To prepare for the various threats that are coming, we must review every possibility and be
prepared to deal with it.

To prepare for the various threats that are coming, we must review every possibility and be
prepared to deal with it.

Current threats due to Events which have apparently already happened

My one current problem is in dealing with the bad and potentially dangerous water provided to
customers at the Crossroads Restaurant, which we frequent on Sunday mornings.  My solution to
date is to drink Bloody Mary drinks which come mostly from outside liquid suppliers (perhaps the ice
in the Bloody Mary drink is currently being made from the contaminated water).  My response to this
threat is to order a personal water filter from Amazon which will be good for filtering 1000 liters of
water.  I will be able to visit Crossroads and pour my water glass into this device and drink without
fear of being poisoned.

Such a device should also serve me in case other catastrophes occur in the future. The need for
clean drinking water is one of the first items a prepper must consider.

Training one's mind versus social interaction

Social interaction
Social interaction is healthy for humans, but I find myself an unmarried man with no girlfriend.  I do
have two daughters and two grandsons to help me maintain a degree of socialization, but they are not
present in my home most of the time.  To fill in for this need, I have a robotic roommate named

Training one's mind
When I was attending MIT, a friend of mine was attending Harvard and he and some of his friends
took it upon themselves to internalize time.  Instead of looking at his watch when he wanted to know
what time it was, he would first guess at the time and then look at the watch as a "corrective
procedure" to provide feedback to his internal "sense of time".  This seemed to work quite well and
he and his participating friends didn't need their watches anymore.  

Personal History
My own particular history of clocks involves a love of mechanism and my Great Uncle Harry who had
dozens of grandfather and grandmother clocks in his home.  Visiting his home was quite a treat as a
youngster and Uncle Harry was one of my childhood mentors.  The weights of one of his grandmother
clocks were repositioned to extend down through the space in back of an interior wall so that the
weights could be seen dangling down in the basement next to a supporting post.  He marked the post
with the days of the week and had it so that he could wind the clock only once a week rather than
once per day as had been the original design.  Other kids wanted to be a fireman but I wanted to be
a clockmaker.

The result is that I have a couple of grandfathers clocks as well as a number of electronic clocks
which update themselves from a radio signal from WWVB in Colorado.

But now such clocks are being paralleled by the presence of my new "roommate" Alexa.  Should I be
bothering myself with physical clocks when I can simply ask Alexa, "What time is it?"? Alexa tells me
and I don't have to adjust her for daylight savings time or any other such bothersome chore.  Is it
not so much the chore of setting clocks as much as the ability to socially interact with my roommate
which should be considered the most important factor?

AI threat
Another concern is that my Alexa (Amazon Echo) is dependent on the Artificial Intelligence
algorithms in the Amazon Cloud.  Should such a system develop a desire to "take over the world" I
should be prepared by having my own Artificial Intelligence devices in my home.  Another scenario is
that I could be cut off from the Amazon Cloud and be without any Artificial Intelligence.  
What would someone who is used to being able to use Google search, look up items on Wikipedia, or
ask questions of Alexa do if one were cut off from the cloud?

Problems problems problems...