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It sucks getting old. . .

I had a Surefire weapon light sitting on my work bench and I came to find that the little plastic cap over the tap switch hole had grown brittle and shattered from age.

I’m a little disappointed Surefire used a plastic that would fail in the ~20 or so years this thing is old. But I decided to start going though items I haven’t used in a while and inspect them. I found some of my 16 year old Camelback plastic was degrading. One of the mouth pieces snapped on one when I was checking them out. I’ll probably toss out the old bladders and get a new bladder for one of them. I don’t need 4 of them any more.

I’d been working on my SHTF/Survival preps recently. COVID-19 has got me focusing on them even more. So I’ve been pulling out and inspecting all this stuff. I had a bunch more waterproof matches than I would have guessed. But there were some items that had degraded in storage.

That was a signal mirror that came in some cheap kit. The mirror was in plastic, and the silver backing of the mirror stuck to the plastic and peeled right off it.

I found much of this stuff covered by a fine grey powder. I suspect that the magnesium fire starter I have shed some magnesium oxide. So I had to clean stuff up and I think that magnesium fire starter will get packed in ziplock or something similar.

There was a little package of emergency water. It was long past its’ expiration date.

Ugh, everything is perishable. We have got to inspect and update our preparations.

“if something happens I’m coming to your house”

If you are anything like me you have heard some version of this before. I am hearing it a lot more over the last week-ish and especially last night. I got texts all evening saying some version of this phrase. My lifestyle suddenly isn’t as silly as it used to be to certain people and relatives.

It’s amazing to see how people react when it dawns on them “something” really can happen and even worse, they might be seeing the beginning of that “something” as it’s actually happening.

Joke is on them though. I have never once suggested that I’m a leader of the community, a hero, the nanny state government, or any kind of good person who would never put a 556 round in their face if they think they are all going to come running to my home to “get one of your guns” for their protection. Just saying…

For some reason they assume they are on some list of approved people that I would give up vital items for them. I guess cause they think they know me. The fact that they would say this to me proves they don’t know me much at all. The only people I would trust in case of total breakdown are my friends who already have everything they need.

Of course one all this passes and things more or less go back to normal. Or as normal as things can be in these strange days, they will go back to living like nothing bad will ever happen.

DoD: Covid-19 “Likely” to be a Pandemic Within the Next 30 Days

by Daisy Luther

In a document obtained by Newsweek, Department of Defense officials said that Covid-19 will “likely” become a global pandemic within the next 30 days.

This comes after a 23-year-old soldier stationed in South Korea became the first member of the US armed forces to contract the illness.

“The DoD is concerned not only the impact COVID-19 has on mission readiness, but the risk to inadvertently spread the virus to the U.S. by returning members who may have been exposed,” a senior Pentagon official told Newsweek

…When asked for comment, Jessica R. Maxwell, a DOD spokesperson, said the DoD has “contingency plans in place and are taking steps to educate and safeguard our military and civilian personnel, family members and base communities in preventing widespread outbreak.” But ultimately, “Commanders of individually affected geographic commands will be and are issuing specific guidance to their forces as their situations may require.”

…The use of the term “pandemic” in the briefing documents described a global outbreak, whereas an “epidemic” would be confined to a country,” a senior Pentagon official told Newsweek. During a pandemic, a large number of people in several countries or continents are affected, according to the CDC. (source)

Arguably, it’s already a pandemic since it has reached every continent except Antarctica. Many people in the United States are paying attention and ratcheting up their preparedness for possible quarantines and other measures.

The National Center for Medical Intelligence (the NCMI) raised the Risk of Pandemic warning from WATCHCON 2 to WATCHCON 1, according to the document obtained by Newsweek. WATCHCON 2 is used in the event of a “probable crisis” and WATCHCON 1 means the crisis is imminent.

This goes hand-in-hand with reports that the military began executing plans to prepare for a potential pandemic two weeks ago. As well, this could be the reason behind President Trump’s deal with the Taliban – it could be an effort to get soldiers out of an area where transmission could be widespread.

The CDC also feels that the risk of a pandemic is high.

The Centers for Disease Control also notes that the likelihood of a global pandemic is high.

At this time, however, most people in the United States will have little immediate risk of exposure to this virus. This virus is NOT currently spreading widely in the United States. However, it is important to note that current global circumstances suggest it is likely that this virus will cause a pandemic. This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment will be updated as needed.

Current risk assessment:

  • For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
  • People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of exposure.
  • Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure. (source)

The CDC has been harshly criticized regarding its response to the virus. Tests that they sent out to health departments were faulty, losing weeks of possible containment in the United States. (More on the lack of containment in this article.)

The WHO refuses to call it a pandemic.

