Seize, Crimp, Swage

Tools, fittings and hardware from diverse fields used also for sleds and mushing equipment


Working on the identification and explanation of what’s shown:

Upper level, on yellow plastic, left to right: 1. rolls of sled cables made of steel wire cable (7X7?) coated with black plastic, eyes on the ends swaged with aluminum oval swages (2 such swages are sitting on the larger tool to the right) 2. tool for crimping hose clips/clamps, can also be used on rubber shock cord, 4 such clamps in the middle below, 2 that are ready for use, 2 already clamped tight but with nothing inside 3. multiple opening/size swaging tool used and sold for wire cable aircraft and other applications 4. rubber shock cord hanging down onto the plywood with loop/eye on the end clamped tight/swaged using that tool and thin wall oval sleeve sitting next to the loop/eye (thin wall style oval sleeve in view as purchased was cut to make 2 shorter pieces then cut ends cleaned with wire brush and countersink tool to remove burrs to prevent cut and fray the outer braid on shock cord.

Lower level sitting on plywood bench, left to right: 1. tool for closing/crimping wire clips used on rope and rubber shock cords, red handles 2. wire cable with swaged eyes, oval sleeve/swage covered in heat shrink, center section with white plastic sleeve, used as snow hook/anchor hanger between driving bow stanchions 3. wire clips/rings 4. hose clamps 5. another tool for closing/tightening wire clips or pig rings 6. shock cord with loop on end and full size thin wall oval sleeve.

Sources and suppliers found on the Internet under tools, fittings, hardware, marine, boating, aircraft, cable, ultra-light and combinations of these tags.

The aircraft wire cable tool and fittings and oval sleeves shown were first used to make cable ganglines starting in the 1980s . Then for the single stanchion Aerosled design front and back stay cables.


Sleds Aero

Timo Jokela’s design below:

Sleds Timo1



Dissecting Longevity

Dissecting the Big Data

There is a marvelous phenomenon in Bama county, Guangxi province, China, where the ratio of centenarians was the highest in China. According to the Population Census of China in 2010 [17], there were 80 centenarians in the population of 224,637, reaching to a ratio of 35.6 centenarians per 1 × 105persons [18]. The ratio of centenarians in this region far exceeds the world longevity county standard specified by the United Nations (7.5/100,000) [19]. Nevertheless, few researches have been focused on the metabolites and element profiles of elderly people living in Bama longevous region (LR) because of their traditional and conservative lifestyle.

The study was conducted in the Bama district and Xixiangtang district of the Guangxi province, China, during the period from 2013 to 2015. The Xixiangtang district was selected as the non-longevous region (NLR), where the ratio of centenarians was relatively lower [18] (only three centenarians in the population of 1,156,173 [17], a ratio of 0.26 centenarians per 1 × 105 persons), and the climatic environment was similar with the Bama district.

longevity china nutritents

Longevity Region Centenarians / LR Elderly / Non LRE

Longevity china scfa

Table 3 has some “poke your eye out” differences comparing both LR to NLR

longevity china analysis

Table 4 above and Table 5 below show the relative importance of the variables measured. Table 5 is easier to read and identify the variables such as Total SCFA and specific short chain fatty acids Acetic, Propanoic, Valeric, Butyric, and two minerals, Cobalt and Manganese.

longevity china analysis 2

There were significant differences in acetic acid (p = 0.000), total SCFA (p = 0.000), Mn (p = 0.000), Co (p = 0.000), propionic acid (p = 0.000), butyric acid (p = 0.000) and valeric acid (p = 0.000) among the three groups; the concentrations of these differential components in the LRC group were relatively higher. Therefore, the seven significant differential components could serve as the characteristic components closely related to centenarians from the LR.

There was a significant positive correlation between dietary fiber intake and butyric acid contents in feces, and the correlation coefficient was highest (r = 0.896, p < 0.01). The other short chain fatty acids were also positively associated with dietary fiber intake (p < 0.05). In addition, the contents of the SCFAs were also significantly associated with the intake of energy, protein, vitamin A and nicotinic acid (p < 0.05).

(Nutrient Intake Is Associated with Longevity Characterization by Metabolites and Element Profiles of Healthy Centenarians )

*The lead to this article was a study finding a positive correlation between gut valeric acid and lower Parkinsons and Alzheimers incidence.



