(from The Art of Manliness)
You’re lost in the woods, without phone service, and you need a way to signal your location to rescuers on the ground or low-flying aircraft.
Your city is roiled in rioting and chaos, some bad dudes are advancing towards you, and you need to create a distraction to escape and evade them.
It’s a weekend afternoon, your kids are bored, and you’d love to show them a fun and fiery science experiment.
Whether for survival, tactical, or experimental purposes, smoke bombs can be employed in a variety of scenarios.
They’re cheap, small and portable, and incredibly easy to make at home. You can keep them in hiking packs, car glove compartments, garages, etc. You never know when one will come in handy and either provide some weekend entertainment, or perhaps even save your life. Below, I walk you through the simple steps in making homemade smoke bombs on your kitchen stove.
Note: You are of course playing with fire for this experiment, so be prepared and be safe. A bucket of water (or fire extinguisher) is good to have on hand, and when lighting the bomb, use protective eyewear and some sort of breathing filter/mask. The smoke can be toxic, and if the wind blows the wrong way you could be accidentally inhaling it.
Now I remember making such things as a junior high kid, back when a kid could walk into the local drug store and buy 4 oz. bottles of potassium nitrate OTC with no questions asked! The formulae presented is strikingly similar to a solid rocket fuel we made – not that I’m suggesting anyone do such a thing! (I’m certain more specific instructions for rocket fuel are available on the Internet, along with search engines notifying the gov’t of the identity of the searchers…)
BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL THE HEATED MIXTURE DOESN’T REACH THE FLASH POINT WHILE MELTING! LEST YOU HAVE A SMOKE BOMB GO OFF IN YOUR HOUSE!
ANYWAY, the link above and below lead to the the specifics for the smoke bomb. I highly recommend you do NOT use them for anything nefarious!
Let’s all be careful out there! (Have Fun!)
via Theo Spark
My first thought was of Frank Frazetta, but this isn’t art, and there was no half-nude woman.
The Art of Manliness blog is my go-to place for such esoteric knowledge as how to dress, conceal a weapon or wrestle. IOW, manly things! 🙂
Being mostly disabled since age 12, physical pursuits were largely left behind to childhood. And now damn near elderly and infirmed, the idea of participating in COMBAT seems laughable.
But, in today’s political climate, with conflicts developing between States and the federal government, who knows?
At least I know how to shoot!
For those of you (like me) who never made it to the U.S. military, AoM offers a taste of what is required for combat readiness.
If social order ever breaks down where this is necessary, I suspect I will be holed-up somewhere making tin foil hats and praying. Leaving only to forage for stores I cannot make – like fresh water and TP!
For the rest of you…
Not the usual not enough (although I suspect that applies to most of us…)
Wisdom from Peter
There’s been lots of talk lately about doing away with bigger banknotes and moving towards a so-called “cashless society”. To name just a few recent articles:
However, when banks start charging you for the privilege of keeping your money in their vaults, that changes the picture. The Wall Street Journal reports:
For years, Germans kept socking money away in savings accounts despite plunging interest rates. Savers deemed the accounts secure, and they still offered easy cash access. But recently, many have lost faith.
“It doesn’t pay to keep money in the bank, and on top of that you’re being taxed on it,” said Uwe Wiese, an 82-year-old pensioner who recently bought a home safe to stash roughly €53,000 ($59,344), including part of his company pension that he took as a payout.
Interest rates’ plunge into negative territory is now accelerating demand for impregnable metal boxes.
Burg-Waechter KG, Germany’s biggest safe manufacturer, posted a 25% jump in sales of home safes in the first half of this year compared with the year earlier, said sales chief Dietmar Schake, citing “significantly higher demand for safes by private individuals, mainly in Germany.”
. . .
Germany’s love of cash is driven largely by its anonymity. One legacy of the Nazis and East Germany’s Stasi secret police is a fear of government snooping, and many Germans are spooked by proposals of banning cash transactions that exceed €5,000. Many Germans think the ECB’s plan to phase out the €500 bill is only the beginning of getting rid of cash altogether.
