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Ammo / Re: National Ammo Day/Week 2014
« Last post by razorbacker on Today at 11:18:51 AM »
Since I shoot old firearms that use antique cartridges I have been able to find ammo (.22 LR was tough for a while, but it's slowly coming back.  The price hasn't even gone up as much as I feared.  I guess Remington must have the new Lonoke plant up and running, since I'm finding bricks of Golden Boys again).  I'm not real big on running out to do something on a certain day, being the sort of chump that does things when convenient to me rather than trying to be 'one of the boys'.

I don't hunt waterfowl anymore so I had missed the price increase on suitable shotshells.  I was in Mack's Prairie Wings in Stuttgart a little while ago, and was shocked at the price of duck ammo.  Lead-free, though, so there is that.  But I tell you folks one thing, hunting is on the way out.  Were I still a young man, I wouldn't even start.  It's just too expensive for the average person, if you kit yourself out in the now-approved fashion.

If you average out the actual cost involved in taking wild game, you'll save money by eating Krugerrands.
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General Discussions / Re: U.S. Power Grid Vulnerability
« Last post by Bonnie on Today at 10:07:35 AM »
Arrgh! This is the sort of thing I've thought possible for a long time, but I never suspected China. If the power goes off in our area, I hope they are kind enough to not do it in the middle of winter. I depend on electricity to keep my animals' water liquid.  ???
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General Discussions / U.S. Power Grid Vulnerability
« Last post by Dale00 on November 21, 2014, 08:22:22 PM »



WASHINGTON –  The head of the NSA issued a blunt warning Thursday to lawmakers: China can shut down the United States.
The grim forecast came from Admiral Michael Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S .Cyber Command.
Rogers said he believed China along with “one or two” other countries had the capability to successfully launch a cyber-attack that could shut down the electric grid in parts of the United States....
At a House hearing, Rogers says U.S. adversaries are performing electronic "reconnaissance," on a regular basis so that they can be in a position to attack the industrial control systems that run everything from chemical facilities to water treatment plants.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/11/20/nsa-director-china-can-damage-us-power-grid/
So instead of hardening the system, they want to pass international laws?? And of course, get a bigger budget to grow the size of the NSA bureaucracy.




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The Black Hole / Re: Ferguson /St. Louis disaster emergency
« Last post by razorbacker on November 21, 2014, 04:52:24 PM »
Everything else being equal, it looks like the best time to release the news during the next ten days would be Thursday the 27th, but that's Thanksgiving, and .... nah.  Not then.  It'd be a good day to do it, though.  High temps of 30 degrees with a low of 21 degrees.  That's chilly protesting weather, much less rioting weather.
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The Black Hole / Re: Ferguson /St. Louis disaster emergency
« Last post by Drang on November 20, 2014, 04:23:10 AM »
Quote from: Flight-ER-Doc on November 19, 2014, 08:00:43 AM
Command and control units start planning and distributing things like road march orders, etc.
If they didn't have the plans already drawn up a week ago they need to be relieved.
(Not necessarily "finalized", but ready to plug in last minute details like schedules, etc.)

Quote from: Flight-ER-Doc on November 19, 2014, 08:00:43 AM
For non military resources, a declaration of emergency does things like activates conditional purchase orders for renting specialized equipment (and specialized equipment is always rented, never purchased for various arcane funding reasons), resources are identified (like, where to house/feed everyone, where to get fuel, etc).
Depending on the nature of the disaster -- and I'm not sure where "civil unrest" falls in -- declaring a disaster you know is coming before it hits also frees up Federal assistance and may activate mutual aid agreements with other jurisdictions. Part of why Louisiana's response to Katrina was such a disaster in and of itself is that Governor Blanco refused to declare the disaster everyone told her was coming in advance. (W actually used the phrase "deer in the headlights" to describe her as he was, in his own words, "pleading with her" to make the declaration before landfall.)

We'll let Bill speculate as to how the President feels about Federal aid to state, county, and municipal governments in this case on Daily Pundit...  ;)
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Ammo / Re: National Ammo Day/Week 2014
« Last post by AuricTech on November 19, 2014, 07:16:02 PM »
I commemorated the actual National Ammo Day on my way home from work this evening by picking up a 150-round box of Federal 62-grain 5.56x45mm XM855 ammo from a local gun store (Trail Boss, for those who are familiar with Sorry Vista).  The price tag on the box was $85.65, but I received the military discount, giving a pre-tax price of $78.17 and a price with tax of $84.31.

Tomorrow, I'm selling a 500-round brick of Peters 40-grain high-velocity lead round-nose .22LR ammo to a co-worker.  The price tag on the box is $19.99 (I bought it circa 2010); I'm selling it to my co-worker for $25.  While I could probably get much more for the brick, my co-worker has boys at home who will soon be ready to be initiated into the shooting sports.

It's a sad day when many people ask, and receive, $0.10 or more per round of plinking .22LR ammo.  Though I fully understand the economics involved, and would never support price controls on any commodity, I am quite satisfied to break even (within rounding errors, given sales tax and inflation) in this case.  After all, not only do I have to work with my co-worker, I have to look at myself in the mirror each morning when I shave.
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Ammo / Re: National Ammo Day/Week 2014
« Last post by 9thInfDivRvrRat on November 19, 2014, 07:00:57 PM »
I can't find a local supplier for 7.62x25mm. Makes me wonder if I really do want to buy that CZ. Oh well, if I get to town in the next few days maybe I can score some .22, anyway.
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Chatter / Re: LONG Road Back
« Last post by 9thInfDivRvrRat on November 19, 2014, 06:58:09 PM »
Just caught up with this. Sure glad to see you back, Egg. I'd been hopin' it wasn't I who'd ticked you off so badly that you left us. Hope this keeps working out in your favor.
Hope, too, all's well with all those in your family who're serving, and that you can get family together for the holidays.
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The Black Hole / Re: Ferguson /St. Louis disaster emergency
« Last post by Flight-ER-Doc on November 19, 2014, 10:00:43 AM »
Technically, as long as the State can afford to pay them.  In reality, a warning order is issued to the units that will be activated, the full time guardsman start doing preparatory tasks (filling fuel tanks, getting equipment out of the supply cages and ready for issue, etc).  The units that have to be out first (MP units for convoy control, etc) are tasked to be ready first, etc


Command and control units start planning and distributing things like road march orders, etc.


For non military resources, a declaration of emergency does things like activates conditional purchase orders for renting specialized equipment (and specialized equipment is always rented, never purchased for various arcane funding reasons), resources are identified (like, where to house/feed everyone, where to get fuel, etc).


Response is kind of like a slinky - it starts out slow, a huge slug happens in the middle, a bit later on.
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The Black Hole / Re: Ferguson /St. Louis disaster emergency
« Last post by Langenator on November 19, 2014, 09:30:07 AM »
If you've been there before, what are the limitations on how long these kinds of things can be done before they have to be turned off?

I realize you can tell the Guard to "Be ready for activation" for a lot longer than you can keep them activated, but how long can you keep the Guard/militia/citizen soldiers on a X hour recall status? (IIRC, the 82nds DRB (Division Ready Battalion) was kept on (I think) a 2 hour recall status for a month. then it would rotate to another unit.  But those were active duty troops, and that was all they did.)  And what do you do for Guard troops for whom the trip to their unit armory is longer than whatever recall time is in place?
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