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8:34 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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OK, so it's time to be prepared for more terrorist attacks in the US. How are people gettng prepared?

I've got lots of fresh ammo. Got a central family meeting place deep in the boondocks. Got a few cans of nutrituos canned Spam and some canned veggies, a can opener, a jug of water, kerosene for the backup heater, some antibiotics and a full tank of gas. Oh, and some dust masks.

I really should get a small battery powered radio. Yep, thats next on my list.

Any other suggestions?

8:37 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>family meeting place deep in the boondocks.

Heh! I've got that part covered --I live there.

CNN was running a short list this AM, add plastic sheeting and duct tape.

8:42 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Commonly overlooked survival item - a lighter. Get plenty of them. It is always a good to be able to start a fire. I would look more to protecting myself from natural disasters than terrorism. It is more likely to flood or have a tornado here. I also live in the boondocks though.
8:44 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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My wife's trying to win me a place in the boondocks on HGTV.

A million dollar house in the boondocks - that's my idea of preparation.

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What's a boondock?

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8:47 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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as for general emergency use (as well as some regular all-around handiness), get yourself a DC inverter. You can run your car and use it to recharge a whole suite of battery-driven items around the house, including some power tools. At $50, they are a great basic item just for hurricane and storm preparedness. I also use mine to recharge digital camera batteries out on the road.
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Boondock = A hundred miles from nowhere. Where Daniel Boon used to hang out.
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I got about 20# of rice, about three dozen cans of ravioli and green beans, canned ham, 50# wheat flower, and about 500gl of pottable water (tank) since we have a well. I also have about 200 cords of fire wood, and a propane tank. I also have a windmill, and solar panels that can charge a chain of batteries, so we are ok for power. Medications and some serious antibiotics, fever supressors, surgery equipment, and burn help. But I had all these from a while ago...

I am thinking of adding a tank of 87 octane gasoline.

As for ammo, let's just say this county was the one pushing for concealed weapons law...I am the in the minority with no gunrack in the car (it's hard to fit it in a Volvo).

[edited by: Tapolyai at 8:52 pm (utc) on Feb. 11, 2003]

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I live in Canada - 'nuff said ;)
8:52 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hey Tapolyai:

Kennesaw (Cobb County) Georgia has a law requiring all residents to own a handgun. Are you close?

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8:55 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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CNN was running a short list this AM, add plastic sheeting and duct tape.

Yeah, I saw the same report on MSNBC. Pretty silly, really, to give people the impression that they'll be able to effectively seal their homes against a chemical weapons attack by duct taping plastic over the windows! Sheesh.

And then the warnings that "toxic chemicals" could be put into light bulbs? Yeah, technically; but the odds of infiltrating the manufacturing process that way would be pretty slim.

So one report veers from easing people's minds by telling them they might find protection in a way that they certainly will not, to creating fear about threats so unlikely they're not worth more than a passing thought.

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Hehe.

Oilman and I can fight them off with hockey sticks and frozen donuts.

8:57 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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We have quite a few guys here that were already operating out of underground bunkers ...this isn't even a warm-up call for them.

<added>
LOTS of that Y2k stuff will get dusted off now, I guess.

[edited by: rcjordan at 8:58 pm (utc) on Feb. 11, 2003]

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Poutine is also known to be an anti-agent to chemical warfare ;)
8:57 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hey lawman guess where I live. And yes they do let you know that when you move there.
8:59 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Kennesaw?
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After eating poutine, I have been accused of engaging in my own personal form of chemical warfare (if you know what I mean) :O
9:00 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Are you guys serious? There's a state the requires you to have a gun?

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9:02 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Not exactly lawman, but it is not unusual to have the neighbor complain that he is low on ammo for his 35mm Oerlikon, or the two women playing war games - one in a T-62 and the other in the M46...and that's normal.

You know how the Inuit kids can tell about a dozen different snow types? Well, the local kids can tell about a dozen different gilly suit/cammo versions...

[edited by: Tapolyai at 9:04 pm (utc) on Feb. 11, 2003]

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No Nick, a city.
9:03 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Kennesaw? yes right next door to KSU. I say I live in Atlanta because Kennesaw really is a part of it.

<added>Kennesaw State University</added>

[edited by: korkus2000 at 9:05 pm (utc) on Feb. 11, 2003]

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Kentucky State Uni?

Don't lose the euros here... ;)

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I live in Tennessee, have a carry permit and enough canned food to make it through about 6 months. There's 2 hams hanging in the smokehouse and I can shoot varmints out my back door, deer when they're in season.

Still have gas masks for the whole family and spare cannisters, now where did I leave those Atropine ampules?

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BTW, where Drastic and I live, duct tape is known as "Carolina chrome."
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Nick yes you must have a gun on the property. It has kept crime down.
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Anybody have a boondock I can borrow?

They told us that possible targets include large businesses, hotels, train and bus terminals, department stores, diplomatic missions, restaurants and other gathering places.

Not much else around here except apartment houses. Oops! Those are on the list, too.

Does give you a nice feeling of security seeing the boys in blue with their *big* automatic weapons, but have a sense of unease with the hazmat unit along with the semi-armored vehicles parked down the street.

The better half suggests we pitch a tent on a raft and make house on the river for the duration.

What about that boondock?

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Nick - Kennesaw ordinance:

Sec. 34-1 Heads of households to maintain firearms.
(a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the City, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the City limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore.

Fortunately, those with mental disabilities are exempt...

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>boondock Come on down, jim. 8 hrs SOUTH --but lose the accent.

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I can't understand any of this. I live in the Bay Area, California.

My idea of preparing - if need be - would be to drive to starbuck's, buy a nice, hot double mocha.

And then? Drink it, of course.

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I used to go to a night club in Moss Side, Manchester.

The bouncers would search you for knives at the door.

If you didn't have one they'd lend you one for the night.

(not sure a whether a smiley is appropriate here)

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