Wednesday, 9 September 2015

08:00 – One of the neat things about our business is that I get to do fun stuff, like making mud pies. We got a flood of orders yesterday for forensic science kits. Only two of those were from individuals, with the rest a bulk order from a state university. Those orders wiped out our current finished goods inventory on those kits and left us at negative 7 forensic kits in stock. So I’m desperately making up more kits. One of the pieces I’m missing is the spectroscopy questioned soil specimen, which is basically a soil specimen that contains known quantities of various species like barium, cerium, and half a dozen more. I make that up by dissolving the nitrate salt of those species in water, adsorbing it onto vermiculite (expanded clay), and then drying the mud.

So I made up the glop, spread it on an old oven pan, and stuck it in the oven at 350F to dry. When Barbara arrived home from work, she immediately asked what she smelled. I told her that I was baking mud pies. She didn’t even comment.

This morning, I have overnight orders for three or four kits that I do have in stock–as well as another forensic kit–so I’ll get the ones I have in stock queued up to ship and then go to work making up and packaging chemicals for more forensic kits. I already made up some Kastle-Meyer reagent, which needs to reflux for an hour or so before I can bottle it. The only other thing I’m out of is 30 mL bottles of concentrated sulfuric acid, so I’ll get some of those made up as well.


10:22 – I’d mentioned that I picked up a can of Gatorade powder at Costco on Saturday, and someone emailed me to ask if that was a reasonable substitute for oral rehydration salts. Actually, if you mix it according to directions, the G-series 02 Perform Gatorade is a reasonable rehydration solution, comparable to the homemade stuff made with table sugar and salt. It’s heavy in sugar and the osmolarities are outside the WHO recommended low-osmolarity formulation, but Gatorade does at least include some potassium and citrate.

If I’d run out of official ORS, I’d use the Gatorade 02 Perform. Actually, what I’d probably do is use it initially to treat a patient with vomiting and/or diarrhea. If that didn’t start clearing up in a day or so, or if it became severe, I’d switch to the ORS, use the real stuff until I ran out, and then start using the Gatorade again. If Gatorade was all I had, I’d use it for a full course of treatment, because it’s sure a whole lot better than nothing.

36 thoughts on “Wednesday, 9 September 2015”

  1. A Black Lives Matter article from Twitchy.  An Air Force Officer beaten ’cause he had Confederate Flags on the back of his motorcycle.  How much longer until things explode.

    “The protesters saw two confederate flags attached to the back of the victim’s motorcycle and surrounded him, rocking the bike in an attempt to knock it over,” police say. “They sprayed the victim in the face with mace, and struck him in the back with a baseball bat and a glass bottle filled with red paint.” The Olympian reports that a motorcyclist was taken away from the scene by ambulance.

    Schogol reports that the Air Force officer suffered “severe eye irritation,” and a bruised shoulder and back.

  2. “How much longer until things explode.”

    Maybe hours, maybe years. If/when they do, we just need to be prepared for it. Those of us in the cities and suburbs will at least have a target-rich environment.

  3. “Maybe hours, maybe years.”

    We’ll get some larger trigger events first, probably, along with the ongoing series of incidents like this. Without the innernet, though, it would probably take years. I’m figuring on months. A few ISIS-type mob events, the resulting police crackdown (maybe), and then things might start to snowball. We also have 3%’er types now doing on-site intel reporting on this stuff and relaying it around the net via meatspace and ham radio. Some of it has been pretty interesting, as it’s not the sorta thang that the MSM would ever report.

    “Those of us in the cities and suburbs will at least have a target-rich environment.”

    Indeed. And those of us in the rural and semi-rural areas likewise, with our homegrown underclass cretins, mixed in with the Entitled Generation and FSA types.

  4. As for the Gatorade, do what we were instructed to do at a rest stop for the Houston MS150 bicycle tour. Mix the Gatorade powder with 2x the recommended water.

    (I worked at rest stops two years and rode it once. It’s a fundraiser for MS where you bike from Houston to Austin over two days.)

