Friday, January 12, 2018

You should have this book

(Via SurvivalBlog)

The 3rd edition of the Survival and Austere Medicine book is available for free download (click on the cover art). Add this to your library.

Post-TEOTWAWKI disease

One of the things that Doomer Porn usually doesn't consider is the realistic nuts and bolts of how various aspects of the world will work after some Big Thing happens and The World Changes Forever. I'm all for a willing suspension of disbelief to allow a story to move along, but when you ask me to give up the good sense I was born with, that's a bit much.

One of the most common objections I have to many multi-volume doomer series is the lack of outbreaks of common and once-common diseases in the aftermath of the Big Thing. As I've noted before, I really don't expect to see these ravening hordes of starving refugees roaming the countryside, because most of them will be dead in 30 days from fun things like water-borne disease. Face it, most people have never been in the Boy Scouts and they haven't learned not to shit in their water supply. They're going to hit the road looking to make their way to Farmer Bob's where they just know there is food and they'll run out of those 4 bottles of Deer Park they were so proud they remembered about mid-afternoon on Day 1. By mid-afternoon on Day 2 they will be in agony from thirst, and that creek they spot will look so...wet. They won't know where it comes from or what might be in it besides H2O and they won't care. Glug, glug, glug.

Somewhere around Day 5-7 they won't care about anything, because they'll be dead from something or other. Whether it's chemical or biological makes no difference, dead is dead. Saint Peter is going to be putting on extra shifts, because I expect this to be happening all over.

A writer for SurvivalBlog has written a two part (Part 1 and Part 2) on the various diseases that can be expected to make a comeback in the event of an Event. Interesting reading for those of us with this particular turn of mind.

You do have effective water filtration gear in those preps, now don't you?

Monday, January 08, 2018

What if you gave a firearms sting and nobody came?

Well, you'd look like Democrat Senators Cummings, Warren and Schatz for a start.

The Senators, all from what we gunnies would call "less free" states, comissioned the study in an attempt to duplicate an alleged study by Michael Bloomberg (Fascist, NY) and allegations by the ATF-EIEIO "...which claimed that “anonymity of the internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms.”

The "study", conducted by the Government Accounting Office showed that:

But the GAO revealed that their 72 attempts outside of the dark web were all “unsuccessful.”

“Private sellers on Surface Web gun forums and in classified ads were unwilling to sell a firearm to our agents that self-identified as being prohibited from possessing a firearm,” the GAO reported, noting that in their “72 attempts ... 56 sellers refused to complete a transaction once we revealed that either the shipping address was across state lines or that we were prohibited by law from owning firearms.” In the other cases, the investigators' website was frozen or they encountered suspected scammers. 

On the dark web, GAO agents successfully purchased two guns illegally, as the serial numbers on the weapons were “obliterated” and “shipped across state lines.” But in the attempt to purchase, the GAO agents “did not disclose any information indicating they were prohibited from possessing a firearm.”

According to the article, none of the Senators were available to comment on the study. Probably busy wiping egg off their faces.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

More on the ARRL and the Board of Directors' Code of Conduct

It's weird how things work. I had looked earlier this week for more information on the subject of the ARRL's new Board of Directors' Code of Conduct (originally noted here), because I was curious if anything else had surfaced. I didn't find anything with a quick search, and honestly I wasn't surprised--the ARRL has made it obvious they don't want to discuss the subject.

So today I'm looking for something else on QRZ.com and what do I find? Yeah, more on the subject. There is a December 4, 2017 post noting a Ham Radio Now (Yes, I ought to subscribe, but there are only so many hours to listen to podcasts) on the subject of the Code of Conduct. I haven't listened to the entire thing yet; I've put it on pause to drop this post on the blog. So far, things are not being very complimentary for the League. I can't say I'm surprised.

From the QRZ post, it seems that the League is working on silencing opposition to this ill-conceived policy. This really ought to raise eyebrows among the membership, as it would tend to indicate, at least to me, that there is more at play than the stated goal of a need for a code of conduct.

There's still the better part of a year before I have to make a final decision, but it appears the ARRL is going to be assisting me in trimming the household budget a tiny bit this fall. According to numbers I've found, they have roughly 175,000 members. I wonder just how bad a, say, 10% drop in that number would hurt? It is winter time and the bands are deader than usual due to the solar minimum, so hams have time on their hands. Some organization will go a long way in a few months.

Just sayin'.