13 Things People Will Wish They Had After The SHTF

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 13 Things People Will Wish They Had After The SHTF Thanks to the Internet, there is an abundance of information about prepping at our fingertips: survival uses for everyday items, how to save money on supplies, homesteading projects, and so forth. It’s great having access to all this information, but every now and then we …

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How to Make Your Own Tooth Powder

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One of the biggest problems that a lot of preppers face is being able to stock up on all of their favorite items. This is especially difficult for city preppers who may, like me, be limited by their small space.

When it comes to health care, a lot of bloggers will advise you to stock up on toothpaste. This is especially easy if you like to use coupons. There are almost always coupons available for any type of toothpaste you could ever want to buy, so it’s easy to create quite a horde rather quickly.

The main problem with this is that you’re going to overload your house with toothpaste. The secondary problem is that toothpaste typically isn’t really that good for your teeth.

About a year ago, I switched from using store bought toothpaste to homemade toothpaste. I make mine myself using coconut oil, baking soda, and essential oils. I like peppermint and lavender, personally, but a lot of people also add a drop or two of clove oil since it’s great at cleaning your mouth. (It’s a “hot” oil, though, so be warned! Don’t use too much or your mouth is going to be burning.)

Recently, though, I found out about remineralizing tooth powder.

This is a tooth powder that you can make yourself using bentonite clay and essential oils. It’s simple and easy to make. The idea behind using tooth powder, rather than toothpaste, is that this helps remineralize your teeth. If you have a lot of tooth decay or dental problems, this can be especially beneficial. I have fairly thin enamel since my orthodontist inadvertently removed quite a bit when he took my braces off as a kid. I had a dentist recommend that I try MI Paste, but once I found out about tooth powder, I switched.

Here you’ll find three of my favorite recipes for making your own tooth powder. As you can see, it’s really simple. You can get your ingredients right off of Amazon so that you aren’t running around to a bunch of different stores trying to buy these things. If you want to try it out before you invest in all of the ingredients, you can also get small jars on Etsy. I just purchased a jar for about $6. Just do an Etsy search for “tooth powder” and you’ll come up with different recipes, jars, and flavors.

Natural swimming pools

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Biotop Peter Pietrich says  Natural pools are next step in world's bggest market for swimming pools

Clean pool – the ultimate off-grid dream

The US has more swimming pools per capita than any other country in the world. There are estimated to be over 11 million pools in the US compared to 8.5 million in Europe.

Yet only a few thousand of the pools in the US are natural swimming pools or swimming holes, compared to more than 100,000 installations in Europe.

Today every 5(th) new pool in Europe is a natural swimming pool, with the owners attracted to a chlorine free, healthy and environmental alternative to the conventional pool.

Natural swimming pools are chemically free, requiring no chlorine, but be warned – they cost a bit more than conventional chemical pools. They mimic a crystal clear mountain lake says Peter Petrich, who founded Biotop natural pool company. He is an innovator in the natural pool industry and was the first to commercialize natural swimming pools in the German speaking part of Europe

A Biotop pool, is the Tesla of the pool world –  cutting edge technology, says Petrich.

But be warned: its also pricey like a Tesla – For several thousand dollars, the Biotop converter kit can turn a chlorinated pool into a chemical free natural pool oasis.  but its a lot more to start from scratch.

Aqua Magazine, the swimming pool industry’s trade paper published a lead story at the beginning of 2015 calling Natural designs the future of pools. Dwell, the architecture and design bible, has a Biotop project coming up in early 2016.Austrian mountain pool

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Podcast- Prepparing for Famine from Global Cooling

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Terry Mulville of Radiant Rocks LLC is back on the show to talk about the challenges food production and staying warm during the coming solar minimum. He tells us about the Ecco Stove which burns fuel much more efficiently than traditional wood-burning stoves. If you’d like more info on Ecco Stoves, you can contact Terry via e-mail at terry@radiantrocks.us .


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


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


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

God bless and happy prepping!


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GPS Battery Power

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In 13 years of teaching GPS classes I have had very, very few reports of a GPS receiver breaking or failing electronically. What I do hear about is battery power draining at the worst time.

I’d offer a few suggestions:

  • Batteries will generally last for a reported 20 hours of continuous use; more on that shortly.  If you just turn it on, mark a waypoint, and turn the receiver off, the batteries will last quite a while.
  • I prefer the Duracell and COSTCO alkaline batteries.  I have found that cheap batteries don’t last as long and require replacement more frequently.
  • If a GPS receiver can use Lithium batteries then consider that option and do check the owner’s manual.  Lithium batteries are more expensive but last longer and work better in cold temperatures (down to -40°F).
  • Carry a spare set of AA batteries.
  • I keep fresh batteries in my GPS all the time.  That said, because of my SAR responsibilities and the frequency of my trips, fresh batteries are always loaded.  It’s my personal preference that “works for me.”
  • If you have an older receiver such as the Garmin 12, keep batteries in it always.  The four AA batteries keep the internal lithium battery charged.  The internal lithium provides power to retain saved waypoints and tracks.
  • Features such as the backlight, audible tones and electronic compasses drain a set of batteries.  On many models the electronic compass can be turned off by pressing and holding down the page button.  Manage your power needs.

I don’t have a baseline for rechargeable batteries.  My suggestion would be to keep extra’s on hand and really “wring them out” over a full day to see how well they work.  Do this before your trip afield; remember, it has to work for you.

I keep my GPS powered up all day when in the backcountry.  I download my track and waypoint data at the end of a hike to my Terrain Navigator software. This gives me the best historical record of my outing.  Usually batteries become drained after a full day and it just easier  to change them out as I get my gear ready for the next day.  

A fully charged GPS is a wonderful tool that complements your backcountry experience. Remember, even though you have the latest and best receiver, always take that map and compass on every trip.

From the Desk of John Rourke – November 19th, 2015

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Two federal agents operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are claiming that eight Syrian illegal aliens attempted to enter Texas from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. The federal agents spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity, however, a local president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) confirmed that Laredo Border Patrol agents have been officially contacting the organization with concerns over reports from other federal agents about Syrians illegally entering the country in the Laredo Sector. The reports have caused a stir among the sector’s Border Patrol agents.

The sources claimed that eight Syrians were apprehended on Monday, November 16, 2015. According to the sources, the Syrians were in two separate “family units” and were apprehended at the Juarez Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas, also known officially as Port of Entry 1.

– – The above excerpt comes via Breitbart.com

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“PRESIDENT OBAMA IS THREATENING to veto legislation aimed at improving screening for Syrian refugees, potentially putting the White House and Congress on a collision course in a matter of days.”

Unreal. You would think that the President would jump at the opportunity to cooperate with Congress to quell fears regarding the refugees.

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I need some of these……

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I have discovered once again that “Mrs. Smith” makes one heck of a pumpkin pie.

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Stay safe out there and keep your head on a swivel.



SHTF/WROL scenario video’s – thoughts?

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YouTube’s SouthernPrepper1 has many, many helpful and educational videos to watch. Something unique he has done is create a series of fictional scenario videos which take place AFTER an event which left the country in a WROL situation. 


In case you are unaware what WROL stands for – Without Rule of Law. 


Below is a compiled list of all SP1 video’s. Others on YouTube jumped in and joined him in his story telling. You will have to search YouTube yourself for “scenario WROL” yourself as I just don’t have time to list them all.


I have enjoyed his videos and I hope he continues.


Take a watch and feel free to comment what you think –


Video #1: 11/26/2010  SP1 – Tracking Humans in WROL   

Video #2: 11/27/2010 SP1 – What to do with your dead during a WROL situation

Video #3: 11/28/2010 SP1 – Another day in the life of our retreat. School, library and the attack

Video #4: 11/29/2010 SP1 – The aftermath of the attack on community 

Video #5: 12/01/2010 SP1 – The nightmare of WROL

Video #6: 12/04/2010 SP1 – The nightmare of WROL is getting worse

Video #7: 12/08/2010 SP1 – Conflict, Mr Peterson, AK or AR or better yet more ammo

Video #8: 12/10/2010 SP1 – Our community takes the good with the bad

Video #9: 12/13/2010 SP1 – Discussion of the last two video’s

Video #10: 12/16/2010 SP1 – How does our retreat community prepare for a possible new government?

Video #11: 12/25/2010 SP1 – A large cache made from a large oil drum

Video #12: 12/28/2010 SP1 – Deadly force is used to protect our food

Video #13: 12/31/2012 SP1 – The aftermath of the WROL shooting

Video #14: 01/06/2011 SP1 – Contact with a city survivor

Video #15: 02/01/2011 SP1 – I put the weight of the world on my son’s shoulders

Video #16: 05/07/2011 SP1 – First spring after crash (WROL)

Video #17: 05/12/2011 SP1 – Birth and death in our WROL community

Video #18: 06/02/2011 SP1 – Medicine, diet and ethnic cleansing 

Video #19: 07/11/2011 SP1 – Food and haircuts

Video #20: 07/05/2012 SP1 – The little things will kill us

Video #21: 07/22/2012 SP1 – The self appointed Mayor is found and will be dealt with

Video #22: 11/30/2012 SP1 – The second winter brings more problems for our community

Video #23: 10/14/2013 SP1 – Organize and Thrive or Delay and Die

Video #24: 10/24/2013 SP1 – The run in with a lazy neighbor

Video #25:  01/06/2014 SP1 – Your first day on radio watch

Video #26: 01/29/2014 SP1 – 3 Days After Martial Law

Video #27: 02/04/2014 SP1 – Bugging out with a non-prepper

Video #28: 02/18/2015 SP1 – After the Collapse…..they are coming for us next

Video #29: 06/10/2015 SP1 – The threat is getting closer

Video #30: 10/11/2015 SP1 – Illness within the town of Kiellier ready to attack

Video #31: 11/5/2015 SP1 – Looting vs. Salvaging….We go into the city for needed parts


Hopefully they are all there. If I missed one let me know.




Could You Evacuate Your Home in the Middle Of Winter?

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Evacualte Home In Winter

When you research online about bugging-out the pictures associated with the articles or blog entries usually shows the person humping along a path or roadway free of snow. Do the articles talk about bugging-out in deep snow, in frigid temperatures, when there is a baby strapped to your back, when you have elderly relatives trekking alongside you? 

Rarely do you see anyone huddle up against freezing rain or blowing snow, making his or her way out of a disaster area. The doomsday shows depicted people fleeing an urban area in the heat of summer, never when the roads are clogged with snow, or the bridges are slick with ice, so what if you had to bug-out during the coldest part of the year.

Previous articles have talked extensively about bugging-out, and how in most cases, it is safer to shelter in place. However, we must always assume the worst and plan for that, and then hope for the best, so you do need a plan for bugging-out in the middle of winter.

You know better than anyone does what type of weather your area receives during the winter. Do you get heavy snows, ice, cold rains or is it dry and cold. However, what has been the pattern in the past may not necessarily apply, because of El Niño. In other words, you may get more or less of the same, or experience some dramatic changes. You would have to expect, snow, ice, winds and cold temperatures if you live in the Northern States.

We will not get into all of the reasons why you may have to evacuate, because that is a decision that has to be made by you as the situation unfolds. You will know when the time comes whether you have to leave your home or not, and in some cases, there may be a mandatory evacuation order issued by your local government.

How Would You Leave

You have to remember that during a major crisis the roads would not be plowed or treated, so the snow and/or ice may prevent you from leaving in your vehicle. Even a four-wheel drive vehicle can get bogged down in the snow and they cannot get far on icy roads.

Options include snowmobiles, skies, and snowshoes. Ideally, you would have snowmobiles with pull behind sleds so you can transport supplies and people. There is ideal, of course, and then there is the reality, so you may have to travel on skies or use snowshoes or simply try to forge ahead with what you have. You can pull sleds, or toboggans behind you, as well, to transport supplies and children or those with physical impairments.

If you live in a city having a snowmobile would likely be out of the question. You can however, use sleds, skies and toboggans, and they can be stored relatively easily. You can pick up plastic sleds with tow ropes at any Wal-Mart store, keeping in mind they are seasonal items so pick them up as soon as they are displayed.

If you had to leave in the winter you would have to get to your destination before dark unless you have extensive cold weather survival training and the proper gear to spend a night in the cold. You may be trying to get to a relatives’ home, a friend’s house, to a city close by, or to any emergency shelter, so it is important you know multiple ways of getting to your destination, and know how to get there essentially on foot.

It takes planning and knowing how to get to your destination without using roads or highways because they may be clogged with those that tried and failed to get out of town. You may very well have to travel cross country to get to your destination. Going across country may reduce the number of miles, but the terrain may be restrictive, so you do have to know what to expect if you have to get to a relatives’ home or to a neighboring town or city where there may be emergency shelters.

Pack your supplies in plastic bins with lids so they can be secured to sleds or trailers. The biggest concern is the cold. Preventing hypothermia is a priority especially if you have young children or older adults. You have to keep dry and block the frigid wind with the proper clothing.

Bugging-out in the winter should be the last resort, but it has to be an option, so make sure it is a viable option by proper planning.

This article is merely a reminder that disasters can happen to anyone at anytime of the year. Your plans have to take the seasons into account. You need plans for bugging out in the cold and in the heat. This article is more of an academic exercise, than it is anything else, one to get you thinking about what if’s, and to get you to think about your plans for cold weather travel, because it could happen to you.

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33 Awesome Do-It-Yourself Projects for Preppers

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If you’re a prepper who likes DIY projects, this is sure to keep you busy. Todd from Survival Sherpa compiled 33 awesome do-it-yourself projects all in one post. Some of these are pretty simple and won’t take very long, while others could take hours or more. These aren’t […]

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How To Desalinate Water During A Crisis

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How To Desalinate Water During A Crisis

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Earth’s potable water reserves are depleting fast, and while we hope for the best, we must prepare for the worst-case scenario.

So today, let’s look at a few DIY desalination projects. Water desalinization really works, and you don’t have to be an eccentric billionaire to benefit from it. We all know that Earth is covered with water, but the problem is that salt water is neither drinkable nor usable for growing plants.

But if you somehow manage to remove the salt, then the water can be used for basically any purpose.

There are large-scale projects for water desalinization, but they cost millions and millions of dollars. What if we could use a low-tech, dirt-cheap method instead?

Let’s begin by looking at distillation by evaporation, a process that can easily be used by homesteaders or survivalists who have access to salt water.

This process happens all the time around us — the water from the oceans/lakes/seas/rivers evaporates into the atmosphere, then it falls down to the Earth again as rain. That’s the circuit of water in nature, and we can mimic it on a smaller scale. We can do this by boiling water and using a random heat source.

Portable Water Filter Fits In Your Pocket And Removes 100 Percent Of Water-Borne Bacteria!

Upon heating, the water turns to steam (minus the salt, of course), and all you have to do is capture the steam and condense it to get fresh water.

The basic idea behind a device that uses distillation by evaporation is that water evaporates, but the salt won’t, and you’ll end up with potable water, regardless of its initial source.

Here’s a video depicting a homemade water distiller, which will provide you with reasonable amounts of pure water quickly, and the best thing is that it costs next to nothing, under $20:


Keep in mind that this method is not suitable for large-scale water distillation (such as agricultural purposes or irrigation), but it will secure you and your family an almost-infinite source of pure water for a disaster scenario, provided you have access to salt water and a source of heat to bring  the water at boiling temperature.

Below is another idea for a DIY salt water converter, this time using a pressure cooker as a water distiller. It’s very easy to build, cheap and works like a charm:


If you don’t have access to a heat source (fire), then you can use solar power for turning salt water into fresh water. Solar is a renewable source of energy, clean and abundant, hence using a solar water distiller is a great idea.

Below is another detailed video tutorial about how to build a solar water distiller using readily available materials:

If you have other ideas or comments about turning salt water into fresh water using basic/cheap/readily available materials and gear, feel free to comment in the dedicated section below:

Clean Water Is Becoming More Rare Than Oil. Read What To Do Here.

The DIY Backyard UNDERGROUND Apocalyptic Bunker

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Could this be the ultimate man cave and survival cell for backyard gardens everywhere? British garage inventor and video maker Colin Furze managed to get a TV channel to sponsor a doomsday bunker in his backyard.

There are still a couple things left on the to-do list to really make the bunker resilient. As Colin says, “There are more things to add such as air filtration and different power source” (and what about heating? It gets cold underground).

While this bunker might not live up to military specifications it’s still, as Colin puts it, “a great space”. I can’t help daydreaming about my own backyard bunker, but unfortunately the water table is very high on my property so I’d have all kinds of hassles to deal with to avoid underground drowning, corrosion, etc.

Check out the four videos below for the full build throughout all its stages.

Part 1- The Plan

An UNDERGROUND BUNKER in the back garden, i have dreamt of this for a while now to go with my superhero mods and crazy inventions so when asked what i would do if faced with the end of the world the 2 ideas become one and so here we go i’m building a full scale full on bunker in my own back yard……..and someone else is paying muhahahaha.

Part 2 – The Dig

The diggers are in and I’ve ripped up my back garden and turned it into a quarry. Only now can I see the scale of this project… this one’s BIG.

Part 3 – Making the Bunker

Welding welding and more welding but what a creation, from the vertical entrance and sneaky tunnel leading to the beautiful arched roof in the main room this has all the ingredients to make an excellent safe house and super villain lair.

Part 4 – Concrete

With bunker made now we just need to cover it, finish the vents and restore the garden so its all top secret…….apart from the million odd people who have watched me build it lol.

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Terrorism and Gun vs Knives

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Three men who stopped a terrorist attack in a train in France

This BBC report gives the details where a couple of Frenchmen and three Americans stopped a shooter on a train in France.

According to the BBC athttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34027051 :
A couple of Frenchmen first encountered the shooter and tried to stop the guy, and one of them was shot, this being just before the Americans became involved. In addition to the shooter having an AK-47: “Mr Molins said the man was also in possession of an automatic pistol, nine cartridge clips, a bottle of petrol and a box-cutter.”
When the Americans reacted, Spencer Stone was the first one to get to the shooter: “”Spencer makes first contact, he tackles the guy, Alek wrestles the gun away from him, and the gunman pulls out a box cutter and slices Spencer a few times.
“Mr. Stone was slashed in the neck and eyebrow with the box-cutter and had a thumb almost sliced off.”
I am sure there are some lessons in this, perhaps one being that just trying to wrestle and choke a bad guy who cannot use his gun is dangerous (including the possibility that they will use some kind of explosive) and that they need to be disabled promptly and not just controlled.
Of course, it was reported that the shooter said he had “found” the guns in a park where he slept, and “He was there just to rob the train.” Wonder why he needed multiple weapons, including the infamous box cutter, if all he wanted to do was rob people?

Five Tips to Save Time and Money This Thanksgiving

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This is the time of year that you can stock up and save big on a lot of your baking ingredients. We are super excited to share a post from our friend Shandra who we actually learned our BEST wheat bread recipe from. She is an expert at saving money on groceries and has some amazing tools to make it even easier for all of us. Today we invited her to post on our blog with her best tips for saving time and money on Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing Shandra!


The holidays are in full swing and all of us are looking for ways to save a little money and keep from pulling our hair out from unwanted stress. I am excited to share a few of my favorite time and money saving tips to help you during this Thanksgiving holiday.

First and foremost, have a plan! If you are able, start planning your Thanksgiving meal at least a week (or more) before the holiday begins. Have a quick list of what items you would like to make, who will be making each recipe, and have a game plan for the busy day. There are lots of different components to planning a Thanksgiving meal, so think through the different aspects to the meal (and day) and put it on paper. Everything from decorations, shopping, food prep, cleaning can all be organized and put to a schedule to help the day go more smoothly.

Our free Thanksgiving Menu Sheet is a great way to stay organized. We upload this as a Google document so family members can all add to the document and decide what they would like to help with.

Want help with your menu plan as well? Deals to Meals is here to help simplify your life! On November 18th we will give all Deals to Meals members a detailed Menu Plan and Grocery List to help make your meal planning easy and fun! Members of Deals to Meals also have access to all of our tried and true recipes we know your family will love.


Once you have a plan, it’s time to start thinking about ways you can relieve stress the day of your party, by doing things ahead of time. Many Thanksgiving recipes can be made a week, or several days before, and frozen for later.

Here are some of my favorite recipes that work well with this method:

*Sweet Potato Casserole freezes beautifully and can be baked an hour before serving (thaw in the fridge the night before).

*Homemade Cranberry Sauce can also be made several days in advance and either frozen or kept in the fridge.

*Homemade Pie Crusts are another great recipe that can made, rolled out into pie shells, and frozen until ready to bake (or of course, you can use store bought if you wish).

*Mashed Potatoes can also be frozen ahead of time. Make them as usual, let them cool, and then freeze in a large tupperware or Ziploc bag. Before serving, thaw the potatoes in the fridge the night before. When you are ready to reheat the potatoes, place them in a crock pot to heat slowly. Add some more heavy whipping cream and butter to help soften the potatoes and whip them with an electric mixer once they are warmed through.

