Knowing Humans

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

EveryDay Carry

EDC: Left Front Pocket

Ziploc snack bag with:

  • Bic mini-lighter wrapped in 12” of Gorilla clear repair tape
  • 18” roll Gorilla tape
  • small ziploc
    • 24” roll Nexcare clear 1st aid tape
    • 1 PopUp compressed towelette
  • small altoids tin
    • 3 ibuprofin
    • 1 aspirin
    • 3 chewing gum
    • 3 tic-tacs
    • 1 disposable flossing tool
    • 2GB miniSD card in SD card adapter
    • microSD card adapter
    • tweezers
    • sewing needle
    • fish hook
  • 0.2 oz water bottle
  • 0.1 oz ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer
  • 0.1 oz toothpaste tube
  • Fisher Stowaway space pen
  • large safety pin
  • paper clip
  • CR123a battery: protected from discharge by ranger band
  • micro fingernail clippers
  • 2” comb
  • shaving razor cartridge
  • 32GB USB drive

Smart phone with
  • BackCountry Navigator: caches local topo maps
  • Life360: records/displays last known location of family members
  • U.S. Army survival manual FM 3-05.70
  • Red Cross first aid app
  • Useful Knots app

EDC: Right Front Pocket

  • Leatherman Charge TTi multitool
  • Fenix PD22 waterproof flashlight
  • Carson 7x18mm monocular/magnifier
  • pealess whistle with compass and 1” mirror
  • 2” x ⅜” laser pointer / flashlight
  • car remote
  • Sabre Red 25-shot pepper spray

EDC: Left Rear Pocket

A ziploc sandwich bag of flat/compressible items:
  • Hefty One Zip clear 2.5 gal bag + rubber band
    • protection from rain, cold, wind, swarms, sand, dust, smoke, tear gas
    • wading through water or mud
    • flotation, cushion
    • carry: water, gear, waste
  • clear 55 gal 1mil Husky drum liner + rubber band
    • same uses as 2.5-gal bag, plus: tarp, bivvy
  • foam sun visor w/ elastic head strap
  • RollUp sunglasses w/ elastic head strap
  • nitrile exam glove
  • 2”x3” gauze pad
  • single-use hydrocortisone anti-itch cream
  • single-use 3-in-1 antibiotic
  • paper towel
  • coffee filter
  • 12’ 950lb technora cord
  • 1 sq ft heavy-duty aluminum foil

EDC: Right Rear Pocket

Eagle Creek Hidden Pocket:
  • cash, coins, credit cards, ID cards, spare check
  • spare battery for phone
  • antiseptic towelette
  • 5-sheet pad of post-it notes
  • microfiber Buff: hat, mask, air/water filter, pot holder, towel, tourniquet, sling

Samsung HM7000 A2DP bluetooth headset

Bison Kool Tool belt
  • nylon webbing: climbing/rescue harness
  • buckle has 7 tools

2nd-Level EDC: Waist Pack

Carried when > ~10 minutes travel time from home/car/office

  • Gerber canteen cup: boil water, melt snow, cook food, scoop, bail
  • Brooks LSD Lite hooded jacket: packs into canteen cup
  • Platypus water bottle
  • Nano 23 climbing carabiner
  • Columbia baseball cap with sun cape
  • SOL survival blanket
  • spare phone battery
  • retro-reflective glass signal mirror
  • TOAKS titanium spork
  • kleenex pocket pack
  • sunglasses
  • spare contact lens
  • swim goggles
  • Stansport mosquito head net
  • clear vinyl 4”x3”x1” pouch
    • 4” Widgy titanium pry bar
    • 6’ tape measure
    • ear plugs
    • 30’ 10lb monofilament
    • 3’ orange trail-marking tape
    • mini sharpie
    • emergency cash: $100 + $20 + $10 + $5 + $4
    • 0.1oz super glue
    • 0.1oz povidone iodine
    • 0.1oz sodium hypochlorite (bleach)
    • 0.1oz lidocaine + benzalkonium chloride (Bactine)
    • 0.1oz sunscreen
    • 0.1oz 98% DEET insect repellant
    • 0.1oz WD-40
    • 0.5oz ethyl alcohol hand sanitizer (Purell)
  • clear vinyl 4”x3”x1” pouch
    • Solarrific solar/crank micro flashlight
    • 3-in-1 retractable USB cable
    • A/C USB adapter
    • 12V dual-USB adapter
    • retractable earphone/microphone

