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    How about this article by James Westley Rawles over on Survival Blog. It's called: Radiation Protection Factors For Dummies. Hey! A good place to start cuz even Wikipedia is giving me a headache. https://survivalblog.com/radiation-protection-factors-f/ MtRider ....I'll read it tomorrow...past midnight here
  3. North Korea

    How can we tell which version is right? I keep reading differing data....and I'm not qualified [tho I'm TRYING to get there] to judge what's accurate. Initially I was under the impression that the gamma ray went out with the initial blast and if you weren't exposed to that, then you were okay for gamma. [if you were exposed - you're dead soon] But Ambergris is validated by these articles.....explaining that it's the gamma "ray" is still being emitted by those Bits Of Matter which make up "Fall Out". (Not going to use QUOTE/UNQUOTE cuz it's not working right. Can't shut it off. RED GREEN PURPLE BOLD is mine.) A lot of data in this article......hopefully it's even accurate..... http://www.businessinsider.com/how-survive-nuclear-attack-fallout-radiation-2017-6 The threat of radioactive fallout A fearsome aftereffect of nuclear blasts is fallout, which is a complex mixture of fission products (or radioisotopes) created by splitting atoms. Many of these fission products decay rapidly and emit gamma radiation — an invisible yet highly energetic form of light. Exposure to too much of this radiation in a short time can damage the body's cells and its ability to fix itself, which is a condition called acute radiation sickness. "It also affects the immune system and your ability to fight infections," Buddemeier said. Only very dense and thick materials, like many feet of dirt or inches of lead, can reliably stop the gamma radiation emitted by fallout. ==================================== https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma_ray Shielding See also: Radiation protection § Electromagnetic radiation Shielding from gamma rays requires large amounts of mass, in contrast to alpha particles, which can be blocked by paper or skin, and beta particles, which can be shielded by foil. Gamma rays are better absorbed by materials with high atomic numbers and high density, although neither effect is important compared to the total mass per area in the path of the gamma ray. For this reason, a lead shield is only modestly better (20–30% better) as a gamma shield than an equal mass of another shielding material, such as aluminium, concrete, water, or soil; lead's major advantage is not in lower weight, but rather its compactness due to its higher density. Protective clothing, goggles and respirators can protect from internal contact with or ingestion of alpha or beta emitting particles, but provide no protection from gamma radiation from external sources. The higher the energy of the gamma rays, the thicker the shielding made from the same shielding material is required. Materials for shielding gamma rays are typically measured by the thickness required to reduce the intensity of the gamma rays by one half (the half value layer or HVL). For example, gamma rays that require 1 cm (0.4″) of lead to reduce their intensity by 50% will also have their intensity reduced in half by 4.1 cm of granite rock, 6 cm (2½″) of concrete, or 9 cm (3½″) of packed soil. However, the mass of this much concrete or soil is only 20–30% greater than that of lead with the same absorption capability ================================================ HA! This dude is sheilding from BETA PARTICLES! Anyway, if we keep battering away at the data, we'll get this figured out yet. Ambergris.....you said: " One thickness of sheltering material brings your damage down to half what it would have been. Two thicknesses bring your damage down to a quarter what it would have been. " Do you mean that the second thickness brings it down to the original half and additionally a quarter = three-fourths? In other words: Since each is cutting by HALF what is coming thru.......the first layer knocks out half and lets half come thru. The next layer cuts out IT'S half of the one half coming thru .....which would knock it out one MORE fourth of the original radiation amount... Right/Wrong? =============================== Y'all heard that Japan had a FALSE BALLISTIC MISSILE ALERT yesterday too, right? They called theirs off in 5 min. MtRider
  4. Sam's Club Closings

