Extend The Life Of Your Hot Water Heater I’m all about DIY here at SHTFPreparedness. Why hire an expensive professional when the job can be done inexpensively by yours truly. Much like changing the filter on your HVAC unit, it is a good idea to regularly maintain your water heater annually. Family Handyman recommends Test the water pressure …
25 Life-Changing PVC Pipe Organizing and Storage Projects Those that visit SHTFPreparedness.com know that I love PVC and it’s many uses, and you should too. If you are an organized person, you will love these 25 tips for organizing and storage using PVC. Check out the Clothing Organizer and Garden Tool Organizer, they are definitely …
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8 DIY Survival Projects Out Of Plastic Bottles Billions of plastic bottles are being used annually across the globe. Soda is not the only use for plastic bottles, you can use them in many different ways for survival. Not to mention doing your part to reduce your “plastic footprint”. We have found a very nice …
Survival Uses for Chapstick When packing up a survival kit, the design should contain necessary items within space-effective reasoning. One thing that many people try to include our items that are multi-purpose and, if possible, on the smaller side of the scale physically. Containers that can act as bowls, food holders, or even another survival …
How to Preserve Body Heat in the Wild Many a times, it happens that someone is enjoying camping in a freezing cold place, and all of a sudden things go south. If you find yourself stuck in a very cold place and the nearest town is miles away, you should not panic. There are ways …
15 Uses For Bubble Wrap You Never Thought Of Bubble wrap is a pliable, transparent, plastic material commonly used for packing fragile items. I currently use bubble wrap on my windows to keep the cold out and the heat in. I do this every winter to save money on my heating bill. Check out this article …
The Most Powerful Natural Antibiotic Ever Recipe – Kills Any Infections in The Body As this is a medical article I will start out by saying “I am not a medical doctor and the information provided here is for educational purposes only. Do not try this without consulting with a medical practitioner.” This master tonic …
Delicious Bacon, Egg and Cheese Brunch Ring Recipe Breakfast is my favorite meal bar none. I love having my eggs and catching up on the news of day while drinking my coffee. Heaven. I was really excited to try this Bacon, Egg and Cheese Brunch Ring recipe when I came across it on the Pillsbury website. I couldn’t …
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5 Cheap Privacy Fencing Ideas Early last year we found an article on The Best Shrubs To Grow For Privacy which are an affordable and sustainable way to gain a bit of privacy from the world. If you love the idea of adding a wooden privacy fence to your property, but dread the expense of having it …
It’s been a while since I’ve posted but thought to come back strong with some 2016 predictions. Let me know what you think!
1- There will be no economic collapse. The stock market will not crash, at least not in 2016.
2- Hillary will be president. Read that again. Hillary will be president and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. She has been anointed by TPTB and quite frankly I believe that none of our votes matter, the whole thing is an exercise in futility (read: sham, rigged, smoke and mirrors). She will advance the agenda, not of the people but of those who are truly in charge. I should note it is my personal belief that all of the other candidates are assholes and would do no better. If I am wrong and Trump / Cruz et al gets “elected” we are equally as screwed. Trump is an elitist D bag of the highest order and if you think he gives a damn about you…
3- Gun Control will move forward slightly and then gain even more traction. The current President will do what he can with Exec action which probably won’t amount to much, but after bullet point # 2 happens….
4- A run on all things guns and ammo, believe it. If you don’t have it stock up now, you have been warned. Once she is elected guns and ammo will fly off the shelves like nothing any of us have ever seen before.
5- Terror attacks. I hate to say it and I don’t want to believe it but the reality is we as a nation are vulnerable. Look for more terror attacks by assholes screaming about their god in 2016.
6- People like you and I will take the above into consideration but continue to prep wisely and in moderation.
Any thought to add, leave them in the comment section below.
I went outside with the guy. He pointed at the shed the generator was in and it was mostly buried in snow. We had to dig out about 2 feet of snow to get to the generator. Not a good start. Thankfully when we got the generator out I found it was a Honda, specifically an EU2000.
He set the appropriate nobs and such then gave it a couple pulls. It wasn’t starting and I saw the problem. He was pulling the cord strait. On those little Honda’s you have to pull the cord at about a 45 degree angle. I asked if I could try. After confirming the settings were right I pulled it 2 or 3 times and it started. That generator had been sitting without any use since ‘summer’. It started right up and ran until we turned it off.
Out of curiosity I asked about the gas in it. He said that it was non ethanol gas and might have a preservative in it but he couldn’t remember.
For those in the market for a small generator I would suggest that you consider the Honda EU2000. While there are certainly cheaper generators out there those little Honda’s are pretty awesome generators. If you can afford it I would highly recommend the Honda EU series, specifically the EU2000.
A pretty good video about climate change.
25 Ways You Can Be More Self Reliant Today Live the life you have always wanted. Personally, I wish I could live this way of life full time. I am getting there though and loving every second of it, that’s what this article is all about. One step at a time! There are a …
10 Unbelievable Ordinary Things That Could Be Potential Lifesavers Who knew that regular ordinary household items and basic things we take for granted could come in so handy in an emergency. I am so glad I know this now. It just goes to show that if you think outside the box you can always get by with what you have …
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15 Reasons to Prep Even if Doomsday Never Arrives One reason many people hesitate to start prepping is the fear that it will all be for nothing. What if they spend hundreds of hours practicing survival skills and thousands of dollars on survival supplies, and nothing happens? Would that mean it was all a huge …
Natural DIY Cold and Flu Bomb Recipe Using natural remedies, essential oils, teas and other methods of treating yourself for cold and flu has been used for thousands of years before the modern hospital and doctor came along. Let’s face it, going to the doctor is expensive – even with insurance! If there was something …
9 DIY Fire Pit Tutorials I think I am right in saying every red bloodied male or female to that matter would love a fire pit in their garden. There is something primeval about fire that relaxes us humans and sit and stare into the flames for hours. Now the hotter days of summer are ways …
Don’t get me wrong a prepper’s work is never done, at least for me I see preparing as a way of life. For all of 2015 I felt I was about 2-4 weeks behind schedule all year and most of the year seemed to be an exercise in “Crisis Management”. I did not anticipate Mom’s divorce or her spending a year living with me. Plus I did not set good goals for 2015. For me having realistic goals set for the year is critical to my mental outlook as well as giving me a feeling of accomplishment. Having Mom around has been great, but I have to say that I did not have a firm grasp on my goals for 2015 so with Mom’s help I did manage to get some other things accomplished. For other people it might be an adult child moving back home or taking on a grandchild, niece or nephew from parents that need to make sure the child is cared for while they get work/relocate. I suspect I am not alone getting blind-sided by taking in a relative in today’s economy.
While “Crisis Management” is one thing that is very stressful. Learning to be flexible enough to adapt and go with the flow is a prepping and survival skill you need and practice. I can’t speak for others but I have had a lot of practice on adapting to new situations in 2015. I don’t mind adjusting my goals when new stuff happens, but I really despise the idea of crisis management. One of the reasons I think I felt I was always behind in 2015 is that I did not write down goals and check them off when achieved or simply crossed goals when I saw no way to make them happen. For me, scratching a goal off the list is better than trying to play catch up. Since I did not have a list of goals for 2015 there was nothing to scratch off the “todo” list
I am blessed that Mom and I work and live together very well. I do most of the cooking and Mom does the dishes. I like doing outside work and Mom likes cleaning the house. There is some overlap on jobs but overall we work well together. Mom wants to get a place out in the country in Owyhee County. I would like a place out in the country like that, but have been afraid to try and sell my house and worse actually move all my stuff. I would not be moving to some third world nation and I generally only shop at the local “mega-marts” twice a month so gas prices should not be a huge problem. Here in the city I can not get close to any sort of self-sufficiency as I do not have a enough land for critters and large garden. I’m not sure if I’m physically capable of growing most of my own food in the country, but I know I will never grow enough food on my city lot with all of the zoning restriction.
Nampa Idaho is not a big city, but the whole “Treasure Valley” Corridor from Mountain Home (AFB) to Ontario Oregon is becoming an “Urban Megaplex” along I-84. Boise Idaho according to the last census has a larger population than Salt Lake City Utah. While I like the area, I don’t like some of the “big city politics” I am starting to see out of Boise. Just this fall we had Boise city government bragging about buying (via a bond levy) open spaces and then shut down a local “tent city” because there was not enough money to “police the tent city or provide sanitation”. I love “greenbelts, parks and bike paths” as well as the next person but if a city is buying up land with taxpayer’s dollars, all they end up doing is drive up housing costs and create more income inequality. The PTBs actually make the urban housing problem worse via zoning regulations and declaring green zones, no development zones. I suppose this works out great for people that have already got their homes, but it really sucks for young people/ families and those folks that live on the fringe.