Flu Vaccine Dystrophy

Flu Vaccine Paradox

Among the common flaws of so-called “Evidence-Based” Medicine:
*Over-reliance on proxies (antibody titers vs. true performance measures of health and illness) and thereby cherry-picking the criteria to give the desired results
*Reductionist/Mechanistic Arrogance leading to confirmation bias and assumptions that unproven is dis-proven, dismissing alternative hypotheses for which there is no currently known etiology/mechanism

It turns out the 2016-2017 influenza vaccine had “no clear effect” in those between the ages of 18 and 49. Ditto for the elderly. In fact, influenza-related hospitalizations among seniors were the highest they’ve been since the 2014-2015 season, which was rated as “severe.”
>A 2009 U.S. study compared health outcomes for children between 6 months and age 18 who do and do not get annual flu shots and found that children who receive influenza vaccinations have a three times higher risk of influenza-related hospitalization, with asthmatic children at greatest risk.32
>With each successive annual flu vaccination, the theoretical protection from the vaccine appears to diminish.28,29 Research published in 2014 concluded that resistance to influenza-related illness in persons over age 9 years in the U.S. was greatest among those who had NOT received a flu shot in the previous five years.30
>Another 2006 study43 showed that, even though seniors vaccinated against influenza had a 44 percent reduced risk of dying during flu season than unvaccinated seniors, those who were vaccinated were also 61 percent less like to die BEFORE the flu season ever started.
This finding has since been attributed to a “healthy user effect,” the idea of which is that older people who get vaccinated against influenza are already healthier and therefore less likely to die anyway, whereas those who do not get the shot have suffered a decline in health in recent months.
>Statin drugs — taken by 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 45 — may undermine your immune system’s ability to respond to the influenza vaccine.33,34 After vaccination, antibody concentrations were 38 percent to 67 percent lower in statin users over the age of 65, compared to non-statin users of the same age.
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The article mentions immune senescence as one possible cause of vaccine ineffectiveness. >A vital immune system is composed of a healthy balance of naive T-cells that attack new invaders and memory T-cells that attack previously known invaders. However, after a naive T-cell attacks a new threat, it becomes a memory T-cell, which will only go after a threat that it remembers.2,3 The result is that the delicate immune balance tips and we have a surplus of memory T-cells and a deficit of naive T-cells. With this imbalance, our body is less able to defend itself against new invasions. This produces a less-vigilant immune system — or immune senescence.4,5 This oral formula of Cistanche tubulosa extract and Reishi mushroom offers tri-mechanism immune support. Cistanche plant extract stimulates the development of naive T-cells for defending against new invaders. Reishi mushroom boosts the function of the innate immune cells, the immune system’s first line defenders. Pu-erh tea is rich in polyphenols and other bioactive compounds to promote bone marrow health, which in turn supports healthy cellular immune function. Taken together, these natural extracts provide a robust, youthful immune response. (

I fixed the link on the blog to the source Mercola site but not yet fixed the reference links to the original research. Regarding conflicting or dueling data, it’s more evidence of cherry-picking proxies. What are the controls, what is the population studied and who is it most relevant to/for, what are the endpoints? I notice a discrepancy in some studies using antibody levels, others confirmed cases of influenza, others influenza cases requiring hospitalization. Who should you trust? No one, but use your own best judgement. I remember getting really really sick from the damn swine flu shot long ago. I remember the results of parainfluenza intranasal kennel cough vaccination in dogs vs. adding psyllium husk to their food, the later being the clear winner. I remember generally most years taking the flu shot I was sick once or twice anyway and some years with no shot I was not sick at all and never as seriously ill as the years when I took the vaccine. What seems most convincing, compelling and actionable to me is the information about immune senescence.

Tobacco Kills!

…Fungus gnats, aphids and other garden pests. Especially seems to be a valuable companion plant for indoor gardening where the absence of UV light and larger predatory insects (like ladybugs) allows some of them to proliferate unchecked.

Woodland Tobacco, Nicotiana sylvestris, an ancestral hardy species, is the best of the Nicotiana genus in my opinion. The sticky resinous leaves attract the pests where they remain to die. Are they immobilized first or absorb some nicotine and other Tobacco pathogens or succumb to a combination of effects? For an indoor gardener it does not matter.


The seeds are small and slow to reach working size. The one tiny plant in the foreground and the two behind are Woodland tobacco. There are already 14 dead fungus gnats on the larger plants.


This tobacco in a quart pot is doing its companion job well. Potted tobaccos can be moved around easily to be positioned beside any plant where aphids or fungus gnats appear. In the top left corner is a leaf from Japanese mugwort, Yomogi. So far no pest insects there but to the right and nearby are French tarragon that seem to be more susceptible.

I have grown a half dozen other Tobacco species. The next two in order of companion plant potentcy are N rustica, “Hopi” Tobacco in some seed catalogs, and N alata, “Jasmine” Tobacco. Hopi Tobacco has large seeds and grows to size faster but also bolts quickly to flower but the flowers don’t amount to much. N alata is slow to bolt, like the Woodland Tobacco, and also like the Woodland species when it does flower has beautiful persistent long trumpet shaped blossoms. Both emit a jasmine fragrance from dusk to dawn.

