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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Whether We Like it, or Not.

To wit:

  • ObamaCare.  They will force me to pay for abortions whether I like it or not.   They will come and inspect my home because I am a gun owner.  They will refuse me medical services because of my political and religious beliefs. They will do it, whether I like it or not.
  • UN Arms Treaty: It was signed by Kerry.  Next thing you know, the Federal Government will start implementing a gun registry (if they haven't already), as if it had been ratified by the Senate.  Since Obama can't get gun control any other way, he has asked his buddies in the UN to help.  And they will do all of it, whether we like it or not.
  • The Fed: printing more and more and more fake money, devaluing what we have, until they reach a point where they 'need' to confiscate our 401(k)s to make the bankers whole.  And they will, whether we like it or not.
  • The power grid: this November, there will be an experiment/drill/event? regarding the loss of the power grid.  The powers that be know this is inevitable, because coal power plants, the basis of our electrical system, are to be sacrificed on the Altar of Global Warming, which isn't even happening.  We will face rolling blackouts, whether we like it or not.
  • The middle class in America is to be destroyed, whether we like it or not.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sunflower Seeds from the Garden

Ol' Backwoods harvested quite a few sunflower seeds this year, from four plants.  I had a lot of trouble with bugs, but I think I know what do do next year: hit them hard with DE and Neem Oil early, while the bugs are small.

Still, this is the final result, roasted and salted:


I used about two cups of water with 4 tbsp of salt, and swished the seeds around for about 5 minutes, then soaked them overnight.  After that, I roasted them in the oven for about 3 hours at 180 degrees.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Workin' on My Shooting Skills

Ol' Backwoods has been working on Project Appleseed targets at the range all summer.  For those that don't know, Project Appleseed is the rifle marksmanship training course put on by the Revolutionary War Veterans' Association (a humorous but endearing title), in which a variant of the old Army AQT (Army Qualification Test) timed marksmanship test is taught.

The practice target is is a PDF file linked here.  It is posted at 25 meters (82 feet), and is shot standing, sitting, and prone.   In the Project Appleseed course, they teach the "tight sling" method of holding the rifle steady.  The target simulates a man at 100 yards away.

Below are a couple of Ol' Backwoods' targets from the last range session.  I am getting better, but my standing scores are still too low.  I have a lot of work to do there.




I shot both of these targets with one of my AR-15's that a built, my favorite one that has a custom gas-block-mounted quick-disconnect sling mount that I machined.  (I need to do a post about that.)  I use a red-dot reflex sight from Burris (the FastFire II) as my sight.  I love a red-dot sight for the fast acquisition it provides, and the ability to keep both eyes open.

As you can see, sitting is my best position; somehow, it is easier for me to get into my Natural Point of Aim (NPOA) in that position.  NPOA is a concept taught in Appleseed whereby the body and rifle are locked into a unit and pointed directly at the target, with aim being held by the large muscle groups.  This minimizes change in aim from shot to shot.  Also emphasized in the training is the cadence of shooting timed by one's breathing.  It's amazing how much your point of aim shifts because of your breathing; it's best for your NPOA to be set when your lungs are nearly empty, so that you press the trigger in the middle of an exhale.

I don't love getting down on the ground at my age, but I do love shooting rifles, and I have a lot of respect for the concepts taught in the Appleseed course.  They make me a better hunter, and better able to defend my home and community from tyranny.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Preparedness Planning, While Slummin' at the Laundrymat

"What in tarnation does a laundymat have to do with emergency preparedness, Backwoods?  And here I thought this was a good blog!"

Well, friend, you might be confused about that latter assumption, but my experience at the local laundrymat today does indeed have to do with emergency preparedness.

As we have talked about a lot on this blog, humans have seven basic categories of needs: 
  1. Water
  2. Food
  3. Shelter
  4. Energy
  5. Security
  6. Health & Sanitation
  7. Spiritual and Mental Health
#6, "Health and Sanitation", means (at least occasionally) wearing clean clothes.  Dirty clothes, especially dirty socks and underwear, promote growth of disease-causing bacteria, yeasts, mildews, and fungi.   Especially in the case of the feet, but also in the pelvic region, diseases caused by these pests can be debilitating, to say the least.