    Jan. 13, 2018 Alabama Irondale: 3900 Grants Mill Road, 35210 Alaska Anchorage, 8801 Old Seward Hwy., 99515 Anchorage, 1074 N Muldoon Road, 99504 Fairbanks, 48 College Road, 99701 Arizona Casa Grande, 2425 E Florence Blvd., 85194 Chandler, 1375 S Arizona Ave., 85286 Prescott Valley, 5757 E State Route 69, 86314 Scottsdale, 15255 N Northsight Blvd., 85260 California City of Industry, 17835 Gale Ave, 91748 Stanton, 12540 Beach Blvd., 90680 Sacramento, 3360 El Camino Ave., 95821 San Fernando, 12920 Foothill Blvd., 91340 Connecticut Manchester, 69 Pavilions Drive, 06042 Orange, 2 Boston Post Road, 06477 Florida Fern Park, 355 FL-436, 32730 Lantana, 7233 N Seacrest Blvd., 33462 Tampa, 5135 S Dale Mabry Hwy., 33611 Georgia Lithonia, 2994 Turner Hill Road, 30038 Illinois Batavia, 501 N Randall Road, 60510 Matteson, 21430 S Cicero Ave., 60443 Moline, 6600 44th Ave., 61265 Naperville, 808 S Illinois Rte 59, 60540 Romeoville, 460 S Weber Road, 60446 Streamwood, 900 S Barrington Road, 60107 Wheeling, 1055 McHenry Road, 60090 Indiana Indianapolis, 3015 W 86th St., 46268 Indianapolis, 10859 E Washington St., 46229 Goshen, 4024 Elkhart Rd #1, 46526 Louisiana Baton Rouge, 9598 Cortana Place, 70815 Maryland Owings Mills, 9750 Reisterstown Road, 21117 Massachusetts Worcester, 1 Tobias Boland Way, 01607 Michigan Farmington Hills, 32625 Northwestern Hwy., 48334 Lansing, 340 E Edgewood Blvd., 48911 Minnesota Moorhead, 2800 27th Ave S., 56560 St. Louis Park, 3745 Louisiana Ave S., 55426 New Hampshire Seabrook, 11 Batchelder Road, 03874 New Jersey Budd Lake, 81 International Dr S., 07828 Linden, 1900 E Linden Ave., 07036 Princeton, 301 Nassau Park Blvd., 08540 New York Jamestown, 720 Fairmount Ave, NY 14701 Rochester, 700 Elmridge Center Drive, 14626 Rochester, 1600 Marketplace Drive, 14623 Syracuse, 2649 Erie Blvd. E., 13224 North Carolina Lumberton, 5085 Dawn Drive, 28360 Morrisville, 1101 Shiloh Glenn Drive, 27560 Ohio Cincinnati, 4825 Marburg Ave., 45209 Loveland, 9570 Fields Ertel Road, 45140 Tennessee Memphis, 1805 Getwell Road, 38111 Nashville, 615 Old Hickory Blvd., 37209 Texas Houston, 1615 S Loop W., 77054 Houston, 13331 Westheimer Road, 77077 New Caney, 22296 Market Place Drive, 77357 San Antonio, 12919 San Pedro Ave., 78216 Virginia Norfolk, 741 E Little Creek Road, 23518 Richmond, 4571 S Laburnum Ave., 23231 Washington Auburn, 1101 Outlet Collection Way, 98001 Renton, 901 S Grady Way, 98057 Seattle, 13550 Aurora Ave. N., 98133 Wisconsin Madison, 7050 Watts Road, 53719 West Allis, 1540 S 108th St., 53214 Puerto Rico Barceloneta, 1145 Carr 2, Bo Florida Afuera Bayamon, Carr 830 Humacao, Carr 3 Km 82 Bo Junquitos https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2018/01/11/see-if-your-sams-club-closing-heres-list/1026816001/
  5. K-Mart And Sears Closing

    I did hear about some Sam's Clubs closing. I'll post the list in another thread.
  6. North Korea

    Three basic kinds of radiation, as I recall. Alpha is the most damaging, but can be stopped by anything more than a sheet of paper. Some sources say a sheet of paper will do it. Also, it decays fast. Do not inhale it, eat it, drink it, or get it on your eyeballs and it won't hurt you (directly) beyond a sunburn. Beta is next most damaging. It's when an electron is knocked out of an atom and zips off with lots of energy. It burns hard but not deep. Standard wisdom is that a quarter-inch of aluminum will stop it. But! then it produces X-rays, which need a second layer of stuff to absorb them. Gamma rays are what the halving thicknesses are for. Yes, you can combine air distance, books, and beds. One thickness of sheltering material brings your damage down to half what it would have been. Two thicknesses bring your damage down to a quarter what it would have been. I used to know whether three thicknesses brought it down to an eighth or to a sixteenth, but I forget. A thickness is an inch of steel, seven inches of water, two and a half inches of concrete, three and a half inches of brick, eleven inches of wood, and so on.
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  8. It's been a LONG time!

    A party sounds great! I didn't realize so many people had been gone. Welcome back everyone who has been away!
  9. K-Mart And Sears Closing

    When the Sears near us was closing, they raised all their prices, so even with the going out of business (whatever) the percentage off was, some of it wasn't great deals. Gotta know your prices. I think alot of people weren't looking at the prices and just loading their carts up in areas like the tool department. Other sections, like clothes, had stuff for a very long time because it was overly pricey. I didn't see it posted here, but did anyone else see about a bunch of Sam's Clubs closing? Apparently they didn't tell anyone ahead of time, just closed them. Even Sam's employees showing up for work were shocked. There's fewer and fewer places to shop.
  10. K-Mart And Sears Closing

    Our Sears is shutting down. I can't say I'm surprised, at all.
  11. Meals in a Jar

    I was looking at some backpacking/hiking forums and ran into this: https://knowledgeweighsnothing.com/dry-pre-measured-complete-meals-in-jars-just-add-water-and-cook/ Tons of meals you can mix up in a jar. Fair warning, they're lying about just adding water on some of them. :-P

    OK...will do! Today we battened down hatches due to incoming ice storms. We lose power a lot down here, because they don't replace the electric lines until they actually are brought down by tree limbs, etc. They take "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" ver-r-r-r-y seriously down here! So we have gennies in place and ready to go. I succumbed to temptation today at the dollar store, they had 25 cent seed packets. I cant resist cheap seeds! We got our carport finished today too. We could hold one heck of a party in there, it is huge. But that is a good thing, we can put two SUVs in there, plus there is an enclosed rear area for secure storage. So tomorrow we resume sorting boxes as to what goes where. Mary got her bed back, and I am waiting for E-mail info from Penske trucking (who leased our movers their trucks) as to their procedures with items left in the trucks. The mover, claims they just clean out the trucks and throw away anything left behind. I find that a little hard to believe....not without looking to see what it is....somebody somewhere has to have my 7 short wave radios.

