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Half the battle is admitting that you have a problem

I think I have a problem

I can’t stop

Even though I say I’m going to

I am up late at night and still doing it

About a month ago I got a 150 LB. heavy bag for my birthday from my lovely wife

My hands are bruised

My wrists are swollen

My elbows are blue

Every night without fail

But man, does it feel good

I was actually surprised at  how quickly my conditioning returned

My wife just shakes her head

She didn’t know that I had a problem……

Treasury chief begins ‘extraordinary measures’ to avoid debt default

“Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is preparing to deploy “extraordinary measures” to avoid default as the nation’s debt limit again takes effect.

In a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) sent Friday, Lew called on Congress to quickly raise the borrowing cap for the nation’s $18 trillion debt “without controversy and brinksmanship.”

“Increasing the debt limit does not authorize new spending commitments. It simply allows the government to pay for expenditures Congress has already approved, thereby protecting the full faith and credit of the United States,” he wrote.
The nation’s borrowing cap was suspended over a year ago, and under that law it will again take effect on March 16. The limit will then be automatically hiked to cover all government borrowing that occurred over the suspension period.

But that also means that as soon as the debt limit returns, the government will immediately be at that ceiling. As such, the Treasury will yet again need to deploy its set of extraordinary measures to free up space under that cap to continue making payments.

On March 16, Lew said the Treasury will stop issuing a special type of security meant to help state and local governments comply with tax rules. Halting those securities is typically the first in a series of steps the Treasury takes to ensure it can continue to pay bills without extra borrowing room.”

From the hill: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/234847-lew-demands-debt-limit-hike-as-he-prepares-extraordinary-measures

“But that also means that as soon as the debt limit returns, the government will immediately be at that ceiling.”

Nothing to worry about here at all, we’ll just print more money. Now, just move along……

Bug out bag

Inside of my bug out bag, which rides in the back of my Xterra, is a smaller more portable bag that has all of the core survival goods in it. It is small enough and light enough that it can be removed and you could make a run for it without being unduly burdened.

Sub compact .22 pistol
50 Rds. .22 Ammo
2- Fixed blade knives
Hatchet (Fiskar)
Folding saw
2- 15 Mi. range FRS radios
2- 25 Gal. Water purifying straws
6- Coffee filters
3- 20 min. road flares(Emergency fire starters)
Exterior suture kit (10)
Interior (Dissolving)suture kit (10)
Emergency 5 band radio w/solar and dynamo
Various cords to charge stuff off Dynamo
1- sealed Surgical hip kit(Contains bandages,towel,scalpel, scissors)
2- Heavy compress bandages
Assorted band aid/bandages
Aspirin
Antihistamines (Benadryl and psuedophed)
Toothbrush, tooth picks and Dental floss
Leatherman tool
Fishing line, hooks and bobbers
Assorted lures
Para-cord
Compass
Flashlight and light sticks
2-emergency blankets
4-Packets Gatorade sports fuel drink
4′ Electric fence wire (Coiled tightly)
Wireless 120 DB motion sensor alarm
Flint and steel striker w/magnesium
Sheet of plastic 6’X 6′
Face black
Assorted zip lock bags this stuff is in
Water bag
A few other things that I know I have forgotten

I know that sound like a lot of stuff, but it fits in a very compact bag. The bag, which has rigid sides, is maybe 12″ long, 10″ wide and 11″ deep. In a pinch it has pretty much everything I need to survive for a while in it.

Now the big bag that it came out of is a different story. That bag has everything in it. I could survive indefinitely or possibly start a new civilization with the contents of that one. Even so that bag weighs in at probably only about 45 pounds and it even has wheels.

What’s in your wallet?

Arrow penetration: Heavy and slow VS. light and fast

This is great stuff By Dr. Ed Ashby. Check it out and read the whole thing there is a lot of great info there that can be applied outside of archery.