*Turkey: if you are using a turkey breast, you can crock pot the turkey, shred the breast meat and freeze until the day of the dinner. When ready to reheat the turkey, you can place into a crock pot and warm on low heat for 3-4 hours, or until ready to serve. Add some chicken broth to keep the turkey nice and moist before serving.

*Homemade rolls are so fun to make ahead and have in your freezer (I use this method all year–no more Rhodes in our freezer!) Make the dough recipe as normal, put the rolls on a greased cookie sheet and then wrap with saran wrap. Put the rolls in the freezer as soon as you have them rolled out (you don’t want them to begin to rise).

The morning of Thanksgiving, pull the frozen rolls out of the freezer and place in a warm spot of your home. Let the rolls rise on the counter on a pan (about 2-3 hours) and when they have doubled in size, bake them as usual until they are golden brown. If you want to have these rolls on hand for other recipes, just put the frozen balls of dough into a Ziploc bag and keep in the freezer until ready to use. These work great for monkey bread, calzone dough, etc.

Another tip is to double your holiday recipes so you have plenty of leftovers you can enjoy the following week, or freeze the extras for later. For example, my family loves sweet potatoes all year but yams are rarely on sale besides in November. I always make 3-4 pans of the sweet potato casserole and then freeze several of them for later. Keep freezer tins/pans on hand to make freezing the recipes easier. We also love having cooked meat in our freezer for quick meals on busy nights. So, while I am cooking one turkey breast, I always throw in a second so I know I have lots of leftovers and turkey for another meal. You can do this same thing if you are cooking a ham, pork roast, beef roast, etc.


Being an informed shopper will save you BIG money this week. Most families will spend an average of $50-$100 on this one meal, so it’s important you know what you are buying and where to get the best deals. Some of the year’s BEST grocery deals are on this week. Nearly everything you need for your holiday meals will be on sale. Whether you are looking for turkey, canned pumpkin, frozen pies, stuffing mix, soda pop, potatoes, yams, etc., it is ALL on sale this week.

Deals to Meals will tell you where all of the best grocery deals are in your area. We compare all of the grocery store prices to Costco and Walmart and tell you when items go on sale for great deals (without having to use coupons). Just login to our website, click on the stores you want to shop at, and you’re set to save!


There are over 25 grocery items everyone should be stocking up on this week. If you miss the chance to stock up on these items, many of them won’t be go on sale again for another 365 days! That’s a long time to wait for another sale–especially if it’s items your family uses on a regular basis.  So, save yourself from having to buy these items at full price throughout the year and stock up this week!

I went shopping last week and spent $109 on many of the Thanksgiving deals I wanted to stock up on and saved $166! That’s nearly 60% off Walmart’s regular low prices. How cool is that? Tip: don’t just buy the items you need for the one holiday meal, stock up and buy several to put in your pantry or food storage for a later time. Check the list below to see which items you might want to stock up on.

Visit Deals to Meals for a detailed list of where all of these grocery items are on sale. Focusing each week on the gold starred items (meaning they are LESS than Walmart and Costco), will save you the most money (up to 70% off)!


There are many things you can do to simplify for the holidays. Here are some of my favorite tips:

*Use paper products instead of fine China. If you are less formal, this is an easy way to save you hours of doing dishes.

*Let people help you. Don’t try to put the entire meal together on your own.

*Keep your menu simple. Stick to only those recipes your family loves and cut out any extra recipes that don’t
seem to be people’s favorites.

*Cook a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey. Turkey breasts can be cooked in a crock pot and are much easier to carve and bake. Here’s our favorite turkey recipe.

*Remember the real meaning and purpose behind the holiday season. It’s not a time to be stressed and run
around unable to enjoy the holiday. Keep your focus on family and relishing the moments we have together.

*Keep your meal plan simple, do a lot ahead of time, watch for the best deals, stock up when items are on sale, and you will be set for the greatest holiday season ever!

Here at Deals to Meals and Food Storage Made Easy we wish you a most delightful (and delicious) Thanksgiving season.

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Sewing to Save While Times Are Tough

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No matter which country, state, or city you live in, many may be experiencing hard economic times. Experts report that things are expected to get worse before they get better. With many struggling to put food on the family tables or clothes on their backs, they are putting more thought into how they can still enjoy their hobbies without spending their life savings. If sewing or crafting is your hobby and you find that fabric and notions are quite expensive, here are a few tips and pointers that will ease the burden on the pocketbook.

1. Recycle. Before throwing out clothes that are too small, showing signs of wear, or aren’t the latest style, think about how you can repurpose the item. Zippers, buttons, and elastic can all be used again and may be just the perfect match for future endeavors.

2. Use up what you have. Most people who sew have accumulated fabrics over time through bargains, coupons, or the fabric that you just couldn’t live without. Dig through your stash and revive those fabrics, patterns, and pattern books that have been accumulating dust and use this opportunity to be creative.

3. Take advantage of bargains and coupons from sewing centers and websites to purchase patterns and designs that you have been eyeing for months. Check the clearance corners for phenomenal deals on fabrics and other items. Thrift stores, garage sales and exchanging with friends can turn up fabulous sewing finds. However, thread is something that you will want to pass on at garage sales or thrift stores, as thread weakens over time and will not produce quality stitches.

4. Freebies. Free items are always the best! The internet is a treasure trove of free patterns and tutorials. You just need to be willing to hunt and search for them. Pinterest is the latest and greatest site to find ideas, patterns, tutorials and numerous other visions.

5. Used sewing machines are a great way to get started. You don’t need a machine that costs more than your car until you see if you enjoy the hobby and are creative and capable to follow-through and finish projects. You may lose interest which also means your investment is lost. The more simple the machine, the less to break or go wrong. And simple machines can last for many years.

6. Do your own alterations. Simple alterations can make ready-to-wear clothing fit much better by adding simple darts and seams to blouses, dresses, and pants. Hemming pants or making simple dresses can be very beneficial to a budget. Introducing the craft of sewing at a young age can also be advantageous because there is less intimidation of a sewing machine and a sense of accomplishment when your project is complete boosts self-esteem.

7. Be resourceful. Thrift stores are phenomenal sources for fabric. For instance, menswear has become a huge trend in home décor items. Items such as a plain or pinstripe men’s shirts can be made into a cute throw pillow or a white canvas crafted into a couch slipcover. Buttons and zippers can be removed from old clothing to save on the cost of sewing notions. Bed sheets can be used for pattern making, and oftentimes garage sales have bags of fabric and other items for a few dollars.

8. Enroll in sewing classes, tutorials, or teach yourself. Many sewing centers offer classes for all levels and often give discounted rates with the purchase of a sewing machine. It is important, however, to remember that there are many free online sewing tutorials to view. Once you learn the basics, you may be able to teach yourself.

9. Buy basic and embellish. Buy a simple shirt at your discount store and embellish to fit with the times. Beads, buttons, and ribbons can do wonders in making something look flashy, classy and up-to-date.

10. Sew your basic needs. We all need a few basic accessories such as scarves, hats, towels, blankets, and mittens. If you find discounted fabric, you can make a blanket in 15 minutes or less and, if the fabric is durable and of good quality, it will last for many years. Make up some items to give as gifts or re-engineer some older stained shirts or jeans into a t-shirt or blue jean quilt and gift it as something they will treasure and use for many years to come.

So, instead of always stepping out for retail therapy, try a creative, crafty therapy instead. Create your own clothes or household items. Buy from thrift stores and make an old drab shirt come to life again, or snip and stitch for an afternoon and make up some Christmas gifts for your sister-in-law, mother, husband, or kids.
It’s a tough world out there and a penny saved is a penny earned. As an alternative to spending your afternoon shopping at the Gap for the perfect color of a t-shirt, reclaim your fabrics, fashion-forward and embellish your garments for the latest retro fit and design. You’ll be glad you did and you’ll save money while you energize yourself with some creative juices. Who can argue with that?

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How Much Does a Nuclear Bunker Cost?

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How Much Does a Nuclear Bunker Cost? I know that having a nuclear bunker might sound like too much even for the most dedicated preppers. But this is only because

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Fight to Win, Not to Just Survive.

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fightMost men and many women have been in some type of physical altercation.  In most cases this was just a schoolyard fight in which there was no danger of being seriously injured.  Now there is a big difference between this type of fight and one at which you are at serious risk of great bodily injury or death.  In the schoolyard fight, we often even followed some type of rules or sense of fair play.

When I went to school, kids did not use guns or other weapons, even though they were often available.  Today it is not unusual for kids to shoot and kill one another.  If you get into a physical confrontation today, it will be different that what you faced as a youth.  Today you have to assume that your life is at risk.  Now most of us aren’t 250 pounds of solid muscle and haven’t trained in martial arts.  It would be nice if we all had the time and resources to study martial arts and other means of self-defense.  Unfortunately, most of us will have to work with what we have.

Years ago, an FBI instructor told me that your single best means of defense was your mouth and over the years, I found that often to be true.  So if you have the opportunity try and talk your way out.  Stay calm don’t react to some else’s anger.  But once you realize that there is no way to avoid a fight, react, don’t hesitate.  Fight to win not just to survive.

A firearm in the hands of a well-trained individual would be the first choice for a weapon of self-defense.  But because of firearms laws, concealed weapons laws and finances not everybody has this as an option.

So let’s talk about the typical out of shape middle aged individual, who is confronted with a violent criminal.  They are now forced to fight for their life.  They face several serious challenges besides their opponent.

  • They are probably reluctant to really hurt someone.
  • They have some sense of fair play and don’t go for the most vulnerable parts of his attacker.
  • They are out of shape and need to end it quick.

Even in police academies and martial arts, what we rarely learn or discuss is what to do in critical situations such as when someone gets the best of us. What do we do when the attacker overpowers us and we’re losing the fight?

The best solution a firearm. If you’re losing big time and in fear for your life, try to get to your weapon and use it.  Remember, chances are if you don’t, the attacker probably will. Next, if you can’t get to your firearm, use anything available to you—a brick, a lamp, a rock, knife, club—anything to win the fight.

Attack the vulnerable parts of the body: eyes, throat, groin, knees, and temple.  Many people concentrate on striking the groin.  We see this in the movies and on TV, but I can tell you it is an often-overrated strike.  It is easy to miss and people on drugs may not even react to it. Your best bet is to attack the head, rather than anyplace else.  First target,  the eyes. Gouge, rip, and punch at one or both eyes.  Jam a thumb into the eye at the bridge of the nose and you can pop the eye out of its socket.  An effective attack to the eyes will change the direction of the fight, instantly.

A punch to the Adams Apple, can cause your attacker to gasp for air. A forceful punch to that area can also be lethal, but if you’re on the losing end of the battle, go for it.  A solid punch to the temple can knock your opponent out. And don’t forget the ears; a solid blow to the ear can have instant results. Also don’t forget your teeth, a few years ago an office survived a fight because he bit into his attacker jugular vein.  Messy, but it ended the fight.

The bottom line is that is only one rule and that is to win.  If you are facing a serious attack, you have to do what even is necessary to win.  You need to make the decision now that you will fight to win, once the fight starts it is too late.


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A new “Blogs I Follow” list has been added

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I felt this second list was necessary to avoid confusion and help you quickly find the topics you’re interested in.
Full-time sailboat cruisers are probably, without knowing, another splinter group of Preppers/Survivalists. They have the boat for shelter that’s very mobile so they can get out of the way of civil unrest or a government gone rogue, use solar panels for electricity, HAM Radios for communications, have food stocked, previously known island streams or mechanical sources for endless fresh water and are skilled at fishing for food so they will survive.

Myself, I have always been a closet full-time sailboat cruiser, just never found the right partner to make it happen. At one time when I felt it was time to come out of my cruising closet I found a near perfect for living/cruising 42 foot center cockpit sailboat that at that time was more than very affordable, but the load of my life said no! I still regret that time.

Full-time cruising is very similar to full-time RV living where you compress everything you own into a small space and at that moment you’ve become tied to nothing, you are totally free!

I’ve owned a number of boats over the years, power boats mostly under 24 feet, some with a very small cabin or center consoles designed for day fishing. Nothing suitable to live aboard.

The only sailboat I owned was a 16 foot Hobie-Cat, which was a blast to sail. I can’t describe what it’s like to tie down the cooler to the deck/trampoline and on a perfect day hull-fly for several miles down the Intracoastal waterway! Then when you need a rest, glide onto a sandbar island for lunch and a brew J

Hope you all enjoy and learn from these sailboat cruising blogs and there never ending adventures as full-time cruisers!

Alcohol Survival Uses: Drinking And Rubbing Alcohol Might Save Your Life During SHTF Disaster

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Alcohol has earned its place near the top of any survival preparedness list. Both “gotta be 21 to buy” alcohol and rubbing alcohol have a multitude of uses that could help you survive an apocalypse. Nearly any version of booze will become a high-priced barter item during a long-term disaster, but pure grain alcohol, such as Everclear, has an especially high level of alcohol content and therefore boasts more survival benefits.

Everclear can be purchased in both 95 percent alcohol and 75.5 percent alcohol content varieties. Although it could land you behind bars right now, after a SHTF scenario occurs, the legalities involving moonshine will likely be far less of a concern. The Appalachian favorite , moonshine, is the king of all grain alcohols. Making the legal purchase of a copper still, or learning how to make such a moonshine device, could prove to be an excellent barter and survival tool later.

Everclear is not currently legal to sell in all states. You can purchase a bottle of the grain alcohol in Ohio, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia. If Everclear is unavailable in your state, substitute other high-alcohol-content vodka brands in your preps. Should you decide to purchase a gin or whiskey, make sure the alcohol content is at least 70 proof to ensure that the booze will burn.

The grain alcohol content in booze is defined by taking twice the percentage of alcohol by volume. If the label says the bottle contains a liquid that is 100-proof, it contains booze that equals 50 percent alcohol by volume.

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Alcohol Facts and Definitions

Grain alcohol or ethyl alcohol is drinkable alcohol, rubbing and Isopropyl alcohol are not. The C2H6O chemical compound in grain alcohol is produced during the fermentation process. Ethanol alcohol is most commonly known as rubbing alcohol.

Both Isopropyl alcohol (C3H8O) and rubbing alcohol are produced during a fermentation process as well, but ethyl alcohol is made from yeast and Isopropyl is made from a bacterium. If consumed, Isopropyl alcohol is deadly. Once it is infused into the liver it becomes a toxic acetone.

Keep all alcohol stored in tightly closed glass bottles that are stored upright in a cool, dark place. Once opened, the bottles will begin to evaporate.

 Drinking Alcohol Survival Uses

  1. Barter
  2. Firestarter
  3. Stress reliever
  4. Deodorant – slap some alcohol on your armpits to reduce odor
  5. Wound antiseptic
  6. Medical tool sterilization
  7. Water disinfectant
  8. Molotov cocktail – illegal
  9. Surface cleaner to prevent the spread of germs
  10. Bug repellent
  11. Poison ivy and poison oak reliever
  12. An ingredient in herbal elixirs and tinctures
  13. Fuel for lamps
  14. Toothache reliever
  15. Topical wound cleanser – and for cleaning skin before an injection or surgical procedure
  16. Facial cleaner to remove possible contamination from airborne germs, blood, or other contaminants
  17. Gun cleaner
  18. Fuel for vehicles
  19. Emergency stove fuel
  20. Mouth cleaner – gargle to keep gums healthy and mouth cleansed from possible germs
  21. Cleaner for glass on rifle scopes
  22. Sore throat reliever – Jack Daniels works extremely well, especially when mixed with lemon and honey
  23. Weed killer – pour carefully to avoid splashing on crops
  24. Mold killer inside the home

 Rubbing Alcohol Survival Uses

  1. Tick removal – Dab the rubbing alcohol onto the tick to loosen the grip of the intruder and then gently pluck it from the skin with tweezers.
  2. Cold Sores – Dab a little bit of rubbing alcohol on a cold sore to help it heal more quickly. Yes, there will be a bit of stinging when the alcohol touches the delicate skin.
  3. Mosquito Bites – Dab a small amount of rubbing alcohol to relieve itching and cleanse the bites.
  4. Ear Wax Removal – In a cup or bowl, mix together equal parts of vinegar and alcohol to remove wax from the ear. This can be done regularly as a preventive measure.
  5. Sore Joints and Muscles – Rub the alcohol onto the sore area and massage gently to relieve pain.
  6. Swimmer’s Ear – Squeeze several drops into the ear to help dry out the ear and to prevent infection.
  7. Sterilization – Pour or soak and air dry medical tools.
  8. Finger and toenail Fungus – Mix together equal parts water and rubbing alcohol to remove fungus and to stop the spread of any infection. Soak the entire foot in the mixture to treat athlete’s foot.
  9. Hand Cleaner – Wash hands in a quarter-sized amount of rubbing alcohol to remove germs. Mix 1 part aloe vera and three parts of the alcohol to make a your own sanitizer gel.
  10. Degreaser – Use the alcohol to break up built-up grease on farm and hand tools and on cooking tools. Rubbing alcohol is also helpful in removing rust.
  11. Eyeglasses – Keep seeing clearly by lightly spraying rubbing alcohol onto your spectacles and smoothly wiping the glass dry with cotton.
  12. Insects – With windows open, spray fruit flies with a strong mist of the alcohol to kill the disease-carrying insects. To help rid the home of bed bugs and dust mites, spray bedding and other upholstered or hanging fabric items with rubbing alcohol.
  13. Ice Pack – Mix together 3 parts water and 1 part rubbing alcohol and pour into a freezer bag. Pull out for use on injuries and then place back in the refrigerator or ice house to chill until the pack is needed for use again.
  14. Dry Erase Board – Many preppers have a large dry erase board tucked away until needed to coordinate or enact the survival plan with their loved ones. Simply put a dime-sized amount of rubbing alcohol on a rag to wipe the board clean.
  15. Shoe Deodorizer – Having fresh-smelling shoes is not a priority during a long-term disaster, but if you can avoid stinky shoes and feet, everyone else at the prepper retreat will be grateful. Spray the inside of the shoes with rubbing alcohol at the end of the day and allow them to air dry for an hour before returning them to your feet.
  16. Shoe stretcher — If leather footwear tightens, or you are forced to wear shoes that are not your size, thoroughly dampen the shoes or boots with rubbing alcohol and stretch firmly in all directions with your hands. It may take several stretching sessions before the shoes fit less snugly, but any space gained may help prevent blisters.
  • Stockpiling preps that boast multiple uses saves both money and space. Purchasing survival tools that also double as excellent barter ensures that your funds were well spent and nothing on the storage shelves will go to waste.

An Elderly Guide To Survive Any Disaster And Future Predicament

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As the world becomes a more dangerous place with imminent disasters like hurricanes, blizzards, and floods, it is no longer a question if a disaster is going to strike, but when. Due to both natural and manmade hazards, disaster preparedness is now a necessity. As the public becomes more aware of their surroundings and sensitive to the calamities and disasters happening around the world, there is an increasing need for information regarding how to survive future disasters.

Emergencies and disasters can strike anywhere and anytime without warning. These situations can become a challenge as they push you to your limits while you fight for your safety and survival. But who really needs to be prepared for future disasters? Is everyone equally at risk? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), senior citizens are one of the most vulnerable populations when a disaster strikes.

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The Elderly is More Vulnerable

There are a variety of reasons why the elderly is more vulnerable than most in disaster situations. Some of the obvious explanations is that older people with physical limitations or are mentally impaired will have problems understanding instructions in keeping themselves safe and secure. If an elderly has a mobility impairment, he or she will have difficulty when evacuating, standing in line or resting inside a crowded shelter. People in wheelchairs, and those using canes and walkers will also be unable to climb stairs. Moreover, elderly people are also more susceptible to illnesses when subjected to extreme temperature changes and stress during disasters. Add to these are the social and economic limitations that hinder their ability to adequately prepare for disasters; it is no wonder that the elderly desperately need a guide to help survive future disasters.

In order to fill this need, here are some of the most common and invaluable tips for the elderly to survive future disasters.

Staying Alert Can Save Your Life

Elderly people can sometimes find it difficult to remain aware and responsive to their surroundings especially during disaster situations. To address this issue, you can get convenient alarm systems designed to aid your elderly loved one in any future predicaments. With this type of alarm system, senior citizens can be notified of a possible emergency in advance. Home security and wireless emergency response systems are also beneficial for older adults since they can remain safe inside their homes should the power run out during thunderstorms and blizzards.

Prepare Ahead of Time in Case of Disasters

We all know that planning ahead is always a good idea. Disasters can happen at any moment and putting together a basic disaster supplies kit is a great way to prepare for forthcoming predicaments. A basic supplies kit should include food, water, medicine and other essential items. As the American Red Cross suggests, disaster kits should contain enough supplies for at least three days. You should also store your supplies in convenient containers that are easy to carry while having enough space to hold all your necessities. Labeling equipment such as wheelchairs, canes and walkers is also important so you don’t lose them when disaster strikes. In addition, keeping your kit updated is another crucial tip to prepare yourself for future disasters. Make sure to check the expiration dates of your food and medications as well as replace batteries as needed.

