Huge Building in London Occupied

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A 150,000 square foot building in one of London’s most exclusive areas was squatted two weeks ago by activists. Local residents had been complaining for three years that the publicly owned building (formerly a housing office) was being left empty at a cost to taxpayers of £250,000 per year.

Now renamed the Camden Mothership, the new occupants face eviction any time after today, despite saving the local council security fees that proved totally ineffective. The group have transformed the building into a community hub. You can help Camden Mothership continue working for their community by turning up at the 156 West End Lane, London NW6, and writing to Camden Council.

The wealthy locals who tried to get community access to the building were constantly batted away by the council.

Now 12 squatters are living there and have announced a series of public meetings and arts events.

Local councillor Sian Berry, from the Green Party has already come out in favour of letting them stay there.

Piers Corbyn, brother of Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has joined the team negotiating for the occupation to be given a license by Camden Council.

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I added an air purifier to Mom’s room today for air improvement.

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Still early days for the “cleaning the air” test but the air seem to be to be improving for the dogs and us humans in the house. Some of the improvements I have noticed so far…

  • Mom does not seem to be snoring as much late at night and her sense of smell seems to be coming back. Mom has not had a good sniffer for years so she does not blame my smoking.  She was quite surprised that she started smelling the chlorine that is used to treat Nampa city water.  Mom stated today’s nap was the best nap she’s had in several weeks after adding the purifier to her room.
  • My sinuses seem to be draining.  While my nose is a leaky at times I find my sniffer is getting better especially about the smells of ashtrays and eliminating that odor.
  • The pekes seem to be breathing easier. Brodie the peke would do a sort of cough/hacking sort of like a cat with a hair ball.  A couple of the pekes would have something like an asthma attack though that is not a good description of the heavy snorting/breathing the pekes went through trying to catch a breath.  It was almost like a cross of irritation and over- excitement. Great news, we have not seen any sort of breathing problems or attacks since we have added the air purifiers.

Good news, Sadie the miniature schnauzer is doing much better about going potty outside though she’s still working on using the doggie door.  Sadie adores my Mom and sleeps in her room or on the couch in front of the fireplace. I think Sadie has been very good for Mom as Tucker and Brodie tend to hang out with me and Diana the peke. Sadie is becoming Mom’s most devoted companion.  I have never been married though I was in a long-term relationship and I know I was very hurt when things did not work out.  I can imagine a person could feel unloved or even unlovable. Most pets will love unconditionally and that can be a great ego boost as well as a reason that a person goes on making a life.  Having an animal that adores you and or depends on you can make a big difference in your mental attitude. I think with Mom’s divorce thing going over a year that having a devoted lil dog will will be very good for Mom and Sadie will do well with Mom taking care of her.

I got the front porch filled with wood. The wood rick is topped off and I filled 3 of the 18 gallon bucket with mill-ends. I hope Monday I can run the mower over the front yard and pick up/mulch the leaves that are dropping since it turned cold. I’ll need to move Smokey the cat out of the basement and do a little patrol while the weather is good. The weather man says don’t worry about the high clouds and the storm will hit the day before Thanksgiving.  Well, I worry as the weatherman’s timing has been a bit off this year.

So far adding the air purifiers has made life a lot better.  While we (preppers/survivalist) types tend to  plan for the worst case scenario. I see no reason why should not make our day to day living the best it can be at all times including today, or in a disaster.

Chuck On Paris

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Here’s something that Chuck Baldwin wrote about the Paris situation that sums it up pretty well. I’m a member of the Constitution Party, and Chuck was the CP candidate in 2008.

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Paris, France: Muslim terrorists took the lives of over 120 people. Here are my observations:

I am aghast and flummoxed at the number of Americans who just cannot seem to comprehend the culpability that the U.S. government has in all of this. This only makes sense when one takes into account that the vast majority of Americans only know what the mainstream media tells them. And, without question, our mainstream media is nothing more than a propaganda ministry for Washington, D.C. Without a doubt, the controlled major media in America rivals the controlled major media of Hitler’s Germany or Stalin’s Soviet Union.

 

Make no mistake about it: the wars in the Middle East are Washington’s wars. The refugee crisis is the direct result of Washington’s wars. G.W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and the continued violent attacks by the Obama administration throughout the Middle East–not to mention, the direct intervention of, and supervision by, the CIA, British intelligence, the Israeli Mossad, and the governments of Turkey and Saudi Arabia–created ISIS. Furthermore, these governmental entities have all helped to arm, sustain, equip, supply–and medically care for–ISIS terrorists.

 

One needs to understand that violent Muslims have been killing other Muslims for centuries. In fact, the vast majority of the people killed by violent Muslims are other Muslims–NOT Christians and Jews. What happened in Paris happens routinely in Syria.

 

ISIS is composed of mostly radicalized Saudi Arabian Sunni Muslims. The goal is to dispose of President Assad’s government in Syria as a stepping stone to conquering both Syria and Iran, thus turning those Shia Muslim nations into Sunni Muslim nations. The result of which means Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will become the de facto king of the entire Middle East. It would also mean that King Salman (already the richest man in the world) would single-handedly control the oil of the entire Middle East. And as everyone should already know, King Salman is in the harlot’s bed with virtually the entire western banking and petroleum worlds.

 

In addition, please understand that Washington’s wars have created hundreds of thousands of grieving Muslim mothers who have watched Bush and Obama’s bombers and drones take the lives of their sons and daughters–AND THEY ARE MAD! The families of these deceased grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, and cousins have made ISIS recruitment EASY. These people know that the western alliance is behind these deaths and they want justice. Tell me we would react differently if the deaths were members of our families.

 

Neocons and globalists in Washington, D.C., are using the Shia Muslim people as the proverbial straw man to topple the governments in Iran and Syria, because those Shia Muslim nations care absolutely nothing about getting in bed with the international traders who want to further enrich themselves from the profits that can be made in those countries. The only one who is seriously making war against ISIS is Russia’s Vladimir Putin. And his efforts against the Sunni terrorists began but just weeks ago.

 

The refugee crisis is a tool of globalists to destabilize the West and help usher in a global Police State. Again, the goal is a global economic system. The Federal Reserve has taken the U.S. and European economies to the brink of collapse. The only thing that globalists can do to circumvent this inevitable collapse is create global panic, global war, and a global Police State. A Europe and America invaded with angry Muslims is just the antidote.

 

Please understand that the vast majority of refugees are NOT terrorists. They are persecuted Muslims and Christians (and others) who are literally fleeing for their lives. But there is no question that CIA-backed Sunni terrorists have infiltrated these refugees.

 

Ask yourself, why would refugees seeking safety and protection in other countries want to murder hundreds of citizens within those countries? They know this would completely alienate the country against them and only serve to further endanger the lives of their families. The attacks in Paris were NOT committed by refugees; they were committed by CIA-backed, Saudi-backed, Mossad-backed, Turkey-backed, MI6-backed ISIS terrorists.

 

Even though the majority of refugees are doubtless harmless people who did not want to leave their homes and did so only for their very survival–and with the knowledge that western operatives have created a radical Muslim Frankenstein–and given the fact that our federal government is making no attempt to vet these refugees, it is foolish for states to accept them. Governors are right to refuse. (If the U.S. government was truly behaving in the interests of peace and was not an active participant in creating war and instability in the Middle East–and thus creating the refugee crisis to begin with–it would be a different story.)

 

In addition, how did those terrorists successfully pull off these coordinated attacks? How did they get fully-automatic rifles and bombs into Paris? These sand people are NOT that sophisticated. They do NOT have those kinds of connections. Do you think you could successfully get a group of people together and smuggle dozens of automatic weapons and explosives into a European country–and then successfully coordinate a large-scale attack in a high-security major downtown city? The only people capable of such a thing are Special Ops military personnel. In other words, ISIS had help, folks–a LOT of help.

 

Furthermore, I believe the mainstream media and Washington politicians are setting America up for another 9/11-type attack. Following the Paris attacks, CIA director John Brennan wasted no time saying that ISIS was preparing more attacks against the West. He also criticized America’s privacy protections–meaning the Fourth Amendment and similar impediments to government encroachment of our liberties.

 

See the report:

 

CIA Chief Criticises Recent Surveillance Rollbacks In Wake Of Paris Attacks

 

Really, Mr. Brennan? If you are truly concerned about future terrorist attacks in the United States, why are you not using the power of your agency to help secure America’s borders? After 9/11, the U.S. government did NOTHING to secure our borders. And to this day, our borders are an open sieve. And you, Mr. Brennan, helped to create thousands of additional terrorists; you helped arm them, supply them, and sent Special Ops to help train them. And all you can say to the American people is that we must surrender whatever protections against governmental encroachment we have left? Do you take us for fools?

 

And when this next terrorist attack against the U.S. occurs, Washington politicians and their toadies in the mainstream media–along with thousands of Christian “leaders”–will blame Islam. They won’t give a second thought to who the real war-makers are.

 

A well-traveled friend from Germany wrote this in a private email, “The propagation that Muslims in general are thriving to take over the world is mostly radical Christian propaganda and paranoia with the clear intent to pursue their own political agenda and capitalize on fears in the general public. For instance, if you travel through Iran today, the general public is very pro west. The majority of the Iranian people seem to regard their religious leaders with great skepticism. Also, just look at the numbers: there are worldwide about 50% more Christians than Muslims. Militarily, Christian countries outnumber Muslims countries in weapons and forces easily by 20 to one–and this is not even assessing the quality of the weapons. The United States alone has more fighter jets than all Muslim countries put together by a wide margin. And most of the Muslims countries are allies of the Christian west.

