Sure wish I owned stock in companies making Potassium Iodide pills. Glad I don't own any stock in companies that insure Japan.
I'm not all that worried about the nuclear fall-out from the Japanese nukes, but have decided to jump on the bandwagon and get some Potassium Iodide tablets. The CDC recommends an adult take 130 mgs for each day of actual or suspected exposure.
What changed my mind? Prevailing winds. I made an assumption that I'm glad I researched.
I assumed that since the world rotates in a counter-clockwise fashion (looking down from the North Pole), that the prevailing winds would be coming from east to west. That means the fallout cloud would have to travel over most of Asia, Africa and Europe, THEN pass over the Atlantic, get scraped and diluted while traveling over the North American continent before it reached me here in the SF Bay Area.
As it turns out, the earth's winds go in two different directions depending where you're located on earth. If you live between the 30 degree North and 30 degree South latitude lines (the center section of the earth), I was correct. The winds generally blow east to west. However, if you're above 30 North or below 30 South, the winds blow from west to east.
Guess where the bulk of the US falls? Yeah, above 30 North.
That means that fall-out from Japan is only a bit over 5,000 miles from where I live. And it can get here virtually unimpeded over open ocean.
The prices online are all over the board. I decided to go with QuakeKare.com. Why? I've bought stuff from them in the past, and I was satisfied with the results.
Seriously, what's up with all of these massive earthquakes? Chile, Haiti, New Zealand, Japan. I checked out Wikipedia, and we've had tons of earthquakes north of 7.0 on the Richter Scale in recent years. I know we have earthquakes all the time where no one is injured, but it seems like we're having a bunch of bad ones where lots of people are killed or injured.
I've been busy with other preps as well.
I'm trying to grow some wheat sprouts. If things get jiggy on us and veggies aren't available, the enzymes we need to efficiently digest food aren't available. We can get these enzymes from fresh sprouts.
I'm following these directions. It will take between two and four days to get two cups of sprouts from a quarter-cup of wheat berries. I started this last night, and virtually all of the berries have little white sprout-lets and one green one has already emerged.
I'll post some pix and let you know how they taste after they're done.
Speaking of farming (?), I helped a buddy today plant 6 rows and one mound of potatoes. I dug up this section of his backyard, made the rows (the mound is off to the right of the frame) and planted the seed potatoes -
We got 7 seeds per row, and three in the mound, for a total of 45.
About those seed potatoes: They were saved from his crop from last year. I know, I know, you're supposed to only use certified, disease-free seed crop, but, it's what he had! I just hope I didn't do all that digging for nothing..
Earlier in the week he hired some folks to do the same thing in his main beds -
You can see the tomato cages in the foreground. He's got spinach, onions, rutabagas, cauliflower, carrots and radishes. Around the corner, he's got zucchini interspersed with his flower beds.
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