"Duh, Backwoods.  I learned to take care of my feet in 'Nam."

Stick with me, here, friend.  Backwoods is about to make his point.

Ol' Backwoods and family are in the beginning stages of relocation to a freer state than the one I am leaving behind.  (Parenthetically, both are very free compared to the prison states of New York, California, New Jersey and Massachusetts.)  My rental house, which I will occupy during the transition, and during the time I am preparing my homestead for living, is very sparsely furnished at this time, which is by design.  I am trying to minimize my costs for this move, and most of the furniture and appliances are back with my wife at the house we are preparing to sell. The timing has to be right to move those, is all I will say about that.  

The laundry machines are at the old house, and are being used by my family.  I do have a used washer and dryer coming for the rent-house next week, but I have need for clean clothes now.

Hence my visit to the washeteria, the laundymat, whatever you want to call it.  Rows and rows of coin-operated laundry machines, and some mostly nice folks, from what I can tell, sitting at tables, or folding laundry.    Some black, some white, some Asian, some of non-descript race. Some non-English-speaking people, babbling in Spanish or whatever.    But all human, and thus partaking in #6 of the Basic Human Needs list above.

But it got me thinking: how will these nice folks do their laundry if the grid power is down for an extended period of time?    Caused by, say, a hurricane (this state touches the Gulf), or an earthquake (ever heard of the New Madrid Fault)?  If they had their own laundry machines at home-- at very least, a washing machine-- it could be powered via a generator.  If they had one.  That's what I plan to do.   

They could do laundry in a sink, by hand, if they had water.  But how would they get water?  At my rent-house in town, I would be limited to the same municipal supply that these folks are: a couple of water towers around town, served by electric pumps.   I don't actually know the capacity or usage (I intend to find out), but I expect the whole water system could not withstand more than a week's loss of electricity.

Granted, the town sits astride a river, and is bisected by a hydroelectric dam, so grid power should be very reliable (and is, or so say the residents I've talked to).

But it is good to think these things out ahead of time.

Besides, what else are you going to do at the laundrymat?  Watch the dryer spin?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Dozen Years Ago, When America's Fall Began...

My darling daughter,

This morning was a beautiful, blue-sky September morning. It stirred strong memories of another beautiful morning, a dozen years ago.

I was going to work that morning, and for once, I was close to being on-time. I was listening to the radio in the car. Your mom was getting you ready for kindergarten. You were really too young to understand what was happening.

At 8:46:30 AM, all hell broke loose. An airliner had crashed into

the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing all aboard, and spewing a gout of flame from the impact-ignited jet fuel. It was just another airplane crash, right?

When I got to work, I was listening to talk radio. They broke in and said, "a 2nd plane has hit the World Trade Center!"   At 9:03 AM, another plane had crashed into the South Tower.


The first time is accident; the 2nd is enemy action.  The first words out of my mouth were, "Bin Laden." I knew al Qaeda Muslim terrorists had done it.   That 2nd hit to the same site was no accident.

My daughter, you cannot imagine the fearfulness of those first few hours. Even now, I still feel it.  The fear for those people, trapped in the burning towers, the horror of seeing them leaping to their deaths. The Twin Towering infernos. The falling debris in New York, and the people walking across the bridges to escape from Manhattan Island. The 3rd plane, crashing somewhere in Pennsylvania. A 4th plane, smashing into the Pentagon.  In the heartland, we were hearing snatches of news, none of it enough to fill in the full picture, but all of it horrific.

The whole country was bracing for another airliner to hit in another city. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a "Ground Stop", ordering all planes to the ground, under threat of shoot-down. Living near an international airport at the time, we had never heard such an eerie silence as when there were no planes going overhead, as they had done dozens of times daily for years, decades. It was like the world ended.

Years went by. Changes.

With Americans clamoring for justice, and maybe payback, we hit suspected al Qaeda strongholds in Afghanistan. Then, we invaded Iraq, on the theory that the terrorists training at Salman Pak to hijack airliners, and terrorists gathering weapons of mass destruction at other places had to have been supported by Saddam Hussein.

