Category Archives: Current events and politics

Anything dealing with politics or current events goes here. Some stuff can go other places too. As an example a murder and kidnapping could go under safety or security too.

EAS false alarm

EAS false alarm

Recently there was a false warning for a missile attack on Hawaii. The warning lasted about 37-38 minutes and caused a great deal of panic. People were going into the storm drains for shelter.

Apparently someone had just hit the wrong button. All I got to say about that is IT happens. That raises a question in my mind. Ideally everything should go as planned 100% of the time. That is not reality though now is it? Which would you rather have happen, a false alarm OR no alarm and the first you know is a bright flash of a nuke going off? IF we can not have 100%, then I would rather get a few false alarms than miss out.. SO, in my mind it was a good thing as it showed flaws in the system, it made people think and has sparked conversation!

So let’s analyze the situation– here in the US of A mainland we are about 30 minutes by ICBM from Russia and China and North Korea– comforting thought. In Hawaii it is way less than that maybe 10 or 15 minutes from North Korea. Maybe if people could keep that in mind they would not be panicky after the first 20 minutes [ymmv]

Shelter – it would be great if you had a designated shelter to go to, 2nd best is retrofitting your basement . As far as going into the storm drains or sewer systems, it is a good idea until it rains and washes the fallout into the drains. The other issues with going underground like that is methane which displaces oxygen which WILL kill you. Think about it, the next time you see a work crew going in the pipes they always keep one person on the surface AND they pump fresh air down to the underground workers.

Is it possible to survive a nuclear weapon attack?? Unless you are directly at ground zero, yes it is. I was stationed in Japan in the 1970s. Part of my duties as a medic was taking care of some of the survivors from the 2 atom bombs we dropped in the 40s. This was not from the kindness of our [or our government] hearts. We wanted the data for research. It was very interesting seeing the flash burns on them [the survivors] and you could tell what the patterns of clothing they had on. The darker part of the pattern had worse burns V the lighter colored areas. One of the people was SOOOoooo… lucky, he was 700 – 1,000 yards from ground zero with the first bomb and survived, then he walked home where he was just in time to be caught in the 2nd bombing… mind you this was back in the 1940s. He finally dies of old age in the early 2000s about 60 years after being bombed twice.

Which brings us to— what are you doing to get prepared?

Ref article – which should NOT be comforting..

Merry Christmas -2017

We wish you a happy none denominational inclusive winter solstice festive time period.

And to the rest of us, Wishing all Y’all a very Merry Christmas!

Remembering when …

Days That Shook The World – Christmas Truce 1914 Christmas lights Posted 2014 to mark 100 years

All Hallows Eve and Antifa

All Hallows Eve and Antifa

Well folks AntiFa is still talking about an uprising on November 4th… Saturday. Is there going to be civil unrest??? Beats me.

None the less it is always a good idea to take such things at face value. With that in mind Monday some time early fill your gas tank [Tuesday is All Hollow’s Eve ] with all those kids out and about is good enough reason to be ready anyway. Check and be sure that you have your go bag ready…. illness from over eating candy has sent more than one kid to the hospital along with the % of accident injuries so you may need to visit the hospital and it pays to be ready….. BTW November 1st is the best time to stock up on Halloween candy for your BOBs and car kits and for your ling term storage system.

On Thursday regardless of what is going on top your fuel tank as you normally would. Hit the store and get the fresh stuff you will need for the weekend to avoid the crazies who shop on Friday nights and the weekends.

It may well be worth while for you to go to your bank Monday and get a bit of extra cash out in case you come across any good sales on Halloween stuff.

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Election 2016 FU

COMMs part 1

Convalescent Care

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.

EAS Test

Blog EAS Test

Emergency Alert System Test aka Emergency Broadcast System or if you are even older you recall Conalrad Alerts

I was listening to Clyde Lewis at Ground Zero Media on earlier. Part of the discussion was about a national EAS test set for 2017, September 27th at 12:20 [pm] Eastern Time[US] Mountain time would be 10:20 AM. GMT or UTC time would be 16:20 ZULU. [Greenwich Mean Time or Universal Time Coordinated]

IF something is actually going wrong they will delay the National test until 2017 October 4th same times.

