“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Storm front moves through & taking precautions about Ebola makes survivalists/preppers unpopular.


We had a serious storm come through last night,  with strong wind gusts and heavy rain.  It's still raining outside now, but the wind has died down.  The power went out about five this morning and just came back on, but as far as I can tell I haven't had any damage here.  I haven't been outside, though.  Nor have I gone down the Jeep trail to see if there are any trees down across it. It would be a modern miracle if there weren't, after all that wind and rain.

There has been some damage across the county,  and the road crews and electric cooperative have their hands full this morning.  I've been listening to them on the scanners, and while they usually have it pretty easy I wouldn't want to be working with them today, trying to clean this mess up while the rain is still pelting down.

Other than checking the area around the buildings and the trail down the mountain, I suppose I'll stay inside today.  Of course, if there are trees down I have to clean up, then I'll get to run the chain saw, in the rain, by myself. That is not one of my favorite activities.



I have a search engine set up to find articles on survivalism and prepping.  Some of the articles that have useful information, I put a link to on the right side of my blog.

Probably 30 percent of the articles the search engine turns up are fair and unbiased, and present people who take basic precautions for their own safety in a favorable light.  Another 20 percent are neutral, without a pro or con slant.  But a good 50 percent are derogatory and some of them are nothing more than bitter screeds against what the writer sees as dangerous nonconformists.

Since the Ebola issue cropped up,  there are have been a lot more negative articles.  The general gist is that Ebola is not a threat, and anyone who thinks it might be dangerous is an alarmist and a rabble rouser.  There was one particular article in this mornings batch that typifies this attitude. Written by a rotund middle aged sheeple who works for a Pasadena paper, he equated self sufficient people with fascists, jew haters, and sociopaths. He may have been trying to come across as funny, but if so it was a dismal failure.  This guy was the personification of the attitude that says " if you need it, the government will provide it."

I have trouble understanding people with this attitude. I never tried to convince anyone to be a survivalist, though I have provided my family and friends with books , from time to time, that I thought they might profit from reading. If they followed up, that was great. If they didn't, that was their choice and no more was said about it.  It strikes me the same way that owning a gun does. I never tried to force anybody to buy one, so why should others try to deprive me of the right to do so?

In the end, I think it infuriates some hive drones that self sufficient people are striving to be just that. They don't want to be dependent on the government or anyone else for their own welfare, and that of their families. The hive equates this with aberrant and inexplicable behavior. They don't like non conformists. As far as I'm concerned, their efforts to disparage and denigrate people who don't toe their line is an exercise in futility.

31 comments:

  1. Harry - How do the power outages affect your fridge / freezer? Or do you have to start your genny?

    Stay warm, y'hear ;)

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    1. Dani, my generator isn't really set up to pull the load of the deep freezer, so I usually turn it off if the power goes off. There's plenty of frozen food and ice in it, so the food keeps just fine. If the power were off for days, I'd just have to cook the frozen food first. I can run the refrigerator off the generator. When the power went off this time, I just went back to bed and left a candle on the kitchen counter. I don't go to the trouble of firing up the generator unless I anticipate the power will be out for several hours or days. I don't much like using it because it is so noisy that it discloses my location to anyone passing by down at the foot of the mountain.

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  2. You have really had a round of lousy weather lately, haven't you! Here we dodged a bullet yesterday when the stormy weather passed by just to the south.

    I understand that there are circumstances where folks need a helping hand. But I can remember a time when families who remained on the welfare rolls year after year were scorned and considered just plain lazy. My father would have felt shame to take anything he considered to be a handout. There was no free lunch. If you wanted something, you worked for it. If you were hungry in the middle of the winter, it was your own fault for failing to plan ahead and doing something about it. It is a disgrace that so many now just sit back and wait for the government to take care of them. I don't understand that attitude, either.

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    1. Vicki, this storm was the worst in almost twenty years in terms of rain. The river came up out of it's banks and flooded some fields and pastures. It also flooded some tourist second homes that were unwisely built down by the rivers edge. I got off easy, no real damage.

      Like you, I'm all for a social safety net and I have no ill feelings toward people who need to use it for those times when they lose their job, etc. After all, they paid taxes and they should feel comfortable using some of the programs their taxes paid for.

      However, I share your distaste for those who "milk"the system. I always think of the black woman I saw on tv, who had 16 children by 16 different men, as she proudly informed the interviewer. She was outraged because her latest "man" had been jailed for robbery and her "check" was late. She said "somebody got to come down here and be responsible!" She was clearly a professional dole milcher.

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  3. Some people refuse to realize how vulnerable they are and ignoring history think that if simply somehow all of us marched right off the cliff with them we'd all be OK. When you are surrounded by fruitcakes and moonbats and have been on the receiving end of their cultish ideology you can't help but be terrified of that sort of mentality and the level of risk it implies. They get right down indignant and vulgar when they learn that you don't agree with them and will not play along with their point of view. I have parted ways with many I previously considered friends over these differences.