By the way, our President's middle name is Hussein now.

The federal and state governments used the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to gain more and more power, and the fear-mongering, big-city media helped them. Before 9/11, I used to fly on airliners a lot. Now, I avoid it when I can, as I can't carry my favorite pocket knife on board, and people are sexually assaulted by brown-shirted federal thugs before boarding a plane. The federal government can now do worse things-- in the name of searching for terrorists-- than anybody in America ever imagined.

Fourth and Fifth Amendment protections are about gone. In the name of "bringing terrorists to justice," the sickeningly-named "Patriot Acts" were passed, that gave federal and state governments unprecedented and unconstitutional powers. Any person, anywhere, can be stopped by police, and if they find any significant amount of cash on or about your person, the police seize it-- "legally." You can be put on a "no-fly list" without warning, or explanation. If you get on such a list, in some states, you cannot own a gun, ever again. There are secret courts now in America where you can be tried, convicted and executed without anybody ever hearing what happened to you.

I miss America.

Earlier this year, they shut down almost the entire city of Boston, and forced peaceable Americans from their homes at gunpoint, looking for one teenaged terrorist who set a bomb at the Boston

Marathon. No warrants, no respect of rights, just body-armored, automatic-carbine-carrying jackbooted thugs treating people like animals. The police never found the pint-sized terrorist, by the way; an American citizen did.

Figures.

The federal government was not the only entity gaining power over the American people during those years; Muslims gained power in America, too. The federal government refused to name the forces we were fighting -- Muslims who take the Koran seriously.   The President termed Islam "a religion of peace". (Tell that to the little girls who are mutilated and raped.) Gradually, America-hating Muslims like the group CAIR began amassing power in Washington. States like Michigan were allowing cities within their borders to enforce Sharia law. Muslim representatives to Congress began to be elected.

Until parts from one of the wrecked airliners were found there, rich Muslims were planning to build a mosque near the site of the ruins

of the Twin Towers.   That's part of an ancient pattern; Muslims have been building "victory mosques" on the ruins of conquered cities for centuries.

As the years went by, federal government started giving foreign aid to Muslim countries who hated us, in a sick recapitulation of the tribute exacted from Muslim conquests centuries ago. Saudi Arabian Muslim immigrants got instant visas and other preferential treatment, despite the fact that 16 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 came from that country.

Five years ago, we elected a President who bowed to the King of

Saudi Arabia, who also bragged that he can recite perfectly, in correct Arabic accent, the Muslim prayer to their moon god and his murderous prophet.

And today, there's supposed to be a 
Million Muslim March in Washington.   But I think there'll be a few patriots show up.

Now, after twelve years of the federal government's power trip, America stands on the precipice of economic and societal collapse. And I think it began in earnest on that blue-sky September day, a dozen years ago.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Scary $5 Water Heater / Gas Grill Propane Tank Emergency Expedient

EMERGENCY EXPEDIENT ONLY!
Ol' Backwoods has an emergency preparedness item for you today.

Suppose there's a short-term to medium-term disruption of your natural gas to your home, and you really need hot showers and clean dishes.

This hack shows you how to run your natural gas hot water heater for short periods from a propane grill tank,  and do it safely.   By building a simple $5 pipe adapter BEFORE the emergency comes, you can be ready to go when there's an emergency disruption of the natural gas supply.  At the bottom of the post is the engineering behind the hack, and why it works.

I know this works, because I heated three tanks of water with my water heater using this technique.

WARNING!  THIS IS AN EMERGENCY EXPEDIENT, ONLY TO BE USED IN TIMES OF DIRE NEED.   I am NOT LIABLE for what you do with this information; it is presented for educational purposes only, in the field of emergency preparedness.  If you do this expedient, it must be MONITORED CONSTANTLY and only be used for short periods.   It requires GOOD VENTILATION, as the expedient may increase CARBON MONOXIDE output from the water heater.  This expedient is not a replacement for natural gas service, and may damage the burner of your water heater if used for a long period of time! 