 

“The uprising of ISIS is a direct result of Bush’s [and Obama’s] war on terror. Terrorism is always a type of guerrilla warfare. It cannot take over western countries for lack of organizational structure. It rises in an area of power vacuum as a structured opposition is lacking. The goal of terrorism is to initiate fear, to taunt powers and destabilize existing political structures. They succeed if radical groups spread the fear of the Muslim religion. This then destabilizes the political structure in western countries with radical parties rising. Since ISIS, the neo-Nazis have gained popularity in Germany. The attempt of Muslim terrorism is not to take over the USA or Germany. It is to create enough fear and political opposition in these countries that weakens their resolve to interfere on the ground in countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

“Also when thinking of Islam as a religion with world conquering ambitions: there have been major Christian communities all over the Arab world since Islam was founded. Lebanon is mostly Christian. Parts of Turkey, Iraq and Syria are Christian settled and have been for a thousand years or more. The Muslims had centuries to get rid of them but they haven’t. Some of the Christians communities are enclaves totally surrounded by Muslim groups that have peacefully coexisted for hundreds of years. That speaks more for religious tolerance than the reverse.”

 

I bet the vast majority of readers have never heard nor read about the fact that Christians and Muslims are fighting side-by-side against ISIS in Syria, have you? You haven’t read that NO ONE in the West or in Israel is helping the Assyrian Christian Army in Syria, have you? You haven’t heard that Iran is helping to provide medical assistance and support to the Christians fighting ISIS in Syria, have you? You haven’t heard that Assad’s army in Syria is assisting the Christians in their fight against ISIS, have you? No, you haven’t. The U.S. media and Washington politicians don’t want to tell you about that. It might undermine the anti-Muslim, anti-Iran, anti-Syria propaganda that they have been dishing out 24/7 for the last fourteen years.

 

See these reports:

 

Christians, Muslims, Assad Troops Fight As One To Defend Biblical Town From ISIS

 

Exclusive: Christian Army Fighting ISIS Pleads For U.S. Support: ‘We’re Done’

 

Note that even though Breitbart should be credited for publishing the above reports, they continue to regurgitate the anti-Assad, anti-Iran propaganda. However, this bias doesn’t change the truth of the efforts of Christians and Muslims fighting together in Syria against ISIS that Breitbart admirably reports. You didn’t hear about this on FOX News, did you?

 

Then there is this: the first thing the president of France did following the terrorist attacks in Paris was to close the French borders. DUH! I think the fox is already in the henhouse.

 

Folks, let’s get real: if it wasn’t for Donald Trump, there would not even be a national discussion about America’s illegal immigration problem. However, the one disturbing element to Trump’s rhetoric regarding immigration is his statements that, as president, he would seriously consider closing mosques.

 

Again, Islam is NOT the problem. We have had mosques in the United States since at least 1929. And there are nearly 3,200 mosques currently in the United States. And none of them has been identified as producing terrorist attacks in America. The terrorists that did participate in the attacks on 9/11 were not even from the United States. They were from SAUDI ARABIA. If we were going to attack a Muslim nation in retaliation for 9/11, why didn’t we attack Saudi Arabia? Come on, folks. Are things not starting to add up?

 

Either we have freedom of religion for all or we have it for none. The problem with the rise of Islam in America can only be laid at the doorstep of the Christian Church. If our pastors and churches were doing the job they should be doing of making Christianity relevant to life today (including our political life), the American people would not be losing interest in Christianity, and the spiritual void that other religions (including Islam) are filling would not even exist. THAT problem is NOT an immigration problem or a political problem at all. THAT problem is a spiritual problem. And only our pastors and churches can solve that problem, but they refuse to do it.

 

Plus, America’s churches are more glorified social clubs than they are anything else. Far, far too many of America’s pastors are more concerned about being politically-correct CEOs or Joel Osteen wannabes than they are about being watchmen and shepherds. It has been a long, long time since a majority of America’s churches were a “pillar and ground of the truth.” (I Tim. 3:15) The rise of false religions is merely God’s judgment on the Church for abandoning truth. When truth is abandoned, does it really matter which version of error takes its place? Christians need to look themselves in the mirror and stop blaming the country’s ills on Muslims.

 

If a president can close mosques, he can close synagogues and churches. Talk about opening Pandora’s Box!

 

But there is another element to the Paris attacks: remember that France–and most of Europe–is a giant gun-free zone. Think about it: a handful of armed terrorists sent tens of thousands of French males into panic like kitty cats in a thunderstorm. European governments (except for Switzerland) have successfully stolen the manhood from the male citizens of that continent. The Natural instinct of men is to FIGHT for their families, their friends, and their communities. But for more than a half-century, socialist governments have indoctrinated men to believe that they must depend on government to protect their families, friends, and communities. Men are not allowed to defend themselves. They are stripped, not only of the means of self-defense, but of the mindset of self-defense. They are like a thousand Wildebeests running away from a half-dozen lions. And that’s exactly what globalists want to see happen in the United States. And in many respects, it has ALREADY happened in the United States.

 

For all intents and purposes, many states and cities in America are gun-free zones. Men and women are not allowed to defend themselves. The media constantly bombards the minds of the American people with the philosophy that we must depend on government to defend us. Government personnel are always called “first responders.” They are NOT first responders. Private American citizens at the scene are the first responders. By the time government employees show up, most of the damage is already done.

 

Had the French government not stripped the French people of their ability to defend themselves–and had the males of Paris not lost the mental awareness and mental toughness necessary to defend themselves–the loss of life in Paris would have been much less.

 

At about the same time that a disarmed Paris was being turned into a bloodbath, the Greensboro, North Carolina, Police Department was teaming up with Destiny Christian Center to ask residents to sign a “Pledge of Non-Violence” and to turn in their guns. Once again, we find American police agencies and state churches (via their 501c3 non-profit organization status) teaming up to try and disarm the American citizenry. No doubt, the pastor of this so-called church quoted Romans 13 to justify this Hitlerian conduct.

 

Here is the report:

 

Greensboro Police Asks Residents To Sign Pledge, Turn In Guns

 

So, here would be my response if a police agency requested that I ask my fellowship to participate in such an activity (ha ha):

 

“First, Mr. Police Chief, will your department take a ‘Pledge of Non-Violence’ and turn in its guns?

 

“Every day, policemen throughout America commit acts of violence including the use of firearms. Let’s assume for a minute that violence was justified in every single instance (which it’s not). Why is it right and proper for a policeman to violently use a firearm in self-defense and not a citizen? Does not the Natural Law of self-defense apply equally to every human being, regardless of profession? Are policemen a privileged class?

 

“Second, Mr. Police Chief, do you really expect the criminal class in our community to sign a ‘Pledge of Non-Violence’ and turn in their guns?

 

“It is proven beyond all reasonable doubt (by reasonable people) that a disarmed society only encourages violence. Asking non-violent people to disarm doesn’t discourage violence; it invites it.

 

“These pledges of non-violence and appeals for citizen disarmament are NOT intended to reduce crime; they are intended to make the populace more dependent on government. It’s not about crime; it’s about control.

 

“Mr. Police Chief, I respectfully decline your invitation. In fact, I think I will encourage the attendees of my fellowship this Sunday to go out and purchase a firearm. Oh, and I don’t advise that your police department disarm either.”

 

The Paris attacks, the refugee crisis, ISIS, a world on the verge of global war: it’s all a manipulated contrivance of the globalist elite to eviscerate freedom and usher in Huxley’s “Brave New World,” aka George H.W. Bush’s “New World Order.” Folks, get your eyes off of the Wizard and start looking for the man (men) behind the curtain, because that’s the real enemy.

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BTW, you know what stops people like that from doing thing such as what happened in Paris? People like those pictured below that train and prepare for it…..just sayin’…..

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It’s a Matter of Dehydrating Parsley from your Garden

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Well, the frost is definitely on the pumpkin around here.  The summer garden is finished. This was the last survivor until I harvested it.  It is my “Parsley tree”.  
No, Parsley really isn’t a tree, but this one turned into one.  What is really amazing is that it grew this well in drought conditions!

Dehydrating Your Own Parsley:


This is one portion of the ‘tree’.  Just know that 2.5 feet of this plant is in the sink and not shown in this photo.  This plant had 2 stems that were very similar like that.
I rinsed the parsley in the sink. Use a salad spinner to get as much of the moisture off the plant as possible.
 I then started cutting/breaking off stems of the Parsley plant. Next, I stripped each stem and put the smaller pieces of parsley on the mesh inlays on each tray.
I had several trays full.  I dehydrated them overnight outside.  It really smelled delicious!
Remember that full tray of Parsley above?  This is what it looked like after it was dehydrated.
I had 8 trays of dried parsley when I was finished.
Remember the Mesh inlays?  I lifted each one up carefully held the to middle edges together making a type if a cone/funnel.
An carefully tapped the parsley into the container.  I ended up flipping my fingers on the mesh to help it dislodge and fall into the funnel.
I put a piece of paper-towel under the container to catch ‘stray pieces’ of Parsley. Next, I took the clean handle of one of my rubber spatula and started compressing the parsley. This helps it break into the small pieces that you traditionally see when you purchase dehydrated parsley.
Intermittently I would roll the paper-towel and tap the escaped parsley into the funnel. How much parsley did the 8 trays produce for me?
Enough to refill this bottle I purchased years ago. I just keep filling it from Parsley that I grow in my garden.
Isn’t this a thing of beauty?

Take Home Points:

  • I bought one Parsley plant for $1.50 cents.  It produced the equivalent of a container of McCormick Gourmet Collection Parsley Flakes 2oz which sells for $11.80 on Amazon.  This means that I saved 87% on this item.
  • It smells so fresh every time you open the container.
  • You know if you put pesticides on your plant if you grow them yourself.  I didn’t use any and this plant still flourished. 
  • You know how old your Parsley is. When you purchase herbs from the store, you do not know how long ago they were processed or how long they have been sitting on the shelf.  
  • Parsley is very easy to grow, and you get often get a good yield. This year, I planted my Parsley in  my raised bed instead of my little free-standing herb garden just outside my kitchen door.  I think this is what made the difference. I will be doing this again next year.

Try it!


REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 7 “Heads Up”

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

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Podcast-US Dollar Targeted for Destruction- Dr Kirk Elliot

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Dr Kirk Elliot of the McAlvany Financial Group is back on the show today to talk about a financial event which will affect us all that he says already happened. He explains what is going on behind the scenes and tells us how we can prepare for the impact.

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

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Clooney and Amal simple shed with wood burner for lovers

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George Clooney and his new wife Amal have built an off-grid wooden shed at the bottom of their garden, heated by a wood-burner.