Apparently this test will go out over both your weather alert radio and your AM/FM radio and TV.

This would be a good time to test your family communications plan to see how well it works and to fix any bugs you find. It would also be a good time to review your bug out plan.

It would be interesting to hear from you what your experiences are with this.

Cross ref

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.

Medical Kidnapping

Medical Kidnapping

Each of us can choose to seek medical advice from who ever we want AND to reject advice when we do not agree with any advice put forward – especially if it comes from someone that we did not seek out. Children who are and should be in the custody of their parents are dependent on the parents to make the decisions ‘for them’ . Babies do not get any say in what happens because they are not capable of making an informed decision. Generally speaking between about 8 years old and 18 they should have increasing say in what happens with them.

ALL patients have a right to give INFORMED consent OR reject treatment after being informed, this includes research or experimental treatments.

There are exceptions to this for mental illness or defect. Also a parent who sees fit to hit kids with a closed fist, choke or to kick while wearing boots forfeits any claim on those kids [BUT they are still obligated to provide for the kids] – The STATE does have a place to protect citizens rights and persons.

I think that we can all concur with with this so far – RIGHT?

Facilitating experimentation upon anyone without that persons INFORMED consent is flat out wrongdoing on the state and hospital’s part.

If you have kids or plan to have them or if you used to be a kid, I would recommend that you research the topic of medical kidnapping and what you can do to prevent it.

In general kidnapping is a crime that we all should be concerned about but it is worse when perpetrated by the government.

Some points to ponder – if it can happen to the people as in the following story, what is to stop it from happening to you or your family? What are the issues if someone dies because of this situation? How do we get the word out on this?

Over the years that I have been in healthcare I have seen many cases of medical kidnapping and have spoken out against it. I have not seen cases as blatant as the one following.


Justina Pelletier and Medical Kidnapping 4 Years Later – Has Anything Changed?

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Health Impact News
It has been more than 4 years since the most infamous case of medical kidnapping in the United States occurred when the state of Massachusetts, together with Boston Children’s Hospital, seized custody of then 14-year-old Justina Pelletier over a medical disagreement.
The story exploded across mainstream and international media after her father Lou Pelletier courageously defied an unconstitutional gag order and risked prison to tell his family’s story. With heavy hitters in the national media like Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee and Dr. Phil giving them exposure, as well as an army of advocates by their side, it still took 16 months to get their daughter home.
Read past stories about Justina Pelletier.
Justina, to this day, still suffers physical, mental, and emotional trauma from all that happened to her during her captivity.

At the time, most of the public thought this story was an anomaly – an egregious abuse of power by an out-of-control hospital and bureaucracy that was stunning in its tyrannical reach, but still the exception to the rule.
Few ever dreamed in their wildest nightmare that this was common, everyday practice all over the United States and other countries. Silence and shame surrounded the families to which this kind of thing happened, and it may well be that the explosion of stories that have come out in the years since then may be attributed to Lou Pelletier’s boldness in speaking out, opening the floodgates for others to come out of the shadows and speak up.
What have we learned since then? Has anything changed?

Unfortunately, although we have learned a great deal about what goes on behind closed doors in hospitals, Child Protective Service agencies, and family courts, precious little has changed since then.
“Justina’s Law” Under Consideration, Public Invited to Write to Legislative Committee
Currently, the Massachusetts legislature has the opportunity to consider a bill that would prevent parents from being charged with abuse or neglect for following the advice of a different licensed medical or mental health provider.  The bill, however, falls short of protecting those parents seeking more holistic or alternative forms of treatment if the practitioner they choose is unlicensed.

