The Best Purchase Under $25 To Keep Your Home Safe

October 15th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

I recently discovered the magic of motion detecting lightbulbs. It was something I wanted to exist, and it turns out they do!

So of course I order a pack and gave them a try.

They work marvelous. We have some in the basement, and two at the front door. Perfect for safety and security, without needing to install anything else.

Best purchase I’ve made all year.

Now Is A Good Time To Talk About Trauma Kits

October 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

They’re right. And in this Twitter thread, they explain what you need:

  1. “First, you want a tourniquet. Soft-t is one of the best. Swat tourniquets are light, but less bombproof. Costs about $20. Take that shit out of the box and practice with it. The point of a tourniquet is not to stop the bleeding, but to reduce the diastolic pressure in the artery downstream of the wound. Nowadays, medics give em thumbs up. Can be on for up to 6 hours, lower chance of amputation necessary.” [Here’s a less expensive tourniquet]
  2. “Next: a modern hemostatic agent. Quikclot gauze or Israeli bandage. These *only* help stop bleeding. Israeli bandages are not tourniquets. They don’t apply anywhere near enough pressure to occlude the blood vessel. Rule of thumb: bright pulsing jets of blood? Tourniquet. Anything else: a hemostatic agent. Together, these two things fit in the palm of a hand and cost about $40. Pull the Israeli bandage out of its shrink wrap and practice with it. Put it in a sandwich bag.”
  3. “Next two things: gauze and tape. These are cheap as hell too. Don’t go wild. Gauze and tape isn’t there to make bandages. They’re for gushing wounds a tourniquet can’t reach: neck, torso, etc. You *pack* the gauze in there, tape it as tight as you can. Practice this. All total you should now have something that fits in one hand, costs about $60, and prevents bleeding out.”

“This is pretty much all you can and should have as a trauma kit without getting a certification through accredited training. Anything else is stuff you do *not* want to be fucking with under high stress without hands-on training. This is stuff you can practice with at home, learn exactly how it works, and use even without courses. Also, it’s cheap. It won’t help with *every* terrible injury. But unless you’re a fully-stocked and trained EMT, you’re not gonna be able to anyway. What this will do, is help with massive bleeding. The ABC’s require skill and training, not stuff.

“Extra stuff that can come in handy: a survival blanket to help with shock. Even this requires knowing how to use one properly. Exam gloves protect the patient from you. Get sturdy nitrile gloves that’ll protect you from *them*. Between this handful of stuff and a basic course in first aid, you’re about as ready to save a life as you can be. This will hopefully keep someone alive til actual help comes. And it costs a hell of a lot less than a gun.

“A decent, non-paranoid trauma kit costs about $80, fits inside a sandwich bag, and could save a life. Anything else requires actual training, and if you don’t have that why the fuck are you carrying it. Statistically, most Americans live in cities, less than 15 miles from work. Odds are, medical attention will arrive fast. Odds are, just stopping bleeding as much as possible will keep a person alive til they do, even with minimal training. Anything else is pretty much out of your hands until actual help arrives, unless your job *is* that actual help.

“It’s a hell of a lot cheaper than a gun, takes a fuckton less time than learning how to use a gun, and isn’t intended to kill people. Spend that extra time and money on such as donating to charities or whatever. Two birds, one stone. This is the cheapest, laziest way to increase the odds of someone surviving yet another American mass shooting.”

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Oh, and pookleblinky has some more gear recommendations too:

Survival Fishing With Your Bug-Out Bag

August 25th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Guest post written by Almo Gregor

If you’ve been around the prepping and survival community for any length of time, you’ve heard of a bug-out bag. While each person’s idea of one has slight variations, the core components are the same. But as far as I’m concerned, they all have one flaw in common: food rations.  

I’m not sure where the idea of carrying only three day’s worth of food came from, but pretty much everyone says the same thing. Well, I don’t know about you, but I intend to survive for more than three days. If I’m stuck having to walk, it’s probably going to take more than three days to get to any place I can call a survival retreat.

That means increasing the amount of food I’m carrying. But even that won’t be enough. I’m going to have to eat once I get there too. So I either need food cached at my retreat or some means of getting my own food; preferably both.

That’s where fishing comes in. The idea of hunting for food may seem like a great idea, but as any hunter can tell you, you can spend a lot of days hunting, without bagging a thing. So it’s not a very secure way of feeding yourself, no matter what anyone says. On the other hand, if you can get to any body of water, chances are pretty good you can get some fish; all you need is the right equipment in your bug-out bag.

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How To Get Temporary, Disposable Credit Cards

August 6th, 2017 § 1 comment § permalink

Using your own credit cards is a great way to let the authorities know where you are immediately.

Now, most folks already know about Visa Gift Cards, which you can buy almost anywhere, and use anonymously.

But here are some other services you might not know about:

  • Privacy.com – Free temporary virtual credit card numbers.
    • Pro: no fees
    • Con: You need to connect a bank account
  • Final – Free temporary virtual credit card numbers, plus a credit card with rewards.
    • Pro: 1% cash back
    • Con: You need to apply
  • Citi/Chase/BofA – Included virtual numbers.
    • Pro: No signup if you’ve already got one
    • Con: Must sign up
  • SudoPay – iOS app that generates virtual numbers.
    • Pro: No application, no sensitive info taken
    • Con: Must pay up to 10% fee

The Bourne Identity Burn Bag

August 13th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Secret Places [Hidden]

May 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I don’t know about you, but I love any type of secret compartment, lair or stash. Thanks to a small article in Wired, I discovered Creative Home Engineering which specializes in creating secret passages for people like me.

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Gadgets and Gear [Roundup]

May 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

     

Wired Article: GPS Trackers

April 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Historic Spy Gadgets

March 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

In this photo gallery, Wired takes a look at some of the most interesting gadgets showcased in the CIA’s new Flickr stream. Tire spikes, semi-submersibles, and the tiny Dragonfly UAV shown are among the list of tools and gadgets featured.

Whenever James Bond needed a nifty device to snap a surreptitious surveillance picture or escape the gilded clutches of Auric Goldfinger, he could count on the ingenious minds in the Secret Service’s Q Division to devise a solution. Real-world Bonds working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, and its precursor the Office of Strategic Services, could turn to the Office of Research and Development for similar tradecraft tools.

From mosquito drones to couture cameras, the CIA had its agents’ needs covered. Some of these devices are now displayed in the CIA’s museum, located at the agency’s Langley, Virginia, headquarters.

Tools of Tradecraft: The CIA’s Historic Spy Kit

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What You Should Carry [Gear]

February 20th, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

For a while, I’ve been working on a list of gadgets and other gear that I’d like to have with me at all times. Qualifications were that it had to be fairly legal and inexpensive, and fit in a small bag that could easily be hidden in a cache. Under optimal conditions, one would have a few of these stashed in several places easily accessible (like Bourne’s train station locker).

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