In what situations might you do this?  Any emergency that causes the interruption of natural gas service for a few days or more.  Here are some examples; all have occurred before, in the US or the rest of the world.  How do I know?  I was an engineer in the natural gas industry.
  • Backhoe operator does not call utility before digging, and breaks open a residential gas main;
  • Accelerants in burning building near gas meter burns through natural gas pipe, causing the pressure to be too low to operate your water heater;
  • Train wreck or chemical plant explosion nearby to natural gas pipeline breaks pipeline open;
  • Earthquake causes a gas line break;
  • Terrorist attack against natural gas pipeline or pumping station;
  • Economic collapse.

Let's Do It!

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You've decided to prepare for this emergency?  Even after my warnings?
Okay, what do you need?  4 things:
  1. Special pipe adapter you will build below;
  2. Full propane tank from your gas grill (or buy a dedicated one);
  3. Gas grill hose & regulator off your gas grill (or buy a dedicated one);
  4. (Optional) carbon monoxide monitor (CO monitor), which everyone should have near their gas hot water heater anyway.


The Pipe Adapter

To the right is a picture of the special pipe adapter you will assemble and test.  The pipe adapter allows regulated-pressure propane from a gas grill tank & hose to flow into your water heater.    If you build the pipe adapter ahead of the emergency, you will be ready to make hot water with your grill tank.

I'm not going to tell you each and every step to build and install the pipe adapter.  If you haven't ever done basic plumbing before, this is NOT the project to start with!  If you are in a country that uses metric plumbing parts, you will have to figure out your own sizes.  Below is what we use in the US.

The lower part is a 2" long, ½" diameter black pipe nipple, designed for use with natural gas.  I purchased it from a local hardware store for about a dollar. Buy the black iron pipe, not galvanized. The upper part is a brass flared male 3/8" to female ½"  pipe adapter, purchased from the same hardware store for a few dollars.

The two parts of the pipe adapter need to be put together with PTFE ("Teflon") cream, to prevent leaks.  Use your vise and a pipe wrench to get them very tight together.  YOU DON'T WANT LEAKS!  And we will be checking for them.  DON'T PUT PTFE CREAM ON THE MALE END of the brass piece THAT GOES TO THE GRILL HOSE!


Hooking The Grill Tank to the Water Heater

NOTE!  YOU MUST CLOSE THE NATURAL GAS VALVE PRIOR TO REMOVING ANY PIPES!  EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN'T HEAR IT, AND YOUR WATER HEATER WON'T LIGHT, THERE STILL MAY BE NATURAL GAS COMING INTO YOUR FEED. TURN IT OFF!

Using a pipe wrench, remove the pipe that connects between the output of the natural gas value and the input of the thermostat.  If you aren't sure, you shouldn't be doing this!  Usually, there is a tee where this can be accomplished easily.  The bottom of the tee goes to a capped vertical pipe, which is designed to catch condensation in the gas.  The top connection of the tee is where your pipe adapter will go.

After putting PTFE cream on the threads of the pipe adapter, screw it into the top of the tee.

Hook up the gas grill hose to the top of the pipe adapter.  DO NOT USE PTFE CREAM HERE!

Okay, here's a picture showing the FULL hookup to my water heater.  PLEASE, PLEASE pay attention to the notes in the picture.  Click to embiggen, or right-click to save it and view in your picture viewer.

Don't EVER Do This!  (Unless you have to)

Procedure to Light and Burn Water Heater

FIRST, turn off propane tank valve (should already be closed), and turn off the pilot light valve AND the thermostat on the water heater.
  1. Lather 50/50 soap/water mixture over all your connections, even on your gas grill hose.  A sponge is good for this, as shown on the right (thanks WikiHow).
  2. Turn on the gas grill valve, SLOWLY to avoid triggering the leak restriction device built into the regulator.  If you are getting expanding bubbles, STOP!  TURN OFF THE GAS GRILL VALVE, and work on tightening your connections. I was very careful making the pipe connections, and used enough PTFE cream on the joints, that I didn't have any bubbles at all.
  3. Light the pilot light on your water heater. Watch it burn for at least 2 minutes. Be sure you are getting a mostly-blue flame, with some yellow edges. (YES, YES, I know, using flame color to determine fuel mix is dangerous! This whole thing is an emergency expedient, remember?)
  4. Now, turn the water heater gas valve to ON. Be sure you have no leaks at this point! More soapy water on the joints, please!
  5. No leaks? It's time for the moment of truth. Turn the thermostat up to about 120°F (more on this later).  Listen and watch for the burner to light.  Be sure it seems to be burning nice and hot, with at least 50% of the flame blue. We expect the upper part to be yellow, because, remember, this water heater wasn't designed to be run this way. (YES, YES, we know, using flame color to determine fuel mix is dangerous! This whole thing is an emergency expedient, remember?!)
DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNATTENDED!  WATCH THE CO MONITOR!

