Preps You Can Do While the Kids Are Asleep

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Having kids doesn’t mean you can’t prep. I say this a lot, but I feel like it needs to be reinforced as much as possible. Just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on supplies, learn new skills, and basically ensure your family stays safe during natural and economic disasters. In fact, being a mom should be all the more motivating for you to get started!

One of the toughest things about prepping with little kids, though, is finding time when the kids aren’t awake and underfoot. Don’t get me wrong: I adore my little monkeys. Sometimes, though, there are things you need to do on your own. Whether you want to work on improving your running endurance or figure out how to throw knives, sometimes it’s best to work on stuff while the kids are napping.

If you’re wondering what you’ll actually have time to do, though, here are three preps you can work on while your kids nap.

Getting in shape is a great way to prep for anything. Being fit means you’ll be more able to easily walk long distances if you get stranded somewhere and it means you’ll be less likely to develop obesity-related health problems. Why not use nap time as an opportunity to walk on your treadmill or do a quick workout?

If it’s difficult to can with little ones running around – and depending on the age of your kids, it might be impossible – consider canning during their naps. You’ll be able to get some good work done and stock your pantry in the process.

One of my favorite things to work on while the kids nap is planning. Why not plan your grocery list, your pantry list, or a list of things you can do to prep? Why not plan how you’ll fix your house or repair your car? Why not work on ideas for your bug out bags? The choices are endless!

What about you? What preps do you work on most frequently when your kids are asleep?

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Spy in your fridge

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PrintIndividuals deserve a clearer understanding of the data that companies are collecting from the new generation of digital, connected devices, said Vinton G. Cerf, Internet pioneer and Web evangelist for Google.

Mr. Cerf’s comments highlighted an ongoing debate that is gaining momentum as a growing number of connected devices, machines and objects, known as the Internet of Things, takes shape. As more devices connect to the Internet and collect data about users, who ultimately is in charge of it, and how are the data collection practices communicated to the public?

“It should be required that the users control this information that we accumulate,” he said Wednesday during a cybersecurity lecture at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. “They should have the ability to say no, I don’t want this device because I don’t want to be forced into providing that information.”

“That probably means the fine print needs to be a lot clearer than it is today,” he added.

A potential challenge is figuring out how to limit data access to certain parties, in certain circumstances. A person may want a doctor to have access to his or her medical records during an emergency, but may not want that doctor to have continuous access to electronic health information. “You need to have this ability to grant ephemeral access to information,” Mr. Cerf said.

In a panel discussion following Mr. Cerf’s keynote, a group of Internet of Things researchers touted the public and commercial benefits of being able to access reams of user-generated data. But some on the panel, which included Mr. Cerf, Cornell Tech computer science professor Deborah Estrin and Tandon School professor Beth Simone Noveck, cautioned against making data available solely to private interests, an outcome that could restrict consumer privacy and hamper public research efforts.

“Ultimately and finally this is an issue about control,” said Ms. Noveck, who directs The Governance Lab at NYU. “This is about getting our own data back about ourselves.” She also stressed the importance of finding ways to share societal information collected by private companies – such as weather and temperature data – with government and researchers to more effectively address policy issues.

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Are Psalms Your Encouragement? (an easy to follow reading plan)

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I was recently encouraged to pray through the Psalms each night.  Since the Book of Psalms has 150 individual psalms, one can read 5 psalms over 30 days and complete the book every month.  The pattern of the reading is to read 1, 31, 61, 91, and 121 on day one, then 2, 32, 62, 92, and 122 on day two… and so forth.  The math is really easy takes you right through Psalm 150 on day 30.

Today is Psalm 4, 34, 64, 94, and 124.  I began taking some notes of things that popped out of the pages, but quickly gave up.  I was finding that whole psalms were standing out.  In particular 64, 94, and 124 really stood out as encouragement and even predictive of how modern events seem to be moving.

Truly, I hope and pray that if you are reading this and if you are not making scripture reading a regular part of your life, that you might start today.  I find that prepping without a focus on God can be not only vain, but also discouraging.  When you see the headlines over and over of all the bad things going on in the world, it is totally depressing, that is, totally depressing without an Almighty God that holds the future in His hands.

As I was reading tonight, one of the verses promises affliction.  Psalm 34:19 – Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.

Jesus doesn’t sugar-coat persecution to his disciples on the Sermon on the Mount (starting in Matthew 5).  Jesus promises persecution, but he also promises the blessing that comes along with persecution.

Be encouraged and read the Book that can bring great peace and purpose into your prepping endeavors… and may it totally change your life.

College Students turning to Prostitution to pay for Rising Tuition Costs

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A very clear sign of a socioeconomic collapse is the rising cost of living and education as well as a noticeable loss of dignity and moral values.
Sometimes these two combine like they do in this story, where claims 12,600 UK students have signed up to exchange sex for money.
SeekingArrangements may call it making “arrangements” so as to find a “sugar daddy” for these young women. In my neck of the woods we just call it “The World’s Oldest Profession” or simply put “prostitution”. What the website offers, this “arrangement”, is a thinly veiled “pimping” service.
“I wouldn’t be able to meet girls as young and as beautiful as this through an ordinary dating website.” Claimed a married 62-year-old sugar daddy. Well good sir, that would be because you’re paying them. And its not called “dating” by the way. Dating isn’t a felony in all 50 States.
As the economy collapses, or at least as it does for most of the working class, these scenes become more common. We can try to pretend otherwise but women do this not because they like older married creeps, but because they feel they have no other choice, and it’s a sad state of affairs when students have to turn to prostitution to pay for food and keep a roof over their heads along with whatever education expenses they may have.

From the Desk of John Rourke – November 5th, 2015

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It looks like Conservatives had a big win in the Tuesday elections. Matt Bevin won the governor’s race in Kentucky easily defeating the Liberal Jack Conway. In over 40 years Bevin’s will only be the 2nd Republican to be Governor. In addition to Bevin Kentucky Republicans won four out of six elections up for grabs.

Additionally legalized marijuana was defeated in Ohio and a LGBT ordinance was voted down in Houston, Texas.

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American made jeans? They are out there. Ranger Up just announced they have begun taking pre-orders on their new line of 100% American made jeans. Check ’em out HERE.

Oh, don’t expect them to cost $20. Slave labor from a Communist is not used in the manufacture of these blue jeans.


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Just a thought…….

It is a felony to destroy eggs from an eagle.

It is a felony to destroy Sea Turtle Eggs.

Destroy an unborn baby? Perfectly fine.

There is something wrong with this picture.

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Well folks – it appears that ISIS planted a bomb on that Russian passenger jet that broke apart in mid-air and all on board were lost.

But wait – they are “JV”, right?

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Here you go…..


“The Bumper Dumper”



Hacking as a Prepping Skill :: Mirroring Websites with HTTrack

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This is more of a project idea than any sort of full how-to.  A few years ago I came across HTTrack.  HTTrack is a very powerful website mirroring engine.
You can set the websites you want to mirror, how deep you want it to mirror them (like how many clicks deep into the site), and how much bandwidth you want to use.  HTTrack is compatible with Windows, OS X, and Linux.
Now… it you think that is pretty cool…
What about running your website mirror from a Raspberry Pi?  You could easily and cheaply build a Pi and put the Linux version of HTTrack on it.  Then, you would have a highly portable and low power website mirror.  You could leave it running all the time and it would have very little power draw.
If you are still wondering why someone would want to do this, then just think of an internet grid down situation where you may want to have access to a bunch of information, manuals, videos, etc.  I even bet with a little ingenuity, you can figure out how to make this Raspberry Pi into an wifi access point and access the mirrored sites wirelessly.

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Video of the Week: Tour of the Bug Out/Stealth Van

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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events. 

Check this video out from BiblesnBarbells. I like the concept of the “stealth van” and Anthony gives us a tour. Pretty cool!





REPOST: Dreams and ‘Truck Guns’

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I was in the midst of some sort of transition. Either staying at a hotel or doing the ‘all my stuff is gone camping in an empty house thing’. Think I was with people but that was not exactly clear. Anyway I needed to get some space and or kill some time.

For some reason I decided to bring a shotgun. It was a plain jane Mossberg 500 like I used to own but set up with a sling and shot shell cards like Project 870 P. This was unusual but nothing crazy. What made it crazy was my method of transportation. I was driving a little go cart. The kind without a roll cage. Sort of like Bubbles drives on Trailer Park Boys except instead of being a home built thing it was commercially made and painted black. Like the kind of thing you would see for $399 in Costco or the front of a NAPA store.

So I was going for a ride with my shotgun on the cart. It was kind of awkward as my shotgun was sort of awkwardly laying across my lap. I was puttering around in my cart on a side road. Didn’t really have a plan, I was just going for a ride. Decided maybe I would go down to a convenience store a couple streets down but couldn’t figure out what I would do with the shotgun.

I was passing through a more built up area with a convenience store I didn’t like. The aisles were cramped and they didn’t have a very good inventory. I preferred to go to the store a mile down the road.

It was the focal point of that little area. I saw a guy getting into a nice black SUV. One of the type ones that are an urban status symbol, like a Range Rover or something. I saw a man and a woman walking together. They were wearing fairly normal clothes, sweatshirts and she had a small backpack. They were slightly out of place for the area being dressed more like people would in a bigger town and she was Asian which was not common for the area. Still nothing to merit concern.

I looked back out of the corner of my eye and the two people had their hoods up and masks like from the movie Scream. They had pistls casually held at their sides. They were walking intently towards something. The combination of the masks, guns and their walk clearly meant something bad was about to happen.

I did not want to get involved. Turning a robbery (I figured they were headed to the c store) into a running gunfight failed the common sense test. I just wanted to be sure I was not the intended victim.

[It failed to occur to me the odds someone would rob a man on a silly childs toy visibly carrying a shotgun were about zero.]

Apparently I had the worlds slowest cart because this part moved really slowly. I was worried that they were going to rob me or for some odd reason attack me. Didn’t think that was likely but I wanted to be on my feet if it did. About 30 yards down the road I pulled the cart off into the woods as far as I could which was just a couple yards. Stepped back another few yards into the brush and started loading my shotgun.

The light was failing and it was moving from twilight into dark. I thought this was great. Odds those folks could find me out in the dark in the woods were about zero. Also I liked my odds since I had a shotgun.

I stood there for a second. There was some commotion and a screech of tires as a vehicle hauled butt past me on the road. The man who had been going to the fancy SUV jogged by on the road. He stopped near where I was but on the road. He did not seem to see me. In any case he looked confused and irritated, not like a threat.

I heard sirens and there were people running all around. It seemed like maybe the car jackers wrecked or something and decided to try to run off on foot. In a second the cops were all over. A second later when the comotion had died down I decided it was time to make my presence known. I stepped out of the woods, laid the shotgun at my feet and put my hands up. Nobody noticed me. I was probably ten yards away and it was pretty much dark by this time.

The cops brought me in which was understandable. Oddly the cop questioning me was Massad Ayoob. He asked me a bunch of questions. By the nature of the questions Mr Ayoob seemed really confused about what a grown man was doing riding around in a little cart with a shotgun.

He asked why I didn’t get involved. I said doing so would have escalated the situation. He was still a bit thrown off by the whole shotgun go cart thing but seemed to think everything else I did was fine.

He seemed to appreciate that I saw the people, obviously the crooks, before the incident in the immediate area and the general descriptions I gave obviously matched what they already knew. 

I figured he was working towards asking me to testify. This was hard for me because I did not feel great about the looks I had at either of their faces. I knew gender, race, what they were wearing and approximate size but I had just seen their faces for a second in passing from across the street and I’d had to reason to pay attention. I would be comfortable saying I saw two people who fit the crooks general descriptions but was not really confident 100% I could say it was those exact two people.

Then I woke up. Weird dream. When it comes to crime/ use of force type dreams this is probably one of the most realistic ones I have ever had. I saw something,  reacted and then dealt with the police.

Anyway this brings us to the topic of ‘truck guns’.

One must weigh the advantage a long gun brings in a fight, which is massive to the various risks involved most specifically theft.

You can do some things to help with that but any way we cut it a rifle or shotgun is fairly hard to hide in a vehicle and certainly far more likely to be stolen there than at home in a safe. Putting a cable lock through the gun and around the bracket on the seat then putting a sweatshirt over the gun is better than nothing. If you have the coin and desire there are sweet big old gun cabinets that can get mounted in an SUV but even a $20 bike lock will foil a smash and grab type robbery which is the most common type of theft from a vehicle.

A rifle is certainly the way to go if you end up in an active shooter situation or terrorist event. That capability is a game changer in one of those situations, well if you can get to it. However in many other realistic survival situations if you have to leave the vehicle what are you going to do with the rifle? Road is blocked so you have to walk home. Toss on your get home bag and sling an AR?

If you have a rifle to spare your vehicle is a fine place to keep it. However if I had A rifle I would not keep it in my vehicle all the time.

One might decide to take a rifle with them sometimes. This could be a proximity based approach like “I will take a rifle if I drive over 1 hour (or 2 hours or whatever) away from home. Another way could be more threat based. Maybe you want one going to city X but not city Y or if there is some sort of tension about race riots or terrorism or something? Had I been driving around during Katrina or Rita I darn sure would have had full kit in the vehicle with my rifle.

Anyway those are my thoughts on that.

What do you think?

9 Items That Are Wasting Space In Your Bug-Out Bag

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9 Items That Are Wasting Space In Your Bug-Out Bag

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Have you ever seen or read about someone who just piles dozens and dozens of items into their survival kit or bug-out bag? They keep adding to it with no regards on how they’re actually going to carry it on their shoulders or for the fact that they need to leave extra space, just in case.

Filling your survival bag to the brim is never a good idea. To fit everything inside, you either need a bigger bag or you need to take some of the stuff out. This last approach is what I want to discuss in today’s article.

Let’s look at some of the things you could remove from your bag so you can better focus on the essentials.

1. Certain comfort items

Sure, it’ll be nice to have a bottle of your favorite drink to cheer you up when everything around you is falling to pieces, but some of these items can be heavy and provide little or no nutritional value. If you want comfort items, stick to the ones that are light and have added benefits.

Hard candy (the sugar variety) is such an example. It’s small, lightweight, has a long shelf life and provides you with fast absorbing carbohydrates that will provide energy while on the run.

2. Canned food

Canned food is a bad idea for the same reason a bottled beverage is: It’s too heavy. You’re much better off with freeze-dried food. All you have to do is bring water to a boil (which purifies it at the same time), add the food, let it re-hydrate for a while and you’re ready to eat a nice, nutritious meal.

It’s best to keep your cans of food where they belong: in your pantry.

3. A glow stick

Some people think glow sticks will save them in an emergency and they might, but when you’re able to build a fire, the smoke will attract a lot more attention than the stick.

This Crazy New Device Can Start A Fire Even In The Worst Conditions

As long as you have adequate means of starting a fire in your kit or bag, you really don’t need this.

4. A flare gun

Same thing with flare guns. You don’t really need them as long as you can make fire and, as far as self-defense is concerned, you should already have a firearm and your survival knife to protect you.

5. Foldable chairs

9 Items That Are Wasting Space In Your Bug-Out Bag

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Let’s keep those for when you’re going camping, OK? In a survival situation, I wouldn’t even put them in the trunk of my car because there’re much better ways to use that space.

6. Condoms

I get that you can carry water in them but as long as you have your stainless steel bottle and your canteen cup, you won’t have to. Some reality televisions use this trick to attract eyeballs to their survival shows, but we need to look at things from a different perspective.

7. Sporks

They’re even more annoying if they have a knife on one edge. Much better to get a multi-tool that has a fork, a spoon, a knife, a can opener and even a cork screw.

