the threat is real

Submitted by Mikey Bautista


Life in the Philippines isn’t always the tropical paradise our tourism department would have the world believe. We are far enough from the equator to enjoy cool weather during parts of the year, but close enough to the Ring of Fire to be burned in its wake. We’ve been battered by heat waves, storms, floods, and earthquakes in our recent past, and the writing on the wall is that we’re in for much worse. Today, July 30th, our country prepares for the inevitable Big One as we conduct a metro-wide earthquake drill. Six big storms have hit the country in the past seven months, and every day the weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable.

Recent tropical storm formations in the Pacific Ocean. Source: NOAA

Even as a relatively safe city-dweller, the elements pose a serious threat to the people and property around me. In this very real and personal edition of Carry Smarter, I take a hard look at my everyday carry and determine the features and adjustments I’ve had to make to address both the increasingly harsh climate and ill-equipped infrastructure of my city. My hope is that you’ll discover what you need to know to better choose gear you can depend on, no matter the weather or situation.

The 3 Main Qualities of a Weatherproof Carry

I had to take a hard look at the quality of my carry both inside and out. For example, a watch may be made of rustproof and waterproof materials, but if not reliably sealed, it will be rendered useless caught out in the rain. Similarly, a knife may be made of the hardest and sharpest steels on the market, but rusted out it’s neither safe nor useful. I considered the following features when thinking about how to adjust my kit to better brave the storms:

  1. Water Resistance: To be truly secure against the weather, your equipment must be protected against its most abundant and pervasive resource — water. They should be sealed against moisture and liquid entry, resistant to its chemical reactions, and able to survive extended exposure against it (especially important given how much of it we get in typhoon season).

  2. Enduring quality: As important build quality is to a product, even more crucial is how it retains that quality under and after duress. Will your flashlight still turn on after nosediving into the dirt, or will your phone stand up to dust kicked up by the wind? And if they do, can they continue that performance day in and day out?

  3. Internal Protection: External durability doesn’t mean much if it can’t sufficiently protect a product’s core function. Unprotected, unsealed, non-padded, and ineffective construction will render your tools to trinkets with even light use.

Below are ideas for EDC-worthy essentials that meet these criteria. These aren’t necessarily for the hardcore survivalist, but they do possess reliable features to get you through constant bad weather. Also important is that they’re both readily available to pick up as well as suitable for your daily carry, such as if you have to commute for hours in a downpour like I often do. Simply put, they’re among the best weatherproof tools you can actually get your hands on without investing a fortune.

8 Essentials Built to Brave a Storm

Spyderco Salt I

The Salt I is based on Spyderco’s venerated Delica design and features one of the most unique steels on the market. Japanese H-1 steel does not rust. That fact alone already makes the knife a strong contender for any outdoor activity, but in our rain-soaked metro in particular, that quality is priceless. Add in EDC-friendly specs, price, and build pedigree, and the Salt I is the easiest pick for this list.

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Nitecore EF1

Nitecore’s newest flashlight may be overkill for this list, but it’s a good example of the type of build quality to aim for. Designed for the most dangerous applications, it achieves explosion-proof tolerances with a body thickness of 3mm (thicker than most lights on the market) and a 10mm-thick epoxy resin optical lens to protect its emitter. It pushes out 830 lumens on either 1 x 18650 or 2 x CR123A cells, and uses an efficient single-action sliding switch for ease of use even while gloved. In the face of calamity, the EF1 is the light that lives to tell the tale.

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Columbia Watertight II Rain Jacket

Heavy jackets like parkas and windbreakers aren’t de rigueur in a tropical country such as ours, but the ever-present chance of rain and floods means staying dry is still a priority. A light, waterproofed, breathable light jacket like the Columbia Watertight II is perfect for both the temperature and sufficient protection needed for daily commutes. The price and local availability are also attractive additions to the package.

BUY ($50)

LifeProof Frē Phone Case

Staying connected and having a means to communicate is vital in a bad weather emergency. Plenty of phone cases offer some protection, but in these conditions, not all are what they’re cracked up to be. I’ve seen for myself the LifeProof in action, and do I believe its considerable defense to be worth its heftier price tag. It keeps the highest possible safety standard of protection without diminishing the phone’s usability, putting it leagues ahead of your ordinary case or sleeve.

BUY ($62)

Bellroy Elements Pocket

Wallets are already essential to our EDC, and in an emergency cash and identification are crucial to getting escalated assistance. The Bellroy Elements Pocket’s all-weather, durable leather and water-resistant zipper accommodate and insulate up to 15 cards and bills, keeping them dry when you aren’t.

BUY ($90)

Rite in the Rain All-Weather Notebook Kit

One of the toughest notebooks in the business makes carrying even more convenient by teaming up with a rugged Cordura fabric cover and all-weather pen. This ensures that emergency numbers, locations, and messages get delivered when nothing else has stayed dry, legible, or powered on. We’ve talked before about why you should carry a pen and a notebook, so additional resilience on top of utility is more than welcome.

BUY ($29)

Timbuk2 Rogue Laptop Backpack

In Manila, our residential areas are so far removed from our business districts that we carry the tools of our livelihood (like laptops) along with us for multi-hour commutes. The Timbuk2 Rogue is a rugged city bag that would excel at such travels, defending against the elements with waterproof tarpaulin and an internal mesh sleeve that holds laptops up to 15". Its external flap with push-locks covers up and shields the main compartment, while an external pocket and internal organization leave enough room for supplies.

BUY ($60)

Casio G-Shock GW6900-1 Solar Atomic

Military tough, packed with features, and inexpensive, there’s a G-Shock for every person and profession. It’s the watch you see most in public here in the metro. The toughness and weather resistance are a natural fit for the weather, and the variety of styles at affordable prices keeps things attainable and interesting. The GW6900’s solar atomic features put our scorching months to good use, and its timeless construction guarantees performance the rest of the stormy year.