  5. Here’s some chickens coming home to roost:

    “United CEO resigns in federal corruption probe after adding direct flights twice a week to South Carolina city where Port Authority chief has a vacation home”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3226989/United-says-CEO-Jeff-Smisek-effective-immediately.html

    This came up briefly a while ago. F-in ‘elite’ grafters. Notice too that this ‘public servant’ bought a $1.9 M vacation home. Wanna bet he’s as dirty as a port authority bathroom?

    See also at the end of the article, the unions celebrating are UAs old line, anti-management unions who always opposed the Continental CEO. Those are also the anti-customer elements of the old UA. After the merger, they’ve been beating down the former Continental employees who were more productive and WAY more customer focused. This is eventually going to go in the books as one of the most disastrous mergers of all time.

    nick

  6. So I just realized how much the Black Lives Only Matter When A Police Officer Takes One are really screwing over working class people. There are two events I’d like to go to this winter. Conveniently they are within a mile of each other on the same weekend. However, they are both 15 miles from the scene of the Baltimore riots. I would like to go to both events, but I’m not sure I want to be 15 miles from somewhere I am clearly not welcome. I’m even less comfortable with the idea of taking my family. There were cool things in downtown Baltimore I saw the last time I was there, but I definitely not going there. While I do care that I’m going to miss out on certain activities, I can find stuff that’s almost as fun to do here. I have to wonder how many would be tourists like me there are out there who are going to be staying home.

  7. That’s one reason I’m happy that Barbara’s last day of work (downtown) is the end of this month. I don’t want her on downtown streets, parking deck, etc. The best advice is to steer well clear of areas frequented by the underclass. As people keep saying, they’re not like us.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about an event 15 miles from an underclass concentration, but I’d sure go out of my way to avoid driving through such a concentration.

  8. ” F-in ‘elite’ grafters. Notice too that this ‘public servant’ bought a $1.9 M vacation home.”

    He’s a friggin’ piker! Larry Klinton and his lovely wife Bruno are the All-Time National Champions of Grifting! They’ve fed on the State trough and their foundations their entire worthless lives. We’re talking TENS of millions, ladies and germs!

    “However, they are both 15 miles from the scene of the Baltimore riots. I really don’t want to go.”

    Fifteen miles seems not too threatening; I’d just keep an eye on the situation and plan on going if you actually DO wanna go to those events. I’d go, but I’m a psycho killer who doesn’t necessarily need a firearm in that hopeless, anti-gun, commie state. Ditto some guy I heard about that lives down in the Capital District.

    “I don’t want her on downtown streets, parking deck, etc. The best advice is to steer well clear of areas frequented by the underclass. As people keep saying, they’re not like us.”

    There it is. And I have to gather intel now on wherever Mrs. OFD goes on her trips and where she’s staying accordingly; she’s fairly tuned in to this kinda chit, having worked the ER wards at Bellevue many moons ago and having lived in Brooklyn for a while. She’s also been under my nasty and pernicious influence.

    @Mr. Dave; and also what RBT said, avoid concentrations of peeps and obvious questionable areas.

  9. Baltimore is far enough away from me that I would be tempted to fly instead of drive. I don’t know the area well enough to know what other underclass areas there are around Baltimore. One obvious route from the airport to the hotel would go right through ground zero. I can go, I’m just starting to wonder if I’d rather have a Ruger AR-556, some extra mags and 1000 rounds of ammo instead of taking the trip.

  10. Convention centers and convention hotels are generally located in shitty areas, if those figure in your plans. Sometimes there is an attached hotel with covered parking that is a safer, if not cheaper, choice.

    Well, we just go over 2 inches of rain in under an hour. Sun is poking thru and the humidity is climbing.

    Spent the afternoon on household chores. Snaked out a tub drain that had completely stopped. The hairball was more than 10 feet down the pipe. Chemical agents didn’t have a chance.

    Cleaned up and sharpened a hedge trimmer, and trimmed some bushes. Cleaned up an ax for the next landscape project.

    Local PD is on high alert after an aborted assassination attempt. There are people thugs out there cruising around actively looking for targets.

    Spent some time poking at my packet radio TNC, and I think I just need a cable opposite the one I’ve been trying, and I’ll be good to go. Need to dig thru boxes and get out the old cable tester to find a straight thru. Looked for software and there is an overwhelming number of choices, some single purpose and some swiss army knives. NO CLUE where to start. Still need to get the ends and make up the TNC to RADIO cable too. Digital modes are a whole new can o worms and learnin’.

