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Old January 19, 2015, 18:43   #201
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Agreed, thank you very much. though after reading, I'm more concerned than ever.
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Old February 02, 2015, 20:58   #204
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Old February 02, 2015, 21:23   #205
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Old February 04, 2015, 20:01   #206
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Old February 16, 2015, 20:43   #207
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Old February 16, 2015, 22:36   #208
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Old February 22, 2015, 20:27   #209
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Headed to DC to meet with NRC inspector on the fuel rod issue. May link up with the congessional taskforce on EMP Friday.
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Well, back from wacky land. Got the fuel rod status and updates on Iran and Russian. I think we are nuts! I will post an update on the high points later this week.
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I understand its not an emp issue, but is the nrc talking watching any of the fukushima deal? Seems like they are melting down to the core of the earth )
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This is one of three lightning arrestor boxes with conduit that feeds coax cable into my radio shacks. Will try to get a picture posted of the box that feeds my 3/4" thru 1.25" heliax cables into shack. Having towers sitting outside with cable to pull antenna signals in adds to the effort needed to keep bad voltages away from fancy gear.

It's sexy...but you ought to run flat copper for the ground at least to the ground rod.

I ran 2"x0.035" from my wall plate to my ground bus...very paranoid.

I am still shopping for some ancient tube-driven stuff to put in the ammo-locker for after the EMP.

Just today bought several technical manuals on the old tube stuff. I am particular fond of the ancient ways.
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Well, back from wacky land. Got the fuel rod status and updates on Iran and Russian. I think we are nuts! I will post an update on the high points later this week.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...n-iran-goes-n/
Read this, but no one in this country seems to be listening!
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Yep, they are watching. He said none of the ponds cooling methods used here would have made it thru Fukushima. I think in Fukshima one of the cores melted.
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Yep, they are watching. He said none of the ponds cooling methods used here would have made it thru Fukushima. I think in Fukshima one of the cores melted.
Two were melt downs, didn't stop until they hit ground water?
We have a large, one of the largest I believe, plant here in AZ.
We dump electrical power, might be digging my fallout shelter by hand!
Or an earthquake, which seem to be on the rise here in AZ.
Actually felt one a couple months ago.
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It's sexy...but you ought to run flat copper for the ground at least to the ground rod.

I ran 2"x0.035" from my wall plate to my ground bus...very paranoid.

I am still shopping for some ancient tube-driven stuff to put in the ammo-locker for after the EMP.

Just today bought several technical manuals on the old tube stuff. I am particular fond of the ancient ways.
All eight corners of my Faraday cage and buss bar running length of shack for chassis grounds are all connected with flat stock. And easy way to get flat in a pinch is introducing 3/4" round copper pipe to the interaction between BFH and anvil. I have dozens of Andrews flat copper grounding kits to keep inductance low if need any. Have over 100 assorted heliax connectors in stock also. Just used my last roll of 2.5" heliax but have rolls of 1/2", 5/8", 3/4" and 1.25" in stock. Have several tube radios with spare matched tubes and tube amp in Faraday box just for grins. Don't want to be that solid state guy who is scratching head as to why radios died.

