Sat. Feb. 1, 2020 – out and about

Cool COLD and wet. 37F and 99%RH

No idea if I’ll get a chance to update the WuFlu numbers before I leave the house this morning.

Over 11K last night is a HUGE increase in one week. Oh, and we’ve got 9? in North America? that’s up from NONE only a few days ago. Not cool.

Non-prepping hobby followed by a couple of auction pickups, and maybe an 8yo’s basketball game.

It’s a great life if you don’t weaken.

Keep stacking.

n

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

21 thoughts on “Sat. Feb. 1, 2020 – out and about”

  1. Over 11K last night is a HUGE increase in one week. Oh, and we’ve got 9? in North America? that’s up from NONE only a few days ago. Not cool.

    Where are the nine?

  2. I’m not concerned about catching the coronavirus. But I am worried about the disruption it will cause to our economy. With China quarantining whole cities, critical production and distribution have halted. America relies heavily on products from China and the supply chain will be disrupted for weeks or possibly months. My reaction is to increase my food and supply storage. Making a supply run today. Can’t hurt to be prepared.

    One effect of loosing China as a supplier will be growth of other suppliers to fill the demand. This will result in huge and likely permanent damage to the Chinese economy that requires constant growth to stay alive. This will probably result in political unrest and that’s never good for a nuclear country.

  3. Greg, US has 7 as of last night, Seattle, Cali, Chicago. Canadia has 3 in Vancover and Toronto.

    As long as it remains in areas with decent health care infrastructure.

    As I’ve written before, Portland would be concerning, especially on the WA side. In addition to the Measles pandemic, the Chipotle E-coli outbreak had its ground zero not far from where we lived in Vantucky.

    My wife’s response to the news about the E-coli? “I’m surprised it wasn’t Hepatitis.”

    She didn’t elaborate further.

    I-5 South of Olympia running down to Eugene and I-84 from Portland to The Dalles would be a challenging environment in which to contain the virus.

  4. Rick, re your generator: prep win!

    I also want to get solar panels on our (large, south-facing) roof with batteries to keep the furnace working overnight in the winter or the chest freezer in the summer. This would be for grid-down situations rather than to save money next month. I want to buy the setup, not lease it. It’s turned out to be something of a challenge to get what I want.

  5. From yesterday:

    My Solara and my wife’s Exploder often sit in the same spot in the driveway without incident.

    Until there is an incident. Just a thought. I have had the same luck, but then had disaster strike. Always good to take precautions. In my case, the little monsters chewed the underhood sound absorbent pads on two cars. Of course, the one I didn’t care about had minor damage, but the other had about a quarter missing. Fortunately, these are cheap and easy to install. I soaked the new one with Ropel before installing it. No more problems for several years; we now park all cars inside the new garage.

    So, a lesson, spray areas you might not think of. They will take even the hard molded fiberglass pad material for nesting.


  6. I also want to get solar panels on our (large, south-facing) roof with batteries to keep the furnace working overnight in the winter or the chest freezer in the summer. This would be for grid-down situations rather than to save money next month. I want to buy the setup, not lease it. It’s turned out to be something of a challenge to get what I want.

    Yes, the big companies seem to own the market. Fortunately, in our very sunny area there are lots of hobbyists. I have not yet looked into buying anything because the market changes so fast. Some of my friends have bought surplus panels that have been used only a few years. They claim some of these have long rated lifetimes, and they are right, but I think their efficiency is too low compared to newer ones. Same for inverters and charge controllers. Shop carefully.

    I read about people who have converted the big-corp grid tied systems to battery backed up. This gets complicated and expensive fast. You are right to do your own, especially if you can design a system and buy everything at the same time. Of course, as soon as you get it going, there will be something better and cheaper. Just a characteristic of the rapidly changing industry. Good luck; you are on the right track.

  7. One effect of loosing China as a supplier will be growth of other suppliers to fill the demand. This will result in huge and likely permanent damage to the Chinese economy that requires constant growth to stay alive. This will probably result in political unrest and that’s never good for a nuclear country.

    China has already been disrupted severely as a supplier to the USA. I hired a guy 14 months ago from a Chinese distributor here in the USA. The 25% tariff affected their electrical parts supply business significantly.

  8. ProgLibTurd heads are exploding online now that the Senate voted not to have witnesses. Except for RINOs Mittens and Collins, along party lines. Even *Adam Savage* is having a meltdown on Twitter calling the Senate nasty names. Of course, when the partisan vote in the House happened, not a word from him. A true LibTurd. I loved Mythbusters, though.

