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Yes' date=' I've been on Defcon 2 all week ![/quote']

I thought it was higher than that maybe a defcon 4?

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BlueBolts
I thought it was higher than that maybe a defcon 4?

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[TH=bgcolor: #F2F2F2' date=' align: center"]Defense condition[/TH]

[TH=bgcolor: #F2F2F2, align: center]Exercise term[/TH]

[TH=bgcolor: #F2F2F2, align: center]Description[/TH]

[TH=bgcolor: #F2F2F2, align: center]Readiness[/TH]

[TH=bgcolor: #F2F2F2, align: center]Color[/TH]

[TD=align: center]DEFCON 1[/TD]

COCKED PISTOL[3]

Nuclear war is imminent

Maximum readiness

White

[TD=align: center]DEFCON 2[/TD]

FAST PACE[3]

Next step to nuclear war

Armed Forces ready to deploy and engage in less than 6 hours

Red

[TD=align: center]DEFCON 3[/TD]

ROUND HOUSE[3]

Increase in force readiness above that required for normal readiness

Air Force ready to mobilize in 15 minutes

Yellow

[TD=align: center]DEFCON 4[/TD]

DOUBLE TAKE[3]

Increased intelligence watch and strengthened security measures

Above normal readiness

Green

[TD=align: center]DEFCON 5[/TD]

FADE OUT[3]

Lowest state of readiness

Normal readiness

Blue

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ninja

Lol who is armed forces, Kaitlin with water pistol?

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ineke

Oho Ninja better be careful

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ninja
Oho Ninja better be careful

He is not talking about me Ineke.

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BlueBolts

Not Kaitlin....it was General crab, but he unfortunately died in friendly fire...

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ineke

Ok still be careful

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Gbang

Lol what r u guys talkin Abt?!?!?

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ineke
Lol what r u guys talkin Abt?!?!?

I can't remember I'm going with the flow.

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Squiggle

Lol, what flow?? This thread just went totally random, too funny! Pmsl :smiley_simmons:

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ineke

There seems to be a pattern happening when the 3 of us get going just don't know what it is? Of course Squiggle you know it has to be THOSE two it never happens when you and get started:barbershop_quartet_

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Squiggle

Totally, lol, we never talk about random stuff like bubble gum & paddle pops, pmsl :smiley_simmons:

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ineke

That's right it's definitely THEM:angel:

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Squiggle

I'd stick with that story :victorious:

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ineke

Mmm yep:victorious:

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endlerboy

just after reading this topic I will conform the poster theory about colour changes in shrimp in water conditions... I have yellows and reds here and I have found here over time that shrimp that are kept in higher gh they are darker in coulor and trend to be a solid red or yellow.... where the one kept in the lower gh tanks where lighter and not solid to the point the reds turned orange... So that is something else to watch out for as pumpkins really start to flood the market ask the seller what their gh reading is to check weather they have been in low or high gh to cover all bases on if they are true pumpkins/sunkist or a red cherry that lost colour due to low gh....

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