Prepping For Ebola

2012 (Mayan doomsday) was a great excuse to prepare for all the unpredictable global catastrophes that could happen any time.

marburg

[Marburg? - see below]

Scientists have been warning us that a global pandemic is overdue, and Ebola could become a pandemic – based on its progress to date. This is also a great excuse to prepare. Even if you were convinced that your local health authorities will be able to protect you from Ebola, surely there is enough lingering doubt to inspire you to store away some food and water?

How Real Is The Risk?

We keep being (officially) told that Ebola is not airborne, and can only be spread via direct contact with bodily fluids. That sounds reassuring, unless you did deeper….

First of all, Ebola patients have a tendency to vomit – that’s a lot of sudden, random, bodily fluid going all over the place. This regularly occurs before Ebola is diagnosed.

Yet health professionals who are taking great precautions are also catching Ebola. The most vivid example is the nurse in Spain who was reportedly wearing the correct protective gear. It is almost as if Ebola has mutated and become airborne.

Well, it kind of has.

This information is via ThreatJournal.com – I strongly recommend subscribing to this unique service:

Though public health authorities and government officials publicly state that Ebola is not airborne, there are a multitude of published, peer reviewed studies firmly establishing transmission of the Ebola virus via aerosols. The general difference between airborne and aerosol transmission rests, in large part, on the size of the particles and thus, how long they can remain suspended in the air.

Threat Journal cite 5 studies showing Ebola being spread via the air – here’s one example:

Demonstration of fatal aerosol transmission of this virus in monkeys reinforces the importance of taking appropriate precautions to prevent its potential aerosol transmission to humans.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7547435

And there is this from the  Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota:

“We believe there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles both near and at a distance from infected patients, which means that healthcare workers should be wearing respirators, not facemasks.”

Unfortunately many health professionals are dying because they used the minimum protection suggested by their superiors.

Snowball Effect / Death Spiral

When Ebola arrives in your country, and it is quite likely it will – if not now, then later – how will your fellow citizens react?

Hopefully it will be in a more educated manner than we have seen in Africa, where we have seen people breaking Ebola patients out of hospital due to fear, rumour and poor education.

The best example we have so far, in the western world, is parents pulling their students out of schools in Dallas:

Among the 12 people being closely monitored were five children – who attend four area schools. Panic-stricken parents in the area pulled their kids out of classes after they received Ebola fact sheets and notes which said ‘everything is fine’. Schools were also scrubbed down and extra nurses brought in to monitor any students with fevers or flu-like symptoms.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2777788/Panicked-parents-pull-kids-school-s-revealed-Ebola-patient-Texas-throwing-place.html#ixzz3FeOjW7sF

That’s four schools affected from one patient. Once cases multiply, more and more schools, social venues and workplaces become too risky for some. Before long a sneeze is enough to clear out a work building. Many workers will decide that they should stay at home, even though nobody at work has yet been diagnosed.

How many workers staying at home causes society to shut down?

When society shuts down, people will run out of food. That of course leads to social unrest and violence. In a British survey, 40% of respondents said if Avian Flu arrived locally, they would not go to work.

http://www.onrec.com/news/news-archive/boss%C3%ADs-beware-survey-shows-commuters-won%C3%ADt-be-travelling-when-avian-flu-hits

Maybe that won’t be a problem for banks (unless there are mass panic withdrawals) and insurance companies (unless there is a spike in health and death insurance claims), but what about supermarkets struggling to deal with demand, or hospitals, or key government agencies? As an extreme but possible example, what if the Minister for Health is scared and in hiding?

The point is, we just don’t know how it might play out. The last significant pandemic was more than 100 years ago – in WW1 more soldiers died of the flu than from battles – and communication and awareness were a tiny fraction of today. They certainly didn’t have Twitter spreading facts and rumours.

Worst Case Scenario

Everything about society that you rely on could end. Supermarkets could run out of food. The police and armed forces could lack the manpower to deal with the spread of disease. Your neighbours could refuse to speak to you. Trust in information from the government could fade. Rumours of a more readily-spread, mutated Ebola could become rife.

What Should You Do?

