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    *** The Newsflash Thread ***

    My apologies if this has already been posted. And bear in mind it’s from Zero Hedge. So the grain of salt rule applies. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-20/rural-america-verge-collapse From what I have seen first hand. Rural America is indeed in trouble. However what many folks don’t...
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    The level of dumb is high!

    I wondered the same thing. I’m almost positive this narrative started with some small amount of truth, and then morphed from there.
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    The level of dumb is high!

    I was sitting in a diner this morning having a cup of coffee. An older gent was also sitting there. The waitress made an innocent comment about the wild weather northeast PA has been experiencing lately. The guy starts out saying he has a pilot’s license. And explains how they have to...
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    Tracking the Effects of the Grand Solar Minimum

    Hard to argue with this. At least up this way. We had a white coating on Monday. Not totally unheard of up here in The Frozen Hell as it is known. But even 6 hours south in PA, I was seeing frozen stuff falling from the sky this week,
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    How To Start A Fire With Wet Wood

    Twine in action, I have come to depend heavily on this stuff. Stupid cheap, and too many uses to count. Fluffed up and ready to take a spark. The guy from your internet article makes a good point about shaving wood to reach the drier stuff inside. But it also creates more surface area...
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    How To Start A Fire With Wet Wood

    @john 1775 John, All good info there. Cheap and simple is always good. It’s always good when things serve more than one purpose too. I’m not a Doritos fan. But Potato Chips will do the same thing. I like to keep my balls (cotton) dry. Saturating them in PJ works well though. Stuff...
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    How To Start A Fire With Wet Wood

    Nothing gets a brush pile going like one of Harvey Firestone’s old stale donuts.
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    Does it get any better??

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    A quick fire

    Here is another one from yesterday. Sorry Gobs, no M34s involved. However, nature’s incendiary was used. I had a free Saturday afternoon. Which has been rare lately. Even more rare was the fact that it wasn’t snowing or raining. Some fire prep, Some feathers, some shavings from the spine...
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    A quick fire

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    Tracking the Effects of the Grand Solar Minimum

    We had hail like that move through here around 12 years ago. Totaled a lot of vehicles. No one was ready for it. Out in Wyoming when the skies get like that, the first thing you do is get your vehicles under cover. Normally, we rarely see hail bigger than marbles, and most times it’s pea or...
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    Tracking the Effects of the Grand Solar Minimum

    Checked the extended forecast again this morning. Now the first day at or above 60F has been moved back to May 2nd from April 24th.
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    Tracking the Effects of the Grand Solar Minimum

    This was April 20th last year,
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    Tracking the Effects of the Grand Solar Minimum

    It varies from year to year. But I’d say it’s about average. This shot is from April 6th five years ago. Pretty close to the same.
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    Tracking the Effects of the Grand Solar Minimum

    The back yard today, Still about a foot. Go up the hill and it gets deeper fast! Now they are saying most of April will be colder than usual by 10 to 15 degrees.