Monthly Archives: January 2017

Trump’s Inauguration

Trump’s Inauguration
Well we have Trumps swearing in is just around the corner. It does not matter if you are glad or sad with the election outcome. It is rather late to order in big stuff. Sooooo at this point some of things you can still do in case the news people are right and that there is ‘disruptive’ behavior at the inauguration and after. From the sounds of some of the undercover reporting they plan to use ‘any means needed’ including property damage and use of chemicals on people.

I would not be surprised at anything that happens the next several days to a few weeks.

I would top off your fuel tanks before the weekend. Many people that I know have gotten a couple of the 5 gallon gas cans and have them stored in an out building or back yard for later need. Others have the empty cans in their vehicle in case they have to get more.

It may be prudent to get last minute perishables such as milk and bread… kinda like before a major snow storm.

Review earlier posts on the riots post election and civil unrest generally.

Pray for the safety of our nation’s leaders, military and emergency workers. Pray for your families and friends.

water treatment / disinfecting

water treatment / disinfecting

Water is the first need after air! Water can easily and imperceptibly become contaminated. It is critical that you “purify” or disinfect the water in advance to you consuming it.

On average healthy people can only last about 3 days without access to clean water. Depending on conditions and dumb luck you could die in as little as 12 hours or as much as a couple of weeks. In the latter situation you will most likely have irreversible kidney failure long before you die. In any case you will not be functioning at your best.

Water is often the least stored provision prepers think of and stock. At best most people will only store 14 gallons of drinking water per person and they seem to think that will take care of drinking and cooking AND sanitation for 2 weeks. Good luck!

Even IF you store a proper ration of drinking water if the emergency lasts long enough you will run out and have to procure more water for consumption [and sanitation]. After all there IS a limit to how much water you have room to store. BTW you would need at least 365 gallons of drinking water for a year supply, if stored in 2 L coke bottles [which IS a great way to store and transport drinking water] you would need 730 bottles – go ahead measure how much room you will need for that.

The good news is that with some planning and forethought you CAN have a month’s supply of drinking water for everyone in your household AND be ready to treat thousands of gallons of water for consumption.
Bleach [aka Clorox aka sodium hypochlorite] 6% & unscented can be used to disinfectant water. The down side of bleach is the reputed short shelf life which is rated at one year. Sodium hypochlorite is what the city uses to disinfect drinking water. Another drawback is space, it takes up more room.
Pool shock aka calcium hypochlorite can be used to disinfect drinking water as well as pool water. Calcium hypochlorite and sodium hypochlorite are used world wide to disinfect drinking and pool water. Both calcium hypochlorite and sodium hypochlorite have a distinct chlorine smell.
The disinfection process first step: gather the supplies you will need
safety glasses
rubber gloves
heavy plastic container, NOT a milk type jug, PETE is good in one gallon-sized OR 2, 2L sized will work OR a 5 quart ice cream-style bucket
one gallon of clear water to be disinfected
calcium hypochlorite granules
a 2.5CC [½ teaspoon] measuring spoon
coffee filter or cloth or thick paper towel to strain out any particulate matter.

NEXT steps in the treatment process
With the safety glasses and gloves on, pour a gallon of raw clear water into your treatment container, then add one half level teaspoon [2.5cc] of the calcium hypochlorite granules. Stir or shake the container[s] to mix. Let stand 5 minutes. Loosen the lid and shake the container again allowing a little of the treated water to leak out to decontaminate the area. Tighten the lid again. Let stand at least 30 minutes if the water is warm and at least 1 hour if the water is cold. [cold and or cloudy water will require more time and perhaps more of the chemical].

After the allotted time open the container, there should be a detectable odor of chlorine. IF you can not smell chlorine add 1 cc more of the calcium hypochlorite and repeat the process as above. Repeat until there is a slight odor of chlorine.

If there is a slight odor of chlorine but it is not too strong you can taste test it. It will not taste as good as city water but it should be acceptable.

