Your editor is back in school working on finishing his degree, so expect light posting until Winter break.
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As we just mentioned, your editor is working on his degree. What you may not be aware of is the fact that veterans who are residents of the state of Connecticut may be eligible for tuition waivers at state schools. This includes community colleges, state universities, and UConn. Depending on your financial/income situation, you may also qualify for a Pell Grant to cover non-tuition expenses. If you are not a qualifying Veteran, the Pell Grant at present may also be enough to cover your tuition and avoid a student loan. Not only is all this free, it’s also priceless. Education and skill-set training is one of the most important tools you can have to deal with our interesting and uncertain present and future. Your admission into a Connecticut Community College is guaranteed for most programs, as long as you have a high school diploma or GED. For more information visit https://www.ct.edu/ and https://www.ct.edu/admission/veterans.
On the subject of student loans, there is talk of student loan forgiveness in the range of $10K-$50K per person. It is our opinion that this is simply of matter of when rather than if. This will likely apply to FAFSA (Federal) loans, which are low interest and generally not difficult to pay off if one makes smart and educated decisions as to what they use them for. In the author’s case with his day-job profession, a 50% salary increase can be expected by simply going from no degree to a bachelors. Matters become less clear at the graduate level, but the reader is expected to conduct their own research and due diligence. Regardless, with student loan forgiveness on the horizon it should be pretty obvious as to where the reader should be when it happens.
Current members of the National Guard in Connecticut and other states are also eligible for free tuition at state schools. If the reader is within eligible age and can make it though the minor hell that is MEPS, one could possibly get into a nice sedate unglamorous REMF MOS such as 27D or 42A, spend eight years worth of monthly drills and an active duty tour or two in a relatively safe Army job, and go get their college degree complements of the state. For that matter one could also aim for something like 15N or 91L and get paid to get some technical training they can take to the civilian side later.
Lead times and availability for electronic components at the day job can be described right now as long and scarce. A visit to the author’s local Cabela’s showed their ammo stock down from four aisles to one with limited availability in both quantity and caliber. Prices on building materials at the big box suppliers are way up. It’s times like these when knowing how to hack and repurpose stuff is essential. Fortunately, tools (for now) and knowledge are still readily available. Those of us who have been into junk hacking a while already know this.
Say for example all you have access to at the moment in the way of general purpose computing iron is a Timex Sinclair 1000 you found in your grandparents’ closet. A quick search engine query would in short order find you at https://www.timexsinclair.com/, where you would then find detailed documentation at https://www.timexsinclair.com/bibliography/books/. You would learn that the TS/1000 uses a Z80 CPU, and that there is plenty of information on the net about it. Given the amount of information on that site, you could lash up a Z80 system if you happen to find something like an old alarm panel in an abandoned warehouse that uses it. That’s just one example of junk hacking that one could accomplish in the new normal.
After almost twenty years in Afghanistan, the US is finally pulling out of the country. Not surprisingly, the government we placed there fell apart in short order. As a result, we fully expect to see some “terrorist” incidents here in the states that will be used as an excuse to get us back into another forever war. That means the reader and the reader’s family may be at risk depending on whether or not they happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
How does one avoid being a casualty? Start right now by shopping small. Don’t go to the crowded big box corporate places. Spend your hard-earned money at the local businesses or specialty mail-order places run by sole proprietors. Someone going for a mass shooting will probably target a shopping mall or urban Wal-Mart instead of the local hardware or grocery store where most of the patrons are going heeled. If you do have to go to one of the more crowded establishments, be prepared. Emergency first-aid training will help keep a victim alive long enough to make it to an emergency room and survive. A concealed handgun, along with proficiency in its use, could stop an attacker outright or at the very least give it enough pause for someone to escape along with the people they are responsible for. Just make sure the gun is something you don’t mind losing for a year or two because the cops will likely confiscate it afterwards.
When the author is shopping, he takes note of locations containing first-aid supplies and potential weapons: sporting goods, hardware, health and beauty, gardening, housewares, cleaning supplies/chemicals, et al. He also looks for emergency exits, and odd little corners/cubby holes where one can escape or hide in either avoidance or in ambush depending on the circumstances.
It is fortunate that as more people wake up to the state of affairs in this country, they take steps towards self-protection and get themselves heeled. Many states have gone to constitutional carry, or have become shall-issue for CCW permits. Even Connecticut is for all intent and purpose a shall-issue state, and at the author’s last trip to Cabela’s there was still a decent selection of concealable handguns and the ammo for them.
Hopefully we’re wrong about this, and nothing will happen. If we’re not, then at least we hope the reader is able to become a little better prepared after reading this.