Black Friday 2015 Video Hall of Shame

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American shoppers continued to embarrass themselves in the eyes of the world during yesterday’s shopping extravaganza. While smart shoppers stayed home and avoided the insanity by ordering gifts online, the melees were alive and well in malls and big box stores across the country.

When it becomes difficult to tell the difference between that giant horde of zombies on The Walking Dead and shoppers on the day after Thanksgiving, it’s pretty evident that we have a serious problem.

Watch these videos, and just imagine if these people and their children were hungry.  What if you stood between them and the food they felt they should have? Do you really think that they’ll be more civilized when the prize is life-saving food and not a cheap TV?  Is there really any question that preppers should be armed?

Use this as a case study in collapse behavior.

The Black Friday 2015 Videos

In our first video, an adult snatched a vegetable steamer out of the hands of a child. As the stunned child looked on, the mother took off after the steamer snatcher, who told her not to be so aggressive.

Several fights erupted in this stampede through a shopping mall that looked uncannily like the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, except with human participants instead of horned ones.

In this video, people at Wal-Mart come to blows over a “deal” on a television.

Here’s another Wal-Mart television brawl, this time in Texas.

At yet another Wal-Mart, this employee had enough and took down a customer.

This man was so determined to get a “deal” that he went all Mission Impossible, scurrying across coolers in order to get to his desired sale item more quickly.

The lunacy seems to have spread to the UK this year, if this video from Yorkshire is anything to judge by.

The Joke is on Them

And here’s the thing: These sales actually aren’t that good. In fact, some products are actually triple the price that they were 3 weeks ago. They are behaving this shamefully and paying more and their lack of research to determine this says that they’re probably not thinking ahead enough to prep.

This isn’t a one-time thing. It happens every single year.

Now…think about this.

What if there was no food? No water? No medicine? What if the grocery store was cleaned out and there was no sign of it restocking any time soon?  How would this same throng of people behave to get the last loaf of bread or case of canned goods?  What would they do if they knew you had food in your home while they had nothing?

I think we all know the answer to this question. If people are willing to assault another human being over a vegetable steamer, they will definitely lay siege to your home if you have food and they do not.

You can stockpile until you have a decade of supplies put back, but if you can’t defend it, you don’t actually own it. You only have your carefully collected supplies and preps because no one has bothered taking them away from you yet.  You have what you have based on the goodwill of others, who are stronger, greater in number, more ruthless, and better armed.  When everyone else is doing it and there’s little to no chance of legal consequences, these crazy Black Friday shoppers will look as harmless as a bunch of little old ladies playing Bingo.

You may not like hearing this, but you need only to check out the videos above to realize how thin the veneer of our civilization really is.

Do you have any other videos that should be included in this collection? Be sure to share a link in the comments below.

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25 Gifts for Survivalists Under $50

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Gear does not make up for lack of knowledge of course but don’t we all love some new gear from time to time?

Here are our updated suggestions for survival and preparedness gifts for this years holiday season.

Under $20

$4.26 Columbia River Knife and Tool’s Eat N Tool 9100C Silver Multi Tool
Spork, bottle opener and hex wrenches in one tool for key chain.

$5.39 Set of 10 Caltrops Tashibishi
These spikes dig through sneaker soles. Probably work for car tires too.

$7.98 Ollow Hollow 10pcs Lot Emergency Hiking Camping Survival Aluminum Whistle Key Chain Assorted colors
Pack of 10 whistles to give away. Great conversation starter about signaling in survival situations.

$9.88 Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Great drinking bottle that can be used to cook water too.

$9.99 Caldwell Ar-15 Brass Catcher
For those times when you do not want to leave traces.

$11.73 Self Defense Money Clip Silver
Money clip that can be used as beat knuckle.

$13.95 Hostage Series Targets – 19″ x 24″ 10 Pack
Get used to shoot at people (or images first).

$15.11 Chainmate CM-24SSP 24-Inch Survival Pocket Chain Saw With Pouch
Another small and light addition for bug out bag or overall preps.

$15.99 LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Put in your car, bug out bag and show your kids and friends how to use them. Cheap, proven way to filter up to 1000 liters of water.

$19.99 Secur Waterproof Hand crank or built in Solar powered 3 LED Flashlight
LED technology made lot of progress. This is updated version of all around survival flashlight. Hand crank and solar powered.

$19.99 TekMat 12-Inch X 36-Inch Long Gun Cleaning Mat with AR15 Imprint, Black
Helps with gun maintenance, to avoid scratches and keeps gun in place.

Under $30

$20.08 Cold Steel Brooklyn Crusher
Even in survival scenario you should be able to escalate use of force.

$24.68 Butler Creek LULA M16/AR-15 All-in-One Magazine Speed Loader and Unloader
also available for $26.32 for Butler Creek AK47/GALIL LULA Loader, BUT24216

$25.89 2-Book Safes, Diversion Safe made with a Real Book
Always smart to have way to hide some valuables.

$27.99 SOG Specialty Knives & Tools F01TN-CP Tactical Tomahawk with 2.75-Inch Steel Axe Blade and Black Ballistic Nylon Sheath, Black Finish
Learn to throw it, use it as all around tool for urban survival to scavenge, breach open windows and more.

$28.95 C-A-T Combat Application Tourniquet All black version
Easy to use and can save lives. Have at least one of them with you if you expect to fight. Practice that you know how to use on yourself and others! Quick application is crucial.

$29.95 Voodoo Tactical Men’s Universal Medic Bag
Durable bag for medical supplies. Easy access to everything. I use one of these too.

$29 Lifetime Subscription to my Online Course
I’m happy that my experience from survival during war can help people today and in future.

Under $50

$30.68 Survival Seed Vault – Heirloom Emergency Survival Seeds – Plant a Full Acre Crisis Victory Garden – 20 Easy-to-grow Varieties
Get a seed stash with non gmo heirloom seeds so you can harvest seeds and keep planting in future years. Consider packing some in your bug out bag. You never know where you end up and they take little space and weight.

$34.99 Dpms Ar15 Armorers Multi-Tool
Handy tool for rifle maintenance.

$36.99 T3 Tactical Triage & Auto Rescue Tool
In my job in emergency services I have to cut people from their cars often. With this knife you can help yourself.

$37.95 United Cutlery Bush Master Survival Knife
Good starter set for older children or people completely new to survival. Sit down with person who gets the knife and talk about survival. Get a better knife like the Ontario 8627 RAT-5 Knife (Brown) for experienced survivalists as gift.

$40.13 Mosby’s 2015 Nursing Drug Reference, 28th Edition
Older edition would be good too but why not get the latest. One day there might be no Internet anymore and when you get your hands on drugs you can look up how to use them.

$47 SHTF School Survival Boot Camp
Our essential survival course with over 350 pages of text, videos, audio interviews and more.

$47.96 Galco Triton Kydex IWB Holster for Glock 19, 23, 32 (Black, Right-hand)
Quality holster for concealed carry.

10+ Survival Gifts, Gear + Crazy Gadgets – V1

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Survival Gadgets Gifts and Gear - Volume 1

If you’re bored of “typical” survival gear, want to cut through the clutter and learn what David personally uses… or maybe you have a special someone on your “survival” gift list and need some help. Well you’ve come to the right place…

Because today we’re gonna break into the survival cache and take a look at 10+ cool survival survival gizmos, gadgets and gear that could also make great gifts.

For your convenience, I’ve included a pile of links to the stuff in this post with each item. Cool!? Well let’s get started…

EDC Diamond Credit Card Sized Knife Sharpener
Got a dull knife in the back country? That’s no problem when you everyday carry the DMT Credit Card Sized Diamond Sharpener in your wallet. Whip it out and hone that knife on the spot – like a boss. Cost is around $12 US.

Add 25ºF of Warmth to Any Sleeping Bag
Add 25ºF (or 14° C) of warmth to your sleeping bag with the Sea to Summit Reactor Extreme Thermolite Liner. Simply slide the liner into your bag, get in it… and enjoy the added warmth. The Reactor Extreme is great for camping, emergency kits and bug out bags because it can eliminate the need for a big, OR BIGGER, heavy, bulky, bag that can take up way too much of your pack. I use my Reactor with my super small and lightweight SnugPak 45ºF Jungle Bag for comfortable 3+ Season Adventures down to about 20ºF (or -10ºC). Cost is around $60 US either the Reactor Extreme Liner or the SnugPak Jungle Bag.

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Snug Pack Jungle Bag:

Schrade SCHF39 – Knife / Slingshot / Survival Tool
Bored of knives that are just knives?… We’ll the SCHF39 has a few surprises you may be interested in… besides the nice quality, 5 inch, 1095 high carbon steel blade… the SCHF39 includes two mini stone sharpeners on the sheath, a ferro rod, folding slingshot limbs, a slingshot band, pouch and 6 rounds of survival ammo. The slingshot assembles in less than a minute is a lot of fun to shoot and could put some meat on the table in a pinch. Oh, and don’t forget to grab some extra ammo – Cost of the SCHF39 is Around $45 US.

SCHF39 Slingshot Knife:

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Portable Solar Power on a Budget
So what is your back up plan when the power goes out down? And how will you power your during a bug out, if you go camping or away from electricity for a few days? Well, at less than $60 US… the 15 ounce Anker PowerPort, 2-Port, Solar Panel System provides serious power to keep your USB charged devices going.

Use the PowerPort Solar Panel to charge phones, tablets, and other USB tech directly from the sun… or store energy for later use or cloudy days by adding the 20,000 mAh Anker PowerCore Ultra High Capacity power bank (which you can also charge via USB).

Then PowerBank stores enough Power to keep my iPhone6 running for a week.  But Best of all, the Anker PowerBank only runs about $40 US.  So this means with the PowerBank and the PowerPort Solar Panel, you can have a nice, lightweight and reliable solar power backup system for about $100.

Solar Panels:

20,000 mAh PowerCore:

How to Purify Cesspool Water and Make It Drinkable
Unfortunately Most Water Filters won’t protect you from water borne virus’ that might contaminate water during a catastrophic event… or virus’ that are be found in some water outside of the USA. So I use the General Ecology – First Need Portable Water Purifier for my emergency kit, bug out bag and travel needs… It can process up to 2 liters per minute, takes out water borne pathogens INCLUDING virus’ and some chemicals… and makes even very questionable water safe to drink AND taste great. Cost is around $110 US.
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Survival Playing Cards
The Don’t Die Out There Playing Cards can pass time on the trail… and in a pinch, they make a pretty decent pocket survival guide. Each card contains different survival information on topics like shelter, water, fire, food and first aid. So if you find card games boring (at times) and want to learn some valuable stuff while waiting for the other guy decide if he wants to raise or fold… the $7 US – Don’t Die Out There – Playing Cards might be a lifesaver for you or someone on your list. (89)

“Survival” Man Ring Multi-Tool
Meet the “Survival” Man Ring Multi-Tool. Made from Aerospace grade titanium in Georgia, USA – for the man who has everything – except for this ring. The $295 – made and sized to order – Man ring has 5 tools hidden inside it’s stout top… including a bottle opener, straight blade, serrated blade, saw, and a mustache comb. James Bond… eat your heart out.  (59)

Best Survival Book EVER!!!
What’s the best bug out bag survival book? Well, that’s a tough one… But if I had to pick only one survival book for the rest of my life from my collection – hands down, I’d pick the SAS Survival Handbook. Written by Jon “Lofty” Wiseman – the former survival instructor for Britain’s SAS (similar to the U.S. Navy Seals)… The SAS Survival Handbook covers a wide range of survival topics, and techniques… is laid out well and is VERY nicely illustrated (which I like). Grab the Third Edition, since it updates older info and covers new topics such as urban survival and terrorism.. The SAS Survival Handbook may be the best $15 you ever spend on survival stuff and it could turn out to be the most valuable 1.8 pounds in your bug out bag or emergency kit. (139)

Survivor Cord
NEW From Titan Paracord… Survivor Cord is 7 Strand, Military Grade 550 Paracord with 3 additional strands… a light gauge copper wire for small animal snares, a 25 lb. test, mono-filament fishing line and waterproof, waxed jute to help you quickly start a fire in an emergency.  Stand by for my full review. Cost is around $25 US for 100 feet (or about 30 meters).

16-Tool Paracord Survival Bracelet
A LOT more than just a paracord bracelet… My Adventure Survival Bracelet from Wazoo Survival Gear is never far from me because it includes 16 hidden survival tools. It contains tools for navigation, fire starting, signaling, fishing, snares and traps, gear repair, first aid, cutting and rescue and more. Cost is around $90 US.

MREs | Try these handy, long lasting survival meals

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Meals Ready to Eat – like any military ration – are a frequent subject of ridicule. But for a high calorie, long-lasting source of quick energy, they might be just what you need in your emergency gear.

by Leon Pantenburg

I have bought many cases of MREs. I was not paid to do this review.

I ran into MREs as a public affairs officer for the Idaho National Guard during Desert Storm in 1990. I would sometimes accompany troops on training exercises into the desert around Gowen Field near Boise. Meals were MREs, served up in a sealed brown plastic envelope.

Meals Ready to Eat were developed by the military as an efficient ration.

Meals Ready to Eat were developed by the military as an efficient ration.

I didn’t eat MREs every day, so I thought they tasted OK. But I talked with soldiers back from deployment in the Middle East who loathed them. After a month or so, with nothing else to eat, some claimed everything started to taste the same.

I could get MREs by the case fairly cheaply at the Mountain Home, Idaho PX, so I stocked up for elk season. My hunting buddies and I would backpack into remote, hard to access areas, and every ounce counted.

Food was fuel, and MREs supplied the calories to keep going. We always had real food in the truck at the trailhead, so that first meal back was something to look forward to!

Today, MREs are widely available, and they might be a good choice for inclusion in a car emergency kit or bug out bag. They’re also not bad for desert hiking, if you’re in an area where you have to pack water.

A new twist is the self-heating packages. With minimal effort, you can have a hot meal without carrying a stove, cooking pot or utensils.

The flameless heater allows a hot meal, with no stove, cooking pot or utensils necessary.

The flameless heater allows a hot meal, with no stove, cooking pot or utensils necessary.

I checked out the MRE Three-Course Meal, Ready to Eat with the flameless ration heater, distributed by Meal Kit Supply .

Here are the specs:

Weight: Each MRE weighs in at 20 ounces in the unopened package.

Size: Each package measures about eight inches by 12 inches, and is about three inches thick.

Includes: Each MRE has an entree, side dish, bread, spread, drink mix, dessert, condiments, instant coffee, spoon and a napkin.

Here’s the good stuff:

Before heading out on a backcountry elk hunt, my brother Mike and I would open the packages, take out the entree, desert, bread (which is a hard cracker, much like Pilot Bread) and the peanut butter. That reduced weight even more. Nobody liked the omelets, so we’d generally leave them in the box. At the end of the season, we had a case of just omelets!

High calorie foods are a necessity when you’re burning several thousand a day doing strenuous activities. MREs are

Packaging is designed for extreme situations. The outer envelope is heavy duty flexible vinyl, which appears virtually bullet proof. Every food pack inside is also sealed in thick vinyl. The packaging is waterproof, and will stand up to a lot of abuse.

Donations to hungry people are easy. I won’t give money to that person with the sign on the street corner, but I will give them a MRE. They can save it to eat later, or keep it for future meals. Either way, the packaging assures they can eat when they want to. Want to help the homeless? Always carry several MREs for donations in your car.

Be careful:

The expiration date on many MREs is about five years. Find the expiration date before you order, and make sure you don’t buy three or four year old packages. Order from a reputable distributor, who has high turnover.

High sodium is a given. I don’t know why some food manufacturers must dump high quantities of salt in everything they manufacture. I wish the sodium was just left out. Include salt packets so people can season according to their tastes. For short term use this might not be a problem, but consider other long term food storage if high sodium is an issue.

Like any survival product, MREs might not be for you. Or they could be just what you’re looking for. Try a few before you stock up, and remember, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Get other sources of long term food storage.

Personally, MREs are a part – but not all – of my emergency preparedness food storage. Maybe they will work for you, too.

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Survival Stress- How to Cope

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When in an urban survival scenario, many overlook the many possibilities of having to deal with stress. Not knowing how to deal with stress can mean the difference between life or death.

Weather you are in an urban survival crisis or a wilderness survival scenario, here is video produced in 1961 by the US Air Force that deals with survival stress. The information is 33 years old, but the information is still true and valid to this day.

Watch, learn and enjoy a movie from the retro era.  

~Urban Man

12 Yummy Meals In A Jar Recipes

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12 Yummy Meals In A Jar Recipes As I am moving house soon and want to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle to save money for the future, I got to thinking about my dry food I have stockpiled and how I could utilize some of that to save money. I searched high and low for …

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Black Friday Prepper Deals 2015 (Updated Hourly!)

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It’s Black Friday! We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We’ve compiled all of the best deals going on over at Amazon for preppers, survivalists, or anyone who just enjoys the outdoors. There was quite a lot to sort through but here’s our list that we will be updating as the day goes on and …

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The Little-Known, Simple Way To Keep Frigid Temps Outside Your Home

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The Little-Known, Simple Way To Keep Frigid Temps Outside Your Home

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As the weather turns colder, thoughts are no doubt turning to adding insulation, sealing leaks, and pulling the wool rugs out of storage. Properly winterizing your home helps keep energy costs down and spirits high once Jack Frost moves in.

The doors and windows to your home can be challenging to properly insulate, however, and will remain vulnerable to heat loss. Consider preventing some of this vulnerability with the addition of a mud room to provide a buffer between your home and the inhospitable conditions.

Although you can install well-insulated fiberglass exterior doors to keep weather out, nothing compares to the insulation offered by an interior wall. A mud room is a vestibule built along the side of the main dwelling which separates the door from the outside. Whether fully insulated or not, it functions as an airlock and prevents the full force of wind, rain and snow from having access to the exterior door. Consequently, less cold air and moisture finds their way inside. A mud room will even provide your home with protection from heat, making it more energy-efficient in summertime, too.

Design your vestibule to be small to moderate size; the smaller it is, the more effectively it will function to save energy. Keep it in proportion with the façade of the house, so it will not seem to be an afterthought, and leave enough interior room to organize it for functionality. You may eventually want to add furniture such as seating or a small table inside. Plan on at least one window to permit light into the space, open it up, and allow a view out while dressing for the weather. Draw up blueprints for your mud room, bearing in mind all future plans.

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Once you have decided on the size of your addition and created blueprints, you are ready to survey and build. Enlist experienced help if this is your first construction project, but most homesteaders can plan on this work to be hands-on. You needn’t plan on using premium materials for construction; the vestibule is essentially an outbuilding and should be constructed with sound but not necessarily expensive materials. A concrete foundation will ensure your mud room will last a lifetime. Plywood for walls, joists and roof will suffice, covered with siding to match the house and asphalt roll roofing or similar. Take care to select a well-constructed door and energy efficient windows.

The Little-Known, Simple Way To Keep Frigid Temps Outside Your Home

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Within the addition, be careful to install interior wiring for fixtures and electrical outlets safely and properly. Do not run heating ducts from the house, as this would work against the purpose of the vestibule, but you may choose to add a well-insulated heat sink. Linoleum or tile flooring will be easiest to care for in this muddy area; in warmer climates a sealed subfloor might be sufficient. If you are in a very cold climate, you will definitely want to consider adding insulation to the mud room floor and perhaps the walls. If you install a layer of rigid board insulation beneath the flooring, you will be more comfortable when you remove boots and shoes even though the space isn’t heated. Rugs can also help, but will need to be hard-wearing as they will bear the brunt of tracked in snow and mud. Bear in mind this isn’t a room for living, however, but just a transition zone.

After construction and finishing are complete, discipline your family to use the mud room as a primary entrance, regardless of its location on the house. Add seating and storage for outdoor clothing such as coat hooks and a boot rack to encourage the removal of wet and muddy things to dry, saving you from having to clean up messes indoors. Set up a space for keys, mail, tools, equipment and outdoor toys, to keep it all from entering the house.

If you have a “drop zone,” an area where everything that is carted out of the house seems to collect in piles, you can move this into the mud room. Designate a basket or small table within the space for all this clutter, and watch it fall into place. Design the mud room around the behavior of your family; it is much easier than trying to work the other way!

Whether you call it your porch, sunroom or mud room, the addition of a transition space protecting your main entrance will make your home noticeably warmer and more organized within its first cold season. A mud room should be seriously considered, especially for homes in wet and cold climates, as a straightforward and inexpensive way to make a big difference to the comfort, security and standard of living of your family; it’s not just a way to put a pretty face on your house (but it does that, too).

Have you ever built a mud room, or do you have one? What advice would you add? Share your tips in the section below:  

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One Young Man Tackles a Huge Global Problem

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An 18 year old student from the Houston area won international acclaim earlier this year when he unveiled a science project he developed on his own, in his spare time. It’s a water filter that can remove heavy metals from electronic waste from drinking water.

The problem of e-waste has been well documented. As we adopt more and more personal electronics, we generate more and more e-waste. It might be hard to believe, but we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg right now. Smartphones are everywhere in some countries already, but new coverage subscriptions are projected to more than double over the next 5 years, with most of those new subscriptions coming from Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. Ericsson Mobility recently projected that by the year 2020, 70% of the world’s population will be using smartphones.

The issue is compounded by the ideas of planned obsolescence, and Moore’s law, which keep us buying new devices as the software and hardware in our existing devices become obsolete every few years. As a result, we’re throwing away millions of tons of electronics each year.

And these devices are, unfortunately, pretty toxic to the environment. Some of the materials can be recycled, but the majority end up in landfills or massive waste piles. A report earlier this year found that 70% of the heavy metals in US landfills come from electronics, even though only 2% of the trash is electronic waste. It’s nasty stuff.

Countries in Africa and Asia are importing much of this waste, accepting the toxicity in exchange for the money they can make by taking it off the hands of western countries.

18 year old Perry Alagappan, from Houston, took the problem head on.

He developed a new filter, using graphene nanotubes, that can filter 99% of the heavy metals from water. The filter he made can be reproduced for about $20, making his solution 5 times less expensive than the reverse osmosis technology that has been widely used in the past. The filter is renewable, unlike reverse osmosis filters that are discarded and replaced. After each use, you rinse the filter with vinegar, and it’s ready to go again. And the filtered metals can be used or sold for profit.

Perhaps the best part of this story is that Perry has decided to make his project open source, so that other researchers around the world can pick up his work and make further improvements without worrying about infringing on his patents.

This young man started working on this project out of a personal desire to help his family. He explains, “I became interested in water purification when I visited my grandparents in India, and saw with my own eyes how electronic waste severely contaminated the environment.”

Perry Alagappan was awarded the Stockholm Junior Water Prize at World Water Week for this invention. He also won an AXA Achievement Scholarship. He was accepted to study at Stanford, and began working on his undergraduate Pre-engineering degree there this fall.

Here he is to tell you about it himself…


Texas teenager creates $20 water purifier to tackle toxic e-waste pollution
American student wins 2015 Stockholm Junior Water Prize for revolutionizing method to remove electronic waste from water
Ericsson Mobility Report: 70 percent of world’s population using smartphones by 2020
Global E-Waste Management Market, Material (Metals, Plastic, & Glass), Sources (Household Appliances, Entertainment & Consumer Electronics, IT & Telecommunication), industry size, share, growth, trends and forecast 2015-2021


The Effective Fundraising For Kenny

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Check out Kenny/Wirecutter’s blog for the details about the fun day he had Wednesday. Of course Kenny will not ask for funds to pay an attorney he had to hire to thwart a specious allegation (sound familiar?) by the Kerodins. This time it was Holly acting as the surrogate for her husband, Hyman/Kerodin. Of course that makes sense, because a guy who implies to everyone that he’s a “Stone cold killah” (barf) making the allegation that he “fears for his life and safety” would be more counter productive to his “Killah Rep” than his BS talk about using the garrote, or his need to get “Wet”.


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Of course Holly is a “delicate flower”, without the ability to protect herself from fictional “Courtland Grojean, Death Merchant type” villains, right?


Kerodin and weak Holly1

Kenny needed our help raising funds. If for no other reason, the Kerodins need to be shown that what they have done will not be tolerated in our midst. It also showed solidarity and ability for us to finish a project that matters (show me a project that Kerodin has finished, or even given a NLT “finished by” date) and to do it quickly. A few out there immediately showed their support on their blogs, namely Angel at “The Lonely Libertarian”, Concerned American at WRSA, and George Patton.

The money for Kenny was raised within hours because good people out there decided to put their money where their keyboard was, and help Kenny show thugs that their actions will not be tolerated in this movement. Below is a comment I made this morning on another blog which posted Kenny’s situation. It gives my thoughts on the situation that has transpired.

“The Kerodins are doing what the Kerodins do. They tried to have Mark Firestone’s guns taken when they sent his Sheriff an email are trying to get Kenny’s guns taken away in this case as well (this is not the case to get money from Kenny) because Kenny is a “threat”. Why? Because among other things, Hyman/Kerodin can’t own guns himself, due to being a federal felon, and he wants to pass on “the love”. Hyman/Kerodin has a problem with anyone that is LE. Why? Well because LE (in this case the Secret Service) put him behind bars for trying to extort a large company when he saw an opportunity. Hyman/Kerodin doesn’t like .Mil, and calls them and LE the “Free Shit Army”. Why? Because he lied about his health issues to get into the military, and was kicked out during basic training when found out. Hyman/Kerodin has a problem with anyone who can have or do things he can’t, unless they kiss his ass and tell him he’s their leader. We (IIIPSFA Board) tried to give him a chance to develop into a leader with standing (we had the reputations to do that, he did not). Unfortunately, he didn’t take advice, and wanted to do his own thing, circumventing the Board’s approval,
“I originally suggested you be an immediate Director and there was pushback from one asshole – so I just did an end-around and after you accepted, announced to the world you’d accepted SPA.”  (Note: There was no “Asshole” I checked with everyone involved that would have been in a position to say anything about it, that was a lie he used to sell the idea to Kenny. We didn’t even know Kenny was coming in to the Board till his SPA position was announced by Hyman/Kerodin.)

Hyman/Kerodin decided to come after me in my official capacity in LE using a fake name and fake credentials as a member of the press, and saying I have a NeoNazi/Anti-Gov website and business, and that I did paramilitary training
Hyman/Kerodin says he has all the trappings of a commando with the “training” he received as a civilian. Of course he will not verify the name of one instructor he had in all those years, or one employer (when he “got wet”). Why? Because if he said who trained or employed him, it could be verified, or more than likely, denied by those individuals. They don’t want people to know the truth and facts about the goings on, Why? Do I think they did something illegal? I don’t know or care. That’s not for me to determine, especially since I lost no money to them and their games. All I lost was my reputation for backing solid patriots. I spoke out against his “wanna be” games with his “Jedburgh Academy” BS, and his “advice” to everyday patriots to call themselves “commandos”. If people don’t start to speak out enmasse about the BS they are pulling, shunning not only them, but those who still support them, since they now know what they are, what they did and continue to do, they will do it again. Someone asked me why I hate them. My reply was that “I don’t hate them. I won’t give them that much credit. But I do feel that after promoting him as I did, it is my responsibility to fix what I did wrong, and speak out about the things I believe he did wrong.” If it wasn’t for that, I would not have said anything, that’s for the people that invested money to do.”

I am proud to say that the type of people in the III% that acted on Kenny’s need are the same III% that I would identify with. “III%” is not a gimmick, or a meal ticket, it is a mindset that doubles as a lifestyle. Those that helped Kenny today, emulate that lifestyle at it’s core, and here’s to a job well done people. Stay vigilant however, who knows who they will try to silence next.


American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

Black Friday 2015 Deals

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This Black Friday 2015 post is going to be a bit different. Instead of being a static post, not changing, It will be updated throughout the day. I’m going to add in some of the Black Friday 2015 deals I come across. Adding more as I find them. You can either comment or email me ( and I’ll update the post. The deals will all be in my general wheelhouse. Meaning they will be Survival, tactical, paleo type deals.


With that said let’s get down to the deals. That’s why you’re here right. Unless noted. None of these are affiliate links. I will not make money sending you there. I just want to share what I find

These Deals will be in no particular order.

Black Friday 2015 Deals


Paleo Bars Black Friday 2015

Paleo Bars


First up is Julian Bakery. I have heard great things about Julian Products. They have not sent me any for review though. I have tried their paleo bread. It was pretty darn tasty.

 All Paleo Protein Bars® On Sale From $2.49/bar (normally $3.33)

All Bars Ship Free!


The North Face Has free shipping on all orders and Some (decent for them) deals. The North Face Black Friday 2015


Biolite Black Friday 2015

Biolite Black Friday 2015

BioLite the energy generating stove has 20% off all items in the shop and free shipping on all orders over $75. Use code HOLIDAY.

Emergency Essentials Black Friday 2015

Emergency Essentials Black Friday 2015

Emergency Essentials Has a crap ton of great deals for Black friday 2015.


Kelty Black Friday 2015

Kelty Black Friday 2015

Kelty has some great deals. A $25 sleeping bag sounds like a winner to me.


Ready Made Resources has gone insane. This is what they are doing.

BLACK FRIDAY Get Ready Now, Specials.

Instead of the normal 15 dimes we give for every $100 in Mountain House Purchased, for this sale only; we will give you 17 pre-1965 dimes. Great for saving or barter. Just mention the number 17 in the comments section during check out.















Dave Aspery from Bulletproof exec is having some great deals on his products. Upgraded coffee cheap? Heck yes.


Coconu Black Friday 2015

Coconu Black Friday 2015


Coconu the organic coconut based personal lubricant. Which makes great tinder is up to 40% off.


goTenna is doing $25 off a pair. This is a neat addition to your communications preps.


Thrive Market the massive online membership food market that has great organic choices is having amazing deals.


So the only place I bought anything from (so far) is Powdercity. I got some great smart drugs at amazing prices. The new products will be talked about on upcoming podcasts. So far I’m loving adrafinil btw.


I’m Going to Run a Black Friday 2015 sale of The Survival Punk Army. Half Off every single membership, until renewal. That’s $2.50 a month, $7.50 for 3 months, $15 f0r 6 months and $25 for one year. This is the biggest sale I’ve ever had. Simply choose which one you want and use code BLACKFRIDAY


Trek light Hammocks are 30% off. Get this deal!

The last one for now is for RIBZ packs. Use discount code   HAAST  for %40 off.



That’s all for now. I’ll update as the day goes on. Enjoy!


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Checklist For Winterizing Your Home

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By Tess Pennington – Ready Nutrition

Winter disaster scenarios are not something you want to mess with. You could be off grid for days on end with only the food and water present in your home. Your could be snowed in or your car blocked by debris. The point is, even though we are usually given fair warning of winter storms, there are unpredictable circumstances and you should be prepared to face them.

According to emergency organizations, there are ways to fortify your home for winter to help you have a better chance at thriving in these circumstances.

Winterizing the Home

Outdoor Preparations:

Extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.

Outdoor structures, such as the barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment may also need winterizing. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.

Clean and inspect chimneys and other heating equipment every year.

Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.

All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.

Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.

Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow – or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.

Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways.

Sand to improve traction.

Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.

Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle and have winter related items included.

For indoor preparations:

Make a family-based emergency plan.

Have a short term emergency supply and ensure that you have an ample supple water and  shelf stable foods.

Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm in an off grid environment.

Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

Have a battery powered radio on hand to listen to changing weather conditions.

Know how to stay warm in an off grid situation.

Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition: Checklist For Winterizing Your Home

The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

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

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



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How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven

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How to Build an Outdoor Oven

By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

As part of a recent giveaway, one of the questions I asked was “What DIY project would you like to see featured on Backdoor Survival?”  There were some amazing responses and over time, I hope to work through the list.

Interestingly enough, two readers requested a similar topic and when more than one reader makes a request, I sit up and pay attention.  The DIY projects were:

1.  How can I build a bread-baking oven with mud and straw?
2.  I would like to learn how to build a Horno oven (traditional Native American wood-fired oven).

As luck would have it, this is a familiar topic since awhile back, I featured an article on DIY mud ovens.  I had first seen one at the Mother Earth News Fair and was fascinated by its simplicity as well as its efficiency. I was later contacted by a Backdoor Survival reader who had built his own mud oven and was willing to share some hands-on tips.  Later, during one of my travels, I found some mud ovens in actual use in both Mexico and Costa Rica.  I was hooked!

Continue reading at Backdoor Survival: How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven

About the author:

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

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

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The Triumph Of Materialism: The Average American Will Spend 830 Dollars On Christmas In 2015

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By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse Blog

Has there ever been a major holiday more focused on materialism than the modern American Christmas?  This year, Americans are planning to spend an average of 830 dollars on Christmas gifts, which represents a jump of 110 dollars over the average of 720 dollars last year.  But have our incomes gone up accordingly?  Of course not.  In fact, real median household income in the United States has been experiencing a steady long-term decline.  So in order to fund all of our Christmas spending, we have got to go into even more debt.  We love to pull out our credit cards and spend money that we do not have on lots of cheap, useless stuff made on the other side of the world by workers making slave labor wages.  We do the same thing year after year, and most of us have grown accustomed to the endless cycle of growing debt.  In fact, one Pew survey found that approximately 70 percent of all Americans believe that “debt is a necessity in their lives”.  But then we have to work our fingers to the bone to try to make the payments on all of that debt, not realizing that debt systematically impoverishes us.  It may be hard to believe, but if you have a single dollar in your pocket and no debt, you have a greater net worth than 25 percent of all Americans.  I know that sounds crazy, but it is true.

Overall, when you add up all forms of debt (consumer, business, local government, state government and federal government), Americans are more than 60 trillion dollars in debt.

Let that sink in for a bit.

40 years ago, that number was sitting at about 3 trillion dollars.

We have been on the greatest debt binge in the history of the world.  Even though we were “the wealthiest, most prosperous nation on the entire planet”, we always had to have more.  We just kept on borrowing and borrowing and borrowing from the future until we completely destroyed it.

And we still haven’t learned anything.  Instead, this Christmas season we will be partying like it’s 2007

Americans are planning on celebrating Christmas like it’s 2007.

A November survey by Gallup found that US adults are planning on spending about $830 on average on Christmas gifts this year.

That’s a huge jump from last year’s $720 average.

Notably, American consumers haven’t suggested a number that high since November 2007, when they were planning on spending $866 on average.

Sadly, our incomes simply do not justify this kind of extravagance.  As Zero Hedge has pointed out, household incomes “actually peaked at least 15 years ago in 81% of U.S. counties.”

So why can’t we adjust our lifestyles to match?

Why must we always have more?

Continue reading at The Economic Collapse Blog: The Triumph Of Materialism: The Average American Will Spend 830 Dollars On Christmas In 2015

About the author:

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

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

Read his new book The Beginning of the End

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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is An ‘Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery’

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Jimmy Carter

By Natural News Editor

(NaturalNews) Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program[1] that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.” (Story by Jon Schwarz, republished from

Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like Citizens United.


HARTMANN: Our Supreme Court has now said, “unlimited money in politics.” It seems like a violation of principles of democracy. … Your thoughts on that?

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Weakening Hurricane Sandra Targets Western Mexico With Flooding Rain

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By  – AccuWeather

Sandra is weakening and no longer a major hurricane but remains on track to make landfall in western Mexico with flooding rainfall on Saturday.

Landfall is expected early Saturday morning, local time, in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, near or in between La Cruz and Mazatlan. Sandra, however, will not be a repeat of dangerous Hurricane Patricia.

Strong wind shear continues to cause Sandra to weaken, after it became the latest major hurricane on record Wednesday afternoon.

Wind shear is the rapid change of direction and speed of air flow at different layers of the atmosphere. When wind shear is strong, these changes are very great and can shred apart tropical systems.

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Space Weather, Extreme Events | S0 News Nov.27.2015

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Published on Nov 27, 2015

Earthquakes Are Predictable:…
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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Friday, 27 November 2015

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.5) (144 quakes)

Updated: Fri, 27 Nov 15:20 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Fri, 27 Nov (86 earthquakes)
Fri, 27 Nov 14:47 UTC M 3.3 / 15 km – [info] (365 km) OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE


Fri, 27 Nov 14:41 UTC M 2.9 / 41 km – [info] (265 km) OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE


Fri, 27 Nov 14:41 UTC M 2.5 / 8 km – [info] (231 km) GREECE


Fri, 27 Nov 14:29 UTC M 2.9 / 8.6 km – [info] (54 km) MID FUKUSHIMA PREF


Fri, 27 Nov 14:22 UTC M 3.8 / 26 km – [info] (379 km) OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE


Fri, 27 Nov 14:13 UTC M 2.6 / 2.3 km – [info] (191 km) GUNGOREN-ARGUVAN (MALATYA)


Fri, 27 Nov 13:56 UTC M 3.0 / 46.3 km – [info] (817 km) New Zealand


Fri, 27 Nov 13:52 UTC M 2.5 / 13.9 km – [info] (54 km) – 34km SSE of Goldfield, Nevada


Fri, 27 Nov 13:48 UTC M 2.9 / 10 km – [info] (206 km) CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN SEA


Fri, 27 Nov 13:43 UTC M 2.6 / 148.4 km – [info] (73 km) New Zealand


Fri, 27 Nov 13:25 UTC M 3.7 / 37 km – [info] (383 km) OFFSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE


Fri, 27 Nov 13:08 UTC M 2.6 / 11 km – [info] (233 km) GREECE


Fri, 27 Nov 12:51 UTC M 4.7 / 26.7 km – [info] (118 km) NE OFF IWATE PREF


Fri, 27 Nov 12:20 UTC M 2.5 / 32.7 km – [info] (122 km) E OFF MIYAGI PREF


Fri, 27 Nov 12:04 UTC M 4.6 / 30 km – [info] (37 km) MYANMAR


Fri, 27 Nov 11:50 UTC M 3.3 – [info] (113 km) Ecuador – Pastaza


Fri, 27 Nov 11:46 UTC M 5.5 / 96 km – [info] (44 km) El Salvador


(El Salvador) (72 km NW from epicenter)(no details): A nice ” goodbye”. This is the last day of our visit! (via EMSC)
Managua (Nicaragua) (311 km E from epicenter)(no details): En managua se sintió muy leve (via EMSC)
San Salvador / not felt: you feel strong. I am up to 75 miles of the epicenter was strong. (via app)
San Salvador (El Salvador) (74 km NW from epicenter)(no details): Woke me up. Lasted at least 3 sek after i woke up. (via EMSC)
Santa Tecla (El Salvador) (73 km NW from epicenter)(no details): That got me out of bed! (via EMSC)
Fri, 27 Nov 11:40 UTC M 4.9 / 10 km – [info] (553 km) Pakistan


Islamabad (Pakistan) (179 km SW from epicenter)(no details): Glass partition shaked in the office. (via EMSC)
Fri, 27 Nov 11:14 UTC M 2.7 / 53.4 km – [info] (100 km) E OFF MIYAGI PREF



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It’s The Thanksgiving Show!

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It’s The Thanksgiving Show!
Karen Lynn “Lil’ Suburban Homestead

11-26-2015 thanksgivingThis week Karen Lynn & The Viking are sharing all about their favorite Thanksgiving goodies from the Turkey, the brine, the trimmings, and of course the desserts.

They even end the show sharing their gratitudes with all of you!

This is a must listen to show that will warm your heart on this traditional US Holiday!

11-26-15 brine holderThey will share how the Viking makes his turkey and brine.

For the recipe click here.

For Karen Lynn’s Apple Enchilada recipe click here.

Everyone loves a big ole’ Thanksgiving meal with the family but sometimes that’s not possible join Karen Lynn & The Viking as they discuss their favorite ways to have Thanskgiving and how their day is changing as they are now in the “Almost” empty nest.

11-26-2015 biscuitLet’s not forget about Karen Lynn’s amazing crockpot apple butter to go on those yummy buns/biscuits or whatever vessel you can find to transport it in to your mouth!

For some gluten free meal planning ideas and Thanksgiving safety tips click here.

Traditions change but most importantly spending time with friends or family or both is the  most important tradition of all!
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What Would You Do If the Unthinkable Happened In Your City?

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City Attack

Most of you are aware of the attacks in Paris, and the ongoing state of emergency there and in other parts of Europe. In some cases, public transportation was, and may still be halted in some areas, public events were cancelled, schools closed, and people were essentially told to shelter in place.

Immediately after the attack in Paris people that were not injured had a difficult time getting clear of the area. People in some cases, could not reach their vehicle, and if they could find their vehicle, they could not leave in it, or hail a taxi, buses were halted, trains stopped and airports were closed temporarily. The city, in a matter of minutes, was shut down leaving people to mill about confused and scared with no way to get home or even get to a hotel.

The local authorities can in some cases, jam cell phone traffic, and the reason they might do this, is to prevent a terrorist or some other maniac from detonating a bomb via cell phones. Terrorists, often times detonate one bomb, and then wait for first responders to show up before detonating another bomb remotely using a cell phone.

Given all this, you may not be able to make cell phone calls immediately after an attack. Be aware of this. Your loved ones may not be able to contact you, and of course, you cannot call out from your present location.

If they had been plotting the attack for any period, the terrorists may have timed police responses to other emergencies, and thus a bomb could be on a timer, set to go off when they believe the first responders would arrive. The attackers may also wait for panicked citizens to group up at exits and other areas before setting off the second one or before opening fire.

This is something you need to be aware of when there is a bomb attack or any type of attack in your city. Follow up detonations may very well happen, so get clear as fast as possible.

This Could Happen Anywhere and It Could Even Happen In Your City

What would you do what could you do, if you were at a sports event, a concert or just out enjoying the city when a bomb goes off, when shots ring out? You are not injured, but you are dealing with a surging crowd in a blind panic, and every backpack and bulky overcoat are suspect. Is there a bomb in the pack, does the bulky coat hide a suicide vest?

As an unarmed, untrained civilian you want to move away from the sound of gunfire or bomb blasts. First responders move toward the sounds to help the injured and those in law enforcement move toward the sound to neutralize the shooters.

You move away to protect yourself and to keep out of the way of those called to help and to stay away from police whose nerves will be frayed. Forget about trying to record the scene with your cell phone, or in some cases trying to take a selfie, this is a ridiculous move, but some have done so while the horror unfolds and they have consequently put themselves in jeopardy.

Get clear of the area, and then do a zone analysis of your person and surroundings. What do you have on you that can be used to survive for hours on the street if you cannot get home, because the trains are halted, the taxis have stopped running, and your vehicle is within the attack zone?

Police will check every vehicle within a certain radius of the attack and all vehicular movement away from the attack might be halted, or at the very least each vehicle and its occupants will be carefully scrutinized. The police will be looking for the attackers and would assume they are fleeing the area. Trains, subways, and all public transportation may be halted to prevent the terrorist from getting away.

You may be stopped and questioned, and if you have a backpack, briefcase, purse, or satchel it may be seized, searched, or even securely contained and later destroyed in some cases, for fear there is a bomb inside.

If you are close to the attack and are evacuating a building you may be told to keep your hands on your head and to leave all possessions behind as you leave the venue. The police would be looking for the attackers to try and blend in with the panicked people fleeing the building.

What Next

If your vehicle is parked far enough away you may be able to get to it and shelter in it for a few hours or possibly all night. The streets will be jammed with others fleeing, with emergency vehicles, or the roads and streets leading away may be blocked, so you cannot leave in your vehicle. A survival bag inside your vehicle would be handy about now.

You may not have a vehicle, but an emergency pre-paid debit or credit card or emergency cash would come in handy, so you can get a taxi if they are running, buy a train ticket if the trains are operating, or get a room for the night or at the very least get a meal.

Some venues away from the scene may be serving up food and coffee. You may or may not be able to get a room for the night, but the faster you move the greater likelihood you will.

Previous articles have stressed the need for survival bags in your car and survival items on your person. However, if you are stopped and searched anything considered a weapon or outright illegal would be taken, and you may be in legal trouble.

If carrying a firearm immediately let the police know if you are stopped. Never brandish a firearm unless you are directly engaging an active shooter. A firearm in your hands or even showing holstered may get you shot for your troubles, so pay attention to what you are doing, and always ensure you have the proper documentation when carrying in public.

You cannot barricade yourself inside your home, and become so paralyzed by fear that you cannot function, but you can reduce your risks, by limiting your exposure to certain events. You have to go to the store, to work, to banks and to other places, so life has to go on, and you have to make decisions on a daily or even hourly basis that may affect the rest of your life.

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FLUAD, The Next Generation Vaccine?

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One thing you can count on seeing every winter is a flu outbreak. Influenza is a viral respiratory illness that has been the cause of worldwide epidemics (“pandemics”). In 1918, the Spanish Flu spread throughout the globe and killed close to 100 million people.

Even non-pandemic influenza can turn deadly in some cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have limited information on official death counts from flu each year, but it can be anywhere from a few thousand to fifty thousand in the U. S., mostly among those over 65.


So many people get the flu yearly (one in five to one in twenty in recent years) that modern medicine has worked diligently to try and prevent it. This has led to the development of vaccines. Vaccines work by exposing you to the previous year’s virus in the hope that you will develop immunity to this year’s version. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new type of flu vaccine with a “booster” meant to improve the immune system, especially in the elderly. This new vaccine, called Fluad, claims to translate into better outcomes among older people.



Fluad’s main target is people over 65 years of age. The elderly typically do worst if they get the flu, so much so that influenza has been called the “Old Man’s Friend” because it ends their suffering, and I mean permanently. According to an FDA spokesperson: “Immunizing individuals in this age group is especially important because they bear the greatest burden of severe influenza disease and account for the majority of influenza-related hospitalizations and deaths…”


Fluad contains MF59, a mixture that includes squalene, an oily nutrient produced by the liver but also seen in sharks, certain birds, and amaranth seeds (it also includes some preservatives). When incorporated into vaccines, MF59 increases the number of immune cells that are activated.


From a pandemic standpoint, there’s another benefit: Adding MF59 can help extend vaccine supplies. People might need a lower dose of vaccine, thus allowing more to receive it.


The government actually considered using MF59 when the Swine Flu arrived in the U.S. in 2009. But, although vaccine supplies were short, MF59 wasn’t used due to the expected resistance to the new ingredient.


U.S. government officials have been wary about using MF59 in vaccines because of public suspicion of new ingredients in medical treatments in the U.S. Fluad, however, has been in use in Europe and Canada for close to 20 years; the FDA now declares it to be safe and effective.


Vaccine effectiveness is a big issue, because last year’s vaccine was only around 20% effective in preventing the flu in those who took it. Normally, you want a flu vaccine to be 60% effective or more.


There are two reasons why last year’s vaccine failed, relatively speaking. The formulation may not be effective against a particular virus if the virus mutates or a new virus arrives. Also, if the vaccine doesn’t activate a person’s immune response, it won’t work to produce antibodies against the virus.

Tests show Fluad works at least as well as the vaccines already on the market, and may boost a senior’s protection from H3N2, one of the currently circulating strains of influenza.


(DID YOU KNOW: Type A (the most common) Influenza viruses are categorized by certain proteins on their surface called HA (Hemaglutinins) and NA (Neuraminidases). For example, Swine Flu is H1 N1.)


The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age receive the vaccine. Despite this, only 148 million doses get distributed in the United States, a country with a population of more than 300 million. This is because of concerns on the part of many of adverse reactions. Some believe that reluctance is also due partly to the injection required, so a nasal mist was developed. Unfortunately, shortages are commonly reported.


Another concern is the possibility of  an adverse reaction to something in the vaccine. Ill effects of flu vaccine can be minor or major. Minor problems following a flu shot include pain, redness, and swelling at the site of injection, plus flu-like symptoms. If these occur, they usually last 1 or 2 days.


This doesn’t mean, however, that serious problems can’t occur with vaccines. One in a hundred thousand to a million people may develop a disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can cause long-term damage to nerves. Children may, rarely, experience seizures due to high fever from a flu shot. Of course, anyone could be allergic to a component of the vaccine, causing a mild to serious reaction. Major reactions seems to occur in one in a million cases.


You won’t find Fluad on pharmacy shelves this year but it should be available next year. Will it decrease flu-related deaths among older citizens in the U.S.? We’ll have to wait until 2016 to find out.


Joe Alton, MD


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Top 7 “Prepper” Gifts for Non Preppers

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Chances are that as a prepper, you most likely have those family members or friends that you love and care about who are not completely on board with the idea of being prepared. Maybe they see preppers as “kooky”. Or maybe they just choose to live their life with their head buried in the sand, […]

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4 Permaculture Principles Every Gardener Should Embrace

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These Permaculture Principles will get you started on your great garden I think of Permaculture as the practice of gardening smarter, not harder, and what gardener isn’t looking for that. I’m just beginning to learn the 12 principles of Permaculture and these four are the first ones I’m striving to incorporate and put them to […]

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7 Secrets for Burning Sticks in the Rain

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by Todd Walker

Mother Nature is neutral. She does not care if you’re able to survive what she throws at you. That’s her nature… uncaring, unpredictable, wild and beautiful.

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I love a rainy night. But, come on! When I started this article, it had rained 16 out of the last 17 days in Georgia. Figuratively and literally, we were soaked to the bone. Nothing outside was dry… tinder, kindling, and fuel were saturated… perfect weather for some survival training.

You can’t control Mother Nature, but you can learn skills to survive her storms. I recently wrote about three skills that forgive your shortcomings in Core Temperature Control. All three are important. But if you could only work on one of these skills, I would recommend fire craft.


Fire covers a multitude of ‘sin’ in your survival skills. ~ Me

Here’s my short list of what a sustainable fire can do for you…

Becoming a proficient fire crafter requires practice. Even in optimal (dry) conditions, a Bic lighter won’t start a sustainable fire if you don’t do proper fire prep. Add rain to the equation and your attention to detail becomes crucial.

You need an edge.  Every person who successfully burns stuff in the rain has that edge. That edge is the difference in… staying warm vs freezing, signaling rescuers vs staying lost, living vs dying.

I don’t have any magic tricks up my sleeve for burning stuff in foul weather. The few secrets I do employ are outlined below.

Burning Secret #1


If you’ve read or watched any of our emergency fire craft stuff, you know I promote cheating. Fire is life and you’d better be ready and able to cheat death. That’s the kind of cheating you’ll be proud of.

Here are a few of my fire cheats…

Carry a minimum of three different ways to generate the initial heat needed for ignition. I wear my dedicated fire kit on my belt. This pouch contains three sources of ignition…

  1. Bic lighter – open flame
  2. Ferrocerium rod – spark based ignition
  3. Magnifying lens – solar ignition (no good in the rain)

But wait, there’s more!

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Three more fire tools

Dig around in my haversack and you’ll find a head lamp and steel wool for electrical fire. Unbuckle my hygiene kit and a small bottle of hand sanitizer offers a rapid chemical reaction (exothermic) for fire. There’s also a redundant Bic lighter wrapped in duct tape hanging from a zipper in my pack. This last item is a self-contained ignition and tinder source for foul weather fires.

Burning Secret #2

Find dry stuff.

No brainer, right? It’s not as easy as it sounds after a few days of Georgia gully washer.

I’ve had my share of foul-weather fire fails from not carrying some form of dry tinder material in my kit. Wiser now, I carry stuff that gives me that edge we talked about earlier.

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Gorilla Tape ~ the magic foul weather fire starter

In my foul-weather fire starting experiences, Gorilla Tape gives me that edge. Using duct tape is like pulling fire from a magician’s hat! Once lit, a ball of tape will provide the heat needed to drive off moisture and bring wet kindling to ignition temperature. The wetter the wood, the more tape you’ll need. Keep in mind that small stuff ignites faster than large stuff.

Other not-so-secret sure-fire starters in my pack include…

  1. Commercial fire starters
  2. Homemade fire starters

Burning Secret #3

It’s all about that snap!

Cheating on fire prep is a loser’s game. Spend as much time as necessary to collect 2 or 3 times more small stuff than you think you’ll need. Cutting corners collecting smalls in a dry forest is forgivable. Do it in the rain and you might end up fire-less.

Where do you find smalls in a rain-soaked wilderness? Dead twigs hanging off the ground is the best place to start. When collecting smalls, if they don’t give an audible “snap”, put it back. You and the trees are soaked to the bone. The last thing you need on your fire lay is green sticks.

When it’s raining, I’m not particular about what tree the smalls come from. A few of my favorite trees that give me small fuel, even when the tree is alive, include (remember, they gotta pass the “snap” test)…

  • Cedar – Low hanging branches often have dead twigs and the bark, even when wet, can be brought to ignition temperature quickly when processed into fine fibers.
  • Beech – I find lots of pencil-led size kindling on these live trees. If you’re lucky, you might find a clump of black sooty mold to help extend your fire.
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Black sooty mold hanging from a Beech tree

If you’ve acquired basic knife skills, you can quickly create your own smalls from inside larger fuel logs. Baton an arm-size log into halves, quarters, eighths, sixteenths, etc. until you have a pile of dry fuel.

Burning Secret #4

Burning stuff in the rain blows.

Literally. It’s very likely that you’ll have to pump air to the base of your wet-weather fire. When is the right time to blow?

Blowing on a gas-based fire like a birthday candle removes the fuel (gas from melted wax) and extinguishes the flame. However, wood becomes charcoal after burning off gases. Blowing on coals will only raise the temperature of the fire. You may need to blow on a small bed of coals to nurse the fire along with wet wood.

There’s a bit of technique involved in blowing on fires. Remember that heat rises. A chimney uses this principle to draft air up from the bottom of the fireplace and out the top. Blow air horizontally at ground level not from the top of the fire lay.

Be careful not to inhale smoke. Turn your head away from the fire and breathe in fresh air. Positioning your kneeling body up wind helps. If you have a long piece of tubing, which I don’t carry, it will safely add distance between your face and the flames. You’re not going to have time to craft a fire tube from river cane when you need a fire in the rain. Just kneel down and blow.

Burning Secret #5

Cover your fire.

A tipi fire lay is one of the best fire lays to cover your fledgling fire. Properly constructed, a tipi fire takes advantage of the chimney effect to dry wet wood and provide some needed shelter to the fire beneath. Slabs of tree bark can also be added to the outside of the tipi like roof shingles.

I’ve also used a larger log to shelter a fire in the rain. Lay the log perpendicular on top of two rocks or larger logs with the fire beneath. A large flat rock on top will work too.

Stuff tinder and kindling under your rain gear, a piece of tree bark, or in your haversack/backpack until you’re ready to light the fire. Stow your best smalls between your knees and under your crotch as your prep your fire lay… especially if you’re making a one stick fire. The dry smalls you’ve created should be shielded from rain.

Burning Secret #6

Build a base.

Wet ground saps the heat from fire. Lay a foundation of sticks or tree bark on the ground to keep your tinder material off the wet earth. The base is the spot you’ll place a your metal water container on to boil water once the fire is established.

Burning Secret #7


That’s right. You’ve gotta get wet to practice burning stuff in the rain! Don’t miss out on your next rain storm. Throw on your muck boots, a poncho, and go start a fire. You’ll learn some valuable foul weather lessons in fire craft.

Got any tricks up your sleeve for burning sticks in the rain? Do share!

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How to Use Your Car for Cooking Off-grid

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Your car gets you from point A to point B. It may give you a thrill when you rev the engine and it allows you to carry all sorts of stuff, like groceries, kids and luggage. But can it cook for you, too!

As a matter of fact it can! It’s actually not a new concept – people have been doing it for just about as long as cars have been on the road but it’s re-emerging as a great alternate resource for cooking in a survival situation. Carbequing is the topic today!

It’s becoming so popular that Alton Brown teamed up with Myth Busters to see if it’s actually possible (like we needed the theory tested!) and they ended up cooking an entire Thanksgiving dinner by using the areas around the manifold as well as utilizing the area underneath around the exhaust. All they did was wrap it in foil, rig up a special pan to hold it near the exhaust, and a meal was born!

So how, exactly can you do it, and what can you cook? Well, the answer to the latter question is that you can cook everything from a pot roast to an apple pie.

The only problem that I see with this is that it takes a while and if fuel is at a premium in a SHTF scenario, you’ll be wasting fuel that you may not have to spare.

If the emergency isn’t going to last more than a couple of days and you have a full tank of gas, then it may just be worth it if you don’t have another source of cooking.  If the emergency is going to take longer than that and you’re hunkering down and saving your fuel, then maybe not.

Another scenario where it’s feasible is if you’re bugging out in your car. In that case, it’s a free resource because you’re going to be driving anyway; after all, multi-use is the prepper’s way! You can warm up a can of soup or cook some hot dogs in just a short trip, but if you’re cooking something like a pot roast, it’s going to take an hour or two of driving, or letting the car idle up to temperature, then leave it running.

Cooking on an engine block takes longer than traditional cooking but not as long as using a slow cooker, so time your meals accordingly. Make sure that your meat reached the internal temperature appropriate for the type so that you don’t run the chance of getting food poisoning, especially with fowl.

We’re going to provide some recipes below, but if you want the know-all, be-all book on the subject, pick up a copy of Manifold Destiny. I don’t believe that it’s in print anymore but you can get a used copy on Amazon, or a Kindle version.

Now, let’s get cooking.

Preparing Food for Cooking on an Engine Block

First, prepare the food as if you’re going to cook it on a grill or in the oven. Spice it the same way and then wrap it in aluminum foil. Use the heavy-duty kind so that you don’t risk ripping it and starting a grease smoking fest under your hood! As a matter of fact, I’d use two or three layers of it just to be sure.

Make sure that the sides are long enough that you can pull them together and roll it down a few times. Leave enough space on each end to do the same. You’ll be cooking it basically in its own steam so you want to make sure that no air escapes.

Tip: Spray the foil with some cooking spray or wipe it with some oil to help keep the food from sticking, just like you would if you were putting it on the grill or in the oven.

Finding the Hot Spots on the Engine

You can’t just toss your food under the hood in any ole place and expect it to cook. If you’re not familiar with the parts of the motor that get the hottest, start your car and either drive it for a few minutes or let it sit and warm up for 10 minutes or so.

Turn off the car and open the hood. Feel around with your hand hovering over the motor two or three inches to find where it’s hottest. Some sites tell you to touch it to find the hottest parts but take it from a girl who knows her way around a motor – that’s a sure-fire way to end up with some bad burns.

If you find a spot that is putting off enough heat that you wouldn’t want to touch it with your fingers, that’s a sweet spot. If it feels cool enough that you feel as if you could touch it without being burned, it won’t get hot enough to cook your food.

The best place, if you can get to it, is near the exhaust manifold – the place where your exhaust pipes come out of the motor. If you’re going to be driving while your food is cooking, make sure that the spot you choose is tight enough that your food will fit in without falling out. This isn’t so important if you’re cooking while the car is still.

You can test this by wadding up some foil that’s the same size as your food packet and putting it in that spot. If it fits snugly, you’ve got a winning spot. A good reason for using a test piece is to make sure that your hood will close without smashing your food. You need enough clearance to be able to shut the hood whether you’re traveling or not – it holds the heat in.

If you want to get really fancy, you can also secure your food underneath your car on or near the exhaust pipes. I wouldn’t recommend putting it directly on the pipes because that reaches temperatures that are way too hot. You’ll burn the outside of the food before the inside is cooked.

Securing Your Food to Cook on the Engine

You want to make sure that your food isn’t going to fall out if you’re traveling, or even if it’s in a spot where you think it might fall out at a stand-still. You can do this by tucking it under some hoses, or you can secure it with some wire. Don’t use rope or anything else that can’t withstand high temperatures or else you’ll run the risk of either melting it or catching it on fire. Neither scenario is good!

If you’re using a spot underneath the car, you can rig up a pan. The best way to explain this is to let you watch this video of Alton Brown and the Myth Buster guys doing it. You’re now ready to cook!

Video first seen on Discovery.

And a Few Recipes for Carbequing

Here are a few good recipes to get you started.

Roasted Potatoes

  • 1-2 medium-sized potatoes
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp oil or melted butter

Wash and cut the potatoes (or more depending on how many you need and what your space limitations are). Cut them into squares about ¾ inch. Place them in a bowl, drizzle the oil or melted butter on them, then add the seasonings. Stir or toss to coat. Prepare your foil, then wrap the potatoes in the foil as described above. Place on your hot spot on your motor and cook for 25-30 minutes.

Lemon Pepper Turkey Breast

  • 1 standard sized turkey breast (or 2 chicken breasts)
  • 1/8 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 tsp oil or butter

Place your turkey or chicken on the greased foil. Sprinkle the seasonings on each side. Seal the foil as described above and place on the hot spot on your motor. Allow to cook 45 minutes if sitting still or an hour if driving. Check internal temperature using a food thermometer. It needs to be 165 degrees at the center to ensure that all bacteria are dead. E-coli sucks.

Poached Rosemary Salmon

  • 1 lb. salmon filet
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary or 1/4 tsp dried rosemary

Prepare foil as described above. Lay the salmon filet on the foil and sprinkle the rest of the ingredients over it. Wrap in foil and place on your engine’s hot spot for 15 minutes if sitting around or 20 minutes if driving. If you’d like to make a complete meal out of it, you can always add some green beans or other veggies in there, too. If you’re using frozen veggies, allow for a few minutes extra cook time.

Dashboard Cookies

  • 1 can cookie dough or your own recipe
  • Vegetable spray or oil for the cookie sheet

This recipe only works if it’s really hot outside – say 90 degrees – so that the inside of your car gets hot enough (160 degrees) to bake the cookies and kill any salmonella from the eggs. Place the cookie dough on a cookie sheet just like you would if you were baking them in the oven, though you may want to squish them a bit flatter.

Place on your dashboard, preferably in the sun, and shut your car doors so that the heat is trapped in. Leave them alone for about an hour. They won’t brown much but they will cook. Check them after an hour and if they feel done, remove. If not, leave them in there and check every 15 minutes or so.

Alternative: Place the cookie sheet on your manifold and close the hood, making sure that they don’t touch the underside of the hood. Cook on a hot engine for 8-10 minutes.

These are just a few ideas to get you started with using your car for cooking.

Play around with other meals and if you have any good recipe suggestions, add them in the comments section below!


This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.

Main picture & featured picture source: capture from Cooking by…Car | MythBusters.

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Abandoned Cars: Survival Salvage Ideas

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Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from David Paul Smith. I believe that in our society there are so many items we take for granted. I would argue that generally we suffer from an extreme abundance of stuff that because of our culture or economics, throw away without much […]

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The Answer To Using Up Those Thanksgiving Leftovers!

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We face the same dilemma every year…what in the world are we going to do with all this leftover turkey? During the process of making Thanksgiving dinner, we always wonder if we will have enough food to feed everyone. Our 20+ pound turkey just seems so small –that is until it is time to carve it.  Now we are left with several pounds of leftover turkey in our refrigerator to figure out what to do with. After all the carbohydrates that we consumed over the last several days the last thing on my mind is wanting to make or eat a turkey casserole or a turkey sandwich (ok, maybe one, but that is it!).  In fact, the less time I spend in the kitchen over the next couple of days is ok with me.  That is why this is the perfect leftover turkey recipe. We use leftover ingredients that we have from our Thanksgiving meal and throw it in a crock pot, add some tomatoes and make Turkey Chili.  We also throw in some bell and hot peppers from the summer’s garden that we have frozen to add a little flavor. This is a great way to use the leftover […]

Black Friday Boycott 2015

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As usual we are opting to not join in the sadness and are participating in a Black Friday Boycott! Fortunately it appears the trend is starting to reverse itself and more and more stores are seeing the light.

I believe REI has done a great job in espousing their values and have closed all their stores for today. Instead they are encouraging their employee’s and customers instead to opt for outside activities. That is a beautiful thing. More and more stores are opening up the shopping on e-commerce and less on a brick and mortar store.

cliffsoftheneuse_riverI will take it one step further and say stop buying so much crap and engage in life. No one needs a discount smart television or another game system no matter the cost savings. Instead follow the steps that we have presented before.

  1. Do not do any shopping at all.
  2. Watch or attend a sporting event or go hunting
  3. Spend time with your family and friends

Now excuse me I have some leftover ham and turkey sandwiches to make a snack during the hike. Join us on our Black Friday Boycott. Enjoy the day outside doing whatever makes you happy!

Surviving a Terrorist Attack in a City

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This post is by Bernie Carr, The U.S. State Department has just issued a worldwide travel warning, due to increased terrorist threats.  This comes as we approach the busiest travel season with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up. For the … Continue reading

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A Meat Tax To Reduce Global Warming?

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Tax Meat To Reduce Global Warming, Group Urges

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The best way to reduce global warming would be to tax meat so people would consume less of it, a British think says.

The tax proposed by the Chatham House would be part of a broader effort to reduce meat consumption by 14 percent. The tax would be about $1 per pound.

“Meat consumption can no longer be ignored in the climate debate – shifting diets to less meat and more plant proteins will be crucial,” Clare Oxborrow, a spokeswoman for Friends of the Earth, told The Guardian.

Oxborrow’s organization is one of a number of environmental and animal rights groups promoting the tax in the United Kingdom.

“We are not in any way advocating for global vegetarianism,” said Laura Wellesley, the lead author of a research study by Chatham House and Glasgow University. “We can see massive changes [to emissions] from just converging around healthy levels of meat eating.”

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Wellesley’s team studied public attitudes in 12 countries in order to determine if there was public support for reducing meat consumption. They found there was some support for reducing government subsidies for meat and even a tax if it was seen to be implemented in the name of the public good.

Why Environmentalists Want a Meat Tax

Environmentalists favor a meat tax because they calculate meat production creates 15 percent of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. According to them, meat production adds more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere than all the vehicles in the world.

Chatham House tried to see what the public response to such taxes would be by holding focus groups around the world.

The research found that a “carbon tax” on meat would be the most effective means of reducing meat consumption and production, The Telegraph reported. Not surprisingly, they also found it would be among the most unpopular. Some other suggestions such as eliminating government subsidies for meat and livestock were far more popular.

Chatham House does not believe there would be as much opposition to such a tax as some politicians believe.

“Our focus groups show people expect governments to lead action on issues that are for the global good,” Wellesley said. “Our research indicates any backlash to unpopular policies would likely be short-lived as long as the rationale for action was strong.”

The tax would be part of an organized campaign to reduce meat consumption, which would include public education efforts similar to anti-smoking campaigns and the elimination of meat from school lunchroom, military mess halls, hospital cafeterias and other government-run eateries. The money from the tax would be used to finance alternatives to meat such as vegetarian food.

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How to Get Your Packages Safely Delivered This Holiday Season

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package deliveryI know how you feel. It seems like the holiday season starts a little earlier every year.  Christmas is bearing down on you whether you like it or not, and you’ll have to start getting ready in the weeks ahead. However, this article has nothing to do with buying gifts or figuring out what you’re going to serve for Thanksgiving. It’s about the fine art of getting your packages to their intended recipients during what is arguably the craziest time of year for your delivery man.

The delivery system we use to get our packages from point A to point B is truly a marvel of modern civilization, but it’s also a vast and sophisticated machine that prioritizes speed over everything else. And the people who work in this machine, whether they be your mailman, a UPS driver, or just some anonymous guy sifting through thousands of brown packages on a conveyor belt, all have a thankless and difficult job that is even more challenging during the holidays. It’s safe to say that for these workers, your package is not a special snowflake that deserves their utmost attention and care.

In other words, it’s largely up to you to properly prepare your gifts for their journey, and extra precautions should be taken during the Christmas season if you want your packages to get anywhere in one piece. So here’s a few tips for making sure that these items can safely endure the rigors of our modern delivery system. Some of them aren’t as obvious as you might think:

Choosing the Right Box

You might think that any old box will do, but you need to be very careful about reusing old boxes. The delivery process is built with speed in mind, and your package is going to take a beating. Your box needs to be in excellent condition, especially for heavy items; and every time a box is reused it loses a significant amount of its carrying capacity. More importantly, every box size has a specific weight capacity that should never be exceeded. While at first glance your box appear to be stable, if you overload it the shipping process may very well destroy it.

As a rule of thumb, measure the length, width, and depth of your box, and if the total is less than 75 inches then it shouldn’t be used for any item that weighs more than 30lbs. Take a look at the UPS shipping guidelines for more details. They’re a bit more specific then you probably thought (you’d do well to follow company guidelines, because UPS and FedEx won’t reimburse you for any damages to your package if you don’t follow them). And if you have a really heavy item, consider using a box with double walled cardboard.

Securing Your Package

The guidelines are also pretty strict about how to secure your package, and they’re pretty much the same across all delivery companies. You can’t expect the box to stay closed during a delivery if it’s held together with twine, paper wrap, scotch tape, or cellophane. That may seem obvious, but apparently some people still use those materials. What’s less obvious, is that you shouldn’t use duct tape. For whatever reason the shipping companies hate that stuff. You need to either use packing tape, or nylon filament tape with a minimum tensile strength of 60 lbs per square inch. Either way, the tape shouldn’t be any less than 2 inches wide.

Packing Material

We all know that most items should be cushioned by some kind of packing material, even if they’re not very fragile. But what you need to know is that your item should be at least 2 inches away from the walls of the box, including the top and bottom. Your package will be handled carelessly at some point, and will probably be flipped over even if you label it “this side up.” So make sure the item is protected by a thick layer of packing material on all sides. Before you seal up the box, give it a shake and see if your item slides around a little. If it does, it needs more packing material.


If you can believe it, a lot of people make the mistake of sending out packages with two shipping labels on them. If you’re reusing a box, make sure you completely cross out the old label. Otherwise the delivery company might not know which label to read. In fact, if somebody reads the wrong label and sends it to the wrong address, while somebody else down the line reads the right label and sends it back, your package could wind up bouncing around the country in limbo for weeks (or until the shipping process completely destroys the box). As an added precaution, you should always write down your contact information and add it to the box in case anything happens.

Also, don’t ever write “fragile” on a package. You’re just asking for trouble. Some carriers like UPS don’t even recognize that label, and won’t treat your package any differently. Or worse, their employees will be even more careless with your package. A few years ago Popular Mechanics shipped a box through several companies with a 3-axis accelerometer inside, to see how the package would be treated under multiple conditions. Unfortunately, they found that if you write “fragile” on the box, it will be treated worse than if you write nothing at all. They also found that packages labeled “this side up” were flipped on their side or upside down more frequently than unlabeled packages.


Consider waterproofing your package, especially during the winter. Your package isn’t always going to be indoors, and at times, it will be left poorly sheltered from the elements. At the very least you might want to put your item in a plastic bag. However, that won’t prevent soggy cardboard from getting shredded to pieces during shipping. If you’re trying to send something that is really expensive and/or sentimental, stick it in a cheap styrofoam cooler, add another shipping label to it, and put that in a box.

This will also give your package a little extra protection if a heavier box smashes it on a conveyor belt, or if an employee decides to stand on your box while filling up a truck (it happens). And if you want to be really confident that your package reaches its destination, use of one of those cheap plastic Igloo coolers instead of styrofoam. They’re practically indestructible.

How Different Carriers Stack Up

That Popular Mechanics article had a few more interesting tidbits that you might want to know. Each shipping company treats their packages a little differently, so depending on what you’re sending, one carrier may be a better option over another. Consider the following: Popular mechanics found that the Post Office will give your package the gentlest ride, so they’re your best bet for fragile items. FedEx and UPS did the best job of maintaining a stable temperature, so send food stuff through them. And UPS was pretty good about keeping your package upright throughout the trip.

And finally, if you have an envelope to send, big or small, the Post Office should be your first choice. The other companies are capable of sending envelopes, but the machines in their system are designed primarily for packages. whereas the Post Office specializes in envelopes. Your envelope has a much better chance of making it in one piece with the USPS

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ISIS and Radical Islam: Why the Worst Is Still To Come … and How to Survive the Next Deadly Terrorist Attack

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ISIS and Radical Islam: Why the Worst Is Still To Come ... and How to Survive the Next Deadly Terrorist Attack

ISIS and Radical Islam: Why the Worst Is Still To Come … and How to Survive the Next Deadly Terrorist Attack

There is terror across Europe, there is terror across the world. The impossible (if we are to believe the liberals) happened and now we’re all glued to the TV, wondering where terrorists will strike next and what the next massacre will look like.

How to survive the next deadly terrorist attack and why Paris is just the beginning. The worst is still to come…

Prepping for Terrorism. Prepping for Radical Islam.

There is terror across Europe, there is terror across the world.

The impossible (if we are to believe the liberals) happened and now we’re all glued to the TV, wondering where terrorists will strike next, how terrifying the next attacks may be. We’re left also trying to guess the long-term consequences of radical Islam.

The war on terror is by far the longest SHTF event I’ve ever witnessed. Our “leaders” look on, clueless, not able to grasp the complexity of the picture fast unfolding before our eyes. For years a violent storm of rage and chaos has been brewing in the Middle East; we can bomb them to kingdom come and yet more rise up, more weapons and bombs make it into angry hands, more schemes are hatched by cold blooded killers and ruthless fanatics.

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We come in peace …

Islam spreads around the globe. Millions of it’s followers initially welcomed in, almost like welcoming in a cute, harmless exotic pet with unusual attire and customs, mosques and calls to prayer five times a day facing Mecca, from where ever they are in the world.

And so what is Radical Islam? Radical Islam, or better said “fundamentalist Islam”, is that cute, exotic pet that grows to adult hood.

It’s no longer cute, it’s no longer exotic. What we have now on our hands is a deadly beast. And it hates us.

Jihad Wants to Set the World On Fire

What we need is to first understand the problem and, second, to take action to protect ourselves from it. There’s no denial that 2013, 2014 and now 2015 have had staggering increases in Muslim terror attacks (source 1, source 2) but who is causing them? Who’s behind these vicious murders?

The Islamic State – What It Is

I’m sure you’ve heard about the Islamic State by now. They’re the biggest threat to the west right now because they are spreading the appeal and propaganda to Jihad across the world, wherever “peaceful Islam” has made it’s home in the last few decades. While this propaganda spreads and takes root, the Islamic state is doing horrible things to Christians and other non-Muslims, including planting bombs in children’s dolls that can make anyone’s stomach turn.

We’ve all heard of the countless beheadings of Christians taking place and the countless other atrocities including crucifixions. They are crucifying Christians, yes the same way that Jesus was nailed to a cross 2,000 years ago, and many have simply been exterminated in a modern day holocaust.

They are also behind the most vicious terror attacks in Europe as well as the migrant crisis, and they aren’t shy in telling everyone their main target is the United States.

With all that said about the Islamic State, did you know that there are multiple terrorist groups that pose a threat to us and several other nations around the world?

Radical Islam – This is Bigger Than ISIS

There are many such organizations but the focus on today’s piece is on those that have to do with radical Islam, or Islamic fundamentalism as it is also known. In short, fundamentalists have a very literal interpretation of the Quran, they advocate a literal implementation of Sharia law and believe that the entire world should convert to Islam by force.

Right now there are dozens of terrorist groups on the planet, each fighting for their own cause, some bigger than others. Let’s briefly talk about the ones that are the biggest and most profitable. These are the same ones that, coincidence or not, have sworn a death oath to our lifestyle, our values and our lives.

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Al Qaeda

First, you’ve got the infamous Al-Qaeda, formed in 1989 by Osama Bin Laden and a few others. It’s responsible for the September 11 attacks, the US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and the bombings in 2002 in Bali. Among other things. The 9/11 events were the ones that caused the U.S. to start the global “war on terror”, which, so far, has been anything but successful.


The Taliban is another fundamentalist group, also founded in the early 90s, led by Mohammed Omar and doing most of its illegal activities within Afghanistan. Though the US started a war in this country in 2001, after the 9/11 attacks, the situation is far from being peaceful.


Hezbollah is yet another feared Islamist group, though one that is more evolved. The Lebanese group has a political party, a television and radio station as well as seats in the Government. Lots of terrorist actions have been attributed to this group, including the bombings of certain embassies in Lebanon. Oh, and by the way, they are deeply in bed with Iran. In fact, the Pentagon is aware that any U.S. aggression towards Iran could be met with Hezbollah terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

ISIS – The Islamic State

Last but not least, we have the terrorist organization of the moment, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Numerous videos have spread like wildfire across the Internet depicting their barbaric mass executions, the training of pre-teens to use guns and their twisted thinking and propaganda to the world.

The actions of these terror groups are not limited to the Middle East. They have factions in Africa and Indonesia, where they conduct numerous other operations. Al Shabaab, for instance, is Al-Qaeda’s representative in Somalia while in Nigeria they have Boko Haram, which (in the meantime, adopted the Islamic State flag).

Dangerous for Christians

One thing is clear, Christians and Muslims cannot live together, despite leftists who claim that we can all get along if we pacify them. We are trying to pacify them but they aren’t and the funny thing is, it’s still us who are being accused of not being able to integrate with them well enough.

Are We Fighting Terrorism or Are We Fighting Radical Islam?

There are all sorts of terms that have been abused both in media and on social networks: racism, war on terror, radical Islam, xenophobism…

Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

And now for the big question: Is Islam a religion of peace? While we can agree many Muslims are great people and practice their religion in peace (like that analogy to a cute, exotic pet mentioned at the beginning of this article), some of the things written in the Quran are pretty straightforward.

If we look at some of the Muslim countries around the world besides the ones on the Arabic peninsula, we can see just how much suffering they have had to go through at the hands of their fundamentalist neighbors and leadership. Indonesia, Somalia, Nigeria, Eritrea — all of these countries have large Muslim communities as well as a lack of liberties. On the other hand, countries and regions where Islam has little or no presence are enjoying a great degree of peace despite their lack of development or high corruption levels: Eastern Europe, Thailand, Mongolia.


I can hear liberals shout: But most terrorists are not Muslims!

It’s also true that the towns and neighborhoods where a heavy number of Muslims have moved into such as Molenbeek from Brussels are places where no Christian or atheist will ever be regarded as safe. They don’t have to be terrorists in order to raise their voice when you don’t agree with them, to mock us, beat us up or even rape us, even though they’re the ones who are still living in the Middle Ages.

Terrorism is one thing but Muslims and Christians living together is the much bigger issue, especially considering they can all live in peace inside a number of Arab countries instead of flocking large European cities they have nothing in common with.


Just think about all the verbal and physical fights that are taking place every day. Forget who’s at fault for a moment. The mere act of us living together with them leads to so much pain and destruction.

It’s pretty clear to me that fundamentalist Muslims and a number of their “non-fundamentalist” bretheren are the ones that are unhappy and are always looking to start a fight or mock someone, like they did to this old man in this video.

What does the hatred between Muslims and everyone else have to do with terrorism? Well, as you know, the attackers of both the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris as well as the shooters in November at the Bataclan theater were all French citizens, born on French soil. With Muslim communities that keep growing in Western Europe (and soon in the US), the likely hood of terrorists increases as their propaganda and videos spread.

We’re looking at a long-term problem here so we need to know how to deal with it. Make no mistake about it, terrorism is here to stay. If terrorists have their way, it is going to unleash in wave after wave of attacks.

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Surviving A Terrorist Attack

Specific Advice On How to Prepare for Terrorist Attacks

Unlike the steps you can take to prepare for a natural disaster or other emergency, there isn’t much you can do to prepare for a terrorist attack goes the thinking of a lot of people.

However, I’d like to challenge that thought: There are actually several things we can do to increase our chances of survival by quite a bit. Yes, more people die in car crashes every year but that doesn’t mean we should pay no attention to terrorism. If we fail to do it, we’ll be no better than our “leaders” who’ve done the same and are now watching in shock and awe the disastrous consequences of not taking appropriate action.

Maybe our leaders a few decades back should have read the Quran before welcoming Muslims into their countries to become citizens.

But isn’t Radical Islam (not Islam) to blame for all this terror? Ultimately, the answer to that question is no. The answer to how Radical Islam became Radical Islam is found in the Quran. A literal interpretation of the Quran reveals “Allah’s” intentions for the world and how “Allah” is going to use his people to force the nations (infidels) to convert to Islam or be killed.

That is one reason why Radical Islamic followers consider Western “peace loving” Muslims to be apostate.

These “peace loving” Muslims don’t read their Quran the way it was written! But when their kids do read the Quran, guess what? A lot of these kids are “awakened” to the idea that Islam is destined to conquer the world and other religions and non-believers and apostates should be wiped out.

ISIS recruits them to Jihad.

Maybe Next Time We Shouldn’t Be So Welcoming to Other Religions

Not before studying their religious texts, that is.

Paris, Xinjiang, Tel Aviv, Donetsk, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Tunis, Garland TX, Cairo, Berlin, Ankara… these are just a tiny few of the cities that have seen at least one terror attack in 2015. It’s impossible to know where they will hit next so always be prepared with what I’m about to teach you. Keep in mind that there are, in fact, thousands of extremists (fundamentalist Islamic followers) standing in line and waiting to die as suicide bombers for their beliefs.

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Tips for Surviving an ISIS Terrorist Attack

Avoid large gatherings of people, particularly those that have anything to do with religion. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t go to church but it’s best to avoid mega churches or churches with a large presence that also happen to be in or near a large city, especially cities with a Muslim population. Most terrorists gravitate around largely populated areas, waiting on their turn for the ultimate sacrifice.

But terrorists haven’t attacked churches. Why would I avoid church?

Are you kidding me? Terrorists have been wiping out Christian church after church and other non-Muslims and “apostate” Muslims on a huge scale in several regions of the Middle East — all under the ISIS flag. Remember, that’s the same ISIS flag recruiting Muslims to Jihad in several western countries.

Though a U.S. church hasn’t been hit yet — several mega churches very well could be in the coming months.

I’m a Christian – Won’t God Intervene to Protect these Churches?

DarkestOmen (3)Are you ready for the answer to that? There are many “fundamentalist” Christians who passionately proclaim that these mega churches, with all their pomp, money, expenditures and showcase buildings are following an “apostate” version of Christianity. They have “watered-down” the Bible and made it something that appeals to a large number of people, for example by promising “prosperity” and minimizing warnings about the consequences of sin and the temptations of this world, from alcoholism to sex.

Seriously, with so much poverty in the world, would Jesus have collected tons of money to bankroll huge ministries and pastors driving luxury cars and flying private helicopters along with their own security personnel? Though not occurring in every large church, it is true for several.

The American Mega-Church — At Odds with the Bible

Maybe it’s time for “Christians”, and there are a lot of “evangelicals” who may be reading this, to revisit their own Bible and take to heart what is written in it. With that said, I don’t think it’s safe to assume that God will protect these churches. Maybe some, those truly teaching truth and reflecting it to their congregations; those giving large amounts of money to the poor; those who don’t have pastors driving expensive cars and living in large, expensive houses. Read the Book of Revelation. Most churches in the last days are told by God to repent! Chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation spell this out for us.

The Muslim Next Door – Friend or Foe?

Another good example is the Tomorrowland music festival which takes place every year in Belgium. As I’m writing this, the capital of this country, Brussels, is under lockdown with armed men and tanks roaming the streets, trying to find terrorists. You can probably guess I won’t be attending that festival next year. Thousands of people crammed together is not my idea of safety in a country that’s been recently called a terrorist hotbed.

A few days ago, after the hackers from “Anonymous” declared war on ISIS and started their cyber-attacks against them, they released a list of places where they said ISIS is planning to strike. This will give you an idea of the kinds of social events these guys are targeting:

A Women’s Rights Demonstration in Paris

The WWE Survivor series (professional wrestling) in Atlanta, Georgia …

… and the Catholic Church’s Feast of Christ the King Celebrations in Rome — and we know how a lot of Bible believing Christians think that the Catholic church and it’s un-Biblical prayers to Mother Mary and elevation of the Pope is at direct odds with scripture. In other words, God may not do a thing to protect that Catholic celebration in Rome. Islam is not the only religion with apostates. Christianity has it’s own, as many Christians will tell you. What is apostasy?

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How to Maximize Your Chances for Survival

Whatever public event may be taking place, if you’re going to these kinds of events, read on to see how to maximize your chances to get out alive in case of a terrorist attack:

#1. Avoid bad neighborhoods. The higher the crime rate, the more likely it is you’ll end up in a conflict with one of them. Whether or not you have a gun yourself, stay safe and avoid taking any chances. As preppers, we’re advised to move to the suburbs and distant smaller towns, but you have to do your homework before you actually do it.

#2. If you’re going to a concert or to the theater, be aware of all the exits and keep an eye out on who’s entering the venue. Make sure you get seats as close as possible to one or more evacuation routes. Also, make sure there’s nothing standing between you and those exit routes.

#3. When in a crowded square or city park, avoid sitting next to containers that may have bombs in them, such as trash cans, janitor carts, or laundry carts. I know this may seem a little far-fetched but it’s worth remembering in case your town or city will end up in a state of emergency.

#4. Be wary of Muslims. No, I’m not trying to be racist, I know very well there are plenty of nice people with their beliefs in Allah (though a bit misguided), I’m just trying to increase your chances of survival here. This doesn’t mean you have to start running every time you see a burka. You have to learn to read people by analyzing their facial expressions and their movements. You should also be weary of Muslims with babies strapped to their chests. Is the baby real or does it look like a doll? Remember, that might not be a baby in that baby carrier — it might be a bomb packed with shrapnel or worse.

#5. If you hear gun shots, don’t panic. There should only be one thing on your mind, escape. Run and run fast, forget everyone else except your spouse and kids. This is exactly what one of the guitarists of the Eagles of Death Metal band did the moment he heard shots. Take a look at how quickly he reacted to the terror attack in this video.

#6. If you’ve been shot and there’s no escape, prepare to “play dead.” This might be the thing that saves your life. Though some attackers have put bullets into bodies that have already been shot, there may be too much chaos going on for an attacker to notice you on the ground and not every attacker is likely to take that step. Besides, a smart attacker may not want to waste bullets on bodies that look dead when there are plenty of other live people to go for still; but if you’ve been shot, and you can still make a run for it, make that run if you see a path of escape.

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#7. Learn to hide — some venues for an attack may offer a variety of possible hiding places if you’re quick on your feet. (This is something you can practice with your kids, particularly since they’re small and can hide better than you.)

#8. Practice your shooting skills — and then be mentally ready and alert to stop a terrorist in his or her tracks. This has been covered in depth in other articles and I’m not going to do it here. Even if you don’t carry or can’t have a gun, you should still practice shooting. What if you end up getting a gun out of the hands of a terrorist, would you be able to use it?

That actually happened, if you recall, earlier this year when a terrorist attack took place on a train in France; three Americans in their early twenties and a Briton overpowered a terrorist carrying a machine gun. Once that terrorist was down, one of the Americans took off with the machine gun to go look for other terrorists and attempt to put a stop to any more terror. Heroes over power a terrorist and take his machine gun.

What Should We Tell Our Kids?

There’s this video that stuck in my mind after the Paris attacks of November 2015. A father and his son came to one of the sites of the shootings to light some candles. The boy was interviewed and, although his critical thinking was spot-on, his father coerced him into thinking that flowers and goodness can stop anything — rather than teaching his child that true evil doesn’t respond to flowers. Sickening that people can’t recognize evil for what it is.

But to me, actually, that’s not the sickening part. Getting your son to think that love will suddenly make these terrorists drop their weapons is bad enough, but actually bringing him to the site of a terrorist attack, that’s just insane. Why would you risk your child’s life? ISIS is pure and simple evil. The atrocities taking place across many Middle East regions and the beheading and crucifixion of Christians should be proof enough.

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I actually have good reason to be mad, at one point, people gathered in Place de la Republique to honor the memory of the victims started running because they heard what appeared to be gun shots (source). It simply isn’t wise to return to the scene of a terrorist attack to play homage, even if you’ve lost a loved one there — realize that a second attacker may be waiting in the wings with an attack planned for several hours after the first.

It’s like the bomber who plants two bombs. The first bomb kills several people; disaster responders and police arrive at the scene. Then a second bomb goes off and takes them out. With terrorists, we have seen that method used before.

Last But Not Least

This shows just how far we are from peace as the terror from the Middle East has started spreading into Europe and other parts of the world. Will the United States be the next place for a shocking and deadly string of attacks? It’s pretty clear that this is one of ISIS’ goals — to hit the United States at home.

It’s also pretty clear that the number of terror attacks is only going to increase, so we need to figure out where they might strike next and stay away from those places, especially with our families. For example:

Any cartoon and comic book conventions (where Allah may be mocked)

Conservative and right-wing rallies (ISIS hates Christians and associates a lot of conservative and right-wing rallies with evangelicals, even if not all right-wingers are Bible believing Christians; a lot of them are not)

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Minority rallies

Large concerts and festivals

Professional sporting events (football, baseball, basketball, soccer, etc)

Popular holiday resorts around Northern Africa and Europe (remember the beach shootings in Tunisia in recent months?)

Popular U.S. beaches (if it happened in Tunisia, it can happen in the U.S. also)

Major shopping malls and major shopping events (Black Friday, for example)

3 Day Weekends (in the U.S., that’s Labor Day, Veterans Day, etc)

Christian holidays (Easter, Christmas)

Important U.S. holidays (4th of July)

Now, I’m not saying you need to never see a game or enjoy a local festival with your family from now on, just make sure you’re aware of what’s happening in your town or city and take precautionary measures.

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We Are Being Hunted

We are in terrorism’s cross hairs.

The beast is hunting us.

We need to get our lives right with God and repent, just like those mega churches; we need God on our side in this battle. We can then go after the beast that is hunting us! Without that repentance, without God’s favor, we are facing a beast rising out of the pit of Hell and it may very well destroy a lot of us.

Though the Islamic State is using the internet to recruit on a growing scale, a lot of the people who make up the Islamic State are former military, including former soldiers and officers who served under Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi army. There are nukes in the arsenals of some of those Middle Eastern countries, even if Iraq didn’t have any of it’s own; Pakistan has a large stockpile of nukes. What happens if the Islamic State (or another faction of Radical Islam) has a few nukes in it’s possesion? Remember, the threat we face is bigger than ISIS and includes Al Qaeda, Iran, Hezbollah, etc. The threat we face is from the entirety of Radical Islam and includes the propaganda being spewed from the mouths of the Ayatollahs in Iran and their millions of citizens who eat it up and hang on their every word.

In the end, terrorists shooting up trains, malls, stadiums, concerts and beaches is just the beginning. The worst may be still to come. Our “leaders” need to read the Quran and realize who these people are. Then they need to read their Bibles if they want to make sense out of any of this. Before it’s too late.


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Every month or so, I grab a few simple ingredients and play kitchen chemist while I concoct custom skincare products using essential oils.  It recently occurred to me that it has been awhile since I shared some DIY products using essential oils so what better time than now while we are getting into the holiday gift-giving spirit?

Today I am going to share how I make some amazing, everyday skincare products along with some simple variations so that you can customize them yourself.  These products include:

Fantastic Facial Toner
Manly Man Beard Oil
Luminous Face Serum
DIY Makeup Wipes

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Using your existing supply of essential oils plus fractionated coconut oil, alcohol-free witch hazel, or BDS Simple Salve as your base, you can make an endless variety of products. You do this by mixing and matching your oils.  Depending on your skin type, you can tailor each of these DIY products for dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, or sensitive, aging skin.  The only differentiator are the essential oils.   It does not get simpler than that.

Let’s dig right in and get started because I know you are going to want to make some of these 4 amazing skincare products yourself.

Fantastic Facial Toner

Facial toners are used to remove soap residue and help exfoliate skin after washing your face and/or removing makeup.  They are also used to remove environmental pollutants, and to either remove excess oil or to add moisture back to dry, thirsty skin.  Facial toners can restore your skin to normal PH and will leave it feeling soft and velvety.

Funny how that works; a facial toner using a single essential oil can help with both oily and dry skin.  That said, some EOs are better for one type of skin than the other so you can pick and choose the oil that work best from the list I have included below.

Here is the recipe for Fantastic Facial Toner.

1/2 cup alcohol-free witch hazel (like this)
15 drops of your favorite essential oil (my favorite is Tangerine)

Combine in a storage container (I used a glass spray bottle) and shake vigorously to blend.

To use, apply to a cotton ball or cotton pad and apply to the face.  Your face will feel clean and soft to the touch.

Manly Man Beard Oil

Beard oil is used to soften and tame beard hair and also to hydrate the skin below.  Using beard oil is going to help keep the underlying skin supple and prevent those nasty ingrown hairs.  The nice thing is that nothing could be simpler to make.

Here is how to make Manly Man Beard Oil.

1 ounce Fractionated Coconut Oil (liquid coconut oil) or other carrier oil
5 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (we like Patchouli because it smells woodsy and masculine)

Combine in a storage container and shake vigorously to blend. To use, apply a small amount to your facial hair and massage down to the skin level.  The best time to do this is after washing your face.

Luminous Face Serum

Have you ever priced facial serums?  You can easily spend $20 or more for a single ounce.  Ouch.  Here is what I use but of course, you can change out the essential oils to meet your needs.

1 ounce BDS Simple Salve
20 drops of essential oil alone or in combination

I use this combination:

4 drops Lavender
4 drops Frankincense
4 drops Geranium
4 drop Lemon
4 drops Basil

Add Simple Salve to a 1 ounce jar. Be sure to leave some room at the top for the oils.  At this point, I like to gently heat the Simple Salve in the microwave to so that it becomes liquefied but you don’t have to do this.

Add your essential oils then stir well. I like to use those stir sticks you get at the local coffee shop or a chopstick.   If you have liquefied the Simple Salve, cap the jar and shake it up.  Then open the lid and wait for your salve to solidify before putting the cap back on.

DIY Makeup Wipes

I shared this recipe on the Buzz awhile back but it is worth repeating.  This what you need to make up a small, 4 ounce jar (such as a mason jar).

1/4 cup warm water
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s Lavender)
1/2 tablespoon fractionated (liquid) coconut oil (like this)
4 drops essential oils of choice (I use a combination of lavender and ylang ylang)
Round cotton pads

Mix all of the ingredients except for the cotton pads in measuring cup.  Set the cup aside.

Take a stack of cotton pads and put them in the jar.  Fill the jar to the top then scrunch them down and add a few more.

Pour the wet ingredients over the cotton pads then put a lid on your container.  It takes a few minutes but they will soak up the liquid.  To ensure that all of the pads are evenly soaked, let them sit for 30 minutes then turn your tightly capped container upside down for 30 minutes.

That’s it.  When you are ready to take off makeup (or wipe down a sweaty, grimy face), remove a pad and use it to clean things up.  The coconut oil ensures that you face stays nice and moist.  The essential oils add skin healing properties plus fragrance.

I like making this up in small batches because the small jars fit nicely in a drawer but this DIY can easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled.

Variations: Essential Oils for Various Skin Types

We all have our favorites when it comes to essential oils and to be honest, there is so much goodness in E.O.s that almost any type will work in these recipes.  The following list can be used to help identify those that are best for your skin type but be forewarned, there is a lot of overlap.

For dry skin:

For oily skin:

For combination skin:

For blemish prone ski:

For aging skin:

In addition to this list, the chart on pages 392-395 of Valeria Worwood’s Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy suggests oils for dermatitis, eczema, broken capillaries and more.

BDS Simple Salve

You might be asking: what is BDS Simple Salve?  This easy to make salve is a mixture of coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax.  No more, no less.  You can find complete instructions here or follow along with the Cliff Notes version.

Backdoor Survival Simple Salve – The Recipe

1  Cup Coconut Oil
1  Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Pure Olive Oil
5 to 5 1/2 Tbl. Organic Beeswax Pastilles

8 x 2 ounce jars (mason jars or ointment jars) ** OR **
4 x 4 ounce jars (mason jars or ointment jars)

1.  Put a pot of water on the stove to simmer.  While the water is heating, put the coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax pastilles in a heatproof jar or measuring cup.

2.  Set the jar filled with the coconut oil, olive oil, and wax into the water and leave it there until it melts, giving it a stir from time to time.  You want a slow, gentle melt so take your time.  It could take 15 or 20 minutes depending on the temperature of the water bath.

3.  Pour the melted oils into each of the smaller jars and allow to cool.

4.  Set the jars aside for up to 24 hours.  Although the salve will start to firm up within minutes, it takes at least 12 hours to complete the firming process.  If you are in a hurry, you can refrigerate the salve and it will solidify in just a couple of hours.

That’s it.  Easy peasy.

The Final Word

Frugality is one of the cornerstones of preparedness as is self-sufficiency.  For that reason I choose to make my own products whenever I can.  In doing so, I not only save a lot of money, but I become less dependent on supermarkets, drugstores, and department stores for my basic needs.

Rarely mentioned on prepping sites is the fact that if you look good, you feel good.  When I wake up in the morning with the stress of the world on my shoulders, I apply skin care products made from essential oils knowing that I am doing something good for my skin and for myself.  I like that my skin looks better in my 60s than it did when I was in my 30s and for that I am ecstatic.

I encourage you to give some of these products a try and if you like them, package some up as gifts for your friends and family.  Don’t forget to include the recipe because I can almost guarantee that you will be asked.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Thayers Alcohol-free Unscented Witch Hazel: This is the brand I use.  If you are purchasing locally, be sure to pick up the alcohol-free version.

Cobalt Blue Round Glass Bottle 2 oz with Atomizer:  I was happy that I stumbled upon the glass spray bottles for such a great price.  I have been using them for a few weeks and even when stowed in a drawer, they do not leak.

Plant Therapy Fractionated Coconut Carrier Oil:  When it comes to fractionated coconut oil, this is the brand I use.  Also referred to as FCO, this is coconut oil is liquid form.  It has been heat processed and is not for consumption but for use topically on your skin.

Dr. Bronner’s Lavender:  This is just one of the many varieties of Dr. Bronner’s Castile soaps.  Pick your favorite.  This stuff is amazing; I find that with every passing day I am finding some new use.  My latest “find” was adding a drop to my DIY WetJet cleaner (1/2 vinegar, 1/2 water, 1 drop of Dr. Bronners).

One Ounce Glass Jars:  Spark Naturals has the best price out there on small glass jars.  If you are placing an order for essential oils, include a supply of these jars.  Remember to use code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for an additional 10% off.

NOW Foods Essential Oils:  I use essential oils from Spark Naturals.  For healing purposes, I feel they are superior.  On the other hand, NOW Foods has decent essential oils at a budget price from Amazon.  I find that the Ylang Ylang is very nice as are many of their other oils.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: I first became interested in aromatherapy and essential oils in the early 90s which was before they really became mainstream. I read every book I could get my hands on and dabbled at creating synergy’s (a combination of two or more oils that create a chemical compound that is greater than the some of its individual components). My bible then, and even now, is this book.


Beeswax Organic Pastilles, Yellow, 100% Pure 16 Oz:  I ordered the white pastilles but have since learned that the natural yellow pastilles are better.  That said, the difference may not be discernable – just be sure that what you purchase is cosmetic grade.

Coconut Oil:  Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions is my preferred coconut oil.  I love it so much I purchased a 5 gallon tub.  Really, I did!  I find it very silky to work with and love the taste when used in cooking.  Note that no refrigeration is required and although it solid at room temperature, it melts at 76 degrees.  The Nutiva brand from Amazon or Costco works well too.

White Plastic Jar with Dome Lid 2 Oz (12 Per Bag):  I chose to use these small ointment jars rather than Mason jars for my salve.  I also have similar jars in the 1 ounce size and 1/4 ounce size (my favorite for mixing up various salve and essential oil concoctions).

Mason Jar Storage Caps Set of 8: These are fantastic!  These plastic lids screw onto a mason jar and are perfect in the pantry or to cap you salves.  There is both a regular and a wide mouth version.  I can’t believe I have not mentioned these before!

Glass Droppers, Pack of 6: I bought a package of these and loved them.  When I went to re-order, I accidentally ordered plastic instead glass droppers.  Learn from my mistake.  The price is the same so get the glass ones.


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46 Amazing New Pallet Building Ideas To Try Out

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46 Amazing New Pallet Building Ideas To Try Out Pallets are everywhere, from supermarkets to Craigslist… take advantage of getting a few pallets when ever you get the chance, they can transform into some beautiful DIY projects. I absolutely LOVE pallets, I have over 15 at home just waiting for my DIY hands to get hold …

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All About Water Purification: A Tutorial

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water purificationHaving water on hand is just one part of being prepared. Knowing how to safely store, treat, filter and purify water can keep you alive. To know how much water to have on hand and how to store it, read Water Storage 101. This article reviews how to make sure water is safe to drink. You can get very, very sick from drinking contaminated water and in a survival situation, sickness can quickly become life or death scenario. You need water, but more importantly, you need safe drinking water.

If you have water stored, you may be certain it is safe to drink, but if you’re using other supplies of water from inside or outside of your home (or you want to make extra sure your water storage is safe), you’ll need to filter and purify it. Should you drink the water? It’s important to know for sure.

Treating stored water

Water bottles and water stored from a safe drinking supply (tap water from a municipal plant) should be fine to drink. Other stored water, such as from a well, needs to have bleach added to it to treat it. The Survival Mom recommends using 1/8 teaspoon of bleach with no additives per gallon if the water is clear.

You should keep some unscented bleach on hand for emergencies, but be aware that bleach does have a fairly short shelf life. It starts to break down after six months and needs to be replaced every 12-16 months. Rotate your bleach bottles frequently to ensure you have effective bleach on hand.

Making water potable requires two steps, filtering and purifying. Filtering removes bits of things, like sand and bugs. It removes big particles, not microscopic ones like bacteria. Purifying removes or kills germs and bacteria, although some methods are more effective than others.

Filtering first and then purifying is the best practice for drinking water, in part because it extends the life of your purifier and in part because some purification methods (such as boiling) do absolutely nothing to filter out debris.

Filtering water

Tap water can become contaminated even in non-emergency situations but more commonly in an emergency. In a non-emergency, you will almost certainly find out either from news stories or when you receive a phone call notifying you to boil your water to make it potable. (Potable water can be safely consumed.) In a true emergency, it is safest to treat your water source as likely contaminated until proven otherwise.

You may have to seek water sources inside your home, like the water heater, or outside the home, like a pond or stream. Water from sources that aren’t guaranteed to be safe should be filtered first and then purified. Filtering removes big impurities like leaves, dirt, insects, and sticks. Towels, screens and coffee filters can be used to filter water. Another way to do it if you don’t have those items on hand is to improvise a water filter that lets the water flow through layers of rocks, sand, and charcoal to filter out debris.

Sometimes commercial “filters” are actually purifiers. It is important to do both steps, so make sure you look closely at what the product actually does because you need both. If it is a purifier, then you need to add a filter – unless you enjoy spider legs and leaves in your drinks.

Purifying water

Once water is filtered, there are several ways to purify it. You can boil it, add bleach, use calcium hypochlorite, use UV light, add water purification tablets, or use a commercial device.

Boiling water can be a great way to purify water, but it does have a couple of downsides. First, it can concentrate any chemical contaminants in the water. As water evaporates as steam, it will leave behind liquid water that may contain a more concentrated level of certain contaminants.

Another downside is that it requires fuel and time for the water to come to a full boil. If either is in short supply, boiling won’t be your best bet.

Otherwise, you want to heat the water to 149 degrees for 1 minute to pasteurize it. Pasteurization actually occurs at a lower temperature than boiling, but you’ll need either a thermometer to verify the water temperature or a WAPI, Water Pasteurization Indicator. This inexpensive device is a handy addition to any emergency kit.

Adding bleach to water can also treat it for some pathogens. The American Red Cross actually recommends boiling and using bleach. If you want to add bleach to water that has been boiled, make sure it has been cooled down first. The water should have a slight chlorine smell once bleach  has been added and allowed to sit for at least 30 minutes or so. If you do not smell a bit of chlorine, add another drop or two.

Use this chart for reference when using bleach:

Water amount                      Cloudy Water                         Clear Water

1 quart                                    4 drops bleach                        2 drops bleach

1 gallon                                   16 drops                                   8 drops

5 gallons                                 1 teaspoon                               ½ teaspoon

55 gallons                               4 tablespoons                         2 tablespoons

Calcium hypochlorite has a longer shelf life than bleach but is also trickier to use for purifying  water. You can often find it labeled as pool shock, but make certain it doesn’t have any extra additives. (It needs to be safe to purify water for drinking, not just for swimming in.) The Survival Mom recommends Cal-Shock 65. You can read in-depth about pool shock here. When using pool shock, you make a solution of homemade bleach with a teaspoon of pool shock and 2 gallons of water. (A pool test-kit comes in handy to make sure the right amount is added.) To purify water with the homemade bleach solution, add 1 ¼ teaspoon to 1 gallon of water.

UV light can purify water. The battery powered SteriPen uses UV light to purify small amounts of water. There is also a hand-crank version of the Steripen.

Another option for purifying water is the use of water purification tablets. These are a good short-term method since they contain iodine. They are a good addition to a vehicle or bug-out bag since they are small and light-weight. However, iodine should not be used for more than six weeks and not by pregnant women. As with boiling, it is effective against many pathogens, but not with chemical pollutants.

There are also many commercial water purification devices that you can have on hand. There is the LifeStraw, Katadyn, Berkey, Survival Still, and many others. They can easily be added to any bug-out bag or vehicle as well. Some can be used for large quantities of water while others are designed to be used by one person.

Well considerations

If you have a well for water, you should test it regularly, especially if you haven’t used it for several weeks, if new equipment has been installed, there has been flooding or an earthquake, or it smells, looks or tastes funny. If you have a new well pump installed, the hoses that actually go into the well – in your water – will be laying on the ground before being put down into the well. This means they will potentially be covered in who knows what from the ground. It is extremely important to have a professional (the ones installing your well) treat the water with high doses of chlorine to kill any germs and bacteria.

Your water will not be potable until the chlorine level goes down, so be prepared to use bottled water for drinking. Keep enough bottled water on hand, both in small and large containers, for any time that your well water might become contaminated or your well pump stops functioning.

When you have a new pump installed, well water should be tested again after two weeks to insure it is bacteria-free and safe to drink. Depending on the filters in your home, you may be able to drink it sooner. In our home, we have a sediment filter, a whole-house UV filter, and a reverse osmosis filter for our primary drinking water. We were able to drink the water after the chlorine smell went down (two or three days) but still needed to be certain the water was safe just in case our UV filter failed.

Very few people have whole-house UV filters, but they do add peace of mind for a few hundred dollars. There is no denying it’s an expense, but it kills micro-organisms that filters don’t affect. Three filters may sound like overkill, but once when an earthquake caused our neighbors’ well water to become brown and undrinkable, our multiple filters left us unaware of the problem until we heard them talking about it. It is worth being certain.

Wells can be a great source of water in an emergency, but you need to have a way to get the water up when the power is out. Consider getting a backup system that uses a generator, solar power, or a hand pump. Well pumps actually use quite a bit of power, so check your requirements and the generator capacity carefully.

Swimming pool water

If you have a swimming pool, you may think you have a great source of emergency water, and you do – for anything other than drinking or cooking. Pool water may contain chemicals that act as a laxative and can be toxic over a long period of time. Chlorine-resistant bacteria can be in the water from the bodies of people who have swum in the pool.

Pool water is also a type of water that shouldn’t be purified by boiling, as it will increase the concentration of the chemicals and minerals it contains. If there is no power for the pool’s pump and filter system, it could start to become a breeding ground for insects and algae. Having pool test kits on hand can help you know if the chlorine levels are set right to prevent mosquitoes. The water can be used for laundry, flushing toilets and washing animals.

Be safe when drinking water in emergencies. You need water – clean water – to survive any emergency situation!

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16 Survival Uses For Pine Sap

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16 Survival Uses For Pine Sap Pine trees are found pretty much in every state and every country in the northern hemisphere. They can provide you with a delicious and very nutrient drink in the form of pine needle tea. Did you also know that the sap it produces can help in survival too? Harvesting …

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Front Porch Friday ~ November 27th

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Welcome to Front Porch Friday!

Mama Kautz and The Rural Economist bring you this weeks Front Porch Friday!

Front Porch Friday Blog Hop

Mama K chose 1 Chicken, 6 Ways to Use it by Taylor Made Ranch. Lots of recipes on how to use that chicken up. I am guessing this would be good for leftover turkey as well.

Gregg’s pick this week is Making Bone Broth by Strangers and Pilgrims. Using every part of everything you have is just a good idea.

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