Tues. July 23, 2019 – a different way to prep

79F and 89%RH at 7AM. We never got more than that little bit of rain yesterday. It stayed a bit cooler, but it was still hot.

As I woke up this morning, I had a realization… there is a way to “prep” that is very different from what we normally talk about. It is a way to take care of yourself, and possibly some close others, and it doesn’t cost anything but time.

We hear people say “I don’t have room to prep.” Or money. Or time. Or skills….

Well, if you can’t prep yourself, attach yourself to an agency that does prep. Become known to them NOW, so when you show up at the shelter, they hand you a meal and a nametag. Seriously. Start now. Join the Red Cross or Salvation Army disaster response. Take the shelter managers courses. Get the background check. Volunteer.

I’ve never worked or been in a Red Cross shelter, but knowing human nature, I’d bet money that the staff had plenty to eat and drink. The mantra of Emergency Response, “You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself” backs up that idea.

Our focus is usually on individualism and NOT relying on others, but if you think you will have to, get out in front of it and secure your place by JOINING with them now.

The most it will cost is time, and there is the side benefit that you will be helping others.

nick

33 thoughts on “Tues. July 23, 2019 – a different way to prep”

  1. They got $15 and now she wants $20– heck, why not $100? $1000?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7276179/Rashida-Tlaib-calls-20-hour-minimum-wage-says-people-live-tips.html

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    Not quite mother of the year–

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7276497/Georgia-mother-26-charged-MURDER-dropping-three-month-old-baby-fight.html

    I personally witnessed almost the same thing in the parking lot of a store at Christmas. The woman shouted “Hold my baby” passed it off to another woman, then tore into the guy she was arguing with. And of course the Disneyland video has the woman pushing her stroller away as she starts to swing. Not sure how they’ll get murder, you usually have to have intent for murder charges. Wonder how many other kids this paragon has and how they’ve been treated.

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    Hmm, sounds logical…

    “Maduro blames opponents for ‘electromagnetic attack’ as Venezuela is hit by black outs”

    –and this sort of thing sounds ridiculous to our ears, but how does it sound to Venezuelans?

    “‘Those who’ve systematically attacked the noble people of Venezuela in all kinds of ways will once again be confronted with the mettle and courage that we, the children of our liberator Simón Bolívar, have demonstrated in the face of difficulties,’ Communications Minister Jorge Rodríguez said in a statement read on state TV.”

    — this guy gets it:

    “Cristian Sandoval, a 37-year-old owner of a motorcycle repair business, said he is more prepared for a prolonged outage having equipped his home with a water tank and a generator for his workshop.

    As Venezuela’s crisis deepens, the sale of electric generators is one of the few growth industries in a country ravaged by six-digit inflation and cratering public services.”

    — just casually mentions 6 digit inflation…. at what point do you get out? Remember that we were talking about currency collapse in Venezuela just a couple of years ago. Civil society has collapsed too, with government divided between Maduro and Guido. Can’t happen here? Are you willing to bet your kids’ lives on that?

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    Um, this is in America…

    Police in Puerto Rico launch TEAR GAS at protesters during mass demonstrations urging the governor to resign

    More than 500,000 people took to streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, yesterday
    Protesters want governor Ricardo Rossello, 40, to resign after leaked messages ”

    that’s a LOT of people

    –although nothing says you’re serious about a protest like getting your t!ts out in public….

    –the internet is forever…

    n

  2. BTW, how many people named “Boris” are there in UK politics, and does no one find that odd? Where is the russian witchhunt in the UK?

    n

  3. More than 500,000 people took to streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, yesterday
    Protesters want governor Ricardo Rossello, 40, to resign after leaked messages

    Didn’t Trump get in trouble for criticizing the Puerto Rican government last year over their handling of the hurricane?

    What? Do the Puerto Rican people expect Trump to remove the Governor now?

  4. We harvested our first two (small) pumpkins yesterday. They were still pretty green, but still made a good pie. There are a zillion more coming, hence the early harvest.

    I’ve mentioned we’re building a house soon. Construction is supposed to start on October 1st, and it seems to us that we ought to be deep into the detailed planning by now: precise location of things, which kitchen and bathroom fittings, etc, etc.. Being the technical type, I have a number of special wishes – like network cables, for example.

    The construction company doesn’t seem to be in any hurry – half of Switzerland is on vacation in July and August, including the guy we talk to. Seems odd – construction companies are incredibly busy in Summer – I would have thought they would take their vacations some other time of year. I sent them an impatient email today, letting them know we want to get started…

  5. The construction company doesn’t seem to be in any hurry – half of Switzerland is on vacation in July and August, including the guy we talk to.

    45th parallel. The same thing happened in Vantucky and points north.

    In Seattle? Fuggedaboudit. Nothing happens in August.

  6. So I’m not automatically on the side of the cops, and I think they’ve accumulated too many ‘special’ powers, but this is not something ANYONE should let slide.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-07-23/its-total-anarchy-shocking-videos-expose-lawlessness-nyc-streets

    I AM a proponent of LAW AND ORDER. That is what makes our civilization possible.