For a faster start rather than planting only Woodland Tobacco to catch up during the indoor season, an indoor gardener might plant Hopi Tobacco and Woodland Tobacco seeds as early as reasonable before moving or starting other plants indoors. sells seeds of Woodland Tobacco and Hopi Tobacco.

More info about historic and counter-conventional medicinal uses of Tobacco:




The Goldenseal of Approval


“Feets good!” Richard Beck called out to Vi as our two teams passed her stationary beside the snowmobile along the 50 mile trail of the Yellowknife Canadian Championship Dog Derby.

Bronson Beck

Richard Beck used glycerin to protect his dogs’ feet.

At the time of the ’74 Iditarod Preparation H and a copper solution Kopertox were among the treatments to protect and heal sled dog foot problems.

Chilean veterinarian Marcelo Riquelme recommended a commercial product Plastibase derived from a medicinal herb, gotu kola, Centella Asiatica, for skin repair, healing cuts and wounds.

I covered most of the “prior art” here:

Since that article I found two other herbal remedies to recommend, Aloe vera (or other aloes such as more cold-hardy and possibly more potent Aloe arborescens which can be grown as easily as Aloe vera), and Goldenseal, Hydrastis Canadensis. Both can be used as powder or in water.

One of my dogs had an ulcer on the top of the wrist that would not respond to any of the medications I tried over many months. Licking the sore probably contributed to the problem. Finally a Goldenseal root water extract that I made had immediate results. It promotes healing and deters licking because Goldenseal is extremely bitter.

I have used Goldenseal on many other cuts and sores since then. This is the most extreme example:


The photo shows the ulcer already much improved! Because when I first noticed, it looked so bad I was sickened myself to look at it. I thought the bare hip bone was exposed in the area that shows as a deeper and darker scab. So I began to spray the Goldenseal on twice a day.



The sequence covers about one month.



FWIW, an article about informed consent for common veterinary medications and procedures. Could also be relevant to vaccinations required for participation in sled dog races.

Posted from another source, identification removed.
>Whether or not you have a nice vet who you can trust, a vet actually wrote the following in a veterinary publication. It was in relation to microchipping, but it applies to everything a vet does:
“A fiduciary must not misleadingly impart only half truths. A statement that does not present the whole truth may be regarded as misrepresentation (Tate v Williamson [1886] LR 2 Ch App 55).”
So the point, and the only point, I have sought to make about vets in posts today, is that the profession must tell us the truth and allow us to make informed decisions.
They should not mislead us by telling us that we need to vaccinate every year.
They should never vaccinate without advising us that there could be an adverse reaction.
They should really have the knowledge if they want to advise us, which means they must also tell us that vaccines can cause allergies, autoimmune diseases, brain damage, cancer, leukaemia, arthritis, epilepsy, skin problems, and many other serious conditions. And they can also kill our dogs.
When they tell us that we MUST vaccinate every year against leptospirosis, they should also tell us that the Lepto4 vaccine from MSD is under surveillance by the European Medicines Agency, and that it has killed 120+ dogs in the UK, and caused over 2,000 adverse reactions, many of them very serious debilitating reactions.
They should also tell us that the lepto vaccine raises IgE antibodies for five years, which means it puts our dogs into an allergic state.
They should tell us that lepto is a rare disease in the UK; that it’s mostly associated with hotter, wetter, climates. They should also let us know that there are only 2 or 4 lepto serovars (versions) in the vaccine, but some 200 out there in the field.
When they advise us to give the kennel cough vaccine, they should be able to tell us that the WSAVA calls kennel cough an unvaccinatable disease. They should also tell us that the kennel cough vaccine causes kennel cough – it’s in the datasheets for all to see … but they don’t give us the datasheets, do they?
Vets should also know that the aerosol kennel cough vaccine is on record for causing a whooping-cough-like illness in humans, and that immunocompromised humans must avoid dogs who have had this vaccine for as many as seven weeks.
What they shouldn’t be doing is taking part in MSD’s annual sales jolly – National Vaccination Month, also known as Vaccine Amnesty. This fraudulent marketing campaign tells us that dogs have ‘lapsed’ if they haven’t been vaccinated in the last 18 months (not true), and they should absolutely not give a full puppy series because it’s dangerous.
Similarly, if they want to prescribe antibiotics, they need to inform pet owners that antibiotics can give rise to serious health conditions associated with gut dysbiosis, and they should know how to diagnose and fix gut dysbiosis (which they appear not to be able to do).
And if they want to prescribe harsh chemicals to deal with parasites, they need to be aware, and share with you, the fact that these chemicals can and do kill dogs, too.
This is because they are ‘fiduciaries’, which means they are ‘experts’ who we pay because we believe they know more than us, and that it’s safe to follow their advice.