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by Sun Yeti
Mon May 11, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Urban Skillz
Topic: Too Specialized and Technical, and dealing with Societal Collapse
Replies: 15
Views: 1078

Re: Too Specialized and Technical, and dealing with Societal Collapse

Related to some points that have been raised; I have a copy of Wikipedia including pictures on my phone and my laptop. It's a free app, but I had to spend I think $30 or $40 on an enormous SD card to store it. I also think it's a really good point that you don't have to be 100% self-sufficient for i...
by Sun Yeti
Sun May 10, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Urban Skillz
Topic: Too Specialized and Technical, and dealing with Societal Collapse
Replies: 15
Views: 1078

Re: Too Specialized and Technical, and dealing with Societal Collapse

There is a trade-off between efficiency/specialization and redundancy/self-sufficiency. The history of human civilization is one of becoming more specialized, and less self-sufficient. Without stored resources, one person working on their own to be self-sufficient has to be a stone-age hunter-gather...
by Sun Yeti
Fri May 08, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 983
Views: 36647

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

Iceland only has 29 deaths per million from covid. It's not that they are way better than us at dealing with it (and we in turn better than Spain or Italy), it's that the outbreak got serious in Spain and Italy several weeks earlier than it did in this country, and took even longer to spread to a re...
by Sun Yeti
Tue May 05, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: Into the Night - Netflix Series
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Re: Into the Night - Netflix Series

I agree with some of your criticisms, and yet I binged it in one sitting last weekend :) It's true there is a lot of interpersonal drama, but I don't think it was that far off for a group of total strangers from very different cultures and backgrounds who are suddenly forced to work together to solv...
by Sun Yeti
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:42 am
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: COVID-19 Chat Thread
Replies: 1464
Views: 61929

Re: COVID-19 Chat Thread

You're not wrong that there's plenty of evidence that covid is more fatal than the flu. Despite that, some people on this forum seem to be succumbing to wishful thinking. I believe that the case study in Sweden would be overwhelming evidence, especially if predicted in advance, but who am I kidding?...
by Sun Yeti
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: COVID-19 Chat Thread
Replies: 1464
Views: 61929

Re: COVID-19 Chat Thread

... and contemplating actions that no one has contemplated since possibly the Great Depression. Yes I have a feeling (hope I am wrong) that we may learn firsthand why my parents & grand parents kept bacon grease and reused tin foil. As a profound pessimist, I'm inclined to agree with you. It wouldn...
by Sun Yeti
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: COVID-19 Chat Thread
Replies: 1464
Views: 61929

Re: COVID-19 Chat Thread

I think Sweden is a really interesting case study. For those that haven't been following it, Sweden has implemented perhaps the least restrictions of any developed country. In other words, they volunteered to be the control group (not much of a lockdown) in this science experiment. Although deaths i...
by Sun Yeti
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: COVID-19 Chat Thread
Replies: 1464
Views: 61929

Re: COVID-19 Chat Thread

Can't believe I had to consider whether this statement crossed the line into politics, but don't inject yourselves with bleach guys. Don't do it.
by Sun Yeti
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"
Replies: 983
Views: 36647

Re: "Daily COVID-19 SITREP In Your Area"

At this point anything you hear on the news should be viewed with skepticism. The "experts" first predicted 2 million dead in the US. Then 200k. Then 80k. Then 68k. Last I heard it's 60k. Come on dude; that was 2 million dead *WITHOUT* the lockdown. Experts predict a bad thing will happen if we don...
by Sun Yeti
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: The COVID AAR
Replies: 25
Views: 2006

Re: The COVID AAR

I would describe this as a 'mid-action report', but given how long the covid lockdown's been going on, a retrospective of how it's gone so far is a great idea. Good: -I've been vaguely aware of what was going on since January. -My long term preps (food storage mostly) were all ready to go. -My forag...
by Sun Yeti
Thu Apr 16, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: COVID-19 Chat Thread
Replies: 1464
Views: 61929

Re: COVID-19 Chat Thread

Not arguing... I am pointing out that when you said ... I wanted to give your and Raptor's assertion some time to see if it bore out, but I see no evidence of a decline in new case s in the US. That despite your statement there is very clear evidence of the "hot spots" of NYC & NOLA being on the do...
by Sun Yeti
Thu Apr 16, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: COVID-19 Chat Thread
Replies: 1464
Views: 61929

