Making Fresh Sauerkraut

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Making Fresh Sauerkraut

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Sitting Still

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Sometimes you just need to sit still, think, daydream, reflect, reevaluate your goals and then move forward.

It all depends on how much you have to think about, it may take just a few moments and sometimes it may take a day or two, but this has to be done in order to know what your next step is and how to get there.
Most of the time I have to force myself to do this mind exercise because who has the time to do nothing except think, right?

This weekend I had every intention to do just that. I wanted to get some much needed and neglected chores done around the house, then sit back to think. I needed to evaluate every project I have going at the moment. Finishing the house is top on that list but also the outdoor kitchen, the off grid spa area, the tool shed, all the fencing and what landscaping we will need. Then I needed to make the materials list and put a timeline and dollar amount to each one.
All that and then add in the new chili cooking year fast approaching and all that lintels. Where and how many times to cook, the money, the weekend cooking trips, take the camper or just tent it and then the first week of November at the world championship chili cook off sleeping in a tent, off grid, in the desert for ten days and trying to think about all we will need for that.
Somewhere in all that I also need to pencil in a couple or three weekend trips for fishing and relaxing. Where to go, what take, who to invite and the food. Then add in all the holidays, birthdays and whatever else we celebrate plus the with a demanding “real” work schedule, I don’t even have the time to sit and write this post. I am already twelve weeks behind! I need to retire just to catch up.

But I didn’t get to do any of that this weekend and I was mad about it until last night when I had the chance to sit and think. I didn’t think about the projects, the weekends, the chili cooking or any of the sorts. Our one and only free weekend for the next two months and with all these plans to fill it, it was all changed. Instead, we celebrated our 25th year anniversary, went boating with my brother, went shopping and even rekindled an old relationship. We also stopped by a friends house and worked out some differences, had a beer and hugged it out. We also spent some time with extended family and to finish it all off, sat on the back porch with my parents and talked as the sun sank behind the hill.

So I guess it all boils down to this, you got all the time in the world to sit and think about all the things you have to do, but you only have a limited time in your life to do the things you need to do. The projects and work will always be there for the rest of your life, that is a guarantee. The people and things that matter the most, will not.  
           
Thanks for reading, see ya next time.
Jerry

Economic Collapse: Do You Have a “Normalcy Bias”?

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Steps to take to survive an economic collapse so your family will be safe. Preparing for any disaster is just plain prudent and sane. If things go from bad to worse in the financial markets, there are tried and true preparations needed, as with any crisis. But these should be your most immediate tasks.

DIY Tile & Grout Cleaner

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Another great one by Chaya Foedus:

Our guest post today is from Edna, who is a maintenance expert.  Be sure to read more about her at the end of this article; but in the meantime, let’s sparkle!  You know that my advice would always be to try the safest, most natural remedy first.  Edna gives us a few to choose from…

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Tri-Grown Hakueri Turnips

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Dateline: 31 August 2015

My tri-grown Hakueri turnips

After Writing About Survival Gardening And Turnips back in June, and getting such great feedback from readers of this blog, I decided to procure some turnip seeds and grow a few of these nutrition-packed vegetables.  

The Hakurei turnip seems to be a variety that many people like so I decided to tri-grow a sampling of them in some of the 3″ diameter holes of my Tom Doyle plant-and-pick “test plot.” The picture above shows the satisfying results. 

I am new to turnips so have no basis for comparing the Hakueri to any other. But I will say that the Hakueri is mild with a slight radish flavor. I picked one, washed it off, and ate the whole thing raw. Not bad. We have been adding them to garden salads, which we have every day now. The Hakurei is an ideal addition to salads. I have lots more seed and will surely grow more next year.

I also took one reader’s suggestion and planted some Seven Top turnips, which are grown primarily for the greens. These were also planted in the Tom Doyle test plot circles—a sprinkling of seeds in each hole. They have grown very well and we will be giving these a try very soon.

Seven Top turnip greens


REVIEW: Fear The Walking Dead: Season 1 – Episode 2 “So Close, Yet So Far”

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A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character’s actions might be applicable in a real-life…

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An Oldie but Goodie…Making Peach Jelly!

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This is an ‘encore’ presentation of this post.  I hope you find this very popular post helpful!  Give it a try!  The Little Red Hen

It’s a matter of ….making Peach Jelly

When I was little, I recall going into our “fruitroom” as I was looking for my mother. I found her in the fruitroom standing and gazing at all the bottled food she had prepared. After I called to her, she said, “aren’t they pretty?” (referring to all the jars of food). I thought that was rather funny at the time, but as an adult I have come to understand what she was doing.

I have been on a “Jam” kick this summer, trying and making many different kinds. However, after making Peach Jam (which is really yummy!), I chose to make Peach Jelly. I like this recipe as it uses the skins and pits of the peaches which many of us normally discard. I got this recipe from my mother, who unfortunately cannot recall where she obtained it. I thought I would share the process and the recipe with you.

    Peach Jelly Recipe

  • 5.5 Cups Peach Juice (Peels and pits in a pan, cover with water, cook 30 minutes, strain with cheese cloth. Put i enough water to cover by 3-4″)
  • 1 package of Dry Pectin (I found that you need to use new pectin that you purchase the year you make the jelly)
  • 7.5 Cups of Sugar.
  • Instructions: Combine the juice and pectin in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stir in sugar and return to a rolling boil. Boil hard for 3 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat, let it sit for a few minutes. Skim the foam. Ladle into hot sterile jars leaving 1/4″ head room. Process 10 minutes in a Hot Water Bath.

Here is the process in “photos”:

Boil the pits and the skins until the water turns red.

Place a couple of layers of Cheesecloth in your strainer. Make sure the strainer is inside a larger bowl to catch the Peach juice once it is strained through the Cheesecloth.

This is the juice after it has been strained. The juice is now ready to be put into the recipe noted above. (One thing that I learned is that you need to use new Pectin. I made 2 batches. The first batch was made with Pectin I have left over from last year and the other with Pectin I just purchased recently. The first batch partially set up, but the second batch had no issues.)
Pour the jelly mixture into jars, wipe the jar rim, place a sterilized lid on and seal with a jar ring. Notice how clear the jelly is. You can see the peach jam I processed in the background. The jam is the color of peaches, but the jelly has the red hue to it that was achieved while boiling. Process the jars in your hot water bath canner.

Again, notice how translucent it is after it is processed. Jelly is wonderful on breads, rolls, and even on pork chops when you cook them in the oven. This is glorious food that is made from items that are traditionally discarded. It’s easy to make, and tastes great! It is a great companion to some freshly baked bread as a gift for someone who is needs some special attention. I found myself standing and admiring my jam and jelly in the jars. I particularly enjoyed how beautiful the jelly looked visually. I found the bottles to be “beautiful” just as my mother did years ago.
This is an easy recipe…give it a try!

48-Hour Sale on Survival Training, Starts Now! Click to See the Deals

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Thank you for your interest!
This sale is now over, but you can still get the course for a great price. Click here.

 

48-hour SALE!

48-hour SALE!

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

It’s been almost a year since I launched The Survival Doctor’s video-based Emergencies Training Course, and the feedback has been amazing.

Students have learned some of the most important techniques I believe you need to know. They’ve watched me demonstrate lifesaving procedures; they’ve quizzed their knowledge, stored premade cheat sheets in their first-aid kits, and downloaded on-the-go audio training.

But I’ve also heard from those of you who want the training but can’t afford it. You’ve told me that this is the information you’ve been craving, but, given the economy right now, you just don’t have the funds right now to purchase this four-module course.

So, to help with that, I’ve decided to change things up a bit: Starting today, you can choose the training module that’s most important to you and purchase it individually—for a lot less than buying the full series.

In addition, for 48 hours, I’m offering all the videos at a discount. I have never discounted this course before, and I don’t know if I ever will again. But I wanted to make sure that as a loyal reader of this blog, if you really wanted this information, you had this opportunity to snatch it up.

What You’ll Get

In The Survival Doctor’s Emergencies Training Course, you’ll learn my favorite emergency-medicine information and procedures. This is lifesaving stuff you’ll remember for a lifetime.

The full course consists of four professionally produced modules hosted by me. Each module includes:

  • 20 to 30 minutes of in-depth, online video training, which you can review whenever you want, as many times as you want, for as long as this course is offered
  • A quiz to check what you’ve learned and help you hone in on some of the most important points
  • A printable cheat sheet to store in your first-aid kit
  • A printable study transcript, great for highlighting and storing
  • A downloadable audio file for on-the-go review

As a bonus, you’ll also receive, for FREE, the introductory and concluding videos for the entire series, which include even more survival-medicine tips.

Plus, you’ll be invited to join my private, students-only Facebook group, where we share advice and information you don’t hear elsewhere, and where I personally answer your questions about the material in the videos. If you’ve ever wanted direct access to pick my brain about emergency-medicine issues, this is where to do it.

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To take advantage of this sale right now, simply choose an option below. After your purchase, you’ll receive immediate access so you can start right away.

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P.S. One thing people occasionally say to me is, “I can find this information for free online.” My answer to that is, no, you can’t. You cannot find this level of information— researched and based on decades of professional experience, organized in a course—through an online video search. In fact, you don’t learn a lot of it even in first-aid classes. “The course will teach you things you will not learn in the standard courses that I always wished class members could be taught,” says Malika Bourne of No Non-cents Nanna, who’s a former registered nurse and first-aid and CPR trainer. This is MUST for everyone to learn from.”


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Or Choose Your Favorite Module À La Carte

As a reminder, every module includes:

  • 20 to 30 minutes of in-depth video training, which you can review whenever you want, as many times as you want, for as long as this course is offered
  • A targeted quiz for self tests and reminders
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  • How to identify a spinal injury, or rule out one altogether
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  • How to know if a person needs CPR
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  • How to recognize a collapsed lung and what to do
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  • When to use a tourniquet and how to apply it properly with whatever materials you have

 


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Natural Solutions for P.T.S.D.

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Natural Solutions for PTSD



Essential Oils: 
Directly smelling from the bottle will also work if you do not have an infuser device.
Through aroma therapy and even topical application(when using as a topical solution pure essential oil must be diluted with a carrier oil such as olive,grape seed sunflower JOJOBA avocado oil. at a rate of (20 drops pure 
essential oil)  per ounce of carrier oil

  • Pure Undiluted Lavender Essential Oil
  • Pure Undiluted Clove Essential Oil
  • Pure Undiluted Cinnamon Essential Oil
  • Pure Undiluted Atlas Cedar Essential Oil
  • Pure Undiluted Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • Pure Undiluted Lemon Essential Oil
  • Pure Undiluted Lime Essential Oil
  • Pure Undiluted Vanilla Essential Oil
  • Pure Undiluted Frankincense Essential Oil

Herbal Teas And Tinctures For PTSD

To make a herbal tea take 2 tablespoons of herbs in a tea ball or infuser add  8-10 ounces of boiling water let sit 20 minute strain and press (press a tablespoon against soaked herbs in a strainer  this is wee the herbal concentrates are.



  • Passion Flower to help calm the Central Nervous system
  • Astragalus Root to promote a healthy adrenal gland this gland provides Vital chemistry along with the liver throughout the body but particularly the Central Nervous System.
  • Chamomile to help calm the Central Nervous system
  • Skullcap to help calm the Central Nervous system
  • Valerian to help calm the Central Nervous system
  • Dandelion will detox system of toxins and neurotoxins
  • Burdock detox system of toxins and neurotoxins ad well as provide vitamin b6 for nutritional support of the Central Nervous System
  • Licorice Root  To aid in the healing of the liver.
  • Milk Thistle; Will detox the liver of any impurities and help promote bile production.



Nutritional Supplementation to help PTSD

Raw Domestic Bee Pollen  Will provide a pure and full spectrum of B complex vitamins as well as other minerals and enzymes particularly targeting the Central Nervous System.
Slippery Elm Bark: will provide Nutritional support to all the Main systems
Spirulina will provide nutritional support with vital enzymes to the entire body through the circulatory system
Chlorelera A powerhouse of a DETOX a;so helps with

Fatigue,Digestive distress, and reduced ability to properly,assimilate and utilize fats,Aching joints,Depression,Impaired blood sugar regulation,Female reproductive problems

Mercury is also a potent toxin in its own right that can damage your brain, central nervous system and kidneys, and is especially dangerous for children, fetuses, pregnant and nursing women and people who have high levels of mercury bioburden. So it clearly pays dividends to detoxify your body of the accumulated toxins built up, to get yourself to a healthier state where your body can more effectively remove the toxins you’re exposed to every day.

Nettles; Will provide overall nourishment with vitamins and minerals and other natural nutritional enzymes.




Ghost Knives Banshee D2

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I’ve recently been carrying a super compact and lightweight fixed blade knife called the Banshee D2, by Ghost Knives. The knife is so small and light that at times I’ve forgotten I had it on me. If you’re looking for a handy, small fixed-blade for everyday carry or to keep in a bug-out bag or daypack, the 6.11-inch over-all length and 1.8oz of the Banshee D2 won’t be a burden and will make a fine addition or backup to whatever larger blades you may already carry. 
Ghost Knives Banshee D2
While the 2.38-inch blade won’t do everything you might need a knife for, having a small, but sharp, high-quality fixed-blade available at all times is certainly not a bad idea. With it’s secure Kydex sheath that can be attached to a belt, pack strap or carried in a pocket with a paracord tether to a belt or belt loop for one-handed draw, the Banshee D2 is quick to bring into action when a folder might be too slow or awkward to deploy.  
The unwrapped Banshee D2, showing the skeletonized handle.
The D2 steel blade is flat ground and comes to a drop point. The sample I received from Ghost Knives was shaving sharp right out of the box. The entire blade and skeletonized handle are coated with corrosion-resistent Cerakote. While you can use the Banshee D2 as is if you prefer the feel of of the skeletonized handle, Ghost Knives includes a length of black paracord for handle-wrapping, which gives a secure, more comfortable grip. The paracord wrap is actually fire cord, with a flammable strand inside that along with the included micro-flint, can aid in fire-starting in an emergency. 
In the Kydex sheath, the Banshee D2 is easy to grab and because the sheath is identical on both sides, lacking clips,  it can be worn on either side and in whatever position you prefer.
My use of the Banshee D2 has so far been mostly limited to slicing open UPS boxes and such, but as small and light as it is, it will be going with me on some upcoming fall camping trips and will likely see plenty of use in the field. I can see carrying it whether hiking, kayaking or canoeing, or riding my motorcycle or bicycle, as there is no reason to leave it at home, really. 
The Banshee D2 is 100% made in the U.S.A. and is reasonably priced at an MSRP of $79.99.  You can save a few dollars off list and get it for $74.99 from Amazon.
If you’re not sure what to do with the included handle-wrap cord, here is a video tutorial featuring this very knife with simple instructions on how to wrap a skeleton knife handle with 550 paracord.
 

Considering The Expat Life

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I was having a conversation with a friend recently, who has plans on moving to Belize upon his retirement from a federal law enforcement posting. The conversation drifted toward what he understood were the laws down there, because individual rights and liberty are typically very important to me. I was curious, because honestly I’ve considered making a similar move in the years to come, and these are the kinds of things I need to know before I do something like that.
With respect to gun rights, his impression was basically that owning them legally in Belize requires you pay a $500 per weapon…

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August 2015 EDC Purse Dump

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August 2015 EDC Purse Dump

1. Google Nexus 4 Phone 2. Classic Bic Lighter 3. Fenix E01 Flashlight in Silver 4. Ditto Wearable Tech for Smartphones in White 5. Spyderco Des Horn Slim Folding EDC Knife

This is just the start of the post August 2015 EDC Purse Dump. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!


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Medical Bartering, Part 1 of 5 – Introduction

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Scenario #1

You’re in a grid down situation. As a registered nurse, you’ve gathered medical supplies for your family that you believe might be life-saving in the event of a calamity.

Cautiously answering a knock at your door, you find a young couple with their infant daughter. Even at first glance you know she is dehydrated. “Can you help her?” the weeping mother cries. “She hasn’t had anything to eat or drink in three days!”

Having the skills and supplies to save her life, how do you respond?

1.  ”No,” you say while closing the door, “but you can try the clinic in town.”
2.  ”Maybe,” you answer, opening the door a crack, “if you’ll trade for that diamond ring.”
3.  ”No, it would be against the law to start an IV without a doctor’s order,” you reply truthfully.
4.  ”Possibly,” you say guardedly, “If you can pay $50, the cost of my supplies.”
5.  ”Of course,” you respond, believing it is the only moral choice.

What would you trade for the life of your child?

Many questions are raised by the above scenario:
1.  Are you morally obligated to help someone who hasn’t prepared wisely?
2.  Is it right to put your own children at risk by helping another?
3.  Is it ethical to ask for payment or barter in an emergency situation?
4.  Are professionals required to be Good Samaritans?
5.  Would the child’s death be on your conscience?
6.  If you barter, how do you determine the value of something?
7.  Are your skills a barter item?
8.  If someone offers all they have to save their child, is it ethical to take all their worldly goods?
9.  Whom will you help outside your family?
10.  Will you treat strangers differently than friends?
11.  When is the proper time to decide barter arrangements?
12.  Does helping someone make you responsible for the outcome?
13.  Will you share prescription medications?
14.  Is it even legal to share prescription medications and does that matter?
15.  Is demanding a large fee for saving a life ethical?

All these questions and more should be addressed before disaster strikes. You may not come up with an answer for every possible situation, but at least you’ll have a tentative plan.  For a survival group, a written plan is generally better than an informal intention.

In the following series of articles I will be addressing potential barter for medical items and skills, including:
1.  Over-the-counter medications
2.  Prescription medications
3.  Over-the-counter products other than medications
4.  Medical skills

For each topic the relative value of barter items will be addressed, along with real life situations you may well encounter.   If you have a family or larger preparedness group, these would be valuable topics for discussion, which would likely raise further concerns relevant to your own situation.

In Part 2 I will begin by discussing over-the-counter medications possibly suitable for bartering in an emergency situation.

Medical Bartering Part 2

Urban Survival The Hammer

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Urban Survival The Hammer

Lets think URBAN survival for a moment. The urban population in 2014 accounted for 54% of the total global population, up from 34% in 1960, and continues to grow. The urban population growth, in absolute numbers, is concentrated in the less developed regions of the world. It is estimated that by 2017, even in less […]

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Chris Tomlin At the Cross

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Today there is a great reminder by Chris Tomlin At the Cross. No matter where you are or no matter where you are at the answer is at the cross.

There’s a place where mercy reigns and never dies
There’s a place where streams of grace flow deep and wide

Where all the love I’ve ever found
Comes like a flood
Comes flowing down

At the cross
At the cross
I surrender my life
I’m in awe of You, I’m in awe of You
Where Your love ran red
And my sin washed white
I owe all to You, I owe all to You
Jesus

There’s a place where sin and shame are powerless
Where my heart has peace with God
And forgiveness

Where all the love I’ve ever found
Comes like a flood
Comes flowing down

At the cross
At the cross
I surrender my life
I’m in awe of You, I’m in awe of You
Where Your love ran red
And my sin washed white
I owe all to You, I owe all to You

Here my hope is found
Here on holy ground
Here I bow down
Here I bow down
Here arms open wide
Here You saved my life
Here I bow down
Here I bow

At the cross
At the cross
I surrender my life
I’m in awe of You, I’m in awe of You
Where Your love ran red
And my sin washed white
I owe all to You, I owe all to You
I owe all to You, I owe all to You
Jesus

Patriots’ Prayers for 8-30-2015

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What is wrong with America goes well beyond politics & economics. It is a spiritual sickness which infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, will cure spiritual sickness. We must appeal to a Higher Authority for that kind of healing. Patriots’ Prayers is an ongoing feature appearing each Sunday. Please join together, praying for America.


1) Please continue to pray the Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of the United States

Save and protect, O Lord, these United States of America and have mercy on us. As a nation, we have turned our backs on you and have sinned. We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away. We have allowed the epidemic of abortion to fester out of control. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools, and Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have turned our backs on Your teachings. We no longer look to You and Your Word for our standards of right and wrong, replacing those absolute truths with the whim of our own opinions.  We have allowed decadence and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace. Common decency has become a thing of the past. We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Supporting Verse:If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 

2) Pray for the new School Year

As schools across the country are starting the new school year, please pray for the safety of all – children, teachers, and administrators. Pray, too, that the rights of students be protected, as the start of each new school year seems to bring more and more intolerance for religious freedom and traditional values. We are already seeing examples of religious freedoms being attacked by atheist activist groups, in places like Texas, Mississippi, and Kentucky (links are to news stories on other websites).

3) Please pray these Additional Prayers

  • Bless, O Lord, and have mercy on President Obama, Chief Justice Roberts, House Speaker Boehner, Senate Majority Leader McConnell, and all other political leaders of our nation. Grant them wisdom, so that they serve Your Will. Block any of their plots and schemes that run counter to Your good and perfect Will, or that threaten the inalienable rights You have given to us. 
  • Remember, O Lord, and have mercy upon the whole clergy of Your Church, and grant them the wisdom and strength needed to boldly preach and do Your will during these perilous times. 
  • Grant, O Lord, blessings and mercies to all current and former members of our armed forces. Protect them and keep them safe.
  • Bless, O Lord, and have mercy on those who serve as police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, and other first responders.  
  • Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon the old, the young, the unborn, the needy and poor, the orphans and widows, the sick, the disabled, the oppressed and the imprisoned. Especially have mercy on those suffering for Your sake.
  • Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon the State of Israel. Shield it with Your love, protect it, and let it know peace. Send Your light and wisdom to its leaders, and direct them with Your good counsel. 

4) Jonathan Cahn Prays for America.

