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Sunday, February 9, 2020

pandemic bug in


PANDEMIC BUG IN
Really, not much past the initial reports of Beer Virus, a global shortage of surgical masks started. Want an N95 mask? Sure, plenty of speculators are now third party pricey vendors on Amazon. Remember when the Nips had the Fuki nuclear meltdown ( you do remember that was good old Yankee ingenuity engineering GE brand nuclear plant, don't you? ) and you wanted a radiation meter or potassium iodide? Even Cold War surplus gas masks, if my memory isn't failing me. All gone. Take care. Bye-bye. Welcome to the JIT Jungle, bitches. A shortage is a twenty second news soundbite away.
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Whenever a pandemic, or other natural disaster, strikes, do NOT go shopping, do not pass go, and that $200 is not even an option. What you have on hand is it. And I just know, placing a jelly filled donut as a wager, some damn fool is going to be short on supplies because he insisted on only the very best survival supplies and was horrified his kit was not Gucci. A stinking $1 Mylar space blanket? Hells to the no, bro! We must have a $327 minus thirty all natural goose down ( from geese fed only Asahi beer and massaged daily to reduce their stress ) sleep system approved by Russian Spetsnaz troops. Suck a dingus.
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I know, I know, envy, go capitalism, nothing wrong with massive income equality because lazy welfare bitches. If you have butt tons of money to spend on gear, I hear a certain Idaho Prepper Guru will be more than happy to board your Lear jet and come consult for you. You can buy all the very best. You can still suck a dingus. Back in the real world, today's class is living within your means so you don't have to be the bankers little prison bitch, lipstick pasted on Joker Style and your rectum leaking AIDS.
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I shouldn't have to make a list for you. I HATE lists. Yeah, I know, I still use them. I just really dislike them. Just close your eyes. Envision being at home, without the ability to go out. No supply runs, no grocery shopping. The power is out. What can't you do? Can you go take a dump after the stress gives you the screaming craps? That is as simple as a big bag of gerbil sawdust/shavings at the Wal-Mart pet section, and a five gallon bucket.
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You have a mega pack of thirty gallon kitchen trash bags don't you? The bags aren't to bury the waste in, but to keep the bucket sanitary. You dump the contents in a hole in the back yard or a couple tires stacked up, with a sheet of glass over the opening to make a solar crapper. If it rains too much, line the hole with a plastic trash can. You don't urinate in the bucket, either. The turds go in dry and stay that way. When full, leave the glass on and leave for a year. Dig another hole.
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How is that water storage? You think the water treatment plant will continue to work, if the sewage isn't, as workers cannot work or the plant is damaged? You are bugging in and already have a roof. Water tanks are a buck a gallon. Buy several small ones instead of one giant one. One bullet and you'll be out of luck, otherwise. Can you cook inside? What, you only have a BBQ grill? Those things are crap, as a stove top. You only have a half tank of propane? The propane store ( that sells propane and propane accessories ) is JIT also.
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Have a dog? Why don't you have a doggy-door to the garage or back yard, wherever your propane tanks and/or spare gas cans are? You need an instant reaction force, not a alarm ineffective through too many walls. You don't think theft won't be instant and incessant? Does your dog have a pair of galvanized trash cans full of dog food, one being used while the other is always full ( rotated, naturally )? Why not? His ass is a much better alarm than you are, sleeping deeply after too many nights awake with stress.
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What about heat? Can your woodpile be stolen? You might not even notice, if a smart thief only takes a handful a night. But it will add up. Put Lassie in a doghouse outside. Dogs are a REAL force multiplier that won't run out of ammo, break a fragile piece of glass, fail as it is a Chinese microchip or require petroleum. And don't forget, mice and others wishing to feed on your food storage need a cat for control. The cat can use the doggie door, or if you do install a litter box, use wood fuel pellets instead of clay. You just need to shift out the wet sawdust and it is cheaper and stinks less.
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People who hate cats need to suck it up buttercup. The Black Plague is Gods way of punishing idiots who don't value cats. Moving on, do you have the linen and clothing for far less heat in your home? Even if you don't want wool blankets, at least get a couple of cotton quilts and a down comforter per bed. Nothing feels better than a warm cozy bed breathing in cold air. It is probably healthier as well. Getting up sucks, but it wakes you up quicker than coffee. Got plenty of coffee? It always tastes better while camping, but wearing a nice thick wool sweater keeps that core heat from a hot beverage inside where it belongs.
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What kind of food do you have at home? You WILL get tired of MRE's and freeze dried slop, quick. Have familiar and comfort foods. Try to store what you eat. NOW that BBQ comes in handy, to use up the freezer foods. Try to have foods you eat every day. If you can help it, don't rely on those rice and beans right away. Yes, soon enough we will all be eating the same boring foods every day and every meal. Try to postpone that as long as possible. Again, it is a stress relief vehicle. Try to EASE into survival living, a period of adjustment. If this is a short term emergency, you don't want to be living off long term stores anyway.
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Got plenty of over the counter meds? Something as simple as diarrhea can kill you if it is severe enough. But a box of Pink Pills ( I go with the pills instead of the liquid. Much cheaper, and I surmise longer lasting. Crush up for better absorption-more importantly, for much quicker reaction ) is $2 for forty. Over the counter generic is so cheap, for ALL meds, it is criminal not to stock deep. That will be one of the first things gone ( besides beer ) in a panic.
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None of this has to be expensive. It is for short term prepping emergencies as well as long term survival. It is good for the coming long electric black-outs that will be a de facto rationing ( think, California, forever, until complete grid down ). It is great for stocking up so you only buy on the grocery store loss leaders. It is great getting you practiced for living off grid. It is supplies for off grid, tested. It gets your house ready for living without grid power. It doesn't have to be your apocalypse shelter, but rather your half way house to there. You can't go wrong supplying for a pandemic bug-in, even if it never happens.
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note: 97% of all US antibiotics come from China ( 80% of all pharmaceutical supplies ).  Nothing to see here, please move along )
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42 comments:

