The Off-Grid Killer

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The trailer home of alleged killer Robert Dear who regularly had disputes with neighbors and women

Local communities should be watchful

At first sight, Robert L Dear might seem like many thousands of other reclusive cabin-dwellers in deserted parts of America. In his late 50s, divorced, the man who shot three dead and injured 9 more in and around a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Colorado Springs, was an entrepreneur who lived by commissioning and selling limited edition prints.

Dear also had a history of fracas and minor scrapes with the law. He had guns for hunting and self-protection and he was apparently a cannabis smoker who was so lonely that he advertised online for people to get high with.

Where a tighter gun control law might have picked up Dear as a potential risk is his online personals ad seeking women in North Carolina interested in bondage and sadomasochistic sex – the ads showed a picture that appeared to be Mr. Dear and used an online pseudonym associated with him.

Dear had been married but his divorce came after his wife called police at least once over domestic violence. That alone could have been evidence the man could not be trusted with a gun.

After his divorce, Mr. Dear lived in a succession of trailer homes and cabins, where he appeared to stir resentments among neighbors and lash out at people around him, according to police reports. Some former neighbors said they were not surprised by the violence in Colorado Springs.

In Swannanoa, N.C., where Mr. Dear had lived for a time in a single-wide trailer, a novelist, Leland Davis, said he had repeatedly been followed by Mr. Dear in a late-model Toyota Tacoma. Mr. Davis believed that Mr. Dear had followed him because he suspected that Mr. Davis had complained to the authorities about how Mr. Dear treated a dog. The men never spoke, Mr. Davis said in an interview in his home Saturday night, but Mr. Dear had mounted something of a scare campaign.

“He followed me all the way into downtown Asheville,” Mr. Davis said. “He followed me three or four times.”

In Black Mountain, N.C.,. Dear had a shooting lodge (a crude hut actually) miles along mountain roads. Scott Rupp, who sold it to him, worried about whether Mr. Dear would fit in the community, which was populated by “environmental types,” he said.

“He was like a mountain culture person,” Mr. Rupp told journalists, “and he was really excited to get a place where he could hunt.”

In 2002, in Walterboro, S.C., Mr. Dear was arrested on charges of breaking the state’s “Peeping Tom” law after a neighbor told the police that he had hidden in the bushes in an attempt to peer into her house. For months, the neighbor, Lynn Roberts, said, Mr. Dear was “making unwanted advancements” and “leering” at her on a regular basis, putting her “in fear of her safety,” according to an incident report.

The charge was later dismissed, but a restraining order was issued.

He also repeatedly had other run-ins with neighbors. One, Douglas Moore, said Mr. Dear had called him to threaten “bodily harm” because Mr. Dear believed Mr. Moore had pushed over his motorcycle, according to a police report in 2004. Two years earlier, after Mr. Moore called the police to report his dog’s being shot with a pellet gun, Mr. Dear told investigators, “Douglas was lucky that it was only a pellet that hit the dog and not a bigger round.”

President Obama on Saturday again called on America to tackle gun violence. “This is not normal,” he said in a statement. “We can’t let it become normal. If we truly care about this — if we’re going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them.”

Mr. Dear, who surrendered to the police on Friday evening, remains in custody without bond at the El Paso County criminal justice center according to the New York Times. Law enforcement records and interviews began to paint a portrait of an itinerant loner who left behind a trail of disputes and occasionally violent acts toward neighbors and women he knew.

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Patriots’ Prayers for 11-29-2015

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If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” –2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

This Week’s Patriots’ Prayer (inspired by Psalm 51)

Have mercy upon the United States of America, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out our transgressions.
Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity,
And cleanse us from our sin.
For we acknowledge our transgressions,
And our sin is always before us.
Against You, You only, have we sinned,
And done evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,
And blameless when You judge.

We confess to you, Heavenly Father, all the many sins of our Nation — We have allowed our God-given liberties to be taken away by our politicians and leaders. We have allowed Your Word and commandments to be banned from our public squares. We have allowed prayer to be eliminated from our schools. We have allowed Your place in our nation’s history to be erased from our textbooks and our minds. We have allowed the epidemic of abortion to fester out of control. We have allowed perversion, decadence, and depravity of all sorts to become public and commonplace. Common decency has become a thing of the past.

We have replaced Your Word with the whim of our own opinions for our standards of right and wrong. We no longer keep Your commandments or follow Your teachings.

We confess these and all our sins to You and ask forgiveness for ourselves and our nation. Bring us to a state of true repentance – a returning to You – as both individuals and as a nation. We confess Your lordship over every aspect of our lives and our nation. Help us to follow You once again. Restore your mercy and blessings to these United States of America, and re-establish a hedge of protection around us. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

Additional Prayer Points

  • Pray for the victims of Friday’s shooting in Colorado, as well as their family and friends. Pray for healing, comfort, and mercy for all.
  • Pray for a safe and compassionate solution to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Pray that God’s will be done in this difficult situation.

More Prayers For America can be found on the Prayer Page of my website.

Last week’s Prayer can also be found on my website by clicking here.

Free and nearly free Kindle books

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Every so often Amazon drop the prices on some of their Kindle ebooks down to ZERO. Yes – totally FREE. The drop in price is typically only good for 24 or so hours. Here are a list of books currently – as of this writing – totally free. Topics may include gardening, general survival and preparedness, homesteading, survival kits, medical and health, food storage, etc.

Please double-check the price before purchasing as these are limited time offers. Also remember that you do not need to have a Kindle to read them. There are Kindle apps available for tablets, phones, and even computers. Click HERE for non-Kindle reading apps.






Preppers Holiday Gift Guide

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preppers holiday gift guideWhat do you buy your favorite preppers for holidays? Our 2015 Prepper Holiday Gift Guide should have enough holiday gift Ideas for preppers to help you out.

Holiday Gift Guide for Preppers

When I buy these items for the Preppers on my list, I like to print out a copy of my blog posts, where I discuss them, and package them up with the item. That way they instantly see how this item can benefit them. I’ve listed the posts where applicable.

Prices are subject to change. It’s the holiday season, so items go up in price or go on sale.

We’ll add to this list throughout the holiday shopping season, so be sure to check back!

Price Ranges:

Under $10

 Brutus the Bull Dog Self Defense Keychain (2 Pack) – Looks like a decoration but gives you the edge if the time comes to defend yourself or your family. Great stocking stuffers. Order early as these ship from Asia and can take a week or 2 to arrive.

  • Impact resistant molded plastic – as strong as metal (but won’t set off metal detectors)
  • Easy to carry, looks like a decoration.
  • Can be attached to your key ring
  • Measures 3.5″ x 2.5″
Jones Stephens Four Way Key – Water is a high priority in most emergency situations; for something as simple as thirst, to decontamination, personal hygiene, or refilling a vehicle’s radiator. There are times that you need access to it, and it’s right there, but you can’t access it. One simple, inexpensive tool can change all that, the 4-way sillcock key.

Tops Knives 5 pack Dog Tag style Signal Mirrors – These dog tag style signal mirrors are a great gift. Add a dog tag bead chain and you have an EDC signal mirror, that goes with you everywhere! Made in the USA.
Mini Cree Led Adjustable Focus Flashlight – Up to 300 Lumen of awesome! Runs on a single AA battery!

  • 7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp ( Head of the flashlight can be pulled out to focus the beam)
  • Super mini size, bright, blinding effect
  • Skid-proof design & waterproof design.
  • Output brightness can reach up to 300 lumens (MAX).
  • This mini flashlight uses 1 AA size Alkaline, NiMH, or lithium 14500 batteries.
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Gerber Shard Keychain Tool – On-board tools include a small and medium flat driver; Philips head driver, wire stripper, pry bar, bottle opener, lanyard hole. Perfect size with the basics to carry anywhere, Lightweight and airline safe!

