POWER GRID WARNINGS (AND POTATOES)

A new article in American Thinker is again highlighting the danger of our vulnerable power grid…

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/05/a_tale_of_two_countries.html

Many of you remember the incident back in 2013 when someone shot at a power substation in California which was damaged and had to be taken offline for repairs. They were able to maintain power in the area by increasing the power output of other plants but the sobering factor was that it took almost a month to repair the damaged substation.

A single substation… 27 days to repair and return to operation. It’s not hard to imagine what would happen if all of the local substation in that areas went down. It’s probably better not to try to imagine if ALL the power substations in the country went down along with the plants feeding them.

It is interesting that the article also points out that the Naval Academy resumed teaching celestial navigation in 2015 after it had been abandoned back in the mid 90s. (link in the article) At least someone recognized that relying on computers and advanced technology with no backup is probably not the most prudent course of action when you are responsible for a multi-billion dollar naval task force.

It seems that awareness is beginning to spread among even some of the more mainstream media about the consequences of an EMP even whether solar or nuclear.

Will that awareness result in any actual concrete action? Your guess is as good as mine but with the American political system seemingly bent on self-destruction I’m not hopeful.

In the meantime I’m going to continue collecting books about surviving and prospering in a world without a power grid.

Speaking of potatoes (which I wasn’t but who cares since I recently posted that category) I’ve been trying various planting and growing techniques in the sandy soil we have here in coastal NC a couple miles from the shoreline. We had tilled an area then limed and fertilized it heavily before planting potatoes. They appeared to be doing quite well and we added some sweet potatoes to try those out as well.

Until the deer… or perhaps rabbits. We’re not sure. Probably going to put the trail cam out there this evening to see which it was. The potatoes plants are still there but a bit the worse for wear. Most of the leaves gone and I’m not sure if they’ll recover. We have a rabbit fence around the strawberry bed and the deer haven’t bothered them.

Some folks who don’t garden worry about having to raise your own food should it become necessary. The ones who think they’ll just put their collection of survival seeds in the ground then sit back on the porch and wait for a bountiful harvest probably won’t survive the first winter anyway so enough said about them.

But gardening is a lot of work and takes a substantial investment of time if you’re doing it as a source of food. Most folks don’t have the time and energy for gardening on a scale that will actually supplement their food supply. It’s just too easy to run to the grocery store and buy 20 lbs of potatoes.

But there is a compromise that can serve you well.

Think in terms of small scale gardening not as a supplement to your food supply but simply as a way to practice growing food and to learn the skill. If you play golf or tennis or any other sport you’re not competing as a professional. Your life doesn’t depend on it but every time you play you are learning a little more, honing your skill and, if nothing else, learning what you don’t know or what areas you need to improve.

The same applies to gardening. Do it on a small scale but do it. Even if you only plant 2-3 potato or cabbage plants, a square foot of carrots, maybe a couple of bean plants… plant something and try to grow it so that it produces something you can eat. And do it every summer. Try different foods, different techniques… That way if the time ever comes when you do have to grow food in order to avoid starvation you will have some rudimentary idea of what you’re doing and some practical experience. You’ll at least know what you don’t know and need to learn. Then when you pick up a book on growing food or farming you’ll have a context in which to fit the knowledge.

The idea is not to become self-sufficient in food production (though some people would like to achieve that goal) but to build enough knowledge and some confidence that should it become necessary that you have at least a running chance at doing so.

The Librarian

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