North Korea A State Sponsor Of Terror

The news today say Trumpette will declare North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism.

Well, duh.

Hacking a US company and threatening the lives of the employees of that corporation should have had them back on the list a long time ago. Honestly, they never should have been removed from the list in the first place so why now?

As a designated a “state sponsor of terror” and with the US is still neck deep in “the war on terror” could that give the White House the authority to attack North Korea without going to Congress for a declaration of war?

Take care and God Bless.

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What Did You Prep This Week?

Another really unproductive week…

Walk With God

I prepared the lesson for and taught Sunday School and went to to church. Attended my Wednesday night men’s group. I didn’t make enough time to study the Bible or spend enough time in prayer but I will do better next week.

Self Defense/Hunting

I spent a little money and bought some ammo; 20 rounds of .308 and 100 rounds of .22 LR.

Supplies/Gear

I bought two small bottles of hand sanitizer. One for my bottles for EDC bag and one for my work backpack. We also bought some fold flat surgical masks to add to our various packs.

Finances

Nothing this week.

Fitness/Health

Nothing this week.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

God Bless

A Sign Of The Times

My business travels took me to Baton Rouge, Louisiana last week which, to be honest, is not one of my favorite places in the state (no offense to anyone who may be a resident). We stopped in at a local restaurant for some wonderful food and as we were slowing ambling to the car (trying to work off a little of the fried shrimp) and enjoying the nice, cool day I noticed this local magazine in the rack out front:

Needless to say the cover caught my attention and I picked up a copy to read at my hotel later that evening.

The cover article actually turned out to be some sort of reader survey/poll where folks talked about the issues that concerned them. It was a pretty bland article and nothing in it couldn’t have been written about most any city in the south or west of the nation. However, I have been unable to get the cover associated with that article out of my head.

Now I know this is the print magazine version of click-bait but still. It seems like the conversation in this country has shifted. A few years ago, people would have considered you a bit of a crackpot to talk of a revolution in this nation. A few months ago, people would have considered you a crackpot to if you said the revolution was inevitable. Now it appears that the semi-mainstream, slightly left of center media consider it an foregone conclusion that it will happen…

As you consider your preparedness plans you might want to make sure you keep something like this in mind. Most importantly, if you are not already doing so pray for our nation.

God bless.

Are The Dogs Of War Being Loosed?

Some odd information has been coming my way over the last few weeks.

Last weekend Wonderful Wife and I saw a train loaded with armored vehicles. This was a really long train and a lot of armored vehicles. In and of itself that might not mean much but it was a little odd.

A buddy, in the air force who works on logistics and flight planning casually mentioned that they were super busy at work.

Tonight another acquaintance mentioned that he was working with the Marine Corps on the largest deployment of medical assets he has seen since Gulf War II.

When I mentioned these things to my son he said that a coworker who is in the National Guard is being called up for a deployment and that it is not Iraq but he doesn’t know where it will be.

I also saw that the military was lowering the enlistment standards in an effort to fill a serious manpower shortage.

Any of these things taken alone doesn’t mean a lot (except for the medical teams). Taken together, it sure seems to indicate that something pretty big is in the offing and that the US military has enough prior knowledge. The really scary part of this, if it does add up the way it looks, is that there has been nothing in the news about it. The news seems to be all about sexual deviance in Hollywood (is anyone really surprised by that) and Alabama and grown men who get paid way too much to play kid’s games thinking that athletic skills give them any special rights in the workplace.

Sure, North Korea is still acting up and we have three carriers off the coast but the vehicles I saw on the train were painted in desert tan. Of course, that can be changed pretty quickly.

Are the dog’s of war about to be unleashed?

I pray not…

God bless and take care.

What Did You Prep This Week?

Walk With God

I prepared the lesson for and taught Sunday School and then went to to church. I read the next chapter in a study on Ephesians. I missed our Wednesday men’s study because I was traveling for work. I didn’t pray as much as I should have but I didn’t do too badly so, all in all, I feel OK about my walk with God this week. That’s good since I got nothing accomplished in any other category…

Self Defense/Hunting

Nothing this week.

Supplies/Gear

A few months back I reorganized my gear so I would be carrying the same EDC gear all the time. I collapsed most everything into a single bag small enough to fit inside my backpack when I was working or traveling. I put all non-TSA safe items in a separate pouch that I would pull out before going into a restricted space. After a little incident with TSA where I forgot something(s) in my EDC bag I have decided that was a bad idea.

The main thing I was missing from my work backpack was a first aid kit so I put together a second, TSA safe, kit and dropped it in. It will travel with me on planes and my EDC bag will stay somewhere else…on the other side of the TSA check points.

Finances

Nothing this week.

Fitness/Health

Nothing this week. This is going to be an area of real focus next week. I have to start getting myself in better shape.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

God Bless

The Radiation Risk

Growing up during the latter part of the Cold War the threat of nuclear was was a constant threat during my youth. Not as much as it was for my Mom’s generation but we still had weekly tests of air raid sirens around town and regular nuclear attack drills in schools. The signage for nuclear fallout shelters in public buildings were all around us and a few folks were still buying/building their own bunkers although in the soggy ground of coastal Texas those were really pretty rare. Once the Soviet Union “fell” the threat seemed to evaporate in most people’s minds. Only to resurface (briefly) after Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and, more recently, Fukushima.

For the most part though, the threat of nuclear related risks have been off of most people’s radar screens for some time but as the folk singer said, ‘the times they are a changin.” Between the Fukushima disaster and the increasing nuclear threat from rogue/unstable nations like North Korea, Iran and Pakistan the nuclear threat is starting to resurface as an area of concern for a lot more people.

After the disaster at Fukushima I did a little research to see where the nuclear plants were near my home. It turns out there is one within about 90 miles of me. Do you know if there one close to you? The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission maintains a map of commercial nuclear power plants that can be found here:

Now, this is not the entire picture of nuclear plants in operation. There are several nuclear reactors that are run by research institutions, the government, and other entities that do not appear on this map. For example, at least two major universities operate research reactors. One is within 100 miles of us and the other is within 170 miles. It is much harder to find a list of these types of reactors and I only know about these two because I know people who attended these universities and  were a part of the programs that ran the reactors.

Once you know where the reactors are, to properly gauge the risk it is important to know which way the wind blows (generally). I found a site for that as well (https://weatherspark.com). Knowing which way the wind generally blows during certain time of the year but should there be an incident you’ll need more accurate and real time information.

Now the tough question, how far from the incident is safe?

Well that depends on wind direction, the nature of the incident and who you ask. As we saw with Chernobyl and Fukushima, the governments (theoretically) responsible for the safety of their people frequently base this decision as much on political considerations as scientific and technical considerations. Why did the Japanese government draw the line around Fukushima as 20 kilometers for a mandatory evacuation and 30 or a voluntary evacuation? Well, to be honest, it appears that much of that was based on political considerations and infrastructure constraints rather than the impact on people’s health…so, this is something best researched and decided on your own.

For many preppers potasium iodide (KI) is viewed as the holy grail for dealing with radiation exposure. Not many people are truly informed on what it can help mitigate and what it cannot. Here are a couple of good links on what it can help with and what it can’t:

https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/EmergencyPreparedness/BioterrorismandDrugPreparedness/ucm072265.htm

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/japan-earthquake-tsunami-radiation/

Potassium Iodide is readily available online from pharmacies such as CVS as well as Amazon. Keep in mind that there is an expiration date where the medication starts to loose effectiveness and many “deals” on it really are not. So make sure you check the dates and rotate it out as you would with your food supply. I don’t toss mine that goes beyond the expiration date. I just buy new and keep the old around. If there is someone who wasn’t prepared for such an eventuality, old and out of date is better than nothing and I will freely share it along with the warning about the potency.

The Thoughtfully prepping blog just had an interesting post on “improvised” medicines if potasium Iodide isn’t available when you need it: https://thoughtfullyprepping.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/rough-medicine/

Whether is be a nuclear accident, a terrorist attack using a dirty bomb or a rogue state like Iran or North Korea the risk of a nuclear/radiation-based disaster is real and you should take the time to research it a bit more. Adding a few things to the stocks on hand could make a world of difference.

God bless.

What Did You Prep This Week?

This was a very unproductive week for prepping. I was on the road several days this week and super busy the rest of the week.

Walk With God

This is the only area that I really accomplished anything close to my goals. I prepared the lesson for and taught Sunday School and went to to church. I did the reading and studied for our Wednesday night class. I also made it to the class (one of only three due to the World Series). Continued a separate study I am doing on my own of Ephesians. Spent a fair amount of time in prayer, although I could still get better on that.

Self Defense/Hunting

Nothing this week.

Supplies/Gear

Nothing this week.

Finances

Nothing this week.

Fitness/Health

Less than nothing this week, I ate too much of the wrong stuff and didn’t get any exercise.

That’s it for me. That’s what I prepped this week. How about you? What did you Prep this week?

God Bless