How to Stock a Prepper Pantry

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 The overall goal of our emergency food pantry is to have a wide array of nutritious foods stored away in order to carry us through an emergency. In my book, The Prepper’s Cookbook, I wrote how firmly I believe in each household having an emergency food pantry. Whether those emergencies are from Mother Nature or if we have hit a rough patch in our lives, having food on hand will be less burdensome and will help free up money for other living expenses. The key is to a well-stocked pantry is to have lots of nutritious shelf stable foods at your disposal. Foods filled with lots of nutrition will carry you farther in an emergency than lots of junk foods.

The Meat and Potatoes of a Prepper Pantry

Over the years, I have made recommendations for the best types of foods to put in your pantry, how to save on emergency food stores by learning how to can and dehydrate your own food sources, as well as provided the best rules to go by when creating an emergency food pantry. Ideally, you want the food you put in those coveted pantry spots to be versatile and serve many uses.

I like to start with shelf stable basics like wheat berries, rice, an assortment of beans, dry milk powder, peanut butter, drink mixes, etc., and then add-on to my pantry with home canned and dehydrated foods. This creates layers of different types of short and long-term food stores and gives me more functionality in my pantry. Having layers of different food sources as coincides with the prepper rule of having back-ups for your back-ups. Here is a shopping list that first-timers can use to get a pantry started. Keep in mind this is for one person. If you have additional family members, use this calculator to add-on appropriately. Another way to add essential vitamins and nutrients to your food supply is to stock up on sprouting seeds. Inside these small biogenic (living) foods lies essential nutrients and vitamins that can assist in providing a good portion one’s daily requirement of nutrients. Sprouts can grow anywhere, during any season, and requires minimal work.

Where To Get Bulk Pantry Foods

As many of you know, preparedness is an investment and doesn’t always come cheap. One of the best places to buy bulk shelf stable foodstuffs that I have found is at the LDS food storage warehouses. I am not Mormon, but this church has opened its doors to non-members in order to create a more prepared community; and I am very thankful for this. I am able to purchase cases of canned beans, rice, dry milk, etc. and it’s already packed and ready for long-term storage. This frees up so much time! Here’s a link to their locations. As well, purchasing the larger, bulkier bags at Sam’s or Walmart is also very economical, but make sure you transfer your food items into long-term storage containers to protect your food investment. As well, don’t forget about storing water or having a way to treat it – this is crucial to survival.

Other Food Pantry Items

As I mentioned earlier, we like to layer our preparedness pantry. I buy meat on sale and freeze or can it for a later date. As well, we stock up on freeze-dried foods. For my family, freeze-dried foods are our last resort. If we run out of our pantry items, and our garden fails, only then do we turn to our freeze-dried food supply. My purpose in this is that I don’t want to solely rely on this type of emergency food source. I’m thankful it has a 25-year shelf life, but there are a lot of preservatives in freeze-dried foods that can cause constipation and stomach upsets. Therefore, I want to have enough of the natural foods my family normally eats before I turn to my freeze-dried foods. In addition, I also have garden seeds on standby so that we can grow a garden immediately if there is a widespread event.

Hopefully, this primer will get you started on your food pantry endeavors. As well, here are some additional articles to help you create a long-lasting and dependable food pantry.

11 Emergency Foods That Last Forever

Five Family Friendly Food Pantry Organizing Tips Anyone Can Do

Prepping With Wheat Allergies

5 Ways to Stretch Your Meals SHTF Style

Food Pantry: Take Care of Your Basic Needs

72 Hours Without This Will Kill You: Survival Water Fundamentals

Those of you who plan to take the first steps toward preparing for emergencies may feel a bit overwhelmed at first. After all, there is a lot of food to choose from at the grocery stores. We all know how confusing it can be getting started and luckily, there are lots of articles from Ready Nutrition and other great prepping websites to help with that.

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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 ReadyNutrition.com for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

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Three things this week

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First thing, as I sit here tonight, sipping herbal tea that tastes like a sugar cookie, it’s quite a different night from last night, for one thing, it’s quiet, all I hear is the hum from the inverter fan and the clicking of my fingers on the keyboard.

Last night, the wind blew, it blew really hard, at some points I wondered how the roof would stay attached. I’m certain we had gusts of near 70 MPH, as I lay in bed watching videos on my tablet, it was loud enough outside that I had trouble hearing the tablet’s tiny speakers. PB was under the SkyCastle, I heard a loud crash on the roof of the bedroom. It sounded big and it sounded as if it broke up into pieces when it hit. We never did figure out what it was, there was no visible damage the next morning and nothing laying around that looked like it could be the thing that hit the roof.

It’s difficult for us to have a fire in the wood stove when it’s that windy, the wind tends to blow the smoke back into the house, fortunately it was a rather warm night, well warmish, I had the windows open but was wearing my cold weather nightwear, 2 layers, thermal underwear and flannel PJs. This morning we discovered new items in the yard, things that blew in from the neighbor’s properties, I found out that some of my neighbor’s didn’t fare as well as we did, one lost a carport, another lost their trampoline. Yet another neighbor wrote on Facebook about how we can’t leave things out like ladders leaning against the building or anything else that can become airborne.

We are supposed to have another couple of high wind days coming up, it hasn’t hit yet, but there are fire dangers because of the wind and how dry it is, a spark is all it would take and we could be in real trouble.

Second thing, work has been picking up, as promised after the first of the year, our bigger merchandising projects are starting to show up. I had been trying to find someone to take one of the two farther towns I travel to each week, Presidio. We have hired several folk over a period of time but none of them seem to work out for very long, this seems to be the type of work you either love or hate.

I learned that the lady who used to work with me expressed an interest in coming back, she wanted Presidio, that is perfect, I can happily hand that town over to her, there will be no training time and no worries about her ability to do the work, it’s a win-win situation. She will either start this week or the following week.

The third and final thing that has happened this week, I spilled a large cup of hot, very sweet coffee on my laptop, bummer! It even had melted marshmallows, they stuck nicely between the G and H keys. My laptop was in hibernate mode, I turned it over, wiped as much as I could out of the keyboard, then made an executive decision, I knew that what was wet was already wet, I was worried about the sticky sweet syrup, after removing the battery, I sprayed water with a spray bottle into the keys, wiping it as it dripped out. I figured it would be better to try to get the sugar liquid out than to let it dry inside.

I let the laptop sit for 3 days, open, upside down, not knowing if it would boot up or not. Fortunately it booted right up, but about half of the keys don’t work, the number pad doesn’t work at all, I’m sitting here typing on an external keyboard that I bought for PB about a year ago. I am going to try taking the laptop apart and see how much I can clean out and if that will work. If it doesn’t, then I suppose it will be time for a new computer…

How was your week? Good I hope, let me know what you did.

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What To Do When “Authority” Comes a Knocking

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This article has been contributed by Anne Marie Duhon. Anne Marie is a wife, mother of six and a full time off-gridder. She and her husband currently live in a totally off grid 200 sq foot “tiny home” and are in search of (again) that elusive perfect spot to call home. Besides being a wife and mother she, and her family, have raised many different animals on their various homesteads and have lived and loved being off the grid and many miles from the nearest paved road. She would like to share her first hand experiences and help others to learn to live and love living off grid and being as self reliant as possible.

Police Knock on Door

Ah, I don’t need to be worrying about THAT! I am a law abiding citizen just minding my own business you think.

RIGHT keep thinking that…

Everyday every one of us breaks several laws and never even knows it. There are over 100,000 laws- federal, state and local- on the books, do you know them all? Doubt it, considering not even cops and lawyers know them all! The only reason we all are not in jail is because of selective enforcement of the laws (remember driving one day and passing 5 cops and none of them pull you over then the sixth one does for a broken tail light- selective enforcement based on the cops mood at the time).

The thing is, authority knows that we do not know all the laws or what our rights are and authority uses it against us. Authority knows that people like us, survivalists, preppers, off gridders, homesteaders whatever you want to call yourself tend to do things a little “differently” and we tend to be a little outspoken and Authority knows given a chance they will find something to use against us. So it is our job to deny them that chance. So what to do?

What authority wants to happen

Authority knocks on your door, and you open it smiling. Police officer, animal control what have you waves a paper in front of you and says
“I am Officer Snatch and this is officer Grab, you are in violation of xxx law (waving paper again) and we are here to take it.

You private citizen say “Oh you caught me. Come on in and take whatever you want”.

Authority will come in and take whatever they came for, take you to jail and while they are at it ransack your home and find many other things to charge you with to make this perfectly worthwhile for them. And if they are feeling mean probably steal a few things from you too knowing that you won’t be able to do a damn thing about it. Later, when your attorney files a motion to suppress the evidence before your trial, the judge will deny the motion on the grounds that you volunteered the evidence to the police. You will then be convicted of being in possession of an “illegal” whatever. And at that point unless you are or have very good friends that are independently wealthy you are screwed.

What you should do when authority comes

There is a knock at the door. Private Citizen DOES NOT open the door but calls through the door. “Who is it?”

The reply: “I am police officer/ animal control/deputy Sheriff/Snatch”

Private Citizen AGAIN THROUGH THE DOOR should reply: “Please go away unless you have a warrant. Please get off my property.”

Now in a perfect world that should do it but of course we do not live in a perfect world. Authority is going to get mad at this point because you did not immediately bow to their wishes. They are going to make threats DO NOT RESPOND, and NEVER no matter what authority says open your door! KEEP SILENT! Do not answer any questions. Just politely say “I refuse to answer any questions without my lawyer present or without a warrant”. If they claim to have a warrant tell them to slip it under the door (if they really had a warrant the door would be gone by now and you would already be in handcuffs).

Things to do/think about before authority shows up

IT is a fact of life now a days that people like us are considered “terrorists”. People who before would have been considered solid old fashioned Americans (72 types of people considered terrorist). And because others chose to think about us as such they are going to fear what they do not understand. What people fear they try to stop by fair means or foul. It is our duty to protect our families and what we have worked for against these people. How?

Know your rights

First and most important KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! Authority wants to and will use our ignorance of our rights against us and once we lose our rights it is very hard to get them back. Know the laws of your area. If you have guns know the gun laws, if you have animals know what the animal laws are in your area. I am not saying you have to agree with them but if you don’t and chose to break the law don’t make it obvious! Many innocent people end up in prison because they did not know their rights.

Keep your mouth shut

Second, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! Do not be telling anyone you raise rabbits in the city to eat or have “assault” weapons in the garage! Do not give anyone any reason to question you about anything. Remember, everything you say can and will be used against you and that does not only apply to when you are talking to the cops.

Other things that can help in dealing with authority

Set up game cameras or closed circuit cameras at all entrances to your property. Have the cameras record and upload directly to the internet for safe keeping of the video. Cops will demand and destroy videos if they know they are being filmed and many a time a cell phone video has gotten someone off trumped up charges!

Fence off and post no trespassing signs on your property. LOCK the gates!

Consider getting a video camera or voice activated recorder and leave it by the front door/gate. Tell authority all interactions will be recorded.

Consider joining a prepaid legal service like Legal Shield or The Calvary Group which is a prepaid legal service for animal owners.

Never allow authority inside your home or to even SEE inside your home. If they can see something questionable in their suspicious minds they will use it for probable cause to get the warrant! This goes for the stuff in your yard that is visible from the road and driveway or the neighbor’s yard. If for some reason you feel the need to speak to the police, step out of your house and shut the door behind you. IF you can lock it all the better!

Make duplicate copies of all important paperwork – deeds, titles, rental agreements, birth certificates, social security cards, adoption records, marriage/divorce records, medical records for ALL family members both two and four legged, business licenses and any other records you deem important. Keep these copies in a secure location besides at your house. You can keep them either in paper format or on a thumb drive and save a copy to an online private site, say email them to yourself so that you or someone you ask can access the copies from anywhere with a computer and your passwords. Never leave your passwords laying around ANYWHERE!

Folks, there is nothing “wrong” with our lifestyle! A hundred years ago EVERYONE lived on a farm, carried guns, stocked up, and minded their own business. Be proud of your ability to care for your family and stand firm in the face of all the “authority” out there! The Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution is short, to the point and written in English. The Fourth Amendment is easy to understand. The Attorney General hopes you don’t understand any of your rights. Don’t let them trick you. If the first one hundred attempts at trickery fail, the government will give up. Don’t be fooled. Learn your rights and exercise them. As long as you keep your questionable activities private and as long as you are polite and respectful, you can keep authority out of your business. Police do not like dealing with well educated, respectful people and will back down in most cases.

Mosquito Bite Prevention: It’s Not to Early to Prepare Now

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Mosquito Bite Prevention

The Zika virus is in the news right now, however, it is not the only virus or disease spread by mosquitoes that you have to worry about when warmer weather arrives.

Chikungunya

Although the chikungunya virus is not common in the continental United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have had large outbreaks.

Symptoms include high fever and joint pain, and the joint pain, although rare can become chronic. Other symptoms include swelling of the joints, headache, muscle pain, and rash. The virus is rarely fatal, but the symptoms such as joint pain can be severe and debilitating. Currently, there is no vaccine available.

Dengue

It is estimated that 40 percent of the world’s population resides in areas at risk for dengue and approximately 390 million people per year are infected. There are four types of the dengue virus, so this means a person could get the virus up to four different times. There is dengue virus 1, 2, 3, and 4. The virus is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. There currently is no vaccine nor medications specifically for those infected.

Malaria

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. If left untreated, a person may develop severe complications, which could lead to death.

In 2013 alone approximately 198 million people were affected worldwide and of those, 500,000 people died mostly children. About 150,000 cases of malaria are diagnosed each year in the United States. Many of the people infected had traveled to countries where the disease is more prevalent mainly the sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Then there is the Zika virus which is making headlines because many experts are calling it a pandemic. The Zika virus can and has caused birth defects, so pregnant women are cautioned about traveling to certain countries, and if you live in a country where the transmission of the virus is high, you have to take precautions.

How to Protect Yourself

The most reliable way to protect you is to use insect repellent. The CDC has listed repellents that are considered safe, when used as directed, for everyone including pregnant women and children. Keep in mind that when talking about active ingredients, the higher the percentage the longer the protection. Lower percentages protect as well, just not for as long as higher percentages.

Here Is a List Provided By the CDC

  • DEET Products containing DEET include Cutter, OFF! as well as Skintastic.
  • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin): Products containing picaridin include Cutter Advanced, Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and Autan outside the United States).
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD: Repel contains OLE.
  • IR3535: Products containing IR3535 include Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition and SkinSmart (CDC, 2016).

Other protection includes long-sleeved shirts and long pants and in areas where mosquitoes are extremely active you may want to consider headgear with netting attached.

In the heat of the summer if you do not use air conditioning and you have open windows and doors it is important that you have screens in place. If this is not possible, then netting should be used when sleeping and insect repellent used during the daylight hours. The netting must be draped in such a way as to keep insects from getting at sleeping children and adults.

Mosquitoes breed in standing water so eliminate what receptacles you can to stop water collection and treat other sources with Mosquito Dunks for example. The bacteria in the dunks kill the mosquito larvae.

The dunks are dropped into the water and left to dissolve disseminating the bacteria, which is deadly to insect larvae. Read the directions carefully, but for the most part, the dunks are safe for aquatic life and plants as well as for birds and mammals to include household pets.

Mosquito Dunks (the brand name) can be found at Lowes, Home Depot and on Amazon for example, along with other brands that contain the same bacteria.

Empty and refill birdbaths on a regular basis and treat any outdoor water features with dunks or similar products and this includes any water features you may have on your patios or porches.

Old tires, buckets, filled and untreated pools without working filters and pumps, and empty planters lying around the property will be breeding grounds for mosquito and they breed and hatch very quickly by the thousands in a very small volume of water. Remember the bucket you use to collect condensation runoff from your air conditioning unit because it can breed mosquitoes as well.

CDC. (2016, January 15). Retrieved 2016, from http://www.cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes/

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Critical Thinking is Not Conducted in a Vacuum

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By Denis Korn

Seriously reflect on this post!

Seriously reflect on this post!

I consider this to be one of the most important posts I have made, because of the seriousness condition of the current state of our nation.  This will be a significant year in defining the direction of our society and the foundations created for our children and grandchildren.  Before we examine the issues relating to the title of this article, I would like to share an observation that makes the importance of the critical thinking process even more crucial as each day unfolds.

I believe that the polarization and the schism of our society is complete.  The indoctrination, manipulation and dumbing down of the population is an intentional process that began decades ago by those who do not have the best intentions for our country.  The signs of this acute and agonizing polarization and discord are everywhere and in your face – politics, education, media, health, race relations, philosophy/ideology, military, immigration, constitutional rights, sexual/gender behavior, finance and in many other facets of our culture.  This not a time of simple disagreements, opinions and perspectives.  It is the blatant manifestation of what is referred to in Ephesians 6:10-12 as spiritual warfare.  The dark side has control of the major sources of communication, education and political influence and is fighting for the soul of our nation.

First stated in the Gospels by Jesus himself and later during a critical time in our nation’s history by Abraham Lincoln (see the comments at the end of this article regarding his House Divided speech)  – “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:24,25)  This is why it is essential that the discerning and thinking remnant in our land be vigilant and active in combating the evil in our midst.

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Attitude – Critical Thinking – Knowledge – Trust – are the most essential attributes of the preparedness planning process – and are required for acting appropriately in the times confronting us today!

In the 6 years of posting articles on this site, one of the most popular posts has been Barriers to Critical Thinking & The 7 Essential Questions for Reflection.  While I believe that developing critical thinking skills is essential in all aspects of our life, it is especially important when you are evaluating and determining sources and provisions for emergency and disaster preparedness.  Your comfort, health and survival depend on appropriate, sensible and accurate decisions.  The correct and proper decision making process relies on essential critical thinking skills.  Knowledge and discernment competency are vital to the emergency preparedness process.

Because of the importance of applying critical thinking, especially during these times of great confusion, uncertainty and deception, I am offering some observations that I hope will help in motivating you to look closely at the critical thinking process.  There are numerous books and resources available to help you in developing critical thinking skills.  The purpose of this article is to offer some helpful insights into the critical thing process that will hopefully motivate you to seek further understanding.

It is obvious that those with political and economic power do not want a thinking and accessing population.  The deception and manipulation of facts and events have reached epic proportions.  All sectors of daily life have been compromised to achieve a massive dumbing down and indoctrination of the masses – media, government, schools, science, academia and entertainment.  The urgency and importance to our society, families and nation for an informed, thinking, rational and discerning populace could not be understated.

What is Critical Thinking?

“Critical thinking is the careful, deliberate determination of whether we should accept, reject, or suspend judgment about a claim – and of the degree of confidence with which we accept or reject it.  The ability to think critically is vitally important; in fact, our lives depend on it.  The way we conduct our lives depends on what we believe to be true – on what claims we accept  The more carefully we evaluate a claim and the more fully we separate issues that are relevant to it from those that are not, the more critical is our thinking.”

“We do not do our critical thinking in a vacuum, of course.  When we are confronted with a claim, usually we already have a certain amount of information relevant to the topic, and we can generally figure out where to find more if we need it.  Having both the desire and the ability to bring such information to bear on our decisions is part of the critical-thinking process.  Critical thinking involves a lot of skills, including the abilities to listen and read carefully, to evaluate arguments, to look for and find hidden assumptions, and to trace consequences of a claim.” (From Critical Thinking, Sixth Edition – Brooke Noel Moore, PhD & Richard Parker, PhD)

The Result

A well cultivated critical thinker:

  • raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;
  • gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively;
  • comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;
  • thinks openmindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as need be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences; and
  • communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems. (From Critical Thinking – Concepts & Tools, Seventh Edition – Richard Paul, PhD & Linda Elder, PhD)

It is important to realize that everyone resides at a different level in the process of developing critical thinking skills.  Be encouraged to continue to pursue your thinking skills development, and to put into practice what your have learned.

Here are some thoughts from a paper I wrote titled “Critical Thinking is not Conducted in a Vacuum” that I distributed to the Critical Thinking class I taught at our local college a few years back.  I know it might be a bit “academic,” however I feel it offers some valuable food for thought.

Vital components:

  • Critical thinking skills are developed and refined by: habits, discernment, learning tools, knowledge, practice, principles, motivation, and an effective educational process.
  • The foundation for thinking is based upon: personal core beliefs, perceptions, presuppositions, and one’s worldview.
  • Critical thinking takes place in a philosophical, societal, and cultural context and is basically oriented from two standpoints:

~ Practical and pragmatic – essential for daily life situations centered around personal – social – political – religious circumstances.

~ Theoretical and academic – consisting of inquiry into the theological (the study of religious faith and God’s relation to the world), metaphysical (of or relating to the transcendent or to a reality beyond what is perceptible to the senses), cosmological (the nature of the universe), ontological (the nature and relations of being), and epistemological (the nature and grounds of knowledge).

The entire study of, and search for truth (that which is – not an opinion) begins with one’s personal worldview – it is not an exact science, it is not something you can expect to pick up after a few class assignments, memorize, and reiterate on a multiple choice exam (which you know a do not give) – it is a process, an attitude, a relationship, an adventure, and a journey of discovery – it is filled with twists and turns, exaltation and distress – the rewards regardless of the obstacles, uncertainty, and confusion are as Socrates would say, “the way we ought to live.”

To discover truth and the Truth is an innate human need for many, if not most, of us.  It will validate and strengthen worldviews that are proper, and change worldviews that are flawed – if we don’t let the barriers to critical thinking get the better of us.  This process is also an essential component of the development of critical thinking skills.  Each one of us are responsible for discerning the variances and nuances in the identification of truth.

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Here are the comments regarding Abraham Lincoln’s speech.  They come from www.abrahamlincolnonline.org.  Abraham Lincoln’s insights then have profound implications for our nations current struggles.  I pray it is not too late for our country!

Lecturn in Representatives Hall, Old State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois
Representatives Hall Lecturn
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House Divided Speech

Springfield, Illinois
June 16, 1858

On June 16, 1858 more than 1,000 delegates met in the Springfield, Illinois, statehouse for the Republican State Convention. At 5:00 p.m. they chose Abraham Lincoln as their candidate for the U.S. Senate, running against Democrat Stephen A. Douglas. At 8:00 p.m. Lincoln delivered this address to his Republican colleagues in the Hall of Representatives. The title reflects part of the speech’s introduction, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” a concept familiar to Lincoln’s audience as a statement by Jesus recorded in all three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke).

Even Lincoln’s friends regarded the speech as too radical for the occasion. His law partner, William H. Herndon, considered Lincoln as morally courageous but politically incorrect. Lincoln read the speech to him before delivering it, referring to the “house divided” language this way: “The proposition is indisputably true … and I will deliver it as written. I want to use some universally known figure, expressed in simple language as universally known, that it may strike home to the minds of men in order to rouse them to the peril of the times.”

The speech created many repercussions, giving Lincoln’s political opponent fresh ammunition. Herndon remarked, “when I saw Senator Douglas making such headway against Mr. Lincoln’s house divided speech I was nettled & irritable, and said to Mr. Lincoln one day this — ‘Mr. Lincoln — why in the world do you not say to Mr. Douglas, when he is making capitol out of your speech, — ‘Douglas why whine and complain to me because of that speech. I am not the author of it. God is. Go and whine and complain to Him for its revelation, and utterance.’ Mr. Lincoln looked at me one short quizzical moment, and replied ‘I can’t.’”

Reflecting on it several years later, Herndon said the speech did awaken the people, and despite Lincoln’s defeat, he thought the speech made him President. “Through logic inductively seen,” he said, “Lincoln as a statesman, and political philosopher, announced an eternal truth — not only as broad as America, but covers the world.”

Another colleague, Leonard Swett, said the speech defeated Lincoln in the Senate campaign. In 1866 he wrote to Herndon complaining, “Nothing could have been more unfortunate or inappropriate; it was saying first the wrong thing, yet he saw it was an abstract truth, but standing by the speech would ultimately find him in the right place.”

 

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Podcast-Personal Preparedness-Getting In Shape with Gary Collins

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Gary Collins, author of The Primal Power Method is back on the show today to talk about the most important preparedness issue of all, your health. He gives great tips on loosing the extra weight you might have picked up since Thanksgiving and tells us some traps to watch out for. To learn more, visit PrimalPowerMethod.com.

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Trump: HGH For An Insurgency

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Best President Candidate

As predicted in this very forum back in June, the rise of Donald Trump has been many things, not the least of which is Best President Candidateentertaining.  Hurricane Donald has had massive success shining a 100,000 lumen spotlight on the serious rift within the Republican Party as well as tightly winding the mainstream media’s undies.  Two satisfying outcomes for this American.  But those are far from his only accomplishments, one unintended consequence has also come with the rise of Trump.

By Professor Liberty Mize, a contributing author of SHTFBlog

He has inadvertently laid the groundwork for a legitimate independent run this Best Presidential CandidateNovember.  Shockingly that ticket will not be headlined by Trump himself.  Consider the following hypothetical.  If we enter late April and Trump still has a stranglehold on the Republican nomination (still a massive if), and if Hillary is indicted (a shockingly less unlikely if), the vast majority of voters in this electorate will find themselves without a candidate.  This is based on high negatives for each of the aforementioned major party alternatives.

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This will force a “none of the above” wave that this country hasn’t seen since Richard Pryor ran for Mayor in Brewster’s Millions.  Combine that atmosphere with ballot access rules that allow independent candidates the ability to defer a decision until late spring/early summer and things could get interesting.

How can we be sure? 

