Salt Lake City, UT
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Interesting ideas. I already use the bird feeders and grow rabbit friendly food, but I think I'll steer clear of leaving scraps out here in bear country in Uinta country in Utah. I wouldn't mind a raccoon or coyote - our cattledogs can handle them. A black bear that becomes accustomed to scraps can quickly turn aggressive.
1 year, 3 months ago on Furry Friend Today: Food Tomorrow
@FateofDestinee What issues have you run into being cross dominant? I have always shot right handed and only recently found out I'm left eye dominant. I still carry on the right, but have been working to teach myself to shoot more ambidextrously - it's slow going. I'd love to see an article on cross dominant training.
1 year, 6 months ago on Gun Fun: Fostech Outdoors Bumpski Stock
@FateofDestinee Now that I've got it running smoothly, it's a dream to shoot, but is pretty much a safe queen. Too much sentimental value to shoot it much anymore, and I'm having way to much fun with my new Sig 229.
1 year, 7 months ago on Blue Steel: A “Good” Rust?
Very interesting. I didn't know bluing was actually a rust process. I have a Series 70 Gold Cup National Match that was torn up pretty badly by the original owner (my dad). Brownell's Oxopho really helped in restoring some of its original beauty.
Have they fixed the issue with the soles wearing out? I had a pair about a year ago that were done after less than 2 months of use. I wore them once or twice a week for rucking and some summer back country hiking. They wore down to nothing too fast for me to drop money on them again.
1 year, 11 months ago on NIKE Special Field Boot (SFB) from Tactical Distributors
@Old PH2 @notdrakebell I have turned to local boutique brands recently and had some good experiences. A couple of the ski companies based here in Salt Lake were able to swing me some custom gear for less than the price of the big companies off-the-rack crap. We've also had good luck with the new Eddie Bauer First Ascent line on a recent climbing trip to Zion.
I've decided that sourcing locally (if you're in the right market. In my case living in utah is very helpful.) usually ends up more cost effective. I'll take brands like Kuhl, Causwell, and Surface over the TNF and Arc'teryx for everyday use any time.
2 years ago on Triple Aught Design – Stealth Hoodie
@notdrakebell The problem with Helly Hansen (and Arc'teryx) is that they advertise that it fits over a helmet, but in reality when you pull the hood up, you can no longer turn your neck side to side or up and down because the hood fits a helmet, but just barely. I've gotten a lot more mileage out of TNF and Marmot, but none of the textbook outdoor players is making a shell with the little design details and comforts like TAD.
I may just have to buy one and demo it on a few early season ski-tours.
How does the hood fit? Is it big enough to comfortably fit over a helmet? I spend a good deal of the winter in mountaineering gear and often find that manufacturers tend to forget that aspect. If it will fit over an Ops Core Fast BASE jump helmet and a ski helmet, I'll check them out today.
"Next, it works on the longer-term sources, like glucagon and fat "
Glucagon is a hormone, not an energy source. We don't digest it our break it down in any way. It stimulates the liver to break down our long term glycogen stores for use as glucose to be transported to muscles.
2 years ago on Is Physical Fitness a Part of Your Loadout?: Part 3 – Eating in Moderation
Sad to see failures like this. My only experience with DOE and nuclear security was much better. I worked a contract at Idaho National Lab a few years ago that had us using quite an assortment of explosives and ballistics for testing on new vehicle and facility armor and blast protection. Without fail the DOE contracted SWAT team would get called almost daily to our site by worried technicians or security personnel from the nearby Idaho Test Reactor. These bozos could learn a lot from their stellar response times and professional manner. The offending personnel should be fired and the contractors should be replaced.
2 years, 1 month ago on U.S. Nuclear Weapons Plant Security Breach
@JShepard @BrianHess Surprisingly not a whole lot. I use a 3L in my GoRuck GR1 and 2L in mine and wife's backpacking packs. As long as you load the pack before you start pumping it up all your gear serves as a pretty good compression source.