    5) Please continue to pray for the four American hostages still being held in Iran

    • Jason Rezaian – a 39 year-old journalist working for the The Washington Post as their bureau chief in Tehran, Iran was arrested on charges of espionage and propaganda on July 22, 2014.
    • Robert Levinson – now 67, went missing while in Iran in 2007. In 2010, his family received proof that he was still alive and being held prisoner. According to the AP, there is reason to believe that Levinson, a former FBI and DEA agent, was working undercover for the CIA at the time of his disappearance.
    • Amir Hekmati – the 32 year-old former US Marine was visiting his grandmother and other relatives in Iran when he was arrested in 2011.
    • Saeed Abedini – the 35 year-old pastor, husband, and father of two, has been held prisoner in Iran since the summer of 2012. Abedini was visiting relatives and helping to establish an orphanage when he was arrested.
       LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT PATRIOTS’ PRAYERS!

       So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” –Ezekiel 22:30 (NKJV)

      Don’t let that happen to America. Be willing to “stand in the gap” on behalf of our land. Pray for America!

      Russian transfer of S-300 Air Defense System may force Israeli to initiate war with Iran before winter

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      Over two decades ago, I began warning that United States’ policies in the Middle East could set the US and world on a trajectory for a major war. Unfortunately, every

      Best Five Books For Living Off The Grid Or With A Prepper Mindset

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      One thing that can definitely be accurately said about those of us in the Prepper / Survivalist subculture is that we are all voracious learners. Often this education is achieved through reading, probably because that’s a very economical way of gaining new information, and we are also notoriously frugal when it comes to financial matters. To that end, I thought it would be pertinent to list what I consider to be the five best books for living off grid and/or with a Prepper mindset with a couple of additions as honorable mentions.

      What do you think of the list below? Feel free to let me know…

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      Tarragon

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      Tarragon

      Tarragon is a culinary and medicinal herb that is rich in vitamins A, C, and B-complex and minerals such as zinc, copper, iron, and magnesium. It is known to help stimulate the appetite, relieve flatulence and colic, balance the body’s acidity, alleviate the pains of arthritis, rheumatism and gout, regulate menstruation, stop hiccups, prevent dyspepsia, […]

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      Augason Farms Products Available In Store at These Wal-Mart Stores

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      Augason Farms is in the process of launching a new website which should make reviewing their available wares and checking out, easier.

                      Periodically, I mention that my family makes good use of a number of the Augason Farms dehydrated and freeze dried foods.

                      I must buy Augason Farms #10 cans and other products via mail or occasionally something I need is available at Wal-Mart.com.  However, many of you in other states can buy Augason Farms products in store, which enable you to stock up without paying any postage at all !

      This is a listing recently published by Augason Farms itself indicating which Wal-Marts carry their products in store.

      Alaska    
        Anchorage 3101 A St.
        Anchorage 7405 Debarr Rd
        Eagle River 18600 Eagle River Rd
        Fairbanks 537 Johansen Expy
        Juneau 6525 Glacier Hwy
        Kenai 10096 Kenai Spur Hwy
        Kodiak 2911 Mill Bay Rd
        Wasilla 1350 S Seward Meridian Pkwy
      Arizona    
        Buckeye 1060 S Watson Rd
        Bullhead City 2840 Highway 95
        Casa Grande 1741 E Florence Blvd
        Chandler 2750 E Germann Rd
        Cottonwood 2003 E Rodeo Dr
        Flagstaff 2601 E Huntington Dr
        Gilbert 5290 S Power Rd
        Gilbert 2501 S Market St
        Glendale 5605 W Northern Ave
        Kingman 3396 Stockton Hill Rd
        Lake Havasu City 5695 Highway 95 N
        Mesa 4505 E Mckellips Rd
        Mesa 240 W Baseline Rd
        Mesa 2725 E Mckellips Rd
        Page 1017 West Haul Road
        Payson 300 N Beeline Hwy
        Prescott Valley 3450 N Glassford Hill Rd
        Queen Creek 21055 E Rittenhouse Rd
        Safford 755 S 20th Ave
        Show Low 5401 S White Mountain Rd
        Winslow 700 Mikes Pike St
        Yuma 2900 S Pacific Ave
        Yuma 8151 E 32nd St
        Yuma 2501 S Avenue B
      California    
        Crescent City 900 E Washington Blvd
        Redding 1515 Dana Dr
        Rocklin 5454 Crossings Drive
        Roseville 900 Pleasant Grove Blvd
      Colorado    
        Alamosa 3333 Clark St
        Avon 171 Yoder Avenue
        Colorado Springs 1622 S Academy Blvd
        Cortez 1835 E Main St
        Craig 2000 W Victory Way
        Delta 37 Stafford Ln
        Durango 1155 S Camino Del Rio
        Elizabeth 2100 Legacy Cir
        Grand Junction 2881 North Ave
        Grand Junction 2545 Rimrock Ave
        Gunnison 900 N Main St
        Montrose 16750 S Townsend Ave
        Monument 16218 Jackson Creek Pkwy
        Pagosa Springs 211 Aspen Village Drive
        Parker 11101 S Parker Rd
        Rifle 1000 Airport Rd
        Salida 7865 W Us Highway 50
        Woodland Park 19600 E Us Highway 24
      Idaho    
        Ammon 1201 S 25th E
        Blackfoot 565 Jensen Grove Dr
        Boise 8300 W Overland Rd
        Boise 7319 W State St
        Boise 3233 N. Cole Rd.
        Burley 385 N Overland Ave
        Chubbuck 4240 Yellowstone Ave
        Hayden 550 W Honeysuckle Ave
        Idaho Falls 500 S Utah Ave
        Jerome 2680 S Lincoln Ave
        Meridian 4051 E Fairview Ave
        Meridian 795 West Overland Road
        Meridian 5001 N. Ten Mile Rd.
        Moscow 2470 West Pullman Road 2
        Mountain Home 2745 American Legion Blvd
        Nampa 2100 12th Ave Rd
        Nampa 5875 E Franklin Rd
        Nampa 175 S Middleton Rd
        Ponderay 476999 Highway 95
        Post Falls 3050 E Mullan Ave
        Post Falls 6405 W Pointe Parkway
        Rexburg 530 N 2nd E
        Smelterville 583 Commerce Drive
        Twin Falls 252 Cheney Dr W
      Minnesota    
        Apple Valley 7835 150th St W
        Willmar 700 19th Ave Se
      Montana    
        Polson 36318 Memory Lane
           
      North Dakota  
        Bismarck 2717 Rock Island Pl
        Mandan 1000 Old Red Trail Nw
      Nevada    
        Carson City 3770 Us Highway 395 S
        Elko 2944 Mountain City Hwy
        Fernley 1550 Newlands Dr E
        Reno 5260 W 7th St
        Winnemucca 3010 Potato Rd
           
      Oregon    
        Albany 1330 Goldfish Farm Rd Se
        Beaverton 17275 Nw Cornell Rd
        Bend 20120 Pinebrook Blvd
        Coos Bay 2051 Newmark Ave
        Cornelius 220 N Adair St
        Corvallis 1840 Nw 9th St
        Cottage Grove 901 Row River Rd
        Eagle Point 11500 Hannon Rd
        Eugene 4550 W 11th Ave
        Grants Pass 135 Ne Terry Ln
        Gresham 2444 E Powell Blvd
        Hermiston 1350 N 1st St
        Hood River 2700 Wasco St
        Island City 11619 Island Ave
        Klamath Falls 3600 Washburn Way
        Lebanon 3290 S Santiam Hwy
        Mcminnville 2375 Ne Highway 99w
        Medford 1360 Center Dr
        Medford 3615 Crater Lake Hwy
        Milwaukie 15600 Se Mcloughlin Blvd
        Newport 160 Nw 25th St
        Ontario 1775 E Idaho Ave
        Pendleton 2203 Sw Court Ave
        Portland 4200 Se 82nd Ave
        Redmond 300 Nw Oaktree Ln
        Roseburg 2125 Nw Stewart Pkwy
        Saint Helens 2295 Gable Rd
        Salem 3025 Lancaster Dr Ne
        Salem 5250 Commercial St Se
        Salem 1940 Turner Rd Se
        Sherwood 21320 Sw Langer Farms Pkwy
        Springfield 2659 Olympic St
        Springfield 2730 Gateway Street
        Tigard 7600 Sw Dartmouth St.
        Wood Village 23500 Ne Sandy Blvd
           
      South Dakota  
        Rapid City 1200 N Lacrosse St
        Spearfish 2825 1st Ave
      Utah    
        American Fork 949 W Grassland Dr
        Cedar City 1330 S Providence Center Dr
        Cedar Hills 4689 W Cedar Hills Dr
        Centerville 221 W Parrish Ln
        Clinton 1632 N 2000 W
        Ephraim 777 N Main St
        Harrisville 534 N Harrisville Rd
        Heber City 1274 S Us 189
        Herriman 5056 W 13400 S
        Hurricane 180 N 3400 W
        Layton 745 W Hill Field Rd
        Lindon 585 N State St
        Logan 1150 S 100 W
        Magna 3555 S. 8400 W.
        Midvale 7250 Union Park Ave
        North Logan 1550 N Main St
        Ogden 1959 Wall Ave
        Orem 1355 Sandhill Rd
        Payson 1052 Turf Farm Rd
        Perry 1200 S Commerce Way
        Pleasant Grove 1707 West State Street
        Price 255 S Highway 55
        Provo 2255 N University Parkway
        Richfield 10 E 1300 S
        Riverdale 4848 S 900 W
        Riverton 13502 Hamilton View Rd
        Riverton 1202 West 12600 South
        Salt Lake City 350 Hope Ave
        Salt Lake City 2705 E Parleys Way
        Salt Lake City 4627 S 900 E
        Sandy 9151 South Quarry Blvd
        Saratoga Springs 136 W State Road 73
        South Jordan 11328 S Jordan Gtwy
        South Jordan 3590 W. South Jordan Pkwy
        Spanish Fork 1206 N. Canyon Creek Parkway
        Springville 660 S 1750 W
        St George 2610 Pioneer Rd
        Taylorsville 5469 S Redwood Rd
        Tooele 99 W 1280 N
        Vernal 1851 W Highway 40
        Washington 625 W Telegraph St
        West Valley City 3180 S 5600 W
        West Valley City 5675 W 6200 S
           
      Washington  
        Aberdeen 909 E Wishkah St
        Arlington 4010 172nd St Ne
        Auburn 762 Outlet Collection Way
        Battle Ground 1201 Sw 13th Avenue
        Bellevue 15063 Main St
        Bellingham 4420 Meridian St
        Bonney Lake 19205 State Route 410 E
        Bremerton 6797 State Highway 303 Ne
        Chehalis 1601 Nw Louisiana Ave
        Chelan 108 Apple Blossom Dr
        Clarkston 306 5th St
        College Place 1700 Se Meadowbrook Blvd
        Colville 810 North Highway
        Covington 17432 Se 270th Pl
        Ephrata 1399 Nat Washington Way
        Everett 11400 Highway 99
        Federal Way 34520 16th Ave S
        Kennewick 2720 S Quillan St
        Lacey 1401 Galaxy Dr Ne
        Lakewood 7001 Bridgeport Way W
        Longview 540 7th Ave
        Longview 3715 Ocean Beach Hwy 2
        Lynnwood 1400 164th St Sw
        Lynnwood 17222 Highway 99
        Marysville 8924 Quilceda Blvd
        Marysville 8713 64th St Ne
        Monroe 19191 N Kelsey Street
        Moses Lake 1005 N Stratford Rd
        Mount Vernon 2301 Freeway Dr
        Oak Harbor 1250 Sw Erie St
        Omak 902 Engh Rd
        Othello 1860 E Main St
        Pasco 4820 N Road 68
        Port Angeles 3411 E Kolonels Way
        Port Orchard 3497 Bethel Rd Se
        Poulsbo 21200 Olhava Way Nw
        Puyallup 310 31st Ave Se
        Puyallup 16502 Meridian E
        Renton 743 Rainier Avenue South
        Richland 2801 Duportail St
        Sequim 1110 W Washington St
        Shelton 100 E Wallace Kneeland Blvd
        Spanaway 20307 Mountain Hwy E
        Spokane 9212 N Colton St
        Spokane 2301 W Wellesley Ave
        Spokane 1221 S Hayford Rd
        Spokane Valley 15727 E Broadway Ave
        Spokane Valley 5025 E Sprague Ave
        Sunnyside 2675 E Lincoln Ave
        Tacoma 1965 S. Union Ave
        Tumwater 5900 Littlerock Rd Sw
        Vancouver 221e Ne 104th Ave
        Vancouver 9000 Ne Highway 99
        Vancouver 430 Se 192nd Ave
        Wenatchee 2000 N Wenatchee Ave
        Woodland 1486 Dike Access Rd
        Yakima 1600 E Chestnut Ave
        Yakima 6600 W Nob Hill Blvd
        Yelm 17100 State Route 507 Se
           
      Wyoming    
        Casper 4255 Cy Ave
        Cody 321 Yellowstone Ave
        Evanston 125 N 2nd St

             

      Note:  I do not receive cash or any considerations whatsoever for my mention of Augason Farms.  I simply use these products and can therefore speak on some of them.

             

      Home Defense During Riots, Looting and Civil Unrest

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      By Mike Kuykendall

      Most people think they will always be safe and never have to worry about riots, looting or civil unrest. However, most people also figured that the US would always be solvent, as opposed to becoming the biggest debtor nation in the history of the world. With the greatest number of people ever […]

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      100 Items to Disappear First in an Emergency

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      The following is a list that has been floating around the internet forever of the 100 items that disappear first in an emergency. I came across it as a text file I had saved to my computer a long time ago and thought you might find it useful as a guide on preparedness.

      1. Generators (Good ones cost. Gas storage, risky. Noisy; target of thieves; maintenance etc.)
      2. Water Filters/Purifiers
      3. Portable Toilets
      4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
      5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
      6. Coleman Fuel….

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      So You Think You Know All About Self-Defense

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      So You Think You Know All About Self-Defense By Al Bargen

      “I have trained for many years in self-defense.” You think to yourself. You know your ‘stuff’ right? You can simultaneously block that hook punch while delivering that sharp downward punch to the solar plexus of your attacker… incapacitating him. Perhaps you are even knowledgeable […]

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      Bug Out Bag: How Is It Better Than A Survival Kit?

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      Bug Out Bag: How Is It Better Than A Survival Kit? By Kurt H Petrich

      The problem that comes up with hurricane preparedness, tornados, tsunamis and other disasters… is that you don’t have anything to carry your stuff in. A survival kit is made to carry just a few items. But in this case you’ll […]

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      The Hayward Fault & It’s Influence on All Faults on the West Coast

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      California Fault Threat

      Every bridge in the SF Bay Area could be damaged severely in one major earthquake on the Hayward Fault, except for the Golden Gate Bridge. It might be spared if a major earthquake in magnitude and duration strikes on the Hayward Fault. This is because the energy would be spread out into all the associated fault that splinter off from it. The Hayward and San Andreas Faults are separated by a large sandy area that makes up the bay waterways. The tectonic pressure forces pass under and then create the Diablo Range that connects to the San Andreas south of the bay.

      Many of the associated faults are named differently, but they are all connected. Therefore, if the Hayward Fault experiences a massive movement, all the associated areas will as well. If the Hayward Fault moves on the western side, the Golden Gate could be affected. If the movement is mostly on the eastern side, then bridges and levees would be affected severely, leaving highways and byways impassible.

      This means emergency service would be inhibited. Helicopters would have to be used to evacuated injured. Commuters would be stranded everywhere. Commerce throughout the state and on the entire west coast would be halted. Communication lines would be damaged. Water supply lines would be ruptured, along with gas pipes. Power lines would be down. Fires would rage everywhere, with no water pressure to fight them with. Levees would most likely fail, flooding even the state capital under many feet of water.

      Any large earthquake on the Hayward Fault would possibly lead to large movements on other faults in the Bay Area, too, including anyplace along the entire length of the San Andreas Fault and The Cascadia Subduction Zone.

      See here how the faults are all associated like the wrinkles that form if you push on your own skin: Fault Zones

      We as Californians, along with everyone in this nation and the world, are someday in for a wild ride of survival. State Government Leaders should take heed of this warning and prepare appropriately with plans to mobilize fire-boats, helicopters from civilian and military positions, along with preparing all citizens to be as independent as possible in the event of this future event. That way, more people may survive, and the emergency services will face the least amount of strain on their resources and personnel.

      Everyone, everywhere on this planet that is able, should have an emergency pack with them at all times, for their own personal benefit.

      Vital Elements Needed for Proper Prepping both conventionally and naturally

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      Food, Water, Medicine, “Personal Hygiene Products”
      Look at this list backwards; 
      In Brief:
      Lack of personal hygiene = “Bacteria(s) 2. Bacteria(s) = illness’ which need medicine to heal or repair or eliminate. 3. Illness’ need medicine but also nutritional supplementation(s).  In order to provide true nutrition to ALL our main systems we need Good Food and a Pure Water Source to maintain overall hydration health for this to gets applied to all our main systemsRemoving one element from the necessary elements to survive will effect all the main systems of the human body; Respiratory, Circulatory, Central Nervous System as del as the skeletal and muscular systems. 
      If there is a lack of:
      Personal Hygiene products 
      what will happen? 
      Bacteria(s) become present
      Your immune system gets effected, by the added stress from the bacteria(s)
      illness sets in.
      Medicine(s)?  will be needed to counter and defeat the ill effects of the bacteria(s)
      furthermore with the high expenses of western medicine  what would happen if doctors could no longer afford to practice not only because of financial reasons but government regulations. what will you also do for dental care and maint. or …
      How about pain management,and diseases and virus’  and other aliments?
      There are natural medicines and are abundant to wildcraft to list a few.
      Ginger. to help with inflammation and nausea and has anti viral properties
      Dandelion a natural detox / blood purifier
      Lawn daisies good for cold flus’ bronchitis
      Pine needles  powerful antiseptic
      Cinnamon another powerful antiseptic
      Burdock a powerhouse of a detox/ blood purifier 
      Ginseng all natural form of energy
      Willow bark a natural form of pain management with an aspirin like effect
      Slippery elm bark for nutritional support, colds, flus’ and to make poultices for bone breaks or sprains.
      Wild cherry bark. a natural solution for acid reflux and for caught
      Napal great solution for diabetes
      Cattail root the natural starch in the white part of the root is a natural form of energy/food
      Skullcap a nervine to help calm the central nervous system, a natural solution for anxiety.
      Juniper. a powerful antiseptic for urinary tract infections
      Elder berries a powerhouse for severe colds flus’ bronchitis and pneumonia and as well as an everyday health tonic to maintain your immune system particularly when taken with rose hips. a powerhouse form of vitamin C.
      Wild strawberry leaves Good to regulate irregular sugar levels with diabetics.
      Mullein a powerful antiviral will kill any virus on contact.
      Chicory a powerful detox for the respiratory system
      Spearmint after only 3 day of oral care use will prohibit any plaque growth.
      Lavender used for skincare and light topical pain management a nervine that calms the central nervous system
      Goldenseal a powerful and pure antiseptic.can be used as an eyewash to help pink eye.
      Others that can be bought at local supermarket as spices (ORGANIC)
      Black strap molasses Good to help heal cracked, broken or bruised ribs.
      Turmeric a natural and powerful anti-inflammatory and good liver cleanser good for diabetics.
      Ginger powder another powerful anti inflammatory and with anti viral properties.
      Flax seeds a good source of Fiber and omega3 fatty acids for nutritional and heart support and has more Ligans than most other plants
      Thyme a powerful antibiotic with antiviral and anti bacterial properties.
      Basil
      Cilantro this is goos to swat raw for it provides chlorophyl which delivers oxogen to the blood for further delivery to all your main systems and your brain.
      Oregano a powerful antibiotic with antiviral and antibacterial properties
      Clove bud an all natural anesthetic with antiviral and antibacterial properties
      Cinnamon a powerful antiseptic that will also help with better blood circulation particularly to nerve endings this is due to its antiseptic properties and used topically with a well diluted essential oil.
      Garlic a powerful  anti biotic with anti viral properties
      Water:  Proper hydration is vitally important so that proper absorption levels of vitamins and minerals are maintained. Also water assists in the delivery of oxogen to your main systems at a molecular level through the blood stream and digestive strict. particularly targeting the Central Nervous System. this will directly aid in the maintenance of healthy neurotransmitters for healthy brain activity and all main system optimal functionality.

