30 Days of Survival – Day 14 – MRE’s Buy or Make Some

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Meals Ready to Eat or MRE’s are field rations for our military. They are also what FEMA will drop off to civilians during a disaster to feed them.

They are high in protein and store for a relatively long time, but not as long as freeze dried food. I have some dated 1984. I would hesitate to eat an entree from them but the crackers, peanut butter (hard as a rock) drink mixes, desserts and snacks are all still good. The cheese has turned to green baby poop…ICK! But all in all it would still save my life if I was starving. I had a case and now am down to three left.

There are a wide variety of MRE’s and MRE type meals available from dealers. You can check out ebay.com for good deals. But be careful of dates since this is where I got my case of old MRE’s. My mistake can be your lesson.

Several companies have started manufacturing civilian MRE’s  you should shop around, and be aware of what is actually in them. Try to go for the most calories for the buck.

You can make your own if you have the desire. Any shelf stable prepackaged food can be assembled into a ziplock bag and stored away. Be sure to write a date on the bag and rotate them out every year or two.

When choosing foods to put in try to keep with the high protein of the military MRE. This is calorie dense and higher protein means you will be relieving yourself less often.

Start with a canned meat like Spam, canned ham, tuna or sardines. Then add some cheese or peanut butter crackers, some mixed nuts or trail mix or dried fruit. You can also look for a sale on prepared meals or closeout items from diet plans…as long as they are shelf stable they can go in your meal.

I like to add an energy bar to the mix..my personal favorite is a Power Bar…not necessarily the taste but they give me good long lasting energy…from a taste standpoint you can beat a Cliff bar. Toss in anything else shelf stable that you will eat and get energy from.

Accessory packs  have gum, matches, toilet paper, salt, instant coffee sugar and creamer. Round up the ones you want in your MRE’s and put them in.

Shoot for 2000+ calories in these meals and each one can last you a whole day.

MRE’s can be a real stop gap food source to get you through a tough time.

