Wednesday, December 30, 2020

And they start eating their own



Officials characterized the actions against critical infrastructure as "vandalism".

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Why attack targets with no name-recognition that are a thousand miles away? So much easier to park the BMW three miles from his parent's chateau and do mischief that will make international news. Then back home for lox-on-bruschetta and Yuengling before the Beemer's cabin cools off.

One suspects that the actions would be characterized as "terrorism" if officials did not suspect the perp(s) were the children of the rich, famous and powerful.

Advance tremors

Major catastrophes are usually presaged by advance notice. The industrial accident in Bhopal India was "signaled" by the fact that there were more than a hundred documented cases of containment valves being left open by the cleaning crews. On the night of the accident, the crew left five of them open that allowed the release of toxic chemicals to the environment.

That was a hundred documented cases. It is likely that there were many more cases that were not documented.

I see this incident as advance notice that many more attacks on critical infrastructure will be coming.

Are you prepared for grid-down? Are you prepared for no pressure in your natural gas feed line? Are you prepared for no gasoline or diesel at your closest gas station?

Frankly, the ERJ family is not. We have vulnerabilities. Our pump is electric and the 45 feet of static head defeats cistern pumps. We have a fire-place insert with a 140 Watt blower. I have just enough solar panel to run the blower while the sun shines but the panels are not installed.

 If grid-down became a reality, I could improve our heat situation by pulling the insert out of the hole to expose the entire heat-box and by running about four feet of 6" stove pipe to the chimney. Stove pipe radiates a huge amount of heat and would counteract the loss of forced convection.

But that means I need four feet of 6" stove pipe, two elbows and a couple of sacks of concrete to pour a fireproof apron to put on the floor. I can find those items now. I won't be able to after the grid goes down.

Regarding water, I have good neighbors. I can either hand pump from their shallow wells or dip from their ponds and then hump the water home. I have sleds and five gallon containers but I could use a good wagon or cart.


  1. Ol' Sundown Joe keeps (repetitively) referring to the coming "DARK WINTER" in various interviews and events.

    How many days/weeks/months are each of you set up to heat/cook/water/light your homes in the event of a grid down scenario?

  2. So Aspen just happened to have 6000 space heaters on hand?

    1. That does seem odd.

      My guess is that Colorado has that many pre-staged at a state level as a FEMA resupply.

  3. It reads to me as a chapter from THE ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC, by Stuart Archer Cohen. That book is back on my reading list. My one word recollection of it is...terrifying.

    One might consider a free standing kerosene heater (or two) and an appropriate amount of fuel for an alternate form of creature comfort.

  4. Oh, how I long for a Yuengling. I live west of the Mississippi so there are no retail outlets that carry the brew.

  5. Make your apron with a thin layer of sand with bricks or patio blocks on top with a wood frame to hold it in place. Looks good and easily removed without damage if you so chose. Quick and easy.---ken --

  6. 500 gallon propane tank with propane heater, furnace and stove. Candles. Stored water. check,check,check,check,check,check.

  7. I am invested in multiple heat sources in northwwest PA.

    We installed a pellet stove 16 years ago and it provides about 75% of the heat. A high efficiency propane forced air unit provides about 20% more.

    Both require electricity. Our bubble gum and baling twine electric company is less than perfectly reliable. Understandable, since its overhead wires in the woods, with poles next to icy slippery winter roads.

    So I installed a log burner that provides about 5% and requires no electricity

    That and the propane stove will keep us from freezing with no electric.

    Coleman gas lanterns provide light and a lot of additional heat.

    Bought a big portable dual fuel generator (Wen 1100 watt) that has enough guts to run the well pump and refrigerators and pellet stove and computers and lights.

    Propane never goes bad like gasoline and burns cleaner.

    Be prepared. Scout motto.

  8. If you live in Western PA, eastern Ohio or WVA you have plenty of energy under your feet. Cant throw a stone without hitting a natural gas well. Add an NG genset and you got power only limited by the size genset you can afford.


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