      There is a natural Solution also to purify water using an essential Oil “NIAOLI”
      Secondly,On a water system I highly recommend and have myself is the Mini Works MSR micro filter . This is issued to the US marines. Also note others due to wear from the dirty water supplies need to be replaced yes, (the Whole Filtering System) this unit has a maintenance kit that is very inexpensive and is comparable and if not bet than the other models out there I also cary a spare filter with my system.
      Food: 
      Food preparations  are great but what happened when they run out there are many types of Solutions for this: and to list a few…
      1. Long Term Food Storage Preps  Freeze dried this process retains more nutritional
       value
      Canning For moderate Term Self Life( Read our Post on natural Solutions for Botulism)
      Gardening: Use open pollinator Non GMA seeds for best crop yield. also get involved with seed banks.
      Hunting and trapping; for a fresh meat source.
      Natural Solutions:
      Wild Berries
      Slippery Elm Bark will provide all nutritional support one would need, but even with this there will be a need to fill your stomach with roughage so that you feel a full effect.
      Bee pollen this is classified as a supper food and is loaded with mineral and vitamins particularly b complex.
      Spiruilina This to another superfood provide vital nutrition to your main systems as well as promoting healthy oxygen levels in the blood.
      Chlorella Yet another supper food that will help provide nutrient to all your main systems for survival.
      Wild Catails the cattail itself can be roasted and the root can be eaten as a starch for food supplementation as well as a natural source of energy.
      Burdock eat the leave stems for a good source of vitamin b6
      In Conclusion , People  must work together and not try to delegate all survival tasks and resources to themselves but with realistic and reliable individuals also remember we should also take glare of the disabled and the elderly regardlessly. and above all we MUST put GOD FIRST and include him in all we do plan and learn. Go to the post Hope Herbs and the graces off God and after you read it watch the short training video at the end and you will be amazed what you just learned and pass it around.
      Refferences:

      There are also Video sections for beginners on my site for building a bug out, good, and inch bag(s)

      Great Advice For Beginners

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      Great Advice For Beginners

      Today’s main comment offers some excellent advice for the first steps into reenacting! Since we get so many great comments from all of you, we are going to start splitting our Q&A videos up. This is to make sure all the information doesn’t become buried in long Q&A videos. Great Advice For Beginners Max Forloine […]

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      The Silent Majority

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      The Silent Majority

      The majority of preppers are silent and secretive. The majority of people are silenced by their fears of today’s society that ridicules rational thought and action-orientated solutions that call for certain sacrifices of irrational compassion. Yes, irrational compassion. It is not rational to have compassion for cowards, criminals, and people that are suffering of their own making in regards to situations where they were warned ahead of time of the consequences and therefore knew that their choice or choices had serious repercussions.

      The majority of preppers see the repercussions that are present now, and are coming in the future, because of the actions of other people, that will affect billions. The actions of political leader’s words, law maker’s actions, media bias and baiting for ratings and revenue, scientist’s experimentation against the natural principles of nature(GMO), chemicals everywhere now, terrorism, and social decapitation of character, values, and responsible principles of conduct.

      The silent majority is awakening, though! There is a candidate for The Presidency of the United States of America that has clearly stated the words that so many people of all colors of skin, gender, orientation, and whatever other small difference, have been wanting to say and hear from others for a very long time. That message is that we are sick of not having control over the people we pay, that are creating the negative affects on our economy, environment, foreign policy, Constitutional Rights, and everyday quality of private life and the general society in our communities.

      The silent majority is tired of being told that we are bound by law to pay people that only serve themselves and restrict our right to naturally defend ourselves for people of evil intention towards us and our loved ones. This is tyranny we are sick of. and are not going to take it anymore. We, the silent majority, support our imperfect law enforcement personnel that place their lives on the line everyday so that our communities can be safer places to live and play. We support our military at all levels and all branches. We love our country in all it’s youth and imperfection. We do not hate because we are against certain destructive people of all types.

      Disliking something irrational and destructive to the good of all people is not hate. It is nothing less than a mature stance of responsible thought.

      Let us bring the silent majority everywhere in the world, into the prepping community, because if one of the silent majority is not elected to possibly the most power seat in the world, then we may just be doomed. If we do not elect someone that is a serious person, and elect another establishment candidate of either party, then the present course of irrational thought and action will continue, and we are most likely doomed at some point in the near future.

      We will be doomed due to a lack of serious action against crime in the communities of our own country, the terrorism of peoples around the world, the lack of rational thought in economic matters, more taxation without representation, the continued growth of violence coupled with a further reduction of the natural right to defend ourselves wherever we are standing or sitting, and an overall decapitation and perversion of the Constitution of the United States of America.

      I support Donald Trump in his efforts to awaken the silent majority. I hope that the rational person inside all people will awakening to the basic right that people have, to have a safe and vibrant community of decent people in their actions, regardless of any small differences with skin, gender, or preference in any matter. May all people be awakened to rational thought and actions in America, as well as around the world.

      Sunflower Seeds

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      Sunflower Seeds

      Sunflower seeds have the power to nourish the entire body. They are a rich source of easily digestible and assimilable protein which is essential for the repair of tissues, nerves, and cells. Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of Vitamin D, B-complex, Vitamin K, and Vitamin E. Vitamin E, also known as tocopherol, is an […]

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      Planned Parenthood Now Using Elementary School Students in DC as Human Shields

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      The latest in an ongoing stream of atrocious behavior by Planned Parenthood was exposed this week in Washington, DC. Just as new videos surfaced of Planned Parenthood executives flippantly discussing

      Prepper Travel 101: Traveling With Kids

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      Traveling overseas with little ones isn’t easy or simple, but it is possible. With a bit of planning, it’s even possible to do so without losing your mind.

      Our second flight during the move to Taiwan was over 12 hours long. Having food allergies and small kids, I was a bit nervous about how the journey would go. After all, if I got sick, it’s not like there would be an epi-pen on board. If a kid threw up all over himself, it’s not like there would be a place to buy new clothes.

      Enter the prepper.

      For our flight, we each brought a backpack as a carry on. We also brought a small duffel bag that held a change of clothes for each kids, as well as extra stuff we might need. For our family, this included healthy snacks, a first aid kit, extra batteries, a portable charger, and a laptop. We also brought a DVD player, which ended up not being necessary due to the in-flight movies, but it was nice to know it was available.

      Packing the extra duffel bag was a positive experience for us since it meant we could each have “our” bag in front of us on the flight, but the duffel could go overhead. If we needed the extra clothes, food, or batteries, we could quickly get those items without being overwhelmed with “stuff” in front of us.

      Know Your Kids
      The biggest thing to keep in mind while traveling with children is that you need to know your kids. No one else knows exactly what your little ones need, what they’re like when they’re tired, how they get when they’re hungry, or what they’re afraid of. Try to think about each child you have and what situations might make them uncomfortable. Once you consider this, you can plan for it.

      For example, one of my kids is very picky when it comes to food. With a bit of prodding, he’ll try anything, but he’d rather starve than eat food he dislikes. I made sure to pack plenty of food for the journey. While there were two meals served during the flight, both were seasoned very heavily and my plain Jane little monkey wasn’t very comfortable with the food. During a time of drastic changes, he was happy to have goldfish crackers and beef jerky available.

      Plan for the Worst
      We once had a flight that ended up being twice as long as it was supposed to be. When we got to our destination, we got caught in a traffic loop and circled the airport for almost two hours. (Die Hard, much?) My son spent the last hour crying, much to my dismay and the frustration of everyone else. He was tired, hungry, and we were almost out of food and formula for the trip. Always try to plan for the unexpected. With youngsters, it’s a fine line between keeping them entertained and packing too much stuff, but try to plan for at least 1-2 extra hours of travel time during flights. It’ll help keep your sanity – and the sanity of those around you.

      Hurricane coming next week Tuesday

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      Looks like this coming Tuesday I’m going to have a Cat 1 or 2 hurricane at my front door. If they’re correct it’s going to roll up the entire east coast of Florida. I don’t expect much damage other than some flooding of low areas along with branches blown out of the trees and the rich people who have ocean front property getting more of their beach washed away.

      At least I’m not going to be standing in line at the stores getting supplies as I am always stocked for these events. I do get to test run my new Honda generator tomorrow just to be sure everything is good to go then just sit back and watch the show!

      No Post in Eight Weeks

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      Wow,  has it been that long? We’ve been busy enjoying life (finally).  Idaho has turned to out be everything we’ve been looking for in an American Redoubt community.

      Sis is a cheerleader for her high school.  She’s finishing up her first 4H project (Hercules,  her swine).  She was elected Honor Queen of her Job’s Daughters Bethel.  She is in the high school choir and drama club and has her first official,  father approved boyfriend. She turned 18 last Saturday. I’ve never seen her so happy and involved.  She started off her birthday by not doing just one act of service but TWO!  From 8-10am she served at our local church Temple and from 10-12 she cleaned the fairgrounds with her 4H club. #ProudDad

      Macky is finishing up her 4H swine project too.  She’s looking forward to track season as she seems to have a knack for throwing discus and shot put.  She submitted her short story to Deseret Publishing but was turned down.  Now she is tweaking her book in hopes of making it just a little bit better. She is very interested in criminal investigation and crime lab stuff.  Like looking at blood splatter on a wall and determining the angle and trajectory from where it originated. She was also nominated Outer Guard by her Bethel.

      The Queen is starting freshman year and made the cheer team with Sis.  She’s as pretty as ever and super excited that the nearest town now has an Ulta (makeup store).  Her 4H swine is named Queenie and likes to eat dead mice. She enjoys church socials and dances and is having a great time in her elected position as Junior Princess in Job’s.  She gives me near daily hugs now without me even asking…at age 14!

      Boo is the most involved with her swine and enjoys walking “Bacon”  around the pasture. She is a Jobie to Bee and attends all the parades and stuff with her big Sisters.  She helps me feed the chickens,  swine and Lucky and is really into animals. 

      Running out of phone battery.  Will complete post later tonight.

      OJD

      Hand Warmers Instead Of Oxygen Absorbers

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      Did you know that Instant heat hand-warmers have the exact same ingredients as those oxygen absorbers? The only difference is that hand-warmers are cheaper and much larger. These can be purchased right at Wal Mart, whereas I have to order my oxygen absorbers off of Amazon. 1 hand-warmer will do a 5 gallon bucket. This makes your cheap Prepped rice even better!

      Land Navigation for Preppers Part 2. The Compass and How to Use It

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      compassIn part 1 we discussed maps. Previously we have discussed navigatiion without a compass. Now lets discuss how to use a compass along with your map to get you from point A to point B.

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      47 Excuses for Not Taking Prepping Seriously

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      47 Excuses for Not Taking Prepping Seriously

      I’ve said it time and time again – prepping isn’t easy. Working toward a goal that will never actually be complete (since prepping is a lifestyle choice and not a one-time accomplishment) can be a frustrating task to set yourself. That being said, you can have success as a prepper, even if the work never… Read More

      This is just the start of the post 47 Excuses for Not Taking Prepping Seriously. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!


      47 Excuses for Not Taking Prepping Seriously, written by Elise Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

      HELP – A Message in the Sand

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       The following is from the UK’s GUARDIAN.

      A desperate message written in sand has saved the life of a British tourist who vanished in the Australian outback after he made ‘the stupidest decision of his life’.
      Geoff Keys, 63, was stranded for two days in the Jardine National Park in far north Queensland, when the self-described explorer got himself lost when trying to reach an isolated part of the park.
      Mr. Keys was barefoot, alone, without food and fearing for his life as he tried to retrace his steps and return to safety. However, the Briton wound up more than 12 kilometers from his camp and, in a moment of madness, tried to swim to the Eliot Falls.

      The desperate message left by Geoff Keys, the British tourist who survived two days lost in the Australian outback

      In an act of desperation, the 63-year-old from Kent, scratched an SOS message into the sand – hoping someone would spot it.
      The carving read ‘HELP 2807’ and had an arrow pointing downstream to where Mr. Keys was resting. 
      ‘It seemed a good idea to help myself as much as possible so I got out of the water, found a stick and wrote a message in the sand, just in case the helicopter came down that way,’ Mr Keys said.
      ‘HELP. 2807. –>. Help, today’s date and my direction of travel. I thought this would be enough to get any helicopter that saw it looking in the right place.’

      To read the complete post of Mr. Key’s ordeal go here. 

      Going Off the Grid: Is Solar Becoming the Best Option?

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      An off-grid solar system is one that has no connection to the utility grid. It therefore provides all of the electricity for the residence or business, and the owner is responsible for all of the repairs and maintenance.

      Staying on the grid is arguably easiest for many people. As Just Energy Ohio points out, solar systems tied to the grid are generally reliable and efficient. Also, if the property owner is leasing the solar system, the solar company is responsible for the repairs and maintenance. On the other hand, being tied to the grid makes the property owner completely dependent on it. In the event of a societal collapse, the property owner will have to hope their power company somehow survives. If they are already off the grid, however, they will be well-prepared to weather such a breakdown.

      The first step in going off the grid is to conduct a “load analysis,” in which the property owner estimates the amount of energy they typically use. Utilities measure electricity consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh), and utility bills will tell the property owner how many kilowatt hours they used during the last billing period. Using a year’s worth of bills provides even more information. The property owner should also factor in any energy conservation methods they are using, plus data about the amount of sun they get in their area. Doing all this will help the property owner determine how much energy they use and how many solar panels they will need to install. They will also need to find the best place for the solar panels—and that place may not necessarily be the roof. Solar panels need to be where they will get maximum sunshine and minimum shade.

      An off-grid system will need all of the same items as a conventional system: solar panels, an inverter, safety equipment, and a monitoring system. In addition, it will need a charge controller, a battery bank, and a generator. The latter will act as a backup source of energy for those days when the sun doesn’t shine. The battery bank stores any excess energy and the charge controller keeps the battery bank from overcharging. The charge controller also helps maintain the batteries, so getting a good one is vital. Since an off-grid system produces all the energy that a building will need, it will probably be somewhat bigger than a grid-tied system. It is best to get the system components from a local source, for they will also probably have the parts and tools needed for any repairs.

      The battery bank will likely be the weak link in the system. While solar panels and inverters can last for at least 20 years, a battery bank has to be replaced every 10 or 15 years – and that’s with good care. The battery bank will need to be cleaned and have its connections checked regularly to prolong its life. It will also need water. The most important aspect of its care, though, is fully recharging the batteries regularly every few days. Even the Tesla Powerwall, which needs little or no maintenance, has only a 10-year warranty. Made by the car company of the same name, it’s a wall-mounted lithium ion battery. It comes in two sizes with the larger battery storing up to 10kWh. Up to nine Powerwall batteries can be linked together in a bank – but a single Powerwall battery costs at least $3,000.

      Solar systems work well in many climates, but extreme heat reduces their efficiency. They are at their best on cool, sunny days. Solar panels that can track the sun are more efficient than those that don’t. While getting an off-grid solar system is not something that should be attempted without a lot of thought and preparation, the independence makes it worth it.

      Elizabeth Eckhart is a freelance writer with an interest in energy conservation, living off the grid and the outdoors. You can link to her on Twitter at @elizeckhart

      Not About Racism, Not About Guns, It’s About Mental Illness

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      Anchor Parker, and Cameraman Ward, in happier times.    I have not published the photographs of the killer because I don’t believe we should glorify what they have done to others who may be mentally ill.





              I have so little confidence in standard American news that I wasn’t watching so I didn’t hear about the on air Roanoke area shooting until Euronews brought it to me.  It was surreal to see such a thing announced by a European news outlet speaking of an area I recognized,  not all that far from where I live. Smith Mountain Lake is a lovely area.  Of course, the Euronews has an agendic spin……… Implied is “See what happens when mere humans are allowed to have guns?”.   My answer would be, “why in the US, where police often can’t get out to such a vast area, would you ever have a remote broadcast without having your own handgun ?”  I live in this area, and in all honesty, if I can’t go somewhere with a concealed weapon, I won’t go there.  A high end jeweler at Christmastime last year was upset when I rang the bell to enter, and when I saw the handguns prohibited sign returned to my car. She followed me out to the car thinking that I had waited too long to have the door opened. I told her that I have a concealed weapons permit and it would be unsafe for me to leave my weapon in the car, security system or not, so I won’t ever be able to shop in her store. It is not safe for most women to be out in the world without a weapon, and without sufficient training to use it properly. We hear about mentally unstable people who use guns to murder people in an active shooter scenario. We don’t hear about the ever growing number of abductions, rapes and murders that are prevented when the potential victim pulls a weapon and improves or equalizes their own chance of survival.

                            The assailant in the Roanoke shooting was named Vester Flanagan.  He had worked as a a television announcer a few years ago at the station in question, and used the on air name Bryce Williams.  From information he faxed to other news outlets in advance of the shooting, he felt that he had been fired a few years ago from his television job as a result of prejudice against gay men and against blacks.(His words, not my own)  Several sources claim the man “had anger issues”.   Apparently, although the man in his early forties had worked in other jobs since, his firing was a festering wound which furthur deteriorated his mental state.  News reports say that  he bought a gun a couple of days after the Charleston church shooting, and his statements indicate that he feared attacks against blacks.  How ironic that a man who said he feared racial violence killed a twenty-four year old young news reporter and a twenty-seven year old cameraman who are reported to have been the very best of friends. He perpetrated the very type of insane violence and injustice he feared !  He also shot the woman they had been interviewing, in the back.

                          Mental illness isn’t confined to people who have been fired from a job. It isn’t confined to gays. It isn’t confined to blacks. The internet age may enhance the mental deterioration of some of these mentally ill individuals as it may leave them less actual contact with other human beings.  Years ago, a withdrawn or persistently angry person would have had contact with a friend or relative who would have told them it was time to get help.  The internet may add an extra veil for these people, sometimes even validating the mentally unhealthy perspectives and disordered thinking they usually exhibit.

                       It’s ironic that our first biracial president has done more to underscore racial differences than we could have imagined.  In many parts of Virginia, whites and blacks work together well. Biracial families are common, although the white spouses are often targets of nasty comments by black women who think the pool of black men should be left for them.  Mr. Obama has had even those who were adapted and thriving wondering if racism has impacted their lives.

                        
                       The answer is not to furthur restrict guns allowing the very people who need to protect themselves to have fewer options.  Perhaps the answer in this case is to educate employers that when you fire someone, that a security contractor should speak with them in a terminal interview.  People who perpetrate violence either just after a firing or some time after are usually assessed at high risk for doing so IF they have come to the attention of s savvy security contractor. The field is called protective intelligence and threat assessment. People who are going to act out after a firing usually give pretty clear indications that they aren’t operating normally.  The fact that when fired, Mr. Flanagan or Williams if he is on air, wouldn’t leave the premises until the police were called to escort him.  This was a bloody red flag.



        One of the best companies for threat assessment work is:

      http://coursensecuritygroup.com/CSG/BIO.html









      Managing Menstruation When The SHTF- Naturally

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      Managing Menstruation When The SHTF- Naturally!

      Ladies. It’s that time of the month. Aunt Flo has come to pay you a visit, and she couldn’t have picked a more inconvenient time.

      The stuff has just hit the fan, big time. Grocery and convenience stores have been picked clean, the roads are blocked with abandoned cars, and a mandatory curfew has you confined to your home against your will. Not to mention, it isn’t exactly safe to be venturing out to town at this particular moment.

      Your stash of disposable hygiene products is quickly dwindling. What am I going to do when my supply runs out? You wonder. You think back to your history textbooks, trying to recollect any mention of what the pioneer women might have used for menstruation. What the heck did they use? Leaves? Corn husks? Strips of leather? You begin to feel desperate as you consider the embarrassment this could lead to if you don’t think of something soon.

      If you’ve never considered having reusable backups to your monthly menses needs, now would be a good time to formulate a plan, while you still have time for options. Sure, worst case scenario you could pack your panties with leaves and hope they stay in place, but who really wants to go that route? Yeah. Me neither.

      Historically, women from all across the globe have been able to maintain sanitation and dignity through creative means long before Playtex hit the scene. For the sake of time I won’t go over the irrelevant (although interesting) contraptions which have been replaced in modern society with much more comfortable means. But I would like to share some really great products and DIY alternatives to disposable sanitary supplies which you could use over and over again without need of replacing for quite some time.

      Reusable Sanitary Options

      Sea Sponges

      For ages, women living near the sea have been using natural sea sponges as washable tampons. Due to an increase in oceanic pollutants, there are rising health issues associated with using sea sponges harvested from contaminated areas. However, there are companies today who are raising sea sponges for exactly this purpose in a controlled and clean environment in order to ensure a safe and natural alternative to tampons.

       Washable Cloth Pads

      Ancient Romans used soft cloth for menstrual pads (and tampons). In the 1900s, American women used the same cotton cloth that diapers were made from as sanitary pads as well. Linen has also been used through the years.

      When disposable pads and tampons became available, more and more women switched to using these over the washable versions. However, as more information about the dangers of the chemicals that are used in these products has come to the forefront women are gradually shifting back toward using cloth pads, not only for health reasons but also for the environmental and monetary benefits of reusables.

      You can buy cloth sanitary pads online. There are also plenty of tutorials on YouTube on how to sew your own. Although I have personally purchased several cloth pads to use on a regular basis, I’ve also kept a stash of my children’s baby receiving blankets and old towels to make more cloth pads as needed.

       Menstrual Cups

      In the 1930s, a group of midwives patented the first menstrual cup. With disposable alternatives available, these cups never grew in popularity. In recent years however, menstrual cups have made a comeback as more women are looking for sustainable, safer alternatives to tampons.

      I have a Diva Cup that I’ve been using for about a year now. Initially I purchased it just to have a backup to disposables for emergencies. However, after getting into the habit of using it I much prefer it to tampons. Without going into TMI, I would definitely recommend it as a SHTF alternative to tampons. Buy several if you have a lot of women in your family or group.

      Homemade Tampons

      I’ve seen some really creative women make washable tampons using rolled organic cloth or even crocheting or knitting organic fibers. Be sure not to use synthetic materials that could cause a reaction within your body. And don’t use water-repellant materials such as wool which will cause leaking.

      Bushcraft Pads

      What if you find yourself in the wilderness without time to prepare for that time of the month? Native American women would have used plant based materials, such as moss or inner bark shavings of Cedar, for sanitation needs. They wove plant fibers, or used animal hair to make pads.

      Soft Shredded Cedar

      You wouldn’t think that bark would be very comfortable to wear, but when worked properly it can be surprisingly soft, and has been used for clothing for thousands of years.

      Although I’ve yet to try it myself, here is some information I found on how to soften the inner bark of Cedar trees:

      Material: The inner bark of both the western red cedar and Alaska yellow cedar is used in weaving. Cedar bark is harvested from the trees by removing only a small strip of bark from a tree, so the tree can easily heal and continue to grow. For weaving, as soon as the bark is removed form the tree, the inner and outer bark are separated. The inner bark is then dried and stored in a dry place for later use. No part of the tree is wasted.