  1. Amazon also sells kerosene cooking stoves, mostly 8 wick models that I find work very well as long as you keep them out of the wind. Like many, I have a hard time buying kerosene so I experimented using diesel fuel. That actually works better than kerosene but creates a little more smoke. Half the price of kerosene lets me accept that. Replacement wicks are as simple as buy a cheap cotton mop head at the dollar store.

    Just my two cents on coffee, stock up on the instant stuff for initial use, brewing coffee can be smelled a long ways off. Keep the good stuff for after the crunch.

    Even if you don't like cats, you can keep a few around outside by creating a basic shelter and leaving a little feed every now and then. Don't feed too much or they won't do their job. Plus it doesn't hurt to have a little extra protein running around

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    1. Cats love to hunt. If they are full, they just offer you the corpse. If a cat is too hungry, they won't make as good of hunters, lacking strength. Good idea on the coffee. Now, couldn't mop strings be too loosely woven, compared to purpose built wicks? I don't know, I'm asking. I've heard of folks buying the diesel additive for mixing with the fuel to substitute kerosene. Would that knock down the smoke?

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    2. The wicks in my stove are indistinguishable from mop strings, doubled over and inserted into the tubes that hold them

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    3. Sorry, missed the question about the fuel additive. The answer is I don't know. I did try some 91% rubbing alcohol with no discernable results. At least diesel stores better with the main degradation being the algae that like to grow in it. My old boss tried using diesel that had been stored 10 years. Burned fine until the filters plugged up

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    4. I've never heard of kerosene going bad. Perhaps the real stuff for long term preps?

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  2. “Remember when the Nips had the Fuki nuclear meltdown ( you do remember that was good old Yankee ingenuity engineering GE brand nuclear plant, don't you?”


    So, we nuked the nips twice? That was mighty white American of us, now wasn’t it :D

    Funny, but I was going through my bugout supplies, and came across a vial of the potassium iodate, that I didn’t even remember buying. It was out of date though, so I’ll probably buy another, and keep it in cold storage (The fridge in my current situation). Need to get some fish antibiotic as well, but was floored by the prices that I saw. I suppose there’s only so much you can do pre-collapse, with regards to medicines and vaccines, and the such. So my advice is to keep up on this stuff now. Get that tetanus shot, and any important vaccinations now, while you can. If you happen to know a veterinarian, this can be a useful relationship. While not approved for human use, many of the meds are the same. My friend in Michigan was suffering the ill effects of pneumonia, and dosed/cured himself with Equine (horse family) antibiotics. I’ve also heard that massive doses of vitamin C (Enough to cause a severe loosening of the bowels) has been known to cure pneumonia, along with other ailments. So keep plenty of that stuff on hand as well.

