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by Confucius
Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Food Insecurity 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 344

Re: Food Insecurity 2019

I have been spending time in my Wyoming office and as result have been talking to some local ranchers as well as a couple of Nebraska ranchers. They were all lamenting the higher winter mortality of their cattle herds this winter. Yeah, was a hard winter for calving here in Montana too. Second cold...
by Confucius
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Opening a spring on my property?
Replies: 1
Views: 935

Opening a spring on my property?

I have this cut away slope on my property. https://i.imgur.com/rLqL7cz.jpg As you can see, the bottom few feet of it are wet, and they stay that way all through the heat of summer. Was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to best get at that water? Not that I'd trust it to drink as is, but it wo...
by Confucius
Fri May 11, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: California to Mandate All New Homes Solar Powered
Replies: 20
Views: 1354

Re: California to Mandate All New Homes Solar Powered

Another thing is figuring out how to erect a PV canopy over strip mall and big box store parking lots. SoCal drivers will hunt down the tiniest scrap of shade to park under. This canopy would create shade and generate power. Always thought it would be good to cover the water project aqueducts with ...
by Confucius
Tue May 08, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Survival Experiences
Topic: JeeperCreeper wants to move. Help him.
Replies: 25
Views: 2694

Re: JeeperCreeper wants to move. Help him.

There's parts of Montana that hit all those bulletpoints. Good hunting and fishing all over the place, some good lakes, a surprisingly active hot-rodding community and hospitals that are desperately trying to recruit people...
by Confucius
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Yellowstone volcano eruption
Replies: 11
Views: 1568

Re: Yellowstone volcano eruption

So, an eruption doesn't have to be a massive "supervolcano" type eruption. Much more likely is a smaller eruption or lava flow like the one that formed the west thumb of Yellowstone lake 174,000 years ago. It's a highly active region, smallish steam explosions are highly likely too. https://en.m.wik...
by Confucius
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: no joke zombie apocalypse is coming
Replies: 63
Views: 6180

Re: no joke zombie apocalypse is coming

June 18th? Where's it starting? Getting married on the 24th and I'd hate to lose the deposit...
by Confucius
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Alternatives to Chapstick?
Replies: 23
Views: 1440

Re: Alternatives to Chapstick?

I melt together coconut oil, lanolin and beeswax and carry it in a little tin. Use it for lips, inner thighs, between toes... any place that needs a bit of moisture and lubrication.
by Confucius
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: What Would You Do?
Topic: 2018 prep goals
Replies: 12
Views: 2016

Re: 2018 prep goals

Lose the last ten pounds (down 30 since last september!) Start lifting more (tentatively want to get my bench to my bodyweight) Increase emergency savings at least 10k Get a redundant heat source for the house (thinking a wood stove, all on gas heat now) Teach fiancee (wife in June) at least basic g...
by Confucius
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Eats and Drinks
Topic: You Favorite Soup
Replies: 42
Views: 4506

Re: You Favorite Soup

I change my answer https://i.imgur.com/tzdRAHB.jpg Just made green soup for the first time. Loved the shit out of it. Carmelized an onion in a bit of butter, threw in a couple cloves of garlic, two potatoes, two stalks of celery and about six cups of vegetable broth. Boiled until the potatoes were s...
by Confucius
Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: NASA Plan to Eliminate Yellowstone Volcano Threat
Replies: 33
Views: 2715

Re: NASA Plan to Eliminate Yellowstone Volcano Threat

I hate to say it, but the idea isn't entirely infeasible. Provided you don't actually bore into the magma chamber, there are cobalt and nickle superalloys that could take the pressure and temperatures necessary for it to work. Just don't ask what it will cost to make a downhole heat exchanger out o...
by Confucius
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Pressure canning question
Replies: 7
Views: 1510

Re: Pressure canning question

The steam isn't hotter, they're the same temperature. Kind of the whole point of boiling...
by Confucius
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Pressure canning question
Replies: 7
Views: 1510

Re: Pressure canning question

I would have zero issue with that. The whole point is to bring them up to temperature long enough to kill the baddies. So long as the water didn't evaporate, should be good to go...
by Confucius
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Prepping News
Topic: Space weather 9/6/2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1348

Re: Space weather 9/6/2017

Fingers crossed for a light show here in Montana tonight...