Still clinging to my God and my guns,

Randy

The Pitfalls of Compartmentalizing

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compartmentalized-life-410-200As many of you know, I come from a security / investigative background. When I research I conduct it like one would conduct an investigation.
I am one who constantly digs for the truth.
Recently in my investigations of doctrinal ideas, the Christian walk, etc, I have discovered that somewhere along the line we stopped looking at things as a whole, and started to compartmentalize.
Some of you may be asking, what is so wrong with this?
In today’s hectic fast paced world, compartmentalizing one’s life helps one deal with so much that is thrown at them. Many of us have learned to live this way for the sake of self-preservation in this crazy world.
The problem is that living a compartmental life is a pitfall.
What is Compartmentalization?
We all know what a compartment is.
It is commonly defined as a space in which that space is then subdivided.
Looking at it another way is to think of your home as a floor plan.
Look at your bedroom. It is a compartment, where you sleep, the kitchen, another compartment, is where you cook and eat, the bathroom is another compartment where you bath and go to the bathroom.
Due to our fast paced world, we humans have a tendency to compartmentalize things in our life so that we can control them better, deal with the stress and other issues that come with what the world doles out.
In doing this we provide a way that seems “reasonable” to us so that we can then interact with the world.
When we are at our job, we act one way. When we are with friends, we act another way. With family we act another way, etc, etc.
In many cases we have learned to adapt to our environment and then assert certain values, attitudes, beliefs, and language depending upon which compartment we may be in at that time.
And that is the pitfall.
Be Ye Holy
Scripture says…
1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
See maintaining one compartment of our life as “holy” does not render our whole life as holy.
If one compartment of our life is “unholy” then the whole of our life is unholy before God.
Wow Ray, that is hard.
Yes it is. It is something that I believe that all of us deal with, myself included.
The more we compartmentalize the more we lie to ourselves thinking we are doing a great job.
That is the pitfall of compartmentalizing one’s life.
Compartmentalizing creates hypocrisy because in one compartment we live a holy life, yet in another compartment we may live like hell.
When we compartmentalize we are able to rationalize and justify our actions. That is because we are not living at that moment in the “holy” compartment.
Instead we are living in the “who cares, live like hell” compartment.
Here is a great example of a compartmental life that I think you can relate with.
It is Sunday morning before church. If you have kids you know exactly where I am going. The morning is hectic, the kids are raising cain, you can’t find your tie, your wife is trying to get dressed, made up, hair done. Kids are fighting over the prize in the cereal box and all this time you need to head out the door.
You get out the door and kids are fighting in the car. You scream at them to shut up, daughter starts crying because you yelled. Wife yells at you because you lost it and by this time you are approaching the church parking lot.
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As soon as you pull in, you shift into your “going to church” compartment. You calm down, life is good, push back the frustration, etc etc.
If does not matter that WWIII was taking place in your home 30 minutes earlier. You are now in another compartment and life is good.
This is just an example of the hypocrisy of trying to live a compartmentalized life. One moment you are a complete jerk, another you are that “man of God” that everyone loves.
Add to this the “get drunk on Friday night” compartment, “join the guys from work and go to Hooters” compartment, “swearing like a sailor” compartment, and the list goes on.
Do you see how easy it is to fall into hypocrisy?
Here is the kicker.
I think it is safe to say that when we are completely honest with ourselves, all of us can admit that we live a compartmentalized life in one form or another.
NOW….If we are living like this, compartmentalizing sin and our Christian walk, what does it make us?
Hypocrites.
But that is not all and this is why compartmentalizing our lives is a pitfall.
Because we have compartmentalized so much, we have made God’s compartment smaller and smaller.
In fact we get His compartment so small that after a while we start asking God “why He isn’t in our lives anymore?”
We start questioning Him, and doubting him, etc.
What we forget is that God never left us. We have made His compartment so small that we no longer have any fellowship with Him.
Out of this lack of fellowship with God rises no longer needing God in our lives. We start standing on our own, and “doing it my way.”
Pride moves in, the heart become more and more hardened and we continue to compartmentalize God right out of the picture.
By this time we get to this point we are fully backslidden and wallowing in the muck and mire of the world.
Getting Back to God
bound to the worldYou have been living a compartmental life now for a while. Life is not good. There is that special place in your heart that has a void.
Then it happens.
It is about 3:00 AM in the morning when the world is quiet and we wake to a still small voice.
It is the Holy Spirit talking to us.
We can do one of two things. Ignore it, which is another form of compartmentalizing.
Or we can pay attention to His still, small, convicting voice and start digging through all those compartments trying to come into fellowship with Him once again.
You are wide awake and it becomes a moment in your life where you start asking yourself…
“Why did you do this, why did you leave God?”
You then talk to God…
“God, why did I compartmentalize you out of my life? Please forgive me and please let’s have fellowship once again.”
If We Confess Our Sins
It is at that moment that we realize that we have compartmentalized Him out of our lives. It is also at that time when we realize that we need to confess our sins to Him and re-establish that fellowship.
I love 1 John 1, in verses 6- 9 it deals with the pitfalls of compartmentalizing as well as gives us the solution.
Please note my comments in the brackets.
1John 1:6-9 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: — (This is us compartmentalizing, justifying, rationalizing, etc )
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. — (This is how we are to live )
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. — (This is the result of us compartmentalizing, justifying, rationalizing, etc )
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. — (This is the solution to compartmentalizing)
Once we have been forgiven of our sin and cleansed from all unrighteousness, the compartmentalization that we have been putting ourselves through seem to disappear.
That is till we start compartmentalizing again.
How To Not Go Down The Compartmentalizing Path
1 John 1:6-9 gives us a good idea, but there is more that we need to do. Otherwise what happens is that we start living a roller coaster life of sinning like hell, then repenting, then sinning, and then repenting.
Living a miserable life like that is not what the Lord had in store for us.
To stop living this sort of depressing un-victorious life we need to do one thing.
That is to fully submit to God.
We need to submit to Him, His ways and His Word. But we do not like this, we like to rebel.
When we compartmentalize, we start thinking on our own, start standing on our own, start doing things on our own. There is no submission.
We compartmentalize so that we can deal with sin that we want to live in, and the guilt and stress of living in it.
Yes there are things that we do not want to do. We do things like yelling at the spouse and kids, looking at things you should not be looking at, doing things you should not be doing is all the outcome of compartmentalizing.
The answer is to fully submit to Him and live our lives like an open book before Him and others. It is God, not us, that starts to guide us and direct us. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
What is wonderful is that He takes care of those things that we had to compartmentalize.
Just so you know, we compartmentalized so that we are able to deal with the world as well as the stress and guilt that comes along with that.
Now I am not talking about living a life where you are tempting God. For example not showing up to work and thinking God will magically have all the bills paid and food on the table. We need to live in accordance to His Word.
Depending on Him fully is not living a life looking through rose colored glasses or having your head in the sand.
When we submit to Him fully, we open those doors of fellowship and we come just as we are. The stress and guilt are gone.
man sad bedHow Do We Fellowship?
We need to spend time talking to God. I know that during my day I talk to God often. It is kind of like when I am talking to Tracye. I just talk to Him and let Him know what is going on or I ask for His favor.
For example these past few weeks have been time consuming and I have not been able to write an article. This morning I asked God to help with this and give me an article that would help people. You are reading that answer to prayer right now.
Prayer works.
We need more time in His Word. If you really want to hear the voice of God, read His Word. When you read the bible, you are literally letting the voice of God into your mind.
I am reminded of Romans 21:2
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
How we are transformed into a person who submits to Him is by the renewing of our mind. We do that by reading His Word so that His Word is in our mind.
The Holy Spirit authored the Scriptures to be read and understood. He delights in making himself known to us through his Word.
Scripture says…
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Right there is a great promise. That the Holy Spirit will teach us but more than that, He will help us to remember those things that we have read in His Word when the time comes where it is needed.
Have you ever been talking to someone about the Lord and you are able to quote a verse out of the blue and not know where it came from?
That is because at some point you read that in His Word and it became a part of you. The Holy Spirit brought it back to you at that time and place.
Now, if you have not been reading much of your bible, you don’t have much to lean on for the Holy Spirit to help you remember.
This is why reading your bible is vitally important.
We need more time with other bible believing Christians.
Scripture says…
Hebrews 10:25a Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…
We need fellowship with others because if we do not have this, we stagnate. Like a pond that is sitting with no fresh water coming in, it will soon stagnate and become poisonous.
Our Christian walk will do the same if we do not fellowship with others. When we stagnate, we compartmentalize. Then we start that process of justifying, rationalizing, etc etc all over again and God is compartmentalized right out of our lives again.
We need to stop compartmentalizing things in our lives. We need to learn to submit to Him fully. He has our best interest in mind.
We see what happens when we take control, we fail miserably.
Compartmentalizing is a pitfall that sometimes take a long time to come back from.
Submit to Him today and discover His still small voice again.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
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By RayGano