Perhaps in an effort to ratchet down the level of fear and panic across the globe, the World Health Organization has not deemed Covid-19 a pandemic.

“Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely, it has. Are we there yet? From our assessment, not yet,” Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists in Geneva.

He explained that the decision to use the word ‘pandemic’ is based on an ongoing assessment of the geographical spread of the virus, the severity of disease it causes, and the impact on society.

“For the moment, we are not witnessing the uncontained global spread of this virus, and we are not witnessing large-scale severe disease or death,” he said, adding that what is occurring is coronavirus epidemics in different parts of the world, which are affecting countries differently. (source)

One must wonder, why is there so much ado about a word? Why is the World Health Organization so reluctant to call this what it is, a pandemic outbreak when it is one, even by their own definition? (That definition, found here, is “A pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease.”)

The preparedness and alternative media worlds are not alone in asking this question.

Lauren Sauer, director of operations for the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness, told a reporter for the Washington Post, “Personally, I think we’re doing everyone a disservice by continuing this debate…It is creating more panic than just declaring it and moving on.”

The World Bank has an insurance policy against pandemics.

In a possibly unrelated aside, the World Bank has an insurance policy against pandemics but unless certain conditions occur, it won’t pay out, which greatly benefits investors. I use the word “unrelated” because apparently the bonds aren’t dependent on the WHO’s classification of an outbreak.

According to the World Bank, which created the fund three years ago, it was designed to “swiftly funnel funds from the deep-pocketed financial sector to health authorities in poorer countries before international assistance could be mobilized.”

They sold $320 million of these securities, which will mature in July of this year. If it matures, investors could receive double-digit yields. If a pandemic does occur, however, they could lose every penny they put into the fund.

The Class B bond covers conditions that are non-influenza related, like Ebola. But interestingly, the bond never paid out despite the ongoing crisis in the Congo based on the conditions laid out by the bond.

What are those conditions?

The primary one is that there must be more than 250 deaths attributed to the pandemic illness. But for the bond to be payable, there must be more than 20 deaths in a second country, which hasn’t yet occurred with either the coronavirus or Ebola. You can read more about the pandemic bond in these documents.

Whatever you want to call it, Covid-19 is widespread.

People in the United States are definitely concerned if the weekend’s shopping frenzy means anything. To learn more about preparing specifically for this outbreak, go here. To learn more about getting prepped for a quarantine, go here.

Yesterday’s WHO Sitrep report divulged the following information.

  • Armenia, Czechia, Dominican Republic, Luxembourg, Iceland, and Indonesia all now have confirmed cases of Covid-19.
  • A WHO team has arrived in Tehran to help with the Iranian response to their outbreak.
  • Covid-19 has been confirmed in 65 countries across the globe.

You can find the full report here.

It never hurts to get prepared with some extra food, toilet paper, and other supplies. If the Department of Defense is warning that we’re facing a pandemic within 30 days, we can safely say the pandemic has already arrived.

About Daisy

Daisy Luther writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and runs a small digital publishing company. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter.

Black Wolf Knives

Today I have some new photos from Black Wolf Knives. The owner is a friend of the website and makes all hand made knives that are just excellent. Every one is different and made to order. You can see above one that he just finished for a customer with beautiful wood grips.

Mainly the knives are for outdoor use but he makes a variety. Really he will do about anything you want within reason.

He also hand makes the leather or Kydex sheathes.

If you want a custom knife that will last you check them out.

https://www.blackwolfknives.net/

Wuhan Coronavirus 2/9/2020

  • Virus death toll surpasses SARS (total: 813)
  • Exiled Chinese billionaire says true death toll closer to 50k, 1.5 million infected
  • New cases confirmed in UK, Spain, Singapore
  • Passengers aboard ‘Diamond Princess’ warn authorities aren’t doing enough to protect them – and others
  • Officials in Shenzen say they won’t block Foxxconn factory reopening
  • Cruise ship quarantined in Hong Kong allowed to leave after 4 days

Interestingly a Chinese billionaire is saying the real number of dead is around 50,000 and the infected at 1.5 million.

“… exiled Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui said Sunday, citing leaked information out of Wuhan, that the death toll could be as high as 50,000, as Chinese officials burn bodies to cover up the true extent of the crisis.

https://twitter.com/DarrenPlymouth/status/1226494771117666305?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1226494771117666305&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fgeopolitical%2Fwere-totally-dark-japan-not-doing-enough-contain-outbreak-diamond-princess-passengers

This image is a map showing the sulfur dioxide content in the air spiking over Wuhan. Which just so happens to add more evidence to the reporting of the burning of bodies by the Chinese to cover up the real number of dead.

But that is just tinfoil hat stuff. It’s just the sniffles.