An earlier version of the bill submitted in 2015 failed to gain traction. Perhaps this time legislators will take more interest in the common sense measure which would secure the right (which parents have always believed they had already) to seek a second medical opinion and to direct the medical care and treatment of their children.
HB900, known as “Justina’s Law,” is before the Joint Judiciary committee. HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) has stated that they are in support of the bill. The text of the bill reads:
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 119 be amended to add the following new section 51I:
51I: (a) A parent or legal guardian shall not be charged with abusing or neglecting a child’s need for medical care if:
(i) the parent or legal guardian has sought medical care for the child from a licensed medical or mental health provider;
(ii) the licensed medical or mental health provider has made a diagnosis;
(iii) the licensed medical or mental health provider has prescribed a lawful course of treatment; and
(iv) the parent or legal guardian is following or willing to follow the recommended course of treatment.
(b) No mandatory reporter, as defined in Section 21 of this Chapter, shall file a report of abuse or neglect under Section 51 of this Chapter based solely on a parent’s or legal guardian’s decision to follow the recommended treatment of a licensed medical or mental health provider. A parent or legal guardian has the right to follow the advice and treatment plan of a licensed medical or mental health provider over a contrary opinion or recommended treatment plan of another licensed medical or mental health provider when the decision does not involve immediate life-threatening conditions. Even in the case of life-threatening conditions, the decision of the parent or legal guardian to follow the advice or treatment plan of a licensed medical or mental health provider shall not be overridden unless there is clear and convincing evidence to the contrary.

Wards of the State Used as Medical Guinea Pigs
When Justina Pelletier’s story came to light, the world learned the horrifying reality that children who are wards of the state, including foster children, may legally be used in the United States as medical lab rats or guinea pigs in drug trials and medical research without their parents’ knowledge or consent.
We learned that Boston Children’s Hospital and other hospitals around the country engage in this type of practice that would ordinarily be thought of as something only the Nazis during WWII would have done.

A 2014 article by Matt Barber at WND exposed the written policy of Boston Children’s Hospital that:
“Children who are Wards of the State may be included in research that presents greater than minimal risk with no prospect of direct benefit.”

On page two of the policy, BCH defines “Ward” to include “foster children, or any child under the control of [DCF – Department of Children and Families] in the state of Massachusetts.”
It works like this: Boston Children’s Hospital needs guinea pigs and the Massachusetts DCF provides them.

Using children for medical research, obviously, is not something that the hospital presents to the public.

On their website, President and CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital Sandra L. Fenwick boasts:
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the best children’s hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children’s is a place where we can write the greatest children’s stories ever told.

The story that too many parents tell is that the hospital is responsible for the DCF seizure of over 400 children per year from their families, more than 1 a day. We learned that locals have dubbed Boston Children’s Hospital as “the home of the parentectomy.”
Boston Children’s Hospital is not alone. Children’s Hospitals and other hospitals across the nation regularly funnel children into Child Protective Services for the lucrative foster care and adoption industry and medical research.

Health Impact News did their own investigation into using children for medical research and the link to child social services removing children from parents’ custody in order to conduct these drug trials, and we found that this is not only common practice but legal in the United States.
Medical Kidnapping in the U.S. – Kidnapping Children for Drug Trials

An elderly veteran recently told us that he sometimes hears doctors and nurses speaking in the halls of hospitals, apparently thinking no one is paying attention, saying that they “think it is time for a parentectomy” and making plans to call Child Protective Services. A former Children’s Hospital chaplain told us that he saw his hospital take children away from innocent parents on a regular basis.

***A federal version of “Justina’s Law” was introduced by Representative Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and other lawmakers in 2014.  That bill would have prohibited federal funding for medical research on wards of the state. That bill went virtually unnoticed by the majority of federal lawmakers.***

Medical Kidnapping of Children in the U.S. is an Epidemic
Since starting the Medical Kidnap division of Health Impact News two and a half years ago in October 2014, we have exposed hundreds of stories of families whose children have been taken over medical disagreements or seeking a second doctor’s opinion.
For every story that we publish, there are dozens more that don’t reach publication.
The sheer volume of stories that we receive on a daily basis demonstrates that the problem is much more widespread than most people have realized.

We have worked with families from California to North Carolina, from Michigan to Texas, and everywhere in between, and some common themes have emerged.

There are certainly states where there seems to be more corruption than others, but there are problems with medical and governmental overreach in all 50 states.

Here are some patterns that we have discovered that are common to many of the families we have interviewed:

1. Parents can take their child to their pediatrician or Children’s Hospital for a relatively minor injury or problem, and end up losing their children to the state.
They are blindsided by the events that follow their child being seen by a doctor.
Child Abuse Specialists, employed by many Children’s Hospitals, often tend to “find” abuse where there is none. They are not adequately trained in fields such as neurology and orthopedics, and frequently fail to do differential diagnoses to discover if there is a medical reason for the child’s injuries.
Child Abuse Specialists are also acting like law enforcement officials doing criminal investigations of parents accused of abuse, but with no training in forensic evidence or criminal investigations.
Are New Pediatric “Child Abuse Specialists” Causing an Increase in Medical Kidnappings?

2. Parents are routinely told by social workers, attorneys, and judges that “the Constitution doesn’t apply in Family Court.”

This is wrong. The Constitution applies to all American citizens.

However, its principles, such as due process and freedom of speech, are frequently ignored within the system.
Lou Pelletier was threatened with jail time for “violating a gag order.” If the parents have the money and ability to appeal to higher courts, the higher courts tend to support the Constitution, but most families do not ever make it to those courts.
 Family Court Judges’ Unconstitutional Gag Orders On Parents

3. Innocent parents tend to talk freely to social workers and law enforcement, knowing that they have done nothing wrong. They often do not insist upon a warrant or court order for social workers to enter their homes (as secured by the 4th Amendment) because they feel that they have nothing to hide.
They do not realize that the officials they have allowed into their home usually have an agenda, and that agenda is about seizing their child, not about the truth. [*** there is big money for them to do this]

4. Social workers, both in Child Protective Services and in hospitals, routinely deceive courts and parents in their efforts to seize children away from parents.
Our Medical Kidnap reporters see evidence on a daily basis of lies and deception by social workers about the families in our articles. In a landmark case out of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in January 2017, federal judges struck down social workers’ “Right to Lie” appeal.

See:Judges Reject Claim That Social Workers Didn’t Know Lying In Court to Remove Children Was Wrong

Social worker whistleblowers have told us that a good social worker does not last in the system and that the system is all about protecting itself, and not children.

LA County DCFS Whistleblower Reveals how Parents are Losing Their Children to a Corrupt System
Former LA County Social Worker Reveals Corruption in Child “Protection” Services
Whistleblower in LA County DCFS Reveals Corruption in Child Kidnapping
California Attorney Shawn McMillan on Why He Fights CPS: “They’re Stealing Kids”

5. Judges frequently never see exonerating evidence held by the parents in these cases.
Sometimes the court-appointed attorneys fail to present such evidence. Other times, judges take the word of CPS attorneys and social workers when they object to such evidence being presented.
Frequently, parents have reports from 8 to 12 medical experts, with experts waiting in the wings to testify on their behalf, only to find that the judge will only hear the testimony of the Child Abuse Specialists who accused the parents in the first place.
There is often clear medical evidence that the child has a true medical condition, but the only testimony allowed to be heard is that of the doctor labeling the injuries as abuse – the same doctor who failed to uphold their medical responsibility of testing for other causes before diagnosing abuse.

6. Transparency is virtually non-existent in family courts.
Whereas accused murderers and rapists have the benefit of checks and balances to ensure the integrity of their criminal trials, parents may be given the family court equivalent of a death sentence – termination of parental rights – with nothing that ensures the integrity of the process.
In most states, any facade of accountability amounts to the foxes guarding the henhouse, while corrupt officials veil their misdeeds behind a cloak of “confidentiality” – laws which are twisted to protect the guilty, not the innocent.

7. Children are more likely to be abused in foster care than in their own homes.
In fact, they are at least 6 times more likely to be abused, raped, molested, or killed in foster care than if they had been left in their own homes.
Foster Care Children are Worse Off than Children in Troubled Homes – The Child Trafficking Business
Foster Homes: Where Good Kids Go To Die

8. Actual evidence of wrongdoing by parents is not required in many family courts, and in many states, hearsay is legally permissible as evidence.
This hearsay sometimes comes from social workers who may not be telling the truth, and even from disgruntled family members or neighbors. Children are ripped from their families and adopted out to strangers without there being any real proof that the parents have done anything wrong. [*** ON the other hand there are many cases of actual abuse that the courts do not bother to look into]

Where Do We Go From Here?
Three years ago, most of the public was largely unaware that medical kidnapping existed. Justina Pelletier’s story was the first to begin the public exposure of the dark underbelly of the Child Protective System and the collusion with hospitals around the country.
When we began publishing stories of similar nightmares experienced by other families, the primary comment was – “There must be more to the story.”
Now, there is a great deal more awareness that this kind of thing can, and does, happen, and we don’t hear that comment nearly so much. Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of dedicated activists who speak out, share stories on social media, lobby legislators, write letters, and make phone calls, a growing number of the American public is aware that legal and medical kidnapping exists and is a threat to innocent families.
A few lawmakers in a handful of states have been working on legislation, such as Justina’s Law in Massachusetts. Representative Kelly Townsend in Arizona and Senator Alan Clark in Arkansas have led the charge in their states to introduce bills and amendments to bills to help protect families in their states.

There is still much to do.
Since Justina Pelletier was seized from her family over a medical disagreement, thousands of children have been taken from their families. Some have been returned home after difficult and traumatic battles. Some parents are grieving the loss of children who have been adopted out, often to complete strangers. Still, others continue in the fight of their lives for their family’s survival.

More laws need to be changed. The oppressive Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, handed to then-President Bill Clinton by Newt Gingrich’s Republican-led Congress which was signed into law and provides financial incentive from the federal government to states to take children from their homes, needs to be repealed.

The system is broken beyond repair.
Child abuse is a criminal act, and when it does actually exist, it needs to be addressed by law enforcement. In criminal court, there must be evidence of wrongdoing, not simply allegations, before the accused is punished. [***sometimes even when the abuser admits in his or her own words to have hit and kicked kids some judges are not interested in following up]

Children need their parents. It is a basic human need. Before a child’s inherent human right to a relationship with their parent is ended, there must be a compelling reason to take that away. That reason should never be a financial benefit for anyone, or supposed benefits of medical research. A child should not lose a parent unless that parent is truly harmful to the child. All other excuses simply devastate and traumatize the child further.

Justina Pelletier – 4 years later. What has changed? Not nearly enough.

For the whole story [including links and pictures] and more go to

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Medical Kidnapping, kidnapping, kidnap, slavery, exploitation, sexual exploitation, human trafficking. Medical Guinea Pigs

Hurricane COMMs plus

Hurricane COMMs plus

Unless you are totally Narcisstic and sociopathic, communication in an emergency should be high on your list of skills and equipment to be developed by you and your family / group.

Have you ever played \telephone\ ? Often by the end of the transfer of the message no one recognizes it as the same as at the beginning. Typed OR recorded messages tend to convey meaning consistently. This is one of the reasons HAMs are shifting in a lot of cases to digital radio so that you can in effect send E-mail via radio instead of internet only.

However voice communications is still easy for dialog.

As long as the grid is at least mostly up [or at least spotty] ZELLO seems to be a great system to use so that people at least get the same message even if you don’t get it at the same time as the person next door. Better or at least as good as text.

Zello and texting does NOT replace HAM radios for reliability.

There are links at the bottom for more communications ect.

Zello tops US app store as the walkie-talkie for hurricane volunteers
•by Mike Butcher,
With Hurricane Irma hitting Florida’s southern islands as a category four storm, and more than 6.3 million being told to evacuate Florida, being able to stay in contact with the outside world is a high priority. As a result, smartphone apps which can help coordinate rescues and responses have become crucial to efforts.

The main one that’s being talked about — and downloaded at a prodigious rate — is Zello, a walkie-talkie app which was originally launched in Russia in 2007 under the name LoudTalks (but since moved to Austin, Texas in 2011) and now boasts 100 million users around the world. After being featured in a Houston Chronicle story about the “Cajun Navy” of volunteers who have been using the app to coordinate their efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the app hit the top of the US app store.

