Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Another storm. Where there is no Dentist. New magazines. Holding your Ground.
We had two good days of weather. Then this rolling through. Heavy rain and very strong wind. I was sitting in the living room when the wind hit. One second things were pretty quiet, the next it was back to hearing objects thump against the log walls of the house. Now (0316 Wednesday morning), it's just rain. Looking at the intellicast hourly predictions, the worst of it will be passing through about ten this morning.
I broke a tooth last night. Wasnt' doing anything in particular, it just broke. So today I had to try to find a dentist that accepts our insurance. None of the local dentists do, but I found one in a town 45 miles away that does. No that dental insurance in America helps much. The insurance company sets an arbitrary amount for any service. It is always much less than reality. Then they pay a flat percentage of that, never more then 50% unless it's just a check up. Then the dentist charges whatever he wants, he's not bound by the insurance company ruling like an in network provider is for health issues. You pay the rest. So, lets say a filling costs $200 at the dentists. The insurance company will say that a filling should not cost more than $100. So they pay $50.00 and you pay the other $150.00.
Not very helpful.
Out of curiosity, I tried to see what the book Where there is no Dentist said. Unless I missed something, it says for a broken tooth you have to find a dentist.
Although this was not terribly helpful in this instance, it's not a bad book. If you had it, and an emergency dental kit you'd be better off than with nothing. The dental kits have all the things you'd need to get you through the weekend until you could get to dentist, and they don't cost much. You can augment them with things from the pharmacy .
This book is free online as a 245 page pdf. I bought the book in hard copy because the pdf 's are from 2010 and 2012 as far as I can tell.
As it is, I couldn't get an appointment until Feb 11. Tell me the U.S. hasn't become third world in this respect, at least. Even ten years ago I could have called and they would have taken me right in. Not now. I know why, too. There are ten gazillion illegal immigrants up here, all of whom go to the dentist frequently because it doesn't cost them anything. The government pays for their treatment, in full. Not mine though, because I'm just a U.S. citizen, not a poor, pitiable immigrant.
This months American Survival Guide is really good. I was surprised, because every article was interesting and useful. There are always a few articles in each issue that just don't catch my interest, because the survivalist/prepper community is pretty diverse . But this time around, I enjoyed the entire magazine.
There was an outstanding piece on Ham Radio. I read the short article on how to deal with isolation twice, because this winter I'm getting plenty of practice. After thirty some odd years up here, I'm not a stranger to the phenomenon but the writer knew what he was talking about. The best article I have ever seen on sources of supply for long term food storage was in here, and several very useful sections on cold weather survival that weren't boring and just old rehashed thoughts.
There was a nice write up of a new Glock compatible carbine, which I know Captain Crunch would enjoy. If they don't have the magazine down there , CC, let me know and I will help you get the article.
All in all , even if you don't regularly read American Survival Guide you might want to splurge on this issue. I subscribed because it saves you a lot of money off the cover price.
As always, Off Grid has some very useful information in it. Do you remember, years ago, when Doomsday Preppers set off a whole chain of shows on Survivalism and Prepping? One of the first shows included a family who lived in suburb somewhere out west. They had a completely self contained home, where they did hydroponic gardening and raised their own Tapia fish. This months Off Grid has a simple to understand , step by step article on doing your own hydroponic garden. Even I, the last person on earth to have much enthusiasm for gardening of any kind, was interested.
Theres' a good section on pandemics and bioterrorism. The Spot Three satellite emergency interface device gets a "thumbs up" and the review says the new one is even better than the earlier additions which were very good indeed. I have a brother who carries a Spot Two with him when he goes hunting in Wyoming, and he has field tested the thing to nth degree. He has nothing but good to say about it.
Another big plus, and something we've been talking about intermittently for a month or so now on the blog, is batteries. Off Grid has a spectacular article on all the different kinds of batteries out there to meet the needs of survivalists and preppers, and I learned some things I didn't know. That means either I wasn't as well read on the subject as I have been trying to be, or this particular writer was really an expert, or both.
In the category of "Gee, I wish I had one of those" there's a great bit on outfitting the Toyoto Tacoma as a bug out vehicle. I don't really get into the vehicle thing as a hobby, but I can admire the ingenuity and versatility the people who rework these off the shelf trucks and SUV's demonstrate.
Finally, as the rain thunders down and I wait for the power to go out, there's a book I thought might interest people. It's pretty old, and kind of a strange one, but it does make you think.
This is one of those books that came out about five years ago, published by a hole in the wall LLC.
The author is "Joe Nobody" which is kind of a shame. You can't find out anything about his background really, and there's no foreword detailing his experiences or qualifications for writing a book on this subject.
When I read it, it's more like somebody sat down at the kitchen table and used a bunch of military manuals to write the book. Not that anything he says is ill founded, it's just it doesn't seem to me it's written by someone with real "dust up" experience.
Even so, it's well set up and there are useful things to be learned. The section on how to make early warning devices was interesting, and there are some good sources of supply for things like flares, distress rockets, etc listed in here.
The book is written for groups. I get the impression that the writer thinks anyone on their own should just go ahead and and curl up and die. Still, he may be right. We won't know til we know, once the Great Collapse Festivities kick off.
If you can still find it, the book didn't cost a lot back in 2012, and since it's set up in sections to accommodate the reader in terms of his own location and circumstances, it would probably be money well spent.
I go along with his first chapter, whatever else I might think.
" I believe the least likely method to be used against my location is a frontal assault. My logic for this is that our attacker does not have a political or military motivation. They, most likely, want my food, water, supplies and women. A frontal assault can be brutal on an attacker from the aspect of causalities."
I think he's right about the motivation of people who come after you at your retreat or fort up place.
Once people realize there are no legal consequences for bad behavior, it's Mardi Gras on a national level. Overall, this is a book worth taking a look at on a quiet evening.