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1  General Discussion / Video Discussion / Homemade Smokebombs, First attempt. on: July 21, 2014, 04:20:18 pm
Me and James (Qigong) managed to get our first attempt at homemade smokebombs filmed, and I just finished editing the footage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1zX_Zp3CD0&feature=youtu.be

We used the traditional KNO3 and Sucrose method, measured out a 60/40 ratio (didn't have reliable scales so we used a measuring cup and poured to the 40ml and 60ml lines.  I am aware that this is not the "correct" way to measure this stuff out but it worked for us at the time) and cooked the mixture at a low temp over the stove.  The video covers it all pretty nicely.

maybe not the best, but we had a ton of fun making them and I greatly enjoyed editing the video together.  Hope you'z guyz enjoy.
2  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / 3Month review new knife: BK2 on: July 14, 2014, 02:44:09 pm
About three months in with my new knife.  Me and a good friend ordered one each at the same time.

 



Overall length: 10.5"

Blade Length: 5.25"

Weight: 14.6 oz                     

Blade Shape: Drop Point

Blade Etched: BKT/KA-BAR     

Grind: Flat

Steel: 1095 Cro-Van                     

Handle:  Grivory

Blade Thickness: .250" / Black Epoxy Powder Coat

Made In Olean, New York USA


 

So far this is a pretty amazing knife.  It has a nice heft to it without being unwieldy, and holds an edge very VERY well.  The finish on it looks kinda nice out of the box but will wear off really quick.In the last three months I have used this knife to clear an acre or small trees and overgrowth, (used EXCLUSIVELY, no chainsaws or machetes) used it as a throwing knife, stabbed the point into just about everything I've come across, and it still keeps its edge.  I've only sharpened it once in all this time.  It has been my EDC knife since the day I got it.  I have been using it daily at work as a knife, prybar, hammer, and once even as a flathead screwdriver (although it didn't exactly excel at that task). 

The finish on the knife prevents it from working with a ferro rod, but a little bit of sanding on the backstrap created a nice place to strike some sparks. 


^Above, using the BK2 as a spark plug spanner.


^Above, clearing the property.


^Above, BK2 was used to chop out a channel in this old seasoned log to make a fire pit.

So far this is hands down my favorite knife I have ever owned.  Honestly, I can't think of a single bad thing to say about it.  The factory finish is kinda shitty I guess, but that's hardly an issue for me.  The kydex sheath that came with it locks snug and is top quality, although the nylon belt strap that was connected to it was terrible and cheap and got discarded immediately.
3  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: Cadpat material by the foot... on: June 09, 2014, 05:18:51 pm
There is a bunch of genuine MARPAT available locally (also NIR).  It's not CADPAT but it's close.  $9/yardx65" wide.  If you can't find what your looking for and want to work something out where I pick it up for you and send it your way via mail or something let me know.

I also found a bunch of knock-off digital woodland stuff fairly cheap online.  But that isn't what your looking for either.
4  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: SEAN KENNEDY WILL COME BACK! on: June 01, 2014, 07:20:01 pm
Why so much hate?

It doesn't matter if you agree with or have any interest at all in the film.  Sean and Cimm, who have provided us with two seasons of Patrolling, two "seasons" of SKTFM, the Sean Kennedy show, Tales from the Afternow, Witchhunter Chronicles, Newsreal, and more.. all for free, asked us for a little financial support for a project in return.

I won't see the film.  I don't disagree with it in any fundamental way, I just have zero interest in the subject matter.  But I still support it, and have passed the word on to get others to support it.  Not because of promises of more RANT content, but because it's the right thing to do.

Honestly I don't think SK should do more Newsreal.  That time is gone, and it would not be the same if he came back doing it out of obligation to supporters of this film.
5  General Discussion / News Items / Re: A reportback from MayDay 2014 in Montréal on: May 03, 2014, 07:51:38 am
So let me get this straight...

The whole idea here was to go in hopes of police brutality and roundup so that a few could resist and fight there way out, essentially creating a civilian unrest training scenario for these cops and giving them practice/justification for newer and better equipment and techniques?



What exactly are people hoping to accomplish here, other than making themselves feel like super cool revolutionaries who call each other comrades and are put down by "the man"? 
6  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: Laptop vs Tablet for Bug out Bag on: May 02, 2014, 03:42:58 pm
I have a Panasonic Toughbook and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.0, I work at Best Buy and am familiar with the tablets on the market currently, as well as some of the newer laptops.

Tablets are consumer junk.  They are toys, nothing more.  The best tablet you're likely to find will have GPS, WiFi, as well as some sort of cellular protocol (CDMA is most common around here).  It will run Google earth, and an almost endless amount of mapping software.  It will be capable of handling any one or two tasks at a time.  Generally, there are no good word processing apps or database apps.  Your best option would be a tablet that runs some form of Android, until someone gets a decent Ubuntu or Backtrack distro ported to a tablet.  The problem with that tablets vary so much from one to the other that not even Android is the same from one tablet to the next, so porting Ubuntu to your tablet means setting it up SPECIFICALLY for your tablet.  Tablets (even the high dollar versions with protective cases) are much more prone to damage than a standard laptop of netbook.

The area where a Tablet outshines a laptop is in built in communications.  As stated above even the most basic tablet will have GPS and Wifi.  Most laptops have Wifi but few have built in GPS.  However a GPS receiver can be acquired.  Another area where a laptop loses to a tablet is in weight/space.  This is negligible though if you are comparing a quality Netbook with a full size tablet with protective case. 