Well, other than fire.
by Confucius
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Columbia Gorge Fire
Replies: 5
Views: 538

Re: Columbia Gorge Fire

Montana is burning bad right now too, almost 600,000 acres up in smoke since July.

https://www.nifc.gov/fireInfo/nfn.htm

Sunrise a few days back was truly apocalyptic. Ash drifting down, a hideous green orange cast to everything.


I'm ready for snow...
by Confucius
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Looking for a compact SUV or AWD vehicle
Replies: 50
Views: 7267

Re: Looking for a compact SUV or AWD vehicle

My forester is still serving me well. Got me through my first real winter no problem...

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That said, I do have real tires and skid plates on it...
by Confucius
Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: NASA Plan to Eliminate Yellowstone Volcano Threat
Replies: 33
Views: 2715

Re: NASA Plan to Eliminate Yellowstone Volcano Threat

Course, they never drilled into a volcano..... Geothermal power is a bit different since what you do there is to tap into an existing heat source to generate either hot water or steam. It is not designed to cool off that heat source. Technically it isn't. It is expending the heat source and removin...
by Confucius
Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: NASA Plan to Eliminate Yellowstone Volcano Threat
Replies: 33
Views: 2715

Re: NASA Plan to Eliminate Yellowstone Volcano Threat

SCBrian wrote:The only thing I can think is "Water doesn't get to that temperature" I surly hope the author of the article 'dumbed it down' because "Science - yo!"
I mean, it does... Critical point of water is like 700 F. Enough pressure and it'll stay liquid...
by Confucius
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Yellowstone earthquake swarm hits entire park
Replies: 37
Views: 1966

Re: Yellowstone earthquake swarm hits entire park

No, that's accurate. There have been much smaller eruptions in more recent history. The west thumb was formed 130,000 years ago, tgere was a lava flow around 70,000 years ago, and steam explosions much more recently. It's Caldera forming eruptions that are around every 700,000 years.
by Confucius
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Evacuations in Williams Lake, B.C., Canada
Replies: 17
Views: 1192

Re: Evacuations in Williams Lake, B.C., Canada

Wow that is some wildfire. However, evacuation is the only thing to do in the case of a wildfire. Yes, when presented with a wildfire, the only sane thing you can do is bug out. That said, this is a prepping site, so we'd be remiss to not mention the importance of maintaining a defensible zone arou...
by Confucius
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: Shipping containers as part of your BIL/BOL
Replies: 8
Views: 349

Re: Shipping containers as part of your BIL/BOL

It's not just flooding you have to worry about. If you live somewhere with a high water table, you suddenly have a buried boat, and the buoyancy forces can be very substantial. Enough to unbury your structure, or bow the floor in...
by Confucius
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Massive Meteor Strikes the Moon
Replies: 13
Views: 1007

Re: Massive Meteor Strikes the Moon

Imagine if it would've hit the earth instead. Relatively small meteors can do tremendous damage. https://www.theburningplatform.com/2017/07/08/massive-meteor-strikes-moon/ A meteor with the explosive power of ten cruise missiles has struck the Moon – sparking a massive explosion visible with the na...
by Confucius
Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Massive Meteor Strikes the Moon
Replies: 13
Views: 1007

Re: Massive Meteor Strikes the Moon

Massive is a bit of an overstatement...

The one that exploded over Chelyabinsk a few years back weighed in over 10,000 tons.
by Confucius
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Yellowstone earthquake swarm hits entire park
Replies: 37
Views: 1966

Re: Yellowstone earthquake swarm hits entire park

Lincoln is like 250 miles from the caldera...
by Confucius
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Yellowstone earthquake swarm hits entire park
Replies: 37
Views: 1966

Re: Yellowstone earthquake swarm hits entire park

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/yellowstone_national_park/scientists-tracking-earthquake-swarm-in-northern-yellowstone-park/article_6643afcf-6dbe-5f18-ba2b-2b839d8e3f5f.html If you want something a little less doom and gloom. Earthquake swarms are extremely common in Yellowstone (live well...

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