My weather FAX for downloading raw data and images from sattelites will be nice if the birds keep flying. My marine radar and ground to air radar is extra fluff that's fun to play with. Being able to watch boats and planes may be nice someday. Of course if its the g-men, my radar will be useless. When got all my radar training and endorsements I bought a lot of broken units cheap, repaired and put some in service and others in boxes since had mostly just time involved in recessutating them. Dang sure wish I was an E.E. would help my projects that often are over my head. Luckily had a recent silent key who did 30 years in Navy as radar tech spend some time teaching me hillbilly radar hacking.
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Yes, Palo Verde has my interest as I will have the same problem. Have meeting in a couple of weeks with Rep.Franks about the issue.
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Old March 06, 2015, 18:31   #218
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Yes, Palo Verde has my interest as I will have the same problem. Have meeting in a couple of weeks with Rep.Franks about the issue.
Let me know please, this thing, after Japan, got onto our radar in a big way.
Luckily we here, are normally not in the wind pattern that blows thru from up there in our direction.
GP/Mark is down wind I believe, ugh!
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People are trying to spread the word, G-d help us all if or when it hits.....
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Interesting tidbit. Storm weakened as it approached. However, this time there were systems watching the grid and the recent projections of system failure were confirmed. Enough so that it has gotten attention at interesting levels in DHS.
A lot of stuff coming across the desk. As my contact said yesterday, there appears more trip wires everyday. We have been asked to begin to layout a plan for "rural survivalbilty and sustainability". Food and Fuel are the focus. Can kernal areas be created? Low population density (carrying capacity) and restricted access. Assume "twilight" conditions. We'll see what happens.
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Interesting tidbit. Storm weakened as it approached. However, this time there were systems watching the grid and the recent projections of system failure were confirmed. Enough so that it has gotten attention at interesting levels in DHS.
A lot of stuff coming across the desk. As my contact said yesterday, there appears more trip wires everyday. We have been asked to begin to layout a plan for "rural survivalbilty and sustainability". Food and Fuel are the focus. Can kernal areas be created? Low population density (carrying capacity) and restricted access. Assume "twilight" conditions. We'll see what happens.
Sounds like they finally caught up to where a lot of us have been on this issue for years, fuel, food, water source, ammo, "rural survivability".
Get through the first six months/one year and then pick up the pieces.
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Pretty much, but it says that there not going to be any help short of these kernal areas. We have four areas defined with two a go. The question being asked is if we can get this done in time. The fuel rod storage ponds a big issue.
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People who pay attention are preparing, those that are not will die.
Adding solar banks and putting in more fuel, fuel for pulling water up.
Got a couple of generators, thinking of adding a third as a redundant backup.
With water at 260ft, need power to lift or area is non liveable.
Friend asked about spare pumps, as in, did I have one or two put away, smiled, told him there would be K's around area to pick from, if or when we lost power.
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Pretty much, but it says that there not going to be any help short of these kernal areas. We have four areas defined with two a go. The question being asked is if we can get this done in time. The fuel rod storage ponds a big issue.
Thank you so much for keeping us in the loop.
I suspect that MY AO just might be one of those "kernal" areas you speak of, with the Greenbank facility and accompanying instalations located up and down that valley from sugar grove in the north to the Greenbrier bunker to the south..
I don't expect you to authenticate this mussing.
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People who pay attention are preparing, those that are not will die.
Adding solar banks and putting in more fuel, fuel for pulling water up.
Got a couple of generators, thinking of adding a third as a redundant backup.
With water at 260ft, need power to lift or area is non liveable.
Friend asked about spare pumps, as in, did I have one or two put away, smiled, told him there would be K's around area to pick from, if or when we lost power.
Have you researched the possibility of a DC power(solar) deep well pump as one of your redundant options for water? Silent and works whenever the sun shines. Of course you would need a tank or cistern to store some water at the surface, but if I lived in AZ I would have some storage capacity.
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Have you researched the possibility of a DC power(solar) deep well pump as one of your redundant options for water? Silent and works whenever the sun shines. Of course you would need a tank or cistern to store some water at the surface, but if I lived in AZ I would have some storage capacity.

There are four such systems within 40 miles of the homestead, all marked on maps and all out in the middle of no where for watering cows. All are marked on maps and such for future collections.
If needed.
Got generators for running the wells local now and enough fuel for at least six months of water needs for all that plan to pile into here.
We plan to gang up, go quiet, and stay out of the mad dash north and east.
Grid down and pandemics are our worst concerns.
Most people local, 90 miles, can't live here without power and will, or are expected to, move north toward Tucson.
Grid down, with 90% or better death rate inside 12 months, all we really need to do is survive for initial six to 12 months, then move East to area where we can survive long term.
In our area, anyone willing to hit a harden location is out of water, all we need to do is fend them off for a few days and they will either move along or die of thirst.
Not overly concerned with a long term siege of the homestead, that takes food and water and none of that is easy to get or locally grown.
For survival of 16 to 40 effectives and a host of elderly and kids, this is as good a location, and in fact a better location to sit out the initial crazy days, 6 to 12 months, as any place in the country.
3 minutes without air, three days without water, and 30 days without food.
Grid down, after a couple of weeks, this world will get real quiet real fast.
I expect small groups, 40 to 150 people will survive in locations all over this country, if they just gang up, go quiet, and stay the hell out of the hordes way until they kill themselves or simply die off.
Long term, after six to 12 months, I've heard really good things about West Virginia.
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My AO in its extant state meets a lot of the criteria you describe. It’s rural, with a relatively low population density. It has a moderate climate with abundant rainfall (which is why they call it "Green Country"). There is a vast wildlife management area not far from me. The local economy is predominantly agricultural (cattle, poultry, fodder crops, timber, etc.) - everybody and their brother is a "cattleman." Many people I know produce a lot of their own food (folks here tend to be kind of self-reliant.) Additionally, there is an abundance of good water, and I don't think the value of that can be overstated. Natural gas is produced in the area, but is mostly undeveloped as of yet. An acquaintance (used to work together on an inter-agency taskforce) living a few miles away has a producing gas well on his place. I think that would be tremendous.
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My AO in its extant state meets a lot of the criteria you describe. It’s rural, with a relatively low population density. It has a moderate climate with abundant rainfall (which is why they call it "Green Country"). There is a vast wildlife management area not far from me. The local economy is predominantly agricultural (cattle, poultry, fodder crops, timber, etc.) - everybody and their brother is a "cattleman." Many people I know produce a lot of their own food (folks here tend to be kind of self-reliant.) Additionally, there is an abundance of good water, and I don't think the value of that can be overstated. Natural gas is produced in the area, but is mostly undeveloped as of yet. An acquaintance (used to work together on an inter-agency taskforce) living a few miles away has a producing gas well on his place. I think that would be tremendous.
Sounds like you're in a very good location.
Those of us here know we can't stay if or when it goes off, but are making plans to stay put and then move once its somewhat safe.
About best we can do.
Should be an interesting way to meet new people when we have to do it!
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The place certainly has its ups. It takes a little planning and travel to enjoy some of the amenities of modern society like the Bass Pro Shop, Dillard’s or the Macaroni Grill, but you get used to it.

