient light sources.
Originally posted by The Blade Runner
tinned foods, and foiled wrapped foods nuts ect, about 10 days worth
It's best to learn how to "live off the land" as much as possible...Keep your preserved foods in *reserve* as long as you can, using them only if
natural food sources are scarce. Learn how to hunt, trap & fish to keep yourself healthy as possible with a varied diet. If there's a lot of meteor
dust & water vapor suspended in the air blocking sunlight for more than just a few days, many food-bearing plants will die off due to lack of
sunlight...Then the herds of herbivores will begin to die off from starvation, then followed by carnivorous predators who will become more
*aggressive* in competition for food until many of them die off as well. I figure everyone should be *aware* of the possible scenarios that they may
face in order to help with the chance to survive. Even if the situation doesn't get that grim, at least it's good to plan ahead for that
Originally posted by The Blade Runner
a source of fire, matches/lighter more than one probably
It might not be a bad idea to learn how to identify & locate flint (as well as stock a decent supply of it)...Sooner or later, technological items
will wear out or become damaged. Practice starting fires with flint, so that you *know* you can still get by without technology if you need to.
Originally posted by The Blade Runner...2 first aid kits...
The importance of simple aspirin & anti-bacterial first-aid cream can *not* be overestimated...Also, learn about natural antibiotics that you can
identify in the wild as well...It's nearly impossible to anticipate how much first aid cream you'll need to have available if you need to survive
for a long period of time & carrying too much of it would bog you down anyway. For bigger wounds, needle & thread are pretty much mandatory, as
painful as that sounds. Rubbing alcohol is also a very useful item...Make sure you have plenty of it, but use it sparingly to make it last longer.
Perhaps even learn what you have to set up to be able to distill your own, just in case you wind up "walking the wild side" longer than you
Originally posted by The Blade Runner...a multitool...
Preferably something that also allows you to cut wood & natural fibers so you can build small shelters & make twine. Some survival knives also contain
some fishing gear. For some of the reasons stated above, you may wish to suppliment this supply of fishing gear with some more of your own...
Originally posted by phoenix_cross...assorted tools and supplies etc... hammers, nails, screwdrivers, sword and knives, rope, gun to
hunt with, lights and lighters, fire and stuff, even some flint stones if need be, water purifiers err actually part of first aid kit, and a portable
radio with batteries and stuff.
Nails can be made of wood, if you're decent with a carving knife...In ancient times, boats (& even sometimes huts) were made with wooden nails.
Screwdrivers can be used for a variety of purposes, but you're not likely to find screw to use it on unless you intend to be able to repair your own
equipment with it. Portable radio won't do much good if your batteries age long enough to leak their charge or you simply use them up...Put together
a small turbine that can be turned by the flow of a stream (You've already mentioned water purifiers, so I'm presuming that you already intend to
find a source of freshwater) & make it capable of connetion to a battery charger. If you can get ahold of a solar-powered battery charger, great...But
it's likely to be a bit expensive & if the sunlight is blocked by meteor dust & water vapor for a long period of time, it'll be useless.
Originally posted by dragonrider Plait, author of "Bad Astronomy" (Wiley & Sons, 2002) and founder of a web site by the same name,
told SPACE.com these latest conspiracy theories share a common trait: "They all have the distinct disadvantage of not being based on
And what is one of the main reasons that the general public lacks these facts? Mainly because it's already been proven & even *openly admitted* by
the government & NASA that they will not give the *honest facts* to the public in the first place. They've destroyed their own credibility, then
blame the people for ignorance *that they themselves have caused*. It's all just a case of political double-talk...But it's double-talk that someday
may well be the herald of human extinction. Humankind would stand a better chance of at least marginal survival if we are at least *aware of the
honest facts* & get prepared to attempt survival of a major world-wide disaster. Without the *honest facts*, our chances of survival are drastically
reduced. And yet they've destroyed their own credibility...They've cried "wolf" so many times for so long that there's no way that they can be
trusted to provide the *honest facts*.
I've also heard of theories that question the fact that we've only just recently been hearing about all kinds of possible impacts & ask if the human
race has *always* lived with this kind of danger & why haven't we been extincted before now if the danger has always been so great...etc. Well,
studying some astronomy on the galactic scale, I've learned the answers to at least *some* of those questions. In a way, yes, we've *always* faced
the same danger but only through modern scientific observation of the galaxy at large & the advent of mass communication has the "average joe" been
made aware of it. However, the *level* of the danger has been cyclically consistent, but variable in the *amount* of danger present at any given
It seems that, looking at the galaxy as a whole, that our solar system does not stay "level" on it's orbit in the galactic ecliptic plane...Not
only do we orbit around the galactic core, but we also "wobble" up & down in relationship to the galactic ecliptic plane itself. It takes about 30
to 35 million years to complete a full cycle of our "wobble" up & down & for the most part, our solar system remains in a relatively sparse
However, in one of our portions of the "wobble cycle", we cycle our movement into, then out of a "belt" of cosmic debris that orbits around the
galaxy with us, lower on the galactic plane than the average medium position that our solar system orbits. Our wobbling orbit takes us down into, then
up out of this belt of debris once every 30 to 35 million years. Each time this happens, the gravity well of our solar system tends to pick up a
"fresh supply" of cosmic debris...This is where most of our solar-system asteroids & comets comes from.
The good news is that we last passed *out of* that belt of debis about 2 million years ago.
The bad news is that it takes our solar gravity well about 2 million years to pull that supply of fresh debris into the area where our planets orbit
the sun...If this information is correct, that means that the "Dino-Killer" was a part of that "fresh supply of debris" that happened to hit Earth
about two of our "wobble cycles" ago...Archeologists have dug into evidence that mass extinctions on our planet have occured in cycles about 30-35
million years apart; The "iridium layers" that Dragonrider have mentioned are a key clue to this because such evidence of mass extinction have
coincided with galactic "wobble cycles".
The last known great exticntions known to the general public was the end of the dinosaur era about 65 million years ago...Even if we happened to have
gotten lucky 30-35 million years ago on our previous trip through the "debris belt" that would only mean that homo-sapiens hadn't evolved at that
time to see it; The entire known 2-million-year-old history of homo-sapiens has occured since our most recent trip through the debris-belt...And our
"fresh supply" of new debris is due to arrive...This is the explanation that I've gotten that seems to make sense as to *why* we seem to be having
a higher rate of "close encounters" in comparison to atronomers' reports from only a few hundred years ago.