Re: COVID-19 Chat Thread

I'm glad to see that cases are declining in a few locations (and I was aware of that already), but nationally speaking we've plateaued, with no evidence of decline. If you wanted to end the lockdown in small geographic areas only, you'd have to add travel restrictions that would be almost impossible...
by Sun Yeti
Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: COVID-19 Chat Thread
Replies: 1464
Views: 61929

Re: COVID-19 Chat Thread

The lockdowns, by and large, are not stringent enough to even cause infection rates to plateau in most cases. Cases are already starting to plateau and even decline. Wuhan has already lifted the lockdown. It's hard to interpret trends, and I wanted to give your and Raptor's assertion some time to s...
by Sun Yeti
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: All Things COVID-19
Topic: COVID-19 Chat Thread
Replies: 1464
Views: 61929

Re: COVID-19 Chat Thread

The rate of adverse vaccine reactions varies widely, from ~1 in 1,000 (see your 0.1%) to ~1 in 1,000,000. So at the low end, it's a few thousand adverse reactions out of a few billion people, which is entirely manageable. That being said, I've heard scientists in the field quoted as saying a 1 year ...
by Sun Yeti
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?
Replies: 6864
Views: 380098

Re: What Did You Do Today To Prepare?

Went out for a walk and did some foraging. What with working from home/flexible hours, I anticipate I should be able to indulge my foraging hobby more regularly for a few weeks. Exercise+practice valuable skill+free fresh food. Today I harvested a large number of peppergrass shoots (mustard family, ...
by Sun Yeti
Thu Dec 19, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Repair Wins
Replies: 46
Views: 5282

Re: Repair Wins

I was also curious lately: Do kids these days learn how to solder with RoHS solder? Even though I was eventually forced to use lead-free solder later in life, I stocked up on the good ol' 60:Sn/40:Pb ages ago. There's a reason the materials guys chose Sn/Pb so long ago - it just works better than m...
by Sun Yeti
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Repair Wins
Replies: 46
Views: 5282

Re: Repair Wins

My high school robotics students snapped the pins off the connectors for some expensive, proprietary robot motors. I got my high school engineering students, whom I have trained to solder, to solder new pins on and fix them. Win!
by Sun Yeti
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: Underground 6
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: Underground 6

It reminded me of Team America: World Police, except that I don't think it was intended as satire.
by Sun Yeti
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Climate Changes
Replies: 63
Views: 8653

Re: Climate Changes

@raptor: you were comparing the cost of individual (rooftop) scale solar to utility scale coal. Check out this report on levelized cost of energy (LCOE): https://www.lazard.com/media/451086/lazards-levelized-cost-of-energy-version-130-vf.pdf TL:DR, unsubsidized solar and wind are not only cheaper th...
by Sun Yeti
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: What new plants have you foraged lately?
Replies: 5
Views: 1342

Re: What new plants have you foraged lately?

I was in South Carolina visiting friends, and I foraged Sparkleberries (vaccinium arboreum) for the first time. Not only first time foraging, first time I had heard of them (doesn't sound like a real plant, does it?). They're in the blueberry family, and honestly the texture is not fantastic (thick,...
by Sun Yeti
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: What new plants have you foraged lately?
Replies: 5
Views: 1342

Re: What new plants have you foraged lately?

Here's a plant that's new to me: mugwort. https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Weeds/Mugwort%20DSCN2620.jpg Apparently this time of year it's too bitter to eat, but I still made a very nice and tasty tea by steeping it fresh in hot water. I was reading throug...
by Sun Yeti
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: What new plants have you foraged lately?
Replies: 5
Views: 1342

What new plants have you foraged lately?

I'm thinking we should have an ongoing thread along the lines of the 'what did you do today to prepare', for plant foraging. Guidelines: 1. Should be a new plant you hadn't foraged before 2. Name the plant 3. Include a photo 4. Add identification tips if you like, but remember, the reader should con...
by Sun Yeti
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Prepping News
Topic: Fortitude Ranch
Replies: 7
Views: 1366

Re: Fortitude Ranch

Actually I had the same idea about five or six years ago. There were two problems though. One I didn't actually want to do it and two Raptor thought it was a terrible idea. I think the first one probably weighed most heavily. I am going to go ahead and take a guess and say that those shelters are n...
by Sun Yeti
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: Prepping News
Topic: Fortitude Ranch
Replies: 7
Views: 1366

Fortitude Ranch

Article in the Washington Post about a survivalist camp in WV: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/at-fortitude-ranch-the-cabin-is-for-vacationing-the-shelters-are-for-surviving/2019/10/08/643bff30-d597-11e9-9610-fb56c5522e1c_story.html Interesting article. The comments at the bottom remind us one ...

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