If on the other hand the smell of chlorine is too strong you can aerate the water by pouring it back and forth between clean containers.

Shelf life and storage
Dry granulated calcium or sodium hypochlorite stores better, longer and in way less space than liquid bleach does. Another advantage is that you can mix it stronger to use in cleaning or medical care. Although sodium and calcium hypochlorite is shelf stable and cooler storage is better do not let it get above 100 degrees F as it will deteriorate faster. Keep in mind that these chemicals are CORROSIVE so keep it away from metals and other chemicals.…coke-bottles-2/

Corn Bread

Corn bread

If you have access to a grinder you can widen your diet a lot. If you don’t have one it would be a good idea to get at least 1 hand-grinder.

1 cup corn meal
¾ cup whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ cup molasses
1 cup milk
1 or 2 eggs beaten
2 tablespoons oil

sift together corn meal, flour, baking powder and salt; add remaining ingredients. Mix with a spoon. Bake in a 9 inch round non stick pan at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes.


Mexican corn bread

1 cup yellow corn meal
1/3 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup vegetable oil
1 can [9 oz] cream-style corn
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

preheat oven to 350 degrees F. in a mixing bowl, combine first six ingredients. Combine remaining ingredients and add to dry ingredients. Stir only until moistened. Pour into greased 9 inch baking pan
OR 10 inch heavy skillet. Bake 30 – 35 minutes or until bread is golden brown.


1 cup yellow [white or blue would work too] corn meal
1 cup whole wheat [all purpose would work too] flour
2 tablespoons sugar [brown sugar or honey would work too]
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda [if you don’t have baking soda you can up the baking powder to 3 teasons]
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk [whole milk will work too]
½ cup vegetable oil [olive oil works as would ½ lbs bacon minced, fried reserving the grease]
1 can [9 oz] cream-style corn
½ cup chopped onion [if green tops are available add them too]
¼ cup finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, combine first six ingredients. Combine remaining ingredients and add to dry ingredients. Stir only until moistened. Pour into preheated greased cast iron Dutch-oven OR 10/12 inch heavy skillet. Bake 30 – 35 minutes or until bread is golden brown.

Serve with butter, jam/jelly and or honey. A variation which enhances the nutritional value is to substitute up to half of the wheat and or corn meal with bean and barley flours.

Gun free zones

Gun free zones AKA target rich areas…….Criminals do NOT follow the laws… it is crazy to have to give up one constitutionally protected right in order to exercise another constitutionally protected right.

The following is from a group in Wyoming and it makes some good points OR at least points to ponder. Most of us are not in Wyoming BUT this does apply to EVERYONE everywhere. YOU are your own first responder!

Contact YOUR law makers and let them know what your thoughts are on this [and everything else].

Please share your thoughts with us and your friends.


January 5, 2017

Just a few weeks ago, Dylann Roof was found guilty on all counts in the horrific mass shooting that took place during a church Bible study in South Carolina.

Nine people died in this church shooting spree.

And while the case in South Carolina is about to be put to rest forever, I’m concerned that this same situation could play out again, because South Carolina doesn’t allow law abiding citizens to carry in church.

What did this law do to stop Dylann Roof?

Does anyone think that he paused for a moment to consider not perpetrating a mass murder just because the building was a “Gun Free Zone?”

Of course not.

The bottom line is that laws like these only serve the interest of murderers that are bent on harming innocent people, by telling them exactly where to go to achieve the biggest body count possible.

That’s because you and I can’t carry in these “Gun Free Zones,” and criminals know it.

Thanks to the law in South Carolina, church goers are still sitting ducks if a similar attack were to take place.

Sadly, you and I have the same laws hanging over our heads right here in Wyoming.

It’s illegal to carry in churches here in Wyoming.

It’s illegal to carry in hospitals here in Wyoming.

It’s illegal to carry in local government buildings here in Wyoming.