Now You’ve Got a Kit, What You Need is a Plan

Disasters can strike so fast you may not have time at all to act; but when you have a ready-made plan for emergency situations, reducing anxiety and staying calm and collected will no longer be a problem. Support equipment, such as wheelchairs and walkers, and vital records and documents should be accessible in case you need to evacuate your home. Another indispensable tip is to know where the most convenient escape routes are, as well as the designated meeting places for you and your friends and family so you won’t get lost during an emergency.

A Support Network is Always a Good Thing

As part of your survival plan for future disasters, you should always make a point to keep your lines of communication open. You need to be able to contact, and be contacted, by your family and friends at all times during emergency situations. This is very important so they know you are safe and can meet you in safer locations. American Red Cross recommends that senior citizens should develop a support network of close and trusted people during emergencies. This network can be a mutual arrangement where both of you check in on each other. You can decide to exchange important keys or show them where your emergency supplies are kept along with other agreements to ensure your safety.

Be Involved in Your Community’s Disaster Plans

Along with having a great support network, you should also be involved in your community’s disaster management plans and procedures. This is so you know how your community can help you during emergency situations. You can also volunteer to take part in their programs. For example, you can make an arrangement with a neighbor to help you evacuate and transport you to a safer location. By being an active part of your community, you can increase your chances of survival when future disasters occur.

If You Know the Hazard, You Know the Solution

What are the types of disaster or emergency situations that are most likely to happen in your area? To adequately prepare yourself for future disasters, you should find out what type of hazards your community is more prone to. Are you near an earthquake zone? Do floods usually occur around your home when there are typhoons? Is your area frequently hit by tornados? Preparing for a disaster that your area is vulnerable to is one of the key ways to lessen risks during forthcoming predicaments.

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Disaster Has Struck, What Do You Do?

What you need to do to keep yourself out of harm’s way depends on the type of emergency situation you are facing. Keep in mind that you should always be aware and make it a point to listen to announcements through your television or radio regarding an emergency situation. If you are up against a harsh thunderstorm or an extreme blizzard, you will be advised to remain at home. This means that you should stay where you are and keep yourself as safe as possible until the storm passes or you are told to evacuate. On the other hand, you will be asked to evacuate your home if your area is experiencing a wildfire, flood or a tornado. During these situations, you should always lock your home before leaving. When you arrive at the shelter, notify the management about your needs such as food, water, and first-aid.

Remember that the Disaster Will Subside

It is very understandable for people, especially senior citizens to be distressed when facing traumatic scenarios such as a disaster. Whenever an emergency situation occurs, you may experience emotional, physical, mental, and possibly spiritual stress that can lead to more problems for you and the people around you. These reactions could include headaches, insomnia, irritability, depression and disorientation. Being prepared for this as you remain calm and collected can reduce your anxieties and stay positive. Keep in mind that while you are inside your home or community shelter, you are safe from harm during these tough times and can always get back up to live your life to the fullest.

What You Do Makes a Difference

Whatever plan you make on how to survive future disasters, know that all your efforts count. When you’re encountering an emergency situation, having a plan will let you stay focused and alert so you can do what’s necessary to care for yourself. Take responsibility for your safety by remaining aware of your surroundings. With a solid disaster plan, you will be more capable of handling circumstances that will come your way and remain safe and secure at all times.

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Disaster Preparedness Plan – Think Beyond The Moment

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Russian Commando Beat Down: How to Win a Fight with Your Bare Hands

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Russian Commando Beat Down: How to Win a Fight with Your Bare Hands

Techniques Adapted from Martial Arts Once Taught to Russian Military, Commandos and Law Enforcement and Still Used By Many Today

Sambo is a Russian martial art and combat sport. “Combat sambo” is a highly effective, yet “simple” system for beating an attacker, or even multiple attackers. Combat sambo has been taught and practiced by Russian secret service and law enforcement, including the KGB and special army officers (commandos). By looking at tactics adapted from combat sambo, and being taught by instructors today in Russia, here’s a new way for Americans to look at self-defense (includes tactics, photos, video explanations of specific moves).

Sambo (Russian: ??´???; IPA: [‘samb?]; ??????????? ??? ??????) is a Russian martial art and combat sport. The word “SAMBO” is an acronym for SAMooborona Bez Oruzhiya, which literally translates as “self-defense without weapons”

Though much of our lives revolve around computers and television nowadays, still self-defense is not an obsolete word. Sometimes we need to protect ourselves just as our far ancestors did thousands of years ago. Sooner or later we realize the necessity of having fighting skills.

But what martial art is the best one to know? And if we are going to protect our life out on the street, not in a ring, would a sport martial art hit the target? Do we need sparring? Do we need mental training?

These and other ‘spicy’ questions are answered by the famous Russian combat sambo master and coach — Valery Volostnykh, a teacher of the MMA fighter Alexei Oleinik. This combat sambo is closely connected to the mysterious Russian Martial Art, it was developed by the Soviet secret services, and it gave the world the Emelianenko brothers.

Valery Volostnykh has a lot to say on the subject of fighting:


Beware: A Street Fight Can End Up on the Ground

Q. Nowadays a lot of martial artists, especially punchers, have ‘wrestlerphobia’ — they are cautious towards wrestlers concerning a street fight, because a wrestler can do a double-leg takedown for example. If we take a person who is interested in self-defense only, not in sports, should he learn some throws, just to know what wrestling is?

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Wrestling Throws – ‘Wrestling throws are the application of techniques that involve lifting the opponent up and throwing or slamming him down’. See: Sambo Throws and Takedowns.

A. You have to attend a wrestling group for some period of time where you’ll feel a real resistance of your sparring-partner in a bout to understand what it is.

Q. So is a puncher better attending a wrestling group for some period of time?

A. In combat sambo we have wrestling already so we don’t have to go to other groups. Also you need to experience sparrings.

Sparring: – Sparring is a “mild” fight, sometimes using protective head gear; when sparring, the goal isn’t to injure or knock the other person out; it’s to develop experience with hand to hand combat; it moves at a easier pace than a fight, giving trainees the opportunity to practice the techniques and footwork they are learning.)

Get Some Practical Knowledge of Wrestling

Q. What if a person is a puncher only? And he is not a combat sambo fighter. What recommendations could you give him?

Anyway it’s advisable to get some practical knowledge of wrestling. Just to know what to do when a wrestler ducks and grasps your legs — and that’s it, you can do nothing. And a puncher wouldn’t even know what to do. He learned to hit a ‘target’ that is his sparring-partner’s chin. And what about a partner’s face as a target when it’s close to your solar plexus? You can see all that in the cage fights. Although there are a lot of universal fighters now. And back in the days a puncher did not know what to do when he didn’t succeed in hitting his opponent. It’s not easy because in striking martial arts a referee always breaks opponents thus giving them an opportunity to ‘reload’ and ‘shoot’ again. So they are jumping in to a ring and finding the target all the time. Then such a fighter who got used to that targeting comes into the cage and there’s no such a possibility at all there. If you didn’t strike down your opponent in the very beginning, then he wouldn’t give you a second chance.

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And what will you do? Of course, one should have wrestling skills of some level. Not to be disoriented, know how to act when at a close distance. Still I think if you’d watch early Octagon when a puncher was lost seeing his punches couldn’t get a wrestler, you would understand me better. Boxers jump and run on a ring, they got used to this manner. Then a puncher comes into a cage, and his opponent — a wrestler — doesn’t act like a boxer. He is trying to get closer to throw. And that boxer would be disoriented because throws are a new thing for him, and the distance is different.

Distance – In boxing, boxers usually fight at middle distance. And in a cage (mixed martial arts) the distance can be a lot closer, so it’s unusual for a boxer — different distance, different rules. Plus in a boxing bout he can throw hundreds of punches (like jabs) waiting for a good chance, to set up a knock out punch. In a cage though a puncher usually has only one chance to strike and he has no right to miss because if he misses the next moment a wrestler would get closer and throw him.

Volostnykh (in the interview that is taking place here) attempts to explain that a person should know boxing and wrestling both, and to have ring fights experience, and cage fights experience. By learning both, and having experience in various arenas, he is less likely to be disoriented in a future fight, whether in an arena (ring or cage) or on the street.

Q. Should you wrestle an experienced wrestler?

We talked about a usual person or a puncher and self-defense against a wrestler. If you never learned wrestling there’s no sense to start it, because anyway you cannot be equal with a wrestler who is a 5 years practitioner for example. If you learn 5 years as well he’ll have a 10 years’ experience to that moment. You’ll never compare to him. So if you try to wrestle with an experienced wrestler, it means you play by his rules. No use. Better to learn some throws and some techniques and go on with your own style.

A. We are talking about universality (“universality” means that a fighter should know and wrestling and striking techniques to be universal.) At least one should know something about a defense against a chokehold, a submission hold. Otherwise you will be choked and your arms and legs will be broken off like you are a chicken. And when you are trained it’s not that easy to fight with you. It’s advisable to learn wrestling basics and to get a practical experience. There is all of that in combat sambo. And you can examine your skills in competitions — can you quit your trainings or should train some more.

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Competitions let you test yourself. When you are not going to become a champion, it’s not necessary to dedicate your life to a martial art. Just some period of it. Why waste your time? Life is not for martial arts.

Train to Fight in Typical Clothing, Not in Gym Gear

Q. So is it more reasonable to learn combat sambo where you have that all instead of learning boxing and then freestyle wrestling which can cause a mess in your head and in your moves?

A. All other conditions being equal, yes; but people are different and the given mix is that it also can be good for somebody. A person might learn boxing and freestyle wrestling and he would be alright. But freestyle wrestlers don’t wrestle in clothes and we think that you should know how to wrestle with jackets (kurtkas) and without as well. All participants of street conflicts usually wear clothes — a street is not a beach, or a sauna. According to the climate conditions we don’t wear waistcloths. And military people of all countries of the world also wear regular clothes. Criminals wear clothes as well.

There are fights with jackets and without in combat sambo. We experience all combinations. And we take part in different MMA competitions with different rules and gear. That’s how the universality appears I was talking about.

Wrestling in jackets is more close to the hand-to-hand combat part of combat sambo and submission holds differ a little bit when you wrestle in a jacket. It also helps when throwing. And it looks spectacular. When your opponent in a bout has no jacket on him and he is sweaty, your hold can go loose. When you are a universal fighter you fear nothing. Fedor Emelianenko can fight in both situations, and strikes, throws, holds — everything is on a high level. This is our role model: a universal fighter.

Q. What recommendation would you give to a person who has never wrestled and is not going to, concerning ground fighting? Any hand-to-hand combat solutions against a wrestler?

A. Basics of hand-to-hand combat are submission holds and chokeholds. Partially they are needed there for broadening of your outlook, at least to know how to defend yourself against them.

(The more different techniques you know it’s better for your fighting experience and education. Of course it doesn’t mean you should try to know all the techniques in the world. For example a fighter nowadays should know punches, kicks, throws, chokes, holds – even if he will use only part of it. These techniques are common knowledge nowadays.)

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Sport combat is not necessary to learn for this situation, the hand-to-hand combat part is the main thing to learn. It is unlikely you encounter a world champion, who is an experienced ground fighter on a street.

Take Down Defense – If we are talking about a usual self-defense, a person just shouldn’t let this happen. It means that you shouldn’t let fighting and wrestling on the ground happen. You shouldn’t allow your opponent to take you down – so, practice “take down” defense.

Why would you bring it to the ground? Your actions ought to be based upon the applied training — if your opponent reached out his hand to do a hold, you need to get out of the attack line instantly and go on. It’s not like it will be impossible for him to take you down, but that would be much more difficult to do, if you apply “take down” defense.

Attack Line – The attack line is created by linear movement between you and your opponent, and allows your opponent to attack more effectively. See: lines of attack. It’s a general principle, of all martial arts. It’s biomechanics, a vector. When your opponent moves towards you, it’s like he is moving along a line aiming at you.

When faced with an aggressor, stay slightly to one side of the attack line, move back and forth across the attack line, or employ circular motion to thwart his attack. If you have the opportunity to initiate the move and use your momentum to knock your opponent off balance, try to stay on the attack line in order to focus your power in the direction of your attack.

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This does not mean that you have to operate along your opponent’s centerline; only that you should move linearly and in the direction of power. Read more here.

In this pic the master got out of the attack line and counter-attacked his student: view photo.

Stay Upright: Your Center of Gravity Shouldn’t Extend Beyond Your Support Base

One of the structural principles of the combat sambo system is maintenance of balance. Our center of gravity shouldn’t go beyond the area of the base of support.

It’s not advisable even to take an unnecessary step. Low stance is possible in sport combat: you can stride, you can slightly waltz in, you can rely on something. But when in hand-to-hand combat you should move only up and down.

Up and Down movement – Typically when people throw somebody they incline (bow), but you cannot do this in a street fight, because you can fall. If you fall in sports it’s OK, but if you fall on a street (against an experienced fighter or multiple attackers) it can have bad results for you. So you shouldn’t incline – just squat and stand up with a straight back. I attached two pics from my book – examples of inclining and straight back. It’s like weight lifting: to do it right you shouldn’t lift it with your back.

You should come to a weight, squat with a straight back, take a weight and stand up with the same straight back. no inclining — just up and down. Throwing is the same as weight lifting, the difference is in a ‘weight’ (See: http://images.ddccdn.com/cg/images/en1305395.jpg and http://www.the-pillow.com.au/resources/how-to-lift.php). What do you see at these links? Only up and down movement.

The tasks of throwing and lifting are different, but biomechanics are the same. In sports like wrestling they are inclined but in a street fight you should have a straight back, not like sportsmen in this pictured at this link).

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Choose your stance as an attack takes place, without half-formed intentions, no matter who your aggressor is. By getting out of the attack line we anticipate the further actions of an opponent — he’s just reached out his hand, and I’ve got it out already, and now I am alongside of him. Why wait for an opponent to grab you and start beating you? You need to cut it off at once.

Cut it off – It’s an expression which helps a reader or a student to understand. It’s like a fighter has an axe or a sword instead of his arms and when his opponent’s trying to get him he cuts off the opponent’s hands or something.

Q. Are there any techniques for ground fighting in the hand-to-hand combat part of combat sambo?

A. Yes, there are. A person might fall or slip. He should know how to escape blows. For example somebody’s trying to kick me — I am rotating like a log, grasping his foot, and the opponent rolls over me. Here’s a video demonstration from 1.00 (the time on the video) this one from 22.50). It’s necessary to know all such techniques, but of course you shouldn’t aim for falling and being hit from all sides.

Q. A frequent situation on a street: two men are fighting and then they fall down in a clinch. What do you do in such a situation?

A. In this situation it’s better to have some wrestling skills. At least defensive skills in ground fighting, to minimize the potential damage. That’s why we try not to separate the hand-to-hand combat part and sport combat aspect of combat sambo. On some level at least.

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This means that a combat system cannot be divided into two or more parts, it should be a happy medium, it should be one unit, a universal one.

Knife and Stick Fighting

unnamed2I start my courses with teaching the hand-to-hand combat part — knife and stick fighting elements, so that my students would understand there’s one principle for any situation; it doesn’t matter if an opponent has a knife in his hand, or a stick, or maybe it’s just his fist. It’s all the same: a knife, a stick, a gun, and bare hands. Then it’s easier for them to learn, because they don’t need to remember what particular action he should take in a particular situation. And we get out of the attack line in the same way in any situation.

Q. What qualities, physical and personal, should a person have to win a street fight?

A. You’ve got to go through the applied psychological training, so not to be frightened, but to anticipate the further actions of aggressors. It’s perfect when an opponent only takes his knife out and you act instantly, wait for nothing. Don’t think about what’s taking place; that gives time for fear to take hold. That’s what we should train — to do everything so that it’s instinctive — while at the same time understanding the rational techniques of our combat system.

Q. Should one develop physical strength preparing for self-defense, or will specific muscles make a person less flexible, thus slowing down punches?

A. We need to develop everything — but wisely. At first students learn the hand-to-hand combat part, the principles, and only after that they are taught sports elements.

We do not put stress on weight lifting, but it’s possible. My method differs from many masters’ approach, for example when they instruct students on stretching.

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Stretching – In oriental martial arts, masters first stretch their students like this, preparing their physical qualities, but it’s a long process. If we are talking about self-defense in a combat system, it should be easy and fast to learn.

In oriental martial arts though, it is often slow and tedious instruction, and may start with teaching in stretching, telling them that later they would be taught some secret ‘super techniques’.

In Combat Sambo, Hand to Hand Combat Techniques Taught from Very Beginning

I consider that a master should teach hand-to-hand combat techniques since the very beginning, because your student can be attacked tomorrow. So he should get some knowledge how to defend himself at least in a week’s time. And later he can go to the national team (if he trains as a professional and meets the requirements). So the sport combat part of sambo is a second priority, not the first one. I came to this conclusion on the basis of many years experiencing coaching.

What’s the use of the first weeks of oriental martial arts if in a week’s time a person can be put to death or seriously hurt? Should he learn to stretch, so he’s flexible when he loses his life in a fight that week? Or should he first learn ground fighting? We must give a student what he needs and at once. Also we shouldn’t forget the pedagogics.

Pedagogics – It means that a coach should also give his students moral values, not only techniques).

A coach should know all the training methods in the world: special forces training (if a coach is engaged) and high performance sports as well. A sportsman doesn’t need to know all of that. He can even not have enough time, especially if he’s a student of some university. But a coach must know both, know how to demonstrate both, and how to teach. This is the difference between a sportsman and a coach.

Q. In videos on oriental martial arts, masters always show defense against a frontal assault — it’s like aggressors attack you only from the front, so you can see an aggressor. Or maybe an aggressor comes to you and puts his hand on your shoulder thus giving you a good chance to break his hand in a cool way, like in a movie.

However, a real assault is more like killing a sentry — it’s sudden, made from the back, maybe with weapons. Any comments on this?

A. By the way there are sentry killing techniques in combat sambo as well. The whole part is dedicated to it. And I should say that frequently students are taught a bunch of unnecessary techniques. I guess our method based on principles is more rational. What’s the benefit? A fighter uses the principles, not some separate techniques.

– The first one is a principle of natural moves that everyone has. Moves are simple if you understand the essence. We don’t calculate the trajectory we use to move a spoon to the mouth at the dinner, do we? And no master teaches us how to move our hands when we need to wash our face. So moves should be simple, not complicated.

– The principle of maintenance of balance — it’s clear as well. Our technique is based on that. Shouldn’t be any inclines of your body when throwing like in sport combat. Only up and down and you keep your balance.

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Why bending forward isn’t a good form in combat sambo – Bending forward makes you unstable, and a street fight is greatly different from sport combat. In sports it’s not a big deal if you fall; however, on a street your opponent’s buddies will finish you off if you fall down, kicking you and stomping on your head, so you should maintain your balance to be stable. You cannot fall. Second, when inclined it prevents you from looking around, and again your opponent’s friends can come up to you from behind. In sport combat you have only one opponent and nobody wants to hurt you badly. In a street fight there are usually two or more opponents and they’ll do everything to hurt you. The price is too high, you cannot risk with an inclined stance. So, stand up right, with a low center of gravity in your hips, and keep an eye on your surroundings, to ‘insure’ yourself).

Combat Sambo: Counter-strike an Aggressor

– The principles of getting out of the attack line — a knife, a stick, a gun, a punch. You get out of the way instantly and find yourself behind his back or alongside. By moving to a strategic spot you’ve just given yourself a great advantage. You don’t even need to remember what to do.

The funny thing is that your opponent ‘suggests’ what you should do by his actions. If you are as tall as he is or taller, you ‘cut off his head’.

Cut off his head – It’s also an expression, partially emotional. It help a student to feel what he should do, it means you should strike his head as heavy as you can. Imagine like you have a sword and you cut his head off.

If he is taller you strike the groin by an invisible move (A move your opponent can’t see so it is ‘invisible’ for him, it’s a sudden and quick move), getting out of the attack line simultaneously.

That is not a frontal attack, it’s a flank one. So after that your opponent bows, which makes him a “short” person suddenly, and essentially he’s telling you: ‘Strike here, strike my head’. So you strike him with the sharp of the hand or some other way. Then you twist his head or dig his head into the ground. Done. The attacker ‘told’ you what to do — this is our method concerning self-defense. You don’t need to remember what and where you learned it. You just need to know the basics.

What about submission holds which they show in TV-programs, when one partner puts his hand on another person’s shoulder, and the second partner starts to lock his wrist, I wouldn’t say I like them. These techniques are good for a single combat or when you have a task to seize somebody. I like faster techniques.

Q. Also such TV-programs might make a false stereotype about a street assault — it’s like when somebody comes up to you ‘asking for a smoke’ or asking what street you live on, thus giving you time to look about, prepare for a fight. But a street assault is usually unexpected. Are those TV-programs correct?

A. They are not. Actually force structures (police, SWAT, national security, defense and law enforcement agencies) should train their actions for a sudden aggression — because life would force them.

Q. So do techniques and tactics rely upon practical experience?

A. Sure. Life will force you. And if you don’t follow, you’ll lose. Any real combat system based on karate, boxing, whatever, even aikido, will come to the sudden assault response mental training. A fighter must react instantly and his further actions are determined by his style: if he is a boxer then it will be a series of punches.

It’s better to avoid a frontal attack, and to get out of the attack line and become invisible to an opponent. In his turn the opponent would be like a static target, a dummy. That would be the most rational tactics no matter what style is used: boxing, karate, taekwondo. Instead of taking a stance and starting a boxing match on a street! Or wrestling like you are on tatami — on a street as well.

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Sometimes people start to fight on a street like they would fight on a ring, but there’s a great difference between a street fight and self-defense. Techniques and methods good for a street fight are usually not good for sport combat and vice a versa.

It’s possible, but it’s not rational according to our method. It would prolongate the fight duration. And the fighter would compete with his opponent as equals — who’s better. But when he moves out of the attack line and gets to his opponent’s back he doesn’t care who the opponent is — a boxer or a wrestler. The fighter doesn’t even think about his opponent’s style, he will act guided by his opponent’s moves. Only when he fails in something at that point the fighter will likely have to throw strikes or wrestle (including ground fighting).

So you should know how to do it — at least at some level. It wouldn’t be an unusual thing for you. If you never sparred it would be a revelation for you. (If a person never fought he can be disoriented, shocked when it happens. So he should have some sparring experience to know what it is.) For example you didn’t manage to do some technique and then your opponent is grabbing you and starts beating and you even don’t know what to do. That’s why I’m talking about the harmonious training, which I’d like to give every one of my students, even those who came just for self-defense. They would be taught sports elements of combat sambo later on.

Harmonious training – It’s a training method which includes all necessary techniques both wrestling and striking, it’s a harmony – everything is in place and is OK.

In sport sambo, every fighter makes his own set of techniques, but in self-defense we teach everyone the same techniques, because they are the most rational and selected moves. Getting out of the attack line, a kick to the groin – why invent new techniques when what is proven to work is simple, effective, and the best for taking down an aggressor?

Vulnerable striking areas attack — a quick one, so an opponent wouldn’t see it. You need nothing more. – (Hit the vulnerable zones like a chin, or the groin with a fast move. That would be enough, with training.)

Q. Do your students share stories on successful self-defense?

A. Some of them do. There’s one interesting example. My student was happy and thanked me. The incident took place at a bus stop. He didn’t kill anyone, but he defended himself. They tried to get him with kicks, but he got out and they could do nothing. He could see and feel the entire situation. He had just blocked their strikes and got out of the attack line and no kick could hurt him. Although they wanted to get him. Then they broke up as far as I remember. So the student defended himself.


After the sudden assault response mental training course you feel prepared and self-confident, you may even have some bravado, like you wish that somebody would bully you so that you could show him it was a bad idea. It’s self-assurance

Such a pleasant feeling. This feeling comes after the training, not at once. Special forces, defense agencies, and law enforcement could tell more stories about the practical experience, because it’s their job. I even asked a few representatives questions about combat sambo and when it’s been used effectively against assailants.

I together with N. Borisov held a workshop for SOBR (Russian SWAT), but workshops are not long. I taught the security guards of the Alpha private security firm permanently.

It all depends on a boss in security structures. Some of them don’t pay attention to their subordinates’ trainings, just hire them as watchmen. But there were permanent trainings on rotation in the Alpha PSF. Every three months the guys passed through more and more complicated tests on the hand-to-hand combat part. The tests were conducted in restricted space. For example a guy would come out of the room and three opponents with different weapons would attack him from different positions (he didn’t know from where).

Taking Down Multiple Attackers, Some with Knives

Then we also made a restricted space with the help of mats in the gym. A guy couldn’t grab his opponents, he’s taught to only punch in this scenario, because when you hold or throw somebody your hands are engaged and your opponent’s friends can punch you and you can’t protect yourself. And all the while, in this testing, he had to maintain his balance.

If you fall down — the test is failed, it’s clear. But you even can’t incline (bow forward) or move in an inappropriate way. You must also strike a weapon out of his hand, or take it, and finish your opponent off. If you drop an opponent down, yet leave a knife in his hand, that is not acceptable, because he can stand up and attack you again with the knife. The knife should be in your hand or stroked out. If you forget this, you fail and you have to pass through tests once again later.

In addition to this testing, students had inner competitions every quarter. And experienced sportsmen took part in combat sambo championships. That was good training for them.

What About Fake Moves in Combat Sambo?

Q. What do you think about fake moves? Is there manipulating of an opponent with the help of provoking and other feints in combat sambo?

A. Fake moves are more usual for sport combats. If we should fix a problem on a street, it should only take 1.5-2 seconds, there is no time to make fake moves. The opponents are cautious towards each other in a sport combat (where you’ll generally see feints, fake moves), because an equal opposites you, you’re on the same level. This determines the combat nature in a ring: you should prepare your strike, survey your opponent.

In a street conflict an attacker though is self-confident about himself, his mental advantage. Maybe he hopes for his weaponry: a machine gun, a pistol, a knife or a stick. When there are multiple attackers their self-confidence comes from their sheer numbers. They see you, by yourself, and now — believing you have no chance — will attack.

It’s easier to fight on a street from the techniques point of view, but it’s more difficult on the mental side.

So if you defend yourself you have no opportunity to make fake moves, you should block a strike at once. If I see that a brick, or a stick, or a fist is coming towards me I should evade, that’s it.

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The Fight Ends with Knee Strikes

Once your opponent is on the ground, you should finish him off with knee strikes, thus having your arms not engaged. You shouldn’t forget about his friends who can hit you from behind or even from the front. When you have your arms not engaged, you can block his punches or counter-attack him.

So again, finish the fight with knee strikes. This keeps your hands free to deal with either his punches from the ground or to protect against another attacker.

The second reason for not striking your opponent with your hands (once he is on the ground) is that you have to look at him, so that you don’t miss and you cannot see his friends again — you should always keep in mind that a street fight and a sport combat are different things.

Don’t forget there may be two or more opponents on a street. Keeping this in mind influences your techniques, tactics, and mental training.

The third reason for not punching your opponent is that you have to bend forward to get him, at that point your balance is not stable any more. So, instead of punching it’s better to knee him in a special manner — imagine you put your knee on something — and drop the knee on the lying opponent’s head, but do it quickly, with force, brutally, trying to hurt him. It’s like your squat on one knee, but do it sharply, quickly, putting all your weight in your knee. Then you stand up a little bit and strike him with a knee again — until he’s done.

If you strike with a knee, you don’t even have to look, ribs and head zones are enough! Block strikes with your hands or roll (roll: example 1, example 2, example 3, example 4, if necessary.)

Source : secretsofsurvival.com

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About the author : 

Mikhail Didenko was born in Russia and lives in Moscow today. His training in martial arts began in 1991: He has trained in the Russian Style of hand-to-hand combat, taekwondo, sambo, boxing, kudo, sturm fighting, plus one of the variants of combat sambo used by special forces. He’s coached hand-to-hand combat and his own self-defense system called Vozmezdiye (Nemesis) which is an adapted variant of combat sambo for civilians for the last 9 years. Also he is an author of Physical and Mental Aspects of Street Self-Defense, available through Russian book stores.

Text: Mikhail Didenko, 2013
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First Aid #4 (Video & Transcript)

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Number of speakers: 2 (David & Random Guy)
Duration: 11 min 50 sec

First Aid Video #4

Random Guy: “Hey, I got a question for ya. What about my pills? My mother takes pills, I take pills, my brother takes pills, and if we don’t have our pills we can get in trouble really fast. Have seizure, have anxiety attacks. What do we do about the fact that if an emergency happens, I mean depending on the emergency, could be a hurricane, could be flooding, it could be anything. What do we do about our pills? How bout that?”

David: “Well hey, that’s a pretty good question. I thought we would talk about pills this week. The standard idea is far as pills that you need to stay alive and in case there is an emergency is any where between thirty and ninety days. It would be a good idea to go ahead and get with your doctor and see if you can get an extra supply of the pills that you need to stay alive. If you can, get ninety days. Ninety days is a good thing to have. If you can’t, minimize. Try and get yourself 30 days. As far as regular pills, stuff that is not life threatening, just stock up on things you think is necessary. Pain reliever pills, medicine, the daily every day stuff that you want to deal with but as far as your life and death pills, what you need to survive. Thirty days to ninety days. That is what I would recommend.”

Random Guy: “Hey I got another part to my question. What about first aid for my house hold? I got quite a few members in my family that are different types of people and I need to know what kind of first aid or first responder materials that I should have in my house. There are so many things to buy and so many things you can get. I really don’t have much money. So what do you got to say to that?”

David: “Well I think I got a lot of things to say about that. Now as far as first aid and the first aid materials in your house hold I think the first thing you should start with is a basic first aid kit. There are hundreds of thousands of first aid kits out there. I would get whatever you can afford. For me, I can afford a ten or fifteen dollar kit. It has the basic stuff, bandages, cold suppressants and the one thing that I really like is these little cleaning toilette’s, sting relief pads and of course iodine prep pads. Now these things are great to have in your first aid kit. Also if you don’t use them all, take them out and put them in your go bag or put them in your prep bag and your Bug out Bag. They are really light and their really awesome. But these things will have the basic q-tips and every day stuff. Now obviously a first aid kit is just that, a first aid kit. Now depending on how much money you can spend on it, you’re not going to have everything you need. Now in my house hold I’ve got a lot of old people. I’ve got a young person who is autistic. I have somebody who doesn’t walk around very much, lol none of us walk around very much and I am partially disabled. So for us, we bump into things, we hit things, we get scratches and my mother also kind of has a little bit of blood thinner. She takes a lot of pills that make her blood thin so I have to worry about her bleeding a lot. Even with a basic scratch.  Now what do you do”

“What is the most important thing you wanna be afraid of? That would be infection. Okay. You need to make sure that you have some products or some materials that will protect you against infection. The first thing Ive got here is called dermoplast. It is a pain relieving, antibacterial spray. There is quite a few of them. I like this one because it has two active ingredients along with the Benzocaine which is a topical Analgesic. And a first aid antiseptic so it has two active ingredients instead of just your basic one. And this is something that I think is quite important that any of the scratches, any of the problems that you’re having when you’re bumping and knocking and getting cuts. You can sterilize”

“The other thing I have is a full bottle of iodine. Now Iodine is, we learned in the military is very good. Plus you have the little iodine packets in here. They are very great for stopping any anti bacterial stuff on your skin, around your bites or cuts. You can clean with them, you can take a pad to wipe it off. Any way to make a more sterilized surface in case you had to lets say get serious and do cutting or whatever. I’m not gonna get into that. That’s for another show.”

Random Guy: “What about Neosporin?”

David: Yes. Neosporin is a good thing to have. In fact neosporin cream is something our parents have all the time. I know my mother did and I am sure that person who yelled that out, his mother did to. Now in moving on, after you have sterilized your wound and protected yourself from infection how do you keep that wound or that problem from getting reinfected? We constantly move around and constantly go outside and we’re gonna get dirty. So we gotta protect those wounds. My big thing is that I like to have a LOT of bandages. I have surgical bandages from Walgreens. I have other surgical dressing because they are sterilized. I also have gauze sponges that you can get from first choice medical supplies. You can use these to clean the wounds around the area. Get the main stuff off before you do the iodine. You can also use these little gauze pads that I have here to use here to spread the iodine on that. Also, after this is done you then put there onto the pad and make sure you make sure to cover it. I have conforming gauze bandages that you can wrap around the area that you put on such as your sponge. You need to wrap it around using your different tapes okay. Then you have, I even have the large ones so I can have it around my legs or my torso. If I get a cut here and there I can protect it. Now these things are really good in case you have something that leaks. Lets put it that way. My mother gets these little scratches that actually has water that comes out of her legs due to lack of circulation. So I’ve got these gauze so I can wipe it up. You can use the iodine to sterilize the area and then you can wrap it up around the sponge on the conforming bandage. The final thing that I like to do is use this stretching conforming wraps. It’s really good. You’ve seen probably a lot of nurses if you ever deal with any nurses. What it does is it actually attaches itself TO itself. You wrap it around and it likes to stick to itself really well. So there it is. It doesn’t come off it sticks to itself really well. I would suggest getting a couple of these because in case of an accident or injury you’re probably going to have to change your bandage several times a day or maybe every other day. so make sure you have a large supply of bandages. Sterile bandages, gauze’s, conforming gauze’s which are also from first choice. These are things I’ve got from Walgreens and Walmart. They have lots of dressings. Make sure you get enough of these dressings and gauze’s and everything to keep your supply at least 15 to 30 days. I mean we are not talking about major incident, but you want to make sure you don’t use your supply up with every day use and now you don’t have any left for an emergency. I mean like for these two items your big spray is easy to use for your emergency items and I would suggest using your pouches for your every day use.”

“Now there is one more thing that I personally do not have that I want to get. That is a new product that is out there and it is a blood clotting device. Lets say, just once, most people don’t have it happen to them of getting a really deep cut or something that could possible kill them if they don’t get it fixed. But there were times in  the military where we had to do a pressure dressing and then we had to do a second pressure dressing. Then sometimes if the red blood wouldn’t stop flowing we would have to put a tourniquet on it which is the possibility of losing your entire arm because now you’ve gotten all sort of complications. There is a product new out there called quick seal. I learned about it by just going on the web looking threw different products that I wanted to have for my first aid kit. Quick Clot is literally a sponge, a mesh thing that goes onto the cut. Even if your cut is really, really, really deep it has a clotting agent in it that will literally save your life. If you get a deep cut, that one chance in a hundred that you’re gonna be cut and the ambulance isn’t coming. Even if your not in a serious world ending event where you have to deal with your own life and death situation, what if you just have to keep yourself from bleeding to death before the ambulance comes. I think every household should have a quick clot product. A blood stop or something that clots the blood really quickly. And quick clot is a product that I actually like. I endorse it, I believe in it. They have one at Walmart now where you can get 2 pads for less than twenty bucks so I intend to go ahead and get this quick clot to kind of round a bout my first aid kit that is designed for my family. It is designed for keeping us sterile and safe. There is always room for something else, but for now this is just a basic in home kit that I would like for you to think about and try to get at least some of the basics that will work for you and help your family out from the situations that you get in and are related to you.”

“Thank you very much.”

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Homestead Blog Hop #57

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Oh what a doozy of a windstorm, last night, here in the Inland NW. They clocked one gust at Mission Ridge at 100+ mph. We lost around 11 trees, power for 10 hour (Thank you Inland Power!), wifi and land line are still down.
I was ready with a charged Baofeng handheld radio, lamp oil, and flashlights. Youngest boy and I even cooked soup on the wood stove.

Are you prepared for a windstorm?

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop Hosts - come link up your homesteading posts every Wednesday

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter)

Jennifer – Homesteading on Grace (Facebook/Pinterest/G+)

Amanda – Idlewild Alaska (Facebook/Pinterest)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+/Instagram)

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature.Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Homestead Blog Hop Feature Easy-Guacamole-The-Kitchen-Chopper1. Easy Guacamole from The Kitchen Chopper

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - tarragon by Day's Ferry Organics2. Helpful Herbs: Tarragon from Day’s Ferry Organics

Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop Uncle John Ring of Fire Hot Sauce3. Uncle John’s Ring of Fire; Habanero Sauce from Bloom Where You’re Planted

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

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  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to this post somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!

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Food Storage Bulk Buy: Packaging Chicken in Bulk

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How to package chicken in bulk Recently I was able to jump in on a wonderful bulk buy that has filled my freezer and saved a bunch of money in our grocery budget. I purchased 40 pounds of chicken for $65.00. That’s $1.62 a pound! We eat a lot of chicken at our house. I’d […]

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16 Adorable Ways To Turn Old Glass Bottles & Jars Into Gorgeous Home Decor

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16 Adorable Ways To Turn Old Glass Bottles & Jars Into Gorgeous Home Decor

If you’re an avid DIYer, you probably find it pretty difficult to throw away items like glass jars, wine bottles, and mason jars, even when you have a sizable pile growing in your craft room or garage.

Today is your lucky day!

We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best and most creative ways to upcycle old glass jars and bottles into brand new, awesome gifts and decor items. You won’t believe what you can do with those old jars!



Branch Vases – You can completely hide the old jar by hot gluing twigs gathered from around your backyard to it. The result is a beautiful vase that will look great whether it’s used indoors or outdoors.


Liquor Bottle Soap Dispenser – This is a really neat and useful way to reuse an old bottle, and it doesn’t require any glass cutting! After finishing a bottle of liquor, wash the bottle, add your favorite soap, and add a nice dispenser to the top. Great to give as a gift!


Painted Jar Lanterns – Paint, mod podge, and tea lights help transform these old jars into lovely, colorful luminaries that look great in your home or on your patio!


Citronella Candles –  The addition of glass marbles to the bottom of each wine bottle really kicks this project up to the next level. This is a great way to deter bugs without resorting to tacky tiki torches.


Liquor Bottle Lamp – This is another awesome project that’s the perfect way to utilize the remains of an expensive bottle of liquor. Transform a larger bottle into an utterly unique lamp.


Wine Bottle Serving Platters – A simple slice out of each bottle transforms them into beautiful and unique serving dishes.


Mason Jar Tissue Holder – If you don’t really like the way tissue boxes look, this DIY might be perfect for you. With paint, some accents, and a few modifications to the top, you can transform a mason jar into a gorgeous tissue dispenser that doesn’t take up hardly any countertop space.


Twine-Wrapped Mason Jar Vases – With a bit of twine, you can completely transform mason jars into rustic-chic vases. Add large, brightly colored blooms to enhance the effect.


Glass Planter

Self-Watering Planters – These planters are perfect for growing an indoor herb garden. Plus, if you tend to forget to water your plants, these will water themselves!


Garden Border – Remove the labels from your jars and bottles, then arrange them upside down along your planting beds to create a unique and colorful border.


Hummingbird Feeder – With a few simple modifications, any wine bottle can become a colorful hummingbird feeder. Add a copper accent to really dress it up.


Mondrian-Inspired Mason Jars – With some paint, you can turn mason jars into a lovely work of art. These look especially fantastic when filled with a tea light or flameless luminary.


Candy Apothecary Jar – An old pickle jar can easily be dressed up into a lovely candy jar that will look great in your kitchen or on your desk at work.


Organizing with Upcycled Pickle Jars – Remove the labels, deodorize your jars, then add chalkboard labels to the side and paint the tops. Your pantry will look organized and clean before you know it!


Upcycled Sea Glass – You can make your own lovely sea glass bottles to display around your home very easily. Add rope and ribbons to take this craft to the next level!


Wine Bottle Bird Feeder – Turn any wine bottle into a self-filling bird feeder without any cutting! This is a great gift to give bird lovers.

Сamping recipes: 2 in 1 Outdoor Kitchen Recipes that will make you cook like a PRO Box Set: Camping Essentials Cookbook + Outdoor Cooking Essentials

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When you are off-grid, or camping, or planning on how you will cook after SHTF, you have to have a good book that has camping recipes and how to cook with no power. You have to get Сamping recipes: 2 in 1 Outdoor Kitchen Recipes that will make you cook like a PRO Box Set: Camping Essentials Cookbook + Outdoor Cooking Essentials (DH kitchen 101) now while it is FREE for the kindle.

We have taken special care in choosing camping recipes that are easy to pack for and simple to make on any campfire. We hope you enjoy the delicious flavors of the great outdoors!

You should not miss out on fresh cooked camp food recipes. These easy 50 campfire cooking recipes are sure to tickle your taste buds and have you jumping for joy on your next camping trip.

Explore the amazing world of camp food and discover the deliciousness hidden within the easy campfire recipes.

  • 50 camping essentials recipes
  • Each of the recipes have easy to follow steps allowing anyone to make them in no time at all
  • Bring some awesomeness to your camping kitchen

Tried, Tested and SO GOOD!

These recipes have all been tried out by us and we LOVE each and every one of them.
So what are you waiting for?! Get to it and satisfy your camping foods cravings!

Scroll Up, Buy Now & Start Outdoor Cooking. You’re Gonna Absolutely Love These Camping Food Ideas

This book is great for you:

  • If you love camping activities but don’t know where to get started with campfire cooking
  • If you have never heard about easy camp food but want to learn more
  • If you’re campfire cooking Veteran who just want to add more delicious recipes to their arsenal

So Next Time You Have a Party or a Get Together…

Be sure to grab one of my favorite Outdoor Kitchen recipes, blow the minds of your guests and keep them coming for more.

Some of the recipes that you’ll find in this book are:

  • By the Fire Apples
  • Flip Out Trail Sandwiches
  • Gorgonzola Basil Burger
  • Camping Feral Potatoes
  • S’more Apples
  • Viking Eggs on the Grill
  • Bingo Bango Grilled Sausages with Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Cowboy Bluez Casserole
  • Sweet, Hot and Spicy Jerky
  • Alabama Fire Crackers

And these are just a few that are included in this fantastic outdoor kitchen recipes book set.

20 Christmas Cookie Recipes You’ll Be Desperate To Try This Year

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20 Christmas Cookie Recipes You'll Be Desperate To Try This Year

Cookie season is coming! It’s time to think about what cookies you are going to make for your cookie exchanges and holiday gatherings! Will you go traditional or take the chocolaty route? Do you have a lot of time or do you want something that you can make and throw in the freezer until you need to bake them?

No matter the stage of planning that you are in, there is a cookie here that will speak to you!



Traditional Shortbread Cookies – We will start simple with these super simple 3-ingredient shortbread cookies — a delicious traditional cookie. They are so buttery and tasty that you will have trouble eating just one!



Snickerdoodle Cookies – We have yet to find someone that doesn’t enjoy a good snickerdoodle cookie, but it can be hard to find a really good one. The best snickerdoodle cookies should be soft and a little bit chewy, these deliver that in spades!



Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies – If you are a fan of red velvet cake, in all its rich deliciousness, then you will melt when you try these gooey, soft, and wonderful cookies! With or without the chocolate chips, they are still amazing!



Almond Raspberry Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies – Not only are these cookies delicious, they are absolutely darling! People might not want to eat them because they are so cute.



Lemon Crinkle Cookies – These cookies are nearly the perfect cookie — if you like lemon of course. They are soft, chewy, fluffy, and caky with the perfect zip of lemon to them. You will find it hard not to hoard them all away for yourself.



Lemon Snowdrop Cookies – These unassuming cookies will, without a doubt, knock your socks off! A delight in disguise, the burst of lemony flavor you’ll get from these cookies is amazing.



Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – The trick to these chewy cookies is a packet of instant vanilla pudding mix to help them retain all that gooey moisture to keep the cookies soft and delicious!



Twix Cookies – Who doesn’t love a delightful bite of chocolate and caramel on a cookie? You’d be hard pressed to find anyone that would turn you down when you present them with these little morsels!



Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies – There is very little that elicits thoughts of the holidays like gingerbread and molasses cookies. This cookie brings these two together is such a delightful way that you will have trouble not eating all of them fresh out of the oven!


Walnut Snowball Cookies – Also known as Mexican wedding cookies and Russian tea cakes, these and the pecan variation are common sights during the holiday dessert season — and with good reason! They are bite-sized delights that quickly melt in your mouth.



Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies – What are the holidays without kiss cookies? We’ve seen these peanut butter ones often but have also seen non-peanut butter versions that are equally delicious! We find them best just out of the oven when the heat from the cookie makes the chocolate soft and melty.



Toffee Butter Icebox Cookies – If you’re looking for an easy cookie, this is it! If you’re looking for an easy cookie that you can freeze, slice, and bake, this is even more so that cookie for you. Better yet, there are only six ingredients!



No-Bake Cookies – These are always a holiday hit! So much so that people expect them to be made by at least one person during a cookie exchange, and who can so no when they are so easy to make?



Peppermint Bark – Peppermint bark might not be a cookie but it is one goodie that people expect to see on the dessert table so, of course, we had to include it in this list.



Seafoam – Another holiday staple and, while a bit time consuming, it is actually really easy to make and put together.



Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes) – Peanut butter balls (or buckeyes, depending on where you’re from) are another commonly seen holiday treat and another one that it really easy to make!



Star Mint Meringues – These are another non-cookie dessert that you can whip together (literally) and then freeze and pull out to serve when you need them!


Perfect Sugar Cookie Cutouts – Of course, what would the holidays be without cut-out sugar cookies? If anything makes people think of the holidays, it’s these! The recipe gives you tips on how to ensure that you can perfect cut-outs every time.



Chocolate Sugar Cookies – To mix things up a little bit, here’s the a chocolate sugar cookie variation that will achieve the same gorgeous results!



Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies – Here is a recipe for softer sugar cookies if you don’t like the hard crunchy ones. These cut almost as well as the other ones and decorate nicely!



Royal Icing Recipe – The best icing to use with sugar cookies is royal icing. If you want to achieve some of those absolutely gorgeous sugar cookies that you probably drool over in envy, this it how they do it!


Decorating Tips & Tricks – To finish off the list here are some decorating tips when it comes to icing sugar cookies!

21 Brilliant Ideas For Decorating Your Living Room For The Holidays

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21 Brilliant Ideas For Decorating Your Living Room For The Holidays

The holidays are coming! Snow and pine boughs, cozy blankets and twinkling lights! That also means that it is time to break out all of the holiday decor and get to work decorating. If you are tired of your regular decor or are maybe just looking for some new ideas to spruce up what you already have, you have come to the right place.

We have inspiring designs and plenty of DIYs to bring some new life to your living room this year no matter what style of decor you enjoy!



Decorating With White – If you enjoy a simple and clean look, white might be the way to go. It looks divine, cozy, and bright, it works well with any color accent but especially wonderful with silver and gold.



Rustic Decorating (On A Budget) – This wonderful blog walks you through her rustic holiday design, all done on a budget, and how she achieved this gorgeous look!



Colorful Christmas – When in doubt take the colorful route! If you are having trouble picking a color palette or theme just pick what you like and mix things up! This tree turned out beautifully!



Plaid Christmas Decor – The look of plaid and flannel always brings on thoughts of cold weather and being cozy. This design takes that into the realm of decor and creates a stunning display, perfect for the holidays!



Shabby Chic Decor – If shabby chic and rustic is your cup of tea, then take inspiration from this glamorous display of a winter wonderland!




Traditional Red Decor – Take the more traditional route with holly berries, pine boughs, and bold christmas red. The springs of cranberries on the tree are the perfect touch!


Flocked Christmas Tree +Holiday Home Tour at TidyMom.net

Contemporary Twist Decor – If you like a more contemporary look, you can still incorporate plenty of holiday spirit with tips from this lovely living room!



Peacock Christmas Decor – Pick a color, or an animal, and run with it! This peacock themed tree and living room decor is beautifully done and carried throughout the entire room.



Contemporary Plaid – Taking inspiration from a simple plaid ribbon, the color palette of this decor came together seamlessly for this cozy and homey display!



Merry and Bright Mantel – We love the sleek silver and gold decor with splashes of pine green for a more traditional, but classy, holiday display.



Holiday Joy Sign DIY – Learn how to make this rustic DIY sign for your living room, or anywhere in your house — or just use the adorable wreath design!



Window Ornaments – We absolutely love this festive window display! Hang coordinating ornaments in the windows for some fun pops of color!



Ruffle Tree Skirt DIY – Make your tree this lovely ruffle skirt in any color, fabric, or style that works with your design for a customized look!



Joy Marquee Sign – This lighted marquee sign would look great on a mantel or in a window for everyone to enjoy! The how-to is pretty simple and you get to use power tools!



Cardboard Fireplace – If you don’t have a fireplace, consider crafting one out of cardboard to fill up the space and give yourself a mantel to decorate!



Craft Stick Snowflakes – These snowflakes look great hanging in a window or painted and on a wall. They are so easy to make and they even cover several different designs to give ideas of shapes that can be utilized. Once you feel comfortable you can even make your own designs!



Lighted Burlap Garland – To add to your rustic decor, consider making this easy burlap garland studded with lights! Wrap it around a pine garland or drape it over a mantel.



Ornament Clusters – Cluster similar ornaments and ribbons in a window or over some doors for a gorgeous display!



Glue Gun Snowflakes – Use a glue gun to make simple (or elaborate) snowflakes to put on your tree or stick to a window! They are reusable too so that you can enjoy them for multiple holiday seasons!



Rustic Pine Bundles – The idea for these bundles came from a Pottery Barn display, but you can use any embellishments to make these designs your own!



Noel Sign DIY – Another Pottery Barn knock-off project at a fraction of the cost! You could pick and word to use for this design too!

Kale: The Frost-Proof, Snow-Hardy Vegetable You Can Grow Anywhere

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Kale: The Frost-Proof, Snow-Hardy Vegetable You Can Grow Anywhere

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“Super Kale” is the hero of the vegetable kingdom. Well, it isn’t really called “Super Kale,” but it should be. This simple, sturdy plant has spread throughout the world and become a staple on healthy living menus. It is easy to grow, harvest and cook. Its nutrient-rich leaves hold an unbelievable amount of wholesome goodness. Kale brings a whole new meaning to the word “variety.” Let’s take a closer look at why it’s in such high demand.

Kale is a unique member of the cabbage family and is related to broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and collards. The leaves can be green or purple, curly or smooth. Kale has sturdy, ruffled leaves. It is hardy and easy to grow, and you can harvest it – even throughout the winter.

Kale does well in cool weather, and its flavor really seems to come out after a few good fall frosts. Incredibly, some say it can survive in temperatures down to -10 degrees Fahrenheit.

A few of the most common types of Kale are White Russian, Scotch and Curly Kale. There is also the Siberian or Napas variety.

You can make many different foods with kale, including chips, smoothies, salads and stir fries.

The benefits of Kale are really limitless.

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It includes vitamins A, K, C, B1, B2, B3 and B6. Kale actually has 4.5 times the amount of vitamin C than spinach. Iron, manganese, calcium and copper are also found in kale. It also has potassium, phosphorus and magnesium.

It is high in anti-oxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein and water content. Kale has a low-energy density. The combination of all of these benefits makes kale great for a food to help lose weight.

It seems kale can also be used to help combat a number of ailments. The antioxidants in this vegetable assist in preventing cataracts and macular degeneration of the eyes. The magnesium in kale helps protect against type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Kale even protects against certain types of cancer by fighting the formation of cancer cells. Steamed kale helps the liver with bile. You can eat something tasty and healthy by adding kale to your diet.

Kale Growing and Care

Kale: The Frost-Proof, Snow-Hardy Vegetable You Can Grow Anywhere

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Kale likes the sun, but doesn’t do well in dry soil or scorching temperatures. The soil in which kale is planted should drain well, and it should be grown in an area where it is sheltered from the wind. You will need to space your kale plants 14 inches apart and keep the rows at two feet apart. If you are buying seeds from the garden center, you can check the varieties of kale to see which one will grow the most successful in your area.

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Kale usually matures between 50 to 80 days.

Try to time the planting of kale to let it mature in cold weather. Although it is usually planted during the spring or summer for a fall harvest, it can still survive through the winter. If you plant it outside for use during winter, try covering it during extreme weather with cloches or row covers, or in a cold frame. Gardeners in Alaska eat fresh kale during the winter.

Mulching is important, as the roots grow around the plant and only a few inches under the soil’s surface. This will keep the soil moist, cool and add nutrients. Kale can also be covered with straw or even left alone in the snow if it is an established plant. Sometimes a layer of snow actually creates a protective layer over kale.

Some gardeners recommend starting Kale inside in planters, and then plant outside before the first frost. Plant the seedlings up to the first leaves to add support and strong roots.

Leave kale for harvesting until a couple of good frosts pass by. The cold brings out natural sugars in the plant and makes it tastier. To harvest, pluck one leave at a time, as often as you need, but don’t touch the bud at the centre of the plant.

After reading about kale, it’s easy to see why this one vegetable is so popular. By adding it to your garden, you can enjoy kale’s “super powers” for yourself.

Have you planted kale for harvesting during winter? What are your tips? Share them in the section below:

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Your Food Dehydrator: One of Your Most Valuable Survival Tools

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Drying food is one of man’s oldest methods for food preservation. Our ancestors used the power of the sun to dry meat, fruits and vegetables. Luckily for us, modern dehydrators are more predictable, easier to use and a great investment for those interested in survival preparation.

A dehydrator operates using a heating element, fan and […]

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Biomass Briquettes: An Alternative Fuel Source Made From Paper

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Stack of Compressed Paper Log Briquettes Cutout

By Tess Pennington – Ready Nutrition

We are dependent on fuel sources to provide power to run our homes and businesses, help us maintain our body temperatures in extreme weather and provide energy to prepare food. Emergency organizations suggest each household having an emergency supply of fuel stored away, but there is always a chance that we haven’t stored enough.

Many rely on having cords of wood to use, but those surviving in the city may not have the availability of wood to use for fuel, or they could have been caught off guard by an emergency and were not able to get to the store to purchase charcoal briquettes or propane for their grills.

Have a Back Up For Your Fuel Supply

Learning how to make alternative fuel sources using the items you have around is an essential survival skill to learn. Biomass bricks and/or briquettes are an alternative choice to charcoal briquettes and other emergency fuel sources. They are also considered a green fuel source and burn efficiently.

In 2006, the U.S. produced more than 227 billion kilograms (kg) of solid waste; this equates to approximately 2.1 kg per person per day, where approximately half of this amount is in the form of paper and horticultural rubbish. Conversion of these wastes into combustible biomass briquettes would provide a means to satisfy individual energy needs while alleviating landfill use. (Source)

What Are Biomass Briquettes?

The biomass briquettes are comprised of compressed compounds containing various organic materials, including corn husks, coconut shells, grass clippings, dried leaves, saw dust, cardboard or paper. Developing countries use other materials such as rice husks, bagasse, ground nut shells, municipal solid waste, agricultural waste, or anything that contains a high nitrogen content.

Biomass fuel sources are equivalent to that of common fuel sources when burned in an oxygen-rich environment comparable to unmodified wood and wood pellet stoves, fireplaces, patio heaters and charcoal grills. This alternative fuel source could easily be used for rocket stoves, collapsible stoves and small grills.

How They Are Made

Essentially, you get your materials and cut them up into small bits or you could use a blender and add them to a large container (a 5 gallon bucket is perfect) and allow it to soak in water for three days until it’s completely saturated and broken down and have the consistency of mush. Then you form the briquettes by compacting them in a tube or container and forcing all of the water out.

Compaction is the key to achieving a successful briquette. The reason being is because compacted materials burn more efficiently. They shape of the brick or briquette can also make a difference. Studies have shown that when biomass briquettes molded into a hollow-core cylindrical form exhibited energy output comparable to that of traditional fuels. There is a special lever that many use to compact the briquettes; however, some people have successfully made them from old cd or dvd cases and by poking holes in the side for the water to drain out. In the video below, he used a caulk gun.

Start thinking outside of the box in respect to preparedness. In emergency situations, we must modify our thoughts and adapt to the change itself. Chances are, if we are successful in this, we will find a way to survive.
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The Prepper's BlueprintTess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals.

Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.



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20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan

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20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan

By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

No matter how many times I write about food, there is always something new to consider or a new and different way to present the same old information in a more useful manner.  With that in mind, today I would like to share a method for getting started with your food storage program in an easy, step by step, and cost effective manner.

To be truthful, my initial goal with this article was to respond to readers who were just getting started and wanted a shopping list of things to buy for their food storage pantry.  I also wanted to compile a checklist that more experienced preppers could use to compare what they had to what they needed.  My goal can pretty much be summed up by saying that I wanted to write about getting started with food storage the easy way.  No frills, no fluff – just a common sense list of food items to get you started.

Continue reading at Backdoor Survival: 20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan

About the author:

Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on Amazon.com.

Filed under: Food, How To Prepare, Prepping

Russia’s New ‘Nuclear Torpedo’ Can Create Giant Tsunamis And Wipe Out Entire Coastal Cities

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By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse Blog

While the eyes of the world are on ISIS, Russia is creating weapons unlike anything the world has ever seen before.  Plans for a giant self-propelled nuclear torpedo that can create a giant tsunami more than 1,000 feet tall were recently “leaked by mistake” by the Russian media.  Apparently the warheads on these torpedos are designed to create so much radiation “that everything living will be killed” – including those that try to survive the attack by hiding in underground shelters.  These “robotic mini-submarines” would have a range of up to 10,000 kilometers and would be able to evade all existing U.S. detection systems.  To say that such a weapon would be a “game changer” would be a massive understatement.

I know that you are not just going to take my word for any of this.  So like I do in all of my articles, I am going to carefully document what I am saying.

The reason why we know about the plans for this new nuclear torpedo is because they were displayed on Russian state television for a few moments during a recent broadcast.  According to Russian officials, this was an “accident”.  The following comes from a report in the Independent

Secret plans for a new Russian nuclear torpedo system have been shown on state-controlled television in what the Kremlin said was an accident.

A close-up of a confidential document detailing “Ocean Multipurpose System: Status-6” was broadcast for several seconds by Channel One Russia and NTV during coverage of a meeting between Vladimir Putin and military officials.

Could it be possible that this “accident” happened on purpose?

Could it be possible that it was intended as a warning for the Obama administration?

You never know.

But without a doubt, this is the kind of weapon that would keep military planners up at night.  According to RT, this new nuclear torpedo is designed to create “extensive zones of radioactive contamination” that would ensure that no “military, economic, business or other activity” would occur in that area for a very long time…

The presentation slide titled “Ocean Multipurpose System: Status-6” showed some drawings of a new nuclear submarine weapons system. It is apparently designed to bypass NATO radars and any existing missile defense systems, while also causing heavy damage to “important economic facilities” along the enemy’s coastal regions.

The footnote to the slide stated that Status-6 is intended to cause “assured unacceptable damage” to an adversary force. Its detonation “in the area of the enemy coast” would result in “extensive zones of radioactive contamination” that would ensure that the region would not be used for “military, economic, business or other activity” for a “long time.”

In addition, Konstantin Sivkov of the Russian Geopolitical Academy told the BBC that this kind of weapon could be used to create a tsunami more than 1,000 feet high…

A warhead of up to 100 megatons could produce a tsunami up to 500m (1,650ft) high, wiping out all living things 1,500km (930 miles) deep inside US territory

As I have written about previously, a whopping 39 percent of all Americans live in counties that directly border a shoreline.  The detonation of just a handful of these weapons could wipe out the entire east coast and kill off a very substantial percentage of the U.S. population.

On top of all that, the BBC is reporting that a state-run Russian publication is suggesting that these new torpedos are being fitted with extremely radioactive cobalt warheads…

Continue reading at The Economic Collapse Blog: Russia’s New ‘Nuclear Torpedo’ Can Create Giant Tsunamis And Wipe Out Entire Coastal Cities

About the author:

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

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

Read his new book The Beginning of the End

Filed under: Civil Unrest / War, News/ Current Events

Three Killed as Wind Storm Strikes Northwest US

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By Brett Rathbun – AccuWeather

The latest storm in a series that will march across the northwestern U.S. claimed three lives in Washington state on Tuesday.

Trees fell on all three people Tuesday afternoon, The Associated Press reported.

Over 300,000 customers, mostly in western Washington, lost electricity as a result of the storm, utilities reported early Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service in Spokane, Washington noted that the number of power outages was higher than the iconic storm of 1996, where ice brought significant power outages to the region.

Locally flooding rainfall, mountain snow and damaging winds pounded coastal British Columbia, Washington and Oregon through Tuesday night.

While much of the region would enjoy any precipitation it can take due to the significant drought, there has been a large amount of rain that has fallen in a short period of time this month.

Continue reading at AccuWeather: Three Killed as Wind Storm Strikes Northwest US

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Volcanoes Today, 18 Nov 2015: Karymsky Volcano, Colima, Dukono, Tungurahua, Rinjani, Etna

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Eruption from Colima volcano with lightning in eruption column on 15 Nov 2015 (image: Hernando Rivera)

Etna (Sicily, Italy): No significant change in activity has occurred during the past days. Degassing from the New SE crater has decreased again, probably because the magma column has dropped again, and tremor is currently low.
Mild strombolian explosions seem to continue from Voragine, as suggested by small puffs of ash visible. Strong degassing and perhaps dilute ash emissions are also originating from the NE crater where deep-seated explosive activity occurs and can be heard when on its rim.

Karymsky (Kamchatka):
Tokyo VAAC reported an ash plume at 12,000 ft (3.6 km) altitude extending east from the volcano this morning. Occasionally, the volcano has stronger than average strombolian to vulcanian-type explosions.
It is one of the few volcanoes in the world that have been in more or less constant eruption for several centuries.

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.

Dukono (Halmahera):
Near constant ash emissions continue from the volcano. An ash plume at 8,000 ft (2.4 km) altitude extended 40 km SW this morning (Darwin VAAC).

Colima (Western Mexico):
Explosions of small to moderate size continue to occur from time to time. The more violent and ash-rich ones produce eruption lightning as the one attached, taken by our friend Hernando on 15 Nov 2015.

Tungurahua (Ecuador):
The activity of the volcano has increased during the past days. Near-continuous explosive eruptions at the summit crater have been creating ash plumes that rose up to 3 km and drifted into westerly directions. Up to 2 mm of fresh ash fall occurred in areas up to 10-20 km west of the volcano. Incandescent bombs were seen ejected during the explosions as well.
The ash falls already started to cause significant damage to infrastructure (roads, buildings) and farmland. In particular, fields in the village of Choglontus located only 6 km southwest of the summit have almost completely been destroyed by the ash.

Continue reading at Volcano Discovery: Volcanoes Today, 18 Nov 2015: Karymsky Volcano, Colima, Dukono, Tungurahua, Rinjani, Etna

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Two Impacts Expected Today | S0 News Nov.18.2015

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Published on Nov 18, 2015

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15 Genius Money-Saving Tricks That Could Save You Thousands

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15 Genius Money-Saving Tricks That Could Save You Thousands

Times are tough, so you need to be prepared to sacrifice a little, right? While you may need to be prepared to start sacrificing a few luxury items in order to save money, there are loads of ways to save money on little things, so you can afford to splurge a little on the things you just can’t live without.

