Editorial: Don’t hit small solar with new fees in California

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big business tries to stamp out home power

Don’t let the sun go down on me

Those solar panels you’ve seen glinting on your neighbors’ rooftops throughout California?  If the state’s investor-owned utilities get their way in negotiations with the Public Utilities Commission,, you’ll be seeing a lot less domestic black silicon in the future.

That’s because big utilities are petitioning to radically alter the rules about net metering, the system by which homeowners, schools and businesses that generate excess electrical capacity on a sunny day sell their unused power back to the grid, the same as the utility companies sell it to the rest of us.

Our big power suppliers have the same right to operate under a fair business model as the small homeowner who makes an investment in solar. Few of the latter, except isolated cabin owners and the like, are ever really “off the grid” entirely. They make use of electricity sold to them by Southern California Electric, PG&E and the state’s other large private firms as well, or buy it from the city-owned utilities in cities such as Los Angeles, Pasadena, Burbank and others that operate municipal, taxpayer-owned nonprofit power companies. It’s the big utilities that have to operate the grid — the complex system of power lines, from the big ones coming down from Tehachapi wind farms, Utah coal plants, dams with hydro plants and the like to the small wires that come into your own homes.

But even though those big firms still control 97 percent of the electrical power market in California, they are worried about the tiny but growing group of homeowners and businesses in the state that have chosen to generate some of their own power. So they have a proposal before the California Public Utilities Commission targeting net metering by making it more than twice as expensive for the little guy through fees and smaller payments.

netmeterprocessThose electrons are sold back to the rest of us at the same rate as electricity made by the utilities. So even though it’s true all of us have an interest in maintaining the grid, the proposals are not only not fair — the solar-panel installation industry says it would deeply harm their own business model. And this is not just about staying in business. As U.S. negotiators prepare to head to the Paris talks on climate change next month, all of us have an interest in creating a country with fewer carbon emissions that lead to global warming.

When a similar measure to the one before the PUC was approved in Arizona recently, the solar industry said it saw an immediate 95 percent decline in its business. Homeowners said that it no longer penciled out for them to invest the $15,000 or so it costs to go solar and recoup their invest- ment through energy savings over 10 or so years. Hawaii just passed an anti-solar bill after intense lobbying by that state’s largest utility, and big condos that were on the verge of going solar dropped their plans. Two of the sunniest places in the nation are now seeing dramatic drops in individuals going solar.

The good news is that two other states, New Mexico and Wisconsin, recently prevented their utility commissions from siding with the big utilities by making small solar power less economical.

About 130,000 Californians signed petitions to the PUC asking it to protect net metering, and big wheelbarrows of the petitions were delivered last Thursday. In the future, the formula may need tinkering with to protect the grid. But the time to change the model, just as solar is taking off, is not now.

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How To Build The Ultimate Budget Get Home Bag

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A GHB (Get Home Bag) is an important thing to invest in if you commute on a regular basis.  It’s basically a stripped down Bug Out Bag, only containing the items you need to get your ass to the house. You don’t need an AR with 500 rounds and a 4 man tent in this … Continue reading How To Build The Ultimate Budget Get Home Bag

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Modify a Transistor Radio for AIR Band. Check Out This Hack!

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For those that have never done any modifying of electronics, this is a great and easy hack to whet your whistle.  But, even if you are a veteran with circuitry, this can still be a fun hack.  All you need is an old AM/FM transistor radio and a screwdriver.

In summary, you just need to widen the FM coils and turn up the FM tuning transformer.  The result is pushing up the FM frequency into the AIR band that can receive aircraft communications.
The following “instructables” has a video to show you how to do it:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Transistor-Radio-Hack/

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If you are looking for more deeper content, you should check out some of the free offerings on Udemy.  Discover Udemy’s featured courses!  Search up “circuit bending” to get ideas of how you can mod some of those old gadgets kicking around.

North Carolina Networking Piedmont area

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Looking to connect with others in the Piedmont area of N.C. (that’s north central of the state)

 

I have a half acre in town but I get a lot out of this little homestead. I have two Nubian does, due to kidd in Dec. Seven giant Pekin ducks, half dozen assorted chickens, four cats and an ever changing number of bunnies who live free in and out of the yard. I am 62 this week. I have many sustainable living skills. I bought this place a little over 4 years ago. I now have an excellent permaculture process  between my animals and my farming. There is still so much more to be done.

 

I have been asked many times in the last 2 years to teach what I know. I am now ready to do that. Canning, the art of growing, herbs, cheese making, permaculture, raising poultry and goats and how to create a sustainable lifestyle are some of the skills I have to offer. The fee structure will be money, money and labor, just labor or barter.

 

What I don’t have is help. Not a good day when I had to come to terms with the fact that I can no longer stack a 5 gal. bucket of rice above my head! So now I use 3 1/2 gal. buckets. I’m learning to compromise… not something I do well. There are some things it simply takes more hands to do. I’m looking to connect with others in the area to form a goods/labor/knowledge exchange.  Neighbors coming together to aid each other with projects. Want to have a network to share free and cheap resources such as up-cycled food grade buckets, building supplies, seed and plant exchange or where to buy amazing milk for cheese and yogurt. I have an abundance of bamboo seedlings. They make a wonderful wind break for a pasture, the goats ignore it in the warm months but are dam happy to have fresh fodder in the winter. I’m looking for elderberries. I have many Mulberry saplings. The birds plant them for me every year. The goats love them the ducks are crazy for the berries and they make wonderful jam and wine when the tree gets bigger. What have you got to trade?

 

This week I bought myself a gift… a 30′ x 48′ steel greenhouse frame. Not something my daughter and I can put up ourselves. I’m sure there are others in the area who could use a hand say fencing in a goat pen, digging a root cellar or building a cob oven. We could get together for a pot luck every two months to exchange ideas and help plan each others projects. I have a web site I could post the information on for free.

 

I’m 26 miles south of Danville, VA and 26 miles north of Greensboro, NC. If you are grid free, grid light or stuck in an apartment trying to find a way out let’s start talking.

Dovely

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China Tests Anti-Satellite Missile

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Link to Free Beacon
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/china-tests-anti-satellite-missile/

Link to Arutz Sheva:
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/203130#.VkKWxoTOxdG

This event confirms the importance of becoming more independent with technology skills and communications.  I don’t think anyone really knows what the Chinese are thinking and how they would use such a weapon, but one can only guess that the impacts of a successful strike could be devastating on our infrastructure.

A Survivalist Mindset Amongst Apathy

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Rourke: The following was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com.

 

Apathy is described as a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation, and passion. Over the course of these last couple of years I’ve found myself more inclined, empowered by a sense of urgency and righteousness in my beliefs, to speak with others, sometimes at great length, about my views concerning preparedness and the necessity of possessing a survivalist mindset. Often, my concerns seem to be better received outside of my most intimate inner circle of friends and family. Perhaps that same intimacy that brings about the emotional and physical bond we often share, is a detriment to my ability to convince those I most wish to convince: my truly apathetic loved ones, of the real perils that await the unprepared. Familiarity does, indeed, often breed dissent.

Casual strangers, or mere acquaintances, will usually indulge my opinions about the impending decline of our world as we know it–at least until they get that “glazed-over look” that tells me they have since tuned me out, and are concentrating their focus on something more important…like who the latest front-runners for American Idol might be; or what Snookie (Jersey Shore) said or did on their latest trashy episode.  Now don’t get me wrong–I seldom, if ever, initiate any conversation regarding the virtues of preparation with anyone I don’t know well; I have simply found the task to be far too frustrating in most cases. It has become my conclusion that the uninformed prefer to stay that way, believing instead that all will turn out well in the end, and that our government won’t let them down when disaster once again strikes. Even pointing out the somewhat recent “Katrina/New Orleans” debacle does little if anything to deter their unwavering faith in the system. They simply see the general lack of preparedness by both the citizens of New Orleans and our federal government as an aberration, a glitch, a hiccup that will never happen again. I cannot help but wonder if the people of New Orleans–those that suffered through the storm and it’s terrible remnants, and choose to remain there to this very day–still have as much faith in their elected and appointed officials as they did pre-Katrina. Hmm…I wonder?

The informed and apathetic are, however, a different breed of cat. These people are generally educated and well informed of what goes on, globally as well as at the local level. They cannot, sadly enough, be classified or pigeon-holed into one neat little compartment of naysayers and denialists any more than Survivalists, Preppers, New World Order Theorists, and Neocons can be all categorized as End-of-The-World Kooks or Chicken Little Alarmists. They have the truth; the handwriting is on their wall just as it is on ours. The difference of opinions, I believe, can be boiled down to one basic and most fundamental tenet: since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and, most recently, the September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers of The World Trade Center, and The Pentagon, most Americans have never had their White Castle dreams of isolation and insulation–thus protection from the evils of the rest of the world–put to any real test. They have seen the tragedies and horrors of wars taking place thousands of miles away, in lands and cultures unrecognizable to their own. But those wars would NEVER happen here! We are the U.S. of A, for God’s sake!

Truth be told, I don’t even mind the skepticism and the mocking raised eyebrows of both the informed or uninformed. They have their choices, as do I. What really hurts are the comments from those whom I love the most, would give my very life for, and whom I intend on protecting, despite their lack of belief. When I hear my wife say to a friend or neighbor or fellow family member, when speaking of my passion for all things preparedness, “Oh, that’s just Rob doing his little hobby thing,” I want to scream out, “Wake up, honey! This isn’t my “little hobby.” This is me maybe saving our skins when the SHTF!”

I will continue with my preparations. I will persevere despite the majority of people thinking I’m the crazy one. I will invest as much as it takes to offer my family and loved ones as many opportunities to survive as I possibly can. And, if it never comes to that, then all the better for all of us. Better to be prepared and not need it, than to need it and not be prepared.

RobNPhx

 

7 Alternative Ways To Preserve Food

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When preppers talk about preserving their own food, they’re usually talking about canning and dehydrating. While these are excellent food storage methods, there are many other great options to consider. In fact, you could make your emergency food diet a lot more interesting by using some less common food preservation […]

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EmailContact List For Those Interested in Anti-Nuke, Anti-Radiation, Better Health

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Folks, I need to bear down and get some tasks done, and get ready for a big plane trip, will test for gamma and beta if I can

I have been trying to clean up my email, and at least I got ENE Nukepro related emails all gathered to one folder, 318 items!

My intention is to make a mailing list and send stuff out occasionally, I will use BCC so your privacy will be protected

If you want to be on this list and have never email before, email now to stock@hawaii.rr.com
Also if you emailed from Feb to Sep of 2015….through a butt head mistake of my own and of Windows 7, have lost all the email, probably only the NSA has it, LOL

So write again.

Time permitting during my travels, I will create the “real players” email contact list. I won’t send things often and it won’t be spam.

Indicate your “stage name” will be helpful, because I want to mitigate chances of getting a troll on board.

stock out


Also I apologize to those who wrote and who I did not respond. I usually try to respond immediately, but if that is not possible, then the response often just has to fall by the wayside.

Bring Christmas To Life!

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You have probably heard of elf on a shelf? But, what if I told you that there is something that is even funner? Elf Workshoppe has the highest quality hand painted limited edition collectible elf gifts. Their collection of elves and elf accessories will bring your Christmas alive. Create a new tradition that will be enjoyed every Christmas.

You can find the whole elf family and all of their needs here. Create a comfy home for your elf. Put their rocking chair on a shelf for him to sit in during the day and then put him to his comfy bed at night when your child goes to bed. When they are comfy in bed , they know that their elf is in their own comfy bed. When you are reading stories to your child or grandchild they know the elf is enjoying it also.

Your child will be so happy when he knows that his elf has his own transportation to go back to the North Pole to tell Santa Claus how good he has been all year. The elf can have his own car, a train, a sleigh, a sled, or his own reindeer pet. Your child has to take care of the reindeer, also. Keep it as happy as they keep their elf. Keep them happy and take care of all of the accessories so that Santa Claus will hear all about how well you did take care of this elf. It will give you more points towards being the best. Santa will be so happy with your child that he will bring their Christmas alive with tons of joy!

There are other options that the Elf Workshoppe has for your family if you do not want the elf with his accessories. You can get your child or grandchildren the cute soft plush snuggly elf that loves to be hugged and snuggled. Order one of these now and they will arrive at your home with their own snuggable sack for them to keep warm in. Any child that gets one of these will be happy and will love the new tradition that these elves will create in their home at Christmas. A snuggly elf that they will sleep with and take care of. A happy little elf to be their friend and make their Christmas a favorite time of year. They will look forward to it each and every year.

You will find magical gifts for everyone on your Christmas list in the gift shoppe. They are so confident that you will love their items that they offer a 14 day money back guarantee! If you are not happy for any reason just return the item for a complete refund. This assures you that these are of the highest quality to create happiness for anyone who receives one of these Christmas elves. Have a magical Christmas and a new experience that will be a total joy for your child. or grandchild. A tradition that will continue each Christmas. Try it risk-free!

Baking Bread in an Earthen Oven – A Simple Guide

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This is the second part of the earthen oven series from Jas. If you missed the first part, see this video to learn exactly how to build your own earthen oven.

In this second part you’ll learn tons of tips for baking your own delicious bread in your earthen oven, including:

  • the four important tools you need to bake bread
  • how to start the fire
  • a smart trick to make sure the oven is not too hot (you don’t want to burn that bread!)
  • how to use the heat to cook five different things in one burn
  • …and much more.

Earthen oven bonus

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Beekeeping 101: Picking The Best Hive Design For Your Homestead

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If you have decided to start keeping bees for honey, you may be surprised to learn about the variety of opinions regarding the best methods for getting started. Bees, of course, have been building hives without any intervention on our part for millennia, but modern hive designs have made the decisions a little more complicated.

With modern hive design, bees make more honey, colonies live longer, and honey is easier to harvest. The equipment is calculated to shape bees’ natural instincts to suit the needs of the beekeeper.

Beekeeping helps the local bee populations thrive by promoting pollination and growth of bee-friendly plants, and colonies will be healthier and better sheltered in their hives than in the wild.

When you are starting out, the main hive designs you will encounter will be the Langstroth hive and the top bar hive. It is possible to find resources claiming that either of these is “best for beginners,” so it can be difficult to make a decision. Each hive design has pros and cons that you should weigh when considering your future apiary.

The Langstroth Hive

The modern standard for beekeeping, the Langstroth hive was developed in 1852 by Philadelphia native Reverend L.L. Langstroth. A bee enthusiast, he noticed that bees given less than three-eighths of an inch of space would not build comb in that space.

The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Stronger Colonies and Healthier, More Productive Bees

Langtroth hives. Image source: Pixabay.com

Langstroth hives. Image source: Pixabay.com

He used this information to design a hive with removable frames, called supers, to enable beekeepers to keep parts of the hive separate, and more easily harvest honey.

The Top Bar Hive

Most modern top bar hives consist of a wide box covered with wooden bars measuring about 1¼ inch each. The bottom of the bars may be notched or ridged to give a surface for the start of the honeycomb. Because there are no frames, the bees do not fill the space but instead build free-form. The spacing of the bars is designed so that they can be removed from the hive one bar at a time without disrupting the rest of the hive.

Advantages of Each Hive Design

The Langstroth hive is popular in North America. It is possible to buy apiary start-up kits that will include everything you need, including a hive. When you want to purchase additional equipment, such as queen excluders or supers, it is easy to do so because sizes and shapes are standardized. The Langstroth hive winterizes easily, as it can be insulated and was designed to prevent the invasion of pests. Lastly, collecting honey from the hive is fairly simple: segregate the bees from the super you wish to harvest using smoke or an escape board, remove the super, uncap the comb with a knife, and empty honey from the comb using a centrifugal extractor; combs can be kept intact for many years.

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Top bar hive. Image source: flickr

The top bar hive, by contrast, can be constructed at home with materials on hand, making it far less expensive. Although it is more work to begin, the top bar hive allows for a beekeeping style that is less invasive to the bees, which may promote colony health and honey production. For example, it is easy to inspect sections of the hive; when the bees are quiet, simply lift a bar to inspect the comb, and carefully replace. With informed management, honey produced in a top bar hive may be of higher quality; the bees will naturally segregate the queen from the honey production area of the hive, preventing lower quality honey from being produced there. Harvesting the honey does not require any additional equipment: Merely remove the bar, cut the comb, and crush it to extract the honey; you can also produce beeswax as a by-product.

Choosing Your First Beehive

When you want to start beekeeping, meet a local expert. It can be useful to learn from someone well-versed in your climate and local environment. Which bee-friendly plants will grow best for you, which diseases and pests do you need to watch for, and what can you expect through the seasons? Ask them about hives before buying to get a local opinion.

If you want to custom build your hive to your specifications and troubleshoot your own solutions, then top-bar is probably for you. If you want to start producing honey as soon as possible and have greater control over your colony, you’re probably looking at Langstroth hives. Consider your work style and long-term goals, and honey production will become a life-long craft.

Do you have hives? What advice would you add? Share it in the section below:

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Solar Net Metering

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-10/giant-utilities-try-kill-solar-power#comment-6774321

This report out of Maine indicates that the value to the state from  solar is above most net metering costs.

Pages 11 and 12 of the doc indicate that societal benefits are significant.  The utilities on the West Coast are most likely misrepresenting their case.

http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/electricity/elect_generation/documents/MainePU…

JC you are wrong.   It has nothing similar to robbing Peter to Pay Paul.
Solar investors simply stop paying an electric bill.
Now those who haven’t done solar need to foot the bill for the “grid”.
The grid is already paid for, and maintenance is very small, its wires and transformers….things that have high reliability. 
But solar helps the grid.    It feeds power to the grid when the grid needs it the most.   And solar users add load to the the grid, when the grid needs the load, at night.
So please explain why you think this is robbing peter to pay paul?

(Infographic) Are We Headed for a Food Shortage?

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old-farmer-in-oat-fieldThe other day I was watching videos on YouTube, and I heard Joel Salatin say that the average age of American farmers is approaching 60 years old. He mentioned that when a Wall Street analyst values a company, one of the things they take into consideration is the average age of the company’s employees. And if the average age of a company’s employees is over 35, then the company is devalued because it is considered to be “in decline.”

Now, I don’t want to take anything away from older farmers and gardeners. I learned long ago that when a “mature” grower is talking, you better listen up! Nobody has more experience and knowledge than someone who has been practicing for decades – through droughts, hard winters, and a million trends that have come and gone. So, when a 60 year old farmer talks… I listen like they were E.F. Hutton.

But the point here is that aging farmers aren’t passing on their wisdom. Their land is often their retirement fund. So, rather than passing on their knowledge and land to the next generation, they cash out – selling the land to be subdivided and developed. Too often, this is their only option.

I was searching around for more information when I came across this infographic. Turns out, we’re losing family farms and farmers quicker than you might think. And when you add in population growth – it paints a scary picture. Check it out…

are-we-headed-for-a-food-shortage

Also check out Tasha Greer’s article Are You Prepared for Peak Chicken? – Tasha talks about the problem of food security, but more importantly, she proposes 3 practical changes we can make to become part of the solution rather than part of the problem.


Thanks to Free Legacy Food for the infographic. You can see the original post here: Food Shortage.

 

Easy Ways to Prepare for Riots and Migrant Invasions

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Riots and Migrant InvasionsWith all the violence, in Europe, we need to be prepared for anything. Here are some easy ways to prepare for riots and migrant invasions.

Easy Ways to Prepare for Riots and Migrant Invasions

It’s hard for me to look at what’s happening in Europe right now, around 8,000 African and Middle-Eastern migrants cross their borders every single day. The old continent will never be the same, that’s  for sure, and I feel powerless when it comes to doing something to stop this “flood”. The US also agreed to receive 10,000 of them last I heard so if you think this migrant crisis won’t affect you, think again. I’m willing to bet that number will rise pretty soon.

Considering the size of the Ferguson and Baltimore riots, adding a few hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants is like pouring gasoline on fire. We need to prepare. We need to know what to do in the next wave of riots because one thing I do know is it’s going to be devastating.

#1. Move out of downtown areas

You don’t have to leave everything behind (friends, jobs) and move out of the city into the wilderness or in a small town. The suburbs will allow you and your spouse to keep your jobs and you’ll be far away from the streets and squares that are most likely to witness bloody street-fights at some point.

#2. Have a get home bag and an everyday carry kit (EDC)…

…and make sure all your family members do too. The items you have on you when you’re away from home may as well save your life if you’re trapped in a riot, if you happen to run into a gang of thugs or if someone starts following you at night. Buying stuff for your GHB and EDC is easy; the hard part is keeping them concealed so your co-workers don’t think you’re crazy for having water purifying tablets on you.

#3. Spread the word

My personal Facebook profile is full of news and footage about the migrants that’ve taken over Europe. Even though I lost a few “Facebook friends” lately, I’m confident that my efforts are raising much-needed awareness, particularly since liberal media prefers to only show on side of the story.

You need to know your facts because there are plenty of fake photos and misleading news out there that do not make our point.

#4. Do drills (preferably with your family)

They are easier than you think. During a lunch break, make it a point to get home as fast as you can (without causing an accident). Measure how long all of this takes you and try to beat your own record in subsequent drills. You can even stop along the way if you notice a vending machine to see how fast you can get to the cash in your survival bag to get water and energy bars (as you would in an emergency situation when you’d need to be hydrated and energized).

#5. Prepare for martial law

Total Martial Law means, among other things, the suspension of the Constitution and the replacement of the Government and the legislative powers with a military dictatorship. If this happens, it means things are bad. Really bad.

As long as you’re prepping, you might as well do it for a more extreme scenario such as this one because you’ll automatically be ready for anything else: riots, civil unrest or a state of emergency. Just remember what happened during Katrina when people were forced to spend several nights in the Superdome in New Orleans, along with types of people I’d rather not talk about.

#6. Don’t trust ANYONE

Good people turn into savages when put in critical situations. Just look at the migrant crisis in Europe. Many of the refugees became violent when they weren’t allowed into Hungary, not to mention some of them may be terrorists.

Speaking of which, some of the terrorists who decided to take Christian lives were also considered to be “nice guys” by the people who previously knew then and were interviewed. Heck, even some of your neighbors might get upset that you don’t join their protests (What normal prepper would, protests and having the mob mentality are completely useless.) My point is, you can’t really trust anyone during social unrest. Instruct your kids to avoid talking to strangers and learn to recognize when someone is stick to stay away from them.

#7.  Stay Connected and Read the Signs

If you bug out when it’s too late… bad news: you might not make it. The streets will be veritable battlefields so good luck with that. It’s better to bug out to early as soon as you feel things are going down the drain and make a fool of yourself than it is to make the decision when it’s too late and risk everything.

One of the most important things you can do is to constantly watch local TV stations or listen to local radio stations so you’re the first to know when something bad happens. You also need to

#8. Make Like-minded Friends

They don’t necessarily have to be preppers. A lot of folks out there are concerned with politics and the way things are going and, even if they aren’t prepping, they at least see the things the same way you do.

The more such people you know, the more likely it is they’ll help you or that you’ll help them. Who knows, maybe one of them will help you bug out in case you can’t for some reason (even if they don’t know what bugging out means right now).

#9. Become a grey man or woman

Becoming a grey man is all about not standing out from the crowd. Let’s take a closer look at those migrants trying to make their way into Germany, Austria and Sweden. Though there hasn’t been conclusive proof, many people fear that ISIS terrorists disguised themselves as refugees.

If you noticed, most of these guys were well dressed, had smartphones and money. So, if you were trying to blend in with them, would you try to look like a dirt-poor refugee? Of course not! You’d have a smartphone and good clothes too.

My point is, if you want to blend in with the people around you to avoid suspicions that you might have things of value on you, such as money, guns or gold. You need to look like them, smell like them and dress like them.

Final Word

It’s almost impossible to see how the coming nation-wide social chaos will unfold. Who would have thought modern refugees would look like the ones who are still trying, as I’m writing this, to make their way into Europe? The only certainty in the coming disaster is uncertainty so I guess my best and final advice I can give you is to always hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

A guest post from Dan Sullivan – www.SurvivalSullivan.com

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Status of Canadian Pacific Ocean Videos

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I have asked the author when these videos were taken, lets see if I get an answer,  I will definitely post it if I get an answer.    They nicely describe the location, but fail to provide the date.

Regardless, I do not consider these videos to show a “vibrant” life.  

I have personally done over 900 dives, including some photos and video.    These have been in Hawaii, Guam, Tahiti, so kind of different.

Also this author is doing their best to discredit Dana Durnford, so take things with a grain of salt.

Larvae, wow!
Wow algae! Witty Lagoon Park – we would hope the Parks would be in better shape than the average shoreline

Worms can be a Serious Medical Problem After TEOTWAWKI

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Worms

Pinworms

When I was a child, I remember my mother always worrying and watching to see if we had worms.  Now this is something that I haven’t thought about in years.  But recently I have noticed a couple of articles about people having tapeworms.  Now to most younger Americans, worms are not something that they have ever had to worry about.

In talking to a few people, I find that they know very little about how to prevent or treat worms.  You can contact worms from simple things like walking barefoot in areas where people defecated. Then you touch your feet and your mouth.

Now before we go to much further, I want to stress that I am not a Doctor and have no special medical training.  This article is for information only.  If you have one of these conditions I strongly suggest you get medical help.

One very common type of worm is the pinworm or threadworm which looks like a piece of cotton thread.  The can run from about 1/16 to 1/2 inch in length.

How do you get pinworms?

  • Children can touch and then swallow the tiny worm eggs without realizing it. The worms hatch in your stomach and then crawl out of a person’s anus at night to lay more eggs.
  • The female threadworm lays tiny eggs around the anus and vagina. It also secretes mucus that makes you scratch the area.
  • The eggs then are stuck to your fingers or under your fingernails and then you touch your month or spread them to others.
  • Pinworms are passed on by poor hygiene, not washing your hands after going to the toilet or coming into contact with objects contaminated by the worm’s eggs. This is where bare feet come into play, children walk in areas where humans have defecated and then touch their feet.  They then them put their dirty fingers into their months; then the eggs grow into worms in the intestines.
  • The main symptom is an itchy bottom which is worse at night and can disturb sleep.
  • The eggs can by transferred from your bottom to underwear, bed sheets towels and carpet.
  • Pinworm eggs can survive on surfaces for up to three weeks. It is also possible to breathe in the eggs and then swallow them. The eggs are so small that they can become airborne, for example, if you shake a towel or bed sheet that has eggs on it.

Treatment for pinworms

If one person in a family has them, others may well have them too. So it’s best to treat the whole household to prevent re-infection.

  • You get rid of them by following strict hygiene measures for up to six weeks. Wash all your clothes and bedding.
  • The most common medications that are used to treat threadworm infections are mebendazole  (it also works for hookworms whipworms, roundworms and some other types of worms) and piperazine. Mebendazole is an over the counter medicine and can be purchased at most pharmacies.
  • Treatment may not be suitable for everyone and you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Tapeworms

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Tapeworms

Tapeworms are flat-segmented worms that live in the intestines of some animals.  Animals can become infected with these worms from grazing in pastures or drinking water that is contaminated.

It is largely spread from animals to humans by eating undercooked meats.  Although tapeworms in humans usually cause few symptoms and are easily treated, they can sometimes cause serious, life-threatening problems. You can get tapeworms from beef, pork, fish or poultry.

Tapeworms have a three-stage life cycle:

  • egg
  • an immature stage called a larva
  • adult stage at which the worm can produce more eggs.

Because larvae can get into the muscles of their hosts, infection can occur when you eat raw or undercooked meat from an infected animal.

You can also get it from an infected person with poor hygiene.  Tapeworm eggs are passed with bowel movements, a person who doesn’t wash hands well after wiping and then prepares food can contaminate the food.

Treatment for tapeworms

The most commonly used medicine for tapeworms is praziquantel (Biltricide) which is a prescription drug.  This medication kills the tapeworms. The dead tapeworms then dissolve or pass from your body in your bowel movements.  There are also non-prescription medications for treating your animals that are available at a good vet supply.

Prevention from getting tapeworms

  • Avoid raw fish and meat.
  • Thoroughly cook meat to temperatures of at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit for whole cuts of meat and to at least 160 degrees F for ground meat. Then let it rest for at least 3 minutes before carving or eating.
  • Freeze meat to -4 degrees F for at least 24 hours to kill tapeworm eggs.
  • Wash hands with soap and hot water before preparing or eating foods.

Here is a link to a previous article that I wrote on Worms, Humans and Worm Infections.  It contains information on some possible alternative treatments.  Remember the best treatment for worms is prevention.

Howard

 

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The New World Order agenda: Combine and Conquer

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The New World Order is settling in, little by little, trying to conquer and take over civilisation as we know it. When they finally will hold absolute power, they’ll do the worst evil imaginable: try and pervert our morality and spirituality, divert our belief in God and our love of good towards serving a darker master, one whose final agenda is the fall and complete destruction of mankind. One of the most respected war tactics is divide and conquer: weaken the bonds between your enemies so that they will be easier to conquer (united they stand, but divided they’ll fall). However, the war for taking over the world is not a conventional war; it’s a fight that’s happening in “the shadows” away from public eyes, based on lies, deceit and mind-bending tactics that should ultimately result in the instalment on the NWO. So this is exactly why the strategy of divide and conquer will not apply here, but rather the opposite: total uniformity, final unification (aka. Globalisation) in order to place all the soon-to-be subjects under a single, incontestable master, bent on tyrannical rule and enslavement. This process has already begun as the EU is already in place, as is African Union. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) have already accomplished their North American Union (NAU, represented by Canada, US and Mexico), which is the first step towards assimilating the US to an ultimate Global Government that will answer to an ultimate and undisputed World Leader. All of these unfolding events have already been foretold by the Bible in the book of Revelation:

“Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.” Revelation 13:1-2

 

The Beast’s head: the Rothschilds

The NWO movement is set up and controlled from the shadows by the wealthy Rothschild dynasty. They are promoting the NWO under Zionism, but they are not alone in this endeavor. There are other small families involved, less powerful but still very influential. The “clan” consists of about 300 major families, out of who on 13 make up the high council. The rich are not only seeking wealth, but world domination and the worship of the Beast. Most of these families are behind organizations like the Bilderbergers or the Council on Foreign Relations, but not only that, as they also pull the strings of the Mansory or the Mafia. They’re ties with the occult are evident and they’re lust for world domination and destruction is even more so. For many decades, most members of this family used as their official seal (that followed their official signature in official documents) the Seal of Solomon, which back then was a symbol of magicians and mystics that that were practitioners of the black arts.

 

The Beast’s 10 horns: the upcoming global regional divisions

In 1996, NAFTA had devised an outstanding economic strategy that was to raise global economy a great deal. The organization divided the World from a so-called “financial” point of view into 10 regions: 1. North America, 2. Western Europe, 3. Japan, 4. Australia + South Africa, 5. Eastern Europe + Russia, 6. Latin America, 7. North Africa + the Middle East, 8. Tropical Africa, 9. South and Southeast Asia and 10. China.

Little did many of us suspect at that time that what was really going on had very little to do with bettering the overall global economy, but was actually an attempt at remapping the world for a political and structural point of view. These 10 regions are what we find in Revelations as the 10 horns. They were meant to destabilize and prepare the planet for the take-over and the coming of the new ruler, the bringer of a new (and Dark Age), the fulfiller of the NWO agenda. This false messiah has also been prophesized and I’m sure you all figured it out by now that he’s what the Bible refers to as the Antichrist.

The signs couldn’t be clearer and humanity has been on a set path for self-destruction for years now. The peaceful reasons behind Globalization and other similar projects are nothing but lies. The goal reason is to enslave the human mind little by little, and ultimately the human spirit. If we’ll constantly be subjected to false doctrine and propaganda, if we fall victims to their mind-controlling implants and we (the many) give in to the will of the few, there will be no opposition to the rule of the NWO or to the fulfillment of their dark plan. But nothing’s lost yet; open your eyes, read the signs and do not give in to the tapestry of lies and deceit.

 

By Alec Deacon

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Food Storage Recipe – Homemade Rice A Roni

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This is a great thing to be able to make. A lot healthier than the boxed mix. The prepackaged mix is full of items that can’t even pronounce. Plus, good to be able to make for yourself when you can’t get to the store.

NEED:

4 tablespoon butter

1/2 cup of rice

1/2 cup of spaghetti that you have broken into tiny pieces

2 cups of chicken broth

2 tablespoon parsley

salt and pepper to taste.

In a saucepan, melt the butter and add the rice and the spaghetti.

Cook it until it is slightly golden brown.

Add the broth and bring to a boil.

Turn the heat down to allow it to simmer covered.

Cook it until the rice is tender.

Fluff and add the parsley, salt and pepper. .

Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps and Preppers

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I am a fan of Dave Ramsey, I listen to him on the radio, read his books, and being from Tennessee, I have driven by his studio several times as it is just down the road from one of my favorite gun stores. The thing I like best about his system is that it takes […]

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11 Best Survival Gear Deals of the Week

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With the holiday season coming up, things usually get pretty hectic.  Maybe you have to spend more time at work, you’re planning family dinners or events, or you’re buying gifts for everyone but yourself.  I thought I would put together a little survival gear “deals of the week” series.  I’ll highlight the best deals I … Continue reading 11 Best Survival Gear Deals of the Week

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National PrepareAthon!

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National PrepareAthon! FEMA’s Feeble Effort to Help You Help Yourself.  Did you miss it?  September 30th was “National PrepareAthon! Day.”  What was it? FEMA’s effort to cap National Preparedness Month with a call to action, a call to “improve your family’s emergency preparedness and resilience to potential disasters” (source).

By DG, founder of Prepper Press

I can hear the yawns now, in fact…. *yawwwwwn* – I’m right with you.  FEMA, giving disaster preparedness advice – ha! We all Doomsday Preppersremember Katrina, right?  Have they changed so much since then that now they’re in a position to not only meet their own taxpayer-funded mandate but to also dispense advice to folks like you and me?  I doubt it.  Of course, we’re not really their target audience, are we?  No, because while we wouldn’t necessarily argue with their advice:

•    Sign up for local alerts and warnings
•    Develop & test emergency communication plans
•    Collect and safeguard critical documents
•    Document property & obtain insurance
•    Download the FEMA app to your smart phone
•    Assemble emergency supplies, including:
Drinking water
– First-aid kit
Canned food
– Radio, Flashlights, and Blankets

It’s not exactly “advice” by our standards.  It’s more like dumbed-down, obligatory suggestions for lazy sheep.  I mean, is the FEMA app really going to help you much?  I’m not going to download it, and I wonder, if we were in charge of re-writing those points, to give them more value, and have the read less… governmental and rose-colored, would they look something more like this:
•    Maintain situational awareness – wake up!
•    Make sure your entire family knows where to go and what to do WTSHTF.
•    Have a circle of like-minded survival friends.
•    Safeguard precious documents needed for any emergency
•    Have cash, silver, gold and anything to barter with.
•    Insurance: home owners, automobile, and life.
•    Beans, Bullets, and Band-aids
•    Fuel (You can never have enough)
•    Don’t depend on anything powered
•    Stock nonfiction paperback books.  They’re EMP-proof!
•    Three is two, two is one, and one is none – assemble supplies!
Water is life
– Build a medical kit
Food
Radio
Flashlights
Stay warm

Call me a cynic, but FEMA’s points of suggestion read like glossed over text published just so they can say they’re doing Preppers Survivalistssomething. There’s NO advice on what to do in the event of race riots.  NO advice on what to do when FEMA fails for weeks on end.  NO advice on extended grid down events.   NO advice on preparing for economic collapse.  I don’t want to end on a Debbie Downer note, though. Let’s face it, something is better than nothing, and while they’re messaging to sheep, a message to the sheep is better than no message at all.

The best of what they have to offer us super preppers is perhaps this tool: (click here)  It’s a map of various preparedness activities located around the country so you can connect with locals for more information. Some of them are even labeled “Private Preparedness Activity.” Things that make you go hmmmmm….

Photos by: FEMA

– Derrick Grant is the founder of Prepper Press, a publisher of post-apocalyptic fiction and survival nonfiction. Follow his Facebook writer page for all things apocalyptic.

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How To Clear A Stuffy Nose In Just TWO Minutes

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How To Clear A Stuffy Nose In Just TWO Minutes A stuffy nose can be annoying. Your nose drips and runs; you sound funny when you talk; and just when you want to blow your nose to finally breathe again, nothing comes out. Many people mistakenly think a stuffy nose is the result of too …

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How To Clean Your Mattress Naturally

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How To Clean Your Mattress Naturally The weather is colder and the nights are longer so that for me means more time in bed. After a long summer of hot and sweaty nights it’s very important to deep clean your mattress to keep it fresh and smelling good. Don’t waste money on buying products to …

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The Perfect Prepper House? (Part-1)

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Guest article, by ‘NRP’… Hi y-all, after a few interesting and thought provoking comments on Ken’s Blog I had an urge (crazy me) to write a short series of articles on what I thought the “Perfect Prepper House” would be. Now I know there are literally hundreds of web-sites out there that will show you […]

Finally off grid

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it’s been about five years but I’m finally off grid and settled in for my first winter. Winter is the big challenge when your as far north as I am. Heating and snow removal are my biggest concerns.  My only neighbour is closing his cabin for the winter he is 4 km away. His place is for sale now if anyone is interested. We’re located in the boreal forest . It’s a great place for growing vegetables and hunting . Area is very safe no concerns here. I work in town two or three days a week which covers all expenses. I still have things to do like building a chicken coup and increasing my garden beds and garden for that matter. Have built a 20 x 30 greenhouse for tomatoes and cucumbers to sell along the highway. I also have a small shop / guest cabin started. I am doing all this alone but have a couple dogs one king Alaskan malamute and a Norwegian elkhound very good winter dogs. 

The wildlife in the area include Sandhills cranes which nest every year in the area. Moose, Carabou, Wolves, Marten, Lynx, also have Nighthawks that nest here. Lots of beaver, fox coyote and black bear.

There is some work in the area also lots of firewood can be cut and sold for 250 per cord. It’s a good area if you like the outdoors and find it tempting contact me

 

 

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How To Purify Water With Fruit Peels

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How To Purify Water With Fruit Peels

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Whether it is due to drought, pollution, lack of conservation efforts or simply a burgeoning population, the scarcity of clean drinking water is a looming problem for our country and for our world.

According to The Water Project website, one in nine people in the world currently does not have access to safe drinking water. In addition, as much as 80 percent of illnesses in developing countries are linked to unsanitary water conditions. Some experts estimate that by 2050 there will simply not be enough fresh water to sustain the world’s expected 9.1 billion population.

These numbers do not even consider the shortages of clean water that can result from natural disasters or other calamities that would limit an otherwise functioning water supply system. Nor do they take into account that deteriorating city infrastructures are delivering contaminated water to many people throughout the world, including the United States.

Although all these statistics are startling and worrisome, there is some good news. During a survival situation, there are some natural ways to reduce the contaminants in your drinking water. And the best part is that they are low-tech or no-tech solutions. In fact, they come from nature itself and involve fruit peels.

National University of Singapore Researcher Ramakrishna Mallampati was not the first person to use fruit peels to purify water, but his studies have given scientific backing to what many cultures have passed down from generation to generation.

Findings from a two-year study were published in the American Chemical Society’s journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces in 2013. Since then, other studies have replicated his research.

How can you put this knowledge to use in your own drinking water supply? Here are four fruits that can be used to purify water. Please note that these processes usually do not remove disease-causing organisms, or pathogens, such as viruses or bacteria — from the water, and it is recommended that you use a water filter, such as a portable Paratrooper Water Purifier, to completely clean the water so that it is safe.

Paratrooper: Fits In Your Pocket And Removes 100 Percent Of Water-Borne Bacteria!

Such a filter even would allow you go drink lake and river water.

Apple and Tomato Peels

Mallampati’s study found that peels from apples and tomatoes work like sponges in contaminated water, absorbing and thereby reducing levels of metals, pesticides and dyes.

The peels of eight tomatoes were able to remove several different contaminants found in one liter of water within one hour. These contaminants included heavy metal ions (such as lead), dissolved organic and inorganic chemicals, pesticides and dyes.

How To Purify Water With Fruit Peels

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Since apples and tomatoes are two of the most widely consumed fruits in the world, this study finding has the potential for inexpensively helping hundreds of millions of people.

To try Mallampati’s water purification in your own home yourself, follow these simple steps:

  • Peel your apples and/or tomatoes and place them in a rubbing alcohol solution
  • Let the peels soak well in the solution
  • Remove the peels from the solution and let them dry out.
  • Place the peels in a container of water
  • After two hours, remove the peels from the water
  • The water is ready to drink.

Banana Peels

Banana peels also can help purify water. In a separate 2011 study conducted at the Bioscience Institute in Botucatu, Brazil, researchers found that banana peels removed lead and copper from river water.

How does it work? Banana peels contain nitrogen, sulfur and carboxylic acids. These acids can bind with polluting metals in the water.

In an article published on Scidev.net, Dimitris Kalderis, a wastewater treatment expert at the Technical University of Crete, wrote: “The results are very promising, and the banana peel process has proven to be a cost-effective and quick alternative to conventional methods … I think that a small automated system to use either at home or at a central point for multiple families could be developed. The knowledge is there, what we need right now is innovation and construction.”

Sunlight and Lime Juice

Often called solar disinfection, this method is quick and effective. The solar disinfection method involves placing a clear glass container filled with contaminated water in direct sunlight for a minimum of six hours.

A study conducted by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that when lime juice was added to the water during this solar disinfection process, harmful bacteria – including E. coli – was removed significantly more quickly than with solar disinfection alone. In fact, the process took only about 30 minutes.

This Super-Fast Purifier Filters A Liter Of Water In 3 Minutes!

This amount of time is similar to the treatment time involved with boiling water. However, this method was not as effective as other methods in removing viruses from the water. In addition, researchers noted that the purified water had a pleasant taste.

Seaweed

If fruits are not readily available, another exciting trend in water purification involves seaweed. Seaweed needs nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous in order to survive, so it absorbs them. Some scientists, including University of Connecticut biologist Charles Yarish, have theorized that seaweed could help clean polluted coastal waters and rivers.

With almost 800 million people worldwide lacking access to clean water, the studies of these easy inexpensive means of purifying water are promising. Since many fruit peels just go to waste, researchers are investigating other fruit peels – especially fruits that are local to certain areas of the world — and other natural fibers for their ability to clean water.

Again, these methods won’t remove all dangerous pollutants, and it is recommended that you use something like a Paratrooper water filter to make the water fully safe. But in a survival situation, they are worth trying.

What advice would you add on purifying water? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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How to Succeed at Prepping: 11 Tips That Will Help You Survive

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By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

These days, you can barely turn around without someone giving you advice on what you should or must do to succeed at prepping.  This is all good news because four or five years ago, most advice you found would likely be highly militaristic, political, or simply over the top unreasonable.

I can recall the days when the #1 survival tip was to establish a remote bug-out-location and prepare to live permanently off grid.  Now really, how practical is that for most of us?  Don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with permanently bugging out; I am just saying that except in the most dire of world circumstances, doing so will not be practical or probable for most of us.

That brings me to today’s topic: how to succeed at prepping.  I have been thinking about this for awhile and whereas this list is not infallible, it may help you to foster a road map leading toward a positive prepping experience.

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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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Violent Shaking Along The Ring Of Fire Continues A Progression Of Disasters That Began In September

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By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse Blog

Have you noticed that seismic activity along the Ring of Fire appears to be dramatically increasing?  According to Volcano Discovery, 39 volcanoes around the world have recently erupted, and 32 of them are associated with the Ring of Fire.  This includes Mt. Popocatepetl which sits only about 50 miles away from Mexico City’s 18 million inhabitants.  If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, it is an area roughly shaped like a horseshoe that runs along the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.  Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire.  Just within the last 24 hours, we have witnessed a 4.4, a 5.4 and a 5.7 earthquake in Alaska, a 6.8 earthquake in Chile and 20 earthquakes in Indonesia of at least magnitude 4.3.  And as you will see below, this violent shaking along the Ring of Fire seems to continue a progression of major disasters that began back during the month of September.

For whatever reason, our planet suddenly seems to be waking up.  Unfortunately, the west coast of the United States is one of the areas where this is being felt the most.  The little city of San Ramon, California is about 45 miles east of San Francisco, and over the past several weeks it has experienced a record-breaking 583 earthquakes

A total of 583 small earthquakes have shaken San Ramon, California, in the last three weeks or so – more than five times the record set 12 years ago, according to the latest US Geological Survey updates.

“It’s the swarm with the largest number of total earthquakes in San Ramon,” said USGS scientist David Schwartz, who is more concerned about the size of quakes than he is the total number of them. Still, the number tops the previous record set in 2003, when 120 earthquakes hit over 31 days, with the largest clocking in at a magnitude of 4.2.

Could this be a prelude to a major seismic event in California?

We shall see what happens.

Meanwhile, records are being shattered in the middle part of the country as well.

For instance, the state of Oklahoma has already set a brand new yearly record for earthquakes

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About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

Read his new book The Beginning of the End

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As Yuan Rivals Dollar, U.S. Launches Ballistic Missiles Over West Coast: “Lit Up California”

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By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com

The United States is apparently fuming over the recent blows to the dollar, as a strengthening yuan is rousing a heightened response. The world is now watching video from a stunning ballistic missile display over the U.S. West Coast that was timed with China’s latest currency announcement.

China achieved another major stride in taking over the predominance of the U.S. petrodollar, and achieving global reserve currency status. With more of Europe embracing the yuan, this techtonic shift is rapidly rearranging global order and tilting status to the Far East. Bloomberg reports:

China took another step to boost the yuan’s global usage, saying it will start direct trading with the Swiss franc, as the nation pushes its case for reserve-currency status at the International Monetary Fund.

The link will start on Tuesday, the China Foreign Exchange Trade System said in a statement, making the franc the seventh major currency that can bypass a conversion into the U.S. dollar and be directly exchanged for yuan.

It would seem that the U.S. has been posturing for war in response to loosing ground on the global economic stage, dramatically test firing a missiles with the yuan’s recognition in mind.

Seemingly, the missile firing was a demonstration of power to the American people themselves as well, demonstrating to them along with foreign powers that the U.S. military is ready for an excuse to strike. It stands as a potentially incendiary show of force to rival powers China and Russia as the monetary hegemony of the dollar faces its gravest challenge yet.

The U.S. Navy just concluded a spectacular and subtly terrifying missile test off of the shores of Los Angeles and San Francisco that was captured on video by timelapse photographer Justin Majeczky (he stopped the timelapse and switched to video, the footage is real time):

Missile launch over San Francisco from Justin Majeczky on Vimeo.

Zero Hedge reported:

Just after 9pm local time on Saturday evening, a dramatic white light lit up not only all of California, but stretches of Arizona and Nevada, in what was subsequently revealed to be an unannounced launch of a Trident II (D5) missile from the Kentucky, an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine situated off Point Mugu.

Suddenly, the image of a full blown third world war creeps into the psyche. It somehow seems drearily real and within sight.

It was initially reported as a UFO, or “like something out of the movies,” but the truth is more stark.

It was an admitted missile launch test that reportedly lit up the entire sky over all of California, and also was seen in skies over Arizona and Nevada. They were fired from an SSBN sub; ultimately the missile was witnessed “disappearing far off into the sky on its long voyage to the Marshall Islands,” the targets of the test.

The hysteria of the sighting to should include outrage at the attempts by the Pentagon to drag us into a wider war. It seems that if things are about to go bust, things will go boom first.

NBC News reports:

“Navy Strategic Systems Programs conducted scheduled Trident II (D5) missile test flight at sea from USS Kentucky, an Ohio Class SSBN, in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California. The tests were part of a scheduled, ongoing system evaluation test. Launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure the continued reliability of the system. Each test activity provides valuable information about our systems, thus contributing to assurance in our capabilities.

The missile was not armed. Strategic Systems Programs does not routinely announce missile testing. Information regarding the test launch of Trident II (D5) missiles is classified before the launch.”

That’s the official position. Behind that there are many covert operations going on across all sides, along with many of the largest full scale military exercises being displayed by Russia, the U.S., China and NATO ever witnessed. Arguably, we are on the edge of WWIII on any given day.

Just recently, Obama sent a Naval Destroyer ship to disputed international waters, where China has laid claim to sovereignty around an artificial island it constructed.

Industrial accidents. Explosions in Chinese factories, stealth moves and counter moves all go little reported and unconnected to larger events. But that doesn’t mean things are quiet. War is particularly good for business, but it would take a big effort to gain big returns. Regardless, the games are on.

Billionaire global meddler George Soros warned several months ago that a currency war with China could go hot, and that the threat of a third world war was indeed real.

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Read more:

“Threat of 3rd World War Real” – Billionaire Soros Warns Currency War With China Could Go Hot

Elite Hiding in Bunkers to Escape War with China: “Intended Survivors Are Moving Underground”

Report: Is China Preparing For a Land Of Invasion Of the West Coast Of the United States?

This October The World Will Change: “China Is Preparing For Something Big”

China Just Had ANOTHER Massive Chemical Explosion… But Why?

It’s On: Obama Sends Destroyer To Chinese Islands, China Vows Military Response

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Thermonuclear Missile Launch Near Los Angeles Is Final Sign Of World War III On The Precipice… US, China and Russia All Escalating Covert Attacks In Run Up To Global War

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By Mike Adams – Natural News

(NaturalNews) “A mysterious bright light in the sky has sent Californians into panic,” reports the BBC. “Videos posted online show a bright flare rising high, before a wide, bright blue flash emerges in a cone shape. Many videos continue to track the light for several minutes.”

Last night, Californians immediately leapt to social media to propose their theories of the phenomenon, ranging from a nuclear missile attack to meteors. “Law agencies and news media in San Diego were flooded with calls about 6 p.m. from people reporting everything from a flare to a comet to a nuclear bomb in the western sky,” reports the San Diego Union Tribune.

Just a day earlier, the FAA had issued flight restrictions for the Los Angeles International Airport, denying aircraft access to one of the most frequent approach paths for international and domestic travel.

The official explanation is a lie

The “official” explanation of this event — and remember that “official” explanations are almost always cover stories — is that the U.S. Navy launched a test missile just because they “routinely” test missiles.

“Media in California confirmed that the light came from an unarmed Trident missile fired from the USS Kentucky navy submarine,” reports the BBC. While they call the missile “unarmed,” they fail to mention that the Trident missile normally carries a thermonuclear warhead. There’s also no way for the media to know whether this missile was really unarmed or not, as the sole source on that question is the U.S. Navy itself.

Apparently the media thinks the public is so incredibly stupid that they’ll believe the U.S. Navy has nowhere else to launch a test missile other than right next to Los Angeles. Somehow we’re supposed to believe the entire Pacific Ocean won’t work for such a test launch, so they have to launch it adjacent to the airport and thereby inconvenience commercial aviation traffic for an entire week.

Obviously, the official cover story is pure bunk. So what’s the real story behind this? It all has to do with China and the covert war that’s already underway between China, the US and Russia.

Continue reading at Natural News: Thermonuclear Missile Launch Near Los Angeles Is Final Sign Of World War III On The Precipice… US, China and Russia All Escalating Covert Attacks In Run Up To Global War

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Blizzard Conditions to Unfold From Denver to Cheyenne on Wednesday

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By Brett Rathbun – AccuWeather

The combination of snow and strong winds will set the stage for white-out conditions from eastern Colorado to southeastern Wyoming for the Wednesday morning commute.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde, “A typical early season storm developing over the Rockies will strengthen rapidly as it moves into the Plains, bringing snow and a brief period of blizzard conditions over the Front Range.”

The storm bringing rain and snow across the Rockies will be the system which will produce snow and wind across the Front Range of the Rockies on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Continue reading at AccuWeather: Blizzard Conditions to Unfold From Denver to Cheyenne on Wednesday

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Volcanoes Today, 10 Nov 2015: Etna Volcano

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Strombolian activity from Voragine on 8 Nov 2015 (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)

Strombolian activity from Voragine on 8 Nov 2015 (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Last night, a marked peak of volcanic tremor occurred as sign of internal unrest at the volcano, but (unlike during many previous occasions) did not result in a paroxysm and was not associated with any particular change in surface activity.
urrently, this consists of mild strombolian explosions inside the Voragine summit crater.
…9 Nov:
During the past hours, volcanic tremor has bee rising strongly. In the past, this has often been a sign of an impending paroxysm (violent summit eruptive phase). Whether this is the case now is too early to say.
So far, no significant activity is visible from the New SE crater (NSEC), although a hot spot is present on thermal webcam images.
If you like to follow this activity in real-time, visit the webcams

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Solar Flare, CME Impact Coming | S0 News Nov. 10, 2015

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Published on Nov 10, 2015

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Food Shelf Life: 19 Tips That Will Make You Rethink Your Stockpile

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19 Ways To Increase Your Food Shelf Life19 Ways To Improve Your Food Shelf Life

This article is a Guest Post Written by Dan Sullivan 
www.survivalsullivan.com

There’s no doubt that a long food shelf life stockpile is mandatory for any TEOTWAWKI scenario. So when prioritizing your long shelf life foods, we recommended emergency staples such as dry beans, spam, and hardtack. That’s only half the story.

The other half is that your food shelf life is influenced by how it’s stored.

If we don’t get this right, we’ll dramatically decrease our food stockpile’s shelf life (i.e. by months or years). Air, light, oxygen, moisture, and vermin are the biggest challenges to our food stockpiles. So if you want to extend your food shelf life by several months, you have to fight them all.

In today’s article, I’m going to give you some of my best tips for increasing all your stockpile shelf life. Not of just your survival food but also water and meds as well.

Before we begin, there’re two things to keep in mind.

1) I’m not a doctor, and you should take my advice for informational purposes only. When it comes to medicine, medical gear, and medical skills, you should see your doctor first.

2) Doing all these tips doesn’t mean you should stop rotating your stash. Stockpile rotation is important. It’s especially critical if you don’t want to end up with food that’s only good for a month or so when SHTF. No one knows ahead of time how long a catastrophe will last. Who knows, it could be 10-15 years before the world returns to a state of normalcy.

Mylar Bag Seal#1 – Use Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers

This is the easiest way to package survival food for long term. Food items such as dried beans, rice, pasta and whole grains could last you 10+ years when stored in Mylar bags. Add in an oxygen absorber into each bag. Then place the mylar bag into a food-grade BPA-free plastic 5-gallon bucket.

Exceptions: sugar and salt don’t need oxygen absorbers. Salt is a preservative in itself and sugar will solidify. Both will last a very long time as long as you seal and store them properly.

#2 – Keep Everything in A Cool, Dry, Dark Place, Away from Moisture

If you’re thinking about storing food inside your attic, I advise against it. Temperatures can reach 100F plus degrees in most summer climates. But even if you live in Alaska, the temperature swings can still harm your stash as well, shortening its shelf by months or even years.

Ideally you should keep all your food in a ventilated basement. You’ll also want to figure out a few alternate locations as well so you’ll never put all your eggs in one basket.

If you have a bug out location, you should stockpile some of your food there, too, just in case.
bottle of pills

#3 – Don’t Store Your Survival Medicine in the Bathroom

Humidity decreases medicines shelf life by many months, so keep it in your basement or some other low humidity location.

Bathrooms are notorious for high humidity and lots of temperature variations. However, you can still store any non-perishables there, such as floss, soap, toilet paper and toothpaste.

#4 – Avoid Stockpiling Foods That Are High In Fat

The problem with fat is that it goes rancid fairly quickly. Stick to foods that are high in protein and carbs (powdered eggs, dried beans, honey, etc.)

Of course, some high fat foods can last up to a year when properly stored. Which is more than enough time if you rotate your stockpile properly (every six months or so). Peanut butter and dry dog food are two example of these types of food. Consider adding an oxygen absorber to the latter.

#5 – Keep Your Basement Ventilated

This is a must to reduce moisture and to inhibit mold and mildew growth. If the basement already has windows, perfect. If not, you’re going to need to install a fan or a vent.

If humidity buildup is a serious problem, you should consider investing in a dehumidifier.

Just be aware, not all the ventilation systems out there are worth your money.

#6 – Store Food inside Your Freezer

A freezer is definitely not something to rely on for an extended SHTF scenario, but it can be a small part of your strategy. When the power grid goes down, you’ll have a few days worth of food you can eat. But just know, much of it will go bad quickly. So eat as much of it before moving on to the rest of your stockpile.

v#7 – Get Rid Of Pests

Pests can make a mess of your stockpile if you’re not careful. They can ruin your food shelf life faster than anything else if they are allowed free reign.

For instance, keeping your food in plastic 5-gallon buckets may not be enough to keep rats out. So one thing you can do is to put each bucket into larger, metal bucket so vermin won’t be able to chew their way through.

Moths can also be a big problem. Particularly since they’re more discrete and often go unnoticed. If you notice a lot of webbing around where your food is stored, you know you’ve got a problem.

#8 – Drop the Temperature

Here’s a good rule of thumb: with each 10C (or 18F) increase in temperature chemical reactions double in speed, which can reduce your food shelf life by months over the longer term. The reverse is also true: the cooler you can make your pantry or basement, the better.

What this means is that food stored at lower temperatures will often be edible past its labeled expiration date. You may or may not want to try that right now but, in a post-collapse society, you might not have a choice.

If your basement stockpile room doesn’t stay cool, you should investigate the problem, then make some changes. For example, are there any hot water pipes nearby?

#9 – Rotate Your Survival Food Stockpile

I already mentioned this in the beginning, but rotating is one of the best ways to extend your food shelf life. The easiest way to do this would be to integrate your stockpile into your everyday meals. Just check every six months during daylight savings on how it’s going.  If you are falling behind, adjust your meals, planning accordingly to catch up.

It’s not that hard especially if your family already eats these on a regular basis. Food items, such as beans, rice, honey, canned food and peanut butter can be easily added to your pantry, then consumed regularly using the FIFO (or First In, First Out) method.

Here are some FIFO can racks you should check out.

Just make sure that when you add new cans or bags, you record the date. Once you’re ready to eat them make sure to pick the ones you added first. Or another way of saying this is you always consume the ones that are closest to their expiration date.

#10 – Freeze-Dry Your Food

Did you know that some pharmaceutical companies implement freeze-drying to increase the shelf life of their products? (source)

This works with food as well. The biggest problem is one of those freeze drying machines will set you back at least a few thousand dollars. If you’re a part of a survival minded group you could all chip in to share the cost. Or you could recoup your investment by charging a fair price to others who want to freeze dry their food.

Freeze drying food works best with fruits, veggies and small chunks of chicken and beef.

#11 – Freeze Pasta Before Storing It in Mylar Bags

Before you store pasta in mylar bags, you should keep it in the freezer for 4-5 days first. This will kill any lingering larvae eggs that could spoil your food in the future.

The trick is to let the pasta return to room temperature after you take it out of the freezer. Do this before sealing it to avoid subsequent condensation inside the bag.

Desiccant In Mylar Bag#12 – Use a Desiccant When Storing Seeds

Desiccants are used to remove the moisture from containers in which they are placed. It’s always good to add one to each jar where you store seeds for the long term to remove moisture after you seal it.

Silica gel is the most widely used desiccant available. But some people use dry milk, rice wrapped in a paper towel or a layer of powdered charcoal to achieve the same effect. However, you don’t want your stored seeds to come in contact with the charcoal.

#13 – Freeze Your Seeds

Pretty much every type of seed can be frozen (except for some tropicals) but they need to be dried first. Keeping them in the fridge will work as well but freezing them is even better.

#14 – Use Mineral Oil to Preserve Eggs

Yes, this little trick works, and it can preserve your eggs for up to a year! You can read more about it here but, in short, coating an egg with mineral oil will increase its shelf life.

One caveat when storing eggs is that you have to flip each egg every single week. Still, if you love eating them, it might make sense for you to do it since they’re a comfort food for you.

#15 – How to Preserve the Food Shelf Life of Fish

This is a neat little trick: when storing fish in the fridge, put some ice on top of it and make sure you separate the two with a plastic bag.

#16 – Use Chlorine to Make Sure Your Water Stockpile Doesn’t Develop Algae or Bacteria

Some people will argue that tap water is already treated with chlorine, but what if you’re storing rainwater? That’s what chlorine is for. Tip: mix the chlorine with a few gallons of clean water in a separate container before dumping it into the tank.

Keep your water stockpile away from light to prevent any microorganisms from developing. Even a few microorganisms could put your life in danger post-SHTF.

#17 – Preserve Oil

Even though olive oil can last up to 2-3 years and coconut oil up to 5, you can improve those numbers if you freeze them. Sure, they will lose their nutritional value but this happens with every food. Another way of preserving oil is to do what the food industry does: add a preservative such as BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene).

Of course, not all fats go rancid this quick. Canned foods have plenty of them, and it lasts way longer. This is due to the sterile environment created inside the cans.

Long Shelf Life Food White Rice#18 – Stockpile White Rice Instead of Brown

White rice has a longer food shelf life than brown by years. Sure, brown rice is healthier and has more nutrients, but the numbers speak for themselves.

6-8 months for brown and 4-5 years for white.

#19 – Store Raw Ingredients, Not Foods

For example, store cocoa powder instead of chocolate and wheat berries instead of wheat. Also, if you’re storing spices, go for whole pieces for the same reason: increased food shelf life.

If you’re going to stock raw ingredients, you’ll also need to stockpile a tool to process them. For example, you’re going to need a manual wheat grinder for your wheat berries.

Final Word

I hope this article gives you plenty of ideas on how to extend the shelf life of your stockpiles. The big takeaway is as long as you do a good job fighting these stockpile challenges you can maintain most of the nutritional value of your food.

If you have more tips and tricks on extending your food shelf life, please write them in a comment below. It would be interesting to see what mistakes you’ve made with food storage. Let us know what happened, what the spoiled food looked like and, most importantly, how you realized it was rotten.

Photo Credits – Pills / Desiccant

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Testing Your Preps – One Family’s Journey Into Darkness

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Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Marshall Prepper. Prepping is a combination of many disciplines but no matter which aspect you are looking at, simply acquiring stuff won’t get you truly prepared for anything. You can purchase a firearm, but if you don’t train with it and understand […]

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Best Survival-Based TV Shows

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There’s a whole slew of survival-themed television series out there, some of which fall into the “reality” category. Others are fictitious, but easily serve as potential warnings about the future. Check out a few of the best survival-based television series and maybe learn a new skill or three:

Survivorman

Survivorman was a Canadian-produced television series that aired on the Outdoor Life Network starting in 2005. The last of the specials aired in 2014. The show followed host Lee Stroud as he used his survival skills to last in various remote areas for up to 10 days at a time. Stroud brought very little food, water, and equipment to each thoroughly scouted location.

Falling Skies

The post-apocalyptic/sci-fi series starring Noah Wyle ran from 2011 on TNT until August of this year. Wyle played Tom Mason, a former Boston University professor who helps lead a group of civilians out of Boston following an alien invasion. This invasion nearly destroyed the Earth some six months before the show begins. The aliens’ goals are outlined in the fourth season, which includes — surprise! — enslaving humans.

Man vs. Wild

Man vs. Wild is a survival series starring Bear Grylls, a British adventurer who is left stranded in various locations around the world with his film crew. Most of the time Grylls is in a jungle or forest, and he occasionally has a celebrity companion, such as Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller. The series aired from 2006 to 2011 on the Discovery Channel.

The Walking Dead

What survival show list is complete without The Walking Dead? The horror/apocalyptic series aired from 2010 to 2015 on AMC and begins with deputy sheriff Rick Grimes waking up from a months-long coma to find he’s living in a world overrun by zombies. He eventually meets up with his wife and son, and together with other survivors tries to make it in a crazy, zombie-filled world.

Did your favorite make the list? Honorable mentions go to Marooned with Ed Stafford, Extreme Survival and Survivors.

Social Conservatism Is Not Dead

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ConervatorismIf you listen to the liberal politicians controlling Washington or the liberals in the mainstream media, social conservatism is dead. Those of us who consider ourselves to be conservatives are nothing more than relics of the past and modern society has moved on, leaving us in their dust.

But that’s not quite true.

Oh, I’m sure it looks true to them. They surround themselves with other progressive liberals, who all say believe the same things and chant the same mantras.

They cover their ears and shout microagression to any contrary opinion. They complain about anything that might offend them and they tell themselves how they are the elite and are so much smarter than the rest of us. But it’s all a sham.

Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Southern California and a few other hotbeds of liberal utopia are almost like enclaves, where progressive liberals can surround themselves with other like-minded leftists and tell themselves that they represent the consensus opinion of the United States.

But that’s nothing more than a dream in their minds. According to the latest Gallup poll, conservatives still make up 47% of the United States, moderates are 30% and liberals come in last at only 23%. So how does the liberal minority make themselves out to be the majority? Because they are the most vocal part of our society.

When conservatives don’t like something, they generally just say they don’t like it and then go on with their business. When liberals don’t like something, they scream that society has to change it.

They’ll keep screaming it, like a child throwing a temper tantrum, until society does what they want. It doesn’t matter if what they want is right, wrong or indifferent, their opinion reigns supreme… at least in their mind.

Are The Media and Minorities Controlling Our Future?

That’s how the LGBT community, which represents no more than 2 whole percent of our population, has managed to become the tail wagging the dog. We now have this small percentage of people dictating law and the various branches and departments of the government obeying them.

All they had to do was mouth the magic words “racist” and “discriminatory” and they got the rest of the progressive liberal minority chanting their mantras too; making such a din that Washington couldn’t hear anything else. The Muslim community is doing that as well. And Obama is working overtime for them, importing Muslims as fast as his pen can write. He may get his wish, although not as quickly as he’d like.

But all this doesn’t change the fact that the largest chunk of society is still conservative. At 47% it seems that conservatives should be able to control the country, but we rarely are.

All too often, we capitulate to the liberals, not just in Washington, but in voting booths across the land. When the GOP leadership puts forth a RINO candidate, as they are known to do, conservatives don’t vote, handing the victory to the liberals on a silver platter.

That’s what happened in the last two presidential elections. Obama won those elections because the GOP leadership couldn’t back a candidate that reflected the values of their supporters. Or perhaps what they did was put forth a candidate that reflected the value of their financial supporters, rather than the voters.

Either way, the candidates who represented the Republican Party didn’t garner the support of the electorate and Obama won. Republican moderate candidates, otherwise known as RINOs, can’t win.

The Republican Party’s Comeback

But an amazing thing has been happening at all other levels. If we look at the 2012, 2014 and 2015 elections, we see an amazing shift towards the Republican Party in State Legislatures, Governorships and the U.S. Congress. All three times, Republican candidates have won seats, in many cases sweeping away entrenched Democrats.

This happened again here in the 2015 elections. While actually a rather minor election, there were a few important seats up for grabs. Perhaps the most important wins were the Governors of Kentucky and Ohio, both swing states. Kentucky has had Democrat governors for 40 of the last 44 years, but now turned to a Republican candidate to replace the incumbent.

Matt Bevin won the Kentucky race for Governor, based upon his strong conservative stand. Pundits had declared his demise for his support of Kim Davis, the County Clerk who refused to issue marriage license with her name on them. But it was this very support that caused conservatives to get out and vote, supporting Bevin and winning the election.

There’s a false idea that social liberalism is an electoral winner. That’s what’s driving the GOP leadership to back RINO candidates. But the last three elections have proven this wrong. In all three cases, the electorate has gone for strong conservative candidates; not RINOs, not moderates and not liberals. Liberals have been losing seats across the country, at every level, because the silent majority of conservatives is fed up and is finally making their voice be heard.

We’ll never hear from conservatives in the manner we hear from liberals. Conservatives will either change something, fix it or put up with it; they won’t really complain about it. But that’s the beauty of the voting booth. That’s where conservatives can really make their voice heard, and do it in a manner that makes a difference.

With the 2016 Presidential Primaries approaching and the 2016 General Election on the horizon, conservatives have a chance to do what the liberals did when they voted Obama into office the first time, giving his party control of both houses of Congress as well. The question is, will the Republican Party put forth a solid conservative candidate that we can get behind or will the GOP leadership, helped by the mainstream media, succeed in putting another moderate on the ballot, who conservatives can’t get behind?

Those governorships weren’t the only place where the liberals lost out in the November 3rd election. Houston’s liberal, lesbian mayor and city council tried to pass a law creating special privileges for those who are confused about their sexual identity. Specifically, allowing men in women’s bathrooms and women in men’s bathrooms. That resolution was defeated 2 to 1.

But conservatives in Houston wouldn’t stand for that. They raised the signatures necessary to force that to be included on the ballot, rather than voted on by the City Council. When the mayor tried to claim that the signatures were fraudulent, they took her to court on it, ultimately winning in the state’s Supreme Court. That put the resolution on the ballot, where it was defeated.

In fact, we find that in just about every major social issue today, conservative viewpoints are winning out over liberal ones in nationwide polls. So, while the progressive left is touting themselves as representing the people, the polls are telling us otherwise. It is actually the strongly conservative candidates who are truly representing the viewpoint of the majority of the people.

This is important and we need to make our voices heard on our stance. Since we can’t count on the mainstream media (a bunch of liberals) giving fair airtime to our conservative viewpoint, we must find other ways.

Alternative media, especially through the internet is one of those. Conservative talk show hosts, such as Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck do a great job, but that’s not enough. The voices of the average person need to be heard too. Houston showed us the way on this. The resolution wasn’t passed with the help of politicians or the media, but rather by a grass roots movement of conservatives who stood up and said, “Enough!” When we do that, we win.

In the last presidential election, Romney stated that 47% of the people were going to vote for Obama, simply because they were receiving government handouts and the Democrats where constantly telling them that Republicans wanted to take those away from them.

But let me put that in perspective. That 47% is matched by the 47% of the population which is conservative. We match them, vote for vote. They can only win, when we let them.

It’s time for conservatives to stop giving elections to the liberals. If we don’t stand up for what we believe in, nobody else is going to do it for us. That means voting in candidates who stand for our values, not some wishy-washy candidate who is going to back Wall Street, more than Main Street, or stand with Democrats, rather than with our values.

Former CEO of IBM, Lou Gerstner is famous for saying, “People only do what you inspect, not what you expect.” We have got to remember that our elected representatives are our employees, not our masters. So, we need to inspect what they do and let them know that we are doing so.

Yes, I know that it’s not in our nature to complain, but we have to. Actually, we don’t need to complain, we need to tell them how we expect them to vote and then check to see that they vote that way. It wouldn’t hurt to tell them that we see what they did, on those occasions when they don’t do what we say.

Then, and only then, can we be sure that we will receive fair representation in Washington and our state’s capitals.

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7 Important Steps To Prepare Your Chickens For Fall And Winter

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7 Important Steps To Prepare Your Chickens For Fall And Winter The cold, dark months of winter can be life-threatening to backyard chickens, but they don’t have to be. Chickens are actually very hardy birds, able to withstand surprisingly cold temperatures as long as they have ample food, water, and a solid structure for shelter. …

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Shows Ryan Enjoys

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Sons of Anarchy

Archer

It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia

Trailer Park Boys

American Horror Story

Justified

So yeah FX is pretty much my jam. Also I am trying to come up with a bunch of posts at once so the bar is low today.

Radio Communications Security during Martial law and SHTF.

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Radio Communications Security during Martial law and SHTF is a must, and if you don’t know what to do you could lead the Government right to your door! This is the Sargent and in today’s post, we are going to look at Com-Sec and what you will need to know to protect your group when …

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Ready For Some Good News?

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     With the sad state of the world, I know that I’m ready for a feel-good story, and I’m pretty sure you are, too.  It’s not an earth-shattering, jump up and down, fist-pump-the-sky kind of story, but one of simple love and charity for our fellow man… the best kind.
    Tanya Prewitt-White, a sports and health psychology professor at Adler University, and her husband, Courtney White, who is the Physical Education department chair at Downer’s Grove, were returning from the funeral of Courtney’s grandmother.  They were taking the train home from Chicago O’Hare when they spied a homeless man sleeping in a wheelchair.
     “We were getting off at Irving Park, and I had grabbed some money to give him,” Prewitt-White, said.  “My husband had the same idea, so he already had money out to give him. I handed my additional money to my husband, and he just slipped it all into the gentleman’s bag, and we walked off.”
     “We were just trying to pay it forward,” she continued. “My husband and I talk about this all the time — about our own self-righteousness, about how it’s easier to become hardened and not make eye contact, or smile at people who appear homeless, because then you don’t have to look pain and suffering in the face. It’s definitely been a journey for the two of us.”

Courtney White and his wife, Tanya Prewitt-White

     So, although the couple thought they were committing an anonymous act of charity, another passenger was so moved that he snapped a quick photo of them before they exited the train, and posted it on his Facebook page.  Jack Stankovic said, “I posted the picture because, at the time, everyone on the train was heads-down on their phones,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “We see so much negativity on a daily basis on social media. If we only took the time to look at our surroundings, we would see the positive things happening around us. We, as a society, talk about change, but rarely do we act on it. The picture symbolizes action.”  The last time I checked, his post had over 91,000 shares.  It seems as if people love to share the good news as much as they flock to the sensationalized.
     And to be honest, I think we’re tired of all the explicit, lurid, shocking and scandalous news that pervades our media and social conscience.  I don’t know about you but they leave me feeling contaminated, in a way; almost as if I am looking at the world through a dirty and soiled veil.  So, I find that the smiles I receive from strangers, in return to the ones I give, are the highlights of my day. A smile and a hello, while looking someone in the eye, can validate that they were worth your attention; especially since like Jack Stankovic said, we are increasingly becoming zombie-like, detached, and aloof as we stare at our electronic entrapments.
     It doesn’t take much to change a person’s entire outlook on life.  We all need to feel connected; that we matter, and that we are not alone and won’t go unnoticed.  There is nothing that could make a human being feel more lonely or without worth.  And that’s why Courtney White and his wife, Tanya, obeyed their spiritual prompting.  That simple act of kindness and charity shines forth as an example for us all.
     Although they did not do it for the attention it has garnered, their fellow passenger Jack Stankovic felt that their act should be honored.  And he recorded the reaction of the homeless man in the wheel chair — because he woke him up to tell him.  “I didn’t want him to pull his water bottle out and drop [the money],” he said. “I stepped off and stood on the platform and watched through the window. He had this look on his face like, ‘Why?’ Confused why anyone would do that. You can’t put into words the feeling I had that day. It’s like everything was right in the world for a brief moment.”
     You’re exactly right, Jack.  Things on earth were perfect for a moment; two people shared their heart and soul with another, and at that exact point of time there was peace and good will between men … just as our Lord intended.

Thank you to The Blaze for this story, and I hope it blesses you and inspires you today to do your own small gesture of love towards another human being.

Luke 6:38    “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

   

Field Cooking Gear (Video & Transcription)

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Duration: 7 min 05 sec  

Field Cooking Gear

“Welcome back YouTube. This is Shane here with another episode of Lonewolf Survival. So, what we are gonna talk to you now about is, you’ve seen us cooking in the field before and everybody says what a connoisseur I am. So, what we want to show you is some of the stuff that we use and actually take with us that you can use in your kit. Whether it be in your bug out bag, whether it be in your larger sack, maybe you’re going for some mid to long term sustainability. We use the same stuff every time. I don’t carry a lot of cooking gear with me. I’m an iron skillet cook. That is what we primarily do 95% of everything that we eat when we’re out in the field. So I’m just gonna kind of go over a few of the things that we carry and some of the products out there and then once again, its up to you. What ever your needs are. If it’s over night, if it’s your BOB, if your using Sterno stove or something like that or if it’s on the larger scale and you’ve got a larger pack and you want to use a propane or butane stove”.

lonewolf 1“So the first thing I want to talk about right now is the, I’m actually cooking with a Coleman butane stove and the butane canisters are rated for roughly 16 hours of cooking. Depending on the heat you’re using, the benefit of the butane stove is as you can see, I’m on a plastic table right here and I’ve got aluminum foil down for the splatter because remember, survival doesn’t have to be nasty and I don’t want to have to clean all this up later. There is no heat coming from under the unit here. It is very cool to the touch. Just generate as much surface heat as some of the other stoves would. It’s a single burner compact unit. Easy to ignite. Really good little unit.”

lonewolf 3“So, some of the cookware we use, everything is iron skillet, these are seasoned. We put them on the fire pit, on the stove top.  I carry two iron skillets. Some of the cookware, we like stainless steel, utensils, spoons, spatula, larger spatula. Now I use this if I am actually cooking on the fire so I don’t have to get in so close. Set of forks, set of plastic spoons. Hole (slotted) and without. Plastic spatula. That’s pretty much all of the utensils I use for whatever we are doing out here. Some of the other things I use that we have talked about before is the stainless steel. The Stanley stainless steel because it’s easy clean up and it’s really good. I can boil water and disinfectant and I know I don’t have any potential bacteria contaminates. So we’ve got stainless steel pot here, we got one of the Stanley pots here like I’ve showed you before. Stanley pot comes with bowls and actually has a set of plastic utensils on the inside. It has a set of plastic utensils that clips in to two bowls, two lids. That’s a really nice set. Of course my Stanley cup so I can make my coffee in. Got two cups in here. So we don’t carry a lot of gear with us. I don’t need a lot of gear for this stuff. Most things we do is over a fire anyways. As far as eating utensils. Plastic spork. Coleman makes them. You can get them at Walmart. It’s like six bucks for a pack of 8 of them. Use these things over and over until you wind them down to a nub. Then the Coleman camp plates. Two bucks a piece. These things are great. We beat these things to pieces.”

lonewolf 2“And that’s pretty much all I use when we are out in the field and we’re cooking. My two skillets. I’m gonna flip my burgers while I’m talking. We don’t use a lot of seasoning in the field. I’ve got a small bag I keep most of my seasons in. I do carry and always try to have with me, even in my large bag, y’all have seen me before. I’m a follower of PAM. Nothing sticks to Pam, even the lid wont stay on. The multi spice, with the salt and the pepper and the curry and the garlic. Of course everything is better with A1. I put A1 in my eggs for God’s sake.”

“So that is pretty much all we work with. You don’t need a lot of stuff. You don’t need a 72 piece cook ware vision set. Normally I don’t have a steak for it anyway. I carry stuff in my bag. So a few iron skillets or if you wanna use a dutch oven, a couple stainless steel pots. Whatever application you’re using, a set of Sterno stoves or something like that. You want to choose what you’re gonna be preparing. We don’t carry a lot of meat and stuff with us. Just the bare minimum to get us through whatever operation we’re doing. So when you’re setting your cook kits up there is a lot of really good ones out there. The military stainless mess kits. I can cook in a canteen cook, I can cook in my Stanley cook cup. Soups or noodles, things like that. Make sure that whatever food or provisions you’re bringing with you for whatever your mission is, make sure that you have adequate containers and cookware and source to take care for preparing that. Oh and the last thing that I always preach to is to make sure you keep a clean area. Don’t throw food around. Don’t throw trash down. You don’t want animals, bears, coyotes, cougars, mountain lions, or wherever you’re at. Bugs. You don’t want these animals coming in, you don’t want to bring insects in. Like I said hygiene and cleanliness is important. I preach it all the time and will continue to preach to you until you get it. Survival, prepping, camping, it doesn’t have to be nasty ok?”

“So, as always, I’m Shane with Lonewolf Survival. Don’t forget to like and subscribe to our YouTube channel and thanks for watching.”

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How To Make The Best Apple Fritters At Home

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Would you like to learn how to make the best apple fritters at home today? My brother-in-law, Ron sent me a text about Chef Bryan on our local TV station in Salt Lake City, Utah making apple fritters. Of course, I was on it like a flash! Here in Southern Utah we do not have a really good donut shop. But if we did I would always want an apple fritter. We do have one or two grocery stores that make apple fritters here in St. George, but I wanted to learn how to make them myself. When I watched his TV clip, I thought to myself I can make those. And you can too!

Here’s the deal, I used to make homemade potato spudnuts, also known as donuts for over 20 years on Halloween night. Then my girls got married and moved out on their own. The process is so fun, but your house literally smells like a grease pit from the deep frying. After they moved out I could no longer make them myself so I had to let go of that tradition. But I am going to share my recipe with you today because anyone can make donuts and apple fritters. The cool thing is typically we have all of the ingredients in our pantry to make them.

How To Make Apple Fritters:

Linda’s Spudnut Recipe

Ingredients:

4 teaspoons SAF yeast

1/2 cup warm water

4 cups scalded milk, cool slightly

1 cup butter, softened

5 eggs, well beaten

1 cup sugar

2 cups mashed potatoes (no butter or milk added)

12-13 cups flour, enough to make a soft dough

2 teaspoons nutmeg

Instructions:

I use my Bosch bread mixer, although you could mix these by hand. I combine everything but the flour all at once in the bowl. I slightly mix the ingredients and slowly add the flour. Keep the dough soft which means it will not pull away from the sides of the bowl like bread dough. Cover the dough with some greased plastic wrap. Let rise until double the size. Punch down the dough and roll out on a floured counter top about 1/2 inch thick. Let rise again until double the original size. Once they are double in size they are ready to fry in oil. I do not have a special deep dryer. I use an electric skillet or a cast iron skillet with hot vegetable oil about 2 inches deep. Canola oil works great as well.

Apple Fritters:

I use my recipe shown above, but I cut in some canned apple pie filling (you decide how much apple you want in your fritters).  I sprinkle cinnamon over the dough. Here is a YouTube for you: Apple Fritters With Apple Pie Filling. I put about 1/2 cup of dough with the apple pie filling in the hot oil to fry them. I did not want to make HUGE apple fritters.

Now here is a YouTube for you: Frying The Apple Fritters You fry them in oil until they are golden brown on one side and then flip them over to cook the other side. I place them on a rack to let the excess grease drip off the fritters and then I quickly dip them into the glaze.

Apple Fritter Glaze:

This is a slightly runny frosting and that’s why we call it a glaze. You glaze your donuts or apple fritters.

1/2 cup butter melted

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup hot water

Combine all the ingredients above and stir until smooth. You dip each fritter on both sides in the glaze and let them drain on a rack. The excess glaze with drip off.

Now you can see them after the glazing: Glazing Apple Fritters

Please let me know if you try making your own donuts or apple fritters, I would love to hear!

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Sovereign Man Blacksmith Camp in Lithuania

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My quest for “real education” has taken me to some interesting places in 2015. Mexico. Kansas City. Vermont. And yes…. even Lithuania. That’s right, this last August, I was one of 60 young entrepreneurs from around the globe invited to attend the Sovereign Man “Blacksmith Camp” this year. The event was 5 days long (with […]

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Cops Arrest Parents For Letting 2 Kids Play At The Beach

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Image source Pixabay.comA couple is facing charges of reckless endangerment for leaving their sons alone on a public beach supervised by lifeguards.

Charles Smith and Lindsay Pemberton were cited on August 23 after they let their seven- and nine-year-old sons play for an hour at a family beach in Truro, Massachusetts.

“Although Head of the Meadow is a family beach with lifeguards, the Truro police have been called there for numerous calls related to dog bites, shark sightings, lewd conduct and people taking pictures of children,” Sgt. Carrie DeAngelo of the Truro police department wrote in a report obtained by The Cape Cod Times.

Lifeguards called DeAngelo to the beach after they spotted the boys playing alone.

DeAngelo returned the boys to the couple who were camping nearby and filed a report of suspected child abuse – that is, neglect. That led to charges of reckless endangerment to a child against both Pemberton and Smith. In Massachusetts, reckless endangerment to a child can be punishable by a sentence of up to 2.5 years in prison.

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Here is what led to the charges according to the Cape Cod Times:

  • The boys wanted to walk from the beach to a nearby campground.
  • The boys were on the beach in August with only a blanket for shelter.
  • The boys were standing near a local food truck.
  • The boys’ shirts became wet from the rain while they were at the beach.
  • The boys may have had no way of calling their parents, who were at the campground nearby.

“Leaving two boys ages 7 and 9 alone, without anyone knowing, without proper shelter from the elements and without any way of contacting them placed them in danger,” DeAngelo wrote in the report.

The food truck operator also was present at the beach.

“Through my training and experience as a sexual assault investigator, young boys at the ages of 7 and 9 are prime candidates for sexual predators,” DeAngelo wrote. “This being a tourist community with a small year-round population, most people who frequent the beach are transients and unknown.”

Lenore Skenazy, host of the reality show “World’s Worst Mom” on the Discovery Life Channel and a supporter of the free-range kids’ movement, said the couple should not have been arrested.

The couple is from New York.

“Even though over 90 percent of sex crimes against kids are committed by people they know, not random beach inhabitants, the cop decided to file reports of suspected abuse or neglect in both Massachusetts and New York,” Skenazy wrote at Reason.com. “And, for good measure, [the sergeant} also ‘applied for criminal complaints against them in Orleans District Court.’

”Apparently it is a crime to let your kids do anything by themselves. After all, they could end up standing around a food truck! Or wet. Can’t have that.”

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It’s Official: Antibacterial Soap No Better Than Plain Soap At Reducing Bacterial Contamination

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Scientists in Korea have discovered that using antibacterial soap when hand-washing is no more effective than using plain soap, according to a paper published today in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

The study examined the effect of triclosan (the most commonly used active antiseptic ingredient used in soap) on bacteria in two ways.

The first was to examine the bactericidal effects of triclosan in soaps against all 20 strains, and the second compared the ability of antibacterial and non-antibacterial soap to remove bacteria from human hands, by using 16 healthy adult volunteers.

The results of the study indicate that there is no significant difference between the effects of plain soap and antibacterial soap when used under ‘real life’ conditions.

The scientists recreated the conditions of human hand washing by exposing the bacteria for 20 seconds at 22°C (71°F room temperature) and 40°C (104°F warm temperature) to triclosan with a concentration of 0.3% – the maximum allowed by law.

There were significantly great effects after more than nine hours, but not during the short time required for hand washing.

Lead author on the paper, Dr. Rhee, commented that:

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Time Travel with Tech Preps!

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Time Travel
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Time Travel with Tech PrepsLast week we talked about the “what if”, if we brought technology back to our recent past and our distance past on how people would react.
This episode we will delve more into the time travel aspect, is it possible? Is it a bad idea? Should we do it to learn from our past? Set history straight as it were?

Time Travel with Tech PrepsI will talk about a few theories that have been presented and a few problems with time travel that might prove it impossible or improbable. I will talk about a scientist I listen to a lot called Michio Kaku. He is one of the best minds we have today, and a pleasure to listen to on his time travel theories.

We will talk about the “grandfather” paradox aka the causality effect, how it would be almost impossible to go back and actually change the past. I will talk about the complications trying to change something would have on our future.

We have to consider that this may one day become fact and not just a theory. If it does become fact where would you like to go? What would you like to see? I will ask this question and try to answer it for myself and the audience.

11-3-15 downloadThis episode will be dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, this movie has inspired me to think about time travel and the general risks that come with it. I will go over what this movie got right and what it got wrong as far as paradoxes and technology.

The question we will try to answer is if it would be ethical to go back and change something, or use what we learn or know to benefit us in the future. As always I want to incorporate the audience in the show and get your opinions on what you guys think about this topic, please let me know and enjoy the show!
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How To Build Your Own Perfect Bug Out Bag

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For years, my bug out bag has languished in a closet, stuffed to the gills with the gear that I “thought” I might need if forced to flee my home following a disruptive event.  My bag, as precious as it was, weighed over 40 pounds and the zippers were to the point of bursting.  It was full of gear to cover every contingency I could think of.

How did this happen?  Quite honestly, it happened gradually over a period of years.  It started six years ago with my first B.O.B.   That first effort included mostly the basics: fire making supplies, water purification tabs, a couple of knives, TP, a first aid kit, personal items, documents, and cash.  At the time, I thought I was set.  Of course I was wrong.

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I Already Have a Bug-Out Bag.  Why Change?

Over the last six years, my knowledge of preparedness has grown exponentially, and with each new month, a light bulb has gone off and another piece of gear added to the pack.  Clearly, it was time for a change.

Why change?  My bag had become a mish mash of items, most of which I would never need.  The bag was too heavy and even if it was not, in an emergency I could not get to its poorly organized contents easily.

This time I wanted to do it right.  Before setting out to reconfigure my bug out bag, I set down some assumptions and goals.

1.  First and foremost, my bug out bag needed to address what I felt were the most-likely disruptive events to occur in my area.  Yes, this would be a subjective risk evaluation but before continuing, I knew it had to be done lest I suffer another 40 pound behemoth backpack.

2.  My B.O.B. needed to be road-worthy.  It had to get me both away from home and back to home, depending on the circumstances.

3.  Since my intent is to hunker down and bug in, this was not going to be a traditional survival bag.  It’s contents would not need provide for my survival needs in the wilderness for days on end.

4.  On the other hand, if my home became unsafe, I wanted to be able to deploy the contents of my bag while making my way to a secondary location for a few days up to a week.

5.  Knowing that becoming sick or injured can prove deadly during an emergency, my primary Bug Out Bag would be supplemented by a separate First Aid Kit (FAK) that could be picked up an toted with me while carrying the B.O.B. on my back. Included in my FAK would be a large assortment of essential oils.

5  The total weight could not exceed 20 pounds.

Once I set down these ground rules, it was easy for me to empty my existing bag and start gathering the goods.

What’s Inside My All-New Bug Out Bag?

The following list represents the items that are currently in my all-new bug out bag.  This is a simple list, organized by broad category, with some links if you want to investigate further.

Water
2 Lifestraw Water Filters
Aqua Tabs Water Purifier
Nalgene Water Bottle

Light
2 Flashlights with batteries
Luci EMRG Solar Lantern
SunJack Light Stick
4 Glow Sticks

Tools
Mora Companion Fixed Blade Knife
Tac-Force Folding Knife
Multi-Tool
100 feet of Paracord
Duct Tape
Sighting Compass
Tasco Binoculars
2 Carbiners
Wire Saw

Fire, Warmth & Shelter
Swedish Fire Steel
Cotton balls soaked in Vaseline
BIC Lighter
Mylar “Space” Blanket
2 Pocket-sized Mylar Blankets
2 Coleman Rain Ponchos
Reusable Hand-warmer Hot Pack
2 Bandanas

Food & Cooking
Flamelite Burn-box Stove
Nesting Cook Pots
GI Can Opener
Spork
New Millenniums Bars
4 Mountain House Food Pouches
Kashi Protein Bars

Communications
Voyager crank radio
2 Baofeng ham radios

Hygiene & Personal
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Toilet Paper squished flat in a Food Saver bag
Kleenex tissues
Hand Sanitizer
30 Day Supply of Prescription Meds
No Rinse Bathing Wipes
Disposable Razor
Assorted Band-Aids
Personal wipes (“Butt wipes”)

Power
RavPower Solar Charging Panel

Misc
$500 cash in small bills
Copy of passports and other important documents

A Quality Pack Builds the Foundation

Something that did not change is the pack itself.  To this day, I really believe in the Rothco Medium Transport Bag.  It has plenty of pockets to organize your stuff as well as straps to keep it secure.  There is room for a water bladder (although I did not use one) as well as plenty of MOLLE for adding pouches of additional items to the exterior.

What I like most about the Medium Transport Pack is its slim form factor.  It is only as wide as my body which means I can pass through narrow passages and hallways without bumping into things.  If you are looking for a new pack, please do consider this one.  For me, at least, it is perfect.  It is tough, sturdy, and just the right size for carrying your bug out gear.

A Word About the FAK (First Aid Kit)

I did include a few bandages in my pack but for the most part, my intent is to tote my Ammo Can First Aid Kit with me.  It is in the car during road trips and back in my closet while at home.  Definitely, it moves around a lot.  And, it gets used.  A lot.

Call me clumsy or accident-prone, but the Ammo Can FAK has become the most used prep I own.  The fact that it also includes remedies and essential oils increases it usefulness.  Want to build one of your own?  Read How to Create an Emergency Ammo Can First Aid Kit.


What Is Missing?

Good question.  At this point I have not added clothing, extra socks or underwear.  Also missing are hiking boots which will already be on my feet or in the car. Also, items from my EDC and personal weapons and firearms are not included (my OSO Sweet pocket knife, Windstorm Whistle, and Ruger, for example).

All that being said, my B.O.B. has some room to spare.  It came in at 17.5 pounds so I have a bit of room before reaching my weight limit.  Most likely I will add a few items but, equally likely, I plan to start a second kit that includes the aforementioned clothing, a sleeping bag, and some amusements and comfort items.  I never plan to have to go to a shelter but if I am forced to do so, I want a separate bag set up for that purpose alone. 

One thing for sure.  I am not going to run off and stuff anything and everything into a bag again, willy-nilly style.  This time I plan to use my head and not my wallet, if you know what I mean.

The Final Word

I recently wrote about the The Conundrum of Bugging Out and What To Do About It.  As I did with that article, I struggled today to present useful and practical information without sounding like a sales pitch for buying more stuff at Amazon or at your local outdoor emporium.

Did I succeed?  I hope so.  My intent with these two articles has been to provide you with a roadmap for building your own perfect bug out bag with the emphasis on “your own”.  There is no laundry list of gear that is perfect nor is there one best “SHTF stockpile”.  If that is what you are looking for, you have come to the wrong place.

At Backdoor Survival, I promote common sense, optimism, self-reliance, and a bit of frugality.  I would like to believe my readers are like-minded and have the same core values.  These are uncertain times and who knows what the future will bring.  Let us learn to be safe together.

And that is all I am going to say about that.  For now.

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

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Bargain Bin:  Below you will find links to the items related to today’s article.

Rothco Black Medium Transport Pack: This is my favorite pack.  I actually own 3 plus one in the large size (Rothco Large Transport Pack) that I intend to use as my specialty pack that will include clothing, a sleeping bag, and additional food items.  I don’t think you will be disappointed in your investment in one of these Rothco packs.

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

RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports: This compact, three panel, solar charger will charge two devices at once, including tablets, smartphones, Kindles, and even AA/AAA battery chargers.  Value priced at about $50.  For more information, read: Gear Review: RAVPower 15W Solar Charger with Dual USB Ports.

Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets: Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets make questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink. Easy to use and the water is ready to drink in 30 minutes. One 50 tablet bottle treats 25 quarts of water.

MPOWERD Luci EMRG Inflatable Solar Lantern:  This is the original Luci EMRG Solar lantern. I have put mine through its paces and it is one tough cookie.  It has weathered both a wind storm and rain storm while hanging outdoors for a month.  Lightweight, waterproof and shatterproof, Luci EMRG provides ultra-bright, reliable light to guide your way indoors and out, through blackouts or extreme weather conditions.  At $9.99 with free Prime shipping, it is a great value.

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Tac Force TF-705BK Tactical Assisted Opening Folding Knife 4.5-Inch Closed: This is a great knife that is currently priced at about $8.00 with free shipping.  Not only that, it is ranked as the #1 best seller at Amazon in both the camping and hunting knives categories.  The reviews raved about this knife so I bought one, used it, and and can recommend it.  See The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife.

Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel:  This “Scout” is the one I own. Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version and is my personal favorite.

Grabber Outdoors Original Space Brand All Weather Blanket:  I was interested in a re-usable emergency blanket so I purchased one of these based upon the excellent reviews.  This space blanket is definitely “heavy duty” compared to the cheapies (not that they don’t have their place because they do).

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GI P38 & P51 Can Opener Combo Pack:  This is one of the army’s greatest tools. They can be used for dozens of jobs:  opening cans, cutting a straight edge, cleaning grooves, screw driver, fingernail cleaner, seam ripper and many, many more practical uses.  For a couple of bucks, they are a good deal for very little money.

BaoFeng UV5R Dual-Band Two-Way Radio:  I own two of these.  Something to keep in mind that if you are just planning to listen, you do not need a license.  Still, it is a good idea because it will make understanding the technical aspects of HAM radio a whole lot easier.  Price alert!  As of this writing, the price of the BaoFeng UV-5R is only $25.35.  Special Note:  BaoFeng and Pofung radios are one and the same.  Some newer units are branded with “Pofung”.

Kaito Voyager V1 Dynamo and Solar Radio: I prefer this smaller, more basic Kaito because it is simple to use.

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

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A Practical Guide to Storing Food For the Long Term

99 cents for the eBook – also available in print!

When most people start thinking about family preparedness, they focus on food. Not shelter, gear, sanitation, power, self-defense or the myriad of other concerns that need to be addressed following an emergency or disaster situation. Quite simply, food is the number one concern people have second only to their concern for having an adequate supply of water.

The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage is a book about food: What to store, how to store it and best practices. It is a roadmap for showing ordinary citizens that long-term food storage is not something that will overwhelm or burden the family budget.

This book is based upon my own tried and true personal experience as someone who has learned to live the preparedness lifestyle by approaching emergency preparedness and planning in a systematic, step-by-step manner.

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