The same is true in many restaurants, schools, sports arenas, and plenty of other areas all deemed “Gun Free Zones” by our state code.

Is it any wonder that violent murders and terrorists are choosing “Gun Free Zones” just like the ones listed above to carry out their vicious attacks?

Of course not.

That’s why Wyoming Gun Owners will be fighting tooth and nail in the 2017 legislative session to pass legislation designed to repeal these deadly “Gun Free Zones!”

Working with Rep. Bo Biteman as our lead sponsor on this project, we want to level the playing field by allowing Wyoming citizens to carry their defensive firearms anywhere not prohibited by federal law.

And we need your help! Please stand with us, by signing your petition in support of repealing so-called “Gun Free Zones” today!

Believe me, your signed petition is very important.

You see, I’m already hearing capitol insiders saying things like, “It’s just not a priority.”

I don’t know about you, but when Americans are getting shot up in “Gun Free Zones” like we’ve witnessed this past year, I feel like it should be a priority!

One hundred and two people were shot in a “Gun Free Zone” in Orlando this year — forty eight of them were fatally wounded.

Last year, at a community college in Oregon, ten students were fatally wounded in a “Gun Free Zone.”

In Chicago, where the entire city is a virtual gun free zone, almost 3,000 people were seriously wounded and nearly 700 people were killed last year alone!

I don’t want to read about a tragedy like this playing out here in Wyoming, and that’s why we need to see this legislation become law in 2017.

Gun owners spoke loudly during the 2016 elections! After nearly half a decade, it’s time for Wyoming legislature to put our gun rights on top of their priority list!

It’s not going to be easy to see this legislation become law. So please, take a moment to sign your petition in support of this legislation!

Thank you, in advance for standing with us.

And, while you’re at it, I hope you’ll please consider chipping in to help us mobilize as many gun owners as possible!

Frankly, we’re gearing up for a major fight — and we need to replenish our funds to properly implement our plans for 2017.

So whether you can chip in $50, $25, or even just $10, I hope you’ll do it right away, please mail your most generous contribution to us at Wyoming Gun Owners, 1740 Dell Range Blvd, Suite H, PMB #447, Cheyenne, WY 82009.

But please at least sign your petition, that’s most important!

For Freedom,

David Ball

P.S. South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof was convicted of killing 9 people as his trial wrapped up last month. It’s no wonder why Roof chose a “soft target” like a church to attack.

That’s because in South Carolina it’s against the law to carry a defensive firearm in a church. Clearly this law didn’t stop Roof.

But you and I have the same law on the books here in Wyoming, only it’s not limited to churches.

No, you and your family are rendered defenseless in churches, schools, federal buildings, hospitals, sporting events, and plenty more places.

So please, help us repeal these dangerous “Gun Free Zones” by signing your petition today!

When you’re done, please consider renewing your membership with Wyoming Gun Owners to help us run our 2017 legislative program.

You can do so now by mailing your generous contribution to us at: Wyoming Gun Owners, 1740 Dell Range Blvd, Suite H, PMB #447, Cheyenne, WY 82009.

Frozen 2017

Cold injuries AKA Frozen 2017

Man freezes to death in home near Cody after snowstorm
Updated Jan 4, 2017 
Authorities say a man found dead in his home near Cody last month froze to death after a snowstorm.
The body of 69-year-old Larry Joe Sperry was found by two neighbors on Dec. 17, when the temperature was -9 degrees. They went to check on Sperry when they didn’t see any smoke coming from his chimney.
The Park County Sheriff Office says neighbors had brought Sperry extra food, water and firewood in the days before his death. They told investigators that he seemed coherent but the house was very cold. He reportedly said he planned to wait to start a fire in his woodstove, the home’s only heat source, when it got colder. The original article is at

I first heard this story on the local radio station and it got me to thinking of similar cases that I worked when I was in emergency medicine years ago.
Acute hypothermia can set in VERY fast as a few hours OR if you are wet it can hit you as fast as several minutes.
Most people think that in order to freeze to death it has to be sub zero temperatures which IS often the case. You are more likely to suffer from hypothermia when it is warming up outside and is in the 50 to mid 60s. Here in Wyoming those temperatures are warm enough that we don’t need a coat and are most likely active there could be a light breeze. As your core temperature drops you lose the ability to think rationally. Trust the people with you to spot this before you do.