2 years, 2 months ago on Hydration for Performance
@JShepard @BrianHess I solved that by replacing my camelbak bladders with these:
You can turn them inside out for cleaning and they're dishwasher safe. I've been using them for about a year now and love them.
@HugeFan @Tango9 I promise we're not all douchetools. If you ever have to spend time in Salt Lake, I'll grab a beer with any one of you.
Not all of us subscribe to the "separate yourselves from the unbelievers". Maybe that's because I grew up overseas and my dad enjoys the occasional cigar. I think there are two parties of mormons. The first are the "holier than thou" crew who subscribes to the ideal that we're the only ones going to heaven. The other group, the more cultured members of the faith, tend to have an attitude more like me. I'd like to think my group is slowly winning the culture war, and that's probably true outside of Utah nowadays. Sadly, there are still a lot of morons who live in the wrong past.
2 years, 2 months ago on Domestic Terrorism: Coming To A Neighborhood Near You
@BrandonWebb One final thing, I fail to see the connection you've made between terrorism and Under the Banner of Heaven. The Lafferty murders were brutal and heinous. I don't see them as terrorism - my definition: the systematic use of violence through visible attacks and psychological warfare to coerce a society. To claim this book is a look at the underbelly of domestic terrorism is directly linking the LDS church and its various splinter groups with a campaign of violence throughout the church's history. I just don't see the evidence; howver, I'll give you the mountain meadows massacre. I have no idea what scumbag thought that one up. With nearly 150 years passing since the incident and no existing 1st person accounts, even that can't really be tied to terrorism. if you can clarify where you were going with that assertion I'd really appreciate it.
@BrandonWebb I have read the book, and wasn't very impressed. I understand from an insider's perspective it is a little different. Many of the negative questions I've fielded over the years came from readers who had no friends or acquaintances who were LDS to fact check or just satisfy curiosities. It does a decent job with basics, but that's about it. Lumping the FLDS and RLDS and other nut-job groups in with the main stream church doesn't give members a fair shake.
@DarwinBound I won't argue that some of the "Mormon marketing" is a little bit creepy. I am a member of the church but tend to keep it at arms' length a lot of the time. Having grown up with the church I was never really aware of any of the differences. Now having lived around the world, both as an active member in the church and a more casual observer of the faith I can see why people have some trepidation. I don't think the Mormon Marriage thing is meant as a "separate but equal" mentality. It's not secrecy, but more of sacredness that Mormons view the temple. There are stringent requirements to be deemed "worthy" to enter the temple - because the church views the temple as literally the House of God. So, those who don't meet the requirements - and MANY mormons don't (pay a full tithe, abstain from alcohol/tobacco, chastity, etc.) do not partake in the ceremonies of the temple. For someone who is part of the culture, it's not a big deal. For someone looking in I can see the problem.
As for your comment on Mormon case officers, I agree. WTF. Not only are they reflecting poorly on the agency but they are injuring their religion and their own personal reputations. In that situation you again have to separate the actions of a few individuals from the church as a whole. When a pastor in another religion spouts of racist sentiment, or it comes to light that he is a pedophile, people don't condemn the religion, they condemn the individual and his personal actions. The same treatment should be given to the Mormon faith. There are a$$hats everywhere. Don't punish the many because there are a few who need to be throat punched.
@Old PH2 Very true. The problem with that though is any MSM outlet dismisses terror-drug connections out of hand as conspiracy theory from right wingers to justify more defense and security spending.
@BrandonWebb An insight into deranged, "fundamentalist", of-shoots of the mainstream LDS church, yes. Claiming that The Banner of Heaven gives real insight into mainstream Mormon faith is like saying that watching Al Qaeda propaganda videos provides accurate information on Islam and every Muslim everywhere.
Interesting read. I wonder if there is any research comparing the sugar loaded sports drinks with some of the more endurance focused brands that use lower glycemic index ingredients (maltose, dextrose, etc.) and include small amounts of protein? For long events I find myself turning to a 50/50 split between water and something that has the calories minus the sugar rush.