  • Lightweight and airline safe
  • Titanium nitride coating for corrosion resistance
  • Perfect size with the basics to carry anywhere
  • Includes: small flat driver, medium flat driver, Philips head driver, wire stripper, pry bar, bottle opener, lanyard hole
  • Hangs on your Keychain, so it’s always ready for action!
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Paracord – Paracord is the Go-To cordage of Preppers everywhere. Surprise the preppers, who have been good boys and girls, all year with 100′ of paracord in their stocking!

  • Commercial paracord ideal for utility use
  • 7-strand core made to 550-pound test
  • 100-percent nylon construction
  • Made by certified US Government contractor
  • Measures 5/32 inches in diameter
Nite Ize Figure 9 Rope Tightener
No more knots! Eliminates the hassle of tying, adjusting and untying knots. Great for setting up tents and other outdoorsy camp tasks!

  • High quality aluminum
  • No knots! Eliminates the hassle of tying, adjusting and untying knots
  • Figure 9 is laser engraved with instructions for use
  • Pull it tight – keep it tight
Trumark Folding Slingshot – Trumark Slingshots are made in the USA, using quality construction and materials, second to none!

  • Trumark’s FS-1 wrist-braced sling shot folds down to a compact size
  • It’s unique bottom valve “flips” open, to dispense 5/16″, 3/8″ or 1/2″ ammo
  • The wide aluminum forks, with a 4 1/2″ spread between the prongs, increases powerband life
  • The light non-rust aircraft aluminum frame and compact size make the FS-1 sling shot a favorite survival aid for campers, hunters, and backpackers
  • Patented snap-open handle

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Under $20

Exotac polySTRIKER XL Ferrocerium Fire Starter – Made from recyclable ABS plastic, the polySTRIKER XL fills the minimalist niche without sacrificing design or usability. The polySTRIKER XL line features the same innovative tungsten carbide striker design as the nanoSTRIKER. The tungsten carbide insert is built into an easy-to-use striking tool that snaps into the handle.

  • Snap-in striking tool
  • Ultra sharp tungsten carbide striking tool
  • Ferrocerium rod works when wet
  • Up to 10,000 fire-starting strikes
  • Made in the USA
Suunto Clipper Compass – tiny, convenient, accurate

  • Clips to watch strap, sleeve, strap of backpack, side of map etc.
  • Liquid filled jewel bearing compass
  • Cardinal directions in luminous prints on card
  • Direction on rotating bezel in 10 degrees increments
  • A fun, supercompact aid for underwater navigation
MPOWERD Luci Original Inflatable Solar Lantern

  • 3 modes – Bright, Super-Bright, Emergency Flashing
  • Solar powered
  • Rechargeable
  • Holds a charge for up to 12 hours and stays bright all night
  • Inflatable and Packable
  • Lightweight (4 ounces)
  • Waterproof Lantern


QuikClot Advanced Clotting Sponge – Quikclot is a chemically inert material that speeds coagulation of blood, resulting in a stable clot that stops bleeding. The quikclot zeolite beads are contained in a sterile, non-adherent mesh bag so that it can be easily applied by anyone and also easily and cleanly removed from the wound by professional medical providers. Quikclot is safe to use and is a low heat formula that will not burn the skin. Leave quikclot in place until more advanced medical help arrives.

  • Stop bleeding fast
  • Keep wounds clean
X-cords Paracord Carabiner – Stainless steel Carabiner multi survival tool with smooth rolling pulley, to get your gear where you need it.

  • Fits all Paracord -550-750-850
  • Smooth roller pulley provides a mechanical advantage
American Red Cross Hand Turbine AM/FM Weather Radio and LED Flashlight – The American Red Cross FRX1 is a rechargeable hand turbine AM, FM and weather radio, complete with LED flashlight and glow-in-the dark lining to easily find at night or during a power outage. There is also an option for AC power with the DC-input (mini-USB) and headphone output for individual listening. Save yourself in times of need with the FRX1.

  • Receives AM/FM/Weather band
  • Hand Turbine power
  • LED flashlight
  • Headphone jack
  • Glow in the dark locator
Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System – The Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System removes a minimum 99.99999% of waterborne bacteria and surpasses EPA standards for water filters. It also removes a minimum 99.9999% of waterborne protozoan parasites and filters to an amazing 0.1 microns.

  • The Sawyer Mini 128 is ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel and emergency preparedness
  • High performance filter fits in the palm of your hand, weighs 2 ounces and filters up to 100,000 gallons (378,541.00 liters) – 30 times more than comparable filters
  • Attaches to included drinking pouch, standard disposable water bottles, hydration packs, or use the straw to drink directly from your water source
  • Removes 7 log (99.99999%) of all bacteria and 6 log (99.9999%) of all protozoa
  • Sawyer’s certified 0.1 micron absolute filter removes bacteria and protozoa at a higher rate than accepted EPA guidelines


Berkey Sport Bottle Portable Water Purifier – Perfect for the frequent traveler or outdoorsman. Eliminates or Reduces up to 99.9% of:

  • Unpleasant taste and odors,
  • cloudiness, silt, sediment and chlorine
    Toxic chemicals: Trihalomethanes, VOCs, detergents, pesticides, etc
  • Harmful microscopic pathogens: Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E-coli >99.99999% and other pathogenic bacteria
  • Heavy metals: Aluminum, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Lead, and Mercury
LifeStraw I’ve bought these for many of the preppers in my family and friends. The LifeStraw Removes a minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria and surpasses EPA standards for water filters. It also removes a minimum 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites and filters to an amazing 0.2 microns. Filters up to 264.172 gallons (1000 liters) of contaminated water WITHOUT iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals. The LifeStraw comes in a sealed bag, perfect for storing for emergencies.

  • Ideal for outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, scouting, domestic and international travel and emergency preparedness
  • High performance filter filters up to 264.172 gallons (1000 liters)
  • Removes a minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria
  • Removes a minimum 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites


Book Diversion Safe – Hiding valuables and preparedness supplies in plain site.

  • Diversion Safes are made from the actual cans or books themselves, so they blend in perfectly!
  • Open book to reveal a secret storage compartment
  • Hidden Compartment is 6.5-by-4-by-1-inches deep
  • Perfect for home, office, school, travel, RV’s, and boats
  • Hide your passports, currency, documents, jewelry, account numbers, credit cards, and keepsakes

These are perfect for the preppers, secret agents, or friends on your list!

Liquid Wrench Diversion Can Safe – Hiding valuables and preparedness supplies in plain site.

  • Diversion Safes are typically made from the actual cans or books themselves, so they blend in perfectly!
  • Screw off bottom
  • Practical gift for any occasion
  • Perfect for Home Office School Travel RV’s and Boats
  • The best place to hide anything is in plain sight

These are perfect for the mechanics, handyman, preppers, secret agents, or friends on your list!

Inova Microlight Sts Flashlight aka:(The Nite Ize Micro Light STS)
  • Features dual electrode capacitive sensing technology, which they call “Swipe-To-Shine”. This means that you have to swipe your finger across the capacitive sensor on the Micro light to turn it on or off, or to activate it’s 4 Functions
  • 4 Functions: High Power, Variable Dim, Low Power & Strobe.
Energizer Weatheready 360 Degree LED Area Lantern

  • Three-mode – Modes include 55-lumen white high, 28-lumen white low, and amber nightlight
  • Dual battery options – Runs on three AA or three D batteries (three AA Energizer Max Alkaline batteries included)
  • Glow in the dark push button switch
  • Fold out hanging hook on underside/bottom
  • Waterproof (to one meter)

Run times with three AA Energizer Max Alkaline Batteries: High Mode–29 hours, Low Mode–58 hours
Run times with three D Energizer Max Alkaline batteries: High Mode–195 hours, Low Mode–380 hours

 Pak-Lite 9V LED Flashlight – The Pak-Lite snaps on top of a 9v battery. The two white LED bulbs provide plenty of light to walk and run by at night. When you turn the switch off, the Glow-In-The-Dark plastic cap aids in locating it for the next 6+ hours. The Pak-Lite comes equipped with a 9v Standard Battery, which will give you 20+ hours of light. If you need a longer burn time, simply un-snap the Pak-Lite and snap it onto a Duracell Alkaline or an Ultralife Lithium 9v battery (extra batteries sold separately).