About the Author:

Ray & Tracye Gano are the Executive Directors of the web ministries Prophezine and Survival 4 Christians.They serve people world wide with a weekly newsletters, daily news updates, community based website, Internet radio shows and You Tube broadcasts. Ray recently released his book “Survive The Coming Storm – The Value of a Preparedness Lifestyle” which has been moving up on the book charts.

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30 Days of Survival – Day 13 – Get Serious about Self Defense

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For day 13 of 30 days of survival I want you to review any self defense training you have had.

Have you had any? Read any books on self defense? Gone to a seminar? Learned anything? Or are you just planning on winging it if you are confronted in the parking lot after work some evening, or shopping with your kids, or out for a jog.

Personal defense is a very important basic to learn.

Most towns of any size will have a martial arts studio. While you are checking them out make sure they are more interested in teaching than with getting you to sign up for something. Don’t go with the money grubbers.

While you are at it see what they can teach your kids.

If not martial arts check with your local sheriff or police department to see if they have any classes for self defense available.

If you can’t get to classes see what you can find on youtube…I know, I know there are all kinds of experts espousing all sorts of drivel…no one ever said it would be easy…watch more than one video…find something you are interested in then search for that technique and watch it from multiple teachers….and PRACTICE!!

Not just any practice but correct practice…don’t try to learn new things full speed…go slow…let your body learn what it is supposed to do. Go slow enough so you make no mistakes.

Then learn about situational awareness…situational awareness is paying attention to what is going on around you…many situations where you might need to defend yourself can be avoided altogether if you are aware of what is going on, and see potential threats at a distance, while they are still avoidable.

So get  in a class and learn something…And most of all PAY ATTENTION to what is going on around you at all times.

You owe it to yourself and especially your family to be able to take care of yourself and them if the need should arise.

Still clinging to my God and my guns,

Randy

California Dreams is on Kindle

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Alright everyone, you can now buy  copy of California Dreams on Kindle for .99 (sorry, I had to take it down from the website in order to take part in the Kindle Select program.).

California Dreams tells the story a veteran named Mike during a life threatening encounter in the national forest of California.  As he fights for survival a timely visit from a friend could be the only thing  that saves him.

This is a short story (~25 pages).

You can find it at http://amzn.to/13TT1Zm or click the image below.

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I was inspired to write this story over Memorial Day weekend 2013. That
day is a solemn day of remembrance not a “Happy Memorial” day that
several celebrities and figure heads liked to proclaim this year.

To help pay respect to those who are serving or have served the United States the
author will be donating *ALL* royalties from this story to Operation
Homefront.

30 Days of Survival – Day 8 – Buy a Book on Prepping

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30 Days of Survival – Day 8 – Buy a book on prepping
Being the bibliophile I am, I own a lot of books. I am a firm believer of having information you might need at hand if possible. Do a little shopping and get a book on prepping that you can refer to again and again.
So prepping books teach skills or are good reads just for learning one or two things. I think you should have plenty of both kinds, but if you have none now, get an all around prepping book.
Here are some that I own(just a small sampling), with a little commentary of my own after each.
Cool book giving you lots of ideas for dumpster diving

The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It – by John Seymour 
Very good book on homesteading and being self sufficient                                                                  

 Life after Doomsday – by Bruce D. Clayton 
Detailed book on dealing with the after effects of nuclear war…excellent all around prepping book

Foxfire series – by George P. Reynolds, Eliot Wigginton and Foxfire Fund 
Lots of first hand interviews of people who have been living self sufficient lifestyles for generations

The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old Fashion Recipe Book – by  Carla Emery   

This is the very first prepping type book I ever bought. It has been through many editions even at least two since Carla died…We were one of her “testers” for one of her editions
The Survival Retreat by Ragnar Benson
Very good background info but not a lot of detailed instruction
Back to Basics by Readers Digest
Lots of basic prepping info
You Can Farm by Joel Salatin
Not a prepper book but has lots of info to get you thinking on how to be self sufficient
One Acre and Security by Bradford Angier
Details for living on an acre and feeding yourself
Living Well on Practically Nothing by Edward Romney
Good book and saving, making do and living on a lot less
Backwoods Home Magazine Anthologies by Backwoods Home Magazine
Years of articles on every aspect of prepping
Best of Backwoodsman by Backwoodsman Magazine
Several volumes out now. Another magazine that covers just about every aspect of prepping. This is my personal favorite magazine…If you are throwing any away I will take them!!!
Practical Skills by Gene Logsdon
Covers most basic homesteading skills
Small Scale Grain Raising by Gene Logsdon
Give detailed info for raising most small grains
The New Organic Grower by Eliot Coleman
How to grow most anything, anywhere, without chemical inputs
The Have More Plan By Ed and Carolyn Robinson
This is the book that launched the modern homesteading/prepper movement
Making the Best of Basics by James Talmage Stevens
The charts alone make this book worth buying…this would be a good one to especially if you are just starting out
Do your best to find something that speaks to you and study it well. Do a search on Amazon.com and read the reviews…you will find something.
Still clinging to my God and my guns,
Randy