 Remember, this hack is for emergency use ONLY.

Run it for ½ an hour, be sure the flame is still burning good and heating water, then shut it off and go take your shower, or have someone else watch the flame and the CO monitor for you.  TURN THE DARN THING OFF WHEN YOU'RE DONE WITH HOT WATER for awhile! Remember, it's an emergency, and we are conserving what little propane we have stashed.

The Tech Behind the Hack

First, we are heating stuff, so we should talk a little bit about the energy density of fuels.   A BTU, or British Thermal Unit, is the amount of energy required to raise one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.

Different fuels have different energy densities, or BTU values. A gallon of liquid propane contains 91,502 BTU's. A pound of liquid propane contains 21,591 BTUs. A hundred cubic feet of natural gas (a so-called CCF) contains approximately 102,000 BTUs, but a hundred cubic feet of propane will yield 224,880 BTU's – almost 2½ times more heat– because propane has a higher energy density.

How hot does the water have to be, then? 170°F water (77°C) is hot enough for sanitizing dishes, if kept immersed for at least 30 seconds. 140°F water requires many minutes (like a long dishwasher cycle) to sanitize dishes, but takes much less energy, as we see below. An even lower temperature, like 120°F, is more reasonable if you use some kind of chemical sanitizer when washing dishes. At 120°F (water weight: 8.25 lb/gal), it takes roughly 5 minutes for a scald burn, so you are less likely to get burned at a wrong shower setting.

Alright, how much water do we need to heat?  My hot water heater has a 38-gallon capacity, which is 315.86 pounds of water at year-round earth temperature (about 50°F here in North Carolina). The weight of a gallon of water varies between 8.312 (50°F) and 8.125 (170°F) pounds.

Let's calculate the amount of energy in BTU's to raise my 315.86 pounds of water from 50°F to
120°F:

BTU = water weight * temperature difference = 315.86 * (120°F-50°F) = 315.86 * 70 = 22,109 BTU.

Okay, we have the energy required to heat the water from cold to the desired temperature.   This is a straightforward application of unit conversion, since 1 BTU will raise 1 pound of water 1 degree F.

But how long will it take to heat the water? Depends on your burner.

My hot water heater burner, running natural gas, can supply 40,000 BTU per hour. Assuming 100% heat transfer to the water (not true, but close enough), we can heat a tank of water in:

Hours = BTUs required / BTU /per hour = 22,109 / 40,000 = 0.57 hours x 60 min/hr = 33 minutes.

But the burner was designed for natural gas, not propane.

If the propane's BTUs were used as efficiently by the water heater burner as the natural gas BTUs are, then the water would heat about 2.5 times faster on propane, because propane has about 2.5 times the energy density of natural gas.

But it won't burn propane as efficiently. The orifices (little holes) in the burner are sized for efficient mixing of natural gas and air, not propane and air. Propane orifices are usually about 60% of the size of a natural gas orifice, for the same BTU rating (I looked this up in a paper design table I have). That means running propane through natural gas orifices cause too much gas to be mixed with too little air, causing incomplete burning, increased carbon monoxide and soot production, and in general less energy.  Chemists call this a non-stoichiometric mixture, and the gearheads among us would say, "she's runnin' too rich."  And they would both be right.

Just how far off are the orifices for burning propane?  Not far.  A 0.129" orifice for natural gas would yield about 59,000 BTU per hour. The propane orifice size to rate the same BTU's should be between 0.089” (55,000 BTU/hr)  and 0.094” (61,000 BTU/hr).  To yield the 40,000 BTU/hr that my hot water heater puts out on natural gas, it would need a 0.075" orifice to run on propane.  But it doesn't; its orifices are likely closer to 0.129" in diameter (nearest natural gas orifice size that corresponds to 40,000 BTU/hr), allowing too much propane through.