    The ultralight camping gear is justifiable, if you plan on going with the semi-nomadic PA lifestyle, with cache assistance. But you don’t have to be stupid about it. A cold weather synthetic sleeping bag, an all season tent (Don’t get one of those tents with an open screen dome, that you put a rain-fly over) and some high quality thrift store clothes (No cotton. Only wool or some other hydrophobic synthetic) will suffice.

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    1. I imagine all the vet antibiotics are the same 97% from China. If you don't buy it now, well...I guess it depends on how assured you are of China recovering quickly. Me? Not at all.

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    2. IMO , the tents screen roof are the only kind to have in this locale , for ventilation. In addition you need a separate canopy with full A frame over the tent for rain. But open on the sides. This will be dry yet ventilate well in a hot climate.

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    3. Right. I didn’t take into account that some minions live in more tropical locales. In that scenario, the dome type tent with the screen top that I mentioned, would probably work just fine.

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  3. Ah, more mangled tropes & aphorisms,"..geese fed only Asahi beer and massaged daily to reduce their stress"
    How you got Kobe beef raising techniques mixed up with Speznatz bound goose down production is really top drawer. Touché (I think)
    One of the reasons after a decade plus I continue to read you Lord Bison. Like the old saying goes, "can't make that sh*t up".

    Lets see if we can turn today's essay into a "what dog is best & how to raise them in the event of the THE APOCALYPSE"

    I vote any terrier (except bull terrier) variety.

    1) Very good hearing, 2) economically small,
    3) disinclined to roam, 4) territorial.
    5) does the job a cat does (ratting) thus dual purpose.
    6) not overly vocal
    7) not other dog aggresive


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    1. I have nothing to contribute to the dog discussion. One those things, like tribe, that is great in theory but is a lot of work in practice. Why can't the majority of them learn to crap outside? Dogs, not tribe :)

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    2. We've never had issues training ours where to crap.
      With dogs females are easier in many respects, they don't feel the need to mark turf like a male. So aren't as inclined to wonder.
      In the past Golden Retrievers, Labradors and Irish Setters and always a token toy poodle. Now days for a small alert dog we prefer a Maltese. Heart of a lion, but love all people. Smart enough to train for alerting when required. Yet stop barking on command being very important.
      Pros and cons with a Maltese...
      Only eat about a lb per week in kibble.
      Excellent bed warmer.
      Never a biter

      Cons
      Snack size for preditores
      Grow enough hair to knit with , must keep short or constantly groom.
      Good eating in a pinch dinner for two...

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    3. Didn't Kurt Saxon recommend the Chiwawa? High strung, very territorial, doesn't eat much or take up much space. Of course it's up to you, uber survivalist to take care of business

      I have a Boxer. Originally bred for personal protection that trait has been bred out of them in favour for being awesome pets. My girl will let me know if a dog is being walked past my fortress but if a lunatic neighbour is outside my bedroom window at 3am she's not that good. That was a fun night.

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    4. Does anyone have good neighbors anymore?

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  4. I have tried having a cat three times. They end up dead or gone very quickly. I found one gutted, and tore in half. I like dogs but they bark at everything. People just quit paying attention after repeated barking at anything that moves. I rely on the wildlife around my place, squirrel, rabbit, and deer. Can't have some barker scaring them off.

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    1. No canine expert here. However, I have lived in the country my entire life. The most basic rule of thumb on dog selection is to get one that is too big for a coyote to eat. Also a good idea to bring cats in at night, for this same reason.

      My cats, being raised in the country cats, are savvy, and will growl, followed by hasty retreat, up a tree, upon anything non-familiar. I’ve witnessed them spotting a coyote (That I never saw) then running to safety. But I still lock them up at night.

      Likewise, if you plan on having Guinea Fowl as sentries, it will take a few generations for them to develop “street smarts”. You start off with a 100 chicks a year, and eventually, what you have left, will be very predator wise, and raise like chicks. In this scenario, it wouldn’t be as wise to eat these better sensory developed Guinea Fowl.

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    2. My cats were good outside at night. But eventually, it catches up to them. The coyote always seems to win.

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    3. I have tried having a cat three times. They end up dead or gone very quickly.