  • Two White LED Bulbs (10,000 hour rating)
  • Burn Time: 20+ hours (Alkaline=30 hours, Lithium=80 hours)
  • Bright & Off Modes
  • 6+ hour Glow-in-the-dark Cap
  • Total Weight: 1.5oz with Battery
  • 9v Standard Battery Included
  • 5-years limited warranty

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Under $50

LuminAID PackLite 16 Inflatable Solar Light – The new PackLite 16 is made out of a thick and durable TPU (PVC-free) material. The PackLite 16 provides up to 16 hours of LED light and can be easily recharged in the sun, ideal for recreational use outdoors or in the home as an extra light source. It has two extra-bright multi-chip LEDs that provide up to 45 lumens of light and a 32+ hour flashing mode. The PackLite 16 folds up into a compact, portable size that is easy to clip to your backpack to charge on-the-go or store in your emergency kit. The durable and weather-resistant TPU material (100% PVC-free) inflates to diffuse the LED light and create a lantern. The PackLite 16 will easily light up a 125 square feet space. Tuck it away in your first-aid kit or hook it on your backpack for your next adventure

  • Updated version of the original LuminAID Solar Light
  • Provides up to 16 hours of light on a single charge
  • 32+ hour emergency flash setting
  • Packs flat for easy storage and charging, weighing 2.9oz
  • Waterproof up to 1 meter deep (FL 1 STANDARD IPX-7) and can float
BaoFeng Dual-Band Ham Two-Way Radio – Awesome multi-purpose radio!

Solar 11-in-1 Battery Charger – This high powered solar charger charges two Rechargeable Batteries of the same type and size (D, C, AA, AAA). This is the most versatile battery charger available on the market today.Its in-built meter shows you the following conditions: strength of the sun, strength of the current out-put from the solar panel, time required to fully charge the different types of batteries

  • Built-in blocking diode to prevent reverse flow of electricity from charged batteries during storage
  • The solar panel is incorporated into the hinged cover which can be angled for maximum sun exposure.
  • Charges “D,” “C,” “AA,” and “AAA” size batteries
  • Polycarbonate transparent cover makes the charger weather resistant
  • environmentally safe, cost efficient and trouble free
  • This charger is an ideal gadget for camping, fishing, boating, and picnics. It is equally suitable for home use.
Exotac nanoSTRIKER Ferrocerium Fire Starter – The nanoSTRIKER is a high quality, ultra-small and completely self-contained waterproof fire starter. Sacrificing neither form nor function, its unique all-in-one design puts all the tools you need to start a fire into one tiny package. To top it off, the rods are replaceable and the striker is ultra-sharp tungsten carbide. Ferrocerium fire starters work best with tinder materials that contain large surface areas: dry grasses, wood shavings, cotton balls, dry leaves, clothing lint, etc. Using a tinder material of your choosing, create a loose tinder bundle to catch the sparks from the ferro rod. Wrap the included lanyard around a few fingers to secure the striker handle. Holding the striking tool at an angle, use moderate pressure to quickly scrape the rod. The striker should be carving material off the ferrocerium rod.

  • Ultra-portable for key ring, pocket and neck carry
  • Replaceable 3/16″ Ferrocerium rod works when wet
  • Up to 1000 fire-starting strikes
  • Collapsible self-contained waterproof fire starter
  • Machined in the USA from 6061 aluminum
Condor Recon Chest Rig (Tan) – The Condor Recon chest rig comes with three BUILT IN stacker Kangaroo-type mag pouch, will hold six M4 mag and six pistol mag. -Swivel Lockster – Swivel Push-Button release buckle. -Padded cross-back shoulder strap with webbing and D-ring. -Additional mesh pocket on the back. -Two open-top mag pouch. (one on each side)

  • Six M4 mag
  • Six pistol mag pouches
  • Swivel Push-Button release buckle
  • Padded cross-back shoulder strap
Estwing E45A Campers Axe Metal Handle – For felling, trimming trees and or splitting wood, notching timbers, driving wooden or plastic stakes. Forged one-piece solid steel construction to eliminate loose heads Nylon vinyl deep cushion grips bonded to steel handle for comfort and durability. Since 1923, the Estwing family and its employees have taken pride in designing and manufacturing the world’s most durable, comfortable and attractive striking and struck tools. All claw hammers, axes, specialty tools and pry bars are manufactured to the highest possible standards and offer a true value to both tradesmen and craftsmen alike.

  • Estwing campers steel axe with metal handle and nylon vinyl shock reduction grip
  • Intended for felling trees, trimming trees, splitting wood, notching timbers and driving wooden or plastic stakes
  • The 4-Inch cutting edge makes deeper faster cuts and easier chopping
  • Includes embossed leather sheath
  • 26-Inch approximate overall length at 4.3-Pound
Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel with Hardwood Handle – A shovel that can be used as a shovel, a hatchet, or a weapon. The Special Forces Shovel is modeled after the original Soviet Spetznaz shovel. The Spetznaz soldiers made up the most elite unit in the Soviet Army (The U.S. equivalent would be our Green Berets).

  • The shovel head and socket are forged from medium carbon steel, then heat treated for maximum strength.
  • The edges come sharpened to a utility/axe edge that can easily be improved to razor sharpness.
  • Handle replacement is simple. The handle is held on with 2 screws. That’s right, screws. not rivets. Since Cold Steel used screws, you can change the handle out with a longer one (or a stick) to compensate for numerous other purposes.
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The Cold Steel Shovel has so many uses and this is the shovel that lives in my EDC automobile kits, in all my family vehicles! I bought a few of these, last year, for some of my special family members. Over the past year, I’ve seen these shovels in the vehicles, of everyone I gifted them too!

Mr. Beams MB470 UltraBright LED Lantern51e9M2muTVL

  • 260 lumen – Two light modes; Bright and Dim.
  • Powered by 4 D-cell batteries.
  • 30 hrs of light on one set of batteries.
  • USB battery backup charging port allows you to charge a smartphone or mobile device.
  • Auto shut-off feature turns this LED lantern off automatically after 60 minutes.
  • Fold out hanging hook on underside/bottom
  • Cover is removable, to act as a super-bright flashlight (or an overhead light)
  • Weatherproof and water-resistant for use indoors and outdoors.


Casio Men’s Solar Sport Combination Watch – Another watch powered by light itself!

  • Never change a battery again (20 years anyway, according to manufacturers sites)!
  • With its solar-power capabilities, multi-lingual day display, and myriad functions, this rugged Casio watch is suited for the world traveler.
  • Features alarm, world time (48 cities), LED light, multi-lingual day display, five alarms, stopwatch, and countdown timers
  • Japanese Quartz movement with analog and digital displays
  • Protective mineral crystal dial window
  • Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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Casio Women’s Tough Solar Watch – Yet another watch powered by light itself!

  • Never change a battery again (20 years anyway, according to manufacturers sites)!
  • Tough solar powered; LED light; World time
  • 1/100th second stopwatch with 120 lap memory
  • Countdown timer; 12/24 hour formats
  • 5 alarms
  • Water resistant to 165 feet (50 M): suitable for swimming and showering
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Instapark 10 Watt Solar Panel Portable Solar Charger – This solar charger has Dual USB Ports for iPhone, iPad & all other USB Compatible Devices. It also has handy loops for lashing it to trees or your backpack, while on the go!

  • 10 Watt high-efficiency solar panel with foldable design offers excellent portability, ideal for emergency preparedness, backpacking, camping and other outdoor activities
  • Built-in dual USB charging ports for directly plugging in iPhone, iPad and other USB compatible mobile devices
  • No additional battery needed for charging external devices, 100% green energy with zero carbon footprint
  • handy loops for lashing it to trees or your backpack, while on the go!
  • Measures only 9 X 6 X 2 inches and weighs less than 0.9 lb
Instapark 10W Mono-crystalline Solar Panel with 12V Solar Charge Controller – If you have a prepper who wants to get into solar, this is your starter kit. All you need to add is a 12v battery and an inverter and you have solar power!

