Patriots’ Prayers for 1-10-2016

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Heavenly Father,  we come into your presence with joy, offering You all our praise and worship. O Lord, You are God. You are the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sustainer.  O Lord, You are our Shepherd. Watch over us, protect us, and have mercy on us.

We enter into your gates with thanksgiving, into your courts with praise. We are thankful to You, and bless your Holy Name, for You are good in all your ways, and your Truth lasts throughout all generations.

We thank You for the rights You have given to us, which no government, no court, and no official has the authority to take away from us.

Thank You for our Freedom of Religion – the right to both worship You, and to live our lives according to Your will, without interference from the government or other worldly authorities. Help us to hold firm against those trying to water-down our freedom of religion into something less.

Thank You for our Freedom of Speech – the right to express our thoughts and opinions without fear of reprisal. Help us to resist calls to limit free speech, whether through laws or through political correctness.

Thank You for our Freedom of Self-Defense, and the right to possess and use the tools of self-defense.  Block the attempts of those who would to make us defenseless before our enemies, to make us dependent solely on the whims and limitations of government for our protection.

Thank You for these and all our rights and freedoms you have given to us, and that our forefathers had the wisdom to enshrine in our nation’s founding documents. Help us to hold on to those precious freedoms.

Our enemies, who reject You and embrace the worldly system ruled by the Evil One, are many, and clever, and seem to multiple each day. Much of the daily news is ripe with their deeds, which are sickening and discouraging. Morality, good and evil, right and wrong, those absolute truths that You have revealed to us, have been perverted, with wrong being declared right, and good being declared evil. But You are the Creator, the Sustainer, and the Redeemer. In You, we find the strength and courage we need to persevere during these evil times.

Forgive us for our sins as a nation and as individuals. Save us, have mercy on us, and bless us. Treat us not as we deserve, but according to Your loving kindness and tender mercy.

We confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ over every aspect of our lives and our nation, and it is in His name we pray. Amen.

My Search ForA Good Rubber Boot(Part 1)

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Dateline: 10 January 2016 AD

This one doesn’t qualify.

I bought a pair of rubber boots a couple years ago at the local BassPro store. They looked like the boot above. I liked them a lot when I got them. They cost me around a hundred dollars. I don’t wear rubber boots a lot but they are nice to have at certain times. I figured the boots would last me many years.

But two months ago I wore the boots to do some digging in a muddy part of my field, and my right foot got soaking wet. A closer inspection revealed that there was a 2″ split in the back of the boot by my heal. The split wasn’t due to any damage on my part. It just split open all by itself. The boots still looked practically new, but one was no good.

What do you do when you’re digging a muddy ditch and your boot leaks? You work with a wet foot. And that’s what I did. 

A little while later a friend showed up to return the cider press I had loaned him. He was wearing a pair of old green rubber boots. 

“How old are those boots you’re wearing?” I asked

“I’ve had them over 20 years,” he replied.

“Do they leak?’

“No. I’ve had to patch a couple of small holes but they don’t leak.”

Do you wear them much?

“Yes, I wear them a lot.”

“Do you know what brand they are?

He looked but couldn’t find any name.

Well now. It’s just not right that an almost-new pair of $100 rubber boots comes apart like that boot of mine did. I went to the internet to do some research and found that my experience is not unusual—a lot of people are disappointed with the quality of rubber boots these days. Rubber boots are simply not holding up like they used to.

Further research on the subject brought me to the conclusion that the reason why the typical rubber boots being sold these days don’t hold up like rubber boots used to is that they aren’t made of rubber. They are, instead, made of injection-molded thermoplastic, a.k.a., synthetic rubber.

Now, I’m here to tell you there is a big difference in the durability of synthetic rubber as opposed to genuine latex rubber. I know this better than most people because I sell Kent C-25 chicken plucker fingers that are made with natural latex rubber. The fingers I sell are a lot more expensive than the synthetic rubber plucker fingers everyone else sells. But the fingers I sell last a very long time before they break. Here’s an excerpt from an e-mail I recently received…

“My husband and a friend built a turkey plucker last year and our friend got a different finger than the Kent C-25 one we used on our Whizbang chicken plucker. The other brand of fingers are a year old and we plucked 20 turkeys last week, and 16 broke off. We have been using our Whizbang plucker with the Kent C-25 finger for over six years now and haven’t lost one….. and we process about 400 chickens a year!”

That right there illustrates the difference between synthetic rubber and the real thing. And there isn’t a doubt in my mind that it holds true for rubber boots as much as it does rubber plucker fingers. (By the way, my Whizbang plucker is now 17 years old, has plucked thousands of chickens, and not a single finger has broken… yet).

So, with a true appreciation for rubber boots that are made of real rubber (unlike my $100 BassPro boots) I searched the internet some more…

I thought traditional Wellington boots (commonly known by the name Hunter) from the UK would be what I wanted. But it turns out that Wellington boots are no longer made in the UK. They are made in China, and the traditional quality has apparently plummeted. My assumption is that they must not be made of natural rubber. 

Then I thought of LaCrosse. They have a reputation for making good rubber boots. They certainly look like good boots. But they say their boots are “made with more natural rubber than most other boots.”  

Well, that marketing jargon tells me pretty much nothing. Most other boots are made with no natural rubber. LaCrosse is playing semantic games. That doesn’t set well with me. If their boots had any respectable amount of natural rubber they would be saying so.

Then I found two long-time rubber boot makers in France. Aigle and LeChameau. Both companies have been in business for a a very long time. They say their boots are made with natural rubber, and their boots were highly rated by people who owned them.

This YouTube movie shows how Aigle boots are made. This YouTube movie shows how LeChameau boots are made. Those two videos show rubber boots being crafted, piece by piece, using real rubber. 

Even if you are not in the market for a new pair of rubber boots, I’m pretty sure you will enjoy watching those videos.

In my next blog post I will tell you which kind of boot I ended up getting, and where I traveled last November to get them. 

No, I didn’t go to France. 🙂

Sunday Prepper Bible Study- The Mind of Christ

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For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

I Corinthians 2:16

Sometimes it’s obvious that a political figure or church leader is headed in the wrong direction. But at other times, we can be hypnotized by their crafty words. In many instances, they can be right on point with a large portion of their message. It’s very difficult to not get caught in the trap of routing for them when they support a personal favorite cause. Yet, we have to look at the whole picture. Over and over, the Bible tells us that we can tell a tree by its fruit. If that apple tree in your front yard is covered in oranges, I’ve got news for you. It ain’t an apple tree.

This week, pray that God will grant you the mind of Christ that you might more closely follow his will. Also ask for discernment in recognizing the mind of Christ in others. And remember, if the wolf didn’t wear sheep’s clothing, he’d be an awful skinny wolf.

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

Have a blessed day and happy prepping!


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Working on loan paperwork, plumbing and a carpet cleaner

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Things got off to a good start this Friday, first stop was Harbor Freight buying the green house.I was a little surprised that they only had four in stock for the sale. I am glad I got there early as I have missed out on several greenhouses “selling out” before I got to the store.  We now have two walk-in greenhouse though one of the “houses” is one of the cheap plastic over a metal frame type of greenhouse.  The two walk-in greenhouses should give us plenty of space to start plants for the garden this year. This will save us a lot of money compared to buying plant “starts” at the local farm store.

I need to add a four more heavy duty tomato/potato cages for my growing vertical experiment. These cages should also work for any garden out in the alkali/hard pan soil of Owyhee county.  Based on trying to grow stuff on Mom’s first place, it will much easier to start with raised bed gardens and then work the slow process of improving soil naturally.  One of the big reasons I need a pickup and ATV is to haul a lot of compost and mulch around any future homestead. Trying out a few hugel-culture raised beds could be a worthwhile experiment to direct water as well as add more growing spaces.

About the March time frame a 300-500 gallon cistern should be do able. I already have several rain barrels, though my water delivery system needs work.  Now theoretically a 1000-1200 square foot roof should “capture” nearly 3000 gallons of water per year based on average rainfall here in SW Idaho.  The problem is not lack of water, but getting water at the right time and having a way to store it safely until needed. Stagnant pools or ponds are a no-go because of insects breeding and West Nile virus in the area.  The only solution I see is a rain catchment system that can be closed to prevent any insect breeding. Especially since many of the properties I have looked share a well and drilling my own well would break my budget.

That is a start on the food and water problems my homestead will face. By starting small, making effective use of my city lot, I am gaining equipment and skills that will transfer to the new homestead.

I had to fix a leaking bathroom drain. I had installed a “modern” drain and plug, what was needed was old school plumbing.  I still don’t trust the concept of compression fittings, but so far so good. No leaks and I think the old fashion type drain and plug will be much easier to keep clean.

Mom’s Bissel carpet shampooer died but I was able to fix it.  The problem was the water pump stopped working, it seems the belts that move the beater bar also help pump the cleaning solution. Once we cleaned out all of the hair on the pulleys the belts attach the pump started working again.  It seems the hair allowed the belts to slip.  When things break I try and fix them. Since I can’t really break it more, I might as try to fix it. I can always throw it away if I can’t figure out how to fix it.


Equipment Review: Solo Backpacking Stove

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Rourke: This post was originally published back in July of 2012. It can be seen HERE in its original format.


I was recently contacted by the folks at about testing out one of their Solo Backpacking Stoves. Of course I said “Yes!” and within days arrived at my door was a small cardboard box containing the stove.



Upon initial inspection the fit in finish was immaculate. I deal with Quality Control in my regular job and am used to looking at  things with great detail. I was pretty impressed.



Additionally, I was surprised at just how light the stove was at only 9 ounces.

The stove is in two pieces plus a lightweight carrying case.  The bottom piece is the base which holds the fuel and the top piece – which fits inside the base during  – extends out the top to hold a small pot or pan.



The Solo Stove works on the same principle as a rocket or volcano stove. Basically wood fuel is burned within the base. At the wood burns and heat rises air (oxygen) get sucked in through the bottom holes of the base – feeding the flames. This allows the stove to burn hot to lessen cook times.