Consider the candidacy of Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  While the circumstances surrounding their rise to office best presidential candidateare nuanced, three key thing fueled both:

1.    The ability to get on the ballot without facing a legitimate primary
2.    A fundamental dislike by voters of the other candidates  (The recall of an incumbent in Arnold’s case)
3.    A fiscally conservative, but socially liberal message

Together these three things allowed each to beat a path to the sweet spot of American politics. Polls show that the majority of Americans are fiscally conservative and laissez-faire on social issues.  Yet today these people have no outlet.  You can’t support abortion and sniff a republican primary, and you can’t tout free markets and economic reason and capture the fancy of democrats.  By carefully spinning those into a platform a candidate could re-configure the electoral map and be competitive in every state.

So Why Don’t More Independents Run? 

Because to run is a fool’s errand.  In national elections roughly 40% of the people will vote for their party regardless of the nominee.  So even if you capture the vast middle, you are still short on votes taken by the major party nominees.  That is unless the base actually hates their nominee or that nominee was recently led away in leg irons.

The Perfect Storm

Therefore we have the perfect storm.  Pissed voters, crappy nominees and a real mess to clean up in DC.  It is a formula that has Mayor Bloomberg, Jim Webb and even Joe Biden putting out feelers and seriously considering an insurgency.  Bloomberg’s ability to self-fund means he could be a particularly serious player.  Elections are expensive and party infrastructure and influence are key to fundraising and building a successful organization.  None of this applies to him.  Bloomberg need only crack his piggy bank and shake out a few hundred million bucks and he could be in business.  The others face longer odds, and there may be others considering a run that have yet to surface.  Could someone Ross Perot their way to a legitimate shot at the white house?  Stranger things have happened, and if anyone has those ambitions this is certainly the year to try.

The Bottom Line

Again the above is based on hypotheticals.  Hillary’s indictment could very well be squashed by the justice department or be Trump for Presidentspun as a right-wing conspiracy, but I wouldn’t bet on it.  The FBI doesn’t mess around and reportedly has 100s of agents on the case and the evidence is overwhelming.  If the justice department fails to indict they could go public and either force Obama’s hand, or just destroy Hillary.

On the Republican side Trump is also far from home free.  Cruz will likely win Iowa, Trump will win New Hampshire and it is anyone’s guess after that.  But if he sweeps the SEC vote we could very well be headed for Trump as the nominee.  In an era where a populist anti-establishment wave has carried Ron Paul, Trump and even Bernie Sanders to prominence– anything is possible.  Who might be able to tap into that and ride the wave all the way to DC is really anyone’s guess.  Regardless I’ll likely still be endorsing “none of the above”.

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A Good Book Review

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Enforcing Home – Another Excellent Chapter in the Survivalist Series

I have wrote before about how well written and realistic A. American’s Survivalist series was and the latest, book #6 called “Enforcing Home” is no exception. This latest book continues to find Morgan, his military partners improving their situation while faced with threats from armed bandits and the Department of Homeland Security.

While survivalist books by A. American, Joe Nobody, James Wesley Rawles and others are novels since the collapse hasn’t happened yet,…..yet,…..you can still learn something. You can see problem sets and ask yourself how you would solve it, what decision you would make. Another way to learn are the survival tips that the authors spread among the story line.

Without giving too much up for those of you who haven’t read the book yet, I had five major takeaways from a learning or reinforcement stand point:

Growing food occupied all the characters and/or their separate survival groups. The most successful people in the story line was a couple who had a collapse preexisting green hose and were adept at growing much of their own food supply. S o in a perfect world the survivalist would have a green house, possibly some cleared land for a spring-summer garden, a good supply of non-hybrid seeds, a water source and the skill to grow vegetables.

Feed chickens was the second point. In the story Morgan’s group had chickens which gave them a healthy supply of eggs. A way to feed those chickens was described where a bucket with holes was hung up above the chicken coop and a dead animal carcass was put into the bucket. Flies would leave their eggs in the carcass and when they would hatch the maggots would fall out the bottom of buckets onto the ground for the chickens to eat. I never heard of that before.

Preserving eggs. Something I have heard before and reinforced in memory was the technique of coating eggs with mineral oil to preserve them. Having a supply of mineral oil on hand for other things is smart as well. Treats constipation, can be used for burning in oil lamp, even lubing weapons in a pinch.

Prepared for contact with disease ridden people. This is something I had wrote about before, about having personal protection gear and a plan on how to approach, handle or interface with people possibly infected with bad communicable diseases. In that perfect world again, a smart and well prepared survivalist would have a stockpile of antibiotics to treat some of treatable diseases, the knowledge of treatment plans, a stock of personal protective gear, and a plan on what to do with diseased infected suspected contacts or people that have been exposed within your own group.

If you are a prepper and have not yet read the Home novels from A. American (the “A” stands for Angry by the way) then you can pick up series through Amazon.

Risk of a Monster Earthquake Throughout Pacific Region

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The have been three 7.0 class earthquakes in the last month

 Many earthquakes are happening exactly at volcanic hot spots.

The videos from dutchinsense point those out nicely.

Also there were 10 earthquakes over 5.0, and 48 total over 4.5

The whole Pacific Ocean plate is moving

This could forbode “The Big One” and it could be West Coast USA, Russia, even Japan where they just restarting their 3rd nuclear plant.     Nature has a twisted sense of humor when you poke it in the eye.   

Here is the latest from dutchinsense

This one from Jan 29, 2016

Being Fat Is Not A Big Problem, But What Made You Fat Is A Big Problem

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 I found this one twitter, and pulled a one liner soundbite out of it.

Being obese will increase your cancer risk somewhat, BUT if you became obese from eating processed foods, then you are 5 to 10 times more likely to get cancer compared to an obese person who eats non-processed foods.

Got it?    And this just speaks to processed foods, not specifically looking at GMO effects which are going to be even more extreme.

Found this article on twitter by the way.   Go full bird, go tweet.

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The following figures seem to reflect that obesity caused by primarily unprocessed foods appears to be far more benign than obesity caused by processed food:

  • Eight percent of all cancers in women in developed nations is associated with obesity, compared to just 1.5 percent in developing countries
  • Three percent of all cancers in men in developed nations is associated with obesity, compared to a mere 0.3 percent in developing countries

According to lead author Dr. Melina Arnold, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer:

“Our findings add support for a global effort to address the rising trends in obesity. The global prevalence of obesity in adults has doubled since 1980.
If this trend continues, it will certainly boost the future burden of cancer, particularly in South America and North Africa, where the largest increases in the rate of obesity have been seen over the last 30 years.”

Survival Medicine Hour: Bleeding Control Kit, Herbal Teas, Zika update, more

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Would you have the materials and knowledge to stop heavy bleeding if you were confronted with it? In these violent times, you should be prepared to deal with injuries that could be life threatening and have the equipment that might save a life. Hear Amy Alton, ARNP, explain her thinking in designing a compact med kit that deal with hemorrhage that she believes should be in every workplace, classroom, and homestead. Also, Joe Alton, MD, talks about natural remedies when he goes over some herbal teas. Plus: Why does Zika Virus in Brazil cause birth defects, while no major history of the problem seems to occur with Zika virus in its original territory (Africa and Asia)? Is a mutation the cause? All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy.

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

 

 

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Weaponsman Gives A Great Analysis

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I highlight and respond to a comment (with a pic) in the body of his report.

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The FBI Trickles Out Some Video from Oregon

This is coming out selectively, and at a pace that indicates that they are basically happy with how this happened. However, the aerial video makes one thing clear: how eyewitnesses can claim that LeVoy Finicum was shot because he drew a gun, while other eyewitnesses can claim that he was shot while his hands were up. At different times in the video he has his hands up and appears to go for a gun, and it’s impossible to know — without information the FBI continues to withhold, if they have it — whether he decided to commit Suicide by Many Cops, or whether he drew his gun in desperate defense after they began shooting him.

Again, without knowing who said what, when, it’s impossible to say whether he became compliant with their instructions, whether their instructions (as so often in a police encounter) contradicted one another, or who fired first.

It’s a certainty that he and others in the truck were not, initially, compliant.

Our tentative conclusion is that both “sides” of this one-sided gunfight will continue to feel wronged by the other guys.

The “Highlights Reel” — about 1/3 of the duration of the whole thing. We watched the whole thing, which is embedded at the bottom of this post, and only sped through this clip

Here’s the FBI comment:

This is a shortened and edited version of FBI footage showing the joint FBI and Oregon State Police traffic stop and OSP officer-involved shooting of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. This condensed clip was shown at an FBI press conference in Burns, Oregon on 01/28/2016. The complete raw footage is available here: https://youtu.be/aAGxDWKrjPQ. Note regarding date/time stamp in the left corner of video: Pilots use Zulu Time, also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), when they fly. Zulu time is eight hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST). Therefore, although this footage was taken on January 26, 2016 in Oregon, the date/time stamp on the video shows just after midnight January 27, 2016.

Our comments:

  1. We have said several times before, when Officer Friendly decides you’re going downtown,you’re going downtown. Further resistance at that point is not only futile, it just means you’re going downtown with a few lumps at best, or at the worst, going downtown to the morgue instead of the jail — as Finicum does.
  2. Without the audio, we can’t be sure who fired first. It could be any of three men in the video, or someone off screen.
  3. We can’t be sure whether Finicum drew or moved to draw first, or whether he did that in reaction to being shot at or shot.
  4. His hands were up at first, they went down it seems to keep his balance, and that seems to be when the officers lit him up, but we can’t be sure. (To the officers, at the time, this may have looked like he was going for a gun. In the overhead video it doesn’t look like that, but the guys on the scene didn’t have eyes on the overhead video, they had eyes on Finicum a mere three or four yards away.
  5. We don’t know if Finicum fired, but it seems unlikely. Whether he took shots before he attempted to draw, once he starts he’s clearly taking hits.
  6. We don’t know how many agents or officers fired, and how many shots. For reasons known only to the FBI, they’re sitting on that information. (most likely working out whether it’s better to bury it for good, or if it will be released, how to spin it. One of their concerns here will be the criminal cases against the truck passengers, and the jury pool. The jury pool’s probably not much of a concern, because they’ve set it up that the jurors will be predominantly from metro Portland).
  7. It appears that two or three agents or officers engaged Finicum: one with a pistol who had been on the flank, one with a shoulder weapon who had come up onto the snow, andpossibly one who was at the fender of one of the roadblock trucks. Others may have fired as well, but these three are the closest.
  8. The left-handed officer who had been on the flank and fired down the hill fired directly towards his own guys. This may have caused the guys at the truck to think Finicum was engaging them, and they were taking incoming. (Well, they were taking incoming, albeit from their own guy. Which they might or might not have noticed)Editors Note: From what I know of Taser training and employment, a number of agencies teach their officers to carry and draw their Taser on their weak side, and to do it one handed while maintaining control of the duty weapon with the strong side hand. This is so their is no confusion concerning whether you are preparing to use Lethal or Less than/Less lethal means towards an individual. Note the Officer’s strong side (a guess he’s right handed)  hand/elbow is in a position to cover his duty weapon.  I believe he Tased Finicum, thus the reason he dropped like a sack of rocks, and similar to how a head shot victim would also fall. This is why the officer would have felt comfortable firing in the direction of the barricade and his fellow officers. Generally, LEO’s only shoot one handed in two instances. First is close quarters, contact distance, shoot from the hip type shooting, and number Two is if you are injured in the arm or hand of one side( either one). This is practiced and tested during semi annual weapons qual in all agencies that I know of.Finnicum Post1 
  9. The same officer fired from the move — in deep snow — with no attempt to take up a stance. Some may interpret that as reckless, but it could also be that he could see he was threatened and needed to react immediately.
  10. In the case of perceived threats, there are certain psychophysiological reactions, including a narrowing of perceptual field both in breadth and depth. Thus, for the uphill officer, the friendlies behind Finicum might have been functionally invisible.
  11. Because of the angle of the helicopter’s video, the carbine-shooting officer is sometimes masked by trees and sometimes has his back to the video viewpoint. From this video alone, you can’t see what he’s doing.
  12. Several officers move towards Finicum as he appears to be trying to escape with his hands up. In retrospect they might have held their positions, as they had him surrounded. But once again, we don’t know what was said here. Finicum could have been screaming, “Fill your hands, you son of a bitch!” — or worse — for all we know.
  13. When Finicum goes down, he doesn’t move subsequently. It seems clear from the overhead video that he was DRT.
  14. Like the Soviets with Maj. Nicholson, the FBI makes no attempt to medically assess or aid LaVoy Finicum for well over ten minutes after he was shot. This is probably because they still had unknown persons in the truck and an unsecure scene, and possibly because or also because they could see he had unsurvivable, immediately fatal wounds, but it looks bad, and can be spun by conspiracy theorists. If you see a claim like that, remember the FBI’s probable reasons for holding their doc back.
  15. After the others all exit the truck, one at a time, hands up, and are taken into custody, agents move forward cautiously and clear the truck.
  16. Then, as a K9 comes forward to further check the truck, an FBI medic moves to Finicum and kneels beside him. It’s not possible to tell what he’s doing, if anything, but he stays there for some time.

This could have gone another way entirely. Our impression is that the lack of further shooting after Finicum goes down is an indicator of restraint on both sides.

One is reminded of the rockets the FBI took (deservedly) for HRTs staggeringly and incompetent reduction of the Branch Davidians compound, when the ATF, who wanted Koresh, could have just stopped David Koresh and arrested him any time on his peregrinations about Waco. Clearly the errors then informed their approach now, and they stopped and arrested the takeover ringleaders on their rounds (they were going to speak to the media and public in a nearby town). Had Finicum done what the other truck passengers did, he’d be alive and in jail and everyone would be sending the Bureau a Bravo Zulu.

It’s clear that the folks in the truck were not complying with instructions. They just sat in the truck for 5-6 minutes after the first attempted stop (from around 2:30 in the long video). And the authorities just sat in theirs. We have no way of knowing what was said, but it’s unlikely the cops told the truck occupants to stay in the running truck that long, or to just take off.

After they attempt to run away, the driver (presumably Finicum) tries to run around the roadblock through a thick snowbank and, naturally, bogs down. With no delay, the driver’s door opens and Finicum exits. Seconds later he is dead.

If the others in the truck were attempting to escape or resist — there’s no sign of this either way in the release — there was no indication of it after Finicum is shot dead. It appears that the rest of them exit slowly and individually and comply with instructions.

Lessons Learned So Far

There are some lessons learned here:

  1. If you provoke an armed encounter with the authorities, you’re going to get an armed encounter with the authorities. They can’t and won’t back down; they understand that any loss of face risks a collapse in the social order, so they will meet such a challenge every time.
  2. Cue the late Bobby Fuller: LaVoy Finicum fought the law, and the law won. Regardless of who did what, he’s still dead, and there were many times he could have made a decision that would not have left him dead, regardless of what the FBI did or intended. (Except for the occasional sociopath who slips through, and contrary to what a lot of Bundy supporters seem to think about them, Special Agents are not fangs-out hoping to kill anybody).
  3. The FBI, and most agencies, need more post-shooting transparency. Don’t believe us? Mental exercise: this shootout happens in Chicago or NYFC, and LaVoy and his crew are black gangbangers. What would The Reverends be saying by now? How would the Postand the Times be covering it? In this case, the Bureau lucks out: the national media sympathize with the FBI because the criminals are the media’s favorite boogeymen. Ask Wilson Goode what the media does when the criminal movement (in his case, MOVE) are minority members and your cops whack ’em.
  4. Absence of information (and media fabrications to fill the 24-hour news cycle in this absence) is the fertilizer that makes conspiracy theories grow. Conspiracy theories lead to people’s estrangement from ordinary society. Estrangement leads to “compounds” and standoffs. If you’re The Law®. you should want to disincentivize that process of estrangement and incentivize normal, rational paths of dispute resolution.
  5. Administrative law is increasingly looking lawless, with its administrative “courts” a rubber stamp, not a normal, rational path of dispute resolution.

Some More General Thoughts

This whole mess began because a Federal prosecutor (like all of them an effete urbanite with many years in Eastern elite colleges) thought it would be amusing to make a felony out of some careless brush burnoffs by a couple of ranchers, and send the hayseeds to prison.

People in the East (ourselves included) have little appreciation for the degree to which the people of the rural West find themselves at odds with the managers of Federal agencies like the BLM and the EPA. Those agencies have eastern, urban, even Luddite values, values that are foreign and inimical to the agricultural and extractive industries on which so many Western livelihoods depend. The agencies’ managers, based always in the Imperial City of Washington and fully socialized to Washington values, radiate contempt for their de facto serfs.

It’s impossible how to predict how LaVoy Finicum and the Bundys will be remembered some decades or a century down the road. John Brown, a similar lawbreaker, still does not produce a consensus almost two centuries on: was he principled, crazed, or both?

But it’s disturbing the degree to which this feels like the period of Bloody Kansas and the John Brown Raid. People are divided, bitter, and bloody-minded. We know where the failure to find a political resolution to the widening schism in the 1850s wound up. Anyone who wants the current schism to go there is out of his ever-lovin’ mind. American deaths in the Civil War were 2.5% of the population, predominantly productive-age men; that proportion would be about 8.25 million today. Both sides committed the sort of bestial atrocities that always seem to arise in civil wars. And while the two big issues were resolved: Slavery; and who is to be master, Feds or States — the cultural issues still fester like an antibiotic-resistant abscess.

We’re at the cusp of a Century of Enlightenment, or a new Dark Age, made more monstrous than Churchill might have imagined by not only the black lights of perverted science, but the raw power of unaccountable authority.

After the jump, the full-length video (and an Update):

 

Here’s the FBI comment:

This is the complete video footage of a joint FBI and Oregon State Police traffic stop and OSP officer-involved shooting of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. This footage, which has only been edited to blur out aircraft information, was taken by the FBI on 01/26/2016 and released by the FBI on 01/28/2016. Note regarding date/time stamp in the left corner of video: Pilots use Zulu Time, also known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), when they fly. Zulu time is eight hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST). Therefore, although this footage was taken on January 26, 2016 in Oregon, the date/time stamp on the video shows just after midnight January 27, 2016.

That’s the whole thing. (The zulu time data block is blanked out in this video, but is not on the highlights reel). Draw your own conclusions.

Update

We know nothing about the legal issues, but former federal prosecutor and current defense lawyer Ken White (the Popehat dude, we think) sure does and he looks at the initial charges at the LA Times. Basically, he says they’re only charging a slam dunk. Perhaps they will add more charges later, to induce more pressure for an easy guilty plea, but if Ken is right the defendants’ collective goose is cooked, and their own words were the secret sauce.

As far as trying the BLM’s overreach in court, Ken says that’s not going to happen:

Twenty years ago I prosecuted a tax protester who claimed — as one does — that the gold fringe on the courtroom flag made it an admiralty court. “I’ll pretend you’re a boat,” the judge said dryly and proceeded with the mundane business of the case.

The charge they used — conspiracy to interfere with a government official — is a charge used effectively against New Hampshire tax oddball Ed Brown. Brown’s still in prison, and the stiffed taxmen are still trying to sell his house, a sale complicated by Brown having planted, and the Feds not having cleared, booby traps all over the land.

We wonder if a defense to the “interfering with official” charges would be that the remote station was closed for the season when these guys took it over?

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American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

Guest Post- Fltactical EDC

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I chose the following items to carry:
Spyderco Tenacious: It is a 3 1/3 inch spring assisted knife. Opens easily with a flip of the wrist, but stays closed and thanks to the multiple screw hole points, I can put the clip at any position for my comfort. The clip is attached high on the blade handle so the knife rides low in the pocket with little of the top of the knife showing. The steel is 8Cr13MoV which is a good knife for corrosion resistance *thanks to the Chromium in the steel, and takes an edge well. It doesn’t hold the edge as well as most, but sharpening it is simple and easy. The base of the blade has excellent jimping for a tactical situation and weighs in at only 4 oz.
Winchester Multi-tool: I honestly don’t remember when I got this. It was a bundled add-on when I purchased an optic for my AR-15. It is half the size of a Leatherman but with all the same bells and whistles. The only difference is that the size difference means I won’t be able to torque large bolts, but that isn’t usually in my normal day to day life.
Streamlight Stylus-Pro: I have many flashlights, but none of them come close to the comfort and utility of this 20 dollar wonder! It shoots a beam of 65 watt lumens with a nice tight beam and just enough splash that I can use it in a movie theater, and still have it effective for tactical purposes. It is less than 4 ounces and has a high clip that again, makes it disappear in my pocket.
Finally, my handgun is a Ruger LC9s. I put night sights on it and it is the lightest 9 mm out there. It is smaller than a Glock 43, but has a 7 + 1 capacity. One more than the Glock. The trigger is smooth and it is small and light enough to put in my pocket if I must. Otherwise, it fits nicely into my outside the waistband holster.
The common theme is weight and reliability. Ruger has a good rep for eating the bullets I feed it, and I have over 200 rounds through it with one double feed. I have 2 spare mags, one 8 and one 7 round magazine. 

Alternate carry for light shorts:  Taurus TCP 380 and Spyderco Delica for knife. Not pictured.

Anyway, I found that the less weight I put on my hips, the more likely it is I will carry. I live by the motto: If you are not always prepared, you are not prepared.
-FL Tactical

GP’s Sound Advice

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How to React to Burns

There are a lot of blog posts out there “suggesting” and “directing” a reaction to the Burns situation. They range from outrage to ridicule. Some folks that I greatly respect have called it an extreme sadness.

The conspiracy folks are out in large numbers, indentifying government snitches and calling the road block and arrests a method of getting the government assets out of harm’s way.

Some are turning LaVoy Finicum into a martyred saint.

Yet others are commenting that they wish the law enforcement community had taken different actions to end the occupation.

The remaining comments cover everything in between.

What do we really know?

Other than the obvious that one man is dead and others have been arrested, we don’t know much. “Witness” accounts vary greatly and depending on which ones you decide to believe, support is out there for everyone’s beliefs.

But, we don’t really know right now. Developing and implementing courses of action at this point is premature.

Regardless of how you feel about the Burns occupation, we know that a man who seemed to be a nice guy is dead. We can mourn his passing no matter if he “committed suicide by cop” or he was wrongly killed.

We need to remain vigilant and demand the truth. Truth is a rare commodity in this day and age, but we must demand it in this case. Truth of not only what happened, but why it happened.  The release of the video is a good start.  Armed with the truth, we can then come up with actions to be taken.

Sadly what’s missing in our reactions are any actions to achieve one of the stated goals.

The Hammonds are still ignored. As folks raise money for the Finicum family and legal funds for the Bundys and the others arrested, we really shouldn’t abandon the Hammonds.

Surely there must be liberty minded folks who can provide physical support to the Hammond family while their adult men are in prison. Talk to any older woman who loses her husband. It’s the physical contact and folks willing and able to help out on the “little stuff” that makes a difference. When we go to visit my wife’s mother (who lost her husband a little while ago) I always bring a bag of tools to do the little “honey-do” things that don’t get done now that dad is gone.

If the Hammonds get lost in the post mortem of the occupation, it really will all have been for nothing.

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JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

The Water Collection Handbook: A Guide To Collecting, Treating, and Storing Water

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The Water Collection Handbook: A Guide To Collecting, Treating, and Storing Water (2nd Edition) (water treatment, water harvesting, rain water, survivalist, … drinking water, homesteading, off the grid) was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

Do you know how to handle a water shortage? Is it expensive to own a water storage system? Can I make one myself?

Water is an essential part of human life. Without it, a person will die within three days. Most people are dependent on public utilities and grocery stores for their source of potable water, but what happens if both of these run-out?

The Water Collection Handbook – A Guide To Collecting, Treating, and Storing Water” contains potentially lifesaving information that everyone may need someday.

Are you prepared to meet the water needs of you and your family in the event of an emergency?

To ensure survival for yourself and your family, it is recommended that you learn the basics of how to collect, treat, and store water for long periods of time.

“The Water Collection Handbook – A Guide To Collecting, Treating, and Storing Water is a comprehensive overview of water collection methods geared towards the survivalist – but equally useful to anyone. This book will show you the importance of proper water storage and introduce you to several easy to follow methods, how to properly purify your collected water, and everything else you should know about when dealing with a water crisis..

I CAN CAN GROUND MEATS!!

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I CAN CAN GROUND MEATS!!: How to safely grind and home can ground meats to stock your food storage pantry with flavorful and nutritious loose ground meats (Frugal Living Series Book 4) was a free book for the kindle when this post was written.

I Can Can Ground Meats!! is just what you need to learn to safely home can ground meats and stock your pantry with shelf stable ground meat, meatballs, meat loaves, and even gyro meat! Just imagine how easy it will be to prepare a hardy nutritious meal for your family when you don’t have to thaw anything or make a special trip to the store to get dinner to the table.

You will not only learn to safely home can meats, but how to grind your own meats! Take complete control of your family’s foods through the methods taught in I Can Can Ground Meats!! You determine how much salt, how much seasoning, and how much fat goes into your family’s ground meats.

As always, Dr. Jennifer Shambrook seasons her family recipes with humorous and heartfelt family stories that makes the book an enjoyable read even without the cooking techniques and recipes.

Save money, increase your family’s food quality, and know the satisfaction of self sufficiency through the well described, step-by-step methods in I Can Can Ground Meats!!

Survival Skills

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Food Storage Recipe – Tater Tot Casserole

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Tater Tots were on sale this week for 99 cents a bag. YAY. Two bags in the freezer and my son’s favorite meal.

