Fri. April 20, 2018 – had a post, got eaten.

Frustrated. Accidentally hit ‘back’ and lost my whole post.

Cool and damp this am.

Did some bare minimum prep stuff this week, mostly garden.

Site views and visits have stayed very consistent, around high 500s visitors, and around 2000 visits per day. Top 10 pages are only a couple hundred visits apart and don’t really have anything in common. I miss RBT and OFD.

Did you guys (and gals) do any prepping this week??

n

Thur. April 19, 2018 – did WWIII already start?

65F with 43%RH fluffy clouds this AM. Very pleasant, but is unlikely to stay that way….

So, did WWWIII already start? That’s what my 8yo asked me at breakfast today. Says one of her classmates said it started with some bombs.

Is she right? Some headlines:

” Largest Chinese Naval Drill “In 600 Years” Begins: Live-Fire Exercise In Taiwan Strait

State-run Chinese papers said the number of warships assembled “the largest of its kind in 600 years.”

“The Road To 2025 (Part 1) – Prepare For A Multi-Polar World”

“US Sub That Attacked Syria “Not Welcome” Back To Italy”

“‘There has been nobody tougher on Russia!’ President boasts of killing ‘many’ of Putin’s troops in Syria and says he WILL impose sanctions when they deserve it”

I know, it’s all ‘doom porn’ but SRSLY, if we were looking back from next year, would anyone be surprised?

nick

added- ugg, I never hit “publish” and was poking around on the stats page instead of checking that it did publish, as I normally do….

Tues. April 17, 2018 – stuff to do

Another cool day, currently 62F and damp.

I’ve got groceries, rent house work, , rec association, housework, OFD lappy, and client care all on my list today. Swim team too.

I better get at it. An hope that the FMOD* doesn’t hit– I’m not ready!

n

*Flaming Meteor Of Death – one zipped by and we barely saw it before it did. And it was close.

And how can I leave these off???

Hundreds are evacuated from Hawaii after two feet of rain falls in just 24 hours triggering landslides and flooding

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5619905/Severe-rainfall-strands-dozens-Hawaii-evacuation-shelter.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5624383/Surveillance-company-run-ex-spies-harvesting-Facebook-photos.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5624745/Reporter-investigated-deaths-Russian-mercenaries-Syria-dies.html

Teenager who coerced a 12-year-old boy into failed suicide bombing at German Christmas market and wanted his wife, 17, to blow up a US air base, is jailed for nine years

Austrian man, 19, guilty of involvement in two failed terror attack plots
Coerced boy, 12, to blow himself up at Christmas market near Frankfurt in 2016
The German-Iraqi boy attempted suicide bombing, but the belt failed
The 19-year-old had also planned for his 17-year-old wife to blow up airbase

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5624579/Austrian-man-19-coerced-boy-12-failed-suicide-bombing-German-Christmas-market.html

[the teen/man/etc is never named in the article, and is “Austrian” only by the farthest stretch of the imagination. Also note, 17yo wife! and 12yo friends]

Man, 60, is arrested with huge cache of over SEVENTY illegal guns and 50,000 rounds of ammunition hoarded in the Queens home he shares with his 94-year-old mother

Ronald G. Drabman, 60, was arrested on Sunday in a raid in Queens, New York
Cops received a tip that he had illegal weapons and recovered arsenal of guns
Seized weapons included AK-47s, a Tommy Gun and a homemade zip gun

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5623621/Queens-man-60-arrested-huge-cache-SEVENTY-illegal-guns.html

[this is the second “arsenal” they got this week. The first was a disturbed loser with a 16 year long grudge against school staffers.]

REVEALED: California trains are now late 15% of the time because of homeless camps on the side of the tracks

Trains have been forced to make more emergency stops this year as more people have been trespassing on the tracks

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5622433/California-commuter-trains-late-15-percent-time-homeless-camps-tracks.html

[so the economy is booming?? Hmmm.]

n

Fri. April 13, 2018 – Friday the 13th is on a Friday this month

75F and damp this am. NOAA said we would get Tstorms, now, not so much. Some rain. We’ll see.

The title is a long running joke, shared by RBT and Jerry Pournelle and others. Pay attention and stay safe today.

The march to war continues. The financial shenanigans continue.

This week I moved one of my raised beds to accomodate the pad for the whole house gennie. That meant moving another bed 4 ft to the right. I’m about half done with that. The beds were thoroughly infested with feathery roots. It points up the necessity of turning over your soil every year.

