5th Anniversary 11/11/15

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The table is nearly set.

And you have a formal invitation to join us on 11/11/15 as we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the first use of the #SMEM hashtag (which stands for Social Media in Emergency Management).


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The table is nearly set.

And you have a formal invitation to join us on 11/11/15 as we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the first use of the #SMEM hashtag (which stands for Social Media in Emergency Management).


Steve Jobs-quotes

Convert Your Lawn into a High-Yield Food Forest

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Over the last decade, I’ve helped convert multiple liabilities into assets that grant returns on a level stock brokers would envy.

The liability: a typical lawn.

The asset: a high-yielding food forest.

Why is a lawn a “liability?”

It’s something you pour labor, water, fertilizer, and gas into (hopefully not literally, though burning fire ant hills with gasoline is entertaining… must… resist…) in order to keep neat… and in return, it gives you nothing but inedible grass. And sometimes chinch bugs.

An asset pays you for your investment.

For example, what’s the return on a mature pear tree? Perhaps 100—200lbs of fruit per year?

What is a pear worth — maybe a dollar or so?

$100 – $200 worth of fruit… every year… is a great yield for a tree that originally cost about $25 at a nursery!

If that tree takes up about 400 square feet of your property, that’s a nice yield on the space.

What would 400 square feet of grass pay you over the course of a year?

Nothing. In fact, at $10 per mow, you’re probably paying a kid over $250 just to maintain it.

When you go further than just planting one tree, and instead plant a big edible forest ecosystem filled with fruits, nuts, roots, and greens – you can turn a non-productive space into a veritable food factory.

I did that with my front lawn. Here’s a “before” picture:


And here’s an “after” photo of the same space:


In that piece of abundant jungle there are mulberries, plums, chestnuts, oranges, persimmons, arrowroot, cassava, black cherry, loquats, figs, pecans, nectarines, peaches, perennial basil, Mexican tree spinach, wildflowers, sweet potatoes, jujubes, African yams, and more butterflies and bees than you can count… plus many more plant and insect species that would take too long to catalog.

It took me five years to build that food forest — and that’s only 1/3 of the complete system (and I have a lot of annual gardens out back).

Unlike a traditional orchard, a food forest is easier to tend and has excellent yields due to its diversity of species. The bad bugs get eaten by the good ones and diseases won’t spread like they do in traditional systems. And you can basically prune with a string trimmer and a machete.

I don’t miss my mower, I can tell you that.

And I love picking fresh figs, tangerines, herbs and lots more from the front yard. There’s always something new in every season.

That said — my home and food forest are up for sale right now (click here to see lots of pictures and my listing page) because I’ve got another opportunity to do it again in another climate and I can’t turn it down. You can also see what I’ve built here in Central Florida in this recent tour video:

Creating a food forest seems like a huge task the first time you do it, but over time it gets easier and easier. You start to see the patterns behind the trees and their interactions. You know when they’re going to be happy and when they won’t be. And you learn what works and what doesn’t. As the trees grow and sink their roots into the soil, they become less and less demanding on your time as well… and they feed you like a king!

My challenge to you is this: pick one little piece of your lawn and transform it into a long-term investment. Plant 1-3 fruit trees and surround them with some edible shrubs, some flowers, and a few perennial vegetables. Mulch the area and keep it watered as needed for the first few years.

The productivity and beauty of that little island should cure you of your grass addiction. I fell in love a decade ago and will never go back.

The cost of food isn’t likely to go down as The Great Depression 2.0 rolls on… and gas isn’t getting cheaper… and the stock market is primed for a crash… and you can probably name a half-dozen more reasons why growing your own food makes sense.

Turn your liabilities into assets by turning your lawn into a food forest — and reap the sweet rewards!


Weekend chores,a killing mulch and holiday bazaars

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I cut up enough mill ends to fill/top off 6 of the 18 gallon buckets for the front porch. One wagon load of the regular wood topped off the small wood “rick” on the porch. I have to say I really like the wood I bought this year as it burns clean, without all the ash of the elm I burned last year.  I can see that we might run out of mill ends this winter from the first load I bought over two years ago.    I was not happy with the first mill end delivery that had lot’s of trash, weeds and needed to be cut to fit a wood stove .  I think the old boy selling mill ends  expected to dump his load and drive away. I will buy more mill ends next year as they are great for starting a hot and fast fire in the wood stove. But I will make sure I have the wood storage area set up for all types of wood. I don’t want have to cut the wood if I don’t have to cut it up. I will have the tools on hand to cut the wood if needed, but I don’t want to have to cut the wood in order to burn it. I have one more cord of wood to be delivered from Mom’s wood guys this week and I need to trim/prune the trees this week after the wind starts dying down.  While I can’t heat the house with what wood trimmings I get from my yard, I’m a little surprised by how much wood is available via trimming and pruning my trees.

My walnut trees seem to lead the way in fall and I’m trying something a bit different with all those leaves. Walnut leaves extrude a compound that is a plant killer. It’s about the tree eliminating any competition for minerals, and water around the tree base.  I have read many gardening sites that warn about adding walnut leaves to a compost pile or using walnut tree leaves to protect plants in fall/winter.
Walnut leaves sound like a great “killer mulch” for weedy areas like my alley garden. While the walnut leaf will inhibit growth, it will not stop strong plants nor kill off good microbes or insects. For my test of the killer walnut leaves, I have made a layer of 4-6 inches thick in front of my RV in the alley way. I hope this layer of leaves will kill off any goatheads/ puncture vine and cheat grass.

Next spring if the “killer mulch” works I will need to add plants I like to take the place of all the nasty weeds I killed out.  So far the sunchoke plants are doing great and I noticed sunflowers really grow well in the alley. I like the mossy rose as a basic ground cover and it seemed to do well in the wood mulched beds. I think some berry plants might work in the alley with a trellis and planting them in big tubs to limit spreading.  My flowering kale is still growing this fall and is getting bigger through frost warnings and other weather stuff. The kale is in the front beds of the house are somewhat protected via the house walls, and  I added some straw mulch to the front beds.

I like going to Holiday bazaars and hitting new thrift shops. I added 2 new flat sheets via Deseret industries for only $7.00. I got cookies but I think I like the Methodist cookies better than the Presbyterians cookies.

You should think about the how/ why and what you are storing for food. While I can’t quantify a fall in quality of any food item I’d like you to think about why you buy and store items you use and rotate.  We preppers know we should rotate everything but some times we drop the ball, or at least I drop the ball from time to time.

Store Coffee, Tea and soda for the Caffeine kick.  I don’t seem to suffer from caffeine withdrawal, I  saw it a lot in the Army and the “migraine” is close/ worse than to a dehydration headache. I ‘m not telling you to buy green coffee beans for storage . I want you to ask yourself how much ground coffee you have stored? and is enough for your “emergency”?   Basic coffee cans will store ground coffee for 24-36 months. I know as I have used 3 year old coffee that tasted great. So do you need to store/ buy green coffee beans? Unless you have  stock piled at least two years worth of coffee and a few small cans for barter and rotate your coffee cans. If you have 2 years worth of coffee on hand and rotate and suspect we might face a disaster in the 3-7 year time frame. I would recommend buying green coffee beans.

Priorities will change and things people will demand stuff of the government or the local central power, it will be interesting to watch. I think you should stock up now for a year + on all basic goods,  but is up to you. I would not buy green coffee beans until you have stored at least 24 months (rotating) of ground coffee and have another 3- 6 small cans on hand for barter.  Plus all green coffee needs to be roasted and the smell/aroma can be quite pungent.

Things might be simple but it does not mean anything will be easy. You will have trade offs on what you want to accomplish.

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 5 “Now”

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

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What Is The Definition of Local?

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What is local? Is there one definitive definition? The Canadian government defines it as anything within the province or within 50km of the province’s border.

Did you know the the food on the average North American plate has traveled an incredible 1500 miles? That’s average, which means that much of it has come from much farther away. Let us take a moment and look at the different categories.

What is local eating? Locavores eat food that is local, but what is it?

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Make Your Own MREs: Here’s How

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Whether you’re a military spouse or you just like to camp, you’ve probably heard of Meal Ready to Eat, or MREs.

I had always heard about MREs but never knew quite what they were until our commissary had a bunch on sale. They were around $7 per pack and included a day’s worth of food. Things like cheese, meat, crackers, and a dessert-ish substance were included in the pack.

Of course, I had to buy a bunch.

None of them were very good.

The uneaten MREs sat in our pantry until we moved, at which point I decided to put the poor packages out of their misery and toss them in the trash.

Needless to say, I’m not a huge fan of MREs.

They aren’t all bad. MREs last ages and you can actually find some with edible food items that really aren’t awful. You can find these at camping stores and at commissaries. Sometimes Army surplus stores will carry them, as well.

They really are fantastic when it comes to emergency prepping. If you’re stranded in the middle of the woods or your entire house is destroyed except for your prepper pantry, you’ll certainly be happy to have the food.

But not all MREs are created equal, and if you have kids, you may find that they flat-out refuse to eat what’s inside a standard MRE.

This is where creating your own comes in.

If you have little kids, creating your own MREs ensures that you’re set when a disaster strikes. My kids aren’t horribly picky, but they are choosy when it comes to certain items. Making my own MREs is a little bit of work and requires some planning, but is worth it because I know that when we need the food, I’m not going to be fighting my kids to actually eat what’s inside.

Before you run to the grocery store…

There are a few things you should know about choosing MRE-friendly food.

First, choose food you’ve actually eaten before. Emergency situations suck. Kids don’t always deal well with trauma, which means the last thing they’re going to want to do is try new food. Make sure you either buy food you know that your kids will eat or buy food your kids can test out ahead of time. Maybe even make a couple of extra “sample” MREs. You can put a few in storage for future emergencies and have a few out to snack on with your kids. Remember that storing food is useless if no one wants to eat it.

Next, stick to foods that are healthy. Processed candy will certainly store for a long time, but is it worth it? You don’t need to be dealing with sugar highs or cavities during the zombie apocalypse or a tornado watch. Choose dried fruits, nuts, and other familiar foods. While most storeable food does have a lot of sodium, it’s kind of a trade off, at least for my family.

Finally, don’t be afraid to choose ingredients, rather than entire meals. My favorite? Peanut butter. Try to always keep some fresh fruit on hand in your house. You can pair peanut butter with apples or bananas for easy snacks. If you have bread available, you can make peanut butter sandwiches. You can even eat peanut butter with a spoon. (Did I really just say that? Oh yeah, I think I did. #Noregrets.) A lot of preppers think you can only eat food you’ve stored, but that’s simply not true. Having extra peanut butter available will, however, ensure that you’re able to enjoy some of your fresh food during emergencies, as well.

photo credit: Velvet Peanut Butter via photopin (license)

Consider how you’ll store your MREs…

Once you’ve assembled some MRE food, you’ll need to determine how you’re going to store everything. While some preppers will seal their food up for the best storage life, not everyone can do this. (Whether due to financial reasons or you simply don’t want to invest in a product to seal up your food, I get it.)

There are three main options for easily and simply storing your MREs. You can separate each meal using plastic or metal lunchbox containers, plastic zippered baggies, or glass canning jars. Obviously, canning jars are probably going to be the most eco-friendly method of storing, but the way you choose to store your items is going to depend on your intentions.

For example, if you want bug-out-bag MREs, zippered baggies is probably going to be the best way since they take up little space and you won’t have to worry about your kids breaking glass canning jars while you’re on the go. If you want something to have at home, however, canning jars offer a simple way to store MREs in your cupboard in a neat, organized fashion.

No matter what your goals are for making your own MREs, it’s possible to store up on food simply and inexpensively. Most importantly, making your own MREs means that when SHTF, your kids will actually eat the foot you have on hand.


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After The Ammunition Runs Out

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How Long Will The Ammunition Last

Let us now take a walk into a possible future with reality as the paving stones down this path of thought…

Many preppers store lots of firearms and ammunition. I am not free from this rightful practice of defensive and hunting purposes. Although firearms are the top tool for self-defense and acquiring meat for the table, it is not realistic to consider them as long-tern tools if the shit hits the fan. Your first and foremost tools in this regard must be your mental ability to make other defensive and hunting tools, as well as having a fit, strong, and capable body.

By capable, I mean that you have some level of fighting skill in hand to hand combat. Whether you have wrestling, submission, or striking and kicking skills, you should have something to bring to a possible conflict where no firearms are available. Having a solid depth of fighting skills, with weapons making and using abilities, is the best level of capacity you should set as a goal if you are a serious prepper.

I cannot find a way to say this nicely, because living in the delusion that you can be fat, unhealthy, and have lots of firearms and ammunition to live through SHTF, is a death sentence you have imposed on yourself. If you do not prepare your body as a defensive tool and weapon, and continue to depend on something like firearms and ammunition that can fail and run out, then you are preparing for a painful death or slavery when they are no longer available.

How long will they last after a possible collapse of infrastructure and main supply lines? That depends on where you live, how well you have prepped in this regard, and number of shots needed over a certain period of time. If you live way out in the backwoods, your ammunition should last longer than someone near highly populated areas where someone will be fighting battles daily until most people have died and the ammunition runs out.

When that comes to pass, only the strongest, most cunning, and highly skilled fighters will continue on without assistance and protection from other people. Some of these more capable people will rule over the weak or trade their services for precious metals or some sort of favor. If you cannot defend yourself, then you will basically be someone else’s bitch, to say it plainly and realistically to suit these times we live in now. If that sentence offends you in some way, wait until it becomes your reality, as it is for some people in cultures around the world right now, at this very moment. If you are female, then this should serve to motivate you. Fear is a great motivator.

This is just another area that physical fitness, internal health through appropriate eating habits, and combat training comes into play with respect to overall preparedness. I have had contact in person and here on the internet with many preppers in the past few years, and one thing seems to be common, with respect to a serious dysfunction of preparedness. That is that preppers want the easy way. The majority of preppers are going to die in the aftermath of SHTF, because they prepared in the easiest and laziest way, with very little depth of ability in the physical realm of reality.

Of course stock every single defensive tool you can acquire, but also prepare your first and foremost one, which is your body. Make it strong through physical training. You’ll also need endurance in a real face to face battle in hand to hand combat. Eat healthy with regards to nutrition, rather than just calories, and do the same with what you store in your preps. All health and cellular development, along with building a strong immune system, starts with what goes into your manufacturing plant. They receiving dock is your mouth and stomach area. Eat crap, build crap.

Get to a martial arts center of any kind or get with a friend to show you how to fight hand to hand. Train together with your wife, friends, and group. Why the hell not? Are you a prepper for real or just for show and to belong to some kind of club. If you look out into the future if the shit hits the fan, and you see people baking cakes and laughing together, you are not looking into reality. Snap yourself back and get busy readying yourself to kick some ass and defend yourself, your loved ones, and your rightful property.

Obama: We Do Not Expect Harmful Radiation to Reach the USA Mainland, Hawaii, or Guam

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And then he left with his family on an unplanned trip to South America, with GE CEO Geoffrey Emmelt.   Hmmmmmmmm.   Watch this.
we are bringing all available resources to bear….our 50 mile evacuation is based on careful scientific evaluation”. Jackzo was later sacked in his job. 10 to 1 he got a pension from US.

Organizing Everything With Totes

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Since we are organizing everything and getting prepared to move we are repacking anything that we have into Rubbermaid Roughneck Tote.  They have been a huge help. They hold a lot of things. The items inside are protected a lot better than just being in a box. I have gotten the boxes for the donation pile and the Rubbermaid Roughneck Tote are for the stuff that we are keeping. These pack easy together and really help with the decluttering.  Stack them in the closet, shed, or wherever and they will stack to the ceiling.

Podcast-Unprecedented Persecution Coming-Prepare Now-Pt2-Bob Griswold

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


Ready Made Resources is a trusted name in the prepper community, because they’ve been around for 18 years. They offer great prices on Night Vision, water filtration, long term storage food, solar energy components and provide free technical service. Get ready for an uncertain future at ReadyMadeResources.com!

In The Days of Noah, Book Three: Perdition, a global empire arises  from the ashes of the world that was. The emerging order is unified by a new global currency and a single world religion which are mandated by an imposed UN treaty.  Noah Parker’s family refuses to take the IMF implant required for buying and selling in the new  system, and are hunted down like common criminals for daring to resist the state. Noah will have to rely on faith and wits to endure the powers of darkness which are quickly consuming the earth.


Cati Armor offers affordable body armor including level III trauma plates made of AR-500 steel which can endure multiple rounds from pistols and rifles up to 7.62 NATO. There plates are available with Rhino Linings coating to reduce spall.


I use JM Bullion because they have the lowest over-spot price of any dealer I have found for silver and gold bullion. JM Bullion now offers free shipping on every order!

God bless and happy prepping!


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Video: EoTech & AR15 Carbine POV Shooting

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I realize this will not be the most exciting video ever watched but for those that do not understand the benefit of a holographic optic it is very telling.

I waited a long time before spending the money on a high-dollar EoTech 552 and have never looked back. For close-to-medium ranges it is phenomenal. It offers super fast target acquisition and super rugged. There are other similar optics out there some costing more – some costing less.

Check out this 4 minute video demonstrating a POV display while shooting.









Saltwater Desalinator

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An optional endless fresh water source?

Should our city utility infrastructure fail because of earthquakes or worse through terrorist destruction of municipal water well fields, we will quickly need to find a new source of fresh, clean drinking water to survive. If you own your own well it’s not a problem, but for city people who rely on the city water it is a big problem as they will have to find fresh water and haul it home.
If like myself and you live just a few steps to saltwater or if you own a 25 foot or larger boat kept at a dock in saltwater you’ll easily have all the raw saltwater needed to make fresh water from using a Desalinator.

On my blog list I follow a couple full time sailboat cruisers, a great bug out vehicle by the way! I never gave much thought as to where they get all their fresh water from except they could go ashore and fill 5 gallon jugs from the marinas, or springs or have the boats fresh water tank filled at a marina. However small, island marinas would concern me because they may not take seriously the necessary steps to provide safe, bacteria and bug free water.

Thanks to the blog ‘Zero to Cruising’ who is selling the catamaran, which I’d love to own, they listed the inventory of all items going with the boat. Reading that list is where I saw the Saltwater Desalinator used on their boat listed!

I never gave a Desalinator much Survival thought mostly because I never needed one and never knew anyone who uses one until recently. I thought they would be huge in physical size and cost a lot of money to produce enough water to be worth while.

If you live on a bug out boat used in saltwater or live close to ocean saltwater here’s a survival option, a Desalinator.

The photo below is of the Desalinator installed in the catamaran ‘Zero to Cruising’. This size makes 3.4 gallons of fresh water an hour, runs on 12 volts and is compact in size. This model may seem a bit pricey at $5,000.00 but to have all the fresh water you need it’s a deal.

15 Terrifying Truths About Long-Term Disasters

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No matter what the next long-term disaster is, one thing is for certain: survival will be everyone’s primary objective. And unfortunately for many people, survival will be very difficult. The sad reality is that the vast majority of people are woefully unprepared for a long-term disaster. And one of the […]

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Do the Elites Want Controlled Rebellion?

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“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” – Vladimir Lenin Here’s a wild theory of mine that the elite “want” a controlled rebellion/anarchy/civil…

Terrorist Training Camps in America… Is this true?

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I’m not convinced of the reliability of this source, but a friend told me about this article and video: http://conservativepapers.com/news/2013/05/07/is-there-a-muslim-terrorist-training-camp-near-you/

Probably many of you have watched this video before.  I’m more curious about whether this video is just smoke and mirrors or if the information is factual.  How would one personally verify the existence of such camps?  Making videos like this is pretty easy.  It is easy to gather footage from various sources and put them in whatever context the assembler desires.
I’ve seen other such videos (like the FEMA camp thing) which I think are totally fake (we’ve also had a reader claim to have visited many of the FEMA sites and couldn’t find any evidence of camps).
Videos like the one above can be a great wake-up call, but they can also be very dangerous if they are faked.  Suspiciously missing from videos like this are the exact location of any camps.  Without even one precise location, how could anybody verify any of this?
Now… do I believe there are terrorist camps in the USA?  Yes.  Do I believe that homegrown terrorism is a real threat?  Absolutely.  Do I believe that there is some truth in this video?  Yes.
The issue I have with many videos I’ve seen like this one is the dramatic effect and spin that is thrown into them.  Someone getting to the simple truth would not need to add dramatic music (playing on the emotional psyche).  A good journalist will also present information that is verifiable.
Please don’t take me the wrong way.  I do believe that there are terrorist training camps in the USA.  But, I highly doubt that this organization (or any other for that matter) has any idea where these camps are located.  Don’t believe everything you see on YouTube.
Is this video 100%, or even 90%, true and accurate?  I have no idea.

Dana Durnford — Anti-Nuclear Activist Can Get 10 Years in Jail, Charged Under the “Stalking” Law

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I wrote a story about Durnford’s arrest at the request of Kenny Boy Buessler of Wood’s Hole (so called scientists reporting on Pacific Ocean Radiation)

It was picked up by some big aggregators, some gave a link back to my site, but copied the article in whole and verbatim.    Others just copied the article, as if they wrote it.    Pretty annoying.

some websites didn’t steal the information, they launched on their own great research and reporting….I’ll detail them below.   But first, really important information.


A strange title for an article that shows in depth, how Ken Buessler of Woods Hole and Jay Cullen are both highly connected and funded by the nuclear industry.

They are getting a lot of governmental funding, and in the case of WHOI, foreign partnerships-funding, including the University of Tokyo! Of course, Jay Cullen’s funding source frequently “partners” with Cameco, which co-owns a major, newly opened, uranium mine with TEPCO at Cigar Lake. (See details at bottom of page). Remember TEPCO? TEPCO is owner-operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. It is worth noting that Ken Buessler’s dissertation focused on plutonium testing. And, yet, his current focus appears to be on Cesium

Some of the Incredible Lies of Cullen are detailed in this post by Richard Wilcox, PhD in “activist Post” a great site I just discovered today.


Listen…as Jay Cullen’s lies and deceptions are exposed by Dana [Durnford], starting at 16 minutes into [the video linked below]. Jay Cullen goes so far as to say that Fukushima had NO meltdowns, no meltouts, no spent fuel pool fires and that radiation in the ocean is 1,000 times BELOW the ‘natural’ levels. In other words, Fukushima was a non event, and nothing happened there; no radiation was released AT ALL. 

RobG –had this to say at ENENEWS
November 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm · Reply   

West Aussie, let’s take Dana Durnford, who as we all know was recently arrested.

Durnford uses the links provided on ENENews as his primary source of information, and the nuke brigade AND governments are well aware of this.

For a number of years now there’s been a very sophisticated troll operation on ENENews. What I mean by that is that some posters don’t appear to be trolls, but if you look at their posting history it’s obvious that there’s a hidden agenda going on.

Good propaganda is very subtle. It’s not obvious. Which is why, for example, the UK Guardian newspaper still fools many people into thinking that it’s on the left/liberal side of politics, when the reality is that the Guardian is a corporate controlled entity pumping out subliminal right wing crap. The entire MSM now does this.


Your proposition that on boards like this “we are among the enemy at all time” is quite correct.

To counter the propaganda barrage I would say to genuine posters, keep posting; keep putting the truth out there.

We will beat these vermin eventually, and Dana’s coming trial is going to be a crucial moment in this. His first court appearance is on 18th November.

Watch this space…
and this interesting post

invisible ELEphant in the room

The more I think about Dana Durnford’s case, the less sense it makes.

Why did Durnford choose to criticize Canadians when he lives in Canada?

If he would have gone after people that live in another country that would have given him several layers of protection, legally and logistically speaking.

Why did Durnford have to slander ANYONE?

He’s got the overwhelming facts on his side in a slam-dunk case. Slander helps nothing and it only puts you in danger. Slander makes you look bad and it accomplishes nothing.
Why did Durnford have to resort to death threats or anything like that at all?
There was no reason for that whatsoever. Plus, it’s a despicable thing to do. Again, it makes you look bad and it accomplishes nothing..
Why didn’t Durnford heed the warnings sent via YouTube?
When a bunch of his videos were taken down by YouTube several months ago, Durnford should have seen that as a warning shot. This is a war we’re engaged in. If Durnford were leading a military with the strategy he’s used recently, he would have led his men to slaughter and total defeat…just as he himself is on the verge of.
I think he has been his own worst enemy in many ways. He may have just cracked and lost touch with reality.
I replied
Are you implying that we should criticize anyone in our own country?

Lots of people get YouTube videos taken down…are you implying that if one of us gets a YouTube video taken down that we should stand down our efforts and go cower in the corner?

Are you saying that Durnford’s action scuttled our actions, put us at risk….we should be mad at him then, right?    We should not support him, we should disown him.

Is that what you are implying?     Because I don’t agree with any of those

stock out.

The TPP A Sound Bite Summary Of Why This Is a Horrible “Law”

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stock here: the TPP [Tran-Pacific Partnership] will have incredible negative effects to the average person or small to medium business. 

2 items I wish to point out—[and plenty of other awful things].

1) the TPP can be used to force USA to import radiation contaminated foods, without even knowing that we are doing so.  

2) The TPP will reduce the ability of existing health programs to try to make drug costs go down. 

The only good way to search the whole TPP is through this tool that was nicely created by The Washington Post.    You have to scroll down a bit to get to the search box.   Note that “Radiation” is not even mentioned in the TPP although Food is extensively mentioned, as well as Fish.


From Washingtons Blog

Under the TPP, corporations will be able to appeal the laws of nations to 3-member panels of arbitrators, with one arbitrator chosen by them and a second agreed to by both them and the nation whose laws they are seeking to overturn. See the chapter on “investment,” for how this works. It means that a foreign oil or mining corporation, for example, could overrule a U.S. environmental law by appealing to 2 out of 3 corporate lawyers on a secret panel.

The TPP puts a large number of disastrous policies in place without waiting for corporate arbitration. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy would be required to approve any applications to export liquefied “natural” gas — meaning more fracking, more destruction of the earth’s climate, more profits for those who’ve been writing this treaty in secret for years, but not more sustainability, environmental protection, or even U.S. energy “independence.”

The TPP would lower U.S. tariffs to zero while keeping Vietnam’s, for example, in place, which — along with no meaningful or enforceable labor standards — will encourage U.S. corporations to move even more jobs abroad to low-wage and even slave labor. The Obama Administration reported on slavery in Malaysia, then altered Malaysia’s ranking in order to allow its participation in the TPP. This race to the bottom would lower U.S. wages without encouraging better practices abroad.

“According to an initial analysis published in the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. market access concessions alone will increase the U.S. trade deficit in manufactured goods and autos and auto parts by more than $55 billion dollars resulting in the loss of more than 330,000 jobs.” —Public Citizen
The TPP could require the United States to import food that doesn’t meet U.S. safety standards. Any U.S. food safety rule on pesticides, labeling, or additives that is higher than international standards could be challenged as an “illegal trade barrier.” [stock here —-radiation and heavy metals!]

The TPP would threaten provisions included in Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans’ health programs to make medicines more affordable, as well as domestic patent and drug-pricing laws.

The TPP is broader and more encompassing than NAFTA, and weakens rather than strengthening NAFTA’s weak protections for labor and the environment. Barack Obama campaigned on substantially reforming NAFTA in those regards. Instead, he’s now proposing the worst of NAFTA on steroids.

Decluttering – My Prep This Week!

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See this huge pile of boxes? I covered it to try and hide it. It is everything from bedrooms. My goal this week is to cut this pile by half! The boxes in front right are empty to help me repack and sort. Decluttering is a great prep for us right now. I am on hunt for some land and then a truck and camper! Need to get down to where everything we own can fit in a full-sized truck! It is hardest with all the homeschool items, but we are doing it! Feels good!

Sean Oliver Lists A Great Set Of Nuclear and Radiation Information Sources

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OK “greenthinker”, Here goes>

Wait stock here—-hey man you forgot Nukepro!

















OK THEN! That should keep you busy for about a half a minute!

The reason I say that is because instead of going through this little bit of material and becoming enlightened, I suspect you will ignore it and continue to feed me your mentally ill excuses as to why it is I am so unworthy and you are the mental genius you think you are.

Hay Bale Gardening: How To Grow Your Own Veggies Without Fertilizer And Weed-Free

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I’ve been really into gardening lately, trying to find the best techniques and methods for growing fruit or veggies with as little effort or resources as possible. One method that really caught my attention was the straw bale method, a method that is based on planting into straw bales rather than in the ground. You prepare the bales thoroughly and that’s pretty much it. It’s cheap, requires very little care as the method is not pretentious at all and another bonus is that the plants are raised above ground level, which puts them out of the reach of various critters that could take a liking in whatever it is you planted. And not only that, picking the plants will from the straw bales, will be a lot easier than picking them from the ground.  The seemed perfect, but only until I stumbled across the alternative: the HAY bale gardening method, which made the straw bale method seem less appealing all of a sudden.

Hay bale gardening vs. straw bale gardening

For those of you who have very little to do with gardening, there is a major difference between the two. Straw bales are usually comprised from cereal crops stalks (corn, wheat, oat, rye, barley etc.). It’s mostly used for bedding livestock, and apart from carbon, it has no real nutritional value. It’s not inefficient as a surface for growing plants, but it will require regular watering and fertilizers to get the job done. Hay on the other hand, it’s nothing but rich grasses that are mainly a source of rich and
nutritious food for cattle during cold periods (winter time), when the fields are empty. They are filled with nutrients and minerals like nitrogen, potassium, phosphates etc. that vegetables require to grow. It’s exactly this natural cocktail of minerals and nutrients that require no additional fertilizing methods when it comes to hay bale gardening. Hay also holds water more efficiently than straw due to its density and chemical structure. So a hay bale garden requires watering once a day, whereas a straw bale garden will require watering 3 times a day.

Getting started

The first thing you’ll need to start your very own hay bale garden is getting your hands on hay bales. If you have nobody to turn to in your vicinity that could sell or give you the hay bales, you can always go on the internet and find farmers that have hay bales for sale. Once they’re delivered to you, pick a spot to your liking (preferably in your garden) and set them as you see fit. Next you’ll need to prepare the hay bales for the planting process. What’ll you’ll need is some 42-0-0 or even better, some nitrogen. You’ll treat the bales with nitrogen for 5 days; the nitrogen will break down bacteria, fungi and insects into nutritious compost that will serve as “fuel” for your growing plants. If you’re not that keen on spending money on nitrogen or fertilizers, you can just pee on the hay bales for the 5-day period; pee is rich in nitrogen and it’ll get the job done just as efficiently. However, the daily dose of pee a person produces will not be enough for this endeavor, so I suggest you start saving your pee in bottles or containers.

The preparation of the bales will be done over a period of 10 days total before planting. In the uneven days, the bales will be treated with half-a-cup of nitrogen and sprayed with water. During the even days of the 10 day period, the bales will be watered only.

During this process, the temperature inside the hay bales will rise dramatically, most likely to 120°F – 140°F. Although is very unlikely that the bales will simply catch fire, the risk still exists. So water the bales regularly I order to avoid any unwanted incidents. When the “ordeal” is over, the temperature will subside, from how to warm. Once this happens, you can start planting your vegetables. Just add regular seeds, water the hay garden once a day and you’ll be able to pick the fruits of your labor in no time.

Accurate temperature readings using a professional thermometer


Professional tips

  1. The bales should be tightly bound if you want them to hold. Synthetic twine works great and hold the hay bales together just fine during the growing season.
  2. A single bale of hay will hold about two tomato plants, two pumpkin hill, 3 cauliflower plants or 3 broccoli plants; plants cover the same amount of space in the bales as they do in the ground.

  1. Growing tall plants (sunflower, corn etc.) is not advised, as hay bales do not offer such plants the support they need. If you won’t provide these types of plants with a stacking system, they’ll most probably fall over.
  2. You shouldn’t water the bales more than two times a day. There is no danger of drowning the plants, because the water will evaporate quickly; the hay bales will not get drenched like soil would.

This method is very interesting and it seems to give great results even for the rookies. You don’t need much to get started. Just a minimum investment and the will power to get things done. If you’re looking for a cheap and fast alternative to gardening, look no further: hay bale gardening is the way.


By Alec Deacon



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Putin wars & the dark side!

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Putin wars: the dark side strikes back
Matthew Gilman “The Collapse Experiment

PutinThe week on the collapse experiment, a Russian airliner crashed into the Sinai desert in Egypt. All 224 people on board were killed. The initial reports said the plane broke up while in flight leading investigators to believe it was a terrorist act. After investigating the scene there was evidence found showing a bomb did go off in the plane. Plus, ISIS released a video taking credit for the downed plane and calling it revenge against Putin.

In Syria the OPCW (Organization for the Proliferation of Chemical Weapons) has found mustard gas was used in Syria back in August by ISIS. A battle was being fought against a rebel group in the area and ISIS used mortar rounds to dispense the gas. Civilians suffered breathing problems and blisters after the attack and one baby died as a result.

The leaders of China and Taiwan are meeting for the first time this week. The two countries have not met since 1949 when Taiwan declared their independence from China. There are no intended agendas for the meeting except to reduce hostilities between the two countries.

Designer cells have completely reversed cancer in a baby in the UK. The child was diagnosed with Leukemia at 3 months of age and had already gone through chemotherapy and Bone marrow treatments. The new treatment of designer cells completely reversed the illness and she is currently cancer free.

11-7-15 kkkAnonymous has posted a list of names related to the Klu Klux Klan. This is not the first time the hacker group has gone after hate groups. In July Anonymous went after ISIS sympathizers on Twitter shutting down many accounts.

PutinThe GOP has taken many hits this month. Obama rejected an application for the Keystone Pipeline, a corner stone of the GOP failed “job growth” policies. In the same week George H.W. Bush openly stated that Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney were to blame for the failed presidency of his son George W. Bush. Even with these public statements being made the GOP controlled congress passed a bill authorizing the building of a bronze statue for the former Vice President.
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Wothahellizat Mk2 DIY Expedition Motorhome

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Wothahellizat Mk2 DIY Expedition Motorhome I have to say that this may not be the prettiest RV ever made but it is certainly, for me anyway, the best RV on the planet. The motorhome is built on a 38 year old army truck which is all wheel drive and very competent of going off road. …

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Creating A Simple Home Design To Live With Less – Comfortably

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Today starts the first official installment of “Building The Simple House”, our 12 month series on designing, building and creating our home at the farm. Over the next year, we will publish an article every two weeks covering the entire process from start to finish. From permits to plans, construction of the foundation, walls and full exterior – right down to creating and pouring our own concrete counter tops and finishing off the interior – our hope is to document the challenges, trials, tribulations and excitement of building “The Simple House.” Our goals for the house are simple and straightforward:  Design and build – as much as possible on our own – a minimal cost, energy-efficient, low maintenance home that utilizes only the space we need. A simple home that allows us to live and enjoy the farm now and forever. There is a tremendous amount of freedom in living with less. In reality, it will allow us to live with so much more.  More freedom to travel, garden, spend time with family and future grandchildren – and not be held captive by the space, energy and expense of a larger home. When it comes right down to it – every person, every couple and every family has different […]

Cold Frame Gardening

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Cold Frame Gardening Cold frame gardening is a fantastic way to extend your growing season. In a post disaster world, knowing how to grow your own food will put you far ahead of the game and make you an invaluable addition to any survival group. By using a cold frame, you can grow more food …

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DIY Fence Posts With No Digging

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DIY Fence Posts With No Digging Knowing how to put in fence posts with no digging is a great homesteading skill you may want to know in case you need to put up a fence in hard clay or rocky and tree root infested ground. I personally wish I knew this last month, my back …

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The ‘Slow Fade’ Of Compromising On Sin

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The 'Slow Fade' Of Compromising On Sin

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Looking out the window at the world today, I have to wonder how we got here. Christians are promoting homosexuality as natural, supporting the transgender and gender neutral movements, accepting abortion as a viable choice, and siding with marriage infidelity as a means for necessary happiness.

None of this is biblical. Have Christians lost their backbone? Why do we tolerate what is clearly not godly or holy? There is a damper being put on the truth of sin and the consequences of it, and it hasn’t just occurred all at once.

Front man Mark Hall of the Christian group Casting Crowns describes this “slow fade” that happens in the life of Christians as “the regression that happens when Christians aren’t living intentionally.”

The group’s song “Slow Fade” is the inspiration for this article. The lyrics tell of the gradual turn of the Christian heart toward accepting what God has firmly said is unacceptable:

It’s a slow fade, when you give yourself away. It’s a slow fade when black and white are turned to gray, and thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid, when you give yourself away. People never crumble in a day. It’s a slow fade.

It begins when we ignore the truth about sin and continues as we slowly make one compromise after the other. The truth is that we have chosen to exchange the glory of an incorruptible God for the corruptible images and pleasures of man (Romans 1:23). Christians are choosing to remain silent and are siding with the creation (man’s ideals) rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25).

The journey from your mind into your hands is shorter than you’re thinking. Be careful if you think you stand, you just might be sinking. It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away.

The 'Slow Fade' Of Compromising On Sin

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Christians are choosing to embrace sin because they fear they’ll offend others. Our churches are being filled with pastors who are afraid to teach the fullness and truth of God’s Word.

Christians are no longer speaking out about sex, nudity and profanity on television and at the movies. They are no longer speaking out about the depravity of homosexuality. They fear that people will say they are judgmental. Yet it’s not the Christians who are doing the judging. God has already set forth the truth in Scripture, in His Word.

And what is the result? God is choosing to give us over to the debauchery that we are choosing (Romans 1:24).

People never crumble in a day. Daddies never crumble in a day. Families never crumble in a day.

If you are finding yourself in a place you never thought you’d be, then you’ve probably engaged in the “slow fade.” You’ve made one choice that led to another and another, and pretty soon you look up and there you are. First you’re “walking, then standing, and eventually sitting, just slowly shutting down … [you] don’t crash suddenly … the crash is the fruit of the slow fade” (Mark Hall).

Whether we are engaged in or standing in support of or are silent about sin — “sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness” — we will be standing against God’s truth. We will be handed over to what we have chosen to engage in and approve of (Romans 1:32).

But there is a way to stop the fade! If you’re finding yourself in that place, on the slippery slope away from the truth of God’s Word, then dig in your heals! Confess it, acknowledge it as sin, ask for forgiveness and turn away from it, run away from it and don’t look back. Don’t be like Lot’s wife (Genesis 19).

If you find yourself approving of or supporting the ungodly, just stop. Stop the financial support, stop the social media posts and turn back to the truth! Turn back to the truth of God’s Word.

And most importantly, bring people with you! When Lot left Sodom and Gomorrah before the destruction, he took family with him, to save them from God’s wrath. When you turn from the slow fade, take someone with you! Reach out your hand to your husband, your wife, your children, your parents, your neighbor or your co-worker and take them with you and tell them the truth, save them from God’s wrath.

Isaiah 54:17

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No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.

     The Bible has a lot to say about curses and blessings.  It’s always interesting to me that Christians are anxious to discuss and learn about the blessings that can be bestowed upon us as Believers, but don’t seem to be too knowledgeable on the subject of curses.  Granted, it is a complex issue, but I want to try to make it relevant to the world in which we live today.
     First of all, I guess we need to agree that there are actually two kinds of curses:  the one we would call “swearing”; or the use of curse words; and the second being an authoritative declaration, considered to possess an inherent power of carrying itself into effect.  We all know the Third Commandment, right?  “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain” is pretty self-explanatory.  We recognize the power of God in that statement.  The fact that He will not hold us guiltless, demonstrates that judgment will be pronounced.
     But what about the other kind of curse?  Does it have any power over us?  Our Scripture today certainly says, “No!”  Our “vindication” will be that God will clear us of any blame or suspicion, and prove that we were in the right — but notice that this pronouncement is for the servants of the Lord.
     I see it this way… in this day and age, witchcraft and demonic activity is more out in the open than it has been at any other time in my lifetime.  But we need to rely on Scripture … God does not allow His children to be cursed. God is sovereign. No one has the power to curse one whom God has decided to bless. God is the only One able to pronounce judgment.  Yet I believe that there are plenty of people who believe in casting spells and hexes and incantations against others.  And there are those who will testify that they work!
     But the Bible is very clear that if you belong to God, those spells will have no effect upon you.  But, here is the thing:  the number of people who are being deceived by Satan and his followers; those people who reject God and refuse to believe in His Saving Grace, is growing.  They have listened to the lies and believe in their own dark powers, as granted by the Evil One, himself.  So, they see some success in their casting of spells and dark magic against those who are not Believers, and they think that the one they serve is greater than the Christian God.
      Here is my warning to them:  Micah 5:12 very clearly says that God will destroy witchcraft and those who cast spells.  But I also have a warning for those “lukewarm” Christians and unbelievers.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 24:24 that “false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”  So, we must be on guard to give no credence to those who claim that they have been given supernatural powers by any other than Yeshua.  Even then, if you are a Believer, you better be praying and using your Holy Spirit-led discernment to reveal God’s Truth.  
     As we consider today’s Scripture, I want to assure you that we need not be afraid of coming in contact with such people.  As Christians, we have been born again as a new person in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), and we are in the constant presence of the Holy Spirit who lives within us and under whose protection we exist.  I will, however, concede that a curse upon an ancestor can affect you as a descendent in the generational line.  But it is important we realize that, if you are a Believer, that curse was covered by the blood of Jesus the moment you accepted Him as your Savior.  
     Remember that Romans 8:2 tells us, “For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”  Any generational curse is certainly part of sin and death, and Christ has set you free.  When we apply God’s Word and the Authority of Jesus combined with the Power of the Holy Spirit to our lives, nothing of Satan is allowed to transform us.  Just as our verse today says, “No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed…”.
     Doesn’t that give you such peace of mind?  It should!  So Christians who live in fear should see that there is no need to be afraid!  We know that “the one who is in you [Christ] is greater than the one [Satan] who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).  So are you living that Truth out in your daily life?  Are you living in God’s Peace and in the knowledge that we have been set free?  The best way to avoid cursing, or those who curse us is to be obedient to God and walk in the ways of His Son.  That is the heritage of the servants of the Lord!

6 Things To Consider When Bugging In With Pets

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BIG Pets Bug InIf you thought bugging in with children was more complicated than expected, you may be surprised to find a whole new host of challenges presented by bugging in with pets. While you don’t necessarily have to worry about them trying to escape and going back to their old home, there are still many important things to consider.Though some of these problems can be managed with additional space or revisions in training, others will more or less be matters of chance. That being said, you can still do your best to keep pets safe during a bug in scenario and ensure that they are able to stay with you as long as possible.

1. Providing Enough Food

Overall, individuals from small towns or rural areas are likely to find it easier to provide food for their pets. Since many pet animals rely on small game for meat, it may be possible to feed them food from the animals that you hunt. By the same token, herbivores may also be able to consume grass and other plants that may not be readily accessible in a city setting.

Today, most pet owners rely on commercial foods because they believe these inexpensive products offer better nutrition. At the same time, if you ask these people what they think about the ingredients, they readily admit that pet food is more than likely made from ingredients unfit for human consumption.

This includes ulcers and tumors cut from meat that is placed into the human food chain as well as bone marrow, fat, internal organs, roadkills, shelter kills, and all kinds of plant waste.

To add insult to injury, many of the “food” ingredients found in pet foods may actually contain higher levels of  carcinogens and toxins than what registers in human foods.

Clearly, simply boiling everything down and forming it into nice neat little nuggets does not mean the food is truly the best or safest for your pets. In fact, research indicates that the rate of pet cancers are skyrocketing despite the fact that pet owners are fairly conscientious about buying special food for their pets.

From this perspective, it can be readily seen that perhaps you are best served by not stockpiling large quantities of pet food for your animals. In a bug in scenario, it is best to do some research on the actual nutritional needs of your pets and look for ways to wean them off commercial foods and onto those that will be used in a crisis situation.

Since animals will diarrhea when diets change suddenly, it is best to introduce survival foods slowly at this time so that they are fully adapted for any problems that come along. As an added bonus, if you decide to grow your own food (including raising insects), this is a perfect time to find out at least one part of how consumption of foods will compare to output.

2. Managing Waste

At the current time, you may honestly feel that you would never eat a cat, dog, pet fish, or bird. On the other hand, when people, including yourself, are starving, just about anything will be considered fit for eating.

Even if you would never eat your pets, anyone that comes across them may simply see a free meal. Under these circumstances, once a crisis hits, it will be extremely important to keep your pets indoors. If you have cats, dogs, or other larger sized animals, this means you are bound to have some problems managing waste.

No matter how hard you try, these obstacles will always be a challenge to overcome:

  • There is only so much you can do to tidy up litter and use it for as long as possible
  • Disposing of litter outdoors will reveal to anyone passing by that some human being has living animals nearby; and that there may be food and other items fit to loot
  • Storing up large amounts of litter will require a lot of space and also may add more weight than the building structure can handle
  • The odor of pet excrement can easily alert outsiders to your presence

While managing pet waste can be complicated, there are  few things you can do to mitigate the situation. These suggestions are mainly intended for city areas where you may still have a larger population density to contend with. It may also be useful in rural areas where gangs have decided to rove or other problems prevent you from simply letting your pets out.

  • Depending on the situation, you may be lucky enough to have functional toilets and other plumbing. In these cases, you can simply dump animal waste down the toilet.
  • If you have to dispose of pet waste outside, make sure you do so in a place where it is not likely to be traced back to you. When you leave home, make sure that no one is following you, and that no one sees you.
  • When preparing littler to carry, you will need to be able to carry at least 10 pounds. There are no easy ways to achieve this goal without coming uncomfortably close to the waste materials or  using some kind of stroller or cart.
  • You can use dirt for litter as long as it does not become obvious that you are routinely digging up the ground. You will most likely need a backpack or cart to carry new materials in.
  • Today, there are some fairly new products on the market that utilize enzymes and bacteria for breaking down solid waste. If you can find one that is safe to use in an indoor setting, it may reduce the number of trips you need to make in order to dispose of pet waste. These materials may also be of use if toilets and other plumbing stop working. Before a crisis happens, you should experiment with these products to see which ones will work best for your needs. As with many other supplies, this is one that may take up more space than you wish to devote to this kind of product.

3. Managing Noise

dog howlingChances are, the sounds of your birds chirping, cats meowing, or dogs barking represent the comforts and security of home. On the other hand, if someone is trying to find a place to loot, these sounds can easily alert strangers to your presence. From that perspective, managing pet noises can be very important to your well being and theirs.

Even though there are open mouthed muzzles that allow pets to drink water, it is not feasible let alone advisable to keep animals muzzled all the time. In most cases, even a muzzle that fits properly will not prevent sounds such as growls and whimpers from escaping.

To add insult to injury, your pet is likely to become emotionally disturbed very quickly when exposed to this kind of treatment. Since you will also need to take the muzzle off at feeding time, this also presents a danger time when sounds can escape and alert others to your presence.

Perhaps the best way to control pet noises involves setting aside at least one or more rooms in your home and making sure that it is sound proof. Ideally, if you have a basement and an attic, you can sound proof each of them so that they are all ready in case of an emergency.

Individuals that live in small apartments should soundproof the room where they most expect to be staying during a crisis situation. While you may actually circulate through other areas of the home, your pets will have to stay in this room until you are certain that the noises they make will not invite the presence of unwanted invaders.

It should be noted that many people keep dogs in hopes that they will act as alarms and also attack unwanted visitors. Unfortunately, there are several problems with this idea:

  • Guard dogs and security dogs require years of careful training. Most homeowners that “play rough” with their dogs, use choker/prong collars, and try to make their dogs ready to attack usually wind up becoming victims of their own designs. Dogs only understand love and pain. If you hurt them, they will eventually turn on you. While this may sound very complicated, it is truly very simple. If you want a guard dog and intend to have one for that purpose, go into training with a suitable dog or buy one that has already been trained and then attend training sessions so that you know how to handle the dog. This is one of the few places where “DIY” solutions won’t work and may just cost more than you were planning to give.
  • While pre-social collapse thieves may be deterred by a dog, those who survive a crisis may simply see the dog as an opportunity to grab some extra meat for dinner. Not only will these people come in prepared to loot your home, they are also likely to be more than ready to neutralize and kill your dog. Unless you are fully prepared and trained to back up any threat your dog presents to unwanted visitors, you might just as well write a “guard dog” off your bug in list.

4. Injuries and Illnesses

As with human injuries and illness, you will find that pets will also be inclined to suffer more medical related problems during stressful situations.

This, in turn, means that you will need to store away at least some basic medications that can be used for both human and animal needs. In addition, if you are going to grow herbs for medicinal needs, make sure that all of the plants selected are safe to have in the same area as pets. Ideally, you should be able to use these herbs to treat both types of ailments.

Here are some supplies and information that you should keep on hand for managing injuries and illness:

  • Detailed anatomy and physiology information for each species of pet in your care
  • If possible, try to obtain veterinary textbooks that will help you diagnose and treat pet diseases
  • Herbal remedies that can be used in place of conventional medications. This includes medications that can be used to sedate pets.
  • As sad as it may be, there may be times when the pet in your care cannot be saved, and there is no doctor or vet on hand to help resolve the situation. Under these situations it is cruel to allow your pet to linger on and suffer until he/she dies. Do some research on herbs that can be used to euthanize your pet. Bear in mind that even veterinarians cannot always guarantee an easy death even though they are using modern medicines and tested protocols. You should also have second, mechanical means available to euthanize your pet. For example, in many cases, a knife blade inserted between the vertebra at the base of the skull may work for both cats and dogs. If you have sedating herbs on hand, you may want to use those before delivering the final blow. As a last resort, you can try cutting the jugular veins in the neck, however that will be very traumatic for the animal and you.

5. Long Term Care Considerations

If you have ever kept dogs and cats, then getting them vaccinated may be a matter of routine. In the post-crisis world, these important medicines may not be available.

Therefore, you will have to be more careful than ever to make sure that your pets are not exposed to rabies, distemper, or other pathogens that will lead to serious, and possibly fatal illness.

In particular, since rabies can be transmitted from animals to humans, you must always be on guard once the rabies vaccine is 3 – 5 years past the last injection (unless your pet is under a year old and has not received the 1 year booster. In this case, the timeframe is much shorter.)

Some critical things to consider:

  • Make sure that your pets do not gain access to mice, rats, or other prey animals that may transmit deadly diseases. Unfortunately, once your pet comes in contact with blood from these other animals or gets bitten by them, your pet may contract any number of diseases that were once covered by the vaccines.
  • Make sure that you have a quarantine area for your pets so that you can observe them during crucial time frames if needed.

Aside from vaccinations, you must also think carefully about other pet diseases such as fleas, mites, and worms. While there are herbal remedies that will help with these problems, you must know how to recognize symptoms and deal with them as quickly as possible. In particular, worms can be dangerous to you and your pets before you even realize what is going on.

6. A Special Guide for Fish

fish bowl Contrary to popular belief, if you are in a crisis situation, it may not be as easy as you think to take care of fish. This is especially important to consider if you are going to use fish waste as a fertilizer in hydroponics systems.

Since fish for this purpose can get quite large and become difficult to maintain in crisis conditions, it is important to make adequate provisions for helping them survive during a bug in scenario.

Unlike cats, dogs, and birds, fish only have one little aquarium to live in. Taking care of them in a crisis situation can be very difficult if you are unable to provide adequate filtration and aeration to the water.

It may be of some help to keep battery powered pumps and filters on hand as well as oxygen generation tablets.

It should be noted that bubble up filters can make a good bit of noise, as can the pumps that deliver air into the tank.  To deal with this problem:

  • Be careful about when you run the filters and then use either airstones or air curtains to increase aeration when the filter is not running. Even though this will not provide filtration, it will help break the water surface so that oxygen can get to the fish.
  • Use nitrate reduces, pH stabilizers, water softeners and zeolites to help preserve good water chemistry and compensate for the lack of mechanical filtration.
  • Sludge reducers that are safe for aquariums may also be of some use.
  • If you are starting a new aquarium in the pre-crisis world, choose fish that can live without large amounts of aeration and filtration. For example, a male betta can live very happily in a 2 – 3 gallon tank and can last for weeks or even months without a mechanical filter in the tank.

Aside from maintaining water chemistry and temperature, you will also need to stock up on fish food. Depending on the species of fish, you may also be able to feed them human food.

For example, some fish are notorious for loving to eat vegetables while others won’t mind eating insects and other forms of meat. As long as you are aware of your fish’s nutritional needs and how to meet them, you will find it fairly easy to keep your fish healthy and thriving.

When you decide to bug in, there is always a chance that you will have to leave your home. Fish can be very difficult to travel with because you either have to place them in plastic bags or some other water tight container.

Always try to use the biggest possible container since it will allow more oxygen and water for the fish to live in. Since fish consume more oxygen when they are stressed, the very act of moving them from their usual home to a bag or smaller vessel may be enough to cause their oxygen usage to double or even triple.

Therefore, while you are in transit from one place to another, you may also need to stop frequently and run a battery operated pump and airstone to provide more oxygen for the fish. Needless to say, if you are using fish as part of a hydroponics system, it will be very important to secure the well being of breeding pairs so that you can repopulate tanks at your next location.

Since modern tropical fish are severely over bred, they also tend to suffer from immune system collapses from a narrower range of tank conditions.

For example, if an angel fish can tolerate a 10 degree temperature change tank water, newer fish may only be able to withstand a 5 degree temperature change before developing swim bladder problems, fungal, bacterial, and other infections. In most cases, you may not find much information on treating tropical fish with herbal remedies.

On the other hand, antibiotics and tank conditioners can be stored for several years without losing their potency. Since these items also take up fairly little space, it may be of some use to stockpile them.

As you can see, taking care of pets during a crisis and afterward can be every bit as challenging as securing your own survival. In some cases, if you have a specific need for certain animals, then you will need to be especially careful about making sure you can supply adequate food, water, shelter, medications, and waste removal.

If you cannot meet these needs in a bug in situation, then you will only cause you and your loved ones more hardship by holding unrealistic beliefs about “best case scenarios”. If you would not leave your well being to fate or luck, then do not simply hope your pets or other animal dependents will get through the crisis somehow.

At the very least, if you believe that a life threatening crisis is within 2 – 3 days of happening, and find that you cannot provide for your animals, during a crisis, it may be best to not take in any new animals, and also give the ones you have to others who will be able to care for them.

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This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

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When the Lights Go Out: Tips and Tricks for Priming Off-Grid Light Sources

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As discussed in the previous article, on primitive light sources, early humans used shells and other non-flammable objects found in nature to create the first oil lamps.  Later, hand-made oil lamps were created using clay.

As human civilization progressed, so too did the oil lamp.  The earliest records of mass produced lamps have been found in Egypt, Greece, and Rome and may have been the first mass produced objects in history.  They were easier and safer to use than the open flame of a torch, burned more efficiently, and gave off fewer residues than candles and were refillable.

Not much changed in the design until the 18th century when Aime Argand, a Swiss physicist and chemist, invented and patented the “Argand Lamp”.  Like primitive oil lamps, his lamps contained a vessel in which to hold the lamp oil, but he improved upon the design by creating a cylindrical wick to give a larger surface to the wick and a glass chimney to direct the draft and protect the flame (and the person carrying the lamp!).  During the middle of the 19th century, oil lamps gave way in popularity to kerosene lamps and design improvements continued.  Kerosene lamps stayed popular into the 20th century, especially in places that were late to acquire the new invention of the electric light bulb.

Today, oil and kerosene lamps remain popular with those that live off the grid, collectors, and those that need an emergency back-up light source for when the power goes out.

First, the Fine Print

Before beginning a discussion on oil lamps, it’s important to talk about what you should NOT do.

Do not use any of the following fuels

  • Gasoline, diesel, or aviation fuel
  • Coleman brand fuel
  • White gas
  • Paint thinner or Mineral spirits
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Naphtha
  • Turpentine
  • Benzene

These fuels are extremely dangerous and are either explosive or create deadly fumes when inhaled, or both.  There are other equally dangerous reasons not to use these fuels or any fuel with a flashpoint under 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but for the sake of brevity in this article, I’ll leave it up to you to research the reasons these fuels are no bueno.

Read more about the most popular types of fuel to store for emergencies.

Be very cautious when lowering a lighted wick on the lamp.  Lowering the lighted wick is sometimes used to control or reduce the flame and is a perfectly acceptable method; however, use caution that the wick stays within the grip of the cogs in the burner and doesn’t drop down into the tank.

Oil lamps use flammable fuel and should be handled with care.  If your pet or dog knocks over the tableside electric lamp, you’ll probably end up with a broken light bulb, at worst.  If they accidentally knock over a lighted oil lamp, the glass tank could break spilling fuel out, ignite, and cause a major fire.  Always place oil lamps out of reach of little hands, wagging tails, and either species if they’re rough-housing.

If you plan on leaving your lamp stationary on a flat surface (like a shelf), museum putty works well to hold it in place.  Museum putty can be found here.  This is also a helpful product for areas prone to earthquakes.  Modern oil lamps, when used properly, are very safe.  However, accidents do happen.  If you find yourself with a runaway flame or a fire from a spill, do not use water to extinguish it.  Oil and water don’t mix and you’ll likely spread the flaming oil out further and cause a bigger fire.  Instead, smother the flame by using a fire extinguisher specifically made for flammable liquids, smother it with dirt, or invert a metal bucket over the lamp.

How to Care for the Lamp

If you’re like me and like to pick up bargains at thrift stores and garage sales, you’ll probably need to clean your lamp before use.  A dirty lamp can take years off of its usability and won’t function at its peak performance.  There are two methods that work well with most lamps and lanterns regardless of the material used to construct them:

PH-Down (Sodium Bisulfate) Method
This method will remove rust, crud, (and eventually paint) without removing the patina.

1.  Remove the fuel cap, globe, and burner from the lantern.
2.  Mix 1 cup of PH-Down in Warm Water in a sealable 5 to 10 gallon plastic container.
3.  Submerge the lantern and burner *entirely in the Solution for **1 day.
4.  Remove the lantern, and lightly scour with a Brillo pad, (not SOS,)
5.  Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all the rust or tarnish has been removed.
6.  Once you are finished, give the lantern one final rinse in the solution, then dry with paper towels immediately.  Use a blow dryer on low to dry the inside of the tank.
7.  After the lantern has been cleaned, I recommend polishing it first with Blue Magic ™ Metal Polish to bring out the luster. You can also use #0000 steel wool to buff out the lantern.
8.  To finish the lantern ***paint or lacquer it with your choice of finish.  If using paint, taping off the center air tube on hot blast lanterns, or the chimney on cold blast lanterns, makes for a professional, like factory, looking job.  If the filler spout is brass, you might also tape it off as well.  This also goes for brass wire guides and lift brackets as well.  The burner cone and burner should be left unfinished.  An alternative to painting tin plated lanterns is to wipe them down with a small amount of boiled linseed oil mixed 50:50 with kerosene.

Molasses Method

This method will remove rust, crud, (and eventually paint) without removing the patina.
1.  Remove the fuel cap, globe, and burner from the lantern.
2.  Mix 12 oz. of Grandma’s Molasses in Warm Water in a sealable 5 to 10 gallon plastic container.
3.  Submerge the lantern and burner *entirely in the Solution for **1 day.
4.  Remove the lantern, and lightly scour with a Brillo pad, (not SOS,)
5.  Repeat steps 3 and 4 until all the rust or tarnish has been removed.
6.  Once you are finished, give the lantern one final rinse in the solution, then dry with paper towels immediately.  Use a blow dryer on low to dry the inside of the tank.
7.  After the lantern has been cleaned, I recommend polishing it first with Blue Magic ™ Metal Polish to bring out the luster. You can also use #0000 steel wool to buff out the lantern.
8.  To finish the lantern ***paint or lacquer it with your choice of finish.  If using paint, taping off the center air tube on hot blast lanterns, or the chimney on cold blast lanterns, makes for a professional, like factory, looking job.  If the filler spout is brass, you might also tape it off as well.  This also goes for brass wire guides and lift brackets as well.  The burner cone and burner should be left unfinished.  An alternative to painting tin plated lanterns is to wipe them down with a small amount of boiled linseed oil mixed 50:50 with kerosene.


Always make sure everything is perfectly dry before adding the fuel to your freshly cleaned oil lamp.  Refill the tank to the recommended level for your model, replace or trim the wick as needed, trim the wick, attach the burner assembly to the base (tank), and allow the wick to become saturated with fuel for about five minutes.  If you’re using a new wick, let it become saturated for at least 30 minutes prior to lighting.  Replace the chimney and you’re done!

If you use your oil lamp regularly, you’ll also need to clean the chimney frequently to remove soot build-up.  Extinguish the flame, let the chimney and lamp cool completely, and wash the chimney in warm, sudsy water.  Take care with temperature fluctuations and thin chimney glass.  The chimney can break easily if exposed to temperature extremes.

Proper Feeding

There are several options to choose from when deciding on which fuel is best for you.  Keep in mind that some fuels should not be used indoors, so check to make sure the fuel you choose is intended for indoor use only.  They all have their pros and cons:


  • Before using any kerosene, verify that the flash point of the kerosene you’re using is between 124 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dyed kerosene, or any dyed lamp oil for that matter, will eventually clog the wick and inhibit proper functioning.
  • Regular kerosene, like the kind used for heating, while typically less expensive than Ultra-pure lamp oil made specifically for oil lamps (which is also a kerosene product), will also create more soot and for some, gives off an unpleasant odor.
  • Heating kerosene also requires ventilation: a door should be left open to an adjoining area or a window should be left cracked open. Without proper ventilation, one risks carbon monoxide poisoning

Clear Lamp Oil

  • This is hands-down the best oil to use in conventional oil lamps. Conventional oil lamps were designed to burn petroleum-based products, not animal or vegetables fats.
  • Due to the ultra-filtering, this product gives off very little fumes and soot and since it contains no dyes, it is least likely to clog the wick
  • Readily available nationwide in the United States and online
  • Can be scented with essential oils

Olive Oil

  • Not recommended for conventional oil lamps
  • Has the potential to clog the wick
  • Considered more sustainable and “greener” than petroleum-based oils
  • When burned, will give off less particulate than petroleum-based lamp oils but will also produce more odors*If you would like to use plant-based oils, it’s better to use lamps designed specifically for that purpose. They have a “rope” type wick instead of the flat wick used by conventional oil lamps.  Supplies to make your own can be found here

Paraffin Oil

  • Paraffin in the UK is kerosene. Paraffin Oil in the United States is Liquid Candle Wax , and is mislabeled for use in oil lamps and lanterns, when in fact it is only suited for Candle Oil Lamps that use small diameter (under 1/4 inch) round wick. Further, it burns only 1/2 as bright of any of the approved fuels listed above. Paraffin oil has a much higher viscosity and a flash point of 200 degrees or higher, as compared to the flash point of 150 degrees for kerosene. These differences inhibit the necessary capillary action of the wick, and will cause Lamps and Lanterns with 7/8″ or larger wick to burn improperly and erratic. Once a wick is contaminated with paraffin oil, it must be replaced in order for the lantern to burner properly. If you must use paraffin oil, it may be mixed 1:10 to 2:10 (one to two parts paraffin,) to ten parts standard lamp oil or kerosene so that it will burn satisfactorily. Source

Never add fuel to a lit lamp or to one that is still hot.  Extinguish the flame and allow the lamp to cool completely before refilling.  Wipe odd any excess oil from the outside of the lamp that may have accidentally spilled.  Kerosene and lamp oil will evaporate over time, so it’s best to store it in air-tight containers.  If you’re not going to be using your oil lamps anytime soon, it’s better to empty the fuel (cooled!) back into the storage bottle and clean and dry the lamps.

If you’re not sure where to fill the tank on a thrift store find, allow at least one-inch headspace.  This allows room for the fuel and gasses to expand and the lamp warms up.  Keep your lamps at least halfway full and use indoor lamps at room temperature for the most efficient use.  Very cold temperatures (under about 20 degrees Fahrenheit) can cause kerosene and lamp oils to freeze and become dangerously unstable, even when thawed.  Normal room temperatures allow the gasses to expand and be burned along with the kerosene and oil itself, thus producing a more efficient burn.

Whether you choose conventional oil lamps or vegetable oil-burning lamps, they’re a great alternative to relying on electric lighting and can add a wonderful ambiance to your home.  They’re also one of the less conspicuous preps for your home and can be beautifully and innocuously displayed.  Stay tuned!

Ruby is a first generation Californian who grew up in the heart of the Central San Joaquin Valley farming community. She’s been involved in agriculture for 40 years and learned to preserve food, traditional home arts, to hunt and fish, raise livestock and garden from her Ozark native mother.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition