Monday, May 17, 2021

Lessons Learned from the Texas Deep Freeze, by B.B.

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by B.B., Survival Blog:

Texans had two weeks warning about the artic cold set to hit the state last month. Yet most Texans were not prepared. It is estimated that 80 people died from the cold and lack of power. Some froze to death from lack of heat while others died from carbon monoxide poisoning trying to stay warm in foolish ways. It started Sunday night with rolling blackouts in my area, but complete power outages in some areas. For my family, rolling blackouts continued through Wednesday night, ending in the early hours of Thursday morning. During this time, many lost water service, either due to freezing pipes in their homes or broken water mains in their communities.

Volume Vegetable Gardening – Part 1

by J.T., Survival Blog:

This article describes the steps required to raise a variety of 14 vegetable plants from seed starting to a successful harvest. I’ve been at this for 50 years and feel like I am getting closer to getting it done right.

I raise vegetables and fruit, manly to sell from a roadside stand. Yearly, I grow about 4,200 pounds of vegetables and 1,500 pounds of apples, plums, and pears. Our family uses only 30% of this yield, so that leaves a lot to sell.

The following are what I believe are the most important preparation and focus points for a successful garden:

Four Steps to Prepare for an Economic Downturn

by Doug Casey, Casey Research:

Rachel’s note: While everyone is distracted by COVID-19… the failure to roll out the vaccine… and more… The global elites at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have just put a sinister plan into motion…

It’s called the “Great Reset.” And Casey Report chief analyst Nick Giambruno just broke the story on how your wealth… savings… and hard-earned retirement money could lose an astonishing 31% of its value as we switch to a new “global currency.”

Texas Residents Are Being Billed Up To $16,000 For ONE DAY of Electricity and Power Companies Are Going Under

by Robert Wheeler, The Organic Prepper:

The Texas power grid is failing and failing fast. I’m not just talking about failing under extreme weather conditions but under the market and governmental regulatory requirements.

In the wake of freezing weather that swept across the Lone Star state, millions of Texans found themselves without power for days on end. That power outage then saw bursting pipes lead to a water crisis never before seen in the state’s modern history.

2021 Winter Storm Lessons Learned

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by Chill N. Texas, Survival Blog:

I am a long time reader of SurvivalBlog.com but this is my first time submitting an article to the blog. Much of this will be “train of thought” as I am reading through my notes that I was keeping during and immediately after the exceptionally cold winter storm that hit the Houston, Texas area in February, 2021.

I have been “preparedness-minded” most of my life, but didn’t consider myself officially a “prepper” until about 10 years ago. I have generally had the support (or at least she humors me) of the wife when it comes to being prepared, but as with everything else in life, you have to find balance so I’ve tried to keep my family prepared where we are, when we can.

Why Was Texas So Vulnerable To The Recent Freeze?

by Chris Martenson, Peak Prosperity:

Greed & short-sightedness

The point of being resilient is to be able to weather life’s storms, metaphorically and literally.

Yet the state of Texas recently failed at handling a few days of cold temperatures. Big time.

Poorly-insulated houses exploded, more or less, when their pipes burst and the resulting water flows easily brought down ceilings and walls:

How Many “2 Minute Warnings” Do Americans Need?

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

After everything that has taken place over the past year, there shouldn’t be a need to sound the alarm any longer, because everyone should be awake by now.  But of course that is not the case.  At this moment, the vast majority of the population is still dead asleep.  This greatly frustrates me, because there has been warning after warning, but most people choose not to listen.  Since I am a sports fan, I like to use sports analogies, and to me it certainly appears that we have been given a series of “2 minute warnings” over the past 12 months.  Humanity is steamrolling toward disaster, and time is running out.  Unfortunately, to a very large extent the warnings are not being taken seriously.

You Saw What Just Happened In Texas, Now Prepare For The Worst – The Big Melt-Off Arriving In America Assures Us Of Rising Waters And Historic Floods

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by Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline:

On February 22nd, Susan Duclos reported in this ANP story that both Joe Biden and the ‘green energy industry’ have blood on their hands following the energy debacle in Texas that left many dead, with the exact number of deaths due to the storm not likely known for weeks if not months, and while we’d love to report here that things will be returning to normal as warmer weather moves into much of America, with that warmer weather comes a new threat that could be just as deadly.

As CNN had reported in this recent story (saved at archive), after the snow melts, the flooding begins and while NPR reports in this new story that towns all across America now face the potential of horrific flooding in the days and weeks ahead, their blaming that flooding on ‘climate change’ really dilutes their message.

Joe Biden Has The Blood Of Texans On His Hands – The Failure Of Biden And ‘Climate Change’ Solutions Literally Killed People In Texas

by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:

Washington DC is turning America into a cesspool of a third-world nation.

Texas officials are facing massive criticism for the catastrophic events in Texas, and deaths from the freeze and power outages as well as the water and food shortages that stemmed from said outages, yet new information shows that the Biden  administration refused a preemptive request from TX Governor Greg Abbott for a waiver to allow power generation facilities to operate at full capacity until the emergency passed.

The administration, ‘granted’ the request but the stipulations attached made it impossible to go over the federally mandated limit.

Biden’s agency refused Governor Abbott’s request and instead offered to allow certain power generation facilities a waiver if they raised the prices they charged to Texans to more than $1,500/MWh resulting in massive statewide power outages and a failure of the grid.

The Temporary Collapse Of Texas Is Foreshadowing The Total Collapse Of The United States

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by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

We are getting a very short preview of what will eventually happen to the United States as a whole.  America’s infrastructure is aging and crumbling.  Our power grids were never intended to support so many people, our water systems are a complete joke, and it has become utterly apparent that we would be completely lost if a major long-term national emergency ever struck.  Texas has immense wealth and vast energy resources, but now it is being called a “failed state”.  If it can’t even handle a few days of cold weather, what is the rest of America going to look like when things really start to get chaotic in this country?