Zello appears to have added six million new registered users since Monday, the company’s CEO, Bill Moore, told BuzzFeed News, and is now the top free app on the iOS App Store. “With the crush of new users and emergency situations, most of the Zello team is working long days either maintaining capacity or helping with customer support,” he said.

However, the huge interest in Zello saw the company admitting it has had to add servers to keep it up.
Now, with Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida, interest in Zello is being boosted yet again.


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. This one will give you an interesting look at travel snarl ups when it not an emergency. has some interesting info for your consideration during this season.

Hurricane Season 2

Hurricane season visit 2

Harvey in Texas and Louisiana… the water is still rising in some areas as they release water from the dams to keep them from failing.. it will be a while before many areas see dry land again. There was at least one tornado. There are MANY reports of price gouging on things like gas – as much as $20.00/gal and bottled water for $50 – 100.00 a case.. Some folks are advocating just TAKING the water and handing it out for free. NOT a good idea as that would be theft or depending on how many were involved [2 or 3 plus against one would make it armed robbery even if no weapons are involved. Years ago there were 3 guys heading to the pen – 7 years hard labor for drunkenly ganging up on the pizza delivery person, beating him and taking the 3 pizzas he had brought them…. no weapons were involved and they did not take the money he had -just the pizzas. They were known as the pizza bandits..
back on the 21st of Augest people that traveled to our area for the eclipse ended up paying a LOT more for stuff and their booked hotel rooms than planned and nobody screamed about price gouging then… Go figure (;

during Katrina Louisiana was upset with the Cajun Navy and talked of requiring “permits” before they could rescue people – Texas on the other hand is more welcoming to them now AND rightly so! The Cajun Navy is getting into spots the Coast Guard can not due to the draft of the boats.

The Redneck Army with their high lift pick-ups have been assisting in the rescue and recovery EVEN recovering Army NG trucks stuck or stalled in the deep water. GOOD job to ALL involved!

Every storm we hear of folks rushing to get plywood [which they should already have at home cut to size of their windows and doors] and getting Gen sets – should already have those OR their vehicles set up to generate power with extra batteries and power invertors. Along with cases of bottled water and fighting over the last of the milkl and bread like it was Black Friday Sale time. Looters shooting at civilians / first responders trying to take their stuff. [This was reported at Harvey] Do NOT allow anyone to disarm you! EVER! Always have an exit stratigy in place.

ADVICE during flooding it is normal to want to clime to a higher area.. do this OUTSIDE, Do NOT clime into your attic where you will be trapped and die!

And now IRMA is headed for Florida, East coast or the gulf – don’t know yet…

STAY in touch with your family and friends who are not in harms way…. They are very concerned for you and your safety – don’t leave them in the dark

If you want minute by minute news on hurricane operations tune into 7.268LSB, 7.242LSB, 14.325USB, 14.300USB, 3.860, 28.445USB or 147.090 pl tone131.8 to hear many of then operations going on in affected areas…. DO NOT transmit unless you are rendering direct aid to someone. If you are a HAM operator you know what all this means, if not it is easy to become licensed.

CB s are great for local comms and sometimes even long range talking depending on the conditions. FRS has it’s place too along with HAM radios.

Cross ref

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.

eclipse aar

After action reports from the eclipse 2017

Much of this will be raw reports in the order they were received with some conclusions tossed in.

Glendo WY to Cheyenne WY a trip that would be way under 3 hours normally took 8-10 hours after the eclipse. At some point the police had the trains stopped [so that they didn’t block the roads] in retrospect I think that they should have let the trains run. As the traffic was stopped by them, those drivers caught at the cross roads would have taken a break and shut off their vehicles. Those that were on the other side of the tracks would clear out and after the trains passed those vehicles that had been caught would have clear roads for awhile anyway.

One car that stopped wanted to have hot pop-tarts. She put the pop-tarts on the hood of her car to warm them. Another car brought out a tub of butter to spread on them… apparently a big hit! They say that there is a song about butter on pop-tarts… I have not heard it yet.

ELIMINATION still has to happen – along the road too. Rest stops were closed due to sewers backing up from over use. Most of the rest stops were full of over night campers Sunday night.

Police were imported from around the country [Chicago and Boston were at Glendo]

cell phone service was reportedly spotty due to massive use… this was not a disaster event it was only a large crowd event. Many people think that things like cell phones will always work for them – not true so plan on some sort of ‘back up comms’ .

Another caller to the radio station stated that he had left with over 3 hours to spare and did not make it in time. [Cheyenne to Casper]

several squatters noted on property – several reports about ranchers blocking their roads with their trucks and squatters pulling or pushing them out of the way so they could trespass —- not smart
also fences getting cut which allowed cows to get out. — hummm criminal trespass, criminal property damage all during a ‘big event’ in peace time…. WHAT do you think will happen at protests and real disaster events???

on the other hand some land owners were charging $1,000.00 a day to stay there and getting it in cash.

Casper to Cheyenne is normally under 3hours on I 25 and it took 8 hours after the eclipse. Denver is normally 2 hours from Cheyenne [so call it 5 hours from Casper and it took 15 for some folks.

On the local radio WYDOT reported that we had almost 600,000 more vehicles enter Wyoming for the eclipse—- that is more vehicles than the total population of Wyoming!!

2 families departed Casper after the eclipse together both headed to Brighton CO family #1 stayed on I 25 and it took them 11 hours to get home. Family #2 took the alternate routes suggested and it took them 15 hours to get to the same neighborhood

My family stayed home and watched 98% totality and BBQ it was way more fun than being stuck in traffic and it was safer.

Some folks also stayed home for many reasons. Some folks slept through it others had cloud cover and a lot of folks had to work and so missed it. Others got a better view by staying home and watching it on TV.

lessons learned

Pay attention to what happens today to help you predict future events.
Have a back up communications plan for WHEN cell service is interrupted.
Make sure you have plenty of fuel and never below half a tank.
Be able to camp out for a few hours/days for traffic to clear. Have a bob for each person in the car all the time maybe….
Have multiple routes planned out before leaving home..

A good reference is at This is book 2 about traveling and evacuation planning.

Update at 1000 hours local radio reports from Highway Patrol that there was a motorcycle V car mishap after the eclipse on Monday. Reportedly the traffic was very heavy [DAH] and the motorcycle decided to pass a line of cars because he was in a hurry….. a car had the same idea and pulled out of line to pass the line of cars too and hit the motorcycle. The motorcycle rider was killed and the driver of the car was uninjured and will not be charged. Folks bad things happen when you do dumb stuff. Slow down, pay attention and don’t be in a hurry.

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We would of course like to hear your reports of your day of eclipse and what you learned and experienced.

Eclipse Day

Good MORNING campers!

Well it is eclipse day!

Pay attention to situational awareness! Watch out for traffic. Especially in the dry west areas watch out for fires caused by parking hot vehicles in tall dry grass.

In our area last week started with reports of people squatting on private property preping for this eclipse.

One radio report that we heard this AM a normal commute of 9 minutes is taking 27 minutes….

We would be very interested in hearing your reports of how the eclipse experience went for you.

How were the crowds and traffic?

Did the food places have enough on had?

How about fuel? One station we heard about had run out of gas [all grades] Sunday night and wont get resupplied till Tuesday. They still have diesel fuel.

Did you have reservations over the eclipse that they canceled or charged more for than planned?

How did communications go? How did your radios work? Was there issues with your cell phone – over the weekend there were a few times that our phones would not connect because ‘all circuts were busy”… I suspect that the large amount of traffic did that…. I bet during the eclipse there will be a lot of dropped calls.

Be safe!

BTW reportedly will have Clyde Lewis live this AM to help report on the eclipse.

