Silly String to Detect Trip Wires

Time is reporting that Marines in Iraq are using Silly String – the party favor in a can – to detect trip wires. They spray the string – which is really a foam – into a door way and it catches on the foam without tripping the device. Cool.

The Forgotten Survival Skill By Ron D.

I entered the Survival Blog’s writing contest and my entry was posted today. I’ve been thinking about writing on phsical fitness as a survival skill for awhile now. So when I decided to enter the contest it was the first thing on my mind. When people talk about preparedness they often focus on the stuff…

Perceived Risk vs Actual Risk

A great article on Bruce Schneier’s site about the difference between Perceived Risk vs Actual Risk. Here’s some bullet points # We over-react to intentional actions, and under-react to accidents, abstract events, and natural phenomena. # We over-react to things that offend our morals. # We over-react to immediate threats and under-react to long-term threats….

4 Gun Battles Against 11 Opponents

A very indepth article and analysis of the story of Lance Thomas, a jewelry store owner in LA who was involved in gun battles 4 times against a total of 11 attackers. My favorite quote: “Each and every one of them had died from a sudden and acute failure of the victim selection process.”

Surviving Tech

Haven’t posted in the survival post in a long time. Did you know there was a major natural disaster this week that took out power for an entire US state? Well here’s an article grading tech after Hawaii’s earthquake. We did a major clean out of the garage a couple of weekends ago and ran…

Signs of a stroke

Via Clayton Cramer: Signs of a stroke. During a BBQ a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food…

Evacuee

So I ran away. Took us 20 hours to get to my folks house in North Arkansas, which normally takes about 10. 4 hours of that was my fault. I decided to try and get tricky and go east a little ways and then north, avoiding the main artery of 59. What I didn’t think…

May Rain This Weekend

I’m writing this on the North side of Houston, Texas. Right now everyone is thinking and talking about Rita. It’s not unusual for Texans to talk about a Rita that will wipe you out, but normally it involves tequila and not Cat 5 winds. We’re doing some preparing. We like to think were “into” preparedness,…