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    1. Your point is well taken. If they want to take cruises and buy new cars, that's their choice. But when they turn around and start disparaging people who tried to pay off debt, save some food, etc instead, they're showing their minuscule intellect. I resent articles like the one the little Pasadena Pillsbury Doughboy wrote. He clearly knew nothing about his subject and he was being as vindictive as his limited mental capacity enabled him to be.

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  4. Forgot to mention, last night the local news reported that they now suspect they have a case of ebola that showed up at the hospital right here in Portland, ME. The fellow had just come from west Africa and presented with all the symptoms.

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    1. I watched the news this evening and was treated to the story of the nurse who flew to Cleveland from Texas to do "wedding planning" although she was not supposed to be traveling. Now it's confirmed she has Ebola and the people on the plane were exposed to her while she was contagious, as well as the people she mixed with in Cleveland. They are shipping her to Georgia, something I could do without.

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  5. Ever see stories on the internet about some mother-of-three who goes to the gym, works out like a demon, and gets a killer bod and starts showing it off? All the fat chicks jump on her and say she's "fat shaming" or that "real women have curves" or some such nonsense. Why? Because it shows up their own flaws. Same thing...when youre prepared for the uncertain future, it reminds youre unprepared neighbor that they are being a failure and exposing themselves to unnecessary risk. And who wants to be reminded of that? So, its not that theyre unprepared...its that youre paranoid. And that way they can justify their lack of personal responsibility.

    Fortunately, this will be a self-correcting problem. Natural selection has a way of getting things done.

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    1. That pretty much sums it up. I know I shouldn't let the mentally challenged get under my skin, but it's not like I just finished publishing an article about stupid, fat , sheeple so this was an act of retaliation on the writers part. He just picked those who practice self sufficiency out of a hat and lambasted us with every cliche and trumped up bit of nonsense he'd ever read. He needs an attitude correction but Pasadena is too far out of my range.

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  6. Yep it is just now getting to us. Supposed to get real bad later tonight. Stay safe Harry

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    1. Glock Mom, this was the first time in about twenty years the river came out of it's bed and flooded pastures, fields and some homes. I drove down there today and there was water a foot deep in some of the fields along the river.

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  7. I really don't care what liberals think. Of course they are the first to whine and cry when there is a disaster and FEMA won't help. Too bad, so sad.

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    1. I shouldn't care, but when I read a parcel of lies and outright made up nonsense, presented as "facts" it does aggravate me. If they don't believe in self sufficiency, I don't see why they should set themselves to run down those that do. But it's like Commander Zero and M. Silvius said, these people can't stand it when someone doesn't get with their program.

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  8. Harry,

    People simply have not a hint of of clue just how scary are these level 4 infectious agents. It will take getting loose in a community for it to being to sink in.

    I never worked with even level 3 organisms, but this stuff is the work of my PhD years and I know just how scary these bugs are. I understand exactly what exponential growth means, few do. People will learn, but there will be a lot of dead first.

    CDC is worse than no help, they are simply spewing happy gas.

    Comes anywhere near you, only thing to do is shelter in place with no adventures out and nobody in. Then maybe you could survive it.

    Winston

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    1. Winston, I think only the most naive and the Kool Aid drinkers bought the CDC and government line right from the get go. Even the MSM is asking questions now, after the fiasco of the "wedding planner" and her illicit trip to Cleveland from Dallas. Obama felt compelled to go on the news this afternoon and reassure the population that all is well.

      I've already started making arrangements for my kids to come down here, and we are prepared to fort up for as long as need be. Commander Zero sent me a book called "The Earth Abides" not long ago, the timing is eerie because it deals with a pandemic that sends mankind back to the Stone Age.

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  9. I think part of the reason that serious preparedness (beyond 72 hrs.) is discouraged is because the government really would have no way to compel people to action without controlling the resources.

    After a disaster there might be political or legal considerations to prevent an agency from out and out ordering you to a work gang, or to relocate or to simply fill out some forms and submit some biometric data 'just so we know who's still here'.

    But if everyone has no food, fed.gov can step in with the pallets of MRE's and say "we have food for you, just fill lout these forms, give us a quick retinal scan and cheek swab and you can have your MRE."

    I keep thinking that I had read somewhere that part of the major disaster plan was that people would have food and medical supplies beyond three days collected and brought to a central location to be doled out by fed.gov. You might be a hardcase about not wanting to cooperate with the JBT's but when your kid has only a 3 day supply of insulin and day 4 rolls around...... here's your shovel and ID card.

    Look at Katrina and the Superdome (or as Commander Zero dubbed it, Guantanodome). Once you went in for the promise of shelter and sustenance you were not permitted to leave.