    To test the stove out I gathered a small pile of dry twigs and sticks. For tinder I used a packet of dryer lint in the bottom of the base. Placing a few twigs above the lint making sure air can flow through the stove – I lit it.  

You can see from the picture above the Solo Stove going. On the front of the top insert is an open space. This space provides an opening which to drop more fuel (small twigs and sticks) while cooking.  

I  boiled some water to see how easy it was. I used a small pot containing two cups of water. Within about 5 minutes the water was at a rolling boil (see below). Success!! Honestly – this was very easy.

Overall Impression:  Very positive. Lightweight. Easy to use. Portable. I am certainly incorporating the SoloStove into my survival system. Great for a bug out bag. Negative?  Hard to find. Rain can certainly have an impact on cooking.  I find this piece of equipment to be a great value.




How To Plant & Grow a Pineapple Top

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How To Plant & Grow a Pineapple Top Want to know how to grow a pineapple? Pineapple plants grow inside or outside depending on the weather. All you have to do is tear away some of the leaves to expose the roots a little bit and then place it in some water, secured by some …

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How to Build a Log Cabin By Hand

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How to Build a Log Cabin By Hand Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of city living, or bored with the usual cookie cutter look of suburban residential homes?  Are you ready to move to the country, get your hands dirty being with Mother Nature and live a self-sufficient life? There are many …

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How to Tell If Your Cut Is Infected

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How to Tell If Your Cut Is Infected Learning about first aid is incredibly important for SHTF/emergency situation survival. If you’re going to make it through, you’ll likely have increased your chances by learning about at least some of the basics of first aid, and telling whether or not what you have is serious. Learn …

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10 Amazing Doomsday Bunkers

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10 Amazing Doomsday Bunkers WW3 is breaking out, the nuclear bombs are going off, where would you go? You may not know, but powerful individuals around the world have a plan in case of such event, and it doesn’t include you. In an EOTW scenario, mega-bunkers have been quietly built for the last 60 years, ensuring …

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5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants

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5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants Plant these now and have a great bug free spring and summer. Enjoy your yard again! Winter has only really arrived but this is the time to start planning your spring garden. We all know that with the heat and humidity come mosquitoes and that are a pain in …

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16 Foods You Can Regrow From Scraps

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16 Foods You Can Regrow From Scraps Become self sufficient and save a lot of cash by regrowing food from your scraps today! I do this all year round. I have literally saved thousands over the 3 years I have been doing this! I have tried this with garlic and have enjoyed free garlic now …

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How To Turn Your Homestead Into A ‘Mini-Game Preserve’

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How To Turn Your Homestead Into A ‘Mini-Game Preserve’

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Many hunters often wonder how they can increase game and resources on their own land. In short: How can you make your own land, farm or homestead a “mini-game preserve”?

It won’t happen overnight, but there are some practical steps to increase game numbers on your land.

Here are some tips:

Abandon Clean Farming Techniques

Put aside the modern way of farming. Replant native grasses and shrubs on field edges to provide cover for turkey, quail, deer and other wildlife. Over the past decades large companies have urged farmers to clear grasslands on farms to reduce the chance of crop contamination — the belief being that rodents and critters living in shrubs and grass will contaminate fields with bacteria. In truth, there are just as many rodents in a field after you clear your grass and shrubs away. Grasslands prevent erosion, stop fertilizer and pesticides from reaching waterways, and provide cover and forage for wildlife.

When you harvest corn, soybeans and other similar crops, leave three to five rows standing along the edges of fields, and 10 rows in the corners. To prevent soil erosion, leave one to two rows standing down the center of the field. These are old practices that have only recently been abandoned.

Mowing grass and hay should be done after nesting season for game birds is complete, and after deer fawns have dropped. Where I live in Tennessee, deer fawn and birds nest in April and May. By mid-June, it is safe to start mowing hay and grass for maintenance of grassland. For haying, consider not mowing the 30 feet along the edges of the field. This tends to be the least productive part of a hay field anyway, and can be used for wildlife cover.

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In some places, prescribed burning of native grasses allows for healthy regrowth, and elimination of invasive species and weeds.

Improve Water Access

How To Turn Your Homestead Into A ‘Mini-Game Preserve’

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Water is a must for wildlife. Improving water sources is imperative to any conservation effort. Cleaning up streams from garbage and trash left by years of neglect is a first step. Planting trees along streams that have been stripped of cover is the next. A stream should have at least 20 feet of hardwoods on either side; this improves stream cover, water and fish quality, and protection for wildlife. Keeping cattle away from streams goes a long way toward cleaning them up.

Clean ponds are another source of water. If you are planning to add a pond, try to place it as deep in your property as possible, smack dab in the middle. This attracts wildlife and keeps it on your land. Be sure the edges of the pond are well-planted with grasses and shrubs to prevent erosion.

Add Food Plots

Adding one food plot on a small piece of land, or several food plots on larger land tracts, provides forage for your game animals. Different areas of the country require different grasses and clover, and you will need to research your particular location for recommended forage.

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Typically, a food plot should be between half an acre to 10 acres in size. It should be a cleared area in the middle of a wood lot, situated near good cover for wildlife. A good water source should not be far off.

Manage Forests

Younger hard mast-producing trees such as oak and chestnut produce more forage than older trees. It is a well-known fact that younger forests are healthier for wildlife than old forests. No, I am not advocating chopping down old growth trees. However, woods management is important. Thinning out thick hardwoods and occasionally clear cutting a few acres is very healthy for forests. As new trees populate the woods, the amount of hard mast that hits the ground every fall will increase for wildlife.

Grow An Orchard

In addition to hard mast, soft mast is a favorite of wildlife, especially deer. Planting apple, pear, cherry and peach trees will actually improve game forage. Don’t harvest every apple, and leave around one-fourth or more of the produce from these trees for wildlife if possible.

What tips would you add to this story for attracting wildlife? Share your ideas in the section below:

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More Police Corruption.

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Unions and bikies – explosive evidence at Royal Commission

BUSTED: the truth about unions and bikies revealed at the Royal Commission. You won’t believe this performance from Assistant Commissioner of the Victorian Police, Stephen Fontana, until you see and hear it for yourself.

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Getting Your HAM Radio Technicians License

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When Getting into Ham Radio, you have to start somewhere..that somewhere is getting your Technicians License. This video will tell you what to expect and what you need to do. Missed the HAM 101 video? Click here and watch it before this one. We talked about many things in this video.. How To Get Your …

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You Need a Gray Man Bug Out Vehicle

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Nice, but attracts way too much attention.

It seems like when some preppers start to think about a bug out vehicle, the first thing they want is a large four wheel drive, armored and camouflaged tank.  Something that looks like it came out of a mad max movie.  Me I want something that blends in, I want a gray man vehicle.

Now that does not mean that the vehicle won’t meet my needs, it just won’t attract a lot of attention.  There are many good choices for a bug out vehicle including pickups, SUV and vans that can meet your needs.

Here are my requirements for a bug out vehicle.

  • Above all, it must be reliable and well maintained.  It does matter whether it is old or new as long as it is not likely to break down.  Many people prefer a vehicle manufactured before 1980, because it is more likely to survive an EMP event and they are less complicated to repair.
  • It should be a 4×4 with off road capability.  By that I mean it should be able to navigate a rough road or cross a field without any problems.
  • You should be able to carry enough gas to get you to your bug out location and have plenty to spare.  This can be accomplished with auxiliary gas tanks or carrying extra gas cans.  Auxiliary tanks are the best choice.
  • They should be large enough to carry you and your group and enough supplies to sustain you in the event of a temporary delay or lengthy detour.  Don’t overload your vehicle, this can result in a break down.
  • The vehicle should be a subdued color, like earth tones.  In other words, you want something that you could camouflage easily.  If you feel that, you will need camouflage in the future.  Buy a case of 24 cans of Khaki Ultra-Flat from Krylon’s Camouflage paint system.  This is enough to paint the average vehicle and should cost about $120 if you shop around.
  • Unless it is a pickup with one seat, I want a four-door vehicle.  This allows easier egress for people in back, if you need to leave the vehicle in a hurry.  It also allows easier loading and unloading.

Here are a few modifications you can make to your vehicle without attracting too much attention.

  • Cargo racks either top or rear mounted – This will extend the amount of gear you can carry.  Here is a link to a rear rack one of my sons built.  Increase the Carrying Capacity of your Cars with a Cargo Hitch Carrier  Don’t overload your vehicle, this can result in a break down.
  • Improved front bumpers – This is not an upgrade for everyone because they will attract attention in many areas.  If you have a pickup or old police car you may be able to pull this off.
  • Winch kits and enhanced lighting  are nice to have features , but will attract attention in the wrong areas.
  • Communications, two-way radios make excellent upgrades to your bug out vehicle.  Avoid antennas that will attract attention.

The main thing with a gray man vehicle is that you want to blend in with the other traffic on the roads.  Keep in mind that depending on the emergency there may be large numbers of other people fleeing your area.  I am sure that some of them will load everything they can think of onto their vehicles, this may give you an opportunity to carry more supplies and still blend in.  You don’t want to be the one that attracts attention either from the government or from the general population.


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Top 10 Survival Mom Articles & Best Resources in 2015

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Hard to believe that The Survival Mom blog is going on 7 years old! In blog years, that’s like 84!

This past year, my team and I accomplished quite a lot. We published 2 mini-guides related to my Skill of the Month series, and in November, I published my newest book, Emergency Evacuations: Get Out Fast When it Matters Most.

Along with a Skill of the Month series (you can see the entire series of articles and skills here), we also focused on helping families save money with my 52 Weeks Savings Plan series of monthly articles (now being transformed into a full-length book!).

NOTE: We will be adding new resources and tips to each skill in my Skill of the Month! Be watching for those throughout the year!

I also saw the need for Survival Moms to connect with each other for support and established a few new Facebook groups. Feel free to join in!

Wary of Facebook? I don’t blame you. If you want to participate in these groups but don’t want to set up a personal account, use a different user name for a Facebook account.

