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Top 50 Preparedness Items (and why)
Survive the Coming Collase ^ | 100/11/12 | David Morris

Posted on 10/12/2012 1:43:44 PM PDT by Kartographer

1. Water Purifier 2. Water Containers 3. Wood Matches 4. Buckets 5. Bleach 6. Flashlights 7. Toilet Paper 8. Alternative Cooking Source 9. Dutch Oven 10. Solar Oven 11. Manual Wheat Grinder 12. Heavy-Duty Pull Cart 13. Hatchet, Ax, and Maul 14. Tree-Felling Ax 15. Rope 16. Tarps 17. Manual Can Opener(s 18. Heirloom Garden Seed 19. Garden Tools 20. Wheelbarrow 21. Canning Supplies 22. Wash Tub, Clothes Pens, Hand Agitator & Wringer Mop Bucket 23. Emergency Candles 24. Oil Lamps 25. ABC Fire Extinguisher26. Board Games & Cards 27. Children’s Crafts & Activities 28. Camp Toilet 29. Alternative Heat Source 30. Fuel 31. Heavy-Mil Plastic Sheeting 32. Basic Tools & Misc 33. Basic Auto-Repair Tools 34. Wood sheeting & 2 X 4’s 35. Snake Bite Kit 36. Wind-Up or Solar Powered Radio 37. Two-Way Radios 38. Batteries 39. Swiss Army Knife 40. Hunting Knife 41. Binoculars 42. Weapons 43. Ammo 44. Fishing Gear 45. Topographical Maps 46. Compass 47. Backpack 48. Camp Gear 49. Reference Books 50. Alternative Transportation

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I encourage you to read the why.

I Think that 34. Wood Sheeting and 2X4's is a often overlooked items and 12. Heavy Pull Cart is one that I haven't seen on such list, but would be a big plus in a shtf situation.

1 posted on 10/12/2012 1:43:49 PM PDT by Kartographer
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

For your consideration, discussion and critique.

Please consider this our Weekly Preppers’Thread to post progress, good buys, DIY projects, advice and ideas .


2 posted on 10/12/2012 1:46:30 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Make ammo #1 and you have all the tools you need to acquire the rest of the stuff later.


3 posted on 10/12/2012 1:48:04 PM PDT by lp boonie (Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment)
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To: lp boonie

..i’m sure that is the plan of the “entitlement” crowd..


4 posted on 10/12/2012 1:50:32 PM PDT by telstar12.5 (...always bring bigger guns to a gun fight...)
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To: Kartographer

Bookmark


5 posted on 10/12/2012 1:50:51 PM PDT by The SISU kid (I think they taste like Barbie dolls smell.)
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To: lp boonie

Yeppers.

There are three precious metals when it comes to being prepared.

Gold, silver and lead.


6 posted on 10/12/2012 1:51:19 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Kartographer

Well, I’m getting there...Every paycheck we get a few more things. We have a good well and live on a lake, but I know I should get a portable water purifier in case we have to be on the run. I suppose I should purchase that next. I always thought we would just boil water if necessary, but I can see how that wouldn’t always be feasible.


7 posted on 10/12/2012 1:54:38 PM PDT by Elvina (crimethink - To even consider any thought not in line with the principles of Ingsoc.)
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To: lp boonie

I have stuff and guns and ammo. Come to my place for stuff and I may have more guns and ammo.........and fertilizer.


8 posted on 10/12/2012 1:55:58 PM PDT by Starstruck (Looking into the abyss.)
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To: lp boonie
Make ammo #1

For the long run, just got a 175# crossbow and 80# crossbow pistol to go along with my old 50# xbow pistol. The 175# will bring down a deer and hogs, the two pistols are good enough for varmints around here. Still need to lay in a large enough supply of broadheads, shafts and fletches. For the most part, would be reusable.

Mel

9 posted on 10/12/2012 1:58:00 PM PDT by grwcfl537 (Sed libera nos a malo.)
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To: Kartographer

I personally think the number one thing one should do if there is an economic collapse is to live in a rural area. I don’t mean in an area so remote you have to live off the land.

I mean an area where you have neighbors within a mile or two who you can get to know and depend on. They should also be able to depend on you.

Other than that, have a lot of stuff which everyone wants so you can trade.