First and foremost you will need enough food and water to see out the pandemic. That could mean 6-12 months or more. The good news is that bulk bottled water, bulk rice and pasta, bulk tinned tomatoes and vegetables, spam, jam and homey are not only quite cheap to acquire and easy to store – if nothing bad happens you can still consume them at your leisure.

The other part of the equation is avoiding infection. For many people there will be occasions where contact with the outside world will be necessary. I propose that a member of your group – in my case it is me, the father – is isolated from the rest. You can still converse from a distance, you can still drop off essential supplies, but you will be doubly certain that any illness won’t be passed on to your loved ones. Living in a tent isn’t so arduous if it means your family are safe.

Oh yeah, get some face masks. They are cheap in bulk from places like eBay. When the pandemic kicks in, it won’t be weird to wear one. Japanese folk currently wear them to stop spreading the common cold…

Good luck and fingers crossed that it has peaked already.

(in which case we can start worrying about Marbug – very similar to Ebola and breaking out in Uganda right now…)

Postscript

Hide from the authorities. If you believe you are infected, hand yourself in. But if you aren’t infected, paranoid government officials could still imprison you with many infected people, and you could become collateral damage.

Quarantine fails when an infected person is placed in a group of uninfected people…

Read more here:

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/during-an-ebola-pandemic-all-of-your-rights-would-essentially-be-meaningless

 

Radiation Detection for Almost Free

RADSticker

Here’s the scenario:

A nuclear disaster. Thousand of people seeking medical attention. Doctors and nurses struggling to tell who has been affected. You flash your RAD Sticker and bypass the queue.

Preferably you choose to live more than 100 miles from a nuclear facility. But if you can’t/won’t, this little sticker in your wallet could greatly improve your survival odds. Of just give you peace of mind in a bad situation.

Two for $5!

Handcuff Keys?

This survival product is rarely mentioned. Most people won’t be able to test if it works until they need it, but at least it is cheap and easy to stash.

Handcuff Key

handcuff_key

Scenario: you are doing your best to escape from a dangerous scenario, and do-good cops decide you aren’t being a good citizen. They handcuff you and head off to arrest more rebels. You pull your key out of your sleeve/socks/jacket zip, unlock the cuffs and flee.

Quality Go Bag

There are a million ways of configuring a “go bag”, and often the differences come down to product quality.

Don’t worry about the backpack itself, any pack costing say $30+ will be durable enough – if you are on the run for weeks then you need to question your tactics.

Essential items are:

  • water purification – I prefer to have an immediate solution like a LifeStraw, as well as purification tablets for when I am not on the go
  • a knife – enough quality that it won’t break when you really need it
  • signalling – mirror or whistle
  • shelter – a poncho has many uses and takes up little space
  • food – you can last weeks without food but energy could be difference between achieving survival or not
  • first aid – some medicine and bandages could be worth their weight in gold
  • paracord – because you can

sigma3_backpack

At Sigma III Survival School they have a pre-made pack that ticks most of the above boxes, and the rest you can just add. I’d prefer to build my own, but ordering this one just takes a couple of mouse clicks!

So, Ebola is now in your world…

Now is the time to start considering how you will react when Ebola is in your neighbourhood/country/part of the world.

If you wait until everyone else has the same idea, your access to supplies will be limited.

You will need to isolate yourself (and loved ones) from the world for an extended period. Thankfully these days you can keep an eye on news and know when the threat has subsided. However, it could be months or even longer than a year.

To achieve this you will need:

  • No obligations – military commitments, mortgage payments, or anything that can force you out of seclusion. If there are concerns, go hide somewhere you can’t be found
  • Food and water. Hopefully having a survivalist mindset means these are already in place, enough to last a year or more
  • Communications. Even if that only means a battery-powered radio
  • Face masks
  • Steely reserve – no contact with the outside world

My plan involves me living in a tent near the family home. Any contact with the outside world will be made by just myself – and I expect there will be some need to venture out that I can’t predict. Anything I fetch can be left on the doorstep, and we can communicate by yelling or whatever.

Some people recommend a range of medical supplies – these are all good to have, but really you just need to hide away.

The key is to get your supplies in place before everyone else decides to. That would be now, before Ebola reaching your country makes the news.