So, keep in mind, it could take longer to heat the water than it does with natural gas.  In the case of my water heater, it was really pretty close; about 45 minutes vs. the about 30 minutes it takes normally.

What other considerations are there?  The pressure of the gas at the input of the regulator on the water heater.  My water heater burner is well-matched to the gas grill regulator I have.  The water heater is rated for natural gas pressure at between 5” and 14” of water column. I bought a “Type 1” gas grill regulator (commonest type in the US), which delivers a pressure of about 11” of water column. This hack likely wouldn't work for a much larger burner that requires a higher pressure. By the way, 7 inches water column is equivalent to 4 ounces per square inch pressure (1/4 PSI). 14 inches water column is 8 ounces pressure ( ½ PSI). 1 PSI equals 27.7 inches water column.

Even with the correct pressure, my orifice is the wrong size, and my flame color is only about 75% blue, with the rest yellow. This means I am getting soot and CO, so be careful! I wouldn't have even attempted this hack if my water heater wasn't next to an exterior wall in my attic with PLENTY of ventilation.

No, it's not optimal. But, for a temporary expedient in time of emergency, IT WORKS. I know it works, because I heated three tanks of water with my water heater using this technique.



I want to emphasize again: this is NOT something I would want to do all the time. If I was running off propane all the time, I would buy a propane water heater. And maybe at your bugout location, you do or will. But if you live in an area where earthquakes or man-made disruption of the natural gas system is possible— even a misplaced backhoe – this is a viable technique to get you hot showers and clean dishes in a short to medium-term emergency.

Again, DON'T DO THIS if you aren't sure!

Ol' Backwoods would to hear feedback from anybody who builds their own pipe adapter.  Leave me a comment.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Grid Down: What if the "Drill" was the "Event"?


UPDATE: Ol' Backwoods was wrong on this one, folks.  Power is still on as of 11/15/13.  Sorry about that.  I will try to be more circumspect about these kinds of things in the future.



I NYC grid-down, 2003.
Remember the Boston terrorist attack in April?  The one where they imposed what was essentially martial law on an entire US city, without a single court order?  

That event occurred during what was supposed to be a "terrorist drill".  All the players were in place: feds, local law enforcement, SWAT teams, the whole smash.  Then, conveniently, a terror attack occurs at the Boston Marathon.

Boy, what a coincidence.  Did y'all know that on 9/11/01 there was a "drill" happening on the logistics of intercepting hijacked passenger jets?  How convenient.

Well, guess what?  We have another "drill" coming up on November 13, this time to simulate the power grid going down for months.  Wonder what will happen during this "drill" ?

From the NY Times:

...thousands of utility workers, business executives, National Guard officers, FBI. anti-terrorism experts and officials from government agencies in the United States, Canada and Mexico are preparing for an emergency drill in November that will simulate physical attacks and cyber-attacks that could take down large sections of the power grid. 
They will practice for a crisis unlike anything the real grid has ever seen, and more than 150 companies and organizations have signed up to participate. 
“This is different from a hurricane that hits X, Y and Z counties in the Southeast and they have a loss of power for three or four days,” said the official in charge of the drill, Brian M. Harrell of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, known as NERC. “We really want to go beyond that.” 
One goal of the drill, called GridEx II, is to explore how governments would react as the loss of the grid crippled the supply chain for everyday necessities.
...A National Academy of Sciences report last year said that terrorists could cause broad hardship for months with physical attacks on hard-to-replace components.

 Riddle me this: what if, while all these federal and state officials are in the mindset of a grid-down situation, and all the SWAT teams and FEMA officials are geared up and ready, what if an ACTUAL grid-down even occurs?  And further, what if it is intentional?

If you wanted a way to kill the two birds: 1) get rid of government dependents, and 2) take control of the country and its resources via martial law, a grid-down event is made to order.  

One estimate (from the Center for Security Policy) reckons that up to 90% of the American population will die within 90 days of a total grid collapse.