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    1. Nurse Daddy, I just read four books in a series that dealt with exactly the premise you are suggesting and it makes sense. I've got enough of everything we need to stay up here on this mountain a long, long time. Fortunately no one in the family has a medical condition that would prove fatal without medication, at least, not in the short term.

      I doubt most of the general population would have much choice in the matter, as you point out.

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  10. harry, i hope you have kevlar chaps. could you get someone to spot you as you saw? he could call paramedics if necessary and pressure the wound, too. please don't saw alone, especially in slippery conditions.
    thanks.
    debh.

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    1. Not to worry I got the road cleared. I didn't clean it up, I'll do that this weekend when it's not so wet out there.

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  11. Harry: I have seen this a lot,especially from those that are not prepping. I try to be nice and quite often after a rant about the government is failing yada yada. I'm also a fool for taking what steps I can for survival. Then the same person states that I must simply wait for the PTBs to put protections in place and they seldom see the dichotomy of thier statements.

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    1. I avoid talking to people in general , but I do read an awful lot of articles the search engine dredges up, and some of them are so ridiculous and so foolish I can hardly believe anyone would print such drivel.

      He who laughs last, laughs best and it's beginning to look like we'll be around to see the truth of that old saw made plain for all .

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  12. We are getting your rain now I think. A deluge, but not much wind.

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    1. Russel, we got rain, I mean to tell you. Went out this morning , and the river was up out of it's banks. It had flooded fields, pastures, and some houses. I saw a foot of water in what is usually dry pasture. I think it was 19 to 20 years ago when this last happened. I went out on the porch at one point and water was running down slope through my meadow like a silver sheet. I don't need this much water. The wind knocked down a lot of trees and branches but I seem to have escaped pretty much unscathed otherwise.

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  13. Over here the word prepper is said like there is something wrong with you. You're right, its a very modern mindset that thinks you haven't got to prepare for anything.
    If this is the beginning of an exponential curve then we could be in trouble.

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    1. Kev, a person who takes personal responsibility for their own welfare and that of their family, is an individual. That's not a good thing to be in the U.S. right now, where everyone is supposed to march in lockstep with the precepts of the government and Lord Obama. Our public schools teach our children from kindergarten on not to make decisions for themselves, always ask "a person in authority." Kids who stick up for themselves against bullies are punished because they acted on their own, instead of going to an administrator. So we have a whole population of Sheeple, who believe the government will take care of them and it's the governments responsibility to give them what they want. "Where my check!" is the watch word of a whole segment of our population, and not just in the ethnic minorities where the dole has become a generational way of life, but across the whole spectrum of the society. Being "different" can get you a visit from one of our alphabet agencies like the FBI or ATF, with bad results for your health. But the way I see it, I'm not going to let some fat bellied professional bureaucrat force me to dance to his tune. Like Robert Heinlein said :

      “I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”

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  14. Harry, last night we copped a shocker of a storm, Gale force winds and driving rain with a lot of lightning. On the coast the wind was gusting to 160 kilometres an hour and the Blue Mountains were hit by snow blizzards! Pretty unusual weather for spring down here. Tonight it is freezing in the house and I have packed away the gas heater for the summer, will have to find some extra blankets for the bed.

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    1. Honestly, I'm beginning to wonder what's going on. I keep in touch with people all over the planet, and just about everyone is remarking on how different the weather is. I don't really believe in Global Warming, putting all the blame on human activity, but I do know there have been rapid and dramatic climate change events in the past. It does make you wonder.

      Better break out the heater again, maybe winter is not over down there.

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  15. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    The front that hit you guys hit us a couple of days ago and was not bad at all. No rain really, just wind, dry air and cooler temps.

    Im getting more reports of other places saying cooler temps this year than previous years.

    On the prepper thing. Well hell, the feds ain't providing 'Civil Defense" and those cool looking WW1 styled silver helmets like they used to when "Einsenhuer was President' so I guess I have to stock up on 'Prepper Pizza, Survivalist Steaks and Bunker Biscuits"
    I would like to build a bunker, old school styled 1950's hangout and also stock it with Texas Beer (Shiner Bock) Jack Daniels, Spam and women. Good looking women that way we can rebuild the 'Gross Domestic Product" within 120 years like 'Doctor Strangelove suggested"

    This holloween I thought about getting a wheelchair with a 1950's black suit and one black leather glove my left hand, but something tells me no one will get joke.

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    1. Hey Everyone,

      (captaincrunch)

      If your young enough to miss the best part of the cold war and your wondering what I am talking about, check out this clip on youtube from one of the greatest movies ever made.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8L8NopVwdg

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    2. I remember the part of Dr. Strangelove you are talking about. As I recall, it was a popular concept with the character played by George C. Scott.

      I'd need some Southern Comfort. I have whiskey in the basement to trade, but I don't drink the stuff myself. When I joined the Marines, my introduction to hard liquor was bourbon and now, to this day, the smell of bourbon makes me want to puke.

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