10 posted on 10/12/2012 1:58:16 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: lp boonie

11 posted on 10/12/2012 2:07:10 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

ping


12 posted on 10/12/2012 2:10:42 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (My world view is accurately expressed in the lyrics of " The Fightin' Side of Me")
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To: Kartographer

WRT the heavy pull cart, you can find some interesting items along those lines when looking at game hauling carts. They’re lightweight, have good tires and are specifically designed to allow a reasonably fit individual to haul 200+ pounds of animal carcass through variable terrain.

Looking at the list, we’re in pretty good shape. BTW, I’ve just converted from Swiss Alpenflage to Bundeswehr flecktarn. Newer gear, better fit and a nice Goretex suit for $40! Yuo can even find flectarn knee and elbow pads.


13 posted on 10/12/2012 2:18:13 PM PDT by Noumenon (“...the other side wants everything in America to be free, except us.” -- Paul Ryan)
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To: Kartographer

I wouldn’t call this a list of “items”. It contains too many categories such as “camp gear”. lol


14 posted on 10/12/2012 2:20:31 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Kartographer

A few notes:

1. Water filters. Learn to recognize limestone rock, which can filter water almost as well.

2. Containers are lovely. Remember that they can often be ‘nested’, so for example, a 5 gallon container can have a 4, 3, 2, 1, .5, and .25 gallon containers inside it, taking much less area. Remember lids.

3. Wood matches? Why not 3/$1 disposable lighters? (And a Zippo, for when it is really windy out.)

4. Can be redundant with 2. above.

5. Bleach is good, but it is liquid and messy. Instead get a small box of dry sodium hypochlorite at a hardware store, and make your own bleach with water. 1 box = many gallons.

6. I like flashlights. In addition to battery powered, they now sell cheap hand powered in some dollar stores.

7. TP. Get an enema bag with hose and pre-wash your bottom. This will save a lot of TP.

11. Manual wheat grinder. Don’t forget your manual meat grinder, as eating anything solid when you have dental, oral or throat problems is a major pain.

12. Pull cart. Only take the parts you cannot fab, saving a lot of space and weight. This means axle, wheels and bearings.

13-14.

Innovation Factory IF-221 Trucker’s Friend All-Purpose and Rescue Tool

http://i.imgur.com/iCTk5.jpg

Stanley FatMax Xtreme Fubar

http://i.imgur.com/RTDIZ.jpg

Generic bolt cutters

http://i.imgur.com/leV4W.jpg

37. Two-Way Radios. This is tricky, because while they have the range, you have to be careful about power supply. And everyone who uses them must use radio discipline. That is, communicating only at certain predesignated times, just before moving to a new location, and using just a few alphanumeric words.

38. Batteries. Consider rechargeable, with a charger, and also 12VDC-120VAC converter, and transformers for odd electronic equipment.

And I would shell out about $150 for a 100 yard night vision monocular. That is, if you are far enough away, and don’t particularly want unannounced company late at night.


15 posted on 10/12/2012 2:32:35 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: Kartographer
I went to the link “survivethecomingcollapse” and downloaded the cheat sheet. There is also a video series offered.

Do you know if Dave Caterberry is the same Dave on Dual Survival with Cody Lungren (sp?) If so, I may download his video series. Seems to be a deal for the cost.

16 posted on 10/12/2012 2:33:53 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Kartographer

ping


17 posted on 10/12/2012 2:41:17 PM PDT by xvq2er
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To: Kartographer

“Snake bite kit” must be as full of a first aid kit as possible!

Shelter can be as simple as a tarp but this has to be on your list.


18 posted on 10/12/2012 2:46:21 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: All

Learn to use a compass with a map (aka orienteering). You may think it’s just a matter of pointing it N, but that’s not going to get you to your destination.

http://www.learn-orienteering.org/old/


19 posted on 10/12/2012 2:59:18 PM PDT by bgill
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To: outofsalt
Large M17 Medic Bag Kit

