strop2: I have been doing a lot of reading from the internet and mainly posting on Facebook. Update in Vietnam ref Coronavirus: last Monday was back to school but school was cancelled in Vietnam and also cancelled this coming week.
Feb 9, 2020 23:07:43 GMT 10
strop2: Vietnam sprayed from planes to counter the virus (placebo, confidence more than anything else), schools were entirely wiped down after the spray. Markets are open but not many people around. Had my rice cut, so have another 1,000kg of rice.
Feb 9, 2020 23:10:51 GMT 10
strop2: Some fuel stations ran out of fuel but OK now, one guy was arrested for saying people had the virus when they didn't. No one is sick locally in the Mekong. In between renovating and still need to build a 72sqm garden on part of a cement slab. So above gnd
Feb 9, 2020 23:13:39 GMT 10
strop2: Renos completed: new roofing, roof insulation, 1 x room (3m x 3.2m) and 1 x room (3m x 7.5m), wall dividing the 2, new 60cm x 60cm tiles on the front and side of main house, and all rooms tiled inside main house up 2.4m. The idea is to cool the house.
Feb 9, 2020 23:20:06 GMT 10
strop2: Problem: I must do a Visa Run, where do I go?
Feb 9, 2020 23:22:51 GMT 10
dagyboy: i am from the south east out past Kingaroy way.
Feb 10, 2020 10:35:12 GMT 10
dagyboy: people living in THE CITIES will be ROUNDED UP FIRST unless u have A BUNKER that they wont find of course.
Feb 10, 2020 10:39:03 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all - thanks strop2 and also fei for the close to the ground updates.
Feb 11, 2020 11:41:27 GMT 10
SA Hunter: strop2, welcome to visit here if you like.
Feb 11, 2020 11:43:02 GMT 10
strop2: Vietnam built a new 200 bed hospital in HCMC for Virus sufferers. The Gov't is says do not congregate in large numbers and children still need to be to receive their normal immunisations. Or after this is over old illnesses could take hold.
Feb 12, 2020 12:31:44 GMT 10
strop2: The numbers in Vietnam are still around 20 for the virus but most other gov'ts are hiding numbers due to tourism, and exporting. I expect cover ups to stop shortly and we will see how bad it is.
Feb 12, 2020 12:34:36 GMT 10
strop2: To China - where a scientist said that the coronavirus came from a meteor. The Coronavirus known as SARS came out of China in 2003, surely he could have fact checked his own statement...….
Feb 12, 2020 12:36:40 GMT 10
strop2: I just contacted HCMC - trying to get an exemption not to travel (airports and Planes are a cesspool of germs) and was told that people are now buying out food items at Supermarkets. These are all the nightmares coming true, I go shopping later today....
Feb 12, 2020 12:39:54 GMT 10
strop2: More local news - Vinh Phuc has 9 virus cases, 54 suspected and another 249 being watched and have set up a 300 bed field hospital. Vietnam is always very quick to act in a crisis.
Feb 12, 2020 15:58:02 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Seems to be well contained here in Oz - depends on what report you believe as to the severity of the virus.
Feb 12, 2020 22:22:48 GMT 10
strop2: I saw Australian news today that a diplomatic Peter Dutton ref China and still denying Chinese Students to enter Australia - a great response from Australia to contain the virus even with the number of Chinese visitors who had already entered.
Feb 14, 2020 10:24:14 GMT 10
strop2: China's economy and reputation are taking a huge hit - countries need to be strong. I think we are all wanting to know what the truth is and need everyone to be honest about this virus. All economies are taking a hit, buy local as much as you can.
Feb 14, 2020 10:28:32 GMT 10
strop2: Life goes on, I have harvested my latest rice crop 1,300kg 4 days ago (2,200sqm rice land), have lots of fruit trees at various stages of growth (4,000sqm of x rice land), 6 x boxes of noodles, water treatment filter, extra fuel for generator and 4 geese.
Feb 14, 2020 10:37:29 GMT 10
strop2: I can upgrade security at my Mekong House at anytime but currently Vietnam has had a great response to the virus. As long as people do the right thing and don't bypass the systems in place.
Feb 14, 2020 10:50:04 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all - back from a weekend at the bol. More roofing supports built. Slowly getting there. Drove away feeling like I was finally accomplishing something.
Feb 16, 2020 15:25:47 GMT 10
It constantly amazes me. I live a country at risk of earthquake and the number of people who have taken no precautions amazes me. I was involved in the initial response to both Christchurch earthquakes and was struck by the complete lack of preparedness. Now 8 years later and its exactly the same..... what the fu#k - even having lived through it and the level of preparedness is low.
Have convinced several work colleagues they need to prep to 7-10 days instead of the recommended 3 and that's feels like a major accomplishment. Comes back to the Ant and the Grasshopper fable. Short term disaster and I can easily and willingly support friends and neighbours - but the big one and all bets are off. Hard balance to strike with maintaining community and longevity.
Funny you say that, I recently concluded that we should add an old (carby) suzuki sierra to our collection and I'd teach my partner how to rebuild an engine in the process.
Oh and yeah, more AP70N would be nice except cant get it where I shop.
The Sierra is great, very basic but that's why it's so robust, the engine seems to be one of the last things to break in the car. I have the newer 2011 Jimny, great little thing that eats many large 4wd for breakfast. Terrible car to drive on highway especially when condition is windy or wet (in 2wd mode that is) and no comfort features, I love it. I can get AP70n but no AS30 here. AS30 is my go to powder because it's fast burning so good for low pressure loads for competitions. AP50 does work for me as a allrounder and you can sub it with AS50 if no stock.
A few years back I did 3 months rail construction in the Pilbara and a cyclone was forecast to come into the region. One guy later wrote into the local newspaper complaining that all the bread was sold out two hours prior to landfall. He simply expects all the shop keepers to be there till the cyclone comes in and keep baking bread as if they have nothing better to do.
There are no words to describe the mentality of these guys.
Prepared to most these days is having uber eats and deliver roo on speed dial! Coles and woolies delivering the dunny paper and bath cleaner, the chinese to make there clothes and plastic toys, the ses, police and army cleaning up after shtf and their insurance to cover everything else!
Post by Tim Horton on Feb 10, 2020 15:28:52 GMT 10
So, you live in a "hot" cyclone zone,and no one is prepared at all? Are people really that stupid??? The answer to your question is YES.
Up here it is a blizzard.... Like the one that hit the east coast a short while ago.. They get some sort of down wind of the Great Lakes affect snow storm every year.... The four big things the stupid ones call emergency for are bread, milk, baby formula, diapers...
A new one I heard said.... Duct tape won't fix stupid... But it will make it quiet down...
The farther north you go, the more things that can and will eat you and your horse. Grandpa Gilbert Keep your stick on the ice. Red Green