My favorite to date was a day of spear fishing for reef sharks in Mexico the wife surprised me with while on our honeymoon.
2 years, 2 months ago on LOR Manly Vacation Recommendations
@Tango9 Are we sure about that? No where in the official Aurora PD press release do they call out body armor - however they mention a gas mask, helmet, and each firearm. CNN, CBS, and Huffington have all published stories using receipts and lists of gear and ammo and nowhere in any story do they mention when or where he bought armor. Until I see a picture of an actual NIJ lvl III vest or insert I'm chalking this one up to the media frenzy. I'm not trying to be a douche, I just don't believe the media when they say that a MOLLE vest is armor and a drum mag makes an AR-15 capable of killing thousands of people. If I missed a credible report please send it my way.
2 years, 3 months ago on Navy SEAL Lessons Learned From Aurora Colorado
@kevinnash87 @Tango9 @lightfighter I don't mean to jump in to your well thought and carefully articulated argument, but where in any news report do they mention plate armor, or armor of any kind? Sure the first few reports were mentioning armor leggings, a helmet and all sorts of goodies. However, A few outlets have flashed his receipt from tacticalgear.com on the screen and it took me all of 10 seconds to find his "urban assault vest" on their website.http://tacticalgear.com/blackhawk-urban-assault-vest It doesn't look like it covers any vital areas with armor to me. Doing proper research before shooting your mouth off is a 100% guarantee to not sound quite so ignorant.
@ArcticWarrior If they do no one is talking here. Even those of us involved in the community haven't heard so much as a whisper. Whenever there are suits out at Camp Williams (the UT NG facility) all the contractors and boys in 19th Group get told to steer clear and don't ask questions.
2 years, 3 months ago on Intelligence Support Activity, JSOC’s Most Secretive Unit
@jrexilius Along those lines, I support The Army Expeditionary Warfighter Experiment (AEWE) at Benning every year. The GD300 and systems like it are just the tip of the iceberg for the types of handheld multipurpose electronics that will hit Big Army (and I'm assuming most of the DoD) soon.
2 years, 5 months ago on SOF fielding New High-Tech Surveillance Gear
@BrandonWebb never under estimate the old guy with a cane. Yesterday we watched an old man at the park beat the hell out of a would-be mugger with his walker before anyone could intervene. When the cops showed up they busted up laughing at the dumbass - broken ribs and nose, and he was crying.
2 years, 5 months ago on Spec Ops Tactic Tip: The Hasty L-shaped Ambush
@LCpl X I agree with you there. The problem is we've made it our fight for so long that we're seen as the enemy no matter what we do. If we pulled out our troops we'd still be a target. We'd probably also be criticized for leaving the region "unstable" - as if it ever was in the last 1000 years or so. It's a catch 22.
That video was seriously creepy. If people out there want to be religious nut-jobs they have every right, but don't demand that my kids have to be subject their lack of brain cells.
2 years, 5 months ago on News: Delta Force and SEAL TEAM Six Ordered To Support President Obama or Else
@BrandonWebb @ACS @chipe The long term goal is rather simple, but the short term actions are what seems to get us in trouble. Look at the way we equipped the Mujahideen in the 70's and 80's, or Iran-Contra Scandal, or even to some extent how Yugoslavia was handled. How do we make things better without using our military or intelligence community to force our hand? If we can figure that out we could nip a lot of shit in the bud before it spirals out of control.
@chipe@BrandonWebb I find myself thinking about that a lot myself and I think there are relatively few courses of action we can take to effectively kill or end islamic extremism (or any brand of rhetoric that advocates terrorism and wholesale violence).
1. Fight them to extinction, or at least a standstill. We can make it so costly for them to take up arms that their recruiting base dries up. I think we're doing a fairly good job of this now with our SOF ground campaigns around the world and the knowledge that a predator or reaper can quite literally put an AGM or JDAM through an extremist's bedroom window if needs be.
