This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
I’ve got my Tow Vehicle back. The ML has had it’s Hind Brain replaced. Not only did this fix the complete loss of things like fuel gauge, turn signals, stop lights, etc.; but it also ended the tendency to administratively shut off the Turbo Charger. $850 ish all told. Far far less than the many $Thousands quoted by the Mercedes Dealer (who wanted to entirely replace the Turbo and EGR valve to fix that “hickup and then no Turbo” issue).
Next step is to buy a trailer and get the brake controller installed / sorted out. Then I’m set to go get the rest of my stuff. Probably in about a week.
Hurricane Prep is now undone. (cover boards off the windows, for example) Looks like present weather patterns will prevent another hurricane up here any time soon, and in a few more weeks the season ends, so I think we are done here, now. I’ve survived my first hurricane that was almost a direct hit. I think it was down to a Cat 1 when it went by, but some places were saying Cat 2. I’m definitely taking my Cat-1 Hurricane Badge and pondering if it is over-reach to claim a 2…
I’ve got what is likely enough “Prep” done for anything short of Nuclear War. Unfortunately Nuclear War is the talk of the nightly sNews… So what else could go wrong? /snark;
FWIW, a check of the prevailing winds shows that we are unlikely to get (much) fallout IF Cape Canaveral is hit. I’m thinking Russia would be unlikely to waste a nuke on Disney World, but might want to take out the airports on the far side of Orlando. MacDill AFB is close enough to be an issue for fallout, and they look like a shipping and logistics base, so a target. But we are outside the blast damage range of anything likely to be used, and right now they are downwind. Hopefully this pattern holds.
So, bottom line is that where we are looks to be OK but not ideal IF a nuclear exchange takes place. Sub Launched would arrive first, and hit military targets, giving a 15 minute warning of any ICBM arrival. We’d not be hurt in the first exchange, and likely not in the 2nd either. (Unless they are so over supplied with nukes as to want to hit 100,000 ish population blobs. And, if it came to that level, there would not be anything larger left intact anyway and civilization ends, along with most lives on the planet. We could be out in “just cows & grass” country in about 5 minutes and in 15 minutes be well away from anything worth calling a town or even a village.
Yes, I’m thinking I need to put a bug out kit in whichever car is least likely to suffer EMP damage (i.e. not the ML with computers, but most likely the 1989 Wagon without computers, or even electronic mixture adjustment / O2 sensors). Normally I’d use the ’82 Diesel that doesn’t even need electrical ignition, but it is in California still.
Oh, and that will be just about the time that the post USA Election ramp up in oil prices drives fuel costs to insane levels and brings USA production and transport to a functional halt. What? You think the Dim Dems are going to keep pushing oil prices down after the election? Silly bunny… they will push them to the sky and beyond. War or no war.
So it goes. Done with the Hurricane, on to the Nuclear War… /sarc;
News & Events
Ukraine used a truck bomb to blow a section of road bridge and start some train cars burning. News is making this out to be a very big deal. I predict Russia will have it fixed and back in service in about a week, maybe two at most. Then every truck and car will get a bit of a search getting onto it.
Also I expect to see some Ukrainian bridges dropped into the rivers as a “tit” for the “tat”. Just to make it clear “You blow up infrastructure, we take off gloves on infrastructure”.
The NATO Proxy War with Russia continues. This is likely to become a Hot NATO war fairly quickly. I don’t know how long Putin will be willing to just accept that being THE giant supply of arms and money, along with intelligence, sattelite data, fire control, training, logistics, and propaganda war / ministry (and more) can be called “not a participant”. Oh, and blowing up $Billions pipelines….
Is there nobody in the EU who thinks that maybe, just maybe, getting into a full on war with Russia is a Very Bad Idea in winter? My prediction is that Russia moves to full attack when the ground freezes hard enough to support tanks. Call it late November, early December. I expect Ukraine to be fully partitioned, and Rump Ukraine to be given to Poland. IF Poland jumps into the fray with weapons, expect Poland to be broken up too. Frankly, if it goes NATO Hot, I’d expect Russia to open a corridor connecting to Kaliningrad and taking a defensible chunk out of any country in the way. IF you end up in it with NATO, may as well go for some booty.
Then there’s the question of Germany and winter. Russia says it has one pipeline still working. Watch this space for another US attack with drone bombs. (Or maybe that would be too obvious now and something else will “go wrong” instead…)
Election is just about a month away. I’ve registered to vote here. I wonder if, when I’m in California, I could still pick up a mail in ballot? (Just curious, not going to do it. There’s no point to voting in California anyway. The Democrats Fix is in with the voting machines.)
In other news? Is there other news worth talking about? Somehow the controlled demolition of the EU and USA, the collapse of the Stock Market, and the decline and fall of Chinese production and agriculture in a drought that’s ended major electrical production from dams sort of pales in the face of potential nuclear Armageddon. But maybe that’s just me.
This will continue to be DIY for a while still.
For more recent events, see:
I’ve also gotten addicted to the Top Ten Memes of the week from WatchMAGA here:
They have interesting “bite” to them, along with a tendency to highlight the news of the week in memes, so good as a social attitude pointer too. Plus they are “way fun” ;-)