Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pressure cooker severs woman's leg

Here's a freaky story for you. Apparently, a woman was cooking with a pressure cooker when it fell off of the stove and exploded, severing her leg. Luckily, whoever was home with her knew how to apply a tourniquet. Be careful when you're cooking with a pressure cooker. As fantastic as they are for cooking (and absolutely necessary in some cases) they can also be extremely dangerous. Use high quality, newer models. Keep the seals and gauges in good condition. Be extremely careful when moving them around. Don't skimp on your pressure cooker. All American pressure cookers are the best on the market. There are plenty of other's out there, though. I use a Presto for canning and a smaller one (can't remember the brand) for normal cooking.

In other news, despite the "good news" about the economy that the current administration is trying to get people to believe, some really rich guys are still investing in aerable farmland. We're talking about huge swaths of land with water on site. They're not exactly living on site or working the land with their bare hands but smart, successful farmers don't do that, anyway. No, these guys are buying up land in South America (Bush did this a few years ago if that tells you anything). With farmland in Kansas and Nebraska up 20% from last year people are obviously still buying it here, too. If I had serious money to invest that's where it would be going right now. For now I'll just have to stick to gold and silver.

Zombie Survival tips posted on CDC website

So the CDC finally owned up to the prospect that a deadly plague could strike at any time that turns people into flesh eating maniacs. You know the one. A few people get sick and then they get REALLY hungry. Before you know it they're taking a chunk out of Aunt Lili's arm. Then Aunt Lily gets really sick and before long SHE starts to get hungry. By the time people realize that you have to shoot anyone who's been bitten in the head there are already way more people who have been bitten than there are bullets. By then your only hope is to put all of those years of preps and training to use to keep your own ass from getting bit.

The zombie scenario is always a fun one. I maintain that it does a great job of getting people interested and thinking about preparedness who otherwise would never think twice about it. Hell, that's how I got into it years ago. Just about anyone who gets past "Dude, what would you do if a horde of zombies were breaking down your door" quickly starts to realize how woefully unprepared they would be if anything serious ever happened. The whole zombie apocalypse scenario, as implausible as it is, is about as worst case as you can get. If you're ready for a zombie apocalypse then a hurricane or an earthquake will be a walk in the park. If nothing else, it gets people thinking about what they can do. Knowledge is one of the most important resources available to you during an emergency so if it gets people to do any kind of research on the subject then it's good in my book.

The CDC blog post seems to be generating a lot of traffic. It took a few minutes for it to load for me. That's saying a lot about a government website. Expect the government to find more "silly" ways to get people to think about what could be coming. People have known for years that the "zombie apocalypse" scenario is an effective tool to get people into the preparedness movement. The fact that the government is suddenly on board does make me worry that something bad is on the horizon. Now is the time to kick things into overdrive. I have been. Between work, the baby and prepping I haven't had much time for posting. I've tried to sit down and do a few posts but they always devolve into a political rant. I really want to stay away from that stuff. I've got several ideas that I've been kicking around that don't pertain to current events, though, so eventually I'll get some of those posted.