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    Prep Now for the Coming Winter Challenges

    There's still time to make a plan.
    by Samantha Biggers

    Thursday, October 28, 2021, 10:47 AM

Specific Challenges of Winter 2021-2022

This coming winter is going to prove challenging for many. At the same time, you can do things to make it a little easier for you and your family. In this article, I will discuss some of the challenges and then provide some manageable things you can do to prepare for the second winter of COVID-19, one of the biggest subjects ruling over our daily lives.

During the Fall there is an important change in people. The age old instinct to hunker down for the winter leads often leads to a change in spending patterns that can cause such things has shortages and stock market crashes.

Regardless of how you feel about COVID-19, this is the second winter that has affected your life somehow. Even those out there that call it fake cannot deny that it has changed some aspect of life for them or someone they know.

Last winter was rough but this one is likely to be rougher due to a variety of factors that could create a perfect storm at all levels of society.

Inflation

The Federal government has printed a lot of money. While this undoubtedly causes some inflation, there are other factors that are causing a steep rise in the prices of items you need to maintain your lifestyle. Remember that many basic necessities, including food, are not used to calculate the official government rate of inflation or CPI published yearly. Going by those official numbers results in an optimistic picture compared to the true inflationary numbers.

When inflation becomes a factor, people with liquid assets tend to start rolling it into tangible goods. As supply levels dwindle prices rise and goods become unavailable. Without good price signals, producers cannot set a future price for orders so they don’t produce enough to meet demand so there are gaps in supply. Simply put too much money chasing not enough goods equals shortages

Food Inflation and Lack of Production

Crops have taken a heavy hit due to drought in the West. Rising transportation and labor costs have also played a role in food prices on the rise. A lack of labor across a wide variety of sectors, including harvesting, packaging, and food safety due to the fallout of pandemic-related lockdowns and programs, has been devastating to the farming and food manufacturing industries.

Civil Unrest

People are fed up. The COVID-19 lockdowns resulted in a significant percentage of the population experiencing a decline in mental health and overall wellbeing. A lot of people that were already struggling with addiction just sank deeper into it.

Vaccine Passports

 

Many people have decided not to receive any COVID-19 vaccines, which makes some folks pretty darn unhappy. Now some small and large businesses are requiring that workers be vaccinated. In some cities or businesses, unvaccinated individuals dine in at a restaurant or go into a grocery store. Plenty of the unvaccinated are asking what is next. Will they be allowed to shop for food? Will it really go that far? In the future, will the unvaccinated even be allowed to receive grocery deliveries from some merchants?

Regardless of how far it goes, it is clear that some want to make life as hard as possible for those who want to choose what goes into their bodies. Many of this same crowd also say “My body, my choice” when it comes to other health issues. This comes across as hypocritical to some of us.

Of course, there is already a black market for COVID-19 vaccination cards. The result is a push for vaccine records and “passports” to be electronic so that they can be accessed anytime someone needs to check vaccine status.

One of the more disturbing trends is the number of people, including doctors that think that someone that refuses the vaccine should be denied medical treatment for any illness. This is appalling and a clear violation of the Hippocratic Oath. Perhaps if you don’t want to work with people that might be carrying a range of diseases, you shouldn’t be in medicine?

Doctors that are willing to provide care to everyone regardless of vaccine status will have no problem booking appointments if trends continue.

People will be upset when they realize that we cannot vaccinate ourselves back to normalcy.

Israel and Scotland have some of the highest vaccination rates in the world but they also have some of the highest rates of COVID-19 cases. When people realize that the vaccines are not working against the many COVID-19 variants they will increasingly blame the unvaccinated. The sentiment of “if we had all just got vaccinated at the same time” will proliferate not that it will do any good. We are not going to vaccinate ourselves back to normalcy. Especially not when COVID-19 can reside in animal hosts. The reality is that the genie cannot be put back in the bottle.

Getting a booster jab every 5-8 months is not realistic or sustainable.

Some are floating around the idea of charging a fee in the future for shots. $35 per shot has been thrown around as the cost. That cost will be passed on to you. Insurance rates will go up or you may find yourself paying for the vaccine out of pocket. At $35 per shot, that means a family of 4 could be shelling out $140 every 5-8 months and dealing with the side effects of the vaccine at the same time. Plenty of people have missed work after their shot. During times like these, lost work is not something everyone can afford.

Shortages and Limits

Some items seem to always be in short supply or, at the very least, occasionally not available at local stores. We have used Instacart for groceries orders quite often, and the shoppers always say that it is smart if you get your orders shipped and delivered in the morning time. By evening time, the grocery store is out of some items. Sometimes items are available the next morning, but it can be longer.

Paper Products continue to be on and off shelves. People have mentioned to me that they have placed orders online at Wal-Mart only to have their order canceled.

Shortage Example: Infant Formula

Amazon and other major online retailers are placing limits on how much baby formula you can purchase at once. For one brand I looked at, you could only buy about three weeks’ worth of formula at a time. I checked back, and you were allowed to order again about the time your previous order was delivered. While some may think, well, that just means you need to place frequent orders, it is hard not to find it disturbing when one cannot buy enough of an essential good to last a month. Wal-Mart offered more generous limits, allowing for a 90 day supply for the average infant.

Grocery stores have very few cans of formula. My first trip inside a grocery store in more than 16 months left me a bit shocked. A large grocery store only stocking maybe 40 cans of formula and very few brands was surprising.

If your infant needs a specific brand or formulation, then you need to be especially concerned and put back a supply to get your child through. I am not advocating buying up more than you need, but you should consider what you need to get your child through the winter at the very least.

Medical Supply and Medication Shortages

I recently delivered via C-Section at a large regional hospital in Western North Carolina after a failed induction at 42 weeks of pregnancy. I was there for three days total, and it was impossible not to pick up on the lack of some items. When I asked about what else they had trouble getting it, I got a few more details. What surprised me what that some supplies were just so basic! For example, the baby heart and oxygen monitor that was used during the induction needs a specific type of paper to create a paper printout of the monitoring. The nurse was happy when another came in with some of that paper. It turns out it was backordered for weeks. Sure they could do without paper, but what about monitoring equipment for complicated births and inductions? One nurse showed me a special monitor that uses a copper filament. This is attached to a baby’s scalp in utero during complicated births or inductions. While I did not need this, they did say that they had gone so far as to hide them at nurses’ stations and make sure they only got used when necessary.

Medications are another area of shortages. My father takes a small dose of Metformin for his Agent Orange-related diabetes. The Veterans Administration sends his prescriptions in the mail. He always calls in his prescription renewals well in advance. Even with his proactive habits, his medicine has been arriving on the day he is going to run out, and sometimes they only send a 30 day supply instead of 90 days. I expect that medication shortages will get worse. India supplies a lot of the medications that we rely on daily in the USA.

Lack of Labor

The labor shortage can be attributed to many different factors, even if some people try to blame their favorite one.

Drug Abuse

Heroin and fentanyl abuse, in particular, are to blame for at least some of the labor shortage. With millions of people out of the workforce due to the inability to function at anything close to a normal level, it undoubtedly has an impact on the number of workers available. Even those who can maintain some function cannot pass a drug screen to get some of the jobs they may qualify for on paper.

Generous and Extended Unemployment Benefits and Government Programs

There is not a lot of incentive to work if your unemployment benefits are close to what you would make at your job, or in some cases, more than what you would make. When you factor in commute times, childcare costs, gas and vehicle maintenance, etc., it is not hard to see that some people are simply better off financially not working. Ironically on Labor Day, these benefit programs ended. At the same time President Biden told states that they could use federal relief funds to extend unemployment benefits if they chose to. As of September 6, none have chose to do so.

Perhaps by the time this is published, some states will have allocated some federal relief funds.

Of course, all the stimulus checks for each household member and the generous $250-$300 per month for each child under 18 in the home also adds to overall income without any work being done.

Lack of Laborers with Specific Skills

Some jobs take years of education or training. Even those that require a 6-month certificate adds quite a delay in recruiting new employees.

In some cases, people with the qualifications and skills to perform some tasks have decided to switch occupations due to working conditions. Truckers are a great example of this. A few years ago, I did some investigative journalism on why truckers were threatening strikes. New regulations requiring truckers to use electronic logs caused a huge drop in pay. Truckers were restricted to how many hours they could log with their truck running. This led to a lot of them sleeping on the side of the road with no access to bathrooms or meals. Then there is the fact that when they are on the road, the number of gas stations and businesses that will allow them to park and shop or get a meal has gone down. Wal-Mart, for example, will not let truckers stop and shop or get some food. Many gas stations don’t have room.

Worker Retirement

The baby boomer generation was huge. Now a lot of that generation has retired or will very soon. Some of their kids may even be considering retirement at this point.  Some people have to switch jobs as they age as well because the physical requirements are too great.

Again, the trucking industry is a good example of a lot of older drivers retiring, and younger people are not replacing them because they don’t want the job. In fact, a lot of the older drivers have spent the last year telling young people they don’t want to be a truck driver because the conditions are awful.

Farming is an important job, but it is another area that young people are not taking over as older farmers age out of the workforce. For years kids were taught that occupations like farming were for ignorant or poor people and that they should go to college and get a cushy desk job.

Lack of labor will affect everyone because it means that things are not being manufactured, grown, or shipped or sold at a rate that can feed the supply chain.

Be prepared for ongoing shortages of many everyday items and a lot of specialty goods. Increases in prices are guaranteed as manufacturing costs go up due to supply and demand and the lack of inexpensive foreign manufacturing and labor.

The CDC eviction ban ending will have some serious consequences.

The CDC eviction decree has been renewed multiple times. On August 27, 2020 the Supreme Court ended the CDC’s residential eviction moratorium. Some states have chosen to extend the ban themselves. For example, California has an eviction ban in place until September 30, 2021 at time of writing.  Illinois has extended their eviction moratorium until October 3, 2021.

The eviction ban has resulted in many landlords and mortgage holders having no revenue from properties to cover mortgages, utilities, and general maintenance. In some cases, landlords have experienced tenets moving and leaving tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid rent.

When the eviction ban ends, people will live more densely. This means moving in with family members when they are evicted. More people will live with roommates. The less fortunate will be frantically looking for housing. Inevitably some will stay homeless for a longer period.

It is possible that the eviction ban ending will lead to some people selling properties rather than maintaining them as rentals.

Loss of Confidence in Institutions

The general public has lost a lot of confidence in the institutions seen as the cornerstones of modern first-world society.

The Mainstream Media

Mainstream media have an agenda. They do not provide fair and balanced, or truthful information regularly and with the best interest of the public in mind. True journalism is rare in mainstream outlets. Independent journalists and news sites have seen a jump in traffic as more people wake up and find alternative ways to get news and information. Unfortunately, censorship, de-platforming, and kicking websites out of ad networks that provide revenue are tactics being used to fight free speech and people’s access to alternative media outlets. Peak Prosperity has experienced this many times. Most recently, Youtube took down some of Chris’ videos for violating “community standards.” 

Universities

In the past, universities were seen as places to learn and experience various opinions and even cultures. Now our higher learning centers are becoming more single-minded and discouraging independent thinking and free speech. Anyone that dares say anything outside of the “narrative” is labeled a racist, homo, or transphobic, or simply not “woke” enough. 

Hospitals and Medical Professionals

The medical community is divided. Opinions on COVID-19 have made many question how much a doctor or hospital can be trusted.  Some doctors have even gone so far as to say they should not have to treat those that are not considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That is a violation of the Hippocratic Oath. Perhaps if a hospital doctor is not comfortable working with potentially sick people any longer, they should find another profession or retire.

CDC

Over the course of COVID-19, the CDC was notorious for flip-flopping on important health information and data. They choose to ignore information that doesn’t go with the narrative and role they want to play to influence the health choices of a nation.

The Government

When some people voted in the last election, they chose their candidate with the hopes that they could lead us back to normality. Recent events have led to some voters losing faith in the administration they voted for. As more people realize there is no way we are going back to “normal” the loss of confidence will continue to increase.

General Preparedness Tips for Winter 2021-2022

Heating and Cooking Fuel

Now is the time to make sure you have the cooking and heating fuels you need to get through winter. The cost of any type of fuel is high, including firewood. A full cord of seasoned and split mixed hardwood costs around $300-$400 delivered in my area.

While there seems to be plenty of propane on hand at the moment, the cost has gone up. A shortage of delivery drivers could impact all types of fuel deliveries at any given time. Lack of labor along with bad weather can easily cause short to long-term shortages in some areas.

Take a look at your home and take note of any repairs or maintenance that are needed.

  • Check for leaks. Even a small leak can cause a lot of damage over time. Leaks cost a lot more to fix the longer you let them go. Leaky taps and pipes can make water bills higher if you are on a meter in town.
  • Look for cracks and spaces that allow cold drafts of air into the home. This will reduce your heat bill and the amount of fuel used.
  • Clean your chimney. You may be surprised what is in your chimney at the beginning of fire burning season. Sometimes we get a bird in the house when we clean ours. Chimney fires are no joke. They are scary and can lead to catastrophic fires.
  • Make sure walkways, staircases, and ramps are safe for the coming winter. Now is the time to fix any tripping or falling hazards. Medical facilities are very busy and will likely continue to experience a shortage of workers.

Stock up on food.

If you have been putting off buying extra food to have on hand, you should start buying some now. You don’t have to buy a ton of food at once. Even just adding in an extra $10-$20 worth of food per grocery trip will start to add up over time. If you are short on space, then it may be worth it to buy some more expensive freeze-dried or dehydrated foods. Check out my article on food storage for more information.

Ideally, everyone would have a year’s worth of food on hand. This is not realistic for a lot of people. Try to have at least two months’ worth on hand, even if you are short on space. This is easy to achieve with survival food buckets.

Go through your medical kit and replace or add items as needed.

Health care systems are one of the hardest hit when it comes to the lack of workers. COVID-19 led to increased demand that has continued. A lot of medical facilities were experiencing shortages of workers even before the pandemic. You need to be prepared to take care of some medical needs at home. Sitting in a waiting area for hours for something treatable at home is no fun. There are plenty of people that go to the doctor for every minor thing.

If you don’t have a good medical kit, I advise buying a good basic kit and adding some extra items. Here are a few of the essentials that most medical kits are missing:

  • Advil Liquid Gels
  • Benadryl Liquid Gels
  • Blood Stop Powder

Refill any prescriptions for people or pets as soon as you can. Ask your doctor if you can have a script for at least 90 days of any medications you require.

Have a backup heating method or a plan for staying warm if your heat is off.

When Texas experienced its deep freeze at the end of winter, many people struggled to stay warm. This event did not occur in a place where people were used to worrying about such cold temperatures. Tragically some people died trying to use things like grills inside to provide a little heat and cook some food.

Woodstoves are great for backup, but if you don’t have one, you can use heaters that run on kerosene, for example.

Make sure you have blankets and winter-worthy clothing.

Extra blankets and good winter clothing that allows you to dress in many layers should be part of your preparedness plan. Don’t forget good boots that are either insulated or large enough that you can wear thick socks.

Keep a few months’ worths of pet foods on hand.

Pet food became harder to get during the first part of COVID. Plenty of people out there have to feed specific types of food too.  Over the years, I have discovered that a lot of people have food put back for their families, but they don’t have the equivalent for their pets. If you have two months for yourself, then have two months for your pets too. Most people will feed food that was supposed to be for them to their pets rather than let their pets go hungry.

Pick up some non-lethal weapons.

Firearms are great, but they are not the best choice for all situations. If you can avoid lethal force, then it is for the best in most situations. The majority of troublemakers are not out with murder in mind. Some pepper spray, a taser, or even a good walking stick are often all that is needed. I am not saying you shouldn’t conceal carry a gun, either, just that you should have something less lethal for when the situation calls for it. There is also the fact that you can get away with carrying non-lethal weapons in places where firearms are a no-no. Take note that non-lethal is a bit of a misleading term too. Less lethal is actually a better way to put it because it is possible to kill someone with weapons that are considered non-lethal if enough force is used.

Have a plan to keep yourself and your family entertained.

While I think that lockdowns are not going to be tolerated, that still doesn’t mean those in charge will not try it. You may also want to elect to stay at home to avoid increasing levels of violence and civil unrest at times. A storm may make it impossible to travel too.

It is important to have something to do for entertainment and relaxation. Set a small budget for entertainment and plan some activities that can be accomplished with little or no electricity.

What do you expect to happen over this coming winter? What are you doing to prepare?

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 1:26pm

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    DaveDD

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    👍Now, this is a handy checklist!

    Thanks Samatha! Although I live in Europe, this is a very nice and practical overview.

     

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 1:58pm

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    LBL said:

    There is a strange lack of motivation associated with some of the Supply Chain problems.

    E.g. wineries stating they can't produce wine because their normal supplier of labels can't provide labels.

    There was a time when the labels would have been printed in the office, or at a nearby printer, and glued to the bottle.

    In a pinch they could write "2021 Chardonnay" on one of their business cards and glue that to the bottle, or tape it.

    Of course that may mean paying employees to glue 20,000 business cards or other home-made labels on 20,000 bottles.

    I do not see how that is a problem.

    It would be great to hear all the details of some of the production problems that are occurring.

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 2:27pm

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    brushhog said:

    There is a strange lack of motivation associated with some of the Supply Chain problems.

    E.g. wineries stating they can't produce wine because their normal supplier of labels can't provide labels.

    There was a time when the labels would have been printed in the office, or at a nearby printer, and glued to the bottle

    Like so many things in our modern economy its probably regulated to death. They may not legally be able to print a simple label. It might have been Chris [ or somebody Im confusing him with ] who did an article about how the regulations that work during times of excess will prove disasterous when the economy suddenly shifts to scarcity.

    They will clog and slow an already failing supply chain and it will take time to dismantle and discard them in order to facilitate more efficient production /distribution

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 2:42pm

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    Fuel

    Im in the process of stocking up on fuel right now. If nothing else I can keep my tractors running which is key for maintaining the farm. It means tilling over my gardens, haying next summer [ who knows what the deal will be by then ], plowing the snow out so we can have access to the road, carrying things, etc, etc. In a pinch I could conceivably even drive my tractor to town.

    I picked this baby up online. Just delivered yesterday. Due to back orders and shipping issues it took almost a MONTH to arrive;

     

     

    I added the fuel gauge, vent cap, and manual pump. Holds 300 gallons of fuel which I figure covers me for about 2.5-3 years at current use.

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 2:44pm

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    robie robinson said:

    Use fungicide for long term diesel storage.

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 2:58pm

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    Algaecide/biocide for diesel

    I think it might be algaecide or biocide for diesel preservation, not fungicide, because the potential problem is that algae sometimes grows in the diesel. I can't imagine how, and once I went in to a local tractor store to buy some algaecide and the guy at the counter was amused, said I didn't need it.

     

    I think it is very important to use additives to preserve diesel (gas also). I have used the stuff in the white plastic jug from Tractor Supply for years, and even SeaFoam preserves diesel (and gas). This year I got this from Tractor Supply: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Service-09280-06-Clear-Diesel-Cleaner/dp/B004HMIVNU/ref=sr_1_6?crid=2BO6EEHL0S68O&dchild=1&keywords=diesel+algae+treatment&qid=1635447461&qsid=140-5614331-9481619&s=automotive&sprefix=diesel+algae%2Cautomotive%2C177&sr=1-6&sres=B009LMW96G%2CB007ILFKS6%2CB004HMIVNU%2CB0014434DG%2CB005IUP9LC%2CB007D2C132%2CB0030553CC%2CB000FW7V50%2CB00EZNZDTG%2CB00E64I7SI%2CB001HWT1XW%2CB07H9FMB9X%2CB00C2NXIW0%2CB003G54MOG%2CB008HZGXAQ%2CB08QS5Q6PJ%2CB005NJ0XPU%2CB00092893E%2CB072WRRFTB%2CB07WZVG38H

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 3:00pm

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    brushhog said:

    Ive read that, with treatment, diesel should last a good 5 years. Thats one other reason why I focused more on diesel storage than gas.

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 3:02pm

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    Oops

    it is an algae. typing faster than thinking. Alotta fuel filters have been changed due to algae in diesel tanks.

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 3:21pm

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    Replying to brushhog said: (#7) + Robie Robinson + RandomMike

    I'm using "Pri-D" for diesel and "Pri-G" for petrol (Benzin/Gas) from Power Research Inc, which I bought a few years ago. A small plastic container (473 ml / 16 fl oz) treats over 250 US gallons.

    I store my Diesel in 20 litre metal canisters, immediately mix in Pri-D while filling them up right to the top (so there's a minimal air pocket...), then store them in a dark dry room under a disused stable.

    5 years later, I "prime up" the canister by adding the same amount of Pri-D as I first used when putting them into storage...then empty the entire canister through a "Mr Funnel" portable fuel filter directly into my fuel tank.  The fuel filter seems to work well - "dirty fuel in, pure fuel out" says the advertising...and it seems to work exactly like it says on the box.   Most importantly, the filter separates any water from the fuel, as well as any tank residue.

    Engine fires up first time, no "pinking", no misfiring. So far so good.    Exactly the same experience with the petrol too...so I'm quite pleasantly surprised. The trick seems to be to add the Pri-D and Pri-G when storing and then again when opening up after a long storage period...plus of course, the filter...

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 3:31pm

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    how to grow food indoors?

    Resources, books, websites? Personal experience?

    I apologize if this topic has been covered already at Peak Prosperity.

     

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 3:45pm

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    Winter is coming....

     

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 3:52pm

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    VTGothic said:

    Like so many things in our modern economy its probably regulated to death. They may not legally be able to print a simple label.

    It is legal to print your own labels. What's regulated is the nutrition and contents information. But there are websites where you can enter in the ingredients and the site will format a compliant nutritional information section. You can then download that and add it to a homemade label.

    I did that for awhile, starting up a spice blend business. The problem is that printing labels on the home printer is very expensive compared to commercial printing in high volumes. Unless the per bottle price has lots of margin built in, it's much better to slap a 0.01 cent label on vs. a 5 or 10 cent label.

    The hand labor is another expense, vs. rolls of labels applied by a machine in a fraction of the time.

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 3:54pm

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    Nonjab jobs?

    Does anyone know how to search for nonjab jobs? Facing termination.

    I know of at least two very large multi-national private companies whom the federal government has threatened to put all federal contracts unless they have all US employees vaccinated. This is even if the employees work from home full-time and do not work on federal. Employees have been given a month to get this done or face termination.

     

    Any ideas? Job ads are not mentioning this. Can't search by it.

     

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 4:02pm

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    re non-jab jobs

    Check Telegram. There are channels for this kind of thing popping up all over the place, as well as channels for businesses who are not enforcing mandates to advertise themselves. You will not find what you need in the normal media outlets.

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 4:03pm

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    Non jab job website

    I don’t know anything about them.

    https://redballoon.work/about/

    There was another one but I can’t find it now.

    Kathy

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 4:20pm

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    Washington Post takes aim at Wellness community over non-compliance

    https://odysee.com/@DarkHorsePodcastClips:b/washington-post-takes-aim-at-wellness:5

     

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    brushhog said:

    It is legal to print your own labels. What's regulated is the nutrition and contents information. But there are websites where you can enter in the ingredients and the site will format a compliant nutritional information section. You can then download that and add it to a homemade label

    Even for alcoholic beverages? I would think wine falls under some special regulatory guidelines. Most of them list the alcohol content, proof, and etc..

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    vaccines are not working against the many COVID-19 variants

    "When people realize that the vaccines are not working against the many COVID-19 variants they will increasingly blame the unvaccinated."

    It's more likely that the vaccines are making these variants - all major mutations are in the S1 - the same part of the spike that forms the basis of the jab. Mutation speed was initially considered low - but has increased to 4-times that of flu since the rollout - making a quarterly booster requirement a real possibility...

     

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 5:32pm

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    I think the High Wire did a segment in this.

    I can’t remember if it was a high wire I’ll go check it out. It was last week a CEO of a company that was literally doing exactly that. Seeking out resumes and employers to match up for people who didn’t want the vaccine…

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 5:40pm

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    Vax Mandate free employment

    Here it is - https://redballoon.work

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 5:52pm

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    Questions/comments for webinar

    I’m just getting to this now I hope I didn’t miss it!

     

    I’m just getting to this now I hope I didn’t miss it!

    Q.  Green paper money. What’s  likely to become of it, it’s value and usefulness, and over what timeframe, best guess?

    Comment.  To me it’s clear that “the Trillions“ want to see this job division. They want to see division amongst people. They want to see the economy collapsing in order to persuade and nudge an agenda, that is so clear at this point. The Trillions want it this way, to usher in The finalization of complete redistribution. My guess would be a very small middle class and incredibly tiny elite, who I’m calling “The Trillions“, a substantially deep populated planet, and a vast essentially peasant class.  Psychologically speaking, if they get all that done, then maybe they don’t have to be afraid as much, from their point of view. The underlings and the peasants will be controlled. The very small middle class or whatever you wanna call it will be too busy being afraid that they’ll become one of the peasants  It’s pet if your a billionaire troll…

    It’s a hypothesis that fits the circumstances. Not to mention every fiber of my being and all of my intuition says - this is that…

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 6:00pm

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    A few items I'd add to that list

    1) Hot water bottles - easy way to stay comfortable at night when there is little to no heat in the house.

    2) Portable propane stove & heater - for those without a wood stove - Also propane cylinders may be in short supply if we get a repeat of the Texas blackouts again this winter.

    3) Kerosene heater & fuel - for those without a wood stove

    4) Tent and sleeping bags - go camping in your own home

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 6:22pm

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    Long Term Planning - The Next 30 Years

    What can we do plan for the next 10, 20, 30 years and beyond? The fuel and energy that we have today will be gone "tomorrow".

     

     

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 6:24pm

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    jnicole said:

    Bed Warmer is another tool, that could be used to warm the blankets at night.

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 6:57pm

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    Boosters won't work well for long, if at all

    They are using the original formula tuned for the "Alpha" strain spike protein. Alpha has been extinct the wild for months now. "Delta" and follow have already immune escaped the Alpha targeted protection. Diminishing returns.

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 7:03pm

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    LBL said:

    >>> how to grow food indoors?

    Resources, books, websites? Personal experience?

     

    For Lettuce - a mix of Warm (color temp 3500K) & Cool (color temp 5000K) White Screw in LED bulbs.

    I made one by buying the sockets for about $1 each and epoxying them to a 24 x 48 piece of plywood.

    A beneficial side effect during the winter - a 495 watt array of 33x 15 watt LED bulbs, is also a 495 watt HEATER.

    Having bright lights and a garden indoors can also be a very welcoming thing if you haven't seen the sun for a few weeks.  My pet cat and bird lay in the light like it's sunlight.

    Maybe related to Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Though I think SAD has 2 components, 1 of them being Vitamin D.  Once a person has taken care of that, how much light does a human being need ?

    I find that one of the best ways to push back against winter cold is by raising your body temperature with exercise. 

     

    I think one other thing that comes in handy is some "Vacation Reading".  I like Michael Connelly books.  He manages to make LA look like a pleasant live-able place.   A sign of true genius !

    Normally I don't read books like that.

    But if the electricity goes out, you can just read your Vacation Book.

    Makes it less upsetting if the Internet link breaks.  In my case that is a digital microwave radio that connects to a larger radio on a hill about 3 miles away.

    It's nice to have a pleasant Vacation-y book to read if the Internet and/or Electricity go out.

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 7:07pm

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    Failing booster program in Israel

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/with-1-75-million-unvaxxed-or-not-boosted-israel-risks-dropping-ball-expert/

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 7:38pm

    You've been Nudged...!

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    Boosters won't work well for long, if at all

    "They are using the original formula tuned for the "Alpha" strain spike protein. Alpha has been extinct the wild for months now. "Delta" and follow have already immune escaped the Alpha targeted protection."

    They are actually based on the original variant supposedly found in Wuhan - Alpha was supposedly found in the UK...

    Even if they used a latter variant - they would still not work for long because they are only using parts of the spike for immunity - rather than a full, live-attenuated inoculation...

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 9:30pm

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    Solar Source, Jackery?

    New paid member, long time viewer. Thank you Chris for everything you do.
    I feel that I am doing decent getting prepared regarding food storage, medication, supplement supplies, etc. but still shopping for a small solar generator. Any opinions out there regarding brand? Considering the Jackery but wanted to ask here before I shelled out a couple grand. Thanks for any opinions.

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 9:44pm

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    Portable solar

    For portable (in my camper) small solar set up I have a goal zero. It does just fine. I have whole home solar so would only use it at home if things went really wrong.

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 9:48pm

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    Jackery

    Welcome!

    I got a Jackery about a year ago.  I wanted something just in case but aside from the one time, hmm how does it work and a couple cycle the battery for maintenance events I haven’t done much with it.  I like that it is pretty self explanatory and contained.

    The other one everyone seems to mention is Bluetti.

    I suspect you could get more bang for your buck building your own system.  Mots is the guy that will have those answers.  If he chimes in, listen.

    Kathy

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 9:56pm

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    Lisa Wilson said:

    I live in Phx At and I’m taking things seriously. We live in a rural area on a well so if we lose power, we lose water.  In the last month I have installed a 6000 gallon water tank, bought a propane generator and several large tanks,  a water pump, a 20 cf foot freezer and just put a deposit on a full beef.  I also have a garden and mini chicken hatchery running at full tilt.  Husband thinks I have lost my mind…

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  • Thu, Oct 28, 2021 - 10:17pm

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    online tank souce requested

    Thanks for the post regarding diesel tank and misc equipment...price/size/store information would greatly be appreciated!

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 1:36am

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    The Establishment Is Hiding Mass Resistance To Vaccine Mandates With The “Striketober” Farce

    The Establishment Is Hiding Mass Resistance To Vaccine Mandates With The “Striketober” Farce

    "These high profile strikes and walkouts are starting to eclipse media coverage of the true culprits behind the labor crisis – Namely the Biden Administration and blue state governments enacting global mandates, vaccine controls and covid stimulus.

    The source of worker shortages, supply chain bottlenecks and a lot of our stagflationary issues can be traced directly back to the government’s covid restrictions and the covid welfare programs. Get rid of the restrictions, the mandates and the covid checks and over time the crisis will disappear. It really is that simple. However, the establishment does not want you to see it that way.

    Marxist/Socialist groups are working feverishly to make hay with the covid protests and employee strikes in an attempt to attribute them to “worker discontent” over low wages and “mistreatment” rather than the covid mandates. This is nonsense.

    First and foremost, wages have been rising exponentially in the past year for what I would call “zero skill workers” in the retail and service industries. When a potential employee with no valuable skills can walk into almost any chain restaurant or retail outlet and get $15 or more an hour on top of a signing bonus of hundreds of dollars just for showing up on the first day, there is no unfair disparity for the working class.

    When the average minimum wage across the states is around $9 and most service workers are making nearly double that, there is no legitimate problem for Marxists to complain about. So, they have to make things up. To be sure, $15 an hour is not enough to buy a home or start a family on a single income, but people aren’t automatically entitled to home ownership and no intelligent person expects to launch a career in food service or retail. That’s why decades ago these jobs were filled by teenagers, not people in their 20s or older. Doubling the minimum wage only accomplished one thing int he long run: Much higher prices for everyone.

    Workers might feel like they are being abused, but it’s not their paychecks under attack or their managers making sexual advances. These are petty concerns compared to the bigger issue at hand – Their individual civil liberties.

    As noted, there are two major factors in worker shortages: The Biden vaccine mandates and state and federal covid stimulus programs which pay people more to stay at home than they would make on the job. THESE are the reasons for worker shortages and anyone that claims otherwise is ignorant or has an agenda.

    Federal covid checks are not done yet. Contrary to popular belief the cash is still flowing through various programs including child credit programs. Also, most states continue to pump out covid financial aid on top of existing unemployment benefits. This is essentially Universal Basic Income and it’s not over by a long shot. Businesses cannot find enough labor because the government has bribed millions of workers to stay home. The socialists don’t like to address this problem because it conflicts with their Striketober fantasy, so they deny it exists.

    The establishment is well aware that these actions are destabilizing the labor market and I believe the goal is to destroy the small business sector specifically. Small businesses cannot compete with corporations backed by trillions in central bank stimulus. They don’t have the resources to double wage rates for zero-skill workers or to offer large signing bonuses. They also don’t have the resources to police their own employees and customers to ensure these people are complying with vaccine passports and booster shots. Within a year the solid small business foundation of the US will be a hollow shell.

    With the death of small businesses, all that will remain are international conglomerates that WILL enforce the mandates and threaten people with poverty and starvation if they refuse the vax. All other legal alternatives will be removed and that is exactly what the elites want. Without defiant small businesses there’s nowhere left for you to work or shop without the vax passport. Corporate monopolies are the tool governments are using to circumvent constitutional protections for individuals.

    But as this process plays out the resistance grows. And, as they say, the resistance will not be televised.

    The entire premise of Striketober and the rise of the “oppressed proletariat” is a farce, but there is a different kind of revolution brewing. The latest narrative does at least represent something new in the agenda to derail the US economy. For the most part we have been dealing with astroturf protests from Cultural Marxists in the form of crazed social justice warriors funded by globalist foundations. The focus is usually on exploiting cultural taboos or non-existent racism or sexism. The Striketober development is a much more classic rendition of old school Marxist sabotage, and it appears that it was slapped together haphazardly by establishment elites in order to diminish the VERY REAL conservative worker walkouts.

    That is to say, from now on expect that if you walk out of a job or get fired from a job for non-compliance on the experimental covid vax you might be lumped in with a fake leftist movement and no one will mention the real reasons for your sacrifice. But what is the point of this psy-op? Don’t the globalists want to identify and demonize the millions of conservatives refusing the vax?

    I am reminded of a story I read when I was a child about a conversation between an ancient Roman General and a Roman Senator. The senator tells the general that something needed to be done about separating and delineating the slave class from the free Roman citizens because often they all looked alike and were sometimes dressed alike. The senator suggested that the slaves be forced to wear black arm bands so they could be easily identified. The general disagreed, pointing out that if the slaves were given the arm bands they would finally see how many of them there were, and realizing the sheer size of their population the slaves might then be encouraged to revolt against the empire."

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 3:03am

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    Holly Grootveld

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    Sustaining a large family

    I've been doing a lot of thinking about the needs and sustainability of our family. We have six young children, our oldest just turned 12 and our youngest just turned 3 months old. I love the considerations that the article had above and thought I would add a few things that I have considered for our situation. My husband is the bread winner in our home, and I stay at home /homeschool our children. We have always tried to be thrifty and have had seasons that we needed to do without or be creative.  I think that part of the preparation that we have been doing for what is coming has been to start using the new systems and recipes. I have been thinking about how it is important for kids to have a gradual transition into change. We have homeschooled from the time our first child was in kindergarten. I have talked to several moms that began homeschooling when covid hit and were thrown into the deep-end almost overnight. They have expressed how overwhelming that was both for them and their children. Anyway, I think a big part of being resilient with a family, is to start implementing these changes in the home and taking notice of how everyone is handling the changes. Finding out what is going to work long term, what more might be needed or changed, in order for your family to thrive. While also giving your kids a chance to adjust more slowly, and not be thrown into everything at once.

    So for our family here are some things that we have been changing or have always done that will help us moving forward...

    • We have switched back to using cloth diapers/ wipes. We have a supply of laundry detergent that we buy in bulk that works for our diapers and general wash. In the past I have also made homemade laundry detergent.
    • Making baby food has always been a good way to save money and know exactly what is going into our babies.
    • I cut all our kids hair and my husbands. Thankfully, we have done this for over 10 years now, so I'm confident in how to do it. I did replace our whal clippers recently, as they were getting fairly worn.
    • Instead of buying paper towels we are using old burp clothes/ rags.
    • For cleaning we invested in a steam mop, norwex products, and basic items that we have used in the past that can be used to clean with, such as hydrogen peroxide, borax, bon-ami, baking soda, lemon juice, ammonia, Clorox, and vinegar.
    • My husband and oldest son hunt. We generally harvest elk, deer, and antelope. We process and vacuum seal our game for the freezer. The last few years we have used some of the ground meat to make our own sausage. Last year my son (11 years old) made elk jerky as well. We make our own dog food out of meat that has been in the freezer over a year.
    • I have stocked up on extra things like rennet, citirc acid, cheese salt, and cultures that we can use to make homemade yogurt, cheese, sour cream, and riccotta. We are learning how to make these. We are hoping to eventually buy a cheese press and learn to do hard cheeses.
    • I am thinking about containers. In the past we would keep containers from the store and reuse them. My grandparents are farmers that grew up in the great depression and they always keep jars and containers that they could reuse. They reuse and repurpose everything. I've learned so much from them.
    • I went through our canning items and ordered reusable lids and pectin. We have canned in the past, so I made sure the equipment is all together. Canning jars are expensive now, but I am finding them second hand.
    • During the end of season sales I almost always buy what will be needed the next year for my kids and put it up in the bin for that size. So this fall I bought all of next years summer clothes. I go through each bin when I'm putting kids clothes away at the end of the season and figure out what needs replaced, inevitably there are worn out shoes or holes in the knees on pants. If my kids grow faster than expected than I just look for thrift store/ online market place to get what they need. It if fun though to open a bin up and find a winter coat that was purchased last spring during a big sale or hiking boots that we purchased 75% off that finally fit.
    • We always stock up on all the office and school supplies during back to school sales. This way we have full tub of glue, markers, crayons, construction paper, expo markers, tape, folders, notebooks, pencils, etc. Each year I take inventory of what is needed and restock those specific items. We don't need to get backpacks or the list of supplies that most students need to get to go back to school, so this works well for us. We also purchased extra ink for our printer.
    • We stopped buying cereal and snack foods during covid. Now I make homemade granola and homemade quick oats. The kids are used to having homemade snacks and things that I can make from the pantry.
    • We started a cellar for long term food storage. My pantry has always been well stocked with bulk items, but we decided to go a littler deeper with our stores.
    • My husband and I used to brew beer regularly until we felt like we didn't have extra time. We have what we need to start brewing again.
    • We have a garden and have went ahead and purchased the seeds and equipment that we will need for next year all ready. We also have decided to keep an indoor compost.
    • I am thinking about what we will use in future years in our homeschool and have tried to purchase books and curriculum that we are going to be using in future at book sales and such. The last couple of years I have been trying to get some of the consumable workbooks on pdf, so I can print the items for my children as they need the material.
    • My husband is a carpenter, so he has been replacing any tools that are ready to be replaced. Making sure that he has extra blades for saws and things like that.
    • I am sending my sewing machine to get a repair that I have been deferring. I took inventory of fabric, pins, zippers, thread, buttons, and patterns. I also ordered a couple extra iron on patches.
    • We are introducing recipes that would be used in really thin times. Things with beans and rice. Also, we are honing in our cooking skills for things like homemade bread, pizza, biscuits, and tortillas. We have even made homemade noodles.
    • We put up extra fire wood this year and are looking at solar power generators.
    • I am planning to grab some extra bike inner-tubes and things that we generally have to replace regularly on our bikes. It is becoming extremely expensive to fill up our gas tank, so by spring we maybe doing a lot more biking as a family.
    • We are trying to become more resourceful in our neighborhood, developing relationships with our neighbors. One neighbor down the street sells eggs, another has goat milk. We have some shared land. We found wild rubarb this summer, an apple tree, and my oldest son spent the summer learning how to fish in the river on that land.

    Anyway, these are the practical things we are doing in our home. I am continually thinking through what else I can do to help us be better equipped to face this next season, whatever it brings.

     

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 7:25am

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    brushhog said:

    I am thinking about containers. In the past we would keep containers from the store and reuse them. My grandparents are farmers that grew up in the great depression and they always keep jars and containers that they could reuse. They reuse and repurpose everything.

    I buy 'chock-full-of nuts' coffee for one main reason; They are about the only coffee company left that uses the old fashioned metal coffee can. I save those and use them for just about everything.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 7:47am

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    one way out

    Does anyone know how to search for nonjab jobs? Facing termination.

    I know of at least two very large multi-national private companies whom the federal government has threatened to put all federal contracts unless they have all US employees vaccinated. This is even if the employees work from home full-time and do not work on federal. Employees have been given a month to get this done or face termination.

    Any ideas? Job ads are not mentioning this. Can't search by it.

    I am employed by a company that relies on federal funding.  We were provided 2 options to avoid the jab:  health exemption and/or religious exemption.  I put together a religious exemption and had my pastor wordsmith it.  Yesterday it was officially accepted.  Although I was ready to walk (I'm old enough to retire), I want to leave on my terms.  Here is some insight from Armstrong:

    Leaked White House audio shows that the Department of Justice (DoJ) understands that religious Americans may feel morally opposed to the vaccine as it contains or was tested on aborted fetal tissue. Furthermore, the DoJ acknowledged that those people are religiously exempt by law from taking the vaccine.

    Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was designed to protect workers from religious discrimination if they have a “sincerely held belief.” However, some employers are requesting that employees admit whether they use common medicine such as Tums, Motrin, Tylenol, Benadryl, Claritin, and Aspirin among others as they were also developed using fetal cells. In the leaked audio, a lawyer from the DoJ states employees can honestly say they did not know that those medications were tested on fetal cells and will discontinue their use.

    Lawmakers are claiming that since religious leaders are backing the vaccine mandate, then their constituents are obligated to abide, which is simply not true. Epotch TV reporter Roman Balmakov spoke with an attorney who stated that it is completely illegal for employers to dissect someone’s religious beliefs, as that is discrimination, and Americans are allowed to hold different beliefs than their religious leaders.

    First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    Leaked Audio: The DoJ Knows it Must Acknowledge Religious Exemptions

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 8:51am

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    VTGothic said:

    Wow! Excellent post, Holly. Thanks!

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 10:01am

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    the blame-e said:

    Your assessment of this country's labor problems is all wrong. As soon as a distinction was made during the pandemic as to what constituted "essential" versus "non-essential" workers "human-beings" woke-up. Being labeled as either an "essential" or "non-essential" worker is a judgement. This has been going on for as long as western civilization has existed. It makes poverty a disease, in the same way our government is a cancer. It's a cultural judgement, in the same way our society is a constructed against human-beings. Where poverty is a disease and there is no vaccine against it.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 10:05am

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    Just got a Moderna booster yesterday

    Every time I hear from a doctor or health care professional, they indicate that virtually all people requiring Covid care are unvaccinated.  Maybe it’s just me, but that is inconsistent with vaccines not working.

    Where I live, most of the anger is coming from the unvaccinated crowd.

    As for me, I simply avoid unvaccinated people to the extent possible.  For now, I don’t donate blood.  I have a new hairstylist.  Only vaccinated people are invited into my house.  I only visit people who are vaccinated.

    I went to my first post Covid concert in Madison a couple days ago.  Proof of vaccine was required.  I was thoroughly surprised.  Virtually everyone in the crowd kept their mask on when not enjoying a beverage.

    There are ways to respect other peoples health during this pandemic.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 10:30am

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    Your opinion: Stock away physical gold - or silver?

    Surprised this one isn’t on the list - but to prepare we want to transfer some of our cash assets into a more stable asset.  Should we transfer it into physical gold - or physical silver?  Please share your reasoning. Thanks!

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 10:49am

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    Our farm uses a solar-powered golf cart

    We purchased a used electric golf cart 3 yrs ago, and had it outfitted with a 24V solar panel for the roof.  We haul vegetables, water buckets for 600+ chickens in the summer, and more.  We chose EV over a gas-powered ATV, and while an ATV might have more power, the EZ-Go has knobby tires and enough power for most things, and we haven't spent a dime on gasoline.  When TSHTF for real, we will use the golf cart to transport our vegetables 15 blocks to the local farmers market (which we currently do by truck).  We discuss what may happen when replacement batteries are no longer available, but for the short term we are happy with the solar-powered "ATV".  And it resembles the Fred Flintstone car!

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 10:51am

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    brushhog said:

    Every time I hear from a doctor or health care professional, they indicate that virtually all people requiring Covid care are unvaccinated.  Maybe it’s just me, but that is inconsistent with vaccines not working.

    Where I live, most of the anger is coming from the unvaccinated crowd.

    As for me, I simply avoid unvaccinated people to the extent possible.  For now, I don’t donate blood.  I have a new hairstylist.  Only vaccinated people are invited into my house.  I only visit people who are vaccinated.

    I went to my first post Covid concert in Madison a couple days ago.  Proof of vaccine was required.  I was thoroughly surprised.  Virtually everyone in the crowd kept their mask on when not enjoying a beverage.

    There are ways to respect other peoples health during this pandemic

     

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 10:52am

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    Deaths per 1M population

    USA is in 16th place, behind only low population countries, with 2,290 deaths per 1M.  Israel is in 84th place, with 836 deaths per 1M.

    USA has 2.7 times Israel’s death rate.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 11:01am

    brushhog

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    brushhog said:

    USA is in 16th place, behind only low population countries, with 2,290 deaths per 1M.  Israel is in 84th place, with 836 deaths per 1M.

    USA has 2.7 times Israel’s death rate.

     

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 11:09am

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    re: Your opinion: Stock away physical gold - or silver?

    Short answer:  Yes.

    Longer, more nuanced answer:  They each have different properties and uses.  Gold is more compact and, at a current 75:1 price per ounce ratio, a given amount of wealth is more easily moved or hidden.  If you're trying to (to take a favorite movie reference) hop a flight out of Casablanca, it's going to be a lot easier with a pound of gold hidden in the lining of your suitcase than with a 75 lb roll-around.

    On the other hand, silver has two obvious advantages.  It's easier to have small(er) denominations of it to, say, buy a week's groceries at your local post-collapse farmer's market.  One-ounce gold coins are just too big for that.  The other advantage is that the current 75:1 ratio of silver to gold is way off from the historical 40:1 average.  This means that either gold is seriously over-valued (I doubt it) or that silver is presently seriously under-priced.  Because of this, silver may be the long-term speculative investment winner.

    They both have their upsides and downsides, and there are probably a lot of them I didn't mention above (and I'd appreciate any additional ideas people have on this, post'em below).  The real answer is going to depend a lot upon your circumstances.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 11:15am

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    Les get back to me

    Les stop posting crap,  get back to me after you break that down by before and after vaccinating.  Also please offer alternative countries case/M  as comparison.   Also please break it down by age.

    There is no doubt , the US has mismanaged the disease.  or counting there of.  We have used faulty tests,  we have people dying with covid vs of covid. ( all admitted )

    If you are going to state stats, do you have point and argument?  and how does this relate to back up your convictions?

    Hey also , you know you can mix and match vaccines too..  why dont you give pfizer a try and j&j too.   You should have plenty of chances.   I mean you dont eat the same thing every day , so why not..

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 11:29am

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    brushhog said:

    You wont get an answer, he's trolling. This is what he does. He posts inflammatory shit and then runs away. Doesnt bother discussing or learning from anything anyone says. Also the fact that he posts this on a thread about preparing for winter and coming challenges shows you his mind set. He's just trying to get people angry, he's a troll, nothing more.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 11:29am

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    Les, you are so predictable in what you acknowledge and what you ignore.

    First what you got right with a few caveats:  Unvaccinated individuals are at much greater risk of hospitalization and death than individuals who are within about 6 months of their second dose or their booster dose (although it is unknown how long the booster will remain effective).  However, this is only true if they do not proactively attend to their own health by: maintaining or aiming for a healthy weight, exercising, ensuring adequate blood levels of vitamin D, taking a whole range of other supplements (vitamin C, zinc, quercetin, NAC, etc.).

    And another caveat: It also assumes we ignore early treatments and that individuals do not make every effort to start on one or more of them upon known exposure or early symptoms.

    I would bet that the vast majority of those unvaccinated individuals who require covid care are doing little if any of what is available to them to minimize their risk.

    And a third caveat: you also ignore vaccine injuries and the real downside they create for vaccination.  This is where the data is hardest to track down, but there is certainly some out there.  A prior post of mine aggregates several of them here.  And then there's personal experience: 11 known or strongly suspected long-term vaccine injuries and counting.  I observed 5 in the hospital and know of 6 in my circle.

    Second, how are you so sure that all of those unvaccinated individuals present substantially greater risk of transmitting covid to you.  More and more data including this one discussed by sand_kitty as well as the UK NHS weekly vaccine effectiveness reports suggest that it not at all true and that as the months go by, the vaccinated are at higher risk of a mild or asymptomatic infection than the unvaccinated.  This is just the kind of infection that can be passed on due to overconfidence in the vaccines and lack of precautions.

    Here's some data for you.  Charts I prepared using data from the UK NHS weekly reports.

    Note how the vaccines seem to offer negative protection against infection and protection against hospitalization and death is waning.  Since UK is about half vaccinated with the less effective Astra Zeneca vaccine, it's probably not quite that bad here in the USA.

    Finally, find me some good research that shows cloth and surgical masks actually work in preventing transmission.  I haven't seen any.

    If you're going to reply with any claims not supported by real data, don't bother.  Show me you're perspective is correct.  Show me good data that presents a case that the unvaccinated are a risk to the vaccinated.  You'll need good data.  The separation and othering your personal choices promote have serious long-term consequences for social stability and therefore need some seriously good justification.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 11:31am

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    Dont waste your breathe, he's not listening. We've all been down this road with this guy many times.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 11:53am

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    Re: How to grow food indoors.

    In most of the USA, Europe and anywhere the winters don't get much below 10 degrees F or -15C, you can actually grow a tremendous amount of food outdside, but under cover.  Unless you live in an extremely cold area, even a "low tunnel", a tiny greenhouse perhaps 4' wide and 4' high can let you grow lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, kale, arugula and lots of other food all winter long.

    Most people don't realize that many plants can freeze and thaw and continue growing.  For example, lettuce will survive temperatures down to around 13-14 degrees F, thaw back out and pick right back up growing, so long as you don't touch it while it's frozen. Cabbage, kale and others are even more hardy.

    If you have more room, a high tunnel, big enough to walk into, opens up even more options and can extend your growing season even further by options such as using row cover / low tunnels inside the high tunnel.  Using this technique, pioneered by Eliot Coleman, folks are growing produce in unheated tunnels all winter in Maine.

    I have several high tunnels and garden all winter, September is like April for me, busy starting transplants and planting the second season of the garden, and I'll be eating out of the garden and tunnels all winter long.  Also, we had our first frost 3 weeks ago, and I'm still picking tomatoes, eggplant and pepper out of the high tunnels and will for several more weeks.

    If you have the room, adding a high tunnel is the greatest addition to your gardening you'll ever see.  BTW, a "greenhouse" is an enclosed structure where you grow plants in containers, a "high tunnel" is a structure where you grow plants in the ground inside the structure, a "low tunnel" is just a smaller version too small to walk into.

    Check out "Four Season Harvest" by Eliot Coleman, it revolutionized winter growing in the US.

    Another fantastic gardening book is "Sustainable Market Farming" by Pam Dawling.  She's been the lead gardener at Twin Oaks Community for the last 30 years, growing most of their own food, and writes from experience.  Even though it's called "Market Farming" it's also probably the best single book I could give a serious home gardener to get going, and after gardening and market farming for almost 50 years I still regularly re-read it and often consult it on details of various crops.  A big chunk of the book covers winter production.  Combine that with Carla Emery's "Encyclopedia of Country Living" and you pretty much have a survival library in two (large) books.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 12:05pm

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    Info re shortages from a PCP - invaluable info from the trenches

    Physician notes from the trenches - found on Telegram I have highlighted important parts in bold.

    Jen Mac, [29.10.21 08:25]
    [Forwarded from WAYMAN412]
    From a medical group, PCP:

    "IM Doc October 27, 2021 at 2:33 pm I feel like I need to give an update from my world. Many things are happening all at the same time.In brief, I feel that the “troubles” have started in earnest now in medicine in ways I did not see coming just weeks ago. What we in medicine are simply not going to be able to abide right now is a surge like we saw last winter.First of all, as a PCP, I have always had the ability to zap small non-invasive skin cancers. We do that with liquid nitrogen. We have been out of this for a week or so now. Sourcing a new supply is now virtually impossible. And the amounts being asked for what is left are so astronomically high that we simply cannot afford it. Medicare reimbursement (which is most of these patients) will not even come close to recovering the cost. I understand from the supplier that the same issues are occurring to some degree with dry ice and more ominously liquid oxygen (used in hospitals of patient oxygen). I heard from 2 different suppliers the reason why this seems to be happening – but the reason is so “tin foil” that I am not going to repeat it here until I can confirm this more reliably.I know there are lots of biomedical folks here in labs that are frequent commenters….Are any of you having the same problems?If this becomes a pattern, I would recommend to all to get your derm visit scheduled ASAP – my understanding is this will not be temporary.Our hospital staff is so diminished that my clinic employees are constantly being pulled to cover issues there. Outpatient clinical medicine is no longer organized here – it has become a frantic triage. Right now, I would urge all Americans to not take their anger and temper out on medical office employees. They and their physicians are absolutely overwhelmed.That problem however is minor. The hospital system pre-COVID was a disaster area – it is now officially a shit show. The discharge process is now turned into a complete cludge. The problem in brief is that the companies that do home health and home oxygen and nursing home care have had their staffs now vanish to unworkable levels. Much of this has to do with exhaustion. But it is also the vaccine mandates. These are all national corporations – so they instituted mandates weeks ago. And promptly lost large segments of their staff. Enough time has now passed for the remaining employees to experience complete exhaustion. You can only do so many 80 hour work weeks after all. So now – there is nowhere for these discharging patients to go that is safe. They are having to stay in the hospital – but that is simply not going to be workable for long. The hospital too has had its staff decimated.I have sat through a whole 4 months or so of patients condescendingly tell me they would never allow an unvaccinated HCW to touch them. Over and over. My constant refrain was to be very careful about that feeling – you may have NO health care workers to touch you if you keep that up. And we are slowly but surely arriving at that destination. At least two of these patients stuck in the hospital are two who could not bash the intransigent HCWs enough. They have now received their wish. Payment in full. My niece just graduated from nursing school in June. Immediately hired on a COVID unit in a major hospital in one of our big cities. She has been there three months as dozens and dozens of nurses, MAs and RTs have left. My mind was completely and totally blown when she called to ask my advice last night – THEY HAD JUST OFFERED HER THE JOB OF FLOOR CHARGE NURSE in her hospital – a 3 month nurse – a job that in other times was given to grizzled veterans. I am not sure we are going to have to wait for judicial input into these vaccine mandates. The slow motion implosion has already begun at least in medicine. I am hearing the same stories if not worse from colleagues everywhere. I am not trying to alarm or scare. I am presenting my world as it is. I do not believe most Americans understand how dire this situation really is."

     

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 12:09pm

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    Another Shortage

    Yesterday I had a UPS delivery and instead of the Big Brown Truck a U-Haul van showed up, with my regular UPS driver inside.  I asked him about it and he said someone had broken into their garage and stolen a bunch of catalytic converters off their vans and it would take 2-3 months to get replacements.

    I'm sure UPS would be willing to pay a LOT of money for those catalytic converters to avoid having to rent U-Haul trucks for all that time, and they're still not able to get them, despite their size, market influence, etc.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 12:13pm

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    I want to back up Les' impression

    I would like to voice agreement with Les' impression that in the USA, right now, most of the people sick enough to require hospital admission in the US are unvaccinated.  People working at bigger hospital's emergency departments are telling me this consistently.

    This is a source a big gap between myself and my traditional medical colleagues who are admitting mostly unvaxxinated people to the hospital with serious COVID.

    How to reconcile this?

    1.   The story is still evolving.  The fat-lady is still in her dressing room....

    2.  Those that they are being admitted in the US are mostly unvaxxed AND untreated (mostly).  Many studies show aggressively treatment is quite (but not completely, effective.

    3.  The US is later in the curve than Israel and Sweden and the UK.  Israel got started much before the USA in their vaccination program and have had time to see the  a) waning of vaccine effectiveness.

    Figure:   Sweden's curve for "severe COVID" based on days since completing the second dose plus 14 days.

    UK data, recently discussed by Chris and others here, showing increasing numbers of COVID infections in the vaccinated with time.  from this blogger.

    The US just isn't to this stage yet.  Give it a couple more weeks and lets see how this develops.

    4.  These analyses are not including vaccine harm.

    5.  Repeated risk versus from multiple vax boosters versus single risk episode of illness.    With waning effectiveness, those who go the repeated vaccination booster route will be exposed to vaccine risk repeatedly (and possibly escalating?),  whereas those who go the route of getting the infection have their risk focused into a single episode.

     

     

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 12:26pm

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    Replying to I want to back up Les' impression (#54)

    Sand_Kitty,

    Excellent post.

    What you wrote was very close to how I felt about it. I think that there is no doubt that the vaccine initially suppresses hospitalization. That effect just doesn't last. Moreover, saying that the unvaccinated are more likely to be hospitalized at this time only tells half the story. The other half of the story is how many people are being injured by the vaccine. I just saw one of my neighbors who is probably in his late 40's or early 50's. He was walking with the assistance of a walker. I was a bit shocked by that since he always seemed to be in robust health as well as being active and energetic. His hair had turned much grayer and he could barely get about. I did not ask him what happened but it was suspicious to me. It was especially suspicious since one of my cousins had an adverse reaction and still - six months post vaccination - he is significantly diminished in his strength and mobility.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 1:09pm

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    really sad

    As for me, I simply avoid unvaccinated people to the extent possible. For now, I don’t donate blood. I have a new hairstylist. Only vaccinated people are invited into my house. I only visit people who are vaccinated.

    There are ways to respect other peoples health during this pandemic.

    Poor Les.  He doesn't know about natural immunity.  Nor does he know about early treatment.   But I respect his choice.  If I didn't know about early treatment, about activity, maintaining a normal BMI, about vitamin D, about melatonin, and about ivermectin, I'd probably be all into vaccination too.  I'd subject everyone I met to an interrogation first thing: "are you vaccinated?  No?  Then STAY AWAY because I'm JUST THAT TERRIFIED!"

    Les represents a big chunk of the country.  Pharma has done a fantastic job terrifying half the country, keeping them ignorant - while becoming obscenely rich in the process.  And they've framed medical issues as moral ones too.

    Of course, everyone I know who got COVID, and used early treatment, got over it in a few days.  And now they've got natural immunity.  Which Les doesn't know about!

    Its really sad.  I blame Pharma, and the Oligarchy.

