Healing Broth

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Healing Broth

Healing Broth is a powerful mineral-rich liquid that carries the essence of vitally nutritious vegetables, herbs, & spices in a way that is easy for the body to digest, assimilate, and utilize. You will find this recipe as comforting as it is nourishing. The ingredients of this simple recipe help to provide tremendous healing benefits […]

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How to Keep Warm in a Winter Power Outage

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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. 

winter-power-outage1Winter is upon us again and with it comes storms that can cause wide spread or localized power outages. Losing power in winter does cause many more deaths than a power outage in the summer.

So how do you protect yourself and your loved ones during those cold dark hours? Read on and I will share some of the ways we do it…

The Ideal: Preparing for a Winter Power Outage

winter-power-outage2My husband and I never notice power outages anymore because we have removed ourselves from the grid so we have keeping warm without electricity down pat!

First, you HAVE to think about winter power outages long before winter gets here. Take a look at your home. Is it big and roomy with lots of open areas or small and compact? If it is large, can living areas be closed off to make smaller areas to heat? Does it have lots of windows and which direction do those windows face? North facing windows will let in lots of cold while south facing windows can be used for passive solar heating. Is your home well insulated and does it have any fireplaces or wood heating already installed? How will you be able to cook during a power outage? What about your water pipes?

So now you’ve inventoried your house. You live in the typical three bedroom brick house on a slab with windows all around and a porch on the south side. How to make it winter ready?

Check all windows and doors for leaks of air. If air can come in warm air can escape. Caulk or seal the leaks. If the windows are old and drafty consider putting plastic sheeting over the windows or making insulated drapes to hang during the winter (the drapes would work to keep the house cooler in summer too!).

Close off unneeded or unused areas during the power outage. This is where you are going to see just how fast family members can get on your nerves! Make just one or two rooms be used.

Inspect already installed fireplaces/woodstoves or install a small woodstove in a main room. You would be amazed how much one small woodstove can do! And of course have on hand a cord or so of cut, seasoned firewood for that stove and MATCHES!

Look into enclosing your south-facing porch for the winter and buy in advance the necessary supplies to do so. Enclosing your porch will give you some heat from the sun during the day and an outside place to cook if you have to use a grill.

winter-power-outage3If for some reason you cannot have a woodstove in your home look into getting some other heating source like Little Buddy camp heaters and a supply of fuel for them or a kerosene heater and several gallons of kerosene.

In a pinch, lanterns and candles do put off a bit of heat and can warm and light a small area. These choices are dangerous and should only be used in an emergency with all necessary precautions. But they are better than freezing to death.

Wrap water pipes to keep pipes from freezing, wrap them in insulation or layers of newspapers, covering the newspapers with plastic to keep out moisture. Look into storing several gallons of water incase pipes do freeze or your well isn’t working.

All the above can be and should be done and ready long before the first cold snap.

How to Survive a Winter Emergency Power Outage

But what if you get a surprise and are not ready? During an emergency power outage you need to:

  • Move all family members to one area and close off all the other rooms.
  • Select a space on the “warm” side of the house, away from prevailing cold winds. It’s best to avoid rooms with large windows or uninsulated walls. Interior rooms, such as inside bathrooms or closets, probably have the lowest heat loss. Your basement may be another great option in cold weather, because of the heat gain from the earth.
  • Isolate the room from the rest of the house by keeping doors closed, hanging bedding, heavy drapes, blankets or towels over entryways or erecting temporary partitions of cardboard or plywood. Hang drapes, bedding, shower curtains, and such other insulating items over doors and windows.
  • Drip your faucets to prevent them from freezing or shut off the water at the main and drain the pipes. Store that water for drinking and cooking.
  • Let the children make a fort to sleep in to help retain body heat.
  • Dress warmly and EXERCISE! It will help keep your core body temp up.
  • Eat and drink warm things like soups or coffee/hot chocolate. Heating up water on a small sterno can is easy, safe and does add some warmth to the room.
  • Don’t forget your pets! Many animals can and do make it through the cold months just fine as long as they are used to living outside but for those pets that are not make room in your warm spot and in your plans for them! A warm dog or cat is great to snuggle with on a cold night!
  • Turn off all electricity except for maybe one light to protect against a possible power surge when the power does finally come back on.
  • If all else fails and this power outage is going to last for a while contact your local Red Cross or church and they can probably direct you to a shelter in your area or you can contact out of area family or friends for an impromptu visit!
  • After the lights come back on take stock in how it went for you and take steps to improve on your ability to provide for yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if you had to evacuate to a friends or a shelter consider this a wakeup call and make it a goal to do better the next time because there WILL BE a next time.

Additional Resources

What we can learn from the Oregon militia standoff and how to implement those lessons

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Ammon Bundy’s stand against the Bureau of Land Management and the Federal Government in Oregon, whether you agree with it or not, should serve as a learning point for grassroots

Old-TimeAgrarian Entertainment

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Dateline: 7 January 2016 AD

If the above video clip is not one of the best videos on YouTube, I don’t know what is. It was filmed in 1964 at the home of 82-year-old Bascom Lamar Lunsford of South Turkey Creek, North Carolina. 

The people in the film (young and old together) are making their own entertainment. They are having a very good time. This is a glimpse into a simple, down-to-earth way of life that is virtually gone. It’s something special, for sure.

In the following  movie clip, we see the octogenarian, Mr. Lunsford doing a bit of dancing himself. Then he and his wife pay a visit to the home of Bill MacElreath.  With a cigarette in his mouth, the nearly-80-year-old MacElreath dances and plays banjo like nobody’s business.

Personally, I’d like to know more about Mr. MacElreath’s home as shown in the picture. Did he build that remarkable stone house himself? He looks like he was a working man in his day and probably did. I tried to find more information online and came up with this picture of MacElreath in front of his stone home (with a dead rattlesnake)…

In the following clip, we get some insights into Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s early days. And we can hear one of the locals tell Bascom (on a narrow country road) how to get to Bill MacElreath’s house.  

In the following video, David Hoffman tells the story of traveling from Long Island to North Carolina back in 1964 to film the “pure American culture” you see in the living room of Bascom Lamar Lunsford (in the first video above).

Should we worry about North Korea’s nuclear test and what to do?

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The news wires lit up last night with news North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb. If true, North Korea possessing the technology to create a thermo-nuclear weapon would be troubling

Another step closer to major war in the Middle East today: Saudi Arabia drops bombs beside Iranian Embassy in Yemen

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In what has become a rapidly escalating situation in the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia just raised the stakes significantly. Based on open source reporting, it

101 Gardening Secrets The Experts Never Tell You

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Gardening seems simple enough. Plant seeds in the ground and water them, right? But if you’ve ever had a garden, you know better. Weeds constantly try to take over, plants don’t yield as much as you expect, blight wipes out one of your plants entirely, or all of […]

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Why Most ‘Prepping Strategies’ Are Doomed

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Why Most 'Prepping Strategies' Are Doomed

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There are people in the world preparing for every kind of disaster.  Possible doomsday scenarios include economic collapse, biblical Armageddon, cyberattack, polar shift, enemy invasion, irreversible climate change, and electromagnetic pulse — just to name a few.

To some, it doesn’t matter how the end arrives. Others believe that the details do matter, because goods and skills that are important to carry a household through one potential disaster could be meaningless in another.

No matter which camp you are in, consider this: None of those catastrophic events are as likely to happen as smaller ones are. And the ultimate truth is that preparation for those smaller events is what will save lives and property.

Just as car accidents are most apt to happen close to home, so too are other mishaps. Prudence suggests that people should be ready at home first, and the best way to do so is prevention.

For example, the garage roof could cave in under a heavy snow load, but the likelihood of that happening is greatly diminished if the garage is well-constructed and the roof is kept clear. The next logical step for people who live in snow country and are concerned with disaster preparedness is to go out and buy a roof rake before winter hits.

My grandparents lived their lives in a rural mountain village, ready for anything. Ill health, bad weather, hungry passers-by in need of a meal, relatives arriving unexpectedly for an extended visit, misbehaving animals, and broken equipment. Maybe your grandparents did, too, and people today would do well to try and emulate their lifestyle.

The Easiest Way To Store A Month’s Worth Of Emergency Food!

Many Americans are descended from pioneers, the epitome of a people who were strong, self-reliant and resilient. They were also well-prepared for disaster. It wasn’t so much about the end of the world as they knew it, as it was about making a difference in the world they did know.

Our ancestors probably worried more about crop failure and livestock loss than the economy.  Here again, the first steps were prevention — plant and weed and water diligently, and follow best practices for animal health — and being prepared for the unpreventable by canning overflow harvests to tide them over the leaner years and keeping extra animals when they could.

They might also have bartered, offering up labor and land use in exchange for food and fuel. They might have “gone without” sometimes, too, getting by on milk and cheese for protein when there was no meat.

Why Most 'Prepping Strategies' Are Doomed

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Like them, we need to be mindful of the possibility of lean seasons. Twenty-first century sparsity might be the result of a job loss or an injury or even a divorce, but we need to be ready. Prevention is key, but a store of food, supplies and cash to tide us over whatever happens is essential.

Remember: Even though it is entirely possible that our national economy could collapse, it is also conceivable that personal economies will go south long before that happens.

Emergency Survival Seed Bank Provides THOUSANDS Of Pounds Of Food

And while some say climate change could have a major impact on the planet overall, it makes sense for individuals to focus on the climate they are in. Whether you believe it is a result of global warming or not, you can count on having inclement weather and other natural disasters where you live. Hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and earthquakes are a reality for many people, and preparedness is critical. It makes sense to be ready for them by storing enough food and water and medications and batteries to make it through whatever nature throws our way.

We might be invaded by enemy soldiers from another continent as well. But depending upon where you live, you are probably more likely to be attacked by local criminals or gang members or forest predators or small varmints trying to eat your chickens. It is wise to have on hand whatever measures you need to protect your home from those elements first.

The bottom line is this: Be prepared for what is truly the most likely occurrence. Take history into account, and consider how many Americans have gone hungry when they lost their jobs or suffered unduly from injuries or panicked over natural disasters or been robbed in their own neighborhoods. Those are the things to prepare for before you worry about big picture what-ifs.

It is a good idea to start close to home with your preparations, focusing on the things that could happen to your own household. Make sure you have enough food to last through a three-day blizzard and sufficient heating fuel for winter, or a good collection of flashlights and spare batteries, and supplies for pets.

From there, you can expand to potential community disasters, and then regional. Ramp up your supplies gradually, expanding to cover possible needs in case you are without power for a week, and later on consider surviving longer-term off the grid.

By starting with the basics, thinking about the most likely possibilities first, and keeping it real, you will be able to prepare yourself for all manner of disasters. Taking care of the smaller things will help move you into a position which will enable you to handle the bigger things. And if doomsday comes along, you will have been ready all along.

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Discover The Secret To Saving Thousands At The Grocery Store. Read More Here.

The Dying Brontos (Nuclear Industry) Are Starting to Fight Each Other

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This is a good sign, it shows that we are near a tipping point.

Dive Brief:

  • FirstEnergy’s proposal to guarantee income for two struggling power plants in Ohio continues to face questions, and now the nation’s largest nuclear generator says it believes the deal is unfair to the state’s ratepayers and that it can offer a better deal, EnergyWire reports. 
  • A new round of hearings this month will consider fresh questions behind FirstEnergy’s plan to guarantee income at its Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor and the W.H. Sammis coal-fired plant in Stratton. The utility’s proposal also includes a portion of the output of Ohio Valley Electric Corporation units in Gallipolis, Ohio, and Madison, Indiana.
  • Exelon believes the deal is a bad one for Ohio consumers, and told state regulators in a filing just before the end of the year that it can provide 3,000 MW of carbon-free generation $2 billion cheaper than the eight-year settlement deal FirstEnergy brokered with stakeholders in December.


Current Gun Control Discussion

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Regarding the current gun control discussion going on right now in the wake of another push by the Executive Branch to impose regulation:

I’m actually OK with expanded background checks. The problems I have with gun control involve stupid, arbitrary things like classifying a rifle as an assault rifle based on the fact that it looks like a military weapon, even though it isn’t one by any stretch of reality. People talk about “armor piercing” bullets and “machine guns,” but the AR-15 that is typically their target actually fires a comparatively weak round and isn’t anything like a…

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Why you need not one but Two safes

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Paragon 7750 Electronic Wall Safe, Hidden Large Safe for Jewelry, Small Handguns $108.99

Some of the advice I have to give based on my experience in Argentina after the economic collapse may not be as useful for everyone. Most Americans simply don’t have to deal with that level of crime and violence, let alone on daily basis in their local towns and cities. The thing is, as the world “keeps moving”, like Stephen King once wrote, a lot of that advice becomes increasingly relevant.
In my book “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse”, I explained that you want not one but two safes in your home. One of them more visible, maybe were you keep decoys or less valuable items, and a second well-hidden one were you keep most of your cash, precious metals and other valuable items. The reason for this advice is twofold.
First, if someone breaks into your house and they find the safe, they will assume this is where you keep your valuable items and focus on that safe. Rarely will they bother looking for a second safe and even if they do it should be very hard for them to find. This reduces significantly the chances of getting that second safe broken into.
Second, and this is one of those hard-earned lessons for many in Argentina, if someone breaks into your house and manages to put a gun to your love one’s head, you will tell them where the safe is and you will open it for them. In this case, you better have some believable decoys in that safe so that they feel content with it. With a bit of luck they will be happy with that and consider it a good day’s “work”.
Well, it turns out that having such a second safe has proven to be very valuable for this forum member over at survivalistboards where home intruders that broke into his house when he was away failed to find that hidden safe and therefore managed to save its content.


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”.

On Firearms Control In Australia. By Robert Borsak.

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Today I was asked by Fox News in London to comment on whether or not Australia’s firearms laws work to stop crime in light of the decision by President Obama to reform American gun laws.

Our advocacy is being internationally recognized and it is about time that law abiding firearms owners get a fair go.

The show will air soon and we will get a copy of the segment as soon as we can get our hands on it.