  9. Even *Adam Savage* is having a meltdown on Twitter calling the Senate nasty names. Of course, when the partisan vote in the House happened, not a word from him. A true LibTurd. I loved Mythbusters, though.

    Adam Savage is from an old theater family in San Francisco. You’re surprised?

    Hyneman is more reserved, but he was a librarian at the UN at some point in his career so fill in the blanks there.

  10. ProgLibTurd heads are exploding online now that the Senate voted not to have witnesses. Except for RINOs Mittens and Collins, along party lines. Even *Adam Savage* is having a meltdown on Twitter calling the Senate nasty names. Of course, when the partisan vote in the House happened, not a word from him. A true LibTurd. I loved Mythbusters, though.

    There is a cancer in belly of the USA. I hope that we can fix it before it consumes us. It has taken almost half of the USA now which does not forebode well for the union.

    The union may not last long after Donald Trump is President. I doubt that the central states will accept President AOC and her crazy policies.

  11. this is weird…

    Seven school districts near Cincinnati CLOSE to be sanitized after more than 1,000 students and scores of teachers are absent with flu symptoms

    School closures due to flu are rocking northern Kentucky and Ohio on Friday
    At least seven districts had to shut down after hundreds of students got sick
    In Kentucky, Bracken, Grant and Pendleton Counties were affected
    In Ohio, Manchester, Wilmington, Reading and Three Rivers were shuttered

  12. If you have a costco card, this promo is worth taking advantage of

    Type S Lithium Jump Starter Portable Power Bank with LED Flashlight

    $44.99 After $15 OFF
    Plus S&H

    it ends tomorrow.

    The pack may or may not work as a jumpstarter, but it’s an awesome USB power supply when camping or grid down. My wife uses hers at GS camp, and liked it so much I bought 3 more- one for each truck and one extra.

    n

  13. “SPACE X’S STARSHIP + KOBE’S FLYING CAR” by Richard Pournelle
    https://www.jerrypournelle.com/sciencefiction/2020/01/30/space-xs-starship-kobes-flying-car/

    “I find that most reporting about SpaceX’s Starship as dramatically underreporting the progress and ambition of the program. Some don’t understand it, others are skeptical, and plenty should be threatened by it.”

    “Elon has said that he plans to build at least 20 prototypes of the vehicle. I think this is a sign the program is serious and a sign that the lesson of X Programs has sunk in. If Starship is successful it could reduce the cost of transportation to space by another order of magnitude.”

    $20/lb to LEO is an awesome goal. Or GEO, I am not sure.

  14. Number of infected (self reported by china) roughly doubling every 2 days.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/senator-tom-cotton-shreds-chinas-official-virus-story-warns-super-laboratory-proximity

    THAT’s something to sh!t yourself about if you are chinese…. Monday will be 28K, Wed 56K, and Friday 112K. Which gets to 100K a couple of days earlier than I predicted. And a MILLION in another week. All the hospitals in the world won’t help then. and even 1% mortality will be devastating.

    Let’s hope and pray that it slows down.

    n

  15. That kid was a poor choice for the film in the first place, being famous is never easy, and being famous for how bad you suck is doubly so….

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7955777/Star-Wars-actor-Jake-Lloyd-starred-young-Anakin-Skywalker-schizophrenia.html

    “Star Wars: Phantom Menace actor Jake Lloyd who starred as young Anakin Skywalker is struggling with paranoid schizophrenia, his mother says”

    “‘Jake has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but unfortunately he also has a symptom called anosognosia which causes a lack of insight into his illness,’ his mother Lisa said. ‘This only adds to the struggle he faces, which has been very difficult after the tragic loss of his younger sister, Madison,’ she continued. Madison, who was an extra in Phantom Menace, died in 2018 at the age of 26. Her family said she died in her sleep of natural causes but have declined to offer further specifics. “

    –sounds like the whole family has problems.

    n

    and jeez, 20 years ago?


  16. Iraqi man, 42, arrested in Arizona was an ‘al Qaeda terrorist who shot and killed two police officers’

    Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri, 42, is wanted in Iraq on murder charges
    He is charged with the premeditated murder of two Iraqi police officers in 2006
    He is thought to have been a leader of an al Qaeda group in Fallujah, Iraq
    Al-Nouri was taken into custody in Phoenix, Arizona, on Thursday
    It is not known how long he was living in Arizona or what he was doing there
    A U.S. court must now decide if he will be extradited to Iraq to face charges
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will make the final decision

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