The brusselsprouts have been eaten down to the stalk. Zukes are doing ok so far. One of the transplant blueberry bushes didn’t thrive, so back to Lowes for the guarantee. The others have all set fruit. The grape vines set fruit this year, hooray. They are table varieties so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with them. Radishes and beets have sprouted and are doing well. Cilantro never got bigger than an inch or two. Basil looks good, and the other herbs are doing well. I think I’m done trying for strawberries. They’ve never done well for me. The trees are doing well. Start planning, and start growing! get something in, even if it’s just herbs in pots.

The HOA approved my driveway gate design. I’m counting that as a prep since it gives privacy and limits access.

In meatspace I met our local Deputy Constable in charge of our subdivision, and our new Houston Police Department watch captain. Got a card and email from each. The HPD PIP (Positive Interaction Program) is a community outreach program that meets once a month with the local citizenry. Next month their Active Shooter Response Trainer will be presenting. I’m going if I can. Look for similar programs in your area. PIP, CPA, COP, and others.

Radio reception continues to amaze me. What a difference 10 extra feet of height and quality cable makes. Again proving that you have to actually try this stuff and work at it.

I haven’t added to my food stocks or replaced what got eaten as I’m still fighting with the rats. Moral of the story, at first sign, react aggressively and effectively. DON’T let them get established. Glue traps are not sustainable long term, nor is poison. Look into vermin control BEFORE you need it.

Sales have been slow, and so have my source auctions. I think there is a slowdown going on, with people holding on to their stuff longer, and getting rid of less. Thrift stores locally are way understocked too.

And that’s it, what did you do to prep this week?

nick

Thur. April 12, 2018 – mixed bag

63F and damp, with partly cloudy skies. Maybe I’ll get some outdoor work done today.

Otherwise I’ve got a mixed bag-o-observations.

Adventure Medical GlacierGel and blister first aid packets ROCK. https://www.amazon.com/Adventure-Medical-Kits-GlacierGel-Dressing/dp/B00169962W?th=1

Everyone should have this in there bug out bag, hiking kit, and first aid kit. No visit to a theme park or vacation should be without. The dressings are SUPER thin, have a cushioning gel, and stick tight. Highly recommended.

A ‘moka pot’ makes a tasty cup of coffee. It’s a bit messy loading the coffee, and mine drips when pouring if you aren’t careful. I broke the carafe on my 15 year old Melitta 4 cup coffee maker and have been using the moka pot backup for a couple of days. If coffee is an essential part of your preparedness planning, an appropriately sized moka pot is easy and fairly quick.

If observers from such radically different starting points as me/Alex Jones/Rush Limbaugh and the Nation of Islam can look at the current world situation and arrive at similar conclusions, there just might be something to it. [see my comments late yesterday] TPTB are moving behind the scenes. This is one of those points in history where there is a massive shift and realignment happening…. mice get squashed when the elephants dance.

It’s state testing time in our elementary schools. Parents and volunteers are ordered [very strongly encouraged] to stay away this week. While the school insists this is to provide a quieter, calmer environment for the students testing, I get nervous and suspicious whenever an institution chases all the observers away. If this ‘quieter and calmer’ environment is necessary for success, what does that say about the conditions during the normal school day? If you are proud, confident, and secure, you show off your achievements and processes, you don’t hide them.

During the republican primaries here, the local apparatchik that was running for her next job suckling on the public teat got handed her hat. She spent literal millions and was soundly defeated by unknowns, some of whom spent almost nothing. Now we’re gonna have a run off. This guy is the kind of person we need as a ‘public servant’ and that we so rarely get.

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His posters are certainly ‘eye catching.’

nick

Wed. April 11, 2018 – more work

48F and you can see your breath this AM. Clear skies and should warm up. Good day to do yard and garden work. So of course I’ll be driving around and probably not get to the garden.

The march to war continues. The world economy teeters on the edge. The soft coup attempt continues, and the plotters are desperate to win, because they are faced with ruin if they don’t.

Gah, I woke up dreaming I was caught in the zombie apocalypse, and realized a couple of things.

– if you are carrying armor, ammo, and weapons, you aren’t carrying enough food, or anything else.

-if you are fighting on foot or from a vehicle you REALLY need suppressed weapons.

-if you don’t have somewhere to go, you are just a refugee.

-a loaded vehicle outside the city limit waiting for you could save your life (hello locker 9).

-never split the party.

nick