BUY ($76)

I hope that my circumstances and considerations in selecting a weatherproof carry have given you ideas on how to adapt and prepare a carry suitable for your own elemental challenges. Do you have a piece of kit that’s survived its share of squalls? Tell us your story in the comments below.

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And yes, I have noticed that the people who have blocked me are usually 20-22 year old lesbians with “she/her” in their descriptions.

I also have noticed that some people (even mutuals) are treating me like their dirty little secret. I don’t have a problem with being someone’s guilty pleasure blog or something. I used to have those as well and they really helped me out.

I would like to propose, however, that perhaps all this means that it’s perfectly safe to hate me or other lesbians. We’re no threat to anyone. But it’s not safe to talk about being female, female exclusive experiences, female exclusive terminology. It’s not safe to say that all lesbians are female.

If you’re not afraid to block or even bash lesbians but you are afraid of being associated with lesbians because of what others might do to you…. that’s a good indicator of who’s the real threat.

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BANGTAN: “TRAUMA AT #TRBinMEXICO”

Hi all, i am an army based in the Philippines. Being an international fan, it really hurts to see and watch all these things happen to Bangtan. I know you will understand in the end so please keep reading. We all love Bangtan right? So i am encouraging you to PLEASE SPREAD THIS POST so that it reaches whoever is incharge of security at the concert. The management has to know of what is about to happen because i’m guessing it’s much worse than these pics. Watching the incident at the airport, i could really imagine what will happen at the concert. The fact that they got injuries, someone managed to get close to the van, and even a death threat (real or not, it’s still a death threat and should not be ignored). This is no joke at all. They have to take notice of this, this would help the security team plan for the worst.

The boys are already so terrified and traumatized, the reason why Jimin posted that in Fancafe. I’m sorry but i hope the hitouch gets cancelled. It’s not safe (unless armys there change their behavior). I’m so afraid for our boys rn, i can understand the feelings of fans (as i am one of you) but this is just UNACCEPTABLE, it’s too much.

Please just think of the boys, what would they feel towards y'all in mexico? Will they be able to perform as much as they had during the US tour? I doubt it. This experience could greatly affect their emotions, their performance, the concert itself.

Keep in mind that WHATEVER HAPPENS, THEIR SAFETY IS STILL THE PRIORITY. I would not be able to forgive myself if something happens to them and not have helped in any way to prevent it. So please help spread this. Every army anywhere on earth please do something even if it’s just through social media.

If the management cancels the concert or what, well it’s your fault. Though i’m not saying all mexican armys are like this. I know you guys still want the concert to happen, so please just behave, dont stalk them dont throw yourselves at them, dont hurt them. And if in case the concert is not gonna get cancelled, PLEASE don’t throw any undergarments on stage that’s so gross and disrespectful, trust me they don’t like that. Take care of our boys please. Hoping for their safety… 😯😣😢

Follow @BulletproofJams on Twitter for updates. 💜

(Credits to the owner of the photos)

not all men

if you are more worried about a perceived threat to the reputation of men

if when a woman says “men do this horrible thing to me” you react by being offended that a woman described the literal actions of men

if you hear “all men” when a woman says “men” and your first reaction is to ignore the horrible things being done to her and save the reputation of men she isn’t even talking about

you need to do some self analysis on your priorities. because you care more about a perceived threat to the reputation of “all men” than an actual threat to the real lives of women.

Well I can’t reblog that but

It’s still very important so I’m pretending this is a reblog.

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You can also send an email!

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This is ABSOLUTELY important! The southern residents NEED the salmon to survive, it is their main food source and without the dams breached, SOON, the southern residents face the very real threat of extinction. Please email or call, the southern residents and the salmon need our help ASAP!

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Volume 8: The Threat Is Real is the eighth studio album by American #thrash #metal band Anthrax. The album was released on July 21, 1998 by Ignition Records and debuted at number 118 on the Billboard 200 chart. The record was produced by the band and Paul Crook. It features the song “Crush”, which appeared in the video game ATV Offroad Fury for PlayStation 2 and in the game’s soundtrack. Other released singles from the album were “Inside Out”, “Piss N Vinegar” and “Born Again Idiot”.

Uber / NYC Battle Could Get Bloody

Uber is pulling out all the stops to make sure a proposed law from the De Blasio administration doesn’t come to fruition.  NYC is one of Uber’s most important and mature markets.  It would be a significant hit to the company if the proposed legislation becomes a reality.

What is the proposed bill that Uber is up in arms about?  The proposed bill says that for-hire vehicles with 500 cars or more would only be allowed to increase their number of vehicles by 1% annually.  For a company such as Uber, that drastically limits their growth, and it is a real threat to them.

Limiting the number of Uber drivers means much higher wait times, which could really turn people off from using Uber in general.  In short, this law would be really bad for Uber.

As a result, Uber added a “De Blasio” feature for NYC residents.  It shows people how long the wait time would be under the new law, and then it prompts the user to take action.

It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

that-fin-medic asked:

How about your Blu spy? if that's fine

The shadows were always a spies greatest ally and best friend as the  Belorussian emerged from them slowly and silently, his grip tighten  around his bailsong. Other’s may think that going for the man with the bigger gun than yourself was the smartest way to combat your enemy and gain an advantaged. Those said people also didn’t think about the long term. Though it may be risky, going after the so call ‘heart’ of the team would give the advantaged. The heart being the one who is able to simple heal all wounds with a vapor and make men into gods momentarily, that is the real threat. He couldn’t help, but feel a little eager when approaching the medic.