There are a lot of choices when it comes to multi-tools. They are almost always small, like a Swiss army knife. But there’s another way of achieving similar results – store all the little tools inside one big tool, like an axe:
Mo-Tools Wood Inlay Axe
On the big side we have an axe, hammer and pliers. Inside the handle are a saw, bottle opener, screwdriver and blades.
I almost ordered one of these, but then thought about how cumbersome it might be using the small tools, considering the bulk and awkwardness of the entire tool. Imagine trying to unscrew a screw with this?
I think the combo of axe, hammer and pliers is just fine. But for small fiddly tasks, stick with a regular multi-tool. It’s OK to have both.
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Usually NOAA forecasters tells us that the odds of an X-flare (the highest category of solar flares) is less than 1%, even at what is supposedly the peak of the solar cycle. Today they say 15%, and 40% chance of a lesser M-Flare, due to a very large sunspot pointing at us. Read more at SpaceWeather.com.
It is only the biggest X-Flares that we should be fearing. Anything less than say X10 isn’t worth mentioning. But as we go up the scale (each number is 10 times more than the previous), then it gets scary. To put any flare today in perspective, the Carrington Event was a pair of flares,
The biggest flares since 1976 are listed here - a couple of dozen greater than X10 and only 6 greater than X15. The best guess regarding the Carrington Event says greater than X10, but they don’t attempt to put a precise number on it.
We are protected from solar storms by a cloud of charged particles, or plasma, that normally surrounds Earth out to a distance of four times the planet’s radius. Each Earth-directed solar outburst damages the cloud to some degree, and with time it repairs itself. A 2003 storm reduced the cloud to just 4 Earth radii. Scientists believe that a repeat of 1859′s Carrington Event would completely wipe out the plasma cloud, leaving us vulnerable for the following decade.
Certainly, in such a scenario, our satellites would be at great risk and we would expect to lose some or even all of them. Earth-based electrical systems would also face major damage. It really comes down to the odds of two Carrington Events occurring within a decade. We haven’t been observing the Sun long enough to know how likely or unlikely that is. But if we survive one, prudent survivalists would start preparing …
I find it a little odd, but not at all surprising, that 2012 debunkers are now seizing on evidence that Dec 21 2012 was the end of the Long Count calendar (now that the world didn’t end). Of course last year that were latching on to anything that suggested 2012 was not the year.
For me though, nothing has changed. 21 Dec 2012 is still the date, and IMHO we are still close enough to that date for it to be proven correct. Hopefully not.
An example of the confusion this has caused is the date of a decisive battle that shaped the course of Mayan civilisation. It occurred 1,390,838 days from the start of the count, but attempts to transcribe this into the European calendar have given estimates that vary by hundreds of years.
Anthropologists led by Douglas Kennett at Pennsylvania State University took a sample from a carved wooden lintel found …
Many people don’t even know where Belize is, so look here:
(hint: it borders Mexico and Guatemala, and the Maya live there)
So, why would you want to live there? Well, if you are happy with your current life, family and employment – and you have faith in your country remaining safe and free, I can’t see it as much of an improvement.
However, if you are a little bit paranoid (as many of my readers are), disillusioned with your current lot, have some cash and feel like a fresh start – it is a top choice. I think Australia would be better, but it costs a lot more to live here.
Some qualities Belize has:
it is never in the news – which means that not many bad things happen there
glorious tropical climate and pace of life
choose from the coast. mountains, forest or farm land
they speak English!
not far from the USA if you wish …
I’m sure I missed lots of stories during those last, hectic weeks of 2012 – like this one:
A sexy swimsuit model and countless other lusty New Yorkers say tomorrow’s predicted Mayan apocalypse is a great reason to have sex, and are turning to social media and doomsday-themed parties in hopes of fully experiencing humanity’s steamy climax.
“If I die, I don’t want to die on a dry spell!” declared model Niki Ghazian.
The sexy fashion plate, who works in New York and Los Angeles, told The Post she’ll attend a fashion party with friends tonight to celebrate Doomsday Eve — and, hopefully, hook up with someone hot.
“Everybody should go out feeling satisfied,” she told The Post. “If the world’s gonna end, why hold back?”
Although almost every 2012er focused on the end date of the Long Count calendar, few considered that it might be related to a cyclical phenomena. Even though every ancient Meso-American calendar is/was cyclical…
It has become muddled, but according to the ancient Maya and Aztec peoples, we are currently in either the 4th or 5th age/sun – representing a repeating process. Unless you believe in Gods that rule our fate, it must be a natural process. A prime candidate is of course the Sun. Our Sun. We haven’t been studying it long enough to know if it has any patterns beyond the 11-12 year solar cycle. But given its extraordinary lifespan, and natural processes, a large-scale pattern of activity wouldn’t be so surprising.
Evidence of solar activity is lacking in written records, but fortunately we do have evidence existing in tree rings – traces of Carbon-14 and Beryllium-10.
