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08/25/14 05:19 PM California Fisherman Fights for his life by jds

Over the weekend I heard an interview on "All Things Considered" of a lone-fisherman who became
lost for five-days -- and was ultimately rescued.

Here is the transcript (and audio) of the interview...


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08/25/14 01:52 AM Earthquake in Napa by AKSAR

I hope all of our CA members are OK and have not had extensive damage to their homes & businesses!

Damage From California Quake Could Top $1 Billion

A magnitude-6.0 earthquake hit the Napa Valley at 3:20 a.m. Sunday — the strongest temblor in the San Francisco Bay Area in a quarter century — destroying both opulent and modest homes, rupturing dozens of water and gas mains and causing injuries — mostly minor — to more than 100 people.
At least 120 people had been treated at the emergency room at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, said Vanessa deGier, a hospital spokeswoman. Most of the injuries were minor lacerations or abrasions caused by falling debris. But three patients were in critical condition, including a child who had been crushed by a falling fireplace. No deaths had been confirmed as of Sunday evening.
Despite the widespread damage, scientists said California was fortunate to escape greater devastation from the earthquake, which exposed gaps in the state’s preparedness. The historic 1906 San Francisco earthquake was about 500 times larger than Sunday’s temblor.

“It is truly small — small compared to what California has experienced in its recorded history,” said Ross S. Stein, a geophysicist at the United States Geological Survey.

What is particularly disturbing is that some buildings that had been retrofitted to withstand earthquakes still failed in this M 6 event. This is not encouraging for when an even stronger event occurs, which will happen sooner or later. As most ETS readers are aware, the earthquake Magnitude Scale is logarithmic with respect to deflection on a seismograph. Thus an M 7 event has 10 times bigger amplitude. However, in terms of energy release, an M 7 event releases almost 32 times as much energy as an M 6! See the USGS earthquake calculator.

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08/22/14 03:57 AM PSK Reviews! by Burncycle

I was a boy scout and I always liked the outdoors, but what really got me re-interested in the whole topic years back was reading Doug's survival kit reviews on the site. It inspired me to make my own, I went through a ton of iterations, and ultimately learned a lot which I suspect was more the point than realistically ever actually needing it.

I know he doesn't have a lot of time to update the site, but there are so many commercial kits that have come out over the last couple years, if any of you have experience buying any of these commercial kits (or even your own) I'd love to see your thoughts on it in a similar fashion.

Even if just unofficial, a compiled place to report the pros and cons of these new kits might spark some interest in some young kids mind and lead him or her on a path of learning and discovery!

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08/21/14 10:45 PM Paracord Bracelets by Deathwind

Yeah they're all the rage. But finding one to fit my wrist, or the little woman's slender wrist just didn't seem worth the effort.
Until now.
I've found a buckle which not only has a whistle, but a small ferro rod and scraper built in.
Does anyone know anything about braiding these bracelets? Such as a website called braiding for dummies with big clumsy hands? And can additional supplies be concealed in the braiding?

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08/16/14 08:37 PM Portable wind power generator? by dweste

Any experience with such a thing? Home-made? Commercial?
Trying to find a portable wind power generator for use on my sailboat. Thanks!

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