Snow incoming next week?

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Saturday was a very nice day for getting chores done.  I got the front yard mowed and picked up most of the leaves with my mower. I dumped the mower bag in the front yard beds as plant protection plus add some “greens and browns” that I hope will break down over the winter and will add good stuff back into the soil. The white “flowering kale” is still doing great, the purple kale is doing okay but it did not put on new growth like the white kale this fall. My little front yard garlic bed has put up new shoots through the straw, so I think the garlic will be okay for next year even though I was a bit late getting the garlic in the ground this fall.

I topped off the wood rick on the front porch using the garden cart and we have plenty of mill end bucket ready to burn. I still feel a bit vulnerable about my dependence on others for wood.  I can’t change anything about my disability and I am somewhat dependent on others for my basic needs. If you are disabled or an oldster and can’t work 8-12 hours a day all you can do is stock up and try to get things correct for bugging in.  I have planned for a bug out, but I know my odds for survival will be very low.

The black walnut tree is done shedding leaves in the back yard. I put the last batch of “killer” leaf mulch down in the alley. A flat 4-6 inch layer of the black walnut “killer” mulch stays in place through 20-30 mph winds and the mulch looks okay when it spread in flat deep layer.  I don’t think the city will send me a nasty-gram about my pile of leaves. My goal this winter is to augment the soil for growing stuff in the raised beds.  Use natural methods to kill off weeds and add plants that augment the soil or thrive in poor soil of the alley way garden. I’m still working on types of crops to plant that thrive in the many micro-climates in my yard and start growing up/vertical rather than the traditional way of growing a garden.

I did a test of “Gorilla Glue” and so far it looks like a good replacement for super glue. I repaired a pepper mill and I like that Gorilla Glue does not set quite as fast as super glue, holds great and clean up is a bit easier compared to super glue.  I think super glue is great, but most tubes only give you one application and then the super glue clogs up and you have no other use for the tube of glue. The Gorilla glue sets slower and even if the small applicator clogs you can still use glue stuff by removing the “cap/applicator”tip.  I bought a small package of 4 tubes of Gorilla glue that came with applicator tips for each tube for $6.99. I’m pleased with the purchase as even if the applicator clogs the tube of glue still flows.

I am thrilled with my new payment system and building up an emergency fund. I even added a little bit more silver to my small stash this month. I have used my food storage when I got blindsided on a large vet bill to free up money to pay the bill without going into debt. Now that I have most of my basic needs covered in an emergency, I have stored some cash for a small emergency. I was a bit slow on on the storing cash idea but having emergency cash on hand is almost as important as having food and water stored. At this time, I should be able to buy and install an 18 inch dishwasher, a new ceiling fan in the kitchen and free up a lot of space for a real dining table and add extra storage space in the kitchen in December. My Xmas gift to myself and who could be more deserving LOL!

While I think some sort of economic collapse is coming to the USA, I am doing my best to try and insulate myself from any down sides. I think this Xmas season is going to be nasty economically as many average Americans are beyond broke and up their eyeballs in debt.  For example my “income” about $20,000  yet I got a credit limit on a credit card of $8,000. If I maxed out that card, there is no way I could pay more than the min. payment and the interest would keep me in perpetual debt. Now I will pay off the debt early and avoid the killer interest rate of nearly 26%. I can see how people become slaves to debt. The big Banksters get the near 0/.25% interest rate from the FED. Joe sixpack is doing well if he get can get a signature loan for 6-8% interest and a credit card under 20%. Plus it was not all that long ago a saver could get  5.25% interest return on savings. Now you are lucky to get 1-2% return and the banksters don’t bury you in fees so you actually lose money by saving money in a bank.

I think you are better off keeping cash at home rather than rely on the major banks “protecting” your cash.

Best belt/hunting knife | Check out the Ambush Tundra

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The new Ambush Tundra, made by Bark River Knives, combines a classic blade design with an ergonomic handle that just won’t quit.

by Leon Pantenburg

I was not paid to write this post and bought this knife to review.

It’s really nice when a knife makers listens to customer feedback.

Over two years ago, I reviewed the Bark River Canadian. I loved the Canadian blade design in general, and that knife in particular, and used it extensively for everything from cleaning fish to whittling firebow sets. But over extended use,  the handle just didn’t work for my (glove size) large hands.

The Ambush Tundra combines a Canadian style blade with a Kalahari handle.

The Ambush Tundra combines a Canadian style blade with an Aurora handle.

To quote me:

“The handle comes with finger grooves that fit my glove-sized large hands pretty well. I don’t particularly like the handle design because of that. The grooves were also commented on a couple of weeks ago when I showed the knife to several members of the Marion County (Oregon) Search and Rescue team. A couple of the pros mentioned that the handle grooves might limit who might be able to use the knife comfortably.”

In a Kalahari review last fall I quit beating around the bush, and got right to whining, sniveling and nagging:

“The (Kalahari) handle design is superb, and I’d like to see a Canadian LT with a Kalahari handle (hint, hint, hint!) The handle is long enough for me to use with my glove-sized large hands, and it was comfortable for long term cutting tasks. The knife would have been safe to use with gloves on in the cold. There is no guard on the handle, and this design doesn’t need one.”

I also wanted a thinner blade. IMO, a thick blade is rarely needed in actual use. With today’s super steels, you’d have to work really hard to break one in the field. In nearly a half-century of outdoor rambling, backpacking, hunting and fishing, I’ve never broken a blade.

So I got the Canadian LT with the thinner blade, and tried to get used to the handle. Still didn’t work.

Now, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who lobbied for a different handle design. Somebody was listening.

The Ambush Knives Tundra, made by Bark River Knives in Escanoba,  Michigan, is exactly what I was hoping for: A knife with a thinner Canadian blade and an Aurora  handle. The Tundra is a semi-production piece of cutlery that feels like it was custom made for me.

Here’s the specs:

  • Blade Length: 4.5″
  • Overall Length: 9.5″
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Thickness: .156″
  • Blade Steel: CPM 3V
  • Weight: 6.7oz
  • Made in the United States of America
  • High Quality Sheath Included With Purchase

The good stuff

Handle: I have Kalahari handles on two BR hunting knives, the Kalahari and Sahara, and have used them

The micarta handle is well-designed and gets tacky when wet.

The micarta handle is well-designed and gets tacky when wet.

extensively. I also have a micarta Kalahari handle on my Sportsman. The design fits my (glove size) large hands like it was designed for me.

The Aurora handle is similar to the Kalahari and slightly longer, and IMHO, perfect for this type of knife. Should you need to use both hands, for example, to split an elk ribcage, the longer handle length is much safer.

I got the basic green micarta handle, because I intended to put this knife to some serious testing when I went elk hunting during the middle of November.

My experience is that micarta gets almost tacky when it gets wet with blood, viscera, fish scales etc. I haven’t had any problems with slippery handles.

The Tundra makes a great skinning knife.

The Tundra makes a great skinning knife.

Blade design: I already used and liked the Canadian blade design, so there was no sales resistance at all. The hump in the spine takes about a minute to get used to, and then you wonder why you didn’t get a Canadian much sooner.

Few designs are better for those initial cuts, spine down, edge up, when gutting a large game animal. The hump helps keep the tip from puncturing intestines.

Steel: The Tundra’s CPM 3V is a super stainless steel that halds an edge forever. My most-used BR knife is my Sportsman fillet knife. It has a CPM 3V blade and is used constantly in my kitchen. It also gets heavy use for cleaning fish and cutting meat. The blade holds an edge incredibly well, and there is no evidence of staining. With reasonable care, this Tundra blade should always look good.

Spine: The spine is ground at 90 degree angles like an ice skate. This allows that edge to be used for scraping a ferrocerium rod or processing tinder. This other edge is frequently ignored, but it can be very valuable.

Sheath: The leather sheath is a tried-and-true sharpshooter style. I like the style, and find it secures the knife very

The Tundra comes with a sturdy leather Sharpshooter-style sheath.

The Tundra comes with a sturdy leather Sharpshooter-style sheath.

well. If you’re going canoeing or whitewater rafting, you may want to run a piece of paracord through the knife lanyard and the handy eyelet next to the handle.

Point: The drop point is a really good choice for an all around knife. On the Canadian, the point is about in the middle of the blade. This is handy for drilling hole in wood (think firebow) or field dressing big game. (Check out how to decide the best knife point.)

Ticky stuff:

You read reviews to help you decide if you want to buy the knife, right?

Well, this is not a deal breaker by any means. I love the Tundra. But I would love it more if it had a full convex grind. The blade comes with a convex grind, with a slight bevel I don’t like. In side-by-side testing on the same elk, my Kalahari seemed to skin better than the Tundra. And, besides, I just like the full convex grind. Now that big game hunting season is over for me, the Tundra may get sent back to the factory for a re-grind.

So do you need an Ambush Tundra?

Personally, I haven’t NEEDED another knife in well over 30 years. I also don’t need a better  mandolin, spendy hunting trips in the backcountry, expensive elk tags or a new steelhead salmon rod. I don’t need a custom flintlock rifle so I can hunt squirrels, and I don’t need a handmade knife to skin them. I know the difference between needs and wants.

So while I don’t need a Tundra, I have wanted one for a long time. I can already see this becoming one of my go-to knives. For newcomers, the Tundra would be a solid equipment investment, and the knife you use for a long, long time.

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 6 “Always Accountable”

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

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DIY Herbal Cleaning Supplies!

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DIY Herbal Cleaning Supplies
Cat Ellis “The Herbal Prepper Live

Herbal CleaningLearn to make your own non-toxic herbal household cleaners in this episode of Herbal Prepper Live. The ability to stay clean increases your chance of staying healthy. Many of these contain toxic ingredients, some suspected of being carcinogens. Plus, many people take for granted that there will always be a store to pick up some extra soap or counter top disinfectant spray.

