Never forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn't allow him to do if you were equipped to prevent it. This goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policemen, bureaucrats, and politicians.
--Alexander Hope

Stuck on Roof for Katrina

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sorry for the lack of post but with 12 hr days /6 days a week no time to bullshit on the internet....Struggling to keep prepped because of lack of time and money, thanks goodness for the wife she is carrying the homestead smostly on her own, I guess that if obumer pulls the trigger in Syria and the shtf we can just hunker down and do the best that we can.we are good for a few months if everything goes wrong at once but we have been through hell before with no help at all and will be in much better shape this time around.Good luck to all..... we shall see what happens soon enough...........prep on

Monday, July 1, 2013

latest news

No time to write about what's happening around the homestead,my phone has been on fire with people I haven't seen in years needing a/c work,sorry no longer do side work pay the price like everyone else.working 6 days a week I need my off day to catch up on The ol Homestead. Just butchered 7 rabbits and as soon as I get my new chicken plucker I will have some hens in the freezer as well. Also busy patching up rabbit cages and a spot for the Turkey the ol lady had to have but WILL fall prey to the chicken plucker as well.Still have a batch of kits that need to be processed in august and that will be it till fall when I plan on stocking up a dedicated freezer to rabbit and white perch only.Other than that it just hot as hell!! Hope all is ok with everybody and we make it through Hurricane season without a bad one, prep on.....................

Monday, March 25, 2013

Man out at work for back surgery puts me on the night shift for awhile but thats good news for me because for the 1st time in years I will get 2 days off a week .And I can use that time to get my preps in shape for the upcoming Hurricane season. I bred 3 rabbits so I can get some rabbit meat in the freezer,almost out. I am probably gonna cull a few and replace with younger ones, I've been spending way too much money on food with no return.Also just bought 5 turkeys that should be in the freezer by June,Got a good bit of deer meat ground up(20 packs) Also next warm spell we get I will be going to my buddy's Private ponds in Mississippi to get stocked up on some great tasting White perch,even tho i still have a few packs left from last year I can fill a 5 gallon bucket in a day so it's worth the trip.The vacuum seal bags are costly but the food last forever it seems.All I need left is a pig and I'm set.They had a lot of trouble with the hogs during hunting season so it should be easy pickings for my son and his group to go and put a dent in the swine population.
I hope everyone is dealing with these tough times and making it,I know I'm struggling this month but after this paycheck I will have my head above water again and hopefully put some cash on the side ...............Prep on

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bad news for us down south, make plans on relocating soon

Louisiana coast faces highest rate of sea-level rise worldwide

25th February 2013 · 0 Comments

By Bob Marshall

Stunning new data not yet publicly released shows Louisiana losing its battle with rising seas much more quickly than even the most pessimistic studies have predicted.

While state officials continue to argue over restoration projects to save the state’s sinking, crumbling coast, top researchers at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration have concluded that Louisiana is in line for the highest rate of sea-level rise “on the planet.” Indeed, the water is rising so fast that some coastal restoration projects could be obsolete before they are completed, the officials said.

NOAA’s Tim Osborne, an 18-year veteran of Louisiana coastal surveys, and Steve Gill, senior scientist at the agency’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Pro­ducts and Services, spelled out the grim reality in interviews with The Lens. When new data on the rate of coastal subsidence is married with updated projections of sea-level rise, the southeast corner of Louisiana looks likely to be under at least 4.3 feet of gulf water by the end of the century.

That rate could swamp projects in the state’s current coastal Master Plan, which incorporated worst-case scenarios for relative sea-level rise calculated two years ago— which the new figures now make out-of-date.

The state plan, while “valuable and thoughtful,” has a major flaw, Osborne said.

“The problem is it’s a master plan for the restoration and conservation of a landscape that is moving downward at a faster rate than we realized when the plan was constructed—a rate faster than any place else we are seeing in the world for such a large land area,” said Osborne, who will be a speaker Saturday at Tulane University’s Summit on Environmental Law and Policy.

“With all due respect,” he said, “they have projects designed to last 50 years at one level of relative sea-level rise, when they should be building projects that can function for several generations as sea level rises twice as high, if not higher.”

Garret Graves, head of the state Coastal Planning and Protection Authority, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But in an earlier interview he said the uncertainty of future rates of sea-level rise was one of the biggest challenges facing the plan. The planners, he said, typically have incorporated the then-current “worst case” scenarios for sea-level rise at those locations.

Graves also pointed out that the plan was structured to adapt to changing circumstances. The Coastal Planning and Protection Authority must submit an updated plan to the state Legislature for approval every five years.

Yet NOAA’s new figures, contained in draft reports currently under peer review, will present a challenge because the numbers have changed so drastically. Even heavily populated areas, such as New Orleans, appear to be sinking faster than expected, in fact even faster than some areas along the coast.

More precise tools show coast sinking faster than expected

Southeast Louisiana—with an average elevation just three feet above sea level—has long been considered one of the landscapes most threatened by global warming. That’s because the delta it’s built on – starved of river sediment and sliced by canals — is sinking at the same time that oceans are rising. The combination of those two forces is called relative sea-level rise, and its impact can be dramatic.

For example, tide-gauge measurements at Grand Isle, about 50 miles south of New Orleans, have shown an average annual sea-level rise over the past few decades of 9.24 millimeters (about one-third of an inch) while those at Key West, which has very little subsidence, read only 2.24 millimeters.

For decades coastal planners used that Grand Isle gauge as the benchmark for the worst case of local sea-level rise because it was one of the highest in the world. But as surveying crews began using more advanced instruments, they made a troubling discovery.

Readings at a distance inland were even worse than at Grand Isle. “For example,” Osborne said, “we have rates of 11.2 millimeters along the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain—the metro New Orleans area. And inside the city we have places with almost [a half-inch] per year.

“So when we looked at the averages we were getting inside the coast, we realized the current figure we should be using for [southeastern] Louisiana is 11.2 millimeters.”

The news got only more bleak when NOAA began using the new technologies to update past rates of local subsidence and then fed those numbers into studies projecting future rates.

“What we see is that the [southeast] Louisiana coast averaged three feet of relative sea-level rise the last century,” said NOAA’s Steve Gill.

Prepare for ‘at least four feet’ of sea-level rise

The draft report of the quadrennial National Climate Assessment, finished by federal agencies in December, showed a steady in­crease in sea-level rise through the end of the century. Gill said the increase was due to the continued increase in the two main contributors: thermal expansion of marine water volumes as oceans continue to warm, and an increase in the melting of land-based ice, such as glaciers and ice fields. That water eventually makes its way into the ocean, further increasing its volume.

The assessment provides four scenarios for global average sea-level rise through the end of the century, based on varying scenarios of warming and ice melt:

• The first shows current trends holding steady, resulting in about an eight-inch rise globally.

• The second, or intermediate increase, results in about 15 inches globally.

• The third, or mid-range, shows about 4.5 feet.

• The fourth, or worst case, shows about 6.5 feet globally.

The NOAA researchers said they use the mid-range scenario in making local projections.

Southeast Louisiana fares much worse in all four scenarios because “we now know the entire area is sinking faster than any coastal landscape its size on the planet,” Osborne said.

“When you combine those two factors, update the rates from what we’ve found with the most recent data—and that is data, not computer models or theories—then you see this area, southeast Louisiana, will experience the highest rate of sea-level rise anywhere on the planet by the end of the century,” Osborne said.

“We’re talking probably at least four feet if not five feet in some sections of this coast. That’s what people here need to be planning for.”

Osborne said he believes coastal Louisiana has a chance at survival because the Mississippi River carries the raw building material—sediment—in such huge quantities that projects could help some areas keep pace with the rising Gulf. But he stressed that the new figures mean current plans need to be amended to focus on the most vulnerable areas, and work must start soon.

“Our goal is to provide meaningful numbers that local planners can use as targets for what they need to prepare for and adapt to,” he said. “And what these numbers tell us is that we need to be planning for the reality that by the end of this century most of this coast will be converted to open water.

“What that tells us, in turn, is what we’ve already seen recently with [Hurricane] Isaac: Even a small storm will result in catastrophic flooding, and not just for people and businesses and infrastructure close to the coast.

“Based on the frequency of storms over the last century, we know we can expect 30 to 40 hurricanes or tropical storms to hit this area by the end of this century. Think of Isaac—not of Katrina—and add up the cost of that kind of destruction 30 or 40 times.

“During Isaac, Louisiana [High­way] 1 to Grand isle was almost impassable. It will be impassable in a few decades unless something is done. Look at what happened to Plaquemines Parish from Category 1 Isaac. More and worse will happen in the next few decades.”

Osborne stressed the new figures mean the state’s Master Plan should be adjusted to meet the larger, faster-approaching threat.

“The state needs to make sure they’re proposing plans that will last more than a few decades, that they aren’t asking for billions to build things that might be ineffective before they are even finished being built,” he said.

This article was originally published in the February 25, 2013 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Playing catch up

I spent the day catching up on my preps, finished building a wooden box to cover the gen set on he back porch. The ol lady is giving it a quick couple of coats of paint and we will let it dry over night, tomorrow I will mount the wheels and mail on the shingles and mount 2 handles on front, with this done she can now easily move the cover to get it started if I'm not around. I also went through both freezers to rotate food around to be eaten first ,get rid of frostbit meat (dog treats) and make room for the 100 lbs. of ground deer meat i have coming my way and it won't be long before I go to my buddies ponds to stock up on catfish and white perch. Still working on the shelves in the storage room ,Getting rid of outdated veggies(chicken treats).
Well thats all for know ,I will take some picks when I'm finished my redneck generator cover, Prep on it's moving fast now...................

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Lousy Weather

With the way the weather has been going it is almost impossible to get anything done outside,Just feeding the animals is a drag. Another new Year surprise is I am giving a extra 1200 bucks into social security that I will probably never see.
The 1st of the year is always a real drag with the bills,House insurance,property tax high electric due to cold temps,car insurance ,etc, The kids think I'm the Grinch that stole Xmas but fail to realize that I can't put these bills off or I'm way behind, but so be it, They will have to get over it,, not to mention the fact that I had to work for Thanksgiving,Xmas,& new years. Also the car crapped out and was to old to put a grand into so I ad too get another one.I lucked out and found a 2000 jeep Cherokee with low miles and it's sweet so thank the Lord for that. I'm gonna try and breed some rabbits tomorrow , last try didn't take and I definitely need some for he freezer, Also have some deer meat to grind up so I have a busy day, I hope all is well with everyone and the holidays were good to ya till next time prep on............................