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You almost certainly will not contract coronavirus, and that’s not why you should be FREAKING OUT about coronavirus. Let’s talk supply chains. (Or just scroll down for a shopping list.)

Coronavirus is already disrupting supply chains.

Apple announced supply chain issues, but that’s not a real concern except for the stock market (more on that, later)

America is completely dependent on China for prescription medication:

  • Last month, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission held a hearing on the United States’ growing reliance on China’s pharmaceutical products. The topic reminded me of a spirited discussion described in Bob Woodward’s book, Fear: Trump in the White House. In the discussion, Gary Cohn, then chief economic advisor to President Trump, argued against a trade war with China by invoking a Department of Commerce study that found that 97 percent of all antibiotics in the United States came from China. “If you’re the Chinese and you want to really just destroy us, just stop sending us antibiotics,” he said.

The source for that story is the CFR, which now looks pretty stupid. Their argument was that American should remain dependent on China. Big mistake.

Even if that 97% number is hysterical, the “real” number is high.

Yes, you’re going to see a shortage of prescription medication. (Although India may end up saving the day.)

What happens if thousands of truck drivers get the flu?

Your well-stocked grocery store’s most important area is “shipping and receiving.” You may have never seen this area unless you worked in retail. Each day dozens or more trailers of food arrive. These are brought to you by your friendly neighborhood truck drivers.

Without these daily deliveries, your shopping center 36 hours of food if a run on the store happens.

There was already a truck driver shortage, although this issue has been mitigated and new drivers can be trained relatively quickly.

In the short term, a food shortage is probable.

It won’t be a “Mad Max” scenario, but you may be forced to go days without a food resupply.

(Shelves in Italian cities are already empty.)

 

Shopping List for Coronavirus Prepping.

Think conceptually for a moment. If there’s a food shortage, you’re not going to be worried about your supply of reverse-seared rib eye. (Power outrages may mean such food would spoil.)

  • Big picture: You want cheap calories that are easy to store.

We have about 100 pounds of dry rice, which you can buy at Costco in the Mexican food section. It’s on the bottom shelf.

We also have dry oats, lentils, and canned tuna.

You’ll need water to reconstitute the dry goods, and you should have a 72 hour supply of water anyway.

Food list:

  • 50 pound bag of dry rice for every 3 people
  • 20 pound bag of dried lentil
  • 50 gallons of water
  • Spices for cooking
  • Coconut oil

Bonuses / extras:

If you have a propane grill, get an extra tank. You’ll be able to cook all of your food over a propane grill.

Mophie / charging batteries for your electronic devices. If there’s a power outage, you’ll need to be able to obtain access to information, and unless cell towers go out, too, your phone will suffice. Keep it charged with one of those portable power units. (I use this one.)

High lumens flashlight. Forget the Rambo fantasies. Most people don’t need an AR-15. You need a tactical flashlight. I recommend this one.

A high lumens flashlight will short-term blind an attacker.

I carry a high-lumens pen flashlight to every event.

A violent person who gets flashed in the eyes will be stunned momentarily.

This is a pretty good video showing that a flashlight is capable of much more than you imagined.

Do you need a generator for Coronavirus?

I don’t consider a generator a “must-have” unless you’re in a rural environment.

If you have the space and budget for one, a generator is a good buy.

In other words, a generator is a nice to have.

If you get a gas or diesel generator, you’ll need to store fuel. Fuel storage can present a storage hazard.

If you’re thinking about getting a generator, please do your homework.

Here are some generators.

Solar Vs Gas Generators for Prepping and Survival | Inergy Apex

Should you be “Freaking Out” About Coronavirus.

Yes. Yes you absolutely should be.

I want you to FREAK OUT about coronavirus, but my definition of that is limited to

 

Coronavirus Prepping vs. Hardcore Prepping

A lot of hardcore preppers will find this article and start nit-picking it, and they’ll be blocked.

This article isn’t for people who get decked out in 5.11 tacticool wear, open carry AR-15’s (even though that’s your right) and who hope the world ends because somehow they will do better in a Zombieworld. Trust me, the current timeline is as good as it gets.

Normal, professional people need to be prepared for Coronavirus.

There are some wonderful videos by normal, sane people on food storage and prepping.

You need to be ready.

If you want to go deeper in this world, check out Guildbrook Farm – Simple Sustainable Living.

Using Mylar Bags for Food Storage

What’s your best Coronavirus prepping tip?

Post a comment below!

About the author.

Who is Mike Cernovich?

 

 

 

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Is “Kung Flu” the latest Media Hoax?

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Several White House reporters confronted Trump regarding his decision to call the coronavirus (or COVID-19) the China Virus.  One reporter asked him about a White House administration official who is alleged to have called the coronavirus Kung Flu.

When the reporter was asked the name of the official, the reporter said she didn’t know.

The original claim regarding Kung Flu comes from CBS reporter Weijia Jiang. On March 17th, she Tweeted:

This morning a White House official referred to #Coronavirus as the “Kung-Flu” to my face. Makes me wonder what they’re calling it behind my back.

Ms. Jiang has not identified the official.

One reason could be because this official does not even exist.

Under American defamation law, you can lie all you like.

You can’t lie about a person by name.

If no White House official called the coronavirus Kung Flu, or if there is some important context missing, then Jiang could be sued.

You can watch the Kung Flu exchange in this video here:

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The Stafford Act Text Message Announcing an Emergency Quarantine is a Hoax

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By now you or someone you know has received a hoax text announcing martial law. With some minor variations, the texts all read the same:

  • In 48 to 72 hours the president will evoke what is called the Stafford act. Just got off the phone with some of my military friends in DC who just got out of a two hour briefing. The president will order a two week mandatory quarantine for the nation. Stock up on whatever you guys need to make sure you have a two week supply of everything. Please forward.

 

The National Security Council issued a rare public statement warning the public that the Stafford act text was a hoax.

How can you tell the Stafford Act Text is a Hoax?

Even if you refuse to accept the NSC’s word on the matter, the text message has some telltale signs of a hoax.

First, the text promises secret insider knowledge. “Just got off the phone with some of my military friends in DC who just got out of a two hour briefing.” This is a vague enough proclamation that it sounds plausible.

Second, no specifics of these friends are given. Who are these friends? Why did they call this specific person?

Third, the hoaxers ask you to spread the message. Why would anyone acting in good faith want to incite a panic?

If an emergency quarantine were able to be declared, the plan would be Top Secret. No one’s friends would just get out of a briefing and start alerting people. THEY WOULD GO TO PRISON FOR LEAKING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION.

If such an emergency plan were in the works and higher command wanted the story to get out, they’d leak it to a credible outlet. Not share chain-letter style text messages.

There’s also tradecraft involved in sharing classified information.

None of the telltale signs (and no I won’t share how to leak classified secrets here) were present in that alert.

UPDATE: Other outlets are now reporting that the Stafford Act text is a foreign disinformation campaign:

The Trump administration is alleging that a foreign disinformation campaign is underway aimed at spreading fear in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. officials said Monday. On Sunday, federal officials began confronting what they said was a deliberate effort by a foreign entity to sow fears of a nationwide quarantine amid the virus outbreak.

Agencies took coordinated action Sunday evening to deny that any such plans were put in place, as they tried to calm a nation already on edge by disruptions to daily life caused by the virus.

 

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How Trump Drafted Google into the War Against Coronavirus

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Elvis Presley served in the Army after he was drafted, and in American history it was common for celebrities to serve their country during times of national crisis. Noblesse oblige, or the duty the noble and rich owed to society, arouse perhaps out of morality or maybe simple self-preservation. If you’re getting while the getting is good, giving something back goes a long way to avoid class resentment.

Those thoughts were perhaps on Trump’s mind (or more likely his instinct) when he announced that Google was taking massive action to help America fight the coronavirus.

Google at first pushed back at the suggestion that it, a nearly trillion dollar mega-corporation, actually doing something to help the users it profits from.

Why should Google help save lives? Why should Google do anything other than operate as an amoral, blood-sucking corporation that violates user privacy and exploits children?

The media bros were quick to rush to save Google. Poor Google! They were being bullied by the ORANGE MAN BAD.

Google’s media errand boys like Jake Tapper and others were quick to publish stories attacking Trump for suggesting that Google actually do something.

Some like your humble correspondent Mike Cernovich saw right away was Trump was doing.

Trump was drafting Google into the war against coronavirus.

Google, whatever its motivations, answered the draft.

Public pressure must intensify.

The corporations make billions of dollars a day by spying on users.

The least they can do is use that data to find out where coronavirus hot spots are, share that information with the CDC, and get information shared with the sick.

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