NEED:

1/2 pound of ground beef. I used to make it with a whole pound , but everyone in the house complained and I toned it down a bit. Which was cool, saves money.

salt and pepper to taste

1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup

shredded cheese – we like colby-jack!

1 package of frozen tater tots – 16 ounce bag

Fry up the ground beef and drain it very well.

Stir in the cream of mushroom soup and season with salt and pepper.

Put this mixture into a casserole dish.

Layer the tater tots on top of this in an even layer.

Top with shredded cheese.

Bake in a 350 degree oven until the tots are golden brown and hot.

8 Fastest Ways to Purify Water

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When your mouth is bone dry and your body is dehydrated, you don’t want to wait around for water to go through the purification process. You want a drink right now. Besides, if you’re on the move, you might not have time to make a water filter from […]

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2 Corinthians 12:7-10

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“There was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to torment me…”

     How many times have we all struggled to understand this part of Scripture?  How many different explanations have you heard as to what the thorn in Paul’s side might have been?  I don’t know about you, but I have read commentaries that attempted to explain it as a physical ailment; others that it was a spiritual problem, such as Pride, or Guilt over his presence at the stoning of Stephen; still others that it might have even been a woman, perhaps his wife!  That one, I have a hard time embracing.  But the truth is that the Bible doesn’t make it clear as to what Paul’s affliction actually was.
     I admit that I have had no clue over my years of study… until now.  And even now, I cannot declare that my understanding is exact or certain; but I think the veil is being pulled back just a little.  So, I hope you will accept my thoughts as those of someone who is earnestly trying to understand God’s Word.  Here is where I’m going…
     As always, when reading the Bible, we must be careful to interpret Scripture within the context of the passage.  2 Corinthians 12:7-10 are all about this thorn that is afflicting Paul and the reasons and consequences of his suffering.  I believe that God is revealing to me, within the context of my recent experiences (and what He has been showing me of late), a revelation of these verses.
      Let’s take a look at the entire passage (in the Amplified Version of the Bible):
7 And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn (a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted.
8 Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me;
9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
10 So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).
     First, Paul makes it very clear that he has been blessed with an abundance of revelations from God, Himself, and it would only be natural to begin to think more highly of himself – or to start glorifying himself rather than the One from whom they came.  So he says that he was given the mysterious thorn – or as he calls it, a splinter.  At first that word “splinter” threw me.  Why would Paul, who also refers to the thorn as a messenger of Satan, call it a “splinter”?  What could they possibly have in common?
     Well, I have always understood “messenger” to be an angel, or a spiritual emissary.  This one comes from Satan, so it is possible that it is an evil spirit; one of Satan’s fallen angels; a demon – whatever it is, it is associated with Satan.  And calling it a splinter indicates to me that it is a smaller unit of evil, broken off of the larger entity, known as Satan.  That’s what a splinter is … a breaking off of a sharp fragment from a larger piece.
    So whatever this “thorn” is, it is a spirit that has been sent to torment Paul by Satan.  But we must remind ourselves that this “thorn”, or spirit, was allowed to afflict Paul because God allowed it, just as He allowed Satan to torment Job.  But just like Job, Paul is protected, and it is all for God’s glory.
     How do I know this?  Because I see in these four short verses, what God has been showing me through our need for spiritual healing.  Even though Paul asked God to remove the tormenting spirit, it did not depart from him.  That is because God wanted Paul to experience the power of Christ (which is the Holy Spirit) working in him to defeat the tormenting spirit.  If God just took it from Paul because he asked Him, too, there would be no testimony of experiencing the Holy Spirit working in Paul’s life.
    I have seen it first-hand these past few months.  Just the other night, I was given the privilege by God to help a beloved person in my life get free of her own “thorns”.  When God says, that “His grace is sufficient because His strength is made perfect in our weakness”, here is what I have seen … Because He loves us and shows us favor as His children (His grace), He loves showing us that the Holy Spirit can be our strength when battling the spiritual forces of wickedness that attack us; that it is precisely when we are at our weakest, and most desperate, that the power of Christ can be most evident.
     I have personally witnessed the Holy Spirit come in the fullness and power of Christ to help people bind the spirits of anger, pride, rejection, guilt, shame, vanity … you name it; all the thorns that Satan can throw at them.  But the Holy Spirit is present and helps them hand over those spirits to Christ to deal with as He wishes, and to receive the freedom and peace of Christ resting on them.
     I know that this is not a mainstream interpretation of this Scripture, but I believe that Paul wants us to know that the reason he can “glory” in his infirmities, weaknesses, persecutions, and distresses is because he can testify to the power of the Holy Spirit in defeating the messengers from Satan.  When Paul was at his weakest (in his human strength), he experienced the full divine power of the Holy Spirit working in him, with him, and through him to be the strongest he could be.
     And another thing, I believe that Paul was able to rid himself of that thorn.  Note that he only says a thorn was given to him and he asked God to take it from him, and God’s reply was to send the Holy Spirit to show Paul that there was strength and power from God to help him be rid of his torment.  It does not say that he retained the thorn.  And I can tell you from personal experience, that we can all rid ourselves of our thorns and tormenting spirits through the authority from Christ by calling upon the power of the Holy Spirit. I have seen it and it glorifies God in this realm, the spiritual realm, and in Heaven.  What an awesome God we serve!

10 Secrets To Choose Your Tools For Homesteading

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ToolsWhen you are on a tight budget, it is very tempting to buy the cheapest tools you can find. For example, if you need handsaw, you may be inclined to pick one up in a dollar store and then hope that it will get you through a few projects.

While these, and other tools may get you through a small project, they can also be very dangerous and of little or no use in a crisis situation.

The tools you have on hand may well need to last for decades or even be passed along for generations before suitable replacements can be made and distributed at an affordable price. That’s why, when choosing tools for your homestead, or other bug in needs, you should keep the following ten points in mind.

1. How Versatile Is the Tool?

If you live in an apartment or a tiny home, then you are always going to be worried about how much room to allocate for tools.

In some cases, you will be best served by looking for tools that can accomplish a wide range of jobs without being ruined.  At other times, you may need a tool that can be used for some applications, and then have a second tool that will do something similar.

Unless you need a particular tool for a specialized job, aim for the most durable multi-purpose tools you can find. Here are the factors to consider, especially when buying drill bits and cutting blades:

  • A drill bit or cutting blade listed for use on wood or plastic will most likely be ruined if you try to use it on metal.
  • Simply choosing the cheapest metal working bits isn’t much better than buying bits and blades for wood. For example, a drill bit designed to go through corrugated aluminum may not even go through a tin can.
  • When choosing bits and blades, you are best served by getting the best possible metal working bits and blades. These will cut and drill through just about anything, and also last far longer than other types.

While you’re assessing tool versatility, think about the range of applications and how well it will perform each task.

In some case, a few less specialized tools will actually be of more use. For example, you might think that a large toothed, large saw blade is the best option for all your woodworking or metal cutting needs. On the other hand, if you need to cut curves or work with a smaller, more delicate piece of material, then a coping saw will be of more use.

And there are always going to be times when you need socket wrenches to get into places where you cannot use a monkey wrench. There is a newer wrench on the market that basically uses a set of bearings to create an adjustable socket wrench. Keep one of these onhand for survival needs since it can be adjusted to both large and small socket sizes.

There is simply no telling how quickly this particular wrench type will wear out or how much strain it can take. If you want to keep one of these onhand, then work with it and put it through as much testing as possible, and then keep a brand new one aside for survival needs.

You should also keep good quality conventional metric and standard socket sets on hand just in case the multiple socket wrench fails.

2. How Long Is it Guaranteed to Last?

Do you remember the days when vehicle engines, transmissions, and drive trains were guaranteed to last well over 100,000 miles? If so, then you may also remember that a four year old car was considered relatively new instead of at the end of its best years.

As with cars, the warranties on many tools made today is much less. While you can still get good quality tools that will last a long time, nothing says trust in quality like a manufacturer that will guarantee the tools for life. Even though the manufacturer may be driven out of business by a major social collapse, neither you nor they will know when that will happen. Therefore, lifetime warranties can be used as one of the indicators of tool quality.

If you have a choice between a cheaper tool with a limited warranty and one with a lifetime warranty, go for the latter even if is a bit more expensive. Remember, you might use this tool for decades on end or even pass it along to the next generation. No matter whether the tool in question is a screwdriver bit set, pliers, or other hand tools, buying the best will pay off in the long run.

3. Are There Older Versions of the Tool that Might Be Cheaper and More Durable?

As with cars and just about everything else in stores these days, you will find that things just aren’t as durable as they used to be. From that perspective, you may actually be able to save some money and get good quality tools by visiting the local flea markets.

In some cases, older, well maintained tools may actually be more durable and work better than newer ones. Just stay away from ones that are excessively worn or show signs of deep rusting. Here are some tools that you can consider purchasing second hand in the vintage section:

  • Hand power drills. These devices can truly last for decades and beyond even if they show some signs of wear. Make sure that you can get drill bits into it, and that they will not slip when you apply pressure from the crank or other hand levers.
  • Coping saw frames and hacksaw frames.  As with other tools, make sure these are free of rust and that they are solid across the entire frame.  Try to fit a new blade into them and make sure that the handle and blade holding areas will not give way under a work load.
  • Any hand tool that has screws or other tightening apparatus that can be adjusted. Check that the adjusters have not been sheared off, are rusty, or stuck in place. In some cases you may be able to revive these tools, however it may be best to look for something in better condition.

4. What Kind of Maintenance Does It Need?

Even the best quality tools may require oiling, cleaning, and other kinds of maintenance, so you’ll need to store away appropriate cleaners and lubricants. Other details may also be overlooked:

  • Some types of steel blade need to be stored away from humidity. While they may work fine on a daily basis, storing them in a pre-crisis situation can be a bit difficult. For example, if you don’t oil them once a month or use them on a regular basis, they may rust and be nothing but reddish dust when you open your survival bin. Even if you feel that your tools will resist rust and corrosion, examine them on a monthly basis even if you aren’t using them.
  • Blades, drill bits, and other tools are apt to wear down and need replacing. Depending on the blade type, you may be able to sharpen it several times before having to discard it. Have a good quality sharpener onhand, and use it as often as needed.

5. Does the Tool Require Replacement Parts?

If you visit a hardware store, you are sure to be amazed at the growing number of variations on common tools. For example, where you may have once bought a simple set of Philips and flathead screwdrivers, now you may be faced with an array of bits, ratcheting handles, power screwdrivers, reversible drill screwdrivers, and cordless screwdrivers.

When it comes to your survival toolkit, don’t put all your reliance on power tools. Aside from problems with EMPs, battery operated tools will never be as strong as those with a power cord. Power tools are truly wonderful to use and very convenient, but they will be worse than useless if you do not have electricity to power them.

Oddly enough, even the most simple hand tools these days may require replacement parts. For example, even though you can buy screwdriver bit sets with dozens of bits in them, they tend to be less durable than full bodied screwdrivers.

When it comes to bit sets, even high quality ones will shear or wear down very quickly. You can, and should keep a high quality set onhand plus a ratcheting handle, but do not overlook full bodied screwdrivers. At the very least, you should have a few of the most popular sizes plus the short shank counterparts for tight areas.

Saws, drills, and other key tools also require replacement parts from time to time. If there is anything that you should stockpile, these items will be more important than anything else. Without a spare blade to replace one that is worn or broken, it will be impossible to complete a number of tasks. When it comes to bugging in, this is truly one place were storing more is better than storing away less.

6. What Kind of Activities Will Ruin It?

Have you ever used a screwdriver to open a can of paint, or the back of a glass cutter to rap on a stubborn jar lid? If so, then you know that some tools are only limited by your imagination.

On the other hand, there are many woodworking tools that cannot be used on metal or plastic. There are also many metal working tools that cannot be used on solid metals or denser metals than they were designed for.

Always read manufacturer specs carefully so that you know what the limits of each tool is. In addition, before adding a tool to your survival stores, be sure to test it out. Try a number of different materials and see how much wear accumulates on the bits or blades.

Pay careful attention to the cutting surfaces. Do they appear darker as if they have been exposed to heat? Did the surface of the blade become even or appear worn?  If any given tool cannot pass these basic tests, then return it to the store immediately and go up to the next highest priced tool. There is absolutely no sense in storing away tools that will wear out after one or two uses when you can replace them now and have confidence in their durability later on.

7. How Best to Use the Tool?

One of the worst things you can do is buy a tool and then figure you will know how to use it when the time comes. For example, even as you read this, you may have hammers, pliers, wrenches, and all kinds of other tools laying around the house. Even though a hammer may seem very simple to use, that does not mean you know how to get the most from it.

Among other things, you may be the type that has to whack a nail several dozen times just to get it through the wood. On the other hand, professional carpenters may be able to drive those nails with a single blow.

Take the time now to learn how to use tools efficiently. Not only will you save wear and tear on the tools, you will find it much easier to complete tasks.

8. How Skilled Are You With the Tool in Question?

Simply reading about how best to use a tool is not the same as actually knowing how to do the job. Consider a situation where you feel that you know how to use a handsaw. Here are just a few things that you may overlook in a time of need. Aside from producing low quality, crooked cuts, some of these problems may actually lead to serious injury.

  • Forgetting to wear goggles when using tools. No matter whether you are cutting, drilling, or shaping wood, metal, plastic, or some other substance, bits of the material will go all over the place. While much of the material may fall as dust at your feet, other bits can very easily get lodged in your eyes. You may at first feel that a bit of sawdust in the eye is a minor inconvenience, but it can scratch the cornea of the eye and leave you with permanent scars that reduce the clarity of your eyesight. If that scratch becomes infected, it can also lead to blindness. Tiny bits of metal can also scratch and do serious damage. If the pieces of metal are big enough, they may also be able to cut blood vessels on the outer portion of the eyeball or in the eyelid.
  • Forgetting to wear a dust mask. If you thought the damage from sawdust or metal bits was bad for your eyes, then you may not realize that it is just as bad on your lungs. Remember that the working parts of your lungs are very fragile, tiny little sacks that allow the exchange of air between the lung tissue and blood vessels. Dust of any kind can ruin them and leave you with steadily decreasing breathing capacity. Though you may not feel it right away, constantly breathing in saw dust or any other type of dust is a true danger to your health.
  • Failure to apply blades and cutting edges in the right direction or angle. Many people feel that as long as the blade is cutting, they are doing things right. On the other hand, adjusting the angle will actually make the work go a lot faster and also prevent damage to the blade itself.
  • Failure to use proper grips and fasteners. Have you ever tried to cut a stick or dowel by bracing it on your leg or the floor? If so, then you may already know that you are wasting a lot of motion and energy trying to keep the material from moving. Always take the time to secure items you are working with using a good quality vice or other fasteners as needed. This is also good practice if you decide to use power tools. Needless to say, if you slip with a hand saw or other hand tool, it can do some serious injury to your hands, arms, or any other body part that gets in the way. If you have the same kind of accident with a power tool, it may well amputate that appendage. In a crisis situation, either type of injury can also  lead to a life threatening infection.

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9. Can You Safely Use the Tool Now as Well as if You Are Injured or Disabled?

As time goes by, an aging body often loses the ability to do many things. For example, arthritis or other joint problems may make it harder to turn a screw driver, use a saw, or hammer nails.

Choose tools that will age with you and still be usable if you become disabled or injured. In this case, you should look for aftermarket grips or other accessories that will make the tool easier and safer to work with. Just make sure that you are as comfortable using these grips as you are a tool without these additional parts.

10. Can You Think of Projects and Ways to Use the Tool Now?

One of the best things you can do when assessing tools for survival needs is to use them now as much as possible. Choose a wide range of projects so that you can get plenty of practice as well as find out how durable the tool is. Here are some projects to use on the tools you plan to keep for survival needs:

  • Build wooden toys with many moving parts. This will help you establish a good level of precision with everything from saws and chisels to screwdrivers and nails.
  • Build cabinets, and then shelves that will need to accommodate fairly large amounts of weight.
  • Build toys or other small items from metal. You can start off by building toys from tin cans. This will help you practice bending and cutting metal as well as learn how to gauge the strength of metals. When working with metal, always take extra care to wear gloves in order to protect your hands from sharp, thin bits that are bound to occur.
  • Build a small shed or some other structure where you must assemble an inner frame and then add a roof, floor, and sides.  From there, you can also try building decks and ramps.
  • Take apart an old lawnmower engine and rebuild it to working order. This will help you learn how to clean grimy parts and recognize those that are worn. You will also learn some important things about dissembling and re-assembling basic engines.
  • Take apart an old motorcycle engine and put it back together. This will be an excellent place to learn how to make replacement parts if needed as well as repair and clean basic engine components.
  • Try taking apart and re-assembling a car from bumper to bumper.  While this may take a few years for the weekend hobbyist, it will truly be worth your effort.

As you can see, choosing tools is about far more than having a nice shiny set of sockets and saws hanging on the back wall of your work room. It is about having a small set of tools that you can rely on to help you get any job done and in any situation.

Take the time now to buy good quality tools and then practice with them as much as possible so that you will have both confidence and skill in a time of need.

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An Urban Farmhouse, Garden and Backyard Chickens – A Dream Come True.

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For the next two weekends, we get to live out a dream in a modern urban farmhouse – complete with a backyard chicken coop, chickens, garden shed, raised beds, and an Any Age Anywhere container garden,    No – it’s not quite at

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23 Must-Have Kitchen Items for Any Survivalist or Prepper

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kitchen must havesRegardless of how many #10 cans of “just-add-water-ready-to-eat” stuff you have, at some point you’re going to have to learn to use a kitchen in much the same way as your granny or your great-granny did, so we’ve put together this list of 38 essential kitchen items for any survivalist.

1. Matches

If you don’t smoke, why on earth would you need matches? Well, if you’re going to learn to cook like granny, that will probably include cooking on top of a wood heat stove or on a wood cook stove with an oven. I know there are ways to start a fire with a magnifying glass, some straw and some kindling, but believe me, matches are easier.

If you’re really good at starting and keeping a fire throughout the three daily meals, you could use as little as one match a day. If you’re not, 20 may not be enough. We have found that the most economical matches are book matches, like you get with a pack of cigarettes. They come in a box of 50 books, 20 matches per book, for about $1.50 in many stores. That’s a lot of lights for cheap. Wooden kitchen matches go for about $3.50 for 250 matches. See the difference? When you’re living off the grid, every penny counts.

2. Can-Opener

As an off-gridder, I’m definitely not talking about the kind of can opener that plugs into a wall. Have at least two good, sturdy hand operated can-openers. The newer ones from China do wear out. We’ve worn out quite a few. We also have an Army C-Ration P-38 can-opener. It takes a little practice to use this device, but once you get the groove going on it, you can open a #10 can in a few seconds.

3. Hand Grain Mill

We personally like the Wondermill Junior Deluxe Hand Grain Mill. (Read The Survival Mom’s review here.) For the money, it’s the best we have found. What can you do with it? Grind wheat, rice, barley, oats, rye, lentils into flour. It can also be used to make nut-butters, like pinion butter, walnut butter, chestnut butter. It will also make cornmeal. The uses are virtually endless, especially if you eat a lot of whole, natural foods. Not all grain mills can be used for this many purposes.

4. Cast Iron/Stainless Steel Cookware 

If you are going to be cooking over a wood stove of any kind, you need durable stainless steel or cast iron cookware. Aluminum (besides not being good for your health) tends to warp on wood cook stoves. Black, cast iron pans heat evenly, hold the heat for a long time and do not warp – not to mention giving you a little dose of iron in your food.

READ MORE: Check out all these uses for cast iron and this set of cast iron essentials.

5. Roasting Pans

Enamelware is best, and so is stainless steel. Make sure the roasting pan will fit into your oven! Wood cook stoves don’t have the same huge ovens as gas or electric stoves.

6. Tea Kettle 

Stainless steel or copper works best for this archaic kitchen appliance. In the winter, a steaming tea kettle on the wood stove not only serves as at-the-ready for tea or coffee, the steam warms and moisturizes the air. Just don’t let it boil down all the way before refilling it.

7. Colanders

Metal (stainless steel) is best. If you have or want some plastic colanders, understand that they will break over time, and most of them are made with BPA in the plastic.

8. Cookie Sheets

These versatile sheets can be used for breads, biscuits, cookies, for drying fruits or veggies. Avoid Teflon coatings or aluminum cookie sheets – get stainless steel.

9-21. Hand Utensils

Again, my recommendation is metal (stainless steel). It’s much better than plastic, and with stainless steel and cast iron cookware, you don’t have to worry about scratches:

Spatulas

Ladles

Serving spoons

Serving forks

Slotted spoons

Pastry cutter

Rolling pin

Sharpening steel

Cheese grater/slicer

Whisk

Potato peeler

Meat tenderizing hammer

22. Measuring Cups and Spoons 

Once again, stainless steel is the best choice for these. A 4-cup glass measuring cup with a pour-spout would be a nice addition, too. Pay attention to the measuring spoons and cups you use most and have at least one or two backups. Those also come in handy on days when you’re doing a lot of cooking and/or baking and reach for the same measuring tools over and over again.

23. Good knives

Good knives are ones that will keep a sharp edge for a reasonable amount of time, not go dull instantly upon use. If you can find old, carbon-steel knives in yard sales or flea markets, they are best – Old Hickory, Old Timers, Imperial are some brands to look for.

READ MORE: Check out The Survival Mom’s list of things to look for whenever you go to a thrift shop or yard sale.

Updated article originally authored by Sheila at SurvivingSurvivalism.

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Spring gardens!

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Spring gardens!
Brett Bauma “Makers On Acres

Spring gardensOn the next episode of the Makers On Acres Tech, Build and Grow show we are going to be discussing preparing for our spring gardens!

On the last episode I talked about indoor gardening, but now is also the time we need to be focusing on and planning our spring gardens and getting ready to produce some food!

1-30-2016 3483926142_fec5aa45f5_bWhat can we really do in February to prepare our gardens? We can be doing a lot of little things that will help set us up for success when we hit the garden hard in the spring. Many times we sit through the winter planning in our heads “The Great Garden” for this year, and when the time comes we get overwhelmed and under produce with poor results.

1-30-16 5268691633_6e90cfcf11_bI will be discussing a few projects that we can all do to get ready and have our plan in effect for a productive and abundant garden this spring. Don’t waste the precious down time. Before tuning into the upcoming show I suggest that you listen to the archive episode from Saturday the 23rd of January about indoor gardening, as some of that show will be helpful when I start referencing seed starting and plant propagation for our spring gardens.

I will also be discussing some building projects and other labor tasks that we can knock out now to make our garden start that much simpler this spring! Be sure to tune in and spread the word!
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Raise Chickens Easily and Naturally with These Free Videos

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Justin Rhodes is a permaculture homesteader in North Carolina who focuses his work on finding the best, most sustainable, most natural way to raise chickens. He studied under Geoff Lawton and Pat Foreman, and he soaked up every bit of chicken knowledge he could find.

Last year he launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a movie about keeping chickens on a permaculture homestead – and it was a huge success. His project was fully funded, and it was picked as a “Staff Favorite” by the employees at Kickstarter. Justin’s full-length feature movie Permaculture Chickens made its public debut in December.

Now he’s offering a series of four educational videos for free, along with some great free bonus resources. You can watch these informative videos for free – they tell Justin’s personal story, and they’re full of good information about how to keep a flock of chickens using natural, sustainable practices that are consistent with the ideas of permaculture.

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Here’s an overview of what’s included in the free videos:

• Putting Chickens to Work for You (hint, hint… they can give you much more than eggs and meat)
• How to Get Started Quickly and Easily (in just one weekend)
• DIY Mobile Chicken Coops
• How to Cut Your Feed Costs (by 100%)
• How to Learn Everything You Need to Know About Raising Chickens in One Evening

And here’s an overview of the free Bonus Resources that are included when you sign up for the free videos:

• Why Chickens – a micro-documentary featuring Joel Salatin, Pat Foreman, and Lisa Steele
• DIY mobile chicken coop plans for Justin’s “Chickshaw” and Chicken Tractor
• Access to the “Getting Started” chapter of the movie Permaculture Chickens
• PDF action plan for cutting feed costs 100%

You can sign up to get free access to Justin’s four free videos below. When you sign up, you will receive an email with a link to watch the first video. Then you’ll get links to the other videos over the next few days. Enjoy the free videos!

Click Here to Sign Up for Four Free Videos (and Bonus Resources)

After you watch the four free videos, you’ll have the opportunity to buy the entire Permaculture Chickens video. As Justin’s affiliate, the Grow Network will receive a percentage of any sales made as a result of this promotion.

 

Patriots’ Prayers for 1-31-2016

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One of the crowd said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”… So Jesus said to him, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” — Mark 29:17, 18, 29

Save and protect, O Lord, these United States of America and have mercy on us.

Father, that which is wrong with America goes well beyond politics and economics. It is a spiritual sickness which infects the USA. No politician, no election, no piece of legislation, will cure spiritual sickness. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age. We know by your teachings that certain demons are more powerful than others, and that those cannot be cast aside easily, but only through the power of prayer.

Therefore, in prayer we turn to You, who delivered Your people from the bondage of the adversary, and through Your Son cast down Satan like lightning. We ask in prayer that You deliver these United States of America also from every influence of the unclean spirits. Command Satan, his demons, and all the principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness of this age, to depart far from these United States by the power of Your only begotten Son. Rescue this nation and its people from demonic influence, delusion and darkness. Fill the American people with the light of the Holy Spirit that we may be guarded against the snares of the crafty demons. Grant that angels always watch over our nation and lead us to the path of righteousness forever, to the honor of Your glorious name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

I base this prayer on Jesus’ healing of the demon possessed boy after His disciples had failed (Mark 9:14-29), on Paul’s teaching regarding prayer & “the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-20), and on a traditional Orthodox prayer against demonic influence. I hope you will pray this prayer often this week, and please share this prayer with others.

Cinnamon rolls turned out okay

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I used my cheap ground cinnamon and I was a bit skimpy with the brown sugar since I was doing a test and did not want to invest the good stuff just in case the cinnamon rolls were a bust. S.Lynn, Mom want’s your yellow cake recipe for cinnamon rolls.

The Sci-fi Chick’s sweet roll dough recipe worked great for the cinnamon rolls!  I made the dough/cinnamon rolls in the evening, placed the plastic wrapped covered  pan in the fridge over night. In the AM, I let the rolls warm on the counter for about 30 minutes then set the oven to 400 degrees F. and baked for 20 minutes.  I think this a great yeast dough, similar to a Brioche dough and I think you  could make yeast donuts or a “monkey bread” sort of recipe but take a lot less time/effort and requires fewer fresh ingredients compared to most sweet yeast bread recipes.

I started prepping about 2006-2007 and many attitudes have changed about prepping. Very few sites worried about “food fatigue” or about morale in your food prepping.  As a beginning prepper I did not care for the you will store …. and you will be grateful for any food!  While that attitude does have it’s place. I prefer prepping so I have more options rather than less.

I don’t think you need to practice being miserable as a prepper. Misery will happen all on it’s own without any effort on your part, if you don’t wimp out on your tests.  For example on my first “water test” I got three 60 gallon water barrel I installed in the basement and filled via 5 gallon water jugs. Gosh, I was physically wiped out in about 2-3 days of moving water up a few steps and heating it up on the electric stove. Next test was “real world” and all water was shutoff while the water lines were replaced.  I was tired after 5 days but using Igloo type jugs to store hot water overnight “in my opinion” is the only to go for backup off grid  hot water. I’m a bit peeved with myself as I did not test out my battery powered shower water pump set up.  I think that using the Zodi water pump shower would have saved a lot of physical effort on my part and perhaps given me a better test if the water outage lasted more than a week.

I bought several food grade 15 gallon water barrels for storage on the main living level. The 15 gallon water barrel (125 pounds)can be moved easily via a small hand truck or loaded into a vehicle via a couple of strong backs or you can siphon the water into smaller 5 gallon water jugs. I can say from experience a gallon of water might keep you alive but it is not enough to keep a house running if you want to bug in.   It will be very hard to cut back on your water use in your home as  bugging is not like camping. Your home/apartment uses a lot of water to maintain a healthy environment, so you need to store water for your home.

Based on my water tests every person in your home should have 15 gallons of water stored in a bedroom closet, via three 5 gallon camp jugs or a 15 gallon food grade water barrel. Plus an empty Insulated Igloo five gallon water jug. In the event of “anticipated  disaster, all family members fill the Igloo jugs with hot water via the tub or shower.  Mom and Dad have a couple 2 gallon/8 quart stock pots for heating water/ boiling water on a propane stove/alternative heat source . You should also add larger water barrels for storage and rain barrels to augment your supplies along with water filters.

With 20 gallons of water per person you will have enough water for two weeks easily plus a buffer if things go south in a disaster. While I think a gallon of water per day is “wishful thinking” having stored 15 gallon of water for each family member plus and extra 5 gallon insulated Igloo jug filled at the last minute with hot or cold water, depending on the season,  strikes me as a good short-term water storage plan.

I have seen the bottles of water that are are orange and not clear coming out of Flint Michigan and that is not counting the lead or other “heavy metals” in the water. Most of the water filters we preppers can buy, can’t handle heavy metal or chemical contamination.  Time to invest in a water distillation process.  Tell me again how we should trust the government at any level. When they can’t even provide safe drinking water?

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Sunday Prepper Bible Study- The Coming Judgement- Pt 1

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Let’s look at the very first chapter in the very first book of prophecy and see if we can spot any parallels between ancient Israel and America.

 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. Isaiah 1:21

America was certainly once full of judgement and righteousness, but now we’ve murdered over 60 million children since Roe vs Wade.

Verse 22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:

US dollars, half dollars, quarters and dimes minted prior to 1965 contained 90% silver.

They now contain no silver, but are made of manganese, zinc, nickel and copper. Zinc being one of the metals  listed in the dictionary definition of dross.

The Hebrew word for silver is Kesph, which was synonymous with money. Even today, some cultures use the same word for silver and money.

For example, Plata, in Spanish can refer to either.

The Hebrew word for Dross is seeg which is the same word they used for backsliding.

It’s worth noting that the Hebrews used the same word for impurity and backsliding. I suppose both reduce the value of whatever subject they happen to be associated with.

The second part of the verse says, Thy wine is mixed with water. The Hebrew word used for mixed in this verse is mahal. More than mix, like mixing the ingredients of a cake, Mahal means to weaken, cut down or adulterate.

I think that’s a very accurate description of America in general. Our education system, monetary system, manufacturing base, legal system, and even the American Church itself has largely been weakened, cut down and adulterated.

Next week, we’ll look at some other similarities between America and ancient Israel from Isaiah 1. For this week, focus on purifying the dross in your own life that is affecting your heavenly value. And, guard against the water that wants to dilute the New Wine of the Spirit in your soul.

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!

Mark

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On Risk Assessment

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Failure to perform an accurate, reality-based risk assessment is one of the most common mistakes people make. Biases of all kinds get in the way, and lead people down a path of distraction, impracticality and obliviousness. Impulsive, bad decision making instead of thoughtful, methodical planning.

What is risk assessment? It’s the process of identifying and prioritizing risks.

On a more concrete level, you step back and ask yourself a few questions:

  • What am I trying to do?
  • What could break/go wrong/interfere?
  • How severe would it be?
  • How likely is it to happen?

For an example, let’s look at a fairly common activity — commuting in your vehicle. Let’s outline some common risks:

  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Dead battery 
  • Run out of gas
  • Car jacking attempt
  • Flat tire
  • Vehicle immobilized due to conditions (bad weather, impassible road conditions)
  • Attacked by a mob of rioters or crazy bikers
Once we have our risks identified, we want to identify the big ones. Do that by triangulating the magnitude of the impact (will get you killed vs. inconvenience) and the likelihood of the risk occurring (common vs. very rare).
At that point, you have your risk assessment in hand.
Now, you can get to work on putting controls and plans into place to avoid or at least mitigate the effects of those risks should they occur. Your most severe / most probable risks should take precedence, but don’t ignore the others.
These controls can take the form of activities or habits that you perform — for example, always filling up your tank when you get below 1/2. Or they can take the form of physical preparations and gear–in the commuting example, that would mean carrying jumper cables, a jack and spare tire, gas can, trauma kit and so on. 
A few other examples of some common activities, risks and controls:
Task: Family security and safety at home
Risks and controls:
  • Home invasion / armed robbery
    • Sturdy doors and locks, and the habit of always locking the doors
    • Alarm system (and habit of using it)
    • Dog
    • Home defense guns (accessible quickly, and training / mindset to use)
    • Family plan
  • Fire
    • Smoke alarm
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Family plan / evac routes
    • Homeowner’s / renter’s insurance
    • Off-site backups of important documents / data
  • Household accident
    • First aid kit and training
    • Emergency contact numbers
    • Family plan
  • Natural disaster
    • Designated safe room
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Comms gear (back up cell phone, weather radio, HAM radio if licensed)
    • Stored food and water
    • Family plan and evac practice
    • Bug out bags aka 72 hour kits and other survival supplies
    • Evac routes and destination planned
Task: Family security and safety outside the home
  • Armed attacker(s) (robbery, active shooter, kidnapping attempt, road rage, etc.)
    • Concealed carry license and handgun (carried regularly)
    • Firearms training
    • Self defense training
    • Anti-kidnapping / escape training for family
    • Trauma kit, flashlight, knife and other tools
    • Practice situational awareness
    • Avoid high threat areas and situations
    • Family plan
  • Vehicle accident
    • Trauma kit and training
    • Self-extraction tools within arms reach
    • Drive defensively and avoid driving in terrible conditions
    • Buy vehicles with good safety ratings / keep them in good condition
  • Natural disaster
    • Get home bags and supplies in vehicles and/or some basics in EDC gear
    • Situational awareness
    • Communications gear
    • Family plan, rendezvous points and evac plans
Task: Provide for family financially
  • Job Loss / loss of income (normal economy)
    • 3 month emergency fund
    • Both spouses work (or are able to)
    • Maintain network of business contacts
    • Multiple income streams
    • Alternate skills
    • Unemployment insurance
    • Live within means and minimize debt
    • Food storage and other stores at home
  • Economic crash / banking system collapse
    • Cash on hand
    • Precious metal holdings / other ‘tangible’ investments
    • Food storage
    • Food production ability
    • Off-grid capabilities (power, water, etc.)
    • Ability to switch to ‘barter’ economy — valued skills or production ability
  • Health problem / inability to work
    • Emergency fund and savings
    • Health insurance
    • Disability insurance
    • Both spouses work (or are able to)
    • Passive income streams
    • Live within means and minimize debt
You’ll note that many of the “controls” are good for more than one risk — those are smart ones to focus on.
You can get more specific or less specific than the risks above; focus on a very specific task or mission, for example. Here’s another:
Task: Travel from home to bug out/evac location during time of emergency
  • Vehicle becomes stranded or stuck (congestion, road conditions, bad weather, EMP)
    • Travel in a group of 2+ vehicles
    • Drive 4x4s with off-road tires, winch and tow straps (less likely to get stuck)
    • Alternate routes planned (avoid getting stuck)
    • Maintain situational awareness
    • Alternate transportation (dirt bike and ATVs)
    • Have on-foot routes planned and packs for the journey
  • Bridge over river is impassible
    • Alternate routes planned (alternate bridge 15 miles away)
    • Plan to leave vehicles and float / swim across river
    • One vehicle to have inflatable raft in case of crossing
  • Attacked en route to location
    • Travel in group of 2+ vehicles
    • Take tactical driving course
    • Training and response plan (e.g., drive through at high speed if possible, else bail out from vehicles and engage)
    • Weapons and support gear in vehicles
    • On-foot routes planned / bags for the journey in case vehicles must be ditched or become inoperable
    • Communications gear to call for support
    • Trauma kits
    • Plan routes through decent areas, including alternate routes
    • Situational awareness
Avoid the temptation to focus purely on extreme impact events that have an extremely low likelihood of happening. Our minds have a tendency to focus on those big, scary things and artificially inflate their perceived likelihood of happening–that one in a billion event can become a perceived near certainty overnight. Devoting too much time and resources to any one extreme long shot event can be unbalancing, unhealthy and counterproductive. 
There is also the idea of “risk acceptance,” which is simply recognizing the risk exists but not taking any actions to control or mitigate that risk. You may choose not to take action because of cost, resources, laziness, acceptance of impact should the risk occur or your judgment on how likely the risk is to occur. 
People do the risk acceptance math all the time, whether consciously or not. They live in hurricane zones but have zero in the way of emergency supplies, they say things like “if the crap hits the fan, I guess I will just die,” or maybe they’d just rather spend their time and resources on fun and leisure. To each their own.
Corporate, government and military planning is full of risk assessment — it’s used by business execs planning expansion into new regions, NASA for planning missions into space, and spec ops units gearing up for a direct action raid against a terrorist cell. 
Think through the eventualities, plan and prepare for the bad things that can happen.

Culper’s Latest Sitrep

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I’ve noticed some of the “Wish I was” crowd out there berating those who have said we won’t allow any more “Free Waco’s”, then using the LaVoy Finicum shooting as their excuse to say what we’ve said is nothing but talk. Of course the biggest shit talkers keep saying they’ll do something, aaaaand never do (even when they’re relatively nearby), and they’re always saying you should get “Off the porch”, which is something they know nothing about except in their imagination. The range of an excuse is zero meters asshole (and you’ve given plenty of them). By all means, show us how it’s done (oh that’s right, you don’t know how it’s “Done”, do you?) First off killing one man, although tragic, is not “Going Waco”. This quote is in the body of Sam’s report, and I think it is apropos.

“The stated mission of the Pacific Patriots Network and Oath Keepers has been to prevent another Waco scenario, where federal agents mass murder American citizens during an assault on a compound.  That mission has so far been accomplished.” 

I agree that “Going Waco” is a mass murder of American citizens, not one brave man being placed in a bad situation, and he is killed because he went for a weapon, or was murdered trying to give up. Should something be done about the Finicum Death/Murder? Yes. The first thing is to wait and see what evidence comes out (audio for one) to show what actually happened, instead of the BS conjecture that is floating around, like the shit I mentioned in this post. If you don’t have that kind of patience, you are missing a crucial part of your preparedness skills. 

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Malheur SITREP – 1900L 29 JAN 16

Situation Report (SITREP) – 1900L 29 JAN 16

by Sam Culper

What follows is my personal account of following the situation of late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, including talks with sources on the ground and on conference calls with Sergeant Major Joseph Santoro (U.S.A., Ret.), Stewart Rhodes, State Representative Matthew Shea (R-WA), Jason Van Tatenhove, and others.  Much of the following information has been poorly covered by the media or not reported at all.

– After the felony stop, Sergeant Major Joseph Santoro (U.S.A., Ret.), who has been on the ground in Burns for approximately three weeks, began communicating with FBI contacts. A top priority for SGM Santoro, acting in coordination with Pacific Patriots Network, Oath Keepers National, Stewart Rhodes, State Representative Matthew Shea (R-WA) from the Coalition of Western States (C.O.W.S.) and a Coalition representative at the Refuge, was to work with the FBI in order to give enough time for women and children at the Refuge to leave. He repeatedly expressed his concern that an FBI action on the compound would result in further loss of life, including the potential for harm to women and children. SGM Santoro convinced his FBI contacts to delay any action on the Refuge, while a C.O.W.S. representative at the Refuge worked to get the women and children packed up to leave. Through numerous phone calls and face to face coaxing, a majority of the occupiers agreed to leave. Additionally, a YouTube video posted by David Fry early Thursday morning confirms that conditions at the Refuge were ‘chaotic’ as occupiers packed up to leave as quickly as possible.

– The stated mission of the Pacific Patriots Network and Oath Keepers has been to prevent another Waco scenario, where federal agents mass murder American citizens during an assault on a compound.  That mission has so far been accomplished.

– According to sources at the Refuge, there weren’t enough vehicles to transport everyone who wanted to leave the Refuge. SGM Santoro relayed that to the FBI, and the FBI contacts instructed those without a vehicle to drive a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) vehicle parked at the Refuge into Burns and park it at a location where it would later be picked up by BLM officials.

– According to sources at the Refuge, Jason Patrick, who decided to stay, became angry that most occupiers were leaving, and refused to move a vehicle so that they could leave the Refuge Headquarters. Those leaving were forced to drive through private property in order get back to a highway, where they began their trip back into Burns, and then home.

– At approximately 0200L on the morning of 27 January, sources in contact with the FBI claimed that the remaining occupiers were given until 0400L to vacate, implying that action might be taken to remove them if they stayed past the deadline. At 0400L, no action was taken, and as of 1900L on Friday, 29 January, no direct action has been taken at the Refuge.

– On Wednesday afternoon, Duane Ehmer, the cowboy who infamously rode his horse while hoisting an American flag, was arrested by the FBI.

– On Wednesday evening, negotiations with Jason Patrick were finally successful and he agreed to leave the refuge. According to sources familiar with the story, the FBI told Jason Patrick that he was free to leave. After walking seven miles out of the Refuge to the FBI checkpoint to be picked up and carried into Burns by PPN personnel, he was arrested by law enforcement at 1910L due to an outstanding warrant. (Analyst Comment: Jason Patrick was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t. Being one of the more ardent protesters at the Refuge, the FBI likely considered him to be one of the top instigators, especially after he decided to stay as most others left.  Still, according to sources, the FBI told Jason Patrick that he was free to go, after which Jason decided to leave only to be arrested by law enforcement and taken into federal custody.  Because the FBI said Jason was free to leave and have not made good on their promise to him, the FBI has further tarnished their credibility with the occupiers, the Pacific Patriots Network, and the people of Harney County.  Furthermore, this event may be another reason why the remaining four occupiers have not taken up FBI offers to vacate.)

The following portion of the SITREP covers unfolding events at the Malehur National Wildlife Refuge and in the vicinity of (IVO) Burns, OR over the past 24 hours.

– As of 1800L on Thursday, 29 January, four protesters remain at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  David Fry, the author of the YouTube channel DefendYourBase has been uploading videos and intermittently live-streaming the occupation since early Wednesday morning.  Despite calls from Ammon Bundy to leave the Refuge, which were iterated through his attorneys, David Fry recently stated that he was going to remain “to the end.”

– Sources familiar with the ongoing situation say that FBI agents have been in contact with Fry since Wednesday, attempting to negotiate their departure.  At one point, multiple occupiers had negotiated to walk away, however, they later decided to remain.  Fry is also speaking with media by cell phone on their continued occupation.

– There are efforts underway to organize large gatherings in Burns and Eugene, Oregon to protest the killing of LaVoy Finicum in front of the governor’s office and another building.  Follow the Pacific Patriots Network for additional and up to date information.

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JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

Stockpile For When Times Are Lean

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I am so glad that we have food storage and other items , like toilet paper, etc. It is coming in handy now . Truck driving for the company my husband drives for is slow in the winter. It started getting slow about the middle of December and they say it will be like that until about March. So our stockpile has really come in handy. I still go to the grocery store when there is something on sale that we would like to have. Like , this week they had big bags of french fries on sale for 99 cents! There is no way that I could pass that up. Tater tots and french fries are a great addition to a grilled Turkey burger. We are still saving money to buy some land this spring, not as much as would like to , but any little bit is an addition to the savings jar! It is being added to , not subtracted from. We will make it thru this and be much stronger and learn more about stockpiling and being prepared because of it.

Be safe and PREPARED!

7 Survival Uses for Plastic Shower Curtains

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Plastic Shower Curtain Survival Uses

If you plan to use a shower curtain that has been used in the traditional way as a shower curtain you will want to get rid of any mildew and hard water deposits on the curtain before packing away. One simple way is to lay the curtain out flat and spray with undiluted white vinegar. Let the vinegar work for 30 minutes and then rinse well with water, and hang to dry. You do not want to roll or fold up a plastic curtain with mildew on it and then stick it in your pack.

Most standard shower curtains are more or less 72 by 72 inches. The plastic is heavy enough to sew/stitch together, and yet can be easily fitted to objects such as your body.

Emergency Poncho

Drape the shower curtain over your head and shoulders with the grommet side to the ground. It would be good to have a magic marker handy at this point. Put a dot on the plastic where it touches each shoulder. Remove the curtain and put a small piece of duct tape over the dot on each side of the plastic.

You will put a hole through each piece of tape. The tape helps to keeps the holes from expanding. Next, cut two pieces of cordage and knot one end of each piece and then thread a piece through both holes. Put the emergency poncho back over your head and shoulders and tie off the pieces of cordage to hold the ad hoc poncho in place. You can from this point repeat the process so you can tie off the poncho to hold the hood in place and to pull the poncho together further down your body. Tie off under the chin for the hood, but keep in mind you do not want to create a choking hazard.

Another method would be to cut a piece out of the center that your head would fit through and simply wear that way, but your head would be unprotected and water will easily drip through the opening. Use duct tape around the edges of any holes you cut to keep the plastic from tearing.

Emergency Shelter

Two shower curtains can be connected using the grommets to create a shelter. Use as you would any nylon or canvas tarp. Clear shower curtains would create the same effects as a greenhouse, so for cold weather shelters, this would be ideal if there is sunshine to warm the plastic, and thus, radiate heat to your body during the day. For nighttime, you could cover the shelter with pine boughs, pine needles, grasses, leaves or any vegetation to reduce the heat conduction from inside the shelter.

Once again use duct tape to harden any holes you put in the plastic. You may have to use cordage along the bottom to secure to limbs or ground stakes, and so you do not want the plastic tearing.

Warm the Inside of Your Vehicle by Securing the Curtain over the Front Windshield

Tape the curtain so it catches the sun if you are stranded in your vehicle. This will create a greenhouse effect and increase the temperature inside the car during the daylight hours. At night, you would reverse the process by using Mylar emergency blankets to reflect heat back into the vehicle.

Make Shift Greenhouse

You can take supple saplings, or any flexible plastic or other material to create a rounded greenhouse. Anchor one end to the ground and then bend over the sapling or PVC and secure the other end in the ground to create a half hoop. Drape the plastic over the hoops and secure. This would be a very small greenhouse but it can be used in the daylight hours to give your plants the much-needed sunshine, while still being protected in cold weather. You would likely have to protect the plants at night by moving them indoors or use some other means.

Waterproof Sleeping Bag Cover

Fit and cut the plastic to size making sure you do not cut the grommets off. Use the grommets so you do not have to cut so many holes in the plastic to secure together. Once cut to size stitch together using cordage or use duct tape for a more temporary cover.

Make a Water Bladder Using a Straw and a Piece of Shower Curtain

You would simply cut a round piece and tie off as if you were making a typical sachet but, this time, put a straw in the center as you tie off so you can drink from the bladder and then refill the bladder. You obviously cannot tip the bladder over but you can secure it so it can be carried over your shoulder or hung on your pack.

Collect Rain or Morning Dew

Make a depression in the ground and cover with the plastic to create a cup to collect rain or dew. You can also drape the plastic over vegetation or rocks, but you will need to create small depressions in the plastic for the moisture to collect in.

The uses for plastic during a survival situation are virtually endless. With a little imagination, you can come up with even more uses for a plastic shower curtain.

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Here’s The Quickest Way To Grow Indoor Food This Winter

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Here's The Quickest Way To Grow Indoor Food This Winter

The benefit of growing sprouts, particularly in winter when most garden vegetables are dormant, goes far beyond their flavor.  An excellent indoor crop, sprouts pack a lot of nutritional punch for their tiny size, including many of the vitamins, minerals and protein needed in a balanced diet.

Lentils, beans and peas are particularly good for you; they’re comprised of up to 25 percent protein and provide a good source of iron, potassium, vitamins A and D, and other nutrients.

Seeds from most vegetables, herbs and legumes will produce edible sprouts in their early stage, but the most popular sprouts come from beans, peas and some greens. Growing sprouts to supplement your winter produce is easy, inexpensive and full of variety. With a well-stocked pantry, you can enjoy a surprising range of meals with sprouts, helping your family break out of the monotony caused by winter’s limited harvests.

Sprouting Seeds

Although you can easily sprout most seeds, you may wish to start with some better-known varieties. Alfalfa, mung bean, lentil, green pea or wheat seeds are a great place to start. Choose seeds intended for growing, as beans and seeds intended for cooking will not germinate as easily. Most commercially available sprouting seeds are sold by weight. Plan on half an ounce of dry seeds per half cup serving for most sprouts; alternatively, you can save your own seeds for sprouting, and measure 1/8 cup dry seeds per serving. Other than your seeds, all you really need to begin is water and a container.

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Here's The Quickest Way To Grow Indoor Food This WinterSelect a plastic, glass or ceramic container with its own lid to use as a sprouting container.  Follow these steps to sprout your seeds:

  1. Rinse the seeds to get rid of dust, loose hulls and dirt.
  2. Soak the seeds in warm water for half a day. If you do this overnight, you won’t be tempted to disturb the soaking process.
  3. Once soaking is complete, remove any floating seeds, as these won’t germinate. Drain water from seeds using a strainer or cloth and return seeds to sprouting container.
  4. Soak a clean cloth or paper towel in warm water and cover the seeds. Put the lid on the container and move it to a location where it won’t be disturbed. You don’t need light for sprouting, but you should place the sprouting container where it will remain at room temperature.
  5. Soak seeds in clean, lukewarm water and drain twice a day: every morning and every evening, returning the seeds to covered container draped in freshly wet cloth after soaking. Seeds will be fully sprouted after 4-6 days, when the hulls are all separated from the sprouts. Rinse in cool water, allow leaves to dry, and place sprouts in refrigerator.

Types of Sprouts

The variety of plants edible in sprout form is almost limitless, but they can be grouped into a few categories. Bean sprouts come from bean, legume, and pea seeds and are tasty in recipes cooked and uncooked. Leafy sprouts, grasses, greens and microgreens — best eaten raw — come from edible grasses, lettuce, herb, and leafy vegetable seeds. A number of grains, including oats, millet and rye, make excellent salad and sandwich sprouts.

How to Eat Sprouts

Finding ways to include sprouts in your recipes is easy and restricted only by your imagination. You’ll be rewarded with a punch of flavor and a boost of essential nutrients.

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If you want to get beyond the obvious uses for sprouts — salads, sandwiches and stir-frys — then try one of these suggestions.

  • Mixed sprouts in hot cereal for breakfast. Add the sprouts right at the end of cooking, and stir them in to warm them. Wheat, rye, sunflower and peanut sprouts stirred into oatmeal with a dash of maple syrup makes a comforting start to a winter day.
  • Sprouted omelet. Prepare a plain or cheese omelet, and fold it over raw arugula, beet, cress or broccoli sprouts. If you like a bit of bite, try radish or mustard sprouts.
  • Sprout smoothie. Blend a handful of alfalfa, wheat, rye or oat sprouts into your favorite smoothie mix for hidden greens. Oat sprouts pair well with berries and bananas, or try a tropical smoothie with wheatgrass. A great way to give yourself a boost.
  • Bean(sprout) Burrito. Warm your favorite bean sprouts in a skillet, and pack a tortilla full. Top with guacamole, rice, Pico de gallo and hot peppers if you’re so inclined. A filling — and fast — meal!