The massive compound in Berkshire, near London, is being completed for the newly married couple. It includes a swimming pool and an 8 bedroom mansion, but the simple wooden building is a clear sign they still have their feet on the ground, or rather dangling in the water.

Clooney often speaks up for liberal causes, and Amal specialises in defending underdogs in international law cases.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – November 23rd, 2015

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Here is some interesting information. Ever think about the very first Thanksgiving? Wonder what it may have been like? I have listened to this short podcast from Jason Akers several times. Check it out HERE.

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Recent picture of me and Jake. Bella is too sophisticated to jump up on a recliner. Jakes up to 64 pounds. Bella remains at 50. My Beast!!

They both shed horribly and get hair on everything. I could care less. We clean it up frequently and enjoy their company.

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The debate on refugees coming into this country from my perspective is a simple one. There is no way these people can be vetted to ensure our safety, thus, they do not come. Additionally these people – at least the Muslim ones – are not compatible with our culture and our way of life. This can be seen easily by looking at the issues that England, Germany, and France are having as these people WILL NOT assimilate into their hosting countries. I have no issues with the United States assisting with humanitarian aid although there is much that needs to be done at home first(fix the VA).

Regardless – our Administration continues to allow porous borders and exceptions for illegals to stay and now risking catastrophe by importing a problem.

It is not going to turn out well.

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Question: Anyone have any experience with the Paratus line of gear – backpacks, pouches, etc? I am looking at the Paratus 3 Day Operator’s Pack. Has great reviews on Amazon and looks to be what I am looking for. At around $80 not a bad price either.

 

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Have a good week folks……

Sponsor Highlight: Classic Firearms

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Classic Firearms has been a sponsor of this website for a little over 6 months. I have heard from several readers who have been customers and appreciated their low prices and excellent customer service. Classic Firearms carries a large selection of rifles, pistol and shotguns as well as firearm accessories.

Looking at their current offerings they have some very good deals going on. Remember – prices may change at any time and often limited quantities are available.

Here are a few of their current sales:

 

I.O. M247 AK-47 Poly Stock Rifle

Was: $529.99  Sale Price: $499.99!

The design and construction of the AKM247 is based directly from Polish AKM blueprints and features several upgrades over the traditional AK, including a tough polymer furniture set.  This American made AK is also a great value.  See the Live Fire Video, Introductory Video and then watch Ben dump some ammo in a torture test.

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Glock Law Enforcement Trade-Ins

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This is a really nice batch of Police trade-in pistols that we were able to acquire from a major Police Department in the eastern part of North Carolina.

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22C (Compensated) Models Now Available!

Glock Original Used Mags Are Avialble Here Too!

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Core 15 Scout AR-15

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All of the reviews say that Core Firearms offer more bang for the buck than any other rifle at this price point and in a similar configuration on the market place today. We agree and think that when you shoot one you will too. Honestly, even I’m surprised we’re able to bring this great rifle to you at this low of a price.  Get one while you can – you won’t be disappointed!

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Wolf Polyformance .223 55gr FMJ Ammo – 500rd Case

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WOLF Polyformance Ammunition  – Accurate and surefire.  There has been more Wolf Brand ammunition purchased/sold in this country over the last 10 years than all other ammo manufacturers combined.

Accurate, affordable and reliable. Polyformance brand has a unique polymer coating on the casing for increased smoothness in insertion and extraction.

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NOTE:   This is a 55 grain bullet weight

 

Palmetto State Armory .308 PA10

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Palmetto State Armory PSA P10 features a 416R stainless steel barrel chambered in .308 Winchester with a 1/10 twist and a mid-length gas system. This is one sweet looking AR-10 and great performing little powerhouse.

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Rock Island Armory 1911-A1 CS Tactical .45 ACP, 3.5″, 7rd, Compact Model 51429

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The Rock Island 51429 M1911-A1 CS Tactical Pistol in .45 ACP features a 3.5-inch bull barrel, parkerized finish, smooth wood grips, front dovetail ramp sight, rear snag free sight, series 70 type firing system, guide rod, combat hammer, skeletonized trigger, single action trigger, an overall length of 7 inches, an unloaded weight of 34.56 oz, and a 7+1 capacity. If you want a nice little concealed carry piece, with some custom features, and all the stopping power of a full .45… then this is the one for you.

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Scenario: Do you leave your kids to look for your spouse?

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Scenario’s are valuable tools to get you thinking about possibilities and corresponding decisions/actions BEFORE being confronted with an actual situation. By reviewing and processing a scenario over and over again in your head the ability to process a real event becomes much less stressful. Less stress = a better chance of making the right decisions.

For this scenario:

An EMP hits, you work with some local neighbors to lookout for each other but you really don’t know them well. Your spouse was at work when the EMP hit and they work 10-12 miles away. You have 3 small children. It has been 2 days and your spouse has still not come home. Do you leave your children with your neighbors to look for your spouse? Do you stay with your children and hope and wait your spouse shows up? Or do you take your children with you and go look for your spouse?

 

What would you do?

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12 Warning Signs That The Collapse Is Near

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It’s important to pay attention to what’s happening in the world. You don’t have to be a news junkie, but you should at least keep an eye on the headlines. Consider it an early warning system. When a tornado or hurricane is headed your way, you have the […]

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Brushbeater Breaks Down Some Contact Drills

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Here’s a well done post by an up and coming blogger down South

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ON NOVEMBER 9, 2015

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Watch this clip from Bravo Two Zero:

It’s a really bad movie, showcasing some really bad techniques, about a really bad Patrol that was doomed from the start. Still, I include it because it’s a simple, easy to see demonstration of an essential Team Drill.

What Just Happened Here?

B2-0 got compromised by a child shepherd who stumbled upon them. They had negative radio contact(remember what we do when that happens?) while searching for Scuds in Northern Iraq during Gulf War I. Instead of subduing the kid, he runs away and finds an Iraqi Army patrol. Instead of caching or demoing rucks, keeping Line 2 kit, and moving to the RV site and releasing the child when they got picked up, they Charlie Miked forward and found themselves in contact with a superior Mechanized force. It’s one reason to carry a SMAW-D.

What they did right(or rather, the BBC sorta did right in this video) is demonstrate buddy team bounding in a react to contact.

  1. Everyone gets online(but behind cover…)
  2. One element lays down fire while another either moves forward or rearward.
    1. This is the Team Leader’s call…if you can fight and win, then by all means. Normally though, it’s in your best interest to smack them in the face then get out of dodge.
  3. The Patrol keeps doing this until they are no longer getting shot at.
  4. The Team Leader conducts ACE inspection(Ammo, Casualty, Equipment) of his men and adjusts the mission(whether you can continue or not) from there.

The sand table version looks like this:

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Moving forward looks the same, with a rally point forward of the point of contact but off the X. It’s all pretty simple stuff, but requires practice.

Aussie Peel

Another technique for breaking contact, and one that works very well in tight spaces, is the Aussie Peel.

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Everyone in the stick, except for the guy up front, take a step to the side. The front three lay down fire, with the SSO in front moving to the rear of the column, followed by the RTO, TL, and so on and so forth until they get to the Rally Point.

Important Notes

Your job, as a Scout specifically, is to see, hear, and not be seen. There may be times where you conduct deep penetration raids and ambushes; but the bulk of the time, you’re finding the lines and recording the numbers. The weapons you carry are a contingency plan. If you do your job, you shouldn’t need it; but stuff happens. And while the loadout requires more ammo and equipment than a standard Light Infantryman, again, it’s only a contingency. On a personal note, you’d be very surprised just how much ammo you’ll burn through on a break contact drill.

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The original Long Range Recon Unit- MAJ Rogers and the King’s Rangers, breaking contact at the Battle on Snoeshoes.

This stuff isn’t set in stone; find out what works for you by practicing with your group. As I was once told, the Elite Units in the Army don’t do anything different than any other Unit, they simply Master The Basics.

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JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

Escape From Richmond

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In June of this year I put an announcement out on our website for suggestions of a city that would be suitable for an urban escape scenario. My intention was to walk to safety with a small team from a major metropolitan area during a simulated emergency situation where the freeways and public transit system were shutdown. The scenario was designed to test equipment, fitness, route planning and to have some fun in the process! My goal was to add real world data to the often speculated and opinionated world of 72 hour bags, and urban survival preparedness.

My little home town of Boise, Idaho does not fit the bill for conducting a real world urban survival scenario soIMG_2670 it was necessary to reach out. After the announcement I received about a dozen suggestions for cities ranging from Phoenix to Atlanta. Although most offered logistical advice no one seemed like they were willing to conduct the scenario with me. Then along came John from Richmond, Virginia. I could tell from the beginning that John was super pumped to be a part of the scenario and had a group of friends that were equally excited. Within 24 hours of communicating with John he furnished a detailed escape route from his office in downtown Richmond to a safe zone approximately 25 miles away in Chester VA. The route included a 2 mile hike to a boat dock then an 8 mile boating leg on the James River to an isolated river bivouac site for the first day. The second day would require a 15 mile hike through urban and rural neighborhoods to make it to our safe zone. The city of Richmond met all my parameters so an easy decision was made. After speaking with John on the phone I knew I had made the right choice. John is a former Navy sailor and active competitive pistol shooter. He has an infectious energy and a gift for logistics. This guy was all over it Escape 2and made my part of planning very easy, just show up on Richmond on the designated date and start walking!

On October 19 I flew from Boise to Richmond. That evening I met with my five teammates for dinner. I was a bit nervous meeting five strangers that I would be spending the next two days and walking nearly 20 miles with. However they all turned out to be outstanding men and patriots. We hit it off right away and soon were eating, drinking, and laughing like old friends. John provided manila envelopes to the team with detailed route instructions and maps. No one had an ounce of ego or attitude and as the evening progressed I knew the trip would be successful based on the group’s collective mentality and attitude. Everyone was excited for the challenge and to learn from one another. So right up front I learned perhaps the most important lesson of the whole trip; the people (team) you choose to associate with are more important than gear, route planning, firearms etc. Your most valuable asset in an emergency situation is your teammates. This lesson has been repeated to me over and over throughout my life and was reinforced many times during this urban escape scenario. Now is the time to reach out and build relationships with like-minded individuals. Foster and build a strong team that you can count on during hard times and for god sake do your part to never let them down!

