Tuesday, 29 December 2015

09:52 – We left here yesterday morning for Winston. We dropped Colin off at the house and headed out to do errands. Barbara dropped me off at the dentist to get my fangs cleaned and sharpened, and then drove over to get her hair cut. She swung past the dentist’s office and picked me up to do a Costco run. Then it was back home to pack up the Trooper and head back up to Sparta. We got home about 4:00.

There was an interesting front-page article in the WS paper yesterday about North Carolina electric power utilities fighting a constant stream of cyberattacks: Duke Energy, the biggest US electric company, battling steady cyberattacks

One of the people quoted said that he didn’t want to incite panic, but the threat was very real. I don’t think he needs to worry about inciting panic. The panic will occur if/when the grid shuts down, and not before. Most people are oblivious, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. People generally remind me of Scarlett O’Hara, “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” But by the time they deign to think about it, it’ll be too late. We live in a world where a lot of people hate us and are in a position to do something about it. Burying one’s head in the sand isn’t helpful.

One of the comments yesterday asked about antiparasitics. In my lay opinion, the best option is to lay in a supply of agricultural ivermectin, which is a broad spectrum antiparasitic, effective on most internal parasites other than tapeworms.

Another commenter suggested that I steer clear of offering medical advice, which I agree with completely. I’m not offering medical advice: I’m offering suggestions about various drugs that I think are good to have on hand just in case. I have no intention of practicing medicine other than in a severe emergency when there are no qualified medical personnel available and the only options are to watch someone die or try to do something about the problem. And even if you are lucky enough to have a physician in your group, he won’t be able to do much about dangerous infections without access to antibiotics, and chances are he’s not carrying a pharmacy along with him.

We’re working this week on getting the science kit stuff organized so that we can build more kits as needed.