Covid-19 Survivalism By John Steele

     As the resident survivalist, of sorts, well not so much resident, since I bug out in the Victorian scrub in my tent, but I note relevant articles when I find some magic waves to get my laptop internet to work. I thought that there was coverage, even on the moon? Anyway, a lot of people are liking being semi-off grid:

“COVID-19 is causing dense, urban areas to lose their luster and making people rethink their lifestyles. Some are fleeing cities for the suburbs, others are taking up gardening, and the majority have stopped driving as they stay close to home. Across the board, the pandemic is forcing people to consider a more self-sufficient future; living off the grid suddenly doesn’t seem so unreasonable. This is a future Michael Reynolds, a New Mexico-based architect and creator of a concept he calls “Earthship Biotecture,” envisioned over 40 years ago. His Earthships are made of adobe, cement, and recycled materials such as glass bottles, dirt-packed tires, and beer cans. But they’re more than just eclectic, eco-friendly desert dwellings—they provide autonomy for the homeowner too. These self-sustaining homes generate their own solar-fueled electricity, collect rainwater, process sewage, and support food growth through mini-hydroponic planters and attached greenhouses.”

     Maybe one silver lining of all this madness is that people might be able to get some sunlight, and thus more vitamin D, which might help with the White Death, coronapocalypse, or whatever. And, this is not health advice, but news reporting, weird, but still reporting:

“A vitamin commonly produced by sun-exposed skin cells might play a role in preventing death by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, according to new research. Preliminary results from a yet-to-be-peer-reviewed study carried out by scientists from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Trust and the University of East Anglia have linked low levels of the hormone vitamin D with COVID-19 mortality rates across Europe. It's a study that certainly deserves some attention as a potential piece of the coronavirus puzzle, reminding us that health and disease can be a complex affair involving a variety of lifestyle factors. But it's also important to interpret evidence like this as part of a bigger scientific conversation, meaning it would be premature to make any recommendations and certainly way too premature to hit the supplement aisle before further evidence arrives. The researchers dug through existing health literature to catalogue the average levels of vitamin D among the citizens of 20 European countries, and then compared the figures with the relative numbers of COVID-19 deaths in each country. A simple statistical test showed there was a pretty convincing correlation between the figures, where populations with lower than average concentrations of the vitamin also featured more deaths from SARS-CoV-2. "The most vulnerable group of population for COVID-19 is also the one that has the most deficit in vitamin D," the researchers conclude in their preliminary report. Cross-sectional reports like these aren't without their problems, doing little more than suggesting some kind of relationship might exist. People who tend to have higher vitamin D levels in their body might be doing something else that helps limit destruction caused by the virus, for example.”

     We will see if this turns out to be true or not, but getting some sunlight, even if it means putting one’s face out the prison window, for even 10 minutes of freedom, will be worth it. I don’t think any police in the world are sniping people doing this just yet, but who knows? I read that New York PD were using tasers and bashing up people who were out and about, but I still think you can put your head out of your window in most places in the world that have windows, and still end up with your head intact. In the future, maybe everybody will be like in the first Matrix movie, chained to some machine … wait, we are now, I think, as most people at home are locked to their IT nonsense! What else is there?



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Saturday, 13 August 2022