Besides connecting hundreds of people via social media, 2015 was a year of solid, quality articles that focused on the myriad of subjects related to being prepared: health, fitness, self and home defense, prepping, organization, and much, much more. Browsing through our 2015 archives won’t disappoint!

For the record, though, here are the top 10 articles posted on my blog in 2015. Enjoy!

1. 65 Pieces of survival wisdom from the Great Depression

2.  EMP Survival and the First Things You Should Do

3.  7 Reasons to Buy Old Cookbooks

4.  The Top 8 Deadly Myths About Survivalism

5.  Tight Space Prepping Decor

6.  5 Food Storage Lessons Learned From World War II

7.  24 Ways to Prepare For Your Garden in the Dead of Winter

8.  Planning an Edible Landscape

9.  13 Reasons a Rural Survival Retreat May Not Be the Safe Refuge You Might Think

10. STOP! Don’t Throw Away These Treasures!

You may also be interested in these statistics:

  • About 1,000,000 people visit the Seattle Space Needle every year. The Survival Mom blog was viewed over 4,000,000 times in 2015. If it were the Space Needle, it would take about 4 years for that many people to see it.The busiest day of the year was July 17th with30,747 views. The most popular post that day was How basic can you get? List #1 for beginners.
  • Where did all these visitors come from? From over 219 different countries!
  • In 2015, there were 187 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,531 posts.

I’m looking forward to 2016, and all the new things it will bring! Thanks for being part of The Survival Mom family.

Survival Saturday – Jan. 9, 2016

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Survival Saturday is  a round-up of products, the week’s news, and recommended reading material for folks who are interested in being prepared.

This Week’s Products

Since most of the information this week is related to the financial crisis, it seems silly to say, “Save money, but hey, buy this expensive preparedness item.”  So today, I’ve only got one product to recommend, and it’s about $5. If you’re spending money on preparedness this week, please, focus on food or information.

Have you overlooked this silly little item?  Those buckets that emergency food come in are wonderful things, keeping out moisture, oxygen, and pests, but they can also keep out humans. If you’ve ever been foiled (or said a few choice words to) a food storage bucket, you’ll want to be sure to keep this inexpensive tool on hand for opening buckets. And if you haven’t been foiled, go open one right now. What if you had to open it one handed because of an injury? What if an older person was trying to use the bucket? These gadgets are worth 10x the price, and this one is found in the hardware section for opening 5 gallon paint buckets, making it less expensive than the ones sold in the food storage section. (It’s identical.)  The plastic construction won’t damage your bucket’s ability to seal like a metal wrench from your tool box will. This is a $5 “investment” in making your life easier in a disaster.


This Week in Preparedness

Doctors warn California residents, “ You have to relocate — you have to get away… Nearly 18 million residents of the greater Los Angelos area are in peril as an immense plume of methane gas continues to spew into the air, unchecked. This epic eruption of toxic chemicals has been quietly going on for over a month, however California Governor Brown only declared a state of emergency this week. The industrial disaster has been compared to the BP oil spill, but in a densely populated area. Don’t worry though. The company whose gas is leaking is giving area residents free home air filters. There is, as of yet, absolutely no plan in place to stop the eruption.

There actually WAS a coordinated terror attack on New Year’s Eve. Remember when German officials boasted of stopping a terror attack on New Year’s Eve? Well, it turns out, there was a massive attack that was swept under the rug of “stuff people don’t need to know.” On New Year’s Eve, in Cologne, “up to 1,000 men of Arab or North African appearance sexually assaulted and robbed women who were enjoying the festivities.”  That proves nothing, Daisy, you may be thinking. Well, another report confirms that the culprits were the ones many Americans have been concerned about. (Translated from German) “The identity checks revealed Cologne police report continues: “Only a small minority Was it North Africans, the majority of Controlled by Syrians…Most of them were freshly traveled asylum seekers. They have presented documents that are handed out at the points of an asylum application.” By the way, Cologne mayor Henriette Reker betrayed women and rape victims everywhere by suggesting that “that women should adopt a “code of conduct” to prevent future assault.”  According to her, the assailants are just a little confused about how folks celebrate outside of their home region. One big misunderstanding, you know.

By the way, if you think the government is trying to take your guns, you’re crazy. After reading the above, you might be thinking about the importance of getting armed to protect yourself, and you may be worried about the increasing difficulty of doing so. If you’re worried, you’re crazy. You’re a crazy conspiracy theorist. Obama said so. He stuttered a few times, too, in his earnestness.

How would you handle an unexpected expense of a $1000? 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, and the respondents offered some very fiscally unsound ideas about how they would deal with the emergency. The majority of Americans are only one missed paycheck from financial disaster.

George Soros, the creepy voice of economic doom, says disaster is imminent. No matter how you feel about George Soros, his financial predictions are worth listening to, and his current warning is a real humdinger. Soros says our current situation is on par with, and possibly worse than, the crash of 2008, from which America has never actually recovered. Indeed, the stock market has had the lowest start this year since, well, you know, forever.  Here are the steps you should take immediately should the market collapse (hint: the events on a Monday after a bad close on Friday are the ones to watch), you need to get yourself out of debt ASAP, and you need to focus on getting prepared for the economic disaster that is hurtling down the pipe.

Did you ever wonder why our country seems to be getting sicker by the year? Given the huge leaps in medical technology and the scientific discoveries made over the past decades, doesn’t it seem as though people in civilized countries would be leading longer, healthier lives? In reality, it’s just the opposite. More than half of all Americans will suffer from chronic illness or cancer in their lifetimes, an exponential increase over previous generations. Here are some possible reasons this could be happening – and they’re uncomfortably close to home.

The Bookshelf

Since financial doom is in the news this week, the Bookshelf focuses on some of my favorite books about getting on your feet financially.

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The Total Money Makeover

If you are in debt, this is a must-read guide for bailing yourself out and getting in the black as quickly as possible. Dave Ramsey takes no prisoners in his blunt instructions for getting on your feet. He may hurt your feelings a little, but his Total Money Makeover strategies have worked for more than 2.5 million families.

The Complete Tightwad Gazette

It’s no secret that this is my favorite book ever. Amy Dacyczyn feels like an old friend, and I re-read this book every single year without fail. Her strategies are delivered in a witty, but no-nonsense kind of way. When I first read this book, I was a struggling mom with a newborn and a husband out of work. It was the beginning of the darkest financial period of my life. I checked this book out of the library during those desperate days, and by applying her strategies, I began to see a difference in our lives, even with the meager resources we had on hand. You’ve gotta read The Tightwad Gazette. The information was originally published in the early 90s, but it has lost not one ounce of its

The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage

This short and sweet guide will help you to build a prepper’s pantry in no time flat. Gaye Levy of Backdoor Survival is that warm, sensible aunt who takes you by the hand and walks you through the basics of building a food supply. I truly love her writing style. It’s a very good book, filled with thrifty tips to fill your cupboards. It covers all of the basics, such as Store What You Eat and Eat What you Store, 20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Pantry, Tips for Building an Emergency Food Supply, Common Food Storage Mistakes, Moving Beyond Pre-packaged Foods, and much, much more! The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage is geared toward those who are just getting started, so it’s a great guide to pass on to someone who may be ready to begin building a family food supply.

Anything to add to Survival Saturday?

Do you have any news links you want to share? Now’s the time! You are absolutely welcome to post your links in the comments below. (And this feature will be so much cooler if you guys post the things that you found important this week!)

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January 2016 EDC Pocket Dump

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January 2016 EDC Pocket Dump

1. Paul Smith Bifold Wallet 2. True Utility Fixr Pocket EDC Multi-Tool 3. Cold Steel Hold Out II EDC Folding Pocket Knife 4. Moleskine Classic Soft Cover Pocket Sized Notebook 5. Uni-ball Signo 0.28mm Black Ballpoint Pens

This is just the start of the post January 2016 EDC Pocket Dump. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

January 2016 EDC Pocket Dump, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

The 5 Wise Men of Prepping

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Written by Pat Henry on The Prepper Journal.

Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from Barry M. If you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly win a $300 Amazon Gift Card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.   To approach any scenario in life, the 5 wise men give […]

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Obummer’s Illegal Executive Order for Gun Control

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This order is pure evil! Democrats, do not want any guns in the hands of their opposition and will stop at nothing to get their way, period!
Once the government gets its foot in the door and has the key controls such as in this case, “Gun Registration” they will slowly build on that until they have total and absolute control over it. Today they now have by illegal executive order, the key control (registration) and their ultimate goal will be to know who every gun owner is. With this data base they can force the gun owners to either be taxed, turn in their guns or be arrested and sent to jail as a felon, better known as gun confiscation.

Here’s how I see this unfolding over the years to come:

  1. This is nothing but a cash cow for our corrupt to the core government much like the cigarette tax that has done nothing but punish poor people, who are addicted to them, forcing them to pay the outrageous taxes the government imposed.

  2. There will probably be a $200 tax for hand guns and up to a $500 tax for an evil Assault Weapon when registering the newly purchased or transfered guns.

  3. “Every gun” will have to have a “TITLE” like a car title which will be issued at the time of registration.

  4. Anytime a gun is sold “INCLUDING PRIVATE SALES” the TITLE must be transferred (including a transfer tax) to the new owner just like a car title.

  5. This will give the government gun tracking and what they like most is the ability to punish and enslave free people.

  6. Owning a gun without a title will be a felony.

  7. Owning a gun without a title will require the gun to be turned in or confiscated and the owner fined and face possible jail time.

  8. Then comes the juicy one. Once guns have titles they will then impose an ANNUAL TAX ON EACH TITLED GUN YOU OWN. Look for $100 to $1,000 a year per gun!

Our government is pure evil and will stop at nothing including allowing nuclear attacks from rogue nations, to destroy our country. The troubling thing about that statement is; Just what do they think they’ll gain or end up with? I pretty sure they’re to stupid to realize it will be a dictator who will hang all of them just for fun! I guess maybe there is an upside after all.

DTG Essential Skills “Get Home” Series

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Here is an excellent series of post from DTG on things to think about when considering needs for a “Gotta get home” situation. These recommendation are very applicable in other areas of preparedness as well, and you would be wise to heed his advice.


Essential Skills: Getting Home


The first post of the year is going to focus on the importance of equipping yourself to make it home from wherever your commute may take you during the work day.  For those of you working from home, ‘good on ya’!  For the rest of us, we may have a ways to go, and our personal vehicle might not be available for part, or all, of the trip.

That said, let’s look at what we might need for winter (adapt for your own locality and weather patterns) every day in order to stay functional:

  • Complete set of sturdy clothing –  If you work in an environment that ‘business’ or ‘business casual’ is the norm, your dress slacks, button down shirt/bouse and sport coat/blazer is not going to cut it when trying to make it home, especially in bad weather.  If you have to traverse any less than hospitable areas, the dress clothes will mark you as a target to the local mutant zombie biker types lurking about.  You’ll want long sleeve shirts/blouses, field capable pants with belt (no camouflage, earth tones or greys are good – anything that won’t stand out, color wise), a weather appropriate jacket that’s minimally water resistant and optimally Goretex level water proof, and well-broken in boots and good, sturdy socks, such as the Vermont ‘Darn Tough’ USMC type of socks.  You get the picture; this needs to be in your vehicle every time you leave home.  Get a small storage container to keep it in so it’s unobtrusive.

danner hikers2

Personally, for my Get Home Bag, I keep a pair of Danner ‘Combat Hikers’ with a rolled up pair of Vermont ‘Darn Tough’ USMC Over-The-Calf socks in them.  There are other good quality boots and socks available; I prefer the Danner’s and the ‘Darn Tough’ brand for SHTF scenarios.  A note on the Danner hikers – they seem to run about a half-size bigger than usual, which really surprised me, as my experience on other Danner boots is the opposite – they run a tad smaller than size – so to make them fit perfectly, I put a pair of these in them (well worth the money) and it worked beautifully:

Sole Insoles

I’m not relying on theory here or other folks’ experiences; I’ve put about 40 miles on the combination pictured above doing training walks with a ruck weighing between 65 and 80 lbs for distances between 2 and 10 miles.  Very comfortable, very durable, and they don’t look any different than when I bought them.  Interestingly enough, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for these – I got my Danner’s on eBay for $60 out the door.  The insoles I bought at Amazon for about $35.  Less than $100 all told, and worth every penny.  Next, they don’t necessarily look, ‘military,’ which, when you’re trying to blend in to ‘everyday’ scenes, might be a good thing.

I don’t necessarily think that walking will be my primary means to get home (the farthest I reasonably travel for business during a day is 50 miles from home), but if I end up having to walk, I won’t fail because my feet gave out due to poor quality footwear.  Consider that for a bit and then make your choice.

Pants & Shirt – I don’t like blue jeans as cotton is, ‘the cloth of death’ in cold, wet weather.  I prefer a blend, such as the cotton-poly or nylon-cotton pants available.  Brand doesn’t matter, so long as you remember earth tones or greys, and no camouflage.  The idea again, is not to look like some sort of tactical ‘operator’ walking the route you’ve chosen.  The idea is to look so unobtrusive that you may not be noticed, and if you are, scant attention is paid to you.  Remember the primary objective:  Get home to take care of your precious cargo.  Remember, you get what you pay for, so get the best you can afford.  Here’s a couple of examples:


Jackets we use include the Tru-Spec H20 coupled with the Wiggy’s jacket liner.  Check that out,here.  Wiggy’s products are extremely well made and really will make the difference in nasty, cold, wet weather when you’re walking.  The material used for insulation actually repels the water and keeps insulating much better than wool, even when wet.  As always, your call, these are only suggestions based on what we have and do use in training and every day preps.

Last item for clothing:  A hat.  We recommend having two.  One for rain (boonie type) that’s either water resistant on it’s own, or treated with copious amounts of Camp Dry or other brands of silicone.  The other hat should be a fleece or wool ‘watch cap’ so that you lose as little heat as possible in really cold weather.  Sure, when you’re walking you can regulate your body temp by taking the hat off for short periods (more than 80% of your body heat loss is through the head), but having it will also warm you up quickly.

Next time, we’ll talk about the ‘get home’ bag and various options you can choose for personal protection that are unobtrusive.  Oh…one more thing:  To actually get home, you’ll need to be in somewhat decent shape physically.  That means PT.  Great time to start, too, as it’s the first of the year!

getting home

Using the building block concept, we laid the foundation of the, ‘Get Home’ kit with clothing necessarily kept in your vehicle against the time you may have to get home in SHTF circumstances.  You can read that here.  It’s essential to understand that the clothes you wear to work or to a gathering for function might not be suited to a long walk or being in the elements overnight, and, being such a liability, could, in fact, be the factor that defeats you in your attempt to get home to your ‘precious cargo’.

The next item to consider is your personal protection.  Your choices in today’s market are limitless; your choices when compared against the scenario you’re preparing for are not.  The environment you’re going to operate in has a great deal to do with what you will carry.

First, understand the entire purpose is defensive in nature; not offensive.  Do not make the error of engaging in any ‘wargaming’ that includes you being fired on and ‘taking it to them’ from whatever ‘walking dead’ or other show you may have seen.  Your primary mission is to get from wherever you are when SHTF happens to your home with no hostile engagement whatsoever if you can help it.  Add to that the weight factor.  Whatever you choose can’t be so heavy that it becomes a burden to you because your fitness level is not what it should be, and unless you have a regular PT routine that includes strength and stamina exercises as well as long walks with heavy packs, you’re not in the shape you should be.  You may want to get started on that……today.



Now that we know we are going to carry a defensive weapon, it will most likely be a pistol.  The ‘why’ is simple:  AR’s, AK’s, shotguns, or whatever don’t fit the bill because of their typical alarm raising capability when seen by people in their residential areas.  They possess this capability because they’re not very concealable and when someone sees you peacefully walking toward where they are and identifies that you have one of these visible (especially if you’re carrying it in a ‘patrol carry’ position), they will raise an alarm, and if S has HTF, some neighbor or mutant biker zombie might engage you with their AR, AK, or shotgun, which will most likely significantly delay or defeat you in your primary mission to get home, as there will most likely be only one of you and unknown numbers of them.  Maybe not, but in any event, you’re stacking tolerances against getting home if you’re carrying it openly.  “Ah,” but you say, “I can break it down in my back pack!”  Absolutely – if you choose to do that, it could come in handy in certain emergency conditions where you have no way to avoid a really bad situation.  You’re still going to have a pistol, though, for ‘immediate needs’, right?  Getting to your broken down AR, AK, or shotgun will require you to put it together and load it, which can take precious seconds if you’re being attacked, and if you haven’t sought and obtained a secured, covered position in this scenario.  Remember, the bottom line here is that your primary and best defensive weapon for a Get Home Bag will be a pistol.  If you have a carbine or shotgun in your pack, it’s going to have to be, by necessity, broken down and undelployable for immediate needs.  Your pistol can be on you and concealed, ready to deploy in a second.  Carry as many loaded mags as you deem prudent.  Depending on what you carry, 5 to 9 is more than enough, especially if you select a double stack capable pistol that has 13 to 17 rounds in each mag.  Make sure you have a good holster for the pistol, too.  Make sure that you wear and practice with your pistol and holster regularly (goes without saying, right?).

Next up, as it is not total societal break down….today….and we are still subjected to laws we may not agree with, ensure that you get appropriate licensing to carry your chosen pistol. (NOTE:  This post is not about the constitutionality of such laws; so don’t go off on a tangent.)  It is prudent to get this done.  Many law enforcement types may help you in one way or another or minimally let you pass in any semi-SHTF scenario if you are a CPL (Concealed Pistol License) holder.  They know you’ve had a background check and are most likely not a criminal type.  Circling back to the AR, AK, and Shotgun paragraph, what reaction do you think ‘Officer Friendly’ is going to have in the same scenario with you walking down the street with what most consider an offensive weapon displayed (open carry laws notwithstanding; we’re talking about SHTF scenarios here)?  Probably not the same as your contact when you politely inform him or her (if that is legally required) that you are licensed and carrying and trying to get home.  Always keep in mind the primary objective:  Get home to your precious cargo intact.

Recommendations?  Glock 17 or 19 and 5 mags with 2 mags on your belt and 2 mags in your pack.  Your mileage may vary.  Also, this is not an argument for or against a particular caliber or pistol.  Carry what you will.  Personally, I’m a 1911 guy.  Been shooting one for half my life.  However, understanding that under stress I will not rise to the occassion but sink to the level of my current training and physical abilities, I chose the Glock because it’s idiot proof, accurate, can reacquire a target more quickly (for me), and with 124gr JHP’s, provides enough ‘fire power’ to meet or exceed my expectations of performance.   Mag wise you may carry more or less; remember it’s your pack and you will determine what you do.

Knives are next.  You’ll want omething that can take a beating and keep an edge.  It will be your primary tool for helping you weather a storm or setting up a place to rest (unless you find a structure that is somewhat safe to stay in) by making a shelter.  The most useful folder for this kind of kit is a multi-tool.  Typically, they have two blades and an assortment of tools.  You might also want a simple folding knife as a back up.  Recommendations?  Either a Gerber or Leatherman Wave or similar.  Look on eBay.  You can find used ones for very reasonable prices.  You’re after function, not looks on this.  For the folder, the CRKT spring-assisted are very nice; your local laws (again, we’re not debating which laws are good here) will govern what you can carry with you.  We like any knife that can open with one hand for emergency use (say, helping cut someone out of a seat belt after a car crash or something similar).  As always, whatever you choose, get the best you can afford balanced against the robustness of the product.

gerber multi tool

First Aid naturally follows the subject of defensive tools.  An Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) focused on cuts, sprains, blister management, and minor pain relief (aspirin/tylenol) with a tourniquet thrown in for severe emergencies is essential.  If you’ve got small packets of Celox, great.  You can certainly take your S has REALLY HTF IFAK with chest seals, et al, just make sure you’ve got what you will most likely need on your trek home.  Again, your mission is to get home in one piece, not engage barbarian hordes.

Next is navigation.  You’ll need a couple tools.  First up is a road map.  The most recent road map of the area you may be traversing either on vehicle or on foot.  In some states, you can write the Department of Transportation and get one free, like in my state, Michigan.  Here’s the link if you’re interested.  If absolutely necessary, you could follow the roads by ‘hand railing’ (not walking on them but paralleling them) if you didn’t have a compass or a sense of direction.  This is much easier if you’re trained in land navigation and terrain association (we’ve got a class on that coming up in the March/April time frame, stay tuned for details.)  In addition to the map, a compass can certainly help you determine direction if you become disoriented due to inclement weather or darkness if you’re traveling at night (which is not a bad idea, but more on that later).  The compass doesn’t have to be a top of the line instrument, either.  Something that will give you general directions will suffice, like the Suunto wrist compass or something similar.  Just make sure it’s in your pack right next to your map. An additional ‘nice to have’ item would be a mechanical pencil (if it’s really cold out, the ink pen you choose might not work) with a small note pad.



Shelter is next on the hit list.  A light tarp and 50 feet of 550 cord ought to be included, along with an ’emergency blanket’ (we like the ‘casualty’ blankets that are OD on side and silver on the other due to their more robust construction) to keep warm if you have to stay over night or dry out from a wet or cold storm (snow, freezing rain, rain).

Fire Starters.  A ‘fire steel’ or ferro rod with a striker and some easily lit tinder (cotton balls soaked in vaseline, drier lint, etc).  You could, if you didn’t mind the weight, add in a 120 hour emergency candle (I and my wife keep one in each of our vehicles in case we end up in a snow bank somewhere).  It’s not that heavy, but as a friend of mine is want to say, “Ounces equal pounds and pounds equal pain…” when it comes to carrying a load.  We like the ‘Fire Steel’ brand itself because of their construction and ease of use when hands are cold.


Food.  30 to 35 gram protein meal replacement bars.  At least 4.  That’s a couple days.  Light, no muss, no fuss, done.

Water.  This can be tricky in the winter time, as freezing becomes an issue.  I keep 4 bottles near a heating vent in the vehicle so that whenever I’m on the road, they’re at least liquid while I wait for help or start out on my trek home.  I change the water out every 6 months at the latest.

Toilet paper.  Have a roll.  ‘Nuff said.

The pack it all goes in.  First, don’t use a ‘tactical’ camouflaged, MOLLE with a lot of different pouches hanging from it.  You don’t want to draw attention or look like anyone special that might have something worth taking.  Go buy a used, serviceable, ugly pack that’s not too big.  Maybe what we call a 3 day or ‘assault’ style pack.  In any event, get an earth tone or a grey or something.  Garage sales or flea markets are a great source for a pack that you’re not going to carry much, and will spend most of the time in your vehicle waiting to be used.  Right now I’m using a sling bag that I received as a present. It has too many MOLLE straps on it for my taste, but it’s black and I have nothing on the outside of the pack.  It also looks like a small overnight bag when in my vehicle, so it doesn’t draw a lot of attention.

Disregard the tripod...consider the 'no threat' look.

Lastly, remember weight considerations.  You’re going to carry this all the way home.  A good idea is to pack it up and take some practice walks in the clothes you would wear for varying distances.  You’ll have a much better idea of what you need to do with your pack and contents and will get in better physical condition at the same time.  Win-Win!

Putting it all together, when you’re making up your ‘Get Home Kit’, it will most likely be made up from several components that include clothing, sustainment, and personal defense items.  It most certainly won’t fit into one small or medium day pack, especially when the weather turns colder.  Right now in my vehicle, I have a small storage container that contains the following:

  • Boots
  • Coat & Liner
  • Silk Long Underwear
  • Socks (seasonally appropriate)
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Pants
  • Belt
  • Shirt
  • Sunglasses or wind goggles (seasonally appropriate)

The pack contains all other items, so when I grab it, I don’t have to think about it.  I stow it next to the storage container and I’m off.  I can add or delete any other items I might deem necessary for a single trip as circumstances warrant.  For example, if I’m traveling to or through heavy snow country or winter storms, I may include snow shoes, trekking poles, heavier gloves, insulated pants, water purifier, utility pot, a small stove (the 120 hour emergency candle doubles as a stove), comfort foods, small shovel, hatchet, etc.


Whatever you put together, as another professional, JC Dodge over at Mason Dixon Tactical, is wont to say, “ounces make pounds and pounds make pain,” so make sure you can, in fact, carry it.  Over-packing is a serious drawback, and as such, let your decisions be based on NEED v. WANT balanced against your environment and trip plans.  Wirecutter provides a good explanation of what his kit includes, here.

overpacked ruck

Your fitness level is directly related to your probability of making the trip home on foot.  Remember that, and take appropriate measures.  Don’t plan on being able to drive, though every mile put behind you in your vehicle helps immeasurably in your effort to get home to protect your ‘precious cargo’.  Discipline in your fitness regimen will save you from regret during the ‘real thing’ when you’re trying to get home and just don’t have what it takes.


Keep the primary objective in mind at all times:  GET HOME WITHOUT INJURY IN ORDER TO PROTECT PRECIOUS CARGO.  Only pack and carry what you actually need to achieve that objective.  And during the trip, every thing you do should be guided by that objective as well.


reunited family


Well said. HEED OR BLEED people.  Your choice.


American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

DTG: SHTF Dental Kit

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Defensive Training Group has a good post up about a VERY important subject. I bought my first emergency dental kit and “Where There Is No Dentist” from Nitro Pak back in the mid 90’s, due to realizing a dental issue in the field can be very debilitating. I have since then acquired tooth extraction pliers (three different ones), and some of the items recommended in this article.



Go on over to Survival Medicine and check this out!

Sample graf:  “Anyone who has had to perform a task while simultaneously dealing with a bad toothache can attest to the effect on the amount and quality of work done. If your teeth hurt badly, it’s unlikely that your mind can concentrate on anything other than the pain. Therefore, it only makes sense that you must learn basic dental hygiene, care, and procedures to keep your people at full work efficiency. It could easily be the difference between success and failure in a collapse. In normal times, however, you should understand that the practice of dentistry without a license is illegal and punishable by law. Seek modern and standard dental care wherever and whenever it is available. “

where there is no dentist

While you’re at it, another good reference is, “Where There Is No Dentist,” by Murray Dickson.  First Aid also includes dental issues!

After you check both the site and the book out, consider getting your check up ASAP, as well as any preventative work you may have been putting off.  If SHTF, you’ll be very, VERY glad you did.


American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

Sparks31’s Thoughts On Equipment Requirements

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Here’s some things to think about if you’re in a standoff situation.


The Bundy Malheur Wildlife Refuge Occupation and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)


Events like this generate radio traffic before, during, and after the action.

Monitoring the radio traffic is a very good way to know what’s going on, and gain long-term insight about events.


Communications monitoring is a useful skill-set that you should learn.  It’ll let you know what’s going on, regardless of what the media says.  When combined with the media’s account, you’ll see first hand how things are “spun.”

How do you start?


My book, Communications For 3%ers and Survivalists, provides an overview of communications monitoring techniques for gathering information in different scenarios. You can order it by clicking on this link.


My two-day Grid-Down Communications Workshop V2.0 talks about what you need and how to do communications monitoring for different scenarios. It also show you how to set up communications between yourself and others when phone and Internet service are not working or shut down.   You can see the schedule and sign up by clicking here.




The Workshops are located in beautiful Wyoming.  We have hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, Yellowstone Park, ghost towns, gold prospecting, rockhounding, and many other things for you to do here.  Come visit, attend the workshop, and enjoy a few of the many activities we have in our state.


See you soon!


Got your commo squared away? Do your associates have their commo squared away? Train, equip, and prepare yourself physically and mentally. There will be an all encompassing test sooner than you think and failure is not an option.


American by BIRTH, Infidel by CHOICE

How You Can Use Drones In A TEOTWAWKI Scenario

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Drones have been widely available on the market lately and they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors. Many people look at drones and see an over-the-top expensive toy. I, on the other hand, as a prepper, see opportunity. And with good reason. Drones are remote-controlled gadgets, with enough battery autonomy that have cameras attached. No special skills are require to handle your very own drone and you can even pair to your smartphone. You can use drones in a TEOTWAWKI scenario to gather intelligence in your surroundings without being physically present in a possibly hostile territory. Reconnaissance missions will no longer require special preparations, other than that of flying a drone that has a camera attached. The cameras can take high quality pictures and even videos with sound. If you’re smart phone allows it, it can even emit in real time. Many drones have a built-in GPS software that helps them return safely to their launch point, in case radio contact is lost. However, in a survival scenario, the GPS service might not be available, so keep that in mind before taking off.


What you need to know about drones

First and foremost they are battery operated. So if you plan on using the drones even when everything falls to bits, you’ll need to ensure you have a recharging station, based on fuel, or even better, solar panels. They are computer and smartphone friendly, which means they have USB ports that allows you to connect your drone to your computer, for easy access and settings; you can even follow the flight path in real time from your smartphone and even adjust camera angles. The flight speed varies from model to model. The average drone flies at about 25 mph, but the more expensive model can reach staggering speeds of even 80 mph. Autonomy and control distance is also variables from one model to the next, but an average fully charged battery gets depleted in about 10 – 30 minutes. There are also gas-powered drones available on the market, their autonomy is superior to the battery operated ones, but they’re also more expensive. A drone can serve many purposes in SHTF situation: scouting and surveillance flights, scouting for wild game and even delivering messages from A to B. On the down side, drones are very visible and can attract unwanted attention. They can be taken down easily or even worse, followed to give away your location. So you’ll need a bit of practice before using it in a critical situation and A LOT of caution.

Some of the best drones that you can buy

The Dromida Ominus FPV is one of the cheapest drones on the market, which is perfect for flight practice. The camera quality is rather good and it has great connectivity to you mobile device. It’s easy to use, has decent autonomy and it can be very fun to fly. For those of you that are looking for a device to get you started in the drone area, look no further. The Dromida Ominus FPV is a resilient little gadget, comes in many colors you can chose from (blue, green red, yellow), is both iOS and Andriod compatible (so you won’t have to change your phone) and costs only $150. If you’re interested in purchasing it, go here.



The Parrot Bebop drone is possibly the most renowned of the Parrot company and it is a semi-pro drone, meaning it’s considered to sit in between toys and professional drones.  The drone itsef is very lite and incredibly maneuverable, making it easy to fly even in closed spaces or indoors. It support smartphone and tablet connectivity and it comes with two batteries. The battery, if fully charged, should last about 10 – 15 minutes of continuous flight. The on-board camera is decent; it has a resolution of 1080p. The base model comes at about $450, but if you’re willing to spend more you can get the model with the range extension, that will allow it to fly further. For more details, go here.


The Yuneec Q500 4K is drone whose popularity is growing steadily amongst the drone enthusiasts thanks to its camera quality. The built in camera has a 4K resolution (4000p), meaning the image quality it offers for both pictures and video is unbeatable. It comes with two batteries and the camera is removable. There’s also a version that comes with a 1080p camera, but the $k version is of course far superior. The controller has an android built into it, so you don’t necessarily have to use your phone or tablet for maneuvering the drone. The model doesn’t have many gadgets and accessories available yet, but it won’t be long before Yuneec releases a bunch, considering how fast this little drone is gaining in popularity. The price is about $1300, and if you’re interested in getting your own, click here.

Getting your very own drone is nowhere near a bad idea. Flying one can be really fun and addictive, so if you’re lacking a serious hobby, drone flying could just fill that void. Enjoy it and practice, you’ll never know when your drone piloting skills will save your neck in a SHTF scenario.


By Alec Deacon




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Air Filtration for Preppers RZ Masks VS N95 Masks

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Air Filtration for Preppers RZ Masks VS N95 MasksI have recently had the opportunity to try out one of the RZ masks from RZ Industries which are popular among motorcycle riders, ATV riders, hikers and even firemen. It got me thinking about how these also have an application in prepping, and would be great for our bug out bags.

Before I get into why I will be changing out the N95 masks in my bug out bags to RZ masks I want to explain what different masks and respirators do. Keep in mind that there are many more details about what different masks and filters do, but I am going to explain the basic processes here.

Mask vs Respirator

Respirator vs MaskThe main difference between a respirator and a mask is their intended use. Surgical masks are designed to protect you from airborne contaminants, as well as others from your airborne contaminants such as blood of saliva.

Respirators are better suited to protect you (the wearer) from the inhalation of airborne contaminants because of the air tight seal between the face piece and the face. The protection offered by either the mask or respirator also depends on the efficiency of the filter.

Let’s start with some of the reasons you might need this mask in the first place.

  • Wild Fires and Smoke Inhalation
  • Terrorism: Collapsed Building, Debris and Chemicals
  • Smog and Pollutants
  • Pandemics
  • Natural Disasters Causing Mold, Dust and Debris
  • Projects Around the Home. Woodworking, Cleaning Horse Pens, Painting and Insulation
  • Outdoor Activity’s Like Hunting, Motocross, ATV’s and Running.

Why the RZ Mask is Better Than the N95

While the N95 does have its place in your preps, and I will still be using them, I want to go over some of the benefits of adding a couple of these RZ masks to your preps.
Durability: N95 masks are 1 time use and can get damaged easily. Whether you wear the N95 for a half hour or 8 hours straight, once you’re done…it’s done. The RZ mask filters will last up to 60 hours depending on the exposure levels.

Because the RZ mask itself acts as a barrier to the filter, they are less likely to get damaged or wet. But if it does become damaged or past its lifespan, it can easily be replaced by removing the 2 breather valves.

Breather Valves: The 2 breather valves allow air to be expelled without letting air in. This comes in very handy if you wear goggles or glasses because they can (and do) become fogged up without them.

Bug Out Bags: The thing that was a huge selling point for me was how tailor made these are for bug out bags. The mask, pouch and extra filter weigh just 2.3 Ounces and easily folds to fit in a bug out bag, whereas N95 masks are dome shaped and can become crushed, decreasing their protective property’s.

Protection from the Elements: While the RZ masks true purpose is to filter air, it can also be used as protection from the elements and keep your face warm with or without the filter. The M1 version is made of neoprene, while the M2 model is mesh and might not do as well.

Huge Assortment: The RZ masks come in 3 different models, the M1 (33 Styles) the M2 (9 Styles) and the Mossy Oak (4 Styles) Here is what they say about the 3 different styles at the RZMask website.

M1 Model: M1 Neoprene offers a better fit for superior air filtration and cold-weather protection. The M1’s tough-duty Neoprene Material improves protection in wet and muddy conditions and is ideal for severe dust applications from Powersports to Construction to Agriculture. The M1 is your general purpose, tough-duty air filtration dust mask.

M2 Model: M2 Mesh is our lightweight mask for warm work and play applications. Perfect for riding in the desert or laying insulation in a hot attic. Improved airflow and increased breathability keeps your face cooler while delivering superior air filtration.

Mossy Oak Model: M1 Hunting Masks filter your exhale through Active Carbon filters for superior scent control. The Series consists of 4 official Mossy Oak® patterns for optimal concealment in a variety of hunting environments.

What This Mask Will Filter

The life expectancy of the RZ Filter (or any filter) depends on many variables, such as; particulate exposure density, particulate exposure duration, user breathing rate. With that said; below are their general guidelines.

  • 10-20 hours of continuous use in heavy dust exposure to Grain bins, Off-road, construction/demolition etc.
  • 30-40 hours of continuous use in light dust exposure to Grain Bins, off-road, construction/demolition etc.
  • 50-60 hours of continuous use when protecting against allergens, pollutions, odors etc
  • 60+ hours when used for cold weather protection

RZ Mask Carbon FilterThere are 4 types of filters to choose from, the F1 Filter Active Carbon, the F1-Hunting Filter Scentless Active Carbon, the F2 HEPA Filter and the F3 HEPA Active Carbon filters. These range in price from $6.95 to $12.95 (at the time of this article) for a 3 pack depending on the type of filter you need.


If you can find room in your budget, these in my opinion are a much better option than the N95 masks. The initial investment of the mask itself is the main cost, after that the filters themselves are not that expensive.

A 10 pack of NIOSH approved N95 masks will cost you around $15, so the cost of the RZ filters are really not that much more, and possibly less considering their durability.

Along with their storability and durability that makes these great for bug out bags, these are great to have around the house. I also do a lot of woodwork in the garage and I will be using mine while I’m sanding and doing finishing work.

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The Tale Of Two Extremes

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     The following news item comes to us from Rudaw, a Kurdish media network, whose aim it is to impart news and information about Kurdistan and the Middle East.  Nadia Murad, a 21-year-old Yezidi woman who escaped the clutches of Islamic State (ISIS) militants and went on to highlight the plight of women kidnapped and enslaved by the group, was officially nominated by Iraq on Tuesday for the Nobel Peace Prize.

     The Iraqi government said, in a statement announcing the nomination, ““She is the symbol of women’s struggle against the dark forces aiming to degrade women. Nadia talked about the plight of Yezidi women abducted by ISIS, and she asked the international community to rescue a record number of 3,400 Yezidi girls and women from the hands of ISIS.”  Murad was kidnapped by ISIS along with thousands of other girls and women, when the predominantly Yezidi city of Shingal fell to ISIS in August 2014. She has traveled around the world to shed light on ISIS atrocities against the Yezidi religious minority, and told her personal story before the UN Security Council this last December.
     The U.K.’s Mirror, related her testimony before the UN:  “Rape was used to destroy women and girls and to guarantee that these women could never lead a normal life again,” she told them.
     Nadia described her horrific ordeal, saying how she was taken by bus to a building in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, where thousands of Yazidi women and children were exchanged by militants as gifts.  A few days after she was taken by a man, she said: “He forced me to get dressed and put my makeup on and then that terrible night, he did it. He forced me to serve as part of his military faction, he humiliated me every day.”  When she tried to flee, she was stopped by a guard.  “That night he beat me. He asked me to take my clothes off. He put me in a room with the guards and then they proceeded to commit their crime until I fainted,” she said.  She sobbed as she begged the Security Council: “I implore you, get rid of Daesh (Islamic State) completely.
     But Nadia is not the only victim of the deterioration of the Middle East.  We, here in the U.S., have struggled to understand the civil war in Syria.  Who are the good guys?  Who are the bad? Why have we chosen the rebel’s side?  While I believe that we are intentionally kept in the dark, there is no escaping the human toll in that war-torn country.
     BBC News reports that civilians are under siege, and Opposition activists in Syria have told the BBC that people are dying of starvation in the government-besieged town of Madaya, near Damascus. Reports say residents have resorted to eating grass in two Shia villages further north, Foua and Kefraya, which have been blockaded by rebel forces for even longer.  The World Food Programme and the International Red Cross describe conditions in some areas as “extremely dire”, after nearly five years of civil war.
     The U.N. has released figures of nearly 400,000 besieged citizens throughout the country of Syria, and the meager supplies that have reached them is clearly disturbing:  “In September, some 7,800 people were reached with water, sanitation and hygiene assistance in one besieged location. In October, 10,500 people in besieged locations were provided with food, health and basic relief assistance and some 16,700 people were provided with water, sanitation and hygiene assistance. In November, 1,077 children received textbooks and 50 children were provided with winter clothes,” the  UN report states.  “No other assistance reached the besieged areas in November.”

     That leaves the civilians trapped inside areas under siege depending on black market supplies at inflated prices.  The UN Human Rights Council found that “Trapped without basic necessities and under constant fear of deadly snipers or bombardment, [Syrians are suffering] severe psychological trauma, and desperation characterizes the besieged communities”, resulting in people, particularly the vulnerable, dying of malnutrition and lack of access to medicines and electricity.  A resident of the town of Madaya, Abdel Wahab Ahmed, told the BBC, “People here have started eating earth because there’s nothing left to eat,” he said. “Grass and leaves have died because of the mounting snow.” He described the lack of medical facilities for the sick and vulnerable as “terrifying”.  He continued, “Citizens are dying. They’re eating stuff off the ground. They’re eating cats and dogs.”
     A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, reported that people had begged him for baby milk when he travelled to Madaya in October (the last time aid reached the town). Mothers were so malnourished they were not producing milk, and there was no way to feed newborns and young babies, he was told.  A local official in Madaya told the Associated Press that the cost of goods had recently soared, with wheat costing about $250 for a kilogram and powdered milk more than $300.  (Is anyone else thinking of Revelation 6:5-8?).

     Perhaps the saddest aspect of this siege is that out of the 400,000 encircled citizens, only 460 people were evacuated under the auspices of the UN and Red Cross by means of a local agreement covering the four besieged towns of Zabadani, Madaya, Foua and Kefraya.  That leaves hundreds of thousands still in danger of dying from malnutrition, disease, and lack of basic human comforts.
     While half-way around the world, Millennials here in the U.S. revealed through one of the never-ending surveys that our culture is fond of, that they expect to retire early, with 15 % of them believing that winning the lottery is a viable retirement strategy, while 11% expect to be “gifted” money for retirement.  I’m assuming that they think that somehow the government is going to come up with a new entitlement program for them, just because they will need it.  Sadly, their concepts of what it takes to survive the current economic market, as well as their understanding of how current and world events will affect them is based on faulty assumptions.

     The problem is that they have educated themselves through their phone devices and the internet, and do not understand that, in reality, they have just been programmed by the Beast System.  They believe what is furnished them on their news feeds, and rarely do their own research.  In fact, the education system they have grown up in has discouraged critical thinking and urged them to embrace “group think” and the collective mindset.  

     That being said, I am not ready to disparage the entire Millennial Generation.  I personally know several that give me hope; young men and women with curious minds that seek to add to their knowledge, rather than accept what they are spoon-fed.  They are the hope for the future.  But are there enough of them to change the course of the world?  Will they turn to the Creator and away from the Beast?  And I fear this widening chasm among the world’s population.  I’m afraid that what I have disclosed about the experiences of the youth in the Middle East will not be detained to that region.  In these two scenarios, we are seeing the extremes of constant war and relative safety; famine and waste; poverty and wealth… and I do not know if the Riders of the Apocalypse have begun their foray or not, but I’m not ready to discount them, either.
     It seems as if we are barreling towards the End Times and no one is putting the brakes on.  I know that our God is Sovereign and in control; and I know there is a purpose for each of us in His plan.  I just don’t want the youth of this country to be ignorant that they have a part to play — and it is not the part that this world system would assign them.  Please, Lord, help those of us who understand what time it is to guide them to You; to help them to throw off the beguiling veil through which they see the world; and to help them engage their minds and spirits for a greater purpose.  I’m feeling it stronger every day — this is the generation that must stand; and we can help that happen, with Your Grace, Mercy, and Power.
Matthew 6:25     Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 

Prep Blog Review: Successful Homesteading

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prep blog reviewAs we embark on this new year it’s almost inevitable to make some sort of resolutions. Maybe not all of them are the classic: “I will stop smoking/ eat healthier/loose weight, etc”, but one that I know for sure should be on every list is improving your skills.

And staying on top of your homestead means just that. So we’re dedicating this prep blog review to making sure you never run out on ideas on how to improve your homesteading skills.

1. Making Money on the Homestead

Homestead money“One of the reasons people choose to live a more self-reliant life and homestead is to get away from money. They don’t want their life to be focused solely on making money.

The trouble with that is, you really can’t get completely away from needing some of that ol’ ‘trading paper.’Some scoff at people who homestead and still buy things from the store but even the pioneers of old had to get supplies from the trading post!

Unless you are growing crops to sell off, raising livestock to sell, or have a foot in both worlds and hold down a day job, you will need money to buy the things you can’t produce: gasoline is a prime example of just one of the things you need money to buy. ”

Read more on Homestead Dreamer.

2. How to Keep Warm in a Winter Power Outage

Homestead insulation“Winter 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…”

Read more on Tactical Intelligence.

3. What Kind Of Person Makes A Good Homesteader?

“Have you ever wondered how you could become a homesteader? Have you ever wanted to start over from the ground up and grow your own food and live a life being off grid?”

Video first seen on  An American Homestead

4. Beekeeping 101: The Honey Bee’s Life Cycle

Honey bees“In most areas, January is the start of bee school. If you’re thinking about getting started with beekeeping, I highly recommend you go take the class.

(To find a class, google your state’s beekeepers association and then contact them.)

One of the first things you learn at bee school is the honey bee’s life cycle. Now, I’ll admit I was slightly bored by the teacher’s presentation on this topic. And since I was still a little squeamish about bees, I was kinda grossed out too. I’ll be honest with you, at the time, I wondered Why the heck do I need to know this?”

Read more on Earth and Honey.

5. Make Healthy Home Cooking a Habit by Stocking the Essentials

cooking healthy“Americans spend less time cooking than people in any other developed nation. Only 60 percent of U.S. dinners were cooked at home last year, and about one-third of Americans eat fast food weekly.12

There’s nothing wrong with eating out occasionally. But studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that home cooking encourages healthier eating.3 In one study of 9,500 people, the group who cooked the most consumed more fiber, fewer carbohydrates, and less sugar.4 “Cooking is probably the most important thing you can do to improve your diet. … It’s the collapse of home cooking that led directly to the obesity epidemic,” says Michael Pollen, food activist and author of Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.5”

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Deadly Mosquito Virus Spreads In Brazil; Women Warned Not To Get Pregnant

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Deadly Mosquito Virus Spreads In Brazil; Women Warned Not To Get Pregnant

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Mosquitos in Brazil are spreading a deadly virus that attacks the brains of unborn babies, authorities in Brazil have warned. The Zika virus is so dangerous that doctors are warning women in areas where it has been detected not to get pregnant.

“This is an unprecedented situation, unprecedented in world scientific research,” Brazil’s health ministry warned.

The warning was prompted by an autopsy that detected the Zika virus in a baby that had died of microcephaly, CNN reported. Microcephaly is a rare condition in which a baby’s brain does not develop normally in the womb. Doctors believe Zika and microcephaly are linked.

Brazil is set to host the 2016 summer Olympics, and officials in the host city of Rio de Janeiro are frantically trying to halt the spread.

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“These are newborns who will require special attention their entire lives,” Angela Rocha, a pediatric infectologist at Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, told CNN. “It’s an emotional stress that just can’t be imagined. Here in Pernambuco, we’re talking about a generation of babies that’s going to be affected.”

Could Spread Elsewhere

A state of emergency was declared in six Brazilian states because 2,400 cases of microcephaly were reported in 2015, compared to 147 cases in 2014. Effects of microcephaly include babies being born with abnormally small heads, brain damage and learning disabilities. It also can lead to premature death.

The microcephaly epidemic coincided with the appearance of the Zika virus in Brazil. Zika is spread by the Aedes aegypti species of mosquito and causes cold-like symptoms in adults infected. There is currently no vaccine or cure for the Zika virus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.

The Zika virus is currently found in South America and Mexico but not in the United States, according to the CDC. Zika apparently originated in Africa but it has spread to Asia and Latin America, CNN said

Doctors believe that soccer fans attending the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the world’s largest soccer event, might have brought Zika to Brazil.

“If families can put off their pregnancy plans, that’s what we’re recommending,” Rocha told CNN.

Doctors in Brazil say that has many as 29 babies have died from microcephaly caused by Zika.

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Mutated Mountain Lion With Teeth Growing Off the Top of It’s Head, In Idaho, Where They Are Pushing for More Radiation

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What makes this picture of this Idaho Mountain Lion so disgusting is the expected pain and suffering this animal went through before it was “harvested”.     I suspect this damaged animal had problems in living and getting enough food and was probably prowling around habitated areas.  

And even more disgusting?   This article was found on the same page as  people in Idaho promoting radiation research at Idaho National Lab a 1995 agreement was reached to stop adding radiation to the INL to mitigate contamination of the water aquifer directly below.   And this quote from a promoter of “vital spent fuel research”.   Spent nuclear fuel is the most dirty, most dangerous byproduct of the nuclear energy process.   They want more of it.   Damn the lions, we need jobs!

No one denies that safety is primary, but INL is Idaho’s fifth largest private employer with some 3,900 employees earning an average salary of $88,635, according to Peters. Let’s get it right.

A newer article confirms–

● On Dec. 30, 2015, the mountain lion was observed attacking a dog on a landowner’s property in the rural Weston area.

Within three hours of the attack, the hunter began tracking the mountain lion with the use of hounds and harvested the cat legally that same day. The dog involved in the attack survived.

It is also possible that deformity was a teratoma tumor. These kinds of tumors are composed of tissue from which teeth, hair, and even fingers and toes can develop. They are rare in humans and animals. Biologists from the southeast region of Idaho Fish and Game have never seen anything like this particular deformity before.

And another article on the lion 

Letters to the Editor — Claim That Nuclear Is Green is “Nonsense”

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To the Editor:

It is easy to see the nuclear power industry is desperate. Their latest deception is that running nuclear stations does not contribute to climate change.

Increasingly we see commentaries in newspapers from representatives of the industry asserting that nuclear power is some sort of a green energy. This is nonsense. The entire nuclear fuel cycle from mining and milling uranium, transportation of radioactive materials, uranium enrichment, and fuel fabrication, all involve heavy use of fossil fuels. Constructing nuclear stations is also fossil fuel intensive as are stabilizing and cleaning up nuclear catastrophes (Chernobyl and Fukushima).

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent directive that the state Public Service Commission should consider treating nuclear power as renewable electricity is ridiculous. Doing so would retard the much-needed transition to increased conservation and energy efficiency. and safe, renewable electricity sources.

New York is far too heavily dependent on atomic power. Two of the six nuclear stations in New York state are more than 45 years into their operating lives, there others more than 35 years, and the youngest more than 25 years. These are old reactors. To pretend they can be safely operated (and at full power) indefinitely is very dangerous thinking. We have pushed our luck with nuclear power far too long.

The day may come when a nuclear catastrophe somewhere in North America forces the quick and permanent closure of all the nuclear stations in the country. Then what? New York politicians and energy planners will look foolish because suddenly their make-believe high percent of electricity from “renewable” sources will be gone.

Let’s invest in safe, renewable electricity, efficiency, and conservation, creating permanent, high paying, desperately needed jobs for New Yorkers instead of further risking everything we have ever built here.

Tom Ellis
Citizens’ Environmental Coalition

Survival Buzz: Prepping and Self-Sufficiency are Peas in a Pod

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Prepping and Self-Sufficiency are Peas in a Pod | Backdoor Survival

In analyzing the most popular articles of 2015, I was more than a little bit surprised to learn that the most viewed articles last year were mostly related to self-sufficiency (DIY) and essential oils.  Not all but most.

At first, I found this discouraging because after all is said and done, this is a preparedness website site.  Upon reflection, however, it all made sense.  There really is no hard and fast line that differentiates between prepping and self-sufficiency.  As a matter of fact, prepping and self-sufficiency are peas in a pod!

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Here is one definition of Prepping:

The practice of making active preparations for a possible catastrophic disaster or emergency, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies.

“Prepping is a way of life and there is always something new to learn, tasks to do, and gear to purchase.”

And of Self-Sufficiency:

Having the ability to supply one’s own or its own needs without external assistance.

As with prepping and homesteading, preparedness and self-sufficiency go hand on hand.

Where do essential oils fit it?  Using essential oils frees us from the shackles of chemical laden first aid products as well as big pharma.  They give us the ability to treat minor ailments naturally.  Using various plant based oils also gives us insight into the use of plants, barks, flowers, and herbs that may be infused in an oil or even vinegar to provide healing qualities when there is nothing else available.

So what were those most-viewed articles of 2015 as opposed to the “Best of 2015”?  Here they are in order of popularity.

1.  The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses for Survival

2.  22 Powerful Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil

3.  9 Tips for Buying Property With Little or No Money

4.  DIY Miracle Healing Salve

5.  DIY Liquid Castile Soap “Wonderful”

6.  How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries

7.  44 Fantastic Uses of Paracord for Prepping and Survival

8.  Managing Blood Pressure With Essential Oils

9.  40 Items to Barter in a Post-Collapse World

10.  How to Sharpen Razor Blades for the Long Term

11.  The Miracle of Peppermint Oil: 20 Practical Uses for Survival

12.  20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan

13.  25 Ways to Use Oregano Essential Oil for Health and Wellness

14.  50 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival

15.  60 Emergency Supplies You Can Buy for a Buck

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Brenda asked:

I’m new to essential oils, so I joined Spark Naturals Oil of the Month club.

My question is, when you say so many drops, do you mean from the top of the bottle or do you take the tops off and use a dropper. I’ve never been clear on this.

This is such a common question, that I am sharing my response here.

That is an excellent question, Brenda, and I will do my best to answer it for you.

Both methods are correct and a matter of preference. I prefer to take off the included dropper (its official name is “orifice”) because using it is difficult to control. Instead I use a regular eye dropper or one of those accessory droppers you can buy to replace the regular top. If you decide to toss the orifice, make sure that the next time you use the bottle you remember to check first. Been there done that and lost an entire bottle of Peppermint EO that way.

Most of the time I take off the orifice and replace it with an accessory dropper. As I recall, you can purchase 5 in a package for about $2 on the Spark Naturals site.

One other thing.  I always wrap a rubber band around the bottles that do not have a dropper.  That way I won’t accidently dump the entire bottle on myself, into my diffuser, or into whatever concoction I happen to be making at the time.

In the event you are curious, last week I put up a new page describing the Spark Naturals Oil of the Month club, including the 2016 line up.  This is the best deal out there on essential oils!

News Flash!  Articles from Around the Web

Did you ever see those cool vintage posters that the government put out decades ago, encouraging people to become more self-reliant? Now, it is illegal in many places to put a vegetable garden in your front yard or to collect the rain from your downspouts. What happened in the past 50 years to cause this change?

There has been a lot of talk about hackers monkeying around in the power grid, but now, for the first time, our fears have been realized. Hackers in the Ukraine attacked substations with a virus that caused a power surge, leaving half of the Ivano-Frankivsk region in the dark.

George Soros is not a good person, but when he makes a prediction, it is worth listening to. According to Soros, the world economy is crumbling in a manner similar to 2008, and trillions of dollars have already vanished.

This has been a very active week for earthquakes. Oklahoma has had numerous earthquakes of over 4.0 in magnitude, and the Pacific Northwest is shaking too, with a period of 427 continuous tremors.

Social Shares for this Coming Week

As  I mentioned last week, not everyone has the time or interest to visit Facebook.  I know that I limit the time I spend there to an hour a week, at most.  On the other hand, I do spend a considerable amount of time posting to the BDS Facebook page.  Even so, FB does not always “show” fans my posts.

For your discernment, here are the best prepping, survival, and homesteading articles from my colleagues in the Professional Prepared Bloggers Group.  I hope you enjoy and learn from them.


Did you know that less than 40% of Americans have enough savings to handle a surprise expense of $1000? So, what would happen if you were in that situation and your pay was interrupted? Without an emergency fund, you are only one missed paycheck away from disaster.  Without an Emergency Fund You Are One Missed Paycheck From Disaster

There could come a day when you can’t rely on store bought, over the counter analgesics, so it is important to know some natural remedies for pain relief. Here are 11 medicinal herbs that help when someone is in pain.  11 Medicinal Herbs To Help You Ease Pain Naturally

If the power is out for an extended period of time, you will still need to wash and dry clothing and linens. Depending on the season (and the weather), hanging your laundry outside may not be an option. Here are some tips for successfully drying clothing indoors.  Line Drying Clothes Indoors Or What to Do When It’s Raining Outside And Your Dryer Is Being Stupid

I love making my own storable food. Check out these instructions for making your own dehydrated potato flakes for your food pantry.  How to Make Dehydrated Potato Flakes from Scratch

I love this list of 60 important rules for survival. Are there any rules you would add?  The Successful Survivalist’s Rules of Life

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The Final Word

As I am writing (current time is 2:15PM on January 8th). the power is out.  I called the power company and we may be on our own for up to 24 hours.  Not to worry, except for the need to get this article uploaded to my servers.  Shelly and I plan to plug in our “survival font module” and go about our life with nary a hiccup.

Don’t you just love it when you know you can still cook, eat, read, and stay warm with plenty of lighting even when there is no power?  All that, plus we can play games and color in our coloring books.  With any kind of luck, crews will restore power and you will be reading this on time.  Otherwise?  Tomorrow is another day.

I just love being a prepper!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Here are items related to today’s article plus some other personal favorites that I know I can count on to see me through.

TaoTronics Collapsible Lantern:  This TaoTronics Lantern is collapsible, super bright, and water resistant.  It is powered by 3 AAA batteries that will provide brightness for 40 hours. To use this lantern, just pull it open; there are no power switches to mess with.

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

Diamond GreenLight Kitchen Matches – 3 Pack (Strike anywhere):  Our local supermarket in Friday Harbor told us that they do not stock the strike-anywhere matches because they self-combust.  Urban legend or CYA?  Who knows.  Amazon sells them.

Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath:  The hallmark book, by award winning journalist Ted Koppel, will hopefully educate the sheeple and motivate them to embrace the message of preparedness.  For the rest of us, there is much to learn about the state of preparedness, or lack thereof, at the highest levels of our government.  Read more:  Prepper Book Festival 10: Lights Out by Ted Koppel.

Balance (Angie’s Extreme Stress Menders Volume 1): This is the latest book to feed my thirst for coloring books.  I must have spent an hour looking at various coloring books before settling on this one.  I am almost done with the first book I ordered and it was nice because it had a wide variety of designs that gave me a good opportunity to decide what I liked, and what I didn’t.  For me, it is the floral design and mandalas that keep my mind focused to the point that stress just melts away!

Ticket to Ride:  When it comes to board games, this is my favorite.  (It helps that I usually win.)  This is fun for the entire family.  Warning, you and your gift recipient will become addicted and will often ask the question:  Want to play train aka “ticket to ride”?

Now Foods Peaceful Sleep Oil Blend: This budget priced oil has done wonders for my sleep.  It is a blend of Orange, Tangerine, Lavender, Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, and Sandalwood.  I am using 30 drops to 1 ounce of carrier oil.  My preference is BDS Simple Salve (that you can make yourself).  You could also try making a room spray by adding 30 drops to 1 oz. of witch hazel in a a spray bottle.


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Self Reliant, breaking free!

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Self Reliant, breaking free!
Brett Bauma “Makers On Acres

Self ReliantOn this episode of Makers on Acres Tech, Build and Grow Show we are going to be discussing breaking free from the social norm and becoming self reliant and self-aware.

What do I mean by self-aware and self-reliant? Being self-aware is knowing about your needs, controlling your desires, learning your strengths, weaknesses and knowing how to better your life and yourself. Now self-reliance is a great by product of self-awareness.

1-9-16 download (1)Being self-reliant takes extreme discipline which is created by developing self-awareness. The discipline needed to be self-reliant takes time and it takes sacrifice. Self-reliance is not just growing your food, making your own systems, or generating your own income, it is all those and then more. Reliance on the social system to drive your desires, thoughts, purchases, attitude and personality are all systemic problems that affect almost all of us to some extent. If we are to be truly self-reliant we need to be aware of when we are allowing the social system to control our actions and thoughts, and we need to work on our self-awareness to break free.

Join me in player below as I discuss the process of breaking free and starting on the road to true personal freedom! If you are trying to control your life and become self-reliant, this is a must listen show for you!
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