What I Did to Prep This Week

What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 17 – Oct 14th – 20th 2018

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This has been a long, long, week in a series of long weeks, fellow preppers. We have had tribe members and workers in the house all week as part of our “make the austere lodge look like a home” project.

I am counting this as a prep because even though they are cosmetic projects, we save a ton of money by using materials from our property – old barn wood, tin roofing, and scrap plywood to do all of the projects.

This photo of the bathroom poured concrete wall shows the covering of the cold and bare wall in progress. Trim boards will be placed on the top and bottom when that wall and the rest of the exterior walls in the house, are all covered in barnwood panels.

bathroom poured concrete wall

We ripped out the circa 1985 laminate faux butcher block countertops and have homemade ones now. I love how they turned out. The old dishwasher was yanked out as well to make room for more storage. The add-on lower cabinet will be made out of barn wood and plywood also and match my new microwave stand with ample storage.

renovating the kitchen

With two grandkiddos having birthdays this week, that also required some time spend away from work and prepping. Crosley turned eight and Ariyah turned one year old.

At least two of my Buckeye chickens now have some vague idea they are supposed to fly. This morning one young rooster and one hen were sitting on top of their waterer and it as a bit too tall for them to have merely jumped up there.

We did a lot of winter livestock prep this week. Stall mucking and spreading out lime and then topping it all with straw to keep them warm on these super chilly nights we have been having was a must do, no matter what else happened this week. We didn’t have any more of a fall than we did a spring this year. We went from a horrible winter to summer and then straight back into winter again.

Our main garden and auxiliary growing plots got some winter prep this week as well. We are contemplating a winter cover crop for the primary garden. We haven’t quite decided yet what to plant, and are running out of time to do so.

My homesteading friend Sarah and I rendered lard yesterday – along with six kiddos who had not helped with the process before. I made Bobby a snack of BBQ cracklins for dinner that night – which kind of made of for my decision to take Crosley to this jumpy house family fun center place that was full of tons of kids making tons of noise.

One of Bobby’s childhood friends gave him some Jimmy Red heritage corn seeds that are extremely rare. We removed the kernels from the cobs and stored them away in a Mason jar to plant next year.

Those are really all the preps I was able to get to this week, besides some further education about elderberry medicinal uses.

I think my brain is too friend at this point to come up with any good questions to share, but here goes:

1. What seeds are you stockpiling for use in next year’s garden and in a survival stockpile?
2. Are you planting cover crops in your growing plots?
3. If you could teach one self-reliance skill to a child this month, what would it be and why?
4. And of course, how did y’all prep this week?

Tara Dodrill

About Tara Dodrill

Tara Dodrill is a homesteading and survival journalist and author. She lives on a small ranch with her family in Appalachia. She has been both a host and frequent guest on preparedness radio shows. In addition to the publication of her first book, 'Power Grid Down: How to Prepare, Survive, and Thrive after the Lights go Out', Dodrill also travels to offer prepping tips and hands-on training and survival camps and expos.
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145 thoughts on “What I Did To Prep This Week – Week 17 – Oct 14th – 20th 2018

  1. Did my usual shopping and added to my grocery stash.

    I decided to get some fractional silver rounds, 1/10-oz and ¼-oz.

    Granddaughter turned two-years old this week. I bought her some ½-oz silver rounds with her Chinese zodiac sign embossed on them. Only too appropriate for her, the Year of the Monkey. 😊 More toys she does not need. I did get her a headlamp as she enjoys them and is so cute looking under the couch and in other dark nooks and crannies.

    #1 daughter says she is ready to head back to the range. She wants to get her carry permit, but the Beretta 92SB I gave her years ago is way too big for her to conceal. She knows how to shoot it OK as that has been the military pistol for years as the M-9, but doesn’t really like it (grip size). She wants her sister to come down and go to the range and try out #2 daughter’s Glock 43. I think she will like it. Her hubby wants his permit too, but even though he is 6’4,” he thinks the Beretta 92 is too big for him to comfortably conceal, but not too big for him to use as a house defense gun. We’ll figure something out for him. I think the G-43 is too small for him as it is for me too. He does have bigger mitts than me. He’ll have to take the training course for his permit, but #1 daughter won’t have to as she is military. Granddaughter is good until she gets older and we can train her how to shoot her Crickett .22 rifle.

    The Ex is still thinking about getting an AR-15 style rifle, but isn’t ready to commit the money.

    I decided I need to get serious with losing some weight. I’d like to lose about 60lbs, minimum. I’d really like to get down to my original weight, 6lbs 7oz, but that might be too tough. I have been on a low-carb diet for five days now and have lost 7-lbs. What worries me more is I foolishly let my blood sugar get away from me (I’m a Type II). In the same five days, the blood sugar has gone down almost 150. Still higher than it should be, but much better. I already feel better. I’m going to lose about ten more pounds before I start to exercise, lightly. I could always do up and on shoulders with the baby. Perhaps not. 😊

    Got the Mountain House stuff that I ordered, and it’s put away.

    Tara’s Questions:

    1. What seeds are you stockpiling, etc: None.
    2. Planting cover crops: Nope. Nothing to cover.
    3. Teach self-reliance subject to child: How to find appropriate water sources and purify that water to make it potable. Water is very important to humans, Knowing how to source decent water and make it fit to drink is a critical skill.

    1. Z36, I’ve never been a fan of the Beretta….. To each there own….

      My Wife was watching her Mom last night as her Father was in the hospital again for tests. His BP is out of wack.

      She felt scared and got out his Beretta, but wasn’t sure how to use it. I said if the red dot on the slide is showing its ready to fire.she sent a picture of it on the phone. I said get out his 38.

      She forgot to carry her 357……

      1. Thor1,

        I’m not a big fan of it either. A guy I worked with had been a Wyoming Highway Patrolman and that was his old duty pistol. They could buy their gun at a discount if they were leaving under honorable conditions. He needed to get rid of it as he needed the cash during a divorce, so I bought it from him. I hardly used it, so when #1 daughter turned 21, I offered it to her and she took it.

      1. Bam Bam,

        I think I might get that Spiralizer. Looks nice.

        I have to pass on the cauliflower rice as I don’t like cauliflower.

        Thanks for the tip.

        1. Z3-6,

          A girl used cauliflower instead of rice in a dish she was eating for lunch one day I was in training and we had to bring our lunch. I asked about it because I don’t like it either. She said that the cauliflower takes on the taste of whatever it is with. I am going to try some. Also, I’ve seen cauliflower flour used for pizza crust. It looked good too.

          1. Almost There & Zulu 3-6,

            She said that the cauliflower takes on the taste of whatever it is with.

            I happen to like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts, and have use cauliflower mashed with lot of butter and topped with gravy, and it’s so bland that it really is almost indistinguishable from real potatoes. So I agree with your coworker.

        2. Z3-6, I am not a big fan of cauliflower either, but have tried it in several different salad combos, and you would be surprised (I couldn’t get past the smell).

          1. Grammyprepper,

            I am not a big fan of cauliflower either, but have tried it in several different salad combos, and you would be surprised (I couldn’t get past the smell).

            Do you like cabbage? I find that all of that family (called Brassica Oleracea) can have a bit of an odor when cooked; but, that family, also known as Cruciferous vegetables contain unique health-promoting phytonutrients that have been shown to help prevent the onset and halt the progression of colon, breast, prostate, thyroid, cervical, and other cancers . These include many common vegetables, including cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, Collard greens, Savoy cabbage, Kohlrabi, and Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli), and some Mustards These natural compounds also promote healthy estrogen metabolism in the body.
            So you need to learn to hold your nose, and eat this healthy vegetable family, LOL

        3. Zulu,

          If you are craving pizza you can bake a flat bread for 10 or so minutes. (Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.) Then add pizza sauce and the rest of your ingredients. Add cheese. Then bake another 15 or so minutes. The flatbread is only 9 grams of carbs.

          1. Bam Bam,

            Thanks for the tip. I will add this to the recipe list my daughters are putting together for me.

      2. Bam Bam,

        Consider getting a spiralizer. You can make veggie noodles. You can also Google cauliflower rice.

        I guess I knew about these; but, this one has now been added to my list.
        I love cauliflower both raw and cooked and have used it as a substitute for both rice and potatoes. When cooked until it’s really soft, you can mash it up and add oil (butter, olive oil, etc.) and it makes a mashed potato that you almost can’t tell from the real thing, especially with a little gravy.

        1. O.P.,

          I use a salad shooter to grate cauliflower and other things. This is one of the best investments I have made. I also use it to grate bars of soap when I am making homemade laundry soap–this gadget paid for itself by making one five gallon bucket of laundry soap.

    2. Zulu 3-6,

      I decided to get some fractional silver rounds, 1/10-oz and ¼-oz.

      I have some silver in 1/10th, ½, and full ounces in both bars an rounds (mostly coins) and some 1/10th gold; but, I’m done buying that stuff and suspect it will probably be passed on to my heirs at some point; however, it’s still probably not a bad item to keep on hand as long as it doesn’t break the budget.

      Granddaughter turned two-years old this week. I bought her some ½-oz silver rounds with her Chinese zodiac sign embossed on them. Only too appropriate for her, the Year of the Monkey. 😊 More toys she does not need. I did get her a headlamp as she enjoys them and is so cute looking under the couch and in other dark nooks and crannies.

      When my DD was young, headlamps were hard to find and heavy; but, flashlights were cool, and we would often go camping in the living room, by covering a card table with a blanket and crawling inside. As for the monkey, that made me smile, kind of missing those days of long ago, since they grow up all too fast.

    3. It took multiple readings to get the joke about 6 Lbs. 7 oz. Good luck with the weight loss and conditioning. I second Bam Bam’s suggestion of a spiralizer, I bought my first one this summer and it is great.

      1. Moe, Bam Bam, and TOP,

        I called #1 daughter and asked her if she had ever used a spiralizer. Turns out she owns one, thinks it’s great, but doesn’t use it anymore. She’s bringing it over for me.

  2. Bought some “fodder” for the next gun show (EOM).

    Winterizing van: new wipers, new wiper fluid, LOF, new headlights.

    Ordered a Mora Tactical Knife w/Molle sheath. Knife Center had it for $20+ cheaper than Amazon with shipping.

    Got out and finished our winterization of the camping equipment. Stabilizer (we use Star Tron) in the ATV’s and generators. Parked in the “canvas shed”. Checked all the generator motors and ran them dry. Glad that is finally finished. Probably the most complete winterization we’ve done in a few years.

    Questions:

    1 & 2. We really don’t have the space or real dirt (just mine waste) to planting outside, so we don’t store any seeds yet.

    3. SInce the oldest grandson is now on his own, the first thing I want to get through to him is the need for a pantry and shopping sales. We pointed one out to him this week and did get a Thank You.

  3. Puppy is so funny, he thinks he is a pro football player. In the house, I throw the ball in the air,then he catches it and runs to the steps and dives in….touchdown….. LOL
    I practiced howling with him last night, he can do it so he is an alpha… That might scare the kids around Halloween…. LOL.

    Test fired both of the furnaces yesterday, everything worked well. Got that fresh burned dust smell for a few minutes. I put a new circuit board in one last year due to corrosion. Backups to backups.

    Charged some more 12 volt batteries up and fired up the toy, Corvette……

    Put up some Halloween decorations, it looks good.

    Cleaned the bedroom, washed the sheets, blanket and comforter. Its starting to get cold……

    Picked more of the remaining peppers and pears. I still have tomatoes coming in LOL

    I’ve been freezing a lot of leftovers into instant TV dinners, but homemade….waste not want not.

    I came up with a new name for Elizabeth Warren….Pocanontas…..LOL……….!!!

    1. What seeds are you stockpiling for use in next year’s garden and in a survival stockpile?
    2. Are you planting cover crops in your growing plots?
    3. If you could teach one self-reliance skill to a child this month, what would it be and why?

    1. Tomatoes of course…. Lettuce green leaf and romaine,cilanto carrots,corn,cucumbers, peppers ,beans ,onions,zucchini and squash and herbs and spices….

    2. No, using grass clippings and leaves to enrich the soil.

    3. Gun safety… Its getting to be a crazy world and we all need to know how to defend ourselves….. Grandson is only 5, soon….

    What does everyone think about the INVADING HORDE ??? Yes 4,000 people just get together by themselves and decide, hey let’s go invade America. Most are men of fighting age……..you be the judge. I want tanks on the boarder with mini guns….. How’s that for a wall !!!

    1. Thor1,

      I like that new name for Lizzy… 🙂

      I think we should turn the tides on Mexico.. Let’s get a caravan of thousands and invade Mexico…. And demand that they take care of us. I say, you step one foot in America, and you are done for. Wonder how many people step foot into Russia? What happens to them? Or China? I don’t know so is why I am asking if anyone else knows.

      And Thor1, I would like to send you something in e-mail if you are willing to accept Dan sending you my e-mail address.

    2. Oh, and Thor1, tanks and mini guns are good. But need no “stand down” orders, and orders to shoot for those that don’t obey the rules.

        1. Anonamo Also,

          Aim for the fighting age men that make the ulk…that are behind the women and children.

          Unfortunately, I don’t think the mini guns are that precise and there could be much collateral damage. That of course would mean that Feinstein & Pelosi would throw another tantrum.

          1. TOP,

            Mini-guns are not sniper rifles for certain, but fired from a stable platform, they are pretty accurate. However, most aircraft are not a very stable platform. AC-130 guns are all gyro stabilized and provide pretty darned good accuracy. The real drawback to the AC-130 is their rotary cannon are 25mm now, I believe, not mini-guns. Every gun on an AC-130 fires explosive ammunition and therein lies the collateral damage concern.

            But if you don’t care about war crimes and such, an AC-130 can tear up a concentrated mob of 5,000 people pretty fast. I also doubt you’ll find an AC-130 commander who would obey such an order to fire on apparently unarmed civilians. Don’t have to obey illegal orders and that would be a biggie.

          2. Now estimated at 7,000…. We are at war….

            I copied this from another post. Very thought provoking, and double the amount…

            “All of a sudden , thousands of Guatemalans decided to walk 1,500 miles !!! Buy a back-pack, arrange for food for 12,000 meals every day for 2 months, Get money for travel expenses, have drinking water for 4,000 people every day X 60 ( that’s 720,000 meals for the trip), get directions for the best route to take, have extra clothes and sanitary items, have medical care available, prepare for rainy days get 4,000 sleeping bags!! If they can cover 25 miles every day, it will take them 60 days to cover 1,500 miles. And they all decided to do this all of a sudden, all at once and they would arrive in the USA just in time for our election. What an amazing event. Let this sink in.”

          3. Almost There,
            This whole thing you describe is just a coincidence.
            A coincidence is defined as ”a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.
            Well except for the last part hit is a coincidence. The Co Incidence of the moneys from Tom Steyer & George Soros along with people who are desperate and a Mexican government that can’t control its borders any better than we can.
            Steyer BTW Is a billionaire who said he will finance any campaign that will try to impeache the president.

    3. Thor1,

      I practiced howling with him last night, he can do it so he is an alpha… That might scare the kids around Halloween…. LOL.

      I bet your neighbors really love you, LOL.

      What does everyone think about the INVADING HORDE ??? Yes 4,000 people just get together by themselves and decide, hey let’s go invade America. Most are men of fighting age……..you be the judge. I want tanks on the boarder with mini guns….. How’s that for a wall !!!

      Both Honduras and Mexico have already weeded out and detained some people with known Al qaeda and Taliban connections and what has to happen is that the Congress needs to get their act together and change the laws. If we stop them south of the border, we’re invading sovereign Mexican territory; but, once they step foot on US soil we have to detain them and hold them for a hearing, in facilities that are already much too overcrowded. While I like your tanks, perhaps we should just draft all of the Demonrat congresscritters, give them each a handgun and a machete, and set them on the border in front of the border patrol officers. They would either change their attitude or go down fighting; but, in either case, “Problem Solved” , LOL.

      1. TOP, my neighbors do love me. I sight in their rifles, pullout stuck vehicles, loan tools and save children. They might not like puppy as much but he doesn’t care…..LOL

      2. That’s what the Rio Grande is for. Fill it up. With bodies. Maybe the invaders will get the idea even though their way was paid for, that it isn’t a good idea to enter the US illegally. The smart ones will turn and leave.

        1. It is horrifying to think of mowing down a group of people doing what I would probably do also, were I in their shoes. We just need to change our laws to allow the criminals among them to be treated as criminals and the rest turned around and sent home. Repeat offenders should be imprisoned. Six months in the slammer would discourage them from doing it again. Lack of the money they had hoped to send back would put a serious crimp in their plans. Allowing these kinds of invasions is totally unacceptable.
          Also, it occurs to me that these are three of the S-hole countries the media was talking about a mere few months ago.

          1. Billy T,

            It is horrifying to think of mowing down a group of people doing what I would probably do also, were I in their shoes.

            I agree. Most legal doctrines on the use of lethal force for self defense “requires” an immediate threat of death or extreme bodily harm, and this IMHO does not rise to that standard. We should however not let them cross the border without being turned around and sent straight back south. Many have been offered asylum by Mexico and have turned it back, somehow believing that the streets of the U.S. are really paved in gold. Mexico can I think be brought into seeing this properly, by using the banking system to disallow any and all wire transfers from non-government sanctioned entities to send remittances south. Money earned here by illegal’s and sent home are understandable; but, make up enough of the GDP of the southern countries that stopping it should get their attention.

            We just need to change our laws to allow the criminals among them to be treated as criminals and the rest turned around and sent home. Repeat offenders should be imprisoned. Six months in the slammer would discourage them from doing it
            There was legislation again.

            There was legislation in congress (remember “Kate’s Law) to do just this; but, it was stalled, and I’ll bet we can all guess who did the stalling and eventually killed it.

            Also, it occurs to me that these are three of the S-hole countries the media was talking about a mere few months ago.

            True; but, you can only get away with calling them that when you wear a blue hat, not a red one. It is said that someone is “Green with envy”, so I think that might make blue the new color of hypocrisy. Blue wave, my A$$.

          2. Billy T,

            Six months in jail is not a deterrent to some of these people. I’ve dealt with a lot of illegal aliens as an MP at Camp Pendelton, CA. We caught a lot of repeat offenders. This was a time, when the Border Patrol caught them and sent them back to Mexico right away after processing them. Literally just hours later we would catch some of them again.

            Then, we have to consider, where are we going to find enough jail space?

          3. Zulu 3-6,

            Then, we have to consider, where are we going to find enough jail space?

            jail space? Don’t you mean dormitories for these hapless immigrants? And what about the once with their children (or somebody else’s children). The courts have ruled these people cannot be kept for more than20 days, and then they must be processed or released. We don’t have enough resources (jails, detention centers, judges) to handle this armada and both the immigrants and the Demonrats know that.

          4. How about the Trumpster adds those countries to the list including the norks, Iran, etc of those not allowed to immigrate to the US. SCOTUS has already found that policy constitutional. That should allow for immediately sending them back.

          5. Billy T,

            How about the Trumpster adds those countries to the list including the norks, Iran, etc of those not allowed to immigrate to the US. SCOTUS has already found that policy constitutional. That should allow for immediately sending them back.

            That’s a great idea and perhaps someone should suggest it. Since POTUS tweets, I think one can Tweet back to him, and who knows what might happen. While I do LinkedIn and recently Facebook on a limited basis, I don’t do Twitter; but, if one of you does?

    4. Our 12 week old puppy howls every morning…tries to talk, but no real words yet.yep i howl with him too. til dh says shush.lol

  4. Hi everyone.

    A little chilly this morning… Brisk winds last night caused me to tie up my wind chimes so it didn’t keep me and the neighbors up all night… Windy again today, very nippy, but the sun is shining. Not sure I will be able to work in the garage today or not.

    Been fighting an ear infection since the 11th… Dizzy, and yesterday and Friday, it just plain hurt… Thought it was getting better, but maybe not… Last night, I ate a few tiny, tiny bites of fresh garlic, and ate a teaspoon full of honey. It’s not hurting today, but still dizzy and can’t hear out of it… Little swollen under the ear too. I am going to find my Allimax today and take it to see if that will help. If not, by tomorrow, it may be off to the doc…

    Tara, I red up on the Jimmy Red corn, and would really like to have some of it. Not finding too many places that sell it. Looks like it makes really good grits, and of course, good bourbon… It’s not edible until it has dried out. Unlike our yellow and while corn we eat before it dries. Here’s one article on it. It came down to 2 ears of becoming “extinct”… http://highwiredistilling.squarespace.com/jimmy-red-revival-project#

    Went to a HAM class yesterday and looking to buy a diamond antenna that can be thrown up in the trees using some string tied to a golf ball. While there, learned that I need to take the manufacturer labels off my food or repackage it and put my own on, so that it can’t be tracked back to the origin and confiscated. Evidently, the gov’t won’t confiscate food that they don’t know the origin of.

    Bought some more storage containers to do more organizing around here.

    Finally took back some dry cat food that the cats took forever to eat up from the previous bag… No sense in keeping something around here that they don’t like… Got a store credit which I turned around and used for kitty litter and greenie treats.

    Got the 2 new tires put on finally, along with the alignment and the other tires rebalanced. Now, need to get the oil changed.

    Put a 49″ tv on layaway at WM.

    Took a load of plastic to the recycle bins on my way to work one day. YEAH!!! looking better out there.

    Mailed an item I had sold on ebay.

    Plants doing well that were planted a couple of weeks ago.

    1. What seeds are you stockpiling for use in next year’s garden and in a survival stockpile?
    I didn’t buy any seeds this year. I do have a few seed vaults.

    2. Are you planting cover crops in your growing plots? No, plan on making a raised bed for the spring. I will be planting some garlic though in the next week.

    3. If you could teach one self-reliance skill to a child this month, what would it be and why? How to grow a bean…

    Prayers for everyone, for those needing healing, for Tara’s grandson, for the President, and for America.

    Have a great week everyone.

    1. Almost There,
      I find it funny how you worry about your wind chimes while Thor is teaching puppy to howl, LOL.
      It was windy here also and the tower with my antennas kind of rattled all night; but, it’s never had a problem in 32 years and both it and the attached antennas are still up there and working.
      I might be interested in the Jimmy Red corn also; but, up here we use both the fresh and dried corn for making meal and for animal feed. That was an interesting article, and sounds a lot like our local Amish, who I think are still using corn their ancestors started with hundreds of years ago. I’ve seen them spend the time to husk & pick through the corn, ear by ear, tossing it into piles for feed, for sale, and for next year’s seed stock.

      Which Diamond antenna are you looking at?
      I have both diamond and Comet antennas and a few homebrew. For field work to haul up into a tree, I have the Slim Jim dual band (2m & 70 cm) antenna from N9TAX (I love that callsign), Nearly all of my local ham friends also have that antenna in their GO kits. They all run in the $25.00 range and may be seen here: http://www.2wayelectronix.com/
      Good information on removing labels; but, that is also probably a good reason to preserve your own or perhaps mark really old dates on the cans, LOL.

      Put a 49? tv on layaway at WM.

      We’re running a 50” and a 55” from WM. It’s their in store “Sceptre” brand and they work well. I get the WM email advert and these were on sale a while back for $399.00 each. I have friends who were early adopters of HDTV and paid more than $1200.00 for a 48” some years ago.
      I hope you get that ear cleared up.

      1. 49″? When my 62″ DLP set died my son gave me his 55″ led set so he could buy the latest (and probably last) 65″ plasma set. I have a great room and spend most of my time at my computer desk and just swivel my chair to the left to see the TV mounted on the side wall 20′ away. I have my eye on a 75″ set but my wife says I can’t get it until the old one dies.

        1. Supply is down here this year. Many areas that could gather have been poisoned by electric company…including the streams that dump into Spring Creek and the Hatchie. I am using tinctured from stems many years ago and leaves from 2-3 years ago .. production varies year to year, when wildcrafted. there are several sources… east tn, northern Alabam, and Northern Ga should be some herbalists or people willing to wildcraft.

        1. Almost There,

          TOP,
          Here is the antenna.

          Here’s the one I’ve been using for several years sitting atop my 50 foot tower.
          Comet GP-3:
          https://www.gigaparts.com/comet-antennas-gp-3.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjw6rXeBRD3ARIsAD9ni9CqeGuR-lA3sgKGWFgWAK9aO9S6UG5-HA-lkF0dcDH-cNoIb18OjFIaAkADEALw_wcB
          My VHF only antennas are Diamond CP-22E I’ve used for decades and Diamond makes a good antenna.
          Your Diamond X50A and my Comet GP-3 appear to be essentially identical except for the brand, and they may even have the same manufacturer, since they are in the same price range. Make sure you get some good coax for your installation, since some coax like RG-58 & RG-8X can lose a lot on signals at the 2 meter and 70 cm frequencies.
          I’ll be glad to hear you are finally on the air!!!!

    2. AT, warm garlic infused olive oil can help with the ear infection, but if you have swelling outside of the ear, it is def time to look at ATB. You could be looking at mastoiditis, which needs medical attention. Be safe. and prayers for you.

    3. AT , I have had same issue with ears including lymph node swelling… not sure what the best thing was but think it was the PGA (in the rabbit tobacco tincture., i was taking for stomach.). hold about 5-8 cc PGA in back of throat first on one side then the other.., by turning head side to side.. also used oil of oregano 30 gtts over 24 hrs in divided doses…not sure which was worse/ffective but ear ache, congestion in ears and lymph nodes are down.

      1. AA and others,

        I finally went to the urgent care doctor this morning… She looked at my left air and said “Yep, you have an ear infection”. And that wasn’t even the worse ear. On Abx, meclizine, and zofran. The meclizine and zofran have already helped.

        1. AT , I have some new areas I am going to check on this coming week. need to gather a big bag full. Will see what i can do… for you and a few others. I really think it was the PGA the tincture was made with. the RT I Use for stomach , but is also antiviral, and mildly antibacterial. saw your note. on clinic visit.

    4. AT, that’s funny, you went to a ham class and the Mrs. made a ham and 15 bean soup to boot. Corn bread muffins too….LOL

  5. Last night Fall arrived in north Florida, for the first time in six months I turned of my window AC’s and opened the windows. In the last few weeks I spent several thousand dollars improving my homestead. It rained all summer and I got tired of wading through mud to get to my truck. I had 20 tons of shell rock delivered and made a parking pad and filled in the larger holes in my 200 yd long driveway, including the one at the end that never dries up.

    I had a tree service come in and cut up the two massive oaks I had toppled with my backhoe into small enough chunks it could move. I then had them clear away the limbs over my home and all low hanging limbs and dead wood in the trees I left in my yard. The guys were also handymen so I had them paint the roofs of my three buildings white. Now I imagine you can see my compound from space.

    Of the many things I want to do I can mark off getting bees. A local man who has a small operation wants to put a few hives on my land.

    1. Daddio7,

      I know getting all that shell rock in place is really nice. I need to get some gravel for my driveway… One of these days… Glad you are helping with the bee population.

    2. Daddio, SCORE on the local beekeeper wanting to use your property! You get the benefits with little work, only your gardening (which you obviously already do!)

      1. He put them here because he saw some goldenrod blooming. My neighbor has a half acre of Datil and Carolina Reaper peppers growing on one side of my property and two large green houses of them 200 yds away on the other side. The field peppers will bloom until it frosts, which may not be until mid January, and the greenhouses ones will bloom continuously. Those bees are going to make some potent honey.

