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In Memoriam • Services for Rebnavy

September 4, 2017 tidewaterva 0

Services for Rebnavy (William B. Whorton) of Saluda Virginia will be on Sunday September 10, 2017. Here is the link to the obituary including the address and time:

http://bristow-faulkner.com/wordpress/?p=2962

Mrs. Tidewaterva visited with Janice, Bill’s wife, and Janice is inviting Bill’s APN friends to attend. There are at least two small hotels in Gloucester VA which are in a safe area and should provide satisfactory lodging within about 10 miles of the church. If there are several from the APN forum that attend and wish to meet and fellowship more after the service, we could arrange to meet and eat at one of several area family restaurants.

I don’t have further information about the services at this time. If I can answer any question or help in any way for those attending from out of the local area, please PM me. Blessings to all as we remember and celebrate the life of our friend and brother Bill Whorton.

Statistics: Posted by tidewaterva — Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:40 pm


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Prayer Requests • Re: Update on Rebnavy

September 4, 2017 tidewaterva 0

As soon as I know about the arrangements, I will check with Janice to see if she approves of posting it on the forum. If she approves I will post as soon as possible. If someone finds the notice online , it is public knowledge and it would be fine to post it. It would be advisable to start a new thread so that it is more visible.

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Prayer Requests • Re: Update on Rebnavy

September 4, 2017 tidewaterva 0

As soon as I know about the arrangements, I will check with Janice to see if she approves of posting it on the forum. If she approves I will post as soon as possible. If someone finds the notice online , it is public knowledge and it would be fine to post it. It would be advisable to start a new thread so that it is more visible.

Statistics: Posted by tidewaterva — Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:44 pm


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Prayer Requests • Re: Update on Rebnavy

August 31, 2017 tidewaterva 0

Thank you to all for the deeply caring prayers and words of concern. Janice is aware of the prayers of Reb’s prepper friends and appreciates all of the concern and prayers. Reb’s mother is still living and is in her 90’s, but not doing well and is in hospice care. Bill and Janice had been visiting and assisting her regularly, but are no longer able. Prayers for the remaining family members are appreciated.

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Prayer Requests • Update on Rebnavy

August 29, 2017 tidewaterva 0

Reb’s health has rapidly declined in the last few weeks. He has been sent home from the hospital and is in agonizing pain, no longer in his right mind. He is in hospice care. His wife is with him all her waking hours, and is a wonderful caregiver. Continued prayers from his friends on the forum are desperately needed. Without a direct miracle of healing, he will not be able to post again on this forum. If he completes his journey to eternal life soon, maybe we can think of a way to memorialize him on this forum. His love of history and his helping and compassionate spirit are what I will treasure most about him.

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Prayer Requests • Update on Rebnavy

August 29, 2017 tidewaterva 0

Reb’s health has rapidly declined in the last few weeks. He has been sent home from the hospital and is in agonizing pain, no longer in his right mind. He is in hospice care. His wife is with him all her waking hours, and is a wonderful caregiver. Continued prayers from his friends on the forum are desperately needed. Without a direct miracle of healing, he will not be able to post again on this forum. If he completes his journey to eternal life soon, maybe we can think of a way to memorialize him on this forum. His love of history and his helping and compassionate spirit are what I will treasure most about him.

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Introduce Yourself • Re: New member from Hampton Roads, VA

May 21, 2017 tidewaterva 0

Welcome to the forum. I have lived in southeastern VA for most of my life including Chesapeake and Newport News. One thing to keep in mind in this area is having a plan for how to evacuate ahead of a severe storm or other emergency. Due to the geography of the region, there are a limited number of evacuation routes to serve such a large population. I-64 has gates installed to convert it to westbound only operation if there is a need to evacuate. A few accidents or trees across the road can quickly shut the evac routes down. On that cheery note, welcome again, and I hope that you enjoy and benefit from the knowledge and perspectives here.