Dark Matter & Quantum Physics: Solved

Two of the biggest mysteries in science are:

  • Where is all that dark matter hiding?
  • Why is the quantum world so weird?

It’s all to do with dimensions. Our universe consists of, at least, the second, third and fourth dimensions.

What we see and know is the third dimension.

The quantum world exists in the second dimension. Those quantum particles are so small we can’t tell, but they are 2D. And in 2D the rules are different.

Dark matter exists in the fourth dimension. Because we are in a 3D world, we generally can’t see the 4D world.

Occam’s Razor: the simplest answer is more likely to be correct. Mine is as concise as you will ever get ;)

Jesse Ventura v David Icke (wrestling but not really)

I actually have a lot of time for David Icke, but I would love to know what he really thought… In the early days he focussed on the lizard people, and these days he barely mentions them. He would be smart to admit a mistake. Instead we have this interview with Jesse Ventura:

The best evidence of shape-shifting reptilians is “an un-named friend of mine saw it”. That is basically zero evidence. And yet the pedophilia ring amongst the most prominent of Brits (MPs, royalty, etc) is something he correctly exposed many years ago.

Interesting chap. He can talk on stage for 9 hours to a captivated audience – but when he is asked basic questions, folds.

Mr Icke, convince me and I will spruik on your behalf. Seriously.

My Safe Spot Revealed On National TV

When they film you for 6 hours, they can edit it down to whatever they wish. Ultimately I think it is quite well made, although the original reason they requested to film me – to discuss the risk of solar storms – just isn’t there :(

Good

  • They didn’t give any clues as to my location, there was even a red herring from the road sign they showed
  • Didn’t include any faux pas or me stumbling over my words
  • Showed some of my storing food tips at Aldi

Bad

  • Edited out whenever I mentioned that I always thought a 2012 doomsday was unlikely (but a good excuse to prepare)
  • They filmed my family as well, but preferred to make it look like I was a loner
  • The discussion about solar storms wasn’t there – that was why I agreed to do it. That information could inspire others to prepare

Here it is at SBS:

And YouTube:

Again: How Dangerous is Ebola?

Ebola_Victim

So we see images like the one above, and get the sense that if you are treating Ebola sufferers, you are fully protected and safe from harm. We are also told that the main reason Ebola is still spreading is due to ignorance and practices such as hugging the dead.

Then you read this (New York Times):

The health minister of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, said more cases beyond the 14 known ones could arise, but thus far all are linked to Patrick Sawyer, a Minnesota resident who was very ill when he arrived in Lagos on a flight from Liberia and died soon after, on July 25.

Twelve people who had contact with Mr. Sawyer, in the hospital or in the car that took him there, have fallen ill. Two doctors, two nurses and the driver have died.

To be fair, Sawyer insisted that he did not have any contact with the virus, and initially the doctors tested him for malaria and AIDS (source). But it sounds like anyone who came near him caught Ebola. That means it is spreading far more easily than authorities are letting on. That also means it is one mutation closer to being unstoppable. 

 

How Dangerous is Ebola?

I don’t wish to alarm anyone unnecessarily.

ebola

At this stage it seems fairly clear that Ebola only spread in West Africa due to poor hygiene, funeral practices and lack of knowledge amongst the general population. And that it is unlikely to spread in places like the USA. In the USA people typically don’t hug the dead, and don’t “rescue” Ebola patients from hospitals.

Yet there is the disturbing fact that western health professionals, who presumably have taken all necessary cautions, are still catching it. In droves!

According to the World Health Organization (WHO):

Health-care staff fear for their lives. To date, more than 170 health-care workers have been infected and at least 81 have died.

Some are saying that Ebola has mutated, and it now has airborne transmission. Authorities say it doesn’t, yet are not explaining why so many doctors are catching the disease. This could be a deliberate ploy to stem fear.

If Ebola is airborne, it may have mutated in other ways as well. We have been told that the infected are only contagious when they are showing symptoms. Were that to change, we would be screwed. The global pandemic that has long been predicted could be about to happen.

I find it extraordinary that multiple infected people have been transferred to hospitals in western countries (2 to the USA, 1 to Spain). Why risk millions of lives to save one or two?

We are told that the hospital in Atlanta has the finest facilities in the world for such situations. But that never means 100% perfect.