How?  And why so many?  Consider how many systems of support rely on the electric power grid, and the cluelessness of most modern Americans as to how to get the necessities of life apart from the power grid.

Humans have seven categories of needs: water, food, shelter, energy, security, sanitation and healthcare, and mental/spiritual health.   In our present system, the first 6 are very heavily dependent on the electrical grid.

Of first importance is water.  In most cities, water is pumped by electricity, and then gravity is used to pressurize the system.  As we saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many NYC high-rise tenements didn't have any backup power to pump water up to rooftop storage tanks.  When those run dry, in perhaps 3 days, there is no more.  And this will be typical of large big cities.  Do most city people personally have hundreds of gallons of water storage, as I and other 'preppers' have?  No.  People will die of dehydration long before starvation kicks in.

Along with water, there is sanitation.  Millions of people in this country literally cannot defecate without government assistance.  In the big cities, the sewers are pumped with electricity (or diesel, which itself is pumped by electricity).  When that stops, people will start urinating and defecating everywhere (as happened in Auckland, NZ in 1998), adding the misery of dysentery and other diseases to the problems caused by dehydration. 

Next, consider shelter.  In most areas of the US, people need protection from the outside environment, whether hot or cold.

A grid-down event occurring in a cold November (as our "drill" is planned for) will result in a lot of people in America’s northern latitudes dying very soon.  Environmental regulations have caused people to get rid of wood-burning fireplaces and heaters (burning wood causes Gorebull warming, don't you know).    So what will happen in a grid-down scenario?  People will burn their wood furniture in makeshift fireplaces, starting unintended fires, and entire blocks of apartments will burn to the ground, exposing more people to the elements to die.  And those that are successful in not burning the joint down may suffocate from carbon monoxide.

Conversely, if the grid was down during a very warm week in November, like many we have experienced before in the South, could easily kill off millions of the infirm and elderly from heat exposure and lack of air conditioning, which makes the South habitable.

With all these terrible potential consequences, the government is surely building up the power grid's strength, right?  Isn't that what all these "drills" are about?

Nope.

Obama and his administration are systematically destroying the power grid in this nation.  Doubt me?  What about the estimated 12% of coal plants that have been or will shut down due to the EPA's new rule on mercury emissions?  Another estimate says that more than 34 gigawatts of electrical generating capacity will go offline in this decade because of the EPA's so-called MACT rules.

One good thing is that there are a couple of sub-grids -- see the map below -- that could potentially operate independently should there be a cascade failure in one or more of the other sub-grids.  The ERCOT grid that covers most of Texas, for example, as well as the hydroelectric-rich SERC (southeast US) and WSCC (western US) grids, could operate independently if the operators had the lead time to disconnect them from other failing sub-grids.

If this "drill" really is the real thing, we won't have much time to get our things together   Best thing is to be prepared now.  Forewarned is forearmed.







Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Obama: Stay in Government Schools, or Else!


This is Obama's true self: American schoolchildren forced at the point of a gun to stay in failing government schools rather than escape their indoctrination.

Investor's Business Daily:
The Justice Department has asked a federal court to stop 34 school districts in Louisiana from handing out private-school vouchers so kids can escape failing public schools, just like the president's daughters. Passed in 2012, the program guarantees a voucher to students from families with incomes below 250% of poverty and who attend schools graded "C" or below. DOJ's argument is that many of the schools affected remain under desegregation orders imposed 50 years ago and that, essentially, letting poor blacks leave these schools for better ones upsets the politically correct racial balance DOJ wants to achieve.

"Aww, come on, Backwoods!  You are exaggerating.  "The point of the gun?  Holder is just going to sue them."

Right.  That's step one.  Do not mistake it to be the last step.  

The Department of Education has SWAT teams, armed with, at the very least, 12-gauge shotguns.  If they are like other Federal departments, they have full-auto M4's and 10mm H&K submachine guns.  They will bust into school board members' homes if they have to.  The Federal Government now owns public schools.  The illusion of local control is just that: an illusion.

Please get your kids out of these government schools. There are so many ways to do it, and in some states like Louisiana, monies are available to escape. For now.