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#168044 - 02/26/09 10:44 PM help me spend $25 on Amazon.com
Blast Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3558
Loc: Spring, Texas
Okay gear junkies, I have a $25 gift card from amazon. What should I buy?

I don't need any flashlights, knives, water treaters, or murses.

I am interested in pistol-mounted lasers, holsters, emergency power sources, solar water pumps, hand tools, fire starters, emergency preparedness books, etc.

Thoughts?

-Blast
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#168046 - 02/26/09 10:54 PM Re: help me spend $25 on Amazon.com [Re: Blast]
clearwater Offline
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Registered: 03/19/05
Posts: 979
Loc: Channeled Scablands
Here is a book I am reading on long term survival (we are talking
civilizations) the is very interesting with potential applications
for today, and is just a good read too.

http://www.amazon.com/Collapse-Societies...2413&sr=1-1

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#168049 - 02/26/09 11:21 PM Re: help me spend $25 on Amazon.com [Re: ]
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Registered: 06/02/06
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#168050 - 02/27/09 12:14 AM Re: help me spend $25 on Amazon.com [Re: Russ]
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Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
I would suggest some classics for bushcraft books.

Kephart

http://www.amazon.com/Our-Southern-Highl...5785&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Camping-Woodcraft-...5785&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Captives-Among-Ind...173&sr=1-20

Nessmuk

http://www.amazon.com/Woodcraft-Camping-...5785&sr=1-6

But your daughters might like a tent if you bought one.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_t_4_5?url=search-alias%3Dtoys-and-games&field-keywords=play+tent&sprefix=play+
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#168054 - 02/27/09 12:34 AM Re: help me spend $25 on Amazon.com [Re: Blast]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery.

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands by Brad Lancaster (2 of the 3 volumes are available, so far).

The NEW Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems - Includes Branched Drains by Art Ludwig

Sue

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#168138 - 02/27/09 07:17 PM Re: help me spend $25 on Amazon.com [Re: Susan]
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Pooh-Bah

Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 1970
Loc: NE Illinois
Maybe buy a few ResQMe's and give them to your loved ones?

That's where I got mine.

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#168149 - 02/27/09 09:04 PM Re: help me spend $25 on Amazon.com [Re: Blast]
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Registered: 05/04/07
Posts: 151
Loc: Sacramento, CA, USA
Hey Blast,

I agree with Sue and Izzy's recommendations. A reference guide is always a fun way to discover new things or new ways of thinking. wink

Matt Stien, the author of "when tech fails..." is a bit into mysticism but his engineering approach to survival problem solving is worth wading through the spiritual and political commentary. smile

If you are set on buying gear though I would recommend bug head nets. Also useful for fishing and catching other edible critters. wink Especially in your neck of the woods wink

Cheers,
Logan.
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#168161 - 02/27/09 10:58 PM Re: help me spend $25 on Amazon.com [Re: ]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
When Technology Fails... has a lot of references in it that could be extremely use. I noticed two large gaps in his book, but I forget what they were.

Sue

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#168183 - 02/28/09 04:42 AM Re: help me spend $25 on Amazon.com [Re: ]
LeeG Offline
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Registered: 03/24/08
Posts: 100
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Collapse is a great book, as is the author's other book, Guns ,Germs, and Steel.


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#168200 - 02/28/09 02:48 PM Re: help me spend $25 on Amazon.com [Re: ]
Loganenator Offline
Bike guy
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Registered: 05/04/07
Posts: 151
Loc: Sacramento, CA, USA
Hey Izzy,

Out of all the homeopathy recommendations in "When tech fails" I could see how the whole "colloidal silver" could potentially have a beneficial effect. In some of our microbiology classes here on campus I learned a positive charge does provide a mild antimicrobial effect. Since silver is relatively benign it has been used in everything from tooth fillings to polyester clothing to help decrease microbial growth. I even read a while back of folks making counters with a positive charge to kill bacteria.

Although taking it everyday seems excessive. We need a little exposure to bugs to adapt and retain our immunity. Don't want to get into a "bubble boy" scenario. wink

~Logan.


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