Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Grey State movie

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The world reels with the turmoil of war, geological disaster, and economic collapse, while
Americans  continue to submerge themselves in illusions of safety and immunity. While rights are
sold for security, the federal government, swollen with power, begins a systematic takeover of liberty
 in order to bring about a New World Order.

Americans, quarantined to militarized districts, become a population ripe for tyrannical control.

Fearmongering, terrorism, police state, martial law, war, arrest, internment, hunger, oppression,
violence, resistance -- these are the new terms by which Americans define their existence. Neighbor
is turned against neighbor as the value of the dollar plunges to zero, food supplies are depleted, and
everyone is a terror suspect. There are arrests. Disappearances. Bio attacks. Public executions of
those even suspected of dissent. Even rumors of concentration camps on American soil.

This is the backdrop to an unfolding story of resistance. American militias prepare for guerilla
warfare. There are mass defections from the military as true Patriots attempt to rally around the
Constitution and defend liberty, preparing a national insurgency against federal forces, knowing full
well this will be the last time in history the oppressed will be capable of organized resistance.

It is a time of transition, of shifting alliance, of mass awakening and mass execution. It is an
 impending storm, an iron-gray morning that puts into effect decades of over-comfort and
complacency, and Americans wake up to an occupied homeland. It is a time of lists -- black list,
white list, and those still caught in the middle, those who risk physical death for their free will and
those who sell their souls to maintain their idle thoughts and easy comforts. It is in this Gray State
that the perpetuation of human freedom will be contested, or crushed.

Is it the near future, or is it the present? The Gray State is coming - by consent or conquest. This is
battlefield USA.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Low budget solar power

When you start reading about solar power you find people with their houses’ roofs covered in solar
panels, battery banks filling entire rooms and tons of money invested, that’s totally discouraging if
you are on a budget and soon you forget about it or just keep it as a long time goal.

Those solar powered houses allow you to keep a modern lifestyle being off the grid, but if you look
at  the matter from a SHTF/Prepping point of view you’ll discover that what you really need is to
cover your basic needs, from the top of my head those needs would be lighting, commo, news,
entertaining, and covering those needs can be really cheap.

When I started thinking about solar power, I soon realized I wouldn’t go with the full blown 
approach, but something cheaper and portable.

The idea is to use a 12v battery that is recharged with a small solar panel, from that battery you can
get the power to reload small batteries or rechargeable devices using car cigarette lighter sockets or
USB interfaces, to keep it modular I use a 4 way splitter and to monitor the battery charge I use a
voltage meter.

Solar Panel
For solar panel I bought a chinese panel used to keep car batteries topped when you leave the car
 parked for long  times, you can find better and more powerful ones, but you get more weight and the
panels get expensive.

You need to use a battery in the middle because the power required by the reloading devices can
easily be bigger than the solar panel output and also the output from the solar panel is intermittent
depending on how much sunlight hits it.
You can use a  car battery or something smaller like I did, I got a house alarm gel battery 12v 7A.
The battery/ies you chose will depend on your power consumption and solar panel capabilities.

Charge controller
The solar panel will generate bigger voltages than 12v in order to be able to recharge the battery, so
you’ll need  a charge controller, the charge controller will:

1. Generally keep the battery on full condition.
2. Prevent the battery from over-charging.
3. Prevent the battery from over-discharging.
4. Prevent the battery from supplying power to solar panels during nights.

Small batteries recharger
I get gadgets that use AA or AAA batteries, for the same reason you have guns in standard calibers...
On a SHTF situation you will find AA batteries around, but forget about those fancy CR123A
I have a lot of rechargeable batteries and to charge them I have two devices, one works with 12v or
USB input, and the other one has its own mini solar panels and a USB input.

USB adapters
These devices give you a USB output with 5V 2A from the cigarette socket, be careful I saw some
that give you 500mA, with those an IPhone or similar won’t charge.

No matter what device, get one that runs on AA/AAA batteries or you can recharge it using an USB
port or car charger.

I got a car charger for my Yaesu VHF handy and also an adapter that allows it to work using 6 AA

For lighting you can get LED lights that give very good light with really low consumption.

Your cellphone, even not having signal can be used as radio, mp3 player, calculator, calendar, clock,
games etc.

I would like to mention specially the Kindle or similar device, you can store a shitload of books in it
and reload it using a USB port. With it you can get entertainment and also you’ll have a library in
your pocket in case you have to bug out.

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