In 2012 scientist Fusa Miyake …
I found this at the Daily Mail, but it looks like they have scanned it from a magazine like Popular Mechanics and didn’t credit it… Anyway, this picture could save you a thousand SHTF hours if you buy them all:
Japan is where the word tsunami originated – because they get more than their fair share. Just over 2 years ago the Tōhoku tsunami killed more than 15,000 people and triggered a nuclear disaster. You could be forgiven for thinking that is as bad as it can get – but the reality is much worse tsunamis can and will occur. A new report suggests that a 9.0 earthquake in the Nankai Trench, off the coast of Japan, could kill 300,000+ people and cause damage in the billions. It could also displace 10 million people, or 8% of the population. Many of those people would be away from home for months or years, and cause a significant strain on the economy…
Major quakes in the Nankai Trench happen every 100-150 years, and thankfully the last one (1330 deaths) was as recent as 1946, meaning Japan isn’t overdue for another, and has time …
The new Pope was not born with the name Peter, it isn’t his middle name, and he hasn’t taken Peter as his Papal name. Also, he is from Argentina, and doesn’t appear to have any connection with Rome except for visiting the Vatican. So, does that mean the Malachy prophecy has stumbled on the home turn?
Francis was an Italian saint, and is joint Patron Saint of Italy
The parents of Pope Francis were Italian immigrants (they were from Turin)
There was a St. Frances of Rome
Bergoglio was supposedly first choice when they picked the previous Pope, but he asked them to elect Benedict/Ratzinger instead – because he needed to be the final Pope?
In the forums there is discussion of the new Pope’s surname, Bergoglio:
“BERGO, BERGONZI : Originally from the Germanic word “berg”(monte) meaning mountain”
Petrus means rock
Mountains are made out of rock
And someone made a deeper connection:
Checked on the Oglio river, and it’s …
The Sahara desert used to be fertile – and that’s in modern history…
Meanwhile camels used to live within the Arctic Circle, and hippos swam in English rivers.
Not quite on the same scale of time (unless you believe in recent crustal displacements), but down at the South Pole there once was a river:
The above map shows what Antarctica would look like if you removed the two miles (deep) of ice sitting above it. Underneath the Lambert Glacier is a river. And it is a big river – remember this is a map of a continent!
Full story at the Daily Mail.
The current solar cycle was predicted by NASA etc to peak in late 2012, or early 2013. So far it has actually been very quiet. There are two possibilities as to where we are at in the cycle:
1. It actually peaked, albeit very weakly, back in 2011
2. It is going to have a double peak, with 2011 and mid/late 2013
The second possibility would not be terribly surprising, for the last two cycles ended with a double peak.
Pesnell notes yet another complication: “The last two solar maxima, around 1989 and 2001, had not one but two peaks.” Solar activity went up, dipped, then resumed, performing a mini-cycle that lasted about two years.
The same thing could be happening now. Sunspot counts jumped in 2011, dipped in 2012, and Pesnell expects them to rebound again in 2013.
Pesnell is a leading member of the NOAA/NASA Solar Cycle Prediction Panel, a blue-ribbon group of solar …
The third member of a UK family to contract the new virus, Novel Coronavirus, has died in hospital. It is similar to pneumonia, but substantially more deadly. So far 50% of twelve people infected worldwide have died.
A patient diagnosed with the Sars-like coronavirus has died at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham it was confirmed today.
The patient died yesterday morning whilst being treated in the hospital’s critical care unit, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said.
[Source: The Independent]
It appears that those who died already suffered from other conditions, perhaps making them more susceptible.
There’s some fear being spread on the conspiracy boards, but in reality it is too soon to say, because they could have all contracted the disease environmentally:
Can it be transmitted from person to person?
This is not known with certainty at this time. The cases occurring in the same family raises the possibility of limited human-to-human transmission. Alternatively, it is possible …
I think that there might really be Yeti in the Himalayas, and there’s a lesser chance that Bigfoot is also real, in North America. So I was really excited to read the following at Red Orbit:
A team of scientists has published the results of a five-year study of DNA samples from Sasquatch in the journal DeNovo Journal of Science.
Researchers claim they have sequenced three whole Bigfoot nuclear genomes, helping to prove that the legendary creature exists in North America, and is a human relative that arose 13,000 years ago.
The scientists hypothesize that the Bigfoot creature is a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens, with a novel primate species, giving it the species name Homo sapiens cognatus.
And it sounds legit, with the study appearing in a scientific journal, and information like this:
“Clearly non-human hair (morphologically), washed thoroughly as is accepted procedure in forensic science to remove contaminates by two laboratories with two techniques, …
In my book Survive 2o12, the appendix on the threat of asteroids and comets (follow the link to read it online) lists reports of modern era meteorites that have killed people or animals – it’s not a small list:
588 AD, 10 people, China
1490, supposedly 10,000 people, China
1511, Franciscan monk, Cremona, Italy
1650, Another monk (!), Milan, Italy
1647-54, 2 sailors at sea
1790, A farmer and cattle, France
1825 , A man, India
1827, A man, India
1874, Child, China
1879, Man in bed, Indiana, USA
1879, Farmer, France
1897, Horse, West Virginia, USA
1907, Entire family, China
1908, 2 people reported, Tunguska
1911, Dog, Egypt
1929, 1 member of a bridal party, Zvezvan, Yugoslavia
(Some debunkers have previously told me that I should not be taking these reports seriously… maybe this week they have changed their minds…)
So the recent Russian meteor storm wasn’t a surprise for me. Given that the Earth is 2/3 ocean (and therefore unlikely to be spotted), and the last …