5 Skin and Eye Wash
1 Skin Probe
1 Hand Sanitizer
1 Scalpel handle #3
1 Hand Soap
2 Scalpel Blades
1 Calamine Lotion, 6oz.
1 Pen Light
1 Burn Spray
2 Suture Sets
1 SAM / Universal Splint
1 EFA - First Aid Book
4 Multitrauma dressing
6 Safety Pins
2 BleedStop Bandages
2 Pill Bottles
4 Bandage Gauzes, 2''x5yds.
6 Pairs Latex Examination Gloves
2 Elastic Bandages, 6''
14 Pain Relievers
12 Elastic Bandages, 2''
1 Tourniquet
4 Sterile Pads, 4''x4''
2 Irrigation Syringes
10 Sterile Pads, 2''x2''
4 First Aid Cream Packages
10 Abdominal Pads, 5''x9''
4 Triple Antibiotic Packages
2 Eye Pads
2 Burn Aid Packages
2 Triangular Bandage
5 Tape, Rolls, Adhesive, 1''
100 Bandage Strips, 1''x3''
15 Alcohol Wipes
5 Butterfly Strips
15 Iodine Wipes
10 Bandage Strips, 2''x3''
15 Antiseptic BZK Wipes
10 Knuckle Bandages
15 Clean Wipes


20 posted on 10/12/2012 3:35:05 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: lp boonie

“Make ammo #1 and you have all the tools you need to acquire the rest of the stuff later.”

Another nut case who can’t wait to commit suicide. Don’t bother answering as we get at least one nut case per thread.


21 posted on 10/12/2012 3:41:16 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE.)
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To: Kartographer
What is the best price you have seen on one of those?

/johnny

22 posted on 10/12/2012 3:52:41 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

We have a lot of those solar powered landscape lights for decoration. In a SHTF situation they will be charging AA batteries for LED flashlights and lanterns.


23 posted on 10/12/2012 4:02:55 PM PDT by Starstruck (Looking into the abyss.)
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To: lp boonie
Make ammo #1 and you have all the tools you need to acquire the rest of the stuff later.

I have stuff.

If you want it, come and get it.

Molon Labe.

24 posted on 10/12/2012 4:23:28 PM PDT by EternalHope (Politicians will always let you down. -- Sarah Palin)
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To: JRandomFreeper; Kartographer
About a year ago, I realized I had no decent cordage when I saw paracord used in a survival situation and I didn't know about paracord until then. I now have 3 packages, each 50 ft. long, G. I. Plus, Nylon Paracord 550 lb. Test, 7 strand core, 50 ft. Made in USA.

I am about to buy a solar recharger to charge my Kindle and cell phone. I have a number of books I haven't read and they are on my Kindle so I don't want to lose that capability during a long power outage.

I researched these and the majority are cheap, fairly useless rechargers. It takes a fairly heavy duty one to charge four AA batteries in four hours, so the Kindle (or phone) can be plugged into the USB port on the battery pack and get a decent charge. This one is Goal Zero 19010 Guide 10 Plus Black/Silver Small Adventure Kit $119.95.

I have three solar chargers just to charge rechargeable batteries but those are cheap ones that take a long time and there is no way to charge electronic devices off those solar chargers. It's okay for these chargers to take a long time since they can be in several stages of recharging.

The books I depend on for survival are real books.

For moving "stuff", I have a heavy duty child's wagon with heavy duty tires.

25 posted on 10/12/2012 4:28:44 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE.)
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To: Marcella
I bought a 500' spool of paracord way back when, I use it a lot for rigging long-wire antennas. It's great stuff.

Of course, as long as there are politicians, I'll have regular rope. ;)

I've got several large solar panels and batteries that I use now for power outages. Seems like a thunderstorm appears on radar and our power is likely to drop out.

Lots of the charger kind of stuff I can build as required. I have a lot of books on my Sony reader, including reference books, but keeping a charge on it is no big deal.

/johnny

26 posted on 10/12/2012 4:41:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“I have a lot of books on my Sony reader, including reference books, but keeping a charge on it is no big deal.”

How do you charge it when power is out?


27 posted on 10/12/2012 4:57:08 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE.)
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To: Marcella
I gutted a cheap car cigarette lighter USB charger and have those electronics connected to the 12V side of my solar power system. The electronics experience helps with that kind of project. ;)

The reader holds a charge for well over a month, though, with normal reading (couple of hours a day).

/johnny

28 posted on 10/12/2012 5:04:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

To charge without regular power, does your set-up of solar panels and batteries have household type plugs attached some way the batteries - how does that work? That sounds like a dumb question, and it is, but I don’t know the answer.


29 posted on 10/12/2012 5:07:54 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Okay, got it, ignore my other post asking that question.


30 posted on 10/12/2012 5:09:29 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE.)
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To: Kartographer
a good kit but needs splints. rolls of fiberglass cast tape are a must have.
31 posted on 10/12/2012 5:10:58 PM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Seems like a thunderstorm appears on radar and our power is likely to drop out.”

