Why You Need To Make Bucket Emergency Kits

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 Why You Need To Make Bucket Emergency Kits You need to make these bucket emergency kits… Simple and cheap to make and more valuable than you would ever imagine! I have 3, one in my car one in my basement and one at my bug out location. When I first saw this I said to …

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Leftover Turkey Recipes That Don’t Suck

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The big meal is over. The sink is full of dishes. The stove has cooled down and the guests have gone home. Now it’s time to ask yourself the big question: where can I find some great leftover turkey recipes?!?

Help has arrived! Here are some great ideas for ways to use leftover turkey that go beyond a simple sandwich.

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Turkey sandwiches are a classic leftover meal for a reason – they are fast, tasty, and (can be) yummy. That “can be” is the problem. Who hasn’t gotten sick of turkey sandwiches in the week after Thanksgiving? These give you more options for your lunch box.

Curried Turkey Salad

12 Creative Turkey Sandwiches

Turkey Wraps with Curry-Chutney Mayonnaise and Peanuts

And more…15 Best-Ever Leftover Turkey Sandwiches

Dinner (Pizza and more!)

stumboHere are some fun twists on classic meals, like turkey and dumplings instead of chicken and dumplings and turkey tetrazzini. Instead of delivery pizza, make your own barbeque turkey or turkey Alfredo pizza. It is so much healthier than delivery, and cheaper!

Meat and Potato Casserole

Turkey and Dumplings

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Stuffing Casserole

Barbeque Turkey Pizza

Turkey Alfredo Pizza

Slow Cooker Cranberry Turkey Breast

Turkey and Mushroom Risotto

Carolina Style Leftover Turkey Stumbo (a stew that is so delicious that it wants to be a Gumbo)

Preserving it for (much) Later

Sometimes, we just have too much to eat before it goes bad. That’s when it’s time to make some jerky and can some turkey to enjoy weeks or months later.

Turkey Jerky

Canning Turkey

What favorites of yours did we miss? Add them in the comments so the rest of us can try them the next time we have a turkey at our own homes.

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Favourite Films: Waterwalker by Bill Mason

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From the moment this film starts rolling and you hear birdsong, you know Waterwalker is not a film just about canoeing. This is confirmed by the first line spoken by Bill Mason in the film…

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NEW PRODUCT: NutriMill Plus

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When we first started our first storage adventures we actually didn’t even know what wheat kernels looked like. The whole idea of storing wheat, grinding it, and cooking it without electricity seemed so foreign and daunting to us that we didn’t even try to tackle it for almost a year.

One day I was visiting a friend and she had a wheat grinder on her counter and I started asking her all about it. She showed me how it worked and sent me home with a little baggie of flour and a bread recipe. All of a sudden I realized that wheat was flour, and I knew how to cook with flour! I borrowed her wheat grinder every few weeks until I could afford my own and when we finally purchased our WonderMills our food storage lives changed forever. In fact, we even did a post titled 17 Ways to Use a Wheat Grinder a little while back. Yes we use them that much!

The two mills we have always recommend are the WonderMill and the NutriMill. You can’t go wrong with either option. We preferred a few of the WonderMill features over the NutriMill when we did a side by side test so that is the model we went with at the time. However, NutriMill just came out with a BRAND NEW mill called the NutriMill Plus that we are excited to try out. Here are some of the details in comparison to the classic Nutrimill:

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The NutriMill Plus boasts 11 new patented improvements. It is 15% quieter than the Classic mill and has 20% more capacity than the classic NutriMill.

The Plus mill is uniquely designed to nest compactly inside its flour canister for a 30% smaller storage footprint than the Classic mill. With its patented 4-stage filtration system and included flour bagger accessory, milling at home is clean and convenient. We are so excited to get our hands on one of these and try it out in another little side-by-side comparison!

DO NOT BUY NOW

The NutriMill Plus is regularly priced at $239.99 but will be substantially discounted on Cyber Monday over in our online store. Make sure you are signed up for our email newsletters where we will be announcing the discounted price on Saturday, November 28th. In the meantime you can visit our online store to view the full details about the NutriMill Plus (but don’t buy it yet!)

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#Hashtag Heroics vs. Real Solidarity

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When the rubber meets the road, #hashtag heroics are gone and real human tendencies come out. Your safety and the safety of your family is in YOUR hands….

Pope Speaks About End Times & Paris Speculations

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Wanted to discuss very quickly the events surrounding the Paris events and comments made by the pope this weekend. Paris occult symbolism from RSE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXH1U… The Last…

Crazy News & Even Creepier Revelation Timeline Facts

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In my haste, I should have covered some very important facts that relate to the revelation timeline. In this video, I’ll go over them and show you why…

Review of Mark Goodwin’s “Perdition” from the “Days of Noah” Trilogy

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The dust is still unsettled in France from the attacks of last Friday.  Probably the dust is also unsettled for many targets that find themselves in the bombing crosshairs of the French’s armed services.  Allow me pose a couple of questions that lead into my book review of Mark Goodwin’s Perdition.

  1. What if the attacks on France had been us in the USA?
  2. What if instead of forming aggressive retaliation against the enemy, the attacks were blamed primarily on the intolerance of Christians?
I think it is totally plausible that Christians could end up being blamed for attacks on our nation.  This is similar to the premise that I read in The Days of Noah.  This is the third and final book in the series.  Reviews of the previous two books can be found here:
As I am an Audible subscriber, I am thrilled to hear the voice of Kevin Pierce in this final book.  His voice is easy to listen to and Pierce seems to get into character which makes this a fun listen.  It is fun to become attached to Goodwin’s characters, but, it isn’t all fun.
What’s not fun is dealing with the character’s struggles and grappling with some of the deep ethics questions that weave their way into the scenarios that Goodwin has set forth.  Though I found it difficult to mentally reconcile some of the issues, I realized that with that difficulty also comes necessity.
Goodwin pours out scene after scene that deals directly with a desperate people in the midst of dark economic, spiritual, and social struggles.  It is my opinion that many of the issues presented in this series would be sugar coated by other authors, certainly not all other authors, but some.
Continuing with an amazing amount of research and thought-provoking content, Goodwin’s Perdition rises forth as the final book in the series.  The book begins by picking up with the firefight where the previous book, Persecution, left off.  There is no downtime between the last sentence of the previous book and the first sentence of Perdition.  That being the case, I probably should have taken a few minutes and did a last chapter refresh before diving in.
This is not an independent book and isn’t intended to be.  One should know where the characters left off before jumping on board.  But, even with that being the case, I was quickly reminded of who was who and was able to jog my memory, even though it had been a few months since reading the previous book.
One of the best aspects of The Days of Noah series is the perspective of the author.  You cannot read any of these books and escape the truth of God’s word.  From Biblical research to character development, Goodwin’s passion for the Lord is readily apparent.
If you are looking for a light-hearted read, then you had better pass this series by.  The Days of Noah trilogy by Mark Goodwin will shake some of your beliefs to their core, cause deep consideration of tough social issues, and will likely bring conviction into various areas of your life.
Conspiracy, Persecution, and Perdition:  Fiction with a purpose.
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Paris – and pehaps the death-knell of SG.

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I’m going to make enemies here, that happens.

I am saddened an appalled by the recent events in Paris. Everyone should be. Atrocity is atrocity, no matter where it happens.

Before blindly going along with any government’s reaction/program after such an event, take a moment to think.

What are the desired results of a well-planned terrorist incident?

Killing 50, or 500. or 5000 innocent people is NOT the desired end-result. Killing 5000 out of 312 million is really pretty small potatoes in a ‘war’.

The results are intended to be:

  1. Make the ‘enemy’ afraid.
  2. Gain constituency for your cause.

This does not always work. The Oklahoma City bombing made people afraid, but did not attract people to McVeigh’s cause, but, instead, polarized American opinion against them.

The recent Paris attacks, and the 9/11 atrocity “worked”. Governments have demonized everyone of Middle Eastern ancestry and created new recruits for the terrorist groups, thereby, as well as stealing away the rights of the affected population.
The best quote I remember after 9/11 was “The Statue of Liberty is bent over with her legs spread for anything GW wants to do”. The terrorists WON.

Remember George Orwell’s “1984” and THINK before you start hating the “enemy of the day”. You may just be promoting the enemy’s cause. Don’t get suckered in. The next “enemy” could be you.

Garage to Go

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Livin’ Lite’s aluminum-frame toy hauler can take the abuse doled out by motorized sports enthusiasts

 

In the world of travel trailers, the majority of models appear alike, no matter how hard you look. Typically, floorplan manipulation, technology updates for entertainment and appliances, and maybe a component or two for the frame and suspension are embraced, but rarely does a manufacturer actually take a whole new approach. Those who are familiar with the Livin’ Lite brand of RVs already know that the company dove right in to building an entirely different type of trailer, taking a smaller and lighter approach.

Aluminum is the major building material for this toy hauler. Even the inside has an aluminum look, and although earmarked for the minimalist with a passion for the outdoors, it’s quite livable.

Aluminum is the major building material for this toy hauler. Even the inside has an aluminum look, and although earmarked for the minimalist with a passion for the outdoors, it’s quite livable.

The game changer for Livin’ Lite is aluminum. The company crafts its trailers using aluminum tubing for more than 90 percent of the structure, across the entire line of models. In fact, only a handful of materials contain steel or composites, like the axles, steps, inner-wall panels and stabilizer jacks. Even the cabinetry is made of rugged aluminum.

The company’s Axxess 8.5x30FBED ultralight toy hauler is no different. Doubled-up and welded 2-inch x 5-inch rectangular aluminum tubing main-frame rails run fore and aft and connect to — you guessed it — an all-aluminum hitch-ball coupler. The company elected to use Dexter independent torsion suspension axles in place of the typical solid axle and leaf spring setup, which works efficiently with the all-aluminum frame. Above the frame is interlocking Aluma-Plank floor decking, which, unlike traditional wood, offers long-term performance minus the fear of rotting or sagging.

Livin-Lite-Axxess-FloorplanCompleting the alloy infrastructure is a network of aluminum tubing welded together to form the walls and cabinetry, which tie directly into the aluminum roof rafters. Wrapping things up, literally, is a wind-cutting exterior shape using what the company calls Hi-Polished Screwless “Chrome” Sidewalls, along with a custom graphics package. Walls are insulated with lightweight block foam.

Inside, the Axxess is all toy hauler, featuring specialized aluminum flooring surrounded by simple but clean-looking Azdel wallboards. The gray toned wallboards are mounted 10 inches from the floor so owners can hose out the interior’s entire floor should they track in dirt and mud.

HappiJac double queen beds are an option on the 8.5x30FBED.

HappiJac double queen beds are an option on the 8.5x30FBED.

It’s immediately noticeable that the inside of this trailer is designed for the minimalist who has an active outdoor lifestyle. In the kitchen area, a molded composite counter in an L-shape stretches out just enough to get the job done. Equipped with a deep single-basin sink, a tall faucet and a twin-burner cooktop, the kitchen has adequate space for prep work. Over the cooktop is a convection/microwave, and an assortment of aluminum cabinets follows the L-shape of the counter. At the end of the cabinetry stands a 5-cubic-foot three-way Dometic refrigerator.

Without purchasing the optional Full Throttle package, that’s it on the furniture side of things, except for the bedroom. Again, the toy hauler is designed for weight savings, not hanging out and relaxing. Should you choose to order the Full Throttle package, the living area and garage are outfitted with a sofa/bed and a fold-up dinette that can be converted into a bed.

Livin-Lite-Axxess-InfoUp front, the master bedroom has a queen-size mattress, surrounded by cabinets that follow the radius of the front wall. Opposing nightstands, each with a convenient drawer, are part of the aluminum cabinetry.

Tying directly into the bedroom is the amply spaced bathroom. Aside from the large garage, the bathroom is really the only other sizable asset aboard the Axxess 30-footer. Although not loaded with fancy plumbing or hardware, the bathroom is big enough to take advantage of the standard issue RV shower stall, foot-flush toilet and basic sink resting atop the composite counter and aluminum cabinet combo.

Of course, the business end of this trailer is its healthily portioned garage. The garage begins at the rear spring-balanced ramp/door, which uses no cables or head springs, and provides a very smooth and easy lift. At approximately 16 feet to the far end of the kitchen and about 10 feet 6 inches to the refrigerator, there’s more than sufficient storage for nearly any toy out there (with attention given to weight), especially with a little creative arranging. The Full Throttle package includes a handful of other items that improve livability and storage in the garage area.

The L-shaped galley has a composite counter, two-burner cooktop and single-basin sink with a high-rise faucet.

The L-shaped galley has a composite counter, two-burner cooktop and single-basin sink with a high-rise faucet.

As far as toy haulers go, there are a number of choices and options out there, depending on your budget. The Axxess 8.5x30FBED is a frill-free but functional trailer with a nearly indestructible build process and use of materials that will stand up to the type of punishment expected when hauling motorized toys. Although it could use a little more standard equipment, the Axxess still delivers plenty of oohs and ahhs for those looking for toy-hauling practicality in a lightweight trailer that can be easily towed.

Axxess toy haulers come in lengths from 20 to 30 feet with MSRPs from $35,000 to $49,000.

Livin’ Lite | 260-593-3850 | www.livinlite.com

 


 

Braving the Yukon

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Spending the winter in an R-pod trailer gave this retired sportswriter a new perspective on cold weather

As a reasonably rational and recently retired sportswriter who blew out 68 candles on his last birthday, I would never have planned a winter camping trip to Canada’s Yukon territory and would have scoffed at the mention of it. Retirees are supposed to morph into snowbirds and spend the winters in warm climates such as Arizona, Belize or Machu Picchu but not next door to Alaska in sight of the Arctic Circle where the thermometer plunges to minus-40 degrees Celsius (coincidentally, minus-40 degrees on the Fahrenheit scale) sometime between the equinoxes (September 20 to March 20), possibly for an extended time.

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There are strange things done

In the midnight sun

By the men who moil for gold.

The Arctic trails

Have their secret tales

That would make your blood run cold….

-Robert Service, “Bard of the Yukon”

In fact, my only son, a 36-year-old Whitehorse geologist who gave me three good reasons to spend the summer camping in the Yukon — aged 7, 5 and 3 — was of the opinion that it was not possible.

I agreed it wasn’t smart, but anything is possible if you set your mind to it and approach it with the right attitude. The more he told me it couldn’t be done, the more I wanted to do it, not necessarily to prove him wrong but mostly out of curiosity. I wanted to see if it was possible to outfox Mother Nature. It sounded more interesting than turning into Jimmy Buffet and running for mayor of Margaritaville on some Caribbean beach.

My plan was very simple. The Inuit spent thousands of years defeating the winter forces of nature by building igloos out of ice and snow. All I had to do to win the game was to turn my little R-pod trailer into an igloo, which it sort of resembles anyway. When I told my son my plan, he shook his head sadly, as if he was digesting his dear Daddy’s dementia for the first time, and said with a resigned chuckle, “Well, take a lot pictures so we can display them at the funeral.”

Plan A was to literally build an igloo out of blocks of snow around the trailer, covering everything but the windows and door and furnace intake/exhaust, but Yukon snow is usually so dry you can’t even roll up a decent snowman with the kids. It’s more like sugar, which meant I would have to build forms and add water to get a solid building block, and I would be at the mercy of the chinooks all winter, even if I was successful. Chinooks, also called Pineapple Express, are sudden Pacific lows that come from Hawaii several times every winter and warm up all of northern Canada, usually well above freezing. A weeklong chinook would make my igloo/trailer look like a Slurpee in a microwave, so I went to Plan B, which was Styrofoam.

A local Whitehorse building-supply company, Kilrich, had a fire sale on some great insulation called Enviro-Shield that got partly damaged in its yard by a windstorm.

Most of that pile of insulation (below left) ended up in the geologist’s backyard waiting for future construction projects.

Most of that pile of insulation ended up in the geologist’s backyard waiting for future construction projects. Photos by Doug Sack

It took only two sheets, 3 inches thick, to skirt around the bottom and hold Mother Nature at bay — with a little help from three space heaters, 10 jugs of propane and a lot of snow.

It took only two sheets, 3 inches thick, to skirt around the bottom and hold Mother Nature at bay — with a little help from three space heaters, 10 jugs of propane and a lot of snow.

The aging sportswriter snuggled warmly inside his igloo on New Year’s Day

The aging sportswriter snuggled warmly inside his igloo on New Year’s Day.

I picked up enough to igloo the whole trailer for $290, including some 3-inch-thick insulation to skirt the bottom all around, which is crucial to keeping out the cold. The skirting went so well and made such a difference in the warmth of the floor, it made me wonder if I even needed to bother covering the whole thing, so I postponed putting it on but kept it handy in case I started losing the battle and needed it to get to spring. As the snow increased over the winter, I would just keep piling it up against the outside walls with a shovel at no cost, minimal labor and maximum insulation. Nothing insulates better than snow, and it disappears in the spring when you’re done with it.

All of that was the Outside Plan, and it was solid, but the Inside Plan was more important because inside is where I planned to live in comfort for the winter, and my definition of comfort is not complicated: If it’s warm enough inside to read, write, sleep and eat dressed in nothing but boxer shorts and a T-shirt, bring on the margaritas. If I have to wear long johns, wool socks and a hoodie inside to stay warm, make some adjustments. It was easy to gauge success or failure on that score without using the Frostbite Factor. I kept meticulous track of how long a 5-gallon propane cylinder lasted.

The goal for the long winter was to make a jug of LP-gas last a month by insulating the outside and taking the pressure off the furnace inside with small ceramic space heaters, which I purchased for $30 each at Canadian Tire. With those strategically placed, one pointed at the bed, one at the thermostat and one under the kitchen table, it was just a matter of watching the temperatures drop during autumn and making small adjustments as it got colder.

When the first cold snap arrived the last two weeks of November, dropping the thermometer to minus-26 degrees C (minus-15 degrees F), I started to learn things about my plans and whether I was going to flourish or freeze when minus-40 degrees C came to town surfing the North Wind.

For instance, at minus-10 degrees C (14 degrees F), the space heaters kept the inside of the trailer warm enough, and the furnace was dormant. At minus-15 degrees C (5 degrees F), I got a burn ratio of 30:1, which means the furnace needed to burn for two minutes to keep me warm for an hour; at minus-20 degrees C (minus-4 degrees F), the ratio was 5:1, and at minus-25 degrees C (minus-13 degrees F), it was 2:1 or 30 minutes of furnace burn for an hour of warmth. These numbers, which I calculated with the stopwatch on my iPhone, told me that everything from minus-30 degrees C to minus-40 degrees C was going to require a 1:1 ratio or a full-on furnace burn to stay warm. I was fine with that, as long as we didn’t stumble into one of those nine-week brain-shrinkers, which used to happen every winter but don’t anymore, thanks to global warming and more chinooks.

The whole secret to surviving a Yukon winter is utilizing the daylight hours when there are six hours of daylight and four hours of sunshine before 18 hours of darkness. Cabin fever, or trailer fever in my case, is far more dangerous than cold temperatures. My solution was to walk 5 kilometers (about 3 miles) around the campground every day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and talk to the trees.

Yukon-in-RpodPaperNoteOf course, having three energetic little grandkids just 32 kilometers (about 20 miles) away helped. In fact, they made the trailer more of a safe haven than anything else. “Peace and quiet” became my mantra, since there was none of it at their house in Riverdale but plenty at Takhini Hot Springs, which we renamed Walden Pond because, like Thoreau, I was the only inhabitant for most of the winter. My solitude was disturbed only a few times by lost snowbirds from Alaska who wandered through like frozen zombies in search of the sun.

Finally, after the balmy December, the first minus-30- degree C morning arrived with the full moon — coincidentally, on my birthday. I was pleased to learn the burn ratio was only 1.5:1, or four minutes of furnace for six minutes of warmth, which projected to 1:1 for minus-35 degrees C and minus-40 degrees C, if it ever got that cold. Temperatures as low as minus-40 degrees C are quite common for the majority of the Yukon but unusual for Whitehorse, which is known as the Banana Belt because it is only 100 miles, as the raven flies, from the Pacific Ocean, which kisses the shore of Skagway, Alaska, and sends warm air over the mountains to the Yukon plateau. It also sends the heaviest snowfalls in North America, but most of that drops out before reaching Whitehorse.