I met John at our established safe zone and dropped off my car. We shuttled to his office in downtown Richmond and parked. We met our other team members at his office and took a pre-adventure photo. My teammates all had different pack and dress configurations, but all of them stuck to the low key “grey man” concept. We did not want to attract any more attention than six dudes with packs walking through downtown Richmond would generate. We stepped out of the lobby and began the first leg of the journey at approximately 16:00 hours. escape 3

We crossed under Interstate 95 and walked through the Shockoe bottom district on our way along the river to the dock. At 1600 hours on a Friday downtown was bustling with people. We walked casually but with a purpose and talked as we walked. I thought people would definitely notice and react to six men walking through downtown with backpacks on, but no one seemed to care what we were up to. I did not notice a single second look and I was purposely looking for them. The grey man concept works and is a must if your emergency escape route takes you through an urban area. Had we been decked out in camouflage with military style packs we would have surely been noticed and probably stopped by law enforcement. escape 4

The amount of information on the internet about what should and should not be in a bug out bag is mind boggling! My recommendation is to keep it very very basic to start with. You can always add items to increase capability and comfort later, but having something put together is better than nothing. A simple kit can be built with any budget in mind. You cannot know how your kit will work if you have never used it. Your back yard does not count! And remember you are far more likely to use your bug out bag to spend the night at a hospital with a loved one or to help other people in times of need than to need it running into the wilderness away from the blue helmets, so keep your preparations based solidly in reality.

This trip gave me the opportunity to observe 5 different bug out bags in action. I’m happy to report that all of them perforescape 5med very well. Besides a cold night sleep for some teammates everyone had the basic gear to comfortably spend a night out and walk 18 miles to safety.  The way of knowing how things will or will not work can only learned through real conditions testing. I know all of my teammates and myself included, will be adding or subtracting gear based on this trip and making their kits better, lighter and more catered to their specific needs.

We walked the two miles to the boat dock without incident. Everyone seemed to be doing well under the load of their packs. All team members carried relatively small packs that were easily maneuverable. In my experience a pack that is less than 30lbs with water is essential in staying light and fast. Anything beyond that weight really takes a toll on most people regardless of fitness and will slow you down after a few miles. One older woman asked us what we were up to as we walked down to the dock. We told her we were out for a hike and she seemed happy for us.

We loaded our packs aboard John’s boat and departed the dock at about 1730 hours. Once we were under way on the James River thescape 6e bustle of the city instantly went away and we were almost alone on the water. Our preplanned camping area was a large peninsula tucked off the main channel of the James River downstream from the Dutch gap boat ramp. The peninsula offered flat camping and almost 360 degree security by water. When we arrived we did not have much day light remaining. The team quickly worked together to gather firewood. There was a great impromptu fire building instructional session that developed and soon we had a great warm fire to gather around. The preferred fire starting option was a flint striker to ignite a dried grass tender ball.  During a real situation we likely would have forgone the fire for security reasons but for a training scenario it was wonderful.

The evening was clear and cool with temperatures falling into the 40’s and what my western skin thought was high humidity, but my eastern brothers thought was no humidity. Mid 40’s is a great temperature to test a survival shelter set up, cold enough that you have to get it right to sleep well but not so cold its dangerous if you screw it up. Once all of the shelters were up we ate various meals around the camp fire, MRE’s, freeze dried, protein bars etc. One member of our team had never experienced the joy of eating an MRE. I think it only takes one to realize you have not been missing much! After eating we sipped some rum talked and laughed before putting out the fire and retreating to our shelters to sleep.

In a nutshell most of my teammates did not sleep due to the cold. The two hammock sleepers John and Justin had it particularly baescape 7d as the cold crept in from underneath them during the night. I was awoken very early in the morning by them building a fire to try and warm up. Once the fire was going, everyone got up and gathered around the fire. I was still warm and cozy in my nest so I rolled over and enjoyed a bit more sleep! I write this now not to disrespect my teammates, but because it really drives home the point that you must have a durable, repeatable, lightweight and easy to pitch shelter if you are going to survive an emergency situation where you have to sleep outdoors.

Here is what I think is a great lightweight shelter set up for an emergency pack that covers most environmental situations. First a high quality rain poncho. Not the two dollar cheapo sold a Walmart but something purpose built like the Equinox poncho sewn in the USA or a GI style military poncho. The poncho of course works as rain protection while on the move but it can also serve as a ground cloth and a pitch-able shelter to sleep under if needed. They take up very little room and a good quality one can be used over and over again. Also if for some reason you have to sleep in an office space or temporary shelter during a disaster the poncho can be set up as a privacy curtain indoors.

Next you need something to insulate you from the cold ground. Inflatable mattresses are the standard and serve the role well in recreational settings. For an emergency pack I think they are bulky, fragile and overpriced. I have found that a small piece of closed cell foam pad works great. I cut a piece about 10×20’’ foam pad that can slide in or rolls up easily into my pack. The foam pad is virtually indestructible, and provides a place for my shoulder and hip to rest on the ground. I usually put my feet on my pack to keep them off the ground. IMG_2670

You need some kind of full body insulation. Emergency foil blankets suck and are not a good option. I have tested and shivered in them to many times. They can add some additional heat and wind protection to a shelter set up but should not be counted on alone. Most of them are pretty fragile and will not stand up to repeated use. Instead I think a better option is a lightweight sleeping bag or poncho liner. You get so much more warmth and versatility from it and with modern insulation and compression stuff sacks they take up very little room in a pack. I also think a good warm fleece cap and some kind of thermal long underwear are a must in an emergency pack no matter the season.

Once everyone was up we gathered around the fire and made breakfast and coffee. Spirits were high as we packed our gear and prepared for the short but cold boat ride to the Dutch gap boat ramp and then the 15 mile hike to our safe zone! We loaded into John’s boat and began the cold ride back to the Dutch Gap boat ramp. When we arrived at the boat ramp another member of the team named Dean was there to load the boat. We quickly strapped on our packs to begin the 15 mile journey on foot to our safe zone. John had planned the route to keep us off of major streets and away from less than ideal neighborhoods. He had initially looked at walking power line and utility condors but then changed his mind after seeing how overgrown and brier clogged they were. Also the sight of six men with packs walking in the corridors would have guaranteed a stop by authorities. During a true emergency it may not have been to out of place. The lesson here is having multiple familiar routes planned to reach your destination. If one does not work out the ability to quickly reroute is crucial.

Without telling the world where my friend John lives I’ll say our route took us due west then northwest from the James River through the towns of Chester and Chesterfield, VA. We mostly walked on suburban streets and on the shoulder of busier roads. The previous days experience was the same for day two. No one obviously noticed us or cared what we were doing. One guy in a truck plastered with gun stickers honked at us as if he knew exactly what we were up to and would have loved to join us! A few people out doing yard work waved at us but other than that most people did not give a second look. Many of the neighborhoods we walked through were middle class to upper middle class which I would highly recommend as a measure of safety.

Chris, the Army Ranger beast in the group, took the lead and kept us going on a steady 3mph pace pretty much for the entire trip. Fitness levels varied throughout the group but everyone did great. We stopped about every five miles to rest and eat. Everyone was diligent about checking on the health of their feet. Shoes and socks were pulled off and fresh socks and powder ensued. At about mile seven the first blisters began to form on John’s feet. Moleskin was applied and he soldiered on. Near the end of the trip the blisters on one of his heels ruptured and caused him to grimace in pain. We were close to our safe zone so John toughed it out and finished the trip.

In regards to fitness, like I mentioned everyone was able to cover the prescribed 18 miles in two days without much issue which is an awesome accomplishment. By the end of day two we were all walking with a bit of a limp. During a real disaster where our loved ones were without us we likely would have walked through the night and not stopped to camp. The motivation of getting home would have kept us going. Make no mistake though if you can’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded don’t think you’ll be able to rise to the occasion in an emergency especially when you add a heavy backpack to the mix. A basic level of fitness is paramount. I believe in functional fitness, in this case if your emergency response plan includes walking a significant distance it makes a lot of sense to incorporate hiking into your weekly fitness training. Throw on a pack and go walk for 30 minutes to an hour once a week. You will be very glad you did!

About 24 hours after we started our walk out of downtown Richmond we could finally see the last turn where we would enter John’s neighborhood and reach our safe zone. After a 18 mile walk we are all relieved to see the end so near. We walked up the drive way to John’s house triumphantly and posed for a picture. Packs and boots were shed and a few celebratory shots were taken. John’s lovely wife had prepared an awesome dinner for the team. We sat around a fire in the backyard and talked and laughed about trip. I could not have asked for a better team, or better experience. This trip was absolutely 100 percent successful and exactly what I was looking for when I set out to do it!     

I’d like to thank John, Justin, Jason, Chris, Glen and their families for making the trip possible, educational, and fun. I had worked in federal law enforcement for 10 years prior to starting Zyon Systems. I was forced to leave law enforcement after an injury that left me blind in one eye. I think I’ve adjusted to civilian life at this point. I do not miss the agency, the politics, or the calls. What I miss are my team mates. I miss the camaraderie, the trust, and the banter that you can only know if you have worked as part of a team in a job where your actions could have serious consequences. I was not looking for that when I started planning this trip, but I found it if only for a few days and it was awesome! I only spent a few days with the guys in Virginia but they have a place in my heart and home and hopefully our paths will cross again. To echo a point that I made earlier, building a strong team is the best survival / emergency tool you can have. Make people your biggest investment and you will thrive if things go bad. Plus your life will be that much better if things stay normal, which is what we can all hope for. 

End times signs in the sky – December 7th

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Final Frontier – the Bathroom

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what happens to your poop when it leaves the bowl?

A flowchart – literally –

Karl Linden, Professor of Environmental Engineering and the Mortenson Professor in Sustainable Development at the University of Colorado spends a lot of time thinking about bathrooms.”How is it possible that 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation facilities in 2015?” He asks himself. “How can off-grid bathrooms be improved?”
While most westerners use bathroom time as “me time,“ 40% of the world’s population are pooping outdoors. The methods they use can educate us off-gridders in the West.