Herbal CleaningDid you know that most soap sold in stores isn’t really soap? Or that artificial fragrances are some of the most carcinogenic (cancer causing) substances? Why use artificial cinnamon scent when you could just use real cinnamon? Have a clean, fresh homestead using pleasantly aromatic herbs and other materials you can either grow or store long term.

Herbal CleaningBeyond stocking up on soaps, shampoos, soft scrubs, and air fresheners, these things are expensive and often are loaded with questionable, potentially carcinogenic ingredients. By making your own herbal cleaning products, you can make your own for less money and without possibly increasing your risk of cancer later on. Plus, you can save the money from buying the commercially made stuff, and put those savings towards your other preps or debt reduction.

Herbal Cleaning Homemade-Dish-SoapThis episode will discuss the basics of how to make soap, shampoo, natural hand sanitizer, a degreasing spray for the stove top, soft scrubs for the tub and sinks, a disinfectant spray, homemade laundry soap, and dish soap. This will allow you to keep your body, clothing, bed linens, and surfaces clean. This alone will reduce the amount of germs in your home, and help prevent illness.

Thankfully, cleaning products made from non-toxic, natural, herbal cleaning ingredients do not contribute to the ever growing threat of drug-resistant bacteria. Even the hand sanitizer will not contribute to antibiotic resistance, unlike the common hand sanitizers we find in hospitals and on pharmacy shelves.

Learn what supplies you need to have on hand to be independent of the toxin-steeped cleaners, and how to use them to keep you and your household clean and healthy.
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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 16th, 2015

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Just released a new article in Patriots Members Area. Members – check it out HERE. Not a member? Visit the Patriots membership page.

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Did some shooting in Georgia this past weekend. Seemed fitting after the attacks in Paris to send some rounds down range. I wonder how many millions of American’s inspected, cleaned, and lubricated their guns after watching the coverage on the Paris attacks.

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Just completed Book 6 of The Survivalist series written by Dr. Arthur Bradley. What a writer! Can’t wait for Book 7 to be released.

For those that have read the series – my favorite characters are Tanner and Samantha. Their relationship has me laughing often. Mason and Bowie are awesome as well.






Review: Olight S1 LED Baton Flashlight

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I have dozens of flashlights ranging from very small and just a couple of lumens to larger super bright models. Ever since I was a kid and had an old silver flashlight that had an ultra-cool button on the switch that allowed me to do morse code with it I have been hooked. Flashlights today are lighters, smaller, and much brighter than just a decade ago.

The Olight S1 Baton represents modern flashlight technology at its best providing excellent brightness in a small package. I have been using the S1 over the last two months. Here are my thoughts…….



– Utilizes Cree XM-L2 LED, creating a brightness level up to 500 Lumens

– 4 Variable Brightness Levels Plus a Strobe Mode

– Strobe – high – mid – low – moonlight

– IPX-8 Waterproof Standard

– S10 Baton safe in water up to 2m deep

– Magnetic Tailcap for Attaching to Any Steel Surface

– Battery: CR123 Lithium Ion

– Length: 2.4″ inches

– Reverse Polarity Protection

– Includes Pocket Clip and Lanyard



Solid. The Olight so far has proven to be rugged and well built. No machining marks can be seen and craftsmanship looks to be Grade A. Threads are smooth and the lens is clear. On/Off button has been solid and consistent. Pocket clip is extremely strong but with a light this small it is not needed. It belongs in my pocket.


The knurling is noticeable and makes for gripping this tiny light easy. The hexagon-shaped collar keeps the Olight from rolling around when on uneven surfaces.




The Olight S1 throws a true 500 lumens. There are many lights out there “claiming” x-number of lumens and Olight is accurate in its specs. For a flashlight so small it amazingly bright. The Olight has a flood beam which generally I am not a fan of however with 500 lumens being thrown there is plenty of illumination for walking down trails or even running in total darkness.

Runtime has been phenomenal.

The magnetic tailcap provides a strong bond to any ferrous steel. This can come in handy when working on a car, during a power outage, or any situation where two hands are needed.




If you’ve read this far you know I am very impressed with the Olight S1. I own so many flashlights but when it comes as close to perfection as possible the S1 is there. It really is an engineering marvel to have the combination of small size, incredible brightness, and long runtime. At a price of around $50 it is a great deal.

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Butter, Knives, and Video’s…..oh my!

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MSO sponsor is an industry leader offering a huge assortment of survival and preparedness products at great prices. Owner Tom Sciacca has released a couple of video’s highlighting new product lines recently added.

The first is for clarified butter. Clarified butter has a very long shelf life – 15 years or more. It can be used in recipes in place of regular butter however it is only used at 1/4 – 1/3 the amount so it lasts alot longer.


The second is very interesting – used knives. has been buying bulk lots of used knives and offering them at a severaly reduced price over new. These are not generic knives. Name brands such as Gerber, Swiss Army, and Leatherman are represented. They clean the knives, grade them, and provide detailed pictures of the actual knife for sale on their website.

Great way to get a quality knife or multi-tool and save some money.


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13 Things You Can Scavenge From Cars After The SHTF

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Cars are everywhere. If you’re anywhere near a city when the SHTF, you’ll come across thousands of them. And if the disaster is severe enough, many of these vehicles will be abandoned. Why does this matter? Because there are many survival items you can scavenge from abandoned vehicles. […]

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Podcast-Social Madness a Sign Of Spiritual Warfare Against USA

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Pastor Keith Iton, the author of The Prepper and The Preacher is back on the show today to talk about social madness. We discuss the possibility of the lunacy being caused by a spiritual attack against our country. We also talk about the spiritual side of emotional disorders which are treated with antidepressants.


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

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4 Meats That Are Packed With Protein

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I know I’ve advocated meat consumption many times before; I’ve talked about the benefits of eating meat (in moderation of course). In many cases I have stated that the human omnivorous diet (comprised of both meats and vegetal matter) requires a balanced intake of nutrients, from which meat shouldn’t not be left out, mainly because it’s the best source of protein we get. But I feel that I’ve never treated this subject with the proper respect it actually deserved, so I’ll fix that right now. If you’re a body builder or a fitness enthusiast you probably know much about what proteins are and what they’re good for. But for those of you who don’t, allow me to explain. Proteins are essential to living organism and humans make no exception. It helps build and repair muscle mass, it serves as a building block for body chemicals (enzymes, hormones etc.), skin, blood, bones, helps release carbohydrates into the bloodstream and so on. Every single fully functional cell in the human body needs protein in order to function properly. Some tissues (hair and nails) are comprised mostly of protein. So this macronutrient is one of the building blocks of life, it’s a major part of who and what we are and it’s important to have a balanced diet in which to include rich sources of protein. Let’s have a look at these 4 meats that are packed with protein. And there is no better natural source of protein out there that meat.


Venison (27g of protein / 3 oz)

Venison is an excellent source for protein, even better than the common beef. Not only does it have a higher amount of protein / per oz., but it also has a lower count of saturated fats. Protein is only one of the nutritious compounds venison has to offer. It’s packed with iron, riboflavin, vitamin BS and other minerals that are beneficial to human health. It’s pretty versatile when it comes to cooking methods. You can make mouth-watering stakes and stews from back straps, tenderloins or top hams. The neck the belly and the lower ribs can be easily grinded into sausages or stew meat. The best roasts result from the lower hams, but you’ll have to cook them long and slow to tender the meat. Venison has a specific taste, and if you’re not very keen on it, you can marinate it and tinker with the flavor as much as possible.


Chicken breast (27g of protein / 4 oz)

The chicken breast is a common household name that’s known and loved by everybody. We are all familiar with its tenderness and deliciousness. We all know how easy to prepare it is, in how many dishes and recipes we can include it in and how easy it is to procure (found in all types of stores and markets, big or small). But I don’t know how many of us are actually aware of the chicken breast’s nutritious properties. Apart from proteins, it also has phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc and also a small amount of calcium. The healthiest approach to eating chicken breast is to serve it grilled, with a side of fresh, steamed or grilled vegetables. But for those of you who don’t mind adding calories in the mix, you can just fry it and eat it with pretty much everything your heart desires. When it comes to cooking chicken breast, the sky’s the limit.


Ground beef 95% lean (24g of protein / 3 oz)

This is the best type of beef money can buy. The 95% lean ground beef it’s full of beneficial compounds, such as iron, creatine (that do wonders for your muscles), vitamin B6, vitamin B12, niacin, riboflavin, zinc, calcium and more. The leaner the beef, the better! Ground beef that starts at 90% lean is lower in fatty acids and calories, which makes it perfect as the main pillar of a healthy diet. Cooking it requires some caution and preparation. Because the meat lacks a high amount of fats, it’s advised to use the right amount for cooling oil before frying. If you’re planning a roast, it’s best if you add sauce and cook it slowly, because it’ll need all the moisture it can get. If you already have your heart on switching to this type of meat product, go for grass-fed beef, as it’s tenderer and even richer in protein and nutrients than regular lean beef.


Anchovies (24g of protein / 3 oz)

The anchovies are a small breed of fish that are extremely delicious and beneficial at the same time. Apart for being a rich source of protein, they’re also a rich resource of omega 3 fats (beneficial non-saturated fats), vitamin D, vitamin B12, niacin and other nutrients and minerals that make for tough blood vessels, strong bones and a healthy heart. Their small size also prevents them from accumulating high amounts of toxins, like bigger fish do. Before eating them, soak them in water for about 30 minutes; they retain high amounts of salt and this will remove the excess salt. They’re not meant for cooking (as they tend to dissolve), so just eat them out of the can with greens and cheeses or add them to salad dressings.