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Hydrocarbon fuels • Re: Diesel powered vehicles during an EMP strike

April 12, 2017 tidewaterva 0

Regarding power surges into electrical systems, there are excellent solid state surge arrestor s which can be connected to the service entrance conductors of a building and to ground. The arrestor is made using a semi conductor which normally isolates the conductors from ground, but in the presence of a voltage spike (which could be caused by an EMP or CME) semiconductor is instantly ionized and conducts the voltage surge to ground. I sold and installed these devices to home and business owners who had previously had damage to electronics and well pumps due to voltage spikes caused by lightning strikes. I never had a customer experience any damage after installing a solid state surge arrestor on the service entrance conductors. A whole house solid state surge arrestor would be a very wise prep for those who have suffered lightning damage to electrical and electronic equipment due to lightning, or as a means of protection against EMP and CME induced voltage surges.

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Hydrocarbon fuels • Re: Diesel powered vehicles during an EMP strike

April 11, 2017 tidewaterva 0

I would have zero concern about garden variety spark plugs surviving an EMP. They are designed to accept 20-100k voltage pulses in order to produce a spark across the air gap. They do this many millions of times in their lifetime. Ford and some other manufacturers have used a coil pack spark plug which may be toasted by an EMP. As far as small engines, the older small engines (19 80’s and older) mostly used battery/coil/point ignition, or magneto ignition. No solid state electronics in most of these and I expect them to be unaffected by an EMP event. Small engines starting in the early 90’s started using solid state switching transistors (Briggs Magnetron for example) which would destroyed by a significant EMP event.

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Hydrocarbon fuels • Re: Diesel powered vehicles during an EMP strike

April 10, 2017 tidewaterva 0

Most gasoline engine vehicles changed to electronic fuel injection controlled by an ECM (engine control module -aka computer) in the mid 80’s to early 90’s. Diesel cars and trucks were a little slower to change to electronic fuel injection. I have a late 90’s diesel pickup which still was built with a mechanical injector pump, no ECM, and no emission controls. The intake preheater is only needed for starting when Temps drop below 40 or so. In my opinion, vehicles that were never equipped with ECM’S would probably survive an EMP strike just fine, however any ECM equipped vehicle would not be useable if there was a nearby EMP. Many older diesel vehicles with a manual transmission can be started and run indefinitely WITHOUT A BATTERY OR FUNCTIONING ELECTRICAL SYSTEM by manually opening the fuel shutoff solenoid, parking the vehicle at the top of a hill, and coast starting it when needed. This trick has been used by farmers who want to avoid buying expensive batteries. Gasoline powered vehicles must have a functioning electrical system at all times to power the ignition system. A vulnerable part on almost all vehicles is the electrical alternator, which uses diodes to rectify the AC current produced into DC which can be stored in the battery. Solid state devices such as diodes, transistors, and ECM’S are the Achilles heel which would be most vulnerable to an EMP attack. For preppers with newer vehicles who are concerned about EMP, a trip to the salvage yard or ebay to pick up a good used ECM, and alternator would be needed. It would also be wise to learn how to install the ECM (not difficult in my experience), and then store the spare ECM and alternator in a Faraday cage. Additionally, many newer vehicles have multiple computers (BCM or body control module, etc). You would need to store spares for each of these modules in a Faraday cage.

After the late 90’s all diesel cars and trucks went to electronic fuel injection to meet EPA emissions standards. I don’t see much advantage to those vehicles over gas engine during an EMP.

Another possible advantage of diesels is the ability to run on biofuel (biodiesel) which may be locally produced in many areas. I have run many tanks of B100 (100% biodiesel) in my pickup, and it runs great and produces a French fry smell).

Statistics: Posted by tidewaterva — Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:06 pm


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Hydrocarbon fuels • Re: Diesel powered vehicles during an EMP strike

April 10, 2017 tidewaterva 0

Most gasoline engine vehicles changed to electronic fuel injection controlled by an ECM (engine control module -aka computer) in the mid 80’s to early 90’s. Diesel cars and trucks were a little slower to change to electronic fuel injection. I have a late 90’s diesel pickup which still was built with a mechanical injector pump, no ECM, and no emission controls. The intake preheater is only needed for starting when Temps drop below 40 or so. In my opinion, vehicles that were never equipped with ECM’S would probably survive an EMP strike just fine, however any ECM equipped vehicle would not be useable if there was a nearby EMP. Many older diesel vehicles with a manual transmission can be started and run indefinitely WITHOUT A BATTERY OR FUNCTIONING ELECTRICAL SYSTEM by manually opening the fuel shutoff solenoid, parking the vehicle at the top of a hill, and coast starting it when needed. This trick has been used by farmers who want to avoid buying expensive batteries. Gasoline powered vehicles must have a functioning electrical system at all times to power the ignition system. A vulnerable part on almost all vehicles is the electrical alternator, which uses diodes to rectify the AC current produced into DC which can be stored in the battery. Solid state devices such as diodes, transistors, and ECM’S are the Achilles heel which would be most vulnerable to an EMP attack. For preppers with newer vehicles who are concerned about EMP, a trip to the salvage yard or ebay to pick up a good used ECM, and alternator would be needed. It would also be wise to learn how to install the ECM (not difficult in my experience), and then store the spare ECM and alternator in a Faraday cage. Additionally, many newer vehicles have multiple computers (BCM or body control module, etc). You would need to store spares for each of these modules in a Faraday cage.