Laptops will use more power, but have larger battery life so you won't notice the difference.  If you have a way to charge the battery (solar panel) you will virtually never have to worry about power consumption. 

If you do go the laptop route though, for God's sakes don't get a new one.  Win8 (both in laptops AND in tablets) is the worst OS abortion ever to occupy Best Buy shelves.  I think we get more computers returned because customers are unhappy with Win8 than we actually sell!  Do yourself a favor and find an older laptop or netbook with WindowsXP or Win7.  Learning Linux would be even better.

My Toughbook CF-18 is the best.  All the benefits of a laptop, super durable, AND the monitor flips around and works as a tablet with touchscreen.
CF-18 by Nicotine2010, on Flickr
CF-18 by Nicotine2010, on Flickr

Hope this helps.
7  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: Cadpat material by the foot... on: April 29, 2014, 01:19:38 pm
Why would you want to jump through the hoops required for CADPAT when there are better camos out there?

I mean, if you just want the digital look why not go with "Digital Woodland" being offered everywhere as an alternative to the controlled MARPAT?
8  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Meanwhile, in Nevada... on: April 29, 2014, 01:16:31 pm
Source NYTimes?  Well then..  Roll Eyes

Besides the point though.  I don't doubt it's true, but who cares?  Lots of people say asinine things or have backwards opinions.  This particular racist viewpoint has ZERO to do with the issue at hand, and is being brought up to discredit Mr. Bundy and dissuade potential supporters by implying association with him equates to association with racism in general.  Kinda how the media has been trying to associate local Militias with hate groups for the past twenty something years based on a few select goofballs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQb0qJLhea8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAwALTdrMZ8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX0Y5jv6tlM

If your already basing your opinion on what the NYTimes tells you there is probably nothing I can say that will convince you to look at the real story here.  If one guy being a racist means the Govt. is, by default, in the right in any unrelated matter involving that person.. well I guess it won't take much for the powers that be to convince you into supporting any godsdamned thing they want.

Original SALUTE Report
Quote
NV 041214 00:32 ET R-AQ

April 12, 2014
Routine message-All Quite

S=SIZE of forces:
Large, At least 200 armed agents, 88 Snipers

A=ACTIVITY: "Bureau of Land Management" "FEDS", with Russian Accents", that are armed to the teeth, have surrounding one farmers grazing land at Clive Bundy Ranch, FAA has established a no fly zone, centered over the house and demonstration area. No reason given except "Hazards".

L=LOCATION:
Northeast of Las Vegas Nevada, Clive Bundy Ranch.

U=UNIT IDENTIFICATION (Markings, symbols, uniforms, vehicles, agency markings etc.):
"Bureau of Land Management" "FEDS", with Russian Accents"

T=Time and Date:
April 10, 2014 to present

E=EQUIPMENT carried:
More intel needed
9  General Discussion / General Discussion / Meanwhile, in Nevada... on: April 14, 2014, 04:31:15 pm
It wasn't about cattle, it wasn't about turtles, it wasn't about land management or taxes... This was about the Federal Government's heavy handed actions, about the Federal Government responding to any dissent with para-military aggression, and about the American people saying "Enough!"
This is what the Second Amendment was meant for.
http://youtu.be/GQb0qJLhea8










10  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: M-101A2 Trailer/Camper on: April 11, 2014, 02:10:13 pm
Took the M101 and the RANGER out on patrol yesterday.. Had a great time.


11  RantMedia Projects / NewsReal / Re: Newsreal X episode 11? on: March 17, 2014, 02:43:55 pm
I'm doing NewsReal-Z.  It's like Newsreal but the host goes Super-Sayan 80 episodes in.

Seriously though, I like that there's more than one Newsreal.  Would be neat to have crossover episodes too.
12  General Discussion / Audio Discussion / Re: Subversive Behaviour on: March 15, 2014, 07:52:40 am
Maybe a Howard Stern style show called "Nudesreal"?  Or a short version that just explains basic stuff and gives links to Wog projects called "Newbsreal"?   Grin

I'll check that out later today.
13  General Discussion / Gaming Discussion / Re: How much do you hate EA? on: March 15, 2014, 07:48:08 am
I don't play games enough to have an opinion one way or the other with EA...  I enjoyed C&C:Generals quite a bit though and it was EA.

Having said that, I am super STOKED to find out Bethesda will be making a Wolfenstien game.
14  RantMedia Projects / NewsReal / Re: Newsreal X episode 11? on: March 14, 2014, 09:30:55 pm
Glad your back!
15  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / M-101A2 Trailer/Camper on: February 28, 2014, 09:08:00 pm
New acquisition.  A used M-101A2 Military trailer made in 1993 complete with tarp.



 
The seller was asking $1,500 for it.  I was able to persuade him to let me take it off his hands for $750.



The trailer sits up nice and high off the ground, and has good suspension on it, so anywhere my truck can go the trailer could also go.  The tarp has a number of holes that need patching, but the tires are good, the electrical has been redone to allow connecting to civilian vehicles, and a custom hitch was included for civilian vehicles as well.



This is going to be used primarily as a camper.  I'm still working on the internal setup a bit but the current configuration worked very well for me over Ragnarok weekend.




I managed to find the field manual for it as well, so I am becoming more familiar with the new trailer.
http://www.hummerknowledgebase.com/acc/m101a.pdf

Updates will be incoming.  Future plans include mounting a mast for antenna and adding portable shortwave/HAM radio, repairing/replacing tarp, adding a small generator.
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