    @ofd, what HF nets or reflectors are you getting good intel from? AMRON? Been reading sparks31? Watching guerillacomm on youtube?

    Well, more tasks await.

    nick

  11. OFD, I don’t know who you’re talking about here in the Crapital District, but I’d like to meet him. He sounds like an awesome fellow.

    As for me, I’ve been in such a foul mood lately — not sleeping, constant stress, no support, no relief except bursts of usually excessive violence — that I’ve appeared mild-mannered compared to my norm. I don’t trust myself not to grossly overreact to even the slightest confrontation.

    Hypothetically, I may have thrown someone down a flight of about 30 concrete stairs recently. As a general thing, I think steps should be taken to curb panhandling and especially aggressive panhandling and even more especially panhandling mixed with not-terribly-subtle threats. However, these steps probably shouldn’t involve 30 concrete steps. (For a contrasting viewpoint, anyone attempting to threaten a large man who’s obviously about one breath from a berserk rage is obviously suicidal, and should be assisted in committing suicide.)

  12. “Well, I know which I’d pick.”

    Ditto + 1,000

    “@ofd, what HF nets or reflectors are you getting good intel from? AMRON? Been reading sparks31? Watching guerillacomm on youtube?”

    All of the above plus a few more.

    Yo, what’s the bumf on them assassination attempts and “thugs driving around looking for targets” down there in bee-yoo-tee-full Greater Houston??? Yikes.

    “He sounds like an awesome fellow.”

    Indeed, and possibly a cousin from different muthas.

    “…I may have thrown someone down a flight of about 30 concrete stairs recently.”

    I’ve done that gig. Once, back in AF days, I removed a drunk maggot lifer from the NCO club and he went back in. I got him out a second time and told him straight up not to pull that shit again. Escorted him up a long flight of concrete stairs and suddenly he turned around and started back down to the club. No one looking, so I booted him the rest of the way down headfirst. Next stop: the base hospital twenty miles up the road. No NCO club visits for a while. Moral: LISTEN to the fucking 6’5″ 225-pound Security Policeman. I’ve had one or two similar incidents, allegedly, but not recently; life is pretty copacetic here in Retroville, unlike that big-city Capital District hassle.

  13. unlike that big-city Capital District hassle

    To use RBT’s term, there’s a lot of the underclass here. Of course: it’s a state capital, and in particular the capital of a state with excellent subsidies for the underclass and other parasites. Maggots fester unbelievably, and with a massive sense of entitlement. I walk through a quarter to a half mile of underclass (subsidized) housing twice a day. Most people ignore me, a handful who recognize me (mostly women and children) wave or say hello. Few of the young men and druggies give me anything resembling a hard time, but every few months someone will be stupid.

  14. The info came after my class and the details are probably not for release. Just be aware if a car pulls up next to you, and the windows come down….

    n ick

    especially if you are wearing anything that looks like a uniform or your vehicle looks like an unmarked car

  15. “Of course: it’s a state capital, and in particular the capital of a state with excellent subsidies for the underclass and other parasites. Maggots fester unbelievably, and with a massive sense of entitlement.”

    Sounds a heckuva lot like…Boston, Providence, and Hahtfud; with very minor versions, usually including more of the ratty granola-heads and Dead-Head types and outright old-fashioned bums, in the dinky capitals in northern Nova Anglia, to wit: Augusta, Concord and Montpeculiar.

    “Most people ignore me, a handful who recognize me (mostly women and children) wave or say hello. Few of the young men and druggies give me anything resembling a hard time, but every few months someone will be stupid.”

    My experience also while living and working, all hours, in Nova Anglia’s second-largest city, Woostah, MA. One time in broad daylight I was humping a ruck (my bag of books and papers for worthless grad skool) through one of them ‘hoods and heard running footsteps right behind me. I whirled to deliver either the old-timey hammer blow between the eyes or the old-timey clothesline maneuver, and it was just some skinny Hispanic kid running past me; he jumped a foot and backed off with his hands in the air as fast as he could skeddaddle. No one else ever bothered me, and he wasn’t trying to hassle me, either. I was also CC’ing then, too, and had a .357 snubbie loaded with 125-gr JHP. Wish I had a nickel for every time I wanted to yank it out for meetings and conferences with certain faculty and other grad students, particularly the fembat matriarchy.

    “Just be aware if a car pulls up next to you, and the windows come down….”

    Been aware for that chit since circa 1977. And neither my regular attire nor the vehicles look anything like LE.

  16. Of course: it’s a state capital, and in particular the capital of a state with excellent subsidies for the underclass and other parasites. Maggots fester unbelievably, and with a massive sense of entitlement. I walk through a quarter to a half mile of underclass (subsidized) housing twice a day.

    Hmmm. One of 50 states.
    1. “capital of a state with excellent subsidies for the underclass and other parasites”. Not Texas. Not Florida. Not Alabama. Not Oklahoma. Not either of the Virginias. Not Arizona.

    I know, its Illinois! Wait, Michigan! Or is it New York State? Or Oregon?

    I give up. Too many states with lots of stuff for FSA.

  17. The media and political nabobs quite a while ago bestowed “The Capital District” on lovely Albany, NY, a.k.a. The Vampire State, which sucks every bit of liberty and creativity and industry from its subjects, once upon a time citizens. Our roving correspondent and man-about-town there can undoubtedly give a much more interesting perspective.

    Mrs. OFD grew up in ‘north-country’ New York, on the outer edge of the Adirondacks, and peeps up that way and points west have zero use for the ass-hats, riff-raff, One-Percenters and underclass scum that live in the NYC and Long Island areas. They consider Cuomo and his criminal minions utter filth, for example. And ditto the Klintons. Ditto also Bloomberg and DiBlasio.

  18. Today’s prepping prep: a trip to the Dollar Store for basic medical supplies (antiseptic, hydrogen peroxide, some bandaging, and spare ‘readers’, along with some plastic boxes to store them in, and a couple of sharpie markers). Then to Home Depot for some wood for shelves in the garage.

    Then, I investigated an alternate way home. Was forced to, as the Hood Canal bridge (primary route home) was stuck open, with no fix in site. So a 30 minute trip home was about 2:40. Nice route, though, along the edges of the Hood Canal through a bunch of small vacation-type towns. The bridge got fixed after I got home, so saved a bit of time.

    Tomorrow: get all the recent purchases organized, and build the shelves in the garage.

  19. Good prepping advice here, but geez, it could almost start with the first bit being: “First, either get a million bucks or have a million bucks”, and “Second, have a free forty hours a week to get all this stuff done over the next six months.”

    http://www.alt-market.com/articles/2690-economic-crisis-how-you-can-prepare-over-the-next-six-months

    In six months we might be able to get three months worth of food and other supplies stored up. A garden that we can use to feed ourselves on this plot? I don’t think so. Get two family members? I’m 62 and I live here with my 60-year-old wife. Our son is out in Kalifornia with his wife and three kids, and not in a great area, either. Our daughter is away at university. I have one brother who is aware and interested and doing a few minor things, but he’s also unemployed. Two other brothers with zero interest, apparently, and ditto our sister. My mom is in a nursing home and wife’s is 86. Our dads are long deceased. Friends? I gave those up when I got married, and them ditto; siblings and former friends several hundred miles south of here, and little if any contact with the latter in many years. Neighbors? One or two local possibilities but they’re as old or older than I am.

    Learn a trade, become an EMT/Combat Paramedic, talk the local VFW and/or church into prepping for big disasters, etc., etc. And incidentally, I dunno about elsewhere, but the EMT courses/training offered at random up here cost several hundred bucks and run for months. And weekly rifle practice at most local ranges isn’t gonna be much more, ordinarily, than zeroing the rifle, and shooting at motionless paper targets; maybe some malfunction clearance drills. Otherwise, any genuine fire and movement squad tactics training is only found at a handful of venues many hundreds of miles apart and require at least a weekend to a couple of weeks.

    I’m doing the best I can here with limited resources; the basic human needs for at least two peeps during a typical hard, cold, snowy winter with no power. And the means to defend it and communicate outside. If that ain’t enough, then most of us are fucked.

  20. Y’all lucky buggers in certain states!

    http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/09/lucky-you-if-you-live-in-california-new-york-or-texas-you-will-receive-more-unscreened-muslim-thugs-rapists-and-jihadists-than-any-other-states/

    Haw, haw…my next-younger brother and I are eminently familiar with the standard-issue societal and political beliefs of organized Boston police officers:

    http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/09/police-officers-turn-their-backs-on-obama-when-he-comes-to-boston-for-labor-day-breakfast/

    The BPD Tac Squad may be long gone (they used to show up in civilian clothes with steel-toed shoes and kick the chit outta various malefactors and pinko commie protesters down there), but the sentiment is still alive and well.

  21. Saw the link originally and skipped it. I was pretty sure I knew what it would say. Read it this time.

    Yeah, some good ideas but not a lot of practical. The rifle advice is, as you say, optimistic. The first commenter nails it- it will all be bad habits if you don’t start off right.

    Network is hard. Adding people is hard. If you can’t get a spouse on board, how will you get a stranger?

    Extra food, good.

    Combat medic? Well, online courses. EMT is stabilize and transport to higher level care. NO TREATMENT. I’m still gonna do the class because it will be better than nothing and is a step on the path. Cost is about $1200 if I don’t commit to working for one of the volunteer FD or EMS around here. It’s a semester long class, and that is fast compared to the local community college courses. There are actual official online courses, with local or regional hands on testing. That might be an option as it will give you the knowledge if not the practical.

    CAT? Only if higher care is available.

    I think the best compromise is stack medical supplies and hope for a traveling doctor or nurse. If you’ve got the stuff, sooner or later you’ll have the staff.

    Farm? Big farm means big need for security and being tied to the land. And as I’m finding out first hand, it isn’t nearly as easy as it looks, and takes WAY more space. This is my 3rd growing season, and I didn’t get more than a handful of radishes, turnips, and carrots this year. Last season all I really got was collards. (and herbs) I’ll get limes and some lemons this year but no peaches, oranges, grapefruits, grapes, black or blue berries. Even strawberries are hit or miss.

    That’s not stopping me, I’m still planting trees and bushes, raised beds, grapes, and whatever I can try. Got beans going in this week if I can decide on where. Gonna do some more ‘window boxes’ on the fence, going vertical!

    No where near enough PMs or utility metals. No room to stockpile 2×4, plywood, tar paper, etc.

    Got skills to make, repair, etc and should be able to get thru a slow collapse or extended downturn. Zombie apocalypse is a crap shoot anyway. I’ll still try, but I’m better set up for some things than others. Just the way it is.

    nick

  22. One thing to consider in your BOBs. Some sort of spray protection. Don’t consider mace or pepper spray. Use wasp and hornet spray. It sprays farther and will temporarily blind an attacker. Also much cheaper than mace or pepper spray and is not as tightly regulated. Stuff is nasty if it gets in your eyes. May even work against zombies but not sure as I have not tested in that scenario.

  23. Good prepping advice here, but geez, it could almost start with the first bit being: “First, either get a million bucks or have a million bucks”, and “Second, have a free forty hours a week to get all this stuff done over the next six months.”

    Yep. Everyone’s circumstances are unique. All you can do is what you can do. That’s why I focus on keeping things as inexpensive as possible, consonant with reasonable quality. You’re much better prepared if you have a few $4 flashlights in hand than one $150 flashlight in your Amazon cart waiting until you have the money to buy it. Or a $200 riot shotgun and 100 rounds of buckshot than nothing because you haven’t saved up enough to buy the $1,500 tactical rifle. Let alone putting all this stuff on your credit cards and hoping you’ll somehow be able to pay for it when the bill comes due.

    And Nick is right that in terms of medical (and other aspects) that if you have the stuff sooner or later you’ll have the staff. That’s why I have literally kilos of antibiotics in the freezer as well as the knowledge and materials to make useful drugs.

    The article is right about a group being essential, but the real groups will form after the fact. The last thing you need is a group of preppers whom you don’t know very well. Trust is essential, which means that your group will be family, close friends, and neighbors that gather into a group cooperatively after the fact.

