Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Watch this video

Watch the video at the top of this story.  WATCH IT.

This man and his family are on the run for their lives.  Obviously they made it, we have the video.  I'm happy for them, because it was a very close run thing.

We can Monday Morning Quarterback this to death, but I'm not going to do that.  The Gatlinburg wildfires blew up so fast that a lot of people got caught with their pants down.  This wasn't a hurricane that was forecasts days in advance, nor is it stupid people who ventured into a desert with inadequate gear.  This is people who were going about their normal lives and suddenly the maw of hell opened up around them.  The fires were many miles away and then suddenly, they weren't.  Sometimes, shit does happen.

What I want to say is that this is the best thing you can show people who don't understand why you prep.  Show them this and tell them "This is why you need to be situationally aware. This is why you have go bags.  This is why you have your plans already made and your evacuation routes already planned out.  You don't want to find yourself dodging wildfires, dodging downed trees, dodging downed power lines and dodging neighbors trying to get out at the last minute."

The 21st Century has given us wonderful tools.  We can do things that would appear to be magic to someone from 200 years ago.  But if you don't use them, one day you may find yourself dodging a wildfire--or a riot, or a flood, or caught in the aftermath of an earthquake or a fire in your house--dazed, confused, maybe panicked, not knowing what to do or where to go.  In an emergency, you will not step up to the needs of the emergency.  You will default to the level of your planning and training.

Tell your "don't get it" friends that you don't want to see them on FOXNews--or in the funeral home at a closed casket ceremony.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bro, do you even Gab?

There's a new social media platform out there that is unlike anything so far.  Not so much technologically, although that is also true to some extent, but in terms of attitude.  Gab is a Twitter-like platform where one and all are invited to, as they put it in hashtag form, #SpeakFreely.

Dedicated to the concept of free speech, Gab is not like Twitter, Reddit, Facebook and the like.  You may say, rant or even spew what you wish, and trust me, I've seen all three.  What Gab does differently is that they don't act as supreme editor.  If you don't want to see something, you  have control of the tools to block a user or posts with certain words/phrases.  The onus is on you if you want censorship.  In this way, Gab actually harks back to the days of the old Usenet newgroups, where we all had our "twit files", into which went all the people we didn't want to hear from any more.

There is a lot of MSM crap about Gab being all "alt-right", whatever the hell that is.  I guess that means "Anyone who fails to agree with us," or perhaps "Anyone who voted for Trump."  I'm not seeing it.  So far, I haven't seen the KKK burning crosses or the Nazis goose stepping down the virtual Main Street.  I have, however, seen folks like Claire Wolfe and Borepatch, along with Milo Yiannopoulos and Vox Day.

I'm happy to say that I was among the first 100,000 to get in (Yeah, I'm not that special) and Daughter was close behind.  I'm not sure what the current user count is, but it is a lively place, and pretty addictive at this point.  The Gab team is adding features, and I hear a smartphone app is due in December.

They're letting in 25,000 or more folks per day, so if you're interested, go get your name on the waiting list.  I believe it took Daughter 3-4 days, so it's not a long wait.  I think you'll find it worth your time, if for nothing else finding out just how much news is being censored.  If you don't believe me, look up #pizzagate if you have a strong stomach.  Never heard of it prior to Gab, wish I hadn't heard of it, and I hope that it gets broken wide-ass open and all of 'em get brought to justice.  This kind of justice.