Once you begin adding sprouts to your recipes, you’re sure to find it addictive. There is virtually no simpler food to grow, and when you tire of one sprout, just try another. Keep a supply of your favorite sprouting seeds on hand all year, and beat the blahs between harvests. Experiment freely – your crop will grow in less than a week – and enjoy the concentrated power of sprouted seeds.

Do you have any sprout-growing tips? How do you eat sprouts? Share your ideas in the section below:

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AIRSOFT GUNS AND GEAR COMING SOON!

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January 2016 EDC Purse Dump

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January 2016 EDC Purse Dump

1. Nintendo New 3DS XL in Red + Pokemon Alpha Sapphire 2. Key + Paracord on Carabiner 3. Xyla Ricochet Mints With Xylitol 4. Eye Drops (Life/Shoppers Drug Mart Brand) 5. Nivea Hydro Car Lip Balm Chap Stick 6. Hair Elastics 7. Moto G 2nd Gen Smart Phone + Ringke Slim Phone Case 8. Spyderco Sage 1 Carbon Fiber EDC Pocket Knife… Read More

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Ultramarathoning Tips for Non Running Preppers

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The Best Bushcraft Axes

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by Megan

The survival knife may be the most talked about tool, but smart preppers know some tasks are better suited for a bushcraft axe or hatchet. First assess what kinds of tasks you will be doing most often and then decide the type of axe you need. The distinguishing factors between axes is primarily in handle length, and in the cutting ability of the blade.

An axe is made up of several major sections: the axe edge or blade, the head, and the handle. The blade is typically made of steel; handles are traditionally hickory wood but can be glass filled nylon or fiberglass. You can choose from multiple categories of axes including maul axes, felling axes, forest and carpentry axes, hatchets, and tomahawks.

What to Look for in an Axe Blade

Typically made of steel, the sharp edge of an axe is called the blade or bit and on each corner of the bit are the heel of head and toe of head. Either side of the blade is beveled with a slight arch called the ramp or cheek, and the opposing end of the blade is called the butt or poll.

Your choice of axe edge will depend on how you use your axe most often. A convex blade will crack wood but won’t sink down very deep when you swing and is best for splitting wood without jamming. Concave blades cut deeper and work well for felling trees or stripping branches from the trunk.

A good properly beveled and sharpened blade is a must have tool. It can also be dangerous so invest in a quality sheath to protect both the blade and you from damage. Blades can be sharpened with an axe file and stone set. Because of the hardness of the steel blade, it takes work to sharpen the blade once it is dull.

About Handle Characteristics

A haft or handle is traditionally made of wood, often hickory. New materials like fiberglass and glass filled nylon can absorb shock and make handles virtually indestructible. The handle can be 14 to 36 inches long and mounted to the head using a wood or metal wedge and eye, the oval hole, near the poll. Beneath the poll is the shoulder running down to the heel of haft. Under the head on the other side is the neck which runs down to the long outward curve, called the belly and down to the toe of haft.

Grain

The grain needs to be as vertical as possible from length of the handle straight from the neck to haft toe and from heel to the haft shoulder. Wood handles are typically crafted from hickory trees, so grain can be off some, not all trees are straight after all. Avoid any handle with a diagonal grain as it increases the likelihood the handle will split under repeated use.

Balance

One of the important criteria for a handle is the balance. It needs to be level from the handle toe to the head. Check balance by laying the axe across your hand with the neck to shoulder hanging off your thumb and finger. Neither the bit nor the poll should touch your hand. This will give you an axe that is a pleasure to use for whatever task is at hand.

Alignment and Weight of the Head

The cutting ability of your axe is affected by the alignment of the head. Believe it or not, axes manufactured the same way can vary in how the head and handle align. It’s best to inspect each axe in stock prior to purchasing any model. Grasp the head in your hand. The bit as you look down it, should align exactly along the handle toward the haft toe.

You also have to consider how much the axe head weighs. Lighter head axes are usually easier to transport and easier to use one-handed like a hatchet, if you hold it close to the head. The heavier an axe head, the more effective it will be in cutting. For bushcraft axes the lighter the better.

Select the Proper Size Axe

Grasp the axe head with blade forward in your hand, arm out and tuck the handle into your armpit. The toe of haft should settle easily in your armpit. For adult males, choosing an axe this way means it will have a longer handle but don’t hesitate to select a shorter handle if you determine that’s what you need. Taller people, over 6’4”, will find a handle closer to 36 inches in length easier to use.

There are in fact different types of axes. The main difference is in the length of the handle. The common length for most people to be comfortable is between 21-23”. Consider how to fit the tool into your BOB or rucksack, the material it’s made of, and the comfort of the grip in addition to how it will be used.

Handles range in length from longer maul, felling, and broad axes to the ¾ axe, forest, carpenter axes, to hatchets, and the short kid of the bunch, the tomahawks. Long handled axes are designed for two handed use (30-33” handles), mid-length handles can be used single handed or both when occasion calls for it, whereas shorter ones, called hatchets, are easier to use with one hand (14-16” handles).

For most types of activities, you will carry out such as cutting down occasional saplings, splitting and chopping wood, stripping limbs, a standard length axe from 19-23” will work just fine. For heavy logging, regular felling, or splitting bigger, heavier trees, you might want to look at the longer felling, maul, and broad axes.

  1. Felling Axes

These generally have a very sharp, thin edge with a gradually tapered head for cutting grain crosswise so every swing cuts deep. Not good for splitting wood as the blade can get stuck in the split and break coming back out. Heads are mid-weight at 2.5 to 4 pounds, most handles range from 28 to 36 inches. Models are often named after the region where they were created, such as Hudson Bay, Jersey, or Dayton axes.

Amer 4lb Felling Axe by Council Tool

American made with a 4 1/2” sharp on arrival cutting edge. The head is 4 pounds of heat treated tempered 5160 Alloy Steel. Holds its edge thanks to an Rc of 50-54 but will chip so take care around rocks. Its beautifully made 35-inch handle comes unfinished, but is smooth and feels great in the hand. Say goodbye to bounce back strikes and glancing blows and get used to zero wasted swing with this well-balanced axe. Worth the investment if you do a lot of logging or clearing.

  1. Three-Quarter Axes

These are great for light chopping work and for removing limbs. Can quickly turn medium size logs into kindling. Heads around 2 pounds. Typically used one handed but with 21 to 28-inch handles, these are long enough to use with two hands when the occasion calls for it.

Cold Steel 90TA Trail Boss Axe

Holds and keeps an edge like axes of yesteryear. 4” blade and 4 ½” cutting edge takes a big bite with every swing. 4 1/2” edge will need sharpened when it arrives. Careful use of a file to get a paper slicing edge which will hold much longer than a hair-shaving edge. Edge comes covered with rubber only, you will need a sheath.

European style 6 ½” head is 105 drop forged carbon steel and weighs in at 2 ½ pounds. Heat treated butt and cutting edge produces a durable, sharp edge and lets the remainder of the head absorb impact force. Black looking blade paint can be removed easily with paint stripper. Features a very stout straight-grained hickory handle. This 21 1/2” long handle is stout, straight-grained hickory and long enough for two handed grip if needed, but short enough for an amateur to swing one-handed. No lanyard hole.

Light enough to carry all day in hand or strapped to a pack frame. Heavy and tough enough for chores that would be torture for a hatchet or tomahawk. Can be easily mounted on an ATV or tucked behind a truck seat. Great for processing kindling, trail clearing, or even felling a full sized tree. True versatility and a pretty good axe for the money.

  1. Splitting Mauls

Utilizes a blunt, fat, heavy wedge-shaped head to rend logs along the grain. The 6 to 8-pound head delivers a more forceful strike, won’t get stuck or jam. The handle is longer, typically having less curve which enables the user to wrangle the maul further into the split after the first stroke. Its broad butt can double as a hammer with a wedge or second axe to execute the split.

Fiskars X27 Splitting Maul

The Fiskars X27 is definitely a superior splitter. It comes with a nice wedge and the weight is nice. The blade is unfortunately a lower quality steel which will need re-sharpened frequently. The flared handle end is great because it is less likely to slip out of your hand. The handle is not replaceable which isn’t really a problem since the material is very durable. Some may dislike the synthetic plastic feel.

Traditional American Splitting Maul

This 7-pound maul is superior steel with an edge that doesn’t need retouched as often. The hickory handle has better whip, is more flexible, and can be replaced if needed over time. If you’re looking for a vintage tool, with a handle that develops character over time, this is the maul you want.

  1. Splitting Axes

Designed to split wood fibers apart, not cut them. Fiberglass or wood handles available. Typically, lighter than a maul axe, especially fiberglass handled ones. The weight is its greatest asset allowing you to use it for hours with less fatigue. Blade is softer so you must place log on a block to split.

Hults Bruk Bjork Splitting Axe

Hand-forged Swedish steel head weighs in at 3.50 pounds and is the result of blasted and clear lacquered ironwork. Holds a very sharp edge even after frequent sharpening. The curved 30-inch handle is American hickory and designed for splitting larger logs or processing firewood. Leather sheath, detailed user’s manual, and storage box are included.

Gransfors Bruk Splitting Axes

The Gransfors Bruk Splitting Axe comes in small (model 441) or large (model 442). Both are forged with a thin, concave bit. Both axes have the steel collar under the head, grooves near the end to aid grip, and leather sheath. The small splitting axe is ideal for processing moderate sized firewood. The 23-inch handle is in the comfortable range for most people and the head is 3.5 pounds. Model 442, the larger axe has a head weighing in at 5 pounds and a longer 27.5-inch handle.

  1. The Broadaxe

Gets its name from the lower part of the blade which hangs further below the rest of head, (called a long beard) and its large bits. Blade bevel can be single-sided, like a chisel or on dual sides producing a more scalloped cut. Its controlled cut enables rounded log edges while still creating a flat top, perfect for creating beams. The side of the bevel indicates either a right or left handed axe.

Gransfors Broad Axe, Model 1900

Good for squaring planks and logs. Choice of bevel, double, or left or right side. Choose doubled beveled for visible deep cuts when squaring. The 19” handle based on traditional Swedish techniques. Forged professionally by blacksmiths, no need to smooth, stone, or grind to eliminate imperfections. Priced around $300, choose wisely, it’s definitely an investment.

  1. Forest Axes

The forest axe typically falls in between the carpenter axe size and a felling axe size. The 19-inch handle is long enough for two handed use if need be but short enough to handle more precise one handed tasks regularly. If held close to the head, it can be effective for controlled carving needs. The head is typically around 1 ½ to 2 lbs.

Husqvarna 26 in. Multipurpose Axe

The Husqvarna 3 ¼” cutting edge arrives far from razor sharp, but once you sharpen to a keen edge, it’s fine. If you aren’t skilled with sharpening, practice on something else first. Steel appears to be same quality as the Wetterlings, definitely sturdier than the average axe. The extreme hardness of the blade can cause it to be brittle in winter weather so avoid using the blade when cold from being left out overnight.

Head is light but longer than most for a good bite on your wood. Hand forged head, 6 5/8” long mounted on what is actually a Wetterling manufactured handle, with Husqvarna markings. Do as any bush crafter would, sand and protect the handle with several coats of linseed oil. A high class axe comparable to the Gransfors Bruks at a decent price. It comes with a snug fitting leather sheath. Good for felling small hardwoods, prepping firewood, or limb removal if needed.

  1. Carpenter’s Axes

Intended as a single-handed axe, it’s larger than a hatchet with a 1.5- pound head and 10 to 14-inch handle. Longer beard allows gripping closer to the head for better control, it’s great for more delicate woodworking.

Husqvarna Carpenter’s Axe

The edge of this little beauty is relatively long and straight for whittling and carving. Great for carving and crafting for making bow drill sets and long bows. The light 2.2-pound head is forged of top quality Swedish steel, 6 ¼” long and built for your hand to get near as possible to edge for great control. The 17 ½ to 19 ½” handle is of trusted hickory wood with a drilled lanyard hole and leather sheath.

Similar to a small Hudson Bay axe, it’s good for wood working tasks and carpentry projects. Can handle camp chores that require an axe but is also great for removing limbs with one chop, or chopping small to medium sized trees. Easy to sharpen with a file similar to any knife, it’s an asset to any survival kit.

  1. Hatchets

The shorter handled axes, also called hatchets, are great for smaller jobs. They can still do the job for occasional chopping and splitting of wood but aren’t ideal for that on a daily basis. These are great for camping trips or backyard projects. If your BOB only has space for only an axe or a hatchet, in most cases you will want to go with a hatchet.

Estwing E24A Sportsman’s Hatchet

Made in the USA, the head and shaft are one piece of drop forged fine steel. Better suited for firewood than cabinetry, woodcrafters may be disappointed in the edge and bevel. The head is high quality, tapered, and thinner than most hatchets and easier to sharpen. The ergonomic handle is easier on the arm than a heavier wooden hatchet and has a nice leather grip.

This is probably the axe your grandfather kept on the farm. It’s lightweight and nicely balanced so great for around camp, for home remodel or small building projects. Avoid chopping anything larger than your wrist. Inspect the leather grip as it will suck up water once the finish starts to crack and may need a little modification, sanding, and several applications of oil to help it hold up to the elements.

Gerber Gator Combo Axe II

Rugged stainless steel head with extremely sharp edge that holds well even under some abuse or heavy use. Nicks and notches are easily remedied with a file and sharpening tool. Blade length is 2.7”. The handle is shorter than your standard axe but stores a coarse handsaw that makes this a 2 in 1 tool.

Great for harvesting young saplings, carving, or to trim and selectively remove unwanted foliage growth. Comfortable defensive weapon if needed, good side for recreational use. Does okay splitting logs, comes with black nylon sheath. Priced at just under $60, it’s relatively inexpensive for the quality.

Gransfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet

The Gransfors Bruk or GB is a name most will recognize as high quality. It arrives nicely sharpened and can quickly be brought to a hair shaving edge. The bottom tip of the edge is flat but doesn’t affect efficiency and it will disappear with use. The head is hand forged steel, the finish is a bit rough and uneven.

The wood handle is well balanced and fits comfortably in the hand. Treat with a little boiled linseed oil and keep in the leather sheath to protect it. Great for camping, cutting firewood, carving stakes or even home construction in conjunction with a chainsaw. It’s more expensive but is a lifetime investment.

  1. Tomahawk/Throwing Axe

Originally intended for use as a close range or melee range weapon, the tomahawk or throwing axe is typically the shortest of axes with a handle length around 12 inches. The heavier weight and 12-inch length affect spin rate, throwing distance, and give the throwing axe or tomahawk, a more severe impact, than a throwing knife. The tomahawk’s sharp blade means that it can also be used to cut down trees if need be.

Fast Hawk by SOG with one-foot handle and weighing in at 15 ounces total comes with a nylon sheath. Stainless steel head is black coated to minimize reflection. Intended for military, its comfort fit and polymer handle make it good for throwing in addition to self-defense. Top rated and priced $25-50.

Shiflett by Heartland-a lightweight at 12 ounces, with a full tang blade, its handle is just shy of 12 inches and it comes with a nylon sheath. It’s the least expensive of the short kids at around $15-20. It has a blade on both sides but its sole use is as a throwing axe. It’s extremely light and spins fast. Ideal for newbies who need to gain confidence by hitting a target easily.

Cold Steel Trail Hawk

The head weighs in at 12.5 ounces with a 2 ¼” edge drop forged from 1055 carbon steel and a blade or hawk length 6 ½” long. Differentially treated means hammer and edge is fully hardened but the balance is made to take in the impact of striking blows.

The 22” American hickory wood handle with a very beefy cross section, weighs in at about 10 ounces. It’s not a hatchet and cannot split as nearly as well as a fixed head hatchet. True throwing hawks do have a loose head. The Cold Steel Trail Hawk is inexpensive but will last for years with a little TLC before use. Some aggressive modifications are required to turn it into an ideal throwing or defensive weapon.

Conclusion

Overall, axe selection is very much a matter of personal preference. The best way to select your axe is to first determine what its primary function will be and then select the axe in that category that is most comfortable and within your budget. If you consider cutting and splitting capacity as well as handle fit, you’ll have a tool that will be a pleasure to use and rely on for axe related tasks in any situation.

Do you have a favorite that didn’t make our review list? Feel free to tell us about it in the comments below.

Remembering…My Deliverance FromWage-Slavery(And My Escape From Prison)

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Dateline: 31 January 2016 AD

The Entrance to Auburn State Prison
Today is the third anniversary of my deliverance from wage slavery. Longtime readers already know my story, but I’ll be recollecting it here, again and again, in one way or another, every January 31st, for as long as I keep cranking out these blog posts. 

As far as life stories go, this one is pretty simple. No one will be making any movies about it. But if you were me, you would know it’s actually a remarkable unfolding of events as well as the fulfillment of a long-held hope.

The backstory is pertinent. It begins around the end of 1998 and into 1999. That was when I experienced the most significant personal crisis of my life. 

To that point, I had worked a couple decades in the building trades and had done pretty well at it. By “pretty well” I mean that I managed to support my family of five without my wife needing to work outside the home, I had almost no debt, and I had some money saved. 

Then it all fell apart.

A business venture I had invested my money and time into did not pan out. I was discouraged. I lost my drive and my focus. Over a period of months, my savings dwindled to nothing. I cashed in my retirement account. I had bills to pay, and a family to support. I became depressed.

When God chooses to humble a man, He knows exactly how to tailor that humbling experience to best make His point. When my savings were all tapped out, and the reality of my situation hit me, I was broken.

I remember the breaking point very well. Fact is, I’ll never forget it. I believe the biblical term for my condition at that time would be a “bruised reed.” When the breaking point came, I wasn’t praying for God to bless me anymore. I was on my face before Him, expressing angst and emotion like I had never known before in my life. What had I done wrong? Why was this happening to me? What should I do? Please help me!

It was then that God impressed upon me something that totally changed my life. The message that permeated my consciousness at that time is that God gives, and God takes… as it pleases Him to do. He’s in charge, not me. He doesn’t exist to serve me, I exist to serve him. He doesn’t need me, I need Him. My life is not my own, it’s His. When the full realization of those fundamental truths came, I repented of ever thinking otherwise—and of ordering my life with an attitude contrary to those truths.
My purpose in life became more focused on not striving for money and material comforts, but to strive instead for a life of greater obedience to Him; to live each day ever-cogent of God’s grace, faithfully dependent on God’s grace, and to pursue a lifestyle and attitude that is more pleasing in His sight. I now understand the deliberate pursuit of this kind of obedience can be summed up in the word, “sanctification.” Properly understood, sanctification is the intentional lifelong pursuit of a Christ-like attitude and character.

I was justified (saved) from the consequences of sin by God’s grace when I came to Christ at 13 years of age. But my Christian walk had not matured like it should. Oh, I thought it had. But God thought otherwise.

There is a familiar Bible verse (Romans 8:28) that took on a new meaning to me at that time in my life. It goes like this…

“…all things work together for good to them that love God…”

The natural understanding of the word “good” in that verse is decidedly self centered. We love to define good by translating it into concepts of personal health, happiness, ease, comfort, and prosperity. But could it be that translation totally misses the point?

Could it be that our definition of good can veer away from God’s definition of good? 

Could it be that “good” is more properly defined as God’s sovereign plan and will? And that our purpose is to serve that good, even if it means to suffer various trials and tribulations in this life (even unto death)? Well, I do think so, and this could take us into a much deeper theological discussion, but I need to get back on track with my story. Suffice it to say, I had a different perspective on life and my relationship to God after my bruised reed experience.

It was only a couple days after my humbling when I got a phone call, right out of the blue (as they say). It was a man I had worked for in the past. He knew nothing of my situation. He called to see if I would be interested in working as a teacher’s assistant in the building trades program at the local vocational school. 

I immediately saw this as God opening a door for me, and I said I was interested. Then he apologetically informed me that the job only paid $12,000 for the school year. Apparently, the school couldn’t find anyone else to fill the position for so little money. Classes were starting in less than a week. I took the job. (I’ve written about my experience as a government school teacher AT THIS LINK).

Meanwhile, I was still in dire straits with my finances. So I did something I never did before in my life, and have never done since… I asked a family member for money. Specifically, I asked my grandmother, and she gave me a few thousand dollars. The pride in me doesn’t want to tell anyone about that, but it is part of the story. With my grandmother’s gift, and the school job, we got by.

A couple weeks before the school year ended, with no job prospects, and not knowing for sure what I wold be doing to earn money for the summer months, I got a call from the local maximum security state prison in Auburn, NY. They wanted to interview me for a job as a supervisor in their industry program.

That was another “out of the blue” event. I did’t really desire a job at the prison, and didn’t expect to get one. But, nearly a year before, on the advice and direction of an old friend who worked in the prison, I had filled out a two-page “test” and mailed it to Albany.

I went to the interview and got the job. One week before the school year ended, I started the prison job. My income would be multiple times what it was at the school. In time, I came to realize that getting the job I got was something pretty special. You have to know someone to get that kind of job. The only person I knew was my friend, Jerry. He made it happen. He was an instrument of God’s grace. I was very thankful.

Click this picture for a much larger arial view of Auburn State Prison
In my wildest dreams I never imagined that I would ever work in a maximum security state prison. Never. But the job came so easily, and paid so well, and I knew God had orchestrated it. I knew that was where He wanted me. It was the spring of 2000.

I won’t go into the dynamics and culture of working in a prison, except to say it’s a difficult place— it is an ongoing daily clash of bureaucratic foolishness, incompetence, and puffed-up egos (and that isn’t taking into account the convicts). 

Only once did I write here about My Non-Agrarian Day Job when I was working at the prison. I wrote that seven years into my “sentence,” and six years before my escape. It’s interesting to look back on that essay from my perspective now. 

Even more interesting is to read my blog post from last year titled, My Close Call With A Notorious Mob Hit-Man.

I never felt like prison was a good fit for me. There were a few really low points, which I would classify under the heading of “Failure of Character” on my part. Or, perhaps, “Total Failures in The Pursuit of Sanctification” would be a better description. Or, maybe just “Learning Experiences.” Whatever the case, I’d like to forget them. I certainly won’t be writing about them. 

Nevertheless, like I said, I was thankful to be there. In the final analysis, having an enjoyable and fulfilling job is totally beside the point when you have a family to support. Getting the bills paid is what matters more, especially once you’ve had the experience of not having enough money to pay your bills. I suspect some people reading this can relate to that.

So, I was a wage slave in “the system,” and I was prepared to put in the minimum of 20 years so I could retire with a decent pension. However, my long-held, independent-minded, entrepreneurial inclinations did not leave me when I took that prison job. 

It so happens that there is a lot of idle time in prison. I was able to do my job, and still have an abundance of time for myself— time to think, to sketch and resketch drawings of ideas, to write, to read, to pray, and to plan my escape.

At first, I didn’t realize I was planning my escape. I thought I was laying the groundwork for a small, home publishing business that I could establish while “doing time” in prison, then work at when I retired, after 20 years. With that thought in mind I self-published 100 copies of “Anyone Can Build A Tub-Style Mechanical Chicken Plucker.” That was March of 2002.

The book was not an instant success. But, slowly and surely, it started to get some notice. By the time I began writing this blog in June of 2005, the book had sold a few thousand copies. It was bringing in some money, all of which I invested back into the fledgling part-time business. 

I wrote five more books while I was in prison, and I started selling chicken plucker parts, along with some other down-to-earth products. I learned how to develop my own web sites using the Blogger format (totally free), and how to incorporate PayPal order buttons into the sites. When I did that, the business took off.

Around 2010 I realized that I couldn’t possibly continue operating my Planet Whizbang home business while working full time at the prison job. But the mail order business was not making enough money for me to feel comfortable leaving the security of a government job. 

And that’s when the state of New York, faced with budget problems, offered employees like me the option of reducing their work hours by up to 40%, and still keep their job. My pay would be reduced accordingly, but that didn’t matter. I could work 3-1/2 days a week and still keep my job. I filled out the paperwork as soon as I learned about it. I saw this part-time option was a Godsend, literally.

The Whizbang business continued to bring in more money every year. And then one of the guys I worked with told me that I could retire from state “service” at 55 years of age, and collect a pension. He said my pension wouldn’t be very much with only 13 years on the job, but it might be enough to pay for health insurance. I looked into the specifics, and he was right. I started thinking very seriously about “retiring.”

On January 31, 2013, I walked out of Auburn State Prison for the last time—a free man. It was the happiest day of my life. 

Some of my co-workers in prison couldn’t understand why I would leave such an easy job that paid so well. Almost no one leaves before getting at least their 20 years in. I heard stories about a few that did leave, then regretted their decision in later years.

But I knew it was my time to get out, just as I knew it was my time to take the job 13 years earlier. I knew God was in it. I knew He had orchestrated the events. 

I also knew that I would never be able to retire and receive a decent pension; I would have to work harder than ever, and for the rest of my able days. But I don’t see than as a bad thing when I’m doing creative, entrepreneurial work with a home business. 

Now, here’s the point of this lengthy story… 

When I worked hard and strived for material success with a self-centered heart, I failed miserably. Other people can do that and meet with great success. But that was not my path. God works in different people’s lives in different ways. 

I’ve learned that there is a big difference between working with a striving, self-centered heart, and working with an attitude of diligence, combined with patience and faithful contentment, trusting God to lead and provide, as it pleases Him, in accordance with His good plans. 

Believe it or not, having a successful, home-based mail order business was the desire of my heart going all the way back to when I was 16 years old. By the grace of God, it took me 39 years to get here, and I had a lot to learn along the way. The measure of material prosperity I now have is modest, but sufficient. It didn’t come all at once. Everything came gradually. It came with hard work. And it came so surprisingly and satisfyingly after “success” was no longer my central focus. 

I’ve rambled on too long, but I want to say this, and I mean it…. 

This whole dream-come-true home business could easily meet with some disaster. Which is to say, God could take it away from me. And if that happens, I would be disappointed, but I don’t believe I would be devastated. I know God would provide in some other way. I’ve seen Him do it in my life before.

I’ll close with the Bible verse that I think most sums up my whole attitude about life and business…
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

That comes from Proverbs Chapter 3. The Book of wisdom. Indeed.




Cotton Ball Vaseline Fire Starters, How to Make and Carry Them

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cotton ball VaselineHere is an article written by my friend Ed showing how to make a good fire starter from cotton balls Vaseline.  You will notice that he refers to them as PJCB (petroleum jelly and cotton balls).  Here is his post

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I may have posted this before, if so, just repost the link, but for people who have never prepared cotton balls Vaseline tinder before in quantity, this tutorial we use for SAR and CERT may be helpful:

Cotton balls infused with petroleum jelly are reliable wet-weather tinder which has been used by ski patrol and search & rescue units for many years. This is how we teach “PJCB Basics” to our CERT teams and SAR group.

Start with a 6 oz. jar of Vaseline and a big bag of pure cotton balls from the drug store. No synthetics!

Melt the Vaseline, then pour most of the molten liquid into a #10 can with its top cut out, or a GI canteen cup. Then fill the emptied out, but still well-coated Vaseline jar with dry cotton balls. Work / knead the CBs with your fingers to take up the melted Vaseline coating the inside of the container.

If necessary, grab another handful of dry cotton balls, repeating the process until the original Vaseline container is wiped virtually dry.

Now grab more dry cotton balls, put them into your #10 can or canteen cup, and knead them with the rest of the melted Vaseline, knead, repeat, and repeat. A large CVS bag of cotton balls soaks up an entire 6 oz. jar of melted Vaseline. Take the whole batch of infused cotton balls, knead and work them together so that the Vaseline is evenly distributed through all of them. The CBs should be totally infused, so as to be both fueled and waterproofed, but not so highly saturated that they will ooze Vaseline when squeezed. This enables compressing a large number of them into a small container, so that they are easy to separate, pull apart and fluff to readily take the spark from your ferro rod or Doan Machinery too! (a magnesium and stricker fire starter made by Doan Machinery.  A Problem with Chinese Made Fire Starters Howard).

Pack your finished PJCBs into a tight, compressed mass in 35mm film cans, snuff cans, the crannies of your Altoid survival tin, to keep the other gear from rattling, etc. Then put your fire tinder containers everywhere in the odd corners of your truck, PSK (pocket survival kit), coat pockets, etc.

If you don’t smoke, a tip is to yank the filling out of an old Zippo and mash about TEN of these very LIGHTLY infused, but highly compressed cotton balls, into its fuel cavity. With a good flint you’ve now got ten fires in your pocket! I buy old lighters at garage sales, etc., field strip them, pack and stow them everywhere.

To build your fire, pull an infused cotton ball out from your stash, pull it apart with your fingers to fluff well, then place it onto the tip of your metal U-Dig-It spade or K-bar. This makes it easy reposition it after lighting into your toothpick, matchstick, grass ball and wood shavings “bird nest tinder ball.” As soon as your bird nest catches, start by laying on “chop stick” sized split wood in a small “tipi fire,” then go upward in size to “pencil sticks,” then to “tent peg sticks” and so on until you can go on real split firewood.

At SERE school eons ago in a parallel universe on another planet long ago and far away Our Master Chief told us to start with at least a canteen cup full of tinder, shavings and chopstick kindling to up to pencil-sized small dry wood. If you don’t have that much, then you better go out and get some more!

My pocket “firebox” is packed in an Altoids tin and contains:

  • Four Esbit solid fuel tabs
  • Aviator’s Sparklite Kit
  • Fresnel lens
  • A twist-type hand pencil sharpener, which is great for making thin wood shavings from sticks, etc.
  • As many PJCBs as I can cram into the nooks and crannies of the box so its contents don’t rattle.
  • Box is held closed with two Ranger Bands cut from bike inner tube. Rubber is also good expedient fuel.
  • I always have a K1 ferro rod and striker on my key ring

All the above are available from Best Glide ASE, a major supplier of survival kits and individual items to the U.S. government, military, commercial and general aviation. They carry only quality, tested items, most of which are the actual U.S. and NATO specification survival equipment identified by NSN number, from the original government contractors.  Survival gear is their only business, they have been at it a long time and have a stellar reputation in the military and aviation communities. I have no connection with the firm, other than being a satisfied customer, for many years.

I owe my life to their gear being available to me and performing as advertised when really I needed it do so. There is no higher testimonial that I can provide.

Ed

If you don’t have cotton balls Vaseline fire starters in your kit, this is something your really need to aid.

Howard

 

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The Power of Vitamin C Herbs

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There are herbs that are naturally loaded with vitamin C which is a powerful benefit in maintaining a healthy immune system all year and or during a seasonal change. Herbal teas,  concoctions, syrups, tinctures, and juices can be made at home easily and inexpensively. 
For proper maintenance of all main systems vitamin C  herbs also can provide antioxidant properties. This means the less resistance a main system will have  and will distribute all necessary nutritional and medical properties as needed to each and every main system in its proper order and delivery method(s). 
Also a powerful note: Teas made for there anesthetic, antiseptic,antiviral,antibacterial properties. can be combined to make a powerful herbal aid. 
Anesthetic teas, Clove
Antiseptic Teas Thyme, Cinnamon,bee pollen, pine needle, cranberry, juniper berry
A few good Herbs loaded with vitamin C are:
Rose Hips: Very High Levels of Vitamin C present and a good formula additive e.g. Syrups, Teas , Concoctions for cold flus bronchitis and more.
Dandelion: High in Vitamins A, K, b6, b12 (achieved through summer pollination’s from bees) as well as manganese, magnesium and trace minerals of valium
Slippery Elm: High nutritional supplementation’s of vitamin c with a superfood classification through its nutritional properties.
Licorice:  A powerhouse of a healing herb that will heal any membrane wall as well as a good amount of vitamin C present to assists this process
Violet: Another primary source of vitamin c also to with high levels of antioxidants present as well as flavanoids and the ability to detox,
Elderberry: To very high in vitamin c and loaded with flavanoids for promoting a healthy respiratory system particularly.
A healthy Vitamin C daily Tonic/ Syrup.
You will need: 

  • 2 tablespoons of dried elderberries
  • 3 tablespoons of dried rose hips
  • 4 tablespoons of dried dandelion( Root  preferred)
  • 3 cups of filtered water or distilled water
  • 1.5 cups of raw wildflower honey or a good food grade vegetable glycerine.
Directions:
Bring water to a hard boil add all herbs bring to a very low simmer and occasionally stir and cover saucepan.  This will retain any essential oils back into concoction let simmer on very low for 20-30 minutes until reduced by half. the more you let a concoction reduce the more of an extraction you will achieve and the more potent it will be but to long with some herbs will damage the enzymes in the herbs.  remove from heat let connection cool Strain and press herbs add honey or food grade vegetable glycerine bottle and use.
Dosing: ADULTS: 1 tablespoon every 6 hrs. When not sick and to take as a daily tonic take 1 tablespoon daily.

Children: Refer to Clarks rule to pediatric dosing. 

Plants For A Healthier Home!

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More Greens Indoors— Plants For A Healthier Home!

PlantsWhile environmentalists, and people in general are concerned over the deteriorating effects of air pollution on the health of people and other living beings. Despite all the alarming facts about the adverse effects of air pollution, we are somehow living in a perpetual state of denial. What’s worse is the fact that people think that their health is only at risk if they spend more time outdoors. The reality however is different as the air quality within the comfort of your home is 5 times more polluted than that of outdoors. The air inside your home is trapped in one place and mostly lack of proper ventilation makes it stagnant, thus there is hardly any fresh or pollutant free air in your home.  Thus EPA considers poor indoor air quality, as one of the 5 major environmental factors which pose an element of risk to human health whether you are full-time work-from home kind or a person working in a chemical producing factory carrying several occupational hazards- illness being one of them.

What Pollutes The Air Indoors?

While you may think that you are the safest in your homes. This is true but only to an apparent extent because there are a number of diseases, allergens and pathogens present within the otherwise safe and hygienic proximity of your home. The unhealthy presence of chemicals from air fresheners, VOCs , mold, dust, and PBDEs all contribute as active elements in making the air indoors, polluted. Efforts and strategies to counter the effects of air pollution are mostly devised according to the conditions of an overall environmental aspect, which mostly does not include the improvement of air quality indoors. Albeit, it is more important to be vigilant about decontaminating the air we breathe in the most. To revitalize the quality of air in your homes, a significant yet effortless practice is to increase the amount of greens, indoors. The air indoor is never moving and thus the stagnant environment stores pollutants which are a resultant of the above mentioned factors and most of all are built due to human breathing which obviously has its fair share of germs and pathogens. If you spend too much time in enclosed spaces, it can result in “sick building syndrome,” causing dizziness, irritation, headaches and nausea. However, it is very important for people to know which plants are actually beneficial for your health and can improve the air quality before going about planting every plant you find.

The Plant Plan:

 So here’s an effective action plan to restore the quality of air in your home—yes, plant more plants to breathe in air that is fresh. Here a few plants which can actually serve as air decontaminators:

  1. Aloe Vera:

1-29-16 2An easily grown and found plant that is known for its various beneficial characteristics, Aloe Vera can also help sanitize the air within your home. Toxic fumes of benzene and formaldehyde, found in paints and other household products can be cleared out of your interior space with the help of an aloe vera plant.

  1. Bamboo Palm:

1-29-16 2 2The bamboo or reed palm is a small palm plant that can be easily grown indoors.  The plant, sometimes, produces small fruit and flowers even in shady indoor areas. It has the ability to filter trichloroethylene, formaldehyde and benzene from the air present indoors. It is best to keep this plant in newly bought furniture to reduce the formaldehyde fumes.

  1. Spider Plant:

1-29-16 3These are among the most common indoor plants, found in almost every household. But little do people know about the air cleansing quality of spider plants. Spider plants help in fighting carbon monoxide, formaldehydes, and toxic fumes from pesticides, xylene and benzene.

  1. Garden Mum:

1-29-16 4Garden mum is considered one of the most effective green additions in your home if you want to purify the air. This plant can be easily planted, both in and out doors. Garden Mum’s natural ability to detoxify the air from benzene, ammonia, xylene and formaldehyde makes it one of the most preferred plants in improving air quality by NASA. Their presence is not just pleasant for the air but for the sight too because of its beautiful yellow flowers.

  1. Peace Lily:

1-29-16 5The name itself gives some rather peaceful and soothing vibes. The plant is not just a beneficial indoor plant but also adds to the beauty of your indoor ambiance through its ability to sustain without much sunlight and flowers.  It helps in refining the air from ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.

You spend more time indoors than outdoors; hence, it is equally important for people to understand the importance of utilizing methods to reduce pollutants present in our homes, offices, schools and every other closed space. It is recommended that people practice methods like purchasing more organic products for their interiors, release less chemicals by minimizing their use of chemical disinfectants, cleaners, pesticides and air fresheners. Also, making efforts to improve the ventilation within closed environments can help in releasing stagnant and infected air. Last but not the least, don’t be a couch potato and go outside more often, to get some fresh air and enjoy the sun.  Breath healthy!

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Snow day

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There’s some pretty nice snow coming down at the moment. When I first moved to Montana I assumed that we’d get three or four feet of snow every time it snowed. Nope. Turned out I had moved to the warmest part of the state. The snowfall in this region is absolutely pathetic. But…once in a while Ma Nature decides to remind us who wears the meteorological pants in this region.

I have fuel, generator, food, blankets, four-wheel drive, and communications. I’m…unconcerned. Which, naturally, frees my mind to wander in other directions.

I am ready for this political season to come to an end. Sorta. Part of me says we should elect Bernie Sanders, skip the foreplay, and just head right into the revolution. On the other hand, I can use the next nine months to get more mags and stripped lowers put back. Given the ‘screw freedom, gimme safety’ mentality of some of the candidates, it might not be a bad idea to start laying back unregistered drones, pay-as-you-go cellphones, laptops and phones bought at a distance second-hand for anonymous communications, etc, etc.

Personally, I’m throwing what meager resources I have into gun stuff. It’s a field I’m very intimate with and have enough connections to get good deals. AR and Glock mags are where I’d put my resources. While some of the exotic stuff will command more in the next ban, it makes more sense to play to the commonly available stuff. For every $300 Valmet magazine I’ll sell, I could move a hundred AR mags or a hundred 9/40 Glock mags. Or 10/22 mags.

Simplicity Series: Introducing The Simpler Way of Living

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This Simplicity Series is based on The Simpler Way, a report by the Simplicity Institute. Over the next few weeks we’ll share a practical action plan for those people who wish to live a ‘simpler life’ of reduced consumption. The Simpler Way represents a life with less clutter, less waste, and less fossil fuel use, but also a life with more time for the things that truly inspire and bring happiness. It is hoped that what follows can provide creative individuals with a guidebook for how to reimagine their lives to achieve these important goals. If you start with the steps outlined below and enjoy the process of transition, soon enough a new way of life – the Simpler Way – will emerge. Only your imagination is needed.

Beyond our basic material needs for food, clothing, and shelter, how much is enough? In particular, how much money and how many possessions do we really need to live well and to be free? These are not questions that many people ask themselves in consumer societies today, but they are some of the most important questions of all.

Instead of confronting these questions, too many people today spend their entire lives desperately climbing the endless ladder of consumerism, seeking more and more income to spend on more and more stuff. But at the end of life these people inevitably discover that they had not really lived, that they had wasted their only chance at life inside a shopping mall. A free and meaningful life, it turns out, does not actually depend on having all the latest consumer products or having the nicest house on the street. On the contrary, working long hours just to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ leaves people with less time for the things that really matter in life, like friends, family, community, and engaging in peaceful, creative activity. This is the stuff that makes life worth living, and the interesting thing is we don’t need to be rich to enjoy it all. The best things in life really are free. Abundance is a state of mind.

Money is important, of course, but only up to a point, and the threshold point is much lower than most people think. Once our basic material needs are met, the limitless pursuit of money and stuff merely distracts us from more meaningful and inspiring things. As the ancient philosophers told us long ago, those who know they have enough are rich, and those who have enough but do not know it, are poor. Consumerism, it is clear, represents a mistaken idea of wealth, and it is based on a mistaken idea of freedom.

Not only are many people finding consumer lifestyles empty and unfulfilling, an even greater problem is that consumer lifestyles are destroying our beautiful planet Earth, jeopardising the future of life as we know it. Everything we consume ultimately comes from nature and all our consumer wastes must ultimately be returned to nature. But nature has limits! Today our fragile ecosystems are trembling under the weight of decades of overconsumption, and yet the pursuit of more economic growth and more consumption continues to define the collective imagination, even in the richest nations. Let us pause for a moment and ask ourselves: Is consumer culture really the best we can come up with? Is there no alternative?

The good news is that there is an alternative – the Simpler Way. Participants in this emerging social movement are voluntarily passing up high consumption, energy-intensive lifestyles and creating for themselves a lower consumption but higher quality of life alternative. By limiting their working hours and consumption, spending their money thoughtfully, growing their own food, riding bikes, rejecting high fashion, and generally celebrating life outside the shopping mall, these people are the ‘new pioneers’ transitioning to a simpler form of life beyond consumer culture. Furthermore, they are showing that this is the surest path to a sustainable life of freedom, happiness, and deep contentment. Please join us on this Great Transition and together we can ignite the most important social movement of the 21st century.

This is your personal invitation. Consume less, live more.


More in this to come.

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Surviving the Mammoth Yellowstone Eruption

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Surviving the Yellowstone Supervolcano: If you live in the American West, the ever present (although rare) danger of the Yellowstone caldera exploding is simply a fact of life. It’s been a while since it’s exploded so it’s probably coming due again.

How To Survive: Underwater

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Today, we’re looking at the most hostile and unexplored region on the planet: the ocean. It doesn’t get much more terrifying or dangerous than under the sea. We still know so little about this vast expanse. In fact, we know more about the solar system and space than we do our own oceans. The sea has claimed its fair share of victims who failed to act accordingly underwater. Just like any hostile environment, the ocean demands respect. Whether you’re sailing on top, or diving below.

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In this post, we’ll teach you how to dive correctly, and avoid the most common mistakes. Diving has a mythical aura about it, but it’s certainly not to be taken lightly. It is fascinating and exciting, but it’s also dangerous. Disorientation is commonplace, and it’s not unusual for divers to lose all sense of where they are. Without further ado, here’s how to survive underwater.

Rule #1: Dive with an expert

The underwater diving community has always maintained the ‘buddy rule’. In other words, always dive with a partner. It’s good for maintaining safe practice, and you can keep an eye on each other. Some diving experts have recently relaxed this rule, and expressed the safety benefits of solo diving. However, this is only for divers with years of experience under their weighted belts. If you’re a newbie, always dive with an experienced expert. Follow their lead.

Rule #2: Get the right gear

You would scale a mountain with dodgy, frayed ropes or a discount snow jacket. So don’t dive without top-of-the-range gear and technology. You’re looking for a high-tech dry suit to start with. Buy the very best you can afford if you expect to use it regularly. Invest in the latest oxygen systems and dive monitoring equipment. You do not want your oxygen and nitrogen monitors to fail. Lastly, if you plan on checking out shipwrecks and established dive sites, load up on underwater lift bags. That way, you can bring things back up to the surface.

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Rule #3: Ascend slowly

Any diver’s instinct tells them to head straight for the surface after a long dive. However, this couldn’t be more dangerous. Ascending quickly wreaks havoc with your pressure system, and can cause a lot of damage. Ascend slowly and carefully. The general rule is one foot every two seconds.

Rule #4: Safety stops

A safety stop is a three-four minute rest before your final ascent. You do this at about 15 feet under the surface. The reason for this stop is to ease the decompression process. It gives your body time to release excess nitrogen before going through the biggest pressure change. (Right under the surface).

Rule #5: Equalise

You all know that the pressure changes as you go deeper. This can have a devastating effect on your ears and bodily systems. That’s why you must ‘equalise’ as you go down. The most common method is squeezing your nose, and blowing to ‘pop’ the pressure in your ears.

With these tips, you’re ready to face the ocean. Good luck!

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Zika Virus A Mutation?

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The Zika virus, the subject of one of our recent articles, is spreading throughout the hemisphere after crossing the Atlantic from Africa. At present, cases have been reported in every country except for Canada and Chile. News articles regarding the tragic consequences it has on pregnancies are  published daily. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has gone so far as to travel advisories warning pregnant women to stay away from countries with widespread outbreaks, like Brazil.

 

 

Interestingly, in Africa, Zika virus is thought to be a mild pest, causing minor illness; in fact, 80% of those infected have no symptoms at all. It is not associated with birth defects like microcephaly where it is traditionally found. Yet, this virus is now becoming an issue that some predict may affect up to 100,000 newborns. It isn’t hard to imagine that this will tax the resources of poor countries that are dealing with it.

 

 

Why is a virus that isn’t a big problem in its original territory suddenly causing these heartbreaking deformities? Zika is an equatorial disease spread by mosquitoes, conditions that are present in both Brazil and Africa. Why should it have so different a presentation in one part of the world than another?

 

 

It is my opinion that we dealing with a viral “mutation”. Viruses are well-known for their ability to change genetically. These changes, or mutations, may either be insignificant or have major consequences. Luckily, most are the former, and this is the reason why influenza vaccines work to prevent illness. This year’s flu is usually similar to last year’s, and flu vaccines are made from components of last year’s virus. If an influenza virus mutates significantly, it usually causes many more cases and, often, deaths as we have less immunity to it.

 

 

Imagine if Ebola, which caused a regional epidemic in West Africa in 2014, had mutated to become easily transmissible through the air? It would have been more challenging to control and could have reached pandemic status.

 

 

Despite this, I can find nothing in the news that mentions the possibility that the virus has mutated. If we are to have success in producing treatment or prevention of this viral illness (none exists at present), we will have to take into account the chance that this Zika virus is not the same as the original.

 

 

Joe Alton, MD

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Looking after the Bees

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It’s the end of January and not a time I’d be bothering with the bees all snuggled up and keeping warm over winter normally. This year though is different. The mild winter and the spells of warm temperatures have tricked the bees into thinking that there is no winter. They have still been out and […]

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2016-01-30)

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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 benefit of all… We are living in extraordinary times. Current events […]

A Love Letter From God

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     With all of the chaos and disorder going on the world, we sometimes lose our focus and forget that there are people all around us, living their individual lives and who are unable to even think or care about what is happening across the globe.
     Recently, it seems that I have witnessed so many people who are hurting… marriages in crisis, young adults who are longing for Godly relationships, and people who fear that real love may have passed them by.  In each case, I pull out a tattered copy of a letter that was written to me over thirty years ago.  I received it at a time in my life when I was hurting from a failed relationship, and felt that my opportunities to find “my soul mate” were rapidly disappearing.
     A new friend of mine, gave this letter to me and asked me to read it carefully and let it speak to my heart.  I’m not sure where he first saw the letter, or who originally wrote it, but I have let these same words speak into the hearts of other broken-hearted people over the last 30 years; people who needed to hear that they were loved by the One who counted, and needed to hear His promises to them.  I now share it with you, and anyone who may need its message of hope ….
   

     Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone … to have a deep soul relationship with another … to be loved thoroughly, and exclusively.  But God says, “Not until you are satisfied and fulfilled and content with being loved by Me alone; with giving yourself totally and unreservedly to me; to having an intensely personal and unique relationship with Me alone.”  
     I love you, and until you discover that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found, you will not be capable of the perfect human relationship that I have planned for you.  You will never be united with another until you are united with Me — exclusive of anyone or anything else; exclusive of any other desires or longings.  
     I want you to stop planning, stop wishing, and allow Me to give you the most thrilling plan existing; one that you could never imagine.  I want you to have the best.  Please allow me to bring it to you — you just keep watching me — expecting the greatest things.  Keep experiencing the satisfaction that I am.  Keep listening and learning the things I tell you.  You just wait, that’s all…
     Don’t be anxious.  Don’t worry.  Don’t look around at the things others have gotten or that I’ve given them.  Don’t look at the things you think you want.  You just keep looking off and away up to Me, or you’ll miss what I want to show you.  
     And then when you’re ready, I’ll surprise you with a love far more wonderful than any you would ever dream of.  You see, until you are ready, and until the one I have for you is ready — I am working even this minute to have you both ready at the same time — until you are both satisfied exclusively with me and the life I prepared for you, you won’t be able to experience the love that exemplifies your relationship with Me, and is thus, perfect love.
     And dear one… I want you to have this most wonderful love.  I want you to see, in the flesh, a picture of your relationship with Me, and to enjoy materially and concretely, the everlasting union of beauty and perfection and love that I offer you with Myself.  
     Know that I love you!

     At the time I received it, it helped me recover from my own broken heart, although I am embarrassed to say that I did not know God as well as I should have at that time.  But I was reintroduced to the spirit of love that is at the heart of our Father in Heaven, and it began my journey of seeking more intimacy with Him.
     The friend who gave it to me?  Well, he turned out to be my future husband; the one whom God was working on at the same time He was working on me… and He brought us together in His timing. I kept that letter forecasting God’s love for us, and for each other, through the years, always nestled in the middle of my Bible until the ink started fading and the edges became ragged and torn.  I finally had it laminated, in all its tattered glory, because I knew it would be needed to speak to many more hearts than mine.
     Perhaps you are familiar with this letter, or have seen it before.  It doesn’t really matter where it came from.  All I know is that it found its way to me when I needed it most, and I hope you will share it with someone who is hurting and could use its assurance and words of expectation.  We all need to know that we are loved!

1 Corinthians 13:13    “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Prep Blog Review: Back To Basics Always Works

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prep blog reviewI’m a weird mix of oldies sentimentalist and “new stuff” freak. Although I love testing everything that’s new and I think in many ways technology helped us, I am also an oldies nostalgic. And I am convinced that when technology will fail us, and it will, just give it time, going back to the roots will be the solution.

The only problem is that most of us have become so addicted to “the new stuff” that we barely know what going back to the roots means. So let’s not wait until it’s too late and let’s see why the old ways are the most reliable!

1. Living in an 1800s Sod House

sod house“In 1862, America was in full expansion and Congress passed the Homestead Act, opening up millions of acres for the pioneers. It was a helping hand for the settlers who were encouraged to conquer the Western frontier.

All you needed to do to make the land yours was to build a sod house on it, grow crops on it and fight against the old bad luck for five years.”

Read more on Prepper’s Will.

2. Getting Started With Chickens and Supplies

chickens“Chickens are a wonderful addition to your prepping endeavor. They are easy to raise and will provide meat and eggs for your family.

But how do you get started? It isn’t difficult, you just need to do a little planning, and then you will be ready to have your own flock of chickens!”

Read more on Survivalist Prepper.

3. What To Look For When Building A Homestead

“What are some of the things to look for when building a homestead? We get this question a lot and there are some definite things one should pay attention to when looking for land. And there are some hard questions one should ask before buying and building a homestead.”

Video first seen on An American Homestead

4. Back to Basics: How to Stockpile Food for Emergencies

back to basics“Last week I began a new series called, Back to Basics. As I said in my first article: “Why and How to Stockpile Water for Emergencies”, this may be familiar ground for a lot of you but to some this information may be new.

The Prepper Journal had almost 4 million page views last year and each day, the idea of prepping gains another follower. People every day can simply look at events happening anywhere in the world and understand how taking some simple steps to ensure you can handle minor emergencies, isn’t crazy.”

Read more on The Prepper Journal.

5. Diseases We Have That Our Ancestors Didn’t

new deases“We have been blessed with some amazing advances in modern technology which has allowed us comfort that was not possible a mere 100 years or so ago. But despite these advances, we suffer from severe chronic and degenerative diseases that were unknown to our recent ancestors.

We are a sick nation, overburdened by conditions such as diabetes, cancer, obesity, heart disease and allergies. Our healthcare system expense hit $3.8 trillion in 2014 — and is still on the rise.”

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Wrongly In Prison For 18 Years, They Had To Promise NOT To Sue To Get Out

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Wrongly In Prison For 18 Years, They Had To Promise NOT To Sue To Get Out

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The price of freedom can be very steep in Alaska. Four innocent men, locked away for nearly two decades, had to sign away their rights to sue prosecutors who had wrongly charged them, in order to get out of prison.

The four were accused of beating 15-year-old John Hartman to death in Fairbanks in 1997, and the case generated much controversy in Alaska because all of them are Native-American.

They remained in prison even though the case against them fell apart in 2014, when a key government witness signed an affidavit saying that police coerced him into blaming the four and that he had made up the story. Two years earlier, a convicted killer had said he had seen someone else – and not the four men – commit the crime.

That was probably enough for a judge to exonerate the “Fairbanks Four,” but both sides knew that it could take more than six months for the legal process to run its course and the men to be freed.

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After the case collapsed, prosecutors who had been fighting to keep the men in prison made a deal, Newsweek reported. They would let them walk free instantly if they signed away the right to sue the state for prosecutorial misconduct. One of them was already on parole, meaning he had to sign the deal, too, if his friends were to be released. He did sign it, as did the other three. They were freed in December. Their convictions were vacated.

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“They’d been wrongfully convicted of a crime and had served 18 years, and they just wanted to be out with their families,” Victor Joseph, the president of the Tanana Chiefs Conference – a Native American government — said of the Fairbanks Four. “The state knew that and took advantage of them.”

Legal experts aren’t surprised the men signed the deal.

“If you were in these defendants’ shoes, the pull of getting out of prison is just so strong that you’d be willing to sign just about anything,” Northwestern University Law Professor Steven Drizin told Newsweek.

Said Joseph, “All the cards were in the state’s hands.”

Such deals are rare, Drizin noted.

Some legal experts have called the deal unethical and reprehensible — but it is apparently legal.

The deal for the men got worse when the Alaska Department of Law released a statement saying, “This is not an exoneration. In this settlement, the four defendants agreed they were properly and validly investigated, prosecuted, and convicted.”

One of the men, Marvin Roberts, told Newsweek he tries to look forward, not backwards, in order to avoid growing angry.

“I know what I’ve lost,” Roberts said.

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Survival Buzz: The Very Best Tool For Prepping

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Have you ever stopped to consider the very best tool in your preparedness arsenal?  I am asked this question all of the time.  Requests come from readers, other bloggers looking for a quote, and even from independent authors doing research for their next book.

Now you might be thinking that I am setting you up to pitch a list of the top 10 items in my survival storage locker. Although that list may be interesting, nothing could be further from the truth.

What, in my opinion, is the very best tool for prepping?

Best Tool For Prepping | Backdoor Survival

The very best tool a person has to survive is the gray matter between their ears. That’s it.

By using common sense and becoming a critical thinker, survival becomes instinctive.  In most situations, knowledge and skills will trump stuff.  To that end, my number one survival tip is to read study, and learn as much as you can, then follow that up with a lot of practice.

What do you think?  Do you agree or do you think I am grossly over-simplifying the complex and highly variable quest for survival?

News Flash!  Articles from Around the Web

Have you heard about the Zika virus? It started in South America but is spreading rapidly across the globe. The symptoms are fairly minor unless you happen to be a pregnant woman, in which case it can result in horrific birth defects or miscarriage. The World Health Organization is getting involved now, calling the spread of the mosquito-transmitted virus “explosive.”

Another town has joined Flint, Michigan as victims of a tainted water cover-up. It has been discovered that the residents of Sebring, Ohio have been consuming water contaminated with lead.

Since 2012, hundreds of badges, credentials, and guns from the Department of Homeland Security have been stolen. The possibility for terrorist activity using these stolen credentials is great, since they are easily altered. “Officials entrusted with protecting the American public cannot consider the loss of sensitive items normal or routine,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said.

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For your discernment, here are the best prepping, survival, and homesteading articles from my colleagues in the Professional Prepared Bloggers Group.  I hope you enjoy and learn from them.   Want more?  Visit my Facebook page for daily articles and links to free eBooks.

With the water issues in Flint, Michigan, does anyone really believe we can trust what is coming from our taps? This article explains how to test your water and tells you what you should be testing for. How to Test Your Drinking Water (And Why You Should Do It)

Digestive upsets can make you feel just awful. Here are some simple, natural remedies for heartburn, indigestion, and gas.  Natural Digestive Relief

Every bit of weight and space counts in your bug out bag. Ounce per ounce, these 20 foods will help you get the most nutritional bang for your buck.  20 Best Foods For Your Bug Out Bag

Did you ever think that making your own homemade pasta would be too complicated? Not true at all. This easy recipe uses only 4 simple ingredients, and all but the eggs will come right from your food storage pantry.  Homemade Noodles From Scratch

These winter survival tips come from a man who lived in the wilds of Alaska as a trapper. With a background like that, his advice is sure to be sound.  Winter Survival Basics

The downside to those little emergency stoves is the expensive fuel tablets they require. Did you know that you can easily make your own? This article gives you illustrated step-by-step instructions.  Homemade Fuel Tabs

Prepare Your Family for Survival: Tip #3

Here are this week’s prep tips from Linda Loosli’s recently published a book, Prepare Your Family For Survival.

These tips comes from Chapter 3 – “Let’s Cook: Emergency Cooking Devices and Fuel”

Tip: Your city or county government has requirements for how and where fuel can be stored on your property. Find out what they are and then follow them.

Tip: Color-coding makes identification easier. I have several 5-gallon (19-L) buckets with Gamma Seal Lids in different colors that I use for storing supplies. For example, I use red with lump charcoal, blue with briquettes, and black for pinecones.

For more about the book, visit the article 11 Ways to Prepare Your Family for Survival.

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The Final Word

Prepping wise, this week I scoured the surrounding area for biomass to add to my growing collection.  Although suitable scrub can be found here in Arizona, it does take some effort.  Back home in Washington State, steps from my door I can find old pine cones, twigs, broken branches, leaves and other types of burnable biomass for my rocket stoves.

A couple of my rocket stoves burn charcoal, so, just to be safe and to achieve redundancy, this week I purchased 4 large bags of charcoal from the local Home Depot.  Still, this is one area of my preps that needs some work.  As the weather warms up, you can bet that I will be out in the desert collecting more dried out scrub.  Hopefully I won’t have any encounters with snakes and for sure, I will be wearing gloves (such as these).

It has been awhile since I have asked about your preps.  How are you doing?  Is there something you especially need to work on this year?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Bargain Bin: For your discernment, here are articles related to today’s Survival Buzz plus some personal favorites.

The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide:  You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water. When catastrophe strikes, having enough water can spell the difference between life and death. This book offers a step-by-step plan with straightforward information you can easily follow.  Written by my friend Daisy Luther, I recommended the book for everyone’s survival library!

US Forge 400 Welding Gloves Lined Leather: These well-priced gloves provide complete heat and burn protection. They are perfect for keeping your hands and arms safe while working outdoors or cooking outdoors over an open fire. They also perform double duty when searching for biomass in snake country!

Solo Stove:  I personally own three solo stoves.  They are compact yet well-built and perfect for cooking off-grid with just a bit of biomass.  This is one item that you should gift to yourself if you do not have one already.

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EcoZoom Versa Getting Prepared Month 10: Practice Going Off Grid Backdoor Survival: This rocket-type stove burns wood, charcoal and biomass. It is easy to use and fast. It will cook a pot of rice, as an example, start to finish in less than 20 minutes.  I actually own two.

Cast Iron Skillet with Hot Handle Holder: Likewise, I feel that everyone should own a basic, 12” cast iron skillet.  In spite of the myth, they are easy to care for and over time, will become a family heirloom.  On grid or off grid, cooking with cast iron is the way to go.

The Ringer Cast Iron Cleaner – Stainless Steel Chainmail:  I purchased one of these in October 2015 and it is friggin’ fantastic.  You will never ever have to scrub cast iron again.  I can’t say enough good things about this gizmo.  You want one (and I definitely need to do a review).

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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.  And then sometimes, it is as simple as a huge discount.

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Winter Storm Preparations!

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Winter Storm preparations!
James Walton “I Am Liberty

Winter Storm preparations!Not entirely sure if this show will even come to pass. We are expecting high winds and heavy snow across my area at showtime and frankly this area doesn’t tend to fair well under such conditions. Power will go out and all the fun that goes along with that may take me away from honking on the microphone for an hour with the rest of the gang.

1-29-16 1366830765Does this mean your faithful host is not prepared? Does it mean I cannot do the show because of my ill attempts to do what I say and say what I do. NO WAY. Not only is your host ready for whatever comes falling out of the sky I plan on talking about it on the show! I plan on going into cold weather preparation and some steps I take during a winter storm.

Also winter storm food. What do we have to eat? There is nothing better than cooking when you are snowed in and I would also like to talk about the menu at the Liberty household during the snowpocalypse on the east coast. We will be warm and we will be full and I hope the same for you. So barring any cataclysmic event I will be with you live on the prepper broadcasting network.
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The Most Efficient Irrigation System in the World

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If you live in a hot and dry location and you want to grow a garden, or keep a potted plant on your balcony, you have a problem.

It’s very hard to keep your plants properly watered.

I might have a resilient solution for you. It’s a simple, low-cost technology that works for you, around the clock.

Specifically, it’s an ancient bit of technology from Northern Africa/China that may be the most efficient irrigation system in the world. It has the capacity to:

  • Use 50-70% less water (which makes it a nice compliment to a rainwater harvesting system).
  • Control soil moisture levels to prevent over-watering and reduce irrigation labor.
  • Allow planting by seed. Reduce weed cover (by depriving surface rooting plants of water).
  • And much more…

What is it?

It’s simply a clay pot called an Olla (pronounced oy-yah). This clay pot is buried in the soil next to the plants you want to irrigate as you can see at the center of this photo (via Dripping Springs).

olla irrigaion

To irrigate, you simply add water to the pot. The pot then slowly releases the water to the plant over time.

Very simple.

The Olla

Here’s what an Olla looks like:

olla

It’s a terracotta clay pot that is:

  • Unglazed (you can glaze the neck and lip).
  • Fatter at the bottom than at the top.
  • Open at the top (typically with a lip to make filling it easier).

To put it to use, bury the pot next to the plants you want to water and cap it with a fitted cap or a stone to prevent mosquitoes from using it.

After that, just keep it filled.

Photo of Ollas that are about to be buried.

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The technology employed by the Olla is pretty simple.

The unglazed clay of the pot only releases water upon demand, when it senses negative pressure (suction). It doesn’t just seep out continuously. This negative pressure is caused by plants. When plant roots use the water, removing it from the soil, negative pressure is created. The interaction between the plant and the pot is what makes it so efficient.

Well, I’m back on the hunt to find great insight/experts for this month’s report.

Sincerely,

JOHN ROBB

PS: If you know somebody that might benefit from this idea, please share it with them!

PPS: Kevin Bayuk is an expert in Olla operation and employment (as well as many other permaculture topics).

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Forget the issues with where Cruz was born; Hillary Clinton will be legally ineligible to hold office or a security clearance

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I have had enough of waiting for the “In”Justice Department to do its job. If we fail to maintain the rule of law equitably in this country from the top

Smart Ways To Use Salt

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Can you think of the innumerable ways in which salt can be used?  Salt has been used for preservation for as long as mankind can remember. In olden days, this lessened the dependence on seasonal foods and also provided convenience when travelling long distances. Ancient Greeks employed salt for the treatment of skin lesions, as an expectorant – inhaling the steam from salty water to relieve respiratory diseases and drinking salty water for curing digestive complaints. However, salt was difficult to obtain, but with the modern day production methods, salt is the most easily available and inexpensive non-metallic mineral, in fact the supply of salt is almost inexhaustible.

There are a vast variety of chemical compounds called “salts” but here when we talk of common salt, we refer to the good old most common form of salt-sodium chloride, an ionic compound with the formula NaCl. Salt, nowadays, is available in many forms like unrefined salt (rock salt), refined salt (table salt), iodized salt (for treatment of goiter), and kosher salt (crystal form). Sodium Chloride is responsible for the salinity of the water bodies, the seas and the oceans; and a constituent of the extracellular fluid of multicellular organisms. It has a vital role in regulating many bodily functions such as maintaining blood pressure, prevent muscle cramps, for maintaining the electrolyte balance in the body, for transmission of nerve impulses and to prevent osteoporosis.

Let’s take a look at the ways to use salt in everyday life:

  • Cleaning:

Salt works as a gentle yet effective scouring agent and serves as a catalyst for other agents like vinegar for boosting cleaning and deodorizing actions. A paste made with lots of salt, baking soda and dish soap can be used to clean porcelain, glass, enamel and appliances.

Salt can be used to effectively clean

  • Sink drains
  • Stained tea and coffee cups
  • Greasy stains from pans
  • Refrigerators
  • Brass/copper pots
  • Remove rust
  • Your coffee percolator
  • Oven spills
  • Sponges and sanitize them
  • A cutting board
  • Your fish tank
  • The iron’s metal base

  • Personal care:
  • Salt can be used to clean teeth- salt and baking soda.
  • Prevent mouth abscesses, canker sores and sore throats.
  • Soothe a bee sting or a mosquito bites or to treat poison ivy-it helps relieve the inflammation and allergic reaction.
  • Extends toothbrush life
  • Helps remove dandruff before shampooing
  • Exfoliates skin-massage with dry salt just after a shower.
  • Freshens breath-use equal amounts of salt and baking powder and rinse.
  • Keep the smell off shoes by using salt to absorb the moisture.
  • Reduce eye puffiness-apply a cotton pad soaked in salty water and keep it on the eyes.

 

  • Laundry:
  • Salt can be used to wipe out stubborn stains like wine spills from carpets, tablecloths or clothes.
  • Suppresses suds if too much detergent is used.
  • Remove blood, and perspiration stains
  • Brightens colored clothes
  • Set color of clothes if the dye may run.
  • Prevent clothes from freezing on the clothesline in winter.
  • Brighten linens that are yellowing.

  • In the kitchen:

In addition to adding flavor to food, salt has many other uses in the kitchen:

  • Speeds up cooking time especially when boiling
  • Prevents grease splatters
  • Revives overcooked coffee.
  • Sets poached eggs
  • Prevents fruits like apples from browning
  • Can be used for testing egg freshness
  • Remove odor from hands
  • Extend cheese life
  • Keeps salad crisp,
  • Make delicious brine pickles
  • Helps peel walnuts and pecans more easily
  • Keeps milk fresh
  • Used to whip cream and beat eggs
  • Pick up spilled eggs
  • Scrub off burned milk

 

  • Around the house:
  • Keep away ants: Just sprinkle a little salt on their path.
  • Kills weeds that may grow in between blocks or bricks in your driveway or patio.
  • Kills poison ivy
  • Salt can be used to drip-proof candles
  • Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a little salt to the water in the vase.
  • Kills slugs and snails
  • Salt can be used to clean dust and debris from artificial flowers
  • It helps extinguish grease fires
  • Can be used to extend broom life
  • Fireplace cleaning can be eased by using a little salt.
  • Keep windows and windshields frost free.
  • Salt can reduce the flare up of flames and smoke in barbeque grills.
  • Holding artificial flowers in place while arranging.
  • Remove watermarks from wood.
  • Keeps away fleas- wash your doghouse with it.
  • Cleans flower pots residue
  • Salt decreases the melting point of ice- sprinkle a little salt before clearing driveways and sidewalks with a shovel.

 

By James Smith

James Smith is an avid prepper and a homesteader. He loves to write about prepping and natural living. Follow@JamesSmith1609 for more updates.

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Iodine: A Very Important Element, And A Very Dangerous Component Of A Nuclear Radiation Emergency

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Let’s Talk Iodine:   Boring but oh, so, critical for human health, in normal life, and especially in a nuclear radiation release.

Let me give you the low down out of the gate, and explain this: Iodine is extremely necessary to life, yet in the new world we live in 25% to 80% do not get enough.    Long ago, they started putting Iodine into salt, before salt was recognized as a high blood pressure cause.    That was a primary way to make sure we got enough Iodine.     What of those who stopped using added salt?    Indeed a problem.   Lots of Iodine can come from vegatables, BUT some areas of the USA just don’t have much of this micronutrient in the soil.    Those with a “healthy diet” can be missing one of the most important elements: Iodine

Where did all this research start?  My older dog, has a history of allergy and skin problems, but it is not constant.    Lately, he is quite itching, always scratching to the point of skin damage, he has never been cold intolerant but is now (what I mean by that is that a 10 degrees he doesn’t want to stay outside for 30 minutes) a bit grumpy, and less energy.     These are dead ringers for iodine deficiency, which I found after  hours of research.    Iodine impacts thyroid function, which influences a lot of things, including weight gain.   

I do believe my dog is iodine deficient, I will increase his intake of iodine and observe for several weeks.   If warranted, do an expensive blood test if no results.   If things improve, then I nailed it, and no further action is needed.

There are iodine vitamins available, and iodine with D3 also.    Most of those seem to want to push up to the upper daily limit for humans.    Seems odd.     Why push to the “tolerable limit”?    But the lower limit is meant to avoid “goiter” in which the thyroid becomes large to try to produce it’s hormones without adequate supply material (Iodine).    Funny that “they” our medical professionals, never came up with an “optimal” level of Iodine.     Shame, Shame.

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There are 2 widely varying applications of Iodine

1) During Nuclear Emergency (1000 times more required)
2) Normal Life

First–Nuclear Emergency Iodine

Babies to 3 years, 16,000 Micrograms to 32,000 Micrograms (32 Milligrams)

Adolescents, 65,000 to 120,000 Micrograms (120 Milligrams)

Adults 130,000 Micrograms (130 Milligrams)

Second, let’s talk about normal life, the summary first, then later the discussion.

Very very simple rule of thumb to remember, for everyone over 12 YO, the minimum recommended is 120 to 130 Micro Grams per day.   That is millionth of a gram.   That is .130 Millgram per day.

The Maximum tolerable is 1100 micro-gram per day.    Micro.    Do not confuse this with milli-gram which is 1000 times larger, and what we speak of during nuclear emergency.

backup data is below from WebMD
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-35-IODINE.aspx?activeIngredientId=35&activeIngredientName=IODINE

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The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:

  • For radiation emergencies: potassium iodide (KI) should be taken just prior to, or as soon as possible after, exposure. Radiation is most harmful to pregnant or breastfeeding women and children, so KI is dosed according to amount of radiation exposure and age. Radiation exposure is measured in centigrays (cGy). For infants, babies, children, adolescents, and pregnant or breastfeeding women, KI is given if radiation exposure is 5 centigrays (cGy) or more. Tablets can be crushed and mixed with fruit juice, jam, milk, etc.
    • For birth through 1 month, the dose is 16 mg of KI;
    • For babies and children over 1 month through 3 years, 32 mg;
    • For children 3 to 12 years, 65 mg;
    • For adolescents 12 through 18 years, 65 mg or 120 mg if the adolescent is approaching adult size;
    • For pregnant or breastfeeding women, 120 mg.
    • For adults 18 to 40 years with exposure to 10 cGy or more, 130 mg of KI is given.
    • For adults over 40 years with exposure to 500 cGy or more, 130 mg of KI is given.

The National Institute of Medicine has set Adequate Intake (AI) of iodine for infants: 0 to 6 months, 110 mcg/day; 7 to 12 months, 130 mcg/day.

For children and adults, Recommended Dietary Amounts (RDA) have been set: children 1 to 8 years, 90 mcg/day; 9 to 13 years, 120 mcg/day; people age 14 and older, 150 mcg/day. For pregnant women, the RDA is 209 mcg/day, and breastfeeding women, 290 mcg/day.

Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (UL), the highest level of intake that is not likely to cause unwanted side effects, for iodine intake have been set: children 1 to 3 years, 200 mcg/day; 4 to 8 years, 300 mcg/day; 9 to 13 years, 600 mcg/day; 14 to 18 years (including pregnancy and breastfeeding), 900 mcg/day. For adults older than age 19 including pregnant and breastfeeding women, the Tolerable Upper Intake Level is 1100 mcg/day.

Liberty’s Liars, Losers, And Lifers

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Kit Lange wrote an excellent piece with a few stand out gems that I’ve highlighted. I left some commentary after her piece to give some perspective about a number of character types and mindsets that are detrimental to the “Movement”, and why they are killing any chance at relevance and being taken seriously.

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How Many Times Can You Die for Liberty?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2016 at The Order of the White Rose

How Many Times Can You Die for Liberty?

During World War II, resistance cells made up a critical part of the opposition to Nazi Germany. They engaged in a host of activities behind the scenes: spreading disinformation and propaganda, disrupting operations, assisting troops and spies, and collecting intelligence. Most of them were faceless, nameless people who gave their everything to defeat one of the greatest evils this world has ever known, and yet their individual contributions will never be truly known by the rest of the world. They lived their lives knowing that at any time, they could be arrested or killed. They operated in a society that rewarded anyone who exposed them. Many of them gave up their very identities, known only as a code name. They were unpaid, underfed, and unknown, and the world owes them a debt it cannot repay.

The patriot movement could take a lesson from the resistance, for in the current fight for liberty the patriot movement is the resistance…and I daresay that we need a gut check. We need to have a discussion about the idea of dying for liberty. How many times can you die for liberty?

We idolize those who, throughout our nation’s history, gave their lives for the cause of liberty. We repeat their words, use them as catchphrases. We say “lives, fortunes, and sacred honor” like it’s a mantra, but many simply stop their thought process at the part about giving their lives. We are all so willing to die for the cause, aren’t we? We talk of brotherhood and family and this bond of patriots and many even show up at places like Sugar Pine and Bundy Ranch and Malheur, ready to do battle if called upon to do so. It’s a badge of honor, really, to know that you might very well die at an event and still go anyway. It’s a source of pride, whether we admit it or not. If it weren’t, we wouldn’t use our event resumes as bonafides. We wouldn’t have this internal, unwritten caste system within the movement. Sure, you say you’re a patriot, but what events have you shown up to? 

Look at social media. How many people talk of how much damage they will do, how violent they can be, how they are Ready For Battle? People’s Facebook pages are full of bravado. The more ‘hard core’ among us deride the ‘keyboard warriors,’ but I think it goes deeper than that, and I think we are answering the wrong questions.

Many within the movement think that dying for the cause of liberty is the pinnacle of achievement somehow; it’s the golden ring, and if we somehow are forced to die then we will be remembered like Nathan Hale, giving our all for freedom. The siren song of battle calls, and so many want more than anything to answer it. People cannot get enough of posting their selfies and videos at the various actions, talking about how they were there as if that makes them more of a patriot because they were willing to die for the cause.

I posit that dying for a cause is easy. Being a true member of the resistance, however, is not.

Dying for the cause is noble, certainly, if you are forced to do so. Many of us have done the soul-searching necessary to answer the question What am I willing to lose? We have accepted that for people like us, that very well may be the end of things. We certainly don’t seek that outcome, but we are self-aware enough to know the possibility exists. Anyone who understands history and the current state of affairs knows that the danger is real. That being said, is giving our life for the cause really something we should be okay with? Shouldn’t we be trying a lot harder to stay alive and stay in the fight? What good are we dead or in jail? It would seem that we should be so incredibly NOT okay with dying that we do everything possible to fight even being put in that position. Nathan Hale understood the cold, hard truth that you can only give your life once.

It could be argued that the true pinnacle of achievement in the liberty movement is not in being willing to lay down your life, but in being willing to set yourself apart to LIVE. To train your body, making it as fit and strong as possible. To train your mind, to learn everything necessary—not just about guns or tactics, but about other things, like how to engage in propaganda. How to disrupt. How to work behind the scenes to achieve the thousands of little victories that are required in a long-term fight. How to protect the people you work with, how to disseminate information in a way that does not compromise the people who are privy to it. There are a thousand parts to a successful resistance, and as a movement, we tend to ignore most of them in favor of the glorious idea of the ultimate sacrifice that we are so willing to make.

Sun Tzu said to know yourself. Can we say that we do? Can we say that we know our own weaknesses? Are we willing to admit the vulnerabilities that we each have? Have we gone down into the depths of our own beings and truly understood what makes us weak? We are willing to die for the cause. Big deal. Are we willing to live for it? Are we willing to go without our comforts so that we can have more of the things we need for the fight? Are we willing to be seen as radicals, not just by the government or the Left, but by our own friends and even family? If your spouse gave you an ultimatum—the movement or your marriage—what would you do? Are we willing to be brutally honest with ourselves about the ways that we can be exploited—and are we willing to do what it takes to mitigate them when possible? We all have weaknesses. Every single person on earth can be exploited if one can find the key to what motivates them, what they need and love more than anything. To ignore that is to put ourselves and the people we work with in danger. Are we willing to even admit to ourselves what that key is, and how we could be leveraged? Because there are people who at this moment are looking for that key. It is their job to find it, to exploit it. If you aren’t even willing to admit to yourself where you are weak, how can you possibly harden that weakness?

We don’t harden it. That’s the truth. We ignore the weaknesses, we minimize them and rationalize them and figure that they don’t really matter, or that if it ever came down to it, we’d be able to overcome them. But training is not just for accuracy and shot groupings, or whether you can make a fire in the woods when it’s raining. It’s about hardening every single facet of who you are. It’s about training your mind, your body, the very core of the person you call you. It’s about having focus. Liberty is not a spectator sport, it is not something we engage in one weekend a month when our groups get together to train. It’s not even about making sure that our gear is in order so we can jump on the next action where everyone and their mother is calling for “boots on the ground.”

The pinnacle of achievement is not talk, and it is not death. It is a life lived. It is a day to day existence that seeks the furtherance of liberty in all things, not just the big actions that have national attention. In fact, I daresay it’s not about attention at all. It’s about being willing to set yourself apart for the purpose of service and sacrifice in your everyday life. Not so you can go to every Big Patriot Action, and not so you can deride everyone who “calls themselves a patriot until it’s time to do patriot sh*t.” It’s so that you can contribute—steadily, purposefully, and maybe even silently—to the cause of liberty. Can we really call those smaller actions, committed every day, lesser than the one ultimate act? Are the contributions of the nameless and faceless somehow not as important because we don’t know about them? I’m not talking about those who sit on Facebook and think that sharing memes counts as fighting for the cause. I’m talking about the people who provide the gadgets, who move the ammo and supplies, who store the caches and set up the drops and fund activities and spread disinformation and write propaganda and even stand silently training for the day that the 100 Heads policy must be collected. They don’t talk about what they do, they don’t post videos and selfies and they don’t seek the validation of the community. They simply do what they do, in their small cells or even alone, behind the scenes and in a hundred thousand places across the country. They would die for the cause too; the difference is, they have every intention of screwing the enemy over in every way possible first—and they don’t care if they ever get known for it.

There is a place for the loud, the fiery, the ‘troops’ who stand at the Malheurs and the Bundy Ranches and the federal courthouses. They are needed. They are the front line of the fight, and when the siren call sounds, they answer. But there is also a place for those who choose to engage in a hundred smaller acts rather than the big, ultimate one. They work in the shadows, they are willing to be the faceless, nameless cog in the machine; they are willing to be the stop on the underground trail, the safe house, the gray man behind the scenes. They are willing to learn what they do not know, train in what they cannot yet do, and be whatever is needed. They do not seek the glory of giving it all for liberty; they seek the quiet knowledge that even if the world never learns their name, they have contributed their lives, their character and their actions to the beautiful ideal of freedom.

They are the resistance. And the movement needs far more of them.

You might have what it takes to give your life for the cause. But do you have what it takes to live your life for the cause?

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Below is one of the biggest issues I have with people in the “liberty” movement. The conversation was on Face Book and this guy is trying to tell Sam Culper that he saw the killing of LaVoy Finicum on a live feed. When asked by me who had the camera (considering the other vehicle was a mile down the road from the way they came), he ignored the question. This was a lie made up to impress people and make them think he was “In the know” (“secret squirrel” dontcha know). I’ve seen so much of this bullshit in the last few days, it makes me sick. You know what’s worse? Any Feds monitoring it are laughing their ass off at the “Designed to impress” lies, and complete bullshit conspiracy “intel” being sold as facts by keyboard fondling Napoleons wanna be’s.

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Here’s the quote again,

“Let me tell you WHAT I SAW. He was told to exist the auto. He did. And told to get on his knees with his hands in the air. He did. His hand were high and then he was shot in the head.”

Look at the two pics above and tell me where you see him get on his knees please. He’s standing at 9:32, he’s flat in 9:33, period! Does anyone see him kneeling at all? What does this mean? It means that Troy is a piece of shit, lying, wanna be, fucktard, that’s what it means.

Here’s another problem I’ve seen a lot of in the last year. People seem to think if you aren’t making overt gestures towards what ever they think is “Liberty”, and then posting what you did “for the cause” on social media and the blogs, you aren’t doing anything, and are either lazy, a supporter of tyranny, or a coward. This mantra has been generally directed at prior service personnel (especially retired guys), and more specifically towards former Special Forces soldiers. This quote was taken from a comment on a well known blog, and illustrates what I’m talking about. “It’s Max, Mosby, MDT and the like who are making difference.  The “quiet professionals” have had every chance, for years, to practice “De Oppresso Libre” here in their own country……” Although I really do appreciate the kudos, it bothers me that these guys automatically assume that those guys (former Special Forces) are not doing anything simply because they haven’t been “filled in on the particulars” on social media or a blog post. Making assumptions like that is foolish at best, and the height of ignorance at worst, and shows a true lack of insight into what those guys did and do best, and the methods they used/use to accomplish it. A lot of them are “Lifers” in a sense that you will never know, and I’m not just talking about their military careers.

To recap my favorite quote from Kit’s article,

They don’t talk about what they do, they don’t post videos and selfies and they don’t seek the validation of the community. They simply do what they do, in their small cells or even alone, behind the scenes and in a hundred thousand places across the country. They would die for the cause too; the difference is, they have every intention of screwing the enemy over in every way possible first—and they don’t care if they ever get known for it.” Kit Lange

JCD

American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

 

 

 

The Ferguson Effect

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The proliferation of cameras, social media, and a 24-hour news cycle has meant certain crimes get quickly elevated in the public consciousness. Over the last seven years (hmmm, wonder what changed?) there have been several high-profile crimes involving both police officers and armed civilians that have caused various degrees of civil unrest. This post from […]

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A Few Tips for Surviving a Blizzard in a Stranded Car

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snowed in carWhen Winter Storm Jonas rolled into the East Coast, everyone knew it was coming, but that didn’t prevent some people from getting caught in the cold. For instance, 500 vehicles on a Pennsylvania turnpike got stuck in traffic during the storm, after several trailer trucks jackknifed on the road. It took 24 hours to clear the turnpike before stranded passengers could go on their way.

Fortunately, this wasn’t in the middle of nowhere, and National Guardsmen could still reach the drivers to deliver essential supplies. But even with their help it was no picnic, and it was still a dangerous situation for all involved. It just goes to show that when a storm is in your path, no matter where you live, you should prepare yourself and your vehicle for the possibility of being stranded in snowy weather. Obviously, the worst case scenario would involve being stranded in a remote area, where you don’t have the benefit of reaching help. Here’s a few of the most important things you should remember if that ever happens to you:

Should You Stay or Go?

Say your car malfunctions, gets stuck, or crashes in a remote area during a blizzard. If there’s nothing you can do to get the vehicle moving again, you have to make the tough decision of whether to stay in the vehicle or to leave and find help (it should go without saying that in this hypothetical scenario, you don’t have a cell phone signal). In most cases, you’ll want to err on the side of staying, unless you know for a fact that you can reach help by foot within an hour or two.

Don’t overestimate your abilities though. Nobody wants to face the possibility of staying in their car for several days or weeks, but many a stranded driver has died over the years, because they left to get help and succumbed to the elements. But before you even consider leaving the house, there’s a few things you should have stocked up in your vehicle.

Basic Supplies

There are some basic, common sense supplies you should have in the trunk or backseat and ways to prime your vehicle for bouts of cold weather. To prepare for being stranded in a vehicle, you need to think about all the things you would take if you were going camping, but minus the tent. Non-perishable food, water bottles, wool and polypro clothing, sleeping bag, hand warmers, tools, first aid kit, etc. The food you take should consist of really high calorie substances, loaded with fats, carbs, and proteins. Just make sure to keep your food and water inside a cooler to prevent them from freezing and swelling (canned foods may not be the best idea).

You’ll also want a bring portable camping stove of some kind, so you can melt snow into drinking water and warm up your food. It’s not uncommon for people to get stranded in their vehicles for more than a few days, and you may not have the space to store enough water for that time frame. Just remember that you can’t use the stove for warmth. Using stoves inside your vehicle could be very dangerous and could cause carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s best to use the camping stove outside and have hand and foot warmers to maintain body heat.

Tools and Signaling

There are a few more items you should keep in your vehicle that you probably wouldn’t take on a camping trip. In all likelihood you won’t be inside your car for every moment of the day, so rubber boots are a must. You should always have road flares on hand, but in this case, you’ll need them to signal any search and rescue teams that might be looking for you. If you keep reflective emergency triangles in your car, those would also be useful for advertising your presence. And finally, you should consider a small or collapsible shovel for digging out your tires, as well as sand or kitty litter to give them traction.

Insulation

If you decide to hunker down for the night, the first thing you’ll need to do is insulate your vehicle. If you have any newspaper, books you can tear up, or extra blankets, it would be wise to tape them to the windows. However, glass is already a decent insulator, so your highest priority should be to insulate the edges of the doors and windows, or wherever cold air might get in. You could also cut out the stuffing in the seat cushions or use the floor mats.

Alternatively, you can use the snow to your advantage. In 2012, a Swedish man survived alone in his car for two months, despite the temperature falling to -30C . Experts attributed his survival to the fact that his car was buried in snow, which created an igloo effect and kept him warm. It wouldn’t be bad idea to build up a wall of snow around the edges of the car. There is a catch however. If your car is completely walled off then nobody will see you. It would be crazy to completely bury your car, and don’t attempt this unless you have something colorful or reflective to let people know where you are.

Keeping Warm

If your engine is still running, it would be a good idea to turn it on periodically so you can build up some heat in your vehicle. If your car is properly insulated, you may only need to keep the engine idling for 15 minutes at a time, every hour or so. You’ll have to keep it up however, if you want to prevent the fuel lines from freezing over. Just remember to go outside every now and then and clear any snow out of your exhaust pipe. Failure to do so could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

On a final note, it’s best to avoid this kind of situation in the first place. None of us want bad weather to ruin our plans, but when a snowstorm arrives, you should really just hunker down at home and stay off the roads. Keep your vehicle in tip-top shape and make sure your gas tank is full, just in case you absolutely have to drive. Snowstorms aren’t just inconvenient. Any attempt to brave them could prove deadly.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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The Long-Lasting, Never-Go-Bad ‘Survival Soup’ The Pioneers Ate

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The Long-Lasting, Never-Go-Bad 'Survival Soup' The Pioneers Ate

There’s a pioneer cooking tradition in the United States that stretched from cook camps on cattle drives to lumber camps. It’s “perpetual soup,” known in some regions as the Skillagalee kettle.

Back in 1910, Horace Kephart wrote an iconic book titled: The Book of Camping and WoodcraftA Guidebook for Those who Travel in the Wilderness. He covered just about everything related to living and surviving in the wilderness back then, and had this to say about this type of food: “Into it go all the clean ends of game — heads, tails, wings, feet, giblets, large bones — also the leftovers of fish, flesh, and fowl, of any and all sorts of vegetables, rice or other cereals, macaroni, stale bread, everything edible except fat.”

The post, he said, is “always kept hot” and its “flavors are forever changing, but ever welcome.”

“It is always ready, day or night for the hungry, varlet who missed connections or who wants a bite between meals. No cook who values his peace of mind will fail to have skilly simmering at all hours.”

Let’s look at this food more in detail – and consider its benefits.

The constant simmering and perpetual heat under the pot is actually an old food-preservation technique. By keeping the broth at a steady temperature between 180 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, anyone helping themselves would not suffer the consequences of food contamination. You could almost think of it as the pioneer Crock-Pot which was especially handy in a time with no electricity.

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And that’s something to think about. As Kephart noted in his book, you can add just about anything to the pot. Personally, I don’t think I’d toss fish bones in with the chicken and beef bones, but maybe someday I’ll try it. What’s important is that the combination of ingredients are a potent brew of macro and micronutrients.

How to Make it in Your Kitchen

But you don’t have to hang out the cast-iron cookware over the open fire just yet. You can easily make perpetual soup in a Crock-Pot with some traditional recipes and just keep it on a setting that maintains a high-simmer. I’ve often done this on week-long fishing and hunting trips when I found myself sharing a cabin with five or six guys who always seemed to be hungry. I was the cook on all of these trips and appreciated Kephart’s recollection of a recipe for my own sanity when some of the guys came in from the cold.

Soup Tips

pioneers 2You may be tempted to assume that making your own perpetual soup is no different than a traditional soup, but it’s the “ongoing additive nature” of this particular dish that makes it unique. We’ll cover a traditional approach that’s a bit less eclectic than the old 1910 version.

There are three basic things you’ll want to keep an eye on with your perpetual soup, whether it’s simmering over the fire or in a Crock-Pot:

  1. Slow and steady heat that keeps the broth between 180 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a bit easier with a Crock-Pot, and a gently, bubbling simmer should be apparent. Over an open fire you’re probably going to have to improvise and make some more physical adjustments.
  2. One thing that will definitely affect your simmer is the frequent addition of water. As the soup evaporates and is consumed, the broth needs to be replenished. There’s no precise measurement here. Just do what makes sense without overfilling. You also may need to crank up the heat a bit for a while to get your good simmer back.
  3. Keep adding ingredients. This is what makes perpetual soup so unique. Every time you add something new, it will impart a new set of flavors and nutrients.

Perpetual Soup Ingredients

The idea is to start with a foundation that you can add to, day to day.

  1. Water. This amount depends on the size of your pot, but I usually fill the pot 2/3 full whether it’s a Crock-Pot or a kettle on the fire. You’ll want to cover with a lid, but make sure you balance your heat to the proper simmer with the lid in place. A lid over any hot liquid will increase the temperature as heat is added, and you could end up with a rolling boil or boil-over instead of a very gentle boil or robust simmer.
  2. Vegetables. I like carrots, celery, roughly chopped onions with the skins still on (this will add a nice, caramel color to the broth), other root vegetables and stalk trimmings like radish and turnip stalks. Leave out the beets and trimmings unless you want a very bloody, red color.
  3. Bones. Beef bones, pork bones, chicken and pheasant carcasses and turkey carcasses. Get them bones in there. They add wonderful flavor and lots of good stuff. At some point you can pull out the big beef bones and make your dog very happy. He might like a sprinkle of the broth on his dry dog food.
  4. Seasonings. You have to balance this with your group’s sodium tolerance. Seasonings related to broth tend to be defined by salt. You may be pleasantly surprised that as your perpetual soup matures, its flavor grows and diminishes your craving for salt. Just taste as you go and go and go.

Fats are typically not a good idea with a Skillagalee pot, but they’re unavoidable. Also, if your fire went out at camp or you let the broth boil away overnight in your Crock-Pot, toss it and start over.

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Add as you go from one day to the next, but think about how certain ingredients can dominate flavors long-term. Once you add fish bones to a stock, it will linger. Same is true for hot peppers and other dominant flavors. I love garlic, but a few trimmings in the pot will last and last.

Lastly, know when to quit. This could become very obvious as the off-flavors just don’t seem to be working. In my case, it’s when my wife complains about those constant smells in the kitchen from “that Crock-Pot.”

It’s easy to start over. After all, you’re just using water, trimmings and some simple seasoning.

The concept is pretty simple and it’s not like it takes a lot of practice. But the next time the lights go out or you find yourself with a large group for a while, give it a try.

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Charged for water that isn’t safe to drink

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Flint Residents Call For End To Outrageous Bills For Water They Can’t Even Use

Oh man does this sound familiar…

Reminds me of my water bill back in Argentina, which said on the back that water was safe to drink, just not for children under 3 and pregnant women.

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

Woman Fined $71.79 For Scaring Away Rapist With Pepper Spray

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Woman Fined $71.79 For Scaring Away Rapist With Pepper SpraySelf-defense is now a crime in the nation of Denmark. A young woman is facing a $71.79 (£50) fine for driving off a male attacker with pepper spray.

“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely to be charged for that,” police spokesman Knud Kirsten told a local TV station in Sonderborg, Denmark.

Police charged the 17-year-old with a crime even though an unidentified man pushed her to the ground and tried to undress her. She will be fined because it is illegal for private citizens to possess pepper spray in the country.

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Pepper spray can easily be purchased in Germany, which is a short drive or train ride from any location in Denmark.

Many less-than-lethal weapons, including stun guns and irritant concoctions such as pepper spray, have been banned in Denmark since 2009, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh wrote in The Washington Post.

Similar laws are also on the books in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and parts of the United States.

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Survival Sanitation and how to deal with it

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There is a lot of information online about emergency preparedness and how to deal with various crisis scenarios. However, when it comes to dealing with survival sanitation, it seems that this subject is somehow sensitive and it’s not covered by many survival experts. If a catastrophic event would hit us tomorrow, handling survival sanitation will … Read more…

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Faith and Freedom Friday- God Contends With Those Who Contend With His People-Pt 2

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Thanks to Dr. Mike Spaulding of Calvary Chappel Lima, Ohio for today’s Faith and Freedom Podcast

God will defend His people against those who oppose Him and them. How far will God go and how far should the Christian go in denouncing evil? Psalm 35 gives us an in-depth look into the answer to that question and much more. Buckle up for this 5-part teaching through Psalm 35. You might be surprised by what you will learn.

This Part 2 focuses on verses 1-3. An outline of the chapter is given for your personal study time. Spiritual warfare is real and all believers are involved whether they understand that truth or not. Stand strong believer!

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How To Heat Your Off-Grid Home With Biogas

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How To Heat Your Off-Grid Home With Biogas

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Living off the grid used to mean roughing it, but not anymore. Now you can live just as well as any grid home and accomplish all of your goals at the same time.

That definitely includes the winter, and one of the best off-grid methods for heating your home is called biogas.

Biogas is created when organic matter breaks down in an environment devoid of oxygen. The gas created has a very high concentration of methane with a little carbon dioxide and on occasion a small amount of hydrogen sulfide. These other gasses are easily filtered out to produce what is known as clean methane.

What follows here is not be a dissertation or complete instruction, but instead a general overview in case you’re not familiar with the process.

Generally, you’ll produce biogas from your waste materials such as waste foods, animal wastes like manure or chicken droppings, or even grass clippings. Some materials produce more gas than others, but most are highly useable.

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The waste materials are put into a large container that is free of oxygen. As the materials break down with time and heat, they produce the three gasses above with the primary gas being methane.

Cooking With Biogas

Once you filter this methane, you can use it as a clean-burning fuel source – such as to food on many types of methane-converted stoves and even outdoor barbeque grills. If you thought you’d have to give up your gas burners on your stove when you went off grid, guess again.

Radiant Hot Water Heating

You can incorporate biogas into the home before you build it, which is ideal. Or you can add it on once the house is already built.

Set up a water heater that heats all the water. They are called a water furnace by the radiant heating industry. This water furnace can heat your hot water for your showers and household needs by simply running it through an existing hot water tank after heating.

Then, have the water furnace heat the water that goes through your heat radiators all over your house that are along your walls. It would also circulate the water for your radiant floor heating, as well.

As an aside, if you happen to have farm equipment, you’ll find that you can run most of them from your biogas if you’re splitting that with a mix of diesel as well. Be absolutely sure that the mix you use is approved before beginning. There is no sense in ruining any of your equipment, that’s for sure. But, done correctly it has shown for many to work just fine.

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Rotating Food is a Good Habit to Get Into

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These slanted shelves work well, but are expensive

Every now and then, I like to get back to basics.  So today, I want to talk about rotating food.  One of the biggest problems many of us have is keeping track of our food and rotating it on a regular schedule.

You should have an inventory of your food storage and it should include expiration dates.  This makes it easy to rotate your food.  Once a year you check your inventory and pull out everything that will expire that year.  Move this into your everyday pantry and use it up during the year.  Having the inventory is the whole trick.

Now we know of someone who cans large amounts of meat.  She keeps 365 pints of meat on hand at all times.  Now the way she rotates this is to take out the oldest 50 pints and move them to her everyday pantry.  If you use 2 pints a week, you will have used all 50 pints in about 6 months.  Each time you take the 50 pints out, replace them with fresh canned.  This will let you rotate all your meat in about 3 ½ years.

Now canning 50 pints of meat sounds like a big project to people who have not canned in the past.  But with a good pressure canner, you can do 50 pints in a day. Here are some links to canning meats

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Canned chicken

If you are a serious prepper, you should get a good pressure canner and learn to can your own food.  We can fruit, vegetable and meat.  We know exactly what goes into it and there are no junk additives.  In a long-term emergency, we can always can the next year’s food as well.

Learn to can and don’t forget to rotate food, it will save you money in the long run.

Howard

 

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FBI Releases Fatal Shooting Video of Oregon Rancher

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By The Daily Sheeple

The FBI has released video from a surveillance plane of the shooting death of rancher Oregon rancher LaVoy Finicum. Finicum is seen with his hands up, then according to the FBI, he reached for his weapon.

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El Nino-Driven Storm To Blast California, Southwestern US With Rain And Snow

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By Brett RathbunAccuWeather

Stormy conditions, common of a strong El Niño weather pattern, will make a brief return to Southern California and the southwestern United States this weekend.

This storm will also end the warmth across the region through Saturday by sending temperatures below normal into early February.

How intense this storm will be once it arrives across the Southwest remains in question.

“How heavy the rain, snow and wind get in Southern California will depend on how quickly the storm strengthens as it approaches the coast,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

Showers will make an appearance to San Francisco, Phoenix and Las Vegas. The heaviest rain may fall from Los Angeles to San Diego.

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Sun Waking Up, Weather Warnings | S0 News Jan.29.2016

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Published on Jan 29, 2016

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https://otf.selz.com

Observing the Frontier Conference Page:
http://spaceweathernews.com/otf/

http://www.Suspicious0bservers.org
http://www.SpaceWeatherNews.com
http://www.MagneticReversal.org
http://www.ObservatoryProject.com
http://www.EarthChangesMedia.com

Solar Alerts on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRealS0s

Good Videos/Articles:
The Sun is Going to Sleep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7whL9…
Discussing Earthquakes with Kongpop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThCUZ…
Earth’s Magnetic Reversal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIayx…
Top 6 Climate Change Problems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ew05…
Pause on Pausing the Pause: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZH46…
Sun Series: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…
STARWATER Article: http://wavechronicle.com/wave/?p=1151
S0 Notes on Solar Shutdown: http://www.suspicious0bservers.org/fo…
IPCC History: http://www.suspicious0bservers.org/se…

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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Friday, 29 January 2016

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.5) (141 quakes)

Updated: Fri, 29 Jan 15:07 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Fri, 29 Jan (82 earthquakes)
Fri, 29 Jan 15:00 UTC M 3.1 / 10 km – [info] (0 km) ALBOR
I FELT IT

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IGN
Fri, 29 Jan 14:04 UTC M 2.6 / 37 km – [info] (131 km) E OFF IBARAKI PREF

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NIED
Fri, 29 Jan 13:46 UTC M 3.8 / 31 km – [info] (131 km) E OFF MIYAGI PREF
I FELT IT

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NIED
Fri, 29 Jan 13:39 UTC M 2.5 / 55 km – [info] (270 km) CENTRAL WAKAYAMA PREF

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NIED
Fri, 29 Jan 13:38 UTC M 2.8 / 13.6 km – [info] (158 km) – 113km W of Cantwell, Alaska

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USGS
Fri, 29 Jan 13:30 UTC M 3.7 / 5 km – [info] (235 km) NORTHERN COLOMBIA
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Fri, 29 Jan 13:27 UTC M 2.7 / 3 km – [info] (223 km) CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
I FELT IT

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EMSC
Fri, 29 Jan 12:53 UTC M 2.7 / 10.4 km – [info] (464 km) New Zealand

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GEONET (NZ)
Fri, 29 Jan 12:49 UTC M 2.5 / 5 km – [info] (83 km) MAHMUTLU-SAIMBEYLI (ADANA)

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KOERI-RETMC
Fri, 29 Jan 12:36 UTC M 2.8 / 108.1 km – [info] (34 km) – 77km W of Anchor Point, Alaska

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USGS
Fri, 29 Jan 12:06 UTC M 2.9 / 7.9 km – [info] (47 km) New Zealand
I FELT IT

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GEONET (NZ)
Fri, 29 Jan 11:31 UTC M 2.5 / 7 km – [info] (1289 km) SOUTHEASTERN MISSOURI

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EMSC
Fri, 29 Jan 11:28 UTC M 3.5 / 5 km – [info] (64 km) AKCAOREN-(VAN) REVISE01 (2016.01.29
I FELT IT

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KOERI-RETMC

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The Chicken Coop List Infographic

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Keeping backyard chickens is a great way to take back control of your food supply. Not only that, but you’ll have convenient access to fresh and healthy eggs from chickens that you’ll know the conditions and diet of! Many factory farmed flocks are pumped full of feed and given countless drugs to increase the amount […]

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