The little savings add up, so learn how a few small changes can keep you from feeling deprived!


50 Things You Should Stop Buying & Start Making 1

50 Things You Should Be Making Not Buying – Slash those grocery bills by making these 50 daily items instead of buying them. Not only are you saving money, these 50 alternatives are much healthier for you!


Shop the Lower and Upper Shelves – Stores place the most profitable items at eye level, so look above and below to find the best deals. You don’t really need name brand, do you?

Take Advantage of Free Fitness Classes – Many gyms have free classes available. Keep track of when they are, and make a point to take advantage of free time with a trainer.


Reconstitute Your Mascara – At 6 or 7 dollars a pop, mascara is pricey stuff. Make yours last 3 times as long by adding a few drops of saline solution whenever it starts to dry out.

Cheap Starbucks Refills – If you keep your Starbucks cup, refills are only 50 cents! Just be sure to take care of it. Nobody wants to touch your old, gross cup.


Call Using Google Voice – Can’t afford a cell phone plan? Use Google Voice to make free phone calls!

Find Free Items on Facebook – There are tons of Facebook groups out there that alert their fans to free offers. Find ones that offer products that you use, then take advantage of those offers!


Regrow Produce – Some types of produce can be regrown from the bits that we usually throw away. Find the kind that you can easily regrow with water, and you will save tons of money on buying fresh veggies.


DIY Reusable Antibacterial Wipes – Make your own non-toxic antibacterial wipes that you can keep reusing. You’ll save a pretty penny and still keep your place sparkling clean.


DIY Reusable Freezer Packs – Freeze a common household sponge to use as a freezer pack. Once it thaws, you can use it to wipe down your eating area. Simply wet and refreeze for the next day.

Cut Shower Time – The best way to save money on your water bill is to cut short long showers. Encourage your family to get clean quicker by placing an egg timer in the bathroom. When it rings, it’s time to get out!


Make and Stick to A Budget – This seems like an obvious idea, but you’d be surprised at how many people really don’t stick to their budgets. Knowing exactly how much you spend and where can keep you from costly overdrafts.


Bake Bread – Baking bread doesn’t have to be time consuming. This recipe will have you baking no-fuss rustic bread for only 40 cents a loaf! Way cheaper than Wonderbread, and it tastes so much better!


Learn How to Order – At Starbucks, you can order your tea “without water” to make sure you get more of the good stuff per cup.


DIY Seasoning Mixes – Packaged seasoning mixes are stuffed with sodium, and cost around a dollar per package. Purchasing your spices in bulk, then creating your own custom mixes means that you save big, and avoid extra sodium.

Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Wednesday, 18 November 2015

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.9) (126 quakes)

Updated: Wed, 18 Nov 15:13 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Wed, 18 Nov (81 earthquakes)
Wed, 18 Nov 14:55 UTC M 4.5 / 10 km – [info] (98 km) Turkey


Wed, 18 Nov 14:47 UTC M 2.7 / 44.3 km – [info] (106 km) OFF NEMURO PENINSULA


Wed, 18 Nov 14:46 UTC M 3.0 / 91.7 km – [info] (69 km) – 95km NW of Chirikof Island, Alaska


Wed, 18 Nov 14:28 UTC M 3.5 / 54 km – [info] (192 km) ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE


Wed, 18 Nov 14:22 UTC M 2.8 / 32.8 km – [info] (185 km) NEAR CHOSHI CITY


Wed, 18 Nov 14:20 UTC M 2.8 / 5 km – [info] (234 km) GREECE


Wed, 18 Nov 14:18 UTC M 4.1 / 251 km – [info] Cordon de Puntas Negras (24 km) 81 km al E de Socaire


GUG (U. Chile)
Wed, 18 Nov 14:15 UTC M 2.8 / 4 km – [info] Goat Rocks (16 km) WASHINGTON


Wed, 18 Nov 14:14 UTC M 4.1 / 5 km – [info] (150 km) SW OFF KYUSHU


Wed, 18 Nov 14:01 UTC M 3.9 / 119.2 km – [info] (30 km) 47 km al S de Mina Collahuasi


GUG (U. Chile)
Wed, 18 Nov 13:42 UTC M 4.7 / 61 km – [info] (101 km) Near East Coast of Honshu, Japan


Wed, 18 Nov 13:42 UTC M 4.3 / 45.3 km – [info] (104 km) KINKAZAN REGION


Wed, 18 Nov 13:42 UTC M 3.4 / 5 km – [info] (236 km) GREECE


Wed, 18 Nov 13:30 UTC M 3.3 / 6 km – [info] (235 km) GREECE


Wed, 18 Nov 13:27 UTC M 3.3 / 8 km – [info] (238 km) GREECE


Wed, 18 Nov 13:20 UTC M 3.1 / 2 km – [info] (246 km) PYRENEES


Wed, 18 Nov 13:03 UTC M 4.8 / 10 km – [info] (242 km) Greece


Nydri (Greece) (24 km E from epicenter)(no details): Let it stop please!!! There is enough damage now (via EMSC)
Préveza (Greece) (35 km NE from epicenter)(no details): Strong (via EMSC)
Arta (Greece) (66 km NE from epicenter)(no details): Small duaration and shaking. (via EMSC)
Neochori Mesologgiou (Greece) (82 km SE from epicenter)(no details): Stronger from the previews one (via EMSC)
(Greece) (125 km E from epicenter)(no details): very short about 5 seconds but lots of noise at the same time as the shaking (via EMSC)
Fterno (Greece) (24 km SE from epicenter)(no details): Weer een sterke naschok…water van zwembad zwiepte…vrij lang (via EMSC)
Lefkada (Greece) (25 km E from epicenter)(no details): Strong quake qith duration arund 15 seconds. (via EMSC)
Preveza (Greece) (36 km NE from epicenter)(no details): Lighter than the one before, different kind: started slowly (softer) getting stronger until finished after 15 secs. Nothing fell down this time, only swinging lights. (via EMSC)
Patras (Greece) (126 km SE from epicenter)(no details): Μικρή δόνηση (via EMSC)
Wed, 18 Nov 13:01 UTC M 4.0 / 234 km – [info] Cordon de Puntas Negras (31 km) ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE


Wed, 18 Nov 12:52 UTC M 3.1 / 9 km – [info] (247 km) WESTERN TURKEY



Continue reading at Volcano Discovery: Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Wednesday, 18 November 2015

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Do You Feel The Pressure That We Are Running Out Of Time For Preparedness?

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A recent comment rings true: “I’m feeling the pressure…like I’m running out of time” (with prepping / preparedness). I have no doubt that MANY people are feeling this. I have a question for your… Why is that?   Gut instincts are usually correct in one way or another. There are REASONS why we feel the […]

Situational Awareness: What it Means to Preppers

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Situational Awareness What it Means to PreppersWith the Terror attack that occurred in Paris, the reality that these attacks are becoming more wide spread and the fact that there seems to be no end in sight, I’ve been thinking about how people are oblivious to their surroundings these days.

Everyone seems to have their heads buried in their cell phones, listening to music on their headphones, or just simply day dreaming about what they are going to do after work, without a care in the world about what is going on around them.

The definition of situational awareness is having the mindset in which you are constantly evaluating your surroundings for dangerous situations and any potential threats to your safety.

This doesn’t just mean watching for terrorists, this means being aware of your surroundings at the grocery store, walking down the street and getting into your car, because disaster can strike anywhere at any time.

The only difference between a terrorist and an average everyday criminal is the size of their weapons. They are both weak minded cowards that prey on the weak and unsuspecting, and they both focus on soft targets that give them the best possible chance for success.

As preppers we probably have a better understanding of situational awareness (or should have) than most people these days, but how much thought do we give it on a daily basis? I’ll admit, I too “fall asleep at the wheel” at times, but is shouldn’t take an attack like this to wake us up. As preppers we should always try to practice situational awareness and avoid dangerous situations as much as possible.

You might think of the military when you think about situational awareness, but the same principals apply to prepping and keeping ourselves out of dangerous situations. Here are a few things to think about to become more situationally aware.

Analyze Your Vulnerabilities

Analyze Your VulnerabilitiesThe first thing you need to do is take a look at what you do to make yourself a target, as well as your strengths and weaknesses. There are certain things we can change right off the bat, and some things we just have to deal with. Take a hard look at what you do on a daily basis that you could change.

  • When you walk out of a store are you paying attention to what other people are doing? Or do you walk straight to your car with your head down?
  • If you are at a sporting event or crowded area do you know where the easiest exit is?
  • Are you guilty of having your head buried in your phone while you are walking down the street?

The things we do daily like driving to work become routine and subconscious. How many times have you been driving somewhere and took the wrong turn because subconsciously you were driving to work…I have a few times.

Survey Your Surroundings

In order to assess your surroundings you need to have a baseline, look for anomalies and have a plan of action. This is a little easier to do in places you travel every day, but even if you are someplace new, we still have a general idea of how things should be.

Establish a Baseline: Like I said this is pretty easy in places you go all the time but here are a few examples…

  • If you work in an office most people will probably be wearing suits or dressed nice.
  • People in the park during the summer will be wearing less clothing that they would on colder days.
  • People at Walmart are rude and dress funny. Seriously though, watch how oblivious people are at Walmart…talk about a soft target!

Look for Anomalies: Now that you have a baseline to work from you can more easily spot the anomalies or anything out of the ordinary. Someone wearing a lot of clothing in the summer months doesn’t necessarily mean they are hiding weapons, but at the very least it should register in your head to be cautious.

Have a Plan of Action: If you do see something out of the ordinary you need to have a plan to react, or have a plan to avoid the situation all together. With a little practice this is actually easier to do than you think, as long as you aren’t staring at your phone the whole time.

Prepared vs Paranoid

don't be paranoidThere is a huge difference between being aware of a situation and ready to act than being paranoid and over reacting. The last thing we want to do is go through life scared, because that’s what the bad guys want.

Someone accidentally leaving a backpack at a bus stop while they walk into a 7-11 to get a soda doesn’t mean you run away screaming “BOMB!”

But if someone were to leave a suitcase in an airport terminal and walk away with no intention to return, that might be a good time to alert the proper authorities.

Demonstrate Awareness

Like I said earlier, criminals and terrorists look for soft targets that give them the best chance for success. Something as little as looking people in the eyes and giving the perception that you will not go quietly could cause them to move on to the next target.

You don’t need to have your concealed carry weapon (although you should) you just need to look like you might. Having a handgun, pepper spray or a pocket knife on you could give you the confidence you need without even having to use them.

Beware of Preconceived Notions

Just because someone is wearing a 3 piece suit doesn’t mean they will not do you harm, and just because someone looks homeless doesn’t mean they are going to rob you blind.

You hear all the time about people impersonating police officers, and what a better way of getting you off guard than praying on your preconceived notions. This is especially true in a SHTF situation. A woman with a baby coming to your front door asking for food could be a bigger threat than a mean looking biker.

The S.T.A.N.D. Acronym

Take a Stand Acronym

Situational Awareness: Be aware of your surroundings and be ready to act if the situation arises. Don’t be paranoid, but be prepared to do what is necessary to protect yourself whether that means fight or flight.

Tactical Advantage: In military terms this could mean fighting from the high ground or covering your 6 (your back.) In the streets it could mean not getting caught alone and be ready to react if the situation arises.

Assets on Hand: This could mean what you are carrying with you or knowing what is around you that can be used. What supplies do you have laying around your job that could be used to defend yourself?

Neutralize the Threat: Sometimes the situation doesn’t call for extreme force, neutralizing the threat could mean removing yourself from the situation.

Determination: Be prepared to finish what you started, having pity on an attacker will only lead them to think you are weak. Sometimes this might mean using lethal force, and sometimes it might mean hogtying them and waiting for the authority’s. Always be prepared to end the threat by any means necessary.

Increase Your Situational Awareness?

By practicing our observational skills everyday we can train ourselves to become aware of our surroundings. This article from GreatNortherPrepper talks about playing games that increase your memory and watching for details…

Pick out details in daily life

If you have to drive to work everyday start to pay attention to the things around you on your drive. Pick out 5 random things on your drive into work and on your way home. Like a name “tagged” in spraypaint on an overpass, a lightpole that is out, a Dog in a yard, how busy a store is that you pass. The next day see if you can remember them on that same stretch of road, see if its there, if it changed, etc.

Do this every day. If you dont remember everything thats ok, its building those neurons in your brain to start to do this automatically. The Brain is like a muscle, and like when you learned to throw a ball, play tennis, whatever, you had to practice over and over again until it began to become “right”. Your brain is the same way, over time it will start to do this automatically and you will notice EVERYTHING that is out of place.

Make sure and read the whole article from the Great Norther Prepper website about situational preparedness for preppers, it has some great information from a former veteran.

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5 Clear Advantages of Carrying Concealed – And Why You Should if You Don’t

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5/5 (1) Permitted in all 50 states, carrying a concealed gun is no longer a taboo topic of discussion. There are still the ones who strongly disagree with carrying, but the importance of carrying can no longer be denied. Preppers know that in a SHTF scenario, open or concealed carrying is essential for surviving. Having […]

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Herbal Tonics, Formulas and Recipe Series

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Cold ,Flu and daily health Syrup

This syrup can be taken daily as a general health Tonic. It’s high level of vitamin C and flavanoids will keep your immune system maintained all year. it also has vitamins B6,B12 and more to help support the central Nervous system.
God Bless,

1. Yield 16 oz. aprox.
First take 2 cups of distilled water and bring it to a hard boil
Add 1/2 cup of dried elderberries
Add 1/3 cup of dried rose hips
Add 1 cinnamon stick
Add 8 cloves
Add 1 tablespoon of fresh ground Ginger root
Add 1/2 teaspoon of thyme
Lower to a low low  simmer and add cover let simmer for 30 minutes or until reduced by one half.

2. Let cool
3. Add 1 cup of raw wildflower honey mix well and bottle in dark bottles.

ADULTS, When sick take 1 tablespoon per hour. for General Health Tonic take 1 tablespoon daily.

How to handle Domestic Refugees when SHTF

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A major crisis will create multiple waves of refugees and in time, these refugees can become a major problem for the entire world. The conflict in Syria and the Paris attacks are just recent examples of what human exodus can lead to. When SHTF, there will be a lot of domestic refugees roaming around and … Read more…

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UST Para Knife 4.0 Glow Review by Razor

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The Ultimate Survival Technologies Para Knife 4.0 Glow is another blade off UST’s line of budget cutting tools. So far I’m 50/50 on them. Let’s see what this one has to offer: -8.5 inches overall length. -3-3/4 inch partially serrated blade. -Full tang 440 stainless steel. -Black titanium coating. -Nylon …

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Paris – Ground Zero For The European Jihad

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Paris terrorist attackIt has become increasingly clear to anyone who has been watching since 9/11, that the attack on the twin towers wasn’t an isolated incident, but rather the opening salvo in a new war. While President Bush responded to it by declaring his infamous “War on Terror,” he was late, terror, compliments of a number of Islamic organizations, had already declared war on the western world.

I say the western world, rather than the United States, because up until the last few years, there have been very few terrorist attacks on the United States. Yet during those ensuing years, those terrorist organizations have been busy in Europe. It wasn’t really until the rise of ISIS, that we saw much of an increase of Islamic terrorism here at home.

But we are not the first target in the plans for this jihad. While the Muslim world hates the United States and fully intends to bring us down, they have decided to go after Europe first. More specifically, it appears that they have chosen France as ground zero.

The terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday the 13th, are the second major terrorist attack in Paris to receive worldwide press this year. Together with the attack on Charlie Hebdo, earlier this year, Islamic terrorists have succeeded in killing over 180 people in Paris this year (final numbers on this latest attack are still unsure as of this writing). While not coming anywhere close to the attack on the twin towers, this is a significant number of innocent lives ended, in a war to conquer the world.

Make no mistake, this is a war and its goal is world conquest. Muslim leaders have made it clear that this is a holy war, a jihad, with the goal of creating a worldwide Islamic caliphate. Under such a caliphate, the rest of us have three options: convert to Islam, become what is essentially their slaves or die. If we hesitate in deciding, they’ll decide for us and just kill us.

While Muslims are invading all of Europe, it is clear that they are concentrating on the wealthier countries. Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Britain and France have all accepted large amounts of refugees, mostly from Syria, and are all feeling the effects of these new residents.

And while immigrants and refugees are normally expected to assimilate into the host country’s culture, Muslims emphatically state that the host country must adapt to them, taking businesses, individuals and even the government itself to court over every imagined slight against their beliefs.

France has received more than their fair share of these legal attacks. Earlier this year, reports came out about the “no go zones” throughout France; areas which had been taken over by the Muslim population and where the population has made it clear that everyone else is unwelcome, including the police.

The coordinated Friday the 13th attack makes the terrorist death toll in France higher than any other nation in Europe this year. It is clear that France has been singled out for special attention by the jihadists. While there is no way that we can be certain about the reason for this, unless the terrorists themselves tell us, there are a few possible reasons we can speculate about:

  • France is the most socialist of the Western European countries, giving the terrorists much more of an open door to work in.
  • The French Army hasn’t won a war in over a century. That makes the country look weak.
  • France is a wealthy country, meaning that taking it over would provide a good source of income to the jihadists.
  • France borders Germany, England, Italy and Spain; along with France, these countries have the greatest GDP of all European countries, with the exception of Russia. That makes the conquest of France a very key strategic goal.

As to the attackers in Friday’s massacre, information is slowly dribbling out. Of greatest import, one of the attackers was carrying a passport identifying him as a Syrian refugee, who entered Europe through Greece and then moved on to France.

One of the other terrorists who was captured has identified himself as being a member of ISIS and claimed the attacks were done under the auspices of ISIS. This agrees with press releases made by ISIS leadership themselves. Other attackers were French citizens, all of whom were known to have Muslim sympathies.

So there is no question that the attack was a Muslim attack. But was that all? German police stopped a car that was en route to Paris, carrying a virtual arsenal on board. Could it be that the attack was not as large as originally planned, simply because of a lack of arms?

Of course, the French people are extremely limited in their rights to own any firearms. Apparently, pistols are virtually prohibited, as are all fully-automatic firearms. Rifles and shotguns can be purchased, if one has a permit for ownership for either hunting or sporting purposes. That permit requires a psychological evaluation and must be renewed regularly.

This wasn’t an issue for the terrorists, who like all criminals just ignored the law. But it did ensure that the terrorists would have little to no opposition, as the only ones who could oppose them were the police.

Eyewitness reports from inside the concert hall say that the terrorists had ample time to calmly reload their AK-47s several times, before spraying the crowded hall with more gunfire.

This is the type of country that the Democrat Party wants to give us. They want to take our rights to own firearms away from us, while importing hundreds of thousands of Muslims, at least some of which are bound to be terrorists. If they are not in cahoots with the terrorists, they are fools who are working in such a way as to make it easier for the jihadists to have their way in our country and bring the same sort of attack, with the same sorts of results.

Had there been only one or two citizens in that concert hall who were carrying concealed, the outcome may have been much different. Granted, going up against a fully-automatic assault rifle with nothing more than a pistol is dangerous and the concealed carrier would probably have died. But if they had succeeded in killing or even severely wounding even one of the gunmen, it would have saved dozens of lives.

This video was first seen on Inside Edition

So where does this leave us here in the United States? First of all, we now have proof that ISIS is using the Syrian refugee situation to infiltrate their soldiers into the countries that are being invaded. That’s not really a surprise, as many conservative politicians and commentators have voiced that very concern.

But we have to take into account the full scope of the invasion that is happening today. Since Obama took power, he has allowed more than 250,000 Muslim immigrants each and every year. Of these, only about 10% have skills which allow them to become self-supporting, without depending on government assistance. So, you and I are literally financing this jihad with our tax dollars, as Obama gives them our money so that they can come here to wage war against our culture.

We know that they are waging war against our culture, because we see it all the time. Not all of them are doing so with automatic weapons and explosive vests. Many are doing so in the courtrooms. These are the supposed “moderates.” How is it moderate to demand that our culture change to match their restrictive, oppressive law?

Then there are those who are committing outright acts of violence. Since 2011, more than 100 Muslims have been charged with jihad-related crimes, here in the United States.

Obama’s administration claims that we face a greater danger from right-wing supremacist terrorists, but that’s only because they label every such event as an act of terrorism, while they refuse to admit that any Muslim act of violence is an act of terrorism and jihad; rather, it is “workplace violence.”

So there’s no question that we have Muslim terrorists here within our borders. The only questions are how many of them are here and what they are going to do. That we’re going to have to wait to see.

Coincidentally, the same day that they were attacking Paris, the first 10,000 Syrian refugees landed in New Orleans. They will be processed there and moved out to the receiving cities, where they will be allowed to live off of your and my tax dollars.

Since the leftist government will be vetting them, we can be sure that they won’t care how many terrorists are in that group. We’ll find out when their acts are reported as another case of workplace violence, while the liberal media tries to spin it into being right-wing conservatives that did it.

Friends, we are living in dangerous times. If you don’t have a concealed carry license, get one, before it is too late. Start carrying, every minute you are awake. Get to the shooting range and get some practice. Learn how to put down those terrorists. You might just be the one who stops such an event from happening. There’s no time to wait.


