A Connecticut Yankee Talks About COVID-19 – #2

Earlier today I followed our esteemed governor’s advice, and took the family to a nearby state park for a quick walk. (pix shown above) There were a few people here, but they were all friendly, and kept their distance. There were a bunch of picnic benches with grills on site, and many of visitors had brought lunch and dined al fresco during this nice Spring day. I think the next time we go, we’ll pack some sandwiches and do the same.

Speaking of whom, it would appear that Lamont’s handlers had a word with him, as despite considering gun and ammo dealers to be essential businesses, his latest executive order now limits the hours of gun stores to “appointment only.” This is a bit of a sham, as no Johnny (or Jane) come lately in this state is going to walk into Hoffman’s or Cabala’s and walk out with some firepower, because even under normal circumstances there is a bit of a process to get your permit to exercise this particular civil right, and that process is stopped for now. Most of us who have taken care of this, especially since 2013, learned our lesson back then (if not earlier in the 1990s), and have no worries. For the rest of you, remember who passed those laws, and do your best this November to make sure they’re not working at 210 Capital Ave. next year. In the meantime, go read some words of wisdom from my friend Kurt, and when all this blows over, go get your pistol permit and get geared up. At some point I’ll give out my opinions on various guns, which you can take with the same grain of salt as any other self-proclaimed gun expert on the Internet.

I’ve been doing some regular COMINT collection this week, being on an unexpected vacation and all, and can tell you that based on what I’ve heard the past week, the number of domestic and mental health (as in committal) calls has gone up enough to notice with even the briefest of analysis. There’s a lot of information on how to do this on this page, so if you have a police scanner and haven’t had the chance to really play with it, now is your chance.

As you’ve previously read, Cybertek writer Wildflower passed away very recently. He was probably one of the most skilled survivalists I’ve ever met, and you wouldn’t know it by looking at him. One of the first things he ever gave me was a book by Dean Ing titled The Chernobyl Syndrome. It’s out of print, but you can download a PDF over at archive.org. In it, Dean Ing shares this bit of wisdom:

The best way to approach self-reliance in everyday life seems to be slightly less serious, more easygoing: the hobbyist’s approach. You can indulge it longer without tiring of it, so you tend to learn more. You also don’t worry your friends so much; I mean, of course, those improvident right-hearted, wrong- headed friends who think your personal pilot-light has gone out because you intend to affect your own destiny. When you approach self-reliance as a hobby, somehow it worries the dimwits less — while teaching you more.

– Dean Ing, The Chernobyl Syndrome

Now you may think you disagree with this, but after 30 years I, like Dean Ing, along with Mel Tappan, and Kurt Saxon (who all have been doing this way longer than me), have all come to the same conclusion. These guys have been doing survivalism for a long fucking time. Longer than the Internet has been around, and thus longer than many survival experts who owe their existence to the Internet. So think about it for a while.

The late Wildflower’s lab at Cybertek HQ, circa 2012.

A lot of you have spare time on your hands, and now is a good time to start a new hobby. You can start by downloading this file for knowledge and ideas.

So in the course of shopping with the family after the emergency was declared, I watched certain items such as toilet paper and canned goods go off the shelf. Now it’s been a while, so it is interesting to see how quickly restocking occurs where and with what items. Not surprisingly, Wal-Mart gets First Place. Sam Walton served in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps. during World War II, and that influence remains in the company today. As an added bonus, many Wal-Marts still sell ammo in common sporting rifle calibers.


Last place goes to Target Stores. I usually prefer Target to Wal-Mart because they attract a higher class of lowlife than does Wal-Mart. I also see more people wearing face masks and more discarded rubber gloves in the parking lot than I do at Wal-Mart. Target is having a lot of problems keeping canned goods and paper products on their shelves, but if you’re looking for a nice STEM toy for you or your kid(s) (one that’s very useful;), they have the Raspberry Pi on the shelf in electronics for $35.

Supermarkets have so far been somewhere in the middle, and randomly hit or miss for things. Canned and paper goods have been universally scarce at all of them, but their logistics seem to be squared away better than Target, but not as well as Wal-Mart. In the end, I’d say each particular source has been representative of the social class it caters to, which is no big surprise. Recent events and observations have also affirmed my mostly misanthropic view of humanity in general, present company excluded.

For what it’s worth, in my day job I work for a business deemed “essential,” but they modified my department’s hours so only half the team is working on a given week. Except for trips to outdoor places like nice wide open state parks where people are far apart, and buying the usual essentials, I’ve been staying home and working on stuff around here. Catching a case of COVID-19 probably wouldn’t kill me, but it would still suck massively and I’d rather not. If I was over 60 I’d be shanghaiing the kids to do the shopping, and find places off the beaten path for my wanderings, where the chances of finding another human would be pretty slim to none. Or I’d just sit in my workshop and screw around with something, much like I’ll be doing this weekend.

Sit in my workshop and screw around with something…

Those of you who are on various social media have undoubtedly seen the ads for Lost Art Press, and particularly their book, The Anarchist’s Tool Chest. I have not yet read any of them, but in surfing their site, I found one bit of wisdom that made me decide to order a few of their heirloom grade books once the tax refund comes in:

Taking up tools and making something that lasts is one of the most subversive things you can do in this disposable society that encourages – nay, requires – rampant consumer spending.


Author: ticom

| March 27th, 2020 | Posted in Connecticut, COVID-19, Preparedness, self-reliance, SIGINT, survivalist |

One Response to “A Connecticut Yankee Talks About COVID-19 – #2”

  1. Communications Monitoring, COMINT, and the COVID-19 Emergency – Cyber-Tek: The Cyberpunk Technical Journal Says:

    […] perhaps even most of them, don’t give a shit about American prepper stuff. So, if you follow Dean Ing’s (and mine for that matter) advice about treating this like a hobby, you’ll be just fine. If you act like certain members of a few prepper-oriented FB groups I […]

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