In the meantime, here are my thoughts as an Australian law abiding firearm owner:

As President Obama attempts to reform America gun laws, the issue of gun control and violence is yet again in the spotlight. My thoughts and sentiments on this are not centred around American gun control or gun culture per se, but rather the Australian experience.

It is deeply disturbing that every time the issue of gun control is debated in America or other jurisdictions for that matter, Australian guns laws are hailed as the gold standard – a benchmark for leaders to achieve. Well, they are not.

As a starting point, we are not America, we do not have a constitutional right to bear arms, and in fact our constitution does not afford ordinary citizens many rights at all. Instead, what we have is an array of draconian and impractical state and national firearms laws, underpinned by a ‘Howard’ mentality that somehow regulating law abiding people will deter crime.

But the facts and evidence fly in the face of many of these ‘anti-gun’ lies and misinformation.

In late 2015, following intensive discussions with Robert Brown and I, the NSW Deputy Premier and Police Minister, Troy Grant, rightly pointed out what the Shooters and Fishers Party have been saying for over 20 years, “Greater than 97% of all firearms incidents reported in NSW relate to unregistered, or unbranded, or unmarked firearms… NSW has an illegal firearm problem”.

This has been the reality in Australia for decades. The vast majority of firearms crimes committed are done so with the use of an illegal or unregistered firearm by an unlicensed individual.

Logic dictates then, does it not, that the Government should focus the vast majority of its time and resources on curbing the illegal firearms trade and tough sentencing measures? Rather, successive governments have spent over a billion dollars on targeting law abiding firearms owners through failed registration schemes, confiscation and pointless “tough gun control” measures.

Further, independent and statistical research indicates that the regulation, including banning, of firearms, has little to no causal effect on the rate of crime. The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research published a working paper on The Australian Firearms Buyback and Its Effect on Gun Deaths, which ultimately concluded that the NFA did not have large or long-term effects on reducing firearms homicide or suicide rates in Australia.

Our gun laws are nothing to be proud of. In fact, they represent one of the most vile and draconian attacks on personal freedoms and culture. They have been formed, and continue to be formed, on lies, political mileage and misinformation.

In 1996, the Howard Government decided that we couldn’t be trusted with semi-automatic rifles and pump action shotguns anymore, yet it seems criminals didn’t get the message?

Even today, the ordinary Australian citizens cringes or questions me when I tell them I love shooting and hunting. I don’t blame them though. I blame the collective efforts of politicians like John Howard, anti-gun groups like The Australian Greens and Gun Control Australia, and most of the media. This atmosphere of paranoia and ignorance was created by them. It is our job to unwind the damage and further our rights in the process.

Licensed firearms owners are among the few classes of people that are acknowledged and endorsed as fit and proper persons. Criminals are not allowed to obtain firearms licences period. Ownership and use of a firearm is a highly held privilege. With that privilege we have the right not to be associated with or disadvantaged by the action of senseless cowards. Relaxing firearms laws to make it easier and more practical for law abiding citizens to enjoy their sport and cultural pastimes is not going to result in a mass shooting or spike in gun crime.

To my fellow law abiding firearm owners, and to anyone who truly values personal freedoms and fact based decision making, I say this: The fight for the roll back of these firearms laws will be a generational struggle, but united, we have a strong and growing voice that will not be silenced!

Without an Emergency Fund You Are One Missed Paycheck From Disaster

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What would it mean to you if you had an unexpected trip to the emergency room? If your car required an expensive repair? What if your income was interrupted for a week, or two weeks, or even longer? Do you have an emergency fund built into your budget to see you through these everyday calamities, or are you only one missed paycheck from disaster?

According to a recent survey released by Bankrate, 63% of Americans do not have the emergency savings to take care of a crisis that costs $1000 or more. How do people handle unexpected expenses? According to the survey:

  • 40% would use savings
  • 23% would reduce other spending to cover the expense
  • 15% would use credit cards
  • 15% would borrow from friends or family

Many said they had no idea how they would cover an unexpected expense of this magnitude.

So what about you? Do you have an emergency fund? It’s really just one more prep that you should put aside for a rainy day.

An emergency fund is a vital prep

When your finances are tight, sometimes your first impulse is to spend every dime.  Many people focus on things like paying off debts, stocking up on food and supplies, or paying more than the minimum payments on bills.

However, that may not be your best bet.  Don’t get me wrong – paying off debt is absolutely vital,  but most experts recommend establishing an emergency fund as the first step back to financial security. There are several reasons why this should be a priority for you:

  • What if you suddenly lost your job and it was 6-8 weeks before unemployment payments began to trickle in?
  • What if your child suffered a medical emergency and you needed to purchase an expensive medication?
  • What if your refrigerator began making a death rattle and you needed to buy a new one immediately in order to save your expensive frozen food stockpile?
  • What if your car, that you needed to get back and forth to work, required a costly repair?

The reasons you might need to tap into an emergency fund are as varied as the news headlines – there are many different disasters that can arise, and nearly every single one of them will require that you have some additional funds available.  You simply cannot call yourself “prepared” if you don’t have currency on hand to see you through the rough spots.

It’s important NOT to rely on credit cards, overdraft, and lines of credit for these unexpected events – these things will cost you far more in interest in the long run. Credit cards are NOT an emergency fund. An emergency fund is currency that you have on hand that will not cost your interest. Don’t make your personal disaster worse than it already is by paying compounded interest on it for the next two years.

How much should be in your emergency fund?

This is one of those numbers that will vary with different families. Most experts recommend a starting point of 1-3 months of expenses. And by expenses, I mean everything from house payments to car payments to projected utilities to food costs.

Don’t underestimate how much it takes to run your household every month – be sure to account for all of the regular expenses you might need to cover during an emergency situation.

In addition to an emergency fund in cash, other prepper items can help see you through a rough spot. Your general supply stockpile and your food pantry mean you have to spend less money on day to day items when times are tough.

When budgets are tight, how can you bankroll your emergency fund?

If you don’t have some rainy day money set aside, it is of the utmost importance that you fund this right away It’s time to change your financial lifestyle.   This isn’t really fun, but the economy is continuing to freefall (despite the blithe reports from the White House and mainstream media). Hardcore frugality is the answer. If you don’t have enough money set aside to weather a crisis, then you need to cut your spending to the bone until you do.

  • Most of us have some places that we can cut the budget. To put it into perspective, a fancy frozen coffee concoction from Starbucks is about $6.  Today,  the price of silver is just under $20 per ounce.   Three and a half days without Starbucks =1 ounce of silver.  Exercise some “tough love” and strip your budget down to the bare bones until you have a months worth of expenses put aside.
  • Sell something.  Do you have a basement full of unused relics? Exercise equipment, old furniture, unused appliances -all of these things taking up valuable storage real estate can help you to establish your emergency fund.  Hang on to things like gold and silver jewelry, though – it will increase in value.
  • Get a second job. You don’t have to plan to work two jobs indefinitely, but spending one day a week babysitting or taking on a different part time job can help you get your savings into the comfort zone.
  • Make only your minimum payments.  I realize this is not the standard financial recommendation, but until you have a one-month rainy day fund set aside, you should forgo making the extra payments even on interest-bearing accounts.
  • Eat cheap for a few months.  If you can manage one cheapo meal a day, this can result in massive savings. Look into different meals that are less than a dollar per serving – generally these will be vegetarian offerings like beans and rice, a bowl of cereal, or eggs and toast. Soup is also a great budget-stretcher.  Cheap doesn’t have to mean unhealthy – we never eat things like Ramen noodles in our family but we manage to have frequent low-budget meals that are tasty and filling. For the love of Pete, don’t eat out – the cost per serving is 5-10 times the cost of making the same dish at home.
  • Get rid of some fixed expenses. If you can get rid of some of your monthly fixed expenses, you can build your emergency fund very quickly. Cancel gym memberships, extracurricular activities, phones, satellite, cable and internet.  Funnel all of that money towards your emergency fund. Once the fund is built, you may discover you didn’t really need those services as much as you thought you did.

What constitutes an “emergency” worthy of dipping into the fund?

Once you have your emergency fund established, you might wonder, “What can I spend this on?”

Ideally, nothing. The goal is never to spend this money.  This little safe full of money squirreled away is there for situations that cannot be addressed with your regular income.

Here are some things that are NOT emergencies:

  • Trips to the mall
  • Concert tickets
  • Vacations
  • Your 346th pair of shoes
  • A celebratory dinner at a nice restaurant
  • Cell phone bill

As yourself a few questions. Will it cost me more money if I do this later rather than sooner?  Is the expenditure related to a safety issue?  Is the expenditure related to a health issue? When will you have the money to pay for this out of your regular income?

  • Refrigerator
  • Car Repair
  • Medication/Medical Bill
  • Washing Machine (not in all situations, but if you have a baby in cloth diapers it’s pretty vital!)
  • Utilities that will result in reinstatement charges

Only you can judge whether or not an event constitutes an emergency.  If you must use money from your emergency fund, make it a priority to replace that withdrawal as quickly as possible.

Make this the year you get your finances under control

If you don’t have an emergency fund, take your preparedness to the next level.   Get financially prepped for those unexpected “rainy day” moments. Then, make a concentrated effort to reduce (or completely get rid of) debt. If a financial disaster were to strike, the less debt you have, the fewer payments you would have to make until you got back on your feet.  Other preps will go a long way toward helping you through a financial emergency, too. Never underestimate the value of a fully loaded pantry.

For those of you with a little bit of money squirreled away,  have you ever experienced an event that made you relieved that you had an emergency fund?  Your comments can be very inspiring to those who are new to preparedness.


The Total Money Makeover

The Complete Tightwad Gazette (my favorite book EVER)

The Pantry Primer

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Opening Day

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Dateline: 6 January 2016 AD

The Glenside Diner opened up for business at 6:00 this morning, as scheduled. I’m usually up well before 6:00 am but this morning I slept in. My mind was finally at ease and, frankly, my body was exhausted. The past couple of weeks of new-diner preparation have been kind of intense around here. 

It isn’t just me. Marlene poured herself into this project too.  And James & Bekah were noticeably run down. Last night around 10:30 they left our house with a bunch of freshly-printed Glenside Diner breakfast and lunch menus. 

They’re young. They can bounce back from exhaustion quickly. But Marlene and I don’t bounce back like we once did. We need a few days to recover.

Just about everything around here was put on hold while we focused on helping to get the diner all ready for today’s opening. As a result, our house is a mess, my shop is a mess, my work vehicle is a mess, and I’m behind with all sorts of projects. Fortunately, it’s winter and my Planet Whizbang business is experiencing it’s yearly slow time. There is no way I would have had time to help with the diner renovations if it were any other season of the year. So that worked out nicely.

Unless something breaks at the Glenside, I don’t expect to be down there too much. I do plan to make a simple website for the diner, but that’s no big deal. 

Marlene went down there today for lunch (she’s a regular customer) and she messaged me that they were real busy. That’s good news. At this point, I haven’t heard any more details. 

So that’s that. I took the following selfie inside the diner yesterday afternoon. It gives you an idea how the finished diner now looks, and how I looked at the end of this project.

Radio Scanners are a Good Intelligence Source for Preppers

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radio scannersI currently have a couple of radio scanners and feel that at least in the early stages of major civil disruptions or natural disaster they can be very useful.  You can listen to local fire, EMS, police and gather information on what it happening around you in real time.  In rapidly changing situations, this can be very helpful.  Imagine a wildfire, listening to the firefighters in real time can let you know if the fire is approaching your home or BOL well before an evacuation notice is announced. If there are riots in you’re area radio scanners can let you know what areas to avoid.

Radio scanners are readily available and are not very expensive.  I hear some people saying that they are not worth the money because many of the police frequency are being encrypted. While this is true in some areas, there are many areas in which a large part of police broadcasts are still in plain language.  In addition to monitoring the police, a scanner covers many other frequencies.  Information can be gathered from fire, ambulance services, public utilities, VHF and UHF ham radios, GMRS, FRS and MURS. Getting the Most from Your Personal Radio, MURS or FRS/GMRS,  MURS Radios a Useful Communication Tool.

Most scanners will scan frequencies between 30 MHz and 900 MHz. . Some scanners will scan up to or beyond 1200 MHz.  There will be some gaps in coverage due to FCC regulations and Federal laws that don’t allow eavesdropping on certain frequencies.  This includes the frequencies used by cell phones.  Occasionally you will encounter older radio scanners that will cover these frequencies.  Be aware that it is a Federal crime to listen in to these frequencies or convert a scanner to monitor them.

If you decide to purchase a scanner, or just need more information you will want to look at the website RadioReferance.com.  Finding the frequencies that you want to monitor in your area is always a bit of a challenge.  Here are several tips to help you, check the internet for police and fire frequencies in your area, find a local radio club they always have good information or talk to a friend who works for a public safety agency.

If you own a smart phone you basically own a police scanner too. By downloading a police scanner app like PoliceStream, and 5-0 Radio Police Scanner, you can turn your phone into a scanner.  There are also sites on the internet that let you listen to police radios in other areas.  Suppose there is a riot in LA and you are worried about family of friends, you can listen to their traffic.

While I understand it is legal to own radio scanners in all 50 states, it is my understanding that in at least five states Indiana, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, and New York, it is a crime to use a mobile one.  You need to check your local laws, they vary from state to state.

Radio scanners can be a good source of information, but you need to get used to listening to them before you have to.  There is a learning curve.


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Harness your own kinetic energy

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Wearable charging device that hanresses your own body movement

New meaning for self-sufficient

Ampy’s Move harnesses your own body energy and pumps it back into your cellphone or any other device.

Checking the expected battery life of any new mobile gadgetry has become a key consideration. We all know that feeling of peering anxiously at the last sliver of charge just when it’s needed most. Ampy has introduced an alternative to solar or wind-up for off-grid power by tapping one’s own kinetic energy to recharge. Buy Ampy’s Move for $129+ shipping a pair of inductors convert your body’s movements to energy. There are optional accessories to strap it on a limb for cycling or running for maximum effect.

An hour’s exercise promises an hour of smartphone charge or 24 hours of smart watch use. There’s an app too, of course, with fitness tracking and so on. The more vigorous the movement the better: so plenty of imaginative ways to harness your kinetic potential.