      They taste that good?

      or my other joke

      They'll last longer if the WuFlu keeps on how it's going and wipes out all the Chinese Food places.


      OK I'll get my coat......


      If you laugh it is I Dingo

      If you got offended it was Survivormann99

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  5. James,

    You wrote, "97% of all US antibiotics come from China ( 80% of all pharmaceutical supplies." Can you provide me with a source for that statistic I would love to be able to pass it on to others, but the percentage for the antibiotics, in particular, seems to be a little too high.

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    1. Sorry, same as the last comment question. I'm not sure what YouTube video I quoted. All I can say is I trust the ones I follow regularly. They are data points, not sources I could use in a court of law. Another one I heard today-and, again, no, I didn't note from who-said that the last maker of penicillin closed shop in the US around 2005 or so and now we import it all.

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    2. Actually it seems antibiotics come to the US from India. And there have been terrible problems with contamination, low quality, etc. Plus India could probably shut off the supply any time if the US sides with Pakistan on anything - the Indians basically want to genocide the Pakis and the US is not quite ready to applaud that, and the US sending in aid or trying to pressure India to *not* genocide the Pakis could end up with their shutting off the antibio supply.

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    3. Ice Age Farmer in his February 7, 2020 video gave the 97% of US antibiotics are from China. He showed the article where he got that info.

      www.iceagefarmer.com

      Corona Virus: To Really Destroy the USA Just Stop Sending...
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr5cnm-RAC4

      It is an eye-opening video. Very logical and scary.

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    4. Alex-it doesn't matter who exports to you, in the end it always turns into a weapon. Like a joint bank account, the temptation always proves too much.
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      2:35-thank you. I know I'm not crazy, just a bad editor. I used to discount Ice Age Dude, now he is a must watch. You know, since I don't have enough stomach acid problems

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    5. From U.S. News and World Report. It is a mainstream magazine that has been around for many decades.

      Article May 8, 2018.

      "China’s Lock on Drugs: The Asian giant’s control of world’s essential drugs complicates U.S. desire to seek new trade deal."

      https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2018-05-08/trumps-quest-for-lower-drug-prices-may-provoke-china-trade-war-experts-warn

      "China has exclusive manufacturing agreements for drugs for anesthesia, cancer and HIV/AIDS, along with other medicines that "we use every day, not only in hospitals but in our own medicine chests," Gibson says, adding that China is now the world's only source of antibiotics, including the main ingredient in vancomycin, a treatment of last resort that is used by patients who are suffering from infections that are resistant to other treatment."

      Other sources say the same thing about China.

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    6. Thanks. Used to love that mag as a youngun. Not as long winded or specialized as Time.

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    7. Another article about the USA medical dependence on China. Article from NBC News, February 6, 2020:

      https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/coronavirus-tests-u-s-medical-system-s-unhealthy-reliance-china-ncna1131211

      "Everything from antibiotics to chemotherapy drugs, from antidepressants to Alzheimer’s medications to treatments for HIV/AIDS, are frequently produced by Chinese manufacturers. What’s more, the most effective breathing masks and the bulk of other personal protective equipment — key to containing the spread of coronavirus and protecting health care workers — and even the basic syringe are largely made in China. The basic building blocks of U.S. health care are now under Xi’s control."

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    8. All Hail Our Glorious Sino Overlords! ( if they survive )

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    9. Fuck, thanks a lot for triggering my banking PTSD Oh mighty Bison.

      My goddamned bitch of a mother once set me up with a joint account. For two reasons: I was about 15 and could not have my own, and so she could raid it.

      Even now, I have bank-stash and cash-stash. And I looooooove ways of making money that are cash with no records.

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    10. Money in the bank is as good as gone. The derivatives parties have first dibs in bankruptcy, over the checking account holders. FDIC only has a fraction of what it insures.

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  6. Say no to buying anti-diarrhea meds. They have bad ingredients and treat the symptoms rather than the problem. What you want is activated charcoal, and not in some sissy little capsule either. (Those do have legitimate uses though). Activated charcoal is an adsorbent, d, not b, which chemically attracts toxins to it. So for diarrhea, take a regular glass of water, and dump a bigly (heaping) spoonful of activated charcoal in, stir it a little to disperse it, then drink the whole thing down. Make sure you're not wearing a white shirt when you do it. If the problem persists, make another charcoal-shake-o'-healing.
    Multiple choices here, get 50ish pounds if you can afford it.
    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=activated+charcoal+bulk&crid=2G7MIY6LOU9R&sprefix=activated%2Caps%2C413&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_10_9

    Regular charcoal from your fire (NOT briquettes) that you crush into powder does the same thing, but isn't as efficient as when the charcoal is activated.