If my plans included extended travel to meet those interesting new people you mention, I'd prefer a bit of advance comms and IFF. I was never fond of meeting engagements.

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If or when the grid does go down for the count, humanity will fall apart in less than 72 hours and then we all face a whole new ballgame.
I've got old Army buddies in Texas, more in AR and more still in SC and NC. Family in NC/SC as well.
We've all spoke on the issue, got loose plans and such.
All plans seem to go straight to hell once the first round flies, so keeping it real simple, gather up local, go to ground, allow the crazy crap to burn out and then move east, picking up folks as we go and making new plans as required.
Arkansas is nice, mountains and four seasons and a lot of open space, suspect we'll all load up somewhere in that general area.
Going to be hard going from "normal" time to "survival" time.
About the only thing for sure is the expectation of 90% kill off inside 12 months, suspect it will be even higher.
Reducing life expectancy from current 85 down to 40 in less than 12 months is going to be something to behold.
Will become one hell of a hard world, nearly overnight.
Only "good" thing on any of this, more people seem to be making roughly same plans to survive once grid goes down.
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Only "good" thing on any of this, more people seem to be making roughly same plans to survive once grid goes down.
For sure. Myself and a couple of guys and their families will join together for mutual benefit and support, whatever that will be, when the time comes. We are trying to cover all bases, which will help when we pool resources. The tough part will be the family or friend(s) that didn't prep any and come knocking. Of course, we'll do what we can, but we are all preaching to do something for yourself so you have something to bring when you do come knocking.
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Must admit, gave up trying to warn people some time ago, wrote it off as a lost cause, and waste of words, as well as just bad OPSEC.
IF or when grid goes down, or something else major stops all the trucks from running occurs, people will become nuts overnight and only those that made some basic plans to group up will have any kind of chance to survive, at least for a while.
I always wished we all could have a location to meet up, once shit hits for real, maybe pick a location, some little town in some rural area, with running water and a chance for growing food, and just say, go there, if you can.
A lot of us live in places where we cannot live with the grid down for any length of time.
Just wishful thinking, shit hits, suspect we'll all be on our own, seems to work that way thru out recorded history.
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For sure. Myself and a couple of guys and their families will join together for mutual benefit and support, whatever that will be, when the time comes. We are trying to cover all bases, which will help when we pool resources. The tough part will be the family or friend(s) that didn't prep any and come knocking. Of course, we'll do what we can, but we are all preaching to do something for yourself so you have something to bring when you do come knocking.
There are quite a few family members and friends I have tried to engage in logical discussion that are so ignorant or politically left, will have to turn them away without so much as a sip of water. In fact, if they act as I expect, will have to give them the choice of leaving or join the row of heads on fence posts surrounding the Ponderosa. Have family members that won't use a microwave and stop everyday for fresh bread and vegetables due to the poisons in prepared foods and radiation in microwave. None have more than three days food supply, cash money or items of value to barter, guns or anything except a town home, Toyota Prius and a debit card. Some of the snide remarks these types have made will be repeated as I turn them back if make it to my porch.
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There are quite a few family members and friends I have tried to engage in logical discussion that are so ignorant or politically left, will have to turn them away without so much as a sip of water. In fact, if they act as I expect, will have to give them the choice of leaving or join the row of heads on fence posts surrounding the Ponderosa. Have family members that won't use a microwave and stop everyday for fresh bread and vegetables due to the poisons in prepared foods and radiation in microwave. None have more than three days food supply, cash money or items of value to barter, guns or anything except a town home, Toyota Prius and a debit card. Some of the snide remarks these types have made will be repeated as I turn them back if make it to my porch.
Sadly, this appears to be the normal folks, head in the sand, government will take care of them from cradle to grave, nothing bad will ever happen, the world is a wonderful place, all you loony survival people are paranoid, ok, that last part might us!

All said as I sit here trying to figure out where to stack the large package of emergency meals that arrived today.
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The real problem is that for almost everyone, "prepping" is a fad. You go through your briefs phase, then back to boxers.

Hard to convince the type 1 diabetic that storing up enough food for a month is useful when all the insulin is going to be bad before then because the fridge is off. More than a month? Forget about it.

There's enough survival gear tucked away in corners for the short term. Long term is the real issue.
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The real problem is that for almost everyone, "prepping" is a fad. You go through your briefs phase, then back to boxers.

Hard to convince the type 1 diabetic that storing up enough food for a month is useful when all the insulin is going to be bad before then because the fridge is off. More than a month? Forget about it.

There's enough survival gear tucked away in corners for the short term. Long term is the real issue.
Don't know about the fad thing, suspect a lot of folks are keeping heads down and mouths shut about what they are doing on local basis.

A lot of people kept alive today, with medicines, will die if or when we loose the grid, that's for sure.

Life spans of 85 years will become unheard of after a grid down situation and suspect it will go back to around 40, if you're lucky, or unlucky, not sure which 40 would be in a grid down.
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The real problem is that for almost everyone, "prepping" is a fad. You go through your briefs phase, then back to boxers.

Hard to convince the type 1 diabetic that storing up enough food for a month is useful when all the insulin is going to be bad before then because the fridge is off. More than a month? Forget about it.

There's enough survival gear tucked away in corners for the short term. Long term is the real issue.
It's nice to know you are worried about those of us with the cleaver always hanging over our heads.

It's marginally arrogant to assume we haven't spent some clock-cycles working out ways to keep the stockpiled meds cold. All the insulin I have is listed good until 2017...if I can keep it cold.

I have 3 very distinct plans for doing so...only one needs power, and that is solar. All components ready to go.

Don't worry...you'll be rid of us soon enough.
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Age, it depends. In looking at data from WWII and merchant ships sunk, 40-50 year olds out survived the 20 year olds in the water. It seems to be a mind body thing. Older people mentally were able to prepare and deal with the situation. Oregon Trail folks were not youngsters. It cost a lot of money to get on the trail so most of the people were in 40+. From the EMP study, they expect 10-15% of the 15-25 year olds to check out because of the lose of their social network, especially if the parents wig out.
The issue we are dealing with now is sustainability. You've lost 90% of your population at the 18 month mark. Who and what do you need to begin to recover? Is it EMP or geomagnetic? That affects things since if EMP a lot of the world will be out there (However, a lot will be gone because of the lack of US and Canadian grain disruption). Geomagnetic, well, we are on our own, might as well be on Mars. Who can set up a telegraph system, repair a locomotive, fix things? Most of the folks you will need got lost in the cities. Once you get thru the first productive growing season (year 2), certain abilities will become extremely valuable. Will they be there?
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For those on insulin, don't give up, loose hope, there is ALWAYS a way!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4pNApoNtGI

http://www.doomandbloom.net/how-to-make-insulin/
We have been over this before.

That isn't happening.

I *did* buy some field phones today though.
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We have been over this before.

That isn't happening.

I *did* buy some field phones today though.
Save me the research time, we have a couple here in same boat.
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We have been over this before.

I *did* buy some field phones today though.
Good for fishing if they are the hand cranked type

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So how cold do you need to keep insulin? From November to April,around here,a stream or ditch typically isn't over about 40 degrees. Colder in dead of winter,though not froze completely.
A well around here usually puts out water [I]maybeI] 50 degrees.
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It's nice to know you are worried about those of us with the cleaver always hanging over our heads.

It's marginally arrogant to assume we haven't spent some clock-cycles working out ways to keep the stockpiled meds cold. All the insulin I have is listed good until 2017...if I can keep it cold.

I have 3 very distinct plans for doing so...only one needs power, and that is solar. All components ready to go.

Don't worry...you'll be rid of us soon enough.
Dude... I'm referring to my personal situation. Did NOT mean to offend.

Even without geopolitical stressors and other events, the question keeps getting asked about once a month. She asks "Why is she still here?"

Diabetic neuropathy. Every inflammatory symptom on the books. Borrelia infection. Macular degeneration. Most of the autoimmune disease related symptoms.

Some days my main worry is that she might use one of my pistols on herself.
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Dude... I'm referring to my personal situation. Did NOT mean to offend.

Even without geopolitical stressors and other events, the question keeps getting asked about once a month. She asks "Why is she still here?"

Diabetic neuropathy. Every inflammatory symptom on the books. Borrelia infection. Macular degeneration. Most of the autoimmune disease related symptoms.

Some days my main worry is that she might use one of my pistols on herself.
My apologies...I admit it is something of a hot button for me.
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