There’s more at the link.
We’ve already seen calls to eliminate the $100 bill in the USA, and high-denomination bills elsewhere. They’re never made out of concern for our interests – always to benefit Big Brother or the banks. Every time I hear such calls, I check, double-check and re-check my cash reserves (and expand them, if possible).
The anonymity factor is certainly important to many people, including yours truly. In an era when certain purchases (e.g. firearms, ammunition, etc.) are ‘politically incorrect’, I much prefer making private purchases whenever possible, paying cash instead of using credit cards or checks. (For that matter, some vendors such as PayPal and Square specifically forbid using their systems to buy such items, limiting one’s options.) Also, if electronic payment and/or processing systems should go down for any reason (such as the infamous EBT ‘outage’ a couple of years ago), cash will instantly be king once more – so it pays (literally) to have some on hand.
I repeat my earlier recommendation. Try to keep at least one months’ expenditure on hand, in cash – preferably in smaller bills such as twenties. If you can stretch that to two or three months’ worth, it’s not a bad idea to do so. You never know when that cash might come in very handy indeed.
While I respect Peter for his wisdom and sage advice, not unlike the ‘preppers’ , there’s only so much a ‘person of limited means’ can do.
There are months I run out of funds before they are magically replenished (being on a meager disability income), many times a week or 10 days before they appear. Things haven’t gotten better, since my roomie has had additional health problems and must work less, putting more of the burden on my shoulders.
We cannot save a month’s worth of expenditures; forget two or three! And, months of prepper goods? Fuggedaboutit!
I suspect we shall be relying on our wits and few firearms for survival, when TEOTWAWKI limps ashore our community.
…to cook in! NO – that’s a potfor! 🙂
This is no children’s joke…
NO, this is about STRATFOR
Earlier this year, private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, published its Decade Forecast, in which it projects the next 10 years of global political and economic developments.
While international analysts often try their hand at predicting the major events of the coming year, Stratfor believes that it’s identified the major trends of the next 10.
In many ways, Stratfor thinks the world a decade from now will be more dangerous place, with US power waning and other prominent countries experiencing a period of chaos and decline.
An interest part of all this (which, in order to read, must be emailed free to you – if you are not a Stratfor subscriber) is little mention is made of the United States. And the increase in ongoing, government-imposed tyranny.
We’ve a tendency, as participants in the American Experiment, to think ‘we’ will go on forever – I’m certain the Romans thought the same…
Still an interesting read.
(I’m not a subscriber – cannot afford it!)
“But wait, there’s more!”
I recently posted Tomi’s view regarding escalating our efforts against terrorism and supportive nations (an idea I support).
And, I have an addendum to her idea.
To wit, consider this argument:
Why were the Parisian terrorist attackers so successful in obtaining fear, terror and death?
Because of French and Parisian laws, the citizenry were unable to respond! As people in most schools, hospitals, concerts, military bases and all gun-free zones are in The United States.
Fact – most polls currently in the United States support the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
Fact – The Supreme Court has upheld this right as individual.
Fact – In so-called gun free zones, the recommended method of survival is to hide and wait for people with guns to come and solve the problem.
Let’s take the gloves off!
Every able-bodied man and woman who has has training should be carrying a handgun, everywhere. Including adult students, teachers and the military!
Let’s take the fight to them!
If some joker or a team of jokers decide to attack your place-of-business, church, concert hall, shopping mall or school, let’s show them that of which we are made.
If they want to see their god – provide an introduction.
It’s time to stop pussy-footing around. ‘They’ aren’t just in Europe and India, they are here! Whether they are imported here as ‘refugees’ or are ‘home-grown’ is of no consequence.
I DON’T CARE !
We need to stand up. As the military responds overseas, we need to here.
Let’s take the Republic back from fear of terrorism by being proactive in our ability to respond.
One of my fav blog reads is Not Clauswitz.
He recently shared his experience re: getting the equivalent of a 34 State CCW Permit!