    Watch the guy dancing around with his fists raised. He’s looking for an opening to dart in an hit the cop. Don’t know why he doesn’t, except maybe he wasn’t quite emboldened enough. The guy in white with the final bucket over the head? That’s assault. So is the toss of the bucket that hits the cop in the head (which is difficult to see because of the title on the video.)

    This is not going to end well.

    n

  7. Glad I’m back from NYC. I don’t see how people live in the Concrete Jungle. I wouldn’t be a cop there for any amount. Might as well get combat pay.

  8. — just casually mentions 6 digit inflation…. at what point do you get out? Remember that we were talking about currency collapse in Venezuela just a couple of years ago. Civil society has collapsed too, with government divided between Maduro and Guido. Can’t happen here? Are you willing to bet your kids’ lives on that?

    I am on the fence, I just do not think that the economy can go that bad in the USA. Too many people interested in keeping it going. That said, it sure could happen.

  9. Happened before, could happen again. Even 70s levels of inflation, unemployment, and interest rates would be devastating .

    N

  10. I am on the fence, I just do not think that the economy can go that bad in the USA. Too many people interested in keeping it going. That said, it sure could happen.

    Venezuela has been waiting for a US invasion to fix things for 20 years, but the US has its own ideas about regime change via civilization collapse.

    An invasion wouldn’t be like Panama, which I think most people there would expect to see happen — the US Army jails a few leaders at Eglin, leaves after a short occupation, and the food returns to the markets … along with the Internet. Too much easily extracted oil is at stake for things to be that simple, and the expat leadership cowering (I’ll say it) in Miami Beach has the ear of President Trump.

    I believe that the best way to hedge against a similar collapse in the US is to not facilitate it happening in the rest of the world like the freak show at MacDill has done since 9-11.

  11. An invasion wouldn’t be like Panama, which I think most people there would expect to see happen — the US Army jails a few leaders at Eglin, leaves after a short occupation, and the food returns to the markets … along with the Internet. Too much easily extracted oil is at stake for things to be that simple.

    The crude oil in the ground in Venezuela is a freaking nightmare. There are thousands of steam boilers around the oil fields for steam to inject in the ground the heat the oil so that it will move. The oil has much of the characteristics of tar. Get it below 120 F ? 130 F ? 140 F ? and your day just got bad. And the idiots at Pedevesa have not been maintaining the steam boilers.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevehanke/2017/03/06/venezuelas-pdvsa-the-worlds-worst-oil-company/#13a4fd544105

  12. Happened before, could happen again. Even 70s levels of inflation, unemployment, and interest rates would be devastating .

    The effective unemployment in SW WA State when we left was 37%.

    In the 70s, that area still had the timber industry, large HP factories, and full production at the paper mills.

    I bet they wish they could have the 70s back in that part of WA. Back then, Seattle was the part of the state which was a trainwreck.

  13. The crude oil in the ground in Venezuela is a freaking nightmare

    I stand corrected, but even oil requiring that much work is something the expat leaders want to control at the end of this mess.

    We would repeat the fiasco in Iraq if we listened to the crowd in Miami Beach and left them in charge (or attempted to) after whatever Trump has in mind for the place.

  14. Bonfire Of The Trannities

    There’s a link within a link within a link here. Read as much as you can stand; me, I gave up about halfway through.

    <sarc> If a supposedly intelligent, well-educated Harvard prof can let himself be scammed like this, what hope is there for the rest of us average Joes and Janes?
    </sarc>

    From the comments:

    Holy crudmonkeys! That was one long read proving my daddy’s long ago given advice regarding where one should never, ever, stick one’s unit.

    Yep.

  15. There’s a link within a link within a link here. Read as much as you can stand; me, I gave up about halfway through.

    Not surprising. I’ve seen some crazy things across two universities in the last 10 years.

    Boot kink opened the door? That’s almost a cliche.

    The transwoman and her … wife? … aren’t even remotely attractive. But, then again, I don’t get the Cocktail Watiress either.

  16. Keep your d!ck out of the crazy. It’s as simple and difficult as that.

    n

  17. Keep your d!ck out of the crazy. It’s as simple and difficult as that.

    Don’t live a cliche.

    I’ve seen multiple interviews with Carl Hiaasen where he states that the material in his fiction books isn’t as bizarre as his Miami Herald non-fiction columns because the editors would reject the novels as being unrealistic.

    That story from Harvard would be a bad beach read, not even close to Hiaasen quality.

  18. Finished the next phase of upgrading the church media system. Got two new laser projectors installed and two new screens. Everything is now HD within the church with the broadcast remaining on analog SD. The broadcast is something we cannot control. Each display (two laser projectors, two stage monitors, and one balcony monitor) can now be individually shown different content.

    All of that is now controlled by the studio switcher and the director. Easily done using the aux busses on the video switcher. The equipment in the balcony where the graphics was run was reduced from a tangled mess with five pieces of equipment and several signal converters has now been reduced to one converter and one computer.

    Within the studio we now have a 40×40 router that can router any input to any output. Easily changed on a computer by selecting the source and specifying the output. Cannot do it live as the source device has to reclock the signal. But it is great for initial setup and making changes without moving cables.