After the late 90’s all diesel cars and trucks went to electronic fuel injection to meet EPA emissions standards. I don’t see much advantage to those vehicles over gas engine during an EMP.

Another possible advantage of diesels is the ability to run on biofuel (biodiesel) which may be locally produced in many areas. I have run many tanks of B100 (100% biodiesel) in my pickup, and it runs great and produces a French fry smell).

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Lied like a rug to neighbors

March 25, 2017 tidewaterva 0

“Nothing in the 10 commandments that says thou shall not lie.” Rickdun is correct that these words don’t appear in the 10 Commandments. However, the 9th commandment States “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”. This has traditionally understood to prohibit all forms of lying. I know that preppers come from different belief systems, and understanding of right and wrong. I personally find it offensive to be lied to (especially by politicians), and the most basic of moral principles, the Golden rule, says that we should treat others as we expect to be treated. Pelenaka was in a tough situation, and it is a good topic to think about how to respond when someone makes an unreasonable demand for your preps and resources. I hope that Pelenaka ‘s mother is on the mend now.

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General Family Preparedness • Re: Lied like a rug to neighbors

March 25, 2017 tidewaterva 0

“Nothing in the 10 commandments that says thou shall not lie.” Rickdun is correct that these words don’t appear in the 10 Commandments. However, the 9th commandment States “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”. This has traditionally understood to prohibit all forms of lying. I know that preppers come from different belief systems, and understanding of right and wrong. I personally find it offensive to be lied to (especially by politicians), and the most basic of moral principles, the Golden rule, says that we should treat others as we expect to be treated. Pelenaka was in a tough situation, and it is a good topic to think about how to respond when someone makes an unreasonable demand for your preps and resources. I hope that Pelenaka ‘s mother is on the mend now.

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Water • Re: Galvanized steel pipes

February 23, 2017 tidewaterva 0

It is a good idea to periodically have your drinking water tested for chemical and bacteriological contamination. If you are on a well system with water that is acidic, any commonly used metallic piping will be constantly sacrificing ions to the acidic water. After the water has stayed in the piping over night or for longer periods, there will be a higher concentration of metallic contamination in the water. Galvanized pipe was/is zinc coated, and lead was a common contaminant in zinc, especially years ago. An acid neutralizer system (should only cost 1000 or less installed) could provide protection against breakdown of your metallic piping. This is also common with copper piping, and when it is breaking down due to acidic water, it will leave blue green stains on fixtures. Clean and pure water is important to our health, and your water supply should not be assumed to be okay, either with city water or on a private well.

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Check In Here Connecticut Preppers • Re: EMP scenerio in CT

February 9, 2017 tidewaterva 0

From my knowledge of this subject, all US nuclear plants use water cooled reactors which makes them inherently more safe compared to some reactors like Chernobyl which used lead radiation absorbing material which did not provide as much safety margin against a runaway reactor. It is my understanding that US nuclear plants are required to have diesel powered coolant pumps which have adequate diesel fuel storage to allow for an orderly reactor shutdown process. However, if I remember correctly, Fukashima was a water cooled plant but the earthquake was powerful enough to disable the backup coolant pumps and piping. According to energy conversion texts that I have studied, US nuclear plants are all inherently unstable, that is to say that if the control mechanisms and coolant flow fail, it is meltdown time. That is an unlikely event, with Fukashima the only full scale meltdown of a water cooled utility reactor that I know of. I just read an article today which says that radiation levels at Fukashima are still extremely high. If someone on the forum is a nuke engineer or technician they can correct me or provide further explanation. I live within 50 miles of a nuclear utility plant, but don’t lose any sleep over it.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Newly Imposed Immigration Ban

February 4, 2017 tidewaterva 0

Note that there was a federal judge who ruled today putting a temporary restraining order on Trump’s executive order on immigration which is effective nationwide. See the partial article from Fox News below:

SEATTLE – A federal judge in Seattle brought the Trump administration’s executive order on immigration to a halt nationwide Friday, issuing a temporary restraining order in U.S. District Court until further hearings can be held.

