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8/27/14

2 Liter Bottles - 2 More Unconventional Uses

For those that missed it, we've got the awesome Bomb Rider leather morale patches back in stock. Get 'em while they're available!

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As a follow up to the last installment of Outside the Box, a couple notable uses for the ubiquitous 2L pop/soda bottle that didn't get covered in the comments.

Fish Trap

Via Black Scout Survival

A scavenger's take on the basket fish trap. Easy to make, set and forget. Small fish aren't exactly a filling meal, but they work well for catching larger game.

MRE Heater Bomb

MRE heater(s) + water + a 2L bottle = loud boom. Don't try at home, kiddos. More of a distraction device than a weapon, though certainly not something you want to blow up in your face.

8/23/14

Survivalist Garage Sale - August '14

As mentioned, clearing out some excess, unused gear. Payment via PayPal; barter a possibility. All prices include US shipping via USPS - small things will go First Class, larger things will go priority. And I'll likely toss in some free swag/surprises, too. Sorry, no International shipping.

Happy to combine shipping if you buy multiple items to save some moola.

If you want an item, say so in the comments and shoot me an e-mail at teotwawki.blog@gmail.com with the item name in the subject line.

And now, welcome to Barter Town...

Updates & What preps have you been working on?


Shop & Survivalist Garage Sale
Leather patches are enroute - should be here within the next couple of days. Those who are waiting won't have to wait much longer. Edit: They're back in stock and glorious!

I'm also kicking around the idea of a 'survivalist's garage sale' of sorts. Made it happen!

I figure I might as well give the tribe a crack at the loot before flipping it over to fleabay. Comment if you'd be interested.

On the survivalism front...
As I blogged a few weeks back, our primary goal at the moment is rebuilding our emergency fund. A portion of that money is allocated towards food storage and Rawles-style tangibles (we have both - this is adding to the stores), a portion is allocated to cash and money in the savings account.

All of that depends on having the leftover money to do so, which in turn depends on having and sticking to a budget.

Budgeting is one of the secrets to preparedness...you won't have the funds to do a whole heck of a lot without it. Increasing your income is another one of those secrets, but that's another topic.

8/18/14

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world...


And while we're distracted by the antics in Ferguson...

In Iraq, ISIS has been massacring Christians

Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, is the "first cradle of Christianity in Iraq," Habash said.

But after Islamic militants seized the city on June 10, Arabic letters with a chilling ultimatum were left at the homes of Iraqi Christians.

"The letter said that if you don't convert or if you don't pay, there is a sword between you and us, meaning execution." 
Source.
ISIS has been targeting Christians specifically and slaughtering them in horrific ways...crucifixion, be-headings, murdering whole families - done out of pure hatred and for shock value. We're only hearing bits and pieces reported back by the media.

Ferguson: Some things to think about...

With the happenings in Ferguson top o' mind, a few things to think about...

The police officer (Darren Wilson), whether it is determined to be a good shoot or not, has pretty much had his life thrown in the blender. He's had to bug out from his home, take the family and into hiding while the shooting is investigated. He's been the target of hacking attacks, had personal info dumped onto the 'web and received who knows how many death threats. If at the end of this, he's cleared of wrong doing, he'll still have to live his life as a pariah.

A private citizen could face similar circumstances (see: Zimmerman), and without whatever protection/resources available to a police officer in a situation like this. Your name and info would be out in the media within hours. You'd potentially be in police custody while your family freaks out at home.

"Kids"? Matching red a coincidence?

8/16/14

On Ferguson...

8/18 Update: National Guard has been called out to assist in quelling the violence.

A preliminary autopsy requested by the family of Mike Brown has found he was shot 6 times, all shots fired from the front and at a distance, not that he was shot in the back while fleeing or shot in the back of the head at close range as some have alleged.

There are at least two other autopsies being performed (one ordered by Holder/DOJ), forensics and other details we're all still waiting on.