The US and UK are Democracies? Since when?

The US is deporting ten Russian embassy staff including Russian intelligence members. Thirty-two entities and individuals were also sanctioned for “carrying out Russian government-directed attempts to influence the 2020 US presidential elections, and other acts of disinformation and interference”, the US Treasury said.

Russian Diplomats (again)? How boring. This and after they decided that Russia did meddle in their election and, as a consequence, Biden got into power.

Here, the US’s puppy, (that would be the UKGov) is once again following the US’s lead.

UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the UK stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the US in its action and was “calling out” Russia. “We see what Russia is doing to undermine our democracies”.

So when did we change from a Tory government to a democracy?
I only ask that as they do little that is democratic INCLUDING how the general election is decided.

As for the UK expelling Russian embassy staff to keep up with the US State Department? They already did that after Salisbury. So chucking out more diplomatic staff may end up with the closure of the Russian embassy.

Would that matter?
With the Ukraine Affair going on and the possibility of NATO taking on the Russians? I say, “YES! It sure as hell matters!” You don’t cut off communications channels that could turn off the heat.

There again, the UKGov usually let the US Intelligence community wag their tail. As aptly demonstrated by the false Intel about WMD’s that led to the illegal Iraq War, and just about anything else we get dragged into.

Red List India (and PM Johnson)

Boris Johnson has been urged to act after an Indian COVID variant with potentially worrying mutations was found in the UK.

There are fears the variant, which features two mutations, could evade current vaccines, as well as immunity gained from previous infection.

Scientists said the appearance of the “double mutant” strain was a “disaster” and branded the prime minister “crazy” for still considering a trade trip to India later this month.

Experts (and the likes of me)  have questioned why India has not yet been added to the red list of countries given the concern over the strain.

120,000 cases a day, a variant that could nullify the effectiveness of all the vaccines, and our Muppet in Chief  won’t red list India.

Money before lives again Boris?

 

An extension to Prepare for WW3

Post Link (Prepare for WW3)

I was talking to SWMBO about attack indicators for conflicts and how I would be monitoring the ramblings or our chief Muppet PM Johnson in case he started digging us into the mire.

And this caught my notice today.
In a tweet, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Mr Johnson for his support against a “serious challenge to the security of NATO members” and said his nation was “not alone” and was “supported by the G7 nations”.

It took nanoseconds for the Russians to reply.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned Ukraine that cosying up to NATO “will only worsen the situation.”

Yep I agree, and while the Russians are sat on their side of the border I’m not too worried.

EXCEPT, if NATO do decide to play, they might just be temped to take a high explosive dump on those “massed troops”. After that, I reckon it’s going to be more a matter of grasp ankles and kiss our butts goodbye.

To that end, The Pentagon says US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart Andrew Taran on April 1 and “condemned the recent escalation of Russia’s aggressive and provocative actions in eastern Ukraine.”

Tell me, did I get it right that the US turned their back on the Ukraine years ago after the signing of the Minsk II Accords?
Something they (and the UK) weren’t allowed to participate in.

But, there is more to this mess than meets the eye and a newspaper noted this. When Mr Zelensky visited the UK in October 2020 a “Memorandum of Intent” was signed with the Ministry of Defence to secure a £1.25billion 10-year loan – with the UK agreeing to supply military equipment as part of that. (Ex)

To that end, a joint Ukrainian-British project is to build small warships for/with them. The first two ships being constructed in the UK. The remaining six vessels topped off in Ukraine.

While it’s not exactly a declaration of active support, supplying them with ‘military equipment ‘ does raise the ante a bit. Although that thought needs to be moderated by the fact that the UK is high in the league table of arms dealers to the ‘sometimes questionable’.

Anyway, all this kissing butt by our chief Muppet Johnson is raising the ‘Russian’ threat level towards us as the UK clearly supports the Ukraine.

I always think that all Intel in a burgeoning crisis is worth a mention.

Money Before Lives at UKGov level?

This post is about COVID drugs.
I am not a medical professional so if you decide this is of interest, run it past your doctor before doing something daft like trying it without medical supervision. (Note)

Stromectol aka ivermectin and vitamin D.
Both are generating a following around the world as an effective treatment for when you contract COVID.

Cheap as chips are both items.
So, not exactly what the drugs companies want to push.
You’ve also got to be thinking why the UK Gov aren’t pushing it.

Profit may be the motive with drug companies but as for government spending loads of money on vaccines as opposed to rolling this drug ivermectin and common vitamin D out nationally to pharmacies AT COST?

I would say they are stupid for not doing so BUT the danger is it’s not stupidity at all when the question is asked, how much of a kickback do our Lords and Masters get from drug companies for keeping a cheap treatment out of the hospitals?

After all a couple of high ranking politicians have been discovered as having ties to companies supplying PPE, so them getting into the money maker that is drug therapies? That has got to be a natural extension of their greed.

There again, is ivermectin already in use?
And there things got fuzzy.
A quick glance on COVID drug therapy’s didn’t find ivermectin listed anywhere.  Expanding the search, it was only listed as a topical cream for scabies and rosacea.

Although that was using ‘the official  channels’ aka NICE.
The problem is it takes Government agencies AGES to write things and publish guidelines let alone GRANT APPROVAL for a drug outside of it’s usual usage.

Good news is I can get some ivermechtin tabs from the Internet!
Which let’s the pet shop off the hook.

The bad news is it’s going to really screw up the anti coagulants I’m on.
So, before I’ll take it, it’s a trip to the doctors.
(And I really, REALLY,  hate white coats!)

Big Business Money is having a bitch.

John Holland-Kaye, the boss of Heathrow airport, said: “There is a genuine risk that the government is too cautious and we don’t see any material travel until after summer, and that of course would be too late for many of those UK travel companies which rely upon the summer holiday. It is the only time they make money.” (Guardian)

Of course letting every infected swinging dick through his airport, while failing to maintain social distancing, and adding to the number of COVID variants in the UK is nothing to do with him, or his end of year profits.

Isn’t that right Oh Mighty Muppet?

Telling the aware what they already know.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused of undermining his government’s vaccination program after he told Brits that those fully inoculated against Covid-19 could still not meet indoors as they were not completely protected. Apr 2, 2021 12:46 RT

I burst out laughing when this was ‘reveled’  by RT.
BOJO has a habit of being an idiot, although stating that may have been the first ‘non lie’ he has ever spoken.

It’s always been acknowledged that the current vaccines are not foolproof and, at best, they will only reduce the effects of COVID to a level that will not need hospital care.

Which is why we continue to observe basic self protection by masking and gloving up, social distancing, generally being careful about what we touch,  where we go, and washing hands.

Something we’ve agreed will become a normal part of life.

As for him releasing the masses onto the streets?
Yet another masterclass of populist politics that will kill many and trigger the third (or is it forth) wave by summer.

The worst bit about all this is I would love to evacuate away from UK politics. Only there is nowhere safe (COVID and politics free) on the planet that I’d like to move to who would let a couple of English ‘under training wrinklies’ (with little money) retire to.

 

Biological’s. A threat to the world.

Many are wondering what will happen next with COVID-19.
I know I am.

These are extraordinary times and my biggest fear has happened.
A pandemic that is out of control in our country because of the Muppet’s and fools we voted in charge of our care, and ultimately our survival.

Life experience and training had left me not fearing much in survival terms regarding CBRN. (Chemical, except Biological, Radiological, Nuclear).

To put this into context, biologicals have always scared me as simply taking cover will never be enough if others are close.

It’s like a zombie apocalypse without the zombies, just other people.
Within that group are a few innocents who are asymptomatic.
And, unknown to them, they are a danger to all.

Unfortunately there are also a few sheeple and fools roaming around, with the power to infect and kill others. They thinking this whole thing is a joke and, within that group, I include the anti VAX idiots and the personal rights lot.

At this time, there is no definitive cure, treatment, or time proven vaccines, and what there is is not being administered correctly, to the manufacturers instructions, by OUR UK government.

Thus I personally consider the UKGov a threat to it’s own citizens and a global threat until the UKGov start seeing sense and totally lock down the country. Thus preventing variants getting in country, and the onward transmission of the virus around the world.

Perhaps if enough see this and pass on my thoughts, world politics can do some good for a change and force the UKGov to act correctly and responsibly.

Is this a simplistic view on things?
Probably, but in a world of confusion run by politicians and big business. Sometimes the simple solutions are the best.

Too windy or not enough. Both works (not)

Power shortage in the wind – National Grid has warned Britain’s electricity will be in short supply over the next few days after a string of unplanned power plant outages and unusually low wind speeds. The operator said it would take action to “make sure there is enough generation” during the cold weather spell to prevent a second major blackout in as many years.

A spokeswoman for National Grid said the latest electricity supply squeeze was not expected to be as severe as recorded last month and it did not expect to issue an official warning in the next 24 hours. (Guardian)

Sort of makes you yearn for those lovely old coke burning power stations, doesn’t it? The sort of plant where you could control their output as opposed to the white elephant that is wind power.

There again, nuclear power is also stable.
Only with so much B.S. behind the decision-making, let alone the financing, let alone the back handers for this and that, and the fear of letting the Chinese build one in the UK.

Na, never going to happen in our backward thinking country.

Methinks the UK is doomed to run by those long distance extension cords from Europe for a very long time. If not forever.

Oops, nearly forgot.
The UK is bankrupt anyway and well on its way to its third trillion of debt as our idiot chancellor is still paying people (Furlough) to stay at home to a maximum of £2500 (or is it £2100 today) a month.

I find it bewildering the amount of money being given away so some city slicker, company director, or mid level uncivil servant,  can sit at home playing on his Game Boy, X-Box, or whatever all day.

What me bitter and twisted?
Oh yeah, and then some.

The big die off. Prepper Myth? Maybe not.

Not all preppers are obsessed with TEOTWAWKI.
However, some of us make our plans using a worse case mindset when prepping for a serious long term event.

Personally, I’ve got a really ‘down to Earth’ approach to short and long term.
To get to long term, you need to survive the short term.
After that, long term depends on you suiting your individual needs for the scenario you find yourself in.

Generally speaking, multiple ‘local’ TEOTWAWKI events around the world have proven that when people try to help themselves after no one else will, government steps in and makes things harder by using the full force of law or military controls to stop them doing what is necessary to save themselves.

Those agencies saying, “Stop what you are doing, I’m from the government and here to help you.”

The concept of “The Big Die Off”

“Wanna know the funny thing about the end of the world?
It’ll still be there afterwards”.

So if you remove the masses, quaint controls, politics, and laws, disaster will generally present you with opportunity if you are resourceful enough to use it.

Where am I going with all this?
The world and it’s latest pandemic.
The first round of infection still not finished, the governments around the world are going to force a new normality (get back to work) onto the masses for the simple reason that they are losing too much money.

Preppers view this as a second disaster waiting to happen and you can clearly see that starting in the rising number of deaths as lockdowns are eased.

Only this time the death toll will be larger and will see medical facilities overwhelmed.

So how are we hoping things will go?
Perhaps, the magical vaccine will appear just in time. (ROTFL)
More realistically the carnage could see smaller more remote populations wiped out and major utilities lost as professionals and tradesmen die off.

Which suits our TEOTWAWKI’ survival mindset of “Disaster makes opportunity”, with only one caveat.

The death toll may not be high enough leaving some sort of governance which will try to retain control over the masses AND over the survivors they have/had no intention of helping in the first place!

HEPA filters unsafe for DIY face masks MYTH!

There are video’s going around saying DO NOT USE HEPA VACUUM BAGS for making DIY PPE masks as they can contain fiberglass and one even claimed Asbestos.

While that may be true about fiberglass in some filters used in the automotive or furnace filters, vacuum cleaner bags DON’T use fiberglass and definitely NOT asbestos.

HEPA came about in vacuum cleaners because it helped allergy sufferers so using something that could spew particles in to the air, especially irritants, glass, and ASBESTOS, isn’t exactly a good idea.

HEPA, is an acronym for “High Efficiency Particulate Air” or “High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance.”There are two main types detailed below.

The main differences between HEPA-type and True HEPA (the gold standard of filtration) filter are the filtration efficiency.

In general, HEPA-type filter has a 99% efficiency rate of capturing particles as small as 2 microns. True HEPA filter up the game with a better 99.97% efficiency rate at particles as small as 0.3 microns.

Numbers, and VERY small numbers, always confuse me so I’ll try to explain them.

2 microns is 0.002 of a mm. Which is “small”.
0.3 microns is 0.0003 of a mm.
Which is soooooo tiny it manages to stop most particles.

Only Corvid-19 is way smaller than that!!!
“Mr. Average” coronavirus particles is around 125 nm or 0.000125 of a mm.
Does that mean it passes straight through a HEPA FILTER?
In theory YES, if the HEPA was a single layer.
Only they aren’t. They are LAYERED!
So in real life, YES they do stop most viruses.
HEPA filters can catch nearly 100% of 0.0001mm ultra-fine particles but are only TESTED to 0.0003 of a mm by HEPA standards.

So does that render you completely safe from the virus?
Nope, there is no such thing as being 100% safe!
Especially if you are doing table top PPE like we are.

This virus is transmitted as a particle carried by moisture in a person’s cough. So you touch something that has been coughed on – it’s on your hands.
Or, if droplets get into your eyes, you’ve got it.
Or, if you rub your now contaminated hands on your face or rub your eyes,
Or, if you eat something without washing your hands, it can get into you.

So why bother with a mask? Seriously?
HEPA WORKS BUT NEEDS HELP, YOUR HELP!
You could for instance cover your eyes wearing wrap round glasses,
DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE
is a huge one as adjusting face masks is so easy to do without thinking about things.
Wearing impervious gloves
helps, but above all that:

WASH YOUR HANDS
WITH SOAP AND WATER!

Don’t just rely on alcohol rubs or no soap hand gels.
The why is soap bursts the individual virus’s protective shell.
Clean surfaces regularly with disinfectant or even soapy water.
We use “baby bleach” (aka Milton) in a fine spray bottle (mainly because I trust bleach) but normal kitchen and washroom cleaners are said to be just as effective. CAUTION ELECTRICITY AND LIQUIDS DON’T MIX”

We also wipe down stuff you bring into your home and, where appropriate, discard external packaging.

Do I need to say don’t bleach your fruit and veg? I hope not!
We do however run it under the tap, pat dry, and leave to dry before racking it.

Why do all this?
A blob of virus will survive well on hard and soft surfaces.
Some ex-spurts saying in ideal conditions, over 72 hours.
Impervious surfaces being the worst culprits i.e. metal, plastics, glass.
The why is the virus needs it’s bubble of water to survive and once dry, it dies.

This is all CBRN Decontamination 101 folks.
Let alone good housekeeping.

So where am I getting all this data from?
The Internet, NASA, CDC, WHO, NHS, and official bodies in the medical world who are falling over themselves to inform you.

Vacuum cleaner bag science is extensive as well as is the details about HEPA filtration. A few universities have done studies on DIY PPE recently. This is all part of researching your subject and something I did a lot of before starting to make masks.

Yet, having said all that, being a prepper I had laid in a stock of FFP3 masks.
That’s equivalent to N98 in US terms.
We use them when in enclosed spaces as social distancing is NOT the UK’s sheeple way of doing things. Stupidity they do well. Anything else seems to much bother and involves thinking.

And finally.
Distance is king in combat and this is a fight only against a much more cold blooded killer. So, keep your distance to more than social spacing (2m), cover up, wash often, and PLEASE download a basic guide to CBRN and decontamination.

And yes, I’m still going to be making DIY masks as the proper PPE has been price gouged above our means and largely unavailable at this time.

Will they work as well as the “proper gear”.
Probably not but something is better than NOTHING!

As always, don’t take my word for anything.
Do your own research as that’s the responsible thing to do.

1984 has a new Big Brother.

George Orwell might just be smiling in his grave as his novel 1984 becomes even more pertinent in 2020.

Who controls the past controls the future :
Who controls the present controls the past.

George Orwell wrote this in this novel 1984, and why this book isn’t on the required reading list for every prepper and survivalist escapes me. I humbly suggest you download a copy before this novel is digitally erased as being subversive.

So what are these “US Gov agents” in all but name doing now?

Expanding fact checks on YouTube to the United States

Over the past several years, we’ve seen more and more people coming to YouTube for news and information. They want to get the latest on an election, to find multiple perspectives on a topic, or to learn about a major breaking news event. More recently, the outbreak of COVID-19 and its spread around the world has reaffirmed how important it is for viewers to get accurate information during fast-moving events. That’s why we’re continuing to improve the news experience on YouTube, including raising up authoritative sources of information across the site. Today, we’re continuing this work by expanding our fact check information panels — which we launched in Brazil and India last year — to the United States.

You are approaching
full mushroom status America.
Kept in the dark and only fed B.S.

After that I’ve only got one thing to ask.
As you run out of public access forums and social media that aren’t moderated (aka censored).

Where will you look to find out the truth
You need to know and not only
What “they” want you to know?

Just think about that for a second.