Suppose you happened across a couple of eco-warriors slashing the tires of vehicles they did not own. Furthermore, suppose you had a couple of tubes of super-glue in your duffle and the muscle to enforce your desires.
What objects or body-parts would you super-glue the miscreants' hands to? Exhaust pipes? Bus bumpers? Ankles? Other eco-warriors?
Curious minds want to know.
The rate of maternal mortality of African-Americans is 2.6 times the rate of maternal mortality for Whites*. 3.1/100,000 Black women die every year due to perinatal reasons compared to 1.2/100,000 White women. This is a tragedy. The blame is often laid at the feet of the medical profession. They are labeled "racists" and "tone deaf". Without additional context, this assumption seems perfectly obvious.
Math suggests this is only partially true.
The rate of mortality in African-American women of child-bearing age due to cardio-vascular reasons is 2.4 times the rate of White women (virtually identical to the ratio of maternal mortality). 20.3/100,000 Black women die of cardio-vascular causes every year versus 8.4/100,000 White women. Note that the raw numbers of cardio-vascular deaths is 7 times greater than the number due to those logged as maternal mortality.
Since many proximal causes of maternal mortality look much like cardio-vascular disease (hemorrhaging, strokes, cardiac arrest) it is plausible to speculate that the stress of delivering a baby can uncover an underlying cardio-vascular issue.
Rather than pummel the medical profession for presumed, inherent, institutional racism, perhaps more results would be gained by studying the factors that foster widespread denial about what constitutes a "healthy" woman's body in various demographics. That includes studying why some groups are so adverse to exercise.
If you had to disappear?
Could you do it?
Could you pitch all of your electronic devices (tethers)?
Could you keep your head down and stay off the radar? Could you avoid contacting those family members who would be torn by the anxiety of not knowing what had become of you?
If so, how long could you keep it up?
In theory a fellow could take 25 pounds of rice, 10 pounds of lentils and bacon and camp-out in a hunting stand less than 3 miles from his home and disappear for a month. Throw in some fishing gear, wire for snares and permission to raid gardens in return for pulling weeds and he could really stretch it out.
In practice, most folks go stir-crazy in less than three days and need human interaction.
That suggests that the most successful evasions involve having one trusted person who can supply that human interaction. However, that person must not be in the twenty associates most likely to be watched by the authorities. The trusted person must also be somebody who will not carry their electronic tether when visiting you.
Other options include changing your appearance and "losing" all of your identification and checking into a homeless shelter or canoeing cross-country.
The challenge of "disappearing" is intriguing but I don't think I will explore it. I have too many people in my life who would worry and I will not put them through that.
One of the comments on the Food Box post mentioned Uninterrupted Power Supplies.
I dashed over to deNile.com and purchased a 700VA UPS. A tiny bit of electricity can go a long, long way toward increasing quality of life.
A tip of the fedora to Jonathan H. and Scrivener for the suggestions.
*CDC data, 2010-2020