However, at minus-30 degrees C on my birthday morning, I quickly discarded my boxers for long johns, pulled on wool socks and bought a hoodie for my bald spot. The coldest temps always come on clear days because, in northern Canada, winter clouds are a sign of warmth and, usually, snow.

Once past the Solstice, the forces of darkness are no longer much of a threat, as the sun comes back in a hurry in late January and February, and cold snaps are like a bully losing his bluster, but there are still demons out there waiting to ambush the unwary before the freedom of spring and the frivolity of summer.

Yukon-in-RpodPaperNote2After the five-day cold snap to open 2015, January laid down like an exhausted old man, and we had what amounted to a 16-day chinook, as temperatures climbed near zero, and the snow held off until January 21 when a good foot of angel dust rolled in from Skagway and blanketed southern Yukon with a wet, heavy dump perfect for building snow sculptures and igloos. Finally, I had enough free insulation to complete the iglooization of the trailer, just in time for the third cold snap of the winter, which arrived like a freight train overnight on January 26 and 27.

But this time I was prepared for it and even felt a bit disdainful and disrespectful after nearly three weeks of balmy temps. The temperature went south of minus-20 degrees C on January 26, peaked at minus-33 degrees C and stayed there until February 11. It lasted 16 days, karmic retribution, but there was some relief in the late afternoons as the sun started climbing higher and higher over the southern mountains. After February 1, the sun started coming back like a tsunami of daylight, the days quickly lengthened, and I started to think I could smell spring, even with a plugged nose and a weak imagination. Some people say beating a Yukon winter is just a game of mind over matter, but I’m not that philosophical after three months of darkness.

I think it’s all about the sun, or the lack of same. I’m a dedicated sun worshipper, and there just isn’t anything to worship on both sides of the Solstice, which is why I love February and loathe November. November sucks the last of the life out of a dying sun, but February gives it back. It might be the shortest and quickest month of the year, but it plays huge every year in the annual battle against the forces of darkness and evil. February wears winter down, then March kicks it in the butt, and April, the joker or fool’s month, makes a mess of everything with spring runoff, which is actually just the tears of a dying winter melting away like the Wicked Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz.

Then February warmed up again at the end, and winter died as suddenly as the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Before the Equinox on March 20, I was pulling off the skirting and preparing the R-pod for spring camping and summer gold mining.

All I had to do to win the game was to turn my little R-pod trailer into an igloo


Will I ever do it again? Probably not: Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. This winter I want to be farther south, but I haven’t decided yet whether to spend it in Homer, Alaska, or Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. Both are on the ocean, south of the St. Elias Mountains, isolated and frost-free.

I’ll either flip a coin to make the call or just follow the radiator cap and see where it leads me.

And, finally, it helped that the winter of 2014 and 2015 was the warmest in the history of recorded Alaskan and Yukon weather…but that’s another story.

 


 

Sweet ’16s

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Looking for a new pickup? From upgraded features to more powerful engines and added models, 2016 offers something for every truck buyer

 

Pickup trucks used to be a lot like wheelbarrows — an essential tool for heavy work but not necessarily something you’d want to ride around town in. They had bench seats, heavy steering and a stiff suspension, and if you wanted air conditioning, well, you rolled down the window. If we could have peered through a porthole into the future back then, we’d be amazed to see what the humble pickup has become — not just an immensely capable machine for work or recreation but one so versatile and good looking it could be used as the sole family vehicle. Heavy-duty or midsize, basic or leather-lined, the pickup has gradually morphed from faithful family friend into a status symbol, and every company that builds a truck is vying for market leadership.

The Ram 3500 ups the ante once again this year with best-in-class power, towing capacity and payload.

The Ram 3500 ups the ante once again this year with best-in-class power, towing capacity and payload.

Each model year, almost without fail, we say that the current year is a good one to shop for a new truck. That’s because there are so many new offerings, so many improvements, it seems like things really can’t get much better for truck buyers. And then they do. For 2016, the story is much the same — additional content, more capability, new engines and even some all-new models. So, is this the best year ever to consider a new truck? Probably. Will they be even better next year? We have little doubt. Here’s the latest:

 

Ram

In a sort of model-year mash-up, the Ram 1500 received two midyear 2015 offerings that will continue into the 2016 model year: the Ram 1500 Rebel and the Ram 1500 Limited. The Rebel is an off-road-focused model featuring a new blacked-out grille, skid plate, tow hooks, Bilstein shocks and 33-inch Toyo tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels. Available exclusively as a crew cab model with a 5-foot 7-inch bed length, the Rebel is offered in two- or four-wheel drive with either a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Ram Rebel features off-road styling similar to the Power Wagon but on a lighter-duty 1500 platform. Standard are 33-inch mud terrain tires.

The Ram Rebel features
off-road styling similar to the Power Wagon but on a lighter-duty 1500 platform. Standard are 33-inch mud terrain tires.

Billed as a “black tie” luxury alternative to the Southwestern-themed Laramie Longhorn, the Limited offers exterior details like an all-new grille, unique 20-inch wheels, additional chrome accents and a chrome Ram tailgate logo. Inside its sumptuous cab, the big Limited features all-black full-leather seating, Black Argento wood inserts and matching Berber carpet inserts.

Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks are also available with the Limited treatment, but, more importantly, they continue to up the HD ante with a best-in-class tow rating of 32,210 pounds and the most torque at a whopping 900 lb-ft when the high-output 6.7-liter Cummins diesel is specified.

 

Chevy/GMC

The Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra benefit from a minor restyle that includes a more contemporary front fascia with LED running lights.

The Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra benefit from a minor restyle that includes a more contemporary front fascia with LED running lights.

The biggest news at GM comes from its smallest truck, the recently reintroduced Chevy Colorado, and its sibling, the GMC Canyon. Although the truck is essentially unchanged for 2016 (save for some minor interior details), RVers will likely be interested in the new 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder diesel, which should be available by the time you read this. Considering the 2.5-liter gasoline four-cylinder already has an EPA rating of 27 mpg highway, it’s not unreasonable to expect 30-plus mpg from the diesel — and with 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque on tap (100 lb-ft more than the available 3.6-liter gas V-6), it should at least match the truck’s current top tow rating of 7,000 pounds.

Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon will offer a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel that should top 30 mpg highway and tow at least 7,000 pounds.

Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon will offer a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel that should top 30 mpg highway and tow at least 7,000 pounds.

The half-ton Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra receive minor exterior updates for 2016, including a more sculpted hood and a contemporary headlight treatment incorporating LED running lights. On the functional side, expect the expanded use of eight-speed automatic transmissions in an effort to further improve fuel economy. The heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 trucks will likewise receive similar updates to the headlights and grille, as well as a couple of welcome RV-specific details — namely, an available fifth-wheel/gooseneck Trailering Prep Package (available later in the year), Active Steering Assist (improves steering feel and reduces pull on crowned roads) and the adoption of SAE J2807 trailering standards. Inside the comfy cabin, the Chevy MyLink/GMC IntelliLink system is offered with a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen and a faster processor, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

 

All-new just last year, the Ford F-150 carries on for 2016 essentially unchanged from a design standpoint.

All-new just last year, the Ford F-150 carries on for 2016 essentially unchanged from a design standpoint.

Ford

With trailer-towing innovations like integrated trailer-brake control, trailer-sway control and dynamic hitch assist, the best-selling F-150 already makes trailering easy — but for 2016, Ford raises the bar yet another notch with its all-new Pro Trailer Backup Assist (PTBA) system. When backing up, the driver simply turns a knob to indicate the direction he or she wishes to go, instead of the often-confusing reverse-steering method we’re all familiar with. The system automatically steers the truck the desired amount and limits vehicle speed to make backing safer and easier. Video demonstrations (search “Pro Trailer Backup Assist” on YouTube) show the driver towing a boat, but it’s not hard to imagine how useful this system could be when backing a trailer into a tight campground space. Ford engineers used advanced camera technology to develop the system’s trailer tracking system strategy and tested PTBA for nearly a decade before its official introduction this year. Otherwise, the F-150 is essentially unchanged, save for some appearance packages on the XLT and Lariat trim levels.

New this year, Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist takes the guesswork out of backing your trailer. Just turn this knob the direction you want to go, and the truck does the rest.

New this year, Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist takes the guesswork out of backing your trailer. Just turn this knob the direction you want to go, and the truck does the rest.

The Ford Super Duty lineup is likewise carryover, but the top dog F-450 now has a fifth-wheel tow rating of 26,500 pounds and a gross combination weight rating of 40,400 pounds.

 

Nissan

You’ve been hearing about it for years, and now it’s finally here: the Nissan Titan XD with an available 5.0-liter Cummins turbodiesel V-8 engine. All new for 2016, the Titan XD starts with a fully boxed ladder frame that has been extensively reinforced and strengthened for added stiffness, vertical/lateral bending and torsional rigidity. The suspension is pretty traditional truck stuff, incorporating a double-wishbone arrangement with a stabilizer bar up front and a straight axle out back with leaf springs and twin-tube shock absorbers.
Nissan is still being coy about capabilities but maintains that the Titan XD will have a payload of more than 2,000 pounds and an SAE J2807-compliant tow rating of more than 12,000 pounds when properly equipped. That’s a lot of weight to bring to a stop, so the XD is outfitted with 14.2-inch discs up front and 14.4-inch rear with ABS. Buyers will have a choice of 17-, 18- or 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in LT245/75R17, LT275/65R18 or LT265/60R20 tires, respectively.

For decades, when you heard “Cummins,” you thought “Dodge.” This year, you’ll be able to find a Cummins turbodiesel V-8 powering the new Nissan Titan XD.

For decades, when you heard “Cummins,” you thought “Dodge.”
This year, you’ll be
able to find a Cummins turbodiesel V-8 powering the new Nissan Titan XD.

Nissan has also been reluctant to release output numbers for the new Cummins powerplant but allows that it is the first commercial application of the new M2 two-stage turbo system, which helps reduce traditional turbo-lag through precision balancing between high-pressure and low-pressure turbos. Utilizing a compacted graphite iron (CGI) block and aluminum cylinder heads, the double overhead cam engine will reportedly produce about 45 percent more torque at cruising speed than similar-size gasoline V-8 engines and 20 percent better fuel economy when towing heavy loads. The engine will be backed by a six-speed Aisin automatic transmission developed and engineered specifically for the Titan XD. The Titan will also be offered with V-8 and V-6 engines, but details on these were not available at press time.

Of particular interest to RVers are an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control and a handy Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person to verify the operation of turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights from inside the Titan’s cab. The system also includes Moving Object Detection (MOD), designed to help the driver detect moving objects such as vehicles, shopping carts or other large objects when backing out via an on-screen notification and warning chime.

The Nissan Titan XD promises to be one of the most capable half-ton trucks on the market when it finally bows this year.

The Nissan Titan XD promises to be one of the most capable half-ton trucks on the market when it finally bows this year.

The Titan XD will offer several hitches, including an integrated gooseneck hitch built into the frame, in addition to a suite of available advanced driving aids that include a RearView Monitor and Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), front and rear sonar parking system and a tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

The Titan XD’s controversial exterior styling appears to borrow heavily from Ford and Dodge light-duty trucks, and it cribs a few features from its full-size competitors as well, albeit with some unique tweaks. For example, dual lockable in-bed storage boxes are available, but unlike other similar systems, these can be accessed from inside the bed without having to remove a camper shell or tonneau cover. They are also removable when extra bed capacity is required. Other familiar features include a 120-volt AC power outlet in the bed and an easy-lift/lower tailgate, plus Nissan innovations like a factory spray-in bedliner and thoughtful touches like flush-mounted LED bedrail lighting.

 

Toyota


Toyota has always led the midsize-pickup pack with its Tacoma, but when the Ford Ranger, Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon and Dodge Dakota left the party, it was sitting pretty. Even with dated engines/transmissions and lackluster fuel economy, it easily maintained its number one spot against its sole rival, the Nissan Frontier. However, with the impending return of the Colorado/Canyon, Toyota figured it was time for a much-needed update of the Tacoma to keep it on top.

The Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road grade includes hardcore features like Multi-Terrain Select, Crawl Control and a locking rear differential for extra capability when the pavement ends.

The Toyota Tacoma TRD Off Road grade includes hardcore features like Multi-Terrain Select, Crawl Control and a locking rear differential for extra capability when the pavement ends.

Developed in part by the Toyota engineering team at the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the new truck features a high-strength steel frame to enhance overall rigidity and an all-new 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V-6 with VVT-iW (Variable Valve Timing with Intelligent Wider Intake) and Toyota’s D-4S technology, which incorporates both direct and port fuel injection. At 278 horsepower, it trails GM’s top offering (305 horsepower) but offers an increase of 42 horsepower over the previous V-6 along with 265 lb-ft of torque at 4,600 rpm. The 2.7-liter four-cylinder carries on essentially unchanged. Both engines will be paired with a new six-speed automatic transmission, and for those that prefer to row their own, the V-6 also offers a new six-speed manual and a carryover five-speed manual. When equipped with the V-6 Tow Package, the new Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 pounds (per the SAE J2807 tow standard), an increase of 300 pounds over the previous V-6.

As before, the Tacoma is all about choice, offering five model grades (SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off Road and Limited) and 29 configurations in its two cab types, the extended Access Cab and four-door Double Cab. Each cab will be available in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations.

The new exterior is complemented by an all-new, quieter interior that offers an array of available features, including Qi wireless charging, Smart Key with pushbutton start, leather-trimmed seats, power tilt/slide moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, touchscreen audio and blind-spot monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

All Tacoma 4×4 models are equipped with 4WDemand part-time 4WD with an electronically controlled transfer case and an Automatic Limited Slip Differential (Auto LSD), while Tacoma TRD Sport models are equipped with sport-tuned shocks. But if you really plan to travel off the beaten path, the TRD Off-Road grade adds a number of hard-core features borrowed from the legendary Land Cruiser and 4Runner Trail. The Multi-Terrain Select system (automatic transmission only) allows the driver to optimize traction over a variety of surfaces by selecting loose rock, mud or sand; each input regulates wheelspin by adjusting throttle and brake inputs. Additional off-road features include a locking rear differential, Hill Start Assist Control, Active Traction Control and Crawl Control.

Optional on V-6 models is a Class IV hitch receiver with a transmission oil cooler, 130-amp alternator (manual transmission only), four- and seven-pin connector and Trailer-Sway Control.

Sources


Ford | www.ford.com/new-trucks
Chevrolet | www.chevrolet.com/trucks
GMC | www.gmc.com
Nissan | www.nissanusa.com/trucks/2016-titan
Ram | www.ramtrucks.com
Toyota | www.toyota.com/tacoma

 


 

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Fifteen tips for an epic RV trip to nine North American national parks

Maybe you can relate. You and your partner brainstorm trip ideas and come up with a plan. Pretty soon, details intrude, and the final plan looks nothing like the one you started with. For my wife and me, what began as an RV trip to the Canadian Rockies from our home base in the San Francisco Bay area turned into more, much to our delight.
We squeezed a 4,000-mile loop into 30 days, visiting Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier national parks on the U.S. side of the border, then touring Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Glacier national parks in western Canada, and finishing with Olympic and Redwood national parks back on home soil. A magazine feature can’t cover all of these destinations in depth, but it can provide some inspiration and useful tips, should you wish to attempt a similar trek in your RV.

 

Grand Teton National Park

 Hiking trails abound in Grand Teton National Park. Always carry bear spray, as both grizzlies and black bears call this area home.

Hiking trails abound in Grand Teton National Park. Always carry bear spray, as both grizzlies and black bears call this area home.

The main attraction of this relatively small Wyoming national park is the jagged peaks of the Teton Range, and they are definitely worth at least an overnight stop (see “Autumn in the Grand Tetons” in the September 2015 issue for more details).

Tip 1. If your rig is 30 feet or shorter, camp at the park’s Signal Mountain Campground on Jenny Lake and take some of the hikes from there. The Jenny Lake Loop Trail is a good one at just over 7 miles.

Tip 2. Vehicles pulled to the side of the road signify a four-legged attraction. Stay at a safe distance when taking photos, and do not leave your vehicle to take a picture of a bear.

 

Yellowstone National Park

Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park has a visitor center, restaurants, the remnants of an old fort, interesting trails and photogenic topography.

Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park has a visitor center, restaurants, the remnants of an old fort, interesting trails and photogenic topography.

The much larger Yellowstone is adjacent to Grand Teton. Spreading into Idaho and Montana but located mostly in Wyoming, Yellowstone is famous for its geysers and wildlife, and rightly so. Old Faithful performs as advertised, and those bison we’ve all seen in photos do saunter down the roads in no particular hurry. To get an overview, drive the Grand Loop Road (actually two loops shaped like a figure eight), then return to some of the trails and sights encountered along the way. Mammoth Hot Springs is a must.

Tip 3. In the park, camp at Madison Campground. It’s strategically located between the two loops mentioned earlier, and at 6,800 feet, it’s lower than the others and warmer in cool weather. One day we went from driving in a snowstorm to having dinner in shirtsleeves at Madison. Plus, it’s close to the village of West Yellowstone, the site of our exit from the park, and maybe yours.

Tip 4. Anglers rejoice: The park encourages catch-and-eat fishing of nonnative lake trout in Yellowstone Lake.

 

Glacier National Park/USA

We visited in early June, and the only road that bisects Montana’s Glacier National Park was still closed, so our options were limited. We elected to enter from the east side, as it’s more strategic when crossing the border to head to Banff.

The only excuses for not taking the Banff gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain are bad weather or fear of heights. Views of the surrounding countryside are not to be missed.

The only excuses for not taking the Banff gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain are bad weather or fear of heights. Views of the surrounding countryside are not to be missed.

Glacier isn’t going to make the RV Driver’s Hall of Fame, as there are few places you can go while towing a trailer or fifth-wheel. Going-to-the-Sun Road, the route that traverses the park and provides access to most of the marquee sights, isn’t suitable for anything larger than a truck camper or camper van driven by a brave person. Vehicle combinations longer than 21 feet (including bumpers) or wider than 8 feet (including mirrors) are prohibited. If you don’t fancy sheer drop-offs and hairpin turns, take advantage of the park’s shuttle system and tours in vintage red buses.

Tip 5. We recommend Many Glacier Campground, accessed via a dead-end road a few miles north of the St. Marys Visitor Center. It’s quiet and secluded but doesn’t offer RV hookups. Two moose wandered behind our campsite with calves in tow.

 

Banff National Park

WestIn30Map-01Banff is famous for the Alberta Rockies and Lake Louise, and is also famously popular during high season, which translates to crowded. The town of Banff is a tourist hotspot filled with shops and restaurants. Visit the somewhat unheralded Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, which documents and pays tribute to what Canadians call First Nations, the native peoples of the region. Lake Louise is a must-see, along with smaller but pretty Moraine Lake. And definitely take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, with incredible views. Leaving Banff for Jasper, take the Bow Valley Parkway (Highway 1A), rather than the more expeditious Highway 1, the TransCanada Highway, and stop at impossibly blue Peyto Lake.

Tip 6. Camp at Tunnel Mountain Village, the best of the national park’s campgrounds. Village I has RV campsites but no hookups, Village II has electric hookups, and Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court has full-hookup sites.

Tip 7. Canadian parks, national and otherwise, are dog-friendly. Dogs need to be leashed, but they can join you. We took ours on almost every trail we hiked.

 

Jasper National Park

The Swiftcurrent Nature Trail starts at Many Glacier Campground in Montana’s Glacier National Park. You can hike some or all of its 5-plus miles to pretty waterfalls and remote alpine lakes.

The Swiftcurrent Nature Trail starts at Many Glacier Campground in Montana’s Glacier National Park. You can hike some or all of its 5-plus miles to pretty waterfalls and remote alpine lakes.

The village of Jasper, Alberta, feels like a real town catering to a local population, not just tourists. The ride up the Bow Valley Parkway is worth the trip in itself, but local attractions include the Columbia Icefield, a significant glacier offering tours on special buses, and lovely Maligne Lake. Mount Edith Cavell makes for a nice day hike to some modest but pretty glacial areas.

Tip 8. Camp at Whistlers Campground. It and nearby Wapiti Campground are generally touted as the best sites relatively close to town.

Tip 9. Most of these parks are in bear country, both black and grizzly. When hiking, carry bear spray, which is pepper spray on steroids and can be discharged from 35 feet away. While we were in Jasper, a cyclist was attacked by a grizzly on a road we had traveled and was probably saved when the bear bit into his backpack containing a bear-spray canister that discharged.

 

Yoho National Park

Backtracking to Lake Louise, we crossed the Rockies on the TransCanada Highway toward Golden, British Columbia. Attractions here include Emerald Lake, Lake O’Hara and 830-foot Takakkaw Falls, Canada’s tallest unbroken waterfall. The latter is accessible only on foot or by shuttle bus.

Tip 10. Camping options in this area are limited. Shortly after crossing into British Columbia, you can camp at Kicking Horse Campground, the largest campground in the national park, with flush toilets and showers but no hookups. We chose to move farther along and stayed at Golden Municipal Campground, with 72 sites and full hookups.

 

Glacier National Park/Canada

In British Columbia’s version of Glacier National Park, bighorn sheep aren’t just a speck on the horizon glimpsed through binoculars.

In British Columbia’s version of Glacier National Park, bighorn sheep aren’t just a speck on the horizon glimpsed through binoculars.

Unlike the U.S. version, this British Columbia park is a series of pull-offs that always lead to something interesting. Signage tells you what to expect.

Continuing along the TransCanada Highway, you leave the mountains and begin a descent into what Canadians call the Thompson Okanagan, their wine country. Where grapes grow, so do other things, like fruit and veggies. Partake.

From Vancouver, take the ferry to Vancouver Island to explore the capital city of Victoria.

Tip 11. On Vancouver Island, we made a side trip to remote Tofino and Ucluelet on the island’s far-west coast. The effort to get to these charming seaside villages is great, three or more hours each way on a narrow road. If you’re tired of driving or have a large RV, you may want to skip this detour.

 

Olympic National Park

leads to glistening Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies.

leads to glistening Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies.

Back in Victoria, we took the ferry to Port Angeles, Washington, and our penultimate national park. Located in the northwestern part of the state on a peninsula of the same name, Olympic is a large and diverse national park, including old-growth rainforest, coastal beaches and snowcapped peaks. If the weather cooperates, it is a fine place to do some hiking. Drive your tow vehicle to Hurricane Ridge for trails with panoramic views of the snowcapped Olympics — again, weather permitting.

Tip 12. On the ferry to Port Angeles, a full-time RVer suggested a favorite campground not far from the ferry landing, and we took her advice. Salt Creek Recreation Area is 40 minutes from the ferry dock and right on the Pacific Ocean. It’s a Clallam County Park with everything from tent sites to 50-amp hookups. We liked it so much that we took an impromptu layover.

Tip 13. Instead of camping in the main part of Olympic National Park, head toward Forks and La Push, and stay at Mora Campground, with campsites for RVs up to 35 feet. It’s a quiet place on the Quillayute River and a short hike to the Pacific Ocean and the towering sea stacks of Rialto Beach.

 

Redwood National Park

Down the coast in Northern California, on the outskirts of Redwood National Park, Patrick’s Point State Park delivers tall trees and ocean views.

Down the coast in Northern California, on the outskirts of Redwood National Park, Patrick’s Point State Park delivers tall trees and ocean views.

This Northern California national park is truly unique, as it shares management responsibility with the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Together, they oversee several state parks that are among California’s finest. This part of the state is sparsely populated and far enough away from major urban centers that it is not subject to the recreational pressures that plague parks closer to San Francisco. You have it all here: pristine forests of old-growth redwoods, wild and scenic rivers, ocean beaches.

For those who prefer things more rustic, Six Rivers National Forest is at your doorstep. For a more civilized diversion, there’s the Victorian village of Ferndale. Don’t pass up a day hike into Fern Canyon.

Tip 14. If your RV is shorter than 27 feet, camp at Elk Prairie Campground in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and you may see as many Roosevelt elk as fellow campers.

Tip 15. Cross the bridge to the small island of Samoa (the stateside version), just outside Eureka, for an all-you-can-eat experience at the historic Samoa Cookhouse, a former lumber-camp kitchen where they feed you like you just came out of the woods. Leave your chainsaw in the truck.

 

Where to Stay

 

Just north of Washington’s Olympic National Park, Salt Creek Recreation Area perches right on the Pacific Ocean.

Just north of Washington’s Olympic National Park, Salt Creek Recreation Area perches right on the Pacific Ocean.


All nine national parks have public campgrounds that accommodate RVs, and we had no trouble finding sites for our 20-foot Winnebago Travato. Check the individual national park websites for RV-length restrictions, and make reservations in advance when possible, particularly if you have a sizable RV and require a larger campsite.

Commercial campgrounds and resorts that accommodate larger RVs can generally be found close to the national park entrances. For information about RV campgrounds and Good Sam Parks near the national parks, go to www.goodsamcamping.com.

We tend to forget that trains were once an important mode of transport, now greatly diminished. In Idaho, Montana and Canada, the railroads are alive and well. RV parks in these areas are often close to the tracks, and many a night will find you serenaded by a 200-piece orchestra of percussion and horns.

 


 

 

From the Desk of John Rourke – November 18th, 2015

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Everyone bought their turkey? Picked up a 23 pounder last Friday. Going to take advantage of the sales and buy 2-3 more – smaller ones.

Looking forward to Gobble Day. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, homemade bread, corn – and FRUIT SALAD. “Fruit salad?” you ask. A recipe that my family has always used on Thanksgiving and usually at Christmas. Basically drained fruit cocktail and whip cream. Will have to ask the wife if there is something else in it. Awesome!

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Pictured above is a Winchester 94 that my father passed on to me years ago. I have only shot it a few times. I checked the serial number and it was manufactured back in the 50’s. I am going to go hunting this weekend and will take the Winchester along with me.

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Came across this diagram on lacing shoes and thought it was interesting. I guess I lace my shoes up pretty normal and never even considered trying something different.
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A Prepper’s Nightmare

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Rourke: This Blast From The Past was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.com.

 

Any prepper worth their weight will scenario plan.   Mental rehearsal is important.  As an educator, I have studied brain-based research as it pertains to education.  In my studies, I have learned that the brain doesn’t distinguish between reality and imagination.  If you doubt this, recall the last time you had a nightmare.  You most likely woke up sweating and your heart beating fast.  It was only when your brain entered the fight or flight response that you woke up and realized you weren’t in your dream scenario.  If your imagination can seem so real in your dreams, it can be helpful for scenario planning (mentally rehearsing) a scene over and over so you can be comfortable to react in a survival situation.

I have mentally rehearsed many survival scenarios.  In all these scenarios, I would love to be in my home when it all hits the fan.  But that would be too easy!  In reality, I realize I won’t have the luxury of deciding where I will be when the poop hits the fan.  And that is the reason why I mentally rehearse my worst case scenario situation.

I am an elementary school administrator.  When I think of scenarios, being at the school, with hundreds of 5-10 year olds, and I mean hundreds as in closer to one thousand, is a scary thought.  On one hand, I have three kids of my own, and on the other hand, I’ll be partially responsible for a bunch of kids and staff.

Now if by survival scenario I mean hurricane, severe storm, economic collapse, terrorist threat, or something like that, I will truly breathe easier.  All these scenarios wouldn’t be fun.  But those wouldn’t be my nightmare scenario….not by far.

My worst nightmare scenario would be an EMP….at school…on a school day…with a bunch of kids.

I know what   I would do if I was anywhere other than the school on a school day.  The minute I realized all electronics were fried, I would grab my get home bag and huff it home and hunker down.  I would do this while everyone else is looking at each other trying to find out what just happened.

But back to the nightmare…  The school is out in the suburbs of a big metroplex.  Parents work all over the place!  Even if they could get a grip on what happened, and weren’t waiting around for the “power” to come back on, it would take hours…long precious hours for them to get back to the neighborhood and school!  And that is a best case scenario.  What am I going to do with all these kids?

The district isn’t prepared for this.  I had a chance to talk to the head of security for the district a while back.  I casually asked about standard operating procedure for emergencies situations.  He mentioned that the district and each school have plans in case of emergencies.  I know the handbook that he is talking about.  It deals with hurricanes, tornado’s, lock-down, etc…  The fact is, there is no plan for an EMP.

Let’s say that I still have kids a couple of days into this scenario.  My school is in an affluent neighborhood.  However, a few miles down the road, the demographic changes drastically.  Because I have attended meetings that detail gang activity in our district, I know that they have guns.  What is going to happen after a few days when there is no electricity, no food (for those who haven’t prepared) and no water, because the pumps aren’t working?  They are going to move towards the more affluent neighborhoods looking for what they don’t have.

So what am I going to do?  I got into elementary education for a reason.  I care about kids. That, coupled with my Christian faith, pretty much means that I can’t just leave these kids to fin for themselves.  I would have to stay until students got home.  My family knows to make it home and hunker down until I get there.

What can parents do to prepare for this worst case scenario or something like this?

  1. Ask a trusted stay-at-home mom/neighbor if you can add them to your child’s emergency contact list, allowing them to pick your child up from school in case of an emergency.  Most schools have backup paper copies of emergency contacts in case computers are down.  If you get caught far from home, at least you will know that your child is picked up from school and with a trusted neighbor.  This will take a little bit of stress off your mind as you make it back home.
  2. Teach your kids how to walk home from school.  What if the administrators at your child’s school freak out and leave all the kids by themselves as they make it back to their homes or child’s school to pick them up?  Kids today are playing too many electronic games or texting.  They are not paying attention out the car window and have no sense of which way to go home.  Also, make sure they know how to get in the house if you are not there.
  3. Teach your kids the signs of an EMP attack.  Of course, I wouldn’t go into the whole End of the World As We Know It speech.  But I would make sure that they know that if all electronics are not working: lights, cellphones, electronic games, etc.. that it is an emergency and they need to get home.  Be careful to distinguish between a storm kicking off the power and EVERY electronic device being down.  I believe average 3rd – 5th graders could understand this.  Some of your more gifted younger students can understand it too.
  4. Ask an administrator about what would happen in a scenario like this.  You would need to know the administrator very well so that you are not labeled a kook!  Or, blame an article that someone passed along to you about schools during an EMP attack and that  it got you thinking! J  At least it might get the conversation started.
  5. Lastly, mentally rehearse your plan for yourself and your family in this or any other survival situation.  Knowing what you would do in a given situation might give you the edge to survive and save your loved ones.

I truly hope that this nation never suffers an EMP attack.  But I don’t want to be caught unaware and uninformed.  Thinking through scenarios like this is a worthy task.  It is even worth it to talk through some of your scenarios with trusted friends.  They might see something that you don’t or vice versa.  Any time spent on walking through, imagining scenarios, will pay-off with an instant plan and what-to-do if it is ever needed.

 

T in Texas

Your Life Your Survival Your Responsibility or Is It?

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Self Sufficiency

We pay taxes, and thus we expect something in return, but what exactly. The tax system is so muddled that most of us no longer have any idea of what to expect from our government. What exactly are our taxes that we work hard to pay being used for, do we know, do we care, and dare we ask?

Some people expect free collage, free cell phones, free housing, electric bills paid, free heating oil, free food, and the lists of freebies grow bigger by the day. Some today, even expect to live their entire lives without hearing a harsh word, they denounce any phrase, or any look, or any item or symbol that may offend them.

They are sheltered and mollycoddled to the point they have no idea of the realities of real life, of real survival, in the real world. In their minds, in their sheltered world, they are not responsible for their own lives. They are not responsible for anything but to consume what is handed to them free of charge.

Cradle to grave care, similar to socialism or even communism where the government tells you where to live, where to work, where to shop, and how much money you can make. How much and what type of food you can eat, or what kind and how much alcohol you can buy and what cars you are allowed to own or drive. They even control your speech.

Extremes on both sides of the debate, and then there are the rest of us, in the middle. Some of us hate the fact that we have to rely on the government for anything, but we know we have too to some extent.

Most of us realize we need schools, good roads, safe bridges and the food sold in restaurants and grocery stores needs to be inspected. The cars we drive must meet certain safety standards, our children’s toys must be free of poisons and safe for children to play with. Our clothes need to be free of toxins, and our soaps, paints, and lotions not contaminated with lead.

Some if not many people understand they cannot do it themselves. They cannot be completely independent and still survive. They cannot grow enough food, or raise enough livestock. They cannot get to work unless the roads are plowed unless the rivers are dammed up to prevent flooding every spring.

We all need safe drinking water, and need ambulances, firefighters, and police officers to show up during an emergency. Most of us need our household garbage hauled away once a week, we need working sewer systems in many cases, and we all need things to work that we have paid for with our taxes, but do we expect too much.

Self Sufficiency is Discouraged in This Country

The more dependent the citizens are on their government the more powerful the government becomes. A government should need its citizens more than the citizens need their government. The government should fear its citizens much more than the citizens fear their government.

In the suburbs you are living cheek to jowl or as the British say cheek by jowl. No room to grow your own food, no room to raise livestock. You have room for one freezer/refrigerator in the house and maybe one in the garage. Even if you could raise enough livestock and produce to feed your family where would you store your bounty? The local grocery stores certainly do not want you raising your own food, how would they survive if everyone raised their own food.

The public utility companies do not want you digging your own water wells, or putting up wind turbines just so you can stop paying them every month for water and electric. You cannot bury or burn your own household waste, the local waste management companies would go out of business if you did.

You have to pay for sewer service, so you cannot build your own latrine out back because the local municipality needs your money to stay in business. Every business and every local government it seems discourages self-sufficiency, and some cities and towns even pass laws to make it illegal to be self-sufficient in some cases.

No Matter How Much We Pay In Taxes the Government Can Not Do It All

No matter what certain groups of people expect from their government, the government will fail them at some point. The attack in Paris is an example, a horrific example. The police and intelligence agencies could not stop fanatics from strapping on bomb belts, and detonating them in front of a soccer stadium, could not stop gunmen from entering a rock concert and murdering people, and they could not stop the shooters from driving by a restaurant and opening fire on the patrons dining out front.

People go to work, assuming the roads are safe, that the police will stop a crazed gunman from walking into an office building, their office building and opening fire. The police and intelligence agencies will stop planes from crashing into apartment buildings, into office buildings and they will stop bombs from getting on airliners, so people do not fall from the sky.

Our government in this country could not stop 9/11, the Fort Hood attack, and the attacks on military recruitment centers. It cannot stop restaurants from serving bacteria laden foods, it cannot stop other countries from contaminating food that is imported and served in a restaurant down the street or sold in a local grocery store.

Instead of wondering what the government can do for you, maybe you start wondering what you can do for yourself. It has to be done in steps, and you do have to realize that regardless of what you do, you will need the government for some things, but how much you rely on it is up to you. You cannot get the government out of your life, but you can reduce the impact it has on your life.

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Devils Advocate- Subcompact Pistol for a Small Battery?

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Say a person is going to own just one pistol? Some would say a full sized gun is the way to go but I don’t like this option. The reason I do not like it is those guns are generally not very concealable. Sure they are great to shoot and as house guns but the strength of the pistol is as a gun you could carry. In general I believe if you are going to have just one hand gun it should be concealable yet also something you can fight with. Compact handguns like the Glock 19 are usually considered the way to go. I wonder if this really makes sense.

A sub compact handgun will carry better which means you are more likely to carry it. Sure many folks carry compact or even full sized pistols but most of those are pretty dedicated folks. Most folks serious enough to be packing a full sized pistol regularly (not once in a blue moon) tend to have deeper collections anyway so that point is moot. For a relatively new or fair weather CCW type a subcompact pistol is going to get carried a lot more.

In a situation where the subcompact handgun falls short odds are I will be carrying a rifle anyway. If my modern semi automatic mag fed rifle falls short or empty I would transition to the pistola. While not optimal a little mini Glock or the M&P equivalent is still pretty darn handy. The negligible difference between say a G26/27 or a 19/23 is probably not going to be a difference maker and even so the advantages for concealed carry probably out weight that.

Sure a pair of handguns is better. One for CCW and one full sized SHTF/ house gun. A baby glock and a full sized one that takes the same mags is a good option. Also a couple guys I know have little .380’s and full sized .45’s. Caliber and logistical complications aside I think that is a nice set up.

Thoughts?

The Best States In America To Live Off The Grid?

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The Best Places To Live Off-Grid

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I grew up in upstate New York. The beautiful rolling hills, the Great Lakes. The lovely farm country. I would never go back if you paid me millions of dollars. Never.

But for the better part of a decade I have resided well south of the Mason-Dixon line. In fact, when I spoke to a relative a short time ago from New York State, they were shocked I didn’t sound like a Yankee, or even speak like one. “You’ve gone native,” they told me. Which is well and good in my book.

New York is about as liberal/progressive of a state as you can get. It’s a state that does not honor life, the sanctity of marriage or gun rights. It taxes its residents to death, does not value homeschoolers and has no more respect for Almighty God than does Richard Dawkins. Since I have left, the New York government has only worsened.

For many of us who homestead and farm on a small scale, we also raise families, own firearms, go to church and desire a quiet life lived in peace. Sadly judging by the moral and political climate in some places in North America, we often have to leave the place we call home in order to find these things. I believe there are still good places out there to put down roots and farm and raise your children, while other places in the USA have gone quite authoritarian.

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Here are three areas in the United States for those seeking fair land prices, less government involvement, a religious friendly atmosphere, low taxes, and a place friendly toward gun owners.

South

The land of cotton has changed much in the past half century, but the area is well-known as a bastion of conservative and Christian values in the USA. The land is good for agriculture and there are many homesteaders and small-time farmers who have flocked to this region over the past two to three decades from all over the USA and Canada.

My pick for the southeast:

The Best States In America To Live Off The Grid

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Tennessee. The state’s motto of “Agriculture and Commerce” speaks of the beautiful and lush farmlands — and low taxes. There is no state income tax in Tennessee. Gun freedoms are very good, and in fact after a recent shooting, Tennessee’s lieutenant governor urged people to go and get their handgun carry permits. No such thing as an “assault weapons ban” or magazine restrictions exist in the Volunteer State. Land prices are expensive toward the Blue Ridge Mountains, but Middle and West Tennessee land prices are affordable. Homeschooling conditions are great for families.

Southwest

Texas. Don’t mess with the Lone Star State. A conservative government, coupled with excellent gun laws, makes Texas one of the top places to live for the small farmer or homesteader. While not as fertile as some states, ranching is big business in Texas. A farm on the Edwards Plateau will provide your family with water from the aquifer with the same name. In the more fertile east, row crop farming as well as vegetable growing does reasonably well.

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With the end of the recent drought, Texas received more rainwater this year than it had in seven years. Beware of buying land near the Mexican-US border and stay away from the more progressive cities like Austin or Dallas. Most Texans value liberty and independence, a great thing for the homesteader or farmer.

West

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Idaho and Wyoming. Both of these states tie for the best places to live out west. Excellent gun laws, conservative government, a fierce independent spirit, and excellent farm country make these Rocky Mountain states ideal for the homesteader/farmer. Rich soil is available, and land prices are cheap. If you want to be away from people, this is the perfect place for you. You want to hunt and fish? This is the ideal location for the sportsman, with teeming populations of deer, elk, pronghorn and even bison. Idaho is the more temperate state, whereas Wyoming is known for its brutally cold winters.

Northeast

New Hampshire. The last bastion of any freedom in the Northeast is the Granite State, but even this state is slipping slowly toward the liberalism that has transformed the Northeast. If you must live in the North, New Hampshire or perhaps the north woods of Maine are really the only two viable options I see.

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Homemade Carpet Deoderizer

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This is something that every household with kids and pets should use. It is natural and safe. Not any crazy unpronounceable chemicals!

NEED:

10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil

10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

20 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

16 ounces of baking soda.

Mix all of the essential oils into the baking soda thoroughly. The lemon essential oil could stain your light colored carpets if you do not mix them together completely.
Sprinkle it on the carpet and let it set for about 20 minutes and then vacuum.

Store in a container and use whenever.

Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

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The wise medic will store antibiotics to deal with infections in survival scenarios, but what happens when a bacteria becomes resistant to them? In other words, a “Superbug”?

In the U.S., 2 million people are infected annually with bacteria resistant to standard antibiotic treatment. At least 23,000 of these will die as a result. In an increasingly overburdened health system, resistant microbes are responsible for a huge increase in the cost of caring for the sick.

This article will discuss antibiotics and the epidemic of resistance that has spawned a growing number of superbugs.