3rd-Level EDC: backpack

Carried when > ~30mins travel time from home/car/office

  • Camelbak 100oz mil-spec water bladder
  • SOL survival bivy
  • 55gal 3mil clear contractor bag
  • 30’ 950lb technora cord
  • 28”x34” Discovery Trekking ultralight orange camp towel
  • 30” Como umbrella hat
  • View Xtreme swim goggles
  • Mechanix work gloves
  • 8”x10” fresnel lens
  • spare phone battery
  • 10oz of peanuts
  • 5”x7” clear vinyl tool pouch
    • crescent wrench
    • Leatherman tool bits
    • telescoping magnetic pickup
    • telescoping inspection mirror
    • Bic lighter
    • 3-in-1 retractable USB cable
    • 30' 60lb monofilament
    • syringe
    • binder clip
    • 12" vinyl tube
    • releasable cable tie
    • twist tie
    • 52 micro playing cards: notes; ordered trail markers

4th-Level EDC: Car

Items in car that are available for carry during backpack excursions:
  • Airport/hotel gear in ziploc bag:
    • Cabeau compressible foam travel pillow
    • extension cord
    • retractable ethernet cable
    • MacBook Air USB-ethernet adapter
    • MacBook Air HDMI adapter
    • HDMI cable
  • 10’x7’ Aqua-Quest sil-nylon tarp
  • SOL survival bivvy
  • SolarAid 7w solar panel: outputs USB & 12v
  • Condor combat machete
  • 30m 8mm climbing rope
  • Grand Trunk ultralight hammock
  • SAS Survival Guide, compact edition
  • REI Flex Lite camp chair
  • water
  • 2 55gal contractor bags
  • Gerber folding shovel
  • 2 Baofeng UV-5R+ 4watt 2-way ham radios
  • Midland XT511 NOAA FM 0.5watt 2-way GMRS radio w/ flashlight
  • Crossman C11 CO2 semi-auto BB pistol
  • hooded jacket and change of clothes for each family member
  • Genji pop-up beach tent
  • Xootr push scooter

Items that remain in car:
  • 1gal gasoline in Reda can
  • Slime 12v digital air pump
  • 12v inverter
  • jumper cables

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

More California Water Prescriptions

Water, Water, Everywhere - Laffer and Winegarden, Pacific Research Institute (2012)
  • Higher priced water really would discourage waste and entice additional supplies such as desalinization. Price changes keeping demand and supply in balance are the essence of markets. California’s problem is one of government interference not inherent water shortages. State and local governments have prohibited markets from doing what they do well—allocating scarce goods. 
  • Charge all farmers, government agencies, and other water users the same price for water, no exceptions.
  • The price of water should be raised such that the average price charged is initially set at five times the current average price.
  • Grant all existing water users a credit on 70 percent of the amount of water they used last year. Above that point they would pay the new market price for all water in excess of 70 percent of last year’s usage. If usage were less than 70 percent of last year’s usage, then a credit would be given for their conservation at the new market price.
  • Each year the credit will be reduced by 10 percentage points until it disappears in seven years.
  •  Government should under no circumstances deprive the natural environment of its water set-asides. Our forests, bays, rivers, and marshes already share the burden of drought with us and can ill-afford any additional deprivation by reducing water set-asides.
Updated policy prescription - Zeitland, Aguanomics (2014)
  • Price retail water service so fixed revenues cover fixed costs (e.g., pipes and plants) and variable revenues cover variable costs (e.g., making desalinated water or pumping water). Add an additional surcharge when water is scarce (i.e., to reflect the of of using water now that you may want later). That surcharge can be rebated to customers (by meter, not according to use) if the utility has no deficits.
  • Use markets to allocate irrigation water among farmers who cannot take more than sustainable volumes from surface or ground water
In 2009, Zeitland quoted UPI reporter Lloyd Carter:
There are half a million acres of selenium-tainted salty land in the western San Joaquin Valley which require drainage in order to stay in production. Those lands have been without an economical, safe disposal method for vast volumes of drainage water for half a century. Some toxic drainage water, tainted with toxic levels of selenium, continues to be funneled untreated into the Lower San Joaquin River and the Bay/Delta estuary.

Those half million acres of alkali, saltly marginal farmlands use an average of 1.5 million acre-feet of water a year, which would meet the domestic needs of 15 million more Californians. Continued irrigation of those poisoned lands by massive amounts of water pumped from the Delta is also contributing to the ecological decline of the Delta. Until the drainage problem is resolved, or those poisoned lands taken out of production, the major problems of water in California will remain unresolved.
Norcal Wants Its Water Back - Zeitland, Aguanomics (2008)

Self-Evident Water Truths - Rep. McClintock (2013)

Self-Evident Water Delusions - Zeitland, Aguanomics (2013)

Reforming Water Markets - Edwards & Hill, Cato (2012)

Aquanomics - Gardner & Simmons, Independent Institute (2012)
  • establishing secure and transferable private water rights and extending these rights to uses that traditionally have not been allowed, including altering in-stream flows and ecosystem operations