“Given two arrows of equal momentum, but with one deriving a greater portion of its momentum from mass than the other, the heavier arrow will change velocity (decelerate) at a slower rate as it passes through the tissues. In other words, the heavier arrow will retain a higher percentage of its impact velocity at any given time period during its passage through the animal’s tissues, thus it also retains a higher momentum at any given point during the time required for the arrow to penetrate.

Another way of saying this would be that, though the heavier arrow is traveling slower, it takes a longer time to stop. The result is that the heavier arrow will have a greater impulse of force than does the light arrow.

It is momentum that gives an object in motion the tendency to STAY in motion. The greater the contribution of the object’s mass is to the resultant momentum the harder it will be to stop the forward progression of a moving object. Anyone who has pushed a car in neutral and then tried to stop it will understand this. The more of a moving object’s momentum that is derived from its mass, the more TIME it takes to stop it with any given resistance force.

It is common for proponents of light and fast arrows to counter that the faster arrow will have traveled a greater distance through the tissues in the same time period than will the heavier, and slower, arrow. This would be valid were it not for the nature of resistance forces.

As the arrow’s velocity is increased the resistance does not increase equivalently. The resistance increases exponentially. The resistance of a medium to penetration is reliant on the square of the object’s velocity (assuming objects of a given coefficient of drag; i.e., using arrows with the same external profile, material and finish). In other words, if the arrow’s impact velocity doubles, the resistance increases by a factor of four. If the impact velocity quadruples, the resistance to penetration increases 16 times!”

Rest is here:http://www.tradgang.com/ashby/Momentum%20Kinetic%20Energy%20and%20Arrow%20Penetration.htm

Report: S&P to drop by 50%

From Forbes Chris Wright:

If you thought a low oil price was set to inspire a period of revived consumer spending and galvanized global growth, there is an alternative view you should know about. A report out today calls the impending end of the US business cycle, followed by a 50% drop in the S&P500 to 1,100 by March 2016 and another US recession.

The miserable soul who has predicted this grim event is Charles Robertson of Renaissance Capital, a regular fixture on this blog. He has a number of reasons for his bleak point of view.

One is history: that about eight years after the start of each mega crash (he cites 1929, 1973 and 2007), “the normal business cycle, and the consequences of measures taken to respond to that crash, combine to trigger another deep plunge in US markets.”

History in itself is not enough: one needs many other illustrations of trouble ahead. But Robertson thinks he has several. One is the fact that QE has had some daunting knock-on effects, starting with the rise of cheap lending and high commodity prices, then leading to a shale gas boom, and then in turn to the collapse of the oil price. We already know about the troubles Russia and Brazil are facing as a consequence, and Robertson thinks the next to feel the pain will be US banks, and commodity-exporting emerging markets (and more specifically the Eurobonds they have issued). Asset prices are too high and due a correction, and then there are a range of other worries, from renewed concerns about Greece to lack of growth in the broader Eurozone, from questions about the sustainability of China to geopolitical tensions.”

The rest here:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/chriswright/2015/01/13/sell-sell-why-the-sp-500-will-halve-in-2016/

Take the above and add this into the equation : http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-15/its-tsunami-swiss-franc-soars-most-ever-after-snb-abandons-eurchf-floor-macro-hedge-

I keep saying, sooner rather than later. How deep or how bad this will be if SHTF is hard to predict.  The culmination of it all could be the Cloward and Piven moment that unlooses the the masses of the great unwashed upon society.

If you haven’t already prepared then you are behind the curve. I have and have had the uneasy feeling for the past few months that this is going to be in real time soon. Hope I’m wrong…..

Oathkeepers taking donations for Bunkerville logistics

http://oathkeepers.org/oath/2014/04/10/action-alert-boots-on-the-ground-need-donations-for-food-and-water-at-bundy-ranch-standoff/?cp=2

Many more boots on the ground are going to be arriving over the weekend and logistical support is needed. Food , water shelter and essentials are needed.   If you can’t go yourself, support someone who is there.    I know that there is a lot of fugue in the situation right now with the whole cattle deal. If the situation goes hot, that will be gone and things will be crystal clear.     In that case I will be heading out.