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are medicines that kill micro-organisms in the body. Amazingly, the first antibiotic, Penicillin, was discovered entirely by accident in 1928 when Alexander Fleming returned to his lab from a vacation. He noticed that a lab dish with a bacterial culture had developed a mold known then as Penicillin Notatum. Around the mold, an area had developed that was clear of bacteria. Further study proved the potent germicidal effect of the compound processed from the mold.

By the 1940s, penicillin was in general use and credited with saving many lives during WWII. Since then, more than 100 different antibiotics have been identified and developed into medicines.

Antibiotic Overuse

The huge success that antibiotics had in eliminating bacterial infections caused them to be used excessively. Liberal employment of antibiotics is a bad idea for several reasons:

  • Overuse fosters the spread of resistant bacteria.
  • Allergic reactions can occur, sometimes severe.
  • Antibiotics given before a diagnosis is confirmed may mask some symptoms and make identifying the illness more difficult.

Antibiotics will kill many bacteria, but they will not be effective against viruses, such as those that cause influenza or the common cold. They are also not meant as anti-fungal agents.

 

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Viruses are largely unaffected by antibiotics

 

Most will be surprised to hear that almost 80% of the antibiotics used in the U.S. don’t go to people, but to livestock. This is not to treat sick livestock but to make healthy livestock grow faster and get to market sooner. No one knows for sure why antibiotics have this effect, but the gross overuse on food animals is a big reason for the epidemic of resistance seen today.

The Superbug List Grows Longer

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has compiled a list of close to 20 bacteria that have shown a tendency towards antibiotic resistance. They include various organisms that cause severe diarrheal disease, respiratory issues, wound infections, and even sexually transmitted disease.

The CDC’s list:

  • Clostridium difficile
  • Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
  • Drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter
  • Drug-resistant Campylobacter
  • Fluconazole-resistant Candida
  • Extended spectrum β-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBLs)
  • Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE)
  • Multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Drug-resistant Non-typhoidal Salmonella
  • Drug-resistant Salmonella Typhi
  • Drug-resistant Shigella
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
  • Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA)
  • Erythromycin-resistant Group A Streptococcus
  • Clindamycin-resistant Group B Streptococcus

 

There have been no effective treatments identified for some of the above microbes, as in the case of multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis. MRSA, Methicillin-Resistant Staph. Aureus, was responsible for more deaths than AIDS in recent years.

 

Although this is the CDC’s list of superbugs that affect the United States, they aren’t the only ones. A new type of Malaria, a very common parasitic disease of warmer climates, is turning up that is resistant to the standard drugs.

 

Viruses are “resistant” to antibiotics by nature (in other words, they are unaffected by them) and include Influenza A, Swine Flu, Ebola, Bird Flu, SARS, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). These will be discussed in detail in a future article.

 

An Effective Strategy

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Strategy #1

 

Many believe that antibiotic-resistant Superbugs listed are exotic diseases that could never affect their community. With the ease of commercial air travel, however, cases of antibiotic-resistant diseases from afar can easily arrive on our shores.

 

Recently, a case of multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis was identified and then isolated at the high level isolation unit at the National Institute of Health in Maryland. Although we have increased our capacity for handling this type of patient significantly since the arrival of Ebola in the U.S. last year, it wouldn’t take much to overwhelm our facilities.

 

 

Therefore, the medic must have a plan to decrease the chances for antibiotic-resistant infections. The main strategy is to hold off on dispensing that precious supply of antibiotics until absolutely necessary, but other strategies include:

 

  • Establishing good hygiene practices: Everyone should be diligent about washing hands with soap and hot water or hand sanitizers. Good respiratory hygiene includes coughing or sneezing into tissues or the upper arm, but never the bare hands.
  • Supervising sterilization of water, preparation of food, and disposal of human waste and trash. Contaminated water and food will lead to many avoidable deaths in survival scenarios. Make sure that food preparation surfaces (counter tops, etc.) are disinfected frequently.
  • Dedicating personal items: Personal items like towels, linens, utensils, and clothing may be best kept to one person in an epidemic setting.
  • Cleaning all wounds thoroughly and covering with a dressing. Skin is the body’s armor, and any chink in it will expose a person to infection.
  • Social distancing: When a community outbreak has occurred, limiting contact with those outside the family or survival group may be necessary to stay healthy.
  • Keeping a strong immune system: Getting enough rest, eating healthily, and avoiding stress will improve a person’s defenses against disease. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to achieve these goals in times of trouble.
  • Going natural: Allicin, a compound present in garlic, is a natural antibiotic that is thought to have an effect against some resistant bacteria like MRSA. Crush a clove and eat it.

 

 

Preventing the spread of infections, especially antibiotic-resistant ones, is important to maintain the viability of a survival community. If you’re the medic, have antibiotics in your storage but use them wisely. If you do, you’ll help prevent not only resistance, but a lot of heartache if things go South.

 

Joe Alton, MD

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12 Favorite Comfort Foods You Want in Your Food Storage PLUS How to Store Them

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Why have boring food storage?  12 Favorite Comfort Foods You Want in Your Food Storage PLUS How to Store Them!Nobody wants to go through a hard time eating just beans and rice.  I’ve heard frequently that “if you’re hungry enough, you’ll eat anything.”  But why should you need to when you can have foods you love in your food storage?  Comfort foods are familiar.  They taste good and provide an emotional boost.  And who doesn’t want to be happy eating their food storage?  If you’re using it because you need it, you’re probably already stressed enough!  Bring on the comfort foods!  Here are twelve favorite comfort foods you want in your food storage, plus the best ways to store each one to keep them tasty and ready to eat when you want them!

1. Bread

Not too many meals go by here without someone eating bread with it!  Toast, sandwiches, rolls, breadsticks, pizza crust, scones (the western kind).  It’s all bread.

How to store it: 

  • Baked bread can be stored in the freezer for about 4 weeks.  Not too long, but not bad if you catch bread on sale or want to bake six loaves at a time and freeze some for later.
  • Purchase bread dough mixes.  Honeyville makes a really tasty scone (fry bread) mix, and Thrive Life has an amazing white or wheat dough mix.  Shelf life on these is about 3 years unopened.  For any of these mixes, you’ll need to store yeast as well.  Store yeast purchased at the grocery store in the freezer to prolong shelf life.
  • Learn to make bread from scratch and store the ingredients to make it.  Wheat, yeast, oil, and water will make the most basic bread.  Add salt, powdered milk, sugar, and dough conditioners like gluten flour to fancy it up a bit.  Store the ingredients in airtight, rodent proof containers like #10 cans, buckets, or Mylar bags in a bucket or barrel.  For shelf life of individual ingredients, see this Food Storage Shelf Life Chart.  Want a great bread recipe?  We love this one: 6 Grain Bread

2. Mashed potatoes and gravy

I know this is really two ingredients, but they surely go together well!  Not much better than a big pile of mashed potatoes with gravy spilling over them to warm the soul.

How to store it:

  • Potatoes from the store or garden can be stored in a cool, slightly moist environment for 3-6 months.
  • Potato flakes.  Already canned, like the mashed potatoes from Thrive Life, potato flakes store easily on the shelf for up to 25 years.  If you purchase boxed potato flakes at the store, you’ll want to repackage them in a Mylar bag or bucket to keep them fresh.
  • Gravy can be made from the drippings of meat or using broth made with bouillon.  You’ll want a thickener like corn starch or white flour to thicken it up.
  • Gravy mixes are also available.  Bechamel (white sauce), Veloute (chicken gravy), and Espagnole (beef gravy) are packaged to store for 10 years on the shelf.  Gravy packets can also be purchased at your local grocery store and stored by sealing in mason jars or in Mylar bags.

3. Cookies

Warm cookies from the oven!  Yum.  Chocolate chip, oatmeal, sugar cookies.  What’s your favorite?

How to store them:

  • Store bought cookies (off the shelf, not from the bakery) can be stored for up to 1 year by vacuum sealing them in mason jars.
  • Purchase cookie mixes.  Mixes from Thrive Life are packaged to have a shelf life of 3 years and include Classic Cookie Mix (for chocolate chip type cookies), Sugar Cookie Mix, and Coconut Macaroons.  To make boxed mixes last longer than their printed expiration date, repackage them in buckets or Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers.  MAKE SURE you read the directions for making the cookies from the mix so you have the necessary ingredients in your storage!  Some call for butter, some for eggs (you can substitute powdered eggs), some for oil, and some for just water.
  • Store the ingredients to make cookies.  Look for recipes that use oil or shortening rather than butter for longer storage life.  Store ingredients in air tight, pest proof packaging like #10 cans or food grade buckets.  For shelf life of ingredients see this Food Storage Shelf Life Chart.

4. Cakes

Cake in your food storage can help with celebrating special occasions like birthdays during hard times as well as make a quick treat for a potluck or school party!

How to store it:

  • Purchase cake mixes from the store.  To increase shelf life past the printed expiration date, repackage them into buckets or Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers.  Be sure you have the additional ingredients in your storage as well, usually oil, eggs (can use powdered eggs), and water.
  • Learn to make a cake from scratch and store the ingredients for cake.  This is a little more time consuming, but storing ingredients gives you a lot of flexibility in what you choose to make with them.  For shelf life of ingredients, see this Food Storage Shelf Life Chart.

5. Hard candies

Sugar is a quick pick me up, and one easy way to get snackable sugar in your storage is with hard candies.

How to store it:

6. Chocolate

Could the world exist without chocolate?  Available in a variety of forms, chocolate is one of my weaknesses!  You know I have some in my food storage.

How to store it:

  • Chocolate candy can be purchased (post-holiday sales are great for this!) and stored in the freezer or vacuum sealed in a mason jar using a vacuum sealer and jar sealer attachment.  This includes chocolate chips.
  • Hot cocoa.  Drinkable chocolate that’s also warm for those winter months or camping trips.  Stores very well on the shelf.
  • Brownie mix.  As with the cookie mixes, make sure you know what other ingredients you’ll need to store.  Thrive Life’s brownie mix has a three year shelf life and only requires adding water.  Boxed mixes from the store may need oil and/or eggs added (again, you can use powdered eggs).  Repackage boxed mixes in buckets or Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers to extend shelf life past the printed date.
  • Baking cocoa (this brand is my favorite!) adds the ability to make chocolate goodies like cake, brownies, breads, and cookies from your stored ingredients.

7. Ice cream

This is from my kids’ list, and actually one of the trickier food storage foods to store.  Tricky, but  not impossible!

How to store it:

8. Cheese

Cheese is a staple in most of our meals around here.  Macaroni and cheese, pizza, grilled cheese sandwiches, casseroles, burritos, and I’m sure that’s not all.  Cheese is right up there with chocolate in my opinion!

How to store it:

  • Waxed cheese is shelf stable and does not need refrigeration.  It gets super sharp quickly, so I’d recommend starting with mild cheese and eating it within 3 months.
  • Store block cheese in the freezer.  The texture sometimes gets a bit crumbly after defrosting, but if you’re using it shredded, it’s not too big a deal.
  • Buy freeze dried cheese.  Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Colby, Mozzarella, and even Parmesan.  After reconstituting, these cheeses melt just like their fresh counterparts.  20 year shelf life in the can.
  • Buy cheese powder.  If you’re a lover of macaroni and cheese or want cheese flavor in a casserole dish, cheese powder is one way to get it.  15 year shelf life in the can.
  • Learn to make your own cheese.  A learning curve here, but if you have access to the milk to make it, pick up a cheese making kit and give it a try!

9. Butter

For spreading on bread or making cookies, real butter just can’t be beat.

How to store it:

  • Butter stores fantastic in the freezer for 6+ months.  I keep an ever rotating stash there and have never had a problem.  Just put the box in the freezer and swap it to the refrigerator when you’re ready to start using it.
  • Butter powder makes a nice spread, but doesn’t work in baking like fresh butter.  It can be used to add butter flavor to your cooking though!  5 year shelf life in the can.
  • Canned butter.  Real butter, but shelf stable.  Do not, however, can your own butter.  Not safe.
  • Use the heavy cream powder to make butter in a churn or by shaking vigorously in a jar.  This is also a great option if you have access to fresh cream by owning a cow or living near a dairy.

10. Condiments

Almost every meal tastes better with some kind of condiment.  Ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing, steak sauce.  You probably have a favorite.

How to store it:

  • Purchase condiments and store on the shelf.  Almost all are shelf stable until they are opened.  Pay attention to expiration dates and rotate them into your regular eating.
  • Learn to make your own condiments and store or grow the ingredients.  Herbs, tomatoes, oil, sugar, and spices can make a variety of sauces.  Find a recipe for the condiment you love and start experimenting with making your own.

11. Pizza

Pizza!  What kid wouldn’t love to have pizza in an emergency?  Pizza is just four basic parts put together: bread, sauce, cheese, and optional toppings.

How to store it:

  • Bread.  See #1 above.
  • Sauce.  Store bottled pizza sauce.  Or the ingredients to make your own sauce (tomato sauce and spices).  Or this tomato sauce is really good and quick to mix up.
  • Cheese.  See #8 above.
  • Optional toppings.  Freeze dried vegetables and meats like sausage work great for topping pizzas, now and in a disaster.  Pizza meats like pepperoni and Canadian bacon purchased at the grocery store can also be stored in the freezer.

12. Peanut Butter

Filling, nutritious, and great on sandwiches or in cookies, peanut butter is a food storage staple.

How to store it:

  • Peanut butter stores on the shelf for up to 3 years.  Check expiration dates when you’re buying and purchase the jars with the furthest out expiration dates.  Rotate into your regular eating to keep your storage fresh.
  • Peanut butter powder also has a shelf life of 3 years.
  • Peanut flour can be mixed into peanut butter by adding sugar, salt, and oil.  Shelf life of 5 years and contains only the ingredients you put into it.

What comfort foods are you storing? Let me know in the comments!

For items that need baked like bread, pizza, cookies, and cakes, you’ll want a powerless baking method. A Sun Oven, dutch oven and coals, or HERC tea light oven would all work great.

For more nuts and bolts information like this on storing and using food storage, check out my book, Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival!

Keep preparing!
Angela

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Premium Tactical Folder: Zero Tolerance #0630 Emerson Clip Point Knife

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It is common knowledge among outdoorsmen that experienced backpackers will tend to carry less gear. I believe the same holds true for the modern survivor. As time goes by we tend to understand what works, what doesn’t and settle for a more minimalistic setup. We also tend to appreciate quality. This is all especially true when it comes EDC, the small everyday carry items we are supposed to have with us daily. In my book, that would be keys, cellphone and wallet, knife, CCW where legal to do so, multitool, flashlight and lighter. A well rounded EDC is essential given that its not only useful for daily, more mundane tasks, but also for more serious emergencies. I am writing this just days after the terrorist attacks in Paris where over a hundred people were killed. Had one of the victims been armed and capable of defending himself, maybe things would have turned out different. It wasn’t that long ago that France saw another terrorist attack, also using an AK carbine, but this time the massacre was avoided thanks to three brave passengers that stopped the attacker.

Titanium is strong, light and durable, great for EDC. Sure, looks pretty good too.

When it comes to using a humble folding knife against a terrorist armed with an AK we have to honestly assess such unfavourable odds. After all, every gun nut will tell you not to bring a knife to a gunfight, right? Well, this gun nut actually tried the old knife vs gun exercise, and I would agree that you don’t want to bring a knife to a gunfight, as long as it’s out of the 0-7 feet range, because at that range and all other factors being equal, the guy with the knife is more likely to win the fight. It would take an extremely well trained and fit shooter to move away backwards or sideways faster than the attacker moving forwards, all while bringing up the muzzle of the gun yet avoiding getting stabbed. When there’s not enough distance, it’s more about hand to hand combat than shooting and you never want to wrestle the guy with the knife. This is why the Tueller Drills puts the minimum engagement range for a defensive shooter against a knife attacker at 21 feet.
Even at very close range, attacking any armed attacker is a last, desperate resort option but I at least would gladly take those odds over certain death.
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Zero Tolerance #0630 Emerson Clip Point Knife $200

Hopefully our EDC folder will spend its days opening mail, peeling fruit and occasionally doing some whittling. That’s why Victorinox knives are so popular, they handle 99% of the tasks a pocket knife was really intended for. But then we have that 1%. That 1% is where the “overbuilt” tactical folder comes into play.
My first reaction to the ZT0630 was literally “Oh crap!”. I had just received the knife, changed the pocket clip and slipped it into my left front pocket. I was chatting with my wife as I pulled out the knife, completely caught by surprise by how strongly the blade snapped open. My wife stopped talking “What the hell? What is that?”. “Oh, it’s a knife that opens as you pull it out of the pocket…”. Why is it that men don’t know when to shut up? She went into a rant about how its always something with me, how everything around me cuts (knives), explodes (li-ion batteries) shoots (guns) or shoots ammo that also explodes on impact(shouldn’t have bought those…).
Anyway, I admit that although I knew about the Emerson “Wave Feature”, I didn’t expect it to be so efficient. Its not perfect though. Of course there is a bit of a learning curve and although you learn how to use it with a few deployments, it’s the kind of thing that will take some time until it becomes second nature. The “wave feature” is simply that small hook on the spine of the blade. As you pull the folder from the pocket it catches the fabric of the edge of your pocket and forces the blade open. With a bit of speed it does so strongly enough to fully deply with a loud snap. Ernest Emerson originally designed this feature as a blade guard/catcher, a request from some SEAL team members. It was only in actual use that the feature was discovered by accident.
Excellent Design, Excellent Execution.

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The ZT0630 is an outstanding knife because it combines an excellent design by Emerson Knives with excellent execution by Zero Tolerance. Emerson knives are quality, well-thought blades intended for tactical use. “Tactical” does not always equate to ideal EDC. A tactical folder may prioritize being light, because an operator has several pounds of other critical gear to carry. The average person has no such concerns. Steels may be softer prioritizing toughness and blade integrity over edge retention. A knife enthusiast may be willing to pay considerably more for a premium steel which is both strong and holds and edge well. Emerson traditionally uses a chisel grind, which is very sharp and easy to sharpen. It is also off center and more suited for utility rather than detail cutting. The ZT0630 uses a traditional saber grind with double bevel. This requires skilled sharpening on both sides of the blade rather than just one side, but the edge is right in the middle and cuts straight. This is the kind of grind you find in some Swedish hard-use Puukko knives.

Emerson uses a liner lock mechanism. These are somewhat controversial in the knife world given that at times they have failed when hitting the spine of the blade or when a moderate amount of lateral pressure is applied. An Emerson knife in proper form should not fail like this. It is designed so as to bend and jam the liner into place if excessive force is applied. The ZT0630 uses a stronger (and heavier) titanium framelock mechanism. For extra durability and toughness, the ZT0630 lock bar has a steel insert where it contacts the blade. After a few decades of hard use your grandkids may have the insert replaced for a new one so as to keep the knife locking tight. All locks fail when enough force is applied, but the ZT0630 is clearly stronger than its Emerson counterparts. The steel insert in the lock bar extends under the titanium scale, working as a stop to prevent the lock bar from overextending. Clever design.
The blade shape is an upswept clip point similar to the CQC-8. The tip is strong, yet acute and capable of penetrating tissue with ease. The long belly is designed to slash well within the limitations of a 3.6 inch blade. The blade steel is S35VN, which is tougher and holds an edge longer than CPM154. Without getting too technical, S35VN is overall considered an improvement over the already excellent S30V. It is easier to sharpen, 25% tougher than S30V and the edge rolls instead of chipping. The frame lock handle is made of titanium with a matte finish. The black scale is made of textured G10, which provides good traction without being too aggressive. Although the wave inevitably deploys the knife, there’s also a thumb disk which for opening the knife the traditional way. I found it to be comfortable and fast.

While Zero Tolerance uses Kershaw Velocity Technology (KTV) in some of their other premium knives, they went for traditional washers with the ZT0630. I’m glad they did. KTV uses small ball bearings in a plastic carrier which makes for a very fast opening, but it simply isnt as strong as traditional washer construction.The knife still opens smoothly and fast and it only gets better after a short break in period.

The handle is comfortable, well suited for medium or large hands although given the flat profile smallish hands should be ok as well. A deep forefinger groove achieves two important objectives: First, it keeps your hand in place and stops it from slipping forward if used forcefully. Second, it wraps the index finger tightly against the lock bar, pushing it deeper and applying more pressure to the locking mechanism the harder your grip it.
Overall the Zero Tolerance #0630 is an outstanding tactical folder and I highly recommend it. I love the design, the materials used and the careful execution.
FerFAL

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

No Meat in Your Storage, Learn to Cook with Gluten

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gluten

A meatloaf made with ground up gluten

Recently I received a request from a reader for recipes that can be made with a very limited number of ingredients.  I choose not to put the full text of what she wrote up today.  But I understand what information she wants.  Today many people are stocking up with limited funds and as such, they are only stocking the very basics. In addition, young people today are not taught how to cook from basic ingredients.  Many are too dependent on frozen, packaged or canned goods and have no idea of how to use substitutes like gluten.

So starting today, I will make an effort to post more of these very basic recipes.  Now understand that just having the recipe and the necessary ingredients will not make you a chef, anymore than a book on auto repair will make you a mechanic.  You will have to try them out and learn the tricks.

Let’s say you have a lot of whole wheat in your storage.  Due to a lack of finances you are short of meat and other proteins.   So how can you solve this problem?  First, read the following link, Making a Gluten Meat Substitute.  This will give you a source of protein and when used correctly can be used as a meat substitute.

To make seasoned gluten, use the following recipe.

  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste, remember the bouillon is salty.
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup onion, fresh or dried
  • 1 cup water

Mix the ingredients and bring to a boil.  Add the gluten meat substitute and simmer for at least 30 minutes.  Add more water is necessary.  The gluten can then be used like meat.

glutenAn example would be, making a stew with the vegetables from your garden and seasoned gluten.

  • 5 cups seasoned gluten cut in small cubes
  • 2 cups potatoes cut into bit size pieces
  • 1 cup of tomatoes sauce or fresh tomatoes if you have them
  • 1 chopped onion or ½ cup dried onion
  • 2 cups carrots, fresh or dried
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • Any other vegetables or wild edible plants you have found.

Cover the seasoned gluten with water and bring to a boil.  Add the remaining ingredients and cook until the vegetables are tender.

Now is this going to taste like a beef stew from a fine restaurant, probably not, but it will be acceptable and fill the holes in your belly.  The whole idea of this type of cooking is to learn to be flexible and use what you have.  At the same time think about adding a few things like bouillon to your storage, it is inexpensive and can be used in many ways.

Howard

 

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Have A Sore Throat? Have A Hot Toddy.

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I have been suffering with a cough and sore throat for a week now and it is worse at night. This is what I made the other night so that I could sleep. It worked.

NEED:

1 1/4 cup of orange juice

2 teaspoons of lemon juice

2 teaspoons of honey

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 shot of rum

Mix the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan and bring it ALMOST to a boil. Just let it get hot.

Turn off the heat and add the rum.

Pour into a large mug and drink it while it is still hot.

A Reprise: Spices and Their Value

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This week, someone asked me to reprise the post on the value of spices.
This week, following the deaths of those who were simply enjoying an evening in a brasserie or a Cambodian restaurant in Paris, we should give thought to how much we eat out, and also whether our children should accompany us on the outing.
 This week, this post which originally appeared in May of 2015 has new relevance.

  There are many times, during emergencies, power outages, flu pandemics, or even during civil unrest that eating out becomes unwise if not dangerous.  Yet, many American families have stocked kitchens, and live a life that requires that they eat out multiple times each week.   This post is one of a several pronged attempt to examine this practice and gradually make some changes which allow eating at home as a safer, less expensive, and potentially a more pleasant experience.
 

          In the last post I explained that learning to cook was not a skill set I mastered early in my marriage.  Consistent with that, I thought that a collection of spices was an extravagance.  I did not learn until much later how important having a supply of spices and knowing how to use them, really can be.

            In the US, in the past twenty years or so, families have developed a bad habit of eating out with their children at least once a week, and often much, much more. We tell ourselves that we don’t have time to cook, but often, we eat out because the food simply tastes better than something we think we might make at home.  Proper seasoning of food may be one of the reasons we might have this misperception.

           In addition, spices are not simply an extravagance. Spices not only can provide an interesting an appetizing draw to food, for only a few calories, if any, but they can provide vitamins and significant amounts of trace minerals.   Nutmeg for example is metabolized as magnesium !  Most of us could use additional dietary magnesium.   Many studies bear out the great value of dietary spices.  Although I am not personally a fan of Indian food, we know that many cancers are quite rare in India, in part because they spice their food with a particular set of spices which are now proven to benefit health.

The following is a listing of just a few spices and how you and your family can incorporate these in your normal diet

Nutmeg:

In reasonable amount used as a seasoning, many cultures from Asia to Europe use it.   I like to use it on top of hot chocolate and on baked custard, but many cultures use it on vegetables also.  Some cultures use it on potatoes, and other on vegetables like Brussel sprouts.  In any event, you are taking on additional magnesium while you are enjoying a tasty treat.




Cumin

   Cumin is also a spice which has bee widely used throughout the world for hundreds if not thousands of years.  It can be used ground, as I do, or in the seed form also.  It can add an earthy, warm taste to soups, stews and even chili.  There is scientific data which suggests that it is mildly antibacterial and antiviral and aids with digestion.




Turmeric

       This spice is used in South East Asian cuisine in both vegetable and meat dishes.  India also uses it broadly. There are too many health benefits to list in the form of a brief blog post, and so I will encourage you to research these yourself.



Cinnamon

         From French toast to flavoring your own oatmeal and healthy oatmeal cookies cinnamon  is of great benefit.  Some use cinnamon on certain potato, sweet potato or carrot dishes also.




Ginger

         From flavoring meats, poultry, to salads, ginger can provide that inexplicable something that the Asian restaurants know so well.   Ginger is also said to be an excellent way of settling a stomach.



Chili powder


              The important take away point is that being able to produce tasty food which makes eating in public during difficult times less of a necessity is an important preparedness skill.  Going out to eat should be rare, and the times you do it should be chosen.  Not only is eating out costly, but it does eating increase your exposure to the hazards of other people in difficult times (like civil unrest, for example). It exposes us and our families to potential for food  poisoning.   No matter how nice a restaurant might look, there is always the potential for food poisoning.


Cardamom

               A fairly expensive spice, this is used in teas. It is also a fantastic addition to certain breads. There are positive health uses.


               This post does not encourage you to build a spice cabinet for hundreds of dollars by Friday.  What I am saying is that bit my bit, preppers especially should begin, one by one, to gather salt, pepper, ginger, chili powder, freeze dried chives, and all manner of spices you believe you would use.  I have also bought large long term containers of powdered chicken gravy and beef gravy.   CVS and Wahlgreens also stock some low priced spices.  I am quite sure that these may not be the very best of spices available, but sometimes, when we wish to try something we have never used before, a dollar or two is all that we should spend.    Badia is also a brand of spices sold fairly inexpensively in grocery stores.  Sometimes it has a stronger flavor than other brands, but it is inexpensive and is especially good value if you enjoy spices often used in Mexican food.     There are also combinations of spices which you might invest in.  I am particularly fond of Montreal Steak Seasoning, and now there is a Montreal Chicken Seasoning also.

This was a coca cola bottle holder turned into a spice rack.






                In the interest of good health and in spending more time eating at home, for both economic and practical reasons, we owe it to ourselves and our families to begin to gather spices and experiment as to how to properly use them.   Some time ago my husband returned from a business trip in Mexico with a wonderful recipe he learned from the hotel.  A chicken breast is split and fried gently in olive oil and salt and pepper.  Then cumin is shaken on front and back of the chicken and it is cooked until it is golden brown.  Unusual and delicious !   We owe it to ourselves to learn more about spicing.


If you are unable to locate a spice you would like to try, this is an excellent source of all spices:

http://www.myspicesage.com




Regarding Reporting Food Poisoning After Eating Out   (A State by State Reporting System)

http://www.foodsafetynews.com/find-your-health-department-to-report-food-poisoning/#.VVsiFVI1fTo

Regarding Food Poisoning:

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2014/06/03/food-poisoning-it-was-likely-a-restaurant-worker/


6 Steps to Re-Organizing Your Unruly Prepper To-Do List

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6 Steps to Re-Organizing Your Unruly Prepper To-Do List

Considering the average length of a prepper’s list of things to do, buy, and learn is anything but short, whether you’ve just begun prepping or have had years of experience under your belt, it can still at times be quite tricky deciding which points on your never-ending list are best to tackle first. After all,… Read More

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Tips on Making Char Stuff (Video & Transcript)

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Number of speakers:  (Tyler, Mikhail & Emberlit)
Duration: 19 min 11 sec

Tips on Making Char Stuff with Mikhail from EmberLit

Tyler: “Hey this is Tyler with T Jack Survival and I am here at the preparedness fair and we’re gonna learn really quick at the booth. Hi Guys. Back here with the Ember Lit we’re gonna learn really quick how to make some charred punk wood so stay tuned”

Tyler: “So what are we makin?”

Mikhail: “Ok. Well we are here in our booth and I am just doing a demonstration on some of the options that you have with steel and flint fire. A lot of people think you have to have charred cloth to catch a spark which is somewhat true. You have to have charred material. Any sort of charred biological material.”

Tyler: “Biological like what plant?”

Mikhail: “Plant. Yeah. People won’t work obviously lol organic material I guess you could say, and so, one of the things that from what I have learned, again YouTube is a wonderful resource. This is punk wood. Dry rotted cottonwood. Its very, very light and spongy. It’s a lot like Styrofoam. It works wonderfully catching a coal. What I did with this is I had another fire going obviously. You have to prepare your tinder with fire ironically, but I charred this punk wood and once it was charred I just smothered it inside the tin. And now it should catch a spark. Lets see if I can get lucky on the first try. I never do lol.

Tyler: “Well when you’re suddenly filming its suddenly like, you’re killing me.”

Mikhail: “Yeah. So what we’re gonna do is a lot of people, well, not a lot of people, but one method is when you’re holding your char cloth on the stone you’re actually striking down with the striker, but I wanna drop a spark onto that piece of wood and it’s to bulky to hold in my hand so I’m gonna flip my hands over. And I am now gonna hit the stone against the steel and see how I’m dropping sparks downward? So that’s just another method to put the sparks where you want. So if I can hit it in the right spot on the piece of wood it will turn it into a piece of ember. So here we go. …Oh there it is.”

Tyler: “Daaang a shower of sparks. That is awesome.”

 

 

Mikhail: “So the idea being, you know the people that depended on this method of fire, cloth was a commodity. It was hard to get and was expensive. And so like me, they would wear their clothing and it was literally tattered. They would try and mend it as best they could. They would use it until it was no longer functional as clothing and after it was no longer good for clothing they would turn it into rags. And when it was no longer good for rags they would turn it into those rag carpets. Or ya know even worse uses and then finally they would char it and use it as tinder to start their fire or they would keep it in the house or where it was convenient to start a fire for the cooking in the kitchen or warming the home because it was very easy to use and again it was a valuable commodity. So when they were out in the field or traveling rather than using that nice cloth they would just continue to collect punk wood like this. And this is kind of old but it will work. This is everywhere and it is free and you just take a chunk of this and toast it like a marshmallow over the fire and put it back in their char tin. As you can see this stuff smokes really well and it keeps going.

Tyler: “Doesn’t it keep the mosquito’s away to?”

Mikhail: “Yes it will keep the mosquitoes away but another thing, if your making beef jerky, like traditional beef jerky, smoked meat or something outside. Ya take a chunk of this and put it under your tripod where the meat is hanging and it will smoke and smoke and smoke. and it does a wonderful job. Gives it good flavor honestly. Yeah its called punk wood or touch wood and its just dry, rotted cotton wood. Ive seen it at work with other species but this is my favorite.”

Tyler: “How do you make this stuff?”

Mikhail: “How do we prepare what? The punk wood?”

Tyler: “Yeah. So we collect the punk wood. Do we have to prepare it?”

Mikhail: “Yeah. We do we do”

EmberLit: “Just like you saw me do where I was taking one coal and  transferring it to the un-charred punk wood. And now I am stuffing it, what we charred, to prepare the next bunch.”

Mikhail: “So it’ll, you just keep putting fresh pieces in there and that coal will catch that coal and so forth. You want to do a big piece really quick, just to start off with, if you have a camp fire you can take this thing and hold it over the campfire until its engulfed in flames. Or you can take this magic lighter and…lol”

Tyler: (Laughing) shhh don’t tell.

Mikhail: “No cheating! No cheating!”

Tyler: “Well, if you’re gonna prepare it this is good to know.”

Mikhail: “Well the thing is you have to prepare charred cloth with fire. So the idea being, if you’re starting with nothing, get your bow drill, or your hand drill or whatever get a fire going and then char some punk wood and the next time you have to start a fire it will be infinatly easier. So all I gotta do is burn it black like that. Now I’ll let it go and you’ll notice that, see where its turning red? Those are the best parts. Whew. And since its punk wood it won’t go out. It will continue to smolder like that. So in order to put it out properly..”

Tyler: “You have to suffocate it.”

Mikhail: “You have to suffocate it, because if you crush it, it’ll ruin the ability for it to catch your coal. You want that real fluffy carbon made. I would imagine if you looked at the punk wood under a microscope it would look like a mesh screen. So it’s it’s got structure, but allows oxygen to get in there. It’s the same thing with char cloth. If you made it with some jeans or tightly wove fabric, dropping a spark on it you won’t have as high a chance a chance unless you prepare the edge.

Tyler: “So this is the jean material here. So you have to separate that so there is more oxygen getting to the fibers.”

Mikhail: “Yeah right along that ragged edge is usually where the spark will catch. Otherwise if you try to drop a spark on to it it’s such a tight weave it’s just going to bounce off.”

Tyler: “Why don’t you show em?

Mikhail: “Well I don’t have a big enough piece, but uh, ok. Anyways, Lemme show em this though. So this right here, that is the piece that we just chard. Its ready to go and I will show you. So I grab my stone and my..”

Tyler:”What kind of rock is that? What kind of characteristics are we looking for?”

Mikhail: “You know, honestly, I don’t know what this it. It might be jasper, it is pretty. What I have found in general, I look for a rock that has a ceramic consistency to it.”

Tyler: “Ceramic like?

Mikhail:”Like glass, like clay, its big.”

Tyler: “Like your coffee cup”

Mikhail: “Yeah. Like you know it has to have, if it looks like its made out of sand it’s not going to work very well at all. Like it’s aggregated it’s not going to work. It has to be very hard, glassy. And I found with that I get about 80% success rate. I’ve found some that are really brittle and that doesn’t work. But I don’t even know what stone this is but it works really well so I’m gonna drop a spark right there. There we go, got two spots.

Tyler: ” And it’ll spread like wild fire.”

Mikhail: “Literally. And then that’s all it will take. And so ya know, I can have, whats nice and what I like to do anyways is I got my tinder tin and I got my big chunk of charred punk wood and I don’t want to put it in my tinder tin because it’ll burn all up. So what I’ll do is I’ll break another piece off or take another piece out of the tinder box and then that’s all I need right there. Now I can set this aside honestly. Put this out before the fire alarms go off.

Tyler: “That would be awesome.”

Mikhail: “Yeah. Fire marshal would be like that’s pretty cool but here is your fine. Anyways, so this little piece is still going so I can use that little piece and put it in my tinder nest and blow it into a flame without having to use up the rest of my nice charred punk wood. It’s just a very versatile thing. And its everywhere. Its free ya know and there’s a lot of material like this that work in nature that work this way. This is just the best one I’ve found so far.”

Tyler: “Cottonwood?”

Mikhail: “Yeah cottonwood. Just dry rotted cottonwood and box elder gonna be the magic”

Tyler: “And what was the other one?”

Mikhail: “Box elder.”

Tyler: “Awesome.”

EmberLit: “You can do white pine, water birch, any of the softer woods but they have to be dry rotted in order to get this structure.”

Mikhail: “Yeah and this stuff is like balsa wood, you can see how easy it is for me to just stick my fingernail through it.”

Tyler: “Nice. A lot of stuff around rivers essentially.”

Mikhail: “Yeah. I found a log of it like this over at the park. I just picked it up and walked out with it. It’s everywhere, its abundant, its free. Now with char cloth I wanted to show you the whole. So this is a piece of jean char cloth and what we were saying is dropping a spark onto the char cloth like that and you’ve seen that method where people try to use the back of their knife..it can be difficult if the material has a very tight weave. And so, ya know, whats going to happen on camera here is I’m gonna get it lit on the first try and totally throw everything I’m saying right out the window. lol. But generally speaking, ya know.”

Tyler: “Lol Yeah you can see one there but.”

Mikhail: “See how their not catching?”

Tyler: “Yeah that should of absolutely gripped it.”

Mikhail: “And you know what? If you had a lighter weaved material like muslin, or cotton-ball that you charred, that would definitely work better so what I do with these, these stubborn char cloth is I tear them. And then I go back to the “holding it” method on the stone because what I want to do, where I’ve torn it those ragged edges, those are fluffy enough. Those have enough surface area to catch. Bam, there we go see. Its a little guy but it’ll get bigger but it’s consistent. So that is all it took but it’s because I prepared the edge of it. You always have to prepare your tinder even if its char cloth. Some you have to prepare more than others. So ya know, I’ve seen people that are experienced and they know how to do this. It’s just that when they are presented with some char cloth they’re not use to, they had trouble getting that to light because again, it was a very tight weave and you have to tear it to get it to go. So it’s it’s just a game thing, pay attention to your tinder and realize that nothing is automatic with fire making. You’re going to have to adjust and roll with the punches.”

Ember Lit: “You can’t give up. That’s the thing about it. Any kind of permanent fire skills.”

Makhail: “Stop when ya got a fire.”

Tyler: “Alright so where can we get some of those strikers?”

Mikhail: “Ya know, you can get some on our website EmberLit.com. And they’re kind of fun. We have a bunch of different patterns and the whole idea behind the different patterns is only because they are cool.”

Tyler: “I like it because it looks like the old school Trojans.”

Mikhail: “The knuckle duster. The reason why I don’t like this one per se is because my fingers..”

Ember Lit: “He’s got gorilla hands lol”

Mikhail: “Yeah I got sausages for fingers lol you got little girl hands like me lol.”

Tyler: “Yeah lol”

Mikhail: “So I personally like the long ones like the dragon or our spartan helmet but I like to hold it gentle like this and strike it this way.”

Tyler: “Show me again.”

Mikhail: “I’ll hold it like this and strike straight down.”

Tyler: “Nice.”

Mikhail: “And it’s the same with any of the pendant style. Like the owl. Just strike straight down. Even if I have the knuckle duster I rarely put my fingers in it. I hold it like so because it’s a finesse thing it’s not, you get people like..it’s not working, why isn’t it making sparks and really if you get the right angle and a really sharp edge. All ya gotta do is get it just right see? I’m throwing sparks and I am barely putting any pressure. It’s all function and speed. So that’s a lot of sparks but I’m not beating the crap out of it. So it takes some precision and practice which is what we tell everybody. Then again that’s what is fun about making fire making tools.

Tyler: “A little bit of art in it.”

Mikhail: “A monkey could do this (striking a lighter). That’s what I tell people, you give them a lighter to start a fire and they sit there and hold it under the log and nothing will happen because they don’t have the learn.”

Tyler: “Yeah they don’t understand the concept of drying out the fuel before..”

Mikhail: “Well they don’t understand how to make tinder. They think oh I got a flame so I’ll just put this big log on there and I’ll light it. But you teach them this..spark base, you gotta have really fine tinder for ignition, then kindling. All the steps to building a proper fire.”

Tyler: “It’s like getting a train going, give it a little push and then it gets bigger and bigger.”

Mikhail: “And that’s the thing, ya make everything to easy and they don’t have that desire to learn how to do it properly.”

Ember Lit: “It’s like what Mars Cohansey said, a person would be a fool if they went into the woods without matches and a lighter because all of these skills are fun and a back up.”

Mikhail: “But again the problem is that people think modern technology will solve all their problems and so they go into it not even knowing how to use a lighter so I teach people this so they can learn how to appreciate a lighter and a match.”

Tyler: “Well not everyone has a lighter on them when they need to make a fire. So having that as  back up is great.”

Mikhail: “So you want to see a fast way to make char cloth?”

Tyler: “Do it! Fast way to make char cloth.”

Mikhail: “You got that magic fire device? lol If you wanted to wipe out an indigenous population all you have to do is say “Look, I have fire” and give them a case of these and in a year when they burned out they don’t know how to light fires lol”

Tyler: “That’s horrible lol”

Ember Lit: “It’s actually true that Ray Meres went down to south America and they did not know how to do friction fires anymore. He sat there and taught them.”

Mikhail: “I gotta get something a little tougher than my finger.”

Tyler: “lol a little less fire proof.”

Ember Lit: “You need a book?”

Mikhail: “Naw I’ll just smother it under here.”

Tyler: “Stop drop and roll.”

Mikhail: “Yeah. Bam. Char Cloth.”

Tyler: “Don’t even need a tin.”

Mikhail: “Now grab a stone, find a good edge with concavity.”

Tyler: “Every time you light a fire all I can think is “Eww that smell.”

Mikhail: “There ya go, char cloth.”

Tyler: “Real quick, I’m just assuming everyone watching this knows what to do with ember once they get it. What comes next.”

Mikhail: “What comes next is you better have a fire pit prepared long before you even try to get ignition. I learned that the hard way. When I got my very first bow drill coal, I was on my deck, I was huffing and puffing and sweating. lol If you look at the time stamp on the picture it took a long time lol. But I finally got a coal and I put it in my little tinder nest and I blew on the flame and I had know idea where to put it lol. I was like, now what? So I was sitting there holding this thing as it’s running down my arm. In fact those scars right there is where it burnt holes in my arm. As I’m holding the flaming ball of debris and my wife is running at me with a fire extinguisher I’m thinking shes about to hose me down. lol Luckily the BBQ was there and I got my wits and threw it in the BBQ. A valuable lesson in that. When you are going to go through all the work and effort to actually get ignition you better have some place to put it. Once you have a spark, once you have an ember and once you have ignition then you better have your tinder bundle right here. A big ball of grass and bark and debris and you put it in there like a little squirrel and you wrap it up and wanna keep warm. You make sure he’s covered but you don’t want to suffocate him. So that’s kind of the thing and then you blow on it and you can hear it getting hotter and you can hear him moving but if you’re not keeping him warm it will blow out, and if you’re suffocating it will blow out to. It’s balance, keep him warm and give him air then all of sudden you get a flame, throw it in the camp fire with larger sticks and off ya go. And that’s a whole other section. Learning how to get proper tinder nest and keep it lit from spark base ignition. That’s the next step but uh this step, you got the flint steel.”

Tyler: “Alright guys.”

Mikhail: “Thanks for watching T Jack Survival. If this was useful to you and you liked the video please consider subscribing and come check us out at Emberlit.com. We have out own little YouTube channel with a bunch of silly stuff. Anyways thanks for watching, this is Mikhail.”

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SHTF Medical Alternatives You Can Use for Treatment

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4.38/5 (8) Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from David Paul Smith. David discusses three medical alternatives that you should investigate further to see if their use is something that could benefit you during a SHTF event if all the traditional avenues for medical assistance are unavailable. We know […]

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50 Survival Items You Can Find Around The House

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All preppers have that moment where they feel completely overwhelmed by all the survival items they want to buy. If you’re feeling this way, just relax, list the items in order of importance, and focus on one thing at a time. You’ll get there. You should also consider […]

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Preserving Apples: 3 Simple Ways to Enjoy Local Fruit This Winter

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Harvest season is winding down, and we’re busy this week, preserving apples. Today we’re putting up 2 more bushels for the winter. I pulled out my canning book, and now my house smells like apple cinnamon potpourri and I couldn’t be happier about it!

A visit to a you-pick orchard or farm stand is a great way to spend a fall afternoon if you don’t happen to have an apple tree in your backyard.  (You can find a local orchard or market HERE.) You can often get the best deals at the end of the season.

The nutritional benefits of apples

The old adage goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  Here are a few reasons why this is true!

  • One medium apple (about 3″ in diameter) contains about 95 calories, no fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, and more than 4 grams of fiber.
  • The phytonutrients in apples can positively affect insulin production to help regulate blood sugar.
  • The consumption of apples can have a positive influence on the bacterial balance of the digestive tract.
  • Much of the apple’s nutrients can be found in the skin, particularly beneficial polyphenols such as quercetin.
  • Apples contain substantial amounts of Vitamin C, the B vitamins, and potassium.
  • Regular consumption of apples has been proven to reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.

Method #1: Storing apples in a cold room

If you have the right location, you can store apples for several months.  Here are some tips on keeping fresh apples over the winter:

  • Choose the very best apples from your bushels. Opt for firm apples with unblemished, unbruised skin.
  • The thicker skinned, more tart varieties will stay good for the longest time.
  • Wrap them individually in newspaper to keep them from being in direct contact with one another.
  • Place them loosely packed in a cardboard box.
  • Don’t store them near potatoes. Potatoes release a gas that causes apples to spoil more quickly.
  • Store them at 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit for the longest shelf life. Good locations are basements, root cellars, or unheated pantries.

Method #2: Making apple chips

In theory, apple chips are a great way to preserve apples without the need for a cold cellar. In reality, they are a delightful snack that will be gone within a week, no  matter how many you make.

You can make these with no added sugar and cinnamon, but we truly love this as a sweet treat. If it helps your conscience, it contains far less than any commercial fruit treat you could buy.

Ingredients:

  • Apples (duh)
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Organic sugar
  • Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Cut the apples into 1/8 inch thick slices.
  2. If you are concerned about discoloration, you can toss the slices in lemon juice. I don’t worry about the discoloration because the cinnamon makes them look brownish anyway. I don’t normally use lemon juice, but you can if you want to.
  3. In a bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon in the ratio that pleases you. I use about a 1/4 cup of sugar to a teaspoon of cinnamon, and replenish it when necessary.
  4. Toss the slices in your sugar and cinnamon mixture.

There are two ways you can dry them from here on out. You can use a dehydrator or your oven. I use a 9-tray Excalibur dehydrator because I do a lot of dehydrating.

Dehydrator instructions:

  1. Place the slices in a single layer on your dehydrator tray. I use these inexpensive dehydrator sheets to line my trays for easy clean-up.
  2. If your dehdrator doesn’t have temperature settings, dry the slices on low for about 20 hours.
  3. If you do have temperature settings, dry the slices at 135 degrees for about 10 hours.
  4. When you take them out, they won’t seem crispy, but if you let them sit before putting them in a jar, they’ll crisp right up in a couple of hours.

Oven instructions:

  1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Set your oven for 200 degrees.
  3. Place apples on the parchment paper in a single layer.
  4. Dry the apple slices for 4-6 hours, or until almost crisp.
  5. When you take them out, they won’t seem crispy, but if you let them sit before putting them in a jar, they’ll crisp right up in a couple of hours.

In theory, these would be great lunch box treats, but unless you hide them, they won’t last that long! After they’ve cooled completely, put them in a Mason jar or gallon Ziplock bag.

Method #3: Canning to preserve apples

Canning is my favorite way to preserve anything, and apples are no exception. Below, find the links to thorough instructions for canning apples. Because fruit is naturally high in acid, these can all be preserved using a water bath canner.

Basic apple sauce

This apple sauce is pure enough to use for baby food, because it contains only two ingredients: apples and water. With it, you will get the flavor of fresh, delicious apples all winter long. I incorporate the peels into my apple sauce because it’s where the fiber and vitamins lie. This apple sauce can also be used as an ingredient in baking or cooking because it’s completely neutral.

Spiced apple sauce

Here’s a twist on ordinary apple sauce. There’s still no sugar, but it’s jazzed up with cinnamon, ging.er, allspice, and cloves. Your house will smell a-flippin-mazing while this is on the stove.  Save the cooking liquid for the next recipe!

Spiced apple toddy

You will definitely thank me for this one! After making spaced apple sauce, the reserved liquid is the perfect basis for a hot winter beverage. All of the warming spices that were added will making you feel toasty from the inside out. This is also a nice treat for someone suffering from a cold or flu.

Apple filling

This apple filling is basically an instant dessert. You can warm it and serve it over ice cream, stir some into vanilla yogurt, or use it as a filling for a pie or a crisp. You are only limited by your imagination! This recipe DOES NOT contain any type of thickener. If you’re baking with it, you may want to add a teaspoon of flour or starch when you open the jars. I don’t like using the weird commercial thickeners like Clearjel.

How do you preserve apples?

What is your favorite method for preserving apples for the winter? Please share in the comments below!

References

The canning recipes are from my book, The Organic Canner.

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Here’s Why Your Should NEVER Rake Your Leaves

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Don’t Rake Your Leaves This Year! (Here’s Why)

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In preparation for winter, many homeowners go through the grueling task of raking and bagging leaves. Maybe it isn’t a big deal for those with very small yards in the city, but it can be quite the workout in large yards or around rural homes.

Well, as it turns out, raking your leaves can lead to a more attractive yard but may not be the best idea. Why? Keeping leaves in your yard not only helps the creatures around the tree, but also boosts the health of your lawn, too. Read on to find out how to do it.

Why Leaves Fall

Deciduous trees lose their leaves in autumn as a survival method; no leaves means the tree can conserve water and energy to get it through the winter. As most aspects of nature, a tree losing its leaves doesn’t just help the tree but also assists the environment around it.

The many animals and insects around the tree are looking for shelter to get them through the upcoming winter. In a very wonderful way, the critters are able to use these leaves as a home until spring arrives. As with most things, this system works perfectly well in nature. But it’s a different story when humans begin to disturb this process by raking their yards.

The Problem with Raking

Raking leaves and bagging them destroys the homes these many creatures need. All homeowners should do their best to work with nature and support their local ecosystem. Not only is it part of being a steward of the land, but it also improves the lawn. Homesteaders will benefit from healthier beneficial insect and animal populations come spring, which will improve their gardens, woodlots, ponds, etc.

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This no-rake method has been used for decades by various homeowners but lately has made its way into the mainstream, including a recent USA Today article.

Examples of some critters that call leaf litter home in winter include:

  • Box turtles
  • Salamanders and other amphibians
  • Snakes
  • Spiders and other arachnids
  • Snails and slugs
  • Millipedes and centipedes
  • Beetles and other insects
  • Moth and butterfly pupae
  • Worms and other soil aerators
  • Soil-improving microorganisms
  • Important fungus and healthy bacteria
Don’t Rake Your Leaves This Year! (Here’s Why)

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For example, when caterpillars have a safe place to live you will have a much healthier butterfly population in spring and summer — which will in turn help your garden, fruit trees and general vegetation. Healthy insect populations that rely on leaf litter in winter will also feed birds and predatory insects.

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While animals benefit from the no-rake method, so does the ground. It will act as a natural fertilizer, improving your soil and also suppressing weeds. Not to mention, skipping raking completely saves a lot of time and reduces costs from bagging.

What to Do Instead of Raking

So if you don’t rake your leaves, what do you do? There are a few options. Some people don’t rake their leaves at all, or just wait until spring arrives before raking them away to a new location. This is ideal, but it’s understandable if leaves covering the lawn bother you. If that is the case you can instead:

  • Rake up leaves and move to the outskirts of your lawn or just somewhere else on your property where it doesn’t bother you.
  • Rake up leaves and put them over your garden beds for protection.
  • Rake up leaves and leave them around the base of trees in your woodlot as mulch.
  • Mulch the leaves with your mower. Some homeowners use a mulch mower or a special mulch attachment, but neither are necessary. Most mowers will mulch leaves simply by driving over them.

This year, don’t think of fallen leaves as an annoyance, but rather an amazing way nature protects vulnerable critters in winter – and fertilizes your lawn.

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From Quail Cage to Nest Boxes

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The new chickens had a pen but no nest boxes. I had some quail cages but no quail ….

There are 4 quail cages, stacked on top of each other in sets of two but they weren’t attached to each other so we could separate them if needed. So I took the top two cages this morning, cleaned them all out, cut off all but a few inches on the bottom of the wire. I then had to bend the remaining wire down so the chickens would not get cut on it. Turned the cage over so the solid part was on the top and I had some good nest boxes.
The really hard part was moving the big chunks of oak we still had from when the tree fell on the house but once I got them down, they rolled most of the way.

I think it looks pretty darn good.

It is possible I might have to put a step or a ramp on it for the cochin bantams but we’ll see if they learn to fly up to it first.
Oh and the little brown bantam with the badly infected eye looks like it is almost completely better! The swelling is almost gone and the eye is open  and looking good.

Widespread Terrorism Is Just Part Of The Perfect Storm That Is Now Descending On The Western World

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By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse Blog

Words cannot adequately describe the utter horror that was unleashed on the streets of Paris, France on Friday.  CNN is calling it “the worst violence witnessed in France since World War II“, and even though it happened a couple of days ago now, many of us are still having a really tough time processing what took place.  Somehow, a small group of less than 10 radical Islamists was able to unleash a coordinated wave of attacks that killed at least 129 people and injured at least 350.  All of this comes less than a year after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, and many in the western world are now starting to understand that something has fundamentally changed.  Even though France has a highly advanced anti-terrorism infrastructure, and even though it also has some of the strictest anti-gun laws in Europe, none of that did anything to prevent these attacks.  Despite all of our advanced technology, the openness of our society makes us highly vulnerable to Islamic terror.  And as more waves of refugees from the Middle East are absorbed by both Europe and the United States, it is inevitable that there will be more attacks like this.

According to Google, the definition of a “soft target” is “a person or thing that is relatively unprotected or vulnerable, especially to military or terrorist attack.”  And as we just saw in France, the western world is literally teeming with soft targets.  I am talking about sporting events, concert halls, schools, churches, shopping malls, power stations, water treatment facilities, mass transit, etc.

For those that wish to create terror, the opportunities are endless.

In the western world, we generally rely on certain deterrents in order to maintain order.  Most sane people do not want to be shot, and most sane people do not want to go to prison.

But what do you do when there are large numbers of crazy people that are actually looking forward to being martyrs?

We don’t really have a defense for the kind of attack that we just witnessed in France.  What can you really do when you are dealing with large numbers of homicidal maniacs that are not afraid to die and that can strike anywhere at any time?  Unless you can identify the terrorists or their plans ahead of time, it becomes a guessing game.

And the level of evil demonstrated by these terrorists is truly astounding.  At the Bataclan Theater, two of the terrorists fired their AK-47s indiscriminately into the crowd for a full 10 minutes

Continue reading at The Economic Collapse Blog: Widespread Terrorism Is Just Part Of The Perfect Storm That Is Now Descending On The Western World

About the author:

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

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

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LIVE: Tornadoes Slam Southern US Plains; Blizzard Conditions Grip Colorado

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By Mark Leberfinger – AccuWeather

A powerful storm swept the U.S. Plains Monday night into Tuesday spawning multiple tornadoes from Texas to Nebraska.

The same system spread snow and blizzard conditions across Colorado, forcing major travel delays on roadways and in the air. Some areas outside of Denver recorded up to 15 inches of snow on Tuesday morning.

As the snow winds down across eastern Colorado in the afternoon, the storm will push into Kansas and Nebraska.

“Snowfall totals of 12-18 inches will be common across this region with locally higher amounts possible,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Ed Vallee said.

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Volcanoes Today, 17 Nov 2015: Rinjani Volcano

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Strombolian eruption from Barujari (Rinjani volcano) yesterday (image: Andi / VolcanoDiscovery Indonesia)

Rinjani (Lombok): The eruption continues with no significant change. When observed yesterday on location, the Barujari cone was in violent strombolian activity and the lava flow was still weakly alimented, creating a small steam plume at the lake entry of the flow.
Impressively, the lake temperature has risen so much that large parts of the surface are steaming. The volcanic activity has been producing only smaller ash plumes during the past days, which did no longer affect air traffic to / from Lombok and Rinjani.

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Deadly Quake, Impact Watch | S0 News Nov.17.2015

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Published on Nov 17, 2015

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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Tuesday, 17 November 2015

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.9) (132 quakes)

Updated: Tue, 17 Nov 15:05 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Tue, 17 Nov (82 earthquakes)
Tue, 17 Nov 14:39 UTC M 2.7 / 35 km – [info] (83 km) 024km N 58

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PHILVOLCS
Tue, 17 Nov 14:33 UTC M 2.8 / 147.4 km – [info] (238 km) LOS SANTOS-SANTANDER

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INGEOMINAS
Tue, 17 Nov 14:30 UTC M 3.2 / 5 km – [info] (35 km) 012km N 80
I FELT IT

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PHILVOLCS
Tue, 17 Nov 14:19 UTC M 3.2 / 12 km – [info] (229 km) GREECE
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Tue, 17 Nov 13:50 UTC M 3.5 / 10 km – [info] (241 km) 3.5 GREECE
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Tue, 17 Nov 13:38 UTC M 2.8 / 10 km – [info] (234 km) GREECE

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EMSC
Tue, 17 Nov 13:36 UTC M 3.3 / 15 km – [info] (237 km) GREECE
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Tue, 17 Nov 13:29 UTC M 3.2 / 11 km – [info] (233 km) GREECE
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Tue, 17 Nov 13:16 UTC M 4.5 / 54.5 km – [info] (337 km) 18 km al SO de Ovalle
I FELT IT

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GUG (U. Chile)
Tue, 17 Nov 13:10 UTC M 4.3 / 10 km – [info] (962 km) XIZANG-NEPAL BORDER REGION
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Kathmandu (Nepal) (34 km S from epicenter)(no details): Quake alarm went off (via EMSC)
Kathmandu (Nepal) (31 km S from epicenter)(no details): Yes I feel (via EMSC)
(Nepal) (16 km E from epicenter)(no details): it was mild shaking for 2 sec. (via EMSC)
Dhankuta (Nepal) (232 km SE from epicenter)(no details): not felt any thing (via EMSC)
Kathmandu (Nepal) (38 km S from epicenter)(no details): I felt the shake, north south for about 2-3 sec. (via EMSC)
Patan (Nepal) (37 km S from epicenter)(no details): EQ in Nepal is not over yet….. (via EMSC)
Kathmandu (Nepal) (34 km S from epicenter)(no details): Shaky (via EMSC)
Kathmandu (Nepal) (34 km S from epicenter)(no details): watching tv (via EMSC)
Kathmandu (Nepal) (34 km S from epicenter)(no details): Didn’t feel anything much. Just a faint creaking noise. (via EMSC)
Kathmandu (Nepal) (33 km S from epicenter)(no details): Felt little shake 3/4 secs (via EMSC)
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Tue, 17 Nov 12:51 UTC M 4.6 / 29 km – [info] (117 km) Northern Molucca Sea
I FELT IT

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GFZ
Tue, 17 Nov 12:37 UTC M 5.0 / 10 km – [info] (248 km) Greece
I FELT IT

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GFZ
Sidari (Greece) (122 km NW from epicenter)(no details): Last long and was kind of strong. Hope to have no surprises the next hours… Fingers crossed x (via EMSC)
Tirana (Albania) (280 km NW from epicenter)(no details): I work at seismological Department (IGEWE). We have recorded and located most of the aftershocks M > 3.0. Based on my information the main shock were felt over country especially: Korça, Saranda, Leskoviku, Fieri, Vlora, Pogradeci, Tirana and Shkodra (at the NW). People were frightened and media spread immediately the notice of the strong earthquake in Greece. (via EMSC)
Tavros, Athen / MMI II (Very weak shaking): Chair and Table were shaking very soft for three times left and right.
Preveza (Greece) (34 km NE from epicenter)(no details): Κράτησε περίπου 20 δευτερόλεπτα. Ποιός ξέρει τι να περιμένουμε τη νύχτα αυτή… (via EMSC)
Messolonghi (Greece) (105 km SE from epicenter)(no details): Chair moves (via EMSC)
Patras (Greece) (134 km SE from epicenter)(no details) (via EMSC)
Tue, 17 Nov 12:37 UTC M 4.6 / 35 km – [info] (254 km) Grčka
I FELT IT

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SSS
Tue, 17 Nov 12:37 UTC M 4.6 / 35 km – [info] (254 km) Grčka
I FELT IT

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SSS
Tue, 17 Nov 12:35 UTC M 3.2 / 10 km – [info] (237 km) GREECE
I FELT IT

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EMSC
(Greece) (540 km SE from epicenter)(no details): Ακόμα κ στην Κρήτη (via EMSC)
Agrinio (Greece) (75 km E from epicenter)(no details): So strong with many damages (via EMSC)
Tue, 17 Nov 12:34 UTC M 3.1 – [info] (232 km) Near Coast of Ecuador
I FELT IT

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IGEPN

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Back To Work

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I had a good year, Chili year that is but now it’s over. I took a year off of everything and did nothing but chili cook, at least it seems like it.

The first week of November I spent my one week of vacation in the Terlingua desert, in a tent and even though some would say we don’t “real” camp and what we do is Glamping, it was still hard living for 10 days. Hats off to the folks that live down there full time.  

Even though we were at the World Championship Chili Cook Off I still tried to make it a vacation by

checking some items off the old bucket list.
We pulled the Ranger down just to do some 4-wheeling and go places not many folks have ever seen. We spent a day cutting our own trail about six miles back to nowhere and the sights were breathtaking. We stopped and had a packed lunch on top of a small bluff overlooking the desert valley. Talk about isolation, where we went man has only seen from the air.
It’s hard to think there is so much beauty in such a dry and desolate place.

We spent a day doing something I have really been wanted to do, Zip Line. I have always been too heavy and over the weight limits, but after loosing seventy pounds, it was time.
It was hard to let go of the money just to ride some cables across the desert floor but in the end it was worth it. The longest was 2000 feet and over 350 feet off the ground and I did it backwards.
If you ever find yourself in the small quiet town of Lajitas, stop by and give your trip a memory you will never forget. The guides were friendly, professional and made me feel safe and I’m even scared of heights so if I can do it anybody can. 
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The Day OF The Dead was a different thing all into its self. I have never seen anything like it and really didn’t understand it, but it was something to see.
The ghost town of Terlingua puts on a celebration for the dead every November 2nd. Everyone who has family in the 111 year old graveyard dresses up to remember, honor and have supper with their departed loved ones. They spend the evening decorating their graves and telling stories about the ones who are buried there. At this time, the families bring their children to the graves and introduces them to the past family members. 
Nightfall brings a huge bonfire, music, more food and dance. Each gravy gets a candle in remembrance and when they are all burning, the old graveyard has a haunting glow that will make you feel like the spirits are really there with you.   
Like I said, it was something to see and experience, but it’s not my culture.

Each person in our camp was assigned meals. Of course I did mine the only way I knew how, Dutch Oven Cooking. My dad made this tripod before we left and I put it to good use for one Supper and two Breakfasts.
We had Pulled Pork Tacos with Spanish Rice and Re-fried Beans for our supper and a Dutch Oven Burrito Breakfast one morning and Cinnamon Rolls the next.
I gained seven pounds just by eating all the good food everyone made in camp. Each morning and night was filled with food, food and even more food. If you went hungry it was your fault.   

Chili Time

The weather was hot during the day and cold at night except for the one day we had to cook. The Saturday’s strong winds and low 50’s made it a hard day to cook the championship chili.
300 cooks from across the world got busy cooking their famous chili recipe, but only one would take home the prize.
And it was not me or Candy. The guy who won it is from a little town called Point Texas.
I also cooked Wings on Friday but did not do any good there either.

I guess I’m getting “high kept” or something. On our way back Sunday I stopped off at a hotel to have a real shower and shave, change into something without dust on it and eat something not off of a paper plate. Oh, and did I mention I made sure the hotel had a hot tub. We utilized every amenity that place had to offer. I felt like a cave man or something.

This year I do not plan to cook chili as much. Candy still is and plans to go back to Terlingua next year, but I think I am about done with it. It has turned into more of a job than a hobby. Cooking over 50 times a year does that to you I guess. I need to spend this year finishing the house, doing a little hunting, spend my free time fishing and doing the things I really want to do or should I say, get back to doing the things I really enjoy.   
I will always be a member of CASI because I believe in what they do for the hundreds of charities across the world and I will always cook a few times a year to support them, but I feel the 50+ times a year is over for me.
I have met my goals in the Chili World by Winning some cookoffs and walking across the main stage at the World Championship. I am honored every time I sit in my Red Chair that only a few people have won.
The folks I have met and the life long friendships/brotherhoods I have developed are priceless. I am so blessed to have spent so much time with some of these people and created so many memories with them. To those folks, hats off, much respect and I will see you on the chili trail, but not as much.
So here’s the deal………

I started work back on the tiny house this week and I have more to share with you. I am back now and focused so stay around a little longer to see what I have in store.

See Ya,
Jerry    

Dangerous Amphibians

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Golden poison dart frog

You may really love amphibians, or you may find them completely gross. Either way, it’s a good idea to know which ones can potentially kill you, especially if planning on visiting assorted jungle locales. Let’s review a few of the most dangerous amphibians on the planet and what they can do to you.

Golden Poison Dart Frog

Generally speaking, if you see a brightly colored frog, run in the other direction. Bright colors are a telltale sign the animal is poisonous. The Golden Poison Dart Frog, for example, is bright yellow with greenish-black legs. It resides in the rain forests of Central and South America, and features poison so toxic even small amounts of the stuff can kill you. We’re talking 0.0000004 ounces of poison. Yep. The poison attacks the nerves and muscles, and ultimately causes death via respiratory or muscular paralysis.

Colorado River Toad

This chubby toad is also called the Sonoran Desert Toad. It lives in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Both skin and venom are poisonous, with glands the main defense system. The poison is enough to kill an adult dog; however, the chemicals it emits are also used in drug consumption. They cause auditory hallucinations and euphoria when smoked, but should not be taken orally. In other words, do not lick this toad.

Blue Poison Dart Frog

The Blue Poison Dart Frog lives in southern Suriname, South America, and can be found near moss-covered rocks and small streams. The frog is bright blue with dark blue and black spots on various body parts. It secretes poison to keep predators away. While the amphibian may not be as deadly as the Golden Dart Frog, it’s still a good idea to maintain a good distance.

Other dangerous amphibians include the common toad, cane toad, Pacific newt, American toad, and Fowler’s toad, among others.

Have you had a run-in with a dangerous amphibian? Share your story in the comments section!

Armor, bug out vehicle!

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Armor, bug out vehicle!
Highlander “Tech Preps

Armor, bug out vehicle survival-vehicle-21This episode I will discuss bug out vehicles, do you need a fully armored bug out vehicle? Will those zombies be coming after you and you just run right over them? Well we will discuss this, is it just paranoia or does a vehicle of this caliber have merit in certain situations. The Police seem to think so, they use armored personnel carriers all the time to respond to hostile situations.

Armor, bug out vehicles!We will take a look at the price of such a vehicle and the legality of it. What are the pros and the cons of such a vehicle, and what would be good to equip it with? Along with the pros and cons is the costs of and kinds of accessories, armor, radios, computers, and other helpful gadgets that may help you if an event strikes with no recourse but to bug out.

Armor, bug out vehicles!I will help recommend a few products that could be installed as well as what I believe is the best route when choosing a vehicle chassis, and what to look out for. I will talk about the pros of a vehicle being armored such as bullet resistant (not bullet proof). Also the advantages over diesel vs gasoline engine. Also the advantages of heavy armor vs light, and the cons of both. I will talk about the cons of the vehicle such as speed, maneuverability, and weakness’s.

Communications, another important item to consider. What are the advantages of having various communications in a vehicle such as gps, wenches, and various other gadgets.

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How To Destroy The Islamic State Before It’s Too Late!

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ISISOf course all of us are horrified and saddened by the murderous carnage of almost 500 French citizens, and we offer our heartfelt empathy and solidarity with France. But what did any country still in their right mind expect?

What did they think will happen by openly allowing active elements of Islamic State Jihadists to waltz and chuckle their way into countries like France, England, Germany, and even Australia under the disguise of being humble immigrants, in plain view of the corrupted auspiciousness of the New World Order politically correct multi-cultural integration debacle.

All of these while proudly marketing their hijabs and burkas and prayer rugs as both a badge of honor and disdainful mockery of the host countries they infiltrate.

Once entrenched in these countries, they then proceed to subvert the host governments and establish as much illegal Shariah law as possible, while taking over entire neighborhoods and intimidating infidels with ’No Infidel entry zones’ that prohibit even police patrols, as has been happening in England and France. How would anyone NOT be thinking that the inevitable natural progression of something like this direct attack on their country’s citizens would eventually evolve from that?

That is so egregiously and publicly stupid that good citizens everywhere in these countries had better begin to seriously contemplate the mental stability of their leadership’s decisions and country’s social paradigm for the critical safety of their own futures!

War Is Hell!

During World War II, there were serious restrictions on entry of foreigners from enemy countries at war with America. At one point, we even sequestered our own mainland Japanese American citizens on just the perceived potential of their enemy corroboration.

This was later severely condemned by civil liberty groups and rightly so, especially because they were already citizens of this country and their due process was suspended.

But because the hard cold reality was that these Japanese citizens could easily be forced to compromise their American patriotism by threatening their overseas relatives. In fact, there were enemy plans directly related to that eventuality, the ultimate concession for the country’s survival could err on the side of caution when it came to the incomprehensible idea of losing the war.

So many historians now rationalize such drastic measures in the interest national self-preservation, just like the atomic bomb being dropped on Japanese civilian cities. After all, the entire nation you are at war with amounts to your deadly enemy, not just its military.

Yet currently the U.S. policy maintains the naked audacity to not only fail to prohibit this type of dangerous immigration as a primary essential precaution, but it actually seems to encourage it! And we certainly know the mentality of our own current regime reflected in their international “user-friendly” enemy policy.

We know that the obvious lack of enthusiasm by this regime to fight anybody–even a threat greater than that of 9/11–in any military fashion other than a few token air strikes, to mitigate critical analysis of government inactions approaching accusations of passively aiding and abetting the terrorism it was created to defeat, is part of a leftist political power elite agenda.

But the president’s duty first and foremost is ONLY to protect our borders from invasion by potential foreign enemies of the state, not facilitating their entry! Not spying on American law abiding citizen patriots so that they could eventually disarm them! But keeping dangerous foreign nationals OUT for the sake of all Americans. Period! And he is patently failing to do his job!

Many of us finally realize that the reason that this regime never uses the word Muslim or Islamic in their descriptive vocabulary defining radical Islamic Jihadist terrorists, is because of the 90% guaranteed Muslim vote block gifted to Obama’s party by Muslim citizens here in America!

The 1.3 million registered Muslim voters in the last election is believed to have doubled to over 3 million and climbing by 2016. Most of these votes are concentrated in important swing states where even a block of fifty thousand could make a critical difference in the outcome.

Muslims are psychotically sensitive about their religionist image, and this is why this administration is not using the term Muslim or Islamist as an adjective modifying the noun “terrorism”, to sustain the vote bribe, and looking the other way as treasonous footprints of Shariah law lay their insidious tracks across the land.

But the major problem with this American government’s unholy political alliance with Muslims in this country is this: it subverts the United States Law of the Land! It endangers our entire foundational way of life because it also tacitly permits Islamic theocrats to establish surrogate Shariah law theocracies in local municipalities.

This is a direct violation of American Constitutional Law, specifically the 1st Amendment, which strictly and unequivocally forbids any establishment of a theocracy in a nation founded on secular egalitarian principles and governed by a non-religionist Constitutional Law of the Land.

RELATED: The Silent Invasion Of The Western World. US Next?

Conquering from Within

Some of us already are familiar with Dearborn Michigan’s majority of Muslim inhabitants who are slowly but surely accomplishing real time replacement of American social values with delusional theocratic Shariah law. And by the way, Dearborn also has a “no go hate zone” similar to the ones in France and England that illegally bans citizens they don’t approve of. Like Christians and our American veterans.

Cops don’t do anything about it because they are ordered by Muslim influenced administrators not to get involved if they want to keep their jobs. But few know about the town of Hamtramck a few miles outside of Detroit’s city limits, which very recently elected a majority of Muslim town council members to run the community.

So here we are essentially ignoring and even sanctioning the eventual overthrow of our American country by Islam with our own complicit failure to prosecute and prohibit the passive takeover of our late, great American liberty and justice lifestyle.

And just the other day Benton Harbor Michigan elected Marcus Muhammad the mayor of the town. Don’t feel too ignorant about these facts. The MSM is Hillary’s PAC group. So they carefully “edit” what they don’t want you to know as much as they can.

Be afraid, fellow patriots. Be very afraid. My predictions may come true sooner than we thought.

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The Final Solution

We must immediately suspend the recent immigration plans from Syria and other dangerous hot spot terrorist breeding grounds in the Middle East. Otherwise, it is nothing less than cutting our own throats and contributing to our own national beheading in the long run.

At least one of the dead Paris terrorist shooters was just confirmed to be a recent “refugee”. French authorities are hunting a dozen more as you read this who planned well enough to still remain at large. There are more intentional radical attack Jihadists among these refugees than anyone would want to believe.

I have mentioned before that during WW II the American government recognized that even American Citizens of Japanese heritage would pose a potential but serious danger, because their patriotism and loyalty could easily be compromised by enemy threats to their families still living in Japan.

Contrary to liberal apologists, banning Middle East immigrants from entry to the U.S. would NOT be inhumane when you consider the cost of expatriation, vetting, accommodations, and undeniable risk, and the fact that they are not American citizens or even legally processed immigrants. And the fact that they can be sufficiently accommodated by re-establishing them in neutral Middle Eastern countries or even some African nations with plenty of room for encampments with the support of NATO resources and world sponsored humanitarian aid.

It’s far less expensive, less trouble and much safer for our country, and there is no rational justification for not closing our borders, at least temporarily, to deleterious foreign infiltration, let alone actually facilitating it.

Then when you consider the humongous tax dollars used to deploy anti-constitutional violations of our 4th and 2nd/Amendment civil liberties by wanton spying on everything we say, do, purchase, and where we supposedly enjoy our freedom to travel, all under the specious agenda based fraud of public safety to prevent another 9/11, it would seem to be obvious to even the most cognitively disadvantaged politicians that simply closing the borders to outside infiltrators– instead of tracking law abiding citizens and violating their rights–would go a lot further in keeping this country safe.

Secondly, we must initiate a new “Desert Storm” in the Middle East. Of the shock and awe magnitude that would make Stormin’ Norman’s original historic battle look like a Cub Scout wrestling match. This time against the ENTIRE radical ISIS territorial claims at once.

The nit wit excuses that the current regime‘s equivocators use in purposefully dilatory exercises in useless circumspection to appease the Islamic theocracy is no longer acceptable, It is approaching treasonous manifestations, especially after despicable unwarranted war crimes against France.

The allied powers should initiate a massive coordinated surge of crushing end of the Islamic State (IS) world as they know it coalition air strikes, forthwith, on all suspected IS enclaves, not just a single town or two cutting off so-called future supply routes. Destroy ALL potential supply routes and all IS members once and for all. And every known IS resource throughout all of Iraq and expanded territories.

The necessary clean up ground troops would be provided by specialty forces provided by France, Germany, England, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and other anti-IS indigenous forces like the Kurds and Peshmerga, this time outfitted with better arms, and assisted by other trusted mercenary forces. This would be more than enough ground sweep up forces to do the job especially if a coalition armored battalion including tanks roared in with A-10 air to ground support for the allied ground forces.

Collateral damage should not be a significant issue anymore if you consider that the mass exodus of refugees should have included most, if not all, of those not intending to support the IS (covert Jihadists notwithstanding). So anybody else left in close association to IS fighters would mostly be in support of the enemy as well.

If eradication expansion is necessary deeper into Syria, and in view of the recent IS bombing of 225 Russians aboard an airliner, Russia should be only too glad to concentrate their own forces to take out the IS contingency there, if for nothing else but to save face among their own Russian citizens if not in the world court of righteousness.

The swift might of good over evil will send a shock and awe wake up call to all radical fundamentalist Muslims that evil can and will be beaten out of existence. This, in and of itself, would serve to psychologically emasculate the jumpin’ jihadist delusional recruiting frenzy throughout the world.

RELATED: How The Russian Bear Mauls ISIS

What’s the purpose of joining a nut job hate group that will certainly be destroyed? Then make it a universally clearly understood idea that if any nation offers any form of sanctuary or succor to any IS factions, they will be also considered an international enemy, and financially sanctioned to economic death by all world enemies of IS if not the targeted recipient of surgical defensive strikes against their country as well.

And last but certainly not least, initiate a national and international forum in the “World Court” of social justice led by Muslim representatives here in the U.S. on why all Muslim authorities don’t immediately issue a reverse Fatwah’ on the IS Jihadist terrorists along with unqualified proactive assistance and retribution aid in any way they can to the countries that are defending liberty and justice against the IS terrorist armies.

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If Not…

Otherwise, instead of the recent “American Freedom Act” giving the secretary of state carte blanche administrative authority to declare any individual as a criminal aider and abettor of terrorism at his sole analysis and subjective discretion being used in an indirect way to further their gun confiscation agenda.

Free American patriots should instead mandate the use of this administrative power against Muslims in America who refuse to seriously condemn and ostracize the Muslim terrorists within their ranks. Because better than any half assed patronage alphabet agency spending tax dollars on bullshit like there’s no tomorrow, Muslims know exactly who the terrorist sympathizers and supporters are. They attend the same mosques together.

Remember, there are also laws in this country about failing to report a serious crime plot that you know is happening. The obvious lack of outrage and direct condemnation and demands for accountability of the radical terrorist IS throughout the general population of Muslims speaks for itself.

It amounts to nothing less than tacit collusion with IS terrorists. And they must be held accountable along with anyone else who fails to support America in defense of the terrorist jihadist war declared upon us.

Otherwise, citizenship revocation hearings should take place as part of the vetting process and deportation processes implemented. We have laws against treason in America for everyone else. There should be no exceptions for Muslim theocrats just because they voted for Obama.

And if Muslims everywhere refuse to comply? Then, contrary to what the mendacious flip flopper Hillary said in the recent debate about most Muslims not being affiliated or supporting IS in their hearts and minds, will be proven to be another lie.

Lack of proactive unified Islamic cooperation, especially in the U.S., is a self-admission without doubt or concession, that most Muslims are enemies of Western liberty and Justice, and secretly support the IS even though they ‘taquiyya’ the world by sometimes paying propagandist lip service with the obligatory, but unenthusiastic, verbal only condemnation of such atrocious acts of terrorism.

All of this this could all be accomplished easily in a matter of a few short weeks. Instead of just cutting off one of the heads of the Hydra Beast, it would kill it and bury it deep in the sand dunes of Middle East deserts.

The logistics are already in place, the world wide willfulness is there…the time to act is now! However, the soon to be expected question might be why the world should still not hold their breath that this would be accomplished under the current American regime’s leadership?

So there is, most of you got the point before the last paragraph. The fastest way to End this psycho religionist scourge of the Earth is to make sure Hillary does not get elected so there will never be a third Obamination regime. The future consequences of NOT doing that are unthinkable.

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This article has been written by Mahatma Muhjesbude for Survivopedia.

References:

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/16/world/paris-attacks-syrian-refugees-backlash/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3320422/ISIS-vows-nation-involved-Syria-air-strikes-suffer-France-s-fate-new-video-issue-chilling-threat-attack-Washington.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/11/16/a-new-islamic-state-video-threatens-a-paris-style-attack-on-washington/

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/wayne/2015/11/05/hamtramck-elects-muslim-majority-city-council/75237920/

http://nationalreport.net/city-michigan-first-fully-implement-sharia-law/

http://www.clarionproject.org/news/american-muslims-stone-christians-dearborn-michigan

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The Perfect Prepper House? (Part-2)

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Guest article, by ‘NRP’… Ideas, Plans & Builders Well I’m back First let me thank all of you for the nice reception of the first article. That’s one of the reasons I do like Ken’s Blog and the people that visit/comment. You always seem to have a positive outlook and are well informed. So; “on […]

The never ending list!

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Now I don’t know about you, but since I started prepping, I have developed a “Never Ending List”.  What is on this list you might ask?  It’s the list of supplies that I need to buy and it seems I am constantly reprioritizing it.  I add things to it and moving things form the bottom to …

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Modern Educayshun

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      Although I do not wish to minimize the ongoing situation in France or the world’s need for security, I thought you might need a break.  So, this is a little bit of entertainment for your morning.  Actually, nothing much needs to be said about it.  It’s a masterful commentary on the current state of our Education System in this country — Cultural Marxism, Political Correctness, Neo-Progressivism, Social Justice, and feminism all rolled into one.
     Sadly, although it was created by Australian comic genius Neel Kolhatkar, the underlying truth in the short video is anything but funny.  It is pretty much the average college student’s experience in a Liberal Arts class here in the good ol’ USA.  And if you combined George Orwell’s Animal Farm and his 1984 into one book on social engineering, then this video would come awfully close to that horrifying collaboration.
     And if you have been paying attention to my rants on Common Core, then this is what your college-age kids are facing.  It is not parody or satire, it is fast becoming reality.  So please take a moment and watch this amazing YouTube video.  At only 21 years old, Mr. Kolhatkar, is wise beyond his years, and he says it better than I can.  I applaud his talent and ability to show us the truth in a serious, yet mocking manner.  Sit up and take notice, parents and grandparents!

Proverbs 4:13   “Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life.”

The Secret to a Moist and Tender Thanksgiving Turkey – Recipe Included

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Last year we shared an article that included many of the recipes that we prepare at our own Thanksgiving meal. (see our Old World Garden Thanksgiving meal post here) We also promised each and every one of you that this year we would provide the instructions on how we prepare our Thanksgiving Turkey.  After many years of trying, we have finally found the preparation technique that we have, and that we will continue to stick with, for countless years to come. You see, there are many ways to prepare the main dish of our Thanksgiving meal, however, many of them require countless ingredients or specialized equipment. We like to keep things simple, because for us, simple means extraordinary! So you won’t find any hard to find ingredients in this recipe, nor will you need to go out a buy a special dish, fryer, or injector. The true key to our moist and delicious turkey is in the overnight brine.  We love the fact that we can prepare part of our meal a couple of days ahead or the evening before Thanksgiving, and the results are outstanding! So here is to keeping it simple and delicious! Moist and Tender Roasted Turkey […]

How to Get Rid of All of Your Stuff and Move Overseas

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Step 1: Get rid of all of your stuff.
Step 2: Buy plane tickets

Yes, it really is that simple.

I’d read about minimalist living for years, practiced it for several, and penned several books on the subject, but moving overseas was definitely a challenge.

The truth is, though, that you can spend all of your time reading books on minimalist lifestyles or you can just do it.

The goal, for me, wasn’t to live with 12 items or whatever. The goal was just to live a life I wanted.

My husband and I talked for years about living abroad. I know it’s a popular topic. It’s one of those things that everyone says they want to do, but that few people actually do.

Why?

Laziness.

Fear.

Guilt.

People are emotionally connected to their stuff and afraid to give it up. They’re scared of trying something new. They’re nervous they might make someone mad. They feel guilty about living a life that’s out of the ordinary. They’re afraid they’re going to mess up their kids. They’re too lazy to try.

If you want to live overseas, just do it. Seriously. That’s really all there is to it.

We made our final decision to move overseas about three years ago. We knew it would be a long process and there were a few things we had to do first. Because we started planning so soon before the move, we made careful choices in how we lived. Namely, we didn’t buy furniture or spend a lot of money on going out. We saved what we could. We practiced studying the language of our new country.

Shortly before we moved, I began getting rid of our things. I gave away almost everything. I did sell our television and my keyboard, as well as our cars. Everything else we either gave away or threw away. Some people want to make money off of their belongings. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it will take more time than just giving things to people. For me, it’s more important to be generous than to make a few dollars. Other people have different priorities and that’s fine. If you choose to sell your stuff, you can easily use the money you make to pay for your plane tickets.

When it was time to move, we bought our plane tickets, cleaned our apartment, checked out with our landlord, and drove to the airport.

Yes, it was really that simple.

We landed in our new country, my husband found a job 2 days later, and we found an apartment to live in by the end of that week.

Do I regret moving?

No.

Do I think most people can do it?

No.

Why not?

Fear.

If you want to move overseas, you don’t need to read a bunch of blogs or books on how to make it happen. You just have to take the leap and do it. Living abroad can be overwhelming and tricky, but it’s also a ton of fun. Seriously, more fun than you can possibly imagine. We get to spend more time together as a family, meet cool people every day, and try more food than I ever thought possible.

The problem is that people don’t really want to live abroad, they just like to talk about it, so they come up with a list of reasons why they can’t do it. The same is true of bloggers, writers, artists, or linguists. “I wish I could learn another language” is simply code for “I’m too lazy to spend three years learning.”

If you want to do something, do it.

This has been your motivational post for the day.

Good luck.

Why Dehydrating Food For Long-Term Does Not Work

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Why dehydrating food for long-term does not work has been on my writing list for some time. Before you get all excited about this statement, let me explain what I know. Yes, I love my dehydrator to dehydrate excess food from my garden and food I can’t eat that sits in the refrigerator before it needs to be trashed. I call this dehydrating for short term storage only. I don’t recommend dehydrating your own food for long-term storage because in reality it will only be good for about one year, if you are lucky. Yes, you can use oxygenators and all that stuff. I tried that and I ended up throwing out all the food. It was rancid. I processed $1,200.00 of food at a local church facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. I threw it out one year later. It was a volunteer church group that did not know how many oxygenators to put in each #10 can. Plus the oxygenators were not properly supervised, meaning they were left open and no longer worked. I don’t have the money to waste and you probably don’t either. I can’t waste one penny on my food storage, I need long-term food storage, period.

Dehydrating Food For Long-Term Does Not Work

Dried Foods by National Center For Home Food Preservation:

“Dried foods should be stored in cool, dry, dark areas. Recommended storage times for dried foods range from 4 months to 1 year. Because food quality is affected by heat, the storage temperature helps determine the length of storage; the higher the temperature, the shorter the storage time. Most dried fruits can be stored for 1 year at 60ºF, 6 months at 80ºF. Vegetables have about half the shelf-life of fruits.”

Me: I can’t commercially preserve my food like the experts. Commercially preserved are the keywords here. Please don’t get sucked into paying for YouTube classes and online training to learn how to dehydrate food for long term storage life. It will not work. Period. Even our beautiful jars of canned peaches are really only good for one year at best. I know, you are thinking I ate my jars of peaches when they were ten years old. Yep, we all did. We have also learned a lot in the last ten years. Here is one of my favorite websites for safely “canning” food:

Home Canned Food by National Center For Home Food Preservation:

“Properly canned food stored in a cool, dry place will retain optimum eating quality for at least 1 year. Canned food stored in a warm place near hot pipes, a range, a furnace, or in indirect sunlight may lose some of its eating quality in a few weeks or months, depending on the temperature. Dampness may corrode cans or metal lids and cause leakage so the food will spoil.”

I get really frustrated when I see people charging for online classes or YouTubes on dehydrating food for long-term food storage. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in getting paid for work that I may do. I get it. I lose patience when people are trying to sell the idea that you can dehydrate food with a dehydrator at home when you read the experts are telling us another story. The truth is, you are lucky to get a shelf-life of one year. I realize under certain conditions you may get 2-3 years out of your own dehydrated food if you keep the temperature in your storage area at 60 degrees. That’s not going to happen at my house, or most other homes I’m aware of.

As far as short term food storage goes you can read all the posts on my blog for FREE or use the book that comes with your dehydrator. There are some definite foods you cannot or would not want to dehydrate, but the books tell you those items. My dehydrator book states “poor” results on those food items.

By now you probably know I mainly buy freeze dried food storage products. They typically last longer, a lot longer. Sometimes four to five times longer. But I also buy some dehydrated vegetables, but very little because their shelf life is so much shorter. Freeze dried food is more expensive but I have never had to throw out any of it out. Ever.

The main reason I buy freeze dried food is because it has one component, the vegetables or the fruits. Nothing else is in the cans. In most cases, I can eat the food straight from the can. I have said from day one, “buy one can at a time.” I can’t go out and buy a pallet of food and have it delivered to my home. I buy a can a month or a case of food depending on my budget.

When you are looking for food storage here are some tips you will want to consider:

  1. Not all #10 cans are equal in ounces, just because it is a #10 can it may weigh a whole lot less and cost more than other #10 cans.
  2. Be sure and consider shipping costs, the shipping might be cheaper but is the food more ex[ensive than their competitor? I add the shipping costs and figure out how much I am paying per ounce on every #10 can.
  3. Look at the ingredients, if you can’t pronounce it put the can down and walk away.
  4. Make sure you know where the food in your #10 cans is coming from, what country is the supplier getting the food from?
  5. Check the expiration dates, most companies put a date that tells us when the food was packaged AND will state the shelf life. Every supplier is different, ask questions.
  6. Remember temperature is everything. Our food will not last 20-25 years if it’s stored in a 105-degree garage. Nope, it won’t! I also can’t guarantee I can keep my house at 60 degrees. That’s not going to happen with the cost of utilities in my neighborhood during the summer.
  7. Decide if you want to make meals with your food storage or buy ready to eat meals by adding just water.
  8. If you can’t eat the pasta, for instance, in the stated shelf-life time period stated on the can, buy less of that product.
  9. Rotate the food your have and learn to use it every day.

Dehydrated Food Commercially Processed:

I’m going to try and explain about dehydrated food. The symbol or the letter (D) means dehydrated  when we order or shop for food storage. If it has no symbol like (FD) it’s dehydrated and therefore, we should know it is dehydrated and not (FD-freeze dried). Maybe it’s just me, but when I first starting buying the #10 cans I had to look twice to see if the can was freeze-dried or dehydrated. You will see most  cans have freeze-dried prominently shown on the order form as well as the #10 cans or pouches, etc. at any given store if they are freeze dried. If you are new to shopping or ordering online it’s confusing because they assume we KNOW it’s dehydrated if the product says “carrots” without a (D) or (FD)…..well I didn’t know. I hope this helps you as you continue to order and build your long-term food storage.

Okay….most of us buy dehydrated food every day. We purchase cereal, spices, pasta, beans, baking mixes, etc. Dehydrated is the way the water has been removed from the products. The water is slowly cooked out of the food without actually cooking it. It’s one of the most affordable, light-weight and compact ways to purchase food for our storage or everyday cooking. We need to be aware of the dehydrated term…it generally takes longer to cook. Generally you can’t “snack” on it right out of the can. It’s too hard. This is fine for soups, stews, etc. We need to remember that typically dehydrated food does not last as long as freeze dried. It usually has a shelf life of 5-8 years. They usually have an OPEN shelf life of 6 months to 1 year. Please read the information provided from the companies you purchase from. I made the mistake of purchasing a can of freeze dried turkey and ham….and then realized if opened….it had to be used within two weeks. Yep, I am saving those two cans to make omelets for the neighborhood when a disaster strikes….or just for fun with the neighborhood someday! Please learn from me…read the cans or pouches. I buy both freeze-dried and dehydrated. They are both good choices depending on your plans for their use.

Freeze-Dried Food Storage:

I’m going to give you my opinion on freeze dried food. Freeze dried or (FD), you will see this when you order your food storage, is a special process to dehydrate the food. The freeze-dried method is first, flash frozen then a low-level heat is applied to the product inside a vacuum chamber. The finished product is a premium or superior end product. In most cases, you can usually eat the food directly out of the can. They rehydrate quickly and taste as close to their freshly picked original flavor and texture as possible. The nutrition is higher than the regular dehydrated way of preserving.

You should really try the corn, green beans and peas right out of the can. Okay, the strawberries, pineapple, and apples are delicious as well. Great snacks! When I teach classes I have served every freeze dried fruit or vegetable available on the market. I have made chicken salad, tacos, lasagna, chicken enchiladas, etc. with freeze dried meats. You can’t tell the difference from fresh. I really love freeze dried cheese. I have cheddar, Colby, mozzarella, and Monterey jack freeze dried cheese. They typically have a shelf life of 20 years unopened and TWO years opened!!!  I never throw out moldy cheese anymore. Every food storage company has a different shelf life.  If the temperature of the area we store our food is higher than 60-70 degrees the shelf live will be shortened as well.

Yes, you might think freeze dried is more expensive. I like buying freeze dried for two reasons. I can cook every day with it and I save money because I’m not going to the store when I run out of something. I like the idea I can eat the fruit and vegetables as a quick snack directly out of the can. I like the fact that it cooks quicker than dehydrated.

Whether you buy dehydrated or freeze-dried food or can your own food storage, that’s awesome! I hope this post today helps you continue your path to being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless you for your efforts, Linda

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Using Essential Oils to Handle Stress in an Emergency

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Essential Oils for Stress Management

One thing many people may not think of, and yet is a real part of
emergencies/disasters, are emotions and moods such as:

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • fear
  • grief
  • sorrow
  • anger
  • hopelessness
  • discouragement

Essential oils may be helpful to a person in dealing with these emotions and moods and can help provide needed balance and focus both daily and in times of crisis.

Our sensory system is stimulated by odors (i.e. essential oils) through receptors in the
olfactory system in your nose.
Once stimulated, the reaction goes through the olfactory bulb and into the limbic system which is the part of the brain that creates emotional responses, memories, and hormones.

The brain has two parts of the nervous system that it works with (sympathetic &
parasympathetic).
The sympathetic is known as the fight or flight that helps us deal with stress, frustration and unhappiness. When we are in conflict (emotional, physical, spiritual or emotional) we have these feelings.
When this is done for a long period of time our body is in a chemical burden and begins to mimic disease or other health problems.
This, in turn, causes an increase in cortisol which means higher blood pressure, slow body’s inflammatory response, higher glucose levels, and altering our metabolism.

Aromatherapy is a simple and effective way to help deal with those emotional issues. Whether it is Lavender or Calming Blend to help a fearful child fall asleep, or Invigorating or Joyful Blend to uplift a mom who lost a husband and yet still needs to keep it together for her children in the midst of a disaster.

The oils will not take away the ‘problem,’ but help the person emotionally be able to cope, as well as help the body with it’s natural physical responses.

I have found great relief through essential oil use and I want to help you do the same.


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This Supreme Court Case Soon May Remove Your Right To Hire A Lawyer

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The Supreme Court Soon May Take Away Your Right To Hire A Lawyer

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The US Supreme Court could grant prosecutors the power to stop you from using your own money to hire a defense attorney in a major case the justices are considering.

In Luis v. US, the federal government is arguing it has the power to freeze all of a defendant’s assets, including those not earned through crime.

“What the government proposes to do is financially cripple someone before they’ve been convicted, before they’ve had a trial and not allow them to use assets that are theirs to try to match the government in the courtroom,” defense attorney Howard Srebnick told the media, referencing the Nov. 10 oral arguments.

Srebnick is representing Sila Luis, who owns home health care companies and is accused of a scam to defraud Medicare. The US attorney froze all of Luis’s assets, including money not related to the alleged fraud, after it indicted her in 2012, NPR reported. Srebnick contends that deprives Luis of her Sixth Amendment right to counsel by taking away money she could use to hire a defense attorney.

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Federal prosecutors contend that Luis would not have enough money to pay restitution to Medicare if she is allowed to use the money to hire a lawyer. Interestingly enough, the government admits that at least part of Luis’s money did not come from the purported scam.

The Sixth Amendment, among other things, guarantees “the right to have the Assistance of Counsel for … defence.”

The justices seemed divided. US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was skeptical of the government’s argument.

“The principle is that the government, without proving that he’s guilty of any crime beyond a reasonable doubt, can take all of his money,” said US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer referencing not Luis but a theoretical defendant. “… I’ve never heard of such a principle.”

Breyer added: “And I’m saying it’s pretty hard for me to think in a country which says that before he’s convicted, you have to release him on bail except in unusual circumstances, that nonetheless, you can take all his money away so he can’t hire a lawyer.”

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But Justice Samuel Alito asked tough questions of Srebnick, arguing that if all of the money is spent, there will be no money left for the victims if Luis is convicted.

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“Your answer is that the defendant’s right to hire counsel of choice takes precedence over the rights of the victims, and you would say that no matter how strong the proof is?” Alito asked.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the swing vote in close cases, wondered what would happen if the government wins the Supreme Court case.

“It seems to me if the government prevails in this case, every state in the union, every locality could say that in the event of … any crime involving bodily injury … that the government is entitled to [freeze assets] even if the consequence is that in most of those cases most people would not be able to afford counsel,” Kennedy said.

Said Chief Justice John Roberts, “This could apply to any law on the books.”

The issue in the Luis case is “tainted” and “untainted” assets. Tainted assets are moneys generated by a crime or property or investments purchased with such funds. Untainted assets are funds people earn though legal activities, such as salaries.

Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben contends that prosecutors have the right to freeze assets in fraud cases because there is no way of knowing how much of a defendant’s money came from the crime.

“This is basically a zero-sum game,” Dreeben told the justices. “Either there will be money available at the end of the case for the victims or the money will have been spent on lawyers.”

Bloomberg columnist Noah Feldman argued that the Founding Fathers would have sided with Luis.

There should be, Feldman said, the “right to an attorney … to create some fairness between a person who’s supposed to be innocent until proven guilty and the all-powerful government.”

“The Founding Fathers never dreamed of appointed counsel, so when they provided a right to an attorney they must’ve meant a right to hire your own,” Feldman wrote. “… [I]t’s frankly shocking that the government can accuse you and then block you from hiring a good lawyer, saddling you instead with a public defender provided and paid for by the government.”

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Best Places To Bug Out In The US

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“Here is a pretty informative article I read on thesurvivalcamp.net. It really gets you thinking about where to bugout to” ~ Urban Man

Deciding where you are going to go in the event of a doomsday situation is a big deal. Everyone has their own criteria for what is the perfect place to try to survive. Based on what I have researched, this is my opinion of the best areas in the United States to bug out to. My requirements for a good bug out location is that is needs access to water, food (hunting, fishing, good for gardening), not a common natural disaster area and not overly populated. I generally think of a permanent bug out location as being a homestead to rebuild from after a catastrophic event wipes out a large majority of the population.
Most requirements will change based on many variables. One of those will be the amount of time you have to prepare the area before you retreat to it. These locations I feel would be great if I could buy some land and get a sustainable camp started, but will also do just fine if I don’t have much time to pre-plan and need to figure it out on the fly.
 Southern Colorado: 
Southern Colorado is on the top of my list of bug out locations. A place at the base of the Rocky Mountains being ideal. Mountain ranges have great wildlife and water sources, but the nice thing about the Rockies is that there are no volcanoes. Staying to the south end of the state will hopefully limit exposure if Yellowstone erupts. Colorado’s population is fairly low and property prices are lower than average. The climate is fairly temperate with summers that don’t get too hot and winters that don’t get too cold. The cold will depend on how high up the mountain you go.
 Northern New Hampshire/Maine: 
The northern New England area is ripe with wilderness and natural resources. The population density of Maine is just lower than Colorado and New Hampshire is higher but the population thins out up north. The chances of natural disaster are relatively low. Most likely there will be winter storms. Hurricanes can reach that far north but are only a hazard if you live close enough to the coast. There is a wide variety of hunting and fishing locations and even in the cold you can do your gardening in a greenhouse.
 Eastern Kentucky: 
I was originally looking at eastern Tennessee but found there to be to many nuclear reactors in the area. Fortunately a short distance to the north takes you to eastern Kentucky where you can take advantage of the same environment without the messy nuclear fallout. The base of the Appalachian Mountains in this area would make a great bug out location to survive the end of days. The mountains have no active volcanoes, but the area is known for tornadoes. The deeper into the mountains you go, the less likely you are of experiencing a tornado as they tend to stay a bit west of the mountain range. Some might be concerned about the New Madrid Fault but since it is on the west end of the state, any eruption would be only barely felt in the Appalachians. You have plenty of food and water sources and people have been living off the land in Appalachia for centuries.
 Southeast Ohio: 
The area to the West of the Appalachian Mountains in Ohio is home to the largest community of Amish in the United States. This is a community of people who have been living off the land with no technology forever. If the area works well for them, who am I to argue? I wouldn’t try to inject myself into their community, but having them close by to get tips from wouldn’t be a bad thing as well as being able to barter with them. The population density of Ohio is fairly high, but most of that is in the cities. There is one nuclear power plant in western Pennsylvania that ranks low in safety that could affect the area. Ohio is on the top of the list of states that are least likely to be destroyed by a natural disaster. They have no flooding, no tornadoes, no earthquakes and no volcanoes. Good water and farming resources but winters are long and cold.
 Alaska: 
Alaska is always one of those locations that people either love or hate. It is a place that people have been living off the land in the wilderness for centuries despite the bitter cold. It has the lowest population density in the country at 1.2 people per square mile. Depending on your location you could experience earthquakes or feel the effects of a volcano, but the overall rate of natural disasters is relatively low and there are no nuclear power plants. Hunting and fishing are some of the best in the country and fresh water is plentiful. The warmer months will be spent preparing to survive the winter months but many people have had no problem surviving in Alaska long term.