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  2. North Korea

    Does not change the consistency. Just can't plant (or sprout) it.
  3. WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Still packing. Quota was raised at work mid-month, so I've been doing that through the weekend too. Closing is set for Thursday!!!
  4. Yesterday
  5. K-Mart And Sears Closing

    KMart was dying around here a long time ago, and they closed the last "close" one to us last year. Sears lost us a LONG time ago, so I'm not really sad. It used to be the go-to place for good quality stuff, and you could count on helpful employees who cared about service and quality. They allowed this single female with a good job a credit account when it was still kind of rare, so I bought my first home's refrigerator there before I married. And it was the ONLY place my husband's family would buy appliances and other larger home products. Until they needed a new stove and couldn't find ANYBODY in the store who was willing to actually look things up and try to help them. My husband went with his Dad to help and came back very sad and upset, and told me how his parents and he would never again trust Sears for anything. And so it ended for us. Sam's Club was a surprise, though. What I was told is that Amazon has taken so much of their business that they want to recreate a similar model that will be online order & then delivery to the home. I refuse to allow home delivery of my food products. I want to choose what I buy, myself. I cannot imagine allowing a stranger to not only deliver, but enter my home while I am not there to put it inside. Crazy world.
  6. WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    The wind bent the pipe holding the dish up above the roof. Now when it blows, I get extra bass inside the house.
  7. WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Unusually cold winter for AZ, isn't it? Annarchy? That blob of moisture passed over us and left us with 5" of white stuff. NEEDED the moisture but....it's a lot of work to remove from places it can't stay and freeze up solid. So far, we haven't gotten above 6* .....after 40* yesterday. Tomorrow will be sunny and begin to melt/freeze/melt/freeze all of this. Needs to move today while it's still fluffy. Been empty here in MrsS the past couple days. Hope everyone is doing well. MtRider
  8. WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Good Morning. Frosty here, this morning, and sunny. 38* at 8 am. We were expecting the cold weather and all the garden has covers on it. It even rained (sprinkled) for a couple of hours yesterday. If it stays sunny and warms up somewhat, I will hang the garden covers on the clothes line to dry them out. I wanted to make 3 zippered throw pillow cases, to replace the ones that are getting thread bare from 30+ years of use & washing. I cut the new material and got all the tools and supplies I needed for the job. I had bought a newer sewing machine at a yard sale, threaded it and tested the stitch. The top tension is extremely loose and nothing I did will tighten it. Frustrated, I got my old (1960’s) machine. Shucks! The foot is not working. At all. Figures. 2 machines and I have to make them by hand, if I want them. Good thing I was taught to sew by hand. I just wish the materials edges didn’t need to be zigzagged. Meh, that’s life. We have a desert willow tree in full bloom attracting bees. All you hear when you get near it is the buzzing of 1,000’s of honey bees. Every time the dogs walk under it, they get covered in tiny little yellow/green flowers. Well, time for me to get going. I hope everyone has a great day.
  9. North Korea

    I was afraid that would be the case....since it damages cellular structure..... But...that's something else to keep in protected areas. So the post in Survival Blog about using some of your grains and legume buckets for 'mass protection'.......you could probably still eat it [would it change any of the consistency?] but not as seed. MtRider
  10. North Korea

    Gamma rays damage plants and seeds.
  11. Last week
  12. North Korea

    I found an interesting device.....Nukemap..by Alex Wellerstein Interactive so you select a city/town/location and select nuke type; select different wind directions.....{which is a bit depressing, btw} Sooooo.....I have no idea of it's accuracy...but, it's interesting. {{Got phone call and forgot the link....gaah}} http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/ MtRider
  13. 2018 January Free eBooks

    This one is free at this moment: Mrs. Owen's Beginning Prepper Guide for Women: Looking to the Future with Joy
  14. North Korea

    Ha! I found that thread I was thinking about. It would be good to go down to the Edge and review that data too. Gunplumber opens his comments with this: ======================================================= Posted January 5, 2017 (edited) Ok, this is something I know a little about, as in my distant past ( from being a ninja warrior), I was a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Warfare NCO. Also, my graduate work in strategic studies centered largely on nuclear targeting. So anyway - to try to make a very complicated subject simple. <SNIP> ====================================================== So I'm going back down there to refresh in my mind, what he had to say about radiation, etc. I think I've forgotten it....again.... Oye! WHAT'S that box???? I put it in as a plain ole ordinary LINK .....then it transformed to ....that... Too many buttons.... MtRider
  15. North Korea

    Yeah.....I've done this before and either I'm not remembering clearly or I didn't get it....yet. I copied the 'Dummies' article last nite to my computer and I'll read it today. Buckets of wheat are also 'mass'. [Does the gama emitions damage garden/field seeds???] We also have to find this same topic.....and Gunplumber had some great contributions/explanations there too. In Edge? MtRider ....homework for a renewed, skeery era of time.
  16. Sam's Club Closings

    Danggg it. The 2 closest are closing.
  17. K-Mart And Sears Closing

    The only KMart remaining in Alabama is near us and they are closing by the end of this month.
  18. North Korea

    Thanks Ladies! I've read your posts and the Survival Blog article and I think I'm starting to understand it. I appreciate the info!
  19. WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I'm glad you are getting settled in Kappydell. I don't ever plan on moving again. It is just too hard. Good news on your hubby Homey. It sounds like alot of us and our hubbies are needing "maintenance work" We got about half an inch of snow Tuesday night. Other nearby areas got alot more. Our temps have been really low with wind chills. Today it is supposed to get above freezing. YEA!! Our schnauser (sp) had a hematoma on her ear. We had to have surgery and I couldn't believe how much it cost. I really had to think about spending big money on her. We are on a very fixed income and she is getting old. On the other hand she is very sweet and has been very healthy so far. DH is crazy about her too. I told him that I would have to think about spending that much money on him if he got sick again..lol Have a great day all!
  20. It's been a LONG time!

    I'm glad to see you back!
  21. North Korea

    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
  22. 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
  23. 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/
  24. K-Mart And Sears Closing

    I did hear about some Sam's Clubs closing. I'll post the list in another thread.
  25. 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.
  26. 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!
  27. 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.
  28. K-Mart And Sears Closing

    Our Sears is shutting down. I can't say I'm surprised, at all.
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