8. Water purification tablets

This is somewhat ironic because I actually recommend them as part of your everyday carry, particularly if you live in the city. The reason they’re not useful in a survival situation is because you should already be able to boil water or use your portable water filter, such as a Paratrooper Filter.

This Ultra-Efficient Water Filter Fits In Your Pocket — And Removes 100 Percent Of Water-Borne Bacteria!

On the other hand, if you don’t have your kit or bad with you (such as when you’re trapped in a get-home situation), then you won’t have your portable water filter or the means to boil water. In such cases, it’s safer to include a few water purification tables.

9. The SAS Survival Guide

That was one of my personal mistakes I made a while back. I was shocked to notice how my bag got a whole lot lighter once I removed it. Yes, there’s also the pocket edition but it’s still something you may want to reconsider adding to your survival kit. Much better to print out the essential information you need and keep the rest on your phone.

Final Word

Before I wrap this up, I just want to remind you that this isn’t a list that you should follow to the letter. This is just something to think about. If you’re looking to build a larger bug-out bag, there’s nothing stopping you from keeping all of them. But if you’re not in good shape or your bag is too large, then this list is a good starting point.

What items would you add to this list? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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Podcast-Unprecedented Persecution Coming-Prepare Now-Bob Griswold

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Bob Griswold of joins me today to talk about the rapid development in Christian persecution in America. He warns that time may be short and encourages us to take steps to prepare while we still can.


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NOAA Lying About Cause of Ocean Mammal Deaths

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What is worse than sad is that they are lying again.    They fail to correctly identify the enemy.

In prior test reports, about 1 to 2% of the animals had domoic acid poisoning.    Note that they present just numbers of dolphins and seals, complete with a cute graphic.    

Just 36 animals tested positive and only 11 had high levels of domoic acid, out of thousands or tens of thousands that died.

They blame it on “Global Warming” without even bothering to mention that we are in a strong El Nino and warmth is to be expected as part of that cycle.   It is part of the plot of the globalists to get effective control over all the worlds energy sources, via December’s Paris-Site Global Climate Conference.

The detailed data on seals are here on this article, scroll down a bit to a table that shows the detailed causes of death, not even 1% .

What are you doing this weekend?

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Come train with me at ESCAPE THE WOODS this weekend!!  It’s not too late to sign up!!


I’ll be personally teaching the FIRE POD and everyone knows how much I love survival fire.  Solar, flint/steel, BOW DRILL and even a few tricks up my sleeve…  We’ll even be attempting a fire start that I’VE NEVER TRIED BEFORE!  I call it the CR///EK-ZILLA.  Yes, it’s HUGE!

I hope you can make it.  See for more details and to sign up!

Trust me – it’s a BLAST!

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,


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(Infographic) The Nutrition of Mental Health

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brain-foodLast year, my wife and I read The Happiness Diet by Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey. The book was pretty good, and since reading it we have been much more conscious about eating the right foods to feed our brains. All of the changes we’ve made as a result have been simple, and most of them have been delicious! We eat a lot of smoothies, and a few simple additions to our regular recipes have been keeping our brains pretty happy.

Honestly, if you’re already on-board with eating an organic whole foods diet – there probably isn’t anything here that’s going to shock you. The gist of the book is to avoid processed foods, mind your minerals, avoid refined sugars, eat really good meat, and so on. But there is a wealth of information about various vitamins and minerals, and exactly why they’re needed by your body and brain.

I came across this infographic that has similar information, neatly condensed for a quick read, and I thought I’d pass it along. Take a look, and see if there’s an easy change you can make in your own diet that might help you get your brain in better shape.

This just might help you get through next Monday with a smile on your face…


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Building a Get Home Bag on a Budget, the Thrifty (Aka Cheap) Way

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3.91/5 (11) Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from PAD Commander and in it he discusses how he built his Get Home Bag, rather creatively from a lot of underutilized resources. If you are trying to build your own get home bag, check out some of the ideas below […]

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Improvised Footwear to Keep Your Feet Warm and Dry

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If you shoes are too tight for extra socks or insulation, you can make a footwrap out of heavy cloth or canvas.

You are out for the day and are 50 or 60 miles from home, when your car quits from EMP, or some other catastrophic event occurs, and you have to walk home.  The weather is not good, you have to deal with snow, cold or rain and you only have a pair of tennis shoes.  How can you make improvised footwear?

If you have any kind of a get home kit, hopefully you will have a couple of plastic bags large enough to fit over your feet and extra pair of socks.  Put both pairs of socks on and then pull the plastic bag over them.  Now put your shoes on and this will help keep your feet dry.  The down side to this is that you need to be careful that you don’t defeat the system by letting your socks get wet from sweat.  The plastic doesn’t breath.

If you just have sandals, flip-flops or no shoes, you can make foot wraps from the materials that are available in many vehicles.  You can use the materials from the seats, make a footwrap out of the foam insulation and then cover it with the material from your seat covers or carpeting.  You can use wire to tie it around your legs.  The remaining foam padding and insulation can be used to insulate the rest of your clothes.  See a prior post Footwraps as Improvised Socks or Foot Wear

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Stuff insulation material inside your socks

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Footwear made from socks, dry grass and a strong cloth

Improvised footwear can be made out of something as simple as cloth and grass or newspapers.  Grass has been used by northern natives and hunters/trappers, for a long time to help insulate their feet and preserve their socks.  They put the dry grass between their socks and boots or footwraps.  Good dry grass will absorb the perspiration and your socks will be dryer.  The Grass will add another layer of insulation to keep your feet warm (as you get colder your body will make sure the core stays warm and your extremities such as your hands and feet will get much cooler)

If you can’t find dry grass, make a wooden “grate” and dry the grass near a fire, make sure you don’t burn the grass.  Newspapers can also be use in place of grass.  This often works best if shredded or fluffed up.  The whole idea of improvise footwear is to keep your feet dry and warm.



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How to Survive The Collapse of Civilization

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How to Survive The Collapse of Civilization

How to Survive The Collapse of Civilization

Total social breakdown. Major cities gone. The complete collapse of civilization. How will you survive in a land with no government or local police? Communities, survivors left to fend for themselves.

Included: What are key survival supplies for surviving the collapse of civilization?

How will you survive in a land with no government or local police?

What happens when communities and survivors of major disastrous events are left to fend for themselves?

Perhaps you’re familiar with the post-apocalyptic television series, Jericho, which originally aired on CBS.

The show’s premise is that several of America’s major cities have been devastated by nuclear weapons.

Repeats of the show are all you’ll find nowadays — but it’s still compelling television — maybe even more compelling today simply because America just might get nuked by terrorists and rogue nations that support them.

In Jericho the world — as we all know it — has in essence broken down. Society has collapsed. Communication with other towns and our own government is lost; heat and electricity are at a minimum; and food sources are a problem.

With all of that going on, Jericho, Kansas is on its own. A small town left to fend for itself. And with the social structure of the United States completely broken down, there are many both inside and outside of the town that would do harm to their fellow man in order to better their own lives.

So what should those living in Jericho, Kansas do?

ABC Lost

For a different reason, the survivors of a plane crash on ABC’s hit show Lost find themselves without any contact with the outside world. With little food, no social structure or shelter, and concerns regarding their safety, the survivors at first find themselves grasping at straws.

What Lost and Jericho reveal

Why bring up two fictional shows? Simply because there is always at least a shred of truth to be found in fiction. Heck, some of humanity’s greatest inventions and discoveries actually emanated from science fiction stories (cloning, for example). Thus, television shows like Jericho and Lost can help shed some light on how we might best react to such a situation.

Still, television shows will hardly tell us everything. In fact, no one can. Why? Simply because when it comes to total social breakdown, the variables are so numerous that a one size fits all approach just doesn’t work. Therefore, it might be best to break things down according to the factors people in such a situation might have to consider.

First, though, remember that total social breakdown is defined by instability

After a woman broke into a Japanese kindergarten back in 2001 and injured a female teacher with a knife, there was a public outcry. Simply put, the kinds of violence that have become, unfortunately, somewhat commonplace in the United States had never been so in Japan. Along with this, Masao Omura, a criminal psychiatrist at Nihon University in Tokyo, said the following after the event.

“Socio-political and economic instability trigger psychological instability or uncertainty, and all this, I believe, is contributing a great deal to the rising brutal crime (in Japan).”

Unfortunately, if daily stresses and events of the world today can set off psychological instability, so, certainly, can a mass issue that causes our social networking and power structure to collapse.

Understatement of the century, right?

Thus, in order to keep civilization civilized, people would need to do everything in their power to bring stability back. That would involve some priority considerations.

Priorities considerations in the event of total social breakdown

(the order here doesn’t matter, as it could conceivably change greatly depending on the situation)

Find food and water – If you are someone that believes the world is on the doorstep of Armageddon or could be in for some tough years ahead, you may want to plan for this one in advance. If everything breaks down, one of the first things you’ll need is an immediate supply of food and water.

Best case scenario: you thought about this before the problem and have emergency supplies on hand at your home and / or office. This will help you get through that first week or two.


If not, this could conceivably become the first order of business. Sustain yourself for long enough to come up with a plan. By the way, in speaking of a long term plan…

Find a group ( if there is one available to you )- Under circumstances where complete social chaos is reigning, you might not want to be by yourself. First, there’s physical safety in numbers (on Jericho there have been several situations where outsiders have come to the town intent on doing folks harm; on Lost, of course, there’s the Others).

Regardless, a group will help you protect your family and yourself when and if further danger arises.

Beyond that, group membership will help to meet your need to belong later. That’s right, like the world famous psychologist Abraham Maslow has indicated, all human beings need to feel as if they belong and are safe.

Regardless, look to those you can trust: people within your own neighborhood, for example. Further, if the availability is there – as in the case of Jericho, Kansas – look to your town.

Pick a leader – Football teams need a head coach and some assistants. Without this, any player or coach will tell you that chaos would reign. Every form of government also has a set of leaders. Don’t believe – even for a second – that you can survive chaos without installing some kind of power structure. Everything that is civilization tells us different. Further, by implementing a power structure of sorts, you’ll have in essence brought some order to the chaos, even if only within your own group.

Therefore, small groups would be wise to elect a leader early on (this will be easier within groups that truly know one another). Further, plans regarding the future power structure should be made at this time ( will there be voting?). Such discussions might serve to quell the jealousy of those who are not elected to lead.

Bigger groups could go the democratic route and have mini parliament of sorts, if they chose. Or perhaps an elected official might serve the purpose (like a town mayor).

Protect yourself from the elements with a shelter – Do you still have a house? If so, great! If not, look for natural shelters (like the caves in Lost). Or if no man made or natural shelters are available, consider building some (like the contestants always do on the hit CBS show Survivor).

By the way, do this quickly. Further, if total social breakdown occurs in an area where the elements are a big problem, this may need to be your first order of business.

Heating and cooling – Is the electricity working (not in Jericho, Kansas, it isn’t)? Are there any heat sources available? If not, we’re talking fire. Which of course requires something to burn.

It would be smart to have a plan for dealing with this.

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Can you defend yourself?

Are you in danger? – In other words, are people walking down your road with guns intent on stealing or otherwise doing harm to you? Obviously, if this is the case, then defending yourself becomes first priority.

Perhaps it’s an opposing military; perhaps it’s our own citizens trying to better their own situation. Regardless, here are some ideas to consider.

Fortify your area – There are all types of things you could try. You could line cars, busses, or trucks around you for protection. You could try to build a wall if time permits. You could even attempt to build a fort of sorts. Here’s the problem with all of those ideas.

They let people know where you are.

Thus, the best course of action would likely depend on the situation. If you’re a relatively large group that has weapons and capability, doing some fortification work may not be a bad idea. However, if you’re a small group that wants to remain nameless, the last thing you may want to do is line a bunch of trucks around four houses, particularly if there are groups out there to fear. After all, fortification strategies like that tend to scream, here we are!

In such situations, search for natural barriers to live near (lakes, mountains). These won’t bring any obvious unwanted notoriety. However, keep in mind that if you live near fresh water, expect others to eventually come calling (food and water would, of course, be of paramount important to survivors of social breakdown).

Collect weapons – This is an obvious one. Just remember that if someone wants to be a part of your group, their weapons are too. It can’t just be a band of individuals.

Remember the power structure – When it comes to military maneuvers, a power structure is absolutely of paramount importance. In fact, when you’re electing or deciding on a group leader, their ability to lead you in a military sense should be high on the list.

This leader, if they’re worth a grain of salt, will devise a guard schedule. If there is any truly conceivable danger at all, a watch should always be put into place along with a way for the guard to contact others without alerting attention to him or herself.

Finally, think long term when it comes to food – How are you going to sustain yourselves in the long term? If there is true social chaos that could go on indefinitely, this needs to be considered in great detail. Some things to think about are:

A. Rationing the food you have.
B. Freezing food that might go bad (if you have the means). If not, then eat that first.
C. Farming possibilities (present and future).
D. Cattle availability.
E. Winter rations.

In sum, total social breakdown has never happened in the United States. During periods of specific social unrest, this country has always been able to recover. Regardless, there could be any number of situations that could change America’s luck.

Terrorists, a nuclear war, the consequences of global warming, etc.

Further, total social breakdown can occur in other ways (think Lost). So are you ready? Would you know what to do? Here’s what’s certain.

This article is only meant to get you thinking in the right direction. If the real thing were to ever hit, survivors would have to do a lot of thinking on their feet. Of course, if you thought some of this through before the event, that might save some time and effort…

Key Survival Supplies for Surviving A Collapse

Knowledge: Which remote regions of North America miles away from dying cities (or whatever continent you live on) have the right ecosystem to support multiple sources of food and fresh water? One of these may make a great location for you to flee to.

Self Defense: Firearms will go a long way in this regard.

Maps: You need to have alternative routes planned to get you from the area you live, in the event of a collapse, and passed nation-state boundaries that may be policed by military forces (for example, if fleeing to Canada from the U.S., Canada may turn away American survivors if a major catastrophic disaster takes place and Canada is now afraid of being overrun by a fleeing American population.)

You also need maps to plan alternative routes to get you passed areas that may be policed by local militias or even passed large cities that have collapsed, but are now controlled by violent gangs that have seized power. For example, people in the Southern California suburbs fleeing north may run into gangs from Central California cities, that have banded together to seize neighborhoods and tracts of land. How do you get past these gang controlled zones?

Seeds and knowledge of alternative grow methods (survival gardening): The days of open farming will be a thing of the past. You’ll need to learn ways to disguise your growing operations, a lot like the way drug cartels grow illegal drugs in South America and even in the United States currently. New techniques in survival gardening are teaching people ways to grow a variety of plants, that when grown together, look like part of the forest or landscape, allowing you to grow an abundance of food that bandits combing the land won’t recognize as crops.

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Other Useful Resources :    

Mega Drought USA:(Discover The Amazing Device That Turns Air Into Water)-DIY

Survive The End Days (Biggest Cover Up Of Our President)

Survival MD (Best Post SHTF Medical Survival Guide Ever)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness guide)

Bullet Proof Home (A Prepper’s Guide in Safeguarding a Home )

Backyard Innovator (All Year Round Source Of Fresh Meat,Vegetables And Clean Drinking Water)-DIY

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

Liberty Generator (Easy DIY to build your own off-grid free energy device)

Backyard Liberty (Easy and cheap DIY Aquaponic system to grow your organic and living food bank)

Family Self Defense (Best Self Defense Strategies For You And Your Family)


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Dry flush toilet

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No matter how you choose to live, off grid, in a tent, a tiny house, a dome, everyone has to go to the bathroom. That is a central issue for those of us who choose to turn away from city living and utilities.

