30 August 2012

Alaska: Randomosity & Stuff

You may remember mention that Alaska's Governor, Sean Parnell, has been stockpiling food around the State. There are piles o' supplies in Anchorage & Fairbanks, with others planned. The talking heads on local news said we have enough, now, to feed 40,000 people for a week. 

That's a lot, until you compare it to the population. Anchorage is a city of 285,000. If our food supplies are not replenished by ship, twice weekly, the shelves here would be bare in less than 5 days. Suddenly, food for 40,000 isn't very much at all.

There's a news report this morning that the State is requesting proposals to create additional emergency food supply & storage depots. We're a very long way from the States, and as we watch agencies mobilizing for the after-effects of Tropical Storm Isaac in the Gulf states, we know it would be much harder to get supplies here in a timely manner.

It behooves us to be prepared for natural disaster and/or political upheaval which might interrupt our supply line. I applaud Gov. Parnell for his ongoing efforts to make us better-prepared.

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The surging, tempestuous Matanuska River (the one that has been taking cabins for white-water rides) is depositing some of the resulting debris on sandbars; no surprise there.  The interesting thing is that none of the agencies which have been contacted about the house-sized debris seems to care. "It's not our problem" is the most common response, reports the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.

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I'm not terribly surprised - or impressed - by the GOP's platform calling for broader gun rights & "unlimited ammo" (that's what they shoot in movie & TV guns, I think). Planks in political platforms rarely translate into real-world solutions. But what the hey ... go for it.

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It was 42 degrees, yesterday morning. Today it's 55, with heavy clouds and rain moving in. Like Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say, "it just goes to show you, it's always something--if it ain't one thing, it's another."


Matt said...

Very smart governor. I wish we had one here like him

Rev. Paul said...

It can be done, if enough people want it to happen.

Murphy's Law said...

It sounds good at first glance, but what you really have here is the government stockpiling food for those who won't stockpile their own, and forcing those who do already stockpile their own to pay for it.

The grasshoppers must be very happy today because big government has taken steps to ensure their survival in any catastrophe and sent the bill to the ants.

Rev. Paul said...

ML, you're right. I suspect we have a somewhat higher percentage of folks who DO prepare, because of the location. But there will still be those recent left-coast transplants who turn to gummint when/if TEOTWAKI gets close.