The 34-State course material was presented in a friendly, instructive and inviting manner. 2-hours was spent on the Utah LE perspective that drives the acceptance of the AZ permit and produces the overall 34-state blanket of reciprocity. Utah being fairly different from California in attitude, acceptance, and emphasis was a welcome eye-opener. But mainly being able to complete the Utah and Arizona CCW fingerprint cards and application forms correctly is absolutely crucial, and after the step-by-step instructions I felt confident in the process.
“Utah being fairly different from California…” Duh. 🙂
Of course, with a number of ‘Constitutional Carry’ States on the list ever increasing, and people who actually read and understand The Second Amendment, the radical libertarian in me wonders at the meaning of such an act.
Sadly, the realist in me understands that many states are NOT yet Constitutional Carry, and others are downright fascistic in their approach to civilians possessing and carrying firearms. (Illinois, New York and Maryland come to mind. Not gonna mention California. I loathe stating the obvious.)
Fence-jumper made it farther in White House than Secret Service let on
The man who scaled the White House fence and was able to run through the front doors made it farther into the building than was previously reported, CBS News has learned.
White House Intruder GIF by Adam Baumgartner
And the intruder was ‘armed’ with a Spyderco pocket knife! (per the Today Show reportage).
(courtesy of Tamara) A Spyderco pocket knife… “He’s from Texas, honey,” I yelled at the television, startling the cats, “That’s not ‘armed’, that’s ‘dressed’, you island-dwelling herbivore!“
Personally, my concern is for the protection and well-being of The President of The United States. ANY President! I don’t want this Constitutional Republic to devolve into a Banana Republic, with bodyguards stepping aside a la Caesar or some high-ranking mobster to make way for some whack job (or trained assassin) to deny our right to vote!
And make Joe Biden the President…
Last time that happened, we got LBJ – and we all know how well THAT worked out!
h/t Never Yet Melted, View From The Porch
Today is the anniversary of the cold-blooded murder of actress Sharon Tate and her friends. Tomorrow will be the anniversary of the murder of the LaBiancas, also by The Manson ‘Family’.
You may visit the wikilink above for the particulars. Make certain you are of strong stomach before so doing.
(I originally was going to post unedited crime scene photos here. Decorum said to do otherwise. Those with such an interest may find them on Google or Bing.)
These brutal and gruesome murders of West Coast elite took place in 1969 California. By persons using guns and knives against others who had no means of self defense. In their own homes.
And that’s my point.
These folks had no reason to suspect massive home invasions were about to occur against them. And while California had restrictive firearms laws in place then, possession of them in one’s own home was pretty easy.
And none of those victims availed themselves of their rights.
This is not intended to scare you, unnecessarily. It IS, however, intended to scare you necessarily.
Even if you don’t want to carry a firearm with you in your travels, it behooves you to get an ‘appropriate’ one, learn how to use it and keep it in your home. Just as you would a fire extinguisher.
Home invasion crime is at an all-time high. If it happens to you and your family, I hope the miscreants are just looking for valuables, not torture, rape and murder.
Guess you’ll have to ask them when you see them…
Remember the phrase above, with regard to what appeared to be terrorist activity?
A number of folks have been caught – or at least their damage minimized – by taking such an action.
I, personally, found a credit card account (obviously being used to launder money) in the name of a now-infamous convicted terror suspect – when I worked @ TMCCC. (Providing more identifiers may be a violation of government secrecy laws!)
And, of course, the whole ‘guy rats out the intelligence community for numerous privacy violations against legitimate citizens’ thing!
We should all be proud of ourselves.
But, sometimes, finking goes too far!
Welcome to the New World Order.
So…what is the difference between being vigilant with regard to ‘suspicious’ behavior, and being nosy with regard to those folks who simply want to prepare for a downfall in civilization? A zombie apocalypse? An earthquake or hurricane – which the same government has been advising us to prep for such events for years?
Inquiring minds want to know. NO, I really don’t care. I’m tired of the government sticking it’s collective nose into MY business.
Emphasis on the word collective.
h/t Sipsey Street Irregulars