We chose to go with a DIY composting system, we looked at the various commercial composting units that are available, but ultimately decided it was too expensive up front, with the average unit going for over $1000, and honestly the reviews from people using them were OK at best. I have a friend who had an expensive commercial composting unit and hated it from day one, I watched her push it out the back door, I would have taken it but it had been left outside for a few years and the plastic had broken down…

While watching one of the tiny home reality shows over the weekend, they talked about a dry flush toilet, this one looked quite different from the other small, portable toilets I’ve seen in the past. I looked it up and discovered it has a simple design that works. It basically uses a plastic liner that encloses your liquid and solid waste, that is then contained in a larger plastic bag. It is said to have no smell and you don’t have to handle anything, which are the biggest negatives to nearly all the other toilet designs.

This uses a cartridge system that appears easy enough to install and remove, each cartridge is good for 15-17 flushes before it needs to be replaced. You buy the cartridges in 3’s, they run $50-$60 for 3 of them. I suspect if you really ran out of cartridges and were in a desperate situation, you could place a regular plastic bag in it and use that.

I wondered how heavy the bag would be when removing it, it would need to be easily handled, that’s probably why the cartridges are the size they are and not any larger. I also wonder how loud it really is, the plastic bag (inner and outer) seem very crinkly, and from what I have seen online, when you “flush” the toilet, the sound of the unit seems loud, so between the mechanical and plastic crinkle, you would not be doing your business in silence.

When you remove a fully used cartridge, you toss it in the trash, I believe it would be sanitary enough, ie no leakage since it is double bagged. And for those who wonder, yes it is legal to dispose of human waste in the trash, otherwise it would be illegal to toss baby diapers or adult diapers in the trash.

If I had to start over, and didn’t have such a talented hubby, I would definitely look at this system, the cost of the toilet unit is around $500 and can be ordered through Home Depot and WalMart, it’s not available on Amazon, but I hope to see it there soon.

Here are a few videos showing how this toilet works.

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4th Grader Paralyzed After the Flu Shot – But You Should Still Get One

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In what the medical system is treating as a mystery, a 4th-grade student in Texas has suddenly become paralyzed and is losing her vision. Formerly a perfectly healthy child, 9 year old Breanna Browning has been a frequent flyer in the emergency room over the past few weeks.

The potential triggering event? On October 15th,  she was given the flu shot at school.

Her mother, Brenda Faulk, said, “Eight hours later she was profusely vomiting and again Friday morning. Saturday, she was paralyzed from the waist down, blind and seemed like she had a seizure.”

The doctors claim to be stymied, but have finally provided the family with a diagnosis: Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM). The National Institute of Health says, “Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is characterized by a brief but widespread attack of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord that damages myelin – the protective covering of nerve fibers.”

While no medical personnel have confirmed the cause of Breanna’s ADEM, the causes listed by the NIH are as follows:

ADEM often follows viral or bacterial infections, or less often, vaccination for measles, mumps, or rubella.

Breanna is not expected to make a full recovery. On a GoFundMe page set up for the family, her aunt wrote:

Breanna received a Flu vaccine Thursday October 15th 2015. This vaccine attacked her body to the point that she was transported by Ambulance to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas Saturday October 17th in critical condition.

ADEM has attacked 2 areas of her spinal cord, brain and neurological system. This has left Breanna paralyzed from the waist down, poor vision/blindness, & incontinence. She remains in Pediatric ICU.

This will require Breanna to be in a very extensive Rehabilitation Therapy. Doctors say her recovery could take up to one year and will not completely recover. Her Dad & Mom were also told, that this disease will more than likely attack again….  Several test were ran and her white blood count was/is very high.  Her MRI was confirmed that it is definitely ADEM
This little girl was full of life and very active. And just to think that a simple vaccination that is required did this to her.

This family will suffer enormous medical costs and will probably never get confirmation from the system that the shot Breanna was required to receive is what caused the little girl to become paralyzed, partially blind, and incontinent. If you are in a position to help, go HERE to make a donation.

But you’re still advised to get a flu shot

In a stroke of incredible audacity, articles in the mainstream media about Breanna’s case still strongly recommend that people be sure to get their flu shots. That’s right. In the same article about a child who was “mysteriously” paralyzed after the flu shot, the media and medical system collude to tell you it’s perfectly safe. If you believe that it’s perfectly safe, you need to go back and reread the story about what happened to this child.

Here’s some of the doubletalk.


Annual flu shots are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for anyone over the age of 6-months. The only people who should not receive a shot are those with egg allergies or who have had adverse reactions before.

Dr. Umair Shah advises that flu shots are usually extremely safe. Although reactions do happen, they are usually mild.

“There are a lot of myths that are out there,” the Executive Director of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services stated to KTRK.


The Centers for Disease Control recommends people over the age of 6 months get a flu shot every year. Only those with egg allergies or who have had a previous reaction should not.

“There are a lot of myths that are out there,” said Dr. Umair Shah, the Executive Director of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services.

He says flu shots are extremely safe. There can be reactions but he stresses they are mostly mild.

“There are some cases, very rare, that a flu shot has a more severe reaction and those reactions are minor in terms of the number of people who are going to get those,” Shah added.

On Fox:

Dr. Umair Shah, the executive director of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services, has not treated Brianna, but says flu shots are extremely safe and encourages those over 6 months to get the vaccine. Reactions can occur, but they are mostly mild. There have been cases of more severe reactions, but those are rare.

How does this guy even have a license? How can someone see stories like this (which the medical system refuses to confirm) and think getting their child injected is worth the risk?

This isn’t a tiny bit of discomfort we’re talking about.

This little girl is paralyzed from the waist down. She’s incontinent. She’s partially blind. And before the shot, she was fine.

But…Isn’t the Shot the Best Way to Prevent Catching the Flu?

You will hear in about 10,971 variations that “The best way to prevent catching the flu is to receive your annual flu shot.”

This is actually untrue. In fact, last year, the CDC admitted that it hardly worked.

Influenza viral characterization data indicates that 48% of the influenza A (H3N2) viruses collected and analyzed in the United States from October 1 through November 22, 2014 were antigenically “like” the 2014-2015 influenza A (H3N2) vaccine component, but that 52% were antigenically different (drifted) from the H3N2 vaccine virus . In past seasons during which predominant circulating influenza viruses have been antigenically drifted, decreased vaccine effectiveness has been observed. However, vaccination has been found to provide some protection against drifted viruses. Though reduced, this cross-protection might reduce the likelihood of severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death. In addition, vaccination will offer protection against circulating influenza strains that have not undergone significant antigenic drift from the vaccine viruses (such as influenza A (H1N1) and B viruses). (source)

The absolute, number one way to avoid catching the flu is through the exercise of good personal hygiene.

  1. Wash your hands frequently when you are out.
  2. In public restrooms, use a paper towel to open bathroom doors and turn on taps.
  3. Although I’m normally not a big fan of hand sanitizer, I always carry it with me in my purse during flu season. I use it generously when I’m out, before and after touching things that everyone else has been touching, like the handle of the shopping cart, door knobs, and debit machines.
  4. Use sanitizing wipes or at least baby wipes) to wash your hands and wipe the steering wheel when you get back into your vehicle.
  5. Avoid touching your face – this welcomes germs that are on your hands into your body.
  6. During the height of flu season, consider taking a quick shower and changing clothes when you return home, particularly if you have been in a germ-ridden place like a doctor’s office or pharmacy. Or Wal-Mart – every time I go there, I see loads of sick people sneezing and coughing into their hands, then touching items on the shelves.
  7. Make sure the kids change clothes and  thoroughly wash their hands when they return home from school.
  8. I shouldn’t really have to say this, but….remember to wash your hands after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating food.

If your local area is being hit hard by the flu, practice avoidance measures to keep your family healthy.

9.  Stay home as much as possible. (Obviously, if you have work and school outside the home, this become more difficult, but you can still avoid malls, movie theaters, and sporting events for the duration of the epidemic.)
10.  Stay away from sick people if you can.
11.  Avoid eating at restaurants – you don’t know the health or hygiene habits of the kitchen staff.

If someone in your family gets sick, take steps to minimize the spread of the illness.

12.  If you or a family member become sick, stay home from work or school to prevent passing it on to others.

13.  If a family member is sick, keep them isolated from the rest of the family.

14.  Use disinfecting wipes to clean surfaces that the sick person touches – doorknobs, TV remotes, keyboards, toilet handles, and phones.

15. Immediately place dishes and flatware used by the sick person into hot, soapy dishwater with a drop of bleach in it.

16.  Teach children to cough into the crook of their arm instead of covering their mouth with their hands. This prevents their hands from being germ catchalls that transfer contagious matter to everything they touch.

17.  Have the sick person wash their hands frequently with soap and water to help prevent spreading germs through physical contact. If soap and water are unavailable, have them use hand sanitizer.

Some other ways to stay healthy are to use natural strategies to maximize your immune system.

18.  Drink lots of water to keep your system hydrated and efficient.

19.  Take a high quality, organic multi-vitamin. (I like this one)

20.  Take at least 3000-5000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily – research has shown a link between a Vitamin D deficit and susceptibility to the flu. (This one has 5000 IUs)

21. Other important immune-boosting vitamins are Vitamin C and Zinc. Most vitamin C is genetically modified, so be especially carefully to find a non-GMO vitamin C. TheseZinc Lozenges are good tasting and high quality.

21.  Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables (preferably organic and pesticide free).

22.  Get 7-9 hours of sleep per day – a tired body has a weaker immunity against viruses.

23.  Don’t smoke – this weakens your resistance against respiratory illnesses and worsens the effect on your body if you do become ill.

24.  Avoid or limit alcoholic beverages.

25.  Avoid or limit processed foods. Your body doesn’t recognize these as food and they do nothing to nourish you.

26. Get fresh air and sunshine as often as possible – your body absorbs Vitamin D from the sun’s rays.

27. Get at least 20 minutes of exercise a day. You don’t have to be training for a marathon – simply take the dog for a quick walk and you’ll improve your cardiac function, your circulation, and your respiratory function.

28. Choose personal care and cleaning products that don’t contain harmful chemicals. When you inhale the toxins into your lungs or absorb them through your skin, they can break down mucosal surfaces, making you more susceptible to germs and viruses.

29. Maintain a healthy body weight.

30. Try to reduce the stress in your life. When we are highly stressed,we’re far more likely to succumb to illness. This is because adrenaline and cortisol, in the long term, can drain your immune system, making it unable to fight off a cold or flu efficiently. Check out this natural product to help with stress and anxiety

What do you think?

Do you get the flu shot? Why or why not? Have you ever had a bad experience from it? Share your opinions in the comments below.

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28 Benefits to Prepping Even if TEOTWAWKI Doesn’t Come

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28 Benefits to Prepping Even if TEOTWAWKI Doesn’t Come Sick and tired of hearing people argue that there’s no point to prepping if nothing catastrophic happens in their lifetime? You and I both know how wrong they are, but sometimes it’s hard to voice it. Well the next time you get someone telling you that, …

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A Few Anti-Nukes Being More Effective

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  • from a distancefrom a distance

    Everyone, I’d like to raise awareness about UCY.TV and ask you to support them by listening to the interviews broadcast by UCY.TV
    > UCY.TV has been a real friend to the anti-nuclear community with radio broadcasts and hosting an archive of past interviews
    > RadChick used to do a radio show on UCY.TV
    > And now Lonnie Clark and Kevin Blanch are doing radio shows on UCY.TV
    > Lonnie Clark’s does a radio broadcast THREE days a week
    Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays — 11am Eastern time / 8am Pacific time
    Lonnie’s interview with Donna Gilmore ( is really good:
    > Kevin Blanch does a radio broadcast two days a week:
    Tuesday and Thursdays — 11am Eastern time / 8am Pacific time
    So please make a note to listen to UCY.TV in the mornings (have it on in the background while you’re reading Enenews, etc.)
    > Link to listen to LIVE broadcasts:
    Thank you

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      > And Nuclear Hotseat — Saturdays, 2 to 3 pm Eastern time / 11am – 12pm Pacific time
      > Also there is a LIVE CHAT going on during the interviews:


      invisible ELEphant in the room

      “Those spam comments from the last article here at enenews make as much sense and will have as much effect as anything anyone else might come up with.”
      Here’s a perfect example:
      Fukushima nuclear disaster according to David Icke
      David Icke said “Japan is over.” in the interview above. We’re talking about a guy that can reach millions of people.
      Did the world listen? Not only did the world not listen…
      I don’t even think David Icke remembers what he said about Fukushima because I haven’t heard mention it in years.
      So, “Japan is over.” but Icke won’t try to help the victims there?
      Something about that doesn’t add up to me but anyway…
      Our posts mean little in my opinion. ENENews posts are more therapeutic than anything else at this point barring a miracle.

How To Grow Moringa, The World-Famous All-Purpose Survival Tree

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How To Grow Moringa, The World-Famous Survival Tree

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Morgina is probably one of the most nutrient-dense foods and herbal medicines on the planet that you’ve probably never heard of. With every part of the moringa tree useful for food or medicine, this “Tree of Life” is now being used to save many lives around the world.

The moringa tree is an especially nutrient-dense plant, providing a nearly complete source of human nutrition.


  • Contains 10 times the vitamin A content of carrots, twice the vitamin C of oranges, 15 times the potassium of bananas, and 17 times the calcium of milk.
  • Contains high amounts of selenium and vitamin E.
  • Contains 19 of the 20 required amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce on their own. The amino acids in moringa are present in a form available for optimal absorption and assimilation by the body. These highly bio-available amino acids make moringa leaves an excellent source of leafy green vegetable protein.
  • Is high in antioxidant compounds, and can support the body in the prevention of cancer and other diseases.
  • Assists the body with detoxification of the liver, and thus, the detoxification of the rest of the body as well. Moringa has been demonstrated in an animal study to normalize liver enzyme counts in the livers of mice that were damaged by acetaminophen.

Because moringa meets the majority of our basic nutritional needs and is so bio-available, it can be used as a replacement for commercially produced multi-vitamin pills, many of which have been manufactured with isolated compounds that are never absorbed by our bodies in the first place (and have been found to actually remain intact even as they exit the body). With moringa, you never have to worry about wasting money on something that doesn’t work to support your health.

Moringa’s Use in Developing Countries

One of the many amazing things about the moringa tree is that it thrives in places where it is difficult to cultivate other crops, primarily in hot, dry and barren landscapes. Used widely in Africa, South Asia, and India, moringa has also been introduced into Central America and South America, and is currently being used to prevent malnutrition in many developing countries around the world. The countries of Rwanda and Ghana are now using moringa as part of their food security programs.

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Moringa leaves are commonly dried and then ground into a powder. Nursing mothers use the moringa leaf powder to help them produce nutrient-rich breast milk for their infants. Women are also incorporating the leaf powder into all of their family’s meals, leading to well-nourished children who are healthier, happier and experience greatly improved energy.

By growing moringa trees locally, poor communities no longer need to rely on imported food goods to provide the important nutrition that they need.

Another great use of the moringa tree is that its seeds are used to purify water in developing countries where water supplies are often questionable.

How to Use Moringa

As a multi-use plant, moringa has many uses and applications. All parts of the moringa tree are useful, including the roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seedpods.

  • The leaves can be powdered and used as a supplement. A minimum of two teaspoons of the leaf powder per day is recommended to best experience the benefits of moringa.
  • The leaf powder can be made into a tea, added to water or juice, or blended into your smoothies. The fresh moringa leaves can also be made into a tea.
  • The leaf powder can be added to soups and juices.
  • The seed oils can be used topically for skin and hair conditions.
  • The seed oils can be used for cooking, cosmetics and many other uses.