    We are having a very cold winter here too. I'm staying plenty warm but I know I'll pay for it at the end of the month. Literally. I took the Jeep out tonight to keep it running. It was a little slow to start. I'll try it tomorrow during the day. If it's still sluggish I'll get a new battery. I'm not playing with it since I'm by myself and would probably have to call a tow truck for a jump. Probably cheaper to get a new battery and not worry about it. I don't have A.A.A. because I used to have S.O.N. It's -2 tonight and I've got a fire blazing in the fireplace. I've gotten good at starting a fire in the insert. Three little pieces of fat wood and two little pieces of twisted newspaper and a long nose lighter and off it goes. I swear by fatwood.

    Took DH to hospital for EGD today. He has an ulcer. It's been snowing all afternoon and evening--again. 4th time of snowing this year in the Deep South. Coldest winter in the 6 years we have been here! Went to Burger King for lunch and came home. Stayed in side except for taking care of goats!

    Still haven't heard yet from the mechanic that's re-building the tranny on my van. Last time Mr talked to him, he had all the parts...were hoping he'd have it done in a couple weeks. BUT the weather has turned off so bad I'm sure he didn't want to get outside and push the van back into his workshop :-( I'll be so glad to have Miss B back home where she belongs and where we have a backup vehicle.

    Did the "straddle and clip toenails" on Abby while Mr. held her collar :-) She doesn't like it so it takes us both. I've tried it myself and sometimes I'll get two toes...IF I'm lucky! LOL

    Other than doing our weekly volunteer work, we've stayed inside...literally. Only opening the back doo to let Abby out to do her job. Even she gets down to biz and comes right back. Last night with wind chill, it was -20. Today we had 9. Last time Mr. looked it was 4 :-( I do believe this is one of the coldest winters we've seen for a LONG, LONG time! With the snow on the ground it just makes it feel even more frigid. They've been opening the food kitchen in our area for those needing shelter from the cold. They provide cots and as many blankets and pillows as they can collect from the city, plus a warm meal. So far it's my understanding that they average about 10 each night. I don't know if that means there are that many that are homeless or if they just don't have heat systems in their homes...either way, glad it's there for them. They've even started opening during the day this past week. So glad there are people in our city that volunteer to stay there at night as over-seerers, otherwise they probably wouldn't be able to keep it open. I've even noticed that my knees ache when I first get in bed at night, until they warm up. We're not really warm ourselves. Thermo is at 68 and we turn on the EdenPur in the livingroom to supplement the heat while we're in there during the day. Gives this furnace some relief if we keep it turned down and run the EdenPur. No work done at the homestead. Maybe tomorrow?
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    Welcome back!
  20. It's been a LONG time!

    Soooo, we should throw a Welcome Back party for everyone who's recently found a way to get back on MrsS! Seriously, it was getting empty in our halls.... Glad all of you are back! MtRider

    MtRider ....we'd better pray for his wisdom and moderation!

    It snowed heavily yesterday as I was at the hospital for DH's knee replacement. Our sweet neighbor came over twice and plowed the driveway with his 4-wheeler. We've only been here a year, and the neighborhood has been a blessing and come to our aid. DH was supposed to dangle his legs over the bed last night, but he took the PT instructor for a walk in the hospital hallway. I can see that he's going to be hard to keep under control. However, after 43 years of marriage, they're not telling me anything I don't already know. Thank you for your prayers. DH has begun a new lease on life. The surgeon said that his old knee was in really bad shape. Nothing worth saving.
  23. It's been a LONG time!

    Welcome back! I remember you! I was gone for a couple years and I'm back now too.

    Canned 16 pints of glazed carrots, did laundry and made dinner. Wiped me out!

    Yup....whatever is on top of us....MOIST and now down to zero at 7 pm. Moist is unusual for us....trees will be drinking it up, I'm thinking. If they do that in winter. I ended up feeding in dark tonite. Would ONLY do that with doggie dear watching my back. Was talking long distance to friend in MO when it was time to feed earlier. Oh well, I don't do that often but feed later means they have full belly later to get them thru this verrrrrry cold nite. Then we're to warm up again. So look out.....y'all east of us. MtRider

    Our forecast for tonight..."Bundle up tomorrow morning. Wind chills like those expected (-20) may cause frostbite in as little as 15-30 minutes. Wind chill values will improve by the late morning, though will stay below zero throughout the day." We have about 3 inches of snow on the ground.
  27. It's been a LONG time!

    Welcome back! So very nice to see you!

    for Homesteaders today.... My biopsy report......all CLEAR! We're INSIDE the clouds today. And COLD! It's lovely, frosting the coniferous trees and bushes. Not slippery to drive ....yet. MtRider ....breathing easy now
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