1974, Drones, and other Topics

Predator DroneThere’s been a lot of discussion about drones and other methods of surveillance of the American people.  The problem started when it was made public that satellites produced images of auto license plates and women on the beach and nothing was done about it.  In 1974 this information was in one of my high school text books.  Given that text books can often be years behind the times in terms of recent history, who knows when the capability was actually put into use.

It might have been that people then thought that was just a demonstration of what “could be” instead of what “would be”.  The fact remains, surveillance is not new to the American people.  It has been going on for many decades.  Then people couldn’t see the voyeurs watching what they were doing so they didn’t react.  Now that people can see devices that unknown persons are operating, it gives many the creeps.  Why?  Because we also live in an age when perverts of all kinds are out there trying to the nasty things they do.  To the normal person, the thought that someone on the other end of the drone or satellite might just be a pervert.  No one wants some sick minded person watching their children playing in the back yard.

Remember the two photos from the textbook, I have a different view than I did as a high school student.  Then I thought, “Wow!  Look how far technology has developed”.  Now, decades later, I see it from the point of view of an older and wiser person.  Why the license plate?  To prove you can run but you can’t hide.  Why the backside of the beautiful woman on the beach reading a book?  To demonstrate that they can know where you are and what you are reading.

In 1974, they announced privacy was gone and that it was going to get worse as they developed methods of watching more and more people, all at the same time.  Gathering and processing more information about more people while doing it faster and with greater accuracy was happening  more than people realized.

It’s not about whether or not we are doing anything wrong.  It’s about why it took 40 years for our society to wake up and see what corporations and government was doing right under our noses.  It’s about how a whole generation or two were able to be brainwashed into thinking it doesn’t matter about who knows what about whom.  It’s also about how those same generations think it’s OK to have our civil rights take from us by the people we elected to protect those rights.

Just saying.


How Preppers can Keep Their Dental Health and Save Money

Dental Health**Today’s article about dental health is written by Dr. GrumpyMarine, a U.S. dentist.**

I am Dr. GrumpyMarine.  I spent thirteen months dodging bullets in Viet Nam, that made me a little paranoid.  Becoming a prepper naturally followed. 

I will be giving you some advice about what you can buy at a drug store before the lights go out.  In addition, I will be giving you some practical advice on avoiding oral pain and discomfort.
But you don’t want to be in the aftermath of a hurricane with roads out and no electricity with a severe toothache!  Prevention is the only practical answer.  Most people think that if there is no pain or symptoms . . . everything is OK.  Not so, the main dental emergencies are caused by decay invading into the tooth’s nerve or by periodontal disease, finally causing puss that does not drain.  Even if you have stockpiled antibiotics, these problems will not be cured.  You will need to see a dentist eventually to extract the tooth or do even more expensive procedures.  Suffering is bad enough that some people consider suicide!
So to be a good prepper you need to invest some money at the dental office.  Ask your neighbors for a referral.  After an exam get the basic treatment.  You don’t always need the most expensive crowns, just get rid of infected teeth and gum tissue.   I will go into alternative treatment later.
What can you buy at the drug store to prepare?  Not much.  For sores benzocaine is the active ingredient that temporarily gives you relief.  The other item is temporary cement that will help keep loose fillings and crowns that have may have come loose.  This cement contains ingredients that will sooth the tooth and maybe give you a month of relief.  Don’t chew on the repair, it is weak cement!  Both of these items are found in a drug store’s dental section for less than ten dollars.

Next time I will tell you how to have healthier gums (mouthwash won’t help).