Survival Applications

Because moringa leaf powder is an excellent source of nutrition and meets the majority of our body’s basic needs for nourishment, it is an excellent super food to stock up on and have on hand for times when other local food sources become scarce. It is also a useful food to have a supply of in the winter when it is difficult to grow our own nourishing fruits and vegetables in colder climates.

How to Grow a Moringa Tree

The very amazing things about moringa that make it a miracle survival plant in sunny, hot, dry and barren lands also means that the majority of the climates in the United States are not optimal for year-round growth of moringa trees.

Just 30 Grams Of This Survival Superfood Provides More Nutrition Than An Entire Meal!

However, some people grow moringa trees as annuals, and others are experimenting with bringing them indoors and keeping them alive in pots over the winter. In temperate climates, moringa trees require artificial lighting and heating throughout the cold times of the year in their indoor home.

It is important to note that moringa trees grow very large very quickly, and if you wish to keep them in a pot, you will need to “trick” them into believing that they will never grow very big by trimming their roots back once and their branches regularly.

Some Warnings

Experts warn that moringa seeds should not be continually consumed, as their plant compounds may build up in the body, become toxic, and potentially cause damage. Only the leaves are recommended for continued daily consumption.

It is also recommended that pregnant and nursing mothers only consume the leaves (or leaf powder) due to the potentially negative effects of other parts of the moringa plant on a developing baby.

All information in this article is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. Always consult with your health practitioner concerning any supplement(s) that you are considering incorporating into your diet and lifestyle to determine if it is right for you.

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6 Ways to Get Your Chicken Coop Ready For Winter

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By Tess Pennington – Ready Nutrition

When it starts getting cold, the chickens need a little extra T.L.C. to keep up egg production. Winterizing your coop can help keep the chickens happy, healthy and producing.

How you winterize your coop depends on your geographic location. For instance, those that live in the Midwest will see temperatures dip into the negatives, and their coops will need more care compared to those who live in the Pacific Northwest or the South. No matter where you live, you will have to do some winter chores to keep your chickens clucking merrily along.

6 Ways to Winterize Your Coop

1. Clean Bedding

Ensuring that the chickens have fresh bedding such as straw or wood shavings to lay and roost on will prevent frost bite. For our coop, we like to use hay for our bedding, especially in the wintertime because it retains heat better. This will keep them more active during the day as well as control the smell of chicken droppings until your Spring cleaning. Move all soiled bedding to the compost pile to compost down for Spring or Summer gardens.

2. Coop Inspection

Check out the coop to ensure that predators have not found an entry in. Predators are usually more desperate to find food during winter and you want to protect your flock. During this time, I also like to check the roof of the coop to make sure there aren’t any cracks or holes.  As well, check out the roosts and any other furniture to make sure it is still in good condition.

3. Batten the Hatches

During the warmer summer months having vents and hatches on the coop’s roof and floorboard assist with airflow, help to reduce humidity and any toxic ammonia from the hen house. During winter it is best to fasten the vents and hatches to reduce any cold drafts. Another solution is to wrap a portion of the coop with a tarp or plastic sheeting. This keeps moisture out of the coop, protects it from wind and further insulates it. 4-mil polyethylene film is low cost and readily available. Secure it to the chicken coop to ensure that moisture and wind cannot get through. Again, we want to ensure that the chicken’s body temperature stays at an optimum temperature.

4. Heat Lamps

Keep in mind that young chickens will require more body heat compared to a fully grown chicken. Further, the avian reproductive cycle, which is how a hen produces eggs, is stimulated in poultry by increasing day length. 14 hours of light is what a chicken requires to lay eggs and usually get these results during the warmer months. Having a light bulb hooked up to a timer can assist in continued egg laying. An added benefit to this is it creates added warmth to the flock. To provide some warmth, but not too much light, we use a 250 watt bulb in our coop. One heat lamp per 30 chickens will be sufficient. Light fixtures in the coop should be placed above feeders and waterers, and care should be taken to avoid having areas in the chicken house that are shaded from light.

5. Continued Flow of Water

For those of you who have to deal with frozen water trays in the coop, you’re not alone. This continues to be an issue for many keepers of chickens. One solution is to purchase a heated base for the waterer and run a heavy duty extension cord into the chicken coop. Another solution is to check on your chicken’s water more frequently. Bringing warm water out to replace the frozen water will be very welcomed.

6. Dietary Supplements

Adding grains such as corn in addition to their regular diet can add more fat to their bodies and at the same time provide more insulation and energy during winter. Grains shouldn’t replace their entire diet. We usually do 70% scratch and 30% corn. We also continue to supplement their diets with vegetable and fruit scraps for added nutrition.

Signs of Trouble

Check on your flock a few times per day to ensure the outside temperatures are not too harsh. If your chickens are huddled in a corner or making a lot of noise, take some time to make them more comfortable. Further, if chickens are lethargic or not moving, they may be ill and should be cared for.

Frostbite of the feet and combs are very common in winter months. If signs appear, thaw the affected area with cold water, slowly warming it to room temperature. Then apply a coating of petroleum jelly to isolate it from direct contact with the cold. Reapply two to three times during the day. Warming lights are especially helpful to prevent this.

Another sign to look out for during the cold months is a condition called “pasting.” This occurs when their anuses are blocked with droppings. If caught early enough, you can prevent the chicks from dying by slowly and gently removing the blockage with the help of warm water.

With a little extra attention, your coop will stay very happy during the cooler months. All it takes is some time to get it all prepped and ready.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition: 6 Ways to Get Your Chicken Coop Ready For Winter


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Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals.

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Even Retailers Suffering As Americans Too Poor to Shop: “Everyone Is Broke Except the 1%”

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Detroit Area Economy Worsens As Big Three Automakers Face Dire Crisis

By Mac Slavo –

The downsizing of the Middle Class has become so huge that even mainstream American corporations like Walmart, Campbell Soup and Hershey are hurting from the loss of their mainstream demographic.

Most Americans are so strapped for cash at this point, that they can little afford to splurge on anything but the basics. As a result, stores are shifting their appeal to wealthier, upper class niches where they hope to turn a profit.

Welcome to the “changing income landscape” in the United States and beyond… according to those in the know, it is a “seismic shift” of epic proportions.

By all accounts, this isn’t going away anytime soon.

As Boing Boing puts it bluntly:

From Walmart to Hershey to Campbell’s Soup, America’s biggest retailers and manufacturers are warning their shareholders that flat growth is a fact of life because of “consumer bifurcation,” which is plutocrat-speak for “everyone is broke except the one percent.” The companies’ plan for rescuing themselves is to turn themselves into luxury brands targeted at the wealthy.

The Business Insider goes into more detail:

The disappearing middle class is challenging many major American brands.

Company executives blamed the disappointing results in part on the changing income landscape in the US.

“We think that consumer bifurcation has been an important driver,” Hershey CEO John Bilbrey said on an earnings call, referring to the growing gap between upper-income and lower-income consumers.


“While overall consumer confidence is trending up, lower income consumers continue to be fragile as income and wage growth has been minimal,” he said. “Higher income and more confident consumers are driving premium growth, while cost-conscious consumers are driving the value segment.”


Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison also recently identified “a shrinking middle class in developed markets” as one of four “seismic” shifts that are impacting her company.

Even Walmart, which is known for its cheap prices, is tailoring its business strategy to the expectation that growth will come from upper-income households in the years ahead.

How exactly Walmart plans to shift from appealing to the masses with cheap plastic household goods to exclusive luxury items for the well-off isn’t clear, but the facts remain – the income divide is deepening, and the so-called “recovery” is falling into a deep depression.

Middle class and lower income families have seen absolutely no wealth growth since 2009, and jobs have become increasingly difficult. As the Business Insider points out, the trend has been ongoing since the 1970s, when many jobs began moving offshore.

The share of households in the middle tier of income earners has fallen to 43% from 55% since the 1970s, according to The New York Times.

Meanwhile, the wealth gap continues to grow. It isn’t about envying the rich, but about making ends meet for the rest of us. Pew Research shows the progression of disparity, which has now reached an alarming high point:


That’s just the gap between those who truly rank in the middle class versus the rich. The gap between the poor and working classes and the wealthiest is ten times greater:

A new Pew Research Center analysis of wealth finds the gap between America’s upper-income and middle-income families has reached its highest level on record. In 2013, the median wealth of the nation’s upper-income families ($639,400) was nearly seven times the median wealth of middle-income families ($96,500), the widest wealth gap seen in 30 years when the Federal Reserve began collecting these data.

In addition, America’s upper-income families have a median net worth that is nearly 70 times that of the country’s lower-income families, also the widest wealth gap between these families in 30 years.

And just think, things can get worse. Much worse.

Sadly, there is every indication that this is just the beginning of an economic fallout that will drive tens of millions more into poverty and struggle.

If these major companies, many of whom already specialize in discount goods, are having trouble because the average Americans who shop in their stores are too poor to buy much of anything, then there is obviously a problem that is in serious danger of snowballing.

Many of the elite know this, and are taking cover from the storm.

This article first appeared at Even Retailers Suffering As Americans Too Poor to Shop: “Everyone Is Broke Except the 1%”

Read more:

THIS CHART Tells a Story… America’s Middle Class Thrived After WWII and Died Under Obama

“By Any Standard, Wealth Inequality At Historic Levels” Since Recovery From 2008 Economic Crisis

Hank Paulson Has A Good Laugh Over Wealth Inequality: “We Made It Wider”

Why The Elite Are Buying Secret Hideaways: “A Lot of Wealthy and Powerful People Are Quite Afraid Right Now”

Wealth Gap is Destroying Families: “Race Matters Far Less and Class Matters Far More”

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Anger & Fear: The Way They Keep You Pointlessly Voting for President (Like Anything Will Ever Change)

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Anger & Fear: The Way They Keep You Pointlessly Voting for President (Like Anything Will Ever Change)

By Melissa DykesTruthstream Media

(Truthstream Media) Political strategists know if they push your buttons, they can get you to keep mindlessly, pointlessly voting… even though it won’t change a damn thing.

Political strategists (and the people running the show) know it works even though, deep down, most voters in this country have long ago realized somewhere inside that voting, at least in the federal elections, has all of about zero effect on actually changing anything and is basically a meaningless gesture that simply solidifies one’s willing participation in a slave system.

Political strategists have figured out how to keep people mindlessly, pointlessly voting anyway.

Here’s a direct quote from one:

Pick your boogeyman: undocumented immigrants or Wall Street bankers.

Let’s stick with the immigrants, she thinks. Just link the border to the national angst and tell everybody that migrants and the idiots who let them in killed the American Dream.

But it’s not that simple. This has to be about more than scaring people…

So, which will it be to keep the masses obediently voting for the country’s continued destruction at the hands of central banks and corrupt corporate interests?

Fear or anger? Anger or fear?

Because, despite Schoolhouse Rock cartoons and the propaganda taught in our public schools, patriotic duty and that little “I voted” flag sticker they hand out aren’t what keep people voting in modern America.

Emotional manipulation in some of its most basic forms is what keeps people voting in modern America. This is openly admitted, it’s just that no one is paying close enough attention.

Fear works a little, but ultimately, it’s a combination of fear and anger that really does the trick.


Chris Weber, Associate Professor at UA’s School of Government and Public Policy, says fear is more likely to increase open-mindedness and objectivity than diminish it.

Fear alone, you see, might actually be counterproductive, increasing “open-mindedness”.

And they definitely don’t want that in a place like a voting booth…

If there’s a swarm of angry bees headed your way, for example, you’re going to be quite open to new ideas. A long-time preference for turning right isn’t going to stop you if the best escape looks like a sharp left turn.

So fear alone is not the ticket to the White House. The strategist doesn’t want people thinking. She wants them voting — for her guy.

That means getting them scared and mad.

Yes, must have anger, too. Why?

Because —

Anger, says Weber, is an empowering emotion. It increases voter engagement and participation.

How does it do that,  you ask? It’s actually quite simple. They find a hot button topic sure to piss people off, then piss people off with it while simultaneously promising their candidate will work to solve the problem that pissed them off.

Problem — Reaction — Solution.

Anger also can make people more extreme, more partisan and less likely to engage in discussions across the aisle. Especially if the anger is properly manipulated.

So first they make you angry about something, then they manipulate that anger into action by telling you if you vote, it will fix the cause of your anger.

How? Well —

Sullivan says people have some basic needs that are applicable. First, they need to feel like they are in control in a world that is an orderly, predictable place.

We want to believe. Wow. Sounds like an episode of X-files.

But obviously we aren’t that naive. We all know the world isn’t orderly or predictable (at least, not with the information we’re given, unless we go with “predictably broken” or “run by a morally bankrupt elite”), and there are all kinds of things on a world stage the average person has no direct control over.

False flags like 9/11. The military-industrial complex’s insistence on regime change in Syria and the creation of ISIS. The over $1 trillion and growing in student loan debt or the fact that now half of 25-year-olds in this country are still living with their parents and a third of the adjunct professors who teach our college students are themselves living in poverty. Unemployment which will only steadily rise once more robots start taking over basic jobs. Manipulated refugee crises. The suppressed cure for cancer and rising cancer rates. GMO. The banker bailout. The Fed. Usury. The growing Big Brother surveillance state. Bill Gates’ and Al Gore’s b.s. carbon taxes.

The list goes on and on. But…

But the strategist knows Americans would never vote for her guy if they gave it any real thought.

Yeah. Just keep watching Football and Dancing with the Stars or whatever new reality show features Kim Kardashian’s plastic ass. Don’t pay attention to the reality the people at the top are constructing around you all.

That brings us to the other basic human need. People want to see themselves as morally valuable, Sullivan says. Everybody wants to be one of the good guys.

We want voting to somehow make us feel like we’re a “good guy” because we’re trying to “change bad things” by voting for a “good guy”.

So what do they do?

Sullivan’s research found that if you remind people of all the threats to their sense of control and then remind them of a perceived enemy, the combined experience helps restore that sense of control by defining a source of the threat.

You know, a scapegoat.

Once you have a scapegoat, it’s easy for people to feel righteous, good-guy anger at that enemy.

And there you have it. Behavior manipulation 101 keeps America voting every four years.

If you still vote for POTUS every four years, they are playing you like a fiddle all the way into the voting booth.

So once again?

Capitalize on fear, channel it into morally outraged anger. The strategist sees great opportunity: Make voting for Our Guy feel like defending Mom against the invading hordes. This kind of anger is motivating, and doesn’t encourage thinking.

And that — that right there — is how the political game is played, ladies and gentlemen.

This article first appeared at Truthstream Media: Anger & Fear: The Way They Keep You Pointlessly Voting for President (Like Anything Will Ever Change)

About the author:

Aaron and Melissa Dykes (formerly Melton) created Truthstream as an outlet to examine reality and the news, uncover the deceptions, pierce through the fabric of illusions, know the real enemy, unshackle from the system, and begin to imagine the path towards taking back our lives, one step at a time, so that one day we might truly be free…

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First Bout of Widespread Mountain Snow Continues Over Western US

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By AccuWeather

Soaking rain and accumulating snow will continue to accompany a sweep of dramatically cooler air over a large part of the West this week.

While cold air and snow will be an early boost for ski resorts, and precipitation could be just the start of drought recovery in some communities, the winterlike conditions are creating travel problems.

Temperatures will plunge 15-30 degrees Fahrenheit over much of the interior West as the leading edge of the cool air arrives.

Ahead of and near the leading edge of the chilly air will be strong winds. The strongest gusts on Wednesday will be focused on New Mexico and the central and southern High Plains.

Winds can gust past 60 mph, which is strong enough to knock down tree limbs and power lines in some communities.

Continue reading at AccuWeather: First Bout of Widespread Mountain Snow Continues Over Western US

West Interactive Radar
PHOTOS: Snow Blankets Western US in First Widespread Taste of Winter
El Nino to Shape November Weather in US: East to Warm as Chill Blasts West

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Volcanoes Today, 3 Nov 2015: Etna Volcano

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Ash emission from Bocca Nuova crater (Montagnola webcam, INGV Catania)

Etna (Sicily, Italy): On November 1st a quite energetic seismo-volcanic event occurred most probably from the Bocca Nuova crater. Since that time there has been a change in the seismic tremor.
During last weekend cloud cover prevented direct observations but today it was possible to observe very weak ash emissions most probably due to the activity inside the Voragine crater.

Continue reading at Volcano Discovery: Volcanoes Today, 3 Nov 2015: Etna volcano

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Episode 76 Debt Is Slavery

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Debt is Slavery

Debt is Slavery


Debt is Slavery

This week we tackle the issue of Debt. How debt enslaves you. How freeing it can be to escape from under debt. Mike and I both have become debt free at fairly young ages.

We share some tips on how to get free. How to stay free from debt. Also we talk about some frugal tips.




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Wall Street Hates this 408(m)(3) ‘Cheat Code’ – You Won’t Believe What It Lets You Do

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This Little-Known IRS “Cheat Code” Unlocks Investments You’ll Never Find on Wall Street…

The IRS would like you to think that the ONLY way to save for retirement is by putting money into the stock market.

You get an IRA or 401(k) and then you load up on stocks and bonds, right? You feed the Wall Street beast.

But I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you that this “beast” can bite the hand that feeds it. It bit Americans hard in 2008, when Wall Street tanked and took the nation down with it. Now, there are indications that it may soon do it again.

These 4 Market Crash Signals Are Flashing Red

Many experts – like Peter Schiff and Gerald Celente – are predicting “imminent stock market crash”. Now you can add John Hussman’s name to the list.

Hussman, a former professor of economics, uses four signals to predict stock market peaks and crashes. These signals correctly predicted the peaks in 1972, 2000 and 2007. Each of these peaks was followed by a dramatic crash.

Now, for the first time since the last financial crisis, ALL FOUR signals have appeared again.

This is why it’s time to consider getting your retirement out of stocks and bonds and into assets that will help you weather the coming financial storm.

How the 408(m)(3) “Cheat Code” Works

Thankfully you have options. Did you know that you can move your retirement savings out of stocks, and KEEP your tax-advantaged status?

Have you heard about Section 408(m)(3)? It’s a little-known cousin of Section 401(k) of IRS code. I like to call it the “cheat code” that unlocks investments you simply can’t find on Wall Street. Here’s what I mean…

Section 408(m)(3) lets you open a Precious Metals “Self Directed” IRA and put REAL gold and silver into a tax-advantaged account.

Here are four good reasons to consider this IRS “cheat code”…

REASON #1: Precious metals can protect you during times of economic uncertainty (like right now), and are a hedge against inflation.

REASON #2: Since 2001, gold has MASSIVELY outperformed the stock market. Consider: If you had invested $10,000 in the S&P 500 in 2001, it would have grown 52%. But if you had invested $10,000 in gold, it would have grown to $44,448 – an astounding 344% increase in value.

REASON #3: Unlike stocks, gold and silver will NEVER go to zero. They will always be worth something.

REASON #4: Gold and silver are recognized around the world as currency. This means you could use precious metals to pay for goods and services if something catastrophic ever happened to the dollar, a scenario that looks more probable every year.

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Trump Just Shared These 11 Surprising Words for the USD and Gold

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Donald Trump Warns “Dollar is Going Down”… Proves It’s No Joke by Rejecting Dollars for Gold… Here’s Why…

I don’t know how you feel about Donald Trump. But when it comes to business and the economy, few know it better.

So why did Trump accept three 32-oz gold bars as payment on office space he owns?

Trump’s explanation will infuriate those at the Federal Reserve:

“The dollar is going down and it’s not a pretty picture, and it’s not being sustained by proper policy and proper thinking. This was an opportunity to show people what’s happening with the dollar…”

This is no publicity stunt. In fact, Trump was quick to add that he plans to continue to do business in gold, saying, “Maybe it’s going to set a trend.”

Trump is dead serious about owning gold, and here’s something that proves it…

The Shocking Discovery Found on Page 36 of Trump’s Public Financial Disclosure

As part of his presidential campaign, Trump must submit a public financial disclosure. That’s when a shocking discovery was made on page 36:

Trump owns a lot of gold.

And I’m not talking about paper gold or shares in a gold stock or ETF. I’m talking about real physical gold.

How much gold does he own? According to the report, somewhere between $100,001 and $250,000. At today’s prices, this means he may be holding as many as 225 ounces of gold!

When Trump says the dollar is going down, you know these aren’t empty words. He believes it, and he’s acquiring gold to protect a portion of his wealth.

The Next Collapse Will Happen Suddenly and You Might Not Have Time to React

Gold has been a recognized form of money for thousands of years. And as the dollar goes down, more people will flock to gold as a time-tested currency and store of wealth.

Jim Rickards says, “When a collapse happens, it will happen quickly. You won’t see it coming. There won’t be time to run out and buy gold, and it probably will not even be available at that stage. You need to prepare now.”

Act now BEFORE the collapse happens… and gold is still available. Get this FREE Info Kit on Gold.

You’ll learn how Gold can protect your savings during times of uncertainty (like right now). Plus, you’ll discover the IRS “Loophole” to legally move your IRA or 401(k) to a “Self Directed” Precious Metals IRA.

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This comprehensive, 16-Page “Insider’s” Kit reveals how Gold:

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  • Protects in times of uncertainty, and
  • Offers tremendous growth potential

I have some of these FREE Info Kits available today – request yours now!


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Best Handgun Calibers For Survival

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Survival Pistol

Is there really a “best” of anything?  Well, yeah, I think A-1 steak sauce is the absolute best.  I love St. Pete’s Best SHTF pistolSignature blue cheeseDiamond D Leather in Alaska makes the best across the chest crossdraw handgun holster on Earth.  I am a huge fan of Kimber 1911 pistols, Smith and Wesson heavy revolvers and ARs in 5.56 and 300 Blackout, and my Ruger SR556-6.8 SPC AR (just try to find one of those left on the shelf), which I clearly think are the best.  Well, at least those are the best for me anyway.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

A Commonly Posed Question

When I work the gun shows with the Glock armorer guys, I usually get many of the same questions at our show Best Survival Handguntables.  “I want to buy a first handgun for my wife.  What caliber should I buy?”  That question is often quickly followed by the No. 2 question, “Should I get a revolver or a pistol?”  Several other questions almost always follow that.  I try to offer the best council I can based on what I know about their situations, conditions, and experiences.  I’ve done this for over 40 years now.

I get nearly the same series of questions from people inquiring about the “best” caliber for survival prepping.  These questions are more difficult to comprise to offer individuals specific recommendations.  Many factors go into the decision to pick a handgun caliber for survival work and then to pick the platform to fire it.  Let’s explore some of the possibilities.

A Chart of Common Handgun Calibers’ Power Ballistics

Caliber           Bullet Weight      Muzzle Velocity      Muzzle Energy
22 LR                 40                           1150                           117
25 ACP               50                           760                            64
32 ACP               71                            905                            129
380 ACP            95                            955                            190
38 Special         158                         755                            200        
357 Magnum    158                         1235                          535
9mm Auto         124                        1100                         339
40 SW                 180                        990                           392
10mm Auto       180                        1150                          529
41 Magnum       210                        1300                         788
44 Magnum      240                        1180                          741
45 ACP                230                        835                           356
45 Long Colt      250                       860                           410

As it is with spotting a seemingly attractive woman at a distance, looks can be deceiving especially upon closer examination.  It is much the same with factory ammunition ballistics charts as well.  Unfortunately these listed factory muzzle velocities and energy ratings are about all we have to go on when it comes to comparing one caliber against another.  It does at least offer us a baseline for comparison.  Reality in the field is something entirely different.

Know, too, that this list contains only the most basic bullet and power level for each caliber.  Many, many other choices are available in bullet types, and power capacities.  Get yourself a factory ammo catalog from Remington, Winchester, or Federal to begin to understand the other options available in each caliber.

Decision Making Time

First, as you make the ultimate decision to arm yourself, your immediate family and/or your survival prep team, Survival Pistolask yourself exactly why for what purpose(s).  I will presume the No.1 reason is for self-protection, as well as defensive protection of family, home, and property.  Other reasons could be for foraging for wild game food, or offensive actions to secure goods for yourself under the most dire straits of circumstances.  For whatever reason you buy a gun(s) for a prepping assignment do not take the purchase of weapons lightly and be fully prepared to accept all the consequences.  This includes safe handling, learning to shoot properly, practicing to shoot, and maintaining your tools in top operating condition.

Related: Survival Shotgun

You may have already settled on some prejudiced decisions about what handgun caliber you want to obtain for prepping use.  They may be right on or not for you or others in the immediate circle you intend to arm.  Seek as much input as possible from people who should know what they are talking about.  Good advice on guns does not always come from behind the counters at a gun store, in particular the big box retailers where gun sales people are rarely well trained on guns or ballistics.

Try a shooting range, a shooting course, or a concealed weapons course.  Walk around a gun show and ask several vendors as you check out their wares.  That is a next step anyway once you finally (maybe) settle on the caliber(s) you want then go shopping for and the handgun models to deliver them.

Apples and Oranges

Meanwhile study these ballistics numbers and try to make some obvious judgments.  I am guessing you have Best TEOTWAWKI Pistolprobably done some preliminary reading or research on line, from contacts, at gun shops or shows, books, magazines or other resources.  If not, then you definitely need to build an elementary foundation of knowledge on these subjects enough to know on what to spend your hard earned prepper money.  If you make a mistake, you waste money.

If you need a hint, then take this one.  If your primary purpose for obtaining weapons is to protect yourself, family, friends, or others, then you obviously need a handgun shooting a caliber as capable as possible in stopping an adversary. Be honest with yourself.  While a .22 LR rimfire handgun may be ideal for taking small game for the meat pot or taking out small nasty vermin around the Bug Out camp, it is not a realistic choice for self protection.  It is better than nothing, but not for your primary defensive handgun.

Also Read: Best Survival Carbine

I will be so bold as to suggest the same for the .25, 32, and even the .380.  Once you acquire a more prominent Survival Pistolcaliber handgun for defense and become proficient with it, then you can branch out to consider acquiring other calibers and guns as your budget allows.  These three could make decent back up calibers with proper ammunition.  Now we have arrived at a “Y” in the road.  Whether or not you want a revolver or a pistol?  I won’t discuss those merits or distracters here, but may at another time review those points.

At the low end of the revolver caliber considerations is the .38 Special, but why buy a handgun only for this cartridge?  The .357 Magnum revolver will also shoot the .38 Special so you essentially get two guns in one.  The .357 Magnum will stop an opponent, but you may be limited to six shots.  This revolver caliber is formidable.  Reloading takes more skill and time.

Generally speaking the .41, .44 and .45s are not considered for personal protection though they could be.  Eventually if you are settled on revolvers, then consider stepping up to a larger caliber.  By the way, the .44 Magnum will also load and shoot the .44 Special.  Remember these calibers are more difficult to shoot well, costly, and the ammo is heavier to deal with for storage and carry.

The other pathway in the “Y” considers the semi-auto pistol calibers.  These are the 9mm, .40 Smith and Wesson or “40 cal”, the 10mm and the .45 ACP.  The 9mm is basically a .38 caliber suited to the pistol platform.  The .40 and the 10mm are similar though the 10mm is considerably more powerful, expensive and has more recoil.

The .45 ACP is the “King of the Hill” for most pistol shooters.  Obviously it was picked by the military early in the 1900s for a reason.  There are rumors now the .45 ACP may be coming back to service use, but somehow I suspect it will only be relegated to specialty team use.  The .45 ACP has more recoil, more noise, but the 45 caliber is a serious man stopper.  It takes a lot of practice to shoot well, as frankly does any handgun in any caliber for that matter.

Narrowing the Choices

An ideal method to settle on a choice on a handgun caliber is to visit a shooting range or gun shop that has a wide Self Defense Pistolvariety of gun models and calibers to actually shoot.  This way you can evaluate your comfort level in shooting different calibers and the types of guns available in those caliber choices.  It would be akin to test driving new cars.

Now, here I go out on the limb by suggesting my own recommended choices.  If you favor the revolver action because of its simplicity in use without mechanical safeties to deal with, then I would opt initially for a .357 Magnum, but not a lightweight, short-barreled gun model.  Pick a good steel gun with a six-inch barrel and adjustable sights.  If you learn to use this well, then you might consider adding another bigger caliber much later.

For pistol operators, the base choice is the 9mm.  It is very universal in all regards, and widely available both in gun models and ammunition types.  Practice with ball ammunition, but carry in Condition One with a serious self-defense round of which there are many new ones on the market now.

Personally, I am not a big fan of the .40SW.  It has more recoil, and muzzle blast.  Ammo is more expensive.  However, the .40 is an effective pistol caliber for personal protection.  I do like the 10mm but it is a significant step up in skills to shoot well.  It is a good defensive people stopper using the right ammo.

Also Read: SIG Sauer P227 Nitron Review

The .45 ACP is my No.1 personal choice.  That big .230 grain bullet packs a wallop on its opponent especially in a defensive round with expanding bullets, not the ball ammo.  The .45 takes much practice to shoot really well, but in close quarters it is a deal changer.  It is not a first caliber choice for uninitiated neophyte shooters.  If I were starting afresh to build a self-defense survival handgun arsenal, then I would have a 9mm and then a .45 ACP.  If I had multiple guns, they would all be the same brand and model for uniformity of training, and use as well as exchange of magazines, parts, cleaning supplies and carry holsters.

Is there a best handgun caliber for survival prepping?  Yes there probably is for you, but it may not be the same one for me.  What is really best is what you can shoot really well.  Obviously one or more well placed rounds are better than making a bunch of noise and missing the target.  Study hard, pick carefully, and then become extremely proficient with your choices.  That will be what is best for you.

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How To Build A Rocket Stove 6 Different Plans

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How To Build A Rocket Stove 6 Different Plans Rocket stoves are fantastic cooking machines… They can produce a lot of heat, from very little fuel…. See how you can make one … 6 different ways! I have built many brick rocket stoves over the past few years. Most of the time I built these …

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How to Build a Wood-fired Earthen Oven (A Low-Cost Project)

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Reducing the amount of technology we consume is kind of a beneficial thing to do, both for your health and that of the environment. A lot of us love to spend time in nature so a way to cook in nature will surely help enjoy the time spent there.

Wood-fired earthen ovens are easily documented all the way back the ancient Romans. Likewise, they are easily documented in archaeological evidence and first-hand accounts from the 18th Century. In this video you’ll see how easy it is to build one.

You will require the following list of materials: sand, dry clay, straw or dry grass (even hay works), bricks (fire bricks are preferred), canvas tarp (to mix your cob together with), and of course water.

The project you’re about to mimic has a dome of 22 inches, 6 inches thick walls and an entrance of 12 inches across. As you will see in the video tutorial, the work resembles playing with sand on the beach; at least in the beginning.

Follow the rest of the instructions and all will be good. Enjoy your pie or bread in your own earthen oven!

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Preparing Your Emergency Storage

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Preparing Your Emergency Storage

Emergency survival preparation can vary a lot from situation to situation, depending on what is being prepared for, and who is doing the preparing. There are some essentials that work across the board, however, and there are also many unique items that can help any situation out. Read on for five unique items that would make any emergency situation safer and easier for you and your family.

zipZip Ties and Cable Ties

  • Incredibly useful and hardy ties primarily used by electricians for securing cables together, zip/cable ties can perform in so many other ways. They are excellent fasteners and although they can only be used once, they last pretty much permanently, and can stand up to the elements. You can use them to build shelter out of a tarp with grommets, or to secure stakes and poles together. They are an excellent, small, and lightweight thing to throw into your repair kit.




Survival Bandana

  • Another unique item with many uses. Survival Bandanas can be used not only on your head for warmth or as protection from sunburn, they can be worn around the neck for warmth or as a sweatband in the heat. They can also, however, be used in a medical situation as a bandage or cleaning implement, or as a sling or tourniquet. Highly versatile, keeping several around your kit are a must-have.

wash board





  • Regardless of how dire the emergency that you might end up in is, you will need to at some point keep clean. It is important in the psychological aspect of staying human. Washboards are surprisingly effective at cleaning even the toughest stains. They are inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to use and keep around.






Feminine Products

  • These are excellent for wound management. Even the military uses them to treat and clean bullet wounds. Tampons fit into a bullet wound and expand as they absorb blood to fill the hole and keep it plugged until it can be treated properly. Pads can help staunch heavy bleeding. Keep several in your extended medical kit, and stockpile more than a few to have when in need. (Editor’s Note: I highly recommend using Olaes or Israeli Bandages in you kits so you are able to treat all wounds with proper dressing. Tampons are good in an emergency but they are not sterilized.)


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  • This is an item that is a relatively recent addition to camping/outdoors/survival situations because of its modernity. It is highly useful and compact “pen” with a light bulb inside, which when immersed into water, purifies it through the action of UV light which kills all bacteria and viruses. Water is vital for survival, and this pen is the perfect addition (either as primary or back-up water purification system) to ensure that you and your loved ones have enough drinking water. While this high-quality product can be costly to your wallet, search online for the product and consider using available Brownells coupons at to help you save money.

Emergency situations can only be manageable with proper thought given to preparation. By obtaining these items, you will be more prepared than the average person to meet the struggles of emergency survival.


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10 Tips For Comfortable Sleeping In The Rain

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10 Tips For Comfortable Sleeping In The Rain This article has great info on how to have a comfortable nights sleep if you have to bug out or are stuck away from home in an emergency and its raining it might not be as bad as you think… Rain is ultimately inevitable and might as well learn how …

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What is Biometric tagging?

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What is Biometric tagging? Yup, that is the question that I received from one of my readers the other day right out of the blue.  I will admit, I may have had an idea what it was, but I wasn’t sure.  Needless to say I have had to do a little research on the subject …

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What Is The State Of Our Military?

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     I took a good look at a recent survey of our U.S. Military by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C.  The highlights of their 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength revealed some interesting ratings.
     For instance they ranked U.S. Military Power as “marginal”, with the Army rating a “weak” score. Considering that the Army is the largest branch of our Armed Forces, that should make us sit up and take notice.
     And if that’s not enough to make you uneasy, here is how they rated Threats to U.S. Vital Interests:   Iran and the Middle East received an “Elevated” ranking; Russia, China, and terrorism associated with Afghanistan/Pakistan received a rating of “High”; and North Korea was rated as “Severe”.  It should not be surprising that the Heritage Foundation found these nations to be particularly aggressive during 2015, and they expect that the rapid modernization and expansion of their offensive military capabilities will make these especially worrisome continuing into 2016.  Russia’s swift and vigorous involvement in the Middle East is evidence that these predictions are most likely on the mark.
     And which of us have any faith in the so-called pact with Iran over their nuclear proliferation?  Does anyone really believe that they intend to honor any treaty they have made?  They have said as much; that they will continue on the path towards nuclear weapons development and the annihilation of Israel.

     So all this makes the Heritage Foundation’s assessment of U.S. Military Power more relevant.  I want you to read, word-for-word, their evaluation …. “Finally, we assessed the military power of the United States in three areas: capability, capacity, and readiness. These three areas of assessment are central to the overarching questions of whether the U.S. has a sufficient quantity of appropriately modern military power and whether military units are able to conduct military operations on demand and effectively.
     The common theme across the services and the United States’ nuclear enterprise is one of force degradation resulting from many years of underinvestment, poor execution of modernization programs, and the negative effects of budget sequestration (cuts in funding) on readiness and capacity. While the military has been heavily engaged in operations, primarily in the Middle East but elsewhere as well, since September 11, 2001, experience is both ephemeral and context-sensitive. Valuable combat experience is lost over time as the servicemembers who individually gained experience leave the force, and it maintains direct relevance only for future operations of a similar type. Thus, though the current Joint Force is experienced in some types of operations, it is still aged and shrinking in its capacity for operations.”
     The Army is “weak” because of a drop in the number of combat-ready troops.  The Navy’s fleet is diminished and struggling to meet operational demands.  The index score for the Air Force dropped from “strong” to “marginal”, due to a degradation in capability and readiness.  The fighting competence of the Marines is superb, but it is hampered by aging equipment; troubled replacement programs for its key ground vehicles (particularly its amphibious personnel carriers); and a shrinking force.  (That’s why it is so difficult to see ISIS driving around the Middle East in our abandoned military trucks and equipment).  Perhaps the most alarming finding of the Heritage Foundation’s survey was the greater need to modernize U.S. nuclear capabilities, particularly with regard to aging delivery systems. Continued reliance on legacy systems such as the B-52 will eventually diminish the effectiveness of the nuclear enterprise of our military and lead to the deterioration of our nation’s ability to deter a nuclear attack.
     The overall picture that the Heritage Foundation painted was one of a U.S. military force capable of meeting the demands of a single major regional conflict, while also managing various “presence” and “engagement” activities.  BUT, they also concluded that our military would be very hard-pressed to do more than that, and certainly would be ill-equipped to handle two nearly simultaneous major regional incidents.
     The bottom line is this:  The consistent decline in funding and the consequent shrinking of our armed forces have placed it under significant pressure.  Essential maintenance of equipment continues to be deferred; fewer units (mostly the Navy’s platforms and the Special Operations Forces community) are being cycled through operational deployments more often, and for longer periods; and old equipment is being extended while programmed replacements are problematic.
     Let’s face it.  Add all these factors together, and we have a U.S. military that is “marginally” able to meet the demands of defending America’s vital national interests.  So what does this say about the Military-Industrial Complex?  Either they have been gutted by the decimation of funding for our forces; or the corruption is so extensive throughout the Government and Pentagon, that pockets are being lined while the lives of our combat troops are ignored and exploited.  Either way, the common defense of the nation seems to have collapsed, or even been deliberately sacrificed.
     At times like this, I always wonder what the intention was at the founding of our nation.  How would the Founders have viewed the state in which we find our military and national defense?  Consider what James Madison had to say:  “In time of actual war, great discretionary powers are constantly given to the Executive Magistrate. Constant apprehension of War, has the same tendency to render the head too large for the body. A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending, have enslaved the people … Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied: and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
     So where does this leave us?  Certainly, war seems to have been the ever-present companion of man for the last century.  But even in the Old Testament, war was prominent, and often seen as “holy”; often declared by God.  And we are all familiar with the Scripture in Ecclesiastes that says “there is a time for war, and a time for peace.”  Ever since St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) formulated the theory of the Just War, it seems that man has rationalized his way into ever-increasing states of war.  To be honest, I don’t have a crystal ball to see where our decline in military strength and capability leads us.  Will the next Presidential election change the direction we are headed?  Or is it too late?  Has our weakness been exploited past the time of no return?  Only God sees the future.  All I know is that I long for His Peace and the absence of all the Evil I see.  But I also know that there has to be one final War on Earth before the Prince of Peace comes to reign.  Perhaps we are seeing the world line up, and build up, towards that final conflagration?

Exodus 15:3    “The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name.”


Quick and Easy Corn Casserole Recipe – Just In Time For Holiday Gatherings

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The first time that I tasted corn casserole (aka corn pudding) at one of our large family gatherings, I knew I had to find the recipe.  To my surprise, almost every recipe that I was given or found included shredded cheese, cream cheese and/or sour cream.  My heart sank….. I really loved the taste of this classic side dish, but I wasn’t willing to add extra (and unnecessary) fat and calories to this dish, when I knew there had to be a better alternative.  By no means does this recipe fall in the ‘super healthy’ category, however, the nutritional value is much better than the classic version – and without sacrificing the taste! At the bottom of the recipe, I have included how to make your own corn muffin mix. This time of the year it seems to be popular addition to many recipes. Feel free to double, triple, or even quadruple the muffin mix recipe and store in air tight containers for use over the next couple of months to make your life easier. Quick and Easy Corn Casserole Recipe Ingredients: 9 ounces of pre-made corn muffin mix 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained 1 (15 ounce) […]

The War Between The GOP And Mainstream Media

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Republicans versus mainstream mediaIt’s no secret that the media is heavily leaning towards the left. Regardless of their protestations of innocence and declarations of neutrality, their words and actions say something else entirely.

When the members of a news organization donate overwhelmingly to one party (85% to 15%), it’s clear where their sympathies lie. In such a case, the ability to remain neutral in their work is all but impossible.

I’m not blaming them for their viewpoint, I’m blaming them for their hypocrisy. Nowhere is that hypocrisy more clear than in how they report about what’s happening in the nation’s politics. They play softball with any Democrat politician, while intentionally trying to make the Republicans look bad.

This has become extremely clear in the presidential debates. The first Democrat debate was a love-fest for Hillary, with Hillary and Bernie Sanders working overtime to out-promise their supporters a whole new collection of freebies. In stark contrast, the Republican debates have been filled with gotcha questions and attempts to get the candidates to turn on one another.

All this came to a head in the third Republican debate, sponsored by CNBC. Why the GOP would even let a liberal news organization host one of their debates is beyond me, but they are.

It was clear from the opening moments of the debate that the “moderators” didn’t see this as an opportunity to get the candidates to talk honestly about their opinions, vying for voters, but rather a chance to collect sound bites on the candidates, which they could use to discredit them.

Then, once the debate was over, the “fact checker” went to work. Of course, like most fact checkers working for the media, the only “data” they draw on is that which supports their political view. So, that would make anyone who denies global warming a liar and one who doesn’t believe in science, even though there is no true science to back up global warming.

It’s interesting that the same fact checkers who were so anxious to verify every word that the Republican candidates said, didn’t do any fact checking on Hillary and Bernie. I guess they felt they didn’t need to, because a Democrat politician wouldn’t say anything against the progressive liberal narrative.

The gotcha tactics didn’t work too well for the media this time. Not only did the candidates do an admirable job of avoiding the gotchas, but they turned the tables on the media, attacking them for their obvious bias.

Starting with Ted Cruz, several of the candidates blasted the media for their childish actions and ridiculous questions. It was clear to all who watched what was happening and how the liberal media was trying to turn the debate into a circus.

Republican candidates are beginning to react to this, stating that they will not participate in future debates hosted by the mainstream media. While this hasn’t gained momentum yet, it could very easily do so. Were that to happen, they could kick the mainstream media right out of the debate process.

Of course, the obvious counter on the part of the media is to refuse to broadcast the debates. While that would be tragic, I’m sure that alternate media would pick up the debates and make sure they got out to the people.

We have to realize that there are actually four main political parties in this country and not just two. Of those, only two are voted on, the others are self-appointed. Those two extras are the media and the bureaucrats. Unfortunately for conservatives, they have aligned themselves with the progressive liberal party of the Democrats, creating an uphill battle for conservatives to get anything done.

This is why liberals can say that they represent the mainstream view in the country and that conservativism belongs with the dinosaurs.

Keep in mind; that’s with polls showing that the country is 47% conservatives, 30% call themselves moderates and only 23% identify themselves as liberals. But the only ones the liberal politicians hear are the liberals who surround them. Remember what Obama said after the mid-term elections? “I’ve heard the voters, and I’ve heard those who didn’t vote too.”

Hmm, I wonder what those who didn’t vote said. Would anyone be willing to bet that they said something other than what Obama wanted to hear? No, that would be a sucker bet. What he clearly said was that he was going to ignore the voice of the voters, instead listening to the voices in his own head.

So, where does this leave us?

It’s clear that the media is stoutly against anyone who is a Republican, as well as all conservative ideas. It’s equally clear that the vast majority of the government is as well.

Oh, there are a few departments of the government who are right-leaning, like the military, the FBI and the CIA, but they are definitely in the minority. The vast sea of bureaucrats out there need for government to grow, so that their own status can grow as well. That alone aligns them with the progressive liberal camp.

Sadly, much of the GOP leadership is more strongly in the left’s camp, than they are in the right’s. They have been captured by the system and are hearing the same sorts of messages that the Democrat politicians are hearing. This has made them so disconnected from their voter base, that they no longer recognize what the people who voted them into office want.

This lack of unity in the Republican party has been disastrous in past years and it continues to be disastrous. They want a moderate candidate, like Jeb Bush, but the voters have clearly rejected him. If they continue to push, and put another moderate candidate forth as the Republican candidate in the general election, conservative voters won’t turn out and the Democrats will win.

Each election we have had in the last 20 years or more has been more critical than the last. It is clear that the progressive liberals are pushing for a one-party system, with their party as the only one standing. If that happens, then the country will surely become socialist.

We are only one Supreme Court justice away from a decidedly liberal Supreme Court. It is almost certain that the next president will appoint at least one Supreme Court Justice. Should Hillary or Bernie win, we can be sure that the new Justice will be a liberal one.

That would be a major win for the liberals, giving them the ability to go after our 1st, 2nd and 4th Amendment rights, without opposition. We could expect our guns to be confiscated, our religious freedom severely curtailed (for those of us who are Christian or Jewish) and our freedom of speech limited to whatever the PC police decide we should be able to say.

Hillary has already said that she will not only continue taking the country in the direction that Obama has been taking it, but that she’ll double down on some of his initiatives, taking them even farther. Yet she’s the media darling, the one that all the pundits are declaring should be the next king, or queen of the United States.

I have to say, it’s not looking good. The media has the power to sway any election and have done so in the past. By ignoring a politician or showing them in a bad light, they change people’s votes and they know it. Why do you think they are ignoring Ted Cruz, the most conservative candidate running?

Regardless of where you stand politically, Ted Cruz is recognized as a true conservative and one who has taken on Washington, battling against his own party, as well as the Democrats.

He went to Washington with a mandate and seems to be one of the few who has not forgotten it. Yet he is being marginalized by the media, who are spending all their air time talking about Trump’s latest outrageous statement.

So, I ask again, where are we going?

Conservative talk show host Mark Levin has prophesied that the Republican party is going to split. If it does, it will be disastrous. That would be a win for the Democrats, as neither of the new parties would be able to muster enough votes to win anything.

Many Republicans would stay with the more moderate group, because they would retain the Republican name. The true conservatives would form the new party. While they might actually outnumber the Republicans, it is doubtful they would outnumber the Republicans and Democrats both.

Since the RINOs who control the Republican party are faster to capitulate to their Democrat masters than they are to their own voters, the Democrats will win. They will have their one-party system in fact, if not in name. They will be able to win whatever they want and pass any law they choose. Such a move would truly be the end of conservativism in this country.

The Republican party needs to return to its roots. What roots? The roots of their voter base. It’s time for them to hear what we the people are saying and take heed. That’s the only way that the United States has a chance of returning back to her roots. Anything else allows those that want to make it the Socialist States of America to win.


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Election Day

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Election Day. Here’s something to scare the crap out of you – one year from today Hillary Clinton might be elected President. Say it out loud …”Madame President”…”President Hiillary Clinton”…kinda makes your testicles retreat into your abdomen, doesn’t it? But, since it is supposedly anyones race at this point, it could be “President Sanders” which, actually, I’m kinda rooting for because I think electing an avowed Socialist as President is just the kick in the pants to end all the foreplay already and get the next Civil War started.

But what about the conservatives? I’ll just flat-out say it: Trump won’t get the nomination. Do I like Trump? I like how he can out-Biden just about anyone with his talk-first-ask-questions-later attitude. And, he is forcing other candidates to address issues that might otherwise have been passed over. But…President Trump? Not going to happen.

Carson? He says (mostly) the right things (and the Right things), but I can’t see him as a leader. An awesome Cabinet member, sure…but the guy who makes the hard decisions that can send American kids back to mom and dad in a box? Nope.

Cruz and Rubio? I’m of the opinion it’ll be between the two of them. Whether they win the office will depend not so much on the strength of their candidacy as it will on how much people dislike Hillary Clinton.

Honestly, no one is really hitting my buttons. This election, like every one since 1988, won’t be about voting for someone…but rather be about voting against someone. “Im not voting for X because I want him in office..Im voting for X because I dont want to see Y in office.”

Personally, I have no faith in my ability to predict which party, let alone which candidate, will win. But…I have seen this movie before, mi amigos. It ends with $60 Pmags, $55 bricks of .22 ammo, and a $1900 ‘basic’ ARs. Let’s look at it logically – the two most likely Democratic candidates are both anti-freedom enough that it is entirely reasonable to expect a rerun of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. Perhaps not in its entirety, but certainly some parts of it…magazine ban, import ban, prohibited features, etc, etc….something will happen. It’s a certainty. So, the hope is that if the Republican candidate wins, we’ll be spared that. Well..maybe. Here;s a couple ‘sound bites’ about the two Republicans positions on guns. (Cruz  Rubio –

Seems promising, right? But historically, some folks who said they were on our side have done some pretty unkind things to those of us who like our thundertoys. So, here’s what we have: The Democrats win the election, it’s a virtual certainty we’re going to get screwed. The Republicans win, theres a chance we’re going to get screwed…or not. But neither is certain.

Let me put it to you another way. It’s time to board your flight at the airport, there are two planes leaving to the same destination. One plane is a virtual certainty to crash, the other is 50/50 on if it’ll crash. Which one do you get on? Well, if your choice is between the two and you have to pick one…you go with the one that has the 50/50 chance of not crashing. But…you step over to the duty free shop and pick up a parachute.

Right now, parachutes look a lot like more mags and guns in the safe.

And, yes, third-party options exist but those are the planes that people board but then sit on the tarmac for four years as they never get clearance for takeoff.

Moral of the story: its a year to Election Day. Start the buying now.

The Fear Factor

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Fear….. It is the number one item that everyone forgets to prepare for in cases of survival, emergency situations and personal doomsday preppersprotection.  Yes, you may have your Get Home Bag, your Bug out Bag, your SHTF location and your weapon. But did you prepare to deal with FEAR? Most likely NOT.   Unless you can manage fear, you have an exceedingly high probably of not surviving. Fear strikes fast, it produces sometimes uncontrollable responses; it distracts your from what is really going on and significantly inhibits your ability to make the correct decisions.

By Dan C, a contributing author of & Survival Cache

Acting out of fear can get you into more trouble than the situation you are already in. Fear comes in many forms and levels. The simplest might be fear of insects, spiders and snakes, more intense fear might the instilled fear of heights, public speaking, the unknown, and extreme fear might be the fear of death, injury or pain. The most intense form of fear can completely incapacitate a person. Even though each level of fear elicits a primal reaction, each person will have a different response based on their experiences.

To enhance your likelihood of survival or functioning during a bad event, you must learn how to control your fear. It is not easy and requires significant training and practice to master the process.  But it should equally as important as any part of your planning process such as, packing your Get Home Bag, practicing personal protection shooting and being physically fit.

As part of evolution the human brain has developed a very sophisticated means of dealing with fear to enable us to survive. In doomsday preppersmost cases, fear is primal in function and activates our bodies to take the “fight or flight” posture and response.  There are many respected people that believe premonition is also a fear response.  That your body can feel or anticipate something bad, thus making you feel uncomfortable and having the desire to feel like you need to be on alert.  Whether real or perceived, in each of these cases, your body is responding to what it perceives as a threat and your fear response has been activated.

When something instantly scares you, it is easy have a primordial response and over react, respond quickly without thinking and immediately go into a defensive mode. Anyone one of these three primal responses could save your life on the other hand any one of these three responses could injury or kill you too.

Some of the devastating effects of fear are hesitation, confusion and chaos.  When those are the first responses to a fearful event, you are at a disadvantage. Even worst these factors can interfere with your ability to analyze the situation, thus it will take longer than normal to regain your thoughts, situational awareness and figure out what is happening. In the interim, you or someone else may become of victim of the circumstance because of your delay in properly responding to the threat.

Also Read: Situational Awareness, A Skill You Need

Let’s explore how fear is managed by the body. In general, fear is managed and dealt with totally in the brain. Several key parts of the brain deal with fear and activate the body’s various responses. One part of your brain, the amygdala sends out the signals for an immediate response, while the frontal cortex of the brain is trying to determine what is happening and analyze the response. To overcome an inappropriate responses to a fearful event and increase the speed in which you correctly respond. You must learn how to control and sometimes override some of these cerebral functions.

The brain takes two kinds of actions when confronted with fear.  The amygdala reacts fast and initiates the primal response of fight or flight.  The frontal cortex follows with questions such as “what just happened?”, “what should I do?”, “what will happen if I do something?” Overcoming the controlling power of the amygdala and rationalizing the questions of the frontal cortex requires considerable training and practice.

To be in control during a fearful event you must learn how to control these two separate parts of the brain.  The military completely understands the role fear plays in being able to perform your assigned functions during a scary and stressful event. So they go to great lengths to determine one’s ability to manage fear.  One of the biggest fears of a human being is the inability to breathe.  If you have ever choked on anything, you know the experience. You freak out and you go into panic mode immediately.

Based on that fear, during BUDS (Basic Underwater Demolition School) the Navy Seal program conducts several drills to test the Top Survival Blogstudents’ ability to manage fear. Several of these tests are conducted underwater in very stressful conditions. One such test requires the recruits to bob from the bottom of the pool to the top of the pool while their hands and feet are bound.  Thus, they need to rise to the top of the pool take a quick deep breathe, then slowly sink to the bottom of the pool while holding their breath and keeping their body under control. Then once at the bottom of the pool use their legs to propel them upward toward the top to take another breath.

In another drill, the recruits kneel on the bottom of the pool with all their dive gear in place, mask, tanks and fins.  Then instructors swim to the recruit and pull all their equipment off, turn off their tanks, tangle up their equipment, rough house the student.  After a predetermined amount of time they leave the student and the student must untangle the equipment, turn on the tanks, and put all the equipment back on.

These are incredibly stressful and fear inducing events.  Thus, to survive these events and demonstrate you have the ability to control your fear, play a significant role in moving to the next stage of the SEAL training program.  If you cannot control your fear in these situations it is highly unlikely you will not be able to do so in far more complex and uncontrolled environments.

Related: First Aid Training – An Essential Survival Skill

Now, what the SEAL programs does is an extreme method of training.  It is not something you should try.  But if you do not practice at your respective level, then when a fearful experience occurs to you, you will most likely not be able to deal with the situation in a timely and effective manner.

So how do you prepare to address fear and make sure that it does not interfere with your ability to address an adverse event? I recommend six ways to prepare yourself for a fearful event.  The scope of this article is going to focus on managing fear in a personal protection or survival situation. You can use the same tools to combat other types of fear.


Training is the most important aspect of dealing with fear.  If you do not obtain good training, then you will not know the correct technique to use in dealing with a fearful situation and your self confidence will be compromised.  One of the key factors in dealing with fear is having the confidence that you can overcome the fear and deal with the situation.  Knowledge decreases fear by increasing your ability to understand a situation and address it. So whether it is a survival course, a firearms course or a self defense course you need to take training.  One key tip about training courses is that you must choose good ones. There are lots of training programs, in particular firearms courses, that are taught by individuals that do not the experience or expertise to teach these courses.  No matter what course you take be sure to ask about the instructor’s qualifications and experience. So your valuable money and time is put to good use and you GET something out of the course.


Once you have received training you must practice, practice, and practice.  Muscle memory and mental memory are two key shtf survivalfactors in the immediate response to a fearful situation.  Muscle memory and mental memory are very similar. They are responses that are basically pre-programmed into your muscles and brain as the result of repetitive training. You have practiced them so many times that your response requires little to no thought.

Practicing enables you to control the primal response generated by the amygdala and perform a well practiced action with limited interference from the amygdala.  This is where muscle and mental memory come into play and become major assets.  Practice also plays a major role in helping you control the frontal cortex, the part of the brain that is going question your actions.  For example, “What if they think I am the bad guy?” ”What if I get beat up?” ”What if I get hurt?”  Practicing helps you override those questions because you know what you are going to do, you have practiced it, and you are confident in your ability to do what needs to be done, eliminating any hesitation in your response to the bad situation.

The next four tools that help you manage and deal with fear is used by Navy SEALS. Naturally, there are other methods, but the SEALS have gone to great lengths to understand fear and develop techniques to manage it.

Goal Setting

One of the main keys of survival and dealing a fearful situation is to remain focused.  This means you must control the frontal cortex of your brain, which is going question everything you do and constantly keep coming up with other ideas.  So to survive and succeed you must focus your full attention on the situation at hand.  For example, if it is an instant event such as a robbery. Then you must immediately focus on personal protection, subduing the adversary, and getting to safety. If it is a survival situation, it might mean you must focus on finding shelter, starting a fire or to get your bearings.  By creating short term goals for yourself, you keep your mind busy and occupied with tasks that are essential to the immediate time frame and self preservation.  Thus, keeping you from getting distracted with thoughts that might induce greater fear and resulting in you becoming unfocused and distracted, causing you to fail.

Mental Rehearsal

Mental Rehearsal and visualization are one in the same.  They both involve the same techniques and they both are invaluable in preparing to deal with a fearful event.  Both require a tremendous amount of mental focus and preparedness.  This technique requires you to think through any scary event you may encounter and prepare yourself mentally for dealing with the situation. This requires you to really focus on the task at hand and really consider all the options that might occur as part of completing the tasks. Equally important you want to see yourself finishing the tasks. You cannot do this just once and think you got it.  You need to practice this very frequently to master it.

For example, you may be scared of elevators and heights, as I am. But you know you have a meeting on the 19th floor and it is a glass elevator. So you first think through the process as no big deal, I can handle this. Then you plan your ride. I am going to get in, stand near the door and not look at the panel indicating the floors as we go up. I will do my best to have a conversation while going up and focus on the person I am talking to. When to doors open I will be polite and let everyone else out first. You should think about this event several times and in each case consider different things might happen. Such as, What if I am the elevator alone? What if there person in the elevator does not want to talk? What if the elevator stops on a floor before mine? By using this technique you keep your mind focused, instill confidence in yourself and you create a sense of I have done this before and you have a plan of action.

Self Talk

This is a powerful tool. As you read earlier in this article maintaining focus is essential to survival and dealing with fear. This is a concealed carry trainingconstant task; keep your frontal cortex from going wild with thoughts, so you can maintain your focus. Self talk is a tool you can use, before a fearful event, during it and after it. Here are examples of each situation. In the time before an event can use self talk to increase your confidence, see your way through the event and mentally prepare for the event. For example, you have to walk down a dark alleyway that you know is in a high crime area. So you start by saying, I know I can do this. All I need to do is stay focused and be prepared. If this happens I am going to do this. This is easy; I am just going to watch all around me as I walk. During the event, you may use self talk to prepare for you next move. Such as, if confronted you may think to yourself, if he does this I am going to do that. During a longer survival type situation, you might talk to you self and decide what you need to do, describe the positive aspects of your situation and insure yourself you can do this.

Also Read: 20 Things You Need In Your Get Home Bag

Recently, there was an episode of Naked and Afraid that featured two participants that were placed in the jungle.  The male was an experienced veteran with multiple combat deployments and a retired police officer.  The female was single mom who was baker with little survival experience.  In the early going of the event, the male survivalist was very critical of some of the female’s skills and touted how strong and experienced he was.  Yet within two days he tapped out and left her alone. For the next several days as she endured many, many obstacles, but she keep saying to herself, I can do this, I must do this for my daughter, and I am not giving up.  She made it the whole 21 days, an incredible and powerful testament to her determination, commitment and use of self talk.

Once an event is over your still must use self talk as a tool to maintain your focus.  What is known as “condition black” means your brain may be working very hard to analyze what just happened and this creates tremendous chaos in your mind.  The ability to self talk yourself and assure yourself that everything is ok and to calm down and to do what needs to be done next, plays a vital role in keeping your head after an event.

Arousal Control

Arousal control is paramount to dealing with fear.  There are two instances where arousal control are necessary and need to be Survivalimplanted in order to control your body and mind.  The first comes while you are getting ready for or anticipating a scary or fearful event.  In this case you your body will become anxious as the amygdala releases its power to get your body ready for fight of flight. During this time you may have a hard time concentrating, you made be distracted by negative thoughts and you clearly feel yourself getting nervous.  This the time you should be visualizing your upcoming experience and getting mentally ready for the adventure. But you can’t because you are scared and nervous.

In the second case, the instant a fearful stimulus is receive the amygdala goes into action. Instantaneously you body reacts. Immediately you take a defensive posture and action. Your brain and body have reacted before you even knew why?

In both cases, arousal control is imperative to keeping you mind and body under control.  One of the best means to control arousal is deep breathing. Box breathing is taught in the special forces community to control arousal.  By taking slow deep breathes as you count to 4 then slowly exhaling as you again count to 4 lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, reduces to release of hormones into your body, adds oxygen to your system.  Concentration on this maneuver decreases your body’s desire to release hormones that cause excitement.

Also Read: Tooth or Tail

Fear is the unknown factor in all fearful, stressful and dangerous situations.  The responses to fear can be instantaneous like when you are unexpectedly scared.  Or long term as in a survival situation.  You never know when the ugly head of fear is going to arise. In both of these cases, the use of these six techniques can help you overcome fear, respond appropriately and increase the likelihood you will survive.  As mentioned in the first part of this article you must practice these skills routinely or when you need them you will not know how to use them and thus they are useless.  As with all personal protection and survival techniques you must be trained, then practice, practice and practice.

Hopefully learning and practicing these skills will enable you to manage fear the next time you are in a fearful, scary or dangerous situation.

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Home Canning is Making a Comeback!

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People are discovering this money saving tool once again. Many of us remember our grandparent’s rows of mason jars, or avoiding the kitchen as a youngster in order to maintain freedom on canning days. If you do process your own food then you know the feeling of accomplishment it brings after a long day of […]

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How to Freeze Fruit for Smoothies Using Dehydrator Sheets

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Food Storage Quick Tip #11 : Non-stick dehydrator sheets work in the freezer too. Every weekday morning I make a smoothies for breakfast. My husband drinks his as he travels to work and I drink mine as I plan my day. That means that we go through quite a bit of frozen fruit and it […]

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Podcast #119: Stepping Out In Faith

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Mountain Woman Radio Episode 119 Stepping Out In FaithNovember 4th, 2015: In today’s show I share some really wild recent happenings where I was forced to TOTALLY step out in faith!!  It has been extremely wild and my hope is that you will gain some great insight, inspiration and even hope for your life.  This is all about Stepping Out In Faith! For those […]

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How To Make Scones Using A Cast Iron Skillet

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I have been wanting to write a post for some time now about how to make scones using a cast iron skillet. About a month ago Mark and I, along with about 10-12 people, made over 1000 scones and served them to all the people who walked in the Mayor’s Walk event, courtesy of the St. George, Utah Exchange Club. It’s a civic club that helps the community in many ways, all volunteers helping make our community a better place to live.

It was so fun to see the people from all over the world come and participate in the St. George, Utah Marathon. The family members of the runners get to enjoy scones, juice and milk after participating in the Mayor’s Walk. We get to see all different age groups enjoy each others company while munching on homemade scones. I must give a shout out to Mr. Staheli (I wish I had caught his first name during the scone frying), he has been providing the stoves and cast iron pans for years. I asked him where he had purchased the HUGE rectangular pan he was using and he said he made it 30 years ago out of steel. Oh man, do I want one of those. I asked him if he knew anyone that made them, he said no. But he did mention I should buy the 17-inch Lodge cast iron skillet available at most camping type stores. He said it was much easier to lift than the HUGE rectangular steel pan.

I literally have been scouring the antique stores and garage sales and online to see if I could find a large frying pan to make scones outside on a propane Camp Chef stove like this one: Camp Chef Explorer Series EX-60LW 2-Burner Modular Cooking System, Black. I settled on the skillet Mr. Staheli suggested: Lodge L17SK3 Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet, 17-inch

The real cool thing about bread dough is all the things you can make out of it. My daughters grew up on scones with canned peaches. We usually fixed them every Sunday night. Oh, you have to have honey butter with them, or jam. Maple syrup works great as well.

Linda’s Easy White Bread Recipe


  • 4 cups Warm Milk
  • 8 tsp. Saf instant yeast
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil (I use olive oil)
  • 3 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 13-14 cups white flour
  1. I start with a Bosch Mixer, although you could make this in a bowl. I put the yeast, warm water, salt, oil, and sugar in the bowl. I then add the eggs and slightly mix it in the Bosch so the eggs do not “cook”. Then I slowly add the warm milk and flour. I continue to add flour until the bread dough pulls away from the sides of the Bosch bowl. I knead for about 7-8 minutes. I place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. I let the dough rise until double the original size. I punch down the dough and make it into loaves and place these in greased pans (I make seven-1 pound loaves). I let it rise once again (using the same plastic wrap) until it doubles and then I bake them at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes. I lightly butter the tops of each loaf after baking and removed from pans. This makes about 7-8 one pound loaves.

Here’s the deal with my bread dough, you can freeze the amount of desired uncooked dough in several large greased baggies. Be sure and remove the air and leave space for the dough to slightly expand. Put the dough in the freezer after the first rise in the greased bags. When you want to make cinnamon rolls or dinner rolls pull a bag of dough from the freezer and thaw and form in desired shapes and put them in the refrigerator. I use it for breadsticks, cinnamon rolls, monkey bread, dinner rolls and even pizza. Don’t leave it out for too long or it will taste yeasty. Just giving you the heads-up here. You will soon learn what yeasty rolls smell or taste like if not treated properly. I cannot eat them. If you see bubbles in the dough you have to bake it ASAP or it may taste like yeast.

How To Make Scones:

I start with a very large skillet and heat the oil one to two inches deep until I can spritz a few drops of water into the oil ever so carefully, then I know it’s hot enough. I start with one ball of dough about the size of a tennis ball, maybe a little smaller, but bigger than a golf ball. You mash the dough with the palm of your hand on a greased counter top and use a rolling pin to roll the dough from the center out. You keep rolling from the center out until they are very thin. Then place them in the hot oil really carefully because the oil will splatter. Here’s the deal, it’s a big mess but I am talking about memories right now. Adults and kids usually always love hot scones. You fry then until they are golden brown and turn them over to cook the other side until that side is golden brown too. Here is a video showing how I make scones: How To Roll Out The Scones by Food Storage Moms

How To Make Honey Butter:

1/2 cup softened butter

1/4 cup honey-I only use raw, pure honey from Cox’s Honey

Whip the softened butter with a hand mixer until fluffy and slowly add the honey to blend together. Chill until ready to use.

I hope you take an afternoon and make scones for your family. Oh, and with the honey butter they are delicious. Life is so good!

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How to Make Aspirin

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How to Make Aspirin Knowing How to Make Aspirin in a SHTF or emergency situation could be a god send! I have actually made aspirin a few years ago and it actually worked OK. Obviously it won’t be as good as the store bought pain relievers but it did actually help with a knee issue I …

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How to Wipe Yourself Off the Grid

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How to Wipe Yourself Off the Grid There are lots of reasons to unplug from the grid. And I’m not talking about the electrical grid. I mean the “grid” as in the whole digital world. One day we may just have to do this because more and more companies are selling our information and more …

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Russia May Start Training Civilians to Deal With Nuclear Attack

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mushroom cloudEvery day it seems like we take another step towards reliving the Cold War era, and Friday was no different. Dmitry Rogozin, the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia’s defense industry, suggested that his government should start preparing civilians for a nuclear attack much like the Soviets did during the Cold War.

After claiming that the US was upsetting the nuclear balance of power by developing new weapon systems, he suggested that the defense industry needs to keep up with our technology by putting more research and development into Russia’s nuclear arsenal. He further added that more measures should be added “so that the population, if nonetheless they were subject to that kind of aggression, could avoid colossal losses. … Civil defense should be recreated.”

This isn’t too surprising given the fact Russia never really stopped preparing for a nuclear conflagration after the Cold War ended. Since in the early 90’s they’ve been building a massive bomb shelter in the Ural mountains, as well as thousands of smaller shelters in the outskirts of Moscow to protect the general population. Meanwhile, our government hasn’t done anything to insulate the average American from the worst case scenario, and they consider preppers to be paranoid domestic terrorists. The contrast between how our government views nuclear war and how the Russian government views it, is absolutely stunning.

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How To Cook With A Thermos & A Few Recipes

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How To Cook With A Thermos & A Few Recipes I never knew you could cook with a thermos. I found a great website that shows us how and gives us some great recipes. This information could be a great survival tool and a great frugal way to cook. I think this would be a great …

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How To Build Your Own Soda Can Solar Heater

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How To Build Your Own Soda Can Solar Heater It won’t heat your whole house, but it will do a pretty good job keeping your garage, greenhouse, or other small area warm.This is a perfect DIY project for anyone who wants to save a little money on their heating bill. It is worth making and …

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US Government Secretly Buried Nuclear Waste Near Playground — And Thousands Now Have Cancer

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US Government Secretly Buried Nuclear Waste Near Playground, And Now 2,700 Have Cancer

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A government contractor buried tens of thousands of barrels of nuclear waste in two sites around St. Louis that may have caused more than 2,700 cases of cancer, a lawsuit and CBS News are alleging.

“Within a six-house radius, I knew four people with brain cancer, one a child, one a young professor,” resident Jenelle Wright told CBS. “And I just thought, ‘This is really odd.’”

What is truly disturbing is that Wright and others only figured out that something was wrong when they got together on Facebook to plan a school reunion. When they started reconnecting, they noticed that a lot of people they knew had developed cancer.

“If we did not have social media, if Facebook did not exist, we would never have put these pieces together,” Wright said.

Nuclear Waste on Playgrounds

Wright and other residents of North County near St. Louis think the cause of cancer was the tens of thousands of barrels of nuclear waste dumped in the area decades ago by the Mallinckrodt Chemical Company. The company had been hired by the US government agency to process uranium for America’s nuclear weapons program. Then, “under the cover of national security secrecy, the government authorized the company to dump radioactive wastes quietly in the suburbs,” according to a 1990 New York Times article.

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The waste was buried in two areas near Coldwater Creek, which runs through the area. One of the sites where the waste was dumped was located near a park where Wright and her friends played as kids. The park is now locked tight and engineers are trying to clean up the mess.

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“What you see is an environmental health disaster unfolding slowly over decades,” St. Louis County Health Director Dr. Faisal Khan told CBS News. “… The rates of appendix cancer, for instance, which is relatively rare — we see about 800 cases across the nation per year. To find seven or eight cases in one zip code or one small geographic area is rather unusual.”

The study on the soil could take years. That frustrates Mary Oscko, a resident who has stage 4 lunch cancer.

“My husband and I had to sit down at night and discuss whether I want to be cremated or buried,” she told CBS News. “I don’t want to be buried in North County, that’s the one thing I told him — I do not want to be buried where this soil is.”

During World War II Mallinckrodt processed uranium in St. Louis for the world’s first nuclear reactor and the Manhattan Project, which created the atomic bomb.

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Caving 101

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Caving IMG_8454This week on the 7 P’s Of Survival we will have Tyler Anderson back on the show and we will be talking all things Caving. Tyler will walk you through where to start on your caving journey as far as equipment, training, packing, guides, clubs, rescue and much more.

To start the night off we will talk about basic skills and equipment to practice and develop before you decide you want to take the plunge into caving (if you are into mountaineering then you will have most of the gear you will need) . Tyler and I both come from a technical rescue background and got stated into caving through high angle rescue with or respective fire and EMS agencies. We will give you a basic set of equipment that can serve you in your recreational climbing, caving, rope rescue, mountaineering, and even swift water adventures. We will then expand that equipment list onto things that you might want to consider as you dig deeper into exploring various climbing adventures. Be sure to check out the Mountaineering section of our store for all your adventure sport needs.

10-3-15 FB_IMG_1446173501102_resizedOnce you have the basic kit items in hand we will talk about what skills you are going to need to practice/develop/hone before you think about going into any cave. These skills involve everything from basic knots to working in a harness to climbing a rope, dealing with confined spaces, swimming underground and much more. We will talk about schools to attend to develop these skills and places you can go to practice that might be a little innovative. Additionally, we will talk about a few groups you need to join if you are going to start caving as their resources are beyond reproach and have more local knowledge that you simply can’t find on the internet.

10-3-15 FB_IMG_1446173584194_resizedWe will close out the evening talking about adventures to try (I really want to do a cave with an underground river), what to avoid and generally how to go down the rabbit’s hole (literally and figuratively) of getting deeper and deeper into mountaineering, caving, climbing, etc. Fair warning once these sports get their hooks into you it’s expensive and will be how you want to spend all of your free time! We will also talk about some cave rescues and just how dangerous this adventure sport is so that you have a clear picture what this adventure sport entails. We hope to see you in chat and hear from you on the air with all the questions you may have about recreational climbing and mountaineering!

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Down and Dirty With Cloth Diapers

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cloth diapersIn discussions of infant-centered emergency preparedness, the topic of cloth diapers inevitably gets brought up.

“They’re good for 72 hour kits because you can reuse them,” is what I hear most often.

“So good for when the SHTF,” is another one.

There’s just one problem – I’ve noticed that the people gushing about the emergency preparedness applications of cloth diapers don’t actually use them, themselves. This creates the false impression that one could simply go out, buy some diapers to put in your B.O.B, and have done with it.

Yeah, that’s not really how it works. There are a lot of good things to say about cloth diapers. I’ve been using them for a little over four years, now, with three children, so I have at least some knowledge base here. We did save some very real money by opting for cloth; the initial cost will tend to turn your hair white. Our preferred brand tends to run about $18 per diaper, but in the long run we saved at least $1000, if not more.

Many people choose cloth diapers for their babies, and for a wide variety of reasons. Some parents are concerned about carcinogens found in disposable diapers, others favor the physical appearance of the diapers. Whatever reason you may have for looking into cloth diapers, there are some things you need to know about how to use them before you choose to rely on them in an emergency.

Before I continue, I should clarify what I mean when I say “cloth diapers,” because there are many different kinds. Most people hear the term and think of the old-fashioned prefolds that were worn with plastic or rubber pants. Those are certainly still around and are available for purchase, but doesn’t represent the current landscape of the cloth diaper market. Most people I know (myself included) prefer one-size pocket diapers – these have adjustable snaps, and must be stuffed with a liner, usually made of microfiber or similar. My kids have worn them from about three weeks after birth until potty training. And yes, they have lasted that long, too. There are also “snap-in-one” diapers, “all-in-one” diapers, and hybrid diapers. And with the invention of the snappi and polyurethane laminate covers, even flats and prefolds have experienced advances.

Reasons Why You Might Want To Think Again

  1. Cloth diapers are re-usable, but require a large amount of water to wash them. This should be a major consideration when packing your Bug-Out-Bag. 72 hour kits are for evacuations – will you be evacuating to a place that is guaranteed to have laundry facilities? If you don’t have access to a washing machine, will you at least have a bathtub, and will you be okay with doing diaper laundry by hand? These are important questions you need to ask yourself.
  2. Using cloth diapers can involve something of a learning curve. There are many different brands of cloth diaper, and depending on your baby’s physique (e.g. chubbiness of legs in proportion to the circumference of their waist) some brands may be more prone to leaks than others. Some problems can be solved by fiddling with the diaper itself, but other problems may require that you purchase another brand altogether.
  3. You will need more than just the diapers: wet bags, diaper sprayers, and special detergent. If you attempt to make the switch to cloth without the use of these accessories, it will be that much harder for you. It is absolutely essential that you use only cloth-diaper-friendly detergent on your cloth diapers. Regular detergent can lead to a build-up of soapy residue that will negatively impact the diapers’ absorbency and consequently shorten the life of the diaper.
  4. Cloth diapers require time and maintenance. I’ve had at least one child in diapers, and sometimes two, for four years. In that span of time, I have had to do an extra load of laundry at least every three days. When I had very young babies, it was closer to every other day and, at times, even daily.

So what’s in my own 72-hour kits? Disposables, known to my kids as “paper diapers.” They don’t take up as much room as cloth diapers, and don’t require any maintenance. They are a good solution to have on hand for times that require quick and easy diaper changes with little fuss.

You’ll probably read the above and be sworn off cloth diapers forever, because of how dull and dreary-sounding it appears. I hope you decide to keep reading, though, because there are more points to consider.

Reasons Why You Should Make The Switch to Cloth Diapers

  1.  A short-term emergency is one thing; what about a long-term emergency? Say there’s a tremendous disruption in shipping, and Costco’s inventory runs dry and you can’t get disposable diapers anywhere, not for love or money. Having cloth diapers on hand could be a real blessing, especially if you are already familiar with them. Even without the SHTF scenario hanging over your head, you won’t ever run out of diapers if you have a stash of “fluff.” Gone will be the days of midnight runs to the store to get more diapers.
  2. Cloth diapers last a long time. I got, on average, about two and a half years of use out of each of my posh bumGenius diapers. They don’t last forever and do wear out, but are extremely cost effective in the long run. “Old-school” diapers – prefolds and flats – have been known to last a decade or more.
  3. Yes, you do save money. Lots of money. I only wish I kept track of exactly how much money we’ve saved over the four years we’ve had our cloth diapers. We did need to purchase additional cloth diapers when my daughter was first born, and that set us back about $250, including the cost of detergent. Compare this to the average estimated cost of disposable diapers in a child’s first year, about $600. Our electric and water bills have not been significantly impacted since we began using cloth.
  4. Less trash in the landfill. Take a walk down the diaper aisle at any grocery store. Everything in that aisle is going to go straight into the trash.

A note on the Mommy Wars

The Cloth vs. Disposables debate has been at times heated and bloody. Rather than engage the rhetoric from either side, I’ll try to be a little diplomatic: as you’ve seen above, both kinds of diaper have their pros and cons. Circumstances change, and your situation may warrant one over the other. Some children develop horrible rashes in response to cloth diapers, in which you could argue that disposables are in the best interest of the child, if you have a choice. Other babies, however, get rashes from disposables.

My two boys loved their cloth diapers, but my daughter (now on the cusp of potty training.) starts crying if I try to put a cloth diaper on her. To be fair, her skin is more sensitive than her brothers’, and she breaks out in hives. It’s a battle that I have ceased to fight; after four years of exclusive cloth diapering, wherein I have battled a myriad of rashes and yeast infections and all kinds of things, I bought a big ol’ pack of disposables last week. I felt a little like I was abandoning my principles, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Have any of you had any experience using cloth diapers in during an emergency? What was your experience?

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