    From my question yesterday about China's 6 or 8 largest ports being shut down, I found the video from Peak Prosperity. I couldn't find the info elsewhere and that was the only video I've watched from him. Do you think he's credible? Wondering because it seems to be the only report.
    Romans 14:11

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    1. He holds a doctorate. And also remember his "crash course". In my opinion the man is a genius.

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    2. When you need it, the pink stuff does work and is mighty comforting. And it may be more palatable too.

      I used to get the pills to take with me traveling, and for quick action, it's simple: just chew 'em up.

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    3. Yeah, swallowing whole and it takes hours to work

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  7. For those minions writing up a last minute checklist here is a site put together by virologists & healthcare specialists in area of contagion.

    Apparently the disinfectent against CoronaChan MUST be labeled as appropriate for HIV and SARS.
    Website has pages of well sourced info.

    https://whatkillsit.com/virus/what-kills-coronavirus/

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    1. Sandbags, razor wire and squad automatic weapon.

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  8. Regarding everything food. Here's my take.
    I am in charge of all the food decisions here on the compound and my wife is happy with that.
    Over the past 10 years I have modified all useage of all foods in a manner that is inexpensive and easy and simple.
    We eat 1 meal a day, perpared by me, at supper time. The rest of the day the 2 of us eat meager and as needed. In time we have found that food isn't something that needs to be thought about much which frees up the mind for thinking about other things.

    Probably the most expensive food, in all ways, so I have simplified everything about it.
    90% of the meat we eat is either 80/20 ground beef or Great Value brand canned white chicken.
    I have created 20 different recipes using those 2 meats and we cycle through them. Leftovers are frequent, and are considered the next nights supper.

    Take sloppy joes for example. You can buy a $2 can of the popular stuff or you can use a 70 cent can of tomato sauce and some on-hand spices to make your own, and cut out all the preservatives, sugars, salts, and other things that are slowly killing you. win-win

    Same with taco mixes, make your own. The recipes for these things are on the web, find them, write them down, use them. In the course of a year the saved money adds up. A larder heavily stocked with basics and a few hours online running down the recipes will make your life easier. No Hunts spaghetti sauce in the pantry? Make you own.

    I purchase food once a month and that is mostly perishables like produce and such. At the same time I purchase bulk of sveral items that will last a year. January I purchased 50 pounds of the 80/20 ground beef in 10 lb packages at a discount. I took them home and spent the next 2 hours packaging them into 50 1 lb fold-over generic sandwich bags. The meat is first wrapped in parchment paper to eliminate freezer frost and then put in the bags. The package is then pressed flat so that the meat fills the bag out from edge to edge making the package easier to store and they thaw faster than a big lump.

    Also in Jan I purchased 100 cans of the canned white chicken. 50 of them went in the larder. 50 of them were dumped in a collander, rinsed extensively with very hot kitchen faucet water (through a 4 stage filtration system) then air dried and placed in the Presto dehydrator. 25 cans reduced in size to fit in a 32 oz mason jar. I currently have 7 of those jars on hand. Etc., etc. Because we all can't be a Bezo we have to come up with a plan and work it religiously. Or not. These are just a couple of the many ideas and practices I have learned and use all the time. I am always modifying as new thoughts occur or I learn something else along the way.

    Food boredom? That's a yuppy dingus disease. If your food is boring it's because you are too familiar with it.

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    1. "Familiar with your food"? That sounds vaguely sexual.

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    2. "January I purchased 50 pounds of the 80/20 ground beef in 10 lb packages at a discount."

      To bad if bad thing happens on Dec 31st :-P

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    3. That reasoning is why our stashes are always growing :)

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    4. I over bought the ground beef last year and here it is Feb and we still have a few pounds of the old stuff on hand. I do wish there was a way to store fresh produce long term. The person that figures out how to do that will be the world's first trillionaire.

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    5. I think a year long greenhouse is as close as it ever gets.

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