NextTex: Recovery Woes, Life Slows – a “Climate Kill”

Political Control 101: “Never let a Good Crisis Go to Waste.” Something very strange jumped out at us while looking at the AI looking at the news flow:  I think, by-golly, we may just have the first “political climate character assassination” to do a post-mort on. The story, under headlines like “Ted Cruz flew to Mexico as Texans froze in storms” seems to us a rather deft (though possibly daft), of the same sort used as a major factor …

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Storm Tactics – A Critique

Some things we got right – a few things wrong. What ate the key lessons from the second major storm series to hit Texas this year?  Some Surprising learnings. First though, a look at some headlines – yeah, about Texas – and then into the ChartPack before we “Go outside and “play in the snow…” More for Subscribers   ||| Not a Subscriber? SUBSCRIBE NOW! ||| Subscriber Help Center

0 Degrees F Now – A Few Additional Notes

My first  foray into the Frozen South results in several “life in the Outback” notes. Solar panels had to be re=swept – remove overnight frost.  Daily here shortly. Computer 2 is on charge. Big energy bank is 23.8V. Only spot freezing in food storage (mushroom soup cans 31.7F…) No broken water anywhere (waiting for the Big thaw in 3 days, though) Glad to have boxes of Amazon Basics AA and AAA batteries. News Headlines: Bitcoin …

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Prepping: Bike & Fix-It Shop Basics (Pt. 2)

Breaking:  A Wuhan Update Before we jump into the lighter stuff, two quick notes. First the daily numbers: Cases:  69,266   Deaths: 1,670 Cases are up almost 86% from a week ago; deaths are up 105.6% – more than doubling. Second is a follow-up to the research paper we posted Saturday, (previous post) showing an association may exist between COVID-19 with ACES2 receptors, targeting lungs and testicles.  From a very smart medical professional: “Probably not …

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Prepping: Fix-It Shop Basics (Part I)

OK, suppose the worst happens:  the lights go out – the Internet has been attacked – but where you live, dedicated worker are getting the power on a couple of hours per day. You have been able to scrape-by – supplementing some wholly inadequate stored foods with a few fresh veggies from your quickly-planted garden. There’s no work to do – and since there is no Internet, only radios that people have been using for …

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Prepping: Invest in “Give-Away” Comms?

Had an interesting reader note come in:  Basically asked if I could please do an article on communications (for the SHTF scenarios) that would be simple and no “diode this” and “Morse that…”  Yup, guilty as charged.  Why, if I got a dollar for everytime someone said “Ask George what time it is and he’s likely to build a watch factory”  I’d have $5-bucks, anyways. So sure…glad to help anyone who’s thinking ahead to helping …

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Prepping: The $40 Plan for 2020

Since we’ve been writing about “UrbanSurvival” long before any of the “Johnny-come-lately’s” on the web (starting in ’98), our views on what’s “adequate prepping” have moderated a bit, over time. Here are the simplest, cheapest, and best ways we can think of to increase your personal preparedness in 2020. Spend $10-bucks a person on bottled water. If there is  one vulterability we all have, it’s that water is the essence of life.  Go without it …

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Prepping: For Christmas in East Texas

Life in the city is grand.  Everything convenient, all services close-at-hand.  Yet there’s something special about holidays in the woods… Let’s start with the food part.  Since there are only two of us this time around, we’re not doing a big meal for Christmas.  Honestly, it looks like a toss-up between a couple of slabs of baby-back ribs on the BBQ or doing a baked turkey breast in the over. Something I’d strongly recommend if …

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