FEMA funding

FEMA Funding Needs Questioning

By Bradley Harrington

“When one gets in bed with government, one should expect the diseases it spreads.” — Ron Paul, “The Ron Paul Revolution: Writings and Speeches of Congressman Ron Paul,” 2008 —

As Cheyenne’s administrative circles continue exploding as a result of City Engineer Jim Voeller’s recent claim that the city deliberately “misled” FEMA on flood-control figures for our pending “West Edge” project (“Cheyenne city engineer: ‘We lied on our grant application,’” WTE, March 26), the real lessons to be learned here are heading for the horizon in the midst of all the flying rubble.

Yes, it IS extremely important that we get to the bottom of Voeller’s allegations — for, if true, as he stated in a presentation to the Governing Body the following evening, “you might as well pile the $5.5 million in the street and burn it” (“Council supports Commons project over engineer’s objections,” WTE, March 28).

Nor is there any doubt that those answers potentially contain profound and ever-lasting impacts on both city operations and the public’s perception of them.

I contend, however, that it is of equal relevance — if not more so — that we analyze the nature of the explosion itself, and of what ultimately permitted it to happen: It’s time we question our funding schemes.

Take FEMA itself, for instance. The City has applied to FEMA for millions of “free federal dollars” to fix our flood-control issues downtown, fraudulently or otherwise … Yet, no one has ever satisfactorily explained why the taxpayers of Florida, Illinois or New Mexico should be held responsible for our flood-plain problems.

What are the ideas surrounding, and the consequences deriving from, such a funding model?

■ Some individuals, completely independent of and disconnected from us, are considered as financially accountable for Cheyenne’s weather — and we here, likewise, are being held responsible for issues of “flood plains” in Shreveport, Los Angeles and Seattle. Whatever happened to the idea of a community being responsible for itself? And of not being able to extort money from people hundreds or thousands of miles away, simply because they might “need” it?

(Don’t confuse this with voluntary charity in instances of natural disasters, which Americans have always been willing to step up to the plate and provide whenever truly necessary. FEMA’s very existence is instead based on the notion, and is nothing less than, the federal government’s TELLING you that you have no choice but to fund such operations whether you have an interest in it or not, whether you consider their activities to actually be useful or not.)

■ Consequently, the connection between donor and beneficiary is severed, with dim-witted bureaucrats acting as the arbiters of your tax dollars instead. Are you, Dear Reader, willing to trust them to handle those monies properly? The Red Cross and United Way sure didn’t in the wake of 9/11, and those are private organizations. Should we just blithely assume that FEMA oversight mechanisms have been properly put into place and are functioning correctly? Both history and reality indicate otherwise.

■ As another repercussion of such pie-in-the-sky assumptions, consider the impact on the public mind of these flawed reasonings: The short-circuit of the link between donor and beneficiary can’t help but breed into people’s thoughts the idea that this is little more than “free” money to be used at will for whatever anyone decides to use it for.

And if you don’t think that’s true, then get a load of this:

“I am in full-blooded support of the West Edge project, insofar as it ends up in a park that we can all use … It’s really immaterial to me whether that comes about from private funds, or whether it comes about from these FEMA funds … I hope we all get on the same page by whatever reasonable means necessary and that we get this park built.” (City resident Sara Burlingame, “City Council Meeting Video,” March 27.)

So, Ms. Burlingame: Since it’s illegal to use FEMA funds to build your pet park (“[City Treasurer Lois] Huff pointed out in a Dec. 9, 2016 memo that neither FEMA money nor matching sixth-penny funds could be used to design the park elements of Civic Center Commons”), and since it’s “immaterial” to you whether or not such actions take place, would it be fair to conclude that you consider it “reasonable” to violate the stipulations of this grant? This is known as “the ends justifying the means.” Where have we heard that before?

This, I submit, is the kind of concrete-bound, range-of-the-moment mentality that has got us $19 trillion in debt, with another $105 trillion of unfunded liabilities. We sacrifice our financial independence for … Parks? And flood control?

Well, I’d beg to differ with you, Ms. Burlingame: For, when THOSE two debt bombs decide to go off, as they eventually will, parks, flood control and city shenanigans are going to be the last things on our minds.

Bradley Harrington is a computer technician and a writer who lives in Cheyenne. Email: