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Pandemic Preparedness • Re: Pneumonic Plague

November 17, 2017 Matte 0

NJMike wrote:It’s still not high up on my immediate threat radar, but I have begun researching the proper antibiotics to keep my fish healthy.This website details some ABs for treatment of Yersinia Pestis:https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/ … me…

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Pandemic Preparedness • Re: Pneumonic Plague

November 17, 2017 Matte 0

NJMike wrote:It’s still not high up on my immediate threat radar, but I have begun researching the proper antibiotics to keep my fish healthy.This website details some ABs for treatment of Yersinia Pestis:https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/ … me…

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Pandemic Preparedness • Re: Pneumonic Plague

November 3, 2017 Matte 0

Somewhat dated article, but just the most current example I could find that mentioned anything about possible antibiotic resistance:So far 11 Yersinia pestis strains have been isolated, and tests show that all are sensitive to antibiotics recommended …

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Needful Things

October 29, 2017 Matte 0

3-in-1 post OK? Less common stuff maybe, or stuff it’s hard to have too many/much of (plus trade value).(Un)Fasteners:hose clampscable tiesgluesJB-Weldhacksaw bladespropane torchO-ringsGoopsoldering ironratchet strapsmoldable plasticmetal strappingMe…

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General Food Topics • Re: Comparing dried food companies

October 21, 2017 Matte 0

I’ve heard a lot of good about Mountain House, and lots of bad about Wise. Never tried either. I can vouch for Honeyville products, we don’t buy a lot of storage food in #10 cans but when we do it’s from them and never been disappointed on the produ…

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General Food Topics • Re: Comparing dried food companies

October 21, 2017 Matte 0

I’ve heard a lot of good about Mountain House, and lots of bad about Wise. Never tried either. I can vouch for Honeyville products, we don’t buy a lot of storage food in #10 cans but when we do it’s from them and never been disappointed on the produ…

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General Food Topics • Re: Comparing dried food companies

October 21, 2017 Matte 0

I’ve heard a lot of good about Mountain House, and lots of bad about Wise. Never tried either. I can vouch for Honeyville products, we don’t buy a lot of storage food in #10 cans but when we do it’s from them and never been disappointed on the produ…

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General Energy Discussion • Re: Off Grid? Really?

September 30, 2017 Matte 0

Off-grid here, or at least from the standpoint that we have no public utility services. Private well, private septic, solar electric power with generator backup. A land-line phone, sat internet, and DirecTV are our links to the outside world. I suppose we’re not off-grid by your definition, in fact as I type this I’m listening to a semi-loud cooling fan running on our ten year old Xantrex inverter/charger in the background – 3 mostly cloudy days in a row drained our batteries to the point that it started our propane generator to recharge them. Not really a problem, in fact we use this time to do the laundry, run the dishwasher, vacuum the carpeted areas, fill the empty toilet flush buckets, and fire up the computer I’m using now. All the electricity I want for about 4 hours, as long as I keep it under the 4kw limit of the inverter at any given time lol. Later we may even make some microwave popcorn and watch half a movie before falling asleep with the TV on, those are kind of special treat things for us when the generator is running.

No goats, chickens, or other livestock. Our garden is modest in the extreme and we don’t home can food. When the primary propane tank runs low 2-3 times a year, I call for a fill up. We’re not self-sufficient, just semi self-reliant for maybe up to a year with stored beans, bullets, and bandaids. We’re good with that, it’d be difficult to keep more than that amount of everything in rotation before it spoiled anyway. Not that we chose this lifestyle solely from a strict prepper/survival perspective, it’s just how we choose to live and we enjoy it.

Suppose I’m really not sure what you’re asking, and those that might meet your definition of off-grid likely wouldn’t have enough excess power to waste posting a response in an internet forum anyway. But whatever you define “off-grid” as, just do it if it appeals to you and find your own sweet spot would be my suggestion.

Statistics: Posted by Matte — Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:57 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Reserve Currency

August 5, 2017 Matte 0
daaswampman wrote:
My best advice: be something worthwhile and maintain a solid relationship with your local Sheriff! The “Wild Card” is property rights and who determines them! Deeds are likely to be as valuable as currency. Swamp

Sounds like good advice. One of the reasons I’d be cautious about buying deeded or titled property if the SHTF, it’d be very difficult to confirm the seller was the owner (or even the sole owner) of the real estate or titled property. And even if they have title and sign it over for a fair price, the seller could argue they only agreed under duress after normalcy returns, assuming all private contracts made during the event weren’t just declared null and void afterwards. I think there may be some precedance for that occurring in past disasters, but too lazy to investigate at the moment.

MrDanB wrote:
Since history repeats itself, it is wise to remember that the average Gov. Issued paper note lasts about 250 years. The debt ceiling issue is coming soon, gold and (especially) silver are heavily manipulated and many nations have been buying up metals in record quantities.
We are in a currency war right now, and currency wars always lead to real wars. During the Weimar Republic crisis, a fistful of gold would have bought an entire city block of downtown Berlin. Many currencies have failed since then. We all see what’s going on in Venezuela right now. How far do you think metals will go during a full on currency crises? In Venezuela, today, a 1/10 Oz gold eagle will more than fill a freezer with meat. We pay roughly 140ish dollars for that same coin here in the US right now. Try filling your freezer with meat for 140 bucks!
It’s all going to depend on how things play out. If it’s full on SHTF, then metals will be the last thing on my mind. But if we continue down the “slow burn” road that were on, then metals will go up in value. At some point, the manipulation of the paper value of metals will end. An excellent video explaining all of this is:
https://youtu.be/iFDe5kUUyT0

Haven’t watched the vid yet, but Venezuela is a great example of a slow motion economic/political SHTF, and not too hard to imagine something similar in store for the US at some point. Like the frog in a slowly warmed pot of water, things just steadily get a little bit worse. I wonder how many Venezuelans wished they’d have packed up and left 5 years ago, and would love to do so now but just can’t afford to? Read a news article recently that obtaining a passport and travel permission in Venezuela requires bribing gov’t bureaucrats to get approved, so leaving isn’t an option for the poorer ones (now) who burned though their savings due to inflation over the years. In prepper parlance they didn’t bugout in time, and now they’re trapped.

Speaking of SHTF bribes, thought about mentioning them in my last post but it was getting long’ish enough already. It is worthy of discussion I think. Whether it’s bribing bureaucrats for an extra ration card, paying off the police/judge for some petty infraction enforced only as a means to generate revenue for the local government, or paying protection money to some criminal organization to leave you and your family/business alone. Still using Venezuela as an example, who (and how much) do you have to pay to keep you and your family members from getting ‘drafted’ into something like this?

I can imagine a lot of situations like this in any number of different severe SHTF scenarios. Government won’t just “go away” but instead turn corrupt. Call it corruption, serving the greater good, face-to-face local “tax” collection, or whatever you like, but I don’t see those in power giving it up willingly.

Statistics: Posted by Matte — Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:10 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Reserve Currency

August 5, 2017 Matte 0
daaswampman wrote:
My best advice: be something worthwhile and maintain a solid relationship with your local Sheriff! The “Wild Card” is property rights and who determines them! Deeds are likely to be as valuable as currency. Swamp

Sounds like good advice. One of the reasons I’d be cautious about buying deeded or titled property if the SHTF, it’d be very difficult to confirm the seller was the owner (or even the sole owner) of the real estate or titled property. And even if they have title and sign it over for a fair price, the seller could argue they only agreed under duress after normalcy returns, assuming all private contracts made during the event weren’t just declared null and void afterwards. I think there may be some precedance for that occurring in past disasters, but too lazy to investigate at the moment.

MrDanB wrote:
Since history repeats itself, it is wise to remember that the average Gov. Issued paper note lasts about 250 years. The debt ceiling issue is coming soon, gold and (especially) silver are heavily manipulated and many nations have been buying up metals in record quantities.
We are in a currency war right now, and currency wars always lead to real wars. During the Weimar Republic crisis, a fistful of gold would have bought an entire city block of downtown Berlin. Many currencies have failed since then. We all see what’s going on in Venezuela right now. How far do you think metals will go during a full on currency crises? In Venezuela, today, a 1/10 Oz gold eagle will more than fill a freezer with meat. We pay roughly 140ish dollars for that same coin here in the US right now. Try filling your freezer with meat for 140 bucks!
It’s all going to depend on how things play out. If it’s full on SHTF, then metals will be the last thing on my mind. But if we continue down the “slow burn” road that were on, then metals will go up in value. At some point, the manipulation of the paper value of metals will end. An excellent video explaining all of this is:
https://youtu.be/iFDe5kUUyT0

Haven’t watched the vid yet, but Venezuela is a great example of a slow motion economic/political SHTF, and not too hard to imagine something similar in store for the US at some point. Like the frog in a slowly warmed pot of water, things just steadily get a little bit worse. I wonder how many Venezuelans wished they’d have packed up and left 5 years ago, and would love to do so now but just can’t afford to? Read a news article recently that obtaining a passport and travel permission in Venezuela requires bribing gov’t bureaucrats to get approved, so leaving isn’t an option for the poorer ones (now) who burned though their savings due to inflation over the years. In prepper parlance they didn’t bugout in time, and now they’re trapped.

Speaking of SHTF bribes, thought about mentioning them in my last post but it was getting long’ish enough already. It is worthy of discussion I think. Whether it’s bribing bureaucrats for an extra ration card, paying off the police/judge for some petty infraction enforced only as a means to generate revenue for the local government, or paying protection money to some criminal organization to leave you and your family/business alone. Still using Venezuela as an example, who (and how much) do you have to pay to keep you and your family members from getting ‘drafted’ into something like this?

I can imagine a lot of situations like this in any number of different severe SHTF scenarios. Government won’t just “go away” but instead turn corrupt. Call it corruption, serving the greater good, face-to-face local “tax” collection, or whatever you like, but I don’t see those in power giving it up willingly.

Statistics: Posted by Matte — Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:10 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Reserve Currency

August 4, 2017 Matte 0
daaswampman wrote:
Your links make a wonderful argument for owning precious metals in small units! Swamp

Divisibility being one of the requirements for real money, people (and governments) have been cutting PM coins for millennia. Unlike eggs, a shotshell, or Federal Reserve Notes, dividing a PM bullion coin into pieces doesn’t destroy its value. Each piece retains its same fractional value as the whole. Fiat currency is not money, try tearing a $1 FRN in half see if you can get .50 for each piece ;)

There was a study sponsored by FEMA back in the 80’s on how barter/exchanges/markets might function following a disaster on the scale of nuclear war, “Markets, Distribution, and Exchange After Societal Cataclysm”.

Beyond just descriptions of the different types of exchanges and markets that would develop, the use of money (and where it’s used and not used) for each is discussed too. The almost interchangeable way the authors use the terms “money”, “cash”, and “currency” might frustrate any goldbugs here, but the Keynesians probably won’t even notice at all. :D

It’s a long, mostly boring, read – But my take away from it, in short, is that barter will dominate at the subsistence and peasant marketplace levels. This is “hand-to-mouth” existence level exchanges mostly, a small amount of surplus salt exchanged for a small amount of surplus fish/meat. A few rifle cartridges exchanged for shoe repair. A days worth of food for 8 hours of unskilled labor. Preppers may not need to operate in these exchanges/markets much in the early SHTF days since we’ll likely be living off stored goods or growing/producing much of them ourselves, but these will be important as the first markets that develop and form the basis for the larger ones to come. Establishing some level of trust with other buyers and sellers through these small exchanges in the early days might be beneficial later.

But the further you get away from subsistence level bartering and start dealing in larger and more diverse markets, then that’s where “money” will dominate. The study uses the term “lumpy goods” to describe these types of transactions, “lumpy” not just meaning large or bulky (like housing, or livestock), but also for things like medical care (imagine purchasing an appendectomy, where you’re trying to procure a surgeon, nurse, maybe an anesthesiologist, and all the necessary supplies – and purchase it as a single transaction). Lumpy would also include services such as transport/shipping, like hiring cowboys (Old West style) to drive those livestock you purchased to your door from 3 counties away – or contracting a rail train owner/operator with a working steam engine and a cattle car. This is where you want and need PMs, because they have always been money.

Oh, and lest anything think the study is just a politically correct and academic discussion with little real SHTF worth and skip it, things like criminal markets, militias, survivalists, warlords, and assassination services are mentioned too.

Statistics: Posted by Matte — Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:34 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Reserve Currency

August 4, 2017 Matte 0
daaswampman wrote:
Your links make a wonderful argument for owning precious metals in small units! Swamp

Divisibility being one of the requirements for real money, people (and governments) have been cutting PM coins for millennia. Unlike eggs, a shotshell, or Federal Reserve Notes, dividing a PM bullion coin into pieces doesn’t destroy its value. Each piece retains its same fractional value as the whole. Fiat currency is not money, try tearing a $1 FRN in half see if you can get .50 for each piece ;)

There was a study sponsored by FEMA back in the 80’s on how barter/exchanges/markets might function following a disaster on the scale of nuclear war, “Markets, Distribution, and Exchange After Societal Cataclysm”.

Beyond just descriptions of the different types of exchanges and markets that would develop, the use of money (and where it’s used and not used) for each is discussed too. The almost interchangeable way the authors use the terms “money”, “cash”, and “currency” might frustrate any goldbugs here, but the Keynesians probably won’t even notice at all. :D

It’s a long, mostly boring, read – But my take away from it, in short, is that barter will dominate at the subsistence and peasant marketplace levels. This is “hand-to-mouth” existence level exchanges mostly, a small amount of surplus salt exchanged for a small amount of surplus fish/meat. A few rifle cartridges exchanged for shoe repair. A days worth of food for 8 hours of unskilled labor. Preppers may not need to operate in these exchanges/markets much in the early SHTF days since we’ll likely be living off stored goods or growing/producing much of them ourselves, but these will be important as the first markets that develop and form the basis for the larger ones to come. Establishing some level of trust with other buyers and sellers through these small exchanges in the early days might be beneficial later.

But the further you get away from subsistence level bartering and start dealing in larger and more diverse markets, then that’s where “money” will dominate. The study uses the term “lumpy goods” to describe these types of transactions, “lumpy” not just meaning large or bulky (like housing, or livestock), but also for things like medical care (imagine purchasing an appendectomy, where you’re trying to procure a surgeon, nurse, maybe an anesthesiologist, and all the necessary supplies – and purchase it as a single transaction). Lumpy would also include services such as transport/shipping, like hiring cowboys (Old West style) to drive those livestock you purchased to your door from 3 counties away – or contracting a rail train owner/operator with a working steam engine and a cattle car. This is where you want and need PMs, because they have always been money.

Oh, and lest anything think the study is just a politically correct and academic discussion with little real SHTF worth and skip it, things like criminal markets, militias, survivalists, warlords, and assassination services are mentioned too.

Statistics: Posted by Matte — Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:34 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Reserve Currency

July 30, 2017 Matte 0

Years ago anyway, many accountants and financial planners recommended holding 5% of your net worth in PMs. I moved about 10% of mine into PMs 16 years back, and in hindsight it was a good financial decision – or has been so far anyway.

The US Dollar being the world’s reserve currency today creates demand for them which artificially increases their value. When the USD loses it’s reserve currency status those dollars will come flooding back to our country as other countries sell our dollar to buy whatever the new reserve currency is. An overabundance (supply) of US Dollars combined with less demand for them means their value will fall, that’s economics 101. From a historical perspective, the USD likely won’t remain as the reserve currency too much longer.

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Whether or not there’s a change in reserve currencies in your lifetime is anyone’s guess, but if it does happen you’ll be thankful that you bought PMs.

Gold is the standard that fiat money is compared against, I think a lot of people don’t grasp that fact. The value of gold doesn’t change, it’s the value of paper / fiat money that does. If the Fed/Treasury doubled the dollar supply tonight, gold would instantly jump to twice the current price. That doesn’t mean gold is worth more, it just means each dollar is worth less. Gold (and silver) has had roughly the same purchasing power in terms of the goods/services it will buy as it has always had for thousands of years. Sure it varies some, but over the long term it averages out. Just using very recent modern times as an example, a loaf of bread in the early 1960’s was about .22 cents, or about 2 silver dimes. Those same two 90% silver dimes today have a value of about $2.40, which is still about a loaf of bread in today’s money.

As for moving PMs, a standard 20 coin tube of 1 oz Gold Eagles weighs about 1.4 pounds and will buy a little over $25,000 USDs today.

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Not too bad in terms of weight and size, and a lot easier to carry than $25,000 worth of rice or ammo anyway. If that coin roll melts and rehardens into a golden blob in a house fire (unlikely), it’s still worth $25k in USD, minus a small assaying cost.

Statistics: Posted by Matte — Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:17 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Reserve Currency

July 30, 2017 Matte 0

Years ago anyway, many accountants and financial planners recommended holding 5% of your net worth in PMs. I moved about 10% of mine into PMs 16 years back, and in hindsight it was a good financial decision – or has been so far anyway.

The US Dollar being the world’s reserve currency today creates demand for them which artificially increases their value. When the USD loses it’s reserve currency status those dollars will come flooding back to our country as other countries sell our dollar to buy whatever the new reserve currency is. An overabundance (supply) of US Dollars combined with less demand for them means their value will fall, that’s economics 101. From a historical perspective, the USD likely won’t remain as the reserve currency too much longer.

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Whether or not there’s a change in reserve currencies in your lifetime is anyone’s guess, but if it does happen you’ll be thankful that you bought PMs.

Gold is the standard that fiat money is compared against, I think a lot of people don’t grasp that fact. The value of gold doesn’t change, it’s the value of paper / fiat money that does. If the Fed/Treasury doubled the dollar supply tonight, gold would instantly jump to twice the current price. That doesn’t mean gold is worth more, it just means each dollar is worth less. Gold (and silver) has had roughly the same purchasing power in terms of the goods/services it will buy as it has always had for thousands of years. Sure it varies some, but over the long term it averages out. Just using very recent modern times as an example, a loaf of bread in the early 1960’s was about .22 cents, or about 2 silver dimes. Those same two 90% silver dimes today have a value of about $2.40, which is still about a loaf of bread in today’s money.

As for moving PMs, a standard 20 coin tube of 1 oz Gold Eagles weighs about 1.4 pounds and will buy a little over $25,000 USDs today.

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Not too bad in terms of weight and size, and a lot easier to carry than $25,000 worth of rice or ammo anyway. If that coin roll melts and rehardens into a golden blob in a house fire (unlikely), it’s still worth $25k in USD, minus a small assaying cost.

Statistics: Posted by Matte — Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:17 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Reserve Currency

July 30, 2017 Matte 0

Years ago anyway, many accountants and financial planners recommended holding 5% of your net worth in PMs. I moved about 10% of mine into PMs 16 years back, and in hindsight it was a good financial decision – or has been so far anyway.

The US Dollar being the world’s reserve currency today creates demand for them which artificially increases their value. When the USD loses it’s reserve currency status those dollars will come flooding back to our country as other countries sell our dollar to buy whatever the new reserve currency is. An overabundance (supply) of US Dollars combined with less demand for them means their value will fall, that’s economics 101. From a historical perspective, the USD likely won’t remain as the reserve currency too much longer.

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Whether or not there’s a change in reserve currencies in your lifetime is anyone’s guess, but if it does happen you’ll be thankful that you bought PMs.

Gold is the standard that fiat money is compared against, I think a lot of people don’t grasp that fact. The value of gold doesn’t change, it’s the value of paper / fiat money that does. If the Fed/Treasury doubled the dollar supply tonight, gold would instantly jump to twice the current price. That doesn’t mean gold is worth more, it just means each dollar is worth less. Gold (and silver) has had roughly the same purchasing power in terms of the goods/services it will buy as it has always had for thousands of years. Sure it varies some, but over the long term it averages out. Just using very recent modern times as an example, a loaf of bread in the early 1960’s was about .22 cents, or about 2 silver dimes. Those same two 90% silver dimes today have a value of about $2.40, which is still about a loaf of bread in today’s money.

As for moving PMs, a standard 20 coin tube of 1 oz Gold Eagles weighs about 1.4 pounds and will buy a little over $25,000 USDs today.

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Not too bad in terms of weight and size, and a lot easier to carry than $25,000 worth of rice or ammo anyway. If that coin roll melts and rehardens into a golden blob in a house fire (unlikely), it’s still worth $25k in USD, minus a small assaying cost.

Statistics: Posted by Matte — Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:17 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Reserve Currency

July 30, 2017 Matte 0

Years ago anyway, many accountants and financial planners recommended holding 5% of your net worth in PMs. I moved about 10% of mine into PMs 16 years back, and in hindsight it was a good financial decision – or has been so far anyway.

The US Dollar being the world’s reserve currency today creates demand for them which artificially increases their value. When the USD loses it’s reserve currency status those dollars will come flooding back to our country as other countries sell our dollar to buy whatever the new reserve currency is. An overabundance (supply) of US Dollars combined with less demand for them means their value will fall, that’s economics 101. From a historical perspective, the USD likely won’t remain as the reserve currency too much longer.

Image

Whether or not there’s a change in reserve currencies in your lifetime is anyone’s guess, but if it does happen you’ll be thankful that you bought PMs.

Gold is the standard that fiat money is compared against, I think a lot of people don’t grasp that fact. The value of gold doesn’t change, it’s the value of paper / fiat money that does. If the Fed/Treasury doubled the dollar supply tonight, gold would instantly jump to twice the current price. That doesn’t mean gold is worth more, it just means each dollar is worth less. Gold (and silver) has had roughly the same purchasing power in terms of the goods/services it will buy as it has always had for thousands of years. Sure it varies some, but over the long term it averages out. Just using very recent modern times as an example, a loaf of bread in the early 1960’s was about .22 cents, or about 2 silver dimes. Those same two 90% silver dimes today have a value of about $2.40, which is still about a loaf of bread in today’s money.

As for moving PMs, a standard 20 coin tube of 1 oz Gold Eagles weighs about 1.4 pounds and will buy a little over $25,000 USDs today.

Image

Not too bad in terms of weight and size, and a lot easier to carry than $25,000 worth of rice or ammo anyway. If that coin roll melts and rehardens into a golden blob in a house fire (unlikely), it’s still worth $25k in USD, minus a small assaying cost.

Statistics: Posted by Matte — Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:17 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: BOL vs Camping or Base

July 16, 2017 Matte 0

Just had to login and comment since this thread has two of my favorite prepper fallacies, 1) “People with money are stupid and will be the first to die”, and 2) “If the SHTF I’ll just steal what I need”.

The former often heard from posters having self-professed financial difficulties. I don’t want to pour salt on that wound, but if you’re having difficulty surviving in times of plenty then a disaster isn’t going to improve your odds. It may be fun to fantasize about those lazy, unprepared, undeserving, affluent people ending up at the bottom of the pecking order before they die of starvation because no one will take their gold or Cadillacs in exchange for a loaf of bread, but that’s not reality. The single biggest factor on who survives disasters is wealth, poor people die in much greater numbers.

On the latter, the law protects criminals as much (or more) than it protects the law abiding in civilized society. As much as I’d like to beat the living S out of shoplifters and thieves, I can’t today without likely getting arrested for assault and then sued by the perp in civil court. The law protects the criminals. It’s for this same reason I have sirens on the burglar alarms in my homes and outbuildings, because today I just want to scare off thieves – not risk a confrontation that results in injury and possible legal and financial consequences. Today I’ll just call the police and file an insurance claim if needed. In a WROL situation that changes, the sirens will be turned off so it’s just a silent alarm. I’ve given considerable thought to, and made preparations for, how to deal with looters and thieves in a SHTF/WROL environment, including how to ensure my actions appear justified (in case there might be some doubt, as mistakes could happen) once the rule of law is restored. No “shovel and shutup” here most likely, just roll the bodies up in a tarp, spray-paint “armed looter” on them, and dump them in a ditch at a nearby intersection. Should help cut down on the crime rate in our area, and if or when questioned by the authorities on what happened later, they’ll just be one story told, mine, and I have it memorized already.

On the question of BOLs, imo it’s only those that can’t afford one that don’t see the need for one. Would you want only one firearm? One vehicle? One first aid kit? Why would having one house be any different? If you’re an avid all-weather camper, then OK. Have a cousin like that, he doesn’t self-identify as a prepper (self-identifying being the only requirement to be a “prepper” I guess), but spends at least a week each year tent camping in a national forest while deer hunting in northern Michigan in November. People with that kind of experience might pull it off, the risk of failure and death (or just a very miserable existence) seems pretty high otherwise.

Statistics: Posted by Matte — Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:02 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Camp Perimeter Defenses

June 27, 2017 Matte 0

Decided to beat the rush and headed for the hills a decade ago. If we had to bugout deeper, or back to the The City, the major pieces of our bugout perimeter security kit.

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Dakota Alerts, HTs, a combo motion sensor and contact (door/window/tripwire) switch alarm, monofilament line, and eye bolts. Dogs not shown. Picked up a 6-pack of those motion sensor/contact alarms cheap pre-Y2k, they’re pretty versatile but not really weather resistant. The Dakota Alerts with the stock antennas have a range of about 3/4 of a mile to a HT on flat ground through the woods, handy for monitoring a trail or the approach to your camp, or for hunting.

Slaves? lol

Statistics: Posted by Matte — Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:38 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: Camp Perimeter Defenses

June 27, 2017 Matte 0

Decided to beat the rush and headed for the hills a decade ago. If we had to bugout deeper, or back to the The City, the major pieces of our bugout perimeter security kit.

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Dakota Alerts, HTs, a combo motion sensor and contact (door/window/tripwire) switch alarm, monofilament line, and eye bolts. Dogs not shown. Picked up a 6-pack of those motion sensor/contact alarms cheap pre-Y2k, they’re pretty versatile but not really weather resistant. The Dakota Alerts with the stock antennas have a range of about 3/4 of a mile to a HT on flat ground through the woods, handy for monitoring a trail or the approach to your camp, or for hunting.

Slaves? lol

Statistics: Posted by Matte — Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:38 am


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A.N.T.S. • Re: The Gray House

June 9, 2017 Matte 0

My home is tan. :)

Since you post your identity in your signature I spent a couple minutes looking at your locale, area demographics, and home details. Our situations could hardly be more opposite. Like Gunns, my home stands out although you have to view it from satellite images since it’s not visible from the road (or even from my gate). You’re in a metro area of over 2 million people, my home is over 150 miles away from a city that large. Your population density is about 1,300 per sq mile, my county has less than 20 per sq mile and I know for a fact there’s only 4 people in the sq mile around us. You have a 1/3 acre lot in a subdivision about 50′ from the road, we have 10 acres (two acres fenced/gated) and bordered by public land on three sides with a 200 yard driveway. Not to suggest either situation is better in all scenarios, just highlighting the differences and why “the gray home” isn’t always the right answer.

I suppose what I really don’t get however, particularly in regards to this post, is why you tell everyone who you are, where you live, details of your preparedness situation, what your plans are, and sometimes even when you’ll be away from home – but also that you want to go unnoticed as the gray man living in the gray house. Not trying to argue or insult, just seems to me you give out way too much information publicly if that’s your plan. You’ve left an online trail of bread loaves leading right to your door :lol: Preppers usually have an abundance of nice firearms and cash/PMs stashed away at least, and from your latest “Who will be your Doctor” post it’s not hard to guess you probably have a nice assortment of prescription drugs too, right? Aren’t you at least concerned someone might use this information to plan a burglary (or worse) of your home now?

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A.N.T.S. • Re: They know Who You Are

May 20, 2017 Matte 0

The lists are built as needed. Data from myriad sources can be queried to look for individuals that match the particular profile being searched for, even trying to predict future behavior based on past behavior.

Companies do it all the time to target their advertising. Government for other reasons, such as police depts to build criminal watch lists (ex. http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/wh … watchdogs/)

The FCC license database is just another data source. An amateur radio license by itself is just a single data point, but add “Costco membership” + “NICS firearm check in the last two years” + “TEOTWAWKI related books in Amazon wishlist” and maybe you’d end up on a likely prepper list if they wanted to build one. Forum membership and what you like/follow on social media being other data sources. That my name might show up on a gov’t list of “preppers, >90% confidence” doesn’t bother me personally, that I’d be targeted by the gov’t based on matching that profile seems pretty unlikely. That said, I chose not to have a ham license because I prefer not to have my home and BOL on someone’s list of “fixed, private radio transmitter sites”. Remember it’s not just our gov’t that builds lists, foreign gov’ts and individuals can ‘mine’ the available data as well. If you wanted to build a list of likely preppers in your area then searching the FCC database for licensees in your zip code might be a good place to start for example. I’m more concerned with nearby neighbors associating me with preppers than the gov’t personally.

To each his own. I’d just suggest caution if you want to make your identity and location known in a public forum; stating you own firearms, gold/silver, and will be away from home on the weekend of June 16th (A.N.T.S. camp) might be interesting to someone.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: They know Who You Are

May 20, 2017 Matte 0

The lists are built as needed. Data from myriad sources can be queried to look for individuals that match the particular profile being searched for, even trying to predict future behavior based on past behavior.

Companies do it all the time to target their advertising. Government for other reasons, such as police depts to build criminal watch lists (ex. http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/wh … watchdogs/)

The FCC license database is just another data source. An amateur radio license by itself is just a single data point, but add “Costco membership” + “NICS firearm check in the last two years” + “TEOTWAWKI related books in Amazon wishlist” and maybe you’d end up on a likely prepper list if they wanted to build one. Forum membership and what you like/follow on social media being other data sources. That my name might show up on a gov’t list of “preppers, >90% confidence” doesn’t bother me personally, that I’d be targeted by the gov’t based on matching that profile seems pretty unlikely. That said, I chose not to have a ham license because I prefer not to have my home and BOL on someone’s list of “fixed, private radio transmitter sites”. Remember it’s not just our gov’t that builds lists, foreign gov’ts and individuals can ‘mine’ the available data as well. If you wanted to build a list of likely preppers in your area then searching the FCC database for licensees in your zip code might be a good place to start for example. I’m more concerned with nearby neighbors associating me with preppers than the gov’t personally.

To each his own. I’d just suggest caution if you want to make your identity and location known in a public forum; stating you own firearms, gold/silver, and will be away from home on the weekend of June 16th (A.N.T.S. camp) might be interesting to someone.

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Introduce Yourself • Re: Have a shelter property in Salt Lake City and want to se

May 7, 2017 Matte 0

List it with a survival realtor, there’s at least a couple realty companies that specialize in survival properties. JW,R’s son runs one currently and Joel Skousen had/has one IIRC. It’s a niche market for sure, normal realtors/appraisers/lenders don’t ascribe survival upgrades as having much, if any, extra value. A realtor that specializes in survival properties can help appraise it, and you might recoup their fees and commission plus more by finding a buyer looking to purchase a turnkey survival home.

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Book Needed: All About Antibiotics

May 5, 2017 Matte 0

“The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy” is one of the bibles on the subject, but it’s less helpful if you aren’t certain of the exact bacteria and only have the half dozen or so usual aquarium antibiotics available. The Merck Manual, even an older version, would be a good reference if you’re familiar with medical terminology, else get a good medical dictionary to go along with it (and be prepared to read the dictionary as much as the manual). The problem I have with the PDR is that, while it describes each drug in great detail, it’s not such a good ref on where or how to use them. Knowing Keflex has activity against some strains of Staph A. by itself for example isn’t very helpful – there’s little to no info on diseases likely to be caused by Staph A. infections, dosages, or length of treatment. It’s all about the drug, nothing on infections or treatment.

Might try a search using terms like “empirical”, “guidelines”, and “initial selection” along with “antibiotics” to find books a general practitioner in a clinic might use, those are the ones I find the most helpful anyway. Or as others have said, Dr. Bones, Dr Hubbard (the survival doctor), or Doc Cindy (armageddon medicine) all have books with recommendations on antibiotic selection, and with a focus on the ones usually available for fish/birds. A doctor writing under the pseudonym “Militant Medic” wrote a good multipart article at survivalblog a couple years ago too, including a concise 2 page pdf of the most common infections, with primary and alternate antibiotic recommendations with only the commonly available aquarium antibiotics.

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Book Needed: All About Antibiotics

May 5, 2017 Matte 0

“The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy” is one of the bibles on the subject, but it’s less helpful if you aren’t certain of the exact bacteria and only have the half dozen or so usual aquarium antibiotics available. The Merck Manual, even an older version, would be a good reference if you’re familiar with medical terminology, else get a good medical dictionary to go along with it (and be prepared to read the dictionary as much as the manual). The problem I have with the PDR is that, while it describes each drug in great detail, it’s not such a good ref on where or how to use them. Knowing Keflex has activity against some strains of Staph A. by itself for example isn’t very helpful – there’s little to no info on diseases likely to be caused by Staph A. infections, dosages, or length of treatment. It’s all about the drug, nothing on infections or treatment.

Might try a search using terms like “empirical”, “guidelines”, and “initial selection” along with “antibiotics” to find books a general practitioner in a clinic might use, those are the ones I find the most helpful anyway. Or as others have said, Dr. Bones, Dr Hubbard (the survival doctor), or Doc Cindy (armageddon medicine) all have books with recommendations on antibiotic selection, and with a focus on the ones usually available for fish/birds. A doctor writing under the pseudonym “Militant Medic” wrote a good multipart article at survivalblog a couple years ago too, including a concise 2 page pdf of the most common infections, with primary and alternate antibiotic recommendations with only the commonly available aquarium antibiotics.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Top 50 Places To Find Supplies After SHTF

April 1, 2017 Matte 0

Didn’t realize the Koreans had that level of organization either Dirk. None of the stories I read about them went into that much detail, just that they banded together to protect their businesses and the pics of them on the rooftop. Any suggested reading to get more details?

On the mission planning I mentioned I’d just clarify it’s more than just the logistics but a complete plan I’d like to see them lay out. A large part of being prepared is the pre-planning after all, but I never see a hypothetical scavenging mission discussed with the same level of detail that would goes into, say, home defense planning.

What’s the optimum number for a scavenging team? What role will each member take? Daytime or nighttime? Announce your presence and intent (yelling, honking, white flag) first? Hit hard, fast, and get out quick like a bank robbery, or more like a cat burglar relying on stealth and taking more time for a thorough search? What’s the loadout/gear for each person – weapon(s), crowbar, bolt cutters, lockpicks, loot bags, flashlights, etc? What’s the plan if the team surprises or is surprised by people hidden inside, or if another group approaches from the outside – fight, flight, surrender if ordered to do so? Any instructions for those remaining back at the home/base in the event the team doesn’t return? Those just for starters…

As Cast Iron mentioned, it’s like a lot of people think they’ll have a crystal ball or a complete set of facts going into every possible situation. Who’s more dangerous, a career criminal out looting for profit or a parent with a hungry child? Unlike the old westerns the bad guys won’t always be wearing black hats either. Illini Warrior’s take on it is basically my thoughts as well, and not to single you out Photon Guy, but if you’ve considered and planned for a scenario where you might need to scavenge to get home then would like to hear your thoughts especially.

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Top 50 Places To Find Supplies After SHTF

March 30, 2017 Matte 0

Just once when this topic comes up I’d like to see some specifics on how they intend to execute these looting/scavenging operations. Not just a list of the business’ that have all the wonderful stuff they apparently don’t see the need to buy now, but details on how they intend to achieve the objective and get back to their base with the goods. The SMEAC of the mission.

If they did lay out the details I think we’d find one of two things, either it’s nothing more than a “what would you buy if you had a million dollars” type fantasy or they’re the marauders/looters we’re all preparing for (including the prepper business owners).

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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Top 50 Places To Find Supplies After SHTF

March 30, 2017 Matte 0

Just once when this topic comes up I’d like to see some specifics on how they intend to execute these looting/scavenging operations. Not just a list of the business’ that have all the wonderful stuff they apparently don’t see the need to buy now, but details on how they intend to achieve the objective and get back to their base with the goods. The SMEAC of the mission.

If they did lay out the details I think we’d find one of two things, either it’s nothing more than a “what would you buy if you had a million dollars” type fantasy or they’re the marauders/looters we’re all preparing for (including the prepper business owners).

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Anti-Parasitic Remedies

March 19, 2017 Matte 0
MoosePath wrote:
Reading another article, the drug praziquantel which is used for intestinal infections and worms I found is available from Vet Suppliers. Google the drug name and there are all kinds of articles about it’s uses and side effects. But since it is available from Vet suppliers without a prescription it might be a good thing to add to your preps.

Sold, or used to be anyway, as Fish-Tapes by Thomas Labs too. Used it for round worm infection twice in our last dog (who never found anything lying dead in the woods that wasn’t still good enough to try eating). Speaking of which, I need to check the purchase date on that fish-tapes bottle… Mebendazole, metronidazole, and permethrin cream (10%) in the pharmacy as well. Public shelters, road kill cuisine, dumpster diving, incomplete water purification – parasitic infections may be common following a major disaster.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: EMPs (Electro Magnetic Pulse)

March 2, 2017 Matte 0

pH meter, good idea.

