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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.

8/13/14

Outside the Box: Unconventional uses for soda bottles

Oh the old 2 liter...so common, so overlooked.

So many possibilities.

Continuing this series where we examine common household items to and brainstorm useful survival and contingency uses for them, it's the soda bottle, found in stores, recycling bins and trash piles across the globe.

Yep, the container part is obvious and quite useful. They pretty darn good containers. Many folks recycle 2 liters for use storing emergency water or staple foods. They tend to hold up to some decent abuse, too.

But, soda bottles can do more than that...time for a knowledge share amongst the T-Blog tribe. Let's see what ya got.

I'll go first. Well, really, I'll flip over something I'd seen, forgotten and then had blog amigo EdWood remind me of when he shared on the Libre MX Facebook page (in Spanish but good pictures).


Civil unrest...riots in the streets. Cops are blasting the mobs with tear gas galore. Thick clouds of the noxious fumes are rolling over the area. You just want to get home without choking to death on your own phlegm.

Take your N95 mask (or soaked cloth...I've seen vinegar, lemon juice recommended, water is better than nothing), some duct tape or scavenged foam rubber, cordage and a scavenged 2L or other similarly sized plastic bottle. A little bit of craft work and you have yourself an improvised gas mask.

Complete instructions here.

Note that this is clearly an improvised, last-ditch kind of thing and your results will vary. If you have a high likelihood of dealing with tear gas or worse, get a real mask.

Now, let's see what creative, nefarious and useful uses you can come up with or track down for the good ol' 2 liter bottle.

Links to pictures, instructionals, YouTube videos encouraged. E-mail me if you've got original images or instructions you'd like to share.

8/11/14

Stickers are back in stock!

Stickers are back up and ready for order - head over to our store to get 'em!

Slight increase ($0.50) in shipping costs per order to better cover our expenses.

Found a minor problem with the new patches (not the leather ones - those are coming, these are more conventional vinyl ones) - my fault, no less. So, those are not going to be sold, but will be offered as freebies to contest winners and such.

8/10/14

Updates from Alex

Few quick blurbs for those who are standing by...

The shop will be re-stocked with goods tomorrow evening. Stickers, some new patches...good stuff. Stay tuned.

The 'book' version of You Took Away Tomorrow is taking shape, but slower than I'd like. It's a significant, end-to-end re-write - essentially a brand new book. I'm not going to throw down any timelines at this point, but it's still definitely in the works.

...and, we'll get another contest rolling here in the near future. Got a couple ideas for fun ones.

Thanks all for your readership and support!