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#143739 - 08/11/08 08:35 PM Infrastructure: A Field Guide
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This looks like an interesting book for anyone who wants to know more about mechanical side of keeping our society moving.
Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape

From the description:
"This unique and fascinating book covers the parts of the landscape that are often overlooked despite their ubiquity--objects such as utility poles, power lines, cell phone towers, highway overpasses, railroad tracks, factories, and other man-made mechanical marvels. And they are not just in urban areas, but include out of the way "ecosystems" such as mines, dams, wind farms, power plants, grain operators, steel mills, and oil refineries. In Infrastructure, Brian Hayes offers clear explanations of the systems that keep the modern world running, including agriculture, energy supplies, shipping, air transportation, and the various ingenious methods of recycling and managing the waste we generate. "

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#143790 - 08/12/08 01:05 AM Re: Infrastructure: A Field Guide [Re: Blast]
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From my stool facing the corner, let me once again pull the dunce cap firmly down over my ears to ask: what kind of things would I learn that might aid my survival and preparedness goals?

Questionus ignorantus secundus: is this the stuff that sabotours (ours) and terrorists (theirs) already study?

Thanks.


Edited by dweste (08/12/08 01:14 AM)

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#143792 - 08/12/08 01:22 AM Re: Infrastructure: A Field Guide [Re: Blast]
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Is this part of the Time-Life "Do It Yourself Terrorist" series?

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#143829 - 08/12/08 10:21 AM Re: Infrastructure: A Field Guide [Re: Fitzoid]
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Don't need this for target selection. Look for the big sign saying "water plant", or anything big and complicated looking with a lot of powerlines going in or out. That is where you put the HE.

This just means you can know it's proper name.
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#143831 - 08/12/08 11:07 AM Re: Infrastructure: A Field Guide [Re: ironraven]
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Originally Posted By: ironraven
Don't need this for target selection. Look for the big sign saying "water plant", or anything big and complicated looking with a lot of powerlines going in or out. That is where you put the HE.


That's what sabeteurs do. Terrorist just look for whereever lots of warm bodies are close together.

Jeff

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#143835 - 08/12/08 11:39 AM Re: Infrastructure: A Field Guide [Re: ironraven]
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Originally Posted By: ironraven
This just means you can know it's proper name.


Who's going to do the translating? grin
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#143838 - 08/12/08 12:22 PM Re: Infrastructure: A Field Guide [Re: dweste]
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C'mon guys, think "MacGuyver"! The key to successful improvising is to know what resources you have available. This book struck me as a way of learning more about those resources. I bet Wildman understands this (his I-spy posts are perfect examples). Plus, knowing how something works helps you understand how it could go wrong, and just maybe how to keep it running again, or scavenge it into something useful in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled future. grin

Like my high school ring says, Knowledge is Power.

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#143859 - 08/12/08 02:22 PM Re: Infrastructure: A Field Guide [Re: Blast]
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Originally Posted By: Blast
C'mon guys, think "MacGuyver"! The key to successful improvising is to know what resources you have available. This book struck me as a way of learning more about those resources. I bet Wildman understands this (his I-spy posts are perfect examples). Plus, knowing how something works helps you understand how it could go wrong, and just maybe how to keep it running again, or scavenge it into something useful in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled future. grin

Like my high school ring says, Knowledge is Power.

-Blast


Agreed.

There are too many of us to go back to living in huts, hunting and gathering.

The one's with the knowledge to rebuild are the ones with power and a survival edge.

Terrorists already know how the stuff works in order to break it.

It's the rest of us (public at large) that don't have a clue so that we can fix it.

(on that note, I need to sign myself up for one of those Home Depot DIY classes on electrical stuff).

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#143862 - 08/12/08 02:30 PM Re: Infrastructure: A Field Guide [Re: samhain]
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Yeah, I'll sort of agree with you on this, but if someone took out the municipal sewage treatment facilities, many of us would be poopin' with shovels.
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#143876 - 08/12/08 03:17 PM Re: Infrastructure: A Field Guide [Re: dweste]
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Originally Posted By: dweste
From my stool facing the corner, let me once again pull the dunce cap firmly down over my ears to ask: what kind of things would I learn that might aid my survival and preparedness goals?

Questionus ignorantus secundus: is this the stuff that sabotours (ours) and terrorists (theirs) already study?

Thanks.


I would enjoy hearing an answer to question one, and take it that the answer to question two is "yes."

Thanks.


Edited by dweste (08/12/08 03:18 PM)

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