It Just Keeps Getting Worse

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This past week people need to mark on their calendar as a week to remember.Why?
Our loss of privacy was basically flushed down the toilet all in the name of safety and security.
What is alarming is the rate that it has taken place.
This morning I woke up and read the following on Drudge Report…

U.S. Is Secretly Collecting Records of Verizon Calls
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is secretly carrying out a domestic surveillance program under which it is collecting business communications records involving Americans under a hotly debated section of the Patriot Act, according to a highly classified court order disclosed on Wednesday night.
The order, signed by Judge Roger Vinson of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in April, directs a Verizon Communications subsidiary, Verizon Business Network Services, to turn over “on an ongoing daily basis” to the National Security Agency all call logs “between the United States and abroad” or “wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls.”

That is not all, come to find out that this collecting of phone calls and such is targeting Americans and not Foreigners.

NSA’s Verizon Spying Order Specifically Targeted Americans, Not Foreigners
The National Security Agency has long justified its spying powers by arguing that its charter allows surveillance on those outside of the United States, while avoiding intrusions into the private communications of American citizens. But the latest revelation of the extent of the NSA’s surveillance shows that it has focused specifically on Americans, to the degree that its data collection has in at least one major spying incident explicitly excluded those outside the United States.
In a top secret order obtained by the Guardian newspaper and published Wednesday evening, the FBI on the NSA’s behalf demanded that Verizon turn over all metadata for phone records originating in the United States for the three months beginning in late April and ending on the 19th of July. That metadata includes all so-called “non-content” data for millions of American customers’ phone calls, such as the subscriber data, recipients, locations, times and durations of every call made during that period.
Aside from the sheer scope of that surveillance order, reminiscent of the warrantless wiretapping scandal under the Bush administration, the other shocking aspect of the order its target: The order specifically states that only data regarding calls originating in America are to be handed over, not those between foreigners.

This is not all that has taken place this past week. There was a critical case that the Supreme Court heard and ruled on that effected the 4th amendment, the unwelcome search and seizure.

Supreme Court OKs Taking DNA From Arrestees
Deciding its biggest genetic privacy case of the term, a fractured Supreme Court said today that the states may take DNA samples from anybody arrested for serious crimes.
Privacy groups and law enforcement officials were closely watching the case because at least 27 states and the federal government have regulations requiring suspects to give a DNA sample upon some type of arrest, regardless of conviction. In all the states with such laws, the DNA records are cataloged in state and federal crime-fighting databases.
In a 5-4 decision, (.pdf) the justices reversed a 2012 ruling from Maryland’s top court, which had said that it was a breach of the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure to take, without warrants, DNA samples from suspects who have been arrested for crimes ranging from attempted burglary to murder. In the end, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that swabbing the inside of a suspect’s cheek to acquire a DNA sample was “an advanced technique superior” to fingerprinting, mugshots and even tattoo matching.
   “A DNA profile is useful to the police because it gives them a form of identification to search the records already in their valid possession. In this respect the use of DNA for identification is no different than matching an arrestee’s face to a wanted poster of a previously unidenti­fied suspect; or matching tattoos to known gang symbols to reveal a criminal affiliation; or matching the arrestee’s fingerprints to those recovered from a crime scene. DNA is another metric of identifica­tion used to connect the arrestee with his or her public persona, as reflected in records of his or her actions that are available to the police.”

Folks, this means that all an officer has to do is take your ID, which is the first stage of being under arrest / detained, once in that mode, the officer can ask for a DNA sample.
I know that there are some law enforcement officers out there that will disagree. Thing is that the slippery slope has been stepped upon and now there is no going back.
Imagine being stopped on the street by Homeland Security, asked for your ID (papers) and then they whip out a little device and ask to “prove” your identity with a DNA sample. If you do not have one on record, the device will record it and add it to the database.
These two events have changed our privacy rights in a major way.
The powers that be will now know everything you say electronically. Yes, this was for phone records, but it is just another jump to include all electronic devises and forms of communication. What we forget is that the powers that be have been listening in for years now, they just came out of the closet about it.
Finally, it was reviewed the IRS was being used against the American people in a nefarious way and a serious abuse of power. What we are finding out is that the IRS was specifically targeting conservative patriotic Christian Americans as well as conservative Jewish groups.
If you did not vote for the current administration or your group was speaking out against the current administration, your group was targeted for audit, fines, even revoking non-profit status.
What people may not understand is that when a group’s non-profit status is revoked, ALL TAXES since the conception of the non-profit group are then due, and with interest as well.
So you want to wipe out a non-profit group? Yank their non-profit status and let them be responsible for all the back taxes. Can’t pay? Those in charge go to jail.
So we can clearly see that Conservative Christians and Jews need to be concerned.
What? Me, Worry?
Now I know that some of you reading this think that I have my tin foil hat on a little too tight..
Some of you may be saying” Oh it isn’t that bad. They will not target us.”
Yea? Think again.
I got the following from my friend Bill Wilson…

Because You Need To Know
bill-wilson-2012It is Wednesday afternoon as I write this. I wanted to keep it fresh in my mind. My wife, son, his girlfriend and I were pulling up to our house after having a nice lunch together. I noticed a dark BMW pulling up behind us, waiting for us to walk across the street and I motioned him on. A Middle Eastern looking man dressed in a casual shirt and jeans came into my driveway and asked if I was William Wilson. He identified himself as Amir with the FBI and wanted to know if he could ask me a few questions. He said that someone under the “See something, say something” program reported me as a suspicious person perhaps involved with terrorism. He asked if I was driving a red Camry in April taking pictures of an oil refinery in Delaware.
He opened my “file” while explaining that this is not his case, but someone else’s. Then he corrected himself saying that it was not really a “case.” He said that he was undercover and because he lived in Montgomery County, he offered to do the interview with me instead of having the other agent drive out from Baltimore. I could see the file. It had my picture, and other information that I couldn’t quite make out. He explained that someone had reported me taking pictures of a Delaware oil refinery from a red Camry in April. He asked me several ways if I had a Camry, was in Delaware in April, and other questions about it. I do not have a Camry, nor was I ever in Delaware taking pictures of an oil refinery.
He questioned me: Is there anyone who you have “pissed off” lately? Is there anyone who would have a reason to turn me in to the FBI. What might I have done to cause this? Do I hate anybody or [implied] any group of people? Am I against the government? I told him I am a patriot. I told him that I have written a column for over 11 years and I am critical of Islamic terrorism, and some things like the FBI shooting the boy in Orlando. He asked if I ever get threatened. I told him from time to time I do, but if it gets serious I tell them I am uncomfortable and will turn them into authorities if it continues. He assured me that he believed there was nothing to this complaint and his report would reflect such.
He suggested that I take precautions such as making sure my address was not on my website. He also knew what cars I owned and drove. I will say that it was a very non-threatening type of interview although it is creepy and I wonder what is next. You need to know because I believe there is safety in numbers and the more who know, the safer we are. Notwithstanding, I am calling on the Lord and praying Ephesians 6:17-19, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.” Please pray for our protection.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson


Around March of 2012 Tracye and I were sitting in the back yard watching the sun go down. We were talking about the things that are taking place and the concerns we had,

I asked Tracye “What is it that you’re most concerned about?”
She said “Them showing up at our front gate and taking us away.”
Folks, a lump formed in the pit of my stomach that I will never forget. Husbands, how would you feel if your loving wife said that to you in all seriousness and earnest?
It would break your heart.
July 3rd 2013 Tracye and I were returning from running errands. It was about 4:00 in the afternoon and we were coming up on a crest of a hill, once over the hill we can see our house off in the distance.
When I drove over the crest I just happen to look to my left at which time I slammed on the brakes.
Tracye startled said, ”What’s wrong?”
I said “Do I see what I think I am seeing?”
Tracye looked and said “What is that?”
I said “Tracye, I think that is a drone.”
She kind of gasped and looked again. She then agreed with me.
We sat there for about 10 seconds watching it fly by.

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If you would do a reverse flight path, it flew right over our property.
When we lived in Texas, we lived within the vicinity of three drone airports. The closest was located in San Marcos Texas, about 10 miles away.
Folks, I have “heard” of people being pulled and questioned like what happened to Bill.
But Bill is the first person that I actually know that this sort of thing has happened too.
I have been warning about these sort of things taking place for a while now.
I have also tried to show historical correlation between what took place during the onset of Nazi Germany and what is taking place in our own nation today.
Daily I am blown away at what is taking place in the country I served, and yet I do not recognize her at all or what she has become.
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 By Ray Gano

30 Days of Survival – Day 12 – Learn about Bees

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Bees?

Yes bees.

Like worms, bees are very handy for a prepper to have some knowledge of. No matter where you live you can have bees if you are resourceful.

Even downtown big city apartment dwellers can have bees. You just need to find a building owner who will let you put some hives on the roof.

Before you tune me out completely notice the title “learn about bees”. I realize bees are not for everyone, but everyone can get to know a bee keeper. And that is your task for day 12.

There are bee keeping clubs everywhere. If you can’t find one just call your county extension agent and they should be able to put you in contact with a local bee keeper.

Go to some club meetings, take a seminar (most clubs put one on every year), and find a keeper who will take you with them once in a while (even if you stand 50 yards away while they work the hives). Work your way into it slowly if you are interested.

So why bees?

