Monday, November 9, 2009

FOOD STORAGE, BEETLES, ETC.

Getting back to the survival business. It has been a long weekend and folks are ready to get back on the trip, or at lest I think they are. I was reading Pete Smith and he sounds like he is going to be increasing his prep acquisitions immediately. That is the kind of spirit we need in this struggle. We have to get ready for what ever life is going to throw at us. People stored up in the Bible for bad times. Our ancestors had not choice but to store food. They had no refrigeration. People today are different. Everyone is on the grid and using electricity to cool and freeze the food. And that is good but the best is the enemy of the good. And the best is to have food stored that takes no juice from the wires to keep it. No dependency.

We are in the middle of a beetle infestation. They are not Lady bugs and they aren't Potato Beetles but they are becoming a nuisance. They just crawl all over everything. And they bite if they get aroused. I have squashed about 300 of them in the last three weeks and you would think I was qualifying them for an Endangered Species entry. But that is a dead end street. You can't kill the damn things fast enough to make a dent in their population. I could use some bug killer on them but the cats are in the line of fire and I don't want to kill the cats. Ain't never seen a mouse in this apartment. No Cockroaches either. I have a female cat who hunts and eats bugs all night. But she won't touch one of those damn beetles.

And while I am on this trip with the Beetles, I am wondering when it is going to get cold. We have pretty well wiped out the first week of November and started on the second one. We need a bone chilling week and these damn bugs will go away for a long time. I have predicted a kick-ass Winter and so has the Farmers Almanac but it ain't here yet. Might be some El Nino trip. People in Mississippi are putting in their Winter gardens. They have a lot of moisture still in the ground and a tropical storm due to hit Tuesday or Wednesday. More moisture folks. Our ground here in southern Indiana is water logged also. Up in flat land country in the northern part of the state they are experiencing very wet corn and very wet beans. It is going to cost some folks some money but the way things are these days they HAVE to get that crop harvested.

The news is full of the story of the shooter down at Fort Hood. There is even a little bit of news about Kimberly Munley, the cop who put the crazy shooter down. She did it by the book. She saw what was going on and drew her gun and went straight at the shooter, firing at him until he went down. She took a hit through both legs but she had enough adrenalin to stay up until the shooter was stopped. She did the right thing. If you ever have to defend your people or your family, keep shooting until the threat is neutralized. Ain't any sense in letting a whacko get the chance to put YOU down. She was out in a patrol cat with another officer, I believe, when they saw something going wrong. They pulled in and Kimberly went into her act. Funny there was no shotgun in the car. A pump 12 gauge would have stopped the carnage very quickly. But I guess it was stopped quickly anyhow. But that aggressive forceful stopper is what wins the day. And I would say it was a bit scary, but that goes with the territory.

I am getting emails from people who are talking about defending themselves and storing a lot of food and all that stuff. And it is good to now that people are aware of what is going on and are trying to prepare for it. But a lot of "speakers" for the preparedness movement are little boys trying to act like big men. They have never built a town. They have never built an economic base that feeds all their people. They know nothing of handling the human family with all of it's problems. Oh, they know about Google Earth and being isolated and storing food and ammo and medicine. But they are not builders. They cannot construct a place for 150 to 200 people to live. They are talking the talk but they have not walked the walk. Be careful who you listen to. It could keep you healthy for a while longer. Stay alive.

Michael

mboone@rtccom.net

5 comments:

Andrea said...

We have beetles too...yellow ones with dots, but they haven't turned into a huge problem yet, just an annoyance.

Here in SW Ohio, we're having incredible weather....72 yesterday, 71 today! We spent the afternoon clearing the garden, and if the farmer behind us ever harvests his corn, we want to burn off the brush and leaves from the yard. Rumor is, farmers aren't getting much money for their corn crops right now, so they're opting to 'store' it in the field until the prices go up. At least that's what the farmer told us.

conservativesoapbox said...

We had had a problem for several years and we finally found out what they are. They are asian ladybugs and they swarm in the windows and do come in the house. A garden expert suggested turning the soil over, around the perimeter of the house, on one of those warm days when it will turn cold ( freezing is best, 32 degrees). It gets them out of their hiding spot in the ground and freezes them at night! Here are a few links. Good luck!

http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/ladybeetles.html
http://www.asianladybug.com/
http://www.asianladybug.com/asian-lady-bug-control

Pete Smith said...

In my 8 years here in CA I don't think we have had any bug problems. Just some slugs from time to time. It's just the heat and lack of rain. But now the weather is cool and we get rain from end of October till March then no rain till October. Crazy place to live.

Mayberry said...

Had to sevin dust our garden. It's taking off, but the little munchers have moved in....

Ms. Munley is my freakin' hero. Well done ma'am, you got more cajones than most "men" have these days.

There are some weasels that have infiltrated the prepper movement, and there are shenanigans afoot. All I got to say is that I've done everything I post about, the rest can put up or shut up...

tweell said...

Boric acid is great for taking care of insects. Make a bait with sugar and boric acid, and the cats will leave it alone, while the insects will dine and die. It's also handy to have around for medical reasons.