    Inevitably, few of the members of your eventual group are going to be prepared in any real sense, which means you have to do your best to prepare for them. They will have some of what they need. Chances are there’ll be plenty of guns and ammunition, for example. Same thing with tools, flashlights and batteries, 20-pound propane cannisters, etc.

    So I focus on having things that the group will need that I can afford. For example, I can’t store water sufficient for the whole neighborhood, but I can store the means to purify water for everyone. I can store a couple receivers so that the neighborhood can get news, and I can store a few spare HTs for comms. Hell, if there’s a nuclear event, I’ll probably have the only radiation survey meters and dosimeters in the neighborhood.

    What I can’t do is store food for the whole neighborhood, but I can put up extra bulk staples, so that I can at least have some to share with my immediate group.

  24. I think I have been spending too much time here. When I read the receivers comment below, before I finished it I was thinking Bob was talking about lower receivers for building their own ARs. And my degree is a BSEE.

    So I focus on having things that the group will need that I can afford. For example, I can’t store water sufficient for the whole neighborhood, but I can store the means to purify water for everyone. I can store a couple receivers so that the neighborhood can get news, and I can store a few spare HTs for comms. Hell, if there’s a nuclear event, I’ll probably have the only radiation survey meters and dosimeters in the neighborhood.

  25. Well, I’ve got 3 of the old yellow civil defense ones. IIRC they take a weird battery though. I’ve got the calibrators too. I was gonna sell them but never got around to it….

    nick

  26. There are several models, and some models have sub-models. The most generally useful ones are the late model CD-V715’s or -V717’s. Those take regular C or D cells. The earlier models took batteries that are no longer widely available, if at all. I’d suggest that you keep any you have that use standard cells and sell the other(s) on eBay.

    Dosimeters, high- and low-range, are also useful. They can be used as survey meters just by exposing them for a measured time and then converting the R/mR dose to R/mR per hour. Make sure your dosimeter charger(s) take standard cells. Again, early models may not.

    Don’t necessarily trust the calibrators. IIRC, many were made with radioactive species that have pretty short half-lives. After 50 years or more, a calibrator marked as providing X R/hr may in fact provide half that or less.

  27. BTW, my old CD-V survey meters eat batteries, so you might want to take that into account.

  28. Got skills to make, repair, etc and should be able to get thru a slow collapse or extended downturn. Zombie apocalypse is a crap shoot anyway. I’ll still try, but I’m better set up for some things than others. Just the way it is.

    Need to prep for the financial collapse, natural disaster, or MZB apocalypse.

    MZB stands for Mutant Zombie Biker.

  29. Polished, practiced and private, Chelsea Clinton is the closest thing America has to a princess.

    I threw up in my mouth a little, just reading that. If I ever become so brain-damaged that I can write something like it non-sarcastically, I hope someone has the decency to make me drink a quart of bleach.

    Some sort of spray protection. Don’t consider mace or pepper spray. Use wasp and hornet spray. It sprays farther and will temporarily blind an attacker.

    I like oven cleaner. It doesn’t spray as far, but it’s not a thin stream and it’ll permanently blind an attacker.

    I squirted a large, aggressive, unchained* dog in the face with a squirtgun of ammonia, back when I was a kid. The dog did its best to turn inside out to back away from lunging at me.

    * Not actually unchained, but the chain was long enough to reach the sidewalk in front of the house, and the strip of lawn between the sidewalk and the street, and the street itself.

  30. “Polished, practiced and private, Chelsea Clinton is the closest thing America has to a princess.”

    Back when she was a homely little brat at the WH during the tenancy of Larry Klinton, supposedly her dad, and his lovely wife Bruno, I laid off making fun of her as I felt it wasn’t fair to bash kids for who their alleged parents are. But now she’s an autonomous millionaire adult, and fair game. I’d stand her against a firing squad wall JUST for the crap she’s spewed in the past six months alone.

  31. I began laying into Chelsea Scumbucket Clinton years ago, when she started putting her horse face out in public, pimping for her mother and various other causes. Even more than her alleged father, she’s a symbol of everything that’s wrong with the ruling class in this country. Bubba at least scammed his way up from nuthin’ beginnings to the pinnacle of corruption he’s reached.

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