For a while I’ve considering pork chops as well. But I ultimately decided to drop them from the list, because of their high amount of fat: 1.2 g of polyunsaturated fat, 3.3 g of saturated fat and 3.9 g of monounsaturated fat.

These are some of my personal favorite meats, but I’m sure there are plenty more out there to take into consideration. I’m sure there are plenty of you that could successfully add to this list, and make it go for pages on end. But that is not my goal; all I wanted to do is to share with you the importance and joy of eating meat. Stay safe and healthy!


By Alec Deacon








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15 Security tips for off-grid homes

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Ways to keep your off grid home secure

How do you secure this?

As the financial crunch continues, property crime is on the rise.  Living off-grid you are more vulnerable to opportunist thieves – people who happen to be passing.

Here are some time-tested crime prevention secrets – countermeasures to secure your home, whether you are off-gridders, RVers, preppers, hermits, survivalists, or simply spending a few days off the beaten track wild camping .

There are lots of things we can do that are both inexpensive and do not require utility power.  Many are just commonsense. The more difficult your property looks to breach the less likely that would-be thieves will select you as their target.

1. Know your neighbors

In remote areas this is the No 1 safety tip: neighbors and community members who know you by name and by face will be the ones that will watch your back in a crisis.

You do not have to become best friends with these people – but you do need to say hi once in awhile and perhaps get involved in some community activities so that they can get to know you and you them.

2. Get a dog

A dog is a great really great early warning system.  Heck my little 7 kilo Terrier makes a  racket if a stranger is walking around outside at night.

He might not scare an intruder once he is in the house but he certainly would give the would-be burglar reason to look elsewhere. Plus we would know that someone who should not be here is close by if not inside our home.

3. Landscape with inhospitable plants

Inhospitable doesn’t mean the plants aren’t beautiful.  Thorny plants like rugosa rosebushes bougainvillea or blackberry vines make it far more difficult to sneak around outside of windows or to climb fences.

4. Consider an alarm system

We are not talking about an expensive monitored alarm system and as a matter of fact I think advertising that you have a monitored system whether it is true or not simply tells the world that you have lots of goodies that need protection.

When I say alarm system I am referring to a loud horn or blast that goes off when someone invades your territory.

This is especially effective if you have neighbors who will also hear the alarm but even in a more remote area the alarm will annoy and dissuade the burglars from sticking around.

Wireless motion sensors can be installed on doors to scare away a person trying to break in. Best of all they’re battery operated and will suprise the bejassus out of anyone who thought they were on an easy picking spree.

5. Keep your outdoor areas well lit

This does not have to be costly. Even shaded areas will benefit from inexpensive solar lighting.

Motion lights around doorways can be startling since they come on when a person walks up to the door.

6.  Do not leave keys out

Even if you think you’re being clever don’t leave keys under mats, under flower pots, on top of door frames or in one of those $3 magnetic key carriers that fit under the frame of your car.

Thieves know about these places and are more creative than you might think when it comes to locating a spare.

Don’t leave a spare key in a coded key vault similar to the type real estate agents use. They are easy to smash into.

 7. Add internal locks to critical storage areas

This includes your emergency food storage area, crawl spaces and your larder.

Many people keep their Root cellar away from the house – which can be one of the most targeted areas in times when food is scarce

8. Secure your mail

In addition to minimizing identity theft an overflowing mail box is an open invitation to thieves who will assume you are not at home or traveling. Invest in a PO box – they are cheap.

9. Secure your doors with multiple locking mechanisms

Yes it is an annoyance to carry multiple keys but why make it easy for the bad guys? A deadbolt is essential and even two would not be excessive. Make sure the locks are difficult to pick.

10. Reinforce your door frame

Remember that a lock is only as good as the strength of the door frame.  Suppose you were home, up a long remote track, when thre bad guys come calling.

It doesn’t matter how many locks you have if they are only supported by a flimsy interior frame.

A strong person can generally break those down with a well-placed hit from a shoulder.

Invest in a high-quality metal frame. These are very difficult to breach.

11. Be wary of people who come to the door

Whether they are strangers delivery people or even officers of the law if they are unexpected you need to be alert.

These are all common ruses that precede home invasions.

Have your pepper spray handy and ask for ID.

If in doubt do not open the door. Ask for a badge or ID number and call it in.

Remember uniforms can be readily purchased online and in these days of Photoshop fake IDs can be easily created on a home computer.

12. Add locks to your gates

tIf you lock your gate then you don’t have to worry about people showing up right at your door.

Plus you’ll be sure to be on high alert if there’s a knock at the door.

13. Secure sliding glass doors

Before bed each night block the track of sliding doors with a metal bar or a piece of wood.

Those locks are very easy to force.

14. Secure sidelights or doors with large windows

It’s a simple thing for a thief to break out a small window then reach in and unlock your door from the inside.

Invest in some decorative metal grid work to make this more difficult.

15. Create a safe area to which you can retreat

In a worst case scenario if someone breaks into your home while you are there it’s important to have an area that you can run to until help arrives.

A back door leading to a bumpy uneven track that you know well is one good idea.  IT all depends ont he terrain.  Internally, reinforce a bedroom door with a good quality frame and replace the flimsy interior door with an exterior one.

Have a way to call for assistance inside the room and a method of self-defense.

Think Like a Burglar

Not so much a tip – more a way of life – Walk around your place and pretending you are a bad guy think about points of entry.

Take a look at your home from the street. Are you advertising all of the goodies inside? Or does your home look like a modest well-kept abode with good lighting and well trimmed landscaping? If you were a burglar which home on your street would you hit?

Finally: here is a good youtube video on the subject – there are many more like it:

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How To Get Your Ham Radio License

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How To Get Your Ham Radio License Investing in getting a Ham licence could mean the difference in life or death. In some cases anyway! What is a Ham Radio? A Ham radio is a way you can communicate from the top of a mountain, your home or behind the wheel of your car. You …

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School Principal Threatens to Destroy 9-Year-Old for Doing This

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illustration of a love note sealed with a pink heart.

Liberal public school leaders today lack any common sense.

The zero-tolerance rules have removed all responsibility and accountability from school leaders.

School principals today think nothing of destroying an innocent kid’s life.

Even for something that kids have done forever:

A 9-year-old Florida boy’s “love note” landed him in the principal’s office with the school threatening sexual harassment charges, his mother told local media Monday.

The note described how his crush “wears the same uniform and how her eyes sparkled like diamonds,” his mother told WFTS.

The station reports the boy lives in Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa. It did not name the child, his mother, or the school, citing privacy concerns.

The principal told the boy’s mother the note was inappropriate, and that it would file sexual harassment charges if he wrote another one, she said.

Without question, any sexual harassment instances of involving an adult and a child must be handled and reported to police.

But to threaten sexual harassment charges against a 9-year-old kid who has his first crush on a girl is harassment itself.

Home Alone: Two Black Thugs Never Expected This From 13-Year Old

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2071303135_cd1dde7d25_oHere’s why the Second Amendment is so important.

It’s also the reason why responsible gun owners teach their young kids how to handle guns.

It could happen to any kid left home alone.

This situation could have been tragic for the innocent kid.

But it turned into a nightmare for two black thugs instead:

A South Carolina teenager left home alone used his mother’s gun to shoot and kill a burglar, authorities said Tuesday.

Fox Carolina reported that deputies responded to a report of shots fired at a home in Ladson Tuesday shortly before 2 p.m. EST Tuesday. When they arrived, they found the unidentified 13-year-old boy and asked him to come out of the home.

The boy said he heard a vehicle pull up behind his house, then heard someone trying get inside a few minutes later. At that point, the teen picked up his mother’s gun and went to the back door of the home.

Authorities said the boy told them he fired the gun through the door and the person outside fired back. The boy fired several more shots, apparently wounding the suspect. According to Fox Carolina, neighbors reported hearing gunshots before seeing a gray car pull out near the home and speed away.

It’s horrible that this 13-year-old kid must live with shooting and killing an intruder.

But thanks to Mom’s gun and his family who taught him how to use it, he’s still alive.

Why Green Cleaning Is Frugal

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Another great one by Chaya Foedus:

Edna is our cleaning contributor to Pantry Paratus; she is back with a persuasive piece on making your own cleaners as a way to cut down on your budget! If you are new at green cleaning, or have not even begun yet, there are a few very important things you need to know about it…

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Innocent Victims Battle In This Philadelphia Courtroom Machine

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courtroomImagine if the police seized your cash/

What if they took your car?

Or, what would they do if they kicked you out of your home?

Civil asset forfeiture is now more than a tool for police to nab drug dealers and money laundry operations.

Now, it’s used to hassle and grab cash and assets to pad police and government budgets.

Here’s an eye-opening look inside Philadelphia’s civil asset forfeiture machine that chews up and spits out innocent victims:

So Banks began his foray into Philadelphia’s civil asset forfeiture machine, beginning in a small, rectangular room in City Hall called Courtroom 478.

There, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office attempted to settle with Banks, first offering him $1,500 and then lowering its bid to $500. The contractor says he declined.

Banks told the city he would be happy to go to court to show the cash came from honest work. And he had the pay stub to prove it.

Civil asset forfeiture is a tool that gives law enforcement the power to seize property and money suspected of being related to a crime. Originally, it was a way for police to target drug trafficking and money laundering.

Law enforcement officials in Philadelphia contend today that asset forfeiture is vital for eliminating the profit incentive for those in the drug trade.

Protect yourself, your cash and your assets.

Know your rights if the police accuse you of a crime.


This Is Modern Day Slavery Declares Black Middle School Principal

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slaveryIf you want your kids to learn how to survive in today’s world, public schools  provide little hope.

Public schools are filled with liberals who want to force kids to fit a mold.

Most public school leaders are out of touch.

Here’s an example:

I know there are plenty of kids who think that school is slavery. But finally there’s a principal who agrees with them.