    Several converters from analog to digital, then upscaling converters were eliminated thus simplifying the equipment rack and eliminating several connections.

    Screens were difficult to install. One foot shorter in height, but three feet wider. Weigh about 100 pounds and very bulky taking five people to install. The old screens were not the correct size, were turning yellow, and acquired a sticky residue that left a residue on the hands.

    Final phase will be accomplished in about eight months. The graphics computer will be replaced and relocated to the studio. A video card will be added that has four SDI outputs. New software will be acquired that can support four different displays, with motion. Training on the new software will be tedious.

    This has been a long three year project from start of conception, through fund raising, camera replacement, and to this point, screens and projectors.

    According to the vendor the church has the most capable system of any churches in a large area. Live broadcast, all HD, and a live stream.

  19. But, then again, I don’t get the Cocktail Watiress either.

    I too fail to see the attraction.

  20. I too fail to see the attraction.

    Perhaps the ProgLibTurd males are too incel to get laid. Gotta go for the low hanging fruit.

  21. But, then again, I don’t get the Cocktail Watiress either.

    AOC and her +3 (Trump’s new term for the squad) are not crazy. They are vicious and power hungry. I still give AOC a better than even chance of being el presidente in 2025.

    BTW, AOC+3 are trying to do to Israel what they did to Rhodesia and South Africa. “Democrats brush off Rep. Omar’s push for Israel boycott, target BDS movement instead”
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/18/jewish-lawmakers-brush-pro-boycott-resolution-ilha/

    “Jewish Democrats brushed off Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Israel boycott resolution this week and instead kept their focus on their own resolution to denounce the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.”

    I cannot believe that someone in our government is even a part of this nonsense.

  22. Perhaps the ProgLibTurd males are too incel to get laid. Gotta go for the low hanging fruit.

    My father-in-law always felt he missed out on whatever the 60s were about to his generation. That seems to be a common pattern of thought among the early Boomers and why they go for young girls, first my age group now Millenials. Plus, Biology.

    The common line I’ve heard over the last 30 years was that my father-in-law was “too young” when he knocked up my mother-in-law on shore leave in Taiwan, and he deserved to work out whatever he felt he missed. Even my mother-in-law and her family believe this to be true.

    By my math, the guy was 24 and my mother-in-law was 26. Grow up and accept responsibility.

    And, again, don’t live a cliche like “He was so young…”

  23. AOC is the high status female for many groups of men. She’s ‘strong’ and ‘sassy’. She can get you free drinks. Everyone thinks they will be the one to take the bartender or waitress home, beating out all the other losers who hit on her all night long. The guy who does thinks he’s really scored.

    Other than the crazy eye, she seems to be well within body norms.

    Given the way people act nowadays, there’s going to be plenty of cell phone camera video of her in a variety of nekkid and demeaning (sorry, I meant empowering) acts. She got herself under their thumb early and enthusiastically, unlike older politicians, who had to be honey trapped and set up to get the video. TPTB don’t trust and advance you without that extra bit of security.

    She’s not going away. If nothing else, they’ll keep her around as a ‘foil’ to the more ‘sensible’ elder statesmen. Every time she or her crew opens their mouth it moves the Overton window in the direction TPTB want it moved.

    I still expect the dems to pull a much more moderate person out of their arses in time for the actual election. It’ll be “someone you can vote for” without becoming a shrieking radical.

    n

  24. I still expect the dems to pull a much more moderate person out of their arses in time for the actual election. It’ll be “someone you can vote for” without becoming a shrieking radical.

    Newsom 2020.

    I think Inslee is done. We got the heads up that tolls will get added to the tunnel under Seattle in a couple of weeks, and as much as his career was advanced to be Costco’s liquor deregulation chore boy in WA State, the Governor still has to be sensitive to the reaction about that if he feels he has a political future beyond Olympia.

    RickH and DadCooks — get ready for your next trip to Seattle. The tunnel replaces the viaduct, price to be determined.

    I still believe that a shooting war in Iran will make Tulsi Gabbard and Mayor Pete really popular.

  25. AOC is the high status female for many groups of men.

    As Archie Bunker famously said: “Geez Louise!”–which reminds me of … Thelma & Louise go to Israel

    Another chain of links (sorry!), but these posts are way less prolix than the ones about the feckless Harvard prof.

  26. She’s not going away. If nothing else, they’ll keep her around as a ‘foil’ to the more ‘sensible’ elder statesmen.

    She could also be the next Cindy Sheehan if Stretch doesn’t croak and gets her primaried.

  27. She could also be the next Cindy Sheehan if Stretch doesn’t croak and gets her primaried.

    The more accurate analogy is Alan Grayson out of Florida. He was fun for the Dems as a tea party basher for a couple of years, but his constituents got tired of his failure to bring home the pork and booted him out of office.

    I actually don’t think that the Amazon deal in NY is what will kill the Cocktail Waitress as much as some VA program or other direct pork spending. Amazon will give most of the permanent high-paying jobs to people outside the district, and the construction gigs will be short lived.

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