      Preparation: The two types of cedar bark are best suited for different uses, and require different preparation. If using western red cedar bark for diapers, towels or clothing, beat the dry bark with a blade-type beater, placing the bark over the sharp edge of a board. As you beat the red cedar bark, move the bark over the sharp board edge, making the bends every 1/8 of an inch.

      For yellow cedar, soak the bark for five to seven days, and then beat the bark with either a hard wood or bone bark beater on a hard surface (such as a flat rock). Yellow cedar bark is better suited for making clothing; it beats much finer (heavy thread size), and does not break or come apart like red cedar bark.

      ~Source

      Traditionally, bark was harvested in spring and sometimes fall. Once the inner bark was softened in this manner, Native American women would further soften bark fibers by twisting them, ruffling them between their two hands, or “thigh rolling” where they roll the fibers with one hand on the thigh. The end result was very pliable and soft fibers perfect for weaving.

      lambsear

      Wooly Lamb’s Ear has super soft leaves and would make another really nice padding for menstruation. If you have gauze on hand you could use it to fashion a sanitary pad stuffed with leaves.

      Slow or Stop Menstruation With Herbs

      Another way to reduce your need for sanitary products is to slow your menstrual flow or even possibly stop it with herbs. This practice isn’t recommended on a regular basis, but would be helpful to know in an emergency.

      The following is intended for informational purposes only, and is not meant to be medical advice. Please do your own research into these herbs before trying them.

      • A tea of Angelica root is an old Chinese herbal remedy said to regulate female hormones and has been used to stop menstruation.
      • Raspberry Leaf tea helps ease abdominal cramping due to menstruation and may reduce the length of your period. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil, then remove from heat. Add 8-10 raspberry leaves, and cover. Allow to steep for 5 minutes, then strain and sweeten with honey, if desired.
      • Garden Sage tea can slow heavy menstrual bleeding. Boil 2 cups of water with 4-5 leaves of sage for 10-15 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey.
      • A tea made from the root of Bitter Dock is said to reduce menstrual flow.
      • Lady’s Mantle is another herb known to stop menstruation naturally. Mix 1 teaspoon of Lady’s Mantle in a cup of water. Let the mixture boil for a few minutes. Steep and cool the tea. Add honey if desired. Or mix Lady’s Mantle with Raspberry leaves and lemon balm for a nice blend.

      “Taken regularly for a period of several months has been proven to reduce or stop menstrual flow completely in women. The recommended dose of this herb is 20 to 30 drops of extract taken at least thrice a day for 3 weeks prior to expected date of period.” ~Source

      • Shepherd’s Purse has strong anti-hemorrhagic properties. When Garden Sage and Lady’s Mantle don’t prove to be strong enough, Shepherd’s purse is a good next choice to stop heavy menstrual bleeding. Gather a handful of fresh Shepherd’s Purse leaves and cover them in a pot of water. Bring to a simmer, and reduce liquid by half. Strain off leaves and drink.
      • A tea of dried or fresh Comfrey leaves can be taken regularly with a little honey to reduce or stop periods completely.

      Easing menstrual pain naturally

      Easing Menstrual Pain Naturally

      I never experienced menstrual cramping until after the birth of my fourth child. Holy moly it hurt like heck! Many women rely upon Ibuprofen or other drugs to help ease the pains of their monthly cycle, but there are some very potent ways to relieve the discomfort naturally.

      Raspberry leaf to is my go-to for easing menstrual cramps. One nice, hot cup of tea and the pain almost instantly vanishes. A hot water bottle applied to the abdomen is also very soothing. Essential oils give amazing results as well. Lavender, Clary Sage, and Marjoram essential oils rubbed over the abdomen have been shown to ease pain and cramping. I strongly advice that you store a good supply of top quality 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils in your medicinal preps. They never expire and have countless uses.

      Circumstances Play A Role

      When our body senses that it is going into a “fight or flight” mode, it can do some pretty interesting things. One common effect of stress or lots of exercise is irregular or missed periods. Malnourishment also alters your menstrual cycle, reducing the number of periods you have or stopping them altogether. In an emergency situation, you may find that your periods are much lighter or that you skip them altogether.

      Whatever the circumstances are, it’s always a good idea to have some reusable backups in place to deal with menstruation as it occurs.

      Like it or not, that time of the month is coming. Will you be prepared when the SHTF?

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      4 Additions to Create a Bug Out Vehicle

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      Whether an extinction-level asteroid strikes planet Earth or the U.S. morphs into a full-fledged police state, pre-disaster due diligence is key to ensuring your liberty and freedom.

      You don’t have to be a prepper or conspiracy theorist to at least have a vehicle that can get you out of harm’s way if and when it becomes necessary. These four additions can instantly turn any car into a bug-out vehicle.

      All-terrain tires

      One of the best bug-out locations in the continental United States is Crown King, Arizona, a mountain community with one way in and one way out. The trails (can’t really call them roads) to access it are unpaved, uneven and rough all around. But even a little Volkswagen Jetta can scale this terrain with the right equipment.

      A new set of all-weather, off-road tires are key when taking your car to unknown areas. Nitto tires, for instance, have staggered shoulder lugs for stabilization when driving over loose gravel and large rocks. Make certain whichever tires you choose have sipes for maximum traction on wet, snowy and icy roads.

      Emergency supplies

      They call it “bugging-out” because more likely than not you’ll never see your old home again. This means your vehicle must be equipped with everything you need to survive in the short-term and to set you up for long-term living.

      At least two-weeks worth of non-perishable food needs to be ready to go at all times. Canned and freeze-dried items are best. One gallon of water per person, per day is reccomended. A siphon pump, tire chains, CB radio and a few cans of Fix-A-Flat are also necessities. Get rid of the “doughnut” spare tire and get a real one.

      Portable power pack

      Electricity is one of the most precious commodities in a SHTF scenario. A portable power pack can provide enough electricity to maintain a certain level of normalcy even in the most remote locations.

      A cheap and effective option is the Power Dome EX. It can jumpstart your car in an emergency and also power or charge your laptops, smartphones and other low-wattage electronics. Another option is a 110/120v inverter that plugs right into your cigarette lighter. Energizer makes them from 500 to 4,000 watts.

      Solar options

      It’s inevitable that you will run out of gas at some point and have no means to power anything. Solar energy systems are becoming more affordable and portable everyday, to the point that it’s now a necessity for a true bug-out vehicle.

      Goal Zero has several options for portable solar power. Its setups are small enough to strap onto a backpack and charge devices while hiking toward a sanctuary spot. Those who already have a bug-out location can build a basic solar power system to provide perpetual power. A complete 100 watt system, including the charge controller, can be purchased for around $200. The only additional item needed is a 12v deep-cycle battery or two 6-volt run-in series.

      It’s very important to practice your bug-out routine several times a year to ensure a smooth process. Always stay a few steps ahead to guarantee life and liberty continue regardless of what’s going on around you.

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      Seven Keys To Life

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      This is intended to be a very simple list of seven keys to life. Lots can be written about each of these seven  keys, but sometimes the big picture can get obscured by the details. Do these seven things consistently, and life will likely become much easier for you. 

      1- Put God First

      2- Love others

      3- Forgive

      4- Be generous

      5- Live Simply

      6- Take care of your health

      7- Avoid debt

      Prepper Travel 101: Part 1

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      In the next few months, I’ll be releasing several new books. This has been a slow year for me, and there are several reasons for that.

      Firstly, I’ve been focusing on my personal clients. In addition to writing prepper and minimalist books, I also create websites for other people. This takes up a lot of my time and unfortunately, it currently pays better and more regularly than eBooks. (This isn’t always the case, but it is at the moment.)

      Secondly, I’ve had to decide how I’ll deal with the Kindle Unlimited 2 fallout. Amazon is one of my favorite websites to use as a customer, reader, and author, but with the changes to Kindle Unlimited, I’ll be pulling all of my books from the program. I originally loved KU because it enabled readers to easily and inexpensively discover new authors. As an author, I loved it because the pay was fairly solid and decent. With the new changes, which were designed so that novelists made more money than short story writers, everyone has suffered. Even my lengthy books have taken a pay cut and as a result, I will no longer be participating in the program.

      Finally, we’ve been moving overseas! In the next few months, you can expect a book on traveling with kids, moving abroad with your family, and a book balancing minimalism with prepping. (Can it be done? I’ll show you how!)

      Navigation Term of the Month – True North

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      True north refers to the north pole; significantly different from the magnetic pole.  True north

      is our principle geographic reference.  True North is located at the top center of the earth.  Topo graphic maps are laid out with a clear reference to true north.       


      To keep my navigation simple I use a compass (Silva Ranger, Suunto M3) that can be adjusted to true north  and I set up my GPS receiver to report in degrees true.


      This way I match my map with my compass and GPS receiver such that I am on the “same page” with all my navigation equipment.  

      The difference between true north and magnetic north is called declination; it changes over time and it varies in relation to the hiker’s location

      Maggots Use In Medicine

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      Ancient therapy making comeback as wound-healing option

      These aren’t your grandfather’s maggots.

      Maggot, or larval, therapy has been around since ancient times as a way to heal wounds. Now, the method has gone high-tech–in some ways–and it’s being tested in a rigorous clinical trial at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla. Recruitment is now underway.

      The study involves veterans with chronic diabetic ulcers on their feet. The maggots feasting on the dead or dying tissue in their wounds–and eating germs in the process–have been sterilized in a pristine, pharmaceutical-grade lab. Instead of roaming free over the wounds, they are contained in fine mesh bags, and removed after a few days.

      Welcome to maggot therapy, 2015.

      “There’s an eight-step quality-control process to how these medicinal maggots are produced,” notes lead investigator Dr. Linda Cowan. “Every batch is quality-tested.”

      Cowan has a Ph.D. in nursing science and is a wound-care specialist with VA and the University of Florida. She has studied maggots in the lab, combed through the available research on them, and seen firsthand what they can do in wounds.

      “As a clinician, I was very impressed by the literature on larval therapy. And sometimes we would have patients come into the clinic with what I call ‘free range’ maggots–they’re not sterile, they’re not produced specifically for medicinal purposes–the patients got them at home, unintentionally. But they really clean out the wound nicely.”

      Cowan, like other researchers, tends to prefer the scientific term “larvae” over “maggots,” but they mean the same thing. The whitish worm-like creatures are young flies, before they mature into pupa and then into adults. For therapy, in most countries, the green bottle fly is the insect of choice.

      Co-investigator Dr. Micah Flores, whose background is in entomology–the study of bugs–admits that “maggot” does have a negative connotation for most folks. “It can be a scary word,” he says.

      Cowan points out that in the study’s recruitment flyer “we use the term ‘medicinal maggots.’ We want people to know these are not home-grown on somebody’s windowsill.”

      The VA study will involve up to 128 Veterans. It’s comparing maggot therapy with the standard of care for diabetic wounds–a treatment called sharp debridement, in which a health care provider uses a scalpel, scissors, or other tool to cut or scrape away dead or unhealthy tissue. The procedure promotes wound healing.

      Nearly a quarter of VA patients have diabetes, and about a quarter of these will have foot wounds related to the disease. In many cases, the hard-to-heal ulcers worsen to the point where gangrene develops and amputation is required.

      The Gainesville researchers will examine how well the wounds heal in each study group. They’ll also look at maggots’ effects on harmful bacteria. In addition to clearing out dead tissue, maggots disinfect wounds by ingesting bacteria and secreting germ-killing molecules. They also eat through biofilm–a slimy mix of micro-organisms found on chronic wounds.

      Turn back the clock about 90 years, and there was a researcher who grew maggots on a hospital windowsill, as unscientific as that sounds. Dr. William Baer had treated U.S. soldiers in France during World War I and noticed that large, gaping wounds that were swarming with maggots–sometimes thousands of the creatures–didn’t get infected, and the men survived.

      Baer came back to Johns Hopkins University and experimented with the therapy, only to realize that maggots could spread disease as they devoured decaying tissue. Two of his patients died of tetanus. He made some progress with using sterilized maggots, but soon antibiotics would come on the scene and maggot therapy–with its high yuck factor–fell into disregard.

      “Antibiotics were the new cure-all, and so we didn’t need the maggots around too much anymore,” says Cowan. “But they’ve never gone away completely.”

      A few studies took place in the U.S. in the ladder half of the last century, including some at the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif. But it wasn’t enough to place maggots in the pantheon of modern medical miracles. Meanwhile, the therapy continued to attract interest in the United Kingdom, where a game-changer occurred a few years ago. A Wales-based company called BioMonde came out with the bag concept, which caught Cowan’s attention right away.

      She had been interested in studying maggot therapy. But she also realized that many clinicians, as well as patients–and their caregivers at home, who would have to change dressings–might have a hard time warming up to the idea.

      “When we started talking about doing this study,” says Cowan, “we were interested in the yuck factor. One of my concerns was other clinicians. They have to deal with this. They may be turned off by what I call the squirmy wormies.”

      Cowan recalls one nurse colleague who would recoil when patients showed up in the clinic with wounds that had attracted a few maggots.

      “She just had an aversion to larvae of any kind. When a patient would come in, and they would have these free-range maggots, she would not want to deal with them. She would come and get me, and I would take care of it.

      “I realized she wouldn’t be the only clinician out there who would feel like this. So I thought this product would really make a difference.”

      That said, Cowan believes many patients are undeterred by the insects, bags or no bags. She tells of one veteran who has been struggling with a non-healing diabetic ulcer for three years. “He said he is willing to try anything that might work.”

      That attitude is not uncommon among those with diabetic sores, says Cowan, although she senses that veterans, as a group, may be a bit less squeamish than the general population, and thus even more receptive to the therapy.

      “When we go through the informed consent form with them, we explain the study and we tell them they could be randomized to the ‘sharp’ group, which is the standard of care, the same kind of debridement they’ve gotten in the past–or they could get the maggot therapy. We’ve done about 21 informed consents so far. Overwhelmingly, people have been disappointed if they weren’t randomized to the maggot group.”

      BioMonde, the company sponsoring the trial, has said it will provide maggots for up to two weeks of treatment for any patient who did not receive the therapy during the study but wants it, and whose physician believes it would be appropriate.

      Both groups in the study will receive treatment over the course of eight days. Along with studying the veteran patients and their wounds, the researchers will survey their caregivers and clinical providers. “One thing we want to find out,” says Cowan, “is whether this yuck factor is really an issue. And who is it the greatest issue for? Patients? Clinicians? The wife or husband who has to change the dressing?”

      To examine the main study outcome, the team will photograph each wound before and after each treatment. Then, wound-care experts who are blinded to which therapy was used–maggots or sharp debridement–will visually assess how much viable versus non-viable tissue remains.

      Just as important, the team will study the therapies’ effects on biofilms. A biofilm is not a movie about someone’s life–it’s a soupy mix of bacteria and other germs that resides on or in a wound. Experts believe it may be part of why some wounds–such as diabetic ulcers–are so difficult to heal. Cowan’s group has studied biofilms in the lab, grown on pieces of pig skin, and she says the maggots are the only therapy that appears to completely eradicate them.

      “A biofilm is a party of poly-microbial organisms,” explains Cowan. “It could be bacteria, fungus, virus–all of them. They spit out a protective coating that protects them from things you would put on the wound, like an antiseptic gel. Also, it protects them from things you might take inside the body systemically, like antibiotics. So it’s tough to get rid of these biofilms.

      “You can debride with a scalpel, and you can cut away what looks like dead or unhealthy tissue, but you can’t see biofilm. And if you don’t completely get rid of a biofilm growth, within 24 to 72 hours it can completely regenerate, with its protective coating.”

      Cowan collaborated with Dr. Gregory Schultz on numerous studies involving biofilms at UF’s Institute for Wound Research.

      “Both independently and collaboratively, we tested quite a number of products,” says Cowan. “We tried all kinds of expensive things. There were some that were more promising than others. We would get some good, favorable results. But there was nothing that was getting rid of everything–until we tested the maggots.”

      The group published a 2013 study in the journal Ulcers that included before-and-after pictures, taken with an electron scanning microscope, attesting to the maggots’ handiwork.

      “The results were mind-blowing,” says Cowan. “The photos show the difference with the larvae at 24 and 48 hours. At 24 hours there were hardly any [bacteria] to count, and at 48 hours the biofilm was completely gone. Not one organism left.”

      She points out another benefit of the maggots, versus drug treatment: “It’s hard for bacteria or other organisms to develop a resistance to something that’s going to eat them.” Drug-resistant bacteria are a huge problem in U.S. heath care.

      Flores, the entomologist, wants to peek inside the maggots, to see what they’ve ingested. After they are removed from a wound, the bagged maggots are being frozen for later analysis. (Not in the same freezer where the lab crew keeps their Haagen-Dazs, by the way.)

      “My background is studying insects–flies in particular,” says Flores. “So I’m very interested in what’s inside the larval gut, what they’ve been feeding on. Are they picking up the same organisms we’re seeing growing on the wound? Does it match up?”

      Flores and Cowan say theirs is the first study to do this type of analysis. And there should be plenty to look at: Between dead tissue, bacteria, and biofilm–an all-you-can-eat buffet for maggots–they take in enough grub to noticeably blow up in size.

      “They do a great job,” says Cowan. “They plump up to the size of a small jelly bean, whereas when they go in, they’re smaller than a grain of rice. So it’s pretty impressive.”

      The team is also looking at biomarkers of wound healing as another study outcome. Enzymes known as MMPs, for example, rise in response to inflammation. Levels drop as a wound heals.

      Pending the study results, Cowan hopes to see maggot therapy catch on in the U.S. as an evidence-based way to treat wounds–not just diabetic ulcers, but other types as well. One example might be deep skin wounds in combat veterans. She’s already gotten calls from plastic surgeons interested in the therapy.

      “If the maggots can clean up a wound, they can possibly make advanced therapies more effective so you don’t have to repeat them. For example, if you take a skin graft from the leg and put it on the belly, if that wound has a chronic biofilm, that graft is not going to take. But if you clean it up and then do the skin graft, it may take. What a win-win that would be.”

      [Source: EurekAlert, The Global Source for Science News, 17 August 2015
      http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-08/varc-mim081715.php]

      “Comment:  I found this article to be very interesting. I have heard of this being done before and see it in a lot movies. This is some good information to retain, as I have a feeling we may be needing to use it in the future.” 

      Urban Man~

      Beyond the Skills

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      “Alone” celebrated as one of televisions most highest rated new reality show.

      In a world where we are glued to the news during a high speed chase, fighting, accidents, etc., It’s no wonder the show had such a high rating. Week after week, we would sit in front of the television and watch as ten participants, one by one, would tap out, due to their mental demons poking and prodding at their souls. Houses in Vegas were placing odds and taking bets, week after week, on who would tap out next and who would stay.

      Various online bushcraft sites and forums were a buzz with the show, but for different reasons than the rest of the viewing audience. These folks would tune in, week after week, in hopes of gleaning one more appreciable trick they could add to their bushcraft chest of knowledge. Often times, some of the comments surrounded, “I wish they would show more skills”, or “Why didn’t they just do this or that?” Hundreds and hundreds of comments would be made surrounding the skills and how they—the commenters—would have done it different. More often than not, one would read a comment such as, “Don’t the producers know what the audience really wants to see are the skills?” The truth is NO. That is like saying “Gee, I wish during the high speed chase they would get better coverage of how they did the pit maneuver.” The answer is a whole lot different and goes something like this, “No… That is what YOU want to see, and YOU as an audience make up a tiny fraction of what the audience really wants. What the majority of the people want to see is the pain and suffering and who finally wins. Frankly, they really don’t care how they got there, just that they do.

      We tend to get so caught up on the tangible that we tend to ignore the intangible. And honestly, when push comes to shove the intangible is what matters.

      Being able to bushcamp in your backyard, or within shouting distance of your home is far different than doing it when it counts. You may be able to expertly carve a feather stick, start a fire, tie a knot, catch a fish, and pitch a tent, but can you deal with your own demons? Can you deal with the idea that you’re all alone with no one to talk to, no one to share the joy of your accomplishments, or even vent your frustrations to?

      Personally, I am not at all surprised with the outcome of the show. And I wouldn’t be surprised if all the winning contestants in seasons to come were all of Alan Kay’s age or older. Why? Because they (myself included) were brought up during a time free of many of the social interactions that are available today. We tend to process being alone a bit different than those addicted to the blue hue emitted by the computer. Certainly a young farm boy with currently no access to television, radio, cell phone, and computer would fair really well on such a show. Then again, one would probably not even be aware the show existed, so the point is moot.

      Personally, I don’t enjoy watching any of the shows for the skills. In fact, if the show was based on skills, I would definitely not watch it… it would be boring! I know that sounds a bit arrogant, perhaps, but think about it. Would you watch a show about a mechanic wrenching on a car without any personality whatsoever? No you wouldn’t, at least not for any appreciable amount of time anyway. And if you did, again, you would be in the minority and are not the target audience of big advertisers. I watch the shows because I want to study and learn what the human mind and soul go through during desperate and dire circumstances. By learning that, I can make great strides in my own life by better understanding the psychology of what I may be experiencing if placed in a similar situation. How will my mood change when faced with hunger, cold, and isolation? What can I do to combat the feelings? By watching and using these shows as data gathering of emotions, I can better  mentally prepare and adjust for other situations.

      Get beyond the skills and start training your mind and soul.

      Beyond the Skills

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      “Alone” celebrated as one of televisions most highest rated new reality show.