Back in 2009 my husband was laid-off for about 6 months and the first thing that we did was cut our cable off. It was just not a needed thing and the bill was too much to have to worry about when his pay was a LOT less then it had been. We would rather have food to eat than be able to watch cable. The first thing we did was get the ole VCR and DVD player out and then we found a cheap antenna for our TV so that we could watch local channels. It wasn’t too long after that that they switched everything to digital so I got one of those certificates that the government was sending out to be able to get a converter box. We ended up finding a much better Ultra Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna, 50 Mile Range that made us go from having about 5 local channels to now having 12. Better than nothing.
The following year I started investigating ways to be able to watch movies and such at home through the internet and found out about a Roku Streaming Media Player so that we could use Netflix. In that May of 2010 they had a Mother’s day special going on and I got one for maybe 70.00 dollars and had free shipping . Plus it timed to be a birthday gift for me also. We loved it right away. Could watch Netflix with it and it was only $7.99 a month bill. Plus Roku Streaming Media Player had a lot of other free channels on it to be able to watch other things. I have since upgraded my “ancient” 1st gen ROKU to a Roku 2 Streaming Media Player. To make it better for our older TV that I had gotten at a thrift store, I bought a Mini Composite RCA CVBS AV To HDMI Converter which made some of the channels work better and be able to play on our old TV. I love my ROKU. It was the best purchase we ever made. Has saved us so much money. I would never go back to cable.
Still, we have no bills each month for cable. NETFLIX and our internet is the only bill. But we would have the internet anyway because of work and schooling.
Now it is 2015 and we have really gotten good at being able to watch anything we want to watch online and thru the ROKU, but I wanted something different and something that would take what I do on our tablets and computer to our TV. So I did some more research and found out about an Android TV media streaming box. I found this one, MXQ Android 4.4 Quad-Core WiFi Kodi 1080P Smart set TV Box 8GB XBMC Fully Loaded on ebay for low price , It was on sale on Black Friday. It is basically like an android tablet, but you have it on your TV! I have had it for a week and other than the cost of the box, I have not had to spend any other money. We love it.
On Christmas eve we received a free 2 months of Slingtv. So, until February we have those channels. But, we will cancel it. We still just have Netflix. Have had it so long that they grandfathered us in on the old price of $7.99, but , I think it will go up sometime this year. But, even 8.99 a month is a lot less then a huge cable bill. When our cable was cut off we had basic and in 2 rooms. It was 89.00 a month!!! Can’t even imagine what it would be now. They say at our house now we can’;t even get cable hooked up tho, too far from the new lines that TWC put in. Just easier to keep the cable cord cut!!!
There are so many ways to be able to cut the cord and save a ton of money. Frees up a lot of money for you to then be able to prep more.
Now , you can even get a Rabbit TV that is full of ways to watch TV and movies. Pretty easy to use. I used to use it on my laptop until my laptop quit. But this is low-cost and a very frugal way to help you cut the cord
Having to update this post – I completely forgot about my son’s AppleTV that he LOVES! He is 22 and has never complained about not having cable. The AppleTV works with his phone and all of his other Apple products and has Netflix etc on it. We got that for free when we signed up for faster internet and they gave us a $100.00 Apple gift certificate. Pretty cool.
Welcome to 2016! Have any survival & preparedness related plans for the new year? Both last year and the year before that, we set ourselves some goals that weren’t too difficult to accomplish, but like the vast majority of people who set goals for themselves, we fell short. In 2014 we did a lot better… Read More
This is just the start of the post 5 Survivalist Resolutions for the New Year. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!
5 Survivalist Resolutions for the New Year, written by Elise Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.
I don’t know many farmers who don’t have at least a few chickens. Even dairy farmers I personally know keep a half dozen or more of our feathered friends. The chicken is to a farm what denim jeans are to the everyday American: indispensable and very common.
From fried eggs for breakfast (and chicken and waffles here in the South!) to fried chicken or the oven-roasted bird that graces our dinner table for Sunday lunch – yes sir, the chicken has been feeding Americans since its arrival in the New World with first settlers.
Chickens can produce 200-300 eggs a year or give you 10-14 pounds of white meat per bird. Not bad for an animal that is cheap to purchase and very cheap (or free) to feed. In fact, you can invest once in your first stock of chicks, and never buy another chicken again as long as you breed the birds yourself. Keep them in a pen, use a chicken tractor, or free-range them with other livestock. The chicken is adaptable to almost any environment.
Here are five of the most common breed of chickens you will find on the American farm or homestead.
Plymouth Rock: The Plymouth makes a great started breed and can grow to more than nine pounds. This makes them a fine meat-producing bird, and they are also terrific egg-layers. The birds are quite easy-going and are great for beginners. We had several of these birds around the house when I was a kid, and it was on this breed that I “cut my teeth” with chickens. We fed them some corn and let them free-range. Simple as that, and we had a constant supply of eggs and meat.
Jersey Giant. Yee haw, boy, that there is a bird! The Jersey Giant is a large meat bird that can grow north of 12 pounds. They do well as a backyard and homesteading breed and for the small farmer. The hens lay very large brown eggs and most often are a very calm bird. Like the Plymouth Rock, they do fine free-ranging.
Leghorn. This is the iconic white chicken on the family farm. The Leghorn was brought to these shores originally from Italy. These chickens are ideally suited for laying vast amounts of eggs, averaging 280-340 per year. Their eggs are white and are the most common egg you and I purchase in a supermarket. Leghorns are very efficient when it comes to foraging, making them a good choice for your farm. But they are white, which could make them an ideal target for Mr. Fox or Wile E Coyote.
Rhode Island Red. A dual-purpose bird that does not gain the weight of the Giant or Rock. This bird is rust colored and can produce a good amount of eggs and meat for your table. These may be the most common bird on a homestead. They lay brown eggs that are smaller than the Leghorn eggs — and in fewer amounts.
Ameraucanas. These smaller birds are not really a meat chicken; they are far too small for that task. What they are famous for are their eggs. The birds are a little unusual looking, but are quite docile and make a good family pet. They lay blue eggs and are somewhat of a novelty amongst hobbyist and homesteaders. If you like blue eggs for breakfast and the sight of a different-looking chicken running around the yard, then this may be the bird for you.
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Recently I wrote a post on my belief that most preppers would end up having to bug in. Now even though I believe that, I still have a bug out bag and a get home bag in my car. Always have as many options as possible. A question that always seems to come up on bags that are kept in the car is what type of food will withstand the changes in temperature.
Over the years, I have seen all types of suggestions, from just a plain sack of whole-wheat berries to freeze dried meals. Now where I live foods in the trunk of my vehicle will be exposed to 100 degree F plus temperatures in the summer to below freezing in the winter. This is very hard on your food. Now there are several ways to handle this problem, you can carry the bag with you when you leave your vehicle. Personally, this does not work for me. A second choice is to rotate the food on a regular basis. How often depends on the type of food you carry. I have tried that and I guess I am not quite that well organized. My choices run towards foods that will last for a reasonably long length of time.
Here are some possible foods for you to consider.
Lifeboat rations – they are designed to withstand extreme temperature changes and still be good for years from the date of manufacture. They are Coast Guard approved for a five year shelf life. They come in packages of 1200, 2400 or 3600 calories and are designed to provide you with three meals of 400 calories each a day. Personally, I am not a fan of their taste, but they will keep you alive. Because they are inexpensive, you can afford to carry a couple of rations a day for extra calories.
Millennium Bars – I have had some of these in my bag for several years and they seem to be holding up well. They cost about a dollar each and come in several flavors. They are Coast Guard approved for a five year shelf life. Each bar has 400 calories and they taste better than the lifeboat rations.
Freeze Dried food – I have eaten Mountain House foods that have withstood the temperature variations for over 5 years and were still fine. Mountain House is one of the very few companies that I would trust to consume after this type of extreme abuse. Unfortunately, it is the most expensive of the three choices that I recommend. But it probably provides the best nutrition, depending on the meals you choose to carry.
Here are some foods I would not use.
MRE’s – They do not withstand heat well and unless you are prepared to rotate them at least every year I would not use them.
Trail mix, nuts, and other foods commonly used for hiking – Most of these contain nuts, oils or chocolate. The oils in these foods will go rancid in the heat. You will not like the taste of rancid foods and it is carcinogenic.
Canned foods of any type – They are subject to damage from both freezing and heat. They need to be rotated on a regular schedule and if there is any damage or bulging from the cans, they should be thrown away and not consumed.
Whatever choice you make be sure and make sure your food is in good shape and not spoiled. The last thing you need in an emergency is food that is not edible or can make you sick.
For the last week, I’ve been asking in several online Prepper groups “Do you have a New Year’s resolution regarding emergency preparedness or self reliance”? The responses varied and some were quite surprising. Here are the top ten generalized New Year’s resolutions for Preppers in order:… Read More
Although Bob Nichols does an important service in bringing to light many of the radiation tragedies playing out in real time now, set up by 70 years of arrogance, shielding from the public eye, and just plain incompetence, and the ubiquitous excuse of “we are at war, we have to save lives, we are in a cold war” that makes any irresponsible act seem permissible.
That said Mr. Nichols does a disservice to the community and the message and activism by a broad mis-truth of comparing apples to oranges. And here it is quickly and succinctly.
He is using Clicks Per Minute (CPM) from a Gamma Scintillator (high numbers) and comparing it to Clicks Per Minute from a conventional Geiger Counter which measures all 3 types of radiation, but with much less precision than a Gamma Scintillator (low numbers, say like 25 CPM).
So no, we are not living in the USA in cities that have 200 times normal radiation. This is not constructive, damages the message, gets fringe activists talking about the wrong thing and discredits the anti-radiation movement.
Nichols also states (see screen capture) that “normal radiation” is 5 to 20 CPM. This may have been true in 1900, but it is extremely rare to get any measurements of less than 20. 25 to 35 is normal in most places in USA.
Nichols knows the difference between Beta and Gamma, between Gamma Scintillators and Geiger Counters. Maybe he doesn’t know enough. Maybe he just wants to get people excited and talking to their elected representatives about radiation. Maybe he just wants more clicks to his site. I will take him to task on this in the near future, directly. It hurts the anti-radiation anti-nuclear movement.
As the nuclear industry spend over $1.4B per year to send out propaganda to promote itself and distribute lies about how good it is….we can’t afford to damage our own grassroots movement.
Another guy who has done some good research in the past (which I do not always agree with, but often do), is Ian Goddard.
Please review his video on the LNT radiation model, a very important (although flawed in a fundamental way, which does not incidentally take away from it’s usefulness in protecting your safety)
By Ian Goddard
Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, the focus of nuclear advocacy has been to prevent private property owners from holding nuclear utilities liable for damages incurred by future nuclear disasters. Toward that goal, nuclear advocates have set their sights on the linear no-threshold (LNT) risk model.
According to the LNT, even the lowest doses of radiation increase risk of cancer. So the LNT informs the rationale for nuclear liability from disasters that spread radioactive fallout across the landscape.
In 2006, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences endorsed the LNT risk model in their BEIR VII report. But has radiation epidemiology since 2006 continued to support BEIR VII? That was the question I set out to answer at the National Library of Medicine, and what I found is presented in this video:
The Successful Survivalist’s Rules of Life
1. Carry a pocket knife.
2. Get comfortable with lighting a fire.
3. Learn to shoot and clean a gun.
4. Be able to perform basic first aid.
5. Keep your blades sharp.
6. Work hard and smart.
7. Shop at yard sales and thrift stores.
8. Exercise regularly.
9. Share with others.
10. Grow and preserve your own food.
11. Eat a balanced diet.
12. Expect that things will not go as planned. Have a backup plan. Then have a backup plan for your backup plan.
13. Value relationships.
14. Forgive freely. Allow yourself and others the opportunity to change.
15. Practice using what you have.
16. Don’t allow fear to make your decisions for you.
17. Help someone learn a skill you have mastered.
18. Be aware of your surroundings.
19. Plan for the everyday emergencies as well as “end of the world” emergencies.
20. Be grateful for what you have.
21. Get out and stay out of debt. Build an emergency fund.
22. Store food you will eat. Use it, then replace it.
23. Hug your loved ones. Every day.
24. Know potential terror targets near you.
25. Plan multiple evacuation routes.
26. Keep survival gear in your vehicle.
27. Believe in a power greater than yourself.
28. Create opportunities for your children to enjoy the outdoors.
29. Shoes matter. Own some quality hiking shoes.
30. Drink plenty of water.
31. Learn a skill you can barter with.
32. Don’t waste energy on things you have no control over. Invest your energy in the things you can control–yourself, your emotions, how you spend your time, the way you think, feel, and act.
33. Do something to further your preparedness efforts every week.
34. Include comfort foods in your food storage.
35. Have regular fire drills, change batteries in your smoke alarms.
36. Make a plan for getting home in an emergency.
37. Have more flashlights and batteries than you think you need.
38. Sleep outside.
39. Cook over a fire.
40. Make and stick to a budget.
41. Be prepared to defend yourself and your loved ones.
42. Have realistic hope for the future.
43. Pray daily.
44. Know how to make water safe to drink.
45. Have life insurance and a will.
46. Learn to identify, harvest, and eat wild edibles in your area.
47. Create a library of good reference books.
48. Learn to harvest and butcher an animal for food.
50. See the good in others.
51. Preparedness isn’t a destination. Celebrate the little steps in the journey.
52. Participate in government.
53. Be able to perform basic car maintenance. Change your own oil and flat tires.
54. Know how to make something using hand tools.
55. Take care of your gear and it will take care of you.
56. Plan for those in your life who cannot take care of themselves–children, elderly, those with disabilities, pets.
57. Keep your promises.
58. Think positive.
60. Never stop learning.
What would you add?
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Build A Do-It-Yourself Tiny Woodstove Believe it or not you can use a mailbox to create a wood stove. While I’m not sure how big of an area it can heat, it’s certainly a low cost alternative to buying a traditional wood stove. There’s nothing like creating your own heat to warm your home. It’s …
In today’s message, Pastor Cooley asks the question, can we save America or is it too late?
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
After many years of praying and searching for a pastor that understands America’s social, economic, and political problems and how evicting God from our country has brought those problems about, my wife and I finally found Pastor Cooley, a true man of God and a dedicated patriot.
While attending Pastor Cooley’s church for several weeks, the thought struck me; how many other faithful patriot preppers out there are having trouble finding a good church and are enduring feel-good, cotton-candy sermons just so they can be in fellowship with other believers?
In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from patriotic Bible teachers like Pastor Clifton Cooley of Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.
If you happen to be in the Sebastian, FL area, please come worship with us every Sunday at 11:00 AM and Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM
2016 promises to be a pretty ungood year, if the current electoral prospects are anything to go by. Of course, 2015 wasn’t exactly full of happy-happy-joy-joy either.
One staple in scienc fiction and survivalist literature is the plot device where the hero(es) has access to some sort of stasis/cryonic teechnology that lets them ‘sleep’ for a few decades or centuries, to take up their life again in the future.otta admit, it has some appeal.
There’s an election in 11 months and the clock really is ticking in terms of being able to buy what is likely to become prohibited/regulated as ‘common nonsense’ and ‘unreasonable’ gun control laws get bandied about. More than anything else, I’d go with magazines by the bucketload if I were you.
I first wrote and posted this actual post on December 20, 2012. Since the weather in much of the US has been quite warm this Winter, and there have been floods which may move spider habitats, I thought this would be a good time to reprise this important post.
Happy New Year Everyone !
|(Photo: Jim Stone). This is a female black widow spider.|
I have written a number of posts which warn readers of the hazards of spiders. Most of us don’t expect to be bothered by them in Fall and Winter, even in the South, but then we would be wrong.
About eight years ago, while departing from the farm, while driving a minivan, I received a little prick on the back of one of my legs. This turned out to be a brown recluse spider bite, and this was during Winter. Apparently, the spider had made it from the woodpile to the minivan where passive solar heating had made the interior warm enough for it to survive and crawl up my leg, under my slacks as I began to drive. Since it didn’t hurt much, and only intensely itched later, I underestimated the seriousness of this bite. It was a few months later when I learned I had a serious hemolytic anemia from this bite, which had long since healed.
I eventually recovered, but my critical anemia took a long time to correct, and I did not have a normal energy level for a long time afterward.
|This is a brown recluse spider.|
Today I was remembering this, as I had a near miss. I have been secretly hiding some gifts in the garage so that my husband and adult kids wouldn’t find them. Our detached garage is generally locked and quite secure. When I get the chance, I sneak out there, and wrap and label the gifts, and then hide them somewhere else until “Santa’s Night Flight”. Despite the cold, I noticed some new webs as I quickly gathered the scissors, tape,. ribbon and rolls of wrap. As I neared one of the boxes, I noted the largest female black widow spider I had ever seen. In self defense, I brushed her off the box, and crushed her as quickly as I could. As I did, I remembered the bite I had on my thumb as a child many years ago, and I remembered the terrible swollen tail Rosheen, the Jack Russell terrier had after being bitten by a black widow in her doghouse. There are likely to be more of these in the garage, which is warmer than our woods and woodpile nearby.
So, even during Winter, as you navigate attics looking for Christmas decorations and wreaths, garages looking for gift hiding places, tool sheds for exterior extension cords, and as you clean out cars of gifts newly bought, please be aware that although we might see fewer spiders in winter, that they are not impossible. When packing away Christmas decorations, use plastic boxes which click shut and stay that way, and use freezer bags which zip shut inside those. Wrapping fragile items in white tissue paper will also allow you to see any hazards before they could sting you. Take care, even in gloves or boots. Our Californian habit of shaking our shoes and gloves before putting them on, is wise, in any place.
|This is the underside of a black widow spider. The hourglass is characteristic, but some simply have other red markings.|
These are our prior posts regarding spiders and envenomation injuries:
Transcription provided by American Preppers Network
Number of speakers: 1 (Manny Edwards)
Duration: 7 min 29 sec
ESEE 3 Long Term Review
Manny: “I’ve got a lot of knives. You might have seen the 30 minute video I did on YouTube a couple years ago that shows pocket knives and survival knives and all kind of cutting tools, but one thing I didn’t have was a knife that I could deploy horizontally off the belt. So, now I’ve got one of those and I’ve had it for several months and using it. I am going to review it for you today.”
“Whenever I had a knife on my hip it was always getting tangled up in my seat belt when I sat down or poking into the chair or somebodies leather couch or the seat of the car. I wanted to find something horizontally at the belt. So what I got is the ESEE 3. I’ve had it for six or eight months now and been using it really hard. It’s my go to knife now. I wear it all the time, every wear I go because it is so handy. Yes, it’s short but you can get it longer if you want.”
“The ESEE 3 is 3.88 inches from tip to the handle and its got a 3.38 inch cutting edge. The four is longer. The five is longer than that and the six is the longest. If you want to wear it horizontally I think a three or a four is as long as I would want to wear comfortably at the belt. If you’ve got to much stuff in your pocket or your belt it’s gonna pull your pants down and be uncomfortable, but this is not bad at all.”
“So I can take it out one handed like this, but then when I put it back I can hold the sheath and as long as I can I do it visually to make sure the tip is going into the sheath and not gonna cut into my hand. So I watch the blade go in there and then I pop it in.”
“You can do it one handed okay. Put it in like this and then grip up here on this grip and squeeze it in. So now it’s in there.”
“When you get the knife you get the knife and this ABS plastic sheath. Now I have read on the forums that there are people complaining about the fact that it’s not Kydex but ABS is perfectly adequate for what this needs to do. You don’t get this clip that is a separate item you have to buy separately. You just get this clip that closes down over your belt. These things you can adjust up or down narrower for a smaller belt or wider for a bigger belt like mine. To open it you just pull this and then squeeze these open.”
“The sheath has this drainage groove in case you get water in the sheath which is important because the blade is made of 1095 Carbon Steele which does rust. As you can see I’ve already got some rust on the cutting edge. On top where this protective coating has worn off from all the batoning I’ve been doing. So there you see a little patina.”
“So is it a problem for it to rust? Well, yes. You don’t want your carbon steel blade rusting. But you can prevent it by using rust inhibitors or like you can buy a cloth you rub on the blade and it prevents rust or you can oil it.”
“So why carbon steel? Why not get stainless steel and not deal with the rust? For me, it’s a practical issue. I have had a lot of 1095 knives all my life and I know how to sharpen them and that really is the issue because when I go for my knife I am not reaching for an ax, or a hammer, or a screwdriver or a pry bar. What I need is this thing to cut. I’ve pretty much got it down as to how I can get a good cutting edge on it.”
“I like it relatively for the factor of the whole thing. Just because of the way I carry it, horizontally. When you first get the knife the mycarta smells. It’s got kind of an offensive burnt plastic smell to it that is pretty unpleasant, but it wears off after a time and no it has no odor whatsoever.”
“It’s a one eighth inch thick blade. If you get the mill model it is gonna come with a sharpened spine and a partly serrated edge right here. A sharpened glass breaker pommel. It also comes in another model that has a rounded pommel. This one comes with a good coating on it, but it’s wearing with all the batoning I’ve done on it.”
“This finger toil is good if you ever need to do any very close carving work right here near the end of the blade. It always makes me nervous to do that because I’m afraid I am going to cut myself so I’ve just learned to grip it like this and keep my index finger on the grip and then get what leverage I can like this.”
“The blade is wide and instead of cutting off this belly and going straight to a point right here you have this big rounded piece of metal. Now what does that do? Well. Let me demonstrate. Okay, because of this belly, if I wanted to feather out a fire stick carving it like this. I can work using the belly near the tip of the blade and use all this longitude force and what that does is it doesn’t tire out my wrist so much. Here is what I mean, I am feathering out here using the big fat belly on the blade.”
“An interesting thing for you guys is it actually comes with more of a belly than you see here, but I’ve used it so much I’ve sharpened it down so now it is flattening out a little bit.”
“If you do break it, these guys guarantee it for life. So if you break it, send it, they will replace it. About this coating wearing off, I would say that is probably normal wear and would not be covered by a warranty. I don’t know if they would charge you to resurface it but I don’t think it would be a problem to put a new surface on this. The thing is, it is kind of pointless because as soon as I get it I will wear it off again. So, I’m just gonna live with it like this.”
“Well, that is my long term review of the ESEE 3. I am really pleased with ESEE knives. I have found nothing about it that I don’t like. I have no hesitation recommending it to you. If you don’t like this kind of knife, if you don’t like 1095 steel just leave a nasty comment OR go find a knife you do like.”
“Hey, thanks for watching and go to the blog. I have a write up on this knife. See you there.”
A new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself. Happy New Year! On that note – here are the commonly broken New Year resolutions, and I think I have broken all of them at one time or another. […]
Hello my friend and Happy New Year! I just want to wish all of you a very happy, healthy, and prepared New Year from all of us here at American Preppers Online. This has been a really good year for us and we hope it has been the same for you and yours. While no …
I took the last couple of weeks off of writing on this blog. Not really for any good reason, just didn’t feel like writing. Wow, 2016! The 8th year of this blog. I have a lot of plans for it. Hope to have a lot of things happen this year. We will see.
Hope everyone has a great year and are blessed beyond belief!
|The “specials” chalk board before.|
|The new “specials” chalk board.|
|This is a before view of one section of the dining room,
with the wallpaper border removed.
|And speaking of rutabagas, here are some that I
harvested from my garden in November.
From an analytical perspective, I was surprised by the response of blog readers. I expected to get a lot of smaller donations, like in the $20 (give or take) range. That’s what I would typically give if a blogger I followed had a similar fund-raiser. But in the final analysis, we received some such donations, along with a few much larger ($50 and more) donations.
The other surprise was the $680 in donations that came from high school friends, some of whom I have not seen or heard from in 40 years (Class of ’76).
Not surprising were the gifts that came from family members ($530), and the gifts that came from friends of Jimmy and Bekah, including diner customer friends ($795).
The comments that came with the donations were very nice to read, ranging from the note (and $10 check) from Chuck and Carole, an older couple who reads this blog out in Kansas, to regular diner customer, Linda G., who wrote:
“This place is my home away from home, not just because of the good food, but your family makes me feel like family.”
It is worth noting here that Linda G. was at Jimmy & Bekah’s wedding back in May of this year, as were several other non-family customers of the diner.
There is a “community aspect” to operating a small-town, rural diner. You get to know your regular customers pretty well. They become a part of your life, and you become a part of theirs. It is something rare and special in this world of social disconnections. It is powerfully endearing. I expect to write more about here in the future.
In nearly 16 years of blogging here, I have never asked for help from readers of this blog for my family. This GoFundMe campaign was a first. I took some criticism for doing it, but I don’t regret it. It has been a great experience. However, I don’t expect to be doing anything like this again.
With that in mind, I’d like to say thank you very much to everyone who reads this and donated to Jimmy & Bekah’s Diner Dream. When I left blogging here back on November 5th, I wrote that this project was important to me… and you responded with your generous donations. Your donations truly made a big difference. Jimmy & Bekah were able to do some things to get ready for their new opening that they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to do.
The new Glenside Diner in Moravia, NY will be opening for business on January 6th. We have lots to do before then to get everything shipshape. And it’s time for me to get to work down to the diner on this first day of the new year…..
When people think of long term, catastrophic power outages, EMP based crisis situations tend to be the ones that come to mind first. While an EMP can truly be devastating, earthquakes and many other events can also wipe out the grid for miles around your location.
As such, even if you have a homestead, being at the epicenter or ground zero of a crisis situation may mean that your off grid power system will fail or be rendered useless because of extensive damage.
Although the following systems may not generate huge amounts of electricity, they may offer just enough to power medical devices, radios, smart phones, computers, or any other small devices that can help you get through the initial crisis period.
No system is perfect, nor will it work in every situation that you find yourself in.
This article does not cover bicycles or other larger devices that may be used to generate power, but is dedicated solely to small devices that can fit into a backpack, or can be carried around with relative ease.
Solar Generating Backpacks
Basically, a solar generating backpack is just like a regular backpack in the sense that you can pack books, food, or just about anything else in it.
The solar generating backpacks also have a rechargeable battery (usually in the bottom), and a solar panel on the outside of the pack.
Depending on the model that you choose, some may only be able to power cell phones and other relatively low power devices while others can power tablets and medical devices that have a similar power usage range.
A solar generating backpack works just like a regular solar panel in the sense that the panels need to be exposed to sunlight in order to generate power. Typically, you can go as low as 50% sunlight and still get a fully charged battery in just a few hours. As with conventional solar power generation panels, they still work best when they are in full sunlight.
One of the main advantages to solar generating backpacks is that you can generate power with them when you are walking or hiking. This is ideal if you have to travel on foot, bike, or some other mode of transport over large and small distances. Even if you decide to travel through a forest or other area with some degree of shading, you can still generate at least some power.
Second, one of the biggest problems with large scale and home based solar power generation systems is that the sun moves a significant degree every 15 minutes. As such, there are very few systems that can keep up with this motion and have the entire panel absorbing as much heat and light from the sun as possible.
By contrast, a solar generating backpack can be easily repositioned. No matter whether you set up camp and plan to stay for several days, or you are traveling by car, simply change the orientation of the panels to get as much sunlight on to them as possible. This includes easily changing the angle of the panels to accommodate seasonal changes that are even harder to compensate for in stationary systems.
Here are five problems that you may encounter with solar generating backpacks:
- Depending on the battery size, the overall weight of an empty pack can be a quite heavy. Though five pounds for a battery and solar panel may not seem like much now, that weight can be extremely burdensome over a long hike. Even though you should be able to carry 40 – 60 pounds for several hours at a time for the sake of survival fitness, there are bound to be times when you will find yourself thinking that you aren’t getting quite as much power as you hoped considering the added weight of the pack.
- Solar panels and batteries can all be destroyed by an EMP.
- Even though modern solar panels are sturdier and last longer, they will eventually wear out. Pay careful attention to the warranty on the panels and batteries. If the manufacturer will not fully guarantee the product for at least 10 years, then you should not expect it to stand up to harsh conditions or uses that might occur in a survival situation.
- It may be hard to shield the panels from damage during rainy weather or cold temperatures.
- You will not be able to generate power at night or on days that are below 30% of full sunlight.
What About DIY Options?
Interestingly enough, some of the most common problems that you might encounter with a solar generating backpack may be solved by creating your own system. Here are some advantages:
- You can use any backpack that you like. This includes a heavy duty backpack with rails, a surplus military pack designed for rugged conditions, or just about any other pack that appeals to you for use as a bug out or bug in bag.
- You can choose any battery and power rating that suits your needs. No matter whether you want to see if you can get batteries based on cotton, nano technologies, or some other battery type, they can all be added to your pack after purchase. As you may be aware, cotton based batteries may be as much as 50% or more lighter, will last longer, and supply much more power. Waiting for this technology alone to hit the markets may be well worth your effort instead of buying a pack that cannot be changed over time to accommodate a different battery type.
- Today there are also many advancements in solar panel and solar energy harnessing technologies. This includes solar power collecting materials that can be printed out using a regular printer. These soft, light weight, pliable solar collectors can be custom fitted onto your backpack and give it an even larger area for collecting solar energy.
- All of the parts that you can choose can be selected with long term ease of repair or rebuilding in mind. For example, if you choose printable solar panels, you can easily pack extras away or make sure that you can always manufacture new ones as needed.
Piezoelectric Power Generating Sneakers
Piezoelectric Power Generating Sneakers are worn just like regular shoes.
Depending on the model, they may have thicker soles or some other adaptions to accommodate tiny batteries and the main power generating area in the soles.
No matter whether you are walking or running, they will generate power and charge up batteries.
Quartz crystals, tourmaline, and some other materials will emit electrons in one specific direction if the material is squeezed or heated. In the case of piezoelectric power generating sneakers, the materials respond to pressure from your foot by emitting a small amount of electricity.
This electricity, in turn, is captured by a rechargeable battery which can be used to power any number of devices. Typically, the amount of power generated by these shoes is very small, however as the technology improves, it may one day rival backpack power generating systems.
One of the greatest advantages of piezoelectric power generation sneakers revolves around the fact that you don’t have to do anything extra in order to generate power. No matter whether you are walking, hiking, running, or even pedaling a bike, the energy you are already expending to carry out these activities will also go into generating power.
Since these shoes are also fairly light weight, you don’t have to worry about them becoming burdensome on a long or protracted journey.
In a survival situation, the ability to generate electricity can easily be something that draws unwanted attention in your direction. For example, if you are running around with a solar power generating backpack, or something else equally obvious, rest assured that people might try to steal it from you.
On the other hand, if you chose piezoelectric power generating sneakers, that blend in with others commonly worn in your area, chances are no one will ever know you are generating power as you walk.
Even though these sneakers have a lot to offer when compared to heavier or more obvious power generation methods, they also fail to generate as much power as you might need. In some cases, they may also not be as durable, and the shoe itself may be very uncomfortable.
It is also important to think about how long shoes actually last in the modern world. For example, if you walk a few miles a day and purchase a mid-range pair of shoes or boots, you will be lucky if the soles don’t fall apart in 4 – 6 months.
From that perspective, piezoelectric power generating shoes may not be a good option if you plan on using them to generate power beyond a few months. To add insult to injury, the electronic components and batteries may even fail long before you have to get a new pair of shoes.
What About DIY Versions?
There are many advantages to making your own piezoelectric power generation shoes. Here are just a few things to consider:
- You can customize just about any pair of shoes and never worry about a name brand or other feature giving away the fact that your shoes can generate power. For example, if you have a favorite brand of hiking boots, you can customize them with a DIY insole and then add the battery to another part of the shoe where it will not be uncomfortable
- Once you know how to build a DIY piezoelectric power generation system, you can adapt it to as many shoes, or even other items that can be used to generate power. This includes straps that you wear while talking or eating as well as ones that you can use when using hand grip exercisers.
- Making your own insoles will make it easier to repair or make new ones as needed. At the very least, if you have shoes that will last for several months, you may be able to replace the insoles as needed without having to buy a whole new pair of shoes.
- It may also be possible to build EMP proof systems that can be used in just about any situation. Just be aware that your battery options may be a bit limited because of the small size that you will be working in.
Backpack Powered by Walking
When it comes to generating power, backpacks that generate power from walking are often used for tablets and other higher drain devices.
This particular system does not use solar panels or other forms of external energy to generate electricity.
Rather, they rely on the repetitive motions of your body to generate power as you walk, run, or carry out other activities.
If you do some research, you are sure to come across a range of devices that generate electricity by using gears and other assemblies. In this case, backpacks that generate power by walking or running rely on cords that connect the backpack to your feet or arms.
As you move, the motion from your body is translated into electricity via the gears or other devices inside the backpack. From there, the power is stored in a battery, much as it would be for solar power generation backpacks.
Unlike solar power generating backpacks, the body powered models do not require sun or any other energy from the environment. If you are inclined to walk on a rainy day, at night, or even in a snowstorm, these power generators will continue to work. As long as the ropes are hooked up to your shoes or arms, and you are moving, then you will have a steady supply of power moving into the battery.
Unlike piezoelectric power generating shoes, anyone can put on the backpack and start walking to generate power. Since the ropes are fairly easy to adjust, they are truly a “one size fits all” power source that can also be used to carry important items from one place to another.
Body powered backpacks are also more durable. You will never have to worry about an electronic solar panel wearing out, or a shoe insole breaking down.
Even though body powered backpacks can generate a good bit of power, they can also be very uncomfortable to wear. For example, if you decide to attach the ropes/cords to the back of your shoes, you will constantly feel the pull of that cord while you are walking. If you don’t like being a puppet on a string, then you are not likely to be comfortable with this feeling.
Aside from being uncomfortable, you will need to make sure you can walk or run with these cords even if you are in a woods or some other area where they might get tangled up easily.
Perhaps it can be said that if you are fortunate enough to be walking along a wide or well kept trail, then you can use this system without too many problems. Otherwise, you may have to disconnect the cords and use them in a location that has fewer obstructions.
The cords for body powered backpacks are also going to be very obvious to others when you are walking around. Looters, rioters, or anyone else looking to steal may well recognize that the pack you are carrying generates power, and then they will want to steal it from you.
No matter whether you need this power to charge up medical devices or something else of importance, all your hard work can be lost in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, if you try to tuck the cords inside your pants, they will not work as well, if at all. To add insult to injury, the constant rubbing along the backs of your legs can cause burns and other problems.
What About DIY Options
Even though you can convert a regular backpack into a body powered device, it may not be worth your effort. Among other things, you may not be able to overcome the basic disadvantages of this design let alone gain any benefit from doing so.
That being said, if you are intent on creating a single backpack that can generate power using multiple methods, it never hurts to integrate this system with a solar powered system. At the very least, if you decide to travel at night through an unpopulated area, you can still generate power for a range of needs.
DIY Propeller Hat Power Generator
Have you ever seen the striped hats with pinwheels or propellers on them?
If so, you may find them more of an amusing toy than an actual means to generate power.
But with some creative insight and a few simple materials, you can, indeed, use these propeller hats to generate a good bit of power.
If you have ever seen pinwheel caps, then you should also realize they can be a fun, easy way to generate power. While these caps are often the prop of stereotype geniuses, there are no caps on the market that can be used to generate power.
However, if you add a coil of wire to the hat and some magnets to the propeller, you can induce an electrical current. Just make sure that you don’t get a shock from the cap, and that you have a suitable battery solution.
Depending on the speed that the propellers move and the efficiency of the coil and battery system, you may be able to generate enough power for medical devices, tablets, and perhaps higher drain cameras.
In the time during, and well into the post-crisis period, being able to avoid detection is going to be very important. Typically, anything that you have of value can make you a target of looters and just about anyone else that wants to steal from you so that they can gain something to sell or use for their own needs.
Unlike many other means of generating power, a propeller hat will easily be missed. Though people may think you look a little odd, they aren’t likely to see a reason to take the hat from you. In fact, if you dress in scrubby clothes and look a little on the dangerously deranged side, people may even decide to avoid you because they think you have nothing. Just be careful that bullies and other predators don’t try to hunt you for sport because they think you can’t defend yourself.
If you are far enough away from the main site of an EMP event, simple coils and magnets should not be damaged by the event, therefore, you will still be able to generate power as if nothing happened. In a worst case scenario, simply carry extra batteries and charging links in a Faraday cage.
As with many other body powered devices, you can also adapt any number of hats, helmets, and caps to generate electricity. In this case, you may also be thinking about situations where you will need to wear a gas mask or even bullet proof head gear in order to survive a riot situation.
While it may sound strange to put a propeller on any of these headgear items, never forget that you can still be generating power that might be used for targeting systems, or anything else where battery failure would spell disaster for you.
When compared to other body based power generating systems, there is a definite limit to the amount of power you can generate from a single cap. Among other things, the weight of the magnets and coils can get fairly heavy and become burdensome.
It should also be noted that this system will be inducing both magnetic and electric currents very close to your brain. As such, there may be long term health risks such as cancer and other diseases. If you do not trust bluetooth technology, cell phones, WIFI, and even electric sockets because of the radiation they emit, then you may also want to rethinking generating electricity so close to your head.
In the modern world, it is often easy to get mired in complex technologies and other assorted ideas aimed at generating fairly large amounts of power. On the other hand, there are also a number of toy and body based power devices that might just provide enough power for smaller devices that are also of immense importance to you.
Depending on the device that you choose, even a small investment may be enough to test out some alternative energy sources as well as make it much easier to survive just about any situation and keep small, low power need devices operating at a time when you need them most.
This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.
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I’m wondering if 2016 is going to fly by as fast as 2015 did; and if we are going to continue to see the rapid changes in our lives that we experienced last year. If the docket of the Supreme Court is any indication, we could see further transformation and upheaval in our social fabric. Here are the issues that will come before the Court:
Abortion. The state of Texas will find out if it can enforce two new regulations that could effect the availability of abortion among its population. Texas would like to require that clinics use only doctors with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, as well as require abortion facilities to match the standards of an outpatient surgical center.
The Supreme Court must decide if these measures will protect the health of women — as state lawmakers assert — or hinder reproductive care “by drastically reducing access to safe and legal abortion” in large parts of Texas, as abortion-rights advocates contend. It seems to me that these measures are simply trying to call into question the accountability (and the quality of services) of those doctors and clinics that wish to perform abortions.
But, of course, we can expect to hear arguments that the measures violate the Constitutional “right” of a woman to end the life of her baby, and that “right” supersedes safety measures — never mind the “rights” of the unborn child.
Affirmative Action. Once again, the State of Texas is in the spotlight regarding a controversial decision. In December, the Court heard Fisher vs. University of Texas for a second time to decide whether the school’s admission policy is constitutional. At the center of this court case is the question, Does the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment permit the consideration of race in undergraduate admissions decisions? Abigail N. Fisher, a Caucasian female, applied for undergraduate admission to the University of Texas in 2008. Fisher was not in the top ten percent of her class (which guarantees admission by the University’s application process), so she competed for admission with other non-top ten percent in-state applicants. The University of Texas denied Fisher’s application. Fisher then filed suit against the university, citing the aforementioned Equal Protection Clause.
Fisher has appealed the District Court decision, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; both of which found in favor of the university. The Supreme Court found in favor of Ms. Fisher, holding that the lower courts did not conduct a sufficient strict scrutiny examination in this case. So, now it appears as if the Supreme Court could finally decide if the Constitution and civil rights laws forbid schools and colleges from admitting students based on their race.
Union Fees. The High Court will hear a free-speech challenge to pro-union laws in more than 20 states that require all public employees pay a “fair share fee” to their union, even if they are opposed to the union and refuse to join. This case will clearly show us if the Constitution still has any teeth in it.
Voting Districts. This case has clear and strong implications for the future reliability of our election process. Currently, voters elect representatives to Congress, state legislatures and city councils in districts that are drawn to represent equal numbers of people. Texas is challenging the fact that these “equal numbers” are not comprised of eligible voters. At the present time, the system counts all people, including children, immigrants and prisoners. Texas’s appeal relies on the “one person, one vote” rule established in the 1960s. If the justices agree in the case of Evenwel vs. Abbott, the ruling could have a major effect in states such as California, Florida, New York and Illinois because they have large populations of immigrants. I think it is evident how easily this system could be abused and corrupted.
Contraceptives. This year, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear its fourth case on The Affordable Care Act, and the second involving a religious-freedom challenge to a regulation that requires employers to include no-cost coverage for contraceptives in their health insurance policies. At this time, churches are exempt from this requirement. Under a separate accommodation, religious nonprofits, such as Catholic charities or the University of Notre Dame, need not provide nor pay for the coverage, but they must notify the government of their religious objection. But in a series of lawsuits, Catholic bishops and Protestant colleges contend that opening themselves up to government scrutiny of their religious objections could open the door to challenges that would force them to provide the contraceptives and make them complicit in what they consider sin. In essence, they feel they should be afforded the same exemption as churches, or the accommodation needs to be strengthened in their favor.
Immigration. In The United States vs Texas, the Supreme Court has perhaps its most contentious case in this Presidential election year. The outgoing Administration is pulling out all the stops in its effort to shield immigrants from deportation. Under the President’s latest immigration action, as many as 5 million immigrants who have lived in the country illegally for at least five years, and have a child who is a citizen or legal resident, could come forward, qualify, and be offered work permits. But a judge in Texas and the 5th Circuit Court in New Orleans, blocked that action as un-Constitutional because it was done without seeking approval from Congress.
UPDATE: Under the President’s unilateral directive, the Department of Homeland Security published (on New Year’s Eve) a 181-page rule which focused primarily on giving work-permits to foreign college-grads. This not only puts foreigners in direct competition with American college graduates, who are already struggling to find jobs and pay off college tuition debt, but it calls into question new security concerns as it covers categories of immigration utilized by migrants from the Middle East and nearby regions.
Undoubtedly, it will be extremely important that the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case of The United States vs Texas. Until then, it looks as if the President is more than willing to test his power to change immigration policy without seeking approval from Congress. If the justices turn down the appeal, Obama’s action(s) will likely remain on hold until he leaves office. I’m sure that is exactly what he has planned.
So as you can see, the very foundation of who and what this country will become is at stake in this coming year. There is a lot on the line … the freedoms for our unborn children, our rights to equal education and job opportunities, the entitlement to fair and honest elections, the right to be allowed to practice our faith as we see fit, and whether the checks and balances of our government will be upheld — not to mention the very security of our homeland.
And I do not know how we survive any of it without faith in the protection from our Lord. Man, himself, is on a collision course with his own pride and self-centeredness. It is up to those of us who know we have been called to a higher purpose to seek ways to impart the Kingdom of God into each of these circumstances, as well as the unexpected situations we will encounter. The world is not greater than the power and authority we have in Jesus Christ. The forecast for the future may look dismal… but we know we can change that, don’t we? Nothing is impossible with our God. Let’s live our lives as if we truly believe that!
Psalm 37:37 “Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace.”
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Broken bones, fractures and joint injuries are a common thing that happen on a daily basis. We’re only one phone call away from receiving immediate medical assistance if in need. It’s not a life threatening situation in the 21st century, unless there are immediate complications. But what if we happen to brake a hand or a leg in a TEOTWAWKI scenario, where medical assistance will cease to be a commodity and when our very survival will depend on our mobility and full functionality? In case this happens, all is not lost, there are procedures to follow that will get as out of harm’s way. But if the treatment is to be successful, you’ll need to do everything by the book. The first thing to do is to make sure that the injured person’s life is not threatened in any way; once he’s out of harm’s way you can start treating the injury. Once his vital signs have been checked and you’ve concluded that he has been completely stabilized, you can start treating the fracture.
First and foremost, you’ll need to make sure that what you’re dealing with is a fracture and not something else. Most commonly fractures bear the following signs and symptoms: the inability to use or bear weight on the affected body part, severe pain, swelling, deformity, discoloration etc. In some cases, the ones that suffer the injury might even hear a loud cracking noise. In extreme cases, the fracture is so bad that the bone will pierce the flesh. Apart from bone fractures there are other injuries that are easier to treat and not as severe, but can be just as debilitating if left untreated, like muscle strained ligaments and joint dislocations. Fractures can be very tricky and should be approached with care. Many complications can arise (damaged blood vessels, torn muscles, damaged nerves), so minimal and gentle manipulation is imperative. If the affected area becomes swollen, pale, numb and the patient succumbs to shock, it’s probably that an important blood vessel has been damaged, causing internal bleeding. In this case, you should put on hold the fracture treatment and stop the hemorrhaging instead. The best method of dealing with broken bones is splinting. Many people would advise that the splint should be applied without traction, in the position found, but this would be completely impractical, as the bone should be placed in an anatomically correct position in order to prevent severe pain and loss of function (partial or even complete). So it’s ok to manipulate the fracture gently.
You’ll need two forked branches that are strong enough, so you’ll need them to be at least 2 inches in diameter. One should measure the exact distance from the armpit to 12 inches past his broken leg, while the other should measure the distance from the groin to 12 inches past the broken leg. Next you’ll need to pad the splints. The ends that go past the leg (that measure 12 inches past the leg) will get a 2 inch in diameter branch placed in between them. Now the two splints should be tied together accordingly with the splinting guidelines with anything you can get your hands on: cloth, vines, rope etc. With the same material (provided it’s strong enough), tie a wrap around the ankle; the free ends will get tied to the cross member. Finally, add a twisting stick at the free end of the ankle wrap; twisting the wrap will provide traction. Continue twisting until the broken leg is in line with the healthy leg.
Splinting a foot will require a piece of long and tough cardboard or plastic. This piece of material should be bent lengthwise so that you get three identical (more or less) segments. You can add cloth or padding on the inner side to add comfort. Place the splint under the foot and the leg, so that it reaches halfway to the knee, yet it goes enough under the foot to immobilize the ankle; once this is done, add some cloth between the ankle and splint. Fold the cardboard around the leg and secure it with some tape. Now do the same as you did with the ankle for all the empty spaces between the leg and the splint: add cloth. You can reduce swelling and discomfort with ice, but don’t keep it on for longer than 20 minutes.
Once the arm is adjusted in its natural position, you should apply the splints. You can use any material as long as it’s hard enough (strong cardboard, sticks, wood etc.) and long enough, so they extend passed the wrist and the elbow. Before the splints go on, wrap the arm in a clean and soft cloth, for comfort more than anything. Once the arm is wrapped, you can wrap the splints as well. The splints should be applied equally when it comes to length; for forearm fractures the splints should go beyond the wrist, while in the case of upper arm fractures, they should extend beyond the elbow. The cloth that holds the splints together should be at least 5 inches before and after the fracture. Don’t tie the bonds too firmly; if you can slip two fingers in, it’s perfect. In order to keep the arm secure and in place, tie a piece of cloth around the neck of the patient and slip the fractured hand in it. The hand should be centered on the sling and it should be at a flat and horizontal position. If the elbow is at a 90 degree angle, you’ve done an excellent job.
Securing a broken hand in place will be a bit trickier, as you’ll need a material that is strong and rigid enough to hold the hand in place, yet flexible enough to fold. It should extend from the wrist to the end of the fingers. The hand should be straight and relaxed, with its fingers slightly opened. Place some cloth in the palm of the hand and place the first splint under the wrist, so it extends to the end of the fingers. The splint should be folded up and around the wrist. Tie it together and add tape for extra security. Once you’re done, stuff the open spaces with cloth to increase comfort and firmness.
If you ever find yourself in the posture of treating broken bones or fractures, remember the first thing to do is to keep calm and act with caution. You’ll need to be very aware and have enough knowledge in the matter. You can educate yourself further in anatomy of the limbs and learn a few knots that will secure your splints in place. You can practice these techniques and even take up courses for first aid, so you won’t have to do it for the first time in a SHTF situation.
By Alec Deacon
My children are almost never sick. They usually end up at the doctor’s office because they hurt themselves.
My wife and I have taught them the value of cleanliness and good personal hygiene, but we don’t rush them to the house every time they get their hands dirty.
I have embraced the same philosophy about high immunity with the kids as we do the livestock on the farm.
I believe if you work to keep the immune system strong, then when it encounters something foreign it can “learn from it” and recognize it in the future.
This philosophy is a radical departure from today’s germophobic society. Most people are using more antibacterial soaps, detergents and hand sanitizers than ever before. Society warns children not to get dirty and not to touch anything “filthy” — all in the name of trying to keep them healthy.
But researchers have observed the so-called “farm effect” — the low incidence of allergies and asthma in kids raised on farms — in central Europe for a long time.
In fact, Dr. Mark Holbreich teamed up with European colleagues to learn more about why Amish children have such low rates of allergies and asthma.
The going theory is this early exposure to the diverse potential allergens and pathogens on a farm trains the immune system to recognize them, but not overreact to the harmless ones.
So it turns out that science may agree with my philosophy.
It’s always good to have some research to back up your own convictions, but I think it’s pretty obvious if you look at it simplistically.
Amish kids are working on the farm at a young age. They are eating a lot of farm food and not nearly as much processed foods. Many of them are drinking raw milk as soon they are weaned from mom.
Contrast that with a child in front of the television or game system with very little biological diversity in a small backyard, and it can be tough to test your immune system as thoroughly as someone on a homestead farm who is introduced to all the little microbes (good and bad) that can be found there.
My advice: Let your kids play outside instead of trying to keep them as clean and sterile as possible and they’ll likely stimulate their immune system in ways that only nature can accomplish.
Here’s some tips to keep their immune system running at a high level:
1) Reduce sugar/fructose intake.
2) Eat off the farm — plenty of unprocessed pure foods.
3) Consume lots of good bacteria such as sauerkraut, kefir and other fermented foods.
4) Get plenty of sleep.
If you work on these four areas it can really give your children’s health a boost.
So take your kids outside and let them get dirty. If you don’t live on a homestead farm, then go visit one, or take them camping, hiking — something. It’ll do their immune system some good and their soul, too!
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In case you didn’t notice, this week has seen some of the strangest weather in recent memory. All over the world there have been countless records broken and no shortage of unseasonable climate events. In some regions, things just seem upside down with rain, snow, and heat showing up in places where they typically aren’t seen this time of year. By themselves, each of these events appear to be nothing more than odd anomalies. When considered together however, there’s seems to be an epidemic of unusual weather.
Experts and layman alike have been blaming these events on the arrival of El Niño, though it’s not clear if that weather pattern can explain everything. If El Niño really is to blame, then we may be in for some downright freaky weather for the next few years. Here’s what’s been reported so far:
- The Mississippi River has seen some of the worst flooding in 25 years, between Missouri and Illinois. In some parts, there have been 3 day rainfalls of 9-11 inches, which usually only happen every 100 to 300 years. Nine levees have failed to contain the water, and at least 20 people have been killed.
- Los Angeles, which is notorious for its perpetually sunny weather, has experienced “real weather” for the first time in years. For those of you who live in states that experience blistering cold weather in the winter, you can laugh all you want, but the weather station at the USC campus reported a low of 36 degrees on December 27th. That was a tie for the station’s all time record low, which was set in 1916. Also, California is finally getting the rain it so desperately needs. Sierra snow pack levels are 136% higher than they usually are this time of year.
- The Dallas area experienced a tremendous tornado over the weekend that had 166mph winds. It killed 11 people and destroyed over a thousand homes and businesses. While Texas is no stranger to tornadoes, this was the first time in 15 years that an EF-4 tornado occurred on American soil in December. It’s also the furthest west that a tornado of that size has been seen in December.
- Canada has also been hit with a storm that experts believe is related to the weather conditions in Texas. But the storm itself isn’t that strange. It’s the fact that it was the first major winter storm to hit the region this season, and it arrived a month later than usual.
- South America is also seeing some crazy floods this week, which have been blamed on El Niño. Over 150,000 people have been displaced in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil.
- And finally, the craziest weather in the world is happening where there aren’t any people. The same weather pattern that caused flooding and tornadoes in the US, is making its way towards the North Pole. It has brought with it, some unseasonably warm weather for the region. The temperature around the North Pole rose to 32 degrees, which is 50 degrees warmer than it would normally be this time of year.
So what do you think? Is El Niño responsible for all this wicked weather, or is there another good explanation?
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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In typical blogging tradition, at the beginning of each year I take a look back at the previous year and compile a list the most popular articles of the year. As I did so this year, it became apparent that most popular articles in terms of page views were not necessarily articles published in 2015. Making sense of the most viewed list was further puzzling since many of the so-called popular articles were less prepper-centric than I would have guessed.
This year I decided to deviate from tradition and share a month by month chronology of what I feel were the best and the most useful articles of 2015. Then, as I do each year, I will provide a peek at what we will see going forward. I hope you enjoy this walk through 2015 and find a gem or two you may have missed.
The Best Articles of 2015 – Organized by Month
Honorable Mention: Birch Essential Oil for Arthritis, Muscle and Joint Pain
Honorable Mention: How to Build a Simple Faraday Cage for EMP Survival
Honorable Mention: Survival Basics: Using Oxygen Absorbers for Food Storage
Honorable Mention: How to Deal With Open Wounds When Help is Not on the Way
Honorable Mention: What to Look for When Shopping for Food Storage
Honorable Mention: Canning Jars 101 – Everything You Need To Know and More!
Honorable Mention: 12 Skills for Preppers That Money Just Can’t Buy
Honorable Mention: 50 Reasons Why Preppers Need Vinegar in Their Stockpiles
Honorable Mention: Homesteaders and Preppers: We Are All On the Same Team
Honorable Mention: The Best Practices for Using Mylar Bags
Honorable Mention: How To Build Your Own Perfect Bug Out Bag
Honorable Mention: 30 Reasons Why You Might Be a Crazy Prepper Nut Job
Other Notable Items
For 2015, 44% of the readers accessed the website from a desktop or laptop computer, 36% by mobile device, and 20% by tablet. In addition, the top social network was Pinterest followed by Facebook. No surprise there.
In 2015, Backdoor Survival Book Festivals continued to be hugely popular with readers as well as authors and publishers. The variety and quality of both fiction and non-fiction books in the niche has improved since the early days and I am personally committed to presenting the best of the best so that the cream will rise to the top. Expect more of the same in 2016.
Likewise, giveaways have been extremely well received. More are planned for 2016, but perhaps with more balance than in the past. One thing is certain: I have learned a lot from your responses to those “giveaway questions”. In a way, they become a mini-forum for sharing ideas between each other and that is a very good thing!
The Survival Buzz has matured a bit. Instead of simply writing about preps, I now try to include a weekly motivational piece so you have something to think about. This is part of the overall focus of writing less about stuff and more about process.
At the end of December, there were 22,570 email subscribers (sign up here), 28,475 Facebook fans, and 14,900 Pinterest followers. Holy smokes! That is a lot of preppers and I am humbled by your loyalty.
A Look Forward to 2016
As much as I try to view into my virtual crystal ball to see what is coming down the line, I always seem to be wrong. That being said, as of this moment, here is what I see happing next year.
In 2016 I plan to continue to focus on well researched articles and series of articles that will stand the test of time. Much like the series on Propane for Preppers, Emergency Water for Preppers, and How to Set Up and Master Ham Radio Without Going Crazy, these articles may not be the headline grabbers that make Google and drive-by readers happy, but they are solid and should withstand the test of time.
Along those lines, throughout the year, I plan on updating many older articles from 2012 and 2013 that are getting a bit long in the tooth. The information is still good but it needs to be enhanced and brought to the forefront for new readers to see and for long-term readers to revisit.
I will continue to share what I know and personally experience with essential oils and DIY projects, plus spend more time exploring the concept of frugality as it relates to preparedness. Although much has been written about the Great Depression, I want to focus on frugality with more focused a 21st century twist.
Finally, it is time for a site facelift. Backdoor Survival needs to be faster and more nimble and easier to navigate to exactly the information you are looking for. This will become a major undertaking that I hope to outsource, at least for part of it.
The Final Word
As a person that does not like change, it is easy to fall back on old habits. Still, I recognize that change represents progress and so Backdoor Survival will march forward. I am hopeful that little tweaks here and there will make your reading experience easier, and that what you learn will help you streamline both your preps and your skill set.
Please know that I feel your pain when you tell me you are overwhelmed by the scope of it all because there are days when I feel it too. I also empathize with those of you that are merely tolerated by family members who don’t buy into the need to prepare. As always, those will always be things that I write about as we take steps moving forward, one prep at a time.
Embrace the new year everyone! We really are in this together.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: Today I share some of my favorite books and the cast iron skillet that belongs in every prepper kitchen!
How to Sew a Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew: You are going to love this book. It is charming and and timely and filled with good-natured humor and the loving spirits of grandmothers everywhere.
How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew: From the same author and another good one. The book offers a glimpse into the hearts and minds of grandfathers near and far by sharing their practical skills and sweet stories on how to be stronger, smarter, richer, and happier.
Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath: The hallmark book, by award winning journalist Ted Koppel, will hopefully educate the sheeple and motivate them to embrace the message of preparedness. For the rest of us, there is much to learn about the state of preparedness, or lack thereof, at the highest levels of our government. Read more: Prepper Book Festival 10: Lights Out by Ted Koppel.
Growing Up in the Great Depression: If you liked Clara’s Kitchen, you are going to love this book. Written by 93 year old Delores Mixer, learn about her life growing up during the Great Depression. The ways that she and her brother contributed to the family “kitty” are ingenious. (Going to the Ice Warehouse, picking up pieces that fell off the ramp, then selling them to neighbors for a few cents a chunk – that is just one example.)
The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way: This book teaches how to deal with all the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster situation, including strategies to keep your family healthy even in the worse scenarios. It covers skills such as performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound. This medical reference belongs in every survival library.
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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