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by Confucius
Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Montana Blizzard
Replies: 4
Views: 290

Re: Montana Blizzard

Weather has been weird this year up this way. The early snow isn't so unusual (definitely a lot for this time of year), but we've had very unsettled weather in general. One of the coldest Februaries on record, a very cold and wet June, big swings in temp all summer (100 f high one day, 50 the next),...
by Confucius
Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Congo Facing Worst Ebola Outbreak in Recorded History
Replies: 14
Views: 2664

Re: Congo Facing Worst Ebola Outbreak in Recorded History

There was a second case in Goma this week, and it looks like his wife and one of his children have it too. I'm betting it spreads pretty quick in Goma now... https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-ebola-congo/congo-races-to-contain-ebola-after-gold-miner-contaminates-several-in-goma-idUSKCN1US0XP...
by Confucius
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Mass shooting - Gilroy CA at Garlic Festival
Replies: 16
Views: 1416

Re: Mass shooting - Gilroy CA at Garlic Festival

I'm going to go with an advanced case of teenage angst rather than any real political motivation. Woke kid reads anarchist book and decries popular culture isn't exactly new, and the vast majority of the time they grow out of it. Add a bit of mental illness and an SKS though, and that edge gets a li...
by Confucius
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Unrest in Memphis
Replies: 16
Views: 1887

Re: Unrest in Memphis

BTW when a person dies federal student loans are automatically forgiven. That was kind of what I was thinking. But hey, who knows? Maybe they are just such good citizens that they will insist upon paying back the student loan even when they don't have to. Not saying it was the case here, but genera...
by Confucius
Mon May 06, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: TORNADOS!
Replies: 42
Views: 2740

Re: TORNADO outbreak in KS

Welcome to Kansas :awesome: It's ok. If a tornado approaches, just climb the nearest mountain . :clownshoes: I see a tornado warning southwest of you and east of you. Were you there last night when they had multiple tornados? Nah, driving into town, drove right between the two storms. Was a lovely ...
by Confucius
Mon May 06, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: TORNADOS!
Replies: 42
Views: 2740

Re: TORNADO outbreak in KS

Sitting in a hotel in Grear Bend right now. Got some awful big thunderstorms rolling on by out the window. Other than a bit of decent hail, nothing to report just yet. Area is under a tornado watch though. Fingers crossed I don't get to experience my first tornado tonight...
by Confucius
Thu May 02, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Unknown Disease
Replies: 6
Views: 1146

Re: Unknown Disease

Kinda scary looking until you read the description: ... Though the doctors, on the basis of the symptoms, suspect the outbreak to be seasonal common cold and cough, they said they couldn't say anything for sure until the test report. "We can say for sure what the cause of deaths is only after we re...
by Confucius
Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Food Insecurity 2019
Replies: 44
Views: 4195

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: 1598

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: 1666

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: 4306

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: 13
Views: 2370

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: 9196

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: 1725

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: 3165

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: 6052

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: 3194

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: 2420

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: 2420

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: 2163

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: 646

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: 8137

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: 3194

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...

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