2. Persuade them with more of a "hearts and minds" campaign. Too often I think this is the way Americans wish they could solve things. I see my college buddies who never served (and have never lived outside of their insulated environment for that matter) saying things like, "We're giving -Insert Country Here - millions and billions in aid, but they aren't helping us out in the War on Terror." Building schools and sending money and food is great, but it's not a full-spectrum strategy that will create self-sufficient nation states with their own security infrastructure.
Destroying a paradigm as pervasive as "islamic extremism" takes both of these in mind for a true COIN and CT strategy. That's why we need people like Brandon and Jack and every other operator out there who are not just trigger pullers, but Thinking, Independent, Operators who adapt to the tasks at hand.
I don't think Brandon elaborated because killing the tree at its root is an ever-evolving process that requires a balancing act and is very hard to quantify. just my .02
@Old PH2 @JackMurphyRGR @SleazyWeazel Would it be that hard to RE a battery pack? Especially if they had an original, albeit dead, model. They guts of it can't be much more complicated than a MBITR or SINCGARS battery, just a different form factor, power rating, and discharge rate. I could see that happening.
2 years, 6 months ago on Three U.S. Special Operations Soldiers Die in Mali
@BrandonWebb Just another reason why we all come to SOFREP for the real news. When Fox runs a story about scientists "discovering" the true cause of brain freezes and CNN more concerned about the latest reality star in rehab I tend to lose faith in mainstream media.
@LCpl X I understand what you were trying to say. I take issue with the analogy you chose. There is nothing wrong with being ignorant - you educate yourself and present a more well informed opinion. To be an douche about it and claim to have knowledge based on limited experience with two individuals who are self-proclaimed ex-Mormons goes too far for me. I tend to keep my mouth shut around here as I don't pretend to be an expert in much, but if someone is going to disrespect my beliefs, I call bullshit. So you heard from two friends how they had a hard time with the LDS faith after losing their religion. So what? I would be willing to bet the perceived friction or politicking were from individuals within the faith, and not the organization itselfI have a manual literally 3 inches thick detailing how to deal with members of my congregation - regardless of their choices to serve, past or current views, or any issues they might have with other people in church - and the rules don't change if you've gone on a mission or not. I can't speak for what goes on at upper echelons and picking leaders or pushing ideals, but I do have firsthand knowledge that there is no "status symbol" or privilege attached to the mission. If there was, I would be a second-class citizen for not going.I was not trying to attack you in any way, just educate you that what you may have heard second hand isn't always the truth. If you'd rather be a flippant, immature asshat instead of engaging in a conversation then by all means, give the dwarves my kindest regards.
2 years, 6 months ago on Guest Post: America, Our Military, and the Roman Empire
@LCpl X I'm not "feigning insult". I genuinely disapprove of small minded bigots who use examples from organizations they do not understand. I'm more disappointed that you would think that getting info from self professed "apostates" is accurate. If you want to pass along ill-informed and ignorant opinions take them somewhere else. If you're not familiar with an organization - whether it be religious, academic, or political - please refrain from applying your mental paradigm to its members. I have never once come across any implicit or overt reward for serving a mission by the church. Like I said before, I DIDN'T serve because I had no desire to. I chose to stay on AD and forgo the opportunity. I personally know a few men in powerful positions in the church - world leadership - that didn't serve either. Not every organization exists based on a faulty reward concept to push its "agenda".
@LCpl X We don't "get to marry respectable wives and assume respectable status" for serving the church. Every single church missionary who serves does so of their own accord. There is no reward once you return. I didn't go and I have a leadership position in the church. My brothers both did and they didn't get better status than I have because they sacrificed more or served in a greater degree. Please don't make analogies that you don't understand. It's ignorant and insulting.
Is that still the case? When I was back at the schoolhouse in '10 for the Master Analyst course, one of my buddies who teaches the 35G course said they were getting a pretty in depth course of study in JSTARS analysis. Won't it be more advantageous in the long run to have a warfighter doing this job than a contractor?