      In a world where we are glued to the news during a high speed chase, fighting, accidents, etc., It’s no wonder the show had such a high rating. Week after week, we would sit in front of the television and watch as ten participants, one by one, would tap out, due to their mental demons poking and prodding at their souls. Houses in Vegas were placing odds and taking bets, week after week, on who would tap out next and who would stay.
      Various online bushcraft sites and forums were a buzz with the show, but for different reasons than the rest of the viewing audience. These folks would tune in week after week in hopes of gleaning one more appreciable trick they could add to their bushcraft chest of knowledge. Often times, some of the comments surrounded, “I wish they would show more skills”, or “Why didn’t they just do this or that?”. Hundreds and hundreds of comments would be made surrounding the skills and how they—the commenters—

      The post Beyond the Skills appeared first on outdoor self reliance.

      When You Talk About Preparedness With Children

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      Photo:  ten year old boy www.pughville.com  )

                    I have long said that children should be incorporated into your routine preparations for everything from Winter weather to earthquakes etc.  When approached positively and included, even the most sensitive child will get the message that mom and dad love them so much that every reasonable effort is being made to keep them safe and that everything will be okay. Children should not only know something about preparedness, but they should know that their parents have contingency plans and that the unexpected would not leave them without food or alone without adult supervision and protection.

                    A couple of weeks ago, a little girl known to us heard from some family friends some really frightening extreme theories as to what might happen when Mr. Obama is due to leave the White House.  The little girl is young, sensitive, and bright enough to have an imagination.  She is now traumatized by the words of people who are adults…….and in her mind, should know what is going to happen.

      Emmeline   (www.westoftheequator.wordpress.com )

                   With this in mind, think very carefully as to how you present your concerns to children.  Consider their age and their developmental level.  Consider whether you are dealing with a child with a particularly vivid imagination or a child who has anxiety already from another source. There are some children who should simply know that you are gathering canned goods “in case the weather is bad and you can’t easily get out to get food”.  For some children, too much detail concerning future possibilities is clearly damaging.   As adults, we all know that financial collapse, job loss, the loss of a home, a house fire, are all possibilities. However, we make reasonable contingency plans and then we set these worries aside, for the most part.   A child does not yet have the ability to assess reasonable possibilities and stack them in order of likelihood.  In order to reach their adult potential, children need to have a period of time during childhood in which they feel safe, and as if “nothing could happen”.

                    Years ago in the nineteen-sixties, when I was a young child, we learned in school that Halley’s Comet would be making an appearance in the nineteen-eighties. I was very interested in science in those years.  A short while after, I watched a television program which postulated that Halley’s was actually solid and that next time it came to Earth, it would collide with it, and most probably end life on this planet. As a tiny child I lacked the skepticism and perspective necessary to set this aside.  For an entire week, I was quiet and depressed, thinking of the world ending when I would be a young adult. I remember thinking that my parents knew this and were just carrying on with life as normal for their children’s sake.  Finally, on a Sunday morning I mentioned this to my father, who somehow resisted laughing out loud.  He explained to me all the reasons that Halley’s decimating Earth was extremely unlikely if not impossible. Remember that children, even bright children can get mistaken impressions about the world.  Make sure that you have an ongoing dialogue with your child or grandchildren so that their mistaken or frightening impressions have a chance to be debugged.    Hug them and help them to see that every last breath of your own will be spent in helping them stay happy and healthy, whatever the emergency or inconvenience.

      What You Should Consider When Fire Is A Threat?

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      What To Consider When Wild Fires Are A Threat

      What To Consider When Wild Fires Are A Threat

      The Pacific Northwest is under attack with wildfires…   Are you and your family affected?  We are…   We’ve had 3 months+ with no rain and extreme heat.  It is beyond dry and we are living in an unsafe tinder box.  All it would take is one fool to drop a cigarette, a lightning bolt, a spark from a chainsaw, a hot muffler in the dry grass…  There are thousands of firefighters giving it all for Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Montana and surrounding states…  Firefighters have flown in from Alaska, Australia…  Our military is being trained to fight the fires and people are volunteering.  This is not something to take lightly!

      On the 13th of August, lightning struck an area 40 minutes from us.  Although the fire was far enough away, it was also way too close.  Fires move FAST, especially if there is wind pushing it and we had a lot of wind for several days.  If you are on Facebook, here is a link to the 1910 fires that burned 2 million acres in just 2 days.  If this fire jumped the ridge of the mountain it would be heading toward several towns with many people.  It was definitely a concern.  The fire was contained on the 20th and due to heavy heavy winds the following two days the fire was reignited.  As of today, the fire is contained, but there are fires EVERYWHERE and SO many people are affected!

      It is some very scary times in many of the western states. I wanted to take the time today to cover a couple of things and help you to be prepared if you are affected. If you are not affected right now, please read over this and make some mental notes to keep for future reference.

      Earlier in the month, before the fire started, we started making two lists. The first list was comprised of what we would take if we only had 15 minutes to gather things and evacuate. The second list was comprised of all the things we would need to setup camp, rebuild from the ground up and exist in the wilds without a home. When we found out the fire was as close as it was, we began getting our trailers pulled around and began getting all our essentials on the second list ready and even loaded on the trailer. Our home looks like we are either moving out or just moved in. I enjoy organization and because I work from home it is nice to be clear of clutter so it is a bit crazy here, but honestly it is not really a concern at this point and the items that we felt held a lot of value previously, currently hold little or no value to us at all.

      You quickly realize what truly matters most and that is our family!

      So with that in mind, let’s talk about somethings….

      First and foremost, if you are in a state that currently has forest fires or wild fires burning, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be aware of where those fires are. Contact your local county officials and find out how you can keep up with the progress of the fires in your state.

      Here in Idaho we have a website http://idahofireinfo.blogspot.com to which keeps us updated daily on the varying fires that are burning. Our local area has a phone number that we can call for updates and also for evacuation details and yesterday I located a number that I could text to be notified if there were evacuations in our zip code! I CAN NOT express this enough. We may not leave our home very often, but we surely want to know what is going on around us. The Mountain Boy and I went out for feed the other day and we ran into many people that lived closer to the burning fires than we did and they had no clue it was even burning!! I would much rather be prepared and considered a freak for being prepared than taking the chance of being incinerated. So stay on top of things and be aware!!

      Also most of Idaho was issued an alert today for hazardous air conditions, please be sure to read up on how this can affect you and the precautions necessary for you with these air quality guidelines (http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=pubs.aqguidepart) . Remember smoke can take you before fire so please think of all aspects of your health and families well-being.

      Next create your lists and have plans put in place for different scenarios.

      If the Mountain Man is off working on a project for someone and we need to evacuate, we have a plan in place and he knows where he can find us. We have a plan in place and a location for refuge if we are evacuated thanks to dear friend’s of ours in Washington.  Now keep in mind when planning to not just have a plan A, but also a plan B and even C.    Suppose our initial plan A location was under fire, if we did not have a plan B or C, we would have no idea where the other is.  Think out of the box and in all honesty – you should have plans in place NOW in the event of natural disasters, fires, etc….

      In addition to your plans, if you have elderly or special needs children or individuals, you will want to consider their needs and maybe even get them out of the situation and in a save location prior to an evacuation.  Consider all their needs though and have special plans in place for them as well.   People with asthma, lung and heart issues among others may not be able to stay in areas with extremely unhealthy and hazardous air quality so keep this in mind as well.

      Please follow the safety instructions that are given to you by your county or state.  When the air quality is hazardous it is recommended that your time outdoors is limited.  If you need to be outside, protect your lungs.

      Consider your pets in these conditions also.  If you are able to take your pets with you, be sure to have food, bowls, beds, leashes and collars.  In conditions that are scary to you, they will also be scary for your pets.  They will first sense your escalated stress levels and dependent on conditions may freak out.  Be sure to collar and leash them so you can keep control over them.

      Next let’s talk about those lists….

      What were the first things that came to mind? Was it some of your most valuable possessions or was it food, water, clothing, a means of making a shelter…

      Sure there may be some things that are of great value to you and maybe some of those things can be taken along, but the first things you should be thinking of are the essentials.

      If you need to leave in short order,  here is a list of some of the critical things you would want to grab given you have the time (REMEMBER FAMILY IS MOST IMPORTANT):

      * Medications
      * Important Documents
      * Food and Water
      * Extra Clothing
      * Sleeping Bags and Wool Blankets
      * Tent or Tarp

      If you have time to prepare, below is the list of things we have formulated into our essentials list:
      * Medications
      * Important Documents
      * Food and Water
      * Extra Clothing
      * Extra Shoes
      * Sleeping Bags and Wool Blankets
      * Tent or Tarp
      * Reusable Space Blanket
      * Survival Pack (including something to cook your food and heat water)
      * First Aid Kit (Herbals & Essential Oils too)
      * Chainsaw, Axe, Digging Bar, Shovel
      * Come-A-Long, Chains, Tow Ropes
      * Food, bowls, beds and leashes for your pets
      * Paracord, mule tape, bank line

      Staying hydrated all the time is important, but even more so in these situations. We carry wide mouth stainless steel water bottles with us on our person where ever we go. We carry those for a reason, you can place this bottle in a fire and boil water to drink and with the wide mouth you could also cook your food in this and easily remove it if necessary. These are now available for sale on our website .

      We carry on our person daily, paracord in some form or other (I wear a paracord bracelet that the Mountain Boy made me and he sells), a lighter, at least one knife, a firearm and a nonreusable space blanket in our back pocket. These are just the normal gear we carry so our survival packs are a whole different ball game.

      Now those would be the essentials, but being we were thinking long term we thought of things like all our tools to rebuild, our trapping and hunting gear, our firearms and equipment, our winter gear, a small bag with all my business equipment and essentials to maintain my business, a kitchen tote with all our cast iron, 4 enamelware plates, cups, bowls and utensils and some containers to store leftovers, all our food cache, our generator, our sun ovens, my herbal pantry, all our winter clothing, etc…

      Every family is different and your thoughts will be different on what is essential, but you need to think of what will get you and your family by if you are no longer able to stay at your home. So if that means a couple day stay in a hotel room till things are safe or if this is a long term plan like ours is, but you need to really think about this.

      We want to be prepared, but Mother Nature is the boss so when you need to get out fast the only thing that is of utmost importance is yourself and your family. Remember everything else is replaceable.

      When leaving your home, consider that there may be debris in the roadways.  Traveling with a chainsaw or an axe and chains or ropes is a wise idea to be able to quickly remove debris so you can continue to escape.  Many were being evacuated with fires on either side of the roadways and in dangerous conditions.

      I did two videos over the last two days that you can find here  and here .

      For some of you, you may have homestead animals like we do.  They are a GREAT concern for us.  Right now we have laying hens, meat rabbits, milk goats and honey bees.  It would sicken me to have to leave them behind, but we are not fully equipt to take all of them either.  We transported our goats to our homestead initially in large Rubbermaid trashcans with the lids slightly tilted and strapped fast.  This is a way to easily get them out as well, but if time is of the essence, PLEASE remember that your family is most important.  Leave the pens open and let them escape so they at least have a chance for survival and get your family to safety.

      If you were in a situation that you were unable to get out and our prayer is that this never happens to any of you,  you could fell trees away from your home in a larger perimeter around your home.  Keep the area around your home wet.  If you have a body of water near your home you could head in that direction.   Getting in the water and covering your heads with a wet blanket will help keep you safer from falling ashes and debris, but this is in a worst case scenario because hypothermia could set in as well.  So please heed the warnings to get out when it is time and if you have grave concerns and your gut is telling you way ahead of time to leave and seek a safer location, then by all means do so.

      I’d like to ask that you continue to pray for all those affected by the fires, those fighting the fires and for rain! We need rain SO badly.  This is something that is heavy on my heart – it worries me greatly when people fail to stay informed or feel they are unaffected by such dangers. Stay safe, stay informed and be prepared!  God Bless!

      The month of September is National Preparedness Month and this year The Prepared Bloggers are once again bringing you a great 30 day series on how to be better prepared in 2015.

      This was one of my contributions and I hope you have enjoyed it.  Below you will find all the other contributors and their posts.  I highly encourage you to check them out!

       

      P.S.  For taking the time to join us and read this post, we would like to extend a 15% discount on everything in our store for National Preparedness Month.  After placing your order, just enter NATIONALPREP in the coupon code when completing your order.

      September is National Preparedness Month and The Prepared Bloggers are at it again!

      September is National Preparedness Month #30DaysofPrep 2015 It’s safe to say that our ultimate goal is to help you have an emergency kit, a family plan, and the knowledge to garden, preserve your harvest and use useful herbs every day – without spending a ton of money to do it. Luckily that’s obtainable for every family and a journey we would love to help you with.

      This year we have posts about food storage, 72-hour Kits & Bug Out Bags, and every aspect of preparedness, from water storage to cooking off grid. You’ll also find many ideas to help you be more self-reliant. Look for information on the big giveaway we’ve put together for later in the month.

      Be sure to visit our sites and learn as much as you can about being prepared. We’ll be using the hashtag #30DaysOfPrep for these and many other ideas throughout the month of September, so join in the conversation and make 2015 the year you become prepared.

      Food Storage

      The Prepared Pantry: A 3 Month Food Supply | PreparednessMama

      How to Wax Cheese for Long Term Storage | Perky Prepping Gramma

      Dispelling the Canned Food Expiration Date Myth | Self Sufficient Man

      6 Canning Myths You Must Know | Melissa K. Norris

      How to Dehydrate Cherries | Mom With a PREP

      How to Dehydrate Milk for Long Term Storage | Perky Prepping Gramma

      Self-Reliance

      Survival Tips from the Great Depression | Self Sufficient Man

      The 5 best crops for Self Sufficient Gardeners | Our Stoney Acres

      Butchering a chicken | The Homesteading Hippy

      Self-Sufficiency Simplified | Blue Jean Mama

      3 Small Livestock Preparedness Tips | Timber Creek Farm

      Essential Oils for Preparedness | Mama Kautz

      Farm First Aid Preparedness | Timber Creek Farm

      72-Hour Kits or Bug Out Bags

      How to Build a 72-hour Go Bag | Blue Yonder Urban Farm

      Build Your Dollar Store B.O.B. for your Car in minutes! | Simply Living Simply

      10 Essential Oils You Need in Your B.O.B. and at Home | Blue Jean Mama

      10 Must-Have Herbs for Your B.O.B | Simply Living Simply

      Preparedness

      How to Make a 72 Hour Emergency Kit | Mom with a PREP

      5 Things New Moms Can Do to Prepare for Disasters | PreparednessMama

      Trauma Essentials for the Prepper | The Prepared Ninja

      Emergency Preparation for Those Who Are Disabled or Elderly | A Matter of Preparedness

      10 Most Important Items a Female Prepper Should Have | Living Life in Rural Iowa

      How to Prepare Your Car for Winter | Frugal Mama and the Sprout

      How to Prepare For a Power Outage | Blue Yonder Urban Farm

      Why Natural Health, Exercise and Whole Foods Play a Role in Survival | Trayer Wilderness

      Getting Started With Water Storage | The Backyard Pioneer

      10 Totally Free Prepping Things to Do | Living Life in Rural Iowa

      21 Prepper Tips I Wish I’d Heard Before I Started Prepping | Urban Survival Site

      Is Homesteading Like Prepping? | The Homesteading Hippy

      What You Should Consider When Fire Is A Threat | Trayer Wilderness

      11 Ways to Cook Off-Grid | Melissa K. Norris

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      Stalking: The Lost Art of Getting Close to Wild Animals

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      by Todd Walker

      The art of getting close to wild animals has been replaced by high-powered rifles and telephoto lens. Like other lost skills of self-reliance, a revival is in order.

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      One man fanning the primitive fire is Mark Warren. A soft-spoken man, reverence and passion for nature and her bountiful resources flows from his life like a refreshing mountain stream. My time at Medicine Bow, Warren’s Primitive School of Earthlore near Dahlonega, Georgia, challenged not only my physical abilities, but awakened my mind and spirit.

      As young boys, my brother and I spent countless hours re-enacting exploits of woodsmen we either read about or watched on TV. Fiberglass bows in hand, we’d crawl through fields of broom sedge and pop up as close to a cow or flock of robins as possible. Our cows would give us their usual stare and continue grazing. Farm animals were easy to stalk.

      Why learn this lost skill?

      The obvious benefit is for hunters with primitive weapons. Harvesting animals with a hickory self bow requires that you be as close as possible to the intended target for a clean kill. You owe that much to the animal for providing meat and resources for sustainability.

      Observers and photographers of wild animals would do well to practice stalking techniques. Doing so may revel phantoms of the woods you’ve only dreamed of capturing in your lens.

      The main benefit I personally received under Mark’s instruction was the complete immersion in nature. Slowing down to a snail’s pace uncovered small, “invisible” wilderness details unnoticed when trekking full speed ahead. Connecting to our ancestral roots always feeds my soul and waters the primal tree.

      An analogy Mark often used was that of a rock tossed into a pond. The impact ripples to every shoreline. The idea being to minimize your wake in the animal’s living space.

      To increase your chances of getting close to wild animals, stalking employs the following elements…

      • Patience
      • Balance
      • Strength
      • Camouflage
      • Scent Control

      Follow along as I break down what I learned about making a successful stalk.

      Patience

      Native Americans learned to stalk by observing interactions between predator and prey.

      Drab colored animals like deer, rabbit, and fox have evolved away from color vision to survive. Their ability to blend into their surroundings as predator or prey renders color recognition unimportant for survival. Now the rods in their eyes dominate to detect motion in their field of vision.

      Working the wind correctly and being camouflaged helps conceal your presence but movement is the worst offender of blending into the forest.

      Sound may alert wild animals, but our movement is what causes them to vanish into the brush like smoke. This is the main reason the forest appears void of wildlife when we thrash along in our human gait.

      We must s-l-o-o-o-w down to ultra-slow motion and take a form not easily recognized by wild game. Which reminds me of one of my favorite lines from the movie Jeremiah Johnson.

      Here’s the exchange…

      Bear Claw tells Johnson, a mountain man wannabe, to step out on the side of his horse to shoot an elk. Jeremiah asks, “What if he sees our feet?” Bear Claw responds in common sense wisdom and wit…

      Elk don’t know how many feet a horse has! No, you durn fool, slide it up over the saddle.

      Stalking is a game of practice, and practice makes permanent. One stalking step, done correctly, should take about two minutes on average. To be honest, my steps take about one minute when my legs are fresh… less as my stalk continues.

      Balance

      Think and walk like a fox. Its gait is like walking on the baseline of a gym floor. No right-to-left swagger or bobbing up and down… just a narrow, smooth, streamline glide.

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      A rear view of stalking

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      Human locomotion demands that our body be thrown out of balance to one side or the other. And then there’s our heel strike. Lift one foot and move it forward until our heel impacts the earth sending alarm waves throughout the forest.

      When I run for exercise, which is rarely these days, I prefer to run barefoot. This method of running will quickly teach you not to strike your heel first on each landing. My posture and foot strike necessitates a smooth, floating motion… which is the goal when stalking.

      To demonstrate our unbalanced movement, Mark assembled our class in a straight line facing him. From a balanced position, feet shoulder-width apart, he gave the command, “walk”. Within a nanosecond, the command “freeze” was given. Our side-to-side shift was obvious. Try it yourself with a friend. Animals know this distinctive sway as human and avoid the lumbering figure in the woods.

      This technique of walking like a fox is very demanding. Here’s a short video of my fox walk. Notice the shakiness in my front leg. And this demonstration wasn’t even in ultra-slow motion. I have a new appreciation of all who’ve come before us who stalked within a few feet of wild game… Mark Warren include.

      No matter how delicately I placed my forward foot on the forest ground, my novice stalking legs would lose balance and crack a twig or crunch leaves from time to time. Sounds alert animals. But sound is not always a deal breaker when stalking. The forest is full of sound. Keep your eyes focused on the target the duration of the stalk so you can freeze at a moments notice if animal stares in your direction to investigate the sound.

      Strength

      There were many times during the class that students had to hold a stance in awkward positions. One exercise included Mark mimicking a deer. We encircled him at a distance of 15 yards or so and had to stalk towards him as he foraged and pawed at wild food. His mannerisms on all fours were amazingly similar to white-tailed deer I’ve observed.

      If Mark spotted us cutting corners on our technique to the point of alerting him, he would snort and wheeze like a deer and point at the offender to go back to the starting line. If he lifted his head in our direction we would have to freeze like a heron hunting in knee-deep water… no matter the cycle of ultra-slow motion. Quadriceps and hip flexers screamed silently hoping the “deer” would bow and graze again.

      I enjoy Primal/Paleo workouts. The level of functional fitness needed to stalk wild animals is different from any sport or recreational activity I’ve ever experienced. My legs and hips were sore for days after the class. Mark told us that martial artists found the most success of anyone attending his stalking class. Even more so than professional athletes.

      Camouflage and Scent

      It isn’t necessary to spend a fortune on expensive camouflage clothing. Wear quite, loose-fitting clothes of natural material with a varied pattern that will break up your silhouette in the forest. Avoid the swish of synthetic material rubbing together. Oh yeah, the sound of clinking metal is a sound made only by humans in the woods. Check your pockets and gear before heading out.

      Remembering what we learned about the role of rods and cones in wild animal eyes, even the popular pink camo patterns will work for stalkers. A bit of cooled campfire charcoal smeared on your face and exposed skin may appear too Rambo for some but will certainly dull the shine.

      A wise stalker prefers a position with the wind blowing his human scent away from the animal. Even with the wind in your face (upwind), a cover scent such as natural plant material crushed and rubbed on clothing helps hide your human odor. You could also go the commercial route and apply cover scents and scent blockers.

