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  1. HELLO! For those who know me.. I have been busy with a lot of issues going on in our area. Issues produced by politicians and their cronies. Remember my posts on having veggie growing issues and watering our gardens and all from the lake? Seems that that has led to a lot of my gardening problems. Recently, we were gone for awhile and returned to our homestead and saw that our lake is covered in blue green algae.. well, we filed a complaint with our state agency way before anyone even heard of the Toledo water woes.. Beginning of July 2014, I have the complaint on file now..well, nothing can be done they say. The government officials say this lake is a private lake. WHAT??? You police it! HHMM?? ok, but several articles put out by the Federal EPA says that this stuff is bad. (research it), especially when this algae dies off. This lake has been here for so long and so much pollution by septic tanks, people pour out cooking grease, old oil, throwing their grass clippings and stuff into the lake, illegal drains from their homes, chicken manure by the surrounding farms, too much fertilizer by home owners too many geese, cormorants etc etc. This Lake has high NITRITE AND NITRATE levels all of a sudden. One farmer got a permit to purchase and spread human sewage sludge from the city waste water and treatment plant over his farmland so as to grow a larger hay crop. and guess where the excess run off goes? YEP, Into this lake. This lake has no way to flush itself out because of no clean source of water to come in or go out. The city annexed an area up the road from us and put in 12 new drains from the asphalt highway directly into this lake without any bio remediation through grasses or wetland areas. AND to top it all off, they use this lake for irrigating rice farms and other crops for our food chain! NO ONE can say if this is good or bad for human consumption. Looks like we will be searching once again for a new homestead. Damn it. We wanted to just stay here after we retired a few years ago. I guess my research for locating to this abode was flawed.. We cant even drill any new wells in this area because of some newly discovered stuff by the Government. NOTE..research fully your real estate purchases. Worse thing is..I wont get what I paid for this homestead!
  2. I always respond with: when you finally realize that you need to bug out to my home...I will have been gone for awhile. BE AWARE OF THE BURNING CANDLES I LEFT BEHIND! I know you will see some and blow them out, be aware of those you do not se and if you do see any candles burning and I am not there, leave fast. The candles will be burning for a reason.
  3. The better news report on this is on FOX> The event actually took place on a substation that provides for the silicon valley and had taken place awhile back. It was at first thought of as just vandals. Now hearings and congress is getting involved because of more info coming out. BTW.. the FOX news report also stated that the U.S. power grid is attacked by computer code hackers daily at an alarming rate of over 40,000 attacks per day.
  4. Now that winter is back with more ice and snow, I looked here to see if anyone is still interested in our experiences. I hope so. Also, please add to this discussion with anyupdates for this year you learned from this years ice.
  5. jerry

    Testing Water for Chemicals

    One aspect to consider is distillation. Distillation removes water molecules from the contamination. Research distillation from any reputable distillation website. NOT all distilled water is completely clean after distillation!! Research!
  6. If you already have this info great. But for those that don't here is some personal experience info and products to think and research for you and yours... Water Bob We love this device...but it has to be deployed and filled prior to water issues Aquatank..bladders that will go under a bed or couch or??? we just bought two of these last November.. we are monitoring them. Seem to be good so far. My Christmas gift from my family this past Christmas was a Supertanker 275 gallon from WALMART online... LOVE THIS!!!! Less space than our 55 gallon blue drums! The blue 7 gallon jugs at big stores... watch for leaking on the faucet areas..if so just stand it up! Our cistern is Holding up...we are landscaping around it and building another cover over it for prevention of the UV destroying the material. Well, after all that we are now up to approx. 2500 gallons of potable water on our homestead. BUT.. With family and animals though and after seeing that WEST Virginia chem spill... IT STILL AINT ENOUGH!
  7. I have been researching and asking questions about first hand accounts by victims of the chemicals in the West Virginia water supply. WELL!!!! I found an article and subsequent comments on another website called rethinksurvival. I hope it is allowed to post it here. This article and interview showed me what I am looking for. OUR filters here are woefully in adequate and name brand filters aren't working with the chems in the water supply. I am re designing my entire thought process. We just had an oil pipeline rupture in central Arkansas (about a year ago in Mayflower)and that is being cleaned up by folks...but that old pipeline is located under Lake Maumelle Arkansas, the source of our drinking water here. Folks on here know me as being a fanatic on my preps for water... I have so much invested in time and money and materials on water. BUT<<<<<<<<FILTERS wont remove some stuff. Also, showers are causing chemical pneumonia and rashes up there. I need more storage!
  8. By now, most of you have seen that West Virginia has had a chemical spill and hundreds of thousans are with out water for drinking, bathing, clothe washing etc etc. Is anyone here aware of anyone there that maybe using anything to filter their own water? I am interested in what individuals are using to help themselves. Any known filtration systems etc etc
  9. sorry I haven't been posting lately. Been overcome by events here. As I posted erlier this spring that our garden and farm was up and starting to produce. Low hoop tunnels helped our early crops for our meals, but........then it all went to crap. We have had the worst year ever in our gardening and growing season. As you know we have degrees in horticulture and have made money as well as provided for over 75% of our family food needs. BUT, this year we have only provided for about 20%. WHAT HAPPENED??? well, we brought in a load of stuff to add for compost into our garden. AND it was loaded with stuff, that changed our ph levels. Our soil became too acidic. WE DID NOT pay attention and test our additives before and after placing into our garden. WE JUST PLAIN AND SIMPLE got lazy! Now we are liming and re doing our soil and hoping for better fall crops. One period of laziness on our part and we now will work our butts off to correct this blunder. So, if you have never grown your own crops, learn now. THEN, never get lazy. We do have a bumper crop of jalapenos though. My daughter says that they are a twice warming food group...once when you eat them and then when you pass them. We are having to procure supplemental crops for our family from the store. YUCK! Take care and see you all soon with more rants and ravings. .
  10. wow, I just went back through this post of mine about the winter storm we had and laughed at myself. I sit here in 110 degree days and 90% humidity with a garden that long ago gave up the ghost and wonder, wouldn't it be nice to have some of that cool temp back?? LOL
  11. today on FOX a retired FBI investigator said my exact words: Frmr Agent said: our society's vigilance is abysmal.
  12. This is getting really weird. The white capped suspect is still on the loose. Turn to your favorite news station.
  13. lets see how I get flamed. Lets see how many posts we get?
  14. it must be said. The situational awareness of most folks is pitiful and apathy is killing and maiming people. I cannot believe that people are so self absorbed, that a person walks up next to you and drops off a bag or package and walks away and no one says or does or reports anything. Maybe it is my background, maybe the way I was raised, maybe where I am from; but if a person walks up near me and randomly sets down a package or bag and walks away, I will ask them if they forgot their bag or I am reporting it to officials and getting others alerted.. Most here know my background, but dang, random bag set next to me, I am leaving and reporting and asking the person if they forgot the bag. Flame me, cuss me or whatever, but wake up folks, it is here. Home grown, foreign or whatever, terrorism is here and we must pull our craniums out of our rectums and notice and report. See something say something. APATHY IS HORRIBLE! Then again, I am preaching to the choir here hey?