There is a less well known condition “chronic hypothermia” often seen in older folks, the way this works is that it may feel warm in the house to a younger healthy person but the older person is losing body heat faster than they can regenerate it… at first they appear “normal” yet they are slowly slipping toward death. At some point they tip over the edge of no return. Once the person hits that they are going to die unless someone intervenes and actively rewarms them.

From the limited amount of information available in the news reports is sounds as IF this may have contributed to this man’s death.

How to prevent hypothermia, dress for the conditions to include a hat as you lose 25 -30% of your body heat from your head. Dress in layers BUT avoid over heating as being wet makes you lose heat faster. Stay fueled – eat right – so that your body can generate body heat. Here is the hard part – stay well hydrated… drink more water.

Most likely you will not feel thirsty and you do need more than you think. See fluid / re-hydration drink links..

today the high was 4 degrees F and as I type this it is already -10 degrees F and projected to be colder than -20 degrees F tonight.

stay safe and warm.

Monthly Preps 1

I much prefer starting with the complete list and buy targets of opportunity. However others like monthly prompts.

This system will provide incentive and reminders to be prepared. It is always a good idea to keep a food journal aka a use journal and write down EVERYTHING that you [your family] use each day. From this log book you will be able to project how much stuff that you will need to stock for a year or however long you need to plan for. See our food storage beyond basics list template for the average.

Each person also would benefit from keeping their own journal with them to write down things they learn or want to learn and any ideas that come to them.

The family / group should have regular meetings [at least weekly] to share what they have learned. Don’t forget to document the lessons learned.

Month 1 [per person]
scientific notebook or loose leaf binder with writing implement for each person plus one for the food journal.
Food storage
50# of oats, Rice 50# 14 gallons of water for consumption.

Put $10-20 from each payday in ones or fives in your kits. Free standing 2-3 person tent 1 per 2 people, N 95 dust masks 2ea person, goggles or safety glasses 1 each person and some sort of container for your kit. First aid kit -small PLUS a large first aid kit per 4 people

Your basics & BEYOND
put together an emergency toilet. Get a 5 or 6 gal plastic bucket and lid. [Plan on where you will dispose of the wastes] Inside of this store 8-12 rolls of toilet paper, 3 rolls of paper towels, several packages of wet wipes, a bar of soap in a container, 20 – 30 10 gal heavy duty plastic bags. Plan your garden

long term storage tip sealing

Long term storage tip

How to seal stuff air tight for long term storage. One of the better long term storage containers IF it is going to be kept in a dark space is plastic or Mylar. This will keep both air and liquids either in or out depending on what you want. The hard part is sealing the container. If you are using plastic bags or Mylar bags they will store for a very long time. If you are freezing something make sure that you leave a little bit of empty space for expansion BUT get as much air out as you can before sealing the bag.

How to seal the bag? You can spend and get a dedicated device such as a seal a meal or vacuum sealer which can be expensive when new which unless you are doing a lot of it can be cost prohibitive.

You can build a dedicated device out of wood and a clothing iron. This is more economical but can take up a lot of space. In essence you take 2 2x4s however long so that you have a bit of extra length to play with.

What you will need- 2 pieces of 2 x 4 about 2 feet long, 4-5 inch C clamp, a door hinge and screws, a drill, saw and a screw driver. How you build it – cut to length, match them up so that when constructed you will sandwich the Mylar or plastic bag between the 2 x 4s, place the door hinge so that the 2 pieces of wood will articulate like a door opens and closes, mark the spots for the screws and drill pilot holes. Place the screws.

HOW to use – fill the bag leaving enough empty so that the jaws of 2 x 4s can close AND leave about an inch of the bag sticking out, fold this over to the side with the sheet of aluminum foil over it which protects the iron when you seal the bag. Set the iron to medium heat and slowly run it along the flap. Test the seal to make sure it worked. You may have to move faster or slower or adjust the temp up or down depending on the quality of the seals.

Depending on what you are storing you can now toss the package in the freezer, on the shelf or take it out and bury it.

If you are only going to do a few packages you can use a hair curling iron and use it as above.

Ready? Or Not, Things WILL Happen = Quick start survival guide
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New Year 2017

Happy New Year 2017

A friend sent me the missive about automation that follows my comments.

In recent time there have been people striking for $15.00 an hour for burger flipping. In some places TPTB –the powers that be – in order to garner votes have passed such laws raising the minimum wage to $10.00 an hour increasing over a few years to the desired $15.00 an hour. Employers have responded by installing ordering kiosks that also receive payment which cuts down on the number of employees the business needs. Prototypes are being developed to attend to and assemble burgers and other fast foods. This begs the question – how is the raise in wages helping the now UN-employed food workers?

Along with the cultured veal which you will read about below we can now culture human heart tissue from the patient and grow it on the connective structure of a donor heart and since it IS the patients own tissue there is little to no risk of rejection. Soon we will be able to grow replacement parts for people to repair most ailments of mankind.
With the advancement in cybernetics and testing we will not need to GO TO the doctor’s office for care any longer, we will just ‘talk’ with our smart phone and what we need will pop out of the replicators like on Star Trek. MDs will become obsolete.

Commuting will largely become a thing of the past.
Enjoy the article and share your thoughts about the present and the future.


Pretty well “sums up” what automation has in store!

I am worried about what all of us old codgers are going to do. I guess that we will have to hunt or fish full time!!! Of course, a smart boat with a smart fish-finder will also have a smart fish lure that catches a fish each time the computer tosses it into the water!! Or maybe, the fish will just jump in the boat to get to the lure. Or better yet, the fish will jump into the automatic fish cleaner, which goes to the corn flour coating machine that flows into the boiling grease before being cut into little pieces and placed in our mouth!!!

Productivity improvement — yes!

A question is …What does a human do to be able to pay for all this???
Carried to its obvious end, there will be 7-10 billion people unable to earn a living when the “computers take over”. Talk about a welfare system???

Or maybe there will be a catastrophe which destroys everything electrical and only subsistence farmers will remain alive.

***Hang on! It is going to be quite a ride.***

In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt.

What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 years – and most people won’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on film again?

Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs.

Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Welcome to the Exponential Age.

Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world.

Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.

In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.

So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.

Watson already helps doctors diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than humans. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans. (I think computers are already smarter than most people. You and me excluded, of course.)

Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car.

It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks. 1.2 million People die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 mi (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million mi (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.

Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, and Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels.

Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi are completely terrified of Tesla.

Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

Real estate will change. Because, if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.

Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact.

Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can’t last. Technology will take care of that strategy.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We don’t have scarce water in most places; we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breathe into it.

It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free. Goodbye, medical establishment.

3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes.

Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.

At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scans your feet and prints your perfect shoe at home.

In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.

Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: “in the future, do you think we will have that?” and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner?

If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.

Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.

Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields.

Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal, is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces are used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore. There are several startups that will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as “alternative protein source” (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).

There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you re in. By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they’re telling the truth and when they’re not.

Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency of the world.

Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now its 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more that one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long, long time, probably way more than 100.

Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone That means, everyone has the same access to world class education.

Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child learns at school in First World countries. We have already released our software in Indonesia and will release it in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this summer, because I see an enormous potential. We will give the English app for free, so that children in Africa can become fluent in English within half a year.


“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master!”

George Washington

and some books that explore the topics in more depth This is book 1 the quick start guide to preparedness. This is book 2 about traveling and evacuation planning.