The environmental impact of the worldwide sanitation situation cannot be underestimated. Not only do the unsanitary conditions and noxious odors of many latrines pose a health hazard, but in many cases the fecal matter ends up in the environment, untreated.

The SFD, or shit flow diagram (see example above), for Dhaka, Bangladesh shows that nearly all of waste is released into the environment untreated. World Water Week, CC BY

Recent analysis by the World Bank reported that in a study of 12 cities, an average of 69% of the fecal sludge was released untreated into the environment – that is, only 31% was safely treated. In places like Dhaka, Bangladesh, only 2% of the fecal sludge is safely handled, while 98% is dangerously released into the environment.

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a 25-year effort that wrapped up in 2015, aimed to “Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.” While the goals for “access” to safe drinking water have been met, the UN revealed that 1.8 billion people still use drinking water that is fecally contaminated, connecting the dots between lack of adequate sanitation and contamination of drinking water.

How can we achieve safe sanitation? One way is through innovation.

Sustainable sanitation technologies

Sanitation systems protect human health by providing facilities and services for the collection and disposal of human urine and feces, ensuring a clean environment and breaking the cycle of disease. In order to be sustainable, sanitation technologies must be economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound.

Economic viability ensures that a sanitation system can be built, operated and maintained without outside subsidies. Social acceptability determines adoption and proper operation and maintenance. Environmental sustainability refers to the technology’s ability to reduce harmful pollution, use limited resources (water, land, energy) and recover resources contained in human waste.

Sanitation technologies include anything from pit latrines to flush toilets connected to septic or sewer systems. But in many cases, existing systems have technical or operational problems.

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At least its indoors!

A public toilet in Shigezhuang village, Beijing, China. An estimated 2.4 billion people do not have access to decent sanitation.

Pit latrines are socially unacceptable due to odors, and they are environmentally unsustainable since they only collect waste and do not treat it. Flush toilets connected to septic tanks or sewers must not only transmit the waste away but also treat it in centralized facilities. That requires major infrastructure, which uses precious water resources and is not possible in areas that need sanitation the most. Construction, operation and maintenance of sewer infrastructure and treatment plants represent prohibitive costs for many parts of the developing world.

What, then, is a better alternative?

The world needs sanitation systems that are socially acceptable, reduce water consumption, take advantage of renewable energy, operate off-grid with little maintenance and harvest useful products from human waste. The introduction of sustainable sanitation technology would result in greatly improved health, environment and energy conservation for both the developing and developed world.

Turning waste into valuable product

This need for better sanitation technologies has spawned a wave of innovations in toilet technologies, driven by the private sector, public sector and foundations.

Solutions making headway range from adapting and improving on the current paradigm of pit latrines to development of novel devices and approaches.

Businesses such as Sanergy profit from providing clean toilet services and the collection and recovery of fecal waste. They provide the toilets, keep them clean, haul the fecal waste, treat and then reclaim the waste resources for reuse in agriculture. Using a franchise approach, their waste haulers safely compost large volumes of fecal sludge to make and sell valuable fertilizer. The Sanergy model can reach deep into informal settlements by using human labor to access and haul waste, where mobile trucks cannot access.

Another social enterprise, Sanivation, has a similar collection model to Sanergy but turns fecal waste into a fuel through a briquetting process. Their approach is to install low-infrastructure mobile toilets that can be deployed in urban communities and refugee camp settings. After collection, the waste is treated using solar energy. This solar-dried waste is then combined with a binder and made into fuel briquettes that can be sold as a replacement for wood, coal and other sources.

Toilet tech

In parallel with efforts to change the face of conventional latrines, there is a wide effort under way to completely rethink what a toilet is and how we can recover the value in waste.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) in 2011 launched the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge and funded 16 teams around the world to dream big and re-create the toilet paradigm. (The BMGF is a funder of The Conversation Media Group.) Clearly, business as usual is not working, and given society’s experience in other sectors, why not develop “leapfrog” technologies that leave our 20th-century toilet behind?

The Sol-Char Toilet concentrates sunlight to produce heat that converts fecal matter into biochar, which can be used as fuel or as a soil amendment. University of Colorado Boulder, Author provided

While technology is not the single solution to the worldwide sanitation crisis, it does have the potential to reshape the landscape and create new ways to do your business.

The 21st-century toilet must provide a safe and hygienic environment, effectively treat the waste for safe handling, and recover resources embedded in the waste. It should also do all this while using no water resources or electrical energy.

To meet this challenge, our group at the University of Colorado Boulder developed the solchar toilet, which uses concentrated solar energy to destroy the pathogens in fecal waste and transform the waste into biochar, similar to charcoal made from plants and other organic materials. Biochar is a valuable, safe-to-handle product that can serve as an agricultural amendment or be made into a char-fuel briquette with similar heating efficiency to commercial charcoal. This household toilet prototype is being redesigned into a system that can serve multiple houses in a community setting.

Pieces of a puzzle

There are a number of other techniques being explored and being tested. They include the use nanomaterials to separate usable water from fecal sludge and thicken the feces for further treatment; electrochemistry to break down fecal solids into fertilizer and sanitize the water to be reused for flushing or irrigation; and hydrothermal carbonization, which converts fecal sludge into an aqueous suspension of charlike material that is safe to handle and easily separated from the liquid phase.

Another BMGF-funded device is the omni-processor, a wastewater treatment plant device that treats a community’s waste to a safe end product at little to no energy cost and creates safe drinking water that’s good enough for Bill Gates to drink.

While early-stage toilet technologies may eventually provide sustainable sanitation for many communities, the solution to the world’s toilet problem has no single solution. Approaches by the private sector and those promoted by universities and foundations around the world are all pieces to the puzzle.

Despite the basic facts of life that we all need to rid our bodies of waste, this is not an easy problem to solve, and we have not evolved quickly enough to keep up with our own poop. While demand must originate from local communities, innovations in technology will keep us imagining what the possibilities are, and if we can meet the UN’s SDGs, then maybe everyone can enjoy a little “me time” in the bathroom.

Karl Linden receives funding from US EPA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

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The Third Eye and Illumination Deception

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During the end times, there will be a major promotion for the love of self.  This video I put together shows all the crazy symbolism, entertainment, and technology…

Why Does a Canning Jar Lid Seal? Science behind the “pop”

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Another great one by Chaya Foedus:

The “pop” sound of a canning jar makes me weak in the knees. If you heart canning, keep reading. In fact, the absence of the “pop” sound is the main complaint I hear from people about the Tattler Reusable Canning Jar Lids–those don’t “pop.”  They don’t actually need to, and you will know the jar…

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Reprise

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The recent Paris terrorist attacks show that militant Islam remains a threat no matter where you live. While other events or disasters are more likely, attacks on unarmed civilians by Muslim extremists will continue to be a problem for the foreseeable future. Therefore it is wise prepare for these types of events, which I have […]

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Friday Of Color, Ruger mags, expenses

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I’m rather looking forward to Black Friday  Friday Of Color sales. For the last several years the gun community has had more and more awesome sales on the day after Thanksgiving. And, just like in the mainstream world, those sales are starting to come earlier and earlier. In fact, I had a vendor email me the other day that they have stripped AR lowers, in quantity, for less than $30 ea. How cool is that? S&W ARs are showing up for around $550. I expect some truly cool magazine sales as well.

If you’re in a position to have a few hundred bucks to blow on gun gear, you might wanna keep ahold of it until the day after Thanksgiving

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Someone asked about the Ruger BX-25 magazines. While I almost always choose OEM factory mags over aftermarket mags, I’m a tad reserved on the BX-25. When they first came out they has some issues and I read that reliability had some issues. Of course, new products always have some teething pains. Perhaps the new BX-25 mags are flawless, but I haven’t any experience with them. I have decades of experience with the Butler Creek mags and are very comfortable with them, and comfortable recommending them. That said, if I can score a few BX-25 mags at a decent price I’ll try ’em out and see how they go.

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I’d like to thank the handful of people that kicked in the other day. In addition to the folks who dropped a few bucks in the hat for expenses, one generous soul actually sert up a monthly subscription which was really quite generous and thoughtful. So..thanks to everyone who generously pushed some Federal Reserve Notes in my direction.

Which reminds me, prior to that someone had the Metals Pimp drop off a couple ounces of silver. And thats always a cool thing! So, again, much thanky.

 

Prepper Journal: Ramblings and Musings About Your Security

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Situational Awareness

Given the recent and not so recent events in the world, the desire to hunker in a bunker is understandable. Does it make sense however, and will it increase your chances of survival if you fortify your home to the point it turns into a bunker.

Once you start putting up fencing topped with Concertina Wire you have evolved from a home or shelter to a compound. Everyone has an opinion about compounds and pre-conceived ideas of what a compound might be hiding. Right or wrong, fair or not, perception becomes fact, in most people’s minds.

Once someone or some group believes you have something to hide, or something worth surrounding with barricades, then you are in a defensive posture whether you know it or not.

There are websites, forums, and blog posts that actually describe how to fortify your home to withstand a .50 caliber round, hand grenades, and flame throwers. It always boils down to who, what, when and where however, and remember there is a difference between survival, a SHTF scenario and all out warfare. What exactly are you preparing for?

You always have to take into account the skill level of those that would pose the greatest threat. Some people are convinced that the government right now is getting ready to declare Martial Law. Martial Law means federal troops and once that happens, according to some, there will be gun confiscations, supplies taken, and people who do not cower will be herded off to some FEMA camp to be re-indoctrinated.

Anything is possible, but what is more likely, is what you have to ask yourself. If you believe all this a fortified compound is your best bet then, but remember those on the other side of the wire have all of the advantages. They will have fresh personnel rotating in every shift. They will eat regularly, have hot showers, and can resupply at will as they wait you out. What would you be doing hunkered down in your bunker, wondering if you have enough food, water and ammo and wondering if the walls really will stop even one .50 caliber round.