This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

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Weathering the storm!

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Weathering the storm is something that we should all be prepared for.  While I could be talking about what is coming with the “Refugee”/ Terrorist invasion of our countries, I am not.  There are enough people out there that are discussing their thoughts on that subject and I can see no good reason to jump …

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WARNING! Beware of “Mindfulness” and “Mindful Intervention”!

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     As usual, in the busyness and chaos of my life, I manage to hear snippets of the world’s conversations all around me, and sometimes the Holy Spirit will “zing” me with a “Pay attention to this” summons.  Such was the case when I overhead a Fox News announcer commenting that the Department of Education is spending upwards of $2.5 million to bring a “mindfulness intervention” to kindergarteners in Chicago, where kids can go to “calm spots” in the corner to watch nature videos.
     What the 10-second sound bite did not tell the audience was that this government program is in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, which has spent over $100 million studying this New Age meditation technique called “mindfulness”.  What’s more, The Education Department has introduced this “Calm Classroom” program into 3,000 schools through its Investing in Innovation Fund.  What?!?!  Exactly what are all these “government programs” that taxpayer dollars are funding, and what exactly is it that they are trying to accomplish??

     To begin with, Investing in Innovation Fund is “to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.”  And if you follow the rabbit trail, they propose that advancing student achievement can be accomplished through this theory based on “mindfulness intervention”.  But what, precisely, is that?  According to the grant abstract, written to acquire funding, “Mindfulness is a secular, psychological mode involving non-judgmental focus on present-moment sensations, and has been shown to have a number of benefits to well-being.  Our project offers an innovative approach not only because mindfulness is unique relative to traditional social-emotional learning (SEL) programs, but also because of added elements designed to replenish children’s focus directly back into the content of school, including always-available ways to take very brief ‘brain breaks.’ ”  (Please pay attention to the words and phrases that I have underlined; you will see their significance shortly).
      So, if kindergartners in Chicago are the focus group for this grant, just what is the government hoping to accomplish or prove?  According to the written grant, the Chicago Public School System, along with various Institutes and a trademarked program called Calm Classroom, hope to employ a mindfulness-based intervention to increase the self-regulation and engagement in learning of young children in low-performing schools.  Furthermore, the grant states, “The need for this approach arises from two conditions. First, mastery of self-regulation skills during the early years of schooling has been shown to be as, if not more important to long-term academic competence than intelligence or domain-specific knowledge. Second, increasingly younger children are experiencing high levels of trauma, unpredictability, and toxic stress, thus arriving at school with tendencies to either act out or disengage, rather than being ready to participate productively in the classroom community and learn.”
     That whole line about “increase self-regulation” says to me that they don’t want any original thinkers, or kids who think outside the box, or who might challenge the teacher and other students with their uncontrolled imaginations.  What happened to the psychological motto of “not killing the child’s spirit”, that was so popular in the 60’s?
     Besides sounding like a bunch of New Age hocus-pocus, it seems very clear to me that the public school systems have lost control of their students, and now need to engage in some kind of “brain games” to mollify and reduce classroom disruption.  I don’t know about you, but a trip to the principal’s office in my grade school days, was enough to keep me from acting up.  I knew that at the end of that hall might be the Athletic Coach with a paddle.
     But it’s not enough to point out the lack of discipline in schools, or to lament the decidedly “secular”, environmental, and mystical approach to maintaining classroom control.  You really need to know what is really behind this “mindfulness” movement.  Here it is:  The skill of mindfulness can be gradually developed using meditational practices that are described in detail in the Buddhist tradition. The Five-Aggregate Model, an ancient model of the mind and body, is a helpful theoretical resource that could guide mindfulness interventions.  The term “mindfulness” is derived from the Pali-term sati, which is an essential element of Buddhist practice, including vipassana, satipaṭṭhāna and anapanasati. It has been popularized in the West by Jon Kabat-Zinn with his mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program.
     Now, here is where it gets frightening for me…. Did you know that in 2012,  Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio published A Mindful Nation, and has received a $1 million federal grant to teach mindfulness in schools in his home district?  Or, in 2000, The Inner Kids Program, a mindfulness-based program developed for children, was introduced into public and private school curricula in the greater Los Angeles area?  Or how about the fact that The Holistic Life Foundation, a non-profit organization that created an in-school mindfulness program called Mindful Moment, is currently serving almost 350 students daily at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School and approximately 1300 students at Patterson Park High School in Baltimore, Maryland? At Patterson High School, the Mindful Moment program engages the school’s faculty along with the students during a 15-minute mindfulness practice at the beginning and end of each school day.  They are allowed to practice an element of Buddhist meditation, but a prayer to the One True God of the Universe is illegal?
     And just to top off the widespread use of the Mindfulness Movement, consider this: A study enrolled college students in a course about mindfulness that included guided mindfulness meditation as part of the curriculum. After the semester, pre- and post-levels for different aspects of mental health were compared and students were found to have more non-judgmental stances towards their thoughts and feelings. This is believed to result in better stress-coping skills, improved academic performance and quality of life.  Furthermore, scores continued to improve for the weeks following the end of the course, demonstrating the long-lasting effects of mindfulness meditation.
     Do you see what I’m trying to show you?  For years now, our public schools and universities have been preparing our kids to become robots!  Let’s not teach them critical thinking skills!  No!  Let’s teach them all to hum a mantra and dull their minds so they are easily contained and mastered.  And it is now instituted from kindergarten to college!  If you really want to see the full scope of what I believe is a harmful movement to capture and control the minds of our kids, read the Wikipedia entry. I know not everyone thinks Wikipedia falls under the banner of incontrovertible truth, but if even a fraction of what they report is true, it should frighten all parents.  Don’t be fooled by the claims that  “calm spots” and “brain breaks” are needed elements to help your kids learn better.  Just teach them Readin’, Writin’, and Arithmetic, and how to think for themselves!

Go to the article at The Free Beacon website for more information on what the Department of Education has in store for your kids.  
2 Corinthians 11:3    “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

How To Save Money On Your Paper Products

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Today’s post is about how to save money on your paper products. Do you use way more paper towels than your mom did? How many in a day do you use? I don’t remember my mom even using paper towels at all. I asked my husband when did we start using paper towels? He said, “I don’t think we used them we first got married”. He was going to school and working two jobs so I doubt very much paper towels were in our budget. In fact, they would have been a luxury back then. Now that I am semi-retired paper towels are again a luxury to me. We are all looking at our budgets to see where we can cut costs, right?  When I was writing my book: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation I had to calculate how many rolls of toilet paper and paper towels we would need for so many days, weeks and months. I want people to think about what to store for those unexpected situations that may arise after a disaster or unforeseen emergency.

Save Money On Your Paper Products-Use Cloth Instead

I have read a few blogs about making my own “cloth” paper towels, which is something I could do. I have a serger and I could buy the fabric using a coupon to save money by making my own. But, I don’t want to make my own. I don’t want to go pick up the fabric or cut and serge the edges with my serger. So I bought 60 ready made 2-ply diapers. Yep, I ordered them, opened the box and washed them. Zip zap bam, done! I decided on these very thin ones because I could stack several in my counter top container and wash and dry them quickly if I needed to. I am always thinking if I lose power can I use these? They will wash and dry easily because of the thickness.

Here are the ones I bought: Linteum Textile REUSABLE BIRDSEYE BABY DIAPERS 12×16 in. Washable 2-Ply Prefold Cloth Diapers 12-Pack I decided for me purchasing them for less than $1.00 a piece was a great buy. I use about one paper towel roll in two days which I figured costs me about $15.00 a month depending on the brand and how many sheets are on the rolls. It will take me about four months, give or take, to recoup my cost of these cloth ones. I realize I will use soap and pay for utilities to keep these clean. Of course, I will still buy a case of regular paper towels occasionally because I won’t want to use my cloth ones to drain my bacon or greasy foods. I plan to wash these at the same time I wash my whites, which will include wash clothes and hand towels.  That way I really won’t be using much more in utility and detergent costs since I’m washing the other items anyway.  Maybe a little longer in the dryer, but not much.

I am still learning the withdrawals of using a quick paper towel and toss habit, but I am determined to use only one or two cloth paper towels per day. I am only going to use one paper towel roll per month. Wish me luck, it’s all about saving the $$$$. Do you have any tips for saving money on your paper products?

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Podcast #121: Interview with Rick Stone of Our Stoney Acres

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Mountain Woman Radio Episode 121 Rick Stone of Our Stoney AcresNovember 18th, 2015: In today’s show I had the privilege to interview Rick Stone of Our Stoney Acres.  Rick is a master gardener and loves to share his knowledge. Rick’s classes: Class 1 Vegetable Garden basics – http://bit.ly/1HnWzvQ Class 2 PVC Drip irrigation – http://bit.ly/1PjmEPf Class 3 Seed Starting – http://bit.ly/1Mt3cxk Class 4 Year Round Gardening – http://bit.ly/1kDOGIj If you […]

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Everstryke Pro Review: A Compact Waterproof Survival Lighter

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everstryke pro reviewWhen I was growing up, my parents taught me that the three basic things I would need to live are food, clothing, and shelter. As I grew older and began to learn more and more about outdoor survival preparedness, I revised that list to include the three absolute necessities for outdoor survival: Shelter, water, and heat.

I’m going to leave solutions for shelter and water for another time and focus this review on how to establish a heat source with one product in particular: The Everstryke Pro fire starting kit.

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Everstryke Pro Review

At its essence, the survival life Everstryke lighter is a capsule lighter, which is basically a miniaturized kerosene candle with its own starting mechanism. In order for the Everstryke Pro to be effective, a source of fuel must be supplied, but I’ll elaborate more on that in a second.

I’ll begin my Everstryke Pro review with a general description of the product. Closed up, it’s slightly larger than a .44 magnum cartridge and includes a clip for attaching to your gear (such as the zippers and clips featured on the Advanced Tactical Hip Bag). In total, it weighs about as much as the aforementioned round of ammunition.

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Shown next to a .22 LR, you can see how compact the Survival Life Everstryke is.

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The capsule length is about 2 inches, including the housing for the clip.

The top of this survival life firestarter screws off, revealing the wick and striker wheel, which throws sparks quite profusely and makes this a great tool for igniting tinder, even in a long-term survival scenario with no fuel.

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Unscrew the cap of the Everstryke Pro lighter to access the striker wheel and wick.

The main lighter housing features an O-ring at the base of the point where the cap screws down, keeping the wick from getting waterlogged if it happens to be immersed in water, making this lighter waterproof. In fact, you can CLICK HERE to see a video of the Everstryke Pro being submerged into a FISHBOWL for an hour and then being taken out and lit with no problem at all. The nice, quality case and O-ring also help keep fuel from evaporating.

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The black O-ring seals out water and prevents fuel from evaporating.

How To Fill A Capsule Lighter

The striker and wick are mounted on a hollow cylinder that fits inside the lighter housing, which, when you remove it and flip it upside down, reveals foam that you saturate with fuel to feed the wick, as well as a screwdriver-adjustable flint.

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The hollow cylinder slides out for refilling with fuel and adjusting the flint.

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The foam is shaped to seat around the flint, which can be adjusted using a flathead screwdriver.

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The foam (on right) pops out, revealing the wick.

To fill the lighter, remove the internal cylinder, take lighter fluid (the sort you use for charcoal barbeques) and carefully fill the housing halfway – it doesn’t take much. Then, slowly re-insert the internal cylinder. The foam should sop up the fuel, and in short order, the wick should get wet with fuel; the lighter is now ready to use. However, as with any reliable lighter, use caution when filing it.

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Adding fuel to the housing.

To avoid getting lighter fluid all over the place in the event of an overflow, fill your Everstryke Pro lighter over a sink or outdoors. Always ensure you wash your hands and give the lighter a wipe-down before attempting to light it.

Field Testing The Everstryke Pro Lighter

I tested out this product under two real-life conditions: The first, lighting a wood stove at a shop I’m painting; and the second, burning trash in an incinerator. After testing it out for a few weeks, I found it to be a fairly capable fire starter with one clear advantage over matches in that the wick creates a flame that is wider than your typical match, giving you a better chance of igniting tinder or kindling.

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Provides a wider, steadier flame than a match and won’t burn down to your fingers.

For those accustomed to butane lighters, this unit can seem reticent to light, at most taking up to about a dozen strikes to light the wick. However, this is about on-par with flint and steel fire starting kits, and doesn’t include the hassle of collecting fine tinder to light it.

One potential disadvantage, especially for those who live as far north as I do, is the potential for fuel to evaporate at colder temperatures. The butane found in disposable cigarette lighters has a temperature limit of around -0.5℃. This may be problematic for the heavier fuel used in the Everstryke Pro, although this would affect any lighter of this type, including a Zippo.

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The Survival Life Everstryke fits easily on a keyring and unclips for quick access when needed.

It yields a sizable flame, about two to three times that of a match, and, of course, burns longer. It’s modestly weatherproof, maintaining a hot flame in light snow and a moderate breeze. Of important note is that, much like a Zippo, the Everstryke Pro lighter may not light the very first time you strike it. This is a function of a reliable lighter that uses lighter fluid instead of a butane-based, BIC-type lighter. Slower ignition time is just one of the trade-offs made when choosing a refillable lighter over a disposable one.

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Had to give it dunk to see for myself.

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After being submerged for 10 minutes, no water had leaked into the cap and it was ready to light.

Summing It Up

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As a concluding point for my Everstryke Pro review, its compact size, simple design, and affordability make it a useful addition to any EDC, camping, or survival kit.

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Obama And The U.N. Just Passed ‘Agenda 21 On Steroids,’ And Virtually No One Noticed

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Obama And The U.N. Just Passed 'Agenda 21 On Steroids,' And Virtually No One Noticed

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While the mainstream media has ignored the freedom-infringing nature of Agenda 21, the world’s leaders and the United States have passed another “biodiversity” plan which many are calling the current program’s “evil twin.”

The newest program is called Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, and it was passed this fall by United Nations members with barely a mention on any mass media outlet. The Heartland Institute think tank calls it a “rebooting” of Agenda 21, and it has the full support of the Obama administration.

“2015 is a pivotal year for global development,” the White House said in a statement. “The adoption of the 2030 Agenda, which sets out a global development vision and priorities for the next 15 years, captures the hopes and ambitions of people around the globe for meaningful change and progress, including here in the United States.”

The Heartland Institute even calls Agenda 2030 “Agenda 21 on steroids,” and the document itself seems to acknowledge that.

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“This is an Agenda of unprecedented scope and significance,” the Agenda 2030 preamble states. “It is accepted by all countries and is applicable to all, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.”

Agenda 2030 has 17 goals, some of which may seem innocent on the surface but which, once implemented, will erode liberty, said Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center. For example, the first goal is to end poverty everywhere.

“The only answer the plan offers for eliminating poverty is redistribution of wealth,” DeWeese wrote at AmericanPolicy.org. “The document calls for ‘equal rights to economic resources.’ That means government is claiming an absolute power to take away anything that belongs to you to give to whomever it deems more deserving.”

Obama And The U.N. Just Passed 'Agenda 21 On Steroids,' And Virtually No One NoticedAnother goal is to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.”

“This is Smart Growth which promises a utopia of families and neighbors playing and working together, riding bikes, walking to work in stress free communities,” DeWeese wrote. “It really means the end of private property rights, single family homes, and stack and pack high rises where residents are over taxed, over regulated, rents are high and individual thoughts and actions are viewed as a threat to the “well-ordered society.”

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Sustainable development, the preamble says, is the primary goal.

“All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan,” it reads. “… We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”

Agenda 21 was launched in 1992, with the United States government a signatory to the “voluntary, non-binding” action plan.

(Listen to Off The Grid Radio’s in-depth report on Agenda 21 here.)

“While Agenda 21 focused mainly on the environment, Agenda 2030 encompasses far more and is touted to be the ‘new universal agenda’ for humanity,” Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O’Neil of the Heartland Institute and the Illinois Review wrote. “It professes to be an altruistic plan that will benefit future generations. The reality, however, is that U.N. Agenda 2030 will rob individuals of most every freedom through its imposed mandates.”

They added that “American citizens need to wake up to the fact that their American sovereignty is being challenged by the United Nations.”

The Agenda 2030 plan clearly states that it is a “new universal agenda” for all of humanity.

Even though the phrase “Agenda 21” remains largely unfamiliar to the vast majority of Americans, its dictates are already impacting their lives. More than 500 cities and towns across the country have passed some version of the global biodiversity plan as enacted by the United Nations.

Do you think Agenda 2030 is an innocent plan or a “Trojan horse”? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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3 Skills that Cover a Multitude of Survival Sins

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by Todd Walker

From the biblical perspective, sin is “missing the mark.” In wilderness survival, not hitting your target in one skill doesn’t have to mean certain death. However, fall short in these three critical survival skills, and, dude, you’re screwed!

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You won’t get a second chance to see your family again if you can’t stay warm and hydrated. Core Temperature Control (CTC) is the redeeming factor.

Cold and Wet: The Perfect Storm

Your body does a remarkable job regulating core temperature. However, add moisture to the equation, drop the temperature slightly, and you’ve got a perfect storm for hypothermia.

Water saps body heat 25 times faster than air. And 70 to 80% of your body heat is lost through your head and neck. The remaining heat loss goes through your fingers, hands, and feet. The simple act of breathing in cold air and expelling warm air will chill your body.

A slight change in core temp, even by a degree or two, will affect your bodily functions. Shivering, lack of coordination, slurred speech, and numbness in the extremities are signs of hypothermia. Decrease to 91.4ºF (33ºC) and you lose consciousness. Complete muscle failure occurs at 82.4ºF (28ºC).

Core Temperature Equipment

This article is not addressing wilderness living skills or long-term self-reliance. We’re talking about surviving. You can’t very well pursue long-term stuff if you’re not equipped to survive the a short-term storm. And, by storm, I mean – when you need immediate help and none is available – in the wilderness or urban setting.

The first step to being equipped is to always carry equipment. No matter how many debris huts you’ve built, you’d be a stupid survivalist, and possibly a dead one, to not pack some sort of emergency shelter option, fire kit, metal container, cordage, and a knife.

Below is my emergency kit I carry no matter how long I plan to be in the woods.

  • Emergency Space Blanket ~ The best 12 ounce item in my kit for core temperature control. I also carry two contractor grade garbage bags – too many uses to mention here.
  • Fire Kit ~ Three different ignition sources – open flame (Bic lighter), spark ignition (ferro rod), solar ignition (magnifying lens), sure fire (diy and commercial), duct tape, and a bit of dry tinder material.
  • Knife ~ There is no such thing as “The Best Survival Knife”. However, your cutting tool should have multipurpose attributes and be hair-popping sharp.
  • Metal Container ~ A metal water bottle can be used to boil water, make char cloth, cook meals, and perform self-aid duties.
  • Cordage ~ I carry both 550 paracord and tarred mariners line.

These items are my bare bones kit and go with me camping, hiking, backpacking, and hunting. Don’t think you’ll ever need these kit items? Think again. Read this real-life survival story of an injured hunter in the Idaho wilderness.

Core Temperature Control Skills

Conserving body heat is the key to survival. Your body produces heat from biochemical reactions in cells, exercise, and eating. Without a furry coating like lower animals, insulation to maintain a body temperature at 98.6 degrees F is critical.

It all starts with…

Skill #1 ~ Shelter

Sins of Sheltering: Not carrying an emergency space blanket and wearing improper clothing.

While having an emergency space blanket is important, your shelter is built before you ever step over the door sill of your warm and cozy home. Your clothes are your first layer of shelter.

Ever see men with Sasquatch hair at the beach. No matter how thick it appears, that rug won’t insulate when wet and cold.

To trap body heat, layer your clothing. Layers create dead air space much like the insulation in house walls and attics. Layering is activity-dependent. But the basic concept applies to any outdoor cold weather activity.

Here’s my layer system…

A.) Base Layer ~Your base layer should fit snuggly to your body. Long sleeve shirt and underwear made of polyester blend for wicking perspiration away from my body. Sock liners go on first before wool socks. Thin wool glove liners are worn inside my larger leather mittens.

B.) Insulation ~ Yes, I wear cotton, and sometimes fleece, on top of the base layer. This is dependent upon my activity. If I’m really active in really cold weather, I wear a wool sweater. Wool is my favorite insulation layer. Here’s why…

  • Wool fiber absorbs up to 36% of its weight and gradually releases moisture through evaporation.
  • Wool has natural antibacterial properties that allow you wear it multiply days without stinking up camp. Not so with synthetics.
  • Wool wicks moisture, not as well as synthetics, but better than cotton.
  • Wool releases small amounts of heat as it absorbs moisture.
  • Wool contains thousands of natural air-trapping pockets for breathable insulation.

Remembering the importance of dead air space, your insulation layer should fit loosely and be breathable. Apply the acronym C.O.L.D. to your insulating layer…

  1. C – Keep CLEAN
  2. O – Avoid OVERHEATING
  3. L – Wear loose LAYERS to create dead air space
  4. D – Keep DRY

C.) Outer Layer ~ Waterproof is not your friend. Yes, it will keep rain and wetness out, but it will also seal perspiration in eventually soaking your insulation. Wear a weather-resistant shell that allows moisture to escape. The main concern for this layer is to block wind.

Your head, hands, and feet are included in this layer. I’m partial to wool hats to keep my bald head warm. In subzero temps, I wear my shapka, a Russian red fox winter hat, I bought in Siberia in the early 90’s.

Cold feet are deceptive. Frostbite can happen before you know the damage is done. Wear polyester sock liners with wool socks inside your footwear of choice.

Jamie Burleigh under an emergency space blanket shelter with garbage bag bed

Jamie Burleigh under an emergency space blanket shelter with garbage bag bed at The Pathfinder School.

D.) Waterproof Shelter ~ Again, for emergency essentials, you can’t beat a good space blanket to block wind, rain, and reflect heat back to your body. Combined with a plastic painter’s tarp, a Kochanski Super Shelter can keep you warm in subzero condition in street clothes.

Use two large contractor garbage bags can be filled with leaves, wet or dry, for an insulating ground pad. They don’t add much weight or take up much space in your kit.

There are many more options for waterproof covering. The above list is for your emergency kit.

Skill #2 ~ Fire Craft

Sins of Fire Craft: Not carrying multiple ignition sources and all-weather fire starters.

Fire covers a multitude of ‘sins’ in your survival skills. Even if you deliberately commit the offense of not packing emergency shelter, fire forgives your lapse in judgement. Scantily clad in the wilderness? Fire covers your wrongdoing. No matter how you “miss the mark” in skills or equipment, fire can redeem you.

If you’ve spent any amount of time in the woods I’m sure you’ve heard Mother Nature humming these classic lyrics…

“… Like it always seems to go, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”

Are you a fair-weather fire crafter?

That’s a good place to start. Nothing wrong with learning in the most fire-friendly conditions. You’ve got dry tinder, kindling, and fuel to burn. This may not be the case when your life depends on making fire in the wind, rain, and snow.

Cheating is NOT a Sin

There is absolutely no such thing as cheating when it comes to building a life-sustaining fire. Who cares what Bushcraft purists think! Your loved ones aren’t worried about style points in fire craft. They want you home alive. So cheat!

For the weekend camper or woodsman, carry these foul weather fire cheats…

Fire Cheat #1 ~ One of the most overlooked fire starters that should already be in your pack is duct tape. Loosely wad up about 2 foot of tape and ignite it with an open flame. A ferrocerium rod will ignite duct tape. However, you have to shred the tape to create lots of surface area. This isn’t your best option if your fingers are losing dexterity in freezing temperatures.

Fire Cheat #2 ~ DiY fire starters made of wax-soaked jute twine or cotton makeup remover pads. I also carry commercially made sure fire that will burn on water.

Fire Cheat #3 ~ Always carry enough dry tinder material to start a fire in sucky weather.

Fire Cheat #4 ~ Know where to find the best possible tinder material and how to process it to create surface area. Dead hanging branches, pencil lead size to pencil size, provide kindling even in the rain.

Fire Cheat #5 ~ Fat lighter’d (aka – fatwood, resin-rich pine wood) is my lifesaver in the south. Discover your best natural fire starter wherever you’re located or plan to travel. I keep this stuff in all my kits. It’s abundant where I live.

Fire Cheat #6 ~ Dry wood is available in all weather conditions if you know where to look. Standing dead Tulip Poplar (Magnolia) is one of my go-to fire resources. The trick to getting to the dry wood is splitting the wood down to tinder, kindling, and fuel size material. The inner bark makes excellent tinder bundles!

Post #500: The One Stick Fire Challenge

One 2 inch diameter stick of tulip poplar made all this: L to R: Thumb, pencil, pencil lead, and bark tinder

And that brings us to the next skill that forgives survival sins…

Skill #3: Knife Skills

A knifeless man is a lifeless man.

The “survival” knife market is full of gadgetry. Gadgets are for gawkers. You don’t need a Rambo knife to survive. You just need a solid knife and some skill. 

Carry a good knife and practice with what you carry. Your knife may become your one-tool-option. Here are a few characteristics I look for when selecting my main knife…

  • High carbon steel blade that is non-coated. Coated knives can’t be used to create sparks off the spine with a rock to ignite charred material. Carbon steel is easier to sharpen in the field than stainless steel.
  • Blade length between 4-5 inches.
  • Full tang (solid metal under the entire handle) lessens the chance of breakage when an ax is not available to split wood and you have to resort to the baton method.
  • A 90 degree spine is useful to strike ferro rods, process tinder, scrape wood shavings for fire, and many other uses.
  • Most importantly, your knife should feel right in your hand as you use it. The best “survival” knife is the one you have on you and are proficient with.

Knife Sins: Carrying a knife but never becoming competent with your blade.

You’re not going to be carving spoons and bowls in a short-term survival situation. Your cutting tool will be used to make shelter and fire to control core temperature. Knife skills can be easily developed and honed in your backyard.

Since fire is the most forgiving if you “miss the mark” with proper shelter, we’ll cover the cutting tool’s use in fire craft first.

Have Knife, Will Burn

Even if you’ve committed the first two survival sins, your blade can save you. A knife in skilled hands can create fire from scratch. I don’t rely on friction fire as my first choice but do practice the skill in case I run into unknown unknowns.

With my buddy Bic in my pocket, I still need to process sticks to make fire quick. Both the cutting edge and spine of your knife are used to create surface area needed for ignition.

Remembering that you’re cold and wet, your fine motor skills are probably suffering. Pretty feather sticks are for style points. Style won’t save you. Fire will!

Split a dead wrist-size stick with a baton and knife into thumb size pieces to get to the dry stuff. Split a few of those pieces into smaller kindling. Grip your knife with a reverse grip (cutting edge facing up) and use the spine of your knife to scrape a pile of fine shavings off one of the larger split sticks. If you’ve got fat lighter’d, scrape off a pile of shavings the size of a golf ball. Ignite this pile with a lighter or ferro rod and feed your fire its meal plan.

Here’s a demo of a one stick fire in the rain…

Knife and Shelter

Debris shelters can be built without a knife. Sticks can be broken to length between two trees without a cutting tool. Keep in mind that this type of shelter will take a few hours and lots of calories to construct correctly.

The role of the knife in emergency shelter building is secondary compared to its importance in making fire. You won’t even need a knife to set up a space blanket shelter if you prepped your emergency kit ahead of time.

Blades are expedient in cutting cordage, notching sticks, harvesting green bows for bedding, making wedges to split larger wood without an ax, and a number of other self-reliance tasks.

Basic emergency knife skills every outdoors person should practice include…

  • Safely handling a knife ~ cut away from your body, avoid the triangle of death (the triangle between your knees and crotch), cut within the blood circle when others are nearby (an imaginary circle made with your outstretched arms as you turn 360 degrees), never attempt to catch a falling knife, keep it sheathed unless in use, and keep your blade sharp.
  • Creating surface area for fires ~ splitting sticks, feathering sticks, and shavings.
  • Grip and body mechanics ~ standard grip, reverse grip, chest lever, knee lever, and thumb assisted grip for push cuts in fine carving tasks.
  • With a piece of quarts, chert, or flint, use the spine of your high carbon steel knife for spark ignition on charred material.


All three of these survival skills are needed for emergency core temperature control, but I’d place fire on top of my forgiveness list. Fire can make water potable for hydration, warm poorly clothed pilgrims, cook food to create body heat, smoke signals, illuminate darkness, and comfort the lost.

What’s your top skill for controlling your core temperature? Share if you don’t mind.

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Cold Sores: How to Deal with These Winter Pests

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cold soresReadyNutrition Readers, this is the season for a real pain-in-the-neck to surface seasonally, as you’re hiking and backpacking in the last days of autumn and winter is making its way around the U.S. slowly and steadily.  The dreaded cold sore surfaces, and it can make wearing a face mask or muffler pretty uncomfortable, to say the least.  Carmex and Chap-stick, along with their buddy Blistex are making their rounds.  We are going to cover a few more things that may help besides those supportive salves that may make your life a little more bearable!

The information herein details conditions of cold sores, as well as the mention of several naturopathic foods that may provide relief for sufferers.  The information presented in this article is just that: for informational purposes only.  The contents of this article and any actions herein are not meant to diagnose, treat, prescribe, or rectify any condition or malady discussed here.  For questions or concerns pertaining to this information and actions outlined, please consult your doctor or family physician for their advice and approval.

The Ugly Truth About Cold Sores

Cold sores are also known as fever blisters.  They are a form of the herpes simplex virus that occurs on the lips.  The affliction’s scientific name is herpes labialis, or herpes on the lips, where the cold sores occur.  The virus is the Herpes Simplex Virus 1, or HSV-1.  The virus itself is a human DNA virus that causes recurring eruptions that are painful and embarrassing to the patient.  Also present can be found vesicular eruptions (burst blisters, to phrase it commonly) that leak exudates that are infective and thereby can be transmissible to others.  During the cold weather months, they surface more regularly and due to a weakened immune system often accompany illnesses such as the common cold or the common flu.

After making initial contact with the skin, the virus travels in the body along the nerve fibers until reaching the sensory ganglia.  In this location the virus establishes a latent infection.  Latency means the infection is not active but is lying hidden within the tissues and cells.  There are certain stimuli that may activate the virus, such as sexual contact, exposure to UV radiation, illnesses characterized by fever, and stress/anxiety.  Such stimuli may cause the affliction to resurface and travel back to the site of original infection.

A rash with a red base, upon which can be noticed groups of tiny blisters, characteristically identifies cold sores.  Prescription medications to treat outbreaks and/or prevent recurrences are Acyclovir, Famciclovir, and Valacyclovir.  They are also effective antiviral agents and analgesics.  You will need to seek a doctor’s care to obtain them.

What To Do When Symptoms Manifest

There are some steps to be taken when confronted with HSV-1/cold sores either when you have them or are with another person who does:

  1. When the lesions do manifest themselves, avoid any skin-to-skin contact
  2. The sufferer may wish to use a soft toothbrush, as well as mouthwashes with saline or bicarbonate
  3. Oral anesthetics may be employed (over-the-counter)
  4. Consume soft foods
  5. Use lip balm with sunscreen; this helps to decrease oral lesion recurrence

Natural Ways to Alleviate Cold Sore Symptoms

There are a couple of naturopathic foods that can help to alleviate the symptoms and discomfort with cold sores.

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) is used medicinally.  The dried, flowering herb sans roots is the therapeutic part of the plant.  Scarlet Pimpernel is antiviral, and the aqueous extract of the dried leaves is fungitoxic.  The methanol extract of the dried, powdered drug is antiviral, specifically to HSV-1, the organism responsible for the cold sores.  It can be administered topically as a poultice and/or internally as an infusion.  The dosage is 1.8 grams of powder taken 4 times per day.  Orally (as per infusion) take 5-10 drops or 1 tablet per day.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions if purchasing it in a health food store.

Scarlet Pimpernel can also be administered as an ointment 1-2 times per day.  Be advised that the herb is a strong diuretic, is a diarrheic, and is mildly narcotic at higher dosages.  The herb is beneficial against a variety of other influenza viruses as well.

Thuja (Thuja occidentalis) is a second herb that is effective against cold sores.  Thuja is actually a tree that grows 36-60 feet in height.  The medicinal parts are the oil extracted from the leaves and branch tips, the young dried branches, and the fresh leafy branches.  The tree is found in Eastern North America and is harvested for medicine in the spring.  Dosages must be followed strictly, due to Thuja’s tendency to cause spasms with high dosages of the essential oil, as well as convulsions, metabolic disturbances, and renal disturbances.

Thuja is used in conjunction with antibiotics to treat bacterial conditions of the skin and with Herpes simplex infections.  Thuja is a powerful antiviral, not to be taken lightly.  The use is contraindicated with pregnant women.  The official thujone (a constituent of Thuja) toxicological limit is 1.25-mg/kg body weight.  Dosages are as such:  for extracts – 1:1, 50% ethanol, or 1:10, 60% ethanol, both given 1-2 ml three times daily.  Tincture is given as 100 parts Thuja powder to 1000 parts diluted spirit of wine (EB6).

To summarize, both of these herbs are very serious.  Dosage recommendations of the manufacturer in preparations must be followed to the letter!  You can find these herbs either in commercial preparations or as the raw herb in your better health food stores.  As an adjunct to the salves, these will actually work on the offending organism, and aid you in your battle with a wintertime visit from the cold sores.  May your trips and excursions be happy and safe, and you have a great day!



Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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What You Need to Know About Eating Expired Food

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Have you ever been rooting through your pantry and come across a package that is well past its expiration date? Despite our good intentions, attempts at organization, and careful rotation of supplies, it still happens from time to time.

What about a really amazing sale on a packaged food? Sometimes that good sale is a last-ditch effort to clear out the product before the date. Should you still buy it?

When sorting supplies for my recent relocation, I discovered to my dismay that a couple of items had passed their expiration dates. I was determined to find out whether I needed to throw these items out, or whether the expired food could still be safely consumed.

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What You Need to Know About Expiration Dates

Are you sitting down?

The dates on the packages? They don’t mean much of anything.

The only foods that are required by law to have expiration dates are baby food and baby formula. Everything else is voluntary or arbitrary.  Although I have suspected this for quite some time and even wrote about it in Make Dating Your Preps a Habit, I decided it was time to dig in a bit further and look for facts rather than supposition.

So what are all of those dates printed on food containers?

The website Eatbydate.com defines the terms in an article called The Big Myth.

  • Best Before Date – The “Best Before Date” is, according to the manufacturer, the last date by which a products flavor or quality is best, the optimal time of its shelf life for quality. As noted above, the product may still be enjoyed after the “best before date.” Additionally the manufacturer may call this the “Best if Used By” date or the “Best By” date, which indicates that the quality of food might diminish after that date, but it is still good to eat and the shelf life is still active.
  • Use By Date – The “Use By Date” is the last day that the manufacturer vouches for the product’s quality. The use by date is the date the manufacturers recommend to use the product for “peak quality” in the food. So you may eat the food after the use by date, but it likely is not going to be at peak quality.
  • Sell By Date – The “Sell By Date” on a product is the items expiration date, the end of its shelf life at the store. This is the last date stores are supposed to display the product for sale, after the Sell By Date the stores should remove the product, the Shelf Life has expired. Although the food product may be used and enjoyed past this date, it is not recommended to purchase a product if the Sell By date has past.
  • Shelf Life – The “Shelf Life” of food is used in reference to these common codes (Use by Date, Sell by Date, and Best Before Date). The Shelf Life depends on which code is used and the type of product in question. Please see the specific page for your product to determine the proper shelf life of food because the Shelf Life is different for each particular item!

So with all of this being said, it seems like the dates don’t mean a whole lot. We must rely on our common sense to determine whether or not the expired food is still good to eat. If it smells or tastes “off” it isn’t worth the risk, particularly in a survival situation in which medical assistance may not be available.

Heather Callaghan of Natural Blaze wrote:

Yogurt and deli meat can last a week to 10 days more than the “sell by” date. Salami at two to three weeks. Most fresh meats, especially poultry and seafood, should be cooked and eaten within days. Eggs a whopping five weeks after expiration. When in doubt, gently place eggs in a big bowl of cold water filled to the top. If the eggs float, toss them. If they “stand up” that just means they are not as fresh but are still okay to eat.

Packaged items can last a long time after expiration but after months you may notice a staleness and waxy taste which could be rancid oils. Packaged and canned items can generally last a year or more after the stamped date.

The key to keeping storable foods the longest, is cool, dry and airtight. Canned goods included. If you see bulging cans – do not open! It’s rare, but it could be botulism..

The bottom line is that expiration is perception and to follow your nose and your gut. If something smells or tastes funny, do not risk it! Common sense and intuition are our friends.

If you are curious about the safety of a specific food, Eatbydate.com has a database search function that can help. Simply type in the name of the product and hit search. It will bring up a list of articles that will provide information to help you make your decision. I searched “pasta” to determine the safety of a package that had been tucked away and exceeded its date by nearly a year. I found an article with the following chart, that provided variables like where the pasta had been stored and what type of pasta it was.

How Long Does Pasta Last Shelf Life Storage Expiration

Even the USDA agrees that the dates on food can be exceeded.  In the following video, a representative from the USDA says that the shelf life can be extended greatly, often between 12-18 months. (Starting at 1:19)

Note: If you are having issues watching this YouTube video, you can also view it here:  https://youtu.be/qrfTyy3MHTQ?t=1m18s.

The USDA recommends this FREE mobile app to help determine the safety of your packaged food.

The Final Word

Expiration dates are not like the toll of midnight in the tale of Cinderella. They are not set-in-stone times after which the food suddenly decomposes. Edible contents don’t suddenly turn bad on a specific date.

If it smells okay, looks okay, and tastes okay, it probably is okay, regardless of the date on the package.  The message today is this:  Don’t throw away perfectly good food because of an arbitrary date. Use your common sense to determine whether it seems safe. Avoid the enemies of food storage and follow the best storage practices to lengthen the shelf life of your pantry goods. (You can learn more about food storage practices here.)

What foods have you consumed beyond the date on the package? Did you ever have any issues eating food after that date? As always, please share your experience in the comments.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer: As long as the unit has an accessory port (and this one does), an in expensive FoodSaver will work just as well as the fancier models. That said, right now there are some fantastic deals available for some higher end units.  I just purchased this one for myself:  FoodSaver 4980 2-in 1 Vacuum Sealing System..

FoodSaver Wide Mouth Jar Sealer: Already have a FoodSaver? If so, check out this jar sealer which can be used to vacuum seal your Mason jars. This is a great option for short to mid term storage of items such as beans, rice, sugar and salt. Store your jars in a cool, dark place and you are set with the added advantage of removing a small amount for current use without having to disrupt your large Mylar bag or bucket of food.  There is also a version for regular sized jars. See Fast Track Tip #4: How to Use a FoodSaver for Vacuum Canning.

Mylar bags & Oxygen Absorbers: What I love about Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers is they protect against every single one of the food storage enemies. Prices do vary but for the most part, they are inexpensive and easy to keep on hand. And while you can seal them up with a FoodSaver, some tubing and a common clothes iron, I find it infinitely easier with a cheap hair straightening iron that you can pick up $20 or less.

60 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers: This is one area where you want to make sure you are getting a quality product. Currently, a pack of 60 (in three 20 unit packs) is about $15 with free shipping.

Ball Regular & Wide Mouth Jar Storage Caps:  I must have 30 or 40 of these.  I love to use mason jars for panty storage and for those items I go through quickly, I see no need to use the vacuum seal gizmo that goes with my FoodSaver.

Sharpie Permanent Markers: Sharpies were invented for preppers! And without question, Amazon is the cheapest place to buy them. Typically, the price on Amazon is less that $7 for a dozen.

Conair Ceramic Instant Heat 2″ Straightener: An inexpensive hair iron such as this one is perfect for sealing Mylar bags.  It can also be used on your hair so it can serve a dual purpose.  For an even cheaper alternative, consider this one that works equally well but has smaller blades.


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This month is the annual “Harvest Sale” with exceptional values fruits, veggies,and gear that will help you get through winter power outages.

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

Finally, prices on Mountain House products continue to be heavily discounted as are the Emergency Essentials brand of food storage items.

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Plantain: The Pharmacy in the Sidewalks

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Plantain: The Pharmacy in the Sidewalks I can almost guarantee you have either killed, walked over, let a dog pee on or just totally ignored this little weed that is probably one of the planets most useful natural medicines you can find. I have this growing in my front yard and I am so glad …

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How To Hide Your Face From Surveillance Cameras With The Justice Cap

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How To Hide Your Face From Surveillance Cameras With The Justice Cap With surveillance cameras being on every corner of every street pretty much, we as citizens have no real freedom. I know I read that you can’t even walk a mile without being recorded by a camera. Now, here is the catch 22. I …

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Fire Craft 101

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Fire Craft 101 Screenshot_2015-03-23-16-36-45_resized_1If you follow my blog you know I like to practice every possible means of fire making available. This week’s live show will feature a look into my fire kits, basic means of starting a fire, proper fire prep to get fire in any condition, primitive fire, sure fire, 18th fire starting and tips and tricks. If you have been having any issues with fire making please feel free to call into the show or join chat and I will gladly try to help you find a solution.

Fire Craft 101I will start the show out with a short section on the physics of fire as you have to understand fire to make it work for you. I will then transition into types of fire starting devices and follow that up with tinder materials. Once those bases are covered I will tell you what makes it into my pocket fire kit and what makes it into my large fire kit. We will then transition into a proper fire lay and how to make sure you are able to get a fire in any conditions. We will then cover fire lays and how to make them work for you. Finally as time allows we will touch on primitive fire making methods.

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Emergency Evacuations: A Giveaway of My Newest Book!

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Emergency Evacuations Kindle Cover2My newest book Emergency Evacuations: Get Out Fast When It Matters Most!  is now available for pre-order for Kindle or purchase for paperback! Enter for a chance to win a signed paperback copy, plus a few more goodies!

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