  6. Fall, is here we are having Fog, kinda nice a few more days of sunshine, then rain is on it’s way. I’m finished canning for the year , and wrapped up all my gardening for the year all my plants, I’m over wintering are in the gardening tent. Mowed one last time getting the house inside and out ready for Winter, and the Holidays, I’ll be getting ready to start making cookies, and freezing them for later on. I’ve been doing some coupon shopping picking up extras each time I go shopping Twinning Tea, is having free shipping on $15.00 dollars of tea products so I’ll be ordering teas I can’t buy in the store that I really like to drink. Our city, did the Shake Drill, this last week, schools and goverment people all did the drill they had the siren go and thats great so we know what it sounds like. I talked with my kids, and we have a plan worked out in case of any emergancy, I will be putting together a small bag for each kiddo, along with a few dollars for emergancy only we’re close by and I’m usually home but if I’m not everyone in the family has both mine and dad’s schedual and where we are the kid’s check in with us and pick up or text us back when we call, or text, I’m very thankful both kids listen and do what we ask with out any back talk or questions. We also got the travel trailer, washed, dry, and wrapped for the winter, we can still go in and hubby, can use the bathroom and make a coffee, if he’s out doing work but everything else is shut off for the Winter.

    1. I forgot about the questions

      1. I did save seeds from a lettuce plant and tomatoe seeds I usually order seeds on line
      2. No cover crops, I have a small front and back yard I do alot of container gardening
      3. Talking with my kids and getting a small go bag, for each of them together before the end of the month…

    2. mom of three,
      It sounds like the kids are coming along fine; but, I have one suggestion for you. In a real hard emergency it’s possible that the cell phones won’t work, even for texting, so you might want to have a contingency if that communications link fails. Something like a safe place for them to congregate and wait and a “safe” word or phrase in case you send a stranger to pick them up. We count a lot on our infrastructure; but, always need to have a plan for when it all fails, and we must realize that it can.

      1. Great ideas the kids are only 10 minutes away from the house, so as long as they have a key they can get in. At 18 and 14, they are pretty tight and stay together so I feel better and the youngest listens to his sister…

        1. mom of three,

          Great ideas the kids are only 10 minutes away from the house, so as long as they have a key they can get in. At 18 and 14, they are pretty tight and stay together so I feel better and the youngest listens to his sister

          At only 10 minutes away (I assume by walking) they should be close enough to use an inexpensive set of 2-way radios. All of you would of course have to practice, keep the batteries charged, and not use them at school and get in trouble. I recently picked up a pair of Cobra brand FRS / GMRS radios with rechargeable batteries for $20.00 @ Aldi’s, so this technology is getting really inexpensive and very small.
          Keep in mind that others could hear you talking on them, so messages should be kept short and perhaps a bit cryptic, if they are coming home during a bad event where OPSEC is required.

  7. Not a whole lot done, cuz I didn’t want to get real dirty, cuz I was waiting on a baby, and knew it would be fast. Got the call Wed morning, hopped in the car with my bag and got there with 20 min to spare! (One hour drive) Mom was already in the waterbirth pool and shortly thereafter her 9 lb girl was born! Mom and baby and family are fine! I love what I do!

    1. What seeds are you stockpiling for use in next year’s garden and in a survival stockpile?
    Tomatoes, green peppers,cantaloupe, watermelon, green peas and okra. For the stockpile I also have lettuces, onions, kale, broccoli, cabbage and a few others. Also have a source of heirloom seeds.

    2. Are you planting cover crops in your growing plots? Not this year. All my raised bed sides are now rotting(they were 25 years old when I built them), so I need to replace them. I’m thinking 16x8x4 concrete block. No maintenance. I do have vinyl fence 2×6’s so will use those up first, but I want to raise them from 10 inches high to at least 18. My back will be happier.

    3. If you could teach one self-reliance skill to a child this month, what would it be and why? How to can fruits. Most children like fruit, it’s waterbathable (is that a word?) and it’s a good introduction to other kinds of canning.

    That’s all for me this week. Now, to finish the downstairs trim, so we can start on the canning kitchen! Prayers for the Pack and for our country. I don’t care what our President has to do, but not one invader should be allowed in. We wouldn’t be allowed in Mexico or other South American countries! The potential invaders should just give it up, quit running from their problems, and go home and fix them! They are wasting time and resources!

  8. Hi Tara & all,

    “make the austere lodge look like a home” project.

    While ours may not have been quite as austere as yours to start with, we’ve been here for 34 years, and the project is still not quite finished. LOL

    we save a ton of money by using materials from our property – old barn wood, tin roofing, and scrap plywood to do all of the projects.

    Like here, I suspect you also save as much money, by having the skills and tools to do most of the work yourself. This is where skills can save a bunch, since carpentry, electrical, and plumbing can cost a fortune, for projects that are rather easy to do on your own.

    We ripped out the circa 1985 laminate faux butcher block countertops and have homemade ones now.

    Perhaps ours was more austere, since our nicest fixtures when we moved here were from the 1960’s. Don’t you just love old homes? LOL
    We’ve decided not to use butcher block and purchased a nice stainless steel work table for working with raw foods. It ’s sturdy and easy to clean up and sanitize.

    The old dishwasher was yanked out as well to make room for more storage.

    We never had a dishwasher and the DW has never wanted one, at least in part for the same reasons, an expensive single use convenience machine that takes up valuable counter space and needs more plumbing & electrical.

    I think my brain is too friend at this point to come up with any good questions to share, but here goes:

    That’s ok, since everyone needs a friendly brain, LOL

    1. What seeds are you stockpiling for use in next year’s garden and in a survival stockpile?

    We have a ton of seeds I recently purchased from woot.com and several of the Survival Seed vaults I got on sale to keep on hand, “Just in case”. plus a handful of other seeds that need to be organized and inventoried.

    2. Are you planting cover crops in your growing plots?

    We planned to plant some buckwheat; but, things have gotten so busy, that we will be lucky to get our garlic planted.

    3. If you could teach one self-reliance skill to a child this month, what would it be and why?

    It would of course depend on the age of the child; but, I think a few basic wilderness survival skills could be important here in Ohio as winter approaches. I think how to throw together a field expedient debris shelter and how to build a fire and keep it running. Note that when I talk about building a fire, I’m not talking about all of the esoteric ways one can make a flame from Flint & Steel, to Fire Piston, to Ferrocerium rods; but, how to build a proper fire bed to keep you warm once you have that flame, since even with matches or a butane lighter, that’s really the important part.

    4. And of course, how did y’all prep this week?

    This is the easy one, and this past week we did and acquired the following:
    1. Received 2 Dell 31.5″ Full-HD IPS Monitors with HDMI from woot.com. I purchased a refurbished 31” monitor a while back and it has helped me use my computers significantly better, so now I’ll have them on the three main machines and my poor vision won’t be as much of a problem.
    2. Finished & E-Filed our 2017 taxes. Like last year it was a $0/0 return. Nothing back and nothing owed. This will change next year for our 2018 taxes.
    3. Picked up 5 bags of Claey’s Old Fashioned Hard Candy: Raspberry (2), Green Apple, Lemon Drop, & Sassafras @ Rural King. They were still out of Wild Cherry. This is a prep since other than maple syrup & honey, it’s one of the few sweets I eat.
    4. This morning we had our first frost, with the overnight low temperature reaching 30.8° (and the high for the day @ 47°. All of the sensitive plants were moved to the green house, and they look fine.
    5. Received a Tenergy Solis Digital Meat Thermometer from woot.com. This has multiple stainless steel probes and Bluetooth to allow remote access from a phone or tablet. Not really a necessity; but, useful when cooking more than one thing at a time.
    6. The DW & I received our renewed CHL’s (Concealed Handgun Licenses) in the mail. They are good for 5 years, and now obviate the need for the NICS check for firearms purchases.
    7. Our youngest cat has been wheezing & coughing for more than a week, so he had a trip to the vet. An inoculation for the wheezing as a prop lactic measure, along with his rabies inoculation was given. Barring any other illnesses, he’s good for three more years.
    8. Trip to Aldi’s where we purchased items from Bam Bam’s Lollygag aisle:
    • A glass baking dish set with 13×14, 8×8, 5×9 loaf pan
    • A 9×9 and 5×9 loaf pan made from Silicone. We’ve been looking at silicone pans for a while; but, they were always too expensive until now.
    9. Watched a documentary on The Weather Channel: ” Top Ten Weather Inventions” and found it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4SaadrHMA0 and while looking for it I also found this interesting article: https://weloveweather.tv/weather-inventions-definitely-take-granted/. I built my first weather instruments at age 10 or 11 and have taken numerous weather courses and seminars over the years.
    10. I watched an interesting episode of NOVA on our local PBS affiliate on “Addiction” and found it useful in understanding the opioid and fentanyl problem. It also made me think about my life, and the reasons I never needed substances to get me “High”. You can watch this excellent documentary here: https://www.pbs.org/video/addiction-afsxne/
    11. Participated in JOTA (Jamboree On The Air) where hams setup radio equipment at a scout camp and the scouts get to talk to faraway places. While I was only 35 miles, I was able to ensure communications in case they could not make any other national or international contacts. I’ve not gotten a report on those other contacts yet.

    1. TOP,

      I never had or used a dishwasher until I bought my second house in Michigan.

      Growing up there were nine of us (counting mom and dad) at meals. Needless to say there were a lot of dishes to clean. We tried to talk my dad into buying a dish washer and he said, “Why? Your mom gave birth to seven perfectly good ones.” The logic escaped me at the time, but I fully understand now.

      1. Zulu 3-6,
        I grew up with 5 dishwashers. My mom and us 4 kids, and it didn’t even kill us, LOL. Dishwashers have been on sale and in our budget range many times, and the DW just doesn’t want one.
        I do recall lately seeing a commercial where the kid asks her mom, “If we have to do the dishes before putting them in the dish washer, what does the dishwasher do?” The little girl in this commercial asks that very pertinent question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qJxQXYXWnE. This is of course trying to sell you a better dishwashing soap; but, still hits the mark. The other claim is that they use less energy and water; but, I don’t buy the hype.

        1. TOP,

          I think home dishwashers are really more sanitizers than efficient washers. I don’t use the one in my apartment at all. You don’t do dishes for a family of nine, by yourself, and not develop efficient methods.

          My dad would punish the boys by putting us on scullery duty, by ourselves, for a couple of weeks to a month. When my sisters did the dishes, they could team up. My mom preferred the boys do the dishes, because we didn’t complain constantly, did the job right, and quickly.

          1. Z36, my sisters always did the dishes, my brother and I took out the garbage, cut the grass and shoveled the snow…..

          2. Thor1,

            That’s how it was normally done at my house growing up. My dad like to use “girl’s work” as punishment for the boys.

      2. Z36, LOL…..at the house I rented before I bought this one had no dishwasher until a neighbor who did cabinets and remodelling had a dishwasher in his car port. I gave him $20 and an AR 15 scope mount for it that I got at a gun show for $15. I put it in the laundry room and used the water and drain system. I left it there when I moved as the house I bought was brand new and came with a brand new dishwasher.

      3. Z36, LOL, that is mean punishment……….

        The Mrs. Brought the Beretta home, it was a .380.. Nice feature of left and right handed safety.

        1. Thor1,

          My dad was a WII Marine. Marines tend to be very inventive when it comes to punishments. We learned from our drill instructors.

    2. TOP, Tara was tired, give her a break….LOL

      This coming from someone who gets a crown at his densest…….LOL Maybe you are a King after all….LOL 🙂

        1. Zulu 3-6,

          I ordered a pack of these just now to try out. Can you do an Uncle Fester with them?

          Actually you can do better than that. They come with an empty socket with a hanger and you simply screw it into the empty socket & it lights, or you can simply short out the two contacts on the bulb with a piece of wire and it lights up.
          There are however two caveats with these bulbs
          1. They may not be placed into a lamp or socket with a dimmer, only a simple on / off switch.
          2. They need to be turned on at least a few hours per week to keep the internal batteries charged.
          When they are turned on, they light like a normal LED bulb; but, are also charging their internal batteries.
          A circuit inside the bulb along with the battery does the magic.
          If there is no power to the bulb, the circuit sends a small current out a contact, and if it sees the current return on the other contact, the bulb lights up.
          This return path could be through a short piece of wire as in the demonstration, or through all of your electric system out to the power transformer and back.
          If however, the circuit sees no current returned that means that the socket is turned off at the switch or in the case of a lamp, unplugged.
          I saw these a few years ago and they were $40.00 for a 4-pack from the company; but, then woot.com had them a while ago & I purchased several 8 packs. I’m using some of them and have given some away; but, just purchased another 8 as backup or as good preparedness gifts.
          One final thing, as long as you’re using them enough to keep them charged, you can turn them off at the switch, and in a power fail, turn on the switch and they will light up.
          When it comes to preparedness, I think we live in amazing times.

          1. TOP turned me on to these too…

            I got the 9Watt, and it isn’t as bright as a 60W… It works good enough, but the light is not very strong. Can’t imagine how poor of light the 5W would be. I would not recommend the 5W.

          2. Almost There ,

            I got the 9Watt, and it isn’t as bright as a 60W… It works good enough, but the light is not very strong. Can’t imagine how poor of light the 5W would be. I would not recommend the 5W.

            I would agree and have only ordered the 9W versions in both soft white and daylight. In the table lamp we use in our living room, we have two of these in a “Y” adapter to provide enough light; but, they still sip but a little current, and their primary function is to remain on in a power outage, instead of plunging the entire room into darkness, and for that function, they serve a purpose without a UPS or a generator.

  9. Our guy came out and did a tune up on our 20+ year old truck. It is running like a champ. The truck still needs new tires. I made three half-gallons of elderberry tincture. It is going to be a bad flu season. We went to the county fair on Friday; we rode every ride except the dead drop. We haven’t laughed that hard in years.

    Fall has arrived in our part of Florida. It is 78 degrees and we have all the windows open.

    1. Bam Bam,
      You’re “guy”? An auto mechanic who makes house calls? No wonder you need that extra job, LOL.
      I still need to get some Elderberries; but, I always get the flu vaccination as does the DW after a bit of whining and we have not gotten the flu in decades. I’ve also had all of my pneumonia vaccinations and the one for Shingles and, so far so good on that topic.
      78°? We’ll not likely see temperatures that high for months, with the high now sometimes making it into the mid 60’s.

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, you have a multi personality disorder… You want to be like me, just a letter and number short….LOL

            multi personality disorder? You want to be like me
            We’ve always suspected there was something going on; but, it’s good to see you admit to that multi personality disorder. Is there really a puppy or is that just another of your personalities? LOL

        1. TOP, no disorder here, only autocorrect problems. I definitely have a German shedder…LOL

          How about the densest crown…..LOL King……:)

      1. Thor,

        He only quoted us $100 to do the tune up, replace the fuel filter and find out what is wrong with the AC. (He had to drop the fuel tank to replace the fuel filter.) He worked his butt off for three hours. We thought $100 wasn’t enough for the amount of work he did, so I gave him $150.

  10. 1. What seeds are you stockpiling for use in next year’s garden and in a survival stockpile?
    I have a wide variety of seeds in the stockpile from a seed supply catalog, including some that we don’t typically plant, but will use if there are no grocery stores. I know there is a learning curve with gardening, and at 55 years old I know that there’s always something to learn with gardening…and everything in life. I also save seeds from my garden.

    2. Are you planting cover crops in your growing plots?
    I have planted turnips as a cover. We will also eat some.

    3. If you could teach one self-reliance skill to a child this month, what would it be and why?
    It would depend on the age of the child, but I’ll answer for the age group of my grandkids. The three oldest are seven, five, and three. I have already been teaching them to garden and care for small livestock. This teaches them a good work ethic, compassion and caring for something other than themselves, and a way to raise food. They also help with easy cooking jobs. (The three-year-old loves to crack eggs!)

    4. And of course, how did y’all prep this week?
    -This week has been another slow one. The weather has turned a bit cold, so I’m getting the hives ready for winter.
    – I finished canning pie filling. I canned a total of 37 quarts of apple pie filling. We use it for both pies and apple crisp. (The five-year-old grandson discovered he loves fresh apple cake. I love cooking from scratch with local, in-season produce.)
    -I’m continuing to prepare meals for others. I have coworkers going through a lot, and not having to cook and clean up is one less thing they have to be concerned with.
    -Do you remember the ‘Hurricane Kit’ that I made for my niece? My sister said she took it to the niece in Alabama. It turns out she didn’t and lied to me about it. She had more important things to deliver…an artificial Christmas tree. Priorities.

    Be prepared. Stay safe. He’s in charge.

  11. We had our first freeze. I learned that beans that are already dry on the vine are fine and can be used as dry beans but those partially dry are waxy with soft insides. Not many of these as I picked everything green before the cold set in. Canned during the bad weather and am now clearing out the beds. I plan to use straw for mulch although PG’s turnips look interesting. I think I may try that next year. Left some carrots in the ground as they store well there. Some of the greens are still ok too.

    I save seeds of all kinds including grains.
    I think if I had any kids around I would teach them to sew this month as the weather can be iffy.

    A relative of a relative has had to leave her home in Marianna. Estimated time is 4-6 weeks. Sounds like the clean-up will be much worse than last year. I think it is very important to have places to go figured out in advance even if your preference would be to stay in place. Sometimes you just have to relocate.

  12. I am gathering up the medical bills from my emergency GB surgery, working towards payment plans. Insurance isn’t the greatest, but saved me almost 25k. Still trying to catch up on bills missed with my month off work. Fighting about short term disability…GAH. Obviously trying to keep spending to a minimum right now. But since our last kerosene heater went kaput, had to get a new one. I’m not sure I like it, I am used to the older models. But we needed it, since we went from summer to winter, as Tara mentioned. We always kept a pot of water on top of our older heaters, with aromatics and herbs. This model doesn’t get that hot on top. So I am thinking more along the lines of am aluminum type dog bowl. Kinda scared to try glassware. Our Dollar Tree gets things from time to time, and they have Swanson’s Chicken and Dumplings in stock, so I grab a couple cans when I can. Made a pot of french onion soup for dinner, freezing the leftovers, and thinking about how I could dehydrate it, I have never dehydrated liquid like that. While reading comments, I was like, who am I kidding, we didn’t do anything prepping related…but yeah /I guess we did…

    To Tara’s questions (and totally get the brain drain!)

    I still have seeds from this year’s purchase from Baker Creek. I did try keeping some sunflower seeds, but it didn’t work out so well.

    Teaching kids skills: While he lived with us, I tried my best to get GS involved in gardening.’I sometimes could get him to try one bite. But this kid has serious taste issues and only eats lunchables, limited fruits, etc.. He is growing well, and has no major health issues, but it still worries me. Since they left, he is being exposed to hunting and country living. He loves being outdoors. Y’all know little boys, he likes to pee outside. I just wish we could get him to eat more real food.

    1. Grammyprepper,
      We are also paying off medical bills from2015; but, the medical providers have all worked with us to pay things with no interest. I think they all finally realized that they can have cash flow with lots of people sending in a bit every month, or they can force the issue and when people file for bankruptcy, they get little or nothing.
      When it’s really cold here, we use the ventless propane heaters that get hot enough to evaporate water placed on top of them without the water boiling, and what we found works well is an inexpensive 5×9 metal bread pan, you can often find at one of the dollar stores cheap. The water gets rather hot; but, never boils and still needs topped off at least once per day.
      What aromatics are you using in your water.

    1. Thor1,

      Where did you hear that? I haven’t picked anything up in my backchannel military sources.

      Regardless, they’ll need more than the 82d to handle this. Too much border for one division, even if they were allowed to shoot anyone who crosses the line.

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        Active Duty to the Border, Confirmed
        from a friend, whose son is at Ft. Campbell, KY….
        plans for Iraq suddenly changed.
        Hooah!

        From 8chan, Q research #4530. Read it last night.

        1. Baby Catcher

          Obviously your back channel sources are better than mine.

          Fort Campbell is the home to the 101st Airborne Division. A logical unit to send. But as I wrote before, more than one division, even one with a lot of helicopters, will be needed.

          I cannot see any of those links

          1. Z36, the armored division in Kentucky is on 72 hr. notice. That should fill any gaps loading via train…….

            Not to mention what is already in Texas……1st armor division……

          2. Thor1,

            Unless they plan to shoot people wholesale, an armored division is not a lot of use, except for their infantry component and Bradley’s for transport.

            This would have to be mostly an infantry operation, with light armor (Bradleys, Marine LAAVs,). I just can’t see the 101st doing this job by themselves. The can’t use the whole of the 1st and 2d Marine Divisions as they have units out of the country. They might be able to pull together maybe two regiments worth of infantry each.

            I’m sure the ROE is going to be restrictive. They should do like Israel and just shoot anyone who physically crosses the border or tampers with any barrier or fence.

          3. Z36 Bradleys and helicopters armed with m60s/mini guns using rubber bullets and other crowd control equipment might do the trick. If it gets violent, go full live ammo…..

            I wonder if that hurricane will have any effect on the horde…..

          4. Zulu 3-6 & all,
            I think we’re over thinking this with armor and infantry. We need a simple change in the law. Right now if your feet touch U.S. soil, you have to be taken into custody for a hearing. Families may not be held for more than 20 days, and with all of the dockets full, it takes a lot longer than 20 days so they’re kicked loose ROR, which is useless.
            We need to hand each of them a bottle or two of water & a cheap compass to help them keep a southerly path, and send them back. I am not unsympathetic to their plight; but, with pressure from the administration, it has been reported that Mexico has offered sanctuary to many of them who have turned it down, and that should be all of the proof we need of their intentions.
            On another note, the administration is finally starting to push back on the Socialists.

            The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) just released a scholarly report on )”The Opportunity Costs of Socialism) you can see here:
            https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/cea-report-opportunity-costs-socialism/
            Enjoy !!!!

          5. Zulu 3-6 & Thor1,

            Bradleys and helicopters armed with m60s/mini guns using rubber bullets and other crowd control equipment might do the trick. If it gets violent, go full live ammo

            I personally think that is overkill and live ammunition would probably constitute a war crime. Can you imagine the Dems talking about the even more “eviler” Trump?
            I’m thinking wide area disbursement of CS or CN from the north and clearing a path back to the south.
            Drive them south, back to their home countries.

          6. Zulu 3-6,

            They’ll never change that law before the midterms, if ever.

            True before the mids; but, if enough people who are paying attention vote in the right people, we still have a chance (or at least I hope we do

          7. TOP,
            IT’s TOO Freaking late for all that… THEY ARE ON THEIR WAY!!!! Something HAS to be done NOW.

            And SOROS can buy them their own da&n water… I ain’t buying them NOTHING!!!!

  13. Funny, all these bomb attacks and nobody got hurt or killed. How gullible do the Dems think we are ??? LOL

    If someone was trying to kill these people, they would be dead, via AT4s or laws rockets or m79 grenade launchers or sniper rifles, ect………LOL come on….

    Just the Dems asking for pity votes…. I must admit, I would not shed a tear for these people, especially Soros…

    But do not condone violence.

  14. Thor1,

    I agree on the pity votes. None of those bombs had a chance of being any where near their targets. Most of them have their mail pre-screened away from their offices and homes (homes, in the case of Clinton and Obama anyway).

    Actually, with nine intact bombs, ATF and the FBI have a very good chance of catching who did this.

    1. Zulu 3-6,

      I agree on the pity votes. None of those bombs had a chance of being any where near their targets.

      Some people are surmising that these could have been sent as false flags by the left to pile on to Trump’s supposed rhetoric that they claim is causing the violence.
      These same people of course ignore HRC saying how we can’t be civil to our enemies or Holder talking about not letting people back up and kicking them when they are down

      Most of them have their mail pre-screened away from their offices and homes (homes, in the case of Clinton and Obama anyway).

      There was a discussion of what the USPS now does since 9/11 for all mail. Every piece is photographed as it passes through the sorters, so they can track the originating office and some pieces are otherwise prodded by X-ray’s &/or metal detectors.

      Actually, with nine intact bombs, ATF and the FBI have a very good chance of catching who did this.

      While the information on the bomb is still a bit sketchy, it was mentioned by someone (ATF, NYPD, DHS) this morning that some of the Pipe bombs used PVC and simple gunpowder (not plastic like C4 or Semtex), and from experience, those PVC pipes will act like nothing more than a road flare with perhaps a small bang. These were built by amateurs or False Flaggers or both. They may also be able to find fingerprints, DNA, or tool marks, making this kind of antic a lot harder to do today.

      1. All, I read an article that the bombs were all fake, just like CNN……LOL

        They are trying to divert attention away from the illegal horde…….. Also the illegal horde is getting help and payment from some Soros tide organizations. Tractor trailers with two trailer flat beds hauling them. The company that is doing this is a Texas based company owned by two people with Hispanic names….Really…..

        I have seen soooo many out of state license plates in my state just in time for illegal voting.
        Iowa,New York, New Mexico, Virginia, Connecticut…. ECT…

        1. Thor1,

          Exactly…. Flat beds hauling them in… Need to shut that company down for contributing to terror. I am sure there are a few MS-13’s on there, and possibly some middle eastern thugs.

          There is another hoard forming…

          No one mentions the health issues they bring in. TB to name one.

          From SQ’s site…

          WORD FROM BROTHER BOB, CONCERNING THE PLANNED TAKE DOWN OF THE U.S..BY FLOODING THE BORDER WITH IMMIGRANTS

          The Father spoke again;

          Watch the changing weather patterns and the tracking thereof; as these impact the caravan.

          Weather patterns will affect the advancing “immigrant caravan/unruly mob; demanding (illegal) entrance into the United States Of America.”
          They consider this as their legal human right to escape poverty, oppression from their own governments, violence, etc., which they are also bringing with them to unleash upon America.

          America, thus being the country they love to hate and so desperately desire to change into their own cultures and images of what freedom means to them. They will declare, ”The hell with America and Americans. we are coming and you cannot stop us!”

          Watch the weather! It will be used with, “the cry to save us from disaster. Have a humanitarian heart and do the right thing and have mercy upon us! Think of our women and children!”

          They will use the United Nations as their “Trump Card,” to demonstrate and show the world how heartless and “how awfully terrible America — and the American people really are.”

          **IF this is NOT STOPPED ..America will be at civil war, within the US, before Christmas. All of this is being timed for the Mid-Term elections as, “the October Surprise.”

          It is being funded by many Socialists, Leftists or Communists, and backed by the Black Shirts of Antifa (akin to Nazism’s Brown Shirts prior to Adolf Hitler’s takeover).

          Our beloved America is at her Rubicon and history will judge America as ruled by her United States Constitution; or ruled by an unruly mob and pernicious authorities.

          A previously mentioned false flag IED attack may also very well be detonated among this hoard heading towards America’s southern border; if so, the insanity of the Progressive Left will be.. and or will become, unstoppable.

          It will mean all out civil war; with thousands killed, wounded, maimed before 31 December 2018. May God Almighty have and show great mercy upon our beloved homeland of America!

          Russia, China, Noth Korea, and Muslim nations are waiting with, “baited breath, waiting to pounce upon the “Great Satan” and her hatred rivalries.

          They know this is the long awaited moment to take down and destroy America…They Will Not Waste This.”
          Bob

          **If NOT stopped is the caveat

          Oct 21, 2018

          1. Almost There,

            They will declare, ”The hell with America and Americans. we are coming and you cannot stop us!”

            I think if you substitute Texas for America, immigrants from places like California have been doing this for quite a while.

            **IF this is NOT STOPPED ..America will be at civil war, within the US, before Christmas. All of this is being timed for the Mid-Term elections as, “the October Surprise.”
            Our beloved America is at her Rubicon and history will judge America as ruled by her United States Constitution; or ruled by an unruly mob and pernicious authorities.
            It will mean all out civil war; with thousands killed, wounded, maimed before 31 December 2018. May God Almighty have and show great mercy upon our beloved homeland of America!

            I think this is a bit over the top, and while mentioning the Rubicon is a nice touch, I think this kind of rhetoric does little good to calm down the situation.
            And as for the October surprise, communications via email, telephone, social media etc. has dulled the edge of that weapon, as witnessed by our discussion right here. I also think the Kavanaugh hearing and other things the Dems are doing have jumped the shark to the point some are trying to pull back; but, hopefully, not in time.

            I personally think and have thought about all of us calling our selves Americans. We are indeed Americans; but, so are those who live in Canada (North America),
            People from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama (Central America) are also Americans, as are those from Venezuela, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Suriname, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, Colombia, Guyana, and Ecuador (South America). While “American” has a nice ring to it and is easy to say, I think we need to be more specific in our word choice, since these people are all in deed, Americans and that alone may help fuel the rhetoric. This was first pointed out to me 45 years ago in college, by an immigrant student I knew, who found the term both amusing and troubling.
            For those who are laughing at this, you may recall when a job or other application asked for your “Sex: M / F” . Being the grammar and spelling Nazi, my DW thought it odd when I complained years ago, the they changed the word to “Gender:” and we see what that little change has done for society. Yes, long term, words can and do have meaning.

            Russia, China, Noth Korea, and Muslim nations are waiting with, “baited breath, waiting to pounce upon the “Great Satan” and her hatred rivalries.
            They know this is the long awaited moment to take down and destroy America…They Will Not Waste This.”

            While no one wishes for conflict, especially armed conflict, we are still the worlds largest economic and military superpower, So this doesn’t really bother me, and I suspect if push comes to slug, many allies from Europe, to Canada, to ANZUS will be on our side as they have all been before, since it is in the end, their best interests to do so.

  15. The “bombs” were made with clocks with no alarms….. Nothing would trigger a detonation…. LOL

    There was no pressure switch that would detonate anything if opened…….LOL

    This would be a great April fools joke this year, albeit probably still illegal…LOL

    The bombs that bombed…..LOL

    1. Z36 heard they arrested the suspected bomber in Florida……Do you know anything……

      I can’t wait to here his political affiliation…..

      1. Thor1,

        Nope, no more info than you have probably. All I know is the guy was arrested in Miami-Dade County. Rumor, and I stress it’s rumor, that the guy was white and about 50 years old.

        1. Z36, they have a van , I’m watching on FOX. The tarp came off and the thing has stickers all over that they are trying to hide. Might be another false flag……..

          Name is Cesar Sayoc….what nationality is Sayoc ???

          1. Thor1,

            No idea what nationality that name is. Cesar is a Spanish spelling of Caesar, and in Portuguese too, I think. I’ll ask my ex-wife if she knows. They have posted a mug shot of the guy and he does look somewhat Spanish.

    2. No bombs… Can’t call something a bomb without any way of detonating, nothing…. Obviously, no intention to harm anyone…

      FUNNY Thor1… Bombs that bombed…

  16. Thor1,

    The Ex says the first name is a Spanish spelling, but he is supposed to Filipino. That explains the Spanish first name.

    1. Thor1,

      My question is how did the packages get to all of the destinations without being postmarked ???

      I saw a news conference this evening with United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman, Gary Barksdale’s Deputy Chief Inspector, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy where they discussed all of this. It was mentioned that at least some of the packages were mailed from Florida which became a nexus for finding the mailer and the person they arrested has previous crimes. They were able to identify him by both fingerprints and DNA left in the packages, which did contain “Energetic substances” that would have been hazardous had they detonated. This phrase generally means smokeless powder or black powder, and not plastic explosives or ANFO.
      Here are some details from The Washington Post:

      A lone fingerprint and a set of misspellings helped point FBI agents to a Florida man with a long criminal record now charged with mailing homemade bombs to prominent critics of President Trump — a politically charged case that has roiled the run-up to next month’s congressional elections.

      Cesar Sayoc, 56, a former pizza deliveryman, strip-club worker and virulently partisan supporter of the president, was arrested Friday and charged with a string of crimes in connection with the homemade pipe bombs sent this week to former president Barack Obama, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and others.
      He was formally charged with sending 13 such devices, and a law enforcement official said he is likely to be charged with sending a 14th device to Tom Steyer, a major Democratic donor. That package was intercepted in California, officials said.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/10/26/suspected-explosive-devices-addressed-cory-booker-james-clapper-probe-expands-packages/?utm_term=.d1b33801a7f3
      Some on the left are of course blaming the administration, simply because this nut job had his van covered with Trump posters and stickers; however, I suspect if I were to rob a bank wearing a ”Planned Parenthood” hat & T-shirt, no one would blame them. So much for their hypocrisy and grasping for straws. In 2 weeks we’ll see what happened in the midterms and keep our fingers crossed. The DW & I turned in our absentee ballots early this week, so our die is cast and now all we can do is wait, and hope sanity returns to the nation’s heartland.

      1. TOP, I read some articles about him going to Trump rallies, but some pictures looked photo shopped. They also said he only followed leftists on Twitter….??? This just reeks of Democrat setup.

        Meanwhile, the horde is only 1000 miles away. I here there are 2 other hordes forming.

        1. Thor1,

          TOP, I read some articles about him going to Trump rallies, but some pictures looked photo shopped. They also said he only followed leftists on Twitter….??? This just reeks of Democrat setup.

          Or perhaps just a criminal nut job looking for his 15 minutes of fame. I wouldn’t rule out the leftists who espouse confronting people in restaurants or gas stations (where someone might accidently douse them with gas), or kicking them when they are down; but, Occam’s razor (AKA KISS) would indicate someone with a criminal back ground and temper who will finally be locked up away from society were no doubt he belongs. Since none of the devices functioned, it shows he is definitely not all that bright, because they are rather easy to properly build, or so I’ve been told, LOL.

          Meanwhile, the horde is only 1000 miles away. I here there are 2 other hordes forming.

          I hear the same about other: caravans” and they are still more than 2000 miles from here. If the Border States elect any Demon-rats, then they get what they’rre asking for.

      2. Hey all , think about this, the arrest happened in Broward county…..yep the same place as the school shooting and the stand down from the Coward of Broward democrat loving sheriff…… Hmmm

  17. Active shooter in Pittsburgh 8 dead in custody. Attacker went in a Synagogue and started shooting. This after Israel was attacked with rockets earlier. ……

      1. I predict mass chaos before and after the Dems lose the midterms.

        After I predict an EMP will go off, MS 13, antifa, the new black panthers, sleeper cells of isis and the army of immigrants will attack.

        Just my predictions……..buy ammo we will have to defend America…..

        1. Thor1,

          I predict mass chaos before and after the Dems lose the midterms.

          I’ve saved these for late next month, when none of them have come true, and I can point them out or acknowledge them. In any case, your ”Before the election” is already here, and except for a criminal in Florida sending letter bombs, no real chaos with less than 2 weeks to go, or in our case, absentee last week.

          After I predict an EMP will go off, MS 13, antifa, the new black panthers, sleeper cells of isis and the army of immigrants will attack.

          MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) is already a problem; but primarily in the urban and suburban areas of places like Los Angeles where they got their start. Once again remote rural living has its advantages. It’s pretty much the same for Antifa and the New Black Panthers where they avoid rural areas, since travel is long, hard and rather open to be spotted, with binoculars or other telescopic equipment.
          As for ISIS or my preference ISIL, so far they have gone for the soft easy big targets, once again leaving out vast rural areas and concentrating on where mass casualties are easier to inflict.
          As for an EMP, I really doubt it, primarily because it would take a state actor and I really don’t think any are that stupid, risking complete annihilation. Perhaps under the previously lead from behind crew; but, not now with a “Mad Dog” as Sec Def and a CINC who will open up the ROE as required.
          And the immigrant army is all desperate underfed people who are hoping for a free ride, not a stand up fight. If they do cross over the border they are still 1500-1800 miles from me, and that’s a really long walk once they hit cold weather as winter quickly approaches.

          Just my predictions……..buy ammo we will have to defend America

          I see, all of this to justify more ammunition purchases, what a sly dog, LOL.
          I have quite a lot and will purchase more if I need it, no excuses required.
          Did puppy put you up to this? LOL

          1. TOP, it works for me as an excuse for the Mrs…..LOL

            But think, there are rogue actors here who are clawing and scratching to get power back at ANY COST. People inside the CIA are still loyal to the Dems/Globalists.

            Did you ever see the movie Amerigeddon ???

            Bad special effects but the plot was there.

            https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Texas

          2. TOP, it depends on the caliber and the amount. I can buy what I want she says I’m the boss…..LOL

            You buy 20ga,9mm and 22cal. Far cry from 50cal,300wm,30-06, 12ga or my favorite 44mag anti- personnel rounds…..LOL

            Hey don’t feel to safe in rural areas as that’s where the golden horde will head for food. Safety in numbers and tactical advantages of cross fire from neighbors and choke points……

          3. Thor1 ,
            TOP, it depends on the caliber and the amount. I can buy what I want she says I’m the boss…..LOL
            They all say that, right up until we want to spend the big bucks. In our case we just have to fit it into our budget and I van generally do what I want. On Saturday September 29th we went to the local Honda dealership to ”Look”; but, picked up our new 2018 CRV on Tuesday, October 2nd. She loves the new car (our first in 18 years); but, she still occasionally mentions how we were just going to ”Look”. That’s an implied elbow in the side of course. LOL.

            You buy 20ga,9mm and 22cal. Far cry from 50cal,300wm,30-06, 12ga or my favorite 44mag anti- personnel rounds…..LOL
            I also have .380 auto, 38 special, .357 magnum, .22 WMR, and 5.56 that comps faster from my Contender than any of my old AR’s ever did. I also have a variety of .410 caliber rounds. .410 musket ball is a real man stopper. As for the .30 & .50 cal, how often do you get out to shoot and practice with them? I practice regularly with everything out back in the yard.

            Hey don’t feel to safe in rural areas as that’s where the golden horde will head for food. Safety in numbers and tactical advantages of cross fire from neighbors and choke points
            We have all of those numbers with a lot of long range rifle shooters and natural choke points like creeks, rivers, gulley’s, ridge lines, wooded areas, and plowed fields with no roads. The golden horde is most likely going to loot the stores and warehouses in the cities first (easy pickings in theory LOL), and if they have transport out this far, they will not have an easy Sunday drive into the country, and unless they’re driving an off road vehicle like an ATV or UTV or on horseback, it will be really slow moving. Wherever you live, knowing the terrain and having a plan and a MAG will no doubt be the key.
            Kids out here start their introduction to shooting on groundhogs at 100 or more yards. Everyone I know either carries or has something close at hand for defense, since a 911 call here can take 30 or more minutes, depending on the location of the nearest available deputy.
            Our neighborhoods may be larger in area than our city counterparts; but, I often see more caring and community out here than when I lived in the city years ago. We simply watch out for each other.
            If you suffer a sustained power outage, you may be OK; but, how do your neighbors fair, and what will they be thinking when they see your lights on, while they sit freezing in the dark?
            Just wondering out loud. LOL.

          4. TOP, is your MAG going to live at your house?

            How far is your nearest neighbor?

            Is your propane tank buried? If not, is it far enough away from your house that if hit with an incendiary round?

            If a large group shows up in the middle of the night would you be able to stop them?

            Do you have night vision or thermal imaging?

            What if they had Molotov cocktails?

            Is your house fire resistant?

            Are the walls of your house bullet resistant?

            What if they are wearing class 3 body armor?

            What if they have armored vehicles?

            These are things that superior firepower can help to stop…….

            I am proficient with all of my weapons and have enough ammo, no you can never have enough…..LOL

            These questions are things to prepare for….

            5.56 out of a Thompson contender….. What’s the rate of fire? LOL

            I had a buddy who had one in .35 cal just so he could have a handgun that could shoot rifle ammo in New York…..

            Good question?

          5. Thor1,

            TOP, is your MAG going to live at your house?

            In a crisis, some of them will be moving here. We have 4 large bedrooms and plenty of other space for cots and air beds.

            How far is your nearest neighbor?

            About 100 yards to the south and 40 yards to the north east.

            Is your propane tank buried? If not, is it far enough away from your house that if hit with an incendiary round?

            My tanks (5 of them) are not buried; but, are about 250-275 feet from the house, and an incendiary round will do nothing except poke a hole and start a fire. That assumes that you know where they are, since they have some amount of concealment.

            If a large group shows up in the middle of the night would you be able to stop them?

            Unless they beamed onto the property, I’ll have a heads up from our local watch group and/or electronic detection and stopping them would depend on a lot of things; but, I will not be alone doing it.

            Do you have night vision or thermal imaging?

            I have some inexpensive NV and so do some of the neighbors; but,I know thelay of the land between my location and the road, and can bring intensive lighting to portions of the property, just before the guns start firing.

            What if they had Molotov cocktails
            Is your house fire resistant?

            First they have to get in range to throw them and hit the house, and yes, the brick construction with asbestos siding would be rather fire resistant.

            Are the walls of your house bullet resistant?

            Some of them are, some not so much, I’ve never shot at the house. Are your walls resistant to bullets and if so, how do you know?

            What if they are wearing class 3 body armor?

            Head shots when they pass the range markers and call for help.

            What if they have armored vehicles?

            Pretty much the same as you and everyone else, hide; unless, you have a bazooka or an M72 LAWS rocket system handy. I don’t have such things & I suspect you don’t either. It will just be a long time to get those vehicles out this far and I don’t expect belligerents to come clear out here with that ordinance for my meager supplies of grains, they will have to process before they can eat.

            These are things that superior firepower can help to stop…….

            It really depends on your definition of superior firepower, since tactics and other non firearms equipment can be of benefit here also; but, if you have the gear to stop a tank, then I guess you’re in better shape than I am, if you ever see one.

            I am proficient with all of my weapons and have enough ammo, no you can never have enough…..LOL

            I’m also proficient and I agree that you’re always at least one case short on ammunition, LOL

            These questions are things to prepare for….

            Agreed, and if the mightily armed hoards attacked any of us from 360° I suspect we would all come up short. We just do what we can do.

            5.56 out of a Thompson contender….. What’s the rate of fire? LOL

            Why does rate of fire really matter? Subguns are for suppression fire and waste ammunition I don’t have. The rate of fire on the contender is perhaps 10 RPM; but, making each a solid hit, beats spray and pray and doesn’t waste ammunition. I would also be expecting counter fire support from many of the neighbors. Everyone here has guns and shoots regularly. In fact I just heard gunfire a moment ago @ 0250, which I suspect are coon hunters out & about.

            I had a buddy who had one in .35 cal just so he could have a handgun that could shoot rifle ammo in New York…..

            I mostly use mine for deer hunting with .357 magnum and years ago I used to shoot Metallic Silhouette using 7 mm TCU. That barrel is available for sale if you know anyone needing it, LOL. I also occasionally shoot 38 Special and.22RF. It’s just a fun gun to shoot and makes a great demo for showing students the basic components of a firearm, one piece at a time while you assemble it.
            The 5.56 / .223 also makes a great groundhog gun, which I suspect it will be used for more often than holding off the MZB’s

            Good question?

            Any question is a good question, especially if it helps you find holes in your plans.
            We should be asking ourselves these things all of the time as we refine our Threat Matrix.

          6. And Thor1,
            Let’s assume for the moment that your “superior firepower” keeps the belligerents away from you and your neighborhood. Instead they attack the infrastructure you depend on. What do you do when your power goes out, your cell phones stop working, and your water and sewage no longer function? Since they can assault that infrastructure far away from your location where you and yours cannot defend it, you could be the one freezing in the dark without outside communications. If they had overwatch sitting in cover @ 500 or more yards in one of many buildings, they could harass anyone that came out in the open, so you could well be stuck inside. We could also be harassed that way here; but, there are far fewer places to hide, and a lot more open space. Add to that unhindered drone coverage and our counter overwatch could well give us an advantage you may not have available.
            In my case, that entire infrastructure is right here on the property, with enough resources and accommodations to hold a large group of people who can provide support and security.
            And to your earlier question: Do you have night vision or thermal imaging? I should probably elaborate. I have remote PTZ HD cameras with that capability, along with field of view motion detection. The detection is generally disabled, since it is prone to false detections from critters like whitetail deer running around in the dark; however, it can be enabled and allow monitoring to be accomplished from a warm safe place with a staff of people who only have to play games, eat, and talk.

      2. Thor1,

        No one is paying attention to what is going on in Israel. And we will defend her… The mob is just another elitist attempt to do exactly what you are saying.

        Thor1, I wanted to send you a link to something. Dan can send my address to you if want to exchange info.

        1. AT, you seem to be a nice person and patriot, but that would fall under the OPSEC rule.
          I enjoy communicating here with everyone.

          1. Thor1,

            TOP, it works for me as an excuse for the Mrs…..LOL

            I don’t need excuses. If I need (want?) something as cheap as ammo, I just purchase or order it. Large more expensive items get discussed and we have to fit them into our budget and occasionally our credit card cycle.

            But think, there are rogue actors here who are clawing and scratching to get power back at ANY COST. People inside the CIA are still loyal to the Dems/Globalists.

            No doubt; but, it’s still a really big country with a lot of people who will push back &/or fight back if the need arises.

            Did you ever see the movie Amerigeddon ???
            Bad special effects but the plot was there.

            I have seen Amerigeddon, and Amerika, and Red Dawn, and think they were not bad as movies; but, far from documentaries. As I said, this is a big country and the mindset of most citizens “don’t play that” socialist, global governance game. It’s sad that some do; but, they are outnumbered and mostly unarmed.
            Your link made no sense to me about Central Texas, other than the fact that my kid sister lived in Killeen and was stationed @ Fort Hood for a while during her career. She had also eaten a few times at Luby’s restaurant, prior to the shooting there.

          2. Thor1,

            AT, you seem to be a nice person and patriot, but that would fall under the OPSEC rule.
            I enjoy communicating here with everyone.

            She is in deed and we’ve emailed and talked on the phone numerous times, with neither of us getting our OPSEC blown.
            That’s generally a good rule unless you have a trusted 3rd party holding the contact information. I currently have email contact information for about 20 folks on this forum, along with real names, and in some cases addresses &/or telephone numbers. I’ve also talked with a few on the phone
            This has allowed me to meet some really neat people like Grammyprepper and her DH; but, I’m also not the paranoid conspiracy kind of guy.
            There are BTW two things I’ve learned about paranoia.
            1. It’s not being paranoid if they are really out to get you
            2. Sometimes it’s not if you are paranoid; but, are you paranoid enough.

            Just sayin’

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