    Not Les.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 1:50pm

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    brushhog said:

    Poor Les.  He doesn't know about natural immunity.  Nor does he know about early treatment.   But I respect his choice.  If I didn't know about early treatment, about activity, maintaining a normal BMI, about vitamin D, about melatonin, and about ivermectin, I'd probably be all into vaccination too

    Les does know. I know he knows because I was listening when you and at least 15 other people told him....repeatedly, in many different ways. Les doesnt want to process things that undermine his opinions.

    You'll notice Les isnt responding...he's not reading your replies either. In his mind, Les has accomplished what he set out to do. He doesnt want to stick around to hear things that make him feel uncomfortable.

    Les feels uncomfortable about your choice not to vaccinate yourself, so he comes here to make YOU feel uncomfortable...that is all. That makes him feel a little better. If he sticks around to hear what you have to say about it, then he feels bad again. Thats why he comes in, blurts out things that he knows will trigger you, then disappears.

    He is a troll by definition. Im not just saying that because I dont agree with his position. He's not engaging anyone, he's not having a discussion. He's here to verbally backslap you, and then run before he gets it back.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 1:54pm

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    I live near Madison, WI…

    … and Dane County is a very unique part of Wisconsin life.

    Demographics show the largest median income, education levels and overall vaccination rate in the state. Yet we have the third largest case rate and death rate per capita (7 day average is like .5 deaths per day now). And we’ve been under a mask mandate going on three months now.

    All Madison music venues are only allowing vaccinated attendees. Most of the “highly educated” people I know only believe in vaccines. There is NOTHING else to be done but get vaccinated and boosted.

    Whole lotta Les-type folks around here.

    I have a list of businesses that I will never buy from or patronize again now. Because they discriminate against my natural immunity and require presentation of personal medical information to give them money or to work for them.

    It is disgusting and makes no sense except to coddle the ignorant masses and their feelings. Not one of the “highly educated” people I know will even allow any conversation outside of “are you vaxxed or getting a booster” when it comes to strategies for handling COVID.

    If I’m even allowed to explain my infection, home treatment and five day recovery, I’m met with blank stares and a quick change of subject. A total human 404 error: File not found.

    There are about 100,000 people like Les in my county of 250k. And they are foaming at the mouth to get boosted, jab their kids, hate on the unvaxxed…

    Makes me glad that this disease is over for me and mine.

    What’s truly weird is how many bars have been open this whole time, how no one wears a mask in any of them, and how few people (zero) I know who hang out in these bars have gotten sick or dropped dead. Even the super fat folks. Lotsa that in the land of cheese.

    The final thing that is weird is all these vaxxed folks wearing masks at Walmart, the grocery stores and work yet just don’t care when at restaurants and bars.

    The same folks who give me shit about not being jabbed, talking up my natural immunity and never wearing a mask anywhere anymore will sit next to me in a bar for an hour without a mask talking and laughing ~24” from me and my unvaccinated/unmasked face.

    FYI, I’m not a big drinker anymore. I run an open mic twice a month and I am friends with a few bar owners and a winery/cidery owner. Don’t want to portray myself as a lush, just a man who enjoys live music and a robust night life in my town.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 2:13pm

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    No liquid Nitrogen? Check this out for non-melanoma skin cancers

    https://www.bec5curaderm.com/eggplant-cancer-cure-bill-e-cham.php

    Don't laugh! There is a lot of research listed there. It seems to be working for me, time will tell.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 2:32pm

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    Anyone want to bet?

    Not that we can prove it, but I bet Les is reading each of our responses and is not responding for one or more of the following reasons:

    1. He doesn't have a reply that allows him to hold on to his world view.
    2. The cognitive dissonance between his claims/deeply held beliefs and our data is too great.  He's afraid his mind will be changed if he engages and that's scary.  If the vaccine won't protect him, what will?
    3. We're pretty hard on him.  After all, he is human and as we've learned the past 20 months, humans are vulnerable to mass psychosis.  Perhaps all of us were lucky to have experiences that made us immune to this.  In saner times we might be the ones at a disadvantage by being to much of a rebel.
    4. He's secretly laughing at how easy it was to trigger this onslaught from us.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 2:35pm

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    Dr. Kory Webinar - Help Request

    Does anyone have a link to the webinar where Dr. Kory discusses using IVM to mitigate some of the post-vaccination sequelae? Have a friend who is being coerced into having her kids vaccinated by her estranged spouse as part of a custody dispute (he's using the fact that the kid's haven't taken the GTs as leverage against her in court). Wanted to pass the video link along to her for reference.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 2:35pm

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    2retired said:

    From 35 years of experience treating skin cancers. Aldera (an immune enhancer). limitations: nodular lesions (not so effective but will shrink them), requires compliance (the big limitation), incidence of allergic reactions, expensive (a lot cheaper than surgery), and smaller billing for docs (office visits only). By prescription.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 2:40pm

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    brushhog said:

    I think he's not reading for all of those same reasons. He doesnt want to hear it or read it or consume it in any form. I think he's home with his hands over his ears yelling "LALALLALALALLAALA" [ figuratively speaking, of course ].

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 3:23pm

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    FLCCC episode you were interested in, T2H

    Hey T2H.  I take notes during the FLCCC Webinars, and it looks like Dr. Flavio Cadegiani, Dr. Paul Marik, and Dr. Kory talked about IVM and the shots on the FLCCC status update on Aug. 25, 2021.  He said IVM reduced the symptoms caused by the vaccine within 24-48 hours.  This was giving the IVM the day before the shot (0.2 mg/kg), the day of, and the day after.  He said 80-90% of the side effects were reduced if you were on IVM.

    Check it out; it starts a little after 47 minutes:

    https://odysee.com/@FrontlineCovid19CriticalCareAlliance:c/FLCCC-WEBINAR-082521_FINAL_YouTube:7

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 3:53pm

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    Strange website

    Sure looks like a scam to me. Good luck with it though.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 4:27pm

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    wow

    Pappy-

    Thanks for your stories.  Really helpful.

    I think its good Les comes by and reminds us - by example - of just how effective it can be when Government and Pharma combine to mess with people's minds.

    I have friends in this same mental state too.

    How it started: "Take the shot to save grandma!" (i.e. the shot worked vs infection)

    How it is going: "Take the shot - and the boosters - to save yourself!" (i.e. shot only works longer term vs severe disease)

    Paper below (large observational from Sweden - published in the Surgisphere-discredited Lancet) on how the VE (vs symptomatic infection) declines over time.  And, in fact, being vaccinated makes you MORE vulnerable to symptomatic infection after 240 days.

    [I did not see that one coming]

    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3949410

    The "money shot" chart:

    Mandates make no sense at all given this chart.

    Unless of course if you want to mandate a highly profitable "vaccine hamster wheel" on behalf of PFE/MRNA/JNJ.

    Run, little hamster, run.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 6:19pm

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    Figurine?

    That's a cute figurine, brushhog. Does it have something to do with your post, or is it advertising? If you are selling some, I would love to purchase some for my nieces and nephews. Let me know. They collect elf and fairy paraphernalia.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 6:55pm

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    dr.Kory webinar request

    I looked up Dr. Kory online and the articles said he caught covid. I don't believe it but the judge in a child custody trial might.

    His testimony in congress was that people who take ivarvectin won't get covid and I believe him. And Mr. Martinsin must too.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 6:58pm

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    Thanks!

    Thank you for sharing such practical advice.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 9:22pm

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    Trolls for sale

    Hi Alvez, If you want to purchase a troll for sale you might actually want to message Les.... 😂

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 9:43pm

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    Time2help said:

    Thanks pinecarr! That's the one, I've forwarded it over.

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 9:50pm

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    yogmonster said:

    "I’m even allowed to explain my infection, home treatment and five day recovery, I’m met with blank stares and a quick change of subject. A total human 404 error: File not found."

    Think it might be a ID-10-T error...lol

    Verry sarcastic humor, I know, and probably uncalled for.  But that's what popped into my head when I read that in your post.

     

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  • Fri, Oct 29, 2021 - 10:43pm

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    Holly Grootveld

    Great post! Homeschooling with 6 children..3 months - 12 years. wow! You are a saint!

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  • Sat, Oct 30, 2021 - 12:15am

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    You're welcome, T2H!

    Glad to help, T2H.  I hope it helps your friend!

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  • Sat, Oct 30, 2021 - 1:01am

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    it's what's for dinner....

    At the risk of being unkind, I just have to jump on the Les dogpile, hopefully humorously:

    I think Les' clouded thinking could possibly be remedied by a coupla big juicy prime rib dinners, perhaps with a side of mashed crickets.  Umm, animal fat and cholesterol- clear that noggin' right up!  Steve

     

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  • Sat, Oct 30, 2021 - 2:31am

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    Fuel

    Have the same setup. one for off road diesel, one for 87 unleaded. Both treated yearly with Pri-G or Pri-D.

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  • Sat, Oct 30, 2021 - 3:54am

    tg43

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    Added item - wool pile fleece mattress topper.

    Continued from  - A few items I'd add to that list
    I'm very grateful for - and can recommend - a good thick wool pile fleece mattress topper in natural wool, to go between the sheet and the mattress.  Mine can only be washed once a year on a very hot summer day,  and that is the only downside.  The rest of the time it generates warmth by conserving body heat.  No energy input required whatsoever - it is powered by your own body heat.

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  • Sat, Oct 30, 2021 - 6:51am

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    davefairtex

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    booster uptake

    Here's the latest weekly vax data from MI.  I've added in the boosters, which started in early Aug.  "Boosters: because the shots work just that well."  (And - of course - profits)

    And here's what that looks like in aggregate.  Booster uptake looks...lame, at least in context.  Perhaps that's why they are "sending in the trolls?"

    From here: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_103214_103272-547150--,00.html

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  • Sat, Oct 30, 2021 - 7:14am

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    brushhog

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    brushhog said:

     Mine can only be washed once a year on a very hot summer day,  and that is the only downside.  The rest of the time it generates warmth by conserving body heat.  No energy input required whatsoever - it is powered by your own body heat.

    Good one. We focus so much on fuel and etc that we forget the basics of good clothes and warm bedding.