      The best teacher is the one who always remains a student. Mark Warren’s appetite for woodslore and primitive skills is demonstrated by his passion to inspire others to get out there and experience nature firsthand.

      I think I’ll keep my student status.

      Keep Doing the Stuff of Self-Reliance,

      Todd

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      Surviving a Drought: Learn How To Harvest Water From Natural Sources

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      Imagine, your mind a complete fog, your body unable to lift itself due to extreme dizziness, and nausea and cramping so bad you can barely move. This is what happens to your body after only three days without water – it’s called dehydration. While symptoms and severity can vary, the chances of survival after three days without water are slim.

      In civilized society, droughts are thought of more as an inconvenience than a threat; however, in a disaster scenario, the threat of a drought – especially in times of extreme heat – becomes much more real when clean drinking water is a scarce resource.

      No matter how thorough your prepping, there is a limit to the amount of water you are able to store. In a long-term survival situation, sooner or later, you’ll need to find a natural water source suitable for drinking. The good news is, even in the driest of times, there are always ways of harvesting water both above and below the ground.

      In this article, we’re going to take you through the various methods you can use to harvest water in the wild, teach you to identify and find signs of water, and show you ways to purify harvested water so it’s suitable for drinking.

      3 Key Methods for Harvesting Water

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      When the pipes run dry, will you be able to harvest water from natural sources?

      Solar Still

      A great way to extract water straight from the ground is by using a solar still. To build one, you will need the following:

      • Collection bucket (this can be any type of wide-brimmed container to collect the water; basically, anything water-tight. In a pinch, even a plastic bag will work, as long as it can be secured so it will not tip and spill the water)
      • Large sheet of plastic
      • Rocks
      • Long straw (optional)

      Once you’ve collected your items, choose a sunny spot and dig a wide hole; at the base of the hole, dig a fitted spot large enough for your collection bucket to rest in. If there is any leafy, green vegetation around, place it in the hole around the opening of the bucket; this will enhance your water collection rate by drawing moisture from the plants as well as the air.

      Next, lay the sheet of plastic over the top of the hole and use your rocks to secure it firmly in place. Place a small stone in the center of the plastic to create a low-joint point, just above the top of the bucket to allow condensation to collect and drip into the bucket. Even in the desert, a solar still can collect up to a quart of water per day. To access the water without disturbing your still, use a long straw or piece of tubing.

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      Solar Still Design. Make sure the plastic sheet overlaps the edge of the hole enough to lay the rocks.

      Rainwater

      Although water falling from the sky may seem like a lottery win to someone suffering from dehydration, be aware that rainwater is not technically safe for drinking due to pollutants in the air (such as arsenic) that make their way into the rainwater. There are ways to purify this polluted water to make it safe for drinking; several strategies are discussed later in this article.

      If you are in the wilderness, collecting rainwater is as simple as setting up as many containers as you can. Be sure to place your containers in unobscured locations in order to obtain rainwater directly from the sky, and not water that has dripped off plants.

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      Water dripping off plants can contain debris and pollutants, so collect rain away from foliage.

      Harvesting rainwater from your home is accomplished by setting up rain barrels below your roof gutters to catch the runoff. However, be aware that in addition to pollutants, water from roofs will also typically have bugs and bird feces and not be particularly suitable for consumption.

      There are some barrels available with built-in filtration systems that will remove solid waste; allowing the rain to rinse the roof for about 10 minutes before connecting your barrel will also help decrease the amount of debris and contamination.

      Plant Sources

      If there are green plants, there is water to be harvested. There are several ways to extract water from plants, just be sure to choose the non-poisonous ones!

      Transpiration Bag

      Plants take up water in the process of photosynthesis and during transpiration, water is one of the by-products released into the air. To capture this water, place a clear plastic bag over the end of a leafy branch and secure it with a cord. Within a few hours, several ounces of water will be available.

      Before consuming water from natural sources, we recommend purifying it for safety. For a great visual demonstration on setting up a transpiration bag, take a look at this YouTube video:

      Directly Off the Leaves 

      Plants have many adaptations for surviving a drought. In desperate times, plants that have leaves with a natural cup shape can be a source of water. The leaves specifically grow in that shape to funnel rainwater towards the trunk and act like a natural scoop. Look for plants with leaves growing directly from the base of the stem or trees that have clusters of leaves growing out of the trunk. The Traveler’s Tree can hold several pints of water this way.

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      Plants are good at storing water to survive a drought. A refreshing drink may be waiting in the leaves.

      Tapping Into the Trunk

      In a tree trunk, xylem transport water from the roots to the leaves in a vertical fashion; this water can be collected similar to how sap is collected from maple trees. To do this, you will need a strong, tubular stick about the diameter of your thumb (alternatively, a hollowed out length of bamboo works as well) or a drip stick; a means of cutting a notch and hammering in the drip stick; and a collection reservoir.

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      Sap is simply sugar water and it can save your life.

      Sharpen the tube at one end and gently tap it into the trunk at a 70 degree angle – you do not need to drive it in more than a few inches – and set up a collection reservoir below to catch the dripping water. Your collection reservoir can be a plastic bag, large leaf, or, ideally, a bucket. Collection will take a while, but the water collected is safe to drink. For a great instructional video on the drip stick method, check out this YouTube video:

      From the Roots

      While the roots of plants do contain water, it is quite a laborious task to extract it. To harvest water from plant roots, start by cutting a large root and stripping the bark. Then, use rocks to mash the root into a pulp, this will produce droplets of water and the root pulp can be pressed into a collection container for consumption. If you happen to be bugging-out in Australia, blood woods, water trees, and desert oaks are known for a high yield of root water.

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      The inside of a barrel cactus can also be mashed and drained to yield water.

      Bamboo Plants

      Bamboo plants serve as a great source for water as they store it in the cavities between their joints. When looking for bamboo plants, look for those that are most yellow as these typically have more water. Once you’ve found a piece of bamboo, tap and listen for a low thud, indicating it is not hollow, then locate a section with water, cut a notch just above the lower joint, and collect the water that runs out. While this water is safe to drink directly, we recommend purifying in order to protect against disease.

      Vines

      While vines can be a source of water, caution must be taken in choosing which to use as those with milky sap tend to be poisonous. If there is no milky substance in the vine you chose, proceed by cutting a deep notch in the top of the vine. Then, cut off the tip of the vine to allow water to flow and continue to work your way up the vine, cutting sections and collecting water until no more water flows. It’s important to notch the topmost part of the plant first, otherwise it will respond by drawing all the water in the vine back towards the base of the plant.

      Surviving A Drought By Extracting Water From the Air

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      Searching for Water – 4 Key Signs You Must Look For

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      Surviving a drought involves knowing how water behaves in nature.

      Growing Vegetation

      Even if the landscape you are looking out at seems barren and devoid of water, take a closer look for small trees, bushes, or clusters of tall grass. If this vegetation is growing in a line, there is likely to be an underground stream sustaining it. To confirm, dig a small hole at the base of a group of plants.

      Following Insects and Birds

      Following insects and birds can lead you directly to water. Bees in particular need fresh water to survive and will typically build their hive no more than a few miles from a fresh water supply; should you find a hive, immediately start looking for other signs of water.

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      Signs of life can lead you to water if you know how to read them.

      Mosquitos, as pesky as they might be, are good to follow as they breed in pools of standing water. The mason fly can lead you to underground springs as it uses mud to build and therefore seeks out moist soil for this purpose.

      Another reliable water indicator is wild pigeons; after feeding on grain all day, they seek out water at dusk. Pigeons that are flying low and swift are typically headed towards a watering hole, while flying from tree to tree is a sign they are returning from the water hole. The added weight of water in their stomach slows them down and causes them to use more caution to avoid predators. Carefully observing the activities of wildlife is key for finding signs of water.

      Following Animal Tracks

      Grazing animals need to drink in the morning and the evening to digest their diet of grass. If you come across a hoof print, look downhill to locate where their water source might be. You may be lucky enough to find more tracks to follow, but also look for snapped twigs, scat, scraped bark, and other signs of larger animals.

      Often the path to the water hole is heavily trodden and clear of obstacles; the careful eye can pick up signs of wear on the ground indicating the trail.

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      Mark any animals signs you find and carefully scan the area for more.

      Terrain Indicators

      The ground itself can serve as an excellent roadmap in locating water. Water obeys gravity, flowing downward, and therefore your best chance of finding water is to seek low ground. Walking parallel to a mountain gives you a good chance of finding an outlet of fresh water, or at least a dry stream bed.

      While a dry stream bed itself is of no use to someone who’s parched, there may be water accessible beneath the surface. The ideal stream bed to investigate will have dark green vegetation along it, but any vegetation is still a good sign. Examine the stream bed for dark patches of earth or dampness, the outer side of a bend, or natural depressions in the dirt – these are ideal places to dig.

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      A stream like this may not look like it has much water but with a little digging, it can be your key to surviving a drought.

      Underground water can be harvested by digging a seep – a hole two to three feet in diameter and at least one foot deep. After digging your seep, groundwater should slowly start to seep into the hole, and by lining the bottom with rocks, you will prevent much of the sediment from stirring up.

      Fresh groundwater is considered safe to drink but we always recommend sterilization as it’s better to be safe than sorry; additionally, leaving your hole unattended may invite wildlife to share in your water supply so purification is a must.

      Essential Water Purification Techniques

      If you’ve been able to harvest enough water to drink using your drought survival skills, there’s still the problem of purifying to ensure it’s safe to drink. The following are our suggestions for the best water purification techniques when surviving a drought:

      Filtration

      To filter water, pour it through a bandanna to get rid of any sediment. You can layer charcoal, sand, and dried grass in a sock or another piece of fabric, then pour murky water through it and collect what seeps through in a container; you may need to repeat this a few times to achieve clear water. It’s important to remember that this water will have sediment removed, but not microscopic contaminants such as bacteria and viruses.

      Gypsy Filter

      If you happen to come across a pool of water but have no means of purifying it, dig a hole deeper than the pool about one foot away from its edge; this will cause water to flow in. The initial water will be muddy and should be discarded, but eventually, after being drawn through the layers of sediment between the pool and your hole, the water will be filtered.

      DIY Charcoal Straw Filter

      To build a charcoal straw filter, first find a hollow reed or other tube. Then, stuff in some dry grass followed by a layer of crushed charcoal and top it off with more dried grass to hold the charcoal in place. Pack it firmly, but not so tight that air can’t be pulled through, and then, using it as a straw, draw water up through the filtering layers.

      Steripen

      A Steripen uses UV light to sterilize water. Before treating, water should be filtered and clear. Once your water has been filtered, turn on the steripen and stir in your water until the indicator light turns green. The UV light targets the DNA of microorganisms, rendering them unable to reproduce and thus unable to infect you. A steripen is 99.9% effective at destroying pathogens.

      LifeStraw

      When it comes to surviving a drought, a LifeStraw not only filters water, but also removes 95% of the bacteria as well. They are easy to use, very portable, and allow you to drink directly from the water source without having to pre-filter or sterilize. Each straw filters up to 1,000 liters of water.

      Boiling

      To boil your water, first remove any sediment and bring your water to a rolling boil for one minute (three minutes at altitudes above 5,000 ft.); this will kill any pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Allow the water to cool and transfer any water for storage to a clean container that can be tightly sealed.

      UV Purification

      UV purification can be accomplished using clear plastic PET bottles or glass containers. First, filter your water to get rid of sediment, then fill the bottles and seal tightly using a lid or improvised material. Second, lay the bottles out in the sun for six hours (or two days if the weather is overcast) to allow the UV rays from the sun to kill any bacteria. The water can continue to be stored or consumed straight from the bottle.

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      If nothing else is available, you can use the sun to purify your water.

      Unscented Chlorine Bleach

      Unscented chlorine bleach can be used to disinfect water using the following ratios:

      Water Chlorine Bleach
      1 Quart 2 Drops
      1 Gallon 6 Drops
      8 Gallons 1/2 Teaspoon

      Water purification ratios for chlorine bleach.

       

      Add the bleach to the water and allow to sit for 30 minutes. There will be a slight chlorine odor, and if there isn’t, repeat the dosage. Allowing the water to stand for a few hours in a clean container will reduce the taste and smell of chlorine.

      Purification Tablets

      Purification tablets are similar to using chlorine but easier to carry with you; one tablet treats two quarts of water. To use, simply drop a tablet into your water and allow to sit for 30 minutes.

      Perfecting Your Drought Survival Skills

      Now that you know the basics of harvesting, finding, and purifying water to survive a drought, it’s time to take your knowledge to the next level. In order to be fully versed in drought survival skills, there are two resources you need to be familiar with. The first is The Bug Out Bag Guide’s Survival Skills article, which builds on the information in this article to provide a holistic guide to surviving in the wild.

      The second, a resource no prudent prepper should be without, is World War: Water, a fascinating read that discusses the oncoming drought our world is facing and presents novel harvesting methods to ensure you don’t run out of water. Click here to get your very own copy!

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      Click the cover image to find out how to harvest clean filtered water right out of the air!

      Conclusion

      The devastating effects of dehydration are something no one wants to be faced with; it is essential for your survival that you learn water-harvesting techniques to sustain yourself during a drought. Remember – the human body can only survive for three days without water, and what a grueling three days they are!

      To build your water-harvesting knowledge, consider researching local plant life in your area to find out which types are likely to be the best sources for water. Also, remember to ensure your bug-out-bag is stocked with plenty of supplies that will allow you to purify any found water. While you may (literally) be so thirsty you could die, safety first; always protect yourself from illness and never consume water without first treating it.

      Your Thoughts

      Have you ever harvested for water in a drought? What was your experience like? Share your comments and stories with us in the Comments section below, thanks!

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      Episode 67 True Survival

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      This week we talk about the Lykov Family. The Lykovs lived in the Siberian wilderness completely cut off from the world for 40 years. You will get to hear how they survived for so long. The things they had to endure. What they missed about life.

      Listen to how they were able to survive completely from the land. The food they were able to get and grow. The hardships from lost crops.

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      Traveling For Minimalists

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      This post should probably be called, “How to travel if you aren’t a minimalist.” Let’s be honest: traveling is easiest when you don’t bring much with you. About six years ago, my husband and I decided that we would like to live abroad. Specifically, we wanted to live in Asia. About a month ago, that dream became a reality when we got rid of almost everything we own, packed four suitcases, and boarded a plane for Taipei, Taiwan.

      While I thought I did a great job condensing our entire lives into four suitcases, the reality is that there are things I should have left behind. There are very few things I didn’t bring, but wish I had. After hauling our bags across an airport, then across another airport, then in and out of taxis, then in and out of a train, then in and out of taxis again, I was ready to give up on our belongings. Just saying. (How difficult would it be, really, to just throw away everything and start fresh?)

      Unfortunately for everyone, I have a few health problems that require medication, so all that stuff had to come. I also happen to have a very not-Asian body shape, so the clothes and shoes had to come. Finally, I didn’t want to traumatize my sons, so their toys had to come.

      My husband’s carry-on bag held only 5 books, so I’d say his packing was just fine.

      What I learned from our little adventure was that while choosing which items to ditch can be difficult, it’s an import part of the process. No traveler wants to haul their crap across the globe. More importantly, when you’re forced to haul your junk around, you quickly realize that’s what it is: junk.

      Prior to leaving Colorado, I packed and repacked my bag. I was working up until the day we left, so I was exhausted mentally. We got rid of 70 bags of “stuff” in the week prior to our move, so I was physicallyexhausted, as well. Still, I thought I did a good job handling the packing, but the night before the move, I ended up throwing away a lot of clothes I didn’t really need to bring. (In hindsight, I wish I had packed jeans for myself. Luckily, my mother is awesome and is going to be mailing me a pair.)

      When it comes to minimalist travel, everyone knows the basics: pick things you can wear again and again. Pick things you enjoy wearing. Pick things that are comfortable. Pick things you can mix and match. I would add to that and say pick clothes that are lightweight because even if it’s cool outside, walking 6 miles in a day is going to make anyone sweat. Pick clothes that aren’t going to wear out quickly because sometimes using Laundromat washing machines can damage your stuff. Pick clothing you don’t mind getting dirty or seeing again and again in your photographs because chances are, you’ll be wearing the same thing every third day.

      While I’m not an expert at minimalist travel, I will say that I learned a lot this trip. For example, I brought only two paperbacks with me and neither one has been read yet. Why? I have my Kindle and everything I want to read is on there. I brought the books thinking I’d need them at some point when my Kindle died, but it’s really just been annoying to cart them around. Next time, I probably won’t bring a book with me. I’ll just bring a notebook and a pen so I can work on creating a new book for all of my wonderful readers.

      Podcast #112: Wildfire Preparedness

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      Mountain Woman Radio - Episode 112 - Wildfire PreparednessAugust 26th, 2015: In today’s show I wanted to take the time to share with you the importance of being aware of your surroundings, being prepared and thinking ahead in the event a wildfire is a threat.  Here are several links to the videos I did this week here and here as well as my post What To Consider When WildFires Are A Threat.

       

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      Personal Defense: Ka-Bar TDI Knife Demo

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      Check out this demo video about the Ka-Bar TDI knives, a good backup option if your main weapon (and strong hand) are disabled.  The timed demos are pretty cool to watch, i.e. the slowest person with a TDI knife is faster than the fastest person with a folding knife.

      After exchanging some messages with resident expert “The Maj”, I decided to pick up one of these knives and should receive it in a couple days.  For around $50 with shipping, it’s not a bad deal.  Just another tool in the tool kit which can be worn every day in conjunction with spare mags on the offhand side.

      Ka Bar TDI LEO Knife for EDC

      Ka Bar TDI LEO Knife for EDC

      Info on the knife can be found here.

      I bought mine off of Amazon here.

      I will report back after I’ve worn it daily for a few months.

      ***Update 8/28/15***

      I received the knife yesterday and it looks great, clips on easily enough and I barely feel it wearing on the weak-hand side just behind spare mag pouches.  Will add this to my EDC and see how it goes!

      Ka Bar TDI LEO Knife

      Ka Bar TDI LEO Knife

      Ka Bar TDI LEO Knife and Sheath

      Ka Bar TDI LEO Knife and Sheath

      Ka Bar TDI LEO Knife and Sheath Clip

      Ka Bar TDI LEO Knife and Sheath Clip

       

       

      Serenity

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      For my daughters graduation, I sent her and my wife on a little cruise. She has worked so hard these past 4 1/2 years and deserved getting away for a few days.

        I was not about to sit at home for a week so I pulled out the old bucket list and started planning.

       I ended up going to Oklahoma and doing some fly fishing. I have always wanted to fly fish and now I had the opportunity to get away, relax and learn something new.
      I brought along a buddy of mine just so we could make fun of each other with all the tangles and beginner casting issues. We hired a guide to show us how this first time and to take us to the best places. Experiencing it for the first time I felt I needed a guide, but now his duties are no longer needed.
      I can tell you, there really is nothing like it. I was so concentrated on my casting, placing the fly in just the right spot and watching the little indicator as it quickly floated by that nothing else existed in the world.

      I also took a little time in the late evenings and early mornings to sit out enjoy a good book.
      On this adventure I chose to bring “Rock Springs” by Richard Ford. It’s hard to put this book down. A little slow at the start, but a few pages in and your hooked.
      I highly recommend this read on your next outing, you won’t be disappointed. 

          

      The China Affect

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      The China Affect

      Many people have theories on how China has the largest affect on the global economies, and also with with respect to a possible world war, but how will any future, in and around China, play out? Everything in life has a beginning and and end. Some areas of life work in cycles and some are merely movements. Humans work in cycles of movements. They rise and fall, but rarely do they adjust or veer to either side once in motion.

      When humans encounter any friction to their advancement, they merely destroy and/or push harder forward, with little or no consideration as to whether they should. The main consideration for humans is for what they want or desire. It goes far beyond what they need. For this reason, every rise experiences a great fall. Human movements are normally in a straight line that may have two steps forward and one step back, but they are always forward-pushing, until the road paved collapses behind them and drags them backwards into the abyss of poor planning, irrational advancement, and utter disregard for their own future. Humans rarely consider that they may have to travel back down that road someday to backtrack to another path.

      China is a great defining symbol of this human path. China has advanced not only in population, but also in industry to keep up with the demands of modern human existence. They are an entity all to itself of an industrial purpose to grow without any discretion or thought to their affect on any other life on earth. It gives new meaning to the description of human groups as cultures. Every country is like a giant petri dish with a culture in it. Some of the cultures grow fast, and others grow slowly. It all depends on the technology and tenaciousness of the entity in the dish.

      China is a culture of great tenaciousness that is also very tyrannical. The leaders of their culture are historically known to annihilate hundreds of millions of it’s people. I believe they may do this again for the purpose of preventing the stalling or end of their recent cycle of movement. This will provoke world-wide criticism and possibly world war. China is what is referred to as a super-power, because they have great military might. They can and will use it if provoked.

      At this time, China is experiencing a gap of emptiness behind their fast advancement industrially. This is affecting their economy. Because many other cultures(countries) have borrowed money from them, have their businesses integrated with them, and rely on their products, any slowing or failing in their culture will affect every other culture of the world. The laboratory called earth has been contaminated with irrational growth, disrespect for the laboratory, ignorance to the need for symbiotic relationships, and total disregard for warnings that go back thousands of years.

      One person once had a solution that is still regarded as very severe. It is called The Georgia Guidestones. He was just an old man that wanted to share his solution, but many people believe it to be hateful and the work of some other unseen entity that wishes to enslave all of the cultures and inhibit them from doing whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want, to whatever they want, however they want to do it. Such is the reality of modern human cultures. Many ancient cultures warned of this concept of selfishness and self-centeredness that would destroy all someday.

      Look for China to have staged disasters or disappearance of large numbers of people following a blackout of information. They have the ability to do so, and the conscience as well. So do their allies and friends. Either that, or they will ask for citizens to honor themselves in attacks on other nations to weaken them and create a vulnerability to capitalize on. This may seem like crazy words now, but please take into account how irrational humans act when faced with embarrassment and loss. While China has many citizens that are amazing and wonderful, they also have many that are like any other loyal follower of tyrants and will act on their behalf.

      I mean no disrespect to the Chinese people or their culture that goes back to the beginning of time. Tyrants are merely people of tyrannical methods that are sometimes necessary, but most of times, self-serving lunacy. All cultures will do whatever they feel necessary to be the survivors on the top of the pile. No culture in any country is free from this thought process. It is the true nature of the human species.

      Humans are animals, and animals become vicious and irrational when backed into a corner. The human corner is a point when they have to experience sacrificing what they have gained in order to continue on further down the road of destiny. Just like any other animal, the first and foremost, easiest path, is to first look at what is around you to take from another animal.

      Such will be the China Affect.

      Six Reasons You Need Probiotics

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      Six Reasons You Need Probiotics

      We ingest probiotics through fermented tea called Kombucha. There are many ways to get them, but naturally is the best for a strong, vibrant, live culture of friends. Any kind of food or drink is good. Some are very common to most people. There’s yogurt, sauerkraut, and many others. These cultures of bacteria and healthy yeast will protect you, heal you, and fight for you against harmful bacteria that enter your body almost everyday just by swallowing.

      Here are some reasons for ingesting them: Six Reason You Need Probiotics

      Knife Drop: Oversized Folders

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      Knife Drop: Oversized Folders

      Thomas has been collecting some of Cold Steel’s oversized folders lately. His favourite of these is the Vaquero, though he admittedly says that the Voyager XL Tanto is going for an absurdly cheap price on Amazon right now and is thus the most bang-for-buck folder of these at the moment (- and I quote, “$40?… Read More

      This is just the start of the post Knife Drop: Oversized Folders. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!


      Knife Drop: Oversized Folders, written by Elise Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

      Valley Food Storage Review: Read This Before You Buy

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      Valley Food Storage Review

      Skilled Survival’s Valley Food Storage Review

      Stockpiling food? Isn’t that what our great grandparents did after the great depression? Yes, what they experienced changed them forever. One of which is realizing how valuable and vulnerable our food supply is.

      At some point in every independent adult’s life, they realize that they are fully responsible. That they are no longer a child; they are the ones others look to for their next meal.

      For some of us this realization occurs in our late twenties. For the rest of us, it occurs in our thirties.

      For me, it was the day my daughter was born. It was the day I truly become responsible for someone else’s well-being.

      Yes, before then I supported my wife and our chocolate lab, but they also could take care of themselves if push came to shove.

      Not my newborn daughter, though. Nope, she’s pretty much helpless for at least the next decade or so.

      That’s when I realized just how much responsibility I had on my shoulders to take care of her. Not my parents, not my friends, not my neighbors, not my government…solely mine.

      I’ve been a survivalist and prepper for many years now. I have always strived to be as independent as possible (no handouts or soup kitchens for me).  But, my motivations changed that day.

      I became a Father.

      I took a cold hard look at my past preps. At which point I realized that my meager 1-month stash of food was no longer adequate. There are too many potential black swan events to feel comfortable with such a small food stockpile. I needed to take care of my family.

      That’s when I made it my mission to do some serious food stockpiling research.

      After many hours comparing food prices, qualities, services, etc. I finally decided that my food stockpile company of choice would be Valley Food Storage.

      Over the next several months, I systematically added to my food stockpile. Now I have a much larger food stockpile, and it’s guaranteed to last at least 25 years.

      Here’s my survival review of Valley Food Storage’s products (Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potato and Chicken A La King).

      Valley Food Storage Review- First Impressions

      First ImpressionsI don’t take much stock in superficial things such as design or color when it comes to packaging. Because, I know packaging can manipulate one’s perspective.

      That’s not to say packaging doesn’t matter. It’s just that I’m more interested in the quality of packaging and not its aesthetics.

      I try not to judge a book by its cover. This is survival food; there’s no need for the packaging to be pretty.

      It does need to be of high quality, though. And that’s exactly what my first impression of Valley Food Storage’s product was when I received it.

      The packaging’s quality was evident from the moment I saw it even though its overall look was a bit drab and utilitarian.

      Looking at it took me back to my extensive food manufacturing experience. When you spend ten year’s of your life working for a major food manufacturer, you start to understand what high-quality packaging looks like.

      You also realize just how much money gets wasted on marketing in the packaging. Money that could be better spent on a higher quality product if people could only look past the packaging. But unfortunately, most cannot.

      I actually appreciate Valley Food Storages packaging’s lack of attention-grabbing salesmanship. Which is the opposite of what you see on most packaging nowadays.

      To me, this signifies that Valley Food Storage is confident in their product. They don’t feel the need to invest large sums of money in packaging aesthetics.

      Instead, they invest in high-quality mylar bags that are labeled with the information you need. No more, no less.

      I like this when it comes to my survival food. All function and no frills.

      Their mylar bags are sealed extremely well. You’re going to have a hell of a time “accidently” puncturing this bag. It won’t survive a direct knife stab, but if you drop it, it’s not going to explode open. It’s tough.

      Mylar Bag Seal and StitchingHere’s a close up of the seal around the outside of the mylar bags.

      As you can see for yourself, this bag is sealed shut without question.

      Which is a big reason why Valley Food Storage has a 25-year shelf life guarantee. There are a few other reasons as well (I’ll cover later) but this one plays a big part of it.

      Revealing The Goods

      It’s time to see what the actual food looks like. A picture is worth a thousand words. So here’s a picture of what the food looks like inside the bag.

      Freeze Dried Food Chicken A La King

      Chicken A La King

      Freeze Dried Food Irish Potatoes

      Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potato

      Looks pretty much like any other freeze dried food I’ve ever had.

      You can see little bits of ingredients such as the peas, red bell peppers, rice, and potatoes. You can also see the “flavor dust” as I call it. It’s the dehydrated sauces like dried milk, garlic powder, and Worcestershire powder.

      Here’s what it looks like when dumped out of the mylar bags.

      Ingredients In A Bowl 1

      Chicken A La King

      Ingriedents In a Bowl 2

      Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potato

      Valley Food Storage’s Ingredients

      If you poke around on Valley Food Storage’s website, you’ll find the following quote.

      With Valley Food Storage, we encourage you to read our labels! We only use the highest quality real ingredients in our food and products to make sure your food will not only be there when you need it, but it will be nutritious as well.

      We eliminate all the unhealthy preservatives, hydrogenated oils, MSG’s and many other ingredients that limit the nutritional value, shelf-life, and taste.

      With that said, let’s take a more detailed look at the ingredients in the food I’m about to cook and eat.

      Chicken A La King Ingredients

      Enriched Parboiled White Rice, Non-Fat Dry Milk, Food Starch, Non-Dairy Creamer, Chicken Base, Chopped Onions, Freeze Dried Peas, Red & Green Bell Peppers, Dried Mushrooms, Chicken Broth, Sea Salt, Carrot Flakes, Butter Powder, Sugar, Cream Plus Butter Bulbs, Garlic Powder, Chives, Sauteed Mushroom Flavor, Crushed Worcestershire Powder, Nutmeg, Thyme.

      Well, I have to say, I recognize the names of all of these ingredients for a change. Nice.

      Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potato Ingredients

      Potato Dices, Non-Dairy Creamer (Palm Oil), Food Starch, Sweet Whey, Savory Chicken Flavor, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Sea Salt, Chicken Powder, Cheddar Cheese Powder, Chopped Onions, Xanthan Gum, Aged Parmesan Cheese Powder, Crushed Worcestershire Powder, Parsley Flakes, White Pepper, Butter Buds, Beer Flavor.

      To be honest, I have no idea what Xanthan Gum is. I recognize the rest. Impressive compared to the ingredient list I typically see on our food labels.

      Let’s Find Out How These Ingredients Taste

      The cooking instructions are straight forward for nearly all freeze dried foods. Valley Food Storages is no exception here. Essentially it comes down to adding water, stirring, heat until full boil, then turning down the heat to a gentle boil for 10- 20 minutes. After that you let it stand for another 5-7 minutes.

      Plate and serve. Easy.

      Here’re a few pictures of the process, but it’s so easy I won’t bore you with any more details.

      stirring freeze dried meal

      Stirring Well

      2 Pots Boiling Heat On High

      Heat On High

      Gentle Boiling Valley Food Storage Meals

      Gently Boiling

      Dinner Time (Or If You’re From The Midwest: Supper Time)

      Great packaging and legible ingredients can only take us so far. If it doesn’t taste good who cares, right?

      After letting our main dish (Chicken A La King) and our side dish (Irish Pub Style Cheddar Potatoes) rest for 7 minutes, we were ready to dig in. These two dishes created a pleasant aroma that filled the kitchen. As is normal with dinner, our dog “Loui” decided to pull up some kitchen floor and drool in anticipation. Can’t blame him, though, it smelled delicious.

      Here’s what the end products looked like just before devouring.

      Plated Meals

      I did have to strain the Chicken A La King some since I prefer my main dish to be a bit more chunky and a bit less soupy. The Irish Potato turned out nice and creamy, perfect for me.

      The food was delicious.

      Normally I only eat freeze dried food while on backpacking trips. During these multiday excursions, any food tastes good. So it’s always hard to tell if its really good or you’re just so hungry anything would taste good.

      But for this test, we decided to prep Valley Food Storage’s meals as a replacement for any regular meal. Fortunately, no one was disappointed.

      For me, The Chicken A La King did need a dash of salt, but that’s such a common and easy fix. For my wife and daughter, it was just fine without any alterations.

      And Loui sure wasn’t complaining…

      Dog Likes It

      We all ate until we were full. Which for me included a second helping, and we still had enough leftovers for at least 2 more meals.

      The packaging states that each freeze-dried meal consists of 5 servings. So we prepared 10 servings total. There were 3 of us eating (Loui just got to clean the pots), so we ate 3 servings, and we had 6 servings remaining. For a total of ~ 9 servings.

      Obviously serving estimates are not an exact science. But, I do appreciate Valley Food Storage’s honesty in this regard. I feel like we got what we paid for with their servings. If you are familiar with food serving statements from most food manufacturers, you know it can get silly.

      Rarely will a stated serving on packaging actually fill you up. Which wasn’t the case here.

      So Why I Decided On Valley Food Storage?

      They are in my opinion the best. When you compare them on all important survival aspects including:

      • Price
      • Shipping Costs
      • No Fillers
      • High-Quality Packaging Materials
      • Package Process – Nitrogen Replacement
      • Non-GMO
      • No MSG
      • Made In The USA

      Just check out this comparison chart to get a visual overview of Valley Food Storage vs. the competition.

      Price, quality packaging, real ingredients, no fillers and free shipping are the reasons I choose Valley Food Storage for my family’s food stockpile and you should, too.

      Step By Step Process To Ordering VFS Online

      Here’s me purchasing some Valley Food Storage food online.

      It’s extremely easy and they shipped it to my door fast.

      My Valley Food Storage Review Wrap Up

      Maybe you’re still on the fence. I respect that 100%. I have a healthy amount of skepticism too, that’s helped me avoid numerous silly mistakes in the past.

      So don’t just take my word for it, get a FREE sample.

      There’s nothing to put your mind at ease as taste testing Valley Food Storage yourself. I actually recommend that’s what you do.

      Click on the image in the upper right-hand corner of their website. Order a free sample (just pay shipping).

      Valley Foood Storage Free Sample

      Click On This Image To Get Started

      Just make sure that when it fully meets your expectations, you go ahead and get your food stockpile taken care of.

      The sooner the better because there’s no do-overs after SHTF.

      Remember: Prepare, Adapt, and Overcome
      “Just In Case” Jack

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      A Deeper Look into Every-Day Carry

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      The following article was contributed by Hugo, a native of the UK. Hugo’s expertise and interests lie with EDC (every-day carry) for which he contributes articles and videos in various contexts/specialities related to that. His YouTube channel, “The EDC Guy”, can be found here

      What falls under the category of EDC?

      When I look across the Internet, I find that many groups use this term. Knives, Flashlights, Cameras, Pens, Handguns, and many other things often have the label of EDC attached to them. Many interest groups claim that it originated with them. I have no idea when this term came into being or where it came from.

      Everyday carry seem obvious enough but when you look closer you will see that the definition can be quite loose.

      If we carry a certain item 5 days out of the week, is it EDC? I think it still is.

      What if we carry an item all of the time except under special conditions when we substitute it with a more specialized tool or larger tool? I still think it is EDC but this is open to debate.

      EDC I think is different things to different people in one way or another. I have seen people debate about this subject. A person in a rural area has different needs than a person from a city. One person’s life might depend on his EDC one day while another person just likes to carry certain items. EDC might be different for people depending on their occupation/hobbies. One person may EDC a full sized item where another carries a small item. I am not sure how tight or how loose the boundaries of EDC should be. Perhaps we can figure this out or maybe there is no perfect answer.

      I think that that there are many reasons that people would EDC. It could be that it is really useful/practical to EDC many items daily. Some items may be carried a lot but used little awaiting some need to occur. Several EDC items are functional or non-functional luxury items/status symbols. An EDC item can be for comfort or just fun to have and play with. There are many other reasons besides.

      If it is in your car everyday, is that another level of EDC? I don’t know what I think on this but have had the thought many times. Maybe there are levels of EDC.

      -JonSidneyB

      The text above is an edited quote from the EDCforums, on the philosophy of EDC, by JonSidneyB, the forums’ founder. The original can be found here.

      I found this blog as a result of an interest in EDC, then preparedness, but felt that EDC as a concept is not dealt with as thoroughly as it should be in comparison to, say, Bug-Out Bags. So I am writing this article, to educate people about the usefulness of taking care of your EDC.

      Note: I live in the UK, where handguns and knives of over 3″ are, to all intents and purposes, illegal. Because of this, I will not discuss the use of knives or handguns in EDC in this article.

      On-Person

      In my experience there are two types of EDC: that which is carried ‘on-person’ and that which is carried somehow else, normally in a bag or pack. I’ll start with the first type.

      It is important to keep the essentials of your life in your pockets. Your phone, keys and wallet for most people.

      However, if you were going on a hike, or doing a bug out drill, what would become one of your essentials? Flashlight, knife (though I’m not discussing that here) multi-tool with decent pliers and screwdriver, lighter/matches/tinder etc. right?

      If you truly want to live a prepared lifestyle, you need to stop isolating your ‘normal EDC’ from your ‘prep/hike/at home EDC’. When I first got into EDC, I carried a phone, keys and wallet. now I carry a phone, keys, wallet, multi-tool (blade-less), lighter, simple first-aid kit, needle and thread, pen, and notebook.

      You might think that all of that would take up a lot of space but actually, I only sacrificed one hip pocket in a normal pair of trousers.

      If you decide to carry similar equipment to me, I recommend a small pouch called the Maxpedition Micro. I use it, it will fit in any normal trouser hip pocket, and can hold a lot of stuff.I recommend that you carry at least the following:

      • Flashlight  – the uses for a flashlight are endless, carry a small one and you’ll barely notice it until you need it, carry a big one and you can use it as a weapon in a pinch.
      • Pen and paper – worth putting thought into, you can buy waterproof paper notebooks from Rite In The Rain, and space pens (pens that were developed by NASA for use in space, but which will also write upside down, underwater, in a vacuum etc.) from Fisher Space Pens.
      • Small first aid kit – as far as my pockets go, this is merely constitues a couple of plasters and some antiseptic wipes, but if you have space it is worth adding triangular bandages, tourniquet etc..
      • Lighter – small but very useful tool, you can buy windproof refillable ones, though everyone who cares agrees that the Douglass Field Lighter is the best.
      • Needle and thread – this doesn’t need to be a full blown sewing kit, just a few needles, maybe kept in a film canister or similar small capsule, and a spool of thread, invaluable if your button should come of, or you get a rip in your trousers. Yo can buy fairly cheap, but very strong nylon or kevlar threads, impossible to break with your hands.
      • A multi-tool – this can include a knife, but I would recommend carrying a dedicated knife as well, the main purpose of the multi tool is to provide tools which you might not need so regularly as a knife, that means needle nose pliers, tweezers (try to get a multi tool with these, they are so useful for all kinds of tasks), screwdrivers, you get the picture – I recommend the Leatherman Wave.

      In addition to considering adding the above the your EDC, it is probably worth considering what you carry now, and how you carry it.

      For instance, your keychain offers myriad possibilities: a small keychain flashlight as a backup to lend to a friend who doesn’t carry their own, you can buy excellent keychain sized multitools with various levels of functionality, etc.

      Here is a webpage dedicated to useful tools that can be carried in a wallet. You can even buy tactical cases for your phone.

      With regards to carrying this stuff, I recommend a good quality, strong pair of cargo trousers, and a belt. Find some good trousers at a local army surplus store, or (if you money is no object and you really want quality) buy these.

      Bag

      Along with what they keep in their pockets, most people have a bag or pack that they keep with them, holding secondary, auxiliary or backup items, or items that are too big to keep in a pocket.

      I do a lot of traveling, so my bag is largely centered around necessities for relative comfort in urban life (a full change of clothes, and a good hydration bladder), and maintaining this (a good sewing kit, and a wash kit). This corresponds fairly well to a ‘preparedness’ mindset.

      • First things first, a backup to everything in you pockets is important. You had to buy a fairly small flashlight to fit in your pocket EDC, so buy a bigger, better one that can go in your bag. if the situation is small, and requires a single flashlight, use the one in your pocket, otherwise use the big one. It is always worth buying the right tool for the job.
      • Second, a change of clothes is probably worth it, unless you never go anywhere at all. Make it functional; e.g. good pair of cargo pants, lightweight but string T-shirt, spare pair of hiking socks and undies, and a good spare jumper. I’ll say it again: spare jumper. the single most useful item of clothing you can have. it will warm you up, work as a blanket, and (if you make sure it’s the only one you own in that color/pattern) it provides an instant change of the major look of you outfit, a simple but effective disguise should you ever go on the run.
      • Keep a pocket for a wash-bag, including deodorant, razor/foam/soap/brush whatever, toothbrush and paste, flannel or a spare hanky, bar of soap in a box/waterproof bag etc. just be sensible
      • A hydration bladder is really worth it. the common names (Camelbak, source etc.) are good, but in my opinion, Geiger rigs are the best. They can be pressurized (though this is not automatic; you can use it with or without), hold up to 2 litres (easily enough for an EDC pack) and are compatible with a wide variety of filtration stems and extra gadgets. You can also buy any part separately, should you need a replacement.
      • First Aid Kit. Although point #1 is applicable here, it is very important to have a decent FAK in you bag. It must contain at minimum: plasters, antiseptic wipes/cream, triangular bandage, pain killers (this is a great gadget for keeping two types of pills in), shears/bandage scissors (ideally both), tweezers (separate must-have for FAK, even if you have others in your EDC anyway) and wound dressings (ideally a variety). Other good things to have are: tourniquets, antihistamine, epipen, vaseline, burn cream, you can go on forever…
      • Then there are miscellaneous items, which don’t fit into a category but are still very useful. Just good things to have (though this often depends on your situation) are: lock picks (check your local laws), slingshot (check the law again), binoculars/monocular, microfibre towel (packs down very small), space blanket, small survival kit, watch (I’m planing to write another article explaining the usefulness of EDC watches soon, so I won’t go into depth here), paracord (the Spooltool is a brilliant investment for spring and organising paracord), carabiners, etc.

      Please take this as advice, but not as a hard-and-fast rulebook. What works depends on the person, so see what works for you.

      Thanks for reading.

      Assign Me a Post: What’s Your Biggest Survival Medicine Worry?

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      Assign Me a Post: What’s Your Biggest Survival-Medicine Worry? | The Survival Doctorby James Hubbard, MD, MPH

      Picture the time you’re preparing for: you can’t get professional medical care for a few days—or longer. Maybe you’re hiking or homesteading off the grid. Or a snowstorm has shut down roads, or an earthquake has caused mass casualties.

      Or maybe you’re living in a long-term disaster situation that’ll keep society out of commission for a while.

      When you think of this scenario, what’s your number-one fear, survival medicine-wise?

      Next month marks four years since I started TheSurvivalDoctor.com. During that time, you and I have covered a lot of topics together. We’ve talked about broken bones and make-do supplies, disinfecting water, and dealing with chronic diseases. We’ve put the latest media scares into context, and we’ve discussed age-old ailments that have come back around. We’ve shared knowledge and experiences and learned from each other.

      As we start year five together, I want to know: What’s still bugging you the most?

      What disease worries you? What injury gives you goose bumps? What supply are you most scared of being without? Do you wonder about how to triage? Do you worry you’ll freak out at the sight of blood?

      Please share your number-one survival medicine concern in the comments section below. I’ll come to this post for inspiration for what to write about in the coming year. Within a few months, hopefully we’ll have many of these questions discussed.

      As you brainstorm, here are two notes:

      1. Please keep the topic general. I unfortunately can’t give personal advice or make a diagnosis. Please see your health care provider for that.
      2. I’ve covered a number of ailments already, so you may want to do a site search (box in the upper right) or check out the abbreviated disorders list in the sidebar to the left. (I often get asked to write about diabetes, for example, but I have a number of posts about that here.) If you find the topic you’re looking for but a lingering question remains, let me know what you’d like expanded on.

      If someone else posts an idea you like, you can upvote it (click the up arrow below the post) to tell me you’re interested in it too. I look forward to reading what you have to say, and I’ll try to address as many requested topics as I can in the months to come.

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      Movie Monday – Texas Ranch House Episode 7

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      This Week On Movie Monday

      Texas Ranch House

      Episode 7

      I chose this series for it’s many similarities to situations relevant to preppers.  It incorporates some issues regarding homesteading as well as hosting a MAG on your property.  The goal is to place a group of people on a defunct ranch and have them live as they would in post civil war Texas to make the ranch a success.

      We see a few issues regarding successful management, efficient use of resources, division of assets such as food from the garden, and getting along with employees.

       These films are presented as an exception to the copyright act as fair dealing for the purpose of research, private study, education, parody or satire. See bill c-42 article 29.

      Apologies to all

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      First, my apologies.

      The past couple months have been a bit stressful. My paying-job has been taking up 10-12 hours a day, and not slacking off any time soon (still waiting to take that week off I promised myself last October..).

      I’m also staying with someone I care a lot about after bilateral knee-replacement surgery, so JUST a bit busy.

      To misquote from “Miracle Max (Billy Crystal’s character)” in my all-time favorite movie and book, “The Princess Bride”, “SG is only MOSTLY-dead. Mostly-dead is slightly-alive”.

      Hope to be back soon.

      It’s a Matter of Safely Transporting Food to Feed a Crowd

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      I have had many opportunities to prepare and transport food to feed our beloved Young Single Adults for various meals and snacks.  We live about 30 minutes from these good young people, so I have had to prepare and plan to arrive with delicious piping hot food.  I have used the Haybox method most of the time. 

      Transporting Hot Food Safely in a Crockpot

      After doing a bit of research, I purchased this 6-quart Crockpot that has a great indicator of the temperature that operates whether the device has power or not.  

       See the indicator with the yellow-to-red dial?  I decided to try it out!

      As usual, I decided to prepare my meal from my food storage staples.  Today’s offering….a creamy Lemon Chicken dish.

       In a separate sauce pan, I melt the butter.

       Next I add the Cream of Mushroom soup.

      Stir the butter and soups together.

      I prefer to use Crockpot liners to avoid baked on messes. Here I am using Chicken Fingers that are frozen.  I drop them right in.

      Pour the combination of butter, spices, and soup over the chicken.  Cook as directed.

      Here is the creamy result.  The chicken and sauce were served over rice.

      Let’s just say there was nothing left…

      Take Home Points:

      • I was pleased with this device.  It has clips to keep the lid on tight and a gasket that avoids spills. It also holds in the heat and the indicator let me know how the temperature was holding.  The food was very hot after a 30 minute drive.
      • I will be using this Crockpot in the future particularly when I need to transport large amounts of hot foods.  It really lived up to the hype that I read.
      • Here is the recipe if you wish to bless the next crowd that you feed:

      Creamy Lemon Pepper Chicken
      3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (either frozen or thawed out is fine)
      1 recipe cream of chicken soup (equivalent to 1 can*)
      1/2 cup milk
      1/2 cup chicken broth
      2 Tbsp.+ lemon pepper seasoning*
      4 oz. chopped mushrooms
      Place chicken breasts on the bottom of your slow cooker. I don’t even grease mine, but you might if you are afraid of things sticking. Sprinkle chicken with lemon pepper.
      Mix soup, milk and 2 Tbsp. lemon pepper.
      Add mushrooms to soup mix.
      Pour soup mixture over chicken in the crock pot. Add chicken broth.
      Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours.

      Try it! 



                            Steven Curtis Chapman Warrior

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                            Steven Curtis Chapman Warrior

                            Today we are taking a look at the upcoming War Room Movie. We are blessed to hear Steven Curtis Chapman Warrior. It gives us hope and a reminder to be a prayer warrior.

                            When you are a soldier I will be your shield
                            I will go with you into the battlefield
                            And when the arrows start to fly
                            Take my hand and hold on tight
                            I will be your shield, ’cause I know how it feels
                            When you are a soldier

                            When you’re tired from running
                            I will cheer you on
                            Look beside you and you’ll see you’re not alone
                            And when your strength is all but gone
                            I’ll carry you until you’re strong
                            And I will be your shield ’cause I know how it feels
                            When you’re a soldier

                            I will be the one you can cry your songs to
                            My eyes will share your tears
                            And I’ll be your friend if you win
                            Or if you’re defeated
                            Whenever you need me I will be here

                            When you’re lost in darkness I will hold the light
                            I will help you find your way through the night
                            I’ll remind you of the truth
                            And keep the flame alive in you
                            And I will be your shield
                            ‘Cause I know how it feels
                            When you are a soldier

                            Delia’s Chocolate Syrup Recipe

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                            Another great one by Chaya Foedus:

                             A Personal Family Favorite & An Alternative to High Fructose Corn Syrup     Those of you who follow this blog know that we do not do High Fructose Corn Syrup.  Or any corn syrup, or corn starch or food starch or-or-or-or…. I took great pride for years that I make “everything from scratch” but…

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                            Patriots’ Prayers for 8-23-2015

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                            Ezekiel 22:30 So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” –Ezekiel 22:30 (NKJV)

                            Don’t let that happen to America. Be willing to “stand in the gap” on behalf of our land. Pray for America!


                            1) Please continue to pray the Prayer For Forgiveness and Repentance of the United States

                            Save and protect, O Lord, these United States of America and have mercy on us. As a nation, we have turned our backs on you and have sinned. We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away. We have allowed the epidemic of abortion to fester out of control. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools, and Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have turned our backs on Your teachings. We no longer look to You and Your Word for our standards of right and wrong, replacing those absolute truths with the whim of our own opinions.  We have allowed decadence and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace. Common decency has become a thing of the past. We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

                            Supporting Verse:If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) 

                            2) Urgent Prayers

                            Several situations have come to light in the past week that need prayer, as the push to remove all public signs of religion continues (links are to news stories on other sites if you want more information). Please pray that God’s Will be done in these situations, and that safety and freedom of all be maintained.

                            • In an extremely dangerous situation, someone has been planting bombs near churches in New Mexico. So far no one has been hurt, although property damage has occurred, but authorities have not yet made any arrests.
                            • An atheist activist group is demanding that Mount Vernon Independent School District in Texas remove several quotes on school walls, including quotes from Ronald Reagan and George Washington, that the atheist group deems to be promoting religion. 
                            • The Brandon High School Marching Band in Mississippi has been barred from performing half-time shows at football games because one of the songs they performed was a musical rendition of the hymn “How Great Thou Art.”  
                            • An activist group is trying to get a Veterans’ Memorial taken down because it shows a silhouette of a soldier holding a gun and kneeling at the foot of a cross. 

                             3) Please pray for the four American hostages still being held in Iran

                            • Jason Rezaian – a 39 year-old journalist working for the The Washington Post as their bureau chief in Tehran, Iran was arrested on charges of espionage and propaganda on July 22, 2014.
                            • Robert Levinson – now 67, went missing while in Iran in 2007. In 2010, his family received proof that he was still alive and being held prisoner. According to the AP, there is reason to believe that Levinson, a former FBI and DEA agent, was working undercover for the CIA at the time of his disappearance.
                            • Amir Hekmati – the 32 year-old former US Marine was visiting his grandmother and other relatives in Iran when he was arrested in 2011.
                            • Saeed Abedini – the 35 year-old pastor, husband, and father of two, has been held prisoner in Iran since the summer of 2012. Abedini was visiting relatives and helping to establish an orphanage when he was arrested.

                            4) The Lord’s Prayer sung as an anthem by Carman. May it inspire your worship & prayers.

                               LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT PATRIOTS’ PRAYERS!

                              Laundry Detergent, Home Brewed Granular UPDATE

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                              I have been using this detergent for about 8 weeks now and it is the best home brewed laundry detergent I’ve ever used. It’s granular, easy to use and familiar like other granular soaps we have been using. Making it is easy and with little mess when compared to the gelatinous type home brew. If you’re on the fence about trying this, do it! It works, all the whites come out white, colors are bold and the clothes come out of the dryer soft and clean smelling. What more could you ask for when saving money! 🙂



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                              I have been using liquid home brewed laundry detergent since 2010 and it has worked well. However I would prefer an all granular detergent recipe because it would be easier if I could eliminate the heating and cleanup associated with the liquid home brewed.

                              A couple weeks ago I came across and all granular recipe over at Everyday Food Storage; http://everydayfoodstorage.net/2015/04/13/deluxe-homemade-laundry-detergent/food-storage-recipes

                              This is just what I was looking for, an all granular recipe so it’s very quick to make a batch with little mess to clean up afterwards (or use).

                              “Everyday Food Storage” recipe:

                              • 1 (4 lb 12 oz box) Borax

                              • 1  (3 lb 7 oz box) Arm & Hammer Super Washing

                              • 1  (3 lb tub) OxyClean

                              Fish Antibiotic Update 2015

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                              If you’re new to the whole concept of fish antibiotics, there are a few basics you need to know. These are not antibiotics made out of fish. Neither are they micro-pills you must cram down your guppy’s throat. In general they are pills or capsules of the same size and strength humans use.

                              Although you cannot buy human or even dog antibiotics in the U.S. without a legal prescription, a federal loophole allows these same antibiotics to be sold over-the-counter for aquarium use. (Most physicians and pharmacists are unaware of this exemption.) Many of these so-called fish antibiotics are the same quality and dosage as human antibiotics (USP grade, AB-rated generics). Those who purchase these products are implicitly agreeing to use these antibiotics for aquarium purposes only.

                              Over the past year several fish antibiotic retailers have disappeared, probably having caught the eye of the FDA. Again, by law these antibiotics are sold only for aquarium use, to keep your pet fish healthy and happy, though it is clear from certain websites that they are being sold for human consumption. (Does a one-ounce goldfish really need 500 mg of cephalexin???) It is currently illegal to sell these medications to treat human infections, although the enforcement of that intention may be difficult to regulate. An even greater challenge is regulating what actually happens to these products after they are purchased.

                              Are you taking your life into your own hands if you get a sore throat and decide to treat yourself with your guppy-cillin? Probably not, regarding the purity of the medication, if it is a USP grade AB-rated generic…but maybe so, if you are allergic to penicillin and thought amoxicillin would be safe.

                              The problems with antibiotic use are manifold: perhaps more often than not, antibiotics are used for infections they cannot cure, for conditions that are not even infections, for the wrong infections, and for self-limiting disease that requires no antibiotics. Overuse leads to antibiotic resistance and to increasing difficulty treating serious infection. Millions of people suffer antibiotic reactions each year, some of which are fatal. Would you take penicillin for gonorrhea if you knew it might actually make the condition worse?

                              Just because penicillin, cephalexin, doxycycline, ciprofloxacin, and several other antibiotics can be purchased for aquarium use does not mean people should be treating themselves. Infectious disease doctors spend a lifetime studying the best and safest ways to treat infection. Additionally, it is an ethical question whether you should honor the promise inherent in the purchase.

                              On the other hand, if you knew without a doubt that TEOTWAWKI was just around the corner, you might feel it your moral obligation to do all you can now to protect your family in the future. Would it be immoral to withhold aquatic sulfamethoxazole from your daughter with a kidney infection if there’s no doctor to be found? Having antibiotics on hand, just in case disaster strikes, is not unreasonable. After all, doctors do prescribe them for pampered patients whose dream vacation may be threatened by traveler’s diarrhea. The end of the world as we know it may be a bit more serious. No one knows the day or the hour, but is it imprudent to be unprepared?

                              I always advise readers to discuss potential medical needs with their personal physician. However if this does not yield what one requires to feel safe and prepared, I know many people turn to fish antibiotics for potential use in emergency situations where medical care is unavailable.

                              As of 2015 I’ve noticed a few changes. The window of opportunity to acquire certain strong antibiotics may be closed. After searching several web sites I no longer find the ready availability of amoxicillin-clavulanate, levofloxacin, azithromycin, clarithromycin, or cefdinir, and several web sites simply are no more. I expect they didn’t follow the letter of the law.

                              Penicillin, amoxicillin, ampicillin, cephalexin, sulfamethoxazole, ciprofloxacin, metronidazole, and doxycycline continue to be available. Ketoconazole is an anti-fungal, not an antibiotic, and should be avoided due to occasionally irreversible liver damage.

                              Again I stress that no one should be using any of these without professional medical advice. But knowing that people will do what they must when threatened with life-endangering illness and nowhere to turn, I’ve addressed correct antibiotic use in great detail in my book, Armageddon Medicine, information I hope you’ll never actually need.

                              Prepping for Church?!?

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                              When you go to church, are you on automatic pilot?  Going to church is the culmination of 6 other days in the presence of God.  It is a time to corporately worship with other brothers and sisters in Christ.  Maybe, we should put a little thought and purposefulness in attending church.  I discuss this in the following video.

                               

                              Danger Alerts: Risk of war with China and North Korea dramatically increasing

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                              Historically, North Korean threats were nothing more than sabre rattling akin to a young child acting out for attention. However, North Korea today is more unstable than ever. Its people

                              Rules of Survival

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                              Master Woodsman

                              This article contains my current thoughts and perspective on survival rules and more. As this is a life or death topic, I take it very seriously. That being said, what follows may or may not be the right approach for you, i.e., I am not trying to be evangelical in what I have written, I am […]

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                              Bugout Coffee Review

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                              Earlier this year, I was given the opportunity to do a review on Bugout Coffee. I was not able to accomplish this as quick as I would have liked simply because just as the package arrived, we were packing up the house to move.  I am thankful to both Jay and Jenny Blake for allowing … Continue reading

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                              Building Community – Evaluating Potential Members

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                              Many preppers, survivalists, and religious folks are looking to build community – be it an informal network of like-minded friends and neighbors, or a more formal arrangement where folks have a defined role within a group of people living and working together towards a common goal. If yuo are looking to build a community, you probably have some questions. Who should be in your group? Who shouldn’t be in your group? How do you evaluate potential members 

                              Evaluating Potential Members for Your Community

                              0- The Basics  I am assuming the the person you are considering to join your group shares your goals for the community, and is of similar religious background and political views If not, why would you even be considering them for your group? 
                              If your group is a religious-based one, and person X is an atheist, then his inclusion in the group will not work, even if he is your cousin and a medical doctor. If you are forming a group over concerns about America’s leftward lurch towards socialism, including your hippie socialist sister in the group will be a huge mistake. Sorry, but that is the harsh reality. Some people need to be excluded from the very start.
                              But is sharing common goals, religious backgrounds, and political views really enough? I’ve been talking to many current and former members of such groups, and the resonding answer is NO, it is not enough. Here are some additional considerations:
                              1- Stability   Look for signs of stability, or the lack of it, in their lives.  If they are holding a job – its a good sign.  If they bounce in and out of work often or spend large stretches of time unemployed  – it may be a bad sign. Same goes for other areas of their lives – friendships, relationships, living arrangements…  Do they have long-term relationships (spouse, friends, etc.), or do they bounce in and out of relationships often? Does their life seem full of drama where things seem to constantly go wrong and they always seem to have problems of one sort or another? Or does their life seem mostly drama free.  Of course context matters, so use common sense.  However, generally speaking, signs of stability in their lives are good, and signs of a lack of stability are warning flags.  Look for trends within their life, not one time events.
                              2- Friendship  If you cannot be close friends with someone, it doesn’t make sense to include them in your group, no matter what skill sets they bring with them. You will be living and working closely together, depending on each other on a daily basis in very difficult and stressful times. This will create a more intimate relationship than just being a typical co-worker or neighbor. If there is  something about their personality that annoys you, it will only get worse in any collapse scenario.  If you don’t like them, don’t expect to be able to “put up with” them over the long-term, especially during stressful times. It will go wrong at some point. Some questions to consider: Do you enjoy being around that person?  Can you have a good time together? Are you both comfortable around each other?
                              3- Trust   Do you trust that person?  Do you feel you can tell them anything without them judging you, telling others, or spreading gossip?  Do you trust them to always tell you the truth? Do you trust them enough to always tell them the truth? Can you trust them to not put themselves above the group in a crisis? Can you trust them to take care of tools and other things belonging to the group, every bit as well as they take care of their own personal property? Can you trust them to make the same commitment of time, effort , and finances to the group that you are willing to make?
                              4- Reciprocity   By this category, I mean How do they treat other people? Is your relationship with them reciprocal (involving give and take on both sides)?  Do you get as much out of it as they do?  Are they a good host AND a good guest?  Are they a giver, taker or balanced?  (Taker is bad, balanced is best, giver may be okay as long as you or others don’t take advantage). How do they treat you and other people? Do they try to live by the golden rule, treating others  in the same way they want to be treated? As you get to know each other, do they seem willing to sacrifice (time, money, effort) as much for the group as you are? 

                              Warning Signs
                              1- Addictions   Addictions of any kind – drugs, alcohol, smoking, gambling, TV, etc – are a MAJOR warning sign.  Does their addiction control them?  Does it create chaos in their life, or hold them back? Avoid anyone with any form of addiction. Pray for them. Offer to help them find assistance in overcoming their addiction. But do not make them a part of your group until they have successfully and completely overcome their addiction.
                              2- Nuts/Crazies   There are lots of nuts and crazies in the world.  I’m not referring to people who are unusual or marching to a different drummer, but those who have actual serious mental problems.  Avoid them. Remember, at some point in a crisis, their meds will run out.Besides, the stress and chaos of a crisis will likely make their illness even more serious. This might seem heartless, but including them in the group will put everyone else in the group at risk. Besides, you can help people without making them part of your group. Pray for them. Help them find assistance and treatment for their illness before a crisis hits. Even check on them during a crisis if you can, providing food or other assistance if needed. But, don’t being them into the group. 
                              3- Bizarre or Unusual Requests Early On   If you are just getting to know someone and they hit you with a bizarre or very unusual request, tread carefully. Bizarre requests might be to borrow a significant sum of money, or to quickly make a serious commitment, or to do something illegal or unethical.

                              4- Dishonesty  Its one thing to be guarded with personal information, and concerned with maintaining privacy. Its something else entirely to outright lie, especially about major issues. Don’t expect someone to completely open up to you and tell you everything about their life, especially early on. But you should expect them to be honest in what they do tell you.

                              Skill Sets

                              It is a good idea to include a wide variety of skill sets in your group, and that is the area I most often see discussed when folks talk about building community. However, I suggest that skill sets should be at the bottom of your list of things to consider when building community. Having a wide variety of skills sets will be of little value to a group that falls apart because of other more basic problems. A group that splinters over personality clashes is no longer a group. All the skills in the world won’t change that fact.

                              Magnetic CPN Logo Signs Available!

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                              Hey folks,
                              If you are organizing a meet for CPN members, and would like something to mark the spot, I have magnetic signs available.

                              The signs are white with the CPN logo on them, printed on magnetic paper, and measure 11″ x 17″.

                              They can be stuck to garbage cans, or any metalic surface…they work great on car doors too!

                              Pricing is simple…you pay only what I pay.  Typically, this is $15.00 for 2 plus $7.99 shipping, but there are sometimes promotions available, so contact me for exact pricing.  I will ship them directly to you from VistaPrint.

                              Remember NATO

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                              Remember NATO

                              As some people like to joke that anything related to the Cold War is like jumping back to the 1980’s, however does anyone remember NATO. For those that are not familiar with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization also known as NATO. The agreement to start NATO was signed April 4, 1949 and while NATO stood up the the Bear many people forget that it remains in effect.

                              Remember NATOGiven the recent events in the Ukraine we should make it clear that we stand with NATO. An attack on one member brings the rest into the fray. This is vital many people need to remember NATO. There is some concern from some of our newer members that joined in 2004 such as Estonia, Bulgaria, and Romania that if something happened we may not be a reliable partner.

                              This is an understandable stance as those countries were decimated by the Soviet Union and many people were brain washed to believe Communism was a way to a good life. Fortunately the Socialist tide was turned and they now enjoy many of the same freedoms that we have here in America. Let it be known that we remember NATO and stand with all countries.

                              I wonder when we may see a statesman that will make that claim. I am sick of tucking our tail and being the World’s Wimp. We should be very hesitant to make ware anywhere, however remember NATO and make it absolute that an attack on one member is an attack on all. That is what is needed to confront the same old bully.

                               

                              How to Make a $2 Bug Out / EDC / Trash Bag Survival Shelter

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                              Okay, we all know shelter is vital to survival, but the problem is… that even the most basic tarps, tents and hammock kits can cost a LOT of money and take up valuable space in a pack… and are not practical for everyday carry…

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                              So I like to carry a 55 gallon, 3mil thick trash bag or two with some paracord in my EDC pack for a ton of survival uses including an improvised shelter.

                              To transform your trash bag into a survival shelter, first make a straight cut the entire length of the side… along one fold.

                              Now cut along the bottom seam… to finish preparing your shelter roof…

                              trash-bag-shelter-1e-790pxNext, find a good piece of ground to sleep on… between 2 trees at least 8 feet apart…
                              Now tightly string your paracord between the two trees – this will be the ridge line or your improvised tent.

                              To conserve paracord you can strip the 7 inner strands out of the outer casing. Use the outer casing for the ridge line and the inner strands for guidelines.

                              trash-bag-shelter-1f-790pxWith your garbage bag tarp draped over… and centered on the ridge line… secure the guidelines to the corners of your tarp by placing smooth stones or something like small acorns or hickory nuts behind the tarp and tightly looping your guideline around it.

                              Now secure each corner using the guideline and an improvised stake… tightening things up as you go.

                              If needed, you can add more guidelines to strengthen your tent.

                              Add another trash bag as a ground cover if you have it…

                              And there you go… a simple, suitable trash bag shelter to keep you out of the elements in a survival or emergency situation.

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                              For your convenience, here are links to all the gear your need for this project: