Land Buddy

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Hello, We are a married couple who resides in Southern California at the moment. We  have 4.82 acres of land in Douglas,Az Cochise County.. The area is dirt road access off of a paved road, there is a horse ranch and a Green built home a few acres away from our parcel, the dirt is absolutely beautiful its Reddish brown dirt ( looks like Clay)  we are planning to use solar, for electricity as the property is not connected to power lines, but the down fall is we have No Water Well! We are gonna have water hauled in because we don’t have money to put in a well at the present time… But we have been watching YouTube videos about putting in a Water Well  on our own. On the land there are huge Jack rabbits and lots of quail that roam the property, 360 view of the mountains and extremely quiet. We bought Plans for a 2 bedroom 1 bath EarthBag home plans. We are  also looking into  Portable Buildings… We are looking for dependable people who are interested in being a Land Buddy  possibly we can work on a well ourselves or even portable water may be an option… We are looking to grow our own food source, we already make and sell Bath & Body products, we are looking for others who can bring some imagination, honesty, hardwork, dedication and kindness to the table. 

Thanks,

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Wild Edibles from the Utah Desert

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I’ve been studying and eating wild edible plants for several years now. I started this research in my local area of Utah, primarily the desert, by accident almost. I was asked to assist in a youth activity for my church to teach what foods might have been readily available to pioneers coming into the area over a hundred years ago. I didn’t know a whole lot at that time but through research I soon found that there were a lot of edible plants even in the Utah desert.

As I struggled to find the names of the plants I was finding and then to determine if they were edible I began putting together all kinds of notes to compile a good list of wild edibles in the west because I was not able to find such a list readily available. What I did find as I worked to understand wild edibles is that there is quite a bit available for food that we can harvest from around our homes and in the wilderness. There is a huge number of plants available and proper research can help identify them.

I found some favorites that grow well in my area. Here are a few of them…

blue-mustard

“Chorispora tenella” by Lee Ferguson. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Blue Mustard
Blue mustard is a delicious spring vegetable. This is a great tasting plant in early spring when it is young and I even like it’s spicy flavor later in spring before it gets too old in the heat. Blue mustard is easy to identify when it blossoms because you will see fields of light purple flowers. It is a mustard, so simply look for the four petals and it’s two short and four tall stamens. The flavor when young is like a sweet radish and the plant gets more spicy as it grows but is never really bitter or too much to take. This is a beautiful wild edible that I look forward to every spring.

lambs-quarters-wild-spinach

“20140812 Chenopodium album” by AnRo0002. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons

Lambs Quarters (Wild Spinach)
I like to follow John Kallas on this one and call it what it is, wild spinach. Wild spinach is another great edible with good flavor and this one can handle the heat so it will be available well into the summer months. I have cultivated it in my garden through the entire summer and into the fall. What a great edible. Once again it is easy to identify though it does have some variations to it depending on location and nutrients provided. The white waxy film is a dead giveaway and if it is watered well the leaves have a thick feel to them. This is another of my favorites that nature now provides.

purslane

“Portulaca Oleracea…” by Isidre Blanc. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Purslane
I love to eat fresh picked purslane right in the heat of the middle of summer. This is a prolific plant that will always be around in my yard from now on. This plant is a succulent, and it is said to contain more omega-3 fatty acids than many fish and meats. This is not something you hear often when talking about a plant. Purslane has a pleasant flavor and it makes a great potherb. I enjoy snacking on it while I’m working in the yard or garden, and personally I think it looks very good when used as an ornamental ground cover.

yellow-dock-curly-dock

“Rumex crispus 15052006 rosette” by Henry Brisse. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Yellow Dock (Curly Dock)
I love the dock plants. I have grown yellow dock in my garden for a few years now and I enjoy its young leaves that have almost a lemon flavor to them. I eat it in salad and on sandwiches and I really love this little plant. I have had the seeds in the past after a long winter when they did not taste too bad but most of the time they are too difficult to extract from the shell and are loaded with tannins. The leaves of this plant are delicious, however, and they are a treat that adds flavor to any salad.

All of my research and findings on desert edibles are compiled together on my website at www.WildUtahEdibles.com.


Thanks to Mike Wood for participating in the [Grow] Network Writing Contest.

We have over $2,097 in prizes lined up for the Fall 2015 Writing Contest, including all of the following:

– A 21.5 quart pressure canner from All American, a $382 value
– A Survival Still emergency water purification still, a $288 value
– 1 free 1 year membership in the [Grow] Network Core Community, a $239 value
– A Worm Factory 360 vermicomposting system from Nature’s Footprint, a $128 value
– 2 large heirloom seed collections from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, valued at $103 each
– A Metro-Grower Elite sub-irrigation growing container from Nature’s Footprint, a $69 value
– 2 copies of the complete Home Grown Food Summit, valued at $67 each
– 3 free 3 month memberships in the [Grow] Network Core Community, valued at $59 each
– 4 copies of the Grow Your Own Groceries DVD video set, valued at $43 each
– A Bug Out Seed Kit from the Sustainable Seed Company, a $46 value
– 4 copies of the Alternatives To Dentists DVD video, valued at $33 each
– 4 copies of the Greenhouse of the Future DVD and eBook, valued at $31 each

 

Winter Survival Finale – 17 Ideas for your Get Home Bag

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Hey guys, in Part 5, we’re going to wrap up the Winter Survival series.  If you missed any of the previous posts, here are the links to them: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.  In this post, I’m going to go over a complete list of items we’ll be using to build a BASIC Get Home … Continue reading Winter Survival Finale – 17 Ideas for your Get Home Bag

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How to Escape a Totalitarian Detention Camp

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 Good Day, ReadyNutrition Readers, and as I promised, here is the follow-up to the article on how to deal with being a prisoner of a foreign army or a tyrannical regime.  That being mentioned, this article is for informational purposes only and does not recommend or advise taking any actions that could or would violate any existing laws.

In that vein, this is for when the U.S. has been invaded and you’ve been rounded up, or the country has gone “full-blown” communist-totalitarian and you’ve been taken to the Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn Community Reeducation Center and Fertilizer Plant.  Drastic times call for drastic measures, and if you are not mentally prepared to take action in the face of Draconian measures of oppression to stand up for yourself and your family, then this article is a wakeup call.

Remember that in both of the above-mentioned cases, you will not have any rights under the Geneva and Hague Conventions.  When you are taken by the Chinese or by the “U.S. Neighborhood Peacekeeping Force,” you will not be afforded the same rights as a prisoner of war in uniform.  You will be labeled a criminal and will be treated very poorly.

Your best examples as such are found readily in history. Study the following military operations to gain a better understanding of what you are looking at.

  • Russian transition into the Soviet Union (I already mentioned Solzhenitsyn as the apex of knowledge and experience on the subject).
  • Vietnamese takeover of the South by the North in ’75, and find what was done to the civilian population.
  • The Cuban revolution.

All of these are perfect examples of a repressive, totalitarian regime taking out its hatred and frustrations on an unarmed populace.  Watch the first “Red Dawn” movie.  In the first half hour, a Cuban colonel directs his Russian subordinate to enter the sporting goods stores and obtain the lists of private ownership of firearms.  Think you for a minute that such will not occur?  It has in the past, and it will again.  Now you’re in the tank, and they have you.  What is done for starters?

            You must find out the capacity they intend to keep you within: forced labor, political “reeducation,” strategic or professional value, or are you going to your death.

Readers, I’m serious, here.  I have seen the results of the Guatemalan death squads and the atrocities visited upon civilians.  I have seen it from both sides (Serbs and Croats) upon the opposing side’s civilian populaces.  They round the ones up who are educated, the ones who are the potential troublemakers, and anyone who falls into their “threat” category.

Assess their intentions for you.  The first place you go to is a short-term detention facility that may be no more than a tent with a few benches, prisoners in handcuffs, and guards all around.  The initial holding is not as high security as the “formal/permanent” facility that you will go to.  The initial holding compound is usually easier to escape, if you are not a high-profile individual.  You must train yourself to observe the following that will help you make your break:

  • guard shifts and changing of the guards
  • reveille and lights out times
  • meal/latrine times (if they exist)
  • interrogation session times
  • prominents: comings and goings
  • events that break routine (shipments)
  • anyone you see outside of the camp
  • units/contractors visiting the camp

These items to observe hold true for the larger camp that you will be sent to.  The only difference is that you do not have a great deal of time to observe these things, as you are in a short-term holding facility.  Here is a key point for you to remember:

You must find “space/unguarded time” in order to effectively slip away or escape.

How often do the guards check on you at night?  Is there a continuous guard presence?  If so, how “strack” (gung-ho) is the guard?  Can you win sympathy and potential support?  If not, can you overpower the guard?

Once again, we are not “playing” survival-guy/survival-girl here.  The following skills (with videos included) se are real world, real time considerations that you have to have as a mental framework before you go in.  There are skills you need to know prior to your “visit” to the Weather Underground Community Holding Facility, and here they are:

Hotwiring a vehicle: standard is 1 minute; if you can obtain the key, all the better.

Lock picking: you should be able to pick simple tumblers and padlocks; standard for cuffs with a paper clip is 5 minutes.

Climbing: you need to practice scaling/descending a brick wall with a minimum of climbing gear; practice by making a rope out of a bedsheet, and one out of a blanket.

Weapons: virtually anything can be turned into a weapon.  Study these methods, and practice them beforehand.  Learn to take a piece of steel and sharpen it into a knife, into a shank, using the rough surface of a concrete curb.  Learn to make “knuckles” out of coins/metal, and duct tape/clothing strips.  Practice makes perfect; perfect makes escape possible.

You take out a guard?  Remember in the previous article where I mentioned learning some of the language of the potential invaders?  Watch the film, “Midnight Express,” a true story of William Hayes who escaped from a Turkish prison.  He “appropriated” a guard’s uniform and with a smattering of Turkish walked out of the front door of the prison!

You have to learn to “hustle.”  Nobody will care about who you are or what you were in civilian life on the outside.  These are harsh realities of life under military occupation or under the rule of a totalitarian dictatorship when you are a prisoner.  The rights you once had and we collectively took for granted?  You no longer have them.  It is (Jack London) now “the law of club and fang,” and you need to use every skill, every asset, and every trick in your repertoire to win on this one.

You just went in, and they’re filling out your paperwork to send you to the big Gulag…the one in the compound that used to be your neighborhood Wal-Mart.  You are no longer John Smith or Jane Adams.  You are now Criminal # 23456-A, with a number on your back and pants leg, and no shoes or socks.  Alright, there was no time to do anything to escape the holding facility.  You’re on your way to the big house.

The next installment of this series is going to tell you how to get out of there, down and dirty, straight up without any water or ice.  In the meantime, read all that you can on POW’s and political prisoners interred under dictatorships.  Now is the time to prepare your mind.  We gave you a taste of the gravy; the “meat and potatoes” will follow.  Have a good 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.

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Laminated Folding Field Guides

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Laminated Folding Field Guides

For those people that have or do not have outdoor skills of the land, there are cheat-sheets available. These may help you cheat death out of another victim some day. While I have great skills in the outdoors, along with solid creativity and force of will, I can’t remember everything. Therefore, I keep some of these identifiers in my pack. They are small, light, and slide into the tightest spaces of any loaded pack. There are plant identifiers for medicinal uses and food, medical information, shelter building, knot tying, and more.

View and Purchase Many Here: Laminated Folding Field Guides

Silver

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In the space of a week silver was up and down a buck. Wild times.

I was in the coin shop today and it was pointed out to me that today was some sort of Indian holiday. (Thats Indian with the 7-11, not Indian with the casino.) Specifically, Dhanteras …“Dhanteras holds special significance for the business community due to the customary purchases of precious metals on this day”

How cool is that? A holiday that encourages you to go out and by gold. I need to bring this to the attention of The Metals Pimp so he can find a whole new demographic to cater to.

In this country we have several holidays devoted to buying guns. Mostly Election Day.

Watch: Is Justice Dead in America?

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5705366582_4080b4f0b6When you here about these police shootings, you must start to wonder…

When you watch the video evidence it seems clear…

And then, when another cop walks away from a charge of criminal homicide, you really must ask yourself:

Is justice dead in America?

Check out this story, watch the video, and decide for yourself:

In the charge of criminal homicide, the arrest affidavit stated:

“At the time Officer Mearkle fires both rounds from her pistol, the video clearly depicts Kassick lying on the snow covered lawn with his face toward the ground, furthermore, at the time the rounds are fired nothing can be seen in either of Kassick’s hands, nor does he point or direct anything toward Officer Mearkle.”

Here’s the video of the shooting:

So what are we missing here?

The man is lying face down on the ground.

He’s clearly unarmed.

What threat did this man pose to the police officer or anyone else?

If he posed no threat, clearly the shooting is not justified.

Without a doubt, cops have a tough job to do in today’s environment.

But if we allow cops to apply field justice in the midst of clear evidence of wrong doing on the part of the cop, it destroys the idea of justice for all of us.

You Won’t Believe How Police Protect and Serve in This City

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2574632683_12f413c899So do you ever leave your laptop, mobile phone, golf clubs or any other valuable item in plain site in your car?

What if you happen to forget to lock your doors?

You’d probably kick yourself for your mistake if your stuff is stolen from your car.

But what you wouldn’t expect is the police to protect you like this:

New Haven, CT — In a ridiculous move, ostensibly designed to protect citizens from theft, the New Haven police department has begun stealing things from innocent individuals.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The New Haven police department announced its plans this week to start stealing things from unsuspecting residents who leave their doors unlocked. If you are missing your valuables, it may not have been taken by a private thief, it could have been stolen by a public thief.

According to Lt. Herbert Sharp of the NHPD, police are now taking private property from unlocked cars and bringing it to the station. This, of course, is done so to “deter theft.”

So “deter theft” by committing theft?

How about the inconvenience people experience to get their belongings back from the police?

Or, even worse, given all the civil asset forfeiture abuses, what if the police simply decide to keep your stuff?

New Haven, please immediately fire the person who came up with this stupid practice.

 

Obama Says “Hey Felons Come Work for the Fed”

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Fingerprints_taken_by_William_James_Herschel_1859-1860It’s not the number of President Obama’s Executive Orders.

It’s the impact and potential consequences of what Obama does to bypass Congress and shape policy.

Take a moment to ponder the impact of Obama’s latest Executive Order that gives criminals a clean slate to apply for Federal Government jobs:

The White House is unveiling an executive order from President Obama instructing all federal government agencies to remove admission of a criminal history from job applications.

The proposal, described as “banning the box,” would delay an investigation into a potential employee’s criminal history until later in the process instead of the job application form.

“While most agencies already have taken this step, this action will better ensure that applicants from all segments of society, including those with prior criminal histories, receive a fair opportunity to compete for Federal employment,” noted a fact sheet released by the White House this morning.

While we know Washington is already filled with crooks and thieves, do we really want to guarantee criminals land all those cushy government jobs?

Get ready if you own a small business…

You know it’s coming.

It will be illegal to ask a potential employee if they have a criminal record.

A Secure Cell Phone and Why It May Not Matter

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Blackberry has totally lost its grip on the corporate community.  Where Blackberry devices were once commonplace for companies concerned with data security, they have been replaced with devices that offer more functionality.  But Blackberry has been making great effort to regain lost ground.  How?  By offering their first ever Android powered smartphone.

The PRIV goes further than just offering a high-spec phone with the widely accepted Android OS.  The PRIV stands for PRIVacy.

Early reports show that the PRIV is highly competitive by way of design, features, and specs.  But, there is a fatal flaw… and may be more than one flaw at that.

But, before discussing flaws, there is the one feature that makes a Blackberry a Blackberry… the hardware keyboard.    Blackberry pounds out some awesome keyboards and early reports of this one are no different.

However, it isn’t all gravy…

The PRIV’s specs are limited to the GSM phone base.  This is great for those that live in countries with 100% GSM support (like China), but the USA just isn’t one of those places.  If you look at any of the GSM maps in the USA, you see a network that has very limited access.  Unless you live in a city with good GSM coverage and don’t plan on traveling, then GSM will leave you sorely lacking.  Perhaps Blackberry will come around and offer the phone to CDMA users, but until then, Blackberry will be missing out on a huge potential customer base.

Another flaw we see with the PRIV is its price tag.  At the premier price of $699, the PRIV comes in at $50 more than the Apple iPhone 6S.  When buyers have to make a choice between the PRIV, iPhone, or top-end Android, there are likely going to lose many users.  As far as privacy goes, users concerned with privacy will probably pay an extra $100 and get the latest generation Blackphone and pick up the extra features associated with the Silent Circle subscriptions.

It’s truly a shame.  If this was a phone was dual CDMA/GSM and had a price kept under the iPhone, it may end up being competitive.  But, in its current state, it proves that Blackberry is inconsequential in the smartphone market.  To really gain ground, Blackberry should be focused on releasing a phone that will reach the masses.  Even a phone of lower specifications could quickly gain ground with those concerned with privacy if it was coupled with a lower price.

Since Blackberry has has done their research with their flavor of Android, they could easily release a phone with lower specs and offer the same software package (or at least a close package).

See the PRIV here: http://us.blackberry.com/smartphones/priv-by-blackberry/overview.html
See the specs here: http://ca.blackberry.com/smartphones/priv-by-blackberry.html

(PRIV image is directly linked from blackberry.com: http://prepperssurvivalhomestead.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/ca.blackberry.comcontentdamblackberry-comimagessmartphonesblackberry-privspecificationslarge3-059e037eeba925a9ecede0fa34eb4659dc57fb66.png)

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Of course, anyone that wants to gain control of their cell phone should be looking at Ting.  Ting offers both GSM and CDMA coverage under one roof.  You own you phone.  No contracts.  Only pay for what you use.

Insane Federal Government Ruling- What Happens When Bad Law Meets Political Correctness

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girls lockerAll laws have consequences.

When you combine two bad laws, and political correctness gone wild, what’s the result?

Absolute insanity.

Basic common sense says it’s simply wrong to allow a full biological male into a girl’s locker room.

But when you use a twisted interpretation of Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, the recent Gay Marriage ruling, the result is insane:

On Monday, the federal government declared itself fit for the madhouse by mandating that a Chicago high school allow a full biological male into the girls’ locker room for all purposes, including nudity. This biological male, the feds determined, was different because he thinks he is a female.

The feds have ruled that the presence of a twig-and-berries in the girls’ locker room has been mandated by Title IX of the Civil Rights Act. Yes, ladies and gents and non-cisgenders: it turns out that the battle against sexism enshrined in the ill-written Title IX was actually intended to force underage young women to look at the penises and testicles of mentally ill boys.

 

Hey why even bother with separate boy’s and girl’s locker rooms?

In fact, the biggest gay lobby group wants to eliminate the words “boy” and “girl”.

#boysmatter

#girlsmatter

Before it’s too late to know the difference.

Need a gun? On a budget? Here are 3 possibilities…..

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Regardless of what the government figures and mainstream media reports the economy has left many families struggling. Those on a tight budget may find themselves overwhelmed and disappointed during a trip to the gun shop. With just a few hundred dollars it is absolutely possible to secure a very capable means to defend the homestead.

Here are a few examples:

1. Stevens 350 Security Pump Action 12 gauge Shotgun – The Stevens comes equipped with synthetic furniture, 5 round capacity, and ghost ring sights. The 350 also ejects out the bottom of the receiver.  It will fire 3″ shells and has a fiber optic insert in the front sight.

stevens

Priced at around $275.

 

2. Taurus PT111 Millennium Pro G2 9mm Pistol – If a pistol is desired the Taurus G2 is an excellent choice. Taurus seems to have a mixed reputation especially on Internet gun forums but my personal experience has been very positive. I own one. My brother owns one. A fellow group member owns one. We all love it. It has been extremely reliable, accurate and handles like a dream. Fantastic carry gun with a 12 round capacity.

taurus

Priced between $200-$275.

 

3. Ruger 10/22 .22LR Semi-Automatic Rimfire Carbine – While I would never recommend a .22 for self defense it is better than nothing. The Ruger 10/22 is incredibly reliable and has excellent accuracy. Spare 10 and 25 round factory magazines can be carried for quick reloading. Also great for small game.

One .22 in me is one too many.

ruger

Price at around $250.

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There really are a lot of options out there. Many shops have lay-a-way available which allow some of the more expensive firearms to be paid on over time. Most importantly for those with nothing – is to get something(and train, train, and train).

Daisy Red Rider? No….you’ll shoot your eye out!

Rourke

 

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Shocking Stats About America’s Biggest and Deadliest Lie

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gun violenceGun violence is one of the most heated issues in America today.

Police shootings, especially when there is an “innocent” person involved is guaranteed to hit the headlines.

But what do the stats about gun violence reveal about what’s really happening?

A look at FBI and CDC gun death stats  reveals one of today’s biggest and most dangerous lies:

On average, 4,472 black men were killed by other black men annually between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012, according to the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports. Using FBI and CDC statistics, Professor Johnson calculates that 112 black men, on average, suffered both justified and unjustified police-involved deaths annually during this period.

This equals 2.5 percent of these 4,472 yearly deaths. For every black man — criminal or innocent — killed by a cop, 40 black men were murdered by other black men. The, at most, 2.5 percent of the problem generates relentless rage. And, yet, it is rude-to-racist to mention 97.5 percent of the problem.

The notion that America’s cops simply are gunning down innocent black people is one of today’s biggest and deadliest lies”.

If it’s now rude to racist to not even mention 97.5% of the gun violence problem happening in this country, how can we ever hope to solve it?

Cops simply aren’t intentionally shooting black people.

Any attempt to advance this narrative renders all of us less safe.

The truth is, black people are shooting each other.

It’s a culture of violence that’s festered for over 50 years in cities across America.

Sadly, with a black President in office, it’s gotten worse.

Winter Survival Part 4 – “Survival Vehicle” Prep

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I hope everyone is enjoying the Winter Survival series!  If you need to catch up, here are the links for Part 1,  Part 2, and Part 3.  In Part 4, I talk about preparing your vehicle for the winter weather ahead. You don’t have to be extreme and build a “hardcore SHTF survival vehicle”, but if you … Continue reading Winter Survival Part 4 – “Survival Vehicle” Prep

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36 Lessons Learned From Testing a 72-Hour Kit

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I recently found an article on The Survival Mom that makes a really good point: There’s a lot of talk about developing preparedness plans, but there’s not much talk about testing preparedness plans. Have you ever grabbed your bug out bag and headed into the wilderness, just to see how […]

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Group Book Read: “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel

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In our Why Food Storage series we discuss the different reasons you may need food storage. Most people think of being prepared for a natural disaster or maybe for something more personal like a job loss. More and more it is becoming apparent that there are many other potential threats that we may face. Terrorism or acts of war are likely to affect large cities and coastal areas, but some things such as an EMP or cyberattack would drastically impact the entire country.

Ted Koppel, former host of Nightline and author of the new book Lights Out has done extensive research on the possibility of a cyberattack and how prepared (or unprepared) we are as a nation and even within the government. We had an amazing opportunity to spend a little time with Ted at a special event here in Utah this week. We helped to provide refreshments at a speech he gave and featured all foods made using food storage. To see more details about that event you can visit our Thrive Blog (you won’t believe the food spread we brought!)

Here is a video of Ted Koppel discussing Cyberattacks and his new book on CBS This Morning.

GROUP BOOK READ

Five years ago we did a group book read on the book One Second After where we all read it at the same time and then discussed different topics covered in the book as a group. It was an incredible learning experience for everyone who joined in. We want to do the same thing with Lights Out so here is all the information you will need in order to participate with us!

Book Details

lights out Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
by Ted Koppel

In this tour de force of investigative reporting, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared. With urgency and authority, one of our most renowned journalists examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable.
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Group Discussion Details

  1. Purchase or borrow a copy of Lights Out this week and aim to have it read by early December. (Hopefully you can catch a little reading time over Thanksgiving break)
  2. Submit any questions you are specifically interested in discussing to us by December 2nd. We will be compiling these and may use some of them as we direct the group discussion. Email them to info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net.
  3. Come back to the blog the week of December 7th and the fun will begin. We will be structuring the discussions to take place in the comments section of the blog and it will most likely span over a few days so you won’t miss out if your schedule doesn’t permit you to be there at a certain date or time.

We are very excited about this event and hope it goes as well this time as last time!

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Oil Changes a Thing of the Past?

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oil cMaybe bugging out with your truck is about to become a whole lot easier.

Imagine a 90 second oil change…

Could changing your oil become something you no longer need to do?

But — like other services that Americans used to pay regularly for, such as milk delivery — paying for oil changes soon could become a thing of the past.

Motor-oil maker Castrol, a division of BP, recently claimed its technicians have achieved a breakthrough in engine-lubrication design that makes it easy to change the oil in a vehicle in as little as 90 seconds.

The cleaner and quicker system, called Nexcel, must be integrated into vehicle engines at the design stage. That means it won’t hit mainstream cars for another five years — about the length of time between major model changes for many automakers.

But at 90 seconds, the cost of an oil change may become negligible if the Castrol system is widely adopted. Or the expense may even disappear altogether for vehicle owners who find it easier and cleaner to do it themselves.

If these types of solutions are in the works for oil changes, what’s happening with alternative energy solutions that could free you from the grid?

 

Liberals Hate This Anti-Gun Crime Proposal

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4573522770_3079eae4f8Liberals LOVE gun control.

But they HATE common sense solutions to ending gun violence.

There is a common sense solution to ending gun violence.

Of course liberals hate it:

How to solve the problem of gun violence, that’s the question harped about whenever a school-shooting occurs. Leftists crow “Eliminate guns!” leaving only police and military personnel with firearms. Until of course, they have to get on the hating-cops bandwagon. Then their position proves problematic. On the other end of the spectrum are diehard gun activists who dare anyone to pry their guns from their cold dead hands. Hey, speaking of which, we’re giving away an AR15. Go get it, yo.
As entertaining as the bickering is, both sides might want to lay down their arms and look to initiatives like Project Exile. Hailed as one of the most effective strategies for reducing gun violence ever, Project Exile works because it’s simple: If you have a gun when you’re not allowed to have a gun (because you’re a felon and/or douchebag), you automatically get five years in prison. Second offense? Ten years. Simple right. But brace yourself, because here comes the shocker… it worked. Like, really well.

Or in other words, enforce the gun laws already on the books.

If you’re a felon and are caught with a gun, you get locked up.

If you’re a felon or mentally unstable and commit a crime with a gun, you face serious prison time.

Let’s stop the bickering on both sides of the gun debate and focus on the problem.

 

WEBINAR: How to plan a year supply

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Recently, we did our very first webinar on how to plan a year supply of food storage. Thank you all for your support in listening in, participating with great questions, and for giving us amazing feedback. Here’s just one comment from one of our readers:

Normally, I don’t critique webinars afterwards. I listen, take notes if inspired, and go on my way. I’m making an exception because that was an incredible, info-packed webinar. Took lots of notes. You really know your stuff and present it in a clear and concise manner. I loved it and am so grateful for your effort. When I have money to invest in product, I’ll be looking for you guys!

A lot of you have been asking for the slides in the presentation. Today we wanted to give you an overview of what was covered along with some of the slides. NOTE: These are just the high level slides. A lot of the slides included are int he webinar you can watch but not in this post.

If you want to watch the replay as though you were there live use this link. The video doesn’t start for about 3-4 minutes, so just hang tight and it will start at that point. It’s the best way to view it so you can see the chat and all the links that pop up.

If you can’t get the replay to work for some reason you can also access the video via our youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1&v=qVeVlgGoKmU

Throughout the webinar we talk about different resources available for you to use. You can find these all on the webinar page here

HOW TO PLAN A YEAR SUPPLY

Just a little overview of what we covered with a portion of the slides in the presentation:

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We started out the webinar by introducing the topics we were going to cover along with some basic questions about how the webinar would work.

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Before getting into the details of actually planning the food for the year supply we spent a number of slides on the basics of an Emergency Preparedness Plan, Posts on Water, Non-Food Items, and Powerless cooking

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Then we jumped into some different ways of building a year supply. We talked about the pro’s and con’s of each of these plans and who may prefer which based on budget, diet, space etc.

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The “Basic” plan featured basic life-sustaining ingredients. We answered a lot of questions and demonstrated how to alter the common calculators.

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In the “Basic Plus” plan we discussed how to enhance the “Basic” plan to better fit your regular more typical diets. We discussed how to go about doing that and where to buy stuff.

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In the “Packages” plan we talked about what kinds of packages are out there, how to know which ones you might want to buy, why some are so much more money than others etc. We also taught how to modify, or customize packages out there to get a better deal.

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These were just some of the recommendations and suggestions we made on purchasing when customizing a package.

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In the “Just-add-water” plan we discussed some things you may want to know before investing in a big purchase. We talked about the different types of meals and variations in prices, servings etc.

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Again here were some of the tips and things we talked about to allow you to know how to figure out when and how much to buy.

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For some, purchasing on a monthly budget rather than all at once is the answer. The Thrive Q is a great way to do this.

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In this portion of the webinar we talked about food storage and allergies.

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Here is where we covered some miscellaneous items that people asked about.

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EDC tech: Carry Your Desktop Computer in your Keychain

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You can barely see the Sandisk USB Flash Drive. The black plastic square, to the left of the Victorinox…

Anonymous said…

This may interest you.

If you know what you’re doing, you can mount a linux distribution on a USB device and make a boot stick. Plug it into any computer, boot from USB and you’re good to go. If you do it right it runs with no appreciable lag, saves all your info to the USB, and heavily encrypts the USB drive.

This could have several major advantages.

1. No particular hardware needed. Any old device will do. If you lose or break any particular element of your computer it doesn’t matter. You can also run this from a friend’s computer if needed.

2. Security. If people come looking for data for whatever reason, they will look for a computer. They will find a computer, and then conclude that they’ve found all your goods. They won’t be looking for a thumb drive the size of a stick of gum, which could be hidden anywhere. Even if they find it, it’s heavily encrypted.

3. Portability. Self explanatory. Run it on a cheap/minimal computer, then if you have to go, eject it and it’s small enough to fit in an Altoids tin with lots of room to spare.

Just an idea to throw out there.

That’s actually a great idea, one that I’ve researched and would like to experiment with a bit more. I created one when I installed Ubuntu in my Asus EEE, but I went ahead and installed it in the hard drive instead of running it from the flash drive.
Having a Live USB (Bootable USB flash drive) means you can basically use any computer you come across as your own, you just connect it and boot your OS, your desktop, your programs, saved files, etc. Linux is a great OS for such a setup. Ubuntu Linux may be a bit more commercial but it is extremely easy to install and use, very friendly for those not familiar with Linux. It really does install in no time, and it’s just as easy to create a bootable USB. You can learn how to use it in minutes (here’d the link) and it took me one afternoon to get used to Linux and learn how to set it up to my liking, how to install programs, etc. I’d say its considerably easier to use than Windows.
For those that want to try this out there’s two easy ways to go about it. The cheapest and easiest one is to go with Linux’s USB Installer. Using any USB Flash drive you have to create your own Linux Live USB.(link on how to do this easily) I have a Sandisk Fit in my keychain which is extremely compact. This would be ideal because the tiny Flash drive barely protrudes from the USB port when installed in laptops, making it ideal for a Live USB.

IronKey Workspace W500 32GB Windows To Go Certified W500 USB Flash Drive

Another way to go about it would be getting an IronKey Workspace W500 32GB, what they call “pc on a stick”. Ironkeys (256-Bit Aes Hardware Encryption) are the most secure flash drives in the planet and the Workspace W500 is Microsoft-Certified for Windows To Go, so you can run Windows securely in any computer without leaving behind any information, cookies, etc.
Its something worth looking into for those that would like to have their own computer environment available in whatever computer they come across.
FerFAL

Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

 

The Beyond Off Grid Summit “Return to the Old Paths”

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I want to share an excellent learning opportunity with all of you, which I think many of you will really appreciate. It’s called the Beyond Off Grid Summit.

The Beyond Grid Summitis a Free training event focused on returning to the old paths of self-reliance and sustainable living, and will feature a full week of online training from a wide range of experts November 9th through 14th. Join experts and experienced homesteaders to learn the skills needed to survive and thrive with a lifestyle less dependent on modern systems.

Learn about topics and skills such as:
• Food Production
• Homestead Planning
• Raising Animals
• Natural Building
• Permaculture
• Alternative Energy
• Water Resource Management
• Food Preservation and Storage
• Natural and Herbal Remedies
• And Much More

The Beyond Off Grid project has gathered experts in a wide variety of fields to provide you with top-notch training. Instructors include:

• Rick Austin – homesteader, gardening expert, and author
• Cat Ellis from the Herbal Prepper – an herbalist and author of 2 books
• Laurie Neverman from Common Sense Homesteading
• Paul Munsen, president of Sun Oven International
• Wardee Harmon, author and teacher at Traditional Cooking School
• Cody Crone of Wranglerstar – homesteading educator on YouTube

The Beyond Off Grid Summit training is delivered in video format with informative presentation slides and images to help you understand the topic being taught and provide you with the insights needed you need to get to work developing the skills you need and implementing the concepts to change your lifestyle for the better.

Each day, five video training sessions will be made available for 24 hours, followed the next day by five different training sessions. The six day training event will give you access to 30 training sessions with over 45 hours of content!

Black Man’s Account of Traffic Stop Goes Viral- The Shocking Reason Why Over 135,000 People Shared It on Facebook

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traffic stopWe’ve heard all the stories of traffic stops going horribly bad.

And the traffic stops involving a Black driver and White cop that go wrong instantly hit the headlines.

Well, here’s an account of a Black motorist stopped by a White cop.

Responsible gun owners will appreciate how this turned out:

Steven Hildreth Jr. says he was pulled over by the Tucson Police Department for a broken headlight. When the officer asked if he had any weapons, he told him he is a concealed carry permit holder and had a gun on his right hip.

Because his wallet was in his back-right pocket, the officer needed to disarm him to check his ID. Hildreth wrote about his experience with the officer and posted it to his Facebook page.

Hildreth’s Facebook post has been shared more than 135,000 times.

For a refreshing change, this incident went viral because of what did NOT happen.

Responsible gun owners, regardless of race, respect the law and the job of police.

Irresponsible thugs show no respect for the law or police.

It’s not the gun that’s the problem.

It’s always the choice one makes in a tension-filled situation.

 

Obama Puts a Rosy Spin on All the Very Bad Things Happening Here

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US-Mexico-border-BGNo it’s not Iraq.

It isn’t Libya, Syria, or Iran.

It’s not China or Russia.

(Even though some nasty things are taking place in all of these countries)

Nope, all the bad stuff is happening close to home.

According to this report from Wayne Allyn Root, there’s lots of very bad things happening along the U.S. Mexico border, and Obama is doing his very best to soft-sell how serious things really are:

“Out of sight, out of mind.” For most, that describes the U.S.-Mexico border. We have no idea what’s going on down there so we just ignore it. But, very bad things are happening. Things that affect the survival of America, the survival of your job, and the safety of your family.

… Only days later, I received a new urgent message from my trusted border agent friend. Six more Pakistanis were captured crossing in the same spot. This is no longer a “coincidence.” This is a pattern and a new threat against our homeland.

Folks, this is bad news. If seventeen Pakistanis were captured within days, how many more have evaded capture? Are there hundreds already in the USA? How many more are on the way? Will our border soon have a massive illegal Muslim immigrant crisis just like Europe?

My source warns this is “the real thing.” These are very likely bad guys allowed into our country due to Obama administration open border policies. Here’s the million-dollar question: Who is sending military-age males from Middle East or South Asia terrorist zones to America? Who is paying for them? Is ISIS footing the bill?

Obama is wrong. Our biggest threat to national security isn’t climate change.

But one guy DOES know the biggest threat to our national security.

Trump.

Muslim Truck Drivers Fired for Refusing to Deliver Beer- What Happens Next Is Jaw-Dropping

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beer truckWhat ever happened to religious freedom in America?

Isn’t this one of the founding principles of this country?

Well. now the Federal Government is taking sides on employer disputes involving religious beliefs:

A jury has awarded $240,000 in damages to two Muslim truck drivers who sued their former employer for religious discrimination after they were fired for refusing to make beer deliveries.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won the case on behalf of the Obama administration.

Critics have pointed out that the administration has taken a different position when it comes to defending Christians’ religious liberty, as the drivers’ argument was similar to the one made by Kim Davis when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

These Muslims weren’t fired for their religious beliefs. They were fired for refusing to do their jobs.

Likewise, Kim Davis wasn’t held in contempt for her religious beliefs. She was held because she refused to do the job she was elected to perform.

Either the Fed got it wrong on the Kim Davis case, or they ruled incorrectly in this case.

Or, the equal protection of religious expression really doesn’t matter anymore.

Scientists are Paid To Lie, Our Tax Dollars Are Used to Create Lies That Then Work Against Us

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We noted before that NOAA was lying about cause of mammal deaths.

NOAA shown lying about mammal deaths

http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2015/11/noaa-lying-about-cause-of-ocean-mammal.html

And that was an official policy in Canada until the new young prime miinster wiped that policy and made government scientists “1st class citizens” again.

All this as Dana Durnford, is arrested and threatened with 10 years in jail, for ranting against lying scientists.

 http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2015/11/dana-durnford-arrested-for-speaking-his.html

And then they are pretending that “Global Warming” killed a whale that was obviously starving

 http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2015/11/hundred-ton-whale-in-our-radioactive.html
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The UK, a dying empire, like the USA….has gone full tilt wrong.   How the hell can you be a Civil “Servant” if you are failing to inform, intentionally lying?
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Censorship of Government Scientists Spreads to the United Kingdom

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British scientists are pushing back strongly against a move by the UK government to control how government scientists communicate their research with the public. This is a very troubling development that is bad for science and bad for the public interest. The news was reported on Friday in the Guardian and Science.
The new language, added to the Civil Service Code, is as follows:

All contacts with the media should be authorised in advance by the relevant Minister unless a specific delegation or dispensation has been agreed which may be for blocks of posts or areas of activities. The Civil Service Code applies to all such contacts.  Civil Servants must at all times observe discretion and express comment with moderation, avoiding personal attacks.

Brain Hacking: How to Prep for Emergency Thinking

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The prefrontal cortex is used in system 2 thinking.

The prefrontal cortex (in red) is used in system 2 thinking.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

As I’ve mentioned multiple times, in emergency medicine, it is essential to memorize certain basic rules and techniques to the point that they become second nature—a reflex. “For a bleeding wound, apply direct pressure”; “cool a burn.”

The most obvious reason for this is quick action can prevent further damage. But there’s another reason I’d like to explain: Reflex-like thinking uses a different part of your brain than regular thinking. This allows you to multitask easily; you can treat the immediate problem while at the same time considering what to do next.

However, reflex-like thinking does have a down side. It can lead to incorrect assumptions. So the trick is not to let either type of thinking take over too much. Otherwise, you could get into major problems.

The two types of thinking are today called system 1 and system 2. Doctors use them every day. But you do too. And you can learn to use them for medical purposes.

System 1 Vs. System 2 Thinking

System 1 is reflex thinking. System 2 requires you to put on your thinking cap.

  • System 1 thinking happens in the limbic system—the same part of your brain that has a lot to do with emotions, memory and hunger. System 1 thinking involves things you do automatically, such as getting in a car, putting in a key, and turning on the motor. I expect many times, looking back, you don’t even remember taking the steps you took when you do this. It just happens.
  • System 2 thinking takes place in the prefrontal cortex. With this type of thinking, you take more time, mull possibilities, come up with solutions. So, maybe if the car doesn’t start, your system 2 goes into action and you try to figure out why. You jiggle the key, make sure the steering is locked. Check the battery light, check the gas gauge, or wonder if it’s the transmission.

Although system 1 thinking has many advantages at the start of emergencies, it’s not perfect. For instance, you may be convinced so strongly you know what’s going on that you neglect looking for other possibilities.

Here’s an example of how this works in medicine:

A middle-aged man comes into a clinic sweating, short of breath and complaining of a crushing chest pain. Because I’ve been trained to recognize the signs of a heart attacks and have seen many of them, my system 1 thinking immediately kicks in, and I assume—just for immediate, lifesaving purposes—that it’s a heart attack.

I go through the actions I’ve so often done in the past: I call for an ambulance and hook him up with oxygen. I get the equipment ready in case he has a cardiac arrest.

I may be wrong in my assumption, but I can worry about that later. This way of effortless thinking can save time, and lives.

So system 1 is quick and efficient. However, its drawback is assumptions aren’t always right.

What if this man is not having a heart attack after all? If I’m so focused on believing he is, I may miss that the fact that his oxygen is so low that his problem is more likely a collapsed lung. Or my thinking may delay me discovering it’s a blood clot to the lung.

So a balance between the two types of thinking is required.

System 1 Stumbling Blocks

Here are a couple of examples of how relying solely on system 1 thinking can lead you astray.

1. A groggy woman with a bleeding head is lying on the ground. She smells like alcohol, and there’s an almost empty liquor bottle in her coat. You assume she fell from being drunk and hit her head.

Most of the time you’d be right. But if help is not on the way it’s risky to assume. Instead you need to activate your system 2.

So what would you do?

In this instance, going through the AEIOU TIPS mnemonic of potential causes can help, along with just looking around for clues, both on the body and in the surroundings. Look for medicine bottles and ID cards that might suggest epilepsy, diabetes, drugs, etc. And treat according.

2. Your child has a rash, and you know that fifth disease is going around. He even has the red cheeks typically seen in this disease. So this is what you initially think it is.

But wait—the child looks sick and is running a fever. With fifth disease the rash doesn’t typically start until the fever has gone away, and usually the child is feeling fine. In fact, by rash time the child is no longer contagious and can go to school.

What to do?

Your doctor decides to check a strep test, and it’s positive. The doctor prescribes antibiotics and advises you to keep the child out of school a few days—two things that would not have been done if the diagnosis was fifth disease.

Doctors can fall prey to relying on system 1 too much too. There are even terms for this: anchor bias and framework bias. This is one reason you sometimes get two different diagnoses from two different doctors.

System 1 Benefits

While system 1 thinking has its downsides if overused, it also has some serious upsides. Quick action may save a life, but also, relying on system 1 for the initial response allows you to use system 2 thinking to start trying to figure out what happened and what you should do next.

For example, because I’ve done it so much, while I’m suturing a wound, I can be thinking of something else. Or when I’m treating one part of the body, I can be thinking about other problems I need to consider. So we doctors use both systems all the time.

But here’s a big likely difference between you me. Medicine is my life. For common health problems, I know what to look for and what to do. Health-related system 1 thinking comes easily.

That said, you can learn it too. You’ll just need to do some extra learning by reading, watching videos, and participating in hands-on practice.

How to Hone Your System 1 Thinking
How two types of thinking affect you in emergencies

The limbic system is used in system 1 thinking.

Memorization can help you develop your system 1 thinking, but hands-on training is often better.

Mnemonics can help with system 1 as well. A good example is CAB—compression, airway, breathing—for cardiac arrests.

However, since you only have so much time, you’ll have to limit the number of things you learn so well that they go into system 1 thinking. Therefore, I suggest focusing on two things for system 1:

  • The basic immediate treatments for the most common injuries
  • How to recognize and treat illnesses that you or family members have or are at risk for

You probably use system 1 thinking already in your own profession. To take a rather embarrassing nonmedical example of my own: Yes, I know medicine well, at the expense of not knowing some things any other person might think of as simple.

Many years ago I saw water on the floor. I looked under the sink, and a pipe was leaking. In fact, water was pouring out. Of course, I panicked. I did know enough to catch most of the water with a well-placed bucket, but that didn’t stop the flood I knew was to about to fill the house. So next, I called a plumber, thinking he would rush over and save the day. To my surprise he calmly started asking me questions.

Where was the leak? How bad was it? Had I tried turning off the water shut-off valve?

The what?

He explained there was a shut-off valve under the sink. If that didn’t work, there was one that turned off the water to the house.

To my amazement, there was the valve, and turning it off worked. Now an emergency became a nuisance.

The plumber came out later and fixed the problem. Now, if I have a leak, my system 1 tells me, turn off the valve. But I still depend on the plumber for system 2.

So what about you? Can you think of ways you use system 1 or times it may have failed you?

 

Prefrontal cortex image by: Polygon data were generated by Database Center for Life Science(DBCLS)[2]. (Polygon data are from BodyParts3D[1]) (CC BY-SA 2.1 jp), via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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Trayer Wilderness 2015 Gift Giving Guide

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Trayer Wilderness 2015 Gift Giving Guide 500 x 500    Welcome to the Trayer Wilderness 2015 Gift Giving Guide! From our family to yours, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. We celebrate Christmas and the reason for the season is extremely important to us, but so are you and we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and […]

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Hundred Ton Whale In Our Radioactive Ocean Found On Beach, Starved to Death, They Say El Nino Did It

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No mention of testing for radiation, easy to harvest samples.


They toss out “El Nino” as the cause, and then do not even attempt even once to support that hypothesis.


The animal was starving, its fat layer was 66% down from where it should be.

This “El Nino” Carbon dioxide as a pollutant is going beyond just sickening.    It’s criminal.

stock out.

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Hundred TON blue whale that ‘could have been killed by El Nino’ washes up in Oregon

  • The 78-ft long blue whale was dead for two weeks before it washed up
  • Scientists believe that it may have become weakened by this year’s El Nino
  • The weather phenomena is predicted to be one of the strongest on record
  • Orcas and sharks believed to have attacked the whale while it was weak
  • Researchers are stripping blubber and flesh to put the skeleton on display

550 Paracord Giveaway

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Win 100 FT of High Quality Paracord!

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Simply enter your name and email below and you’re entered:

It’s time for a giveaway! This week we are giving away 100 feet of USA made 550 paracord. If you are not sure what to do with paracord, then check out this quick video by Craig Caudill.

How to Dry and Smoke Meat and Fish for Storage

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The Teepee style smoker from the US Military Survival manuals

Whether you are smoking or drying large quantities of fish from a fish wheel or the meat from a large animal, like a moose, elk or cow, or a couple of rabbits the method is the same.  It is just a matter of scale. In Alaska, they often dry and smoke meat and fish in large quantities. A good source of information on this is Village Science.  They explain how the native Americans in the small villages smoke and dry their food.

First understand that smoking and drying fish and meat does not have to be very complicated.  The following information comes from the US Army Survival Manual and it works

“To smoke meat, prepare an enclosure around a fire (Figure 8-27).  Two ponchos snapped together will work (or an old tarp, Howard).  The fire does not need to be big or hot.  The intent is to produce smoke, not heat. Do not use resinous wood in the fire because its smoke will ruin the meat. Use hardwoods to produce good smoke.  The wood should be somewhat green. If it is too dry, soak it. Cut the meat into thin slices, no more than 6 centimeters (approximately ¼ inch)  thick, and drape them over a framework. Make sure none of the meat touches another piece.  Keep the poncho enclosure around the meat to hold the smoke and keep a close watch on the fire.  Do not let the fire get too hot.  Meat smoked overnight in this manner will last about 1 week.  Two days of continuous smoking will preserve the meat for 2 to 4 weeks.  Properly smoked meat will look like a dark, curled, brittle stick and you can eat it without further cooking.  You can also use a pit to smoke meat.

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A pit smoker

Drying Meat To preserve meat by drying, cut it into 6-millimeter  strips with the grain. Hang the meat strips on a rack in a sunny location with good airflow.  Keep the strips out of the reach of animals and cover them to keep blowflies off.  Allow the meat to dry thoroughly before eating.  Properly dried meat will have a dry, crisp texture and will not feel cool to the touch.”

To preserve food for longer periods of time just smoke meat and fish for longer time periods.  You can also partially smoke it and then finish drying it.  If you want dried meat to keep for long periods you should dry it until it snaps when you try to bend it.

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Here is a plan for a more permanent smoker.  In the future, I will post plans for a couple of different types.

Howard

 

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A Cure For Cancer? It Kills The Fungus That Live Off the Dead Cells and Sugars Says Gasser

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stock here: I guess I will throw out a full tilt weasel disclaimer here, I am not a Doctor, nor is Gasser.
This is not my recommendation to do this.    Cancer is serious stuff, see the lower page….new WHO estimates predict a 70% increase in cancer in 20 years.    WOW, from 50% to 85% is the way I would calculate that, only 1 in 6 people WILL NOT get cancer.   Mindboggling.

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From Gasser from the Big Island of Hawaii

This link works

http://www.thefoat.com/video/uwlXXh7V26jMN6Nt7gPXuw%3D%3D.mp4


I’ve had some request, so I just made this life extender video today for folks to get a better handle on the most important things needed to do in making it right and easy.

Disclaimer> this does not cure Cancer, it kills the Fungus that’s living off the dead cells that got Radioactive element Becquerel discharge bombarded continually for a Fungus to move in and live off the dead cells and sugars.

There is no cure for Cancer, because man made Radioactive elements are everywhere in everything…meaning Cancer is a none stoppable recurring phenomena relative to radioactive elements a person is exposed to.

In this video I miss spoke saying I had Pancreas Cancer…meaning to say “Thyroid”
I’ve had Colon, liver, Thyroid Cancers over the years now @ 74 I’m still riding because of this simple recipe.

Ahui Ho

Stay informed, stay alert/alive> enenews com

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The WHO World Cancer Report, released in early 2014, calmly announced that cancer rates will rise by 70% over the next few decades…

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/03/worldwide-cancer-cases-soar-next-20-years

This means that soon you’ll be in a minority if cancer does not get you (and of course there’s all the other diseases that come from manmade radionuclides as well).

The corrupt feckers and the psychos aside, what I found most gobsmacking at the time was the lack of public outrage.
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stock here- Ya Rob, and the “scientists” pin the increase on alcohol, smoking, and obesity. 

They never mention the R word.   But they do mention they need lots of money for research.   Oh and by the way…..if you want their report, you have to buy it.

Profiting from disease doesn’t seem very “sustainable” to me.

It’s $72.00

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Bulldozers – The Ultimate Doomsday Prep

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Bulldozers – The Ultimate Doomsday Prep

Think you can drive a bulldozer? Disasters like the Tacloban Super Typhoon can pile roads with debris, dirt, mud, sewage and dead bodies. Learn how to use a bulldozer to clear debris in a natural disaster. Clearing roads with a bulldozer. Towing vehicles stuck in mud and snow with a bulldozer. Building a doomsday bunker with a bulldozer. Saving lives and community rebuilding after a major disaster.

The Super Typhoon that caused devastation to Tacloban, in the Philippines, left homes and buildings flattened, while debris, trees, crushed vehicles, trash and dead bodies filled the streets.

Life in Tacloban came to a horrifying and despairing halt for hundreds of thousands of people.

In recent years we are suffering massive disasters in populated regions across the world. The next disaster may be bearing down on your community only weeks from now. Life may come to a halt. Regional loss of power, roads destroyed and mangled, buildings and trees leveled … dirt, rocks, mud and tossed vehicles may bring transportation to a complete stop.

In devastation like this, suddenly a bulldozer and other large earth movers like cranes, excavators, and back hoes may be the only way to begin the process of rebuilding, or at the least clearing roads, so that people can walk on foot through neighborhoods and between communities.

If you’re lucky, you might even find a bicycle amid the wreckage.

Wanted: Earth Movers

When disaster of this magnitude strikes, new opportunity arises: Earth and debris movers are needed.

In the modern age, that often means bulldozers.

Bulldozers

Bulldozers are heavy machines, known for their forward sitting blade that is used to push (or crush, or collapse) things in it’s path. The blade is lifted and forced down by hydraulic arms.

For digging, the blade is pushed below surface level, and the bulldozer simply moved forward. For pushing the blade is kept at surface level, or just above it. For spreading (dirt, snow, sand, mud), the blade is held above surface level, as the bulldozer moves forward.

From a few thousand dollars for a used bulldozer, to a few hundred thousand dollars for a state of the art bulldozer, bulldozers are built to move dirt and gravel, but can also be used to knock down homes, move wrecked vehicles and boulders, and for a number of other tasks related to farming (leveling land and trees for planting), and construction — for clearing commercial plots of land for secondary equipment like backhoes, used for excavating dirt so that foundations can go in.

For the modern day prepper, Bulldozers and other heavy equipment like backhoes can work together to build doomsday bunkers, and even underground living quarters. Bulldozers by themselves can also be used for excavation purposes — but that doesn’t mean that they’re the best machine for digging if you also have a backhoe handy.

How to Drive A Bulldozer

This is where it gets tricky. Attempting to jump in a bulldozer and make it work for you without getting yourself stuck or up on a slope where you tip comes with training and experience in bulldozer operation. A couple points for you to remember off hand:

Keep bulldozers off slopes — these things can tip.

Keep people away from the front, rear, and sides while operating, unless you’ve coordinated a work plan before hand with ground workers. Deaths and serious injuries happen when bystanders assume bulldozer operators can see them. A week can go by without any issues, and then one careless person is suddenly crushed because they assumed the driver made eye contact with them, when the driver did not. Bystanders and operators need to signal each other, to show that they’re each aware of each other. Better than that, it’s the job of bystanders / ground workers to avoid the bulldozer.

Approach trenches and excavations with caution. Bulldozers are extremely heavy, some weighing several tons. Wet or loose ground can suddenly give way underneath, dropping a bulldozer into a trench.

Wear the safety belt, always. In a disaster zone, a bulldozer has more chances of encountering uneven terrain, increasing the danger of tipping. As the warning labels should state, never jump from a bulldozer, in the event it should tip over. Most have roll cages for a reason — to protect the driver if the bulldozer should tip.

This should go without saying, but take extra precautions never to tip a bulldozer in a disaster zone. There may be no secondary heavy pieces of equipment around to get it on it’s base again, and back in operation. If you tip it once, it might be done for.

If you’re working in an area of heavy dirt or dust, be sure to clean the air filter from time to time. Too much build up on the air filter can prevent starting. You’ll find the air filter in the engine compartment.

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Bulldozers: Tank Treads vs. Wheels

Some bulldozers have tank treads, and sit lower to the ground. Others sit on four large wheels, and should be operated on level terrain, as much as possible, due to the increased risk of tipping.

Dangerous conditions for bulldozer operation

Watch out for overhead power lines.

Watch out for live electrical lines within any debris or collapsed roadways or buildings you may be working around.

Be careful when driving over re-bar; re-bar can get caught in the treads (if your ‘dozer has tank treads rather than wheels). If you’re using a bulldozer that sits on wheels, avoid driving over visible re-bar all together. Or take the time to manually bend down visible pieces of re-bar beforehand, using a sledge hammer, if available.

Don’t attempt to operate a bulldozer after …

… only reading about bulldozers. If you’ve operated a backhoe, skidder, or tractor or have other previous experience with heavy equipment, you can attempt to operate a bulldozer, but be sure you’ve got the ins and outs down before you start putting it to work.

Most people who come by this site aren’t in the position to buy a bulldozer or other heavy equipment, but for those of you who are, including cities and town councils concerned about recovery in the immediate hours and days following a widespread disaster, make sure you and your colleagues have the training and experience of bulldozer operation.

Don’t just depend on ol’ Tom and his sons who live outside town with their gravel quarry business. A disaster can shut him down for good, take their lives, and then who do you have as back-up for operating your community’s heavy equipment?

Those roads need to be cleared. Infrastructure needs to be restored. None of that can happen if there’s a shortage of people who know how to operate heavy equipment (and other skilled needs in the community — like hydro-electric power).

Bring bulldozer training to your community and invest in more than one bulldozer.

Store bulldozers conveniently on higher ground, in case of flooding or tidal surge, and in different areas of the community, according to an immediate plan for disaster response. Each bulldozer and it’s operator who lives in that “sector” or “zone” can go to work, to clear roads as soon as possible, making it possible for paramedics, fire departments, and other emergency services to access neighborhoods and areas cut off by devastation and collapsed infrastructure.

Helping your community survive; helping more people live and receive emergency first aid from first responders.

Source : secretsofsurvival.com

Other Useful Resources :    

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

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

Survival MD (Best Post SHTF Medical Survival Guide Ever)

Blackout USA (EMP survival and preparedness guide)

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

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

Conquering the coming collapse (Financial advice and preparedness )

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

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

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

 

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Some Areas TODAY Deadly High Radiation– Even 20 kilometers away from the Fukushima Plant

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These are from air radiation monitors in Japan, they really do a much better job than USA.

But use the “Geiger Counter Interpretation” chart below….at an EXTERNAL dose rate of 10 microSv per hour, people are taking around 100 mSv per year.   

That gives a significant increase in cancer in around just 1 month.  

That if is the radiation stays outside the body.   But if it’s in the air, water, and food, OF COURSE it will become internal.    And with bio accumulation and possible  Alpha sources, the damage can be 20 times higher or worse it it’s plutonium, and we know the tons of plutonium were aerosolized.


http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2012/04/geiger-counter-interpretation.html

10 Preparedness Stocking Stuffers to Rock the Sock

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Prepared for Christmas: Stocking Stuffers Holiday giving is just around the corner and I’ve found that it’s best to get a jump on the small items as well as the biggies. If you are looking for inexpensive and thoughtful preparedness gifts, you will find them here. I usually save these stocking stuffer gifts for last, […]

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13 Unique Festive Decorations Using Pine Cones

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13 Unique Festive Decorations Using Pine Cones

Christmas is coming up quickly, so if you’re looking to create some new decorations this season, you’ll want to get a head start!

Project materials can get pretty expensive, particularly if you’re looking to go all out with your decorating, using natural materials is the perfect way to keep the costs down.

Pine Cones, in particular, are abundant in many parts of the country, and when gathered in the fall and treated to remove any bugs, they’re the perfect way to decorate. If they don’t grow in your area, simply order some from Amazon here.

From unique wreaths to grace your front door to garlands and even tiny ornaments, we’ve gathered a variety of really neat projects that are sure to delight and amaze the guests at your home.

Each featured project is fairly simple to make, and many are kid-friendly, so the whole family can pitch in!We hope you’re inspired to get out this fall and start gathering pinecones for your winter decor!


 

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Snowflake Pinecone Wreath – Collect various shapes and sizes of pinecones for this project, then glue together, paint, and you have a snowflake-shaped wreath for your front door that’s super festive!


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Pinecone Cluster Door Decor – If you’re not a big fan of wreaths, this cute little cluster of pinecones held together with a nice, thick silk ribbon might be exactly your style.


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White Pinecone Wreath With Cardinals –  This take on a pinecone wreath is a little more traditional, with red Christmas bulbs and faux cardinals as accent pieces.


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Pinecone Garland –  A traditional garland that will look great on your mantle or staircase, and is made entirely out of pinecones and string. It’s a great, subtle way to decorate for the holidays!


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Glitter & Snow Pinecones – These simple ornaments are a fantastic addition to any rustic-style Christmas tree. Plus, they sparkle so prettily!


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DIY Pinecone Tree Centerpiece – A centerpiece that you will love to display throughout the season, this tower of pinecones is strung with small lights to spruce it up a little.


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Pinecone Elves – These adorable little elves are adorable little pieces that can be displayed on any surface in your home. Little jingle bells on their hats are the perfect detail.


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Pinecone Gift Wrap Garnish – Add pinecones and branches to your gift wrap to spruce up the Christmas packages. This is a super cute idea that won’t cost you a lot of money.


 


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Lighted Box for Faux Fireplace – You might not have a fireplace, but you don’t have to have a blank spot in your home! Add this adorable box stuffed with branches, cut logs, and pinecones to bring the outdoors in. Adding a few lights really ups the ante.


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Pinecone Candle Holders – These cute hollowed out pinecones are perfect for displaying small votives. Just be sure to watch them and blow out the candles whenever you leave the room!


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Pinecone Wreath – This is an ultra traditional pinecone wreath without any embellishments. The sheer size is adornment enough!


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Snowy Pinecone topiaries – This is a unique decor idea that makes all the pinecones look like painted roses. Arranged with other pinecone decorations, they become even more stunning.


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Pine Cone Miniature Christmas Trees – These little crafts are best done with pinecones from sugar pines, which tend to be longer and thinner. This is a great project for the kids!

Kershaw Link 1776 GRYBW Assisted Folding Knife Review

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Kershaw Link 1776 GRYBW Assisted Folding Knife Review

Way back when I first picked up the Kershaw Link, I had it placed in my Amazon cart as an afterthought, and a part of a (much) larger order of folding knives and other gear. While the price makes the Link the kind of knife you can just throw into a cart for the next time… Read More

This is just the start of the post Kershaw Link 1776 GRYBW Assisted Folding Knife Review. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!


Kershaw Link 1776 GRYBW Assisted Folding Knife Review, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

Mother Nature: Healing What Ails You

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Riss Ryker.   Living below poverty level, has, in a sense, forced me to prepare for anything coming my way. Learning the value of plants has saved me more than once. The one thing I believe all preppers should know is the […]

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What to Look for When Shopping for Food Storage

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By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

With all of the varying complexities of food storage and food storage companies, it may be difficult to sort through and prioritize what is important and what is not.  I don’t know about you but with the dizzying array of things to take into consideration, you just might want to throw you hands up in dismay and yell “help me!!”.

I do not claim to be an expert but over the years, I have learned some things about food storage and food storage companies.  Setting aside the very real concern of where to store everything which is a separate topic altogether, today I want to break down what you should look for when shopping for food storage.

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About the author:

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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Why Did The U.S. Launch A Nuclear Missile That Would Be Visible From L.A. Without Any Warning?

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Trident Nuclear Missile Over Southern California

By Michael Snyder – End Of The American Dream

Was the U.S. government trying to send a message to someone on Saturday night?  Just after sunset, an unarmed Trident II nuclear missile was fired from a ballistic missile submarine just off the coast of southern California that was later identified as the USS Kentucky.  It was the absolutely perfect time to attract the attention of millions of people living in the Los Angeles area.  If it had been fired during the day, the missile would have been far less visible.  If it had been fired in the middle of the night, most residents of southern California would have been asleep.  Those that planned the firing of this nuclear missile knew that it would be seen by hundreds of thousands of people and that it would make headlines all over the planet.  So why was this done?

When the U.S. military established a no-fly zone west of Los Angeles for a week, it raised the eyebrows of many.

But nobody expected this.

The unarmed Trident II missile that was fired from the USS Kentucky normally carries a nuclear warhead, and this launch was so visible that it could even be seen by people living in Arizona and Nevada

The event was seen in Northern California (Santa Rosa) and as far east as Nevada and Arizona (though it was very low to the western horizon from there). This shows just how high up the missile must have been; a couple of hundred kilometers at least, I’d think. It was seen west of Los Angeles, moving roughly south to north. That too makes sense; it was probably launched from the ocean hundreds of kilometers west of LA, sent to the north, away from populated areas. I’m not sure why they didn’t do this even farther west, where no one would see it, but I assume the military has their reasons.

Once the missile was launched, photographs and videos of this strange phenomenon were very quickly posted on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.  Others alerted law enforcement agencies and their local news stations.

Nobody knew exactly what was going on, but everyone seemed to recognize that this was not normal.  The following comes from a report that was posted on CNN

Panic and speculation spread Saturday night when a bright white light shot through the night skies in Southern California.

Residents posted a flurry of videos on social media, together with theories of aliens or meteors. Others made panicked calls to law enforcement officials.

Today the Navy is trying to assure all of us that this was perfectly “normal”, but very few people are buying that explanation.

Clearly this was done at a time and in a location that would create a massive amount of attention.

So what kind of message was the government trying to send?

Was this a message to the American people?

Some are suggesting this, but I tend to agree with Mike Adams of Natural News that this was likely a message to our enemies…

Continue reading at End Of The American Dream: Why Did The U.S. Launch A Nuclear Missile That Would Be Visible From L.A. Without Any Warning?

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Severe Weather to Target Houston to Chicago on Veterans Day

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By  – AccuWeather

Severe weather, including tornadoes, will endanger a large swath of the Central United States on Veterans Day.

Residents from Iowa and Illinois to northern Mississippi and central Texas will remain on alert for potentially damaging thunderstorms to erupt Wednesday. The risk of severe storms will extend eastward into Wednesday night.

The severe thunderstorm threat zone covers an area home to approximately 30 million people.

Cities in the threat zone include Des Moines and Davenport, Iowa; St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri; Chicago and Springfield, Illinois; Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Houston.

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Volcanoes Today, 9 Nov 2015: Chirpoi Volcano, Etna, Dukono

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Etna’s summit area this morning

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Etna remains highly restless. A peak in volcanic tremor occurred last night but with no visible changes in surface activity. Weak strombolian activity continues from the vent inside the Voragine summit craters.

Chirpoi (Kurile Islands, Russia): Passengers on board a Russian cruise ship documented the recent (and perhaps still ongoing) effusive / explosive eruption of Snow volcano. When passing the island in Oct 2015, lava flows were actively reaching the sea, creating spectacular littoral explosions:

 
The current eruptive phase from the Snow volcano (one of the active vents inside the Chirpoy caldera) started in November 2012 when a large plume of steam was spotted on satellite data, suggesting a new lava flow had reached the shore. A strong thermal signal was also visible on satellite data in the following weeks and months.
This activity continued intermittently during 2013 and 2014. Comparison of various satellite images compiled by Culture Volcan shows that over time, several lava flows were emplaced over each other, enlarging the small island.

Dukono (Halmahera): Mild strombolian activity and strong ash emissions were observed when our group visited the volcano in late Oct 2015.
Andi commented: “Dukono was continuosly emmiting ash and producing mild strombolian activity from its two active vents with very loud rumblings and ash plumes up to 1 km.
Harmonic tremor and earthquake swarms have been recorded more frequently, long with some local tectonic earthquakes triggered from the Pacific plate.”

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Incoming Eruption Threats, Saiga Disaster | S0 News Nov. 9, 2015

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By Suspicious0bservers

Published on Nov 9, 2015

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Solar Alerts on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRealS0s

Good Videos/Articles:
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Discussing Earthquakes with Kongpop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThCUZ…
Earth’s Magnetic Reversal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIayx…
Top 6 Climate Change Problems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ew05…
Pause on Pausing the Pause: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZH46…
Sun Series: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…
STARWATER Article: http://wavechronicle.com/wave/?p=1151
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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Monday, 9 November 2015

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.5) (146 quakes)

Updated: Mon, 9 Nov 15:05 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Mon, 9 Nov (76 earthquakes)
Mon, 9 Nov 14:50 UTC M 2.8 / 25.4 km – [info] (41 km) New Zealand

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GEONET (NZ)
Mon, 9 Nov 14:40 UTC M 3.0 / 35.9 km – [info] (399 km) New Zealand
I FELT IT

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GEONET (NZ)
Mon, 9 Nov 14:39 UTC M 3.8 / 80.2 km – [info] Taupo (22 km) – New Zealand New Zealand
I FELT IT

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GEONET (NZ)
Mon, 9 Nov 14:33 UTC M 3.1 / 12.8 km – [info] (189 km) 33 Km S from Tympaki
I FELT IT

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Mon, 9 Nov 14:33 UTC M 3.2 / 15 km – [info] (180 km) 3.2 NEAR THE COAST OF WESTERN TURKEY
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Mon, 9 Nov 14:32 UTC M 3.6 / 212 km – [info] Aracar (21 km) SALTA, ARGENTINA
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Mon, 9 Nov 14:24 UTC M 3.8 / 10 km – [info] (180 km) NEAR THE COAST OF WESTERN TURKEY
I FELT IT

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Vrontados (Greece) (27 km SW from epicenter)(no details): Πολύ γρήγορος 1-2 sec , P&S κύματα φτάσανε σχεδόν μαζί, αλλά ιδιαίτερα αισθητός και περίεργος… Ίδωμεν… (via EMSC)
Mon, 9 Nov 14:21 UTC M 2.5 / 125.9 km – [info] Reporoa (7 km) – New Zealand New Zealand

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GEONET (NZ)
Mon, 9 Nov 13:58 UTC M 4.6 / 213 km – [info] (461 km) 4.6 PAKISTAN
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Mon, 9 Nov 13:57 UTC M 5.1 / 10 km – [info] (145 km) New Britain Region, P.N.G.
I FELT IT

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GFZ
Mon, 9 Nov 13:38 UTC M 3.2 / 12 km – [info] (96 km) 143 km al E de Termas del Flaco
I FELT IT

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GUG (U. Chile)
Mon, 9 Nov 13:31 UTC M 2.6 / 8.3 km – [info] (92 km) DENIS-SOMA (MANISA)
I FELT IT

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KOERI-RETMC

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Ready To Drink Natural Water Sources

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  Gathering water is a must in any survival situation, but you don’t always have a guarantee that the water is drinkable. This is why it is always indicated to gather water that doesn’t require purification. If you manage to do so, you will save time, fuel and energy. Natural water sources are all around … Read more…

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REPOST Sort of Repost- Southern Prepper 1 Scenario Video and Ammo Discussion

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I have posted this video before, twice if I recall. Anyway it brings up a very good point. Ammo matters a lot and it is prudent to consider A) stocking it deep and B) the opportunity for resupply in your chosen caliber during some sort of event.This is a point I like to occasionally revisit.

After watching this video I opened the safe and pulled  out my ammo and mag records. I am very pleased to say we are finally above my desired ratio of 5.56 ammo. 3,000 rounds per military pattern rifle is not a bad place to be. You can always use more ammo but I am happy with my 5.56 situation. I have spent a lot of money to get here but the blissful calm that came over me when I saw that the stash exceeded my desired ratio was worth it.

This video is, for me, a sort of gut check that I occasionally revisit. Buying the FAL sort of complicated my situation but then again I sold a 30-30 so it is a wash on logistics and a capability upgrade. This gut check sits well with my goals for the rest of the year which are (roughly in order):
An AR stripped lower receiver (more of a gun ban insurance thing than a SHTF thing)
10-20 more FN-FAL mags
Some more FAL spare parts. Specifically springs.
Another case of 5.56
A case of 7.62×51

maybe some Glock mags if I get to it.

 Thoughts?

Food Storage Tips For Space Challenged Preppers

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Today is a guest post on a subject I know all too well. Food storage tips in small spaces. It comes to us from James Smith. Enjoy.

Food Storage Tips For Space Challenged Preppers

Finding room for survival supplies is one of the most common problems preppers face. If you’re one of the few lucky ones with a cellar or basement, you have plenty of room at the appropriate temperature. But for the vast majority that do not live in bigger houses, storage of survival supplies is a major issue. People who live in condos, apartments, mobile homes, etc. are usually aching for closet space and normal pantry, so emergency water and food can become really hard to store.

However, like they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way; and with a little bit of creativity it may not be impossible to make some space for survival supplies. Here are a few tips you can use to create some extra space in your home:

 

 

Shelves under the Stairwell

The awkward space under the stairwell is usually a mess. While most people just dump their stuff there, it can actually come in quite handy if used in the right way. Building shelves could be the best way to efficiently use the space. However, if you’re looking for a much more cost effective and temporary solution, you can store some stuff in buckets and place a cardboard on top of the buckets to make another level. Wooden planks can also be used on top of the buckets and more buckets can be placed on top if the plank is strong enough.

Closet

Most closets, while being spacious, look quite small because they are cramped with stuff. If you place your belongings in an organized manner, you’ll see that the closet can be used to store a lot more. Also, try keeping your survival supplies in cartons and cardboard boxes. Things will be more organized this way.

Hanging shelves and over the door shoe organizers

Over the door shoe organizers can be used as an ingenious way to store canned foods. While some may not be strong enough to hold heavy items, you can always get good quality ones that you deem may be able to hold small amounts of canned food.

Under the bed

Surprisingly, this is one area that most people don’t consider as an option to store things. You can place a lot of canned food, cartons of water bottles, and other emergency food supplies under your bed. If you live in a very cramped up place, you can also place bricks to raise your bed and put that space to effective use.

Suitcases

Not only are suitcases ideal for travelling, they can be used to store a lot of items at home too. You can always store canned food and other survival supplies in an empty suitcase and place it beneath your bed, on top of a cupboard or inside your wardrobe.

Additional tips to remember

While prepping up and stocking your emergency survival supplies, there are a few factors that you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, your food does not have an infinite shelf life. Stored food should be used and replaced every couple of years. This is especially for people who are in areas where the weather is hot and humid.

Secondly, keep checking up on your survival supplies, like medicines, first aid kits, etc. to make sure that they haven’t reached their expiry dates. Check flashlights and radios’ batteries to see if they’re still functioning.

 

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5 Bad-ass Perimeter Defense Lessons From A Vietnam Vet

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DefenseThank God you made it to your rural bug out location (BOL)! You almost didn’t get out in time before the Police State Metropolis you lived in had their National Guard soldiers shut down all further mass exodus from the quarantined city, with shoot to kill Iraqi War style road blocks on the last exits that weren’t already blocked by panicked mobs and burning piled up car crashes.

You get out of your bug out vehicle (BOV) and kneel down for a moment on the cool green forest ground in a soon to get very hot world, and give solemn thanks that you were granted the presence of mind and discipline to have your BOV ready to rock at a moment’s notice.

You will miss a few of the friends and neighbors you know you’ll never see again, and you’ll feel sorry for those who were trapped in their normalcy bias comfort zone and ignored the ominous but clear warnings. You will pray for them the first chance you get but right now you have another serious problem.

Beware of “Zombiez”!

You pulled ahead of the general Mad Max road rage on the Interstate and traffic finally thinned out considerably as you branched out to the county highways.

You started passing more and more stalled out of gas vehicles off the side of the road, now looted out, and deceased looking, with shot out windows and bullet holes in the doors. You noticed small groups of stragglers marching off the shoulder of the roads carrying their military grade weapons and back packs with grim desperate looks on their faces.

These were the ones who never cared about prepping. They had a different kind of survival plan. They were out ambushing, murdering, looting, and ravaging those who didn’t prepare their vehicles well for escape.

A couple of them raised their weapons to draw a bead on your vehicle as you floored it and screamed passed at over 90 miles an hour but they never had a chance for a good shot. You then had that sickening, kicked-in-the-gut feeling as you realized it was going to get really ugly, really fast.

You hoped your secluded location would minimize marauding this “zombie” contact and that you would have enough time to make last minute adjustments, and finishing touches to your dedicated compound perimeter security before you hunkered down and sweated out the inevitable anarchy looming on the distant horizon…

Reality Check!

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“Okay, I’m ready to work on the perimeter!”

Although different catastrophic/emergency and disaster events require different strategies and appropriate levels of preparation, they all share a single concept.

Security. Security, defense, and personal safety measures also span different levels of preparation effort and expense.

There is a lot of info out there now on urban home invasions and spontaneous concentrated urban rioting and looting, and how to protect and fortify your house from a break in.

This is a good idea in any case even before an apocalyptic scenario, and the harder and more time consuming you make it for a predator to attack and invade your city home or apartment the better the odds they’ll get caught at the door by police. Or give you time to escape at another egress or ‘gun-up’ in defensive counter attack mode behind some concealment/cover and take them out ambush style as they break in.

But in a doomsday scenario such as a major power grid collapse, sudden universal economic collapse, or super bad disease outbreak, there won’t BE any Police response, at least not for you. Fortifying your home’s doors and windows and stocking up on a few weeks’ worth of extra food and water won’t help you that much in the long run.

The first myth is that you can survive in place relatively easy if you read certain books. That might work through a hurricane, super blizzard, or local power outage that traps people for many days, but not in an all pervasive major social and economic, and resource breakdown that would last months and even years. This is an entirely different prep than surviving in place strategies. Do not make the mistake of not realizing the difference.

In the worst case SHTF event, you must be as isolated as you can from congested metropolitan areas if you want any chance for safety and survival. Period. Because sooner or later desperate and extremely psycho dangerous “zombies” will target your urban dwelling place and get through your home fortifications one way or another, and kill you, or burn you out.

Almost any house can be breached and broken into by determined attackers given enough time if there’s no worry about police showing up on the scene and the occupant/defender’s name is anything other than Rambo. And I don’t mean days, but more like only a few siege hours.

Even brick houses with bars or steel break in shades like you see on business storefronts in high risk areas. And if you somehow manage to kill them before they get in the first time, there will just be another group, even scarier, right after that in most large urban environments. That’s the reality.

Bug Out and Live!

The best way to initially survive a worst case scenario is to NOT to be around anything for very long that can kill you. Then remaining low profile if not completely secluded off the predator radar and out of targeting sight. Because why would anybody of sound mind, except in certain unfortunate personal circumstances, want to stay in a burning high rise hoping the sprinkler system will work when they could take the emergency exit out immediately?

So bugging out should be your primary plan. And the only place to go is out in the rural areas where contact with others is as limited as possible along with minimal profile footprint concealment. Once you’ve attained that, then the next part is making sure the “zombies” can’t just easily take it all away from you if they do stumble upon your hideout.

If you chose a decent BOL, some professionals with experience in this think it’s easier and more advantageous to your safety and security to make a virtually impenetrable perimeter barrier around your dwelling than it would be to seriously fortify a house/apartment in the city or town.

The factual truth is that these types of bad human relations as violent social conflicts have been going on since Biblical times and always contain certain elements. It always boils down to attackers and defenders. Fortified compounds, camps or castles, and superior firepower and tactics which change the advantage and even the whole game.

5 Lessons to Learn from Vietnam About Perimeter Defense

The art of this type of social warfare evolved to a stagnation point during the Middle Ages and then became obsolete during the evolution of the military industrial complex and modern world warfare that included airpower and massive tank warfare. It was not revisited and perfected until the mid-20th century, in a small country police action in a faraway country called Viet Nam.

Ironically, as I draw from personal empirical knowledge and on the job experience and historic record on the comparisons and similarities, the best paradigm for survival perimeter combat preparedness comes from the Vietnam war, both when the French and the Americans were fighting it.

The lessons learned and strategies and tactics ultimately deployed became so refined and successful they remained in military application even to the modern Afghanistan war, and American mountain base camps and varies only due to advanced technology in weaponry and early anti-intrusion detection.

The Viet Nam conflict draws parallels similar to apocalyptic anarchy because political perspective notwithstanding, the typical American defenders hunkered down in camp compounds and defended against mainly ground forces who won‘t have air or naval power or sophisticated precision electronic detection or aiming technology.

The Viet Nam ground war was relatively primitive terms of force multipliers and its success, or lack of it, depended mostly upon small unit engagement with relatively basic weaponry.

Amazingly, today this type of fortification can be replicated on a smaller civilian but equally effective outcome on the private BOL compound today, and in a couple tactical applications, even better! Obviously the scale of enhanced force would be somehow different but the essential principles of applied dynamics and what works best are the same.

Here’s how to get started in the simplest, least expensive way.

  1. Local Threat Evaluation

A combination of the likelihood of indigenous harmful contact and the random plain view discovery level of your BOL determine the odds of you getting approached by marauding “zombs”.

If they can’t see you from any road, there simply is not that much of a chance of many roaming predators getting into your area, because most of the area is inhabited by good people, more exposed than you but pretty self-reliant and well-armed, and they would pro-actively interfere with any groups of predators before they would ever get to your neck of the woods. So the likelihood of your BOL getting hit is very low.

Setting up a protective live defense perimeter barrier would virtually guarantee your long term survival of the rare one time attack if that happens, because almost any well prepared and armed prepper will have enough firepower, ammo and resources on hand to handle that. That is opposed to a long duration regular siege and total destruction type environment that would be common in anarchy ruled urban environments.

  1. Barrier Protection

What does the Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, 13th century castle walls and other heavy barriers have in common? Walls are the most difficult obstacles to penetrate or breach by humans without heavy destructive equipment, but they also are the most expensive.

If your intruder simply can’t move forward and gain access to you in your inner protective shelter without getting stopped one way or another by formidable outside barrier, then your perimeter security succeeded and you survived. That’s why it’s better to have an outside perimeter circle of defense rather than allow them to get too close to your main retreat.

Again, the Vietnam War proved beyond doubt that you don’t need a castle or great solid wall to get the job done. There are other, even better ways…

  1. Perimeter Alarms

Aka anti-intrusion alerts and early warning devices. In Nam, we used anything and everything for perimeter alert from our empty beer and soda cans filled with pebbles, to the latest state of the art (at the time) forward terrain radar units and seismic ground sensors spread out even beyond the perimeter along with trip flares, and booby trapped grenades, and of course a healthy amount of pre-positioned Claymore mines if some of the attackers somehow get too far into the perimeter kill zone.

IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING you can easily replicate most of that with modern electronic battery operated noise alerts either with PIR detection triggers or pull pin type trip wire activation along with careful use of pyrotechnics, or both. There are pros and cons with each, mostly depending upon if you have a lot of animals especially deer in your area.

Pyrotechnics are a very good tried and true method of alert and can be enhanced to perform double duty as a shock deterrent ONLY IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. The old saying is that there are only two types of pyromaniac powder monkeys: those who are already missing some fingers or eyeballs, and those that are getting ready to.

The other thing is the potential forest fire hazards if you live in a dry area especially if you are using the trip flares, instead of a flash bang alert.

There’s also the legality factor. Most states have strict laws on the amount of powder you can legally shoot off in a non-commercial/professional display personal firework. I believe the max is an ounce of retort/bang powder that you can shoot off or purchase without a commercial license. But check it for yourself before trying anything else!

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Plus, if the DNR is snooping around your land and you made an oversized flash bang on a trip wire that damaged his eardrums that will become cause for arrest.

I know there is advice out there on how to booby-trap your doorways but I seriously don’t recommend doing that with anything that can kill or maim (stick with loud siren alerts or flashing lights only) because not only is it illegal virtually everywhere, but it will be only a matter of time before you yourself or someone you care about trips the booby-trap.

And I strongly recommend that you don’t get into that with common store bought fireworks, which could easily blind or burn an innocent victim or start your house on fire.

On a perimeter defense, the common larger over the counter fireworks like the bursting skyrockets and rapid fire mortar tube clusters pre-loaded shooting and bursting shells could be used just to wake up the group of invaders.

The burst charges are not black powder loaded, but contain the silver flash powder which provides a potentially dangerous hyperbaric close concussive effect even in only a cardboard tube with the legal maximum amount of powder.

Again, these are legal to own, but you can’t shoot them at people without getting into trouble. Just like guns.

But in an all-out lawless society where nothing will be adjudicated anymore in any system but God’s court after you’re dead, these are formidable perimeter counter attack devices because they also can be enhanced for maximum damage and launched on demand electronically from a secure rear position or even tripped by wire.

So it wouldn’t hurt to stock up on these because they’re legal and fun on the 4th, and would definitely come in handy on a doomsday “holiday” as well, both as an alert and force deterrent out to a hundred meters or so. Like shooting mini-RPGs and a mini grenade launcher barrage on egress/entry routes backed up by hidden wireless security cameras, which now can reach distances out to five hundred meters or better.

But if you are just getting started, stick with the pull pin or PIR battery security sound alert/alarm devices.

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You’ll immediately get why I caution you on this after your nephew or YOU forgot about it while out squirrel hunting, trip it yourself creating embarrassing Hershey Squirts in your under drawers, and your children or grandchildren will laugh at you mercilessly.

You absolutely need a lot of training and experience before you start playing with things that go bang. After you think you are safely proficient with the mind set of perimeter security devices, you can graduate yourself and augment to the trip wire re-loadable retort devices like the 12 ga. shotgun shell blaster.

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These are on the internet for about $40. They can take a shotgun shell right out of the box but these don’t work well because it is designed to be used with a barrel.

By itself it just pop bursts not even loudly below the shot/slug, and doesn’t even become any shrapnel because the powder is a slow burning type and it just splits the sides. Waste of good ammo. But you can get louder blank shells and commercial screaming flares and loud bangers from specialty ammo vendors on line. Pricey but very effective alert and deterrent effect.

There are also other good and even cheaper percussive devices that use only .22 caliber blanks, shotgun primers, or the nail gun blanks which also work decently on a lesser scale.

  1. Perimeter Intrusion Obstructions

Of course a high chain link or barbed wire fence always helps slow down people you don’t want coming in on your property, but these are easy to breach if you are a good climber or have a pair of wire cutters.

You can make it look like a FEMA prison camp and it will feel like one also, but it won’t do much good against anything but animals maybe, unless you electrify it, and I don’t mean horse/cattle fence. I mean you’ll need sizzling frying high amp prison fence to stop “zombs” using only a fence. Not to mention it will be pretty obvious to passers-by unless you camo paint it or something.

The next best thing is pyramids of concertina type barbed/razor wire rolls. Harder to breach without having heavier tarps or plywood which “zombs” certainly won’t have in their back packs. Easy to set up.

Or, you can do it cheaper and less labor intensive with something that worked so well in the Nam that we almost felt sorry for the enemy who tried to get through it because it always was like the proverbial shooting of fish in a barrel. We called it snag wire and/or tangle foot and as their moniker imply, once ensnared, they were almost impossible to get untangled from.

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And all it amounted to was regular barbed wire rolled out on the ground in crisscross or lattice pattern on the ground at intersects less than an average human step, and propped up with stakes at various heights from ankle to knee level.

Enhanced by anything imaginable from punji spikes to tripwire grenades to napalm bombs along the way. Not to mention backed up by the secondary defensive firepower towers, and bunkers armed with heavy machine guns and LAW rockets and inner perimeter mortars.

Tangle foot would be comparatively easy and less expensive to set up in conjunction with the ’creative’ use of ‘passive’ natural terrain obstruction like tree limbs and boulders and heavy brush on your perimeter. You’d only need about an eight foot width across the part of the perimeter you were setting it up at.

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Look closely at the seemingly natural and innocent looking forest pictures to the untrained eyes. In the pictures of downed trees and branches which were intentionally created as an egress obstruction.

You can’t walk or climb over that without falling, tripping, and twisting yourself to injury and entrapment while not getting far, as it stretches for several yards straight ahead and several yards to the flanks before you can make it through but hidden in the grass are also stretches of tangle foot.

So you would naturally walk around it until you found a pathway/clearing to continue on. This turns out to be a funnel zone which essentially lures the intruders into going where you WANT them to be herded. Which is replete with trip alerts, more serious booby traps, cameras, or whatever else you like when the SHTF and you no longer casually walk around in the area because you’re now in full defense mode.

And these funnel areas–which actually control the locations of entry to your compound–then become pre-set up dedicated fields of cross fire counter attack kill zones. Where you can lay a heavy ambush backed in and covered from the entry way or snipe them as they try to get all the way through and closer if they aren’t immediately deterred and retreat away.

If you look closely at the woods picture with the path on the right side, there is also a natural passive tree barrier on both sides going outside the picture for fifty or so meters either way.

It looks like storm/weather damage caused the blockage but it’s actually a clever expedient perimeter hack by bending down horizontally and staking down smaller trees cross wise which continue to grow and can’t be penetrated except by chopping through. The path is normally used for egress but can be tightly sewn up and protected fairly quickly.

  1. Defensive Counter Attack Booby Traps and Other Devices

Don’t waste time getting into man-trapping devices like large snares, dead falls, punji pits, etc. These are so labor intensive, time consuming, and mostly don’t work, that it’s not cost effective in this day and age. And it will be a pain in the ass pulling out dead animals all the time.

Yes, they were used in guerilla warfare but only because the Cong were so piss poor and resource impoverished that they couldn’t do anything else. And good Point man could spot them a lot easier than trip wired grenades. When they got their little rice ball hands on better explosive ordnance, they quickly forgot about these primitive sticks and stones methods.

First and foremost and probably least expensive is a passive perimeter far enough away from your main compound/shelter that’s too far for an easy pick off gunshot or throwing of firebombs, usually over fifty meters and ideally about a hundred meters, with anti-intrusion alerts and deterrents.

Then augmented by tangle foot and strategic counter attack defense zones that can be upgraded later in a bad SHTF scenario with extra more effective counter attack equipment that you can make with legal supplies you already have in your stockpile.

Obviously we only touched the subject of base camp perimeter security, and what you still need to know if this article piqued your interest would fill volumes. But if you do have a serious interest in this I’ll answer any questions you have in the comments section and/or point you in the right direction for further edification on the subject.

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This article has been written by Mahatma Muhjesbude for Survivopedia.

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One Of The Best Preps To Have Is…

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While food & water, shelter & security, and firearms & ammo are all great prep categories for SHTF, – in today’s modern world one of the best preps to have is ZERO DEBT. This concept is quite contrary to that which is promoted today, and here’s why…   The system wants (needs) you to be […]

Build A Powerful Solar Generator From Old Solar Lights

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Build A Powerful Solar Generator From Old Solar Lights Don’t throw away another old garden solar panel ever again! Use them and make powerful solar panels to charge your batteries and even get you off the grid. Have you got old solar lights from the garden laying around? I know I have about 10 right …

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Military Police Leak FEMA Gun Confiscation & Martial Law Plans

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Video Monday:  Military Police Leak FEMA Gun Confiscation & Martial Law Plans. This is a video from October 2013 about Martial law plans the US has.  Listen to it and take it to heart because it is coming! This is a YouTube video posted by Jason A.   -The Sargent-

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$5 DIY HDTV Antenna! Get FREE TV!

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How To Make a $5 DIY HDTV Antenna! Get FREE TV! Are you paying hundreds of dollars a month for cable or satellite TV? Chances are you probably are. Or, are you struggling to pay for TV and can’t afford to buy a HDTV Ariel?  Sit back and think about this… do you really watch …

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31 Things You Can Freeze To Save Time And MONEY

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31 Things You Can Freeze To Save Time And MONEY This is a great list of 31 items that you can freeze including, this is great to save time, you can make all your food at the beginning of the month then freeze them for later, or if you see food and discounted prices buy a lot …

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The President of Hollywood

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     Sometimes there is an advantage to being connected to social media, because I think we all know that if you are paying attention, the Enemy is giving us plenty of clues as to how he operates.  So, that’s why I am grateful to a young friend of mine who pointed me to a short YouTube video that she came across in her daily examination of the online culture.
     It’s a quick little cartoon featuring the long-time cartoon characters Tom and Jerry.  In this little snippet, we see the cartoon cat and his mouse buddy auditioning for a TV show.  But the short, one minute video reveals a forbidding, though not surprising, truth… our title characters are allowed to see who the President of Hollywood is, and it is none other than Satan.  What is interesting is that the TV executives interviewing Tom and Jerry receive a phone call from the Hollywood President … not from a regular phone on their desk, but from a pyramid-shaped instrument with the all-seeing eye that summons the demonic overlord of Hollywood.
     When he is summoned, he swirls around in a serpent-like pattern until he manifests into a simpler cartoon version of Chernabog, the Satanic Disney character from Fantasia that I referred to in this blog post.  There is also a longer version of the video (nearly 4 minutes), in which we are allowed to see just how the President of Hollywood uses his Illuminati underlings to maintain control of the entertainment industry.  When Tom and Jerry beat up the TV exec after realizing the contract they have signed is unethical and immoral, the stunned exec announces that maybe it’s time to start developing moral, family-style entertainment — at which point the Illuminati administrators destroy him and offer the prestige of the position, and the perks of beautiful women, to a more easily manipulated schmuck.
      I know this won’t surprise you; anyone with any kind of discernment can see that the entertainment industry is serving the prince of this world.  And if you are disinclined to receive the hints of a cartoon, then it should be plain to you in the recent vitriolic display coming from Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino.  In his poisonous anti-cop rants, I wonder if Tarantino is not doing the bidding of his Illuminati handlers.  Because you see, it is not just that Satan’s servants wish to control the entertainment industry; I believe they see it as a vehicle to bring about the complete destruction of our culture, society, and yes, even our country.

     Do you not find it interesting that Tarantino’s sudden appearance on the culture stage, is aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement and its subordinate element, RiseUpOctober?  Would it surprise you to know that one event at which Tarantino was invited to voice his angry criticism of police was one organized by Carl Dix, one of the founding members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, a group that has held anti-police events in October for nearly two decades, and that openly advocates for an armed overthrow of the United States of America?  Do you think it is coincidental that these two have suddenly teamed up (seemingly out of nowhere) to promote an agenda caused to wreak havoc in our society?
     So what does all this mean?  Can we believe the not-so-subtle message of a cartoon video?  Should we take seriously the active participation of Hollywood in the conjuring of social discord and conflict?  Is Communism still a major threat to this country, and are we still suffering from an “anti-McCarthyism” backlash from the 1950’s?  Is that why the media and politicians are hesitant to point out the connections between Mr. Dix and Revolutionary Communist Party chairman, Bob Avakian?
     It’s all right there for the discerning and wise to see…  From the clever cartoon, to the schemes and conspiracies of duped filmmakers and revolutionaries.  They are all convenient tools for the devil to accomplish his goal of world domination.  But he is missing one little subplot from Tom and Jerry… that pyramid with the all-seeing eye that summoned the President of Hollywood is a false idol.  There is only One Being that is All-Knowing and All-Seeing, and the machinations of the Evil one cannot destroy God’s Sovereignty or His Will.  Let them think that they are carrying out their sneaky little plan.  We already know the outcome, and the Day of the Lord is at hand.

Hebrews 4:13    “And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

How To Make The Best Candy For The Holidays

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Have you thought about how to make the best candy for the holidays, yet? I always think chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate when I think about candy making. I have never made hand dipped chocolates, but I have received them from neighbors at Christmas time. They are always so soft, creamy and fresh. My recipes today are old family recipes that anyone can make and are fairly inexpensive.

Candy For The Holidays:

Have you ever made chocolate truffles? These are so simple even your kids and grandkids can make them. They are absolutely the most delicious truffles you can make, in my humble opinion. I started making these when I lived in Logan, Utah. My daughter is 35 years old now and she was born when we lived in Logan, so I think it’s safe to say I have been making these for over 35 years.

How To Make The Best Candy For The Holidays by FoodStorageMoms.com

Chocolate Truffles by Food Storage Moms

Ingredients:

  • 12-ounce package real milk or dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup butter (no substitute) cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (or any flavor of choice)
  • Chocolate Shot or “Sprinkles”
Instructions:
  1. In Double Boiler, melt the chocolate chips with the milk. Beat with mixer one yolk at a time into the melted chocolate. Remove the pan from heat and start adding the butter pieces a few pieces at a time using the mixer. Beat 2-3 minutes, then mix in the vanilla. Chill the chocolate in the refrigerator. When the chocolate is workable, roll into balls the size of marbles and roll in the chocolate shot or ground nuts. Serve well chilled in tiny paper/foil cups. Keep the truffles refrigerated. Makes approximately 50 Chocolate Truffles.

Nana’s Homemade Fudge

I found this in our old family recipe cookbook so I had to share it! I remember my grandmother’s fudge was fabulous!

Ingredients:

1 cube butter

1 can of evaporated milk

5-1/2 cups sugar

16 ounces of chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, or butterscotch)

2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions:

Melt the butter, milk and sugar very slowly over the stove. Stir constantly because it will scorch easily.

In a  large bowl combine the chocolate chips and vanilla. Add this mixture to the butter, milk and sugar and stirring constantly until chocolate pieces have melted. Remove from stove. Grease your 8-inch by 8-inch square pan and spread the mixture evenly. Chill until firm and cut into bite size pieces.

Erma’s Coconut Mound Bars

These bars were the talk of the neighborhood when I was growing up. Everyone wanted my mom Erma, to make these at Christmas time. They taste very similar to a Mounds candy bar.

Mix together:

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

1 large package of shredded/grated coconut

1/2 cup chopped pecans (I use almonds)

To make the crust, mix the following together:

1/2 cup melted butter

2 cups graham crackers crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Place the combined crust ingredients in the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Pour the coconut mixture over the crust and return the pan to the oven. Bake another 15 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Frosting:

6-ounce pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips

6-ounce pkg. butterscotch chips

Melt together over hot water and spread over the baked mixture above. Let cool before cutting.

Do you like to make candy for the holidays? I would love to hear what kind of candy you make with your family!

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The compass maker Brunton has listed the top 5 “navigation goofs” when using a compass.

  1. Having the map 180 degrees incorrect when taking a bearing ie getting north and south mixed up.
  2. Using a compass near metal objects, or near electronic items, causing the magnetic needle to be inaccurate.
  3. Looking at the map all of the time and not looking at visual clues in the real world.
  4. Losing concentration and walking too far when you get to your point, falling victim to confirmation bias – the tendency to see things that confirm you are right, but miss things that show you are wrong.
  5. Only carrying one compass with you. If one breaks you are stuck.

CA City Exposed Residents to Toxic Tap Water for Over a Year

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tap waterYou probably wouldn’t be surprised to find that most preppers are deeply concerned about their water supply. After all, water is crucial to survival and there plenty of disasters that could disrupt its supply. Much like the power grid, our water delivery infrastructure is fairly fragile, and it’s a good idea to buy filters that can clean unsanitary water sources should our taps ever run dry.

However, a possible disruption of the water supply isn’t the only good reason to buy a filtration device. There’s also the risk of terrorists dumping poisons or biological weapons into the water supply, or there could be an accidental toxic spill. Sometimes pollution can unexpectedly devastate drinking water, while in other cases, the lack of oversight on the part of local governments can lead to contamination.

As you can see, there are lots of ways that your water can become unsafe, and our chaotic world never fails to produce new and unsuspected threats to our standard of living. However, I’m willing to bet that there is one threat you would have never considered. Apparently, there’s also the possibility that your local government will decide to use you as an unwitting guinea pig for an experimental water treatment option that causes cancer.

Sacramento, CA — In 2013 and 2014, the City of Sacramento performed a water treatment experiment at the expense of residents of the city “to save money,” according to a local news investigation.

Area residents were never informed about the toxic chemical contamination of their water that resulted from the experiment. “Cancer, miscarriages, and birth defects” are the consequences of consuming those chemicals, but the extent to which Sacramento residents are likely to experience these symptoms is not yet known.

City officials allowed the experiment to continue for an entire year — despite knowing early on that very process was creating carcinogens. For how long that contamination will be suspended in the water supply is up in the air.

Officials experimented on the water with a new added chemical to aid in removing sediment, silt, and other impurities in the water supply: aluminum chlorohydrate (ACH). It was due to replace the chemical known as ALUM that was regularly used to take the larger particles out of river water to treat it. Both chemicals weigh down the sediment to make it easily removable.

Unfortunately, their wacky experiment completely failed to clean the water, so more chlorine had to be added. When the excessive chlorine lingered with the organic compounds that were still floating in the water, it created a dangerous class of disinfectant byproducts known as DBPs. These substances are still lingering in Sacramento’s water supply at levels that are significantly higher than what the EPA considers to be safe.

City officials were well aware of the toxic substances they unleashed upon on the water supply, but instead of warning the public, they asked the city council for more money to buy truckloads of aluminum chlorohydrate to be delivered every week for a year. Essentially, they wanted to keep the experiment going, which they did between 2013 and 2014.

Instead of doing something sane like testing the chemical under lab conditions first, they decided to skip that step as they dragged the citizens of Sacramento into their incredibly thoughtless experiment, without their knowledge or consent. Could you imagine how this same situation would go down in other public health fields?

What if a doctor wanted to try out a new treatment, and instead of testing it in a lab with volunteer subjects, he went ahead and started injecting his unwitting patients with his treatment? What if he knew all along that it would have adverse side effects? How long do you think it would take for him to be sued into oblivion and thrown in jail?

For now there haven’t been any charges levied against the officials responsible for this harebrained experiment, but there absolutely should be. Until then, let this be lesson to anyone who thinks that America has safe drinking water. Our water supply is not only vulnerable to accidents, malicious intent, and acts of nature. It’s also vulnerable to the idiots who sometimes wind up in charge of a substance you would quickly die without. It’s just one more reason to keep a water filter handy.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Could A $15 Minimum Wage Ever Work In America?

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November 9th, 2015

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Here’s What To Do With All Of Those Extra Deer Parts

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When you hunt and use every part of a deer, you respect and honor not only just nature but age-old hunting traditions that we seem to have forgotten in our busy digital life.

Hunting as a means to feed and provide for your family is a natural act, but knowledge about it is beginning to fade from our society. So, below we will discuss how to hunt a deer and use every single part of the animal for a benefit to yourself and the land.

There are two general types of hunting — bow and rifle – and we will discuss both interchangeably.

How to Find the Best Spots

First, you’ll have to find public or private land to hunt on in your area. Public lands generally will require hiking in, because they will have vehicle restrictions. Private lands may allow vehicles, which will make getting to your spot easier and hauling out a whole lot easier, once you’ve bagged your game.

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Either way, make sure you park at least a mile out, because even if you’re going to overnight so the noise won’t be an issue, the smell of the vehicles could scare aware deer.

There are several types of terrain that you need to use to give you an edge. Get a TOPO (topography) map of your area. This will allow you to see the following terrain shapes so you can use them in your successful hunt.

Learn the Terrain

Cover Funnels. This is where the cover that they are using to hide necks down to a narrow spot. If you took two beer bottles and laid them in the ground with both of their opening perfectly facing each other and touching, you would have an hourglass shape.

This is the perfect shape of a cover funnel. There are open areas all around, but the cover area necks down and gets narrow at some point. This is going to be a prime spot to hunt or put up a tree stand. The deer will basically be funneled into that narrow area.

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Saddles. Here you have two hills with a valley in between. This is called a saddle. The deer will come through here because they don’t like to walk the ridge line. Plus, like most creatures, they, too, take the path of least resistance.

If two large habitats are on either side of your saddle or cover funnel above, then you have a great bottle neck they have to come through.

Points. If you have a great big long point that covers a large area, then the deer will follow the hill and make their turn at the base of that point. Just like you, they have no interest in going over the top of it. So, as they go around it, they turn at the base of it. So, that base point is a good spot to hunt.

Ridge Lines. Deer for the most part won’t travel ridge lines. They are not under cover if they do, and more dangerous. If you have a long ridge line they will generally be 3/4 of the way down it or more.

I’m not saying that this is a good place to hunt — just saying that ridge lines are typically not.

Food And Droppings

There is a great deer hunter saying that is so obvious that it’s painful. The saying is: Hunt where the deer live.

So, use the TOPO features but also start looking for their favorite foods. As an example: If you find an acorn pile under some oak trees, look for droppings and hoof prints as sign.

Deer love acorns, and they can put on weight with them faster than other foods.

If you see an area of natural browse where there is a lot of twigs, seeds, berries and leaves that make up the bulk of their diet, look for signs nearby. If it’s pre-rut season, then look for tree rubbings along with your other sign markings. They will be rubbing the velvet from their antlers. You may see dried velvet at the base of the tree with rub marks.

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These are all really good signs that you’re hunting at a good location.

How to Use Every Part of the Deer

To follow the tradition of the old hunting ways, learn how to use every part of the deer. We won’t cover the meat, because we will presume you’re going to eat it. So, we’ll just cover the rest.

Antlers. They make wonderful silverware and knife handles. Cut them into ¼-inch thick slices or less to make great buttons. Drill holes through the centers, run wiring and make lamps, sconces, and chandeliers when putting several together. They also make great handles for cupboards, doors, drawers and more.

Cut a good piece off and drill a hole through it. Run the pull cord of your lawn mower through it and you have a cool pull cord handle. Get creative and you will find hundreds of uses. You even can make handles for your fireplace poker, brush and shovel.

Bones. Cut them into lengths, freeze them and pull one a week out for your dog(s). You’ll save on food bills and Fido will be in heaven. Grind the bones and mix a teaspoon into your dog’s food each day for the natural bone calcium. Grind them up and till them into your garden area. By spring when you go to plant, the soil will be rich with nutrients and minerals, so you can grow nutritious foods.

Entrails And Scraps. Cut them into pieces and freeze. Many people enjoy eating organs. Or, you can thaw them all year long and feed your dog(s) and cat(s). Or, put the pieces beneath the seeds you’re planting in the spring for your garden. As they decompose it provides great nutrients for your vegetables and fruits.

Hide. Tan the hide as shown in our article: The Easiest Way To Preserve And Tan Hide. You can make anything — clothing, blankets, tools, shoes and even wall decorations.

We sincerely hope that this information helps you in your deer hunting and game usage. And we wish you a successful hunt.

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7 Things ‘City Slickers’ Gotta Know Before Moving To The Country

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At long last, you are there. You have been planning, saving and working for this event for years, and it is finally becoming a reality. The beautiful home in the countryside is yours, and you couldn’t be happier.

As the giant moving van backs up to the front porch, your mind is abuzz with excitement. You can hardly wait to remodel the kitchen, have the hardwood floors refinished and hire a landscaper to tidy up the far edges of the lawn.

You notice the collection of junk cars just over the property line that must have been hidden in greenery when you first visited the place. Your spouse voices some concern, but you dismiss it. Surely the municipality will insist that they clean up the yard once you bring the problem to the attention of authorities.

At lunchtime, you check in at the local store and introduce yourself while you grab some drinks and sandwich supplies.

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The scene at the general store is not quite what you had anticipated. There are a couple of elderly men seated in worn chairs outside the front door, smoking cigarettes, laughing together at an off-color joke.   Indoors, a shirtless man and his unleashed dog are waiting in line at the cash register. There is only one brand of bread on the shelf, and you can’t find any of the kind of sandwich meat you like.

While paying for your purchases, you tell the lady behind the counter that you are moving in that day, and tell her the address. She looks confused until a bystander fills her in. It’s the old Haywood place – even though you didn’t buy it from anyone named Haywood. Nor did the sellers. It’s known by the name of a family that owned it three generations ago.

“Where did you move here from?” the lady asks politely.

You are eager to tell her all about yourself. About how you previously lived in a very upscale neighborhood next door to a famous artist, in a big city that is faraway.

She shrugs, seemingly unimpressed.

7 Things ‘City Slickers’ Gotta Know Before Moving To The CountryYou go on to tell her all about the fabulous things you plan to do to fix up the house and it occurs to you to mention the junk cars and ask her who to talk to about them.

She gives you a sour look. That’s her sister’s place, she says. And those are her brother-in-law’s cars.  And you can complain to the town’s elected officials, but she doubts they care.

“Well,” you bluster, “where I came from, there are laws against such things. And you can’t smoke in the doorway or go in a store without a shirt back home.”

“You are not back home,” she replies, her voice noticeably cool.

As you exit the store, you realize the lady was right. You are truly not in Kansas anymore, and it occurs to you that the culture here is very different from that which you left. You have been so busy seeking out the kind of place that would meet your expectations that you haven’t given any thought to how you might meet theirs.

The good news is you absolutely can fit in, make friends, and become part of the community. Eventually. And the even better news is I can give you a few tips to help that happen more quickly and less painfully.

1. Don’t try to turn your new community into your old one. If your comments at the town meeting  always begin with, “Back home we did it a better way,” the locals will be tempted to retort that you should go back there if you loved it so much. Remember, you moved here for a reason. You wanted to live in a different kind of place than you lived before. Accept the fact that they have their own way of doing things here.

2. Avoid being ostentatious. Nobody here cares that a movie star frequented the coffee shop in your old neighborhood. If country folks were impressed by Hollywood, they’d move there. And your plans to glam up the old farmstead you bought by installing a garish steel roof and some glitzy fake gas pumps on the lawn will make people wonder why you bought an old farmhouse in the first place.

7 Things ‘City Slickers’ Gotta Know Before Moving To The Country3. Remember that you won’t have the same services that you had in the city. The local store is not going to carry 13 flavors of artisan mustard, and there is no way that firefighters or law enforcement can possibly show up at your door three minutes after you dial 911. The shopkeeper is likely to try to keep your favorite products on hand if you ask, though. And as for services, rest assured that as you get to know the townspeople you’ll soon learn that you are better off calling on some of them in an emergency anyway.

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4. Do the natives sound funny to you? Don’t bother pointing it out to them. You probably sound funny to them, too. They’ve heard commentary on their particular regionalisms since before you knew their town existed. And whatever you do, don’t try to imitate it. Unless you make your living recording audiobooks with characters from all over the world, you can’t pull it off.

5. With all those don’ts on the list, you might be wondering if there’s anything you can do. Take heart – there are plenty of positive things about your new country place. Don’t be afraid to be who you are, not who you think they want you to be. They’ll get used to you.

6. You don’t need to alter your goals or question your own values. If you came here to grow your own organic food, homeschool your kids or prepare for the apocalypse, you can. Just remember that others in town might have different ideals. You can do your thing, but respect them enough to let them do theirs.

7. Definitely join in on local projects. Be part of what’s already happening. And don’t just throw money at them – show up carrying a hammer or a casserole.

In the end, don’t worry about the junk cars. The next-door neighbors might well turn out to be the kind of people who will show up with a bushel of fresh tomatoes after you lose yours to blight, teach your kid how to knit, or run out and grab your dog when they see it following a snapping turtle. And someday it could happen that you gaze out the kitchen window at the beautiful homey vista that includes the neighbors’ junk cars, and wonder why you ever even cared that they were there.

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8 World War II Survival Lessons We Must Never Forget

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Our ancestors simply were better equipped for survival than the people of our generation. Just look at it this way: Could you imagine your neighbors heading out cross-country in a covered wagon to settle “out west” somewhere?

For most of us, the answer to that question would be a resounding “No,” probably with a few laughs thrown in. Yet there was a time in our country’s history where that was happening all over. People would pack up what they could and take out across country; sometimes with hardly any notice at all.

How is it that they could do that and we can’t? Basically, it’s because their lifestyle caused them to do many things on a regular basis, which we would call “survival skills” today. Their lives were very different, and those differences helped them face a crisis and come out on top.

When we talk about survival lessons that our ancestors learned from World War II, we really have two different groups of people to consider. There were the soldiers fighting overseas, but there were also the families left back home. Both groups had different lessons they had to learn, specific to their situations.

1. Learn to do without

To a large part, World War II was a war of industrial might. Many things were rationed during World War II, in order to ensure that there were enough raw materials to fuel the war machine.

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So, civilians learned to do without all sorts of things, like silk stockings and rubber tires. As a consumer society, we are not used to doing without anything, especially things that a generation ago would have been called luxuries. In a survival situation, many of those things will no longer be available.

2. Plant a garden

By the start of World War II, American society had moved away from being an agricultural society and into being an industrialized one. The Industrial Revolution had been going on a good long time, along with the migration from rural areas to urban ones. But as the war got going, the government encouraged people to plant victory gardens at their homes, so that more of the produce from the farms could be sent overseas; either for our troops or as aid to our allies.

Many people went beyond planting victory gardens and also built chicken coops, raising chickens either for eggs or to eat. These were mostly women, many of whom also worked a job during the day and took care of their families as well. Yet, they still found time to garden and raise chickens.

3. Go back to walking

Amongst the things that were the most tightly rationed was gasoline. Vehicles which were considered “non-essential” could only get three to five gallons per week; and those weren’t fuel-efficient cars either. So, if people wanted to go someplace, they either had to walk or use public transportation.

Walking is an important survival skill. Not only is it a great mode of transportation, but does a lot to increase our stamina. If you can’t walk all day, carrying a pack, how are you going to bug out? For that matter, how are you going to tend your garden or chop firewood? Most of us aren’t in good enough shape, physically speaking, to do what we have to do to survive.

4. Women can do physical labor, too

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One of the unexpected outcomes of World War II was the Women’s Liberation Movement. Before the war, the general consensus of society was that the woman’s place was in the home. With so many men overseas fighting, there was a need for women to enter the workplace, especially working in the factories that were turning out war material. Rosy the Riveter carried a lot of the load of the war on her shoulders.

Once women left the home to enter the workplace, it affected how they thought of themselves. Yet, even today, women look at themselves and society looks at women as weak. Ha, tell that to the two women who just graduated from the Army’s elite Ranger School. Those two aren’t weak. Women can do most physical tasks, if they decide to. Oh, they might need to train their bodies to have the strength, but they ca.

5. It’s better to expend things, than people

The United States has a unique war strategy, which is largely based upon our nation’s wealth. We spend more on weapons than any other country in the world, producing some of the finest military weapons there are. A lot of that has to do with our Judeo-Christian roots, and the value we put on life.

In any survival situation, we must operate under the same concept, that it is better to expend things, than expend people. Things are always replaceable, no matter what they are. But once we lose a member of our team, they are gone forever. The whole idea of how we operate must be built around the concept of keeping every team member alive; whether we are talking about food or defense.

6. When fighting, make sure someone is defending you

The Army Air Corps were the first part of our military to attack NAZI Germany. They sent wave after wave of bombers from England, seeking military and industrial targets in Germany and the occupied countries. But those bomber planes didn’t go alone; they had fighter planes with them. The bombers attacked the enemy, while the fighters protected the bombers.

This is an expansion on the idea of having a “wingman.” The lead plane attacks the enemy, while the wingman covers his back. Actually, the idea is even older than that, going all the way back to fighting with swords. During that time, the armor bearer of an important captain or prince would stand back to back with his master, protecting his back.

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Never take on a fight, without having someone there to cover your back. The enemy will be looking for your weakness and that could be it. While you are fighting somebody who wants your food, who is sneaking around to outflank you or to get in the back door? Make sure you have that covered.

7. Recycle and repurpose everything

Recycling became a big thing, for the first time, in World War II. Many an American airplane was built out of cookie sheets and muffin tins. Today, we live in a disposable society, where we throw things away and replace them. That can’t be done in a survival situation. You either fix it, repurpose it or use it as raw material to build something else; but you don’t just throw it away.

Even something as disposable as plastic could be reused. Most plastics are thermosetting, which means that they are formed by heating them. So, broken plastic items can be ground down into plastic chips, melted and then molded into something useful.

Resources could become very limited, so things that we would normally call garbage could actually become quite valuable as raw materials. All we’ll have to do is figure out how to make something useful out of them.

8. Attitude is paramount

In combat, like in a survival situation, your attitude greatly affects your ability to survive. The United States Armed Forces recognized this and created the USO during World War II. The whole purpose of the USO was to raise the troops morale, so that they would be able to fight more effectively.

Every military manual, as well as every serious book on survival, talks about the importance of maintaining a positive mental attitude. You must make sure that your survival plans include some means of keeping yourself “UP” emotionally. Otherwise, the you’ll lose the motivation to keep trying. That could be fatal.

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How To Easily Make Flour From Acorns (And Why You Should Learn)

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Prior to the development of agriculture and hunter-gatherer societies all around the world, acorns were a staple of the human diet. Ancient Romans and early Chinese peoples used them, as did Celts, early Africans and Native-Americans. A single oak tree in a good year can produce 500 to 1,000 pounds of acorns, which are high in protein, carbohydrates and fats.

If you are fortunate enough to have acorn-producing oak trees on your property, you may be sitting on a valuable alternative food source. Oak trees might not produce every year, but acorns can be dried and stored for two to three years. Acorn production can be promoted by reducing competition from nearby trees and insect predation by using fire management techniques to produce larger crops. It is possible to transform one or two oak trees into a sustainable, predictable, nutritious food source.

Harvesting and Storing Acorns

Identify your acorns before gathering, or at least make some observations. There are more than 50 species and hybrids of oaks growing in North America, and they can be difficult to identify. If you’re serious about acorn production and use, you will want a guide, such as the free one offered by the USDA Forest Service. While all acorns are edible, some will require more processing to remove tannins, which are a bitter, astringent chemical found in some plant foods. The amount of tannins in most acorns makes them indigestible and dangerous to humans without processing. One tip for determining the amount of tannins in an acorn is to look at the acorn’s cap size in relation to the seed. The deeper the cap, the more tannins will be in the acorn. Even if they require more preparation time, if the tree is producing a large quantity of acorns it is probably worth the work.

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Gather your acorns in late fall, after the first have dropped. Oak trees will drop the damaged acorns first, retaining better ones on the tree. If you can gather the acorns while still on the tree, do so. Mature acorns will be brownish and will remove easily from their cap. Pick a few and attempt to remove the caps to ensure they are ready before you gather a lot. You also can collect acorns from the ground, but inspect these ones for holes as acorns are prone to weevils. Expect your processed yield to be about half of your acorn harvest after shelling, leaching and grinding.

Acorns should be tested to eliminate the bad ones before drying. Pour acorns into a bucket of water and discard any that float; these acorns are rotten or contain bugs. Dry the remaining acorns in the sun or in a low-temperature oven. When they are dry, they should crack easily. Store acorns in boxes or cloth bags in a dry room protected from pests. Acorns can be stored for a very long time, but they should be monitored to ensure that they are not becoming moldy and that pests have not found them.

Processing and Eating Acorns

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Keep in mind you are using a wild food and there will be a lot of variability in your product. You will probably have to experiment with the best time to harvest, processing methods and recipes. Different varieties of acorns vary in fat and carbohydrate content, meaning their behavior in recipes will vary.  These are some of the popular eating acorns: East Coast White Oaks and Valley Oaks for their size and sweetness, and Eastern Red Oak, Live Oaks and Black Oaks for their fat content. The fattier acorns will work almost as nut butters, while sweeter acorns will work more like chickpea flour.

Plan ahead when you want to use acorns, as processing takes several days. You can remove acorns from storage for processing as needed. Crack acorns using a mortar and pestle or a nutcracker if you prefer, and separate the nut from the shell.

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Grind the nuts in a food processor or with your mortar and pestle, and place in a clean, glass jar. Fill the jar with fresh cold water. Two to three times daily, pour out tannic water (or reserve for natural dyeing) and replace with fresh, cold water, using a cloth or fine strainer to prevent losing acorns. After three to six days, taste the acorn flour to test for sweetness. If it is done leaching it should not be bitter. The prepared ground acorn can be used as flour immediately or stored, wet or dry, in the freezer.

Acorn flour is versatile in cooking and should be thought of as another ground nut. It can be used on its own to make a crumbly pancake by mixing 2 cups of the flour with 1 egg – or another binder – and you can add honey and other spices to taste. Acorn flour also can be used with wheat or oat flours in a 1:1 ratio to create more versatile nut breads, or eaten as porridge by mixing with broth or honey and water.

Although gathering your acorn crop and familiarizing yourself with its virtues will be work, it will reap tremendous rewards as an additional food source for you and your family. This traditional food could very well help you survive through a lean period, as it has for many people before you. Storing and using a food that is so readily available just makes sense – even the squirrels know that!

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Arthritis, The Downfall When The SHTF

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Will Arthritis Be Your Downfall When The SHTF
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Arthritis wrist-wrapAre you prepared to care for arthritis pain after SHTF? Even if you don’t have arthritis today, odds are good that someday you will. To be clear, this episode isn’t just for people suffering from arthritis now, but for everyone that may develop arthritis in years to come.

11-8-15 pelvis and spineArthritis technically means inflammation of the joints. Arthritis, however, is an umbrella term that encompasses not only osteo-arthritis, but also over 100 rheumatic conditions effecting joints and the surrounding connective tissue. According to the CDC:

An estimated 52.5 million adults in the United States reported being told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.

The CDC also states that, “Nearly 1 in 2 people may develop symptomatic knee OA by age 85 years.” This risk goes up to 2/3rds of adults when the adult is obese. Considering the fact that the CDC also states that 1/3 of adults in the United States are obese, that is a lot of people with knee problems.

11-8-15 Solomon's_SealThe pain from arthritis can make daily tasks difficult in the best of times. What if you suddenly found yourself in the worst of times- no pharmacy, no pain medication, and your ability to eat was dependent upon how much food you could grow, hunt, trap, or forage yourself? Would you be able to survive?

11-8-15 horsetail-close-up-1394547980QL0In this live episode, we will look specifically at osteo-arthritis, deterioration of cartilage, joint inflammation and pain. There are natural ways to address the pain and inflammation, as well as dietary, and herbal approaches to help rebuild the cartilage necessary to cushion the joint.

11-8-15 Arnica and Comfrey oilsHealing arthritic joints is a long haul proposition. Then again, so is arthritis. In a world where people expect quick fixes, it is easy to understand why people may doubt if it is even possible to replenish cartilage. Given enough time and support, however, it is possible for the body to heal. Some The problem is, none of us know how much time there will be before the SHTF.

This episode will give you all the information you need to know in order to start healing your own joints. Again, this is a long haul proposition. There’s no time to lose.
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