Think about it. They’re rounded up on buses, sent to buildings, forced to learn things and then answer questions about them. It’s just like slavery or the Holocaust or something terrible. We must all join together to stamp out all learning and test-taking so we can finally achieve true social justice utopia.

Just ask the principal of the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action.

In an online rant, a Bronx public school principal has likened standardized testing to slavery, redlining and crack cocaine in damaging the lives of minorities.

Educational standards. They’re just like crack cocaine and slavery.

“Public school high-stakes standardized testing is a form of modern-day slavery, and it is designed to continue the proliferation of inequality,” Cornerstone Academy for Social Action Middle School Principal Jamaal Bowman says.

Now we can debate whether standardized tests truly help to measure students’ learning and mastery of the subjects.

However, to claim tests are modern day slavery is just plain liberal lunacy.

The name of the school is Cornerstone Academy for Social Action.

“Social Action” for Middle School kids?

Kids this age don’t need social action.

They need to learn the skills- math, reading, thinking- needed to survive in today’s world.

Guess Who Would Kill Baby Hitler?

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baby hitlerYou can rest safe.

This guy has your back.

If another Hitler emerges, he’ll take him out.

Yep, Jeb Bush would kill baby Hitler:

Last month, the New York Times asked readers a question that has inspired great works of literatureand many ethical debates: if you could travel back and time and kill Hitler when he was a baby, presumably stopping the events that led to World War II as far as we know, would you do it?

Now, a presidential hopeful is weighing in. The Huffington Postposed that question to Jeb Bush, who says was all in favor of a time-traveling mission to alter the course of history: “Hell yeah, I would!” he said. “You gotta step up, man.”

Yeah, Jeb would not hesitate to kill baby Hitler.

Hey Jeb how about the criminals crossing the Mexican border?

You gotta step up, man.

How to Survive a Terrorist Attack

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When horrible events happen, people want to know why. Why was a random group of people targeted to have their innocent day destroyed by violence and terror? Why did the culprit choose that group of victims, that day on the calendar, that specific location? And who? Who was the mastermind behind the event? Who were the members of the group that perpetrated the horror?

This is always followed by the speculation that things are not as they have been presented to us.  Most people in the preparedness world have a very valid mistrust of the corporate-sponsored mainstream media. We look to other sources for our news, and rightly so.

Every time, that speculation includes accusations that our own government is behind it, pulling the strings. Other frequent theories are that the events never actually happened at all and that the victims are 100% made up of crisis actors.

The pursuit of the truth is an important quest. Some journalists have dedicated their entire lives to uncovering the Machiavellian plots of those who pull the strings and it’s a noble and meaningful calling.

And that is why what I’m about to say is controversial and probably won’t be well-received.

Strictly from a survival point of view, it doesn’t matter at all who committed the acts of terror that occurred on 9/11, on the streets of Boston, or on the other evening in Paris. It doesn’t matter whether the shooting at Sandy Hook was perpetrated by a kid with behavioral issues or by operatives with an agenda.

If your focus is preparedness and survival, the most important thing you can be doing right now is learning from these events.

Whether you believe what happened in Paris was at the hands of Muslim extremists waging a jihad or a state-sponsored act of terror to clamp down and take away more freedom, the single most important thing you can take away from this is a lesson in survival.

This article is not a debate about the different conspiracy theories. If you are present during a terror attack, my opinions on the culprit don’t matter and neither do yours. All that matters in those minutes or hours is surviving.

Survival is the focus

Massive disasters happen when people are going about their daily business. People go to concerts, fly to visit relatives, take vacations, run marathons, walk to work, take public transit, and shop at the mall. No matter who you are and where you live, if you aren’t an agoraphobic hermit, there are going to be times when you are part of a target-rich environment.

And if you find yourself in the midst of an attack, the motivation of the people attacking doesn’t matter at all. You are in just as much danger whether the perpetrator is a member of ISIS or a member of a secret government agency. A bomb is a bomb, an AK-47 is an AK-47, and a machete will lop off your head, regardless of the motivation of the person wielding it.

So stop with the accusations and focus on what is really important – your survival.

Think about what you would do in an event like the ones that have taken so many lives and harmed so many people. Thinking through events before they occur is what allows us to act quickly when they do happen. Believing in the possibility of bad things helps you to accept it and move to save yourself and your family, while others stand there in shock, making targets of themselves. It’s time to consider what you would do to survive a terrorist attack.

What would you do if you were swept up in a terror event?

The world has always been populated with those who seek power, attention, and control. Acts of terror are nearly always about one or all of those things. The perpetrators are predators, and the victims are the prey. If you are a target of the first wave of the attack, there may not be a lot you can do about it. If you’re hit in the back with gunfire, if you happen to be on a plane that is hijacked and crashes into a building, if you are going about your business and your location blows up, there isn’t a lot you can do.

But if you are fortunate enough not to be a victim of the first wave, then you can survive. And often, before the first wave occurs, there are minute details that can tell you something is wrong. One of my favorite movies is The Bourne Identity. If you haven’t seen it, despite Jason Bourne’s amnesia, he possesses skills that are ingrained into his psyche. As a former operative, he was trained to be highly observant and to make rapid assessments of what he has observed.

While most of us haven’t been trained as operatives, we can still maintain a high level of situational awareness merely by being observant. One way to develop your skills is to play something called Kim’s Game.  My friend Scott, at Graywolf Survival, used to use the game to train his soldiers in situational awareness. He wrote:

Situational awareness is key to understanding your environment so you can know better both your circumstances and your options. There are myriad examples that could be given but would you notice the bulge (called printing) of someone’s ankle from a concealed weapon if you were asked to follow him to barter for goods? Would you remember enough details of the turn of a path you passed two hours ago to be able to find it again? If you were attacked, would you be able to give a good enough description of the subject and getaway vehicle to have him identified?

Kim’s Game comes from a novel by Rudyard Kipling and is something you can play with your family, any where, any time. Go HERE to learn more about how to play it.

A higher level of situational awareness can help you in many ways, should you be unfortunate enough to be present during an active of terror.

It can help by:

  • Allowing you to identify a threat before it becomes active
  • Allowing you to locate exits and routes to the exits
  • Allowing you to determine sources of cover

If you can identify a potential threat before it exists, you can sometimes prevent an attack or at the very least, you can protect yourself and your family more effectively. A book by Patrick Van Horne and Jason A. Riley describes this as being on the “left of bang”. The left of bang is a term used to describe the moments before something bad happens, when you have an inkling that something is wrong, but you just can’t put your finger on what it is.

The book, Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life, discusses how establishing a baseline can help you to identify a threat. (I can’t recommend this book strongly enough.)

A baseline is a “normal” for your immediate environment. Once you have a baseline for behavior in a specific environment, then it’s easier to spot anomalies. According to Left of Bang, it’s the anomalies that should put you on high alert. “Anomalies are things that either do not happen and should, or that do happen and shouldn’t.”  Watch this video with Patrick Van Horne to learn more about positioning yourself to realize something is wrong before a disaster actually strikes.

Acceptance is the first step to surviving an attack

If you don’t realize ahead of time that something horrible is going down, that doesn’t mean that you won’t survive. It’s the actions you take immediately upon the realization that have the potential to save your life. And the first step to that is accepting that a terrible thing truly is happening. In an article called How to Survive Anything in Three Easy Steps, I wrote:

No matter what situation comes your way, the first step is to accept that whatever the event is, it really happened.  This is tougher than it sounds, because our minds are programmed to protect us from emotional trauma.  Cognitive dissonance means that when a reality is uncomfortable or doesn’t jive with a person’s beliefs, that person may opt to believe in something false just to assuage his desire for comfort. Psychologist Leon Festinger, who identified the principal of cognitive dissonance, suggested  “that a motivational state of inner tension is triggered by logically inconsistent ways of thinking.”

If you’re wondering exactly how powerful cognitive dissonance can be, check out Amanda Ripley’s book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes – and Why.  Ripley, a journalist, covered many disasters of immense scale: plane crashes, natural disasters, and 9/11.  She became curious about the difference between those who survived, and those who did not, wondering if it was dumb luck or if there was some other quality that made survival more likely. She interviewed hundreds of survivors and got her answer.  The ability to immediatelyaccept what was occurring was the quality most of the survivors possessed.

The story that stands out in my mind the most was the one about the people in the World Trade Center on September 11. They described the last time they saw some of their coworkers.  There were many people who simply could not accept the fact that a plane had crashed into the building and that they must immediately evacuate. They gathered their belongs, tidied their desks, finished reports. They didn’t feel the same sense of urgency that those who survived did, because the situation was so horrible that they just couldn’t accept it. Their inability to accept the scope of the danger caused many of them to perish in a tragic incident that other people, who acted immediately, survived.

When disaster strikes, you can’t spend 5 minutes thinking, “This can’t actually be happening.”  It is happening, and moving past accepting that propels you through the first step into the second one.

The people who freeze in a mass shooting have done nothing but make themselves easier targets. Freezing is an innate reaction for some people, but you can train your way through that. Training in self-defense, first aid, and disaster preparedness can help to offset the brain’s neurobiological response that leaves some people paralyzed with fear.

Pat Henry of The Prepper Journal recommends action plan simulations to help you become more prepared for a sudden crisis. He wrote:

When you are out in public, try going for an hour without looking at your phone to start with. Instead, observe your surroundings. Who is near you and who is walking toward you? Does anything seem suspicious? If something were to happen, what would you do and where would you go. Do you know the quickest way to get out if needed? Can you access your concealed weapon if you need to? Imagine what you would do if you were out at a mall with your family and someone started shooting. Where would you take cover? What would be your escape route? What if that was blocked?

When you have a preparedness mindset, you’re a step ahead of those who never even considered the idea that something bad could happen.

Three Courses of Action

We can’t always predict when an attack is about to happen. There might be no indications in your immediate surroundings to alert yourself to the fact that something is going down. You may be blithely unaware until the moment that a bomb goes off or a gun gets fired.

If you find yourself suddenly in the midst of an act of terrorism, your actions should be one of the following:

1) Escape. Get as far away from the threat as possible. This is where your early observant behavior comes in handy, because you’ll already know the escape routes. If you are in charge of vulnerable individuals like children, your first choice of actions should be to get them to safety if at all possible.

2) Take cover. If you can’t get away, get behind something solid and wait for your opportunity to either escape or fight back. This is something else you may have observed when doing your earlier reconnaissance.

3) Take out the threat. If you are armed (and I really hope you are) and/or trained, use your abilities to help remove the threat.

The most important thing to consider here is not necessarily which action you will take. It’s that you will take an action, not just stand there in shock. You can be a victim or you can be a warrior.

In Paris, unarmed hostages were at the mercy of their captors. One hundred people were kept in line by just a few men with guns. Keep in mind that fighting back doesn’t always mean a fancy Krav Maga move that takes down two armed men with one trick maneuver. There are many ways to fight back, and not all of them require physical prowess. Don’t let fear incapacitate you. Your brain is a weapon too.

Are you going to wait for someone to save you or are you going to save yourself? Don’t be a kamikaze, but look for your opportunity. There comes a point in some of these situations in which survival is unlikely. Don’t go down without a fight.

The Goal of Terrorism

The goal of terrorism is to spread panic, fear, and instability. By arguing amongst ourselves, we concede the victory to the terrorists.

After the fact, when we point fingers, belittle the victims, make broad generalizations, and deny the event occurred, we aren’t winning. We’re falling neatly into the plan of the terrorists.

The most important thing you can take away from a horrible event like the one in Paris is knowledge. Don’t lose your compassion, don’t become arrogant in your opinions, and don’t make sweeping generalizations. When you do those things, you become willfully blind to the nuances of your surroundings. Your situational awareness becomes shaded by your biases, which can cloud your observations.

Of course it’s important to learn the truth, but don’t lose sight of the fact that if you are IN a terror situation, all that matters at that moment is survival.

It’s time that we stopped getting distracted. While we argue with each other over which news station is full of hot air (I think we all know the answer to that) or which government funded an attack or if the attack even actually happened, our enemies are busy, too. They aren’t arguing about things like news coverage. They are enjoying watching us chase conspiracies and fight with each other. When we become increasingly divided, we become easier targets.

Right now, someone, somewhere, is making plans to kill you. Does it really matter who when the bullets start flying or devices begin exploding?  Are you arguing over theories, or are you making plans to survive a terrorist attack?

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This common plant can be used as food, medicine and a survival tool

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This common plant can be used as food, medicine and a survival tool

Aside from the many easy-to-grow plants that can be used for food and medicine during a prolonged survival scenario, there are also many wild plants that can be used for similar purposes.

In particular, Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca L.) — a plant which grows wild throughout much of the United States and Canada — is especially beneficial as it has great value when preparing for the unforeseeable. It’s used for food, medicine and even for making candle wicks.

Milkweed is typically found on roadsides and in fields, and often grows as tall as six feet. Recognizing the plant is fairly easy as it has broad leaves, green pods and pink or purple flowers. The plant generally blooms from early summer to early fall.

Before getting into the many benefits of milkweed, the first thing you should know milkweed is the fact that the milky sap can cause irritation of the eyes, so care must be taken not to rub your eyes when handling the plant. Milkweed sap, if it gets on the skin, can also cause an allergic skin reaction in some people.

Milkweed as food

The seeds, seed pods, leaves, flowers and oil from the milkweed plant are all edible and can be eaten in many ways.

Asclepias_syriaca_7A_lgFor a flavor that is similar to brown sugar, boil the pods down and consume. If peas is more pleasing to you, then cook the unopened flower buds and eat. Craving asparagus? Consider eating the young shoots of milkweed as they have a similar flavor.

Its pods can also be used to enhance flavoring or act as a soup thickener.

Oil can even be pressed out of its seeds and the latex in its stems has been found to be a good substitute for chicle; it can even be made into chewing gum.

Milkweed as medicine

Milkweed also extends a multitude of health benefits, taking on several medicinal properties.

Its root, for example, is also considered to act as everything from a diuretic to an expectorant.

Furthermore, milkweed’s leaves can be infused to make a tea useful for treating coughs, fever and asthma. The infusion can also be used to help in passing kidney stones.

Additional uses for this popular plant

Milkweed has several practical uses aside from its nutritional and medicinal properties.

The inner bark of the stems can be dried and used to make twine, paper and cloth while milkweed oils can be used to make liquid soap.

The seed floss obtained from the pods can also be used for making candle wicks, stuffing pillows and in making cloth when mixed with other fibers. For instance, milkweed floss is amazingly buoyant — six times more than cork — and is sometimes used to make life jackets for that reason.

Milkweed is just one of many wild plants that can be used for a variety of purposes. A knowledge of wild plants and their uses can prove to be crucial to survival when the SHTF.



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What is your excuse for not preparing for emergencies?

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What is your excuse for not preparing for emergencies?

Americans Need a Disaster Reality Check

A recent survey by Chapman University found a serious lack of personal preparation for emergencies and disasters by Americans. They found 56% of people fear they will experience a natural or man-made disaster and 86% believe an emergency kit would improve their chance of survival but 76% have made no effort to assemble a kit. Their definition of a kit is the basics recommended by FEMA and the Red Cross of food, water, prescription medications and other supplies sufficient for at least 72 hours. Although a kit is only one step in being prepared, it provides a good example of what people are not doing. Good preparation includes being informed, a making a plan and gathering essentials.


The real story is the excuses given for not preparing.

51% believe emergency services will come

40% just don’t have the time

33% just don’t want to think about it

28% don’t know what to do


These are excuses you may have used and undoubtedly you have heard from others. It is an unrealistic belief that First Responders will reach everyone immediately after a disaster which is why FEMA and the Red Cross recommend a kit and other preparations. As quoted from Chapman’s lead researcher Ann Gordon, Ph.D “We found a major disconnect between people’s expectations of what would happen and the reality of a disaster’s aftermath.”

Emergency planning and preparation are safety steps for every family. Fortunately they do not require a lot of time and there is great guidance available. An easy first step is to register for your local Reverse 911 link service, specific guidance and updates from first responders can be sent to you cell phone.   Go to for links and guidance.

Examine your excuses for not being prepared and start today. Share this article with your family and friends then talk about their excuses and help them get started too.


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Coconut Oil Uses

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The anti-properties of organic coconut oil are many: anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial. It’s amazing that something found in nature can be so good for so much. This tropical oil has many uses, which is what I will go over in this article.

It can be consumed in the daily diet or used as an all natural beauty product for the skin and hair. I, personally, use it both ways mainly because I love the way I feel and look. I will go over how organic coconut oil can be used for personal care, oral health, for babies, general health and wellness, and applied externally to the skin.

For personal use, or as an effective beauty product, organic coconut oil can be used effectively as an eye cream for bags, wrinkles, and puffy eyes, as a head to toe moisturizer, as a preparation for the skin before and after shaving, as an effective deodorant, and hair conditioner.

I use it to moisturize my whole body after my morning shower. Occasionally, I will massage into my ends and leave in for 20 minutes before washing out. This protects my hair against split ends and just keeps it looking healthy. It really works great as an all day effective deodorant by adding some to baking soda and applying under the armpits.

I am going to brag about how great organic coconut oil is for oral health. I put a little on my toothbrush with some regular toothpaste every night when I brush my teeth and in the morning. My last dental appointment showed I had three cavities. Well, after having them taken cared of, my next dental visit six months later and after six months of brushing with organic coconut oil… no cavities. It really works.

Some other uses for personal care include: lip moisturizer, massage oil, make-up remover, all natural and safe personal lubricant, and body scrub when mixed with sugar and massaged into the skin, then rinsed off. It will also form a protective layer over cuts and scrapes while speeding up the healing process. Also excellent to stop the itching and burning associated with bug bites.

For mom and baby, it can be used as an effective nipple cream to help heal and nourish dry, sore, and cracked nipples due to breastfeeding. Mom can apply to baby’s bum to treat diaper rash. If the baby has cradle cap, applying it daily will help nourish the scalp and eliminate it. Breastfeeding moms can consume 3 1/2 tablespoons per day to enrich the milk supply.

Did I mention that it can be used to treat different skin conditions when applied externally and when taken internally. These include psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. For general health and wellness, it will help the body to absorb minerals and vitamins, stimulate the metabolism, and help with digestive problems including irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s Disease.

The medium chain fatty acids in the coconut oil make it responsible for increasing the metabolism, giving you lots of energy, improve thyroid function, help the body to reduce fat, increase muscle, and assist with weight loss and controlling cravings. It will also help to level the blood sugar.

When taken internally, some more uses for coconut oil include: hot flashes, hemorrhoids, kills head lice, thrush, HIV, gallbladder pain, mononucleosis, painful menstruation, kills parasites, candida, autism, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, circulation, depression, and give you a stronger immune system.

When applied topically, organic coconut oil helps with athlete’s foot, canker sores, herpes, genital warts, acne, and sore muscles. Wow!! Don’t worry, it’s easy to include it into your daily diet. Simply use it in place of butter and oil used for cooking, sauteing, baking, and in all recipes. I add to my coffee, tea, or fruit smoothie.

You can even feed to your pets, cats and dogs. It is just as healthy for them as it for you. It can be added to their water or food bowls every day. Who knew organic coconut oil can be good so many things and have so many uses. It’s something that can be easily found in any organic health food store or online. When are you getting yours?

Hi, my name is Melissa. I enjoy writing about the benefits of organic coconut oil mainly because there are so many. I started using coconut oil six months ago and I have come to love it. I use it everyday internally and externally. I really don’t have any major health issues but it’s good to know that my daily use of coconut oil may be protecting me and strengthening my immune system. To learn all the many benefits of organic coconut oil, please visit my website: []

How To Cast Thermite So It’s Solid, Not Powder

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How To Cast Thermite So It’s Solid, Not Powder Here’s something that must be said before we go any further. I’m not liable. For anything. Do your homework and be sure you know what safety precautions to take when handling something like thermite, such as not looking at it during ignition since it gives off …

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What You Really Need in Your SHTF First Aid Kit

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One of the common things a lot of preppers  miss is a good SHTF first aid kit. Sadly, they don’t even realize it. That’s because most people have a $29.95 first-aid kit

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The Giant is restless

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After the events in France there have been a number of people that have spoken to me about what is going on. I’ve even had a couple of preppers I’ve not spoken to for a while contact me just for a chat and an update because I’m not on the site much.

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Deuteronomy 32:35

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‘Vengeance is Mine, and retribution,
In due time their foot will slip;
For the day of their disaster is at hand,
And their doom hurries to meet them.’

     The world is still reeling from the horror of the Parisian terror attacks.  We Christians join the inhabitants of earth as we mourn the overt display of Evil that occurred two evenings ago; even as we struggle with what our response should be.  We look to Scripture for comfort and understanding, and one message comes through loud and clear… our God is a God of Justice, and He will repay those who choose to align themselves with the Enemy.  
     As today’s verse instructs us, we see that God proclaims that Vengeance is His.  We are not to take that task and burden upon ourselves.  In other words, He will avenge the injured and the innocent; He will bring a full and complete punishment upon those who dare to follow Satan so boldly. 
     Their idolatry of a false god, and their rebellion against the One True God will be rooted out and exposed for what it is.  I like what Matthew Henry has to say on this subject:  “The Lord will never disgrace the throne of his glory by allowing this transgression to go unanswered.  But notice that the retribution will happen “in due time”; when they least expect it.  When sinners deem themselves most secure, they will suddenly fall into destruction.  That is when “their foot will slip.”
     And in case the minions of Satan think they will escape God’s payback, they need to understand that His hatred of sin, His strict justice, and His faithfulness to His threatenings as well as His promises, demands that He carry out His vengeance… in His timing and in His way.
     They need to remember God’s vengeance against Sodom and Gomorrah, and against Edom, and even against His chosen people, Israel, when they rebelled against Him.  The one thing He always made sure of… that they would know that He was Lord!  Nothing has changed.  The enemies of God may think that their reign is ascending, and that the kingdom of the beast is perpetuating his darkness and confusion, but the Lord has declared that “the day of their disaster is at hand, and their doom hurries to meet them.”
    We must not forget that there are other Saints who also have been slain by those influenced by the AntiChrist spirit, and they are crying out from beneath God’s altar; they are the souls of those who have been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they maintained.  There are new Saints being added to that number each day, as Christians across the Middle East give up their lives, rather than deny their Savior.
     Once again, we should consider the words of Matthew Henry:  “They commit their cause to Him to whom vengeance belongs. The Lord is the comforter of his afflicted servants, and precious is their blood in his sight. As the measure of the sin of persecutors is filling up, so is the number of the persecuted, martyred servants of Christ. When this is fulfilled, God will send tribulation to those who trouble them, and unbroken happiness and rest to those that are troubled.”
     It is not for us to understand how or when God will exact His vengeance.  It is enough to know that there will be a reckoning one day soon… and those who have been deceived by Satan will receive their due.  Lord, have mercy on all those who loved you unto death.

Bringing Back Sunday Dinner – Sharing Meals and Traditions That Matter!

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From the feasts and banquets of ancient Greece and Rome, to Sunday Supper at Aunt Bee’s in Mayberry, USA – food has always served as a great way to bring people together for great conversation. Yes – as shocking as it may seem, there was actually a time not too long ago – before cell phones, iPods, televisions, computers and busy work schedules – that people actually looked forward to getting together to prepare and share a meal! They were real meals prepared from real ingredients – many from home-grown gardens or local farmers – but the meaning went far beyond just the food on the table. It was in preparing those meals that family recipes, cooking skills and long-standing traditions were passed on to the next generation. It was how children learned about respect and how to talk to adults – and how older generations learned the latest and greatest from the kids. I can remember back to my own childhood that on nearly every Sunday evening, my family would sit down together for dinner. We were joined many times by my older siblings, their husbands and nieces and nephews  – along with a visit now and then from Uncle Tom, Aunt Helen and Uncle Johhny, Eddie and Sis and […]

What You Need To Know About Getting A Concealed Carry Permit

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Concealed Carry PermitWhen it comes right down to keeping guns during crisis, an anti-gunner aiming to get guns away from everyone will act in a manner that only serves to create more false justification for increased gun regulations.

Just play it safe and use the laws to your advantage to wage lawsuits and demand legislative changes instead of getting hung up by them. Make it your business and do involve your ego and pride in making repeal of gun laws the litmus test for election.

Do not allow yourself, your family members, or those on your survival team to become the reason for more gun control laws, and the reason for anti-gun scammers making more money while they destroy our safety and society.

If you are going to keep guns in the pre-crisis period and want to ensure the having them during and after the crisis, keep these thought in mind and follow the laws of your locality, especially on carrying a concealed handgun.

In all states in the US, concealed carry handgun permits are usually issued by the circuit court of the county or city in which the applicant resides. In most states, to carry a concealed weapon you must have a concealed weapons permit.

An increasing number of states are allowing concealed carry without a permit, however you should still be aware of restrictions related to where you can and cannot carry.

How to Get a Concealed Handgun Permit

To get a concealed handgun permit, the person putting in the application:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age or older,
  • May apply in writing to the clerk of the circuit court of the county or city in which he or she resides,
  • He or she must be a member of the United States armed forces of the county or city which he or she is stationed.

There usually is no requirement related to the length of time an applicant for conceal carry permit must have been a resident or living in the county or city where he or she currently resides.

In most states that offer the concealed carry permit, you must have documentation of proof of handgun competency. Most states have several ways of filling this requirement.

  • training shootCompleting a hunter education or hunter safety course as approved by your State Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
  • Completing any National Rifle Association firearms safety or training course.
  • Completing firearms safety or training courses available to the general public by law enforcement agencies, junior colleges, or instructors certified by an NRA or Department of Justice Services
  • Completing any law enforcement firearms safety or training courses offered for security guards, investigators, or special deputies.
  • Presenting evidence equivalent experience with firearms through participation in organized shooting competitions or current military service from any branch of the armed forces.
  • Updating or previously having held a concealed carry firearms permit license.
  • Completing any firearms training and safety courses including those that are electronic, video, or online courses conducted by state certified or NRA certified instructors.
  • Successfully completing any government police agencies firearms training courses and are qualified to carry a firearm in the course of their normal police duties.
  • Completing any firearms training course that the court deems adequate.

To prove that you have met the requirements of knowing how to correctly use a firearm, you must submit a copy of your certificate of completion of the course or evidence of participation in firearms competition.

Fees for Concealed Handgun Permits

Most states have state regulated fees that the applicant must pay in order to get his or her concealed handgun permit. Usually the court also has a small fee for handling the application. This is known as the application fee.

Your local police or sheriff department usually charges an investigation fee which covers your background check and your fingerprint check fee. Usually your state police also have a small fee to cover their end of processing the application. Each state has a maximum charge that any city or county can charge for processing your concealed handgun permit application.

Most states also have time limits that the courts must have the application completed by. They are usually between 30 to 45 days to complete all the necessary investigations and for the judge to make his decision on whether to issue or not to issue the concealed handgun carry permit.

When you are carrying a concealed weapon most states require that you have a picture ID issued by the state that issued you the concealed carry permit. This permit and your photo ID must be on your person at all times. If you are US military and you are carrying concealed, you must have your government ID card on your person along with the concealed weapons permit.

How to Renew Your Permit

You must reapply to the court using the same procedures that your state decreed to get your first concealed carry permit. If the investigation reveals that you are no longer eligible to have this permit, then you must surrender the permit back to the court that issued it.

If your permit was revoked, you have the right to your day in court. You have a right to be represented by counsel and the Rules of Evidence shall apply. The final order of the court will include the court’s findings of fact and the conclusions of the law.

If you disagree with the lower courts findings and conclusions, most states allow your case to be heard and reviewed by the Court of Appeals of that state. Usually the decision of a court of appeals is final.

When Aren’t You Allowed to Get the Permit?

Here are a few reasons why an individual would not be qualified to obtain a concealed carry permit:

  • The applicant is a subject of a restraining order and is prohibited from purchasing or transporting a firearm.
  • The applicant has been convicted of two or more misdemeanors within a five year period immediately preceding the application.
  • If the applicant is addicted to or an unlawful use of marijuana or any controlled substance.
  • If the applicant was discharged from the US military under dishonorable conditions.
  • If the applicant is a fugitive from justice.
  • If an individual have been convicted of assault, assault and battery, sexual battery, discharging a firearm, or banishing a firearm in most states they are ineligible for a concealed carry permit.
  • If the applicant has been convicted of stalking.
  • If the person has been charged with a felony.