You have to assess the threats and be prepared to respond accordingly. You simply cannot prepare yourself for an all out frontal attack by any army let alone the United States Military. Regardless of your training or preparations, you as a single person, family or Prepper group, cannot defend any structure or piece of land against overwhelming force, such as would be the case if the U.S. Army came calling.

Of Course You Need To Defend Yourself and Your Home

The recent terrorist attacks have everyone on edge. When is someone going to walk into a shopping mall, grade school, or someone’s work place wearing a bomb vest in this country? What causes such angst is the fact you cannot prepare for something like this in any real sense.

If you see something, say something, but we all see things every day, weird stuff frankly, so we would be on the phone all day, everyday claiming we have seen something. Once you see it in many cases, it is too late, because the bomb is already detonated, or the trigger is being pulled by some shooter. Then its cover and conceal and get out of the area. The point is there is a greater chance of being put in a survival situation just walking around in public than at home.

The opposing forces out there are homicidal maniacs, terrorist, poor construction methods that allow balconies to collapse, or tired, or drunk drivers that plow into a tourist bus. You do not need to fortify your home so much as you need to fortify your mind and develop situational awareness. Boarding up your home and carving out gun slits in the shutters will not do you any good.

Mass shootings happen in crowded places, terrorist blow up and shoot up places where people, where innocent people gather. There are occasions where terrorists have attacked fortified positions, but they usually do not succeed in killing many people, so they choose the soft targets, ones that would not normally have a serious security posture. In other words, places where no one is expected to fight back and where he or she can kill more people more quickly.

You need to be prepared to defend your family, your home, and yourself, but also understand that in certain situations the best you can hope for is to escape the situation alive. Situational awareness will help you escape, because you will know where the exits are, know where you can seek cover and where you may conceal yourself.

Some Websites and Articles Claim To Know How to Survive a Terrorist Attack

The only sure way to survive one is not to be there when the bombs are detonated and when the shooting starts. Otherwise, the only way to survive is not to be the first one shot or blown up. The first shots are the warning, so you can cover and conceal and get out.

If you have no warning, and shots are fired and you are hit and killed you do not survive, its quiet simple. In most cases, you would not be able to look up or look around and see someone getting ready to detonate or to fire their weapons. In most cases, but not all cases, you may see it all unfold but what do you do. You will only be aware in most situations of something happening after the first shots or explosions, and then your only recourse is to get away from the area while seeking cover as you do so. You cannot fight back against bombs being detonated by people willing to die. You have to be away from the kill zone, away from the blast zone.

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Char Cloth

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I like mixing traditional survival skills and technology with the science and technology of modern times. While there are many modern ways to light fire, being able to use flint and steel or other older tech has its uses. Char cloth is a traditional tender that you can make yourself – it’s basically just cloth […]

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Bolt Protrusion on M91/30 Mosin Nagant

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SAFETY CHECK! Be certain to check the firing pin protrusion using the screwdriver / protrusion tool found in the Mosin Nagant Cleaning kit. IMHO, if you do not have this tool, buying the entire cleaning kit is well worth the money, because some unscrupulous vendors have replica tools that are not to spec and do […]

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12 Old Wives Tales That Are Actually True

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12 Old Wives Tales That Are Actually True When you were young, did your mother run around the house draping sheets over mirrors when a thunderstorm was on the way, or yell at you for opening your umbrella inside? These are just two examples of old wives’ tales or superstitions that millions of people grew …

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Psalm 95:2-3

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Let us come before His presence with a song of thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with songs.
For the LORD is a great God
And a great King above all gods

     I have a feeling that, like me, you are viewing this Thanksgiving season with a bit more reflection, and giving pause to think about all the things you have to be thankful for.  The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  It is easy to give thanks to those things that come easily — our family, friends, our health, our job, God’s provision.  But notice that Paul said everything!  
     So, we’re supposed to give thanks for the minor stuff like our aches and pains, the difficult people in our lives, the mounting bills on our desk?  And, Paul couldn’t possibly mean that we’re supposed to give thanks for the sinful world we see all around us — the immoral culture, the apostate Church, and the escalating evil that was so apparent in Paris last week?!  
     Instead of focusing on all the pain and sadness and anxiety that all those things — both great and small — bring to our mind and hearts, wouldn’t it be nice this Thanksgiving to actually put into practice the words of Psalm 95?  To come before His presence with shouts of joy and songs, in full spiritual recognition that no matter what is going on in our lives or in the world, He is a great God and a great King above all gods?
     You see, I think we tend to give thanks for all the things that we can see or have taken notice of.  But when we thank Him for EVERYTHING, we begin to see Him for Who He is and all that He has done.  So what does that really look like?  
     Have you ever thought about thanking Him for all the times He said, “No”, and for unanswered prayer because it not only made you depend on Him more, but humbled you to admit that He knew what was best for you?  What about thanking Him for the things He withheld from you, and for protecting you from things you may never realize … and the closed doors that may have frustrated you, when, in fact He mercifully kept you from going places He did not want you to go.  
     Do we give thanks for the lonely times, the tears, the uncertainties, and the personal losses; recognizing that all these seasons have brought us closer to Him and deepened our trust and relationship with Him?  
     As we gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, will we see it as more than just family, friends, and food?  Will we take advantage of this one day out of the year that is designed to give thanks and dedicate it to our great God — to the LORD who has given us an inheritance in the heavenly places, which is something greater than all the possessions of this world?  Will we thank God for the greatest gift He could ever give us: forgiveness through His perfect Son’s death on the cross on our behalf?  
     This Thanksgiving, it needs to be all about HIM!  We need to thank God for our eternal salvation, and for the salvation He gives us every day of  our lives as He saves us from ourselves and our foolishness.  We need to thank Him for His power and strength that are ours to call upon in our moments of human weakness.  
     And for me, personally, I will thank God that I can still pray in the name of Jesus, as I dedicate however many days are left to me on this earth to fulfilling His purpose for my life in glorifying the LORD, who is A GREAT GOD and A GREAT KING above all gods!  My prayer for each of you this Thanksgiving is that you will truly come into His presence; that you will experience such spiritual joy that you want to shout of His greatness and goodness in your life … in all circumstances and in all ways.
     Finally, I want to leave you with an additional Scripture that will inspire you on the day we call Thanksgiving.  It comes from the Old Testament, but joins with our featured verses today to give us special inspiration for the times in which we live.  It is Isaiah 12:4 … In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted.”  I wish you and your families a most Blessed Thanksgiving; a day filled with gratitude for all that our Great God has done, is doing, and will do in your lives.

Physician-Assisted Suicide: What Does The Bible Say?

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Physician Assisted Suicide: What Does The Bible Say?

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Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in California. The recent story of Brittany Maynard, a young newlywed diagnosed with brain cancer who moved from California to Oregon so she could use that state’s system of legal suicide, prompted the California legislature to pass and Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill making it lawful in the Golden State.

This news brings to mind Dr. Jack Kevorkian and the controversy that surrounded his ideology and methods in the late 1990s. He was a man so adamant about the “right to die” that he claimed having helped assist more than 130 patients meet their death.

In these cases, both Maynard and Kevorkian were concerned about the pain and suffering of people who are dying. Opponents of the practice say there are adequate medications and programs available under hospice to treat the pain and suffering of patients, but for some, that’s not enough.

For Christians, what does the Bible say about physician-assisted suicide? To consider that, we must look at three issues:

  • What does the Bible say about life?
  • What does the Bible say about suffering?
  • What does the Bible say about God’s Sovereignty?

Life and Death

Scripture tells us repeatedly that God has given us life, that He created us, blessed us and gave us sacred life through His own breath, giving us “the breath of life” (Gen 1:27, Gen 2:7, Gen 5:2). And after that creation, He gave Adam the choice to choose life or death (Gen 2:9, 16-17). God also directly told Israel to choose life as He set before the people the same two choices as Adam: “I have set before you life and death … choose life” (Deut 30:19) and He continues to encourage us to take life and to make it meaningful while it lasts (Ecc. 12).

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said that when we consider the practice of medicine, we must realize it “cannot be both our healer and our killer.” He recognized that medicine could only be one or the other, but not both.

Suffering

It seems that the real issue when we discuss physician-assisted suicide is suffering. Supporters of the practice argue no person should suffer if he or she would rather die.

Physician Assisted Suicide: What Does The Bible Say?

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An interesting side note is that we don’t seem to be concerned about suffering at the time of our birth! Women are encouraged to not use medications to ease their suffering and pain, as it might harm the baby. And babies even come out crying, struggling to adjust to their changing environment. So why so much concern over the suffering at the point of death?

Scripture is again very clear and straightforward: There will be suffering in this life (John 16:33). We are warned that we will face trials, trouble, tribulations and temptations. But Scripture also offers us encouragement regarding these troubles — that there is a purpose in our struggles. James reminds us that our trials and the testing of our faith brings perseverance and maturity (James 1:2-4). Peter tells us that our grief in trials only lasts “a little while” (1 Peter 1:6). He further asserts that trials have existed so that our faith in the Sovereign God would be proven genuine (1 Peter 1:7-9).

Sovereignty of God

As Christians, we serve a Sovereign God. That means that He is in control of everything that is happening to us. He knew us before we were born (Pr 8:23, Ps 139:13), He knows everything that will happen in our lives and He knows how we will die. He is in control of it all. The Bible reminds us that we still can choose whether to obey Him, but should we be so bold as to say to God, “My way is better?” It’s a proud and arrogant statement, yet we seem to do it a lot.

Scripture tells us that God’s ways are high above our ways (Is 55:8-9) and that “there is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” (Pr 14:12, Pr. 16:25). Why do we trust God in life, but not in death?

Conclusion

We will inevitably face suffering in our lives and witness suffering in the lives of those around us. As God’s people, we are to bear this suffering with one another. Suffering and death teach and cause us to focus on what is truly meaningful in life. It is a reminder of our need for a Sovereign Lord. We are called to suffering because of its benefit to us. When people say, “what is the point of this needless suffering?” we need to respond with a strong clear voice!

Our perseverance in the midst of suffering, whether death or persecution, leads to: character, hope, the evidence of God (2 Th 1:5, Rom 5:3-4), discipline, holiness (Heb 12:6, 10), righteousness, peace (Heb 12:11) and maturity (Jam 1:4). Suffering gives us an opportunity to seek His wisdom instead of our own.

Life is precious, no matter what stage, and it should be respected and preserved. I prayed every day for Brittany during her very public journey until her final breath, and it weighed heavy on my heart.

In the end her story drew me closer to my Savior, and it made me search His Word for meaning and understanding. It made me weep at His feet and cry out in my prayer. It made me more passionate in my work and prompted me to be more intentional about sharing Jesus and salvation with others. So in the end, death and suffering had great benefit. My heart and prayers continue to go out to the family of Brittany Maynard and to all those suffering with the end of life.

The Simple House Floor Plan – Making The Most Of A Small Space

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Today is the 2nd installment of 24 articles in our year-long series called “The Simple House Project.” Every 2 weeks, we will publish an article or video covering the process from start to finish. From permits, plans, and construction of the exterior, to the complete interior finish – we hope to document the challenges, trials and tribulations of creating a simple house that is extremely cost-effective, energy-efficient and earth-friendly – using only the space we truly need to live comfortably. Let me first say that we loved all of the comments and suggestions after our first segment two weeks back. The response so far has been amazing, and it makes us realize how many people out there are really looking at downsizing and living larger – with less! As we have said from the beginning of this project – finding the “perfect small-house design” will be different for each and every person – and by sharing our ideas – we hope to inspire others to find theirs. Today’s segment is all about the floor plan. The simple fact is that if you really want to downsize – you DO have to make cuts somewhere in livable space. For us – we chose to […]

10 Things To Prepare For When Bugging In With Children

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Bugging In KidsNo matter whether you have a new baby, a young child, or teenagers living with you, they will depend on  you in a crisis situation. If you have decided to bug in instead of move yourself and your family to another location, it may be weeks or even months before they can resume any kind of normal activities.

Needless to say, during that time, you will need to find ways to meet their basic needs as well as others that you take as a matter of routine. Here are some very important areas to consider that go beyond the basics of food, water, clothing, and shelter.

Failure to take these matters into account will invariably make it harder for children to cope during a crisis situation and may also do serious damage to their long term well being at many levels.

Keeping up With Education

readingIf you look back at hurricane Katrina and the earthquakes in Fukushima Japan and Haiti, it becomes readily apparent that educating children tends to be one of the first things that becomes disrupted in a crisis situation.

Community based education also tends to be one of the last things restored in the post-crisis world. For school age children and teens school routines are a normal part of life, and as such, they provide the comfort of “normalcy”.

Do not underestimate the power of school routines or providing an education during a crisis. Here are some things you can do to make sure your children focus at least some of their time on studies:

  • Because current text books tend to be very expensive and constantly moving from school to home, it is impossible to say which ones your children will have on hand prior to and during the crisis event. Rather than try to guess, you can purchase older textbooks online that have similar information. For example, if your child has a brand new 10th grade math book, you can purchase books from as far back as the 50’s and 60’s for just a few dollars. Just make sure that the topics covered are the same. Aside from providing a fresh perspective on these topics, your children might just enjoy the novelty of working with a different text book.
  • Make sure that you are always up to date on what your children are learning and what kind of homework they are doing.
  • Have a few age appropriate novels or classics on hand for light reading. Aside from getting all kinds of classics for free via Project Gutenberg and other free ebook sites, you can also print them out and store them away.
  • Know how much learning includes computers, calculators, and other electronic aides. In instance where computers or other devices are required, make a list of ways to manage this type of learning without these devices. Even if you can provide power for a tablet, calculator, or other device, that does not mean you will necessarily want to log into the device or use it. At the very least, if you have paper based methods ready and waiting, then your children can go on learning without the need for electronic aides.
  • For math and science – obtain a slide rule that is suitable for both routine and complex math calculations. You can start teaching your children how to use the slide rule before a crisis so that they are accustomed to it. If your children protest using a slide rule, remind them that the United States successfully sent astronauts to the moon, and that those involved in the project relied on these relatively simple devices to get the job done.
  • Purchase a few science fair projects or other exploratory kits that your children can use to build things and learn about the world at the same time. This is especially important if you have young children or teens that like to work with their hands or tend to be experiential learners. Even if your child has a hard time focusing on a textbook, sometimes these building kits can make an enormous difference
  • Perhaps most important on this list, make sure that you can teach all of the lessons in the textbook if needed. Do not be afraid to spend extra time yourself with alternative text books while your child is at school in the pre-crisis period.

Social Development

This will be one of the hardest things to manage in a bug in situation. You child may not be able to communicate with friends or other family members. Over time, lack of contact with others can make it very hard for your son or daughter to reconnect with others.

Even a normally outgoing and well adjusted child can become shy or develop other problems. Unfortunately, once the crisis event happens, you won’t be able to change this.

Take the time know to fully understand how much contact your child needs with other people to feel comfortable and secure. If you have a naturally outgoing child or one that likes to be in groups, then you will need to spend a lot more time with him/her in the post crisis world.

pizzaMake sure that you have plenty of activities that require at least two people. This may include everything from involving your child in cooking, cleaning, and tending other basic needs. Just remember that it may not be enough to assign your child a task, you will also have to socialize and interact with them at these times.

Perhaps it may seem strange, but children that tend to be shy or loners also need a good bit of socialization in the post-crisis world. If left to their own devices, these children can slip even further into their own little world. This, in turn will make it even harder for them to shift the gears as needed to engage with other people.

Utilize games and other activities where your child can interact with you and preserve at least some sense of being around others. Books and novels that focus on social interactions may also be of some help since they can provide models that will be remembered. Make sure that these books are based on constructive social interactions instead of destructive ones.

Managing Emotional Trauma Symptoms

If you think that social collapse and short/long term crisis will change your life forever, then you should also understand it will also change what the future holds for your children. Career choices that were once possible may no longer be open while all sorts of other plans and preparations will be more or less useless.

Under those circumstances, your children will be very confused and need more emotional support than usually. Here are some things you can do to prepare your children for managing these issues now, as well as enable them to cope better if a crisis happens to wipe out everything they have grown accustomed to:

  • Go back to fundamentals and basics as a way of life. Refrain from modernizations that may not be available after a crisis occurs. This includes everything from video games to fast foods.  Instead of fast foods, prepare meals at home. If you have a specific food plan for bugging in, try utilizing that plan at least once a week. Not only will you and your children have  a chance to adapt to these alternative foods, they will become commonplace to the point where it will not be such a harsh transition on top of everything else that happens in a social collapse or other major crisis.
  •  Make sure your children know how to hunt, fish, prepare food, and manage the basics of living without modern conveniences. The more you can teach children about basic survival in a range of settings, the better chance they have of avoiding panic, anxiety, and other emotional problems that tend to occur in a crisis situation.
  • Make sure you know the signs of emotional trauma and how to manage them without medication or other forms of conventional medical support. Take the time now to learn how to de-escalate situations instead of resorting to punishment or fighting.
  • When it comes to emotional distress, there are many ways that therapists use various tools to help both children and adults regain control of themselves and their lives. These tools include guided meditations and making use of objects that can be associated with safety and wellness. Together with that, you may also want to try binaural music  and other alternative therapies.  To use the binaurals, you will need to store an mp3 player with the appropriate files and earbuds/headphones in the EMP proof section your bug in bag. I personally recommend the older style mp3 players that accept AAA batteries as opposed to the players that have the battery built in. Not are the older players much cheaper now, they last longer and it is very easy to use them with rechargeable batteries that are readily available.

Managing Mental Trauma Symptoms

It is very important to realize that in the days after a major crisis, your child may have difficulty focusing, remembering, and engaging in other mental activities at a normal level. Since you may also be having similar problems, it is important not to judge or push your child excessively beyond his/her limits.

Always bear in mind that any person can and will most likely have problems after a crisis situation. Even though reduced capacities may exist, that does not mean the responses are abnormal. Rather than judge or punish, try to look for ways to help your child return back to, and then beyond his/ her former mental function level. Some things you can do include:

  • Focus more on art or building related activities instead of purely mental ones. As time goes on, increasing attention spans and focus can be gradually shifted back into books or more academic tasks.
  • Give you child chances to feel confident of his/her abilities as opposed to constantly supervising. You can try assigning chores as well as longer range goals that your children can work towards.

Health and Physical Wellness

As may be expected, providing adequate food, water, and clothing is extremely important and may well be the priority you think about most in a time of upheaval. It is also very important to think about medications for pre-existing conditions as well as any injuries that may occur.

It is very important to realize that many children today are over medicated and may be in far more need of a proper diet and exercise than they are of pills that only make them sicker. Take the time now to see what kinds of natural remedies are available for diagnosed illnesses as well as suitable dosages.

If you cannot find a pediatrician to help you, do not hesitate to look at the side-effects listed on any drugs that you child is already taking.

When you find cases where these drugs may cause sterility, cancer, heart disease, or symptoms that your child is experiencing, you can try contacting the state licensing board, a lawyer for the purpose of starting a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company and the doctor, parental rights activist groups, natural remedy activist groups, and the media.

Sadly, in today’s world, parents are often superseded by doctors and school administrators simply because they do not know how to use the legal system to stop the harm being caused their children.

Not only is this important to consider in a time of crisis when routine medications may not be available, it is very important to your child’s well being and capacity to bring forth the next generation regardless of what happens to our society.

Self-Defense

karateWhen it comes to teaching children self defense and giving them the confidence and strength to believe in themselves; there is nothing quite like the martial arts. No matter how close a social collapse may seem, it is very important to enroll your child in a good quality dojo.

It does not matter which form of martial arts your child studies as long as he/she gets good quality training and a range of physical, mental, and emotional skills that will last a lifetime. In fact, if you are debating between buying yet another batch of video games and other things to “amuse” your children, it is much better to send them for martial arts training.

Aside from helping your children defend themselves in a crisis, martial arts training will also help them if society does not collapse. If you do some research, you will find countless stories of teens and youth whose lives were turned away from mayhem by martial arts training.

In that respect, you will truly be preparing your child to live a good life with character as well as the capacity for self defense in the time of major upheaval.

Boredom and the Need to Play

hand-1008103_1920Chances are you have heard the saying “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. While modern schools constantly limit lunch breaks, recess, and gym time, children must develop as whole beings.

This includes time for developing physical skills as well as mental ones. Play time and unstructured time are extremely important for healthy development. Sadly, video games and other forms of electronic entertainment only serve to keep children focused on goal acquisition or focusing concentration in pre-defined pathways instead of letting them expand and develop on their own.

You can start reversing this process now by limiting, and then completely eliminating video games and other forms of electronic entertainment.

Encourage your children to engage in real, tangible social activities with their friends as well as pick up hobbies they can work on at home while alone. This should include hobbies that can be worked on if you are bugging in and have no place else to go. Some activities (based on age) might include:

  • Working with building blocks and tinker toys
  • Model building
  • Science fair projects
  • Sculpture oriented arts
  • Building electronic devices without the use of transistor or resistor based parts.

Special Needs for Infants

Even though babies may not need much in the way of toys and complex educational materials, they still have some special needs that may suddenly be impossible to fill in a crisis.

For example, if you are currently feeding your baby infant formula, it may be impossible to supply that, let alone make a suitable replacement with the foods you have on hand.

If you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant, it may be worthwhile to consider breastfeeding. At the very least, you can have some assurance that you baby will get some nutrition if a disaster occurs before your baby completes this stage of development.

Other than eating and sleeping, your child will also produce a fair amount of waste. Oddly enough, cloth diapers may not be the best single option to have on hand because there may not be enough water, disinfectant, and soap available to wash them.

It may be to your advantage to store away at least some disposable diapers as well as cloth ones so that you can use them as needed. Needless to say, it will also be important to store away baby safe washes as well as learn how to make them on your own from any plants that you choose to grow.

Special Needs for Toddlers

It is no secret that telling a toddler what to do is about as useful and effective as trying to do the same with a cat. Unfortunately, if a toddler has a screaming tantrum or decides to start a game of “catch me if you can” when thieves are lurking outside, or during some other crucial moment, it can spell disaster for everyone.

Oddly enough, this is one of the few situations where a soundproof safe room may come in handy. If you suspect something is going on outside your home, or a situation is ongoing, place your toddler in the room.

You will also need to be sure that zones of fire around the safe room and your defense abilities are sufficient to prevent invaders from getting to your child. It is up to you to decide when and if you will go to the safe room during a direct confrontation with invaders.

Special Needs for Teens

At times, it may seem like teens are even more stubborn and determined to do what they want than toddlers. On the other hand, teens are usually much easier to manage when they have an important task and feel good about themselves.

During a bug in situation, make sure that teens have enough tangible tasks to keep them busy. Try to work with them as equals, yet give them enough guidance so that they are not left trying to think 100% for themselves. In preparation for this time, make sure that you understand how your teen’s mind and emotions work, and how to bring out the best in them.

Some teens may be relatively easy to steer into productive ventures while others may take a bit of extra work. Finding the best paths and options now will ensure you know what to do in a crisis. It may also make your pre-crisis household far less chaotic and filled with stresses that go with the teen years.

If you have children, then you are likely to be aware of how important it is for the next generation of humans to grow up and take their place in the world. During a major crisis situation, it can become all too easy to forget that personal survival also equates to the survival of our species and its progression through time.

Aside from giving your children all the love and care they need now to thrive, make sure that you are as prepared as possible to take on extra duties during a survival crisis in which neither they nor you can have normal contact with the rest of the world.

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This article has been written Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

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City-Dwellers Can Become Self-Sufficient Gardeners With This Indoor Vertical Farm

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By: Amanda Froelich

 

1_vertical-farmIf something were to happen today, tomorrow, six months down the road, or even three years into the future, would you be able to sustain yourself and your family?

A large percent of Americans do not have any resources – financial or otherwise – saved up in a case of an impending disaster, which would make them incredibly dependent on the government if hard times hit (that is if the government was still functioning).

While one may always purchase silver or stock up on canned goods, having a sustainable source of live, nutrient-dense food could be one’s saving grace in the wake of an economic disaster.

For this reason and many more, this gorgeous vertical farm is a God-send for many urban-dwellers who may want to reduce their food costs or just live more sustainably while in the city.

As Treehugger reports, the NutriTower – a seven-foot tall vertical farm specifically designed for tiny spaces – is the solution to urban gardening problems many have been asking for.

Designed by Byrce Nagels of Montreal, the NutriTower fits in small spaces and allows plants to thrive inside by delivering water and nutrients to the bottom of the plant pots.

Nagels (below) relies heavily on his own NutriTower and uses it to grow a continuous supply of lettuce, Swiss Chard, spinach and an abundance of herbs such as mint, parsley, basil and oregano. He can even grow melons and tomatoes.

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How does it work?

The NutriTower is a hydroponic system, no messy soil is required. Water and nutrients are pumped up from the base to each of the pots, and the plants are supplied a ‘nutritonic’ that is custom designed for the tower. The mixture is predominantly plant-based and is derived from all sustainable sources.

Because the tower comes with its own lighting system, it can be suitably set up in any location. And – wonderfully, it only takes up one tenth of the space that a horizontal planting bed needs.

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The cost of one of these towers is $1,299 – quite expensive for most families, but likely worth the investment if you consider the long-term benefits of growing your own food.

Above all, the company hopes the invention will be used as a learning component. In fact, they’re even offering a special curriculum to anyone who would like to have the NutriTower play a part in the classroom. From the germination of seeds to the actual harvesting of fruits and vegetables, the curriculum serves to ensure kids not only know how to play a part in growing their own food but enjoy the process of doing so.

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Just in time for Christmas, the item will be released on December 1, 2015. You can, however, pre-order the incredibly unique and innovative invention here. And, for every 50 NutriTowers sold, the company will give one to a school for free.

 

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What if SHTF Right Now?

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What if SHTF Right Now?

SHTFLet’s do a small exercise. Say disaster struck right now and you have to bug in. Maybe it’s an EMP, maybe it’s an economic collapse, maybe Martial Law or State of Emergency are declared for some reason. What would be the first things to cross your mind when SHTF?

I should probably end the article right here and leave you find out what those things are on your own but, then, I wouldn’t be helping too much. See my suggestions below but don’t let that stop you from coming up with more on your own.

Where is everyone?

As long as you’re safe, you’ll want to know where your spouse and kids are. Next, you’ll probably want to find out if your relatives your neighbors are ok. As long as you’re checking to see if everyone’s OK, you might want to get in touch with friends and relatives from another state to find out if whatever’s happening is affecting them as well.

How bad is this, should I bug in or out?

This is something you need to consider early on because bugging out along with everyone else might be tricky. Generally speaking, if you neighborhood, town or region is or will become uninhabitable, you should leave. Bugging in is the more likely option because it’s safer in all other cases but you may be forced to leave at a later date if things are getting worse.

How soon can I get home and what’s the best route to take?

If you’re not at home, getting there quickly is critical. Knowing the ins and outs of your town or city is something you should have thought about in advance. Keep maps of the area as part of your EDC and on offline maps on your phone.

Why didn’t I EMP proof my electronics?

No one really knows what type of Faraday cages can protect our electronics but one thing is clear: you have to at least try to keep some of them protected.

How long will my food and water last?

Since the crisis is just starting, one of the scariest things is that it might last for years. Sure, at some point you’re gonna figure out how to get more food and water but what you really want is to rely as little as possible on outside help.

How am I going to feed my pet shtf?

Pets can be an invaluable help post-collapse. Cats hunt mice, dogs protect you from bad guys and they will all keep you and your family entertained.

I wonder if stores are still open.

This might be tempting but also extremely risky. When shtf angry mobs are going to empty all shelves in a matter of hours and, unless you want to return home with bruises or even injuries, I suggest you stockpile in advance.

Will I still be able to go to work when shtf?

Probably not, but this is the last thing you should worry about. You can figure it out later. Unless your boss is in your survival dream team or a friend of yours, you should probably leave this matter alone.

Why didn’t I take care of that medical issue I was meaning to?

Good question. I actually got a wisdom tooth pulled out today and I’m sitting here with an ice pack in my hand, typing with the other. I postponed this enough but I had to do it. Besides, all the high tech equipment that dentists use might not work or even be stolen post-collapse.

Speaking of which, you should focus on learning the basics of survival medicine so you can deal with as many health issues on your own as you can. http://www.thesurvivaldoctor.com is a great starting point.

How long will the gas in my car last me?

I suggest you keep the tank full at all times. An extra canister is also a good idea, so is having a secondary bug out vehicle such as a mountain bike.

Where’s my survival bag?

The sad truth is, you may not be close to you bug out bag when it hits. This is why it’s good to have several survival bags in strategic places an even an everyday carry kit. For more info on which survival essentials to keep close to you at all times, check out this article I wrote.

Do ATMs still work?

And, if so, will they still accept my credit cards? If so, this would be a good time to take out all your cash. Of course, your priorities should be, in order, safety, air, water, shelter, guns and ammo, food and THEN cash.

Is my house at risk?

That’s hard to tell without knowing the disaster but it’s something to think about today. As long as you have a plan of action for each disaster, you should be able to quickly decide whether your house is at risk when it finally hits.

Does everyone else know about what’s happening? I should warn them.

I wouldn’t do this unless I was sure I’m safe, my family is safe and that everything else is taken care of. Besides, attempting to communicate might tip off the wrong people to track you down. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do it, it all depends on the disaster but using your Facebook to tell all your friends where you are might not be the best idea.

How and I going to get out of town?

That’s something you should have thought about in advance. Your bug out vehicle should be ready to go, you should know all the routes to get out as well as the means to assess which ones are safe and which ones could be dangerous.

Is the transportation system still working?

Probably not but if you have a head start before everyone knows it’s about to hit, taking the bus or the subway might work.

Why didn’t I set up that rainwater harvesting system?

Good question… why didn’t you? J

Final Word

These are just a few of the questions to ask yourself but, to make this exercise even more powerful, you can pretend a specific disaster has hit and take it from there. Don’t underestimate the power of imagination and visualization when prepping for the worst.

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