Bees are pollinators, they will improve your garden. They also produce this wonderful thing called honey. Honey is and will be a wonderful barter item if there is ever a SHTF situation. There is also the wonderful bees wax that will be good for all sorts of things from candles to herbal salves.

Take some time and learn about these little insects, you won’t bee sorry.

Still clinging to my God and my guns,

Randy

Gift ideas for your prepper dad

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So what to get your prepper / survivalist dad….Hmmm…

What a hard question…

Here are some gift ideas for dad that you can get him anytime, not just fathers day.

-Kindle Fire
Oh how dad will enjoy downloading the latest survival manuals on his new Kindle fire. Amazon.com often gives away free downloads. Trust me dad will love watching Red Dawn on his Kindle as he shouts “WOVERINES”!

– Apple ipod touch 4g or newer
If your dad is into more than just reading. The ipod touch will let him take pictures and video to upload to his survival youtube channel. Costs a little more than a Kindle but it does a little more also. If you have lots of money go all out and get him an Apple ipad. (what a great kid you are)

-A gift card to Cabelas.com
 Come on, what dad couldn’t use a little dough to spend at everyone’s favorite online hunting store?
If he isn’t a Cabela’s kind of guy try the sportsman’s guide. They have something for everyone.

– A box of ammo
Get dad some cool ammo for his favorite gun. Make it something good like Hornady Zombie Max, your dad will thank you all the way through the zombie apocalypse.

– A Katadyn water filter
Dad can always use a good drink. Katadyn makes a plethora of different filters, you should be able to find one he likes.

– A Buck Knife
Come on who can’t use a good Buck knife? If not a Buck how about  one from DeadwoodKnives.com?

– A case of MRE’s
All I can say is YUMMY!

– Night Vision
Help your dad to see better while he is out training, at night, in other people’s back yards.

– A good book
Get him some real info on prepping/survival. Something intense like Ditch Medicine.

Think outside the box when it comes to buying gifts for dad. Look at some prepper blogs to see what kind of products they are reviewing. Then pick something your dad can use, and he will be forever greatful.

Still clinging to my God and my guns,

Randy

Friday Night Light 6/14/13

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God Delivers His People

Exodus 3:9-11
9)Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10) Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11) But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”

We have heard the story many times, the Israelites were in bondage in Egypt, God called Moses at the burning bush to go and deliver them, but Moses wanted nothing to do with it and offered excuses.

How many times has God called each of us to do something that we were afraid to do? We must remember when we are born again we have the power of Christ in us.Our tiny excuses are nothing compared to the power available to us through Him.

If we will answer the call God can do mighty works through us. When Moses said “Who am I” God said “I am”…When God calls you, He will equip you for the work at hand.

Still clinging to my God and my guns,

Randy

The Darkness After and Prepper’s Workbook Updates

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My lack of updates regarding the release of my next two books: The Darkness After and The Prepper’s Workbook has been due to the fact that firm release dates have not been set and I’ve been waiting on the final word from my publisher.

Some changes have been made to the format of The Prepper’s Workbook and it will hopefully still be ready for release in September after a final reorganization of the material.  The improved format of this book that my coauthor and I have been working on will make it a much more useful addition to any prepper’s library and hopefully it will be worth the wait for those of you who have already preordered.

The Darkness After was completed early in May and all final revisions and proofreading done a few weeks ago.  I’m still awaiting word as to when it will be sent to the printer, and have heard that it should be any day now.  The publisher did change the publication date on Amazon from mid-June to early August, but I’ve been assured that it will likely be available before then, probably in early July.  I will post an update here as soon as I know for sure.

Meanwhile, here’s a little more about the book.  Some readers may recall that I have said I’m working on a sequel to The Pulse, and there will certainly be a sequel.  The Darkness After is not that sequel, however, but rather a parallel story with different characters facing the consequences of the same event.

The action takes place in the same general region as the final part of The Pulse, specifically New Orleans and south Mississippi.  As I’ve mentioned before, part of what inspired the idea for The Pulse is what I witnessed personally in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in this region.  With the grid down for just a few weeks in the New Orleans area and much of south Mississippi and south Louisiana, the chaos was bad enough.  These books explore the possibilities of how bad it might get if the power was off for months, or even longer.

The two main characters in this story are a bit younger than even the college students, Casey and Jessica, in The Pulse.  But despite this, 16-year-old Mitch Henley and 18-year-old April Gibbs both have unique backgrounds and strong motivations to get where they’re going that give them the edge in a lawless world of anarchy and violence.

The son of a Mississippi game warden in one of the most heavily-wooded counties of the state, Mitch is a natural-born hunter and woodsman and a master of the longbow, his favorite hunting weapon.  And on her own since the age of 17, April has unexpected skills learned from her own father that will serve her well in her desperate quest to reach the one person who matters most in her life.  Here’s the official book description from the Amazon listing:

The thrilling story of teenagers struggling for survival as the modern world collapses around them

Massive solar flares bombard the Earth. An intense electromagnetic pulse undermines America’s power grid, wreaking havoc. Panic and chaos ensue in cities like New Orleans, where 16-year-old Mitch Henley was stranded after driving his parents to the airport. The son of a game warden in a rural Mississippi county, Mitch is an expert hunter and woodsman and knows he can survive back on his family’s remote 600 acres. 

With no way to know if his parents’ plane landed safely or crashed because of the pulse, Mitch sets out alone to walk home. But what Mitch hadn’t counted on was meeting April: a determined young woman who has an even more compelling reason to make it to her destination. Thrust into adulthood at an early age, April is a fighter who won’t back down, and when the two of them pair up to face the dangers ahead, they endure and overcome one setback and disappointment after another.

Set in the same anarchy-and-desperation-reigned world of the author’s dystopian thriller: THE PULSE, THE DARKNESS AFTER is a frightening look at how fragile our technologically dependent lifestyle really is. 

So that’s the latest and as much as I know regarding the release dates.   As soon as I get copies in hand of each new book, I will post a book giveaway here so reader’s will have a chance to get a free, signed copy.  

30 Days of Survival – Day 11 – Start a Worm Farm

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I can hear the questions already as I am typing this post. What does a worm farm have to do with survival and prepping?

All I can say is plenty.

Worms are the intestines of the earth. They improve soil and get rid of garbage.

So why a survivalist worm farm?

Like I said they get rid of garbage…you can toss most of your food scraps into the worm bin. Even apartment dwellers can raise worms.

Folks are working on worm based septic systems…they are taking hold in Australia. 

They make great fishing bait…just think no digging for worms before you go catch your supper.

They are an awesome protein supplement for your chickens…if you are raising chickens worms are a good for them treat…if you scale it up they can be the major protein source.

They can be a source of income sold to others for the above reasons.

And for the hardcore they can be a protein supplement for you in a true emergency.

Here is a good post on making a worm bin composter

Another method uses a cheap Styrofoam cooler with holes punched in the bottom and a drip pan to catch all the good stuff that leaks out. Just fill it with a bunch of damp newspaper and add your worms.

Be sure and feed them only what they can clean up before it starts to get rotten. And be sure to avoid citrus, onions, garlic, meat and grease.

A worm bin is a handy skill for all preppers to get started with.

Still clinging to my God and my guns,

Randy

30 Days of Survival – Day 10 – Eat a meal of wild plants

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On day nine we learned  to identify some local edible plants in your area.

What we are going to do for day 10 is go out, gather some of those plants and eat them for a meal.

Okay I will give you a break you can eat them with a meal instead.

A simple way to eat the salad greens is to wash them and mix them in a bowl and sprinkle some vinegar over them. If you want to cook them boil them in some water, change the water, then eat with some salt, pepper and butter on top.

I cooked a mix of wide and narrow plantain, clover and ground ivy. A little bitter but hey it’s food.  I then ate a few handfulls of mulberries.

A note on my “day 8” post…it accidentally got deleted…but I was able to recover it with the help of some internet searching…Remember what I said about looking for your own information…well it works

Still clinging to my God and my guns,

Randy

30 Days of Survival Day – 9 – Identify Three Edible Wild plants In Your Area

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Today on day nine I want you to do some research to see what kinds of wild edibles you have in your area. Everyone can do this even apartment dwellers in the big city.

I had toyed around with posting pictures of some of the most common things in my area but that would make it too easy for you. Do some research…do an internet search…look at pictures. Part of being a serious prepper is finding information when you need it.

I went out yesterday while I was mowing and looked for plants I knew I could eat here on the farm.

Here is a very superficial list…

Plantain – I have both wide leaf and narrow leaf. Eat raw in a salad or cooked like spinach.

Dandelion – leaves, flowers and roots. Leaves raw in salad or cooked like spinach. Flowers battered and fried. Roots roasted and brewed for coffee.

Chicory – Leaves and root. Leaves raw in salad or cooked like spinach. Root roast and brewed for coffee

Clover – Leaves. Raw in salad, cooked like spinach or dried and powdered added, to extend flour.

Goldenrod – Leaves make a tasty tea.

Ground Ivy – Leaves raw for salad.

Pine – Needles make a vitamin C rich tea.

Mulberry – Fruit eaten raw, cooked or made into a juice or wine. Two of the many trees are bearing right now, and several others are loaded with fruit that will ripen over the next couple weeks.

Wild Rose – Flowers in salad or cooked in a soup.

Lambs quarters – Leaves eaten in a salad or cooked like spinach

When cooking wild greens sometimes it is good to do it with a change of water. While this will remove some vitamins it will also remove some of the bitterness. It also helps to pick the small young leaves as they will be less bitter.

As you can see there is a large variety of greens available in my yard and weed patches.
You should be able to find similar foods where you live.
Take the time and learn the skill.

Still clinging to my God and my guns,
Randy

30 Days of Survival – Day 7 – A Look at Batteries

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Batteries… The world runs on batteries, do you ever have enough?

Years ago just about everything ran on “D” or “C” size, now it is “AA” or “AAA”. The really good thing about that is you can get great deals on bulk packs of them and really stock up. The only thing I have to store D batteries for is my MagLite…and if I would spend the money I could get a rechargeable one like the police use now.

As I wrote in my article for Off the Grid News “Six Things Preppers Can Overlook” “Batteries (alkaline) stored at room temperature or cooler lose less than 2 percent of their charge per year. When the temps get up to 85, the rate climbs to 5 percent, and at 100, the rate is 25 percent. So, as you can see, cooler is better for storing batteries. You may have heard to store your batteries in the freezer, but experts say the colder temps add very little to storage life. A cool, dry place seems to be the best idea.”

Rechargables lose their energy much quicker in storage than do alklines but have the advantage of being recharged. To be truly sustainable you should pick up a few solar chargers for your batteries. I say a “few” because they take quite a while to actually recharge those batteries so you might have a few sets recharging at a time.

So your assignment for day seven is to figure out what equipment you have that requires batteries. Figure out what size batteries you will need to run it, and start shopping for good deals so you can stock up. You better shop for some rechargables also along with a couple solar chargers.

Still clinging to my God and my guns,

Ramdy

30 Days of Survival – Day 6 – Three sources of light

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For day Six of 30 Days of Survival we are going to look at your sources of light.

Most people in industrialized nations simply flip a switch when they need light…This holds true for some even in third world countries. The only difference is third world inhabitants know they can lose power at any time…sometimes for weeks on end.

I live in the corn belt of the Midwest between two small cities. I have lived here a little over ten years, and in that time we have lost power countless times. Twice we have lost power for a week at a time. True we are in a more rural area, but the last time was a year ago and someone I work with lives in the city (of 50k+) and was without power for two days longer than I. No matter where we live we may be without power for an extended period of time.

So let’s look at a couple light sources…as the old saying goes “two is one and one is none”… Meaning if you need it one of something can get lost or broken and leave you without. It is better to have at least two of something just in case. That being said I recommend having at least three sources of light to fall back on in case of an extend emergency.

Candles
Candles are great for low light situations. They are cheap to stock up on if you watch for sales. (think after Christmas) And the open flame lends a calming effect to stressful situations. The drawback of course is the open flame which can be a fire hazard. Plus they are  easily blown out with air movement.

Oil Lamps
Oil lamps are a really good source of light and even heat. They are decorative when not in use and if you watch dollar store sales and clearance sales you can pick up lamp oil cheap. Oil lamps will burn Lamp oil, kerosene, Tiki fuel, citronella oil. Vegetable oil can be used but will plug your wicks and be smoky. Wicks can be improvised from folded paper towels if necessary.

Lanterns
Lanterns that burn whitegas or coleman fuel put out a lot of light and heat. They are a little noisy and use special mantels that may or may not last a long time depending on how careful you are.

Kerosene lanterns are basically an oil lamp made of metal with a handle to carry it. They put out a usable amount of light and can burn the same fuel as the oil lamp.

An LED battery powered lantern will last quite a while on a set of batteries and put out useable light. They are cheap and handy.

Flashlights
Everyone should have flashlights (as in more than one) in their home. I have a big D cell mag lite and a couple others that use LED’s to create a bright light that uses little battery. lots of preppers will have a weapon light on one of their guns also. You should have a flashlight stashed in several handy places in your home, so you can get to a light without too much trouble no matter what you are doing when the lights go out.

Glow Sticks
Glow sticks are a fast disposable light source. I really don’t care for them but I admit they are handy in certain situations. You can pick up a few and stash them around along with your flashlights.

So your job for this day is to figure out how you will get three different light sources that do not depend on each other to work. Choose these to see you through your powerless times.

Still clinging to my God and my guns,

Randy

30 Days of Survival – Day 5 One for me, One for a Friend

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For day five of 30 days of survival we are going to start working on your pantry. Your pantry is your food supply. If you couldn’t walk out your door for an undetermined amount of time this is what you have to live on.

How long would that be?

Your first pantry goal should be to have a 30 day supply of food for each person in your household on hand.

“But I can’t afford that”! you say.

Trust me I understand.

So how do you start building up your pantry to a basic 30 day level?

You start with the one for me, one for a friend technique, every time you go grocery shopping. When you buy a canned good or some other food that won’t spoil, you buy one extra (one for a friend). If you do this with one or two things every trip you will never notice the increase in cost and soon you will have a small stockpile of food in your pantry.

Extra cans of tuna, soup, veggies, poptarts, sardines, canned fruit or coffee…all this will store well. Just make sure you rotate your stock so the same can of tomatoes is not stuck in the back of your cupboard for five years and tastes metallic when you finally open it. (don’t ask how I know) A good idea is to write the date on the top of the can when you put it away.

Boxed mixes need to be monitored closely, because sometimes they will get bugs even if unopened…I always tell my wife there is nothing in the buggy box that wasn’t in there before the bugs hatched, but she still gets upset and throws it away or feeds it to the chickens.

You can do this with other things than food too. Ammo, toilet paper, toothpaste or even motor oil…anything you consume, and will store well.

After you have your 30 day supply of pantry food it is a good time to start buying small quantities of storage food. Freeze dried #10 cans, grain buckets, etc.
Most serious preppers strive for at least one year of storage food for each family member.

Start today and build up your pantry.

Still clinging to my God and my guns,
Randy