Winter Survival Part 3 – Food Storage and Water Treatment

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Ok everyone, I hope you’ve enjoyed the series so far.  In part 3 we’re going to discuss food and water storage.  As I mention in the article, I’m writing a food storage article right now that’s going to be huge.  But for now, this is some basic stuff for anyone to consider…nothing over the top. … Continue reading Winter Survival Part 3 – Food Storage and Water Treatment

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Twitter, a Great Social Media Tools, Organize With Hashtags, AND a Cheatsheet How Cool Is That?

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Twitter is a useful Media format.     Tweets are short, but they can link to full articles, etc.    In 2 seconds you can decide whether the items interests you or not.

there are a lot of “aggregators” that compile article on similar “hashtag” ‘d topics.

A hashtag is simply the pound sign#

Don’t be scared, get a free account and Wing Up!

Quick guide

http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Hashtags-With-Twitter

Source of the cheatsheet
http://www.wikihow.com/images/sampledocs/d/Twitter-Tips-and-Tricks.pdf

The cheatsheet

Plastic panels installed over the chicken pen, Update cutting mill ends via the circular saw.

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I scavenged several plastic roof panels from a neighbor that were renovating.  The original plan was to cover the wood area but the panels were a bit old and heat cracked, plus the roof over the wood area needs to be re-built.  Mom and I decided to use the roof panels over the chicken pen and then place the tarp over the top of the panels to cover any gaps.  We hope having the roof panels under the tarp will eliminate water pooling, causing the tarp to sag and will keep the chicken pen area clear of puddles and ice this winter.  I think the pen roof looks much better for shrugging off the weather.  We had 30+ MPH winds for a couple of days few days and the “new” roof did very well in the wind. Now we are waiting to see how the roof panels hold up during the rest of the fall weather.  I was a bit surprised by how quickly Mom and I got the panels and then covered every thing with Mom’s big tarp. Overall the tarp is  taut covering the roof panels, we used zip ties on the sides and bungie cords on the front of the tarp.  Hopefully the roof will flex a bit in windy weather but have good strength shedding any rain or snow.

I used the little B&D circular saw to fill two of the wood buckets. I did a lot better physical energy wise as I’m learning how to use the saw properly. It has taken me a bit of time and practice learning the correct way to use some of my tools. A great side effect of cutting up mill ends is I am learning how to cut wood with out wasting  good lumber. Speaking for myself, I sort of thought you cut the wood you needed and never give a thought about working with the grain or against the grain cutting wood.  Yes, I was a bit slow on figuring this out.  I have a coupon from Harbor Freight for the 10 inch miter saw $88.88 and the 12 inch compound miter saw $139.99 double h recommended. Either saw should should be a good compound miter saw for cutting up my mill ends plus built in shelves to turn my front bedroom into a library.

I had a kind of strange reaction to saving a bit of cash this month. I have been preaching about paying a few critical bills ahead if you can afford it.  I have worked hard to try and get a bit of ahead on paying my basic bills ahead and this month I finally made it happen. I have the cash on hand to buy the miter saw but I don’t want to spend the money on the miter saw until I have more cash on hand.

I’m saving a bit of cash, and it is simple if not easy. I’m slowly getting ahead of the power curve, paying my bills ahead of the due date.   I can’t say I’m free, as I still have my house debt, but I have broke free of living paycheck to paycheck  and paying late fees because of timing of my checks. Now I’m working on  cash for an”emergency fund” rather than just falling back on my storage if an emergency blind sides me.

The  50 cent, $10.00 rolls of coins are a great for my little “mad money” fund work great for yard sales and the Xmas bazaars, since most folks selling don’t have cash on hand for breaking large bills.  Plus 50 cent coin roll might contain a pre 1964 90% silver coin or a 65-69 40% silver coin. I have not got lucky finding a silver coin but I’m not losing out as all coins do have a face value of 50 cents.

 

Simple Sabotage Field Manual – Now DECLASSIFIED by CIA

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Here’s the link form the CIA’s website:

When I first heard about this, I thought it was a joke.  Then I started reading it… wow, is it chock full of ideas to help distract an emery.  I haven’t read the whole thing, but this is pretty cool… and funny!

38 Ways Hydrogen Peroxide May Be Useful When SHTF

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Hydrogen peroxide or H2O2 is the only germicidal agent composed of water and oxygen only. This chemical compound kills disease organisms through oxidation. This chemical compound is also considered as the world’s safest, all natural sanitizer. Hydrogen peroxide will break down into oxygen and water when it reacts with organic matter.

1. Disinfect Small Wounds

Hydrogen peroxide is a natural anti-septic, therefore one of its most common uses is to clean wounds to prevent infection.

2. Bleach Your Hair

Because it is more gentle than household bleach, hydrogen peroxide is also great for lightening hair.

3. Just Add Highlights

To get a classic “sun-bleached” look, simply spray hydrogen peroxide over damp hair and let it soak in for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing out.

4. Whitening Toothydrogen peroxideaste

Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a homemade toothydrogen peroxideaste that will also remove stains from teeth when used daily.

5. Antiseptic Mouth Rinse

Use a cap full of hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse to help whiten teeth and kill germs that cause bad breath.

6. Disinfect Toothbrushes

Soak toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide to kill staph bacteria and other germs common to the bathroom environment.

7. Whiten Your Nails

Soak fingertips and toes in hydrogen peroxide to naturally whiten your nails.

8. Clear Up Acne

Use hydrogen peroxide as a face rinse to kill the bacteria that cause acne and help clear your complexion. (Or check out these other 11 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Pimples Fast!)

9. Help Heal Boils

Pour half of a bottle (about 8 ounces) of hydrogen peroxide into warm bath water and soak to treat boils.

10. Soften Corns & Calluses

Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and warm water to make a foot soak that will naturally soften corns and calluses.

11. Remove Ear Wax

Put a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide into ears, wait a minute or two, then follow up with a couple of drops of olive oil. Wait another minute, then drain fluid from ears to remove ear wax.

12. Prevent “Swimmer’s Ear”

Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in a small dropper bottle. Put several drops in each ear after swimming to prevent infection.

13. Relieve Ear Infections

Put 6 – 8 drop of hydrogen peroxide in each ear to alleviate symptoms and help clear up an ear infection.

14. Kill Sub-dermal Parasites

Apply hydrogen peroxide to skin affected with mites or other parasites to kill them naturally.

15. Treat Foot Fungus

Combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water in a dark colored spray bottle (light exposure weakens hydrogen peroxide) and apply to skin affected by foot fungus each night to stop fungal growth.

16. Sinus Infections

Add 1 tbsp of 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 cup of non-chlorinated water and use it as a nasal spray. You can adjust the amount of hydrogen peroxide depending on the degree of the sinus infection.

17. Relieve Toothache

Hydrogen peroxide is not considered as a pain killer, but because of its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties it is effective to use in treating pathogen that can cause infection. If your tooth is aching and you cannot go to your dentist, fill the cap of the hydrogen peroxide’s bottle and hold it in your mouth for 10 minutes. Repeat the same process several times a day.

Kitchen & Bath

18. Clean Tile Surfaces

Spray hydrogen peroxide directly onto tile to remove dirt and stains.

19. Whiten Grout

Mix hydrogen peroxide with white flour to create a thick paste. Apply to grout and cover with plastic wrap overnight. The next day, simply rinse with water for whiter grout.

20. Clean Toilet Bowls

Pour about half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into toilet bowls and let it soak for at least 30 minutes to clean and remove stains.

21. Remove Tub Scum

Spray hydrogen peroxide on soap scum, dirt, and stains in the bathtub. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes then rinse to loosen grime and make cleaning easier.

22. Control Mold & Mildew

Spray hydrogen peroxide on areas where mold and mildew are present to stop fungal growth and remove discoloration.

23. Clean Glass Surfaces

Spray hydrogen peroxide on dirty mirrors and other glass surfaces to loosen dirt and grime. Wipe away with a clean, lint-free cloth.

24. Disinfect Countertops

Spray hydrogen peroxide on kitchen and bathroom countertops to clean and disinfect.

25. Soak Dishrags & Sponges

Drop dirty rags and cleaning sponges into hydrogen peroxide and let them soak for 15 – 30 minutes to disinfect.

26. Disinfect Cutting Boards

Spray hydrogen peroxide on cutting boards to kill germs and bacteria from raw meat and other foods that may have soaked into the surface of the board.

27. Wash Fruits & Vegetables

Spray fruits and veggies with hydrogen peroxide and let soak for a minute or two before rinsing in clean water to remove dirt, wax, and other contaminants.

28. Clean Your Refrigerator

Spray hydrogen peroxide around the inside of your refrigerator and let is soak for a few minutes. Then wipe away with a clean cloth to remove food and disinfect.

Around the House

29. Whiten Laundry

About about a cup of hydrogen peroxide to your wash water and soak fabrics for 15 – 30 minutes to revitalize dingy or yellowed whites.

30. Remove Organic Stains

Mix two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dish detergent and apply to organic stains (coffee, wine, blood, sweat, etc) to remove them.

Remember, hydrogen peroxide will bleach darker fabrics. Use this technique with caution!

31. De-Funk Musty Fabrics

Mix hydrogen peroxide with white vinegar and soak musty fabrics to remove unwanted odors.

32. Clean Rugs & Carpets

Spray hydrogen peroxide onto light-colored carpets and rugs to remove stains from mud, food, etc. Just remember that hydrogen peroxide will bleach some fabrics. You may want to test this technique in an inconspicuous area first.

33. Refresh Re-useable Bags

Spray hydrogen peroxide inside your re-useable cloth shopping bags to clean, disinfect, and remove food odors.

34. Disinfect Lunchboxes

Spray hydrogen peroxide into lunchboxes, coolers, and cooler bags. Let it sit for a few minutes then wipe away to clean and disinfect.

35. Cleanse Dehumidifiers

Add a pint of hydrogen peroxide to one gallon of water and run the solution through humidifiers to disinfect and remove any mold or mildew that may be growing inside.

36. Improve Seed Germination

Soak seeds in hydrogen peroxide to remove fungal spores and increase germination rate.

37. Bird Mites Infections

According to some reports hydrogen peroxide effectively kills the mites under the skin of people who are infected by tiny mites. If you are infected by bird mites, spray hydrogen peroxide to your skin for a few times (with several minutes in between each applications) and you will have an amazing result.


38. Explosives

8 Snow-Hardy Vegetables You (Really) Can Grow During Winter

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8 Snow-Hardy Vegetables You (Really) Can Grow During Winter

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Do you ever feel like having some garden fresh vegetables, but then realize it is November? It may cheer you to know there are some vegetables that can survive winter’s grasp. You can’t just leave the crops open to the elements, however, and you do need to plan and understand a little about winter gardening.

During the winter, organic gardening is still the best option for healthy crops. Plants are under a lot of stress in these cold months. Of course, they will still need good soil and good compost.

If you live in a cold climate, winter vegetables need to be planted by mid-August so a root system can be developed before everything gets cold and frozen, but if you live in a warmer region, you can plant later. Hoop houses or cold frames help protect the crops from the deep freezes. Guard and insulate your crops with mulch, frames, hoops, tunnels or even loose straw or leaves.

Snow can even insulate crops from extreme temperatures. Frost and deep freezing, on the other hand, will do more damage. Remember: If the soil freezes and becomes solid, plant cells will burst and the crops will die.

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Let’s take a look at a few snow-hardy vegetable that can last through the winter.

1. Spinach. This plant’s leaves may die during the winter, but the plant, itself, can survive and grow new leaves in spring. Spinach grows slowly throughout the winter. Although it can make it through the cold temperatures, spinach will look pretty beat up, so keep it covered by mulch or cold frames. A good variety to try is Savoy, or any kind with wrinkled leaves.

2. Leeks. Here is a hardy vegetable that isn’t bothered by winter’s short days. Leeks can grow well during the cold months. Bandit and Bleu de Solaise varieties are favorable for winter leeks, as well as “blue-green” kinds that can survive down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit or -18 Celsius.

8 Snow-Hardy Vegetables You (Really) Can Grow During Winter

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3. Kale and collards. Both of these vegetables are rich in flavor. Collards are actually more freeze-tolerate than kale. Blue Max is a favored variety, and has high yields and can survive in winter temperatures down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit or -18 degrees Celsius. Other hardy types are Red and White Russian Kale, which do best when covered in the winter.

4. Parsnips. Sugars accumulate in parsnips when there is a frost, and snow can actually make parsnips sweeter. They keep well in the winter ground. They take 130 days to grow. Parsnips should still be covered in freezing temperatures to ensure success, and the lowest temperatures parsnips do well in are 0 degrees Fahrenheit or -18 degrees Celsius.

5. Lettuce. Young lettuce plants tend to tolerate cold temperatures better than mature plants. Keep lettuce plants protected, either by cold frames, hoops or tunnels. Lettuce can survive in temperatures down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit or -12 degrees Celsius.

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If you cover the plants with multiple layers, lettuce can survive down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit or -18 degrees Celsius.

8 Snow-Hardy Vegetables You (Really) Can Grow During Winter

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6. Cabbage. This vegetable has frost-improved flavor, but can still be damaged by deep freezes. There are varieties that can stand winter unprotected. Crinkled leaf varieties do better than flat leaves, just like spinach. January King and Marabel are successful cabbage varieties. Cabbage needs to be planted in the late summer in order to feed you during the winter.

7. Turnips. Winter weather causes turnips to gain sugar and decrease in their spicy flavor. Turnips need some sort of protection from extreme temperatures, so cold frames or something similar is suggested. Turnips can survive in temperatures down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit or -2 Celsius. You can also use heavy mulch, and make sure roots are covered. If you are looking for a good winter hardy variety, try the Hakurei kind.

8. Chard. Chard is a very tolerant plant. It doesn’t need protection until temperatures go down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit or -10 Celsius. Green or white varieties are best, including the hardy Verde de Taglio. When deep winter comes with extreme temperatures, it’s still best to cover the plant to protect it. Harvest the leaves and cover the rest with mulch. Chard will live through the winter and regrow in the spring.

Other vegetables you can research for winter crops are the following: Surrey, arugula, rhubarb, beets, rutabaga, Brussels sprouts and scallions. It is known that scallions, onions and leeks can survive under the snow if mulch has been used to create a layer of protection.

The best time to harvest your winter produce is when temperatures are between a high 20 degrees Fahrenheit and low 30 degrees.

Hopefully, you will feel inspired to put on your coat and gather some fresh produce this winter, without driving to the grocery store. What a great way to continue to eat healthy fresh vegetables all year long.

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DIY Firepit for less than $100

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One of the agreements my wife and I had with us moving into a new neighborhood was the understanding that we would have a firepit. The good news was it did not take much convincing since I had built one at our old house complete with reflector. We searched for something that would fit the … Continue reading

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The Positive Side of Life and Preparedness

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The Positive Side of Life

While preparedness is extremely important to rational people, it can become destructive to our happiness if we forget to live our lives and have fun along the way. We have to remember why we are preparing. The number one reason is to preserve life. The lives of our loved ones and our own life as well. We store food and water, secure defensive tools, gear, and other supplies, while keeping abreast of the news of our area and the rest of the world in relation to weather and current events of a possibly harmful nature. We must keep it simple and maintain focus, while also enjoying our present lives with family, friends, and in our self-interests.

To maintain a balance, we must set a goal of preparedness, secure it as fast as possible, and maintain it through the everyday functions of our lives. This way we know what we need in order to attain our personal-preference level of preparedness, work to attain it through actions, and then rotate our perishable preps through our natural daily lives. This keeps prepping simple, straight-forward, and relaxed. If we are in a state of mind that the entire world is going to end soon, we do not necessarily have to hunker down constantly. Of course the world has always been a dangerous place, and we must stay aware of our surroundings, but if we have confidence in our preparedness, we can have fun with the heart of a warrior.

If we attain physical strength and fitness at the highest level we can attain, then all is good for our level of competition in a world gone mad and in chaos, where anarchy rules the day and the night. The same goes for our supplies, gear, and skills. We set goals, attain them, maintain that level, and live life to the fullest of happiness. While I have been a preparer/prepper for over 30-years, I have always done my best to see the positives in life.

I have not been anything close to perfect in this respect. I myself, was not raised-up in a positive atmosphere, so my goals in this area may be more difficult to attain and maintain than others. This does not mean I give up or stop trying. Each day is a new day, and simply by closing my eyes for a moment, resetting my internal spirit and attitude, I can start my day over and break it into more manageable pieces of one tough day. I do agree that the negative is growing in many areas of life though a culture of violence and lack of character and principles, but “the personal solution” is the answer to surviving if the shit hits the fan. The solution is found in your own personal levels of preparedness as follows.

Physically – Are you physically fit? Do you continue to eat unhealthy, inhibiting solid cellular structure of every part of your body, while weakening your immune system? Do you exercise and strength-train regularly, or do you sit around most of the time, getting more and more out of shape and unhealthy? It may be time to set a goal and take action. Maybe it’s time to join a gym and get support from a trainer. Love yourself and give love to others that help your. Support is a two-way connection of mutual benefit. Join the physically prepared team of preppers and up your game.

Defensively – Can you use a firearm? Sword? Staff/Pole? Can you defend yourself in hand to hand conflict? Can you throw objects accurately? Can you make defensive tools and traps? Can you run away from harm, for miles if necessary? The harm may not come from one or more people, but may also come in the form of volcanic debris, tsunami, or some other natural or unnatural event. Fleeing is a defensive action and strategy of survival. You may wish to attain some level of ability in this area of preparedness.

Mentally – Are you in reality with every aspect of life and human nature? Animal nature? All physical nature? Are you in a religiously or politically bigoted and bias delusion that prevents you from seeing your need to make as much peace with others as possible to avoid conflict? Do you have the delusional thought process that makes you think that physical fitness is not one of the most important aspects of survival if shit hits the fan in the world for natural or unnatural reasons? Are you learning as much as you can about every aspect of life with and without conveniences? You may find it beneficial to set learning goals for cost-free research and reading of “useful” knowledge/information, and possibly connect with experts for more advanced knowledge and skill with respect to nature and mechanical/technological areas of life.

Spiritually – I know this is a touchy subject, because so many people consider ritualistic beliefs and institutions to be spiritual paths of living. Spirituality is seeking enlightenment, learning humility, and maintaining a humble state of being in service to others. Enlightenment is not irrational servitude. Enlightenment is living in the solution, rather than focusing constantly on the issue or problem. Spiritual enlightenment is freedom from bigotry, bias, political or ritualistic religious separatism, and/or any form of hate. Spiritual enlightenment is neutrality and acceptance of how things are, not playing God and trying to constantly control every aspect of natural life and material.  Spirituality is actually, rational thought, but is not pandering or non-conflicting with evil. Spiritual people are the warriors of good, against evil. Evil seeks to control, while good seeks to assist. If you practice observance of this basic spiritual principle, you will see how many institutions that claim to be spiritual, are actually evil through seeking to herd and control people, places, and things. This awareness will help to prepare you against becoming a future victim of belief system tyranny if the shit hits the fan worldwide or nationwide.

Skills – Do you have the skills to live from the land and defend yourself with just your body. Can you fashion tools for hunting, trapping, fishing, defense, shelter, and convenience? Can you make fire from what you find in nature? Purify water? Forage for safe food? Make yourself unseen and undetected? You may want to research, read, and learn for free, while investing in some hand’s on training from an expert in this area of skill. One of the best investments of time and money, other than internal and external health and strength, is the learning of martial arts skills. I would suggest that every prepper chose and invest time, effort, and money in learning some form of hand to hand defensive skill.

May your life be full of love for yourself and others, while loaded with fun, laughter, and purpose. May you give of yourself to deserving others and stand up against all evil in every form. Live a life of purpose and fulfillment will be found daily in your life and that of those around you.

How to Make a Faraday cage

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How to make a Faraday cage. www.TheSurvivalMom.comWhen it comes to worst case scenarios, it’s hard to beat the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and many people wonder how to make a Faraday cage to protect their electronic devices . From my book, Survival Mom:

I’m not ashamed to say that reading One Second After by William Forstchen scared the living daylights out of me. For weeks, I didn’t want to travel more than 15 or 20 miles from home. The novel details life in a small North Carolina town following an EMP, an electromagnetic pulse. An EMP can be caused by the detonation of a large bomb, nuclear or otherwise, in the atmosphere, miles above land. Its pulse wave can easily cover a continent and destroy electronic components in computers, engines, power plants, and solar panels alike. An event like this has never happened on a large scale, and there are differing opinions as to the exact consequences, but one thing is certain: In a matter of moments, life as we know it would be gone forever. Our closest star, the sun, could also do extensive damage in the form of a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The results would be similar.

Protect electronics in a Faraday cage.One of the latest hit TV shows, Revolution on NBC, portrays life 15 years following some type of EMP/CME event, and it isn’t a pretty picture. Life without modern technology would be deadly for tens of millions of people. This was recognized in the official government EMP report. Again from Survival Mom:

Some might describe a post-EMP world as going back to the nineteenth century, but I think in some ways it would be far worse. We no longer have the tools, skills, knowledge, and, in some cases, raw materials to make the most basic tools for survival. How many blacksmiths do you know? Do you happen to own a pair of oxen and a wagon for transportation? You might know how to sew, but can you create cloth from raw cotton or sheep’s wool? The moment of an EMP burst freezes time. The food, medications, supplies, and tools in our homes may be the only ones we have for a long time. If you have 9 bottles of Advil, that’s all you may ever have.

There are so many unknowns when it comes to EMP/CME, but one way to prepare is to build one or more containers to shield important items from the effects of 50,000 volts of power. These containers are called Faraday cages and were first invented by Michael Faraday, a top-notch scientist of the mid-1800’s. Fortunately for us, they’re pretty simple to make.

My friend Rob Hanus of The Preparedness Podcast and author of Surviving EMP, has spent a good deal of time researching the facts and myths of EMP/CME, and here are his simple instructions for making your own Faraday cage.

How to make a Faraday cage, step by step

The hardest part about protecting your equipment is simply doing it. A few rolls of heavy duty aluminum foil, some cardboard boxes and a galvanized steel trash can are enough to create your own Faraday cage and protect your electronics from EMP.

Aluminum foil in a Faraday cage.The simplest and cheapest way to build your own Faraday container is to use heavy duty aluminum foil. By completely wrapping an item in several layers of foil, you can protect that item from damaging effects of EMP. Keep in mind that every side of the item needs to have a minimum of three layers, so by the time you’re done wrapping it in the foil, some sides may have more than three layers. This is fine, so long as you have no less than three layers of HD aluminum foil between any part of the item and the open air.

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By itself, these three or four layers of foil are probably enough to protect your electronic gear, but when dealing with a TEOTWAWKI* scenario, there are no replacements, nor second chances, so it pays to do it right the first time. Simply adding more than four layers of foil to the device is probably overkill and may not add any more protection than the initial three or four layers. However, you can increase the effectiveness of your Faraday protection by layering, or nesting them.

For example, place your foil wrapped device into a shoe box or other cardboard box that is wrapped in foil, then place that box inside a galvanized steel trash can with a tight-fitting lid. For convenience, you may want to use several smaller steel cans with lids rather than just one large one. With your devices protected by three layers like this, they’re likely to survive even an enhanced EMP attack with a stronger electromagnetic pulse.

Gather together your supplies

To get started on your own Faraday cage/container, you’ll need these supplies:

  1. Heavy duty aluminum foil. You’re going to be using a lot of this, so be on the lookout for coupons!
  2. Either plastic wrap (Saran or something similar) or plastic bags for each electronic item you want to shield.
  3. Pieces of cloth that will be used to wrap items. This is a good way to re-purpose old t-shirts, jeans, and clothes the kids have outgrown.
  4. Cardboard boxes of assorted sizes
  5. Small, essential items that contain an electronic component, such as a clock radio, a hand-crank weather radio, walkie-talkies, ebook/Kindle, mp3 player, etc. Make sure these aren’t things you’ll be wanting or needing in the near future. If you don’t already have duplicates, make a list of what you want stored in your Faraday container and then look for inexpensive duplicates at garage and estate sales.

Protect each item

Use a galvanized steel trash can to make a Faraday cage.The procedure is very simple. First, wrap an item in cloth. This will add a layer that will isolate the item from the foil and will also help to keep any sharp edges or corners of the item from puncturing the aluminum foil.

Next, wrap the object with plastic wrap or place in a plastic bag and then wrap with at least 3 layers of foil. Use your hands to gently mold the foil each time, making sure there are no holes or rips in the foil. Every bit of the item’s surface should be covered with at least 3 layers of foil.

Use a galvanized steel trash can to make a Faraday cage DIY.Place your wrapped items in the cardboard box and then wrap the entire box with two layers of foil. Layering for EMP/CME is just as important as layering for winter weather! Be sure that no foil used to wrap the outside of the box touches any of the foil within the box. When your box is wrapped and finished, store it off the ground.

If you want to store large items or have numerous items to store, completely line a galvanized steel trash with cardboard. Make sure there are no gaps. The foil wrapped items cannot touch the metal of the trash can. Make sure the lid of the can fits tightly, and you’re good to go.

Look for more information about EMP and Faraday containers right here on this blog.

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Want to enjoy some more EMP fiction? Try these books recommended by my readers!

 

*TEOTWAWKI: The End Of The World As We Know It

Article originally published October 9, 2012. 

Vegetable Gardening in Drought Conditions – Part 2

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prickly-pear-cactus-opuntiaDrought. A chilling term for a period of less than average rainfall, usually accompanied by times of hot, dry, and often windy conditions. It is enough to drive any gardener stark raving mad. That is, of course, unless you have knowledge of some simple drought gardening techniques.

In the first installment of this series, I covered what steps you can take in your current garden to help make your normal plants more able to tolerate a drought. We also looked at a few simple tips and suggestions for your garden, and a selection of good varieties of common garden favorites for the drought-tolerant garden. In this installment, we will look at some rather unusual edibles for your drought-resistant garden.

Edible Cacti

The first group of genuinely drought-tolerant plants we will focus on are very good desert plants that grow and thrive in the 115 degree temperatures of the great American southwest. Many plant species, such as those in the family Cactaceae (better known as the cactus or cacti family), have developed adaptations like reduced leaf area and waxy cuticles to enhance their ability to tolerate drought. An interesting note about cacti is that the needles of the cactus are actually specialized leaves, and the green is the stem. In cacti the green stem, and not the leaves, is where photosynthesis takes place.

Almost all cacti are edible or have edible bits and pieces, though some taste good while others are downright nasty! I spent my teenage years in Phoenix, Arizona, and my early twenties in the far southern parts of Arizona near the town of Nogales, on the Mexican border. I learned to really love the beauty, hardiness, and ease of the cacti I found growing all around me. One thing I learned was that cactus, like many other plants, go by a ton of different names depending on where you are in the world. This is often confusing when trying to find the exact species you wish to plant. One cactus of which I am very fond is called the ‘Arizona Queen of the Night,’ but is also known by at least 14 other names such as Deer-Horn Cactus, Night-Blooming Cereus, Sweet Potato Cactus, and so forth. This is the case with many plants, but when you are looking at cacti with the thought of eating it, you better use the scientific name or you might get one that looks like the right thing but has a taste that makes you ill! ‘Arizona Queen of the Night,’ if you have the correct variety, has the tastiest fruit around, almost strawberry-like in its flavor and texture. But if you end up with the wrong variety of ‘Arizona Queen of the Night,’ the fruit you get will taste like…

… Well the only way I can describe the horrid taste of other varieties is to say that it would taste much like what you would think a child’s dirty diaper would taste. That is a vast difference in taste! So, in what follows I will use the scientific names so that when you go to find these you will get the exact cactus you have read about! Fair Warning: Lots of Latin scientific names below!

prickly-pear-fruit-at-marketThe most well know edible cactus is the Opuntia, or the prickly pear. Many Opuntia species of varying sizes produce edible fruits, many more than just the popular Opuntia stenocereus. In fact, the truth is that all cactus fruit is edible, but not all are as palatable as the stenocereus. Some are truly delicious, while others are tasteless, dry, or otherwise not very pleasing to eat. Even the tasty ones require some careful work before you can eat them – they have to be de-spined!

One of the more commonly planted large cacti in Florida and California is Cereus repandus, which produces large red edible fruit. Several species of Hylocereus are also very popular – these likely originated in southeast Asia and China, where they have become extremely popular with the indigenous populations. These cacti, though, are very cold-sensitive and can only be grown well in USDA zone 10, in USDA zone 9 with some extra effort, and in USDA zone 8 if you really, really work at it or during severe drought with hotter- and dryer-than-normal conditions. Some very large cacti that produce edible fruit include the Saguaro, or Carnegia gigantea, as well as the Cardon, or Pachycereus pringlei. Two other species of Pachycereus also produce tasty edible fruit – P. schottii (commonly known as Senita), and P. weberi (commonly known as Candelabro).

Getting a headache from all of this Latin yet? Me too, but let’s go on!

I know from personal experience that the fruits of Pachycereus schottii are very tasty; this species is very large. Most literature does not say how large the Pachycereus species must be before flowering, but the Saguaros usually have to be quite large and rather old as well, about 10-12 feet tall and some 30 years old before they will flower, and remember until they flower they will not fruit!

The Arizona queen of the night, Peniocereus greggii (mentioned above), and some other species of such as Peniocereus johnstonii and Pachycereus serpentinus, are also producers of truly tasty edible fruit. Smaller related cacti of the genus Echinocereus are famous for their fruit too, a number of species being known as “strawberry cactus” because of their strawberry (and sometimes almost raspberry) flavored red or green fruit. The most notable of these are Echinocereus engelmannii, E. bonkerae, E. boyce-thompsonii, E. enneacanthus, E. cincerascens, E. stramineus, E. dasyacanthus, E. fendleri, and E. fasciculatus; as well as some lesser-known species like Echinocereus brandegeei, E. ledingii, and E. nicholii. Echinocereus engelmannii’s flavor has been described as “strawberry and vanilla.”

Wow! That’s a load of Latin! Ready for just a little bit more? Here we go…

Among the smaller cacti, a number of species of Mammillaria produce edible fruits known as “chilitos” (they look like tiny red chili peppers) and the species include Mammillaria applanata, M. meiacantha, M. macdougalii, M. lasiacantha, M. grahamii, M. oliviae, M. mainiae, M. microcarpa, M. thornberi, and many others. Also recommended is a related genus, Epithelantha, of which the fruit of all species are said to be edible, tasty, and quite like those of the Mammillaria. Two more cacti with similar fruit are the Coryphantha robbinsorum and Coryphantha recurvata.

A commonly found cactus in many garden centers is Myrtillocactus geometrizans, which grows quite large; it produces edible berries known as “garambulos” which are said to be quite tasty, rather like less-acidic cranberries. Another genus of large cacti is Stenocereus, almost all species of which produce fruits good enough to eat. They include Stenocereus fricii (“Pitayo de aguas”), S. griseus (“Pitayo de Mayo”), S. gummosus (“Pitahaya agria”, said to be quite sweet but prone to fermentation, hence the “agria,” or “sour”), S. pruinosus (“Pitayo de Octubre”), S. montanus (“Pitaya colorada”), S. queretaroensis (“Pitaya de Queretaro”), S. standleyi (“Pita Marismena”), S. stellatus (“Xoconostle”), S. thurberi “Organ Pipe Cactus” or “Pitayo Dulce”), and S. treleasi (“Tunillo”). The genus Harrisia of Florida and the Caribbean also produces edible fruits known as “Prickly Apples”, the endangered endemic Florida species Harrisia aboriginum, H. simpsonii, H. adscendens, H. fragrans, and H. eriophora standing out, although the fruits of all the Harrisia species are edible, including the Argentinian Harrisia balsanae.

What happened there? Now I’m overloaded with both Latin and Spanish!

Some of the barrel cacti such as Ferocactus hamatacanthus, Ferocactus histrix (“borrachitos”), and Ferocactus latispinus (“pochas”) also produce edible fruits and edible flower buds. Many species of South American Corryocactus (also known as Erdisia) produce tasty berry-like fruits, including Corryocactus brevistylis, Corryocactus pulquiensis, and Corryocactus erectus. The large South American complex of Echiopsis/Trichocereus includes a few species with edible fruit also, such as Echinocereus atacamensis (or Trichocereus atacamensis), Echinocereus/Trichocereus coquimbana and Echinocereus/Trichocereus schickendanzii. Epiphyllum, known as the “orchid cactus,” has one such species, Echinocereus anguliger (also called Phyllocactus darrahii), the fruits said to be much like gooseberries. Also like gooseberries are the fruits of the fairly well-known Pereskia aculeata – hence its common name “Barbados gooseberry.” Another Pereskia (which are primitive cacti, and in fact are leaf-bearing trees or shrubs), Pereskia guamacho, also produces edible fruits.

There are no doubt many, many others as well, and if I have missed one of your favorite cacti be sure to mention it in the comments below. For now though, that is about all of the Latin I can stand!

For more information on your favorite cactus, two of the best books on the subject include Cacti of the Southwest by W. Hubert Earle, and perhaps the finest available book on cacti, The Cactus Family by Edward F. Anderson.

Now then, if your brain is not totally fried by now, how about we take a look at a few other drought-tolerant plants you might want to consider for your garden.

Drought-Resistant Herbs

First let’s look at herbs. Since most of us know these herbs and their uses, I will not go into great detail on each specific herb on this list. There are many culinary herbs, but not all of them tolerate drought or low water conditions very well. However, many of the most popular herbs used in food preparation are true drought survivors. All of the herbs on the list that follows grow well from east to west and north to south so if you don’t have an herb garden yet, now is the time to plant one! If you want to learn more about herbs, you will find more information here: Herbs.

Garlic Chives – Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) are an excellent choice for the low water garden. They have a slight garlicky flavor and are delicious in just about everything. They also have lovely pompom lilac-colored blooms. If you allow them to bloom, however, keep in mind that they self-sow like nobody’s business, which can be both a good and a bad thing!

Onion Chives – Onion chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are also a great choice for a culinary herb that resists drought. These chives are more onion-like in flavor and are much more common in the United States. The blossoms from this chive (and the garlic chive) can be eaten or used for garnish.

Lavender – Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is another excellent choice, with a number of varieties to choose from and lovely purple to light purple blossoms great for sachets or potpourris.

LovageLevisticum officinale, or lovage, has a strong sweet to salty celery-like flavor. Use this herbaceous perennial in soups and stews or add the young stems to salads. While not popularly used here in the United States and Canada, lovage is very frequently found in European gardens.

Borage – With its beautiful (and edible) flowers, borage is a great pick for a dry location – it will grow well and is stunningly beautiful when in bloom. When the leaves are small, they can also be eaten and some say the taste is like that of cucumbers. Borage does very well with little water. In extremely dry locations, you may find it is also easier to keep control of this hardy herb. Borage loves to re-seed and become a part of your landscape.

Echinacea – Grow it as a backdrop to the rest of your herb garden – don’t worry, it will require very little water. Don’t just settle for pink! Echinacea comes in a rainbow of colors, with orange, white, gold, pink, and reds to choose from. Echinacea should be divided every three years, but if you have a smaller area to garden, feel free to wait longer than that and keep the spread in check.

Fennel – Fennel is composed of a white or pale green bulb from which grow closely arranged stalks. The stalks are topped with feathery green leaves and flowers that produce fennel seeds. The bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds are all edible. Fennel belongs to the Umbellifereae family and is therefore closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander. It has a mild licorice taste.

Oregano – Greek oregano, as its name suggests, is native to the Greek Isles and a perfect match for the low water herb garden. Its name means “joy of the mountain” from the Greek oros (mountain) and ganos (joy). It is wonderful when used fresh and can be dried as well. Oregano has medicinal qualities and can be used as an antiseptic, an anti-bacterial, and an anti-fungal too.

Parsley – Parsley is another option for a low water garden. Technically it’s a biennial, but is commonly used as an annual. If you let the plant bolt and set seed in the second year, the leaves turn bitter but you get lots of new little babies.

Rosemary – Rosemary is nearly indestructible and is perfect in a drought-tolerant garden. Over time, rosemary can grow quite large if not restrained by pruning. It can also make an aromatic hedge and does very well in rocky soils.

Sage – Sage is another contender. Salvia officinalis is a hardy perennial sub-shrub. There are several varieties, all of which can be used fresh or dried. Many of the sage varieties have lovely blossoms as well.

Thyme – Thyme is another good choice with some varieties making excellent ground covers. Dry soil actually concentrates the aromatic oils in thyme, making it taste much more intense – and it thrives in rocky conditions.

Drought-Tolerant Wild Edibles

There are several good wild edibles to add to your drought-tolerant garden. What are wild edibles? Just what they sound like – plants that normally grow wild that we can eat and enjoy. We will look at three of my favorites: dandelion, purslane, and Jerusalem artichoke.

Dandelion – While many people think of the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) as a pesky weed, it is chock full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as many phytonutrients, and minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion leaves are used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots are used in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make wines. The dandelion is a perennial, herbaceous plant with long, lance-shaped leaves. They’re so deeply toothed, they gave the plant its name: Dent-de-lion means lion’s tooth in Old French. The leaves are 3″ to 12″ long, and 1/2″ to 2-1/2″ wide, always growing in a basal rosette.

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Have no worries when eating dandelions, there are no poisonous look-alikes. Other very similar Taraxacum species, as well as chicory and wild lettuce, only resemble dandelions in the early spring, and those are also edible. All these edibles exude a white milky sap when injured, but chicory and wild lettuce leaves have some hair, at least on the underside of the midrib, while dandelion leaves are bald.

Dandelions are especially well-adapted to a modern world of “disturbed habitats,” such as lawns and sunny, open places. They were even introduced into the Midwest from Europe to provide food for the imported honeybees in early spring. They now grow virtually worldwide. Dandelions spread further, are more difficult to exterminate, and grow better under adverse circumstances than almost anything else on Earth.

Many gardeners detest them, but the more you try to weed them up, the faster they grow. The taproot is deep, twisted, and brittle. Unless you remove it completely, it will likely regenerate. If you break off more pieces than you unearth, the dandelion wins.

“What’s a dandelion digger for?” a dandelion asked.
“It is a human invention, to help us reproduce,” another dandelion replied.

Collect dandelion leaves in early spring, when they’re the tastiest, before the flowers appear. Harvest again in late fall. After a frost, their protective bitterness disappears. Dandelions growing in rich, moist soil, with the broadest leaves and largest roots, are the best. But they are still strong growers and good to eat during a drought.

Purslane – Purslane peeks its way out from sidewalk and black top cracks. It invades gardens and it even gained a bit of bad press from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has classified it as a “most noxious weed.”

purslane

A weed it may be, but “most noxious?” Please! Give this poor superfood a break! Yes, I said superfood. It truly happens to be a “super food,” for not only is it high in heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, but it also has high marks in beta carotene content.

This is one of the few plant kingdom sources of Omega-3 fatty acids and really is as healthy as eating fish! And you don’t have to check the latest health and environmental bulletins before you eat it!

Known formally as Portulaca oleracea, but also called pursley and little hogweed, purslane is a succulent that looks, as one chef put it, like a “miniature jade plant.” A more colorful description can be found in seed catalogs, which note that in Malawi, the name for the fleshy, round-leafed plant translates to “the buttocks of the wife of a chief.” The moisture-rich leaves are cucumber-crisp, and have a tart, almost lemony pepper tang. It grows well anywhere in the world and is a wonderful grower during a drought! Though not as popular now-a-days as it once was, it is gaining in popularity. Martha Washington had a recipe for pickled “pursland” in the Booke of Cookery and Booke of Sweetmeats, the collection of hand-written family recipes she received as a wedding gift, according to sources at www.mountvernon.org.

jerusalem-artichoke-in-bloom

Jerusalem Artichoke – Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) is familiar to many as a weed, but has some real potential as a crop plant. Native to the central regions of North America, the plant can be grown successfully throughout the U.S. under a variety of temperature and rainfall conditions. Several Native American tribes used Jerusalem artichoke as food prior to the arrival of European settlers. The Jerusalem artichoke became a staple food for North American pilgrims and was thought of as a new food in a “new Jerusalem.” In recent years, the fresh tubers have been widely marketed in the U.S., but in quite limited quantities. The plant can be grown for human consumption, alcohol production, fructose production, and livestock feed.

jerusalem-artichoke-tubers

Similar to water chestnuts in taste, the traditional use of the tuber is as a gourmet vegetable. Jerusalem artichoke tubers resemble potatoes except the carbohydrates composing 75% to 80% of the tubers are in the form of inulin rather than starch. Once the tubers are stored in the ground or refrigerated, the inulin is converted to fructose and the tubers develop a much sweeter taste. Dehydrated and ground tubers can be stored for long periods without protein and sugar deterioration. Tubers can be prepared in ways similar to potatoes. In addition, they can be eaten raw, made into flour, or pickled. They are available commercially under several names, including sunchokes and lambchokes. But as with most things you just cannot beat the home grown taste of this drought-tolerant vegetable.

Growing edibles for your family is always important but during drought conditions it is even more so. Following the tips, strategies and techniques laid out in the first article in this series, as well as planting some of the varieties mentioned here, will help to ensure your family is well fed no matter the rainfall.


This article is part of a 2 part series by Joe Urbach. You can see the entire series here:

Vegetable Gardening in Drought Conditions – Part 1
Vegetable Gardening in Drought Conditions – Part 2

 

Dana Durnford Arrested For Speaking His Mind. Woods Hole Oceanographic Instititute AND A University Get Him Arrested

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We have long known that Woods Hole OI is a mouthpiece for the nuclear cartel.

I mean how blatant can they be, naming their website “Our Radioactive Ocean”

And Dana is a character, I mean a little rough around the edges.    But who else devoted their life to documenting the damage done to our environment?

He is trying to raise awareness regarding the not overstated death of the Pacific—-Which is detailed in this 61 page diatribe of just links to Pacific Ocean evidence of ongoing damage.

61 Pages of Links Showing Damage to the Pacific

The evilness of this action has far reaching ramifications.    It is crushing free speech.   It is scaring people into being complacent sheep, afraid to speak up.   Even as I write this, I wonder if it is even “OK” to call them Woods Whore.    Yep grant whores they are, so I said it before and will say it again.

Woods Hole conspired with University of Vancouver to simultaneously make a request for arrest, and they amazingly pulled it off.     They hate the truth, they are paid to cover up the truth.

And not just this…while he was in jail, they made an attack on his ability to even speak at all, they successfully attacked his youtube channel, restricting his ability to even talk about his arrest.    And the judge told him, that prior to being proven guilty, he immediately needed to take down most of his historical content.   SERIOUSLY?    Guilty until proven “broken and broke”.

But they got jail time in mind for Dana.    I suggest you review this today, consider throwing $5 to $50 via paypal or other method his way for his legal defense fund.     Dana is not perfect, but this goes beyond Dana….the Globalists would love this….to squash free speech, end annominity on the net.

In the UK they are prosecuting a young lady, with likely jail time, for her free speech.

When do we stop this?    Act today, tell them stock sent ya! From Dana’s site

The University of Victoria B.C. CANADA and Woods Hole oceanographic Institution had me silenced and arrested .
Please support me in this unrepresented attack upon your liberty and your freedom of speech and donate at paypal https://www.paypal.com/ca/webapps/mpp… by typing in my email danadurnford@hotmail.com or use credit card at my site thenuclearproctologist.org its a big company handling those transaction so its very reliable . http://www.thenuclearproctologist.org/
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In my other article here, I clearly show using EPA data that at least 100 tons of radiation was aerosolized from Fukushima, maybe 200 tons.

Check out this link

http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/p/uranium-aerosolized-into-atmosphere.html

And here is the British girl who may be going to jail for “speech”

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/british-reality-tv-star-is-facing-jail-time-for-making-a-nasty-comment-on-facebook_112015

Why You May Need a Typewriter in Your Preps

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typewritersIn recent days, I have been thinking about how we would share knowledge, communicate with each other and keep records of births, deaths, marriages and other important events.  Today we are spoiled by computers; they solve all of the above problems.  What about if the power is out?  I guess we could go back to time-consuming handwriting.  I don’t know about you but I have gotten out of the habit of writing by hand, it would take some getting used too.  In school today they are talking about no longer teach cursive.  So then I thought about manual typewriters.

Now to some of you this may seem like a waste of effort.  But like anything, there are priorities and this would come well after food, water, etc.  But for people who are homeschooling or working with a large group of people and who are well prepared, a typewriter or two could be a time saving device.

There are still a lot of old manual typewriters sitting in peoples garage and attics.  These were reliable machines that rarely needed repair.  You can still find them fairly cheaply in garage sales and flea markets.  Now they do need ribbons.  But I did an internet search for typewriter ribbons and was surprised at how easy they were to find.  The same thing applies to carbon paper.  For the young who are not familiar with it, carbon paper was placed between sheets of paper to make duplicates when you typed.

Now typewriter ribbons need to be stored in a cool dry place.  If possible, I would seal them in an airtight package to prevent them from drying out.  With a search of the internet, I found a couple of suggestions from people who are re-inking their typewriter ribbons.  Here are some suggestions how to re-ink or stretch more use out of your ribbons.

You will need an

  • Old phone book, optional: also old newspapers
  • A bottle of INK PAD REINKER (look in any office supply store, it’s a bottle with a roller on top full of black ink, ask, they know what it is.)

Take the phone book and open it on a table, (add some old newspapers around it too, it might get messy) Now get your ribbon and pull out like 2 feet of it and lay it flat over the phone book. Now open the ink, there’s a ball on the top, it will roll and work like a roll-on deodorant. hold the ribbon still with one hand and roll the ink on with the other pulling away from you. The old phone book will absorb all of the extra ink that might come out. Roll up the ribbon, pull out more dry ribbon, repeat. Turn to new pages of the phone book if you need to. If you plan it so you only touch the dry part of the ribbon you get by with few ink stains on your hands, but it can get messy. If you have the red and black ribbon, say goodbye to the red part.

A second idea to stretch the use of your ribbons is

Hit the ribbons with some WD-40 when the ribbon would go dry. There is a lot of ink in areas that aren’t hit by a typewriter key.  The WD-40 allows the ink to move around on the ribbon and distribute itself evenly again. Make sure to just wet it a little bit.  Don’t make the ribbon soggy or it may smear onto the pages as you type. While this doesn’t actually re-ink the ribbon, it used to let you get a considerable amount of extra usage from the ribbons.

Howard

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Fresh Iodine I131 Radiation Detected In Japan Indicate Ongoing Fission, It Is NOT From Medical Testing

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Sometimes, playing what-if using spreadsheets is an easy way to test the plausibility of a hypothesis.

For instance, there is fresh I131 radiation detected in Japan.
I131 is created during nuclear fission, and it doesn’t stick around long, its half life is 8 days, so in 80 days that is 10 half lives, of only (1/2)^^10 of it is left.   One half to the tenth power, or 1/2 times itself 10 times.

Try it, its a very small number.   First one to post the answer gets a free gut flora Kimchee recipe, LOL.

So the pro nuke minimalists have attempted to explain the I131 as a byproduct of “Medical Treatment”.

Review the spreadsheet.    It should be totally clear that THERE IS ONGOING FISSION AT FUKUSHIMA.    Ask if it doesn’t make complete sense.   pro-nuke trolls, please drop some inane comments to further marginalize yourselves.

Meet The Couple Who Live Like It’s 1880 Everyday

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Meet the couple who shunned cell phones, internet, appliances, and transport to live the Victorian life… and insist it’s BETTER I want to start off by saying I am a little jealous that this couple can actually do this, especially in this day and age. I have had a passion about the victorian era for …

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How To Make A Pipe-Handle Manual Chainsaw

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How To Make A Pipe-Handle Manual Chainsaw I think this has to go on my bucket list of things to make. Having the ability to trim a tree or even take down a considerable sized tree without a traditional chainsaw can help in a grid down situation. Everybody loves a good chainsaw, but typically they don’t …

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How To Make A ChapStick LED Flashlight

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How To Make A ChapStick LED Flashlight This may not be powerful or good looking but this DIY tutorial is awesome because it just is awesome! I know you can pick up cheap flashlights at walmart or on amazon but this is a great project to keep your mind and hands busy. You could make …

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Tiny home documentary

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I really appreciate how tiny homes are becoming more and more mainstream as well as legal, though many still have to “get around” codes and rules by making their tiny homes on wheels, to make them mobile or portable. I worry that some more restrictive locations might catch on and create even more rules or laws against tiny homes.

Meanwhile, Kirsten Dirksen, a filmmaker has traveled around all over the world shooting videos old and new tiny homes, showing us the way different folk live. This documentary is a wonderful eye opening look into just how tiny some people have gone, one lady lives in a 90 square foot apartment and has gotten quite a lot of attention from the press, but there is a man who lives in an even smaller footprint, measuring in at 78 square feet, his apartment in Manhattan is not much more than a space for a couch and bed that folds up behind the couch, most of us have larger closets.

Watch and enjoy.

https://youtu.be/lDcVrVA4bSQ

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Monsanto Is Rigging The System, And We Finally Have Proof

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This Is How Monsanto Games The System To Win Over The Public

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College professors could be writing and disseminating articles designed to promote genetically modified food on behalf of Monsanto and other agribusiness giants, emails obtained by The New York Times indicate.

The professors even may have written articles suggested by Monsanto’s PR team.

“Professors/researchers/scientists have a big white hat in this debate and support in their states, from politicians to producers,” Bill Mashek, a vice president at the Ketchum PR firm which was working for biotech firms, wrote in one email. “Keep it up!”

A Monsanto executive named Eric Sachs also may have suggested topics for the professors, Mother Jones alleged. Those articles were then posted on websites and given to media members by a PR firm, CMA.

The professors were not promoting a message about GMO safety but about the safety of herbicides, The Times said.

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The organic industry argues that herbicide usage has increased as genetically modified crops have become more popular.

How Monsanto May Have Turned Professors Into Lobbyists

Mother Jones writer Tom Philpott and Times writer Eric Lipton sifted through a cache of emails obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests by the group US Right to Know. Here is what they learned:

  • Sachs sent nine professors an email suggesting that they write “short policy briefs on important topics in the agricultural biotechnology arena.” Philpott alleged that the topics of the briefs were proposed by Sachs.
  • Once the briefs were written, a GMO industry trade group called the American Council on Science and Health and CMA would suggest them for blogs, newspaper op-eds and other media. Sachs wrote this was done because “Monsanto wants the authors to communicate freely without involvement by Monsanto.”
  • GMO companies like Monsanto are donating large amounts of money to universities in an attempt to get support from professors, Lipton said.
  • Agribusiness firms like Monsanto and Dow are engaged in a billion dollar war with organic industry firms like Stonyfield Farm, Whole Foods and Chipotle Mexican Grill. Both sides in the war are spending big money to enlist professors and scientists in the fight.

Testimony provided by academics recruited by agribusiness helped get the US House of Representatives to pass a law making it illegal for states to require GMO labeling, Lipton said. The Senate is planning to consider that law this year. The professors’ efforts also helped persuade the US Department of Agriculture to approve the use of new genetically modified seeds, Lipton wrote.

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Top 3 Forms Of Martial Arts To Learn For Your Personal Protection

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I can imagine what your first thought might have been when reading the title above:  you’re far too old and busy to start learning such kid’s games and there’s absolutely nothing to gain out of it. But let me tell you: you’d be dead wrong. You’re never to learn to get into a sport or physical activity, as long as your doctor allows it and you do it with moderation. When it comes to studying martial arts, know that one can benefit greatly from such activity. And no, it’s not meant for kids only. If you’re serious about it, you can start out as old as you like and still end up being good at it. Martial arts can be more than learning combat moves for self defense: they’re great physical exercise, each form has its own philosophy behind it (which you can study along with the moves) and great fun. But for those of you who are planning on getting their money’s worth, you can ultimately become an expert in a certain fighting style.

You might find yourself during your lifetime in certain situations from which you could easily escape unharmed if you have the proper training. Learning a fighting style could be very useful as a self-defense method: against attackers, muggers, perpetrators etc. If you’re trained well enough you could easily disarm assailants or even take on more than one at a time. There have been many fighting styles and techniques developed throughout history in various parts of the world. There are also many combinations of fighting styles available (mixed martial arts), for people who want to get the best of ALL worlds. It’s a matter of choice; let’s see what are the most popular at the moment and maybe you’ll find the one that suits you best.

 

Krav Maga

This it may come as a surprise, but it’s Israel’s very own fighting style. It was developed (mostly) by Imi Lichtenfeld during the 1930s. The style itself is very direct, meant to counter holds and incapacitations of every sort. Because it’s full contact and it gives advantage against almost any type of attack, it’s excellent for street survival, and not only. It’s a mixed style, comprised of elements which are basic to other fighting techniques like Karate, Jiu-Jitsu throws and grappling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ground fighting, Wing Chun burst of hands and even Greco-Roman wrestling. Its dynamics consist in the fact that it allows the practitioner to a attack and defend at the same time, in a single movement of the body.  In most martial arts styles the tendency is to block and immediately respond with a counter blow. Things are different in Krav Maga, we’re you’re suppose to block and deliver the attack at the same time: you could (for example) block an attack with you right arm and at the same time strike with the other arm or the legs. The strikes delivered and promoted by Krav Maga are vicious, meant to incapacitate and hurt as much as possible. You learn to go for the most exposed body part, like the throat, eyes, groin or the liver. It also teaches a lot of techniques for disarming your opponents, no matter if they bare sticks, knives or guns. The style is very efficient, it develops hand-eye coordination and it takes no longer then 5 months to learn.

 

Aikido

This is a very distinct fighting style, which has been promoted a great deal in pop culture by Steven Seagal. Don’t let Seagal’s reputation as an actor throw you off: he is probably the leading authority in the field when it comes to Aikido, having studied most of his youth years in Japan, with the greatest masters. He’s a legit 7 degree black belt who not only mastered the style, but also developed it: the kote gaeshi (Seagal’s signature move) or “forearm return” is a prolific move, essential to all survival fighters, no matter the style or technique.

This style uniqueness consists in its approach to direct fighting: Aikido teaches almost no direct blows whatsoever, it mostly teaches you how to counter everything that can be thrown at you. Its philosophy is based on the idea that an attacking opponent always leaves himself vulnerable. What you need to do is exploit that vulnerability and use your enemy’s momentum against him. For example, a straight punch could simply be countered by side-stepping and grabbing the opponents wrist or arm. You can simply pivot and throw him down if you grab the arm, or if the wrist is involved, simply twist it towards the outside. The momentum will help you break the wrist with almost no effort from your part, incapacitating your attacker immediately. This style requires awareness rather than speed or strength. If you keep your cool and your eyes opened, as an Aikido practitioner, you’ll have no trouble breaking the joints and wrists of your attackers.

 

 

Muay Thai Kickboxing

The fighting style was originally developed in Thailand, in the 19th century, and it translates to “the art of the 8 limbs”. It’s a contact fighting style, based on a large variety of punches, elbows and kicks. It’s philosophy consists in the fact that someone who is using a tool for fighting is limited by that one tool. A muay thai practitioner, on the other hand, has many such tools (punches, kicks, elbows), therefore has the advantage. It’s not a fancy style, but rather an effective one. It’s based on lighting speed, precision and power, and can exploit even the slightest opening in your adversary’s defense. The best way to counter a weapon attack (as long as you not held at gun point) is to approach the attacker as forward as possible. Simply aim for the jaw, throat or liver and kick it as hard as possible.

With enough technique and training, your legs and punches could easily crack bones and inflict serious pain. Kickboxing requires some serious physical training, as its practitioners do a little something called combat qi. It’s basically subjecting your body parts to repeated hits and damage, until the “hardened” body part no longer hurts as it used to. This practice is mostly used to harden the shin bone; kick boxers hit hard surfaces for 2 hours-a-day, 2 years straight.

There are many other fighting styles available, but these are my personal favorites and possibly the most useful in a combat scenario. But if you have to take one thing away from martial arts, that’s discipline and self control. Do not get carried away and avoid confrontation unless there’s no other way but standing your ground and fighting. But if that time comes, at least you now know where to go in order to overcome your opponents.

 

By Alec Deacon

 

 

 

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Winter Car Kit

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If you live where it snows or are planning to travel to a location where it snows this holiday season, you should have a winter car kit.  Getting stranded in a winter storm is scary and dangerous.  Last week, I wrote up a post on how to prepare your home for a cold winter storm. Continue Reading …

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12 Skills for Preppers That Money Just Can’t Buy

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12 Skills for Preppers That Money Just Can't Buy | Backdoor Survival

By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

There comes a time when every prepper finally says, “Enough with all of the food and enough with all of the gear!”  After years of seeking out the best stuff at the best prices, creating a stockpile, and purchasing equipment, you just might want to stop – at least for awhile – and focus on something else: the vital qualities and abilities that no amount of money can buy.

The biggest stockpile in the county won’t be enough if you don’t learn the important skills that will carry you through when you’re faced with hard times. Likewise, there are certain personality traits that will enhance your ability to survive.

Instead of adding to your stockpile, consider investing some time gaining proficiency in old-fashioned competence and common sense. While these aren’t things you can buy, taking a class or picking up some books about the following can be of far more value than yet another bag of beans.

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Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on Amazon.com.

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Volcanoes Today, 6 Nov 2015: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Ubinas, Rinjani, Sakurajima, Heard, Shishaldin

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Ash plume over Lombok island this morning (NASA / MODIS)

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): Activity remains low. Only small-scale explosions occurred during the past weeks from the Showa crater. The Alert Level remains at 3 (out of 5).

Rinjani (Lombok):
The eruption of the volcano continues to produce intense ash emissions. However, to the great relief of travelers to and from Bali, the strong easterly winds that had swept the plume over Bali during the past days, forcing the Denpasar International airport to shut down, have ceased and given way to weak southerly and northerly winds, thus allowing the airport to reopen.
Some Australian airlines have been adding extra flights to Bali to help the many stranded travelers return home.
On this morning’s satellite image, the ash plume can be seen hovering in N-S direction across Lombok island, while Bali was free of ash. However, easterly winds are likely to pick up again soon, which could cause significant flight disruptions again.

Kilauea (Hawai’i):
No significant changes have occurred at the volcano recently. HVO reported that seismicity beneath Kilauea’s summit, upper East Rift Zone, and Southwest Rift Zone was at background levels during 28 October-3 November.
The lava lake continued to circulate and spatter in the Overlook vent. The June 27th NE-trending lava flow continued to be active within 2.2-6.3 km NE of Pu’u ‘O’o Crater. (Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 28 October-3 November 2015)

Shishaldin (Aleutian Islands, Alaska):
Seismicity at Shishaldin continued to be slightly elevated over background levels during 28 October-2 November, indicating that low-level eruptive activity confined to the summit crater continued.
The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange and the Volcano Alert Level remained at Watch. (Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 28 October-3 November 2015)

Santiaguito (Guatemala):
Heavy rainfalls caused several lahars during the past days. The volcano continues to produce occasional small to moderate explosions from the active Caliente dome.
from the latest VOLCANO: Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 28 October-3 November 2015:
 
INSIVUMEH reported that on 30 October heavy rainfall in the area triggered cold lahars which descended Santa María’s Cabello de Ángel (a tributary of Nima I) and San Isidro (tributary of El Tambor) drainages.
The lahar in San Isidro carried blocks that were 1-2 m in diameter. During 30-31 October explosions generated ash plumes that rose 800 m above the crater and drifted SW, causing ashfall in Monte Claro (S).

Pacaya (Guatemala): Weak, deep-seated explosive activity continues inside the Mackenney crater. INSIVUMEH reports moderate degassing creating a plume of 150-200 m height with pulsating emissions of bluish gas. At night, weak glow is visible from the crater.

Fuego (Guatemala):
The volcano has been at average activity levels during the past days, with intermittent weak to moderate, sometimes stronger strombolian-type explosions (every 1-3 hours on average), sometimes accompanied by shock waves.
Ash plumes rose 500-800 m above the crater, incandescent rockfalls occurred during the stronger eruptions and light ash fall was noted in nearby areas.

Ubinas (Peru): A small explosive eruption occurred last evening, producing an ash plume that rose approx. 1 km above the crater and quickly dissipated. Seismic activity at the volcano remains low, according to the corresponding bulletin of Buenos Aires VAAC.
…6 Nov:
Activity at the volcano remains low, with weak emissions of gas and steam, sometimes mixed with ash.
Seismic activity fluctuated at low levels during the past week.

Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean): A plume from Heard was visible in a satellite image drifting SSW on 30 October, the Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 28 October-3 November 2015 mentioned. This suggests some sort of activity still going on from the remote volcano in the Kerguelen Islands.

Continue reading at Volcano Discovery: Volcanoes Today, 6 Nov 2015: Santiaguito volcano, Pacaya, Fuego, Ubinas, Rinjani, Sakurajima, Heard, Shishaldin

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Space Weather, Mars, Right Hook at Sugar | S0 News Nov 6, 2015

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Published on Nov 6, 2015

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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Friday, 6 November 2015

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.5) (121 quakes)

Updated: Fri, 6 Nov 14:55 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Fri, 6 Nov (71 earthquakes)
Fri, 6 Nov 14:26 UTC M 4.7 / 42.6 km – [info] (141 km) – 19km S of Y, Alaska
I FELT IT

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anchorage / MMI IV (Light shaking)
Fri, 6 Nov 14:24 UTC M 3.5 / 147.8 km – [info] (239 km) LOS SANTOS-SANTANDER
I FELT IT

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INGEOMINAS
Fri, 6 Nov 14:21 UTC M 3.9 / 75 km – [info] (139 km) ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Fri, 6 Nov 14:07 UTC M 2.8 / 148 km – [info] Maroa (13 km) – New Zealand New Zealand

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GEONET (NZ)
Fri, 6 Nov 14:00 UTC M 3.7 / 37.6 km – [info] (430 km) 112 km al O de Tongoy
I FELT IT

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GUG (U. Chile)
Fri, 6 Nov 13:30 UTC M 4.5 / 40 km – [info] (74 km) FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Fri, 6 Nov 12:48 UTC M 2.6 / 23 km – [info] (112 km) 055 km N 89

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PHILVOLCS
Fri, 6 Nov 12:47 UTC M 3.7 / 20.3 km – [info] (179 km) 58 km al NO de Cobquecura
I FELT IT

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GUG (U. Chile)
Fri, 6 Nov 12:42 UTC M 2.9 / 6 km – [info] (129 km) SOUTHERN ITALY
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Fri, 6 Nov 12:10 UTC M 3.0 / 3 km – [info] (443 km) PUERTO GAITAN-META
I FELT IT

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INGEOMINAS
Fri, 6 Nov 11:44 UTC M 4.4 / 106 km – [info] (57 km) Chile-Bolivia Border Region
I FELT IT

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GFZ
Fri, 6 Nov 11:44 UTC M 2.7 / 36.9 km – [info] (70 km) New Zealand

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GEONET (NZ)
Fri, 6 Nov 11:43 UTC M 3.1 / 4 km – [info] (231 km) CENTRAL TURKEY
I FELT IT

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EMSC

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The Salty Part of Your Survival Plan

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Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

One of the most diverse prepper considerations from the standpoint of a long-term disaster is heath. By health I am not specifically referring to the risks to your health from the disaster itself. If you are living through a hurricane or earthquake, there are natural risks to your health that you need to mitigate in […]

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Totally Gross Stuff Is Lurking in Your Water… and You Can’t See Any of It with the Naked Eye

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Totally Gross Stuff Is Lurking in Your Water… and You Can’t See Any of It with the Naked Eye

By Frank Bates

ZAP-PRO-2TWhen most of us think about dirty, contaminated water, we envision a murky, motionless pond or stream with algae floating on top. We would never even think about drinking that slop unless we were dying of thirst and had the world’s greatest water filter, but according to the World Health Organization, more than 3.4 million people die annually worldwide because of water supply, sanitation and hygiene issues that lead to diseases, infections and malnutrition.

If you think that you’re exempt because you live in the land of the free… think again. A recent study analyzed water systems in 100 major U.S. cities. They found more than 300 pollutants in the water supplied to over 250 million Americans. Contaminants included arsenic, lead and even perchlorate, a main ingredient in rocket fuel.

 

Here are some things you need to be concerned about regarding tap water and bottled water:

  • Arsenic is an odorless and tasteless semi-metal element that enters our water supply from natural deposits in the earth, or from agricultural and industrial sites. It can cause skin damage, circulatory system problems and cancer.
  • Fluoride is in the drinking water of 70 percent of U.S. cities, and can be found in bottled water. Many communities fluoridate water to help prevent tooth decay, but some say fluoride is linked to bone cancer and dementia. And a recent Harvard study proves that it lowers IQ in children.
  • Heavy metals, such as lead, mercury and copper, frequently occur in drinking water. Higher amounts can cause reduced growth and development, organ damage, nervous system damage, arthritis, joint damage, kidney diseases and even death.
  • Pharmaceuticals were found in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas, according to an Associated Press investigation. Antibiotics, body-changing hormones and other drugs pass through the body and the water supply (and remain even after undergoing wastewater treatments).
  • The E. coli strain known as O157:H7 can show up in drinking water and can produce a powerful toxin that causes severe illness. E. coli comes from human and animal waste, and can enter bodies of water during rainfalls and snow melts.

 

Vaccinations have dramatically decreased polio worldwide, but it can still enter the body through the mouth due to contaminated water or food. It is usually fatal if nerve cells in the brain are attacked.

Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is found in some plastic water bottles. It can seep into food and drinks, and has the potential to cause health risks. Fortunately, there are some good water filters out there, including one I’ve developed after seeing these dangerous – and unregulated – contaminants in the water supply.

The Alexapure Pro  features an advanced-engineered, two-stage filter that removes up to 99.99 percent of contaminants including the really tough ones I mentioned above. Be careful which water filter you choose though, because while every-day filtration is a necessity when you’re dealing with those kinds of pollutants, things can get even worse in a crisis situation. You need to prepare and learn about this now, so that you’re ready when you need to be.

 

If you’re ever in a position where you need to find clean drinking water but don’t have a water filter, follow this advice:

  • Avoid water near roadways or pavement, as it likely has oil and pollutants in it.
  • Stay upstream of industrial facilities, mines and construction.
  • Avoid water from farmland, as it might have dangerous amounts of fertilizer and pesticides in it.

 

Finally, here are a few more tips regarding your drinking water:

  • Wash your reusable water bottle with hot, soapy water every day. Otherwise, bacteria can form.
  • Don’t drink from shower heads. Bacteria forms here as well.
  • Avoid bottled water with artificial sweeteners in it.
  • Don’t drink too much water. Excessive amounts of water can lower sodium levels so much that your cells will begin to swell.
  • Avoid caffeinated water. Depending on your body chemistry, this can cause problems when you drink too much of it.

 

In short – you might think you’re doing the right thing by increasing your water intake. And maybe you are. But do it right, and do it smart. Check out my Alexapure Pro for ideas on what to look for in a water filtration product, and to find out what’s lurking in your tap water. If you decide it’s not for you… totally fine! But use my homework to get you started. I’ve spent years looking for and developing the right water solution for my family and believe me… you do not want to go wrong when it comes to water: it is the most important thing to have in a crisis.

 

 

Frank Bates of 4Patriots LLC is the editor of the Patriot Alliance Messenger, as well as the content writer for blogs and articles at Patriot Headquarters. He is also the creator of Water4Patriots, featuring the Alexapure Pro tabletop water filtration system; Power4Patriots, a series of DIY solar videos and manuals; Food4Patriots, the supplier of emergency food suitable for long-term storage; SurvivalSeeds4Patriots, maker of the Liberty Seed Vault; Patriot Power Generator, a portable solar generator; and other products.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Food Storage, another look!

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Food Storage, another look!

food storage roomFood storage is easy, storing food to get the most length of storage out of it and to keep it as safe as possible while not taking up the entire house with towers of cans can be a bit more work! However, since food is essential for life, it’s worth doing it right and taking a bit of time. Once you get used to doing it, it becomes habit.

My first and foremost rule to storing food for the longest shelf life and no pest issues is this: IF IT COMES IN A BOX OR PAPER BAG, REPACKAGE IT! There are many bugs that live on the glue in those packages. Pests of all kinds can get through regular store packaging and decimate you food preps. How do you repackage it to ensure long life and safety is a question I am often asked. Here is what I do after a normal shopping trip:

Food Storage another lookI arrive home with a great sale item, last week it was Betty Crocker Scalloped Potatoes on sale for $0.78 a box! I got 18 of them. Way too much for just putting on a shelf and hoping for the best. I got out my scissors, my vacuum sealer and bags. I opened the package, cut off the directions, put the bag of potatoes and sauce mix in the bag along with the directions. I partially vacuumed the bag (so as not to crush the taters) and then sealed it. After I had them all done, I took them to my pantry and tossed them in the bucket marked “flavored potatoes”. Done. (yes, I put a piece of tape with the date on it too)

I do this with pasta, beans, some sugars and rice. Simple, easy and effective. They should be good, safe and ready to go for 5 years.

11-6-15 Mylar-bags-in Food StorageLong Term Food Storage is basically the same, but I use lined 5 gallon buckets and oxygen absorbers. For instance, I got bags of whole wheat that I will use when my flour runs out. I got a mylar bag, and put it in the bucket, opened it up and added the wheat. I tossed in about 2000cc’s of oxygen absorbers. I then hand expressed as much air as possible.

I  use my iron to seal the bag almost to the end. Then I fold up the bag and expressed the last bit of air and seal to the end. I put the lid on the bucket and mark the bucket with the contents and the date. I do this with white sugar, oats and cornmeal. Most of it will last for 20 years.

I can stack the food storage tubs, which are filled with meal size packages. I can also stack the buckets which are mostly filled with single bulk items. These are tucked away in all sorts of places. I am lucky to have a dry basement, but many people use spare bedrooms, home offices, closets or under the bed space. At times, I have used drapes over my tubs and used them as end tables. I know one person who pulled her couch out from the wall and stacked her tubs, put a cloth over them and calls it her “sofa table”.

Much of my food storage is normal, every day stuff that we eat daily or weekly. These are mostly canned goods. For those, I have a rotation system like a grocery store. I put the new items I purchase in the back and bring the rest forward. The expiration dates are already on them, but if you want, you can use a marker and put the date you bought it on the can. I have learned that most items are good well beyond the “best if used by” date. If you are uncomfortable with that, then buy the items with the farthest away “use by” date and make sure you keep rotating. (tip: look at the back of the shelf in the grocery. Sometimes they have different dates from what is in front). By storing what we eat and eating what we store, I rarely have a problem with anything going “out of date”.
Protect your food from freezing, moisture and air. If you can do this, it usually is protected from pests as well.

Re-posted with permission from APN

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How To Build a Deluxe Barrel Stove

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How To Build a Deluxe Barrel Stove Prepping is the name and prepping is the game! Having a reliable heating system makes winter a more enjoyable, less stressful season. Most homes have central heating with oil, gas, or electricity for fuel and these are reasonably dependable even if evermore expensive to use. Many folks use wood-stoves for …

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Compulsion or foresight, which one is it for you?

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Every day I talk to Preppers that seem to be consumed by the very act of prepping. They spend every waking hour dwelling on thoughts of how they can get more preps and what those preps should be. While a little concern is a good thing, some people go way overboard to the point that …

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She Gets It!

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    I came across a story on The Blaze that mirrored my experience of the last couple of days.  The story is of an American psychologist, named Dr. Bethany Haley Williams, who is also the founder of an organization called Exile International.  The mission of her organization is to restore rescued child soldiers, and children orphaned by war, to become leaders for peace through art therapy and holistic, rehabilitative care.

     In Central and East Africa, armed forces and rebels have abducted more than 100,000 children, and most of these children are left with deep, emotional scars because of the trauma they have been forced to endure, or tragically, to commit themselves.  The evil acts perpetrated against them have succeeded in making them prisoners of the very Evil that seeks to entrap us all.
     On a group trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in June 2008, Dr. Williams, encountered a darkness she had never seen before: child soldiers who asked her to be their mother, women who attempted to give over their children, stories of women sexually abused time and time again, and children so traumatized they showed no emotion.  Realizing that the evil she witnessed could only be countered by the power of Jesus’s love, His redemption, and their ability to forgive, Dr. Williams was determined to look the darkness dead in the eye, and help heal these children.  She says her spiritual journey was “turned upside down.”
     I can say the same thing after the last two days I spent training with Dr. Charles Kraft to help Christians who need deep, inner healing.  The methods I learned may be different than Dr. Williams’s, but the result is the same… whether we are talking about an actual child in Africa, or our own “inner child”, we all need to heal from the emotional scars that have damaged us.
     How many Christians do you know that want to get closer to Jesus, but just can’t seem to get there?  They read their Bibles, they pray and attend church faithfully, but something is still missing.  That intimacy that the Bible talks about, and that they long for, just isn’t there for them.  They often deal with feelings of anger, depression, or fear … those very emotions they are told Christians should not feel because we are “new beings” in Christ.  They are often left feeling disappointed and wonder, “Where is the freedom and peace that Jesus promised me?”
     What I discovered under the tutelage of Dr. Kraft is that most problems are spiritual, resulting in emotional difficulties that keep us from the freedom and intimacy with Christ that we (and He) desire.  And I learned that deep-level healing is the answer.  What exactly is this deep-level healing?  It is a ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit that is aimed at bringing healing to the whole person:  spirit, body, mind, emotions, and will.  It is about hearts being set free.  And notice that I said in the power of the Holy Spirit.  It is not me healing the person, but Jesus’s power through the Holy Spirit; and I can work with Him to help effect that power and healing.  He has given me the authority to work in the spiritual realm with Him and the Holy Spirit, and it is quite clear in Mark 13:34:  “For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.”
     What I learned is a loving way to counsel people to identify the origin of those emotions and thoughts that block the freedom and intimacy that they so desperately seek.  By using visualization exercises, with Jesus present at every stage in your life, you can identify what the “triggers” are that keep you from experiencing intimacy and freedom.  I witnessed counseling sessions in which Dr. Kraft healed the deep, inner soul scars that Christians suffered from a feeling of unwantedness (that often times comes when conceived out of wedlock), miscarriages, sexual molestation, and many other open doors to spiritual harassment by the Enemy.
     Once memories reveal what is at the root of a Christian’s sense of despondency, we can ask them, “Can you see Jesus there with you at that moment of crisis?”  If you are a faithful Christian, you know that God and Jesus are Omnipresent; they are everywhere — so we know that He was there with them in their moment of despair.  Remember, He has not promised to keep us from all such bad experiences — only to be with us in them.  So, when we experience Jesus in our memories, we know He was present in the actual events of the past, and we can give Him the crippling reactions [to that event] — which are stored in our memories and have intruded on our peace.  Then we can experience His intense desire and power to heal us… to take those painful feelings and cast them away from you, as far as the East is from the West.

Hearts Set Free

     And it is ALWAYS the power of Jesus through the operating of the Holy Spirit in that moment that heals the person.  For most people, picturing Jesus there with them during the hurts of their lives, and handing off the paralyzing emotions, and then being able to visualize Him hugging them and feeling that intimacy, is enough to free them into a more satisfying spiritual life.
     But there are some with such devastating experiences that demons have slipped in and are subconsciously controlling the Christian’s mind, will, or emotions.  But that does not stop the healing!  We simply declare the authority given to us by Christ to free the captives, and employ the power of the Holy Spirit to identify them and command them to leave.  The deliverances I witnessed were done in such a loving, calm manner by Dr. Kraft, and it was truly empowering to realize that we do not need to fear demons; they may hinder a person’s peace, but they can’t take away the person’s salvation.  Sadly, the Church has forgotten that we have been commissioned by Jesus to bring freedom to all mankind.  He told us that we would do what He had done, and even greater things (John 14:12).  But we forget that Luke 4:18 describes what He came to do, and that freedom He wishes to give us:  to announce release (pardon, forgiveness) to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed (downtrodden, bruised, crushed by tragedy).
     I want to be very clear that what I described in this healing process has been over-simplified.  Much time is taken to get to know the hurting Christian, and to identify the underlying issues (or demons) that are blocking their freedom and intimacy.  Healing that “inner child” requires a careful, attentive, and thorough effort to free the adult Christian.  The important thing to remember is that there are multitudes of Christians who need to be set free, and Jesus is waiting for us to get involved and agree to work with Him and the Holy Spirit in completing our commission.
     Who wouldn’t want to partner with Jesus, and to experience working with Him?  We get to share in the blessings He brings to our fellow Christians through us.  We get to see forgiveness, gratitude, and new joy, steeped in peace and love. It doesn’t take any special spiritual gifts; after all, Jesus worked with ungifted disciples.  It just takes a willingness to obey His command and experience a closeness with Him that you have never had before.
     And I have to agree with Dr. Williams, when she says, “I see redemption at its deepest level. It is not of this world.  And, I believe, it is only the beginning.”  She’s right!  This kind of healing is not of this world!  These past two days, I have experienced a new reality in my relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  I now know that Jesus is not some far off, distant God!  He truly is right here beside me, and I can do all things through Him with the power of the Holy Spirit.  And most of all, I can see and feel and personally experience the freedom of my fellow Christians as they receive the Peace that surpasses all understanding.  And that only comes from allowing Jesus to heal you.  We are simply His instruments to achieve that Peace.  And we receive something as well, for being willing to trust His Word and engage with Him.  As Barbara Bucklin, one of the facilitators of Dr. Kraft’s ministry said, “Nothing is a bigger faith-builder than to know your authority.”  Amen to that!

For more information on Dr. Charles Kraft and his deeper inner healing ministry, please visit www.heartssetfree.org.

Galatians 5:1    “It was for this freedom that Christ set us free [completely liberating us]; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery [which you once removed].”
       

20 DIY Advent Calendars To Make The Countdown To Christmas Extra Special

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20 DIY Advent Calendars To Make The Countdown To Christmas Extra Special

With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the most wonderful time of the year — Christmas!

What better way to prepare yourself (and your family) for the holiday season than with a creative and fun advent calendar to count down the days? We search the internet for the best, most creative, and fun DIY advent calendars that we could find! We have minimalist designs (for the artists), cute designs (for the kids), gorgeous designs (for the design enthusiasts), and many more! We hope that you enjoy this fun list.


 

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Christmas Village – These cute little houses come in a color printable or a black & white printable so that you (or the little ones) can color the houses yourself! Hide little treats and treasures in each house and visit a different one everyday on the way to Christmas.


 

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Black & White Boxes – These simple printable boxes come in fun graphic designs that you can fill with any manner of surprises and treats!


 

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Advent Jar – Create a cute little advent jar filled with activities to get you and your family ready for the season! The directions are easy to follow and there is even a printable page for all the little paper tags.


 

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Advent Ornament Tree – Make your own beautiful christmas ornaments to count down the days and use them to decorate a christmas tree in the process!


 

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Advent Buckets – Inspired by an expensive Pottery Barn advent calendar, this DIY shows you how to make this adorable bucket advent calendar for a rustic Christmas touch!


 

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Advent House – This cute little advent house is made from toilet paper tubes! It’s super easy to make and even includes a list of item ideas to put inside.



 

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Matchbox Advent Calendar – Make this cute and easy advent calendar with matchboxes! Cover them in beautiful wrapping paper and fill them with little treats to count down the days.


 

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Library Pocket Calendar – For the book lover in your life, use this tutorial to create this advent calendar out of library pockets for a cute treat!


 

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Magnetic Tins – These little tins feature printable labels and activity inserts to go along with the treats you hide inside! This idea could be used for different events — holidays, chores, school work, etc.


 

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Nordic Elves – These cute little elves are easy enough to make that the kids can help too! You can fill them with treats for an advent calendar or make them to be hung up on treats or around the house.


 

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Chain Link – Each one of these little fabric rings has a holiday-themed activity inside for the family to enjoy! Use velcro or snaps if you want to make it easier for little hands.


 

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Envelope Tree – This envelope tree advent calendar remains one of the easiest and cheapest calendars to assemble. Mix up colors and patterns for an even more fun look!


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Photo Chain – Use family, seasonal, or friends photos to create this exciting photo chain advent calendar! It’s super easy to make and if you use family photos from the previous Christmas you can relive the excitement in anticipation of the coming season!


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Jewelry Box Advent Calendar – The calendar uses little paper jewelry boxes to hide all the treats! Decorate them with washi tape and stickers to make them seasonal!


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Sewn Candy Pouches – Sew up little pouches of candy and number them for a sweet treat each day until Christmas! This pouch design also makes for some unique and fun gift wrap during the holiday for some of the smaller items you may need to wrap.


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Paper Gift Bags – There are many different versions of the paper bag advent calendar, but this one remains our favorite! You can fit so many fun gifts into a design like this! Use white bags like this or get some kraft paper lunch bags.


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Paper Bags & Take-out Boxes Advent Tree – Using white paper bags and little takeout boxes to decorate this small advent calendar tree makes for some simple and festive holiday decor around the home!


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Advent Mirror – This gorgeous mirror makes a great base for these little treat bags to hide your holiday gifts! The backdrop was created with book pages from “A Charles Dickens Christmas”.


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Printable Advent Boxes – Printable pages make putting together these little gift boxes a breeze! Stack them up or attach them to a backboard to keep them up on a wall.


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Robot Advent Calendar – Aren’t these the most adorable little robots? Printable pages makes them easy to put together and his little head is the perfect size for a chocolate or other small treat!


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Wine Bottle Advent Calendar – You can’t go wrong with some wine! Once the kids are taken care of, the adults could use a little seasonal cheer too. Print out date labels to put over the bottles and split one to countdown the days!

How To Transplant Bushes, Shrubs and Trees In Late Fall

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Whether it be the construction of a new walkway or landscape bed, the addition of a garage or barn, or perhaps the realization that a shrub or tree was planted too close to an existing structure –  most of us are usually faced at some point with having to move an existing shrub or tree to a new area in the landscape. For us – it was our blueberry bushes – which needed to be relocated to a new location this week to make room for an expanded chicken coop run next year. For most deciduous shrubs and trees, including our blueberry bushes – late fall is a great time for transplanting! The crisp autumn air and a few hard freezes at night have allowed the plants to shut down their root systems and begin their dormant stage. Meanwhile – the soil is still very workable and easy to lift before the “frozen” tundra of winter hits – making it perfect to find those trees and shrubs a new home! The Keys to Transplanting: Before you dig, make sure that the area around the transplant is well-watered. If the soil is dry, it may break off of the root ball as you lift it out of the […]

The Only Fishing Knot You Really Need to Know

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The Uni Knot.


There are dozens of fishing line knots used today, everyone for a specific situation such as tying a hook on a line, tying two lines together or tying a leader onto the main line, tying swivels on, tying the line onto the reels spool and the list goes on.

Well for the occasional fisher person or when your in a survival mode desperately fishing for food, remembering which knot is the correct one to use is for most including me, impossible.

So over the years I have found one knot that for me does it all, it’s the “Uni Knot”. A very simple to tie knot and it really holds. I have never lost a fish because the knot failed and hook pulled off the line. The largest fish I have routinely landed were 25-30 lb. salmon and never had a knot failure. The video below will show you how simple it is and used in a number of tying needs.

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Tom Rowland shows how the Uni Knot can be used to set up an entire fishing outfit from the bare spool to the hook, including tying braided line to Fluorocarbon. If you were to learn only one fishing knot, this is the one. 

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Finding the Perfect Location

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Before the new article starts we want to thank everyone who came to our first physical survival course in Croatia. The week was fantastic and we couldn’t have wished for better people who were eager to learn and get through the situations we set up.

Toby is also going to join us here on SHTF School and will contribute more articles and collaborate with Selco on articles like the one we post today.

Much more about the course, along with some video updates for our Survival Boot Camp Members in the coming weeks.

The ‘Perfect’ Location

I have been reading more and more lately, articles with the theme of having a ‘Perfect Bug In Location’, along with details on how to defend it, options and examples on booby traps, philosophy of defence and similar. It’s a facinating discussion with lot of interesting points, and it gave me the idea to share some thoughts of mine.

Shelter, Home, Your Place

Survival is a lot, if not all, about being (staying) safe, so one of the first thoughts that come to my mind is having a good shelter.
When people think about that, you could easily come to the conclusion that as good a shelter you have, then more chances you have to survive (or be comfortable etc).

Now, too an extent, there is nothing wrong this idea, BUT only to a point. Problems start when you get yourself stuck in the mode of thinking (and acting!) with the conclusion that your best option is to have big strong well secured and fortified shelter, and you decide that this equals ‘complete’ safety, or this is a solution that will get you through every problem.

So your focus becomes on buying a big stronghold somewhere with big walls, alarms, weapons and everything else. To the extent, all your time, effort and energy is spent in this regard.

There is nothing wrong with this as a concept, but, if you do not consider some other things you may find yourself very unpleasantly surprised sooner or later.

Being and staying safe is actually having more then one option. Let me reiterate that. Greater safety comes from having options.

So for example, if you have your perfectly organised and defended home in a town, it is good, very good. Even better, is having some temporary shelter close to your home in case you need to leave or evacuate your home at short notice.

Being and staying safe is about having more options for the same problems, and survival is not about dying while defending your shelter, it is about finding another and surviving.
Whenever someone shows me good home plans in terms of defending and survival I feel happy for them, but my next question (or thought) is always, where are your exits? Where are you planning to go to for cover (or shelter) in a case when you have to leave, either temporarily or forever?

As always, the real problem, in my opinion, is that there is gonna be whole bunch of survivalists that are going to die just because they did not consider options that they are gonna be forced to leave there ‘perfect’ home, and so will (needlessly) die, staying and defending it.

It is scary thought. That you may be forced to leave your perfect survival location, that you spent so long, for years maybe, building, equiping and preparing.

When I hear words ‘perfect’ shelter, or ‘perfect’ hiding location, my first thought is of a temporary shelter inside ruin, or in woods, because this is the most likely and most suitable for a large variety of circumstances. I’m not saying this is always the case, but things happen this way more often than people realise, and if you research any number of disaster and catastrophies you will see this evidenced time and time again…

Of course, you all know, I have my location where I plan to be when SHTF, but it is MY plan. Circumstances very often do not allow plans to be conducted, so maybe only after three days I’ll have only trash bag as my BOL or bug in place, but I’ll be alive. Again to reiterate, have a plan, but have options and alternatives to your plan.

Defending Your Shelter

In the same articles that I have read, there is various advice on how to kill someone while you’re defending your shelter, which is good, because you will need this type of mindset and methodology.

But again, the problem is that you may conclude that by killing others you will solve all your problems. In reality, you may find yourself surprised because sometimes you will get yourself killed to, in that same way.
And that is not survival.

When it comes to having safe shelter, and for this example we are talking about one night temporary urban shelter, but it applies longer term as well , you have to think in layers.

There will be times and situations where you will have to deal with a threat in the most immeadiate, definitive and drastic way, but more often than not you need to think about defence in some kind of layers and these layers are designed to ‘buy time’.

Safe shelter means it is safe for you. In urban settings, that usually equals that you are hidden and sheltered from other people first, so solution to the problem is not to kill them in the first place. It is about staying hidden and therefore safe.

So first layer should be that YOU alone are choosing that shelter, no one else will take that same shelter, so you will not have need to „terminate“ anyone.

So choose a place that no one else will choose it (while you are using it).

Use your knowledge and skills (and some imagination too). It maybe simply selecting a place that everybody else see as very dangerous. We have mention before using signs saying ‘mines’ or ‘sniper’ to scare people, or an area with a bad stench and similar things.

Remember that in SHTF situation people usually go for easy places, for places that need less effort. If you make it look not interesting and very hard for other folks you already did half of the job.

Second layer could be that you need an alarm or warning signal if someone is approaching, so you have time to react, the time is spent making the decision that you will decide is it worth to use deadly force, create a distraction or you will simply run away to the other side (yeah it make sense to know all exits from your temporary shelter)

Your last layer could be booby traps. And think here, why you want to use these? You want to kill, maim or scare someone? You want to take their stuff? Or you simply love to build booby traps? Now booby traps is a BIG issue on it’s own, so I will write more about this later, but while they may be simple in design, we need to think a lot about why and how we are using them.

Understand, each definitive action during SHTF could draw high risk to you too, so choose your actions very carefully.

Of course that there will be times when you will have to make high risk decisions, actually very often, but it is matter of judgment based on the situation. However the more options you give yourself the more decisions you will have available.

Remember, the adage ‘live too fight another day’ should be far more prominent in your mind as a strategy than the ‘over my dead body’ or you’ll get my stuff when you pry it ‘from my cold, dead fingers’ which is often touted as a ‘solution’ by folks with little experience in the realities of violence.

AVOIDING conflict is one of the best survival strategies we can have. Having options if we get to a conflict is the next stage. Building defensive layers to ‘buy time’ and help make decisions is a far more ‘greater’ solution than just trying to build and stockpile a fortress.

If you plan to ‘shelter in place’, have you given yourself alternate options and escape strategies? Let me know in the comments below, how you plan to deal with someone trying to gain access to your location?

Power Grid Destruction Of The Third – And Worst – Kind

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BIG GridBy now, we all know about the potential catastrophic dangers of the high electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) from terrorists or WWIII, and likely solar flare events. Some preppers take it seriously and plan for it by taking certain measures and precautions to protect their equipment and electrical necessities.

The rest of us take a chance on the unlikelihood of terrorists getting their hands on enough sophisticated electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bombs or delivery methods.

And the fact that unless old sun actually whips the mother of all coronal mass ejections on us, no one knows for sure how bad it will be and there’s even a chance that most of the electrically civilized world will still survive, especially on the side not facing the sun.

So based on the tenuous imminence factor of the event potential, most people just go on with the preoccupation of their personal comfort zones, secure in their normalcy bias, counting on the odds being in their favor, and don’t think about it anymore.

But what if I told you there’s another guaranteed way the electrical grid will collapse, leaving us all without major power for years, while we struggle to survive the aftermath? And it has nothing to with chance, because it has already started! And when it’s finished, the currently unimaginable scenario of massive devastating power outages will become a nightmare we might never wake up from.

The Danger from the Inside

What if I told you that if you believe that the radical Islamic State enemies of the West will stop at nothing to take down America, then they wouldn’t need a complicated and not necessarily foolproof HEMP weapon of mass destruction?

What if they already had the weapon of mass electrical grid destruction right here and now in this country? And that all that had to be done is to trigger a simple electrical kill switch to implement the catastrophic collapse of our grid, and subsequently the economy and everything else as we knew it? And that this weapon is our own government?

But here’s the worst part. There’s nothing that authorities or anyone can do to prevent this from happening at this point. Not all seeing and intruding massive spying on the public by a totalitarian government. Not the pervasive institution of Police state control. Because in reality, the government is actually facilitating this attack!

Instead of beefing up and protecting the outside intrusion factor in national security, this government allows and even sanctions and encourages free and easy access by terrorists to our country by its official immigration policies and its lack of proactive physical perimeter security.

Instead of doing good old fashion police work in profiling and tracking specific activities and indicators the way all good detectives used to do, the DHS and its feckless fools are hell bent more on restricting our freedoms by massive citizen privacy intrusions and illegal spying on everybody because of their Marxist gun control and asset seizure agendas.

And they are doing this virtually ignoring basic police techniques that don’t require ubiquitous registration and surveillance of all free American citizens.

How Is This Happening and How Bad Will It Be?

Shortly after April 16th 2014 when the incident occurred in the early am hours, a private independent outside think thank consultant/analyst I know, like many others on the standby payroll, was contacted for their opinion on a highly suspicious criminal damage act that took place in Silicon Valley California.

A power transformer substation like you see everywhere enclosed in chain link fencing was shot up with enough rifle fire to destroy it. It only took a few minutes of firing. Empty assault weapon casings were found at the scene but local police investigating found no finger prints or DNA on the empty shell cases as if they were ”sanitized” before loading in the weapons magazines.

If it was not for the good fortune that this particular substation’s power dispersion could be backed up and re-routed electronically by engineers, a good part of the valley would have been without power for as long as the entire month it took to repair the damage.

To this day, nobody has been caught and the official FBI investigation reports it as ”an act of vandalism”. The independent analyst studied the information details and sent his encrypted evaluation to the contact office. From his extensive experience in this particular venue, the conclusion was obvious to him.

It wasn’t a bunch of nitwit drunken vandals out to destroy something just for the fun of it. And it wasn’t disgruntled power company employee.

It was a textbook example of something government special operations units have been doing for decades. Commando type guerilla warfare attack on critical infrastructure designed to cripple large populated areas. This was the general consensus of all outside analysis. But then what was the purpose of the attack?

There were several questions on this that were also analyzed. If it were a government staged exercise to test the concept for whatever reason, why would they risk the lives of the people by shooting live ammo in a public location when they could have tested the outcome of such an act in a more coordinated and safety conscious environment under controlled conditions at a military or private contractor base?

Whoever did this didn’t care if a large portion of a major population area would be immediately shut down without power and cause millions in damage and disruption. It would seem as if they wanted to just see how easy it would be to do and get away with, and what the actual damage could be?

If it weren’t for a last minute rescue job by civil power company engineers to re-route power transmissions, indeed, whoever did it would be pleased with the results. But the unknown attackers still smiled to themselves.

Then, what about if it was a ”false flag” attempt that was fortunately thwarted by on the ball employees? Or was it what the majority of analysts believed? That it was the well planned work of trained terrorist cells to test the potential of their ability to damage the grid, before going ahead with the large scale timed and coordinated attack?

In any event the last and main analysis was the actual viability and real time damage results of such an exercise. When the final analysis was in, it shocked everyone involved in the investigation.

The Unspeakable Truth

When the reality check also came in on the effects of a lone wolf but well-coordinated commando attack on our grid infrastructure as far as just what it would take to cause major unprecedented collapse, the answer was lung collapsing.

It wouldn’t be merely an isolated incident that could relatively quickly be responded to and handled. This one would be much different. First of all, most grid systems cannot be re-routed like the one in Silicon Valley. If you hit the right ones, there would be no way you could repair it before a major black out and the subsequent disaster would occur. But it gets worse.

Doing this on a large scale throughout the country would potentially amount to nothing less than all out nuclear war type damage. And it would be so easy, that yes, a caveman could do it in his sleep, but even a bunch of hate crazed delusional extremist murderers, with rudimentary guerilla skills could pull it off in one quiet, nap taking lazy afternoon.

Tactically speaking, it would be an unstoppable exercise. And the cold hard reality is that there’s another factor that is horrifically mind numbing.

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A Dozen Doomsday Power Stations It’s All It Takes

It only takes the destruction of a dozen or so critical power stations to literally shut down the entire country s power. This is hard to comprehend but it’s a fact.

It has to do with an obsolete, complicated, and fragile electrical grid distribution system that is even worse than our crumbling bridges and transportation systems, and the fact that every electrical power integration is linked backward to fewer power supplies.

If you take out certain critical substations then everything in the down chain also fails. It’s a domino phenomenon that eventually kills us all where less than a dozen substations can begin the process.

It wouldn’t even help to have armed guards or police posted at each critical power unit, even if they wanted to–which they don’t. As any Special Forces A team knows, the attack force has the advantage of surprise, and maneuverability, and can distract and create diversionary tactics while they calmly quickly take out the power stations.

There used to be a special Delta Force team that specialized in these type of sabotage raids to prove the defensiveness of secure government facilities, and a soldier–by the name of Marcinko–headed the training.

The terrifying conclusion was there was virtually nothing he couldn’t get into and take down unless it was surrounded by an entire infantry battalion supported some well-armed ”Guardian Angels” from God, for back up!

The government used to get so irritated at their own ineptitude that instead of being grateful to this team leader for his skill in pointing out their critical flaws, they vilified him.

And this feckless government already allowing millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico to come across the border almost at will, where intelligence estimates one out of every five is a Muslim jihadist and potential future lone wolf operative.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director, Steven McCraw, when asked recently at a news border conference if any illegals coming across the border were from a country with a well-established terrorism presence, he answered unequivocally “Yes”.

And now, the current regime is welcoming 200,000 immigrants from the premier middle East terrorist breeding grounds to join the border infiltration soiree here with absolutely no restriction, vetting, or identification.

Even the intellectually terminal government can’t outright deny that ISIS will intentionally place a few thousand of their specially trained anti-American terrorist jihadists within the refugee ranks. Why not, it’s an opportunity too good to pass up for ISIS? We welcome them in to kill us!

So I predict that the Islamo-terrorist grid plot has already hatched and the ”test run” in California was the second phase, and now they are only finishing up the last details of target determination to learn exactly which dozen or so power stations will target.

And it might be sooner than we think, with the new ”hands on” help from the latest White House protection of our country debacle, with the additional implanted foreign trained sleeper cells posing as Syrian refugees.

It’s so bad that it almost seems that there has to be some kind OCD of gun control agenda use for this flagrant breach of national security, by a government gone insane for them to even attempt such a denigration of their most primary government responsibility, the protect our borders! Because first and foremost disarming the Free American people is always their main priority.

Since these jihadists like to attach propaganda symbolism with significant times and dates in their planned attacks, I’m seeing this grid attack coming as we get closer to the election.

Especially if it looks like Trump might win the nomination, because Trump promised he’d promptly send every one of them back to where they came from. Maybe around next year’s 9/11 anniversary or maybe sooner…

So there it is. If you thought it was bad enough to upset your little paper panties with worrying about solar flares and HEMPS, this is an amazingly guaranteed easier way to kill all our electrical grid power with many of us right along with it.

But not only are the authorities incapable of doing anything about a planned coordinated guerilla attack on critical power infrastructure, they intentionally do nothing about it in terms of even making it a little more difficult to achieve!

That’s because they’re too busy wasting time and DHS effort from our tax money on spying and data collection on free law abiding citizens, so that they can eventually confiscate our firearms and then implement totalitarian control over what little we have left of our money and assets.

This coming grid attack, my fellow Patriots, is the bad boy your mommas warned you about. And it would be a very bad prepping mistake not to make long term blackouts a major priority.

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This article has been written by Mahatma Muhjesbude for Survivopedia.

References:

http://nypost.com/2014/02/06/ex-official-attack-on-silicon-valley-power-grid-was-terrorism/

http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304851104579359141941621778

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/oct/6/steven-mccraw-texas-top-cop-islamic-state-terroris/

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How To Store Water In An Apartment For Survival

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How to store water in an apartment for survival is a critical issue these days. If you live in an apartment it’s more compact and stairs will be a problem if you have zero water stored, say on the second or third floor. I can’t even imagine the sixth floor if the elevators are not working and you need to haul water up that many floors. Now, we could be talking about families, college students and maybe even some elderly people. Let’s talk about what we need to do now, not next week or next month. We need to be prepared as soon as possible for the unexpected. I am not a doomsday prepper but I am well aware of what’s going on in the USA and all over the world.

I have a sister that lives in Austin, Texas and they recently had torrential rains and flooding in her neighborhood. My sister mentioned that the city asked that people not venture out on the roads unless it was absolutely necessary. Now, she does not live in an apartment but the issues are the same. She was glad she had water stored and enough food that they could be comfortable for several days.

Last year I remember a young mother emailed me explaining she had zero food or milk in the house and the roads were icy and not driveable. She vowed that would never happen to her family again. It sometimes takes a drastic situation for us to realize how important having a few gallons of water and some food in the house is when we are trying to be prepared for the unexpected. You can start with storing a little water at a time according to your budget.

How To Store Water In An Apartment:

  1. Blue Cans-the water is hermetically sealed in aluminum cans and they are BPA FREE.

These are great because they have 24 cans in a box and will fit under your bed(s). I sent six cases to one of daughters for Christmas last year. These cans are 12 ounces of pure water. Blue Can – Premium Emergency Drinking Water

This is some information on Amazon about Blue Cans:

  • 50 Year Shelf Life
  • 12 oz of water per can, 24 cans per case
  • 2.25 gallons of water per case
  • Hermetically sealed water purified with 12 step filtration, reverse osmosis, UV light treatment
  • Eco-Friendly Packaging

These are great because one case of 24 cans equals 2.25 gallons. Here’s the deal in my opinion, I like to store 4 gallons per person per day for hydration, laundry, hygiene, and cooking. You can never have too much water stored. The Red Cross states you need a minimum of one gallon per person per day. Here is the information from the Red Cross (page 7). One thing, when you first look at the price you may go “YIKES”, but these are perfect to store in the car, closets, under beds and you can make end tables with them and even a coffee table with tempered glass on top. Please think about the 50 years you can store them. 50 years and they are BPA Free! Buy one case a month until you have the amount that your family needs. These cases of water would be great for college students and the elderly for their water storage needs.

Here are some fabulous faqs about BLUE CANS.

2. WaterBricks-available in two different sizes, but I recommend the larger 3.5-gallon size for long term storage. You can buy single containers: WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue or eight containers: Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

I use the following Water Preserver: Water Preserver Concentrate because I can fill and forget the water containers for five full years. If you use regular culinary water with or without bleach you will need to rotate the water every six months. Nope, that does not work for me. I use 1/2 teaspoon of this Water Preserver Concentrate in each 3.5-gallon container. They stack like Lego’s on top of each other. I put 16 WaterBricks (the 3.5 gallon size) under my queen bed, which equals 56 gallons of water. Gotta love it.

How To Store Water In An Apartment For Survival by FoodStorageMoms.com

I highly recommend both of these products to store water in an apartment. These would be great Christmas or birthday gifts. Please be prepared for the unexpected, you’ll be glad you are. I promise.

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14 Super Fun Activities With Liquid Soap

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14 Super Fun Activities With Liquid Soap

Typically, we use liquid soap to wash our hands or dishes, but who knew it could be so much fun to play with? We’ve searched the internet to find some really incredible and fun projects that use liquid soap as an ingredient.

The results are a list of fun activities to make and of course, play with! The best part about using dish soap or liquid hand soap as an ingredient means that all liquid projects are non-staining and clean up is a snap!

Your kids are going to love these simple projects. So let’s get crafting!


 

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Calming Suspended Beads Toy – This is a fantastic project to make for younger children, and one that can come in handy for situations in which your child is over stimulated or angry. watching the beads slowly tumble to the bottom of the bottle through soap is a relaxing alternative to time-out.


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DIY Shower Jelly – This colorful project looks like really tasty Jell-O, but you definitely shouldn’t eat it. Whip up a batch of this fun jelly as an alternative to traditional liquid body soap. It’s super fun!


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Simple Homemade Bubbles and Bubble Wand – Make your very own bubble solution and a wand to blow great big bubbles with only items you already have at home!


 

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Pour A Rainbow In A Jar – This fun activity is both exciting and educational. Perfect for the older kids as you can teach them about the basics of density and how different liquids  have different weights!


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DIY Window Clings – The problem with store bought window clings is that eventually, they don’t actually cling anymore. Instead of spending the money to purchase new ones, make your own with the kids. They’ll be much more meaningful over the years than store bought.


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Homemade Window Frost – If you live in an area where you don’t see white Christmases, you can still find ways to make your holiday as festive as if you did. This homemade frost wipes off easily, since it’s made with liquid dish soap.


 


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Rainbow Soap Foam Sensory Play – This is a great way to make a big, soapy, colorful playtime mess outdoors or in the bathtub. Be sure to use watercolors and not food coloring, as food coloring is not water soluble and will stain.


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Bath Paint – Another great way to play with color in the bathtub! This bath paint means your little artist will get to create masterpieces even while getting squeaky clean. The soap base means you can easily clean it off to keep the bathroom nice and clean.


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DIY Scratch Art – Make your own lovely scratch art with a few simple steps. Your kids will love this take on artwork.


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Color Changing Milk Science Experiment – Use food dye, milk, and dish soap to create a simple science experiment that kids will definitely love. Just remember, food dye will stain, so be careful not to make a mess!


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DIY Color Kinetic Sand – Love the moon sand and other varieties of moldable sand? It’s pretty expensive stuff, but you can make about 10 pounds of the fun stuff for only 50 cents!


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Hurricane in a Jar – Hurricane season is here, so it’s a great time to each your kids about how hurricanes are formed and act. This simple project will help you demonstrate exactly that!


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Squishy Marble Maze – A ziploc bag, marbles, soap, and paper dividers are all you’ll need to create this fun tabletop maze.


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Bubble Dough – This goopy, stringy, stretchy, moldable substance is a heck of a lot of fun to play with, even if you don’t have kids. It’s also super easy to make and clean up!

The 3 Best Axes Money Can Buy

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The 3 Best Axes Money Can Buy

Snow & Nealley Hudson Bay Axe. Image source: woodtrekker

The problem in compiling a list of the very best axes on the market today is that it’s literally impossible to list every single one.

For the homesteader, farmer and outdoorsman, an axe is a vital piece of equipment, one that is made by countless manufacturers. Just like tractors, knives, firearms, chainsaws and tools, everyone has an opinion. Someone may like Council tool, another like the axe that was custom built by a blacksmith.

I’m apologizing up front; I don’t know your friend Bill who has made knives and axes for decades in his shop. But I have spent quite a bit of time using an axe in felling, splitting and hunting/camping tasks that I think I can list the ones I think are “the best axes.”

Before I begin, I’ll write a quick note. I am not including hatchets or tomahawks or any other “belt axe.” If you have spent any amount of time in the outdoors you probably have come to learn by now how useless a small one-hand axe is for larger tasks. In truth, there is nothing a hatchet can do, that a larger axe can’t do better.

1. Snow & Nealley Hudson Bay Axe

Not all that long ago, Snow and Nealley produced all of their products in the US with strong hickory handles and forged heads. Around 2003, S&N shut down most of their company in Bangor, Maine, and limped along with a skeletal staff importing axe heads from China and using wood axe handles from Tennessee. I have one of their axes from this time, and to be fair it is not a bad axe at all. I use it primarily for camping tasks and hunting. In 2012, the company switched ownership to an Amish family who moved the company to Smyrna, Maine. They also switched to 100 percent American materials. Their new products are quality. In fact, they hearken back to Snow and Nealley’s earlier days.

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Their Hudson Bay axe comes with a 22-24 inch hickory wood handle, and a drop forged steel head. The axe head has a narrow bit for lighter tasks and a flat poll for hammering jobs such as driving tent pegs and similar jobs. This small axe fits perfectly on a pack, does not weigh much more than a hatchet, and can be used for all sorts of wilderness tasks.

Price: $75

2. Council Tool Velvicut Line

Council Tool Velvicut Line. Image source: woodandmetal.com

Council Tool Velvicut Line. Image source: woodandmetal.com

Council Tool is by far one of the largest axe manufacturers in the States. One hundred percent American made, Council Tool does not build junk. One aspect that makes Council such a popular brand is they don’t sell overpriced products. In fact, most of their axes sell for around the $50-60 mark.

Council’s Velvicut Line is a step above their standard axes, which are a step above just about everyone else’s axes. There are three axes which come in their Velvicut line. The first is the Velvicut Bad Axe Boys Axe, a medium-sized axe. The next is the Velvicut Felling Axe for felling trees, and they offer a Velvicut Hudson Bay Axe that is just a tad shorter than the axe offered by Snow and Nealley.

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If you want an axe that your grandchildren will use, consider Council’s Velvicut.

Price $130-$190

3. Gränsfors Bruk, any model

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Made in Sweden, Gransfors is an axe company that does not merely build a good axe; they build beautiful pieces of rock solid family heirlooms in the making. They produce forest axes for most outdoor activities, as well as splitting and felling axes for heavier use.

Every single axe I have ever owned or used from them is nearly indestructible. You can also buy an “ancient Axe” from Gransfors, such as a Battle-ready tomahawk like the Native-Americans used, or a Viking axe. However, Gransfors is known primarily for their tool axes. Typically their axes cost more than almost every other axe on the market. You can pay $60 for a decent Council Tool axe, but you will most likely spend around $200 for a Gransfors. They are worth the extra coinage, as they hold an edge and have the quality that makes other axes red with envy.

Cost: Depends on the model, but plan at least $150-$300 

Do you agree or disagree with this list? What axes would you add? Share your tips in the section below:

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How to Avoid Becoming a Target After the SHTF

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Canadian Prepper made a really interesting video where he discusses how to be charitable after the SHTF without making yourself a target. If you have plenty of supplies and there are some neighbors–perhaps people with hungry children–who need food, you might want to help them out. The problem is, if […]

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The Basis for Survival: It’s All In The Attitude

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 This article is going to outline some fundamentals to help you mentally prepare for the challenges you will face in a survival situation.  The mental preparation is crucial, because if you are not focused and in the right mindset, you will lose your ability to perform, plain and simple.  First you must develop the will to win and use this as the cornerstone to how you approach your challenges.

Training is best conducted through repetition.  I learned this early in my military career in the 82nd Airborne Division.  When we conducted training we studied the concepts, performed a talk-through, then a walk-through, and then ran through the drills, whether they were movement to contact, sniper drills (immediate action), etc.  This repetition is necessary so that the tactics are engrained in your mind and the actions become a matter of reflex.

Such is also true with developing the will to win and a proper mindset.  Firstly, allow me to quote an old First Sergeant from my unit in the ‘deuce:

            How you train in peace is how you fight in war.

Nothing could be more true, and this is why now is the time to develop your mental preparations to enhance your will to win.  Vince Lombardi, former coach of the Green Bay Packers had a great saying as well.  Here it is:

            Winning isn’t everything…it’s the only thing.

Also very true, especially applied to your situation and surviving it.  Second place in a survival situation cannot be a good thing.  Gone are the great family dinners and the Jiffy Pop Popcorn in front of the TV.  No more football games or quiet walks in the park.  Think on this, and know an integral part of developing the will to win is your first step, here:

Know the gravity of the situation.

Simple, right?  It can be, if you place everything into focus.  There is no second place! Brevity of thought is encapsulated in that statement.  This is serious, folks: if you don’t make your mind right and appreciate the gravity, the seriousness of the situation, you will probably fail.  Here comes the second thing to keep in mind:

Do not fall to the “paralysis of analysis.”

Do not overanalyze the situation and allow your analysis to lead to complacency.  You must think and then take action.  So now you know the seriousness of the situation and you will think quickly and act decisively.  Now for the third part, and this is the most critical of all:

You must know in your mind that you can win, and you will.

Positive mental attitude in this regard is the key to success.  When I was in the Q-course for Special Forces, I used to do a little ritual in the morning.  As I finished shaving, I looked into the mirror, and said to my reflection, aloud:

I can do it.  I will do it.  I am Special Forces.

I also repeated this ritual before I went to sleep.  When I was in the field and training, I accomplished this with a metal mirror that I carried with me (for shaving, signaling, etc.).  I did this ritual every day for more than a year and a half.  Why?  Positive reinforcement and repetition.  The mind is a complex instrument, and it is a battlefield…a battlefield for you if you do not exert constant control over it.

What good are all of your talents and skills if you do not believe in yourself?  How can you hit a home run if you don’t believe that you can when you step into the batter’s box?  You must reinforce yourself and believe that you will succeed.  Believing that you will win is the key to winning, and this is in all areas of life.

I was sitting on the ground leaning against a tree at Fort Bragg with my fellow SF candidates when we were approached by the Commanding General of SWCS (Special Warfare Center and School), paying us an informal “visit.”  The general waved us all at ease while he walked around in our midst.  This was just prior to our final night of land navigation testing.

“Gentlemen, you have one of two choices to follow.  You can be a Commando, or you can be a Dirtbag; [this word edited and censored; you can use your imagination here] the choice is yours.”

Several men let out a loud yell, and the exuberance rippled in the group.  I remained silent, and (of course) the general focused on me and walked over to me.

“Soldier, what’s your choice?  Do you have what it takes to be a Green Beret?” he asked.  His dark eyes were intense, and there was the hint of a smile on his lips.

“General, with all due respect, I am a Green Beret.  I just haven’t been given permission to sew on the tab yet, Sir,” I replied quietly, and the general broke into a grin.  I had referred to the Special Forces Tab, sewn on the left shoulder of the uniform upon successful completion of the Q-course.  The coveted tab that I was ready to die to earn, if necessary.

The staff officer (a major: his aide) was mortified, along with several NCO instructors, who angrily moved in my direction, but the general waved them off.

“You definitely have a pair, Sergeant.  That’s good, though: a little cockiness never hurts, if it gets a man through.  I’m going to be watching you.  I’m going to expect you to succeed.  Don’t disappoint me,” he said.

“Yes, Sir,” I replied, “fired up” inside, as my fellow candidates looked on, stunned.

I made it through the course, and the general was there at the end when I stepped off the stage, grinning proudly.  He also became a mentor to me later on and was instrumental in helping me submit my packet years later for OCS.

The point I make with this illustration here is that you must believe in yourself and that you will succeed in order to survive and triumph.  The battle for survival starts within the mind.  It is not enough to say, “I think I can get through this hurricane,” or “I might be able to stop these intruders.”

No.  You must say, “I will make it through.  I will defeat those who would hurt me and my family.”

In this way you are strong for yourself and strong for your family.  The mind is the key to a victory, and a victory can only come if you believe in yourself.  Practice this on your own with other things: challenges in your job, in your workouts and physical training, and in tough situations you face out on the street.  Develop the will to win on a daily basis through repetition and reinforcement, and you will find that you can rely on your determination to carry you through when the SHTF.  Have a great day and do good things…well!

JJ

 

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

25 Natural Remedies For Diabetes

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A few weeks ago I read an email from a reader that made me sad.  In it, she said that given her daughter’s reliance on insulin, she had come to terms with the fact that in a true SHTF scenario, her daughter would die. Those of you that have read William Forstchen’s book, One Second After may recall that the main character’s daughter was a diabetic and died because of a lack of insulin.

I really had no words of wisdom to pass on to this reader.  I am, after all, not a healthcare or medical professional.  On the other hand, I did know that Backdoor Survival featured contributor Joe Alton, a medical doctor, has written extensively about diabetes in a survival situation.  When I reached out to him for advice, he graciously agreed to address this topic in a newly refreshed article just for us.

25 Natural Remedies for Diabetes | Backdoor Survival

If you, or someone you know has diabetes, you will find this article interesting.  Just be aware that there has not been a lot of scientific studies proving that one remedy or another will be beneficial.  Then again, the same applies to essential oils and we all know how well they work!

As you read though this list of natural remedies for diabetes, take special note of Joe’s last paragraph; it might surprise you.

Natural Remedies for Diabetes

One of the most difficult issues that the medic will encounter in a survival setting is that of chronic illness. Of these, diabetes is perhaps the most problematic. In the U.S., more than 29 million cases of diabetes were identified with more than 1 million requiring insulin therapy (type 1 diabetes). Diabetes causes damage to the heart, kidneys, eyes, extremities, and more. It is the 7th leading cause of death in the country, and that’s in normal times.

What is diabetes? To understand this, you should know a little about how your body works to process food into energy. When you eat, food is turned into glucose, sometimes referred to as “sugar”. An organ in the body called the pancreas releases a substance called insulin in response. Insulin allows glucose to be used for energy.

In diabetes, this process doesn’t work due to various reasons. The pancreas may not produce enough insulin or certain factors may cause the body to be resistant to its effects (Type 2 diabetes).

We’ve discussed diabetes and survival in detail in a series of five articles some time ago; here’s a link to Part 1: Diabetes in a Collapse Situation.

In today’s article, we’ll explore some of the natural substances that may have a beneficial effect on diabetes. Alternative therapies encompass a variety of disciplines that include everything from diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes to herbal remedies, acupuncture, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, and others.

It should be noted that a honest conversation with your medical caregiver is important before embarking on a new course of therapy. It’s also important to realize that it’s much more difficult to control type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes than the much more common type 2 (non-insulin dependent) with either conventional or alternative strategies.

Having said that, there are quite a few natural substances that have been put forth as being helpful in the control of diabetes . Most of these are thought to have effects on type 2 diabetics only. Unfortunately, there is a lack of hard scientific data on many, and variability exists in terms of effect on each individual.

Here are some natural substances, taken alphabetically, that may have a beneficial effect on glucose control:

Aloe Vera
Aloe may lower blood glucose in type 2 diabetics, especially when used in conjunction with some conventional oral drugs.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid
Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that helps decrease insulin resistance and the effects of kidney and nerve damage due to diabetes.

Basil
The leaf and seed of some types of Basil may help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels. The seed may work by providing fiber which slows the elevation of blood sugar levels after meals.

Bilberry
Bilberry contains substances called anthocyanosides which improve blood flow which may prevent vessel damage caused by type 2 diabetes.

Bitter Melon
Bitter melon contains several substances, including some insulin-like compounds, that may lower blood sugars in type 2 diabetics.

Cayenne
Cayenne contains capsaicin, something we’ve talked about before as a form of natural pain relief. Indeed, capsaicin creams may improve pain due to damaged nerves in diabetics.

Gaye’s Note:  See Make an Awesome Cayenne Salve for Pain Relief

Chromium
Chromium supplements improve sensitivity to insulin in those resistant to it. It’s thought to be helpful in those who are pre-diabetic and in women with pregnancy-related diabetes.

Cinnamon
Research suggests that regular intake of cinnamon may help reduce levels of blood glucose by augmenting the action of insulin.

Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 (Co-Q10) is needed for normal blood sugar metabolism. Type 2 diabetics have been shown to have lower Co-Q10 levels than non-diabetics, suggesting that supplementation may be helpful in control.

Evening Primrose Oil
Studies have shown that 4 grams of evening primrose oil per day improves, over time, the pain associated with diabetic nerve damage.

Fenugreek
Fenugreek may improve glucose control in both type 1 and type 2 diabetics. It may even lower cholesterol in those with coronary artery disease.

Ginseng
Studies have shown that American Ginseng (there are several kinds) gives some sugar-lowering effects as well as a decrease in A1c levels (Hemoglobin A1C is a blood tests that measures long-term glucose control).

Glucomannan
Glucomannan is fiber derived from konjac root (Amorphophallus konjac). It delays stomach emptying, which leads to slower absorption of dietary sugars which results in lower glucose levels after eating.

Gymnema
Gymnema leaves were documented in studies to raise insulin levels in healthy volunteers.

L-Carnitine
L-carnitine helps you utilize fat to produce energy. When people with diabetes were given L-carnitine, high blood levels of fats decreased, including triglycerides and cholesterol.

Magnesium
Type 2 diabetics often have low magnesium levels. Magnesium supplements are thought to increase insulin production in older people with type 2 diabetes.

Mistletoe
Animal studies suggest that mistletoe can stimulate insulin secretion from pancreatic cells, which might decrease glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

Onion
Onion contains allyl-propyl-disulphide (APDS), and certain flavonoids, such as quercetin (see below). APDS has been shown to prolong the effect of insulin and stimulate insulin production as well, thereby improving glucose control.

Psyllium
The fiber in psyllium may improve blood glucose in some diabetics.

Quercetin
Quercetin can help diabetics by reducing levels of sorbitol—a sugar that accumulates in nerves, kidneys and eyes of type 2 diabetics.

Vanadium
Vanadium is an element that, in preliminary studies, helped improve blood glucose levels in diabetic animals. When humans with type 2 diabetes were given Vanadium, a decrease in insulin resistance was noted.

Vitamin B1, B6, B7, B12
These vitamins are thought to be deficient in diabetics with neuropathy (nerve damage). Supplementation has been associated with improvement in related pain.

Taking Vitamin B7, also called Biotin, for two months dropped fasting glucose levels significantly in some patients.

Vitamin C
Like Quercetin, vitamin C may reduce levels of sorbitol (see above). Also, 500 mg of Vitamin C twice a day decreases loss of protein in the urine in diabetics. High levels of protein in the urine are associated with poor outcomes among those with glucose issues.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is needed to maintain normal blood levels of insulin. The cells that produce insulin in the pancreas have receptors that accept vitamin D, suggesting that supplements might help improve sugar control.

Zinc
People with type 2 diabetes are often zinc-deficient; adding some through the diet or supplements may correct the deficit.

The above list doesn’t take into account some techniques that aren’t associated with ingesting a substance, such as yoga and acupuncture. These methods are valid options, as is strict attention to diet, exercise, and lifestyle. All these can be incorporated as a component of a holistic approach to diabetes. Again, you can expect the effectiveness of alternative modalities to vary greatly from person to person.

You might be surprised to hear my belief that, in a true survival scenario, the condition of some type 2 diabetics may not worsen and, indeed, might even improve. The restrictions that we’ll see in our diet and the increased physical exertion necessary for activities of daily survival may have a positive effect, at least from a glucose standpoint.

By Joe Alton, MD, of www.doomandbloom.net
Co-Author, The Survival Medicine Handbook

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Joe and Amy Alton are the authors of the 3 category #1 Amazon Bestseller “The Survival Medicine Handbook.  See their articles in Backwoods Home, Survival Quarterly, and other great magazines. For over 600 articles on medical preparedness in wilderness, disaster, or other austere settings, go to their website at www.doomandbloom.net. The opinions voiced by Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. are their own and are not meant to take the place of seeking medical help from a qualified healthcare provider.


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The Final Word

Diabetes is often referred to as the silent killer because the symptoms can mimic other ailments or simply be ignored.  My recommendation is that you educate yourself relative to those symptoms and of necessary, have your health care provider perform a simple blood sugar test.  If diagnosed, consider incorporating some of these natural remedies into your daily routine and continue to monitor your progress.

As I like to say, knowledge is power, and knowing how to control diabetes with natural remedies  could become a lifesaver down the road.  Thinking out loud, many of the remedies listed above are quite commonplace; it simply makes sense to stockpile a few for the long term.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight Item:  THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HANDBOOK, by Joe and Amy Alton, is a guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way. 

It is written from the non-medical professional and assumes that no hospital or doctor is available in the aftermath of a catastrophic event.  It covers skills such as performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound. This medical reference belongs in every survival library.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here are links to items related to today’s article plus many of the items referenced in Fast Track Tip #10: 8 Uncommon First Aid Items as well as some other useful first-aid items.

One Second After:  For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared. It is a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war based upon an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) used as a weapon.  It could happen.  If you have not read this book, you really should.

New-Skin Liquid Bandage, First Aid Liquid Antiseptic:  I have been using New Skin for years.  It is an antiseptic, invisible, flexible, and waterproof.  It works.

Super Glue  – The Original: This is the original Super Glue brand.  This works a lot like the liquid bandage above in that you apply it to the wound and when it’s dry, it will hold the cut together. Also check out Krazy Glue or Gorilla Brand Super Glue.

First Voice Self-Adherent Stretch Bandage (Pack of 10):  I first learned about self-adhesive bandages when my dog came home from the vet such a bandage wrapped around his leg.  A light went off telling me I needed to add some to my first-aid kit.  And so I did.  This is a fantastic price and rivals the price at the farm supply.

Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.

Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.

Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There is No Doctor:  This is a fantastic book from fellow blogger, Cat Ellis.  In it you will learn that natural remedies are not voodoo but rather, natures way of healing without the use of toxic chemicals and additives.  Highly recommended.

Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival:  Whether you are miles from help or immersed in an urban disaster situation, every second counts during a medical emergency. This book will help you take quick, effective action to stabilize the situation. One of the best things about this book (other than the information, of course) is it’s size.  It is small enough to keep in your bug-out-bag and also in your first aid kit.

Spark Naturals Essential Oils: I use essential oils from Spark Naturals exclusively.  They are high quality yet reasonably priced.  In addition, there are no membership fees and a distributor relationship is not necessary to get best pricing. Interested in checking them out? Backdoor Survival readers get a 10% discount by using coupon code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout!

LifeStraw Personal Water FilterThe Amazon Top Ten Most Wanted Survival and Outdoor Items Backdoor Survival:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.

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For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.

This month is the annual “Harvest Sale” with exceptional values fruits, veggies,and gear that will help you get through winter power outages.

Since I just purchased some dairy products, I thought I would mention that Instant Nonfat Dry Fortified Milk is on sale for 27% off.  Milk is perfect for the prepper pantry because it delivers protein and is also good to use when preparing those oats that you store.  Another good choice is Yoders Canned Bacon at 17% off.  If you like bacon, you are going to love this!

Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials

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Amazon has a feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are ‘wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are.  All you need to do is select the category from the left hand side of the screen.

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Front Porch Friday November 6th

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Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

Mama Kautz and The Rural Economist bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

Gregg’s pick this week is 3 Ingredient Natural Toothpaste by Taylor Made Ranch. I am always looking for natural replacements for things we use everyday. 

Katey loves this Livestock First Aide Kit by Oak Hill Homestead. Even though we are down to chickens and our dog, Ruger.

Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really enjoy reading your posts!

  • Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature.
  • Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok.
  • Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love.
  • Older posts are okay, but please only share on the Hop once.
  • If you would like to be featured I ask that you have linked back to this post
  • By linking up here you are giving permission to share your post, if featured.

 

Mama Kautz

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Thank you for using affiliate links and such.
It doesn’t cost you extra to use them, so thank you.
Sometimes I get free stuff to review.
I promise you I will always be honest with my opinion
of any product regardless of if I were paid in addition
to receiving the free product. You can trust me.
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Do you need Essential Oils of your own?
You can send me an e-mail and I will personally assist
you in choosing the best oils to fit your needs.
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Please use discretion if using oils.
I am not a doctor and can not diagnose or treat what ails ya.
I can just give my advice. Essential Oils have yet to be
approved by the FDA.
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