As portmanteau names go Torchscope doesn’t quite do what it says on the can as it’s actually a flashlight with a built-in camera rather than a “scope” of any sort. It combines a powerful LED 1,000 lumen torch with an HD video camera which can time-stamp footage. The casing is military-grade aluminium, and the Torchscope is 1m drop-proof and waterproof to 10m. There’s an integrated mic for audio and an SD card slot to store your productions. $299 from borescopestore.com

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Radiation Bioaccumulation in Sea Life – Defining the Concentration Factor, and Scary Results

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Usually radiation in water is measured in Bq/Meter Cubed, or Bq/L

The meter cubed number is 1000 times larger than the L based unit, because there are 1000 Liters per Meter Cubed.

Scientists use a “concentration factor” to express how various animals /plants on the food chain bioaccumulate various toxins.

CF=Concentration Factor= Bq/kg Wet Weight divided by Bq/Liter of Seawater

Manipulating this equation (multiply both sides by Bq/L) gives

Bq/kG Wet Weight = CF * Bq/L
Bq/kG Wet Weight = CF * 1000 *Bq/M3 (Meter Cubed)

This study from 2003 shows significant Concentration Factors even when in a “dilute solution” of CS-137

The contents of (137)Cs in the different organisms were generally low (<1 Bq kg(-1) wet weight), but a marked bioaccumulation was apparent: The concentration of (137)Cs was about 10-fold higher in the harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena, representing the upper level of the food web, than in the amphipod Themisto sp., representing the lower level of the food web. The Concentration Factors (CF=Bq kg(-1) wet weight/Bq l(-1) seawater) increased from 10+/-3 for a mixed sample of krill and amphipods to 165+/-5 for harbour porpoises.


Plenty of studies of bioaccumulation



Here is one source on conversion of wet weight to dry weight

Here is one from Amchitka and Kiska

Ramen Noodles

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Just another cheap and very quick meal from long term stored foods!
The other day while in the supermarket I found the ‘Instant Lunch – Cheddar Cheese Flavor’, (cup-o-soup) meals so I bought some to try. They are just small flat noodles and cheese, no veggies etc. They are really good and do taste like Mac & Cheese. A good Item to stock.

I long term stock and use Cheese Powder and Tomato Powder for making my own home made Mac & Cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches and anything else that needs cheese. Also with the tomato powder I make all types of tomato sauce.

After trying the ‘Instant Lunch – Cheddar Cheese Flavor’ I thought I’d just make my own by buying Chinese Noodles in bulk, portion it out and bag each portion like the volume of a ‘cup-o-soup’ for quick meals, camping trail food or emergency meals.

I priced the Chinese Noodles and they are crazy expensive. It’s far cheaper to use Ramen Noodle Soups, use the noodles and just throw away the spice packet!  Since I already stock Ramen soups I have plenty of noodles available to use with the tomato powder or cheddar cheese powders.

I stock a lot of pasta and do make Mac & Cheese and all pasta dishes that require a tomato sauce but when I seen the ‘Instant Lunch – Cheddar Cheese Flavor’ it is an option for meals in the woods or on the run.

The advantage of Ramen Noodles is the time it takes to cook vs regular elbow or other pasta. Regular pasta can take 15-20 minutes to cook where the Ramen Noodles all you have to do is heat to a boil less than 1½ cups of water. Pour the boiling water into the cup with the noodles and powders and in about 3-5 minutes you’re ready to eat. A HUGE saving on fuel over regular pasta if using a camp stove that needs propane of gas.


In a 16-20 ounce cup add the dry noodles.

2 tablespoons of either Tomato Powder of Cheese Powder.

Add boiling water to equal 16 oz including the noodles.

Must add salt to taste, the noodles have no salt in them.

Stir to blend over the next few minutes.



  • Lay the package on a hard flat surface.

  • Using the heel of your hand gently strike the perimeter of the package breaking the noodles into small pieces. It’s easier to fit the noodles into a 16oz cup and eat the shorter pieces.

  • Open the package and discard the spice packet inside.

  • Pour the broken noodles into a 16oz cup.

  • Add the 2 tbs of Cheese or Tomato powder. If using Tomato powder you can add a pinch of oregano or basil for more of a pasta sauce flavor.

  • Pour the boiling water over the noodles and powder.

  • Wait 3-5 minutes and enjoy!

  • Add salt to taste.

  • Optional; you can add some supermarket can or pouched meats or fish to make a more filling balanced meal for yourselves.

#10 cans of Cheese Sauce Powder and Tomato Powder.

Hawaii’s Whales Are Missing This Year — GMI “Because Their Numbers Have Increased”

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Seriously, they printed the drivel quoted below in green—— Normally there are 10,000 that trek from Alaska to Hawaii, this year they have only seen 10 so far.     They are well over a month late now.

Another theory is that the whales’ disappearance actually means their population has gotten larger and it is therefore taking the animals longer to compete for enough food to make the long journey to Hawaii.


And of course, make sure they don’t forget to blame global warming, and that close cousin, El Nino.

All this “information” trotted out there even though

Other Pacific whale species struggled in 2015: humpbacks and sperm whales became entangled in nets and stranded on beaches off California; 30 whales, including fin whales and humpbacks, died in an “unusual mortality event” off Alaska; and 337 sei whales were found dead on the Chilean coast, the largest whale stranding on record.


Well time will tell.     I don’t think the majority of whales died off in one year, but they could have taken a hit.

The Guardian article above is amazing….they state

 The plankton-eating animals are protected as an endangered species, and federal law prohibits approaching within 100 yards of them by boat. Fewer than 10% of humpbacks’ original population remains, according to the California-based Marine Mammal Center.

This is the quality of our journalistic force.      Humpbacks do not eat plankton, but they do eat fish type things.

Humpbacks are baleen whales which means they filter their food through baleen plates. They consume krill, anchovies, cod, sardines, mackerel, capelin, and others sorts of schooling fish.  


Biocentration is well known.   This one study on seals from 2002 shows a concentration factor of 34 to 130 and they call that “low”, this is for seals.

The mean concentration in muscle samples for all animals was 0.23±0.045 Bq/kg f.w. 137Cs concentrations in both liver and kidney samples were near detection limits (≈0.2 Bq/kg f.w.). The results are consistent with previous studies indicating low levels of radiocaesium in Arctic seals in response to a long term trend of decreasing levels of 137Cs in the Barents Sea region. Bioconcentration factors (BCFs) estimated for seals from NE Svalbard are low, ranging from 34 to 130 



HF E Mail System

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The first of the articles pulled from the forum site.

These articles are posted on the forum where they can be discussed but as the forum is not ideal for data retrieval and the articles quickly get lost I am going through the forum and posting any that need to be available on here.

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Chicken-Heated Greenhouse

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Chicken-Heated Greenhouse

Chicken-Heated Greenhouse

As a permaculture design consultant and homesteader I am always looking for ways to integrate different elements of the homestead to work together synergistically. Chickens are one of my favorite homestead elements.

They provide so many different and useful functions: entertainment, garden preparation and clean up, tilling of the soil, pest (bugs and mice) control, fertilizer spreading, food forest management, of course eggs and meat, and heat for a greenhouse!nesting boxes use jpg

Normally, our layers are either paddock shifted or free ranged throughout the growing season from spring to fall. During the colder months we take a different approach for wintering over our hens. We integrate our greenhouse with chickens and sometimes rabbits.

Since I cannot stand chipping ice, I want a simple system designed to prevent the water from freezing. The chickens generate enough heat to raise the temperature in the greenhouse. During the day, when the sun is shining, the greenhouse benefits from solar gain.

Interested in the best self-sufficiency solution during a food crisis? CLICK HERE to learn more!

We use the deep bedding method for the floor. We do not muck out the coop but continue to add carbon material, mostly straw. The nitrogen from the manure and carbon from the straw provide the raw material for the microorganisms to do their work. Deep bedding becomes another compost heating element.  This triple combination largely prevents water from freezing.snow use jpg

In permaculture, the idea of integrating a greenhouse and chickens is not new. The chickens (and rabbits) expel carbon dioxide which benefits the growing of plants. Winter is a great time to grow some microgreens, lettuces and kale.

Even though chickens do not require heat in the winter they seem to have a higher quality of life and lay better in this setting.

Discover how our grandfathers used to preserve food for long periods of time. CLICK HERE to find out more !

The design for this multi-functional structure is very simple and was made from basic lumber, cattle panels and greenhouse (10 mil plastic) remnants. This greenhouse cost us approximately $300!

We are located in Northern Idaho and our winters get cold but nothing extreme so this basic design works out very well for us. If we were in a very cold climate we would have to make our base greenhouse a cold climate greenhouse where we would insulate the structure except for the south facing side.


Source : www.motherearthnews.com

About the author : 

Sean and Monica Mitzel homestead with their family on 40 acres and are using permaculture techniques and strategies for the property. The property is a demonstration and education site where they raise dairy goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, turkeys and ducks. The Mitzels have planted more than 200 productive trees, and bushes and enjoy wildcrafting, propagating plants, and raising livestock. They enjoy teaching and equipping others towards self-sufficiency through consulting and hosting workshops. To learn more visit them at The Prepared Homestead

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10 Survival Items to Scavenge from Abandoned Vehicles

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10 Survival Items to Scavenge from Abandoned Vehicles Looting, scavenging, call it what you will. When the SHTF, you might need to do a little scavenging. Scavenging after SHTF carries significant stigma, invoking your most dreaded nightmares. During man-made or natural disasters (including war), scavenging is a common occurrence. I have for a long time …

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How To Make Authentic Vodka Or Schnapps From Potatoes

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How To Make Authentic Vodka Or Schnapps From Potatoes mmm, vodka, one of my all time favorite alcoholic beverages. I like vodka because of its ability to be mixed with pretty much any-other drink to create a wonderful, drunk inducing drink. I must have had my head in the sand all my life because I never …

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How to Build Plumbing Pipe Shelves

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How to Build Plumbing Pipe Shelves Over the past few years I have shared a few shelving project articles, they all are great but I think this one has to be the best. These shelves are made from old plumbing pipes and because of that can hold a lot more weight than regular shelving. That is …

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A Complete Guide to SHTF Water Filters

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A Complete Guide to SHTF Water Filters Water filters can be lifesavers when it comes to situations where you’re dealing with undrinkable or contaminated H2O. SHTF water filters can assist in these unfortunate situations with a variety of different devices to percolate water containing any bacteria. Our filters are designed to be fully functioning without …

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How To Make Flu Busting Gummy Bears

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How To Make Flu Busting Gummy Bears Having the flu is never fun. In fact, it can take away the enjoyment from activities you previously loved. It make life seem like an exhausting, unmotivated drag as you sniffle and cough into your tissue and try your best to contain and get rid of the sickness …

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What Happens After Your Stored Food is Gone?

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What Happens After Your Stored Food is Gone? What happens when you have eaten through all your supplies of dehydrated, canned, and stored food? Even the most optimistic among us should not begin eating all of our stores of food without giving thought to what comes next. What if the next emergency lasts two years? When …

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31 Survival Uses For Cotton Fabrics

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31 Survival Uses For Cotton Fabrics Cotton has been around since the dawn of time and has also been used as clothing for thousands of years. Cotton is natural and durable. It’s only the past couple of decades that cotton has been shoved to the bottom of the pile and the newer, synthetic fabrics have …

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How To Make A Simple 3 Piece Plywood Canoe

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How To Make A Simple 3 Piece Plywood Canoe I pride my self on getting the best information I can find on shtfpreparedness.com and I have to say this tutorial for the 3 piece flat bottom canoe is the best I have ever found! You can get other DIY tutorials on how to build a canoe …

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The Complete Guide to Paracord

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The Complete Guide to Paracord I’m sure you’ve all bought paracord at one point or another, but do you know the differences in the types of paracord out there? Do you know which is best for fooling around with to practice in your garden versus the ones that are best for survival situations (the real, …

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Survival Weight Loss Podcast Episode 85

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Survival Weight Loss

Survival Weight Loss



Survival Weight Loss

This week I  have a Survival Weight Loss Show. I will give you a PHD in weight Loss. Want you actually achieve your new years weight loss goals? Tired of losing weight and gaining it back?

I have lost 100 pounds and kept it off. Instead of selling my experience as some cheesy book I am giving you this survival weight loss podcast. All my tips, tricks and methods. One hour of pure non commercial advice.

I answer how much carbs you should eat. Is this diet right for high performance athletes? Can you get too much Protein? I answer all that and so much more.

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KetoCaNa To get you into Ketosis Faster



  • Weight loss methods for the new year
  • You will not do it unless you really want it. It has to be for yourself not anyone else
  • Don’t Be Hungry
  • Don’t Eat Any Grains, Or Legumes. Stay away from Most dairy. The fattier the dairy the better. Grass fed is best. No limit on butter. If you have or can get raw milk then use that.
  • If you are mostly sedentary eat only 20 grams of carbohydrate per day
  • Limit protein. This is not a high Protein diet.
  • Grassfed Beef is the best choice
  • Chicken is too lean. If you eat chicken choose skin on and cook in coconut oil.
  • This is a high Fat diet.
  • Eat the right fats. They are grass fed butter, regular butter, coconut oil, olive oil, MCT oil and lard (organic pastured lard being best)
  • Add fat to everything.
  • Use the bullet proof fasting in the morning. Wake up and consume bulletproof coffee until lunch
  • Eat your carbs in the evening
  • Try to get some cold exposure. Cold showers, bath, cold pack in the back of the neck. Polar plunge.
  • Cheat either once a week or month.
  • Cheat day protocol. Eat a normal breakfast. Start cheating at lunch. Drink grapefruit juice before. to blunt insulin response. 1 hour to 30 minutes before. Immediately before eating a cheat meal perform 40 air squats. To activate the glut4 transport. Do some afternoon exercise.
  • You should not need to snack. If you are feeling hungry in between meals you need to eat more.
  • To lessen the carb flu use mct oil and ketone bodies. You can get into ketosis immediately.
  • You can test with ketone meters or ketostix. The stix are cheaper but less accurate.
  • Avoid diet sodas. I know it’s hard. They will slow you down. Kill gut bacteria
  • Sprint and lift heavy weights. Walking is good too. HIIT training is great.


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3 Time-Tested DIY Tricks For Insulating Drafty Windows

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3 Time-Tested DIY Tricks For Insulating Drafty Windows

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When winter hits, you should not feel the difference in your home. If you’re feeling cold air leaking in, though, what that really means is that 10 to 20 percent (or more) of your heat is escaping through openings along the window or directly through the window glass.

Since you’re responsible for creating your own heat, you definitely don’t want to waste 10 to 20 percent of your effort just keeping up with your windows. Thankfully, there are a number of simple measures you can take to improve the insulation of the windows in your home; choose the ones that fit your lifestyle and keep the cold air out.

1. Draft snakes and weather stripping

When you have a minor leak along the edges of windows, you might want to try installing weather stripping along the frame. There are many types of weather stripping commercially available for filling gaps along the edges of windows, or you can make your own. You can staple strips of felted wool along the top and bottom of the window sash to prevent drafts there, or cut foam strips for the same purpose. Felt is a quick and easy solution, but it will need to be replaced every year or two as the fibers wear down. To fill gaps in a double-hung or sliding window, you’ll need aluminum or another durable material cut and shaped to fill the space.

New Survival Energy Product Makes Every Window A Powerful Solar Charger

For single-hung windows whose drafts come mainly from the bottom edge, you can make draft snakes. Draft snakes are tubes of insulating heavyweight fabric, such as wool felt, filled with rice or sand to provide weight. You can easily sew one out of an old sock, shirtsleeve, or other scrap fabric by making a tube sealed at one end, and then filling and sealing the other end. Rest it on the windowsill snug against the sash to block drafts. If you have outer sills, you can install draft snakes outside as well; consider stapling it in place to prevent it from moving in the wind.

2. Shutters and foam

3 Time-Tested DIY Tricks For Insulating Drafty Windows

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If you don’t need to see out of a window, as is the case with basement or attic windows, consider blocking it with polystyrene foam insulation.  Cut the foam to the exact dimensions of the window frame to ensure a snug fit, and slide it into place. You can reuse foam seals for windows year after year, or leave them up through the summer to prevent heat leaking into your home. When you remove seals for the season, label each piece with the window location to which it belongs to speed reinstallation.

Another option for fully blocking leaky windows is to construct shutters on the exterior or interior of your house. This is a greater investment in time and materials than any other option, but allows you the flexibility of opening shutters on milder days and closing the house on the windward side during a storm. You can construct shutters in a variety of styles: hinged, bi-fold, and rolling shutters are all possibilities. The simplest shutter is a single-hinged panel that blocks the whole window. Exterior shutters provide better insulation but are more difficult to open and close in poor weather; interior shutters can be easier to manage. On sunny days, opening shutters to allow passive solar heat on the sunny side of the house can help to keep the interior warm.

3. Window films, shades and fabric insulation

If you need to be able to see out of a window, but need the insulation of a fully covered window, construct a removable window film. Cut sturdy framing strips or wood to measure inside the window frame, and staple vinyl sheeting over the edges.  The resulting films can be inserted into the windows for the season while still allowing for light to enter and enough transparency to see out.

You can create a similar opaque or translucent construction with any fabric. For the best insulation, adhere heavy fabric or multiple layers to your frame. These fabric window insulators can be easily removed after the winter.

One of the easiest ways to create insulation is by installing fabric or vinyl thermal shades. Roman shades made from heavy fabric will provide a bit of protection from drafts. Install weight at the bottom of the shade or fastenings along the sides to improve the shades’ capacity for blocking drafts.

Regardless of what method you choose, it is straightforward and sensible to begin blocking drafts in your windows right away. Examine your windows for drafts, and devise a solution for each one; even a curtain or a towel is better than nothing.

However, taking the time to create more permanent solutions will pay off in comfort and style, and with so many simple options for blocking drafts, there is no reason to be losing your valuable heat to winter’s edge.

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Self-Reliance Mindset: Gain Knowledge. Learn Skills. Take Responsibility.

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In a world that is and will be experiencing an unknown amount of economic hardships, political chaos, and imminent danger, we will not have the luxury to depend on “good times,” the government, our parents, or society at large to help us have stable and successful lives. We are going to have to do that for ourselves. We have to be as self-reliant as possible.

To be self-reliant, we must gain knowledge, learn skills, and take responsibility for ourselves and our families. The single most important thing you can do to survive any future chaos is to start taking responsibility for your own life now.

Develop a self-reliance mindset. 

First and foremost, you MUST develop a self-reliance mindset. This entails taking responsibility for your own life, not waiting for others to do it for you. Remember New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina? Remember all those people standing around in knee-deep water waiting for the government or someone else to help them? That is called “learned helplessness.” Don’t be like them. Instead, develop “learned self-reliance.”

Developing Self-Reliance (1951)

Take responsibility for your own life and success. Your company isn’t going to protect you. The government is going to take care of you. And your family and friends have enough problems of their own.

Taking responsibility means doing what needs to be done, not just what is fun or what you want to do. Taking responsibility means not waiting around for others to do it for you. Taking responsibility means not assuming if you don’t do it then someone else will. Be proactive.

If you know your company or industry is struggling, don’t wait for them to “downsize” you before you start looking for work. Get moving – polish up your résumé now, start networking and making contacts & inquires, before you lose your job.

If your entire industry is struggling, don’t wait for it to implode. Start thinking about what new industry you might want to move to, and start learning the new skills you will need and making contacts in that industry. Consider developing a side-business now, so that you will at least have that to fall back on. You may even be able to turn it into a full-time career.

On the job, the more knowledge and skills you have the less likely you are to be let go in “cost saving” efforts. And if you are let go, the more knowledge and skills you have the quicker you will be able to find new work. Don’t just limit yourself to the skills needed for your current job. Learn other skills as well. Learn bookkeeping/accounting. Develop computer skills. Learn a foreign language (particularly if your company/industry does a lot of business with non-English speakers). Learn how to sell, even if that’s not your current job.

In your personal life, learn how to manage your finances. Learn how to live on a budget. Develop the skills of a smart consumer. This means reducing your expenses, and living within your means (a budget or spending plan is an excellent tool for achieving this goal). Setting aside an ample emergency fund is also very important. Pay off your credit cards and consumer loan debt. Avoid new debt. (My article, Finances – Get Back to Basics, may be of interest.)

Learn how to raise and preserve some of your own food. Get into homesteading. Learn how to do the routine maintenance on your car. Learn the basics of home maintenance. Develop Do-It-Yourself skills. Accumulate a good tool kit. Learn to sew. Learn how to eat healthy and how to take care of your health. Learn first aid & CPR. There is a multitude of everyday skills that you can learn in order to be more self-reliant.

Stay informed of current affairs. Pay attention to the news. News aggregation websites, like Drudge Report, Liberty Mill, and Prepper Website, are worth checking out at least daily. Reading your state or local newspaper (or  at least visiting their websites) will help you keep up with news and events closer to you. Blue Force Tracker is a great website for national security and military news, as well as veterens’ issues. 

Understand how the world really works. Learn real history and economics, not the biased indoctrination they feed you in public schools. For a list of good history books, see my Real History Book list. Also, check out the #HistoryHub portion of this website (click tab at top of this webpage). For a list of good sources for learning economics, see my article Economic Education Resources.

John McCann, in his book, Practical Self-Reliance – Reducing Your Dependency On Others, gives a great definition of self-reliance, and how it differs from self-sufficiency:

In my opinion, self-reliance is being able to do as much as we can without outside assistance…. On the other hand, self-sufficiency is the ability to maintain oneself without outside aid, being able to provide for all of one’s needs. Unfortunately, in today’s world, we must live with a dependence or inter-dependence on others. In the pioneer days people could not produce everything they needed and had to rely on others for supplies they could not furnish. Even mountain men went to rendezvous in order to sell their furs and purchase needed supplies. They were both very self-reliant, but not self-sufficient.

N. Korea Claims Successful Hydrogen Bomb Launch; UN Meets to Decide World

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By Melissa Dykes – The Daily Sheeple

It’s all over the news: North Korea is claiming it successfully launched its first hydrogen bomb which was so powerful, it caused a 5.1 man-made earthquake.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has recorded a 5.1 earthquake 21km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea at a depth of 0.0 km, so that would at least initially support the claims.


Meanwhile, experts are reportedly saying the test was actually a failure, as the earthquake it garnered was too small to be a meaningful threat. The UN Security Council is set to meet and discuss a response.

Considering that North Korea is a lukewarm threat at best, and everything they do is terror theater, one has to wonder what else is going on worldwide right now that we should be paying attention to instead while this news continues to suck up all the headlines like a mutant vacuum cleaner.

Here’s the announcement on Korean news, which has been translated (supposedly), although it kinda comes off as an SNL skit or something.

P.S. – Here’s the first comment underneath it:


Delivered by The Daily Sheeple: N. Korea Claims Successful Hydrogen Bomb Launch; UN Meets to Decide World Response

About the author:

Melissa Dykes is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple and a co-creator of Truthstream Media with Aaron Dykes, a site that offers teleprompter-free, unscripted analysis of The Matrix we find ourselves living in. Melissa also co-founded Nutritional Anarchy with Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper, a site focused on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Wake the flock up!

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El Nino to drive flooding rain, mountain snow into California this week

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A series of El Niño-enhanced storms will continue to bring more beneficial rain and snow along with hazards to California and the southwestern U.S. in absence of a pineapple express.

The above-average temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean, known as El Niño, tend to strengthen the storm track into the West Coast and occasionally California during the winter.

The current El Niño has tied the strength of the El Niño during 1997, which was the strongest on record.

The storms which initially brought rain, snow and ice to much of the Pacific coast of the United States to start the week will spiral progressively farther south into Friday.

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US El Nino Forecast: California to bear brunt of impacts this winter
Late-week winter storm to spread snow, ice and rain across central US
Polar vortex to usher widespread cold, snow chances into eastern US during mid-January

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Impact/Magnetic Storm, Space Shockwaves | S0 News Jan.6.2016

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By Suspicious0bservers

Published on Jan 6, 2016


Observing the Frontier Conference Page:


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…

Today’s Featured Links:
Oxygen Long Ago: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_release…
Bow Shock Stars: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php…

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Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Wednesday, 6 January 2016

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.5) (145 quakes)

Updated: Wed, 6 Jan 14:50 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Wed, 6 Jan (85 earthquakes)
Wed, 6 Jan 14:42 UTC M 4.8 / 7 km – [info] (0 km) – 6km NNW of Banning, California


Wed, 6 Jan 13:55 UTC M 3.0 / 90 km – [info] (32 km) EASTERN AOMORI PREF


Wed, 6 Jan 13:41 UTC M 2.5 / 81.9 km – [info] (77 km) New Zealand


Wed, 6 Jan 13:38 UTC M 3.0 / 100 km – [info] Iliamna (22 km) – Cook Inlet (SW Alaska) – 36km S of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska


Wed, 6 Jan 13:35 UTC M 2.9 / 58 km – [info] (208 km) VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION


Wed, 6 Jan 13:20 UTC M 4.2 / 10 km – [info] (646 km) NORTHERN ALGERIA


Wed, 6 Jan 13:18 UTC M 4.9 / 10 km – [info] (283 km) Near Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico


Wed, 6 Jan 13:09 UTC M 3.6 / 40.2 km – [info] (88 km) SW SHIZUOKA PREF


Wed, 6 Jan 13:09 UTC M 4.7 / 86 km – [info] (83 km) Java, Indonesia


Wed, 6 Jan 13:03 UTC M 3.6 / 31.5 km – [info] (234 km) FAR E OFF SANRIKU


Wed, 6 Jan 12:56 UTC M 3.1 / 194.4 km – [info] (33 km) New Zealand


Wed, 6 Jan 12:52 UTC M 2.8 / 5.5 km – [info] (727 km) New Zealand


Wed, 6 Jan 12:51 UTC M 2.8 / 5 km – [info] (625 km) OKLAHOMA CITY AREA, OKLAHOMA


Wed, 6 Jan 12:45 UTC M 2.8 / 5 km – [info] (68 km) NEW MEXICO



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How To Prepare And Survive In Case Of A Hurricane

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The U.S. has had its fair share of hurricanes in these past decades. Hurricanes Sandy, Rita and Katrina have hit pretty hard. They took so many lives and the process and produced massive infrastructural damage. No matter how far we’re willing to go as far as preparations go, we will never be completely safe from nature’s wrath. But every precaution can be a small battle won and +1 when it comes to our chances to survive in case of a hurricane. In order to beat the storm and come out on top, we must understand what a hurricane actually is. Hurricanes are immense storms that cover great areas. Because the winds blow in a swirling motion, powerful air currents are created that can be strong enough to pull out trees out of the ground, lift cars and even lay whole cities to the ground. Wind speed is a major factor in considering how devastating the hurricane is going to be; according to wind speed, hurricanes fall into the following categories:

  • Category 1: winds reach speeds of 74 mph – 95 mph
  • Category 2: winds reach speeds of 96 mph – 110 mph
  • Category 3: winds reach speeds of 111 mph – 129 mph
  • Category 4: winds reach speeds of 130 mph – 156 mph
  • Category 5: winds reach speeds of speeds of over 157 mph

Hurricanes will most likely form over warm ocean surface, and they sometimes have the tendency of going towards land. When this happens, it also sends a wave formation (storm surge) towards land alongside heavy precipitation. These two combined can cause major flooding to urban or rural areas. Even though hurricanes cover large areas at a time, the intensity of the storm is not constant throughout the entire area, but it’s rather varied from zone to zone. Based on intensity, hurricanes are comprised of the following parts:

  • Zone 1: the eye of the hurricane is the portion in the middle of the stormy area (central zone); it’s the zone that’s least affected, where wind and precipitations are at their lowest
  • Zone 2: the eye wall is a circle of thunderstorms that swirl around the central zone (the eye); the wall is where storm activity is at its highest, with heavy precipitations and strong winds
  • Zone 3: rain bands stretch from the eye wall towards the outside; they’re a weaker reflection of the eye wall, comprised of storm clouds, precipitations and possibly tornadoes


Preparing for an incoming hurricane

As I’ve said before, there is nothing you can do that is 100% hurricane proof, but every measure of precaution you take might just be enough to save you or your property. First and foremost, my main advice is to consider of building your very own underground bunker or disaster-proof room somewhere in the vicinity of you home and have it filled with as many provisions as you can. Just be sure to consider flooding and the need for oxygen. If such a room would be too much trouble, you can also reinforce a room in the house (possibly the basement), turning it into a safe room and hope for the best. If you want to save as much of your property as possible and limit the damage, cover your windows with special, permanent storm shutters; if you can’t find any in your vicinity, just use some plywood instead. Roof straps will reduce the damage and maintain the structure of the house as whole as possible. Trimming your bushes, trees and shrubs around the house will make them less likely to fly off and damage or even kill somebody; the trimmer they are, the less “grabby” their surface will be when it comes in direct contact with the wind. Rain gutters should be unclogged, in order to fight off flooding.

What to do during the storm

If there’s a massive storm coming your way, you need to stay informed. Follow any sort of alerts and directions the authorities issue on the tv, radio or internet. Secure your house as best as you can by closing all the doors, even those inside the house. The less the air flows through, the safer you’ll be. Any sort of small object left in your shed or front lawn should be moved in the house. If they get picked up the storm, they could become serious projectiles that can do permanent damage or even kill. When the storm hits, turn off all the utilities and keep away from the phone as much as possible. Propane tanks should be switched off, as well as the refrigerator. If things get serious, go to your panic room or your provision room. Keep enough food and water supplies. You cars should be fully fueled, because if the opportunity should arise, you must be able to drive without stopping as far as you possibly can. Also keep cash on you; banking and ATM systems will most probably be shut down. If you’re eager to evacuate, take a moment and think things through; acting on impulse might cost you your life. Wait for things to settle down a bit and listen to the directives given by the local authorities.

Dealing with a hurricane is a stressful and life-threatening situation. Take all the necessary precautions you can in order to limit the damage, but remember that nothing’s more important than saving your life. You safety should come first, before everything else. So if you’re taken by surprise, flee for safety and don’t waste any time in securing your property.


By Alec Deacon




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Top 5 Survival Medicine Preparedness Tips

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Calling 911 will most likely not be an option during a massive or long-term disaster. Medical preparedness is often considered the most difficult obstacle when forming a well-rounded and thorough survival plan. Enhancing our first aid skills by taking a course is one important way to increase the chance of surviving a SHTF scenario. Learning how to use available items to naturally prevent, treat and cure common ailments is an equally important aspect of medical prepping readiness.

We often delve into home remedies, over-the-counter alternatives, and natural health tips on Survival Based. This roundup of the top 5 survival medicine tips offers yet more insight and resource material for use when expanding your medical prepping plan.

Top 5 Survival Medicine Tips

Wound Care

Stop bleeding fast by using a few pinches of hot pepper powder. Drop the hot pepper directly onto the small cut or wound, and the bleeding should subside in about 20 seconds. Native Americans often used cayenne pepper in a host of first aid remedy recipes. If attempting to stop a larger wound from bleeding, pour about one teaspoon of red pepper into a glass of warm water and drink the rather unpleasant tasting mixture quickly. The components in the pepper are believed to rapidly equalize blood pressure and prompt the clotting of blood. Pepper is also often thought to contain disinfecting properties.

Oral Health

Gum and tooth health should not be neglected now, before disaster strikes, or after a TEOTWAWKI scenario when you can’t call a dentist. I did not delve into the issue of dental health preparedness until after reading several James Wesley Rawles and Dr. William Forstchen books, which referenced SHTF tooth loss. It was then that I fully realized that my family did not have a detailed plan to protect our teeth and gums; that lack of prepping had to change. We had stocked up on toothpaste and toothbrushes, but little else.

Receding gums loosen the bond with the teeth and often lead to tooth loss. Unless you have a dentist in your tribe (my favorite term for mutual assistant group) or live a safe distance from a dentist that can fix your problems without electricity, you could be left with a mouth filled with rotten or loose teeth that will soon fall out.

Drinking green tea is often regarded as a natural way to combat and correct receding gums. Drinking a glass of tea twice each day is the recommended manner of treatment. The catechins in the tea help to strengthen the bond between the gums and teeth and foster tissue health. Aloe vera has also been used to naturally treat receding gums. Drinking aloe vera juice as a daily mouthwash and/or gently brushing your teeth and gums with the liquid from the plant after regular tooth brushing may also help prevent and treat receding gums.

Oil pulling with sesame or coconut oil has also long been used to treat receding gums and to enhance overall oral health. Simply warm the oil slightly and swish it around in your mouth once each day. Keep the oil in your mouth for at least one minute and attempt to increase the pulling time to up to 15 minutes over time.

Arthritis Pain

Sore joints are not only painful, but they can also prevent necessary work from getting accomplished around the homestead or prepper retreat. The amount of manual labor required to maintain just the three basics of survival (food, water and shelter) will be a significant change in daily habit for many Americans.

Tea tree oil is not only nature’s antibiotic, but is also useful in treating sore joints, tendons and muscles. Massaging the oil onto the affected area typically offers temporary relief sufficient to lessen stiffness and continue on with the chores.

Magnesium is another great natural arthritis pain reliever. Rubbing magnesium onto the joints will help to relieve tensions. You can also take oral magnesium supplements and add more of the component to your diet to reduce flare-ups.

Epsom salt can also be helpful in the treatment of arthritis pain. Pour one cup of salt into a standard-size mixing bowl filled three-quarters full with warm water. Soak the sore area in the bowl until the water turns cold and then massage the area.


Gout is not only painful, but the condition will also likely prevent you from completing your security perimeter patrol on the prepper retreat and thwart efforts to milk the cow during a disaster scenario. Gout is caused when more uric acid is present in the body than can be metabolized. The acid crystalizes in the joints and prompts acute pain, which can ultimately lead to arthritis. Gout pain most often presents in the feet, toes or ankles.

Eating too much processed pork, such as hot dog and bologna, has been known to cause gout in some individuals. Diet adjustments could be key to preventing gout outbreaks.

Cherries and apple cider vinegar have been known to help break up the uric acid crystals and reduce the time that gout pain keeps the sufferer confined to a chair or crutches. Eating black cherries or drinking black cherry juice is highly recommended when the first signs of gout begin to appear.

Mixing 1/2 cup of baking soda with 8 ounces of water and drinking it down will also quickly help relieve gout pain for many folks. This process might need to be repeated up to three times a day for up to two days to break up the uric acid crystals enough to move about with ease.

Natural Flu Shots

Getting the flu is a miserable experience. Colds and flu can spread rapidly during a disaster when family and tribe members are living and working so closely together. When resigned to bed due to a fever, chills and overall body ache, you will not be able to pull your weight on the homestead.

Flu shots, like many vaccines, can be a controversial topic. Every time my father-in-law convinces my husband Bobby to get a flu shot, he gets a mild form of the illness and still gets sick later in the winter because the almighty shot was not designed to protect you from the latest strain. Even if you are a flu shot loyalist, running to the local pharmacy or health department to get pricked will not be possible during a power grid down or similar significant disaster.

Making natural flu shots is easy, and they taste good too.

Natural Flu Shot

1 cup hot tea or apple cider
2 cups warmed, not boiled, fruit juice
1 ounce or four packets of gelatin
1 ½ teaspoons of your favorite healing herbs (You can use just one, or use ½ teaspoon of one herb and 1 teaspoon of another. Due to their health-enhancing components, I most often use ginger root, cinnamon, mint, orange zest, lemon zest or turmeric.)
2 tablespoons honey, optional (Honey not only tastes yummy, but it also boasts copious amounts of healing properties.)

1. Put the herbs, cider and juice in a medium saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. If you opted to use tea instead of cider, brew the tea and allow it to steep for ten minutes before pouring into the pot with the juice and herbs.
2. Sprinkle the gelatin into the pot and stir until it is fully dissolved.
3. If using honey, pour it into the pot.
4. Stir the mixture once more to make sure the ingredients are thoroughly intermingled.
5. Pour the flu home remedy into a 13×9 pan and allow to cool. If possible, place in the refrigerator or other cool place for three hours.
6. Once cooled, cut the flu shots into 1-inch cubes and give them to the folks you want to help protect from the flu.

When they come for your guns and food!

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Hello my friend and welcome to today’s post. With Obama and the Democrats doing everything they can to abolish the 2nd Amendment, as well as issuing Executive Orders that would allow the Federal Government to confiscate any stored food you may have in a disaster, we should all be worried! To make it even worse, …

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I found a few of these in our grocery stores clearance aisle the other day. I think they could come in handy. They will fit in our wood stove. They were only 1.50 each so something to put back. Who knows if we will ever need them.

The Stand-Off In Oregon: Who’s Right and Who’s Wrong?

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     Once again, there seems to be a powder keg about to be lit in America.  This time it is a standoff that involves the Hammond family of Oregon and the Federal government, and self-appointed patriots, spearheaded by Ammon Bundy of Nevada, who sincerely believe they are guarding the Constitutional rights of citizens.  But it is easy to get caught up in the rhetoric and the emotions, and difficult to discern the truth from the innuendo and personal agendas.

      After reading several accounts from various news sources, this is the case, as I understand it…. Everything takes place in the context of the Fish and Wildlife Service buying up all the land around the Hammond ranch for a wildlife refuge. Apparently owning half the land in the West was not good enough for the feds; more was better. Then, the feds allegedly took what seemed like retaliatory actions against the Hammonds after they refused to sell.
     The current crisis stems around what were designed to be controlled burns (or fires) conducted by the Hammonds in 2001 on their land; the first, to reduce juniper trees that have become invasive in that part of the country. That fire burned outside the Hammonds’ private property line and took in 138 acres of unfenced BLM land before the Hammonds got it put out. No BLM firefighters were needed to help extinguish the fire and no fences were damaged.  Interestingly enough, a range conservationist for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) stated that this fire improved the rangeland conditions owned by the BLM.  Let me also say that burns such as this are common among ranchers and farmers in order to control invasive trees and plant life that can prohibit farming and grazing on private lands.
     There was then a second fire, in 2006, which was a backfire started by Steven Hammond to protect their property from fires being set by lightning.  Steven’s wife, Susan, later testified in court, “There was fire all around them that was going to burn our house and all of our trees and everything. The opportunity to set a back-fire was there and it was very successful. It saved a bunch of land from burning.”  However, the BLM asserts that one acre of federal land was burned by the Hammonds’ backfire, and Susan says determining which fire burned which land is “a joke” because fires [from the lightning strikes] burned from every direction.

      The result of this actions was convictions by the federal government against the Hammond’s for two counts of arson.  The dispute was over whether they intended the fires to spread to public lands, and a jury convicted Steven Hammond and his father, Dwight.  The judge in the case said that the damage to some juniper trees and sagebrush did not warrant the five-year mandatory minimum sentence under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, and sentenced Dwight Hammond, the dad, to three months, and twelve months and a day for Steven Hammond, which they have served.
      But now, the Ninth Circuit has held that the minimum five-year sentence was not so disproportionate as to violate the Eighth Amendment’s “cruel and unusual punishment” clause. So,  now the Hammond’s have been resentenced to five years in prison, under an antiterrorism law passed by Congress.  In fact, they made it clear that they intended to voluntarily turn themselves in and serve out the remainder of their sentence, under those federal minimum sentencing statutes, and after losing  in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  And that brings us to the current standoff in Oregon.
     Since the Hammond’s are willing to return to prison to serve the full five years of the mandatory minimum, they do not wish any interference from anti-government or patriot groups which see this case as an overreach by the government.  The Bundy group, however, is the same group of people who backed Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher, who accused federal government officials of trying to illegally push his cattle off of protected BLM federal land.  That standoff came perilously close to pitting armed civilians against federal government agencies, with echoes of Ruby Ridge and Waco.  Fortunately, the government backed down and disaster was averted.
     But, somehow the Bundy group feels strongly that it is imperative they take a stand for the Hammond family, even though the Hammond family has not asked for help, nor do they want it.  Furthermore, since Saturday, the Bundy protesters have taken over the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge visitor’s building, and refuse to leave until the five-year prison sentences handed by the Justice Department to the Hammond’s are softened.  
     Naturally, this has caused a firestorm among politicians, lawmakers, constitutionalists, and patriot-minded Americans.  Everyone from Presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, to Oath Keepers founder, Stewart Rhodes, to TV personality Montel Williams, have weighed in.  Rubio and Cruz both call for an end to the standoff and the end to lawlessness.  Cruz said, “Every one of us has a constitutional right to protest, to speak our minds.  But we don’t have a constitutional right to use force and violence and to threaten force and violence on others. And so it is our hope that the protesters there will stand down peaceably, that there will not be a violent confrontation.”  Rubio added that while he agreed with critics of federal land use policy, “Let me just say, first of all, you’ve got to follow the law… There are states dominated by the federal government in terms of land holding and we should fix it, but no one should be doing it in a way that’s outside the law. We are a nation of laws, we should follow those laws and they should be respected.”
     While the Oath Keepers organization is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic”, they do not intend to insert themselves in a situation where they are not wanted.  Their founder, Stewart Rhodes, released the following statement:  We cannot force ourselves or our protection on people who do not want it.   Dwight and Steven Hammond have made it clear, through their attorney, that they just want to turn themselves in and serve out their sentence. And that clear statement of their intent should be the end of the discussion on this.  No patriot group or individual has the right or the authority to force an armed stand off on this family, or around them, against their wishes.  You cannot help someone who does not want your help, and who are not willing and ready to take a hard stand themselves.
     But then there are those like Montel Williams, who appears to encourage lawlessness by government officials, themselves, in the face of constitutional protests.  Williams said in several Twitter messages he’s quite OK with authorities using deadly force to take out the Oregon protesters who’ve taken over a federal building – that they’re “buffoons” with “terrorist” tendencies and unworthy of constitutional protections.  What?!?  Deadly force?  Unworthy of constitutional protections?  As nervous as it makes me for the protestors to push the envelope of civil disobedience, this kind of talk from a celebrity mouthpiece sickens me.  Since when does a private citizen feel compelled to call for deadly force against another citizen?  And who is he to judge that they are not due constitutional protection?
     While it sometimes seems to me that man’s laws are becoming subject to tyrants and public opinion, I must remind myself that all government has been instituted by God.  I know, I know, that is so difficult to understand in the midst of perceived injustice.  But we must remember that there can be NO power, of ANY government, except what God allows.  So we must always keep in mind that He is working out a purpose that is probably far different than what any personal agenda for “improvement” that we deem necessary.  When our leaders are self-serving—or even outright devilish—it is God’s responsibility to remove them—NOT OURS!
     If ever there was injustice, it was the Roman tyranny over Judah when Jesus walked the earth.  Yet our LORD did not advocate the overthrow of the Roman government, even though He could have called down armies of angels to do His will.  It is a difficult concept for us humans to know how to act in love and righteousness when faced with corruption, unfairness, tyranny, and repression.  No matter how hard it is to understand, we are called to follow our nation’s laws until they are in direct conflict with God’s laws — no matter how wrong or unfair they seem.  From my Biblical standpoint, the Hammond’s have taken the high, and more difficult, road.  May God’s peace abound in the wake of their tough decision.

Thank you to Patterico’s Pontifications website for the clear and precise understanding of the Hammond family’s court cases.  

I Timothy 2:1-2     “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

10 Futuristic Gadgets That Will Make Your Home 100x Better In 2016

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10 Futuristic Gadgets That Will Make Your Home 100x Better In 2016 FINAL

2016 is finally here and it brings with it some incredible new feats of technology that will make our lives much simpler, easier and much more fun! From social robots which will you run a more efficient household to garden sensors which will automatically care for your garden plants, these home gadgets are about to change your life!


Barisieur Alarm Clock

Barisieur Alarm Clock

Do you enjoy a fresh steaming cup of coffee in the mornings? Well this gadget will brew your personal cup of coffee right beside your bed while you slowly wake up to start your day. Not only is this coffee maker breaking all the style rules, its beyond it’s years in technology too! Find out more here


Social Robot For The Home


Meet “Jibo”, the world’s first social robot, here to help you run an effcient household effortlessly. Acting as a personal assistant, Jibo can see, hear, speak, learn, help and relate. From reminders and messages to video calling and face recognition, this robot can do pretty much anything! Here are all the details!


iRobot Roomba 980 Vacuum Cleaning Robot

Vacuum Cleaning Robot

Lugging that vacuum all over the house is a distant memory, enter 2016 with time on your hands by getting one of these Robot vacuums! It will clean your home the way you want it too, all controlled by a hassle-free app! It recharges automatically and changes settings depending on floor type!


Edyn Garden Sensor

Edyn Garden Sensor

Get connected to your garden in a way you never thought possible. With this insane piece of technology you can keep your garden thriving. This gadget will continuously monitor environmental conditions in your garden and even water you plant with the exact amount it needs. Simply place this tool in the soil and watch your garden grow!



Triby Connected Speaker for the Kitchen

Triby Connected Speaker for the Kitchen

Keep your family connected with a Triby speaker, this super cool gadget not only streams music, allows you to make free internet calls to family and friends, it also allows you to send written messages straight to the display screen. With a months battery life, this speaker is a family organizer that will help your family stay organized and connected stylishly and effortlessly!




Although it’s still in the prototype stage, this new software coming soon from Microsoft will change the world of gaming forever! Forgot TV screens and sitting down, immerse yourself in the game literally with interactive projection mapping which adapts to any room. “Users can touch, shoot, stomp, dodge and steer projected content that seamlessly co-exists with their existing physical environment” – Microsoft…


Bioethanol Fireplace Inserts


Upgrade your home with this super stylish Bioethanol Fireplace Insert. No chimney or flume required, this incredible fireplace makes no smoke and you don’t even need an electric or gas supply either. A fireplace which is as futuristic as they come. To find out more head here.


Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp


Salt lamps are a must for any home in 2016. Not only do they offer incredible health benefits which you can read all about here, they are a great addition to any room. A soft pink light makes a beautiful atmosphere come to life, whilst keeping all those toxins at bay! Get your hands on one of the most talked about natural health products of 2015 here.


Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator


Make life easier in 2016 with a Smart refrigerator, not only is this new technology super efficient, it takes away all the hassles of grocery shopping and storing. With a camera inside the actual fridge to show you what your low on, a huge touch screen built in display allowing you to stream music, organize your family’s calendar and even buy grocery’s automatically, this ambitious launch from Samsung will change the whole refrigerator game for ever! Head over here to hear all about it.


Bernooli Smart Craft Cocktail System

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If you love cocktails and would love to make them at home but have no clue how to master the art, then this smart craft cocktail system is about to change your life.  Simply use the app to choose a cocktail, place the light activated lids on your alcohol bottles and the app will automatically show you which ones to add when and will even control the perfect amount of alcohol per cocktail. Find out more over here.

The Lost Ways: The Man Behind The Book

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The Lost Ways

A few days ago I bought “The Lost Ways” by Claude Davis, a 350 page book that I’ve just finished reading today, and I can tell you that I enjoyed every page of it. It’s funny how after 15 years of prepping you still learn new things.

Of course, the ideas were new for me and probably for most of us, but these things are actually very old. But Claude Davis got it right: “The SHTF we all prep for is what folks 150 years ago called daily life.”

I’ve been looking for something like this for years, so, I wanted to thank Claude for putting together this book and making this lost knowledge available to every prepper and patriot at an affordable price.

Yesterday I called him just to find out that we live only 200 miles apart. I said that I wanted to get to know the man behind the book. He said he also knew me from my website and wanted to meet me too, so I got my recorder and jumped into my van.

When I arrived at his place, I felt like I had traveled back in time. Claude is and old-fashioned guy by any standard. He lives with his wife and two children in a log cabin he had built, cooks outside on an open flame in a cauldron most of the time, and all of his clothes are handmade.

He has a 150-square-foot root cellar stuffed with all sorts of homemade canned foods and goods and he raises cows, sheep and chickens. I thought several times to myself that this guy will never be troubled by any crisis. We chit-chatted a little bit then we sat by the fireplace and our interview began.

Me: Claude, how did you get the idea for saving the lost ways of our great grandparents?

Claude: Well, Alec, it all began when I understood that we are the last generation that can truly do something about it. As Americans, we are reaching a tipping point. For hundreds of years, we passed this knowledge from generation to generation. That had been the way until a few decades ago, when we found out that it’s a lot easier and a lot more comfortable living in a Big Mac era. But all these indulgences come with a price. We’ve sacrificed our knowledge, our health and our entire independent lifestyle..

America is changing, Alec. And I don’t think it’s for the better. That’s because people won’t change for the better. Just turn on the TV. We’re becoming a nation full of spoiled brats and super trendy metrosexuals. Where are the men and women who took matters into their own hands and who put their heads into work and turned this country into the world’s First Power? We need more people like that. America needs more ‘pioneers’! Now it’s the time to teach our children the lost values of our great grandparents.

Me: When I read The Lost Ways” I felt that it also conveyed something a little more personal; something that the eyes can’t see, but that one can read between the lines. Am I right?

Claude: Yes! It’s probably the memory of my grandparents. I was raised by them and I cannot remain 100 percent detached while I talk about those moments. Even now, I remember that on winter days as a small child, I’d run home from school to my grandparents’ house, where there was always the most delicious, salty, thick bowl of stew you can imagine waiting for me. It seemed to contain every ingredient known to humankind. It had meat of some kind, barley and lentils, onions, potatoes and carrots. It was one of the most memorable tastes of my childhood.

I once asked my grandmother how to make that stew. She told me that it was the stew of paupers and was made from anything she could find. The meat was the cheap cuts from the butchers, or leftovers from previous meals. The vegetables she had grown herself and the lentils and barley were there to ‘fill you up’. The point is that my nanna knew how to maximize the use of food; to not waste food. Throwing out food was not even an option.

About a third of all food we produce is wasted and thrown away. As I wrote in my book: Feel what it’s like to truly starve and I guarantee that you’ll forever think twice before wasting food.

Our grandparents had it right. And not just about food. They knew that resources are finite; that self-reliance is crucial to survival. No one knows the future, and in the dark place that our world has found itself in today, that future is certainly not assured. Now, more than ever, we need to learn the lost skills of our grandparents.

Me: Claude, what do you think is the most noticeable difference between our grandparents way of life and ours?

Claude: One of the most important changes is that of our attitudes and expectations. They were doers. We’re consumers. The ‘make do and mend’ attitude was probably the second most important survival tool that they had. My granddad bartered and swapped various items for meat, which was a treat for the family, rather than thinking of it as a daily entitlement as meat is now. Our grandparents’ generation would be both shocked and dismayed at their grandchildren’s dependency on others. The self-reliance that they had in terms of everyday living, puts us to shame.

Me: You said ‘the second most important survival tool’. What was their first?

Claude: Their survival knowledge. This is what I wanted to bring back to life in “The Lost Ways”. Not just their attitude, but some pretty interesting things that they did or built. And I didn’t want to just mention them, but to actually show people how they did these things, like in a DIY guide. This is how it turned into a 350 page book and almost 5 years of work.

Me: Was it worth it?

Claude: Hell yeah! I’m getting around 30 emails a day from people who thank me and ask me about “The Lost Ways”. Here, let me just read an e-mail I’ve just received: “Thanks for this wonderful book Claude. I cannot believe how many things we’ve lost along the way. The brilliance of your book is that it offers a proven way to achieve self-sufficiency without investing any money. This is by far the best survival advice I’ve read so far!”

How can you not be glad when you get a message like this? In fact, you called me to say thanks, right? Your phone call made my day! So I guess I can say it was all worth it.

Me: I know the feeling, Claude. I have the same feeling about “Backyard Liberty”. What about the bonuses, and especially “The Can Rotator”? What a great idea. Did you build it yourself?

Claude: Yes. Last year we had around 30 cans of food that had to be thrown away. We totally forgot about them and they passed their expiration date. If you do the math at an average of $2.50 a can, you’ll come up with $75 thrown away. Plus I have a problem with wasting food. So I decided to build a can rotator system with only $75, but it turned out I needed a little bit more. With $95, I build a system that will keep all my cans up to date and easy to maintain and verify. And it also looks pretty nice. You’ve seen it in the root cellar.

Me: I’m going to build one for myself. So, Claude, as you know, this interview will be posted on Survivopedia. Please tell me your last thoughts and why should people get “The Lost Ways”?

Claude: Well, first because now they can. I wanted to buy something like this so badly that I would’ve paid at least a few hundreds. Now it’s pretty easy and cheap. People are spending money on a lot of stupid things, but I really can’t think of something better and more useful that you can buy with $37. Can you?

Second, because it’s the most practical survival knowledge that you can find out there. I’m a prepper myself and I read a lot of survival articles and books, but there’s nothing like this! This knowledge has been tested for centuries and is proven to work not only in a crisis, but on a daily basis. This is why I call it “practical”.

Third, because it’s an investment. “The Lost Ways” will help you save hundreds of dollars every month starting from day ONE. You’ll save money on groceries, on electricity, on medicine, on ammo, and a lot more. Self-reliance will save you hundreds of dollars every year—while making you stronger, tougher, healthier, and wiser.

And fourth, because I feel that it’s our duty as Americans and to our great grandfathers to preserve their ways and not let them disappear forever.

Can I ask you a question, Alec? What was your favorite part of “The Lost Ways”?

Me:  Hard to say. I liked it all. But if I have to name one chapter, it is probably the one with the sailors from the 18th century and how they preserved water and food on their ships, about the rum rations and the silver coins. I must admit that I’ll probably rethink the way I stock and preserve water. They did it better and easier.

Our conversation was a lot longer and we talked about lots of things, but it’s not the main focus of this article. I’m glad I met the man behind the book. He’s truly one of a kind, so if you’re interested in saving the lost ways of our great-grandparents, Claude has made a nice video that I’m sure you’re going to love.

Click on the image bellow and learn the 3 pioneer survival lessons that you should know.


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What You Need In Your Hygiene Kit For Survival

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Maybe you have already thought what you would need in your hygiene kit for survival. I felt very strongly I needed to write this post today after the holidays. Yes, you can add one of these bags to your 72-hour kits or bug out bags. I hope you already have one or two in every bag you have. My thoughts today are different based on a little trip I took up to Salt Lake City, Utah and caught the TRAX city transportation system from the airport to Sandy, Utah before Christmas. Here’s the deal, we have all taken city transportation system like buses, trolleys, trains, etc. I was adamant that my daughter NOT pick my husband and I up at the airport. I REALLY wanted to learn how to make the transfers on TRAX in case I made the trip to her house on my own sometime in the future. We didn’t use the Front Runner commuter train to get to Sandy, but probably should have simply due to the time the Trax light rail took to get to our destination. We are senior citizens and it cost $1.25 each to go 15 miles. What a bargain and we are helping save the planet from car emissions.

My husband and I observed many things on the TRAX system. It makes several stops and the weather was very cold and windy that day. As I write this post I am getting choked up with emotion because I do not normally see all the things I saw on that ride to Sandy, Utah. If you think about it the city, county or state are going to place these railway systems in places where the property is cheaper, in most cases. The railway went through some really sad looking neighborhoods in some areas. I saw one house with a small window air conditioner and a pillowcase hanging above it waving in the wind as we passed by it. It was only 25 degrees that day. I’m talking cold, and it was snowing.

It seemed every time the railway stopped it appeared as if there were three to four homeless people hopping on when the doors opened. They would hop off at the next stop. Then some new homeless people hopped on and this started the cycle all over again. You may ask how I knew they were homeless? I don’t know for sure, but they had large backpacks on their backs and thread barren jackets. Some had hats and gloves. Some had shoes that didn’t match. My heart sank as I watched these people get on and off. I’m assuming they did this to get warm from the outside blowing snow. I think they possibly didn’t want to get caught for not paying. It took one hour and 15 minutes for the ride, so I had a lot of time to observe and watch. My husband and I were heading to our daughters for Christmas, to have parties, to visit friends and enjoy a warm home.

When I arrived back home I went to our supermarket and picked up enough stuff that I can deliver a bag filled with a few necessities to five homeless people. I wanted to keep the price under $50.00 total for everything. I am not rich by any means, but I hope to share five bags a month with the homeless in our local community. I remember reading on Facebook that someone said “I had no idea we have homeless people right here in St. George, Utah.” Yes we do and I am proud to say I know a preacher that feeds dozens of them every Sunday at his church. He and his wife try to get donations from various sources, and the community does support them pretty well, but some of the food and paper goods come out of their own money. His name is Jimi Kestin and his church is called Solomon’s Porch. If you live in Southern Utah they could use donations to help those less fortunate. He truly is one of God’s servants.

So that is my number one idea, to give a bag to some of the homeless people in your area. The other reason I want to show you today’s post is to let you make one or two bags of these every month for people who might have to come to your home AFTER a disaster. If we have an unforeseen emergency some people may become displaced and need to come stay with us for a few days, or maybe even weeks. Maybe we will have to evacuate our neighborhoods and go to the local schools or churches and it would be nice to be able to take some of these with us to hand out to those folks who came without the necessities. It would be awesome if we could all hand out a bag or two to those people who are not prepared for the unexpected. They could at least brush their teeth, shave, and have some other necessities they may need.

Emergency Hygiene Kit

What You Need In Your Hygiene Kit For Survival by FoodStorageMoms

Hygiene Kit Items:

  1. A mini first aid kit
  2. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  3. Deodorant
  4. Shampoo
  5. Lotion
  6. Bar of soap
  7. A razor
  8. Kleenex
  9. Lip protector

I had hoped a quart bag would work for the hygiene kit, but I ended up having to use gallon bags, this is what they look like filled:

What You Need In Your Hygiene Kit For Survival by FoodStorageMoms

Keep in mind these are the minimum items people can use if they are homeless or if we need to have some people come live in our homes after a disaster. I get that, but we need to think of others and try to do a little to help those less fortunate. May God bless you for your efforts. Let’s teach the world to be prepared for the unexpected.

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Family Gun Discussion and Ancillary Thoughts Theiron.

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Recently I was sitting around with a bunch of family and somehow the talk turned to guns. Think my Grandma saw something the NRA put out about Hillary Clinton banning everything and despite her owning only a small amount of very politically correct firearms GMA was worried. So the conversation got going.

I brought out project upgrade AR to show my Uncle. He liked it and said every American should own one. He has a wonderful MAC-90 CHICOM AK which I am quite jealous of that fills the role for him. More gun talk.

We got to talking about pistols. R brought out his Ruger GP-100. I had never handled one before. That thing is like an N Frame .357 with extra metal added at all the thoughtful points. Still that thing is big, also the stock grip is huge. I wear L/XL gloves and even with a full hold there is an inch of  grip below my hand. The guy I know whose hands fill the GP-100 grip is a really big dude.

I showed folks my G-19 with a light. Uncle gave me shit about thinking I was some sort of cool guy. Told him I’m pretty aware of what I am and what I am not; also more to the point almost every home defense tragedy includes not identifying the target with white light. This my house guns (AR and G19) have white lights attached.

My Uncle asked about what I suggested if he wanted to stash a couple of handguns in the safe just in case. I told him if he was OK with polymer frames to buy a couple Glock 9mm’s, each with a couple spare mags and as much ammo as he deemed appropriate. Also said if he wanted spare parts we could talk that separately. Said if he wanted metal frames to go with the older Ruger P whatever models.

We then go to a more general talk about guns.

Cheap to the point of not being reliable guns are crap. Moms husband has a friend with a bunch of crappy guns. The kind that just don’t work and you are constantly fighting. That is a shitty plan. Fucking false economics at their best. Save $40 on a gun and then own a total piece of shit. Realdumb. Good serviceable guns are probably cheaper than in a long time. Save for another month and get a gun that works. On the other extreme you can spend a lot of money and not get much of a return. To say a 2k custom 1911 is capable of 3-4x more than a stock Glock is intellectual dishonesty. Also if your 2k custom 1911 gets confiscated or something that sucks. Lose a $500 Glock and well you go get another (or grab one you stashed).

I like revolvers a lot. Still as a full sized duty weapon the lack of capacity is an issue.  A Ruger GP-100 with 3 reloads has as many rounds as a Glock holds on board. This matters for a cop on the beat big time. Also for a citizen who might grab a pistol and be wearing nothing but a smile rounds on board matter. I am not uncomfortable with a revolver but for a full sized defensive weapon against 2 legged game the modern double stack auto is a clear winner. Now if we are talking a handgun for woods/ hunting or recreational use that might get pressed into a defensive role I am a lot more friendly to the wheel gun.

Anyway those are my thoughts on that.

Urban Survival Gardening: A Comprehensive Grow Guide for City-Dwellers

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What happens when the potting mix runs out of nutrients? What about pests, especially when insecticides aren’t available? What about winter and early spring, when even the hardiest veg refuses to grow? These are a few of the questions that I want to tackle. I’m not a survivalist, but I am a gardener with an … Read more…

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Insider: “Very Sophisticated High Net Worth Investors Are Buying Up Physical Precious Metals”

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 According to the CEO of one of the world’s top primary producers of silver, looming precious metals shortages could drive the price of gold to $5000 and silver to $100 over the next three to five years. Keith Neumeyer, who oversees First Majestic Silver and is also the Chairman of mineral bank First Mining Finance, says that with commodity prices in capitulation mining companies around the world are either reducing operations or outright shutting down, the consequence of which will be a supply crunch across the industry and a resurgence in precious metals prices.

And Neumeyer isn’t the only one who sees the trend developing. Well known investment billionaires like George Soros and Carl Icahn are rushing into gold. Soros is so convinced that a paradigm shift is in the works that after warning of financial collapse and violent riots in America he sold his holdings in major U.S. banks and allocated more of his portfolio into gold mining firms.

And here’s a little known secret Neumeyer shares in an interview with SGT Report –high net worth individuals aren’t just buying paper. Neumeyer says that the coin shortages being reported by national mints around the world are the result of direct buying of physical gold and silver from sophisticated market players:

I’m seeing the numbers coming out of the the Canadian Mint, Australian Mint and the U.S. Mint… the numbers are quite high for silver coins and to a lesser degree gold coins… I think, personally, that the commercials are buying them… I think that very sophisticated high net worth investors at banks and institutions are buying them.

Supply and demand fundamentals aside there appears to be another significant reason that major players like billionaires and central banks are shifting their holdings into precious metals.

Citing a 1988 cover of The Economist depicting a phoenix rising from the ashes of the U.S. dollar while wearing a gold medallion with the date 2018 stamped on it, SGT Report asks whether insiders are now frantically acquiring precious metals ahead of a possible global currency reset or coming monetary crisis.

I 100% agree with that,” Neumeyer responds without hesitation.


As an outspoken critic of the rampant manipulation he recently sent a letter to the CFTC noting that a small concentration of players were attempting to control the market.

But to what end? As noted in his interview, this isn’t the first time that big players vied for position ahead of major financial, economic or political changes.

SGT Report: Going back all the way to the Rothschilds… going back centuries. This is a playbook they’ve used time and time again. Drive down the price of the assets that they want to the point where the common man runs away from those assets because the common man can’t take any more pain…

Meanwhile these guys buy up those assets for pennies on the dollar…What you’re saying makes perfect sense… they’re driving down the prices of physical metals via their paper manipulation and at the end of the day they get to acquire the stuff they want in physical form at pennies on the dollar preparing themselves for what’s coming. I don’t think that’s too far off. I don’t think that’s really conspiracy theory. Do you?

Neumeyer: I think the financial crisis of 2008-2009 was completely orchestrated. I think it was known by the insiders… the banking insiders… possibly even the Federal Reserve itself knew what they were creating and knew that there was going to be a crash coming…

The same thing’s happening all over again. They’re driving down the metals and it represents another huge theft that we’re experiencing right now.

But Neumeyer says low prices won’t be around for long:

They’re doing this for a reason… We on the street here we can’t really know what’s going on behind closed doors and what the future’s going to be, but when you see these big governments doing what they’re doing you know there’s a change afoot.

This is why I put First Mining Finance together… I wanted to have a very gold-focused company as a result of my beliefs that gold is at lows and this is a buying opportunity of a lifetime. I wouldn’t be surprised to see $5000 gold in the next three to five years.

Are the actions of the world’s elite telegraphing that significant changes are on the horizon? If not, why would they be feverishly buying up a 6,000 year old relic that according to former Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke isn’t money and is held by central banks only because of tradition?

Also Read:

Soros, Icahn and Major New Players Rushing Into the Gold Sector: “Things Are In The Works As We Speak”

A Global Financial Reset Is Coming: ‘A Deal Is Being Made Between All The Central Banks’

CEO Warns Of Global Reset: “It’s In The Cards For Sure”

Massive Manipulation: “Real Producers and Consumers Don’t Appear to be Represented”

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Short- & Long-Term Survival Preparedness Info You NEED To Know

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Note: This article was contributed by Richard Beck from TheOutdoorsPro.com. Read more about him in the About The Author section below.

Within your lifetime, you may encounter many different kinds of situations where you will need to rely on your own survival preparedness. Therefore, it is essential that you have the skills to survive on your own. Some of these situations include snowstorms, earthquakes, EMPs, nuclear, and many others. Being prepared for these situations is the first important step in survival.

72-Hour Bug-Out Bag

The first thing that you will need is a 72-hour bug-out bag for each member of your family. This bag should be kept with the family member at all times. If you have a child, and you do not live extremely close to the school, then you need to leave it at a friend’s house very near the school.

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Your family bug-out plan should include a safe place for your kids to go near their school, in case you are delayed in getting to them.

As the name suggests, this bag will help the person survive during the first 72 hours. Even assuming that it is safe to go outside, the government and other charities have admitted that it will take them that long to get organized and on site.

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Your bug-out bag should be packed and ready to go at all times.

There are numerous things that need to be in your bug-out bag, but the two most important things are food and water. While that may seem obvious, there are at least five other things that you should keep with you at all times.

Family Bug Out Bag

Food and Water

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While they do not need to be gourmet, your survival meals DO need to sustain you until you can secure an alternate food source.

Numerous governments around the world are stockpiling food. Imagine the very real scenario where you cannot go to the store and buy what you need. For example, you may be ordered to stay in your current location.

Even if you are brave enough to head out, if there is no electricity, you cannot buy gas to get you to the store nor will stores be able to get gas to transport groceries. Therefore, you need to be buying extra food until you have a year’s supply of food, A great place to start, however, is to develop 30 days worth of food.

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Dehydrated meals are a lightweight option for stocking your bug out bags. Just add boiling water to these Mountain House dinners and you have a hot meal. Click to view on Amazon.

While you can survive for a short time without food, although you may not want too, you cannot survive without water. Everyone needs to drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water each day. Since you may need to be physically active during this period, you may need to drink even more water.

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Carrying two water bottles per person will minimize having to stop and harvest water frequently.

Additionally, if a survival situation occurs during the summer you will need more water. Water can be extremely heavy, therefore, you need to know where to find water including how to drain water from all pipes in your home and how to collect rainwater. You also need to learn how to purify water.


Click here to learn clever ways to harvest water from natural sources, as well as how to make it safe to drink.


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Without currency, you will need to learn ways to barter for items you need.

If you are used to running to the ATM to get money, they will not work when the electricity is down. As recently seen in Germany and Puerto Rico, you may not be able to get your money out of the bank or be able to get it out in very limited supplies.

Therefore, the modern survivalist needs to keep a minimum amount of cash on hand as you may be surprised what it buys you during a bug-out situation. Additionally, make sure to make a copy of all your important legal documents and keep them in a safe at home. During an emergency, you may have to prove who you are and that you belong in an area before you are even allowed to enter an area.

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It’s a good idea to have photo identification for all members of your bug-out party, especially in the event that you need to cross international borders.


Communication is a survival essential whether you find yourself in an urban setting or in the outdoors. If you are starting to forget what it was like to live without a smartphone, or never knew, then stop for a moment and realize that during an extreme emergency, you may not be able to use any phones at all.

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It may be hard to get a signal in remote areas or cell phones may be useless, as with an EMP event. Your survival preparedness plan should include alternate means of communication.

Additionally, depending on the situation, most radio stations and most television stations may be off the air. You will still, however, need to receive information from the outside world such as how to take shelter, what happened, and what officials are recommending that you do about the situation. Therefore, everyone should have a hand-cranked AM/FM radio. If you live in North America, then use this radio to get information from the Emergency Broadcast Network.

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Emergency weather radios are a vital source of information during a disaster. The Eton Scorpion II has a handcrank, solar panel, and DC adaptor for multiple power options. Click the image to view on Amazon or CLICK HERE to learn more about emergency radios.

Secondly, you should consider becoming a licensed ham radio operator and connecting with others in your area that are already a part of their emergency network. For over 100 years, the American Radio Relay League has been active in almost every disaster helping people get the information that they need the most. If you are not ready to fully participate as a ham radio operator, then at least get a good battery operated scanner and learn where they broadcast in your area.

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Shelter in Place Vs. Bug Out Location

The next decision that you will need to decide is what your best bet is on location. There may be times when you have no choice, but to stay where you are at the moment. If that is your home, then you need to have supplies ready to create a quarantine room.

Many people are making the choice of moving permanently to a bug-out location. When choosing to buy property for a bug-out location, you need to consider which area is right for you. Many people are buying in remote mountain area because of the abundance of natural resources and the water supply.

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The ideal bug-out location varies depending on your current location and how you plan to meet your individual needs.

Others are choosing to buy bug-out locations in the plains because food can more easily be grown there. Whichever decision you decide is right for your family, you need a comprehensive plan including knowing at least three routes to get there. While many people use GPS to get them everywhere, chances are in a survival situation, GPS is not going to work.

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Planning several different bug-out routes ahead of time will assist you in making the best choice when the time comes. Be aware of flooding or other obstacles that may make a route impassable.

Therefore, you need to get maps of any area that you may be traveling through. While it is important to have great road maps, you may also need detailed topography maps because you may want to avoid the highways. If you decide to purchase a bug-out location, then it needs to be within one gas tank of your current location. Incidentally, you should already be filling up your car every night with a full tank of gas. For more bug-out vehicle tips, CLICK HERE.


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Are you prepared to handle life without electricity?

If a disaster knocked out the electrical grid within the United States, experts say it would take at least a decade to rebuild that grid. Therefore, you are going to need to learn to rely on your own resources to create the power that you and your family needs.

There are at least eight different ways that you can generate energy at home or in your bug-out location. The one that is right for you depends on many different factors including what things you are likely to have present in your environment. Some common choices include solar, wind, water, and steam, but you cannot wait until after an emergency occurs to get started learning to harness these forms of electricity.

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Solar panels are one way to increase the self-sufficiency of your bug-out location.


During an emergency, you may not be able to rely on emergency services to provide even the most basic levels of protection. Therefore, it is essential to know how to protect yourself and your family. The first step in doing this is deciding which method of self-protection is right for you. Remember that you may need to kill someone or be killed.

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While a gun may not be the right choice for everyone, if it is the right choice for you, then there are many different choices including Mighty Barret and AK-47s down to 9 mm handguns. There are many advantages and disadvantages to each one, so make the choice that makes you the most comfortable.

Never purchase a weapon that you have not been properly trained to use. If you are likely to have children around, then make sure to teach them how to safely leave a firearm alone and how to tell someone when they see a firearm improperly stored.

Medical Needs

In addition to protecting yourself, you may very well need to take care of your family’s medical needs. Again, remember that ambulances may not be operational and hospitals may not be a safe place to go. At a minimum, you may need to know how to control bleeding and treat wounds.

In order to prepare for survival, you need to build a great first aid kit. You also need to know how to treat more advanced injuries. Since medical care may be set back a long way during some survival situations, it is often best to study older medical guides and know what medicine plants to grow and use.

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Your first aid kit should include bandaging, medications, and medical tools for handling common injuries. Click the image to view this kit on Amazon.

Survival Forums

If you are fascinated by this topic, then there are several forums that you can check out that have great information on them. They also make a great place to ask your questions and have them answered by people who have spent a long time coming to their opinions. These include:

Concluding Thoughts On Survival Preparedness

It is not a question of if you will need survival skills, it is a case of when. Almost everyone will experience a survival situation at some time in their lifetime. Most will be caused by natural events like hurricanes, floods, snowstorms and fires. Others may be centered around man-made events caused by nuclear attacks or EMP events. The steps you take toward survival preparedness today will increase your chances of withstanding these events and rebuilding your life afterward.

About The Author

Richard Beck is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, camping, bushcraft and many other activities in the wild. For more information about all things related to the outdoors check out TheOutdoorsPro.com.

Your Thoughts

Which aspects of survival preparedness do you find most challenging? What resources have you found most helpful? Share your experiences in the Comments section below, thanks!

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Creating an At-Work Emergency Bag

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Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Mike Turner. Be ready for your workday. Like many other preppers all over the world I find myself in daily situations where I feel less than fully prepared. While you can never be ready for everything, and yes this includes when you […]

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How to Estimate Distance in the Woods with Right Triangles

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by Todd Walker

As an eighth grade math teacher, a lot of the stuff we teach kids makes no sense. Students rarely get a chance to apply mathematics in the real world. We’re too busy pushing through the state mandated curriculum to get our hands dirty applying the concepts being taught.

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A little dirt time in the woods or a homestead would go a long way in helping students (and teachers) trade theory for action. So put on your boots. School of the Woods is in session!

Like any other skill, estimating distance takes practice. The method I used in the video below is based on the Pythagorean Theorem → a² + b² = c². Don’t freak out about the formula. We won’t even use it!

Here’s the cool thing about this method…

There’s no math calculations involved! No square roots, no dividing, no multiplication, no algebra. If you can walk a straight line and count simple steps, you can use this method to estimate distance. In fact, all you really need is a stick.

Estimating Distance with Right Triangles

Estimations are more than guessing. They are based on calculations and useful for many tasks in bushcraft, homesteading, and outdoor self-reliance.

Here’s a quick refresher on geometry terms we’ll be using. A right triangle has two short sides called legs (a & b). The long side of the triangle is the hypotenuse (c).

What if you needed to ford a river, build a fence, or erect a foot bridge over a creek in the woods? I’ve never seen any of my woodsmen friends pull out a 100 foot measuring tape from their pack. But you can get an accurate estimation of width without a measuring device.

Here’s how it works…

Step #1 ~ Locate a Landmark

Note: This method requires a fair amount of open space along side the river or creek. Hilly terrain will affect your estimate as well.

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Drive a stick in the ground to mark Point A

Spot a landmark (tree or rock) across the divide you intend to cross (Point X). Standing directly across from the landmark, mark the ground with a stick or scrap of your boot. Point Y is where you begin counting your first 20 steps.

Step #2 ~ Start Stepping

Turn 90 degrees away from Point X and take 20 steps in as straight a path as possible. Drive a stick in the ground at your 20th step. This is Point A. The stick should be tall enough to see later in this exercise. You may want to tie a bandana or other material to make it easy to spot.

Step #3 ~ More Stepping

Continuing in a straight path from Point A, take 20 more steps. Mark this spot as Point B with a small stick or rock.

Step #4 ~ Turn 90º

Standing on Point B, turn 90º with your back towards the river or ravine. Begin walking perpendicularly away from the river. Be sure to count your steps. As you step, look back towards the stick on Point A. Stop when you visually line up with Point A and Point X (the landmark across the river). This is Point C on the diagram.

The number of step from Point B to Point C is the approximate distance across the divide.

In an emergency situation where you may need to cross a river or creek, a tree could be felled to help you safely navigate the divide. Knowing the width of the river or creek now, how can you estimate the height of a tree you’ll need to bridge that gap?

We’ll cover estimating height on our next post. Stay tuned!

A little update. I used my video in Math class yesterday. Afterwards, we went outside to test the theory in the real world. Have some fun and take your kids out and practice this self-reliant skill.

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A Cyberattack Finally Has Hit A Major Power Grid, And It Did Exactly What We Feared

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A Cyberattack Finally Has Hit A Major Power Grid, And It Did What We Feared

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A widely feared nightmare scenario has finally occurred, although in another country — hackers were able to cause a widespread power failure in the Ukraine by infecting utilities’ computers with malware.

Half of the homes in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of the Ukraine lost electricity Dec. 23 because of a malicious software program called Black Energy.

It is the first time a cyberattack has caused a widespread blackout.

“It’s a milestone because we’ve definitely seen targeted destructive events against energy before — oil firms, for instance — but never the event which causes the blackout,” John Hultquist of the cybersecurity firm iSIGHT told Ars Technica. “It’s the major scenario we’ve all been concerned about for so long.”

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Ukrainians lost power after computers at three different utilities were infected with Black Energy. The program caused the blackout by somehow disconnecting a number of substations from the grid.

“This is the first time we have proof and can tie malware to a particular outage,” Trend Micro senior researcher Kyle Wilhoit told Reuters. “It is pretty scary.”

Black Energy

Experts at iSIGHT and antivirus company ESET identified an updated version of Black Energy, a malware that’s been around since 2007, as the cause of the blackout. The researchers said Black Energy apparently contains an updated component called KillDisk that can shut down industrial control systems.

KillDisk is a Trojan that embeds itself inside computer controlled equipment. Once there, it can either serve as a gateway to let hackers take control of the system or insert malicious code which sabotages the equipment. Some versions of KillDisk have the ability to destroy hard drives and other computer components.

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Black Energy has been targeting various targets in the Ukraine, including media outlets, for about a year, Ars Technica reported. Black Energy is a particularly terrifying weapon because it enters systems through infected Microsoft Office documents.

The Sandworm Gang

Cybersecurity experts think a mysterious group of hackers that iSIGHT has dubbed the Sandworm Gang is behind Black Energy. Nobody knows where the Sandworm Gang is located, but iSIGHT suspects that they are Russians or have ties to the Russian government.

This is not the first time that hackers have infected a utility. In 2012, someone infected Saudi Arabia’s largest natural gas producer with malware.

Experts including Ted Koppel think it is only a matter of time before something like Black Energy targets America’s power grid. Koppel says such a cyberattack could knock out the US and Canadian power grids for weeks or months and lead to mass starvation in North America.

What is your reaction to the cyberattack, and do you think such an attack in the US is inevitable? Share your opinion in the section below:

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Homestead Blog Hop #64

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 Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

I know we are just in the beginning of January, but I can not wait for Spring and gardening. I am going to go all in this year.
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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

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Homestead Blog Hop Hosts - come link up your homesteading posts every Wednesday

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Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:
Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop - Try Asparagus Beans This Year

1. Try Asparagus Beans This Year from Making Our Sustainable Life

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2. Helpful Herbs: Mustard from Day’s Ferry Organics

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3. Is Senna Tea an Effective Herbal Laxative Drink? from Organic 4 Greenlivings

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From Starvin Larry: Feeding The Tribe, En Masse

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As Larry told me, “It ain’t like a backyard BBQ with your softball team,or a holiday dinner at aunt Sally’s house,it’s easy to get people sick because you don’t follow the proper procedures”. This is important, and should be given the priority and of importance that it deserves.


Cooking For Large Groups


Class #1-The Basics


This class will be required before taking subsequent classes.

As of now,I have  3 classes that I plan to offer,with each building on the previous class.

The classes will be one day classes that are the condensed version of 3 day course.

Students will receive quite a large amount of info via e-mail,which  includes a series of videos that will be sent to each student as an e-mail attachement. There will also be some additional videos online.

*I’m not satisfied with the quality of the videos I’ve made so far,working on getting a better tripod for the camera,and better lighting for the room I’m using to make the videos. If I can not get the video quality to where I’m satisfied with it,I’ll over that material via e-mails to those taking the classes.

There will also be printed materials distributed to each student on the day of the class that will include material that we will not have the time to cover during class,but that I feel is important for people to know.

There will be a number of recipes included that are my own personal recipes from my years of running kitchens.

I will cover cooking under “normal”conditions,as well as under grid down conditions,to include how to set up a field kitchen.

There will be a “hands on” part of the class,and students will cook our lunch and dinner for the day.

The food is included in class price,as are all the online,e-mail,and printed materials,and a thermometer for each student,as cooking,holding and serving temperatures are critical to insuring a safe meal.

I will provide beverages-coffee,tea,sodas.

Class sizeswill be limited to16 people,any more than that,and the kitchen I have the use of is simply not big enough.

Cost for the class is $125.00,I just can not make it any lower,and that is a more than fair price for the amount of material,and instruction I will provide. I’ll have 60+ hours into putting together the material for the class,not counting the videos-so this first class is getting a great deal!

A deposit on class fees must be paid no later than 2 weeks prior to class,unless you have worked out a barter deal with me.(see below)

Deposit is $75.00,the remainder  is due no later than 3 days before the class,so I know how much food to buy for the class.


I am also willing to barter-I’ll accept silver bars or coins at the Kitco spot silver price day of class,muzzleloding stuff I’l accept in trade-unopened plastic bottles of Triple7 powder,either FFG or FFFG, 240 grain Hornady XTP bullets in .44 or .45 caliber,230 grain Hornady lead roundnosed bullets in .45 caliber-(I’vegot more than enough sabots),quality hunting or tactical kives,fishing gear,20”crossbow bolts,31” aluminun arrow shafts suitable for a 55-70# draw compound bow with a mild cam, NAP 125 grain broadheads.

I can’t accept barter items from everyone taking the class,so if you want to barter-contact me ASAP.

Contact me via e-mail-(gamegetterII@yahoo.com)-and we can most likely work something out.

Anyone planning on taking all 3 classes can also contact me via e-mail,and I’ll knock something off of the total cost for you.


I spent a bit over 20 years as the executive chef, running the kitchens in mostly hotels and private country clubs in Ohio,with some additional experience cooking for an outfitter on backcountry elk hunts in Montana and Colorado,and on fishing boats based out of Wanchese N.C.

There will be another guy with similar experience assisiting me in teaching the class.

If there is enough interest,I can offer more advanced classesafter the first three.

As of now,I plan to offer the classes in order,then start over and do the same again.


Materail to be covered in Class #1-The Basics


The following is a rough outlineof what I will teach in Class #1


Hand washing and the right soaps to use.

Proper sanitation/disinfecting of pots,pans,utensils,kitchen equipment and surfaces.

Proper pot,pan,utensil wash/rinse/sanitization.

Knife sharpening and the correct way to use a chef’s or cooks knife,and other kitchen knives.



The various cooking methods-boil bake,etc.

Common kitchen weights and measures,use of each.

Basic food prep of vegetables used in cooking.

Intro to the various stocks,soups and sauces.


Roux and other binding agents.

Fats and oils used in cooking.

Cooking,holding and serving foods safely.

Cuts of meats and what each is best used for.

Cooking rice and pastas.

Cooking beans.

Cooking vegetables and potatoes.

Intro to baking breads,bisquits,cornbreads.

Roasting meats and poultry.

Cooking fish and seafood.

Intro into baking cakes,pies,brownies,cookies,etc.

Meal planning and prep.

How to set up a field kitchen,and do all of the above in a grid-down scenario.


Go to Larry’s site and check it out. As he said, this ain’t no Sunday BBQ.


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Infographic: Ten Most Common Emergency Food Fails

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Discover how our grandfathers used to preserve food for long periods of time. CLICK HERE to find out more !

Infographic: Ten Most Common Emergency Food Fails

Check out the following infographic from FoodInsurance.com for some mistakes to avoid while preparing your pantry stockpiles and share your own mistakes in the comment section below to help others improve their preps!

You have your 1,000 pounds of wheat. Your 500 gallons of water and enough ammo to make Chuck Norris jealous but the question remains, are you truly prepared? Just because you’ve been prepping for twenty years doesn’t mean you haven’t made some mistakes along the way. It’s not enough to just have your emergency food storage, you have to be able to store it, eat it and even move it if things really get crazy.

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Infographic: Ten Most Common Emergency Food Fails


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