Something To Keep In The Back Of Your Mind

Back in the days before all of the fancy electrical/electronic technology we have available to us now, there were still some pretty clever folks around who figured out how to get things done with a minimum of physical labor and way faster than doing things by hand, out of necessity.

Portable gas powered machines were actually quite common at one time here in the United States and that simpler than now technology still exists.

It’s getting harder and harder to find and the prices are reflective of that but if you are serious and look hard enough, there are still some of these machines around plus there is always the capability to modify some of the newer machines to make them run off of small gas powered engines.

As you well know, I still have that David Bradley Walk Behind Tractor.

It has been sitting out in a garden shed out of the direct weather except for about a foot or so of the handles. I cover them up with a tarp. Just for grins I went out about a week or two ago, put some gas in it and it fired right up.

The thing about those is that not only do they have an extra long crank pulley with an extra groove to run an accessory belt like a Power Take Off, they are self propelled so you can “drive” them to the job at hand.

You could easily use this same technique with a 3 horse Briggs and Stratton engine bolted to a furniture moving dolly and just pull it to where it is needed.

Maytag made a few million gas powered washing machines back in the late 1920’s and 1930’s and there are still a few of them around too.

You can buy rebuildable engines off of FleaBay occasionally or get on the internet and start searching. You can still get parts for them even.

This same fellow uses one of those to do his laundry.

Here is a video of a guy rebuilding one of them so it can still be done.

Back in the 1940’s and 50’s , magazines like Popular Mechanics had literally hundreds of articles in them with people coming up with clever little machines run by small gas engines.

As evil as those rat bastards at Google have gotten in the past few years, they do still have a feature called Google Reader and all of the old Popular Mechanics issues have been archived there.

Sometimes I spend hour after hour going through them looking for things just like what I am talking about.

The down side of this is that you still need gasoline, oil and V belts.

The good news is that these small engines are actually pretty miserly as far as fuel efficiency is concerned and if worst came to worst in a SHTF situation, you could make these little engines run on propane or still do some small metal fabrication projects using car batteries for welding and build yourself a Micro Wood Gasifier and convert them to run on wood gas. That particular video shows a small John Deere lawn tractor running on one starting at 5:50 into the video if you want to skip the intro stuff. Earlier in the video he shows one of the gasifiers he uses to run small engines with that actually has a clever little pipe you can open up and stick a custom made cooking grate over.

That’s a real twofer there.

Propane conversions are obviously way easier and Propane has the advantage of storing indefinitely, it never goes bad. You can buy conversion kits or in an emergency revert to the old Redneck method.

All of this may strike you as that crazy old bastard Phil’s mental masturbation again but if you think about it, most of the undeveloped world still operates in this manner every single day,

With the current availability of relatively inexpensive single and dual piston gas engines like the Predator engines sold at Harbor Freight for a hundred dollars when they are on sale, it makes building a brand new machine quite easy on the pocket book without the hassle of trying to find and rebuild some ancient lawn mower engine first.

With what we have seen so far this year with supply disruptions, rioting, burning of entire sections of major cities, forest fires and now Hurricane season being here, it may just pay to think about these kinds of things BEFORE you actually find yourself suddenly stuck in a world without all of the accustomed luxuries.

That bitch Alexa sure as shit isn’t going to help you do your laundry when the power goes out.

Choke On It Schumer

Remember this Chucky?

This assclown has got to be one of the worst sonsabitches in politics.

The very first thing out of this assholes mouth after Ruth Bader Ginsberg finally kicked the bucket?

Hey Chucky?

Trump not only has every right to nominate the most Conservative nightmare of your worst swamp fever dreams, he has the duty to do so immediately.

As you so fervently pointed out when you thought you had some political gain to make.

You are damn right Trump is going to nominate someone fast.

It Stinks Like The Bottom Of A Pork Barrel.

CDC tells Congress it urgently needs $6 billion for vaccine distribution

BY PETER SULLIVAN – 09/18/20 06:00 AM EDT

CDC tells Congress it urgently needs $6 billion for vaccine distribution

BY PETER SULLIVAN – 09/18/20 06:00 AM EDT 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it needs $6 billion that it does not currently have in order to distribute a coronavirus vaccine, highlighting a new hurdle in a massive logistical undertaking. 

The agency had previously privately informed Congress of the need for more funds, according to congressional aides, but CDC Director Robert Redfield made the request public for the first time at a Senate hearing on Wednesday, calling it “urgent.”

“Right now we’ve leveraged about $600 million, but we do not have the resources to support 64 jurisdictions to get this plan operational, so to me it’s an urgency,” Redfield said. 

“The time is now for us to be able to get those resources out to the state, and we currently don’t have those resources,” he added. 

The need for vaccine distribution funding raises the stakes for Congress to come together on a broader coronavirus deal. While both parties support the vaccine funding, there is no clear path for enacting it outside of a larger deal, which has been stalled for months. 

“If you have the vaccine and don’t have either the plan or the resources to distribute it, that’s a huge failure on the part of the Congress to provide the resources that we know are going to be necessary,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the chairman of the Senate panel that funds health care, said in response to Redfield. “I hope it’s part of whatever package we put together this very month to be sure you have the capacity to do that.”

He noted that the coronavirus package that the Senate voted on last week, and which was blocked by Democrats for being too small, included the $6 billion for vaccine distribution, as well as an additional $20 billion that the Department of Health and Human Services says it needs for further vaccine manufacturing and development. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last week also pointed to vaccine funding in pressuring Democrats to support the GOP bill. “They’re going to vote against finding and distributing vaccines because they are afraid the breakthrough that our nation is praying for might possibly help President Trump?” McConnell said on the Senate floor. 

Democrats say they support additional funding for a vaccine. “Given that the Senate has not begun its appropriations process, we support inclusion of this funding in a supplemental coronavirus appropriations bill,” said a House Democratic aide. 

But the broader negotiations on a coronavirus package to carry the funding are still deadlocked. Democratic leaders say the GOP bill voted on last week was “emaciated” and lacked needed funding for areas like state and local governments, food aid and rental assistance. 

It”s no wonder this country is going Tits Up.

We Finally Got Some Rain

Glad to see it for once too.

It should help these poor bastards on the fire lines and it definitely knocked some of that fucking smoke out of the air.

It has been downright hazardous to your health to breathe around here for two weeks.

I know several people who have been sent home from work early or just flat had their jobs shut down because of it.

When I went back to work Monday and walked in the building I was a bit shocked to see it looked just like it did inside, as it did outside

Th building is 50 feet tall inside and there was smoke in it all the way down to floor level.

It’s been drier than a popcorn fart around here for a long time so this rain is very welcome indeed.

Give it a few weeks though…

Because once it starts around here in the Fall, it doesn’t really stop for any length of time until late June of the next year.

I suppose there is another upside to it if I think about it.

Those assholes in ANTIFA and BLM are going to have their ranks thinned out .

Only the True Believers are going to want to be standing around in the cold and rain to throw their little hissy fits.

The rest of the hangers on are going to be retreating back to Mommy’s basement to wrap up in their blankies with their hand out looking for a cup of hot cocoa.

Fuckin’ bitches.