“The Constitution prevailed today,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said after the ruling. “No one is above the law — not even the president.”

“This ruling shuts down the (president’s) executive order immediately — shuts it down — so people can travel like they did before,” Ferguson said.

The hearing came about after the Attorneys General of Washington and Minnesota filed a lawsuit seeking to halt President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order restricting immigration to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. It also placed restrictions on refugees entering the country. (End of news clip)

I believe that it will be a mistake to pursue this issue to the Supreme Court, if that is the path that the Trump administration chooses. Immigration reform and better vetting of immigrants is needed, but Trump should direct his efforts towards Congress, where his party has a majority in both houses, and courts cannot so easily counteract federal legislation. If they did try , it would then be worth an all out battle at the Supreme Court level.

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Terrorism & other Man made disasters • Re: Newly Imposed Immigration Ban

January 29, 2017 tidewaterva 0

ReadyMom,

Your family really paid its dues to immigrate and establish itself here and I like your balanced perspective on this subject. Already today, a federal judge has struck down part of Trump’s executive order on immigration. Both Obama and so far Trump are relying too heavily on executive orders to accomplish policy which would not be so easy to have passed through Congress. As respected commentator Charles Cooke stated today “it is precisely because legislatures debate, dissent and legislate policy better that immigration policy should remain with them”. He also points out that when federal legislation is enacted on immigration it is less liable to be overturned by the judicial branch. As much as we might think that Congress is a bunch of incompetents who cannot accomplish anything worthwhile, it will take them acting to get a better immigration policy enacted, withstand judicial review, and become enforced. I expect much or all of Trump’s immigration executive orders to be overturned in the next few days. I do believe that more strict policy on immigration is needed, but it may take a large number of concerned citizens letting their voice be heard to their representatives and senators to create legislation that will stand.

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Economic Disasters • Re: Ron Paul says economic collapse will still happen

January 28, 2017 tidewaterva 0

I think there is great opportunity still out there. 50 years ago many looked to succeed by landing a high paying factory job with generous benefits and a pension plan. Due to various reasons, that is a more and more rare opportunity today. I think that the opportunities nowadays favor creative thinkers and risk takers. There is also a great chance of failure for new business startups. I like Ron Paul, but he has been predicting financial collapse for 25 years or more if memory serves me right. Eventually the prediction will come true, but being prepared should include surviving and thriving in prosperous or normal times as well as during depressions. Although Trump railed against Goldman Sachs during the primary, he appointed five or so former or current GS employees to his cabinet. The banksters are always successful in grabbing control of the ship of state, and they are certainly looking out for the interest of the super wealthy. The US economy today stands on the ability of borrowers to repay debt. There are still many hardworking and responsible individuals and businesses who are a solid bet to pay off mortgages and small business loans. However, there are overzealous lenders such as auto finance corporations, furniture companies, the government with its Student loans, and many more. Many of these loans will never be paid off. I believe the credit worthiness of our nation as a whole is gradually declining. Eventually it will reach another crisis event like 2008. Remember this motto “Privatize the profits, socialize the losses”. This will again be the method of resolving any future financial crisis. In light of this fact, I believe that it is wise to work toward owning assets that can produce revenue and income in good times, and will still be needed during a time of crisis. On another forum that I read, a man inherited GM corporate bonds from his parent’s estate. Years ago, those bonds were thought of as one of the most rock solid investments available. In 2008 with the GM bankruptcy, corporate bondholders were repaid in full, but individual bondholders either lost all or a significant percentage of the value. This is what will eventually have to happen with 401k’s, and bank deposits in excess of a certain amount. It is probably a mistake to plan on a collapse happening in the immediate future. I have two friends who made major financial/family wellbeing mistakes by planning on an immediate collapse.

Statistics: Posted by tidewaterva — Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:39 pm