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I’d like to touch on some news first, it seems Fukushima has been letting loose again. Blanketing the West coast with radiation starting on April 24, 2012. Who needs a nuclear war when Fukushima is going to continue for years. If you are worried there are several things to do. 1) At the top of this page hit the link for Wild Edible Medicinal Plants and go visit three postings #51 – 57 for plants that help; 2) Order Potasium Iodate and spirulina [blue-green algae] ; 3) Use Iodine solution from the drug store on the front of your neck towards the bottom, put a silver dollar sized spot there, and when it wears off do it again. Actually your body will absorb the Iodine through your skin. Here is an article from the New York Times.
In the past California and this includes the entire West Coast. Cesium has a half life of 30 years. It has to be scrapped off the top and piled somewhere besides where they are growing vegetables. Time to stop buying produce from the West Coast and time to start a garden. Most manuals on decontaminating soil say to remove 2 inches, but this is an on going problem.
If you have been following my idea of planting in 2 liter soda bottles you should be about ready to transplant. (If not look at articles on the left hand side.) If you do a really good job of getting the plants out there will be heavy ridges on the bottom. Flatten these out before planting in the garden, you don’t want air on the roots. Make the hole for the new transplants bigger and deeper than what you need, you can always put some soil back in. Tomatoe plants can actually be set in deeper than they are after sprouting. Pack the soil back in around the transplants and water with at least a quart immediately. They will wilt a bit, but will be doing fine in a day or two.


Camouflage

The basic idea of camouflage is to hide something in plain sight. In a survival situation, if you don’t want to be found, it is every ones job to help camouflage your position, yourself and your equipment. You have to blend in with your surroundings. In nature there are very few straight lines, so avoid them if you are trying to hide. Avoid a personal silhouette, walk in the gullies, ravines, hollows, reverse slopes and in shadows. Never walk along a ridge where your silhouette will show .
Some people are well ahead in this game, in 1996 I saw a 3,000 sq/ft home on the outskirts of Las Vegas that was camouflaged. They had apparently mixed several colors in the stucco to match the mountains behind. A different shade of color in patches similar to the mountains. I wouldn’t have noticed, except it was a well graded road with a sign saying private property out in the middle of now where. So I stopped and looked around. The house was about 400 yards away and matched its surroundings perfectly. From a distance of half a mile it would not be visible at all. In a desert situation, as this house was; they used desert landscaping using the same plants that grew in the area. In other words cactus, yucca, sagebrush and chaparrel. They did not disturb the natural vegetation they blended their house in.
So when you camouflage an area use the natural plants that grow there. Use grasses, shrubs and logs, if you are in the woods. When you think you are through, walk out 40 yards or so and take a look to make sure all is hidden. When you return from that look brush your foot prints.

Equipment

This is a good example of a truck that is camouflaged. If it was sitting in a permanent spot bushes would be dug up to cover the tires and the glass of windshield, side windows, and rear window.   A picture tells a thousand words.

The paint for this can be purchased at most hardware stores, it is flat camouflage paint. It normally comes in olive drab, brown, black and khaki. The earth yellow, red earth, and light green can be purchased
here , but there are other places to purchase it. It takes about 40 spray cans to paint a full sized pick-up plus 6 cans of primer and some sand paper to rough up the old paint before priming. Newspaper comes in handy, as well as masking tape. Use the blue or green masking tape as it won’t pull off paint already sprayed and dried quite as easily. NOTE: The paint overlaps door edges and hood edges to help break up the straight un-natural edges. Think of a pair of camouflage pants, and pattern your paint in that fashion. Paint a swervey patch, let it dry, paint it a second time, then tape newspaper over that patch the next day and spray another colored patch. After the second patch is painted, you know have two patches to work with and can expand in both directions, undo the tape and paper. Do the same on the left and right side, the hood, the bed, etc. and it will go faster than you think. You will go through a lot of newspaper as you have to keep the portion already painted protected from spray.  I try paint patches of black on the edges next to the wheel wells, it helps blend in with the shadows caused by the tire and wheel.

This paint job took about 3 months to complete, about $350 in spray cans, and will last about 8 – 12 years. This time it took longer as bondo was needed in several areas. Flat paint has a tendency to fade in time, first on the top side that always gets sun, the sides take much longer to fade. With a thicker coat it lasts longer, so spray-let dry-spray again and move on. I did some touch up, to the hood after 8 years. Shiny paint will give a refection that might give you away.


Rifles can also be painted and burlap wrapped around the barrel. For a rifle I usually use a small paint brush, and the paint will cover up leather straps as well.  I spray the paint in the plastic top and then use the brush to paint with. You can do the same for tool boxes or any other equipment.

Here is another link to how the military uses camouflage

That is my truck by the way. I was told that I would be pulled over by police on a constant basis. That was in the middle of the first paint job 16 years ago. I’ve been pulled over twice since then and ticket free.

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