Most states have laws in their concealed carry statutes that define prohibited conduct and where unlawful to carry:

  • Any individual with a concealed carry permit who is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while carrying their handgun in a public place is usually guilty of a misdemeanor.
  • If you are charged with driving while under the influence or public intoxication you can also lose your concealed carry permit and you must face the charges in court.
  • In some states it is against the law if an individual with a concealed carry permit drinks any kind of alcoholic beverage. This too is also grounds to lose your concealed weapons permit.
  • In some states, if the owner of private property has posted a no firearms sign on the outer doors of his business. You may not carry a concealed weapon on this private property. If you must go to these places, make it a point to sue them if you wind up becoming a victim of a crime that would have been stopped if you were carrying a gun and have a concealed weapons permit.
  • Most states it is illegal for concealed weapon permit holders to enter court buildings or churches.
  • In some states it is illegal for concealed weapons holder to enter school buildings while carrying a concealed weapon. Most states have exceptions to this if you are a concealed carry permit holder, some states have exception and their statues states a person who has a valid concealed handgun permit and possesses a concealed handgun while in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle, or other roadways they may carry their concealed weapon.
  • It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon at any airport in this country. Doing this will get you charged with a federal felony and the loss of your right to keep and bear arms. If you are a victim of a crime while in the airport parking lot or other location, be sure to sue the airport and the government because you were not allowed to properly defend yourself. Remind the court and politicians that 9/11 was carried out by men carrying box cutters, not guns, and if concealed weapons permit holders had been on the plane, they would have stopped these events from happening, thus avoiding the loss of over 3,000 US citizen lives and two wars that have cost us our freedoms, billions of dollars in taxes, and cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, including our own soldiers who were killed or suffer permanent injury.

Reciprocity and Recognition Between States

Many jurisdictions honor a permit or license issued by another jurisdiction. Recognition may be granted to all jurisdictions or some subset which meet a set of permit issue and criteria, such as similar training comparable to honoring jurisdictions or certain background checks.

Several states have entered into formal agreements to mutually recognize permits. This arrangement is commonly called reciprocity or mutual recognition of each other’s permits.

While 37 states have this agreement with at least one other state and several states honor all out of state concealed carry permits, some states have special requirements like training courses or safety exams, and therefore do not honor permits from states that do not have such requirements for issue.

Some states make exceptions for persons under the minimum age (usually 21) if they are active or honorably discharged members of the military or a police force. States that do not have this exception generally do not recognize any license from states that do.

Where Are You and Are You Not Allowed to Carry

Although carry may be legal under state law in accordance with reciprocity agreements, the Federal Gun Free School Zones Act subjects an out of state permit holder to federal felony prosecution if they carry a firearm within 1000 feet of any kindergarten through 12th grade school property line.

However the enforcement of this statute is rare given several states have nullification statutes prohibiting state law enforcement officers from enforcing federal firearms laws.

Restricted areas where concealed weapons may not be carried:

  • Federal government facilities. All federal buildings, military posts and bases, and federal parks (only includes restrooms or any other buildings or structures located within federal parks is illegal).
  • State government facilities. It is illegal for a person to carry a concealed weapon in state government buildings, which include courthouses, DMV Offices, police stations, correctional facilities and city or county government meeting places.
  • In political party events.
  • Educational institutions – some states have drop off exceptions which only prohibit carry inside school buildings or permit carry while inside a personal vehicle on school property.
  • Some states will not permit concealed carry in amusement parks, fairs, parades, or carnivals.
  • Hospitals – Some hospitals do not permit concealed carry weapons on any of their property or some state that they cannot be carried in the physical hospital itself or outbuildings that belong to the hospital.
  • Church, mosques, and other houses of worship is usually at the discretion of the church clergy in most states.
  • Municipal mass transit vehicles and facilities.
  • In controlled access areas of airports.
  • Aboard aircraft or ships unless specifically authorized by the pilot in command or the ship captain.
  • Any public place while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

There are many states that have Legal Gun Free Zones, and you should learn where these zones are in your state of residency and in those states that you are visiting.

In these states, any private business can post a sign prohibiting concealed carry on their business property. Violating these posted signs in some states are grounds for revocation of the offenders concealed carry permit and criminal prosecution.

In other states, they only enforce trespassing laws when a person violates a gun free zone sign. By posting these signs, business create areas where it is illegal to carry a concealed handgun similar to regulations concerning schools,hospitals and public gatherings.

In addition to placing a sign on the property, all jurisdictions allow some form of oral communication by the lawful owner or controller of the property that the person is not welcome and should leave.

Are this limitation viable? There is considerable dispute over the effectiveness of such gun free zones. Here only law abiding citizens are being punished. Those individuals cannot carry firearms legally just ignore these signs.

I have personally seen over the years when restaurants put up the no concealed carry weapons allowed signs on their doors and they were robbed.

All this did was wave a flag in front of the criminal individuals of these areas to go ahead and rob the place blind. They didn’t worry about it because no one was armed and could shoot back at them. So they took what they wanted and when satisfied left the area before police response could intervene.

I guess these restaurants learned a very expensive lesson. It is better to have a few concealed carry individuals on the premises than to be completely defenseless.

Furthermore those wishing to commit mass murder might intentionally choose gun-free areas like shopping malls, schools, and churches, where general carry is prohibited by statute or signs. Here the population inside these areas is disarmed and could do nothing to stop them. Actually, statistics show that all but 2 mass shootings were carried out in gun free zones.

Brandishing and Printing

Printing refers to the circumstances were the shape or outline of a firearm is visible through a garment while the gun is still fully covered and holstered.

Printing generally is not desired when carrying a concealed weapon. An individual can see the printing of the firearm on your person and they know you are armed. Doing this could warn the criminal that you are armed and you could be the first one shot.

Brandishing can refer to different actions depending on the state. These actions can include printing through a garment, pulling back clothing to expose the gun, unholstering a gun, and exhibiting it in the hand.

The intent to intimidate or threaten someone may or may not be required legally or to be considered brandishing. In most states brandishing is a crime, but the definition of brandishing varies widely in US.

Legal Liability

shootingSome states have a duty to retreat provisions which requires a permit holder, especially in public places, to vacate him or herself from a potentially dangerous situation before resorting to deadly force. The duty to retreat does not restrictively apply in a person’s home or business even though escalation of force may be required.

A majority of states who allow concealed carry forbid suits being brought in such cases either by barring lawsuits for damages resulting from criminal act on the part of the plaintiff or by granting the gun owner immunity from such civil suit if it is found that he or she was justified in shooting.

The Castle Doctrine allows persons who own firearms and carry them conceal to use them without first attempting to retreat. The Castle Doctrine is usually applied to situations within the confines of one’s own home.

Many states have adopted escalation of force laws along with provisions for concealed carry. They include the necessity to first verbally warn a trespasser or lay hands on a trespasser before a shooting is justified, unless the trespasser is armed or assumed to be so. The escalation of force does not apply if the shooter really believes a violent felony has been, or is about to be committed on his property by the trespasser.

In the 1895 Supreme Court ruled in Beard vs US, if an individual does not provoke an assault, and is residing in place that they have the right to be, then they may use considerable force against someone they really believe may do them serious harm without being charged with murder or manslaughter should that person be killed.

In most states lethal force is only authorized when serious harm is presumed to be imminent.

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Why You Need To Know Your Point Of Distribution-FEMA

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You may wonder what I am talking about with this statement: Why you need to know your point of distribution by FEMA. I live in Southwestern Utah and the county I live in had a meeting last week to discuss the point of distribution in our area. It’s also called a POD. The meeting was put together to train about 100 people in our area/neighborhood that covers all the people in our geographic area, not just the estimated 2,500 people who may be members of the church facility being used as the POD location. The Washington County (Utah) Health Department asked for people in our neighborhoods that would understand and be qualified to help after a major disaster. They started with people who are knowledgeable about preparedness and asked different churches to set up training for the people in the different locations. They will have limited PODS because they can only manage and distribute prescriptions or supplies to so many areas after a major disaster. It is our understanding that FEMA plans to ultimately locate and train people all over the country to be used in local PODs like the one here where I live.

Point of Distribution For Shots and Prescriptions

They also asked for dentists, doctors, nurses, EMT’s intermediate and above, paramedics and anyone else who is qualified to give injections based on training and/or license. I want you to picture in your mind what we did that night. The 100 people who came, including my husband and myself, were trained in the procedures following a disaster. We were shown picture slides as part of a PowerPoint demonstration to show us what will be required by all of us after a disaster. They had tables and chairs set up all over the large church gymnasium. They provided orange vests to show what we will wear as we direct our community members when and if needed. We will have greeters at the doors to make sure no one is sick and no children will be allowed in the building or POD. Children may spread germs and no one that is sick will be allowed inside the POD. If someone who is sick comes to the POD they will be directed to go see their doctor or local Instacare type facility.

Here’s the deal with a POD or point of distribution. These PODs will be set up by FEMA and your local health department after a disaster, earthquake, pandemic or whatever major situation our neighborhoods may have. We will have a certain number of people from each neighborhood come to the center to get the needed prescriptions or emergency supplies. For instance, they gave a short example that if Las Vegas, Nevada was sabotaged by a terrorist group by maybe setting canisters all over the city and then they started letting the Anthrax disperse the people affected would only have 36 hours to get the needed prescription to save their lives. We will dispense those needed drugs. Yes, you heard that right. This is why they are setting up PODS wherever possible. Now this is not an easy thing to do. Lawyers from the different churches and our county/state people had to agree on the required legal documents to facilitate this to happen since the FEMA and county health department personnel will be in charge of the church facility that’s being provided for the benefit of the public at large.

These PODS are designed for three types of events:

  1. Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, etc.
  2. Biological agents-terrorism incidents
  3. Disease outbreaks

The PODS will be open to everyone no matter what faith they believe or where they may live. All the facilities will open and close at the exact same time each day. The reason for this is quite simple, they do not want everyone running (driving) to the facility that happens to open first. The news media or social media will let everyone know (if we have electricity or they will use Ham radios) where these PODS are located and when they will be open.


These people will be hand picked from the 100 volunteers above. These people must be calm and attentive, but not too talkative since it’s important to process as many people as possible in as short a time as can be accommodated. We can’t have a “chatty patty” greeting people at the door. We need to keep the lines moving.

Triage and Registration Area

  1. Handout forms for attendees to fill out and sign
  2. Ask questions about health and family considerations
  3. Direct people to the next station area where the forms are double checked
  4. Keep sick people out of the POD, no kids allowed, direct sick people to go see their physician or InstaCare
  5. Special needs and counseling areas may be available
  6. Handout information about the prescriptions-no limit on prescriptions you can pick up but you must list who will be given the meds
  7. Review the medications with the people
  8. Direct to exit area after medications are dispensed

Security People Will Be At The Doors

Obviously people are going to be anxious to get the medications that they need and may lose patience. We will look for strong burly type people to man the doors. Plus they must keep control of the situation at hand.

Yep-It’s All FREE

No Insurance-No Medicare-No Medicaid necessary.

No insurance cards whatsoever will be needed or required. This is all FREE via our government tax dollars. No expense will be incurred.

CDC states we need 63 people to run a POD. We need to be able to “push” 150 people through the process to get the medications within one hour start to finish.

We can only set up a POD if we know what the disease is for sure, then we will know what antibiotics we will dispense. The county is constantly monitoring the diseases in our area. Additional medications can be shipped to us within 12 hours and as long as the roads are open. We will dispense vaccinations and medications as needed and required per the disease.

Anthrax Tidbit

Once exposed by Anthrax you have 36 hours to get the medication to save your life. Time is of the essence. We will hand out Cipro and Doxy. Cipro is not for children, pregnant women or breastfeeding moms. These are the two drugs we need if exposed to Anthrax.

Please check your city, county, and state to see where your local health department and FEMA will have you go in case of emergency,disaster or disease outbreak. Please check places for POD placement before the need arises so you know where to go, and hopefully the roads will be open. Hopefully, you will never have to use it. May God bless you and our country.

CDC-ANTHRAX Information

POD-FEMA Information

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How To Make Survival Cement

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How To Make Survival Cement OK, so you want to build something, and you want it to be more permanent that with wood. You decide cement or concrete is what you need but of course since the SHTF you can’t go to your local hardware store and by a bag of cement. Sure would be …

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Uses For Dead Car Batteries And Sealed Lead Acid Batteries

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Uses For Dead Car Batteries And Sealed Lead Acid Batteries This is great information to remember and maybe even trying out before an emergency happens. People toss away these batteries all the time. Maybe it’s time to start stockpiling these bad boys for that just in case moment and take advantage of the stupidity of …

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Three Natural Approaches To Clearing Land of Tree Stumps and Invasive Plants

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 Whether you desire a life off the grid, are prepping, or just want to be a little more self-reliant, the ability to grow your own food is a valuable skill. Unfortunately for many people, the property they currently have is not perfect, rich, and loamy or free of weeds and pests and ready to be planted. While the easiest way to remove unwanted plants from the area you intend to cultivate is to douse everything in chemicals, I prefer a more natural, poison-free approach. While these options take more time and energy, you will reap the rewards of having a non-toxic planting space. Unwanted plants come in many shapes and sizes. The ones I am most commonly asked about are trees, blackberries, and the ever growing swathes of dangerous weeds such as star thistle, which can take over pasture and kill livestock.

We all know plants need water, soil, and sun. Trees are often in exactly the wrong spot, taking valuable ground space and casting huge areas of shade. In many cases, chopping down the offending tree is the easy part. The trouble begins when you are left with a large stump that refuses to stop sending up dozens of suckers. You could just keep cutting the suckers as they pop up, but let me speak from experience- that gets old fast. This also doesn’t solve the problem of wanting to use the space the stump is occupying. Fear not, for there is more than one way to kill even the most stubborn stump!

Three Natural Ways to Remove Tree Stumps

Option 1: Find a Stump Grinder. While this is the fastest option, it is also the most expensive. Stump grinders can usually be rented at your local garden or hardware store. Borrow a couple of buddies or really good neighbors, and dig as much dirt away as you can. Follow the roots out as well. Then, just stop by your local equipment rental store and grab a grinder! While this is the fastest option, it is also the most expensive. If you are clearing large areas with many trees, do the math and see if it would be more economical to purchase the stump grinder, rather than rent it. Always follow all manufacture instructions for use, but the idea of it is pretty simple. Wear protective gear, turn on stump grinder, and grind a little at a time, as far down and as far out as you can reach. Voilà! From stump to sawdust! Some people choose to burn the sawdust and allow it to smolder until it extinguishes itself. Use extreme caution if you choose to burn what is left. This is better suited for a wetter time of year.

Option Two: Use Salt. Another natural option that is significantly cheaper and significantly slower, is to kill the stump with Epsom salt. Drill the biggest hole you can manage in to your stump- sized about ½” to 1” wide, and at least 10” deep, or deeper if possible. If there are roots you can get to poking above the spoil, drill in to them as well, taking care to not pass all the way through. Fill the holes in the stump with Epsom or rock salt, leaving two or three inches to the top open. Fill the holes in the exposed roots about halfway. Seal the holes in the stump and in the roots with a generous cap of wax. Paraffin is fine, beeswax is better. You want a good, thick seal so that when rains come the salt is not washed in to surrounding soil. This method can take several weeks for several months. Depending on your climate and the type of tree you are dealing with, you may choose to cover the stump with a tarp to smother any little shoots that may pop up. You will know the stump is dead when it begins to fall apart on its own. At this point, you may let it decay naturally, dig it up, or simply cut it as close to the ground as you can and place a raised bed over it.

Option Three: Smother it. Smothering is the most passive option. All one needs is to simply cover the stump with a heavy tarp, and hope to smother it. While this is the easiest of the options, the success rate is low and the process is long. You can snip any suckers that come up and try to keep the stump as dry as possible to further cut off lifelines. This method is only for those with amazing patience.

Removing Invasive Weeds

Another aggressive, hard to kill plant we all love and hate are blackberries. While what comes to mind for me are the invasive, spread-like-fire Himalayan blackberries we see all over in the west, these methods hold true for most bramble type plants you may want to remove. With any of these methods the first step is the same- remove any visible foliage above ground. You can do this in a number of ways. Hungry goats, chainsaw/ brush cutter, or yank them out by hand. What you choose depends of course on what is available to you and how big your bramble is. If you are going any route besides goats, I recommend burning the vines as you remove them. Some bramble type plants can take root from cuttings. Burning them ensures they will not take root. Like with the tree stumps, brambles often can and do come back even after being chopped down. To solve this, you can choose to either pull up suckers as they appear, which is the slowest and least effective option, or you can smother the suckers with a tarp. If you would rather not deal with suckers at all, you can try to kill the roots of the bramble.

How to Kill of Bramble

To kill the roots, you can either hand turn the soil with a shovel or use a tiller to chop up and flip over the vast majority of the roots. To ensure that the surviving roots do not take hold, you can plant a fast growing grassy crop, such as barley, over the tilled area. The barley will be more than happy to settle in to the freshly turned soil and will choke out any remaining roots. If you don’t want to be bothered with barley growing from seeds next season, simply turn the barley in to the soil before the heads mature. Or, you could open the pasture to your livestock that would be quite happy to mow down the barley for you.

Star Thistle

The final nasty, unwanted plant on my list of badies is Star Thistle. While your noxious plant may be of a different species, every area has their wicked weed that comes to mind. The key to getting a grip on these unpleasant invaders is to be vigilant. Getting a major infestation under control can be next to impossible and extremely expensive. It pays to keep your eyes peeled for invasive species, and to remove them as soon as is possible. Never assume that you managed to destroy every plant. If it is at a small enough scale that hand removal is an option, be sure to burn the plants after pulling them out. Do not attempt to compost noxious invasive weeds. It is a bad idea to simply till the plants under the soil or the burn the area. These types of plants thrive on freshly disturbed soil, and will move in faster than any native plant. This often makes the situation worse than you started with. If you do till or burn the area, be certain to plant a fast growing cover crop. Tarping the area prevents anything from growing, and once uncovered is at just as high if not higher risk for being infested. A good option is to contact your local or state department of agriculture and see what they can offer you. Some species of invasive plants are able to be killed by certain local plants, or are the favorite snack of a local insect. Regardless of the route you follow, keeping on top of the plants will be essential.

While it may seem like nothing but hard work and no fun, the rewards of having your land cleared and the peace of mind in knowing you did not introduce any toxic chemicals in to your soils are well worth it. Be sure your game plan is realistic, and is going to work for your specific area as well as the specific plants you want to kill. Once you know the direction you want to take, grab some gloves and some friends and get going! Stay tuned!

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

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Missiles, The Final Countdown

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Missiles Over California: The Final Countdown
Matthew Gilam “The Collapse Experiment

Missiles test-california-hyper-dimension-640x350Last Saturday night over Los Angeles a bright light was seen by many in the sky. Reports flooded in to 911 services about a UFO flying over the city. What that light turned out to be was an unarmed Trident missiles from the USS Kentucky, a submarine off the shore of Los Angeles. The exercise had been scheduled with LAX and planes were diverted from the coast but the public was not notified.

11-14-15 1074808_1280x720A dozen cars were swallowed by the earth in Mississippi. The event happened in the parking lot of a diner where the cars were parked. While the ground did sink several feet into the earth experts are not calling it a sinkhole. Instead it is speculated the event took place because of heavy rains that have hit the area in recent weeks.

11-14-15 bp1The northern city of Shenyang, China is reported to have the worst air pollution of any Chinese city. Samples taken revealed levels that were 50 times higher than what is considered safe by the World Health Organization (WHO). Shenyang is the home of heavy industry and coal mining.

Sierra Leone is officially Ebola free by the WHO after 42 days with no new infections. This follows the declaration of the country being Ebola free a few weeks ago by the president of the country.

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