2 years, 6 months ago on Change Detection – Warfighters finally have a “Cheat-Sheet”
@Old PH2 I think the thing that scares me the most about it is how easily something like stuxnet could be scaled to attack different kinds of systems. A few variable class and targeting changes, and you could crash nuclear plant safety controls, nationwide transportation and power grids, or the infrastructure that maintains financial markets...
2 years, 6 months ago on Covert Ops: Is Duqu Preparing for the Next Stuxnet?
@Old PH2 I've been back-up camera man for a couple of ski photo shoots and "image stabilization" of the Go Pro has been near to nothing. I can't speak for the other two, as I don't have much time with the Contour yet and have never used the Drift. I know for our purposes when a steady shot is needed in Powder or Terrain Park conditions we rigged up a torso mount for a Sony HD Betacam and I will ski behind (and sometimes ski down backwards in front of) of the subject to get the shot. It's ugly, and incredibly heavy, but it works pretty well.
2 years, 6 months ago on Go Pro -V- Contour: When Great Marketing Trumps a Better Camera
I've used both doing some back country skiing this season and I have to agree. The Contour is a lot more fun on the back end - The GPS, speed and altitude functions make for some fun analysis after a day of bombing powder. Once I got it I never understood everyone shelling out money for the GoPro. They do have some pretty sick commercials though.
@SEAN SPOONTS @LCpl think you'd be surprised what their "techies" can do. It all depends on if LM followed the correct software and hardware development standards. Judging from their recent debacle with F-35 software "maybe" getting hacked, I would err on the side that the Iranians can do it. The software engineering standards we use aren't perfect - hell, they're not even up to date. In a day and age when they could create a bit for bit copy of any hard drive, including source code, and blast it out to any friend or rogue state, I'd say it's safe to say that whatever we had on board is compromised. That being said, I doubt there was much on the airframe we weren't willing to lose if it was actually crossing the border, the 170 was designed to be modular in its payload. For a mission like deep penetration I would expect its load of IMINT and SIGINT collection tools would be pretty bare bones.
2 years, 7 months ago on Superior Iranian Technology…Really?
@Old PH2 I don't think it started out as arrogance. At the beginning coordination was just so shoddy that the only way you could be sure that the boys on the ground could see the same thing as the pilots they had to forgo any encryption with the ROVERs. The C2 links are another story, but I don't want to air dirty laundry in an open source environment. I think this sort of thing has stuck around out of convenience. Rather than go to the trouble of going through proper channels to pass video encryption keys to different units we have just used "secure waveforms" that aren't really that secure. Case in point:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126102247889095011.html
They didn't "hack" anything, just acquired the right software to look at our broadcasts.
@Old PH2 True, but our UAVs are not like this anymore. They rely to heavily on GPS. A hardened inertial reference system would be nigh to impossible to spoof. With a GPS transponder on the other hand, I was able to crack using a couple of downloaded script-kiddie tools when were doing a demo for the Airforce last summer. That is the least of my worries considering that at the beginning of the war they were still broadcasting video data and C2 links in the clear because they were sure no one else was listening in. I wonder how many airframes still run on this habit? I highly doubt that anyone has developed an exploit if this holds true or we would be losing birds left and right.
@Old PH2 the problem with that logic is today's UAVs don't rely on simple inertial navigation. Their SATCOM and BLOS-C2 links are notoriously hard to pass across different ground stations. if it had lost communication with a ground pilot in-country or stateside it would be a simple matter to spoof GPS signals. (there are a few open source tools out there that can do this on a commercial level). it stands to reason that if the UAVs navigation protocol dictated landing safely in a situation where the link was disrupted, an enemy COULD spoof GPS and get it to land somehwere other than a US Controlled installation. Is it likely the iranians could put this all together? probably not. could they be blasting pirated GPS signals or faulty C2 commands en masse along their border in the hopes that we lose control of a bird? I'd be surprised if they weren't. just my 2 cents.