Solar charge controllers, smoke/CO detectors, pulse oximeter, motion sensors, and someday spare NV scopes are some others in mine. Smart phone and Geiger counter will go in the cage once my company upgrades my current iPhone leaving me a spare one.

Solar panels (mono/polycrystalline types anyway) should be OK to leave unprotected if not installed in a system according to the testing in the attachment.

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Anesthesia – How?

February 26, 2017 Matte 0

I do not understand all those exclamation points Swamp. I’ve advised against making an anesthetic, recommended learning to treat more common ailments painlessly first, and only suggested general anesthesia in layman’s hands as an option to relieve suffering for the dying at the end of the world. What I have been suggesting, and I do follow my own advice, is that you may want to have the tools that the talented might need to save your a$$. I’m not going to pay the inflated rates for drugs in short supply during a disaster if I can acquire them inexpensively now. If you don’t see a need for anesthetics in a disaster/collapse, then don’t get any Swamp. I am sorry you’ve seen such tragedies, each is worthy of it’s own thread so we all might learn something from them?

But back on topic, and more basic, local anesthesia might be a better place to start putting a few dollars now. It’s not just good for local infiltration for suturing or ingrown toenails, in the right hands it can be used for nerve or Bier blocks, or epidurals, to anesthetize much larger areas for more invasive procedures. Lidocaine is good and relatively easy to acquire without a scrip, for longer term storage you can get it in powder form which has a longer shelf life than the liquid. Unless it’s going to be strictly for local infiltration you probably don’t want the kind with epinephrine in it. Stock the extra items they’ll most likely need, sterile syringes, needles (small, 20-23 gauge), and gloves at least. If going with the powdered lidocaine variety then the prefilled saline flush syringes would be a good idea, for dissolving the powder in. The prepacked and sterile laceration trays might be good too, even if it’s not a laceration being treated (~$10 and up, get the ones that include sterile gloves imo).

Regarding the professionals that avoid threads like this, maybe they’d be able to suggest what they’d hope a patient would bring with them if they were open for business but running low on supplies at the EOTW?

Murby wrote:
Well folks, it looks like my anesthesia problem has been solved!

In a word “Ether”… yup.. it is that simple and its something the average person can purchase. Its also safe, well… safe in relative context. its easy to use and from what I can tell, seems to be the type of drug that allows one to select the level of sedation.

While I will be purchasing a small supply of it, I also learned its not even that difficult to make if one has access to a grade school level chemistry set.. (which I do).. and I’ve downloaded the instructions and a video on the procedure to manufacture it.

I’m not an expert on it obviously and still have much research to do.. but from what I can tell, I can buy a 500ml bottle for $50 that is enough to completely anesthetize at least 20 to 30 times….

That’s what I chose, it’s the old school standard and no legal issues. You have more lab knowledge than me, I wouldn’t feel confident trying to produce it – some minor pharmaceutical compounding (and some pyrotechnics) are my only experience since high school chemistry. Be careful what ever you do, personally I wouldn’t use it (except as mentioned above) unless at the EOTW and the situation so bad that there was no penalty for surgical failure.

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Anesthesia – How?

February 25, 2017 Matte 0

Could always consult a medical dictionary :) Won’t argue with someone’s personal feelings or religious beliefs daaswampman, if it’s wrong for you then it’s wrong.

Back on topic, the Anesthesia and Perioperative Care of the Combat Casualty details the different types of anesthesia in use today. Chapter 31 is the history of military anesthesia (or lack thereof). Chapter 7 is a detailed description of military anesthesia machines, including the UNIVERSAL PORTABLE ANESTHESIA CIRCUIT (PAC) which is a vaporizer/”draw over” anesthesia device for administering liquid anesthestics that doesn’t require supplemental oxygen. It has built in settings for use with diethyl ether, enflurane, halothane, and isoflurane. A significant improvement over open drop administration, and about as simple and portable as an anesthesia machine can be done (short of “bottle and rag” anyway). Following a collapse, and after the IV anesthetic agents are exhausted, seems reasonable this or it’s improvised analogues might be the standard both because of simplicity and the relative ease that ether can be produced in a lab. Military level 2 med units (the lowest level where emergency surgery can be performed) use these PACs, so you’d be likely to see them in any significant disaster where the military was sent to assist. Plan accordingly.

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Anesthesia – How?

February 25, 2017 Matte 0
In medicine, specifically in end-of-life care, palliative sedation (also known as terminal sedation, continuous deep sedation, or sedation for intractable distress in the dying/of a dying patient) is the palliative practice of relieving distress in a terminally ill person in the last hours or days of a dying patient’s life, usually by means of a continuous intravenous or subcutaneous infusion of a sedative drug, or by means of a specialized catheter designed to provide comfortable and discreet administration of ongoing medications via the rectal route. Palliative sedation is an option of last resort for patients whose symptoms cannot be controlled by any other means. It is not a form of euthanasia, as the goal of palliative sedation is to control symptoms, rather than to shorten the patient’s life.

From the wiki just so we’re on the same page. Terminal sedation is not euthanasia.

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Anesthesia – How?

February 24, 2017 Matte 0

https://www.washingtonpost.com/postever … l-supplies

Leaving her daughter’s side, Yamila went on a frantic search for medical supplies so basic that no hospital — let alone one of the country’s largest teaching hospitals — should ever run out of them. But none of the hospitals or pharmacies she visited had them in stock. In the end, despite concerns about the quality of the supplies, and unsure whether she had the correct catheters and needles for a newborn, Yamila had no option but to buy whatever she could find on the black market — with no quality guarantees.

Venezuela’s health care system, long a source of pride for the government, is in deep crisis. Thousands of patients cannot get essential medical treatments, and thousands more have been wait-listed for potentially life-saving surgery because doctors don’t have the materials they need to operate.

http://time.com/4419186/photographing-v … -collapse/

Alvaro Ybarra Zavala puts it bluntly: “Venezuela has become hell.”

The photographer had just returned from one of his latest trips to the South American nation when he talked to TIME, and he was visibly affected by the chaos he had witnessed there. “There’s a complete collapse of society,” he said.