Same here, it rains and power goes out. That why I keep a battery small lantern on a table next to my chair. I do not trust power here to stay on.


32 posted on 10/12/2012 5:13:46 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE.)
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To: Kartographer

Not a “tool”, but my better half suggests a tetanus shot.

Any overdue dental work should get done, as well.


33 posted on 10/12/2012 5:16:37 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Marcella
Nope, good question. I can also run a small inverter from my batteries and produce 120v, so I could plug a charger into that, assuming I wasn't too cheap to buy a commercial charger.

/johnny

34 posted on 10/12/2012 5:16:48 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: lp boonie

It might be a good idea to include something to use with that ammo...

just sayin’


35 posted on 10/12/2012 5:23:11 PM PDT by RavenATB
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To: Marcella
BTW, my small inverter is sized just big enough so that it WILL run my KitchenAid(tm) mixer. I don't knead bread dough by hand. Ever.

/johnny

36 posted on 10/12/2012 5:24:39 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kartographer

Gun cleaning kit
Stone tool sharpener
bug spray
medicine antibiotics
colanders strainers
flint fire starter
compost barrell
Pepper or wasp spray


37 posted on 10/12/2012 5:35:32 PM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Donnafrflorida

Looking into yeti 1250. my next big ticket item


38 posted on 10/12/2012 5:39:49 PM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Making/assembling my own mega first-aid kit.

Starting with Plano’s “Guide”. Got it for free.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Plano-Guide-Series-Drawer-Box/13283387


39 posted on 10/12/2012 5:48:49 PM PDT by bicyclerepair ( REPLACE D-W-S ! http://www.karenforcongress.com)
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To: Kartographer
Work gloves. Lots of them. I recomend the Ironclad brand.

Ironclad Gloves

Also, if you are sheltering in place, items you need for basic repairs on your dwelling. Bags of Cement, roofing tiles, bricks and so fourth.

40 posted on 10/12/2012 6:01:19 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Fate plays chess and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along)
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To: JRandomFreeper

$130.00


41 posted on 10/12/2012 6:15:47 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Donnafrflorida
That is really, really expensive for a 1250W 120V inverter and a couple of deep cycle batteries. And that's all that box is, after adding a few connectors.

/johnny

42 posted on 10/12/2012 6:18:23 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kartographer
That's close to the prices I've seen. I may have to consider it.

/johnny

43 posted on 10/12/2012 6:22:38 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I don’t see how you could make up one cheaper.


44 posted on 10/12/2012 6:29:57 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer
I don't either. Especially the time involved. Lots of skull sweat and 'lessons learned' went into the spec used to procure that.

/johnny

45 posted on 10/12/2012 6:32:49 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

These are kind of handy. You can charge them via the 12 volt plug with a solar panel as long as you’re putting in about 12 to 14 volts DC. (I haven’t done it, but it can be done.)

http://www.amazon.com/Duracell-DPP-600HD-Powerpack-Starter-Emergency/dp/B000TKHMWK/

Good for charging small appliances, batteries, running a laptop computer. You could probably add a marine battery in series to add to the 28 amp hour battery run time.

I’ve had one for 5 years and it still works. Used it to pump out a 400(?) gallon stock tank with a twelve volt pump. I’ve also used it to run a 12 volt fan, but I can’t remember how long it lasted. When taking cross country trips, I would plug it in the 12 volt socket in the car during the day keeping it topped up and it would keep my koolatron cooler running when we stopped for lunch or to take a break.


46 posted on 10/12/2012 6:32:54 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: listenhillary; Marcella
Marcella, look at post #46 and click on the link. For someone that can't build their own that is a pretty handy gadget.

It won't run a household fridge, but it will run small fans and lights for a little while.

/johnny

47 posted on 10/12/2012 6:40:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Kartographer

Kart,

Where did you see that M17 for $130 ?

Thanks


48 posted on 10/12/2012 6:49:51 PM PDT by Iron Munro (SPEIL)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Seems like an abundance of bad reviews mixed with good reviews on Amazon. Mine has worked flawlessly.

You take your chances. I think I paid about $130 for mine in 2008.


49 posted on 10/12/2012 6:50:56 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: listenhillary
How well it lasts is probably going to depend on how well the lead-acid battery is taken care of. Run that battery completely down a few times, and you may as well throw it away.

I build all my own equipment, so I won't be buying one, but it is good to know about it.

/johnny

50 posted on 10/12/2012 6:55:38 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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