     

    I'm reminded of one of my favorite scenes in 'Christmas Carol', when Bob Cratchet is freezing in the office and puts a piece of coal on the fire. Scrooge chews him out for being wasteful. He rubs a piece of the fabric on his jacket between his fingers and says;

    "Do you see these, Mr. Cratchet? They are called "garments" you buy them but ONCE!"

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  • Sat, Oct 30, 2021 - 7:56am

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    Oliveoilguy

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    We are upgrading our Tractor.

    Although it’s a big financial hit, we are going from a 40 hp. Kioti tractor to a 67 hp. Deere. One of the main reasons is lifting capacity. I buy 1 ton bags of organic chicken pelletized manure on a pallet and could not lift those with the Kioti. Actually …almost tipped it over a few times. I was surprised that my wife was on board but she understands that equipment may no longer be available in the near future.

    The chicken manure is from Medina Agricultural products which happens to be headquartered 40 miles from my ranch. Stewart (the owner) has some brilliant soil activating products, and has brought devastated farmland back to health through his microbe rich formulations.

    Home

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  • Sat, Oct 30, 2021 - 8:02am

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    roosterrancher

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    OOG

    I bet my friend the peach guru is buying from the same place. He has a neat sub soil irrigation system for his pasture, he is raising Belties like Chris. Did you ever make contact with him? Thanks for the lead on poo!

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  • Sat, Oct 30, 2021 - 8:45am

    Nerada

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    Jab vs Not Jabbed; post jab injuries

    One male friend almost immediately after Moderna got progressive paralysis, in wheelchair now, feeding tube; no one saying it is guilian-barre syndrome.  Readers can find information about the jabbed being super-spreaders; thus, the unjabbed need to be protected from them not the other way around.

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  • Sat, Oct 30, 2021 - 12:40pm

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    Insects

    I'm not going to give up on good grassfed beef, but our hunter gatherer ancestors ate plenty of insects.  They are an excellent source of animal protein.  Not that I trust the crap being developed by big food.  Grow or catch them yourself.

    And I think it's safe to say that our ancestors preferred meat from creatures with bones.  So those insects are just a backup plan for hard times.

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  • Sat, Oct 30, 2021 - 3:52pm

    Penguin Will

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    Wisconsin and the vax

    Pappy,

    Thanks for the update from Dane county. UW was my grad school and I can honestly say I loved the school, loved the state, and loved the people. It truly is a special place.

    But I have to say I am not surprised by your assessment of things. I wondered how the town was faring. I hope things cool down a bit covid wise. It must be tough being surrounded by all that angst and social friction.

    It's much different here in the heart of the Appalachians. Older folks are naturally concerned but most just consider it another thing to contend with. Like mosquitos and stormy weather. At the store today some were masked and some weren't. But everyone had a smile and a good word. Lots of friend socializing going on.

    Will

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  • Sun, Oct 31, 2021 - 4:20am

    Dafna O'Neill

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    Dafna O’Neill said:

    My daughter in law bought an hydroponic system which she placed on their porch.

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  • Sun, Oct 31, 2021 - 5:54am

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    Dafna O'Neill

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    Another few ideas re warming up in winter

    We live in a pretty temperate zone but even so the winter can get cold enough for discomfort. So these are the measures we've taken to keep warm without using a heater of any sort:

    1. We covered all the floors with a double layer of carpet -- rugs on top of carpet/vinyl floors. Made sure the rugs overlap so no gaps are visible.

    2. We fitted very heavy curtains on ALL the windows. We hung curtains between the entry hallway and the rooms that open onto it. When we draw the curtains and close the doors to these rooms, the air in them is less cold. We make sure to expose the windows to the sun during the day, up to about 3pm, then draw the curtains. This traps some natural warmth.

    3. All the doors and windows are sealed VERY well. We air the place up once a day for 3-5 minutes during the warmest hour of the day.

    4. At home we wear cardigans/jumpers/longjohns, double (sometimes triple) layer of clothes. We wear a beanie all day to prevent heat loss through the head. We wear one also to bed.

    5. We eat more spicy food -- ginger, chilly, pepper are naturally inner-heaters. We drink warm or hot drinks to keep the inner temperature up.

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  • Sun, Oct 31, 2021 - 1:51pm

    Steven Kelso

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    When did Baby Boomers Become such Pussies?

    I'm from the 1980s. We had a word for people like you: Pussy.

    I just got over my second round of Sars2, though this time it was the DeltaForce-19 variant. I merely took the FLCCC protocol minus Ivermectin. Whoobdeefuggindoo.
    I've had hangovers that were worse. No ER trip was necessary.

    Guess what? The Common Cold is alive and well. 

    It's just that now, folks like yourself are frightened to death of catching the common cold. Bravo. Cheers. I applaud your impotent cowardice. Now you say that you and other hypochondriacs have cloistered away? Creating a stratified, segregated society of pussies versus us risk-takers?

    I see no real loss, here. The rest of us will live genuine lives, kissing with our tongues and fucking without condoms. You will eat your broccoli shakes and wonder why you can't stop farting. Your uncontrollable night-toots will be the choral accompaniment of your kind fading into obscurity.

    If anyone has a problem with the way I'm talking to Les, I'd like to remind you:
    Les is a cryptofascist. He gets on here to pipe up about the standard rote propaganda that state media is heralding at any given moment. Les bitches about how PP has moved away from the 3Es, but I'm sure he would be parroting whatever chickenshit got farted-out of Glasgow this weekend.

    I'm onto your chickenshit, Les. In fact, what the fuck does your "vaccinated" diatribe have to do with Samantha's preparedness essay?

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  • Sun, Oct 31, 2021 - 4:53pm

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    Uptodate EMT

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    Winter ahead- Prepare and practice

    I'm reminded of the October storm in NE 10 years ago. We were without power for 12 days. Before that we'd spent a week without power in a snow storm in VT when my son was 18 mos old. Preparing is great. Practice is even better and we've done it twice a year since.  Winter and summer. Pick a random day to start but don't prepare anything you don't already have.  You only have what you have. Then for 72 hours you are "grid down." No phone, computer, power, heat or water. No car. Take good notes.  How much do you drink in 24 hours in winter, summer, shoveling snow? The pets? Do you really want to take glasses, plates... out of the cabinet non stop or re-use one of each?  Tuna cans, wow, don't they smell? Coffee? French press?  How much water for everything else. What's the temp in your house? How can you change that (p.s. cardboard cut to fit windows is an extra layer)? Hat, scarf, blanket, sleeping bag - which to use -  when, who needs it and who runs warm -or cold, and how cold? Who hauls wood? Who gets up early to reload the woodstove and do you want to switch off who does it? Which interior doors to keep closed, which opens to retain heat the best. Who boils water in the a.m.? What's the best time to go outside and check in with neighbors, which ones? Best time to recon on your own? By day 3 of our 12 days we had an efficient system for 20ish degree weather for multiple days. We did have to assign tasks -with "must complete by" times (wood brought in and beds set up because we weren't sleeping in our usual beds, all before dark, dinner done before dark as well, stage flashlights in needed locations but don't use if you don't need to, water and coffee or tea set up and ready to go in the a.m. to warm up) - all so as not to want to kill one another.  The hand crank radio was so much fun. So is a scanner so you can hear what's going on "outside." Now that my son is in college, I've tried to anticipate how all this differs when I'm alone. It was different when he was 18 months old, 11 years old, 18 years old, last year.

    I'm sure some of us have done this voluntarily or not. It is great fun with a good attitude and you learn a ton. It's all in the little details you might otherwise overlook without practicing. They aren't in any book or on any website because they are unique to your situation.

     

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  • Mon, Nov 01, 2021 - 6:49pm

    helmadi

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    no vax job board

    https://gab.com/groups/49159

    The 3rd post from the top lists state-by-state job boards

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  • Mon, Nov 01, 2021 - 8:35pm

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    Nonjab Jobs

    https://gab.com/groups/49159

    No-Vax Mandate job boards.

    Join Gab. It is free to join.

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  • Tue, Nov 02, 2021 - 10:27pm

    permiegirl

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    Replying to Replying to brushhog said: (#7) + Robie Robinson + RandomMike (#9)

    Any reason not to buy home heating oil instead of diesel?  When on a couple of occasions we've run our heating oil tank low, we've added diesel to avoid emptying the tank and needing  to change the filters until the delivery arrived.  I always thought diesel and heating oil were the same except for the road tax.  And since you're using the fuel for farm equipment, there shouldn't be any moral, if not legal reason to pay road tax on  your fuel.

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  • Tue, Nov 02, 2021 - 11:01pm

    Geedard

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    Replying to permiegirl (#91)

    Any reason not to buy home heating oil instead of diesel?  When on a couple of occasions we've run our heating oil tank low, we've added diesel to avoid emptying the tank and needing  to change the filters until the delivery arrived.  I always thought diesel and heating oil were the same except for the road tax.  And since you're using the fuel for farm equipment, there shouldn't be any moral, if not legal reason to pay road tax on  your fuel.

    I might be wrong here:

    • I believe diesel can be used temporarily in a heating furnace (as you say)
    • I believe heating oil can be used to run a diesel engine - but - I think there is a risk of damaging a diesel engine when running on heating oil, so not advisable

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  • Tue, Nov 02, 2021 - 11:07pm

    robie robinson

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    Repo.

    a job I had in the seventies was,repossessing farm equip. my otr tractor burnt alotta heating oil. Not any longer!! Been in a bit of,,,,,,

    if over the road! No pink! Not at all! Not even the fuel filters are free from inspection! Then you pay the fine, which includes the taxes that aren’t paid on off road diesel for all storage tanks on the farm. (We can store 2000 gallons)

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  • Sat, Nov 06, 2021 - 1:41am

    Brigitte Melchert

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    Solar Source? More questions!

    I am also looking into solar, and I was wondering about going with a whole set up, or getting components? And how about portable versus fixed? Has anyone used the GoSun packages?

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