  • Power (Pmax) : 10W
  • Maximum power voltage ( Vpm ) : 17.5V ;Maximum Power Current: 0.57A
  • Cable lengths : 3.0′
  • Open circuit voltage ( Voc ) : 21.95V
  • Charge controller prevents overcharging of 12-volt batteries
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 Cold Steel Trench Hawk Axe – The Trench Hawk may well be the perfect antidote to the raw terror of eyeball to eyeball combat in the confined spaces of a trench, bunker, alley or narrow hallway. All it takes is one stroke from either the vicious cutting edge or its brutal wedge shaped spike to end the fight! The handle of the Trench Hawk is highly resistant to shock and impact and will withstand abuse that would easily break even a tough hickory handle. The handle is easily and inexpensively replaced when it’s finally worn out or broken from repeated throwing (NOTE: any handle can, and will, break eventually).

  • Hawk Length: 8 3/4″
  • Handle: Polypropylene
  • Overall Length: 19″
  • Steel: Drop Forged 1055 Carbon
  • Primary Edge: 3 1/2″
  • Break out of confined spaces like a trench, bunker, alley or narrow hallway
  • 3-1/2-inch cutting edge and wedge-shaped spike

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Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife – This is a rugged knife, designed for the challenges of outdoor activities. If I’m camping or hiking, this is the knife I have with me!

  • Fixed blade knife with drop point shape and 20-degree edge angle
  • Blade made of 1095 cro-van steel blade for strength
  • Handle made of Grivory material
  • Blade measures 5.5 inches long; knife measures 10.5 inches long and 1/4″ thick!
  • Limited lifetime warranty
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Voodoo Tactical Tactical Chest Rig (Army Digital)

  • Pistol Mag pouches
  • Rilfe Mag pouches
  • Load bearing design
  • Carry all your tactical gear in easy reach!
Kelly Kettle Small Aluminum Trekker Cook Stove – The Kelly Kettle is a hollow wall volcano stove. Which means that all the water is inside the walls of the stove itself. It’s very efficient because all the heat goes up through the chimney and heats your water, very very quickly. If you’re looking to purify some water by boiling, this model can do 17 oz at a time, very quickly. There are larger models available.

  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Trekker holds 17 fl. oz. of water (2.1 Cups)
  • 12 inches tall, weighs only 1.3 pounds – Comes in a handy carrying bag
  • No need to buy bulky, expensive fuel canisters. Kelly Kettles use natural occuring fuels such as sticks and dry grass etc. Kelly Kettles are Ultra Lite and Ultra Fast for boiling water
  • Can be transported on any airlines
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There is the Small Trekker model. Kelly Kettles come in various sizes from this small one person Trekker, model all the way up to large family and base camp sizes.

Grand Trunk Single Parachute Nylon Hammock – Parachute Nylon Single Hammock—The grandfather of hammocks! Weighs in at 1lb and provides the ultimate comfort in portable hammocks. At over 10 feet long and 5 feet wide our SH is the portable hammock you’ve been looking for. No other single parachute nylon hammock offers the same amount of bed space as Grand Trunk. Comes complete with everything you need to use and sets up in less than a minute. Holds up to 400 lbs, making the SH one of the biggest, softest and strongest hammocks we offer.

  • Single: Weight: 16 oz.
  • Dimensions: 10.5′ x 5′
  • Weight Capacity 400lbs.
  • Add a tarp or rainfly to create your own comfortable camping shelter.
Grand Trunk Skeeter Beeter Pro Hammock – If you were to wander through the woods near my home, there would be a very good chance that you’d find this setup near my camp. I use this all year round. It’s perfect for “stealth camping” out in the wilds (if you use a natural color tarp or rainfly).

  • 100% Nylon
  • Grey No-See-Um mosquito netting hangs overhead and away from your face so you can still read a book or sip a drink without feeling claustrophobic
  • Just sit in the hammock and zip yourself in with the double-sided zipper
  • If the coast is clear and you dont need the mosquito netting, just flip the hammock over and sit or recline on it as a normal hammock
  • Triple-stitched reinforcements on the mesh and fabric boost the hammocks strength
  • Weight Capacity 400lbs
  • Add a tarp or rainfly to create your own comfortable camping shelter.
 Carson MiniAura Digital Night Vision Monocular (NV-200) – Say goodbye to night vision devices with image intensifier tubes that burnout over time. The Mini Aura is a 100% digital night vision monocular that won’t ever burn out. It boasts a 19-degree angle of view and provides visibility up to 82 feet in total darkness. The Mini Aura is compact and lightweight and can fit in your pocket. It can be used in ambient light or total darkness.

  • Completely Digital (Images appear in a crisp Black and White)
  • 19 Degree Angle of View and See Up to 82 Feet In Total Darkness
  • Extremely Compact – Dimensions: 2.6” x 2.2”x 2.2”
  • Lightweight – Weight: 3.4 oz.
  • Infrared Intensity Can Be Easily Adjusted With the Push Of A Button
  • Included with Carrying Pouch and Wrist Strap
  • Uses 3 AAA Batteries (Not Included)
  • One Year Limited Warranty

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StoveTec Deluxe 1 Door Stove (Wood & Biomass Fuel Options) – The StoveTec Deluxe 1 Door Rocket Stove burns wood or biomass. It is durable, easy to operate, safe to use, and long lasting. Stove includes the fuel shelf and upgraded adjustable pot skirt for boiling. These stoves are designed to be used for cooking outdoors.

  • Insulative, abrasion-resistant fire chamber with refractory metal liner to increase durability
  • Thick Cast iron stove top with 6 pot supports
  • Adjustable galvanized steel pot skirt
  • Stick support
  • thick tile floor
  • Heat Resistant Plastic and Steel Handles Model
  • Dimensions: Stove D-11 in H-12 1/2
Chef’s Banquet All-purpose Readiness Kit 1 Month Food Storage Supply (330 Servings) – A bucket of emergency foods. Great gift for your family members who may not prep. If they really don’t prep, you can keep it at your house, so when they show up after SHTF, you’ve got them covered 😉

  • Each ARK contains the following: 330 Total Servings – 2,100 calories/day for 30 days
  • Delicious just-add-water meals
  • Easy to open zip-seal Metalite foil pouches, Oxygen absorber in every pouch
  • Easily Transportable 6 gallon bucket
  • Shelf Life – Up to 20 years – if stored in a dry, cool environment
  • No High Fructose Corn-Syrup
  • Net Weight: 23 lb 13 oz
  • No MSG
Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Canvas Strap Watch – Its a watch powered by light itself!

  • Never change a battery again (20 years anyway, according to manufacturers sites)!
  • Canvas strap with leather lining and metal-lined sizing grommets
  • Japanese quartz movement with analog display
  • Mineral dial window and brushed stainless steel case
  • Charges in natural or indoor light, day and date calendar, and luminous hands and indices
  • Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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The Kelly Kettle is a hollow wall volcano stove. Which means that all the water is inside the walls of the stove itself. It’s very efficient because all the heat goes up through the chimney and heats your water, very very quickly. If you’re looking to purify some water by boiling, this base camp model can do 50.7 oz at a time, very quickly. This is one of the largest models available.POST:
Citizen Women’s Eco-Drive Promaster Diver Watch – A women’s watch powered by light itself!

  • Never change a battery again (20 years anyway, according to manufacturers sites)!
  • Eco-drive
  • Iso certified dive watch
  • Black ion plated stainless steel case with orange rubber strap
  • Mineral glass crystal
  • Water resistant to 990 feet (300 M):suitable for scuba diving to a depth of 30 meters for up to 2 hours
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Seiko Men’s Adventure-Solar Classic Casual Watch – Its a watch powered by light itself!

  • Never change a battery again (20 years anyway, according to manufacturers sites)!
  • Classic brown leather strap, high-tech solar-powered watch featuring a compass dial and a classic polished stainless steel case.
  • Japanese quartz movement with analog display, LumiBrite watch
  • Protective Hardlex crystal dial window
  • Features include alarm chronograph, curved hardlex crystal with inner rotating ring
  • Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M): suitable for snorkeling, as well as swimming, but not diving
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Intex Excursion 5 Boat – Bridges are natural choke points. They are the perfect place for bad guys, to ambush families that are heading out of dodge! Help your preppers avoid these choke points in with a boat!

  • 3 air chambers including an auxiliary air chamber in hull for extra buoyancy
  • Boston valve on two main hull chambers for quick-fill & fast-deflate
  • All around grab line
  • Inflatable I-Beam floor for comfort and rigidity
  • Has 2 welded oar locks on each side
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Still no luck? For the prepper who has everything, you can check to see if they need something from our Overlooked Bug Out Bag essentials post.

If you still haven’t found that perfect gift your favorite prepper (or outdoors loving friend), you may want to peruse our shop, the Geek Prepper Bazaar.

Holiday shopping for your Preppers can be fun and educational, read learn and shop. Happy Holidays, Friends!



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Terrorism, Urban Unrest and You

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With the recent events in Europe I have been a bit worried. Our borders are not secure and there are almost surely some bad people inside American. Also the potential for some sort of ‘black lives matter’ type flash riot is there. Who knows.

So what am I tangibly doing differently?

In my sleepy little small town western central Louisiana life I am not doing anything differently.  Terrorism or whatever is not a concern here. My risk of being involved in something beyond normal crime is very low.

However when I travel to a bigger town I am doing things a bit differently. For Thanksgiving I went to visit my sister in greater Houston. Like always I had my trusty get home bag and Glock 19. I did intentionally fill up (Houston is a half talk away) before going to my sisters place. I also brought my fighting load and  my AR-15 with 7 magazines.

In the not so distant future I would like to get a dedicated vehicle gun. A budget AR or AK would fit the bill. I think an AK with a folding stock would be ideal as it would fit in a gym bag for discrete transportation. Also 7.62×39 does better with vehicles which is a consideration. That being said an M4 style AR will fit in a tennis racket bag. Paul Howe has a set up like that which is pretty handy. I will probably get whichever I can find a deal on.

What changes have you made based on recent events?

Name One Good Leader

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Below is copied from “Thoughts from Frank and Ferns” blog. I follow their blog and find them two of the smartest blogging people out there. Check them out. Today they posted “Name One Good Leader”. After reading, you’ll probably come to the conclusion we as a country are in deep and irreversible trouble.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Frank and I were having a discussion over lunch today involving the immigrant invasion in Europe. Frank asked me how the leaders of these countries could continue to make such poor decisions. Decisions that will ultimately lead to the demise of their countries and populations. My response? Name one good leader of one country in the world. We couldn’t think of any.

Name one leader that is making sound financial decisions.

Name one leader that is protecting the rights and freedoms of the citizens.

Name one country that is making decisions that are boosting free enterprise and the independent businessman.

Name one country that is providing healthy food that is not laced with pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers and GMO poison producing seeds.

Name one country that has enough jobs.

Name one country that has maintained it’s infrastructure so that it can withstand the onslaught of population growth.

Name one country that can produce enough food to feed it’s people.

Name one country that can withstand a major cyber attack of it’s electrical grid, financial institutions or military infrastructure.

Name one country that gets along with all the other countries.

Name one leader that is not a power hungry, control freak.

Name one country where the freedom of the people has increased instead of decreased over the last decade.

Name one country where bigotry and hatred has not increased over the last few years.

Name one country where privacy has not been given away in the name of protection and security.

Name one country where the leaders have not done all in their power to disarm the populace.

Name one country where the government doesn’t have an us against them (the people) attitude.

Name one………..

I wish we could.

Where does this leave us? We have yet to find out, but it won’t be long. It really doesn’t matter who the leaders are anymore. They all belong to the same club, drive the same cars, eat the same food and spout the same mantra. Some of them try to put their own special, personal twist on the message, but it’s all the same. Everything else is a distraction. You have to dig down really deep to get beyond all of the everyday lies and deception to see what is happening to the world. What you uncover is unbelievable, gets worse every minute of every day, and unfortunately, there is nothing we can do but watch it unfold and try to prepare for a survival scenario of unknown origin. Don’t be fooled by the stupidity and distractions placed before you. Keep your wits about you or this thing that is coming will devour you. Don’t get on the truck.

Until next time – Fern

Sunday Prepper Bible Study- How to Pray and Who to Pray to

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Stained glass window of the Assumption of Mary, St. Mary Cathedral, Trenton.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 

Matthew 6:9-13

In the Lords Prayer, Jesus instructs us how to pray. Notice that he says to pray in this manner, not to pray the exact words. In fact, just to be clear, Jesus warns us not to pray with vain repetitions in verse 7. The basic outline for prayer is that we begin by praying directly to our Father. If we can go straight to the source, why would we bother with going through a middle man such as a priest or saints? We’ll talk more about that later. Next, Jesus instructs us to recognize God’s holiness, hollowed be thy name. Then, we recognize his sovereignty, thy will be done. Once we’ve done that, then we may ask for provision, give us this day. I’m guilty of skipping straight to asking for provision or help, especially when it’s a pressing matter, but it’s important to make a conscious effort to recognize who you’re speaking to. Finally, we need to keep a short account with God by asking him to forgive us and to give us his heart so we can forgive others. And finally, we ask for strength to overcome the temptations of life which we all face.

Can we go to Mary to mediate between us and the Father? The Bible is crystal clear on this issue. 1 Timothy 2:5 says “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Mary was surely a very virtuous woman, to be chosen as the vessel which God would use to send his son to earth, but no where in scripture can we find instructions to pray to her. I realize that Jesus first miracle was done at his mother’s request, but that is not justification for defying 1 Timothy 2:5 by praying to her.

Likewise, no where in scripture can we find justification nor instruction to pray to saints. On the contrary, God strictly forbids speaking to the dead. At the end of his reign, King Saul was in a terrible mess and desperately needed the counsel of Samuel, the prophet who had died some time earlier. Saul’s solution was to visit a medium who summoned Samuel from the grave. Samuel came up to deliver a message to Saul, but it wasn’t what he wanted to hear. Samuel told him that he would soon be joining him in the grave.

So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it;  And enquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse. 1 Corinthians 10:13-14

Jesus gave us specific instructions on how to pray. In this day and age, we certainly need our prayers to be heard, so my hope is that you’ll continue to study the Bible and learn more about being an effective prayer warrior.

Come back every Sunday for a new Prepper Bible Study! The most important prep of all is knowing GOD. Jesus said “what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet loses his own soul?” Prepper translation: “What good will it do you to survive the coming economic collapse, nuclear war or even a zombie apocalypse if you don’t know you will go to heaven when you die.” A recent study found that 10 out of 10 people die! On that day we will meet our Maker. It only makes sense to be prepared for that day. Click here to learn more about knowing GOD.

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!



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A Quick and Easy Emergency Meal

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emergency mealWell, everyone I hope that you’re full of turkey and all the trimmings and looking forward to Christmas and are not having to eat my emergency meal..

As you all might know, Howard was in the hospital for a few days. But he is on the mend and looking forward to writing his blog again. Why’l he was in the hospital he keep saying that it was a good experience for writing his blog. Now am sure you will hear more about it soon.

Now my experience in a hospital was less than thrilling, my mind keep going to the fact of what if…we were in an emergency situation and there were no hospitals? We would have to deal with not knowing what he had or if he should be kept away from everyone in case of contamination.

Meningitis in any form is dangerous but how do you treat it without all the antibiotics they were giving him. I was very thankful for all the Doctors  and Nurses that helped get him well. Our emergency Doctor suspected he might have it so started him on the meds 8 hours before the final spinal tap was done.

With my family coming to dinner I was thinking about what I would serve them if we had a real emergency and had to make do with what we had. Am sure the garden would have vegetables and we have dehydrated meat so I would make a vegetable casserole. Try this emergency meal recipe anytime.

  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 cups diced, canned tomatoes with juice
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet basil
  • 3 1/2 cups cooked brown rice or whole grain pasta
  • Freeze dried meats are optional

Simmer first 5 ingredients in a small amount of water until tender. Add remaining ingredients, except rice, and simmer 30-60 minutes. Remove bay leaf and serve over brown rice or pasta.

For “Sloppy Joe,” add Bulgur Wheat to sauce and serve over open-faced buns.  Not the most gourmet recipe, but it would be healthy and filling in an emergency.

Preparedness mon

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Survival Medicine Hour: Nosebleeds, Flu Vaccines, Natural Diabetes Remedies, More

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Last year’s vaccine was 20% effective, is next year’s any different?


What do you know about FLUAD, the latest flu vaccine? How is it different from older versions? Also, are there any natural remedies that might have a beneficial effect on diabetes (more than you think)? Joe Alton, MD discusses these topics plus using Afrin for nosebleeds, and how to approach head trauma. All this and more on Amy and Joe Alton’s Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour.


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Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,


Joe and Amy Alton


Hey, looking for a Christmas present for that older child or prepper in your family? Check out our board game Doom and Bloom’s SURVIVAL!, a great way to get the whole family together  and have a fun family game night!


Using Alpaca & Wool For Warmth & Survival On The Homestead

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Warmth For The HomesteadThere is something to be said about the warmth and comfort of a wool, alpaca and natural fibers, right?  Wool is an amazing God-given resource that repels water, is amazingly warm and extremely durable.  We have a lot of varying wool products on our homestead such as socks, blankets, sweaters, gloves and mittens, pants, skirts, […]

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33 Items An EMP or CME Will Not Affect

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By: Tom Chatham The threat of a massive CME or human initiated EMP that takes down most of the electrical devices we depend on has become more of a threat to modern survival than ever before. Modern man has become so dependant on technology that the loss of it can have sudden and catastrophic consequences […]

How To Live Without Electricity – Part II

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We are a generation that was born on innovation and in a short period of time we became addicted to all the electronic devices that are part of our daily lives. The Internet, the cell phones and our personal computer are all devices that control us and we can’t function properly without them. All these … Read more…

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Survival Saturday – Nov. 28, 2015

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This week, Survival Saturday focuses on travel. In news links, you will find some articles about cold weather survival and we’ll discuss some troubling world events that occurred over the past 7 days.

This Week’s Products

We did some traveling by air this week. We braved the ridiculous TSA lines (shown below) with a couple of items I always take with me. You aren’t really allowed to take much in the way of survival gear on a plane with you, but a couple of carefully chosen items always make it through the checkpoints.

TSA line

I never travel without a Sawyer Mini water filter. It’s very small and you can pick up a water bottle once you get past the checkpoint to use it with. This compact little gadget removes 99.99% of all bacteria and viruses, so you can make nearly any water safe with it.

The second thing I take is a ball of yarn and this little pair of scissors. According to the TSA website, “Scissors with blades smaller than 4 inches may be placed in carry-on baggage.” I stick them in a ball of yarn, along with a crochet hook, to justify their presence. I have traveled many times with those scissors and never had them questioned. If our plane were to crash and I ended up on a deserted island like Tom Hanks, I have high hopes that I’d be able to pierce my life-saving coconut with them.

This Week in Preparedness

Traveling abroad isn’t the joyful adventure it used to be. The US State Department has issued a warning that a drastic increase in terror threats make it unsafe to leave the country.

What really happened with the downed Russian plane over Turkey? According to some physicists from Belgium, neither the Russian account nor the story from Turkish officials could possibly be true. If these folks are actually going to cause WW3, it sure would be nice to know what actually occurred.

A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Liberia, which had recently proclaimed that the small country was Ebola-free. For the second time. The threat of Ebola remains very real.

With yesterday’s Black Friday madness, American shoppers proved that things aren’t that sunny here at home. They sunk to new lows as they brawled over items like vegetable steamers and athletic shoes.  I assembled the worst of the worst in one place – here’s 2015’s Black Friday Hall of Shame.

Post-disaster, scavenging needed items from abandoned property could be important to your survival. If people have abandoned their vehicles and taken off on foot, a treasure trove of supplies could be left behind, including these 13 items that are commonly found in cars.

I love making homemade skin care products. Every year, I make a supply for my daughters. I found some new, natural DIY recipes that we’re going to have to try out for this year’s stocking stuffers. It’s nice to find alternatives to the chemical-laden products at the drugstore.

Winter is upon us. As temperatures drop, it’s important to think about outdoor survival. What would you do if you were stranded without shelter? Here are three ways to build a survival shelter to protect yourself from the elements.


Who is the alarming front-runner to represent the Republicans in the upcoming presidential election? According to a poll by Reuters, it’s Donald Trump, and not by a small margin either. While it’s nice that he has enough money that he probably can’t be bought off by special interests, has anyone considered the fact that he is short-tempered and brash and will have the access codes to the nukes?

The energy industry in the United States is near the point of failure. Wouldn’t it be mind-blowing if the much-anticipated TEOTWAWKI event turned out to be the bankruptcy of the power companies?

The Bookshelf

This week, I actually got to read fiction. (YAY!) I hardly ever have time for that, but since we were traveling by air, I had two days to read for pure pleasure.

On the way to our destination, I read One Year After by William Forschten.  Forschen is the author of one of the most influential pieces of prepper fiction ever to be published, One Second After (which is one of my favorite books ever and an absolute must-read for preppers). One Year After is the sequel, which. clearly, picks up a year after the EMP that took out the power grids across the United States. The new enemy is one from within, and life without the constant access to news and information makes it a lot more difficult to determine truth and motives. I enjoyed the book, but it does start out a bit more slowly than One Second After, which was riveting from the beginning. By the end, though, I couldn’t wait to turn each page.

airplane reading

On our return flight, I got to read Enforcing Home, the latest installment in the A. American Survivalist Series. (You can read my review of the series HERE.) I’m completely hooked on this series, and this was no exception. I couldn’t stop reading it, and even stood there waiting for luggage with my nose in the book so that I could voraciously read the last few pages. A. American is killing me with these cliffhangers. If you enjoy survival fiction, you will love this series.

Do you have anything to add to Survival Saturday?

Got any news links that we should see this week? Share them in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

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An Outsiders View on Prepping – Things Nobody Talks About

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Roy who much to my amazement, said he composed this article entirely on his iPhone!   In studying everything I can out there, I have noticed a few things that a lot of preppers have not thought about or don’t mention enough. […]

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Prep Blog Review: Why Old Skills Have To Be Revived

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How convenient modern life is! Food and water are pretty easy to find, and there is a solution–but also a cost–for any problem you might have. As long as you have the money and the ignorance to rely on what the big industries provide to the herd, you may rest and wait for your days to pass by. We were born to survive, but prone to forget it.

But we’re not that kind of people! We rely on ourselves to live a good healthy life and survive the crisis. This is how our ancestors did it.

Let’s see what is to be said about old skills that would save our lives one day. We picked four articles to remind you how important is to keep alive what humanity once knew about survival.

  1. How Modern Life Destroys Survival Instinct

How-Modern-Life-Destroys-Survival-Instinct”Our world today would seem magical to our ancestors. Our needs are met almost immediately, we have clean water at the turn of a knob, heat at the push of a button, and light with the flip of a switch. Food is purchased in a box, ready to heat, and a person can prepare a meal in under 6 minutes using the microwave oven that’s a fixture in most modern kitchens.

Our world is clean, convenient, and loaded with abundant resources, things that took significant time and effort to produce in days gone by.”

Read the complete article on Ready Nutrition.

2. The Last Rebels: 25 Things We Did as Kids That Would Get Someone Arrested Today

25-Things-We-Did-as-Kids-That-Would-Get-Someone-Arrested-Today”With all of the ridiculous new regulations, coddling, and societal mores that seem to be the norm these days, it’s a miracle those of us over 30 survived our childhoods.

Here’s the problem with all of this babying: it creates a society of weenies.

There won’t be more more rebels because this generation has been frightened into submission and apathy through a deliberately orchestrated culture of fear. No one will have faced adventure and lived to greatly embroider the story.”

Read the complete article on The Organic Prepper.

3. 12 Off-Grid Ways Your Grandparents Re-Used Old Newspapers (That You Should Try)

waste-paper-1024485_1920-400x289”Over the past couple of decades, Americans has gone crazy for recycling. Most communities have a recycling program, and we feel good about saving our cans, bottles, boxes and newspapers and putting them at our curbs for a weekly pick-up.

But long before the phrase “reduce, reuse and recycle” was ever coined, your grandparents used their old newspapers for a wide variety of tasks.”

Read the complete article on Off the Grid News.

4. 8 Overlooked Survival Skills That Kept The Native Americans Alive

native-americans-1-1024x640”I have a lot of respect for Native Americans — those who populated this land before the first European white man set foot on these shores.

History rarely mentions it, but countless thousands of those Indians were killed by disease and carried in the boats of those early traders. But before that, the American Indian had a thriving culture, in tune with nature and appreciative of the beauty around them.”

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2015-11-28)

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(To hopefully better your mood, here’s a plate of pumpkin pie) This weekly post is open forum (any topic) enabling you to voice your opinions, concerns, questions, and to also let others know what you have done this week for your preparedness. The more who comment, the more ideas that are spread around for the […]

Sharing solar power in Germany

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German battery company launches scheme to sell your surplus solar energy to your neighbour

Sharing Economy goes Solar

BERLIN, Nov 25 (Reuters) – German battery maker Sonnenbatterie has launched a scheme to connect households with solar panels together with their neighbours, and other consumers. the aim is to better distribute surpluses of renewable energy and help members to become more independent of conventional suppliers.

The start-up company hopes the scheme, called “sonnenCommunity”, will boost demand for its batteries which store solar power, allowing owners to use the clean energy even when weather conditions are not favourable.

“SonnenCommunity allows all households that want to determine their energy futures themselves the access to affordable and clean electricity,” said chief executive Christoph Ostermann at the project’s launch on Wednesday.

The initiative comes at a time when battery technology, long seen as expensive, is approaching a point where ordinary householders can afford it.

By storing solar power and releasing it on demand, households can avoid having to buy more expensive poweroff the grid to supplement their production. The batteries could also help solar power households cope with a phasing out of subsidies currently paid when surplus power is sold to public grids.

Sonnenbatterie has sold 8,500 lithium battery units, saying this makes it the European market leader.

Germany has around 25,000 batteries in operation that can store solar power – still a small number given there are around 1.5 million solar production units, mostly located on roofs of family homes – but year-on-year sales are growing rapidly.

U.S. electric vehicle maker Tesla is also looking to enter the market. It plans to start delivering wall-mounted batteries that can store solar power to Germany in early 2016.

SonnenCommunity takes the storage idea a step further, allowing solar power to be shared among its members.

Sonnenbatterie said the scheme would initially target the 1.5 million solar power producers who, if they sign up to the community, will receive a battery storage system with a starting price of 3,599 euros ($3,812). But eventually, the offer will also be open to non-producers, it added.

If the idea of battery-powered buildings takes off, it could pose a challenge to traditional utilities such as RWE and E.ON, which still derive the bulk of their power from big centralised power stations running on fossil fuels.

($1 = 0.9442 euros)

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Here’s The Best Use For Your Old Potting Soil

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Here's The Best Use For Your Old Potting Soil

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We are preparing our gardens and pots for winter now. It seems a waste to throw out depleted potting soil, but is it safe to reuse it? And if so, how? There are a variety of answers and ideas out there, so let’s get started.

First of all, yes, you can reuse old potting soil. But, and this is a big BUT, you need to approach the potting soil reuse knowledgeably. Not all potting soils are created equally, but even those higher quality ones will most likely be nutrient depleted at the end (if not before) of the growing season. Organic potting soils especially may suffer. “In conventional potting soil, synthetic fertilizer can provide most of the food a plant will need for a while, but organic growers must rely on compost, which often doesn’t provide enough nutrients to last long in a pot” writes gardening expert Craig Idlebrook.

If you hope to reuse potting soil for your next growing season, you will need to choose a way to replenish nutrients. One way is to compost. Dump your old potting soil into a bin or pile and add manure (chicken manure in moderation is perhaps one of the best), leaves, grass clippings, coffee grounds and old vegetables. Composting doesn’t work as well over the winter, since decomposition slows down when the temperatures chill. Plan to leave the bin or pile composting over the coming summer.

The Cheap Way To Re-mineralize Your Soil

Here's The Best Use For Your Old Potting Soil

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Or, if you have a method of keeping your bin warmer over the winter, it may be ready in the spring for potting. Some good ways to achieve this are to put a roof over it (to keep the rain and snow from chilling it), block the pile in with walls, and lay a tarp over it. This keeps the pile warmer. Also, make a bigger heap. The inner layers of the pile will continue cooking even in colder temperatures. The bigger the pile, the bigger the inner layers available for springtime use. If you aren’t able to compost, still dump your old potting soil into a bin. In the spring, you can mix the old potting soil with new. There’s no magic formula; some people do half and half. Be prepared to give plants additional food as needed over the summer.

Secondly, when reusing old potting soil, you need to be aware that soil can carry plant diseases, non-wanted seeds and bothersome pests. The longer a soil has been in use, the greater the chances that it contains some plant-harming substances in it. Sometimes leaving your soil out in freezing temperatures over the winter is enough to kill off any unwanted pests. You can also bake your soil or “nuke it” in the microwave. These methods will also kill beneficial bacteria, but the pros can outweigh the cons.

This New All-Natural Fertilizer Doubles Garden Production!

If you wish to take a more relaxed approach toward your soil, you can evaluate each pot at the end of the growing season. If the plant displayed disease, then toss that soil or nuke it. If the plant seemed healthy, then potentially that soil is okay. In the spring, when you begin repotting, use the older potting soil for hardier plants, like some herbs. Use fresh, clean soil for disease-prone plants like tomatoes.

But what if you aren’t interested in reusing the soil for growing? Do you just throw it out? Hardly! An excellent use for old potting soil is for potting plants that you swap with others. The soil only needs to hold a plant secure generally for a short time before it reaches its new home and is planted in the ground, so the nutrient deficiency isn’t noticed by the plan. You can also use old potting soil to fill up potato bins. In the fall, toss your old potting soil into a bin and throw in some manure, shredded leaves and compost. In the spring you’ll have a nice barrel mix for potato growing. Old potting soil can work well in lasagna gardening as well.

I am sure other uses for old potting soil have been discovered, so please share in the comments below. In the meantime, let’s be frugal with our soil and cut down on the cost of outfitting pots next spring! 

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Tips to Stay Healthy This Winter

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Tips on staying healthy this winter @MamaKautz

Get outdoors:

Take up snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Get as much natural Vitamin D as you can.

Boost your immune system:

Look natural ways to boost your immune system and with the seasonal influx of flu and colds there is never a better time to get started. I take natural supplements everyday as well as a protective essential oil blend.

Probiotics also help for good gut health which helps overall health.

Look after your heart:

A diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and garlic is known to lower blood pressure and is used as a treatment for hyper tension. Heart attacks are common in winter months because of snow shoveling and the like.

Keep hydrated:
In the winter, many of us can go all day without even thinking about drinking water. Unlike summer when we are hot and always drinking it. This is a highly unhealthy practice as the change in season makes very little difference in the importance of water to your body. DRINK YOUR WATER!
I add lemon or grapefruit essential oils to mine to give it some flavor. A drop or 2 is all it takes.
I LOVE my HydroFlask water bottle. Keep my ice frozen for a long time.

What would you add for staying healthy?

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My Power Outage Kit – Solar Lantern Giveaway!

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A friend of mine lives in Northern Idaho and recent cold weather and a windstorm had her living without power for six days, news reports say that some people had no power for 10 days!  With the cold weather and storms moving in I’ve had… Read More

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The Survival Buzz #197: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

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Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz as life returns to normal after all of the Black Friday brouhaha yesterday.

I woke up to over 100 so-called deals on my inbox Friday morning and as tempted as I was to let my fingers to the shopping, I did show some restraint and stuck to my monthly prepping budget.  It did help that I had a few unused gift cards in my desk drawer so I was able to take advantage of some of the free shipping offers being featured this weekend.

Anyhow, it is the last Buzz of the month which means my pal Daisy Luther is going to fill in for me.  Today she writes about traveling with the proper mindset, even if that means stepping outside your comfort zone.

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Holiday Traveling with the Survival Mindset

I used to love traveling. Before 9/11. Before terror attacks became a serious cause for worry. Before it cost so much. Before I had a farm to take care of.

Now, it all seems so much more complicated.

There’s a complex set of rules that I have to follow before getting on a plane. And even if I follow those rules, I still have to either submit to a pat down or a body scan. I have to find a reliable person to look after my farm. I have to spend a fraction of the national debt to make the trip because flights have gotten more expensive while offering fewer services. Heck, I learned this week that they don’t even serve those bags of 6 peanuts anymore.

But, sometimes, when family is far away and time is short, you bite the bullet and go anyway. You leave the comforts of home, spend a ton of carefully budgeted money, and you go, because some things are more important.

Last week, we packed our TSA-approved bags and headed to the South for a family wedding and the Thanksgiving holiday. It was too far to make driving feasible, as I would have had to hire someone to stay at my house for a few weeks instead of a few days. And as much as I enjoy staying close to home and having my supplies close at hand, it was well worth it, because family and happiness should always be a priority.

When you live a preparedness lifestyle, it can be so easy to say “no” to being outside of your comfort zone. This, my friends, is the reason that people outside of our lifestyle all think we’re crazy. There is a fine line between embracing life while being prepared, and hiding away on your well-stocked property.

Being a prepper doesn’t mean that you have to become a recluse or refuse to go more than walking distance from your retreat. This year, when getting ready for the holidays, spend some time considering whether you have balance in your preparedness lifestyle. Love your family, experience new things, and take comfort in the fact that, as a prepper, you will be much better equipped to handle what life throws at you, no matter where you are.

Your mindset can’t be disallowed by the TSA and weighs nothing in your luggage. Be prepared, but also be willing to go on an adventure, savor a new experience, and spend time with the ones you love, no matter where they might be.

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving and that you have a joyful season planned for the coming month.

Until next month,

Current Backdoor Survival Giveaways

This week I was a bit late in getting last week’s winners posted so if you have not done so already, check your emails folks.  Also, due to the holiday, there were no giveaways this week.  But no worries, I have some good ones coming up next week.

One other thing that needs to be said.  The “giveaway question” is designed to make you think and if you leave a comment, you earn five entries.  Going forward, if you make no attempt to answer the question, you will be disqualified from earning those five entries. 

Think about it.  Many times the wisdom coming from other readers is far more interesting than anything I could write.  In a way, you might even consider the comments an informal forum – one without all of the spam, abuse, and extra work.

That said, an acceptable comment is “I am new so I don’t know, but you have given me something to think about”.  I think you get the drift so that is all I will say about that.

The Final Word

If the Buzz seems a little sparse these past few weeks it is because I have been putting my energy into thinking through enhancements that will deliver additional information while at the same time stay on topic relative to current preps.

Those of you that have been around for a few years might recall an old “News From Around the Net” feature where I would spotlight interesting and useful articles, and save you from having to dig them out yourself.  Alas, as social media became popular, much of that type of reporting was transitioned over to Facebook, for better or for worse.  The worst part is that even if you are a FB fan (and I understand why many of choose to pass), FB will not always show you the articles.  Frustrating!

So, methinks a better solution is to bring the “news for around the web” feature back to the Survival Buzz.

That is just one of the enhancements coming up as we move toward 2016.  Speaking of which, if anyone knows where 2015 went, please let me know.  It flew by in a blink of the eye!

In closing, how about you?  How was your holiday?  Did you get any preps done?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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10 Pack Mini LED Flashlights

These arrived very quickly; I was surprised.  They are bright and with the included batteries, are a real bargain.  They also come in a rainbow of colors for just a few cents more.  As of this writing, $3.33 with of free shipping.


Bargain Bin:  I frequently emphasis the importance of “Comfort” when it comes to survival.  Whereas being truly comfortable during and following a disruptive event is an oxymoron, here are items that I feel will contribute to our comfort, for better or for worse.  For more ideas, visit 16 Items To Help You Hunker Down in Comfort.

Let’s start with something we can use to brew coffee and move on from there.

Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator: Here is a link to my own percolator.  It is about $20 and without question, it makes great coffee.  I also own this manual coffee grinder and starting using it a couple of weeks ago when my electric grinder went T.U.:  Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill.  Note that whole beans store well when sealed in a Mason Jar (see How to Use a FoodSaver for Vacuum Canning).

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Lodge Logic Cast Iron Pre-Seasoned Drop Biscuit Pan: Biscuits with jam are one of my favorite comfort foods.  This is the pan I purchased for biscuit making and to me, it was worth the cost.  Dorcy LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood Lite The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 22: Having adequate light when the grid is down is another key to comfort.  Don’t let the $20 price lead you to think this wireless flood light is wimpy. I have two of these and feel that these lights are worth double the price.

Coleman Mini Lantern:  You already know that I have a think about flashlights but this is a slightly different take on portable lighting.  It is 7.5 inches tall lantern and weighs just seven ounces, including batteries.  And boy does it give off light.  Inexpensive plus, it is a genuine Coleman.

Mr. Heater Portable “Big Buddy” Heater:  Off course you are going to need a heat-source.  With the Mr. Buddy heater, you can use propane indoors safely.  It features an automatic low-oxygen shut-off system that automatically turns the unit off before carbon monoxide fumes reach dangerous levels in home.  To learn more about propane, read the series Propane for Preppers.

Ticket To Ride: This my favorite board game, bare none.  Family friendly, you will spend hours in front of the fireplace playing Ticket to Ride with your favorite people.  This is worth the splurge.

Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards:  This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out.  Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness kit.

Coloring Books for Grown-Ups:  This is the latest addition to my list of comfort items.  I hope you don’t think I am being silly because there really is something quite relaxing about coloring books. Don’t forget the crayons or Colored Pencils.

Note:  If you prefer to print your own, check out this $2.99 eBook that includes a link to a PDF version for printing on your home printer:  Adult Coloring Book: 40 Relaxing And Stress Relieving Patterns.


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Essential Oils: Deal of the Week

Each week I update a special page with the Spark Naturals item of the week?  You can find it here:  Essential Oils from Spark Naturals – Weekly Deals. Every once in awhile there will be free shipping or a free gift offered as well as a product discount.

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And remember, you can always use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL for an additional 10% off your entire SN order.  When it comes to saving money, every little bit helps.

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Power to make change!

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Power to make change!
Host: James “I Am Liberty

PowerHow weak and powerless are we? There is a phrase that is floating all around the internet on blogs, emails and social media. It’s one that goes usually something like this “Well (insert government program) sucks but I can’t do anything about it.” This is very interesting to me. Its clearly a statement following frustration but just how much time do we put towards ‘doing something about it.’

It takes time and work to change a nation. Work, that in my opinion has been tapering off for a long time. Partly because of the access to cheap and easy entertainment and partly because for the most part our nation has lost sight of the nobility in hard work.

PowerI would like you to take the time over the weekend and budget your time. Take a detailed look at a week long time frame. Separate out your work life, love life, family life. Pull from the week your hobbies and those things that you enjoy doing with your down time. For all the bitching, myself included, you will be surprised at how much effort you put into fortifying this nation. I am just as guilty. I do a twice weekly radio show “I Am Liberty” and I would have to admit less >5 of my energy in a week is put towards bettering what I have spent a week crying about.

Could you imagine how people would look at you if you were exclaiming about your house being on fire, running around red face and screaming but you only dumped water on 5% of the fire. This is how the scenario looks to me.

So the question is what can we do? If we have the time what do we do with it? It will be a show about what we must do and how we can do it. I have a great article to consider as well as other methods to talk about. It’s very important that we understand how much power we do have and the things we can do to change the course of our struggling nation.
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