Once an example for the continent, Venezuela is now a country in freefall. “It’s hard to find food, there’s no medicine,” said Ybarra Zavala. “If you have to have surgery, you need to bring everything with you: the bandages, the gloves, everything. There are no anesthetics.”

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/05/1 … ls-or.html

Caracas, Venezuela – At Caracas University Hospital (HUC), the shortage of medical supplies is beyond painful.

Dozens of patients here have been waiting for months to undergo surgery as their health continues to deteriorate. In many cases, their lives are at risk and they are asked to bring their own medical supplies. Doctors say they want to help but can’t.

A physician who asked to remain anonymous told Fox News Latino this week that they are only performing emergency operations at this time due to the acute shortage of the most basic supplies and instruments at the state-run facility.

“We don’t even have stitching material, gauze pads or medical solution and most of the equipment for anesthesia is broken,” he said. “If the patient brings everything, we try to operate.”

Don’t think anyone would classify the Venezuelan crisis as an end-of-the-world situation, yet there’s the reality of medical care in Venezuela today. Plan accordingly. I completely agree on insurance, particularly in a collapse. Bring money (cash, gold, or lots of silver). You’ll need it to get to the front of the line, and to bribe, I mean show your appreciation, to the doctors, nurses, and orderlies for the best care possible.

The scenario/pics at the end of my last post was meant in the context of humane terminal sedation (palliative end-of-life) in an EOTW situation, not as part of first-aid care. i.e., “Relax Son, we need to sedate you so we can get you out of there. Just breathe normally and you’ll be waking up in your bed before you know it”, even though you know that’s probably not going to be the case. Just clarifying that as it may not have been clear the way I stated it earlier. It’s just an option some may want to consider, although diethyl ether wouldn’t be my first choice of an agent.

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Anesthesia – How?

February 21, 2017 Matte 0
MoosePath wrote:
I’ve been reading this thread and I thought I would add my 2 cents for what it is worth. While I have no desire to make any anesthesia (heck I can hardly spell it). I have to say that if we are in a total collapse/grid down situation with out hospitals and doctors a phone call away I do not see a problem with people trying to find a way to put someone under.

Ether was used for anesthesia for over 100 years, it was the standard up to the 1960’s. It’s been suggested it still has its uses.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4608178

Ether in the developing world: rethinking an abandoned agent

Diethyl ether anesthesia deserves to be reconsidered for widespread use in the developing world. In countries that lack the resources to fund anesthesiology development, ether could greatly improve the safety and economics of anesthesia practices.

Developing nations rarely have the personnel and equipment to provide safe anesthesia. Anesthesia is most commonly delivered by non-physicians who have little or no formal training. Cardiac monitors, pulse-oximeters, supplemental oxygen and endotracheal intubation are rarely available, and anesthesia is delivered using drawover techniques. Halothane, the most common inhalation anesthetic in the developing world, is a potent agent and, without monitoring equipment and trained providers, can lead to significant patient morbidity and mortality. Ether, on the other hand is nontoxic to the cardiovascular system and it does not depress respiratory activity. It is safe to use by anesthetists who have not received formal training and without complicated monitoring, supplemental oxygen and endotracheal intubation. Ether has the added benefit of providing surgical analgesia. In areas where resources are scarce, patients are often not given supplemental intraoperative analgesia. While halothane provides little analgesia, ether provides excellent intra-operative pain control that can extend for several hours into the postoperative period.

It’s not without it’s problems, extremely flammable, forms explosive peroxides if not stored properly, nausea/vomiting are common afterwards. It’s still the reference used in medical school to teach the stages of anesthesia, so while it may not be used anymore every doctor knows how it works and how it’s administered. Along the same lines as taking your own sterile syringes/IV catheters if travelling to developing countries in case you require medical care while there, or storing antibiotics in the event the one your doctor prescribes isn’t available, some might wish to have ether in the event there is a doctor available but he doesn’t have a better anesthestic.

And as already mentioned, there’s always the possibility of something like this at the EOTW…

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First Aid & Medicine • Re: Anesthesia – How?

February 21, 2017 Matte 0
MoosePath wrote:
I’ve been reading this thread and I thought I would add my 2 cents for what it is worth. While I have no desire to make any anesthesia (heck I can hardly spell it). I have to say that if we are in a total collapse/grid down situation with out hospitals and doctors a phone call away I do not see a problem with people trying to find a way to put someone under.

Ether was used for anesthesia for over 100 years, it was the standard up to the 1960’s. It’s been suggested it still has its uses.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4608178

Ether in the developing world: rethinking an abandoned agent

Diethyl ether anesthesia deserves to be reconsidered for widespread use in the developing world. In countries that lack the resources to fund anesthesiology development, ether could greatly improve the safety and economics of anesthesia practices.

Developing nations rarely have the personnel and equipment to provide safe anesthesia. Anesthesia is most commonly delivered by non-physicians who have little or no formal training. Cardiac monitors, pulse-oximeters, supplemental oxygen and endotracheal intubation are rarely available, and anesthesia is delivered using drawover techniques. Halothane, the most common inhalation anesthetic in the developing world, is a potent agent and, without monitoring equipment and trained providers, can lead to significant patient morbidity and mortality. Ether, on the other hand is nontoxic to the cardiovascular system and it does not depress respiratory activity. It is safe to use by anesthetists who have not received formal training and without complicated monitoring, supplemental oxygen and endotracheal intubation. Ether has the added benefit of providing surgical analgesia. In areas where resources are scarce, patients are often not given supplemental intraoperative analgesia. While halothane provides little analgesia, ether provides excellent intra-operative pain control that can extend for several hours into the postoperative period.

It’s not without it’s problems, extremely flammable, forms explosive peroxides if not stored properly, nausea/vomiting are common afterwards. It’s still the reference used in medical school to teach the stages of anesthesia, so while it may not be used anymore every doctor knows how it works and how it’s administered. Along the same lines as taking your own sterile syringes/IV catheters if travelling to developing countries in case you require medical care while there, or storing antibiotics in the event the one your doctor prescribes isn’t available, some might wish to have ether in the event there is a doctor available but he doesn’t have a better anesthestic.

And as already mentioned, there’s always the possibility of something like this at the EOTW…

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Statistics: Posted by Matte — Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:40 am